both candidates' fire. >> where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. >> reporter: donald trump trumpeting his faith. >> i've wrote many best sellers. >> i always say a deep, deep second to the bible. the bible is the best. the bible. the bible blows it away. >> reporter: given the convocation at liberty university in an attempt to connect with evangelical students, quoting from scripture. >> two corinthians, right? two corinthians 3:17. that's the whole ball game. >> wrongly referring to it as two corinthians instead of second corinthians, drawing laughter from the religious crowd. trump trying to make the case that he's better for evangelicals than rival ted cruz as the battle for iowa heats up. >> ronald reagan didn't read the bible every day, seven days a week but he was a great president. frankly, i would say that i will be a far better leader. i'll be much stronger in protecting the evangelicals. >> reporter: while pounding pavement in the granite state, cruz firing back, questioning
trump's conservative credentials. >> i'm pretty sure that ronald reagan didn't write checks and support democratic politicians. >> reporter: any attacks on the texas senator noticeably absent from trump's modified stump monday never even mentioning his name after days of sharp jabs at his character. >> he's a nasty guy, nobody likes him. >> reporter: he's tweeting harsh rhetoric about cruz's birth problem and loans from big banks. cruz not letting him have the last word. >> we need a leader who is prepared to do what is needed to keep this country safe. that typically doesn't include spending your time on twitter. >> reporter: and donald trump today keeps hinting at a potential major announcement that will be coming his way. iowa state university, he'll have an event there later today, posting to his facebook page that he will have a very special guest in attendance.
john, this could be a major potential endorsement coming his way in iowa. >> very interesting to see who that special guest is. thanks, sunland, appreciate it. hillary clinton assuring voters of her electability in iowa as bernie sanders tries to make in roads with minority voters in the south. could sanders lead clinton into a long primary fight for the nomination? that's a big story "new york times" in the this morning. cnn's senior political correspondent breanna kylekeel brianna keilar live this morning. >> reporter: we have a race on our hands. bernie sanders here in the south, in birmingham, alabama, trying to take aim at hillary clinton's southern fire wall. he's been trying to court black voters, so important in these southern states that see contests in late february and early march. i will tell you, the large
crowd, several thousand people he had last night was overwhelmingly a white crowd still. hillary clinton has been stressing that she's more electable than bernie sanders as he stresses boldness and big changes. >> i have the front row seat as to what it takes to be in that cauldron. >> we're seeing folks coming out, beginning to stand up and demand that we have a government that represents all of the people, not just a handful of billionaires. >> now, the clinton campaign was banking on a big win in iowa. that does seem more uncertain now with bernie sanders threatening her there. it's really interesting, though, beyond iowa and new hampshire, the clinton campaign long thought of this southern fire wall, these southern contests. i spoke, john and christine --
pardon me. i spoke with bernie sanders aide who said the southern fire wall, hillary's southern fire wall is nonsense. we will see. >> all right, brianna, thank you. you've given us a lot to talk about on both sides of the aisle. let's bring in matt lewis, and errol louis, cnn political commentator and political anchor for time warner cable news. thanks so much for being here. let's start with donald trump. it turns out he is no biblical scholar, matt. he botched this reference to second corinthians that many christian feels is christianity 101. do you think this is a big deal? >> i don't think the specific two corinthians in and of itself is that big of a deal. it's a little patantic to cling to that. there are items christians recognize.
you can hear them talk. you know the difference if you are an evangelical. frankly how donald trump talks about "the evangelicals" suggests he's not one of us or one of them. >> donald trump knows this. donald trump may not agree with us on everything but he fights our fight better than anybody. is there a case to be made for that, errol? >> well, yes, absolutely. when donald trump talks about -- you could do it either of two ways. you could say i'm one of you. that won't work. he's not. you could say i'm of use to you. that second is his calling card, his selling point. he talked repeatedly about something that goes completely past anybody who's not an evangelical. christians are under attack around the world. they're being beheaded, imprisoned, excluded, being kicked out of government and communities. he has said over and over again, i am going to protect christians
overseas. that resonates with a lot of evangelicals. we should keep in mind when we talk about evangelicals, we pave them with a broad brush. the reality is people live out their faith in lots of different ways. anybody who's sort of been part of a faith community knows that. something like taking two corinthians is the least of the stumbles you find in a community as people struggle with this book and with their faith and each other. so trump is -- he's trying to be sort of good enough and trying to be of use to them. he's not trying to become sort of one of them. that's what huckabee's doing, carson's doing, cruz is doing. trump is clearly not eligible to do that. >> i suppose if two corinthians, the three wives would have bothered you more than that already. >> exactly. he already had a lot of problems. >> to your point, there were tweets from rivals yesterday and marco rubio says some version of that. the cruz camp tweeted out what is two corinthians?
marco rubio's camp tweeted out, two corinthians? it won't matter. nothing seems to matter. that shows a reality about these flubs don't affect trump like others. he said to christian broadcasting company that he will be a far better leader than ronald reagan was for christians. how will that go over? >> not very good. donald trump is teflon. but i still think ronald reagan is off limits. that's treading on dangerous territory. i think errol is right about most of what he had to say. the one thing i would throw in, though, right now it's all about iowa. and that is where i think that this does hurt trump. i agree like nationally, not that big of a deal, probably. in iowa specifically, i think ted cruz is really tailor-made. he talks about put on the full armor of god.
he speaks fluently evangelical. donald trump does not. i think in iowa where these two guys are closely competing, that could be the difference. >> donald trump also says he has a big endorsement or special guest coming in iowa today at an event. we do not know who it is. there's been all sorts of speculation, maybe it's sarah palin, maybe jerry falwell jr. who gave him a nice introduction yesterday. would an endorsement like that, a palin or jerry falwell jr. help? >> my guess is it won't. somebody to vouch for you and put your face on every tv screen and all of the newspapers, that's a great idea. trump doesn't need that. he's already got that. i'm not sure who he's looking to sort of have vouch for him. if it's not somebody from within iowa who has organization, you know, the governor or somebody, to sort of put behind him, i'm not sure how much good it will do. >> it will not be the governor.
let's talk about what's oing on on the democratic side. hillary clinton seems to taking a different tact and maybe sort of lowering expectations. she says now in light that she might actually lose iowa and new hampshire to bernie sanders, his poll numbers have come up and leap frogged her in some places. here now what she's talking about in terms of promises. >> i don't want to overpromise. i don't want to come out with theories and concepts that may or may not be possible. we don't need anymore of that. what we need is a sensible, achievable agenda. >> sensible, achievable, does it get any sexier, matt? >> i think this is a mistake. i really do. i think that every once in a while i hear conservatives and republicans when they're running against barack obama say, we need a boring guy. we've had too much of an exciting guy. we need a boring guy. no. americans like exciting.
we want entertainment and we want exciting. and i get that hillary wants to stress her experience but i think it's a real mistake to sell yourself as the boring vanilla candidate. >> i was saying before, it's like getting a good pair of slacks on christmas morning, whoa, pants, yes, just what i was after. brianna was talking about the fact that the clinton campaign is planning beyond iowa and new hampshire. she quoted the sanders campaign, the idea she has a fire wall in the south is bull. that's according to the sanders campaign. that might be a stretch. a lot of the southern states seem to line up pretty well for her. >> i'm not so sure about that. >> when he says it's bull, that's campaign talk. she was supposed to be a prohibitive favorite against barack obama in 2008. the whole thing collapsed in four weeks. she had been leading, leading, leading and the whole thing got taken away from her. >> a lot of it had to do with
strength among minority voters, though, which sanders has shown zero of. >> he's making in roads. it was supposed to be a fire wall for hillary clinton and it wasn't. the reality is, all of the dominos start tumbling. it's going to be like nothing we've ever seen, though we have seen it before. iowa happens, new hampshire happens, then people in south carolina start looking. jim clyburn, the master strategist and owns democratic politics in south carolina has said if hillary clinton loses the first two states, all bets are off in south carolin. >> why wouldn't he endorse her or support her? why is he saying all bets would be off? >> he knows his constituency and voters. we saw this play out again in 2008. he wasn't going to be the guy to say, hey, don't vote for the first black president although all indications as he well knew were that it was going to be a land slide for obama and indeed it was. >> do you agree? what do you think about her strategy that if all else fails
i've got south carolina? >> so it's not where she wants to be but i think i slightly disagree with errol. i still think hillary can lose the first two states and come back. now, if she loses nevada and south carolina, then it's time to -- then it's crisis mode. then i think she's in real, real trouble. no. i think she could lose the first two states. again, demographically, iowa, new hampshire, very white states. you have liberal college professors voting for bernie. when you go south, i believe african-americans will come through for hillary. if they don't, it's time to pull the plug, panic time. >> thank you. three americans freed in that iranian prison swap reuniting with her families at ramstein air base in germany. questions remain about one american still missing in iran.
fred pleitgen live in landstuhl, germany with more for us. fred? >> reporter: michaela, of course it was emotional scenes that happened here at landstuhl regional medical center, one of america's biggest and best medical facilities outside of the u.s., when jason rezaian, hekmati and abedini reunited with their families. from what we hear, jason is in very good spirits. it's unclear how long he'll have to stay here. earlier i was able to speak to representative jared huffman who was there and met jason rezaian and here's what he had to say. >> his spirits are terrific. he's feeling good physically. i think he's having waves of complex emotions as you would imagine. but if iran's goal was to break jason rezaian's spirit, they failed miserably. >> nevertheless, these men are
still going to have to undergo medical tests and medical evaluation and treatment as well. it's unclear how long that is going to take. of course with all the joy about the release of these five americans in total, there are, of course, still americans that are still in iranian custody or believed to be in iranian custody. there's the businessman nemazi. >> fred, thank you. in fact, coming up in the next hour, we speak with the family of retired fbi agent robert levinson. he disappeared in 2007 while on assignment in iran. we'll talk to them about why they feel betrayed and what they want the u.s. government to do now. john? new information about the detained sailors last week. the iranian military took two sim cards from the phones. no weapons or ammunition taken.
the navy is investigating the circumstances which led to the sailors getting into iranian waters. new details about the security surrounding el chapo. they reveal that mexican prison officials are taking zero chances. one of the leading newspapers in mexico reports the drug lord is being guarded by dogs trained to detect his scent but hundreds of cameras with no blind spots like the ones that covered his escape over the summer. guards also move him cell to cell and motion sensors detect underground activity are now in place. he was a founding member and leader of one of the most american rock bands around, the eagles. glenn frey died monday at the age of 67. he played guitar, he sang, wrote so many of the big hits. the eagles had two dozen top 40 hits during his career. their music defined the 70s. for millions of fans, glenn frey was part of the surround track of their lives.
we'll look back at his life and unforgettable sound ♪ well i'm running down the road trying to losen my lot ♪ ♪ i've got seven women on my mind ♪ >> reporter: by the time he sang this version of one of the eagles most famous songs, he was a quarter century from the start of the eagles. some critics called their music country rock. to millions it was just ageless ♪ lighten up while you still can ♪ ♪ don't even try to understand >> reporter: the eagles only lasted nine years before they broke up. >> everybody was really happy. ♪ life in the fast lane >> then -- ♪ life in the fast lane ♪ everything all the time >> reporter: but in those nine years of albums, road trips, drinking and drug abuse, and everything in between, glenn frey and the eagles made some truly amazing music.
"hotel california." ♪ welcome to the hotel california ♪ ♪ such a lovely place >> reporter: lying eyes. ♪ you can't hide your lying eyes ♪ >> reporter: take it to the limit. ♪ and take it to the limit one more time ♪ >> reporter: and the song first made a hit by linda ronstadt who was truinstrumental during the eagles early years, desperado. ♪ desperado ♪ you ain't getting no younger >> reporter: glenn frey lived all of it, the good and the bad. >> i was riding shotgun in a corvette with a drug dealer on the way to a poker game and the next thing i knew we were going about 930 mi0 miles an hour, ho big time. hey, man, what are you doing? he looked at me and he grinned,
life in the fast lane. >> reporter: 14 years after the eagles broke up, they reunited and began touring again all over the world. their records have sold millions and millions of copies. upon word of his death, band member don henley released a statement that said in part "i'm not sure i believe in fate but i know that crossing paths with glenn lewis frey in 1970 changed my life forever and eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all every the planet. it will be very strange going forward in a world without him
in it." ♪ take it easy >> glenn frey was at the cross roads of rock 'n' roll in the '70s. he did backup stuff with bob seger. goes to california, lives for jackson browne, sings backup for linda ronstadt and then becomes the eagles. just amazing stuff. >> i find it very hard to narrow down a favorite song of the eagles.
i did move to a new school when "new girl in town" was a hit. >> that was your jam. >> it became -- >> that's your anthem. >> it became my anthem. that's what i was going to say, between david bowie and the eagles, it is the sound track of our youth. >> yes, absolutely. >> i know. >> "take it to the limit" is my favorite. >> and "lying eyes." >> what is your favorite eagles song? facebook.com/newday. one of the americans freed by iran in the prison swap hails from flint, michigan. we'll speak to a michigan congressman who helped secure his release, travelled to germany to greet him. we'll have that, next. every day you read headlines about governments and businesses being hacked, emails compromised, and intellectual property being stolen. that is cyber-crime, and it affects each and every one of us. microsoft created the digital crimes unit
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♪ safe driver ♪ accident-free ♪ everybody put your flaps in the air for me ♪ all right. a midwestern cities celebrating the release of one of its own right now in the prisoner swap with iran. flint, michigan, native hekmati was one of four americans released from iran. congressman kilde joins us now. you had a chance to meet with amir. how is he doing? >> you know, he's doing pretty well for a young man who spent 4 1/2 years in one of the worst places on earth, i've got to say, he came out of it with his own spirit intact. he comes from a great family. and i think that's one of the things that sustained him.
he also comes from flint, michigan. we are a tough place and we're proud of him. proud of him as an american but also proud of him as one of our own from flint. >> you are tough. but even for tough people, years behind bars, even prison in iran has to be incredibly difficult, incredibly trying. did he talk to you about what kind of conditions he lived under there? >> he did. of course we knew, you know, through the years a bit about it, because information was able to get out. you know, there was a long period of time where he was in solitary confinement, psychological torture in effect. he was sentenced to death at one point in time, expected he was awaiting his execution. he was told he was going to be released many times and also, all sorts of horrific conditions. he was in a cell at one point in time that was basically one meter by one meter. not even enough room to lay down. it was a terrible situation.
that's why we fought so hard to get him home and he never gave up. we never gave up. and thank god this day finally came. >> after all the fighting you did, this deal got held up for hours with the plane on the tarmac. how much did he know about what was going on at that moment and how nervous was he at that time? >> i think once he got to the airport, he had a sense that this was just not another false start. he had been through a few times where he told -- when he was told he would be released and of course it did not happen. once he got to the airport, he had a sense that this was actually going to happen. he had a fairly good sense of what was going on. i spent some time with him yesterday and then went back and had dinner with him, spent a few hours and we talked about his imprisonment, talked about his release only a little bit. for the most part he was curious
about what happened in the last 4 1/2 years, particularly was surprised to hear how many people had become in the effort to bring him home. >> did he have any idea about your efforts, it's remarkable, 4 1/2 years behind bars not to know what's going on on your behalf. >> well, he knew his family was fighting for him. he knew i was. because he would get reports, other prisoners would ask him about who this congressman is and why would a congressman help him. i don't think he had a full sense of how many thousands and thousands of people were engaged in the effort to bring him home. we were having dinner last night and my phone rang and it was madeleine albright who i worked with on this case, calling to say congratulations. i handed him the phone. he was absolutely shocked that so many people, particularly people with that kind of stature had become involved in his case. >> what is next for him? what does he want now?
>> you know, i don't think he knows yet what the steps forward look like other than that he will make those decisions as a free man. he wants to be home. his father's been quite ill. he's glad that he's home and can go back and see him. i think he just wants to restart his life. he's a young man, 32 years old. he has his whole life before him. and so i don't know that he's made those decisions, but he will make those decisions now. i think that's something that he's happy about and that we all can be really thrilled for. >> congressman, talk about being in the middle of two giant news stories. you're in germany right now dealing with this prison swap. you're also from flint, michigan, where there's a water crisis, lead poisoning because of a choice made by that city two years ago. you've been critical of many people involved here, particularly the governor. he's giving a very important state of the state address tonight, rick snyder is. what do you want to hear from him tonight?
>> i want him to say he'll make it right. the decision to go to the flint river was actually made by the state of michigan for the people of flint, without their consent. and that led to this cascade of events, including his own agencies ignoring warnings. the state of michigan made this decision for the people of flint. they are paying a price. the children of flint will pay a price for a long time. they need to make it right they need to provide justice and that includes all sorts of help to give kids who now will have to have another hurdle of exposure to high levels of lead to overcome, he has to make sure those kids are given every opportunity to succeed with all the kinds of support we know actually works. it's going to take a lot to make it right. he needs to step up and do that. >> a lot of kids will need a lot of help. congressman dan kildee, thank
you for your work and on behalf of amir hekmati. thank you, sir. we'll pick up on that story, that situation in flint. it's a full-fledged disaster according to the michigan governor, rick snyder admits it's his katrina but does he have a fix for the contaminated water supply? we'll take you live to flint, next. ning) rootmetrics, in the nation's largest independent study, tested wireless performance across the country. verizon won big with one hundred fifty three state wins. at+t got thirty-eight, sprint got two, and t mobile got zero. verizon also won first in the us for data, call speed, and reliability. at+t got text. stuck on an average network? join verizon and we'll cover your costs to switch.
in the state of the state address tonight. jean casarez is live in flint. the question is, will it be enough? >> reporter: good morning, michaela. we're right on the banks here in flint, michigan of the flint river, the heart and soul of the issue. here in this city we expect two more civil suits, class-action suits to be filed later today alleging that state officials knew fully well that the water going into the homes of everyone here to drink and eat and wash and bathe with was filled with lead and copper. meanwhile, yesterday, there were protesters in michigan and today as the day progresses it is believed the protesters will go to the state capitol building on the steps to protest the state of the state address this evening by the governor. we do have a quote that he gave to the national journal in an irer it view. it's very interesting. we want to show everybody that. he does say, critics have called this your katrina, this is the question to him. do you think that is unfair?
and governor rick snyder says, no, it is a disaster. that is something that once you lose it, trust, it is much harder to earn it back. so that's the point we are at. the governor is also saying that once he realized what was happening, he took action. in the one civil suit that's already been filed, we do see they point fingers at the michigan department of environmental quality, not saying the governor knew what was happening but he is the manager of the state. and alisyn, the national guard has been called in, the governor has declared this a state of emergency. and the national guard has been passing out bottles of water, water test kits and water filters. alisyn? >> just look at that water that looks so rusty, jean. thank you so much for that report. he is one of donald trump's biggest supporters. now in his new book cnn contributor jeffrey lord explains why he thinks donald trump is the next ronald reagan. what's his response to trump's
as donald trump and senator ted cruz continue to battle it out for the top spot in iowa, cruz flatly rejecting any comparisons between trump and president ronald reagan. >> ronald reagan was a voice of consistency. and i'm pretty sure that ronald reagan didn't write checks and support democratic politicians. >> well, former reagan white house political director and cnn political commentator jeffrey lord disagrees with cruz. in his new book, he lays out the similarities he sees between trump and his former boss, ronald reagan and explains why
he supports trump. good morning. >> good morning. nice to be here. >> why do you liken the two? you heard ted cruz. trump does not liken ronald reagan. >> no two souls are the same. they're very different in style and this kind of thing. they draw some of the enemies. they're anti-convention al. former president ford was saying he could never win an election and we're just headed for disaster here if we nominate him. and there was a lot of antipathy towards him in the day. one of the things i found interesting about senator cruz, i really do like senator cruz a great deal, within he talks about ronald reagan not supporting democrats, i have a column in the american spectator this morning. i found out that in 1948 there was an audio tape on youtube of ronald reagan giving a broadcast endorsing harry truman and hubert humphrey for the u.s. senate.
he sounds like barack obama. and bernie sanders. it's an incredible thing to hear. >> you are great at digging up archival things. ted cruz further saying ronald reagan would not support the policies that donald trump has supported. listen to ted cruz here. >> ronald reagan spent decades as a principaled conservative, spent decades traveling the country, sharing his conservative free market views, defending the constitution. ronald reagan did not spend the first 60 years of his life supporting democratic politicians, advocating for big government politics, supporting things like the tarp big bank bailout, supporting things like expanding obamacare to turn it into socialized medicine. that's not what ronald reagan did. >> there you go. those are things that are definite distinctions with donald trump. how do you explain he wanted to
expand obamacare or do what he just says, universal health care. >> they're not the same person. when reagan was on that broadcast, he was supporting the principles of harry truman and harry truman famously was the first president to come out for singer payor health care. >> do you think donald trump's policies would get him into trouble? >> i think donald trump has more or less seen a light on some of these things. he isn't ronald reagan. he's donald trump. he's a different person. in terms of today's issues, defending america, being a champion for the country and heavens knows, opening up the musty doors of the republican closet, kicking in the door and bringing in fresh and new folks, that's good. >> one of the biggest differences, people and critics of trump say, trump engages in personal attacks. that can be downright rude. >> right. >> let me play some of his greatest hits or repeat them to you. carly fiorina, who wants to look at that fis. he mocked a disabled reporter. he said cruz is a nasty guy,
said jeb bush is weak and embarrassment to the bush family. these are not things ronald reagan would have said. >> they're not. i will say this. in ronald reagan's day, we didn't have what i think many people see as an epidemic of political correctness here. this went from an amusing notion to a bit of an irritation to now, i think people find this in their everyday life, they're not supposed to say merry christmas, this type of thing. you look at major hassan in ft. hood. the army knew, according to a number of reports, there was a problem with this guy because they didn't want to do it because they wanted to be politically correct and not go after him. people get killed because of this. this is no longer a laughing matter. i think donald trump responds by saying i'm not politically correct. >> some people think his lack of political correctness goes -- veers into rudeness and goes beyond not being politically correct, including ronald reagan's son, michael reagan.
listen to what he says about the comparisons about his dad and donald trump. listen to this. >> ronald reagan didn't attack the people around him. he didn't demean the people around him. you know, he brought everybody together. would my father be appalled? i'm appalled on behalf of my father and the rag familia -- r family. i think to see someone like this who personally attacks people time and time and time again is appalling to me. i hope the voters start to see through donald trump and the kind of candidate that he is and the kind of president he may end up being. >> michael reagan says he's appalled by the comparisons. >> right, right. i love michael reagan. one of the reasons i wrote "what america needs: the case for trump," i got tired of seeing trump supporters, regular folks out there, good people, being beaten over the head as -- and portrayed as a bunch of
xenophobic bigots and this type of thing. these are good people, the vast majority of these people are good people, they're concerned about the country. they're looking at their life, what's going on around them and they're upset and they want something done and they see donald trump as a man of action who will make some changes. so that's why i wrote the book. respectfully with michael, i understand the differences here. no two people are different but we're living in a dump time here. >> the book again is "what america needs" by jeffrey lord. great to have you in studio. >> thanks, alisyn. a major winter storm could be brewing in the coming days. which area will be the hardest hit? where will we get our first real snowfall of the season? here's a hint. here. l to support an important cause that can change the way you live for years to come. how can you help? by giving a little more, to yourself. i am running for my future. people sometimes forget to help themselves. the cause is retirement,
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a new arrest in connection with november's terror attacks in paris. a belgian man of moroccan descent was arrested in morocco. he's identified as 26-year-old jalil attar. a belgian prosecutor says attar had a direct link to the rampage and knew the attackers well, including the mastermind. futures in wall street pointing up despite china reporting its slowest economic growth in 25 years. the economy growing at 6.9% for the year with a downward trend in the final quarter.
the news, though, not having a big impact on global markets. shanghai closing up more than 3% and european markets trading higher. prosecutors in texas are meeting with a judge this morning to have their case against the so-called affluenza teen heard in adult court. if the judge agrees it could create stricter probation conditions for ethan couch. he is currently fighting deportation from mexico after he fled the country last month. folks on the east coast, gird your loins. >> what does that have to do with them? >> it's important to stay warm. there's a big winter storm coming, bringing heavy snow and strong winds from washington to new england. this is happening. this is the news. i'm reporting it. >> it went sideways, chad. >> help me out here, chad. >> was that written down on the prompter. >> he ad libbed that. >> i couldn't tell. >> you have to get ready.
>> all right, berman, enough for you. cold air across the country right now and it continues for this morning. this is the story. the cold air is already in place. there's a small storm system that will bring light snow across the great lakes today, 2 to 4 inches. this is not what we're worried about. we're worried about that storm right there. given the fact that it's still in the pacific ocean, this could change a little. not very much. the american model and the european model are in agreement. europeans and americans don't agree on much. this time it's happening. notice this pink line, north of there it's all snow. this is friday at our time right now. 48 hours from right now. it's just beginning to snow in d.c., then it snows in new york city. the heaviest snow is in the appalachian mountains west of washington, d.c. i'll move you into the model here. philadelphia, d.c., that's where the heavy snow is.
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hanatisha, a director at a children's hospital, one of the first to flag officials about the dangerous effects of lead in flint's water. dr. mona, so glad you could join us. you saw this, noted it, researched it, published your findings. research showing the percentage of children with elevated blood levels nearly doubled from 2.1% in the 20 months prior to september 2013 to 4% by september of last year in some zip codes going as high as 6.3%. you flagged health officials. what was their response? >> well, when we released our research in late september, we were attacked. i was told that i was an unfortunate researcher, causing near hysteria and that the state numbers were not consistent with our numbers. >> okay. an unfortunate researcher causing near hysteria, you didn't back down. you didn't let the situation go. how many more times did you go back to the well, pun intended, to try to get their attention.
>> the attacks continued for about a week and a half, two weeks. but we knew the numbers were right we checked them, double checked and we were confident with our numbers. it was entirely consistent with what was happening with the water. it was a perfect setup for lead to be in the water because of the lack of corrosion control. we knew that lead in that water was getting into the bodies of children. so we stood our ground and had some good conversations finally with some people in the state and they relooked at their numbers and realized, hey, we know what, we have consistent findings with yours. >> we have a problem. i think it bears reminding people, given that you're a pediatrician the dangers of lead. you talk about these levels that are found in children. remind us of how serious -- this isn't something that's going to go away. >> no. lead is something that is with us forever. the cdc, the american academy of pediatrics say there is no safe level of lead in a child. it causes these long-term,
life-long irreversible impacts. impacts your cognition, drops your iq and impacts your behavior. it's been implicated to be associated with criminality. it has life-long, generational effects. we know there should never be lead in a child. we've just now exposed an entire population to this irreversible neurotoxin. >> in some of the zip codes it's higher levels. some of the zip codes are areas where they're struggling with community issues, poverty and joblessness, et cetera. that -- >> absolutely. >> that just compounds the problem. okay. we know the governor is giving a state of the state. we understand he's reworked it to address the situation, says he's got a possible fix. are you happy to know he's going to address it or in your estimation is it too late? >> it's great to get the
governor's words. we have to see what fools. i believe we're in a state of emergency. if we don't do something now, we'll see the life-long consequences until we rethe resources for the kids, we're not going to stop talking. >> give us specifics. what do you want to see? what do you want to hear? >> we can sit back and see the consequences of this mass exposure or mitigate it. we cannot reverse it. there's no pill or antidote for lead. putting in wrap-around services like education, great nutrition services, mental health services, all these things that are well known to help all children who are at risk for developmental problems. so that is what we're asking for. all these wrap-around services that will help lift our children who have this exposure. >> the governor has said to say to have likened this current situation there in flint to katrina. fair assessment, you think? >> yes. it's unheard of. in 2016 in the middle of the
great lakes we are literally in the middle of the great lakes to have such a disaster. and yes, it was a manmade disaster, it wasn't a natural disaster but it in a clearly demarcated area. the response has been inadequate. we've been living this disaster since april of 2014. >> i'm just one person but i'm impressed by your steadfast resolution to make sure this didn't go away. good on you, dr. mona. keep doing great work and hopefully we'll see a reversing trend here. >> thanks for having me. a lot of news to get to this morning. let's get to it. we need a leader who is prepared to do whatever is needed to keep this country safe. two corinthians, right? two corinthians, where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. >> i like donald trump. i respect donald trump. if he or anyone else wants to engage in a battle of insults, he's welcome to do so. three americans freed in
that iranian prison swap reuniting with her families. >> cases remain very much unresolved. >> president obama has had seven years to get him home. it's obvious that the iranian government knows exactly where he is. >> where is the diversity in hollywood? >> maybe it is time that we grab our resources putting them back into our communities. this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good morning, everyone. welcome back to your "new day." chris is off this morning. john berman joins us. anderson coop donald trump looking for divine intervention. he made a gaffe referencing the book of corinthians. trump trying to secure the evangelical vote with three campaign events in iowa today. >> the trump top competition there, ted cruz brushing aside trump's claim to being a true conservative, dismissing comparisons to ronald reagan,
another democrat turned republican. this morning, trump is touting a major campaign announcement in the hawk eye state. will it be a big endorsement? we join our coverage in new hampshire. >> reporter: that is the big guess. ted cruz now on the campaign trail is really trying to frame this race as a choice for voters between him and donald trump, saying more and more it looks like this is coming down to a two-man race. this intense feud that's emerged is fueling both candidates fire. >> where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. >> reporter: donald trump trumpeting his faith. >> i wrote "art of the deal," a lot of best sellers. i always say a deep, deep second
to the bible. the bible is the best. the bible. the bible blows it away. >> reporter: given the convocation at liberty university in an attempt to connect with evangelical students, quoting from scripture. >> two corinthians, right? two corinthians 3:17. that's the whole ball game. >> reporter: but wrongly referring to it as two corinthians, instead of second corinthians, drawing laughter from the religious crowd. trump trying to make the case that he's better for evangelicals than rival ted cruz as the battle for iowa heats up. >> ronald reagan didn't read the bible every day, seven days a week but he was a great president. frankly, i would say that i will be a far better leader. i'll be much stronger in protecting the evangelicals. >> reporter: while pounding pavement in the granite state, cruz firing back, questioning trump's conservative credentials. >> i'm pretty sure that ronald reagan didn't write checks and support democratic politicians. >> reporter: any attacks on the texas senator noticeably absent from trump's modified stump monday, never even mentioning his name after days of sharp
jabs at his character. >> he's a nasty guy, nobody likes him. >> reporter: trump treading lightly on the trail but tweeting harsh rhetoric about cruz's birth problem and loans from big banks. cruz not letting him have the last word. >> we need a leader who is prepared to do what is needed to keep this country safe. that typically doesn't include spending your time on twitter. >> reporter: and as donald trump made this big pitch to evangelicals, members of the british parliament held a debate about potentially banning trump from coming into the uk. this was in response to donald trump's call to stop muslims from entering into the u.s. here's a little bit of that debate as it played out on the floor of parliament. >> donald trump is no more than a demagogue. >> somebody who is a ridiculo ridiculousist.
>> he is a wasak for dealing with this issue in this way. >> in the end, no official vote was taken, no big decision made but more of a chance for them to air their grievances, vent a little bit about donald trump. join is us now is communications director for ted cruz, rick tyler. thanks so much for being with us. >> good morning, jonathan. >> we heard senator cruz talking about donald trump in ways that up until about the last week we hadn't heard before. he's no ronald reagan. where was he on tarp or immigration? to misquote ted cruz, my question to you is, what's chan changed? the constitution hasn't changed. ronald reagan hasn't changed. what's changed is the race is now really tight. is that why ted cruz is all of a sudden talking about donald trump in this way after three, four months of palling around with him? >> well, that's right. the race did change. ted cruz made his way up slowly in the polls. now in most polls we're second
place to donald trump. in iowa, we're even ahead of them or even with him. and what changed was donald trump didn't like the idea of losing. so donald trump suddenly started invective, calling names, making ridiculous birther claims. and making other assertions. and do not call your brother rocca, that's what the bible says as well. he calls him nasty. that's name calling. we could have a difference of opinion or difference -- debate on substance but donald trump doesn't want to seem to have that. he seems to want to lash out and call nams. i don't find that very presidential. i'm not sure hif other people will. >> donald trump has been calling people names for a long, long time. for ted cruz, is there an authenticity issue here? honestly, to months, ted cruz was bending over backwards to say nice things about donald trump, to now attack him. does it seem inauthentic to say, now that he's calling me names, it's off limits?
>> yes, but this is different if you call someone a name or point out substantive differences. donald trump compared himself to ronald reagan. ronald reagan was a democratic. he was right about that. ronald reagan even as a democrat fought communist as the president of the screen actor's guild. his party did leave him a long time ago. donald trump was growing up with the same democratic party in new york city. the same democratic party that he gave money to eliot spitzer, mario cuomo, to hillary clinton, to anthony weiner. and donald trump as we saw in the "meet the press" interview in 1999 has a lot of progressive liberal views. what he claims is the reason for that is because he grew up in new york. >> ted cruz knew about that 1999 interview when he shared a stage with donald trump talking about iran sanctions. he knew that when he was shaking his hand everywhere. >> right. >> it emsos like now his opinion of donald trump has remarkably all of a sudden changed when
everyone knew those things about donald trump for a long time. >> we can still -- look, i have a lot of democratic friends who i know and love and like very much. and ted cruz likes donaldtrump. but we're in the stage of the campaign where it is down to two people. both have articulated some sort of a vision, although cruz has talked about what would guide him, what are his guiding principles to make decisions for future events as president. donald trump hasn't done that so well. we're in the contrast phase of the campaign. it is helpful to voters, they do not consider in an attack when they understand the difference substantively on the two. ted cruz will continue to point those out while donald trump calls names. >> he does call names. he's called ted cruz nasty. he said nobody likes ted cruz, which is something you've heard from washington circles for a long time. i know this irhurts the campaig. ted cruz has the highest
favorability among republican voters. >> he's the most likeable candidate among all the candidates, republican or democrat, it was in the gallup poll. yes, washington doesn't like ted cruz. news flash, donald trump, they don't like him. you know why? he's the guy who will go in there and shake it up. donald trump wouldn't shake it up. he would make deals, compromise. he's been the pay master forever the cartel for a long time. when people have a choice, are they going to choose someone who has held progressive views and now all of a sudden they're a conservative. >> pay master for the cartel. haven't heard that one before. let me ask you about two corinthians versus second corinthians. a big deal? >> yes. >> that's what donald trump said at liberty university. >> you know what, i don't think it's a big deal. new christians come into the church all the time and make
that mistake, call it second corinthians -- or they call it two corinthians, two chronicles. people in the church correct them. it's second corinthians. it's what a learner does, you're learning the bible, you learn the difference between the new testament, the stories, what they mean, how they relate to each other. it doesn't bother me at all. >> donald trump says he has a big endorsement planned, big rally. someone will appear on that stage. there's been some speculation it's jerry falwell jr. and other speculation it's sarah palin. what if it is sarah palin, would that be a blow to the cruz campaign? >> i think it would be a blow to sarah palin. sarah palin has been a champion for the conservative cause. and if she was going to endorse donald trump, sadly she'd be endorsing someone who's held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, marriage, partial birth
abortion. he supported t.a.r.p. bailout. it goes on and on and on. donald trump claims he's changed all those views. i think if it was sarah palin -- let me just say, i'd be deeply disappointed. >> rick tyler, great to have you with us this morning. thanks so much. >> good to be with you. thank you. to the democrats race, should they be prepared for a long primary fight? hillary clinton is in iowa, bernie sanders taking his message to the south. brianna keilar is live in birmingham, alabama, traveling with the sanders campaign. hi, brianna. >> good morning, michaela. bernie sanders taking aim at what's known as hillary clinton's southern fire wall, specifically he's been trying to court black voters here in the south that are so key to a democrat being successful here in these late february, early march southern contests. meanwhile, hillary clinton trying to frame herself as the more electable choice as bernie sanders stresses boldness and big change.
>> i have the front row seat as to what it takes to be in that cauldron. >> guess what, that inevitable candidate ain't so inevitable today. >> reporter: many political observers have looked at the contest after iowa, new hampshire, where bernie sanders is really giving hillary clinton a run for her money. and they've said that hillary clinton is so much stronger in the south than bernie sanders. i did talk to a bernie aide who said that southern fire wall for hillary clinton is nonsense. but the clinton campaign still stressing that they have good ground game in these early states. we shall see. alisyn? >> absolutely, we've heard the same thing from some of our pundits this morning. thanks so much for that. three americans freed in the iranian president are spending long overdue time at ramsten air base in landstuhl, germany.
this morning, mystery surrounds one person still in iran. fred pleitgen joins me. >> reporter: there were very emotional scenes that played out here at the landstuhl regional medical center as these three men were finally able to spend time with their friends and family late last night. the doctors here at the facility say they wanted to take the process slowly so the three men would not be overwhelmed by all the support they've been getting. many u.s. congress members, their family, other supporters have come here to landstuhl to welcome them back. i was able to speak to jared huffman who is close to the rezaian family. he says jason rezaian is in good spirits. let's listen to what he said. >> his spirits are terrific. he's feeling good physically. i think he's having waves of complex emotions as you would imagine.
but if iran's goal was to break jason rezaian's spirit, they failed miserably. >> nevertheless, he also said jason rezaian, his detention was very, very tough as was the case with all of the other two men who were also there in that prison in tehran. it is notorious for the tough conditions there. apparently jason walked around a tiny cell for a very long time just to keep physically and mentally fit. of course, alisyn, in all of the jubilation that we have about the release of these three men about the fact that they are now back in germany, there are still americans missing in iran. those businessman, and levinson. the daily beast reports the pentagon is considering a demotion of the four star general for revealing classified information to his biographer
and mistress five years ago. even though the recommended no action at the time, he may be interested in sending a message to other officers. prompted by a boycott. cheryl boone isaac says i am heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. this is a difficult but important conversation and it is time for big changes. filmmaker spike lee and actress jada pinkett smith they would boycott the oscar ceremony next month. spike was set to receive an award. he and his wife will not attend. jada pinkett smith will not be going. her husband was not nominated for "concussion." >> be interesting to see how chris rock, the host, handles all of this. >> indeed. >> neither smith nor spike lee offering criticism for the rock
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one american was notably absent from that prison swap with iran. bob levinson. he's a retired agent and cia contractor. he went missing in 2007. what's being done to bring him home? joining us now is secretary of state tony blanken. we'll get to why you are in seoul, south korea in a moment. his family while happy for the other released prisoners is devastated he was not part of this swap. do you know the status of robert levinson today? >> alisyn, let me say first, i empathize so much with his family. if i were in their shoes, it's impossible to put yourself in their shoes, i know i'd feel exactly the same way. we are determined to find his whereabouts and bring him home. he will not rest until we do.
back in 2011, we said we had reason to believe that he may be being held outside of iran. as you know, he disappeared in iran. we've been engaged with the iranians to work to find him. and we have their commitment to continue that effort, to continue the cooperation to find him. and we will hold them to that. we have an ongoing investigation. i can't get into any more details because i don't want to prejudice it. i can just say we will spare no effort to bring him home. i know that's never going to be satisfactory for the family given the horrible experience they're going through. but we've demonstrated with our other fellow americans we would spare no effort to bring them home. we're doing the same thing with robert levinson. >> was robert levinson part of the negotiation that went into freeing these five americans? >> no, no, no. we've been working to bring him back to find him and to bring
him back the entire time. and he's been absolutely part of everything we've tried to do. but as i said, the iranians have claimed that they don't know where he is. as i said, we also have reason to believe back in 2011 that he may be being held outside of iran. because he disappeared in iran, we believe the iranians must have information. they have committed to work with us to find him. we will continue to do exactly that. >> what makes you think he might not be in iran? >> alisyn, i don't want to get into any details. we have an ongoing investigation. i don't want to do anything that would prejudice it. i do want to make it very clear, we're not resting until we find out where he is and we want to bring him home as soon as we possibly can. >> robert levinson's daughter wrote an emotional plea, op-ed
on cnn.com. let me read you a piece of why she says she feels betrayed. she says always, always, we have trusted our government officials listening to them when they tell us they are doing all they can, waiting desperately for the next meeting update, the next glimmer of hope, call to action so it can be our turn to celebrate our father's return. now we've reached our breaking point. we are crushed and outraged. it sounds like they are upset with the state department and with government officials that you all have not been forthcoming enough, haven't kept them in the loop enough. what do you say to robert levinson's family? >> look, all i can say is, i genuinely understand how they feel and if i were in their shoes, i suspect i'd feel exactly the same way. all i can add is we have done everything we can. we will continue to do everything we can to find him and bring him home. >> tony, is robert levinson in a
different category because he was doing work for the cia? >> no, no. again, there's an ongoing effort to bring him -- find him and bring him home. i don't want to get into any details other than to say we have a commitment from iran to continue working with us to find him, to cooperate in that effort and we will hold them to that. >> as we mentioned, you're in seoul, south korea engaged in talks there to figure out what's beginning on with the north, particularly since they tested that bomb that they say was a hydrogen bomb. what have you learned? >> so i'm here in seoul and i was just in tokyo and i'm heading to beijing. we are working on a very strong international response to what was the fourth test of a nuclear weapon by north korea. it's vitally important that the international community speak with one voice.
we have very strong solidarity here in south korea as well as in tokyo. i'll be going to beijing to work with the chinese on this, too. there's a lot of effort in new york at the security council, at the united nations to produce a very strong response to this. but ultimately, we have to increase the pressure on the regime in north korea to change its behavior. this is simply unacceptable to us and it's unacceptable to countries around the world. >> so many of our international experts have said it really does fall on china to exert effort over north korea. do you get a sense from beijing that they are open to doing that? >> i'll find out in a couple of days. china shares the same goal that we have, which is the denuclearization of north korea. they've been very clear about that publicly. at the same time, they do have a unique role to play and we're looking to them to join us in leadership on this effort, in this effort.
they have a relationship with north korea unlike that of any other country. virtually all of north korea's trade goes to, from or through china. they have an ability to exert influence and pressure. they've done it in the past and we're looking to them to do it in the future. china says that they're concerned because they don't want instability here in asia and in northeast asia. the simple answer is, that north korea is the greatest source through its actions of instability. and china can and we hope will play an important role in changing north korea's behavior. >> all right, tony, please keep us updated on how your talks go in beijing. great to have you on "new day." thank you. let's get over to john. donald trump flubbing a bible reference as he tries to appeal to evangelicals and maybe beat ted cruz at his own game. will that gaffe affect him at the polls? that's next.
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cashews away or return packages for a refund. donald trump, flubbing a bible reference while trying to court evangelical voters at a university. listen for yourselves. >> two corinthians 3:17. that's the whole ball game, where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. >> now, some people see trump calling the bible verse two corinthians instead of second corinthians as a sign of disconnect between perhaps his real knowledge of the bible and his professed knowledge of the bible. does this appeal to evangelicals come across as inauthentic? joining us now to discuss, columnist for the daily beast, patricia murphy and political correspondent for "the new york times," patrick healey. two corinthians versus second corinthians, patrick, is this it? is donald trump completely sunk? >> i don't think it's time to go home yet. i feel like he has an outreach challenge here, especially in
iowa. he's looking hard to go at ted cruz. he needs every vote possible. especially peeling off some of those ben carson supporters who are seen as potentially soft and up for grabs. everything that donald trump does to reinforce the notion that he's not one of them, that as ted cruz says, he's this guy from new york and what does that mean is a problem. people's ears are tuned to what candidates are saying right now. saying two corinthians is probably going to reinforce for some evangelical voters. he's not one of them but if he's saying the things we want to hear, that probably is more important. >> it did eenforce it for bobby jindal, a previous rival of his. listen to what bobby jindal had to say about this flub. >> you may have recently heard and seen that donald trump said the bible was his favorite book yet when asked he couldn't name a specific or bible verse that was important to him, that had
an impact on him. do you know why? it's clear, donald trump's never read the bible. >> sorry. that was from september. i thought he was referring to this but it's the same category of is he an authentic bible quoter. patricia? >> yes. i think that this reinforces what we've known about donald trump, that he's not a big bible person. he probably doesn't go to bible readings on wednesday night. i think that it's baked into the cake for people looking at donald trump. he's been making these mistakes all along but still winning against evangelicals across the country. he's meeting a threshold for most evangelicals in these national polls. can he actually deliver those votes in iowa? that's the biggest question. there are about 60% of people in iowa be with the caucusgoers say their evangelicals, can he combine his message and organization to get those people
to caucus for him and win. that's the wild card here. >> evangelicals are a big voting bloc but they don't necessarily all vote on bible fealty. >> that's right. >> how are evangelical voters being courted on the ground there? >> the trump people are going out and saying, these are the issues that donald trump cares the most about in terms of immigration reform. doing immigration kind of the right way. putting border security first, not citizenship or amnesty. looking at protecting the borders from muslims coming into the country. they're going to voters and they're saying here's a guy whoen does the talk the usual political babble. is he someone you can trust? are you going to see him at your church every week? no. but he's a leader that says what he believes, taking positions that are about as conservative as you're going to get in this race. for a lot of people, that's the
authenticity that matters. it's not what has his history been and his particular faith. they're not looking at donald trump as sort of the preacher figure mike huckabee was or rick santorum. that's not his appeal but be fair, that's not what they're selling in iowa. >> at the end of the day, it's about the ground game and who you will get to the caucuses. does donald trump have a ground infrastructure in place in iowa? >> we know he does not have the kind of infrastructure that ted cruz has, especially with evangelicals. ted cruz has a pastner every county who is reaching out to other pastors in those counties to speak to their congregations, to get them to come out for trump in a way that doesn't cross over into the land of actually what's not legal. he has a weekly prayer chain for christians who can sign up or his website. he has an incredible ground game that's designed to deliver evangelicals. donald trump has what we know are going to be a lot of new
caucusgoers. he also has a lot of new volunteers. that's specifically a problem for donald trump. the volunteers that he has out there, many of them have not caucused themselves, are not doing the traditional types of follow-up we'd see people following up with caucusgoers the way they have in the past. will it matter? do you have to be out there doing retail politics? do you have to have a ground game if you're a celebrity like donald trump? we'll find out in two weeks. >> the other guy who was seens ahaving a good ground game in iowa over the last couple months is ben carson. you brought up carson right now. his campaign is nowhere near where it was in november. there are some voters there who may be right for the choosing. do they want that religious figure? can carson identify more with that or do they want the outsider, which carson also identifies with. >> trump is going to parts of iowa where they see ben carson voters being very strong.
they see these voters up for grabs, partly because these voters are moving away from ben carson through doubts. they still want an outsider. they don't necessarily want someone from washington. they may not be sold on a ted cruz or marco rubio who's in the senate. they see donald trump as someone who is going to be sort of a fresh voice in the system. whether he's able to sell that, goes quite to the ground game. he doesn't have the same organizational strength as a ted cruz in iowa. >> less than two weeks away. it will be fascinating to see what happens in the next two weeks. patricia, patrick, thanks so much. >> thank you. while the families of the freed american prisoners celebrate, another family is left agonizing over the fate of their loved one. robert levinson disappeared nine years ago while on assignment his family feels betrayed. we'll speak to them, next. every day you read headlines about businesses
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and where is he? joining us now is christine and daniel levinson, his wife and son. nice to have both of you here. these past few days have been very hard for your family, of course you're happy for the other families and them being reunited with their loved ones but you say you feel betrayed, christine, by the u.s. government. how have they betrayed you? >> first of all, they didn't let us know that this had happened. i was with my daughter at her house and another daughter called up and told us. we turned on the tv and found out it was true. no one had gotten in touch with us and let us know this was happening. >> you wanted to be kept in the loop, of course. you are looking for information about your loved one. dan, what have they told you about where they believe your father is? >> they haven't told us much, especially since this happened over the weekend. we had one phone call and haven't heard them since. we would like to meet with president obama, secretary kerry
and others to hear what is their plan to get my dad home? now that everything else has been done, the nuclear deal happened, iran got what they wanted. they had sanctions lifted, iranians came home. the u.s. has gotten the americans home. only people who are suffering is my family at this point. my dad, he's over there, it's been almost nine years and he's suffering an unimaginable nightmare. what does that say about how the u.s. government treats people who are over there abandoning them even after they've been serving our country. >> we had deputy secretary of state tony blinken on. >> i genuinely understand how they feel and if i were in their shoes, i suspect i'd feel exactly the same way. all i can add is, we have done everything we can. we will continue to do everything we can to find him
and bring him home. >> christine, why are you shaking your head? >> that will never be enough. he's not home yet. this case has been going on for almost nine years now. >> do you believe they've done everything they can? when he says that, do you believe that? >> no. because he's not home yet. if they had already done everything they can, he would be here with us. >> here's what's particularly troubling to us. after -- we have been hearing this for years and years. we want to believe them. we have no choice but to. says when a u.s. government was negotiating these people -- the other americans' release, they gave them a list of names and my father's name was not on there. if that is true, if those reports are true, then that would be absolutely devastating to us, because they willingly abandoned him and left him behind. i can only hope that they are really doing everything they can. president obama has promised that. secretary kerry has promised that.
but it hasn't given us results. we've been hearing this for years and years now. >> in 2011, correct me if i'm wrong, i believe you received proof of life video as it's called of your husband. >> yes. >> let me play a little snippet of that moment. >> 33 years of service for the united states deserves something. please help me. >> christine, i know that's terrible to watch. he doesn't look well. >> no. >> what makes you sure that he is still alive? >> i just know in my heart that he is alive and trying to figure out some way to get home to his family. and of course we'll never stop searching for him and trying to get him home. and i want him to know that, especially if he can see this. we love him. we miss him every day and we want him home safe and sound. he needs to be strong.
>> at the same time, the government officials we've spoken with have told us there's no evidence to suggest that he's not alive. so, of course, they're operating under the assumption that he's alive. why wouldn't we? people who had suggested that he wasn't alive years ago, this was before we got the video, before we got pictures six months later. why is this any different now? >> when we talked to tony blanken, the deputy secretary of state, he said we don't know if he's still in iran. he said it twice. >> right. >> do you believe that he is still in iran? why does the state department have doubts? >> we believe that the iranian government certainly knows where he is. he was picked up on an island. very unlikely he's still on that island. iranians picked him up which the reports in the state media said so, they could easily move him across the country, across the border of pakistan and afghanistan. it's a porous border. that's a possibility of course. government believes iran knows where he is exactly. >> your daughter wrote in a cnn
article that your family's at the breaking point. what do you plan to do now? >> well, the first thing is get meetings in d.c. i've been trying to get meetings since late november and haven't been able to do that. >> what have they been telling you? >> nothing. that's why i'm trying to get meetings. >> in other words, your e-mails, phone calls are going unanswered? >> i have had a couple of phone calls but nothing -- but i have not had face-to-face meetings which is what i'm looking for. you can't talk over the phone the way you can talk to a person in person. >> who do you want to meet with? >> i want to meet with president obama, secretary kerry. i would like to meet with susan rice. i'd like to meet with director comey, john brendan at the cia, everyone involved in this case. >> dan? >> everyone and anyone. the fact that we still haven't heard -- the state department, it would have been nice to have heard from them before we did this interview.
the one phone call we've gotten since is the apology we haven't been warned ahead of time. nothing since, nothing about what's going on, nothing about the next steps. we're desperate for answers. we'll push hard and we're not going to go away. >> we know that. dan and christine, your family are in our thoughts. thanks for sharing this with us. we'll follow every step of the way. imagine not knowing for that long. all right. another story we're watching out of hollywood, actress jada pinkett smith, director spike lee, both taking a stand, taking a stand against the academy awards saying they're going to boycott the ceremony over the lack of diversity among nominees. the academy is now responding. will this protest spur change? these are the hands, the hands that drive commerce,
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for the second year in a row black actors, any actor of color has been shut off of oscar nominations. actress jade pingtd smith and director spike lee have calling f for. i want to discuss this with entertainment tonight host and cnn contribute michelle turner and cnn contributor and op ed columnist for the "new york times" charlsz charles blow. great to have you both here. first of all michelle it's been a lot of the talk there in hollywood and you had a chance to hear from lots of people. >> yeah. >> i understand there are people who don't think a boycott is the right way toe go. >> news flash.
there are a lot of people that feel differently about this. i think the general consensus is that everyone does believe this is a problem. that it is an issue. more so a bigger issue in hollywood than just in the academy but there are a lofrt lot of people i spoke who who don't think a boycott is the way to go. you need to keep pushing forward and do the work and change will come. but staying away from the oscars itself he doesn't believe is the solution. >> spike lee and jada pinkett smith announcing the boycott yesterday. are you expecting to see more come forward and supporting their boycott? >> well, you know, it is curious. it is an interesting question and kind of tricky for them. they are part of this system. you can look at it two ways. one is a boycott by the actors themselves who might show up.
will and jade, and spia, and sp a position where they can do this and it won't be a big deal for them. if you are a young actor i don't know how you negotiate this. it could be career suicide. the other thing though, there are actual viewers like me. the moment the wars were announced i thought i'm not watching because none of the films i saw that i thought, you know, someone would be nominated and i could cheer for that person. they are not nominated. beast of no nation is an anab a amazing film. i think will did a great job in "concussion." i think "creed" is a great film and it's written and conceived by --. and i'm thinking, you know, of the films i saw my people are not there. but it is an even bigger issue than that.
you know, if you look back over the kind of films where black actors have been nominated, it is kind of a very narrow lane. where, you know, race as either a historical phenomenon or a current sociallogical phenomenon.ological phenomenon. >> the only -- about the fact michelle that many of the films nominated are more about the white men overcoming diversity and speaks to the topic here that the gate keepers, the people that green light projects in hollywood or don't green light projects in hollywood, that is where the diversity issue is paramount. >> well i think that speaks to the bigger point that speak lee was trying to make yesterday when he said listen, there needs to be diversity at the
decision-making table because that is where it starts. and there is an overall problem in hollywood with diversity because the decision makers usually look alike. and so maybe it is not an issue of outright racism or trying to keep black people off of the screen or out of the awards ceremonies. it is more so when you are green lighting projects you go to what's familiar. but let's be honest here. it is not joust just hollywood. how many times have we had this conversation about this industry. so the people who make the decisions who are at the table need to look like society and if they don't you won't get that reflection in whatever area you are in. >> it is interesting -- >> [ inaudible ]. >> i think charles can't hear us. >> i want to pull up the statement from the academy. both -- difficult but important conversation. time for big changes we need to do more and better and more
quickly. look, i'm curious what you think charles they can do. we know there is a black host in chris rock. i'm curious to see how he's going to handle things. we know there is a black producer of the actual telecast. and there is a black president of the academy. what else can be done? >> right. so the pace of change is going to be slow. there are 6,000 plus members of the academy. they vote privately. they are really homogenous. they are almost all white. they are mostly male and they are very old. and unless you are saying to us you are going to remove some of the seated members of the academy and replace them with other people, which they are not going to do. that is not going happen. this idea of pace of change is going to be slow.
because they have new classes of voters. last time i think the biggest class they had was 400 plus people and it was slightly more minorities but i think it was something like 20 of that 400 were black or minority. and i'm thinking if that is the pace of the change it is going to be really slow. >> well charles i'm going to guess that the three of us will be having these conversations more in the coming days. >> can i be in miami next time where charles is? >> we can and make that happen. >> i feel so badly for you guys. >> get in the conversation. tweet us at "new day" or post your comments on facebook. following a lot of news, let's get to it. >> we are going to protect christianity. two corinthians, 3:17. that is the whole ball game. >> randle reagan did not spend the first 60 years of his life
supporting democratic politicians. >> we need a sensible achievable agenda. >> guess what? that inevitable candidate ain't so much today. >> one american notably absent with that prisoner swap with iran. >> we've beenen gajd with the iranians to work to find him. >> millions of eagles flans remembering glenn frey. >> he's certainly lived a rock star's lifestyle. >>. ♪ renting a room at the hotel california ♪ ♪ any time of year in ♪ you can find it here. >> there you go. some eagles tunes for you. every single song is a hit. >> and a memory. >> and we know all the words to it. welcome back to "new day." donald trump looking for redemption after a slip on the
campaign trail. he stumbled citing the book of corinthians at evangelical university and now looking to right the ship at three events in iowa. >> ted cruz trying to convince voters he's the real conservative urging them to dismiss trump's claim he's the next coming of ronald reagan. now trump hinlting at the big endorsement today. if a big campaign boost on the way? we begin coverage with sunlin. >> ted cruz trying to frame this race as a choice between him and trump. telling voters here that more and more this is looking like a two-man race. the face-off now fuelling the fire. >> where the spirit of lord is, there is liberty. >> donald trump, trumpeting his faith. >> i wrote the art of the deal,
i wrote many best sellers. i always say a deep, deep second to the bible. the bible blows it away. >> in an attempt to connect with evangelical students quoting from scripture. >> two corinthians, 3:17. >> but wrongly referring to it as two corinthians instead of second corinthians. trump trying to make the case that he's better for evangelicals than ted cruz. >> ronald reagan wasn't totally. he didn't read the bible every day but he was a great president. i will say i will be a far better leader. >> cruz firing back, questioning trump's conservative credentials. >> i'm pretty sure that ronald reagan didn't write checks and support democratic
politicians -- >> any attacks on the texas senator noticeably absent, never even mentioning his name after days of sharp jabs at his character. trump treading lightly but tweeting harsh rhetoric about cruz's canadian birth problem. >> we need a leader to do what is prepared to keep the country safe and that typically doesn't include spending your time on twitter. >> and donald trump keeps hinting at a major announcement in iowa university posting to his facebook page that he'll have a very special guest in attendance, what could be a potentially a big endorsement for him. >> thanks so much. hillary clinton and the bernie sanders gearing up for what could be a long fight now.
a fight that goes way beyond iowa less than two weeks from today. live in birmingham alabama is brianna with the sanders campaign. >> reporter: bernie sanders looking south, including here in birmingham, alabama to try to put a hole in hillary clinton's southern firewall. he's been trying to attract support from african american voters for key for the success of a democrat. just anecdotally looking at his rally last night it was over 7,000 strong as we understand it. but it was predominantly and overwhelmingly a white crowd that he did bring in. in the meantime hillary clinton in iowa saying that she is the more electable of the two is bernie sanders here stressing boldness and big change. >> i have the front row seat as to what it takes to be in that
caldron. >> well guess what, that inevitab inevitable candidate ain't to inevitable today. >> the campaign still emphasizing they have a lot of confidence but talking to a bernie sanders aide allison, they said that clinton's southern firewall is nonsense. i don't think the clinton campaign feels that way. we'll see in the coming weeks. >> we're seal right now. joining us to the discuss the race is the bernie sanders' campaign manager jeff weaver. good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start right there with that southern firewall. bernie sanders is doing better in iowa than many pundits expected. they always thought maybe in new hampshire and that's happening.
but south carolina is where it gets tricky. because minority voters are not necessarily going to turn out for this senator from one of the whitest states in the country. why do you think otherwise? >> well alisyn, what we've seen throughout the race is that the more voters get to know bernie sanders, the more they come to him. and that's been true all throughout the race. starting out in new hampshire next door to vermont new him better than think any other state and they were strong support from the beginning. as we've gotten out and talked to voters and put his message on television voters have moved to him. and the truth of the matter is he's spent time in south carolina ow, he's going to smend more time there. there was a recent poll this week showing the gap is closing, including with african american voters. there was a poll in california showing the gap with latino vote sers narrowing. a few months ago. everybody was saying the same thing about iowa.
how far behind he was, how he could make it up and that is what -- >> but what does bernie sanders have to offer african american voters that hillary clinton doesn't? >> how about a $15 minimum wage which will give half of all african american workers a raise. how about a lifetime of fighting for civil rights. how about his opposition to broken criminal justice, against mandatory minimums. against the death penalty. about creating a pipeline for success as opposed to prison. senator sarnds his whole life has been fighting for economic and social equality and when we are able to spend more time in the south which we're beginning to do that message is going to resonate. >> when thing he taubs about the healthcare. and he would go further has been the affordable care act. theres a moment that the hillary clinton and bernie sanders went at it each other so watch that.
>> there are things we can do to improve it. but to tear it up and start over again, pushing our country back into that kind of a contentious debate i think is the wrong direction. >> no one is tearing this up. we're going to go forward. we're not going to tear up the affordable care act. i helped write it. but we are going to move on top of that to a medicaid for all system. >> when he says he wants to go forward to this national single payor system, the affordable care act was so hard to get passed through congress. what makes bernie sanders think that congress would ever go along with a single payor system? >> i don't think democrats want a leader who's vision is limited by what congressional republicans are willing to accept? when bernie sanders is president will he have to negotiate? absolutely. he's done that throughout his
entire career. but let's be clear. you don't start from the republican position and negotiate from there. that is candidate with a bold vision, trying to fulfill the leg soif fdr, harry truman, lbj and others. leaders throughout the 20th century who's vision it was to create healthcare for all. we need a democratic leader with a bold vision. will he have to compromise? is it going to happen storm tomorrow? it is not going to happen tomorrow. we need a --. >> really a stark contrast has been painted between what hill hillary clinton says she envisions in how to get things down and bernie sanders. so listen to both of them spell out their visions now. >> sure. >> this campaign is about a political revolution to not only elect a president but to transform this country. >> i don't want to overpromise. i don't want to come out with
theories and concepts that may or may not be possible. we don't need anymore of that. what we need is a sensible, achievable agenda. >> so jeff, there you go. sensibility versus revolution. and some of our pundits have told us this morning that neither one is actually very good for, you know, becoming president because obviously you want something more necessarily and sometimes inspiring than sensibility but a revolutionary? for president? you have to work within the washington machine. >> well the problem is that the pundits you have on your show are part of the washington machine. people out here in the countryside, let me tell you. people out here in the countryside zroept a lot of respect for the washington machine. they want something different. that is why they are moving to bernie sanders. as reported by cnn or one of your reports did a very good
story about how the media missed the rise of bernie sanders. and that is because there is an echo chamber, they are all in a box and that is how far the thinking extends. come out and talk to real americans and i this i you will find they don't have a lot of respect for the political machine in washington. they want to change the political machine in washington and the truth of the matter is that bernie sanders, is the best candidate against republicans in the general election. is going to create the momentum by wringing out young people, working class, to create a wave to elect not just himself but democrats up and down the ballot. >> jeff what is going to happen in iowa? >> i don't have a crystal ball alisyn, but what i can tell you is we're out here right now. there is a tremendous amount of support. a lot of tuesdenthusiasm and excitement and it is going to come down to the wire. >> we'll be following it every
step. see you in iowa. let's get to john. >> e emotions running high as three americans freed reunite with their families. this morning there are lingering questions about one american who did go missing in iran. cnn's national correspondent is live in germany with more. >> reporter: of course it's been a very emotional time here the past 24 hours. at the regional medical center, where finally these three men have been reunited with their families. you had the pictures of jason rezaian there with his wife, his mother and also his brother ali who was able to see him very late yesterday in the afternoon. amir, a man in captivity for four years also being able to get together with his family, also with friends as well. it is a process where folks here at the regional medical center
said they wanted to give the three men time to be able to recuperate from the things they have experience. also to undergo testing. they didn't want to rush them into seeing their family members that quickly because they felt that that is something that could overwhelm them. now of course at the same time they celebrate here, there is still that concern about robert levinson. something that in spite of all this good news still clouds it in some ways. >> yes we just heard from his family. and they feel they really deserve a face-to-face. now to the search for 12 hissihis i missing marines off the coast of hawaii. the coast guard says the
wreckage has been located but no sign so far f any survivors. thoughts and prayers are with the families. on the's coast getting shovels and snow blowers ready for what could be the first major snow storm of the system. the system is already bringing down the temperatures. chad meyers has the latest forecast for us. how does it look? >> someone is going to get a foot or more of snow. now the system is just coming on shore where it is going to be raining in san francisco today. that is where it is. but when it gets to the's coast look what it's going to get to. so if you are flying today understand they have to take a warm up break every once in a while because it is cold out there. there is the forecast. running right through the northeast into d.c., philadelphia, new york city. rarely three day, four days out
do we get both models to agree. but here is the freezing line. so north of here is all snow. it begins to snow friday afternoon in d.c., probably midnight friday night in new york city and continues all saturday. at least the good news is it is saturday. you can just sit home and watch it. are you digging out on sunday? i don't know just yet. someone will get a foot, some could get two feet. and the mountains could get three feet. it is going to get cold and the snow is going to cover things up. >> thank you so much chad meyers. the music world has lost a legend. glenn frey, passed away at the age of 67. he played guitar, sang lead on many of the big hits, wrote many of their big hits.
the eagles 45d universal appeal. don henley says frey is the one who started it all, the man with the plan. a look back at his influential life and the unforgettable sound ♪ running down the road trying to loose b my load ♪ ♪ i got seven women on my mind. >> by the time he sang this version of one of the eagles' most famous song he was more than a quarter century from where he had started. co-founder of one of the most iconic rock bands around. he and don henley began in 1971. some called it country rock. to millions it was just ageless. >> lighten up while you still can ♪ ♪ don't even try to understand ♪ >> the eagles only lasted nine years before they broke up. >> everybody was really happen. ha ha.
-- then. >> but in those nine years of albums road trip, drinking and drug abuse and everything in between, glenn frey and the eagles made some really amazing music. hotel california ♪ ♪ welcome to the hotel california ♪ >> lyin' eyes. ♪ you can't hide your lying eye ♪ ♪ >> take it to the limit. ♪ take it to the limit one more time ♪ ♪ >> and the song first made famous by linda ronstadt. desperado. >> gren frey lived all of it. the good and the bad. >> riding shotgun with the drug
dealer to be way to a poker game and next thing i knew we were going about 90 miles an hour. holding big time. hey man, what are you doing? and he looked at me and grind. "life in the fast lane." >> and toured all over the world, they have sold millions and millions of copies. upon word of his death don henley released a statement that read in part, i'm not sure i believe in fate but crossing paths with him changed my life forever and had an impact on lives of millions of others all over the planet. it will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. >> i just want to keep listening to the music. >> i know. lovely. >> and he's already been playing in his office. >> absolutely. i was playing for my kids. hotel california. >> it holds up.
>> when are they going to start sin singsing? >> a long wind up. >> soundtrack of our lives. >> it is. and we're asking your favorite memories on the twitter. you can find us all. it wasn't that long ago tossing barbs at the trump and cruz. now senator pataki shares his thoughts of what's going on next.
welcome back to "new day." the presidential election heating up this morning. less than two weeks until iowa. donald trump, ted cruz really going after each other pretty hard on the campaign trail. joining us now in a man who was right in the middle of it all until recently. former new york governor, form republican presidential candidate george pataki. you got out just before new york became the central issue. >> i got out.
>> -- became the central issue of the entire campaign. dwrump says how dare you question my values? new york value. we stood up after 9/11. rebuilt the city. >> if i have any regrets about getting out, it is that donald trump is the one defending new york values. the guy who demonized mexicans and veterans and goes after minorities o on a regular basis. i just think it is a great city. i'm proud to have a represent it, led it for 12 years. how patriotic the city. is but it is liberal. it is a very liberal political city. there is no question about that. but the idea that donald trump is the great defender of the diversity and the values of new york to me is a little offensive. >> it sounds like you are kind of sticking up for ted cruz and what he said because you tweeted this out. any suggestion that ted cruz is referring to 9/11 is absurd.
he was referring to others. but wasn't he also talking about new yorkers? >> i don't think he was talking about the regular new yorkers. i think there is an image in the country of new york. and it is not the guy who rides the subway, brings his lunch with him. not it is not the cop or the firefighter. it is the political leadership. bill de blasio is in the national press all the time. he's not a liberal he's a leftist. the people are great i think americans know that i think ted cruz knows that and i i i don't want to defend somebody attacking new york but i'm not also not going to deny this that politically is a very liberal one party city. >> the people -- diseaseit is al city but the people who -- >> no i don't think so so at all. the people of new york are great. >> except these one you
identified in your tweet. >> i'm not criticizing them. i just disagree with them. they are liberals. that liberals are the leftist. de blasio is an unabashed leftist. they have a right to be there. i'm not criticizing them and saying they are bad people and saying my philosophy is different but my philosophy is different and i believe the philosophy of america is different from the very left leadership we have here in the city. >> donald trump and his response he really wrapped himself in september 11 and the response that was in the city, abc news ha a story the other day talked about the trump wasn't front and center and charities trump gave to h can't find any evidence he really donated to 911 charities. you were here. was he a factor in helping rebuild? >> what i remember is the strength of new yorkers from every single walk of life?
you had this initial moment of horror of tremendous pain and horror and the pain is still there. and then you had this tremendous resurgence of pride as you saw new yorkers from every walk of life pour out and just put aside their own concerns for their safety and their health and do whatever we could to -- >> do you remember donald trump -- >> i do not remember donald trump being front and center in any significant way. but on the other hand i don't want to criticize him for that. i'll criticize him for his political views but i don't want criticize him for the fact that i don't remember his proactive involvement after september 11th. but there were so many new yorkers, so many americans that came together that it really made you proud. >> again in that tweet it sounded like you were behind ted cruz. as, you know, lindsey graham got out of the race. he says he's endorsing jeb bush. who are you endorsing yet?
>> nobody yet. i do expect to get involved down the road. the only thing i can say with certainty is it is not going to be donald trump. i believe we need a forward looking party. where we need to build as opposed to criticize and attack. and as he's doing with cruz and has he's done with every other candidate if the polls look like -- >> what about a shorter list than just not donald trump? four guys you could endorse. >> there are at least four out there but i'm not. >> not going to name their names sounds like smarco blew bee owe. >> -- >> i love desperado and i'm going to miss -- i've never seen them live and now i won't. one of the few disappointments. >> what's like -- >> music metaphor more my
campaign was running on empty. but i'll tell you, people ask me about it. it was an honor. for a kid from peaks kill new york to run for president of the united states it is just a tremendous honor and i'm disappointed how it worked out and i intend to stay involved and try to help whoever i decide and i hope it is sooner rather than later to help support win the republican nomination and te election. >> when you watch the mud slinging are you a little relieved? >> i'm disappointed by the mud slinging but i was governor of new york for 12 years. it is not something i really experienced in my life. >> -- miss it. >> yeah you just try to let it bounce off you. >> governor pataki. great to see you. remember the voice and harmonies of the glenn frey. we're going to talk to a fellow
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here are the five things for you new day. donald trump courting voters at three events in iowa today after bumbling a bible verse before an evangelical crowd monday. ted cruz also on the stump with six stops in a new hampshire bus tour. trying to emphasize differences with 13 days to go before caucus, hillary clinton says she understands the challenges. and bernie sanders says his viewership in the poll is proof americans want change. and reuniting with loved ones in germany. michigan's governor calling the tainted water crisis in flint a disaster. and texas prosecutors are working to make a lasting
impression on so called affluenza teen ethan couch. they are going to ask a judge to certify couch as an adult today and stiffen the probation convictions of his deadly drunk-driving conviction. this morning all of us have been remembering the great glenn frey, founding member of the eagles. remembering the music legend's great accomplishments. on monday the 67-year-old died of health complications. joining us to talk about the impact he had on music, fellow rock and roll icon gene simmons. i know you are a joyful, fun-loving man, but i see that this has shaken you quite a lot. tell us about your recollections of this man. how do you remember glenn? >> you know he's a musical icon. clearly the eagles have
influenced or made everybody's lives so much happier with their just great songs. beautiful harmonies and songs and so forth. he was always an easy-going guy who always stuck his hand out and had no problem saying hello to anybody. unassumed and unabashed. he just came over and hugged me and the guys at the band, hey isn't it a great day? and so on. and amid this horrible political climate and all of the chaos that is going on around the world, this hit me really badly. there's been enough misery going on the last few days and i'm here just to add my tmal to what an amazing, amazing band the.
and it's just devastating. there doesn't seem to be any justice. when you can think of all kind of bad guys going around doing harms to people. the eagles have done nothing but made people's lives brighter. you're driving down the highway to nowhere and "hotel california" comes on and it just makes life better. i don't know how to talk it more profoundly. >> it's interesting to hear you talk about this because kiss and the eagles were somewhat different genres. you guys with in your leather pants and platform shoes and you were all the theatrics. and the eagles are just this bare bones paired down band. >> but the honest -- >> yeah go ahead. >> well the honesty of anything and everything and anyone you meet is be true to your school. be true to who you are.
look over to who else is running the race but don't look over your shoulder and try to mimic anybody. we were, we have been and continue to be ourselves. i don't know why it says former there. but that is okay. it's not about me here. the eagles never bothered to be followers or fashion. they said, you know, what i'm me. the honesty and the musical depth of the songs they bridged not only people but musical genres. you can't find a country artist anywhere that doesn't point to the eagles with great admiration. they bridged. they made people's lives better. and i don't want to wax too poetic for too long because it tends to come off on tv like it's about me. it ain't. this is a sad day for family and friends and everybody. the eagles i hope will not stop. i hope that the legend of glenn
frey continues and i hope the eagles continue to play those great songs and continue in glen's memory and play lyen eyes again please. >> the eagles had a nine year run and then broke up and then got back together like 14 years after that. how hard was it do you think for glenn frey and don henley to put past difficulties behind them, and get back together and start making music again. >> marriage is difficult. cane and able didnel didn't get so well. and it's difficult. the fact that any band has been able to survive and stay together and continue to make great music and get up on stage together and hold each other and bow together is a great testament, maybe that it is more
than about you. maybe it is answer this thibout that happens. and it ain't just music. the eagles are a soundtrack to many different lives. remember that time when he heard that thick? it is more than just music. it really is. which is why when somebody like glenn frey passes on it is so sad because there are so many bad people in the world who continue on and somebody a very tragic what happened here. i don't want to move on too long because i'm getting a little -- >> i can tell. this is hard on you. thanks gene so much for sharing your recollections and giving us some context to all of this. you're right. we lost a good one. thanks for joining us on "new day." >> you can get in on the conversation by telling us what your favorite eagles song is. we all have our favorites here. >> but, you know, he's so right.
particularly as i said for me, "now kid in town" transports me to a time. right back to being that new girl at the school. >> for me it was life in the fast lane. >> talking about yesterday. introducing you to the special someone whose helped us along our lives. you are going to meet the people who changed, and the person who changed anderson cooper's life. who's that? when we come right back. it's not about hugging trees. it's not about being wasteful either. ♪ you just gotta find that balance.
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all week we're sharing stories of our mentor, people who changed our lives. this week anderson cooper and are co-host "a person who changed my life." yesterday i had a chance to fell my story. guess who's turn today? anderson cooper to share his. >> yeah. good morning. when i approached me i didn't really know exactly who to do. and then i realized a person could change your life in many different ways.
by what they do when they are here and also by their leaves, by their absence. i decided to talk about my dad and how he changed my life. take a look. >> i was ten years old when my father died. and even though i didn't know him for very long he changed my life in ways that no one else has. my dad's name was wyatt cooper. he was just 50 when he died. i used to think that was old but now that i'm 48, 50 seems pretty young. i recently found a scrapbook my dad kept when he was a boy. gum wrappers and old newspaper articles. the flatsem and jetsem of small town life in the 1930s. my dad always interested in movies and his scrapbook filled with pictures of actors and ticket stubs from films. he went to ucla and worked ads an actor for years on stage and television mostly.
that is him in a cheesy movie "the seven hills of rome." >> i'll be out front leading the cheering section. >> he also wrote screen plays and magazine articles but when he married my mom in 1963 and moved to new york my brother and i were born we became the center of his world. he considered us his greatest achievements. >> quite frankl i wanted to have sons so i think i could reverse the roles and they become the recipients of the kind of father theus had wanted and hoped for. >> i've always looked a lot like my dad and that is one of the reasons i think i felt so connected to him. and there was something about the way he talked with me, even when i was very little that made a huge impact. he was always open and honest with my brother and me and really listened to what we had
to say. he gave me the sense that i had value. that my ideas mattered. that instilled in me a confidence i don't think i would have otherwise had. >> we talk a great deal about moral and character values. but also they ask me questions like anderson, my young son asks how much does a stunt man make -- because that is what he would like to be now. >> my brother and i were included on everything he and my mom did. when people came to dinner we sat at the table and were part of the conversation. that is me welcoming charlie chaplain to our house when i was just five years old. when you grew up secure in the love of a parent it gives you a foundation that can carry you through a all sorts of events in your life. that feeling of security and confidence, i still carry that with me today. when someone ties you think you
will never forget anything about them. but over time memories fade. i can't remember what my dad smelled like or the sound he made when he came through the front door. but there are things aisle never forget. laying with my head on his stomach as we watch tv together. i remember the rise and fall of his breath. the beat of his heart. i remember him typing on his old typewriter late into the night. and i remember that feeling of having a father and of being loved and feeling safe. a person can change your life by the things they say and do and what they teach you but they can also change their live by their leaving, their absence and my dad's death changed me in ways that i'm just now starting to understand. >> a minute away from 1978 and the giant ball has begun its
desce descent. >> i remember new year's eve we watched the ball drop on television. my dad was in the hospital. i knew he was really sick. i was really scared what the new year would bring. he died just five days later, january 5th, while undergoing a heart operation. i'm not sure i understood the finality of his death at the time, but i began to retreat into myself. i became less outgoing. more introverted. i also became much more independent. >> i'm anderson cooper this is a special edition for wednesday may 11. >> i began learning how to take care of myself. loss changes you. particularly when you lose a parent at a young age. the world suddenly seems a much different place. more dangerous. the person i was before my father's death, the person i was
meant to be was far more open, more interesting than the person i've become. i wish it wasn't so. but the self reliance i learned has also served me well. i often wonder what my father would think of me, what he would say to me, what advice he would give, i tried to imagine closing my eye -- i tried to imagine. >> my relations with my sons is quite extraordinary and i think extraordinarily close. and we understand each other in the most extraordinary kind of way. >> i heard his voice for the first time since i was 10 years old when a 1975 radio interview he gave was restored.
>> wyatt cooper, families and -- >> though i wish he'd have been able to hold on a little bit longer i do feel lucky i had my dad for as long as i did. his death changed me but his life changed me more. and for that i'm forever grateful. >> my feelings about what i want my sons to be. i certainly want them to be let's say better men than i. >> my sons are very aware that i have certain expectations of them and that is that they will behave with honor and with dignity. >> anderson, i think anybody that's experienced loss will be very moved by this. and we all have and we all will. very brave of you to tell that story. and beautifully produced. i have to ask. i was watching your face hearing your dad's voice. can you tell us what goings. >> it was very strange. when someone dies you will always remember about them but
his voice sounded nothing like i remembered. and my mom as well. my mom actually e-mailed was that his voice? because in her mind's eye that wasn't his voice either. >> the words too, he was talking about fatherhood. he was talking about his relationship with with you. i have two boys who are nine years old. and that is the stage of life roughly you were at where you lost him and to hear his words there inspiring. i think every father would want a relationship with his kids like he had with you. >> one of the things i always remember even to this day i always imagine there was a letter somewhere out there that could come to me at key moments in my life, when i turned 18 or 21 or graduated college and this memoir in many ways is that letter. >> also a beautiful treasure
trove of photographs. >> yeah yeah. >> and to look at your father. >> my also dad took a lot of pictures of us. he was a very good photographer. >> yeah he was. >> yeah. >> this was very impactful. we all have been i think moved by the opportunity cnn's given to us. but i think we're moved each time we see one of our colleagues stories. we see you in a new light. >> yeah. >> absolutely. >> thanks for sharing. >> any reluctance? >> not really. i thought about doing my mom. i actually shot a documentary about my mom for hbo this coming april. i didn't want her to get anno d annoyed -- >> -- in order to make mom happy. >> exactly. >> -- let you know you can watch legal vug because anchor ashleigh banfield will be sharing her story at noon. on the person who changed her life. and you can visit cnn.com/life
changers and tell us who changed your live. #my life changer. this weekend anderson and i host a two hour special right here on cnn. >> since we have a anderson here and he is a rock star. >> life in the fast line is your song? when i think of you that is not necessarily the first thing i think of. >> lying eyes a little more. >> it's always interesting the song that people associate. interesting the story how he came one life in the fast lane. driving with a drug dealer. and what are crow doing? and the drug dealer goes "life in the fast lain." >> amazing and you here frey talk about it and analytically and some ways dispassionately. he has some bad memories. >> they break up on stage. there as the documentary they are playing and he's turning to one of his band mates and he's
saying after we're done i'm gonna -- [ laughter [ laughter ] -- you up and don felt runs off stage afterwards and runs into the limousinen afraid he's going to get beaten up. i love "hotel qualichristian ca" and it's just incredible. and the solo career afterwards. >> and how pouwerful song is. to take us back to a moment. >> it after david bowie's loss. >> it's been a week yeah. >> thanks for hanging out with
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so only the good stuff could darth vader give one little boy a new hope. get it? alvin was born without a right arm. unbeknownst to him his principal contacted a group called "limitless solutions." and when it came down to give the arm to alvin, the school enlisted the help of someone with a well known bionic arm, darth vader. >> awesome. >> i'm going to wear it tomorrow. >> i always tell you, don't let anybody else tell you why you can or cannot do it. >> that is so great. >> -- darth vader and storm troopers the door of the school. because what storm trooper doesn't want a school.
what a great story. and a lot of kids out there what aren't scared by darth vader. for them darth vader is like a good guy and a hero. and that is so foreign. >> great story. thank you. time now for "newsroom" with carol costello. >> thanks so much. news roovm starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. the flint water crisis, nothing short of disaster and even accepts the chilling assessment of criticritics. at least 100 protesters march outside of his home calling for governor snyder to resign. it will be a busy and pivotal day in the crisis. more protests are planne