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♪ executive action president obama takes up the gun fight moving ahead on its own to close gun show loopholes. in the occupation in oregon armed protesters give al jazeera a tour of the land they claimed as local officials ask them to leave. >> i do not believe in my lifetime anybody has run for this job at a moment of great importance. >> reporter: bill clinton hitting the campaign trail for his wife but could his past help or hurt her bid in new hampshire. second day of talks and the chinese government is stepping in to prop up its struggling financial market. ♪
after spending years calling on congress to take action today president obama is unveiling his plan to reduce gun violence using his executive powers to put the focus on background checks. welcome to your world this morning i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm dell walters and part of a push for the final year in office to tackle what he is calling the most frustrating issue of his presidency and al jazeera libby casey is live for us in washington and libby there has already been republican push back ahead of announcements and what are politicians where you are saying? >> immediate reaction dell from republicans both on the campaign trail and from washington lawmakers with house speaker paul ryan calling this a dangerous level of executive over reach that americans won't stand for but the white house says these are common sense moves that are in line with existing law. and the president's executive
actions are being called modest and small steps because without congress on board there is only so much he can do. it didn't take long for a partisan battle to ignite over president obama's latest plan to combat gun violence using executive action for background check and rules. >> president obama actions limiting gun rights will restrict our law abiding citizens, not the criminals or terrorists who target them. >> reporter: several republican lawmakers and presidential candidates have already come out against the move. they say it won't actually reduce shooting deaths and that is an over reach. >> that is not democratic, it's not constitutional and i'm confident the courts will reject his attempts to do that and if they don't reject them i'm sure that ultimately the next president will make sure that he abrogates those constitutionally. >> reporter: on the democratic side hillary clinton and bernie
sanders are embracing the plan and lynch says the justice department is behind mr. obama's actions after meeting with her and other top law enforcement officials at the white house the president again promised to bypass congress on a hot button issue. >> we are careful recognizing although we have a strong ownership of gun ownership in the country and those who posses firearms for hunting, for self protection and for other legitimate reasons want to make sure the wrong people don't have them for the wrong reasons. >> reporter: among the new rules requiring dealers who sell firearms on line and gun shows for a federal license and have to conduct background checks on their customers, currently personal collectors or hobbyists can sell guns without background checks and the private sales are 10-40% of all transactions. >> background checks are doing
the systemic way in the country to make sure people buying guns can legally do so. >> there are concerns the impact of this executive order will be minimum and exact definition of who must register as a dealer is vague and guidelines can be easily revoked by the next president. >> we are not under the illusion that is going to prevent every incident of gun violence but if it's possible we can prevent even one or two incidents of gun violence then we are going to eagerly implement those executive actions. >> reporter: dell, other parts of the plan will expand background checks 24 hours a day seven days a week and background check information can be shared across state lines so someone barred from buying a gun in one place because of mental health reasons can't just cross the state lines and buy it there. dell. >> libby this is just a contention shues issue is there a way congress can have a say over any parts of these executive actions the president plans on taking? >> it can because money is what
is needed for some of these actions including beefing up atf and white house looking for half a billion to increase mental health funding and congress of course dell holds the purse strings and the president's announcement comes a week before his final state of the union. this is clearly an issue the white house is willing to take on and it's final year of the obama presidency. the president tweeting out last night from his own account that even though the gun lobby can hold congress hostage it cannot stop this process, it can't hold up the works so a fight the white house is taking on dell. >> libby casey in washington d.c. and thank you very much and reminder we will carry the president's announcement live at around 11:40 eastern time today. this morning the sheriff in harney county oregon is calling on armed anti-government protesters to leave a federal building, two ranchers whose cases inspired the demonstrations turned themselves in to authorities on monday but
supporters say they will not exit that wildlife center until federal land is back under local control. al jazeera's allen got a tour of the group's new home. >> reporter: a spokesman for the protesters told us specifically not to expect a lot of guns and any questions about how many protesters are here were left unanswered during our 45-minute tour of the national wildlife refuge property that this group walked into and took over. >> how is it going? >> emotional roller coaster and up and down but it's going great. there is no blood shed. this is not a violent or hostile situation. >> reporter: there are 15 or so buildings here, dozens of idle government trucks, swamp boat for the marshs and heavy equipment and the spokesman told us this is one of the sleeping areas. we took video through a window of people prepping food but were not allowed into this kitchen. we didn'tisit every building
but were allowed troam on o own and saw no signs of damage or vandalism. >> we want to be pilot. we want to be neighborly. we want to be citizens. we want to be respectful of one another. >> reporter: he is an arizona rancher who emerged as one of the group's main spokesmen. where do you see this ending? >> i believe that it will spread from here. this grievance that they are dealing with here is widespread throughout the west. this is not going away. >> reporter: we saw nobody carrying a weapon but again didn't see every room. we asked dwayne if people here were armed. >> there is probably a weapon in every pickup truck within 100 miles of here. you know, everybody says they are armed but these ranchers i know has a weapon, you know. so, you know, i had a kougar on my porch last week, there you go. >> reporter: bundy the leader of the group calling itself
citizens for constitutional freedom held a morning press conference to outline grievances about land use restrictions and federal regulations in an area where ranching and conservation have collided since the refuge was formed in 1908 and he was asked what will it take to end this process peacefully. >> i wouldn't say words would do it. i would say action would. and that would be for the federal government to remove its unconstitutional presence here in the county. >> i want to talk directly to the people at the wildlife refuge you said you were here to help the citizens of the country, that help ended when a peaceful protest became an armed occupation and hammonds turned themselves in and it's time for you to leave our community, go home to your families and end this peacefully. >> reporter: so far lots of talking but no serious action as the protest that started saturday continues.
allen with al jazeera, near burns, oregon. a former south carolina police officer is out of jail this morning, michael slager awaiting trial in connection with the shooting death of unarmed black man and spent 8 months in solitary confinement and the judge denying bail then set it 500,000 and he was the person seen shooting at walter scott eight times after he ran away following a routine traffic stop last april the mother of the teen could be flown back to texas and tonya couch is due in court and was flown to california after she and her son were caught in mexico and he is there fighting extradition on the run for weeks over a probation violations. stock futures in the country pointing lower as investors are feeling a pinch for the second straight day and stocks fell again amid concerns over china's economy and the government took steps to limit a further slide but there is concern a ban on
selling by large stakeholders could expire in coming days and al jazeera adrian brown has details from beijing. >> reporter: tuesday was another bad day for chinese stocks, the shanghai and hong kong markets were down but the route wasn't as bad as it has been on monday when shanghai closed down 7% and 8% and hong kong almost 3%. the reason for the continuing jitters in the market i think is probably this: on friday restrictions over the selling of shares are due to end and were imposed during the market turbulence in the summer and would mean a lot of cheap stock on the market bringing prices down still further and because of that the china security regulatory commission on tuesday issued a statement saying they would take action to stop big shareholders setting their shares in blue chip companies. now let's be clear, one of the reasons why some of these companies want to sell their
shares is they simply have no faith in their companies at the moment and trying to flood them off to individual investors but the government wants to protect those small investors. we have seen plenty of evidence again on tuesday of government intervention in the market. they have been buying up shares in blue chip companies but the data to watch this week is going to be friday. >> adrian brown in beijing and estimate the selling ban could free investors to sell $153 billion worth of shares. if you ventured out it's cold and temperatures well below freezing up and down the east coast and police in new york state orders to get the homeless off the street. >> power to put people in shelters whether they want to go or not, homeless advocates are challenging that. >> reporter: we are live in new york city and john despite the big chill some are still resisti resisting. >> reporter: well, dell, i have seen more than a few people who apparently braved at least part of this very frigid night out
here in midtown manhattan and you can understand why if you talk to people who experienced the shelter system and they can tell you the shelters can be number one dirty and invested with virmin and most importantly unsafe but governor andrew's stated desire to force the homeless inside out of cold like this he indicates is a matter of life and death. it was a code blue night in new york city that means temperatures below freezing driving more people into shelters like this one for a warm place to sleep and a hot meal. >> as the temperatures drop we are seeing more and more people here for our meal and we will see about 50 people here for our shelter tonight and expect the number to increase over the course of the winter to up to 200 people overnight. >> reporter: private shelters like the mission will fill up quickly but despite the cold some of the homeless still prefer to stay outside. >> i would rather be on the streets and cold than go to the shelter system. >> reporter: that is why new
york governor issued executive order requiring local officials to bring the homeless inside when the temperature drops below freezing. by force if necessary. >> this is a blanket uniform statewide rule. you must, they all could, this is you must. >> i don't think they should force us in the shelters because the system is crazy, disgusting, filthy, it's just totally out of order. >> reporter: the order is based in part on state law that allows the homeless to be taken into custody if they are a threat to themselves or to others. but homeless advocates like bobby watts say the law does not allow for a wide round up just because of the weather. >> there are some people who do freeze to death and we want to prevent that at all costs except we don't want to step over the line of violating their civil liberties, someone may think they can take care of themselves out the street and they miss
calculate. there are people that the police will never find despite this executive order. >> reporter: some 59,000 people live in shelters in new york city alone. another 3-4,000 live on the streets. new york's mayor announced a comprehensive plan to deal with the homeless but progress has been slow. >> there is someone like me on every corner, every crevase and turn and if you go here someone built a house they are living right there. >> reporter: they have since moved on now but i can tell you this morning what we got here that there were a few people sleeping outside of pen station right behind me and no authorities whatsoever were making an effort to make them move inside and part of it may be the governor's office has backtracked a little from the executive order and now they say no one will be forced to go to a shelter, they will make sure the authorities remind people there are shelters to go to unless of course people are deemed to be a
danger to themselves due to mental illness. stephanie and dell. >> and john i saw them on the streets when i was coming into work as well, what exactly is the temperature threshold for the governor's executive order? >> well, the threshold is 32 degrees and i can tell you the last report i saw is overnight the temperature out here was 12 degrees. those are both fahrenheit of course and very dangerous conditions for anyone to be exposed to for a great amount of time. >> john thank you very much. >> in fact, for parts of the northeast this is the coldest morning of the winter so far and let's bring in nicole mitchell for more on that and welcome back nicole. >> i got back from the jungle and this is extra cold this morning and usually i don't complain about the cold and john said 12, it was last hour and for this hour it's 11 for new york city but closer to the coastline a little bit more wind. the wind chill for new york city minus two.
that is what it feels like on the skin so really is a brutal morning this morning and through the day today. this is some of the coldest air of the season so far it doesn't warm up too much more in the 30s as we look across the rest of the country much more seasonable in the last couple weeks we had a lot of the warm snaps. if you really think it's cold remember it's january and this is just actually a little bit more normal. already by the day as we get into tomorrow some of these temperatures rebound a little closer to the 40s so we will start to get that warmer air back but this is for many parts of the northeast the coldest morning so far this entire winter season. in the meantime with all of that at least there will be a fair amount of sunshine today. there is a look at the radar and you can see how dry the skies are really east of the mississippi. that is good for a couple reasons not only does the sunshine make it feel just a little bit warmer but we had all those areas that really saw the flooding especially all the rivers, not everyone has crested yet and southern parts of
mississippi river basin some of the places will not be until the weekend and far ahead into next weekend and next week. and it's going to take a while to dry out and by the time we get into tomorrow we have a system hitting the west coast and i'll talk about that in the next half hour but moisture ahead of this will move in the region tomorrow and even more so into the day on thursday. so all those rivers that are cresting are going to have to watch that, doesn't look like a lot of rain but it doesn't help. >> talking john henry smith looked cold. >> he did. >> not the jungle. when we come back fall out over saudi execution. >> could have shaky peace talks. general motors joins forces with lift with a half billion investment and what it could mean for the future of ride sharing. ♪ the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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♪ there are conflicting reports this hour over the course of a fighter jet crash in libya reports say the mid 21 was shot down near benghazi and an i.s.i.l. group is claiming responsibility but the libya national army denies that saying the plane suffered mechanical failure and pilot ejected safely. tensions between saudi arabia and iran. >> a short while ago iran president saying saudi arabia quote cannot cover up its crimes by severing ties. what he is calling a crime is the execution of a prominent shia cleric. also this morning kuwait recalling ambassador from iran after the saudi embassy in kuwait was attacked and answered and downgrade the presence in
taiwan and obama administration is calling for calm and state kirby making it clear the u.s. has no plans to intervene beyond that. >> we want to see tensions decrease and want to see engagement continue. or to be reinstated when and where possible so that a better mutual understanding can occur and calm can be restored. if you are asking if we are trying to be come a mediator of in the answer is no. >>. the u.n. security council also concerned that the tensions threaten to derail peace talks in syria and yemen and al jazeera james base is at the u.n. with more. >> reporter: these are two heavy weight countries of the middle east if there is volatility between these countries then it's going to affect the entire region. they have always had strained relations but they have never been this low and that is why the u.n. secretary-general has been working the phones and on the phone to the foreign minister and on the phone to the
foreign minister of saudi arabia. and we got some details on that second call from the spokesman for the secretary-general. >> speaking to foreign minister the secretary-general reiterated his views on capitol punishment and his disappointment at the execution of nimr whose case the secretary-general raised with saudi authorities on several occasions. the secretary-general also reiterated the attack on the saudi embass si in tehran was deplorable and added announcement of the break in saudi diplomatic relations with tehran was deeply worrying. regarding yemen the secretary-general urged saudi arabia to renew its commitment to a ceasefire. >> you heard the mention of yemen there and could cause problems across the middle east. there already has been violence in iraq but the real concern is yemen and syria because these were the two places where the u.n. had invested very heavily trying to get peace processes
going, the new year was supposed to bring new hope and now that is all in doubt. i can tell you that right now the u.n.'s peace envoy for syria staffan de mistura is in riyadh and he is there speaking to saudi officials and he is then going to damascus and then he is going to tehran. this was a preplanned trip to try and keep on course the syria peace talks in geneva due on 25th of january just three weeks from now and trying to make sure everyone turned up on time and was there and the talks went a sh head and trying to save the entire process because it's all looking seriously in doubt because of these developments in the last couple of days. >> al jazeera's james base at the u.n. and we have a middle east historian specializing in modern iran and professor at the graduate center at city university of new york joining us this morning and happy new year and thanks for being with us, as you heard today president accused the saudi government of
cutting off diplomatic relations to cover up what he called the crime of killing this religious leader. do you think this was saudi arabia's intention to create this diplomatic fracture with iran? >> exactly. actually since rouhani came to power in tehran he has been offering a branch to riyadh and he was hoping, in fact, to improve relations. i think here the initiative comes from riyadh and basically increasing tensions. and i think the saudis have their own agenda here. partly has to do with united states but mostly it's their interest to basically destroy assad's regime in syria and also of course to bolster up their policy in yemen so in both areas they need to, in fact, escalate the crisis with iran. >> the white house press secretary has said the u.s.
warned saudi arabia of the potential consequences of executing nimr which goes to your argument they knew what the outcome would be but what does it say about saudi arabia's regard for the u.s. today? >> i think what they want to do is force united states basically to follow their own, their saudi policy especially in syria and yemen and they get frustrated when the u.s. doesn't do what saudi arabia wants. >> the saudi policy be in continuing to try and force assad out of syria? >> exactly. >> okay but the saudi said today they don't believe the structure with iran will impact the upcoming peace negotiations on syria or yemen, do you think that is dis ingenuous to say? >> exactly if they are demanding that iran should basically pull the rock under assad they are of course mistaken to do that. but that is basically impolicely
the demand they are making on iran on the peace negotiations. and i think to understand saudi policy you have to look at what the change of guard that has occurred in riyadh in the last year. the new people with the running policy in the saudi arabia are much more assertive and some would say much more basically aggressive. they want to give up the mold of checkbook diplomacy and want to be much more active and exert basically their power and means assertion and rivalry with iran and differences with the united states. >> it also means fighter jets in yemen, what effect does that have on iran and does it empower hard liners within iran? >> the hard liners are using this, in fact, with rouhani and it's a physical attack on the saudi embassy was not done by
the iranian government and didn't want that, it's done by the hard liners so any problems rouhani gets if it's the saudis on the united states the hard liners think this will help them in the running up elections and it's very for sighted but i think that is the way they think. >> thank you for your insights this morning. >> thank you. police in china arresting a person over an arson attack on a bus, 17 killed when the bus caught fire overnight, the driver escaped with minor injuries but 32 passengers were hurt, police say they are investigating the motive. when we come back stumping for his wife in new hampshire former president bill clinton hitting the campaign trail with just five weeks to go until the primary but can he help woo undecided democrats. and the cargo ship and a look at one of the largest in the world and how it could lead to big changes at u.s. ports.
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easy going to be easing executive powers to expand backgrounds checks. several top republicans say the executive actions are an abuse of power and unconstitutional. local officials in oregon calling on armed protestors to leave the federal wildlife center where they've camped out since saturday. this ranchers who inspired it turned themselves in. another down day for stocks in china, australia and hong kong, the chinese government taking steps to limit a further slide but there is a con that a ban on selling could expire in the come days. hillary clinton starting the new year debuting her biggest supporter on the campaign trail, her husband. >> bill clinton made the case for his wife in new hampshire and is headed to iowa next as he takes a more high profile role in her campaign.
we are live in nashua, new hampshire. how did he do getting the message out? >> he received a warm welcome, the evening event they had to open an overflow room. supporters were convinced again that she is the best person for the white house. for the undecided, well, the campaign still has some convincing to do. >> yeah, hillary! whoo! >> hillary clinton has called her husband her quote not so secret weapon and this was the day the campaign began using his star power with voters. >> president bill clinton. >> the former president told those crowded into a community college gym that this election is about restoring prosperity, about keeping america safe, but still keeping it america. candidates like donald trump trump have suggested banning
muslim immigrants. >> america is a place who welcomes all people who are willing to treat people the way they like to be treated, where they follow the law. he said there is no better candidate than hillary clinton to raise the middle class and carry on president obama's progress on the environment, gay rights and health care. >> i do not believe in my lifetime anybody has run for this job at a moment of great importance who was better qualified by knowledge, experience, and temperament to do what needs to be done now to restore prosperity. >> she loves you. >> well, we all do, anyway. >> new hampshire is friendly territory for the clintons. hillary had a come-from-behind win her in her first presidential bid eight years ago and the state launched her hulls's race to the white house in 1992. now five weeks before the primary, hillary clinton is
trailing bernie sanders in the polls here, but political experts say it is still anyone's race and that bill clinton's job is to corral undecided democrats. >> his job is to get them energized, to win one more for hillary clinton, because people realize, he realizes if she winds here and wins in iowa, basically, it's game over. >> thank you very much and god bless you. >> sending bill clinton on the road can be risky. in 2008, he angered african-americans by insinuating obama won the south carolina primary simply because which his race. monday he stayed on message. when asked about trumps comments, calling him one of the great abusers of the world. >> the republicans have to decide who they want to nominate. i'm trying to help now the democrats in the country why i think hillary would be the best president. >> bill clinton had an easy sell. >> he touched on all the issues
that would show us what a great candidate she would be. >> she can work with other people and get things done. >> others aren't yet onboard. >> i'm still not sure. i'm going to -- there's still five weeks. i've got a lot of time to think about it. >> no doubt that new hampshire voter and other voters here will be seeing a lot more of the candidates over these next five weeks. >> i always do wonder how many people wait until that very last second to decide. lisa, some analysts say that some of bill clinton's appearances back in 2008 possibly hurt mrs. clinton. will we see a different tone from him this time around or have you noticed that? >> of course yesterday was his first day on the campaign trail, so on the campaign trail by himself, so it's hard to judge yet. based on yesterday, i would say definitely, he was very low key,
he was disciplined. he stayed on message. he was not the bill clinton, the fiery bill clinton we saw eight years ago. it's still early. we'll see what happens as the campaign moves on. >> ok, lisa stark live for us this morning in nashua, thank you. >> peter crawly is the former state department spokesman under hillary clinton and joins us from washington, d.c. p.j., thanks for being with us. the headline in today's washington post, big clinton asset or liability, which is he? >> he's an asset. he's a significant political figure and he has a gift for being able to help people understand issues in ways they can appreciate that relates to their particular lives. he's very very popular in new hampshire and obviously lisa's report underscored that. >> you seem to hear lisa hint to what a lot of people are asking now was can you keep the big
dog, bill clinton's nickname, on a short leash. >> number one, hillary clinton is running for president, bill clinton is not. let's keep that in mind. the race will be about her ability to connect with voters. he can certainly help her, you know, in that regard, but i would say that obviously both of them learned a lot from the 2008 campaign. they had electoral advantage going in and they weren't able to convert those advantages to sufficient primaries to get the nomination. they've grown in the past eight years and i think you are seeing that yesterday. >> that is not to say republicans aren't going to try. this is a heckler yesterday and wanted to ask hillary clinton about her husband's past. take a listen. >> you are very rude. i'm not going to ever call on you. >> now hecklers like that, do you expect this to be a common occurrence as long as bill
clinton is stumping for his wife and in your opinion was this woman a plant? >> i have no idea. so many people have views of the clintons, those who admire them, like them, those who were unhappy with the president and his personal life, they've for given him. on the other side, they are polarizing figures. this will come out in the campaign. >> if anything can be said about this campaign cycle it is that insiders are taboo. how can you have 42 out on the campaign trail try to make his wife number 45 without conjuring up those images of a dynasty? >> well you know within you know, i think there's a different dynamic on each side of the political spectrum here. obviously on the republican side, government experience is not necessarily valued. on the democratic side, you know, you have a much more tempered discussion about issues and answers and the tones of
very, very different and obviously the first challenge for both, either democrats and republicans is who's going to actually be the nominee, you know, and then what's the dynamic that happens, but we're still weeks and months away from that, you know, but i think that having, you know, someone like bill clinton on the campaign trail, you know, talking about the issues in a very tempered way, a very intelligent way, you know, working through, here are the challenges, you know, here are some of the solutions and here's why he believes his wife is the strongest candidate. that will undoubtedly help her in my view as she goes through this, you know, the early stages of the primary season. >> talk to me about the bill clinton that you know. it is no secret donald trump is trying to bait him into an argument. will he take the bait and how will he counter? yesterday he was asked to comment about donald trump wanting to talk about his past.
how long can bill clinton go before he just doesn't say anything. >> his answer was look i'm a happy grandfather, i'm not mad at anybody. i think they've looked at -- everyone obviously is surprised at the dynamic on the republican side. you know, i among many others never thought that trump would last this long, so i think everyone is still waiting touses, you know, is this something that's going to be sustainable once people start to vote, so i think on the democratic side look, bill clinton is one of the most sophisticated political minds of our time. i remember in my time at the white house, he was sitting with prime minister netanyahu at a summit in 1998 saying hey, here's why we need to do certain things on the peace process and here's how you sell it to your own people. he knows, he understands campaigns. he knows how to position himself, you know, and talk about these issues. i'm sure he's going to, you know
to do this in a way that makes trump the issue and not make bill clinton the issue to the detriment of his wife as she runs for president. >> p.j. crowly, thank you very much. donald trump is taking political heat for his ad. people are rushing the mexican border with the u.s. it's actually video of migrants in morocco. trump is denying any controversy saying the use of that clip was intentional. >> if that was just video footage, just display of what your country's going to look like. we're like a third world country, we're a dumping ground, so you can take it any way you want. it's merely a display of what a dumping ground is going to look like and that's what our country's becoming very rapidly. >> he calls for a wider fight against isil and keeping muslims out of the u.s.
trumps campaign said he still plans to show the ad in iowa and new hampshire ahead of next months iowan caucus. a crackdown took place over the weekend, at least 121 undocumented immigrants were taken into custody in three states. those raids all part of a large scale operation that targets families crossed the southern border illegally over the last year. homeland security officials saying all of those detained have now been cleared for deportation by federal judges. fans are remembering country music singer craig strickland. his body was found on monday after a week long search. he was the lead singer for the arkansas based band back road anthem. he had been missing since just after christmas when he disappeared after a hunting trip with a friend. their boat capsized. cleanup in missouri after record flooding along the mississippi. in the eastern part of the state, the river 13 feet above
flood level. as the water recedes, much of cape girardeau has been blanketed in mud and debris. further north, temperatures much lower, this is a beautiful landscape in wisconsin as seen bay drone. winds from the great lakes are bringing the coldest weather to parts of that state. that major storm system moving into the west. another one, nicole, it has been one very busy weather week. >> definitely. we are at least getting a break in the eastern half of the country right now, so a little chance to dry out before the next round of rain culls in. the next round of rain through the west coast especially into portion of california where we've been talking about the drought for so long, we know we need this rain, but it could be too much too fast over the next couple of days. here's where we're seeing it as far south at santa barbara, widespread into central california dealing with rain. this is more rain than snow
because of the temperatures with extreme higher elevations. we are looking five or 6,000 feet that we could get a foot of snow. that's great news for the ski resort and snow pack. the winter storms go in terrier. over the next couple of days, as this continues to move in, not just one round that will move across the country, but another behind that. today already even southern parts of california, the closer you get to the coastline, two or three-inches of rain. as weed a up the next couple of days, we could see some places see over six inches of rain, desperately needed rain, but that much and we have burned areas, scarred ground that could lend to some flooding concerns. >> possible mudslide concerns. >> we'll have to watch how much very closely. the largest container ship to ever visit the u.s. visited oakland.
the visit is calling for new calls to modernize the ports since many can't handle the ships called the future of commerce. >> it's called the benjamin franklin, actually owned by a french shipping company, making a stop here at the port of oakland and a few days earlier, los angeles. called a megaship because it can hold 18,000 20-foot long shipping containers at maximum capacity. the usual ships hold 5,000. >> it's important to demonstrate that the port of oakland is not only ready for these ships but capable of handling them efficiently when they come to call. >> this is the benjamin franklin and this is a bowing 747 or as compared to the aircraft carrier, the u.s.s. george h.w. bush. >> it's this megaship's maiden voyage and this port is one of the few in the country that can handle something of this size. >> oakland has dredged to
accommodate larger ships and raised the height of cranes. the ship will mostly shutting containers between asia and europe. when it comes to shipping, the u.s. is behind the times. while megaships already dock regularly at ports in asia and have for years, in the u.s., major ports are just starting to make upgrades needed to accommodate megaships, bringing in bigger cranes and dredging to deepen waters. >> the federal government needs to develop a comprehensive international freight strategy. the roil of these very large vessels is a stimulus to have these particular parts of the infrastructure get their act together. >> oakland and los angeles may have welcomed the benjamin franklin this time but that doesn't mean either port can handle many more such calls. still, pro opponents of megaships say they feel carrying more cargo per trip means less pollution. >> it's a considerable challenge and puts stress on not only the
trucking lines and the dredge companies that move cargo short distances from the ports to translating facilities where often they put on rail cars to be sent to other parts of the country or sent to facilities where the goods are repackaged for onward movement. >> even at a hefty 150 million u.s. dollar price tag, some shipping companies believe it makes economic sense. west coast ports also recognize the far reaching economic benefits of megaships. >> the port of oakland employs 450 people but influences 73,000 jobs. that many jobs depend on the port. with increased cargo comes more jobs yet, so we see a true economic benefit to the region as these big ships arrive. >> that is the hope, bub as megaships dock with greater frequency, the question will be how quickly american ports can keep up. melissa chan, al jazeera, oakland, california. >> remember the old saying we're going to need a bigger boat.
i guess not anymore. >> much bigger boat. >> tell me about it. giving a lift to lift. >> the right hailing company now partners with general motors, a move that could change the future of self driving cars. from tech giants to tiny startups, we're at the world's biggest consumer technology show where everything is going digital. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
we'll credit your account $20. it's our promise to you. we're doing everything we can to give you the best experience possible. because we should fit into your life. not the other way around. >> volkswagen shares are trading down a day after the u.s. government sued the german automakers over that emission scandal, saying the company illegally installed software in vehicles trying to make them pass emissions tests. volkswagen faces billions of dollars in fines. the company and its exception face criminal charges. the ride share company lift is getting a boost as it tries to take down its competition. >> it's a half billion dollars investment from general motors. the goal is to develop a fleet of self driving cars.
>> made for daily use. >> lift is betting that one day, on demand cars like these won't come with a driver, teaming up with general motors to develop self driving vehicles available on demand. >> making core ownership unnecessary. >> it's a dream c.e.o. shared before. he believes most people will someday use self driving cars when taking ride sharing services. >> i don't think the majority of people will buy a self-driving car. when it's fully autonomous, i think the majority of people will hit a button in an app, request a self-driving car to come up and take them where they want to go. >> under the deal, g.m. will invest $500 million in lift. the companies are rolling out a rental service for drivers and president dan a.m. mmon will join lift's board. there's no time line for developing those self-driving cars. the company will be elbowing for
space where google has made headway. >> it's going to be powerful for people. >> working to create its own autonomous vehicle. google will develop self driving vehicles with carnegie melon university. >> you've got big factors that still have to be handled and considered. the biggest ones would be the legal and liability issues, as well as the inclement weather issues still programming programmers when they realize the sensors and cameras can be covered by muck, snow, mud, ice. >> and just last month, california rolled out draft regulations requiring a driver still be in the seat even if the karma noosers itself, rules that are expected to be challenged at hearings this month. >> g.m. has been working on its own version of autonomous cars and plans to test the technology in chevy volt by the end of the year, but neither g.m. nor lift will say when their service can be available. >> do we have any prediction of how many people in the future
will buy a car versus using one of these ride sharing things? >> it's expected that car sales will increase but not so much at a slower pairs and partially because of these ride sharing services, by the year 2030, it's expected that one out of 10 cars will be shared. this is a really important deal for both g.m. and lift, because they're really bringing their synergy's together. >> we talk about a self-driving car almost as if it's routine, that's cool. >> going to happen. >> thanks very much. >> thanks. facebook founder mark zuckerberg is making headlines for his response to girls, a response to a grandmother for her grandmothers to date in other words. she wrote they could wind up being the next tech celebrity. zuker said it would be even better to encourage those girls to be the nerd. he and his wife had a little girl. his wife is a doctor. the tech world i also
focused on las vegas this week where people are gathering for a showcase of the latest trends. rob reynolds took a look inside the consumer electronics show. >> the world's biggest consumer technology showcase is getting underway with 150,000 attendees from 150 countries. among the top trends for 2016, the expansion of digital technologies and sensors into more and more areas of every day life. >> we still live almost completely in an analog world. we're surrounded by digital devices, but we haven't yet started to integrate some of those digital attributes and digital aspects into our daily lives. i think that's one of the big steps that we'll see take place at the 2016c.s. >> the trend toward including technology into just about everything from doorbells to dish washers will affect millions of people's jobs, lifestyles and family time. >> it's going to be a major
change in how we live our lives. basically, technology's going to be everywhere, everything we do from when we wake up and go to sleep and while we sleep, technology is going to track our lives. >> there could be a downside to such ubiquitous technology. >> all your life is digital, somebody can hack into your system and learn where you are, what you're doing and in a way cyber stalk you. >> waterrable technology a $5 billion business and waterrable tech is moving well beyond telling you how well your workout went. >> i think what you'll see is not just products focused on fitness, as we have seen in the past, but you'll see that more holistic approach to waterrable clothing, smart clothing is an area we'll see growth here. >> the first consumer electronics show was held back in 1967 opinion since then,
technology has changed almost beyond recognition. who can say what the next 49 years will bring. rob reynolds, al jazeera, las vegas. >> self-driving cars always a big thing at the c.e.s. >> that whole thing is interesting. the president is going to bypass congress with new executive actions on gun control. the latest on the occupation at an oregon wildlife reserve, armed protestors hold out at local officials call on them to leave. we are back in two minutes. . >> new moms forced to choose.
>> taking action without congress, president obama unseries his latest effort to end gun violence. >> it's time for you to leave our community, go home to your families, and end this peacefully. >> new calls for armed protestors to leave an oregon wild life center as the occupation enters its third day. >> saudi arabia allies closing ranks against tehran, the leaders of tehran saying the saudis are deflecting blame. the stocks close lower here
in the u.s. after another big selloff in china. welcome to your world this morning, i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. president obama plans to layout his latest efforts to reduce gun violence using executive powers to go around congress and increase background checks. >> previous efforts to tighten gun regulations have failed and this is one of his final attempts to tackle what he has called the most frustrating issue of his presidency. al jazeera's libby casey is live in washington. libby, good morning. what is the president hoping to accomplish? >> good morning, stephanie. well, the president is launching his final year in the white house with the focus on guns, hoping to take executive action where working with congress has failed. he'll announce this morning from the east room these moves he would like to make.
yesterday, he met in the oval offers with the attorney general, loretta lynch and the president did seem to set some measured expectations for the moves. >> although we have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country, it's not going to prevent every mass shooting, it's not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal, it will potentially save lives in this country, and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss that they've suffered as a consequence of a firearm being in the hands of the wrong people. the top action is expanding the definition of who's a licensed gun dealer and trying to include people who sell guns at gun shows or sell them on line and making sure those sellers perform background checks on their customers. now who exactly is official sales person of guns is a bit
vague, but white house officials say it's based on logic. if you bill yourself as someone who sells guns, you should have to go through the background check pros. if you're a father passing on a gun to a son or daughter, you're not included in this. the white house hopes to increase the power background checks boosting officers performing them to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. they also want to make sure governors communicate and that states communicate so that if someone is barred from buying a gun in one state because of mental health issues, they can't just go across state lines and buy it someplace else. >> what are the possible obstacles to president obama getting what he wants from this executive action? >> he has certainly been hamstrung by congress in the past and there are some potential holdups here, because congress holds the purse strings. so, the white house as it looks for half a billion dollars to work on mental health issues
related to gun sales, congress will get in the way that have and deny the funding. they can also deny the funding for these a.t.f. officers who would work on background checks and in other law enforcement components of this. republicans are pushing back, ranging from the house speaker paul ryan to sand dates on the campaign trail, the likes that donald trump to chris christie to different presidential candidates saying they don't like this move and saying when they become president, they would reverse them, because presidential actions only go so far the white house and can be fairly easily reversed if someone else comes in. of course we'll see a new president in just about a year from now. others are calling these changes fairly modest, because there's only so much the president can realistically do without congress onboard and up heard the president's words himself setting these expectations that do seem to really create just a range of hope of what the white
house can accomplish. the white house is going at this issue with a real fierceness, stephanie, the union state of the union is one week away, the final one and you can expect this to be a final issue of the pat's final hallmark year in office. >> we'll bring you the president's announcement live at 11:00 a.m. eastern today. >> there are new calls for a group of armed protestors to leave that federal wildlife center in oregon, the sheriff and a judge both saying protestors should leave. now that the two ranchers who inspired the demonstration turned themselves in on monday, but the supporters say they are not going to exit the wildlife center until federal land is back under local control. al jazeera's carol mckinley is live in oregon where the refuge is located. what are people saying about these latest developments? >> the community here, there are
about 7500 people and i happen to be standing about i would say 50 feet from the very opening where the path is to get down to this refuge. there's a truck there guarding that gate. behind me as you see, the organizers of the refuge protest here have put an american sign, american flag over the sign which opens into the refuge. at this point, it's a waiting game. it's been four days and sheriff dave ward came out yesterday with a very short press conference, a minute long with a resolute message. that message is go away. >> i want to talk directly to the people at the wildlife refuge. you said you were here to help the citizens of the county. that help ended when a peaceful protest became an armed
occupation. the ham monday have turned themselves in. it's time for you to leave our community, go home to your families and end this peaceful >> the citizens are getting tired of this but the f.b.i. has joined the law enforcement and the strategy is to stay away from this compound. there is no law enforcement here. they are going to try to wait this group out. >> you say the citizens are getting frustrated. you've talked to them. what do they say about the fact that they are now in the national spotlight? >> well, they're not used to it. we found one woman who actually didn't even know what was going on yesterday. again, this is the fourth day and it's all over the place on their public radio, on television, in their newspapers. they do understand the issues of the ranchers and their problems with the government and with the
b.l.m., but they don't like the methods of this takeover. >> when someone comes in and says we've got guns, we're going to take over, everybody's scared. i would be, yeah, it's my house. no one else has came here like that. >> they're just taking over a government place, you know, like they're not going to keep it. who wants to stay there for years. >> it's not going to work out. >> it went through the courts and they settled it, so why keep it going on all the time? >> this is the entrance, what you're looking to to the road that goes down to the refuge where these two dozen or so people of homed up. that's a truck, a guy sitting in it, and none of us if you could come right back to me, can get down there. we're just kind of waiting around to see what happens between these organizers, these occupiers and the local law enforcement and the community. >> live for us in princeton, thank you very much. we are following new
developments in a deepening political crisis in the middle east. just a short time ago, iran's president said saudi arabia cannot cover its crimes by severing ties, the execution of a shia cheric. bahrain, the u.a.a. understand sudan have downgraded their diplomatic presence in iran after a saudi embassy was attacked over the weekend. sawed said it will not affect its role in peace talks. >> from our side, it should have no effect. we will continue to work very hard towards supporting the peace efforts in syria, in yemen, wherever there might be a need for that. how is that going to affect the behavior of iran? we do not know. you would needle to ask the iranians on that. >> switzerland's foreign minister said it has summoned
the top saudi authority there condemning the mass executions in the kingdom. they are calling or saudi arabia to do everything it can to reduce tensions. we were told earlier here that saudi arabia had full knowledge that its actions would fracture ties with iran. >> since rouhani came in power in tehran he has been offeringingen olive branch to riyadh and he was hoping in fact to improve relations. i think here the initiative comes from riyadh basically increasing tensions. i think the saudi's have their own agenda here. mostly, it's their interest to basically destroy the assad regime in syria and also of course to bolster up their policy in yemen. in both areas, they need in fact to escalate the crisis with
iran. >> the white house press secretary has said that the u.s. warned saudi arabia of the potential consequences of executing nimr which goes to your argument that they knew the outcome. what did it say about saudi arabia's reward for the u.s. today? >> i think what they want to do is force united states basically to follow their saudi policy especially in syria and yemen, and they get frustrated when the u.s. doesn't do what saudi arabia wants. >> the gulf cooperation council will hold an emergency meeting on saturday to discuss the crisis. stock futures in the country down this morning after investors in asia saw another big slide in their market stocks in china, japan and hong kong falling again amid concerns about china's economy. also despite that new action by the chinese government trying to stop the slide. we have details from beijing. >> tuesday was another bad day
for chinese stocks. the shanghai, sheens inand hong kong markets were all down but the rout wasn't as bad as monday when they closed down 7%, 8% and 3%. the reason for the continuing schism in the market, on friday, restrictions over the selling of shares are due to end. these restrictions were imposed during the market turbulence in the summer. if these restrictions eased, it would mean a lot of cheap stock coming on the market, bringing prices down further. because of that, the china security regulatory commission on tuesday issued a statement saying that they would take action to stop big shareholders setting their shares in blue chip companies. one of the reasons they want to sell is they have no confidence in their companies.
the government wants to protect those small investors. we've seen evidence again on tuesday of government intervention in the market. they've been buying up shares in blue chip companies, but the day to watch this week is going to be friday. >> that is from beijing. analysts suggest lifting that ban could free investors to sell $153 billion worth of shares. it is very cold in the northeast with temperatures far below freezing. that has police in new york under orders to get the homeless off the streets, something homeless at have a coats are challenging. we are live in new york city with more. john, you would think that homeless people would want to seek shelter in this cold but that is not the case for everyone. >> well, indeed, stephanie, we've seen plenty of people so far who apparently chose to brave these very frigid temperatures rather than go inside the shelter and you can sort of understand why when you consider a lot of people who
have been to these shelters will tell you they can be very dirty, infested with vermin and most importantly unsafe. government andrew cuomo stated desire to force people inside out of cold like this indicates it is a matter of life and death. >> it was a cold blue night in new york city. that means temperatures below freezing, driving more people into shelters like this one for a warm place to sleep and a hot meal. >> as the temperatures drop, we're seeing more and more people here for our meal and we'll see about 50 people tonight for our shelter. we expect that to cells during the winter to over 200 people per night. >> private shelters will fill up quickly, but despite the cold. some of the homeless prefer to stay outside. >> i'd rather be in the streets and cold than go to the shelter system. >> that's why new york governor andrew cuomo issued an executive order requiring local officials to bring the homeless inside when the temperature drops below
freezing by force if necessary. >> this is a blanket uniform statewide rule. you must, they all could, this is you must. >> i don't think that they should force us into shelters because the system is crazy, disgusting, filthy. it's just totally out of order. >> the order is based in part on state law that allows the homeless to be taken into custody if they are a threat to themselves or to others, but homeless advocates like bobby watts say it doesn't allow for a white round up because of the weather. >> there are some people who freeze to death and we want to prevent that at all costs except we don't want to step over the line of violating their civil liberties. someone may think they can take care of themselves out on the street and miscalculate. there are people that the police will never find despite this executive order. >> 59,000 people live in
shelters in new york city alone. another 3,000 to 4,000 live on the streets. new york's mayor announced a comprehensive plan to deal with the homeless but progress has been slow. >> there is someone like me on every corner, every crevice, every turn. right around here, someone built a house that they're living right there. >> the governor's ordered to force the homeless inside of the shelters kicks in when the temperature reaches 32 degrees fahrenheit. i'm told that the temperature here in midtown manhattan overnight dipped to 12 degrees fahrenheit, both well inside the spectrum for hypothermia to set in. >> i guess the question i also have you seen police enforcing this executive order this morning? >> well, to be quite frank, stephanie, we haven't seen police at all. we've been actually looking for some police to ask about their
enforcement procedures overnight and we really haven't been able to find any so far. there were again, homeless out here that we could tell coming oral in the morning and that might be in keeping with gone cuomo's office backtracking yesterday saying they would no longer force people off the street. they were getting some challenges about the legality of that. they now say that they are just going to remind people that shelters are available, unless of course, they find that certain people are not mentally competent to make the decision for themselves. stephanie. >> got it. john henry smith live for us in new york city, thanks. nicole mitchell points out that this is after all january, but it was just last weekend i saw a guy in a tee shirt and flip-flops so a loutitia changed in a short period of time. >> it's more surprising we haven't seen these temperatures yet this season. this is the coldest yet in a lot of these place.
we actually briefly made it down to 11. last hour in manhattan there was more of a wind chill. right now you have to get closer to the coastline. j.f.k. at the airport closer to the water, a wind chill of about minus three. it's chilly this morning across the region. interiorly you have single digit readings. very glad he's the one outside and i get to hang out in the studio this morning. more temperatures up and down the coastline and back in the great lakes will be the 30's. we get a little more warmth in tomorrow and warming up from there, so more temperatures getting back to and above average over the next few days. in the meantime, really a lot of the eastern half of the country dry on the radar. that is great news. we still have problems near the mississippi valley, levees getting close to the cresting stage there, saying don't walk on them, don't drive on them in some place. we have flood concerns, especially the southern edge of this.
some of these rivers won't crest until the weekend or later, possibly as late as next weekend. that's something we're going to have to watch especially when you consider. i mentioned really dry today, but that system on the west coast i'll talk more about in the next half hour, some of the moisture starts to get ahead of this tomorrow and already especially into the day on thursday. some of those places still in flood stages right now will see more widespread rain that will justed a to the rivers that are cresting out there, so that will be a concern. >> i'm going to tell john henry you said that. >> i would tell him that, too, so we're good. >> when we come back, we'll talk about the anti government anger inspiring that armed occupation in oregon. >> it goes far beyond the case of two ranchers, the sentiment fueling the protestor demands. >> crowds greeting bill clinton in new hampshire, but will his past help or hurt his wife as she tries to win the nomination.
this morning the occupation of a wildlife center in oregon is entering its third day and local officials are calling on armed protestors to leave. two ranchers who inspired the demonstrations turned themselves in to authorities monday, but their supporters say they will stay in the wildlife center until federal land is returned to local control. al jazeera's john siegenthaler spoke to ammon bundy, one of the men leading the occupation. >> on the phone now, the person you saw, ammon bundy is the leader of the occupation at the wildlife refuge in oregon. he's on the telephone. ammon, how long do you plan to stay? >> we plan on staying until the
job gets done. >> how many guns do you have? >> well, we would not disclose that, as you know in wisdom. >> what do you wants to? what's the message? >> well, for many, many years, the people especially of the last when it comes to the land have been extremely abused by federal agencies that have not afforded the people their constitutional rights. >> you don't think the government should own federal land, you think it should be given away or auctioned off, is that what you think? >> well, that's not my idea, that's what the supreme allow of the land clearly states. then it becomes our right as a people to make a hard stand, and that is what we are doing. >> and that stand continues to
night at an oregon, ammon bundy, we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and sharing your thoughts. heading up the intelligence project at the southern poverty law center, she joins us from montgomery, alabama, heidi, thanks for being with us. a lot of people don't realize that i also a had bet for anti-government activity, the john birch society, the minute men, the committee of 10,000. in your opinion, are we seeing a full picture of what's going on? >> well, i mean the group of folks who are holed up in that building on the white life reef final represent one slice of an extreme anti-government movement that is very strong in the west. they represent that, the group that is you just mentioned do, as well, but we've got, you know, almost 900 anti-government groups across the united states, and just since the bundy ranch standoff in april of 2014, we've seen a rise in about a third in the numbers of militia groups,
so this is a pretty serious movement and a serious problem. >> when you say 900 groups, a lot of people pro bowl said wow, tell us what these groups want. what is anti-government in their opinion? >> their, these are extreme groups, not conservatives who want a smaller government. these are people who really believe conspiracy theories about the federal government, that it's coming to round people up, put them in concentration camps, take away their guns, take away their land rights. they have extreme conspiracy beliefs and they are so opposed to federal power not just in term lands as in this case but in general, they believe for example that they can deny all federal authority over everything, that the sheriff in the county is the highest power, that they can set up their own laws and grand juries. they think their government essentially is unto themselves. >> in the 1980's, there was a standoff between the arm of the lord and a.t.f. after a state
trooper they believe was part of the problem was shot and killed. how concerned are you that this group might be spoiling for that type of fight? >> it's possible. we see more than just the incident you talked about. we've had six police officers killed by people who hold these extreme beliefs just in the last few years. we've had, you know, various standoffs going all the way back to the 1970's with extreme anti government folks versus federal officials. this could be a very volatile situation. i think law enforcement there, especially f.b.i. is smart to hang badge for a while and try to figure out what's going on because everyone apparently is there has weapons. they have a guard to your. >> there is competing narrative coming out of the compound, the group saying we are prepared to stay there for years, yet we are not seeing large stockpiles of food or weapons. based on your past experience, are these images deceiving? >> i would assume they brought some food in there because most
of these people are survivalists and preppers and always planning something like this. i imagine the weaponry is pretty serious. you don't see folks in this movement the without weapons on them at all times. we know there is someone in the guard tower with a high powered rifle. that is a problem and law enforcement is going to have to be very very careful because if this explodes. some of the rhetoric has been about violence. one inside sent a farewell to his family on you tube. the situation could get out of control. i'm sure law enforcement is very concerned. >> heidi, thank you very much. there have been surveys of law enforcement in this country that say law enforcement believes these anti-government extremists are the biggest threat to national security compared to those with other extremist ideologies. it trueing the rules for been sales.
>> still living in these tent cities. >> we're back to square minus one. >> the city is a powder keg at the moment. >> you see transactional sex and no one is held to account for that. >> the united nations has never accepted responsibility for this. >> an ali velshi on target special: welcome back to your world this morning. 8:30 eastern time. time to take a look at today's top stories.
investors in the u.s. getting ready for another down day on wall street, the futures pointing lower after another big sell off in china, chinese government taking steps to limit further slides. there's a concern ban on large shareholders could end in several days. supporters of ranchers in oregon demand the government allow lands to be controlled by them. americans have been rushing to buy guns and ammunition after the latest mass shootings. many expect it to become harder to purchase firearms if mr. obama's executive action takes effect. we spoke to some gun owners near
seattle. >> this is the country's second largest public indoor gun range. busy, even on a post holiday weekday. >> anytime that there's significant talk at the political levels about changing gun laws or increasing gun controls, there is a significant spike in sales and interest in the subject matter. >> in the gun shop, buyers are stocking up for sport, for shooting competitions and many say for self defense. >> i was a career firefighter when i was younger so i've been on many aid calls for shootings and that galvanized in my brain what could happen to people and i've always had a concealed weapons permit. i had an attempted robbery on myself at one point and the i thwarted it. >> some were camera shy, holding fast to privacy along with their right to arms. >> are you a u.s. citizen sir? >> yes. >> the second amendment is invoked repeatedly as a necessary check on feared
government overreach and an individuals right to self protection. no one was calling for a complete roll back of gun control. >> here in bellevue gun club, people we spoke to generally support the notice of background checks on gun buyers. what they object to is president obama's taking executive action to change gun laws which they see as bypassing the normal congressional process. >> computer systems engineered jeff mother tell shoots pistols in competition and keeps guns to protect his home and family. >> my understanding is we have over 25,000 federal, state and local gun laws across this country. i think that's pro bowl enough. >> i just think we're kind of barking up the wrong tree. i don't think anything that's been suggested would have any real meaningful difference. >> jim cameron describes current gun regulations at very adequate. >> there is a need for a background check. i just would hate to see anything where they take any
rights away from the individual to own a gun. >> one area where gun owners seem in step with president obama's proposals is in the intention to mental health. a reminder, we'll bring you the president's announcement live at around 11:40 a.m. eastern today. >> a former president out on the campaign trail stumping for his canned, his wife, bill clinton making his first stop in new hampshire monday. next up, iowa. lisa stark is live in nashua new hampshire. >> he got a warm welcome. he's well liked in new hampshire. his message was hillary clinton, his wife is the best person for the white house, the most qualified, her policies are the best. he's able to humanize her. he talked about the girl he met
in law school. he talked about the woman who has tried to help children all her life. that is one of the things that makes her a great asset on the campaign trail. >> hillary! whoo! >> hillary clinton has called her husband her not so secret weapon and this was the day the campaign began using his star power with voters. >> president bill clinton. >> the former president told those crowded into a community college gym that this election is about restoring prosperity, about keeping america safe, but still keeping it america. candidates like donald trump trump have suggested banning muslim immigrants. >> america is a place that welcomes all people who are willing to treat people the way they like to be treated, willing to follow the law. he said there is no better
candidate than hillary clinton to raise the middle class and carry on president obama's progress on the environment, gay rights and health care. >> i do not believe in my lifetime anybody has run for this job at a moment of great importance who was better qualified by knowledge, experience, and temperament to do what needs to be done now to restore prosperity. >> she loves you. well, we all do, anyway. >> new hampshire is friendly territory for the clintons. hillary had a come-from-behind win here in her first presidential bid eight years ago and the state launched her husband's race to the white house in 1992. now five weeks before the primary, hillary clinton is trailing bernie sanders in the polls here, but political experts say it is still anyone's race and that bill clinton's job is to corral undecided democrats. >> his job is to get them energized, to win one more for hillary clinton, because people realize, he realizes if she
wins here and wins in iowa, basically, it's game over. >> thank you very much and god bless you. >> sending bill clinton on the road can be risky. in 2008, he angered african-americans by insinuating obama won the south carolina primary simply because which his race. monday he stayed on message. when asked about trump's comments, calling him one of the great abusers of the world. >> the republicans have to decide who they want to nominate. i'm trying to help now the democrats in the country why i think hillary would be the best president. >> bill clinton had an easy sell. >> he touched on all the issues that would show us what a great candidate she would be. >> she can work with other people and get things done. >> others aren't yet onboard. >> i'm still not sure. i'm going to -- there's still five weeks. i've got a lot of time to think about it.
no doubt in those next five weeks, he'll be hearing from more candidates and the clintons again as the push is on with the first in the nation primary just five weeks away in new hampshire. >> on the subject of push, there's been push back on social media talking about bill clinton talking about black lives matter in his second speech. why? >> back in june, hillary clinton and a campaign stop in missouri, a black church actually was asked about the black lives matter movement and she said all lives matter. that was a controversial comments at the time. she's backed off from that, but bill clinton did talk about the black lives matter movement, saying he likes their message. we have seen activists saying we want to hear about hillary clinton's poses on race and justice. we don't want to hear bill clinton's speech. she's got to sell herself. he can help but she has got to
make her own case to the voters. >> lisa thank you very much. p.j. crawly worked at the white house and under hillary clinton. >> he's a an asset. he's a significant political figure and has a gift for being able to help people understand issues in ways that they can appreciate in relates to their particular lives. he's very very popular in new hampshire. i think that having someone like bill clinton on the campaign trail, you know, talking about the issues, in a very tempered way, a very intelligent way, you know, working through, you know, here are the challenges, here are some of the solutions and here's why he believes his wife is the strongest candidate. that will undoubtedly help her in my view as she goes through this, the early stages of the primary season. >> talk to me a second about the bill clinton that you know. it is no secret that donald
trump is trying to bait him into an argument. will bill clinton take the bait and if so, how will he counter. yesterday he was asked to comment about donald trump wanting to talk about his past. how long can bill clinton go before he just doesn't say anything? >> well, and his, you know, his answer was look, i'm a happy grandfather, i'm not mad as anybody. i think they've looked at -- i mean everyone is obviously surprised at the dynamic on the republican side. i among many others never thought trump would last this long, i don't know, so i think everyone is still waiting to see, you know, is this something that's going to be sustainable once people start to vote, so i think on the democratic side look, bill clinton is one of the most sophisticated political minds of our time. i remember in my time at the white house, he was sitting with prime minister netanyahu at a summit in 1998 saying hey, here's why we need to do certain things on the peace process and
here's how you sell it to your own people. he knows, he understands campaigns, he knows how to position himself and, you know, and talk about these issues. i'm sure he's going to do this in a way that makes trump the issue and not make bill clinton the issue to the detriment of his wife as she runs for president. >> he said the clintons learned a lot in 2008 and that will be evident on the campaign trail. a former south carolina police officer is out of jail, michael slager awaiting trial for the shooting death of an unarmed black man. he spent eight months in solitaire cob finement, the judge initially denying bail then setting it ate $500,000. he was seen shooting at walter scott eight times after scott ran away following a routine traffic stop last april. southern california getting ready for severe mr. l.a. county, they are pile up
sandbags. they are expected to get slammed with heavy rain. that could lead to flooding and mudslides. california's multi-year drought means less vegetation to soak up the water especially in the foothills. nicole mitchell as we look at all of this rain coming into california, are we going to see drought busting weather throughout the winter? >> so it took us four to five years to get into the drought. we are not going to wipe it out in one winter, but it will certainly start to dent it. it's definitely good news overall but as you mentioned as you look to california, it's going to be enough over the next few days that it will cause flood concerns. this is going to be a beneficial went their el niño pattern anticipated to bring more of these storms more frequently than a typical winter. already the wet pattern today, central california getting the most, but central california starting to see that initial rain. that's where we already of flood concerns going on and especially in the newburn areas where the
vegetation is scarred, sometimes it bakion the ground. it's hard for that to get into the ground. the moisture, that is our concern, because along the coastline, the next few days by the time we get to the end of the week, some places could get six inches of rain. that is great but it will make things slow. the higher he will vases, it's really those upper elevations parts of the sierra could get over a foot of snow with all of this coming. we already have one ban. as that continues to move in, abrief break and by thursday, friday, more coming on the coastline. this is a couple bands of this for california. as i said, overall, really some good rain. we haven't had rain in a while, the driving goes downhill, we have the flood concerns, so there are a couple of sides to this. by tomorrow, more moves interior, also with areas of snow possibly for higher elevations in portion of the rookies as it gets up that direction and then the pattern ahead of this will start to bring in a flow into the central united states, bringing in some
cases both tomorrow and the day after, some of that rain where places are already flooded in the mississippi river valley, so we'll watch that area for nude concerns. this morning, one of the world's largest ships heading back to china after docking in the port of oakland. the visit was a test to see if the port can handle megaships. melissa chan has our story. >> it's called the benjamin franklin, actually owned by a french shipping company, making a stop here at the port of oakland and a few days earlier, los angeles. called a megaship because it can hold 18,000 20-foot long shipping containers at maximum capacity. the usual ships hold 5,000. >> it's important to demonstrate that the port of oakland is not only ready for these ships, but capable of handling them efficiently when they come to call.
>> this is the cna cga benjamin franklin and this is a bowing 747 or as compared to the aircraft carrier, the u.s.s. george h.w. bush. >> it's this megaship's maiden voyage and this port is one of the few in the country that can handle something of this size. >> oakland has dredged to depth of 50 feet to accommodate larger ships and raised the height of cranes. the ship will mostly shutting containers between asia and europe. when it comes to shipping, the u.s. is behind the times. while megaships already dock regularly at ports in asia and have for years, in the u.s., major ports are just starting to make upgrades needed to accommodate megaships, bringing in bigger cranes and dredging to deepen waters. >> the federal government needs to develop a comprehensive international freight strategy. the arrival of these very large vessels is a stimulus to have these particular parts of the
infrastructure get their act together. >> oakland and los angeles may have welcomed the benjamin franklin this time but that doesn't mean either port can handle many more such calls. still, proponents of megaships say they feel carrying more cargo per trip means less pollution. >> it's a considerable challenge and puts stress on not only the trucking lines and the dredge companies that move cargo short distances from the ports to translating facilities where often they put on rail cars to be sent to other parts of the country or sent to facilities where the goods are repackaged for onward movement. >> even at a hefty 150 million u.s. dollar price tag, some shipping companies believe it makes economic sense. west coast ports also recognize the far-reaching economic benefits of megaships. >> the port of oakland employs 450 people but influences 73,000 jobs. that many jobs depend on the port. with increased cargo comes more jobs yet, so we see a true economic benefit to the region
as these big ships arrive. >> that is the hope, but as megaships dock with greater frequency, the question will be how quickly american ports can keep up. melissa chan, al jazeera, oakland, california. when we come back, new trouble for one of the world's largest automakers. the just department action that could cost volkswagen billions of dollars. g.m. investing in a new direction, new partnership to change how we get around.
police in northern china arrested a suspect in connection with the suspected arson attack on a bus. 17 people were killed when that bus caught fire overnight. the driver escaped with minor injuries. 32 passengers were hurt. police are searching for a motive. executives from volkswagen expected to unvile a concept car in las vegas, trying to defend itself from a lawsuit, as well from installing software in 600,000 vehicles to make diesel engines pass emissions test. volkswagen facing billions of dollars in fines. the company exception could face criminal charges. one of the countries most private ride sharing companies getting a boost, lift receiving a half billion dollars from general motors. the goal is to develop a fleet of self driving cars.
>> made for daily use. >> lift is betting that one day, on demand cars like these won't come with a driver, teaming up with general motors to develop network of self-driving vehicles available on demand. >> making car ownership unnecessary. >> it's a dream c.e.o. shared before. he believes most people will someday use self driving cars when taking ride sharing services. >> i don't think the majority of people will buy a self-driving car. when it's fully autonomous, i think the majority of people will hit a button in an app, request a self-driving car to come up and take them where they want to go. >> under the deal, g.m. will invest $500 million in lift. the companies are rolling out a rental service for drivers and president dan a mmon will join lift's board. there's no time line for developing those self-driving cars. the company will be elbowing for space where google has made headway.
>> it's going to be incredibly empowering and powerful for people. >> working to create its own autonomous vehicle. google will develop self-driving vehicles with carnegie melon university. >> you've got big factors that still have to be handled and considered. the biggest ones would be the legal and liability issues, as well as the inclement weather issues still challenging programmers when they realize the sensors and cameras can be covered by muck, snow, mud, ice. >> and just last month, california rolled out draft regulations requiring a driver still be in the seat even if the kar maneuvers itself, rules that are expected to be challenged at hearings this month. >> g.m. has been working on its own version of autonomous cars and plans to test the technology in chevy volt by the end of the year, but neither g.m. nor lift will say when their service can be available. >> when you get tote detroit, you see g.m. and ford, you used
to see chrysler, you still do. is ford taking this lying down? >> they will be tripling their fleet of driverless cars with features, like being able to control your thermostat from your car or check your fuel levels from your home. >> thanks for being with us, as well. when we come back, we'll talk about disappearing into the ocean, an island struggling to hold back the tide as homes are drowning under the rising waters. >> new moms forced to choose. >> the united states does lag behind other countries on this. >> now a revolution in workers' rights... >> my story is so many peoples' story. >> that could decide the election. >> it can be different.
the world's most stunning winter festival opening its gates today. this is the ice festival, famous for scriptures, attracting tourists from around the world. it lasts until late february or when it gets warm. hawaii is waiting for its humpback whales to show up. the associated press saying they haven't shown up this year. it may be because of what we are calling el niño. scientists speculate they might be further north because of the warmer temperatures. rising sea levels threaten islands that are part of senegal. residents of the west african nation are now watching thunderstorms and livelihoods wash away. >> a suitcase, pots and pans, all belongings that were once
safe inside his home before it was destroyed by rising water. it has become a daily ritual, finding out what the tide will swallow and what she can save before it rises again. standing in what was her living room, the memories are confronting. her children once played in a cot here. this is what remains of a kitchen where her mother shared her recent pees. >> i am scared that more of our lives will disappear, washed away in this water that just won't top rising. >> it is a slow and quiet disaster unfolding in the low lying delta of senegal. barely one meter above sea level, islands are gradually being submerged. the brackish water destroyed paddy fields. she thought this was an unusual tied from a far away storm but
then someone gave it a name, climate change. since then, government officials, international aid agencies and environmentalists have come to the island, offering solutions. the government built a small wall to stop the water from coming in. it wasn't strong or high enough. the united nation is replanting mangroves here and in other low lying deltas across the world. the newly planted trees are no match tort tide. >> many are unaware of the global efforts to find a solution to the climate change. those who do say it is too late. these islands are disappearing and people are leaving this land. >> most of the men have moved to the capital or further afield to europe to find work. according to the red cross, there are more climate refugees than political refugees in the world. the united nation estimates
their number will rise to 50 million people by 2020. among them, she and other women from the island. they're already on the move, searching for a better place to live. nicholas hawk, al jazeera. two women in california fighting to keep their marijuana business running. the women dress like nuns and call themselves the sisters of the valley. they say their marijuana is tree of t. this c., the substance that gives pot a high. the proposed marijuana ban may threaten their work. the sisters say they're going before the city council next week to ask the city to let them continue their mission. that's it for us in new york. coming up next from doha, the syrian opposition and it's demands for peace. what it wants before it sets down for those u.n. talks with the assad government. we are back at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. until then, you can check us out 24 hours a day at aljazeera.com.
>> syrian refugees suffer through a brutal winter while the political opposition searches for common ground ahead of talks with the government. hello, welcome. this is al jazeera live from doha. also ahead, at least 21 refugees drown in rough seas off the turkish coast trying to reach greece. the chinese government aims to prop up its struggling stock markets. for the first time in 16 years, the opposition has managed to gain control of the national