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if it is an honor to be ask your doctor if humira can work for you. nominated, why are so many this is humira at work. claiming to be golden globe winners before the golden globes even happened? good afternoon, everyone. and happy new year. we begin with the national lead today. it is one of the most controversial pieces of a controversial law. starting today, nonprofit institutions with religious affiliates like schools and hospitals have to start providing employees contraception coverage through insurance plans, part of the affordable care act, the sweeping law taking effect today. they can get out of it directly by having a third party insurance company pay for it. but they have to sign a form authorizing it. that won't work for a group of nuns, little sisters of the poor, home for the aged say signing that form would violent their beleafs opposing birth control. last night before personally welcome back to the lead, pressing the button in times the money lead. it is better to give than to square to drop the ball and
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receive, especially if you're already a billionaire. usher in the year of the america's wealthiest fill and affordable care act, sonya so the meyer granted them a stay. the white house has until friday throw miss misses went big, to respond. shelling out more than $3.4 president obama has seen a number of road blocks to his billion to charity. signature legislation. 3.4 billion according to a new the rollout was infamously tally by chronicle of rocky. the administration says more than 2 million signed up for philanthropy. notable names for most generous coverage under obamacare. no word how many paid premiums. individual gifts. who poenyed up? and nearly 4 million took steps to sign up for medicaid in stacy, let's start with -- first october and november. of all, happy new year. medicaid was expanded under >> same to you. >> not surprising you would be obamacare. could this temporary order on here new year's, everybody gives birth control become a permanent money until the last moment. obstacle for the law just as it >> we can't release this until is getting off the ground today? end of the night when all the with the clock ticking, how will giving is done. >> people need to realize they need to give to charity for tax the white house respond? joining me, legal counsel for purposes. number three, now former mayor the beckett fund for religious liberty. they filed a suit on behalf of michael bloomberg. he pledged $350 million to johns little sisters of the poor. daniel, thanks for being here. hopkins, the university he attended. >> absolutely. he has given a lot of money to happy new year. >> thank you. >> what did the nuns have to say that institution, more than a when they got word of the billion dollars. injunction? he gives to many other causes as
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>> they were relieved. well. without that injunction, without now that he is leaving the mayor justice sotomayor issuing job, we expect him to be more injunction, they would be facing full time philanthropist. fines that add up to millions of dollars a year. he pledged to give all his >> were you surprised it was sotomayor that was -- she's the fortune away while alive. one in that district, but were you surprised she issued the >> that must be fun. number two. chairman of nike, phil knight stay? >> no because there have been 20 different courts looked at the issue now, about 90% are ruling and his wife. for the religious ministries, pledged it to oregon health and saying please don't make us do science university foundation. this, don't make us participate this pledge gift comes with a in providing drugs that violent hitch. our religious beliefs. explain. >> the university has two years >> the broad argument from the to raise another $500 million from other donors or they don't obama administration is recared out accommodation for religious get the money. >> they have to match it. >> they have to match the money. organizations like churches, >> a twist on the matching they don't have to do this, but contribution. >> they have to raise the money organizations that are religiously affiliated, like a from other donors. >> what happens if they don't? nonprofit, they don't have to he doesn't give them 500 million? >> he might decide to give to take out health insurance that them anyway. he wants to encourage other provides for things that y people to give and the best way you oppose on religious grounds to do that is say here, i am like contraception, but the giving this generous gift, why insurance company does, so don't you join me. you're accommodated. why is that not enough? they want to advance the fight against cancer and a lot of >> what the little sisters are saying is you are forcing us to people like to give to that
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participate, to sign a cause. >> and the number one biggest permission slip that provides these drugs. we have two ways of complying individual gift? mark zuckerberg and his wife, with the affordable care act. one is that we provide them directly ourselves, we put them $992.2 million to the silicon in the insurance plan and do it and pay for it. the other is sign this form that valley community foundation. this guy isn't even 30 years says i can't provide these drugs, now you, my insurance provider, you do it. old. >> it is remarkable. we have never seen somebody top the little sisters say that's a the list under 30. it is an incredible gift to see somebody give this much. problem. not only are we still participating in providing, we are forcing someone else. this is his second big gift to >> the white house reacted to the foundation. the injunction. he gave a half billion last we defer to department of justice on litigation matters year. he is giving generously. but remain confident that our >> what trends did you see in final rules strike the balance terms of giving by the rich and of providing women with free powerful? >> they like to give to colleges contraceptive coverage while and universities. preventing nonprofit reliks us 12 of 15 donations went to organizations with religious colleges, but went to a range of causes. some gave to alma-maters for objections to coverage from things like buildings, others having to contract, arrange, pay gave to advance stem cell or refer for such coverage. research or cancer research. >> why is that opposed to giving why do you think you're going to money to american heart win? >> 90% of the courts that look association or red cross? >> one reason is that colleges at this say they haven't struck seem like trustworthy the right balance, they struck a organizations. if you're going to give many balance that violates the law. millions of dollars, you may this isn't about contraception. want to give to an organization
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if the government wanted to you trust. provide it, directly give it out also colleges are good at asking to all employees in the country, for the money. they have fund-raisers that work little sisters wouldn't be in court today. full time to make pitches, and they're in court because the social service groups, local government is saying you have to provide the contraception, you food bank doesn't have those have to participate in providing people, so they're not making this. you have to sign that permission the ask. slip. they say please don't make us do >> warren buffett on the top of the list last year, this year that. that violates our religious didn't crack the top ten. beliefs, don't make us do it. >> because we're listing new >> the center for disease gifts, he is probably paying off control did a poll not long ago pledges. i suspect he did give money, but and their conclusion was didn't make the list by going public with it. basically all women who have >> let me ask you a question, is sex, not people that don't have it because of religious there competition between multi objections, but all women that have sex use birth control or billionaires? >> there is. we heard from one very rich have used birth control at one person that already was upset he point or another. wasn't on the list. the argument from obama it does matter, they like to be administration is this is a seen for that. fundamental health care need of that's one reason the giving pledge that bill gates and women who might get pregnant, and while there is religious warren buffett are promotinprom six of the people on the list objection, of course, if virtually 100% of women that signed that pledge, part of it would be subject to this, to is publicity. taking contraception used >> tell me who the richest people are? >> i won't do that. contraception, why would an >> stacy palmer, thanks so much. organization not even allow an insurance company to provide it. if you are looking for a way to >> it is not that they're not
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make a gift, check out allowing it, they're saying please don't make us trigger cnn.com/impact. a nice way to start the new this, don't make us participate. >> they think by signing the year. coming up, the parade of form, you're entering into -- you're signing off on it is the roses floated through pass dean a one of our favorite floats floated a little known chapter idea? >> that's what the form says. the form says when you sign of american history. this, this becomes part of your and new york city swore in the new mayor and the ceremony plan and your insurer that receives this form is legally had pomp, circumstance, a couple required to provide the drugs. of below the belt hits at mayor it is a permission slip and they can't do that. >> this isn't the only group you bloomberg as mayor bill de represent. we heard about the hobby lobby, blasio promised a shake up in the big apple. can he pull off the aggressive religious organization, east texas baptist university, agenda? colorado christian university. the political panel will weigh in. ♪ what do you say to people that say the employees of these [ male announcer ] this is the story organizations who might be very, very religious, but also use of the little room over the pizza place at 315 chestnut street. birth control and as studies the modest first floor bedroom in tallinn, estonia show, most people use birth control, are being punished and the dusty basement at 1406 35th street. here. >> for one thing until last it is the story night, until the clock struck midnight, we never had a of the old dining room table at 25th and hoffman avenue. situation where the federal the southbound bus barreling down i-95. government required religious ministries to provide contraceptives to employees. ...and the second floor so no one had that expectation above the strip mall at roble and el camino. before. when people come to work for ♪ this magic moment
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little sisters of the poor or it is the story of where every great idea begins. with a television network, christian organizations, catholic organizations that are ♪ so different and so new where those with endless vision and an equal amount of audaciousness obvious in religious identity, they have been taking care of poor, elderly people 175 years, believed they had the power to do more. wear habits, everyone knows what time and time again. ♪ and then, it happened at dell, we're honored they are, what they do, you understand there are certain to be part of some of the world's great stories. things they can't do. they will serve the poor as if stories that began much the same way ours did. that person was jesus christ, that's what they vow to do. in a little dorm room -- # 2713. they do that until that person dies. they'll hold their hand as they cross from this life to the ♪ this magic moment next. they're not going to do things ♪ that violent their faith. when you come to serve with them, you understand that. >> if you lose friday when the argument comes forward from obama administration or ultimately if this goes before the supreme court and the court rules against you, will the little sisters abide by the decision that becomes the law of the land? >> well, what happens if all of the courts rule against them, this tide that we have, 90% of courts that look at the issue protect religious liberty, if that changes, then o tthe day,
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people are looking at a situation where they take money from poor, elderly people that are dying and giving it to the overmany discounts to thine customers! [old english accent] safe driver, irrelevancy. sounds like a bad situation. multi-car, paid in full -- >> so they'll pay the fine, a most fulsome bounty indeed, lord jamie. they're not going to abide by thou cometh and we thy saveth! it. >> that's a decision they have what are you doing? to make. we doth offer so many discounts, it will be a difficult one. we have some to spare. >> thank you. she's a former first lady oh, you have any of those homeowners discounts? that raised a president. here we go. no wonder friends and family thank you. members are confident barbara bush will bounce back from her he took my shield, my lady. latest health scare. these are troubling times in the kingdom. bush was hospitalized monday to more discounts than we knoweth what to do with. get treatment for a respiratory now that's progressive. issue. according to "the new york times" showing signs of pneumonia. a family spokesperson says she's in great spirits at methodist hospital in houston, she has been visited by her husband and other family members. president obama is sending words of encouragement to the first lady. michelle and i send our best wishes to mrs. bush for a speedy recovery. barbara is blessed to have both a loving, supportive family by her side and a vibrant spirit
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welcome back to the lead. i am jake tapper. time for the national lead. probably all seen rosie the riveter to spur women that many of whom never worked outside the homes help keep factories going. she did more than make the guns and ships, she got her wings. a fact largely forgotten by history. today, rosie finally got her roses. >> reporter: look closely on the blooms on today's tournament of roses parade, you'll see a few wasps. >> out of those buttons are stepping girls, girls who give a new angle to an air force story. >> reporter: not bugs, beauties that helped in world war ii. more than 70 years after taking to the skies, these women air force service pilots are being
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honored. a tribute long overdue for trail blazers like 93-year-old lorraine rogers. >> because i wanted to fly. every time i was up, i could hardly believe it. >> reporter: she and fellow wasps ferried planes between factories and air bases and had targts for the men to practice shooting. they wore men's hand knee down cover y'alls often several sizes too big. some 1100 women pilots like rogers flew more than 60 million miles. but it wasn't easy. by the time her plane went into a tail spin over texas. >> i bailed out, out the side, grabbed on, went out, and the plane kept going. >> reporter: 38 wasps died serving their country. the rose bowl honors this sometimes overlooked part. >> these brave ladies are being
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saluted. it is a great tribute. >> reporter: it is a massive undertaking. takes more than 2,000 hours to build a 20 ton float like this, and about 100 hours to complete one of six portraits that adorn it, including the walt disney designed logo. work continued until day before the parade, attaching onion, poppy, lettuce seeds. a big job to celebrate the legacy of pilots like rogers. >> isn't a day or airplane goes by over the house that i don't think about it. nothing like it. free as a breeze. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, alexandria, virginia. >> thanks to athena jones. let's check in with the political panel. kevin mad on, new year's day. he lays sprawled too wicked to
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move like a broken spider crab on the tarry shingle of morning, the light did harm him. he resolved having done it once never to move his eyeballs again. mr. madden, any hangover cures? >> your shakespearean accent would give anyone a headache. hair of the dog. take whatever you drank the night before, put it in coffee. >> tequila and coffee, rum and coffee. >> i am not the expert on this, i was asleep at 10. ask him. >> bacon egg and cheese. >> we're going to go into that with you guys. that and more in the politics lead coming up. [ male announcer ] this store knows how to handle a saturday crowd. ♪ [ male announcer ] the parking lot helps by letting us know who's coming. the carts keep everyone on the right track. the power tools introduce themselves.
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successor's begins. mayor michael bloomberg was send off with this parting shot from none other than harry bellefonte. >> changing the stop and frisk law is as important as it is the change of a law is only the tip of the iceberg in fixing our deeply dekenzian system. >> he went so far to refer to new york city as a quote, plantation. now a focus on race and divide between the haves and have-nots were common themes for de blasio on the campaign trail. he is not shying away from the progressive agenda. >> those are between 500,000 and a million dollars a year, for instance, would see their taxes increase by an average of $973 a
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year. that's less than three bucks a day. about the cost of a small soy although ta at your local starbucks. >> that's to fund new plans for pre-k. is a new era of progressivism upon us, does it stand a chance of going beyond new york city to the national stage. joining me now, doug thornell, and cnn contributor and republican strategist, kevin madden. i want to start with you, doug. we heard former president bill clinton praise bloomberg and de blasio. what does this mean for his wife? de blasio part of the clinton administration. he singled her out and him out. 2016 is just around the corner. >> one thing she needs to pay attention to, a movement within the party, showing in people like elizabeth warren, the
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discussion about if you work hard 40 hours a week, should be able to put food on the table, send the kids to college. somewhere in the last 10, 12 years, the rules have been changed against middle class families, and special interest, big corporations, those folks are playing by a different set of rules. she has to be able to figure out if she runs how she kind of captures that message and conveys it to the public. i think in the party there is a growing movement toward this populous messaging that she didn't really use in 2008. >> she sure didn't. do you think this is -- obviously new york city is new york city. they haven't elected a democrat mayor there in about two decades. is this a sign of something larger or is this something we could say well, that's, you know, manhattan? >> i think it is a big deal. we talk a lot about divisions on the right and the tea party. there's now a division on the left and the progressives see the new mayor as someone that's
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going to keep the campaign promises, a lot were disappointed with president obama. i agree with doug that hillary clinton has to watch the left flank, specifically the bernie sanders, elizabeth warren flank of the democratic party if she's going to win the democratic nomination. obviously she's a huge favorite. she has to watch that leftwing. >> deputy mayor or assistant mayor to mayor bloomberg, big democrat, worked on the hill here, he tweeted, he retweeted a criticism of the inaugural, criticism that some other journalists had written about it being bitter and partisan. just a retweet. i don't want to read too much into it. but there are people, even democrats, even though bloomberg was reportedly independent who will be rubbed the wrong way. >> one of my first jobs was working in yonkers city hall, and what i learned fast working for a mayor was there's no republican way or democrat way to pick up the garbage, plow the
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streets of snow. this idea of a liberal utopia, i think it seems great at first and sounds great at an inaugural speech until you run out of rich people to tax. and i think at the end of the day you see a lot of big city mayors put ideology aside and focus more on nuts and bolts of city services. rahm emanuel took on teachers' unions. a host much other examples. mayor bloomberg, given whatever day it was, could be a liberal or no nonsense conservative, depending what he was dealing with. >> i think that's something that's going to be an extraordinary challenge for bill de blasio, liberal ideology, idea of liberal utopia will meet the fact that he has to be a nuts and bolts executive mayor. that's going to be a challenge. >> that's one of the things bloomberg did, high on
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efficiency, people feel city services were well executed. if there's any dropoff, de blasio is in trouble. >> and the key is tax base. doesn't want to change that to the suburbs. >> one thing in honor of doug who is the one on the panel that celebrated new year's opposed to lame dads on the panel. anybody at home who celebrated, how much does what you swill say about how you'll vote. according to data from national research media planning and placement, democrats like clear liquors like absolute and gray goose vodka. republicans supposedly like dark liquors, jim beam, wild turkey, canadian club. there are bipartisan, johnny walker, kevin, with the exception of hillary clinton's 2008 boiler maker, how much is this regional opposed to parts. >> i think it is regional.
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i think it also has to do with sort of maybe some cultural upbrings. for example, it goes to the heart of not a lot of new information for guys like me and doug that worked on campaigns. we micro target these all the time. democrats are likely to drive volvos. republicans more likely to drive jeeps. where you vacation says a lot about political leaning. >> what is your poison? >> nothing like an ice cold can of bud. >> sounds very republican. doug? >> i might be wrong about that. >> my poison. whiskey ginger. >> where is that on the map? >> that would put me unfortunately, i woke up depressed after reading this, i think i am a republican now. >> also a hockey fan, too. doug and i had budweisers at a hockey game. >> if you took this 20 years ago, whiskey drinkers would be considered democrats because they're in the house. >> last word? >> gin and tonic.
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>> like a great gatsby thing. >> bipartisan need to get together and drink rum. >> thank you so much, all of you. happy new year. with his approval rating 1 million% among late night comics, mayor of toronto, rob ford, will officially file paperwork to run for re-election. his spokesman told cnn i think the real news there is that he has a spokesman. rob ford has been laying relatively low, after the ice storm that slammed the city over the holidays. straight from toronto. rob ford is filing paperwork to run for re-election. coming up, a safe mysteriously explodes in an embassy, killing the ambassador. was it an act of terrorism. and everyone in hollywood wants to be a winner. new trick movie marketers use to convince you the film already got the statue. that's the latest trend coming up in pop culture. she keeps you on your toes.
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ads. the group sent a memo to publicly cysts of movie executives that reads while earning a nomination is an honor, one to be celebrated, it is not a win. using that term or terms similar is likely to mislead the public and diminish excitement around the awards show when winners will be revealed. this isn't the only trailer trick studio execs have up their sleeve. scott finewood from the hollywood reporter. you say it is not new or even original. >> yeah, the academy actually banned this practice specifically years ago, in the rules and regulations you can't do it because from the point of view of the ceremony itself, it diminishes interest, people think the winners have already been determined, and it also is inaccurate. you can be nominated for a win, but as far as anyone in the general public believes, you can't win a nomination. that's like the equivalent of
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participation award in little league. >> hollywood foreign press association which does golden globes, get mocked a lot, do you think the crackdown on the trailers, is it part of an effort to give them and golden globes to enhance the reputation at all? >> i am sure it is because they really have taken a lot of hits over the years, deservedly so. they wanted the biggest names they could have at their party and they would take photos with everybody, which continues, but it was just transparently kissing up to celebrities. this year, though, i think in response to some of that coverage, they elected one of their youngest presidents, a 46-year-old, that represents a change, put out nominations that nobody had cause to object to because the fact they were able not saying it was right or wrong
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decision, they didn't nominate oprah winfrey for "the butler." normally she could have coughed and get nominated. definitely those are signs things may be changing. the fact that they have done this suggests they don't want to be associated with tricky games any more. >> i noticed trailers for movies i think in grudge match, one of them, not a movie that would merit a lot of positive reviews, includes accolades from random twitter users, not all of them reputable movie critics. is this a new trend, anyone that tweets something can end up in a commercial to promote it? >> listen, i don't see why not. they seem to value the opinions of critics, so the general public seems to value opinions of critics virtually not at all, if you look at a movie like twilight that makes a fortune, many blockbusters critics think very little of them and they make a fortune. it is like they value the
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opinion @joeschmo, but it is also the equivalent, if you look at the movie ad and see the quote is from an affiliate nobody heard of in the middle of nowhere, if that's the best they can come up with, it is also a sign of trouble. so i guess a tweet would be not very different from that. >> i say it is worse than that, worse than fred in the middle of nowhere in ontario or wherever. scott feinberg, thank you very much. you would be hard pressed for a kid who didn't want an uncle phil. he had famous neighbors, but the character's appeal rested with the man that portrayed him a decade. we sadly learned of the passing of the actor james avery. he starred in dozens of films and movies.
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it was his role on "the fresh prince of bel air" that made him one of the best tv dads. >> you find jeffrey and bring him back or they'll never find your bodies, and i'm a judge. i can make it happen. >> avery's manager says he died last night from complications after open-heart surgery. he was 68. it is almost 5:00 on the east coast. it means you probably have broken at least one of your new year's resolutions. running to the medicine cabinet for aspirin doesn't count. look no further than your phone. "time" magazine owned by the same company as cnn has a roundup of apps available in 2014 to help you avoid the pangs of guilt that roll around come february. one app called lose it includes
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a food bar code scanner. another job search uses gps to find relevant jobs in the area, if you're the type easily distracted, check out strict works flow. blocks access to popular sites on the computer in 30 minute intervals, forcing you to actually work when online. there's a concept. if the resolution was to watch more of the lead, congratulations. one day down, 364 to go. james franco spent much of 2013 posting selfies, hanging with grandma, and forcing her to promote his movies. >> everybody should see it. >> franco brought grandma to comedy central roasting which brought in over 3 million viewers for the inaugural broadcast. his buddy seth rogue and, andy sandberg and others roasted him. the real from comedian jeffrey ross. >> franco comes from humble beginnings, right?
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first job was working at mcdonald's. last time anybody ever said about your work i'm loving it. >> i recently got a chance to sit down with ross to talk about the art of roasting celebrities. jeff ross, thanks for being here, appreciate it. >> of course, jake. >> you've done a lot of roasts. i watched many of them, obviously not all that could be aired on cnn. what's the rookie mistake people make when they do their first roast when they're a guest for the first time making jokes. >> they try to dig too deep too fast. but i find back handed compliments serve you better. build up the target before you take them down. >> you say nice things a little bit. >> right. >> are people afraid of you? i am telling you, like i would never do a roast. i am way too insecure. >> is that true? i feel like you could take a joke, jake. >> i could take a joke, but an hour of it, with some of the guys, the meanest funny guys,
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funniest mean guys, not sure which it is, it is a pretty tough crowd. >> you want everyone to leave saying that was so much fun, i hope they roast me again someday. you don't want to hurt people's feelings. you want someone you roast to go home and repeat jokes to friends and family. you want someone whose skin is so thick, roasting roseanne. >> nobody's feelings get hurt? >> the censor. >> you have to pick people that are teflon. it bounces off. >> who is your favorite roast? how long have they been going on? >> 100 years. >> how long have you been -- >> ee manual roast enberg invented it.
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>> i did the first roast in 1995. they couldn't get anybody to roast steven segall. this was before youtube. i had to go to museum of broadcasting, look up roasts to see how far you could take it. and i show up at the new york hilton, 1500 people. no one knew me. milton berle is the emsee. one good suit left from the letterman show the month before, i look out, it was like at yankee stadium. a lot of people don't know me, i feel uniquely qualified to be here because i am also a crappy actor. >> i want to talk about something else you have been involved in, you and i talked a lot about troops. your uncle murray served in world war ii. you came to my book party in los angeles. you do a lot of work with troops. while you were here in washington, you visited walter reed. how did you first get involved? >> drew carey, a marine, invited
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me to iraq in the early days of the occupation, august or september of 2003. and the soldiers loved drew carey, love blondes with big boobs. >> thanks for cleaning that up. >> you're welcome. i kind of went in as an adventurer, almost like a tourist, going let's see what this is all about. i immediately realized i was seeing things i could barely describe. i barely met any active military and i quickly learned that the government and the military are two different entities. growing up in new jersey, the only guy i knew was a caterer. i got to see the sunni triangle from a black hawk perspective. you can't as a comedian find a better crowd. >> when you go to walter reed, what kind of experience? >> that's a little different. in the field, you have guys that need a laugh, you're trying to
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tell jokes while they're active duty. but you go to the hospitals and, you know, there's a different thing. sure we can go in and make jokes. i find the military likes to tell their story. sometimes i ask a guy what happened and you want to be there to listen. you know, they just want to tell their story to somebody that cares. if you're out there, meet a soldier, you think that they're wounded, just ask them what the heck happened, and you'll make them feel better and you spread that sort of positive energy. >> and my producer in the ear saying let me have it, if you got anything you want to say to me. >> i love your suit. i didn't know you shop at forever 41. >> you look great. jeffrey ross. >> i use your show as a night light every night. >> thank you very much! appreciate your stopping by. >> this is great. i have seen hostage videos with a bigger budget. [ laughter ] >> congratulations, buddy. jeffrey ross, thank you so much. >> sure, buddy. >> i appreciate it. >> thanks to jeffrey ross.
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welcome back to the lead. i am jake tapper. time for the world lead. the academy award winners will be announced in two weeks. one of the international entries caught our way. man of hope tells a story of a blue collar worker from humbled roots in poland whose activism led to the collapse of the communist in eastern europe. he sat down for a wide ranging conversation about the movie, state of global affairs, how he thinks president obama is doing as a world leader. >> it was an era of dramatic
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moments and movements and amazing victories led by underdogs. mandela was one. walesa another. he was ship yard union organizers that helped overthrow the repressive government in poland. imprisoned in the early 1980s, the leader of the solidarity movement went on to get the nobel peace prize in 1983, became the first democratically elected president of poland in 1990. his story is once again the hope of poland. although this time the stakes are considerably lower. a new bio pick, telling his life story, is chasing oscar gold. it will be their submission for best foreign language film. did they get it right. >> i saw it for the sixth time. i like it more and more each time. at first i didn't like it so much. i suggest you also view it six times and you will also like it.
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>> at 70, he remains irrepressible, stubborn, very opinionated. having made clear his u.s. presidential preferences of mitt romney, he is also a strong critic of president obama. >> how do you think president obama is doing as a world leader? >>translator: when he was elected, there was great hope in the world. we hoped obama would reclaim moral leadership for america, but that failed. america does not lead the world in the area of morality, in terms of military, yes, no question about it. economically it is getting weaker. in terms of politics and morality, america no longer leads the world. >> what has president obama not done that he should have done in terms of leadership? >>translator: we have to do everything we can to recreate, to reclaim america's role. it seems obama would manage that, but he didn't accomplish that. america did not regain its leadership status. we're just lucky there are no
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bigger conflicts in the world, because if it had bigger conflic conflicts, then the world would be helpless. in the long run, it is a dangerous situation. so we are awaiting a president who will understand that. >> he is a religious man, calling for a secular ten commandments for the new world, including focus on solidarity with those whose human rights are being abused. >>translator: the main topic number one would be solidarity, not in everything, but we should show it with china, not on everything, but on certain issues. for example, human rights. i have a nobel prize colleague in prison there. >> you're 70 this year. >> you had to remind me. >> hope you live another 70 years. but when you're no longer here, how do you want to be remembered? >> i managed to destroy a bad system. together we were good at destroying things, now we must
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be excellent at building new things. it doesn't take that much, but let's talk about that. >> these days, he travels the world promoting human rights, democracy and now his hopes of an oscar with this movie. in other world news, who set off the explosion in the czech republic, it may have been himself. police found evidence of explosives in debris after the blast at the diplomat's home in northern prague. it was probably a security mechanism in a safe and was likely triggered when he mishandled it. investigation is still going on, police haven't ruled out a glitch in the mechanism. they say there's nothing to indicate it was a terrorist act. kim jong-un, what do you think about your late uncle? north korea's leader giving a message from pyongyang, and talking about his uncle, former mentor's execution. kim said the december purge left the party more unified because
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it got rid of what he called fax aly alist filth. he said if the two koreas go to war again, it would be a dead lee nuclear catastrophe and the u.s. would never be safe. russia's president delivering a new year's address, promising total destruction of terrorists after two days of terror attacks in the city of volgograd. at least 34 were killed. putin visited some bombing survivors in the hospital in an unannounced trip to the city. security is getting tighter ahead of winter olympics in sochi. volgograd is the main transit point for people headed to sochi. they promised to use maximum force to disrupt the games. how long is when? according to president obama it is not a question of when assad
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will go but when. "the wall street journal" reports the cia analysis shows the war in syria could last another decade or more, according to congressional officials. yesterday syria missed a key deadline for handing over chemical weapons. under the agreement, the stockpile should be destroyed by june 30th. check out our page at cnn.com for video, blogs, extras. that's it for the lead today. i am jake tapper. have a very happy and successful 2014. now turn you over to dana bash, filling in for wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks, jake. happening now, new years inferno. residents plunged from windows of an apartment building to escape a mysterious fire. liberal change. new york's mayor takes office, making promises that could reshape the city and influence democrats across the nation. and high times. large crowds line up in colorado
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for the first legal sale of recreational marijuana in the world. wolf blitzer is off. i am dana bash here in "the situation room." first this hour, fire consumes an apartment building in minneapolis, raging hours and forcing residents to escape from windows. at least 13 were hospitalized, 6 in critical condition. the cause of the blaze a mystery. cnn's ted rowlands is following this developing story
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