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put them on top? they're too short! anyway, i'm bernie sanders, and come next november i will be hillary clinton's vice president! >> something tells me we're going to see a lot of larry david on "snl." that was pretty good. much more straight ahead on the "newsroom" and it all starts right now. hello again and thanks for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. happening right now in texas, at least six republican candidates will be touting their christian credentials today at a high-profile forum in suburban dallas. this faith and freedom forum begins at any moment now at the preston wood baptist church in play know, texas. cnn's athena jones is covering this event live. athena, donald trump is conspicuously absent. does that create an opening for
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some of the other candidates to get a little more air time? >> reporter: hi, fred. certainly allows them to get more air time. they don't have to compete with donald trump at this event. we've been here for a while and it's a hot ticket. they're expecting anywhere from 7,000 to 8,000 people at the vent between the worship center and the overflow areas, all coming out to see these six candidates speak. you know, evangelical voters, christian conservatives, are a very important part of the gop primary electorate in the early states of iowa, south carolina, also right here in texas, which isn't a very early voting state but relatively early voting state, and all across the south. this is an important chance for these candidates to come and try to make their case to christian conservative voters. unlike in some of the most recent elections, there's not just one candidate who is trying to appeal to these voters. back in 2008 you had governor mike huckabee, a former pastor who did very well with this group of voters, helping him to win the iowa caucuses. in 2012 you had former senator
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rick santorum also doing well with this group. now you have rick santorum, you have mike huckabee, some of the other candidates you'll hear from today, carly fiorina, ben carson, jeb bush, and ted cruz. all of them are trying to appeal to this section of voters. so it's an important for each of them to win over some of them. fred? >> athena, they're trying to make their cases but, you know, they are in church. does that mean there's going to be less of the criticism of one another, perhaps a more am mickable environment? >> reporter: well, i would think so. this is not set up as a debate. they have a one-on-one chance. each candidate has ten minutes to give remarks to this big audience, then there's a ten-minute q&a with the pastor, dr. jack graham. so they get a chance to really just sell themselves. i would expect them to focus on what they think is important to talk about versus trying to contrast themselves with other candidates. we're likely to hear them talk about religious liberty, issues
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of same-sex marriage, contraceptive coverage, and also the issue of abortion, which of course has been highlighted a lot recently when it comes to planned parenthood and the fight to defund that organization. fred? >> athena jones, thank you so much. get some hot water and a little lemon and honey for that voice there. and some sleep nap eel do it too. thanks so much. earlier today, jeb bush went after donald trump over his comments that george w. bush was somehow responsible for the attacks on 9/11. here's his exclusive interview with jake tapper. >> what are you objecting to about mr. trump's remarks about 9/11 and your brother? >> look, my brother responded to a crisis and did it as you would hope a president would do, united the country, organized the country and kep us safe. there's no denying that. the great majority of americans believe that, and i don't know why he keeps bringing this up. it doesn't show he's a serious
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person as it relates to being commander in chief and being the architect of a foreign policy. across the spectrum of foreign policy, he talk as though he's still on "the apprentice." literally talking about syria saying isis should take out assad, then russia should take out isis as though it was some kind of board game and not a serious approach. this is just another example of the lack of seriousness, and this is a serious time. we're under grave threats again and i think we need a president with a steady hand. >> you just put out a new wed ad attacking trump, saying he's not serious. let's play a clip from that. ♪
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? >> the add a goes on to highlight or low light, depending on your point of view, trump's moments in which i'm sure you would argue he is not being serious. in light of this new ad, let me re-ask you what i asked at the last debate. do you feel comfortable with donald trump's handle on the nation's nuclear codes? your ad seems to be stating clearly you do not. you invoke the number of nuclear weapons the united states has. >> i have great doubts, to be honest with you, and it's only because of the things he says. it looks as though he's not taking the responsibility, the possibility of being president of the united states really seriously. for him it looks as though he's an actor playing a role of a candidate for president, not boning up on the issues, not having a broad sense of the responsibilities of what it is to be a president. in his own words, it gives me great concern for sure. and a lot of other people will as well. >> why do you think he continues to do so well with republican voters?
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>> look, he's a phenomenal personality for sure. and he's capturing people's deep anger and angst about washington, d.c., for sure. but he's not going to be able to solve these problems. he's mirroring people's anger and he does it very effectively. i don't think trump's going to win the nomination. i think we're going to have a nominee that will unite the party and win the presidency but when people begin to think about who's going to be president of the united states, who has the judgment and the seriousness and the ideas to be president to lead us in a different direction, i think that his support will wane. >> what makes you think he's not going to get the nomination? he's been leading in the polls for months. just as a political reporter, i don't see any evidence he's not going to get the nomination. >> we'll see, jake. i mean, this time four years ago, this time eight years ago the conditions were very different and the nominee emerged in the january and february time frame, and i expect that will be the case again this time. >> after campaign fund-raising
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numbers were put out this week, your spokesman tim miller had a comment about marco rubio tweeted, "lying about budgets, guess marco picked up something in the senate." them's fighting words, governor. >> yeah. i'm not into all that. but he kind of misled people about his fund-raising results. that's fine. look, the process part of this is not my motivation to run. i believe we can grow our economy at a far faster rate and have a set of concrete plans to do that. and i think on foreign policy we've done the exact same thing. so each and every day that i campaign i focus on those things. >> you probably watched some of the democratic debate the other night. you want to be the republican that takes on the nominee, still likely to be hillary clinton according to polls. how did she look tough to you? did she look tough? did she look beatable? >> she looked beautiful because of the ideas she embrace. she did a good job in the debate for sure. she's a smart person, no doubt about, that but every chance she
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had to lay out a different approach than the one we're on now she actually doubled or tripled down on it, more taxes, more regulation, more creating barriers on people's ability to rise up. i think this will be a stark contrast. if i'm elect ed the republican nominee, it will be a stark contrast of do you believe in the country's future with a hopeful, optimistic message that gives people the capacity to earn success or manage the decline? i'm dpit excited about that. >> still ahead, trump fires back and more of that jeb bush campaign ad online going after trump's foreign policy. >> who do you talk to for militaried a advice right now? >> i watch the shows. i see a lot of great -- when you watch your show and all the other shows --
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the gop race for president is getting personal, donald trump calling jeb bush pathetic. today trump clarified his position but certainly did not back down. >> do you blame george w. bush for 9/11? >> look, look, jeb said we were safe with my brother, we were safe. well, world trade center just fell down. now, am i trying to blame him? i'm not blaming anybody, but the world trade center came down so, when he said we were safe, that's not safe. we lost 3,000 people. it was probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country if you think about it, right? >> what would you have doenl? >> well, i would have been much different, i must tell you.
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somebody said it wouldn't have been any different. it would have been. i am extremely tough on illegal immigration. i'm extremely tough on people coming into this country. i believe that if i were running things i doubt those families -- i doubt those people whoufb in the country. so there is a good chance that those people would not have been in our country. with that being said, i'm not blaming george bush, but i don't want jeb bush to say my brother kept us safe, because september 11th was one of the worst days in the history of this country. >> joining me is a am goodman, a republican strategist. full disclosure, jeb bush has been one of your clients. right? >> right. fully disclosed. >> and bush has in the past responded to attacks. but now would you agree that we're starting to see maybe a more aggressive jeb bush as it pertains to responding to trump? >> great question.
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it's very clear to all of us who have known jeb through the years and seen what he did in florida that he has the background, the brain, and the experience and actually the maturity as well to get things done. what he now needs to show in a race that completely changed in the last couple months and to one that's burning the anger, anxiety, and impatience of people is not only whether or not jeb can take a punch but deliver a punch. this is one of his attempts to do just that, and i think he has to do more of that to be able to show not only he can go toe to toe with donald trump but toe to toe with anybody to get the job done for america. >> do you worry that doing more of that might also kind of lure jeb bush into a territory that he's just not comfortable being in? >> well, again, going back to what he did here in florida, he had no problem being a very, very aggressive reform-minded governor who knocked a lot of head and got a lot of things
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done on school reform, shutting down unnecessary spending, trimming the costs of government here. so we know he's got it. and we saw him bring it in a big way here. i just think, though, this particular stage has changed a bit, and i think what the american public in a way, fredricka, is waiting for is jeb to instead of just wrapping say donald trump on the knuckles about an offline comment about 9/11, instead of rapping him on the knuckles he should have given him a punch to the jaw and gotten at it. people say is that really in jeb's character? is that presidential? i think at this point in this particular race, where the outsiders -- it's the outsiders versus the insiders, people are waiting to see that kind of passion from jeb that we who know jeb understand and have seen it exist. >> well, no change in donald trump, but is his character -- i'm excuse using some of the words you used for jeb bush -- it is hi character to go on twitter and he did again this morning, tweeting this -- "jeb
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bush should stop trying to defend his brother and focus on his own shortcomings and how to fix them. also, rubio is hitting him hard." and this tweet, "jeb, why did your brother attack and destabilize the middle east by attacking iraq when there were no weapons of mass destruction? bad info?" what would you advise jeb bush right now about, you know, him going on social media or maybe even other candidates going on social media to make their points or engage in arguments? >> well, i think when you -- the question is should he engage in arguments against his fellow contender, what he need to do is engage a public looking for answers about how to change the way things are not happening in government today. if he does that latter well, fredricka, i think he's going to wear well over the course of a very long campaign where i don't know about you but i think we're all somewhat fatigued already by everything that's come at us so early. so regardless of the polls, regardless of the conversations, the reality television we're
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seeing played out, at the end of the day, jeb's best case to the american public is been there, done it, not as a go-along, get-along kind of insider but as someone that dramatically challenged the system. now, whether or not that's going to work in this particular cycle, where the more visceral nature of politics is in full display is yet to be seen. >> adam, did you get a chance to see that ad that the bush campaign has released online, kind of poking fun at trump and foreign policy? so you're nodding yes. do you like the style? does this show kind of a change in strategy for jeb bush? does it in any way kind of knock, you know, donald trump off his feet? >> first of all you know i'm an ad maker so i love ads. the more the better pip think this is a strategic tack by jeb's campaign to engage, and i think, again, as i said before, this is something that you may say the jury is out on in terms
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of the way that they've kungted the campaign so far. they need to show that. i'm confident they can. if he can clear that hurdle, fredricka, if he can get over that hurdle of engagement, then i think the field which ultimately is going to win know comes down to a choice among a few stalwarts, survivors we'll call them. i think jeb could be right there at the end. but right now the test is does he have it to go toe to toe with a donald trump when trump goes beyond the lines? >> isn't it funny, adam, too, that by this point we may have all but inundated with a lot of ad, we haven't seen that on either side, but i wonder if this recent ad, this new ad online might kind of open the door that candidates might say, oh, yeah, and then there's the ad campaign, maybe we should start doing that. going to be interesting what's around the corner. all right. adam goodman, good to see you. thanks so much. appreciate it. >> thanks, fredricka. overseas, a new attack in israel. this one at a bus station. we'll have more on the escalating violence there in a
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meanwhile, the u.s. is getting more involved. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is expected to meet both prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas later on in the week. violence has erupted over access to a site considered very holy by muslims and jews. oren liebermann is there with more on what to expect. >> reporter: let's talk about the latest attack. there are some questions about what exactly happened in the southern israeli city at the central bus station. initial reports were that two palestinian attackers entered the central bus station and started shooting and stabbing. as you said, police say at least six have been injured, four of them police officers. police say one israeli was also killed or has also tied. police say one of the attackers was killed at the scene. but there are now questions about whether there was more than one attacker. police are investigating whether the second suspect was indeed an attacker or was a bystander. this comes after what was a
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tensely quiet day in jerusalem in the west bank and in israel. there had been up until this point no attacks throughout, but this changed that. we've been waiting for the day when the attacks and the violence would end. fredricka, that day, as we have found out, is not going to be today. >> and what about security measures? what more can be done to prevent something like this or see it before it happens? >> well, i think a lot of the fear on the streets and that sense of tension and putting everybody on edge is because these attacks are viewed as so unpredictable and uncoordinated pap lot of them have been described as lone wolf attacks. in response, israel has put in place very heightened security measures especially in and around the old city of jerusalem and especially in palestinian east jerusalem blocking road, putting in checkpoints, checking palestinian i.d.s, forcing palestinians to raise their shirts and show the bottom of their legs to show they're not carrying weapons. israel says these are necessary for security reasons after a
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number of attacks in recent weeks, those attacks pushing into the third week. palestinians say all these checks are dehumanizing and the latest example we've seen of these security measures is essentially what looks like a big concrete barrier between put up between a palestinian neighborhood and a jewish neighborhood in east jerusalem, police say to prevent molotov cocktails being thrown. palestinians saying it's too much force. >> there's a lot of u.s. leadership in the region. new york mayor being in israel as is the chairman of the joint chiefs. i mentioned secretary kerry to meet with abbas and netanyahu. how does this all come together? >> reporter: well, i think there's a sense in the international community that it will take more than just israelis and palestinians here and the politicians here to restore some sense of calm and some sense of orlandoer. america and secretary of state kerry very much trying to get involved, speaking with israeli prime minister netanyahu, palestinian president mahmoud abbas and even king abdullah,
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committee, richard hanna of new york, said, quote, a big part of the benghazi investigation was set up to go after clinton. but today the chairman of the benghazi committee fired back at the critics saying they, quote, don't have any idea what the facts are, enquote. representative trey gowdy of south carolina says his committee is only interested in clinton as a witness because she was secretary of state when the attacks happened. >> what i want to know is while violence was going up in libya, why was our security profile going down? it wasn't even staying the same. it was going down. and in the past, john, she has said i had people and processes in place to handle that. well, you also have people and processes in place to handle drivel that is produced by a guy named sidney blumenthal, but that made it to your inbox. i want to know why serp things made it to your inbox, madam secretary, but the plaintiff pleadings of our own ambassador that you put in place for more security never bothered to make
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it to your inbox. i think that's a fair question. >> representative gowdy also revealed hi committee has an e-mail trail from ambassador chris stephens. what is it likely to show?vens. what is it likely to show? >> gowdy says the e-mails will demonstrate stevens had been asking for more security since he became ambassador. gowdy say the stevens e-mails show a disconnect between what was happening on the ground in libya and what was going on in washington. gowdy se stevens wanted more security in response to the growing violence and washington wanted help with how to spin the increasing violence there. the e-mails haven't been released, but here's how gowdy described them, fred. >> he needed help with security, john, not pr. he was asking for more security. on one occasion he even joked in an e-mail maybe we should ask
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another government to pay for our security upgrades because our government isn't willing to do it. >> so despite previous investigations into benghazi, gowdy says his committee was first get the stevens e-mail and that was the fact he used to buttress his claim that the committees work isn't political, fred. >> and so this response that gowdy gave, you know, about the criticism of the committee is a political witch-hunt. how much further was he willing to take it, responding to those charges? >> well, i'll tell you, he didn't mince words on this one, fred. he was taking aim at his own republican house colleagues. those are the same people who suggested the committee was designed to politically damage hillary clinton. here's how he took a shot at his very own colleagues. >> i have told my own republican colleagues and friends, shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about. and unless you're on the committee, you have no idea what we've done, why we've done it, and what new facts we have
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found. we have found new facts, john, that have absolutely nothing to do with her. >> so tough words for his own republican colleagues there and for pretty good reason. clinton and other democrats, they've used gowdy's colleagues' word against him. kevin mccarthy, the number two republican in the house, said the committee's work helped drive down clinton's poll numbers. last week another republican not on the committee said the committee was designed to go after clinton. clinton has used those comments to discount all the committee's work arguing the panel is an arm of the republican national committee. gowdy was trying to return it to benghazi and away from the campaign trail. >> thanks so much. appreciate that. meantime, mitt romney hopes that paul ryan -- if he were to become speaker of the house. his comments coming today in an exclusive interview on "state of
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the union" with jake tapper. >> are you afraid that donald trump will not be able to beat hillary clinton? >> well, i don't think it's likely that donald trump will be the nominee, but it's obviously too early to tell. at this stage, numbers go up and down, candidates have bursts of support. donald trump hassed a a lot of support for a long time, so i think a lot of folks this this could go a lot further than people expected. i can't predict who it's going to be, but i can predict we'll have a nominee that will be a stronger nominee both on the basis of character and on the basis of track record than hillary clinton. >> you would vote for donald trump over hillary clinton, then. >> i would vote for the nominee of the republican party, and i don't believe that's going to be donald trump. >> i know you haven't endorsed, but there are a lot of republican and democratic strategist who is think that rubio at the end of the day is the strongest candidate to take on hillary clinton in terms of both his raw political talent and his demographic appeal.
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plus of course the generational appeal. do you agree? >> well, i think there's some very positive attributes associated with a number of people that are running for president. marco is very compelling but look at chris christie. this is a guy who's taken on some really tough situations in new jersey. he's a great debater. he speaks his mind clearly and forcefully. look, he could be a very strong nominee. jeb bush as well has an extraordinary record as the governor of florida, an education governor, a guy who's made a difference there and across the country. he could be a very strong nominee. john kasich, he's done a terrific job in the state of ohio, rebuilt the economy there. you've got four right there that are amazing individuals. and of course carly fiorina has risen dramatically. so we have some good folks. >> what about ben carson? >> excuse me. ben carson i don't know as well, but he's obviously a very gentle
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and sweet soul who speaks hi mind. and i think people are very drawn to somebody who is so willing to express his views as he is. >> this week you said that you'd like to see your former running mate, congressman paul ryan of wisconsin, to one day be president. does that ambition that you have for him make you think that speaker of the house would not be a good job for him to take? >> well, you know, it's really a tough decision for him, and i'm sure a personal decision. from my own standpoint, i see paul as one of the people coming along that has the potential to lead our country. and if you became speaker of the house in the near term, that's also a crucial role. we need paul in two spots at once, and, you know, there haven't been a lot of people that have phenomenon on from speaker to the white house so i'd hate to lose him as a potential contender down the
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road for the white house, but he is a man of such talent and such integrity and such character that he's a real resource for the country. so whether it's now for the speakership or whether instead we see him hold on and ultimately become potentially a candidate for president, i don't know. that's his decision. but i'm just glad to know him and to know that we have him in our quiver. >> as it pertains to the overall picture of the race for the white house, mitt romney went on to emphasize that republicans and democrats need to find common ground in order to get things done in washington. and he believes paul ryan, one more time, would do that as house speaker. we'll be right back. i'm caridee. i've had moderate to severe plaque psoriasis most of my life.
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the u.s. says a coalition air strike in northern syria has killed the leader of an al qaeda affiliate. cnn senior international correspondent nick paton walsh as details. >> reporter: number of days for the results of this air strike on october 15th to become public, but the pentagon clear they believe it killed a key in their word horasan leader, a subset of the al nusran front, a key ally of al qaeda. a saudi national who the pentagon says was involved in financing, organization, and key to this too the travel of militants from pakistan via
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turkey into syria. they say a key part of their network. and this they say adds to an increased toll on the al nusra group in the past months or so. five key leaders have been taken out including a top leader more recently as well. obviously, the group they say a part of two dozen militants who formed the key elements of the nusra front, suggest manager are from the afghanistan, pakistan area, certainly foreigners. depending pretty much on the u.s. government for what information we have about the group and al qaeda but they were prescribed as part of the nusra prescription back in 2012, in fact, when hillary clinton as secretary of state declared the nusra front to be a terrorist organization. part of the increased tempo we're told of usair strikes against leaders of these militant groups has been a tactic successful in yemen, afghanistan, pakistan taking out the leaders, kind of disorientating the command
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structure. an increasing toll inside syria and the u.s. clear to claim credit for the death of this one man who they say a vital militant here. russian, other forces continue to make that side in syria so deadly a, brutal, and lengthy. nick paton walsh, cnn, istanbul. next, it was supposed to be a fun weekend in florida. [ gunshots ] gunshots and panic at a sozombin event. several shot, one left dead. why it has been so difficult for police. ♪ nothing artificial. just real roasted turkey. salt. pepper. carved thick. that's the right way to make a good turkey sandwich. the right way to eat it? is however you eat it.
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a zombie-themed festival in ft. myers, florida, ends in deadly chaos. [ gunshots ] >> oh [ bleep ].
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oh, oh. >> shots ringing out late last night in the middle of a crowd at that zombie-themed festival. the shooting left one man dead and five other people wounded. now police are trying to find witnesses who might be able to help identify a suspect from that crowd of people who, a you can see in the video, many of them were made up and wearing costumes. cnn's jason carroll has more. >> reporter: fredricka, still no word on a motive or who was behind the shooting. police have released the name of the young man who was killed. his name is expabius tyrell taylor, 19 years old. i spoke to his aunt this afternoon. she gave me a few details about exactly what happened. she said that taylor was there with some of his friends. she said at first there was some sort of a word that perhaps taylor and some of his friends were targeted, but she does not believe that. she says she believes taylor was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. police say the shooting happened
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at 11:44. that's when the first call came in last night. this event attracts some 20,000 people. it was so crowded people were standing shoulder to shoulder apparently when the shots rang out, it was very crowded, when police got there, they found that taylor had been fatally shot. five others were hurt. their injuries described as nonlife-threatening. this event is all about taking pictures, as you can imagine. a lot of people were out there with their cell phones, and, in fact, one bystander was on their cell phone when those shots rang out. [ gunshots ] >> oh [ bleep ]. oh, oh, oh. >> seen about four or five shot at the same type. pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. and the guy fell down right there. right in front of me. i'm here and the body was right there. i just seen the body right there. >> the organizers of the event, of zombicon, pushing daisies
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inc., say we're deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event. we take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security and police officers for aur annual event. our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident. taylor's aunt tells me that he was attending college in miami. she said at this point the family is headed to ft. myers, coming in from places like georgia. at this point police asking for the public's help, asking for anyone with any information about what happened to call them. fredricka? >> thanks so much, jason carr l carroll. we've heard about it before, but there may be another sign of new life in the universe. we'll show you the clues. people don't have to think about
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astronomers recently discovered a distant star that flickers in a very unusual way. and some say that could be a sign that there is life beyond our planet. cnn digital's rachel crane has more. >> reporter: astronomers have discovered a distant star with an unusual flickering pattern. it may even be stranger than we think. it could be signs of an alian
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civilization. the discovery was made by a group of amateur astronomers from a group called planet hunters. members of the program are citizen scientists who comb through public data from nasa's kepler telescope. the volunteer scientists examine records from about 150,000 stars beyond the solar system. usually they're looking for new planets, but this time they stumbled upon a distant and very bizarre star, different from anything astronomers have ever seen before. between the cignus and lyra, the star called 8462852 has a strange flickering about it. which means every few years something makes the star drastically dim and then brighten. but what is it? >> it could be a natural occurrence, but some are suggesting that the unusual light pattern could be the result of extraterrestrial
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activity and it could be the sign of a massive alyaen structure. it wasn't a mistake with the telescope. scientists have confirmed that the data is accurate. the university of california berkeley seti group, which stands for search for extraterrestrial intelligence, is now on the case and is asking for more telescopes to scan the area and search itquencie frequencies. right now scientists are examining several causes but they've not ruled out the possibility of alien activity. >> whoa, food for thought. got us all thinking. rachel crane thank you so much. mud slide and flash flood damage in parts of southern california will take weeks to clean up. golf ball-sized hail and raging waters and lots of mud left hundreds of drivers trapped on highways friday. parts of route 58 are still closed as some cars remain
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submerged in up to six feet of mud. no deaths or injuries have been reported so far. texas wildfires are now more than 50% contained after flames ravaged more than 4,000 acres of land. people are returning to their homes today after being forced to evacuate. according to kxan, the fires have destroyed nearly 50 structures, most of them homes. and tracy morgan is back and better than ever after a horrific car crash last year, the comedian hosted "saturday night live" and was even joined by a few special friends. >> thank you, thank you. thank you so much. thank you so much. no, i'm just playing. i was making for a minute that was real. but i'm back. you see i was a terrible car
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accident a year ago. it was awful. but also showed me how much love and support i have in this world. so a couple of months ago i called lorne michaels, he's my obi-wan kenobi. i said, lorne, when i get back on my feet, i want to come home. and here i am! [ cheers ] people were wondering, can he speak? does he have 100% mental capacity. but the truth is, i never did. i might actually be a few points higher now. i'm so lucky i have my comedy family. when this happened, i knew they would all be there to support me. and i already knew how much they cared about me from a very special episode of "30 rock" where my character tracy jordan almost died. take a look at this episode from 2012. it was prophetic. see? i know the word prophetic. my brain works. anyway, take a look.
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>> thank you, doctor, keep us posted. >> bad news. that was my good friend dr. rand paul. he says that tracy technically died for seven minutes after trying to nonartificially insemination his jellyfish. we don't know if he's going to make it. >> who would have thought thati would combine in such a way. >> we all have that insurance policy that covers his penis being eaten by a narwal. >> he told me he would get me backstage to meet skrillex. remember, this is 2012. >> he's got to get better. p who is going to teach me to drink henessey until i throw up on the knicks? who's going to remind me to expose myself to dogs to show
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them who's the alpha. >> that's the thing about loss. only when someone or something is taken away from you that you realize you even missed it. even things that seem silly or ridiculous at the time can provide a profound sense of loss when they're gone. as my friend thomas bartlett once said -- >> boring! >> good god, tracy. >> i'm back and better than ever. >> all right, tracy morgan. "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >> happening now in the newsroom -- >> across the spectrum of foreign policy, mr. trump talks about thing as though he's still on "the apprentice." >> i'm not blaming george bush, but i don't want jeb bush to say my brother kept us safe. because september 11th was one of the worst days in the history of this country. >> does anybody actually blame my brothers for the

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