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>> all right. top of the hour. thanks for being with me. i'm anna cabrera, in for brooke baldwin. you are watching cnn on january 2nd, 2017. just 18 days away from officially seeing donald trump become the next president of the u.s. he is setting up for a big reveal either today, tomorrow, or wednesday when he says he will offer some details not yet released on why he continues to question intelligence' experts assessments that the russians hacked into the 2016 election. meantime, all 35 dpts president obama expelled from the u.s. as pay back for this interference they are out of the country. listen to what trump said at his new year's eve celebration. >> i just want them to be sure. because it is a pretty serious charge. and i want them to be sure. and if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster. and they were wrong. and so i want them to be sure. i think it's unfair if they don't know. and i know a lot about hacking. and hacking is a very hard thing to prove.
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so it could be somebody else. and i also know things that other people don't know. and so they cannot be sure of the situation. >> what do you know that other people don't know? >> you will find out on tuesday or wednesday. >> let me turn now to cnn's jessica schneider. she is outside trump tower. the incoming press secretary spoke this morning saying trump won't be revealing anything that's classified or privilege information. what more are you hearing? >> that's right, after the president-elect revealed he might have this insider intelligence information but refusing to say exactly what it was, incoming white house press secretary sean spicer sort of tempered the public's expectations about what exactly the president-elect might make public. he stressed that donald trump will not reveal any classified information. he will only talk about his conclusions from that intelligence briefing sort of his understanding about what he will learn from intelligence officials when he meets with
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them on either tuesday or wednesday. then sean spicer also talked about those sanctions that were imposed by president obama against russia saying some of those sanctions may have been overblown. >> the question is is the response this administration the sanctions they put on proportional with the activities that happened? and number two, is it a political response to russia or a diplomatic response? because we haven't seen these kind of sanks in peacetime in our history. -- sanctions in peace time in our history. >> reporter: advisors are not revealing whether or not they will roll back some of the sanctions once donald trump takes office january 20th. the russian president vladimir putin said he won't take reciprocal sanctions against united states. he will wait until donald trump takes office. donald trump continues to double down on his skepticism that russians were in fact behind the
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hacks during the election season. let's move on to the vacanties we still have left in trump's cabinet. what are you learning about the two big spots left to still. agriculture and veteran affair secretary? >> that's right. we are learning the list did get shorter when it comes to veterans affairs secretary. in fact, the cleveland clinic ceo and president dr. cosgrove withdrew his name from consideration over the weekend. a spokesperson saying that dr. cosgrove of course while he was honored and would potentially entertain this, he actually wants to focus in on some of the big high-profile projects that the cleveland clinic is still completing. when it comes to agriculture secretary we are learning that one of the leading contenders might be sonny purdue, the former georgia governor. also two other key positions that need to be filled, u.s. trade representative, also slitter general. the name we are hearing come to the forefront as to slitter
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general george conway, he is the husband of top trump adviser kellyanne conway. >> lots of moving parts. jessica thank you for updating us. let's dig deeper with dana bash and nia malika henderson. nia, lindsay graham says 99 of 100 senators do belief the russians are behind the hacking of the presidential election. so it begs the question, what does donald trump know, what is he getting from his intelligence briefings that these senators are not? ? >> you know at some point he will get additional intelligence briefings this week as early as today. and then he has promised this big reveal, right, almost like a cliff hanger style of sort of divulging information in terms of how he thinks about. i think the key difference here in terms of where those senators are and where donald trump is is that he feels differently about
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america's relationship to russia. he sees in the offing a sort of reset in terms of where american policy is towards russia. and we've seen throughout these last many months the things he has said about vladimir putin, the most recent being that he thinks he is very smart. remarkable, right, to have an incoming republican president seem to be softer in terms of russia and vladimir putin than the democratic president. you of course heard from republican senators saying they want to be tougher on russia. and we know that trump obviously wants to do something differently. >> dana, talk to us about the fight ahead for some of trump's cabinet nominees. we know democrats are trying to draw out the process. >> they are going to try. the reality is that thanks to changes that democrats made when they were in the majority in the process, the democrats can't filibuster, meaning they can't
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completely delay indefinitely unless they have a lot of republicans on board to do that. so what democrats, being led of course by the democratic leader, the minority leader chuck schumer, said that they are going to do is effective lee slow walk. what they said today is that the eight that you just put on the screen need to provide more information to the senate committees that have jurisdiction over their nominations, to the office of government ethics, and even in some cases the fbi for various reasons. because in some cases like rex tillerson who you see in the upper left of your screen, he is somebody who has never been in public office. he is the ceo of exxon. they want to know about his business dealings. he has given over summaries of his tax returns which is all that is required. but democrats want to see the actual returns to make sure
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there is no conflict of interest. what they can do -- when i say slow walk -- is use the rules that they have in the senate to delay which could take weeks, which could take even months. so they can't probably ultimately stop these nominations but if they decided to use the tools that they have, they could do that and therefore try to gum up the works for incoming republican president, the republican congress on their legislative agenda which they really want to get started on day one, repealing obama care. >> if you look at some of president obama's major appointments in his first term, hillary clinton, janet napolitano, all those were confirmed by the end of january 2009. do you think an end of january confirmation could still happen even if democrats delay this process? and if they are successful, i guess the flip said is what happens if come inauguration day
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frump's people aren't in place? >> possibly. he could make the deadline or time frame that was obama's back in january -- the end of january 2009. i think what dana said i think is key is that ultimately democrats aren't going to be able to stop these nominees for getting in place and assuming their roles. i think what will be interesting to see from democrats is the way they use these nomination points really to define their party. that is very much in disarray, that is very much in the wilderness in terms of their direction, in terms of the future of the party. how these various nominees to really make a case about where their party is, where their party would be and where they think the country should be. ultimately i think we are going to see donald trump hadv a full cabinet when he is obviously going to appoint thousands of people to other positions too, throughout the agencies in the federal government.
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if the democrats put up a fight picked their battles it is a very large one but not on the list is somebody who is quite popular custom is general mattis, donald trump's nominee for detective of defense. he is bipartisan n a bipartisan way he is liked. it is an unspoken rule unless you have to, you don't mess with the pentagon. when as nia was saying as democrats are trying to find their footing politically this is their first attempt to try to get out there and challenge donald trump and use the rules that they have to do that, they want to try to pick their battles and not mess with people who, you know, in which case
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there would be a backlash. >> it would seem that republicans, too, are trying to pick their points of prioritizing. we heard trump's incoming white house press secretary sean spicer saying recently trump will quote immediately repeal a lot of regulations that have hampered the economy and job growth. nia, what do you think will be on that initial chopping block? >> i mean so many things. environmental regulations probably at the top of the list. we know that this incoming administration very much bullish on fossil fuels. and so some of the regulations involving fracking, involving carbon emissions i think you will see immediate rollbacks in terms of those. and even smaller things. i mean you think about regulating for instance electronic cigarettes. those are the kinds of regulations that i think, for years, republicans have talked about regulation sequel offing the economy, schedule offing businesses, theically small businesses. i think you are going the see
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any number of things, a lot of things put in place by the consumer protection board as well. some of those have already gone into place. some of those in the pipeline now i'm sure they will look to schedule of those and they won't even go into effect. this is a dream for republicans it's like christmas, hanukkah and squanza rolled up into one, something they have wanted to do for decades and they will finally get to do it. >> ladies i want to play one more piece of sound from donald trump this weekend, talking about computers. >> it's very important, you know, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way. because i'll tell you what, no computer is safe. i don't care what they say, no computer is safe. >> it's no secret. trump really doesn't like technology although he loves twitter. so he has embraced that aspect of the technological age. dana, do you anticipate a totally different way the white house will operate if we get rid of using computers for
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communication? >> yes. but we are not going back to 1970. it's just not happening. the trump white house is not going to be a computer-free white house. what he is saying -- and he is of course absolutely right. and we have seen example after example after example of this, that people, all of us, in our society, have this sense that, you know, we can do on line bank asking just regular e-mailing and feel like no one is going to see it and that's just wrong. and he is correct about that. and whether or not that's the reason why he personally doesn't use a computer, you know, who knows? it is possible. as i said earlier, the couriers of america and the u.s. postal service, they are going to be very happy with donald trump's statement. >> buy stamps. >> yeah, exactly. >> exactly. >> i always ask myself, too, does technology make my life
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easier or more complicated. love it and hate it at the same time. dana and nia thanks to you. breaking news. new details in the man hundred for the turk audio manhunt attacker. investigators have his photo, his fingerprints, we will have more from istanbul. also, why do these attacks keep happening in turkey? we'll have analysis of that. and not leaving quietly. president obama defends his legacy on twitter. can he protect his signature legislation, obama care? with millions of americans currently signed up, what are republicans going to do about it? guys, know anything about this missing inventory? wasn't me! the cheeks don't lie, chet... irresistibly planters.
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a massive manhunt intensifying right now for a
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terrorist who shot and killed 39 people at a new year's eve celebration. isis is now claiming responsibility for this attack at the istanbul nightclub. you see in the surveillance video people ducking for cover as the shooting was beginning. one american was shot in the leg. he says he survived by playing dead. >> i don't want to talk about what happened inside the club. but you know i want to say, you know, this is a very good country. and it's so unfortunate that this is happening to you guys. and i really feel for everybody here. for me, i wake up in the united states, i eat breakfast. you guys wake up and have to think of this. it is a so sad. and i really wish everybody here the best. i've only met very good people. >> what a humble guy. now cnn's ian lee is live in istanbul covering the investigation. ian, investigators say they have a couple of leads, right, as they hunt for this killer?
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>> reporter: that's right, we heard this from the deputy prime minister, saying they have detained at least eight people who are being interrogated now finding out if they have any connection to this killing. we are also hearing that they have the picture of the suspect as well as the fingerprints. and they are going to be using that to try to find out where he may have gone afterwards. also they said, as important, is finding out what network he had that supported him, if there was a network supporting him or however he was able to get into turkey, if he was turkish, if he was a foreigner, these are things, clues that are going to help them with this investigation. we also heard the depth prime minister be a bit defensive today with the accusations that turkey just didn't have enough skurmt he said that there have been 248 terrorist attacks thwarted in this country. he said these are attacks, suicide bombings or car bombs. he said at times they do slip through. but new year's eve one did slip
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through. 39 people killed. dozens injured in that attack. >> all right. ian lee thank you for the update. let's talk more about this with retired lieutenant colonel rick francona. there have been four attacks in the last month, colonel. why turkey? why now? >> well, if you read the statements from isis, they detail it. they say turkey has entered the fight against isis and we are calling on our supporters to make attacks against turkey. i think that's just what happened. they claimed responsibility for it. and they generally don't claim responsibility unless they have actually had some role in it because that's so easy to disprove. so why turkey? because turks are doing serious damage to isis in northern syria. they have got armor, artillery, special forces, air strikes. they have gone all in in syria. so isis is trying to make it as painful as they can for the
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turks. they also want to cause a lot of public backlash. because if they can get the turkish population to demanded that their government get out of syria, then isis might be able to survive in syria. we see what's going on, the same thing, in iraq. we see this speight of car bombings in baghdad. again trying to convince the iraqi government to stop its operations in mosul. that's not going to happen. but in syria, it makes much more sense that the turks are -- that the isis is going after the turks. they may have some success there. all that remains to be seen. >> it is rare to see an isis attack in turkey. as you mentioned they like to claim responsible when they are responsible for something. do you see this move by them as an act of desperation or strength? >> well, it could be a combination of both. i mean, it is desperation. they are suffering tremendously at the hands of the turks and the u.s.-led coalition and iraqi
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forces in iraq. what we are calling the islamic state may be a terrorist organization no longer with a state. they are going to lose mosul. i think that's preordained. the fighting in syria not as positive. but eventually isis will be defeated as a state. but that doesn't mean the ideology goes away the organization goes away it will morph more into a terrorist group. what we are seeing in baghdad, istanbul, ankara, other places, is going to continue. so it could be considered an act of desperation, but i think it's key to understand that the turks are very good at getting -- at finding out these plots before, as the deputy prime minister said. you only have to be right one time and uncommunitily isis got through on new year's eve. >> lieutenant colonel rick francona thank you. up next one day before the penalty phase of his trial begins the convicted killer that opened fire inside a charleston
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church is back in court for a mental competency hearing. we'll take you live to charleston where his lawyers claim new facts have come to light since the guilty verdict came in. with the xfinity tv app,
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to the drawing board and discuss what happens next. roof is facing the death penalty here. let's bring in martin savidge who is covering this for us in charleston. and joey jackson, also a criminal defense attorney. martin, what's the latest from the courtroom? >> reporter: the competency hearing is still going on. it started at 9:00 this morning. they took an hour and a half break for lunch. but they are still talking now. clearly that gives you an indication of just how serious this is. and it is serious. it's life and death. that's the argument that's being put forward here by the stand by attorneys. these are the defense counsel, but of course dylann roof is now saying he wants to represent himself during the penalty phase. essentially what the defense attorneys are trying to say, that's insane. they mean that literally. they believe this man is suffering from mental issues. that's why they had a second competency hearing request. that evaluation was done over the weekend while most people were ringing in the new year.
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and when the judge got the readout, it took five hours to brief the judge, and the judge is indicating there is something very surprising about the strategy that dylann roof has planned. but he wouldn't go into any detail. is there going to be a change? we don't know yet. of course the trial went through. that competency hearing was deemed that he was fit to stand trial. we will have to wyatt wait and see. >> what happens tomorrow if he is indead found competent for the proceedings to go on? >> well what begins at 9:00 in the morning is that dylann roof will act as his own attorney. he said he would have an opening statement and a closing statements but he will not call any witnesses on his behalf. he won't bring forward what might be considered mitigating circumstances. that would be one of the things that a defense attorney i would imagine would argue that he is
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not mentally in the right mind. he might have been found guilty. now they are talking about defending his life. he can do it. but he would. we would find it difficult to witness in the courtroom. >> joe, you are shaking your head. all of this seems surprising to me. you are the expert here. how surprising is it to have another competency hearing at this stage? >> i think what the judge is doing in an abundance of caution is saying look are you competent. his own attorneys have raced the issue of competence. at the actual other phase, the phase to determine guilt that was a competency hearing then. he was found to be responsible. it doesn't hurt the court to appoint other psychiatrists to examine him and vault him for this proceeding because you know there are going to be appeals. this is someone's life we are talking about. so the judge is saying let's be sure. in the event we are sure you have a constitutional right to have at it and represent yourself if found competent tent to do so. that's what the judge is doing here. >> yet he is saying i don't plan to call any witnesses.
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doesn't sound like he is trying to fight for his life, per se. but we do know he has submitted some letters that were part of the trial to this point. we know there is one to his mom which reads i'm sorry for what i did, but i had to do it. i know what i did will have repercussions on my whole family for this i'm truly sorry. i know this hrts you so much and as childish as this sounds i wish i was in your arms. >> he is being remorseful to his. he is expressing concern about the impact his actions caused to his family. what about the victims? moreover than this -- i see this as a twofold letter. number one, i see it showing intent. he had to do it. he was intent upon doing what he did, which is to engage in a horrific act predicated on hate. the other thing i see is he seems competent and lucid and logical and rational in giving
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the explanation to his parents. i think this hurts him in terms of mitigation. at the mitigation stage he will give an opening and closing statement not presenting any evidence but part of mitigation is your psychiatric history, it could be duress you are under, any debilitating ailment you had. this letter seems like he knew what he was doing, he had to do it and i'm sorry because of its impact upon you, my family, not the nine victims. >> i have to ask one last question. the victims' family members having following the proceedings. they came out very early at the first court hearing after the tragedy and expressed sentiments of forgiveness. have we heard whether or not they believe he should be put to death? >> they don't believe he should be put to death. not all of the victims' families but a large number of them have come forward and said they don't want him put to death. even survivors, these are people
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that were in the room. you pointed out the extremely emotional first bond hearing. i was at that hearing. people were stunned so soon after this tragedy to hear the family members saying they forgave dylann roof. it is part of their faith to do so. they will be giving testimony but they are prohibited from expressing their opinion on the stand as to what penalty dylann roof should get. >> martin savidge and joey jackson thank you both. just in to cnn chicago mayor rahm emmanuel is responding to president-elect donald trump's tweet this morning demanding the city do something about the rash of deadly shootings. in the tweet trump said chicago murder rate is record-setting, 4331 shooting victims, 762 murders in 2016. if the mayor can't do it, he must ask for federal help. so now merry manual's office released this same to cnn saying, as the president-elect knows from his conversation with the mayor, we agree the federal government has a strong role to
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play in public safety by funding summer jobs and prevention programming for at-risk youth. by holding the criminals who break our gun laws accountable for their crimes bypassing meani meaningful gun laws and building on the partnerships between police. we are heartened he is taking this issue seriously and looking forward to working with him. so far chicago has vowed to beef up it is forces with 1,000 new officers by 2018. they have also increased the number of body cameras and are working on retraining the police force. up next, president obama fighting for his legacy with just weeks, days left in office. we will take you to coal country in kentucky where many people voted for trump even though they use obama care. >> also, what buckingham pal
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welcome back, i'm anna cabrera in for brooke baldwin today. when president-elect trump takes the oath of office the clock start ticking on some of his campaign promises, including bringing back jobs to coal country and repealing obama care. those promises won him support of coal miners the same people who are now worried their vote could end up hurting their health and their finances. here's the story. >> reporter: the coal laden hills of eastern kentucky. >> we are going to bring the coal industry back. >> reporter: trump country. kneel young is a democrat and
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coal miner for 35 years. officially supported hillary clinton. but -- >> i voted for trump. may be a mistake but i heard him say he would bring coal back. >> reporter: a mistake maybe because he now suffers from black lung disease. >> from there to here, you can see a difference in my breathing that close. >> reporter: he vote for trump to bring jobs back but now fears trump's promise to kill obama care will also end his black lung benefits. >> when they eliminate the obama care, they may just eliminate all of the black lung program. it may all be gone. don't matter how many years you got. >> reporter: three sentences in the affordable care act made it easier for black lung sufferers to get benefits if they worked 15 years in the industry. >> i will be drawing $642.42.
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>> reporter: once a monday? >> once a month. >> reporter: patty just got her first payment. her husband crawford after 32 years in the mines, died in 2007. >> to see it in somebody you lived with 45 years go from a vibrant man to a child is very hard. >> reporter: getting the payment can also be difficult, even with the law it took her three years. how her black lung widow benefit along with social security and a tiny $62 a month pension keeps her financially afloat: so this money is important to you? >> absolutely. absolutely. it's not a large amount. but it's enough to pay the bills. >> reporter: keeping up with the bills here for many a lifetime struggle. so trump's full-throated promise of jobs was a powerful message. the unemployment rate in their
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down, 10.3%, more than twice the national average. >> this area has seen a terrific decline in the number of coal mining jobs notice last five years. and those jobs tended to be high paying jobs. steven sanders represents miners applying for black lung benefits as jobs have evaporated, he says, obama care benefits more important than ever. >> president-elect trump promised people that he was going to restore mining jobs. i don't think he thought about what the affordable care act might mean to miners who are applying for black lung benefits. >> reporter: linda's husband tony died three years ago. she is now applying for black lung widow benefits. you supported trump in this election? >> i did, i did. >> reporter: if obama care goes away? >> if it goes away i'm going to be in a world of depression. >> reporter: today she devotes her life to helping others apply
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for benefits she hopes will survive even if obama care is abolished. her enormous expectations now squarely on president trump. >> if he don't comest cross like he promised he's not going to be there next time. not if i can help it. >> reporter: trump's future opposition already taking shape if jobs don't return and obama care benefits vanish. miguel marquez, cnn, whitesberg, kentucky. part of president obama's legacy will include appointing two women to the u.s. supreme court. but obama will leave office with critical vacancy on the high court and donald trump is poised to cement not only a conservative majority there but also the president-elect will have a big opportunity to reshape the lower courts. let's bring in our cnn supreme court reporter. how could trump reshape the courts? >> everybody pays attention to the supreme court likely because trump is going to replace conservative icon antonin
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scalia. that's replacing a conservative with a conservative. the big shift will happen if trump gets another seat. say he gets the seat of justice ruth baiter ginsburg. or anthony kennedy. meanwhile on the lower court trump is going to come in with 103 vacanties on the district court and the pelt court level. that's an unusually high number. it's in part because the obama administration fought so hard with senate republicans. that's where he might be able to make his mark with appointees. think about abortion rights, environmental protections, transgender rights. obama came into office and he had 59 vacant cease. trump is coming in with almost double that. >> wow, and you put that into some perspective when you talk about some of the issues those lower courts might take up, including, we saw the immigration issue. and that ball rolling to block the executive orders on immigration that the president ordered a couple of years ago.
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and that's where it took hold. do you anticipate that those 100-plus vacancies would be filth filled quickly? what's that process like? >> it depends. it's complicated a bit by the same senators who have their say. and so trump will have to deal with that. but it goes to show that over the weekend for instance chief justice john roberts in an unrelated matter released a report about the importance of district court judges. he tried to say look they are often out of the limelight but the fact is they are not. if you think back to that immigration case those were the executive orders put forward by the obama administration and they were blocked by one single judge. that judge -- it was upheld in an appeals court and the supreme court ultimately blocked the problems when they deadlocked. one judge was able to bring that to a standstill. that's the importance of these judges and that's the mark he is going to be able to make when he
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comes in. >> all right thanks. >> tonight fareed zakaria talks about president obama about his triumphs and struggles while in the white house. don't miss the cnn special the legacy of barack obama. it's on cnn at 10:00 p.m. still ahead, north korea's leader takes his threats up a notch claiming he is close to testing an enter continent a.m. ballistic missile. we are live with how the u.s. is responding.
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north korea's kim jong-un sending a chilling new year's message saying a long range missile test is imminent. that's raising spheres the country has strengthened its nuclear capabilities. timing also interesting as it comes right before donald trump's inauguration.
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cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us now. north korea has launched several successful nuclear tests. how seriously should we take this threat? >> as you just said they have been working on -- they conducted several underground nuclear tests. two in 2016. they have conducted a number of missile launches. some successful, some not. but the u.s. assessment is the north koreans are yes moving forward on all fronts. kim jong-un saying what the intelligence community already strongly believes he wants to be able to put a nuclear war head on the front end of a missile and launch it or at least demonstrate he has that capability. they have technical hurdles to overcome in terms of being able to launch a missile, get it back down into the earth's atmosphere and have precision to actually hit a target but they are working on it. that's the big issue and it may only be a matter of time unless somebody can convince kim to
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change course. it doesn't look like right now that's about to happen. the indications are he's not interested in sanctions relief that would get him more money, more economic aid. he pretty much wants to go on this path. that's what all the indications are. >> doesn't sound good. thank you for the upsaid. more questions today about the health of brip's queen elizabeth. she is 90. she has been suffering from what royal officials are calling a heavy cold. she was too ill to attend her annual christmas and new year's church services. we are getting word queen elizabeth is up and working but doing so out of the public eye. cnn's phil black is in london. >> reporter: the queen is famous and widely respected for her steadfast commitment to performing her duties regardless of the circumstances. by her own standards for the 90-year-old monarch and head of the church of england to miss church services on both christmas and now new year's
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day, that is something of a radical departure from her usually behavior and potentially opens a window for speculation about her health and well-being. buckingham pal sass trying to get ahead of that speculation telling people it is just a cold but a heavy one, a persistent one. they say she is up and about at her estate. although she is staying in doors she is working going through the papers and dultsz she receives from government and stays across as part of her official role as the british head of state. the next opportunity to get a sense of the queen's recovery will be this weekend where she is once again due to appear at the church near the estate. but the word from the pals, and indeed the sense from other senior royals is that this is just a cold and the queen is soldiering on through it. phil black, cnn, london. thanks to phil up next a donald trump biographer says he was kicked off the golf course
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at trump international by none other than the president-elect himself. what harry hurt told cnn about their conversation at the private club.
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this just into our newsroom. vice president-elect mike pence will be on capitol hill meeting with house republicans on wednesday morning to discuss plans for repealing obamacare. now, the timing here is interesting. again, pence's visit comes on the same day and at the same time president obama plans to go to capitol hill to meet with house and senate democrats to talk strategy for fighting the gop effort to dismantle obamacare. we're working to get more information on pence's visit. and as soon as we have that, of course, we'll talk about it here on cnn. now, the author of a decades-old biography that criticizes donald trump says the president-elect kicked him off his golf course over the
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weekend. he talked to cnn about the interaction. watch. >> i went up to him and in the spirit of the united states of america and said, congratulations, sir. and then he launched into a diatribe that i had been rough on him. he used an expletive to describe the content of my book. i looked him in the eye and i said, it's all true. and he said, not in the way you said it. i can't believe why you're here. well, again, i had been there a little over a year and a half ago. and i said, well, i came with dave koch. he said, well, i think it's inappropriate for you to play here and i want you to leave. i said fine, and we left. >> joining me now, brian stelter, cnn's senior media correspondent. brian -- >> i should have dressed up the way harry hurt did. i wish i had worn the golf getup. >> he catches your attention, no doubt about it. who is this guy? he is a character. >> he is. >> he wrote this biography 23 years ago. >> a long time ago. >> apparently trump hasn't
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gotten over it by the sounds of things. he also said the last time they had interacted it was old news. why do you think the friction is happening. >> the campaign dredged up all the old biographies of donald trump. some have been back in print as a result of his campaign and now his election. the allegations in hurt's book and in other biographies have come back to the surface. clearly donald trump was reminded of those during the long campaign. harry hurt is no fan of donald trump. he has called him psycho, among many other words. so it's understandable that there is no love lost, there is some bad blood between the two then. to think with the president-elect allegedly having him removed from the golf course it makes you wonder how he'll react to critics, say reporters in the briefing room. this behavior over the weekend is curious. we haven't heard trump's side of the story.
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he hasn't tweeted about it today. we'll only heard from harry hurt. >> cnn has reached out to ask if they have a comment or response. bigger picture conjures up references to within a tweet that donald trump sent out this weekend talking about his enemies. it says, happy new year to all including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. love. >> love. >> he's been criticized for taking things too personal or acting or reacting from the gut kind of rashly. what does his tweet say to you? >> what a trump biographer would say is he holds on to grudges and doesn't let things go. it can be a good and bad thing. having a good memory and remembering who is on your side and who is not can be a good thing. some of his gop rivals are his enemies and it's not the language we're used to hearing from past presidents. one time barack obama suggested some republicans were enemies.
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he said it in the context of a policy proposal about latinos and then walked it back and said i should have said opponents. so it goes to show this is the same person who was a billionaire businessman before running for office. years ago he treated about the haters and losers and that's exactly what we are seeing now even though he is president-elect. >> and on the golf course he ditched the press corps over the weekend. >> he decided not to let the press know he was going golfing. small potatoes. not the biggest deal but it's happened several times since becoming elected. >> pattern. >> brian stelter, good to see you. as president-elect donald trump prepares to take office, he is gaining some unlikely fans halfway across the world. in the kurdish area of iraq. cnn senior international correspondent ben wedeman shares the unusual tributes using the trump name. >> reporter: at three weeks old,
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little trump is not bothered by his pesky brother rashid. you heard right. this is baby trump. trump hassan jamil to be precise born in iraqi kurdistan. his father, a peshmerga fighter on leave, explains what's in a name. i called him trump, he says because trump is charismatic and has clear policies. that's why he won the election. he heard trump say he was a big fan of kurdish forces calling for the u.s. to arm them in their fight against isis. in his honor. he named his recently opened fish restaurant in this city after the donald. in iraq's murky waters trump has inspired some here to hope he'll also make kurdistan great again. this fish is your standard carp. it's the way it's cooked, it's called muzguf here in iraq.
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it is bigly popular. and this is a catch fit for a president. there is no flip-flopping here. it takes just 45 minutes for the carp, a bottom-feeder, to go from the tank to cutting board to grill to plate. no time wasted. what i admire about trump's personality, he says, is that he is decisive. he is tough. and hopefully with that toughness he'll finish off isis. nediar shrugs off as campaign rhetoric his pledge to cast a wide net banning all muslims from entering the united states. he even wants to open a branch of his restaurant near the white house if trump will invite him in, that is. here is one man ready to serve the incoming administration. ben wedeman, cnn, dohuk,
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northern iraq. >> that looked delicious. jim sciutto on "the lead" starts right now. thank you for joining me, i am ana cabrera. have great day. thank you, ana. welcome to the year that donald trump becomes president of the united states. "the lead" starts right now. president-elect trump says that he knows things other people do not, and that a culprit other than russia could have carried out election-year hacks. so he knows something that 17 intelligence agencies, the sitting u.s. president and just about every single u.s. senator, republican and democrat, do not. what could be the first test for donald trump on the world stage, one with nuclear consequences? kim jong un announcing that north korea is close to testing a missile designed to reach as far as the u.s. plus, 762 homicides. one year, one american city. chicago has mor