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looked up to the trump corporate server some 2800 times. >> the current health care system is a monstrosity. >> we meade to get health care reform right, we don't have to get it fast. >> this is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing obamacare. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning, welcome to your "new day." it's friday, march 10th, 8:00 in the east. up first, fbi director james comey's meeting with eight powerful lawmakers who have access to the nation's most sensitive data. that information about russia's alleged meddling in the u.s. election is also expected to be shared soon with the entire senate intelligence committee. >> cnn has its own reports, learning that federal investigators are continuing to examine whether there was a computer server connection between a server of the trump organization and one of a russian bank. one u.s. official calling it odd. all this unfolding as the health
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care battle on capitol hill is now in high gear. day 50 of the trump administration. let's begin with joe johns live at the white house. joe? >> reporter: good morning, chris. i think you can take what's going on on capitol hill as a sign that lawmakers have picked up the pace of their investigation into russia's interference in the last election. the question is the extent to which the fbi director is willing to share all he knows with members of congress. >> reporter: fbi director james comey heading to thrill as tension builds between the justice department and lawmakers over president trump's unsubstantiated wiretapping claims. the justice department under pressure to deny or provide evidence of the president's allegation. comey meeting with the gang of eight, the bipartisan group of lawmakers clear to receive access to the nation's most
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highly classified intelligence. >> as part of the gang of eight, we want to be informed on a periodic basis. >> reporter: this intelligence set to be extended to all members of the house intelligence committee. prior to the meeting, taking issue with comey saying he hasn't been forthcoming with intelligence regarding russia's interference in the election. >> clearly we have some questions about whether or not last year we were read into everything we should have been read into. >> there's no way we can discharge our responsibilities if the fbi isn't willing to cooperate with us and tell us about any counterintelligence investigation that is going on. >> reporter: congressman adam schiff accusing comey of stonewalling in a briefing last week. >> there were very large areas that were walled off. those walls will have to come down if we're going to do our job. >> reporter: the justice department continues to decline comment on whether president trump is or is not the subject of an investigation, once again leaving his press secretary sean
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spicer spin zblg the justice department is saying they never gave you the assurances that you gave us. >> okay. the assurance i gave you, margaret is i'm not aware. that is 100% accurate. >> when you said no reason to believe, it was i'm not aware? >> that's right. i don't know that they're not interchangeable. i'm not aware, i don't believe -- i'll look up in a thesaurus to find other ways. i don't know that there's a distinction there. >> reporter: we're expecting an opportunity to at least pose a question or two to the president of the united states himself today, likely to see him in a couple of photo ops. he's also meeting with his homeland security secretary as well as the cia director. alisyn? >> joe, thank you for that. this morning cnn also learning new information concerning a possible link between computer servers belonging to a russian bank and the trump administration. cnn's pamela brown is live in washington with with the details. what did you learn?
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>> reporter: we learned the fbi probe remains open between as poable computer connection between the trump administration and alpha bank. this is the same server mentioned in a breitbart article that a white house official said sparked president trump's series of tweets last saturday accusing investigators of tapping his phone. we are told that there was no fisa warrant on this particular server. questions about the connection between the server and the russian bank were widely dismissed four months ago as an attempt by the bank to block spam. we learned the fbi's counterintelligence team, the same one looking into russia's suspected interference in the 2016 election is still looking into it. one official i spoke to said the server relationship seems odd. investigators are not ignoring it, but the fbi still has a lot more work to do to determine what was behind the unusual activity and whether there's any significance to it. the fbi did decline to comment and the white house didn't respond to our request for
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comment. alisyn? >> pamela, when you say the relationship was odd, what was so peculiar about those communications? >> reporter: what's odd about the communication is this russian bank repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a particular computer server in the u.s. used by the trump organization. in fact, last summer during the presidential campaign, the russian bank looked up the address to this trump corporate server some 2800 times. more lookups than from any other source. the only other entity looking it up was spectrum health let by dick devos, the husband of betsy devos who was later appointed by president trump as u.s. education secretary. those two entities alone made up 99% of the lookups. computer scientists we spokes to find that plain weird. all the corporations say they never communicated with the trump organization. they don't all agree. for example, the russian bank
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thinks it was receiving trump hotel e-mail marketing last summer but hasn't provided cnn with a single e-mail to back that up. meanwhile, the american marketing company that would have been sending those trump e-mails says it wasn't doing that at the time. alpha bank stressed none of its top executives have any connection with president trump or the trump organization saying neither the bank or its principals have or have had any contact with mr. trump or his organizations. so this potential computer link remains a mystery, doesn't mean anything nefarious, no evidence of wrongdoing, just a lot of unanswered questions here. >> there sure are, pamela. thanks for sharing your reporting with us. we'll check back. you have the political questions and also a policy battle over repealing and replacing obamacare. it is intensifying as the bill inches closer to the house floor. you're going to see a showdown
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in the senate for sure. many republicans saying this bill would be dead on arrival. the white house is trying to figure out what to do to get this party together to take on the democrats. let's bring in cnn's suzanne malveaux live from capitol hill. this was at least an intensity that couldn't have been expected within the ranks of the gop. >> reporter: that's right. it looks like they very much are split here. you have the health care bill at least going through two hurdles now, the two house committees sending it one step closer to the full house floor, but it has a long way to go, chris. at issue here we're talking about how many federal dollars go to the states for medicaid. that is theish yoo u that threatens to pull apart the moderate as well as the conservative republicans. the white house undermining republican leaders with mixed messages on their party's plan to repeal and replace obamacare. the president publicly giving solid support to the american health care act. >> we have a plan that is going
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to be i think fantastic. >> reporter: privately telling hard line conservatives he's open to negotiations centered on obamacare's medicaid expansion, potentially changing the bill to phase out the medicaid expansion years sooner than currently called for. a speedy roll-back would win over some conservative critics. >> it says we're going to repeal obamacare, but we're going to keep medicaid expansion and ex-tend it. that's not what we told voters we would do. >> reporter: it could doom the bill in the senate. several moderate republicans backing the current bill says that could change their vote. >> the expansion of medicaid is tremendously important to 184,000 west virginians. >> rolling back the expansion would likely infuriate republican governors whose states get medicaid funding through the expansion. >> there are very conservative republicantion in the house who are going to say get rid of the whole thing. that's not acceptable. >> reporter: cutting the expansion which covers 11 million americans could also anger voters after
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then-candidate trump made promises like this one during the 2015 presidential announcement. >> save medicare, medicaid and social security without cuts. have to do it. >> reporter: republican house speaker paul ryan continues to roll up his sleeves to pitch to the gop that it's now or never. >> this is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing obamacare. the time is here. the time is now. >> reporter: speaker ryan is stressing the sense of urgency because he believes there's momentum. he says this is what republicans and the president ran on during the campaign, repealing and replacing obamacare. and at the same time senior administration officials are saying president trump now has a renewed interest in selling this plan. he really sees it as a test of his negotiating skills, as his skills as a dealmaker. later today we're going to see the president meeting with key members of the house. alisyn?
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>> suzanne, thank you for all that. joining us democratic congressman keith elson. representative elson is also the deputy chair of the democratic national committee and the co-chair of the congressional progressive caucus. good morning, congressman. >> good morning. good to see you. >> so much news to talk about this morning. let's talk about something that i know you feel particularly strong about and we haven't talked about it much this morning. that is the white house's revised travel ban. to remind people of what this new version looks like, let me pull up some of the tenets of it. it will exempt legal permanent residents, meaning green cardholders. visa holders also exempt now. it will avoid any priority of religious minorities as had been in the first one. there will be a phase-in period. so there won't be the confusion we had seen at airports. and that ban on syrian refugees that had been indefinite has now been reduced to 120 days. you still don't like it. what's the problem?
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>> well, it starts out with bad intentions. he campaigned on a muslim ban. he said that explicitly. one of his deputies, rudy giuliani came out and said, look, he wants to ban muslims but he wants to lawyer it up so it passes muster. we know the intent has not changed. >> i want to stop you for one second, congressman. now in terms of the language and many terms of what it sets out to do, maybe originally that was the intention. now it has gone through different iterations and there isn't anything about muslims in it. it's changed. >> it has changed, but it's not changed to the point where it's no longer intended to harm and block people based on their religion. here is the thing. so what's the national security justification for this thing? we know there's been no syrian refugee who has been associated with terrorism, who has committed acts of terrorism in
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the united states. we know there are countries -- if you look at the three countries where terrorists came from and committed acts of terrorism in the united states, saudi arabia, uae and egypt. they're not on the list. the list is actually irrational. the problem with trying to cleanse it from its original taint is that then you end up with just an irrational policy that doesn't have any real point other than to -- so that's what we have right now. let me also make one more point, alisyn, that i think is key. right now east africa is going through a major drought and famine. refugees who live there who literally are dying, starving and dying of thirst, need to be able to get some relief. with this ban, those people would be barred. let me tell you, days count when it comes to drought and famine. i have a lot of people from somalia in my district and they have loved ones in the middle of this drought. these people are going to be held up because of this irrational ban which started out
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as being a very negative thing. >> well, we'll see what happens. already hawaii has launched a lawsuit. we have many legal experts, including our own jeffrey toobin who believe it will pass legal muster. >> just because it's legal doesn't make it right. >> fair enough. i want to ask you now about another thing brewing on capitol hill, and that is the repeal and replacement of obamacare. what's the democrats' plan? this is being fast-tracked through the house. we heard dissension on both sides. what are the democrats doing? >> we're trying to, one, make sure the public understands how harmful and dangerous trumcare really is. we're trying to how it abandons the commitment to fill a doughnut hole, how it will restrict the expansion of medicaid and cut medicaid in some cases. we're talking about how it cuts planned parenthood completely and harms women's health. we're making it clear that perhaps as many as 10 million
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people, maybe more, will be abandoned without health care when they had it before. on top of that, wealthier people who were being taxed to help support this program are going to get a tax bonus with this repeal and replace. they'll get bumps in terms of hsas. get bumps in terms of even insurance company executive salaries it's helping the rich, hurting the poor and the middle class. it's a bad thing. >> your plan is to talk about it as often as possible, raise awareness, and then i guess you expect town hall -- grassroots folks to confront them at town halls. >> the first amendment is a very important piece of our american landscape. people have a right to express their outrage and their support, in that's the case, to their elected representatives. we encourage people to use their first amendment rights, freedom of expression, freedom to get news from a free press. we support these things and believe that this is the right time to express yourself if you
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think health care should be something that everybody can get. >> let's move on to the allegations of russia possibly meddling in the presidential election. director comey of the fbi was summoned to capitol hill and met with the gang of eight, those lawmakers who have access to the most highly classified information. what do you want to hear from director comey? >> i want to hear director comey talk about exactly what this server connection might represent and what the facts indicate that it does represent. why is there a computer server link between the trump organization and alfa bank, what was it doing? did somebody try to shut it down when they got discovered? why would they do that? why flynn and now sessions have been found saying things denying they were in contact with russian diplomats when they were. i want to know why they were misrepresenting the truth.
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we know they were, but why were they. these are things i think the fbi could shed light on. i hope they're in it for the long haul. i don't think the truth is going to be forthcoming. if it were, mr. sessions would go back to the committee as senator franken has invited him to do and clarify exactly what he meant when he denied any contact with russia. that's what i'm hoping we can get from comey's presence on this. i'm glad we're trying to get to the bottom of this. look, this is stunning when you think about it. far worse than watergate when you believe a hostile foreign power engaged in an attempt and with the collusion of the sitting administration -- >> hold on. you don't know that -- >> we don't know it. >> you said collusion. there's no evidence there's collusion. >> alisyn, if people in the trump administration are having meetings with russian officials and it is around election time and we know that there's been --
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russia has wanted to turn this election to a certain direction, those meetings are important. i'm not saying there was collusion. i'm saying those meetings indicate that there could be, and i think that needs to be investigated. you see what i'm saying? i'm not making an accusation. i'm saying there's ample basis for an investigation. that's what i think comey can clear up. >> thank you for clarifying that, congressman keith ellison, nice to talk to you this morning. >> thank you. we have heard from those against the house health care bill, but what about what we expect to see that excites in this bill? we're going to speak with a florida congressman who voted to move the plan ahead next. at blue apron, we're building a better food system.
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repeal and replace obamacare has cleared a couple of committees as the gop is trying to fast track this bill through the reconciliation process. but, as president trump tries to sell the plan, you have all these different factions popping up. who is going to fall in line? joining us now to discuss is florida congressman carlos krebs bellow, part of the house ways and means committee. they spent 18 hours debating the health care bill earlier this week. you want to move the bill for ward. what do you say to the members of your party who are saying no way, this bill is not what we promised the american people.
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it is just obamacare light? >> chris, good morning from the hill. i'm still recovering from that 18-hour hearing but very happy to be with you this morning. what i tell my colleagues, and not just them, but really the american people, is that all americans deserve something better than the current system. we know we have increasing premiums, fewer choices. there are a lot of counties including one in the florida keys where there's only one insurance provider. clearly the current system is broken and we need something better. the approach that we take in our health care bill is different than the aca. for example, the aca punishes and threatens individuals and really tries to coerce them into buying health insurance. still millions of americans don't do it and have to pay a fine. we come in from a different angle. we encourage americans to take care of themselves. we empower them with advanceable, refundable tax credits to buy the health care
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that's best for them and for their families without threatening them, without fines and without all these burdens and government regulations. this is entirely different, and more importantly, i think it's going to be much better for the american people. >> there's a premise that underlies what you call better which is it assumes that people will have the means to buy this health care that is supposed to be more affordable. in florida especially that's a tricky proposition. your population is the hardest to cover, disabled people, low-income seniors. they have been rising faster, those populations, than the national rate. florida is a state that did not expand medicaid though offered under the aca. and the rates of problematic growth, premium increases, are higher now in florida than they were before obamacare. so what do you say to that? >> that's exactly right. that is why we have to change it. one of the things that the aca
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did which to me makes no sense is they proposed to reduce health care costs and increase quality, and then they added all these taxes into the health care system. in florida, for example, medicaid advantage is popular with seniors, yet the aca imposes a tax on every single medicare advantage plan in the state. of course, health care costs have gone up for seniors. that's why we want to empower the consumer. we really believe the only way you're going to contain costs in health care is sf the patient, the consumer, has a greater role. what better way do to do that than empower the consumer with the resources he or she needs to buy the health care plan that is best for him or her? that's the goal of this policy. >> right. except you're cutting what they'll get. you're not adding to it. that takes you back to the same question. the critics will say, hey, if florida had expanded medicaid, the rate of increase would be like in many other states that
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we see under the aca, that the rate of increase -- nobody wants to see increases, but that's the reality of health care, the way it is right now -- is less than it was before the aca. not in florida because you guys didn't embrace the law the way you could have if you expanded medicaid. now you're doubling down on your own problem. right now you get about 61 cents on the dollar reimbursement from the federal government. you're going to cut that. you're going to reduce the number of dollars but say to people they'll be able to get more care. how? >> you're referring to a decision that was made by the state legislature. we here in congress cannot compel any state to take a medicaid expansion. the supreme court ruled that way a few years ago. so under this legislation, states like florida will actually benefit. why? because states that did not expand medicaid will get more funding for their disproportionate share hospitals. those are hospitals like jackson memorial hospital in miami which does a wonderful job -- it's one
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of the top hospitals in the country. they take care of undocumented immigrants, people who still don't have health insurance despite the fact that we have the aca. those hospitals are now going to get a boost under this legislation. this legislation takes health care resource, targets them towards low and middle income americans so people who need the most and creates a health care market and a lot of people aren't taking that into account by creating a health care market where there's price transparency, where consumers take dollars and make the best decisions for themselves. that is actually going to put downward pressure on health care cost, not the current system which just keeps pumping more and more taxpayer dollars into it and it keeps chasing these increasing health care costs. we're never going to win this way. that's why we need to change the equation. >> the only thing that brings down health care costs is reducing the level of risk to the insurance providers. you guys won't touch those companies apparently, so that will be the big question, is how
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do you remove the mandate and incentivize healthy people to get out of risk pops and yet bring down the cost overall? we'll have to see the details to get more into that. you're welcome back on "new day" to do that at any time. let me ask you about immigration. you don't hear a lot of republicans talking a lot about pathway to citizenship for the dreamers whochlt are the dreamers to remind people at home? they were brought here young, maybe teens, by parents who are undocumented, but they came here it is suggested unknowingly, innocently and living good lives. you're saying those people should be helped. not popular within your own party. how do you sell it? >> chris, there's a growing consensus here on the hill and inside the republican party that we really need to take care of these young people who were brought to this country like you said involuntarily. they came with their parents. they were brought across the border or families that may have
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overstayed their visas. you heard the president say this group needs to be taken care of. there are many, many republicans here on the house and ten of us today are introducing this legislation that really believe we need to make sure these young people are given a clans to fully incorporate themselves into our society. these are people who are contributing to our economy, working hard. some of them want to serve in our military. others are at colleges and universities earning degrees. these are america's children, and it's about time that we accept them and we give them that path to full american citizenship so they can fully participate and enjoy in the american experience. >> right. you would just need to change the r to a d to make that argument. you're going to have republicans who look at you and say they broke the law. we're the law and order party, they have to go. what do you say to them? >> well, like i tell you, chris, a lot of people haven't made public statements yet, but many republicans here on the hill believe that is the right way to
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go. so three, four, 5-year-old child brought across the border did not break any law. many of these kids only speak english. a lot of them don't even remember their countries of origin because they were so young when they came. we need to do the right thing. we need to put partisanship aside, just like we need to do in health care, and do right by these young people who in my opinion are already americans. we just need to recognize it. >> you're going to have to define who the we is and make that fight. we will cover it. i also direct people to read the op ed you wrote on march 1st about your concerns about the national debt. because when we get the cbo score on what this new health care proposal is, it will be interesting to see had the government's reckoning is of how much it will cost. please come back on then. >> that's coming on monday. have a good day, chris. >> you, too. february jobs numbers are coming in. what do they look like during the first full month of the trump administration? we have the numbers coming up for you. your insurance company
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time now for the five things to know for your new day. number one, fbi director james comey meeting with the gang of eight lawmakers who have access to the nation's most sensitive data including information on russia's alleged meddling in the u.s. election. >> republicans' obamacare care replacement surrounding a second epic meeting. sources telling cnn the white house wants to roll back obamacare's medicaid expansion even sooner which may spell trouble for the bill when it hits the senate. >> pope francis signaling he is open to the idea of married men becoming priests. the new stance comes as the pope called the shortage of priests an enormous problem in an interview with a german newspaper. >> deadly protests in south korea today. the country's president pushed from office, impeached. a high court upholding the impeachment which followed months of turmoil over corruption charges. >> chris's favorite story.
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the giant panda cubs at zoo atlanta have turned six months old. look how cute they are. they've already learned to climb and run in their playroom, look how much fun they're having there in a bucket, and the zoo says they may even go outside soon. >> that's very cute. why don't you go in there and play with the mom and see what happens. >> i would like to play with the cubs. >> pandas look so nice. how bad could it go? ever see the video of the panda trying to come through the truth? >> no, i don't want to see that. >> more more on the five things to know go to newdaycnn.com. we'll be introducing the first cnn hero of 2017 next week. two past hon honorees who inspired each other here in new york. check this out.
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the february jobs report was released just moments ago. it's the first full month of jobs data under president trump. chief business correspondent christine romans at the magic wall with the numbers. >> another strong month of job creation, guys. wages up, unemployment rate relatively low. january and february, 235,000 net new jobs in february. this is the first sort of full month of the trump administration. it shows you that companies continue, continue to be bullish about hiring and needing these workers. let's look at the unemployment
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rate, 4.7%, relatively steady. when i look inside these numbers, i see people coming off the sidelines and into the labor market. you might have seen this number fall. it's strong enough -- the labor market is strong enough for this number to keep falling. people being lured off the sidelines to look for work. here is the labor force participation rate, very sticky here, barely moving. here is why. lots of people are retiring every day. you've got 10,000 baby boomers hitting retirement age. we have a labor market, a workforce that is sort of shrinking here. that's a longer-term issue. sectors, business administration services, high paid jobs there, construction, manufacturing, high paid jobs there. that's why you saw wages pretty strong, up 2.8%. here are futures right now. they're up, looking like a solid start to the day. these numbers i think tell us the fed will be comfortable enough to raise interest rates next week. you have an economy that's heating up here. the fed likely to tap on the
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brake a little bit. >> christine, come join us if you would. >> earned a seat at the table. >> let's bring down these numbers with cnn senior commission analyst and adviser for the trump campaign, steven moore. is this the trump effect? >> i think it is. i think employers like donald trump a lot and his agenda and i think he's more pro business from the previous administration. i think christine nails it with her analysis. i love those numbers on manufacturing and construction. those are the kinds of jobs that those middle class trump voters in the states like michigan, ohio and pennsylvania want to see a recovery in. i think things are very much looking up. i think, christine, you're right. this will give more of an impet impetus for the fed to raise rates. i don't think it will have much of an impact. the question is this is a trump
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bounce or a trump moon bounce? the country seems to be firing on all cylinders. >> yesterday there was an estimate out higher than the estimate. the actual is higher than the expected. good news period. >> i was expecting closer to 300,000 based on that earlier report. what was the number, christine? >> 235. that's why we wait for the real number. yesterday people were honest. why won't you report this? because it was wrong. do you think this will be the president not question the unemployment rate as to why it's so low? are we going to finally hear that misleading number, it's really like 60% of people who are add because you like to add in retirees to those who aren't work? >> by the way, i've worked with donald trump for about six months. the one thing i learn is you never anticipate what he's going to say. i can't really tell you the answer to that. there is still an underlying weakness in this economy. i think christine would agree
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with this. we still have too many people on the sidelines. they're starting to nudge back in. those -- that's a problem because we still have a lot of people in the prime working years that are on the sideline. the other thing i saw in this report, christine, you're right. the wage bump was a nice one. still about 6 million people who are what we call forced part-time workers. they're people who want a full-time job but can't get one. i happen to think -- this is a controversial statement -- i think if we can get rid of some of the regulations under obamacare that encourage part-time employment, we could see some of those people move into full time jobs. >> their hours have been cut for whatever reason, a lot of them happen to be in retail because of the big challenge from amazon. some big shifts going on there. you talk about this other number, the underemployment rate, 9.2%. that seems real high, way more than 4.7%. that's been coming down steadily, too.
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even in very, very good times in the past we've had an 8 or 9% underemployment rate. there's always a fraction of the economy that isn't fully engaged. i'm not hearing a lot of talk about skills. i hear from companies that they need workers with skills and they can't find them. the people you say are sidelined, do they not have the skills to be absorbed? 325,000 skilled manufacturing jobs available in america that are unfilled. >> you're exactly right. in fact, that's where i was headed with this. when i travel all over the country, and when i ask employers what is your biggest problem, they say, look, we don't like the taxes or the regulations are too high. christine, the first thing they always say to me, about 80% of them, i can't find the workers i need, i can't find the workers with the skills. >> you tell that to a trump voter, they'll say you're blaming the victim here. >> we need to focus on where are the jobs are being created right now. the truth is, if you have any useful skill right now.
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if you are a welder or a pipe fitter or an engineer or can do construction or do plumbing, those are all in high demand. i think one of the things we have to think about societally, we or graduating kids from college with psychology degrees and sociology and political science, not a lot of demand for that. there's a new movement that i think is really interesting in some of the states we should keep an eye on. what about this, guys, if somebody gets an apprenticeship and a useful skill, why not give them the equivalent of a college degree. >> train craft and give them financing to get to trade school. mike rowe was a big proponent of that. people need these trade skills. >> good, honorable jobs. stephen and christine, thank you for breaking down the numbers. >> have a good weekend. >> we're halfway through the president's first 100 days.
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these first 50 days. jobs and the economy. we just saw the jobs report, very good. gorsuch nomination for supreme court and his joint session address in front of congress. your thoughts. >> the business community could not be more enthusiastic right now about donald trump. that is great for him out of the gate. obviously the market is responding thusly. he's highlighted companies where he's able to make job deals. the gorsuch nomination is i think his best day, rolling that out, of the entire presidency thus far. big play for conservatives to be happy with the supreme court pick. so far he's being well received on capitol hill. confirmation hearings still to come. of course, the other high mark i gave is the joint session address which got stepped on immediately with the sessions stuff. we'll talk about that in the low marks. but the speech itself was well received both inside the hall
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and out in the public when we polled those who watched the speech, gave really good marks. >> transitions from the high marks to the low marks, one of the turn-abouts was that people said, well, did you set too low a bar for the president in the joint session because of everything that came after it. what do you make of the low marks? >> obviously the mike flynn firing, resignation, was a debacle, showed a huge vetting problem, one that even in today's headlines is continuing, how much trump and his team really knew about flynn and his association, so that was a dark mark on the administration. sessions not telling the truth to congress, recusing himself from the russia story, that's what killed any momentum out of that speech that day. of cows, the initial rollout of the travel ban was a complete disaster. to their credit, they retreated and put a new one out, obviously it will be challenging the courts. clearly through an interagency process they tried to develop a travel plan that my pass
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constitutional muster. >> you have lingering questions, somehow boiled them down to two. i expected the list to be longer. russian contacts, you've lumped that into one and of course what's going on now, the obamacare repeal and replace. >> it's television, alisyn. i was trying for brevity. >> appreciate that. >> no problem. i cannot overstate the importance of these lingering questions. both these things i think could derail the entire presidency perhaps because if, indeed, the russia investigation leads to something where there was collusion or somehow trump campaign associates were involved in russia's attempt to impact the election, that could derail everything. obviously, if he can't get his first major legislative goal, the promise of the party for the last eight years or so over the hurdle out of the gate, that also is going to have a significant impact on derailing what he can do going forward
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from that. >> there's no underestimating the power of president trump deciding to accuse president obama of a felony. and now it is fed into this entire investigative process which is getting bigger, not smaller. >> yes. >> brevity, i see it. it is the key to wit and television, david chalian. >> good morning, guys. have a great weekend. >> great to have you here. you know what's the key do to comedy? timing. she's never used that before. >> up next, the video you'll be talking about for the rest of the day. wait till you see what happens during this live shot. we've all been there. ♪ mapping the oceans.
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we have got to show you this viral video that is making the rounds this morning. is during a live shot on a very serious subject in north korea, and we have all been here. parents beware. watch this. >> this is a trial for democracy. scandals happen all the time. the question is how do democracies respond. >> what will it mean for the wider region? i think one of your children has walked in. shifting shands in the north may change? >> i would be surprised if they
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do. pardon me. my apologies. my apologies. >> wait, wait, wait for it. there it is. >> south korea policy's choices on north korea -- >> we are told that is the man's wife that came flying in to save -- >> oh, my gosh. anybody -- first of all, don't ever do a live shot from your home. anybody with little kids can relate to this moment, you're trying to have a conference call or something and your children saunter in with relish. i love how that little one enters the room. >> she comes in with complete confidence which you expect of kids. the toddler comes behind. i hated those things that they would walk around in. they destroyed everything. to me the story isn't the kids. it's a wife. that is a good wife. she comes flying in there, tarks
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one for the team, sense of urgency. >> definitely a sense of urgency there. oh, my gosh. he didn't turn around. he was professional of political science in south korea. very professional. >> would you do that for your spouse, if they were on skype and the kids went in. would you go in there with the urgency and the insistence that that wife did? that's the question. >> we can't just take a hint and move him out of the way. >> our resident toddler. >> got to throw a doughnut in a different direction to get phil out of the picture. >> that must have been a painful delivery. that's a big kid. >> that's the way we italians doing it. >> all right, guys -- >> alisyn, chris, have a great weekend. >> come back, phil. give me a hug. good morning everyone. i'm poppy harlow

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