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announce as key appointment, keeping an eye on the israeli settlements and on his money, it appears. jeff zeleny is following the president in palm beach today. good morning, jeff. >> reporter: hi, kate. good afternoon. donald trump president-elect here is going through his cabinet and other top appointments checking them off the list one by one. another key appointment was made earlier this morning, as you said. his name, thomas bossert, going to head up the homeland security counterterrorism activities inside the white house. a very key position, as you know. someone who will work on all national threats and work closely with retired lieutenant general michael flynn largely focusing on international threats. kate, this is a central position here, of course, given the moment that we are living in with the strikes that we saw just less than two weeks ago in germany. the homeland security is one of the key spots. so this is a -- a gentleman with years of experience, worked in
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the george w. bush administration, a proponent of the iraq war. also interesting. donald trump was a critic of that war as we know. he came here at mar-a-lago for a final interview that apparently went well because he was named here today. donald trump is also filling out the rest of his cabinet here. i am told he could have it completed by the end of this week. the veterans affairs and the ag secretaryish the two remaining secretaries he is going to be doing interviews on that later this week. kate, also he is spending a lot of time on twitter, including talking about the christmas holiday. i don't know if you have seen this. tweeted yesterday, he said, the world was gloomy before i won. there was no hope. now the market is up nearly 10% and christmas spending is is over $1 trillion. so donald trump taking credit for christmas spending, which isn't completely in yet. just an estimate, of course, and saying now the market is up,
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also taking credit for that. but kate, you mentioned, talking a lot about his foundation. another matter of substance. he and his family are working on over the holidays here trying to reshape their foundation and not accept anymore incoming money. tweeting about that last night as well. kate? >> we'll speak to a reporter who's done a lot of investigations into that charity any just a bit. a lot happening while on vacation. you look good there on the beach there, jeff. gracht to see you. thank you so much. bringing in now patrick he'll. national political correspondent for the "new york times" and a cnn political analyst. edwa wrward isaac, and a republ strategist and cnn political commentator, scott bolden, great to see you all. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon! alice you can't claim christmas. just start there. >> that's true. that was kind of a stretch, and i do say jeff looks nice in mar-a-lago covers this, but i
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know it's a lot of hard work. clearly, what donald trump is trying to do, show there's been some optimism based on his being nominated, certainly over hillary clinton, and we have seen tremendous rebounding and growth in the markets, based on his being the president-elect, due in large part to his campaign promises and what we do expect him to follow through on, which is reducing government regulations which has been a big threat to businesses not just in the united states but across the world. so his business policies are certainly helping the economy grow, and that certainly is something that's factually true in that tweet. >> go ahead. >> kate, this is scott. i've got a news flash for alison as well as donald trump. this is still the bv ob obama e. stock market up, poverty down. this obama presidency until january 20th. donald trump can claim it if he wants to, but also can claim to
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be santa claus and that wouldn't be true. >> well, i will say a lot of people are talking about the trump rally post-november 8th in terms the direction the dow has been going, but i take your point. edward isaac, let me ask you about the other thing that trump announced, the trump transition announced today. a new top adviser, tom bossette for homeland security. some of the review i'm getting from republicans, they're very happy from the george w. bush white house, but also i find it fascinating with the trump transition, they want to elevate the position. reorganize the structure, more in line with his national security adviser. you cover the white house. what does that look like and what does that mean? >> look, there is no set way to organize the white house, and obviously we weren't expecting that donald trump would organize the white house the same way that barack obama did. but changing this sort of setup is part of rethinking the role that national security has
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within the west wing, and potentially creating another power center to -- conflict potentially with michael flynn who will be the national security adviser. we already see with what donald trump has done in creating a chief of staff position, or having reince priebus chief of staff, creating a counselor position steve bannon will have. a without structured by having potentially two points of view, two avenues of power on a number of things that create a level of conflict and differences of opinion that, then, trump does a way of surfing through or managing or always leaving open where he actually stands. >> patrick, we're also learning a little more about the president-elect the inaugural speech, written by stephen miller, who wrote most of his speeches, planned speeches during the campaign. they've released some of the
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theming they're going to hit on. border security, education, economy, military, outsourcing of jobs, but what are you hearing? what is the expectation that maybe the transition is setting in terms of what the public is going to get on this probably -- i would argue -- most important speech for the president? coming in. >> yes. no. as we know, president-elect trump has his own expectations for himself as a speechmaker and as a performer and then there are the expectationing of the republican establishment and his staff. in terms of his expectations, he is hoping this is going to be a sort of a washington, d.c. pageant version of his rallies. stephen miller, who is writing this inaugural speech was responsible for a lot of the shorthand that donald trump had at his most successful campaign rallies, where he felt like he better than hillary clinton or barack obama or anyone else was
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able to speak directly to the american people, and particularly those who are struggling, who felt left behind economically, who felt a level, i guess, of disrespect coming from washington. so his expectations are that he wants to keep that sort of conversation going right with those voters. what the establishment and his staff are saying is that they basically want an agenda laid out that does not create any distractions from what congress and the incoming trump administration wants to work on. they want to work on border security. they want to work on strong defense. tax reform. that sort of those are the issues, and they're not necessarily looking for him to make any kind of, you know, one-off news on the sides that distract from that. so you know, they're looking for basically a speech that doesn't re-introduce donald trump to the nation, or doesn't introduce a
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new kind of donald trump but really sort of hits those agenda points. >> alice, what do you want? campaign trump or more of the republican establishment trump? >> clearly what the american voters wanted a campaign trump they see at the president of the united states. i agree with patrick. i don't think we'll hear new news based on the speech, but you can also expect, as he said throughout the campaign, a lot of focus on border security, on immigration, on national security. certainly education is a key priority. but as we've noticed since he has become the nominee with his visits with barack obama and meeting with some foreign policy leaders, a few tweaks in some of his strong positions he had along the campaign trail. i think those will be fleshed out in the speech. more than anything, his priorities, more than likely see his outline for what he plans to accomplish in the first 100 days and throughout his administration, but without a doubt, we can expect to see more
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focus on national security and border patrol, border security which has been, we all knew, not a big surprise, throughout the campaign, clearly people wanted to hear that and we'll see it at the speech. >> also not a surprise, donald trump kind of behind closed door speaking out and having a lot to say on twitter in the last, well, every day. and on that issue, i actually spoke with republican former senator rick santorum, also a former republican presidential candidate, about twitter habits and he gave me an interesting assessment of what he'd like to see, although albeit, he is very supportive of donald trump, what he would like to see in the president-elect as of january 20th when he takes office. listen -- >> now, the question is, after january 20, will it change? and my recommendation would be, yes, it should change. how much it should change, i think that's how much can you persuade the president-elect to change those things?
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but i think it should change. he should be a lot more reticent in using it. not saying he shouldn't use it but more reticent in using it. >> the incoming press secretary sean spicer had a bit of a different take. listen -- >> and i think that allows him to add an element that never occurred. put his thoughts out and see what everyone's thinking in a way never done before. you're right. he does commune dmicate in the much bigger way than ever before and i think that's a really exciting part of the job. >> so, scott, who's right? >> well, i think two things. two points to make. one, this president-elect, when he gets to be president has got to pivot. i think rick santorum is right and go from campaigner -- >> don't use the p. word. no transition throughout the campaign or -- >> you're right. it's still a hope and a desire, quite frankly.
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secondly, his speech, if you will, has got to be one of vision, not just laying out a game plan, and, two, if he continues to tweet at 3:00 in the morning, as president, markets can go up or down. foreign countries can lob responses back. he can destroy discussions and communications and relationships with these tweets off his cuff. he could say he's going to have a balance or not, but the bottom line is this -- he has got to turn more presidential as opposed to campaigner, because lives are at stake, relationships with other countries are at stake, and the economy and all of his goals and objectives he wants can't be accomplished just on twitter alone. >> right. edward isaac when you look at that with what scott's saying, but what donald trump was elected on, and what voters who supported him liked about him is his kind of off the cuff, candid moments on twitter. why would he change? right? >> i think that's exactly the point, kate.
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you have a man who has been elected president that no one thought would be elected president by running the kind of campaign he did. bupt but he was pushing forward, doing what he was doing including very importantly, tweeting all the time. tweeting things people thought were too offensive, could never get away with. doing things in the way that he styled his own life and the way that he structured his campaign that people thought would just be the end of it, and he was validated by this election. elected president. he will be the president of the united states. it's hard to see why he would think to change and on top of that, this isn't just something that he's been doing for the last year and a half as a presidential candidate. he's 70 years old. he has been donald trump for a long time. longer than most of us have at least been working in the business, some of us longer than i've been alive, he's been being donald trump. it's hard to see why now being president he would change his
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way. >> alice, do you want to see a change -- go ahead, patrick. >> leadership -- >> one thing, i worked for senator santorum in the 2012 campaign. he's a stubborn man and in a lovable way. if we said, look, this is causing tremendous damage to the campaign, he would certain curtail that back, but if you see with donald trump it didn't impact his outcome. he did well when he would tweet and he has felt frustrated with the way the media has executed his news and his announcements and some of his policy ideas. so this is his way of bypassing the media, by using twit around hopefully it slows down after he's sworn in, but i don't see it changes. >> alice is on team santorum on this one. go ahead? patrick, quick? >> one of my interviews with donald trump last night -- last month. not last night. >> right. i missed that one, i was thinking. >> i asked him specifically about this. about where his head was at with tweeting. he said, look, he has more
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followers than the potus account. he very much wants to keep his twitter account in the white house as well as use the potus account. he sees those almost as two differ channels reaching two different populations within america. he wants to do it, talking to his staff a few days ago in terms of where his head was at, they said that was still very much what he wanted to do. to some other points made, very much wants an aun mediated conversation with america for four years, and one thing we know, we keep sort of being sometimes surprised by his behavior, oh, it's so different. you know, from his point of view, he doesn't think about, oh, am i surprising people too much or rattling people. >> just doing what he is doing. >> he thinks that's a democratic argument that his tweets will set off a national crisis. he just didn't buy t. that's an american argument, if you will. >> sorry, scott. we will continue this conversation in the break. you hold on now. great to see you guys. thank you all so very, very much. >> thank you. >> plenty of time.
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all right. so israel says it has ironclad proof president obama orchestrated a plan condemning settlements in the west bank and jerusalem and israel plans to build even more. more on that, straight ahead. >> oh, my god, what the [ bleep ] -- >> brahambrawls and chaos in va malls across the united states. what is going on here? achoo! achoo! feel a cold coming on? zicam cold remedy nasal swabs shorten colds with a snap, and reduce symptom severity by 45%. shorten your cold with a snap, with zicam. won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry about replacing your car because you'll get the full value back including depreciation. and if you have more than one liberty mutual policy,
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dozen security council members that voted in favor of the resolution. and still, still insisting at the same time the u.s., who abo abstained from voting was behind the whole thing, despite denials from the white house. israel expected to green light hundreds of new homes to be built in east jerusalem at the very same time. cnn correspondent oren lieberman joins me now from jerusalem and also joining me, cnn global affairs correspondent elise labott. first to you, oren. on this issue of israel announcing they're moving ahead with settlements now after the u.n. resolution, why? what -- what's the message here? >> reporter: well, jerusalem, the zoning committee specifically, had this on the agenda from the security council vote. that's the point. they don't care about the u.n. resolution, not the mayor who we spoke with and not bn senjamin
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netanyahu saying we're not abiding by the resolution. 200 neighborhoods in east jerusalem, simply moving forward. we've always built in jerusalem and are still going to build in jerusalem. the security resolution doesn't change anything from their perspective. netanyahu is sure to note this will bring on criticism from particular president barack obama and secretary of state kerry. i don't think netanyahu cares. we've seen the relationship deteriorate in the last few days, made it clear he's ready for president-elect trump in a few weeks, and that's where he's looking. >> elise, secretary kerry is set to loy oay out in the coming da the obama vision for a path to peace in the mideast. why now just days left? especially with all of this happening? why does the secretary want to lay out his vision? what does he think it's going to accomplish? you've spoken to him many times
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and interviewed him many times about this issue. where do you think his head is right now? >> reporter: i think the vote and what happened, the israeli settlement construction, it's exactly why secretary kerry wants to lay out his vision. you know, this settlement issue has been with the u.s. and israel for the last eight years. u.s. officials say that they've been unable to convince israel that this is really hurting the peace process, and what the u.s. sees is that two-state solution nap idea of a palestinian say the next to an israeli jewish state is slipping away. and so what he wants to do is kind of take all of the work he's done for the last four years, working with the israelis, and the palestinians, and not so much look back, but look forward, and what he sees as possible, but also what needs to be done. you know, the last time i spoke to secretary kerry he was very defensive saying, i didn't fail in my efforts for peace. the u.s. didn't fail. the parties failed to make the
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necessary compromises that they needed to make to prepare and move their people towards peace. >> oren, this speech comes out probably the lowest point in the relationship between's obama administration and specifically the prime minister of israel. what are the ramifications coming from the other side of the speech by second kerry? >> reporter: if israelis had to guess could take a good guess what will be in the speech. kerry will talk about the parameters, how sees them defined twine israelis and palestinians. the status of jerusalem. the palestinians will take it seriously. they want to see the parameter speech and want the peace process to move forward specifically from that perspective, internationalize or bring international input to the conflict and to negotiations. ish will take it serious for the exact opposite reason, israel. they don't want to pay attention
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to it ignore it, but same time, the u.s. the road to peace is always run through washington. even if what kerry says is simply his thoughts on the conflict, the negotiations, how the two it's should proceed, lir have to take it seriously and at the least consider it especially because in just two and a half weeks there is an international peace conference specifically on the conflict in paris. kate, 70 countries have said they're attending. israelis have said, they refuse. >> elise, oren, great to see you both. thank you so much. did the presidential election inspire you to spend more this holiday season? coming up, why donald trump says he deserves credit for a trillion dollar christmas. plus, trump is defending his karatable foundation speaking out on twitter saying he gave millions to the charity and other charities and all the money went out to charitable groups. a fact check on that with a reporter who has done a lot of work on his charitable foundations.
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donald trump defending the charitable foundation he promises now to shut down. trump tweeting overnight this -- i gave millions of dollars to donald j. trump foundation, all of which is give ton charity and media won't report. and he tweeted, the donald j. trump foundation never paid fees, rent, salaries or any expenses. 100% of money goes to wonderful charities. david fahrenthold has done extensive research into donald trump's charity. thank you for jumping on. you've probably done the deepest dive into trump's foundation.
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what's your take on trump's comments on twitter overnight. is he right? >> he's right on one front, it's small. always been small. doesn't employ anybody. very small for a billionaires charities. only $4 billion or $5 billion at the most and gives most to charitiesies, but he's missing a key little point anyone that run as foundation knows. you can't use the money no your foundation to buy things for yourself or to help your businesses and trump did that on a number of instances. used the money to buy portraits of himself are and pay off legal obligation for businesses arising from lawsuits. in those cases the money went to a charity but did it to benefit himself or his businesses, and you just can't do that. >> apart from that, is part of the issue you ran up against and kind of anyone who wants to confirm what he has or hasn't done with his money through charity is he hasn't released his tax returns? what additional information
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would that offer? >> that would show us what money he's given to other charities. trump has claimed over his lifetime to give tens of millions of dollars to charity. we don't know, because i certainly haven't found proof of that and he hasn't released tax returns. we don't know. we do know what he gave to the donald j. trump foundation because the foundation has to release its tax return. since 1987, since started, $6 million to the trump foundation. other people have given much more. given about $9.5 million. in fact, the biggest donor after trump is vince and linda mcmahon, the pro wrestling moguls, and linda mcmahon chosen to be head of his small business administration. >> and donald trump now plans to dissolve the foundation. at the same time, you well know new york attorney general is still investigating the foundation, and says he can't legally shut it down until that investigation has kind of come to fruition.
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how does that play into all of this? >> well, it's a sign, one of several signs, that the trump family and trump himself really have made no preparations for disentangling himself from things like this before he becomes president. they made a big announcement christmas eve saying they would shut down the trump foundation, not understanding they couldn't do it because of this ongoing new york attorney general investigation, spawned by our reporting. the new york attorney general is trying to identify times when trump used the foundation's money to benefit himself and he has to answer for that. trump has to tell them which instances he did that. probably have to paper ty the foundation back and penalties, all la to happen before he can legally shut his foundation down. >> david, great to hear from you. a lot more forward, appreciate your time. donald trump is also on twitter taking credit more making the world a brighter place and credit for christmas
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spending. he tweeted before i won there was no hope. now christmas spending is over $1 trillion. so did donald trump save christmas and save hanukkah? bring in cnn's cristina alesci. maybe something we can't answer in this segment, but what about an issue i've been having fun with. can he take credit for christmas spending? >> no. not really. put it in larger context. the economy has been doing fairly well since we reached the bottom in 2009. stock market is up 200%, people are out there spending. the question, the gloomy atmosphere he paints is not really represented in the economic data. people are, however, excited. they do see some hope, some optimism, some consumer confidence numbers came out just this morning that show people think they're going to be more jobs available that their wages may go up. the question does that translate into actual spending?
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and right now most economists, if you look at the economic forecasts, they haven't changed their economic forecast since the election. so if you look at the professionals who are actually dissecting the data, it doesn't seem like they're changing their tune, because of the election results. >> what also about kind of this big milestone we've kept our eye on with the dow. the $20,000 mark. what are the expectations as we prepare to head into the new year? what are you hearing? >> reporter: interesting. there is sentiment among smart investors that the market may have gone too far, too fast, and right now all of the policies, all of the economic policies that trump has talked about, reducing taxes, reducing regulation, there is a fear that that has been baked into the market. so the prices reflect the fact that he's going to reduce taxes and reduce regulation. now the question is, is he really going to pull it off? any bumps along the way, we may see that reflected in the stock market. and we also have to see how consumers react. how businesses react.
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when they save money in taxes, what do they do with that money? spend it? because that's pro-growth. save it, it's not as pro-growth as you would expect. so all of these things have to play out. the market may be a little bit ahead of itself at this point, but everybody's eagerly awaiting this 20,000 mark, and you know, for the most part it's a psychological number. >> well, psychological is something. great to see you. thank you so much. cristina alesci stole christmas. shopping. the day after christmas turned violent. chaotic scenes not just as one mall but several malls. over a dozen malls across the u.s. it was a mess. that's ahead. and, also just ahead, the prime minister of japan making a historic visit to the "uss" what he saw that day and how he feels about this historic visit.
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gentleman parnl japan's prime minister, shinzo abe becomes the first to visit the usa memorial. more than 2,400 people died in the attack. 1,100 perished or the "uss arizona." athena jones is traveling with the president. >> reporter: hi, kate. today kicks off with a bilateral meeting between the president and prime minister followed by a wreath laying ceremony. later the two leaders will deliver remarks focused on the power of reconciliation. a historic visit.
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one witness i spoke with is welcoming. 95-year-old robert lee says he's glad to see japanese prime minister shinzo abe making this trip. >> i think it's the greatest thing in the world. i think we've already gone through quite a bit of healing. >> reporter: he remembers well the day of japan's surprise attack 75 years ago when more than 2,400 people lost their lives. >> it's very vivid in my memory. very much so. >> reporter: still a young man, just two years out of high school rotc, he looked on from his bedroom. later dashing to his front lawn as japanese bombers flew low over his home. headed for battle ship row. >> i grabbed my .22 caliber target rifle and shot all 16, .22 caliber lead shots. >> reporter: at the plane? >> at the planes. >> reporter: thinking it would work? >> of course not. no! [ laughter ] just, to kill a mouse.
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>> reporter: he watched assess the "uss arizona" just a mile away exploded. >> it was that orange, red-orange color. about three seconds, and then it exploded. the fire went up hundreds of feet from this, from the whole ship, and the crackling of the fire was overwhelming. >> reporter: as those who could fought back, lee helped to wash the oil off sailors who jumped to safety. their ships under attack. later helping transport the injured to treatment facilities. by midnight, he had joined the military, serving domestically throughout the war. it was a long, emotional day that left lee angry. but he isn't angry anymore. >> hate is the greatest destroyer of anyone. the idea that you can harbor hate -- will destroy you. >> reporter: it's that understanding the president
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celebrated at hiroshima. >> since that fateful day we have made choices that give us hope. the united states and japan forged not only an alliance but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war. >> reporter: prime minister abe is almost certainly to echo, now at a sacred site. don't expect and apology. his will be a forward-looking speech. kate? >> athena, thanks for bringing that story to us. ahead for us, a fight in a food court that turned into terrifying brawls. not at just one food court in one mall but more than a dozen across the country. one day after christmas. coincidence? or coordinated? that's next.
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shopping malls from arizona to north carolina fell into chaos the day after christmas. just watch this. >> oh, my god! what the -- >> oh, my god! >> hey -- hey! >> oh -- that was essentially the scene over and over again in more than a dozen malls across the country. the same day after christmas. several of these malls forced to evacuate innocent shoppers caught in the mayhem or going to lockdown after the massive brawls broke out. sara side naer been looking into all of this and she joins me now. what are you learning from authorities? more than a dozen different places, what happened?
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>> reporter: yes. about 11 different malls, more than a dozen fights. there were several fights in some of these malls. and what they're trying to, authorities are trying to figure out is exactly how this came about. we know now that in colorado according to police that this was something that was coordinated, if you will, by a social media post. there was something put out there saying there was going to about fight to come to it and then hundreds of people showed up. and some of them took part in a fight. what exactly is going on and whether that is connected to some of these other fights, law enforcement doesn't have that sticking point that evidence just yet, but they're certainly looking as to whether that is true. and this was really scary for a lot of families. if you look at some of this video, you see people running's in some cases, people were actually injured as they were trying to get out of the way trying to get out of the mall, to get away from some of this. seven people we know in new york, for example, were injured,
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just trying to leave the mall because of all the madness going on there. >> i can see little kids caught in this. parents, or -- trying to run them out of there. did police make any arrests? where do things stand right now? >> reporter: they did. several arrests made, for example in colorado. we saw video evidence of that as well. including women. this wasn't just men fighting each other, young men, teenagers fighting each other. there were young women as well involved in some of brawls and we saw two of them had handcuffs on them and were definitely detained in these cases. one particular case that was interesting that wasn't a fight. actually it was firecrackers blown off are and it made people think that there were people shooting in the mall. that terrified people, and they all went running out trying to figure out what was going on and later found out, police saying, those fireworks might have been a diversion to someone trying to shot oflift. a lot going on here, but it does seem rather odd you have all of these cases across the country in malls, many of them near food
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courts, that this wasn't coordinated. that's what law enforcement is looking into now. >> especially, unfortunately, in this day and age. so far from funny that this is all going down. especially with the fireworks. sara, thanks. authorities still looking into what's going on. sara is on that. thank you. on this final week of 2016, we are counting down the top ten stories that grabbed headlines around the world. bring that to you in just a second. won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry about replacing your car because you'll get the full value back including depreciation. and if you have more than one liberty mutual policy, you qualify for a multi-policy discount, saving you money on your car and home coverage. call for a free quote today. liberty stands with you™. liberty mutual insurance.
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what is the lasting story or headline you will remember this past year? we asked that question of cnn senior international correspondent clarissa ward. here are the top ten stories of the year from around the world. [ chanting ] >> reporter: we begin our top ten with brazil. a country whose roller coaster
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of scandals and triumphs made news the world over. a mosquito-borne outbreak leading to rare birth defects. >> losing the battle against this virus. >> reporter: then a political disruption. >> removeded president. >> reporter: and all in the sun. >> the whole world watching brazil as it hosts the olympics. >> reporter: despite a few setbacks was widely considered a success. >> the turkish military announcing it has taken over the country and imposed martial law. >> reporter: a coup attempt takes hold. almost as quickly as it began it was over. the president survives the coup attempt, but some 290 others would not. seeking retribution, president
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erdogan goes on to dismiss tens of thousands of people. a diplomatic thawing sees a u.s. president touch down on cuban soil for the first time. >> breaking news out of cuba, fidel castro has died. >> reporter: for some, grief of the loss of a revolution other. for others, celebration of the death of a ruthless dictator. cuban skyexiled thrilled who th remember a leader who imprisoned many and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. a global crisis worstening by the minute. 65 million people displaced. >> 2016 the deadliest year ever for migrants and refugees trying to cross the mediterranean. >> among those rescued, this 5-day-old infan peering out of his pink black it. >> reporter: war, terror,
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poverty. seeing migrant camps across the world swelling to unsustainable levels. one camp in france bulldozed to the ground. what is this life? [ speaking in foreign language ] have mercy on us. have mercy. >> [ speaking in foreign language ]. >> translator: i wanted to tell you that you're not alone. >> reporter: coming in at number six, seismic stations around the world pick up on the unmistakable signs of north korean aggression. but this time it's different. >> north korea exploding its most powerful nuclear warhead ever. >> equivalent of tnt detonated deep underground. >> reporter: the question now, will the next bar hewarhead wer mounted on a missile? >> eventually you'll get it right. >> reporter: unimaginable attacks in the name of isis leaving a bloody trail on the borders of iraq and syria.
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[ screaming ] >> two explosions rocking the main terminal at brussels airport. >> across town in the center of the city a bomb exploded on a metro train. >> reporter: those two suicide bombers killed 33 people. three months later, another airport is hit. three men wearing explosive vests carrying ak-47s exiting a taxi curbside shooting at panicked travelers before blowing themselves up. 44 people would never make it out of that turkish airport. >> about six to eight gunmen have taken over this bakery/restaurant in dhaka in this more affluent posh area of the city in bangladesh. >> military commandos moved in, ending with 13 hostages saved, 20 other dead at the restaurant. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news -- we are following breaking news out of france.
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>> more than a mile of carnage at the truck drove bown the beach prommen naude. >> reporter: ending with a slaughter of 84 people. the so-called soldiers of isis waged war in cities across the world, back in iraq, the land they once laid claim to was being taken back. >> the iraqi city of fallujah, we understand, has been liberated. >> iraq's military is claiming victory in ramadi. >> breaking news into cnn. in iraq, an offensive to retake the key city of mosul from isis is now under way. >> an effort with much international support. coalition planning, american air pow power -- one came right at me. >> reporter: cnn's own team would later make it inside the city limits of mosul, and very nearly would not make it out. >> we realize we're trapped.
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our em wrmrap take as direct hi. >> ah -- [ bleep ] -- [ bleep ]. >> we need to move, bet every time we try, gunfire drives us back. >> reporter: arwa damon and her team would spend 28 hours trapped, an estimated 1 million civilians are still within this embattled city. across the border in syria, another hellish landscape unfolds. its biggest city, aleppo, the enty center of this horror. >> this is what hell feels like. [ speaking in foreign language ] [ crying ] >> the syrian regime's later air yell assault. >> gallon drums filled with explosives and shrapnel shoved out of helicopters. >> they're racing frantically. nine people still stuck under that rubble. >> reporter: a dazed and shell shocked boy pulled from the wreckage of his home would become the bloodied face of syrian suffering. >> he doesn't cry once.
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this is omron. he's alive. we wanted you to know. >> reporter: coming in about number two, russia fleshgsing its military muscle at home. >> vladimir putin moving nuclear capable missiles to the border with poland and lithuania. >> reporter: and on a global stage. >> the u.s. is blaming russia for bombing a humanitarian convoy in syria. >> reporter: using its arsenal to turn the tides of war in favor of syrian president bashar al assad. >> he told us that russian and regime forces target hospitals cynically and deliberately. >> reporter: the diplomatic vacuum between the u.s. and russia intensifying with accusations of hostile acts still shrouded in mystery. >> a series of cyber attacks on democrats indicate russia is trying to swap the election for donald trump. >> reporter: and in our number one slot this year, the surpggef
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pop louli populism across the west. feeling ignored by politicians and legitimate behind economically. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the people have voted to leave the european union. >> dare to dream! dawn is breaking. our independence united kingdom. >> reporter: a vote that took the world by surprise. one of the main forces behind brexit, anger over immigration. >> translator: they should go back to where they came from before we rip their heads off. >> reporter: of course, in the u.s., where president-elect donald trump capitalized on the issue. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: the ejection of globalization resonating with voters. >> cnn projects donald trump wins the presidency. >> reporter: with a march of populism, will it continue?
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with elections in france and germany coming up, 2017 promises to be an interesting year. >> clarissa, thanks for that, and thank you so much for joining me today. our coverage continues now with jake tapper. hello. i'm jake tapper in for wolf blitzer. wherever you are watching from around the world, thanks for joining us today. israel says it is pushing ahead with a plan to build hundreds of new homes in east jerusalem. despite a u.n. rez lukes condemning new settlement construction there and in the west bank with the u.s. government and international community referred to as occupied territory. the resolution has sparked a bitter rogue between the israeli prime minister and the white house. the u.s. abstained in the u.n. security council vote but the israelis wanted the u.s. to veto the measure. a


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