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Heroes Honored Across America; New Facts, Questions in Petraeus Case; Cold and in the Dark; Honoring U.S. Veterans; The Symphony of War; Insight on David Petraeus

Aired November 11, 2012 - 19:00   ET



DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone; Don Lemon here. Top the hour -- we're getting a look at your headlines.


LEMON: In parades all across America, people came out to thank our military heroes. Parade in New York also aided victims of Superstorm Sandy collecting winter coats for those hit hardest by the storm.

It was a beautiful day here in Atlanta for Saturday's parade. People of all ages lined the streets and waved their flags to salute freedom. And at Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then met with families who lost loved ones in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Some lawmakers are outraged that the FBI left them in the dark about its investigation into General David Petraeus's extramarital affair. New York Congressman Peter King talked with CNN's Candy Crowley today.


REP. PETER KING (R), NEW YORK: It seems this has gone on for several months and yet now it appears that they're saying the FBI didn't realize until Election Day that General Petraeus was involved. It just doesn't add up.


LEMON: Petraeus resigned from his post as CIA Director after his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell went public just two days ago. Much more on the Petraeus investigation in just a few minutes here on CNN.

A bipartisan plan for immigration reform appears to be in the work now. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and Republican Senator Lindsay Graham say their plan includes a tough love path to citizenship. Graham and Schumer teamed up on immigration back in 2010 and that plan went nowhere. Republicans may have fresh motivation after election losses last week.

Two newly reported deaths in New York have raised the death toll from super storm Sandy to at least 113. Nearly two weeks after the storm crashed through the northeast, residents in New York and New Jersey are still clearing debris from their homes and battling the cold. Commuting could get a little easier for New Jersey residents tomorrow though the path train system from New Jersey to Manhattan will resume at 5:00 a.m.

More on the power outages across the region in just a few minutes as well.

Israel fired warning shots into neighboring Syria today effectively telling Syria keep that civil war inside your own country. An Israeli military spokesman says a mortar shell from Syria hit an Israeli military post today. It is the first time Israel has fired on Syria since 1973.

Some people in Indianapolis are returning home now after a massive explosion last night tore through a neighborhood killing two people. Seven others were injured in the blast and fire that destroyed or damaged several homes. About 200 people were evacuated. There's no word yet on what caused the explosion which blew out windows for at least two blocks in every direction. People heard the blast three miles away.

The resignation of David Petraeus as CIA Director was the talk of the town in Washington on the Sunday shows as well. Lawmakers in both parties say they want to know more about why the FBI investigation into the extramarital affair involving the nation's top spy was kept under wraps.


KING: How the FBI could have been investigating it this long and yet, you know, General Petraeus was involved, Director Petraeus was involved. To me if it was, the FBI Director had the obligation to tell the President or the National Security Council at the earliest date so -- it seems this has been going on for several months and yet now it appears that they're saying that the FBI didn't realize until Election Day that General Petraeus was involved. It just doesn't add up.


LEMON: Democrat Dianne Feinstein Chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. She says, "She would like to have been told that an investigation was under way and that she was caught by surprise when she heard the news."


SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, (D-CA) CHAIRWOMAN, SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: We received no advance notice. It was like a lightning bolt. The way I found out, I came back to Washington Thursday night. Friday morning the staff director told me there were a number of calls from press about this. I called David Petraeus and I talked to the Director twice. This is very hard stuff.

(END VIDEO CLIP) LEMON: Later this hour we're going to talk with author William Doyle who interviewed Petraeus for his book on the Iraq war.

She co-authored a book about General David Petraeus entitled "All In". Now Paula Broadwell has authored a much different story, one that has very much to do with the fall of a great American leader. Here's a closer look at the woman behind the story.


LEMON: Paula Broadwell, from this point on she will be linked to the inglorious fall of one of America's most highly-regarded military leaders.

So who is Paula Broadwell? She is an honors graduate of West Point, a retired Army Reserve Major who lived, worked in, or traveled to over 60 countries in 15 years of military service.

Paula Broadwell is an author who has written about counter insurgency, transformational leadership and women in defense.

She joined me as a guest earlier this year to discuss Afghan military attacks on NATO soldier soldiers. I asked her if all NATO troops had to be concerned with having targets on their backs.

PAUL BOARDWELL, CO-AUTHOR, "ALL IN": Well, I think that's taking it a little too far. There isn't a bull's-eye on the back of every -- every one of our service men and women over there. In fact, I think a lot of this dialogue is overlooking the very strong relationships that many units have with their partner Afghan units in -- in the ministries where this happened. In fact some of these soldiers and they're typically called Afghan hands have great rapport and respect with the Afghans. So I think you can't go too far and say that there's a target on everyone's back.

LEMON: Paula Broadwell is a gifted athlete who ran track at West Point and graduated at the top of her class in physical fitness. On one of her profile pages she lists triathlon, kick boxing and weightlifting as three of her interests. She is the co-author of a biography of General David Petraeus the head of the CIA who resigned this week after admitting an extra marital affair.

During promotional appearances for the Petraeus biography Broadwell discussed her annual access to the General. Earlier this year CNN's Brooke Baldwin asked her how she was able to get so close to the General.

BROADWELL: Well, this project started as my dissertation about three years ago. And I was working with General Petraeus virtually doing interviews via e-mail and occasionally running with him and interviewing. And when he was selected by the President to replace General McChrystal in the summer of 2010 I decided the time was right to turn it into a book.

And so I got a -- a visa and went to Afghanistan. I actually went on a few trips and embedded both with the troopers in the field but also at headquarters. And at some point I think he realized I was taking this research very seriously. I was sharing hardship with the troops and risk and so forth and decided to open up a little bit more access.

But we had a relationship before I went there as far as this dissertation was concerned, so it just took it to another level.

LEMON: That access is at the root of this unfolding drama. An investigation by the FBI into alleged harassing e-mails from Broadwell to another woman close to Petraeus uncovered communications between Broadwell and Petraeus that were consistent with an extramarital affair. Those e-mails led to the General's resignation accepted Friday by the President of the United States.


LEMON: As we head into the third week after Superstorm Sandy, thousands of people still do not have power. We've got the latest on the aftermath next.


LEMON: New York Senator Chuck Schumer is warning insurance companies don't force hurricane deductibles on homeowners suffering in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Regular deductibles require property owners to pay a set dollar amount but during hurricanes residents pay a percentage of a property's value and that could mean $15,000 or more for residents.

The National Weather Service says Sandy didn't meet the technical criteria to be labeled a hurricane when it made landfall. Schumer warned insurance companies against challenging this determination.

Tens of thousands of people in the storm's path still have no electricity forced to put on layers of clothes to battle the cold. But some residents are celebrating their first day with the power back on.

And CNN's national correspondent Susan Candiotti is in the Rockaways neighborhood of Queens with the very latest. Susan?

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Don, tonight in those high rise apartment buildings behind me that house 600 families is a disabled mother of two. She has been unable to leave her apartment for the last two weeks. We went in to take a look around and saw deplorable conditions.


CANDIOTTI (on camera): Out in broad daylight it is easy to see, but look how dark it's going to get when we walk just inside the building. Bryant Pearson is in charge of the tenants' association and he's going to give us a tour. Bryant, let's take a look. Let's see.

By contrast, you can see it is bright sunshine outside and I just -- I don't know how you can see anything in here, Bryant. Holy cow. I'm holding on to the back of your jacket because I cannot see a thing. BRYANT PEARSON, IN CHARGE, TENANTS' ASSOCIATION: The steps right here.


PEARSON: This is how people have to get up and down the stairs.

CANDIOTTI: Hold on. I cannot see a thing.

PEARSON: The steps right here.


PEARSON: This is how people get up and down the staircase.

CANDIOTTI: Hold on, I cannot see. OK. Got it. Yes.

PEARSON: This is how we have to live here. We've been living like this since the storm hit.

PEARSON: Hey Bryant is this the seventh floor now?

PEARSON: Yes this is the seventh floor. We're going to talk to a couple of people.

CANDIOTTI: Has there been any looting here? Any stealing?

PEARSON: Absolutely, a lot of stuff here.

CANDIOTTI: OK. Oh, oh. That is right there?

PEARSON: Yes, right here. That's feces.

CANDIOTTI: Be careful where you walk.

PEARSON: When the National Guard came, they put tags on the door stating they came by to check.

CANDIOTTI: And that was on November 10th.


CANDIOTTI: Ivy. Hi I'm with CNN, Susan Candiotti.

Now we're in Ivy Cureton's apartment and Ivy, you have two young daughters over here. You guys are ages -- how old are you?




CANDIOTTI: Ten years old now it's a little bit warm in here and here is why. Ivy at least has natural gas working so the stove is working so she's got a pot of water on here giving off steam to at least warm up the room. A lot of places don't even have this much. Ivy, when was the last time you were able to leave the building?

IVY CURETON, STRANDED ON 7TH FLOOR: About two weeks ago.

CANDIOTTI: Right before the storm.

CURETON: Right before the storm.

CANDIOTTI: And the reason you couldn't get out, they turned off the electricity but why can't you get out. You're in a -- in a walker.

CURETON: On a walker, I can't get out because I can't go down the stairs and stuff like --

CANDIOTTI: You're suffering the aftermath of a stroke.


CANDIOTTI: What's it like at night?

SEANASJA OVERSTREET, 10 YEARS OLD: Our night is scary. Day and night I have to go on to the garbage, my little sister, my baby sister she has to hold the flashlight and it's scary sometimes. Like I hear noises. Like -- like real noises, it's like the wind is like whoo -- like the ghosts and stuff. Sometimes it scares me even though I'm 10 but I still get scared.

CANDIOTTI: Ivy what do you think about this?

CURETON: I think it's terrible -- like they should be prepared for it.

CANDIOTTI: How are you able to take care of your two girls?

CURETON: Well, my oldest daughter she's helpful. When it's time to go outside like when the food comes around, she goes down, but it's kind of scary for me to send her down too, because the staircases are dark.


CANDIOTTI: Imagine what it's like for that mother, Ivy Cureton, to have to rely on her 10-year-old daughter to send her into those dark stairwells in order to keep in touch with the outside world. But she did get some hope today. The National Guard came by and delivered MREs and a pallet of water and they promise that they will be back -- Don.

LEMON: Susan, thank you very much.

For the first time a 93-year-old World War II veteran gets to hear his music 60 years after he wrote it.

Next, you will hear from a symphony inspired by war and peace written in 1945.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) LEMON: Thousands cheered for the largest Veterans Day parade in the nation.

All right. First we're going to take you to New York City. Veterans were praised for their work in helping recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy.

And now to Washington, President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is the first Veterans Day in a decade in which there are no American troops fighting and dying in Iraq. 33,000 of our troops have now returned from Afghanistan, and the transition there is under way. After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home.


LEMON: President Obama says returning veterans deserve quality care to deal with physical and psychological war wounds.

More than 60 years ago a World War II soldier composed a symphony detailing the story of the war and the peace that followed. But for years the music sat on a shelf collecting dust. Now this 93-year-old veteran is getting to hear the first live performance of the work he created decades ago.


HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN, COMPOSER & WORLD WAR II VETERAN: My name is Harold Van Heuvelen, and my age is 93. And I'm a veteran of World War II.

In 1945, I was stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Army Air Base and I was an instructor. The piece in Europe had already been in April of that year and so they said we could do anything we want to. I decided to write a symphony.

During those 70 years when it sat on the shelf I would look at it every once in a while and think, why isn't this being played?

BOB VAN HEUVELEN, HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN'S SON: My brother and I came upon the bound copy of the symphony. I talked with Senator Carl Levin, Senator from Michigan where my dad lives. Senator Levin wrote a letter to the Defense Department and the next thing we knew we had a letter back from the Army Secretary saying we would like to perform the symphony.


TOD A. ADDISON, MAJOR, THE U.S. ARMY ORCHESTRA: I was kind of worried what I would see. And I was grateful when I opened the score and saw that it was a total piece of music, very accessible, very melodic, neo romantic. (MUSIC)

ADDISON: It has a special meaning when you sit down and you play something and you know exactly what's behind it.


HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN: So the first movement of my symphony is about the sadness of that period, the extreme sadness and sorrow of the Holocaust and the terrible loss of life. The second movement --


HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN: -- is sort of being geared for war.


HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN: And the third movement --


HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN: -- is the warfare itself.


HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN: The boys going to Omaha Beach and invading Germany.


HAROLD VAN HEUVELEN: At the end of that movement, I have a victory march.




LEMON: Very nice. Congratulations.

New details are still trickling in, in the aftermath of CIA director, David Petraeus's resignation after admitting an affair. Next, a man who interviewed the General extensively has a provocative theory on how all of this may have happened. That is next.


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LEMON: This is going to be interesting. Part of the story that you haven't really thought about here in the resignation of the CIA director David Petraeus, it has rocked the nation's capital and raised a lot of questions about the former army general and the people who had access to him.

Author William Doyle joins me now from New York. Thank you, sir. How are you doing?

WILLIAM DOYLE, AUTHOR: I'm good, Don. How are you? Thank you.

LEMON: Great. Good to have you on. I want to tell our viewers you interviewed David Petraeus for his book about Iraq and it's called "A Soldier's Dream". There it is up on the screen.

So, Mr. Doyle, you have some interesting thoughts about what happened to Petraeus in the last couple of days. Tell us about him and what it was like to interview him.

DOYLE: Well, Petraeus is, of course, a critical period -- character in American history. He also was a tremendously charming guy not only to people in the army organization and other military people but to journalists. And I wrote a book about him, I interviewed him -- a book about Iraq -- I interviewed him in 2010, and when I asked him for an interview, I got an e-mail response from him directly like that.

I got other e-mails from him subsequent to that, subsequent to our interview where he was enthusiastic, supportive, cheering me on for getting good reviews, and it was like I had a mentor.

He's very effective personally, but then when I started reading about the fact that he may have been obsessively e-mailing his mistress and so forth, he struck me as a man who may have had kind of a digital addiction or a digital -- almost like a digital mania which I think all of us can maybe relate to these days because he was a guy who was constantly e-mailing, texting, and perhaps he was Googling himself too much and he should have had a real life.


DOYLE: He lived in a bubble where he was lionized by the military and by the press and that turns out to have been, of course, very unhealthy. Another important thing --

LEMON: Hang on -- hang on one second.


LEMON: I don't want to gloss over that because I think that's very important because a lot live by -- I have my phone here on the desk -- and a lot of us live that way, except for the Googling though, Googling yourself every day which I think is very unhealthy. But to try to respond to every person on Twitter, to every person on Facebook, to someone who e-mails you, you know, you can seem like you're being very gracious but it can be overwhelming. You think that's honestly what led to his downfall?

DOYLE: I think it was a problem he could not manage properly. If he was, as one report said, sending a thousand-plus e-mails to a woman not his wife, the man clearly has oppressive (ph) problem in addition to the problems he already had.

He is a brilliant man, of course, a brilliant general. And I think on Veterans Day, today, it's very important to remember, don, he did not turn the Iraq war around by himself. He had the help of tens of thousands of American military people.

And, in fact, Petraeus told me in the book that I wrote about an army captain named Travis Patriquin. Petraeus told him he was directly inspired by the work of a young 31-year-old American army captain who studied the Koran, spoke Arabic, and turned things around before Petraeus got there with the help of many of his colleagues.

Actually, this man here, Travis Patriquin who died in an IED explosion in 2006 -- they're the men and women we should remember on Veterans Day because they, just as much as David Petraeus, with the help of their Iraqi allies turned things around in Iraq from a total disaster into what it is today, which is a much better -- terrible, but a much better situation.

So it's the Travis Patriquins we should remember on Veterans Day, not just the tragedy of the families that have been involved in this Petraeus scandal.

LEMON: Very well said. So, William, you said something very interesting. You said that it was almost like you had a mentor, right, because he was so responsive and he was so encouraging to you. So how did you feel when you heard that he resigned? What did you think?

DOYLE: I felt sad because he's a guy who took time out in a very brief series of exchanges with me, e-mail, I interviewed him. And in my book he provides one of the best analyses I have ever seen in his own words of what happened in Iraq and how the war turned around in 2007 because of the work that was done by Patriquin and others in 2006.

So I felt like -- I honestly felt like he was a friend. There are tens of thousands of journalists and military personnel who feel the same way about him, but I think he also -- you have to remember that many people in the military did not like him for that reason, because he was seen as a relentless, shameless, and very effective self- promoter and perhaps he helped elevate his own reputation beyond where it should be.

But I think, of course, you know, we all make terrible mistakes in our personal life sometimes, and we shouldn't forget the contributions he made, but we should be serious about who helped him do that.


DOYLE: and that's thousands of people, Don, whose names we'll never know, some of whom are buried and forgotten, and that I think is the true legacy and the full story of a story like Petraeus'.

LEMON: Right. William Doyle, thank you. Appreciate it.

DOYLE: Thank you.

LEMON: Up next, we're going to get you up to speed on today's big stories and hear from someone who has worked with both former CIA chief David Petraeus and the woman at the center of the scandal -- Paula Broadwell.


LEMON: Half past the hour. Let's get a look at your headlines right now.

Today citizens across the nation pause to pay tribute and give heartfelt thanks to our military heroes. At Arlington National Cemetery President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He told his gathered his administration will be vigilant in making sure veterans get the health care they need when they need it.

Now to the latest on the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. Members of Congress are expressing concerns that matters of national security may have been compromised. They question the length of the FBI probe into the general's personal affairs and why they weren't informed. That investigation began with a complaint that Petraeus' mistress, Paula Broadwell, was sending harassing e-mails to another woman close to the general.

Two newly reported deaths in New York have raised the death toll from Sandy to at least 113. Power has been restored in most of New York and New Jersey. A full-blown protests have erupted on Long Island with hundreds of angry residents picketing the utility provider. Congressman Peter King, who represents part of Long Island, was on CNN's "State of the Union."


KING: LIPA, the Long Island Public Authority, have failed miserably. They are not doing the job and they are not communicating with the people. And I am hoping that if we can set up a federal infrastructure led by the Army Corps of Engineers which we have a comprehensive plan which likely will be required to follow. This is an absolutely disgrace. We are now two weeks into the storm and still over 100,000 people without power and with no real estimate as to when they're going to get back. Getting misleading information, getting distorted information.


LEMON: A bipartisan plan for immigration reform appears to be in the works. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and Republican Senator Lindsay Graham say their plan includes a tough love path to citizenship. Graham and Schumer teamed up on immigration back in 2010 and that plan went nowhere. Republicans may have fresh motivation after election losses last week.

In North Dakota there's no question about it. Winter has arrived. Parts of Bismarck got 10 inches of snow this weekend. Goodness. And other parts of the state got as much as a foot and a half. No more snow expected this week but temperatures aren't expected to go above freezing until Friday.

And in Indianapolis some people are returning home now after a massive explosion last night tore through a neighborhood killing two people. Seven others were injured in the blast and fire that destroyed or damaged several homes. About 200 people were evacuated. No word yet on what caused the explosion which blew out windows for two blocks in every direction. People heard the blast for three miles.

The tip of the iceberg? Maybe. At the very least questions and criticism of the FBI probe of General David Petraeus are mounting. Lawmakers want to know why they didn't know and they want to know other things and was security breached? Athena Jones has more.


ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): As more facts emerge about the circumstances that cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job, so do the questions.

KING: I have questions about the whole matter.

JONES: Like who knew what, when about the FBI's investigation into an investigation that his biographer, Paula Broadwell, sent harassing e-mails to a woman close to Petraeus. According to a U.S. official, it was that probe that revealed an affair between Broadwell and Petraeus. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper learned of the investigation in a phone call from the FBI on election night. Clapper told the White House on Wednesday, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official. But it's unclear when the FBI probe began.

KING: The FBI director had the obligation to tell the president or the National Security Council at the earliest date. So it seems it has been going on for several months and yet now it appears that they are saying that the FBI didn't realize it until election day that General Petraeus was involved. It just doesn't add up.

JONES: Among other questions, why weren't key lawmakers told sooner? The House and Senate Intelligence Committees weren't informed until Friday.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you going to investigate why the FBI didn't notify you before?

FEINSTEIN: Yes, absolutely. I mean, this is something that could have had an effect on national security. I think we should have been told.

JONES: Not everyone on the hill was totally in the dark. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said an FBI employee told him about Petraeus' affair and a possible security breach in October after the investigation had begun.

A U.S. official says the general's communications were never compromised and he was never the target of the investigation. Another issue, Petraeus stepped down days before he was supposed to testify before a Senate committee about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Acting CIA director Michael Morell will testify instead but some Republicans aren't pleased.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R) SOUTH CAROLINA: At the end of the day, the one thing that has to happen in my view is we need to get to the bottom of Benghazi. I don't see how in the world you can find out what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack if General Petraeus doesn't testify.

JONES: CNN has not been able to reach Broadwell for comment.


LEMON: Athena Jones reporting there.

Petraeus had a distinguished military career before being chosen to head up the CIA. He command U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also considered by some to be a possible presidential candidate. CNN military analyst James "Spider" Marks talked with me earlier about Petraeus' legacy.


GEN. JAMES "SPIDER" MARKS, CNN MILITARY ANALYST: It's terribly unfortunate. I do know General Dave Petraeus. In fact, we knew each other in high school and certainly at West Point and then I had the great good fortune of serving alongside him in a number of assignments to include combat in Iraq early on and Paula Broadwell was a young officer who worked for me about a decade ago, and she's just immensely gifted, bright, talented, fit, a great representative of the very best our nation brings forward.

And so you have these two incredibly gifted folks, and they make a human frailty, but at the end of the day leadership is all about competence and character, and in the case of Dave Petraeus, no one, no one would challenge his competence. That's a matter of record.

But at the end of the day his character indicated a bit of a frailty, and I would suspect he probably didn't have somebody whisper in his ear, "Hey, look, boss, all glory is fleeting here and maybe even that the rules apply to everybody," which clearly they do, and sadly we have two careers that are now in a bit of a tailspin. I think it's safe to say.


LEMON: My thanks to General Marks. Petraeus has been married for 37 years and has two adult children.

Veterans returning from war get help readjusting to their lives at home from animals once forgotten in shelters. That's next.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When I got back from Iraq, I stood away from large crowds, malls, movies.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I wouldn't leave the house. Just didn't want to.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stayed inside, windows were blacked out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was really numb.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Didn't feel like aid purpose anymore.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nightmares constantly, flashbacks. Everything to me is still combat zone.

MARY CORTANI: Veterans with invisible wounds, we can't see a wheelchair, a prosthetic leg. They appear like you and I, but they're suffering goes so deep it touches the soul.

I learned how to train dogs while I served in the army. I knew that a dog can add a lot in your life. I realize this is what I was supposed to do.

My name is Mary Cortani. I match veterans with service dogs, train them as a team so that they can navigate life together. When a veteran trains their own service dog, they have a mission and a purpose again.

Talk to them, tell them they did good. Dogs come from shelters, rescue groups. They're taught to create a spatial barrier and can alert them when they start to get anxious.

Are you OK? Are you getting overwhelmed? Focus on Maggie. The dog is capable of keeping them grounded.

You're focusing on him and he's focusing on everything around you.

You start to see them get their confidence back. Communicate differently. They venture out and they're beginning to participate in life again.

Being able to help them find that joy back in their life. It's priceless.


LEMON: And it's time for our regular feature, the Red Chair interview. Pauly Shore was born into a family of standup comics and essentially raised by standup comics. Well, his laid back surfer persona from MTV is long gone and now Shore is trying to get people to take him seriously as a political comedian.


PAULY SHORE, COMEDIAN: It wasn't really a character. It was kind of who I was. I think the weasel would go over today if it was presented in the proper situation. I look at my job back on MTV in those days as almost like Willy Wonka, you know, where the guy gets the golden ticket.

I used to do a show and they had no idea what the hell I was doing or what I was saying. So I'd look in the audience and see a hot chick and say yo, bro, check out the fresh doughnut, check out the wood she created bro. You know what I mean. They're like what did he say? He didn't really say anything bad. I know everyone wants to think that it was just like this kind of smorgasbord of drugs and alcohol and girls. I have this saying that it's OK to dance with the devil, just don't become the devil, and that was kind of my kind of look on everything, even at that time, even when I was younger, you know. Like it's OK to get crazy, but just don't become that.

We're all pretty much Frankensteins of our parents. Let's be honest. You get part of your dad and part of your mom. You know, for me, my mom started the comedy store with my dad and she developed comedians. And my dad is a comedian. So I got two sides of I think the best you can have if you want to be a comedian.

Growing up at the comedy store around the comedians and having no parental supervision whatsoever, you know, is either a really good thing or it's a really bad thing for your kid. That's why I never went too crazy because I kind of already went crazy when I was growing up as a kid. I mean, my parents divorced when I was three. My dad was off with Elvis and just off doing his thing. And my mom was living the second part of her life. She was in her early 40s and she was dating a lot of comedians.

She would invite different comedians over to the house when I was a kid, and she would have after parties like on a Tuesday night. I would have to go downstairs to a smoke-filled room. In there were Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and there would be roaches of marijuana and champagne and all that stuff and I had to basically tell her to shut up I had school in the morning. Instead of her being like, "Oh, cool, keep it down," she would laugh basically and then she would say he's going to be a comedian. And I'm like "Whatever, dude. Just shut up, I have school."

I'd be a good president, don't you think? Because the thing is if I were president of this country, I wouldn't think about me, I'd think about you. I would cut all my personal expenses. I don't need to stay at the White House, I would say at (INAUDIBLE).

The people that know even who Pauly Shore is don't know that I'm into politics. In my early 20s I wasn't that interested in it. It wasn't appealing to me. Now I'm 44 so I'm like a little bit older, you know. My interests have changed. We wanted to go to Washington, D.C., and shoot a special called Pauly-tics. I kind of think it's a kind of spring break meets Bill Maher.

MICHAEL STEELE: Why are you going there? What's up with that?

SHORE: Dude, partisan.

STEELE: We're fist pumping.

SHORE: They never included me in rock the vote. So there's a first for everything. So, you know, I wish they would have included me but I was too busy doing this, bro. You know, what I mean, So they're like he's just the party guy.


LEMON: I had the pleasure of meeting Pauly on Friday for the first time. Great guy, nice guy. You can see more interviews like this one on our Web site. Just go to and search for Red Chair.

It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving. We'll tell you why.


LEMON: Hello kitty, Papa Smurf and Elf on the Shelf are ready for launch. You can see the characters are latest additions to the lineup of balloons that highlight the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Yesterday they were inflated and flown for a test run over the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. In just 11 days, just 11 days, of course, they'll fly high above New York City, alongside old favorites like Buzz Lightyear, Spider-man and Kermit the Frog.

Thousands cheered today for the latest Veterans Day - excuse me, the largest Veterans Day Parade in the nation. That's New York City.

Veterans were praised for their work and help in recovery efforts after superstorm Sandy in Washington. President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery. The president said an important part of honoring veterans is providing quality care for returning service members struggling with physical and psychological wounds.

Captain Zachariah Fike knows how to go above and beyond the call of duty. However, his most notable mission has occurred far from the front lines. Here is his story on this Veterans Day.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ralph sacrificed more than just his service to our country. He sacrificed his blood.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My dad, Ralph W. Bingham, he was a veteran of the First World War, the big war.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For that sacrifice he was awarded our nation's oldest medal, the Purple Heart.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He lost his right leg fighting in France and received a purple heart for that. We had it for many years in my home where I grew up.

ROBERT MACNEVIN, GRANDSON OF PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT: Unbeknownst to us lost in one of his moves later in his life. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I found Private Ralph Bingham's medal on Craigslist. It's been a calling of mine for about the last three years. I locate lost or stolen medals. These are al the Purple Hearts that I'm currently working. Some I've located the families. Some I haven't. I do this on my own time. I don't consider it a hobby. It's more of a calling and an honor. Though a lot of times they put it on a shoebox under the bed and it gets misplaced and they lose it.

I myself have a Purple Heart that hangs on the wall at my mother's home. I would hope that one day if my medal was lost that you know, someone would do the same thing for me and my family.

It is truly an honor to bring Private Bingham's Purple Heart home to his family and I getting truly humbled by the sacrifice.

It is a great honor to bring home his Purple Heart. Thank you very much.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The medal means a lot to me. Especially, and to our family.

FIKE: So that's it. That's the Purple Heart.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I remember seeing it as a girl growing up. You know, my mother kept it in a certain spot in the dining room.

FIKE: And see how appreciative they was just a tremendous feeling. I'm glad it's home to where it belongs and I'll move on to the next medal.



LEMON: A robbery by motor bike? Thieves carry out a daring heist at a mall. Here's CNN's Jeanne Moos.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): If you think only Batman would go crashing indoors on his Batcycle, well, holy heist, look at this!

Three motorcycles were captured on a surveillance camera as they roared up the walkway in a London shopping mall called Brent Cross shortly after the mall opened that day. Watch the security guy back off as six men riding two to a bike dismount armed with axes and baseball bats. Half the men go into the jewelry store while one of the guys standing guard outside smashes a glass barrier. Shoppers below scatter. Rick Treister was in a nearby store -

RICK TREISTER, WITNESS (via telephone): People riding around seem to be screaming, to quite hysterical. MOOS: The men inside were shoveling jewelry, Cartier and Rolex watches into bags.

(on camera): This kind of heist is called a smash and grab. Motorcycle smash and grabs aren't all that unusual in London. What's unusual is for it to happen inside a shopping mall.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was exactly like something out of a James Bond film.

It didn't seem real. It was just like, like a dream.

MOOS: While the robbers were grabbing lute inside the store, a clueless couple strolling below was hustled out of the walkway. In less than two minutes the bad guys were getting back on their bikes. A shopper across the way took this video. Rick Treister, a commercial photographer, was also able to take one shot as the robbers zoomed by.

TREISTER: Definitely looking at me. And he shouted something.

MOOS: Rick couldn't make out what. During outdoor smash and grabs, bystanders have tried to kick the bikers at the mall -

TREISTER: It didn't occur to me to try and stop them.

MOOS: They left the way they came. Police discovered the abandoned bikes a few miles away at a nearby golf course but no robbers. They did drop some of their booty as they roared away. A return without a receipt. Hey, give that back!

Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


LEMON: I'm Don Lemon. I'll see you back here at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.