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this is cnn breaking news. and good morning i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we do begin with breaking new this morning. police in texas hunting for this man. they say he may have information about the ambush-style shooting of a police officer in san antonio. the 50-year-old direct name ben marconi was sitting in his marked police car outside of headquarters when he was fatally shot in the head. this attack, one of four officer shootings in three states, all
happening within 24 hours. cnn's polo sandoval is covering this from outside the san antonio police department. good morning. >> carol, good morning. there seems to be two prevailing questions here in south texas. that is why was detective marconi targeted? and by whom? meanwhile there is this overwhelming sense of grief not just in this community, but in several others across the country. >> four separate shootings targeting police officers across the country. >> like dallas, like baton rouge, it's happened here. >> reporter: a massive manhunt in texes for a man suspected of killing a san antonio officer around 11:45 a.m. benjamin marconi was shot and killed while sitting in his squad car. the 50-year-old officer was writing a ticket during a traffic stop when a man walked up to his driver's side window and opened fire. he shot marconi in the head from outside the car and then the suspect reached through the window and shot the 20-year veteran, again.
police releasing this photo of a man who may be in connection with the shooting. and this photo of a car they say fled the scene. >> most families will be celebrating the holidays. sapd will be burying one of its own. >> reporter: hours later in st. louis a 46-year-old sergeant was waiting in traffic when a man wanted in other violent crimes pulled up to the driver's side of his patrol vehicle and opened fire. he shot the 20-year veteran twice in the face. >> the officer says he saw the muzzle flashes and felt the glass breaking in his window as the shots came through and struck him in the head. >> reporter: the suspect apparently worried about being identified now dead after a shootout with officers overnight. no other officers were injured. >> we were tracking him. we came to this neighborhood. we found him. he shot at police officers, again. police officers returned fire. >> reporter: another officer shot in missouri late sunday night in a traffic stop in gladstone. that's near kansas city. and in florida, a suspect already in custody after police say officer jared chiconi was
shot while conducting a routine traffic stop in sanibel. according to police he was on the side of the road when a suspect drove by and started shooting. he was injured, but has since been released from the hospital. back live outside san antonio police headquarters where, carol, we have seen this makeshift memorial continue to grow. members of the community, even law enforcement officers themselves, coming out here lighting a candle, leaving some flowers or balloons behind. that sign of support for not just a detective marconi's family, but the rest of his -- the rest of his brothers and sisters in uniform. one thing that is clearly going to be helping investigators, carol, the shooting happened outside police headquarters. they place that is highly watched. there are cameras almost on every corner. so investigators poring over the footage right now. and lastly there doesn't seem to be any direct link between this shooting and some of the other shootings across the country according to investigators. >> polo sandoval, thank you. on to politics now.
the trump national golf club hosted a sort of speed dating for cabinet positions. one by one, a slew of candidates met with donald trump. but trump's adviser and former campaign manager says don't put too much stock in who you see and don't see at that transition headquarters. >> it's a long short list for each of these positions. he's also met with senator bob corker from tennessee who was rumored to be on the list for secretary of state. others are qualified. but let's go back to my previous comment which is not everyone who consults with the president-elect and comes to meet with him, chris, is going to be in his cabinet or in his federal government. >> cnn's jason carroll outside trump tower in new york with more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. kellyanne conway called it a long short list of candidates that trump will be looking at. adding to that long list, just found out that congresswoman gabbard will be meeting with trump today. she's a democrat from hawaii. and a former combat veteran.
so she is now on that very long short list. also on that list, former texas governor rick perry. he will be meeting with trump here today as well, possibly for a position as department of energy. you remember back in 2011, that was a department that perry said he would eliminate potentially if he became president. now up for consideration. president-elect donald trump interviewing potential cabinet picks, but it's not yet made a decision on who will be secretary of state. >> we made a couple of deals, but we'll let you know soon. >> reporter: meeting with one of his top adversaries 2012 gop nominee mitt romney about possibly joining his administration. >> it was not only a cordial meeting, but a very substantive meeting. governor romney is under active and serious consideration to serve as secretary of state of the united states. >> reporter: the two men frequently sparring during trump's campaign. >> donald trump is a phony. >> romney choked like a dog.
he choked. >> reporter: a steady stream of possible cabinet picks in front of the cameras throughout the weekend. including loyalists like former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. trump repeatedly praising james mattis, the leading candidate for secretary of defense. >> all i can say is he is the real deal. >> reporter: mattis, widely respected throughout the military, could be the first former ranking general to become defense secretary in nearly 70 years. trump also considering billionaire investor wilbur ross for commerce secretary. ross, the type of administration official trump pledged to appoint throughout his campaign, a businessman with a history of resurrecting dying companies who has billions in the bank. but, in the middle of assembling his new team, trump making his grievances to twitter. this time, criticizing the cast of the hit broadway musical "hamilton."
for this message delivered to vice president elect mike pence friday night at the end of their performance. >> we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our american values and to work on behalf of all of us. all of us. >> reporter: in a series of tweets trump says mike pence was harassed and that the cast was very "very rude." trump insisting they should apologize for their "terrible behavior." >> i wasn't offended by what was said. i'll leave that to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it. >> reporter: but trump would not let it go. >> they were very inappropriate. >> so again congresswoman from hawaii up for consideration, possibly as a u.n. ambassador. possibly as secretary of state, or defense. a number of people who have met with trump, ready to join his administration, ready to make that move to washington, d.c.,
but, carol, two people not ready to make the move, at least not yet, his wife melania and their 10-year-old son barron who will stay here in new york. so barron can finish out the school year. carol? >> all right, jason carroll reporting live from new york city this morning. thank you. so let's talk about this and more. i'm joined by the director of the university of virginia center for politics larry sab o sabato, and the woodrow wilson distinguished fellows and the author of the end of greatness. i'm getting this all messed up. aaron david miller you are the author to end of greatness. thanks to all of you for joining me. larry before we do this deep dive into trump's cabinet let's talk about president obama. because over the weekend president obama refused to say that he would follow tradition and stay quiet as the new president leads, saying, quote, if i think that it's necessary or helpful for me to defend those american ideals then i'll
examine it when it comes. so, larry, we know president obama will be living in d.c. for a time after he leaves the white house. so, what might this be like? >> honestly, carol, despite that comment, i doubt president obama speaks up at least in the very beginning of the trump administration. he seems to be using as his model the way that president george w. bush handed over the presidency to him. and he has said many times that -- that president bush and laura bush could not possibly have been more gracious. i think he wants to follow that model to give president-elect trump a chance. now, if president-elect trump or president trump starts dismantling obamacare from day one, or revoking all the executive orders that president obama feels strongly about, i don't think it will be too long before we know that, and hear from him. but, his preference is clearly
to be optimistic. he's unlike the vast majority of democrats, who frankly are having nervous breakdowns with some justification. he is trying to stay strong, i think, for his -- his legacy and hopefully to have some kind of influence on trump. >> interesting. because, i asked larry that question because the president also said that he's sure that americans like his policies because, after all, he said, hillary clinton, um, won the popular vote by 1.5 million votes. >> yeah, i mean, look, he's made it very clear that he doesn't think that donald trump has the same kind of mandate that he came into off his win eight years ago where he had a supermajority in the senate and he had clearly won the popular vote, and there was -- i think he sort of almost snarkly, slyly this weekend noted that donald trump actually only won 27% of the electorate. which is clearly what he was saying, not a mandate. and so i think he's saying,
look, he wants to see donald trump reach out, he wants to see trump -- not just a republican, he has some healing to do this own party but also to democrats and see if they can work together and sort of build something across the aisle. and i think he's waiting to see how ideological trump is because donald trump is not considered a true conservative ideologue and i think a lot of people are trying to see where he's going to draw lines and where he might actually spend some money, build some infrastructure, do things that fiscal conservatives might have actually blocked in the last eight years. >> so let's get to the transition process right now because aaron one reporter said, you know, taking place at one of trump's golf resorts, right, and then one person after the other started going in you could see them on the porch shaking donald trump's hand, somebody said it looked like speed dating. effective? >> well, you know, to pair are phrase dorothy in the wizard of oz, i think it's quite clear where we really aren't in kansas anymore. and whether the realities of
campaigning will reconcile the realities of governing remains to be seen. but most of this appointment process is handled quietly. and very carefully, very discreetly. i think this was meant to send a signal, as are some of the appointments, that, in fact, this administration is to some degree breaking with past precedent. even though, carol, many of the -- at least some of the appointees, certainly on the national security side, mike flynn and mike pompeo all have conventional -- all with well within the parameters backgrounds head of the defense intelligence agency. head of centcom, pompeo is harvard educated lawyer and head of the harvard law review. the real question to me i think is how do you reconcile the -- the notion of campaign statements with the cruel and unforgiving realities of governance. and it may well be that larry's comment on president obama is right. that he's waiting to see to what
degree this administration can find a way forward once rhetoric meets reality. >> well, some people might say that the fact that donald trump talked to mitt romney over this weekend is a positive sign, right? to sort of try to heal the wounds throughout the country. mike pence called a meeting between trump and romney warm and substantive, right? of course, on saturday night live they had a they well they saw the meeting as something different. let's watch that. >> mitt romney is here. >> really, okay? send him in please. >> yeah. >> all right. hello mr. president-elect thank you for taking the time to meet with me. >> romney, so good of you to come. >> this isn't going to work, is it? >> i don't think so. >> great.
>> hilarious. mike pence said that romney is being considered seriously for secretary of state, so, what do you think? >> is that to me, carol? >> yes, to larry. >> oh, well, look, it's -- it's a good sign. at least they're talking. some people would say that's hypocritical. i would say that's politics. you want politics to be politicians to be able to bury the hatchet and not just in each other's backs. you want them to go forward, and to try to work together, and mitt romney would be a more soothing choice. he would definitely give people some confidence in the administration's foreign policy. the other people, and i agree with what aaron has said, but the other people are also interpreted as hard-liners. and while romney is certainly conservative in foreign policy, he's also main stream. >> so, somebody else that might bridge the gap is general
mattis, right, because a lot of people within the military really like him. a lot of republicans in the never trump camp really like him. and he's being considered for secretary of defense. so, jay, a good choice? >> yeah, i mean, mad dog mattis certainly is somebody who is popular and can also bridge and i think that's really what trump is looking for as much as possible, is other people besides himself who can bridge this divide between this very angry republican base, who wants to see a lot of change, wants to see rapid change in government, and the republican establishment, and you saw that with his first appointments with reince priebus and steve bannon, reince is very much an establishment republican, steve bannon is going to represent that base that is going to be kind of the the custodian of donald trump's re-elect to keep that base engaged and active and advocating on behalf of the president while reince is going to have to govern and figure out what to do with the republicans in congress. and really make something work for them for the president.
>> okay. some of the other people seen going in and out of trump's golf resort over the weekend aaron, were rudy giuliani, chris christie and ari emanuel. he's trump's talent agent for celebrity apprentice. and you heard what kellyanne conway said not everyone walking through that door is going to be considered for any position within the white house. but it was kind of strange, right, aaron? >> i mean the whole process i think is a bit strange. but then again i think in many respects in the national security side in a world that we've never inhabited. let me just make one additional point i know washington is fixated on the notion that personnel is policy. and while who a president appoints is critically important on the national security side, no doubt about it, the reality is there are two other factors that need to be taken into account. number one, what does the president want. and second what will the world allow? on the national security side. the president to do.
and when it comes to these appointments, particularly secretary of state it's critically important having worked for half a dozen that one of the key elements of success is that relationship with the president. unless you're the white house's man or woman state department and not state department's man or woman at the white house, you're -- your ability to influence a president and carry out a policy going to be highly constrained. so that's critically important variable in all of this. >> all right. i have to leave it there. jay newton-small, larry sabato, aaron thanks to you all. still to come, president obama overseas wrapping up his presidency and smoothing the path for the next one. his message to the world. wait and see. our mission is to produce programs and online content for african women as they try to build their businesses and careers. my name is yasmin belo-osagie and i'm a co-founder at she leads africa. i definitely could not do my job without technology. this windows 10 device, the touchscreen allows you to kind of pinpoint
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party's politics back home. >> i'm not worried about being the last democratic president. i think -- not even for awhile. i -- i -- and i say that not being cute, the democratic nominee won the popular vote. >> not only did hillary clinton win the popular vote her lead has been growing and now stands at about 1.3 million votes. in fact, nearly two weeks after election day, michigan is still too close to call. but of course that will not change trump's victory in the all-important electoral college. he breezed past the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the white house. let's get more from cnn's suzanne malveaux live in washington. hi, suzanne. >> hey, carol. well the president's schedule is really pretty light. no public events on his schedule today. tomorrow he's going to be honoring the recipients, the honor of the medal of freedom recipients, some 21 or so and then pardoning the thanksgiving
turkey later in the week. make no mistake about this, carol, the president very much invests in shoring up his legacy, whether or not it's saving obamacare, as much of it as he can, the iran nuclear deal, the paris climate agreement as well as shoring up our friendships and relationships with our allies, particularly those in nato. what we saw from the president overseas and what we're seeing here now is that he is really playing the role of comforter in chief, trying to address some of the concerns that people have under a trump administration, worried that there might be a erosion of our democracy and civil rights and even religious freedom. here's what he said. >> the president-elect now has to put together a team, and put forward specifics of about how he intends to govern. and he hasn't had the full opportunity to do that yet. and so people should take a wait and see approach in how much is
policy proposals once in the white house, once he is sworn in, matches up with some of the rhetoric of his campaign. >> carol, he also said he wants to be respectful of the office, that he is going to allow trump to simply move forward with his own platform and see how it goes. he says he's not going to pop off at every instance but rather really weigh in when he thinks that the ideals of the country have been threatened. and he also made the point, too, that he can't underestimate u.s. influence around the world, that there is a huge void no one can fill that void except for the united states, and that is something that president-elect trump should appreciate. carol? >> all right suzanne malveaux reporting live at the white house this morning. thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," trump's twitter attack on the broadway show "hamilton." the cast now responding after the prooesident-elect called fo them to apologize. but first we are moments away from the opening bell. christine romans is here with more on that, and some not so great news if you're looking to buy a home. hi, christine. >> hi, carol.
well the stock market will likely advance again today. you know there's been this sort of trump rally for the past couple of weeks. the stock market has been moving higher. dow jones industrial average getting ever closer every day to 19,000. number it's never seen before. but, with all that money going into the stock market, it's coming out of the bond market. and that is pushing up yields, and that means mortgage rates are rising, carol. the highest in 17 months. that means if you are buying a home or refinancing a home it's now pretty much more than 4%. a half a point bounce since the trump election. tax cuts, and higher interest rates expected to come under the trumponomics. that means mortgage rights are rising. your 401(k) is rising but your mortgage rates are rising, too. still historically low but above 4%. >> thanks so much. and the cnn money stream app is business news personalized. the only place you can follow the companies, business leaders and topics that matter most to
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and good morning i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. when america elected donald trump, it elected a new kind of president. one that engages via twitter with actors on broadway. by now you've seen brandon vick tofr dixon who plays aaron burr in "hamilton" issuing a statement on behalf of the show during a curtain call on friday. he urged vp-elect mike pence, who had been in the audience to uphold our american values. on sunday morning mr. trump tweeted the cast and producers
of "hamilton," which i hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to mike pence for their terrible behavior. dixon did no such thing on "cbs this morning." >> the president-elect is demanding on apology. >> yeah. i heard. >> we assume that no apology is forthcoming? >> there's nothing to apologize for. i was honored to represent our cast and our show in that way, and you know for me, i think the most important thing with respect to all of the emotions that everybody's feeling after this election is to make sure that people recognize that we aren't alone. we are here together. >> actually, mr. trump tweeted nine times over the weekend, four of those tweets blasted "hamilton," one blasting "saturday night live." so let's talk about that and more. brian stelter is here, the cnn senior media correspondent. alice stewart joins me, a cnn political commentator and a trump supporter. and adolfo franco is a former spokesperson for the romney/ryan 2012 campaign and rnc hispanic
advisory council member. welcome to all of you. >> thanks. >> nice to have you. so brian, why does this continue to be a story? >> the creator of "hamilton" were here he would say the world has turned upside down. the president-elect cannot help but engage in these battles. he wakes up, he turns on the tv, he reads the paper, he sees what people are talking about, he sees that mike pence has been assaulted or insulted according to trump, and then he lashes out. mike pence was not harassed by the cast of "hamilton." yes, there were boos. and that might have been disrespectful. but he was not harassed by the cast of "hamilton." there was a very respectful message read onstage by the cast of "hamilton." the entire show is a political message. so i'm surprised that trump would take that tone. but let's be honest, this plays into trump's hands. we are a divided america. a new pew study out this morning says 53% of the country is uneasy about trump. 51% is hopeful about trump. emotions are all over the place. we're a 50/50 country and this plays right into that.
this is the cultural war. >> so on that note, alice, mr. trump continues to engage in these fights instead of just asking the american people who chill. at the american music awards last night green day chanted no trump, no kkk, no fascist usa. listen. ♪ no trump no kkk no fascist usa ♪ ♪ no trump no kkk no fascist usa ♪ ♪ no trump >> so you get the gist here. is the entertainment industry inciting this kind of thing or is president-elect trump? >> well, look, i think in his version of asking america to chill, donald trump did just that when he gave his victory speech on election night, saying i pledge to be a president for all of america. and he wants to unite america. hillary clinton called up the next day saying let's come with an open mind, give him the opportunity to show that he wants to be a president for all america. we just heard from barack obama in your last segment about let's
have a wait and see approach and see how he does lead our country. and i thought -- >> but i hear you, alice, but, but we heard from mr. trump the cast of "hamilton" needs to apologize. >> look, i think, clearly mr. trump was standing up for mike pence. and saying, look, you know, that might not have been the appropriate venue. mike pence says he wasn't offended by it and didn't have a problem with it. look i think the way the cast member handled that, it was a very important message that he gave. i think he spoke for a lot of people in this country without a doubt. i think it was a very respectful message. i think what he said on the cbs show shows he is very committed to what he says. i think what he said and how he said it was important. and fine. but where he said it, i think it was not appropriate in the situation where mike pence was out with his daughter and her cousin having a nice, social, relaxing evening. but that being said it certainly has brought an important issue to the discussion, donald trump continues to lead the conversation or engage in the
conversation. so i think it clearly goes to show this is on people's mind, and we're happy to have the conversation. >> absolutely. because it is on people's minds, because this is the backdrop in which it's occurring. over the weekend, white nationalists clashed with protesters in washington, d.c. two white nationalists were injured when they went into the crowd with a video camera. new york city has created a special police unit to fight the uptick in hate crimes in this country. so, is this an overreaction or should the country be worried? >> well, i think it's an absolute overreaction. i really do. and i am amazed that people are criticizing the president-elect, quite honestly, before he's even had a chance to make pronouncements on his policies, other than i think very conciliatory gestures. one of them, for example, meeting with governor romney, who i worked for as a campaign in 2012, after a very bitter
statements that were exchanged. he certainly selected individuals, for example, to head up the cia, and apparently now with congressman pompeo, and apparently general mattis at defense, that are very conventional choices. but beyond that i'm amazed, carol, about something. in the 1990s, unless i got it wrong, bill clinton didn't even win twice did not win a majority of the popular vote. he won 40-some percent in both elections. i didn't hear a great uproar at that time about the country being divided, and policies, dividing us and so forth. this is frankly a lot of sour grapes that's going on. donald trump won the presidency. the country does have two distinct points of view. but apparently the other side is having trouble accepting it before he's even inaugurated. actually on this "hamilton" issue i will say this, i think the president-elect is absolutely correct. going to a theater doesn't mean subjected to a political tirade
by one of the actors after the performance. if that had happened to president obama on obamacare we'd all be on this set saying how inappropriate that would be. if that individual wants to write an op-ed or speak at some other forum that's his privilege, but to hold up the vice president, literally, and part of a program or performance that has nothing to do with politics is inappropriate. and it would not be tolerated if it were candidates on the left. >> and, brian, you have to admit that this is kind of turning into like the entertainment world against the president-elect. it's just kind of weird. >> well "hamilton" is a symbol for half the country and trump is a symbol for the other half of the country. i think it is that stark. we are going to see for four years, yes, the entertainment industry, some parts of the media, many minority groups, many nonprofit and other organizations, all stand up against this president. we're going to see it on inauguration day with mass protests. i think what we know by now is
that those initial protests out by trump tower were not a one-off. we're seeing it in many different corners whether it's at "hamilton" or at the american music awards or many other places. this is what we're in for for awhile. i do think it's inappropriate to call what happened on stage a tirade. i think all four of us know what a tirade -- we've all watched it. >> it was. >> there was no tirade. there was a very respectful statement made by the cast of "hamilton," cast members who are minority, cast members who are gay, cast members who are -- >> i do think -- >> yes it was a tirade. >> trump hasn't tweeted once about the booing. trump -- >> carol, one thing i think people will be pleasantly surprised is mike pence, the person this was directed at, they will be pleasantly surprised no one will be more able to reach across the aisle and work with republicans and democrats, black, white, male, female, gay, straight, than mike pence. he has done a tremendous job bringing people to the table to this point already. so for him to be the person that
was targeted for this message, i think people will be surprised at how he will be able to bring people together. and to help with donald trump and being a president and an administration for all of this country. >> sadly i think many democrats would disagree with you there. >> but, carol, if i can quickly on this, i think alice is absolutely right i think the vice president has been a gentleman about it. it is inappropriate for an actor to deliver this message. but -- on a stage. that's not part of why one goes to ray theater to hear a political statement made at its conclusion. but, secondly, this idea that of division in the country, i guess republicans in the past have been more respectable -- respectful of the democratic process, because we have accepted the results of elections when we disagreed with barack obama. we didn't stage mass demonstrations. we didn't stage mass demonstrations in 1990. although i believe this president was leading the country in the absolutely wrong direction toward a democratic socialism that many of us were
alarmed about. so, i don't see the -- this being other than an effort, i think quite an organized effort quite honestly, to do one thing, and that is to try to discredit the president because they did not accept the result of the election. >> okay, and i know we're running out of time but i want to talk about that organized thing. because it isn't any real evidence that there's any organization going on across the country. >> really? well we certainly had on the wikileaks when it came to the -- >> there was -- >> orchestrated by -- >> the same situation. >> but brian just just i mean i know you've looked into this there there isn't any orgd protest, you know, per se, any one entity organizing protests across the country. >> that's one story in "the new york times" today about how there was a lie on the internet about paid protesters all bust in against donald trump. great story in the "times" today about how that was not true was an example of fake news on the internet. we've got to be skeptical about these stories especially when trump says there's professional
protesters. yes there are people who are full-time activists in the country, that's true. but there's not a sense of some sort of man, you know, working the puppet here of controlling these protests. >> that's not what we had the wikileaks and "the new york times" is not exactly the most reliable of sources in my book. >> i knew you were going to say that. >> and that's the problem right there. >> well -- >> all right. i got to leave it there. thanks to all of you. >> thanks carol. >> still to come in the "newsroom,"00 dreads of pineline protesters clash with authorities in below freezing temperatures. just how ugly it got after the break. we approach life... by simply enjoying it. boost® simply complete. it's intelligent nutrition made with only 9 ingredients, plus 25 vitamins and minerals and 10 grams of protein. and look where life can take you! boost®. be up for it.™ i'm done. done with figuring it out for myself. i'm done with surprises. i'm done with complicated.
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a protest of the dakota access pipeline turns into what police call a riot. hundreds facing off with officers after setting multiple fires. authorities responding with tear gas and water cannons. cnn's paul vercammen has more for us this morning. hi, paul. >> good morning, carol. they say that 175 demonstrators
remain on this disputed bridge, and they're not being moved off that bridge right now by law enforcement. they've called them very aggressive. and as you pointed out, carol, at one point, the authorities used water cannons. actually they were fire hoses attached to engines, and they began to blast away the demonstrators. law enforcement officers also confirming that they used rubber bullets, and tear gas. now we do have one report from an organizer of the protest who said he believes at least 200 people have suffered from various injuries, including those blasts from those hoses, as well as a number of injuries that would be in the realm of people getting hit in the head with rubber bullets. also, there was one law enforcement officer injured. he was hit in the head with a thrown rock. authorities saying that they also were hit with rocks that were fired from sling shots, and burning logs were thrown their way. and some tribal leaders also calling out to the authorities saying it's very dangerous in 20
degree temperatures to be using these hoses because hypothermia is a risk and you could have a possible loss of life. so, tense standoff in north dakota right now, carol. >> all right, paul vercammen reporting live for us this morning. thank you. travelers going through o'hare might have some trouble getting their bags over the thanksgiving day holiday. at least 500 workers at the chicago airport say they will strike this week, and they're going to announce the start date later today. airplane cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and janitors expected to be on the picket line. they've been trying to get $15 an hour and better benefits. the subcontractors who hire those positions have not commented. we'll keep you posted, of course. still to come in the "newsroom," as bombs rain down in aleppo, syria, there are no hospitals left to treat the wounded. oh, a terrible situation there. we'll take you there next. ue of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry
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at least 27 people have been killed in kabul, afghanistan after a suicide bomber detonated a vest inside a mosque with worshippers inside. women and children were killed in that attack. another 35 people were injured. no group has claimed responsibility for the blast. a taliban spokesperson denied responsibility for the attack. a syrian family killed in a chemical gas attack, hospitals bombed with civilians inside. after six days of air strikes, more than 300 people have been killed in eastern aleppo. this is being called the deadliest week since the start of the syrian civil war. worse, there are no more functioning hospitals in east aleppo. that leaves a quarter of a million civilians still living
there without any access to emergency care, and the air strikes continue. cnn correspondent will ripley joins us from istanbul, turkey with more. hi, will. >> reporter: hi, carol. it is mind-boggling what is happening in east aleppo after that text message was sent out by the syrian regime telling people to get out or die, saying they would be targeting terrorist targets. what we have seen over the last week is the systemic destruction or severe damage of nearly every major medical facility in the city including the blood bank, children's hospital, over the weekend two major trauma centers were hit. one of the trauma centers that was hit, the icu, intensive care unit, took a direct impact. it was full of patients who had just been transferred from another hospital that was attacked just hours earlier. the syrian regime denies specifically targeting hospitals but so far inspectors with the united nations have not been allowed to go in and see for
themselves. a all we have to go on are accounts and videos that show patients limping down to the relative safety of the basement. of course, really in fear even in the basement area because they are afraid russia will join this onslaught once again as they did back in september, and drop bunker buster bombs that can pierce through six and a half feet of reinforced concrete. i want to show you this interview i did over the weekend with a man who lives in east aleppo. listen as you are watching this because you can hear several different explosions that are happening. he was down in his basement. these explosions were so loud we counted at least 17 during our 14 minute conversation. listen. ' >> we stay because it's our cities, because they stay because they have no place to go. we are not going to leave.
>> reporter: that was close. that one was close. >> i'm going to go. >> reporter: okay. be safe. i texted him afterwards and he said he was okay, but the force of that blast shook the entire building that he was in. imagine children in east aleppo who every single day have to live like this and have known nothing else for the younger generation of kids but the terror that's being inflicted on them. >> plus, where is he going to go if he leaves his home? where is there to go? >> reporter: well, what he told me is that there's been a lot of talk about the so-called humanitarian corridors that are set up for people to leave the city. but residents have heard accounts that there are snipers on both sides, the rebel side and the government side, that are aiming and firing at families that try to leave down these humanitarian corcorridors. they don't trust that they can safely evacuate. you have more than a quarter of a million people trapped in the city, not only are hospitals being destroyed, schools have
been targeted, residential buildings where families live. children over the weekend, a young girl was rescued from her home that literally collapsed around her. there was also footage of a young boy who was killed in a similar attack on his home. >> will ripley live from istanbul, turkey. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. where we explore. protecting biodiversity. everywhere we work. defeating malaria. improving energy efficiency. developing more clean burning natural gas. my job? my job at exxonmobil? turning algae into biofuels. reducing energy poverty in the developing world. making cars go further with less. fueling the global economy. and you thought we just made the gas. ♪ energy lives here.
good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. bracing for another busy day at trump tower. you are looking live at the golden elevators inside. this is the president-elect's transition headquarters in new york. this hour, he is scheduled to meet with the hawaiian congresswoman tulsi gabbard, a democrat. sources tell us she is being considered for a top job in the new administration. this comes after a weekend of pr political speed dating for