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hi there and welcome to cnn "newsroom" are in. i'm brianna keilar in washington. bringing the president-elect to baton rouge, louisiana, this hour for a rally in support of gop senate candidate john kennedy. louisiana senate runoff is tomorrow. the outcome will either pad the
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republican senate majority in the 115th congress or reduce it, and speaking of congress, before he left new york this morning, donald trump with the speaker of the house, paul ryan. here's ryan's ten-second response. >> a great meeting talking about our transition, excited about getting to work and hitting the ground running in 2017 to put this country back on track. thanks, guys. >> tonight donald trump holds his so-called 13th thank you rally in grand rapids, michigan. beginning with the bayou with cnn's ryan nobles. ryan, tell us why donald trump is heading where you are for this event today? >> reporter: as you mentioned, brianna, the runoff election takes place tomorrow here in louisiana. it won't affect whether or not republicans control the balance of power in washington in the u.s. senate, but it will matter whether or not they, how much seats they control that majority by, and if john kennedy is able
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to hold on for victory saturday and all polls show he is expected to do so, that will mean a four-seat majority for donald trump and it's clear that his incoming administration doesn't want to take any chances pushing forward his ambitious agenda. to a certain extent, this fits in with this thank you tour that donald trump is in, going on across the country. this is a state that voted for donald trump in november. it's a state that clearly supports him. big crowd is expected here today. a long line outside this airplane hangar in baton rouge. and, also, this is a state that donald trump visited during the campaign in august while they were being ravaged with flooding. the newspaper "the advocate" reminding trump of that visit here in august and telling him they still need a lot of help in the rebuilding process and to remember them when he takes office in january. brianna? >> brian, getting word about the meetings donald trump will have next week. which jump out to you?
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>> reporter: when talk about the ball, of power, one of those meetings clearly stands out. that's with west virginia senator joe manchin. manchin is a democrat, but he is very much a blue dog democrat. he represents a very much red state in west virginia. coal country, and he is rumored to be considered for perhaps the next secretary of energy or perhaps the next secretary of state. if manchin were to leave and go to the trump administration that would make democrats vulnerable in vest virginia. they have a democratic governor. initially the appointment would be a democrat, but then it would mean a very difficult special election battle to replace that seat. one republicans could easily pick up. another interesting name coming to trump tower monday, carly fiorina. someone trump battled with during the campaign. of course, trump made comments about fiorina's looks, took him to task in a debate. fiorina also coming to trump tower and former presidential
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candidate rick santorum. trump continues the busy visits as trump tower as he fills out his administration. >> thank you for that report from baton rouge. just in, president obama ordered a full review of hacking activity related to the 2016 presidential election. u.s. intelligence officials blame russia for the hacking. i want to bring in white house correspondent michelle kaczynski. just developing now. michelle, tell us what you know. >> reporter: hi, brianna. obviously the president wants something broader than what's been done already. i mean, they're calling it a full review, and we're hearing this from the president's top adviser on homeland security around counter terrorism who talked about it during a breakfast of which reporter was present and so didn't give a lot of detail, but we expect to hear from the white house soon during the daily briefing and will get more information then. remember, it was before the election happened that the department of homeland security and intelligence community put out a statement saying that according to the investigation done by the fbi, remember, this
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is pre-election, they determined that russia and the government of russia was behind the hacking going on. remember, the hillary clinton campaign, the dnc political e-mail systems were hacked. the intelligence community felt it was russia trying to influence the election. so what prompts this broader review now? well, this could encompass a longer period of time. could go through the election. it could be broader in the sense that it's looking at vulnerabilities as well. maybe there's more information out there. because we have been hearing from members of congress after they've gotten classified intelligence briefings that there's more information out there. so what's tantalizing about this is that we could hear much more detail as to what russia was up to and how they were doing it. i mean, as the intelligence community often says, they don't want to give away all of their sources and methods, but the white house did allude to possibly releasing some of this
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information publicly. also, a number of members of congress have been clamoring for more information from the white house. this looks like it will help satisfy those requests and we know that this administration has concerns how the next administration is going to handle the extremely complex, to say the least, relationship with russia. >> certainly a big concern there. michelle kaczynski at the white house. thank you so much. i am joined in d.c. by cnn political analyst and washington bureau chief for the "daily beas beast" jackie kucinich and wajua sommers. and intel officials say russia was behind this. what do you make of this, jackie? >> taking it to the next level. you've had senate republicans saying that, john mccain, they'll have a review. senate democrats calling for the declassification of some of the information that intel has seen.
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so having president obama take this to the next level as michelle said, there is concern about how this will be handled in the future, and this helps move that along. >> and so in having some of that declassified, the idea of sort of exploring that this is a reality? because we've heard donald trump want to doubt the veracity of it being russia behind the hacks. right? >> we have. we've heard that. listening through the course of the campaign and the way donald trump talked about russia, he also said in jest russian hackers should perhaps dig into the e-mails of hillary clinton and her allies. interesting to see if this happens before president obama leaves, before the inauguration and what donald trump will say thinking about our national security as it relates to russia. >> either way he has to confront this, if senate republicans decide to drive this, to keep on driving at this issue, which right now seems like lindsey graham and john mccain in particular are. >> not going to let it just sort of go away.
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okay. jim sciutto is reporting, something pretty fascinating. that on average donald trump is getting only one daily presidential briefing a week. far fewer than most recent president-elects, way fewer than his vice president-elect. is there concern he's not going to be prepared? when he goes into the white house? >> i think there's absolutely concern, and i think that concern isn't just among democrats or those who did not support donald trump when he ran for president. this is unprecedented. a president with limited national security and those involved in past administrations, a deep dive into some of the most serious issues of the day. while his team brushed this off, said he's preparing adequately, he appointed national security positions made those among his first appointees, cause for real concern and hearing it from democrats as well as some republicans. >> you're the president of the united states. seems like donald trump. >> the decider.
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as george w. bush said. >> this might about window how he's going to govern. in that surrogates. >> delegating? is that what you think it's going to be? >> what it sounds like. we'll see going forward. >> and a lot of people say that isn't sufficient. somebody working with the house speaker, you heard that ten seconds where house speaker ryan talked to donald trump and he came out and said, you know, very excited. he said that twice in ten seconds about getting the work in 2017. your read on that one? what did you think? >> house speaker paul ryan is someone who during the campaign certainly had differences with trump. i think he is elated to see republicans have not just control of the house but the senate majority. ready to move on, get to the next level talking about policies. paul ryan is a poly wonk. i covered him, he was mitt romney's -- >> he's nerdy? >> ready to get into the weeds of being able to push forward
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the agenda he's laid out for house republicans. repealing and replacing the affordable care act, policies republicans have had nor year but not able to deal with a democrat in the white house. >> a president-elect claimed during the campaign he saw muslims celebrating after the fall of the twin towers and picked a national security adviser who claims he's seen arabic language signs in new mexico directing arabic islamists to the border. take a listen to an interview given to breitbart back in august i. know from my friends in the border patrol, cdp, that there are countries, so there's -- radical islamist countries, state sponsored, that are cutting deals with mexican drug cartels for some of what they call the lanes of entry into our country. and i am personally seeing the
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photos of the, of the signage, say the signage along those paths, that are in arabic. >> okay. so there are no reputable, no official sources corroborating this, when we've asked, not getting a response. as far as we understand, this is patently false. what's the concern with michael flynn being the president-elect's top national security adviser when this isn't even true? >> this also isn't the first islamophobic thing that michael flynn has said. he has a history of saying things like this. and so -- but he doesn't have to go through a confirmation hearing. he doesn't have to go through some of the other cabinet, bars the other cabinet members have to pass. so until you see republicans and republican senators start speak out against michael flynn, hard to say there are conflicts for statements like this. >> michael flynn, one of his
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son, axed because he tweeted about pizzagate, an unfounded conspiracy theory. do you think, juana, that is a stein so sign that some of these ridiculous untree conspiracy theories, there will be less tolerance for them going forward? what do you think? >> i would certainly hope that's the cate case, because the issues we're talking about and the allegations michael flynn made and allegations about so-called pizzagate are really serious and i think hopefully donald trump is surrounding himself as president as people who understand the gravity of the issues we're talking about and able to clear house of those conspiracy theories. picking someone like michael flynn to serve at such a high post, peddled in conspiracy theories time and time again despite a very good intelligence career, i'm not confident that's what will happen here. >> turns out donald trump will stay on as executive producer of "celebrity "preseapprentice."
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weird. a potential conflict. kellyanne conway essentially said, why not? >> he is a very transparent guy. everyone can see what he's doing and the fact is that he is comparing with experts to tell him what he is allowed to do and not to do as the president of the united states, and if this is one of the approved activities, then perhaps he'll consider staying on. >> i'm fascinated -- fascinated by this! that he would be involved in "celebrity apprentice." >> he's having trouble step ago way from all of these things and no, he doesn't have to. should he? he should. >> yeah. >> funny, never thought i'd talk about a president with a part-time job. seeing president trump in the credits, i guess? why so many reputable experts both sides of the aisle, invested himself in businesses, turn them over to a blind trust.
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the idea the president will receive a salary from a major broadcast organization is just really not the kind of things we've seen the likes of in the white house before. >> even just dramatic or something that hams one week on "celebrity apprentice" somehow that gets into presidential politics. unfathomable. juana summers, jackie ckucinich have a great weekend. and what a nomination for working class americans means and waiting for the president-elect to take the stage at a louisiana gop senate ral pip we'll take you live to baton rouge when he gets going there. stay with us. (vo) it's the holidays at verizon, and the best deals are on the best network. (both) yes! (vo) with no surprise overages, you can use your data worry free and even carry over the data you don't use. and right now get four lines and 20 gigs for only $40 per line. and, just for the holidays,
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♪ they tell me i'm wrong ♪ ♪ to want to stand alongside my, my love ♪ ♪ whoa, talkin' 'bout my love ♪ keeping an eye on the markets, up. close to a major milestone. the 20,000 mark. the dow rallied some 1,300 points since donald trump's victory and why not to bring in cnn "money's" alison kosik to explain why that is. >> and the way the market see it, a donald trump as president will be good for business.
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good for the economy because he's going to usher in lower regulation, lower taxes and be a president in a time when you're seeing an up trend for interest rates. many interest rates are expected to be moving higher. it's amazing when you look where the dow is now. just -- less than 400 points shy of the 20,000 mark. how quickly it's gotten there if you look at the dow in the past year a week before election day, the dow was lower than 18,000. earlier this year, when oil prices were crashing, less than 16,000. so it's really moved very quickly. and also, if you are invested in the stock market, look at your portfolio. since the day after election day, about three quarters of the stocks in the s&p 500 have been in the green. brianna? >> okay. talk to us now about donald trump's pick for labor secretary, andrew puzder, head of the chain that runs carl's junior and better known as someone who opposes raising the
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minimum wage among other things, not surprisingly a departure from the obama administration? what can you tell u.s.? >> this pick is so controversial because a lot of the issues where he stands on the issue, most likely crossing his desk at labor secretary. you touched on one. minimum wage. opposes the $15 minimum wage but is for a smaller increase from the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. thinks $15 will hurt small businesses and wind up leading to job losses, and also an outspoken critic of obama care. in fact, said those rising premiums cause a government mandated restaurant recession, meaning, because everybody wassiwa wassiwa wassing spending on premiums had no money to spend eating out, and sick leave and blasted new overtime rules which would have expanded the number of people who get overtime. ironically, a judge actually suspended that rule, that president obama ushered in. a judge in texas did this a
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couple weeks ago, because this rule was supposed to go into effect december 1st but the judge needed time to look at the rule. brianna? >> interesting, alison kosik. thank you so much. i want to talk more about this nomination for labor secretary. such an important job, and the cnn global economic analyst is with us and "times" assistant managing editor joining us from new york. thank you for being with us. we're hearing, right, the new labor secretary is opposed to a new higher minimum wage. maybe increasing -- i should say opposed to increasing it tos 15 $15. maybe slightly higher, as you heard alison explain. and voiced opposition to the mandatory paid sick leave. what does it mean for workers of america? >> if i were a lower paid worker in particular, i would be a bit worried. two issues here. one is that this is someone who's run a company, fast-food
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chain, hardy's, carl jr.s with significant number of labor violations under the obama administration a study found 60% of the carl's and hardy's looked at violation of some form of labor laws. you want a secretary to enforce las. point one. point two, yes, even though too high of a minimum wage can certainly hurt small business. something policymakers need to take into effect, most larger businesses think about walmart, starbucks, actually raising wages for workers, and that's because we live in an economy that is made up 70% of consumer spending. if you don't have people having more money in their pockets, the economy can't really grow. particularly when most of the jobs created now are still low-level service jobs, that's a real problem for underlying economic growth. i think that the math here may be a little shortsided. sure, create more cheap jobs in the short term but are you growing the pie in a bigger way
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longer term? >> their argument, certainly puzder and those allies of his philosophy, is they are growing the pie with lower wages and fewer regulation. they say this is going to be fuel for the job creation machine. i know the disagreement here frequently falls on party lines, but what is the evidence about whether they are right or wrong here? >> so most economic studyies show that raising the minimum wage to over $10 an hour would have really a net neutral effect. it would not have an affect on job creation in the country. some states, particularly low-wage states, raise it much higher, it might have an effect. i arg grew the conversation we should be having around labor is not how to get a couple more dollars from low-level service jobs but how to actually train up a 21st century workforce that can do higher wage jobs? because bottom line, puzder himself, robots, a.i., software taking the lower level jobs
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anyway. if current trend lines occur. we need to talk about how to create a smarter, more productive middle-class group of workers that can really push growth forward, beyond what it is now. >> okay. here's what president-elect donald trump said last night in des moines. let's listen. >> whether it's producing steel, building cars or curing disease, we want the next generation of innovation and production to happen right here in america. we will have two simple rules when it comes to rebuilding this country. buy american and hire american. >> so the message there, rana, it's pretty clear. right? saying, buy american, hire american. is it that simple in a global economy? >> it's not "that" simple, no. economic growth is simple. economic growth is based on the number of workers you have in a country and how productive they are. what concerns me, demographics are actually hurt by some of the
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trump anti-immigration policies. you know, we need to talk about how to get more skilled immigrants in. how to get more immigrants of all ages and sizes into this country and also to raise the birth rate which is harder. we need to be talking about how to make workers more productive. meaning training, linking up the dots between educators and job creators. these are tough things. it's not all about just cutting taxes and regulation. we've had about 20 years of evidence showing that that really doesn't bolster growth beyond the 2% we have right now. >> he promised to deliver, though. see if he can and some of the philosophies of these folks are adjusted. rana, thank you so much. >> thank you. still watching, waiting for donald trump. set to take the podium in baton rouge and at a get out the vote rally for louisiana senate runoff. cnn will bring you those remarks live, and a quick programming note. tune in this sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern and pacific for the tenth annual cnn "hero's"
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president-elect donald trump is set to take the podium soon at a rally in louisiana. we'll bring you those remarks live once he hits the stage. should be rather soon. moving overseas into new developments in the war in syria. government forces tightening the noose around rebel-held eastern aleppo. russia says the syrian regime controls about 93% of the year after stepping up air strikes and ground fighting.
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thousands have fled and more may follow. fred pleitgen is the first western tv reporter inside what is the old city of aleppo. >> reporter: as the rebels increasingly lose their grip on aleppo, syrian armed forces continue to pound the besieged areas, many killed and wounded in the cross fire. we came to this front line crossing just as a man was being evacuated. claiming he was shot by rebels as he tried to flee. they shot me as i was running out, he says. they don't allow anyone to get poupt they said, are you going to the regime areas? the opposition strongly denies its fighters would harm civilians but the rebels acknowledge they won't be able to hold out in aleppo much longer, and that realization is leading to an avalanche of people trying to flee the rebel districts. syrian troops throwing some bread, but not nearly enough to quell the hunger of the many
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starving for months. the syrian military made major advancements in the past 24 hours. we see as the army moves forward more and more people are coming out of those former besieged areas. many of those fleeing, families with small children. struggling to carry the few belongings they were able to take. many overpowered by emotions. some with barely enough strength to walk -- others too frail to walk at all. the syrian army has amass add massive force on this front line. the local commander with a clear message to the rebels. look at the sea, he says, it's for your families. surrender yourself and drop your arms, come back to the country and hopefully our leadership will remain. for now, the fight goes on. this family one of the many to cross into government-controlled territory now in safety but
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still in agony. things used to be good, this elderly woman says. may god act out revenge on those who brought us these difficult circumstances and may god protect us. and so they walk on. weak and traumatized, moving into an uncertain future. fred pleitgen, cnn, aleppo. two separate bills putting major restrictions on abortions land on governor john kasich's desk. when the ohio governor sign them and will the supreme court take notice? you pay your car insurance
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bills restricting abortions and both await republican governor john kasich signature or veto and could virtually ban abortions in the state if they become law. late thursday lawmakers approved senate bill 127. it would ban all abortions after 20 weeks unless the health of the woman was in jeopardy. a democratic proposal to add an exception for rape and incest was rejected. this comes days after a measure known at the hartbeat bill. that would ban abortions from the moment that a heartbeat of a fetus is be detected. usually about six weeks into a pregnancy. sometimes before many realize they are even pregnant. i want to bring in now cnn senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin to talk about this. okay. jeffrey, what do you make of the chances of john kasich vetoing these bills? he does have personally a feeling that there should be an exception for rape and incest, but what do you think the future, just specifically of these bills could be? >> well, john kasich is well
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known to be against abortion as it general matter, but i think it's important to draw the distinction between these two bills. legally, i think, they're in very different position. the 20-week bill has a chance of being constitutional. you know, the supreme court just this bast june past june reaffi roe v. wade in a 3-5 decision and all three are still on the court saying that the states cannot place an undue burden -- that's the key phrase -- an aun due burden, on the right to an abortion. 20 weeks may or may not be an undue burden. i don't think the courts have really settled that issue. the heartbeat bill is clearly unconstitutional. under the current law of the land, there is no court in america, i think that would uphold the heartbeat bill, because that would affectively ban abortion in ohio, and since
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1973 in roe v. wade, the supreme court has said you can't ban aborti abortion. i think the two bills are really somewhat different. >> very different, but this heartbeat bill, for instance, where do you see the pathway for this? where does this end up next? is there a point, obviously, about just moving it forward and advancing it in the courts? >> you know, that raises the issue of the composition of the supreme court which, of course, is a very big issue and was in the last election. you know, justice scalia's seat, of course, now vacant, that seat would not tip the balance on abortion, because as i mentioned, you know, just this past june, the supreme court with five members who are still on the court reaffirmed roe v. wade in a very clear way. so in the immediate future, i don't think there is any threat that roe v. wade will be overturned, and i think any court would overturn the
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heartbeat bill. the question becomes, what happens if justice ginsburg, 83 years old, justice kennedy, 80 years old, stephen breyer, 78 years old, what if one of the three of them leave and then president trump replaces them? then everything's up for grabs on abortion, including overturning roe v. wade altogether. >> here looking in the next few years, maybe not immediately, there is a possibility -- when some people are concerned that roe v. wade could be overturned you're saying they really have a reason to be? right? >> oh, absolutely. but not today. >> not today. >> and not once president trump replaces antonin scalia, presumably sometimes in the first half of 2017. that will basically just restore the status quo of five justices in favor of abortion rights. four justices opposed. the real issue and the real political armageddon, if it
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happens, is if one of those five justices leaves during donald trump's presidency, and then you really do have roe v. wade on the table in a very clear way. >> all right. jeffrey toobin, thank you so much for breaking that down for us. appreciate it. and always good to see you. happy friday. you know, the mumps may be one of those childhood diseases we get vaccines for when we are kids. right now it's actually making a comeback and there are hundreds of cases around the country. they're making grown-ups very sick. cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joining me now from atlanta. sanjay, cases that are popping up in different parts of the country. various college campuses, in particular. the cdc says it's the worst in ten years? >> the ingredients for much outbreaks is you have people who are clustered together and in close quarters, why you often see them in dormitories, for example. and, also, even if you've been vaccinated as a child, typically
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people get two shots. the second shot coming between 4 and 6 years of age, very effective. problem, over time, 10, 15 years later, they can start to decrease in how much protection they're still offering. what is happening 10 to 15 years late people are often going to colleges. so clustering, vaccine starting to wear off and particularly in colder weather states, during the colder weather, the people are even more clustered. so that's what's happening here and we do see these blips from time to time. as you pointed out, the heightest in the last decade, but it goes up and down year to year. >> okay. so you mentioned that it's clustered. it's in dorms. i know a lot of times they, at least, very strongly, consider college students to get re-upped, if you will, on their mmr. why isn't that happening? >> well, it's been a back and forth for some time. you know, in some ways, brianna, it's logistics and a way that you can get kids in to get
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vaccinated. still living at home. you, you know, parents take them in to the pediatrician's office. talking about getting another sort of adult vaccination, at least adolescents, if you will, vaccination, sometime in the mid-teens, for example, it'sgis. you're right. it's come up. school districts have said we're going to mandate a third mmr, measles, mumps, rubella shot, at some point to offer longer immunity. just hasn't been done nationally yet but comes up almost every year as a proposal and if the numbers stay up, dwoeon't know they will, it's likely to gain more traction. >> what's the biggest danger with this virus? >> mumps, first of all, before vaccinations, i should point out, early '60s and earlier, 160,000 case as year. context. this year 2, 000 to 3,000 cases. it's very effective, these
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vaccines. no question about it, but it can be a serious disease. very contagious. why you see it again in dorms. spread through close contact. it can lead to that sort of characteristic swelling of the carotids, people think of the mumps, it can, in rare cases, cause inflammation of the brain. rare cases, cause death. hasn't happened in some time in the united states, but those are the big concerns. pointing out, the vaccines are not 100% effective. but if you take both shots, your effectiveness is typically somewhere in the 80% range. so it offers a lot of protection. >> certainly does. dr. sanjay gupta thank you so much for that, and we are waiting for the president-elect to take the stage at a louisiana gop senate rally. we're going to take you live to baton rouge when that happens. we'll be right back. hundreds of dollars on my car insurance with geico. i should take a closer look at geico... geico has a long history of great savings
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dillylann roof, and followi the trial. what do we expect in today's testimony, deb feyerick? >> jury hearing testimony, a confession by dylann roof. a two-hour video and audio made a day after the shooting when captured in shelby, north carolina. questioned by the lead prosecutors and tells the investigator what happened. the fbi investigator saying can you tell me about last night? roof says i went to that church in charleston and i did it almost a goofy laugh. >> did what? did you shoot them? yes, dylann roof says, with what? with a glock .35. he sat there a 15-minute period
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watching and when people stood up to offer prayer, closed their eyes, dylann roof says i didn't say anything before i pulled the gun. seven magazines, a bag, thinking, should i do it or not? for 15 minutes i could have walked out. i don't want to say it was spur of the moment. this is part of that two-hour almost confessional tape that the jury is hears today. yesterday they saw that video of him entering the church. see him adjusting his pants. see what looks like a glock there in his waistband and then not long after, he exits that very same church, the emanuel a & e church with a gun, peering around, see if anybody noticed. walks out. you see the gun in his right hand. that's what the jury is seeing today and also saw an image of dylann roof sitting with those parishioners during that study group, the image taken, a snapchat video by somebody killed.
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26-year-old tiey wanda saying y don't need to do this. a lot of emotion and drama. dylann roof mother suffered a heart attack after the first day of the trial. the jury is listening, focused and the story they are hearing is very graphic. brianna? >> heart wrenching and you can see it even watching going in and out of that a & e church. thank you for following this for us, deb feyerick. a reminder, we are awaiting the president-elect. he is expected to take the stage in baton rouge any minute now. we'll take you there with us. hang around. we'll see you in a moment. my e way better buddies since we started shopping at first down! that's because with we can shop over 700,000 items go to to get low monthly payments and the credit you deserve. that's a touchdown, buttercup! ♪ ♪ oww!
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out the vote rally for a louisiana senate runoff. we'll bring his live remarks when they begin. meanwhile, democrats and republicans at odds over a government shutdown at midnight. democrats threatening to block the bill if their bee d.demands. cnn's senior political reporter manu raju is following the story and joins me now from capitol hill. any closer to a compromise here, manu? >> reporter: not at this point, brianna. now, in this bill that would need to be passed to keep the government open until april 28th, it includes a four-month ex-tense of that coal miner health insurance program. what democrats are asking for is a year-long extension. this is the problem. the house of representatives is gone for the year. that means the senate has to act on this bill, because if it makes any changes, the house is
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not there to take it back up and have to vote, that it passes by midnight tonight, or the government will shut down. now, this effort is led by a number of coal state democrats who are up for re-election in 2018, including west virginia senator joe manchin, a democrat who's been on the phone all morning trying to get 41 members to vote against this bill when it comes up for a vote later today. he's not clear whether or not he has support, but in a bit of news here, a republican senator from west virginia, saying she will vote against this as well. another republican senator from a coal state, ohio senator rob portman is considering voting against it as well. he has not decided yet, but it's not clear whether or not democrats will stand firm against it. i just talked to senate minority leader dick durbin, the number two democrat, does not know if democrats have the appetite to force a government shutdown. brianna? >> manu raju, very important measure from the hill on that. thank you for watching
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"newsroom." "wolf" starts right now. hello. i'm wolf blitzer. it's noon in baton rouge, louisiana. 1:00 p.m. here in washington. 8:00 p.m. in aleppo, syria. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. up first, president-elect of the united states rallies republicans in louisiana. look at this. live pictures from baltin rur right now, we're we're waiting for the president-elect donald trump to take the stage. attending a get out the vote rally for republican candidate kennedy running for re-election. live, coming by, stand by. coming up soon. earlier met with paul ryan over trump


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