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outside the gop state convention were there to greet him. it got so bad his motorcade had to park on a nearby road and the republican front-runner had to literally sneak in by the back entrance. >> oh, boy, felt like i was crossing the border actually. you know. it's true. i was crossing the border. but i got here. >> let's bring in cnn jason carroll who was at that chaotic event and is where ted cruz will be speaking later today. jason, good to see you. >> good to see you, martin. not only ted cruz will be speaking but carly fiorina, as well. you know, trump not only had harsh words for the protesters who gathered outside the hotel here yesterday but also harsh words for his opponents. yesterday comparing john kasich to a spoiled child for not getting out of the race when he says mathematically he has no chance of winning, also calling out ted cruz basically saying that this is a man who is using underhanded methods in order to
secure delegates. >> he has no path to victory. it's impossible for him to win with the votes. the only way he can possibly win is if things go terribly wrong and he goes through the back door and he bought all of these delegates and i will never use the word bribe. i would never use a word like bribe. so if he bribed the delegates but i don't call it bribe. >> you have to remember here at this state convention, martin, that a number of people who attend are party insiders, the very same people that trump has been so critical of in the past, having said that trump did make an attempt to talk about unity. he talked about friendship and solidarity and need to bring the party together. but also saying at one point if i cannot do that, do i still have a chance of winning and he left the door open basically saying, yes, i think i can. martin. >> jason carroll, thank you very
much for that. well, california is the big delegate prize. indiana's primary is up next and it could make or break the state when it comes for ted cruz. so let's talk about this suddenly important state with larry sobato at the center for politics in virginia and i'm wondering, larry, first of all, thanks for joining us. if cruz wants to stop trump from clinching the nomination he has to win indiana on tuesday. and the question is can he do it? >> well, he's got a competitive campaign in indiana which obviously he didn't have in any of the northeastern states since he was clobbered in all of them. but in this case, he has the tepid support of the governor, mike pence, he has the announcement of his new running mate which i think gave him a little bit of a media bubble, it may have helped him a little bit in indiana and he has the strong support of most of the elements of the stop trump campaign, they recognize that if trump manages
to win indiana, it's all but over. there's no way really to stop trump at that point. trump may win anyway even if he loses indiana but there's no way to stop him if he actually wins it. >> i was up in wisconsin covering the primary up there and that seems to be the last place where the stop trump campaign was effective. but i got to say, wisconsin was much more organized. indiana is not as well, at least against trump. >> that's correct and, remember, the governor in wisconsin, scott walker, who is a strong governor with a big, deep organization on the republican side went all in for ted cruz to stop donald trump and it worked. you need those kinds of elements to come together to make something like this happen. and part of the wisconsin process as it worked for cruz in indiana but not the whole shebang, so i think it's going
to be a close contest, but it's not going to be the kind of situation we saw in wisconsin. >> cruz is speaking at the republican convention in california today and trump is hoping that california clinches the nomination. so can cruz really compete with trump there? >> he can compete in certain congressional districts, the congressional setup of the delegate allocation process in california lends itself to a cruz competition with trump at least in some areas. you know, every congressional district in california, even if it's 95% democratic gets three delegates to the republican convention, so cruz is smartly going into some of those less republican populated districts and he may be able to win them but, you know, even if he is able to win several dozen of those districts, trump still has between june 7th and july 18th
the gaveling to order of the republican convention to find the remaining delegates that he needs to hit the majority of 1,237. you know, at this point you really do have to call trump a substantial favorite. >> i think you do. although, he was late in the game when it came to figuring out the whole delegate thing. >> well, i think he had either planned to continue sweeping so that he didn't need to worry bit or maybe in the beginning he didn't think he'd actually win. so, the combination of the motives has managed to wash out and he has gotten better organized. i think it's going to be close but still you'd have to give the edge to trump. >> yeah, well, he will have the last laugh it appears. larry sab achato, thanks for jog us. cnn has much more with senator ted cruz on "state of the union" with jake tapper. jake will talk with hillary
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in what appears to be a sign that north korea is growing increasingly more erratic and aggressive they have sentenced yet another american to hard labor. kim dong chul is the second american to be tried and convicted in the last two months and while the u.s. is staying mum about his sentencing, it does call it troubling. cnn's brian todd reports. >> reporter: his trial lasted one day.
in pyongyang that was enough to land american citizen kim dong chul a ten-year sentence of hard labor. his alleged crime, spying for south korea. he'd confessed to staying pictures of north korean military secrets. >> translator: i've fallen victim to south korea and committed a terrible and indelible crime. >> reporter: south korea's intelligence service denies involvement. it's unclear whether kim's confession was made under duress. in court he wiped away tears just like another american otto warmbier did recently. >> please save this poor innocent scapegoat. >> reporter: he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for allegedly pulling down a political banner in a pyongyang hotel. what signals is kim jong-un signaling by holding these two americans? >> one that they have a legal system that needs to be respected by foreigners. two, that they have the power to detain. it's possible that he's reaching
for some way to reach the united states. but if that's the case, that is a weak signal because the u.s. is not necessarily going to respond in kind. >> reporter: state department officials call kim dong chul's sentence troubling. they tell cnn they're taking this seriously but are otherwise being very tight-lipped about it. analysts say kim dong chul, otto warmbier and other westerners are given three meals a day, are held in much better conditions than north korean prisoners and are kept entirely separate. why? >> these americans could leave and come home to the united states and describe the horrific conditions in the north korean prisons and the north korean regime does not want to have north korean prisoners deal with, interact with americans or westerners because they could get contaminated by the west. >> reporter: this comes as tensions on the korean peninsula remain at a boil.
activists in south korea have just floated balloons into north korea full of propaganda against kim jong-un. kim's nuclear and missile testing and his bloody purges of top officials have been relentless. >> fear and terror are the instruments by which he can come into power and keep his power. he must pit all the elites against each other, make them feel insecure. essentially make them fearful of their lives in order to keep them in line. >> reporter: and kim is likely getting ready for for merges as he gears up for a massive show of his power. the workers party congress in pyongyang on may 6th. analysts say at this event he'll likely continue his campaign of shifting more power away from the north korean military and over to the communist party. north korea's top generals are likely very nervous right now. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> all right, let's talk about all this with international security analyst jim walsh. jim, thank you very much for joining us this morning. >> good to be with you, martin.
>> what do we do now about kim dong chul's case. >> unfortunately, this isn't the first time it's happened and had all sorts. people detained often through no fault of their own, sometimes because they did something stupid. and i think this is unfortunately going to be a difficult process of it's going to take time, eventually everyone -- almost everyone gets released. a bargain is made or the north koreans are in the mood to make a gesture but often this takes time and so i think it's going to be tough for the families and worst of all for the people being held prisoner but i assure you this is at the top level of concern for u.s. policymakers and always has been and always will be when an american is being held in a prison like in north korea. >> which is part of the reason why north korea does this. they want to be front and center in the tension. >> sure. >> the pentagon says tensions in asia as a result of what we've been watching here have become
unprecedented. not just north korea, there are other factors but how concerned should the u.s. be? >> well, i agree with that analysis. i mean, if you look at the arc of events over the last year, six month, the number of tests, the rhetoric, all sorts of different things have happened. you know, even in talking with north korean officials, i sense that this may be a big deal and it has me on pins and needles. probably going to have some sort of fireworks probably means a nuclear test or something that coincides with this meeting next week. remember, they haven't had a party congress meeting in over 30 years. so the fact that they're having one, it mines something to them and i think as was indicated in your last report it's part about the political transition taking power from the military and building up the party, but, you know, i think there are some surprises here that are left to unfold so i'm going to be on pins and needles watching this week's events very carefully. >> you know, often in american
media north korea has been depicted human orrously almost as a joke but clearly there is no laughing anymore especially when you look at how aggressively they're going after a missile program. we've watched launch after launch after launch. clearly this is something that could be used against the united states. >> well, they've been developing a whole range of different missiles, you know, shot-range, submarine launch missile, medium range, trying to have a test for a long-range missile motor. they've been successful at some. less successful at others. you know, i think it's going to be some years before they can build a reliable int intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the homeland. before they do that and i think it's in the distant future they can certainly threaten u.s. forces in south korea and threaten them in japan so that day has already arrived whether they have a missile that can, you know, make it halfway across the planet or not. they are nuclear capable and
they can threaten us and our allies there in east asia so we have to be dealing with this right now. >> do you think that the north koreans watch the political situation going on, we're in an election year, donald trump has come out and said the united states has to i guess be less predictable. what's your take on that kind of strategy? >> being less predictable, you know, i don't know. does that mean unpredictability scared where you take two -- i don't know. that as a security studies guy, that doesn't sound good to me. i understand you have to keep your adversary off balance. we have to have a sense of who's sort of big and who's small here and the north koreans don't want to hear this but the u.s. is the powerful country and there are some dangers here. we have friends that we have to protect. and a war on the peninsula or use of nuclear weapons in the region would be devastating, it would be devastating for china and it would be devastating for us so i think we have to be -- continue to be the steady, mature adult in the room, apply
pressure where we can but also leave own the door to dialogue. at the end of the day unfortunately north korea is a sovereign state so the only way to resolve these things short of war is some kind of political arrangement and have to keep our ear open as we try to minimize the damage they do with prove vag indications. >> i've spent time at the dmz. any part of conflict that that part of the world would make the recent ones seem like child's play. >> not that it would happen on purpose but would happen by accident. by error, by something that sort of suddenly slips out of control and, again,we are dealing with a country we don't understand very well. >> thank you. the call to alert authorities of prince's unresponsive body wasn't the first cry from help from his paisley park estate. turns out there is a history of emergency calls from his minnesota compound. we'll document it all coming up.
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police have released the logs of dozens of emergency calls made from prince's paisley park studios as they work to try to piece together what happened to the singer. we're also learning powerful prescription painkillers were found on his body and in his home and now the dea is on the case and sara sidner joins us with more. hello, sara. >> reporter: good afternoon,
martin. yeah, the drug enforcement administration likely on the case because of what sources have been telling us, that prescription pain medication was found on prince's body when he was in that elevator dead and also inside his home. namely opiod-based painkiller, very strong painkillers that a prescription is required for and what we have learned from our sources is that they have so far not been able to find any valid prescription for those painkillers that they say were found on his body and in his home. and as far as those calls, we looked over a log of five years, calls made from paisley park, service calls to law enforcement and over that time there were 47 calls including the call that let everyone know that prince had died. four of those calls had to do with medical either emergencies or medical service being requested. we know that three of those calls, we're not sure exactly what it is that the medical
services were called for, one of those calls was the call that came in saying that prince had died in an elevator. we can also tell you that for days now since his death, this memorial at paisley park is just growing and growing and growing. it's more than a block now. it goes clear around me all the way around the corner and down the highway. it is an amazing scene out here, people truly care about his musical genius and the person that he was, but investigators really want to know ultimately what ended up killing him. those results, the toxicology results aren't expected back for several weeks now and the world is waiting to find out exactly wakiled this musical genius. >> many would be worried somehow someone else could be involved. sara sidner, thank you very much. still ahead, john boehner isn't the only high-profile republican that's trashing ted cruz. one of cruz's colleagues in congress now says calling him
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about ted cruz. >> how about ted cruz? >> lucifer in the flesh. i get along with almost everybody. but i have never worked with a miserable son of a [ bleep ] in my life. >> reporter: many republicans on capitol hill are piling on. >> then you got the former speaker, you know, basically calling him a miserable sob. that was pretty harsh. i wouldn't have called him miserable but -- then you had the other issue too where he said he's like -- called him lucifer in the flesh. i mean somebody better contact lucifer for comment because he's probably very upset about this. >> maybe he gives lucifer a bad name comparing had him to ted cruz? green eggs and ham. >> reporter: after two years of bitter in-fighting there is no love lost between members of congress and ted cruz. battles over raising the debt ceiling, leading the charge to defund obamacare which caused a 16-day government shut down and calling mitch mcconnell a liar. >> i cannot believe he would tell a flat out lie.
>> reporter: do you think he should apologize for those remarks calling mitch mcconnell a liar on the floor. >> i stood up and said he should. yeah, i think that was the wrong thing to do. it was contrary to the rules. ♪ here's what i tell everyone >> reporter: on the campaign trail cruz hasn't held back. calling his republican colleagues part of a corrupt washington cartel. cruz's allies say he's the only one who will stand up for conservatives. >> i think this helps ted cruz because it says what's wrong with washington. >> reporter: privately cruz has done some damage control. enlisting former texas senator phil gramm, a longtime washington insider to help build relationships with the house and senate leadership. yet, even some of his allies think he should do more. >> i think ted would be well served to reach out to his complegs. i know he is to some at the end of the day the more support he gets from across the spectrum of the republican party the more viable alternative he becomes to trump.
>> reporter: unpopularity has been something cruz has struggled with. even before his washington days. in his book "a time for truth" cruz writes that as a kid he had enough of being the unpopular nerd. many republicans now say, cruz's tactics are the reason for his unpopularity. >> we were called capitulators, surrenderers and told we were n unpure, didn't measure up. that's not a way to make friends. >> reporter: manu raju, cnn. >> there's so much to talk about it. we are joined about hire ram college political professor jason johnson and the director of the center for politic, larry sabato. larry, let me start with you. cruz continues to say that he is, you know, an outsider, a political outsiders even though he's not really. i'm wondering if he gets elected how will he get anything done when it appears almost everyone in congress doesn't really like him? >> well, they'll all have to
learn to work together. i guess that's the only thing you can say. you know, martin, last year when you asked elected republican leaders, people in high office which candidates they did not want to be nominated, the two that led the list were donald trump and ted cruz. isn't it ironic that these are the two finalists in the republican party? and it tells you what a tremendous distance there is -- >> i'm not sure that's ironic. it suggests the public has finally realized something that those in washington -- they don't like those in washington so maybe that's the lesson here. jason, let me ask you this real quick, the whole lucifer comment from boehner doesn't seem to square with other times he's been asked about ted cruz. here's an example on "jay leno" two years ago. >> he used to be my attorney a long time ago. he was a good guy. >> yeah. >> so what do you think of this? which is the cruz here we're
supposed to believe in, jason? >> martin, the most honest man in the world is a guy who's left. this is the real john boehner. he can't stand ted cruz but he's not the only one, we have lindsey graham and people from the top to the bottom that said ted cruz is generally an awful guy that no one wants to work with. it's made it difficult for him to be seen in the campaign and difficult if he were to trick his way into being president of the united states and shows once and for all if we need a reminder personality marys when you run for president because you got to work with people and can't just be a dictator. >> i can't help but see how the trump effect is helping here. trump got away with rather loose comments and now other republicans decided they can, as well. larry, let me ask you this, turning to indiana and the primary three days from now, conservative talk radio hosts in indiana say they won't give ted cruz any air time. you remember how that worked out in wisconsin. there the talk shows were right behind him. >> yes, there really is another
major difference between wisconsin and indiana. you don't have that unified talk radio contingent for ted cruz and he depended on that in wisconsin among other things so it's another reason why the indiana battle is closer and why trump is still in that race and may win it. >> jason, ted cruz has i guess looking to court female voters believing he will take advantage of trump's controversies with women and the polling that has demonstrated he doesn't do well with women. do you think that is a strategy that will help him win indiana because that's, of course, what he has to do. >> no, i find that picking carly fiorina when you're nowhere close to the nomination is ridiculous. i was waiting for ted cruz to say, and, yes, i'll be in the nfl draft too. you don't pick your vp candidate when you're not even close to being the nominee and it looks like a stunt. and if there's one thing that midwestern voters don't like, voters in general don't like, stunts. either win or die like a hero
but don't fool people. between carly fiorina and working with john kasich this week i think cruz has really hurt his integrity in the race. >> do you think that as far as choosing carly was brilliant or just desperation? >> well, it was desperate. it was a hail carly pass instead of a hail mary pass, maybe it hips him a little bit because it did create some media attention and buzz but, you know, i don't think she has any deep roots in indiana. actually she doesn't even help him in california where she ran for u.s. senator and lost badly. >>ing 0, hold on there, larry. what i want to do now is sort of pivot to the general election and hillary clinton talking about trump. here's what she had to say to cnn's jake tapper in this exclusive interview about how she'll deal with trump in the general election. take a listen. >> i have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak. i'm not going to deal with their temper tantrums or their bullying or their efforts to try to provoke me.
>> treat him like a kid. that sometimes to be the way that hillary is looking at donald trump. is that a good strategy, larry? >> well, she'll attempt to do it that way and, of course, people are interpreting that statement broadly. she has had that experience even at home. i don't think it'll work in a general election. it's not enough and she'll have to deal with donald trump as the republican nominee. >> right, you can't just sort of downplay him and ignore him. jason, indiana governor mike pence gave his endorsement to ted cruz. what do you think? is that going to really help ted cruz in indiana? >> it was a fairly tepid endorsement. sort of like if you put a gun to the head and tie me to railroad tracks, i like him but he also then praised donald trump for talking about the anger of working class voters. i don't think anything is going to help ted cruz in indiana outside of just blood, sweat and tears. he has to get out there, use his organization and he's got to rally the anti-trump forces to say, look, indiana is our last stop. if we don't win this state, donald trump is definitely going
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top of the american aircraft, came back down the other side at close range at high speed. this is one of the most dangerous unsafe maneuvers that can happen according to the pentagon and actually it was the second barrel roll, this month by the russians. there was also another incident when the russians flew very close to a u.s. warship in that region. the question now is what are the russians really up to? is this happening under direct orders from moscow or happening because russian pilots are out there hot dogging. for the u.s., it doesn't really matter. the pentagon making very clear it wants the russian military to stop these unsafe dangerous maneuvers. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> thank you, barbara. monday if you didn't know this marks five years since president barack obama gave the order to kill the most wanted man in the world and for the first time in an exclusive interview with cnn's national security analyst peter bergen,
the president speaks from the situation room about the operation that led to the death of osama bin laden. the mastermind behind the september 11th attacks. >> after the discussions with the principal, it was clear to me that this was going to be our best chance to get bin laden, that if, in fact, we did not take the action that he might slip away and might be years before he resurfaced. >> you don't want to miss the anderson cooper 360 special "we got him," president obama, bin laden and the future of the war on terror that airs right here on cnn monday night 8:00 eastern time. comedian will ferrell now is reportedly backing out of plans to play ronald reagan in a movie. the former president's daughter said it made fun of her father's alzheimer's. we'll have the details just ahead.
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you can count on it. >> that's will ferrell, "snl" imper nation of former president george w. bush back in 2001 but a lot weren't laughing at his plans to portray another president in an upcoming comedy and now he's reportedly doing a 180. he was set to play ronald reagan suffering from dementia during his second term in office. it revolved around a white house intern tasked with convincing reagan he's an actor playing the president in a film. reagan's children weren't amu amused. his daughter patty davis posed an open letter to him saying in start, "alzheimer's doesn't care if you are president of the united states or a dockworker. it steal what is is most precious to a human being." and his son michael reagan
tweeted "alzheimer's is not a comedy to the 5 million people who are suffering with the disease. it first robs you of your mind and then it kills you." frank palato has been covering this and first of all, frank, tell us what you're learning about ferrell's decision not to do the movie. >> on friday reports came out that will ferrell had had a bit of a change of heart when it came to the role. this followed that backlash you mentioned and this is led to a rep and ferrell's people coming forward and saying this was just one of many scripts that will ferrell comes attached to that he comes across and that it was not ever meant to be a comedy that would mock this terrible disease. and since then the actor has kind of continually just step add way from it. >> you know, i can't imagine that anybody thought this really was a good idea or would be funny to the many millions of families who suffer and i'm
wondering just who presented this? do we know and how seriously was it considered even though, as you say, ferrell's now downplaying it. >> it was a script that has circulated in hollywood for a long time. known as a blacklist script that comes with a negative connotation but it's actually a positive one. one of the scripts that hollywood finds to be very interesting and that has been not put into production. it actually had some live readings that were done in the city and so people have presented the script and eventually got to ferrell who got it via his production company gary sanchez productions and came the news he was possibly going to be attached and produce it into a movie. >> well, if ferrell doesn't do it does that mean it still exists and somebody else could do it. >> potentially it's still out there. it didn't necessarily mean it'll be done, obviously not by ferrell but doesn't mean it disappears. the other thing that must be realized this wasn't a film yet. it wasn't in production, it was
a script that he took up via his production company and that he was attached to. so no one really know what is happens, but it's very hard at least in my opinion to see this becoming something that this ultimately becomes a film after the huge, huge backlash over it. >> yeah. and i think deservedly so. frank pallotta, thanks for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> we are just hours away from the white house correspondents' dinner. will president obama turn his comedic guns on donald trump again? or will he have a new target? what we know about tonight's so-called nerd prom. that's next.
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we are just a few hours away from one of washington's most celebrated events of the year, the annual white house correspondents' dinner. the night when hollywood meets politics. will smith, kerry washington and kendall jenner are just a few of the celebrities who have reportedly scored a ticket but all eyes are sure to be on the president because it is his last time to be comedian in chief. and as this next clip shows, he's done a pretty good job through the years. >> i want to thank our host for the evening, chicago girl, the incredibly talented cecily strong.
on "saturday night live" sicily impersonates cnn anchor brooke baldwin which is surprising because usually the only people impersonating journalists on cnn are journalists on cnn. we have elected officials throwing snowballs in the senate. >> okay, mr. president, i think they got it, bro. >> it is crazy. what about our kids? what kind of stupid short-sighted irresponsible -- >> whoa, whoa. whoa. >> i am determined to make the most of every moment i have left. my advisers asked me, mr. president, do you have a bucket list? and i said, well, i have something that rhymes with bucket list. [ laughter ] take executive action on immigration, bucket. my new attitude is paying off. look at my cuba policy. the castro brothers are here tonight.
welcome to america. amigos. [ speaking a foreign language ] soon the first presidential contest will take place and i for one cannot wait to see who the koch brothers pick. it's exciting. ted cruz said that denying the existence of climate change made him like galileo. [ laughter ] now, that's not really an apt comparison. galileo believed the earth revolves around the sun. ted cruz believes the earth revolves around ted cruz and donald trump is here. still. [ laughter ] it's almost insulting to the candidates. the koch brothers think they need to spend a billion dollars to get folks to like one of these people. it's got to hurt their feelings a little bit.
and, look, i know, i raised a lot of money too but in all fairness my middle name is hussein. >> i sense another career after the white house. so, how will this year stack up? only one way to find out. you have to watch tonight's coverage of the white house correspondents' dinner right here on cnn. that will start at 7:00 eastern time. and we have much more just ahead in the newsroom and of course it all starts now. >> hello, thanks for joining me. i'm martin savidge this for fredricka whitfield. donald trump is en route to indiana after the angry protests that greeted him in california. in a tweet he said the protesters in california were thugs and cias. many are professionals. they should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement. that angry throng of protests
got so bad he had to sneak in the back entrance. >> oh, boy, felt like i was crossing the border actually. you know, it's true. i was crossing the border. but i got here. >> cnn jason carroll was at that location at the trump protest and joins us now. jason. >> and good morning to you, martin. ted cruz received a warm reception, expecting to receive a warm reception when he speaks to folks here later on today. john kasich also warm reception last night when he came here to the state convention. donald trump for his part, warm reception, some could say. some who came out thought he should have done a little more to reach out to the party. he did make light of what was happening outside in terms of all of those demonstrators who showed up. you heard in the joke he made to the folks at the state convention but also in terms of reaching out to the people who are in the room many of them gop