Here's a rundown of the top stories from today's show:
Superstorm Sandy carved a path of destruction last October, killing at least 117 people in the U.S. and damaging hundreds of thousands of homes, crippling businesses- and becoming the second costliest storm in American history, CNN's Indra Petersons reports.
The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, were destroyed by on October 31, 2012 and reopened more than six months later to a slow return of tourists and locals.
Vincent Storino, Managing Member of Casino Beach Pier, LLC., says "We had a thousand man hours a day working on this project and what we accomplished in a few months should of taken a few years."
CNN's Deborah Feyerick caught up with the Sullivan family in Breezy Point, Queens, to check their progress as well.
In this community, 75% of the 2,800 homes flooded. 350 were totally destroyed and 135 of those burned to the ground during an epic fire in the midst of the storm.
Billions of federal "build-it-back" dollars are in limbo. New York City is painstakingly vetting applications to make sure the money is well-spent but none of it has gone to build anything back yet on Breezy Point, which is home to many city police & firefighters.
Daniel Sullivan's pays $200,000 on his mortgage but he thinks it will take another $200,000 to rebuild his home.
Sullivan says, "You don't know who's getting what, and who's entitled to what and so on but haven't seen anything from the city."
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The House Intelligence Committee is set to question U.S. spy chiefs about accusations that the National Security Agency has tapped not only the phone calls of millions of Americans, but those of top U.S. allies.
Among those on the hot seat will be Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.
Germany's interior minister said Monday that his country's confidence in the United States is shaken, amid claims the NSA monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone.
"If the Americans intercepted cell phones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil," Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that he wants "complete information on all accusations."
"The confidence in our ally, U.S.A., is shaken," Friedrich said, according to Bild am Sonntag.
Amanpour says most citizens expect surveillance as part of a larger security measure but this feels beyond that need.
“What’s really appalled people over here and in the United States, is the amount of data collection that’s going on against ordinary people.”
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