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where can we drop the shoes off this year. >> how willing, you ask? i'll tell you. 600 pairs of shoe. this kid has been doing this since he was eight. >> he has tapped into something, though. you're happier when you do things for other people. >> right. the best gift is giving. >> let's give it now, over to carol costello. it's time for "newsroom." carol. >> that is so generous of you guys. thank you. that's ridiculous. you guys have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," sharper attacks. >> she is is a totally unhinged person. she is unbalanced. she took the short circuit in the brain. >> today, a chance to sharpen his message. donald trump laying out his plan to fix the economy.
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while hillary clinton, pushes a fix of her own, making her own jobs pitch to florida voters. plus, it is taller than niagara falls, and drops rider at 60 miles per hour. a 10-year-old boy is dead, and the tallest water slide shut down. what happened? let's talk. live in the cnn "newsroom." >>announcer: this is cnn breaking news. and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. delta airlines, now scrambling to get thousands of passengers back on squechedule. it delayed flights all over the world for several hours this morning. the airline now warning passengers to expect large scale cancelations all day today. cnn correspondent, martin savage is live in atlanta, but we begin
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with rene marsh, live at reagan national with more on what happened. good morning, rene. >> reporter: good morning, carol. you said it. large scale cancelations. that's what delta airlines is telling passengers to expect today. the airline blaming the mess for travelers on a power outage that started around 2:30 this morning in atlanta. we are truly seeing the ripple effect. this is a global situation here in new york, they're saying they're unable to check in passengers. we also saw long lines in rome, delays at london's heathrow airport. i spoke to a pilot, he was supposed to fly out almost two hours ago. headed to salt like city. he is hanging out here at reagan national airport. i can tell you, we also know that as a result of this computer glitch, a lot of the information that passengers were seeing on those flight boards wasn't even correct. so they couldn't even rely on that. and they are urging people to call their airline.
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we do know that delta operates obviously thousands of flights, so we're talking about tens of thousands of passengers impacted here. so good news, just a short time ago, the ground stop was lifted and delta flights slowly, emphasis on the word slowly, resuming departures. although things look like they're slowly getting back to normal, carol, it will be days before they can fully clear that backlog. so passengers should continue to expect those delays, and cancelations. >> all those poor passengers. my heart goes out to them. thanks so much. let's check with martin after v -- savage. a computer glitch causes problems for every where in the world for delta? zmpl >> reporter: right, because atlanta is the home for delta, and the main computer was
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affected, when it trickles it comes from here. this looks pretty normal. it doesn't look normal for a monday. it looks oddly out of place. that's the first thing that strikes you. monday morning, this place should be slammed. it is not. that's the first indication there is a problem. then you take a look up here. this is the flight schedule board. given everything we already know about the problems that delta has, there should be red in so many columns that would be cancelations. a lot of these flights are showing delays, but given the computer problems that delta has had, that board is clearly not telling people accurately what is going on. delta has admitted that. they also say they've got the same problem with their app. jess dublin joins me now. >> i'm heading to orlando, florida, and i guess i'm waiting to see what happens today. >> how are you doing? what are you hearing? >> so i woke up this morning with a notification on my phone saying that there was some global, you know, system shut
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down with delta, so i was concerned to see what was going to happen. so far, it is my flight originally at 10:50, now 11:27. >> that doesn't sound that bad. just a subtle delay. >> i feel like it is going to be a situation where they're going to keep delaying it until it gets canceled. i don't know if i should stay on or try to find a new flight. >> what did the app tell you? >> it isn't update ago at all. >> that's the problem, carol. what information the customers are getting, their phones, does not appear to jive with everything that they have heard about the situation with the airline. the good news it has already been said, the ground stop has been lifted. so it could mean that some planes are starting to go. the other thing, we're being told the reason you don't see a lot of people here, they're all at the gates. at 6:30 this morning, it was pandemonium. they got the kiosk going again,
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but there are a lot of people sitting out in the terminals. one last thing, flights delayed on the ground, including one in hawaii, delta went to the extra step of ordering pizzas and getting them delivered to the plane, so at least while people sat on the ground, they had something to eat. carol, it is going to be a miserable day if you're flying delta today. come with patience. >> yeah, i'm trying to think if the pizza would make a difference to me. i won't answer that. martin savage, thanks so much. all right, let's turn to politics. just a few hours from now, donald trump will unveil his plans to reinvigorate the economy. a new poll of polls shows trump falling a full ten points behiebds hillary clinton. the survey combines the results of six major polls, all conducted after the two conventions wrapped up last month. so after a week of bad pr and questionable comments, trump will try to reset his message,
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and turn the public's attention to a perceived strength of the billionaire businessman. cnn's jason carroll is in detroit, where trump is scheduled to drer a noeliver a speech. >> reporter: he is planning to give that speech later here in detroit, later this afternoon. this is familiar territory for trump. it is a subject matter that he is good at, he excels at, one he is comfortable with. we'll see the specifics he ends up giving out. we did get an advance copy. some of the points he plans to hit on, lower taxes for everyone, simplifying taxes, reducing the income tax, getting rid of the death tax. also, a tax credit for those making child care payments. all this, in an effort to get his campaign back on track. >> she is a totally unhinged person. she is unbalanced. all you have to do is watch her.
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>> reporter: donald trump stepping up his blistering attack on hillary clinton, suggesting the former secretary of state is mentally unfit to be president. >> the people of this country don't want somebody that is going to short circuit up here. >> reporter: trump, using clinton's own words against her, she continues to repeat a deep unclaim that the fbi director said she was truthful about her use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state. >> so i may have short circuited it and for that, i -- i you know, will try to clarify. >> reporter: clinton's running mate, senator tim kaine coming to her defense. >> she said over and over again, i made a mistake and i'll learn from it and fix it. we'll be real transparent, absolutely. >> reporter: ramped up receiphe coming up on his speech, where he'll in veil hunveil his agend
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is coming off one of the worst weeks much his campaign, that saw trump repeatedly engage in controversies instead of focusing on clinton. and battling slumping poll numbers, in a number of key battleground states. >> he'll win parts of ohio where people are really hurts. i still think it is difficult if you are dividing to be able to win in ohio. i think it is really, really difficult. >> reporter: and this morning, a new cnn poll of polls shows hillary clinton with a ten percentage point lead nationally, leaving some of the party to say it is time for trump to pivot his campaign. >> you have to see donald trump change positions, he needs to change, and particularly, change the tone and tenor of the debate sufficient to win the election in november. >> reporter: carol, as you know, trump did what he could to get back on track and make amends with the gop with those last-minute endorsements of people like senator paul ryan, john mccain, senator kelly ayotte. but one gop operative told me
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last week sent him just so way off track, he said if trump is still down by five points come labor day, he says it is going to be very, very hard for him to recover. carol. >> all right, jason carroll, reporting live from detroit. thanks so much. so let's talk about this. joining me now, cnn political analyst and editor in chief of the daily beast, john avalon, jeffrey lord, a trump supporter, and cnn political reporter, and hilary rosen. >> happy monday, carol. >> i don't think that's possible, jeffrey. but happy monday any way. jeffrey, i'll start with you. mr. trump needs to reboot. it is clear he needs to do that, because a cnn poll of polls, after an range of all the credible polls out there, shows secretary clinton with a ten-point lead. so jeffrey, is calling clinton unbalanced and unhinged going to close that gap? >> well, i think, number one, about the poll, let me just
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reminds everybody that at this stage in 1988 governor dukakis was ahead 17 points, and vice-president bush won the election in a landslide. similarly, they had polls like this for ronald reagan, he was supposed to be 22 points behind jimmy carter. >> this has to be concern for mr. trump. >> so, sure. but it is august, carol. it is august. he is going to present his economic plan today. s are real meat on the bones kind of speech, with lots of detail. that's exactly what he needs to be doing. and so you know, on with the campaign here. and as to the mentally unfit thing, i mean, i've been reading stories all week with all sorts of people on the clinton side calling donald trump mentally unfit to serve, you know, and hillary clinton, i made a list of -- quick list of adjectives, describing her as throwing a base, yelling, hollering, volcanic eruption, screams,
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paranoid, unleashes obscenity filled tirades. >> so you're saying she is unhinged as well, jeffrey? >> i'm saying that other people writing books about her are quoting people who know her, and say that she behaves like this. that's what i'm saying. >> okay, so hilary, hillary clinton brought it on herself, right, when she said she sort circuited on a question about her e-mails. who says that kind of stuff? >> yeah, i think she meant she gave short shrift to the answer, and of course, because donald trump is looking for the name-calling of the day, goes off crazy. it seems to me that when he does things like that, people just look at him and say no, actually, donald trump, you look like you are unhinged. so i think the last thing people think hillary clinton is erratic. the interesting thing about today is donald trump will get back to talking about the economy, talking about message. but this isn't just a sort of a
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one week turn around. he has done this before. if i had a dollar for every time my friend jeffrey said this week we'll be on message, i would be rich. because he starts there, and then he just can't stay there. and i think we'll see in hillary clinton just sort of a much more consistently focused on the issues, not talking about herself the way trump does all the time, talking about himself, but really, talking to the american people about what they care about. >> well, going back to the unbalanced thing, john, can you remember an election in recent memory where both candidates are calling the other mentally unhinged or crazy or unbalanced or -- >> oh, carol, we went through the looking glass a long time ago in this race. there is nothing normal about this year. and i mean, you know, the short circuit attack, while it is low, because it indicates trying to raise questions about her health
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as well as mental instability and jeffrey is right, democrats are saying donald trump isn't mentally fit to hold office, but you know, these attacks are all a form of projection, where it gets sinister is to cheer lead health concerns on the part of individual candidates. but everything in this race -- >> what do you mean by that, channel health concerns? what do you mean by that? >> well, one of the rifts on the far right has been hillary clinton has secret health concerns. and it has been -- donald trump has been doing dog whistle on this for a loing time. that's one of the reasons he has reachedng time. that's one of the reasons he has reached for this now. it is just one of the tone of the times, particularly within the context of this campaign, and anti-clinton conspiracy theories. reality check for a second that donald trump, giving an economic speech, something that candidates do and should have done for a long time, is news, because it is a departure from the crazy. it is different for a candidate to be laying out an economic vision, which is one of his core
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arguments for why he should be president. it is just yet another reminder this entire election has been through the looking glass. >> we're going to get into the economics in the next break. i want to go back to something you said about hillary clinton's supposed health concerns. i did notice, jeffrey, that that was the headline on the "drudge report" all weekend long. will donald trump go there? >> well, i think donald trump is willing to point out things that other people have been pointing out for years here in terms of her temperament. she is the one trying to make the argument about temperament, and yet -- >> well, no, not temperament. what the "drudge report" is saying that is that hillary clinton tripped on the stairs and somehow that calls into question her physical health. >> yeah, i honestly have no idea what -- i haven't checked the "drudge report" this morning. so i don't know. but certainly, i do remember that she did have some health problems. i thought she did fall and hit her head on something, and as i
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recall, this was a reason that she had to wear a particular set of glasses, you know. there was something there, a number of months ago, yes. >> she has totally recovered from that, though. >> okay, fine. it wasn't a health problem or not. apparently it was. >> come on. she has been checked by doctors. she has recovered. look, this woman has been on the campaign trail everyday for the last, you know, year and a half. healthy is not the problem. john is right. the republicans are trying to make something out of this. you know, let's go back to donald trump's health issues, where "the new york times" said he was too ill to serve in the armed forces but couldn't even remember what his health deferment was about. the so i think this whole name-calling and attacks on people's physical and mental abilities are silly, and i think that, you know, if trump continues to do this, this
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name-calling, he just looks crazy. and he is the one who looks crazy. he can call hillary clinton crazy all he wants, but he is the one that ends up looking bad. >> see, john, don't you wish we could stop it with calling each other crazy. >> yeah, but again, this is the tenor of this entire campaign, and frankly, donald trump has said it throughout the context of the republican primaries, by making it be so that candidates could only get air time if they somehow out crazy the donald. all these are projection. people project their psychology onto the world around them. which is why donald trump takes delight in calling his critics and opponents liars. you know, there is a deep level of irony to that when he has a fundamental truth telling problem. but this health thing -- >> as does she. >> the fire right is beneath us as a country. it is for people's fears, not reason. this has been a tone of this
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campaign. this is in some ways a new low. it is a dog whistle and move on. >> i've got to leave it there. jeffrey lord, john avalon, hilary rosen, thanks to all of you. donald trump tries to fix the economy, i'll talk to one of those economic advisors, next. calling all go-getters. all providers. all self-motivated self-starters. drive with uber and put a dollar sign in front of your odometer. like this guy. technically i'm a cook. sign up here. drive a few hours a day. make $300 a week. actually it's a little bit more than that. that's extra buy-you-stuff money. or buy-them-stuff money. calling all early risers, nine-to-fivers and night owls.
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donald trump economic plan to try to revitalize the economy. trade, he is looking to renegotiate trade deals like nafta. they've taken away opportunities for americans. he wants to slap tariffs on countries that cheat. he doesn't mention countries by name, but we can guess one is china. he has been saying the u.s. manufacturing base has weakened. on taxes, this is where things get different. we've heard this before. he is looking to cut the number of income tax rate to three brackets, 10, 20 and 25% which means the highest earners will pay only 25%. keep in mind, the highest earners in this country are paying 39.6%. he is looking to tax all business income, even small businesses, at 15%. right now, small businesses and businesses across the country are paying 39%. so this is a huge tax cut for small businesses. he is looking to get rid of the death tax and looking
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interestingly enough to make child care costs fully tax free. tax deductible. that means whatever it cost you for child care, deduct it from your income, you won't have to pay taxes on it. he also makes stunning points about regulations. he says if he becomes president, he is going to put in a temporary moratorium on federal regulations saying you know what, no more regulations until i review the regulations that are in place. and prioritize and decide which ones we keep and which ones we don't keep. excessive regulations in the united states are costing $2 trillion. once again, these are just bullet points. we'll get more information around noon. >> around noon eastern time today. allison kosik, thanks so much. let's talk about the plan to lift the middle class. with me now is peter navorro, mr. trump's economic team. welcome, peter. >> hey, carol, how are you. >> i'm good. thanks for being here. you are the only academic on trump's team. rest of them are men, and
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several have extensive ties to wall street. i'm just looking down at the members now. one is a hedge fund billionaire, one worked at goldman sachs, an oil guy, a real estate guy. the reason i'm asking you about this, if mr. trump criticizes secretary clinton for her ties to wall street, doesn't this open mr. trump up to similar criticism? >> not at all. if you look at the clinton team, it is basically all of the multi national corporation executives that have been off shoring our jobs. trump's team, brilliant individuals. and really, the issue here for the american people is who would you rather have managing the economy, trump's brilliant team or hillary's bureaucrats that have got us into every bad trade deal we've seen. let me --
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>> i hate toy interrupt here. >> many of them are critical to wall street yet there are all these wall street guys on mr. trump's team. >> let me say this. i listened to the first part of the show and you all want the candidates to talk about policy. i would like the media to talk about policy. here we are on a really as you suspicio -- auspicious way, it is going to look a lot like reagan in the 21st century. it is energy, regulatory rollbacks. taxes and tariffs. let's talk about that, carol. >> okay, let's talk about that. let's talk about that right now. let's talk about that right now. >> the mission of donald trump -- okay, let's break it down. >> i do. i want to break it down. so ivanka trump talked about how much her father cares about equal pay for women. she said mr. trump will change
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labor laws. how would he do that? >> the goal of the trump doctrine, really, is to double our historic growth rate which has been off for 1 years, ever since china got into the world trade organization and started draining our factories and jobs to asia. if we double our growth rate back to 3.5 to 4%, what we do there is create enormous wealth for the american people, we restore our manufacturing base, generate trillions of dollars in tax revenues so we can finance social security, pay for new infrastructure, provide for national defense. that's the big picture, carol. all of these pieces fit together, energy, regulation, taxes and trade. so if you take them one at a time, you look in contrast, his plan with hillary's plan. let's look at taxes. hillary wants a $1.3 trillion tax increase. donald trump will cut taxes across the board. one of the most important tax
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cuts, which illustrate the relationships between tax and trade policy, is cutting our corporate tax. that's not to enrich our corporations. it is simply that we have the highest corporate tax in the world, and what that does is it pushes our corporations off shore into mexico. >> okay, peter -- >> for tax breaks. >> i get it. i get it. tax cuts, sounds great. everybody wants a tax cut. they're awesome. >> but they're strategic. point of a corporate tax cut is -- >> peter, let me -- tax cuts are awesome, but you have to pay for them somehow. want you to listen to what newt gingrich said on fox news yesterday. >> trump would cut taxes $9.5 trillion over the next decade, most of it going to top earners, and adds $11.2 trillion one specified spending cuts. mr. speaker, his numbers don't add up. >> of course not. i think historically, no
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candidate's numbers add up, particularly in the media. >> so what, you're saying his numbers don't add up? >> i'm going to have to quotes you on that. >> i said all candidates. >> so even newt gingrich thinks donald trump's numbers don't add up. >> so here is the essential principle here of the trump plan. basically if you -- look, the republicans and democrats fight all the time overtax cuts, spending hikes, all sorts of things. at the ends of the day, the best way to balance the budget to do what. double the growth rate. if we move from 1.8 to 1.9% a year. >> how? how are you going do that. >> that's what mr. trump will talk about in detroit. let's start -- let's look. he is in detroit today. you know what, in the last two years, gm and ford have announced billions of dollars of new investment in auto assembly plant. where, in mexico, not in michigan. why is that happening? it is happening because of our trade policies.
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bill clinton and hillary put nafta in in 1993, and nafta is killing us. >> so how -- how is mr. trump -- how is mr. trump supposed to -- peter, please. how is mr. trump specifically going to stop those companies from doing business in mexico? he is going to peen lina penali some way. >> the high corporate tax rates, lower the corporate tax. second problem, important, after nafta got passed, mexico put in a vat tax. why is that important? it is because in mexico, with the vat tax, you can rebate that on the exports you sell into america, but we can't rebate our corporate income tax when we sell cars into mexico. so we run a $52 billion deficit alone in vehicles in that cross trade, and you know, we're the auto state in michigan. it is the motor city and mexico
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is killing us when it comes to -- >> what will he do with that. >> lower the corporate tax grade, make sure we have equal treatment between vat taxes and corporate income taxes. so those are the kinds of things, that's why you need a smart business person in the white house, who understands the game. whereas, i mean, hillary put all that stuff in play. she put it in place with nafta, with the south korean free-trade agreement. that's another agreement that's been killing detroit. >> well, bill clinton was president when nafta was instituted. but and she was first lady and i would assume she supported it back then, right? >> she lobbied for it. that's a matter of record. when she was senator, she repeatedly support it. >> she. >> bill clinton promised 200 new jobs a day. we have over 700,000 jobs that we've lost, plus our trade deficit with mexico has gone
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from zero to 60, $60 billion over that time period. so these are the kinds of things, carol, these are the policy discussions we need to be talking about on shows like this. i'm glad we're doing that today. and it all fits together. i mean, we are an energy powerhouse in the world. hillary clinton wants to kill the coal industry. what's wrong with that picture? it hurts ohio. it hurts this country. these are the kinds of things donald trump will be talking about today. >> all right, and we will be listening, i'm sure we'll carry mr. trump's address to the economic club live. peter navorro, thank you for talking to us this morning. >> appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom," iran executes, they execute a nuclear scientists. iranians say his ties to the united states are to blame, next. clear cla ir from long island to buffalo, from rochester to the hudson valley, from albany to utica, creative business incentives,
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iran's government con if i
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weres confirms it has executed shahram amirry gave vital information, calling him the great satan. he was welcomed home a hero in tyran teheran. he defected voluntarily. elise joins us now with more on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, well, carol, it is a tragic end to what was really a fascinating spy drama at the time, when mr. amiri arrived back in iran, he disappeared and there was a lot of back and forth whether he was a defector or not. you heard u.s. officials say he provided useful information. he claims he was abducted by the cia. but you know, secretary of state hillary clinton at the time, said he was free to come and free to go, and the recent e-mails that have been released
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secretary clinton's private server e-mails, talk about mr. amiri and the fact that he was here on his own will. it is kind of reig nienited thi whole debate. take a listen to senator tom cotton, who was speaking about mr. amiri and hillary clinton. >> i'm not going to comment on what he may or may not have done for the united states government. but in the e-mails that were on hillary clinton's private server, there were conversations among her senior advisors about this gentleman. that goes to show how reckless her decisions was to put that highly classified information on a private server. i think her judgment is not -- it is not suited to keep this country safe. >> so obviously, questioning hillary clinton's judgments on the e-mail and the information. but what he doesn't say is that at the time, the u.s. was being pretty successful in terms of getting more knowledge about iran's nuclear program this scientist did provide a lot of
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information. you saw that secret talks with iran followed after that. so clearly, a lot for a public -- >> what is cotton intimating here about hillary clinton's e-mails? what was contained in the e-mails about this iranian nuclear scientists? >> it was coded language. they were talking about our friend, and he is free to go. but you know, you can't make a correlation with what happened to mr. amiri, the execution and what was in the e-mails. >> because iranian officials would ha woulds would have to read those e-mails. >> they're out for public view. that's perhaps what he is intimating. this reignites everything about the iran deal. you saw that plane full of cash, that went to the iranians on the heels of that nuclear deal and the prisoner exchange last week. it is a lot of fodder, but clearly a very tragic end to what was a fascinating spy drama at the time. >> thanks so much. still to come in the
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an american professor has been kidnapped, along with as australian in afghanistan. they were abducted from their car, and just left their university. guardian correspondent, suna s rasmussen is here to tell us more. >> we know what happened around 8:30 in kabul was a gunman approached a car carrying these two, lectures, australian and american, about a mile from the american university, kabul, where they both work. a source in the afghan security
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tells us that these people were wearing uniforms, but not the uniforms normally associated with the afghan army, but rather, uniforms that are fairly easy to purchase in afghanistan. so we don't know who the kidnappers are. we suspect they might not be taliban, this type of kidnappings often carried out by criminal gangs. something tells us this is in line with other similar kidnappings in the past, probably a criminal gang. we don't know anything yet. >> so a criminal gang, not terrorists? >> yes. that's right. normally, the taliban, if they conduct a kidnapping, often they don't do it in kabul and often you'll hear from them pretty soon after. we've had kidnappings over the past year and a half and most if not all have been carried out by criminal gangs motivated by money. the fear is that if these people
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have been kidnapped by criminal gangs and the governments, the american and australian governments don't pay ransom, then maybe they will be sold out to other groups who might be islamic extremists, other places in the country. we don't have any confirmation, neither on the identities of the victims, or who is behind it. >> all right, reporting live from kabul, afghanistan, thank you. winning the gold and smashing records, today could be another big day for the u.s. swim team. live to rio, next.
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it is day three of the rio olympic games. team usa is off to a great start. 19-year-old superstar swimmer katie led decky won the gold in the 800 meter freestyle and michael phelps landed his 19th gold medal. he has more than any other olympian. cnn's coy wire joining us live. >> good to hear from you, a day of highs and lows in the second day of games, and it all ended in the pool with team usa grabbing two team medals and a performance by katie ledecki that was so hot she almost turned that thing into a boiling pot. team sensation katie ledecky
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shattering her own world record. pulling away from the competition by nearly five seconds. blazing to gold. michael phelps making a splash. leading the men's 4 x 100 relay. phelps building up a big lead on the second leg, rocketing his team to the finish. it's the 19th gold medal for phelps. 23rd overall. the most decorated athlete in olympic history. the women's u.s. gymnastics team dominating the competition with jaw-dropping performances, posting the highest scores in all but one event. byles making her olympic debut and competing for best all around. on the tennis court, an end of an era. reigning champions venus and serena williams suffering a shocking defeat, beaten in the first round of women's doubles. a first ever for the sisters at
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the world's tallest water slide turns deadly over the weekend. the victim, 10-year-old calleb suab. our affiliate has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: kansas city, kansas, tragedy. >> we are saddened to share a young boy died. >> reporter: that young boy is kansas city lawmaker scott saub's son calleb. witnesses describe the boy going down the world's tallest water slide sunday afternoon, then going airborne over the next hill, colliding with the safety net. >> horrible. i have two 12-year-olds with me today. still very emotional.
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>> reporter: they closed the park and blocked access to the slide. park guest jessica lindquist says families were scrambling to find out what happened. >> i just saw everyone's faces as they waited, you know, to see if it was their loved ones that were affected. >> reporter: a spokesperson said it is the first death on a slide. >> we don't know what's happened. that's why a full investigation is necessary. we have to understand what's happened. >> reporter: several guests said the straps on the slide's rafts were not working properly today. >> a lady in front of me said that multiple times she rode the ride today and that the front harness did not work any of the times she rode it. >> reporter: the water park now working to discover how this sunday at the park took a tragic turn. >> i mean, they let you sign up without having an age barrier so you think your kids are safe and they're not. >> all right, our thanks to
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bryan able from the affiliate for that report. calleb's father has released a statement about his son, quote, since the day he was born, he be brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came into contact with as we try and mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted know he believed in his savior jesus and they are forever together now. we will see him another day. your continued prayers are welcomed and appreciated. the next hour of "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," sharper attacks. >> she is a totally unhinged person. she's unbalanced. she took a short circuit in the brain. >> and today, a chance to sharpen his message. donald trump laying out his plan to fix the economy. while hillary clinton pushes a fix of her own, making her own
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jobs pitch to florida voters. plus, it's taller than niagara falls and drops riders at speeds of 65 miles per hour. now a 10-year-old boy is dead and the world's tallest water slide shut down. what happened. let's talk, live in the cnn newsroom. good morning. i'm carol costello. donald trump gets back to business trying to get his sagging campaign back on message and playing to a perceived strength. the billionaire businessman will deliver a major speech on the economy and his plans to rejuvenate it. it comes at a time when trump needs to find some traction. latest nationwide poll show clinton surging. today, she also focused on the economy. she will unveil her own plan thursday. we're covering all angles. jason carol live in detroit to
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preview the trump speech. cnn's alison kosik will break down some of the specifics of the trump plan. >> as you've said, economics is a subject matter that donald trump knows well. when he gives his economic policy speech, folks will be looking for some specifics in terms of what is in his plan. we've gotten an advance copy of his speech. so just to briefly go over some of the points he's going to hit in terms of tax reform, lowering taxes for everyone, removing the income tax, reducing the income tax, allowing the tax credit for those who are paying child care payments, and also getting rid of the death tax. just some of the things he's trying to do. refocus his campaign, try to get back on track after that disastrous week he had last
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week. polls show him trailing hillary clinton not just in key battleground states but national polls as well. the cnn polls of polls, we can tell you, now shows hillary clinton at 49%, donald trump at 39%. and so basically there are two schools of thoughts here and one of the schools of thought is, well, look, there's plenty of time between now and the election and things don't get started until after labor day. i spoke to one insider who told me if trump is still down five points to hillary clinton, it's going to be difficult for him to make up that ground, carol. >> jason carroll reporting live from detroit. hillary clinton heads to florida today where she is also talking about creating jobs. cnn's joe johns. >> she's expected to be in the st. petersburg area and then on to kissimmee today, continue her laser focus on the state of florida, which is expected to be
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critical in november. the campaign continues to focus on jobs and the economy. while take the opportunity to slam donald trump's business record. she is expected to visit three daughters brewery, which is one of the fastest growing craft brew makers in the state. the campaign is putting a lot of effort into rebutting donald trump's expected address today to the detroit economic club, even before trump steps to the microphone. the clinton campaign has put out a memo saying why a trump presidency would endanger the economy, including tax breaks for corporations, revising wall street reforms that are already in place, and what they say is a lack of a plan to create new jobs. the clinton campaign has been hammering away at this theme because of trump's ability to handle the economy has been seen as one of his strong points, as jason mentioned. polling suggests mrs. clinton is
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leading donald trump in florida. and a lot of that lead appears to be linked to strong support from latino voters. the campaign showed how much emphasis they're putting on florida by choosing miami for the first appearance of mrs. clinton and her running mate tim kaine who speaks directly to the demographic influenced spanish. so expected to go back to miami again. >> joe johns, thank you. mrs. clinton unveils her economic plan thursday. mr. trump unloads his plan later today. we're going to focus on trump's plan today and then we'll talk about clinton's plan on thursday, so let's talk. cnn's alison kosik is with me, along with personal finance expert jordan goodman and lawrence michelle, president of the economic policy institute. alison, you got a preview of mr. trump's speech. what sticks out to you? >> a couple of points from the economic plan. what sticks out to me is the tax portion of it. some of which we've already seen.
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a portion of which we have not. let me go over what we've already seen. he's proposing to cut the number of income tax rates to three brackets. so it would be 10%, 20% and the highest earnings would be taxed 25%. keep in mind, right now the highest earners are taxed 39.6%. so there's a lot of questions, how is this actually going to work, because you're going to miss out on all of that revenue. he's also saying all businesses would be taxed at 15%. that includes small businesses which are right now taxed anywhere from 35% to 39%. again, they're you're missing a huge amount of revenue but it's a huge tax cut for small businesses. one other portion of his plan that sticks out to me, child care costs. he's saying that child care is the single greatest expense for american families and donald trump is proposing that families can exclude child care costs from their income. so what that means is let's say you make $100,000 a year and your child care costs are $25,000, apparently from the bullet points we got that means
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you can slide that $25,000 right off the top, only be taxed on $75,000 of your income. that's huge because right now you're only given a credit of $3,000 per child per year. >> interesting, okay. >> clearly it's a bone thrown to women. he's been told that, you know, he's not kind to women so clearly this is like a working woman's dream. >> that would be a working woman's dream. so, lawrence, i talked with one of trump's economic advisers earlier this morning and he gave an overview of trump's economic doctrine. here's what he told me. >> the goal of the trump doctrine really is to double our historic growth rate which has been off for 15 years ever since china got into the world trade organization and started draining our factories and jobs to asia. if we double our growth rate back to 3.5% to 4% what we do there is we create enormous wealth for trillions of
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dollars in tax revenues so we can pay for new infrastructure, provide for our national defense. that's the big picture. >> all right, so that is the big picture, lawyeranrence, boostin economic growth and creating wealth for americans, sounds great, right? but is it realistic to say his plans will double the u.s. growth rate? is that possible? >> well, i'm not sure why you all give donald trump any credibility at all on economics when you talk to him. his economic policies can shift in the course of one particular interview. i would agree with him that we really have to improve particularly wage growth for everybody, but his politics are about lowering taxes. this is the tried and failed policies of the last 15 years including what george w. bush did in 2001 and 2003. if cutting tax rates were going to give us an economic nirvana and high growth, we would have seen it by now, wouldn't we?
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why is it that economic growth in and of itself is expected to raise the wages of most people? that hasn't happened in four decades. so i don't really find his policies creditable. what i do find is that they're very appealing to the mainstream republicans, to the big donors that he's now trying to recruit, and to his economic advisers, who are a bunch of rich hedge fund and real estate guys. >> so jordan, is that fair? because, you know, if you're a middle class person, wouldn't tax cuts help you in the pocketbook? >> yes, they would. he's -- understanding the growth that happens, when bush cut taxes in 2003, the economy did take off. when reagan cut taxes in the '80s, growth took off. when kennedy cut taxes in '62, the economy grew. i don't think it would grow enough to offset the tax loss you talked about but the economy would clearly grow more than it is now, at 1.2%, the latest
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rate. having high taxes means company s want to do things elsewhere so lowering taxes does create economic growth. >> since trump's economic adviser told me trump's economic plan was reagan-esque, we always have to keep in mind that reagan raised taxes. but donald trump doesn't plan to raise anyone's taxes. >> right, this is obviously appealing to middle class america, to blue collar america. it's appealing to the base. who doesn't want to have that. you know, i spend upwards of $25,000 a year, i'll take it. it sounds great. but then you have to dig deep near the details. would there be a cap on how much of that slice that you can take off of your income, so what -- >> what's to stop me from saying i pay $100,000 on child care so i can take $100,000 off my taxes -- >> and where is that money coming from, you're losing
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revenue -- >> why are we focusing so much on these bones he's throwing to the middle class when he actually announced what his policies were, they are huge cuts for corporations, huge cuts for the rich. this is just a little icing on the cake for the middle class. this is mostly about continuing to cut corporate tax rates and taxes for the rich. >> customers hire people, okay. if you have companies doing better, they hire people. >> there's no evidence that all the tax cutting we've seen for four decades has given us any superlative growth -- >> -- in 2006, you had enormous growth -- >> -- in the '50s and '60s -- >> -- whenever we've had tax cuts, we've had growth -- >> you can't really -- there's no real evidence for that, and if there was, why would people be so unhappy now, given all the big tax cuts of the bush era? they should be really, really happy. but they're not. it's because tax cuts really don't lead to wage growth for everybody. >> so i think one of the biggest
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concerns economics have, allison, is you can cut taxes across the board but you still have to pay for things like social security and medicare. >> and infrastructure. >> you have to pay for the government working, you have to pay for infrastructure and maintain it, so most economists say donald trump's plans would actually add trillions of dollars to the deficit. >> well, what's interesting is, over the weekend, a campaign adviser walked back from a pledge that donald trump made in april saying that he could get rid of $19 trillion of debt in eight years. but this campaign official adviser acknowledged, you know what, it's actually not doable. there's a lot of lofty claims. i think we need to look at the details of where this money is coming from. if you're lowering taxes this much, there's going to be a deficit of that revenue. there's only so much that corporations can fill in that gap. >> an example, under president clinton, they cut tax rates, capital gains rates down to 15%. that kind of fueled the internet
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boom and we had a positive surplus at that time by the time clinton ended. that's a recent example of cutting the tax rates -- >> but the internet boom is kind of over, what is next? >> well, i don't know, maybe technology, maybe tessa, i don't know, but you have to have -- >> -- creating more revenue for the government -- >> george bush cut tax rates in half. george bush cut them in half. cut tax rates on dividends in half. we have not seen a boom in the last 15 years. that's exactly what the trump people are telling about, economic growth over the last 15 years. so this is really a tried and failed policy past and it's really just a slap to the wrist to his republican donors, to his advisers, and maybe -- maybe engrishen, ingrace yated himself to the republican party who seemed so annoyed by his bigotry. >> we'll find out more information in trump's speech, noon eastern time, cnn will
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they asked her a very easy question. and she short circuited. she used the term short circuited. she took a little short circuit in the brain. she's really pretty close to unhinged. she's like an unbalanced person. >> joining me now to talk about this and more, a former clinton campaign manager, and scottie nell hughes, trump supporter. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. >> thanks for being here. scotty, mr. trump says hillary clinton is unhinged. >> it's not like she's traditional, it's not like she's following any set pattern. it's someone who can easily fall off, sort of like, can just sit there and poke her enough and eventually she's just going to get real upset like we've seen her lash out at reporters and people around her when she gets
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challenged on a question and she keep pushing her -- >> so when she said she short circuited, was she lashing out at reporters? >> i can't believe she actually used that term. that would not have been my choice of term for any candidate. i don't think this conversation is good for either party to be having. let's point this out that this is something they've been accusing mr. trump from. you pointed out hillary clinton. there's been a lot of hillary clinton supporters -- >> so it's tit-for-tat? >> exactly, but i don't think it's healthy for the overall political system because in the end one of these folks is going to be in the oval office and it's not good for 50% of america to have this stigma they're crazy. i think need to push away -- if we're going to sit there and go after each other let's go after each other's policies and not -- >> i just can't believe we're having this conversation -- >> exactly. >> okay, so patty, hillary clinton did say she was short circuited, she was asked
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about -- questions about her answers about her e-mail controversy. what does that mean, short kir suted? circuited? >> the bottom line is she admitted she made a mistake, she apologized for it, she's a brilliant woman. this one learns from her mistakes. and she's never going to do it again. short circuited, cleearly not te best word but she said she made a mistake and i think everybody needs to just move on. to move on, excuse me. >> okay, well, let's move on now and talk about these polls that came out. scottie, a new "washington post"/abc news poll shows clinton leading trump on immigration, the economy and trade. why has mr. trump lost ground on his core issues? >> well, it's because he's gotten off focus. he's gotten off message, carol. we've talked about it all last week. the one thing we learned about these polls is they're temperamental. news headlines can change public
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opinion in these polls very quickly. these polls are going to continue to go back and forth, back and forth. that's why this week is so important to both candidates. the speech will focus on the economy and trade. hillary clinton is just mimicking him once again and going to do the same thing in the same city on thursday to kind of counterpoint. i just hope both candidates this time stick to the issues and not necessarily use these speeches to direct fire at the other candidate. >> is that what mrs. clinton is doing -- >> no. >> -- because she was before the trade deal before she was against it -- >> i'm sorry, carol, i think hillary clinton has laid out her plans over the last year and a half almost, and it has taken donald trump almost 15 months to come up with some actual policy where he's going to talk about -- >> not true. >> -- plans, numbers, sta statistics. so no, i think he's following her, obviously. but as to the polls, i think what happened heard is hillary
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has a very successful convention. basically, she had speaker after speaker lay out why hillary clinton can be trusted to fight for the american people and then have speaker after speaker lay out why donald trump is reckless and a risky move to vote for him. and then that was followed by a week of donald trump displaying very reckless behavior. he kicked a baby out of rally -- >> that's a lie, carol, correct that, that's a lie -- >> cnn has fact checked that -- >> let's see -- >> cnn has fact checked it and said the baby was already gone, it was a joke -- >> okay, let's take the baby out of it. how about the not endorsing, you know, republican leadership -- >> which he did. >> in a week after a lot of, you know, complaints by his party, he did. >> okay so scottie, because you somewhat agreed with patty, except about the baby, i got that, so do you think, you know, we key saying donald trump is
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going to act presidential and we'll see him in this possible presidential role, but it never seems to happen. will it now? >> the one thing i want to disagree with, i don't know if hillary clinton -- she had a nice convention. i don't think she would have seen the bump out of that convention unless the khan controversy had not followed. it was one tumultuous week with donald trump. that being said, that means that our candidate, when he stays on message, stays on task, resonates better with the american people than hillary clinton can. >> i guess what i'm asking, is it possible that mr. trump can stay on message? >> absolutely. his economic plan actually came out before hillary clinton back in september and he's just continued to clarify it like he's done with his veterans plans, his trade plans. he introduced a lot of these prior to any other candidate, including clinton, hence why he was able to survive a primary of 17 folks. he would not be at the level of success as a business man if he
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would have been this sort unpredictable character we've seen this past year. listen, politics makes people go crazy. it's obvious with the two candidates we have right now, but i kind of doubt both their mental stability to be honest with you. to go through what they've gone through this past year, it takes a strong toll on a strong person to be able to handle and both of them deserve credit actually. >> you look at the polls, clinton has this 10-point lead, that's great, but she's in danger of becoming complacent. if donald trump really does stay on message, perhaps that could hurt her if she doesn't -- if she isn't constantly vigilant. >> you know, this is a woman who lost a race to barack obama in 2008. i guarant you she is not going to be complacent about this race. she is working for every vote. and her team is working in every state with an incredible field organization, an incredible
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effort. they're taking this race very seriously. and no matter what, how reckless donald trump is, it's still going to be a close race because this country is divided, so they're going to work for it, trust me. >> all right, i have to leave it there. thanks to both of you. still to come in the "newsroom," from russia with love, at least the russian media and donald trump. we'll talk about that next. great grains cereals are made from delicious clusters, real fruit, wholesome nuts and crunchy flakes. good things come together to make one great thing. great grains. why be good when you can be great?
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while donald trump tries to win over voters in the united states, it's clear he's already winning over some in russia. here's cnn matthew chance. >> reporter: is he really the kremlin's candidate? certainly russian state television is loaded with positive coverage of the donald. >> eccentric donald trump. >> reporter: this tv news anchor explains that trump's just an eccentric billionaire who wants to make america great and normalize relations with russia. he's often painted here as a brave political maverick who shares russian concerns over american foreign policy and is willing to find common language with russia's president putin who he's praised. >> translator: between hillary and trump, trump is the only one who sounds friendly, so maybe we can hope that he will be more
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friendly and more positive for, towards russia. >> by the wait, wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along with russia? wouldn't that be nice? >> reporter: much of what trump says about russia has left u.s. allies aghast but finds a welcoming audience in moscow. donald trump's own foreign policy prenouncements have won him plenty of friends here in russia. his recent suggestion that he wouldn't necessarily defend nato allies in the event of a russian attack raised eyebrows both in the u.s. and here and he's vowed to look again at recognizing annexed cri eed crimea as part russia. a smile on the faces of many kremlin supporters. of course not everyone in russia thinks trump is their best bet. some say his democratic rival hillary clinton would benefit the kremlin even more. at least she's predictable, they say, in her tough russian stance. but it's the unpredictability of
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trump that may have most endeared him to the cre kremlin-controlled media. >> he will either be more inkleined to do a deal with the kremlin or he will mess up life in the white house and on capitol hill so much by his erratic behavior that the american system will be in permanent crisis. that is what actually russia wants. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> reporter: he may not be the kremlin's man, in other words, but he might prove a useful distraction from what the kremlin does. well, carol, there's a new opinion poll that's just come out here in russia. it says that 34% of people who expressed a preference would want donald trump to be the next president of the united states because they believe that the relationship between moscow and washington will v prove under
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his presidency, just 6% for hillary clinton. asked why they prefer trump, the majority of the respondent also said simply because he's more fun than hillary. >> matthew chance, reporting live from moscow, this morning, thank you. cnn senior political analyst and senior editor for the atlantic, ron brownstein, and cnn analyst, lieutenant rick francona, welcome to both of you. so, ron, how much does this really matter? i mean -- >> you know, look, i think right now, you know, the public -- there's some polling, the public's not inclined to think of donald trump as a stooge of putin, but i do think this is an enormous role reversal and probably one contributing to his deficit on handling foreign policy. it was the democrats who hit the reset button you saw in the taped piece and defending the idea of kind of resetting relations with russia. it was mitt romney arguing
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russia is a strategic adversary. what donald trump is saying now is really kind of -- he's gone kind of beyond where president obama started i think in 2009 and with his comments questioning nato, in essence accepting the russian annexation of crimea, almost opening the door on the baltics, you know, he's going way beyond. and i think the moment of truth is in a debate with hillary clinton with already a significant deficit on who can handle foreign policy. c can he defend those ideas in front of a large national audience. i think that's tbd. >> can he do that, rick? >> i think he's going to have to. i think his comments on nato are really going to be the problem. it's very, very hard to sell that to the american people. nato has done the bulwark of our defense against the russians, previous to that, the soviets, for decades, and for him to challenge that, you know, was
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almost sacrosanct understanding among the militaries of all of the nato countries. he'll have to walk that back. i don't think an american president can possibly get elected by saying i'm not going to live up to our nato commitments. that is the bedrock of our policy in western europe. >> the acting policy director also criticized trump oemp tver weekend for his comments, let's listen. >> look at it from putin's perspective, right, he's a trained intelligence officer, worked for the kgb, manipulated people must smarter than donald trump. he played this perfectly, right, he saw that donald trump wanted to be complimented. and to defend vladimir putin's actions in a number of places around the world. >> so, ron, trump lashed back via twitter. he said michael morrell, the lightweight former acting director of the cia.
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and a man who has made serious bad calls. is a total clinton flunky. is that a good defense? >> well, look, i mean, first of all, that charge, and the way he phrased it was even more pointed in his "new york times" op-ed, mr. morrell. that is about the toughest charge i've heard against donald trump from anyone, and it is a serious question. you know, look, i don't think it is enough, as francona said, i don't think it's enough to discredit the messenger. donald trump is talking about a significant, if not radical, shift in america's orientation toward russia and nato. he is ultimately going to have to defend that. it is worth noting where he'll have to sustain the broadest deflection among people who have worked in republican administrations have been people from the national security side. you have the national security adviser for the first president bush. you have richard armitage, the deputy secretary of state for the second president bush. mark salter who was the ultraego for john mccain for decades.
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all have said they're voting for hillary clinton because they don't trust donald trump on national security. he is going to have to defend these ideas and the place he has to really defend them i think is going to be that first debate. >> colonel francona, you've served on the battlefield. is michael morrell a clinton flunky? did he make a number of huge mistakes, putting americans at risk overseas? >> i think he may have overdram titzed his remarks. i was on yesterday, we talked about this with fredricka, and i think of course he's angling for a position in the new administration. he's been allied with the clintons for some time. we have to remember, using words like calling a presidential candidate unwitting asset of vladimir putin i think is a bit over the top. so i'll chalk that up to election drama. >> all right, lieutenant colonel rick francona, ron brownstein,
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and find the aarp medicare supplement plan to go the distance with you. go long. an american professor is kidnapped in afghanistan. they had just left their university when armed gunman approached their car and smashed through a side window. guardian correspondent suni rasmussen joins us live from kabul, afghanistan, with more. tell us more, suni. >> yes, we know it was around 8:30 p.m. last night kabul time these two academics working at the american university in kabul were kidnapped, as you say, by
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four or five armed gunmen dressed in what appears to have been military uniforms. we heard from an afghan security official who can't be named that these uniform are also not the normal army uniforms but rather uniforms that can be bought pretty easily around the country. so not necessarily fake army uniforms. we don't know yet the identity of these two victims and we don't know who were behind the kidnapping either. >> all right, suni rasmussen. the pakistani taliban now claiming responsibility for a hospital bombing. at least 70 people have been killed. the group targeted the hospital's emergency ward where lawyers and journalists had gathered. they were there because the body of a well-known lawyer and activist was brought to the hospital after he was shot and killed earlier that day. the group is vowing more attacks. it could be a major turning
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point in the fight over syria. the islamic-led rebel coalition say they've broken the siege of aleppo, smashing through government lines and taking over a military complex. the rebels used suicide bombers to surprise an exhausted syrian army. now outsiders worry the jihadist rebels could gain popularity with syrian citizens pleased with their victory. still to come in the "newsroom," team usa makes a major splash at the olympics. koy wire live in rio next. i was able to quit in 3 months and that was amazing. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it absolutely reduced my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems,
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we're in day three of the rio olympic games. yesterday, 19-year-old superstar swimmer katie ledeck winning the gold in the 400-meter freestyle. michael phelps won his 19th gold medal. he now has 23 olympic gold medals in total, more than any other olympian out there. could it be another big day for our swimmers? i say yes.
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cnn's coy wire is in rio following all the action. hi, coy. >> hi, carol. we have some big swimming finals on tap tonight too. we have american lilly king going up against the russian, in the 100 meter breaststroke finals. there's been a lot of trash talking ahead of this one. they've been wagging their fingers at each other, glaring at each other, some fierce competitors, so that's one to watch. the one to watch last night you mentioned it, katie ledecky, she dropped the mic in front of the world. she takes the gold and smashes her own record, world record, by almost two seconds. she's only 19 years old. she's humble. she gave up millions in endorsement deal als by not turg pro so she can go to stanford in
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the fall. go, katie, go. in the men's swimming, you mentioned michael phelps dominating his second leg of the 4 x 100 meter to torpedo team usa in the gold. the fastest he's ever swamne in his career. he's been through a lot since the last summer games but just last week he said the last two years have been the best of his life. he's focused. he's not drinking alcohol and he's swimming for his fiance and their 3-month-old son boomer who are both here in rio to cheer michael on. in yesterday's qualifying round during team competition, the usa women's gymnastics team, they showed no chill, and that they are for real. they won all but one of the competitions. just hours before. listen to this, hours before they had to appear, they were in the athlete village, laughing so hard that their team coordinator had to tell them, hey this is
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the olympics. they go out and show they aren't joking around, they're just relaxed, confident. they'll go for gold tomorrow in the team competitions. dynamite simone biles, they both qualified for the event. and men will go for gold today in team competition as well. >> so exciting, i can't wait for the gymnastics competition. that's my favorite. i did want to ask you about rio as a whole. because in the weeks previous to the olympics, we've talked about all of the problems rio was having. have you seen any problems? >> certainly have seen and felt some of the issues they've been dealing with here. i certainly don't feel safe walking in certain parts of town. as long as you're paying attention you're okay. i want to the opening ceremony and that was a bit unnerving because as we were trying to get to the stadium, there were flash
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bangs going off. there were smoke grenades going off of sorts. a lot of people in the communities that come down from the areas where they have tough life and they're seeing all these millions and millions of dollars being spent right here in their own community for games and celebrations, when they think that money can be used to go back into their communities for clean water and security and that sort of thing. so it's a really interesting dichotomy to see, to feel. in the end, it has been secure, it has been a wonderful experience thus far, carol, and i look forward to continuing to bring some of those experiences to you. >> okay, and we sure do appreciate it, coy wire, reporting live from rio. still to come, 90 minutes before kickoff, the first game of the nfl preseason is called off, and you will not believe the reason why. takbbq trophies:hese best cracked pepper sauce... most ribs eaten while calf roping...
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checking some top stories for you. the first game of the new nfl season turned out to be a bust. the hall of fame game between the green bay packers and the indianapolis colts was canceled 90 minutes before kickoff. paint used on parts of the field became hard and slippery creating dangerous conditions for the players. fans will get a full refund. he never said the word retirement but alex rodriguez is saying good-bye. will play his last game as a new york yankee this friday and then become a special adviser and instructor for the team. >> i don't want to be remembered as someone who is, you know, madly in love with the game of baseball. someone who loves it at every level. someone who loves to learn, teach it, watch it, play it, coach it. and i also -- i'm going to be hopefully remembered for someone
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who tripped and fell a late but someone who kept getting up. >> ticket prices for a rod's final game are surging online. the average resale prices online skyrocketed nearly 400%. before the announcement, tickets were going for about 75 bucks. well, now they're around $345. thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "at this hour" starts now. she is a totally unhinged person. she's unbalanced. >> what i told the fbi which he said was truthful is consistent with what i have said publicly. >> she took the short circuit in the brain and she's got problems. >> i may have short circuited and will try to clarify. >> honestly, i don't think she's all there. >> i would tru

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