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jake tapper will be back with a interview with mike pence. make sure you watch sunday at 9:00 a.m. and noon eastern time. turning now to brianna keiler, who is filling in for wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news. klan vals. tim cane tieing donald trump to white supremacists saying trump's values are not american values. they step up their accusationings of bigotry. >> donald trump does acrobatic contortions about his stance on immigration. he vows to expel millions of what he calls "bad dudes." a vulgar voice mail. a stunningly obscene voicemail
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for a lawmaker. and compromising position. a senior army general is removed from a sensitive post after a decade long affair and a swinger lifestyle. can his secret life have jeopardized american secrets? wolf blitzer is off today, i'm brianna keiler. you're in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. breaking news, democratic vice presidential candidate tim kaine accuses donald trump of pushing the k.k.k. values of while sue premist supporters and that trump's values are not american values. kaine says trump is the main person behind the attack of president obama not being born in the u.s. it is reviving hillary clinton's
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1980 speech about super pr predators. donald trump zigzags on immigration. mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, trump recently backed off. now he backtracked saying those in the u.s. legally must lead and now he intends to start by deporting millions of "bad dudes." a top army general will those his post and much of his pension after his secret life as a swinger is laid bear. could it have compromised u.s. security? i'll also speak with jack kingston. our correspondents, analysts, and guests have full coverage of the top stories. we start with donald trump and his twists and turns on immigration. it seems like trump is now back where he started on the issue.
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>> that is right he is preparing to give a big speech to give clarity to his immigration position and clarity is what is needed here. this week he has been all over the map, inconsistent in his policy. >> donald trump's rapidly evolving position on immigration seems to have come full circle. >> there is no path unless they leave the country and come back. >> trump is now ruling out a status for the nation's undocumented immigrants. a sharp departure from two days ago. >> there certainly can be a softenning. >> on tuesday, trump seems open to providing status for undocumented immigrants not convicted of crimes. >> i've had people say it's a hardening. >> not clarifying how he would
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deal with those illegally in the country and if he intends to follow through on his pledge to deport all undocumented immigrants in the u.s. >> there is a good chance the answer will be yes. before i do anything i want to get rid of the bad ones. >> while he tries to define an immigration chance that can be described as a moving target. >> from the start, donald trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. >> taking their bare knuckle fight to new levels. >> hillary clinton is a bigot who sees people of color. only as votes. >> trump is standing by his labelling of clinton as a bigot without specifying which policies of hers he believes have failed minorities. >> she comes out with the policies and others that believe, like she does, also.
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she came out with policies over the years. this is over the years, a long time and she is totally bigoted. digging in more, resurfacing videos from the 90s that the nominee has since said she is regretted. >> they are called super predators. no conscious, no empathy, we have to bring them to heal. >> this after the newly minted ceo steve bannon. it was first reported that he was charged with domestic violence in 1996. bannon pleaded not guilty and charges were dropped. the trump campaign adding on. steppian was fired in the wake of the infa mus bridgegate
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scandal. >> the trump campaign must have confidence in him if they ended up hiring him. >> thank you, let's go now to jim acosta. the latest person to weigh in is tim kaine. >> that is right, they're not trading barbs. we heard someone refer to hillary clinton this week as a bigot. they were linking donald trump to white supremacists. and then in florida, tim kaine likened her values . >> calling him out on the fact that he has supporters like
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david duke. seconded with the klu klux klan saying trump is their candidate because he is prushing their values. donald trump values, david duke values, they're not american values. >> now so far the campaign has not responded to what tim kaine had to say. you should also point out the trump campaign's social media director was tweeting out a video about the undertones of her battle with barack obama that got very ugly at times. it seems very clear that it is a war of words. donald trump has a speech
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tonight. >> tell us how establishment republicans are responding to donald trump, are they defending him, what are they saying about his calling hillary clinton a bigot. >> we have not heard a lot of top republicans come out in front of the cameras to defend donald trump. they asked why this was the case, and he said perhaps it's because they're in august recess. so the explanation right now is nehr an on vacation. >> they sure will be. all right, thank you, joining me now is jack kingston, a senior advisor to the donald trump campaign. also a former member of congress. i want to talk about what trump is saying about immigration.
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on tuesday he was talking about a softenning. last night he talked about a hardenning in his stance. >> i think he is trying to transition to political speak. he has always been dmint that he wants immigration reform, he has driven that issue as a candidate. he said to enforce -- consistently enforce existing laws, and this is something that hillary clinton and some of the democrats seem to miss. when you have illegal workers in the country they under mine the wage scale. you have to enforce laws that prevent employers from hiring
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illegals. >> but allowing summon who is undocumented and in the country. when he talked about a softenning on that demand, how is that any divt than putting amnesty on the table? >> he wants to start with the bad guys, and remember barack obama deported 500,000 illegals himself. barack obama, half a million people. that sf a size of a large city. but the reality is that let's start with the bad folks first, work our way down, protect american jobs and workers along the way. but i will say this. if immigration reform was easy, congress would have get with it 15 years ago. ronald reagan had the last major
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reform law. it is a difficult issue. i think we have to credit donald trump for making it an issue. talking about bringing in 620,000 refugees, unvetted -- >> he is talking about, he is criticized president obama as basically being unkind or lacking compassion, but he says he would do the same but with more energy. can you just sort of concisely explain what his plan is? >> he is saying, enforce existing laws. that is the biggest criticism. not only of president obama, but president bush as well. the inconsistent enforcement of
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the rule of hau in the united states of america. you will have more deportation. >> how are you how are you saying -- >> sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. when a city says come here if you're illegal, we will not prosecute you. the president is reluctant to do that. so i think what trump is saying is so important. hillary clinton's approach is amnesty in cities. i think it is a great issue for us. she has been very inconsistent. >> okay, i have to get a quick break in. we'll be right back in just a moment with jack kingston. you tell your insurance company they made a mistake.
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we're back now with jack kingston, a senior advisor to the trump campaign. also a former member of congress. one of the things that stood out is that anderson asked and you stand by the statement that hillary clinton is a bigot. he said personally she is a bigot because of her policies but then he didn't name a policy, he didn't pick one. why isn't he pick one? >> he may be starting about the bigotry of low expectations. she looks at minority votes as a voting block rather than hey,
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this may be an area in which we come together and work for better education. in cities like baltimore, chicago, so many of the failed cities. i think if you look at all of the names that donald trump was called, i think we saw what was going to be expected. and donald trump has proven if you push him he will push wac. at an event, they called him a child murderer. he didn't is a a word about it. she did not denounce omar
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mateen's father. she didn't denounce him until she had to. >> mateen, the same thing with hillary clinton. >> hillary clinton did not take quite as long. here is a guy proal b aprotalib. hillary clinton should have instantly he should not have been up there on front row. how a pro-terrorist sat on the front row. let's move on, when he is doubling down on that, calling her a bigot, she has real liabilities. paid speeches, e-mails, the clinton foundation, is it politically smart for him to g. >> brian: going in that direction when he could be going in a different direction? >> i think the reality is we
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spend more time talking about the economy, national security, and now we have a new word in our vocabulary called bleach bits. we talk about those things, but sometimes in a campaign there tends to be press coverage of the more guttural exchanges. and i understand that is what the audience wants sometimes. >> when you look at how she doing, she is doing very well. why would he go down that road when he will not make much progress on it. >> i think what he is doing is very beneficial to all voters. he says i'm not afraid to go there. he went the to the flooded
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zones, she did not. i think it is good for the elector rate. >> he did speak to a white crowd in milwaukee. >> but she closing that gap and talking to ore groups. >> jack kengstoingston, we appr it, thank you. a army general loses his post after his secret life as a swinger is exposed. and maine's governor leaves a vulgar voice mail and dares him to make it public. marcopolo! marco...! polo! marco...! polo! marco...! polo!
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the presidential campaign is heating up with new rhetoric. troining me to talk about it is rebecca berg, cnn political director david challion. where the race is at the end of this week and this point in time, it seems like it is just name calling at this point. >> i don't think either one of them did much this week to alter
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that for each other. they are trying to frame the other in the most negative light possible. that was their mission this week. it is about trying to jack up the opponents unfavorable. and i don't know that we're going to see an entirely different stone in the weeks to come. >> in this cycle, it could be an unpopularity contest, right? >> yes, you have two of the most up popular candidates in the history of the elections. they are both focusing on how terrible and unfit the other
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candidate is. hillary clinton, in a lot of advertising has focused on highlighting good things she has done in the last several years. we'll see if he tries to put a little more effort into portr portraying himself. >> donald trump is calling hillary clinton a bigot. what is interesting, jeff, is when you look at the republican response, right? >> after that major speech in reno, nevada, a take down of donald trump in every shape of the world, nothing from republicans. no one wants to talk about race. if you're a senate candidate, in any of the swing states, you don't want to get anywhere near this. >> do they think that what she is saying is true? or are they just -- they don't want to touch it with a ten-foot
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poll. >> a lot of main-stream republicans want to run to donald trump's defense. she came to ted cruz's defense. she cake to speaker paul ryan and bob dole's defense. republicans know they have to deal with trump. that does not mean they want to stand up to him and say anything that can come back and hurt them. i can't think of a time when the opposition of the party was so silent after a major speech giving a major take down like yesterday. >> we could be moving into a more substantive week. for anyone that may be at home and disheartened by the mud slinging, donald trump is expected to lay that out. it is confusing at this point in time, he is talking about a softening on his stance for a
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potential pathway to legalization. i just spoke with former congressman jack kingston, and he said maybe don't take thaten softening as a policy stance. >> it is like we're watching donald trump in realtime trying to make up his immigration policy in going through different shifts every day. a of his off of the cuff speaking styles, we know he is going to give somewhat of an immigration address. next week, potentially on wednesday, but there needs to be more clarity. especially 70 plus days out of the election. >> some republicans think he is trying to have it both ways by muddying the message so much that people who thought he was too rigid on this, perhaps some
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white suburban voters saying we don't like the word deportation, it was so muddled, but sarah palin told the wall street journal, and if she is talking about this, she said he is wishy washy. >> i think it is helping him, i think it why he said it. i think it is something that fortifies any of those concerns, not just from the high profile names, but concern from core supporters. >> district has never been a policy driven candidate. it becomes more apply cased into the fall. >> you're going to stick around with me. stay with us as well. we're going to talk more about a shocking obscenity laced rant by the governor of maine. >> i spent my life helping black people and you little -- [ bleep ].
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a senior army general is removed from a post after a swinger lifestyle, could he have jeopardized american secrets?
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trump is on the attack calling hillary clinton a racist
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for using the term super predator. >> we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to help them heal. >> i have a great relationship with the blacks, i always have. >> what do you have to lose? >> all right, let's get reaction now from our political experts, is she vulnerable on this? she said it in the '90s. is thering is to this? i heard some african-americans that take issue with the fact that that was her position in the 90s? >> sure, but the climb for donald trump is persuading voters that hillary clinton is worse than he is.
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and there is no evidence they're thinking this way. the new york times reported that two of the words that were showing up were that he was unqualified and that he was racist. so for hymn to shed that image ask really the key here, and the fact that we're having this discussion is really remarkable, that donald trump at this stage has not shed that image. >> she must be cringing when she sees it, i think she probably always has. >> and at the end she says bring them to heal. that was -- that was so offensive. the south carolina fundraiser in the primary earlier this year, a couple protestors held a sign up and said "i will not heal." and bernie sanders also jumped on this during one of the debays
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saying it was a racist remark. it does strike you with what a different moment in time it is, and the democratic party and the country's conversation if you look at campaigns being about the evolution of the country. she has repeated her own words. i'm not sure that instagram video is that persuasive to people. but it is a bad moment for her and it reminds you that she has not always been pure on these issues here. and that is not all. there is more she said over the years. and in the next few months we're going to see more hillary clinton words. >> and tim kaine might have said -- she was pretty strident, and she mostly just used his words to illustrate her point,
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but you saw tim kaine going further linking donald trump to klu klux klan values, david duke's values, donald trump's values and that they're not american values. >> without a doubt, they put out that video yesterday. this is a continuation of the argument. it is odd to see donald trump try to drive a wedge between african-american voters and hillary clinton. as rebecca was saying, it's not an easy sell. that's why i thought yesterday he was just talking about blanket policies. so i'm curious to see what other things will donald trump be bringing up to try to drive this edge in what is going to be a very uncomfortable situation for him. because remember the relationship between african-american voters and the clintons. they saved his presidency.
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even while barack obama was running initially, for most of 2007, were supporting hillary clinton. this is a poor part of the clinton base. >> let's talk about the holy cow moment of the day. he is known for being colorful at times and frequently having to apologize for himself, but this is a voice mail he left for a contract lawmaker. >> i would like to talk to you about your comments about me being a racist you [ bleep ]. i want to take to you and i want you to prove that i'm a racist. i helped my life helping black people. and you little [ bleep ].
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i need you to record this and make it public because i'm after you. thank you. >> he ends with thank you. i will give him that, but that is about it. he apologizes. he says when someone calls me a racist, i make no apology for trying to end the drug epidemic that is ravaging our state. legislatures like gattine would wrath ber politically correct and protect ruthless drug dealers than work with me to stop this crisis that is killing five mainers a week. this is pretty unreal. >> it is almost unprecedented. this sort of language. i think it also reminds us that in this sort of campaign, we're seeing these things get recorded and replayed, and he challenged him to make it public. that is exactly what was done. but you know, you have to
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wonder, voters, people, they're represented in the state of maine, what are they thinking about this language? it should be noted he is a donald trump supporter, his daughter recently went to work on donald trump's came pan. >> that is a very good point. all right, thank you so much for being part of this wonderful panel, i appreciate it. coming up, a senior u.s. army general out of a job when revelations of a swinger lifestyle came to light. did he put americans at risk?
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a u.s. army general with access to some of america's most sensitive informations that been forced to resign following a sex scandal. our global affairs correspondent elise labott has the report. >> the army major general commanded elite communities before landing a key post in europe on the front lines of america's fight against russian aggression. tonight it appears the married father of four was leading a double life including pictures posted on swingers websites an visits to sex clubs with a secret girlfriend while using government phones and computers
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to cover up the affair. we want to warn our viewers this terrib material is not suitable for young children. >> it reads like a salacious model. it is all about this man. tonight, he is out of a job, and that asking why it took ten years to uncover his double life. >> when you talk to the guys who knew him, as an officer, in combat, in very tough circumstances, he was calm, he delivered, he was a great commander. so it truly was a conscious decision on his part to create this. >> according to the inspector general, his double life began in 2005. that is when he met jennifer
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armstrong redacted from the government reports, but whoa confirmed it was her. it is backed up by e-mails, photographs, and sources tell cnn it wasn't just the relationship that drew the attention. he and his girlfriend exchanged explicit e-mails over the government account. at times discussing specific types of sexual activities and making naughty movies. he's accused of using his government cell phone 84 times to call her, racking up 1400 minutes during one six-month period. the most damning allegations revolve around the couple's swinger lifestyle. the photograph was posted on
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this website for swingers. the same photo was later found in the e-mail. the couple visited swingers clubs as far back as 2012 when he was stationed in georgia. the alleged behavior could have put u.s. national security at risk. sources say that if the affair and the swinging had been discovered by another country, it would have left his vulnerable to blackmail and espionage. >> russia has an incredible intelligence mechanism and would exploit behavior like this in a heartbeat. number one he should have been smart enough to realize and number two, he becomes extremely vulnerable. >> the army pulled him from his post for failing to quote exhibit exemplary army conduct and values. he set to retire and could be
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forced to do so at a lower rank. in a statement he said quote, i'm truly sorry for the pain i've caused my wife and family. we tried to reach haight and jennifer armstrong, we were unable to. now to an exclusive look. arwa damon talks to two american medics on the front line as they struggle to save lives against daunting odds. >> reporter: it's early morning and there's major push into isis controlled villages. >> we're looking for place to set up our medical triage area. john and pete are two americans on the medical front line. >> we have two casualties.
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>> reporter: it's a chaotic, frantic effort on this day compoucom compounded by a language barrier. >> i need four plastic. >> reporter: john, a trained emergency medical technician from syracuse, new york is volunteering. pete of new jersey is a former marine turned medic who works with a non-profit providing medical training and assistance. there's no advance warning with with casualty is coming in. no time to prep before the next one arrives. >> the toughest thing about being out here as a combat medic is when your patients don't live. >> stay with us. come back to us man. >> sometimes we can't fix everything. i think that's the hardest part for me. you want to save everybody, but you can't.
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>> there's break down in communication between us coalition forces. it's difficult when you're trying your best to work on someone but just the rest of the system isn't there. or it's not working properly. >> reporter: they both say they had comfortable, happy lives at home. >> was it guilt? >> guilt or sense of purpose. sometimes those overlap. >> i can help people at home for sure, and i do. i feel good for what i do there. here that feeling is much greater. they need significant help. they need training. they need actual combat medical unit. people are throwing ammunition and guns at this place all day long. >> when i think of isis, i think
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shifting stance, trump leaves america guessing and tells cnn his position may by hard hardening. trump and hillary clinton unleash new video attacks against each other with rational politics front and center. clinton's running mate is making one of the harshest accusations yet. the governor of maine responds to being called a racist by leaving a vulgar voice mail that threatens a state
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lawmaker and urges him to make the tirade public. are constituents buying his apology. a man wearing only boxer shorts manages to jump an airport fence and steal a truck and ram it into a fence. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm brianna keilar. you're in "the situation room." breaking news tonight, hillary clinton's running mate is escalating a new line of attack against donald trump. tim kaine accusing the republican nominee of embracing the nominee of embracing the values of the ku klux klan. the clinton and trump campaigns are out with video attacks as the candidates trade allegations
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of racial bias. trump refusing to back down from labeling clinton a bigot. also more confusion tonight on where donald trump stands on immigration as he prepares to give major speech outlining his views. trump says there will be no legal status for undocumented immigrants after suggesting there might be. tonight, we're also following two weather systems that may be disruptive and damage. one of them could make the flood disaster even worse. i'll talk about the presidential race with a co-chair of the clinton transition team. former michigan governor and our correspondents, analysts and guests are standing by as we bring you full coverage of the day's top stories. let's go to cnn senior white house correspondent. he's in las vegas covering the trump campaign. jim. >> reporter: donald trump has a fund-raiser here in nevada later on tonight. the big question is whether he will continue this war of words over race with hillary clinton
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in that speech. if this past week has been any indication, the answer is definitely. the battle between donald trump and hillary clinton is shaping up to be race to the bottom and the bottom is nowhere in sight when it comes to their clash over race. >> they are often the kinds of kids that are called super predators. >> reporter: trump fired off a new attack on instagram reminding people of clinton's use of super predator in pushing her husband's crime bill. >> why did you call them out? >> because it was a racist term. >> reporter: trump is trying to bolster his case that the former secretary of state is a bigot. an accusation he defended to anderson cooper. >> she is a bigot. she's been extremely bad for african-americans. >> but hatred is at the core of that? >> or maybe she's lazy. >> reporter: the gop nominee seems to be doing anything but
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clarifying his position of what to do with the nation's undocumented. earlier this week trump said the immigration policy is softening. now, not so much. >> i don't think it's a softening. i've had people say it's a hardening. >> reporter: trump appears to have abandoned a proposal that he floated this week. >> there's no path to legalization unless they leave the country and come back. >> reporter: the campaign now wants the immigrants to return to their country of origin. >> you can return home and if you'd like to stand in line like everybody else is, the thing we learned in kindergarten, stand in line, wait your turn. >> reporter: trump is stumbling over a dangerous policy that hasn't really changed. her campaign's message, it's trump who is the racist. >> your schools are no good. you have no jobs. look at my african-american over here. >> reporter: clinton is warning to the nation, trump will always be trump. >> he has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. it's deeply disturbing that he's
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taking hate groups that lived in the dark regions of the internet, making them mainstream, helping radical fringe take over the republican party. >> reporter: trump is denying those allegations. >> do you want white supremacists to vote for you? >> no, i don't. not at all. >> reporter: accusing clinton of desperation. >> when democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. you're racist. you're racist. >> reporter: so far top republicans haven't raced to the cameras to defend trump against the latest attacks. the rnc's response to that, they're on vacation. >> congress is in recess. it's august. there's a lot of reasons. >> reporter: trump is facing questions about his new hired ceo who was once charged with domestic violence to 20 years ago. a case that involved his ex-wife and later dropped.
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a bannon spokesperson said he has a great relationship with his children, the twins. he has a great relationship with the ex-wife. he still supports them. trump just wrapped up a latino roundtable at his hotel here in las vegas. he told reporters gathered in the room that he's doing far greater with latinos than anyone understands. we should also point out the trump campaign is pushing back on a report that chris christie urged trump to change his views on immigration. his latest comments on the issue are all him. >> that story cited mayor rudy giuliani saying that. it was very interesting. jim acosta, thank you. now to the clinton's campaign new attacks on donald trump including tim kaine's provocative charge that donald trump is promoting ku klux klan values. >> it's clear that the war of words over race relations
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continue to heat up between the presidential candidates and their running mates. today hillary clinton's campaign is responding to donald trump's claim she's a bigot by using his own words against him. >> i have a great relationship with the blacks. i've always had a great relationship with the blacks. >> reporter: today hillary clinton's campaign is hitting the air waves with a new ad. >> you're living in poverty. your schools are no good. you have no jobs. >> reporter: charging that the gop nominee has a history of demeaning african-americans. >> what the hell do you have to lose? >> reporter: the clinton campaign is trying to bolster its message that trump's campaign is rooting in prejudice. >> man with a long history of racial discrimination who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of super market tabloids and these kind of white supremacist, white
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nationalists, anti-semitic groups should never run our government or command our military. >> reporter: when asked, clinton refused to directly call trump a racist. >> he's built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia and it's deeply disturbing that he is taking hate groups that lived in the dark regions of the internet, making them mainstream. >> reporter: clinton is hoping her message will resonate with republicans who might be weary of trump's campaign. >> i am reaching out to everyone. republicans, democrats, independents. everyone who is as troubled as i am by the bigotry and divisiveness of trump's campaign. >> reporter: that has he tries to turn the table on clinton, calling her a bigot. >> they are often the kinds of kids that are called super
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predators. no conscience. no empathy. >> reporter: tim kaine also entering the fray today. >> david duke values, donald trump values are not american values. >> reporter: after knocking trump for his shifting positions on immigration during an appearance on the late show with stephen colbert. >> i don't buy it because. [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: clinton is still facing questions about the work of the clinton foundation and state department access given to foundation donors. the democratic nominee says the foundation is looking for groups to take on some of the work in the event she is elected president. >> well, we're going to be testing that. that's why the foundation is looking for partners and there are potential partners for some of the work but not necessarily the same partner for all the the
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work. >> reporter: tomorrow hillary clinton is expected to receive her intelligence briefing near her home in new york. a little more than a week after donald trump received his. each candidate gets one briefing before the election. >> thank you so much for that report. joining me now is former michigan governor. she's a co-chair of hillary clinton's transition team. thanks so much for taking the time to join us this evening. she calls some african-american gang members super predators. i know this is something she's apologized for. she said she would not use those words if she -- she wouldn't use them today in this day and age. i've spoken with african-americans who say they are bothered by these words. we've seen protesters use the words especially bring them to heal. this is still a liability for
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her. >> she's bothered by them too. that's why she's apologized for them. remember, this was in the 1990s, over 20 years ago that this happened. truly, when you compare -- i understand donald trump's trying to take the focus off of what he has built his campaign around, this steve bannon, this alt-right. i get that's part of the campaign strategy. when you compare what he's doing right now by building campaign around a plan who runs a website that's considered to be the voice of the alt-right of this far right white nationalist group and where the white nationalists are thrilled that they are getting such exposure as a result of donald trump's embrace of them. donald trump appears to be, i don't know if he's an unwitting tool of the alt-right where he is allowing them to sort of take over his campaign and then take over the halls of power. that's what they would love or if he's believing in everything
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that they write. whatever it is, it's dangerous. what she said in a statement she apologized for over 20 years ago is not even close to comparing with what he said today. >> there are 18-year-olds, they were not alive when she said this. this may be the first time as they look to vote that they are hearing these words from her and they may be very surprised by them. should she apologize again? >> i think she has. she's made it clear that those were not words that she would use today. she is sorry she said them. i don't think there's any question about that. she has developed -- made her whole campaign about inclusion and standing together and outreach. this issue was litigated in the primary with bernie sanders having raided this issue as well. i think the african-american community, young people understand that's not what she is about today and willing to look at accepting an apology for it. what is much more dangerous to them is what is happening in the trump campaign.
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>> i hear you say that. i hear you say the donald trump is worse. people hear from folks that support hillary clinton. it seems as if they are saying he's worse than her. is that's the -- >> by an order of magnitude. >> this is the message that this election boils to? >> not at all. look at the two conventions. when the democrats came out of the their convention, the message was, we are patriotic americans because this is how we define love for our country. we are exceptional because we are diverse. we are exceptional because our whole country is on a foundation of people coming from all places to create this fantastic land. contrast that, that message of hope and unity and standing together and lifting all votes with what happened on the republican side of their convention. >> i would say that --
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>> his dark -- >> what's happened this week eclipses what happened a few weeks ago at the convention. i'm sure you see that when you see what's happened this week. >> i understand what you're saying. i understand when you talk about race it's a very sensitive issue and makes everybody very uncomfortable. i think it was really important for hillary clinton to expose what is happening. people before this week didn't even know what this alt-right movement was. didn't know it was alive and alive in the campaign of a presidential candidate. that exposure needs to happen because sunlight is the best disinfe disinfectant. i'm proud she used that. she used donald trump's own words or used the headlines of the campaign chairman that he has chosen to run his campaign. what donald trump is doing, on the other hand, in calling her directly a bigot or in putting up ads of something she said 20
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years. i know it's politics. all of that is fair game. it's a difference in kind compared to what she's done. i think it's important to expose it and hopefully we can get on better footing and talk about the policies that will help all of our citizens. i do think this was an important moment for the campaign. >> she used it as she was struggling with questions about the clinton foundation. was this a way to distract from that? >> not at all. this was something that came up as of what donald trump had done by putting steve bannon in his campaign. this is why folks on the right, reasonable republicans are not standing up to defend him and not standing up to defend steve bannon. there was a huge amount of concern of the republicans when he put that guy in there because they knew exactly what he represented. this was not about a deflection. this was about telling it like it is which is what donald trump is doing to his campaign. >> stick around with me.
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there's more to know. xarelto. i want to talk to you about one of the criticisms that hillary clinton is getting. that has to do with the clinton foundation. she spoke about this today. she defended the work of the clinton foundation. we know it's going to make moves if she's elected to bill clinton will no longer be on the board and foreign and corporate donations will not be going to the clinton foundation. she said something that i found surprising. she said it takes time to wind
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this down. why didn't she do this sooner? why doesn't she turn this off now? she's had time. i've been covering her for two years. why did it take so long? >> i don't know that they imagined that things would be blown up in the way they have been. everybody assumed because the clinton foundation does really good work and because it has been praised and gotten an a through charity watch and all the review groups that look at how they spend their money because hillary clinton didn't get one dime from the foundation. neither did bill clinton. neither does chelsea clinton. my guess is people assume that this would be a good thing and not turn out to be the controversy that it has. she did say today and what she has said is they're going to
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remove any question about any conflict. >> they were aware. i guess i take issue with that because i know there was an awareness along time ago this was going to be an issue. >> i don't know opinion when you're secretary of state there's an appeal to somebody higher, which is the president. when you're president, there's not. that's why they're taking these additional steps to make sure there's the appearance of any conflict. it is interesting to me and those on this side of things that when they are talking about potential conflict sboos the future, why isn't anybody talking about donald trump's enterprise and the fact he's got $160 million in loans to the bank of china and how that would be wound down. >> we do talk about that. i want to talk about the clinton foundation. >> i get that.
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it's just an interesting thing. they're making a profit and the clintons are not making any profit. >> there is this appearance of people making donations with perhaps the expectation, perhaps not, it's the possibility of trying to curry favor. that's the issue people are pretty well aware of. >> nobody has said that anybody got something as a result of that. what did ma linda gates get, she got the ability to resolve more global health issues. >> they got have gotten access was the concern. >> i'm sure malinda gates has met with other secretaries of state.
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>> same thing. even with mac aids foundation, mac cosmetics that's a subsidiary of este lauder. the ceo came in and wanted to do work with the state department to make sure that they reduced aids. it's the aids foundation. they worked with pet fair and president bush. they're all working is in public, private or foundation, public partnerships to solve the world's biggest problems. to reduce them to the notion they were a donor and that's why they got access is quite insu insulting to them and not to mention the causes they are trying to bring cures to. >> i've been hearing some hillary clinton supporters, people on the campaign even that are saying when people are raising question, real questions, or even criticism of the clinton foundation that they
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are equating that with wanting to shut down their work. they do do good work when it comes to providing hiv medications to millions of people around the world at a reduced cost. this idea of equating that that if you raise a question or you criticize the foundation that's someone wanting to take away the aids medication for someone. is that really appropriate? >> no. this is a political campaign. of course, everything is fair game. to suggest that they shouldn't be doing this work or that somehow the work was not good work, of course, they're going to push back on that because they're proud of the work they've done. 50,000 kids every year whose lives are saved. why wouldn't they be proud of that and want the opportunity to explain what the foundation does. >> bill clinton has said there's legitimate concerns. i guess i'm getting at the point it seems to me that there are
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many questions about this that are appropriate. >> yeah. it looks like the foundation has heard and has taken steps to cure what might be future perceived conflicts by not taking any foreign donation, corporate donations and only working with u.s. philanthropy and donors. >> you have the clinton health access nishinitiative that has separate board. they haven't decided what had to do at this point? >> right. what they said what has they are looking at all of that. it is a totally separate board. it's been spun off. the question is are they being responsive to the concerns that they are hearing? yes, they are. does the clinton foundation do great work? yes, it does. how can that work continue with her as president and bill clinton as the first gentleman? that's what they're trying to figure out. they say they will deal with it.
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they do not want to take office with perceived conflicts or anything like that over their head. they also don't want to stop the work that's being done to stave lives. >> over 200 days since she's had a press conference. you think she should give one soon? >> all right. she's been on all of y'all all this time. she's going to decide whether to do that. they're evaluating it all the time. i'm sure some time soon a press conference will happen. it's not like she's unreachable. it's like not she's not been available. i do think this is more of a press issue rather than the public. public hears her and sees her. >> part of it is an accountability issue. >> she called into morning joe this morning. she was on anderson the other night. she's on on your network. >> taking questions from reporters who follow her every single word, who know especially even know where she is on policies so they can really do
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more of a deep dive on this. it's something that i think a lot of american voters could benefit from. anderson knows what to ask her. >> i'm not giving my team short trip. i am saying when there are more opportunities for questions and there's not been a ton. then you have more -- you get to more. you get to more subjects. >> i get it. i get it. >> these 300 plus interviews, a fifth of them, according to npr, aren't even with journalists and most are quick little interviews between three and eight minutes where you can accomplish getting to very little. >> well, i do know this, that the public has seen a lot of her and they will continue to see a lot of her. obviously, it's the campaign's call about whether they will do
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press conference versus individual interviews. people will see a debate that will have a lengthy time where you'll be able to compare and contrast with a really sharp moderator what the two candidates stand for. it's not the last -- it's not like she's in a bubble. she's exposed. you will continue to have access to her and the question is do you do it as a group or individually, that will be the campaign's call. >> it feels a little bubbly to me. i'm definitely noting what you're saying there. thank you so much for taking the time to be with us. >> thanks. just ahead, how did an almost naked man get over a eight-foot barbed wire fence and crash into a southwest plane with passengers on board. we're standing by for the stunning details. the governor of maine is apologizing tonight for a profanity voice mail that he dared a state lawmaker to make
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correspondent. you have donald trump, who is doubling down on his attacks against hillary clinton. he's continuing to call her a bigot. clinton says that his campaign is built on prejudice and paranoia. those are the two words she really wants to stick for people. you have tim kaine really in one of the harshest criticisms yet of donald trump on this. he says he's talking about kkk values and the next breath, he says donald trump values. this is just, it's getting very nasty. >> it is. tim kaine taking that extra leap almost going one step further than hillary clinton did yesterday. it shows how much this has devolved. these are big, weighty words that the candidates, on both sides, are throwing out that have some real meaning here. i also think this also
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highlights how both candidates really think the best strategy is taking the on the other. not necessarily talking their policies up. it shows it could be lasting spat. >> you see this vulnerability for trump. that's because when he's asked about david duke, supporting him and he says he doesn't know. he either has a terribly short memory or he's not being honest about it because for years, i think he said he wasn't going to take the reform party nomination because he didn't want david duke support. he knew years ago who this guy was and it took him forever to disavow. he's leaving this giant vulnerability on this. >> leaving a huge opening for tim kaine to come out and say something like that which is in some ways, over the top. i think we all thought this campaign would go into the gutter. i don't think we thought it was going to go into the gutter in august. i think maybe the second week of september when the kids go back to school. things really have gone
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downhill. if we're at this point in the campaign right now where they are both calling each other racists and bigots, where are we going to be by mid-september and the first of october. what does it say to the real stage that we have our two presidential candidates going after each other this way. >> where do you think we go from here? >> what's interesting, to you point, is how much material the clinton campaign has to draw from to produce these ads, to sort of like this make this case against trump which speaks to the fact that over the last several months, trump has not done a great job of cutting this off. i also think there's a risk for the campaign. there's a lot of americans who don't want to be called racist. they don't want to be told that because they support a political candidate that means they are bigoted by association with donald trump. there's a fine line here. i'm not sure that we've totally crossed it but we're getting close. >> ron, check this out.
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check out what sean spicer just tweeted. he feels that tim kaine went overboard here. he said kkk comments are prep rehenable and over the top. democrats who don't denounce are complicit. they are trying to put the ball in the court of democrats. how does this play out? >> i haven't seen the whole tim kaine statement. linking him to the kkk in that way is over the top. as abby said, donald trump has given them a lot of ammunition here. if you say, to me the two north stars in this race are the consistently in polling. 60% of the country says they don't consider him qualified and 60% in one way or another say they consider his racially biassed or bigoted. 58% said he uses language that appeals to bigots. that number rises to over 70% among both millenials.
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he's create add significant problem for himself. he was not teflon in the primaries. everyone in the country was listening to the arguments he made to mobilize the most alienated parts. democrats probably don't need to go over board in returning to that. i think donald trump has engraved that image. >> i think we have the sound of tim kaine and what he said. i'm going to sort of let them cue that up in the control room. he did sort of really say in one breath, ku klux klan values, david duke values, donald trump values. >> yesterday hillary clinton gave a speech calling out donald trump on this equality idea. calling him out on the fact he has supporters like david duke connected with the ku klux klan who is saying donald trump is their candidate because he's pushing their values.
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ku klux klan values, david duke values are not donald trump values. >> pretty clear where he was going with that. just a comma in between each one of those. donald trump went, and we said this at this table earlier this week went way over the line when he called hillary clinton a bigot. it was a ridiculous statement that donald trump made earlier this week about hillary clinton. this many ways, i think we've seen the same thing with tim kaine. as his job as the vice president, he's the one that's supposed to go out and do that. that's not supposed to come from the lips of hillary clinton. i do think that we're devolving into this politics that's really gone so far into the gutter that it's got dirty. >> republicans, i'm waiting to see because these tim kaine comments are a little newer. you have the tweet from sean spicer at the rnc but what about republicans by in large. you don't hear a loud chorus of
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people backing donald trump up on this. >> this is the kind of thing they want to stay out of. from the very beginning even before we got to this point. republican, their position, the folks on the hill and else where will is we don't want to get down into this gutser witer witp and clinton, period. we have to stay out. >> this might give them an opening to say that went too far. >> we have so much more to talk about with our lovely political team. that includes the governor of maine. he had an ugly rant against a state lawmaker who called him a racist. we'll show you the voice mail and the fall out in its entirety ahead. here is a little bit. >> i spent my life helping black people and you little [ bleep ] socialist [ bleep ].
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we're back with our political team as a new trump video attack is reminding voters of a past remark by hillary clinton that's generated a great deal of controversy. she's taking heat for having said super predator to describe some african-americans. she's got her own ad out against donald trump. you can't help but notice she needed to change the subject
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this week and boy, did she. >> she did. to abby's point earlier, donald trump allowed her to change the subject because she had given so much material to give this speech against the alt-right which is the white nationalist movement. donald trump was quiet during the first couple of days and the media focused on foundation but at some point this was going to come up and this is where we have arrived. >> do you think it could have been that calculated that they were feeling there were bad headlines for them and it went longer than a day and the clinton campaign thought we've had this in our pocket. we want to throw it out there. >> i think they saw a target of opportunity with the elevation of steve bannon. this does get to the heart of this election. the fundamental fault line between the parties is no longer economic. it is cultural. it is attitudes fundamentally
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toward the changing demographic the democrats mobilize a coalition that college educated whites, millenials who are most comfortable with the changes and republicans lie on those that are least comfortable. donald trump is facing the biggest difficulties at the core of those groups. each is a bigger share of the vote in 2016 than they were in 2012. he's looking at unfavorables in the 60s and 70s among them. if he can not recover to win will leave republicans with a real question of how to address these growing groups in the electorate where 73% say he's using a language that appeals to bigots and over 70% say he's not qualified. the baby boomers are an equal share. there's 20 million more millenials registered to vote than in 2012. these are challenges that extend to november and beyond. >> i want you to look at this other political story.
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there's some fresh language in this. if you have kids near by, maybe you want to cup your hands over their ears. this is the maine governor, paul la page coming under fire. he left this on a democratic lawmakers phone. >> i would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist you [ bleep ] sucker. i want to talk to you. i want you to prove that i'm a racist. i will spend my life helping black people and you little son of a [ bleep ] socialist sucker. abbey. >> what is there to say? that's incredible but also sadly not surprising coming from this governor. he just has a really long history of going down this type of road. also seems strangely obsessed with the idea of proving that he's not a racist by talking about african-americans in the context of drugs and so on and so forth.
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it's here we go again. >> he has apologized. i will say that he apologized which seems to be his m.o. he apologizes. he said he's not going to apologize for taking drug dealers off the streets. maybe this is sort of normal for him. it's become sort of normal in this election cycle where things are just -- four years ago this is not how it would have been this kind of climate. >> i think voters are getting a barrage of negativity from both side, all side, all race, governors, offices, voice mails. this is unchartered water. it calls into question what sort of leadership people are electing and that's something voters will have to take to the ballot box. >> very quickly. >> we're having enormous turmoil every day. there's enormous stability in this race both in the assessments of the candidates, how the key voting blocks are
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devid dividing. a lot is set despite the t turmoil. >> that's a good point. thanks to all of you. will flood damage baton rouge get hit with another a pickup truck with passengers on board. >> a truck on the roadway. >> he ran into a southwest flight.
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tonight authorities are investigating a bizarre airport security breach in nebraska. a man there stripped down to his boxer shorts, he jumped a fence, stole a pickup truck, and crashed it into a passenger plane. cnn's aviation correspondent, renee marsh, has more. it's amazing -- one, it's a crazy story. two, it's concerning that he was able to do this. >> that's right. he was able to gain access to what is one of the most secure areas of the airport, the tarmac. not only did he get over a barbed wire fencing, but he made it all the way to a passenger plane. the security scare not only sent police scrambling, but when all was said and done, members of the flight crew and at least one passenger were injured. [ screams ] >> reporter: tonight authorities have identified the man being taken away screaming on this stretcher as 35-year-old delaro koontz, after he scared a
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security fence and made it on to the tarmac in omaha, nebraska, then crashed a stolen airline truck. >> apparently somebody jumped in a truck on the runway. do you have any visual on that? >> he ran into the southwest flight 137. >> reporter: he was acting erratic and flailing his arms when officers approached. he took off running and removed his clothes. the boeing 737 bound for denver was parked at the gate. crew members were on the plane, and passengers were boarding. the airline says some of the flight crew and at least one customer suffered minor injuries. from 2009 to 2015, there were around 2,500 security breaches every year involving the airport perimeter and airport access points. in 2014, a 15-year-old boy climbed a perimeter fence at san jose's minnetta national airport and successfully stowed away in the wheel well of a plane flying
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to hawaii. in 2013, 49-year-old robert bump climbed over an eight-foot fence and on to the runway at the international airport in phoenix. >> all they have to do is get it right one time. but we also have to be mindful of the fact that nothing is a 100% anything. >> reporter: in this case, airport officials say they are still evaluating this incident to determine what security changes may be necessary. as for the suspect, we know that he is still in the hospital. omaha police telling us that he was high on meth. they will be charging him. >> thank you very much for that report. tonight, your forecaster's watching two weather systems that could be disruptive, even dangerous heading into the labor day holiday. one could cause even more misery and n flood-stricken louisiana. i want to bring in cnn meteorologist karen maginnis. that is not what we want to hear for folks in southern louisiana. >> it is not.
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in some instances they saw as much as 30 inches of rainfall from the last storm system which wasn't even a named system. this particular one, national hurricane center gives it a 10% likelihood in the north central gulf of mexico that this will be a named system. so very little likelihood that that's going to happen. but the rainfall could be significant. right along the coastal areas. a couple of inches in some cases. not necessarily for baton rouge. the next several days, looking at about a 50/50 chance of showers and thunderstorms. the bigger system that we'll be focusing on is this. it's moving through the turks and caicos. expect it to move through the florida straits. if it moves through the florida straits and the gulf of mexico the next 72 hours or so, the water temperatures are fabulous. that's what fuels these systems. we could see our next named system in the gulf of mexico by the beginning of the week. and by the middle of the week, we'll be watching closely and see where it heads. back to you. >> all right. karen maginnis, thank you very much for that. we'll be thinking of folks
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certainly in southern louisiana. i am briana keilar. that is it for me. wolf blitzer will be back here on monday after his couple weeks of granddad duty. thank you very much for watching. "erin burnett out front" starts now. breaking news -- the clinton campaign accusing trump of pushing ku klux klan values. an explosive new charge tonight. plus, the trump campaign's new ceo accused of attacking his ex-wife. the details from that case coming to light. and a sitting governor leaves a profanity-laced, threatening voicemail. we'll talk to the lawmaker who got that message. let's go "out front." good evening, i'm jim sciutto in for elin

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