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good morning. i'm suzanne malveaux. thanks for joining me. happy holidays. we begin with sad news. the sudden death of pop singer george michael. shocking fans and entertainers around the world. ♪ wake me up before you go-go >> the wham! singer shot to fame in the '80s with this cult classic. later in his solo career he sold more than 100 million albums. tributes pouring in as fans learn the news. ian lee is live outside his london home with more. i understand there are people outside the home who really want to express condolences today. >> reporter: that's right. you can actually see right here all these tributes that are
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coming, a lot of personal messages like one saying last christmas, you gave us your heart, we give you ours this christmas. lot of people just devastated by this news. we are also hearing on twitter from ellen degeneres saying i just heard about my friend's death. he was a brilliant talent. i'm so sad. george takei said rest with the glittering stars, you found your freedom, your faith. it was your last christmas and we shall miss you. a lot of people in shock because he was so young, 53 years old, and it is being reported that it was heart failure was the cause of death. there are people here sharing personal memories and just sharing their thoughts about him as an artist. i have one here with me. just tell me what was george michael, what did he mean to you? >> george was everything to me. i loved george from when i was 7 years old, followed him for over 30 years of his career, went to countless tours.
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everything was george. my son was born on george's birthday. my second child was born on st. george's day. my connection to george and his music will go forever. >> reporter: this news, how shocking was it? >> i felt it was a hoax. my phone, there was messages coming out of my phone every second. i genuinely believed it was a hoax. then i got home and i just crumbled into a million pieces. i can't even tell you what i'm feeling. i have no feeling. >> reporter: this is someone who also had an impact on people not just through his music but he was a strong advocate for the lgbt community as well as a strong advocate for aids awareness. suzanne? >> yes, i loved george michael, grew up on him. he certainly was courageous and soulful and just a wonderful talent. thank you so much. appreciate that. a blistering rebuke from benjamin netanyahu, threats by republican lawmakers now to withhold u.n. funding and the u.s. ambassador summoned by
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israel. this is just some of the fallout after the u.n. security council voted 14-0 to condemn israel's settlements in the west bank. netanyahu now is accusing the obama administration of coordinating that vote while the u.s. says it had no role in proposing or drafting the resolution. want to bring in cnn's oren lieberman from jerusalem. israel is now voicing new concerns this morning. why don't you lay that out for us and tell us where we are going with this this morning? >> reporter: the new concern is that there could be another u.n. security council resolution, one that would try to lay out parameters or conditions for negotiation between israelis and palestinians, trying to move forward the process on discussion of some of the most sensitive complex issues, borders, how to look at jerusalem, palestinian refugees. israel is absolutely against this but fear it may happen ooi either in the next week or sometime in the first two weeks of 2017 when there is supposed
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to be an international peace conference in paris israel has said it will not attend. that resolution is israel's greatest concern right now. yet prime minister netanyahu very much not afraid to lash out at president barack obama and secretary of state john kerry. he blames them pretty much directly for this resolution saying he colluded on drafting it and getting it through. those are accusations that israel -- that the u.s. and even the palestinians deny. netanyahu summoned not only the u.s. ambassador but ten other ambassadors from countries that voted for this resolution but the other countries met with the foreign minister. it was specifically the u.s. ambassador to israel, president obama pointappointee, who met privately with netanyahu. netanyahu expressing his anger in that meeting, as he has so many other times in the course of the last couple days, leaving no doubt he's done working with president obama and is very much looking forward to working with president-elect trump. as you pointed out, u.s. senator lindsey graham has said the u.s. would consider cutting funding
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to the u.n., u.s. portion of the u.n. budget is quite high. israel has already taken its own steps diplomatically against the u.n. >> oren, thank you so much. this is a lot to digest and of course, it will be a lot for donald trump to handle in the next administration. donald trump also says that he is now closing down his foundation, this was a christmas eve announcement. the president-elect released a statement reading in part quote, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as president, i have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways. the new york attorney general's office is putting the brakes on trump's plans. a spokesman says the foundation cannot legally close until an investigation into the foundation's charitable practices has been completed. ryan nobles is following the story from washington. so tell us where it stands from here. we know there was a shakeup in the trump communications team over the weekend. tell us about that as well as what can be done with the
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foundation. >> reporter: let's talk about the foundation first. it shouldn't take too much to shut the foundation down. it has no paid employees and trump himself hasn't raised any money for the foundation in some time. he hasn't even donated to the foundation since 2008. legally it's a different story. a spokesperson for new york attorney general eric schneiderman, he was a hillary clinton supporter during the campaign and launched an investigation into the charity in the fall, and he said the foundation cannot dissolve until his investigation is complete. schneiderman has been investigating how trump used the foundation to settle his personal business dealings. democrats aren't very impressed with trump's move. the democratic national committee releasing a statement that reads in part, trump's announcement is a wilted fig leaf to cover up his remaining conflicts of interest and his pitiful record of charitable giving. of course, the much bigger chore for trump is figuring out how to isolate himself from his vast
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business interests around the world in a way that avoids potential conflicts of interest. trump has said he will outline that process but the details of that plan won't be revealed until after the new year. as you mentioned, this all comes at a time where trump is dealing with a bit of a staff shakeup. he had intended to appoint jason miller, who worked for him during the campaign, as the next white house communications director, but miller on christmas eve putting out a statement saying that he's decided not to take that powerful job because it would be too demanding for his young family. so that among the many things donald trump is being forced to deal with here as he prepares to take office in the next few weeks. suzanne? >> ryan, absolutely a lot to deal with. thank you. appreciate it. with me to walk through all of this, timothey mccauley, andre bower who supported trump in the
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campaign and errol lewis. i want to start with you here. i want to talk about the trump foundation. trump says he's going to dissolve it but the new york attorney general's office says the trump foundation can't officially shut down until after this investigation is over. tell us about this limbo we're in now. >> i don't know if i would call it limbo necessarily. what happened is if this foundation has collected money from people who then took tax deductions for those contributions, that's got to be looked at. if this foundation used foundation funds to settle business debts, private debts of trump organization, which might be illegal, that's got to get looked at. there are transactions this foundation might have made that might have to be unwound, that might lead to sanctions, fines, reversing of the transactions or even criminal penalties. the attorney general is speaking the law as it stands when it comes to regulating nonprofits.
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that's what the new york attorney general does. for the trump organization, i should say for the foundation, they are trying to solve a political problem and saying that they clearly intend to wind down operations is a good first step toward trying to put this behind them. >> i know a lot of people think at least they are going to start to figure out how to deal with the issue of conflict of interest which is something they did not believe was going to happen previously. want to switch gears here. netanyahu and other israeli officials are saying they have evidence the u.s. orchestrated the u.n. security council vote which was critical of israel regarding the settlements. they say they will share this evidence with the incoming trump administration. we see president obama, prime minister netanyahu historically have had this tense relationship. what do we make of what is happening now? how much of this do we think is personal, is perhaps positioning before president obama leaves, and how does that impact the next administration? >> the first thing is that the
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u.n. resolution will have -- has no practical effect for the next administration. it's just useful for donald trump frankly as a way of distracting people from his -- from the problems of his administration's links to russia. as regards obama and netanyahu, that's a really fraught relationship and the united states have sort of quietly threatened to remove its diplomatic cover in 2014 when netanyahu came to the united states to campaign against president obama's approach to iran. so there's a very personal element. but we have to put this in some context. since 1977, since the government of 1977, there has been tension between -- bipartisan tension between republican and democratic administrations and the government of israel on the question of settlements. some israeli prime ministers have offered to give away most of the west bank privately but
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publicly, the israeli government has been very tough on settlements. the u.s. government has tried to keep this dispute private. the difference here is the obama administration has decided to show the world the frustration presidents reagan, carter and the first bush had with israel. that's what makes this unprecedented. the policy of being against settlements is actually not new for the united states government. it's just now very public and there may be a personal element to it in the fact that president obama's leaving office and he wants the united states effort to be an honest brokering in israel and in the middle east to be one of his legacies. he's tried and he's failed. >> i doubt that trump is going to be very private about some of these things in light of the fact he does like to tweet, and trump's choice for israel's ambassador really very much more aligned with netanyahu's policies and values. what does it say about his views on the u.n. where we might have
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a relationship, significantly different relationship with the united nations? >> well, i think you are going to see that. nikki haley will go in there, she's a young aggressive person. i think you will have a pro-israel standpoint like so many in this country have had, but to me this was a parting shot from the obama administration against the state of israel. we know we have had a special relationship with israel for decades and i think you are going to see donald trump as a pragmatist take a much different approach in trying to -- he said, the quote was direct negotiation between the parties. i think you will see a businessman's approach, sit down with parties on both sides and try to come up with some type of an agreement that we can live by and move forward, but you are going to see a friend in donald trump to the state of israel. >> another question here. president obama's time obviously up in office, almost over. trump has said he's going to establish peace but the choice
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for ambassador again is an opponent of palestinian statehood, supporter of israeli settlement. where does it go from here? will we see a significant shift in u.s. policy regarding israel? >> it seems hard to imagine there would be a significant shift but you never know. donald trump of course is the exception to many rules. the reality is from 37% of americans who opposed or favored economic sanctions against israel because of its settlement policy, that was last november, that's increased to 47% over the last year. we are talking about 350,000 settlers in a nation of eight million. the settlers are controversial within israel. we should never make the mistake of thinking netanyahu speaks for some vast majority of israeli opinion. he doesn't. in fact, two-thirds of israelis say they would like him to reengage with mahmoud abbas and start a peace process again. so these politics are not something that trump is going to simply walk into and say well,
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i'm going to stand with netanyahu and come hell or high water, that's going to be what we do. that is not in keeping with israeli public opinion, not in keeping with u.s. public opinion and not in keeping with what generations of not only american but israeli administrations have done. you have got to remember, everybody from ohmert to sharon dismantled settlements. this is not something that's really up for a lot of discussion about whether we should have them or not. the israeli supreme court has ruled that many of them are illegal. trump is going to find a much more nuanced position i'm pretty sure the minute after he takes office. >> all right. we will see how nuance fits the next president, donald trump. appreciate that. thank you so much. happy holidays. still to come, the democrats lost the white house. president obama is confident his vision is what the american economy needs. >> the democratic agenda is
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if you look at the economy the numbers show things are looking up but if this election proved anything, many voters aren't feeling up. it is hard to argue that president obama isn't handing trump a much stronger economy than he was given. so where is the disconnect? president obama spoke about it in an interview with his former chief strategist, cnn's david axelrod. >> in retrospect, we can all be monday morning quarterbacks. here's what i -- here's what i
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would say prospectively, is that the democratic agenda is better for all working people. this division that's been put out there between white working class versus black working class or latino working class, look, an agenda of raising minimum wage, rebuilding our infrastructure, you know -- >> education. >> education, family leave, community colleges, making it easier for unions to organize, that's an agenda for working class americans of all stripes, and we have to talk about it and we have to be present in every community talking about it. see, i think the issue was less that democrats have somehow abandoned the white working class. i think that's nonsense. look, the affordable care act
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benefits a huge number of trump voters. there are a lot of folks in places like west virginia or kentucky who didn't vote for hillary, didn't vote for me, but are being helped by this. >> right. >> the problem is that we're not there on the ground communicating not only the dry policy aspects of this, but that we care about these communities, that we are bleeding for these communities. >> right. >> that we understand why they're frustrated. >> and the values behind these communities. >> and there's an emotional connection. part of what we have to do to rebuild is to be there. >> timothy and errol are back with us along with monica meadow. we want to unpack a lot of this. there was something about messages but also there was a democratic plan the president was talking about that is good
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for america's working class and that he makes an argument that it is better than what the republicans have presented. what do you think about how the president laid out those things that he says cuts across racial lines? >> well, i think both parties really have been ignoring a lot of the needs of the american public. i don't think this is a democrat or republican thing. i think what you saw in this election is a lot of people really speak out against globalization. bernie sanders did it on the left and got a really huge response. trump did it on the right and what you are seeing is over the past several years, gdp has hardly cracked 2% whereas over the past 60 years it's been 3.5%. for every percent that's missing it's $180 billion that's just missing from the economy. people feel it. while they see these unemployment numbers coming down, they are not really realizing that benefit in their everyday life. bernie is talking about it on the left. trump's talking about it on the right. that's where both parties really
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missed out and the independent revolution came in. >> put this into perspective. we all remember the economy that president obama was handed in the beginning. it was pretty devastating. he talks about the accomplishments through his two terms in office here, but some people say he's politicizing this, that there is an alternative the republicans are offering here that could be more beneficial to the american people. what part is politicizing, what part of it is real? give us a sense of where he's going with this. >> it's all politics, especially in an election year, especially for an administration that's being replaced by a rival from the rival party. but i think it's really true and kind of funny actually to hear president obama speaking in a calm analytic way about the need to be in communities and to get more emotional with people. you remember back in 2008 at the convention in denver, i remember interviewing somebody who was one of those unfortunate factory
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workers who had to literally help his final team of workers pack up a factory and ship the parts overseas. that was the kind of emotional connection that the obama team had, the kind of touch they had at sort of making clear that this was real people with real problems and they were going to do something about it. now, they didn't do quite enough and they certainly didn't keep the emotional pitch where it needed to be. that's what left the opening. that is called politics. >> we all remember joe the plumber, the role he played in the beginning of getting president obama elected. tim, you are a presidential historian. what is your take on this? when you look at the big picture and his legacy here and the economy? >> well, i can imagine for president obama this is very frustrating. you think about how he helped rescue the auto industry in michigan and his third term didn't happen because michigan went for trump. i suspect for him, he's
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wondering what more the democratic party needed to do to show working class americans that it stood behind them. i think the democratic -- the brand for the democratic party is in trouble not throughout the country but in the areas most affected by international trade. there is just no doubt. your first guest mentioned it. the democratic party has to figure out how to deliver a message to all americans in a way that the white working class doesn't feel it's been left out. i think the issues are as much cultural as they are economic but the economic side mustn't be forgotten. the thing about this is the republican party has not addressed the issue of the concentration of wealth that we have seen. in some states that voted for mr. trump there's more wealth concentrated in fewer numbers of people than has been the case since the 1920s. wisconsin, for example. that's part of the reason people are feeling the pinch and finding it so hard to manage.
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will congressional republicans in particular have a way of freeing up money so people in those states feel they are participating in our economy? that's the real question for congressional republicans. the democrats have to remind people they stand for all working class americans and that message just didn't get through in 2016. >> the two things i think the trump supporters really resonated with, one was of course the trade deals and looking at the trade deals how that impacted their lives and also immigration policy here. monica, talk about the economy because it is doing better but based on trump's policies do we think he can improve upon that? >> so the economy is doing better but where you really get into the nitty-gritty is looking into the details like where we added 600,000 jobs over the past several years is in fast food service and low wage positions. at the same token we evaporated 35,000 manufacturing jobs. while these top line numbers may tell a story that looks like improvement, these are not bread
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winner jobs where a family of four can support themselves. some of the policies we have been trying to institute over the last several years in terms of giving health care benefits and $15 minimum wage in these fast food type industries are creating a lot of stress for the employers because it's just not sustainable for such unskilled work. so again, while the economy looks better depending on the statistics you look at, the big metrics like gdp, we haven't cracked 2% and that's very telling of where we are. >> i want to quickly just turn if we can, pivot a little bit. the obama interview, he also spoke about he wasn't always a driven person, he partied in college, cleaned up his act but also spoke about how money was tight for him and michelle in the early days of their career, so he's really been there and he can connect with the working class. tim, give us a sense of how did trump get this message across better than hillary clinton and why did that transfer from president barack obama to hillary clinton?
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>> that is a question we are going to be debating for a long time but i will say this. there was a time when franklin roosevelt was such a powerful figure, years later after his death in west virginia, people admired roosevelt and associated the democratic party with helping them get out of the depression. that's gone. and one of the mistakes the clinton campaign has admitted is that they didn't spend enough time in parts of what they thought was their blue wall. why president obama didn't connect with these folks, let's keep in mind a number of the people who voted for trump in ohio, in pennsylvania, in michigan, voted for president obama so it's the democratic party lost these people. hillary clinton lost these people. these people may still respect barack obama. we don't know yet the extent to which the trump election is a pivotal moment in american
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electoral politics. his election was a narrow victory. so we will see whether these folks have left the democratic party forever or whether they just chose the less bad of two options. we will see. >> we will be discussing and debating this for quite some time. thank you so much, all of you. appreciate it. still to come, remembering the life and music legacy of george michael. with the xfinity tv app,
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thanks for joining me this morning. i'm suzanne malveaux in for carol costello. sad news on christmas day. pop icon george michael's sudden death shocking the world but it is not just his hits that fans are remembering this morning. he was a pioneer in the music industry, raising eyebrows and breaking barriers along the way. ♪ >> with me to talk about his life, his career, nichelle turner. good to see you. i'm sorry under such sad circumstances here. big fan of george michael. grew up of course as a teenager and just listening and watching him. talk about his career. this was 30 years in the making. >> absolutely. yeah. i know you are a lover of music as well so i know this was a
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real shock to you. yeah, we were first introduced of course to george michael when he was in the group wham! which he created with andrew ridgeley and that kind of woke us all up. i remember having the wham! teeshirt that was hanging off my shoulder, you know, and that was as a child, so yes, we all have grown up with george michael and we love that music but it really wasn't until he went solo that i think we began to see his heart as a man, as a musician and really see the thoughtfulness that he carried with him day after day. he made songs like "father figure" and "one more try" that really spoke to the soul but you were playing "i want your sex" and at the time when that song came out it was almost taboo. there were radio stations that didn't want to touch it. they thought it was too much. but it was a song that was not made to promote sexual
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promiscuity. this was for a generation to talk to them about sex and educate people about sex and to be more responsible and safer. he really started to speak to the lgbtq community as well with songs like this. we know he did come out in 1998 and announce to the world he was, in fact, a gay man. so these were the steps george michael was taking so we could all see exactly who he was. we were talking this morning, too, about blue-eyed soul. we talk so much about that, elton john for me was the first that ever really spoke to me in that way, but george michael was really the second. i think in some ways for me, even bigger because he had this just inherent soul in his voice that when he opened his mouth it took you back. i think he helped pave the way for a lot of british foreign musicians that kind of embody that blue-eyed soul genre to come here and really cross over, because his album "faith" was
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actually the first album by a white artist to hit number one on the billboard r & b music charts. he really went a lot of ways in different genres to introduce people to a different sound. >> talk about he had soul, he was beautiful, he was sexy. this was the time of aids, the time of the coming of age of sexuality as well. it's something millenials might not appreciate but talk about his heart and his courage that he had to say that he was proud to be gay, to be a musician that crossed over so many different types of music and genres that he really was a standout, if you will, in helping so many young people of that generation. >> well, it really was the incident that happened in the park in beverly hills where he was arrested for exposing himself to an undercover police officer. after that, that's when he came out and said i am a gay man, i
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have nothing to be ashamed of. that kind of prompted it. once he did that, he really stood firm on who he was. he was also a super model's best friend which in those days, there was a lot going on but that world of fashion, that world of celebrity, that world of glamour, really spoke to us then and when he did "freedom" in 1990 and had all of those super models in the -- in his music video lip syncing the words to the song, that came out of a disagreement that he was having with the record label, but it became this iconic, one of the best music videos we have ever seen because it was so beautiful and it just stuck with us because we had these people on here that we loved and we wanted to see really going along -- >> absolutely. >> he was ahead of his time always. james cordon put out tweet, saying he was an inspiration all of his life and at the end said
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he was ahead of his time. there are some musicians like that. prince, michael jackson. and george michael was definitely ahead of his time. >> just kind of underscores how much we are going to miss, you can only just imagine what he would be able to produce in the future. thank you so much. so good to see you, as always. we'll be right back.
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russian officials say pilot error or technical issue may have caused a plane crash that killed all 92 people on board.
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they are ruling out terrorism as a possible cause. russian divers have located a large piece of the military plane's hull 90 feet deep in the black sea. our cnn senior international correspondent matthew chance is live in moscow. matthew, how do they know this? give us the details behind the findings. >> reporter: well, they don't know this yet. they have launched an investigation, that they haven't yet found the black box flight recorders. they found bits of the fuselage of this plane that crashed a couple moments after it took off from sochi on the black sea coast. it's a difficult recovery operation because the wreckage has fallen deep underneath the sea so they are having to use divers and submarines to locate it and to get the pieces out. but what they are surmising is that this was not an act of terrorism, they are saying this having not seen the flight recorders yet, and they are saying it was probably technical failure or pilot error that's
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responsible for this. part of their rationale is this was a flight operated by the russian defense ministry. there was tight security in moscow at a military airport when it first took off. it landed to refuel in sochi before heading to syria. it was filled with russian military personnel, albeit from the russian army's official choir which was going to give a new year's eve concert to soldiers stationd in syria. but that's the basis of their assessment this wasn't terrorism. it still could be. in fact, the russian press is filled with speculation this still could be to blame. but at the moment the kremlin and other russian officials are saying their main version of events, that they are investigating right now is technical error or pilot error. >> i'm sure a relief to the russian government it was not terrorism potentially but of course, families still mourning the loss of their loved ones. matthew chance, thousand so much. germany's interior minister says the country is beefing up
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border security in the wake of the berlin terror attack. germany will also speed up the deportations of immigrants whose asylum requests were rejected. the question of course is, is this enough? joining me, thomas anderson, counter terrorism analyst at the center for strategic and international studies. thank you for joining us. simple question here. are these deportations a reliable counter terror tool? >> well, to some degree they can be, if you happen to catch the people who are the threat as amri was. you will inevitably send some people back who are not actual threats and you also will give a strong propaganda tool to those who are suggesting that the west is not open to humanitarian cases. this is a clear indication with amri's activity this is a person who got through the screening, was not monitored and should have been sent out of the country. >> do we think this is a simple case? are there cases further down the
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pipeline that might be more complicated? >> i think there will be some complicated cases. germany sent -- not germany, about 850 people left germany to fight in syria and iraq and you will have some of these returning fighters coming back. there is also several hundred migrants in the country and there will be some who are advocating for asylum and you are going to have problems with this down the road. you could have more complicated cases, for example, in this one, amri did not have any papers, did not have a passport and germany cannot send an individual back to a country without a passport. that's one of the problems they are facing. >> thomas sanderson, thank you so much. appreciate that. after the break, 2016 according to social media. the most talked about, tweeted and shared stories of the year. [vo] quickbooks introduces jeanette. and her new business: i do, to go. jeanette was excellent at marrying people. but had trouble getting paid.
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when congress convenes next week a new set of rules proposed by paul ryan may event members of the house from engaging in protests like these. that was the scene when house democrats took part in a 25-hour sit-in to protest their opponents' lack of action on gun control bills. under ryan's proposal, those members could face fines and referral to the ethics committee. a spokesman for ryan says the new rules which also make clear what behavior is considered disruptive is needed to ensure quote, decorum is maintained. and this. checking top stories, a woman stranded in the grand canyon walks 26 miles in the snow looking for help. karen kline was traveling with her husband and 10-year-old son when their car ran off the road.
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without cell service, she decided to walk for help but that walk lasted for more than 30 hours straight before being rescued. her twin sister spoke with our affiliate, wfnz. >> we are turning 47 next week and so we are not 22 anymore, so i can believe that she had the mind to do it because so much of that toughness is in the mind. >> wow. awesome. she believes her twin will return to the grand canyon so she can actually see it. speaking of winter weather, a blizzard hovering over the dakotas is creating dozens of airport delays and cancellations. thousands have already lost power, drivers are being encouraged to stay off the roads as ice creates dangerous conditions. we will continue to monitor it throughout the day. a different kind of christmas excitement in germany yesterday. the entire city had to be evacuated yesterday morning because of an unexploded world
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war ii bomb, that's right, a bomb. the bomb was found in a pit during construction work on a parking garage last week. the bomb was safelyly disabled and everyone was able to return home. the prime minister of japan, shinzo abe, is visiting pearl harbor. he arrives in hawaii this afternoon for a wreath laying ceremony at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. tomorrow he will meet with president obama. and this year was the year for social media. it even drove some of our political conversations of course. just look at donald trump's twitter account. that's all you got to do. it also connected us to new stories, new apps, social movements. brooke baldwin has a look at the top ten trending stories. >> reporter: 2016 saw social media's role in the news grow in ways never seen before. live videos, social outrage,
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viral protests and elections all dominated the social conversation. here are the top ten trending stories of 2016. number ten, pokemon go. the '90s cartoon and anyoninten game made a return. it became a world wild phenomenon, being downloaded an estimated 500 million times. the game built a community of users. number nine, in may, the internet broke out in outrage after the killing of harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla at the cincinnati zoo. an online petition seeking justice received more than 100,000 signatures in less than 48 hours. the hash tag was used more than 270,000 times and 9.1 million people tweeted a brawl about the
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silverback gorilla's death. tributes, online memes and a couple off-color jokes continue to flood social media in his memory. number eight, the fight to block the pipeline on a native american reservation in north dakota. protesters turned to social media, uploading videos, live streaming and using the hash tag no dopple. >> there are upwards of 10,000 people braving frigid and difficult conditions to stand with the standing rock sioux. >> want to see what i got? it's so great. >> number seven, candis payne although you probably know her as chewbacca mom. >> that's not me making that noise. that's the mask. listen. >> when payne took to the newly launched facebook live trying on
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the mask she had just bought, the video went viral, viewed 164 million times. to date it is the most watched facebook live video ever. number six, brexit. it was the biggest political upset of the year at the time. leading up to the vote people took sides on social media, hash tag' stronger in for those voting to remain in the european union. and hash tag vote leave for those hoping for brexit. >> in an unprecedented move britain has voted to leave the european union. the reaction has been chaos. >> but leave prevailed. 52% to 48%, sending shock waves through the united kingdom and europe and beyond. number five, omran. the children of aleppo, showing the world the horrors of the war in syria on social media. heartbreaking video of the 5-year-old bloodied and covered in dust pulled from the rubble after surviving an air strike that destroyed his family's home
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in aleppo. and bana, the 7-year-old girl living in aleppo with her mother, using twitter to share and document life in the war-torn city. she tweets my name is bana. i'm 7 years old. i am talking to the world now live from east aleppo. this is my last moment to either live or die. number four, facebook livestream diamond reynolds. >> an officer just shot him. >> after her fiance was shot during a minnesota traffic stop, she took out her smartphone and live streamed his dying moments. the facebook live was viewed 5.7 million times before it was ultimately taken down. number three, rest in peace. 2016 was a shocking year of loss and the social media world mourned those who passed. the music world lost several
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legends including david bowie. and prince. boxing icon muhammed ali also passed away. number two, at real donald trump, the most talked-about handle on twitter in all of 2016. trump used twitter to attack opponents, prop up those who support him and negotiate deals. with more than 17 million followers and counting, donald trump's use of twitter changed politics and brought us in an election like we have never seen before which brings us to number one. hash tag election 2016. it was the most talked about story on all of social media. the hash tag used 7.8 million times. clinton and trump each had their own hash tags. hash tag i'm with her was tweeted 15 million times. the combination of hash tag make america great again and its
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abbreviated form, amga, were tweeted out a combined 37 million times. this post by hillary clinton after her loss was retweeted more than 638,000 times. to all the little girls watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world. but donald trump's shocking win was the big show. twitter says by the time trump declared victory some 75 million people were tweeting about the results. >> thank you for joining me today. i'm suzanne malveaux in for carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts after a break. this holiday, the real gift isn't what's inside the box... it's what's inside the person who opens it.
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♪ hello. i'm kate bolduan. john berman is off today. thank you for joining me. the music world is mourning the death of pop icon george michael. today, michael's manager announced the singer died in his london home on christmas day. ♪ ♪ because

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