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tie. in utah a high schooler there, again with his own money, bought all 650 girls in his school balloons. >> that's so great! >> i'm going to bring something totally awesome for everyone to do and, you know i brought balloons. who doesn't like a balloon? >> right? >> romance again not the goal. making peers feel appreciated. >> i love it. >> good stuff. >> good kids good hearts. >> in no small irony they are now both fighting off the ladies i'm sure. all right. time for the news from the "newsroom" with ms. carol costello. everybody's favorite valentine. >> that's right. >> is it valentine's day still? >> every day. >> that's true. good. i like that. have a great day, guys. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," america's message to congress authorize military force against isis. new poll numbers this morning as world leaders head to the white house to talk extremism.
also new details about the denmark terrorist. jail time a history of violence. >> no not a terrorist because i thought he was something else you know? i thought he was, you know a street kid, you know like i didn't thought that he was going to go on and do this. >> what was it about american gang life that appealed to him. plus a west virginia fireball. a train carrying oil derales and explodes spilling into a river. what it means for drinking water. and spinning out. parts of the south and mid-atlantic iced over. the dangerous commute now underway. let's talk live in the cnn "newsroom." and good morning. i'm carol costello.
thank you so much for joining me. fighting terrorism before it takes root. today the white house leads a new effort to address violent extremism and the role social media plays in recruitment. some 60 nations are sending high level representatives to a three-day summit. this as a new poll shows most americans have lost faith in president obama's fight on isis. this facebook page apparently belonging to the gunman shows he vowed his allegiance to the leader of isis just before the weekend attacks. and egypt strikes libya and now embarks on a new mission at the united nations. they want to eradicate isis in the north african nation. most americans say congress should give president obama the legal authority to fight isis according to a new cnn orc poll. nearly four out of five people want lawmakers to give the president power to use military force. that shows a slight decline in support since december. cnn's michelle kosinski is at
the white house. she has more on the poll numbers. good morning. >> reporter: hi carol. it's interesting. now we're seeing the country pretty much split down the middle on whether or not people trust president obama as commander in chief, along with this growing disapproval of how he's handling terrorism. foreign affairs in general. we're seeing a majority of people now, according to this new poll say that they disapprove of how the war against isis is going thinking that it's going badly. i think one of the most interesting things about this poll is as you see the disapproval, you're also seeing more americans open to sending ground troops if they had that choice. look at this 47% now would agree with that. 50% oppose. and that's up from 43% agreeing with sending ground troops just a couple of months ago. now the president is not in approval of sending ground
troops. he opposes that although he has asked congress for an authorization for the use of military force against isis that rules out long-term use of ground combat troops but doesn't rule them out altogether. he says that's going to be up for debate. as this is going on domestically we're seeing these opinions shaping. they're having this three-day summit on countering violent extremism. one thing we have heard a lot from the white house is that getting at the violent ideology is going to be key to truly defeating isis in the long term carol. >> michelle kosinski reporting live from the white house this morning, thank you. in the meantime the likely target of the denmark attacks tells cnn he is now in hiding. lars vilks is the swedish artist who has enraged people with the depictions of the prophet muhammad. last night he talked to anderson cooper. >> i know you have been on an al qaeda hit list the same hit list the editor of "charlie hebdo" was on and others. i'm not going to press you for
details, but do you feel -- as you said you've been under protection for a long time since 2010. do you think the threat to you, to other free speech advocates in europe has changed significantly over the course of the last several years? >> yes. i mean when i got these body guards it was a new division that they didn't have before. there's much more need for security today. in the beginning of this year it has reached a high point. i've just got to know that i will not be able to return to my home so they will put me away somewhere else. >> here's a reminder of just how raw nerves are in copenhagen. this morning police scrambled to the cafe where the attack took place. someone found a letter described asus suspicious. police later dismissed the concerns without giving details. much more significant, new
details that are emerging about the shooter. cnn's senior international correspondent nic robertson is in copenhagen with more on that. hi nic. >> reporter: hi carol. good morning. well we're learning that the shooter in the hours just before he went on his attack had pledged allegiance to the isis leader al baghdadi on what appears to be his facebook page. we're learning as well from the danish ambassador to the united states that the gunman who was a former gang member who had been convicted of a violent stabbing of a passenger on a computer train who was in jail, now authorities fear that he may have become radicalized in jail. i've also been talking here to people who knew him when he was a gang member and describing the sort of gang culture that he was in. a very violent gang culture. gang wars underway here in copenhagen at the time. this is what he had to say. >> he lived a life where if you
look at his generation in that area where he lived everyone has experienced a friend or someone they know who has been killed by other gangs, and that wasn't normal in denmark ten years ago. it's quite a new phenomenon. people like omar and others from these kinds of gangs, they're more influenced by insendin did i air ris by people in the middle east. the young people going into gangs don't do this because they are in need of money, they do it because of an identity and a ghetto culture. >> definitely at the radicalism no doubt about it. >> reporter: would you have ever thought he would be a terrorist? >> no not a terrorist because i thought he was something else you know? i thought he was, you know a street kid, you know? i didn't thought that he was going to go on and do something like this. if i ever thought of something,
it was to him to go to like places like syria or something to fight with whatever group he likes to fight with. >> reporter: so what we're learning about him is he did never go to syria, did never go to iraq, he was part of this gun culture, this gang culture here. was very familiar with the gangland killings and the idea that you can have a weapon you can use it on the streets here. that's the kind of man this shooter was. carol. >> interesting. nic robertson reporting live this morning. thank you. so is isis like a middle eastern version of gangs, like the bloods or the crypts? hear me out. some same home grown terrorists are not inspired by the koran but as you heard nic say, gang culture. it's pointed out, quote, gang cultures rarely live up to the hype hence, many gang members live home with their mothers. isis by contrast lives up to the myth.
isis is armed to the teeth with sam meuer ray swhords and kalish any could haves. isis is street gangs on steroids. if that's true how do we stop the punk kids from being inspired. let's bring in gill. >> thank you for having me. >> so it was just -- it was still shacking for me to hear that this guy in denmark was inspired by american gang culture. >> that's what they say. he's 22 years old. he's been in jail. he's been in all kinds of gangs himself. he was already violent. he goes on the internet. that's the big thing with the internet and isis and those gangs, it's so easy to join up. join up and be part of the culture and be part of isis is a big deal. him being part of a gang or being part of isis the way isis is now with their uniforms on with their black capes and everything else and beheading everybody, what more satisfaction can you get to go out and then shoot somebody or kill as many people as possible
which this guy actually did. did he do this for a cause because of freedom of speech? what do you think? 22 would he actually do that? i don't really think so. >> you think he was probably not inspired by religious zelotry or extremism, he was more inspired by he wanted power because he was a loser essentially. >> most of these lone wolves i'm talking about the united states now it happened in paris, now it happened in copenhagen could it happen anyplace could it happen in new york? of course. that's who this is. even though these losers here in new york we had two officers assassinated. other people wrote on facebook i'm going to kill cops myself. they were brought to court in brooklyn and the judge just cut them loose. so it's really hard to arrest somebody even though they know what's going on even though they have the identity of this person before. >> let's go back to the social media aspect of this because that's going to be talked about a lot in washington today,
right? so isis seems to have this very effective propaganda thing going on right? not only do they show the killings online but they show like terrorists holding kittens. it's very strange. or eating nutella to just kind of prove that you know not only do we kill people but we're a family too. >> yeah. that's one of their things. and it is really that's why they're so strong isis. they're going to die for what they're doing. whatever they're doing, it doesn't matter what the cause is because they're out there fighting all kinds of people killing everybody, you know from the last beheadings. so they're killing everybody but it's a really tight knit organization that you're getting people from all over the world. and it looks so cool for people who are like mentally or have nothing and let's go get them. and look at the -- i mean, the violence that they're creating throughout the world. so something has to be done with that. you know here we have obama. >> what is that something in your mind? what is that? >> that has to start from the president on down because that's
where the power comes from. he has to come out and say, you know what are we going to do about them. but isis is all over the place. it's hards to say our troops are going to go here and there. it's not easy. he's the president of the military. not easy making choices like that. >> no. the military can't solve all problems as we all know. >> yes. still to come in the "newsroom," a train carrying crude oil derails and explodes causing problems for hundreds of virginia residents as in their drinking water. >> reporter: carol, that fire is still smoldering. thousands of people displaced and now this morning concern oil from that derailed train may have contaminated drinking water. we'll tell you what environmental crews have found on the scene after the break.
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a huge fire that displaced hundreds of west virginia residents is still smoldering. crews are trying to get a better handle on the situation. a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil exploded. one of the flaming tankers went into the river. that's a bad thing. we have more for you. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. it is still the bottom line a dangerous situation in west virginia. as you mentioned, the fire is still smoldering. investigators are on their way, but at this hour the scene is still too hot for the investigation to even begin. >> we saw the train explode and
a shot of the mushroom cloud about as high as that now. >> reporter: in just moments west virginia resident alex vander takes a step back as another giant fireball erupts into the sky. a train carrying crude oil derailing causing multiple explosions on monday afternoon. the blasts continuing into the night sending clouds of fire and smoke into the air. one home destroyed. one person injured and around 1,000 people displaced. >> oh, i consider myself lucky because, you know got somewhere to go anyway. we'll make our way some way. >> reporter: west virginia governor earle ray tomlin issued a state of emergency. urged to conserve water after oil from a train spilled into a nearby river, a source of drinking water. nearly 30 of the trains more than 100 cars ran off the tracks but authorities still aren't sure what caused the derailment.
>> we've had some severe winter weather conditions here with significant snowfall. we don't yet know whether that's a factor in this. >> reporter: well emergency management tells me they are awaiting test results of the samples taken from the water supply to confirm that it is not contaminated. now crews on the ground they say that the intake valves were shut down about an hour after the derailment because of snow and ice on the river. they believe that was well before any oil could have made it downstream and into the water supply but, carol, the bottom line is these crude oil sipments by rail have increased dramatically over the past decade as oil companies have perfected technologies to pull oil from shale. the problem is, the tankers in some cases are substandard and the federal government very concerned about that. carol. >> all right. rene marsh reporting live from washington. still to come in the "newsroom," more record snow and ice, and this time the south is getting in on the action.
than cabrera live in richmond, virginia. >> reporter: hi carol. we have several inches of snow on the ground. we know there are hundreds of thousands of people without power. state police have been responding to dozens of accidents and now the frigid temperatures are settling in so it's not over yet. we'll have an update from the south, the frozen south when we come back. if you suffer from a dry mouth then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. but did you know that the lack of saliva can also
this tv news camera stopping only inches from it. thankfully -- my goodness. thankfully no one was hurt. the south could not escape this latest wintry blast. parts waking up to record-breaking snow. more than 10 inches falling here in marshall county. crews battling the blaze only to awake to the stunning scene, the building coated in icicles. snow is now making its way into boston again. 95 inches so far this year. and it's weighing on more than residents. collapsing structures a major concern. luckily no one was inside this lowe's garden ser ter when the roof came crashing down. we have all angles. ryan young is in massachusetts. first, for the southern side we go to anna cabrera. she's in richmond virginia this morning. good morning, anna. >> reporter: good morning. not exactly the batlmy south here is it? you can see several inches piled
up. estimates are 6 inches overnight. get this the normal snowfall for this area is about 3 inches for the entire month of february. so we've already doubled that. we're seeing cars having trouble on the roadways. we know there are about 12,000 pieces of equipment that the state has deployed across the state, but that's still not enough to keep up with this snowfall that came fast and furious. fortunately, people are still managing to get around and staying safe here and they're walking in order to get around. here we have audrey joining me. thank you so much. i know you are a richmond native. what do you make of all of this snow? >> i absolutely love it. the last time i saw this much snow was several years ago. it's been a while. i actually walk to work and i didn't have to go today so i thought i'd get out and walk around and have a snow adventure. >> reporter: people are already digging out. we're seeing people digging out. it seems like people are coping pretty well. >> yeah we are. we don't handle this kind of snow as well i would say because
usually it's not this cold so it melts pretty quickly. this has been a little bit more fun. it's not melting and thaeps exciting. >> reporter: you actually like it it. >> i do. >> reporter: did you do anything just in case because we are seeing hundreds of thousands without power in several of the southern states. >> i guess i took a little bit of a risk. i made sure i had a lot of hot chocolate on hand, hot coffee. >> reporter: thank you and stay safe. mostly good positive attitudes. still a serious situation for a lot of people though. as i mentioned, there are hundreds of thousands without power we know from north and south carolina to georgia, tennessee, including a few thousand here in virginia. the frigid cold temperatures are really just around the corner. we see a little bit of sunshine now but we're expecting single digits if not negative degrees coming up in the next couple of days with temperatures not expected to go above freezing until saturday or sunday carol. >> still.
i know there are serious problems because it would be terrible to have your power out, but i can hear the entire state of massachusetts laughing. would you say people are busy shoveling. it's like what shoveling an inch of snow off your porch? try 95 inches. anna cabrera. thank you so much. can we put up the ithaca sign from the tourism sign in ithaca new york. i found this interesting. they have given up. basically it says please do not come and visit ithaca. go to key west instead. you'll have a much better time. we can certainly understand that because so much snow has fallen along the northeast corridor in the last couple of months. ryan young is in sommerville, massachusetts, at a snow farm. more snow is coming boston's way. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. more snow is coming this way. hey, i'm a guy who lives in the south. i heard her talking about it. there's a difference. ice down there, less snow. here we have chunks of snow. if you have to look at it it is
unbelievable how thick this is. it sits on top of everyone's roof. we had some collapse. i have to show you something. it's different, i think. take a walk with me. look in this direction. look at all of this. this is what they call a snow farm. it's more than four football lengths full. this is where they pack all the snow. you see what's going on. if you look back in this direction, it is very high. more than 12 or 13 feet high in this direction. we've taken a measuring tape out and tried to get to the top. we climbed this earlier. it is hard to get the measuring tape all the way down. what they're doing with this snow? melting it. just last night one of the snow melters broke. they're having it and fixing it to get back to all the heavy work. even the salt is running down in this area. it's something that the entire system is having to deal with. they spent over $30 million trying to clean all the snow and ice off the roads and more snow is coming but at least it's getting warmer. carol.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. prosecutors are expected to rest their case today in the trial of former marine charged with killing american sniper chris kyle and another man. a texas jury heard eddie ray routh confess to the murders during a nearly 90-minute long videotaped interrogation from the night of his 2013 arrest. ed lavandera is live outside the courthouse in stevenville, texas, with more. good morning, ed. >> reporter: good morning, carol. the reason this videotape is so crucial is it really gets to the heart of whether or not eddie ray routh knew what he did the day he killed chris kyle and chad littlefield. did he know whether it was right or wrong? that is the central issue in this case. in the videotaped confession from two years ago eddie ray routh looks far different than he does today. he's dressed in the same
clothing he wore to the gun range when he shot and killed chris kyle and chad littlefield. one of the investigators said he even notices bloodstains on routh's boots. this was recorded just after routh surrendered to police after a car chase and a few hours after the killings. routh starts with a rambling and incoherent answer when he's asked what happened. he says i keep talking to chris. there's a few dozen chriss in my world and it's like every time i talk to another man named chris or get sent to another man named chris it was like talking to the wolf you know? the ones in the sky are the ones that fly, you know what i mean? the pigs. routh then becomes obsessed with talk of his soul. you can't just keep letting people eat your soul up for free you know? it's not what it's about. it's about having a soul that you have in you for yourself and there are tons of people that are eating on my soul right now. the detective asks who did you shoot first? and routh says the one i could clearly identify. he's talking about chris kyle here. i knew if i did not take out his soul he was coming to take mine
next. >> he was in the grip of a psychosis, a psychosis so severe at that point in time that he did not know what he was doing was wrong. >> reporter: the interrogation video lasts nearly 90 minutes. routh complains about the handcuffs being uncomfortable. he's left alone and tries to put on a pair of glasses. he asked to speak with his mother. asked for a cigarette. when he gets one, he pops off, doesn't anyone smoke anymore? the investigator asked routh, after you killed them what did you do next? routh responds. i fled. i didn't know what else to do. mia dren na lynn was so high. i didn't know what was write, i didn't know what was wrong. the investigator would come back to this nearly half a dozen times leaving routh alone and coming back to ask him repeatedly if he knew that killing kyle and littlefield was wrong. he said he didn't know and then he said he knew it was wrong. the detective asks routh what he would like to tell the victim's
families. i would tell them i'm sorry for what i've done. prosecutors say the tape proves routh knew what he was doing. >> mental illnesses, even the ones that this defendant may or may not have had don't deprive people from the ability to be good citizens from knowing right from wrong. >> and, carol, the reason you can't hear eddie ray routh's voice on the tape is the judge is not allowing us to broadcast the audio of these videotapes and what's going on in the courtroom until after the trial ends. >> you couldn't hear his voice? >> yeah, we're just not allowed to broadcast it yet. >> i wanted to make sure before i asked you this question did he confess in a strong voice? what did he sound like? >> it was very calm.
if you watched the video there wasn't any time the voice was raised or he seemed overly agitated. he was calm and steady yet at times more often than not rambling and incoherent and kind of just these random explanations that didn't make a whole lot of sense. >> i also know the jury heard several voicemails from routh to kyle. what were those like? >> you know kind of the same thing. there was one in particular there were a series of phone calls leading up to the day, february 2nd 2013 when all these three men came together for the first time and eddie ray routh had reached out to chris kyle. remember, it was routh's mother who had asked kyle to meet with her son. kind of a sad day when it rains. it's a good sad, rains will come and rains will leave. i guess that's what they do. as he's asking him to call him back to return to his phone call. again, kind of this kind of string of sentiments that don't make a whole lot of sense. >> all right. ed lavandera, thanks so much.
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in rope pen haggan a cumulativekmun cumulativekmun cumulativekmun -- in copenhagen a community is reeling. one of the attacks took place at the city's main synagogue. following the violence benjamin netanyahu renewed his call for europeans jews to relocate to israel. netanyahu says his country is quote, the home of every jew. cnn's penhaul has more. >> fear among the living.
as jews we are always a target just for being jews not for our beliefs in freedom of speech or democracy but just because we're jewish. >> mette and her husband kyles were throwing a bart mitzvah party for their daughter. a muslim gunman went on a rampage. >> one of the security guards come in the room where we were dancing and shouts stop the music, and we did, and shortly after that he comes in and says everyone downstairs. >> so we stayed as she said underneath in the basement and i got the radio and i got the briefing about somebody has been hit outside by shots. >> reporter: out on the sidewalk two police officers were wounded and dan ozan a volunteer synagogue guard and basketball fanatic lay dying. mourners flocked to uzan's
funeral on monday. his body was not yet ready for burial. it was still undergoing autopsy. >> it makes us feel angry in a way that that was necessary. why was that necessary? why did that have to happen? i feel tremendous gratitude towards them. >> reporter: security services estimate more than 100 danish muslims are fighting with radical factions in syria, but so far there's no evidence the copenhagen shooter ever fought in extremist ranks, yet the head of copenhagen's synagogue said the weekend attack was a tragedy waiting to happen. >> yes, basically we've been fearing such a thing could happen in denmark for quite a while. we've seen within the last three years attacks on jewish institution, tulus, brusbrussels
paris recently. >> reporter: flags flew at half staff and jewish schools stayed closed monday. >> we have a school and i have my grandchild's school and i'm so worried. >> reporter: some messages vowed denmark's jews would not be coward meanwhile, benjamin netanyahu offered them refuge. >> we love israel and we feel that we always have a safe place to go to, and that is very nice to know but we are danish. we are proud to be danish. >> reporter: proud yet humbled by the jewish volunteer guard who laid down his life to help protect bentos family. >> we will remember that we owe our lives to him and we will try and do our very best to be deserving of that. let's talk more about this. joining me now, republican
congressman lee zelden of new york. welcome, sir. >> thank you for having me. >> that was such a touching story. you heard the jewish couple in that story saying they appreciate netanyahu's offer but they are danish and they prefer to stay in their own country. is benjamin netanyahu right to urge european jews to come to israel? >> well i think it's great for the prime minister to let the jewish people know all around the globe that they are welcome with open arms if they choose to come to israel f. they choose to stay at home because they're proud to be danish that's perfectly understandable as well. it's great for someone or a people victimized by a recent attack to know that they have more than one safe home. >> isn't it allowing the terrorists to win though by benjamin netanyahu reaching out to jews across europe and saying you know come to israel because the battle's lost there? isn't that letting the
terrorists win? >> no. i think it's key when you have a situation of good versus evil that we are standing with our allies all around the globe, that we all ban together. there are beacons of freedom and democracy and liberty all over the world, so when leaders from all of these countries rise up and unite, it becomes a very powerful force and quite honestly may be the only force that's capable of defeating evil is when we all ban together. >> absolutely. and that leads me to another pressing question for all-americans. there's a new cnn orc poll out. 78% of americans want congress to get president obama the authority to use force against isis. in light of isis executing 22 christians attacking jews all around the world, killing american journalists and aid workers and launching attacks on american marines. why isn't congress in session voting to give president obama war powers?
>> well i think it's great that the president came to congress requesting the authorization for the use of force. i'm on the house foreign affairs committee where we had a hearing this past thursday. there are some questions. there are going to be some hearings in the house and the senate. we want to know how many troops are going to be used what their mission is who's in charge are they going to be given the flexibility and resources necessary to accomplish their mission whenever we are deploying our assets whether it is service members and equipment. when we risk -- >> i absolutely understand the need for debate. i absolutely understand but, look isis is now in yemen, syria, iraq libya, afghanistan and pakistan. i mean what is congress waiting for? like debate it and get it done. >> i -- i -- i agree. i think there is a very healthy dialogue that started in the last few days. the key is that the strategy has to be to win. we can't ever deploy our assets and risk life and limb if our
strategy is to come up short so the president, you know he has indicated back in september when he announced his strategy he'd be relying on syrian rebels to finish the job. iraqi military and law enforcement. in syria the syrian rebels aren't fighting isis they're fighting the syrian government. we have military law enforcement where it's a victory just to get them to show up at work so expecting them to travel to defeat an element that one of my colleagues refers to as making al qaeda look like boy scouts it's important that the strategy is to win. it's not just to degrade isis. it needs to be destroy zblem what would that strategy to win look like in your mind? >> well the good thing at this point is that we have senior leaders in our military who have multiple tours leading troops in iraq and afghanistan. we need to identify exactly who is in charge, what their vision
is to destroy isis. we need to be sure that they are given the flexibility and resources necessary to actually accomplish that. we have special operations troops. army rangers, green berets navy s.e.a.l.s, delta force, marines capable of operating at night. >> i know what they're going to say. they're going to say there needs to be boots on the ground whether it be u.s. boots on the ground or arab boots on the ground but somebody needs to fight isis face to face. they're also going to say in these countries with unstable governments there's really no way to defeat isis because that's the problem, those unstable governments, and we're not really helping those governments become stable are we? >> well i don't think that we should have any type of occupation whatsoever. there should be no enduring ground presence. when we debate whether or not there should be troops on the ground in one respect you can say we already have troops on the ground. we have -- i had one gentleman show me a picture of their grandson from baghdad. he's in the air force. he was carrying a rifle.
he was wearing boots and they were on the ground. we have special operations forces capable of operating at night and turning nighttime into daylight. they can come in at night. they can take out a high value they can get out before sunrise. there's a difference between the conventional fight that we're used to in conflicts past and the unconventional capabilities we have to fight an unconventional force in isis. i think if we had a senior leader and their vision to destroy isis included the use of our special operations forces without an occupation without enduring ground presence utilizing intelligence resources to take out command and control and logistics and cut out their financial mechanisms wherever possible because they have become a wealthy element. the wealthiest terrorist element ever. >> we're already doing that. let me ask you this question. so congress will come back from break and they'll debate whether to give president obama war
powers. how long will it take do you think? >> i don't think it would take very long at all quite honestly. we could have a very healthy conversation today, have our questions answered by this afternoon. when congress comes back at the beginning of next week, everyone could be reassured that the strategy is to destroy isis. as i mentioned at the house foreign affairs committee hearing last thursday, we need to instill fear on the part of isis. they should sleep with one eye open because they fear that army ranger coming in the middle of the night to put a round of lead between their eyes. if our effort is to destroy them with the full use of our capabilityies in an intelligent way sw someone inwith someone in charge to accomplish the mission, whether you are conservative or liberal,
democrat or republican there would be a large overwhelming amount of support coming from congress and all across this country to destroy isis. we just need to make sure that the effort isn't to come up short. if we are going to put a service member in a position where they can lose their life and miss another birthday or holiday or anniversary, we have to be sending them to win. >> all right. congressman lee zeldin thank you for being with me. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. you're on to the next thing. clinically proven neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair. it targets fine lines and wrinkles with the fastest retinol formula available. you'll see younger looking skin in just one week. one week? this one's a keeper. rapid wrinkle repair. and for dark spots rapid tone repair. from neutrogena®.
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president obama's plan to take executive action in immigration is running into a road block in texas where a judge halted the order. the plan would defer deportation for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants and protect those brought to the united states illegally as children. some 26 states have sued saying the president's actions violate the constitution. and the battle has spread to capitol hill where a bill backed by house republicans would provide critical funding for the department of homeland security but only if the executive action is reversed. the house speaker john boehner says the real fight is about checking the president's power. >> the house has to do its work and the senate has to do theirs. the house acted to fund the department and to stop the president's overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders. remember chris, the president
said 22 times that he did not have the authority to do what he eventually did. and the congress just can't sit by and let the president defy the constitution and defy his own oath of office. >> here to talk about this is co-founder and managing director for united we dream. thank you for being with me. >> thanks for having me. >> so this texas district court might have done the job for speaker boehner because it stopped the president's immigration plan from taking place tomorrow. so what does this mean for the immigrants in this country? >> this is a temporary halt. it doesn't mean that it has an impact on young people that have already applied for deferred action program issued in 2012. we have over 600,000 young people that have applied for this program. it does put a hold on the administrative changes that president announced last november which is an expansion and program for parents that could potentially apply for the
program in may. from our perspective, this is a bump in the road. it doesn't mean that our community or immigrants who believe are eligible for the programs should stop preparing. we're encouraging the community to prepare and we know that this is part of the legal battle. it's not a final decision. as hard as we fought for this we'll continue to fight so the program goes into implementation. >> you heard john boehner. he says this has nothing to do with immigration but everything to do with an abuse of constitutional power. does he have a point? >> we remain confident that the president's decision stands on solid grounds and he acted within his legal authority. in fact there was another lawsuit that was actually thrown out by the washington, d.c. court that was standing on the same grounds. we understand that this is part of a broader republican strategy both congressional and legal as we're seeing with this court fight to really attack the president's decision from our perspective, this is an attack
on immigrants who cannot wait to sign up for this program. people like my parents. >> talk about that. so what about your parents? they would have been able to do something tomorrow had it not been for this texas court? >> not in this particular case because the process for tomorrow was for young people. for my parents it will be in may. now, this injunction is both for the program for young people as well as for the parents that will be able to benefit and apply in may. my parents have been here more than 16 years, and they are really excited that they will be able to sign up for this program and to not live in fear of deportation and be able to sign up so they can get this protection. >> christina jiminez, thank you for coming in and explaining. i appreciate it. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. it's happening. today, more and more people with type 2 diabetes are learning about long-acting levemir® an injectable insulin that can give you blood sugar control for up to 24 hours.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. this morning new details emerge on the denmark terror suspect and a reminder of just how raw first are in copenhagen. this morning police scrambled to the cafe where that first attack took place. someone had found a letter described as suspicious. police later dismissed the concerns without giving out any details. in the meantime a new isis linked surfaces. this facebook page apparently belonging to the gunman shows he vowed his allegiance to the isis leader just before the shooting spree. cnn's senior international correspondent nic robertson is in copenhagen with more. hi nic. >> reporter: hi carol. we also heard from danish ambassador to the united states saying there's a strong possibility that he may have become radicalized while he was in jail. he had been