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April 25, 2005

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JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: He's on the front lines of the filibuster fight, which is stealing the spotlight at the U.S. Senate. "Music with a message" is a dusty cliche... So what sets this show apart? And you probably have a lot of questions about this one. The answers are straight ahead!


First Up: Filibuster Fight


JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Thank you for joining us for CNN Student News! I'm Judy Fortin. First up-- It illustrates the government's separation of powers: The president's judicial nominees have to be confirmed by the senate, before they can take their new jobs. If voting is done along party lines, Republicans -- who generally support the president's nominees -- will win, because they have a senate majority in the senate. But Democrats have threatened a filibuster, which could prevent the vote from taking place. So Republicans are trying to ban filibusters where judicial nominees are concerned -- a move that Democrats call an abuse of power. And that sets the scene for this update, by Suzanne Malveaux.

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SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN REPORTER: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is at the center of the showdown between Republicans and Democrats over the president's judicial nominees. Frist is delivering a videotaped address to a religious telecast sponsored by the conservative family research council aimed at increasing public support for President Bush's judicial nominees. Excerpts from the speech show Frist supporting Republican efforts to limit filibusters.

Sen. Bill Frist
Sen. Bill Frist

BILL FRIST, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: My Democratic counterpart, Senator Reid, calls me a radical Republican. I don't think it's radical to ask senators to vote.

MALVEAUX: Simulcast on Christian television and radio, and to churches across the country----religious conservatives are launching an aggressive campaign to portray blocking Mr. Bush's nominees as an act "against people of faith."

FRIST: I hope you'll call your senators and remind them---whether they're Republican or Democrat---that they work for you. Tell the to do what's right. Tell them to do what's fair. Tell them to do their job, give judicial nominees the up-or-down votes they deserve.

MALVEAUX: The key senators involved in the filibuster debate called for their parties to compromise.

SEN. ARLEN SPECTER, CHAIRMAN OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE (R): My Republican colleagues ought not to vote on the nuclear option as a matter of party loyalty and the Democrats ought not to be voting in lock step on filibusters as a matter of party loyalty.

SEN. PATRICK LEAHY, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE (D): I agree with Senator Spector we ought to find some way to back away from all of this :12:53:00

MALVEAUX: At a counter demonstration another religious group denounced conservatives' efforts to turn the filibuster into a religious litmus test. The competing rallies underscore the important role religion plays in politics and the tug-of-war that is taking place in this country over the federal courts---which rule on hot button issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Suzanne Malveaux, CNN, Crawford, Texas.

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CARL AZUZ, CNN REPORTER: Time for the Shoutout!

On what date does spring begin? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it:

A) March 17

B) March 20

C) April 18

D) May 1

You've got three seconds -- GO!

Spring arrives on or about March 20th, when the sun is directly in line with Earth's equator. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!


Spring Snow

Rhonda Beare scrapes ice and snow off her car in Clarkston, Michigan Saturday.
Rhonda Beare scrapes ice and snow off her car in Clarkston, Michigan Saturday.

JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Folks in the midwest might disagree though, for this very reason: A foot of snow in some places, caking the ground in late April! It's usually a fair 60 degrees this time of year, in states like Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. But the weekend storm dragged the mercury about 25 degrees below that, and left thousands with no electricity to help keep warm. Fortunately for the weather-weary, no injuries were reported.


Around the World


JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Now for a quick check of international headlines... Here's Deanna Morawski.

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DEANNA MORAWSKI, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: We begin in Iraq, where insurgents have carried out new attacks. Sunday morning, two suicide car bombs exploded just 15 minutes apart at the Iraqi police academy in Tikrit. The attacks killed at least six people. Later in the day, two explosions rocked a neighborhood in western Baghdad, killing at least 15. Police say a bomb went off near a Shiite mosque and a busy market. Then when a crowd gathered, a second bomb was detonated.

New Zealand servicemen march past the Turkish memorial to the fallen.
New Zealand servicemen march past the Turkish memorial to the fallen.

In Turkey, thousands gathered Sunday to mark the 90th anniversary of world war one's "battle of Gallipoli." More than 100-thousand troops died in the failed allied bid to win a foothold in Turkey - a battle that will never be forgotten.

HELEN CLARKE, NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER: Every year at this time many thousands of people are drawn to the Gallipoli peninsula. They come as we have today to pay their respects to the brave men of many nations who served here in one of the most grueling military campaigns the world has ever known.

MORAWSKI: Many in attendance came from Australia and New Zealand. Volunteers from those two countries - called Anzacs - formed the backbone of allied forces attempting to capture Istanbul and open a supply line to Russia. They were fought off by Turk forces, and eventually withdrew.

At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI was formally installed Sunday as the Catholic Church's 265th leader. During an outdoor mass in St. Peter's square, the pontiff said he hopes to reach out to Jews and "believers and non-believers alike". He also asked for prayers as he assumes what he called "an enormous task."

Pope Benedict XVI waves to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims outside St. Peter's Basilica.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims outside St. Peter's Basilica.

POPE BENEDICT XVI: My real programme of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord.

MORAWSKI: The pope was presented with two symbols of his papal authority -- his fisherman's ring and a woolen pallium. That's a look at global headlines...For CNN Student News, I'm Deanna Morawski.

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Word to the Wise


CARL AZUZ, CNN REPORTER: A Word to the Wise...

pallium (noun) a white woolen shawl with pendants in front and back worn a pope or archbishop as a symbol of full Episcopal authority



Hip Hop Summit


JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: When was the last time you heard of a hip-hop show helping audience members buy a house? Your answer would be "last Thursday" if you were part of the crowd at the latest event by the hip hop summit action network. Brian Todd tells us who's behind it, and this founder hopes, lies ahead.

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BRIAN TODD, CNN REPORTER: Russell Simmons didn't have to look back...He fought his way out of inner-city Queens to become the 'Godfather' of the hip-hop movement... Creator of Def Jam records, Def Comedy Jam, the Phat Farm clothing line...A show-biz star by any measure... But he's here-- outside Baltimore-- the headliner, in a town-hall meeting with energy. This is Russell Simmons' passion now... A series of Hip-Hop Summits this year, aimed at getting inner-city kids, who spend so much on his product, to become more financially-responsible.

RUSSELL SIMMONS, HIP-HOP MOGUL: Well, it's the last step of the Civil Rights Movement: you know, wrap your hands around some money.

TODD: But it goes beyond that: Simmons lures kids in by recruiting young hip-hop stars like Mike Jones to appear, then holds workshops teaching financial-literacy, how to get your credit-ratings up, get out of poverty... Stay out.

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, left, poses with Tony Austin, president of the Russell Simmons Music Group, Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, from left, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, Thursday.
Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, left, poses with Tony Austin, president of the Russell Simmons Music Group, Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, from left, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, Thursday.

SIMMONS: The mind set of poverty is something that has to be overcome. I don't believe that those people who are living in this struggle-- I'm not saying what Bill Cosby is saying, for instance. I'm saying that it's our job to continue to give back.

TODD: The subject of Bill Cosby: Still sensitive to Simmons and his allies. Cosby, who last year enflamed some in the African-American community by slamming the hip-hop culture... Targeting the lyrics.

BILL COSBY: The more you invest in that child. The more you're not going to let some CD tell your child how to curse.

TODD: Not long after, Simmons shot back at Cosby... Quoted as saying: "Judgment of people in the situation is not helpful. How you can help them is the question."

TODD: Is there a divide between your philosophy and his?

SIMMONS: No no no. What I'm saying is that it's our job to keep giving.

TODD: But Simmons' brother-- Reverend Run of Run DMC-- compares himself to Cosby this way:

REV. RUN: My job, I believe is to tell people, 'I went this way, come in--so I don't really scream at people for not having it together, I try to show them.

TODD: Contacted by CNN, Bill Cosby said quote: 'The summit, which is set up to educate people about managing their money and protecting their income, leads to empowerment of self, for which this summit needs to be applauded. Another generation might agree. Brian Todd, CNN Baltimore.

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Before We Go


JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: How far would you go to help a friend? Well, before we go... Witness one guy who truly got down in the dumps! Maybe he didn't plan on getting stuck there, But the scene alone made for what one onlooker described, as a party. 45 minutes after he went dumpster diving, the un-injured man, and the friend's cell phone he'd gone after, were taken out of the trash.



JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: That empties our bin of stories for the day! For CNN Student News, I'm Judy Fortin.

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