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Extramarital Affair Ends Career of CIA Director General David Petraeus; President Set to Meet Congressional Leaders to Address Fiscal Cliff; People Made Homeless by Super Storm Sandy Finding Relief with FEMA; Young Girl Protected from Bullies by High School Football Team; New Los Angeles Law Mandates Condoms in Pornography

Aired November 10, 2012 - 10:00   ET

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RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR: From CNN world headquarter in Atlanta, this is CNN SATURDAY MORNING.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The FBI does not, as a matter of routine, look into the affairs of CIA officers.

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KAYE: Scandal has infiltrated the CIA and has taken down a four-star general. But David Petraeus' resignation might just be the tip of a bigger secret.

The new majority, women's choice, battles over voting rights. Tuesday's election revealed new lessons. All morning we'll put what we learned in focus.

It's a booming business and a Hollywood fixture. So why could porn be leaving L.A.? A new law passed Tuesday may run skin flicks out of town.

Good morning, everyone. I'm Randi Kaye. It is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west. We begin with a bombshell. In the intelligence communication, CIA Director David Petraeus stepped down after admitting to having an extramarital affair. The general's affair was actually uncovered during an investigation by the FBI involving his biographer Paula Broadwell.

CNN has not been able to reach Broadwell for comment, and it's unclear if she is the woman that Petraeus admitted to having an affair with. Petraeus did not actually name the woman involved.

We get more on General Petraeus and his career from CNN Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence.

CHRIS LAWRENCE, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: David Petraeus sent this letter to the CIA staff on Friday admitting that he had an affair and telling the staff that he had gone to the White House on Thursday and asked president Obama to accept his resignation.

On Friday during a phone call the White House says the president did accept Petraeus' resignation, throwing his national security team into flux just days after the election.

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LAWRENCE: By the same David Petraeus got his first taste of real combat, he was a 50-year-old major general. In 2003 He commanded the 101st airborne. It was in Iraq when he asked a reporter rhetorically "Tell me how this ends." There he got the nickname "King David" used by supporters and to those that labeled him a celebrity general. In 2007, President Bush appointed Petraeus to lead al troops in Iraq. Petraeus essentially rewrote the Army field manual, and his ideas became known as the Petraeus doctrine.

A scandal of a different sort brought Petraeus back to command another war, when President Obama fired General Stanley McChrystal for his unflattering comments to "Rolling Stone," Obama tapped General Petraeus as the man to save the Afghan war effort.

GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: It has again been the greatest of honors to serve here.

LAWRENCE: But because of his name recognition among the American people, Petraeus was surrounded by speculation that he had political ambitions. Some wondered if he would appear on the Republican presidential ticket, but Petraeus knocked down those rumors.

PETRAEUS: We're not out there running a political campaign, we're running a war.

LAWRENCE: At a Senate confirmation hearing to head the CIA, he admitted that President Obama decided to withdraw thousands of troops significantly faster than Petraeus wanted.

PETRAEUS: The ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline than what we had recommended.

LAWRENCE: Petraeus' wife, holly, sat behind him in that testimony, and Petraeus publicly praised her.

PETRAEUS: She is a symbol of strength. She has hung tough while I have been deployed for over five and a half years since 9/11.

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LAWRENCE: The FBI had been investigating a tip that he was having an affair. They were looking into if there were any potential security risks that "Petraeus may have put himself in a vulnerable position." The question now is who knew what when, and why was nothing done until after the election?

KAYE: Still so many questions, Chris Lawrence. Thank you for that. Back to that FBI investigation, a U.S. official tells CNN that the FBI was not investigating them for any wrong doing, it was just about protecting him from blackmail, but that explanation is not setting well for some.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) BOB BAER, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: The idea that the FBI is investigating the CIA director for an extramarital affair is just extraordinary. I have never seen it happen, and it smacks of George Orwell. It's more to do than with sex. There is something going on here which I can't explain.

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KAYE: This also raised questions regarding the role of the White House and the timing of the announcement.

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BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: This is the key question right now in front of everybody. How extraordinary would it be that you have this type of FBI investigation into your CIA director and the president is not informed of it? The word is circulating that the president was not aware, that only once Petraeus came to him, but it really seems to beg belief that someone in the White House didn't know that the FBI didn't inform the White House in some fashion.

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KAYE: Earlier, we talked to CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend, who thought back to her days in the Bush White House. She says it's inconceivable that the president had no knowledge of this before Thursday when he met with Petraeus. I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about it in the days ahead.

President Obama wasted little time celebrating his election victory, instead saying he is ready to work with Congress to avoid the so called fiscal cliff. At its heart is whether tax cuts will remain for the middle class but be raised for wealthier Americans.

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BARACK OBAMA, (D) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I'm not wedded to every detail of my plan. I'm open to compromise. I'm open to new ideas. I'm committed to solving our fiscal challenges. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. I'm not going to ask students and seniors and middle class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 are not asked to pay a dime more in taxes. I'm not going to do that.

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KAYE: House Speaker John Boehner, likewise, struck a conciliatory tone, drawing a hard line on tax hikes and saying everything is up for negotiation.

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REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), HOUSE SPEAKER: Clearly the deficit is a drag on our economy. And we can't continue to spend money that we don't have. I don't want to box myself in or anybody else in. I think it's important for us to come to an agreement for the president, but this is his opportunity to lead.

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KAYE: The Senate has already passed legislation that would raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 while preserving the Bush tax cuts for the middle class.

The latest now on Tuesday's election. President Obama's margin of victory has now increased. He now holds a 3 million vote advantage, or a 51 to 48 percent edge over Romney in the national popular vote. That is up from a tie that we saw on election night.

But down in Florida, they are still counting the ballots. Officials have until noon today to submit unofficial results to the secretary of state. CNN has yet to project a winner there, but with 97 percent of precincts reporting, President Obama has a 65,000 vote lead over Mitt Romney. The Romney campaign has conceded the race in Florida.

And for the first time since super storm Sandy hit New York, the lights on the Statue of Liberty were lit last night. The lights were damaged in the storm, you may remember. The national monument remains closed, though. Still no word when it will be reopened.

In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie says most areas of the state will have power by tonight. Millions of people lost power during Sandy, and about 160,000 lost power because of the nor'easter that hit this week.

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GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, (R) NEW JERSEY: Life will be back for most of New Jersey to normal come Sunday. Why do I mean by that? Let's start with power. We backtracked slightly due to the nor'easter. But after talking to them last night and this morning, my belief is that we will have almost 100 percent restoration by Saturday night.

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KAYE: You saw those dreadfully long lines on Election Day, how can we forget them, right? So what can states do to make sure that it doesn't happen again? Or should the federal government maybe step in? It's an option, and we're talking about it next. You're watching CNN SATURDAY MORNING.

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OBAMA: I want to thank every American who participated in this election.

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OBAMA: Whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time -- by the way we have to fix that.

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KAYE: President Obama there delivering his victory speech, making a point, though, even in that historic moment, to address those long voting lines, lines like this one that stretched down hallways across parking lots, around city blocks. In states like Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Virginia, where I actually saw them first hand covering the election in Virginia on Tuesday, a four hour wait where I was.

But lines were not the only problem. Take Racine, Wisconsin where seven or eight sites ran out of ballots on Election Day. The ran out of ballots on election. Or in Pennsylvania where this machine was malfunctioned and would only cast a ballot for Mitt Romney no matter how hard the voter tried not to -- just a small sampling of the problems on Election Day.

And now, despite all of those problems, the Supreme Court just agreed to hear a change to the voting rights act. The law is the government's most powerful tool in protecting minority rights at the polls. The plaintiff in Alabama County says the Fed should not subject some states to stricter standards than others.

So back to President Obama now and his decree we have to fix that -- can the U.S. election process even be fixed? Joining me now, voting expert and professor of law, Rick Hasen. Rick good morning to you. I should say you're also the author of "The Voting Wars, from Florida in 2000 to the next election meltdown."

You say there was another election meltdown this year, and again, in Florida. On your election law blog, I saw that you said let's declare Florida an election disaster area and bring in the feds. First, why do you call it a disaster area? Do you think those long lines actually affected voter turnout?

RICK HASEN, PROFESSOR OF LAW: Well, you know some people can only get off two hours from work, and one of the things that happened in Florida is the legislature and the governor cut back on early voting. That put pressure on voting on Election Day, and I think some people were so discouraged they could not wait that long. I was watching CNN while the president was giving his speech, and on Twitter at the same time at 1:52 a.m., there was still a voter online in Miami-Dade County waiting to vote while the president was casting his acceptance speech.

KAYE: All you want is your vote to count and your voice to be heard. But I want to the read a passage from your book "The Voting Wars." You write "The United States is almost alone among mature democracies in allowing the foxes to guard the hen house." Talk about that and some of America's problems election system today.

HASEN: Well, there are two big problems. One is that we have partisans running our elections. We had that in 2000. You remember the secretary of state, she was not a Republican election official but also a co- chair in Bush's election committee. In no other country would they have a person running the election also be part of one of the teams. The other probably is we didn't have a single election on Election Day, we had like 10,000 elections because we administer elections on a local level. A big part of the problem here is not people trying to steal elections, but the problems of competence and resources. They're running out of ballots, the lines are too long, the machines are malfunctioning, and in some places you have an easier chance to cast a vote that will count than in other parts of the country.

KAYE: So you say that Congress can and should step in here to fix these problems. How would they do that? What kind of constitutional power do they (APPLAUSE) have, and what would it look like?

HASEN: Many people think this is an issue left to the states, but in fact the constitution says when it comes to congressional elections, Congress can overpower the state. If the states want to have different rules for their local elections, they can. This is how we had laws like the 1993 motor voter law, which required states to do certain voter registration activities. We had the Help America Vote act in 2002. Congress can do this. I don't think they will, but we could have Congress step in tomorrow and set up a national allegation to run our elections.

KAYE: And you said the federal government could take over the whole process.

HASEN: Yes. I would like to see a process where the federal government registers all voters. When you graduate or drop out of high school, you get registered, and when you move, and they pay with a national ID, and they pay for the costs, and I suggest that we could have people, if they want, give a thumbprint. If you forget your card, lose your card, you can give your thumb print.

KAYE: It sounds so easy and organized, it's so bizarre for us, I think. But do you think a nonpartisan solution is possible even in today's divided political climate?

HASEN: That's the problem. If you look at other countries, you look at Australia, Canada, they all have nonpartisan election administrators. We have had over 200 years of local partisan election administration. And to move from that, you have a split among Democrats and Republicans over whether or not this is a good idea. You also have local election officials who are vested in the existing process who don't want to give up their power.

In 2002 Congress set up something called the U.S. election assistance commission. There has been no commissioners on that commission for eight months because Congress is divided on it. And yet the National Association of Secretaries of State, the state election boards, they want to have the body disbanded because they think it's too powerful. It's a real turf war.

KAYE: Rick Hasen, thank you so much for your insight this morning.

HASEN: My pleasure.

KAYE: Growing frustration in the northeast where it's going on two weeks now since power has been out for hundreds of thousands of victims of Sandy. How much longer will they remain in the dark?

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KAYE: Welcome back, everyone, to CNN SATURDAY MORNING.

Take a look here at a lovely shot here of the New York City skyline. That is the building just around the corner from our officers in New York where that crane had collapsed during the storm, the big super storm Sandy. We're glad you're with us this SATURDAY MORNING.

In the aftermath of that storm, getting the lights back won't come soon enough. New numbers coming in, 280,000 customers are still out power with 142,000 just on long island. Emotions are high and tempers are flaring. Our National correspondent Susan Candiotti is joining us this morning. I suppose you're hearing a lot from angry residents?

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They're angry, they're frustrated, and they're cold, because as you know, the temperatures plummeted over the last week. Where is the power, and where are the answers? That's what people are saying over and over again.

I'm in a makeshift help center where FEMA is handing out water meals ready to eat. People over here are handing out clothing, baby supplies, pet food, so people with problems can drive think here and pick up supplies. It's being manned by members of the parks department here including life guards, sanitation workers. But mainly, this is Mel, this is Jim over here. People are so frustrated, what are you seeing on their faces as they come to you for help without power.

MAL MCGARRY, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD PARKS DEPT.: We're seeing tears, frustration, they just want answers from LIPA. They want to know when they're power is back on. Thank god FEMA is here now. They want reassurance.

CANDIOTTI: Jim, you don't have power at your house yet, and you're still here helping people, why?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, it's -- I need to help out the people here in Oceanside, because I know as bad as my shows with no power, devastation, water, and somebody else has it worse than me. I have seen the faces coming in here, people crying, tears -- I mean the devastation is unbelievable.

CANDIOTTI: Thank you very much to both of you for joining us. City and city officials have been slamming the utility company out here for failing to be prepared for a disaster of this size and not giving people answers and telling them when they might get their power back. They're saying possibly Thanksgiving, possibly Christmas. No one knows, and they're not finding out anything.

KAYE: Has LIPA even come out to the neighborhood to try to talk to these people?

CANDIOTTI: You know, there are utility crews here that are hard at work on various areas, but other people are saying they have been sitting out here since the storm started and they have not seen one utility crew come by. If homes are flooded out, they can't turn the electricity to even if they wanted to because someone first has to come out and inspect it and clear it, make sure it's prepared. That's adding to the time.

KAYE: So frustrating for so many. Susan, thank you for bringing us that.

And if you want to help the storm victims in the northeast, it is easy to do. Log on to CNN.com/impact. You will find ways to contribute to that relief effort.

Unless you live in Los Angeles, you probably never heard of Measure B, but it has the porn industry in southern California all hot and bothered. We'll explain why.

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KAYE: Welcome back, everybody. I'm Randi Kaye. Here are five stories that we are watching this morning.

First up, an extramarital affair has ended the career of CIA Director General David Petraeus. He admitted the affair in his resignation letter. "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable both as a husband and as a leader of an organization such as ours." Michael Morell will step in as acting director of the CIA. He has been deputy director since May of 2010.

Turning to the economy, with just 52 days to reach a deal, President Obama is set to meet with congressional leader this is week to address the so-called fiscal cliff. The president and House Speaker Boehner signaling their open to compromise, but tax hikes on the rich remain a sticking point.

And number three, the United Nations has declared today Malala day for the teen girl shot in the head by the Taliban for trying to go to school in Pakistan. This is new video of Malala recovering at a hospital in London. You see her there with her father. He received an outpouring of international support. Today marks one month since that attack.

Number four, people made homeless by super storm Sandy are finding relief by FEMA. FEMA has set up a camp to help thousands of people affected. FEMA officials say Sandy evacuees will be moved into better housing this weekend.

Some shocking allegations against the CEO of the southern chain Waffle House is story number five. A former assistant is accusing Joseph Rogers Jr. of sexual impropriety. The unnamed woman says she was forced to perform sexual services, among other allegations. Rogers has not responded to those claims.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney dominated the headlines on election night, but a number of ballot initiatives also caught our attention, and one was this so called measure B in Los Angeles. It would require condoms in adult film industry. The industry fought back with a satirical video. Here is the part that we can show you.

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KAYE: Despite such lobbying, the ballot initiative passed anyway, and it means in theory condom use will be mandatory for adult films made in Los Angeles County staring next year. A spokesman for an AIDS foundation had this to say, he said "I believe what the adult film industry really has now is a marketing challenge, not a legal problem, getting viewers and consumers to adjust to the new normal."

James Dean and Jessica Drake are the two actors that appear in the adult video film against Measure B, and they are joining me now from Los Angeles. Good morning to both of you. First of all, this was presented as a workplace safety issue, this whole issue of Measure B. Let me start with you first, James. How do you see it, do you see it as a workplace safety issue?

JAMES DEAN, ACTOR: No, not at all. I feel workplace safety would qualify when you talk about needing to have cables be laid down properly, needing to have actual legislated testing, which we have. Adding latex does not increase safety, it just decreases sales. I think if you want to do things about workplace safety, then we should regulate safety.

KAYE: Jessica, where do you stand?

JESSICA DRAKE, ACTOR: I think from a performer standpoint and from the point of a woman, I don't like being told what I have to do with my body.

KAYE: Supporters say that condom use is now standard in the gay porn business and the so called straight porn business should go along with that too. James, what do you think?

DEAN: That's completely inaccurate. I am not in the gay porn business, I do work for a company that shoots both gay, straight, trans -- all sorts of content, and they're completely condom optional as is most of the gay porn companies. The gay porn companies, the reason you see condoms in their movies, and again you will have to speak to someone in the gay porn business, but as far as I understand, they take the personal information very seriously, and it is technically illegal for a producer or director to tell someone with HIV that they will not hire them because it counts as discrimination.

I bring this up because what I think should happen is we should get some actual safety measures for performers on the books about testing, and the fact that it doesn't count as discrimination, if you want to have sex on camera, you need to not have any STDs. It's fair, just like if you're working in a kitchen, you can't have hepatitis c, as far as I understand.

KAYE: Tell me about the testing, Jessica, in the industry. How regulated is it?

DRAKE: Well, we are tested every 14-28 days as performers. I have been in the adult industry a little over 10 years now and I have been tested at least on a monthly basis for HIV, Chlamydia, syphilis, and I have always felt comfortable with the testing.

DEAN: We have hepatitis tests along with HPV and Herpes tests, pretty much the full spectrum. They're available, done randomly, done on your first request of a performer. All medications and vaccines, they're all available. They used to give free HPV vaccinations, now they're a very small cost. We're covered beyond all imagine-ability when it comes to testing, and it's proven that before all of our protocols in place, someone actually faked a test and brought HIV into the business. That was almost 10 years ago. Since then, we have had no HIV transmissions. Our testing working and it works well.

KAYE: I understand. I got your message. Let me ask how this will work. It will be similar to how restaurants are inspected where the sets will have regular and unscheduled inspections to see if condoms are being. Jessica, do you see that working? Can it be enforced?

DRAKE: I don't think this is something that can be enforced at all. Before this measure takes effect, a few things have to happen. We have to define exactly what this measure entails. As it was presented on the ballot, and I think it was very misleading as it was on the ballot, it said condom use. But later on it says they can enforce the blood-borne pathogens law, which is why James and I took part of the PSA to show the public that it could be perceived as much, much more than that and I think it was very misleading.

KAYE: All right, appreciate you both coming on, we'll see if it is enforced. Appreciate your time.

DEAN: One thing really fast, condoms are awesome and everyone should use them. If you're not having sex within the adult film industry, you should be using a con condom.

KAYE: Thank you for saying that.

Coming up, we'll tell you why this Texas family was so emotional about a relative's recent win at the ballot box.

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KAYE: If you're buying gasoline, expect to see slightly lower prices today. A gallon of regular fell a little more than one cent. Gas prices are down for the second day in a row. The most expensive gas is in Hawaii, and the cheapest is in South Carolina.

Now to New York where more than 140,000 people are still in the dark this morning and some may not see power until Thanksgiving. People are getting desperate, impatient, and furious. Just listen.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can't get anything for my kids, I can't have power, heat, garbage pickup, nothing. All we need is help, I'm a taxpayer, I don't get this, I pay my mortgage welcome I do the right thing, I don't take from the government, but I need the government to help me now. (END VIDEO CLIP)

KAYE: And Nick Valencia has been following this for us. Good morning. A lot of frustration and finger pointing.

NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. No one is getting a straight answer. All morning I've been calling LIPA, and they called us back to say they would call us later. But to their credit, we started looking at their website this morning, they're down about 9,000 people, about 142,000 still without power. The majority of the people still affected are on that south shore there. And these frustrations really hit a boiling point yesterday at a rally. Take a listen.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But the most important thing is power. Cuomo, send in the National Guard, we are fed up, and we're not going to take it anymore. Thank you.

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VALENCIA: And Randi, you spent time there on the ground, it's getting cold, it's low 40s and 30 degree weather.

KAYE: And you look at those pictures and it's not like authorities can't get in to help. When the water was still there, you get it. But now they can get into these areas and they're still not helping, which is so frustrating. And people certainly worried about leaving their homes too, right, because of looting?

VALENCIA: Yes, there was concerned, and there were homes that were looted, and now it's just that fear and concern among residents. They told us that it's not widespread looting. But there is that concern, and at the same time, staying in your home to make sure your possessions don't get stolen.

KAYE: What a terrible situation for so many still.

VALENCIA: We're thinking about them.

KAYE: Yes, we are. Nick, thank you for your reporting on that, appreciate it.

To politics now where the Democrats have picked up another seat in the House how that California Congressman Mary Bono-Mack has conceded the race to her Democratic challenger. And in Texas, this man, state senator Mario Gallegos, was reelected. There is just one catch -- Gallegos died last month. Members of his family say they worked hard to see that he won after the politician asked that they help keep his legacy alive and his seat in Democratic hands. Texas Governor Rick Perry will now call a special election to fill that vacant seat.

A special-needs teen being tormented by bullies until the high school football team comes to her rescue. We will have that story just ahead.

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KAYE: High school can be tough on any teenager, but it's especially hard for teens with special needs. Today we want to highlight a group of young men that befriended Chy Johnson a sophomore with a brain disorder. The friendship started as a way to protect her from bullies, but it became much more.

Marie Saavedra (ph) of KTVK reports.

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MARIE SAAVEDRA, KTVK REPORTER (voice-over): This story starts with high school hierarchy where kids like Carson Jones lead the undefeated Clean Creek football team while students like Chy Johnson try to just make it through the day.

CHY JOHNSON: They were throwing trash at me.

SAAVEDRA (on camera): How did that make you feel?

JOHNSON: Mad?

SAAVEDRA (voice-over): The 16-year-old sophomore was born with a brain disorder and bullies have always been a part of life, until this year when a mom called on a family friend for help. It was Carson, starting quarterback.

ELIZABETH JOHNSON, CHY'S MOM: I emailed him, said Chy was having some issues, was just wanting some names. And he took is a step further and went and got her at lunch, and she has been eating with her ever since.

SAAVEDRA: Chy's guys make it a point to look after her. And this friendship has changed the game.

CARSON JONES, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: They don't bully her anymore because they have seen her with us or something.

SAAVEDRA: They're modest, but to Chy, high school is a new world, a safe one.

(on camera): You say these are my boys, right? Why is that?

JOHNSON: Because they saved me, because I won't get hurt again.

SAAVEDRA (voice-over): All because a group of boys broke those silly social rules, and through it earned a loyal friend.

JONES: It feels good to know we helped someone else. We're doing good, everything for us is going well, but somebody else needs to feel well too.

JOHNSON: They're not bullying me because all of the boys love me so much.

(END VIDEOTAPE) KAYE: What a great group of guys there. Our thanks to Marie Saavedra of affiliate KTVK in Arizona.

If you would like to sound off on stories about bullying, you can tweet me now or any time. Be sure to use the hash-tag "Bullyingstopshere" @RandiKayeCNN.

We'll be right back.

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KAYE: Good morning, Washington D.C. So glad you're starting your day with CNN. Take a look there at the White House. You know folks are up and at them early trying to work out a deal on that fiscal cliff looming over all of us.

You can say that 50 never looked so good. "Skyfall" opened last night, 50 years after the original. This is Daniel Craig's third turn as a super spy and the movie is making a killing, taking in $320 million since opening overseas. "Variety" reports that the movie could take in $80 million in its U.S. opening, the most in franchise history.

And just because the election is over doesn't mean the politicians aren't still targets. The late night comedians had their way with Washington last night. Take a look.

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DAVID LETTERMAN, LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST: I heard an update, power outages, anybody hear? I heard a update from Con-Ed, the electricity company, they said the Republicans flow be without power for the next four years.

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JIMMY FALLON, LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST:: Speaking of Mitt Romney, now that he's out of the presidential race, he will no longer receive protection from the secret service. Or as big bird put it -- sup?

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JIMMY KIMMEL, LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST:: And 75 percent of the gas stations in New York are closed because of power outages or they physically can't get gasoline to the pumps. So starting today, people with license plates ending in an even number or zero can get gas on the even days, and in an odd number, you can get gas on the odd days of the month. What if your plate is "playa" like mine? What do you do?

JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW": You all know who David Petraeus is. He is losing his job because of an affair. Guys, let that be a lesson to you. If the CIA director, who has access to phony passports, elaborate disguises, has safe houses all over the world, if he can't keep an affair secret, you're screwed, OK? You don't have a chance.

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KAYE: Well, we have much more ahead in the next hour of CNN SATURDAY MORNING, which starts right now.