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we are covering this major speech from every angle with the latest on what we should expect to hear from the secretary and in-depth analysis on what this means going forward. let's start with cnn global affairs correspondent elise labott at the state department. john kerry leaves office in three weeks. will this speech have any lasting effect beyond january 20th? >> well, i don't think secretary kerry expects that his words will resonate right now, but after working on this issue for the last four years, and you remember secretary kerry led that year-long effort to try and get a peace deal between israelis and palestinians, he wants to lay out his vision, i think what the u.s. had put on the table, and how they see this issue being resolved. obviously the secretary and president obama are leaving office without having concluded a deal. the trump administration will be coming in and will want to take a look at it themselves, but secretary kerry is going to
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outline what he thinks a deal could look like because he hopes at some point the parties will want to get back to the table and try and negotiate a deal, because that's really the only way the conflict will be resolved. you know this deal is very probably similar to what previous presidents have tried to get the parties to agree to in previous administrations. you remember the clinton parameters, you remember president bush had this annapolis process. i think the contours of what a deal could look like are generally known. i think what you will hear from secretary kerry today is a call for the parties to think about whether they are ready to make the painful compromises and difficult choices that are needed for peace. >> elise labott at the state department, thank you so much. head to cnn.com, check out elise's new piece, john kerry's mission to save diplomacy in the politics section. cnn.com. this morning the president-elect is weighing in on u.s. relations with israel
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while also taking aim at the man he will soon succeed. senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny is in florida and jeff, good morning to you. donald trump is, as he has in the last several weeks, gone straight to twitter to speak about the big issues, 140 characters at a time. what is he saying? >> reporter: good morning. he is indeed. within the last several minutes, he's giving his opinion, prebuttal, if you will, to the secretary of state's speech that is coming up in the next hour. of course, he has been talking about how the obama administration simply is not a friend of israel. let's take a look at these tweets he sent this morning. the first was we cannot continue to let israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. they used to have a great friend in the u.s. but he continues, not anymore. the beginning of the end was the horrible iran deal and now this u.n. stay strong, israel. january 20th is fast
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approaching. so donald trump clearly going after the u.n. decision last week and again, the obama administration's policy generally toward israel but not much room for specifics or explanation there as he's giving these messages in 140 characters at a time. also going after president obama, continuing his taking aim at him for a comment that the president made a couple days ago, saying he would have won the election and it also appears to be responding to a comment that the president made yesterday in hawaii when he talked about the vitriol in our politics. donald trump was tweeting this. he said doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory president o statements and roadblocks. i thought it was going to be a smooth transition. not. so clearly 23 days before donald trump takes office from president obama, clearly things not as smooth as they once seemed after the election when they met side by side in the oval office. unclear if this is just on the
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surface or if there are real tensions beneath. i'm told the two have not talked for more than a week. unclear if they will in the 23 days to come. >> jeff zeleny in palm beach, thanks so much. we will certainly bring you secretary kerry's speech live when it happens at the top of the hour. right now, let's talk about what this means going forward. i'm joined by david andelman at the world policy journal and david kertzer, who just returned from jerusalem yesterday. gentlemen, good morning to both of you. mr. ambassador, i want to start with you. your sense of if this outrage that we are seeing and hearing from the prime minister, how widespread is that? >> well, there's a mixed view in israel. i think there's a certain amount of confusion as to why the united states abstained on this resolution. on the other hand, the israeli population is of a mixed mind on
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the issue of settlements which is the underlying problem that caused this resolution to be passed. there's also a tremendous amount of pushback in the israeli media against the rather inflammatory rhetoric being used by the prime minister against the president and the united states. nobody can understand what has driven mr. netanyahu to use such language at this time. >> david, are you expecting anything new from the secretary today? >> i think it will be a compilation of a whole lot of things that have been said up until now. i think what is particularly interesting is the fact that it does kind of bookend with president obama's start in the middle east. remember, in june of 2009 he went to cairo and gave an enormously well-received speech, except perhaps in israel, then he kind of left it all to the arab spring which didn't work out so well. i think what kerry is likely to do now is try to set up his heritage, his inheritance, his going forward, his legacy for the future, and that of obama as well. i think that's what he's really
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hoping to see. what he's also hoping to see is to set out parameters that all the rest of the security council and the rest of the world can embrace that may perhaps force the irlsraelis to take some kin of reaction they may have been unlikely to take without that setup. >> one man's policy vision which we are hearing today from the secretary can be another man's lecture. how is that likely to be received by netanyahu and what does he have to do to potentially, as he has many goals and many things that have to be accomplished in this speech, to quell some of the concerns you just talked about? >> well, even without the dispute over the settlements resolution, netanyahu would not be in a good mood to hear what the secretary has to say, because u.s. policy and u.s. views on the core issues, territory, borders, security, refugees and so forth, are not congruent exactly with those of
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israel. at the same time, the palestinians are not going to be entirely happy with what the secretary has to say because he's looking for some ground that might be bridgeable in a negotiation so you now have a backdrop of a dispute over a settlements resolution in which the secretary of state will outline a vision for the future and i think you will get a very very strong reaction out of israel, somewhat milder reaction out of the palestinians but they are also not going to be entirely happy with what the secretary has to say. >> ambassador, let me stay with you and this canceled vote overnight from the jerusalem city council to discuss construction on almost 500 additional units there in east jerusalem that. was canceled reportedly at the request of the prime minister. is that a gesture of good faith? how should the u.s. read that? >> well, i think it is a move by the prime minister to not further inflame the situation,
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but i would expect that the shoe will drop relatively soon. israel, this government in israel traditionally has a way of responding to attacks on its settlements policy by building more settlements. i think the prime minister understands at this moment, it would not be tactically wise to do so. i would not be surprised after the secretary of state's speech if we see a revival of some of these ideas. >> david, to you. we were talking during the break that this is not unprecedented to have a statement specifically on middle east peace on the way out the door from an administration. >> right. that's exactly what bill clinton did 12 days before he left office in january 2000. he came up with the clinton principles, if you will, and they were kind of a road map going forward for president bush, which was very good because they both believed in the two-state solution, unlike the current administration which seems to believe only in a
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one-state solution and has named an ambassador who is in favor of a one-state solution. >> you mean the trump administration. >> i'm sorry. going forward, this is very difficult. it puts the united states in a very difficult position because we are embracing a policy that is embraced only by one other country in the world, the state of israel. >> this question of the evidence that israel says it has that iron-clad information as the prime minister called it that the u.s. pushed, orchestrated this resolution. there was a state department official who said the secretary will touch on that. he has to do more than touch on it, doesn't he? >> well, he does, to a degree. look, this was a resolution that was embraced by 14 of the 15 members of the security council, all four permanent members, except the united states which simply abstained, and the ten regular members. the entire world is really kind of effectively embraced the
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concept behind this proposal. so really, it's going to be very hard for much of the world to embrace any kind of a suggestion by netanyahu or for that matter by the trump administration going forward that this was orchestrated and part of a plot, if you will. >> gentlemen, thank you both. coming up, so much for rubbing elbows with president obama. now donald trump is lobbing twitter insults at him. what this means for the transition potentially, next.
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'. a very good man who donald trump looked forward to working with in the future. that's how the president-elect described president obama when the two rivals met shortly after the election. but now there's a bit of a change in tone for donald trump. he's taking aim at the president on twitter for the second time in less than 24 hours. now saying the idea of a so-called smooth transition of power may now be a thing of the past. let's talk about this among other topics. lynn sweet, washington bureau chief for the chicago sun-times joining us and paul singer, washington correspondent for "usa today" . good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> so lynn, i want to start with you. is this idea of a smooth transition now out the door? >> well, things can change. i take president-elect trump's twitter at its face value.
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he doesn't think it's going well. maybe tomorrow will bring a new day and he will change his mind. what is different here and unprecedented to use the name of a cnn book, is that there is an unusual amount of reaction from president-elect trump to the last weeks of the obama administration. that's unusual but what hasn't been unusual in this whole election cycle, so today, president-elect trump says things aren't going well. maybe some things will happen in the next few days where he will judge, you know, judge what's going on in a different light. the other thing is i believe he's commenting at the very most public parts of the transition. there are still landing teams that his team has at the different obama agencies. there's a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that is still going on in a very business-like
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transfer of government way. >> the transfer is multi-faceted from the transition, i should say. paul, let me come to you. i went back and tried to find out if this is indeed unprecedented, what the president said during his interview with david axelrod on that axe files podcast, saying he would have won against donald trump and it isn't. bill clinton said the same thing about george w. bush. but we are seeing what seems to be this personal sensitivity from donald trump, the idea that the president would say this about potentially winning against him in a general election. >> this will be interesting to watch when donald trump becomes the president of the united states, will he still respond in such a sort of personal and public way to every slight that he sees on twitter or on cable ne news. what we have seen so far is the fact of the matter is things donald trump said about people on twitter six months ago or even three weeks ago no longer
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really matter when he sits down and talks to them face to face. they have very nice relationships. in fact, he said very hostile things about barack obama shortly before the election and then they sat down in the white house a couple weeks later and got along famously. i'm not sure how much we should read into his twitter account. the question is going to become when he's president of the united states, does he sort of step back and say i don't need to comment on everything that's going on in front of us. >> let's step away from the tweets for a moment and talk about choices that are being made for the trump administration, the selection of tom bossert to be his homeland security adviser, who was picked from the bush administration, who was a top aide to then president george w. bush. let's revisit what donald trump said during the campaign about the bush administration, their execution of the war in iraq and their handling of national security. >> the war in iraq was a big fat
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mistake. >> george bush made a mistake. we can make mistakes. but that one was a beauty. >> they lied. they said there were weapons of mass destruction. there were none. >> i think the bushes are fine but he can't lie about his brother's record. >> he's had the gall to go after -- >> world trade center came down during your brother's reign. remember that. that's not keeping us safe. >> so with that as context, what's the strategy here from the trump perspective of choosing tom bossert to be on his national security team? >> i don't think it appears that trump has criticism of the presidency of george w. bush but not necessarily of everyone who served in the administration, as was just mentioned in the graphic he has a cybersecurity expertise and that's very important to u.s. security in the coming years. that might have been an appeal. it is very traditional for the
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people who have served in prior administrations to get hired when there's a new one, meaning president obama ran against hillary clinton but many people who served in 2008, many people who served in the bill clinton white house ended up in the obama white house. there's only so many people that really have expertise in running some of these government agencies and you certainly will have many new people with different perspectives and experience. i see no bigger story to read into this one than they're looking for somebody here who has some subject matter expertise, notwithstanding the criticisms that trump heaped on former president bush. >> which made the challenge, made the promise of draining the swamp a challenge from the beginning, because you have such a small pool to pull from. >> i don't know if they meant, if trump meant, maybe i'm reading between the lines here, i don't know if he meant
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necessarily subject matter experts as opposed to big money people, wall street people, goldman sachs. that might be more the reference. >> let me come to you. what does this tell us about how the trump administration will be run? you have now this voice that many on capitol hill, republicans, find reassuring with tom bossert over their concerns of general flynn, the national security adviser, just like you have on one side, you have potentially reince priebus and steve bannon on the other with chief adviser, political adviser and chief of staff. what does this tell us about how he will run his white house? >> well, you should make note of the fact as well that trump promoted this bossert position before he named bossert to it. that is to say, bossert's position previously, this homeland security adviser, was a deputy to the national security adviser. that's not going to be true in the trump administration. this position has been promoted and is now an equivalent position to national security adviser. what that suggests is that they are taking very seriously his
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subject matter expertise and perhaps in fact, they are trying to assuage some of the concerns of people who are concerned that mr. flynn was a little too unsteady. this appears to be a professional with a lot of subject matter experience who will now have significant independent authority independent of michael flynn. >> paul singer, lynn sweet, thank you both. coming up, may the force be with you. carrie fisher. her fans are mourning the loss of the iconic actress, author and advocate. your insurance company
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. reaction is pouring in after actress carrie fisher's death and while she's best known for that iconic role in "star wars" her role as author and advocate had a major impact on many others. cnn's paul vercammen is live in los angeles with more on her life and legacy and we are learning a lot about how important her work was to so many people. >> reporter: it sure was. yesterday for a moment on the hollywood walk of fame, one aspiring actress telling me carrie fisher was just an inspiration to her, not only because what she was doing on screen but because she was so open off screen and that also made her much admired by her "star wars" family and we are starting to hear from them early on, it seemed some of them were so overwhelmed they did not take to social media. start with george lucas who explained she was an extremely smart and talented actress,
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writer and comedian with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. in "star wars" she was the great, powerful princess, feisty and wise. now let's also hear from mark hamell, luke skywalker, who was attached to carrie fisher growing up. he was devastated early and put #devastated on the internet early in the day. finally he said she played such a crucial role in my professional and personal life and i would have been, he was so overcome, he talked about her being bratty and self-indulgent and called her my beloved space twin. finally, the man who played chewbacca said there are no words for this loss. carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. i will miss her dearly. perhaps best would be carrie fisher encapsulating herself and her career. give a listen from one of her last call it lines onscreen.
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>> ray, may the force be with you. >> reporter: carrie fisher being fondly remembered in and around hollywood and again, so many people praising her for her honesty and her courage and talking openly about her being bipolar and her addiction issues. >> paul vercammen, thank you so much. good morning. i'm victor blackwell in for carol costello. thank you for being with me. we are now just minutes away from a major speech from secretary of state john kerry. he's expected to lay out a road map for peace in the middle east. the speech comes as you know after days of accusations of collusion and back room dealings following that u.n. resolution condemning israeli settlement construction in jerusalem and the west bank. that resolution infuriated
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israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, who has curbed diplomatic ties with several nations following the vote. for more, we are joined by cnn's oren lieberman in jerusalem. good morning to you. >> reporter: the prime minister has been a bit quieter today. none of the accusations that the u.s. was colluding and working behind israel's back to get this resolution passed, perhaps because now he's waiting to see what secretary of state john kerry has to say. what is his vision for peace, what will he lay out, and what will it entail. we are expecting, rather i should say he will lay out his parameters, what he sees as the conditions needed to bring israelis and palestinians back to the table, to get them talking, how he sees the resolution of some of the complex issues here, the status of jerusalem, borders and refugees and yet it seems especially with this war of words we have been seeing between netanyahu and the obama administration, that pretty much whatever kerry says is not going to be taken well here. >> we just received this so just
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picked this up on twitter from the prime minister there in israel. president-elect trump, put it on the screen, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for israel. a strong departure from what you were just describing there, communications between netanyahu and president obama and secretary kerry. >> reporter: well, no doubt that netanyahu is done working with obama, is looking forward to working with president trump. it's now getting through the last three weeks, perhaps being a bit quieter at least today, to see what secretary of state kerry has, but netanyahu has made it clear he's looking forward to working with the trump administration, as has many of the ministers and although netanyahu has been quiet before today's speech, some of his ministers and the others in israeli politics have not. they have taken almost a preemptive strike against whatever it is that kerry will lay out saying -- accusing kerry, i should say, of not being a true friend of israel. that's why i say no matter what
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kerry puts forward, it's unlikely to be accepted very much by the israelis. the question is how much will it be accepted by the international community and here i will add a bit of context. bill clinton in 2000 at the end of his time in office essentially did this same thing, put forward his own parameters for peace. today, they are commonly known as the clinton parameters. neither the israelis nor palestinians signed on the deal. they both had reservations. just a few weeks after the next administration, it was the george w. bush administration came into office, they basically tossed the clinton parameters. we will see if that happens in a few weeks with president trump. >> oren lieberman, thank you so much. coming up, countdown to inauguration day and security is set to ramp up with hundreds of thousands of supporters and protesters coming together on the mall. how do you keep everyone safe? as after a dvt blood clot,ital i sure had a lot to think about. what about the people i care about?
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34 minutes after the hour now and there are growing concerns around donald trump's inauguration. an expected one million trump supporters will pack the nation's capital. also expected to be there, large crowds of protesters. officials now prepping for a massive security front that will reportedly cost $100 million. joining me now is jonathan winecroft, former secret service agent under president obama. i want to start with what we talked about in the break. you were planning for this before they were even nominees. >> absolutely. the secret service wants to take the best practices, learn from any mistakes that were made and
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be able to chart a pathway forward for security planning for the next inauguration regardless of who the nominee and the next president is going to be. >> tens of thousands, potentially hundreds of thousands of protesters there. let's deal with the protesters separate from those you call inspired threats and how you approach the crowds. >> absolutely. really, at the core of this, the secret service is charged with ensuring the safety of all so the protesters and the people that are attending the event. this is about the peaceful transition of power so the protesters are always a constant regardless of who the president-elect is going to be. there is civil disobedience protocols that have been discussed with local law enforcement. >> protests are nothing new? >> around any political environment you will have one side of protesters and one side of supporters. that's just a fact. >> this time around, your greatest concern are these inspired threats. tell me about those. what they are and your approach
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to them. >> let's take a look back at the threat posture four years ago. isis didn't exist. we weren't receiving threats via social media. the inspired and/or directed attackers that are present on social media weren't present before. they are today. that's a great concern for the secret service, law enforcement intelligence community to track that, to mitigate those vulnerabilities out there that we didn't see before. >> as we learned in other attacks regardless of this big an inauguration, because many of these people are self-radicalized there is none of that quote unquote, chatter that you can pick up on any of this. >> absolutely. what we are looking at here is a changing face of terrorism. look at what happened in germany, the 12-year-old boy who planted bombs in a christmas market. in turkey, the attack on the russian ambassador was done by a police officer. the global threat environment is changing. law enforcement, secret service,
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intelligence communities, have to respond to that changing threat environment. >> we were having similar conversations in the summer ahead of the conventions and there were major concerns about the rnc and would there be one of these inspired threats. i was in cleveland, there were a few arguments but nothing major. for people who are saying everything will be fine, you say what? >> listen, what i can say to them is that the intelligence community, the secret service, law enforcement have worked on a very comprehensive security program to ensure the safety and security of everybody attending this inauguration. planning has been going on for years. there is a multi-layered program in effect. there are a lot of things that the public will see. there's a lot of overt security measures. but there's a lot of security protocols done in conjunction with the military and other intelligence communities that are in effect, again, more of a passive environment that are put in place to protect all of the
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attendees. >> thanks so much for helping us understand all this. >> thank you very much. from the skyrocketing costs of the epipen to the miracle operation that separated twin boys con joined at the head, cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta counts down the top ten medical stories we all remember from 2016. >> reporter: i'm kicking off my list this year with a bit of deja vu. this could be the biggest health threat facing us today. antibiotic resistance. sure enough, in may, the united states saw its first bacterial infection resistant to everything we know. all antibiotics of last resort. the cdc called this rare strain of e. coli a warning sign, more than a catastrophe, but cautioned we are likely to see more super bugs if we don't cut back on overuse of antibiotics.
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move over, martin shkreli. in august, americans got angry about skyrocketing costs of epipenn. the price has been hiked 15 times since 2009. the company responded to the outrage by offering severe allergy sufferers saving cards, coupons, even promising a generic version of the life-saving drug in a matter of weeks but it didn't hit the market until four months later. >> it's that they love each other. >> reporter: in october we introduced you to two beautiful baby boys. jaden and anias mcdonald, joined at the head, their brains fused together. without undergoing a risky operation, their chances at long-term survival were slim. cnn was there inside the operating room for the entire complicated and risky seven-hour
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procedure. the boys pulled through. we will follow their story as they entered rehab. march 27th, 2015, scott kelly blasts off for his historic mission aboard the international space station. how do you hear me? >> i hear you loud and clear. welcome aboard the space station. >> reporter: along with his brother mark back on earth, the kelly brothers are the subject of nasa's twin study. the goal, measure the impact prolonged space flight has on the human body, physically and mentally, in anticipation of years-long missions to mars and beyond. >> scott kelly back on mother earth. >> reporter: scott kelly landed safely back on earth march 2nd, 2016 after spending a record-setting 340 days in space. >> no one has ever seen this. you are the first one.
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>> reporter: in july i traveled to california for an exclusive interview with elizabeth holmes who had been laying low for months following damning reporting by the "wall street journal" and a federal investigation, sanctions and multiple lawsuits revolving around its mini lab. a proprietary blood test and device. in 2014, forbes had valued the company at $9 billion. >> it's probably the most important question anybody who is watching has about this. does it work. >> yes. >> you are confident in that? >> i am confident in that. >> reporter: as 2016 comes to a close, it is now valued at zero. it has shaken up its operations and board of directors. for years, we have been reporting on the country's opioid epidemic but it wasn't until april 21st that the nationwide crisis finally grabbed everyone's attention. >> cnn has now confirmed the artist prince is dead. >> reporter: prince died of a fentanyl overdose, a synthetic
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painkiller 50 times more powerful than heroin. overdose is now the most common cause of unintentional death in america. >> we are here to talk about an epidemic that kills 78 americans every day, one death every 19 minutes from an opioid overdose. >> reporter: anderson cooper and i hosted a town hall to bring to light this epidemic quietly killing people in the shadows. we need solutions and that begins with doctors cutting back on excessive painkiller prescriptions. in january, i traveled to flint, michigan, a town still reeling from an april 2014 decision to switch its water supply to the highly contaminated flint river. levels of lead in the residents' water were testing off the charts. >> five parts per billion would be source of concern. 5,000 parts per billion is associated with toxic waste. this home, 13,000 parts per billion. >> reporter: in 2015 flint switched back to detroit's water supply but the damage was already done. many residents still need to
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boil their water before drinking it and pipe infrastructure still needs to be replaced. at an estimated cost of $55 million. 2016 was the first time most americans heard of the zika virus. an outbreak began last year in brazil and we saw heartbreaking pictures of babies born with abnormally small heads and brains. it wasn't long until the virus invaded the united states. anyone exposed needs to practice safe sex for a full six months. the 2016 presidential campaign was truly unprecedented. from a health perspective, neither hillary clinton nor donald trump released as much personal medical information as past candidates for commander in chief. but the single document that invited the most scrutiny was this bizarre letter written by dr. harold bornstein, donald trump's physician. did you really write that letter? >> did i really write that letter? yeah. >> reporter: it was riddled with typos, trumpian language and medical terminology no doctor i
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know would ever use. one of the cornerstones of donald trump's successful presidential campaign was his promise to -- >> repeal and replace obamacare. >> reporter: so no surprise his supporters were shocked when after he was elected -- >> let me ask you about obamacare. are you going to make sure that people with preconditions are still covered? >> yes. because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. >> you are going to keep that? >> also with the children living with their parents for an extended period. we are going to very much try and keep that. >> reporter: what will change with your health care once trump takes office? we will be watching in 2017. >> our thanks to dr. sanjay gupta. coming up, move over, santa. nfl quarterback cam newton delivers a christmas wish. first, a look back at some of the musicians and performers we lost in 2016.
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let's check your top stories. german police detained a tunisian man with possible ties to the berlin truck attacker, saying the man's phone number was found on the cell phone belonging to the suspect, anis amri. this coming as we are getting a new image of the attacker himself. it shows amri at the train station in italy december 22nd.
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meanwhile, dutch police now saying it is likely though not 100% that amri traveled through the netherlands on his way to italy where he was later found and killed. arkansas police are hoping amazon's echo device can help solve a murder case. james andrew bates is charged with killing his friend whose body was found in bates' hot tub last year. investigators have obtained a search warrant for audio from bates' echo. the digital assistants answer questions and stream music when you ask them to but the device can also store about 60 seconds of recorded sound. amazon has already refused twice to provide the recordings. charleston church shooter dylann roof says he still plans to represent himself in the penalty phase of his trial. a judge told roof in court today he has until january 3rd to change his mind. that's when roof's sentencing gets under way. a jury must decide if roof faces life in prison without parole or
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death. that's after roof was convicted of all 33 federal charges he faced after last year's massacre at the emmanuel a.m.e. church. what a stroke of luck. a new york city cab driver, also uber driver, says he hit a 240 green light streak during a late night drive through manhattan. where was he going? 240 lights. all right. he runs a taxi blog and says he started his ride in harlem, didn't hit a red light for almost 30 minutes. he posted this video on his trip to youtube here. the department of transportation says it cannot confirm the accuracy of his video. all right. three days now from college football playoffs and clemson not holding back when talking about its matchup against ohio state. andy schulz has more in today's bleacher report. >> yeah, the last thing any coach ever wants is for one of their players to say something, give their opponent bulletin board material ahead of a big
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game. well, dabo sweeney probably not thrilled one of his players has done that. the safety was asked a question about buckeyes quarterback j.t. barrett and said well, he's not impressed with what he's seen from barrett on tape. >> we have played better quarterbacks than him. i'm not taking anything away from him. i don't think that he's a bad player. he's definitely a good player. but you know, he just doesn't stand out as one of the best quarterbacks we have played this year as a defense. >> barrett will get his chance to impress johnson in person on saturday. they play in the night game on new year's eve. after a rough couple of weeks, minnesota ending their season on a positive note last night. the team had threatened to boycott the holiday bowl because ten of their teammates were suspended after a sexual assault investigation. their boycott lasted 36 hours but they were on the field last night. in the third quarter, minnesota getting a little luck here.
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this ball tipped by washington state but it goes right into the arms of brooks for the touchdown. take another look. quite the lucky play. golden gophers win 17-12. add the buffalo bills to the teams who are in the market for a new head coach. the bills firing rex ryan yesterday after a disappointing 7-8 season thus far. the bills also firing his twin brother rob, who was on the team's coaching staff. ryan went 15-16 in 31 games in his two years in buffalo. finally, this is 10-year-old austin deckert, battling a severe heart condition. his elementary teacher posted this picture, saying his prognosis isn't good and his christmas wish was to meet auburn legend cam newton. >> what's going on, buddy? how you doing? you doing all right? you doing good? >> such a cool moment.
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according to reports, austin will have a procedure today and we are of course all pulling for him. it's so awesome to see him just jump out of his hospital bed and jump right into the arms of cam newton. this is such an amazing moment. >> great moment. great moment. thanks to cam for making that young man's wish come true. andy, thanks so much. thank you for joining me today. it's been great to be with you. i'm victor blackwell. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" coming up next. it's your last chance to save during the final days of the ford year end event. hurry in for the best deals of the season on ford, america's most awarded brand. with the most 5-star ratings... and the highest owner loyalty... giving drivers what matters most. that's how you become america's best-selling brand. just announced,
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hello. i'm kate bolduan. john berman is off today. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. any moment now, a major address from america's outgoing top diplomat, a major moment for u.s. foreign policy and a major statement on a conflict that stymied every u.s. president. secretary of state john kerry laying out his vision for the path to peace in the middle east. his comments taking on even more importance against the backdrop of this last week. the u.s. and israel lashing out at each other over what prime minister netanyahu called a
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shameful ambush at the u.n. security council. the feud ignited after last week's vote condemning israeli settlement expansion in the west bank and east jerusalem. we will bring you of course secretary kerry's remarks live as soon as he begins. he could be taking to the stage any moment now. we are keeping an eye on that. as we watch this image with you, let me bring in right now global affairs correspondent elise labott, oren lieberman in jerusalem, david rhode, national security editor for reuters, and errol louis, political anchor for spectrum news and cnn political analyst, jackie kucinich from the daily beast. elise, set first, set the stage for us, the importance of today, what you expect to hear from the secretary. >> i understand this will be the culmination of the last four years of secretary of state kerry's work on the peace process. you remember he spent the better part of a year when he first took office shuttling back and forth between israelis and
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palestinians trying to get them to agree to a framework for a peace deal. those talks broke down in 2014, then ever since then, secretary kerry has been looking for an opportunity to try and get those parties together but unfortunately, they only seem to be growing farther apart. now with the administration leaving office, secretary kerry wanted to lay out i think what he had offered the parties, what he tried to get them to agree to. he will outline the deal as he sees it. of course, previous presidents and secretaries of state tried to do this as they walk out the door. i think the parameters of the deal are very similar but you have to take that into context of the vote last week by the u.n. security council in which the united states by abstaining allowed this resolution to pass, effectiv effectively calling israeli settlements illegal.

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