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heart" which got meryl streep an academy award nomination. brianna keilar is right next door in "the situation room." thanks for watching. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now, deadly battle. the u.s. tries to ease fears of eastern european allies deploying the same drones it uses to hunt and kill terrorists. flexing his muscle as president putin works out for the camera has he worked out a plan to outmuscle america in the fight for crucial resources in the arctic? in the lead ben carson neck and neck with donald trump in iowa as the expected favorites fall way behind the gop outsiders and bernie sanders is giving hillary clinton a run for her money on the democratic side. is this the new political reality? and a rare look at the world's most heavily militarized border where north korean
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artillery sent south korean villagers fleeing for shelters. do their lives depend on you an unstable dictator? wolf blitzer is off. i'm brianna keilar and you're in "the situation room." new violence rages in eastern europe. does ukraine's new concession of pro-russia separatists mean president putin already won, as gnaw toe allies worry what russia does work the u.s. sends to europe the same killer drones it uses against terrorists but putin's next move may mean a direct challenge to the united states closer to home. i'll be speaking with a key national security voice that's congressman peter king and our correspondents analysts and guests are standing by with full coverage of the day's top stories. we will begin with the growing tensions in europe and cnn chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. >> the pentagon announcing just this morning that it is deploying two mq1 predator
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drones to latvia a country that borders russia. it's nervous it could be the next target for russian president vladimir putin after ukraine, and it comes as the violence in eastern ukraine is growing, some 6,000 people killed since last april and concerns that efforts there at cease-fire are failing. violence on the streets of the ukrainian capital kiev now turning deadly. a grenade thrown from the crowd killing one soldier, injuring several others. these street battles pit ukrainian nationalists against the ukrainian parliament. gave greater autonomy to the eastern regions of the country now controlled by russian troops and pro-russian separatists. ukraine's western-backed president scolded protesters for attacking ukraine over russia. >> translator: it is very sad that some members of the article amount tear coalition attacked
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the president and supreme commander in chief of their own country instead of directing their burgeoning energy to counter the external enemy. >> reporter: russia has strengthened its hold on the east and the war has raged on with more than 6,000 killed since april last year. and two cease-fire agreements in tatters. >> we call on all ukrainians no matter their affiliation or organization to respect law and order. >> reporter: nato allies worry they could be russia's next targets. the u.s. military is bolstering its forces in the region sending predator drones to latvia over the weekend. an f-22s to germany late last week. all part of an effort to reassure european allies that the u.s. will deter further aggression by russian president vladimir putin. >> it seems the direction that he wants to take them, one or more confrontation and we simply
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have to check that. >> the predator deployment is temporary. they'll be there until september 15th. temporary as have most of the military deployments by nato and the u.s. all of this intended to balance reassuring allies without antagonizing russia. it's a tough thing to balance because they don't want escalation either. the rafters in germany are going to go to poland next also very nervous about russia. >> jim, thanks for the report. instead of carving off another chunk of europe vladimir putin's next move may already be taking place, in a sparsely populated but vitally important region where russia already holds a big advantage over the u.s. brian todd has been looking into that. >> brianna there is concern not just in ukraine but of all places in the arctic the setting for legendary cold war showdowns and now it is back on the map as a key strategic battleground between the u.s. and russia. massive american submarine
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surfaces in the arctic sailors chip ice off the "uss sea wolf" after spending two months below the ice cap. u.s. commander says american forces are demonstrating they can operate a subanywhere on earth, but analysts say in the arctic america's fallen way behind the russians. >> the united states is lagging militarily while overall numbers of capability are larger the russians have much more effective sea-going and military capability in the region because they live there. >> reporter: u.s. officials and outside analysts tell cnn russia has aggressively expanded its military capability in the arctic establishing and expanding a northern command forming arctic brigades. they even planted a titanium flag on the sea floor beneath the north pole. the u.s. has two ice wreaker ships, the russians have 41. analysts say the russians are in much better position to dominate the region militarily and grab crucial natural resources. >> what's at stake is huge. we are talking about this area
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here everything we're talking about here is largely completely untouched by man in any way. so whoever can break the code and gain access to this region and all the areas of economic development and resources will be a huge benefactor. >> reporter: vladimir putin's not only flexing his muscles militarily in the arctic but quite literally in the gym. putin and his prime minister dimitri medvedev are working out in the morning, grilling together and then having tea for breakfast. >> i think they're trying to show putin in a positive light, that he hasn't lost it, that he's still in charge that he's still this active virile figure. >> reporter: this comes on the heels of putin proudly manning a submersible in the black sea and shirtless hunting, fishing, riding horseback. he's done a judo demonstration. analysts say this plays into russia's sense of pride in a strong leader an image putin needs these days. his popularity ratings in one
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recent poll have dropped to 72%, still levels american politicians would kill for. >> his approval ratings went through the roof asoon as russia annexed crimea. that's totalitarian approval of ratings and he is addicted to them. >> how do u.s. officials feel about putin and russia gaining the upper hand in the arctic? a senior administration official tells cnn the white house sees the arctic region as a global region where the u.s. and russians can cooperate on recertain and exploration, search and rescue operations but the official says vladimir putin and his government just zoent' see it that way, brianna. >> is this more of a pre-emptemptive thing or does he see it as a threat? >> we're told he does see it as a threat. the kremlin believes the u.s. is trying to undermine russian interests in the arctic. this official says the u.s. is not doing that but it tees up vladimir putin to justify some more aggressive maneuvers in that region. >> thanks brian, appreciate it. joining me is a member of both
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the intelligence and homeland security committees republican congressman peter king of new york. congressman, thanks for being with us. >> thank you, brianna. >> you are the chairman of the joint chiefs who said russia is the top military threat to the u.s. do you agree with that assessment? >> it certainly is a major threat and again, it really shows the failure of the obama/clinton foreign policy. the main thing they did coming in reset with the russians and it's obvious they thought that reaching out to putin there would be a hand of friendship returned. instead putin has consistently moved against u.s. interests, against european interests and obviously against the direct interest of ukrainians. i think definitely they're a threat. there's no reason why they're doing these things unless they want to rebuild at least part of the old soviet empire. >> as clashes are erupting u.s. deployed drones are going to latvia there's f-22 raptors headed to europe. does nato have enough military
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might to stand up against russia? >> i don't believe they have the will right now and also as far as the drones going to latvia they're only there for two weeks. i don't know what kind of a signal that sends either reassurance of the allies or as a threat to russia. to me it's another half-hearted step by the obama administration. as far as nato i would just say europe overall has been very deficient on this. they really have been taken almost no action against russia. the only significant action is the sanctions, that was pretty much forced by the u.s. so whether it's the foreign fighters going to syria, whether it's russian aggression europeans don't seem to have the heart or the resources to get the job done. >> president obama will i would expect at some point he may run into vladimir putin when putin visits new york in a month. sometimes there may not be a completely official meeting but we've seen that they actually can accomplish quite a bit, even in ten minutes of passing in a
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hallway. >> right. >> we later learn that actually they worked something out. do you think they should have some sort of interaction? >> i think they should if the president knows what his agenda is. i'm a republican but if there's an encounter between president obama and putin i want president obama to come out on top but if he does have this meeting with putin, whether it's casual or a serious one, whatever happens to me i hope the president has an agenda knows what he wants and fights for it and doesn't let putin take advantage of the situation. >> i do want to ask you about the message the president should send to him. first, you've seen this have you had yovideo of vladimir putin and dimitri medvedev having tea for breakfast, working out, which seems kind of odd. what do you make of that? >> you know it's hard to read putin's mind but i would say several things. one his farvelt ratings are dropping 72%. there is discontent in russia. the ruble is declining, the economy is not growing with any
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kind of strength at all and he wants to basically impress to people he's appealing to the macho insinks of his people and doing this at a time when we see increased pressure in the ukraine, we see what's happening in the arctic. again, he's trying to put the country on a semimilitary footing by lifting weights and working out with medvedev. >>'president and putin have some sort of interaction, what message do you think president obama needs to send to putin? >> basically he has to say the reset button is over and that the president will do what are he can to provide leader shup to the western alliance to stop russian aggression warn him about the baltic states warn him about going any further in the ukraine and say there will be serious economic measures and i think he should be there should be more u.s./nato forces being deployed on maneuvers in certainly the baltics and poland and czech republic and talking to people from thoseies they are concerned about the expansion of
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russia. we have to make it clear just as it was during the cold war that if we have to the u.s. and the western alliance will come together to stop soviet aggression. we're not going to keep backing away and let him keep chipping away at european interests, which are ultimately our interests. >> congressman king stay with me. i have many more questions. you have seen the interview with former vice president dick cheney raising questions whether isis might be using chemical weapons with the u.s. we'll talking again with the congressman after a quick break.
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we're talking with congressman peter king. first as the presidential campaign heats up there are charges and counter charges about who lost iraq and who opened the door to a new wave of terrorism. former vice president dick cheney is back fanning the flames with a new book cowritten with his daughter liz, and titled "exceptional: why the world needs a powerful america." dick cheney spoke about it with cnn special correspondent jamie gangel. >> you in the boom blame the spread of isis on president obama obama. he says it's your fault that bush/cheney left the region unstable. >> well i think he's wrong. look at the record. we had a situation in which, by
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the time we got through the surge in '07 and '08, president bush made a courageous and very correct decision and iraq was in good shape when we left office and barack obama said as much. what happened basically was they failed to follow through, they withdrew as quickly as possible and left no stay behind force there. they created a vacuum and the vacuum was filled by isis. >> how dangerous do you really think isis is now to homeland security? american soil. >> i think extraordinarily dangerous partly because of their ability to recruit from the united states people become members of isis to go to syria, iraq and so forth. i think the danger of having those people return having trained for example over there or their ability to motivate people in the united states and elsewhere in other parts of the world to become hardened followers, if you will of that
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etiology and sacrifice themselves in the name of killing infidels i think that possibility is increasing and i think isis is very dangerous indeed especially if you think about the prospects of nuclear weapons being developed in the middle east. >> do you think we could see another major 9/11 style attack on american soil? >> you think we could see another 9/11 style attack with much deadlier weapons. i worry if they use chemicals or biological agents or nuclear weapons. remember the weapon they used on 9/11 airline tickets and box cutters. that was a difficult, terrible day for us 3,000 casualties. it will be a lot worse if they find deadlier weapons. >> watch jamie's full interview with former vice president cheney tomorrow night on ""anderson cooper 360"" at 8:00 eastern. i want to talk about this with republican congressman peter king. he's back with us a member of the intelligence and homeland security committees. sir, i wonder do you think there's any indication that isis could launch a chemical weapons
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attack inside the u.s. this concern we heard from the former vice president? >> i think everyone in the intelligence community and law enforcement community is concerned isis would do this. i'm not saying there's any evidence they have chemical weapons now. we have to assume any of the islamist terrorist groups if they get the capacity to get chemical biological or radiological weapons they'd use them. in new york we have a secure the cities program set up a multi, multimillion-dollar setup to detect any type of radiation. as far as chemicals and biologicals, i can assure you that within the government itself for the last 15 years, you have various government agencies working on antidotes for these type of attacks, both preventative and reactive measures could be taken. while i'm not aware of any evidence right now that isis has chemicals, we have to assume that they would try to use them if they get access to them. >> part of the blame game between democrats and
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republicans over iraq for instance played out i think in this interview with the former vice president. he said he refuted this idea that the invasion of iraq by the bush administration created instability in the region that gave isis and al qaeda a toehold there. what was your reaction to that? >> i agree with the vice president. obviously it was instability in '04, '05 and '06. with the surge in '07 and '08, by the time president obama came to office he himself said that iraq was stable and secure and that was the rationale that he gave for withdrawing our troops that there was stability in iraq that it was a government capable of defending itself and capable of providing political leadership. to me it's clear in my mind if the president had not withdrawn the troops so vociferously and not made it clear he wanted out we wouldn't have that today.
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>> a lot of the critics said if the invasion of iraq hadn't begun isis wouldn't have a toehold. is there any truth to that? >> saddam hussein would still be in power and at lies thought he had the chemical and biological weapons as every leading democrat in the senate did and the house and all the allies in the middle east and libya would not have turned over its nuclear weapons. the fact is you take the world the way it's given to you and as of the time president obama took other, there was stability in iraq. iraq was a stable country, and that's why he himself said he was going to withdraw the troops. i was in iraq both during the tough times in '04, '3 and '04 and back there in '07 and '10 and the difference even in '07 and then in 2010 was a stable country. it was not perfect, but it was nowhere near what it is today and isis and back then it was known as al qaeda in iraq was
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basically decimated. >> abu bakr al baghdadi was held in a u.s. detention center for four years during the u.s.-led invasion and emerged as an al qaeda leader now head of isis. the u.s. presidents in iraq the war on terror didn't it in a way -- i hear you saying that you deal with the world as you were given it if you were president, but didn't that directly coalesce jihadists against the u.s.? >> we can say -- first of all, prur to 9/11 jihadists were coalesced against the u.s. already. and the only time the u.s. used troops during the 1990s was in defense of muslims against orthodox christians in bosnia and serbia. we still had attacks by islamists. they were going to attack us no matter what. to blame iraq as to why islamists coalesced against us it misreading of history. president bush took the action he thought he had to take then. we could say world war ii led to
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communist expansion in eastern europe but defeated hitler. that would be like harry truman saying in 1946 or 1947 we're not going to do anything about soviet expansion because roosevelt caused this by going to war against hitler. there's always actions and reactions and the fact is that as of 2007 2008 iraq was stable and president obama clearly dropped the ball in 2010 and 2011. >> congressman peter king thanks for being with us really appreciate it. >> thank you. coming up ben carson is neck and neck with donald trump in iowa as the outsiders leave the mainstream candidates well behind them. bernie sanders is nipping at hillary clinton's heels. what's going on with the 2016 race? our experts are standing by to tell us. you're in "the situation room."
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more power to your gut. donald trump has spent much of the summer as the undisputed republican presidential front-runner. new poll shows trump losing his edge in iowa home of the first caucuses of the 2016 campaign and as trump's fortunes appear to are falling in the critical state the same poll shows some of his rivals are surging. sarah marie is following all of this for us. what is happening? >> this is clearly the moment of the washington outsiders but for now one of the outsiders is struggling for the first time since trump jumped in the race he's facing real competition
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from one of his gop rivals. ben carson suddenly threatening to dethrone donald trump. >> we shouldn't let the professional class pick our presidents. >> reporter: the retired neurosurgeon ties the billionaire with 23% support in iowa according to a new monmouth university poll. carly fiorina at 10%, ted cruz 9%. lately trump offering only compliments for carson. >> he's a nice guy. i can't hit him. he's been so nice to me. i cannot hit him. >> reporter: will an emerging threat turn carson's praises into attacks? the trump effect already damaging other republicans who once sat atop the polls. >> he's drifted very much to the middle of the pack and he's rapidly disappearing so we're going to have to start looking at somebody else. >> reporter: despite carson's surge, trump still seems focused on hammering jeb bush in a new instagram video. >> yes they broke the law, but
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it's not a felony. it's kind of it's a, it's an act of love. >> reporter: the monmouth poll showing jeb bush now at just 5% in the hawkeye state. meanwhile scott walker once the man to beat in iowa pulling just 7% support there, despite adopting tougher imdwrags stances that could hurt in a general election. even calling a wall along the border with canada a legitimate idea. >> some people asked about that in new hampshire. that is a legitimate issue for to us look at. >> reporter: trump directing his fire toward a top aide to hillary clinton calling huma abedin a major security risk because of her husband, a former congressman who resigned amidst a sensational sexting scandal. >> who is huma marryied to? one of the great sleazebags of our time anthony weiner. did you know that? >> reporter: an attack clinton
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spokesman calls disgraceful, tweeting "there is no place for patently false personal attacks towards a staff member." trump's latest swipe at clinton comes as she struggles to keep hold of her supporters while bernie sanders surnlgz. "des moines register" bloomberg politics poll showing clinton at 37% support in iowa now just seven points ahead of sanders. if you dig into some of the numbers on the republican side you can see where trump's weaknesses with women and evangelical voters are starting to hurt him. carson leads him with both groups in the latest iowa poll. >> sarah murray, thank you so much. more on all of this with former obama senior adviser and cnn political commentateor dan pfeiffer cnn political contributor and republican strategist kevin madden and political commentator s.e. cupp. as you can see from sarah's report we have so much to talk about. i want to start first with the newest iowa poll that we're seeing and when you look at the
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cross sections of caucus goers in this i thought it was pretty interesting that ben carson is actually doing better than trump with women, and with evangelical christians. how significant is that? >> well it is significant. that's the key to his rise right now is if you talk to the carson people they'll tell you they're very quietly building a network of support amongst those voters in iowa and that this these new numbers are a reflection of that and he does ben carson appeals to a lot of the evangelical value voters that donald trump is not necessarily going to be able to consolidate in the end. so that's the key to his success here in the new numbers. >> let's look at the instagram vine ad that donald trump put out against jeb bush. we saw it once but i want to play it again so we can show the reaction from the jeb bush camp. >> yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. it's kind of the -- it's a -- it's a, it's an act of love.
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>> okay so strong response pretty quick coming out from the jeb camp saying "jeb bush has a record of cracking down on violent criminals as governor of florida while trrp trmp has up until it was convenient supported liberals soft on crime. his would violate the constitution and cost hundreds of billions of dollars." s.e. could you say what the bush campaign thinks about that ad from their gut, we couldn't even probably put that on air and when i listened to it one of the first things that it evoked for me and i think some other people was, it was sort of a willy horton-esque ad famously below the bad political ad. what do you think of this kind of debate going on? >> you know that's an ugly ad but i have to say pretty effective. >> totally, definitely. >> and jeb needed to be prepared for this kind of line of attack if not that dirty, but he has to be prepared to answer questions
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about that but while everything that jeb said about trump's immigration plan is right, trump supporters don't care. they don't care that he's not conservative. they don't care that it's costly. they don't care that he's inconsistent. i think where jeb needs to go on immigration and everything else with trump is to point out he's not actually anti-establishment. i mean this is a guy who has voted for democrats. he has voted for establishment candidates. he has donated to establishment candidates. if i'm jeb bush -- >> including hillary clinton. >> including hillary clinton and nancy pelosi. if i'm jeb bush i say how is his administration going to look any different from hillary's? i'm going to be more anti-establishment than donald trump is. >> you saw the attack that trump made on huma abedin really the right hand of hillary clinton and also on her husband, some pretty harsh words there. what do you think about those attacks? >> i think it probably is a little bit of a metaphor for our polarized politics. it's going to help trump and probably help hillary at the same time.
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it's going to be seen by voters that hillary needs, people who may be you know either looking at other candidates or struggling through the summer hillary has been having and sort of reinforce her support so it's going to probably help both at the same time. i don't think it's going to hurt it. donald trump attacking huma is not going to hurt hillary with democrats. >> it must bother the campaign though. it certainly seems on a visceral level very much bothers them. >> of course, when candidates attack staff members particularly ones as close to the candidate as huma that is always upsetting to the campaign and when they attack a staff member in a personal way, almost everyone in politics other than trmp trrp think donald trump thinks that's out of bounds and it should be. >> you have donald trump facing criticism for saying let's build a fence on the southern border with mexico make mexico pay for it. you have scott walker saying look it's not, we could consider a wall on the northern border with canada. he seemed to be trying to appeal
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to some new hampshire voters? what do you think about that? >> they're already trying to walk it back saying that words were being put in his mouth. i don't expect this was a tactical move by the walker folks to stir up anti-canada sentiment in new hampshire. >> just trying to squash or not squash the idea that was suggested to him? >> here with the problem with all the other candidates right now, even if you look at the instagram video, they're all reacting to donald trump. donald trump is setting the tone the tenor and the issue matrix for this campaign and they're all being forced to respond. these campaigns have to get back on offense. they have to start driving the issue debate on more favorable terms for their candidates and right now they're not. >> you guys are going to hang around with me we'll get a quick break in and talking about really i think the candidacy that is on all of our minds, could it be kanye west 2020? we'll have that, after a few minutes.
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we are back with dan pfeiffer kevin mad be and s.e. cupp. i want to ask you, dan, about the state department today, they said that 150 previously unclassified hillary clinton e-mails have now been classified and then you have this monmouth university poll that shows us where iowa democrats are and bernie sanders is really creeping up on hillary clinton, sorry, "des moines register" poll i should say. seven points shy of hillary
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clinton. that is nothing to sneeze at. that's pretty close. what is it that caucus goers are looking at? is it the e-mails or just they want someone who is kind of an outsider because he is this self-proclaimed democratic? >> there's a long history of outsider candidates doing well barack obama played that role in 2008 and what bernie sanders has done very well is consolidate the entire anti-clinton vote. everyone else is polling under 1% or 2%. he's combined all that together and that's helped him. the e-mails hurt hillary i think that they reinforce bernie sanders' message, we need something new, time for a change. i've seen them pivoting to a stronger response on the e-mails, they have a ground game that is incredibly impressive a lot of the people who worked with us in 2008 are involved in helping them put that together and so they have work to do but i think they know what they're doing. >> last night the official
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twitter account of the democratic party tweeted this. last night kanye west declared his candidacy for president in 2020. welcome to the race mr. west. glad to have you. and last month you had kanye and his wife of course kim kardashian at a fund-raiser for hillary clinton. they actually put out a photo on i think twitter and instagram. i don't quite know what to say. someone said earlier it would be the first first lady with a sex tape. >> whoa. >> i just put it out there. >> the news here is kanye west seems to think that either a republican is winning this season this cycle or hillary is going to be a one-termer? is that right? >> i wonder if he's thinking that far ahead. let's actually listen to what he said last night. >> and yes, as you probably could have guessed by this
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moment i have decided in 2020 to run for president. >> all right, did you guess by that moment kevin? had you guessed? >> you're excited. you're going to work on his campaign aren't you? >> as long as he's not primarying any incumbent president. i'm rested and ready, let me at it. >> what worries me everybody sees presidential campaigns as your way to get your own reality show. >> used to be you run for president and then a reality show. now you run a reality show and run for president. >> that's right but let me say this i would laugh at this idea but at the same time watching the appeal to many americans when it comes to having been on a reality show we know he was on "i am cait"'s on the kardashians. would you completely rule it out, even though he prefaced
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this he smoked weed. >> would i rule out a president kanye, you'll rule it out. >> he is the most unpredictable person nothing would surprise me. i could not be more excited about this. this zbg to be so much fun. >> speaking of ruling things out, joe biden, right now you're looking at polls where 14% in this poll if his number i don't know if he got in do you think his numbers would change passively or negatively? >> like all campaigns they would probably go up very briefly and then the concept of a joe biden campaign starts to meet the reality of one, and hillary clinton has so much more of an advantage as far as time and money being prepared put into her infrastructure. so his best day. >> final word quick. >> i think if he decides to run he'll be a formidable candidate. he has to make a case for himself, not a case against either of the other kaebts. if he can steal some of the sanders support and take some away from hillary it's a shot. it's a hard road for him coming in this late. >> thank you guys so much.
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we're about to get a rare look inside a village where the
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tension between north and south korea dominates everyday life. just miles from the demilitarized zone and the north korean border residents live under constant fear of attack by kim jong-un's regime. live now from seoul, what did you see on your visit? >> you certainly got a sense how increase these two koreas nearly got to blows and how quickly it can happen again. we visited this community, a very small community that lives right next to the dmz under the threat of the shadow of kim jong-un. at the very end of south korea sits a tiny farm town on the edge of the world's most heavily militarized border. north korea is only a few miles away. its threat of war becoming an act of war. a north korean artillery shell launched across the dmz last week landing so close to this
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village the government ordered the 210 residents into underground bunkers. south korean military readied for attack. two koreas at the brink of battle. days later, a temporary truce in place between the koreas park chum sei and his wife returned to life at their store. it's a hard life. their shelves don't need to be stocked because no one's buying. the young, tired of life here, left. "i hear boom boom all the time. you become immune to it." >> you don't think that north korea will hurt you? "this last time was different. we've done the evacuation drills again and again but this is the first time we've actually had to evacuate." >> this bomb shelter has a giant blast door. it is solid steel. you can see how thick it is. we're a couple dozen feet underground and it's solid concrete right above us. the government says that this
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could withstand a direct hit from most north korean artillery. 100 people can fit in here. the last time this town evacuated they were in here five days. "i heard the north korean gunfire that day." he led his town's evacuation. >> why stay in this town? "i'm not anxious and i've never thought of leaving," he says calmly. "i'm determined to protect my town." people ask me how do you live here? if they're going to hit anything it's going to be seoul. if there really is another korean war, we'll all die." seoul sits within north korea's artillery range as well they just ignore how close that threat is. this border town can't. the people we met say they have to move far into the peninsula, far south in order to escape the threat of kim jong-un. they say they face the exact same threat as the millions of people who live here in seoul. they say they might as well
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stay just like the people who live here. >> kyung in south korea, thanks for that report. gop outsiders take the need. ben carson is in ecand neck with donald trump in iowa as the expected favorites fall way behind. what is behind this? prosecutors release new information on the murder of a texas sheriff's deputy as the suspect appears in court. if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis like me... and you're talking to a rheumatologist about a biologic this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helping me reach for more. doctors have been prescribing humira for more than 10 years. humira works for many adults. it targets and helps to block a specific source of inflammation that contrubutes to ra symptoms. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers including lymphoma have happened, as have blood liver and nervous system problems,
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presidential contest, neck and neck with a gop rival. execution-style murder. a black man is charged with killing a white officer. was it an act of retaliation fueled by anti-police protests across the nation? high-speed chase, gripping video captures a suspect fleeing police on the road and on foot. stand by to see the surprising moment when he surrendered. russian tea room. vladimir putin sits and struts with his prime minister and shares the images with the world. what message is he trying to send? as u.s. allies fear they'll be the next targets of putin's aggress. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off. i'm brianna keilar. you're in "the situation room." for the first time in weeks, donald trump is not the undisputed republican presidential front-runner. tonight a new poll out of iowa shows that trump now is tied
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with another washington outsider dr. ben carson. voters in both parties, caucusgoers are making it clearer than ever that they are tired of politics as usual. a new iowa poll in the democratic race shows bernie sanders is within striking distance of hillary clinton, as the state department prepares to release more of clinton's controversial e-mails including dozens with classified information, classified after they were sent. reporters are standing by to cover the news right now. dana bash is covering the republican race. a lot of developments here dana. >> that's right, and the poll you were talking about on the republican side really reinforces the number one message voters have been sending this election cycle. if you're a senator, if you're a governor, a congressman, a regular politician voters are saying they're just not that into you. reality stars or fit sphysicians?
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now you're saug. donald trump getting a run for his money by another nonpolitician. ben carson. a new poll has the pediatric new over surgeon at 23%, neck and neck with the billionaire, who had been uncharacteristically easy on carson. >> he's a nice guy, i can't hit him, he's been so nice to me it's true, i cannot hit him. >> reporter: even more evidence voters are desperate for a political outsider behind trump and carson in this new poll is former ceo carly fiorina at 10%. none has ever been in elected office. fourth ted cruz, freshman senator who appeals as an outsider. down to fifth place, lifelong politician scott walker. >> the only thing constant is trump. >> reporter: it is trump driving the discussion in the gop field. now setting his sights on hillary clinton's long-time adviser. questioning her judgment in being married to anthony weiner who resigned from congress in 2011 after tweeting lewd
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pictures of himself. >> she's married to anthony weiner. you know the little bing bing bing. i love you very much. >> reporter: he even raised questions about whether she shared classified information, saying on twitter today, the top aide to hillary clinton and the wife of perv sleazebag anthony weiner was a major security risk as a collector of info." a clinton spokesman shot back calling trump disgraceful saying donald trump has spent the summer saying offensive things about women but there is no place for pat lenty false personal attacks against a staff member." make no mistake trump is staying on the offensive inside the gop. releasing this new instagram video against jeb bush. >> it's an act of love. >> reporter: and trump is clearly having an impact on policy. pulling many in the gop field to the right on immigration. wisconsin governor scott walker now says he's open to a wall
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not just with mexico, but canada. >> some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings a week and a half ago. that is a legitimate issue for us to look at. >> reporter: chris christie signed on to an idea to stop immigrants from overstaying their visas illegally by tracking them fed ex-style. >> we need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up then we go get you. tap you on the shoulder and say, excuse me thanks for coming, time to go. >> reporter: that's also an example of a politician in this case chris christie showing that they get innovation happens in business and not so much in government. but voters may not be listening to people like christie. just tuning that kind of stuff out. in the same poll 66% of iowa caucusgoers said they'd rather have somebody from outside government even somebody who's inside and can prove he or she has gotten things done. >> it's very interesting, that statistic. thanks so much. stand by. now to the democratic race and the growing threat to hillary clinton's campaign as her
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leading rival bernie sanders surges again. i want to bring in senior washington correspondent joe johns. >> it's already prompting comparisons to what happened to hillary clinton's campaign in 2008. though some would say it's too far early to make that jump. still the latest polling in iowa is evidence of how strong bernie sanders is running and how excited his supporters are about his campaign. >> that is not hillary clinton's position. >> reporter: bernie sanders ratcheting up his rhetoric against the long-time democratic front-runner as a new poll shows him surging in iowa. clinton still leads in the early voting state. 37% to 30%. but the trend is troubling for her. in may, clinton was at 57%. but since then she's lost a staggering one-third of her support. >> this is going to be competitive. it should be competitive. it's only the presidency of the united states we're talking about. >> reporter: she's been called the inevitable nominee before and maintains she's always expected the race to heat up. >> we need a movement which
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takes on the economic and political establishment. >> reporter: sanders' popularity only growing as he touts his progressive credentials and drawing a sharper contrast with the policy differences dividing the two candidates. >> i believe we should expand social security by lifting the cap on taxable income. that's not hillary clinton's position. i believe that we've got to raise the minimum wage over a period of several years to 15 bucks an hour. not hillary clinton's position. i voted against the war in iraq. hillary clinton voted for it. >> reporter: meanwhile she is now pursuing a more aggressive approach to the e-mail controversy that has long dogged her campaign. >> well, i know people have raised questions about my e-mail use as secretary of state. and i understand why. i get it. i never sent any classified material nor received any marked classified. >> reporter: the questions over her use of a private e-mail server are sure to continue as the state department releases another batch of her e-mails tonight.
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the release will include roughly 150 e-mails that have been retroactively upgraded to classified. democrats polled in iowa largely said clinton's use of e-mail didn't bother them. but one sign of concern, those who support sanders said they felt more strongly about him than those who said they backed clinton. what if joe biden gets into the race? "the des moines register" asked about that and said the vice president got 14%. he takes away roughly the same amount of support from each of the front-runners. >> joe johns thanks so much. stay with us. dana is here with us cnn chief political analyst gloria borger sarah murray chief political correspondent for "slate," jamel buoy. thanks for being with us. this carson surge raised a lot of eyebrows. what do we attribute this to? >> i think he's another outsider. i think it's a time of year when people are giving everyone a look and maybe some folks said
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you know what? maybe donald trump isn't conservative enough and we're taking a look at somebody who's not another politician. as dana pointed out carly fiorina also benefits from that. she tried to get elected to the senate once but didn't succeed but hasn't held elective office. there are a lot of reasons here. also donald trump has not been attacking carson. >> he said he's too nice. >> he said he's too nice. >> i bet that changes. >> let's see what happens now. >> it was interesting to me that he got a lot of support from evangelical christian women, pulling that from frump, and that's really key. >> absolutely. i noticed evangelicals and women, what surprised me is that donald trump was polk second among evangelicals. >> i was surprised. >> in iowa evangelical voters or caucusgoers i should say, they're hardcore with regard to what they expect from their candidates. and back when donald trump made those comments about john
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mccain, he also made some comments that raised a lot of eyebrows among some christian conservatives, saying that he doesn't for forgiveness, so forth. that doesn't seem to even matter with evangelicals. he really is breaking convention across the board. even with the most conventional primary voters which shows you that it really is the sort of trump card no pun intended is to go with us onner. 66% of registered republican iowa likely caucusgoers say you know what we want someone from outside of government. just like gloria was saying that's pretty fascinating. >> trump is an outsider. not just any kind of outsider he is someone you can say, i know the bankers, i know they're getting over on you, they need higher taxes. he can say, i know that everyone all the elites the people who tell you they're going to do x, y, and z, i know them personally and they're not going to do that. that's a powerful message for caucusgoers who really want an
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outsider really want someone to challenge the gop establishment. trump has an inside card there. >> he's released another instagram video that attacks jeb bush saying that he's soft on immigration. i want to watch this again. >> yes, they broke the law. but it's not a felony. it's kind of -- it's a -- it's an act of love. >> wow. pretty much it seems like the consensus of people that i've talked to about this say, this is kind of a dirty ad but it's really effective. >> there's nothing subtle about donald trump -- >> below the belt political ad. >> he's not saying -- jeb bush was not saying yeah they broke the law, referring to actual people committing crimes once they're in the united states. he's referring to people coming into the united states illegally, that being -- >> who want a better life for their families. >> right that being an act of love. >> donald trump isn't going to play by the rules.
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as we've established there are donald trump rules and then there are the rules for everybody else running for president. >> he's throwing the manual out. we want to get this in. >> the bush campaign is not pleased responding saying jeb bush has a record of cracking down on violent criminals as governor of florida, as donald trump up until it was convenient supported liberal soft on crime policies. it would cost hundreds of billions of dollars. you are seeing these attacks that donald trump is not the conservative godsend you think he is. >> dana pointed out evangelicals you can say he's not conservative but then evangelicals like donald trump. one thing i want to point out in this poll this iowa poll that we're talking about, is that only 12% of republican caucusgoers say they have decided. >> right. >> who they're going to vote for. 42% say they have a preference for somebody. but they are going to consider others. and they say three or four folks
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in the republican field that they could support. so none of this right now is determinative of anything. because they're letting us know that they haven't made up their minds. >> the cake isn't even half-baked at this point. >> i want to go back to the ad. one thing that's interesting about it i mentioned willie horton typically that kind of attack that this politician is opening up america or your city or whatever to criminals, brown-skinned criminals particularly is usually used against democrats. what's interesting about that ad -- >> weak on crime is really the message, right? >> this is the first time i think i've ever seen that kind of attack used against another republican. which tells you a lot about the general political landscape, how much it's changed. that kind of thing is basically verboten at this point. trump is playing on elemental fears of difference. >> he's not the only one talking immigration. governor scott walker of wisconsin chimed in and he said that it's legitimate to discuss building a wall along the
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canadian border. his campaign walking that back a little bit we will say. mike huckabee tweeting this earlier today, government can build a massive sea wall to keep out waves from the ocean but we can't build a wall to keep out waves of illegals. is this trump just really -- everyone's following him? >> remember it wasn't that long ago, it's not like ancient history when are the rnc, republican national committee, put out this autopsy begging their party members, begging their candidates to not do this to change the rhetoric and -- to some extent change policy. never mind rhetoric. and donald trump says, and he is right that he single handedly put immigration and tied illegal immigration on the map. >> this is the same guy who was slamming mitt romney after 2012 for calling for self-deportation and saying romney totally screwed up his run, he never should have said this this is why he lost. now a different tactic pushing everyone further to the right. when you hear some of these things that scott walker is
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saying it's so much harder to run in a general election once you have those comments on the record. >> scott walker when you look at all of this polling, scott walker was the odds-on favorite in iowa. you look at scott walker's numbers. what is he down to 7%? down 15 points to 7%. jeb bush 5%. these are the people now who are kind of scratching their heads and figuring out, what am i going to do? >> scott walker's been in elected office since he was in his 20s. >> talking about the bernie sanders surge, it continues. we'll talk a little -- stick around, we'll talk more about that after a quick break, stay with us.
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we're back now with our political analysts and reporters talking about the dramatic new twists in the presidential race breaking all of the rules. i want to focus on democrats, specifically bernie sanders, because he has this new surge against hillary clinton in iowa. it's really interesting, gloria. you look at this "des moines register"/bloomberg poll 37-30, hillary clinton to bernie sanders. 7 points' difference. this is a 20-point percentage drop for clinton from may, that's a big deal. >> a huge deal. i wouldn't say this was good
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news for hillary clinton. a couple of thins to keep in mind though. she still has a 77% favorability. bernie sanders has over 70% favorability. people there, 60 or so percent don't believe the e-mail issue is important. and two-thirds of those voters think she could win the general election. in the end, that may be the important difference between hillary clinton and bernie sanders is that democrats want to win and they may go with the candidate they think can win the election. >> so they think that she is more electable and that will be key is the idea? >> right. i think right now we're at a point a democrat -- all voters basically, they want to see people interact see people talk. democrats in iowa want to see a competitive race. i think they're voicing their assent for bernie sanders not necessarily because they want him to be the nominee, but they don't want hillary to coast to some sort of victory. >> and in fairness to bernie sanders, he has that message that we were talking about on the republican side that has just as much appeal on the
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democratic side when you talk about the populists, the anti-washington, we're sick -- it sort of is party-neutral to be sick of washington because nothing gets done here right? he's the same guy who says i'm going to tell you what people aren't telling you, that these people are in the pocket of wall street that they're not going to do what they're saying they're going to do because they have lobbyists in their office. ironically on the democratic side he can actually say that from a place of knowledge and information because he has the offices where the lobbyists come and sit. >> it's interesting to see, sarah, i interviewed bernie sanders when he was launching his campaign. it's gotten a lot harder to get an interview with bernie sanders, i will say. and i asked him basically, are you going to really take on hillary clinton? are you going to throw an elbow? he just said you know this is about the issues. you all want me to kind of go in there with sharp elbows i want to discuss the actual things that americans care about. that's what he said. okay well fast forward to now,
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he's taking hillary clinton on by name drawing a lot of contrast. and i wonder what you make of this. seems like an elbow to me. >> i think this is what happens when you get a little taste of victory. when you think that you might actually be able to win a state and that hillary is just seven points a7 you. i don't think even bernie sanders thought he would be able to get this close to her this fast. all of a sudden he's made his policy points. he's like great, let's play politics. >> how does bernie sanders compete in the southern primaries? you can see bernie sanders, okay he does well in new hampshire, he's from vermont. but when hillary clinton has to take him on -- we're not even talking about joe biden getting in. when hillary clinton has to take him on in the south, how does bernie sanders do? he could get labor. >> does he have a chance? >> a good chunk of the south is african-american. sanders has been working much harder to appeal to those voters. the clinton campaign also, since 2008 clinton has a memory of that, is courting those voters
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and trying to speak to their concerns. she gave that speak a couple of months ago at a historically black college in texas where she was forthright on voting rights and voting access. >> ask criminal justice reform. >> exactly. sanders, although he has a good platform on these issues he can't talk about it as well as clinton can. that i think is going to be a crucial difference for him. and disadvantage for him. once we get to those southern primaries. >> thank you so much. jamel, gloria, dana, sarah, great panel. the republican presidential candidates two weeks away from their second debate. it's going to air here on cnn. that's september 16th. we'll have that live for you from the reagan library in california. then cnn will host the first democratic presidential ka date. that is on october 13th. and we'll bring that to you from nevada. just ahead, the suspect in the cold-blooded murder of a sheriff's deputy appears in court as prosecutors release new details of the killing. was the officer targeted because he wore a uniform?
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tonight, a texas man is facing capital murder charges in the brutal execution-style killing of a sheriff's deputy. as the suspect appeared in court we learned more about the fatal
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confrontation and the claim that the officer was targeted simply because he wore a uniform. cnn's ed lavandera is covering the story, joining us live from houston. have we learned anything, ed? >> reporter: we're really waiting to find out more details as to exactly what the motivation was here. i spoke with one of the attorneys representing shannon miles. they say one of the first things they will do is work up a psychological exam on their client. that hasn't been done yet. many people got a close look at him today trying to figure out if he is indeed the killer what motivated him to do that. it was so quiet when shannon miles walked into the houston courtroom, you could only hear the sound of the shackles around his ankles and waist. a show of force looking on as several dozen sheriff's deputies stared down the man accused of killing their fellow officer. >> he unloaded the entire weapon into deputy goforth. >> reporter: prosecutors gave the most detailed account yet of
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how shannon miles allegedly ambushed deputy goforth as he was walking back to his patrol car at pump number 8. >> he runs up behind deputy goforth and puts a gun to the back of his head and shoots. deputy goforth hits the ground and then he continues to unload his gun, shooting repeatedly into the back of deputy goforth. >> reporter: the prosecutor says miles emptied all the rounds from his .40-caliber handgun, 15 shots in all, before walking to his truck and driving away from the scene. deputy goforth left dead in a pool of his own blood, shell casings on the ground around him. on this spot now, a memorial of teddy bears and flowers has blossomed in deputy gofor the's honor. the deputy often patrolled brian mcculler's neighborhood. that's why he and a team of volunteers have stood vigil around pump number 8, organizing a collection for goforth's wife and two children. so far they've raised more than
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$80,000 plus another $110,000 online. >> this is what we would want is us looking after his family. i know that he was going off-duty when all of this happened. and he was a man that was a family man. and the only thing on his mind was getting home and being with his family. >> reporter: investigators say ballistics tests linked the shell casing to the crime scene to a handgun found in shannon miles' home garage but not much is known about the murder suspect. miles' family has not spoken out and other family and friends have stayed quiet. the motive in this shooting which investigators describe as cowardly and cold-blooded is still unclear. but the sheriff says deputy goforth was targeted because he wore a uniform. >> this rhetoric has gotten out of control. we've heard black lives matter. all lives matter. well cops' lives matter too. drop the qualifier and say, lives matter. take that to the bank. >> reporter: we asked the
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prosecutor today if they had -- if they could reveal details as to whether or not those statements that were made on saturday just hours after shannon highs was taken into custody, if there had been statements made by the suspect in this case that led them to say that. we asked the prosecutor about revealing any more of those details in those conversations with the suspect. and the prosecutor refused to answer those questions today. >> ed lavandera in houston, thanks. i want to bring in cnn legal analyst and former federal prosecutor sunny hostin. cnn law enforcement analyst and former fbi assistant director tom fuentes. black lives matter activist deray mac committeesen. you heard the harris county sheriff, ron hickman. he said that he blames the rhetoric for fueling really this shooting. we don't know at this point what the motive was. but when you hear him say that, what do you think? >> i'm just reminded of the statement by sheriff hickman.
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these prejudicial statements about motive that are baseless remind me that it's not clear that his off office will actually be able to lead a thorough and fact-driven, impartial investigation. so it's disappointing that he's come out without any facts and no investigation completed about what the motive is so early. >> sunny, what do you think about that? if at least we're not learning anything from officials about what the motive may be but he seems to be drawing this connection. what are your thoughts on that? >> yeah i mean i think it too is soon to draw that connection. we all know when these types of horrific crimes happen the investigation is just in its very early stages. and so was this person this defendant, motivated by hate? i mean was he you know racially biased against this officer? was he motivated by hatred of police officers? is he mentally unstable? does he have mental health issues? i think all of those are answers that need -- that we need before
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jumping to the conclusion that somehow this has any connection with the black lives matter movement. i think what's unfortunate is that the two are not mutually exclusive. everyone that i've spoken to that are part of this movement either leaders or just people that are out protesting they are not saying that officers' lives don't matter. what they are saying is that it is time now to talk about police brutality. it's time to talk about the lives of young black men. but i think at this point to say, you know this is a direct result of the black lives matter movement i really think that that's unfair and it's premature. >> what do you think, tom? >> we don't know everything that the sheriff knows. they've been talking to friends of the defendant, they've been talking to other witnesses that were at the scene. and especially talking to friends and family. they may have heard a lot about what may have triggered this or been the main emotion behind the killing. what they do know that is he stood over this officer and
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pumped 15 bullets into him to finish it off, without saying a word. and that's not a common occurrence. it wasn't in connection with arresting an armed robbery suspect or a traffic stop. it was just minding his own business, and suddenly a shot in the back of the head finished off with 14 more shots. i think for the sheriff to be emotional and for the sheriff -- and i'm hearing from sheriffs and police leaders all around the country, they are concerned about the rhetoric. they do think that just the narrative that's out there is causing a lot of people to be disrespectful of the police of not complying, of arguing, fighting with police. and it's dangerous when that happens. >> doray, i want you to respond to that. >> yeah, i mean let's not forget that the police have killed over 700 people this year, that only nine days this year the police have only killed somebody only three states where police have not killed someone. the only charged rhetoric i've heard has been about accountability for police accountability for a profession that has refused any attempts to
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be accountable for the things that happen to them. so it is premature for this officer to come out -- he's clearly politicizing this tragedy. goforth should be alive today and that is real and i grieve for his family. but it is unfortunate that hickman is using this situation did politicize his grievance against a movement centered on ending violence and holding police accountable for their actions. >> doray mccessen sunny hostin tom fuentes, thanks. another dramatic confrontation with police. kprc captured sky cam video outside sugar land texas, showing a driver racing to escape from officers after he refused to pull over. so this was after an extended chase. the suspect drove off the highway there you can see onto the dirt road ditched his car here he was fleeing on foot very quickly across the highway into this residential area that he's about to go into and eventually he appeared to get
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tired, he laid down there on the ground outside what is an assisted living facility with his arms and legs spread and the people nearby just appeared to ignore him until police finally arrived there, they handcuffed him, they took him into custody. just ahead, deadly new violence flares in ukraine and tension with russia ratcheted higher. plus vladimir putin's show of force? oh yeah the weight room. it isn't the only place that he's flexing, though.
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with eastern europe on edge about russian president vladimir putin's next move new violence
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is raging in ukraine's capital. after a parliamentary bid to give pro-russian separatists more utahanmy the obama administration is trying to reassure nervous allies by sending to eastern europe the same drones it uses to hunt and kill terrorists. jim sciutto has been looking into this. >> this intended to be a show of force. the pentagon announcing it deployed two mq-1 predator drones and 70 military personnel to latvia a nato ally that borders russia. it fears after ukraine, it could be vladimir putin's next target. this is happening while inside ukraine, these are the pictures you're watching now, new street battles that are pitting ukrainians against ukrainians. ukrainian nationalists against the ukrainian parliament which approved giving greater autonomy to the eastern part of ukraine that is now controlled by russian troops and pro-russian separatists. russia strengthening its hold in the east and war still raging there. 6,000 people killed more than 6,000 people killed since last
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april. two cease-fire agreements in tatters. to reassure nervous allies in the region the u.s. military bolstering its forces there, sending those drones to latvia f-22 predators to germany late last week all part of an initiative to reassure european allies that the u.s. will further deter russian aggression aggression by the russian president vladimir putin. listen to what secretary of drens ash carter said just last week about how seriously the u.s. is taking the russian threat. >> but it seems that's the direction he wants to take them towards one of more confrontation. and we're simply going to have to check that. both on our own -- in our own security interests, and because we have important allies and friends in that part of the world. >> the outgoing army chief of staff raycalled russia the biggest threat going forward. the deployment to latvia is
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temporary. a lot of deployments are rotational. they'll send them in a couple of weeks then move them out. this is part of that balance where you want to show reassurance to u.s. nato allies but you don't want to further antagonize russia. it's a tough thing to do. there are a lot of folks who feel it hasn't been forceful enough. >> pete king who we had on. >> republicans and democrats have been critical as well. russia's president abuse tin has been working out for the camera. has he already worked out a plan to outmuscle america, not in europe but in the fight for crucial resources in the arctic? cnn's brian todd has been finding out. >> vladimir putin's aggression in the arctic region is a major concern for u.s. officials. the russians have not only claimed 460,000 square highs of the arctic ocean for themselves that's in about this region here that claim still being adjudicated at the uchb they've engaged in a massive military buildup along the arctic rim in
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their country. putin has established and expanded a northern command in this region. u.s. officials tell us he's built up air defense systems there, created so-called arctic brigades of the russian military. here is a comparison for you. the united states has two icebreaker ships to deploy in the arctic region. russia has 41 of them. to many it may seem like the arctic is kind of a barren wilderness with not much to contest. but analysts say in this region especially here in the center you've got vast reserves of gas, mineral deposits other resources that will be coveted in the future. and right now vladimir putin is in a better position to exploit those resources. tonight an administration official tells us the white house sees the arctic as "a global commons where the u.s. and russia would share resources, share kind of research and exploration, search and rescue operations. but this official says vladimir putin and his government simply don't see it that way.
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brianna, they want to capitalize strategically in that region. >> we want to show our viewers this video the kremlin has put out, putin and his prime minister dmitry medvedev turning iron together. funny as it may seem to people in the west, there is obviously a political calculation here right? >> there certainly is briana. putin seen lifting weights with his prime minister dmitry medvedev grilling meating sitting down to have tea with their breakfast, this on the heels of a dramatic visual of putin getting in a submersible earlier this month and venturing down into the black sea. analysts say the russian people love it when the kremlin puts out these images of putin. they like it when he projects himself as a strong and virile leader. given that and the fact that his approval ratings have been down lately the timing of the weightlifting video is very calculated they want to put it out there that he's still strong virile that he is the tough guy ready to lead. putin in ukraine -- excuse me russia in ukraine, the arctic,
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and anywhere else that he deems appropriate. >> brian todd thanks for that report. what is putin's next move besides maybe abs or legs? joining me is cnn chief national correspondent jim sciutto. and julia yaffe, a russia expert who writes for the "new york times" magazine and foreign policy. so what is -- do we have a sense of what putin's next move may be? and certainly of what his long game is? >> you know i don't know that putin has a long game other than to stay in power, which is why he's showing us videos of himself pumping iron. and actually i think doing his reps a little too fast. i think it's slowing down. add a little more weight is what my trainer would tell me. i think he's doing it to show he's healthy, he's going to be around for a while. that's his long game. that as well as securing russian influence in the region. as for the proximate steps, i don't think that he even knows. putin is known for taking -- making moves without much consideration, just very
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impulsively. >> it's not even tactical instead of strategic? it's just sort of impulsive? >> i think that the line between tactical and impulsive can be kind of blurred for him. but i don't know he's been -- on one hand he's been escalating all summer. but towards the end of the summer now that oil's dipped to below $40 a barrel he seems to be pulling back a little bit in ukraine. he looks to have all options open to him. he doesn't like to close any doors. he likes to have the ability to be able to move in any direction at any point. >> what are you hearing about how the u.s. wants to approach this? you talked about the shows of strength. but maybe they're temporary. >> here's the thing. when i talk to military officials, intelligence officials, is one unknowable they agree on is what's in putin's minds, what are his plans, what is his end game what are his intentions? going back to when he first went into ukraine the intelligence community was caught off-guard. they didn't make that judgment. lo and behold he moves in.
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since then you hear that same thing, they don't know. you will hear this knowledge, that the costs are rising. the essential strategy has raised the costs for russia economically. and that's been working. what that's done is changed actions on the ground. you can raise the costs without changing his decision. his decision-making. you know you talk to some administration officials and they say, he hasn't moved that much further forward since sanctions have been imposed but he hasn't moved back. no one talks about crimea anymore. when you look at eastern ukraine, the fact is military commanders are concerned about them moving further to make a land bridge to crimea from the east. >> although so far they are dithering on what they have created because the economy is stalling because oil is so low, their economy is stagnant. >> true. >> unfortunately, i have to
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leave it there. i could talk for hours bout this with you. julia, jim, we will be talking about this in the days ahead i'm sure. thank you so much. historic trip to alaska. the debate over global warming. no student's ever photographed mean ms. colegrove. but your dell 2-in-1 laptop gives you the spunk for an unsanctioned selfie. that's that new gear feeling. all laptops on sale, save $230 on this dell 2-in-1. office depot officemax. gear up for school. gear up for great. progressive insurance here and i'm a box who thrives on the unexpected. ha-ha! shall we dine? [ chuckle ] you wouldn't expect an insurance company to show you their rates and their competitors' rates but that's precisely what we do.
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tonight, president obama is in alaska.
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he is the first city commander in chief to visit the alaskan arctic. he is renaming tallest mountain in the u.s. he is changing it from mount mckenley to denali as it is known locally. the president is focusing on climate change. jim acosta is with the president in anchorage. tell us about this trip. >> reporter: president obama has arrived here in alaska to deliver what he believes to be an urgent message on climate change. he will sound the alarm on global warming all week long calling attention to what alaska cans are alaskans are experiencing. he will deliver a speech to russia and other arctic nations this each. we sat down with john kerry and asked him about the fact that his white house agenda on climate change has almost zero support among most republicans in congress who just don't
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support the president on the issue. >> donald trump has said global warming is b.s. ted cruz said the data and facts don't support it. how do you take on an issue when the other side doesn't agree? >> that's one of the reasons that we're in alaska because it's hard -- ask any alaskan. people will tell donald trump and ted cruz it's happening. all they have to do is come here and open their minds and their eyes and their ee sars. listen, look and they will see what's happening. >> reporter: tomorrow the president will be seeing some of the affects of climate change firsthand. he plans to tour one of the state's melting glaziers. he will do that with reality tv star bear gryls who will test the president's survival skills as they talk about global warming. later he will travel to northern alaska where he will become the
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first president to visit the arctic to hear from fishermen seeing their livelihoods threatened. no word whether or not the secret service has their bear spray. they might need it. the president will spend a lot of time in the wilderness. >> i suspect they do. jim acosta reporting for us from alaska. former vice president dick cheney is unleashing a new attack on president obama's leadership. he sat down for an interview. they discussed cheney's book he wrote with his daughter. and she pressed him about his criticism of the president, the rice rise of isis and finger pointing over who is to blame. >> reporter: you in the book blame the spread of isis on president obama. he says it's your fault that bush/cheney left the region unstable. >> well i think he's wrong.
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look at the record. we had a situation in which by the time we got through the surge in '07 and '08, president bush made a courageous decision that iraq was in good shape when we left office. what happened basically was they failed to follow through. they withdrew as quickly as possible and left no stay behind force there. they created a vacuum. the vacuum was filled by isis. >> reporter: how dangerous do you really think isis is now to homeland security american soil? >> i think extraordinarily dangerous, partly because of their ability to recruit from the united states. people become members of isis to go to syria, iraq and so forth. i think the danger of having those people return, having trained, for example, over there or their ability to motivate people in the united states and elsewhere in other parts of the world to become hardened followers, if you will of that
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ideology and sacrifice themselves in the name of killing, i think that possibility is increasing. and i think isis is very dangerous, indeed. if you think about the prospects of nuclear weapons being developed in the middle east. >> reporter: do you think we could see another 9/11-style attack on american style? >> i think we could see another 9/11-style attack with deadlier weapons. i worry if they use chemicals or biological or nuclear weapons. 9/11 airline tickets and box cutters. it was a difficult day for us. 3,000 casualties. it will be worst if they find deadlier weapons. >> you can see more of the interview with dick cheney on ac 360 tomorrow night at 8:00 eastern only on cnn. that's it for me. thank you so much for watching. i am brianna keilar. erin burnett "outfront" starts
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right now. trump tied up. a new poll shows he is surging ben carson tieing donald trump for first place in iowa. the first time trump hasn't led the field in weeks. trump saying he doesn't want to run attack ads ons on tv. has he turned twitter into a new political weapon. a sheriff's deputy ambushed and killed in what's being called an execution. a black suspect now under arrest. was the officer targeted because he wore a badge? let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm pamela brown in for erin burnett. "outfront"
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