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why some worry about a scenario like the riots in 1968 in chicago. supreme picks. donald trump has taken the unusual step of releasing a list of potential supreme court nominees. will those names make his conservative critics happy? and donald and the dictator. donald trump says he'll have no trouble talking with kim jong-un. will that change after today's foreign policy meeting with henry kissinger? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." tensions among democrats are at a fever pitch right now as bernie sanders says he's in the race until the last ballot is cast. the split primary wins with hillary clinton and almost took both kentucky and oregon last night but the delegate math puts clinton even closer to the presidential nomination. and frustration among sanders supporters is boiling after. at the nevada state convention
this weekend, they shot down pro clinton speakers and the state party chair received death threats. now there's a growing fear among democratic party leaders the same kind of chaos could wreck the party's national convention in philadelphia in july. presumptive nominee donald trump is already looking far ahead, releasing a list of potential u.s. supreme court picks. but there's new controversy. even as trump tries to develop foreign policy credentials by talking with a gop elder statesman henry kissinger, trump is taking heat for saying he would talk directly with the north korean dictator kim jong-un. i'll talk about this and more with congressman adam schiff and coverage of today's top stories. as the primary campaign hits the home stretch and hillary clinton pulls ahead, bernie sanders and his supporters are not conceding anything. we begin with our national
correspondent suzanne malveaux. some worry about a very damaging split. what's the latest? >> bernie sanders is holding a rally in san jose, california. he was introduced by a supporter who called hillary clinton calculating, smooth and slick. so as clinton edges closer to the nomination, some 80-plus delegates away, it's the democratic party, not the republican one, that has become increasingly worried it may not be able to unite the voters behind one candidate. >> before we will have the opportunity to defeat donald trump, we're going to have to defeat secretary clinton. >> reporter: tension now boiling over within the democratic party as sanders supporters lash out at frustration. >> open the doors, let the people in. >> the nevada democratic convention turned ugly on saturday after the party
announced last-minute rule changes which would award more delegates to front-runner hillary clinton. the state chair received a stream of death threats after sanders supporters posted her address and phone number on social media and california senator barbara boxer said she feared for her safety. >> i was on the stage and people were six feet away from me and if i didn't have a lot of security, i don't know what would have happened. >> reporter: sanders issued a formal statement saying, i condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals. but for many, it does not suffice. boxer, who is a clinton supporter and dnc chair bdebbie wasserman schultz called for sanders to condemn the violence. >> this is not acceptable. sanders campaign and sanders himself should not only outright condemn that specific conduct, but they also need to take steps to prevent it. >> reporter: and another clinton supporter, dianne feinstein,
warns that it could lead to violence that occurred in chicago. >> it worries me a great deal. i don't want to go back to the '68 convention because i worry about what it does to the electorate as a whole. and he should, too. >> reporter: but the white house is downplaying concerns about potential violence. >> at this point, no, i don't share those concerns. obviously there will be a need for democrats to come together in the general election. and the president will be making that case. >> reporter: the sanders campaign is now crying foul. >> he categorically condemns any kind of threats that went on, absolutely unacceptable, debbie wasserman schultz, we can have a long conversation about debbie wasserman schultz and how she's been throwing shade on the sanders campaign. >> wasserman shot back. >> my response to that is #smh.
if we're going to talk about that comment about throwing shade. >> clinton insiders tell me they believe sanders should make the first move to try to reunite democrats, including preparing supporters to rally for clinton, just as we saw her do for barack obama in 2008. wolf? >> suzanne malveaux, thank you. i want to go to jeff zelly weny is on the campaign trail in california. >> reporter: bernie sanders finished addressing a rally here just a short minutes ago. there were hundreds if not thousands of supporters here. they heard an entirely different tune than he delivered last night at the big speech in los angeles when he went after hillary clinton, went after the democratic party. he had one rival in mind today and his name was donald trump. >> there are many people who are concerned that donald trump may become president of the united
states. that will not happen. it will not happen because in every national and state poll that i have seen, we are running way, way ahead of donald trump. but more importantly, i know that the american people will reject the very basic tenants of what trump stands for. >> reporter: so wolf, it's clear today that bernie sanders is dialing back his rhetoric and some of his advisers are criticizing the democratic committee and chairwoman. bernie sanders, who has spoken to some senators on the phone, senator harry reid, senator barbara boxer and others, it's clear that he is trying to rein this in a little, at least for today. he did not mention hillary
clinton at all during his speech. wolf, that's the first time he's done that in as many months as i can remember here. this may be just a momentary switch. he has a rally tonight in san francisco. but for today at least, it was donald trump on his mind and that was all. >> it's very interesting. last night in that speech in california, he made it clear that he's trying to aggressively defeat hillary clinton for the democratic nomination. a very different nuance. thank you, jeff zeleny. joining me, democratic congressman adam schiff of california. thank you for joining us. >> it's my pleasure. >> senator dianne feinstein says she's worried about senator sanders taking this fight all the way to the democratic convention in july in f philadelphia. you heard her compare it to the 19 1968 convention in chicago. do you share that same concern? >> it was very concerning to everyone and the fact that the state party chair would get death threats is appalling. but this is a very, very small
minority of people supporting senator sanders. i'm confident we won't have these problems at the national convention and i think what we will have going for us is a great unifying force and that force is donald trump. so i'm confident that we will be unified going into the convention. it will be important to maintain the enthusiasm and energy and commitment of all of those sanders supporters but i'm confident we will be able to do that. >> senator sanders, a week after the june 7th primary in california, do you agree he should stay in or is this already a distraction for a democratic unity? >> i think it's fine if he stays in and it's ultimately his decision to make. i think in particular -- and i was very gratified to see him go after donald trump today, if he focuses his fire on donald trump as indeed secretary clinton has been doing, i think that is good for the party. i think it's a unifying factor for the party and there's no
reason for him not to stay in, not to continue and his message which is an important one for his party. >> as you know, there's a real fight, some are calling it a war going on between congressman debbie wasserman schultz and senator sanders and his campaign. first of all, do you have confidence in debbie wasserman schultz? >> i do. this is a no-win situation for a chair of the national party when you have two strong candidates who out there are mobilizing great numbers of people who feel passionately about their candidate. that's a real challenge because whoever ends up on the losing end of that contest, it's going to be difficult to satisfy. so i think she has done a good job. i think it's been a very hard job. i don't envy it and i think the reality is, we play by the rules, the rules were known in advance, we stick to them and at
the end of the day, we're all going to rally around our candidate because donald trump cannot be allowed to become president of the united states. that would be a reckless thing for the country. >> congressman debbie wasserman schultz told me earlier today she spoke to sanders but not since the big crisis developed since what happened in nevada over the weekend. dianne feinstein spoke with him, harry reid spoke with him. do you think it's appropriate, should she be talking with him to cool down the temperature and convince him to tell his supporters to calm down? >> i think she's certainly trying. whether she's in the best position and best messenger to do that, i think people like senator boxer who reached out and is very close to senator sanders, she may be in the very best position to encourage the senator to focus his fire on donald trump, to get his supporters rallying around and to defeat donald trump and that may be part of the reason we saw
a bit of a different message from senator sanders today. so i think senator boxer and others are getting the message across and i think that's laudible. >> does all of the infighting help donald trump, as the bitterness and tension continues? >> the fighting within our ranks takes attention from a lot of the reckless statements that he's making and focuses problems within the democratic party. i really think these are going to be short lived. we're coming to the end of the primary process and nothing is going to motivate democratic voters and democratic supporters like the prospect that donald trump could become president of the united states. that is going to be a unifying force second to none. so i'm confident we will come together. it's going to be really important to mobilize all of these democratic supporters and i think that's exactly what we're going to do. >> but you've heard of the
concern from some democrats, they worry that some of the very passionate and ardent bernie sanders supporters, they dislike hillary clinton so much, in a national convention, they could vote for trump as opposed to her. are you concerned about that? >> i don't think any of the sanders supporters are going to vote for donald trump. i can't imagine how they would do that in a million years. >> the exit polls in west virginia showed that about 30% of the democrats who voted, who voted for donald -- for bernie sanders said in a general election they plan on voting for donald trump. >> well, some people may feel that way now. i still cannot believe, though, that those same people are going to go to the polls in november and pull the switch for donald trump. to me, it's unthinkable, particularly if they really accept the message and want to do something about income inequality and about the great disparity and wealth in america,
electing a billionaire who doesn't really give much of a concern about working people or the poor is the exact wrong way to go. i can't imagine that going even though people are passionate about senator sanders might express those sentiments today. >> vice president joe biden just said a while ago he's going to have to be more aggressive right now in speaking out about this current tension. i assume you agree that's a good idea? >> i do. i think he's a well respected voice of the party. he can be very helpful in terms of bringing us together. i would certainly encourage him to do exactly that. >> where does president obama fit in to all of this? does he also need to step in? he will and i think he wants to wait until the primary process is complete but i think he will
articulate the legacy he has produced and how dangerous it is to elect someone like donald trump. and i think he'll bring together a lot of the bernie sanders supporters, hillary clinton supporters and i think he's going to provide that effort. >> congressman schiff, we have a lot more to discuss, including donald trump saying he'd be willing to talk with kim jong-un, the leader of north korea (man) hmm. what do you think?
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. welcome back. we're joined by congressman adam schiff of california, the ranking democratic of the house committee. donald trump said he has directed talks with kim jong-un if he were president. would you say that he, in your words, threatened to turn american leadership on its head? you're the ranking member of the intelligence committee. what evidence is there if there was a direct dialogue between an american president and north korean dictator, that could be dangerous to u.s. interests. >> what the north korean dictator wants is acceptance of nuclear power. that's been opposed by the united states and the rest of the world. by saying he'd be happy to sit down with kim jong-un and
effectively praising the man for effectively assassinating his own uncle, that very much turns u.s. policy on its head and its a dangerous encouragement in the wrong direction. i put that up there in the category of great statesmanship like dennis rodman. >> you remember in 2008, barack obama said he should talk to enemies and over the past eight years, 7 1/2 years, there's been a dialogue with iran and improved u.s./iranian relations, the change in the u.s./cuban relations. what's so different about donald trump saying he'd be willing to have a dialogue with kim jong-un? >> if you look at the president's actions, none of those meetings that the president has had with adversaries have gone without a
lot of preconditions. in fact, the president never met with the north korean dictator and for good reason, it would be condoning the behavior we're trying to discourage and turn back. if you look at the president's actions, none of those meetings, most of them didn't take place. those that did, took place in the setting where there was an expectation of what the outcome of the talks would be. >> the director of national intelligence, james clapper, what are their intentions, do you believe u.s. officials have a serious clue about what these alleged foreign government hacking would be trying to achieve? >> they are trying to get at what is the intention of these two candidates or more than two candidates, what kind of commander in chief would they
be? what kind of thoughts would they have in terms of relations with the other countries. i'm sure they are interested to know whether, for example, some of these statements that you hear about meeting the north korean dictator are a reflection of what the candidate thinks or whether it would be politically wise to say even if they don't intend to follow through. there is value to be gained by foreign states in knowing the private conversations of people running for president of the united states. there's also, i think, people hacking in for political motivations, if not just state actors that would be interested in hacking into these accounts or getting into the private communications or causing mischief to the websites or other campaign operations. so i think we're going to have to be on guard for this. i think the campaigns are certainly on notice and this will be a continuing challenge. >> let's not forget, right after the conventions, both of the presidential candidates will start to receive daily intelligence briefings from the cia. that's part of the routine that
goes forward until the election. all right. thank you very much, congressman, for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. coming up, the republican side of the presidential race, donald trump reaching out to republican conservatives and directly meeting with henry kissinger but also generating some new controversies. we'll update you on that. ood trs you can try something new with every bite. pick 3 of 9 all-new creations for $15.99. like baked lobster alfredo chimichurri shrimp and crab cakes bursting with crab meat. just hurry in before it ends.
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together, we're building a better california. as tension builds between the clinton and sanders wing of the party, donald trump is trying very aggressively to bring the republican party together. a little bit ago, he wrapped up a meeting with the former secretary of state henry kissinger in new york but trump
also is generating some new controversy. dana bash is keeping track of all of it for us. dana, just a little while ago, trump tried to reassure nervous conservatives by releasing a list of people he potentially named to the u.s. supreme court. tell us more about this. >> well, you know, republican candidates always promised to pick conservative justices. in the past, they've appointed judicial advisory committees to prove they are conservative to the grassroots but publicly releasing a list of names appears unprecedented, one of many firsts that has come with the donald trump candidacy. a list of 11 potential supreme court justices, an unprecedented move that speaks volumes about how much donald trump knows. he still needs to convince some gop skeptics he's one of them. >> a lot of people are very worried that if i got in, that if i got in, i would put in the wrong judge and i'm going to put in the right judges.
>> reporter: cnn was told that during trump's private meeting with republican leaders, speaker paul ryan stressed the importance of naming a true conservative to replace antonin scalia. and trump promised to release a list soon. the immediate reaction from gop activists to the 11 names trump released today was positive. chief council for the crisis network said, this list ought to be encouraging to anyone who prioritizes the rule of law and i congratulation mr. trump on making a very significant policy statement about the desire to prioritize the future of the supreme court." damage control with female voters is another. >> he was promoting women in development and construction. >> reporter: in normal times, a candidates daughter going on tv to say this would only be
responding to a five-alarm political fire. >> he's not a groper. it's not who he is and i've known my father obviously my whole life and he has total respect for women. >> reporter: donald trump did overcome attacks during the gop primaries using his past statements about women. but the general election is different and team trump isn't taking anything for granted. especially with clinton forces already running this ad. >> 5'1", they come up to you where? >> when i think of myself as a feminist, it's important that women are treating equally. >> reporter: perhaps the biggest piece of evidence of trump's transformation into a more traditional ka traditional candidate is his move to join forces with the republican party and pledge to help raise money for the party. it's something every presidential nominee does but trump appealed to primary voters by being different. >> i don't want their money.
i don't need their money. they have no control. >> trump did say he has no intention of paying himself back. about $50 million he says he loaned his campaign to pay for his primary run, still going to fund-raisers, helping republicans that appeal to donors for big money is going to be a big change. and trump did say secretary of state and famously went to china to help president nixon open relations there and in the past kissinger has talked about how unprecedented it is to be president with no experience in government. wolf? >> last week he met with former secretary of state james baker. dana, stay with us. i want to bring in ron brownstein, senior editor of "the atlantic" and mark preston and political commentator bakari sellers, former member of the
south carolina statehouse of representatives and hillary clinton supporter. let's look at trump's potential list of the supreme court. what stands out to you? >> one, the fact that we actually have a list and he's made it public at this point in the campaign which just goes to show you how unconventional donald trump is as a candidate and how he needs to shore up conservative support. if you look at that list overall, not pointing out anyone specifically, they are all conservative and they are all fairly young. what we've seen from the reaction from conservative organizations, judicial organizations, they seem pretty happy with donald trump's picks. >> i'm sure they may have been ted cruz supporters concerned about donald trump on this specific issue which could have a long-term impact, may have been reassured by that list. bakari, what's your take? >> i think some of the things that you see and one of the things that sticks out first and foremost is that this list is comprised of jurists extremely
conservative. you look at the justices or jurists that are put on the list and it makes democrats fear donald trump even more. it makes us think about overturning roe v. wade and citizens united. i think that it will prove to energize the base and you see one thing about the list that sticks out and that is that it lacks diversity. both africans and americans in a list like this, and i don't know if that's naivety but i think it was an opportunity to make inroads and he simply did not. >> ron, let's talk about donald trump's latest financial disclosure that he released yesterday to the federal election commission. he says he has a net worth now in excess of $10 billion. if you add all of this money, why wouldn't he continue to self-fund? why does he have to change his approach right now and start raising a lot of money if he's actually worth $10 billion?
>> that's an interesting question. you know, the issue has not been not only what his net worth is but what his liquid assets are. one of the interviews a couple weeks ago he said that he could self-fund and have to sell a couple of buildings to do so which seemed to validate those who would question how much cash he could put his hands on in the near term. it's not unreasonable for donald trump to raise money through the party. it's a departure from what he's been saying. general election could cost as much as a billion dollars in the modern media system. it's not unreasonable but does validate the people who raise the question all along of whether he had as much cash that he could get his hands on as it would seem as his overall net worth, whatever that might be. >> he did announce last night, a joint fundraising operation with the republican national committee to raise potentially hundreds of millions of dollars, not just for the presidential campaign but also for other republican candidates for the
house, senate, governor and elsewhere. dana, let's go back to the donald trump's daughter's latest interview strongly defending her father. what do you make of these comments? >> well, as i've said in the piece, under normal circumstances -- and i'm not even sure we should say that phrase anymore because there's nothing normal. this is a new normal of politics i think with donald trump in the race. but having a woman come on television to say my father is not a groper would be a response to a potential career-ending candidacy-ending moment in the candidate's campaign. obviously that is not where we are right now. but they clearly do see that running in the general election, needing to appeal to women when he at this point nationally has a very unfavorable rating with the general electorate, women,
that is, that needs to be changed. and it needs to be corrected and, more importantly, because they see that the super pac ad is coming out earlier than they had planned in the clinton world to try to pin trump down as anti-woman, they need to also try to get out early in the trump camp and, look, ivanka trump is -- if you were to create on paper the perfect spokesperson to do damage control for a candidate on women having a successful, articulate woman who happens to be the candidate's daughter do what she did, i mean, you can't ask for more than that. >> yeah. she's a very impressive woman indeed. everyone, stand by. we're going to take a quick break. when we come back, a look at the democrats. some of the rivalries and tensions between the bernie sanders supporters and the hillary clinton supporters seem to be boiling over right now. we'll update you on that right now. my goal was to finally get in shape. not to be focusing on my moderate
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california last night. >> but before we will have the opportunity to defeat donald trump, we're going to have to defeat secretary clinton. >> all right. very much sounds like he's in the game. he believes he has a chance of winning. and he's encouraging his supporters clearly to believe he has a chance of winning. some say that's problematic. why? >> i don't necessarily see it as being problematic. in fact, i take a different tact. if any hillary clinton supporter that is championing bernie sanders to get out of the race today is somewhat hypocritical. hillary clinton stayed in the race until june 8th, 2008. bernie sanders has the right to do so. people are concerned about the tone and tenor. what we saw in nevada is absolutely acceptable. i believe bernie sanders has an amazing opportunity right now to stand up and be a leader doing this moment. i think he missed that
opportunity in this speech and i'm encouraged that that is something that he will do. >> today focusing on almost exclusively trump and not necessarily on hillary clinton as he did last night. he focused in on both last night. ron brownstein, you tweeted saying that if donald trump had justified his supporters violence, this is what you tweeted. >> the statement that the sanders campaign released yesterday was astonishingly irresponsible. they went for two paragraphs explaining why their supporters should feel outraged and say, of course it goes without saying that we oppose violence or intimidation and another two paragraphs about why they should feel outraged. there may be rules that bernie sanders doesn't like but the rules have kbeen what the rules are. the fact is that he has advanced farther than anyone expected and yet hillary clinton has won 55%
of the total vote. she leads him by almost 3 million in actual votes cast. if you look at the exit polls, they split white voters evenly and she has three-quarters of nonwhite voters critical in the party. he's trailing on the brink of defeat and to not condemn the intimidation and unruly behavior without justifying it without a lot of justification, i think the people on the left would condemn if it emerged from the mouth of donald trump. >> dana, how might they take advantage of the infighting? >> overtly appealing to bernie sanders supporters saying that the democratic party is treating you poorly and when he doesn't make it, come on over and
support me, understanding that what the two of them share very much, donald trump and bernie sanders is and they have harnessed this anger out there. and clearly they have incredibly different prescriptions for how to fix the things that anger voters and that is what is similar. now, you know, it is unclear if any of those voters will come over. maybe the most likely benefit if there is one and it's still a long time before election day, is that the people who are going out to those rallies are so aggravated that they don't get out and vote for hillary clinton. you know what, we've seen these kinds of situations before and the energy ends up coming back, for the most part, for the nominee even after things are very tense. >> i want everybody to stand by because we're getting some
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this time the pentagon says chinese fighter jets carried out what they call an unsafe intercept. brian todd is tracking this development for us. brian, what are you finding out? >> reporter: wolf, we are getting this just in from the pentagon telling cnn that two chinese tactical aircraft, fighter jets carried out an unsafe intercept of a u.s. reconnaissance plane in the south china sea. this occurred tuesday according to the official. two jets came within 50 feet of the american aircraft. again, this over the south china sea over the disputed islands china has been constructing air strips and landing military planes on. they're hotly disputed between china and other nations in the region and the u.s. doesn't consider them legitimate chinese territory, wolf. again, we are told two chinese fighter jets, j-11s, came unsafe distance away from a u.s.
reconnaissance plane tuesday over the south china sea. my colleague jim sciutto points out this isn't the first time this happened, but the chinese usually resort to warnings for american reconnaissance jets over the radio. they don't fly this close, it is a rare occurrence and we are told that americans are protesting through diplomatic chance. donald trump says he has no problem talking to kim jong-un. will that change after today's foreign policy session with henry kissinger? tensions are boiling over with some democrats, some worry the convention could slide into chaos. are battle lines already drawn. the big hilton
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at the convention in chicago. not a groper. ivanka trump depends her father and dismisses a report about her father's past treatment of women. will that help the presumptive nominee ease his tension with with voters. the u.s. says china intercepted a war plane in an unacceptable way. secret war. inside america's efforts to spy on isis in the most dangerous strong hold on europe's doorstep. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we following a breaking news story. cnn just learned that china has carried out what's described as an unsafe intercept of united
states military aircraft in international air space over the south china sea. stand by for more on this breaking news. also tonight, the battle lines are hardening between bernie sanders and the democratic party establishment. sanders rallying supporters in california awhile ago, defying new pressure to quit the race before the june 7 primaries. they disrupted a party convention in nevada over the weekend. the dnc chair and others are publicly venting fears of chaos at the party's convention in philadelphia this summer. the sanders camp says accusations they're inciting violence are nonsense. all of this as hillary clinton gets closer to clinching the nomination after narrowly winning in kentucky but losing to sanders in oregon overnight. while her party spars, donald trump is looking more presidential, releasing a list
of potential supreme court neems and meeting with henry kissinger. senator chris murphy is live along with our correspondents and analysts covering the breaking news now. first, let's go to senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny, he is covering bernie sanders' swing through california. jeff, what's the latest? >> reporter: wolf, bernie sanders made clear he intends to fight for every vote in the nine remaining democratic contests. as he spoke at a rally a short time ago under the blistering sun, he toned down rhetoric for now against hillary clinton. he made clear, he and his supporters are still fighting the establishment. >> we are in to the last ballot is cast. >> reporter: tonight the question for bernie sanders is what happens after ballots are cast. >> the democratic will have to make a very, very profound an important decision. >> reporter: he is frustrated at
the democratic party and the feeling is mutual. it can do the right thing and open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change. >> reporter: a split decision in tuesday's primaries, sanders winning oregon, but narrowly losing kentucky to hillary clinton. democrats, anxious to join forces and take on donald trump suddenly seem more divided than ever. >> now some people say we've got a steep hill to climb to do better, and that is absolutely true. >> reporter: this is why. clinton is only 88 delegates away from clinching the nomination. sanders needs nearly 10 times as many delegates and superdelegates. more than are on the table in nine remaining contests, but that hasn't stopped sanders from going hard after clinton. >> before we will have the opportunity to defeat donald trump, we're going to have to
defeat secretary clinton. >> reporter: at a rally today in san jose, sanders only had one rival in mind, trump. he made no mention of clinton. >> there are many people who are concerned that donald trump may become president of the united states. that will not happen. >> reporter: the tensions are spilling over across the democratic party. the chaotic scene at the nevada state convention last weekend still reverberating. california senator dianne feinstein telling manu raju she worries about violence at the party's convention this summer in philadelphia. >> it worries me a great deal, you know. i don't want to go back to the '68 convention because i worry about what it does to the electorate as a whole, and he should too. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: she and other clinton supporters increasingly calling out sanders for not controlling his supporters.
the sanders campaign believes they have been mistreated by the democratic establishment, particularly party chair woman debbie wasserman schultz. >> we could have a long conversation about debbie wasserman schultz and how she has thrown shade on the sanders campaign from the beginning. >> reporter: she was trying to put a good face on it, making clear they need sanders' army in the general election. >> i agree, bernie sanders should stay in the race, that's what i said all along until the last vote is counted. >> reporter: many sanders supporters aren't sure the party will come together. >> you think hillary clinton can unite the democratic party? >> i don't think so. >> why not? >> i know a lot of people would, even if she gets the candidacy, would refuse to vote for her because they don't believe in anything she stands for, she's two faced, a liar, and they would rather vote for someone else or do a write in ballot. bernie or bust. >> reporter: so the question is whether bernie sanders can influence any of the supporters
here in months before the convention, and of course the general election. there's good reason to believe he can and willing to do so, but he still believes he is being mistreated by the democratic national committee. president obama had a fundraiser for the democratic national committee a short time ago, this was not a central focus of that. his aides remember the 2008 contest when it was hillary clinton supporters at this moment who were still fighting the obama campaign. wolf? >> jeff, thanks very much. jeff zeleny reporting. donald trump is trying to shore up his image as potential commander in chief. he met with an icon hours before opening the door to potential conversations with a dangerous dictator. jim acosta is covering the trump campaign for us. jim, trump met with former secretary of state henry kissinger. what do we know, how did that go? >> reporter: that's right, donald trump is off the campaign trail, keeping busy trying to
look presidential, releasing a list of supreme court picks to replease and t replace antonin scalia. we don't have information on what took place, but he is widely respected in republican circles. trump rolled out a new proposal on north korea. it was a trial balloon that shot up like a ballistic missile as donald trump talked about speaking with kim jong-un in what would be dramatic departure from u.s. policy. >> i would speak to him, i would have no problem speak to go him. at the same time i would put a lot of pressure on china. >> but you would talk to kim? >> i would speak to him, i have no problem with speaking to him. >> reporter: the clinton campaign chair mocked trump with this tweet, asking whether job of secretary of state would go to former nba star dennis rodman
who infamously traveled there for one on one time with the communist dictator. trump sized up the leader at a rally in january. >> if you look at north korea, this guy, i mean, he's like a maniac, okay, and you got to give him credit. how many young guys, 26 or 25 when his father died take over these tough generals. >> reporter: trump had a chance to discuss his views in a meeting with republican party elder and former secretary of state henry kissinger. trump's critics say he could use some pointers. >> henry kissinger has a very tall order. that's like trying to tame a bucking bronco, but kissinger is a very respected figure and he hope he knocks some sense into donald trump. >> reporter: last december, kissinger took issue with the call for temporary ban on muslims to enter the u.s. >> i would urge him not to make
such a blanket exclusion, and i would only hope he would become comfortable with another nominee. >> reporter: he was asked about the most dangerous place he visited in the world. trump joked brooklyn, then added seriously there are places in america among the most dangerous places in the world. oakland and ferguson, the crime numbers are worse. with trump on the verge of winning the nomination, he is spending much of his time in the office, gearing up for the general election. announcing a new fund-raising arrangement with the rnc this week. his campaign is also hitting back at news stories he doesn't like, such as the article in "the new york times" on his treatment of women. his daughter is defending her father. >> he is not a groper, that's not who he is. i have known my father obviously my whole life and he has total respect for him. >> reporter: as for the list of supreme court picks, trump is
already getting positive feedback from gop senators on capitol hill. charles grassly called the list impressive, and cornyn, john cornyn who criticized trump last week said the picks were reassuring. he is on the way to calming some gop critics, conservative cri c criti critics, but not all of them. >> thank you. let's get back to the democrats, the division within the democratic party. a hillary clinton supporter, thanks for joining us. >> sure. >> your colleague, senator dianne feinstein, also a democrat, thinks sanders should drop out of the race after voting concludes in california on june 7th. she's worried about the impact on the party. do you agree he should drop out after june 7. >> i think bernie said once voting is concluded and we have a clear nominee, we will before then, he will step aside and support the nominee.
i don't worry as much as diane about violence at the democratic convention because i am confident that bernie sanders is going to say loud and clear when the primaries are over that the party should unite behind hillary clinton and his supporters shouldn't just support her but should go out and work hard for her. it is sort of hard to imagine now when you're still in the middle of the fight before the contest has been decided but as you mentioned in one of your segments back in 2008 it was equally as implausible that hillary clinton supporters would support and work for barack obama when we were at this moment in that primary. we're going to get to that point again, and bernie will have a lot to do with that. >> in 2008, senator, do you remember death threats against the democratic party chair as occurred over the weekend in nevada or violence erupting at some sort of democratic convention, state convention along the lines of what we saw in nevada? i know there were disagreements, there was acrimony, fighting in
the hillary clinton campaign, and then senator barack obama campaign. do you remember anything like this? >> this is an exceptional incident this weekend and i got chills when i listened to my colleague, barbara boxer, talk about the fact she was fearing for her safety at this event. barbara is a pretty tough cookie. if she feared for her safety, something was going horribly wrong there. i take consolation in the fact as you noted senator sanders took a different tone today at his rally and i trust he is going to take steps in coming days to make sure he is absolutely no signals to the supporters that that conduct is acceptable, and i hope you're not going to see a repeat or trend line of that behavior. >> they think the democratic national committee chair debbie wasserman schultz has been in their words working against bernie sanders from the get go. do you have confidence in her, in what she's doing at the dnc?
>> 100% confidence. the fact of the matter is whether or not the sanders campaign likes this, senator clinton, secretary clinton has gotten 3 million more votes than he has, set the superdelegates aside, she's well ahead in the delegate lead. she's going to be the nominee by every possible count that you can have, so i understand that when you're in second place you often feel aggrieved by the process, but the voters have spoken, and they're going to continue to speak here, and in the end i think everybody will get on the same page. >> do you think the president should step in and do more to ease the crisis within the democratic party? should he get personally involved? >> no, i don't think this is a crisis. i think you're at a critical moment in the campaign where bernie is coming to terms with the fact that hillary clinton is going to be the nominee and coming to terms with the fact he will support her, supporters will come with him, but it is not a crisis.
the republican contest, democratic contest all go through these moments where it feels incredibly divisive until it isn't. let me tell you this, donald trump is going to do a wonderful job of uniting hillary clinton and bernie sanders supporters together. i think hillary will do a good job bringing in bernie supporters, but donald trump will be unifying factor for democrats as well. >> as you may have noticed, he is weighing in on democratic infighting, tweeted that bernie sanders is being treated battedly by the democrats, the system is rigged against him. many of his disenfranchised fans are for me. couldn't you see a lot of those bernie sanders supporters who are really angry at hillary clinton now eventually voting for donald trump? >> yeah, you know, donald trump has a lot of ridiculous fantasies, this is at the top of that list. the fact of the matter is that any of bernie sanders' supporters should look at donald trump's tax plan. it is an absolute disaster for the working class.
it would essentially continue this policy of feeding the rich while stealing from everyone else. bernie sanders supporters are going to support hillary clinton. i just don't see there will be any crossover here. >> trump says he wants to reduce taxes for everyone, including the middle class, working class as you call it. wouldn't they presumably like that, even if he wants to reduce taxes for the wealthy? >> that's not what his plan does. the fact of the matter is everything that donald trump has spoken about would be an absolute disaster for people showing up at bernie's rallies. i saw 14,000 people in new haven, wuchb the most incredible, diverse crowds i've seen. i really celebrate what bernie has brought to this election, but that diversity displayed by the sanders coalition is under attack by the trump campaign. so i know in the heat of the battle, you might get audio of sanders supporters saying they
can't support clinton, but that's not how the primaries play out, and bernie sanders will make sure that doesn't happen. bernie sanders is going to call for supporters to rally around hillary clinton. that's going to happen. >> all right, stand by, senator. we have more to discuss. member of the senate foreign relations committee, i want reaction to donald trump's assertion that he would be happy to talk directly with kim jong-un, the dictator in north korea. stay with us.
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we are back with democratic senator chris murphy from connecticut, following breaking news of what the pentagon is describing as an unsafe intercept of a u.s. reconnaissance aircraft by chinese jets in the south china sea. senator, i know you're on the foreign relations committee, you're probably just getting new information about this. at least two chinese j-11 tactical aircraft carried out what the pentagon said were unsafe intercept, getting within 50 feet, 50 feet of an american aircraft, ep-3 reconnaissance aircraft in the south china sea. what does this say to you? >> well, i am just getting information on this, i can can't opine on this incident. there has been increasingly aggressive action by the chinese in and around the south china sea and east china sea as you know, they're building up man-made islands, which are in
contravention of international law. they have made claims that they have certain territorial rights around those islands that would again be in violation of international law, so this is potentially part of a disturbing trend line as the chinese try to push their military envelope into greater parts of the seas surrounding their main land, so i think we have to watch this carefully. the good news is that president obama and the chinese premier have had a dialogue, we have been able to work together to resolve those differences and i hope we will in this case as well. >> worries me and i am sure it worries you as well, seems to be a pattern of chinese doing this to aircraft, 50 feet is dangerously close. russian aircraft doing the same against u.s. military ships and aircraft. it seems to be a taunting if you will by china and russia against the united states. do you see a disturbing pattern
there? >> i certainly see a disturbing pattern but it is also important we don't overreact. in fact, what the chinese and russians are trying to do is provoke us into some kind of action that will feed into their domestic narrative in china and in russia, their regimes are dependent on the idea that the united states is at war with the people of china and the people of russia. we have to take these seriously, but also have to be careful not to overreact. let me state we have taken important steps as well. we have rejected claims of the chinese that we can't sail our ships in a certain amount of space from man-made islands. we sailed our ships into the area they claim to be their sea based territory, so we've also taken strong steps to protect our interests in and around chinese waters as well. >> good point. you're on the foreign relations committee. when you heard donald trump say he would have no problem
speaking with the north korean dictator kim jong-un as he said with reuters news agency yesterday, what did you think? i remember president obama, then senator obama eight years ago running for president saying he would be ready to meet with enemies, leaders of north korea, other countries if you will, if he were elected. >> well, i think donald trump is making this up as he goes along. people categorize his foreign policy as risky, but that connotes there's some potential up side. it is not risky, it is dangerous the way in which he talks. what worries me how he talks about the north korean leader is this reverence for his murderous tendencies, almost suggests that he looks up to the guy's ability to kill his relatives to consolidate power. the reality is you can talk to your enemies, but you have to have your friends at your side when you do that. president obama did strike an historic agreement with iran but he did it in coordination with
our european allies. within 24 hours of saying he is going to talk to this radical and unstable north korean leader, donald trump is also saying he doesn't think he is really going to have an alliance with great britain, our most sacred and important ally. it just goes without saying that you can't cut a deal with your enemy if you don't have your friends by your side. hopefully henry kissinger, as much as i don't agree with much of his foreign policy philosophy, hopefully is setting donald trump straight with some of this today. >> he also was set to meet with james baker in washington. senator, your name is floated as potential vice presidential pick for hillary clinton if she gets the nomination, usa today floated your name in the newspaper. if she asked you to be your running mate, would you say yes? >> i think pretty much every united states senator has been floated as potential running
mate for hillary clinton, i don't take it as any special recognition, it is nothing i am thinking of now. >> is that a yes or no? >> it is just not on my mind now. >> i'll leave it at that. senator, thanks for joining us. >> thanks a lot, wolf. just ahead, what north korean experts say about face to face talks between kim jong-un and donald trump if he becomes president. is it bold, is it dangerous? we'll update you. (bear growls) (burke) smash and grub. seen it. covered it. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ (vo)never be good.can purina believes it can. inspecting every ingredient for quality? that's big. being confident that your pet's food is 100% safe? that's big, too. spending more healthy years with your best friend? that's amazing. big is exciting... daring...
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tonight donald trump is appealing to his party's conservative wing by unveiling a list of potential u.s. supreme court nominees. five of them had been previously floated by heritage foundation. trump says the organization did help him compile his list of would be supreme court justices. let's bring in senior analyst jeffrey toobin, gloria borger, rebecca berg, national reporter for real clear politics and sarah murray. jeffrey, you're an expert on the supreme court. are these potential supreme court picks an olive branch to the conservative wing of the party? tell us about that. >> you bet. this is a dream team for social conservatives. these are accomplished, serious experienced judges, all of whom would, it seems likely, bring a socially conservative agenda,
overturn roe v wade. do not recognize gay and transgender rights. this is a list easily could have been produced by president ted cruz and i think that's the point. >> gloria, how can releasing a list of potential supreme court nominees help donald trump unify the party, especially bring speaker paul ryan on board, other republicans to formally endorse him? >> i think it is a really smart move for him, wolf. as we all know from covering this campaign, conservatives have a lot of questions about him. somebody like ted cruz whom jeffrey just mentioned spent the entire year saying trump was not conservative as did other republicans. in handing over this list, part of which was produced by conservative think tanks, he can say to republicans you know, i'm on the same page as you are. remember trump had that kind of mess up on the question of who
should be punished for having an abortion and, you know, social issues clearly are not something that have been at his forefront, so this way he can say these are my folks and these are your folks, too, and i think it is very, very important to conservatives who believe that's what the election is about. >> sarah, you've been looking at the list of 11 potential supreme court picks, you have been looking at the names, not necessarily all of them trump allies, right? >> no, wolf. one of them has a history of tweeting things, essentially mocking donald trump, but i think this gets to gloria's point, the other signal this list sends is that donald trump is ready to take outside advice, that the number one rule when it comes to something as important as appointing a supreme court justice will not just be do you love donald trump, have you been loyal, willing to do his bidding, he is willing to look at what experts, conservative
experts are saying. if you're a democrat, more moderate, you may have problems with people on this list. i think the signal he is sending to conservatives is i can take outside advice from experts and i am prepared to do that on important decisions like choosing supreme court justice. >> you say this is a conservative dream team, what does it tell you about the staff brought together to advise him on these sensitive issues? >> certainly it says he is very much in the mainstream of the contemporary republican party on legal issues. as we have all been saying, there's nothing more important especially to the base of the republican party than the supreme court, especially when there's this 4-4 split, four democratic appointees, four republican appointees following the death of antonin scalia. this isn't just any vacancy on
the supreme court, this is a vacancy that will determine the balance of power on the court, and if donald trump wins, conservatives can be reassured, moderates can be nervous, but conservatives can be reassured that these judges will be like justice scalia, like justice alito, like justice thomas, and that's what they wouldn't. >> could impact long more than 4 or 8 years, for 20 or 30 years, depending on their age. rebecca, on the democratic side, there are a bunch of other problems involving unity. senator dianne feinstein of california thinks sanders should drop out of the race after voting concludes in california on june 7th. she's worried about the impact on the party. i want you to listen to this. >> it worries me a great deal, you know, i don't want to go back to the '68 convention because i worry about what it does to the electorate as a whole, and he should too.
>> the '68 convention in chicago, that was a lot of violence at that democratic convention at that time. >> sure. >> what about what she's saying, how much damage do you think potentially the democratic party could endure? >> she's certainly a supporter of hillary clinton and close personal time from their time in the senate. we need to look at her remarks through that context and that frame, but of course democrats are worried if bernie sanders will go to the convention and cause a ruckus that could distract from the real goal for them which is of course beating donald trump and getting the white house for hillary clinton who is of course the presumptive nominee, but at this stage there really is evidence i am seeing that democrats are for the most part giving bernie sanders space to run the race to the end. you saw joe biden come out, say he deserves room to run, you have seen president obama back away from the race. if there were concern it would go to the convention, you would
see elder party figures step up and urging bernie sanders to leave the race, and they're not doing that. i think that's because they believe he will make what they think is the right decision and drop out after june 7th. we will see if that comes to pass. they're optimistic that will happen and this will proceed as democratic races proceeded in the past in 2008, very contentious primary, democrats unified ultimately without any sort of problem. >> stand by. we're getting new reaction out of donald trump suggesting he would be ready to open a dialogue with kim jong-un, the leader of north korea. i want everyone to stand by. we will assess that and a whole lot more after this. all across the state, the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, and the lowest taxes in decades, attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow. like in buffalo, where the largest solar gigafactory in the
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donald trump is offering what some see as a disturbing clue how he would deal with north korea if he were president of the united states, it is a sharp departure from current u.s. policy toward that country and its dictator kim jong-un. brian todd is working the story for us. trump said he would handle north korea very differently. update viewers. >> reporter: he says he could get along with vladimir putin, now he says he can do better than the current administration on north korea if he could meet with kim jong-un face to face. it has trump under fire yet again. tonight we have spoken to former
u.s. national kurt officials and people that negotiated with the north koreans who warn donald trump of political dangers involved in a meeting with the north korean leader. donald trump proposes doing something no other sitting american president ever has, a direct face-to-face meeting with the leader of north korea. on the question of talking to kim jong-un, trump tells reuters. >> i would speak to him. i have no problem with speaking to him. >> reporter: bill richardson, former ambassador to the u.n. and veteran negotiator with the north koreans says trump is being naive. >> you can't just shoot and say like donald trump let's meet, let's talk. that's not going to work. that's not diplomacy, that's reality tv. >> reporter: experts say a trump face to face with kim would send the wrong message, that it would look like reward for kim's aggressive, violent behavior. human rights advocates would be outraged, given his prison gu
logs and execution of several. called him a maniac, says he needs to be taken seriously. >> he wiped out the uncle, this one and that, he doesn't play games and we can't play games with him. >> reporter: analysts say if a president met with kim jong-un, he would get played just by showing up. he would give the north koreans a recognition no nation wants them to have. >> he would like to sit down with the united states face to face as two nuclear weapon states and so an american president going there while they have their nuclear weapons would essentially be playing right into their hand. >> reporter: jimmy carter and bill clinton met with north korean leaders but after they were president. since he took power nearly five years ago, kim jong-un has never met with any other world leader. the highest profile american he has met with. ♪ happy birthday to you.
>> reporter: former nba star dennis rodman. how would a trump kim meeting play out? richardson says trump should prepare for a diz ar style of negotiating. >> they don't believe in give and take, they don't believe in quid pro quo. they think their side is right, and they think they'll give you enough time so you finally agree with their point of view. >> reporter: why does trump say he would speak to kim jong-un and specifically how would trump deal with this isolated, violent young dictator? we pressed the trump campaign and they wouldn't give specifics. white house officials wouldn't comment on the idea to meet with kim. when we called north korea for a response, they hung up on us. wolf? >> there are serious concerns about kim jong-un's personality at the same time which play into all this. what are the experts telling you? >> reporter: he is said to be very uneven, seen as much more irrational than his father or grandfather was. he is also very young, said to be under significant pressure
internally to show his strength to the elite inside north korea, so a face-to-face meeting with donald trump will have to deal with all of that with the young kim jong-un. >> brian todd reporting, thanks very much. let's get back to the panel, joining us elise laugh et. how big a shift would this be, a u.s. president meeting and talking with kim jong-un. what do you think? do you see this happening? >> i can't see it happening, wolf, as brian said no u.s. leader has ever met with the north korean leader, although former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton did go to get u.s. detainees in north korean captivity out of jail and i think that no one really knows anything about kim jong-un, kim john-il was who they met with. no other world leader has met
with him and he has shown no interest in meeting. it would be a seismic shift in foreign policy, i can't see it happening. >> gloria, trump did at one point praise dennis rodman for going to north korea, calling it smart back in 2013 and a year later trump tweeted dennis rodman was either drunk or on drugs, delusional when he said i wanted to go to north korea with him. glad i fired him on apprentice! talk about the latest development. >> look, i agree with elise, i think it is unlikely to happen and you know, we all recall that president obama, then candidate obama had a policy he called constructive engagement, which a lot of democrats, including hillary clinton objected to at the time saying that he would meet with leaders like leaders of iran, potentially north korea that we hadn't met with before. one thing i point out about north korea, though, is that
once candidate obama became president obama, that never happened. maybe he got the intelligence briefings he hadn't gotten before, maybe he looked at their negotiating record, maybe he saw the new leader here who is very erratic, very difficult to deal with, but as engaged as president obama has been with lots of nations that have not been engaged with before, he hasn't gone near north korea and there's a good reason for it. >> i think, gloria, it gives you a sense of how donald trump kind of sees these foreign policy issues and sees running government in the same ways as running his business. his view in business is i'm going to get these guys in a room, negotiate with them, we're going to talk about our issues and see if we can strike a deal. and i think what we've seen is when donald trump makes these statements publicly, whether you talk about foreign policy or about the economy, he is running into the limits of how you can operate government the same way
you would operate a business. >> it is much different. presidential power, wolf, is much different. when you meet with a world leader, you don't give that up up front. u.s. leaders, presidential summit is the most important card you have to play, you only play it once negotiations are going on and you think that you have something that you can get dl deliverable. the worst thing would be to sit down with the north koreans and not get anything and that's what they want. >> you don't want to legitimize him and his nuclear status. if you travel to his turf, you do that to a certain degree and if you invite him here, that might even be worse, right? because what you're doing with a meeting with the president of the united states is giving him the status that actually he craves right now, and you don't want to do that either. >> . >> foreign policy details, u.s.
supreme court potential, nominees, making financial disclosures, part of his plan to unite the party. what's behind all of this? >> well, certainly he is making some progress on that to do list, wolf. and with his list of supreme court potentials, supreme court nominees today, with some more detailed foreign policy proposals, although this north korea one was a little off beat, shall we say, he is certainly making progress. he struck a fund-raising agreement with republican national committee this week, which is a huge step in the right direction for donald trump, if he wants to unite the party. and that's exactly what the goal is for him. so in the weeks he has before the convention, in cleveland, he needs to bring republicans together in a way that he hasn't been able to do so far, and reassure in particular the conservative wing of the party that he has the right intentions here, and that he would be a good stuard of their policies and is believes. and the supreme court thing today, proposed nominees to the supreme court, is a major step in that direction, wolf.
he actually -- i saw it reported just minutes ago by a reporter for national review that donald trump approached national review, which ran a cover, as you recall, a never trump magazine cover, and he actually asked for their input on his supreme court picks. so he's really extending an olive branch to the conservative wing of the party in a he hasn't and that's to unify the party before the convention. >> reaching out to the establishment. henry kissinger today -- last week met with former secretary of state, james baker. ease doing what i guess he's supposed to do in a moment like, this trying to unify the republicans in advance of the convention. all right, guys, thanks very much. just ahead, an up-close exclusive look at the war against isis in one of the terrorist's most dangerous strongholds. we'll share it with you when we come back. pet moments are beautiful, unless you have allergies. flonase is the first and only nasal spray approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion.
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now a cnn exclusive. an upclose look at the war against isis in its most dangerous stronghold, libya. correspondent nick pate ton walsh takes us there. >> reporter: this is the eye in the sky for america's quietest war in libya. these flights part of a growing effort by u.s. intelligence agencies to learn as much as they can about isis in what many consider to be its most dangerous stronghold, so close to europe. buried in the rock of the remote sicilian island, it's run by a handful of americans. they fly over north africa's
coast, records show. likely hovering up electronic chatter, video from above the failed state, a tenth of whose coastline isis now control. and down here, is where it matters. isolated road between the libyan city of misrata and the isis stronghold of sert. it's day all bad news. isis using a suicide bomber to help. fighters tell us that americans are also on the ground here. along this road reinforcements pouring down and one witness said they saw what looked like four armored suvs containing western-looking soldiers. they're nervous about what we see. one libyan official later revealed that a dozen u.s. troops operate out of a nearby air base, the pentagon confirming u.s. troops are
meeting with libyans, but wouldn't give details. this man saying, he managed to save his family, as isis moved into their hometown. this was the scene they left behind. these chaotic militia are all that stand between isis and one of libya's biggest cities. hours later, isis sent another suicide bomber in an armored car. a state of emergency, flooding it with casualties. scenes they thought they had seen the last of once they defeated gadhafi are back again. over 100 injured, and 9 dead. on a scale, a hospital can barely cope with.
relatives can only peer through the glass. the most severely wounded being brought out now a steady stream of casualties. quite unlike anything the city is used to. along with that sense of isis never really having been so close or so threatening. funerals now too common, they say. killed in suicide bombings, leave his wife pregnant with their third child. the friend of god, they chant. after five years of war, it barely jars other routines, weddings go on nearby. america is for now here as little as it can be. and isis are winning. the wait for outside help measured in sum sons lost. nick paton walsh, cnn, misrata.
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