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front maj of this tabloid here saying why was he not already in detention. and that is the problem. yes. exactly. he was freed over the summer and on the run, on the loose despite all of that evidence. that is the big question. let's look a little more in our report. german authorities under strut any this morning amid the search for their country's most wanted man, anis amri, the fugitive walking fremonts ago despite his connections to extremism. >> one of the questions we're going to be sift through to understand why german officials failed to intercept this radicalized individual. >> he arrived a year and a half ago. his father telling a radio show that his son headed to cologne after spending four years in an italian prison. italian authorities say he was convicted of damaging state property, assault and arson in
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september 2011. in germany he was quickly placed under surveillance. in june his request for asylum in germany was denied, even as he was unable to return to his native tunisia because he didn't have a valid passport. two months later amri was arr t arrested of being caught with fake papers but released. still consider a risk to authorities with link to a radical peacher. >> the germans are going to put all of their resources to find this person and this killer and bring him to justice. >> now police warning that amri could be violent and armed and offering an over $100,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest after finding his id in the truck that killed 12 and injured nearly 50 this monday. authorities believe amri is part of an extensive extremist network inside germany recruitirecruit
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ing for isis. the ring leader of the network is this man, arrested in november of terrorism charges. >> reporter: a massive manhunt going on for anis amri with a reward on his head. will they find him? at the same time there's a lot of heavy guard going on. if you look over my shoulder, there's the christmas market. it's reopened. you can see the lights on. they put huge concrete blocks around that market. there are police with guns now watching it. it's the kind of image they would like to avoid from memories of 70 years ago but they're forced to do that because times have changed. >> thanks. >> appreciate it. stay with us to give us more understanding of this discussion. let's bring in cnn counterterrorism analyst phillip mud. the big headline this morning is they knew him and let him go. shame on them. is it as simple as that?
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>> i don't think it is. look, we've been talking about the intelligence here and whether there's an intelligence misstep. i think this is a bigger questione question. there's a policy about how you deal with immigrants or immigrants who have bad papers and get caught in the law enforcement net. to transition for a moment within i think this is why the conversations of the president-elect and his morning briefings are important. you have to look at this situation if you're going into the oval office and overlay what happened in terms of the immigration process with the criminal with what happens in the united states and say are there things that we could do differently at the department of homeland security to address this. that's why the president-elect needs to be talking to his advisers about events overseas. this is a big question not about what happened but the intelligence but what about happens with immigrants when they make mistakes after immigration. >> sure. i want to stick with you for one more second. the "the new york times" this morning is reporting that the u.s. also knew about this guy. let me just read you their
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reporting. they say he also appeared on the radar of the united states agencies, according to american officials. he had done online research on how to make explosive devices and community katcated with the islamic state. he was also on the united states no-fly list the officials said. so phil, when u.s. officials get word that somebody like that is loose in germany, what can they do? >> couple things they should do. fist a no-fly list has a couple of categories. that's a lot of people. if you actually no fly somebody, that is prohibit them from getting on a plane, in my world that is a significant step. that means you have a serious player on your hands. i'd like to nowhere he is someone who was designated for a pull aside or off an airplane. those characteristics you mentioned to me, that is communicating via telegram, which means he's communicating
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encrypted would put him at the high end of terror suspects. this is not somebody you look at occasionally, you check commercial data bases, you look at whether he's trying to acquire a weapon. that person requires al intelligence scrutiny at the top end. you start getting to a question that says he's not just one of a fire hose. what happened here. i don't have an answer for you. >> you have action and reaction. we're in that phase right now, chris. what are you hearing from german authorities and the berliners about what this motivates in terms of political response, especially with angela merkel and the elections that are coming up and her position of being embracing of almost 1 million refugees so far. >> reporter: that's the big question. one guy who drove a truck into a christmas market turned the entire refugee policy on its head? we don't know yet. but we did see a lot of activity last night.
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we saw far right neo-nazis protesting a few yards away. a counter demonstration against them saying the refugees are welcome. we saw another protest them -- this is more worrisome, the alternative for germany. they were protesting outside of chancellor merkel's chancery right now. one of the leaders of that party is saying that those 12 dead in the market overmy shoulder are merkel's dead. they're trying to make political mileage out of this. there's a local election coming up in the spring, a national election coming up in the fall. there had been four other terror attacks earlier this year. merkel went down in the polls for a while but bounced back up. will this be the same scenario, we don't know yet. >> phil, president-elect trump has basically said that this is proof that he was right when he was asked about a muslim ban. it sounds as to he's reinforcing
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his call for that in the united states. i know that you are not a political pundit but from law enforcement standpoint, we have heard that that does more harm than good. can you explain why? >> look, we have an adversary, isis and its predecessor al qaeda that has a goal. they want to be peers with us on the military field and political battlefield. they want to draw us into a fight so they can tell the rest of the islamic world who doesn't believe with them, hey were the americans are our enemies, they invaded iraq, they're in syria, we are your defenders. as soon as we say that we have the keep the entirety of the muslim faith out of our country, isis will use to this to say i told you so. please align with us. we can't allow them to have what they want. that is a fight of
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civilizations. that's the muslim world against the christmas world. it's not a political statement. it's a statement from me with a simple purpose. don't give the enemy what they want, allison. it's as simple as that. >> but it's a little bit of a feel good policy. people feel save when they believe they're insulated from the threat. which leads to the question, how big is the threat? how many people are there like this guy if you categorize him as someone who is known, who is trying to get into the bad game and who winds up being in the radar of the authorities? >> chris, the threat is modest. it's not that big if you put it in context. my question for people who get emotional and political about this, if you want to have a fight, give me facts and numbers. if you look at the state of violent crime in this country which has been on the decloin for years , if you look at who commits it, if you look at
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deaths from op yoids, i'm going to visit a friend of mine who lost a son to opioids. those deaths in inner city america dwarves what happens with terrorism. we'll get more terrorism in this country and my question is do you want to look at those incidents in isolation or do you want to ask what's an effect to an american child. i worry about gangs, drugs and synthetic opioids. i don't worry about terrorism. >> chris and i were in paris after the attacks. i was in brussels as well after the attacks there. and i was so truck with how life was going on. we saw mothers out pushing babies in strollers the next day. people got back to their lives. what is happening in berlin today? >> reporter: well, chris, that is really what -- i mean i talked to some people here and that's exactly what they say. life goes on. if you look over my shoulder you
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can perhaps see there are people on the streets. this christmas market as opened again with concrete blocks around it. but it's still open. i saw people in santa hats but i saw more people with flowers and roses to lay for those who died. there's a mix of a sense of mourning but a sense of they want to get on with their lives. they don't want to see a police state. yes, there is a debate on how much more individual freedom to compromise a bit more than in the past. we saw in merkel's cabinet just approved for surveillance for areas. that's a big topic. they're not going to be so easy to persuade on that but perhaps after this attack it might be more possible to clamp down a bit more on security and perhaps to clamp down a little bit more on refugees coming in. >> every time one of these things happens it increases the
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tension between freedom for team like refugees and muslims and freedom from those people moving in. >> we're having that conversation right now. chris, phil, thank you very much. president-elect trump tackling terror and trade. two new names added to his administration in an effort to boost the u.s. economy, this as as his transition team floats the idea of an early executive action to impose tariffs on imports. let's bring in jeff zeleny live in mar-a-lago. >> reporter: making his first comments on the ram panel in berlining with calling it an attack on humanity as he received his first intelligence briefing yesterday as he met with national security advisers here in mar-a-lago. but this morning we're getting a clear sense of his new economic policy simply by the people he's
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naming to join his team. first, peter navarro, a tough critic on china who says that china is leading on economic war against the u.s. he's also joined by carl icahn, who is going to be in charge of regulatory reform. taken together those two make clear that donald trump focusing front and center on trade in china. this morning we're learning new information about a potential early executive action that donald trump is also considering. that would be proposing a 5% tariff on any foreign imports. now that is going to be incredibly controversial among business groups and protrade groups and members of the republican congressional majority, particularly who are pro-trade. that is one of the early fights that will be happening in the administration. but we just a few moments ago got word that kellyanne conway
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is going into the administration. she's going to be named as a counselor to donald trump, a counselor to the president. she had talked about not wanting to join this administration simply because of her young family and other things but she will now be a counselor to the president, a sign that she will be one of his top advisers when he takes office 29 days from today. >> jeff, thanks for that bit of breaking news. kellyanne conway is going to join us in about an hour to talk about her new title, what it means and the issues facing the president less than a month before inauguration day. who is president-elect trump getting his intelligence information from and only getting intelligence communications once in a while, is that enough. our intelligence analysts discuss next.
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president-elect trump says the terror attacks in germany and turkey this week have proven him right. >> we have intelligence right
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now. what's going on is terrible. >> has it caused you to reevaluate your plans to ban muslim immigration in the united states? >> you know my plans. i've been 100% correct. what's happening is disgraceful. >> let's bring back phil mudd to talk about this. also cia director and formerbas. i want to start with you. i don't know if you could hear the audio but basically mr. trump is saying he has been proven right about his calls for a muslim ban and he says you know my plans all along and that hab hasn't really changed. we don't know what that is. husband plans have actually changed. but putting that aside for the moment. we heard phil mudd say this is
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exactly the wrong thing to do, to set up the us against them narrative only actually increases tension and crime and terrorism. what's your thought in. >> this is a difficult and complicated problem. a restriction on muslim immigration might well run afoul of the first amendment. i imagine there are cases on this. it's an interesting and important legal question. you've got that issue just for starters. secondly, you've got the fact that we are at war with a subset of islam. but certainly not with all of isl islam. if you look at indonesia for example and the history of people such as gus doer, late former president of the country, what a marvelous spokesman for civil liberties. indonesian islam has been very
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libertarian with respect to other religiou i think what you have to do is set that aside and based on people's behavior, infiltrate, like giuliani and his colleagues did in new york right after 9/11, you have to infail trait groups that are potentially hostile. you have to go to the restrictions. you can't go past legal restrictions and constitutional restrictions but you can do a lot more than we're doing now. you have to play offense. >> what do you think we're not doing now. when it comes to refugees, that's the most extreme vetting to use the president-elect's term that we have. they go through more layers than anybody else trying to get in the country. >> i don't believe they can use dna in germany without there being a criminal charge.
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so i don't know how that works in the united states. but if we have a restriction on dna sampling, for example -- >> let's go to phil. you worked with the policy. the idea that we should do more than we're doing right now, or is what you're hearing from mr. woolsey and from the president-elect's team basically what we are doing now with a political overlay of let's be tough. >> i think we're asking entirely the wrong question, chris. i do not believe when you're looking -- if you go to jfk, dulles, l.a.x., when you're looking at the number of people coming into the country that you can determine with any certainty what's going on in the mind of a potential immigrant. i would flip the question. when i looked at investigations at the fbi, once people are beyond the barrier and into this country, i thought we faced a fundamental problem. what right do you give somebody who is not a citizen once they become involved in an
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investigation. do you have to prove beyond a rona reasonable doubt that they've committed a crime. if they become involved on the internet with an isis chat room, should that be enough to expel them from the country. the question is vetting people before they get into the country. i don't think it's doable. the question is what to do with them once they get in the country. >> while you're on this point, if they're on an isis chat room what can we do right now? >> my answer is pretty straightforward. there should be latitude for federal law enforcement to expel people before they've been proven to commit a krcrime. they should not go into a complicated legal process with a judge before we can throw them out. i saw too many cases, we were spending too much time and money with our tax dollars to chase somebody that should not be given the same rights as a u.s.
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citizen. i think we should allow immigrants from everybody, including from high risk countries are. but once they get here, our question should be if you violate a basic regulation, you're done, whether it's drugs, whether it's isis, you're out. that would be my view. >> back to you, mr. woolsey. what you're describing as the complexity and what you want to be careful not to do is very much in conflict with what we're hearing from the man you advise, the president-elect of the united states. he does not want to be bothered with the complexity that you're talking about. he's saying this is simple. they're bad, keep them out. >> it depends on who they are. for example, i don't know of any restriction that would prohibit one from banning all immigration from say syria. it's a tough and perhaps an unwise approach but i don't see any constitutional problem with it. whereas banning muslims from immigrating into the united states may run into conflict,
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problems with the first amendment. i think you need some good legal brief writing to figure out where you stand on that. >> how do you explain his coming to such a different conclusion than your own with respect to what law he has to respect and whether it makes sense? >> i have advised four presidents, two republican and two democratic. i never tell people what i say to them and what they say to me. i'm not going to start with you. >> that's fine. the president-elect has a conclusion that's very different from what you're suggesting right now. >> well, draw whatever conclusions you want. >> mr. woolsey, se also understand as we've heard from the president-elect that he doesn't think he needs to get the daily intelligence briefings. we hear from barbara starr that on average he's getting three a week. are you comfortable with not getting them on a daily basis? n
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>> well it depends. most of us can read father than we can listen. president clinton didn't want to have the daily brief going through for him. he wanted to read it. he would annotate it, write notes back to me saying jim, this sounds like a chapter from kaplan's new book. what do you think? >> he was still getting information daily. this is a little different. >> it depends on how to president wants to proceed. if he wants to proceed by having some things read to him, other things he reads himself. that's up to him. >> i mean the frequency. so he's not doing it every day, he has said. are you comfortable with that? >> sounds like president clinton, another matter. it depends on what it is. if you get the information by some combination of talking with your top two or three security aides, having your national securitied a viedser or director from the cia saying mr.
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president pay particular attention to paragraph two on that panel, you can do this in different ways. you don't have to sit there and have somebody read a briefing to you every day. >> okay. got it. thank you. trump's transition team is saying he may start his presidency with an executive order to improse tariffs on imports. is this something he can do legally and what should he do in terms of passing a tax that may hit you in the pocket? cnn plit colitical commentator michael --
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president-elect trump criticized many of president obama's executive orders and said on the cam pawn trail that he will get rid of them on day one. now he may start his term as president with an executive order of his own, placing tariffs on imports. joining us, cnn political commentator, michael smerconish. mike, allison dismissed out of hand my tutorial on why the law is a thicket around tariffs. >> little tedious. >> let's cut to the chase. do you think congress will let or the law will allow donald
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trump to do his own tariff of 5% or any percent on imports? >> i thought that the broccoli had all been handled in the first part of the program with errol louis. when i was watching i was say to myself thank god it will not come up during my segment. but since you're bringing it up, here's the political answer. i think he's going to face stiff opposition. and what's unique is that the opposition is going to come from within his own party. ideologically speaking, he's got a team surrounding him. but this is an outlier. it will put the president-elect at odds with the united states chamber of commerce. so given republican control of the house and senate, it doesn't bode well with him on the issue politically speaking. something else that you noted at the outset, he was such a vor
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receive rouse critic of president obama's use of executive order. here he is seeking to do something not conservative and to do it by executive order. it's an indication of how unusual these next four years may be. >> how the tables have turned. this is fascinating to watch. as you say, paul ryan, mick mcconnell, mike pence at one time, they do not like this. and then the commerce secretary designate, wilbur ross does like it. i guess we sit back and see who wins this one. >> trade has always been ideologically speaking one of those politics makes strange bed fellows issues. nafta was supported by bill clinton but he didn't have union support. tpp has been supported by president obama but again without union support. donald trump may draw union support in what he's seeking to
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do with the tariff but he's not going to have the chamber of commerce and he's not going to have the leaders of his own party. >> let me ask you something that's simple that only requires you to have a opinion. how do you feel about the latest cabinet appointments, karl icahn and navarro has someone who advices on trade, especially with him being a known opponent of china. >> i think what he's done is he's assembled this billionaire boy's club. you're heard his diefense of it to say i want winners. i understand that. there's some aspirational quality of donald trump and these picks that causes blue coll collar, a lot of why guys to have been supportive of trump because they look at the team and say geez, i'd like to be in that club. i'm a little troubled by the idea that you judge a man or a woman only by the size of their
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wallet. >> carl icahn, mr. trumped a myers h admires him. he talked glowingly about him. >> and akann saicahn said he wo join. his title would be special adviser. the question is how much clearance does he get. he has a special title but only a phone call away. >> isn't he tasked with cracking down on overregulation? >> i think he's going to be an advice guy. >> let's bring mickhael smerconish in. >> i think he gets to whisper in the president's ear. the president gets to benefit of saying that icahn who is i connick soeco iconic associated with this administration. but he doesn't come with the reck sit requirements. compromise is a good word. >> he's so happy. >> for me to get an agreement
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out of you. >> one last thing, the popular vote, the official numbers are in. hillary clinton won by 3 million -- >> getting close to 3 million. puts trump at the bottom of the list except for tilldon and haze, the smallest percentage of the popular vote yet winning the presidenc presidency. >> what are we to make of that. >> i've been having the debate day in and day out. people who are pleased with the election, if they were for donald trump and pleased that donald trump won, they say the electoral college, the founding fathers, there is some purpose to this. those who are disappointed, instead they say it's a vet taj of a bygone era. it's not the proper time to be having this conversation. the question is in six months when there are cooler heads will
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anybody be interested. i hope so. >> nobody makes more of this fact than the president-elect. he's obsessed with questions about the legitimacy of the p z presiden presidency. >> he says that's because we've talked about it. >> he's talked about it the most. >> you can check out smerconish 9:00 a.m. on saturdays. the queen forced to skip her usual christmas trip. why? next. there is no typical day. there is nothing typical about making movies. i'm victoria alonso and i'm an executive producer... marvel studios. we are very much hands-on producers. if my office... ...becomes a plane or an airport the surface pro's perfect. fast and portable but also light. you don't do this 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for... ...decades if you don't feel it in your heart.
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dreamers fearful. cnn's rosa flores has their story. >> making these with her mom is a tradition she wants to keep alive even after donald trump is sworn in. >> she's the best cook i know. >> a dreamer who grew up in chicago turned dacca recipient. brought to the u.s. as a child and asked by the obama administration in 2012 to come out of the shadows were a work permit. dacca help eed her overcome the fear of being undocumented. >> with the fear going away, there was empowerment. >> but katrina's mother doesn't have dacca protection and after a growling election cycle where president-elect donald trump vowed to round up and remo undocumented immigrants. >> there will be no om necessity. >> she's more fearful ever for
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her mom and herself. immigration attorneys are telling their clients to prepare for the worst. >> we're preparing the way that we can respond both legally and through community activism, through organizing the challenge the policies he will implement. >> dreamers are digging in their heels, participating in protests. hoping his election talk was just bluster. recently he softened his tone about dreamers to "time" magazine saying, quote, we're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud. but his appointment of immigration hard liner jeff sessions as u.s. attorney has immigrants fearing the new administration will make good on its promise to implement mass deportation, even of historically low priority dreamers. >> no, i don't trust him only because he thinks very little of us and he made that clear from
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the beginning of his campaign. >> the dreamers we talked to are prepared to fight for comprehensive immigration reform. so their parents can stay too. >> donald trump is really between a rock and a hard place here because one of the things that thrust him into the oval office was their fur vant desire for a tough on immigration position. and yet we know from polling, 9d 0% of americans believe they should have some ability to stay here legally if certain requirements are met. >> we're a force to be reckoned with. i think he should be preparing himself for this sort of fight for us trying to stay toths with our parents and our community members. >> the hope is that this supper with mom won't be their last in america. rosa flores, cnn chicago. all right. there are growing concerns about the health of queen elizabeth and her husband phillip after both scrapped christmas travel plans said to be battling heavy colds. the queen north is 90 years old.
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prince phillip 95. buckingham palace announced that the queen would reduce her workload. breaking overnight, the death toll in the mexico fireworks disaster raising to 33 people. 28 of the dead have been identified. authorities say it could be another few days before they're able to identify the other five victims. desperate family members are at the scene checking hospitals, waiting on word of missing loved ones. the expected republican repeal of obamacare is not stopping a record number of people from signing up for obamacare. the health and human services secretary says 6.4 million people made the deadline for coverage beginning january 1st. that is a boost of 400,000 people from the same time last year. more new customers could sign up by the end of january. that coverage would begin in march. well this panda may look
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all seems beautiful to me. protesters erupt in anger after north carolina lawmakers failed to repeal the so-called bathroom bill in a special session. so as of now, that controversial measure is still state law. cnn's nick valencia is live in raleigh, north carolina, with the very latest. good morning, nick.
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>> good morning, alisyn. boy, what a day yesterday. nine hours after the legislature started, they adjourned without coming to a conclusion on the very issue that they were there to meet about. the day started with political fireworks and ended with drama. for now house bill 2, the so-called bathroom bill, is law in the state. frustration boiling over in north carolina. lawmakers failing to repeal the state's controversial bathroom bill after more than nine hours of closed-door meetings and negotiations. known as house bill 2, the legislation requires transgender people in public buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender assigned at birth. >> the legislature had a chance to do the right thing for north carolina, and they failed. >> reporter: incoming governor democrat roy cooper slamming the republican-controlled legislature for their actions during wednesday's special session.
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which was called solely for the purpose of overturning the law. >> i'm disappointed. that we have yet to remove the stain on the reputation of our great state. >> reporter: the law, signed by outgoing republican governor pat mccrory in march, sparked outrage across the country and resulted in economic losses for the state. with businesses, sports associations, and cultural figures, all pulling out of the state in protest. and the justice department filing a suit to challenge the measure. mccrory, who has blamed his election loss on the bill, pointing the finger at democrats wednesday saying in a statement, quote, this was at least the third time that pressure from the left sabotaged bipartisan good faith agreements for political purposes. >> we're here on constitution. >> are you planning on voting no, then, against the repeal? >> i plan on voting no on anything that's done here because it's all unconstitutional. >> reporter: the bitter back and forth coming as each side accuses the other of playing politics and failing to live up to the terms of a reported deal
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to ensure the repeal of the contested bill. the next time the legislature is expected to meet is january 11th. but there's no guarantee that house bill 2 will be put on the agenda. state lawmakers telling me that yesterday was their best chance at repealing the bathroom bill. chris? >> all right, our thanks to nick. let's bring in chris sgro, north carolina state representative, also the executive director of equality n.c. he's a democrat. state representative, thank you very much. this was a special session designed to deal with the bathroom bill. what happened? >> well, we failed yesterday. we were meant to come in to special session and do the things that we have needed to do for 275 daze, and that was repeal house bill 2. every single day of those 275 days since house bill 2 has been in effect our economy has
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suffered. we've lost jobs. we've lost performers. we've lost ncaa tournament games. we've lost the nba all-star game. gay and transgender north carolinians have suffered and been at direct risk for discrimination and violence, and we failed yesterday. and that is at the hands of phil burgher and tim moore, our legislative leadership in the house and senate. we -- i don't know what the next step is. but we are going to have to figure out how to repeal house bill 2 through the legislature, because we had a good-faith deal. >> well, this wasn't just about a vote not going the right way. there was an amendment put in to the bill that is now in play that wound up being the disturbing factor for people on your side of this. what is that amendment? and why was it objectionable to you? >> well, there were last-minute political antics that were untenable at that point. we came there to do one thing and that was repeal house bill
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2. the entire bill did is bad. and we needed to repeal that in order to fix our economy. we've lost $650 million in revenue in the state of north carolina. our reputation has suffered deeply. and there was an amendment that would have doubled down on house bill 2. >> how? >> it would have been house bill 2.2. because it would have said that municipalities would have continued to be preempted in their efforts to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in their cities. >> let's just explain what that means to people who don't speak legislative jargon. it was called a cooling-off period, even though this bill was going to be repealed it said to the localities you cannot pass any anti-discrimination ordinances for a certain period. and you objected to this because? >> well, they said for an indefinite period of time. until the end of the 2017 legislative session. that municipalities could not even consider how to protect
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their own citizens. that was not the repeal of house bill 2. that was the doubling down of house bill 2. the problem all along has been that we can't trust this legislature. they wanted us to trust their intent. we trusted their intent. folks trusted their intent first time around when they passed h.b. 2 and look where it's gotten us. $650 million worth of lost revenue later. tons of discrimination later we are where we are, 275 days later. so yesterday we came in to have a clean repeal bill and we had antics, instead. >> well -- >> we wasted $42,000 to be in special session yesterday so that phil burger and tim could perform political antics. >> phil burger put out a statement that he was putting the politics on your side of the blame column saying their action proved they only wanted a repeal in order to force radical social
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engineering and shared bathrooms across north carolina, at the expense of our state's families, our reputation, and our economy. your reaction? >> i am a member of the lgbtq community. and what i will tell you is this. the ordinance that the city of charlotte passed exists in 100 plus other cities across the country, including places like jackson, mississippi, the liberal bastion of jackson, mississippi, orlando, florida, and atlanta, georgia, and that same ordinance has existed in minneapolis, since 1973. with no problems. it's not radical. it's necessary to protect citizens. charlotte was updating their policies to be a 21st century city. what's radical is senator phil burger, and house bill 2, the worst anti-lgbtq bill in the thags that continues to say to everybody that north carolina is closed for business. that is a failure of leadership. and he can try to lie to north
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carolinians all that he wants but we know, and it was demonstrated in the last gubernatorial election when pat mccrory lost because he supported house bill 2 that we're not buying it. >> now what you're seeing play out in your own legislature is a little bit of a reverberation of part of the culture war that took place in the national election. there was pushback on democrats that you know there's too much focus by your party on diversity issues, and fringe issues, which is you know what your political opponents would call something like the transgender bathroom quality issue that the democrats focus on this too much, and that they've lost touch with mainline north carolinians in your place, and americans overall in the national election. do you accept that? >> no. north carolina actually is exemplary of what the real trend is here. i am a mainline north carolinian. we won the governor's race because a diverse group of north carolinians at the leadership of the north carolina naacp and dr. reverend barber fought hard
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against discrimination. stood up and said social issues are economic issues. when you discriminate against people of color, when you discriminate against the lgbtq community, when you discriminate against anybody it is bad for your economy. it is why we won the governor's race here in north carolina. that is why roy cooper, along with the fact that he's a wonderful leader of our state is now the governor-elect and pat mccrory is not. so it's a misnomer this -- this idea that we cannot have protecting people's civil rights go hand in hand with the economic justice of the united states. they're tethered together forever. >> we'll see what the new governor can do to get progress on this new bill. many in the legislature don't know what the way is forward. but people thought equal protection of the lgbtq community was done with the gay marriage supreme court decision. clearly there's a lot of work still to do. representatives sgro, thank you
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very much for joining us. we'll stay on this story. >> thank you, chris. >> there is a lot of news this morning. there's breaking news out of the investigations in germany. let's get right to it. >> the manhunt is on for 24-year-old tunisian anis amri. >> from the moment he came into germany they were suspicious of him. they wanted to deport him. they arrested him. let him go. >> it's a race against time. this man is armed and dangerous and likely to strike again. >> congratulations young lady. you are now a six-day champion. >> a run of skiff and maybe a little bit of luck. >> cindy stowell fighting through her pain to make her jeopardy dreams a reality. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> what a story the jeopardy story is. >> cannot wait to hear from the family. >> that will be happening at the end of this hour. welcome to your "new day." it is thirst, december 22nd. 8:00 in the east. police in germany are still
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searching for the suspect in monday's terror attack on a christmas market in berlin that killed 12 people and injured dozens more and we just learned two americans are among those hurt. investigators are looking for anis amri and say he is violent and armed. >> here's another problem, german authorities are not unfamiliar with amri. they had him in custody before. he was on the u.s. radar, as well. the germans have caught him with forged documents. they held him and released him. with why? cnn has all the updates covered this morning beginning with chris burns live in berlin. this is a troubling new piece of information. how does it figure into the reporting? >> well, chris, exactly, i mean you look at these terrible headlines, just one of them saying why wasn't he already in prison? he had been. he had been held and he was released. take a look at our report explaining that. german authorities under
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scrutiny this morning amid the search for their country's most wanted man. anis amri. the fugitive walking free despite concerns about his connections to extremism. . >> one of the questions we're going to be sifting through to make sure that we understand how german intelligence failed to intercept this particular radicalized individual. >> reporter: amri a native tunisian arrived in germany a year and a half ago, his father telling a radio show that his son headed to cologne after spending four years in an italian prison. italian authorities say he was convicted of damaging state property, assault, and arson in september 2011. but they note he was considered a petty criminal. in germany he was quickly placed under surveillance believed to be in touch with radical islamists. in june his request for asylum in germany was denied. even as he was unable to return to his native tunisia, because he didn't have a valid passport. two months later amri was arrested after being caught with


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