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happening now in the newsroom, independence day, greetsed with a heavy dose of security, hundreds of extra officers out in force. >> we do have technology that folks will not see. this, after terrorists launch a string of attacks overseas. iraq reeling from a market explosion, cnn in baghdad this morning. plus, controversy hits the presidential campaign trail. backlash growing over a trump tweet evoking anti-semitic imagery. >> a tweet is a simple tweet and the bottom line, you can read into things that aren't there.
and hillary clinton can't shake the e-mail scandal, her meeting with the fbi. let's talk, live in the cnn newsroom. and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. it is the fourth of july, but across the united states, it will be a working holiday for much of the nation's law enforcement. security is beefed up in big cities and small towns, as isis sends a chilling message. they're ready to kill and defensiveless civilians are apprised target. three deadly attacks on three separate continents in the last week, the most recent, the most deadly. at least 200 people killed by a massive truck bomb that ripped through a shopping area in baghdad. so massive it incinerated 81 people. the remains will have to undergo dna testing just to be identified.
iraq's prime minister chased from the scene by furious residents. they say the government is powerless to stop isis and terror attacks on tinnocent. ben is live in baghdad. >> reporter: hi, carol. really hearbreaking scenes here. just a few moments ago, i was sitting next to a man who found the prayer beads of her brother charred. they were the only sign he could find of him. he of course was was in tears, sobbing, and the heart rendering job of having to call his mother and to tell them his brother is dead. you see it time and time again. another woman i spoke to, she had gone around to all of the hospitals in baghdad, all of the morgues, looking for her 29-year-old son, who she knew on saturday evening had come here to buy clothing for the holiday
at the end of the holly month of ramadan. she also desperately looking for her son, and of course, this is a situation repeated time and time again. as you mentioned, there are so many bodies that have been recovered, but charred so beyond recognition, they're going to have to carry out d ina tests. at this point, the death toll, according to the iraqi police is at least 200, but we were watching this morning and into the afternoon, as people were trying to recover bodies and they were just finding body parts among the charred ruins of this shopping district. carol. >> ben weedman, reporting live from baghdad this morning. we have new video to show you out of saudi arabia, where they've detonated explosives inside of car of a suicide ob a
bomber. saudi police a approached him and he killed himself. he was wandering at a nearby hospital, and not clear if it is is linked to a terrorist group. the café terror attack in bangladesh are suspects, according to an official, both individuals are in the hospital and they will be integrated once they recover. this comes as cnn talks to the father of one of the tackers, who said he learned his son was involved after isis released photos of the terrorists. secretary of state john kerry now offering fbi help to the bangladesh government. let's get right to dhaka where the attack took place. hi, alexandra. >> reporter: hay, carol. we're learning from investigators that the people killed inside the café were killed within minutes of the time that the gunman stormed in there, firing shots, lobbying explosives and conducting an 11
hour stand off with police. 20 civilians were killed, two police died, and we're learning more about the men who carried off this deadly attack. they've all been identified as bangladesh. they range between 18 and mid 20s. they're all considered upper middle class. each of them, well educated. i spoke to the father of one of the youngest attackers, that man, an 18-year-old, his father said that the son had gone missing months earlier. they hadn't heard a word from him, hadn't seen any signs of radicalization before he left, but became increasingly worried that he may have joined an islamist group. he describes his son as immature and impressible. we're learning he is one of the attacker that stormed the café. one attacker survived, that attacker is too injured to speak to investigators and still in the hospital. they have a second suspect also
injured in the café, but they have not said who the second person is. carol, isis was quick to claim responsibility for this attack, and u.s. intelligence officials are looking at isis as the likely perpetrators of this attack. but here in bangladesh, officials are casting a wider net, saying it could be the work of homegrown domestic terrorists, locally banned islamists groups. they say they're not ruling out the isis possibility they're entertaining all options, but currently believing it is the work of homegrown terrorists. as for this 18-year-old boy, who was part of this attack, his father today told me he does not understand how his son could have been part of this. he describes the boy who he says was loving, kind and full of humanity. it certainly doesn't square with any of the horror that unfolded inside of the restaurant. the attack on so many unsuspecting people. the father looked at me and said he had a message to convey, which is this. he is grieving and sending his
con dole len condolences to the families of all those killed. >> thank you. the united arab emirates, do not wear traditional garments to the united states. this is why. a hotel clerk near avon, ohio, panicked. she told her sister to call 911 to report a man affiliated with isis. >> there is a male in a full headdress with multiple disposable, pledging his allegiance or something to isis. >> as you can see, the police did show up. they detained the man at gunpoint. they put handcuffs on him. the man, later collapsed, he turns out he was not a terrorist, and visiting the united states for medical reasons. with me now, cnn analyst, mark curtling and cnn diplomatic nic robertson. welcome to both of you.
>> good morning. >> good morning. he want to talk about what happened in ohio first. this was an overreaction. it is the fourth of july holiday. security is ramped up. can you put things in perspective for us. >> certainly. i mean, we have had security officials tell us as a nation that if you see something that is unusual report it. unfortunately, sometimes that goes to extremes, and in this case, it certainly did. a hotel person seeing a man in traditional dress got nervous. that's the unfortunate part of this. you have to actually see something that's occurring that might be threatening. this individual was just simply in a thoge making phone calls. you have to differentiate what might be occurring versus what you suspect might be occurring. >> of course, general, that might be difficult sometimes. >> yeah, it certainly will. carol, i work for a hospital that takes in a lot of destination medicine patients, which this individual was. and unfortunately, you're going
to see a lot of people from other countries bringing part of their culture into the united states. we are normally very welcoming, but i think the degree of fear and anxiety that we have in our country right now due to islamic terrorists is causing some of these actions. that's unfortunate. but we have to make sure that we're careful about what we do, but at the same time, not do the kinds of things that would be driven against ethnic diversity. it is a very hard line to draw. >> it sometimes is a very hard line to draw. nic, experts say these terror attacks overseas are happening because isis is actually losing territory in places like iraq and syria. they're still trying to prove, they are a group to be reckoned with. can you address that for us? >> sure. i think there are several things happening here. one, they want to continue to be the most dominant radical islamic terrorist group on the
planet, so they are attacking beyond the areas syria and iraq, where they're trying to hold on to territory. they are losing territory. that's a negative for them on the pr front. and in fact, if isis loses all its territory, it kind of ceases to hold that place for radicals, because that's what set them apart. they've had territory. but also what we're seeing here is the fact that they are maturing or at least maturing their global support. they've been in a fight with al qaeda as well to try to sort of bring as many affiliates from as many countries on board as possible. so when we look at bangladesh, where this attack took place, we notice that isis just last year had claimed an attack and killing of italian aid worker, a month later, the killing of a japanese businessman, claimed several other killings since then. this attack was a sirdifferent
scale. they've been laying down the roots for networks there and other countries for some time, and those networks are beginning to mature in their capabilities are beginning to mature. they want to use this to recruit more people, to the fight in iraq and syria, because they need more war recruits, but still want to out play and out gun globally al qaeda and its message. >> interesting. so general, assisting the fight against isis, put it this way. >> as we take terrain away and defeat them, and they have not won a battle in iraq in the last seven months, ever since the fall of ramadi last year, they have not won a battle and only lost ground, they're trying to remain relevant on the global stage and trying to show as they attract crazies and sickos from across the globe, we're still a
viable threat. >> i hear what nic said, i hear what colnoel garver said, it is hard to be hopeful. >> it is difficult to match those two narratives, isn't it. he is absolutely right from a tactical, military standpoint, carol. as we've said from the beginning, this particular fight against islamic extremism takes several fronts. what we've seen in baghdad, especially because it is a shia dominated suburb of baghdad, we have seen isis attempting to kill shia to stoke the fans of terror. they've cause now the government to attempt to counter that, and the people in iraq have the same fears that you and i have against these extremist actions. but you're also required as nic pointed out to go after isis in several other fronts. the economic front. take away their money. get them on the internet. get their recruiting effort, stop the flow of fighters.
have the diplomacy counter this. so there are several fronts. and garver is absolutely right. we're going to see a generational fight against this ideology until it is completely squashed and people can live in peace again. that's the unfortunate truth of the matter. >> all right, thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," outrage online as a new tweet from donald trump sparked charges of anti-semit m anti-semitism.
clinton next to a star of david shaped logo, and piles of money. the image, which drew sharp criticism with many denouncing it as anti-semitic was soon revised. now it shows a circle instead of the six pointed star. now, that star of david was often used by nazis to identify jews during the holocaust. the campaign manager and cnn contributor, corey lewandowski says the outrage is overblown. >> a tweet is a simple tweet. you can read into things that aren't there. this is a simple star, and to make an accusation, it is the same star that sheriffs departments use all over the place to represent law enforcement. to read into something that isn't there is, you know what, i think again the mainstream media trying to attack donald trump that isn't there. >> okay, so let's talk about
that with jonathan greenblatt, cnn and national director of the anti-defamation league. welcome, jonathan. >> thank you for having me. >> thanks for being here. is it possible that mr. trump, or someone in his campaign did not realize that this tweet could be offensive? >> well, look, we've been troubled by the tone of this campaign now for the past six months. the first time something happens like when you quote mussolini, it is a mistake. the second time when it happens, like you retweet from a white sup supremacy, they have invoked bigotry and anti-semitism, racism, and now it's -- now it's hard to call it anything other than a pattern. and it is a pattern that to us is perplexing, troubling and we think wrong. >> this tweet seems to be a
retweet from some fringe message board that is anti-semitic. so maybe mr. trump just re-tweeted it or someone in his campaign did without knowing where it came from. >> well, it is an interesting question to ask why is your fact finding department focusing on fiction, and how a major presidential campaign can be looking at racist websites or anti-semitic sections of other online sources and using it to find content to share with the american public. i mean, look, the anti-defamation league has been fighting anti-semitism and bigotry for over 100 years. as a nonprofit organization, we don't engage in politics, but the fact of the matter is, these bigoted and presidential ideas don't belong in the public conversation, and that's why we're speaking out. >> but what do you say to corey lewandowski who said it could depict a sheriff's paj and thba
this is more political correctness mucking up our culture. >> look, that's a very weird and abnormal definition of political correctness. if you
think dog whistles to neo nazi, and eric erickson or the adl is represented by the mainstream media, that's somewhat bizarre. the bottom line is this. donald trump is the presumptive gop nominee for the presidency of the united states. and we would like to see him speak out with the same energy that he brings to the campaign trail, when he calls out hillary clinton, or his gop rivals, bring that energy to call out white supremacists. bring that energy to call out hate and make it clear it has nothing do with making america great again. >> all right, jonathan greenblatt, thank you so much for your time. with me now to talk more about
this, boris epstein and jason johnson, politics editor for the root.com, welcome. boris, you're trump supporter, and you are also jewish. is this an overreaction? >> well, first of all, i would like to react to what mr. greenblatt said there. adl is a notoriously left wing jewish organization. there are a lot of conservative jews, and he was taking a very obviously pro left position there. pro hillary clinton position. and i as a jew do not appreciate him using this opportunity to support hillary clinton. two, my family came here in the early '90s. we're jewish refugees. i've been called a kike before. it may have been a mistake. it was taken down.
let's talk about how donald trump supporters for a long time, very devout jews in his own family, and he is not an anti-semite in any way. >> let me put it to you this way. some people do say this tweet has ramifications. this is the reaction from an anti-semitic website. this is the headline on this anti-semitic website. glorious leader tweets hillary image with dollars and jew stars. this is so hateful, i will not read it on television. so boris, this does have ramifications. >> not at all. there are -- >> why is this website deriving energy. >> there are kkk leaders how great hillary clinton is, they're supporting hillary clinton. there is obviously fringe parts on all sides. we don't need to listen to them. the mainstream media will bring it up and keep the conversation
going. what we should be talking about what hillary clinton has not done for the jewish people and she is in support of the iran
deal, and that a threat to not just jewish people, but israel specifically. we need to be talking about the speech that donald trump gave at apec, where he talked about america being 100% allied with israel, which it has not been under barack obama. just a few days ago, somebody spoke out against israel, and donald trump shut them down completely and said israel is 100% an ally. not an errant tweet off the internet. >> jason, this might surprise some people, right. according to the fbi, almost 57% of hate crime, hate crime victims are jewish. 16% are muslim. now, let me read that to you again. almost 57% of hate grime victims are jewish. 16% are muslim. isn't this why, jason, it is
important for prominent americans, whoever they are, to be careful. >> not only that, carol, but on a more practical campaign issue, this is about donald trump not taking responsibility for his own brand. he can say that this tweet didn't mean this, he can say that eating a taco bowl didn't mean that but the fact of the matter, is if you establish a reputation, people are going to think these kinds of things about you. it is just like last week, bill clinton meets with loretta lynch. maybe they were just talking about hot dog recipes for the fourth of july, but given the history of the clinton, people have reason to believe it was untoward or unethical. it is the same thing with donald trump. he can't say i'm so surprised people are saying i'm saying antis antisem method particular. the trump campaign keeps making these mistake. >> donald trump does not have a long history of anti-semitism. >> i'm taking about bigotry.
>> if he -- >> i'll let you take responsibility for his campaign. >> he does not have a long history. you cannot say that. you're simply lying when you say that. >> if he wants to do something about it, he can. >> boris, why didn't mr. trump come out on camera and say you know what, this tweet was just wrong. it wasn't my intent to send out a hateful message. its with a mistake. i'm sorry. these websites that are making hay this of this tweet. >> the tweet is down. it shouldn't be talked about any more. it is obvious in the fact that it is down. it was not meant to portray whatever has been take oint there. we should move on and talk about issues that affect the country, jews, muslims, we should move on to those issues. >> hillary clinton did meet with the fbi over the weekend, three and a half hours, she was integrated. that was really bad. but this tweet that donald trump
sent, sort of overshadows that. and -- >> i agree, carol. >> it is mind-boggling. i mean, both presidential candidates and their actions are mind-boggling in different ways. >> yeah, this is the most amazing race to the bottom. every single time hillary clinton does something that should -- that would almost disqualify any other a presidential, donald trump does something more offensive, which takes the news attention away. i think as an american, independent, i'm distress bid both of their behaviors. at the end of the day, at the end of the day, the problem we have here is no matter what hillary clinton does, she deserves to be criticized or possibly investigated for, donald trump rather than seizing those opportunities, says something else problematic which highlights his own weaknesses. this is what we've seen throughout the entire campaign. >> boris has a good point. >> there is no way an errant tweet rises to the level by endangering american lives byes
have classified information -- >> anti-semitic tweets is a problem from a presidential candidate. >> hillary clinton is a habitual liar. >> donald trump has allied himself with terrorists organizations. >> jason, you can talk over all you want, but it is obvious hillary clinton is using this tweet to obstruct the fact that she is someone who has interviewed for three and a half people. the fact of the matter is, in your candidate is someone who should be arrested. >> i'm going to stop this now. >> she is not my candidate. i'm an independent. >> okay. >> all right, i have to leave it there, boris, jason johnson. thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," the u.s. on edge after a string of terror attacks overseas and security officials on alert, major preparations on this holiday.
and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. isis claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing in baghdad. at least 200 people are dead. it's just the latest in a string of recent terrorists attacks overseas. in response, officials here in the u.s. are taking no chances. adding hundreds of police officers to city streets all over the country. cnn debra frayrick live along the east river. >> reporter: hey, carol. this is where the fireworks will take place later tonight. security is very tight. police officers checking out vans, signs along first avenue, on the way here, warning there will be no bags allowed. there is going to be checkpoints
all along to make sure anybody who is coming to this location has in fact potentially been screened. we can tell you there is no credible intelligence in terms of a specific threat, but what police are really guarding against is the unknown threat. the lone wolf, who may want to do something and make a statement on this july 4th. after a series of deadly attacks overseas, u.s. counterterror officials heightening security measures at so-called soft targets across the country. including the july 4th fireworks displays tonight. >> we have a pretty tight security plan. >> reporter: in the nation's capitol, much of the increase will be hidden. >> we have technology that folks will not see. >> reporter: the biggest fireworks show in america, along new york city's east river, with an estimated 3 million spectators, has the police in the big apple on high alert.
>> you will see a very significantly enhanced police presence in the city zrchlts out on the water, officials patrolling the harbors around man hhattan and security along e barges. >> we're very vigilant. we'll have presence to keep everyone safe. >> reporter: deploying 500 plus highly trained, highly armed officers, ready to prevent terror. the first fourth of july response team will be out in full force. >> it sends a powerful message to anyone who might try to disrupt. >> reporter: tensions already high. >> it sounded like a cannon. >> reporter: after a small explosion in central park left a tourist's foot mangled. >> he stepped on something. >> reporter: that something believed to be an experiencement with fireworks or homemade explosive set off after a young tourist stepped on it, according to the nypd.
>> we believe this could have been put here as some sort of experiment. >> reporter: now, the fbi's joint terrorism task force has investigated and do not believe it is terror related. they do believe it was somebody, an amateur experimenting. it turned out to be very dangerous, but they don't think it is terror related. as for that person who you heard speak about that sort of unseen security you were talking, radiation detectors, surveillance cameras, a lot of officer whose will be in plain clothes. people who will be here watching. again, looking for any anomal s anomalies, but so many people expected here tonight, carol, it is going to be really tight and you're going to have to be prepared to wait. carol. >> all right, have patience tonight. reporting live for us this
morning. checking other top stories for you. human remains have been recovered from egypt air flight 804. investigators are still working to find out what caused the crash. early analysis shows signs of heat and smoke, the flight crashed into the mediterranean any. a man in reno shot and killed by a police officer. the sheriff's office said the driver was trying to get away after an earlier traffic stop. he crashed into a festival vendor and later pronounced dead. no one at the festival was hurt. nigel farage has stepped down as the uk independence party. he campaigned for the united kingdom's exit for years. britain voted to leave the eu in a referendum last month. in a statement, farage said he
president obama will campaign for the first time with hillary clinton tomorrow. they will appear side by side at a rally in north carolina. that appearance is likely to be overshadowed by the fbi integration. clinton, sitting down with fbi investigators and answering questions about her private e-mail server. as you know, she e-mailed from home during her tenure as secretary of state. they're looking into whether she mishandled classified
information. joe johns is following the story for us this morning. hi, joe. >> hi, carol. hillary clinton spent three and a half hours in that interview with the fbi over the weekend. the message from her campaign is that she was happy to get it over with and hopes she is on the road to putting the issue behind her. our reporting from the cnn justice unit before the interview suggested there is no evidence to warrant charges in the case. so long as no evidence of wrongdoing turned up in the interview. the expectation has been something conclusive on this case from the justice department is likely to be released before the democratic convention. meanwhile, a bit more buzz about the optics and times of that meeting last week between hillary clinton's husband, the former president, and attorney general loretta lynch, who runs the department that will have the final say in the investigation. it was an impromptu conversation on the tarmac at an airport in phoenix, pa liern apparently lat
30 minutes. an aide to bill clinton said it was unplanned. the attorney general said she wouldn't do it again, and bill clinton's aide agreed with that, because of the view others could take of the meeting, carol. >> all right, joe johns, reporting live from washington. thanks so much. let's bring in hillary clinton f supporter and super delegate and princeton university professor julian. >> good morning, carol. >> good morning. julian, the fbi has to prove clinton knowingly sent or received classified information from home. is that difficult to prove? >> it is difficult. and you know, this is about foia about disclosure, and so it is hard to understand the intentions of hillary clinton on this. and there has been an extensive investigation, right now, the evidence doesn't point to any great wrongdoing, other than a mistake at worst. >> but maria, does it even matter if hillary clinton is indicted or not? the majority of voters already
mistrust her. haven't when already made up their minds? >> well, first of all, i don't think that there is any evidence that that actually will happen. but to your point, i agree. a lot of this issue in voters' minds is as i say, baked into the cake. so if you are somebody who is hillary clinton supporter, that you have decided you're going to vote for her, none of this will change your mind. if you are somebody on the conservative side, who wakes up every single day trying to figure out how to bring her down, this will be something else you're going to continue to use in your arsenal. so i don't think in voters' minds, that will be a deciding factor. they're going to look at other things, such as what is she going to do as president, what will she do for me and my family, my economy and to keep us safe. when it comes to that contrast, that's something hillary clinton will win in november. >> going back to bill clinton
meeting with the attorney general at the airport. even he admits it was a mistake, dumb to do. is it time that his role, i don't know if limited is the right word, but should president obama take over most of the campaigning now? >> well, i think hillary clinton should take over most of the campaigning. i think, you know, perception matters in american politics, and this is something that often does hurt the clintons, and regardless of the details in the e-mail case, the ongoing story has hurt trust in her candidacy, and i do think the meeting on the tarmac, even if it was harmless, still creates the perception that feeds right into what donald trump wants to say. so i do think he is someone who is very valuable, bill clinton, but also someone who has to be contained and remember how important perception is. >> perception sometimes is reality, maria. shouldn't bill clinton go on camera and say something about this? he has never sat down one-on-one
with a reporter that i can remember and i mean, i can't remember anything recently he has done one-on-one with a reporter. why is that? >> well, because this campaign is not about bill clinton. this campaign is about hillary clinton, and what she is -- >> but mr. trump is making it about bill clinton, too. >> of course. >> it is about bill clinton too. >> of course he is going to try. but that doesn't mean that hillary clinton should play into that. this is not about bill clinton. i think if he sits down to talk to a reporter, we will continue to try to make it about bill clinton. that's not what this is about. this is about what hillary clinton will do for this country. and i actually think it was a great thing that she sat down with the fbi. this is something that she has been offering to do for almost a year now, since last august. and the fact that they finally took her up on her voluntary offer to do this, i think indicates that this is coming to a close. once that happens, she is going to be completely free then to
focus 150% on the fact that donald trump is temperamentally unfit, completely unqualified and howholly unprepared to be commander in chief. >> shouldn't he go on camera and say something about this? this election in part is about bill clinton, whether hillary clinton likes it or not. >> yeah, i mean, we're not going to be able to escape bill clinton's role in this. some of this is a debate about the 1990s. it brings value that hillary clinton talks about. certainly in this particular story, it might be helpful if he puts an end to this, and explains what happened so it doesn't continue. but again, the focus still needs to be hillary clinton. she is the candidate. she is the promise for the democratic party. she needs to be in front of the cameras. not anyone else. >> all right, i have to leave it there, maria cardona, julian, thank you so much. >> thank you. happy 4th. >> you too, maria.
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the rio olympics are a month away, and the problems surrounding the games just keep oncoming. rio's acting governor already says the rio olympics could be a big fail your. now the major is lamming the state government and the police chief, accusing both of them of, quote, failing to do their job. we are in rio this morning with more. >> reporter: good morning, carol. that's right. i'm in the middle of a very serious crime wave right here. we talked to a spanish sailing team that was robbed at gunpoint at 10:00 a.m. on the way to their practice. an armed gang broke into a hospital to free a drug lord. things are pretty serious here.
when i sat down with the mayor, i asked him, how in the world can you guarantee things will be safe for the games? >> fortunately this is not going to happen on the games. it's going to be the national force here, the army, the navy, everyone will be here. so, as you know, this is not a city responsibility, it's a state responsibility. i think they do a terrible job on security, they do a terrible job before the games and after the games. fortunately they won't be responsible during the games. >> there's a valid point, there's a question of residents. police aren't getting paid. crime is rising. do you worry that your citizens, especially the most vulnerable, could be abandoned during the olympic games when everybody is taking care of the tourists? >> i'm not worried about them being abandoned on the games time. i'm worried about them being abandoned on the everyday life. so this is the most serious
issue in rio and the state is doing a terrible job there. it's completely failing and its work of police of taking care of security and state. >> one of the big problems has been zee sikazika. athletes have been cancelling. do you think you may be underestimating the fear? >> i don't think so. the contrary. people are overestimating what could happen. at this time if you're american, please don't go to florida. you have more cases of zika in florida than what we have now in rio. i'm not saying there is not a problem. it's a problem we have to face. as we always said, during this time of the year, it's wintertime in brazil, in rio, so the weather gets better, so the spread of the mosquito gets better. so we don't have much cases of zika now. >> i live here in brazil. i live in rio. i'm rooting for these olympics to work, but it seems like everything something can go wrong it does. even more. how are you going to get people
excited about these games? >> these are kind of problems you face in the u.s. there was a kid in a lake in disney land in disney world and the crocodile eats the kid. you know, there's a crazy american guy that goes into a gay disco and shoots i don't know, 40 people. problems happen everywhere. obviously when you become olympic city, these problems, you know, they rise. >> so, as you can see, carol, the government is really fending off a lot of criticism. they have one month to prove their critics wrong, but at this point it is looking very tough to pull this off with flying colors, carol. >> all right, shasta darlington, reporting live from rio this morning. still to come in the the news room, rowdy fans and boozy tailgaters in trouble. it sounds like a country music song, but it was real life as a kenny chesney concert in pittsburgh.
checking some top stories for you at 55 minutes past. incredible story of survival. this was the terrifying scene after a plane crashed into lake travis in austin, texas, over the weekend. witnesses say they heard the plane's engine cut out moments before impact. miraculously all three passengers on board that plane survived. piles of trash and plenty of alcohol-related problems at a pittsburgh concert by country singer kenny chesney. they lined up early outside of heinz field. 25 people had to be hospitalized for overindulging. seven people were arrested and another 36 were sited for underage drinking. that's an improvement from the 73 arrests made at a chesney concert back in 2013. out of this world journey five years in the making. today nasa solar powered juno
spacecraft is expected to arrive at jupiter. the spinning robotic probe as wide as a basketball court will pierce the planet's cloud cover and enter jupiter's orbit. they think it was the first planet to form and hold clues as to how the solar system evolved. weighing in and counting down to fourth of july tradition, just a couple hours at 12:00 p.m. eastern, joey chestnut will seek his ninth win at nathan's hot dog eating contest. he will have to upset the defending champ, known as megatoad, inhaled 62 hot dogs last year. that makes me sick to think about. after the hot dog comes another tradition enjoyed by millions, fireworks. this year's macy's independence show will be the largest in more than a decade. maggie lake takes us behind the scenes. >> macy's fireworks show is an independence day tradition. and it's the biggest in the
country. more than 50,000 shells are said to burst over new york city on july 4th. no small feat for the team behind the pyro tech nicks. what are all these people actually doing? it looks like cake mix from here, but certainly not. what they're doing is individually one by one by hand loading each one of the shells into the mortar. we have 56,000 that will come to life and each one of these shells are put into the mortar and individually wired to the computer program that will send off the fire works. >> that is not easy to get together. how much planning and manpower went into this? >> it's a huge effort. we start planning the day after the fourth of july and we start looking at the following year. it's a 25-minute show. it's really stunning, but we're here today building towards the fourth of july. >> do you have any superstitions day of? >> i always ware a new pair of shoes. >> really? >> yeah. >> why is that? >> i don't know. i take them out of the box that
morning and it's really not smart thing to do to wear new shoe ossen a day you'll be on your feet for 24, to 48 hours that is it. >> could you have forecast that you'll end up in charge of the largest fireworks that we have, something that's such a tradition? you're the maichb. >> if i were dreaming act it, absolutely. it is the dream job. there's no doubt about it. and for me, the most majestic part of the day is when the first shell goes off in the sky. i take a moment to turn around and look at the audience and just watch them gazing up in the sky. a lot of time it's emotional and people are tearful and everybody is hugging each other and celebratory. that's really what it should be. it's the coming together of everybody watching, watching the show and celebrating our holiday. >> that was maggie lake reporting. the macy's fireworks show started back in 1958 and it's the largers on going independence display in the entire united states. the next hour cnn news room starts now.
happening now in the news room, independence day greeted with a heavy dose of security, hundreds of extra officers out in force. >> we do have technology that folks will not see. >> this after terrorist launch a string of attacks overseas. iraq reeling from a market explosion, cnn in baghdad this morning. plus, controversy hits the presidential campaign trail. backlash growing over a trump tweet evoking anti-semitic imagery. >> a tweet is a simple tweet. you can read into things that aren't there. and hillary clinton can't shake the e-mail scandal. her meeting with the fbi. let's talk, live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning to you i'm carol ka sell low. thank you so much for joining me on this fourth of july.
security ramped up across much of the country. this is isis delivers a chilling message overseas. they are ready to kill and defensive civilians are a prize target. isis now linked to three major attacks just in the last week. the most recent also the most deadly. at least 200 killed by a massive truck bomb that ripped through a busy shopping area in baghdad. the blast so massive it incinerated some 81 people. their remains have to undergo dna testing just to be identified. iraq's prime minister chased from the scene by furious residents. they say the government has shown its powerless to stop isis and its terror attacks on the innocent. we're covering all the angles and our correspondents and experts are scattered around the globe. let's begin in london with nick robertson. hi, nick. >> yeah, hi, good morning, carol. we heard from the iraqi authorities they have increased the death toll in the horrific attack in baghdad.
they're now saying 200 and 15 people died when what we understand was a refrigerator truck packed with explosives detonated around about midnight. that market area, a bustling market area, busy because this is ramadan. busy because it's the end of ramadan and people are out buying gifts for their families. it's a clothing market, electronics market, perfume stores and all those stores keep their goods in the apartments around and above their shops. and those are the premises that were -- that caught ablaze during this attack. that's what one of the reasons that the death toll is so high. officials, families still trying to find loved ones there. 81 people incinerated so badly that officials say they will have to be identified through dna analysis. this was claimed by isis. it is an absolutely sectarian attack. this is a predominantly shia
neighborhood. isis is sunni. they're trying to create a situation in the country that divides and separates the country along sectarian lines so that isis can try to control the west of iraq that make it too difficult for the government to control that area and we saw where the prime minister, going into that neighborhood, the anger and animosity that the government cannot protect people. baghdad has many, many check points surrounding it, a ring of steel, yet they weren't complex and strong enough to stop this bomb load of exemployees -- this truckload of explosives getting in. the government made a decision to ban the use of explosive detecters that have got a failed track record, ban the use of them, at check points around the city. 215 people now confirmed dead. >> you meantecters were faulty? >> it is known that the bomb detecters used in baghdad that
they purchased towards about seven or eight years ago and continue to purchase despite the fact that they were proven not to be credible in many cases, that they've continued to be used. it's not clear why, potentially giving people a false measure of protection. but now the government has taken this decision no more fooling ourselves into thinking that we're safe because we have these detecters. they're not working. get rid of them. they need to tighten up the security. that's the message coming from the leadership. it's a message people are clearly feeling is coming too late, carol. >> no wonder people are furious. nick robertson reporting live for us this morning. thank you. we also have new video out of saudi arabia to show you. a police robot designated explosives found inside the car of a suicide bomber. the man killed himself just outside of the u.s. consulate this morning as saudi police approached him. two officers were wounded. police became suspicious of the man when he appeared to be wandering aimlessly in the parking lot of a nearby hospital. it's not clear if the bomber is linked to a terrorist group.
police now say two people injured in that horrific cafe terror attack in bangladesh are suspects. this is cnn talks to the father of one of the attackers, who says he learned his son was involved after isis released photos of the terrorists. all of this happening as secretary of state john kerry offers fbi help to the bangladeshi government. let's go to where that attack took place. alexandra field is there. hi, alexandra. >> reporter: hi, there, carol. the father of one of the 18-year-old attackers breaking down in tears when he tried to express to me his deep felt grief, his sorrow, his condolences towards the family of the 20 people who were slaughtered, packed to death and stabbed inside that restaurant and the two police officers who lost their lives fighting off the gang of assailants who stormed that cafe on friday night. the father of this 18-year-old sami the name of the man who went into the restaurant with
the group of assailants said he had no idea that his son had become radical lyizeradicalized. didn't see any signs of radicalization or extremism. his son left the house at the end of february. they had not heard from him since. they were working with law enforcement agencies to track him down but over the past few months they became suspicious. they became fearful he may have taken up with an islamist group of some sort. he describes his son as being 18, impressionable and immature. all of the attackers were bangladeshi. we are told they were all of upper, middle class backgrounds, each of them highly educated. isis claimed responsibility for this attack. they posted pictures on the internet of the men they proport to be the attackers as well as horrific pictures of the victims lying in pools of blood inside the restaurant. officials here in bangladesh say they are not ready to focus on who carried out the attack.
that said, u.s. intelligence officials are looking at isis as key perpetrators behind the horrific massacre here, carol. >> alexandra field reporting live from bangladesh this morning. despite the recent string of horrific terror attacks, the u.s. military says isis is actually losing ground in places like iraq and syria. >> as we take terrain away from them and we defeat them, they have not won a battle in iraq in the last seven months. ever since the fall of burr maddy last year, they have not won a battle and trying to show as they attract crazies and sickos from across the globe, they're trying to show that, hey, we're still a viable threat. >> with me now, cnn contributor and co-author of "isis inside the author of terror" michael weiss. good morning, michael. >> good morning. >> supposedly isis is targeting
civilians in a big way because it lost ground in places like iraq and syria. they just retook fallujah. what do we take away from that? are we winning or losing? >> well, it's true what kernel garver said. they are reverting back to form u what it used to be gorilla style insurgency. the attack in baghdad is very characteristic for iraq. this has been the case for 13 years. this is exactly what they do. the targets were well chosen as nick robertson was saying, this is a shia predominant neighborhood. the founder of isis was a general sigh dal maniac who thought they were all marked for death. he wanted to kill and extinguish the entire community. there's a strategy behind this by attacking the shia, you saw what this crowd was doing to the prime minister. you destabilize the iraqi government and the definition of brutalization is turning people into brutes.
you force the shia into the arms of these radical islamist militias and conduct attacks against sunni and the sunni minority community of iraq is thus driven into the fold of isis. >> didn't al qaeda sort of try the same thing? >> the difference between al qaeda and isis -- there a few differences dock trial interpretation of jihadist, the starkist one, bin laden's mother is syrian allowi are offshoot. al qaeda didn't want to declare all out war against shia. >> about destabilizing governments. >> absolutely. >> that was their plan but that didn't quite work for al qaeda in the end, right? >> no, but the difference is al qaeda had a few operatives. isis has 20,000 guys on the ground in syria and iraq and another 20,000 now scattered elsewhere, libya, afghanistan, yemen and untold numbers of
networks inside europe and turkey. but look, the emphasis on foreign operations, there's a fallacy i think in the press that this is a new strategy. it's not a new strategy. that has been the strategy since 2004 when aqi was formed. czar kau wi in 2005 tried to chemical attack in 2005. he successfully perpetrated a hotel bombings consider their 9/11. it was the goal to export jihad abroad. we consider abroad paris, brussels, orlando. abroad for isis consists of jordan, saudi arabia, kuwait, the near region as well. >> so what's the answer? >> well, look -- >> i ask you that question knowing that's a difficult question. >> i only have 30 seconds? they have to be defeated militarily on the battlefield. look, i keep banging on about this. the gio political and social grievances that have fueled isis, beginning with the invasion of iraq but now, you
know, the cropping up this perceived u.s. support for ill legitimate sectarian, authoritarian regimes bashar al assad in syria or the iraqi government. you know, why did the government buy bogus or faulty bomb detecters? i'll tell you why because someone was making money. iraq is one of the most corrupt countries in world. we're going to stop buying these devices that don't work which are not saving anyone's lives, do you think the average iraqi is going to be gratified by this sentiment? isis knows this. isis operates in plain sight in baghdad. they're running car dealerships to make money. >> what? >> yeah. everything is for sale, particularly in the middle east. they worked with the assad regime in syria, work with iraqi officials in iraq. i would not be surprised in the at least that this truck bomb got into in area in central baghdad because some cash changed hands. >> michael weiss thanks so much.
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theory. >> a tweet is a simple tweet and the bottom line is you can read into things that aren't there. you know, this is a simple star. it's the same star that sheriff's departments across the country use all over the place to represent law enforcement. and to read into something that isn't there is, you know what, again, that's the mainstream media trying to attack donald trump for something that really isn't there. bottom line, this is political correctness run amok. a star next to hillary clinton that didn't have the cash behind it, no one would be questioning this. >> cnn jason carol joins me now with more on this. good morning. >> good morning, carol. donald trump often blames the media for things like this and oftentimes it works. this time i think he has to do more than just blame the media. this is something that the presumptive nominee is going to have to answer for himself, not cory lewandowski, he tweeted it and many believe he has to answer for this. it's not clear if trump was responsible for the tweet or if it was someone else in his campaign. again, trump posted the original tweet on saturday. the one that showed hillary
clinton pasted over the backdrop of $100 bills with a six-pointed star, which to some represents the jewish star of david. next to her face with the caption, the most corrupt candidate ever. the campaign changed it eventually to a circle. the campaign has since been trying to explain by saying not every six-pointed star, as you heard donald trump tweeting, represents the star of david. what the campaign has not been able to explain is why they or trump took that image that was previously shared on a website used by neo-nazis. his campaign advisers gave his point of view of how that tweet came to be. >> these images get posted and reposted and reposted on social media on many forrums. so that's not that anybody is looking at any white supremacy group, any kind of group like that -- >> but not this un, ed. >> that is simply not true. >> well, when questioned, he did
not show trump should apologize for the tweet saying that the image was changed and that trump is not anti-semitic. he pointed out that trump's son-in-law is jewish and that trump's daughter ivanka converted, but critics say this points to trump and questions about his tolerance and his rhetoric. trump took heat during the primary for not disavowing david duke quickly enough. he's been kwaul called about statements he made about mexican americans and policies on muslim. he blamed the media many, many times in the past but this is something that he won't be able to blame the media for. this is something he tweeted and ultimately something he has to answer for. >> saying i made a mistake and i'm sorry goes a long way. jason carol, thanks so much. >> you bet. >> trump says he tells it like he sabd the backers love the billionaire for taking on the so-called p.c. police, time and again those off the cuff remarks concerning minorities get mr. trump into trouble, even within his own party. sample --
>> when mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists. i'm a negotiator like you folks. we're negotiators. is there anybody that doesn't renegotiate deals in this room. donald j. truch chl. trump tota of muslims entering the united states until our country representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. who, poke hon tis? >> very offensive. sorry. >> i'm sorry about that. >> yes. >> poke hon tis? >> look at my african-american over here, look at him. are you the greatest? >> okay. so is it time to retire that phrase, political correctness or at least explain to the country what exactly it means? with me now scotty hughes trump supporter and lewis, cnn
political commentator and political anchor for new york one. scotty, political correctness, what does it mean? >> that's the question. it's one of those how will you look at a glass, half full or half empty. i think it's going to be whatever you want to look at it. if you don't like mr. trump, you will take every word he says and twist -- >> i want to know how mr. trump defines
it. he is guy running for president. >> you can ask him that. let's look at the facts in the case. >> i'm asking you. you represent him. >> well, i am looking at the facts in the case i can see right now why this is -- i cannot figure out why your last guest in the last hour pointed out, carol, every time there's a major example of corruption from the clinton campaign, there's something that happens on the trump campaign that seems to take away the headlines and the attention. you have to wonder why. this is another attempt to move away from the real story of saturday which was hillary clinton meeting for three and a half hours with the fbi and then this supposed leak from the fbi or the department of justice that said that the charges will be dropped or nothing would ever
come from it. i'm very concerned we have concerns within our fbi and department of justice sitting there and saying -- >> we have talked about that in the news room extensively, but i want to go back to this tweet and i want to tell my viewers why this tweet is important. so just give me a second. there was a website, it's devoted to neo-nazi ideology. it had this reaction to mr. trump's retweet or whatever it was.
this is the headline in the neo-nazi website, glorious leader tweets hillary image with dollars and jew star. on the same website is another article celebrating the death of elie wiesel. tell viewers why it's important that mr. trump explain why he tweeted or retweeted this image. >> well, it wasn't a retweet. he tweeted it. it was under his account and it's important because the imagery is unquestionably anti-semitic. i understand why trump's people are embarrass and might want to
change the subject. this is of solemn importance, great importance to a great many people including folks who are not jewish. and for donald trump to act as if this is just some concoction, oh, he has no idea and he won't explain and won't apologize and given the string of other incidents that you talked about, the foolishness back in february when he said he had a busted ear piece and couldn't hear when he was being asked to disavow david duke, the head of the ku klux klan who endorsed him, you know, it's a very troubling development. i think everybody, everybody who is not a complete partisan understands exactly what this campaign is doing. they understand that it is deliberate. they understand that they're playing footsy with some very dangerous radical disgusting elements of this country. and that they hope to ride into the white house based on that support. it's disgraceful. it's disgraceful. >> scotty, i want to just run this by you because this is also
why it's important. according to the fbi, almost 57% of hate crime victims are jewish, 57%. 16% are muslim. i think some people would be surprised by
that and i also think that's why tweeting out images like this could be harmful. >> absolutely. i'm not surprised. but let's get facts straight on here. this original image was created by someone who posted originally on june 15th. that was almost three weeks ago. he had 998 followers. now, whether he posted it on this message -- >> mr. trump tweeted it out. >> you cannot sit there -- no, it doesn't. it came the creator tweeted it out himself on june 15th. now, that doesn't mean someone else didn't take it and post on that message board. since then -- unless you can sit here and responsibly tell me 100% that mr. trump or someone from his campaign went to that message board, grabbed that image right there and tweeted out, this whole thing is just
assumptions. that's not right to sit there and do. let me talk to you about what is anti-semitic. i believe it's a candidate who accepts funds that don't -- millions of dollars in her personal foundation from countries that don't recognize the state of israel, like kuwait, saudi arabia, qatar. she won't recognize the jewish state instead of a meme that was posted three weeks ago by a comedian, an individual -- >> that's the argument, scotty, would be so much more effective had donald trump not tweeted out that image. >> and until you can 100% tell me and guarantee that he got that image from this anti-semitic website, all i can do -- >> apologize. if it was a mistake and didn't mean anything by it and he did change the image to a circle, which means he gets it now, why not come out and say, you know what, this was a terrible mistake. i can't believe i hurt some people and i'm sorry. >> well, he has not come out and spoken. i'll wait until he says
something right now. but like i said, unlike -- >> he tweeted something. he came out -- >> he said he was sorry. >> the media was after him. >> he tweeted out a praise of the person of the jewish -- elsie who passed away. you said this message board praised the death of. donald trump praised the work of this man. so to sit there and say, you know, you can't have it both ways, carol. he is not. >> you were saying? >> obviously the burden is on the campaign and on its supporters to explain how this image, which was created by a racist and posted on a neo-nazi website and the person has taken credit for it or at least the name he used online and shown it is his for that to make it into the candidate's mouth in effect putting it out there as a tweet then for that candidate to not explain in any way where it came from, the burden is not on
anyone else to figure out where it came from. the burden is on donald trump. donald trump we know from past behavior is not going to explain unless a lot of pressure is put on him. i think the followers who are trying to explain this foolishness should be ashamed of themselves. it's not worth winning a twitter war. it's not worth winning a news cycle. it's not worth winning the election over. this stuff is real important. this stuff is of real significance. those of us who have children have to explain to our kids what we did when a candidate took this unprecedented step into the gutter with these images and then did not have -- did not have the courage and maturity to step up and just explain what he had done. if that's the president you want, good luck. >> make sure you're not playing with play dough with your kids. they have the same symbol. not on your computer using microsoft. they have the same symbol. and don't take them around a sheriff or law enforcement. they use the same symbol as well. >> why don't you ask mr. trump
exactly what happened and then you can talk knowledgeably about it. >> well, i will ask him after he enjoys a fourth of july weekend. >> i know he is not going to tell you because that's not how it works, right? >> he has come out and said it was a sheriff star. you want to sit there and make it look bad, make it look bad. you understand his heart for israel you'll understand he has nothing but love for the jewish people. >> shameful. >> that's true, scotty. he has great love for the jewish people and great love for israel, why in the world didn't he realize -- why didn't he realize that that star might possibly hurt some of the jewish people he supposedly loves? >> well, that just means mr. trump himself tweeted out. of course the buck stops with him. he assumes everything that happens within his campaign. this happened on a saturday, a few hours of hillary clinton was talked to by the fbi. you cannot sit there until we find out the actual events that happened if he tweeted this out. either way -- >> you think someone -- wait, wait, wait. you think someone planted the tweet on mr. trump's twitter
feed? >> no, someone from his campaign might have grabbed it. you can't tell me this meme has not circulated around social media the last three weeks. somebody might have posted it on their social facebook page or mr. trump. we don't know the facts. until we sit here and look at the facts of the stories, like it's been circulating for three weeks by someone who has more than 1,000 followers and a comedian in new york city, you cannot sit there and just sit there and paint this man to be ate hater, his daughter, his children, those that work for him are strong, practicing jewish folks. >> all right. i have to leave it there. scotty hughes, arel lewis, thanks to both of you. still to come in the newsroom, u.s. on edge after a string of terror attacks and security officials here are on alert. covering is caring because covering heals faster. for a bandage that moves with you and stays on all day, cover with a band-aid brand flexible fabric
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♪ and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. after a string of recent terrorist attacks overseas, officials here in the united states are taking no chances. in new york city, more than 500 officers will hit the streets today as the city gets ready for the largest fireworks show in the country. cnn deborah feyerick live with more. good morning, deb. >>reporter: good morning, carol. 500 officers you're talking about are highly trained, highly armed. they are ready to response to any potential terror attack. they are being deployed for the first time this july 4th, but there are going to be tens of thousands officers not just in new york but across the country. you have stepped up policing in
los angeles, in chicago, in boston, philadelphia wherever there are going to be events taking place. we can tell you here on the east river, this is where the big fireworks display is going to take place. there's no credible intelligence of any sort of specific threat, but there is the threat of the unknown. and that's what law enforcement right now are planning for. they're planning for that lone individual who wants to make a statement, who wants to try to pull something off during this important day, during these celebrations. so that's what they're really on the alert more. you have security that you are going to be able to see but you have security that you can't see. radiation detecters, surveillance cameras. a lot of plain clothes officers who will be here and even in the waterway, the coast guard will be out here. so it will be very highly concentrated but also very highly secured. that means check points, that means no bags, that means getting here early. so, everybody is really on the alert. again, police will tell you it's
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president obama will campaign for the first time with hillary clinton tomorrow. they will appear side by side at a rally in charlotte, north carolina. but that appearance is likely to be overshadowed. over the weekend, police clinton met with the fbi to answer questions about her private e-mail server. the fbi is investigating her to determine whether she mishandled
classified information during her tenure as secretary of state. this comes on the heels of bill clinton meeting with loretta lynch, the attorney general inside her private plane at the phoenix airport. an unusual move, since the attorney general has that on going investigation going on, cnn correspondent joe johns is following this this morning. hi, joe. >> hi, carol. what's called in is the optics and the timing of that meeting last week between hillary clinton's husband, the former president and attorney general loretta lynch, who does run the justice department, the department that's going to have the final say on the investigation. we're told this was an impromptu conversation on the tarmac at that airport in phoenix. apparently lasted about 30 minutes. hillary clinton got asked about it over the weekend in an interview on msnbc following her three and a half hour meeting with the fbi. listen to what she said. >> well, i think, you know,
hindsight is 20/20. both the attorney general and my husband have said that they wouldn't do it again. >> were you given that indication today that no charges would be filed and are you confident no charges will be filed? >> chuck, i am not going to comment on the process. i have no knowledge. any time line, this is entirely up to the department. >> and we got a little characterization from the office of bill clinton describing that meeting between the attorney general and the former president as unplanned, entirely social in nature. the attorney general has said she would not do it again and bill clinton's aide agreed with that, saying, quote, recognizing how others could take another view of it. he agrees with the attorney jenna he would not do it again. so, a bit of a mea culpa coming out of the bill clinton camp,
carol. >> joe johns reporting live for us this morning. thank you. i want to bring in democratic strategist and clinton supporter, emily tish. welcome. >> thanks, carol. >> so the longer this fbi investigation drags on, the worse it is for hillary clinton, right, even though people are now saying or sources are now saying they don't believe charges will be brought, wouldn't hillary clinton prefer they come out and make a decision? >> i think everyone would prefer they come out and make a decision and have it be over with. there have been investigations, endless investigations from congress over the last couple of years, millions of dollars have been spent in a fishing expedition to try to find something against her and nothing has come out. so, it would be great if this just could be over and we could move on to what she's actually talking about which is a vision for taking the country forward. just to get out of the mud. >> here is the thing now, though, bill clinton has this meeting with loretta lynch and
he says it's about nothing and perception is sometimes stronger than reality. the fbi clears hillary clinton of mishandling classification, there will be that doubt out there, isn't there, amongst some voters? >> look, the perception of the president going to talk to the attorney general is not good. he shouldn't have done it. he acknowledges he shouldn't have done it. she shouldn't have done it. but what we're accusing him of is being smoozy, we've always known he's been pretty smoozy. >> he is a smart guy. he is a brilliant guy, emily. >> oh, yeah. no. i agree. he shouldn't have done it because of the perception issues. the attorney general said even before this that she would not have final sign off on whether charges move forward or not. always go to an independent fbi. and they will. she reaffirms that. look, even when the attorney general was going through her confirmation process and some senators dragging their feet in confirming her, there was never a question about her integrity.
she has impeccable reputation. i truly believe that she will be -- everyone believes she will be move forward in a way that is aligned with the fbi recommendations that is independent, but, yeah, the perception is not good. and to those who think there's a scandal there will continue to think it's a scandal. >> i just want to talk about bill clinton for a little bit more because this isn't the first time that he's sort of made a gaffe. remember back in april he was at that campaign rally and there were these black lives matter people that got into his face and he lectured them. listen -- >> you are defending the people who kill the lives who say matter. tell the truth. you are defending the people who caused young people to go out and take guns -- there was a 13-year-old girl in washington, d.c. who was planning her own -- how would you do it? now, look at these other ones -- look at this. that's not true. >> so he was talking about -- he was defending his crime bill,
right, which hillary clinton is trying to move away from because some of the african-american community say that crime bill hurt their community. here he is lecturing them. so, is it time to maybe contain mr. clinton? >> look, bill clinton brings a lot of good to the campaign. people remember a time of economic prosperity and lot of good he did for the country, but secretary clinton is running on her own two feet. she is running to be the president of the united states. she should be judged on her own history, her own qualifications, and what she's looking to bring forward to the country. i'm not sure that everything he brings always outweighs the perception that it would be taking something away from her as standing on her own as the president of the united states. look, i think it's important that he had good -- he has good economic understanding. he has been in the job before, which is great and informal adviser. that sounds like a good idea. i don't think that he should necessarily be out in front in the campaign or saying they would put him in some sort of official role.
she should be the president. she should be the president on her own, not as like part two of him. >> all right. i have to leave it there. emily tisch suszman, thank you for joining me this morning. >> thank you. still to come in the newsroom, a toxic mess might quash your vacation plans. florida is in a terrible state. don't you dare follow your dreams. think big. or demand your own space. don't you dare leave it all behind. don't you dare ask what's next. introducing the first-ever cadillac xt5. ♪ so i asked about adding once-daily namenda xr to her current treatment for moderate to severe alzheimer's.
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thick, foul smelling algae is still clogging several florida waterways, ruining tourism and spoiling beaches at its mid-season peak. they say more needs be done about these algae blooms. the governor declared a state of emergency. cnn national correspondent live in florida with more. good morning, polo. >> reporter: good morning, carol. that state of emergency still in place. it's important to note that this
algae is not necessarily now the people here in florida. what is new is that this is the first time according to several experts i've spoken to is that that outbreak made it all the way to the coastline. fourth of july weekend, that will be very important because while there are only a few traces of that blue-green algae that remain here, it's still keeping the swimmers out of the water. you walk further inland, the smell and the sight of that green stuff is unmistakable. >> it's devastating. it's heart breaking. >> reporter: trina and stewart is typically packed with shoppers. this holiday weekend, though, business is very slow. >> we're down at least 50% over the week, 50 to 7 0%. >> reporter: a drop she blames on the gross, green smelly goo that blankets much of her beloved treasure coast. >> it smels like the ocean, not like our ocean. >> they are furious about tainting this once inviting waters. >> it's a broad class of what we
call bacteria. >> dr. vincent says the pew tread algae bloom came from 35 miles inland. engineers release large amounts of water so nearby towns wouldn't flood but with the water came the algae. >> it's running off nutrients, so the nutrients are coming with the fresh water, so that combination plus warm temperatures is going to create the conditions to cause these kinds of conditions. >> reporter: florida is sampling the blooms. low to extremely low toxins are present in the water. the images from above look awful and on the ground the smell is chasing people away from the coast, like this one, where double red flags warn rosario and her granddaughters to stay on dry land. >> this beach is usually packed. you can't find a space, a parking space when ever we've come at whatever time of day or
afternoon. it's -- there's nobody here. >> reporter: the algae can cause rashes, respiratory problems and if ingested can cause liver and kidney damages. >> little to no oxygen. that will be a severe impact on any wildlife that might make it through here. >> reporter: it's keeping people away from the small businesses in this quaint coastal town. >> do you have hope? >> i hope that i can go to the beach tomorrow and it will be beautiful and clear, of course, you never give up hope. >> reporter: for her fellow shop owners, keeping another toxic algae bloom from happening isn't just business, it's personal. >> this is all about florida, the people, the wildlife, the land and the water. >> reporter: back out live to stuart, florida, this is the only beach where you will find two red flags that are still flying today. that is a warning for people who are making their way out to the beach to stay out of the water. we've seen life guards go up to people simply asking them not to
go into the water because there are still traces of this green algae in the water here. but when it all comes down to it, that economic impact, the pain, the suffering for some people's bottom line, that's still there. this place, according to some people i spoken to would typically be pakd. today, fourth of july, there is plenty of room on the beach, carol. >> polo sandoval reporting live from stuart, florida. thank you. taken five years but nasa's solar powered spacecraft juno is almost at its destination, jupit jupiter. it will the be first craft to ever enter its dense atmosphere. we are joined where nasa is expected to hold a briefing in a few hours. hi, paul. >> how are you? it's an exciting morning here as jupiter, this ba hee mouth is pulling into its orbit, juneau, that's the spacecraft behind me.
it's a titanium vault to protect its brains, if you will, that's because there's so much radiation on jupiter, more than 100 million dental x-rays. they've described this mission as treacherous. let's take a listen. >> what we're hoping to see with our incredible science panel is to peer through the clouds, to see what's inside this beautiful massive planet. this mysterious body of heated gas that we just know nothing about. >> and among other things, jupiter, you can fit 1,000 earths inside jupiter. it's spinning rapidly. they're just ten hours long and someone who weighs 100 pounds on earth would weigh 240 pounds on jupiter because of its gravity. this is an intense mission. allies will be focussed on the screens. that's how we'll get confirmation later on today that juno has successfully entered
jupiter's orbit. back to you now. >> that is so awesome. i so envy you, paul. we'll check back. still to come in the newsroom, history on the baseball diamond. the first ever game played on a military base. guess what i just did? built a sandcastle? ha, no, i switched to geico and got more. more? 24/7 access online, on the phone or with the geico app. that is more. go get some mud...
for the first time ever a professional baseball game was played on a military base. the fourth of july, too, so it was ult ra cool. andy shuls joins us at a special night at ft. bragz. >> this was very cool. four months major league baseball turned an overgrown golf course into a beautiful baseball field. more than 12,000 service members and their families just packed those stands to watch the braves take on the marlins. check out the fly-over before the game by the 82nd airborne. that's really cool.
now the marlins would go on to win this game, 5-2. cnn sports own hines ward was at the game covering it for us. afterwards he shared his impression of this historic event. >> the fort bragg game, it was a truly a privilege to be here. i grew up a braves fan it was i was drafted by the marlins and my father served in the military, but spending the past few days here at the base gave me a greater appreciation for our servicemen and women. i really enjoyed meeting them and their families. as part players, they told me they were just as excited as the soldiers. taking pictures and signing autographs for the real heros in our country. it was a win/win for everybody, both major league baseball and fort bragg. i will love to see this become an annual event and what better way to celebrate the fourth of july weekend. >> not only did hines get to go to the game this weekend, he actually also got to go up in a plane with the golden knights and then jump out of it.
check this out. >> at least i got the right colors on. all right. i'm good to go. everybody calls me ace. i like ace. that sounds like a guy that will keep me alive. >> i'm going to scream like a little girl. you don't have to worry about that. anyone passed out before? >> absolutely. >> you're not a ravens fan, are you? >> i'm going to go get a parachute. >> yes. make sure yours is on tight, too. ♪ my heart is pounding. you got me? don't drag me, ace. ♪ [ screaming ]
yeah! safe. that was worse than playing the baltimore ravens. that was the scariest thing i've ever done. i'm officially part of the team now. i took one for the team. >> there you go, carol. and hines actually called that his initiation to cnn how he joined the team. i don't know about you, carol, i did not have to jump out of a plane to join the team at cnn. if i had been, i would not be here. >> i would definitely do that. >> i'm terrified of heights. i don't know. >> you're lacking in courage, andy. >> certainly am. >> you know what that baseball field proves. >> what is that? >> if you build it they will come. >> nice "field of dreams" reference on fourth of july. >> it's true. kicked off early this morning, i can't believe you weren't out rung, andy. 60,000 people lined up to take the world's largest -- look at them going in atlanta. 10k run, it's been a fourth of july tradition for decades in
the city and it's so cool. all those people out celebrating july fourth together. they're getting fit. it's team work, even the running is a solitary sport, it's really not when you're running with that many people. you go, atlanta. thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. at this hour with burmen and boldoain starts now. hello i'm john burmen. indicate bold win is off today. it is the fourth of july. happy birthday, america. while some folks might have the day off, it seems like a months worth of politics just took place on twitter in the last hour. donald trump tweeting -- donald trump i should say tweeting just moments ago, dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as a star of david. rather than a sheriff's star or plain star. what's this about? well, it's in response to the controversy o