Return to Transcripts main page
John Edwards Prepares to Face a Federal Jury; Secret Service Scandal An Isolated Incident? Baby Boomers' Online Dating Sites
Aired April 22, 2012 - 22:00 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
DON LEMON, CNN HOST (voice-over): Fall from grace.
JOHN EDWARDS (D), FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: There's no question that I've done wrong and I take full responsibility.
LEMON: A former presidential candidate's personal life on trial. His political career all but over. John Edwards prepares to face a federal jury.
Secret agent behavior. Their job? Protect the president of the United States. They're accused of buying prostitutes. An isolated incident, or a much bigger problem?
Outer limits. A big rock or an alien calling card? You decide. Martians our Sunday night mystery and much more right here, right now on CNN.
LEMON: Hello, everyone. I'm Don Lemon. Thank you for joining us.
We begin tonight with the crisis facing the Secret Service and the Obama administration. Congress will hold hearings over the agency's prostitution scandal. They will look at what happened in Colombia and all that led up to it.
Meantime, Congressman Peter King is concerned about the agency's future.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REP. PETER KING (R), NEW YORK: We have to find out what is going to be done to ensure or to minimize the possibility of this ever happening again because I have great regard for the Secret Service. I believe director Sullivan has done a fine job. But a fact is that you can't allow 11 men like this to tarnish the great reputation of that agency.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: All right. Let's go live now in Colombia because CNN's Drew Griffin is live in Cartagena where police are conducting their own investigation now.
And Drew, it seems the woman at the center of this scandal seems have gone underground. What are you learning about this?
DREW GRIFFIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely correct. She has an attorney. That attorney has apparently farming around her story for cash. But the woman herself has all but disappeared.
We went to her home. She lives down a dirt road in a gated community, middle class, though. The neighbors there say they have not seen her since the news broke. She lived there with her young school-aged son. Bright quiet woman, respectable. She went to school and then went to work at night. Nobody really knew what she did. But she's disappeared. Dania Suarez is her name, 24 years old.
In the meantime, Colombia police have spent this weekend, last several days, trying to find all the women involved in this scandal, if you will, to find out what their stories are, if anybody else had any trouble. Also to see what age they are. But it seems the expansion of this investigation, Don, is mostly political.
Now, three leading politicians in Washington, D.C., demanding to know if it goes any further, if a White House advanced team may have been involved, knew or was somehow complicit? And what took place here in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the president's arrival -- Don.
LEMON: And you're right. Joe Lieberman is asking lawmakers urging the White House as you said to look into all the staff that were down in Colombia. All you said, as you said this is expanding. And also, as we reported, police in Colombia conducting their own investigation, Drew?
GRIFFIN: Yes, that's right . Although, Don, I must tell you it's unclear as to why. There are serious implications about the lack of security that may or may not have been offered for the president, and focusing on the White House -- excuse me. The Secret Service's hiring of these prostitutes and whether or not that opened up the door for any possibility of a threat to the president.
But here in Colombia, the prostitution, the sex trade, Americans coming down and buying women and bringing back to hotels, that is all perfectly legal. In fact, there are rules and regulations about it, which is why it would be so easy to track those women down.
Literally, these women who came back to this hotel where I'm standing and the Hilton hotel now behind me, had to register at the hotel desk as they were coming in as guests and were required to leave by 6:30 the next morning.
So, police here in Cartagena will have a record of exactly who they were and which rooms they went to.
LEMON: All right Drew Griffin, in Cartagena, Colombia. Thank you very much for that, Drew.
In other news tonight, you know, he wanted to be the president, but that just didn't happen. And tomorrow, John Edwards heads to federal court in North Carolina. Prosecutors plan to tell the jury the tale of an adulterous candidate out of control.
Tonight, senior correspondent Joe Johns has more.
JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This political soap opera started at a bar in New York city where Edwards met self proclaimed filmmaker Rielle Hunter in early 2006. She was quickly hired by Edwards to film "Webisode," casual online videos of the former senator. The videos showed just how close Edwards and Hunter had become.
EDWARDS: That's a great speech.
RIELLE HUNTER, FILMMAKER: So glad you like it.
EDWARDS: I like it. Why don't you hear me give it live?
JOHNS: Immediately, those close to Edwards suspected an affair. Behind the scenes, the government argues that Edwards was orchestrating a massive cover-up. Loyal and wealthy donors paid for his pregnant mistress to relocate and personal aide Andrew Young would claim paternity.
In the fall of 2007, a tabloid published a story on the affair. Immediately the campaign went into defense mode.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE REPORTER: When you were running for president, you flat-out denied having a relationship with Rielle Hunter. Did you give me a truthful answer? Were you telling the truth then?
JOHNS: After being chased by reporters, eventually he admitted personal failure.
EDWARDS: There's no question that I've done wrong and I take full responsibility for having done wrong. And I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I've caused to others.
JOHNS: Once a prominent politician preaching to Americas, Edwards, himself, was living two lives. He fathered a child with his mistress while his wife Elizabeth Edwards was dying of cancer.
It got worse. In 2011 the government indicted Edwards on six counts including conspiracy, issuing false statement and violating campaign finance law. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
EDWARDS: On the condition to say the same thing, on the condition to say we're conditioned to be political. And it's hard to shell all that.
JOHNS: Edwards has spent the last year preparing for his trial, shuffling his legal team and undergoing surgery for a heart condition. Former top aides are expected to testify at his trial. Reille Hunter has immunity.
EDWARDS: I did not break the law, and I never, ever thought that I was breaking the law.
JOHNS: Experts say the government has a tough, unprecedented case to prove in the arena of campaign finance. But no matter the outcome, it is the ultimate fall from grace for Edwards, who was once adored as a son of the south.
Joe Johns, CNN.
LEMON: All right. John, thank you. Joe Johns, thank you very much.
Jury selection in that case ends tomorrow. Opening statements start after that. And make sure you stay with CNN for full coverage of the Edwards trial.
The search for six-year-old Etan Patz is expected to resume tomorrow in New York. A source tells CNN that the FBI has no evidence of human remains in the Manhattan basement where they've been searching. They're looking for clues into the 1979 disappearance of the 6-year-old boy.
Earlier I spoke with national correspondent Susan Candiotti.
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Law enforcement officials are not saying anything publicly about this. However, a law enforcement source thus tells us that no evidence of human remains has been found in the basement where they have been digging now for a few days.
Now, here's the backdrop for all of this. After a team of FBI and New York police department officers were working at the scene, we watched about six hours into the day. They began to tear down a few tents that had been covering the entrance to that basement. And then they made this announcement. They said, "we're going to suspend operations for today. We will be back tomorrow to resume our operations." So this adds a bit of mystery to everything as to what they still have to do tomorrow, Don.
LEMON: What do they plan to do with the concrete chunk -- obviously they're sending it to investigators for testing, but they said this is a possible stain, right?
CANDIOTTI: That's right. That's a development that we also have learned about, that on Saturday investigators had sprayed Luminol, which is a chemical that can detect blood, not always. And so, they saw this piece of a stain on a cement wall. They brought in chain saws, broke off a chunk that contained the stain, and they said, we're going to send it to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, to determine in fact whether that is blood and if it is to whom it belongs.
So, there are still some open questions here before they completely close down this operation.
We don't know, they have more to do here. Certainly we know they're talking to a lot of different suspects or possible suspects. No one is being called that at many this point. No one is being charged with anything. But they are really working hard as they have reopened this case in the last few weeks, really concentrating on additional people that they're talking with.
LEMON: That was CNN's Susan Candiotti reporting to us from New York City.
Iran says it has cracked the code on the U.S. spy plane it captured last December. Military officials claim to have extracted data from the stealth drone. They tried to prove to the Pentagon they weren't lying by saying they knew the plane had flown over Osama bin Laden's hideout. The U.S. asked for the plane to be returned.
The violence in Syria seems to make a mockery of the so-called ceasefire. This video is set to be from Homs. CNN can't confirm its authenticity. Activists say six were killed today, 13 more reportedly died across the country.
But the violence isn't stopping the protests. If anything, it's just fueling the rage against president Bashar Al Assad. The Syrians hope the arrival of U.N. monitors will keep the president's forces in check. That's what happened in Homs. Residents say the shelling paused when the observers arrived but it began again after they left. More are on the way after the U.N. security council approved a mission of up to 300 on Saturday.
Everyone keeps talking about him as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. But Marco Rubio has someone else in mind. You'll recognize the name.
And snow, April? And Jacqui Jeras, something's wrong with this picture.
JACQUI JERAS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: I know. Snow my Go, right? Seen all over twitter. Everybody is talking about it. You know, this is the rounding out the month of April. And after the winter that wasn't, some cities in interior northeast, they could see their heaviest snowfall of the season! We'll talk about travel impact, power outages, and flooding, all with this storm, that's coming up in a few minutes.
LEMON: All right. We will see you in a bit. Thank you very much.
And you know what? This isn't your father's dating service. Or is it? If you thought online dating was only for people in their 20s and 30s, you better think again. Finding love at 50, straight ahead. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
LEMON: The Secret Service and prostitutes. Six agents have already fallen, including two supervisors and this is likely just the beginning. But the law makers and advisers who weigh in on this scandal seem to agree on one thing -- Secret Service director Mark Sullivan has done a great job. He's running a thorough investigation and they have total faith in his abilities.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe Director Sullivan has done a fine job.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have faith in Director Sullivan.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The president wants -- he thinks he's the right man to get to the bottom of this and make the changes necessary.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: He should keep his job.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I spoke to Director Sullivan last night, and he is doing a thorough investigation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Do you still have confidence in him?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I do at this point.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have full faith in Sullivan.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: I spoke to LZ Granderson, contributor at CNN.com and a senior writer at ESPN and I also spoke with Lenny McAlister, Republican analyst writer and radio host. And I asked them if Sullivan supporters might have to eat their words.
LZ GRANDERSON, CNN.COM CONTRIBUTOR: You know, I would hope not, you know. I think what you saw with people trying to rally behind someone who's a little bit embattled right now, who's in a position where he has a lot of the American people's trust. And so, in order to make sure that Americans that voters don't think everyone's corrupt, you've got to show support.
But, at the same time, come on. I mean, at least have a little skepticism, you know. Because we've just seen this script over and over again.
LENNY MCALLISTER, REPUBLICAN ANALYST: Well, I can understand that, but he's also been blindsided a little bit. Now, if this is a culture permeated without and something that's been tolerated and been brushed over previously, then I can understand a little bit more skepticism.
But putting ourselves in his shoes in just a second, you're trying to run a top ship, you're basically protecting the most valuable commodity that the United States has, which is the leader of the free world and then this type of scandal lands on your desk and you're reacting to it all.
It's a lot better for us to coalesce around him initially and give him the benefit of the doubt. I'm glad to see from a bipartisan perspective we're doing this and I'm hoping that this works where director Sullivan can continue to do the right things, get to the bottom of this and this can go away as quickly as possible.
LEMON: OK, wait a minute. Lenny, you are the conservative and LZ, you're the liberal and it looks like you guys sort of flipped on - all right, whatever.
Let's talk about Mitt Romney's vice president. His vice president --
GRANDERSON: Don't put me in a box.
LEMON: Former governor Jeb Bush and senator Marco Rubio both from Florida. Bush recently said the Rubio would accept if ask. Here's Rubio's response about being asked.
SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R), FLORIDA: Well, that's very nice of Jeb. I hope he'll say yes if future president Romney asks him.
LEMON: All right, so LZ, another Bush on the ticket? I mean, is that what Republicans need to feel comfortable with Romney as a nominee here?
GRANDERSON: Well, you know, if you go back to when the W. came to our existence, I think a lot of people thought Jeb should have been the nominee then. And so, you're not looking at the last name as much as the first name. And I think a lot of people, especially conservatives, especially Republicans, as should really believe in the governing progress of Jeb Bush and things he has done for the state of Florida.
With that being said, if you're Mitt Romney and you're going to go to Florida for a VP, you've got to go with Rubio. I mean, you've got a lot of trouble in terms of immigration conversation, and Rubio helps you with that in terms of shoring up your credibility.
And he's a likeable guy, and Bush -- the last name is a problem. So, I think it's just a little play by Marco Rubio to throw us off the trail.
LEMON: But I think -- Lenny, correct me if I'm wrong, there's some hesitation about Rubio. Number one, they don't think he's experienced enough and not ready. Two, they think his appeal is basically limited to southern Florida and Cubans and not to Latinos or Hispanics overall in the rest of the country.
And the more interesting candidate or candidate who may have the experience and may be a better fit would be Bush, who dealt with these issues and dealt with immigration overall.
MCALLISTER: Well, true and that's a valid point, Don. But at the same time Governor Bush in the presidential slot may be a stronger candidate than Governor Romney, which is why they were trying to push Governor Bush into this race. And you don't want to have a situation like we had four years ago where the VP slot overpowers the presidential slot.
One thing about Rubio, if he ends up being the vice presidential nominee, we still haven't heard that Wednesday evening speech. Remember what Sarah Palin did, that was her high water mark. That really turned on the conservatives. If Senator Rubio would accept the nomination late August and gave one whale of a speech, that might be enough to get the support to go from southern Florida up throughout Florida, maybe turn Florida back to red, and maybe spread throughout the country, being young, Latino, catholic. Those are a lot of positive traits he can bring to the ticket, if he's able to fire people up. And usually you don't get that until that Wednesday night speech.
LEMON: Lenny and LZ, thank you very much.
I have a sobering statistic for you. In one part of the world, women are more likely to be raped than learn how to read. That startling culture of rape on trial, next.
LEMON: South Africans will be watching closely this week as seven young men accused of rape make a court appearance. The case startled a nation and horrified the world because of the video of the rape that went viral. Seven suspects appeared in a Johannesburg court on Thursday. Police used the video to find them and make the arrest.
Some in South Africa were actually surprised by this. Local authorities are notorious for not pushing or pursuing these cases and the conviction of rape is abysmally low. One government minister told CNN that this is changing.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
LULU XINGWANA, MINISTER OF WOMEN, CHILDREN AND THE DISABLED: We have done a lot to ensure that we raise awareness. The very fact that people are reporting these cases clearly demonstrate that we have fought and ensured that we break the culture of silence.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: This case is also troubling because the victim is a 17- year-old girl who is reportedly mentally disabled. She's now in a safe house according to the government.
If you live in the northeast, brace yourselves for snow tonight. In April? We'll tell you why, right after this break.
LEMON: Blame. It can be shift, assigned, rejected and in rare cases accepted. Is president Obama getting two months not enough? "No talking points" in 60 seconds.
But first, tonight's headlines.
CNN has learned that no evidence of human remains has been found in a New York basement. FBI investigators suspended their search earlier today, just hours after saying they discovered a possible blood stain on a concrete wall. They've been combing through the basement since Thursday, look for clues into the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz.
The man facing trial in the Trayvon Martin shooting could stay in jail until the middle of next week. George Zimmerman was given $150,000 bail, but he's having trouble raising the usual 10 percent cash payment. Zimmerman's lawyer says his client is worried about facing a possible life sentence on his second-degree murder charge.
This man could be France's next president, socialist Francois Hollande appears to have won the most votes in the country's first round of balloting, that's according to the early results. He'll face president Nicolas Sarkozy in a runoff next month.
The odds aren't good for Mr. Sarkozy. Most pundits predict Hollande has an excellent shot at becoming France's first left wing president in 17 years.
A report in the "New York Times" says Wal-Mart subsidiary in Mexico used bribes to speed up sore construction. That's illegal in the U.S. law. Wal-Mart says that does not reflect what the company stands for. Mexican company executives allegedly paid out $24 million in bribes. They reportedly bought permits, licenses and favorable inspections.
CNN cannot independently confirm the details in the "Times" report.
It's just five cents, but you can better believe we will take it. U.S. gas prices are down a nickel over the past two weeks, marking their first drop since December. That's according to the Lundberg survey.
A gallon of regular now costs $3.91 on average. Chicago has the highest priced gas in the nation, the lowest Tulsa, Oklahoma.
All right. While Colombian prostitutes and Secret Service agents are fodder for late-night comedians this week.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) STEPHEN STEWART, COMEDIAN: I feel somewhat responsible here. You see, the Secret Service was here last week to protect the first lady. And, like anyone who gets close to my virility, they obviously got think manhood jacked up! It's called being man-jacked.
Now, I don't know if it's the same team that was here. But, it wouldn't be the first time a visitor to this building had to seek professional relief after being here. Because -- and this is true -- according to the FBI's phone records, Eliot Spitzer called a prostitute in the car right after leaving my studio.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: And that leads us perfectly to tonight's "no talking points."
Not a good week for President Obama. Roll the headlines.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Overshadowed by a prostitution scandal involving members of the Secret Service.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE REPORTER: Yet another apology for yet another instance of U.S. troops behaving badly in Afghanistan.
DIANE SAWYER, ABC NEW HOST: Those government officials who attend that conference in Las Vegas and spent tax payer money on mind readers and clowns?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: The agency that protects him under fire. The agency representing the country on the battlefield under fire. The agency that oversees government agencies under fire.
The Secret Service, the GSA, the armed forces. While the president doesn't directly run these organizations, he is the president and as much as Democrats don't want to hear it, people like Sarah Palin have a point.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SARAH PALIN (R), FORMER VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE: His department -- the buck stops with the president, and he's really got to start cracking down and seeing some heads roll. You know, he's got to get rid of these people at the head of these agencies.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: At the head of these agencies. He's also the head of the economy. He's in charge of it, yet almost four years later his entire administration is running, still blaming a bad economy on George W. Bush.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Take a look at what happened in Ohio between 2000 and 2008. Instead of faster job growth, we had the slowest job growth in half a century.
TIMOTHY GEITHNER, TREASURY SECRETARY: The president inherited, again, as you know, the worst financial crisis since the great depression.
The worst crisis since the great depression when he came in office.
You know, this was a financial crisis caused by a shock larger than what caused the great depression.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Too many people have been stripped of their dignity as a consequence of this god-awful recession we've inherited.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: It is true that they inherited the worst economy since the great depression. The research shows it. It does. It shows it.
But it's the same talking points he ran on last time. And, again, you know, maybe the GSA, the Secret Service and bad soldiers aren't all your fault. Even conservative Stalwart George Will agrees.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
GEORGE WILL, CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR: It's unfair to blame Barack Obama for the GSA, or any of this thing because although people think he control the executive branch, no one controls the executive branch. That's part of the problem with bog government.
(END VIDEO CLIP0
LEMON: So, everyone understands it's an election year and you need something to hang your hat on. It's something to hang your hat on. But no one likes a broken record. And at some point you're going to have to take responsibility for the things that happened on your watch, regardless of what went down or up before you took office. And stop pointing fingers backwards.
That's tonight's "no talking points."
Snow hitting the northeast tonight, in April? Jacqui Jeras will tell us why you may want to brace yourselves, right after the break.
LEMON: Now to the big stories in the week ahead from the White House to Wall Street, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. We begin tonight with the president's plans for the week.
BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Brianna Keilar at the White House. It's a busy week ahead for President Obama.
On Monday he marks the holocaust days of remembrance with remarks at the Holocaust memorial museum.
On Tuesday he honors teachers at the White House before leaving town on a two-day trip to three very important battleground states, North Carolina, Colorado, and Iowa, where he'll press Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling.
On Friday, he and first lady Michelle Obama head to Georgia to meet with troops, veterans and military families.
POPPY HARLOW, CNNMONEY.COM CORRESPONDENT: I'm Poppy Harlow in New York. Well, Wall Street is in store for a slew of corporate earnings this week. Oil giant Exxon, Noble, Chevron and Conoco Phillips, all report as well as caterpillar apple and Starbucks.
The latest home sales and home price data is set to be released midweek. And then on Friday, we'll get the second reading of first quarter U.S. GDP, that is the broadest measure of economic growth.
We'll see how the market responds to all of it and track it for you on CNN money.
A.J. HAMMER, HLN HOST, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: I'm "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT's" A.J. Hammer. Here is what we're watching this week.
I'm going one-on-one with American idol judge Randy Jackson. Does he think his show can stay on top? And why were three judges from "America's next top model" fired?
I'm going to get the details from all of them in a showbiz newsmaker exclusive. Be sure to catch "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" exclusively weeknights at 11:00 p.m. Eastern and pacific on HLN.
LEMON: All right. Thanks, A.J. and everyone else.
You know, in Peru, environmentalists have a real mystery on their hands. Nearly 900 dolphins have turned up on a stretch of beach on the northern coast. Scientists have been testing the dolphins, and trying to figure out exactly what happened. But these deaths are just the latest in a worldwide trend.
In February, 179 dolphins washed ashore in cape cod, then in early March, amateur video taken on a beach in Rio De Janeiro show more than 30 dolphins on the shore there.
We turn now to our weather here in the United States. Boy, is it going to be a messy commute tomorrow and probably later on in the week as well.
JERAS: Yes. You know, it's already started today. There have been delays, hours-long, at times across the northeast. And of course you know that kind of snowballs, so to speak, right? Into tomorrow. Look at that picture.
LEMON: Snow? It's the 22nd of April!
JERAS: Indeed it is. And this is getting a little late in the season for snow fall that's jubilate Pennsylvania, a picture taken by our CNN producer Greg Clary. We are going to have live reports from Dubois tomorrow morning where they see, boy, they will get six to 12 inches of snowfall before all is said and done.
That's right, six to 12 inches. And we could see locally heavier amounts. There, you can see that transition already beginning to move over and Dubois right along there, along the i-80 corridor there into western Pennsylvania. And we're starting to pick up that snow into parts of upstate New York. It's going to be wet. It's going to be heavy. And unfortunately it's been an early spring for a lot of people, right? Meaning the leaves are out on the trees and all that snow is going to collect upon them. So, we are really concerned about power outages to go along with it.
Winter storm warnings in effect in the pink areas here, from West Virginia up towards Buffalo. We are expecting elevation to be a big issue with the snow. Then we'll get that extra moisture coming off the lakes. And that's why you'll see higher s numbers there.
In fact, Buffalo, New York, you know, your highest snow fall so far this season was just over six inches of snow. We might be - that's tomorrow. So, this could be your worst snowfall of the season to date.
All right. A lot of wind with this thing. The storm system is really still intensifying. It's going to ramp up as we head to the overnight hours and into tomorrow. So, expect the rain to be heavy at times.
Flooding is possible as we could see two to four inches of rain. But I think we're going to do what we call dry slot out. And notice that we'll see our cold front make its way offshore, a little break in here tomorrow afternoon for the big cities. And then the rest of the moisture back here into the interior. So that might make you fare a little bit better in some of the big cities.
Here's where we're expecting major delays at airports tomorrow. Still an hour right now at La Guardia. So, expect at least that for tomorrow.
Philadelphia looking for major delays, over an hour. D.C. metros, you know, a lot of rain today, earth day on the mall. Yes, they still went on with the show.
Boston, rain, low clouds and wind and Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
And there's a live look at Columbus circle in New York city. And there, you can see those wet streets, many areas in the northeast have gotten about a quarter of an inch to half inch of rainfall, Don. But, those numbers could be doubling in the next 24 hours or so. And there you can see Philadelphia, one of the cities expecting those major delays tomorrow, you bet you'll need those umbrellas at the bus stop for tomorrow morning as well.
LEMON: Look at Philly, all too familiar, my former home.
JERAS: Yes! And you wore those little, you know, yellow rain coats, didn't you?
LEMON: I did. I wore one the last time I was there for a big weather story. I wore one of those things, yes.
JERAS: And your galoshes.
LEMON: Yes. you know what, Philly is one of the best-kept secrets as far as cities. Great city. One of my favorite in the world.
Thank you, Jacqui.
LEMON: Appreciate it.
Fifty something are following the paths of their kids. They are looking for love online and they are finding it. That's next.
But first, home sales are down.
ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: The housing market continues to struggle. The national association of realtors says sales of existing homes fell 2.6 percent in March. And after a strong start to the year, new home construction dropped 5.8 percent last month. Watch for a report on home prices Tuesday.
Experts say the economy is improving but slowly. Economists surveyed by CNN money predict the unemployment rate will fall to eight percent by the end of the year. That's only a slight drop from the current rate of 8.2 percent.
We'll get an overall reading of the economy first quarter GDP comes out Friday.
And blame it on the cast of "Jersey Shore," but self-tanning manufacturers are heating up. The makers of bronzing products expect sales to jump 18 percent this year, making them one of America's fastest growing industries. That's according to Ivus world. Yoga studios and hot sauce makers also made the list.
That's this week's "getting down to business." I'm Alison Kosik.
LEMON: I know I've been waiting around for this one. I want to see it, too.
Can people in their 50s find real love online? Well, the thought is daunting for some baby boomers, but CNN's Casey Wian looks at how many are finding dating fun again.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Suzanne Foreman is on a blind date with Todd Grudnick who she's only met on the phone.
SUZANNE FOREMAN, SINGLE AT 55: I feel like I do know you.
Well, there's still quite a bit to get to know.
WIAN: Like many unmarried baby boomers, Foreman considers companionship more important in her 50s.
FOREMAN: I can't believe I'm 55. I still feel like I'm 20 or 30 something. I still have that energy. I still have, you know, that spark. But I do have a lot of candles on my cake.
WIAN: Introductions through friends and relatives haven't worked.
FOREMAN: They kept trying to set me up with friends of theirs and each one was just worse than the next. I was a vegetarian, and one of the guys they set me up with took me to a more Iraqen restaurant and ate raw meat in front - next to me.
WIAN: So Foreman and a growing number of singles over 50 are going online to find potential singles.
FOREMAN: By being in the candy store.
WIAN: Staci Dansey is a 61-year-old real estate agent.
STACI DANSEY, DIVORCED AT 61: I can't imagine spending the rest of my life alone.
WIAN: After her marriage ended, Dansey's daughter-in-law made a suggestion.
DANSEY: She said, get on an online dating site. I said, I don't think so.
WIAN: What was your concern about being on an online dating site?
DANSEY: I've heard horror stories.
WIAN: Stalkers, scam artists, and worst. Online dating sites say because they collect background information on customer but it's actually a much safe way to meet people. Dansey's daughter-in-law persuaded her to join Our Time, a dating site for baby boomers.
DANSEY: It's just a numbers game. You know, the more people I meet, the greater my odds are that I'll meet a guy that wants to have, like, a loving, warm, committed, serious monogamous relationship.
DR. GAIL SALTZ, OURTIME.COM: There's been a perfect storm of a growing number of baby boomers who are single with a growing number of baby boomers who are using the Internet and discovering that it's a way to be connected.
WIAN: A 2010 eHarmony survey found the Internet is the most popular way for people over 50 to meet and marry.
GIAN GONZAGA, EHARMONY.COM: I've always thought the idea of the older generation is afraid of technology is overblown because they do seem to adopt it and now adopt it in numbers just as much as everybody else does.
WIAN: Widow Vange Leclerc and divorcee Rob Foss met online in 2008.
ROB FOSS, ENGAGED AT 59: I had been married so long I forgot the process. So, I was a duck out of water.
VANGE LECLERC, ENGAGED AT 51: It was scary.
WIAN: Both liked the idea of viewing and reading about potential dates before agreeing to meet.
LECLERC: I think it's less intimidating than going out there and trying to meet someone at a, you know, bar.
WIAN: Dating after 50 is different.
FOSS: We each have assets now, and when I was in my 20s I owned a stereo and a used car.
WIAN: But the results can be the same. Foss and Eclerc are planning a Hawaiian wedding this summer.
Casey Wian, CNN, Los Angeles.
LEMON: And for more stories of baby boomers who are reinventing themselves, watch our series called "Age Against The Machine," it's all this week, by the way, Monday morning on "CNN NEWSROOM." Make sure to watch.
Is there life on Mars? Well, look for yourselves. And why not? This recent image has people asking a lot of questions. "Sunday Night Mystery" is ahead.
Age against the machine.
(BEGIN VIDEO TAPE)
ALI VELSHI, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Will Cain is a CNN contributor with a bit of a conservative bend. Good friend of mine. Will Cain, good to see you.
A new CNN Opinion Research Corporation poll finds nearly seven in 10 Americans believe the tax system benefits the rich and is unfair to ordinary workers.
Now, that certainly seems to be behind President Obama's push to raise taxes on millionaires through this Buffett Rule. There's a real discussion about, should we be talking about the tax code as being fair or being efficient?
What's your sense of if we're all agreeing that we don't love this tax code, what should it represent? Should the rich pay more? Should everybody pay the same amount? What's your thought?
WILL CAIN, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I think first of all, for me, and I don't think this is that subjective of an interpretation, what is fair is this.
When you have the poll that shows how many people thinks the tax code unfairly benefits the rich, well, the statistics kind of fly in the face of that. But one thing we know, the tax code does, is it so complex, so riddled with exceptions and exemptions, that it becomes like Swiss cheese.
And who does that benefit? Well, we want to say the rich, but it really benefits those connected, those with lobbyists, those that have tax accountants and lawyers. That's where you can make a more fair tax code, by simplifying, for making it something to so many of us understand.
But my complaint is and your reference to the Buffett Rule and President Obama, that doesn't solve any of the problems. It just makes it more complex for some arbitrary division of fairness that, yes, I think is based on some semblance of envy, for playing to the cheap seats, for telling people, hey, we will get that solved, we will just play it to the rich guys.
VELSHI: Will, thank you. I'm Ali Velshi with this week's "Mastering Your Money."
LEMON: Few politicians have fallen as far, as fast as John Edwards.
Tomorrow his trial begins on charges he used illegal campaign contributions to cover up an affair with the mistress as his wife was dying of cancer. A former senator and presidential candidate faces up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted.
Singer Robin Gibbs' doctor can't explain it. He's surprised them by coming out of a coma they thought he wouldn't survive. Robin and his brothers formed the hit '70s group the Bee Gees.
Gibb has so far survived colon and liver cancer, too. Doctors say he's conscious and talking. In spite of his progress, the future is still uncertain for Gibb.
Getting a billion people to agree on anything is in itself remarkable. But the earth day network says it is happening and it spans the world, from cutting back overgrown highway shrubs on a hot day outsight San Francisco to rallying support for the environment in a steady rain in Washington.
Earth day 2012 activists want to pressure the world leaders to deal with pressing issues like endangered wild life, arctic melting and air pollution.
All right. We want to finish up here I guess in a mysterious way. Jacqui Jeras, "Sunday Night Mysteries." OK. So, Jacqui reminiscent of the scene from the movie "2001," right? They have found something Space Odyssey 2000 - I like this movie.
JERAS: Did you see it?
LEMON: Yes. So, they found something weird on Mars. I don't know. Would it be weird? Tell us about it.
JERAS: Well, that's a monolith that you are looking at. And in the movie, apparently the aliens had put the monolith on earth and on the moon. But, could there be a monolith on Mars?
LEMON: What's a monolith?
JERAS: A monolith is like a singular stone. That's right.
LEMON: Got it.
JERAS: So, you look at it. It's that rectangular. And you see this picture, how could something so perfect be standing out all alone out by itself, right, on this planet. Could it be naturally caused or did somebody put it there?
The masonry of Martians. Could it be? That's what some people are saying. These are actually images that were taken from the Mars reconnaissance orbiter. And they were a couple of years ago that they actually taken. And so, the little buzz on the Internet kind a gets regenerated every now and then. So we had to debunk this myth. I hate to disappoint.
It's probably not the work of Martians or alien life. It's probably just a rock. And there are a couple of reasons we think that is. First of all, see the shadow in the picture?
JERAS: All right. So, that shadow, just because of the angle of where the light comes in, makes it look a little more prominent than it is.
LEMON: Is that Punxsutawney Phil?
(LAUGHTER) JERAS: I think not, probably not. Second reasonable, and this is all from, by the way, a researcher at Arizona State University that's been going through these pictures. He says the resolution of it, that close up, is rather poor so it's kind of pixely.
LEMON: All right. So, here's the thing though. Why should we be so presumption to think we're the only life. Maybe life on Mars is more sophisticated and advanced than ours. We just can't see it.
JERAS: We never knows, but they probably didn't create that single block.
LEMON: One never knows do what. OK.
Outer space now to under the earth. This may be a huge find or may not be.
JERAS: Yes. It's kind already little buzz about. That's what the map was for. This is in Chechnya in south western parts of Russia.
LEMON: I was going to say, is there a Russia on Mars, but that was (INAUDIBLE).
JERAS: Separate story.
All right. Take a look at this picture. This is amazing. It's a three feet in diameter and scientists in Chechnya are saying that it's 60 million years old, believe it or not. And if true, this would be the world's largest dinosaur egg. That's what they think they are.
So, some construction workers were blasting through the mountains trying to build a road and they found these perfectly round looking eggs in there. That's what they believe they are.
However, as soon as the story came out, a bunch of paleontologists were quick to say that can't be so, and one of the reason being is that these eggs are so much larger than anything we've ever seen before when it comes to dinosaur eggs. Secondly, dinosaurs didn't live in the mountains. And, thirdly, a lot of these eggs were kind of separated into a bunch of different areas. You know how dinosaurs lay eggs all together.
LEMON: Yes. that's so cool.
JERAS: So, we will have to see. They are going to do some study and take a look. and we will see. But, if it's true, I mean, whatever it is, it's pretty cool to see something so perfect like that found in the rocks. Some kind of fossil you think.
LEMON: That's pretty awesome. Now, that I like.
LEMON: That is something I can believe. And I'm looking over here because there's a much bigger monitor. Everyone is like, what is he doing?
LEMON: OK. Listen, one more mystery we have coming up. A man says he found 20 World War II airplanes that had never been flown and brand new buried in the jungle? That story, next.
LEMON: Jacqui Jeras is -- that music scares me.
JERAS: I love that music.
LEMON: All right. So, one more "Sunday Night Mystery." This is it a World War II aircraft, a spitfire.
JERAS: Spitfire, right. So, this was a British plane that was used during the war.
Let's go ahead and take -- you can see the pictures of it there behind me. And a bunch of these, 20 of them, have been found buried under the ground in Myanmar.
JERAS: They were in their original crates. So, as they get dug up, which is expect to happen in the upcoming weeks, they could be in nearly mint condition.
All right. So, here's the story behind it, the back story behind it.
A British farmer, very passionate about airplanes, hears through the grapevine from some U.S. veterans that they buried these plains here in the jungle because there was a surplus during the army. The war was start to wind down. They had all these planes. They were very concerned about a Japanese occupation, also known as Burma, by the way to give you an idea where it was on that map.
So, they said, just bury the planes and get the heck out of there. Well, he did a bunch of research. He spent 15 years, $200,000, and made a dozen trips to Myanmar and he's finally located it.
And this isn't just one guy saying, yes, I know where they are. There have been conversations between Myanmar government as well as the British government to get those planes back to the U.K.
LEMON: I can't take that. If anyone finds a pristine plane like that, I take my eyes off him. Imagine what they'll go for? Do you think they will go to a museum, or someone is going to buy them for a ton of dough. Who they actually belong to? Who owns them?
JERAS: Well, the government, right? So, the British government would actually own them. But the farmer hopes that he's going to be able to refurbish them and have a flying squadron and do an air show. They are worth about $3 million each in good condition. Three mil each, 20 of them! LEMON: Wow, what a find.
JERAS: Yes. Cool.
LEMON: I like those mysteries. You're pretty cool, too.
JERAS: Thanks. So are you.
LEMON: Thanks, Jacqui Jeras. All right.
We appreciate you joining us. I'm Don Lemon here with Jacqui Jeras at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta. I'll see you next week right back here.
And have a great night and a great week. Good night.