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you're life in the newsroom in washington on this sunday. we begin with disturbing new video of the ft. lauderdale-hollywood airport shooting when the gunman drew his gun and started shooting
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people . this is a freeze frame from the video and appears to be security camera footage from inside the baggage claim area where the shooting happened. you can see the shooter right in that freeze frame. keep your eye on the left side of the frame, that's when you see the shooter walk into this frame. some may find this video disturbing. we're going to play it now. just so chilling to see that. i want to bring in cnn's forest ch sanchez, we understand that the suspect has been talking to
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investigators. what has he been saying? >> reporter: shortly after being and prehelped, he was interviewed and he said that this was a planned attack. he sold several of his personal belongings before booking a flight from anchorage, alaska to ft. lauderdale. we asked a source here at the ft. lauderdale airport about the leak of that video. they told us they would not comment except to say that it's being investigated now and the fbi is involved. it corroborates a lot of what we heard from investigators. he apparently arrived here in ft. lauderdale, retrieved from one of his bags from baggage claim, went to a restroom, set the gun in his waistband, then he's expressionless, reaches
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into his waistband and pulls that 9 millimeter weapon. he wasn't specifically targeting anyone, it was just the people that were nearby. after he starts running away, you see everyone around him respond, realizing the horror they're witnessing, one woman goes behind a cart, doing anything she can to get away from him. esteban santiago is going to be arraigned tomorrow. >> of us could be there waiting for our bags and this unfolds. meantime, we are learning new details about the victims in friday's horrific attack at ft. lauderdale airport.
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michael oehme was killed. olga woltering -- terry andres was on vacation with his wife's ann. he and his wife were married for 40 years. and nowlet get the latest on those still hospitalized. outside of the medical center where victims are still being treated. what do we know about their conditions? >> reporter: we're still trying to learn all we can about it. you think about those names you just read and the greaters impact, 15 people were brought this to hospital. three now remain in critical condition. we know there are people inside who are still fighting for their
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lives. and if you think about this, they were people who were working very hard to try to save them, the doctors and nurses here at this hospital, a level 1 trauma center went into action to try to help them. this afternoon we had the opportunity to go inside and talk to the people who were helping save those people that were in that airport. >> when you're here for a period of time, you get all sorts of things, but when you get a thank you, you know that it's usually special. >> i have had some survivors and had family members hug me and that was special. it's emotional. yet rewarding, knowing that you immediate a difference. careful as they talking to us, y because obviously with hippa
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with the laws that are in place, they can't talk about specific patients. but they were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they received after this. some of the people here face a long battle. be one person walking out of this hospital after being shot. one man was shot three times, but he told the governor he felt like he could keep running to get away from the shooter. but there are people who put their passion, their life and their health care to save these people in their time of need. >> and these doctors have to be ready for the worst, and clearly they were ready for this. is there any plan in place? does the hospital have a plan to help everybody deal with what they just went through? >> reporter: those doctors said every one of the team have someone to talk to. but they felt like the team is
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stronger now because they were prepared for this. anything happens in this general area, it's a very busy area. a level 1 trauma centers sees incidents like this, but maybe not the magnitude we saw it on friday. >> we wish those victims a speedy recovery. and you're about to see some more graphic and alarming video. it shows a brazen attack on israeli soldiers that happened today and some of those soldiers died. as you can see, a large truck steered directly into a gathering of soldiers right near jerusalem. four were killed and 11 others injured. we'll go straight to jerusalem where we find oren liebermann. >> reporter: police say the attacker is from east jerusalem,
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in fact a neighborhood that's not far from where this attack took place. let me walk you through this, it's 1:00 p.m. in jerusalem. a walkway that overlooks the old city of jerusalem, that would have been at that time on this day crowded with tourists, pedestrians, soldiers and security forces. that's when police say the truck driver drove his truck directly into that group of soldiers, four soldiers died, in their 20s, three women, one man and a dozen more were injured. the driver in this case was shot and killed on the scene. we learned that from the police. nine suspects, five of whom are family members of the attacker. police are now trying to figure out was this one driver acting on his own or was this part of a larger web? where did the truck come from? and how far in advance had this been planned. prime minister benjamin
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netanyahu visited the scene a few hours after the attack and he said there are indications that the attacker was a follower of ice isis. this attacker may have been inspired by social media or by isis online. that will be the focus of the really government moving forward, as police investigate, trying to figure out where this attack came from and how long it was planned. it seems like it was one of those lone wolf attacks that are difficult to predict and more difficult to stop. we'll know more tomorrow when those four soldiers are laid to rest. coming up right here in the newsroom, cyber strike, the
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official intel report on campaign hacking say vladimir putin wanted trump to win, so why is trump's inner circle pushing back. could his past come back to haunt him? and what would you ask the president-elect if given a chance? reporters gear up for the first trump press conference in more than five months. >> wow, there's a lot of press. he's a sleaze. be quiet, nobody ever listens to you. i put yourself through to your news conferences often, not that it's fun.
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top donald trump babe kellyanne conway detailing how russian president vladimir pugh -- and here she is on state of the union with jake tapper. >> i don't want any of your viewers to be misled into thinking that somehow the kremlin or the republican party, that they -- that the kremlin was dealing with any of the hackers in bringing that information back to moscow and that somehow anybody who attempted to interfere with the elections actually did. >> the intel report did make it clear that was the intention on the part of russia. joining me now, the former u.s.
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ambassador to nato and former undersecretary of state and ambassador. thank you for coming on. what do you make of the reaction of this alert. >> it's an extraordinary report. when you have the fbi and all the major intelligence agencies of the united states government agreeing that russia did interfere with the election, i think the far smarter course for the trump administration is to accept it and there has to be some kind of response by the united states. approximate president obama has expelled russian intelligence operatives out of the country. >> what do you say to this argument though from some in
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your world who say, maybe donald trump, maybe there's a strategy, he's helping vladimir putin save face so that perhaps the two countries will work together and he will not continue the same kind of behavior moving forward when trump is in the white house. >> the first thing you have to understand about vladimir putin. he's not just -- and certainly you can't expect honesty from vladimir putin about his open interference in your election. so i think the strategy is to do what republican presidents did, that's strengthen nato in europe, make sure that the united states is superior politically, militarily and deal with russia from a point of
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strength. and i think that vladimir putin thinks of trump has rather weak right now. >> in your view, vladimir putin had a grudge against clinton for years, why do you think that russia would want donald trump in the white house beyond is claim that you're making that you believe they view him as weak? >> secretary clinton had been very tough minded with president putin over the issue, certainly of ukraine, she spoke out against the invasion of ukraine and the occupation and annexation of crimea in 2014, when she was in office prior to that, she dealt with the russians in a very tough way. and donald trump refuses to criticize russia under any circumstances, not even for their barbaric bombing.
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so i think the russians looked at these two candidates and saw a completely different set of situations with donald trump than with hillary clinton and that appears to be part of the motivation that the russian government did when they interfered in our election last autumn. >> here's what president obama said this week. >> i don't think iunder estimated him, but i underestimated the degree to which in this new information age it is possible for misinformation, for cyber hacking and so forth to have a impact on our open societies, our open systems to insinuate themselves into our democratic practices in ways that i think
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are ingaccelerating. >> ambassador, do you think that the president under estimated putin or do you think he should have waited until after the election months after he knew russia was behind it. >> president obama made an interesting point in the clip you showed, a very interesting part of the fbi report was this wasn't just russia hacking the democratic national committee's e-mail server. it was also a very sophisticated planning of fake stories and news reports, in russia television, which is shown in the united states on cable, spreading absolute bald faced lies about the united states, it was a very sophisticated and comprehensive operate. president obama said that he didn't want to interfere in our election by making statements
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during the election, now he's taking action. if you think about it, the most important responsibility of our president is to defend the united states. we have been attacked in cyber war by the russians and therefore we have to respond to make sure that it doesn't happen again. >> you make the point and president obama said he didn't want to interfere in the election, but if the russians have this massive operation to push out fake news to sway the outcome, why wouldn't t administration come out more strongly sooner to alert the american public about this and point the finger at russia, we know there was a statement made october 7, but shouldn't this information have come out sooner? >> the most senior intelligence official in the government made a statement on october 7 to warn the american people that the russian government was trying to interfere. i think that was probably the right call.
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were the president to come out, it would look as if he was favoring hillary clinton, which of course he was, but to tip the balance in the oval office and i think he made the right call. i think to think about january 20 and donald trump taking the oath of office, he needs to defend us, he needs to speak up for nato. he needs to criticize the russian government for what it did. he won the election fair and square, he's going to be our president, but he now needs to act presidential and he needs to rally the west, because the russians are going to try to interfere in the french elections in april, and the german elections in september. we need to defend our allies from an anti-democratic country of vladimir putin. >> thank you very much. coming up, spotlight time
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senate committees are getting ready to hold hearings for jeff sessions. not only did he serve on the senate judiciary committee for years, he appeared before it in 1976 hoping to get confirmed for a federal judgeship. the hearing did not go well amid allegations of racism. >> he's outdated. he's a throw back. he does not believe in criminal justice reform. he's anti-gay. he's opposed to voting rights. his history is long again, it's not only about racism, it's about criminal justice and how is it going to be meeted out? >> and to be clear, jeff sessions as always denied any
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allegations of racism. but how will it turn out for session this is time around? cnn commentator alice stewart is back and the creative director. you say in regards to these confirmation hearings, democrats are already suffering from a self-inflicted wound? >> by what they did eight years ago, they reduced the threshold to 51 that makes it even easier for the republicans to get their candidate confirmed. jeff session has a long history in adherence to the rule of law. in terms of civil rights, he filed many desegregation lawsuits to protect the rights
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of african-americans as well as favoring the extension of the civil rights act for another 30 years. so i would earn courage her and others who want to stand up end fight his confirmation to take a good look at his record and what he's done to protect african-americans. >> you have particular concerns about what sessions as attorney general would mean for muslims? >> that seems like a good episode of black mirror or twilight zone, but he has a rich history of voting against the rites of some of the most marginalalized americans, lgbt, muslim, and 50% of the population, women. there's a reason why, about 30 years ago the republican-led judiciary committee voted
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against him being a federal judge. that was a bipartisan committee that reviewed his history, he has a rich history of going against african-americans, specifically saying the votes rights act is an unneeded piece of legislation. he says the naacp is undemocratic, and he also says they're communist, and they want to shove civil liberties down or throats, i love civil liberties, he was against the 2013 violence against women act. why would he be against that? and also he is against repeatedly legislation that protects equal pay for women. you want to talk about lgbt communities, he was against the equal rights act that would protect lgbt communities. he has also attended meetings of fair, the federation of american
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immigration reform which the southern policy law center says is a hate group and whose leader is a white nationalist. and also in 2013, he received keeper of the flame award. that's why i'm concerned. >> all of what you said, i believe is accurate, i haven't been able to go through as you're mentioning them. >> go and fact check that. >> but most of what he said, alice, seems to be true, what's your reaction to this. >> let's start with the easiest one. i used to work with women's concern for america, they actually opposed the equal rights act. they used federal dollars that could have easily and more helpfully been used for women at the local level and there's a lot of level that have opposed the balance against women act because it didn't put the money
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or the resources it needs to be. it is true that he did not want to expand hate crime legislation. >> there's real concern among minority communities-what do you say to them? >> i say look at the examples that i listed that he has dedicated a lifetime of protecting the civil liberties of minorities and african-americans. that goes a long way to showing his commitment to protecting civil liberties for african-americans. and the laundry list of desegregation lawsuits he has filed where he has stood up in case after case in protecting civil rights.
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they're minute details and instances within that legislation that are not prod t producti productive. but his overall record is that of protecting the civil liberties for african-americans. >> the chief legal advisor to the federal government. this is a huge position and as a minority american, many other minorities and 51% of the populati population, many women's groups across the country are very concerned because this man has a rich history of not upholding the law and not upholding equality. one other fact here. more than 1,400 law professors on their own have written a stunning left against the nomination of jeff sessions is, from 149 saying jeff sessions will not enforce the law fairly.
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and if donald trump wants to drain the swamp and be a uniter of this country, can he not appoint jeff sessions who was not able to be appointed for a judgeship because of his racist views. >> unfortunately, we have to wrap this up, but i could talk to you both all day. the big hearing starts on tuesday, we'll have to hear from jeff sessions himself on where he stands on his issues. cnn is hosting two special town hall event this is week, first chris cuomo and senator bernie sanders, and then on thursday night, a town hall with paul ryan, our own jake tapper hosts that. stay with us.
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164 days since president-elect trump's last press conference. remember this moment? >> where are the steaks? we have trump steaks. he said the steak company and we have trump steaks. and by the way, if you want to take one, we'll charge you about 50 bucks a steak. . >> host of "reliable sources" brian stelter. >> he's making me hungry too. so donald trump, he can be a bit unpredictable, what do you expect on wednesday's press conference? do you think he's going to turn over a new leaf, or do you think it will be classic campaign
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trump? >> classic campaign trump because that's mostly what we have seen since election day, the morning after the election day, he was conciliatory, he reached across the aisle, he said all the things you expected him to say, even to him clinton, trying to extend a hand to the other side, but at his rallies and on twitter, he's been the same combative trump he was on the campaign. so i would expect more of the same at this press conference, the timing is so interesting. on tuesday night, president obama delivers his farewell address. and then this press conference is going to happen mid morning on wednesday. it's going to be mid morning on wednesday, which gives trump a chance to respond to president
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obama. >> let's go back, let's look at this moment from the very last press conference trump held 164 days ago. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> all right, so russia, the hacks, do you think that's going to be the very first question he gets? >> i would expect it to be among them. but he may come out of the box with some announcements about his businesses. his press conferences originally promised in december to talk about his plans to separate himself from his various surprises, it was delayed because it was hard to figure out how to hadn't that business over to his kids. i think your important's very important about these confirmation hearings. some people are speculating that the campaign is purposely trying
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to hold lots of events on the same day in order to overwhelm the news cycle and take some attention away from the confirmation hearings. when he tweets every day, he's choosing the topics, but now for the first time in months, journal itseists are going to be to choose the questions. >> and it's no secret that he's had a combative conversations with the press. >> excuse me, sit down, you with respect called. sit down. go ahead. >> i have the mike. >> no you don't, you haven't been called. go back to univision. >> job one, when you're in the media, to be the watch dog, to hold governmental officials
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accountable. how do reporters handle the bullying? >> number one not to -- we have got to make sure that we make clear and assert that we're there for them, that we're there for the viewers who watching this program right now, no doubt sometimes we fall short of that, sometimes we fail at our public service obligation, i look at my inbox, my facebook, my twitter feed, i hear a lot of viewers and readers asking what this president will do, if he's trying to inoculate himself from criticism, we can point out that and try to look out for them. on sunday, we go one-on-one with the director of the u.s. secret service, and talk to him about guarding the president-elect and the first family. >> when you're in this business,
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have great communications and the command post encompasses. >> people at home, oh, my gosh, you're going to rent an entire floor. that must be a big price tag for you. >> first of all, you can't accept any gifts, we got to pay for the property that we need. and this is critical to continuity of government, it's critical to the protection of the president. it's something that needs to be done. it's no different than what was done for other presidents, down at the ranch, we had an area set aside for the emergency action sites. we rented an area in chicago when president obama first became president, for his trips when he was going out to chicago. this is what we typically do, so it's not change in that regard.
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>> but this would go to trump, i mean do they cut you a deal at all? >> they have been very a accommoda accommodating. >> you'll be protecting the president and his family while they're under different roofs, the president will be in the white house, his wife and son will be in trump tower at least temporarily. how will that work? >> we have a detail assigned to the first lady coming in, mrs. donald trump and we have people up at trump tower so we're prepared for that. very often the first lady will be separated from the president as they travel sometimes and this is just a longer period of time. >> this is one of the busiest cities in the world and it's on one of the busiest avenues in one of the busiest cities that must present a security challenge. >> it does present a security challenge. but all american protectees have had unique residences, president
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bush when he came in, and protecting the ramp, that vast v volume of acres, but certainly president-elect trump, protecting trump tower does present some challenges. >> what is the challenge? >> we want to make sure that the industry, the businesses in the close proximity, that they're able to operate. and i know when i have gone in, i have been up to trump tower a few times. when i go into trump tower, the restaurant is full, the starbucks is full of people. so the challenge is to allow those businesses to continue to operate, but in a security manner. and also the residents that stay in trump tower, we want to make sure they're safe too, but we don't want to impede their access. so we're constantly working for that balance and also for the community there, how can we
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enhance what we're doing so we're a pleasurable experience. >> like i said, this is a huge, tall building in one of the busiest cities in the world. we live in a day with evolving security threats like drones. >> yes. >> does any of this keep you up at night? >> everything keeps me up at night. >> he didn't mince words with that he also said that there are two more areas with the evolving threats, the secret service lost deploys cyber security experts to every facility the president visits to make sure they are defended from cyber attacks. and coming up right here in the newsroom, president obama's last acts, after this emotional farewell from his wife. >> being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. and i hope i have made you proud. d
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the temperature was just 3 degrees, but that didn't stop people from lining up to get tickets for his farewell speech. since that history making victory speech in chicago in 2008 after being elected the nation's first black president. so what should we expect to hear from the president and what could we see from him after he leaves office? let's talk about it now to the former advisor to four presidents david gergen. good to see you, david. >> good to see you. >> so the tradition of the farewell speech goes back decades. what do you expect to hear from the president. >> the first part of it obviously he wants to say thank you, just as michelle obama did so eloquently this mapast week,e
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also wants to clearly tell the country how he hamerica has changed through his leadership. but we in the immediamedia will rest of his speech business what we called ed admonitions, what wants the next administration to keep. and it going to be aimed at donald trump with a broader audience in mind. admonitions have been remembered from many presidents, george washington's farewell address centered on trying to keep us more isolated before we got on to the world stage. the other farewell address was done by dwight eisenhower as he
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left office in 1961, and he warned us about the military industrial complex, both famous admonitions, i think we're going to hear something like that from president obama. i'm sure he's going talk about health care, because he's so worried about his legacy being demolished by donald trump. and what we owe the world in leadership. and president obama disagrees with donald trump on all of this and he's going to say so. >> my mentiintention is not to the day to day scrum after the new president is inaugurated, but it is my intention as a citizen to continue to promote the things that i care about. >> so right now, david, as you heard, he still remains the lead voice in the democratic party,
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he doesn't want to give a lot of light into what he's going to be doing once he leaves the white house, though, so in your view, what does he do? does he just go silent after january 20? when there's such high anxiety in the country? or does he continue being this leading voice. >> george w. bush did go silent and he's been very respectful of his successor and i think that admiration as grown for president bush as a result of that. but i don't expect president obama to stay on the sidelines for long. i think within a few months, he's going to be not getting into the scrum, as he says, but he's going to issue some really strong statements from time to time when he thinks the country is endangered. the other part of this that he's
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made very clear, is he's building his library in chicago as you know, and that is usually a major fundraising opportunity, a major fundraising challenge for ex-presidents, but he has made clear that he wants his library to be a center for future leaders who want change. i think he's going to promote, more than bill clinton and more than jimmy carter, i think president obama is going to spend a lot of his time addressing issues here at home because he does care so much about diversity and opening up opportunity for people who have been on the margins. >> very quickly, michelle obama, what do you think lies ahead for her? >> that's an interesting question. there's been a lot of speculation about her running for office as hillary clinton running for office, i don't think she will, but i think
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michelle obama will be active as a social change maker, she clearly is passionate about that. she may do it in a less visible way sometimes than president obama, but i think they're in this for the long journey, i don't think they're going to leave public life, they deeply care -- they're both relatively young leaving the white house and they deeply care about the future of america. >> david gergen, thanks very much. watch cnn's live coverage of president obama's farewell address starting tuesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern with a special edition of "anderson cooper 360." we'll be right back. at red lobster's big festival of shrimp, get your perfect pair for just $15.99. choose 2 of 6 new and classic shrimp creations, like bold new firecracker red shrimp.
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well, you could hear babies crying in the the sistine chapel this morning as pope francis
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held a baptism. >> as the sounds of crying hang out, the pope joked that the jesus's first -- he also said that faith is a light that grows in our hearts. and up next on cnn, it's parts unknown marathon, including anthony bordain ekes state where he grew up. have a great week. >> as vacation over, we headed back to our lives and home work and daily things, maybe my little brother, or maybe i would look out the window at the night sky and suddenly it will fill with stars. and golden mist.


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