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hour. i'm brooke baldwin. thank for being with me. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world as you are watching cnn's special coverage of president obama's response to one of the country's worst natural disasters in recent history. in fact, let's listen in. here is the president. >> another member of congress here? to begin with, i just want to say thank you to the outstanding officials behind me who have been on the ground working 24/7 since this flood happened. it begins with outstanding leadership the a the top, governor john bel edwards. we very much appreciate all the outstanding work he's done. his better half, the first lady of louisiana, i know has been by his side every step of the way and we are grateful for her. i know they've got their own cleaning up to do because the governor's mansion was flooded
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as well. in addition, i want to acknowledge senator bill cassidy, senate david vitter, representative gary graves, representative cedric richmond, the mayor of baton rouge, kip holder, and somebody who i can't brag enough about, one of the best hires i made as president, the administrator of fema, craig fugate who has done juch an outstanding job not just in dealing with this particular incident but has really rebuilt fema so that there is a change of culture and everybody knows that when a disaster happens, fema's going to be there on the ground cooperating with state and local officials rapidly and with attention to detail and keeping the families who have been affected upper most in their minds. so we very much appreciate everything craig's done.
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it is hard, by the way, for craig to be here because he is a florida gator and he's been seeing a lot of lsu t-shirts as we've been passing by. i just had a chance to see some of the damage from the historic floods here in louisiana. i come here first and foremost to say that the prayers of the entire nation are with everybody who lost loved ones. we are heartbroken by the loss of life. there are also people who are still desperately trying to track down friends and family. we're going to keep on helping them every way that we can. as i think anybody who can see just the streets, much less the inside of the homes here, people' lives have been up-ended by this flood. local businesses have suffered some terrible damage. families have, in some cases, lost homes. they've certainly lost possessions. priceless keepsakes.
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i was just speaking to a young woman whose husband died shortly after the birth of her second child. she was talking about how her daughter was trying to gather all of the keepsakes that she had in her bedroom that reminded her of her father. and that gives you some sense that this is not just about property danimage. this is about people's roots. you also have a situation where there are a lot of kids who were supposed to start a new school year, and they're going to need some special help and support for a while. sometimes when these kinds of things happen, it can seem a little bit too much to bear, but what i want the people of louisiana to know is that you are not alone on this. even after the tv cameras leave, the whole country is going to continue to support you and help you until we get folks back in
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their homes and lives are rebuilt. and the reason i can say that with confidence is because that's what americans do in times like this. i saw it when i visited this place, louisiana, when i came down as a senator after katrina. i saw it when i visited new orleans for the 10th anniversary last year. i know how resilient the people of louisiana are, and i know that you will rebuild again. what i've seen today proves it. i want to thank all the first responders. the national guard. all the good neighbors who were in a boat going around and making sure people were safe, showing extraordinary heroism and in some cases can risking their own lives. governor edwards, the state of louisiana, the city, pare rich governmen -- parish governments, they've
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all stepped up under incredibly difficult circumstances. i just want to thank the people on this block. as i was walking down, one woman at the end, elderly, she was on her own. she had just lost her daughter. yet a young man next door who was helping out his father but had also offered to help out that neighbor so that she could salvage as much as she could and start the process of rebuilding. with respect to the federal response, over a week ago i directed the federal government to mobilize and do everything we could to help. fema administrator craig fugate arrived here a week ago to help lead that effort. secretary of homeland security, jeh johnson, visited last week to make sure state and local officials are getting what they need. to give you a sense of the magnitude of the situation here, more than 100,000 people have applied for federal assistance so far. as of today, federal support has reached $127 million. that's for help like temporary
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rental assistance, essential home repairs, and flood insurance payments. fema's also working with louisiana around the clock to help people who are displaced by floods find temporary housing. and any louisiana family that needs help, you can find your nearest disaster recovery center by visiting fema.gov or calling 1-800-621-fema. i'm going to repeat that. fema.gov, or 1-800-621-fema. now federal assistance alone is not going to be enough to make people's lives whole again. so i am asking every american to do what you can to help get families and local businesses back on their feet. if you want help, if you want to help, governor edwards put together some ways to start at volunteerlouisiana.gov. that's volunteerlouisiana.gov. and the reason this is important is because, even though federal movie is moving out, volunteer
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help actually helps the state because it can offset some of its costs. obviously private donations are going to be extremely important as well. we want to thank the red cross for everything they're doing, but there are a lot of philanthropy organizations, churches, parishes around the state and around the country who want to help as well. and that's how we're going to make sure that everybody is able to get back on their feet. so let me just remind folks. sometimes once the floodwaters pass, people's attention spans pass. this is not a one-off. this is not a photo-op issue. this is how do you make sure that and month from now, three months from now, six months from now, people still are getting the help that they need. i need all americans to stay
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focused on this. if you're watching this today, make sure that you find out how you can help. you can go to volunteerslouisiana.gov, or you can go to fema.gov. you with go to whitehouse.gov and we'll direct you how you can help. we're going to stay on top of this because these are some good people down here. we're glad that the families i've had a chance to meet are safe, but they got a lot of work to do and they shouldn't have to do it alone. all right? thank you very much, everybody. god bless. so the president there speaking just for a couple of minutes. obviously saying louisiana -- hang on, let's go being ba. >> what you have is the stafford act provides a certain match. a lot of the homes have flood insurance, but a lot of homes don't. and what craig fugate is doing,
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what i instructed him to do from the start is, let's get money out as fast as we can because we know that there is going to be a certain amount of assistance that's going to be forthcoming. there is no point in waiting. we got to make initial estimates and we start pushing stuff out. that helps us and helps the governor and all these officials here do their jobs, and then what we have to do is, as we fine-tune exactly what's needed when we know, for example, how much permanent housing is going to have to be built. when we have a better sense of how much infrastructure's been damaged, what more we need to do in terms of mitigation strategies. that's when congress i think may be called upon to do some more. now the good news is that you got four members of congress right here, and a number of them happen to be in the majority. so i suspect that they may be able to talk to the speaker and talk to mitch mcconnell. but in part because of the fine
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stewardship at fema and, frankly, because we've been a little lucky so far -- i'm going to knock on some wood in terms of the amount of money that's gone out this year, fema has enough money for now to cover the costs that can be absorbed. the issue is going to be less what we need to do in terms of paying for the short-term. it is going to be the medium-term and long-term rebuilding. congress should be back in session right after labor day. by that time we'll probably have a better assessment. in the meantime, lawyers at fema will be examining what statutory flexibility we've got. i know the governor's been right on top of making sure that louisiana gets everything that it can get in order to help rebuild. >> mr. president, do you worry about -- [ inaudible question [ n >> no, i don't. first of all, one of the benefits of being five months short of leaving here is i don't worry too much about politics. the second thing i have seen
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historically is that when does ter -- disaster does strike, it is one of the few times when washington tends to not get political. i guarantee you nobody on this block, none of thes firose firs responders, nobody gives a hoot whether you're democrat or republican. what they care about is making sure they're getting the drywall out and the carpet out and there's not any mold building and they get some contractors in here and they start rebuilding as quick as possible. that's what they care about. that's what i care about. so we want to make sure that we do it right. we want to make sure that we do it systematically. but the one thing i just want to repeat is how proud i am of fema, because if you think about the number of significant natural disasters that have occurred since my presidency began, you'd be hard-pressed to
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find a local official anywhere in the country, including those in the other party, who wouldn't say that craigfugate and his team have been anything less than exemplary and professional. one of the things i did when i walked through each of these homes was asked, have you contacted fema, have you filed. and uniformly, they said that they had been in touch with fema, they had acted professionally. some of them had already been out here for inspections. and i think that does indicate why it is important for us to take the federal government seriously, federal workers seriously. there is a tendency sometimes for us to bash them and to think that they are these faceless bureaucrats. but when you get into trouble, you want somebody that knows what they're doing who is on the ground working with outstanding
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officials. and that's true whatever party. i could not be prouder of the work that fema's done. that doesn't mean that there aren't going to still be folks who need more help and that we're not going to have some constraints statutorily and congress isn't going to have to step up. but it does mean that the basic backbone, basic infrastructure and architecture that we have in terms of disaster response i think has been high-quality and i'm very proud of them for that. i want to publicly acknowledge that at the moment. all right? thank you, guys. >> just want to make sure we caught the tail end of that as the president was answering just a couple of equestions. first and foremost, his message to louisiana, you're not alone. we have your back, huge props to fema, craig fugate has been around a long time. he was on the ground last week, as was jeh johnson, whether those calls began to have are the president come. the federal government was there on the ground. so you have the gut-wrenching
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story of the tens of thousands of homes just gone. we'll continue to watch -- sorry, say it again. okay. we're just taking photos. he's been meeting a number of young folks be with folks who have been in baton rouge for a long, long time essentially saying we are with you. let me also add the politics of all of this. the president's one line that i jotted down -- this is not a photo-op issue. right? a jab, perhaps, to donald trump himself who flew down there last week with his running mate and donated an 18-wheeler full of items for folks who needed them. two other notes before i bring in my reporter in addition to visiting this flood-ravaged area of louisiana, he also took time today to meet with families of those slain police officers from last month, the three who were killed, three were shot. and also alton sterling's family meeting with him as well. so that said, let me first
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bring in nick valencia down there in denim springs, louisiana, one of the hardest hit areas by these floods. what is the sense you have from folks who you are talking to about the president come being to them today? >> reporter: it's a bit of a mixed reaction. some people don't want to touch politics at all. they just don't really want to talk about it. they'd rather focus on their homes, their personal possessions, trying to figure out what they do next and where they go. others, however, have been a lot more vocal, including a local newspaper here, "the voadvocate saying they didn't need another 2005, what happened with george w. bush after katrina, the flyover rather than an actual ground visit. criticism from some residents has been pretty vocal, too little, too late. the president should have cut his trip short. it should be underscored the governor of louisiana asked for some time before the president showed up so he would not be distracted by operations on the
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ground. by and large, we think people would rather not focus on politics here. they're too busy cleaning up their homes. a block down here in livingston pari parish, perhaps the hardest hit area of the nine parishes. you have tens of thousands of homes. an estimated 60,000 homes. i think that's on the low end. you'll probably see that estimate increase. i know we have talked about this over the course of the last week. our cnn teams have been here. there's 13 people killed by this flood. but when you talk to the first responders and those that are helping out residents, that really does not speak to just how vast and wide the scope of the damage was here. you have nine parishes affected by this all together, and ten days -- more than ten days removed from this major rain event that caused this catastrophic flooding. you just now have homes that are starting to dry out. next steps are what happens to the school systems. schools return on september 6. here in livingston parish just a few miles away, arguably the hardest hit out of all the nine
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parishes, still no estimate as far as when kids will go back to school here. >> the president brought that up. to his point, the school kids, teachers, they need help as well. we'll stay on these pictures. as you see the president shaking some hands saying thank you to the first responders, to the national guard who have rushed in and been there really from the get-go. so how are people who live there feeling about all of this? let's talk about two. a columnist for nola.com and rene singleton, coordinator for together bat ton rouge. you live in baton rouge mid city. rene, let me begin with you. you are leading this effort right now. clean-up efforts for folks who have lost homes. we just heard from the president of the united states. how do you view his trip to your hometown? >> i'm definitely grateful for it. i think that he was
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inspirational. i know it was heart-felt. i think he was very, very since sincere. i'm more grateful for the fact that he was immediate in response to our governor and that he declared us a disaster area because that's what allowed federal funds to be -- to be released to provide aid for people. i think that's a more salient point than anything else. >>nd a the criticism of the vacation, the photos of him playing golf while all of you were cleaning up, although the governor -- governor edwards said, hang on, sir, wait a week. your response to that? >> well, that's the only thing that he could do is to respond to what our governor requested of him. that was the reasonable response. you can certainly understand why the governor did that. so mr. obama responded in i think the right way. i'm sure that he coordinated the timing of his trip with our governor. there's nothing else to be done
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about that. that was reasonable. >> you say it is reasonable. jarvis, to you. you are in new orleans. i know it was 11 years ago this month when katrina happened, when you lost your home. you actually sought refuge in baton rouge then. as a columnist for "tthe picciu, what do you think? >> i agree with the others that the presidential response was a whole lot different than in 2005. the president said craig fugate was his best hire during his term in office and i don't think there is anybody that would actually disagree with that. mr. fugate and fema have been outstanding not just in this crisis but throughout the president's tenure. however, the point i was making in the column is that we as
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americans have developed an expectation that when we are suffering, that our president will pay attention to us. and there is something slightly discomforting about the president being on vacation when people are suffering. i think that acknowledging that everybody needs a break and the leader of the free world has a lot of issues and would need to take a break every now and then. but the president went on a fund-raiser on august 15th, and he said that his wife gave him permission to do so because that was important. and it just contrasts the fact that he did not -- or just highlights the fact that he did not come to louisiana. i would think most people would say that what was happening here was more important than a fund-raiser. >> we are in the thick of, in addition to this horrible natural disaster in baton rouge, it is an election year. the president himself just said nobody gives a hoot if you are a democrat or a republican.
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so rene, my question to you is, we saw donald trump and mike pence, his running mate, down there a couple of days ago, donated an 18-wheeler full of items. do you give him credit for that? >> certainly, i would give him credit for that. i think everything that helps does help and we are certainly grateful for it. >> hillary clinton has said that she will visit louisiana "at a time when the presence of a lit cal campaign will not disrupt the response." i don't know if you've made up your mind as to who you're voting for, but would you like to see hillary clinton come down sooner rather than later? >> i don't think that's the issue, i don't think sooner or later is the issue. i think what she brings is the issue. if there is aid to be given and aid to be had by her visit, i would certainly welcome it. i think that it would be timely whenever it happens. this is going to take a long time to affect a change for
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everybody. as you heard the president say, there were over 100,000 people who were affected. so i can't say that within the foreseeable future if she comes with aid, we would certainly be delighted and welcome it. >> rene, i'd like to stay with you because flooding aside, i know that the president is also meeting today with the family members of the slain police officers in baton rouge and also the relatives of alton sterling. this group was around a long before this flood working to help heal racial disparity, wounds in baton rouge. what would you like the president to say or address with regard to those issues in your city? >> well, i don't want to comment on what should say or what he should address. but i do think it is very, very important for our community to come together because whether the president comes or not, it's us, the adults, the citizens of
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baton rouge, who will have to affect the change. it is going to have to happen with us, from within us, it will have to be our will working across the lines that typically divide us across racial lines, across economic and educational lines, across religious divides. we have got to -- what we have to destroy is the divide and that's work for the citizen of baton rouge to do. we've been passing out our "together baton rouge" pins. i'm surprised so many people want them, because they have been symbolic since the very, very first misfortune that befell our community and that was the death of mr. sterling. and we have wanted to come together and we've been working to come together and i really have to say again, that, to me, is the most important thing that we, the citizens and the leaders of baton rouge, do that work. >> quickly, jarvis, final thought from you? >> oh, well i just think, again, that it is a good thing that the president came today and i don't
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want to lose sight that he did come and focus all the attention on the fact of how long it took him to come. and i think one of the most important things that he said is that this is going to last for a long time. it takes people a very, very long time to recover from such an event as this. and i think he was making a plea preemptively for people not to claim fatigue, that we are tired of dealing with the people in louisiana. because that's what the people in new orleans felt that at a certain point in the calendar, people thought they were just tired of dealing with us and tired of thinking about the problems that we were still facing. >> felt forgotten and they shouldn't feel that way. i know they need the help very badly. go to cnn.com/impact for ways you can help folks in baton rouge. thank you both so much. i appreciate both of your voices there. thank you. coming up next here, the clinton campaign under pressure as donald trump is calling for a special prosecutor to look into the clinton foundation and what
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he calls a pay-for-play enterprise. also the line we keep hearing from donald trump, "what do you have to lose?" he continues to reach out both to african-american and hispanic voters. we'll talk about how that message is being received. and just in to cnn, we're hearing that russian hackers have hit major news organizations today, including "the new york times," and others. that is ahead. i'm brooke baldwin and this is cnn. ♪ your heart loves omega-3s. but there's a difference between the omega-3s in fish oil and those in megared krill oil. unlike fish oil, megared is easily absorbed by your body... ...which makes your heart, well, mega-happy. happier still, megared is proven to increase
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just about the bottom of the hour. you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. 76 days to go until election day and the clinton campaign is once again facing the drip, drip, drip, the tough questions, about an issue that won't seem to go away. e-mails sent from a private server during her time as secretary of state. a federal judge has ordered some 15,000 documents from newly discovered e-mails and documents on clinton's private server to be reviewed and released in october just a couple weeks shy of that election. now her ties to the clinton foundation coming under increased scrutiny as donald trump is calling for the foundation to be shut down. return donations. mr. trump claiming secretary clinton is guilty of what he is referring to as pay-for-play, accusing her of granting favors while she was at state in exchange for donations to the clinton foundation.
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>> the amounts involved, the favors done and the significant number of times it was done require an expedited investigation by a special prosecutor, peedly, immediate immediately. >> straight to jeff zeleny, our senior washington correspondent. i want examples. i want you to be specific as far as what's in these e-mails and this access that apparently was granted. >> some access was granted and some access was not granted. we have examples of both in there. we do have a look at a few of these e-mails that were released yesterday by judicial watch. this is the conservative watchdog group that's filed suit for all of these e-mails. some of those e-mails were released. we believe they are contained in the amount that you said, some 15,000 documents. some are e-mails, some are not. but let's take a look at just a couple of these that really show you the inner workings of washington and how it worked with the foundation and the clinton state department. let's look at these e-mails.
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it is from doug band, a long-time adviser to president clinton and executive at the clinton foundation. he says the crown prince of pa rain in tomorrow to friday asking to see a good friend of ours. he was sending this to the long-time aide to hillary clinton, she was her advisor at the state department. she says i'm offering bahrain the crown prince 10:00 for meeting with her. hrc. if you see him let him know. we have reached out through official channels. official crown prince was unable to get a meet being through original channels so he went to someone at the foundation. the reason this is an issue is the crown prince, the family and government has given a lot of money to the clinton foundation. so that opens the door to questions here from donald trump and others saying there was a pay-for-play. but the problem with that is that we don't have any evidence of what the clintons gave him. he got a meeting. yes. but he is a head of state who
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the secretary of state might meet with anyway. so it certainly greases the skids, opens the door to questions. but we do not have any evidence. our reporting and everyone else's reporting that there actually was pay-for-play here. that is one of the issues. the f the fbi's gone over all of this and said there was no wrongdoing. >> stick around with me, jeff zeleny. one more voice, our friend, eugene scott in d.c. as well. cnn politics reporter. eugene, just beginning with you, i've been reading so much about this today. this is a non-parts government oversight group is quoted as saying, this is classic access and influence buying, she said. yet according to this court, it is not corruption. eugene, my question to you is, if undecided voters, 76 days to go, do they discern the difference? >> absolutely not, i don't think. the optics of it look very bad. there are just more questions that people who are still
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looking to make a decision regarding the election now have. we still don't have all of the e-mails. so i mean nothing can be put to rest yet. but i think something that may have hurt some voters last night when hillary clinton went on jimmy kim amel and kind of joke about it, some feedback on social media said this is nothing to joke about if countries really got access and influence from methods in ways that were not just the best in terms of integrity. >> it is the criticism as jeff outlined. but then there is all the good that this foundation has done all around the world. you have well-known dem james carville on "ac 360" last night talking about these calls to shut the foundation was. here he was last evening. >> so the clinton foundation was, a, taking no money for the clintons, raising money from rich people and giving it to poor people. and all of a sudden the press has decided that we're going to
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go after this and shut it down. you know what? you're probably going to be successful. they're going to be people that are going to die because of this. and all of the people that help shut it down, say, gee, we did -- some people -- a million people had to die but we had to prove a point. okay, go ahead, you have your point. wow. what a great idea. >> jeff zeleny, give me some examples of the good in the world this foundation has done. >> there is no doubt the clinton foundation in many many years has done a lot off good work from work in heat to fighting malaria, to developing a lot of vaccines for other diseases around the world. no one questions that. it is without dispute that it does a lot of good work. i'm not sure that james carville there isn't being slightly hyperbolic saying people will die because of this. there are many charities that also do a lot of things here. so i'm not sure if we've all heard james carville over the years say things like this. but he is channeled the anger of
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bill clinton, his very close friend here. because they do believe that the foundation has been sort of marred by all these allegations of influence that may or may not be there. the problem here though is -- and the reason the clinton campaign believes this is a real issue and they are making changes at the foundation is because they do accept money, unlimited contributions, from foreign governments, from businesses. and there is every ethics group in this town and across the country and the world would say, how do you not have at least questions of influence if she is to become the next president? that's why they are going to change the name of the foundation. >> but with the changes, jeff -- then i'm going to finish. but with the changes, the republicans are pointing out, like reince priebus, for example, if the foundation was up to snuff when she was secretary of state, then why wouldn't it be if she is elected president? >> it is a great question. it is a great question. i mean it is -- it was an early worry of the obama white house. i remember covering this back in january of '09, is the clinton foundation going to be an issue
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here. and it has continued to be an issue. it is something, again, of their own making here. a lot of clinton controversies are of their own making. this certainly is another one. >> jeff zeleny in eugene, scott, thank you both very much. up next, breaking news just in to us here at cnn, we are learning that russian hackers may have targeted journalists at "the new york times." we'll tell you what we know. next. also ahead, donald trump continues his outreach to african-americans, to hispanic voters in this country. but to some folks, his pitch is not exactly hitting the mark. we'll talk about that.
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welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin. breaking news just in here to cnn. russian hackers are targeting reporters at "the new york times" and other news organizations here in the united states. thus far investigators believe that russian intelligence is likely behind the cyber breach. let's go straight to our justice correspondent evan perez. evan, what's happening? >> well, brooke, the fbi is investigating this breach, and as you mentioned, the top suspects according to people we have been talking to is russian intelligence. they've been behind a series of breaches that have been tracked by u.s. intelligence, by the fbi. and i know that other officials. and the question is why. one of the pictures -- the picture that is emerging from talking to intelligence officious is that the russians, and specifically their intelligence agencies, are gathering up information, not only from the usual places inside u.s. government agencies, but also from outside groups that they believe might have a window into the u.s. political
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system. they seem to be very focused on that part of the political picture. so targeting not only news organizes and reporters, but also think tanks here in washington. of course we know about the hack against the dnc and other democratic party organizations. so that's part of the picture that's emerging here from all this activity. >> so as you point out, there has been this string of hacks. fingers pointed straight at russia. what is the u.s. doing to combat this? >> well, one of the things that gets unsaid in the coverage of this is what the u.s. is doing behind the scenes. we are told there is a lot going on and that part of what's happening here might be the russians basically reacting to what they perceive the activity that the united states is doing. we know that there is a great deal of controversy inside the obama administration about the need to point out the activity by the russians. we've named them china, iran and north korea from previous
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attacks and against they have not done one against russia. there is a lot of pressure on the administration to name russia for some of these hacks and to do something about it. as i said, some of this being a tift though going on behind the scenes. u.s. intelligence is doing some of the same activity in russia. >> evan perez, thank you for that. coming up next, back to politics. donald trump is trying to reach out to voters in this country, african-americans, hispanics specifically. reiterating this line about what do you have to lose. but specifically last night in akron, ohio saying black people can't walk down the street without getting shot. let's talk about that next. hi, i'm dominique wilkins.
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donald trump is ramping up his pitch to african-american voters, and now he says hispanic voters as well. during his xan rally in akron, ohio, the all-important battle ground state here, and again before a nearly all-white crowd, mr. trump vowed to sweep crime out of the inner cities saying, "right now black people can't walk down the street without getting shot." >> it is a disaster the way african-americans are living in many cases, and in many cases the way hispanics are living and i say it with such a deep felt feeling. what do you have to lose? it i will straighten it out. i'll bring jobs back. we'll bring spirit back. we'll get rid of the crime. you'll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. right now you walk down the street, you get shot.
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what the hell do you have to lose? give me a chance. i'll straighten it out. i'll straighten it out. >> trump's pleas to some african-american voters in the town not exactly landing as intended. >> why did he have the audacity to say that? that's just how he does anything. he just kind of says anything. >> have parents and teachers and staff that are dedicated to our students. >> he's probably right. what do we have to lose? >> so you don't find that insulting and generalizing? >> no. no. because i'm sure, sooner or later democrats going to insult me some kind of way, too. >> then there is the cnn op-ed from journalist isaac bailey. in part, "we know trump isn't trying to reach black voters. he is using a caricature of minority life to further endear himself to white conservative voters who want an excuse to vote for him despite his documented bigotry." with me, gene scott and also
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rich benjamin, a cultural critic and author of "searching for whiteopia." rich, welcome. violence in some inner city neighborhoods. worries of walking down the street. yes, for a fraction of some. but he is not speaking to you. >> well, i don't know who he's speaking to. brooke, can you imagine if some podunk tv station out in the middle of nowhere, no ratings, came to you, brooke and and said, brooke, you excelled at cnn, come to us, what do you have to lose? that's the substance of their recruitment effort? >> but beyond that, his language about you can't walk down the street without being shot. >> it's one of these things where you say i'm going to help you but serve i am going to serve you a back-handed compliment. that's why i agree with your cnn opinion writer, on one hand he seems to be helpful but on the other hand, he is really
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solidifying his base among conservative whites. >> isaac daily isn't the only person that's put forth this thought that, okay, maybe he is reaching out to moderate white independent voters, haven't quite made up their mind. this isn't really actually speaking to african-americans. it's really like a sort of hey, i'm not racist because i'm speaking to african-americans, kind of-sort of. do you think he is truly -- >> i think you soften your image among independents and among moderate rights by appearing racially reasonable. and so it is kind of like a bank shot on a pool table. you don't really want "a," but you are getting to "b" through a. i think that's the strategy. >> what if he does want african-american voters, hispanic voters. we talked about how he didn't go to the initial nabj meeting. he has been invited to a second one.
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critics ask why haven't you gone to historically black colleges -- universities, barber shops. where has he been? >> these last three speeches have been in predominantly white crowds. so if he actually really wants to speak with black voters, he shall perhaps go to where black voters are. this is what i'm getting when i'm talking to people on ground, leaders an real people who would be interested in hearing some alternatives to some of the policies that they say the democratic party promoting. he is actually a bit right in terms of the number of black voters and hispanic voters being frustrated with the democratic party and perhaps not seeing some of the promises that they were pitched but failed. saying you have nothing to lose, you might as well choose me is a really effective way of getting at some of those voters who are already more unlikely to vote for you. >> in addition toll venue, even though he is addressing, to gene's point, an
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african-american voter, it is a mostly white crowd. then i had a dear friend on the show yesterday, dear friend of his new campaign manager, kel kellyanne conway, fr african-american woman was calling out essentially the trump campaign, if you consider omarosa who became famous really for reality television, not really working for you. who could help them? >> well -- >> try not to be speechless. or a venue or somehow, just genuinely reach out. >> he needs to do what he's done for white people. this is an age of twitter. this is an age of authenticity. surrogates matter less than in 2004, 2008. surrogates matter less. he's built a direct avenue by him and white voters by being who he is and he can't do that so much with black voters. it is not a question of what
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surrogates would he choose. but it is also a question of the damage he's done towards taking so much personal animosity toward the president with the birther movement, taking so much animosity towards black lives matter. it is one thing to have a substasu substantive agreement with "x" black person. but how does he not bring that personal venom and that strategic racism that has really been his hallmark since he declared his candidacy? >> butch benjamin, thank you so much. eugene scott, thank you as well. coming up next, president obama touring the flood damage near bat ton loon rouge, louisi. where he is headed next. plus, the trump campaign continues to push unfounded theories about hillary clinton's health. up next, we'll talk to dr.
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sanjay gupta when it comes to the health of both of these candidates and ask the question what kind of shape is donald trump in?
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nation are with everybody who lost loved ones. we are heartbroken by the loss of life. there are also people who are still desperately trying to track down friends and family. we're going to keep on helping them every dway that we can. sometimes when these kinds of things happen it can seem a little too much to bear. what i want people of louisiana to know is you are not alone on this. even after tv cameras leave, the whole country is going to continue to support you and help you until we get folks back in their homes and lives are rebuilt. i was just speaking to a young woman whose husband died shortly after the birth of her second child. she was talking about how her daughter was trying to gather all the keepsakes that she had
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in her bedroom that reminded her of her father. and that gives you some sense that this is not just about property damage. this is about people's roots. >> but his visit may be too late for some as one role comes to mind. optics. on the left side of your screen, president golfing, on vacation over the weekend. on the right, the catastrophic flood in louisiana. donald trump hopped in a plane, he and his running mate brought items on an 18-wheeler all donated by mr. trump. that certainly deserves credit. the fact that he brought cameras and spotlights to an issue much needed here comparing to the absence of a president compared to the presence of a presidential hopeful. >> glad you're not out playing
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golf in martha's vineyard. >> means a lot coming up here. >> somebody is. somebody is that shouldn't be. >> donald trump folks fox news the president's visit was too late and even louisiana's largest lady paper penned a blistering op-ed calling for the president to cut his vacation short pleading with president obama not to let the historic crisis go unattended. but now he is there and the paper says it welcomes the "powerful symbolism" of a presidential visit. we'll speak to the editor of "the advocate" here in just a moment. talk to me a bit about who the president visited with down there, what exactly he saw today. >> reporter: several individuals that he met with, brooke, particularly there in that east baton rouge neighborhood. what's interesting here is that while he did not actually to what some officials on the ground consider worst hit areas, including here in denim springs, louisiana, what he saw is very
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similar to the the images we've seen and scenes playing out all over southern louisiana. mothers and fathers with their children and even elderly people all coming together to begin that very long and painful process of gutting the inside of their homes. and over a week after those floodwaters began to rise, the devastation is still everywhere. according to some of the reports that we're hearing ot groun the ground, officials that we are speaking to, it is going to be some time before all of this debris is cleared out. inside, those piles are memories. a little while ago i saw an oil painting sitting on top of a pile of debris and children's pictures. that is the picture -- those are the images of the residents here in louisiana wanted the commander in chief to see. he did preview that before he heads back to the capital today. >> his message to louisiana, and i quote, "you are not alone."
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polo sandoval, thank you from baton rouge. peter kovacs, thanks for coming on today. first i want to get to louisiana and throw up some pictures of you and your fellow journalists from the paper literally ripping down flood damaged walls and removing debris. here you go from victims' homes. you have abeenbeen a huge part this ground effort, the army of just regular folks trying to help out. what has that been like? >> well, it's messy work and it's hot. i would say at "the advocate," someone between one-fifth and one-sixth of our people endured flooding, and we formed groups and we went out and tried to help them gut their houses. those who didn't have family members to do that. and that was what occurred over the weekend. that's what i guess the pictures you showed are of. >> we have them from kathy anderson. this affected everyone,
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including journalists, trying to cover the story. to your opinion piece in the paper, you write, in part, where are you, mr. president? what was your response to the president's arrival today? >> you know, we're glad to see the president. we're glad to see him here. we were glad to see donald trump. we feel like the thing about this crisis that's hard to understand is that you can look at the pictures and you can't appreciate the magnitude of it. today they increased the number of homes that they believed were impacted to somewhere around 140,000. that's more house hoeltdz thhol there are in all of newark, new jersey. i don't think that any one public official can appreciate that unless they see it. so we would love to have the leaders of congress come down. we would love to have hillary clinton. >> yeah. hillary clinton essentially saying she will when it is not a political disruption. we'll get more to the politics. but in part of your piece, you wrote about lbj and you wrote
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about his shining that flashlight in new orleans in 1965. >> well, that's the kind of presidential leadership i feel like we need and it is good to see the president here with that kind of spontaneous compassion that lyndon johnson showed when he went to relieve the -- when he went to the shelter after hurricane betsy and appeared in new orleans, i think the next day or the day after the next day, and showed up in a shelter unplanned. >> how do you, though, as the editor of "the advocate," you understand first of all, first and foremost, the story itself and the flooding. and again, to repeat you, 140,000 households. then you have the politics of this. in any given year you would have the politics of it. and the president even today saying this is not a photo-op issue. mr. trump was there last week and donated a lot of items to
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folks that need it. then we are in the throes of this political election. how do you measure all of that as someone who is there in the middle of it? >> well, the good thing about katrina -- and i covered katrina and survived katrina -- was that ultimately you had a national consensus on the importance of repairing new orleans and you achieved that national consensus by getting people to look at it. there wasn't a lot of stuff that there was a national consensus about in the second half of the last decade. but repairing new orleans was one of those things. and new orleans and louisiana benefited from that. and we need that consensus here for this crisis which is really the biggest natural disaster of the second obama term. the biggest natural disaster since sandy. and people look at it and say, well, someplace -- every month someplace floods. but the difference between this and that is the number of households impacted and the footprint of the flooding.
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>> final question. we showed the pictures of mr. trump and mike pence, his running mate, a couple of days ago on the ground, talking to folks, giving out those items out of the back of that 18-wheeler. how much credit do you give to him for doing that out of the goodness of his own heart versus always little bit of. politics at play? >> you know, i think the people who are victims of this flood are really not interested in the politics and not interested in who showed up who and who showed up first. the question is that what we need is a lasting commitment. that embodies two things. one is that people who were flooded who don't have flood insurance are going to need help, as they did in katrina. they didn't have flood insurance because they were not rated by the federal government as living in a flood zone and it wasn't required of them so it wouldn't have occurred to them to get it. the second thing is, as with katrina, this area is going to need better flood protection,
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better drainage of these rivers, because another thing that was a difficulty in katrina was that until there is confidence that the area is safe, you're not going to get businesses to come here, and more complicated, you're not going to get insurers to insure businesses or charge reasonable rates. that was a challenge in new orleans for years after katrina and was finally resolved by the corps engineers putting their best people on it and investing $14 billion in a flood control structure that's almost finished. but it is still going on. >> that is part of the gut-wrenching piece of the story, that so many people just don't have that insurance. peter kovacs with the perspective as the editor at "the advocate." thanks so much for joining me today. let's just crew on all of this. wendy davis, a former democratic state senator from texas supporting hillary clinton. boris epstein, senior advisor to the donald trump campaign.
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wana summers, editor for cnn politics. so great to have you all on today. wendy davis, i'd love to just begin with you. you just heard peter saying at the end of the day, it is not about politics, it is about getting this region help. on louisiana. you know politics. you also understand optics. how do you think the president's visit was handled? >> i think it is important that he went. a lot of folks obviously believe he should have gone sooner. but the real proof for the people in louisiana will come from what the federal government does to help them in the situation that they currently find themselves in and i feel confident that president obama and his administration is going to step up and do right by that community and make sure that they provide the relief that's needed there. >> the homeland security secretary, jeh johnson, was on the ground last week. craig fugate, fema, even the
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governor of state, boris, has said to the president, please, our resources are so thin, wait a week before you come. we know that donald trump tweeted, president obama should have gone to louisiana days ago instead of golfing, too little, too late. the president today -- i jotted down this one line -- saying this is not a photo-op issue. how would you respond to that, boris? >> barack obama close to do what he close to do which is play golf with larry david while coffins were flowing down the streets of louisiana, of baton rouge. and donald trump was there helping folks there. as you just heard from mr. kovacs in louisiana, the folks of louisiana, the people of louisiana who were suffering so terribly, wanted their president, wanted their leader there. that's one. two, where is hillary clinton? donald trump has gone. now president obama's gone. hillary clinton hasn't gone. she's running to be the leader of this country. it is obvious that she just can do it. right? she's just not up to the job. she can't take the time out of
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her not-so-busy schedule -- she takes a lot of days off -- to go down to louisiana to see the people that are suffering, that's the worst. donald trump is the real leader in this country. >> i know hillary clinton has said she will go there when it is not a political disruption. wendy, as a reporter on this, 14,000 ae-mails to be released n october. the content, you have these high-profile clinton donors essentially seeking access to hillary clinton as she was secretary of state. can you run through an example of two of what we've found and in these cases how much was access granted versus denied? >> sure. what we're seeing from these e-mails largely is they are focusing on a top aide to hillary clinton, who's been with her throughout her political career. in these e-mails she'll be giving requests from folks say from bahrain and get a request for something about a donor's wishes. most of the times in these responses that we'll seeing
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she'll divert the response to kind of more official channels. there is still a lot we don't know. i want to stress that. we are not seeing actual evidence of wrongdoing. that's kind of the point the clinton campaign has made. they've kind of said there hasn't been any wrongdoing, there is no evidence of that other than these requests simply being referred to the appropriate channels. big issue here politically is if you look at hillary clinton's polling, a lot of voters say they don't view her as honest or trustworthy. whether or not anything was actually improper, the fact that you have these continued investigations, these new instances that keep popping up continues to be a drag on that number, troubling both for her and for donald trump, i should note. >> that's my question, wendy. then to you. if this is the october surprise -- say there is no wrongdoing, but perhaps some examples of access and not favors, i'm not sure if voters understand the difference, and therefore won't vote for her. >> i think it will be hillary
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clinton's responsibility and the campaign's responsibility to make sure that voters do understand the difference, that they see the incredible work that this organization has done, and that make it very clear that there is no evidence that there was any trading of deals based on people who contributed to the foundation. i think donald trump though is going to have his own questions that will need to be answered about his business dealings, and there i think the answers are going to be far less clear. we still haven't seen anything from his taxes. we certainly don't know whether he's ever done anything charitable based on his tax returns because we haven't had an opportunity to see them. i think he's going to be under some increased pressure to be answering about his own business dealings, not only here in the united states, but abroad. >> i was going to bring it up in just a couple of minutes.
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but you went there, so -- boris, to wendy's point, now you also have this long-time friend advisor, roger stone, who's jumping in and saying to mr. trump, release your tax returns. >> i'm sorry, brooke, i'm not going to allow that pivot right now. go back to what you originally asked about which is clinton -- >> i know you want to jump in on the e-mails. go with me for a second. let me ask you about the tax returns, boris. i promise you can get back on the e-mails. on the tax returns, roger stone -- >> roger stone is not part of this campaign. he's not an advisor to mr. trump. roger stone is somebody who is a private individual and that's his point. donald trump has released 104 pages of his financial disclosures. he's also never lied to congress which is what hillary clinton did when she said she released all her work related e-mails. ap just put out a story that over half of the private individuals who met with hillary clinton while she was secretary of state were donors to either her or the clinton foundation. that is pay-to-play. also over 16 governments donated
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money. they donated $170 million, representative of 16 different foreign governments, donated over $170 million to the clinton foundation while she was secretary of state. that's just people she met with. the amounts are staggering to the amount of money that flowed into the clinton foundation and the people that she met with. there was an absolute overlay so there was absolute pay-to-play. the fact that these 30,000 e-mails are out is the fact that hillary clinton lied to congress when she said she turned over all her work related e-mails. she did not. just like she lied when she became secretary of state when she said her foundation would not take foreign money. they continue to take foreign money. now they're saying it will stop when she is leaked? we all know that's not the case. >> they said it will stop. bill clinton himself has said that it will stop. i understand republicans like reince priebus saying, well,
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hang on a second, if it wasn't up to snuff when she was secretary of state, why wouldn't it be if she's president? but talking a little bit with the crown prince of bahrain, one of the examples of the e-mails, the real question is if access was granted that's one thing, but if favors were granted that's another. at least from what i've seen that hasn't been proven but that's still a piece of it that's hanging out there. again this happening weeks before election day. let me ask you all to stick around. coming up, we'll talk more obviously politics. we'll turn more to donald trump specifically. his decision or the campaign's decision to postpone his big immigration speech. it was legislated for thursday. we'll talk about his new outreach to african-american and hispanic voters. and also what we know about donald trump's health. we'll talk to dr. sanjay gupta about that and we'll also have cnn taking you to the front lines, a rare look inside the fight from mosul, a key iraqi city currently in isis hands.
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specifically about donald trump. cnn has learned that a big immigration speech from mr. trump scheduled for this thursday has been postponed. would have been on heels of the roundtable over weekend of hispanic supporters. campaign source says it is still being fine-tuned. but with a federal judge ordering release of thousands of documents between hillary clinton and top aides when she was secretary of state, could the trump campaign instead be seizing upon her bad fortune to keep her private server in the limelight. my panel is back. wendy davis, boris epstein, wanda summers. boris, on this immigration speech, why isn't it happening thursday? when will it happen? >> it will happen over the next few weeks and the campaign is working to put out specifics, put out details of the immigration plan. the key will be to make sure that all illegal immigrants that commit crimes in this country will be deported.
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of course, there is also consideration in to making sure we are focusing what americans care about right now which is the fact that the democrat nominee should be prosecuted by a special prosecutor because she cannot be prosecuted by the president or attorney general because the president has endorsed her. loretta lynch is obviously in the bag for the clintons. >> that's right what we hear from mr. trump. you're sorting answering my next question which is part of the strategy, had is being criticized because of the drip, drip, drip of the e-mails and with the foundation. you are telling me that's part of the reason why you are holding off on the speech? >> no. this isn't about process. it is not about tactics. t the issue is about issues. loretta lynch, attorney general has been promised to keep that job if hillary clinton is elected. obviously neither of them can be impartial. the only way to prosecute this
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case is for a special prosecutor to be appointed as soon as possible -- >> you didn't answer my question. is part of the reason why you are all holding off on the speech is to have the media focus on hillary clinton. >> not necessarily. decision about the speech was made completely separately from the fact that we need to focus on what's key to the voters -- >> let me ask, wendy davis, do you believe him? >> no, not at all. brooke, this whole thing about hillary clinton and her e-mails is clearly a deflection by the trump campaign from the issues at hand and the pressure that he's feeling and his failed candidacy here. >> okay. >> he is pivoting from his position -- or trying to pivot from his position on immigration because he is getting pressure to do that from a republican party that understands that he is sinking the republican party along with him because of his
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hostility to the immigrant community and -- >> wendy has no answer on e-mails or the foundation. >> it's interesting that he's in texas today where he will be in austin holding a conversation about immigration rather than going to the border. he's made only one trip there. he cut it very, very short while he was there. and he'll be talking about something far removed from the people who are actually going to be impacted by the policies of a trump presidency. >> hillary clinton is not on the trail barely, if at all. she takes three days off at a time. donald trump is keeping a very rigorous schedule and he's meeting with folks all over this country. just this he is in texas. then he is in florida. then he is in nevada. while hillary clinton is probably taking a bunch of naps. >> oh, come on. come on. that's ridiculous. >> talk about donald trump in akron, ohio.
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the outreach to african-americans and hispanics, the line "what do you have to lose?" but he added this. roll it. >> it is a disaster the way african-americans are living in many cases, and in many cases the way hispanics are living. and i say it with such a deep felt feeling. what do you have to lose? i will straighten it out. i'll bring jobs back. we'll bring spirit back. we'll get rid of the crime. you'll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. right now you walk down the street, you get shot. >> so with those last lines, wana, as my neutral cnn reporter here, how are those lines specifically playing today among african-american or hispanic voters? >> i think you have to listen to what he said and look at it with the polling reality. hispanic voters and african-american voters are for
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the most part national elections reliably democratic votie ining blocs. despite this outreach donald trump is making, odds of him winning either of those groups despite his assertion he might win 95% of the african-american vote. i think what was really interesting that you heard him say is when he talks about horrible conditions in these communities of color. he talks about poverty, joblessness, he talks about getting shot in the streets. i was hearing another black commentator saying, that's not the only issues that black people and latinos and communities of color care about in this country. again these are speeches that time and time again donald trump is giving in places that aren't exactly home to a lot of black voters or a lot of hispanic voters. so i think there is a concern amongst some republicans even that he needs to actually go out and talk to these communities rather than having these discussions in largely white parts of this country. >> does he have any stops in the future like a historically black college or at a black church? >> well, it's not about
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photo-ops or location. akron, ohio is actual will i a very diverse community. >> but it was a majority white crowd, boris. be fair with me. it was a majority white crowd there. it was a majority white crowd in wisconsin. it was a majority white crowd elsewhere. i've talked to african-americans on the show who say, reach out to me. but you have to kind of come to me. come to my church. come to my community and he hasn't done that yet. >> brook, he is reaching out to people. everyone is watching the speeches on every net, would, including this one. speech was absolutely heard about black people in all communities and it is about people in all communities. there's 26% poverty among african-americans in this country. that's astounding number. the unemployment -- >> wendy, why are you smiling? >> because donald trump talking to people on television, people -- talking to people on television, whether -- it will do absolutely nothing to help them. in fact hillary clinton has a real plan to put people back to
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work, to provide funding for education, to make sure that our minimum wages are lifted in this country and to provide investment and infrastructure that are going to put people to work in communities across this country. and hillary clinton has spent decades of her public career working in communities of color, working directly with communities of color, and making sure that the policies and priorities that she's been fighting for is going to be absolutely positively enbeneficial to them. donald trump is sitting on high and talking down to communities that he's never spent any time visiting with, and is somehow going to be telling them in a very patronizing way that he knows what's best for them, even though he hasn't offered a single policy solution that is going to actually have a positive impact on them. not a single one. >> as a texas state senator you may be happy that a presidential
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candidate is there, first. second, hillary clinton in her 30, 40 years in public office has done nothing for inner cities. >> that's not fair, boris. >> that's not fair. there is a reason that hillary clinton has the support of minorities across this country and has the support of the black caucus. >> wendy davis, boris epshteyn and juana summers, thank you. coming up next, our senior international correspondent arwa damon embeds with iraqi forces. rare access. as they take a town that's been under isis control for two years now. military commanders say they noticed a major change in how the terror group operates. do not miss this extraordinary reporting. with my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind. thinking about what to avoid,
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in iraq forces are making significant progress to retake the city of mosul. isis forces have held that city now for more than two years and the fight to dislodge them has not been easy. iraqi commanders saying there are at least 10,000 families just south of the city being used by isis as human shields. 10,000 families. cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon was granted rare access. she has the story. >> reporter: under apocalyptic skies, blackened by thick smoke is the next target for iraqi forces. isis used to move around 100 oil
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tankers of crude a day out of these fields, not set aflame by isis fighters to decrease visibility from above. we are some 65 kilometers or 40 miles south of mosul. lands iraqi forces have not stepped in since isis took over more than two years ago. their corpses left to rot in the sun. and the commander tells us that isis appears to be weakening. >> before, as i told i, the majority of fighters attack us foreign fighters. now they put some foreign fighters with local fighters. now i think they have lack on the foreign fighters. >> reporter: on display, weapons troops found in residential homes. among them, homemade mortar tubes and mortars larger than anything the iraqis have at their disposal. another significant gain in this
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area, the airbase. the third-largettes in iraq. much of it destroyed by isis fighters as they withdrew. leaving, we are told, explosives under piles of dirt on the runways that need to be cleared. this will be a vital forward base for the iraqis and potentially u.s. forces. families wearily haul away what they can. >> translator: they took after of hour men. they forced them to fight for them. they killed my father. >> reporter: tears for all that they've lost. loved ones gone in a war that full can comprehend. to the southeast of mosul, the kushdish peshmerga have pushed their front line forward. peshmerga berm snakes its way along the east and north, the villages controlled by isis visible in the distance.
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here, too, they have noticed isis weakening, showing us how isis moves within nondescript buildings like this. the fighters took a step down into some sort of tunnel but rather than take their chances they decided to then withdraw and seal off the entrance. the chokehold around mosul is ticening and the government's pledge to liberate the city by the end of the year is still the goal. the battle there, with over a million civilians, will potentially be starkly different from the ones out here. but success will be defined in land gained, not lives destroyed or lost. >> all the smoke in the sky there. arwa damon is now live in erbil, iraq. what did you and your crew see today, arwa? >> reporter: pretty incredible scenes, brooke, because not only did you have those dark skies that already created such an
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ominous atmosphere, pretty much ever since the iraqi security forces began to attempt to enter the town of gunyatta itself, there were ongoing explosions. they were coming up on roadside bombs. they are five suicide bombers set to target their positions. there were bursts of fairly intense gunfire happening throughout. imagine, 10,000 families are stuck inside, families, parents with children, who don't know how to keep them safe in all of this. then of course there is the added concern that isis, as it has done in the past, could possibly, and mostly is using these families as human shields. that just makes the job for the iraqi security forces that much harder as they are trying to move through and clear what is a very vital strategic town as they continue to advance towards mosul. what we are seeing in just this
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one town, brooke, is a fraction of what we are potentially going to be seeing when it comes to the intensity of the battles and the dangers civilians are going to be finding themselves in as troops do finally advance on and assault mosul. >> 10,000 families. keep shining light, arwa. keep bringing these stories to us. arwa damon in iraq, thank you very much. coming up next, donald trump has tried to make hillary clinton's health an issue in the campaign. but what about had is own healt? we'll talk to our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. 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. with uber-a little drive goes a long way.
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just over the past couple of days we've heard donald trump and members of his campaign team raise concerns about hillary clinton's health. most, if not all, the claims have been debunked as just totally and completely false. and in fact, questions are also being raised about the health of donald trump who has revealed again less information about his medical status than has secretary clinton. i want to talk about all of this with our chief medical correspondent, sanjay gupta. what do we know about donald trump's health? >> as you said, there's not that much released but a lot of people are filling in the vacuums with all sorts of speculation. as you talk about with secretary clinton, speculation is obviously very dangerous sometimes. the only people who can make only adequate assessment are doctors who examine patients. we know he says he doesn't get much sleep three or four hours a
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night. he eats primarily fast food. uses golf as his exercise. there was this letter, dr. harold bornstein who is mr. trump's personal physician, released this letter where he basically concluded by saying not only does he think that mr. trump is healthy but he said he would being the healthiest individual ever elected president which is obviously just an ennoble thing. it is one of these things where we just simply don't have objective data. we don't know what certain lab values are or how his health has been over the years an these are questions people are asking. >> what about hillary clinton? for her part she was on "jimmy kimmel" last night laughing off these totally unsubstantiated rumors about her health. here they were. >> take my pulse while i'm talking to you. >> okay. so make sure i'm alive. >> oh, my god. there's nothing there. >> back in october, the
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enquirer said i would be dead in six months. with every breath i take i have a new lease on life. i don't know why they are saying this. on one hand it is part of the wacky strategy. just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you. on the other hand, it just absolutely makes no sense and i don't go around questioning donald trump's health. >> can you open this jar of pickles? >> she can open a pickle jar! no. she's laughing it off, but officially with all of these rumors about her health, how is the clinton campaign responding officially? >> i talked with the campaign a little bit ago.
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what they are saying is there is a lot of conspiracy theories and a lot of spin doctors posing as real doctors. her real doctor who examine her released a note. there is a couple page letter, a summary. we journalists as well as doctors always like to have more information. but this is what we have to work with be a two-page summary. probably the most salient points are this that they conclude that she is fit to serve as president of the united states. the real question people want answered, her most pertinent medical history was we heard about this concussion back in 2012. she developed a blood clot around the brain after that concussion and she's had two blood clots in the past in '98 and 2009. so she takes blood thinners for that. those are probably some of the most salient points in the letter. but again, we always want to get as much information as we can. >> sanjay, thank you very much. coming up next, police in north carolina shoot and kill a deaf man who didn't pull over when he was apparently speeding.
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a north carolina family is
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just in anguish today after demanding answers after their brother who was deaf and mute was shot and killed by a state trooper. 29-year-old daniel harris was shot after he got out of his car after he had an encounter with a police officer. his brother says he wonders if the fact that he could not hear lead to a lis communication. ed, what do you know? >> it has been nearly a week since all of this happened. and investigators have not released many debates about what they describe as an encounter between the state trooper and daniel harris. harris led police on a pursuit that lasted more than seven miles. harris' family says he was making his way back to the house, and he got out of the car and an encounter occurred. one shot was fired and that one
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shot killed daniel harris. his brother spoke out about this, who is also deaf. the voice you hear in this is the interpreter. >> he was a few feet away from his home. he was trying to get to the safe place he knew. police need to become aware of how to communicate with deaf people, what it might look like, and how to avoid situations like this from ever happening again. >> and brook, investigators say they're compiling a report on this. they say they're gathering dash cam and videos from the scene. not many details yet what the encounter was all about. >> thank you. coming up next, staying on politics here on cnn. donald trump now is calling for a special prosecutor to
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investigate the clinton foundation. we'll talk about how the clinton campaign is responding to that request. i'm brook baldwin, we'll be right back.
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with my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind. thinking about what to avoid, where to go... and how to deal with my uc. to me, that was normal. until i talked to my doctor. she told me that humira helps people like me get uc under control and keep it under control when certain medications haven't worked well enough. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. before treatment, get tested for tb.
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tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you've had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. don't start humira if you have an infection. raise your expectations. ask your gastroenterologist about humira. with humira, control is possible.
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the worldwide web turns 25 today. so www.happybirthday.com. she passed her physical on jimmy kimmel, but she can't outrun her e-mails. >> his doctor would have you believe that donald trump is as healthy as super man. we look at his physical fitness after he spent days questioning hillary clintons. plus it almost always means you're going to di s