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two men shot and killed in broad daylight today, one of them the leader of a muslim house of worship. this happened this afternoon in queens. both men shot in the head. their killer, according to police, are still at large. our sara ganim is live with more. are police describing any motive right now? >> reporter: poppy, at this moment police are not going there. they're saying they're continuing to investigate. you can see them doing that here
behind us, as they're looking at the crime scene. they know around 2:00 two men, one is a local imam loved in this community, and his neighbor walking down the street, leaving the mosque on their way home just a few blocks away. someone approached them from behind. they were shot in the head. one of them died shortly after the incident. another one was confirmed just moments ago by the nypd at a press conference, that he also died. here is what police are saying. they know there were witnesses who saw a man fleeing the scene with a gun. they have surveillance video that shows a man at the scene fleeing with a gun. but no rearrests have been madet this point. they're not talking about a motive. they say nothing was taken from the two men. investigators say there's nothing preliminarily that shows that they were targeted. they say they're looking into
the possibility that there was a dispute at the mosque. that's something according to a law enforcement source who talked to a producer at cnn. there's a lot of questions as police continue to investigate. you can tell no matter what happened, this is a tragic thing for this community. people have gathered here. they are calling for justice. they are mourning, they're reacting, because this was a local religious leader and it's a sad and scary thing that he was gunned down in the street, poppy. >> sara ganim for us in queens, new york. again, the headline, two men, one of them an imam, murdered in broad daylight in queens. and you hear some of the people who have gathered there chanting "we want justice." of course it is early hours, police are just starting their investigation. we'll bring you more on this as soon as we have it. sara, thank you very much. to politics now. we've just learned we'll see the
tax returns of a candidate on the republican ticket. but it's not donald trump. jeremy diamond is live in fairfield, connecticut for us tonight, where trump is expected to take the stage at any moment. as we await donald trump, mike pence coming out and saying he will release his tax returns. >> reporter: that's right, poppy. mike pence saying on a radio show this afternoon that he plans to release his tax returns before election day. i spoke with a spokesman who confirmed to me that pence does plan to release his tax returns before them. that's notable because hillary clinton and tim kaine released theirs yesterday. donald trump has said he will not. you also have tim kaine, the democratic vice pretsidential nominee, saying during a campaign stop that donald trump
has to release his tax returns. >> even richard nixon released his tax returns because he said, as has every major nominee of both parties since, the american public have a right to see my tax returns, they should see what my financial status is, they should see who i have connections with, they should see if i am paying the taxes that support our veterans, that support our military. >> reporter: donald trump meanwhile has said that he will not release his tax returns while they are still under audit by the irs. now actually his tax returns have been under audit since 2009, so that means it's highly unlikely that before the election we'll see donald trump's tax returns, at least for recent years, before the election, if he sticks to that logic, poppy. >> jeremy diamond live in fairfield. let's discuss with tom low lo
bianco. thank you, gentlemen, both for being with me tonight. andy, let me begin with you. so mike pence comes out and says he's going to release his tax returns before the election. does that put a significant amount of pressure on trump to release his? >> well, there's already pressure on him to do it. i think the problem is that -- >> now's running mate's doing it. >> yeah, but if you're in an audit and the irs has questions about matters in your return and you're trying to explain them, you don't want that to happen in public. the way to resolve this would be for the irs to finish their audit, if they've been working on it since 2009, they must be close to a conclusion. wrap it up, and there's no reason not to disclose the tax returns. >> we have not seen the audit letter from trump, which everyone who is being audited gets an audit letter. i think a lot of people would like to see the audit letter. but aside from that, there are things, andy, that he could do,
right, he could release his marginal tax rate, he could release just his charitable contributions. >> i don't know what is in dispute with the internal revenue service. for example, the marginal rate might change based upon what they do at the irs. 2009 is seven years of tax returns. you can't release this piecemeal until you know what the irs are going to do with it. it's even unfair to the irs if you start releasing things publicly, then the irs is under pressure to resolve or not resolve an issue, and it's certainly unfair to mr. trump. wrap it up, and he can release his tax returns. >> tom, there is nothing about
an audit that prevents anyone from releasing their tax returns to the public. a lot of trump surrogates say it's just the media, who cares among the public. do you think mike pence releasing his is antithetical to that argument, because it's in essence saying it matters to the public so i'm going to do it? >> governor pence is in a very interesting position. he wants to win and get in the white house. on the other hand, he has his own career to think about here. he has to make politically the correct call, clearly that's releasing the tax returns. this is a well-established thing. and, you know, the bigger problem here is that the longer that trump holds out on this, and that you have the democrats keep beating him over the head with this, and then you have
something like this today where governor pence comes out and says, yeah, i'll go ahead and release my returns, that detracts from their campaign message. >> you have covered mike pence in his role as governor very closely. i wonder what you make of the fact that he seemingly, if probably inadvertently, boxed trump into a corner with this. >> well, you know, that's the kind of thing where, looking forward, that might have been a mistake by him. but clearly he has his own career to worry about as well. it's a funny balancing act that needs to happen. again, governor pence making the right call. this is the second time we've seen something like this. he came out and endorsed paul ryan. he said that he would support mccain and kelly ayotte. we've seen him break with trump on this thing. and it's awkward, to say the least.
it puts trump in a strange position. you know, you've got to wonder how many more of these are we going to see? a lot of trump advisers will remind us that trump is a political novice, he hasn't done these things before. >> to be fair, he did incredibly well in the primary. and i get it, the general is a totally different game. trump believes, and "the new york times" outlined it in an article today, talking about 20 people in the campaign, that he believes, what got me to win in the primary will help me win in the general. andy, let's talk about these battleground polls. a real struggle for donald trump in colorado, florida, north carolina, virginia, trailing clinton significantly, especially in north carolina, nine points behind her in a state that romney won in 2012. you're an adviser to the campaign. this is on top of comments from trump this week when he said, look, i'm concerned about utah, we're having a tough time in utah, arizona, virginia.
what does he need to do to turn those numbers around? >> he needs to stay on message. he needs to talk about the economy, the economy, and talk about the economy again. he can go into some of the clinton corruption allegations if he feels the need to do so. but i think a focus on the economy is absolutely donald trump's best path to win this election. >> so why isn't he talking about it more? he gave a speech in detroit, but he really could have hammered and doubled down on the really anemic gdp report a few weeks ago. he could focus a lot more on wage growth not being what it needs to be. why doesn't he just hammer home on those things? >> well, another thing he could hammer home on is hillary clinton's plan that she released which basically was a tax and spend plan where he's got a growth plan. i wish he would do that. i have i've encouraged people in the campaign. i think he knows it, the people in the campaign know it, and i think we'll see more of it in
the coming week. >> i know he's giving a big policy speech on isis monday in ohio. we'll see if there's more of a focus on the issues ahead. andy, thank you. you'll be back with my in just a little bit. tom, thank you as well. coming up this hour, we're watching fairfield, connecticut, where at any moment donald trump will take the stage. we'll take you there live. also a state of emergency in louisiana, deadly flooding in the southern part of the state. pregnancy is an exciting time,
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all right, an update now on the terrible flooding in louisiana that has claimed at least two lives. first, the dramatic rescue caught on camera, a man in baton rouge had to tear open the convertible top of a sinking car to save a woman and her dog today. watch. >> get that [ muted ] dog now! >> here. here! >> unbelievable. that woman was concerned about her dog, as you heard her calling, get my dog, get my dog, for the first tense moments. she even wanted to dive back into the water to try to rescue her dog. thankfully her rescuer was able
to save both of them. just incredible. it gives you a sense of the magnitude of this historic flooding in louisiana right now. the governor there calling a state of emergency for the next month in response. our boris sanchez is in the flood zone with more. boris? >> reporter: poppy, now that the floodwaters are starting to recede in some parts of louisiana, we're getting a sense of how bad this flooding was, how strong these waters were. we're in an industrial yard here in louisiana. that's a body shop. you see that pickup truck crushed like a child's toy, flipped over. there was a tractor in this area earlier, helping people get across this flooded area. the truck got stuck in the water and had to be pulled out itself. you see huge pieces of asphalt that have just been lifted off the ground and tossed around like pieces of paper onto the
street. i want to point something out, you see it across the street here in that area just off the street, that white pickup truck, that was actually a man that was trying to cross the road while it was flooded out. he clearly did not make it across. he had to be rescued by officials. one of the 1,000 rescues that firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency officials have had to make here in louisiana, because of this devastating flooding. the last thing i want to point out, poppy, across the street, that trailer, i spoke to the guy that lived in that trailer. he kept it across the street here in the industrial part. fortunately he didn't spend the night here last night. he says it ran more than 120 yards and got smashed against the trees over there. i've asked him how he felt, seeing his home and state in disarray. here is what he said. >> it's terrible. the gentleman who has that tractor right there, he lost his house in the flood back in march, he just a couple of weeks
ago got his house back in order. he's lost everything. he has six, eight inches of water in his house. it's terrible. these people, it's just -- it's a sad thing to see. >> reporter: the major concern now are the cities and towns south of here, poppy, all the water here has continued moving in that direction. the other question is when will the rain finally stop? it's settled down, now it's falling yet again. experts tell us it will continue until at least monday, poppy. >> thank you, boris. still ahead, we're watching fairfield, connecticut, where at any moment donald trump will take the stage. why is he campaigning in a state that is solidly blue? i sold everything i had to own a brewery. you might have heard its name... stella artois be legacy
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hillary clinton to donald trump on tax returns basically saying, now it's your turn. clinton released her 2015 tax returns yesterday. they revealed that she and her husband made about $10.5 million last year. they paid just about 31% in taxes. and just tonight, trump's running mate, mike pence, says he will release his tax returns for the election. so where does that leave donald trump? our brian todd has more on that. hi, brian. >> poppy, donald trump has found a lot of different ways to dance around releasing his tax returns and to avoid a clear explanation for why he hasn't released them. right now the candidate is under more pressure than ever for a full accounting. >> reporter: donald trump promised he would release his tax returns to the public. but that was a year and a half ago. then at the start of 2016, trump
said he was working on it, saying the information was approved and, quote, very beautiful. he went from that to downplaying it. >> there's nothing. >> reporter: then a familiar deflection. trump says a long-running audit by the irs is delaying the returns. >> it would be crazy to give the papers before the audit has been completed. >> reporter: he got defensive about it when speaking to abc. >> what is your tax rate? >> it's none of your business. you'll see it when i release it. >> reporter: and he's floated theories but why he's being audited. >> maybe it's religion, maybe something else. >> what do you mean, religion? >> because of the fact that i'm a strong christian, i feel strongly about it, and maybe there's a bias. >> i think he's demagoguing that issue, when he's defensive, he reacts irrationally. >> reporter: still no release of tax returns from donald trump. is he legally prevented from
releasing them during an audit? >> there's no legal reason why mr. trump couldn't release his tax returns now. it's perfectly allowable for him to do so. >> reporter: is trump being being audited by the irs? >> you know, i get audited every single year. >> reporter: trump has offered a letter from his tax lawyers saying to him in march saying, quote, examinations for returns in the 2009 year and forward are ongoing. but is there a letter from the irs to trump specifically saying he's being audited? the irs says it's not allowed to tell us. trump's campaign and his lawyers aren't telling us either. and the political pressure on the gop nominee is building. >> i think you're going to keep seeing the democrats continue to hit this because they do sense there is a vulnerability here. >> reporter: trump's tax returns might confirm whether he's as rich as he says he is, gives as much to charity as he says he does, and might reveal who he does business with, where his interests lie. still, one prominent tax attorney says he would advise trump not to release it.
>> thousands, millions of people would be looking at it and would probably see transactions that are legitimate but look straining to someone not trained in the tax field. that would raise a public outcry. >> reporter: trump could get around that. he could release other basic figures without releasing his actual tax returns. he could release figures on his adjusted income, on his charitable contributions. he could come out and say what his tax rate is. we asked his campaign to give us that information. they declined, saying, again, that the nominee is undergoing what they call, quote, a routine audit, and he'll release those returns when that's an all done, poppy. >> we just haven't seen any evidence of the audit, no audit letter has been presented from the trump camp. we'll keep asking for it. thank you, brian todd. coming up, we're watching fairfield, connecticut where at any moment donald trump will take the stage. we'll take you there live. nista. if you're totally blind, you may also be struggling with non-24.
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a reckless decision to create that vacuum. they armed the rebels. they're even fund them now. >> so you're saying barack obama took the country into afghanistan post-2009, is is that what years saying? >> what i'm saying is the policies of barack obama and hillary clinton -- that was obama's war, yes. >> all right. so she later acknowledged that the mission in afghanistan was not launched on president obama's watch, because it began, as we know, in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. but tom, when you add that on to what she said just a few weeks ago to my colleague wolf blitzer, blaming the death of captain canon president obama, before he was in office, that is concerning. >> surely you can understand the confusion considering how donald trump never voted for the iraq
war. hillary clinton did. then she didn't support the troops to have what they need. it was under barack obama and hillary clinton that changed the rules of engagement that probably cost his life. >> so look at this big picture with me, tom. when a national spokesperson continues to make these types of high profile errors, does this play into the fear expressed by fellow republicans that the trump campaign suffers from a lack of discipline at times? >> absolutely. fundamentally what this does is creates a credibility problem. you can have a misstep, a stumble here and there. but this is the same thing twice effectively, blaming barack obama for something that he was not initially responsible for. it's worth pointing out of course that he did get more involved in afghanistan. and that was something he campaigned on. at that point he was saying that was the forgotten war that we needed to be dealing with. so it would be accurate to put it that way. but to kind of blame everything
on him and to do that repeatedly, inaccurately, that creates a credibility problem. it creates unnecessary problems for a campaign that really, really, really does not need those right now. >> i think the question, though, becomes, tom, does it matter to his supporters? >> well, you know, if you look at the base, and this is the bigger problem that trump has right now, right? if you look at the core base of supporters, there's probably not an awful lot of concern with something like that. we've seen a lot of anger at us, the media. he spurs a lot of that, consistently says we're inaccurate about things, et cetera, that's fine, politicians do that. what he needs to be looking at now is moderates, independents. everyone he needs to win the general election. and those are the folks who are concerned with stuff like this. so you can't keep on playing to the base. you've got to broaden out.
and we've said this many times, his window is rapidly closing on doing this, and having surrogates out there who are not on message does not help him. >> what do you think the strategy is, then, tom, when you talk about reaching out to independents, to moderates, to take the stage in pennsylvania last night and say, the only way i'm going to lose this state, which he's trailing clinton by double digits, is if i'm cheating out of it, pointing to voter fraud that he has zero evidence of. >> strategically he's trying to inoculate himself from this. but that's kind of -- i mean, if you take it that way, what he's basically doing is giving up. saying -- he says it's rigged, that the system is rigged, and that if he loses it's because it's rigged. he's trying to insulate himself here, which is a problem, because the -- a huge problem, because the election hasn't happened yet. and what you really need is, you need a ground game in these
swing states. we've seen a little bit of some talk about that, about them trying to work with the republican party, the rnc on building that out. you need to be in battle mode. and what he's doing there is he's on the defense. that's not how you win a swing state. >> so as he does that, you have some new reporting on his running mate, mike pence, and the really key meetings that pence has been having with republican leaders like ted cruz, jeb bush. i know he's tried to reach out to john kasich. what is pence trying to do here and how much can he help? >> sure. well, you know, when i came in here, i was going to say that governor pence has been really the bright spot here, and in that regard he has. of course this tax return thing, where he broke with trump and said that he will release his tax returns, it throws a flip side on this. pence is in a very interesting position. he is trying to help, obviously
that's his job. he was recruited because he can do that. he has these longstanding relationships. he can go into an airport and fly into wisconsin and see governor scott walker there and pull him aside, okay. they're colleagues as governors, they have an even level relationship, they're peers. he can talk to him perhaps a little bit better than donald trump can. members of the house like steve king, he was working on steve king from iowa, he can speak to him as a former colleague. he spent a dozen years in the house. that is the good side. this is where mike pence is succeeding. that's where the trump people need him succeeding right now. the tax return thing today, like we were talking about earlier, it really boxes in trump and does a lot of that good that pence has been doing. >> he says he'll release his tax returns before the election, and donald trump has made no indication that he'll do that. certainly more pressure on him.
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it's good to be in, good hands. welcome back. we're waiting for donald trump to take the stage and address his supporters, live in fairfield can tonnecticut, at a moment. we'll bring that to you live as soon as it happens. on monday foreign affairs will be center stage when trump takes the stage in a major speech planned in ohio focusing on the fight against isis. the devastation in syria right now of course goes beyond any political speech. the suffering on the ground, the few remaining doctors left in aleppo now sending a letter, pleading with president obama to step in and to try to stop the bombings of the rebel-held city. this as a chlorine gas attack is suspected this week to have killed at least three people and injured dozens more, including two children.
our global affairs correspondent elise labott has more on the letter and how the white house is responding. >> reporter: aleppo's last remaining doctors, just 15 who remain in the besieged city, are issuing a desperate plea to president obama, begging for a lifeline and slamming the u.s. for failing to stop the bombing, writing in an open letter, quote, we have seen no effort on behalf of the united states to lift the siege or even use its influence to push the parties to protect civilians. russian air strikes helping regime forces have did he secim alep aleppo. the doctors write, last month there were 42 attacks on medical facilities in syria, 15 of which are hospitals in which we work. right now there is an attack on a medical facility every 17 hours. at this rate our medical services in aleppo could be completely destroyed in a month, leaving 300,000 people to die. what pains us most as doctors is
choosing who will live and who will die. >> imagine you're trying to work in a hospital with no clean water, no electricity, no medical supplies, and all the civilian victims coming over. >> reporter: the doctors' urgent appeal as the u.s. investigates another poison gas attack in a neighborhood of aleppo. chilling footage shows victims in the hospital as aid workers sift through the rubble. this man describes smelling gas and gasping for breath. the raid despite a russian pledge to stop military action to allow for desperately needed humanitarian aid. last week president obama acknowledged the challenges of trying to solve the conflict in syria. >> i've been wrestling with this thing now for a lot of years. there is not a meeting that i don't end by saying, is there something else we could be doing that we haven't thought of? >> reporter: but aleppo's doctors warn, we do not even tears or sympathy or even
prayers. we need action. that will come too late for this responder, notorious for pulling a baby out of the rubble, and who colleagues say died. the white house says it is working around the clock to try to and get an agreement with russia to end the violence and allow lifesaving humanitarian aid into places like aleppo. the doctors on the front lines tell us by failing to stop the violence by russia and the regime over the last six years, the united states shares some of the burden of responsibility. elise labott, cnn, the state department. >> such important reporting, elise, thank you for that tonight. coming up, we are continuing to watch fairfield, connecticut. at any moment donald trump will take the stage. we'll bring you there live as soon as it happens. ♪ hey, is this our turn? honey...our turn? yeah, we go left right here. (woman vo) great adventures are still out there.
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all right. in this week's "american opportunity," the battle over childcare, paid leave, and the votes of working parking who desperately need both. in many cases, many parents need as much help as they can get. the average cost are health care for an an infant, $17,000 a year. that's the average, folks. if you're living here in new york city or another big city, it is a lot more than that. also family leave, a huge issue right now. if you look back to the 1993 family medical leave act, it guarantees up to 12 weeks of time off after the birth of a child or to take care of a sic family member, and your job is protected. what's key, though, it does not guarantee that you were paid for it. the united states is now, the only developed nation not to guarantee paid family leave. childcare and family leave were
front and center in the presidential candidates' economic speeches this week. listen. >> my plan will also help reduce the cost of childcare by allowing parents to fully deduct the average cost of childcare spending from taxes. >> paid family leave won't only make life easier for moms and dads. it will also keep skilled, talented americans in the workforce and grow our economy. >> so hillary clinton supports 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents with workers getting at least two-thirds of their current pay up to a limit. she also wants to limit childcare expenses to 10% of someone's income. donald trump says we should make cost for childcare fully deductible from their taxes. what does this mean for you? kelly wallace, jean sahadi, and round brownstein. thank you all for being with me. look, as a new parent, i can
attest to the extraordinary cost of childcare. and frankly, i'm lucky, we're all lucky to work for places where we get paid time off. this is not the reality for so many americans, and they need it. jean, just go through what a trump presidency and proposal would do for working parents, what a clinton presidency and proposal would do. >> sure. trump's proposal is still a work in progress, the campaign told me. but he would like to allow families to deduct the equivalent of the average cost of childcare in their state from their taxes. if you don't end up owing income taxes, as many low income families don't, and they need help the most, the campaign says you can deduct it from your payroll taxes. secretary clinton has made three main proposals, and you mentioned them. one is guaranteed paid family leave for 12 weeks. that would give you up to two thirds of your weekly wages. the other is guaranteeing that your childcare cost would not
exceed 10% of family income. one of the things clinton has not specified yet is what will the ceiling be on income. so in other words, if i make $1 million, don't tell me you're going to pay me 10% in childcare costs on that. >> what's important is that the candidates are talking about it. >> yes, it's huge. >> the devil, ron brownstein, is in the details when it comes to how they'll pay for this. is this something that voters vote on, ron? >> this campaign has not been driven primarily by the issue today. it really has been driven by a kind of broader set of values about whether you are comfortable with or resistant to the demographic changes that america is undergoing, and also, you know, the fitness, the qualifications for president. that is what has been front and center. i think donald trump coming out with a proposal on this even though it has the limits that you just talked about is the rare example of them kind of responding to an electoral problem that he's facing. he is facing a significant problem, particularly with college educated white women,
and by structuring this as a deduction rather than a credit, it kind of pulls the veil back at who this is aimed at, aimed at much more upper income than low income families. nonetheless, it's a rare moment where he's trying to speak to a portion of the electorate that has been resistant to him rather than doubling down on those who have been with him from the start. >> it's interesting, because one of the criticisms is, the family has to pay up front and you have to wait until tax time to get it back. kelly wallace, you cover parents' issues around the clock. is it wrong to frame this as a women's issue? >> it is absolutely wrong. you are now seeing, you see polls, when you ask working dads and working moms, are they having a you're seeing more fathers press for paid family leave for fathers, for dads in talking about these issues that are
important. so it is not any longer a women's issue. even when you look at the polls at the issues of concern for men and women, the economy is up there and an equal number are looking at health care too. >> it is important to approach it equally for men and women. >> when you dig into what we have now, the family medical leave act, it only applies to about 60% of americans because companies that have 50 or fewer employees, they're exempt. >> right. >> some of the folks working at a mom and pop shop, they don't get the unpaid time off guaranteed. >> about 25% of women who have a baby have to go back to work within two weeks because they cannot afford to take time off. imagine how many fathers have to go back and never get to take that time. that is kind of heartbreaking because that is a really
important time to be with the baby. >> why is the u.s. so far behind on this? why is it the united states is the only developed country not to have paid leave? >> that's a question people have been asking. it should be embarrassing that the united states is the only industrialized nation not to do this. i think advocates are seeing a lot of momentum. new york, rhode island, and california leading the way in terms of providing paid family leave for their families. there seems to be more momentum at the state level and at the private sector level. we're seeing company after company, especially companies in silicon valley that are trying to hold on to talent, offer generous family paid leave policies. it's just a big question though of how you pay for it. if you're going to make a
federal mandate of paid leave for all workers, how is that going to be paid? >> will it apply to those small companies? you can't forget about those people. >> they're the ones that need it the most. >> in terms of the best messenger for this, just think about to the rnc and ivanka trump's speech. how helpful do you think she can be to her father on this front? >> ultimately, it comes down to the candidate and whether the candidate is persuasive on the issues they champion. it is simply impossible to succeed at both work and home. this debate has been caught up in the role of government and one reason we don't have paid family leave is we have elected to mandate it. it's also been frankly caught up about the role of women and women moving into the workforce,
but that is an issue on the demographic change. the change has already happened. whatever the limitations, and there are many of donald trump's proposal, his step in this direction is a sign that more republicans, like marco rubio, are going to have to grapple with this as well. that could be prefigure action in the next couple years no matter who is in the white house. >> absolutely. thank you. we appreciate it. important discussion. we'll continue it on the show for sure. quick break. we'll be right back. i am sebastian artois. brewmaster. risktaker. i sold everything i had to own a brewery. you might have heard its name...
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>> reporter: how many people have tried to kill fidel castro? according to officers, there have been over 600 attempts on castro's life. and while that number is impossible to confirm, we know from a u.s. government report that both the american mafia and the cia tried to do castro in and there have also been scores of cuban exiles that tried to kill castro. the plots have varied widely from attempted poisoning to castro's cigars, his wet suit, and a chocolate milk shake that castro was about to drink. assassins have tried to shoot castro, blow him up, and make his beard fall out. no other leader in modern times has faced so many assassination attempts. he says that he never expected to live to see 90 years old. and that's something that his many enemies probably agree with him on. >> patrick, thank you so much. and this week on "declassified"
the dangerous role of u.s. undercover agents. >> one of the early inquiries we got from an iranian arms deal was from a guy named amir. he asked for a very wide range of military components. some we actually assessed as being potentially for nuclear weapons purposes. this guy is clearly bad news, so we needed to start a relationship with him in order to make a case like this happen. artibelli used to send us hundreds of requests for quotation, and we were constantly providing him quotes. we had a lot of instances where he admitted to us through e-mail he was going to procure something. we would provide banking information and the money would never come. >> he wasn't really dealing with
us, so we weren't sure if he got spooked, he saw something he didn't like, which happens, or he is just flighty and didn't want to deal with us anymore. >> it is a never ending learning curve. running an undercover business is a tedious process because we're really not business people. >> we're not in this trade. what we are is pretending to be in this trade. >> that's why we needed to learn more about the illegal international arms market. >> basically, we needed help. >> don't miss cnn's original series "declassified." that new episode tomorrow tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. coming up tonight right after this, a "declassified" marathon ahead of tomorrow night's episode. i'm poppy harlow. i'll see you tomorrow. have a great evening.
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