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internet essentials from comcast. helping to bridge the digital divide. welcome back. two breaking news story this is morning. take a look at what's happening in california. wildfires are raging, firefighters are being injured, homes are burning and thousands are evacuating. >> we couldn't stay there, that's for sure. we made it. police clash with arab youths at one of the holiest sites just hours before the jewish new year is set to begin.
>> this is cnn breaking news. we had to get this video to you first this morning. those are homes or what were homes at one point on what looks to be a beautiful tree-lined street. they are burning down one by one from these massive wildfires in california. you can imagine when you look at this, this is probably a street where people used to walk their dog at night. and now you're walking by burning buildings and trees. this is an entire town that is destroyed. these images are riveting. one official calls these fires absolutely explosive, was how he characterized it. >> the fires are chasing thousands from their homes and sending at least four firefighters to the hospital. >> these two wildfires that are scorching thousands of acres
here. lake county north of san francisco and another fire 70 miles east of sacramento. this morning it seems to be only be getting worse. i want to show you some new pictures. this is a hillside. look at the lines of fire and smoke. firefighters are really struggling this morning to battle the valley and the butte fires here. there doesn't seem to be any sign that things are slowing down. as i mentioned, four firefighters have been injured. >> people are scrambling to get away from the hofire. >> i could feel the heat from the flames. >> everything behind the gas station is gone. the school is gone. the store is gone. a lot of people have dogs stuck up there and they won't let them go get them. >> fire everywhere. our houses, our neighbors' houses, friends' houses.
everybody's houses are burning up. it's awful. >> your heart goes out to these people, because i mean, it's not just fire you're looking at. those are their homes that are burning down and everything that they own. one woman said it's hard to imagine losing everything that you own and having to replace everything. it's a scary thought. people had to leave things behind and get out. one woman even saying pets were left behind, which is really, really heartbreaking. this video was shot by a fire chaser who's covering the butte fire. it's unfathomable. i always think that the people that are watching this, because they might recognize, oh, that's where my home was, or they might be seeing their home burning on television. i just feel for them. >> it's a terrible way to learn, but that is the fact of the matter.
we're going to talk to that photographer who's chasing the fire, by the way, on the telephone. here's more on those fires and how they burn. two massive wildfires burning in california are spreading fast, threatening homes, property and lives. the so-called valley fire, 100 miles west of sacramento spread from 50 acres to thousands in just 24 hours. >> it's a reminder this is how the conditions are in california right now. with the temperatures and low humidity, four years of a drought, conditions are very extreme. >> four firefighters were injured in the valley fire. they've been transported to the uc davis center. >> being stuck in a situation where, you know, your life is on the line doing your job.
>> mandatory evacuations have been ordered for many communities in the fire zone. a shaken joyce raem got out just in time. >> we were stuck in the middle of the fire for a while and couldn't go either way. near where we were stuck, we saw the flames going up the hill toward our house. >> meanwhile, the butte fire has grown to 65,000 acres, also fuel bid d ed by try conditions. >> these trees were all on fire when i left. it all came up in minutes. >> more than 6,000 homes are being threatened there, some already destroyed. in both fires residents say they had very little time to escape the fast-moving flames. >> we smelled the smoke and went outside. our neighbors were in a panic. they told us to leave. we went across and helped them
get their important things out of their home. their barn, unfortunately, burnt down. >> dave mills, fire photographer joining us now via the phone from california. da dave, i want to play some of the video that you shot real quickly. let's look at this. you can hear the crackling. you saw a fire engulfed. this is somebody's house engulfed. this looks like a pretty put together neighborhood, i would say. it looks like a community where people were probably very close. can you help us understand, dave, what you are seeing firsthand when you're in that situation and what it feels like? >> well, we're in middletown,
california right now. i'm at the intersection of armstrong and stewart. it's a small town. i'm unsure of the population. everywhere you look there's four or five houses burning. the resources are spread thin. there's 3,000 firefighters on the butte fire. there's probably 3,000 firefighters on the fire that's east of this fire. resources are coming in. they're doing the best job they can with what they have. >> have you talked with any of the residents there? >> there are no residents here. earlier we were on the butte fire in san andreas. and we came over here. we got here about 10:00. they evacuated this entire town and several of the towns around this one. we have not seen any residents in this town. i know that you specialized in
photographing fires. help gauge this fire compared to others that you have seen. help us understand what you're thinking when you look at all of this. >> we haven't seen a fire like this before. there's literally probably hundreds of houses -- when the sun comes it, it will be amazing to see what the devastation has been. we haven't seen a fire like this ever before. i'm sure there's a lot of firefighters here that have never experienced this before themselves. >> you're so up close. i'm wondering, one, how the rare quality is. i would think it would be hard to breathe at points. and two, are you ever in a situation where you're fearful for your safety? >> no. you've got to be aware of your surroundings. the air quality is very smokey. it's heavy dust. you can see it in the headlights of all the weeks here. you have to be completely aware of your surroundings, of what's
going on around you. safety is the first thing. >> dave mills, we so appreciate you bringing us these pictures and helping us understand what's going on for those folks out there in california, not just the ones losing their homes, but the ones working so hard to fight these fires. thank you for being with us. i appreciate it. >> thank you. these guys are doing the best they can with what they have. thank you. >> take care of yourself and be safe. thank you, dave. i want to bring in cnn's meteorologist eric van dam now. >> i think in the short-term we still have heat, triple digit heat to contend with and low humid ity values. but it will get better. it's important to step back for a moment and have that moment of empathy not only for the firefighters but the people who are losing their homes.
we came across this image on social media. welcome to middletown. population 1,323. new flames. this stuff is heartbreaking. very difficult to see. we have roughly 35 forest fires over the western half of the united states. two particular fires that we're focusing on our attention are the butte fire, 15% containment but the valley fire. this is the one that's burning to rapidly out of control. it's a very sporadic fire. it has grown in size almost exponentially. it's amazing to see how quickly this fire grew, 50 acres to 25,000 acres in two hours. the good news, as i mentioned earlier, the weather is going to start to cooperate by the middle
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breaking news, violent clashes between israelis and palestinians have left dozens injured in the streets of jerusalem. the fighting erupts after this. that is new video that was obtained by cnn, capturing israeli police storming the mosque that's considered one of the holiest sites in the world after police say that palestinian protesters barrica e barricadbarricad barricaded themselves inside and threw rocks and fire bombs at those who approaches. what's going on? >> reporter: after hours of clashes this morning that started early and ended just a
shorm time ago, the old city of jerusalem is once again quiet, or at least relatively quiet. early this morning around 6:45 they learned that a number of palestinian protesters had barricaded themselves inside the mosque, throwing stones and fire bombs at whoever who would approach. those clashes that erupted there spilled over onto the streets of the old city and lasted hours we've learned that dozens of palestinians have been injured in those clashes. but again, martin, at this point the old city once again quiet after these clashes. all of this begins hours before the jewish new year. >> and this particular area has seen clashes like this before. it is a site revered by both jews and those of the muslim faith. >> reporter: correct.
part of it is how important this side is to muslims and jews. to muslims it's one of the holiest sites in the world. to jews it is the holiest site in the world, known as the temple mount. >> and also you point out the start of the jewish new year, jewish holiday. i have to think this is not a coincidence. >> reporter: we spoke with police who said there are about 650 visitors to the temple mount this morning. muslims see that as a provocation, an attempt to reclaim that as jewish. that is the source of a lot of these tensions. we've seen that movement to pray on the jewish holiday here. it seems to be very much
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listen to the crackling, the wind, the fire. this is one of two breaking stories that we're following this morning. you're looking at california right now, where thousands of people are evacuating their homes as these two wildfires spread across california. the valley wildfire spread from 50 acres to 25,000 acres in ten hours. the fires have destroyed least 50 residences and they're still threatening 6,000 homes. the fighting in jerusalem erupted after israeli police stormed a mosque which is one of the holiest sites in islam.
protesters barricaded themselves inside and threw rocks and fire bombs at those who approached. this comes hours before the jewish new year rosh hashanah which begins later this evening. can you make that out there? donald trump visiting a tailgate party at a college football game in iowa yesterday. you knew that wasn't going to be tame. >> really. >> this is the cnn republican primary presidential debate, just three days away now. big weekend in the race for the white house. republican and democratic hopefuls are out in full force across the country, talking about their issues. >> what did you guys talk about?
>> just general. we talked about education. he's a very talented guy. we talked about education. >> did you get any policy ideas out of the meeting? >> we really focused on education. they've done a great job in iowa. >> i don't know about you but i'm tired of people tearing down this country and dividing us. >> when we talk about some of the major issues facing this country, all of you know that we live in a highly competitive, global economy and we need the best educated work force in the world in order to survive. >> for the first time in u.s. history, we are destroying more businesses than we're creating. and we're destroying the businesses that create jobs, small businesses, family owned businesses, community based businesses. >> if i'm elected president of the united states, if i zroedon have a united republican party,
you know how much harder it makes it? >> we need to get rid of the tax code. i'd replace it with a tax return that you could do on one page. one single rate for all taxpayers. that would encourage jobs to come back home from overseas. >> a lot of the problems we're finding in places like ferguson is due to the fact that people don't respect each other. >> cnn's athena jones joining us from the site of cnn's debate in simil simi valley, california. i know there's going to be this really big group at the end of the day of candidates on the stage together. what are your hearing about preparations? >> good morning. a lot of these candidates are going to have to figure out how they're going to make any
impression on that debate stage. many of these candidates are only going to get a few minutes to talk. marco rubio was asked about this and he said he learned that a minute goes by very, very quickly. scott walker felt in the first debate he had a polite, mid western, nice guy approach. he said he is going to try to be more aggressive. they've got to leave an impression. a lot of these candidates aren't getting a lot of mention in the media unless their name has come out of donald trump's mouth. this is their opportunity to appear in front of the largest audience many of these candidates are going to have. the last debate had 24 million people. that's a huge television audience for them. one other thing marco rubio said was, you know, they answer questions from voters every day and so that in many ways is very good preparation for the debate
stage. when you have a limited amount of time, they're going to have to be direct and forceful and get their points across while also appearing tough. a lot of the things voters say they like about donald trump is his toughness. it's a tall order. >> the first debate was held at a pretty big stadium in cleveland, ohio. the upcoming debate is at the reagan library. help us understand how different the audiences at those places may be and how that energy affects the debate itself. >> the audience here is going to be no more than 500 people. that's a lot smaller than in that sort of stadium sized crowd at the first debate back in august. the candidates may not be able to rely on the audience to draw their energy. they're going to have to come across forcefully in front of a crowd that isn't going to be a crowd that has thunderous
applause. at the same time, these candidates are used to being interviewed on television with no audiences and talking in front of smaller town hall crowds and the like. that shouldn't be necessarily a difficult challenge for them to surmount. really the challenge is how can they use their minute, minute and half, their few minutes of time over the course of the whole debate to leave an impression with voters so they can try to break away from the pack. donald trump, who is in the lead, ben carson, those outsider candidates, how with these politicians compete with the nonpoliticians and show the fire that the voters want to see? that's going to be the really big question here. >> absolutely. great breakdown for us. thank you so much. >> thanks. let's talk about what to expect now as far as the debate coming up this wednesday. for that i'm joined by cnn
politics senior reporter steven collison. and ben ferguson. good morning to both of you at this early hour. steven, trump is a already ahead again and his lead is growing in the polls with the lead over the other candidates. their numbers seem sto be slipping. if you're one of the other candidates, what are you trying to do? >> right. basically the story of this debate is going to be one way or the other donald trump. the other candidates have got to work out how they get in the headline. it's not a good idea to pick a fight with donald trump. once he's hit, he punches back harder. you've got candidates like jeb bush, scott walker and rand paul who have really seen their poll numbers slipping and they really need to do something to get into this conversation. sooner or later if rand paul and ben carson are to be stopped,
they've got 50% between them in most polls as outsider candidates. one is going to have to emerge. this debate is a priceless opportunity for one of them to try to do that. >> ben, what would you do? how would you try to get out from the shadow of donald trump? >> i think you have to be true to what your style is as a candidate. >> ben, is that really going to work? that sound great. but what really gets you that sound bite to be seen and shared? >> depends who you are. if you're ben carson, you don't need to go out there and try to get outside of your box and somehow pick some war with donald trump, because that's just not your style. people seem to like the fact that ben carson seems to be a complete 180 in style from
donald trump. if you're chris christie or mike huckabee or someone like that, you've got to come after donald trump. otherwise the clock right run out like it did for rick perry. jeb bush has been sliding since the last debate. he has got to come out and really reassert himself as that second guy, the real guy running for president, not the donald trump. he's got to be careful, because donald trump is the best counter puncher i've seen in modern political history. he is the best trash talker. if you try to over reach f you swing too hard at him and you miss, donald trump is going to come back after you hard core. that can get you in serious trouble and make people that like trump love him that much more. >> let's have a listen. >> it sounds like you're expecting a bunch of sleepers when you get to the debate this
week. what are you going to do? >> no sleepers. everyone's capable. everyone's confident. you do what you do. i want to make america great again. i know how to do it. >> that sounds like a very different donald trump. capable, competent, that's a different donald trump. >> i'm trying to be nice. >> do you buy that nice bit? >> i think he's going to be nice until he doesn't like you or until you challenge him. this is a guy who tweeted out that rick perry needed to take an iq test several months ago. as soon as you come after him, it is game on. that's where he compexcels in t political game. that's why he's in first place right now. >> who do you think if they don't do well is going to be coming out of this and rethinking their campaign? >> that's a good question. scott walker has a lot of pressure on him. he was leading the polls in
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that's the quote. let's talk about this with lieutenant general mark hurdling. do you think that is possible and have you ever seen anything like it before? >> well, the accusation is being investigated, christie. and that's a very good thing. the inspector general is taking a look at exactly what these two analysts are saying. truthfully, having been in situations where i've had analysts work for me, not only military analysts but those from intelligence agencies like the cia, sometimes there is contention between the operators on the ground and what the intelligence analysts, especially if they're in a closed kclose ed cell, away from the action reports.
if i read a report being developed by someone that's not in the area saying something about what i just saw, i would go to my higher commander and say, wait a minute, this isn't right. these analysts need to get a better grip on what's going on. yes, it happens a lot. there is always contention between commanders on the scene and the analysts providing the information and it should be that way. >> how confident are you that the u.s. has a decent gauge on the capabilities of isis and other terror groups? >> that's the key question. i am relatively confident that we have a good gauge on it. we are getting information from multiple intelligence agency pps we a we are getting feedback from those on the ground. so when you put all of these things together and conduct an analysis and say what do things really look like and what is truly happening, you are going
to have some individuals who are going to say, hey that's not what i think is happening. and they have the right to go around the chain of command and go to the department of defense and say we'd like to have this looked at. the commander of the d.i.a. general frazier said this is a good idea to look at this and get everyone back on the same sheet of music. >> we appreciate your insight as always. thank you, sir. >> thank you. more on our breaking story out west, the raging wildfires that are burning out of control in california. also, all eyes will be on kim davis tomorrow. that defiant kentucky clerk who's set to go back to work. will she do her job without incident or block marriage licenses? we'll have a discussion next. and in the next hour, former
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well, in case you didn't know, tomorrow morning kim davis will be back at her job as rowan county kentucky clerk. is she going to issue marriage licenses or is she going to end up back in jail for defying court orders. nick valencia has more on what davis's lawyers have been doing. >> reporter: the attorneys for kim davis filed the appeal on friday in front of the sixth circuit us court of appeals asking for a delay in marriage licenses. when kim davis returns to office on monday, she should not be required nor should her office be required to issue those licenses. the lower court denied the appeal so now her attorneys are taking it to a higher court.
davis has said her morals as a christian do not allow her to issue these licenses. her supporters have equated her to a christian martyr. her critics want her to resign. this is an elected position that she has there as a clerk in rowan county, kentucky. monday she goes back to work and her attorney, when asked by cnn, was unwilling to say whether or not davis would do more of the same and deny these marriage licenses, simply saying his client has an oath to god, an oath she is unwilling to break. >> let's try to get some deeper understa understanding.
so let me ask you first think about. explain what does remove her office's authority from the licenses mean? it's sort of very legalese there but it's asking for something specific. >> if you want to put a blunt and fine point on this, what you have to understand is when you're an elected official and you're taking some action in your official capacity, you're not acting as a single person. you're acting as the government. her name at the bottom of this license means nothing more than the person who has applied for the license meets the legal requirements. and the supreme court has told us that same-sex marriages are legal. they have to be constitutionally recognizes whether you like it or not. the supreme court has told us what the constitution means. and if you don't like that, so be it. but if you're the government, you have to follow the law. >> she seems to be saying i want to take my name totally out of
this. yet she is the clerk. she is the documenter of these licenses. can she do that? >> the entire scheme involving marriage in the state of kentucky and across the united states is going to have to be reworked. i don't think taking her name off the bottom means a lot. as i said, she is acting in her official capacity when she's at work. she's not acting as an individual person. she's acting as the government. the government is not allowed to take a position on religious matters. in her official capacity, she has no choice but to issue the licenses. >> say she doesn't. say she goes back to work and says no i'm not doing it. what happens? is she automatically in contempt? >> yeah. i think she has really three choices. number one, she can quit her
job. >> which she said she's not going to. >> she can sit in her office and allow her deputy clerks to issue the licenses. if she doesn't do that, she's going to go to jail. if she interferes in anyway or refuses to issue those licenses, she's going back to jail. >> what about forcing her to resign? can that be done? >> that's the bigger question. >> an impeachment process, something like that. >> yes. if an elected official fails to do their job, then they can be removed. and i think that's probably what would happen. >> but it isn't so simple as somebody walking in there and saying, mrs. davis, i'm sorry, you're fired. >> in the interim the judge can
say you're fired. we have so much more to show you on a breaking story out west. in case you haven't seen it and you're just joining us, look at these incredible pictures we're getting of the wildfires. thousands of people have evacuating. those are homes burning. we know that at least four firefighters have been hurt. thousands have been evacuated. we have a live report for you straight ahead. skbroo are and it turned on everywhere else. but that's exactly how traditional cooling and heating systems work. so you pay more than you should. but mitsubishi electric systems give you a better way... with no waste and lower energy bills. control temperatures precisely in one or every room ... ...with no new ductwork. so everyone can enjoy ultimate personal comfort. mitsubishi electric cooling and heating. make comfort personal.
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threatened right now as residents are told, you have got to get out. we have complete coverage for you of the california fires. hours before the start of the jewish new year, police in israeli clash with those inside a mosque. gop hopefuls out in force in weekend trying to take down donald trump. this of course all leading up to the big debate. i don't want it to be brushed under the rug. i want to keep talking about this. . tennis star james blake does not want to sue. he wants change. can one make really make a difference, though? the video you're looking at here is not just a fire. it's of homes burning to the
ground, one after another in the middle of these wildfires in california. reports this morning, an entire town has been destroyed. just riveting images. and we have to be very sensitive here. these are people's lives that are burning. one official called it explosive. >> these fires are chasing thousands from their homes and sending at least four firefighters to the hospital. . thanks for spending time with us this morning. here is where two wildfires are scorching thousands of lakers, lake county, about 100 miles north of san francisco and another fire 70 miles east of sacramento. it seems to only be getting worse this morning. the hillside, just it looks like a line of -- look at this. i just can't even imagine what those folks are dealing with as
these firefighters struggle to battle both of these fires. one is the valley fire. the other is the butte fire. there seems to be no sign that things are going to slow down for them. we know that four firefighters are injured as well. people are really scrambling to get out of that hour. >> thousands are flee for their lives as this fire threatens to destroy their homes. listen. >> i could feel the heat from the flames. >> everything behind the gas station is gone. the school is gone. the store is gone. a lot of people have dogs stuck up there and they won't let them go get them. >> fire everywhere. our houses, our neighbor's houses, friend's houses. everybody's houses are burning up. it's awful. >> i mean, your heart just goes out to these people. look at what was at one time probably a beautiful tree-lined street. and now it's just row of homes
burning. the fire came in so quickly that a lot of people had to leave everything behind. you heard that woman saying some had to leave their pets behind. i cannot imagine the grief they're going through right now. this video shot by a fire chaser. martin, you've covered these. i always wonder if somebody's sitting in front of a tv and see an image like this, oh my gosh that's my house. >> we're going to talk to a forever who has been chasing this fire. we'll speak to him on the phone in just a few minutes. first, let's give you more details on the fires. two massive wildfires burning in northern california are spreading fast and threatening homes, property and lives. the so-called valley fire in lake county, 150 miles west of
sacramento, spread from 50 acres to 25,000 in just over ten hours. >> that is a very rapid rate of spread. very dangerous situation. it's a reminder this is how the conditions are in california right now. with the temperatures and low humidity, four years of drought, the conditions are extreme. >> four firefighters were injured in the valley fire. they've been transported to the uc davis burn treatment center, where they're listed in stable condition. >> i'm sure they're emotionally and physically drained after being stuck in a situation where your life is on the line doing your job. >> a shaken joyce ream got out just in time. >> we were stuck in the middle of the fire for a while. and couldn't go either way. where near we were stuck we saw the flames going up the hill toward our house. >> meanwhile, the butte fire,
about 70 miles east of sacramento has grown to 65,000 acres, also fuelled by dry conditions. >> within 15 minutes we were sitting in the back yard and these triy trees were all on fi when we left. it came up in minutes. >> more than 6,000 homes threatened there, some already destroyed. in both fires residents say they had very little time to escape the fast-moving flames. >> we smelled the smoke and went outside. our neighbors were in a panic. they told us to leave. we went across and helped them get their important things out of their home. their barn, unfortunately, burnt down. >> i cannot stress to you how quickly things can change in fires like these. they can actually out race a speeding car. what does the weather outlook look like this morning? that's going to play a huge part
in this. >> the residents are desperate for some good news on the weather front. it is coming but we have to be patient. this is the forecast radar imagery for the region. i wanted you to see some of the precipitation in this area. it's not going to bring us relief today. however, 24 to 48 hours out that is going to change. we could see conditions improving drastically. this is all remnants of an old tropical storm, tropical storm linda. that is going to combine to bring us an increase in humidity levels, lower our temperatures. but we have to, again, wait for the middle of the workweek. here's the valley fire. the explosive nature is what set this apart from all the other ones. the combination of both of these fires across the central valley have created a poor living standard for that region in terms of the air quality. we have several hundred
structures still threatened by this particular wildfire. i'm talking about the valley fire at the moment. of course we've got our ongoing drought over the west. . >> we'll continue to follow developments out west and bring you more as soon as we have it. another breaking story we're keeping our eye on this morning, these clashes between israelis and palestinians that have left dozens injured this morning. the fighting erupted after this. can you imagine? it's fligrightening to see. this is considered one of the holiest sites in the world. police say palestinian
protesters barricaded themselves inside and they rocks and fire bombs at people who approached. or ridd >> christi, hours of clashes. there has returned a relative quiet here. but this all started around 7:00 this morning local time when police learned a number of protesters had barricaded themselves inside the mosque using furniture to barricade the door. police stormed the mosque and that's when the protesters spilled out on the streets of the city. again, at this hour after hours of these protests it is relatively quiet in the old city of jerusalem once again.
this all comes hours before the jewish new year here. >> because of that, do they believe things have quieted down for the time being? are they still on alert? what's happening? >> it's always sensitive and police know it's always sensitive around a jewish holiday. police say there were approximately 650 visitors to one of the holiest sites in the world for muslims and the temple mount the holiest site in the world. a politician went there to pray, along with a number of other s jews who went there to pray. muslims view that as a provocation. that's the origin of this tension. that tension certainly hasn't gone away. could it flare up again here? any time, always.
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>> for the first time in us history, we are destroying more businesses than we are creating. we're destroying the businesses that create jobs, small businesses, family businesses, community based businesses. >> if i don't have a united republican party, do you know how much harder it makes it? >> you need to have a -- we need to get rid of the tax code, all 70,000 pages. i'd replace it with a tax return that you could do on one page. one single rate for all tax payers. i think that would encourage jobs to come back from overseas. >> a lot of the problems in places like ferguson is due to the fact that people don't respect each other. >> cnn's athena jones joining us live from the site of the gop debate in simi valley, california. we hear a lot there on the
campaign trail of them talking policy. how much policy do we believe they will get into in this debate? >> good morning. there's not a lot of time each candidate gets to talk about policy. they're going to have practice getting across their message in short sound bites. it's been a busy week. folks were in iowa, new hampshire, the south carolina. we know that carly fiorina and chris christie have rallies yesterday. the focus has turned to getting ready for our big debate on wednesday night. take a listen to what some of the candidates had to say. >> it sounds like you're expecting a bunch of sleepers when you get to this debate. >> no, no. no sleepers. everyone is capable and confident. i've been doing this for a long time. i want to make america great
again. i know how to do it. i'm trying to be nice. >> well, the nice thing is i'll be center stage this time. it will be more difficult for them to ignore me. so i'm sure i'll get more questions. and that will be a very good thing. >> how are you going to break out? >> like everything that we do, prepare and answer the questions that are asked. we hope for one more opportunity to tell people who we are and what we're going to do. >> what's interesting about what we just heard there is donald trump saying hees t ining he's nice. that's the same day that he attacked rand paul as weak on twitter and in speech. i don't know if we can expect to see donald trump backing down. that is not the donald trump he's shown us. also you heard from marco rubio saying, look, we answer questions from voters every single day. candidates are only going to have a few minutes to get their messages across.
so important. this is the biggest television audience these candidates are going to get a chance to appear in front of. that first debate had 24 million viewers. this debate could top that. they show that they're tough, maybe show that the nonpolitician side of them for the politicians. it's a big opportunity and a being challenge. >> yeah. even scott walker told cnn yesterday he hopes to be more aggressive in this debate. so we'll see exactly what that translates to. we're starting a full day of coverage here from the reagan presidential library, home to the next gop debate. jake tapper kicking it off with state of the union at 9:00 eastern today. and the debate is this wednesday. we'll take a look at the first time the republicans took the stage.
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men went into cardiac arrest from a head injury and later died. japanese police that at least five people were killed in the flooding that has been ravaging parts of that country. a man's body was found in a submerged car. in saudi arabia the king visited the site of a deadly crane collapse at mecca. the king promised a full and open investigation into that tragedy. now, let's talk about pope francis. he's preparing to make his historic visit to cuba and the united states. the city of havana meanwhile is all abuzz with their necessary preparations. this will mark the first time a pope will address the cuban people in spanish. >> reporter: we are in havana's
cathedral square. this is one of the first palaces the pope will visit. they're getting everything ready at a furious pace. still lots of work being done, though. streets being fixed up. buildings being painted across the country. this is a big deal for cubans. you can see they're still repairing a lot of the facade of this centuries old cathedral. this is the first pope from this hemisphere, first latin american pope. first pope, even though two other popes have come here previously, first pope who will be able to address the people in native spanish. the pope urging president's barack obama and raoul castro to make the deal that ended 50 years of cold war animosity. this will be his first opportunity to come to cuba following this landmark deal.
he says he wants to meet regular cubans and reach out and talk to them. there's some speculation where he will meet former leader fidel castro and whether he will be able to push forward his efforts to improve the reconciliation between these two countries. right now it's a race to get everything ready. >> thank you very much, patrick. . our coverage of the next gop debate continues right here on cnn. donald trump taking a commanding lead in recent republican polls. with all eyes on the debate, his rival candidates really change that game. also thousands of refugees searching for a new home, crossing border after border. one city says it's running out of space to care for them. my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis made a simple trip to the grocery store anything but simple. so finally, i had an important conversation with my dermatologist about humira. he explained that humira works inside my body
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a fire photographer is joining us on the phone from california. todd, what are your seeing now? is it getting any better as we start to approach a new day? >> good morning. i'm a little bit south of the fire now. but i left there not long ago and when i left, there were still multiple dwellings and structures that were burning. however, most of the peek buak burning appears to be over. there are a few structures that are burning pretty actively. there are several fire engines that are there continuing to arrive. they're getting more reinforcements. they're getting some of these fires knocked down. they're also doing a better job because there's more of them preventing new fires from taking off or getting large. >> how likely will the effort to control or subdue these flames change with daylight? can they bring in air assets or
other things maybe they can't use at night? >> air assets are definitely something that are not commonly used at night. the biggest thing is they're be able to be a little bit more aware of their surroundings, be able to see what's going on. as time ticks by, more resources will arrive. that's really what they need is just more help right now. >> the neighborhoods in which we're looking at this incredible imagery that you took earlier, most of the residents have already fled, right? >> right. i did not see pretty much from the time i arrived in middletown i did not really see a mass exodus of people living. they must have been gone by the time i got there. i never really saw a lot of people leaving or leaving in a hurry. i think that had already taken place. >> where are you going to be focused today? >> i'll be back in middletown
shortly. i had some cell service issue there is there, but i'll try to get back there and get a little bit more video. the fire is so large, it's not possible to see everything from one location. >> we appreciate it. please be careful of your efforts. of course, anything that you learn and see, we would want to see as well. thank you very much. the other breaking news story is dozens have been injured in violent crashes in israeli. protesters reportedly had barricaded themselves inside. they threw rocks and fire bombs at those who approached. this comes hours, of course, before the jewish new year that begins late they are evening. so we have 11 republican hopefuls taking the stage at the reagan presidential library for
the second gop debate. the line-up will include carly fiorina. during the first debate last month, you know there were fireworks. take a look. >> the republican party has been fighting against a single payer system for a decade. i think you're on the wrong side of this if you're still arguing for a single payer system. >> i don't think you heard me. you're having a hard time tonight. most of the people on this stage i've given to, just so you understand, a lot of money. >> not me. >> let's break this down with ben ferguson and maria cardona. ben, i want to start with you. the stage is trump's comfort zone. who do you think -- give me one or two names that you think of
candidates who just might be able to out shine him this time around. >> ben carson. carly fiorina did incredibly well in that early debate last time. she's now on the big stage and a lot of people are going to be paying attention to her, especially after donald trump attacked her, really her looks. i think there's probably one or two one-liners she's prepared to go after him at this debate. both could have a really good night if they play it right. >> maria, i wanted to ask you about fiorina. obviously she's going to use this to say he's got a problem with woman. how do you expect he's going to respond? >> i don't think there will be an apology. i'm sure he will respond by attacking her on her record. it's been so interesting, because once it came out that he was actually criticizing her
because of her looks, he seemed like a schoolboy who had been caught without having done his homework. first he said, oh, no, it wasn't ant h about her looks. it was about her persona. then he said it was just entertainment. i think carly is in a good place to call him out on his hate speech, hi di vice ifr -- divisiveness. i also think the other candidates need to start calling him out on his lack of policy positions. >> that may happen. i wanted to say this because i want to get this sound bite in of wisconsin governor scott
walker. he may be ready to show a sharper edge at this debate. >> you know cnn has this little debate coming up. what's your strategydebate? >> the thing is presence. i'm a mid westerner. we're pretty polite. i'm going to be more aggressive this time, not rude, but aggressive and make the case we're ready to wreak havoc on washington. >> walker is saying he's going to step it up. chris christie is indicating he's not necessarily going to wait for a question, so to speak, every time. is any aggression anybody else shows a risk? we have seen it before and it might be seen as disingenuous. >> i don't know that it will be seen as disingenuous, but you'll see donald trump fighting back. he's really good at off the can
you have -- attacking people who have attacked him. that's where you have the biggest risk of over reaching or trying to do too much. people will come after him, not with just a war of words, but with policy. i think you're going to see scott walker do that. i also think you're going to see ted cruz do that. ted cruz has really been focused on policy. when he took the stage earlier talking about iran in washington, d.c., one of the things i noticed about cruz -- and i think you'll see this wednesday night -- he's going to come out and say i'm the guy that you might want to look at the you like donald trump who actually has policy ideas. that could play very well for him. but you always run that risk of donald trump being able to smack you around verball. he is a great trash talker in politics. >> yeah, he is. this is something that i found interesting. when you look at the two guys on top, trump at 32% and ben carson
at 19%. these are two very different individuals. >> completely different styles. >> one is bombastic. and then you've got ben carson wh who's a little more soft spoken but making his points. what does that tell you about the divide of the gop right now? >> that's exactly right, that gop voters are divided. that is a great opportunity for all of these other candidates to come in and really differentiate themselves with real lead er positions, real policy petitions. donald trump at 32%, that still means that 68% of republican voters don't want him as their commander in chief. but the challenge for all these other republican candidates is to then say, here's what i'm offering instead of what donald trump is offering and do something that really elevates voters, that puts them into a
position of optimism, of thinking that the future can actually be better. and the big difference that donald trump is using, he's using very negative language, rhetoric, focusing on fear. >> it's working for him. >> look at ben carson. his style like we've just said, completely different. ben carson, his style is also working for him. look at how much he's been able to get a solid grass roots effort behind him. if i was advising ben carson, i would say, you know what, go out there and be you. don't be anybody else. don't try to be different than what you are. when you speak about political policy, people are listening and they're liking it. i would stay true to form if i'm carson and i would not try to get into some back and forth match with trump on who is more entertaining on wednesday night. >> i'm sorry. we're out of time. i didn't even get, maria, to
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be business as usual for the nypd. listen. >> if i hadn't gone to the press, his superior officers would have never known anything went on. you wonder how many times this has happened. >> the officer has been investigated several times and lawsuits have been filed. are you planning on filing a lawsuit? >> we haven't decided. i have an attorney and we haven't decided how we're going to go about it. the plan is to speak to the commissioner and mayor de blasio and really do it on civil terms and make sure that we're trying to make a positive change. >> do you think he should lose his job? >> i do think he should lose his job over this because i don't think this is the right job for him. for him to take that tone and attitude towards this situation, a nonviolent criminal, if i had been the criminal, i still think
this is excessive. >> tom fuentes joining us now. a lot of people believe that eric garner's death was going to change aggressive, i guess, aggressive officers in the nypd. james blake, he's talking there. he's got money. he's got influence. he's got a voice some would say eric garner perhaps did not. do you think the nypd will make some policy changes. >> i don't know. to me, the difference in this case is that the blake case is more flagrant. in the garner case, they were talking to him for an ex-tended period of time. he knew the drill. the officers at a certain point were directed to just, okay, take him in, take him down. in this case, the officer that takes down mr. blake is so far out of line that it's -- to me, it's worse. and, you know, to make that kind
of a violent takedown for even a nonviolent crime where there's no indication. also an officer has to be aware of the circumstances, the location, the entire situation. you know, you have a man standing calmly in front of, you know, an expensive hotel in new york, it's not exactly a dark alley at 3:00 in the morning where the guy's running away or resisting or fighting. so me, this situation with blake is worse. >> do you think either one of them, coupled together and everything else that's happened with the protests and the people coming out, what will it take in police departments and in new york to perhaps change something like this? and should this guy lose his job? >> yes, i think he should lose his job. i agree with mr. blake that he does not seem to have the temperament or restraint or management of his anger to be a police officer out in the street making these kind of misjudgment
calls, in his case. where this starts really is with the hiring process. do not hire people who will have a tendency to be a bully or to use excessive force or have bad judgment or bad interpersonal skills in the first place. in the second place, then have a vigorous training program. in the third place, strict discipline that when somebody like this is identified within the police department, they have to be taken off the street. if they can be removed from the police department, all the better. but they are not, to me, in a position to be around the public, to be using this kind of judgment and abusing people. so i think -- to me, the blake case is extremely flagrant, but it appears to be a single officer who's had a problem in the past and would continue to have a problem in the future, i believe. >> tom fuentes, thank you, sir. we'll be right back. diabetes, steady is exciting.
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as if you need me to tell you, it is the first sunday of the nfl season. it is. the teams are itching to get back on the field. >> thanks to deflategate, they are going to be playing by some new rules. corey wire is here with more on those rules. >> no more gates, right? >> the game's going to look a
little different. for example, the extra point rule. but it's changes to the pregame protocols regarding the inspection of game balls that's getting the most buzz. here's a quick primer. if the nfl's learned one thing, it's that they never want the air pressure of game balls to cause such great controversy ever again. so this season, the league is making changes to their football inspection protocol. before each game, two members of the oh officiating crew will measure the psi of the footballs. previously only one official checked the pressure. they didn't keep any sort of record and the league didn't have anyone overseeing the process. all 24 footballs for each team will be numbered where ooze in the past they were not. each approved football will be stamped with the referee's
personalized distinctive park. they will then assign an nfl coordinator who will transfer the balls to the sideline. throughout the season, the nfl will randomly select games where they will inspect each team's game at halftime. they will escort the footballs to have the air pressure remeasured and recorded. then those footballs will be tossed aside and each team's backup footballs will be used for the rest of the game. >> still in question whether or not the patriots cheated the game. one thing's for sure, deflategate has changed the game forever. >> weppreate it. you're on the radio. >> want to go? >> whatever you're doing right now, take a look at your scr