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this is cnn breaking news. i'm poppy harlow in new york. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we begin with breaking news this hour. after more than a year of top secret negotiations, four americans spent years, held prisoner in iran, are finally headed back home. their families cannot wait to embrace their loved ones. this is miraculous for them. free prisoners clued "washington post" jason rezaian, convicted on espionage charges, saeed abedini, pastor, nosratoliah
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khoshawi, a fifth, a student named mathew trevithick. u.s. officials say his release is not part of this negotiated prisoner swap. that's important. this is what we know so far. 14 months of intense negotiations went on before this was finalized. they agreed to drop vances against seven iranians. being commuted at this point we do not have names of the iranians who are being released. i want to go straight to my colleague, wolf blitzer. >> poppy, huge name, major breaking news. we have around the world. our international diplomatic nic robertson joining us from austria. chris frates at the white house. ram mean is at the los angeles times. nic, first to you, the president of the united states, the secretary of the state of the united states, they were pretty widely criticized, especially by
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republicans for not insisting that those american prisoners should be released, should be freed as part of the nuclear deal earlier on. now they are about to be released as the nuclear deal begins formal implementation. you know there have been clearly secret back door channels setting the stage for this deal. >> reporter: huge pressure from family members throughout the negotiations in the summer here last year, wolf, sitting and talking with amir's family, the former u.s. marine, his family had come to the talks. they were standing outside of the delegation came out. they would shout questions. this was a family desperate for their loved one to be released. this very important time when the goernations were going on, they felt this was a time for their voice to be heard. plenty of politicians lined up to criticize secretary kerry for not being able to bring about
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the release of these american prisoners inside a feared jail in tehran, where torture has been commonplace in the past. but we heard today from the iranian foreign minister when he turned up here saying that it wasn't just an important day, because iran was about to be told by the iaee that had had complied with the nuclear deal so far, it wasn't just important, he said, because this bring about a huge economic boost, tens of billions of dollars of frozen assets to be released. he said this was an important day, and remember, the beginning of the day, before we heard about the prisoner exchange, when he said this was an important day, most of all for diplomacy. he said that threats and sanctions on iran didn't work, of course, many believe it's the sanction that brought iran to the table in the first place. but it was very from the iranian side when the iranian foreign
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minister that he had diplomacy, something going on behind the scenes going on. now, we're getting toward the end of the day here, and all through the day, we've been told the iranian foreign minister and the eu foreign policy chief would come here to the iaea headquarters, a tomorrow miss agency headquarters, some statements press conference. that events has been slowly through the day pushed back hour by hour by hour. there is an expectation here, corridors that it will go ahead soon. even the nature of it keeps changing. it's now not going to be a statement. not going to be a press conference. so the details of what it took to get this prisoner exchange and other details we would like to learn about, we may not get them quite as forthcoming as we would like, and of course, a lot of people asking the question, why are these planned events here today, why when this prisoner exchange seems to be going ahead, why are the officials not coming forward, not talking about it.
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it's raising questions here. some uncertainty, wolf. >> has the inn watchdog, signed the papers formally that iran has fully complied with what they're supposed to do with their nuclear program, setting the stage for implementation? >> reporter: the iranians believe that has happened, since earlier in the week, they've been saying that the iaea, dr. yukiya amano, the director general of the iaea here would make that statement, that he would issue a report that would be confidential to the members of the p 5 plus 1, that's united states allies that helped negotiate with iran. confidential statement, report, but that he would make a brief statement. now, the indications are, this is still, this is still going to happen. we're not hearing anything to
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say that the iaea is walking back from what it said previously. the moment, it appears what may be slowing events here, a details to do with the prisoner exchange, rather than the report that the iaea, the director general, is about to announce, wolf. >> stand by, nic. i want to bring chris frates. he's over at the white house. what are you hearing chris, from u.s. officials. >> reporter: we're hearing that the timeline on when the president might speak continues to shift. as we're hearing from nic in vienna there, there is a lot of things in flux. that's certainly true for the president as well. we're not expecting he'll come out just to talk about the prisoner swap, and the release of the americans, in fact, you know, they also want to build in the iran deal, and while those two things were negotiated on separate tracks as we know
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they're happening today, so the president, the white house here, we're very much in flux, the schedule in flux as well. >> stand by over at the white house. over to teheran right now. he's joining us on the phone from tehran. what are you hearing over there ra mean? >> everybody here is expecting something to happen, especially the iaea report. it's very important for iranians, because that's the beginning of the implementation. so we're baffled by, and media are baffled why it is pushed back hour by hour, because they are expecting it, i mean, as soon as possible, because of midnight. now it's almost midnight local time. and they don't know why this implementation is not obviously announced. i mean, the main issue of the
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society, follow the news, because actually it's involved in their own business, but the media are expecting something to happen, which is pushed back hour by hour. that is, i can say, i mean, suspense diplomacy is important, because swap of the prisoners have been done almost secretly and because we don't see any trace of the release prisoners in tehran. there is a rumor that jason may land in frankfort. the other one somewhere else. so it seems that the secret agenda is unfolding, i mean, drop by drop, and we don't know what will happen next. >> well, if you get more information, let us know. he's a reporter for the los angeles times in tehran.
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we'll stand by to get more information from you guys as well. coming up, we'll have more on the breaking news, five americans freed from an iranian prison, including the "washington post" reporter, jason rezaian. anthony bourdain spoke with him just before his capture. we'll hear from that when we come back.
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we are back with breaking
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news coverage. five prisoners released from iran. freed four prisoners as part of a complex swap for the return of seven iranians held in u.s. prisons. a fifth released without being part of that formal deal. cnn spoke to the "washington post" reporter just six weeks before he was captured. anthony bourdain, the host of parts unknown, sat down with he and his wife in northern tehran. of course, now we know the couple would soon be forced apart. convicted by the iranians of espionage charges. it looks at the lifestyle in tehr tehran, that would change everything. >> as print journalists, but also kind of easy, because it's so much to write about, you know. the difficult part is convincing people on the other side of the world that what we're telling you, we're seeing in front of our eyes, is actually there.
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when you walk down the street, you see a different side of things. people are proud, the culture is vibrant. people have a lot to say. >> jason and his wife works for the newspaper, the national. jason is iranian american. ugani is a full iranian citizen. had is their city, tehran. >> the attitude in general seems to be ever shifting. is fun even a good idea? >> a lot of push and pull. a lot of give-and-take. when i first started coming here, you wouldn't hear pop music in a restaurant. >> it's everywhere. >> it's everywhere now. >> we have police for not being covert enough.
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we don't live with the police in our head, you know. >> one of the first things that people will say when you say well, i'm going to iran, but don't do this, this, and this. >> yeah. >> actually, not so much. not as much as our friends. >> compare and contrast, women aren't allowed to drive in saudi arabia. >> or vote. >> or vote. you can drive, you can vote. >> yeah, of course. my sister is an accountant. she has her own company. girls are allowed to do almost everything, except we want to go and watch football. >> can't go watch football. >> we cannot. >> women's issues are often at the point of change, or possible change here. on one hand, prevailing conservative attitudes demand certain things. on the other hand, iranian women are famously assertive, opinionated. it's a straking difference from
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almost everywhere else in the region. >> why are we so friendly with the saudis again? >> that's a good question. >> that question. >> do you like it here? >> looks, i made a point now, after five years, where i miss certain things about my home. i miss my buddies. i miss burritos, miss having certain beverages with burritos, certain types of establishments. but i love it, i love it, and i hate it, you know, but it's home. >> are you optimistic about the fut snur. >> yeah especially if there is no clear finally happens, yeah. very much actually. >> wow. very moving, that segment there. joining us now our senior media
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correspondent, brian stelter, reliable sources. you've been covering the jason rezaian for a long time. >> they are cautionly op touch mystic, wolf that he has left the country. we've been expecting that for some time. we still don't have it yet according to the post. of course, we may have that in the coming minutes or hours here. the post is an interesting, they're in an interesting situation here. ry zion is too. they're there and were there for different reasons. he's a journ allist, so he's i good that would be doing journalism, would be connecting interviews, would be covering this huge story. he's been behind bars for 445 days. far longer than journal lists in past years. a remarkably long and argue
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which is period of time. i'm sure he'll write about it in the the future, and very eager to hear her story, because we can only imagine what it would be like. journalists are often competitive, often at each other's throats, but in this case, journalists have come together to call for his release. about ten days ago, a letter sent from the heads of 25 news organizations, including cnn, ap, roiters, all the major networks to urge the state department to do more to have this day come. now, of course, we know the negotiations were happening behind the scenes for 14 months. it puts a lot of the media conversation about iran and the u.s. into new perspective when we know about what was happening behind the scenes the whole time. >> do we know how the "washington post" was working, top officials, top executives there behind the scenes to work for his release? >> certainly there was a lot of public diplomacy going on, a lot
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of public calls. according to the huffington post, the "washington post" was secretly aware of this swap. some new about this in the fall and made a not to report ton to hurt and have an adverse out come. that's something that has happened in the past as well. people that know about david rode, who you interviewed earlier, they keep a lid on that information, to ensure the out come is what everyone wanted to see and what we're seeing today. the "washington post" was aware of the swap, and did not report on it. they don't want to be the story. they're in that position today. you mentioned, i think also, even though this is good news about jason rezaian, the committee to protect journali s journalists, 199 reporters being held in prison around the world. china and egypt, we don't usually hear their names, but as
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we speak, about 200 people should be reporting the news, instead, behind bars all around the world. >> good point. very important point as well. thanks very much, brian, for your reporting. >> thanks. >> we want to let our viewers know we'll be reairing that anthony bourdain episode, jason rezaian, 8:00 p.m. eastern, once again. 8:00 p.m. only here on cnn. much more news right after this. dad, you can just drop me off right here. oh no, i'll take you up to the front of the school. that's where your friends are. seriously, it's, it's really fine. you don't want to be seen with your dad? no, it's..no.. this about a boy? dad! stop, please. o, there's tracy. [ horn honks ] what! [ beeps, tires screech ] bye dad! it brakes when you don't. forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. available on the newly redesigned passat. from volkswagen.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world, as we continue to follow the breaking news out of iran. the leading presidential candidates in the united states, certainly expressing their pledge that five americans are being freed by iran. at the same time, taking swipes at the white house and the broader nuclear deal. >> these reports are true, of course we're happy for them and their families, but they should have never been there. the fact of the matter, this tells us all we need to know about the iranian regime. they take people hostage in
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order to gain concessions. they're able to get away with it with this -- >> we don't know the details of the deal that is bringing them home, and that it may well be there are some problematic aspects to this deal. but at least this morning, i am giving thanks that pastor saeed is coming home. it is far later than it should have been, but we'll be glad to welcome him home with open arms. >> now i have to see what the deal is for the four people. because somebody said we're getting -- they're getting seven people back. so essentially, they get 150 billion plus seven, and we get four. it doesn't sound too good. but we have to see, because i just heard about this an hour ago. but, and i'm happy they're coming back, but i will tell you, it's a disgrace they've been there for so long. a disgrace. total disgrace. >> of course, we know donald trump has been very critical, highly critical of the u.s./iran
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deal. that 150 billion debt, assets being unfrozen as part of the broader deal. that number has been disputed by the white house. m.j. lee john joining me now. political reaction right after. we knew that the gop reaction, frankly there are some democrats in congress who have been critical of the u.s./iranian deal. do you think this will work in south carolina, such a critical primary state? >> reporter: well, poppy, i can tell you, we're not going to be hearing too many republicans congratulating president obama for this prisoner swap deal over the last couple of hours. we've heard many of the 2016 presidential candidates weighing in and giving their reactions, and as we just heard, republicans like marco rubio, ted cruz, donald trump, saying and ceasing this moment to say that they are not happy with how the obama administration has handled this issue.
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basically making two points here. one, that these prisoners shouldn't have been imprisoned in the first place, two, that it took the obama administration way too long to actually set them free. i want to point out one other dynamic pretty interesting here in south carolina and ted cruz, who just finished speaking behind me. he has been using this development to appeal to his basing, praise god, that pastor saeed has been freed. >> he also said, m.j., he said while we celebrate their return, this deal serves as a piece of propaganda both for iran and the obama administration. >> reporter: that's right. it is really difficult, i think it is going to be difficult to get these republicans to say anything nice about this prisoner swap deal, because they want to tell their base, the republican voters that they're trying to win over that, the obama administration and their foreign policy, how they handled security issues, and
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specifically iran, has not been good and has not been handled well. i do want to quickly point out, the tone that we're hearing from some of the democratic candidate social security obvious s is different, in a press release today, this good news shows, diplomacy can work, even in this volatilery re-john in the worl. we're seeing two different sides of this political events, obviously breaking news event of the release of the u.s. prisoners from iran. >> and any word from hillary clinton, former secretary of state, obviously who dealt with iran quite a bit in that former life? has she said anything. >> reporter: that's right. we're still waiting to hear from hillary clinton on this shoocis. we know reporter will be asking her where ever she campaigns next. we'll keep you informed on that front. >> m.j. from south carolina. thank you very much. "washington post" reporter held prisoner in iran for longer, longer than the iranian hostage
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crisis lasted. he's being set free with four other americans. no question, a significant moment in history. does it open the door further for diplomacy between the united states and iran. details ahead. amerivest selects the funds and manages your portfolio. is it run by robots? no no, you can talk to a person anytime. 'cause i don't trust robots. right...well, if the portfolio you're invested in doesn't perform well for two consecutive quarters, amerivest will reimburse your advisory fees for those quarters. i wasn't born yesterday. well, actually it looks like you were born yesterday. happy belated birthday. thanks. for all the confidence you need td ameritrade. you got this.
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breaking news. major deal between the united states and iran. a prisoner swap between the two countries, four americans who had been held captive in iran will finally be coming home. along with them is "washington post" reporter jason rezaian, a fifth american, who was recently detained, has also been set free separately. ha is the student you see on the far side of your screen, mathew trevithick. cnn global affairs, elise lab bath is covering this from washington. you had a lot of insight. we're talking about 14 months of secret negotiations. >> reporter: that's right,
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poppy. they were really, it was really on the sidelines of these nuclear talks that the u.s. was having with iran and world powers about this nuclear deal. u.s. officials said today that they were holding parallel meetings with iranian officials at every session, trying to emphasize how important those americans and their fate was to the united states. we understand that those talks, really accelerated after that nuclear deal was passed in july, and was signed in july. in recent months, supplement diplomats trying to hammer out that deal. we had those four americans in exchange for seven dume u.al u.s./iranian sanctions against iran, but certainly a landmark agreement today. and really, announced on the same day we're expecting implementation of that nuclear deal. u.s. officials saying today,
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they think the goodwill and budding relationship between the u.s. and iran really helped to make this happen today. >> and in terms of those seven that you mentioned, they're not the ones we have on the screen. these are seven iranian americans, iranian prisoners that are being freed by the united states. but we don't know their names yet. their identities at all. >> we don't know their identities yet. the u.s. hadn't confirmed them yet. and these are as you said, u.s. iranian dual nationals in american presence, not for crimes are he lated related to violence, but u.s. officials made very clear they were not going to release anybody involved in any terrorists or violent activity. there was a much longer list that the iranians originally presented.
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the u.s. down, and six of them, u.s. iranian nationals, and they were all in jail for violating these economic and trade vances that are against iran. part of this deal today. >> big picture here. is this a new day in iran, and what does this tell us about just the bigger picture of how you've got the president hassan rouhani, zarif, how they were able to convince of hard liners, like the ayatollah to go along with this? >> reporter: clearly the ayatollah who has really the final say in iranian foreign policy signed off on this, but i think it does reflect the fact that president rouhani, they were able to get the nuclear deal done, that the more moderate wing of the iranian
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regime is winning out here. i think what u.s. officials are saying is what has happened, not just as a nuclear deal, and not just in the deal released announced today about the prisoners, but if you saw earlier this week, you had ten american sailors that inadvertently drifted into iranian waters, detained by the revolutionary guard, but they were released in what is considered record time in iran, less than 24 hours. and clearly, the iranian guard who nabbed them must have been told by, you know, the sum preem leader that, you know, they want to get this deal done. they want to get the implementation of the nuclear deal. they didn't want this issue of the sailor to be a distraction on this deal with the prisoners. and i think it shows the fact that the u.s. and iran really willing to work together to solve some of the problems, and i think what the u.s. is really hoping is that this budding relationship will pave the way
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for more cooperation. you have very volatile region in the middle east. secretary kerry has developed a close working relationship with the foreign minister. a hope that iran will play a more constructive role in syria. i think they're hoping, i mean certainly they're clear eyed about the future, but hoping now that some of these what they call irritants in the relationship, and certainly the detainnies were a distraction from some of the larger issues, now that the u.s. has its americans released, that they can move ahead. but i have to note there is still two americans that the u.s., one of them, a businessman, nezami, who wasn't released today. then you have robert levinson, fbi agent who disappeared in iran in 2007. his whereabouts unknown. the u.s. says the iranian government will seek his whereabouts.
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they say they don't know, poppy. >> they've maintained that now going on eight, nine years. elise thank you very much. straight ahead, the gloves are off. they're coming off as the two top polling gop candidates focus on iowa. >> the constitution hasn't changed. but the poll numbers have. >> a lighthearted moment in what has become an increasingly contentious campaign. reaction from both camps next. you both have a perfect driving record. >>perfect. no tickets. no accidents... >>that is until one of you clips a food truck, ruining your perfect record. >>yup... now, you would think your insurance company would cut you some slack, right? >>no. your insurance rates go through the roof. your perfect record doesn't get you anything. >>anything. perfect! for drivers with accident forgiveness,
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sarah gan ham has more. >> reporter: 39-year-old an swaney looking for answers. dealing with the fact that this is all happening so far away. swaney was an executive producer for abc 7 in chicago, and found murmured in belize. saying she was found facedown in a river near the gaa lacerationo her head and believed she was sexually assaulted. she had gone missing the day before from a resort where she was staying and had horseback riding tours, but she had stayed behind to let someone else ride. her family told me she has been to the resort before, and friendly with the owner. swaney was a lively, opinionated but caring person who loved her work, loved to travel, telling me, quote, she probably first and foremost loved her family and horses. when she wasn't working, she was
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visiting family or traveling the globe. the general manager of abc 7 in chicago said this, on their website about swaney. she was a trail blazer in the daj tal news space and one of our first website employees, but most importantly, she was a kind person who always had a smile and a positive attitude. now, the state department doesn't have any travel warnings or advisories in effect for belize, but it does site the nation's high rate of crime. a recent increase in homicides, especially in the district where she was staying. tourists have been targets, especially those traveling alone. and the state department says robberies and sexual assaults are reported in resort areas. swaney is the second american believed to be murdered abroad this month. poppy. >> sarah, thank you very much. coming up next, the latest on the historic day in relations between the united states and iran. also to politics, the gloves are
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no surprise, the campaign rhetoric between gop front-runners donald trump and cruz. just over two weeks away, donald trump is campaigning in new hampshire today, blistering criticism for ted cruz, two undisclosed loans he took out. then tearing into the senator's canadian birth. trump tweeting today, ted cruz is born in canada and was a canadian citizen. lawsuits filed. i told you so. he shot back saying trump doesn't have the record, temperament and fitness to be commander in chief. >> well, you know, it seems donald has a lot of nervous energy, and for whatever reason, donald doesn't react well when he's going down in the polls.
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>> cruz also attack would what he calls trump's new york values. here's trump's response in an interview with jake tapper. >> i don't know what he was thinking about. i think he came across badly. i mean, some people gave him pretty good reviews in the debate. i they he came across strite dent and not a nice person, and people don't like that. >> after those quote-unquote new york values comments from ted cruz, he had to contend with this cover from the new york daily news, drop dead, ted, that's what it says. he apologized. but did he? you decide. listen. >> well, air right. donald trump and hillary clinton and andrew cuomo and bill deblahs see yo have demanded an apology. i'm happy to apologize. i apologize to the millions of new yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state. >> joining me now, republican strategist, kelly ann conway, the pro cruz super pac, keep the promise with us.
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political trump supporter as we well, jeffrey lor. >> hello, poppy. >> hello to that moment in the gregg popovich debate when the feud between trump and cruz certainly intensified over that new york values comment. listen. >> not a lot of conservatives come out of manhattan. i'm just saying. >> because he insulted a lot of people, i've had more calls on that statement that ted made that new york is a great place, it's got great people. loving people. wonderful people. when the world trade center came down, i saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than new york. >> kelly ann, it's interesting. many people really liked the way that donald trump responded. we even had hillary clinton tweeting yesterday that trump was right on this. do you think that cruz regrets
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the remarks? >> it seems that he doesn't based on his response. but let me say this. i was a newly wed living in new york city in a trump building when those towers fell and i was a new new yorker at the time, i think everything donald trump said about the people in new york and the way that they her rokicly responded to 9/11, but for months and years after, poppy and jeffrey, it's beyond discussion. and also, there are many wonderful people in new york. i love living there. but the fact is, donald trump himself on several occasions has taken the time to talk about his new york values. he has used these words before and he has contrasted them to iowa in the past. the question for him is what exactly did you mean. i notice none of the attacks on senator cruz by mr. trump have anything to do with substance of issues. he has yet to say senator cruz, you're out of step with iowa voters on immigration, national security on taxation. letpy just also say that even
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though i lived in new york, my husband has lived here for 25 years, 9/11 was also an american tragedy. we lost people in the pentagon, pennsylvania. there were people from california on those planes bound from california. it was an american tragedy. no question we all share it. but that is not what senator cruz was talking about. >> but then, kelly ann, you come out and say that he hasn't, trump hasn't attacked cruz on anything substantive, and jeffrey, to you, he has brought up his citizenship, which some constitutional lawyers say is substantive question, and at the same time, jeffrey, your response to kelly ann saying that there is nothing substantive here, when ted cruz repeatedly has been bringing up new york values. is that substantive? >> well, i think the new york values thing is substantive. i think frankly, that's a mistake. first of all, i love ted cruz, i think he's terrific. this a primary season.
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both of these candidates do what they do. this is what barack obama and hillary clinton did. this is what george h.w. bush and ronald reagan did. the last thing you do is come out friend over here is better than i am at this. you fight, and you fight over what you perceive as issues of the day, so that's number one here. number two in terms of the new york values thing, most of my family are from new york. one of my -- someone i knew from college was on flight 93 that went down here in pennsylvania. i think donald trump's answer on this was magnificent and true, and it just, i think, i would say with respect to senator cruz he's made a mistake here, when you're running for president of the united, emphasis on united, states, your fire should be concentrated on what's going on in washington, not what's going on in state a, b, or c, because
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eventually if ted cruz is the nominee, he's going to have to carry new york state. ted cruz can certainly do that, but you don't do that by, you know, making new york some sort of an example of bad form. >> nobody takes on washington more than ted cruz. i know other people are having rallies and talking about going after washington, but this is about his day job, it's in washington. >> i agree. >> america doesn't like washington and washington doesn't like ted cruz, i think, is helping senator cruz well beyond washington. >> yes. >> and i like the way jeffrey has handled this discussion, poppy and jeffrey, because i think the way jeffrey and i are talking about this is very indicative of the way it seems donald trump and ted cruz feel about each other. they are the last two to have gone after each other and i think there's been a mutual respect there, but i would point out there's not one thing that senator cruz has said that wasn't in response from something mr. trump said. so even if you listen to the
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debate completely, and i was there, senator cruz said, look, donald has been playing bruce springsteen's "born in the usa" at campaign stops, so i think he should play "new york, new york" and new york values, then he said there aren't a lot of conservatives coming out of manhattan, i'm just saying. that's directly in response to what trump said there aren't a lot of evangelicals coming out of cuba, just saying. >> i want to get to south carolina with you, this is important. south carolina is critical. this is a state with a track record of picking republican presidential nominees. since 1980, just one candidate has won the republican nomination without winning south carolina first. that was gingrich in '12. jeffrey, to you, the state make or break for one of these candidates this time around? >> you know, i honestly don't think so. >> why? >> i think this is going to go on for a while. we've had races in the past. the reagan/bush showdown went, i
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recall, until may. i guess there was a south carolina primary in 1980, that was its first year around, but i expect this to go on for quite a while here with each candidate sort of struggling in arm wrestling style, one will win, one will lose, then you can reverse the process and winning one or the other is not necessarily a guarantee of anything, so i expect it will go on. >> kellyanne, i have to leave it there. we have breaking news on this u.s.-iran deal today being, quote, unquote, implementation day. i want to take you straight to vienna. our nic robertson is on the ground there. we've been waiting all day to hear from the doctor, the director of the iaea, the nuclear watchdog in all of this to say, yes, indeed, iran has met its obligations under this deal. i understand he just came out with a statement. what do we know? >> reporter: that's precisely
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what he said, poppy, that iran has met its commitments for the first part of the nuclear deal it signed last summer. he say this now clears the deal to be fully implemented. he says this is a very important day for the international community, but a lot of people have put a lot of work into this, but significantly, he says, this opens a new phase between the iaea here, the international atomic energy agency, and iran, and as part of that new phase iran will have to enact what's known here as the additional protocols. those are very significant, because those additional protocols allow iaea inspectors in iran to say we would like to go and visit that site, or that site. without the iranian side necessarily declaring anything about this particular site or another site. if the inspectors have reason to believe there may be some activity going on at a location that isn't within the agreement,
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then the inspectors will have a right to call to go and see it, and this is what iran will have to sign up for, the director general of the iaea saying this begins a new phase of monitoring of this agreement. and, of course, as we know, there will be 15 years iran's enriched uranium must remain below a certain level. for ten years its number of centrifuges for enrichment must remain below a certain level, so it's set through the agreement. now the director general didn't detail all the particular bits of compliance that iran has now complied with. that's in a separate confidential report. i think we can expect some of those details to come out over the next few weeks, but for now today he is saying quite clearly iran has met its obligations and it's time to move forward. this, of course, unlocks the door for the iranians and the frozen assets and sanctions,
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tens of billions of dollars, poppy. >> let's talk about this. this is all of the steps outlined in the p5+1 deal. when you talk about the unfreezing of iranian assets, two key things, the fact iranian oil will come back on the global market, but at the same time this is what has been so contentiously debated between republican presidential candidates and the white house. just exactly how many billions of dollars will flow back into the iranian economy? what do we know for sure? >> reporter: the maximum figure being talked about is $150 billion. experts say, look, iran has a lot of unpaid bills to clear that the final amount that it may sort of take home after this could be much, much lower in the tens of billions of dollars, some mid range estimates say
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that perhaps there will be $100 billion. it is a significant, significant amount of money going into the iranian economy at a time when they need it. poppy? >> absolutely. nic robertson, thank you very much live for us with that breaking news from vienna. quick break, back with much more in just a moment. ♪ beth, i hear you calling.♪. ♪ but i can't come home right now... ♪ ♪ me and the boys are playing.♪. ♪ ... all nig♪t text beth, what can i do... [siri:] message. pick up milk. oh, right. milk. introducing the newly redesigned passat. from volkswagen. if legalzoom has your back.s, over the last 10 years we've helped one million business owners get started. visit legalzoom today for the legal help you need to start and run your business.
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this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news, we begin this hour, thank you for joining us to our viewers in the united states and around the world. after more than a year of top secret negotiations, four americans held prisoner in iran finally headed back home. in moments we'll speak live to the wife of saeed abedini, her husband captured in 2012, now she is waiting, waiting for that moment when they can reunite. others freed today include washington post reporter jason rezaian, marine veteran amir hekmati, and nosratollah khosrawi. a fifth american also being released from iran, it is a student named matthew trevithick. u.s. officials say his release is not part of this negotiated prisoner swap, but he is coming home with those four other americans. 14 months of secret intense negotiations on the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations, that is what led

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