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a feud deans how donald trump is responding to a u.s. civil rights icon who doesn't see him as a legitimate president. a show of force to russia. poland welcomes doesn't seem him as a president. a new push for peace in the middle east. diplomats gathering in paris trying to revive talks between israelis and palestinians, live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. "cnn newsroom" starts right now.
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it is 4:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. less than a week before inauguration day. a great deal to talk about. several democrats say they will not attend. we'll have more on that in a moment. there is this growing feud between the president-elect and the civil rights icon being congressman john lewis. on friday, he told nbc's meet the press he didn't see donald trump as a legitimate president. lewis, an ally of the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. found himself the subject of trump's twitter wrath just days before the u.s. holiday commemorating dr. king. here is how it all got started with lewis' comments to nbc. listen. >> i don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. >> you do not consider him a legitimate president?
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why is that? >> i think the russians participated in helping this man get elected and they have destroyed the candidacy for hillary clinton. >> donald trump firing back, congressman john lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape, and falling apart, not to mention, crime infested, rather than falsely complaining about the election results. all talk, talk, talk, and no action or results. sad. he seemed to double down on his criticism saying this, congressman, john lewis, should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner cities of the u.s. i can use all the help i can get. let's bring in eugene scott. eugene, good to have you with us. let's break this down into it's many different parts. first, from a big picture point
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of view. donald trump attacking a civil rights icon saying he is all talk, no action despite his very deep history in civil rights, not to mention the fact it was just last june that lewis arranged a sit-in on the topic of gun control. so on the issue of lewis' service being attacked, what is the response so far. did donald trump go too far? >> many democratic lawmakers and supporters of john lewis and the civil rights movement and laws and policies that have been proposed since then do believe that donald trump went too far but they don't believe that this is new for donald trump. many people are not surprised. there was some concern about the accuracy of donald trump's caricaturing of metro atlanta and some doubt that donald trump actually has a plan that would improve the issues that he finds most alarming. i do think one thing that's very interesting is that donald trump, after saying that john
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lewis was all talk and no action, news came out that he plans to spend martin luther king day tomorrow visiting the new smithsonian museum focused on african-american history and culture. john lewis is the one who introduced the bill to get that museum built in 1988. >> eugene, you touch on this. i want to push forward on it as well. facts do matter. trump called lewis' district crime i hridden which does incl major part of the city of atlanta. no one is defining there is crime in the city. to try to define an entire city in 140 characters of less is a massive overgeneralization. what will happen when he is in office saying these type of things? >> well, if he continues this,
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he can expect to be criticized increasingly but more than that, people really would like to see what his solutions to the problems he arises are. he had a meeting with talk show host, steve harvey, and his hud secretary nominee friday saying they would focus on some of the challenges in inner cities such as housing. if you recall during the campaign, he put out a new deal for black america that he said would focus on high-paying jobs, improving schools and safer communities. all eyes will be on the president-elect to see if he is all talk and no action at this point. >> eugene, also, i want to talk about this. this started after lewis said he didn't believe that trump was a legitimate president. still, the topic of legitimacy. it came up during barack obama's presidency. my colleague, poppy harlow, touched on that speaking with conservative commentator. let's listen to this. >> i also think it is
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unprecedented that a congressman with a stature was able to come out and say i don't believe donald trump is a legitimate president. i cannot imagine the fallout and backfire you would have if a republican would have implied that about barack obama, bill clinton, or jfk for that matter? >> that is what many presidents did, including the president-elect, questioning the legitimacy of the first black president. >> ben ferguson making the point and poppy harlow back-checking making the counter point there. legitimacy has come up before. >> it has and very fraucoften f donald trump, our current president. we saw barack obama prove his birth certificate proving he was born in the united states, a very legitimate candidate for a
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president of the united states. john lewis' concern was mainly rooted in russia's involvement in hacking the 2016 election so that hillary clinton could lose and they were effective. donald trump pushed back on that and took it personally. >> eugene, just days before inauguration day, i want to show you. there is a growing list of democrats who say they have no plans of attending the actual inauguration. that list continues to grow. also, take a look at this. this is donald trump's preinaugural approval ratings p at this point, very low compared to other presidents. the lowest compared to president' obama, bush and clinton. what does this say about donald trump's ability to build bridges across the aisle? >> what it says, there is a lot of room to grow. democrats and republicans are
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looking for a leader that will be more bipartisan in his approach to dealing with the issues that affect the united states. to many critics, it doesn't appear that donald trump is that president but the fact is, as you mentioned, there is a lot of time left and there are people hoping to see significant change from him. >> many people that plan to attend saying they plan to keep an open mind to give this new president-elect a chance once he takes the oath of office. eugene scott, live in washington, d.c. eugene, thank you for your time. also, on the international stage, china is responding sharply to donald trump's suggestions that he might change the one china policy once in the white house. that is a long standing policy that means the united states recognizes relations with china and not with taiwan, which beijing considers to be a breakaway province. a spokesperson for china's foreign ministry said, quote, there is only one china in the world. taiwan is an inseparable part of
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chinese territory and the people's republic of china is the sole legitimate government regarding china. these are facts recognized by the international community and no one can change this. >> with regards to the president-elect's feelings thinking about russia, he says he is open to that nation seeing how it can have sanctions lifted, u.s. sanctions. he has indicated he is open about getting rid of those sanctions and he would be fine with meeting with the russian president, vladmir putin, after taking office. matthew chance is following the story live in moscow. the simple fact that president-elect trump is willing to meet with the russian president, how is that being perceived there in russia? >> they haven't made an official comment on that prospect except to say any meeting between president putin of russia and
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donald trump when he becomes president of the united states will be carefully arranged. in terms of the specifics, that's not been made public here in russia as, indeed, it hasn't been made public in the united states either, the subject of press speculation at the moment. clearly, the russians very much want to see this one-on-one meeting between the russian president and the president of the united states would be flattering to the kremlin, because it would portray them as being on an equal footing with the united states. that's been one of have the big objectives for the kremlin to be seen and treated as a player on the international stage and to have a seat at the top table. it is something that is speculated motivates vladmir putin very much. i think they would be very receptive to the idea of a sort of summit between the cold war style summit between these two leaders sgchlt will there a leaders. >> there are mixed messages.
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you hear the president-elect indicating that he would be open to lifting sanctions and open to meeting with vladmir putin at the same time. legislators have a different position. they say the united states should continue a tough stance with russia. in fact, it could potentially get tougher. how is that being viewed with everyday russians to try to square the circle with these mixed messages? >> if you are talking in terms of everyday russians, i think they believe it would be the president of the united states who would make the final decision? everybody is aware the significant opposition in the u.s. congress to closer relations with russia, i think that is characterized in the russian public as being the vestiging of cold war thinking in the united states p russians believe it is the guy at the top that makes the final decision. when it comes to the issue of sanctions, they are probably right. the vast bulk of the sanctions against russia were implemented
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by president obama as a presidential decree. it can be lifted just as easily with the simple stroke of a pen when donald trump becomes president of the united states. those sanctions that were imposed predominantly over the annex sayings of crimea m. >> matthew chance reporting for us in moscow. thank you for the reporting sgchlreporting. >> despite uncertainty about trump's policies towards nato, the alliance is push ago head with its show of resolve against russia. it is all prt art of nato's buip to convince moscow they will defend against the election. ru rush has brings ld againagainst
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>> reporter: the star spangled banner play ns poland welcome the u.s. troops for nato's operation' atlantic resolve." this is the official welcoming ceremony for those u.s. troops. poland's prime minister is here. she made a point to say this is an integral part of poland's national security. that everyone had a right to feel safe and secure. this is what the arrival of u.s. troops here has done. poland's prime minister spoke to cnn after the ceremony. she said this is very important for poland and the region. we live in europe where there are many external threats. russia's policy is confrontational. this constitutes a real threat. we are conscious that poland must strengthen its alliances. it is an impressive rollout. four battalions of 1,000 soldiers each, more than 2000 pieces of military hardware
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including u.s. tanks and armored vehicles coming from the third armored brigade team out of ft. carson, colorado, here for nine months, deployed in poland, romania, hungary and bulgaria. a show of force to deter russia. >> there is no more powerful combat corporal ma combat formation in the united states army. this is another sign of the united states commitment to deterrence and our commitment to not only our polish allies but those allies in nato. >> u.s. tanks in poland, the kremlin says, are, quote, a real threat to russian security. still, in less than a week, moscow will have a new administration to face in washington and make its case for policy changes. russia may not be happy with this deployment but polish public opinion, that's another
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matter. this is just some of the armored vehicles and tanks that have been brought over for this operation. they have been put on display for the day here in poland to show the public some of the hardware that is coming across. it's all part of this effort to show that the nato alliance remains strong. that poland will be collectively defended. atika shubert, cnn, poland. still ahead, the first major foreign policy test for donald trump once he is in office. coming up, his ad hin administration invited to the next round table of the syrian peace talks. plus, france is hosting a peace conference on the israeli palestinian conflict. why that meeting is so controversial. live around the world, you are watching "cnn newsroom."
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. donald trump may be about to face his first big test on foreign policy. turkey says the u.s. will now be invited to syrian peace talks in
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kazakhstan held three days after the donald trump is set to become the next president of the united states. let's bring in mohammed lia live in abu dhabi. what does it mean for the u.s. to be invited to the table for these talks? >> well, george, if the united states accept that is invitation, what it means they will have a seat at the table for the first time in months, if not years. this is going to be donald trump's first and major policy question mark. this is an issue with syria that many people would say was president obama's biggest failure that he oversaw the rise of iraq and syria and allowed al qaeda to take route in iraq and syria. the united states might have a role in trying to curtail some of that as well as help determine the future of bashar al assad. it is certainly a very big challenge and a big question
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mark of the obama administration trump is going to have to deal with three days after being inaugurated. of course, the other thing to mention, george, is that when the u.s. is invited to these peace talks, you have to remember these peace talks have been led by turkey and russia for several weeks, if not months now. so there was a point in time where american foreign policy in the region dictated that america would be able to lead these negotiations. in this case, it seems as though russia and turkey have advanced quite far in what they are hoping to achieve in syria. if trump does take that offer and decides to have the united states at that negotiating table, will it be in the position of simply an observer or will they have a meaningful role? that's something we won't know until those talks take place. >> an observer or meaningful role. this is being led by turkey, russia. the u.s. just invited to the talks. it was not invited when it came to brokering the actual peace
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deal. the question goes further. would the u.s. be at any sort of a disadvantage in even taking part in these talks? >> well, there is no question. you have to remember the major players are turkey, iran, and russia. they all have their own interests in syria. they all want to see some sort of settlements that gives each of those country what is they want. the big test for the united states moving forward in these peace talks is we'll have to see if the united states under the new trump administration is willing to play a bigger role in syria or whether they are planning to be more hands-off and essentially let turkey and russia dictate the terms of the see fire? the reason that is important, it will indicate something of president-elect donald trump's foreign policy. he is planning to fulfill his promise in terms of being more hands off and targeting only esis and leaving the other problems in the middle east of the country toss deal with themselves or will he be more interventionist and take a more
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active role than president obama did. so far, the indications are that given the closeness of donald trump and the warming up certainly of donald trump and russia, the question is, will the united states try to intervene and limit russia's gains in syria, so to speak, as a result of these syrian peace talks. if donald trump's words and statements are any indication, it may be the case where he may step back and let russia play the main role in this which would effectively give russia even more control in syria in a cease-fire and peace deal would be assigned. >> whether they attend or the u.s. decides not to attend, it will be a very important statement for the trump's administration or the u.s. stance in the world thank you so much for your reporting. to another peace effort that is underway. this one happening right now in paris. some 70 countries are meeting to pressure israeli and palestinian
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leaders to commit to a two-state solution. the racilies and palestinians they will not be attending that conference. the u.s. is represented but not by the incoming administration of donald trump. cnn's warren lieberman joins us live in jerusalem. the trump administration will not be there. israelis and palestinians will not be there. what, if anything, can truly come from this meeting. >> many other countries get together and talk about different ways to solve different solutions and deal with the most complex issues in the conflict. jerusalem borders refugees. this isn't the u.n. or the eu. many of those member countries are ripped. this is a conference on how to advance the peace process in some way. whatever comes out of this, it doesn't seem like it will have any practical, immediate effect. what worries the israelis is
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what comes out could be brought to the u.n. security council for a follow-up resolution. that is the concern the israelis are looking at right now, not the conference itself but how it plugs into the bigger issue of what's happened the last few weeks, the u.n. security resolution, the kerry speech and now this. >> warren, the meeting will be underway. some 70 countries will be there. will it put pressure on the israelis and palestinians to reach a solution? >> that certainly is the intent to get the sides back to the negotiating table as much as the statements have been made back and forth and the finger pointing. the truth is there hasn't been a negotiation since april of 2014. the pressure has no consequence. if one or both sides ignore what comes out of the conference, there is no cons fence equence ignoring it.
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my suspicion it will be very little. we will see statements from both sides. the israelis and palestinians aren't invited. this is supposed to be the rest of the world figuring out how to deal with the conflict and both sides wrere invited to a follow-on hand shake or symbolic sfoert of pea support of peace statement. we'll see what recommendations come out of this. it could be economic incentives to get back to negotiations. we'll see. the conference is supposed to last today. we will have statements afterwards to see what they came up with and see if there is a new idea of how to move forward. >> ice will be watching. palestinians and israelis will not be there. neither will the incoming trump administration. warren lieberman live in jerusalem. still ahead, not just donald trump's opponents who disagree with his policies.
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how the u.s. president-elect might face opposition in his own cabinet. broadcasting in the united states and around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom."
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm george o howl with the headlines headlines we are following. the polish prime minister welcomed troops. snow there calling it a great day that will help to ensure poland's security. nato is building up its presence in the eastern side of the alliance. china's foreign ministry isn't
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happy about donald trump's suggestion that the united states could change its position on the one china policy once he is in the white house. a ministry spokesperson called the policy non-negotiable. also, donald trump firing back at john lewis after he said trump was not a legitimate president. trump responded by saying that the civil rights icon is all talk and no action. lewis is one of several that says he will boycott trump's inauguration come january 20th. john lewis is not the only one in washington not seeing eye to eye with donald trump. still some of trump's own cabinet picks seem to disagree with him on key issues. >> donald trump is facing a new round of opposition on capitol
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hill. not in democrats but his own cabinet nominees. at one confirmation hearing after another, trump's team is contradicting the president-elect on some of his key campaign trail promises. on russia, trump taking a far softer tone on vladmir putin than his pick for defense secretary, retired general james mattis did. >> if putin elects donald trump, i consider that an asset, not a liability. >> i have modest expectations about areas of cooperation with mr. putin. >> on the intelligence probe into russian hack, can trump sounded less concerned than mike pompeo. >> it is pretty clear about what took place here, about russian involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on american democracy. i am very clear-eyed about what that intelligence report says. >> at trump tower friday, the
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president-elect down played the differences between his views and those of his perspective cabinet. >> i told them, be yourselves and say what you want to say. don't worry about me. i'm going to do the right thing, whatever it is. i may be right. they may be right but i said, be yourselves. >> his rhetoric before the election and since is now colliding with governing. sending mixed signals to americans and allies about where the new trump administration stands. on the campaign trail, trump railed against nato while his defense secretary took a different view sxwrchlt th. >> nato is obsolete. it is over 60 years old. >> having served once as a nato sue pre supreme allied commander is the most successful military alliance in modern history. >> they spent time asking if they agreed on hot button issues
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like torture? >> congress is taking an action now. it makes it absolutely improper and illegal to use waterboarding or any other form of torture. >> on one of his biggest pledges of all, building a wall on the border with mexico. >> we are going to build a great border wall. his pick to lead the department of homeland security, retired general john kelly disagreed. >> it has to be a layered defense. secretary of state no, ma'minee tillerson conflicted the view on climate change saying he believes it exists and require a global response. donald trump says he wants members of the cabinet to have their own views but whose views, the cabinet or the president, become the policy of the new
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administration. jeff zeleny cnn, washington donald trump says mexico will ultimately pay for a border wall with the united states. mexico says, that's not going to happen whachlt peop happen. what people are saying in mexico city. learn as much as i can about my culture. i put the gele on my head and i looked into the mirror and i was trying not to cry. because it's a hat, but it's like the most important hat i've ever owned. discover the story only your dna can tell. order your kit now at ancestrydna.com.
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tensions between the united states and mexico, mexico's economy minister has a message for the incoming u.s. president. he says his country will retaliate immediately if donald trump carries through on an economic threat. trump said that companies manufacturing in mexico and selling their goods in the united states could face a 35% tax. there is also strong opposition in mexico to trump's claim that the country will pay for a border wall. cnn's leila santiago has more from mexico city. >> reporter: we have seen uncertainty over the future
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prompt fear in security among the mexican people in this very vibrant city. the mexican pay so has plunged against the u.s. dollar and add to that the mexican government's decision to raise gas prices has sent thousands of protesters to the streets. others to the church. in mexico's holiest shrine where thousands go to pray, the hope is that a higher power is listening. concerns, worries, fears, can be left behind. ramon hernandez worries about the future, his family, the economy, when ford backed out of plans to build this new factory, his hometown lost potential jobs. the same administration that calls this a victory says mexico will eventually pay for a wall on the u.s. border. he tells me the idea sounds
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crazy. he is not alone. president-elect is better off paying for a wall to be built around his own home. making mexicans pay for a wall on the border is just a threat. counsel general carlos garcia acknowledges his job as a top diplomat for the u.s. has changed. >> reporter: will plex co-pay for that wall? >> no way. the president of mexico, president pena nieto and the entire government of mexico again and again have said mexico won't pay for the wall. >> reporter: garcia calls the relationship between the two countries one of the most complex in the world. >> i respect the government of mexico. i respect the people of mexico. i love the people of mexico. >>. >> reporter: does that improve anything? >> it doesn't fix but it helps.
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we need to change language. it is time now to start speaking with respect. p pedro adds, the respect must go both ways. even he and a lot of his fellow mexicans recognize this may take an intervention perhaps from the divine p. >> reporter: we talked to about 20 mexicans across this city, many echoing similar sentiments repeating the words humiliation, racism. saying, let's wait and see what happens. i couldn't nifind one person wh believed that mexico will ever pay for this wall. leila santiago, cnn, mexican city. >> thank you so much. now, to talk about cold weather that continues to plague many parts of european, let's bring in cnn's allison chinchar to talk more about that. >> with the cold, you often get
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snow. up fortunately, some may think. specially ski resorts. they love to have snow. you can have too much of a good thing. take a look at this. this is from the down hill skiing world cup, canceled on saturday due to too much snow. they picked up about 40 centimeters of snow overnight friday night. crews just couldn't get to the cleanup process fast enough. winds around 70 kilometers hindering. as they would clean it up, the wind would blow it right back over into the same spots. they were forced to cabs that will event. we are expecting more snow on the way as we head into the next week. a surge of cold air that will be return tog unfortunately a lot of the same spots that got a look at the cold. up near the alps, we could be looking at an additional 40-60 centimeters on top of what they have already had. tuesday, incredibly high amounts in the pyrenees, as much as 100
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centimeters of snow. the dreaded cold blast coming in. notice where the pink and purple colors are. that's where we are going to see the focus. prague, for example, the average high, 1 degree celsius. we won't get to that for the next seven days. we will be about 8-10 degrees below that average. on the other side of the atlantic, we are keeping a close eye on the ice storm. here is a look at some of the amounts of ice that have already accumulated. we are talking about almost 1.25 of a centimeters. around kansas, about a half centimeter. 1 in joplin, missouri. as high as those numbers are, we are actually expecting more ice accumulation on top of it. the purple areas right here could pick up an additional .5
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to 1.5 p of ice. we are talking widespread power outages that could be affected with a lot of these regions. if you have travel plans, please check with your air travel carrier before you do so. >> stay in touch with you and our meteorologists as we continue to follow. thank you so much, allison. still ahead, the legacy of michelle obama. we look back at her years as america's first lady. stay with us. sometimes you justw when you hit a home run. that's how i feel about blue-emu pain relief spray. odorless and fast-acting. it soothes all my muscle aches and pains. and it's convenient for those hard to reach places. and if you're like me, you'll love blue-emu super strength cream. it's made with real emu oil, it's non greasy, it's a deep penetrating formula that works itself down into your joints. take it from me. it works fast and you won't stink.
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welcome back. i'm george howell. the end of an era is approaching fast. less than a week to go before the obamas move out of the white house and for michelle obama, a great deal of changes since moving in. our white house correspondent, michelle kosinski, takes a look back at the eight years. >> reporter: michelle obama's first steps on to that enormous, exhilarating, terrifying national political stage were reluctant, cautious.
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remember the family back then. >> barack is home at least once a week and we are really doing family stuff. >> reporter: on the campaign trail, young malia and sasha talk about the weirdness of seeing their parents in magazines. >> pretty cool. because you see people like angelina jolie. real important people, no offense. >> mommy is important. >> the beginning was not so easy. moving into the white house where the bullet proof windows can't be open, the secret service always there. she recently described that first day. >> i will never forget that winter morning as i watched our girls just 7 and 10 years old pile into those black suvs with all those big men with guns. i saw their little faces pressed up against the window and the only thing i could think was, what have we done? >> reporter: she did face criticism, even before the
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election. >> for the first time in my adult lifetime, i am really proud of my country. >> soon after that, portrayed on this new yorker cover, today, how far she has come. on the cover of "vogue" three times. she has long since found her footing, her causes. by her husband's second term, she eernlg med much more comfortable in public, polished but loosening up in more ways than one? >> roses are red, violets are blue, you are the president, and i am your boo. the first lady seemed to not only accept the public eye and the constraints of the white house. >> there are prison elements to it. but it is a really nice prison. >> to embrace the opportunity to let her voice be heard including her fashion voice, taking some risks, competing with the best of them and making headlines. remember the bangs. >> we borrowed one of michelle's
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tricks. p america has seen michelle obama, harvard educated lawyer and mother, use her humor, hr star power, even her viral mean power occasionally shedding light on what it is like to raise now teenagers in these circumstances. >> we have one who generally stays here and then we have one we call our grumpy cat. our salty business kit. >> as her time in office drew down, the once reluctant, now determined first lady drew upon her sweeping popularity to enter the campaign trail as one of the most powerful voices for her party, earning her nickname, the closer. >> i wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. and i watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the white house lawn.
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she took on donald trump's "access hollywood" tapes. >> it has shaken me to my core in a way i couldn't have predicted. it is cruel. it is frightening. the truth is, it hurts. >> reporter: speaking her mind even after the election. >> we are feeling what not having hope feels like. in her final speech as first lady, her emotion raw. she urged americans not to give up you, to celebrate diversity and talent. thank you for everything you do for our kids and our country. being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. i hope i have made you proud. >> does this mean the first lady has embraced the public eye and loves hanging out with the press. she doesn't do interviews very often. her staff is extremely
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protective of her and selective about what she does and when. post white house, we expect first there will be a vacation. the first couple has mentioned many times is badly needed. they will settle into their rented house in d.c. where they will stay for a couple of years until sasha finishes high school. we expect the first lady to keep working on issues she believes in although she has insisted many times now that she will not run for public office. michelle kosinski, cnn, the white house. thanks so much for reporting. >> now, to a follow-up story we have been reporting an p the young woman kidnapped as an instant and only recently found 18 years later. she ways taken from a florida hospital by someone posing as a nurse. she was taken when she was only a few hours old. she met with her birth parents for the first time on saturday. that is her father, this person you see here. he says that the meeting went
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well and that he told his daughter he loved her. >> first meeting was beautiful, wonderful. it couldn't have went no better. >> what is the first thing she said to you? are you planning to bring her to here? >> we are taking it one step at a time. >> that reunion came after an emotional meeting the previous day when mobley visited gloria williams, williams is in jail. williams is awaiting a hearing on kidnapping charges. >> say it ain't so. the american circus known as the greatest show on earth is shutting down fr good. the parent company of ringling brothers barn number aum and ba says it is closing the 100-year extravaganza. the last show will happen in may. they dropped elephants as featured performers last year
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and business suffered. the ceo explained the decisions and says the tickets have been declining but following the transitions of the elephants. we saw a more dramatic drop. this coupled with high operating costs made the circus an unsustainable business for the company. a successful launch and return for a spacex falcon 9 rocket on saturday. >> four, three, two, one. liftoff. falcon 9. >> always so cool to see that. it blasted off from a us air force base in california carrying ten communications satellites. this was the first launch for the private space company since a similar rocket exploded in september. it was followed by a smooth return landing for the rocket's first stage booster and then collided on to an ocean platform known as the drone ship. spacex and its rivals have been trying to perfect the landing,
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because reusing the rocket is the key to making space travel more affordable. >> from outer space now to your inner peace, this newly discovered buddha statue has been sitting undisturbed in a southeastern china reservoir for hundreds of years. archaeologists say it dates back to china's ming dynasty. the top of the buddha's head appeared when the water level dropped. remnants of a temple have also been found below the water. that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn news center in atlanta. i'll be back after the break with more news from around the world. thank you for watching cnn, the world's news leader. if you have medicare
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the president-elect of the united states versus a civil rights icon versus congressman john lewis, feels the backlash after donald trump won, saying he is not a legitimate president. some 70 come together for a peace conference in paris on the israeli palestinian conflict. guess who is not there? the israelis and palestinians. the greatest show on earth, america's legendary ring liling brothers circus is taking down its tent after almost 150 yea

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