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gun and the authority of the state and as a result of that they should be especially careful how they treat these citizens. then we look at the school system where the young black and brown kids are being expelled. what's the big deal in they get expelled from school and stay out for several days and off the rhythm of learning and it's a feeder into detention and that is a warehouse for jail and that's a feeder system into prison. when we look at the plight and predicament of black women who are the first to be evicted, across the board the issue of race is central to american society. unless we address the way in which black and brown people are disproportionately targeted for prison industrial complex and for a lack of motivation to get them jobs. america is in a tough position right now and black and brown people are suffering a great deal. >> i wonder what you think a trump presidency means for race
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relations in this country. he got more votes than mitt romney got from african-americans. he didn't get as many as george bush got. i wonder what you think it means in this country. the people who did perform at the inauguration are being lambasted. >> it's not simply what donald trump himself believes but what in the world are we doing with a person who is on the one hand saying that he's concerned about african-american and latino people and he's going to help us out with the situation we're in with this nation but he is amplifying the worst bigotry and xenophobia we might imagine because he has put in place steve ban man the west wing, an avowant right winger with troubling racial overtones and an attorney general with the same thing. it's an zoord amplification of some of the worst racial
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tensions we might imagine. i was at 30 rock. donald trump saw me when the elevator opened up and he said you have been tough on me but i love you. if i had your pipes and brains i'd be president. but that has nothing to the with the way in which his policies are pernicious and destructive to people in america. >> got to go. right on target. you are used to doing this. michael eric dyson, "tears we cannot stop a sermon to white america" congratulations, have a great weekend. good night, everybody. y28cny ywty laser sharp precision. master precise liquid liner from maybelline new york. laser precise 0.4 millimeter tip for our most defined line. all-day wear.
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only xfinity gives you more to stream to any screen. welcome now to our viewers here in the united states. i'm cyril vanier. you're watching "cnn newsroom." the world is reacting to the latest executive order u.s. president donald trump has signed. he wants to indefinitely stop syrian refugees from entering the country and wants a 90 day ban on visitors from seven countries with a muslim majority. the executive order also wants new screening procedures to find out how applicants feel about america. mr. trump says he is trying to keep terrorists out of the
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united states. eugene scott joins me from london. i'm supposed we shouldn't be surprised with this. this is all keeping with president trump's campaign promises. >> this is what the president promised in december 2015. but back then he was criticized by many people in his party as well. and so people weren't sure he was going to move forward with this idea. but it appears he has and it actually could end up being brad broader than what he originally proposed. >> does this square with the u.s. constitution? >> well certainly not according to some of donald trump's critics. we've already seen some islam non-profits that are sensitive to refugees say they will take the president and the government to court because this executive order reeks of religious
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discrimination which is as you mention in direct violation with the u.s. constitution. and another thing to pay attention to is that many groups acknowledge that muslims are being persecuted by other muslims and that group is definitely in need of safety and refuge as well. >> there is push back to the executive order and push back and condemnation from democrats. we heard from senator chuck schumer and human rights groups. but how do you think the other side of the political spectrum is going to look at this? >> an important group to pay close attention to is the american christian community. it is demographic that overwhelmingly voted for donald trump but it is also a demographic that has a long history of refugee resettlement in the united states and quite a few people and individuals affiliated with non-profits that do help resettle refugees have
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already spoken out against this. it will be interesting to see if they further that. >> eugene scott, thank you very much for your insights. i want our viewers to take a look at the numbers. what are we talking about here? the number of immigrants the u.s. accepted last year from those seven countries that are targeted by the executive order. they include 12,000 from syria, 9,000 from iraq and somalia and smaller numbers from iran, sudan, yemen, just one person, surprisingly perhaps from libya in 2016. and in 2016 the total number of refugees accepted by the u.s., 110,000. when the refugee program restarts under the trump administration they want to half that to 50,000. google is warning its employees to stay in the united states if they come from countries affected by president trump's admission ban. cnn obtained this internal
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advisory issued in a question and answer format. one question asks i am a national of a listed country and in the u.s. should i cancel my travel abroad. google says do not travel outside the u.s. until the ban is lifted. and another question, what if i have urgent international business travel plans? google advises cancel your trip. you will not be able to enter the u.s. until the ban is lifted. let's get more on how people in the middle east are responding to president trump's orders barring immigrants and refugees in the region from entering the u.s. from now. ben wedeman is in istanbul in turkey. there are 3 million refugees from syria in turkey. what is the reaction likely to be where you are? >> reporter: i think the reaction is likely to be one of shock and frankly, horror, that
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the united states which so many people look to as a beacon of freedom has suddenly slammed shut its doors. i haven't had time yet to speak to any syrian refugees because i've been on the phone with iraqi friends who are extremely distressed about this decision. i spoke to one kurdish man who in fact was planning to go to the airport but was told by the airport authorities that because he and his family who have received a refugee visa that they cannot board their plane. they had go with their bags, go back to their homes and they are utterly shattered by this. other iraqis i've spoken to have said how is it that we who worked with the americans, many of them worked with the u.s. military in danger, under fire, have suddenly seen the doors to the country that they served slammed shut? so across the board, the reaction is one of shock and
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frankly miscomprehension. >> we're seeing the power of the pen there and how the policy changes radically from one hour to the next. ben you have reported across iraq and egypt. you know the countries by heart. what do you make of the argument that this sends such a negative message to muslims around the world and in particular in that part of the world it could be counterproductive for u.s. security? >> i don't think there's any doubt it will be counterproductive. this is a gift to isis. it shows that indeed that the united states as far as isis propaganda goes is not a country that welcomes people from the countries that isis is fighting to take control of, iraq and syria, there is no mercy from the american side, the mercy that some people, a very lucky few, and it should be stressed a very lucky few who get into the
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united states as refugees that th that is no longer the case. it plays it perfectly into the isis propaganda matrix and they will make hay out of it. and of course, you know, i've lived in the middle east most of my adult life. two of my children were delivered by muslim doctors. i've been treated by muslim doctors when i was wounded in gaza, the idea that muslims are no longer welcome in the united states simply because of their faith will not go down well and is a stain on the united states. >> ben wedeman reporting live from turkey. we're going the continue to get coverage and reactions to that executive order later in this hour. reaction from a man who helps syria refugees set until the united states and why he calls it an unfortunate day in the
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welcome back. u.s. president donald trump has held his first meeting with a foreign leader since taking office. he hosted british prime minister teresa may at the white house on friday. mr. trump has been critical of nato in the past but mrs. may said the u.s. still backs the alliance. >> on defense and security cooperation we're united in our recognition of nato as the bulwark of our collective defense and today we reaffirmed our unshakable commitment to this alliance. mr. president you confirmed you are 100% behind nato but we are discussing the importance of nato continuing to be sure it is as equipped to fight cyberwarfare as more conventional forms of war. >> mr. trump will be speaking to a number of foreign leaders on
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saturday. that came a day between a planned call between president trump and russian president vladimir putin. for more on how the u.s. is being seen in russian and china i'm joineddy david mckenzie in beijing and ivan watson in moscow. there has been so much baggage between donald trump and vladimir putin. finally the two men will get to speak to each other directly. is this going to be the moment of truth? >> i guess we'll see. the kremlin's been trying to lower expectations and say this is just going to be a call of protocol, typical to congratulate for the russian president to congratulate the u.s. president on his inauguration. there has been so much controversy, the allegations of russian hacking involving the u.s. election, the sheer fact that donald trump has a history of attacking almost every
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political figure including the pope but has typically had very nice things to say about the russian president, vladimir putin, which has attracted criticism from top senators in his own party. when he was asked about this at a press conference on friday this is how he responded to questions about the upcoming call with vladimir putin. take a listen. >> as far as again, putin and russia, i don't say good, bad, on indifferent. i don't know the gentleman. i hope we have a fantastic relationship. that's possible and it's also possible that we won't. i've had many times where i thought i'd get along with people and i don't like them at all. and i've had somewhere i didn't think i was going to have much of a relationship and it turned out to be a great relationship. >> now, the u.s. be it was asked about whether or not he planned to lift u.s. sanctions against russia and he responded at that
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press conference saying it was far too early. there is some excitement here in russia about a possible detente with the u.s. president. this could be the beginning of a new day here and that the prospect of improving ties between russia and the u.s. was horrifying russia's foes in the u.s. including u.s. senator john mccain who has been traditionally hawkish about russia. >> i want to bring in david mckenzie who is in beijing. if we look at things on your end it's been a slightly different relationship between donald trump and china since mr. trump was elected. he has had a confrontational tone towards beijing. >> well i think since he's become president he has not said much at all about china or
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certainly not as robust is on the come pain trail where he bashed china and said he'd get hard on china from day one of his presidency. we're now on day eight i guess and he hasn't yet made that move. but here in beijing people are anticipating that. senior academics who have been inside government meetings have said there's a really concern if donald trump starts some kind of trade war with china. that is the issue most people believe will be the sticking point between the two countries, the two largest economies in the world because donald trump several times threatened to put a tariff, slap a tariff on goods coming out of china to the u.s. and complaining about the trade deficit that the u.s. has with china. certainly they're going to wait and see what his next move is. but in the last few days they've been urging caution both in terms of trade and geo politics to president trump, caution is
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not something we've seen from the president up till this point. so i think they'll wait for his move on the matter. >> really, if you connect the dots of mr. trump's statements on russia or china it seems that fundamentally he hasn't made up his minds where he wants to go on those relationships and could go either way. what does it look like to you, ivan? >> i think it's very interesting that while much of donald trump's rhetoric in past months has been imagine toik tmagic to top russian officials his denigrating the nato alliance and calling for brexit and a disapags of elements of the european union that is welcome to the kremlin. he also was listening to the british prime minister on friday, who was taking a much
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harder tone on russia saying that britain doesn't plan to lift sanctions until the minsk accords are seen through and a resolution of the conflict in ukraine and also saying that donald trump had reaffirmed 100% his support for the nato military alliance. a big question is going to be what kind of influence can allies like britain have over, perhaps, persuading donald trump to walk back some of his past rhetoric that has seemed to be so -- such -- so welcomed by the kremlin. >> david? >> well, i think if you look at the tea leaves at least here in china the government here doesn't necessarily always talk very forth rightly and openly with the press, in fact very rarely you have seen a real sense from state media that they
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believe that donald trump is an unpredictable president. that plays into what you are saying. however if you look at who he has picked for his trade team, particularly in the white house, they are very sort of anti-china or at least economists who believe that china has had a detrimental effect on the u.s. economy. then again other members of the team are more business friendly and china friendly. so there is a sense and president trump has said it before he wants competing ideas in his cabinet and trade representatives which way he goes will be remain to be seen. but certainly he believes he'll take a position of strength with china which could spark a trade war with xi jinping. >> thank you, david mckenzie and ivan watson. we're waiting for the results of the phone call between president trump and vladimir putin coming
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on saturday. the drought is not over in california but for the first time in three years a series of storms has bailed the state out of the worst category. julie martin is here now to explain what this means for the water supply and the residents there. >> absolutely. it's going to be a while before california can fully rebound from a drought that has lasted since 2014 but certainly the last couple of weeks have helped the state tremendously. let's take a look at what they were dealing with in california over the past couple weeks. in some cases flooding rains in long beach, california, los angeles picked up half it yearly rain total all in one month. so really impressive rain totals here and it has helped tremendously. taking you back out to the graphics. we're going to show you what we're talking about. the rainfall totals for january alone where you see these pinks and reds here on the map that is 7, 8 inches of rain in
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california and this is all snow in the sierra. much needed snow pack. that's where the water supply comes from for california eventually. a series of storms parading into the coastline bringing the heavy rain and snow day after day. here's what happened. this was january 17 of 2017. exceptional drought. 2%. extreme drought, 24%. then as of january 24, we are down to zero for exceptional drought. impressive when you look at the maps here. in december look at the deep red in the state of california, that is the worst category of drought. we are now down to zero in california. that's 238,000 square kilometers they were dealing with and now they are out of it. this is another way of looking at it. the drought started in 2014. the governor of california says not so soon. the drought isn't over yet. he declared that back in 2014
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meaning that millions of californians had to cut back on the water supply and watering lawns and the drinking water. it's a wait and see to see how much of an impact this has on things like that on the days and weeks to come. >> the collateral benefits of storms on the west coast. thanks a lot. still coming up on the show, reaction to the white house putting the brakes on immigrants and refugees coming to the u.s. stay with us.
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welcome back to our viewers around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm cyril vanier. here are the world's top stories.
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president donald trump is tightening u.s. borders in a move he says is necessary to keep out islamic terrorists. he signed an executive order barring anyone from seven predominantly muslim nations from entering the u.s. for 90 days and prevents syrian refugees from entering the country indefinitely. donald trump says he had a warm phone call with mexican liter enrique nieto. the conversation came a day after the mexican leader cancelled a face to face meeting with his american counter part. 2017 is the year of the rooster. china and other asian cultures welcome the lunar new year with two weeks of celebrations ending with the lantern festival. a number of angry responses in the hours and even the minutes after the executive order was issued.
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bill de blasio said these do not reflect the value of new york city and the nation. we must protect and celebrate religious pluralism in this great city of immigrants. and from the iraqi mutual aid society, by halting immigration and refugee resettlement from targeted countries the administration would be splitting up families who have parents and children in the process of approval for immigration and refugee resettlement. joining me is the executive director of the international rescue committee that helps resettle refugees here in the united states. you have about a decade of work under your belt working with refugees. what is your reaction to what we heard on friday, the executive order suspending the arrival of all refugees to the united states for a time.
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>> the united states has shut its door. >> do you understand the security concern that drives the executive order which is to vet the procedures until such time as the government is confident that all people are going to be coming in will be people who are safe for u.s. to welcome. >> correct but it's the truth is that vetting process was already well established and had a long history of working effectively. >> you have dealt with this issue and know about the requirements to accept refugees into the u.s. have you at any stage ever felt well, this deserves some tightening? we should take a closer look at these people? >> absolutely not. we were welcoming children and mothers and fathers and they are fleeing the purse cushion that the president outlined today that we are trying to avoid. these are folks who are seeking a safe refuge to start over in
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america. >> if you look at what happened in europe, a flow of refugees coming from in particular from the middle east, from syria, going to europe. and we know because isis said as much that terror groups wanted to use that opportunity to get some of their people infiltrated into western europe to carry out attacks. do you understand that could happen in the u.s. >> it could not happen in the u.s. because there is a path to europe that does not involve the extensive vetting that american refugees go through before they arrive in the united states. >> they are already much better vetted when they come here? >> much more so. we know who they are and where they're from and what they've been through. their names, contact information all of their data has been put through every security and law enforcement database that the united states has. it is impossible to make it all the way through the vetting process and wish to cause harm
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in the united states. >> what are you hearing from the refugees? >> they are very concerned for their families. specifically, the syrians, for instance, they have families in syria, in the refugee camps in turkey, in lebanon, in jordan, they may also have family in europe and they're all spread out through the process as well. they're concerned they may not see their families ever again. >> certain categories of refugees are to be prioritized under the refugee policy of this administration and that's the religious minorities. that means essentially that's going to ensure the christians from the middle east are prioritized over muslims. is that something that concerns you? >> it's not that christians don't face purse cushion as well but the entire united states system is based on need and the most vulnerable people and families, the most vulnerable individuals are offered the opportunity for refuge.
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so it's unfortunate to pull out a specific religion, a specific ethnicity or nationality and prioritize them over someone else who is also in desperate need. >> j.d. mccrary thank you for your voice. >> thank you. and just a week into his presidency, donald trump is breaking with past u.s. policy on isis. he has discussed new alliances and new tactics for taking on the terror group. cnn's jim sciutto filed this report about mr. trump's plans to defeat the extremists. >> reporter: in his first visit to the pentagon as commander in chief, president trump outlining vetting measures. >> i'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america. we don't want them here.
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>> reporter: also on the agenda, a new and aggressive plan to fight isis. mr. trump is establishing a series of objectives for fighting the terror group and setting a 30-day deadline for the joint chiefs of staff to report back. still some of the options do not represent a radical departure from the current strategy of air power backing local fighters on the ground. a u.s. official tells cnn the pentagon may proepz arming kurdish fighters inside syria, an option the obama administration decided against deeming it too risky. it may recommend deploying u.s. artillery and attack hermits to the battlefield in syria as well as adding more american boots on the ground to support the syrian rebels in their attempt to retake raqqah, trump telling fox news the u.s. will win the fight. >> we are fighting sneaky rats
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right now. that are sick and demented. and we're going to win. >> reporter: today in a press conference with british prime minister and u.s. ally teresa may, trump is considering cooperation with russia against isis. this although both his defense secretary james mattis. >> i have modest expectations about areas of cooperation with mr. putin. >> reporter: and cia director mike pompeo said that russia has done little to nothing to combat the terror group. >> russia reasserted itself grevgly in invading and okaying pieing ukraine and threatening europe and doing nothing to defeat isis. >> reporter: trump is scheduled to speak with russian president vladimir putin this weekend this amid growing speculation that mr. trump may ease or lift u.s. sanctions on russia imposed for russian's invasion of ukraine in
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2014 and interference in the 2016 u.s. presidential election. >> very early to be talking about that but we look to have a great relationship with all countries ideally. that won't necessarily happen. >> president trump is not backing down on his claims of massive voter fraud in the face of widespread fact checking he is citing new unverified data. more on true the vote, next. baa baa black sheep,
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u.s. president donald trump is turning to a new source for his unverified claims that more than 3 million people voted illegally for hillary clinton. our drew griffin has the details on that. >> where does donald trump get his information of massive voter
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fraud not from study after study, report after report, analysis after analysis that has found no evidence but from a non-profit that has released no evidence. the leader is the former director of the mississippi republican party and he is the ceo of a data company from texas and is a conspiracy theorist and won't say what his proof is. >> you said 3 million illegally voted. >> we didn't name a person. >> you still didn't. >> do you have the proof? >> yes. >> will you provide it? >> yes. >> can i have it? >> no. >> when will you? >> when we get done with the checks. >> after the appearance on new day the president tweeted, look forward to seeing final results
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of vote stand. at least 3 million votes were illegal we must do better. vote stand is greg philips is a mostly empty app site, it is an affiliate of true the vote that raised $14 million in 2014 and paid half that amount in salaries including $120,000 to its director who raises money by hiring private fundraising and posting frightening but vague youtube posts like this. >> is election fraud a real problem? yes, how bad is it? well we have 800 convictions listed in our election crimes database but that does not scratch the surface. for every case of fraud that is run through multiyear gaunt let of litigation another 100 cases are never prosecuted at all. >> how does she know that? good question. here are the facts.
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there is no proof of widespread voter fraud in the united states. in study after study, republican-led, democratic-led, independent-led, academic-led going back years and years no one has been able to prove systemic vote fraud in u.s. elections. we've been down this road before, in 2002, george bush with his republican attorney general, john ashcroft launched the ballot access integrity initiative to crack down on voting issues and vote fraud. the total number of convictions for ballot box crime, 150. the percentage of illegal votes is statistically zero. and as for the elected secretaries of state who run elections in their states not one republican or democrat has voiced any concern about massive
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voter fraud in the november 8th election prompting the national association of secretaries of state to say we are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by president trump. >> apparently that is not enough evidence for the president despite no evidence, despite many republicans saying there is no evidence the president has tweeted he will call for a major investigation into voter fraud. drew griffin, cnn, atlanta. john hurt has died. he played wand maker olivander in the first two "harry potter" movies. he was cited for a break outrole in "a man for all seasons" and among his credits were "the el fact man" "1984," "alien" and "indiana jones."
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we want to tell you what millions of people around the world have been doing over the last few hours and will continue to do for the next couple of weeks. they have been celebrating the lunar new year. beijing started off the year of the rooster with a massive gala, as you can see. we are joined now by david mckenzie who is in the chinese capital. i understand a big part of the celebration in china is what goes on tv, the tv extravaganza. >> reporter: that's right. in the u.s. you might all gather to watch the super bowl. in china everyone watches the gala on cctv. this is a four and a half hour marathon of a review show. mostly song and dance but chinese opera and comedy. very patriotic and often propaganda but is it a mainstay of the chinese new year and watched by more than 700 million
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people. so it really is, you know, the whole nation tuning in. either loving it or hating it. but it's part of the tradition here as they kick off the new year which officially gets going at midnight and the fireworks start ringing out. >> it looks like a lot of fireworks since you bring it up. what is the breakdown on the fireworks? >> well you know, every year at midnight at the start of the lunar new year you have a massive explosion of fireworks throughout china particularly in the big cities. you can see behind me pollution is bad today. officials in beijing said please don't do too many fireworks. i think people ignored that based on what i was hearing overnight. but this certainly is the tradition of fireworks in the country. now people around the world might think of fireworks as something you'll go to a professional display. here in beijing you can buy a box of fireworks and light it
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off on the street and it's as big if not bigger than anything you'll see on the fourth of july. >> it's now the year of the rooster. what is the significance of that, the rooster? >> well every year you have a different animal in the zodiac. we're moving from the year of the monkey into the year of the rooster. if you are born in this year you are considered popular, on time and diligent. if you are born in the year of the rooster this potentially is an unlucky year for you but everyone else sees the year of the rooster, specifically the year of the fire rooster a good year to be born in. >> david mckenzie reporting live from beijing, the only person who makes it twice in the same
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show. thank you very much for your time. and finally words have meaning especially when they are said by the president of the united states. is it bigly or big league? here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: first president trump gallantly pulled out a chair for the ceo of general motor and dropped the "b" word. >> it's happening bigly. we're going manufacturing to the united states bigly. >> reporter: inspiring some to report trump pushes for bigly manufacturing survival. but it was the word bigly. >> i'm going to cut taxes big league and you're going the raise taxes big league and strongly. >> what did he say? what we need is an acoustic wave
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form analysis. actually a lingist with at the united states of california berkley did those tests and determined that test was saying. >> big league. >> big league though bigly is in the dictionary. anned a verb meaning in a big manner. >> we're going to win bigly. >> cue the mockery, we're going the make the america win bigly. make america bigly again. >> not funny, bigly not funny. >> america's going the start winning and win bigly. >> but bigly began winning when an interviewing asked the donald what he said? >> i use big league. >> i was right. you've settled it. >> but that didn't stop merriam
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webster as the most looked up word that was never actually used in 2016. the good, the bad, and the bigly made it on to a t-shirt. >> we need to cut taxes big league. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> did you say bigly? >> that's right, igly. a major showdown at the australian open, serena and serena williams are squaring off for another title. but this is likely serena's to lose. she is ranked 15 spots higher than her sister. hardly anyone expected another chapterer in the men's rivalry. sunday will be their ninth match-up in a grand slam final. that's it for us. thanks for watching "cnn
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newsroom." i'm cyril vanier. george howell is on next with another hour of "cnn newsroom." you're in good hands.
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