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good morning, everyone. i'm deborah in for carol costel costello. thank you for joining us. investors on edge this morning. u.s. markets bracing for a rough start to the new year. 30 years out from the opening bell, and futures are way down. cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans is with me now.
this is the first time china has had to stop trading. what is going on there? >> chinese stocks slammed overnight. their first trading day of the year slammed because of a factory output number. a manufacturing number in china weaker than people thought, showing for ten months in a row, factory activity in china has been shrinking that. spread around the world quickly. shanghai, the stocks were halted at 7% down. tokyo fell. then they spread to europe, frankfurt down 4%. paris down and london, as well. selling, dumping of stocks around the globe. buying safe havens, like gold and bonds. there is a second factor here. china is the big driver, just like last year. china was a driver all year. china, the driver to start this new year. there is a second factor. saudi arabia and iran, deepening, dangerous tensions between the two countries. boiling into this sort of global unrest, global tensions, and that's keeping stock market investors having them heading for the exits here. >> it's interesting because when you see it happening in china,
you think, there's got to be something inhertegritheriently n china, leading to the spiral effect in the country. how deep is china's economy in trouble right now? they've been putting so much out there. millions of workers are at risk of losing jobs. it creates instability and they're trying to overhaul their economy. >> they're trying to also overhaul the regulation of their stock market, as well. oe of the reasons, the first time you've seen stock market curbs put in in china, is because this is them trying to modernize their stock market. you have them halting trading to try to get control of all the selling here. it'll be a big test for china going forward. they're the factory floor to the world. we know the factory floor has been slowing a little bit. because it is such an inter connected world market, that is why you're seeing concerns this morning. we're watching oil markets, too, very carefully, because of what's going on in the middle east. selling stocks going into oil, going into bonds, market opens
in 28 minutes. the last read on the dow, it could be down 300 points. >> fear not exactly the best way to start the new year. thanks so much. we'll be checking in with you later in the broadcast. now to the race for the white house. with 28 days until the iowa caucuses, the men and women who would be president are making their closing arguments to voters that they need to make it to washington and get the job done. front runner donald trump, that includes a new ad combined with a familiar attack on his democratic rival hillary clinton and her husband, bill clinton. he spoke to chris cuomo about why mr. clinton's past indiscretions are relevant to the campaign. >> years ago, you said monica lewinsky, they shouldn't chase after it like this. bill clinton's sex life shouldn't be an issue. now, you're saying it's a mainimain i issue. >> i tried to help them. it was important to me, as secretary of state, as a
senator, to have these people on my side. i needed votes. i would have these people on my side. i wasn't going to get involved in the monica lewinsky thing. i wouldn't get involved in it now. >> you're bringing it up. >> i don't care about monica lewinsky, other than i think hillary was an enable lr and things happened that was seedy. he was impeached for heaven's sake. >> cnn's athena jones is in new hampshire for us. interesting conversation. what are you seeing, athena? >> hi, deb. it is interesting to hear donald trump have to explain why he's changed his tune when it comes to the importance or lack of importance of bill clinton's past indiscretions. this kind of scrutiny on him and other candidates is going to continue. this is the new phase in the race. the holidays are over. voters are paying more attention. the candidates are ramping up their activities. in many cases, the race has
already gotten more heated and more personal. >> reporter: just four weeks from the first contest in the 2016 presidential election. >> if we win iowa, i think we're going to win everything after that. >> reporter: gop candidates scrambling to build momentum ahead of the high stakes iowa caucuses. >> donald trump, i don't believe, is going to be the party's nominee. if he is, he's going to get crushed by hillary clinton. >> reporter: has jeb bush deals with dwindling toll numbers. >> reporter: trump accused ted cruz of copying his immigration plan. >> he said, we will build a wall. first time i've heard him say it. i'm the one that came up with it. >> reporter: trump slamming cruz on religion in the battle over evangelical voters. >> cuba generally speaking is a catholic country. you don't equate evangelicals with cuba. >> she's the best qualified person for the job. >> she is.
>> reporter: as president clinton readies to hit the campaign trail, trump taking hits at bill clinton. >> i hope bill clinton starts talking about women's issues so voters can see what a hypocrite he is and how hillary abused these women. also tweeted, the worst thing hillary could do is have her husband campaign for her. just watch. after appearing in this terror propaganda video, trump pointing the finger back at his democratic rival in front of a crowd. >> hillary clinton created isis with obama. >> reporter: shrugging off what critics say is his anti-muslim rhetoric. meanwhile, the carson campaign struggles to overcome a major shakeup. three top aids resigning in one day. >> now, we're in a different ball game. we need the ability to execute. >> now, with just a few weeks to go, this is not the time you want to be making big
adjustments to the campaign. of course, we know in politics a lot can happen in the course of a month. these candidates will be crisscrossing the country, making their case to voters. we'll be following it as much as possible. >> athena jones, it is go time out there on the campaign trail. thanks so much. trump may be attacking him, but bill clinton isn't staying away from the cam tpaign trail. he's making his first solo event in new hampshire later today. a second place finish for him in 1992 gave clinton a major boost, labeling him the comeback kid. hillary isn't just taking hits from trump on her husband. the democratic front runner pushing back as a heckler, taking shots at her husband's sex scandals. listen. >> just -- well, i'm going to call on people. wait a minute. i'm not going to take your question because other people
have been -- yes, go right there. this man right there, here we go, right there. you are very rude, and i'm not ever going to call on you. thank you. [ applause ] >> let's bring in cnn's senior political correspondent brianna keilar. she didn't shy away from that one, calling that woman out. >> no, that was one of the more testy exchanges, if not the testiest, we've seen at a campaign event for sure, deb. bill clinton is going to be here next hour. this is his first of two events today. the second will be at the new hampshire town hall, where he'll be talking to organizers and volunteering, trying to get them ready to go for primary day. the campaign views bill clinton as an asset. you see how he plays nationally in the polls. he's at 60%, enviable position,
hillary clinton would say. she's trying to use him to her benefit, in this state where it's a competitive race. bernie sanders, hillary clinton, neck and neck. it's been that way pretty much since the summer. she's really trying to pull ahead and hoping that her husband, with his popularity nationally, and in this state, can help her do this. donald trump clearly trying to rile up his supporters and undercut bill clinton as an asset. also, he's been pushing back lately on this idea that many republicans think, which is if you hit bill clinton, it doesn't hurt hillary clinton. donald trump saying he doesn't think it's the case. he looks to 2008 and thinks his strategy is going to work here, deb. >> brianna, it was interesting to see the woman and the anger, even on the campaign trail. have you ever seen something like this? tell us more about the woman who interrupted hillary clinton yesterday. >> you know, i haven't really seen anything quite like this
when it comes to hillary clin n clinton. just to give context, this is catherine, a republican state lawmaker here in new hampshire in the area where hillary clinton was yesterday. she has been known to go to events not just for democrats, and speak up, basically what you saw yesterday, heckle or shout questions. cnn caught up with her yesterday to talk about why she did this. here's what she said. >> because of this stuff. because of what i saw happen in the clinton years. this was the hypocrisy of so-called women that fight for women. the height of hypocrisy. >> like i said, she isn't a stranger to events like these or exchanges like these. in 2007, she confronted rudy giuliani. in 1999, talking about the same
thing, bill clinton's past indiscretions, she actually had an exchange with al gore about very much the same thing. >> hillary clinton could have gotten easily rattled but was deflected by calling her rude and moving on. interesting exchange. brianna keilar, thank you so much. so much happening in poli c politics. here to discuss a busy political news day, conservative writer and strategist, kaylee, and political commentator, sally. sally, bill clinton is back on the campaign trail. and he's getting withering criticism from donald trump. does he engage, take on trump's criticism of him and his relationships with women, or does he do what his wife did, say he's rude and pat and move on? >> first, let's pull back the covers here and look at what donald trump is trying to do. donald trump has a documented
record of sexism. that's a word you don't want to throw around, but he's earned it. he's calling women fat pigs and slobs and disgusting animals. a whole recent hail of sexist comments thrown at hillary. calling her disgusting. the schlonging incident, obviously. that's going to hurt him with women voighteters and males, wh don't like that. not to mention, the republican policies he supports, also hurting women. to deflect from all of that, he wants to say, oh, hillary clinton, who may be the country's first female president, she's the sexist because of the actions of her husband. nobody is buying it. it's ridiculous. >> in terms of if we see donald trump, and if we see donald trump and hillary clinton debating, if they're the nominees, then what does that debate look like? this may be an issue now, but does it translate on to a podium, when they're talking
about real things? >> no, it doesn't. what you'll see from donald trump is boldness when it comes to hillary clinton. clinton is unconfronted when it comes to benghazi, her e-mail scandal, quid pro quo scandal in the clinton foundation. these are things that haven't been asked of hillary clinton in a debate. you'll see donald trump bring these things up. people don't trust her. donald trump will hit her on those issues. sally, to say donald trump has a documented record of sexism, false. sexism is when you treat men and women differently. do donald trump, better or worse, attacks men and women. it's what he does. it's not sexism. sexism, however, is what we have seen bill clinton exhibit when he preyed on a 20 some-year-old in the white house. when he allegedly raped two women. allegedly, two rape allegations. those are viable questions when it comes to sexism, sally. to throw the word out there about donald trump is false and
wrong. >> we can talk more about this a lot. you also talk about whether people trust hillary clinton. i think it was chris cuomo who, after the interview with trump this morning, said morality shifts based on your motivation, and that's something trump will have to deal with. as we augugo to the next topic, trump released his new ad. heavy on national security. let's take a look.
>> i'm trump and i approve this message. >> the politicians can presend it's something else, but donald trump calls it radical islamic terrorism. that's why he's calling for a temporary shutdown of muslims entering the united states, until we can figure out what's going on. he'll quickly cut the head off isis and take their oil. and he'll stop illegal immigration by building a wall in our southern border that mexico will pay for. >> we will make america great again. >> so, sally, you look at this, donald trump is reversing his position, saying he never would buy television ads.
he's come out with one that is strong. i'll ask you the same thing, who does this appeal to, and what is the end game in terms of what he hopes to convey? >> this is turning out to be an election where both sides are trying to mobilize their base and, unfortunately, it will be an election that voters have to decide, are they on the side of hope or fear. donald trump is courting fear. you see what he's played into right there. the larger conversation is, and i hope other republicans by the way will come out and stop defending this dangerous man and his positions, but whether hillary was right or not, he appeared. donald trump was just used in a terrorist recruiting ad. we know that what he's saying is not only stoking fear among americans, it's actually bad for america. it's bad for republicans. he can't win. he's just going to make americans more afraid and make the base more afraid. sure, they'll support him. to what end? to the ruin of our country.
>> how do you see this ad, being perhaps a powerful recruiting tool to get voters to go to the polls for him? >> it's a powerful ad. look, there's no -- when you look back, we've had seven years of a president who has extended himself to the muslim world. they gave the speech in cairo. he called islam a peaceful religion and made overture af r after overture to the muslim world. a study said terror deaths increased by 80%. people are scared and rightfully so. >> i'm sorry but i can't sit here while you say those things. islam is a peaceful religion. 1.5 billion muslims in this country. to demonize an entire religion is un-american. >> i didn't. >> you just did. >> radical islam began in the early 1900s. there is a stran of islam that is radical. >> donald trump is going after extremist islam. the problem is by saying he's going to ban all muslims, it
sets the expectation that one muslim is equal to another, and certainly a lot of people going to the polls won't see that as equating and some will. that is to be seen. thanks so much. we appreciate your insights and the passion you bring to the argument. still to come, deterring relationships. two more middle eastern countries scaling back ties with iran. intense situation about to get worse. ♪ every insurance policy has a number. but not every insurance company understands the life behind it. for those who've served and the families who've supported them, we offer our best service in return. ♪ usaa. we know what it means to serve. get an insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life.
with iran. bahrain joined with saudi arabia to totally cut ties with tehran. giving diplomats 48 hours to leave their countries. the situation quickly started boiling over after saudi arabia executed 47 alleged terrorists, including cleric nimr. then iranians retaliated. this weekend, protesters in tehran hurled molotov cocktails and cheered as they torched then raided saudi arabia's embassy. cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour is live in london with the latest. the saudi monarchy is sunni. iran is shiite. the fact that saudi arabia would execute 47 people, isn't that a call to escalate tensions? >> a lot of the people executed,
the saudis say, had been convicted of violent al qaeda related and other terrorist crimes. the shiite cleric is not in that same area, although the saudis accused him of terrorism. he's been against the monarchy because he wanted more rights for the shiites. he has been lobbying for that. he's been an activist, but always said he has had nothing to do with either violence or propagating violence. iran is angry that that particular shiite cleric was dragged into this group execution, which did include other terrorists. convicted terrorists. on the other hand, people are condemning what happened by iran because violating another national's embassy is against international law. in iran, of course, there are also divisions. we've seen it in tweets. we've seen the president, r
rouhani, tweet that the people who did it were extremists. they've put the interior ministry and other police forces on to the case. already, we understand according to media reports, some 40 people in iran have been arrested. the government is trying to calm tensions. on the other hand, you have a tweet sent out by the iranian supreme leader, who is more hard lined, who has compared saudi arabia to the other face of isis. calling isis in syria black isis and isis in saudi arabia white isis. that's what's going on. you're right, deborah, the real underlying tension is this struggle, this adversarial relationship between iran, which represents the shiites of islam and saudi arabia, which represents the sunnis of islam. saudi arabia, very angry iran has been started to be reintroduced as the community of nations by this nuclear agreement by the united states and other world powers. >> you talk about the nuclear agreement, but something else is at foot. the u.n. is trying to broker
some sort of a peace deal with syria, bringing all sides to the table to try to ease the sectarian tension. we see it escalating in countries around them. >> look, it's all very, very ow? complicated. there's no doubt about it. particularly, because of syria and the isis phenomenon, of course, in iraq, as well. until the nuclear agreement between iran and the rest of the world, iran was cut out of any kind of syria discussion. the latest attempt by the united states was to get iran, which backs and has supported assad and the shiite minority in syria, as well as saudi arabia, which backed the sunni rebels, against assad, to get them and the other interested parties to try to figure out an end to the syria conflict. this obviously complicated that effort, which has not been going on so well anyway. the fighting has been continuing, even since the
so-called vienna political process was convened by secretary of state john kerry. of course, you've got interests in iraq, where iran backs the majority shiite, which is the government there, and saudi arabia, the other side. you've got the same issue, similar issue, in yemen, as well. where both of these countries back opposing forces. it is very complicated, and it complicates the idea of trying to have any political resolution to these fires raging in that region. >> fires indeed. interesting because the shake also was an outspoken critic of the kingdom, and it's something you never do. christiane amanpour, thank you very much. we appreciate it. >> thanks, deborah. still to come, it is looking like it could be a very ugly day on wall street. what this means for you. opening bell just moments away. e age-related macular degeneration, amd we came up with a plan to help reduce my risk of progression. and everywhere i look... i'm reminded to stick to my plan.
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and good morning, everyone. i'm deborah in for carol costel costello. thank you for joining me. the opening bell is about to be rung. the u.s. market will be reacting to that global selloff. christine romans is with me now. a lot of people right now trying the figure out, what should they be doing with their accounts? >> happy new year, right? opening the new year with selling around the globe. it started in china. 7% decline in chinese stocks. that spread to europe, where you had big declines in europe. now, we're expecting maybe a 300 point decline at the open of trading in the u.s. whooe here's the trigger.
china had a manufacturing number weaker than expected. showing factory output slowing for the tenth month in a row. it sparked concerns about the strength of china as a consumer and producer and what it'll mean for the rest of the world. that spread quickly to europe, so you have selling in stocks and buying of things like gold and bonds. those are fearful trades. there is fear reigning in the markets beginning this year. we're seeing the dow down 102 points now. you're tallying up the early trades. this is probably not all the dow components open. you're seeing a triple digit decline. something else is happening here. you've been reading the headlines, telling the story about what's happening with saudi arabia and iran. it adds to the global tensions. that is something that unnerves investors, causes people to seek safety in gold and bonds and out of stocks. you're seeing a robust opening to trading around the world, and it's robust selling around the
world. >> when you think about what's happening, it's not just what's going on in china with the manufacturing report, but there's also the global economy that's really being weighed down at this point. the whole thing is inter connected in a very, very real way. >> absolutely. here's what's interesting to me, last year, you had the dow and s&p, the worst year in stocks since 2008. investors didn't get much satisfaction last year after six good years. a lot of folks are talking about, is this bull market aging? another thing though, to counter that, you probably had record car sales in the u.s. last year. you had a jobs market in the u.s. that was getting better. you have interest rates still very low. in the u.s., you have a business environment still pretty good, but these concerns about europe, these concerns about china, and now these concerns about the middle east. so it is a two speed story here. the u.s. has been doing relatively well, but the rest of the world, the rest of the world still has a lot of growth
concerns. you're seeing the dow now 268 points lower. percentage wise, europe having a tougher time with all the news in the u.s. still, that's a big loss. 17151 is the level on the dow now. >> we'll be watching this all morning. interesting day, to see what happens. >> up and down it goes. thank you, christine romans. now that president obama entered his final year in office, he's making gun control a top priority. later today, the president meets with attorney general loretta lynch to discuss tighter gun restrictions. any day now, he's expected to unveil a new executive action that would expand background checks and enforce tougher regulations for reporting lost and stolen firearms. republicans are unleashing on the president's plans. on thursday, the president will make a final push to the public. he is planning to sit down for an exclusive town hall on guns in america, hosted by cnn. let's bring in cnn white house
correspondent. how effective does the president feel this could be in actually changing guns in the united states? >> we'll see. i mean, there's a lot of suspense, as to what exactly he will do. how far he'll go on this. we've heard him more than a dozen times now, come out and speak to the american public after mass shootings in america. slamming congress for not taking action on gun control. vowing to do things himself. now, we know these changes are imminent. we expect them to include expanded background checks. the question mark is how far will they go? they could bring in more people that now are considered private sellers, who don't sell many guns or sell them very often. we could see expanded atf tracking of lost and stolen guns. possibly maybe more people banned because of domestic violence convictions. again, that remains to be seen. we'll see the president meet today with his attorney general, with the atf and fbi.
the criticism against taking action like this, which the president has done before, didn't go extremely far, is when you look at mass shootings in america, many of those guns were bought legally with background checks. now we're seeing republicans just slam the potential executive actions that the president plans to take. calling them overstepping or unconstitutional. mike huckabee called the plan completely insane. here's what the president said in his weekly address. >> we know we can't stop every act of violence, but what if we tried to stop even one? what if congress did something, anything to protect our kids from gun violence? i get too many letters from parents and teachers and kids, to sit around and do nothing. i get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen. who share my belief the second
amendment bais a right to bare arms and we can keep that right while keeping a few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. >> this has been a tough issue for such a long time. as you might imagine, america is deeply split on this. now slightly more than half of americans opposing stricter gun laws. deb? >> michelle, also be interesting to see whether he talks about not allowing people who are on the terror watch list not to buy guns, which has been a big issue, as well. thank you from the white house. we appreciate it. just a reminder for our viewers, president obama joins c cnn's anderson cooper on thursday for a one hour long town hall to discuss gun control. that's thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern. a faceoff with the gunman enters day three. armed protesters still have control of a government building. we're in oregon next. life. f many piey
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and as we watch the markets this morning, the dow down about 350 points. this responding to china, which stopped trading after markets there fell by 7%. we are keeping a close eye on that for you. meantime, tensions are running high in oregon, as a faceoff against the government enters day three. armed protesters taking over a federal building, claiming to be defending ranchers rights. this morning, an american flag covers the sign of that facility they're refusing to leave. the group's leader speaking to cnn hours ago. >> everything that we use, everything that we benefit as people comes from the land. the federal government knows that that's where wealth is
generated from, and they're taking it and stealing it from the people. >> sarah is in oregon with more on how all of this unfolded, and the man speaking was defending two ranchers who say he doesn't even speak for them. what's going on? >> well, they say they don't speak for the hammonds, beut thy came here for the other ranchers and hammonds who have been sent back to prison because of the courts changing something. these folks came here from out of town. they're from out of state, nevada and arizona. i didn't notice anyone who was local who was inside the compound. basically what they're saying is they're here to try and protect ranchers rights, protect farmers rights, try to protect the rights of americans everywhere. they say the federal government has overstepped its bounds when
it comes to land use issues. their fight is with the federal government, not the local government. they're clear about that. they say they're here because they want to take the land back, and hand it back to the people. how long will they be here? we asked them that question. they said, days, months, or even years, whatever it takes. >> we're going to stay here until we have secured the land and the resources back to the people of the county, and where they can get back to ranching, get back to logging, get back to using these lands without feeling fear and intimidation. that's our goal. >> now, they say they are armed but they do not intend to pick a fight with the federal government. however, they will stand their ground if the federal government does try to come in and remove them from the premise s here. this is a wilderness, 30 miles outside of town. there's not much around us but
land and animals. they say they're not hurting anyone. and they hope the government does not come in and try to forcibly remove them. we do notice there are folks that are on a tower up here, on a lookout. there are a couple folks standing and positioned so you can be the ju can't just easily go down to the headquarters, the federal building, inside this wilderness refuge. they're clear they want this land to be released back to the people. that's what they say they're going to stay here, until that happens. >> quickly, do you see any national guardsman, any police, federal agents, fbi, atf, anybody there keeping an eye directly on the situation and these men inside this wildlife refuge? >> it's a really good question. the answer so this no. there are no members of law enforcement out here that we can see. it is a very flat land, so we'd be able to see any cars out here. there's nobody from the federal
government. nobody from the local government that we have seen out here. they've been here now two days, going into a third day. it has a lot of folks talking on social media, as you might imagine. there's a lot of criticism, saying, if there were armed militia that took over another government building and happened to be african-american, or happened to be muslims, the response would be very different. we can't say that. all we know is the response enforcement right now. however, we're told from the local sheriff's department that, indeed, they will be setting up a command center shortly. we're not sure when that will happen but it's planned for today. >> all right. keeping an eye on the situation, thanks so much. we'll check back in with you later on. with me to talk about the legal issues of this protest, cnn legal analyst joey jackson. joey, listening to sarah's report and also knowing that the head of this, bundy, is walking
in and out, giving interviews. you have dozens of white american so-called patriots who have taken control over this. >> right. >> where is the federal government? >> all right. let's start generally, deb, good morning, by the way, and then specifically. there are many people, of course, across the country that have grievances with the federal government. very principled grievances that are held near and dear to their heart. however, there's a legal way in which to go about that. now, the federal government, where they are now exactly, don't know. but remember, it's a matter between escalating and de-escalating. i'm sure they're weighing options. the fact is, whenever you occupy federal property and go on to federal property, there's some criminality associated with that. with regard to trespassing. how did they get into the federal building? they're indicating they're going to occupy it for however holongs it takes. those are criminal actions. there is a way to resolve things, no matter what your grievance is with the government. it's through courts of law, not instances like this.
i think we will see the federal government, what the response will be, however, remains in open question. >> last night, bundy tweeted, we are not terrorists. we are men who believe in our rights. he's also said they're planning on staying there perhaps for years if need be. this is like a real sort of occupy movement, and there's a hashtag to that effect. >> yeah. >> have authorities lost vital ground in trying to get these people out? >> you know, deb, i think authorities have to be very careful about what the response is going to be here. remember, these are people who are occupying the space who, again, feel they have a very principled disagreement with the government regarding government treatment, regarding their sovereignty as people to occupy whatever space and land they want to occupy. when the government comes in, these people are armed. how is it going to resolve itself? is there going to be negotiations so the people will -- their grievances can be heard and potentially respected and it will be resolved peacefully, or is there going to be a shootout with the
government, where people's lives are going to be lost? i think the government, assessing their response, they have to be mindful of the potential consequences that can come about as a result of that. >> everybody remembers ruby ridge and many bad things that happened. the government doesn't want something like that. critics are arguing if there was another group, there are different hashtags out there now, mocking this group. calling them vanilla isis. yehadists. they're making fun of the people in the building. at the same time, if this were members of isis or proclaimed members of isis who had taken over a facility, is it fair to say the response would, in fact, be very, very different? >> i think it's a legitimate concern. it's a legitimate argument to have, that the government's response would be different. however, if you're looking at the government resolving things. there's ways to resolve them. the initial way, and we've talked about it, even as it applies to state responses, there has to be a sort of use of
form continuum up the line. first, of course, i think it would be incumbent upon the government to speak to them and attempt to resolve it peacefully. after that ends, perhaps it will move to the issue of escalation, move to force. you may see the government have a show of force in that area, to say, we're serious. as an initial matter, if i can resolve itself peacefully, we all benefit, as opposed to the government using heavy-handed tactics that they have the resources, of course we know, to use. >> the protest started peacefully. two ranchers going back to prison because they failed to serve maximum -- or minimum maximum penalties on the crimes that they committed. both endangering firefighters, but also poaching on their land. >> it was a huge issue, too. >> it's not in a vacuum this happens. joey jackson, thanks for your insights, as always. >> thank you. still to come, trapped deep underwater. we're getting a look at the cargo ship that sank during hurricane joaquin.
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as we keep an eye on the markets here in the united states, they are down now about 340 points. alison kosik is live for us at the new york stock exchange. tell us about the mood there on the floor. >> you could say the mood is grim on this first day of trading for 2016. the good news is the selloff is leveling off a little bit. we did see the down as much as 397 points. it's pulled back a little -- or come welcome back a little. down just slightly 337 points. look, this is all happening because of china's big selloff november nigh overnight. they had to close during the day. that's spooking markets, not just in the u.s. but europe as well. the worry is china's slowing economy is going to start affecting other economies, namely the u.s.
if it does affect the u.s. as it is, the worry is that china's slowdown will affect companies like walmart, apple, that are exposed to china, they are feeling the effects of china's slow down in their bottom lines. you are seeing a resetting of valuations in stocks based on what the expectation is going to be for china throughout the year. deb? >> very briefly, alison, with interest rates now going up, how does that play into all of this? >> that's the worry, too, because when interest rates go up, the thinking is that people are less likely to borrow money because it costs more to borrow that money. and the worry is that companies wouldn't necessarily expand as much. they wouldn't necessarily hire as much. the worry is that it would cause a slowdown in sort of how the economy functions. that adding insult to injury here on a day where we're seeing lots of red on the screen, deb.
>> we'll be seeing lots of you as we keep checking in with you throughout the morning. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange, thank you very much. for the first time we're now getting a glimpse of the final resting place of the doomed car sgoe ship "el faro," which sits at the bottom of the atlantic ocean, some 15,000 feet beneath the surface. it disappeared in the bahamas during hurricane joaquin. 38 people were on board, including 13 americans. only one victim was recovered by the coast guard in the days following the ship's disappearance. let's get to renee marsh in washington. what is the latest? >> "el faro," the cargo ship, it lost engine power. we know that. it took on water and sank in that category 4 hurricane back in october. now, these new underwater images show that the hull was breached and battered. the top two decks, including the navigational tower, where the
captain would have been, they were torn from the rest of the ship. you saw that the windows were blown out. the new images really do indicate just how extremely violent the conditions were at sea when this ship was going down. we know the waves were some 30 feet tall. now federal investigators with the ntsb are still working to figure out exactly what caused the deadly sequence of events. investigators will be looking at whether the crew had the most up-to-date weather forecast as well as the oversight of the company that operates the ship. we know the ntsb says it will take at least a year before they better understand exactly what happened. but when you look at those pictures there, you see just how badly damaged that ship is. >> and you think of those 33 people. wow, rene marcsh, thank you for the update. still to come, you've heard of black friday, but black monday? which nfl coaches will still have a job when the dust settles?
today is black monday for nfl coaches, where the season could end with a trip to the unemployment line. the cleveland browns fired their coach yesterday, so did the san francisco 49ers. their coach was on the job for just a year. cnn's coy wire joins us now. coy, not a good day and all eyes now on the new york giants. >> absolutely, deborah. cell phones of those coaches hope they do not ring. giants management will meet to discuss tom coughlin. he would not discuss his future but he had his extended family, including 11 grandchildren, attend the game. so some speculated he wanted his loved ones there to watch his last game as head coach of the
giants. he dismissed that speculation saying it was just a family gathering. coughlin is 69 yeas old. giants haven't been to the playoffs since 2011 when they won their second of two super bowls under coughlin. there is whispers that coughlin may not actually retire but, instead, stay and force the giants to either fire him or keep him. either way, we're talking about a hall of fame coaching career having played against teams you always respected a coughlin-coached team. coach pagano is another big name that may be looking for a job soon. reports out of indy is if colts didn't make the playoffs, he would be gone. they just missed the playoffs. andrew luck has been injured most of the season. the team had high hopes. some experts saying they were super bowl contenders before the season started. reports are the colts are going to swing for the fences on their next coach if pagano is let go.
nick saban and sean payton are names throw out. being able to coach andrew luck is an enticing for anyone. >> coy wire, thanks for the latest. >> you're welcome. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" begins right now. good morning, everyone. i'm deborah feyerick in for carol costello. thanks for joining me. we're just 28 days from the critical iowa caucuses. after months of bickering and battling on the trail, candidates are doing their best to seal the deal. ted cruz and marco rubio spending multiple days in the state. just some of the more than two dozen campaign events planned by republicans and democrats today. for donald trump, the week begins in massachusetts. his first stop in a multi-state tour. before he hits the road, trump spoke to cnn about his harsh criticism of bill and hillary clinton.
>> during of the course of the debate and many other times, he was talking about -- he used the word sexist. i'm sexist. he was using very derogatory terms. i said, how the hell can she do that when she has one of the great women abusers of all time sitting at her house, waiting for her to come home. >> why do you call him one of the great women abusers of all time when you said the impeachment process against him said didn't make sense, monica lieu win ski didn't make sense -- >> as a businessman, i got along with everybody. so it was always important to defend people when ifls -- it was important for me to get along with the clintons. >> it sounds to people -- >> whether she was a -- >> but it sounds like your morality shifts based on your motivation to people. >> no, no. as one of the magazines recently said, trump was a world and is -- well, i guess i'm not now because i'm supposed to be a politician, but it's a bad name. you know, being a politician is a bad name to me, frankly, but i guess that's what i am.
but when i was a businessman, they said i was a great businessman, a world-class businessman. i got along with clinton. i got along with everybody. >> and cnn's athena jones is in new hampshire where trump will head later this week. athena, good morning. interesting there, donald trump admitting to a marriage of convenience, effectively, with the clintons when it suited him back then. but what do we expect to see where you are? >> reporter: hi, deb. it is really interesting to hear him have to explain his change of heart, his change of tune, when it comes to the importance or lack of importance of bill clinton's past indiscretions. the question is, will voters hear that and think he's sounding more like a politician? he's tauted always the fact he's not a politician. but i would expect to hear more of the same criticisms of hillary clinton when he comes here to new hampshire tomorrow night. just one of several candidates, as you mentioned, who are spending a lot of time here and
in iowa as this race ramps up with a few weeks to go. an interesting thing to note today is sdth trump will be putting out his first television ad. it will start airing tomorrow here in new hampshire and in iowa. let's go ahead and
play that and then talk about it on the other side. >> i'm donald trump and i approve this message. >> the politicians can pretend its something else but trump calls it radical islamic terrorism. that's why he's calling for a temporary shutdown of muslims entering the united states until we can figure out what's going on. he'll quickly cut the head off isis and take their oil. and he'll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that mexico will pay for. >> we will make america great again. >> so, there you see it. a short ad but kind of a greatest hits of some of the stances and statements that donald trump has become famous for. of course, this idea of banning
muslims from entering the country, building the wall along the mexican border. trump has said he'll spend at least $2 million a week airing that ad in a statement his campaign put out, it will be about $1.1 million in iowa and nearly $1 million here in new hampshire. you know, this is interesting because trump has spent a lot of time boasting about how he hasn't had to spend very much money. how his campaign is underbudget. he says, i don't know if i need to do this ad but better safe than sorry. he's hoping to give himself an additional boost, even though he's leading in national polls. we've seen him slipping a bit in iowa. interesting to see that ad hitting the air waves starting tomorrow. >> donald trump owning his statement and positions. athena jones for us, thank you. and chris christie is back in new hampshire where he's betting big on his hopes for the white house. he's speaking today in manchester. take a look at the latest
cnn/wmur poll. christie is fighting jeb bush and marco rubio. all of them lagging way behind donald trump. cnn's phil mattingly joins us live from new hampshire. christie has now branched out into iowa. still, though, very focused on new hampshire. >> reporter: that's right. no question new hampshire is really do or die for his campaign. in a little under two hours the room behind me will be packed for chris christie's favorite platform, the town hall. this will be the third of his nine events over the course of four days in new hampshire. it's largely credited with momentum. it has really gained over the last three or four weeks that sent him into the second tier of candidates battling, at least right now, for second place. one of the key things he's been hitting on in his messages in these town halls, a key thing for everybody in the republican party. going against political correctness. take a listen to his attack on president obama. >> i've been called a lot of
things over time. politically correct is never won of them. so, here's the thing. the only way to change that attitude is for the president to change that attitude. this is a president who is absolutely marinated in political correctness. it's part of his being. it's part of who he can't change. everything is about political correctness. >> now, before this event, chris christie is actually giving a speech on american leadership where he's not only using the very apparent anger in the republican elector rat but trying to bounce off it a little bit. differentiating himself with other candidates saying voters don't need to be angry. they need to vote for somebody with experience and results. preferably experience outside of washington, d.c. just so happens the governor of new jersey thinks that he's that guy, deb. >> marinated in political correctness. i'm going to think about that. phil mattingly, thank you. and u.s. stocks are falling sharply, dropping hundreds of
points in the first half hour. this all in reaction to a global selloff. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange this morning. they dipped, they went back up and now back down. what's happening? >> we are seeing the losses accelerate, deb. the dow down 402 points at the moment. this is mostly a reaction to china. overnight china got news showing its manufacturing is contracting. and that set off a blood bath in the markets there. their markets tumbling at least 7%. falling so fast and falling so much that at one point, they stopped trading, continued it, and then ended trading for the day. so, that -- those worries are spilling over to other world markets, to europe, here in the u.s. as you see the red on the screen. the biggest worry here is that china's problems will become our problems. china is one of our biggest trading partners. also a lot of companies here are household names like walmart,
apple and others, yum brands, which actually owns pizza hut and taco bell. the worry is those companies with their exposure to china, china's issues will reflect on how earnings are for companies here in the u.s. and that's why you're seeing valuations in stocks here changing, going down, actually, because of worries about china's slowing economy, deb. >> keeping an eye on that, alison kosik, thank you. and switching back to politics, bill clinton's not staying away from the campaign trail. he's making his first solo appearance this cycle, appearing in new hampshire later today. bill clinton, of course, no stranger to the granite state. a second-place finish in the state's primary back in 1992 gave clinton a major boost, labeling himself the comeback kid. hillary is not just taking hits from trump. the democratic front-runner pushing back at a heckler who interrupted one of her campaign events, taking shots at her husband's sex scandals. watch.
>> just a -- just -- well, i'm going to call on people. i'm going to -- wait a minute. i'm not going to take your question because other people have been -- yes, go right there. this man right there -- here we go. right there. you are very rude and i'm not going to ever call on you. thank you. >> let's bring in cnn senior political correspondent brianna keilar, tell us about this woman and why she was so angry at hillary clinton. >> reporter: katherine o'brien is someone who actually -- this isn't the first we've heard of her when it comes to this issue. she actually called out al gore on this very same issue all the way back in 1999. she's known to go and confront candidates. she confronted rudy giuliani back in 2007. i've actually been messaging with her to ask her about -- since all of this comes in the midst of donald trump calling out bill clinton and hillary
clinton over bill clinton's past indiscretions, i asked her if the reason that she called out hillary clinton and had this exchange with her in derry, new hampshire, i asked her if it had anything to do with donald trump. she said, no, it was her plan before donald trump got into this sort of mostly online fight you're seeing between him, aimed at bill clinton. she said that didn't influence her but she also agrees with donald trump. she feels this should be an issue that hillary clinton, that bill clinton should answer for. at the same time, the clinton campaign, they feel that bill clinton it very much an asset to hillary clinton. when you look at his polls nationally, he's at about 60% approval. that's an enviable position so, she's calling him out here onto the campaign trail to give her some help, especially here in new hampshire, where she is neck and neck with bernie sanders and has been that way since the summer. so, bill clinton is going to be here. it's his first event today nasua
community college and then going to talk to organizers and volunteers who he's hoping to secure new hampshire when voters -- when voters participate in the primary here in about a month. >> and brianna, hard to mind read, but you cover the clintons for many years. do you think bill clinton addresses the issues or do you think he stays on message and who his wife's campaign is trying to do? >> reporter: i don't expect -- i don't expect he is going to talk about this. i think the clinton campaign feels for him to talk about this, for hillary clinton to talk about this, is to give this story new life. clearly, donald trump has put the clinton campaign on notice that he plans to make an issue out of it. but you also have a lot of republicans who say this is may not be a strategy that works. they have tried at times, various candidates, we know rand paul did it before hillary clinton declared bringing bill
clinton's past indiscretions into the debate. they feel it doesn't work. there may be other ways, instead, more effective ways to attack hillary clinton. we've heard trump really pushing back against this idea, deb. he was -- it was suggested to him that maybe this isn't the way to go and he said, you know, he thinks is it can work. he said actually it worked in 2008 to attack bill clinton. certainly that was a different situation, bill clinton being a liability for hillary clinton in the primary barack obama. if you listen to what he says, he's continue to continue to make an issue out of this. >> breanna keilar for us. thank you so much. we'll be looking to see what happens in nassua. still to come, an embassy attack and political ties severed. stay here for quickly deteriorating ties between some of the most volatile nations in the middle east.
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relations are quickly deteriorating between middle eastern powerhouses. sudan and bahrain just joined with saudi arabia to cut all diplomatic ties with tehran, giving iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave their countries. united arab emirates downgraded their ties with iran. the situation quickly started boiling over after saudi arabia executed 47 alleged terrorists, including disdidn't shiite cleric sheikh mirm al nimr. they quickly started retaliating. protesters hurled molotov cocktails and cheered as they
torched then raided saudi arabia's embassy over the weekend. cnn's fred pleitgen is live in london with the very latest. fred, this is really shaping up into a battle with multiple countries taking sides. >> reporter: it certainly is. if you look at them, some are sunni muslim countries. if you look, for instance, at sudan, also bahrain led by a sunni monarchy but has a shia majority and united arab emirates are all countries siding with saudi arabia. on the other hand, you have iran. it really is almost scary, deborah, to see how quickly the relations between iran and saudi arabia are deteriorating. it was just moments ago the reuters news agency reported that on top of recalling its diplomats, the saudis are also severing all economic ties with iran, banning flights between iran and saudi arabia, and also going to still, though, allow hajj pilgrims to go from saudi
to iran. iranians quickly -- at this point in time, it really doesn't seem as though either side is willing to give way. >> so, you've got the saudi monarchy, which is sunni, then iran which is shiite, and you look at this. why is this unraveling so quickly? it's been sort of very fragile and tenuous to begin with. but now it seems -- did saudi arabia take what happened as a direct insult to their monarchy and is that why it's happening so fast, even though they did execute 47 people, including this cleric? >> reporter: it is certainly a situation where the storming of the embassy is what set a lot in motion for the saudis. something the saudi foreign minister said in a press conference late last night when he said he believes the iranians are trying to destabilize saudi arabia, trying to jeopardize saudi security there. the iranians for their part, of course, are very angry at the
fact that this shia cleric was executed. we know, deborah, this is a conflict that's been brewing for a very long time. you have the situation in syria where both sides are pitted on the opposite side of the conflict there with iranian supporting bashar al assad. then you have yemen where the saudis have long accused the iranians of meddling in that conflict. meanwhile, iranians very critical of the saudis for their bombing campaign in yemen. this is a conflict that's been going on for a very long time. the a rainance and saudis were also never happy with the fact that you have this between iran and u.s. you have the u.s. getting iran to the table trying to find a solution for syria. it's not something the saudis have ever wanted. certainly, this is a conflict that has been edging up and has been brewing for quite a while. >> frederik pleitgen, excellent analysis and explanation. thank you for that. and from illinois down to
louisiana, 6.5 million people in 15 states now on alert for deadly flooding. the mississippi river receding in some areas but about to rise in others. in st. francis county, arkansas, crews are searching for a man who was swept away by floodwaters. in missouri, the first state hit, there's a massive clean-up effort under way. state of emergency signed over the weekend by the president after 10 inches of rain fell in just three days. puerto rico set to default again on some bond payments due today. it's the second default in the island's history. the first happened in august. the u.s. territory is currently $73 billion in debt. leaders there are hoping the u.s. congress will allow them to go through a managed chapter 9 bankruptcy, much like detroit did in 2013. and we're seeing the first images of the final resting place of the doomd cargo ship "el faro." the vessel sank three months ago
after getting caught in a category 4 hurricane near the bahamas. all 30 crew members on board died. federal investigators are considering launching a search of the wreckage 15 sthou feet at the bottom of the atlantic, in an attempt to recover the ship's data recorder. still to come, armed protesters in oregon are taking on the government. >> they're literally taking the people's lands and resources away and putting counties and states in economic crisis. >> the group now refusing to leave the federal building. their message to people calling them terrorists coming up next
. tensions are running high in oregon as face-off against the government enters day three. armed protesters taking over a federal building, claiming to be defending ranchers' rights, patriots' rights. the group's leader speaking to cnn just hours ago. >> we're going to stay here until we have secured the land and the resources back to the people of the county and where they can get back to ranching, get back to logging, get back to using these lands without feeling fear and intimidation. that's our goal. >> sara sidner is in burns, oregon. that was amon bundy, whose dad is a rancher who owes the government $1 million for grazing fees and other things. is he defending that or is he really trying to support these
ranchers who say they actually don't want this man's help? >> reporter: they say this comes from a place of knowing. they feel the federal government has overstepped its bounds and taken away land they believe should belong to the people, to the ranchers, to the farmers, to the local community. they say they're against the federal government, not the local government. the local government, they say, should be able to run these lands and help the people that live here. i want to give you the first look in daylight that we've had. i'm going to move out of the day a little bit so you can see. you see that tower up there? you've got someone up there looking down and checking out the scene from this group. you've got a couple guys here in front. area where you would enter into that headquarters. they've also put an american flag around the sign -- the federal government sign that says this is a wildlife refuge. so, they have sort of put their mark down. they say they're not going to go anywhere. you do realize that this has
been talked about quite a bit on social media. they came here and took over the building on saturday. it is now monday. there is absolutely no police presence whatsoever. there's no federal government. there's no local government. no state government. nothing here but those guys who have come in and taken over. the lead of this is not from here either. a lot of folks are coming from out of town, from arizona, from nevada. but i doment you to listen to what mr. bundy said about people's accusations that they are terrorists, not patriots. do you know online, have you been looking at what people say online? there's a lot of social media discussion about what y'all are doing out here. they use words like al qaeda and vanilla isis. while they sound like funny names, they're basically calling you terrorists. how do you respond to these kind of accusations? >> i would just encourage they -- one is that i think that is the minority.
i would encourage people to look into what is really happening and find out who is truly doing the terrorizing. who's been taking ranches. this refuge alone, over 100 ranches have been taken so they can make this park, this refuge. we're talking about hard-working families that came here and carved a living out of the land. they just come in and took them and removed them. >> reporter: now, you heard him talking about the people who work off the land. he says, look, we've given several grievances to the federal government. they have not responded to our questions and to our grievances, so they've taken another tact. how this will pan out, we don't know. we asked how long they might be here. they said, as long as it takes. that could be days, weeks, months. but they feel like they need to be here to be able to free this land, they say, to give it back to the public that lives around here as for the public that does live around here, we haven't heard much from them.
we've gotten a bit of sense from those who do live in the area and some folks are supporting them. they say there's a real issue, especially with the hammonds who have to go back to prison after serving time and then getting out, then the government deciding they should go back to prison again to serve out more time. a lot of frustration and rallying around them. they're not so sure about the actions of these gentlemen who have come from out of town and taken over a federal government building. >> the hammonds going back to minimum. we'll see what kind of provisions they have. sara sidner, thank you for us. good morning, everyone. i'm deborah feyerick in for carol costello. thanks for joining me. employees are going back to work this morning at inland regional center in san bernardino where 14 people were killed in a terror attack last
month. the actual conference center where the shooting happened will stay closed. this is a live look outside the center. a security fence has been installed around the facility. today a full schedule of events has been planned to make the employees feel safe as they head back to work. many this been working from home since the last month. president obama is back from vacation and starting off the new year by making gun control a top priority. later today the president meets with attorney general loretta lynch to discuss tighter gun restrictions. any day he's expected to unveil a new executive action that would expand background checks and enforce tougher regulations for reporting lost and stolen firearms. all this happening as the president readies for an exclusive town hall on guns hosted by cnn and anderson cooper. let's bring in our white house correspondent michelle kosinski. where do you think he's going to try to move the envelope just a little? >> reporter: yeah, i mean, the president's last weekly address you heard him say he's fired up and ready to tackle unfinished
business. the question is, how far is he going to go? we knew that background checks are on the top of the agenda. but it's curious to see, you know, what the scope of this is going to be. the white house has been pretty tight-lipped about it except expressing again rgeneralities to expect. they say, let's expand it to include people who are now considered to be private sellers, who don't necessarily sell a lot of guns per year. it's not considered their line of business, necessarily. well, that could change. background checks could also be expanded in other ways. the law could ban people from -- more people who have been convicted of domestic violence from buying guns. the executive action could expand the way the atf tracks lost and stolen guns. again, these are still question marks. we expect a real announcement to happen very, very soon. it's interesting to look at the evolution of this.
when you look at the sandy hook shooting three years ago, president obama urged congress to act. there was a bipartisan effort to expand background checks. that failed in the senate. then the president did take executive action, in fact, dozens of them, but it didn't dramatically change the law. critics say they didn't have teeth very much. well, this could change now with the action he's about to take. however broad it is if it's brad enough to launch lawsuits on the other side, that's a real possibility. we expect to ask the white house about that today in the daily briefing. the argument against such executive action is always, well, when you look at mass shootings in america, many of those guns were bought legally and through background checks. republicans have been jumping on this. here's what some candidates had to say. >> this top-down driven approach doesn't create freedom, doesn't create safety, doesn't create
security. >> craziness. he knows that he can't get it through congress, so he's just going to try to do it through executive action like he's king barack obama. >> i will veto that. i will unsign that so fast, so fast. >> reporter: what the president has said is, you know, even if the executive action that he takes relating to background checks, even if that wouldn't necessarily prevent one of the recent mass shootings, he's been saying that if we could prevent one act of gun violence, why not do it, deb? >> michelle kosinski for us there at the white house. thank you so much. on top of that let's bring in cnn political analyst ron brownstein and cnn political commentator peter bynard to talk about the political fallout. ron, first of all, republican candidates accusing president obama of overstepping his authority. but is what he proposes going to have teeth, as michelle suggests, or is he going to go after low-hanging fruit that
certainly doesn't suggest either legislation or taking gun as way. >> well, we don't know exactly what he's going to do but it seems like he is going to go further than he did in the first round of executive actions in 2013. primarily to try to expand the background checks to more sellers. look, gun control is a fascinating issue because it really is one that illuminates the cultural and demographic polarization at the core of our politics. it is an issue now that really animates and energizes both coalitions. if you look at groups most opposed to gun control, they tend to be the groups at the core of the modern republican coalition, especially blue-collar white guys prioritize gun control. on the other hand, this is a big change, 15 years ago democrats viewed after al gore lost to george w. bush they viewed gun control as a losing issue. evolution of their coalition, now relying more on groups that do support gun control, particularly minorities and socially liberal whites, especially women. you're seeing democrats
re-engaging in an issue after standing aside from it for almost 15 years. >> i'm going to pause for a moment. we want to go to san bernardino where a press conference is happening. the facility reopening for the first time after the shooting. >> have provided and offered everything and anything they could. this has shown me that our community stands strong during a crisis. there have been many misconceptions from the media about who we are and what we do. inland regional center is one of 21 regional centers in california under a contract with the department of developmental disabilities. we serve people with disabilities who live in riverside county and san bernardino county. those disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and intellectual disability
inland regional center is one of the largest regional centers in california. we serve close to 31,000 consumers and we have over 600 staff. we would also like to share with you that the unfortunate event that happened on december 2nd was not targeted towards any regional center staff. the individuals targeted was the san bernardino county of health. and we want to send to them our condolences today. many of you would like to know what we have on board for our staff today. we are planning to meet and greet and to provide them with a secure and safe environment. as you can see, our property has been fenced off and will remain fenced off until further notice. we also have security guards at each entrance area. we continue to measure the
security and we will continue to look at it. today i will -- >> there you see the executive director for the inland regional center telling everyone that it is a safe environment, a secure environment, in wake of the shooting there that happened back in december. 14 people deed at the hands of two self-proclaimed isis members, who proclaimed allegiance. i do want to get back to our political discussion right now. gentlemen, we're looking at this, this obviously horrific gun shooting that killed so many people, took so many lives. to both of you, first to peter, how does this play out on the political stage? do we see basically the republicans saying, this is great for us and the democrats
going, are you kidding me? >> it's very interesting. first of all, republicans tend to prioritize terrorism much more as an issue. one of the things you saw in the wake of san bernardino immediately is republicans focused on it as terrorism issue. democrats focused on it as a gun control issue. the big shift is not in the republican party. it's remained squarely against any gun control legislation for a long time now. the shift is the democrats who used to be afraid of this issue because they were afraid of losing working class white voters who might be sympathetic to them on economic issues have gone all in. hillary clinton has gone all in as the democrat party has moved to the left. 2016 will be a fascinating test of whether the old rules about gun politics, which is that they help the republicans and hurt the democrats, whether those have changed or not. >> so, ron, interesting, do you think this is now a winning issue in terms of the democrats? they see they can get some
support on this? >> it is a high wire issue because it does, as we've said, activate both coalitions. there is risks for it in democrats in that they still need in the presidential election some states where they have to, particularly in the midwest, michigan, ohio, pennsylvania where they have to win blue-collar whites and rural whites to some extent who are opposed to this. by and large, i think democrats have me convinced that it has become a winning issue for them because among the voters they can actually access, and in the states they can actually win, gun control remains popular. voters they have feared losing around this yush, they have largely already lost over the last 15 years and they replaced them with the growing constituencies of millenials, socially minority suburban whites. if you look at the 2013 vote on background checks that failed in the senate, the states where both senators voted for it had vastly more electoral college
votes. it was a sign of the changing politics at least at the presidential level. >> peter, you were shaking your head in agreement. you obviously see this now as an issue that, in fact, can get votes? >> ron is exactly right. there was a time when democrats were competing for states like arkansas and west virginia. they no longer are. as their coalition has shifted, they can get a path to an electoral majority now without having to win some voters they had to in the 'nijts. >> more of a hyperstrategy and targeting voters. peter, ron brownstein, thank you both so very much and happy new year to you. just a reminder for our viewers, president obama joins cnn's anderson cooper on thursday for an exclusive one-hour live town hall to discuss gun control. you can watch that right here on cnn thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern. and still to come, it is the site of a hard-fought victory against isis for iraqi counterterrorism forces. now cnn goes deep inside the city of ramadi. what's that, broheim? i switched to geico and got more.
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nine iraqi police officers are dead and several more wounded. after three isis suicide bombers blew themselves up sunday at a u.s. base near tikrit. this comes days after isis targeted an iraqi army base near ramadi. both incidence underscoring the fact that even though iraq declared liberated from isis, they say this is the year isis will be driven out of iraq, the terror group is not giving up without a fight. cnn international correspondent went inside the war-torn city of ramadi with some u.s.-trained counterterrorism forces who took on isis directly. >> reporter: ramadi, after months of isis rule, this is what remains. isis' occupaion of the city,
leaving its mark both above and below ground. these are the houses that the militants were hiding inside of. you can see what they were doing is they were digging up tunnels so that they were able to move from house to house without being seen by the coalition planes. and so that this wasn't spotted from the air, they were hiding the dirt that they were digging up and keeping it inside the houses themselves. if you come through here, we can show you one of the tunnels leading through. some of these tunnels we're told went as far as a kilometer. we're going to go have a look inside. it's not actually that wide but it does give you a sense of them moving in the dark under the ground, out of sight. ramdy fought isis in may last year. since then iraqi forces have been battling to reclaim their territorial integrity and their
ravaged morale. the head of iraq's counterterrorism force said the liberation of ramadi should be celebrated around the world. >> translator: defeating isis in this victory has impacted upon isis plans and very existence, causing weakness and desperation. the road to mosul is now open and clear. >> reporter: blindfolded and bound, captured isis fighters face the war. they were, we're told, attempting to blend into what remains. local population. a reminder isis fighters could be hiding in plain sight. even as the road to mosul is in the iraqi armed force' sights, a week on from the liberation here in ramadi and counterterror forces battle to purge the city of the remaining militants' presence. we're hearing some pops of gunfire. they're a little further across the other side of the river. the fighting is ongoing.
the clean-up operation is still going on. and that's why the helicopters circling overhead. in spite of the threat of the ieds and roadside bombs, the troops continue their painstaking push. under every inch of recon territory, a possible death. everyone here knows so much is at stake in this claimed liberation and not just for iraq. >> translator: this victory is a victory for humanity because isis is against iraq and against all of humanity. >> reporter: it is also finally some palpable momentum in the battle. that tunnelling infrastructure you saw there, deb, that is replicated in every single isis stronghold. they only held ramadi for some six months. imagine how entrenched they are in cities like mosul where they've held for almost two years.
>> and it was very intense, nima, watching you with all that security around you. clearly an indication that there's a threat. nima elbagir in baghdad for us. appreciate that. still to come, the manhunt continues. israeli security forces have been going door to door in search of an accused killer. when a moment turns romantic why pause to take a pill? or stop to find a bathroom? cialis for daily use is approved to treat both erectile dysfunction
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for a man in israeli friday. authorities went house to house this weekend looking for the suspect you now identified as a 31-year-old arab israeli. cnn's ian lee is live in jerusalem with the very latest. how close are they to possibly finding him? >> reporter: well, deborah, that is really the big question right now. it's baffled a lot of people
that it's gone on this long, but today we had terrorism units, we had s.w.a.t. teams going through abandoned buildings, going through construction sites searching for him as this manhunt enters the fourth day. they want to get him as soon as possible because they're afraid he could commit another attack. now, they beefed up security around schools, around places of worship. over 1,000 extra police officers were brought into the tel aviv area to help out there. about 20% of students didn't go to school because of this. that's what the tel aviv school district is saying. talking to the family, though, they say this is a person who is mentally disturbed. he's off his medication. they're afraid that he could also hurt himself. they want him captured alive, but really talking to the authorities, they want him, quote/unquote, neutralized
whether that's capturing or killing. deborah? >> to be clear, it was the family who identified the gunman and notified authorities, correct? >> reporter: the father saw his son on tv, saw a picture of him and he went down to the police and looked in the safe and noticed a gun was missing. his father has been a volunteer for the police for quite some time. the family was very concerned. he was arrested, this gunman was arrested back in 2007 for trying to steal a gun from a soldier. that's when he was diagnosed. that's when they started treating him. but, you know, right now the government here, the police here, consider him armed and dangerous. that's why they want to -- they want to neutralize him as soon as possible. >> ian lee, thank you there for that twist with the father. appreciate your reporting. and still to come, a new
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none of the 163 passengers were injured. each was given a free hotel stay and the equivalent of about 84 bucks in u.s. dollars. $400 million, that's how much is up for grab wednesday in the next powerball drawing. on saturday three people reported $1 million winning tickets but no one claimed the grand prize. if you haven't bought a ticket yet, there's still time. the chances of selecting the winning number is about 1 in 300 million. a lot more emotional is how prince william describes himself after being a new dad. in a new documentary, the 33-year-old opens up about fatherhood and says his children have helped put life into perspective. >> as fatherhood changed you, now that you have the two children? >> it's -- i'm a lot more -- a lot more emotional than i used to be. >> really? >> yeah. i never used to get too wound up
or worried about things but now the smallest little things i can feel you well up a little more and you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world a lot more, i think, as a father just because you realize how precious life is. it puts it all in perspective. the idea of not being around to see your children grow up. >> that documentary airs tonight and also features interviews with prince harry and their father, charles. thanks for joining me today. i'm deborah feyerick for carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. bill clinton on his first trip on the campaign rally. happy 2016, everyone. that also means 28 days to iowa, 36 days to new hampshire and 47 days to south carolina, if you're keeping track.