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actress died at the age of 84. >> from cnn headquarters in atlanta welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> debbie reynolds's death comes one day after her daughter carrie fisher died. emergency crews rushed reynolds to the hospital on wednesday. she had been having trouble breathing. >> she was a big star in the '50s and '60s though she never stopped performing ♪ ♪ i'm singing my song for you >> reporter: singer, dancer, actress, debbie reynolds was a hollywood triple threat, and america's sweetheart. her film career began at the age of 16 after blg being spotted in a beauty pageant ♪ ♪ i'm laughing at clouds ♪ ♪ >> reporter: her star officially launched just a few years later after a spirited performance opposite gene kelly and dono conor in 1952's king king.
>> they picked me to be in "sining in the rain" and locked me in a studio, in three months i had five teachers, one for ballet, tap, jazz, modern. i worked worked, worked until i fell apart ♪ ♪ tammy. >> reporter: oath notables followed including 1957's tamme tamme which resulted in her number one singh song tammy. she played opposite gregory peck in how the west was won. and her performance in the unsinkable molly brown earned her an oscar nomination ♪ ♪ i'm going to learn to read and wright. >> reporter: at times reynolds' life offscreen overshadowed her success. todd fisher and carrie fisher n. 1959, the marriage ended in a highly publicized divorce when fisher left reynolds to marry her close friend elizabeth
taylor. a painful betrayal, reynolds joked about it later. >> i was a girl scout. i was really a simple little girl. that's what i was. and he fell madly in love with elizabeth. now i understand, you know, so many years later. and it's in the past. >> reporter: her second and third marriages also ended in divorce. each time causing reynolds financial pain. however, she had quietly been collecting hollywood memorabilia over the years. in 2011 reynolds sold marilyn's white subway dress at auction for $4.6 million. though she stepped away for film much of her career reynolds continued to entertain on broadway stages and las vegas nightclubs. in addition, reynolds had several tv roles over the years notably laying liberace's mother in "behind the candelabra" she
was recognized in 20 15 15 when the screen actor's guild honored her with the lifetime achieve men award. reynolds said she loved every moment in her career in her autobiography unsinkable. >> i paid $20,000 for this sucker. >> reporter: it is that spark and sense of humor along with her talent that reynolds will be remembered for. >> i love you. good night everybody. thank you. >> she was so special. reynolds' death comes just a day after her daughter, carrie fisher, passed away. their relationship was often tumultuous and every up and down happened in the public eye. >> but the love between them was clear, especially in recent years. here they were at the premiere of fisher's one-woman show, "wishful drinking".
>> are you proud of your daughter. >> are you proud of me? >> i'm very proud of my daughter. she is wonderfully gifted and a very special daughter, and a great talent. no wishful thing here. at wishful trinking. >> entertainment journalist holland reed is with us now to talk more about this. of course everyone remembers debbie reynolds in "sining in the rain," right. >> good morning. let's have a listen to her song. ♪ ♪ good morning to you ♪ >> i can't believe she was not a dancer before she did this
movie. and she was 19 years old. amazing. >> not a dancer. 19 years old. hand picked by gene kelly himself. mastering soft shoe on -- for her first time in a major role. 19 years old, major role. like her daughter, carrie fisher, 19 in "star wars" when she made her mark on hollywood. just light. energetic. the wholesome young i think knew in hollywood. she said she was different from the young women coming up in hollywood. >> girl scout. >> she was a girl scout. and even later started the charity organization -- gorg gosh i think it's called valiant that wanted to promote a better image of people in hollywood. you didn't just sleep with everyone, get divorced and make a scandal of yourself you actually were a professional. that was also something she did that was hand in hand with mental illness in hollywood. she was just a light. a light. a talented light with so many
awards. she got the humanitarian award in 2015. she was nominated for gosh, molly brown. it's slipping my mine. >> unstoppable. >> unsinkable molly brown. >> she got nom nases across the board. >> nominations across the board. she was a phenomenal talent, one of the best of her time and had a beautiful and long career because she loved what she did. >> her career she says it herself was so important to heavier. she said it to larry king, cnn's larry king, a while back. >> you have to be very strong, be religious or have faith of your own kind because you can't let it get you down. the rejection is tough at times. you have to stay strong and hang in there. believe in yourself. you know that you are really good. and you have to know that your fans love you. >> you know, some people will say your family life, personal
life, that's your rock and the career ebbs and flows up and down. for her it was the other way around. >> she embraced hollywood. that was part of her rock. she was part of her religion, so to speak. she went with it, i would say. and ironically, her daughter kind of was the rebel that was a little bit more anti-hollywood in a sense. but she loved what she did. she absolutely embraced all the aspect of hollywood, the fame, the pressure, like she said, the rejection, we've all experienced that you have to have thick skin in this industry. and you have to learn that no means no only for that moment and you have to keep pushing through. she lived by that rule. >> we think it's harder because of social media now. but the tabloids were tough before there was the internet. >> lice spread like wildfire. now we hear rumors all the time of celebrities dying this person is doing this. back then it was a small knit community where that rumor would
circle around or the lice told or the pressure, the rejection, people not getting a role or up against a role. it was a smaller community and it still traveled pretty fast then. >> yes. >> i think each with it -- she was able to defend herself in a public way growing up as stars are able to do now. apples and oranges here. nonetheless, she handled it very well. she handled it so well that we had her, in her career, she didn't stop, all the way until she was 84 years old. >> and she had to deal with that very public scandal when eddie fisher, her husband, ran off with elizabeth taylor. such a difficult thing to deal with but she did it with grace. >> absolutely. i typed in debby reynolds scandal and that was really the only thing that showed up which i thought was impressive. i'm not saying it had to do with her. it wasn't something she did. it happened to her. but for her to have integrity and class, to go an approach
elizabeth taylor. and to go to elizabeth taylor's birthday parties and show up for her events and awards. nobody is doing that today. you don't have to unfollow your enemies, you can actually make friends with them and have long lasting friendships. she did. >> holland reed always a pleasure to chat with you. >> thank for having me. >> more reaction to the death of debbie reynolds later this hour. you can find out about her life and her career at cnn.com. u.n. secretary of state john kerry says israel's settlements are threatening the two-state solution for peace in the middle east. >> and kerry has less than a month left in office. but he says he could not in good conscious do nothing or say nothing about the stalls peace process. elize labott has the details. >> reporter:. >> the status quo is leading towards one state and perpetual occupation. >> reporter: in a lengthy and personal plea, secretary of
state john kerry issued a strong warning to israel that a two-state solution was in jeopardy, directing his aim at israeli prime minister binge benjamin netanyahu. >> the israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution. but his current coalition is the most right-ring in israeli history with an agenda driven by the moeks extreme elements. >> reporter: at the same time defending u.s. support of israel. >> no american administration has done more for israel's security than barack obama's. >> reporter: netanyahu quickly called the speech a biased attack that only paid lip service to palestinian terror. >> what he did was to spend most of his speech blaming israel for the lack of peace. >> reporter: kerry's message comes amid a bitter war of words between the u.s. and israel after washington refused to veto a u.n. resolution condemning israeli settlements, allowing to pass. >> some seem to believe that the u.s. friendship means that the u.s. must accept any policy regardless of our own interests,
our own positions, our own words, our own principles. >> reporter: israel says it has proof washington secretly orchestrated the vote and would show to it president-elect trump when he takes office in just a few weeks. >> we have it on absolutely incontestable evidence that the united states organized, advanced, and brought this resolution. >> reporter: kerry denied the claims and framed the vote as an effort to save israel from a policy that threatened its future as a jewish state. >> we reject the criticism that the vote abandons israel. on the contrary, it is not this resolution that is isolating israel. it is the permanent policy of settlement construction that risks making peace impossible. virtually every country in the world other than israel opposes settlements. >> reporter: in his four years as secretary of state, a deal between israelis and palestinians has escaped kerry. in a recent interview with cnn he rejected the idea that he
failed. >> i didn't fail. we didn't fail. the united states didn't fail. we put what i think is still the solution on the table. but the parties failed. >> reporter: even before kerry spoke, both president-elect frump and prime minister netanyahu criticized the obama administration, trump tweeting we cannot continue to let israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. stay strong, israel, january 20th is fast stay proeching. netanyahu responded, president-elect trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for israel. and prime minister netanyahu is warning about further moves at the u.n., israelis officials very concerned about a new u.n. security council resolution coming out of kerry's ideas or at a upcoming peace conference next month. donald trump is working with the incoming republican congress to defund the u.n. if the vote on settlements is not overturned.
elize labott, cnn, the state department. >> joining me now to talk more about this is aaron david miller. he is a middle east analyst, author and negotiator. he has advised republican and democratic presidents. he is now with the woodrow wilson international school for sclors. thank you for being with us. of course you have written many speeches yourself on middle east peace. for republicans, for democrats. have you witnessed one as strongly worded as with such a direct warning to israel? >> a lot of passion. a lot of emotion. and certainly a lot of investment. it's significant, rosemary, that it was the secretary of state and not the president who delivered this speech. you know, in years past whether it was the clinton parameters the reagan initiative, if it was considered critically important as a legacy, it was usually the president who spoke. here i think the president's
message was left to the secretary to deliver this speech and take the next hit. no, i think this is unprecedented in many respects including the fact that it was delivered as what you would proverbial describe as five minutes to midnight, less than three weeks to go in the administration. in his speech secretary kerry said a two state solution is in jeopardy and that while netanyahu publicly supports a two state asolution, that doesn't appear to be his agenda. do you agree? >> frankly, you know, this process is comatose. dead but not dead and buried in large part because neither abass or netanyahu are going to make the core decisions or at least bring those core solutions close
enough so an effective mediator can bridge the gapsz. you can't bridge the grand canyon. that's where we are on issues, borders, security, refugees, jerusalem, end of claims. all of these issues accompanied by a fundamental lack of trust and confidence between israelis and palestinians has put the two state solution in what i would describe as mortal jeopardy. it doesn't look like to me given the incoming administration that much is going to be done to revive it. >> secretary kerry said no administration has done more for israel's security than barack obama. is that the case. >> even while there has been dysfunction between american presidents and israeli prime ministers going back, in the last 30 years, it has moved forward. i would support the notion that
this administration even amidst the distrunks and tension and arguments over settlements, iran, and the pursuit of palestinian/israeli peace, on the security side, yeah, this is a fact that's acknowledged repeatedly by the prime minister himself. again it's been a fraught relationship since the beginning. i have characterized it as a soap opera. it's fitting frankly at the end of it it should be -- bring a lot more soap. >> of course, this all comes at a time when the relationship between the united states and israel is probably at one of its most tense. israel still insisting that it has proof the u.s. orchestrated the u.n. security skill vogt against it on settlements in the east bank and jerusalem. what evidence would they have do you think? is it possible the u.s. was involved behind the scene and
pushing and orchestrating this resolution? >> unless you were living in a cave somewhere for the last six to eight months there have been any number of signals conveyed at any number of administration officials that toward the end of the term this administration would either push for a very ambitious security skill resolution which included the parameters for what might constitute the american view of a palestinian state, or secretary of state or perhaps the president would give a speech. and i think basically the administration was determined to leave its fingerprints and its mark on this issue. in large part because i think they know where this is going. i think they understand that the two-state solution as we've known it, even the fiction of maintaining a negotiating process to promote it is in mortal peril. so i think they felt comefeld peld to -- to shape a frame of reference which would leave unmistakably the notion that they analyzed the problem
correctly and there wasn't much they could do about it. as far as collusion, look, whether or not the administration jumped on a moving train or whether or not they drove the train out of the station frankly, and my judgment is irrelevant. if the israelis have proof that somehow the united states was instrumental in fabricating conceiving, orchestrating, negotiating this resolution let them lay it out but it's not going to change anything. frankly i'm not sure it's relevant. in three weeks we in this country, in its capitol, the washington, are going to witness the creation of a new reality that's going to have profound implications not just for american release policy but for american foreign policy generally. we are talking about old business here, rosemary and i think frankly we'd all be
advised to orient ourselves toward the new realities that are coming. >> as you point out, come january 20 we will see what sort of impact donald trump's administration will have on middle east peace and indeed on foreign policy worldwide. aaron, thank you for joining us. always a pleasure to talk to you. >> thank you rosemary. still to come on cnn newsroom, a surprise phone call from hawaii appears to have patched thing up between donald trump and president obama. what they talked about when we come back. ♪
welcome back. donald trump appears to have smoothed things over with president obama. the commander in chief called trump at his resort in florida wednesday after a few days of bitter back and forth. >> they have long had a contention relationship but seemed on good terms after trump's victory last month. here's what the president-elect had to say late wednesday. >> well, our staffs are getting along very well. and i'm getting along very well with him other than a couple of statements that i responded to. and we talked about it and smiled about it. and nobody's ever going to know because we are never going to be going against each other in that
way. but he -- it was a great conversation. >> cnn's suzanne malveaux has more on the complicated relationship between the president and his successor. >> it was a great honor being with you and i look forward to being with you many many more times in the future. >> reporter: so much for the pleasantries, donald trump today blasting president obama on twitter, doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory president o. statements and road blocks. thought it was going to be a smooth transition. not. but this afternoon trump seemed to have changed had his mind saying the transition was going smoothly. >> very good. >> reporter: trump and obama had been careful to avoid personal criticism of one another in the weeks after the election. but the more come baddive tony merged this week after obama claimed he could have beaten trump if he ran for a third term. >> i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if i -- if i had run again and or
particulated it i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> reporter: trump counter-punched tweeting president obama said that he thinks he would have won zbens me. he should say that but no way. after weeks of the bruising election they seemed cordial. >> that will continue. >> i never met him before. but we had a good chemistry going. i found him to be terrific. i found him to be very smart, and very nice. >> reporter: since then, the two have had several phone conversations. and today trump's incoming press secretary shawn spicer tried to down play the public bickering. >> they continue to talk. i don't know when the last time they did, but as the inauguration gets closer both the current president and his
team have been very helpful and generous with their time as far as the actual transition. >> very important things. >> reporter: today between closed door meetings trump made several appearances. while obama has been vacationing. trump has been claiming credit for the positive economic outlook. thanks donald white house aides say the president will not back down from his own record of accomplishments despite what trump is claiming credit for. as he noted in his last press conference this year unemployment is at 4.6%, a nine year low, economic growth at 3.5% high, and his approval rating almost 60%. suzanne malveaux, cnn, washington. still to come here on cnn newsroom w the deft debbie reynolds just a day after her daughter passed away, we talked
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>> announcer: this is cnn break news. we want to welcome back our viewers in the united states and around the world. >> let's check the headlines for you this hour. we following breaking news. aek actress doctor r debbie reynolds is dead at the age of 84. she died a day after a cardiac event killed her daughter, carrie fisher. reynolds' son says she told him wednesday morning she missed carrie. he also says their mom is with her now. u.s. secretary of state john kerry says israeli settlements are putting peace in the middle east at risk. prime minister benjamin netanyahu responded blaming kerry for the stalling of the peace process.
donald trump says his transition going very, very smoothly. he started wednesday with a tweet accusing president obama of inflammatory statements and road blocks. but they talked on the phone later in the day in what trump called a great conversation. back to debbie reynolds now, whose career spanned nearly seven decades and touched countless lives. >> her breakout role was in the 1952 musical "sining in the rain." she played a struggling chorus girl who becomes a star. and her smash single "good morning" lives on to this day. ♪ good morning, good morning, it's great to stay up late ♪ ♪ good morning, good morning, to you ♪ >> she stayed in the spotlight for the rest of her life. for many she was a link to a by gone era of hollywood. >> joining me now to talk more about the legacy of debbie reynolds is matthew bell onny executive editor of the hollywood reporter. thank you for being with us.
>> thank you. >> of course the death of a child is every parent's nightmare. and the passing of debbie reynolds just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher, is heart breaking and tragic for that very reason. but they certainly had their ups and downs, didn't they? >> absolutely. i mean, this is a family that has not only lived through a lot of both public and private troubles, but they have done so, and incorporated it into their public persona and their careers. if you look at carrie fisher's autobiographical novel, postcards from the edge, that was written in the '80s as a direct response to her tumultuous relationship with her mother and then that was dramatic advertised in a film version starring shirley ma complain as the debbie reynolds character and meryl streep as the carrie fisher character. so this is a -- a long and tumultuous relationship. but we understand that they had -- they had made up, and
they had come to an understanding in recent years. and recently, they both participated in a documentary about both of their lives and their work together that will air on hbo next year. >> of course, like her daughter, carrie fisher, debbie reynolds wasn't only an actress, was she. >> she was a singer, a dance he, a business woman, a film historian. will she be known best for her leading role in "sining in the rain"? will that define here as princess leia defines carrie fisher? >> i think debbie reynolds probably will be remembered for "sining in the rain." she did get a oscar nomination for her performance in the unsinkable molly brown. but i think most people remember her as a singer, dancer, performer in "sining in the rain." that movie is one of those that has stood the test of time. people still watch that and enjoy it. much the same way that carrie fisher will probably be remembered for "star wars" even though she was an accomplished actor, writer, screenwriter, and performer as well. >> yeah, indeed.
and debbie reynolds, of course, was part of hollywood royalty. she married singer eddie fisher in 1955, carrie's father, of course. four years later, he ran off with reynolds' best friend, elizabeth taylor. it was a massive scandal at the time, want it? how didn't reynolds cope with all of that? >> well, this was a huge scandal, at a time before the internet, before the tabloid culture of the '80s and knights emerged. if this would happen today it would break the internet. it was a major deal in the late '50s. and debbie reynolds actually coped with it okay. she apparently did not speak to elizabeth taylor for many, many years. but when they both ended up on a cruise together she ended up having dinner with her and supposedly she had a good laugh about it. >> yeah, and finally, how will debbie reynolds be remembered do you think? what will be her legacy? >> i think debbie reynolds will be remembered as part of a legacy of old hollywood. she was a star when the star
system was really at its most powerful. she was made a star in a media, the movie musical which really gave launch to hollywood. and she managed to last for decades and decades both in film, on the stage, as a recording artist -- she had a number one single 689 she had an nbc television show. she became a businesswoman with hollywood memorabilia. she had her own museum at one point. and i think she will go down as one of the last remaining connections to that old hollywood system. >> i think you are right. matthew belloni thank you for joining us. we precious it. >> no problem. what makes reynolds' death all the more heart breaking of course is that her death came just a day after her daughter, carrie fisher, died. >> tv personality al roker sent out a tweet saying my daughter asked if it's possible to die from a broken heart. well, i think that debbie reynolds knew her daughter needed her and god granted her
wish. >> all right. let's talk now with psychologist eric fisher. he joins us via skype from florida. and the sentiment of that tweet from al roker is incredible, isn't it? because a lot of people are talking in terms of debbie reynolds having died of a broken heart. and there is a syndrome -- it's called broken heart syndrome which obviously a lot of health issues play into that, but talk to us about that. >> i think what to look at is when -- even when a spouse dies often when the wife dies it's not uncommon for the husband to die soon after that. while we can look at the idea of a broken heart, which there is proof this can cause we have to look at the neurochemicals released in stress conditions. stress can be a precip tant to those outcomes. they had repaired their relationship in years. sometimes i teal people sometimes people come into your
life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. i often teach parents their child is their greatest teacher and i think they both learn from each other. but the impact of what debbie may have learned from carry and her life experience they may have in some ways may have felt they completed what they needed to teach each other and do together and she might have felt her life was complete in some ways. >> as i hear that i can't help but think as a parent what you think when you are burying your child. as a parent you hope you will never have to do that. my question is what could you tell your viewers who -- those of them who have been -- who have had the misfortune of having to experience the same thing. >> i lost my brother when i was 8 years old and i saw my parents and how they had to survive the loss of a son. what they did -- they had to pick up their life and keep going. i think when we look at the situation, we look at how carry grew to respect her mother.
she said, my mother taught me how to thrive. for carry, goingthrough bipolar she sought her mother as inspiration. i think what happens, when we see somebody we idolize, their life ends and we don't know what to do. even when we lose a child we think what's our purpose? we have to realize it is our purpose to continue to live to leave a legacy towards those people who connected with us not we cannot only remember them but live our lives in this way they would have wanted us to live our lives. i saw my parents go on and continue to live their lives for us. that's difficult to do. the sun will come up tomorrow. we keep persevering. >> that advice is great. but for so many, and i do know
of people who have lost their husbands and for many years they are just waiting it out. they are not living a fulfilled life. it's very difficult because then a lot of other things play into that, depression, and all of those issues that affect so many people. it's very difficult, isn't it, to just say to somebody, to be positive, and to move forward. it's not as simple as that though, is it? >> no, it's not because we have to look at grieving as a process. grieving is something that we go through that, you know, it can last -- i often tell people their grief will last as long in some ways as they choose to let it last. when we can find that we need to continue to live our life for our highest good we also have to have people ask themselves how would the people who is no longer living want you to live your life? waiting for that time to die? or would they want you to live to it the fullest so that when you have completed this life you can feel like you have done something. i ask people, are you living to die or dying to live?
that to me is a key question that we often have to look at. i think even for -- what carry did for the world of people with bipolar disorders is she gave them someone to look to in ways that had done the most with what they had. and like you said, see your life, if you experience bipolar disorder, to continue to go on and continue to sur-thrive. to continue to see we have challenges and obstacles and we can turn them into opportunities in life if we look at them from a different perspective. >> carrie fisher she was a hero there certainly for those people suffering mental illness. and her mother, debbie reynolds, so positive and such an incredible women. two heroic women. it is a very sad day, indeed. eric fisher thank you for talking with us. many celebrities are reacting to reynolds's passing. brooks tweeted debbie reynolds, a ledge end and my movie. mo. i can't believe this happened
one day after carry. >> and william shatner tweeted debbie reynolds was one of the last of hollywood royalty. it breaks mai heart that she is gone. i had hoped my grieving was done for 2016. >> this from beth midler. debbie reynolds has just died. this is too hard to comprehend, do you feel, talented, devoted to her craft, she follows carry. dead days ago. still to come on cnn newsroom, president obama's signature achievement will likely come under fire as soon as he is out of office. we'll take a least closer look at the agenda of the new republican-led congress. tokyo-style ramen noodles.
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one of the first orders of business for the next u.s. congress will be revisiting the affordable care act also known as obama care. >> republicans have vowed to scrap the controversial health insurance law if they can get enough democrats to go along. manu raju has the latest. >> reporter: for the first time in nearly a dozen years, republicans will control all of washington. and their plotting an ambitious agenda on capitol hill. a sweeping rewrite of the tax code. new infrastructure projects. a nine-supreme court justice. and their top goal a repeal of president barack obama's signature legacy item, obama care. >> obama carrey peel resolution will be the first item up in the new year. >> reporter: but republican leaders privately acknowledge it won't be easy, especially repealing the health care law without a clear plan to replace
it. and in the aftermath of surging enrollment numbers for obama care. >> what happens to those 20 million who have health insurance? are you going to just kick them off and suddenly they don't have health insurance? >> reporter: next month, the republicans will immediately try to pass a budget, a process that will allow them to repeal much of obama care, including subsidies to buy health insurance, and an expansion of medicaid. all on a party-line vote in the senate. but some key aspects of the law cannot be repealed through the budget process, including prohibiting insurers from denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions. and the mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance. conservatives determined to scrap the law are already warning of a revolt if president-elect donald trump accepts anything short of a full repeal. >> if he pursues just amending obama care how would you
respond? >> i'm not going to agree with that. >> reporter: the process to rehe place obama care will be even tougher because republicans will need to overcome a senate filibuster meaning they will need the support of at least eight democrats to enact a new health care law. but the new senate democratic leader chuck schumer is already warning that his party won't help the gop replace the law. >> just repealing obama care even though they have nothing to put in its place will cause huge calamity from one end of america to another. they don't know what to do. they are like the dog who caught the bus. >> reporter: to ensure people won't lose their coverage gop leaders say yong congress will effecti effectively allow the repeal to
be delayed until they have a replacement, which could take years. but that could cause tension with top conservatives who want immediate action. >> i think health care will be better and cost less when obama care is gone. why would we take three years to get rid of it. >> reporter: they are looking at passing a series of smaller health care bills that they hope can win some democratic support. aside from that, there is a huge fight looming over reforming the tax >> why would we want to take three years to get rid of it? >> republican officials tell me rather than a comprehensive obama care replacement, they're looking at a series of smaller health care bills they hope can win democratic support. aside from that there's a huge fight looming over reforming the fax code for corporations and individuals, and that issue is expected to dominate action on the hill for much of next year. adding to that, a slew of major confirmation fights including
renowned dance troop booked for the party are threatening a boycott. cnn reports. >> let's hear the bells. okay. >> reporter: donald trump and the radio city rockettes, both new york city icons. ♪ >> reporter: but the rockettes are kicking up controversy over the upcoming presidential inauguration. one dancer speaking out after feeling pressure to perform at the ceremony for a candidate she does not support. quote, we do a lot of events, but there have been no events that could cause trauma, and doing this would cause trauma for some people. that said in a marie claire report. >> the rockette said people. >> reporter: crying on stage. >> reporter: some of the dancers who are full-time were initially told they had no choice but to perform in next months's event. word of the scheduled performance created a fire storm within the rockettes' organization and on social media. marie claire reports the
backlash is what changed the minds of the rockettes' mankt. the union said it never required participation and it would be voluntary. madison squiare garden said we have more people requesting to participate than slots available. >> she's upset the rockettes have, thus making it seem as if they stand by him and his policies. >> reporter: with dancers facing criticism, others favor the boycott like this former rockette who appeared on democracy now. >> the rockettes represent a legacy of strong, intelligent, and classy women. to associate this with mr. trump who has a public history of degrading women, objectifying women, in my opinion, really tarnishes what the rockettes embody and stand for. >> the radio city rockettes. >> reporter: the famous dancers were all on board for george w.
bush's celebration both in 2001 and 2005. that year they're not the only ones wanting to skip out. sources say the transition team is having a tough time booking talent. cnn, new york. all right. we're going to break for a few minutes. you've been watching cnn news room. >> we are back with another hour after this very short break. don't go anywhere. why is my son having trouble in school? [beep] finding lowest airfare to istanbul. no. i'm tired of fighting with my son over his homework. [beep] home wok restaurant. need a review? no! he's smart but his mind wanders. [beep] seven wonders of the world. why don't you understand me?
this is cnn, breaking news. from cnn world head quarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and we're following breaking news, the death of acting legend debbie reynolds. she was rushed to a los angeles hospital on wednesday. one day after the death of her own daughter, carrie fisher. >> reynolds was one of hollywood's biggest stars in the 50s and 60s. ♪ i'm laughing at clouds so dark up above ♪ ♪ the sun's in my h