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still going strong. a cnn poll shows a quarter of republican voters want the donald to be the president. manhunt in thailand, new details on the suspect believed to be behind the deadly bombing in the capital. sometimes joint football practice a is a good thing and sometimes it doesn't. it gets ugly between the cowboys an rams. we'd like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm john vause. cnn newsroom starts right now. ♪
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a new cnn/orc international poll erases any doubt that donald trump is the clear leader in the republican race for the white house. the poll says mr. trump has the support of 24% of those surveyed that registered republicans or lean republican. his nearest rival jeb bush has 13% support. >> reporter: drawing crowds wherever he goes. donald trump is dominating the republican field nationwide. >> i'm going to new hampshire, iowa, south carolina, going to tn tvnl we're going all over. >> and growing his lead. in the new cnn/orc poll the billionaire businessman earns a quarter of the gop voters, up 6% since july. double the support of jeb bush and three times the support of walker. two governors close behind him just a month ago. trump's favorability is on the
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rise. 58% of republicans now have a favorable view of him. even after controversial comments about fox anchor megyn kelly. >> you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. >> and former prisoner of war john mccain. >> he was with a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. >> with republicans trusting him most to deal with the economy, social issues, isis and illegal immigration. in fact, he's setting the agenda and driving the conversation on illegal immigration. >> we have to make a whole new set of standards. >> reporter: he's calling for, among other things deporting all of the undocumented, an idea some of his opponents blasted as unworkable. >> it's not doable. secondly i don't think it is right. i don't think it is humane. >> reporter: on trump's proposal to end birthright citizenship, a
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right enshrined in the 14th amendment to the constitution, there seems to be some afwreemt. >> i don't mind changing the law. i think it is a bad practice to give citizenship based on birth. >> i am not in favor of repealing it. >> agremt from some but not from everyone. >> to suggest that people born in this country are not united states citizens and they don't have this in the constitution, i reject. >> athena jones, cnn, washington. . the democratic front runner hillary clinton says the e-mail controversy surrounding her campaign has nothing to do with her. during a campaign stop in las vegas, plps mrs. clinton answered another round of questions about her e-mail service she used during her time as secretary of state. she wouldn't comment on the report that she wiped the server before turning it over to the fbi but talked about what
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investigators are looking for. >> whether it was a personal or government account, i did not send classified material and i did not receive any material that was marked or designated classified, which is the way you know whether something is. what you are seeing now is a disagreement between agencies saying you know what they should have and the others saying no they shouldn't. that has nothing to do with me. if it had been a government account and i said release it, we'd have the same arguments. >> reporter: later hour we will have more on a meeting between hillary clinton and black lives matter. we ego to thailand now where a bangkok shrine has reopened after the deadly bombing. relatives of the dead have been leaving mementos including clothes and coins for departed souls. a number were were tourists from
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china, malaysia and singapore. police are searching for the man they say is the bomber. you see him in surveillance footage. he is wearing a t-shirt with glasses on. we have more on that. >> latest information coming out from the cctv video is they saw the man in the yellow shirt walking in to the shrine area and sitting down at a bench, which was near the main road, the foot path. he then took his backpack off and deliberately placed it under the bench he was sitting on and he left in a hurry. he rushed out according to police. three minutes later, a bomb detonated from under that exact bench. that's according to the cctv video. police say he appeared to have bandages on his arms and they are reaching out to the public trying to get some help if anyone may have seen him, if any taxi drivers may have taken him to that scene there. they are making a clear connection with him and with the
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bomb. what they are not connecting is a motive. they have no further closer to finding what is behind this bombing. they are also not saying what nationality the man is. this is important because if he is thai, it could point to local issues like the protests in the street, like the insurgency in the south of the country. >> how much urgency is there to solve this and return some kind of sense of security and thailand? >> it's paramount, john. this has been -- the shrine and the bomb have targeted specifically tourists. and tourism is very important to thailand, particularly at the moment. the economy is weakening. tourism is one of the bright spots. that tourism is being underpinned by chinese tourists and there have been fatalities amongst the chinese at this
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shrine. this shrine was well known to tourists and they would come here to seek blessings to help their good fortune. it is important for the government to reassure their own citizens they are dealing with this and providing safety for thais and to show people who want to come here it is a safe place. let's go to security expert in bangkok, he is a 20-year veteran of the cia. paul, clearly the military rulers are pushing this theory that anti-government forces and the ousted prime minister are to blame here. is there a rush to judgment because it fits a certain political narrative? >> exactly. it is highly unlakely the red shirts, the supporters of former prime minister are involved in this. what happens often in these instances where you have a high-profile terrorist attack it is politicized. say 24, 48 hours afterwards after everyone starts their own
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theories of who maybe behind it. the police are actively investigating the suspect you showed earlier in your footage with the yellow t-shirts. i think the theory of perhaps a weaker angle is getting traction at least with some of the investigators here. >> one problem you touched on is everything is politicized. that's because the country is very divided right now. even if the authorities think they are being honest and we have no reason to believe they are not a lot of people won't believe them. >> i think the police are struggling and so are some of the leaders. the prime minister and the police chief, both the one about to leave and one coming in to try to keep politics out of the investigation. all it will do is impede it, slow it and confuse it. i think at this point, they are doing a pretty good job with actually. >> one question i have is if it was the anti-government, the red shirts, why would they hit this target? why wouldn't they hit a military
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target or government target? wouldn't that make more sense? >> exactly, john. this target was not targeting the shrine but the people at the shrine which were mainly chinese tourists. this is very popular with chinese tourists and other visitors as well. the red shirt movement and the thailand movement insurgency don't target these kind of location or persons. this is unusual. even for the smoke to clear the police noted this level of ruthlessness and violence was unprecedented in thailand. >> i want to pick up on what you said a few moments ago about the possibility thuygurs would be responsible for this. pick up on that. why do you think they are coming in to focus more now? >> the uygurs theory has come in
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to popularity. it could be proxies acting on their behalf, possibly from turkey. thailand deported 109 uygurs, and that caused a reaction of the community in turkey which overran the thai consulate. there it was controversial. now police are looking to see is this in fact pay back for that deportation? >> well, there are many unanswered questions and many days to go before we find out what happened, if we d find out. thank you, paul. >> thank you, john. tech experts say hackers who targeted a daters cheaters site has published stolen data from a million users. ashley madison is designed to help married people cheat. they warned the site owners to shut down or they would release
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profiles and credit card detailors. the information is posted on what is known as the dark web which can be only viewed with a special browser. only a matter of time. the world body governing track and field has a new president. sebastian coe was voted in a short time ago. the election comes in the midst of a series of doping allegations. coe is a british politician, former middle distance runner and considered one of the greatest in history. four-time olympic medalist. some 100 wildfires are waging across the western united states and the u.s. forest service is spending more than half of its budget just trying to fight them and bring them under control. more details that ahead. democratic senator delivered another blow to the iran nuclear deal saying he will vote against the agreement. we're back in a moment.
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enough firefighters to fight all of the wires across the west, even with the with soldiers and national guard called in? >> the last two with weeks have been challenging. we have had wave after wave of lightning in the western united states, and it started multiple fires that have found available fuels and it's been pushing us around. right now we are stretched thin in terms of our resources. >> i remember a couple of years ago, 15 to be precise, there was a similar situation and firefighting resources here were stretched thin. they called in firefighters from australia, new zealand and other countries. is that a possibility? >> that is a possibility. we have recently in the last couple of days reached out to australia and new zealand. we are working on the possibility of bringing in some mid-level managers that people with experience and training, more than just an average
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firefighter. >> do you see a perfect condition of firearms like this before? >> i was a firefighter for many years before entering in to my work at the fire center and i have seen these situations before. there are simultaneous fire answer we have large fires managed in 12 states. that's not unprecedented but creates a dangerous situation. 29,000 firefighters, support personnel assigned to fires now. and we could use more help. >> do you see any light at the end of the tunnel here? what are you looking for to get a handle on this? >> what we'd like would be a big low pressure system that would dump a lot of rain in northern california, oregon, washington, idaho and montana but our forecasters are saying that's not likely for several weeks. >> we will continue to hope it comes early. we wish you the best of luck. ken frederick on the line for us
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from boise, idaho. we appreciate it. good luck. the weather conditions look to cool for much of the west. even that comes at a price. our meteorologist is joining us with more on the forecast. we just heard from ken saying they need rain. but they are not going to get it anytime soon. >> they are not going to get it. the best-case scenario, the first steps toward getting a rainfall is getting cooler temperatures. tremendous heat right here and we know it is too dry. humidity across the western united states in the 30s, teens around the northwestern portion of the country in to northern california. the concern is with this of course all of the fires are concentrated toward this region. 82 active flames as far as large fires. rainfall the next five days across the eastern half of the country with the northwest where the fires are in place. that's where it is the driest. the winds come with the cooler temperatures in the forecast.
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seattle goes for 90 fahrenheit to the lower 70s. portland mid to upper 90s to the lower 70s. the wind not going to help what is going on with the massive flames in place. i want to share with you video coming out of boise, idaho. what is known as a fire tornado. you typically see it with massive tornados. you can see how structured this fire na firenado. we put the maps in motion and show you how this develops is something like this. you typically have fires that come up and create their own winds. the winds could be gusty, 50 to 70 miles an hour in some cases. the wind wants to rise. the interaction with the winds and extreme temperatures here creates whirls and essentially
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fi firenados. when you are having debris inside of it up to 2,000 degrees, this is lofted in every which direction. firefighters are trying to put out spot fires it has created. this is something remarkable with the tremendous scale of the fires there. >> it is also incredible the fires are so hot they create their own weather patterns. >> they do. donald's daughter chelsea has been found safe and is in. o'donnell had issued a plea on social media in assistance in locating chelsea saying she had stopped take ing her med ed case and in need of medication. she had used an unknown cell phone at times to contact her
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family. high-ranking democratic law enforcement has come out against the deal. menendez said he studied the agreement and believes a better deal is possible. jim acosta looks at the outspoken critics of the deal and president obama's plan to keep it in play. >> reporter: the list of democrats coming out against the iran nuclear deal is growing. this time it's the senate foreign relations committee former chairman bob menendez. >> if iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it. >> reporter: menendez whose announcement was hardly the biggest set back of the week. that goes to senator jeff lake who likely ended white house hopes for any bipartisan support for the deal. >> the president and administration is saying it doesn't tie our hands but the plain text of the agreement seems to do so. >> reporter: the president, who
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was at martha's vineyard today isn't throwing in the towel yet. the president is engaged on the issue adding we remain confident that ultimately a majority of democrats in the house and senate will support the deal. that's critical as republicans face an uphill battle needing 11 more democratic senators to vote to block the agreement, and join gop efforts to override any presidential vetoes, which explains why senate majority leader mitch mcconnell was quoted by reporters in kentucky as saying the president has a great likelihood of success. >> new deal. >> reporter: republicans in the race for the white house vow they will have the final say and tear up the deal once they enter the oval office. >> until you open every military and nuclear facility to real, anytime, anywhere inspections to the united states of america without anyone else's permission or collaboration, we will make it as difficult as possible for you to moven money around the
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global financial system. >> reporter: they say iran is dangerous noting this tweet from the ayatollah saying teheran will take all possible means to support anyone who fights israel. >> it guarantees iran, run by a radical shia cleric with an apocalyptic view of the future will possess a nuclear weapon and long range missile capable of hitting the united states. >> reporter: more democrats announce they are backing the agreement and the bottom line for the iran deal has not changed. the members in the senate and house, officials say are still in their favor. now to another big fight, this one happened during a tense joint practice session between the nfl's dallas cowboys and the st. louis rams. take a look.
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you are watching cnn newsroom live all around the world. great to have you with us. i'm john vause. donald trump stands as the clear front runner in the republican race for u.s. president. according to a cnn/orc poll, trump has the support of 24% of voters surveyed. his newest rival. the shrine at the center of the bomb withings is open to the public once again. they say he left a backpack at the shrine minutes before the explosion that killed 22 people. u.s. forest service says they are spending more than $100 million a week fighting fires across the country. the crisis is worst in the western states. about 100 wildfires have scorched more than 1 million
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acres in ten states. . >> it's been a busy week in the democratic race for president. hillary clinton is addressing the e-mail controversy which has been dogging her campaign. a new video from a meeting mrs. clinton had with the black lives matter group has surfaced and it reveals a tense exchange. jeff zeleny reports on all of the developments. >> i regret this has become such a cause sl cause celebre. i know there is an anxiety or interest in this but the facts are the facts. >> she's struggling to defend off a campaign controversy, fallout from her decision to use a private e-mail server as secretary of state. >> you may have seen i recently launched a snapchat account.
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those messages disappear all by themselves. >> reporter: as republicans call her out for laughing, the clinton campaign is reverting to a familiar play book, diminishing the issue as an old partisan fight. >> it is never raised in my town halls, never raised in my other meetings with people. >> reporter: in nevada today, a few voters waiting to see her said they wanted an explanation. >> that's one of the reasons i'm here. i'd like the record to be set straight. i'd like to know what she has to say about everything. >> it's sad she would end up in this situation because she's such a woman with integrity. >> this as hillary clinton came face to face with protesters from the black lives matter movement. captured on camera in video released today. >> respectfully, if that is your position i will talk only to white people about how we will deal with very real problems. >> a passionate moment from a
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new movement confronting presidential candidates. >> what you are saying the black lives matter movement needs to do to change -- >> i don't believe you change hearts. i believe you change laws and allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate. >> bernie sanders surrendering the stage in seattle. martin o'malley heckled in phoenix. >> all lives matter. >> a movement drawing attention to african-americans dying. often at the hands of police and high incarceration rates. it is front and center in the presidential campaign. >> black lives matter! >> running for president is about navigating obstacles whether it is the black lives activists or answer question about the controversy over the private e-mail server that she decided to use as secretary of state. on that score she was defiant in nevada saying i know there is a
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certain level of anxiety or interest in this but the facts are the facts. jeff zeleny, cnn, washington. it seems american voters are in no mood for poll driven focus group cliche talking politicians. honest and authentic are in, or what seems to be honest and authentic. a conservative political strategist is joining us from virginia to help explain what this will mean for the race for the white house. craig, i always thought americans vote with their gut, how they feel about a candidate. and right now a lot of republicans feel good about what they are hearing from donald trump and democrats feel the same about bernie sanders. >> i think you are right. they seem to be coming across as authentic. that is not the only consideration americans make in voting in candidates for office, i think if you look at the history of american presidential politics one of the factors they did take in to consideration is
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authentic. john kennedy was more authentic than richard nixon and he more than hubert humphrey and so it has always been a factor that has gone in to consideration. >> right now, about being open and honest, not guarded. it seems to be everything that hillary clinton appears to be not. does that explain why she is not doing so well in the polls? >> i think there is a giant upheaval on the left and right. everybody is upset with washington an the political classes and everybody is upset with concentrations of power, whether it is washington, new york, detroit or what have you. she's on the wrong side of that narrative. whereas donald trump and others are on the right side of that narrative. >> as you say, this character assessment has always been part of american politics, but it seems to be more pronounced than
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ever before. trump makes seven gasps an hour but he turns it in to a rallying cry. why is it different this time? >> i think people are focused on not what he is saying about trivial things but the big things. they are giving him a pass because they know he is not a politician. in a way he is the anti-politician. in an odd way it is working to his benefit so he can say things about nelson mandela or megyn kelly or whatever else and in an odd way work to it his benefit. people believe he is speaking truth to power and they like that. >> do trump and bernie sanders and carson max out at some point. have a they plateaued already? meaning they don't have a chance of winning the party's nomination. >> in the past, they have flamed out, douglas and others are come up and flamed out. reagan ran as a populous
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reformer and he didn't. carter ran and he won. there is a dialect to american presidential politics every 20, 30 years whether jackson to lincoln to roosevelt, a reformer does step forward. we're in that time frame now. you could argue that obama was in that time frame, too and maybe he was a reformer or he is a detour in history and we are going back to a pop list reformer like a donald trump. >> do you think that donald trump is the reagan of this generation? >> no. there are interesting similarities but vast differences, too. reagan was a successful two-term governor. the issues of 1980 were with much different. there was some overlap as far as washington corruption and cleaning up and things like that, but the big issue of 1980 was the soviet union and the cold war. of course that issue has been
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put to rest successfully. >> i'm glad you made that point. quick mention of your book. it is called "the last act, the final years and emerging legacy of ronald reagan." craig shirley thank you for being with us. we appreciate it. >> you bet, john. thank you. a young girl turned a few heads at a political campaign event in las vegas with hillary clinton. listen to this spontaneous, unscripted question that she posed to the democratic front runner. >> do you think when you're president you will be paid as much as if it were a male? [ applause ] >> did you hear her question in oh, my goodness. well, this is one of the jobs
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where they have to pay you the same. you know, but there are so many examples where that doesn't happen. where women doing -- >> mrs. clinton had made equal pay across can gender lines one of the pillars of her 2016 campaign. who would have thought a little girl would come up with a question like that all by herself. what a shock. u.s. navy has announced it will allow women in to the ranks of elite special operations forces the s.e.a.l. teams. they say anyone who can pass the training requirements can become a s.e.a.l. this has two women are about to graduate from the challenging ranger school this week. barbara starr has their story. >> reporter: for military women, history is made. for the first time two female soldiers have passed the
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grueling ix 62-day army ranger training program. >> secretly sense of pride and i say secretly because we can't really cheer these females on, but it is definitely a humbling experience to kind of sit back and get a chance to see these women come through. >> reporter: even after all of the hard training, the pentagon still won't let women actually join the elite 75th ranger regiment, one of the nation's premier operations units. that decision must be made by january. army women say they want no special treatment. amber smith flew helicopters in iraq and afghanistan. >> it needs to be across the board and there needs to be that physical and mental strength to accomplish the mission. >> reporter: the 75th ranger rej mechbt's expertise, large-scale entry in to a combat zone under fire.
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while executing surgical raids on target to take out any threats. how hard is ranger school? 400 students started. only 96 graduated. of the 19 women who began, 16 dropped out. one is still working to get through the program. little sleep and food is just the beginning. soldiers must do 49 pushups, 59 situps, a five-mile run in 40 minutes, 12 mile foot march in three hours, parachute jumps, helicopter assaults and 27 days of mock combat patrols. the army's top general is yet to make his recommendation about whether women will be allowed to serve as rangers and in other front line combat units. >> i want to take a hard look at all of that and make sure the standards are being met in the readiness force. no doubt in my mind women can engage in ground combat with the enemies of our nation because they have done it.
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>> reporter: since 9/11, more than 150 military women have died, more than 1,000 wounded. assigned to operations in the war zones. many will say women already are in combat. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> a short break here on cnn. when we come back, we will retrace the desperate journey thousands of migrants have taken to europe. i'm ready to crack like nobody's watching. why? because it's red lobster's crabfest. and there's so much crab, so many ways. and with dishes like this luscious crab lover's dream or savory snow crab bake. i'm just getting started so hurry in and get crackin'
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survived. rain has hampered efforts to recover their bodies. a grim milestone to report in the european union. 100,000 migrants arrived in the eu in the monday of july. the number is more than triple the same month last year. this is the first time that monthly migrant crossings reached the 100,000 mark since officials started to keep records in 2008. with that this mind, let's look at how the migrant crisis has unfolded with the pictures and sounds we have gathered in recent months. >> rescuer s are calling -- a boat with migrants overturned. authorities say up to 700 people were on board. >> they are not seaworthy vessels. they don't have good motors. >> they believe the number of fatalities to be over 800 making it the deadliest understand dment the mediterranean we have
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recorded. >> you have seen where the victims of this misery end up, in boats adrift. >> living in tents in squalor conditions under a bridge. this wasn't the life these people hoped for when they fled their homeland there may be a six kilometer distance between turkey and greece, but the journey is very much a perilous one. >> unprecedented number of refugees fleeing the conflicts in syria, iraq and other places have been arriving in the last few weeks. >> an estimated 3,000 migrants live in tents waiting for a chance to cross the english channel. migrants storm a road in calais making a desperate dash for open vehicles to hide in. they say they'll do anything because britain holds the promise of a better future, something they tell me they are
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not finding here in france. >> thousands squat in this area from sudan, air ertoria and pakistan and other regions in crisis. >> we have to distinguish them from economic migrants seeking a better standard of living. >> we are in third world countries no toilets, no water. if this is europe, we're going back to syria. >> with that we will take a short break here on cnn. back in a moment. the possibility of a flare swas almost always on my mind. thinking about what to avoid,
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his 15 years in power . some involving animals, some involving no shirt at all. who could forget this one, topless fishing. when he is not annexing former territories of the soviet union he likes a little judo. he is a black belt after all. and he helps scientists with research, seen here tagging a siberian tiger. here he is in action playing sochi winter olympics and he put away eight goals for his team to win 18-6. game of catch with marco rubio did not go well for one boy in iowa. a florida senator accidentally bonked him on the head during a campaign event on monday. the little boy wasn't physically hurt but is probably scarred for life. donald trump is known for using twitter to express his
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thoughts on a wide range of issues. some of the presidential candidates words have been put to music. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: if donald trump's tweets are a window to his soul, what could be more soulful than josh groban singing? >> the best tweets of donald trump. >> reporter: prepare for deep thoughts and weighty words. ♪ never seen a thin person drinking diet coke ♪ >> reporter: trump values his twit wither to launch political attacks. in the past he's dispensed romantic advice. >> robert patson should not take back kristen stewart. she cheated on him like a dog ♪ >> reporter: truth be told, jimmy kimmel show took at least one of trump's comments out of context.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com police need your help tracking down this man who they believe may be connected to a deadly bombing in central bangkok. a new cnn poll says that the controversy surrounding donald trump is not hurting him in the polls. and a new drug known as female viagra wins approval. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. we're your team for the next two hours. this is "cnn newsroom." now it is 1:00 in the afternoon in bangkok, thailand where the
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erawan shrine is open to the public once again but the statue bears visible scars from the deadly bombing. 22 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured. >> we are expecting an update from police on their efforts to find out who is responsible. they say surveillance video shows the bomber but they don't know his motive. >> reporter: another bomb goes off in bangkok. this video shows water shooting to the air. the bomb exploding on the pier only a few miles away from monday night's bomb that ripped through central bangkok. thai officials are on the hunt for this man on surveillance video putting a backpack under a bench and thenwalkway. newly released cell phone video catches the chaotic scene on
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monday. unexpected tourists and locals walk along a foot bridge before the explosion below. this tourist was hit by shrapnel in the explosion. i turned back to look where the sound came from and saw people scattered on the streets everywhere. i decided to abandon my motor bike and run off. i've never been through anything like this before, i'm still scared. surveillance video capturing the large and deadly blast lighting up the night sky. >> i saw about five ambulances screaming away from the scene. i saw hundreds of medics, police, fire brigade. >> reporter: the bomb, claiming more than 20 lives and injuring over 100. local police believe it is a
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local act of terror. thailand's prime minister making it clear this was an attack on the economy. in our country, he said there, are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. the ongoing attempts at destruction might be politically motivated, targeting the economy, tourism, for whatever reason. the people of bangkok are coming out to show and share their grief. there is a suspect now, the government say they know why the erawan shrine was targeted but as yet there is no motive for what the thai prime minister describes as the worst attack ever on thai soil. andrew stevens, cnn, bangkok. we're going to bring in kim mcquay now, he is working for a
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non-profit working to improve the lives of the people in the region. thanks for your time. we have what appearing to be a young man as a suspect but no clear motive and we are waiting for a press update by officials. it could be political, economic, or even religious. but how unusual is it that we have not heard a call of responsibility and does that rule anything out? >> i think that the fact that we have not heard a call of responsibility is one of the signatures of the attack that authorities are taking account of. certainly the authorities move swiftly which we would think of discounting the southern insurgency. that is not the signature. but as of yet no one has come forward to claim responsibility. >> in the meantime, though as we look at the only evidence that the public has access to which
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is this video, the attack itself has frightened potential tourists considering a trip to bangkok right now despite the locals who are shocked as well. the erawan shrine is open and people are paying their respects. do you expect a tourism dip in bangkok because of this and because we have no answers yet? >> i think we will see an impact on the tourist trade. thailand is a popular destination for tourists from the regions and people from other parts of the world for their holidays. what we see typically is an economy that is resilient. but certainly in the lead up, the political events that led up to the 2014 coup we saw an impact on the tourist economy and the knock joon effects on t
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larger economy. >> and on that point, the current military-led government which took over in the coup last year did so in an effort to restore security, they say. but so far it's been tight lipped about their leading theories. we are standing by to get an update. but what do you make of the government's handling of this so far? >> i think so far in a span of 36 hours the government has handled in an appropriate and mature and responsible manner. they have been careful to avoid the speculation and i really do think based on what we're reading from the statements that have been made and the investigation they are leaving no stone unturned in terms of the possibility. the fact they are approaching
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this in a -- way and drawing on the forensic and other skills they have is a positive sign and everyone in the international community will be reading a lot into that. >> as we wait for answer no one is inflaming tensions at the moment. we hope this all does get cleared up. thanks to kim mcquay, the country representative for the asia foundation. thanks for your time today. china is investigating the director of the work safety agency following last week's deadly chemical explosion in tianjin. >> authorities are working to clean up the toxins left behind. will ripley reports on the challenges they face. >> reporter: right now several thousand people are on the ground working to clean up the chemical disaster unfolding here. you can see the crews behind me. they had to throw out the hazmat suits they were wearing and they changed into these new yellow suits because they were
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contaminated with sodium cyanide. they have detected and collected that deadly toxin and other deadly chemicals in this area. we are a half a mile from the blast site and the chemicals that they found, they have deposited in this truck. you can see they have the storage containers to secure it safely and ship it to an area where it can be contained and away from the public. keep in mind we are standing just across the street from thousands of apartments where people are supposed to be moving in in less than two months. a state reporter who tagged along with the crews and travelled to the center of the blast site which is heavily restricted. this reporter was embedded with the crews. as they got closer to the center of the blast site the levels of sodium cyanide and neurotoxins exceeded the measuring capacity
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of their testing meters. that shows you just how heavily concentrated these chemicals are. and it's made worse on the ground by the fact it has been raining today. while the rain clears the pollution in the air it makes things more complicated on the ground. the water can interact with the chemicals that these folks here, these hazmat workers here are working to detect. the cleanup effort continues and so does the process of identifying the bodies. the death toll is holding steady and more and more families are getting confirmation that their loved ones were killed in this disaster a week ago but it's there is a search underway for the missing. and there are dozens missing a week after this explosion. will ripley, cnn, tianjin, china. britain's sebastian coe has been elected as the president of the athletics federations.
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>> he beat out fellow former olympian -- of ukraine for the post. coe is a four-time olympic medalist and considered one of the greatest middle distance runners in history. >> the election was held three days before the 2015 championships in beijing and comes in the midst of a series of doping allegations and coverup by the organization. donald trump is the clear front runner in the republican race for the u.s. president. >> reporter: drawing crowds wherever he goes, donald trump is dominating the republican field nationwide. >> i'm going to new hampshire, going to iowa, going to south carolina, going to tennessee we're going all over. >> reporter: and growing his lead. in the new cnn/orc poll, the billionaire businessman earns
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the support of nearly a quarter of g.o.p. voters. nearly double the support of his nearest rival, jeb bush and three times the support of scott walker. two governors who were close behind him just a month ago. trump's favorability is also on the rise. 58% of republicans now have a favorable view of him even after comments about megyn kelly. >> you could see there were blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. >> reporter: and john mccain. >> he was captured. i like people who weren't captured. >> reporter: he tops the field on every issue. with republicans trusting him most to deal with the economy, social issue, isis and illegal immigration. in fact he is setting the agenda and driving the conversation on illegal immigration. >> we have to make a whole new set of standards.
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>> reporter: he is calling for, among other things, deporting all of the undocumented, an idea some of his opponents blasted as unworkable. >> it's not doable and i don't think it's right or humane. >> reporter: but on the proposal to end birthright citizenship, a right enshrined in the 14th many amendment to the constitution there seems to be some agreement. >> i don't mind changing that law. i think it's a bad practice to give citizenship based on birth. >> i am open to doing things to prevent people from taking advantage of the 14th amendment. >> reporter: agreement from some but not everyone. >> to suggest that people born in this country are not united states citizens and they don't have this in the constitution, i just reject out of and. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, washington. in the meantime, donald trump appears to be
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contradicting his own proposals. it would make it more difficult for people to obtain documents to stay and work in the u.s. legally. >> when foreigners attend our great colleges and want to stay in the u.s. they should not be thrown out of the country. i want talented people to come into this country to work hard and become citizens. silicon valley needs engineers. democratic u.s. presidential front runner hillary clinton is once again addressing the e-mail controversy that has been dogging her campaign. >> and new video from a meeting she had with the black lives matter group has surfaced revealing a tense exchange. jeff zeleny has more. >> i regret this has become such
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a cause celebre. >> i know there is a certain level of -- sort of anxiety or interest in this. but the facts are the facts. >> reporter: she is struggling to fend off a campaign controversy, fallout from her decision to use a private e-mail server as secretary of state. >> you may have seen that i recently launched a snap chat account. those messages disappear all by themselves. >> reporter: as republicans call her out for laughing, the clinton campaign is reverting to a familiar play book, diminishing the issue as a partisan fight. >> it's not anything that people talk to me about as i travel around the country. is it never raised in my town halls or other meetings with people. >> reporter: but in nevada today a few voters said they wanted an explanation. >> that is one of the reasons why i'm here. i would like the record to be set straight and i would like to
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know what she has to say about everything. >> it's sad that she is in this situation. she's such a woman with integrity. >> reporter: all this as she came face to face with protesters from the black lives matter movement captured on camera released today. >> if that is your position i will only talk with white people to -- >> reporter: a passionate moment. >> you said what the black lives matter needs to do to change hearts. >> i believe your change laws and allocation of resources and the way systems operate. >> reporter: bernie sanders surrendering the stage in seattle. martin o'malley heckled in phoenix. a movement drawing attention to african-americans dying often at the hands of police and high
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incarceration rates. running for president is all about navigating obstacles, whether it's activists or answering questions over that controversy over the private e-mail server she decided to use as secretary of state and hillary clinton was defiant in nevada saying i know there is a certain level of anxiety or interest in this but the facts are the facts. jeff zeleny, cnn, washington. this just in from indonesia, a government official says more than $470,000 was on board the trigana air flight that crashed over the weekend. the cash was being brought by indonesian post officers to distribute to poor families. meanwhile rescue teams reached the remote site in papua
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province on tuesday. none of the people on board survived. the plane's black boxes have been found in good condition. the flight lost contact with air traffic control on sunday shortly before it was scheduled to land. still to come here on "cnn newsroom," a second democratic senator delivered another blow to the iran nuclear deal. the u.s. forest service says as the number of wildfires increase, so does the cost to battle them. more on their record spending, just ahead.
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the u.s. forest service says for the first time, it is devoting more than half of its budget to fighting fires across the country. the agency says it is spending more than $100 million a week on firefighting. about 100 wildfires have scorched more than 1 million acres, or 445,000 hectares in ten western states. >> now the good news here is much cooler weather is in store for the western u.s. the bad news is that does not necessarily mean conditions will be much better for five-day
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forecasts. pedram javaheri is here to explain why the good and bad news is happening at the same time. >> good news as you said is that cooler temperature trend in the forecast. you see, a significant cooling trend from 90 down into the '70s. portland in the upper 70s. but the winds will pick up pretty dramatically over the heart of where the active fires are. the 95 large flames burning in this portion of the united states in washington state, oregon and idaho as well. it highlights the region we touched on. the wind potential from 30 to 50 miles an hour will not help firefighters contain what is happening over this region. but i want to share with you spectacular footage. this is coming outside boise, idaho. you see this an it's impressive as what is known as a fire
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tornado that develops here. you see this with a fire for a core but because there is so much smoke and debris it has made that invisible over this region. want to show you how this forms. you put the flames down, the temperatures can get up to 2,000 degrees fahrenheit. with that you have rising vertical columns of air like a chimney in your house where the air is rising and hot at the bottom and getting to the top. but in fires you have the weather patterns and the winds pick up in intensity. and you put it together and you have the recipe to spin up some of this and you have a fire tornado and you get the temperatures within the core of these firenados in the 1,000 to 2,000 degree mark and you run
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the risk of taking debris lofting it and starting spot fires elsewhere. and the winds can get from 120 to 160 miles an hour. in australia in 2003 there was a fi firenado that brought down large trees, an ef-2 scale of a tornado. impressive to think it can be created because of the erratic and turbulent weather in a fire. >> a lot of people in australia very unnerved by that. i remember friends and family being very upset. >> scary sight. >> thank you, see you next hour. a high-ranking u.s. democratic lawmaker has come out against the iran nuclear deal. >> jim acosta takes a closer look at the outspoken critics of the deal and president obama's plan to keep it in play.
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>> reporter: the list of democrats against the iran nuclear deal is growing. this time the senate foreign relations former chairman. >> if iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb it will not have my name on it. >> reporter: but it's hardly the biggest setback of the week. that distinction goes to jeff flake who ended hopes bipartisan support of the deal. >> reporter: but the president is not throwing in the towel just yet. the president is engaged on the issue, adding we remain confident that ultimately a majority of democrats in both the house and senate will support the deal. that is critical as the republicans need 11 more
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democrats to block the president. which explains why mitch mcconnell said, the president has a great likelihood of success. >> new deal. >> reporter: but republicans in the race for the white house vow they will have the final say and tear up the deal when they enter the oval office. >> until you open every nuclear and military facility to any time inspections the united states without anyone else's permission or collaboration will make it as difficult as possible to move the money around the global financial system. >> reporter: the critics say that iran is still dangerous noting this tweet from the ayatollah saying that iran will take all possible deals to support anyone who fights israel. but white house officials argue support for the iran deal will
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start growing as more democrats announce they are backing the agreement and the bottom line for the iran deal has not changed. the numbers in the senate and the house are still in their favor. jim acosta, with the president on martha's vineyard. russia's president, vladimir putin is back to his old stunts on his latest trip. >> he plunged 83 meters underwater off the coast of crimea on tuesday. you see a roll of tissues. you think he would need more than that. he went to look at a shipwreck in the black sea. >> the official purpose of the trip was to promote tourism in the region which voted to leave ukraine last year. petro poroshenko criticized mr. putin's visit and says crimea's future is still with ukraine. let's take a short break here. but still to come here on "cnn
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you are watching "cnn newsroom." thanks for staying with us. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. we want to check the headlines this hour. in bangkok, the hindu shrine at the center of the deadly bombing is open to the public once again. police are searching for a man
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seen in surveillance video who they say left a backpack at the shrine minutes before the violent explosion. 22 people were killed. an indonesia government officials says more than $470,000 was on board the trigana air service flight that crashed over the weekend. money of the 54 people on board survived. officials are removing bodies from the crash site. sebastian coe has been elected as the president of the world governing body for athletics. he is a four-time olympic medalists and one of the greatest middle distance runners in history. we move our focus to greece. the country's seen a 400% increase in the number of migrants arriving there just this year.
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>> 20,843 migrants reached greece in just one week from august 8 through to the 14th. that brings the total number of migrants who reached degrees in 2015 to almost $160,000. for comparison, the total number of migrants in 2014 was 43,500. >> thousands of desperate immigrants are hoping to find shelter on a cruise ship the greek government has set aside to house migrants. >> we are on the island of kos and has obtained exclusive footage. >> reporter: this is the solution to the migrant crisis. a cruise ship to house 25,000 at a time. >> reporter: refugees can temporarily live aboard the ship while they are getting registered. once they have their papers they can move off the island.
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for many here that is the doorway to europe. but will it work? greek officials won't let media on board. but these pictures taken from inside from one of the refugees shows good conditions and hot meals provided. but backed up toilets and the boat is filling up fast. this man is happy to be on board. >> this is a good solution. >> reporter: but this woman warns the boat is getting crowded. now it's getting full, he tells us and it's better to process our registration quickly. i told my neighbor there must be 2,000 people just inside this cafeteria. the number on the streets has diminished. but this is only a partial solution. the boat is for refugees fleeing the war in iraq and syria only.
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for thousands of others the wait is much more, weeks or longer. the crowd outside the police station to registration in the baking sun, camped in squall id conditions. and the cruise ship is only scheduled to be here until the end of the month and with as many as 1,000 arriving every day, kos may need more than a boat. activists say isis has killed an antiquities expert in the public square of an historic syrian city, palmyra is famous for its collection of ruins. >> isis seized this city back in may. the syrian observatory for human rights says the man isis beheaded was the former general manager for antiquities and museums there. >> isis has been wiping out artifacts throughout the region. but the syrian government is
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going to great lengths to protect its priceless history. >> fred pleitgen tells us about the measures they have taken to save it. >> reporter: the ancient castle of palmyra now under isis control. it's one of many historic and archaeological sites threatened by syria's ongoing civil war and weighing heavily on the head of syria's antiquities and museums. >> i am -- each day i receive new message from destruction of the city. >> reporter: but he vowed to put up a fight. wanting a massive operation to evacuate artifacts and bring them to damascus for cataloging and storage in secret locations. >> we are saving objects like this from syrian sites.
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it's from 2,000 b.c. >> reporter: syria has the greatest and most diverse cultural treasures in the world. they have saved hundreds of thousands of pieces and they get sport from both the syrian government and opposition forces. >> and finally, professional for all syria. >> reporter: the only ones who don't cooperation are isis militants. isis advanced to palmyra, pushing out government forces. but by then the workers had already taken hundreds of pieces to safety. in total, the folks here at the antiquities ministry have managed to recover and catalog 400 statues and busts from palmyra. saving syria's history comes at a heavy price. 13 employees have been killed. >> we need our job have very difficult but finally, it is
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not -- [ indiscernible ]. >> reporter: a battle they hope to win and one day hope to bring back all cultural treasures from their secret hiding places and display them once again. fred pleitgen, cnn, damascus. >> we'll have more global news after this very short break. don't go anywhere. it's more than a network and the cloud. it's reliable uptime. and multi-layered security. it's how you stay connected to each other and to your customers. with centurylink you get advanced technology solutions, including an industry leading broadband network, and cloud and hosting services -
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surely this is in the good news column. there is now a pharmaceutical option for women who lost their sex drive. >> elizabeth cowen has details on what is being called the female viagra. >> reporter: we've heard the pitches and the questions.
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>> why let -- >> reporter: men have had an answer in pills like viagra for more than 15 years. >> ask your doctor if viagra is right for you. >> reporter: but now the food and drug administration is finally answering a long lingering important question from women. >> what the [ bleep ], are we so far behind that we don't think women have the right for sexual desire. >> reporter: and the fda has approved a pill for women. >> spoof ads like this are part of a campaign called even the score. >> it works on key chemicals in the brain to increase desire and decrease distress. >> reporter: the problem is more psych logical than physical for a lot of women. according to a 2002 study up to 1/3 of adult women experience
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hypoactive sexual desire disorder. >> i am pleading for help, for an option. >> reporter: fda committee meetings have acted as a platform to address the agency. >> it's not just about me but about the millions of other women i represent today who are looking to the fda far solution. >> reporter: many desperate for help. >> i want to want my husband. it is that simple. >> reporter: the fda previously rejectedful rejected flibanserin twice. >> is it not an easy conversation to have with the man that you love to say, i love you, i'm highly attracted to you. but for some reason, i just don't want to cozy up and have sex. i think women finally are on a
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level playing ground or heading in the right direction to being on a level playing ground. tech expert says hackers who targeted a cheaters dating site have published stolen data for more than a million users. >> when the hackers hit the site they warned the owners to shut it down or they would release the profiles and credit card numbers. the information is posted on the dark web which can only be viewed with a special browser. former subway pitchman jared fogle is expected to plead guilty to charges related to possession of child pornography. >> investigators raided his home and seized several computers and
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dvds. in may they charged the former executive director of fogle's foundation with production and possession of child pornography. >> at the time he said he was shocked at the allegations and his foundation severed ties with taylor. a huge reversal of fortune for someone whose name had become synonymous with subway. >> i'm jared the subway guy. >> reporter: long before the world got to know jared fogle as the subway guy he was an overweight college student. he told larry king in 2002 about the moment he hit rock bottom. >> the straw that broke the camel's back was getting on the scale and seeing i weighed 425 pounds. >> reporter: as a junior at indiana university where his story began.
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there was a subway sandwich shop next to where he lived and one day he took a look at the low-fat menu. the rest is history. >> if i were to eat the turkey for lunch and the veggie for dinner, maybe this could work for me. >> reporter: it worked so well that a college pal who was the editor of the campus newspaper didn't recognize him when they bumped into each other on campus. his friend insisted he write an article about him and how he did it. it ran in the indiana daily student. when fogle registered for a class he based which classes to register on whether he could fit into the classroom seats. jared's diet became national news after "men's health" magazine included his daily food
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ritual. jared got the call from subway after that. and by 2000 he was at the center of the advertising campaign. >> this is jared. he weighed 425 pounds. inspired by subway's low-fat sandwiches he invented a diet of his own. >> reporter: jared claimed to have lost 245 pounds in one year and got very, very rich. he was on the road 200 days a year, sharing his weight loss story for subway and he rarely left home without his famous pants. >> 60 inches. >> you have your old fat pants. let's have a look at them. >> these are more famous than i am. if i can't make an event i send the pants. >> reporter: jared was parodied on "saturday night live" and featured on "south park" but he
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kept the weight off for 15 years now but that did not stop subway from cutting ties with fogle this week as police and fbi agents sift through documents and computers taken from his home. it's unclear what is next for the famous pitchman. randy kaye, cnn, new york. we'll take a short break here. still to come, two women make history by passing one of the u.s. army's most grueling physical tests. we'll tell you why they still won't be accepted to an elite regimen, next. he doesn't need your help. until he does. three cylinders, dual overhead cams and 50 horsepower. go bold. go powerful. go gator. get 800 dollars off select gators at a dealer near you.
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welcome back. a wild scene erupted during a scrimmage between the nfl's dallas cowboys and st. louis rams. take a look at this. >> oh, dear, this brawl came after the league sent a memo to all teams warning them to stop the recent fighting. the player who may have taken the worst of the fight.
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dez bryant was apparently not wearing a helmet when he was punched. the u.s. army winavy will a women into the seal teams. >> and this comes as two female soldiers are about to graduate from the army's rangers school on friday. cnn's barbara starr has the details. >> reporter: for military women, history is made. for the first time, two female soldiers have passed the grueling 62-day army ranger training program. >> secretly sense of pride. we can't really cheer these females on. but it's definitely a humbling experience to sit back and get a chance to see these women come through. >> reporter: but even after all the hard training, the pentagon still won't let women actually
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join the elite 75th ranger r emgiment. >> there has to be a mission standard straight across the board with a physical and mental strength to accomplish the mission. >> the ranger expertise, large-scale entry into a combat zone under fire while executing surgical raids on targets to take out any threats. how hard is ranger school? 400 students started, only 96 graduated. of the 19 women who began, 16 dropped out and one is still working to get through the program. little sleep and food is just the beginning. soldiers must do 49 pushups, 59
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situps, a five-mile run in 40 minutes, a 12-mile foot march in three hours, parachute jumps, helicopter assaults and 27 days of mock combat patrols. >> i want to take a hard look at all that and make sure that the standards are being met. there is no doubt in my mind that women can engage in ground combat with enemies of our nation because they've done it. >> reporter: since 9/11 more than 150 military women have died and more than 1,000 wounded, assigned to operations in the war zones. many will say women are already in combat. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> that is impressive. congratulations to those two women.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com police need help finding this man who may have been behind a bombing in bangkok. and donald trump's popularity shows no sign of slowing down. and u.s. regulators sign off on a new drug described as viagra for women. welcome to viewers in the u.s. and around the world, i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. this is "cnn newsroom." and begin this hour in bangkok where police are working to identify the prime suspect in monday's bombing at a hindu shrine. authorities say surveillance video shows a man in a yellow t-shirt leave his backpack at
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that shrine. it exploded minutes later, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100. >> now that shrine is open to the public once again at this hour. you can see, the golden statue bears visible scars from monday's bombing. police and the prime minister say it was a deliberate attack meant to hurt bangkok's tourism industry. >> we want to go to bangkok where we are following developments. and authorities held a news conference and updated the media on the situation. what have we learned so far? >> reporter: rosemary, that's still going on at the moment. what we know so far is that they have made an appeal to the public to try and piece together more information and images of this bomber. they are taking the model of what happened in the boston bombing. they pieced together people's
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camera footage to recreate and get clearer imagery of the man they suspect to be the bomber, the man in the yellow t-shirt leaving the rucksack under the bench and a short while after he leaves the bomb went off. they have also announced a 1 million baat or $30,000 reward to anyone who leads them to that suspect. if it is that man who led to the do the bombing or was involved with the bombing. but they believe this is a suspect connected to the bombing. is he is a lone wolf? we don't know. was he working with other people? we don't know that. but police are working hard to confirm that. they've also told us they are looking at the second bomb location as well, rosemary, just
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the next morning, at a close to a bridge by the river. there are riverboats that run up and down the river in bangkok taking people, ferrying them like taxis. people were waiting to board a boat when someone threw down a bomb. it bounced off the pierce and went thankfully into the water. there were no injuries. police divers are in the water there and have used sandbags, at least 3,000, i believe, something to that number, to block off an area to clear the water and go down and see if they can find more clues and evidence. what they have said initially, speaking to local thai tv, the police spokesman had said he believes it is also a pipe bomb and used ball bearings which is what they believe was used at the shrine here across the road
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from me. they believe they have a lot of similarities and could be connected. >> and significantly of course still no claim of responsibility here. and presumably the police have no doubt that this man that was caught on the surveillance camera is indeed the bomber, presumably they have done some assessment as to the epicenter of that explosion. are they saying anything about that? >> reporter: yeah, in terms of who is behind it and claims of responsibility as you rightly say there have been no claim of responsibility so far which is unusual if it was a major terrorist attack by a major organization. as we've seen in the past, organizations are very quick to claim responsibility. they want that glory. they want to claim it. they want the world to know and fear their organization and to announce their arrival in any place that they are attacking. that hasn't-ed here.
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of course, there has been discussion about the insurgency in the south and that is largely always been contained in the south it's never ventured out, certainly not this magnitude in the heart of bangkok. so as to this person and this suspect, as you say, as they discussed the cctv shows him going in wearing a backpack and leaving it there. so by a process of elimination they are saying that they believe this man is connected to this bombing and, rosemary, the place in which he leaves that rucksack, that black backpack is where the bomb went off. it's where it was surrounded by people on both sides. you know, this really is right in the heart of the center of bangkok and represents the heart of bangkok in so many ways, rosemary. it is a religious shrine. yes it's dedicated to a hindu
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god but is it a religious shrine that all religions venture too, the buddhist community, sikhs, hindus and people go there to be at peace and admire it. it does not have any walls around it. that is symbolic as well. it's inviting and that is why there are so many people. it has a railing but you can see into it and there are people on both sides, flower sellers, store holders and people inside as well. and where the bomb was placed it was placed to cause maximum damage and death. >> let's hope with the incentive of this $30,000 reward that someone can come forward of course having that surveillance camera footage is helpful. once they can get closer, hopefully someone will recognize this suspect. that news conference ongoing and
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we'll get any new information that comes to hand. want to bring you developments into cnn from indonesia. a government official says more than $470,000 was on the trigana air flight that crashed over the weekend. the crash was being -- the cash was being brought by indonesian post officers to distribute to poor families. six bodies have arrived at a hospital for identification. none of the 54 people on board survived. the plane's black boxes have been sent to indonesia's transportation safety commission for analysis. the flight lost contact with air traffic control on sunday shortly before it was scheduled to land. chinese authorities are working to clean up the toxins
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left behind after the explosion last week in tianjin. >> reporter: right now several thousand people are on the ground here in tianjin working to clean up the chemical disaster that is unfolding here. you can see the crews behind me. they had to throw out the hazmat suits they were wearing. they changed into these new yellow suit because they were contaminated with sodium cyanide. they have detected and collected that deadly toxin and other chemicals in this area. we are a half mile from the blast site and the concentrations get higher the closer you get. you can see they have the storage containers to secure it safely and ship it to an area where it can be contained and away from the public. keep in mind we are standing across the street from thousands of apartments where people are supposed to be moving in in less
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than two months. a state reporter who travelled to the center of the blast site which is heavily restricted. there is not any access to the general public but this reporter was embedded with the crews, as they got closer to the center of the blast site, the levels of sodium cyanide and neurotoxins exceeded the measuring capacity of their testing meters. that shows you just how heavily concentrated these chemicals are. and it's made worse on the ground here by the fact it has been raining today. so the rain, while it clears some of the pollution in the air it makes things more complicated on the ground because the water can interact with the chemicals that these folks here, the hazmat workers here are working to detect. the cleanup effort continues and so does the process of identifying the bodies. the death toll is holding steady and more and more families are getting confirmation that their
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loved ones were killed in this disaster a week ago. there are dozens missing a full week after the explosion and the ensuing disaster that this city and this country is still coming to terms with. will ripley, tianjin, china. greece has seen a 400% increase of the number of migrants migrant migrants a -- arriving in the country year-on-year. >> the total number of migrants in greece in 2015 is 160,000. the total number in 2014 was more than 43,000. >> thousands of desperate immigrants are hoping to find shelter on a cruise ship the greek government has set aside to house migrants. >> media are not allowed on the
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ship. but we have exclusive footage. >> reporter: this is the greek solution to the immigrant crisis on the island of kos, a cruise ship. the refugees can live aboard the ship while they are getting registered. that should only take a few days. once they have their papers they can move off the island and for many here that is the doorway to europe. but will it work? greek officials won't let media on board. but these pictures taken from inside by one of the refugees shows good conditions and hot meals provided. not without problems, though, backed up toilets and the boat is filling up fast. this man says he is happy to be on board, though. >> this is good solution. it's better to say to stay than on the street. >> reporter: but this man warns that the boat is getting crowded. now it's getting full, he tells us and it's better to process
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our registration quickly. there will be too many people inside i told my neighbor this morning there must be 2,000 people just inside this cafeteria, he said. the number camped out on the streets has diminished but this is only a partial solution. the boat is for refugees fleeing the war in syria and iraq only. for thousands of others from pakistan to nigeria, the wait is much more, weeks or longer. they crowd outside the police station to register in the baking sun, camped in squalid conditions. the cruise ship is only scheduled to be here until the end of the month and with thousands arriving every day, kos may find it needs more than a boat. right now, germany i's parliament is getting set to vote on a bailout package for
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greece. these are pictures of the german finance minister there. the bailout package worth up to $95 billion would help greece avoid an outright financial collapse. >> let's bring in isa suarez. some have said there has been a rebellion ahead of the vote. >> reporter: it will pass, that is the expectation. but the bailout has been much contended in germany where a lot of uproar was germany has to pay up for a third bailout, really for greece, something they wanted to avoid but what we're seeing now is a beginning of the vote. where debating starts and you're looking at live pictures there from berlin and that's the
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german finance minister. we are expecting the vote to pass, but you know there, is some sort of dissent within the ranks. initially we were hearing reports of up to 120 mps who were really going to rebel against this vote. but yesterday there was a test vote. it doesn't mean anything, but just to see which way people would vote. it was about 60 dissenting voices. worth noting this is a parliament of 631 seats. merkel has around 317. and although there are some dissenting voices within the cdu, the center right party, many social democrats, the minority government and the green party say they will vote. what they worry about and this is the crux of it people saying they shouldn't be backing a third bailout for greece.
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germany is the one contributing the most to this bailout. second, many are saying, look, we don't know exactly the terms in detail this bailout. a majority of mps have been on holiday and called back for the second time now to vote on this and haven't had time to go through the 600 pages detailing this and many think there would be debt relief which they don't want to see because it simply means that a lot of their own germans will have to pay up. and another big concern which is something that chancellor merkel has well is this idea of the imf. is the imf behind this deal and support it? which is something they wanted. >> many of the issues being considered right now and we should consider at what political cost will all of this have on the leadership of angela merkel and germany in general
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ahead of this important vote on this greek bailout. britain's sebastian coe has been elected as the new president of the international association of athletics federations. that is the world governing body for track and field events. he beat out a ukrainian for the post. coe is a four-time olympic medalist and one of the greatest middle distance runners in history. the election was held three days before the 2015 world championships in beijing and in the midst of a series of doping accusations against some of the athletes an alleged coverup by the organization. still to come here on "cnn newsroom," u.s. republicans are not laughing over a joke hillary clinton made about the e-mail scandal surrounding her campaign. plus, donald trump is soaring in the latest cnn poll. how is he winning so many hearts
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welcome back, everyone. donald trump now stands as the clear front runner in the republican race for u.s. president. >> that's right, athena jones looks at a new cnn/orc poll. >> reporter: drawing crowds wherever he goes. donald trump is dominating the republican field nationwide. >> i'm going to new hampshire, going to iowa, going to south carolina, going to tennessee. >> reporter: and growing his lead. in the new cnn/orc poll, the billionaire businessman earns the support of nearly a quarter of g.o.p. voters up 6 points since july, nearly double the support of his nearest rival jeb bush and three times the support of scott walker, two governors who were close behind just a month ago. favorability is also on the rise. 58% of republicans now have a
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favorable view of him even after controversial comments about megyn kelly. >> you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. >> reporter: and of john mccain. >> he is a war hero because he was captured. i like people who weren't captured. >> reporter: he tops the field on every issue with republicans trusting him to deal with the economy, social issues, isis and illegal immigration. he is setting the agenda and driving the conversation on illegal immigration. he is calling for among other things, deporting all of the undocumented, an idea some of his opponents blasted as unworkable. >> it's not doable and i don't think it's right. i don't think it's humane. >> reporter: but on the proposal to end birthright citizenship there seems to be at least some
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agreement. >> i don't mind changing that law. >> i'm open to doing things that prevent people who deliberately come to the u.s. for the purpose of taking advantage of the 14th amendment. >> reporter: agreement from some but not everyone. >> to suggest that people born in this country are not u.s. citizens and it's not in the constitution i reject out of hand. >> in the meantime, donald trump appears to be contradicting his proposal. it would make it more difficult for foreigners to obtain green cards and student visas. >> but on tuesday, trump tweeted, when foreigners attend our great colleges and want to stay in the u.s. they should not be thrown out of our country. i want talented people to come into this country to work hard
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and become citizens, silicon valley needs engineers, et cetera. cnn reached out to trump's campaign to explain but they have not responded. hillary clinton is yet again addressing the e-mail controversy that has been dogging her campaign and giving ammunition to her opponents. >> a new video from a meeting clinton had with the black lives matter group has surfaced revealing a tense exchange. jeff zeleny has more. >> and i regret that this has become such a cause celebre. but that does not change the facts. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton on defense. >> i know there's a certain level of, you know, sort of anxiety or interest in this. but the facts are the facts. >> reporter: she is struggling to fend off a campaign controversy, fallout from her
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decision to use a private e-mail server as secretary of state. >> you may have seen i recently launched a snapchat account. those messages disappear all by themselves. >> reporter: as republicans called her out for laughing, the clinton campaign is reverting to a familiar play book, diminishing the issue as an old partisan fight. >> it's not anything that people talk to me as i travel around the country. it is never raised in my town halls or meetings with people. >> reporter: but in nevada today a few voters waiting to see her said they wanted an explanation. >> that's one of the reasons why i'm here. i would like the record to be set straight and i would like to know what she has to say about everything. >> it's sad that she is in this situation. she's such a woman with integrity. >> reporter: all this as hillary clinton came face to face with protesters from the black lives matter movement captured on
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camera in video released today. >> then i will talk only to white people about how to deal with the very real problem. >> reporter: a passionate moment from a new movement confronting the candidates. >> you were saying that what we need to do -- >> i don't believe you change hearts. i believe you change laws and allocation of resources. you change the way systems operate. >> reporter: bernie sanders surrendering the stage in seattle. martin o'malley heckled in phoenix. >> all lives matter. >> reporter: a movement drawing attention to african-americans dying. often at the hands of police and high incarceration rates. it's front and center in the presidential campaign. >> that black lives matter. >> reporter: running for president is all about navigating obstacles whether the black lives matter activists or
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answering questions over the private e-mail server she decided to use as secretary of state. and hillary clinton was defiant tuesday night in nevada saying i know there was a certain level of anxiety or interest in this but the facts are the facts. jeff zeleny, cnn, washington. surely everyone will be talking about that story, the first drug of its kind and it received u.s. approval but with serious warnings. coming up, details on the little pink pill. and the hackers of a cheaters website made good on their promise. the details, ahead.
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welcome back, everyone. you are watching "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. thanks for staying with us. here are top stories right now, the hindu shrine targeted in monday's bombing in bangkok is open once again. the golden statue showing shrapnel damage. 20 people were killed in the blast, revising the number down from 22. surveillance video shows a man in a yellow t-shirt leaving his backpack at the shrine minutes before the blast. they are offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. an indonesia government official says more than $470,000 was on the trigana air flight that crashed over the weekend. the money was supposed to go to poor families. meanwhile an official says six bodies have arrived at a local hospital in papua province for information. none of the 54 people on board
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survived. britain's sebastian coe has been elected the president of the world governing body for athletics. he beat out a ukrainian for the position. he is a four-time olympic medalist and one of the greatest middle distance runners in history. a different story now. there is a pharmaceutical option for women now who have lost their sex drive. the u.s. food and drug administration has approved addyi. >> this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. >> reporter: we have heard the pitches and the questions. men have had an answer in pills like viagra for more than 15 years. >> ask your doctor if viagra is right for you. >> reporter: but now the food and drug administration is finally answering a long lingering important question from women.
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>> what the [ bleep ]? are we really so far behind that we don't think women have the right to sexual desire? >> reporter: and now the fda has approved a pill to address female libido for the first time in history. >> there is not one -- >> reporter: spoof ads like there are part of a campaign sponsored in spapart of sprout pharmaceuticals. some experts say the problem is more psychological than physical for many women whose lack of libido is not due to disease or relationship problems. up to one-third of women experience hypoactive sexual desire disorder. >> i am pleading for help for an option. >> reporter: fda committee meetings have acted as a platform for women to address the agency about flibanserin.
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>> it's not just me it's the women looking for a solution. >> reporter: many desperate for help. >> i want to want my husband. is it that simple. >> reporter: the fda previously rejected flibanserin twice. but for some women struggling with desire the hope for help is greater than the fear of side effects. >> it's not an easy conversation to have with the man you love saying i love you and highly attracted to you but for some reason i just don't want to cozy up and have sex. i think women finally are on a level playing ground or heading in the right direction. if you are using the internet to cheat on your spouse, shame on you but listen up. tech hackers have now published
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stolen data. ashley madison is a website designed to help married people cheat. >> when the hackers hit the site they warned the owner to shut it down or they would release user profiles and credit card numbers. a cybersecurity expert says the information is posted on the so-called dark web which can only be viewed with a special browser. a high ranking democratic u.s. lawmaker has come out against the iran nuclear deal. he believes that a better deal is possible. >> president obama has promised a veto if congress votes down the deal. republicans in the house and senate would need a 2/3 majority to override it. so far president obama has more supporters than opponents in his party but not enough to guarantee victory. >> one of the issues that
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critics point to it does not nothing to free american prisoners in iran. >> jason 391 days in iran's mos notorious prison, tried behind closed doors but a verdict could come this week. american jason rezaian appeared on cnn's "anthony bourdain parts unknown." he has been charged with collaborating with a hostile government. >> the only fair verdict is to acquit him. >> reporter: along with others, rezaian is one of four americans held or missing in iran.
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president obama has vowed to win their release. >> we will not rest until we bring him home to his family. >> reporter: but the president came under fire for not securing their freedom as part of a nuclear deal with iran. brisling when challenged by a reporter. >> the notion that i am content as i celebrate with american citizens languishing in iranian jails, major, that -- that's nonsense. >> reporter: his family feels that jason has become a political pawn in the challenging u.s.-iran relationship. >> he is paying the price of the suspicion, the animosity and the paranoia between the two countries for more than 37 years. >> reporter: iran has a history of holding americans on trumped up charges from journalists to the american hikers captured in iran later releasing them before
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public trials and before serving out their sentences. in washington there is concern over why iran is detaining him. >> because he is a high-profile prisoner in iran, that there is a chance that he is being used as a political pawn and once the iranian government has no further use for him he will be released. >> reporter: jim sciutto, cnn, washington. russian president vladimir putin is back to his old stunts on his latest trip. >> he plunged 83 meters under water in a mini sub marine on tuesday. he went to explore a shipwreck in the black sea. >> the purpose of his trip was to promote tourism in the region. the ukrainian president, petro poroshenko criticized mr. putin's visit and said crimea's future is still with ukraine. let's take a very short break here. but still to come, despite
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. the u.s. forest says for the first time it's devoting more than half of its budget to fighting fires across the country. the agency says it is spending $100 million a week on firefighting efforts. 100 wildfires have scorched more than 1 million acres or 445,000 hectares in ten western states. >> cooler weather is headed for the western u.s. but that doesn't necessarily mean improving fire conditions. pedram javaheri joins us now with the challenges ahead for firefighters. >> plenty of challenges, guys. the winds are the concern right now because they are going to pick up the next couple days. the temperatures drop 20-plus
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degrees. the humidities are low across the area. 20 to 30% areas in northern california, 15% and 95 large active fires in the northwestern corner of the u.s. roughly the size of belgium or larger than the state of massachusetts. so your temperatures go from nearly 90 to 75 in seattle and 96, dropping to 77 by friday. but as the front comes in the wind picks up and the firefighters will have to work more with the fires acting erratically. i want to show you something out of boise, idaho, out of the soda fire, a massive firenado. when you look at this firenado the core of this is consistent with a large fire. difficult to pick up. but want to show you what is
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happening as all of this occurs. within a fire environment you have tremendous heat building across the bush areas and the brush land. all of this begins to rise. the column is the primary component. it is drawing in combustible gases that are coming in. this interacts with the winds that are going in every direction. you take that and begin what resembles a dust devil more than a tornado in nature. you take that column of air that is rising and begin to see it rotate and temperatures within the core of this could be up to 2,000 degrees and you are lofting embers and debris farther down stream and creating additional fires that firefighters have to deal with. this is something we have seen in australia in the past ten or so years where a massive fire whirl developed and caused significant damage. this is how veer some severe so
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environments are becoming for firefighters. >> all right, thanks so much for that. the u.s. navy says it will allow women into the ranks of its elite force, the seal teams. its chief operations officer says anybody who can pass the demanding training requirements can become a seal. >> this comes as two female solders who are about to graduate from the army's rigorous ranger school on friday. barbara starr has details. >> reporter: for military women, history is made. for the first time, two female soldiers have passed the grueling 62-day army ranger training program. >> secretly a sense of pride. we can't really cheer these females on. but it's definitely a humbling experience to sit back and get a
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chance to see these women come through. >> reporter: but even after all the hard training, the pentagon still won't let women actually join the elite 75th ranger regiment. that decision must be made by january. army women say they want no special treatment. amber smith flew helicopters in iraq and afghanistan. >> there has to be a mission standard, it needs to be straight across the board and be a physical and mental strength to accomplish the mission. >> reporter: the 75th ranger regiment expertise, large scale entry into a combat zone under fire while executing surgical raids on targets to take out any threats. how hard is ranger school? 400 students started only 96 graduated. of the 19 women who began, 16 dropped out, one is still
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working to get through the program. little sleep and food is just the beginning. soldiers must do 49 push ups, 59 sit ups, a 5-mile run in 40 minutes. a 12-mile foot march in three hours, parachute jumps, helicopter assaults and 27 days of mock combat patrols. the army's top general has yet to make his recommendation about whether women will be allowed to serve as rangers and in other front-line combat units. >> i want to take a look at all that and make sure that the standards are being met. there is no doubt in my mind that women can engage in ground combat with the enemies of our nation because they've done it. >> reporter: since 9/11 more than 150 military women have died, more than 1,000 wounded, assigned to operations in the war zones. many will say women already are in combat.
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barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> and that is a very tough physical test, isn't it? all the day in the mock combat and the parachuting. >> all of that. and it's not just the physical, you know, grueling challenge it's mentally challenging as well. >> absolutely. >> not surprised these women did so well. >> congratulations. donald trump's twitter feed is fertile ground for quotes. and now it's quite literally music to our ears. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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that's right for you. arena football doesn't get many headlines but one man in phoenix, arizona is out to change all that. ♪ >> a choreographer for their dance team, the side winders. >> hernandez's moves are blowing up on social media.
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careful. the 6'2", 280-pounder says it's all about the split. >> love it. a game of catch with republican presidential candidate marco rubio didn't work out so well for a little boy in iowa. pretty dangerous. >> check this out. the florida senator accidentally conked him on the head with that football during a campaign event on monday. slo-mo and whack. it was hard to tell if rubio blew the pass or if the boy blew the catch. >> i think it filled him with dread. >> let's blame the adult there. the child reportedly is okay. >> you don't want to happen when you are a presidential hopeful. >> not at all. donald trump is known for using twitter to express his thoughts. >> and now some of his words have been put to music. here's jeanne moos.
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>> reporter: if donald trump's tweets are a window to his soul what could be more soulful than josh groban singing -- >> the best tweets of donald trump. >> reporter: prepare for deep thoughts and weighty words. >> ♪ i've never seen a thin person drinking diet coke ♪ >> reporter: trump uses twitter to launch political attacks but he he has disexpense romantic advice. ♪ she cheated on him like a dog. >> reporter: the jimmy kimmel show took at least tweet out of context. ♪ we need global warming >> reporter: donald tweeted it's frooesz freezing and snowing in new york we need global warming. ♪ my i.q. is one of the
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highest ♪ >> reporter: but you can't prove it by his tweets. to illustrate the point that the tweets are something like a 12-year-old might send qg posted a quiz. it was a teen who tweeted lena dumbem is still dummy trash and donald tweeted word is spreading i got a tattoo, no way. as he tries to be a kinder, gentler trump he slips up. he tweeted that heidi klum is sadly no longer a 10 which prompted her to release a video of a guy in a trump mask demoting her. and a cartoonist depicted trump rating heidi in all of his bare bellied splendor.
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the last time that josh groban sang tweets, they were from kanye west. ♪ i love me >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. ♪ #makeamericagreatagain. ♪ >> i think donald will continue to provide more material. >> and everyone will love him more. >> you have been watching "cnn newsroom." i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. "early start" is next in the united states. >> and for the rest of you, another edition of "cnn newsroom" begins after the break. have a great day. ♪
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hillary clinton defending her use of e-mail as secretary of state. pressed if she has wiped her server clean before handing it over to the fbi. president obama facing new opposition to the nuclear deal with iran from within his own party. happening now. investigators hunting for the man behind a deadly bombing in bangkok. we are live with how they plan to track him down. good morning. i'm christine romans. it is wednesday, august 19thth. good to see you this morning. john berman hat morning off. a first. hillary clinton strongly defending herself as questions mount about her pte

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