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on the list of the most fit men in america. >> oh he's fitter than i am. >> he showed he is not his limitation. you are what you want to be. that's what i'm talking about. >> -- happy thanksgiving. >> i know. those pictures of that young man make me not want to eat turkey. >> let me see the double biceps carol. >> okay. i'll work out and then protein -- >> -- [inaudible]. >> newsroom starts now. a rally cry on the streets of chicago after police release this dash cam video. a white officer charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting a black teenager 16 times.
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>> this officer went over board, you know. and he abused his authority. >> this morning the officer's lawyer speaks out. also tensions ratchet up after a russian fighter jet is shot down in turkey. what is russia's next move? >> plus nothing says thanksgiving like turkey, floats and dirty bomb detectors. >> we are prepared to protect this city. we are prepared to protect our officers and members of the department. we prepared to protect the public. >> let's talk. live in the cnn newsroom. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. russia says it will not wage war with turkey but tensions and anger are spiking to dangerous levels. just within the last couple of hours russia's foreign minister says turkey's shoot-down of its war plane appears to have been, quote, a planned provocation. this amid another troubling
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development. russia rushes to deploy missiles to within 30 miles of the turkish border. russia is sending a missile defense system that can take out planes to syria. isis has no planes. so who is russia targeting? >> it is a sign if ever of the risks of a further escalation, carol. russia already announced it was cutting all military ties with turkey and will have fighter jeff accompany its aircraft in syria. the this would allow the russian military to target planes up to 6,000 meters and within 400 miles of their base on the syrian coast. so it certainly looks as though moscow ramping up its defense.
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against who though that would be pure speculation at this point. no official response from ankara to the wards of sergey lavrov accusing turkey of downing the jet in a plond provocation. turkey saying today they don't want to escalate the situation and being encouraged to deescalate it. but certainly hearing a awful lot of noise out of russia at this point. >> there is confusion exactly who died in this shoot-down incident. we've heard the two russian pilots were killed locke with a russian marine who tried to rescue the pilots. sort that out for us. is that true? >> well we know there's been one survivor. one of the crew members of the aircraft that was shot out of sky has now been recovered by the russians in a joint special forces operation with the syrian
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military. we're told by the russians. his name is captain moratkin and he's being awarded the hero of russia medal and he's now safely back in syria. obviously the pilot of the was killed. we understand they both ejected safely but pilot was killed on his way down in his parachute after rebels on the ground fired at him. and his body's whereabouts -- his body has not been recovered as far as we're aware. helicopters were deployed to try and find the airmen. they also came under fire. one of the helicopters was forced to ditch. and one infantryman, a marine was on board and he's been
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killed. he's also being awarded a hero medal as well. so a very difficult day. as the war on isis intensifies terror concerns here in the united states are growing. those concerns now forcing new york city police to enforce some of the most intense security since the attacks on 9/11. and all of this right before the thanksgiving day parade. radiation detecters. and dogs. and first time ever there will be officers from the counterterrorism unit. here is police commissioner bill bratton. >> people should have no fear. we should ask though awareness. awareness of the getting into
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the area and traffic concerns certainly. and just the very large crowds and work with us. on the crowd management and crowd control. and if there is something they see that makes you uncomfortable certainly let us know. >> expect heightened security across the country's airports. >> i've seen it really busy here at laguardia here in the past but despite the worldwide travel alert, things seem to be moving smoothly down here. you can look at the security line. these two girls passing through just came in through detroit. they told me the lines in detroit were very long. the lines here in new york not bad at all despite it being one of the busiest travel days of the year. now and sunday, somewhere around 36 million expected to fly.
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the warning does not say don't fly. it does say use extra vigilance coming through public transportation. but again talking to travelers out here earlier today they did tell me that that travel alert is definitely in the back of their minds. >> certainly i think everybody is a little concerned but i also feel like security has opinion stepped up so much that hopefully we're well-protected. >> i feel fine. i feel like if we get scared and don't do it, then they win. so very, very comfortable. >> we appreciate the security. because i know that it's for our own good. >> and carol, just to give an example how long some of the lines can get, i've been here at laguardia sometimes where the line has wrapped itself all the way down that long hallway before you can get to the security checkpoint up here. so again, folks out here are telling us that they are
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expecting the lines to pick up a little later on this afternoon. but for now things seem to be moving along quite smoothly. >> jason carol live from laguardia this morning. anger, outrage and a sense of betrayal. hundreds of protesters flooding city streets after chicago police release violent dash cam video. today, jason van dyke, a veteran officer of the chicago force is charged with murder. he's being held without bond. the video we're about to show is from last year when that shooting took place. and i want to warn you it is tough to watch. these are the final moments of mcdonald's life. he moves down the street towards police vehicles as officers draw their weapons. and that is when officer van dyke appears to fire his gun. mcdonald falls to the ground as bullets continue to pierce his body. authorities say van dyke fired the first shots just six seconds
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after getting out of his police vehicle. it is important to note, while mcdonald did have a knife at no point does he appear to charge officers. >> he truly was in fear for his life as well as the lives of his fellow police officers. his actions were justified. the video alone, it is not enough to make the determination that -- that one officer's perspective was the same as my clients's. because video, no matter how clear it is, there are problems with video. and most important i think is the fact that video by its nature is two dimensional. and it distorts images. so what appears to be clear on the video sometimes is not always that clear. >> stephanie elam is in chicago this morning with more. good morning. >> good morning carol. this is a video that people have been wanting to see for months.
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it's been over a year since this happened. but it was because of a journalist's request that the judge ruled that the video has to be released and that is why we are now seeing it. >> demonstrators converged on chicago streets by the hundreds. outra outraged over this graphic police dash cam video. the disturbing footage shows mcdonald falling to the ground after being shot, then hit multiple times while on the ground. >> the officer in this case took a young man's life. and he's going to have to account for his actions. >> the 37-year-old officer jason van dyke is charged with first-degree murder and has been taken off the chicago police payroll. for now being held without bond. van dyke's lawyer says his client feared for his life. >> it is truly not a murder case and we feel we're going to be very successful in defending
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this case. >> investigators say mcdonald was wielding a knife with a three inch blade which he allegedly used to slash the tire of a police car. police say when mcdonald, who had pcp in his system, ignored orders to drop the five, van dike fired 16 rounds. >> he was on the scene for less than 30 seconds before he started shooting. in addition to the fact that all evidence indicates he began shooting approximately six seconds after getting out of his vehicle. >> city officials had been prepping for mass demonstrations in the wake of the video's release calling for peaceful protests. >> this opportunity for healing begins now. >> late tuesday, dozens locked arms in solidarity, blocking off an intersection and interstate 94. officers made some arrests but tense moments between crowd and police never escalated out of control. now, those protests did spread
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into the early morning hours here but nothing like we saw last year in ferguson. and there are some stark differences. you have the fact that the officer has opinion charged and he's in custody and the fact that the city paid the family $5 million back in april. very different set of circumstances than we saw with maybe the catalyst of this latest movement with the death of mike brown. still to come in the "newsroom," the ring leader of the paris attacks might have been just hours from launching a second wave of terror. chilling new details ahead.
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in paris, haunting new revelations emerge and send a collective chill throughout the city. investigators say that when the ring leader of the attack, abdelhamid abaaoud died, it was in the midst of launching a
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second round of terror. >> reporter: it looks like police just barely avoided a second or third tragedy here with this thwarted attack. basically when they attacked the apartment abaaoud was killed in the attack. but when they sifted through the debris they found in there a couple of suicide belts, explosive suicide belts, as well as disguises, which they believe were going to be used to attack a commercial center which you can probably see about a mile back behind me. a big commercial district, as well as a shopping center. that is what they believe the targets were from the various phone intercepts. so it was a very narrowly was tragedy averted. the other thing that is interesting they found out in tracing his movements is that after the friday the 13th attacks on the theater and the
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various restaurants and what not he apparently went past the scenes in the moments after the attacks and is believed that he was perhaps the source of the video that we have seen in the propaganda videos from isis. the source of video right after the attacks that he was actually filming the scenes after the attacks. very chilling news indeed carol. >> we're also hearing that french investigators are looking into the transit workers in paris. can you tell us about that? >> well, one of the things that they have discovered is that one of those people involved in the attack at the theater have been driving a bus on the streets of paris for the transit authority up until 2012 when he was trying to go to yemen. it is unclear why he was going but one can presume to get training or meet with al qaeda or something like that. as a consequence he was taken off the city roles and not
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allowed to drive the bus anymore. but this has also put many in responsible at administration to go through their files and check that they have no one in their employ who might be able to somehow disrupt transportation. we talked to president of air france the other day and here is what he had to say about how the system works. >> they have a nexus to the field which is given by a badge which is controlled by the police or the authorities. and if there is a dot on this person, this badge is witt draughn and so he has no access anymore to the tarmac. which i think is the most efficient measure.and so he has to the tarmac. which i think is the most efficient measure. and. >> reporter: and as far as he knows there is no one in the employ of air france at the moment who's been on the
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terrorist watch list. however according to the head of the police at the airport he said they have taken away ten of these access badges since the beginning of the year. so they obviously have some suspicious employees out there they want to keep an eye on. carol. >> jim bitterman live from paris. thank you. for the first time, ma lannia trump campaigned alongside her husband in south carolina. >> he will be the best president ever. >> mr. trump then slammed the media. calling clinton a divider, and bush boring. and. >> you know, if you are muslim there are so many, they are so great, they are such good people
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trump is preying on people's fears. take a listen. >> look, donald trump says these things to prey on people's fears, their anger, their frustration with washington. he's quite effective at it. but he doesn't know what he's talking about. and he's not a serious leader. we're living in difficult times. we need serious leadership to be able to solve the problems we have domestically and lead america around the world so that we can create peace and security for ourselves. >> appealing to people's anger and fears is not going to work as the campaign tactic over the long haul. he argues he's the one with the proven leadership skills, the executive experience t ability to beat hillary clinton in a general election and voters will eventually come around for him in time for him to begin to surge in the polls and eventually win the republican nomination. but carol we all know that so far, that message is not really
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resonating with republican primary voters. the message resonating is trump's tough talk. and we've seen over and over again, that that tough talk is helping him. >> still to come in the news room, protesters march over new video of a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer. through thanksgiving weekend at sleep train
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. thanks so much for joining me. 16 shots in 15 seconds. that is how many times a white chicago police officer fired on a 17-year-old african american teenager, ultimately taking his life. overnight protests erupted in the city streets after police released dash cam video from the
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shooting. now it is important to point out those demonstrations were largely peaceful. today veteran officer jason van dyke is behind bars. he's charged with murder. earlier today van dyke's attorney defends his cliernt's actions. >> it is not enough to make the determination that one officer's determination is better than my clients. and video by its nature is two dimensional and it distorts images. so what appears to be clear on the video sometimes is not always that clear. >> joining me now to talk about all of this, cnn legal analyst and criminal defense attorney danny savalas. and community representative and
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activist lg simms. i didn't show the video at the top because the video is so horrible to look at. but i feel like i have to show a little bit of it so we can talk about it. so i'm going to show the video up to the point that this teenager fell to the ground. so all of this happened because this young man was walking down the middle of the street. supposedly he was breaking into cars. he was armed with a three inch blade. the officer opened fire within six seconds. danny, is there any defense for this police officer? >> what i expect that we are going to see in terms of a defense is that given that the video does show the shooting, it is from a distance. and this officer is likely going to articulate some kind of fear of his safety or the brother officer's safety. and they are going to cite a
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very common defense when you talk to use of force experts, which is that a person can cover a great distance in a relatively short period of time. a matter of seconds. the fact that this person has a knife, is a web and that is -- he's going to say that this movement led me to believe that i needed to use lethal force. then the problem. that may justify shot one, two. but what about 15 and 16? when this individual is laying prone on the ground? those shots, those final shots must also have justification. and that will be difficult given what we see on this video. >> the most disturbing part of this perhaps is that this police officer that's been charged with this shooting has -- well he has been complained about a lot in the past. 18 citizen complaints filed about this single officer. and he's never been disciplined for any of them. how can that be is this.
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>> carol, i think that is what -- what you are articulating is what many in fact community are feeling, are having problems with today. they are having problems with the fact that there did not seem to be any action about or regarding this officer to stop this incident. there were numerous charges beforehand. but there did not seem to be any action taken against this officer. after the incident initially he still remained employed by the chicago police department. and many want answers for that. they want to know why this officer remained on the chicago police employment roles until yesterday. so those are very difficult questions to answer and the chicago police department answered those and took action yesterday but many in the community still feel more could have been done. and it took a long time to get action against this officer. and justice for this family and justice for the community. and i think most feel that that took too long.
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>> so danny, of course the police department was aware of this officer's record, right? they were aware of this terrible video. so why did it take them so long to finally file charges? >> carol, as a defense attorney, i'm always surprised that everybody gets so angry when charges are not filed right away. if anything, the delay is to the benefit of the prosecution. consider for example a defendant's speedy trial rights. if you file charges, you have 120 days in illinois to bring your case to trial. and if you don't, you have violated the defendant's speedy trial rights and you run the risk of having the entire prosecution dismissed. if you wait we all know the statute of limitations for murder -- there is none. so if you wait, take your time, collect all of the evidence -- and this was joint investigation, federal and state. you marshal all of the evidence.
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and take your time. once you know you have a case you can file and then you down have to to worry running afoul of speedy trial rights. for those who cry foul when there isn't a prosecution brought immediately within a month, you are not beating the right drum. the anything you should be thrilled the prosecution is taking their time, investigating, so when they feel they have an airtight case they file it -- >> i don't think many members tof the community would be comforted by that. >> yeah and i appreciate danny's perspective but in all due respect i think most would feel that 400 days is too long. >> why? tell me why. cite what authority that 400 days is too long. >> i didn't cut you off. let me finish. most folks would feel that you have to have the opportunity. you have the video.
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while there was the opportunity, and this was a joint investigation. you just mentioned 120 days is a standard. but what happened on day 121? so we've gone over -- we've gone 400 days without having action taken on this. and i agree. we want this case to be prosecuted effectively. and we want the case to be airtight. but offset of facts before you. investigate them appropriately and then move forward from there. >> that still doesn't answer my question. that is the problem. >> that fuels the feelings of some in the community that there is a cover up going on. not that i'm suggesting that there is but that fuels it. >> i think -- [inaudible]. >> if this were someone else, charges would have been brought swiftly. and i think -- >> -- would be the same l.j. if things were different, they wouldn't be the same. so your demand for justice swiftly is just you feel like it
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should be done. so you are making my point for me. i understand that sentiment. but the prosecutors want to win. they have to take their time. >> and i -- again, i agree that we want this case prosecuted effectively. we want this -- based on what we've seen we want a conviction done swiftly and effectively but we want it done right. >> that is exactly what i would say. >> most would feel 400 days was too long. >> and in fairness the city of chicago settled with the family a long time. >> that doesn't have anything to do with the statute of limitations for murder. the prosecution puts themselves under incredible time constraints if they charge a case too early. this is for the prosecution's benefit. i understand the sentiment it seems like a long time to wait. but it is in benefit to the progression. and that is strategically the
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fact. >> i agree but by the same token this is a different case. if there were a case of garden variety murder between two public citizens, two private citizens, that would be one thing. but this was someone who was engaged or empowered with police powers. they are a public servant. they have the ability to make a decision about someone's life or death. and that person is held to a higher standard. i think you heard the superintendent say that yesterday. >> thanks to both of you. still to come in the newsroom. russia lashes out. accusing turkey of planned provocation. how vladimir putin is spinning the down jet to russia. these m? it's a housewife who's in control of the finances. actually, any wife, husband, or human person can use progressive's name your price tool to take control of their budget. and while the men do the hard work of making money, she can get all the car insurance options her little heart desires.
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a planned provocation, that is how the russian foreign minister is describing the shoot down of a war plane by turkey yesterday as it prepares to send antiaircraft missile defense systems into syria and accuses turkey of supporting isis. russia says it has no intention of waging a war and for its part turkey is also urging calm. to help us understand the conflict we're joined by the host of "in the now" a state-run news organization and their senior correspondent. welcome. >> hello. thanks for having me. >> okay. turkey claims this russian plane was inside its air space. russia says that is not true. this of course is creating
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tension in the war on isis. you are an american living in rub and you report on russian tv. what is the feeling inside russia as to what happened? >> i think mostly a feeling of shock, really. when you look at the escalation, it kind of came out of nowhere and the reaction from nato as at least as seen from inside russia was kind restraint and seems like this is something that turkey and russia need to work out. over a week ago putin was shaken hands with the prime minister and ten days later a jet is a shot down and russian pilot dead. so this is an escalation. both sides are urging calm but this is seen as something completely out of the blue. and a lot of questions are being asked here like you said by the foreign minister and others here
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in russia just what the goal is as to security in the middle east when a russian jet is shot down essentially trying to take out isis in the area, to take out terrorists. >> we understand that the turkish embassy in russia has been egged by citizens there. i don't know if you know that. but we just got word that that happened inside russia. there are pictures of it right now. so mr. putin says he doesn't want to escalate tensions. but with the russian people very concerned about this. >> but people are egging the turkish embassy. i haven't -- yeah. i haven't heard about that. but i think that it is probably a dangerous thing to take the egging of a turkish embassy if that is true as interpretation to russia's reaction to a very very serious geopolitical incident. >> thank you very much.
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okay we just heard a little of the russian perspective. now an american perspective and lieutenant rick francona. russia says the downing was a planned provocation on the part of turkey. was it? >> i don't think so. i think it was a reaction to a series of provocations by the russians. the turks are very sensitive about that boarder and they are very sensitive about that particular area. just to the south of that border inside syria is the home of the syrian turkman. they are ethnic turks and the turks have protected the turkman minorities in the region and they are very sensitive to any bombing in the area. i know the russian line is they were bombing isis targets but there are no isis targets in that part of syria. they were bombing turkman, syrian rebels and the turks watch this provocation. there were two orbits, two
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penetrations of their air space and they decided they were going to react. i think it was just falling into the turkish rules of engagement, i don't think it was planned. >> they keep saying turkey is aiding isis. is that true? >> that is his opinion of it. and the turks, if you look at their bombing campaign inside syria, you could wonder. they are really not striking isis targets either. neither the russians nor the turks are doing anything against ice. the russians are focused on anti syrian regime rebels. the turks are focused on the kurds and the separatist movement. so they are both a little guilty here. >> so russia is going to bring this missile system to protect its planes into the syria. why is it doing that? because isis doesn't have aircra aircraft. >> but the turks do. they are very concerned about this incident repeating itself. and they are also concerned over
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the various air forces operating over syria. you have the u.s. led coalition and they are very concerned these events may happen again. they have already moved the cruiser into the area. that has a defense system. they are bringing their state of the art system in. the russians build great defense systems. they are just doing what we would do. they are protecting their deployment to syria. >> so we shouldn't look at that as an escalation between russia and turk turkey? >> i wouldn't. if i was running this deployment i would have already had air defense missiles there. it is just part of the package you bring when you have deployments. we have air defenses where we go. >> still to come in the newsroom, european authorities on the hunt for a new suspect in the paris terror attacks seen at
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brussels, belgium, remains on the highest terror alert today even as the city tries to return to normal. schools reopened today. much of the city's metro system has resumed operation. the entire capital, though, was on lockdown for days in the wake of the paris terror attacks. in the terror investigation, french and belgian police are now hunting for this man. he's a suspected accomplice in the paris attacks. his name is mohamed abrini. authorities say he drove a car that was later used by the suicide bombers at the national stadium in paris.
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cnn's alexandra field is in brussels with more. hi, alexandra. >> reporter: hey, good morning, carol. they have mohamed abrini's picture. there's an international warrant out for his arrest. his picture was taken just two days before those attacks in paris. with him in those pictures, salah abdeslam. again, they were in the car that was used by the attackers who unleashed those suicide bomb s t the stadium in paris. while the hunt continues, the interior minister here in belgium says that operations are certainly continuing to be ongoing to find anyone who is connected to the cell that carried out these attacks in paris. that's why this city has been in lockdown for the last four days. but the lockdown is being lifted today. you've seen schools open, and we've seen the metro system open up again. people are bringing their children to school. they're out on the streets. they're returning to work.
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but life is not exactly back to normal here in brussels, carol. that's because you've got hundreds of military personnel who are securing the metro system. you've also got hundreds of police officers who are out in full force on the streets today as parents drop their children off at school. we did speak to some parents. they say they did have some anxiety about letting their kids go back to school, getting back out on the streets. but really at this point, they feel they have no choice. they've got to let the continues continue to do their investigation. at the same time, they're putting their trust in public officials. it's time to open up the metro and schools, and they'll try to resume those routines, carol. >> reporting live from brussels this morning. still to come in the "newsroom "newsroom," a newborn left abandoned in a church manger. the remarkable discovery next.
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checking top stories, isis is claiming responsibility for an explosion that hit a bus carrying members of tunisia's presidential guard, killing 15 people. authorities now investigating the blast as a terror attack. and the capital city remains under a state of emergency. the u.s. airstrike on doctors without borders hospital in afghanistan was the result of human error. the u.s. commander in afghanistan today briefing reporters on last month's deadly incident. general john campbell said a u.s. gunship misidentified the hospital as a taliban compound several hundred meters away. 22 people died in the hour-long assault. as you can well see, this demolition of a smokestack in alabama did not go as planned. so the man in charge took a piece of heavy equipment to finish the job. that didn't exactly go according
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to plan either. tons of bricks came crashing down directly on top of him. incredibly, he walked away dirty but unhurt. >> at that point, i had brick hanging. it's going to have to come down one way or the other. stay in. the cab is made for that thing to turn over on top of it. you know, and i was safer inside the cab than coming out of it. >> hey, for someone who just cheated death, he sounded remarkably nonchalant. maybe he's used to it after 20 years of blowing stuff up. and in new york city, a church janitor finds a newborn baby in a manger. the baby was abandoned, left bundled in towels, the umbilical cord still attached. police are now looking for the mother, hoping she's okay. >> i believe that when this woman who came in with this child saw this empty home, this home in which will welcome jesus
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in just a few short weeks, i believe she found in it a home for her child. >> to hear something like this totally shocked me. and i've been here for 25 years. to me i call him baby jesus already. a child is born. that's the way i look at it, in the manger holy child jesus church. >> baby jesus was taken to a hospital, and he's said to be very healthy. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom" -- a rally cry on the streets of chicago after police released this dashcam video. a white officer charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting a black teenager 16 times. >> this officer went overboard, you know, and he abused his authority. >> this morning the officer's lawyer speaks out. also, tensions ratchet up
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after a russian fighter jet is shot down in turkey. what's russia's next move? plus, nothing says thanksgiving like turkey, floats and dirty bomb detectors. >> we have prepared to protect this city. we are prepared to protect our officers and members of the department. we are prepared to protect the public. >> how concerned should you be this thanksgiving? let's talk. live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. russia says it will not wage war with turkey, but tension and anger are spiking to dangerous levels. this morning russia's foreign minister says turkey's shootdown of its warplane appears to have been, quote, a planned provocation. this comes amid another troubling new development. moscow rushing to deploy missiles to within 30 miles of the turkish border. cnn's matthew chance live in moscow with more for us. hi, matthew. >> reporter: hey, carol, that's
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right. these s-400 surface-to-air missiles are some of the most capable missiles in the world at the moment. they'll certainly be able to escalate the conflict to russia's advantage in the sense that no one will be able to fly in syrian airspace while these missiles are operational. and that's obviously sucking the russians further into the conflict in syria. it's just part of the response that russia is making as a result of the shootdown of its su-24 aircraft by turkish forced yesterday. one of the pilots was killed apparently by rebels as he was parachuting to the ground. the other crew member, the navigator, has survived. and he's been speaking to state media. his name is captain constantine muractin. he's been speaking to state media saying that there was no way that that airplane he was flying in crossed over turkish territory. he says there was no visual contact, no audio contact, no radio contact with the turks either. now, that contradicts what the turkish story was, which is that
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they tried to contact and warn this russian aircraft ten times over a five-minute period to exit turkish airspace. that's something that is now being creaategorically denied b the one survivor of that airplane, that navigator who is now speaking to russian state media. carol. >> matthew chance reporting live from moscow this morning, thank you. so let's talk about the tension between turkey and russia and what it will mean in the war on isis. with me now, congressman brad sherman, he's a democrat from california. he's also a senior member of the house foreign affairs committee. welcome, sir. >> good to be with you, carol. >> so we know that russia has been confrontational not only with turkey but with u.s. aircraft as well. for example, back in june, a russian fighter jet came within ten feet of a u.s. air force plane in international airspace, and that was not the only incident. russia seems at the moment interested in flexing its muscle all over the world. so what should the united states
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and its allies do? >> well, in this case, it's, i think, and you laid out all the reasons why we should be disrestful of russia. at this point i think turkey, at best, overreacted. if you look at what the turks have released as their radar readout, this plane crossed a little strip of turkish territory for nine seconds. from the moment it was on its way into turkish territory, it was on its way out. there's a little strip. it flew over in nine seconds. and for turkey to attack the plane under those circumstances, that's -- that raises the blood pressure of everybody in the area unnecessarily. and i think turkey will find that this was not a good move. i think russia may be arming the pkk and other kurdish elements. and i don't think we can lay on this and say because putin
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illegally seized crimea, that means that the turks should look for any legal pretext to shoot down a russian plane. >> but still, at this moment, russia is doing pretty much what it wants in syria. the united states is doing pretty much what it wants in syria. france is operating on us own. if we continue down this road with no clear leader in the fight against isis, aren't we wasting an opportunity? >> well, it's going to be very hard to put together american leadership when people are pushing in other directions. the united states wants to go after isis, but we don't want to empower assad. turkey wants to take out assad. and there are secondary goals to take out isis. russia wants to protect assad. and their secondary or at least claim secondary goal is to take out isis. it's very hard to lead when people are going in different directions. >> but, again, who should take the lead in this? who should lay down the law
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about how we operate in the fight against isis? doesn't some country need to do that? >> i -- need to. we live in a world where we don't always get what we want. and the idea that america will step forward and compel everyone or persuade everyone to adopt our objectives and to follow our rules is -- you know, that's donald trump on a political platform, but that's not how you can conduct things. the fact is we can work -- >> but, sir, do you agree -- what is the united states' plan to defeat ice dismiss can you articulate it for me? >> first of all, eve had some successes. we've taken back in territory -- >> i'm talking about the plan. what is the plan? >> okay. our plan, number one, is not to lose 4500 americans the way we lost them in iraq. the number two part of that plan is to force isis to contract
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territorially. the number three part of that plan is to protect the homeland from action. but to think that without huge american casualties, we can step into this complicated situation and achieve that total victory in the death of isis and its replacement just because we have a plan, nobody has a plan that would achieve those goals. >> well, i think that many americans wish someone would have a plan. and we all are on the same page with our allies, at least. wouldn't that be great? >> we're on the same page with france. turkey has a slightly different set. i mean, turkey has moved in our direction on this. they used to deny our ability to use the nato base at insurlic. they used to allow, without impediment, isis fighters to cross their territory. so compared to what turkey was doing on that front, they're a step better.
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we are harmonizing with france and turkey, but this is a difficult situation. and the number one thing to do is not to lose 4,500 american service members, not to mention the wounded, not to mention the destroyed lives in an effort to somehow create an easy victory in what is a very complicated situation. we can push things in the right direction. we do not have control. >> all right. congressman brad sherman, thanks so much for your insight this morning. now let's head to chicago. waves of angry protesters blocked city streets after police released violent dashcam video of a 17-year-old african-american teenager being shot by a white police officer 16 times. today jason van dyke, a veteran officer of the force, is charged with murder. the video i'm about to show you is from last year when that shooting took place. and i want to warn you, it is very hard to watch. these are the final moments of
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mcdonald's life. he moves down the street toward police vehicles as officers draw their weapons. that's when van dyke appears to fire his gun. mcdonald then falls to the ground there as more bullets hit his body. authorities say van dyke fired the first shots just six seconds after getting out of his police vehicle. van dyke's lawyer says his client acted in self-defense. >> he truly was in fear for his life as well as the lives of his fellow police officers. his actions were justified. the video alone, it's not enough to make the determination that one officer's perspective was the same as my client's because video, no matter how clear it is, there are problems with video. and most important, i think, is the fact that video, by its nature, is two-dimensional. and it distorts images. what appears to be clear on the video sometimes is not always that clear.
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>> cnn's stephanie elam live in chicago with more for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this incident happened on october 20th, 2014, over a year ago. and officials have said that it was part of an investigation into what happened between this 17-year-old and the officer. and that's why we haven't seen it. but a judge just ruled that now it needed to be made public, and so you can judge for yourself what you think as you see more of it. demonstrators converged on chicago's streets by the hundreds. outraged over this graphic police dashcam video showing laquan mcdonald being shot by a single officer 16 times in october of last year. the disturbing footage shows mcdonald falling to the ground after being shot, then hit multiple times while on the ground. >> the officer in this case took a young man's life, and he's going to have to account for his actions. >> reporter: the 37-year-old officer, jason van dyke, is charged with first-degree murder
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and has been taken off the chicago police payroll. for now he's being held without bond. van dyke's lawyer says his client feared for his life. >> it's truly not a murder case. and we feel that we're going to be very successful in defending this case. >> reporter: on the night laquan was fatally shot, investigators say mcdonald was wielding a knife with a three-inch blade which he allegedly used to slash the tire of a police car. police say when mcdonald, who had pcp in his system, ignored orders to drop the knife, van dyke fired 16 rounds. >> officer van dyke was on the scene for less than 30 seconds. before he started shooting. in addition to the fact that all evidence indicates that he began shooting approximately six seconds after getting out of his vehicle. >> reporter: city officials had been prepping for mass demonstrations in the wake of the video's release, calling for peaceful protests. >> this opportunity for healing begins now. >> reporter: late tuesday, dozens locked arms in solidarity, blocking off an intersection and interstate 94.
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officers made some arrests, but tense moments between the crowd and police never escalated out of control. and while those protests did go on late into the night here in chicago after this video was released, it was nothing like what we saw last year this week in ferguson, a very different tone. but there is one common thread that we are still seeing, carol, and that is the discussion about how police interact with people of color. and that's what this is about. but different from ferguson in the sense that we already know that the officer has been charged with first-degree murder and the fact that the city already settled with laquan mcdonald's family, paying them $5 million back in april. >> all right, stephanie elam reporting live for us this morning, thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," a festive thanksgiving day tradition met with barricades, bomb-sniffing dogs and many, many extra police. we'll talk about the thanksgiving day parade next.
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as the war on isis intensifies, terror concerns here in the united states are growing, especially while preparations are under way for the macy's thanksgiving day parade. that's where officials say they'll use specially trained dogs to detect explosives, radiation detectors will search for dirty bombs and for the first time there will be officers from the department's new counterterrorism unit on duty. here's new york city police commissioner bill bratton. >> people should have no fear. what we would ask, though, awareness. awareness of in terms of the restrictions as far as getting into the area, traffic restrictions, certainly, and just the very large crowds and work with us. work with us on the crowd management and crowd control. and if there is something that they see that makes them feel uncomfortable, certainly make us aware of it and we can quickly check it out with the very large numbers of personnel that we'll have there. >> new york police say that they
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will be some of the most intense security measures if place since the attacks on 9/11. in the meantime, many travelers are wondering about security at airports across the country. a global travel alert is issued on one of the busiest travel days of the year with officials telling people to expect tighter security and longer lines. cnn's jason carroll live at laguardia this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. just a few moments ago, i spoke to some tsa reps who were walking right by our camera. i said, where are all the long lines? he said, good, no long lines. let's keep it that way. and that's exactly what we've been seeing here. normally even on a regular day here at laguardia, you would see security lines up here and down this hallway here to our right. but today take a look at it. things looking pretty calm, moving along just fine despite it being one of the busiest travel days of the year, despite the fact that tsa has doubled down on security between now and sunday. 3.5 or so million people expected to fly. travel alert that you talked
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about does not say that u.s. citizens should not fly. it just simply means when you're out here at an airport and in a public space, use extra vigilance. in terms of the extra security that the tsa is talking about, they did not specify what type of extra security we would see here at laguardia or at jfk or o'hare, wherever one might be traveling this holiday season, they simply said what you might end up seeing, one security expert told us, is you might see added security guards here at some of the gates that you see here, extra bomb-sniffing dogs. you know, when they come through to swipe you to try to detect explosive material, that you might see more of that. and this is whether or not you're cleared to go through with expedited clearing or not. these are some of the extra security measures that one might see. but in terms of those long lines, at least here at laguardia, things looking pretty good. carol? >> jason carroll reporting live from laguardia. from the skies to the roadways, around 42 million are expected to drive this
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>> reporter: hi, carol. in fact, this sounds like a very close call indeed. the prosecutor, the french terrorism prosecutor, told us that in fact, now they believe that abaaoud, who was killed in the firefight at his apartment last wednesday, was in fact, planning, in the next days, to attack a large commercial center, one of the busiest in france as well as the business district which is about a mile behind me here. and those attacks were planned according to the prosecutor over the telephone. they heard some phone intercepts that led them to believe this. plus they found some disguises, some uniforms that were going to be used by the attackers as well as two suicide belts. so those attacks were imminent, and they were headed off by that big firefight up in saint-denis. carol? >> jim bittermann reporting live from paris, many thanks. in the terror investigation, french and belgian police are
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hunting for this man. his name is mohamed abrini, the driver who dropped off one of the suicide bombers at national stadium in paris. he was seen at a gas station near paris two days before the attacks. in brussels, belgium, the city remains on the highest terror alert, even as its residents try to return to normal. schools reopened today, and much of the city's metro system had resumed operations. the entire capital was on lockdown for days following the paris terror attacks. checking some top stories for you at 26 minutes past, isis has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in the tunisian capital that killed at least 15 people. the terror group releasing a photo of the man they say carried out the attack. the white house today condemned the attack which targeted a bus carrying members of the country's presidential guard. the u.s. commander in afghanistan today briefed reporters on last month's accidental attack against a hospital in kunduz. general john campbell said a u.s. gunship misidentified the hospital as a taliban compound
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after they took evasive action to avoid a missile. the error was not discovered for 30 minutes. 22 people died in the assault. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. an act of self-defense. that's the claim from a chicago police officer who's accused of shooting and killing an african-american teenager. authorities say veteran officer jason van dyke fired 16 shots at laquan mcdonald the night he died. that officer now charged with first-degree murder. i'm not going to show you the entire video of this incident because it's very hard to watch. but as you can see, mcdonald moves down the street toward police vehicles as the officers draw their weapons. that's when van dyke appears to fire his gun. and then after mcdonald falls to the ground, he's shot an additional 15 times. an officer comes out and kicks the five from his hands.
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so let's talk about this case. cnn law enforcement analyst jonathan gilliam is with me and freelance journalist brandon smith is with me, too. his lawsuit, by the way, called on the department to release that shooting video. welcome, brandon. welco welcome, jonathan. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. brandon, you pushed to get this video released against the family's wishes. why was it so important? >> well, it's -- it paints a portrait of what happens 300 times every few years here in chicago. 2010 to 2014, about 300 police shootings happen. 70 of them fatal. >> you wanted to attend this news conference with police officials when they finally released the video to the public. you didn't have credentials. they didn't let you in. you were upset about that. why was it important that you were there? >> well, i'm not sure whether it was just a fluke or they were
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trying to keep me out. it doesn't matter at this point. i really wanted to ask questions of mayor rahm emanuel and police superintendent garry mccarthy about what they plan to do to reform this kind of culture of violence that results in this many police shootings. >> they said, though, at that news conference that they were trying to do that, brandon. >> they did, but -- but they didn't really use specifics about what they're doing. and they said in some data that didn't really have -- they didn't say where they got it. so i'd like to ask them, like, garry mccarthy in particular, where did you get this claim that violence against citizens by police has been reduced? >> so this police officer in question has now been charged with first-degree murder. he's going to stay in jail probably until his trial.
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is that a positive step forward in your mind? >> certainly. i mean, the family, i assume, wants some justice, and this is part of that. the problem is that it happens a lot more. >> all right. so jonathan, i turn to you because i didn't want to show the video in its entirety because it is very difficult to watch. >> sure. >> because this young man was shot 16 times. but you could see this young man walking down the street. he had a knife in his hand, a three-inch blade. the officer arrived on the scene. and within 30 seconds, he fired his weapon, and he hit the suspect. >> right. >> in your mind, was that a justified shooting? >> so first off, what i do is i take the name of the officer, the name of the individual that was shot out of it. i remove the emotion from it, and i look at the tactics that were employed. you know, brandon there is
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talking about this massive amount what he terms unlawful shooting by chicago police. but what i would ask is in this situation, before i even explain this about whether it was justified or not, is brandon, how would you have handled that situation? and at what point do you think it crossed over to where he is using unlawful force? >> brandon? >> so i've done some thinking about this. the standard that's being held for what is a lawful shooting is apparently whether the officer felt threatened, you know, personally. and the problem with that is that it's entirely subjective. it's beyond reproach. you can't say no, you didn't feel threatened because it's just sort of a feeling. so i would ask if laquan was walking away, as the video
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clearly shows, why did the officer fire? >> he wasn't walking away. so let's look at the facts of the video. he, laquan, or i just say the individual. >> he was walking away from all officers. >> first off, we have to look -- we have to understand that before this officer shot him, there was already a series of events that have happened that set this in motion. what you see there is the end of these events that are going on in which he, i guess, had apparently slashed some tires of a cop car and had been breaking into vehicles. hold on a second. i'm giving you the facts of how this happened. so they respond to the call. they see this individual walking down the street as they're converging on him, and he has a knife. it's clear in the video, the way he's holding the knife outocati. as he walks parallel to the officers and they are responding, he is within, i would say, because if you look at the lines on the street, within ten feet. now, we're taught in law enforcement within 21 feet, that that is a potential lethal area
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that this person could lunge at you. and here's the thing that people like brandon need to understand is that just because you shoot a person doesn't mean they're going to fall. i talked to somebody last night that was in fallujah. i know this was in chicago but this was in fallujah who shot an insurgent 13 times as he charged him and the guy didn't fall until he got right in front of him. but jonathan, this young man was on the ground. there were multiple shots fired in quick succession. >> the point is even though he's on the ground, he never dropped the knife, and he continues to move. until the knife leaves his hand, we don't know if the officers were yelling at him to drop the knife. i've seen videos -- and the reason we have these policies is because officers have been killed after they shot somebody with a knife or with a gun. you see, so we have to look at the reason that these policies exist. >> to be clear -- >> go ahead, brandon. >> to be clear, police officers
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did not see -- did not see laquan mcdonald slashing tires or breaking into cars. all they saw was him walking down the street with a knife. and we saw that in the video. >> they got the, though. >> before they shot him, they did not give laquan -- laquan did not get a chance to speak to officers. >> so if you, brandon, had -- >> he did not respond. >> if you're approached by somebody with a knife, brandon, and they're within ten feet, are you going to give them a chance to talk to you? >> he was not approaching them. he was walking. >> he was not walking. he was walking parallel. >> did you see the video in. >> i've seen the video. it doesn't matter if he walked past them. if he's within ten feet, he can turn and lunge and take your life. >> okay. well, let's ponder about how we move forward for this because i'm certain the city of chicago -- this police officer has been charged with first-degree murder. prosecutors evidently think there's enough evidence to bring him to trial for this very serious charge, right? so that's going to go through the judicial process. but it doesn't negate what brandon has brought up, that
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chicago has police are excessive force, and there's a problem in the community right at the moment. so jonathan, how does the city get past that and appease the community? >> so what i suggest -- and i didn't come on here to debate brandon necessarily, but what i would hope is that brandon, in his investigations, when he's going through and trying to change this relationship, is that you carefully pick out things, these shootings, that there's so many of them, you pick out ones to go after where they're clearly, clearly in the wrong. in this case tactically, it is -- i don't think that he's in the wrong because the policies say if an individual is armed and will not drop that lethal weapon, they can use lethal force. >> the police commissioner says this police officer was in the wrong. of course, he hasn't been through the judicial process, but let's consider this before we go because this officer in question does not have the greatest past, right? there have been 17 previous complaints against this officer, allegations including excessive force, improper use of his weapon. he's also been accused of making
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racial remarks. and you have to wonder why this police officer was still on the force. >> and that comes down to management. management should be looking at these -- and this is where brandon, i think, could seriously go after this. if you look at records, and people have continuous uses of excessive force, why are they not being pulled in and retrained or fired? there's plenty of people who want to be cops. but in this particular instance, i see tactics that were used that eliminated the threat. and that's what we're taught. so i think there's a lot of other cases that brandon and individuals could go after. i don't think this is one of those. >> okay. well, i guess brandon and jonathan will have to agree to disagree. of course, this will go through the judicial process, and we'll see what -- we'll see what happens. jonathan gilliam, brandon smith, thank you both. still to come, a war of words between turkey and russia this morning. what vladimir putin is taking about the downing of one of his fighter jets. that's next.
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russia is lashing out against turkey, calling the shootdown of a warplane yesterday, a, quote, planned provocation. while the russian foreign minister says it doesn't want to wage war, sending over anti-aircraft missile defense systems and accusing turkey of supporting isis. so let's talk about this. i'm joined by michael pregent, former intelligence adviser to general david petraeus in iraq and a fellow now at the hudson dispute. welcome, sir. >> thanks for having me. >> you say of vladimir putin miscalculated, that he never
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thought turkey would shoot down a russian plane. why? >> after he saw the u.s. was bombing rebels, i think he thought this was quote, unquote, a u.s.-led coalition that turkey would follow suit. he doesn't like it but i think he respects it. >> you think he respects it. so putin is now holding a military awards ceremony for those who survived the syrian mission. he's moving in air defense systems into syria. so why is he doing that? >> well, a lot of -- will allow him to have a no-fly zone, and that's a provocation. that's a serious escalation of what putin's able to do in syria. and we saw this coming for months. there's an article in "bloomberg" that talks about this. nato's been very concerned about russia's presence and what they're able to do. this actually gives putin a reason to plus up the base and the addition of s-300s and their range to basically shoot down
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turkish and u.s. aircrat if they violate airspace, that's concerning. >> so what does the united states do? >> we use leverage. we get in the game. we back up turkey. we say that russia violated turkish airspace. russia is targeting rebel fighters against isis and that this will not be tolerated. russia cannot attack u.s.-backed or turkish-backed rebels in the fight against isis. there will be a response. erdogan led with his response. the u.s. needs to support turkey as a nato ally, engage with russia, give putin some sort of face-saving gesture. apparently the second pilot was the released back to russian custody. maybe turkey had something to do with that. maybe that's a leverage trigger that turkey used to play down the situation or at least defuse it somewhat. >> well, the french president is going to meet with vladimir putin. do you think that will be effective, or should the united states go out of its way to do that?
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>> unfortunately, i think hollande will be more effective with putin than will president obama. i think putiputin's looking for strong leadership from the west. and would rather it come from obama instead of hollande. hollande is in a position to ask russia to do more and to actually forgive some of russia's shortcomings or overreaches in syria in the fight against isis. i think hollande plays a key role, and we should get on board. >> all right. michael pregent, thanks for your insight. still to come in the "newsroom," donald trump says something is going on at mosques. jeb bush has something to say about that, too. we'll tell you what it is next.
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donald trump ramping up the rhetoric this morning regarding the muslim community. all of this as his wife, melania, campaigns alongside her husband for the first time. she talked to the crowd at a rally in south carolina. >> he will be the best president ever. >> at the same event, mr. trump slammed the media and called president obama a divider. hillary clinton weak and jeb bush boring. and how some americans can protect themselves from homegrown terrorists. >> you know, if you're muslim, i know so many, they're so great. they're such good people, but we have to be smart because it's coming from this area. i mean, there's something going on. there's some nastiness. there's some meanness there. there's something going on in the mosques. but you people, and me and
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everybody, you know when somebody moves to an apartment near you or to a house near you. you're pretty smart, right? we know if there's something going -- report them. most likely you'll be wrong, and that's okay. but let the local police go in and check out. >> trump's opponents have had enough of that kind of talk. they're strongly pushing back. jeb bush did on "new day" this morning. cnn's athena jones has more on that. good morning. >> good morning, carol. look, jeb bush knows that he's trailing trump badly in the polls right now. he's behind by at least 20 points in several recent polls both nationally and in the state of iowa. so he knows that trump's message right now is resonating with republican primary voters. still, bush says that trump would not be a good nominee for the republican party to put forward in 2016, and he doesn't believe he's going to win. central to bush's argument is that he is the one with the proven skills to lead. he is the one who can beat
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hillary clinton in a general election and that republican primary voters will eventually come around to him. take a listen to what he said on "new day." >> i can beat hillary clinton. i could become president. i have the proven leadership skills to do it. and as we get closer to the primaries and the beginning of the primary, february 1st, the iowa caucuses, people are going to look at who has the skills, the talent, the heart, the spine to be able to be president. not who's going to fulfill my angst and anger in the here and now. and as we get closer, i feel really confident. he have with a great team out in the fields. i'm connecting with voters on this thanksgiving eve, i am confident i'm going to win the republican nomination. >> so bush says he's confident he'll win. he'll be the one coming out on top when all is said and done. and he says he's connecting with voters, but it certainly seems right now as though trump's message is the one that is collecting more successfully with voters. bush argues that trump is appealing to people's anger and
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>> reporter: good morning, carol. he is wrapping up the second meeting in two days with his national security team in advance of the holidays. we don't know the precise nature of the statement the president is planning to give, but we do know that leading up to thanksgiving and the holidays, there are always concerns about terrorism, especially now because of the attacks in paris, beirut, over the sinai. that would be the bombing of the russian plane. and even this morning, a report of a terrorist attack in tunisia killing a dozen people or more. so there is some speculation that the president will be talking about the national security posture as we go into the holidays. they did put out a statement just yesterday saying there is no credible threat against the united states homeland, at least at this time. but we also know and we have been reporting today on cnn
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about the state department's worldwide travel alert for americans traveling to other countries, warning that isis, al qaeda and boko haram, among others, might target americans. so concerns about security are high. no indication from the white house that any additional steps are being taken other than those that would obviously be taken in a situation like this. carol, back to you. >> joe, is this an unusual move? because on one hand, the president says don't be afraid. go about your business. you know, go shopping, have a great thanksgiving dinner. go to the parade. but yet he's holding this impromptu -- i don't know what you call it, a news conference? he's making a statement. he's not taking questions at all. >> reporter: yeah, it's not clear whether he'll be taking questions, but i think it is an acknowledgment of the fact that americans are concerned, especially with what happened in paris. there is some recent polling out there that suggests americans
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are very concerned about the president's leadership on issues of terrorism. and he's stepped up to the plate. he's talked more and more about it. he addressed some of this yesterday when he was speaking to reporters with the president of france. once again, president obama apparently weighing in on this issue of security which is on a lot of americans' minds right now, quite frankly. >> all right. joe johns reporting live from the white house, thank you. checking on some other top stories, pope francis landing in kenya last hour beginning the first leg of his african tour. he was greeted at the nairobi airport by politicians and dignitaries. this is the pope's 11th trip abroad. he's expected to focus on tensions between christians and muslims. it's a mixed bag for travelers. the eastern part of the country shouldn't have any major weather problems but boy is it a different story out west. heavy snow is expected to fall on the rockies. wyoming could get hit by blizzard conditions.
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thank you so much for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. this is cnn breaking news. >> on alert, france now investigating airport workers, bus drivers, train operators in paris for any links to extremists. this as new suspects in the terror attacks -- a new suspect on the run right thousand. you see him right there. breaking today, one of the russian pilots shot down by turkey is alive. inside the stunning rescue operation and the vow of revenge from vladimir putin. also 16 shots in just seconds. outrage erupts in chicago over the video just released showing a police officer shooting an african-american teenager to death. how this video will impact the prosecution of the officer now charged with first-degree murder.

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