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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and, of course, all around the world. i'm rosemary church, here in central park, in new york city. it is very cold here. and the reason we're here is to witness what could very well be a historic blizzard that's moving across the northeast of the united states. no now, some 30 million people are being affected by blizzard warnings and watches. let's bring up to date the information on the state of
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emergency. state of emergencies have been declared in new york, new jersey, and in virginia. and the new york mayor, bill de blasio, called up 2,000 members of the national guard. this is critical. this is something they're watching very closely. and the emergency befwab abogan three hours ago. the snow is slow coming. i came in 5:00 this afternoon. the sun was shining. and it's very much a case of the calm before the storm. here we are, expecting this blizzard to affect so many millions of people. want to listen to what mayor deblad de blasio had to say when he talked about what people can expect. let's listen. >> new yorkers should stay off the roads. this is a very important point. for your own safety, given the frigid temperatures, the huge amount of snow in a short period of time.
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the wind that i'll talk about in a moment. stay off the streets for your own good, your own safety, but to help the sanitation department to keep the streets clear. >> so, you heard from mayor de blasio, talking in terms of 20 inches of snow, two feet. that's as well in a pars of massachusetts. d.c., five to ten inches, similar recordings expected in chicago, as well. let's find out, too, about the situation, with flights because this weather has impacted flights, very early in the day on monday. going into tuesday. 3:00 in the morning here in front of central park. 6,500 flights have been canceled so far. we saw long lines at the washington national airport. flight delays are expected all day tuesday. and public schools closed in
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philadelphia, in boston, and in new york. and we understand at this point, washington, d.c. is making a determination about two hours from now. that's at 5:00 a.m. they will decide whether or not they will close the schools. so, it hasn't been as bad as people expected as early. but this is expected to come through very fast, very quickly. want to get live pictures from philadelphia. that's where they're expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow. and sad news, too, in wisconsin. two people died while removing snow. you might wonder at this stage, it doesn't look like a lot of snow here. the reason they think it's historic. it's march. it's supposed to be winter winding down. it's supposed to be the beg beginning or coming up to spring. but that's not the case so far. and it wasn't since back in
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1888, march 12th, they recorded 16.5 inches of snow. if they get the 20 inches or so, that makes this historic here in new york city. the weather forecasters are saying there's a possibility that the rain may dampen the snow level. but we'll see. about 3:00 in the morning. we're seeing people walking in the streets here in new york city. you know new york city. i have a fellow here, anthony wallace, is joining me here. thank you, anthony. you've grown up in new york city, right? >> yes. >> talk to us about, your friends and yourself. you went to buy some things from the store. what was the situation? >> basbasically, it was a lot o people getting food, trying to get last-minute things. i don't know, coming from the city, i'm not used to that, just because i don't know. we never take it that serious. or whatever. but currently, i'm residing in p.a. so, it's a little different out
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there. yeah. i seen, it was a little panic. i don't know. it's nothing to me. >> why are you out in the snow at 3:00 a.m.? >> actually, i have a state of emergency in my family at the moment, where i'm going to see my grandmother. something is wrong with my nana right now. i made it to came out here to see her and see my daughter. >> really? we don't want to hold you up. you need to get going on that. thanks so much for talking with us. at this stage, we understand that the subway, you'll be going on the subway? it will close around 4:00 a.m. you need to get cracking. all right. thank you so much, anthony. appreciate it. you, too. okay. let's go to pedram javaheri. it was slow to start. we were expecting the snow to come at midnight. it's now 3:00 a.m. and starting to come. it is pretty cold. it's around 30 degrees or so. how is it going to look in the next few hours? >> rosemary, for where you are
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in new york city, i think the next couple of hours, between now and 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 a.m., we'll see the heaviest snowfall comes in. 8:00, 9:00, mixed in with some rain. a track of storm system is going to bring in moisture from the south. parked off of the coast of north carolina. you see some of the moisture surge its way to the north, in the next three to four hours. you see this pick up in intensity. the winds will be strong. and the ray tar looks like this. it's just a wintry mix around washington. around norfolk. and this is the perspective. the closer look around philly, that's where the snowfall has been falling in earnest. just north and just west of town, that's where the bull's eye is going to be for the heaviest snow. boston, right now, finally seeing some flakes pushing in, as well. the winter weather advisories, the alerts, the warnings, they're issued for a pretty exspansive area.
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if there were to happen in january, this would be a significant snow. you take a look. the i-95 corridor, that's where the cutoff line where the heaviest snowfall can come down. and within a matter of several miles, this can dictate who gets how much snow. and storms to not travel in a straight line. as it wobbles up and down the close, if it wobbles towards land, you'll see more warm air associated with this and mix in some rain for the major cities. but if it wobbles a little farther offshore and it will continue to do this, we're talking about greater snow amounts for the major cities. for watching at this point, i'm thinking 8 to 12, 13, 14, inches for new york city. less than the 20 inches that we were seeing earlier in the day. things will shift over the next couple hours, rosemary. >> pedram, you're say iing this may not be as historic as we
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thought it might be. >> it takes ten inches, in new york city in march, would put you in the top five snowiest marches in record. if you get up to 15 inches, 16 inches, top two snowiest storms for the month of march. it would be historic. but the 20 inches that some of the models were suggesting, it looks like it will vary a little slightly and come out a little less than that. parts of new york city could see over 20 inches. we'll watch that. pedram javaheri. and people are saying watch out for the elderly. they are the most vulnerable at this time. any family members, any friends and neighbors, check in on them and make sure they have enough food and that they're warm enough through the hours ahead. that is from me for central park. we'll come back in a moment after we have warmed our hands a
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little bit. for now, i'm going to toss to max foster in london. >> we'll let you warm up for a moment, rosemary. thank you very much. we're going to head down the east coast, to the u.s. congressional budget office in washington, which has mixedry views to the proposed remember health care plan. younger people will pay less. but millions of people will lose or decline coverage. >> reporter: tonight, the white house and republican leaders are assessing the impact of the explosive report from the congressional budget office. the new analysis from the cbo estimates in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. the increase in the number of uninsured people would rise to 21 million in 2020. and to a staggering 24 million in 2026. >> we disagree strenuously with
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the report that was put out. we believe that our plan will cover more individuals at a lower cost and give them the choices that they want for the coverage they want for themselves an for their family, not that the government forces them to buy. >> the cbo predicts the legislation would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over a decade. house speaker paul ryan is trying to highlight the positive aspects of the bill tonight. >> i'm excited about the analysis. they overestimate the uninsured number like they overestimated who would be insured by obamacare. if we're not going to force people to buy something they don't want to buy, they're not going to buy it. >> they're torn. some of them are trying to pin a rose on this report and make it sound like it's a good thing. and others of them are trying to discredit the cbo. >> reporter: this morning, the white house was scrambling to get ahead of the report. >> the press is making it look
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so wonderful, that if we end it, everybody will say, remember how great obamacare used to be. >> the system is failing on its own. at the end of the day, if you have a card, and you're betting a subsidy but you're not getting care, you have nothing. >> reporter: remember leadership on capitol hill, already being hit by a rebellion within their own party. >> i'm not prepared to vote for it as it is right now. i think we can do better. >> reporter: we're readying for this additional blow. acknowledging the cbo would likely report back that millions would lose their coverage. >> one thing i'm certain will happen, cbo will say, not as many people will get covered. this isn't a government mandate. >> reporter: as backers of the plan, fired shots at the nonpartisan cbo for doing its job. >> the past, the cbo score has been meaningless. >> sometimes we asked them to do stuff they aren't capable of doing. and estimating a bill of this size probably isn't the best use
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of their time. let's take a look, then. at the congressional budget office projections for obamacare. the cbo estimated 21 million people would gain coverage through health care exchanges in 2016. only 10.4 million people did. cbo projegted 82 and 89 adults would have coverage in 2016. they were closer on that count. 89.7% of americans had insurance last year. you see how high the tensions are over health care at town halls across the u.s. hours ago, in kansas, jenkins was booed when she tried to defend the republican health care plan. >> the cbo scores are rarely, if ever, right. [ crowd reacts ] >> i don't think what they've factored in is the cost of health care is going to come
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down. that means premiums are going to come down. and that means people will be able to afford health care. that is not factored in. >> if you have any sway with paul ryan, mitch mcconnell, who think they know better than we do, tell them people in kansas are damn mad. >> an adviser to the trump campaign, stephen moore and robert reich, faced off. >> i think it's hocus-pocus. the republican plan and health care throughout the campaign and what they're saying today, was two featured. repeal obamacare, that is what they have scored. they haven't scored replace obamacare. it's going to be replace with something else that will reduce costs, that will provide more
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competition and will make it more economical for people to buy insurance. you can have a system -- i talked to the republicans where they say, the first two or three years, people in the system are not going to lose their health insurance, as the cbo reports. one other thing, anderson. i thought this report was a little bit exaggerated because under the current system, if we don't change things, tens of billions of people are going to lose their insurance because the costs are escalating. i was in arizona two or three weeks ago. and the premiums for health insurance have doubled. people can't afford it. they're going to drop their health insurance. the idea that everybody is going to have health insurance under obamacare and nobody will have it under the republican plan is fact white house. >> it was a replacement. that's what they advertised it as. it was supposed to replace obamacare.
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and donald trump said over and over again during the campaign, and after he was president, that nobody would lose coverage. well, here you have the congressional budget office, whose director was apointed by the republican congress, saying, in effect, that you got huge losses. 14 million people the first year. 24 million people over ten years. look, if i were a republican, member of kcongress right now, would be worried that possibly this bill could be enacted because then i would have to run for congress again and again and i would have to run for the senate, when people were losing their health care. and their health insurance. >> is it people losing their health insure? or people choosing not to do it? >> that's -- now, that's mincing words. what kind of choice do you have if you can't afford it? that's when the republicans are using these words like, well, you don't lose access. of course, you lose access if you don't have any wherewithal.
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80% of the people under the affordable care act had subsidies and could afford to get the affordable care act. when you say that premiums are going up, yes, overall, with regard to american health care, premiums and co-payments and deductibles are going up. if you have subsidies, if you're in the affordable care act, you are being subsidized. you're not suffering that kind of a loss. >> republicans need to make a guarantee that people are not going to lose their health insurance. medicaid. or through exchanges and so on. that's necessary, bob reich, that people will not lose their insurance for the first two, or three, or four years, until we adjust this system. >> how do you square what you just said with the omb said? do you think that omb was out to lunch? keith hall. he was appointed by a republican congress. you think that he's wrong?
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>> no. i think he's not scoring the plan that republicans are talking about. what he scored is what happens if you totally repeal obamacare. he's not taking into account, there's going to be a new system that reduced the cost of health care, brings premiums down. and, anderson, the point i would make and donald trump would make, when you reduce the costs of insurance, more people can afford it. the problem we have bright now, we're going off this cliff. the average increase of premiums across the country was almost 25% last year. middle class health care cannot afford the current system. >> can you help me. he scored the repeal. he didn't score the replacement. where is the replacement if it wasn't in the republican bill? >> such a hot topic right now. harsh audio surfacing of paul ryan slamming donald trump, less than a month before the u.s. presidential election. he was speaking to house republicans just days after trump's vulgar comments to
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"access hollywood's" billy bush was made public. the audio was released by breitbart, the media outlet formerly headed by steve bannon. >> his comments are not keeping with our party's principles and values. there's two things i want to make very clear. i'm not going to defend donald trump. not now, not in the future. as you probably heard, i disinvited him from my first congressional district gop event this weekend. i thing i do every year. and i'm not going to be campaigning with him over the next 30 days. you know i have real concerns of the nominee. i hope you appreciate that i'm doing what i think is best for you, the members, not what's best for me. >> the release of the audio comes as deserters are hammering ryan on his republican health care overhaul. cnn reported on the speaker's comments about mr. trump last
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october. this is the first time the public is hearing that audio. for days, white house officials ducked questions about explosive claim from president trump. coming up, a new spin on it. plus, we'll go back to the northeastern u.s., where millions of people are bracing for massive winter storm. how much snow could fall across the area, coming up. (mic thuds) uh, sorry. it's unlimited without compromising reliability, on the largest, most advanced 4g lte network in america. (thud) uh... sorry, last thing. it's just $45 per line. forty. five. (cheering and applause) and that is all the microphones that i have. (vo) unlimited on verizon. 4 lines, just $45 per line.
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we're going to get hit. we're going to get hit with significant amounts of snow. >> a warm welcome back to a very cold new york city. we are here because we are witnessing what can very well be a historic, massive winter storm and blizzard, moving across the northeast. this point, there's been declaration emergency declaration for the states of new york, for virginia and new jersey. and there is a travel ban in place for parts of connecticut. now, if we just look at sad news here. we understand that two people in wisconsin died trying to remove snow in their area. we know this point, too, 6,500 flights have been canceled. amtrak has moderated some of its schedule. we understand, too, that the
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new york subway will close at 4:00 a.m. hundreds of flights throughout the day will be added to the 6,500 that have been canceled. this is going to be big. they're comparing, going back to 1888. on march 12th. that's when 16 1/2 inches fell. of course, the reason why they're saying this is historic, this is march. it is supposed to be the end of winter. we're in mid-march and we want to see warm weather. that's not what we're seeing right now. we're going back to max foster in london. back to you. >> taking you to a political storm. president trump's claim that former president barack obama had his phone s tapped last yea. white house officials are recasting the accusation in more general terms. jeff zeleny reports.
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>> reporter: president trump had his predecessor on his mind today at the white house. >> it's a little like president obama. when he left, people liked him. when he was here, people didn't like him so much. that's the way life goes. that's human nature. the fact is, obamacare is a disaster. >> reporter: he was talking health care, not his explosive allegation of president obama spying on trump tower. when asked about that, trump fell silent. >> will your justice department with the jell intense committee's justice. >> reporter: he had until today, to turn over any evidence to the house and senate committees, for their investigation between russian operatives and the trump campaign. the explanation has evolved over the last nine days. and did so again today. >> i think there's two things that are important about what he
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said. recognizing -- he doesn't think that president obama tapped his phone personally. >> reporter: after saying last week the president's tweets about the extraordinary allegations spoke for themselves, white house press secretary sean spicer said this today. >> there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. that's a widely reported activity that occurred back then. the president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly, surveillance and other activities. >> reporter: but that's not true. it was not widely reported surveillance took place in the campaign. and the president stated the wiretap allegation as fact. how low has president obama gone to tap my phones during the sacred election process. this is nixon/watergate. bad or sick guy. the president brushed aside questions. >> any comment about the wiretapping? >> reporter: one of his top advisers, kellyanne conway,
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muddied the confusing waters during a weekend interview in her new jersey living room. >> what i can say there's many ways to surveil each other now. >> do you believe -- >> there was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones. through their television sets. any number of different ways. and microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. >> reporter: on cnn's "new day" she tried to clarify her remarks, saying she didn't have evidence the president was being spied on, through a microwave or other device. >> i don't think people are using their microwave to spy on the trump campaign. i am not in the job of having evidence. >> reporter: senator john mccain, on cnn's "state of the unio union," says the president owes americans an explanation. >> the president has to retract or provide the information that
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the american people deserve. if his predecessor violated the law, we have a serious issue here, to say the least. >> reporter: facing the deadline of turning over any evidence by late monday, the justice department asked the house intelligence committee for more time. saying they need more time to collect any evidence. now, it's an open question of if they have evidence or if they're dragging their feet. that first congressional hearing looking into this whole russia matter starts next monday on capitol hill. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white house. now, coming up, just when it looked like spring was right around the corner, check out this live image coming into us from new york. winter, back with a vengeance, in parts of the u.s. i feel like this is what always happens in new england. we feel like we got through the winter without any problems. and suddenly, it's hitting us. listen, sugar, we're lettin' you go. it's that splenda naturals gal, isn't it? coffee: look, she's sweet, she's got natural stevia, no bitter aftertaste, and zero calories. all the partners agree? even iced tea? especially iced tea. goodbye, sugar.
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this is cnn breaking news. >> we are hoping for the best. but as you can see, with all of the people behind me, are manning for whatever mother nature sends our way.
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>> and that is what we are dealing with. welcome back to our viewers here in the united states. and of course, all around the world. we are live at central park in new york city. mother nature is bringing in a massive nor'easter across the northeastern part of the united states. it could be very well a historic storm, as we gauge this. we hear it is 29 degrees here, right now. took a little while for the snow to come in. but we're in the 3:00 a.m. hour here in the united states. and it is very cold. there's no one on the streets. we see there's a car moving slowly just checking us out. apart from that, there's just taxis on the road. there's been states of emergency declared in new york as well as new jersey and in virginia. new york mayor bill de blasio
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has called 2,000 members of the national guard. this is serious stuff. public schools have been closed. certainly in philadelphia, in boston and in new york city. and washington, d.c. is going to make that decision, that determination, at about 5:00 in the morning. they will decide whether they think the schools need to be closed. they're expecting about five to ten inches of snow. as far as transport goes, the flight's about 6,500 flights have been canceled across the northeastern area. and more are expected to be delayed if not canceled across tuesday. and earlier, we did see long lines at the washington national airport. hundreds of flight delays still expected in the course of the day. as far as grocery shopping, people went out. they lined up. there were lots of lines. people waited sometimes 45 minutes, an hour, just to get a grocery basket. then, they got all they needed.
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shelves were empty. bread, milk and other things, other goods. we want to show you this. we got this photo from a viewer here in new york. she said he waited 45 minutes or so, mostly in the line, as i mentioned. and he told cnn he prepared with essentials, food and wine. and he plans to watch netflix. that's a man who just knows how to prepare for a storm like this. so, there's a few people walking around now. a few people just got out of this car. let's go over to pedram javaheri to get more information because, pedram, we're starting to feel, now -- you can wheel the winds whipping up. we have the lights, a little worried they're going to take off at some point. talk to us about how bad this is likely to be. we thought 20 inches of snow. you were saying, just a little while ago when we chatted, it's
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maybe not going to be 20. but could be around historic levels nonetheless, right? >> for this time of year, it doesn't take much. get ten inches, and you're talking top five historic snowstorms for the month of march. the impact is significant. 6,500 flights canceled. the percentages of flights out of newark canceled, almost 90% of the flights. that accounts for about 500 flights canceled. baltimore, 80%. la guardia, ghoste boston, into. talking about the snowstorm and what it comes town to. 129 years ago, the historic snowstorm that everyone talks about in reebt dcent days when 2 inches came down in new york. that impacted the infrastructure. this led to the development of the underground transit system and the subway system because we had two-story-high snowdrifts.
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and many were trapped inside the tapped in the transportation systems. the vulnerables exposing this region of the united states. here comes the storm system. the snowshowers beginning to come down north of philly, into new york. and boston, seeing the slight snow accumulate with this. the forecast, as challenged as it comes. i talk about the track of storm systems. storms want to wobble. they don't track in a straight line. as this wobble happens, heavier amounts come in one area and transition back to be lighter amounts in other spots. just with a few miles. at this point, we stop at 8:00 a.m. on tuesday. the pink that indicates some slate, rain, snow mixing in, that can be around the philly area, south into baltimore, potentially washington. these could see less accumulation. new york cities and points northward, from a foot to 14, 13, inches on the high end for new york city, central park. and look at the late morning
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hours, some of the sleet wants to filter right into new york city, as well. this could play a role here in cutting down the significant amounts by new york city. in the afternoon hours, sleet could take shape and stay put across new york city. here's the forecast indication. the best estimates would take eastern portions of pennsylvania, into the portions of allentown. up to 20, 25 inches. that's the late possibility. northern new jersey, certainly the case. work your way into the catskills, similar story. a few miles to the south, we're talking about maybe a foot. that variation could play a role in how much snow you get within a few miles. and snow forecasting, ask any meteorologist. snow forecasting and the number given to each particular location is as hard as it gets to narrow that down just because of that wobble we talk about with storms, as they move over a certain spot. rosemary? >> pedram, for anyone asking, if
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they're tuning in thinking, why are they out live when there's not a lot of snow? talk to us about the historic nature of this. it is mid-march. and we are witnessing this. what is going on with the weather? >> you know, the incredible nature of what has happened. a lot of people wrote off winter thinking, we're not going to see much of it. one of the warmest januaries on record. warmest februarys on record. 9300 temperatures today. 1,300 low temperatures set in the heart of the cold season. over 200 tornadoes, versus 60, which is normal for this time of year. it's resembled a warm season pattern, rosemary. and the last couple of days of winter, it only takes one storm system to make or break a season. and this particular one could enter the books. could be a historic warm year again. but we can have this mark on it with an impressive snowstorm,
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embedded between that warmth. this is it right now. >> absolutely. pedram javaheri. nice to see you warm in the studio. another person -- absolutely. another person very snug and warm is our max foster in london. i'll hand it back to you. >> rosie, thank you very much. you look snug and warm in your hat. the other big talking point is president trump's wiretapping accusation. the latest of a series of assertions that he's made without evidence to back them up. proponents say he's using the outrageous statements to distract from the real set of issues and administration problems. jake tapper unpacks the president's claims and the white house defense of them. >> reporter: the house intelligence committee requested that the justice department provide them with proof at all backing up president trump's tweets from earlier this month. some of them -- terrible. just found out that obama had my
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wires tapped. this is mccarthyism. is it legal for a sitting president to be wiretapping. tu turned down by court earlier. how low has president obama gan to tap my phones? this is nixon/watergate. bad or sick guy. since those tweets nine days ago, this charge by the president has been called false by the director of the fbi. false by the former director of national intelligence. and not one credible, informed source that we can find in washington has said that the president's accusation is true. and i'm including vice president pence in that group. to say that members of the house spell je intelligence committee are expecting reams of paper to prove this charge coming their way, that would be doing a disservice to the members of that select committee. and we have had to live in the farce of the last nine days,
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where defenders of the president had to twist themselves into pretzels, by try to make this wild and unfounded claim by the president seem to live somewhere in the vicinity of the neighborhood of possible. >> i think there's no question that the obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. that's a widely reported activity that occurred back then. the president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities. >> to break out sean spicer's trump-to-english dictionary. by obama, president trump meant the obama administration. by wiretap, he meant any kind of surveillance. and by surveillance of trump's phones at trump tower, he meant apparently, surveillance of anyone who i have may have had any conversation with anyone who was part of the 2016 election.
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sometimes revisionism isn't so blatant, it was a rewrite. he meant the obama administration may have conducted surveillance during the election of some people including some who may have spoken to people on campaigns or having communications with those campaigns. those are two completely different things. one is false and one is true. but other than the word obama, they have little in common. as with so many of these unfounded charges. 3 million to 5 million illegal votes. the highest murder rate. the white house is spending its energy and your tax dollars trying to change demonstratively false assertions into perfectly understandable beliefs, transgently reherelated to the original lie. and they're wasting time defending the indefensible. instead of devoting time to, say, improving your lives. new york city is under a
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state of emergency, as the northeastern u.s. gets hit with what could turn into a paralyzing winter storm. how much snow is expected and where it will fall? coming up. ♪ so nice, so nice. ♪sweet, sweet st. thomas nice. ♪ so nice, so nice. ♪st. croix full of pure vibes. ♪ so nice, so nice. ♪ st. john a real paradise. ♪ so nice, so nice. ♪ proud to be from the virgin islands. ♪ ♪ and the whole place nice. to experience your virgin islands nice, go to
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new surveillance video of michael brown is being released to the public. it shows the teenager in a ferguson, missouri, store, hours before a police officer shot and killed him. it's raising new questions about that fatal shooting. >> reporter: tension rising again in ferguson, missouri. a reaction to a new documentary that shows surveillance video of michael brown that's never been seen publicly before. taken just hours before he was killed by police. in the film, "stranger fruit," brown is seen in the ferguson market around 1:13 in the morning. according to the filmmaker, brown hands a bag of marijuana to the clerk, in exchange. >> the weed is taken. it never comes on the counter. what comes back on the counter, you see the guy take two boxes
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of cigarellos. he hands a bag with product to michael brown, over the counter. so, don't tell me that he stole from the store if they handed him a bag. >> reporter: ferguson police say brown did rob the store. ten hours later he returned. and police say this video that was released, shows him shoving the store clerk out of the way and taking the cigarillos. this shows that brown was returning to pick up the cigarrillos. >> the st. louis county police wanted us to see that made it look like there was some altercation that looked like michael robbed. when in fact, michael had a close relationship with the store. and that video shows that. >> i think the filmmaker -- i never met the man. if the filmmaker is saying an exchange took place here, marijuana for merchandise, the filmmaker is a liar. okay? it didn't happen.
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you can see it here. >> reporter: the attorney for the store released the entire video going frame by frame for us, showing brown coming in. taking sodas off the shelf. throwing the bag ggy of what is thought to be marijuana on the table. one clerk sniffs it and a second clerk puts it back on the counter. one clerk appears to wave brown out of the store. the clerk who last touches the pat, removes his hands and folds his hands behind his back. brown tries to leave with the cigarillos returns them. it's unclear who took the small bag. but the store's attorney says michael brown clearly had it. >> he picked up the pot off the counter. now, in his left hand is the pat. in his right hand, is the piece of paper. >> reporter: the prosecuting attorney who sent the case to the grand jury, says this is not new video, nor relevant.
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>> the suggestion that he's coming back to pick up what he bartered for is just stupid. >> the filmmaker is sticking with his version of events, saying his film shows the true story. when it comes to the clerks themselves, we talked to one of them who told us he now fears for his life, as renewed protests are now aimed directly at the store. sara sidner, cnn. things picking up from a live camera in new york. thousands of flights have been canceled ahead of that brutal winter storm, making its way across the northeastern u.s. a live report from new york next.
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welcome back. to central park here in new york city, where it's about 29 degrees. we're here because we are witnessing what could very well be a historic, massive blizzard coming across the northeast. at this point, there is a state of emergency declared in new york and new jersey, in virginia, schools have been closed. determinations are being made as to whether other schools need to be closed. at this stage, i say good-bye.
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rosemary church here at central park, new york city. "early start" picks it up from here with more on the blizzard. and max foster for our audience outside of the united states, outside of the united states, will join you in london. what? who's replacing me? splenda naturals? look, she's sweet, she's got natural stevia, no bitter aftertaste and she's calorie-free. so that's it? we made you a cake. with sugar? oh, no. (laughing) . . . .
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happening now. winter making its final stand. a major snowstorm with whiteout conditions churning with millions in its path. we have the late breaking details of the nor'easter. >> it looks like a postcard. >> good for reporters out there. stella is here. thanks for getting an "early start" with us. i'm dave briggs. >> march 14th. i'


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