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primaries. primaries that could make or break several of those candidates. voters will go to the polls in florida, ohio, illinois, north carolina, and missouri. enough delegates are at stake that could clench things for at least two nominates. >> tomorrow we'll shock the country, and win the 99 delegates here in florida. [ cheers ] >> reporter: marco rubio campaigning in florida monday as if his political life is at stake, and it is. he trails donald trump two to one in his home state. also at take tuesday, primaries in missouri, north carolina, and two midwestern states, ohio and illinois. in ohio, the second winner-take all contest, texas senator ted cruz invoked adversaries in both
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parties. >> if you don't want to see donald trump as the nominee, if you don't want to see hillary clinton as the president, then i ask you come stand with us. >> reporter: but polls suggest cruz is trailing badly in ohio. with governor kasick is making what could be his last stand. >> this country is about us coming together, not tearing each other down or having fistfights at a campaign rally. that's not what america is. >> reporter: but it is what has happened at many of trump's rallies after the candidate cancelled a chicago rally friday, a few clashes broke out between protesters and his supporters. truch blamed them in part on democratic candidate, bernie sanders. >> somebody will stand up and have a bernie sign -- bernie is going nowhere, you know that,
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but they will have a bernie sign. >> reporter: and despite scenes like this, trump insists his rallies are lovefests. >> you know how many people have been hurt at our rallies, i think like basically none, other than maybe somebody got hit once or -- there's no violence. >> reporter: no violence, but lots of enthusiasm in ohio as bernie sanders blamed hillary clinton for trade deals that cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs. >> the key difference between us is not only did i vote against every one of these disastrous agreements, i helped lead the opposition to them. >> reporter: polls have clinton ahead in ohio. >> reporter:
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>> we come out of these elections tomorrow with the wind at our back, and we have the way forward to be able to start talking about not only unifying the democratic party, but unifying our country. >> reporter: clinton does enjoy a huge lead in the polls in florida and acted like the front runner monday even as the sander's threat continues to build. after the voters are done tuesday, talk of unifying the country and the party may have to wait. david shuster, al jazeera. >> ohio governor john kasich has presented himself as a more moderate alternative. but is that really the case? lisa stark is at a kasick rally tonight in ohio where the government for is trying to pull off a do or die win in his home state. lisa? >> reporter: it is indeed a do or die win, john, john kasich was here earlier talking to a
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crowd of enthusiastic supporters, with him was mitt romney. he didn't endorse kasick, but he did tell the voters to get out and vote for their governor, he called governor kasick a man of integrity and a man with a clear proven record. well, what is that record? we spoke to some of those who know john kasich to learn more about his politics and personality. on the campaign trial, ohio governor john kasich has tried to be positive and polite in what has often been an unrulely campaign season. >> i will never take the low road to the highest office in the land. i will run a positive campaign. >> reporter: he paints himself as someone who has worked across the aisle to get things done. is this the real john kasich? >> oh, yeah. >> that's what is so beautiful about him. is this is who he is. >> reporter: a man who tells
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voters, you are special, and even offers up hugs. but some say this is a far cry from the man they know. a man who has little patience for those who cross him. even a police officer. >> gives me a take it says you must report to court. if you don't report to court, we're putting a warrant out for your arrest. he's an idiot. >> reporter: kasick later apologized to the officer. this man says the governor has not tried to bridge divides. he represents youngstown who's school district the state has taken over. >> me getting a call six or eight months ago saying the governor is going to push a bill to take over your schools tomorrow, just wanted to give you a head's up. no conversations, no hugs, no handshakes. just we're doing it tomorrow because i say so. >> reporter: he also says the governor is hardly the moderate he appears on the national stage. me he
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>> when he was moving that bill he said get on the bus or the bus will run you over. >> reporter: and he has cut funding for planned parenthood, signed restrictive abortion clinic laws, about half have has to close, supported gun rights and school of choice. >> conservative on some issues, but certainly not conservative on all issues. >> reporter: jason hart is a reporter for a conservative website, and points to kasick's decision to embrace part of obamacare, but expanding medicaid in ohio as a significant break from his republican roots. >> i don't know that anyone could defend with a straight face that policy as fiscally conservative or responsible. so he has -- he has changed, i think would be the polite way to say it. >> reporter: kasick has cited
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the bible to justify the medicaid expansion. >> it's a remarkable book, and it talks about how we treat the poor. >> he has a soft spot for those who need help. those in the shadows. and obviously a big portion of those in the shadows are those with mental illnesses. >> reporter: as head of the office for the national alliance on mental illness, russell was worried he would not have an ally in this republican governor, instead kasick has allocated an additional $110 million for services on top of the controversial med skad expansion. >> it was a tremendous political risk, and some in his own party are criticizing him today for doing that. but he looked out and saw the people in need. >> reporter: kasick is a man of contradictions criticized from both the left and the right. the head of the state republican party mimicked the candidate's own words to size him up.
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>> sounds like maybe the porridge was too cold on one side, too hot on the other and john kasich has it just right. >> reporter: we'll see tomorrow if that's the right temperature for voters. the head of the republican party here in ohio also told me he has been getting calls from republican leaders all over the country saying that kasick simply has to win ohio and stop the momentum of donald trump. john? >> lisa thank you very much. marco rubio is in a same situation as kasick. winning his home state of florida might be the last chance for his campaign. but rubio is far behind in the florida polls. michael shure is in miami tonight. >> actually i'm a little bit north of miami, and we just heard marco rubio speak to a crowd here. a tired version of marco rubio trying to get people energized to vote. many in florida have already voted, but he was desperate and
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passionate, because he knows it all rests on florida. and florida was the place that he thought would bring up his campaign, and it turns out that it might be where the campaign of marco rubio ends. even during the snows of iowa and new hampshire, political watchers new that it could all come down to the sunshine state. >> all eyes are on florida and you see not just the republican candidates, but the democratic candidates spending so much time here. >> reporter: he knows where his home state is so vital to the g.o.p. >> part of the reason florida has come into play is because the hispanic vote as gotten away from the republican party. >> reporter: and that's why republicans has such high hopes for marco rubio. this man was a jeb bush advisor. >> after jeb bush dropped out, i thought there would be a big boost for marco, and it hasn't been the case.
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the margins are a little worse today than in the past. >> reporter: but this florida radio host understands that many florida voters also see him as the acceptable alternative to donald trump. >> the ones who go to rubio on the other hand are the ones who say we don't really want because of the these crazy guys, but this guy passed himself off for a while, and he is really quite establishment. we could live for him. >> reporter: those are the voters who should be easy for him to attack. but now even ted cruz is giving him trouble. and that means trouble for the republican party in this swing state. >> trump keeps giving them anger and anger and anger and they seem to be feeding off of that. and if you are not angry, you are not winning. and ted cruz is a little angrier than marco. so he has been doing well. >> reporter: but even in the
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shrinking field, rubio has won only endorsements and not votes. >> i didn't do as well, obviously as i wanted to, and i was a little bit disappointed when i got home. >> reporter: but rubio hasn't broken through even after changing tack to take on trump at his own game. >> have you seen his hands? they are like this. and you know what they say about men with small hands. [ laughter ] >> you can't trust them. >> reporter: it didn't work. results thereafter were a disaster, and the question remains what has gone wrong for rubio in his home state. >> when i think about marco rubio i think of him as almost like the republican john edwards, someone who had a lot of the same young, humble origins, elected in an important state, but there was almost an allegation of superficialism, of overriding ambition. ambition trumped everything else. >> i would have told him not to
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run in 2016. two guys from florida is a bad idea. >> reporter: amid calls for him to leave the race, and with polls indicating the opposition, rubio has stressed he will win florida and then go on to win the nomination. >> i believe with all of my heart, that the winner of the florida primary next tuesday will be the nominee of the republican party. >> reporter: the statistic call odds of that happening are getting smaller. a new poll shows that in order to capture florida, rubio would have to win 30% of the votes yet to be cast, a very tall order. florida congressman supports his friend but is realistic. >> he has admitted publicly many times that winning florida is very takt. i assume after florida win or lose he is going to reevaluate his position in this race. >> i believe this nation will
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make the right choice. >> reporter: marco rubio now needs tuesday to be his greatest day. john marco rubio's story will be one of the most fascinating of this election, the fact that he rose so high, got so many endorsements. the field was clear with jeb bush stepping away, and he still couldn't make it work, and that will be the story line that a lot of people will be looking at tomorrow and perhaps on wednesday. >> thank you. a former governor of florida is on the hilary for leadership council, and he is in miami. good to have you on the program. >> thank you, john. >> let me talk about marco rubio. is this his last stand in his home state of florida? >> well, it depends on what happens tomorrow. he has indicated that if he does not carry florida, he will consider withdrawing from the race. i -- i think he has used this
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last several days very effectively here in florida, and has reintroduced himself to many floridians, and i think he is in as strong of position as he could be to face the electorate tomorrow. >> as we mentioned you are supporting hillary clinton in this case, and the polls show she is up 64% to 34% to bernie sanders. sanders called trump a pathological liar. and hillary clinton called him a political arsonist. is this growing criticism changing trump's behavior on any level? >> it did seem to change the behavior of all of the republican candidates at the debate which was held at the university of miami last week. it was much more civil. there was none of the vulgar tones that had invaded some of the prior debates. whether it is going to foreign
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ministerially change the character of his campaign, which seems to be that mr. trump wants to do something that is dramatic almost on a weekly basis in order to keep the focus of attention of the campaign, and particularly of the free media on himself. >> but plenty of people are calling him a racist, a by got, a hate-monger. what do you make of his campaign? >> i make of his campaign that it is common carry on the state of american politics. that americans are very -- or at least a significant minority of americans are very dissatisfied with their lives, with their relationship with the government, their confidence in the ability of government to deliver on its commitments, and they are taking all of those
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frustrations out by voting for the candidate that seems to be the most at odds with traditional politics, donald trump. >> we have seen donald trump kind of amp up the rhetoric in the past several days, and then the result seems to have been some violent incidents at some of his rallies. so will those incidents in your opinion, have any impact on what voters decide on tuesday? >> i don't know whether it will have an impact on tuesday for one reason in states like florida, about a third to a half of the voters had already voted before this focus on the violence at mr. trump's rallies became so evident. if it is going to have an impact, i think it's more likely to be a week or two or three from now, rather than tomorrow. >> do you think donald trump is inciting this violence.
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>> i think, he knows what he is doing, and by using language, gestures, remarks that are clearly intended to incite people, i think he is creating an atmosphere in which people who were subject to that kind of psychological politics will engage in violent behavior. >> your candidate, hillary clinton may be ahead in florida, but ohio, other midwestern states are not a sure thing, and especially after wisconsin, so what does it tell you about the challenges hillary clinton faces going forward? >> i think she has a very serious opponent in bernie sanders. he has, like donald trump on the republican side, but with a more
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moderate tone, has laid out the case that a lot of americans feel as if the system is rigged against them, and that what counts in politics today is not their support, even their vote, but rather the ability to attract a massive amount of money in order to finance a campaign. i believe that secretary clinton will in the final analysis be the democratic nominee, and she will be a better candidate in the general election in november, because of bernie sanders. >> has there ever been a presidential election in your lifetime that you remember is anything like this? >> this is suy generous. i don't recall any campaign and
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i have been watching american politics since harry truman's time, that is similar to this that we are experiencing in 2016. >> yeah, there have been lots of surprises for all of us. senator graham thank you for being with us. >> thank you, john. and coming up, as syria marks five years of civil war, vladimir putin announces a major troop withdraw from the country. plus the rise of hate crimes against muslim americans following the attacks in paris and san bernardino.
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russian president vladimir putin says he has ordered most of his military to withdraw from syria. putin said russia had achieved most of its objectives in syria. the announcement came as the latest round of talks were getting underway in geneva, and it's not clear how many russian troops will stay in syria, it's
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also not clear if moscow is ending its air campaign in the country. national security correspondent, jamie mcintyre has more from the pentagon. >> reporter: john putin is essentially declaring victory, withdrawing most of his forces after five months of military intervention, an intervention he claimed was all about fighting terrorism, but which the united states insists was more about propping up the regime of bashar al-assad. in the latest assessment of russian air strikes in syria, the pentagon was seeing a glimmer of positive news. russia was limited to striking isil targets and it seemed to be doing so with gusto, targeting two strong holds. then came the totally unexpected announcement from moscow. russian president putin, after meeting with his ministers, said he ordered a pull out of what he called the main part of russia's
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forces from syria, saying their goal has in large part been fulfilled. a pentagon official admitted putin's withdrawal order came as a complete surprise. and obama administration administration spokesmen were reduced to saying stay tuned. >> i did not see that report before coming out here today, so i'm going to have to reserve comment until we have a chance to take a look at it, and make an assessment. >> reporter: should we expect that the president will be speaking with vladimir putin? >> well, i certainly wouldn't rule it out. so we'll keep you posted on that. >> reporter: russia made a point of saying it will continue to have a presence at its long-time naval base as well as holding on to its newly established air base. that was no surprise to the pentagon, which noted early on, that improvements to the syrian base, including the installation of runways and the installation of underground fuel tanks,
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indicated a long-term stay. also no surprise the fact that with russia's oil-dependent economy in decline, the kremlin would need to end the expensive air war. russia was not rotating in fresh war planes. still, critics like john mccain, say that putin achieved his goal. in a statement mccain said of the russians: privately pentagon officials say putin's declaration of victory, shows the only mission accomplished was bolstering the position of bashar al-assad, who is undeniably in a stronger
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position today, while isil is nowhere near defeated. turkey is taking aim at kurdish targets, and detaining dozens of people. turkey's prime blames the kurdish worker's party for a car bombing on sunday that left 37 people dead. mohammed jamjoom reports. >> reporter: in ankara, a palpable sense of worry, visceral sense of fear. as investigators continued to comb the scene, residents were still reeling with the second blast to rip through the heart of the city in less than a month. and the third attack to hit turkey's capitol since october. >> translator: there are very serious and almost certain findings that point to the separatist terrorists organization. >> reporter: in all over 200 people have been killed in a
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string of suicide bombings in turkey since last summer, attacks that turkey blamed either on isil or kurdish militants. >> turkey i can say is under immense threat from various state and non-state actors. the crisis in syria has put turkey at odds with russia, with iran, obviously syria, as a state, and some other countries in the region, as well as non-state actors and terrorist organize iegss, and these terrorist organizations are all around the political spectrum, with the left-wing pkk on the one hand, and the islamic daesh on the other hand. >> reporter: with fallout from the syrian civil war still effecting the country, turkey is now fighting two conflicts at the same time. one as part of the u.s.-backed coalition against isil, the other against the outlawed group
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pkk. no single recent attack has highlighted just how complicated the situation in turkey has become more than the one in february. 29 people were killed. most of them members of turkey's military when a convoy of buses was targeted. while a small kurdish separatists group claimed responsibility, turkey's government blamed the bombing on a syrian kurdish force that works with the u.s. in the battle against isil. turkish officials accuse this group as being a syrian affiliate of the pkk. when the fragile frus fell apart in july, a conflict that began in 1984 and has lead to the loss of tens of thousands of lives was rear night -- reignited.
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the government has stated repeatedly that it will not be deterred in its fight against terrorism, that it will do what needs to be done to protect the citizens of turkey, but with the escalation in these types of attacks, there is growing concern about the overall state of security. while the shock persisted, the cleanup continued, and shops began to open. but even as some were trying to restore a sense of normality, others were left wondering if they now must adjust to a frightening new normal. and coming up next own the broadcast, unsafe to drink. the toxic chemical that has been polluted the water in new york community.
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a public health emergency has been playing out in up state new york. an industrial xhem call linked to a host of health issues, including cancer, contaminated a water supply. and residents fear they have been washing their dishes, drinking, even bathing in the water for decades. >> yeah, it's about three hours up the hudson from new york city. the problem actually goes back likely decades in the making, and it is going to take years to fix. the new york governor said the town's water was now clean thanks to a temporary filtration system, and that progress is being made, but some residents
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are simply not buying it, and they are worried that it is too little, too late. >> it is a quiet little town, lots of green space. there were ball fields and places for the kids to play. it seemed safe. and everything changed in one day. >> reporter: for months now, michelle baker and everyone else here have been on an emotional roller coaster, ever since they learned that the water is contaminated with a toxic chemical. >> the simple thing of going to the faucet and getting a glass of water when you are thirsty, you can't do that anymore. >> reporter: the reason that can't is because a chemical used to make teflon and other plastics was found in the town's water. it has been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and other serious health problems. they used the chemical to make teflon for more than 70 years,
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starting back in the 1940s. michael hickey's father john worked in the factories here for 32 years. after he died of kidney cancer in 2013, hickey made it his mission to find out why his father and so many others in his hometown seemed to be getting sick. >> there has always been a thought that we seemed to have a high rate of cancer. >> reporter: he started researching cancer and teflon. in the summer of 2014 he took water samples from his house, his mather's house, two local businesses, and used his own money to have them tested. >> they came back positive for pos. >> reporter: all four? >> all four were positive. >> reporter: it's just the fact that you are seeing a lot of cancer, and probably more so than in other places.
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>> reporter: this doctor is the family doctor for many of the village's 3500 residents, including michael hickey. he is himself in remission from a rare and aggressive form of lung cancer. are you convinced it caused your cancer? >> i mean, could i prove it, you know, 100%, no? clinically, yeah, i think it has a lot to do with my cancer. >> reporter: here you can see what may have caused the problems here. that big green pipe back there, that is a wellhead for the water, and the white buildings through the trees there, that is a plastics plant that has been making teflon and using pfoa for decades. after hickey got his test results back, he and the doctor started pushing officials to tell people not to drink the tap water. they wanted a full
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investigation, and they wanted the water cleaned up. but they say the response was slow. new york's department of health told the town the water did not constitute an immediate hazard. and more pfoa turn ed up. hickey and martin have learned to this environmental lawyer for help. >> i have been doing environmental work for close to 40 years now. i have handled major cases all over new york and elsewhere. this is one of the most serious situations i have ever seen. he eached out to the epa, and in late november, the epa said residence should stop drinking and waiting in the water. new york state freed up superfund money to help pay for
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an investigation, cleanup, and a filtration system. a lawsuit was launched against the current and former owners of the plant. >> no manufacturing plant should be using the environment as its disposal facility. >> reporter: it's always dollars over the environment, right? if you take your chemical and you dispose of it in a proper way, it is expensive. if you put it down the drain, it costs nothing. >> these plants -- >> reporter: this engineer worked in several of the plastics factories over the years. he says he designs the stacks at the plant many believe are the forces of the pfoa. they bake the product and then event into the air. >> as an engineer building that
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tower i had any number of things that i could have done to catch the stuff and dispose of it, if we had been told it was toxic and shouldn't be putting it into the air. >> reporter: instead parts of the stacks were cleaned in the backyard. >> every monday morning they would take it down and wash it next to the plant and let whatever was coming off of it go right into the ground. >> reporter: the fifth owner of this plant bout it in 1996. the company says it doesn't know how the chemical got into the water supply. it has been paying for bottled water since november. >> we'll make right for the people. >> reporter: when we asked them how the company handled pshs foa, the company is said in a statement:
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>> flushing, is that going to be adequate? >> reporter: at this recent town meeting, people were skeptical of the official line, the problem is being fixed. many think the damage has been done. residents say banks have stopped approving mortgages and their property values have plummeted. meanwhile fear and uncertainty has spiked. >> will people will be willing to still move here in are we going to be labelled with a sigma for the next 15, 20 years, that is really going to kill our community as a whole. i hope not. so the water is now being filtered but residents can't start using it until the system is flushed out. in that should be done sometime next week, but long term it is anything but solved. the filter is temporary, and the pfoa is still in the ground water. so they are going to have to
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find a new source of clean water. >> the governor has defended his response, but officials have really come under fire. >> absolutely. state, federal, even the town officials, everyone says they are too slow. people say even if the town vonding now, this has been going on for decades. set aside the people who have maybe died because of the diseased caused by this, people were still drinking it up until christmas time. michelle baker, he is had complications during pregnancy, he kind linked to pfoa. the engineer, he had prostate cancer. none of these diseases are definitively linked, but this is going to go on for decades. >> what happens next. >> the state says they are going to refund water bills for six months. the investigation into how it
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got there, that is just getting started. the class action lawsuit is also just getting started. now there's talk of long-term health monitoring. and finding new clean water is going to cost millions of dollars. the governor in a press conference said look, we may be fixing the problem here, but we have found this in a town in vermont. we'll find it around the country. this country has a history of not being careful, disposing of these chemicals, and we're paying the price. >> all right. thanks again, paul, appreciate it. jobs and trade are expected to play a mayor role in illinois's tuesday primary. illinois is now losing manufacturing jobs to other states and south of the boarder to mexico. diane eastabrook is in chicago. diane? >> reporter: well, john, we saw last week in michigan how issues like jobs and trade can influence the voters, and we could see that play out again tomorrow in illinois.
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one day before illinois voters head to the polls, the first round of layoffs began at this plant in chicago. >> i have a daughter in college and we have to scramble to figure out what we're going to do. >> reporter: the parent company is moving half of the plant's 1200 jobs to mexico rather than renovate this 60 year old facility. the move is drawing fire from presidential candidates on the left and right. >> you know, when a company decides to leave, like they are leaving, and they have gotten tax benefits from chick and illinois to stay there, i'm going to claw back those benefits. >> we have to stop it, folks. i know how to stop it. >> reporter: jobs and the economy are front and center for many illinois voters this year. unemployment here is 6.1%, more than a percentage point higher than the national rate, it is also significantly higher than other surrounding states.
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the line group makes precision parts for companies like cummings, and honeywell, the president says cheap labor in china has siphoned away some of his business, but he says a bigger problem is the high cost of doing business in illinois. he says while the state struggles, his income taxes, property taxes, and worker's compensation costs have all increased. he says that makes it tough for him to consider adding workers and create badly needed jobs. >> if i could up and move my business, i would move it tomorrow. but it would make well over 1.5 million to move a factory this size. >> reporter: but that's exactly what some companies are doing. >> this building is only a 30 minute drive away from our old factory. two years ago this man convinced his father to move the company's 35-year-old company from the chicago suburbs, to east
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chicago, indiana, 270 jobs went with it. he says $15 million in incentives, and a more favorable business climate sealed the deal. >> it just didn't make sense for us to stay. >> reporter: this man from the non-profit illinois policy institute fears even more manufacturers will leave if illinois doesn't balance its budget and make reforms, but he also thinks washington should help states even the playing field. >> let's be competitive on how we structure our states and our country to make it so that businesses can hire, grow, and expand here. >> reporter: voters will vote for the candidates who they believe offer a solution to the state's sluggish economy. and heading into the primary tomorrow donald trump is ahead in the g.o.p. pack, bernie sanders and hillary clinton are neck and neck. >> busy day in your state
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tomorrow. all right. diane, thank you very much. coming up next, hate crimes against muslim americans on the rise. how muslim leaders are responding to the violence. ♪
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since the san bernardino attacks last year, southern california has seen a rise in reported hate crimes against muslims. jennifer london reports. sunday december 13th, 2015, 11 days after the attack in san bernardino that killed 14 people, this mosque, 75 miles south was defaced. >> it started from right here. jesus is the way. to like maybe right here. >> reporter: we met this man outside of the mosque just before friday prayers. >> it just doesn't make sense. we're not killers or terrorists, we're just human being just like everybody else that pay taxes,
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live our lives, and try to teach our children well. >> reporter: the same thing happened to another mosque. but this time someone also left a plastic grenade. >> it is sad because we live here. we live in the united states of america. so we don't even know what is happening anymore. >> reporter: what is happening is a rise in hate crimes against muslims in southern california. an it -- islamic organization received threatening phone calls. and another group received a threat that everyone on the premise would be shot. robin is the executive director with the l.a. county commission on human relations. after the paris and san bernardino attacks, and what it calls anti-muslim statements by some high-profile figures. >> islam hates us?
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did you mean all 1.8 billion muslims? >> i mean a lot of them. >> what we did was looked at november and december of 2015 and compared it to the numbers we had for the previous november and december in 2014. in that time, 2014, we had one anti-muslim hate crime. in this period so far we have had 11. >> reporter: and those numbers only reflect numbers that have been reported. the actual number is likely higher. >> and that confirms what we fear, which is that in the aftermath of san bernardino and paris, that some people unfortunately decided to treat muslims in general or those they perceive to be muslims as the enemy. >> reporter: the council on american islamic relations says there were more incidents targeting u.s. mosques in 2015, than in any year since it started keeping records.
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here this mosque was fire bombed nine days after the mass shooting in san bernardino, and it's the second time this mosque has come under fire. in 2014, during early-morning prayers, someone fired a number of shots at the mosque. the shooting was investigated as a hate crime, but the case remains unsolved. >> reporter: the number and frequency of attacks are nowhere near the number seen following 9/11. but many are concerned that an anti islam backlash is growing. this iman encourages muslims to stand up for themselves and not be victims. >> you are going to have to, i think, standing up to this kind of thing. obviously publicly denouncing it. taking legal action, instead of turning the other cheek. you could just refuse to be intimidated. you have to have a spine and a set of teeth.
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overall muslims are going to have to really learn that they are going to have to assert themselves. >> reporter: back in hawthorn uncertainty and fear aren't getting in the way of afternoon prayers and increasing calls for tolerance and acceptance. >> muslims are peace people. we can invite you to our house where we pray, and you'll see from the little kids to the adults. we'll welcome you. good hospitality. good food. good everything. >> reporter: jennifer london, al jazeera, los angeles. also in los angeles effort is underway to move homeless people to higher grounds. their camps near riverbeds are in danger of being washed away by el niño. stephanie stanton reports. >> reporter: for months this lieutenant and his team with the l.a. county sheriff's department have been patrolling this stretch of the san gabriel
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river. >> we just making sure -- there is going to be heavy rain tonight. so we are making sure nobody is down here in the waterway. >> reporter: they are part of a task force aimed at clearing out homelessen camp s during the el niño season. >> our main goal was to make sure no homeless people would be injured or killed during a severe storm. >> reporter: he first met he and his team back in january. they have conducted nearly 60 missions in the last eight months. >> i live out here because it is a choice of life. there aren't circumstances that have driven me to absolutely live this way. i can go home and -- and, you know, rehabilitate if approximate i choose to. i find peace out here. >> when you say you went
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scrounging what does that mean? >> dumpster diving. >> and you got all of that food? >> yeah. >> reporter: it is degrading because, you know, you don't have a power available, stuff like that. but at the same time, i'm going to do what i have to do to survive. >> reporter: when the program began, a survey estimated that between 7 and 800 people were living in camps along l.a. city and county riverbeds, out of 670-some contacted by sheriff's deputies, 44 went into treatment for substance abuse, and 35 were put in homeless shelters. but many continue to live outdoors. when the program first started last july, there were about 200 people living in campsites like this, along this stretch of the riverbed. now there's only about a dozen remaining with most of them
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moving to higher ground. >> anybody here? hello? >> reporter: but there is still more work to be done. in january a grand jury issued a scathing report criticizing officials for not doing enough to help the homeless during el niño, calling the efforts unconscionable and grossly inadequate. but he says his program is one of the few success stories. we believes building trust with the homeless is a cornerstone of that success. >> we have met people on a different level, and that level has been to purely save their lives and make sure that no one gets injured. i think the bond and trust that has been created touched all of the deputies in the project, and myself. you are the first vet i have met in this project. >> reporter: and he hopes that trust will make the homeless continue to heed their warning. what do you do to protect yourself? >> reporter: most of the time i'm not in it, especially when
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it is raining. >> reporter: keeping them out of the path of el nino and hopefully on a path to find a home. coming up next, confronting the horrors of nazi germany decades after the holocaust. we'll hear from the screen writer of the new movie called remember.
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hundreds of nazi war criminals are estimated to still be alive having never been brought to justice. the new film "remember," shines a spotlight on this issue and the screen writer talked about it in this first-person report. ♪ >> my name is benjamin august, i'm the screen writer for the new film "remember." ♪ >> you must find him. you must kill him.
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>> "remember" is about two holocaust survivors who working together attempt to find a nazi war criminal, hiding in america. >> besides me, you are the only person who could still recognize the face of the man who murdered our families. >> reporter: the title "remember" has a few meanings. first dementia. the idea of somebody who can't remember what he did that morning, but remembers some of his past. and it all talks about the holocaust. and we can never forget. >> we are the last living survivors from our prison block. >> as a new i always wondered what happened to all of the nazi war criminals. a secret program brought over thousands of nazis to the america to work as spies, and in
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the scientific and technology field. operation last chance, the people still looking for these war criminals, estimated that there were hundreds of potential nazi war criminals still out in the world. >> did your father ever talk to you about germany? >> and i wonder what kind of lives were these people living? were they living in fear that somebody would discover them? that their families would learn the truth about them? or were they going to bed every night with a smile on their face, thinking that they got away with it. >> do you remember what you said you would do? >> the movie was really important for them to make, because christopher talked about many of his friends now have dementia. and marlin landau, being jewish, feels there are these nazi war criminals out there that have always escaped justice. but one of the most interesting
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reaction was from a german actor. heinz was actually hitler youth when he was growing up, and it really meant something to him to be able to work on this film, and get these stories out there. >> do ever speak to you about the war? >> of course. >> there has been a few nazi war criminals that have recently been found, hiding under false densities. there is one going on right now in germany, with a former guard, i believe for being complicit to 170,000 murders. this is a fictional movie, but it reflects a lot of things that happened in life, and that are coming to life more and more every year. >> "remember" is playing in new york and will open across the country in just a few weeks. >> that's our broadcast. i'm john siegenthaler. eliot spitzer "on target" next. ♪
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>> i'm ali velshi. >> i'm david schuster in for ali velshi. "on target" tonight. who is to blame for the troubling incidents at trump rallies and how can you keep both sides from going too far? one day before another round of presidential primaries, all eyes are focused on republican front runner donald trump. actually all eyes are focused o