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seoul south korea. ivan watson is in hong kong. and i want to start with you paula. >> reporter: certainly the south korean president says it is a clear provocation what's happened. there needs to be a concerted effort from around the world to make north korea pay a price saying the u.s. south koreans and all their allies have to get together and make sure they do suffer, whether it is with sanctions, which it has to be said which not prevented this nuclear test from going ahead. we know that from around the region there has been condemnation. but also here in south korea there is questions as to whether or not this was a hydrogen bomb. north korea made an announcement saying it was an success that it is an h-bomb and the reason they had to go and hadn't do this is
the united states they say it was a self defense mechanism. they have blamed the united states for the nuclear tests and missile tests in the past. i don't think this will be the last time we hear that from pyongya pyongyang. they also released a photo showing kim jong-un signing the order for the nuclear test. but officials defense ministry and inside intelligence services in south korea say they don't think it is a hydrogen bomb simply for the fact that the force may not be strong enough. they are not definitively saying this. they are alluding to that at this point but it could be a couple of days before we know for sure. >> now to ivan watson in hong kong with international reaction. >> reporter: hi carol. this nuclear test has triggered
alarms all across asia, where you have allies of the u.s. uniformly condemning the nuclear test. and even rivals in the region with previously good ties with north korea. for example, the russian government has vigorously condemned this. so has the government of china. the case of those countries that have been close with the u.s. traditionally, japan for example saying this is a big, big threat to stability in the region and also announcing -- its military announcing it's put up two planes to test the particles in the air to see who in fact this could have been a hydrogen bomb. which would be a major leap in technology, in weapons technology for north korea if this is in fact true. the warning now coming from china saying that it did not get any advanced warning from the north koreans before this nuclear test took place.
the fact that china has then taken another step saying it is condemning this action and calling for a denuclearization of the korean peninsula. we started getting a sense of the fraying ties last month believe it or not around the visit of a north korean girl band to be performing for the communist party which rules china and suddenly that visit was cut short, canceled before the performance could take place. shortly after kim jong-un himself announced that north korea had developed an h-bomb. now everybody is going to be waiting to find out whether or not those claims of whether an h-bomb or hydrogen bomb did go
off whether in fact true. >> -- facing only defines from north korea. pyongyang not only names the u.s. as a reason for its rep weapons program but has now conducted three of the four nuclear tests while president obama has been in office. >> u.s. officials are echoing the condemnation. officials are also saying there is still checking to do. verification over what exact kind of test this was and that could take days. but the white house had released a carefully worded statement. saying we are monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional partners. while we cannot confirm the claims at this time we condemn any violation of unsc resolutions and again call on
north korea to abide by its international obligations and dmimts. we will not accept it as a nuclear state. we'll continue to protect our allies in the region and respond appropriately to all north korean provocations. you might remember back in september when they restarted the plutonium reactor, that garnered much the same response from countries around the world, including the u.s. verbally at least saying there would be severe consequences if north korea kept going with such provocations. clearly now it has. at the time, what were the severe consequences? and he acknowledged it is tough. more sanctions. takes more than that since north korea doesn't really have much of a economy. but the u.s. continues to work with other countries in the region and tries to urge them to
put more pressure on north korea. >> michelle kosinski live from the white house. so how concerned should we be as the nation? welcome general. so there are reports that american sniffer planes are in the area trying to determine if this is real or not. can you explain that? >> it is what the air force called a wc-135 constant phoenix. an old aircraft with a crew of about 30 that collects particles from the air. has a box outside that literally collects and filters them and inside the plane they analyze to see what kind of particles are out there. they can fly over an area and determine what kind of particles are generated from the blast of anatomic weapon. so they can see if they can
collect the particle what this is. based on the particle they collect. >> okay. so this test, it tigered this seismic event. a 5.1 managgnitude tremor. what does that tell you? >> if you are talking about a hydrogen bomb they are usually a high yield weapon. they are efficient and effective in generating a large explosion. this is called thermo nuclear because it it is not only nuclear but produces a great deal of heat. because it was about 5.1, early indicators are it probably was not a hydrogen bomb. it was probably uranium or plutonium but you can't be sure
yet until you collect the particles because the koreans could actually be miniaturizing. and that is the much more dangerous situation if they have been able to miniaturize a hydrogen bomb. because then they can put it on the missile. >> and we all know they have had this history of making nuclear threats against the united states. routinely releasing propaganda video like this from 2013. you will see the white house and the capital building in the cross-hairs and exploding. so north korea likes to brag about its political power and how it can attack the united states it a will. so con concerned should we be? >> the reason that sniffer plane is based out of japan is to ensure that these kind of events don't happen. the main mission is to ensure
the non nuclear proliferation treaty is abided by. you have a nation in north korea not abideding by the rules. they have continued to flaunt the rules and have continued to make waves in this regard. how dangerous? first of all they have a nuclear weapon. are they able to launch it? and not only is there a test of a weapon but in every other event they have followed it closely by the toefs test of a ballistic missile of some type. so if they launch a missile soon, they are trying to pair a nuclear weapon with a hissal, then you have increased dangers. is this a threat to the united states? no. is this to our allies in guam or japan? yes it is. the missile defense shield of the united states is relatively strong. there is not going to be a lone missile coming in from korea.
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the president's new gun control plan. and we'll bring you his comments live. the iowa caucuses less than a month away. donald trump appearing to launch a new birther attack, this time that rivalled ted cruz, telling the washington post that ted cruz's canadian birth -- he was born in canada. well it could put the gop in a very precarious position and get stuck in the courts. but ted cruz hit back with a dig of his own. >> preparing donald trump with an episode of happy days to make his point. athena jones joins us from washington. good morning. >> this birther things seems to be one of trump's favorite lines of attack. cruz leading in polls in iowa, trump is doing everything he can to raise doubts about him. >> i know other people are
talking about it. >> donald trump deflecting last night in new hampshire, saying republican rival ted cruz's natural born citizenship is a -- trump said in an earlier interview with the washington post that cruz being born in canada could be very precarious for the gop. asking republican voters to think twice, saying do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years? that would be a big problem. trump hinting democrats could take cruz to court because the constitution requires the president to be a natural born citizen. the junior senator was granted citizenship by birth since his mother was an american citizen. but what constitutes natural born for president has never been contested in court. >> i think i'm going let my
response stick with that tweet. >> cruz responded with this metaphor. linking to fonzie from happy days jumping a shark. >> the best way to respond to this is to laugh it on and move onto the issues that matter. >> meanwhile trump continuing to be controversy. >> i didn't say it. >> the billionaire pretending to be trainled. i'm supposed to reprimand him. who said that? how dare you. i'm admonishing you for the press. >> little bit of sarcasm there from donald trump. --
and one more thing carol. this cruz citizenship question. trump addressed back in september. he said it should be an issue. now she's saying a very different tune. >> athena jones. thank you. by the way donald trump will be on the situation room with wolf blitzer tonight 5:00 p.m. eastern. let's ask cnn politically commentator ariel lewis. this birther thing, at least as it applies to president obama from donald trump, could this ted cruz thing have the same effect? >> he's suggesting maybe donald trump lost some of his birther cred, the reality is it does
tend to stick with people. look at the opinion polls because they will still throw in the question about was the president born in the united states and a some percent will still say yeah i still have doubts. i thisee this as a bit of a distraction. i don't think it hurts cruz much. it does buy trump some time. there are a lot of questions and claims. there is this new ad he's out there. cut the head off of isis and the question he doesn't want anybody talking about is the three word question, how? how are you foezed to do any of these things? and the question is completely settled. there is no question ted cruz with run and serve as president. >> is the reason because he's scared? >> yes. he's scared and desperate. ted cruz is pretty much considered the leading candidate in iowa at this point. i have a pretty good feeling
that he's going to win that state and trump is getting scared. he's got this whole idea that he's a winner and if he loses in iowa, i think that really hurts him. i think this is also a misstep too. while he does need to win iowa, trump, to keep the facade up. he really ought to be focusing on new hampshire, where he is leading in the polls there. but there is a fight for second place. and if trump loses iowa, that could hurt him the next ten days in new hampshire. focusing on ted cruz when ted cruz is dominating in iowa, this shows desperation from donald trump. >> interesting. so ted cruz is concentrating on new hampshire. he released his own ad on immigration. >> i can tell you it is a
very personal economic issue. and i will say the politics of it would be very very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers
were crossing the rio grande. fora bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation. if i'm elected president we will triple the border patrol. we will build a wall that works. we will secure the works. we will secure the border. >> i was watching your face as you were watching and first puzzled and then chuckling. what should we take in that? >> the way this issue is talked about in washington in new york is different from how it plays in in texas. i don't want to downplay the seriousness of this. there are a lot of people who are crossing illegally. it takes
a different forum in other places with mostly visa over stays. people come on a travel visa they never leave. that's very different.
there is some credibility out there that we in the media and others went cheap labor errors. nannies and garners and things like that. and underpaid software employees. and who suffers? it is the working class? that is what ted cruz is saying. the as message a lot of us might miss and that is i think he did it in that humorous way but it is a real issue for a lot of people. >> is ted cruz essentially saying the same kind of things as donald trump but in a much smarter way? >> well i think first of all the idea that journalists wages could be driven down even further is kind of laughable to me as a journalist. but look i think there is a difference in what ted cruz is arguing. trump is talking about culture. i think ted cruz has a much more point argument here on immigration, which is about
economics. this is problematic i think for cruz. because of course until very recently he was supporting what was essentially more immigrant, legal immigrants for work visas to come into the country. so it is a bit of a turn from his past position on immigration. but politically i think it is a great ad and should do him wonders i think in new hampshire which is a state -- not a border state. but it is something where immigration is playing a big part because of all of the manufacturing jobs that have left that state. >> i have to leave it there. any woman hoping to join the special forces will have to wait. the pentagon has a temporary delay on the move because it will take more time to figure exactly how to integrate everyone's roles. that delay comes as some in the marine corps have argued that some combat roles should remain staffed only by men. for republican front runner
donald trump the issue seems far from settled. testing the waters last night at a rally in new hampshire with this question. >> how many people in here like seeing women in the military, in infantry fighting? just raise your hand? i'd be curious. because, you know, believe it or not, that question is asked by a man who's a very serious man -- >> [ inaudible ]. >> i know. we're talking about the standards. how many people think that women should not be in the military in an infantry position? all right. so a little bit of a mix and a lot of people are undecided. >> trump went on to say that the debate will continue. but that he would make the right decision. >> still to come in the newsroom, north korea brags it set off a hydrogen bomb. now world markets are feeling the fallout. opening bell, next.
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korea. christian am pmoanpour joins us >> reporter: we don't exactly know whether it was a hydrogen bomb detonated. but we'll be reviewing with the iaea in a few hours and we'll know more then. but the united nations have called an emergency closed door session to try to deal with this. if this is true this is a dramatic escalation of north korea's nuclear capability. while it has tested slightly lower yield things in the past, a thermal nuclear bomb would be a dramatic escalation. and it is a very sophisticated and difficult scientific procedure. fusion and fission. and therefore it says, if they have done this, that they are
moving very fast ahead with their nuclear program despite international sanctions, carol. >> can anyone possibly institute more sanctions? what can anyone do to stop north korea at this point? >> well it is difficult because north korea actually has the weapons. so it is difficult. you can't go bombing or invadi g invading. you can't do the kinds of things perhaps the west thought they could do in iraq or syria or elsewhere. north koreans are totally paranoid about u.s. intentions. but it has to be joint, all of these countries with any influence in this have to get together. as, you know, the united states has been slightly out sourcing its north korea policy to china
because china is meant to be having the most influence on north korea. however in the last few years even china's influence on north korea has diminished. there's been a much harder line since xi jinping became president and not the close relationship that used to exist. kim jong-un has not met with xi jinping so there is a lot of political posturing. but the scientific, the technological, all of that is going ahead in north korea. and the objective now is to try to stall it before trying to roll it back and it is very difficult to see how that is going to happen but seems to be that is the only way. some kind of proper negotiation to get to that point. >> thank you. u.s. markets are reacting this morning. the dow falling sharply on the news. christine romans is here with more. >> stock investors like predictability, they like world
peace. they like to see profits growing and economic growth. in the beginning of the year all of those things are thrown into question. north korea the most recent example. so dow jones down sharply. and the s&p 500. the stocks in your portfolio likely resemble those. and these are milestone kind of numbers to start a new year. you also have slowing china growth. the catalyst at the beginning of the year a couple of days ago and rising interest rates in the u.s. so these three kind of fear factors driving the markets. scaredy cat investing as i call it, buying gold, the dollars up. a fear trade. sout out of stocks and into the more safer havens. >> just sounds so honest. >> i know. and apple shares are down this morning too and that is not because of anything going on the
rest of the world. that is concerns over demand for apple iphone. apple is widely owned. some of the big names have been hit. the broader markets getting hit here. just a tough way to start the year. >> christine, thanks so much. i appreciate it. >> you're welcome. still to come, 18 minutes and question. what did the san bernardino killers do after they went on their deadly rampage? the fbi is calling for your help this morning. a number. but not every insurance company understands the life behind it. ♪ those who have served our nation have earned the very best service in return. ♪ usaa. we know what it means to serve. get an auto insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life.
appear in a matter of hours. facing a total of five criminal charges. his appearance comes as the fbi now reveals a gap in the terrorist actions after the rampage and before their deaths. cnn's stephanie elam is outside the court with more. good morning. >> good morning. yes. when he is hear before a judge. it is expected to happen quickly today. charges including conspiring with the shooter in 2011 and 12 to provide material support to terrorists and then the two counts related to the assault rifles he purchased years before the attack happened. so there are charges related to that. and also marriage fraud and making a false statement for his sham marriage to a relative of syed farook. all of that is part of what he's charged. what we're expecting is he's going to plead not guilty and
the trial date will be set. the other development in this case is what the authorities are looking for from the public. they have pieced together the timeline of the day of the shooting, of the four hours involved with syed farook and his wife tashfeen malik. but there is an 18 minute window they still don't know where they were. so that is why they are coming to the police saying please tell us if you had any interaction or you saw them on that day. the time is 12:59 to 1:17 p.m. the authorities say they just want to tie up any loose ends. they want to know where they were, what they may have been doing in case anybody else may have had any contact with them or may have aided them in
anyway. they are looking for the public's help and if they have any help that they haven't already given to the authorities, they are hoping people will come forward. because they have done this by look aggregate surveillance, video, traffic cameras and witness accounts. if there is anything else out there they are hoping people will come forward. >> a pre trial hearing for baltimore police officer caesar goodson. the second of six officers charged in the death last april of suspect freddie gray. goodson was driving the police van in which gray suffered a spinal cord injury that led to his death a week later. it is not clear if goodson will actually be physically in court. his trial is set to begin on monday. the armed occupation after federal wildlife refuge in oregon is interesting its fifth day. tonight the sheriff's department will host a question and answer
session with local residents about the potentially violent situation and when it might be over. it could be a while. the protesters want two local ranchers convicted of arson freed from prison. moments ago they tweeted we have remained peaceful. if authorities raid us we can't guarantee that continues. we are prepared to defend ourselves. with more from princeton oregon. good morning. >> and one of those occupiers is lavoy. he spent the night out here. >> -- shaking hands. >> you spent the night out here with your cowboy rifle. >> yes i did. >> is it loaded? >> of course. >> why did you spend the night
out here. >> let's get a couple of things straight off the bat here. let's not make this whole issue about me. the reason i'm here in this chair in the county in oregon at all is because of the hammond family. i would be home with my family if it was not for the hammond family being in prison, i would not be here. so let's get that out on the table. s this is not about me. this is about the hammond family and their livelihood been stripped away. so let's get that out on the table right away. >> but we're talking to you because you have been a spokesman for the group. as you have. >> that's fine. >> and we're talk about what would it take why are yfor you p and what would it take? >> what would it take for me to give snup that's a poor
question. i'm not giving up on anything. maybe try a different question. >> let me rephrase. we were talking about camera about this. you made a list of demands. let's say the federal government comes to you and says if you leave this refuge peacefully maybe there won't be trespassing arrests that sort of thing. we're trying to figure out what would the resolution be to this? does it even sound realist take the hammonds are going to be freed by the same federal government that put them in prison? >> they are the only one whose can get them out. so yes it is very realistic they could be pardoned and allowed to go home to their family. that is very realistic, yeah. >> some people look at you right now knowing that in this county you have caused tremendous fear. you are occupying this reserve resulted in the school district
shutting down schools. some people might be looking at you saying what is the difference between you and another terrorist. >> some good questions. let's consider who has been terrorized. who is the terrorist? okay? what family has lived in fear and terror for a decade -- don't burn your hand. yeah. -- a decade. and who is is now in prison. has not that family been terrorized and put in fear. and now has it not come to fruition that they have been thrown in prison not once but twice for the same account. not a separate issue but the same issue. they have been thrown in prison a second time. where is double jeopardy. where is our nation not rising up in disgust for being tried a second time, imprisoned a second time after complying with everything they were asked to do the first time. this is the issue. that is the terrorism. that is the fear.
that is the family's that are hurt. >> well we thank you for taking time out. >> so here we are outside day five. we have not seen by the way any members of law enforcement. whether they be sheriff's deputies or federal agents. so this sorts of hands off stand i don't have continues. >> i wonder if you couldstandof >> i wonder if you could ask one more question. is he prepared to open fire on federal agents if he feels it is needed? >> carol costello is asking "are you prepared to open fire on federal agents if you think it is needed?" >> of course, when you are raised in this country, we are all raised around firearm as kids and hunting jack rabbits and clinking tin cans. the first thing we are taught as
kids is do not point guns as people. so i have no intention of pointing guns at anybody that are not pointing guns at me. so let's just be neighborly. let's just be kind. let's be civil. please don't point guns at me and i shall not point gun at you. >> you came here for the demonstration and then you wound up occupying this reserve. did you have a vision that way more people would join you here at the reserve? is it possible that you had an idea to get exposure for your cause and something went sideways? >> let me explain something. i had no intention of being here. i came up here from arizona to a place some flowers on the hammonds front door to show sympathy. i did not know that this was going to go down. it was the meeting just before that march that the bundy boys, which i am good friends with, said we need to do more than just march and hold signs.
he said this is what we're going to do. and i road with them once. and so by dang it i'll ride with them again. so i'm here and i did not know i was going to be here. i thought i was going to be home. but here i am. >> thank you for your time out. and home is a rather big place for lavoy. he has 11 children and 19 grandchildren and two more grandchi grandchild p ren on the way.
>> and from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun. every time i think about those kids, it gets me mad. >> the president unveiled a four-part plan to curb gun deaths including expanding background checks, hiring more background agents, increasing funding for mental health care and reporting those who should be kept from buying guns and developing gun-safety technology. but those who oppose gun regulation pounced, saying the president was using tragedy and tears to force an emotional response. conservative columnist ben shapiro accused the president of, quote, crying if he doesn't get his way in congress.
while "national review" writer charles cook called it embarrassing, dishonest and weak. one presidential candidate did not pile on, however, and that was donald trump. here's what he had to say on fox news. >> i think he was sincere. i mean, it's a thing that he feels -- you know, i think he's incorrect about it. they're just taking chunks and chunks out of the second amendment. but, you know, i think he probably means well. you know, the concept is wrong. what they're doing, it's a mental health, we have a huge mental health problem. >> so let's talk about this some more. i'm joined by al cannon, he's the sheriff from charleston county, south carolina. welcome, sir. >> thank you, carol. good morning and happy new year. >> happy new year to you, too. sir, is the president using emotion to promote his political agenda? >> well, carol, interestingly, i'm not sure i heard the president say anything a whole
lot different than he has in the past. i will quickly add that i think insofar as upgrading and updating the fbi data sources for the system is a good idea. that's something that should be done. i don't know that necessarily requires the president to publicly include that as a part of his gun issue message, but i certainly support that aspect of it. i just don't think that that's going to accomplish anything insofar as the other elements of what the president had to present. i will tell you, i do have a strong concern as it relates to, you know, sheriffs, carol, have a lot of dealings with mental health-related issues, both in terms of the tension in jails as well as searching as an enforcement arm for probate
courts and those that deal with people who have mental illness or substance abuse problems. i'm concerned that this -- i think mental health care professionals need to be more engaged in this discussion in terms of how do you approach this without further stigmatizing the issue of getting mental health services, and i'm afraid that one element of the president's message may well tend to discourage people from coming forward in seeking mental health services. the other aspect in terms of the doctor/patient relationship where they're putting more of an obligation on doctors to report people, patients that have mental illness-type issues that perhaps shouldn't be, there are already a lot of state laws in place that require health care professionals to report certain things. and that was a factor, by the
way, in the aurora case, if i recall, in terms of the medical college. but i think it really jeopardizes the doctor/patient relationship and puts doctors in a precarious position when it comes to the issue of assessing whether or not they have some obligation to report. >> i understand where you're -- i understand where you're coming from, sir, i do. but, you know, you and i could probably both agree something needs to be done about mental health and gun use in this country. >> absolutely. >> but you can't have that debate in the halls of congress, so what should be done? because congress isn't going to talk about it. >> well, you know, i think -- i've expressed this at least to attorney general holder. i think that the president and the former attorney general have missed an excellent opportunity to do -- take a position on something that i think is a
major factor in the culture of violence that's involved with violent crime and gun violence. and that is making the statement that, you know, it's inconsistent that the military spends millions if not billions of dollars developing virtual training, virtual video training. and "grand theft auto," one of the highest grossing video games, you get points for killing police officers. so there's a culture of violence out there that's promoted by what i call hollywood broadly defined, and the president and the attorney general, i think, could have taken advantage of their position to the bully pulpit to tell hollywood they need to tone down some of the movies, the lyrics and all that promote this culture of violence that i think is a major factor
in the gun violence as it relates to particularly those local shootings, not talking about the mass shootings so much. >> no, i understand. i understand. >> the local shootings. i think they've been in an excellent position -- >> i understand. >> -- to have taken that position. >> and my final question for you, sir. >> that's something positive that could have been done. yes, ma'am. >> will you -- you know, the president talked about these more stringent background checks. will you support those background checks in your state? >> well, i think we've taken some measures to do that in south carolina. the general assembly has made reporting by particularly the mental health courts who have adjudicated individuals as being mentally ill. but it's a different -- >> if the federal government constitutes more stringent gun-control laws, will you say that's okay, let's do it?
>> well, it depends on what that is. in the first place, i don't have any authority to enforce federal laws. but i've not heard anything that i thought would be a significant aid in reducing the kind of violence. even if, for example, the shooting -- the tragic shooting we had at the church here. that individual certainly he's involved in the drug environment, that means he's going to have access to weapons. so whether he was able to buy a weapon from a dealer or a background check was run and something was missed, the fact of the matter is, in that environment, guns are readily available. and if you can get trudrugs, yo can get guns. so i think one of the problems we have, carol, is that we look at this through our eyes instead of looking at it through the eyes of the criminals, and we
underestimate the creativity and the initiative and the commitment that they have to find a weapon, and a background check -- one of the interesting things, carol -- >> i have to leave it there. i'm so -- >> i understand. but it will be interesting, of all of the people that have been prevented by background check from purchasing a firearm, a follow-up study to show how many of those eventually committed gun-related crimes, i think, would present a very interesting picture at how successful the system was. >> it would be great to study the use of guns but we can't do that either in this country because there are roadblocks set up, and that is tragic. thank you for being with me. >> i think that kind of study could be done. >> thanks for saying that. i've got to go. announcer: it's time to make room
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as soon as it begins. in less than one hour, the united nations security council will hold an emergency meeting about north korea's shocking announcement. it says it has successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb. the claim is drawing condemnations from worried nations around the world and especially in the region. but in the so-called hermit nation, the news on state-run tv is cause to celebrate. >> translator: the first h-bomb experiment success. it really excites me. >> translator: i'm so happy. i heard the news coming out of that notice board. the whole workplace is firing up, and the streets are fluttering with the news of the new power. it's so satisfying. it makes my heart happy. it makes me want to dance. >> our senior international correspondent ivan watson is in hong kong with more. hello, ivan. >> reporter: hi, carol. that's right, when the world first found out about this when there was a seismic event that was registered this morning of 5.1. and within about an hour, north korea began its triumphalist
announcement that it had, in fact, carried out a nuclear test. and it accompanied that with photos of kim jong-un dated back to december 15th in what north korean state tv said was his written order to carry out what was being described and what is claimed to have been north korea's first hydrogen bomb test. it has been described as an h-bomb of justice with north korea justifying this nuclear test by claiming it is an effort of self-defense against pressure and threats coming from the u.s. now, pyongyang very much stands alone right now with countries -- governments all around the world condemning this action for ratcheting up nuclear tensions on the korean peninsula. of course, u.s. allies like japan, south korea have come out with statements condemning this. japan saying that it's put up two military planes to try to
detect radioactive particles in the air to see whether, in fact, this was a hydrogen bomb test. and then you also have china and russia, rivals of the u.s., who have also come out and condemned north korea for this action. all of them saying that they want the denuclearization of the very tense korean peninsula. carol? >> ivan watson reporting live for us this morning, thank you. well, the white house has seemingly blunted iran's nuclear pursuit. it faces only defiance from north korea. pyongyang not only names the u.s. as a reason for its weapons program but has now conducted three of its four nuclear tests while president obama has been in office. let's get more now from cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski. good morning. >> reporter: hi, carol. the white house is echoing this international condemnation we are hearing. but this is very similar to the statements we hear every time north korea escalates a situation or provokes its neighbors. and clearly all of the urging
for it to back away from its nuclear program hasn't had much of an effect. the u.s. is saying, you know, it could take a couple of days to truly assess what exactly we're dealing with here. but in the meantime, the white house's national security council has put out a carefully worded statement. and this is the exact same statement that the state department is using. saying we're monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional partners. while we cannot confirm these claims at this time, we condemn any violation of unsc resolutions and again call on north korea to abide by its international obligations and commitments. we will not accept it as a nuclear state. we will continue to protect and defend our allies in the region including the republic of korea and will respond appropriately to any and all north korean provocations. again, pretty similar to what we heard just in september when north korea restarted its plutonium reactor, garnering much the same condemnation from around the world. and back then secretary of state kerry said that there were going
to be severe consequences if north korea kept on with these provocations, and that seems to be the case now. back then kerry was asked what exactly are these severe consequences? what could the u.s. do that might be effective? and he acknowledged it's tough. i mean, you look at sanctions, it's going to probably take more than that just because north korea doesn't have much of a real economy at all. so the u.s. continues to urge other countries like china to put the pressure on and work with allies in the region, carol. >> all right. michelle kosinski reporting live from the white house. in the race for the white house, the response from conservative contenders has been quick and fierce. earlier this morning front-runner donald trump argued it was china who needed to respond, not the united states. >> china has total control, believe me, they say they have total control over north korea. and china should solve that problem. and if they don't solve the problem, we should make trade
very difficult for china because we are, believe it, we are holding china up. they're taking so much money. they're draining our country. and they're toying with us with north korea. so north korea is totally under the control, without china, they wouldn't eat. they wouldn't have food. they wouldn't have anything. so china should do it. >> all right. those words from donald trump. now a live look at marco rubio who's stumping in iowa. a few hours ago, he lashed out at the president and the former secretary of state, hillary clinton, in a series of tweets saying, quote, if this test is confirmed, it will just be the latest example of the failed obama/clinton foreign policy. our senior political reporter manu raju is tracking the story from marshalltown, iowa. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. rubio just talked about this right now. he discussed how kim jong-un is a lunatic and how north korea needs to be addressed aggressively. he thinks that this is an issue
that differentiates him from his other republican rivals in this race. national security has been a centerpiece of his campaign. but he's not the only candidate who is trying to get a leg up. others are as well, carly fiorina addressed this on facebook as well. this is what she had to say earlier today. she said "of course north korea would conduct a nuclear test after watching iran willfully violate an agreement they just made without consequence of any kind from this administration. north korea is yet another hillary clinton foreign policy failure. america cannot lead from behind." so clearly each candidate believes they can get a leg up on this issue if they try to espouse a more hawkish foreign policy view, and clearly that is what marco rubio is doing right now here in marshalltown. we'll see if it works, carol. >> manu raju reporting live from iowa this morning. still to come in the "newsroom," birther deja vu. trump says cruz could have a big problem when it comes to his canadian roots.
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with just weeks until the iowa caucuses, donald trump's appearing to launch a new birther attack. this time aimed at rival ted cruz, questioning the texas senator's canadian birth. cruz is hitting back, though. cnn's athena jones has how. hi, athena. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this birther issue really seems to be one of the issues that trump likes to bring up. >> athena? >> reporter: yes. >> i'm going to interrupt you because paul ryan just popped out. as you know, this is the first press conference of 2016 with paul ryan as house speaker. so let's listen. >> -- to put on the president's desk a bill that repeals obamacare and defunds planned
parentho parenthood. this is the first time -- this is the first time in five years we will finally put a bill on the president's desk that defunds obamacare. for years, senate democrats have been blocking and filibustering these bills. this is too important to let up. so we have used the one tool that we can each year, reconciliation, to get a repeal bill on his desk. with this bill, we are standing for life. we are confronting the president with the hard, honest truth. obamacare doesn't work. higher premiums and fewer choices and restricted access, these are not signs of success. obamacare is not successful. they are signs of failure. and the american people deserve better. the people deserve a truly patient-centered health care system, and ultimately this is going to require a republican president. that's why our top priority in 2016 is going to be offering the
country a clear choice with a bold pro-growth agenda. we know the president wants to fill this year with distractions. he wants to talk about anything but his failures. we're not going to let him take us off course. too much is at stake. if we're ever going to get our country back on track, we need to make this year about ideas, not about obama's distractions. and that is exactly what we're going to do. >> happy new year and welcome back. i want to emphasize what the speaker talked about. what the speaker said is many times it's been blocked by the democrats. even though the democrats tried to block, they still had to hear from their constituents of the broken promises that the president made. if you liked your health care, you could keep it. that your premiums would go down when they went up. they also, the democrats, as they sat there and tried to block it but they joined us bipartisan when we wanted to delay the medical twice tax or when they want to delay.
so one thing you've found is they know as well, obamacare does not work. so yes, today is a different day. today is a day that will come to his desk, and he'll have to make a decision. not just on obamacare but the funding of planned parenthood. after many of millions have watched those horrific videos. so it is a new year, a new day, and as the speaker said, it's going to be a new agenda to make sure america is confident again. >> today's going to be an important day in the house where we finally have the opportunity to pass a bill that will end up on president obama's desk that guts obamacare and that defunds planned parenthood. this is something we've set out to do in 2015 at the beginning of this congress. we said we're going to pass a budget for the first time in years actually get a reconciliation process between the house and the senate where we can use this tool that you only get once a year with narrow
constraints but with a powerful ability to get a bill to the president's desk with 51 votes in the senate, not 60 where the is that the can filibuster, where harry reid can filibuster but where we move important policy to the president's desk. and we made a commitment as republicans that we would focus on obamacare. and then, of course, as the year went on, the country saw the horrific videos and what planned parenthood was doing to use taxpayer money to sell body parts. and we said we're going to put that in the bill as well, and the tools allowed us to do it and we worked closely with the pro-life movement. this is an important victory for the pro-life movement as well as for conservative as cross the country who want to see the president confronted with a bill that not only guts obamacare, makes him confront the problems that americans are facing all around the country with his failed law, but also the ability, then, to defund planned parenthood as well and have record votes in the house and senate but also have a bill on
the president's desk that he has to decide whether he's going to sign or veto. so it's going to be an important vote in the house today. it's going to be an important decision for the president to confront where he can't change the subject, talk about other issues like he tries to do with gun control and other things. he's going to actually have to confront this issue and that bill will be on his desk because of the work that was initiated by the house, this house majority, to get to the president's desk. >> good morning, everyone. it was great to be home over christmas, spending time with the family and also with the people of eastern washington. and as i return, i am reminded once again why we are here. and it's to empower the people that we have the honor of representing, giving them more freedom, more opportunity. and in 2016, it is our opportunity as republicans to lay out the choice for the american people. and it's really a choice between two different futures.
one is a future that is driven by the status quo, by top-down policies. the other is one that is driven by bold ideas that is going to empower people, open up america for new futures. and its solutions that are driven from the bottom up. next week at our republican retreat, it's really our opportunity to go to work on this. and we're going to be working on an agenda for the people. produced by the people's representatives. so whether you're a student who's struggling in school, a business owner who's trying to figure out how to expand a veteran in need of care, you should be trusted to make your own decisions, and you should have the freedom to pursue your own dreams. that's the kind of agenda that we will be building for 2016. >> thanks. today the house will --
>> all right. we're going to step away from this presser for just a second. we do expect paul ryan to take some questions from the press assembled there. when that part of the event happens, we'll go back to washington. but i want to talk a little bit about what paul ryan is prepared to do in the house of representatives. and with me now is peter bynart. who else do i got with me? sabrina schafer. she's the executive director for the independent women's forum. welcome, sabrina. i'm glad you're here. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. happy new year to you, too, peter. so sabrina, you're listening to this, and paul ryan says the house is going to use this one-time tool called reconciliation which basically it means that when he introduces a bill, it requires a simple majority passage to get it to the president's desk which means nobody can filibuster the bill and prevent it from going to the president's desk in its original form. is this a good idea? >> well, yes, as we are entering a political season right now, we are in the throes of it, and
we're getting closer to when voters are going to go to the polls, both republicans and democrats want to more clearly define their principles and what they stand for. and so certainly we saw that yesterday with the president's address about gun control. and today we're seeing it with republicans and health care. i mean, this is their -- this is what has legs for 2016. they're saying if you elect us, we will help roll back and ultimately repeal obamacare. they are differentiating themselves from democrats. it may be somewhat symbolic, but it could have some lasting impact on voter behavior. >> let's say this bill gets to the president's desk, peter. it's going to repeal obamacare and defund planned parenthood. i'm thinking the president will probably veto it. >> right. this is a real cliff-hanger here, right? we're not sure what the president's going to do. how many times have they already voted against obamacare? everybody knows what ultimately is going to happen if this gets to obama's desk. he's going to veto it. this is not going to achieve anything except for potentially putting this more front and center in the 2016 presidential
campaign. the question is do republicans really want this front and center in the president's campaign? if you're noticing, the republican presidential campaigns are not really focusing on repealing obamacare. that's because although obamacare is not overwhelmingly popular, repealing it means taking away certain things that actually people like. like, for instance, the fact that you can stay on your parents' plan until you're 26 years old. so i actually am not so sure tactically for paul ryan who has to appease his right-wing base, it may make sense. do republicans really want to make this a bigger issue in 2016? i'm not sure it's such a smart idea. >> let's go back to washington. paul ryan is now taking questions, i assume, so let's listen. >> -- [ inaudible ] the parallel between north korea doing this and the deal with iran, perhaps they feel it's acceptable to do this sort of thing? >> that's a good question. we don't know the facts yet. this looks like a provocation. i think this means we have to have a well-honed response with
our allies on this rogue regime. so i think it's a little early to say exactly what the response ought to be until we get all of the facts in hand. but it does clearly look like this is what took place. >> one of the complaints from democrats is that you're putting forward this repeal bill before you put forward the alternative it promised. why do that? why not just put up an alternative? >> just wait. >> you were asked about your agenda for this year, the tax reform and health care replacement that you wanted to do. he said oh, so it's going to be like contract with america which makes it sound more like it's going to be [ inaudible ] rather than actual bills. so i know that last year that was still under debate. i was wondering where you're leading at this point. >> and jonathan, we all collectively, members of the house republican conference, are going to be the decision-makers. we are just beginning this decision-making process. what we envision here is an organic bottom-up process.
where all members, after listening with our constituents, are coming together to put together a bold pro-growth agenda that we offer to the american people. so the form and the process of this agenda is something that's going to be decided by all of our members, and we're beginning that conversation at our retreat. >> is that process focused on specific bills? >> go back to my last answer. it has -- nothing's been decided yet. >> yesterday after the president's announcement [ inaudible ] he doubted it could survive the challenges. would house republicans overturn? >> we're looking at all of our options. look, first of all, if you are buying and selling guns, you have to have an ffl. whether or not you do so at a gun show or anywhere else. there isn't a loophole. this is a distraction. the president clearly does not respect the second amendment rights for law-abiding americans. i think it would be nice if he would actually focus on defeating isis, on calling radical islamic terrorism what it actually is instead of talking about how he can intim
date a intimidate our rights. we will not take this distraction for more than it is, a distraction. >> last question. >> okay. all right. so we're going to step away. last question for paul ryan. as you can see, he's talking tough on president obama's agenda. sabrina, i want to go back to you because i'm wondering, you know, the house is going to get this bill through that repeals obamacare and defunds planned parenthood, and they want the president to look at it, and they want him to veto it so they can make a point. i'm just wondering, will senator rubio and senator cruz show up to vote on this, and will that help them? >> well, i don't know. you'd have to speak with their staff about that. but i do think that they have the upper hand here. look, i think that this is always going to be a heavy lift, as peter pointed out, republicans are in the position now telling some americans they'd have to take something away, although there's plenty of americans who are really unhappy with obamacare. and there's a lot of people who are poised to lose their current
plans in the next year or two as things continue to unfold. that being said, i think that, you know, what paul ryan understands, what all of the republican candidates understand is that they want to appeal to a wider base, if they want to appeal to women, they really need to make the case that people are better off when they own and control the most important things in their lives, health care, education, the workplace, the marketplace, home. and that's where republicans are trying to do, and if they can really sort of get their messaging together on this, i think they could go a long way. >> peter? >> yeah, good luck putting -- defunding of planned parenthood front and center of the 2016 campaign. most of what planned parenthood does is the democrats will rightly say is women's health doesn't have anything to do with abortion. and for the republican party that's been struggling especially with single and unmarried women not to mention women of color, that's not an effective message. i think the republican party since 2014 and 2012 has recognized it has a problem in reaching out to new constituencies, but i would say
it's further away than where it needs to be rather than closer. >> i have to leave it there. thank you so much. peter beinart, sabrina schafer. tomorrow, president obama joins anderson cooper for an exclusive one-hour live town hall -- excuse me, an exclusive town hall to discuss gun control. you can watch that right here 8:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. still to come in the "newsroom," north korea brags it built a hydrogen bomb. why? it says it needs nukes to defend itself from america and its allies.
and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. world capitals across the globe are reverberating with strong words condemning north korea's claims that it successfully detonated its first h-bomb. in a rare show of solidarity, nations are voicing grave concerns. cnn's kristi lu stout explains why this could be such a game changer. >> reporter: it's confirmed. it's not the first time north korea has tested a nuclear weapon, but this could be the most powerful one by far. three previous tests, all clustered within a few kilometers of each other between 2006 and 2013 were of atomic bombs or a-bombs. and we know how strong they are. this is what u.s. forces dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki in 1945 killing over 200,000 people. but today's test of what they claim to be a hydrogen bomb takes things to a whole new level. the h-bomb is unhads of times
more powerful than an a-bomb, and here's why. atomic bombs use a process called fission to plit plutonium into smaller at toms. hydrogen bombs use fusion. it combines small atoms like hydrogen. essentially it's two bombs in one. with the a-bomb working as a trigger for the h-bomb to release a much bigger nuclear punch. if this morning's test was indeed an h-bomb, it would mark a major step forward in their nuclear capabilities and make the hermit kingdom much more of a threat. >> so does north korea really have an h-bomb? how concerned should we be? with me, the director of government and international affairs at georgetown university, victor cha, also the former director for asian affairs at the national security council. thanks for being here. >> sure, carol. >> do you think north korea really has an h-bomb? >> well, we just don't know, carol. i mean, the speculation now is largely based on the richter
scale readings that were registered from the explosion. i'm sure there are folks out there trying to do the forensics on what sort of test it was. we may never know. what we do know is that they are advancing in terms of their capabilities. this test, whatever it was, was a more powerful device than the previous three tests that north korea has done. and they are seeking to develop a modern weaponized nuclear program. they're not just trying to build a couple of bombs that they can stick in the basement. >> there's very restrictive sanctions on north korea. how are they getting the materials to build such a thing? >> well, there are sanctions against north korea as a result of three u.n. security council resolutions. the sanctions are clearly quite leaky. they have not prevented north korea from advancing their nuclear weapons or their missile program or their cyber capabilities, for that matter. if you had to point to one weak link in the sanctions regime, you would have to say it's
china. china is by far the biggest supplier of both commercial goods and who knows what else in terms of sensitive technology to north korea. and they're still not willing to really step on the north koreans next to get them to give up these weapons. and so we'll have to see if this fourth test is enough to change their views. but i'm not confident that it will. >> well, china has spoken out against this, right? against this test. so why wouldn't it act now? and it's a strongly worded statement, too. >> yeah, it's a strongly worded statement. and you know, they openly stated that the north koreans didn't advise them in advance, doing this test. so, you know, north korea is the closest thing that china has to an ally. but with allies like this, who needs enemies? the main reason, i think, is that china is fearful of sanctions that could start to collapse the regime. with a country like north korea directly on its border, the evil that you know is better than the
evil that you don't know. the thing that they're most worried about is a destabilized north korea in which there could be loose nukes and millions of refugees coming across the border. so i think it's that core strategic calculation that has always acted as a break on them taking stronger actions, even though they're not at all happy with what the north koreans are doing. >> okay, last question. and i'm just curious about this. "the washington post" is reporting that friday is kim jong-un's birthday. and normally when such celebrations take place, kim jong-un would need something to brag about. could this be all this is? >> well, i certainly think that's part of it. i don't think they would have made a big announcement on tv last night if they didn't want to get sort of the reputational benefits of this. but at the same time, at the core, this is a national security problem for the united states, and they are rapidly building both the missile capabilities and the nuclear capabilities to try to threaten the united states. so a little bit's about show,
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the man who bought the guns used during the san bernardino terror attack is expected to be in court today. enrique marquez is set to appear before a judge in a matter of hours. he's facing a total of five criminal charges. marquez's appearances comes as the fbi now reveals a gap in the terrorists' actions after the attack and before their deaths.
cnn's stephanie elam is outside the courtroom with more for you. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. and what they want to know about enrique marquez, why he's getting charged, is because of his relationship with the male shooter in that rampage on december 2nd. syed rizwan farook. they're saying because of that relationship, this is where they see problems. for one thing, they're saying he conspired to provide material support to terrorists with faro farook. also making a false statement related to those two assault rifles he purchased years before these attacks had happened. and then also they're charging him with marriage fraud and making a false statement related to the sham marriage to one of farook's family members. now, he's going to be arraigned here today in this u.s. district court. he's being held in federal custody without bail. he's expected to plead not guilty. it's supposed to be just a few minutes here, and then a trial date is expected to be set when this happens later on this morning.
now, in relation to those 18 minutes that you mentioned, that is what the authorities are looking for, the help from the public to pin down exactly where the shooters were during that time. they've pieced together a four-hour time frame where the shooting happened, what they were doing leading up to the shooting and after it, leading up to that fire gun shootout that they had with authorities on the streets. when both of the assailants were killed. but they're asking for the public, if you saw them during that period, to help them out. that window is 12:59 to 1:17 p.m. pacific time. and that's what they want to make sure they tie up any loose ends, carol, to make sure that they know where they were, what they were doing and to rule out that they had any extra involvement from some other third party that they don't know about. >> all right. stephanie elam reporting live for us this morning. and i want to take a closer look at those critical missing minutes that stephanie was talking about. we know farook returned to the irc at 10:56 in the morning with his wife and with weapons. the shooting itself lasted just about five minutes.
the couple then drove through parts of the city and the redlands neighborhood, stobing by a lake at 11:45. authorities were able to track the couple until just before 1:00 in the afternoon near the 215 and 10 freeways. but between 12:59 and 1:17, the fbi is dark. an 18-minute gap that authorities have no clue where the couple was or what they were doing. by 3:00 p.m., the couple gets into that gunfight with authorities, and they wind up dead. so let's talk about those missing 18 minutes with james ko koppenhager. welcome, sir. >> good morning, carol. >> why are these 18 minutes so critical? >> you know, the fbi came out yesterday and appealed to the public to help them fill in the dark areas of this 18 minutes. a couple suggestions. are they looking for a third party? a driver? are they perhaps getting intelligence that they had bomb-making materials stored off campus? so there are many things that
they are probably looking at. their intelligence that they have that i guarantee they're not sharing with the public but they're certainly appealing for this 18 minutes of dark time. >> a lot of things just don't make sense when you really take a look at the time line. for example, at 8:37, farook left his home, right? apparently to go to this holiday party. he arrived there ten minutes later. and then he spent two whole hours at the center socializing with employees. why would he do that? >> it just makes no sense. i mean, these people were absolutely geared up. they were geared up. they certainly had the firepower to go in and kill these people. and it just makes no sense that they spent that amount of time there. but more importantly, they were in and out of that building in under five minutes prior to law enforcement arriving, carol. and then to be able to track them to a lake at 11:45 and then the fbi can't locate them after that, it's just bizarre. and it would almost suggest to me that they probably were pinned down perhaps in a storage
area. they were definitely off the grid. the big question is what were they doing while they were off the grid? >> and the other question is where was farook's wife? did she go to work with him and then wait in the car while he socialized for two hours? >> which that comes back to play -- early on, if you listened to one -- i think it was the first or second presser, they indicated that he was, in fact, at home, but then you heard the possibility that she was actually out in the car waiting. so my concern is was she home, and did farook actually have a driver with him while he attended this party before this mass killing? >> right, because it's a big period of time, right, between when the shooting happened and when police finally tracked them down around 3:00 in the afternoon. so you do wonder what could they possibly have been doing? were they talking with other associates? were they gathering what? because supposedly they were going to set off these series of pipe bombs that never happened. >> which i'll come back to pie earlier statement, carol.
it's concerning because we don't know what intelligence the federal government has. obviously, they have some good leads and some good intelligence. we know that the shooters went to great extremes and length to destroy their digital footprint. so i would suggest to you that this other individual that they're inviting today is probably cooperating and may have given the leads asked to potential other locations of bombings, potential other locations of storage of bomb-making materials. and i think that's why probably the fbi's appealing so heavily on the public to help them fill in the dark areas. >> interesting. james copenhaver, thanks for your insight. secretary kerry urges calm, but is that enough? ♪ (cell phone rings) where are you?
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new fallout this morning between saudi arabia and iran amid rising tensions. one saudi prince and billionaire now saying he's canceling, quote, the study of all projects and investments in iran. as the nation severs all diplomatic, trade and aviation ties with iran. in the meantime, secretary of state john kerry is now reaching out to the leaders of both countries urging calm and encouraging a dialogue. international diplomatic editor nic robertson is in the saudi arabian capital of riyadh with more. hi, nic. >> reporter: yeah, hi there, carol. the rhetoric really is continuing to ratchet up. not just from the prince there, a very influential saudi prince with many investments around the world, and now cutting those ties at the moment with iran. you have the small country of djibouti now saying it will cut diplomatic ties with iran. and this is in support of saudi arabia. you have jordan, an ally of saudi arabia, calling in the
iranian ambassador there to dress him down about how the saudi embassy was torched in tehran over the weekend. you have also on the arabian side, the iranian president tweeting that saudi arabia is just trying to destabilize the reskron to cover up their problems at home. so at the moment, the rhetoric is ratcheting up. we're seeing no indication that that's about to calm down any time soon. and of course, secretary of state john kerry hopes to get both iranian and saudi representatives in the same room in about three weeks in geneva to try to hammer out a peace process for syria. the iranians are saying that's now less likely that they'll be able to get peace. the saudis are saying yes, they'll go in the room with the iranians. the reality is that when you have such polarized rhetoric, sectarian rhetoric now that saudi arabia and iran are razing in this, when you have that polarizing rhetoric, the idea of getting any peace deal on syria behind closed doors just seems
to diminish. and of course, you have on top of that the risk of misinterpreting, misunderstanding each other, these two countries, and some of the spark creating some worse tension, carol. >> all right. nic robertson reporting live from saudi arabia this morning. i'll be right back. you premium like clockwork. month after month. year after year. then one night, you hydroplane into a ditch. yeah... surprise... your insurance company tells you to pay up again.
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yes, we must take a look at the dow even though it's down 230 points. investors seem to be kind of edgy about what's happening in north korea these days among other things. we'll keep an eye on that for you. also, a group of more than two dozen former students of rhode island's prestigious school claim they were sexually abused over two decades and they say the school did nothing to help. ann scott who has sued the school once before says she was raped repeatedly. after the original suit was dropped, she said the school initiated a gag order. >> i've been gagged for the last 25 years, and i want to say how damaging those gag orders are. they seal in the trauma. when your raped, your voice is stolen, your soul is taken away, and all that a gag order does is preserve the institution's reputation and seals the trauma inside the victim, making it that much harder to reach out and get help. >> lawyers for the victim are
calling for an independent investigation into the abuse and the alleged cover-up by the school. in a statement, the school deeply apologizes for the harm done to alumni. plunging oil prices have caused the alaskan government to start a hiring freeze. governor bill walker needs to control a growing $3.5 billion budget gap. taxes on oil products fuel alaska's growth. oil prices have tumbled around 35% last year, stifling alaskan revenue. in michigan, a state of emergency declared after lead contaminated water supply in flint. it came contaminated in 2014 after switching its supply source to the flint river from lake huron in a bid to save money. the water source was switched back to lake huron in october. texas police are searching for the men who kidnapped a car salesman during a test drive, beating him and then stuffing him into the trunk. >> they hit me. they thought they knocked me
out, but they didn't. i jumped out. i started fighting. >> the salesman says he was able to use his cell phone light to find the trunk latch and get out. police used an app on his phone which was still inside the car to track it down. no arrests have been made. a famous cricket player tried to put the moves on a tv reporter during a live interview, but it did not go quite as planned. not only did he get rejected, but he was fined big time. here's more from jeanne moos. >> reporter: don't blush, baby. tends not to be a good answer to a sports reporter's question about cricket. >> we'll leave it on that note. well done, thanks. >> reporter: chris gail got a little too lost in the eyes of australian channel 10 motor mel mclaughlin. >> i want to interview with you as well. that's the reason i'm here. just to see your eyes for the first time. it's nice. hopefully we win this game and we can have a drink after. don't blush, baby. >> reporter: i'm not blushing. >> reporter: but some saw red,
not clever, not funny, not original. how about just let a fine broadcaster do her job, tweeted a fellow reporter. gail's club called his may habe inappropriate. gail's team fined him 10,000 australian dollars which works out to about 7,000 u.s. gail called it a simple joke, no disrespect intended. >> if she felt that way, you know, then i'm really sorry for that. >> he issued an apology. i accept that. i just want to move on. >> reporter: it moved us back, back to the time a plastered joe namath got overamorous. >> i want to kiss you. couldn't care less about the team struggling. >> reporter: and the time erin andrews had to take evasive action at the daytona 500. >> of course, 50 cent here. i've got to go talk to danica patrick. >> reporter: maybe it's good that occasionally a female
interviewee. maria sharapova sweet on a reporter. >> you have so much self-esteem when you speak. it's really nice. >> you, too. >> what was the question? i was just admiring your form. >> well, i admire yours. >> reporter: next thing you know, the reporter was broadcasting a message in russian to sharapova. >> maria, you are very beautiful. and i'd love you to give me your number in english. >> reporter: with that volley, maybe he should be blushing. jeanne moos, cnn. >> don't blush, baby. >> new york. >> i'm not blushing. and there is not much time left to try your luck at the $450 million powerball jackpot. the drawing is at 11:00 tonight. this is one of the biggest jackpots in history thanks to an estimated $125 million in additional ticket sales since sunday. if no one wins tonight, the pot will get bigger, and you will have to play again. so good luck. thank you so much for joining me today. i'm carol costello.
"at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. nuclear backlash. the world reacts to north korea's claim it has successf successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. is the united states underestimating that country's reclusive leader, kim jong-un? and is it o canada or blame canada? donald trump raises new questions about whether ted cruz is eligible to run for president since he was born in canada. in just a few minutes, ted cruz has a chance to respond live. and a gun shop owner in new hampshire delivers a gift to donald trump, a custom rifle. the owner joins us live on why he suggests president obama is the best gun salesman in america. hello, everyone, i'm john berman. >> and i'm kate bolduan. new this morning, or maybe what's old is