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we'll bring you the highlights we'll bring you the highlights in the "newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com top of the hour. you're in the "cnn newsroom." i like to have some company. i'm ana cabrera in new york. we're just days away from hearing for the very first time from james comey since he was fired as the director of the fbi. comey is scheduled to testify this coming thursday. his very words have the potential to rock washington and really blow open the investigation into the current administration and what came before the election. comey is expected to talk about his private conversations with the president, and whether president trump ever attempted to influence the man who at the time was investigating his campaign, and russia's meddling in the u.s. election. we may finally get the answer to the most significant question of all, does comey think he was fired to stop the russia probe. by using executive privilege.
according to a new report in "the new york times," this seems more and more unlikely. two senior officials telling the paper, president trump plans to let the testimony go on. meaning in less than a week, we could know all the details surrounding comey's dramatic firing. cnn white house correspondent athena jones is outside the white house this afternoon. athena, what are the risks that the president chooses to use executive privilege? >> reporter: there's a political risk, of course, that if the president tries to invoke executive privilege to block comey from testifying, it might look bad. it sends a message that the white house had something to hide about these conversations. the other risk, of course, is that he could try to invoke executive privilege, and fail at it. legal experts have been debating whether he be likely to be successful because the president himself has already talked about and tweeted about some of his conversations with the former fbi director. remember, on twitter, he even
suggested that there might be recordings of their conversations. and so legal experts are saying that the president can't use executive privilege as a shield in one context and as a sword in another context. the administration, if they were to determine block comey's testimony, could try to get a court order from a federal district court. but that kind of move is unprecedented. it's not a guaranteed recipe for success. we know the d.c. circuit court has already held that privilege, executive privilege disappears all together if there's any reason to believe that government misconduct is involved. so it would certainly be complicated, and a big deal for the president to try to stop comey from testifying. >> athena, there is also new reporting today, cnn learning more details about this reported war error that the administration is trying to set up in order to respond in a more targeted way to russia investigation questions. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: yeah, that's right. i spoke with a senior administration official earlier who told me that that war room,
the so-called war room is still in the process of being set up. and it might not be one unit. there are outside groups who support the president who are offering to set up their own rapid response teams. that's the idea here, that you have a team of folks who are dedicated to answering questions and dealing with anything having to do with questions around this whole russia investigation. so people who would be sending out press clippings and video clips, trying to defend the president. now, i asked this official, would it be odd to try to figure out how to coordinate it if there are different groups. would it be hard to try to coordinate them. the official said not a lot of coordination would be needed because the goal is simply to defend the president. different groups of people could be trying to do that at the same time. that is still very much in the works. but it's interesting, you'd think that they would hope to have it all ready to go. certainly ahead of this
potentially pivotal testimony from the former fbi director. so we'll see what we see coming out of any sort of rapid response effort. >> of course, we're still having to react to the questions about the big news this week, which is the withdrawal from the paris climate accord, since trump announced that, aides refuse to say what the beliefs are specifically, and whether he believes it is a hoax, or thinks it's real. i understand at least one administration official is speaking out now, answering that question. >> reporter: yeah. this is remarkable, ana. a lot of administration officials have been asked repeatedly about this question of whether the president still thinks climate change is a hoax. something that he tweeted a couple of years back, whether he believes humans contribute to climate change. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., nikki haley, is finally answering that question. i want to play that clip for you. first she talks about the difficulty of meeting the greenhouse gas emissions target that were set under the deal. then she's pressed by our own
jake tapper about what the president thinks about climate change and final gives a real answer. >> quote, the concept of global warming was created by and for the chinese in order to make u.s. manufacturing noncompetitive, unquote. are you willing to acknowledge that that is nonsense? >> what i will tell you is the regulations from the paris agreement were disadvantaging our companies. we know that. i knew that as a governor. we know that now. the jobs were not attainable as long as we had to live under those regulations. it wasn't possible to meet the conditions under the paris agreement. had we even attempted to do that. i think we have to look at what's realistic. we have a president who will watch out for the environment. it's what we do, it's who we are, we will continue to be a leader in the environment. the rest of the world wanted to tell us how to do it, and we wanted to say, we will do it, but we'll do it under our terms. >> but the standards were set by the united states for the united states. but just to be clear on this --
>> no, the standards were set by president obama, and not passed through the senate because the standards couldn't have been achieved. >> my point is, you said the world was imposing standards on the united states. president obama, the president of the united states at the time, is the one who set the standards. moving that aside for one second, i want to be clear on this. you're not willing to acknowledge that calling climate change a chinese hoax is just a big box of crazy? >> president trump believes the climate is changing, and he believes pollutants are part of that equation. that is the fact. that is where it stands. he knows that it's changing. he knows that the u.s. has to be responsible with it. that's what we're going to do. just because we got out of a club doesn't mean that we don't care about the environment. >> so that's quite significant there, to see ambassador haley finally answering a question that at least four administration officials that i heard speaking just this week alone were unable to answer. now finally ambassador haley
saying she believes trump believes -- president trump believes the climate is changing and it's caused by pollutants. >> athena at the white house, thank you. james comey testifies on thursday. joining me is retired supervisory agent for the fbi, steve moore. steve, always good to have your expertise. we appreciate you joining us. when it comes to these meetings between president trump and james comey, how many details can we expect to get? >> well, i think you're going to get a lot of details. because comey is not the type of person, from everything i've heard, from people who know him, that will be general or vague in anything. this guy was a very successful federal prosecutor. which means that every single sentence that you speak to him, he is going to analyze, he's going to think about it, and whether you agree with his decisions or not, he's going to act upon them.
and he will record them in detail. i guarantee you that. >> so interesting. everybody wants to hear his answers. there's been a lot of leaking of his memos. could comey, though, be asked whether he thinks president trump's actions fit the legal definition of the obstruction of justice? >> i think he can. but i think there's questions on both sides as to whether director comey's decision on what's prosecutable and what's not is acceptable. i mean, go back to the hillary clinton thing, and there's going to be a lot of disagreement about whether that is prosecutable. either way, it doesn't have to go all the way to something that's prosecutable. if you give the director of the fbi some innuendo that doesn't quite reach obstruction, it's still significant, the intent of it. >> intent of what's important here, because comey has told
some of his colleagues, according to our sources, that each individual action or conversation that he had with president trump may seem like it could have been innocent enough, that maybe it was president trump asking something inappropriate because he didn't r really know the boundaries of the fbi's investigation. but when you look at it from a bigger birds eye perspective, the culmination of all these meetings might send a different message. and would comey be at risk if he says something different in front of this committee than what he maybe testified before regarding whether there was something intentional that the president was trying to do here? would he be at risk of looking like he's not a credible witness? >> i'm sure that one side or the other are going to portray him that way, depending on what he testifies to. we can expect that. however, here's the bottom line on that. whether he believed any
conversations reached the level of obstruction is different than necessarily the intent. i mean, it could be, hypothetically, that the president tried to obstruct. but his actions didn't reach the level of prosecution. that said, you don't take one meeting as a stand-alone little event. it's like in a classified document. you can take this piece of information and this piece of information, which by themselves are not classified. but if you say, rocket launch here, and a gate here, put them in the same document, all of a sudden it's classified. so what could happen here is that a series of conversations over the course of several months might actually turn out to be de facto, intimidation, or obstruction. i'm not alleging that, i'm just
giving you the pa rrameters of what we could find. >> thank you very much. i want to turn to what's coming up on thursday. james comey finally breaking his silen silence. he was fired by president trump. now we'll hear the director's story, and it will be here live. watch it on air, or stream it on cnn.com. coverage begins thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. bill maher, has he crossed the line one too many times? this time using the "n" word. in a conversation with the republican senator. no surprise his words have provoked outrage and anger. that's next, live, in the "cnn newsroom." (bell rings) with my moderate to severe crohn's disease,... ...i kept looking for ways to manage my symptoms. i thought i was doing okay... then it hit me... ...managing was all i was doing. when i told my doctor,... ...i learned humira is for people who still have symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease... ...even after trying other medications. in clinical studies,...
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maher used an offensive racial slur on-air. listen. >> i've got to get to nebraska more. >> you're welcome. we'd love to have you work in the fields with us. >> working the fields? senator, i'm a -- it's a joke. >> transparency, cnn and hbo share the same company, time warner. i want to bring in "new york times" editor patrik healy, and bakari sellers. bakari, first i want to get your reaction as an african-american man hearing that exchange. >> well, it was a vial, despicable joke, shame on bill maher. shame on senator sass for laughing and cackling. and shame on the audience. listen, this is a lot more than a comedian going out of his way to try to be funny and falling flat on his face. the term house -- is one that brings up images of black bodies
having no value, being ravaged by slave masters, bringing up come pleaplexities of color. i want to educate bill maher and anyone else who thinks this is a laughing matter of what a house -- really was. it's time we have a discussion about race in this country and maybe bill maher started it. >> even you saying those words make me cringe a little bit. it's hard to hear those words because of the history behind it. which i'm glad you just brought to our viewers as well. patrick, when you listened to it, what was bill maher thinking? >> i think he was, you know, trying to rif off of what ben sass was saying, but it was a huge misjudgment. bill maher prides himself on basically having no self-editing filter. he had a show for years that was called "politically incorrect" that from his point of view gave
him license to say things that might shock and appall. but he saw himself as an equal offender. more recently, he's had on guests from the right, from the far right, who are people who really are -- who have said very despicable things, but he sort of takes it as a point of pride. i'm not here to explain bill maher being an pol gist, but it was shocking and political. ben sass from nebraska said he cringed when he saw this. he's getting a lot of blowback from people who can look at the video and not seeing ben sass cringing right now. >> let me read you his apology. he just put out a statement. friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because i'm reflecting on the things i should or shouldn't have said on my live show. last night was a particularly long night as i regret the word
i used. the word was offensive and i regret saying it and i'm very sorry. bakari, some people are calling for bill maher to lose his job. is his apology enough? >> you know, i don't care whether or not bill maher keeps his job or not. he's fired, so what. the fact is you're still going to have people who replace him and come on tv and call each other -- whether or not they do it in attempting to do it in jest or derogatory. i want to have this discussion about race in this country. i want to have this discussion really about why that word carries so much hurt and pain for so many. you know, on twitter, and social media, everyone asks, they say, how can an african-american, how can they say -- and say this. the response was made earlier today, it's simple, we have a very complicated tand unsettled history with the term.
white americans do not. therefore, bill maher or anyone else who thinks it's funny or right for them to use the term, they're not. >> would you have felt the same way if it had been a black comedian saying the same word? >> as i just said, our relationship request this word is quite unsettled. so i think if he was making self-deprecating humor, i wouldn't laugh at that as well. this is a double standard. it's not a partisan double standard, but a double standard coming out of bill maher's mouth. white americans do not have an unsettled history with the term --. while white men were raping and beating and calling us -- that's why it's such a painful word. my friend don lemon doesn't want it used at all, that's why for so many people it's unsettled. >> you talked about the reaction by ben sass. he has been tweeting up a storm. he can't apologize enough for not reacting more strongly. does this just expose a
political weak spot for him? >> it's an odd apology, because basically, first, he's defending the right of free speech for comedians, then he's condemning the speech that bill maher made. he's in a difficult spot. i wouldn't be surprised if we haven't heard the last of him in terms of getting an apology. but in terms of ben, part of his reputation as being around an independent-minded republican, so personally, within that republican party, i don't know if there will be as many repercussions for him. it seems right now, my colleague dave has been doing a lot of reporting on this. i wouldn't be surprised if bill maher addresses this on his show this coming friday. at this point it doesn't look like he's going to be suspended or fired or anything. and i would not be surprised if he invited bakari or other african-americans, white americans, hispanic americans, to talk about this word, and to talk about race. bill maher, again, not being an
aapologyist, he is one who would use that word in a broader conversation to get into it. we'll see. i think how he -- >> the story may not be over. >> right. >> thank you so much, patrick, and bakari. the discussion taking place lit up social media right now. again, the reaction has been so strong. seems like he miscalculated on the heels of the kathy griffin move this week. as president trump pulls out of the paris accords on climate change, several governors are stepping up. and i'll speak with the governor of connecticut why he's helping to lead a crusade on tackling climate change, whether the white house helps or not. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." . i like that. [ music stops suddenly ] ah. when your pain reliever stops working, your whole day stops. awww. try this.
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trump announced he was pulling out of the u.s. paris climate accord agreement, dozens of governors and mayors across the country formed an alliance, not just to denounce the president's decision but to find ways to keep this accord live within their border. connecticut governor dan malloy is upholding the paris accord in his state. during the phone call with reporters, you said, quote, our president effectively signed the death warrants of individuals who will die because we will not make progress on climate change. that's a pretty strong statement, stronger than what we heard from other governors. >> it's the reality. >> was it intended to be fighting words? >> yeah, sure. absolutely. the reality is, people die in my state because of pollution coming from other states. and that happens in the united states. and it happens around the world. what's significant here is that we entered into an agreement with the entire international
community, or almost the entire international community to do something about climate change, to clean our air, to make sure that our temperature didn't rise another 1.5 degrees. and this president, who has yet to really demonstrate leadership on any issue, except wrong-minded leadership, decided to pull us out of that agreement. quite frankly, we're the laughing stock of the rest of the world. i mean, he made these references that we're going to stop being the laughing stock. we'll stop being the laughing stock when he stops doing things like this, that basically tear up international agreements that were reached over a long period of time. and quite frankly, people will stop laughing at us when we stop ceding our authority to the chinese. >> you're in this alliance. tell us exactly what that means. >> this means, we can do this without him. >> what will you do? what are you committing to?
>> oh, we're not only committing to cleaning up our environment, but playing a leading role. after all, connecticut invented the first green bank in the world to be successful. we're doubling and then doubling again and then doubling again our renewable energies portfolio. we've had, just since 2014, we've had 10,000 -- almost 11,000 families sign up for home solar. we're going to keep doing these things. we're going to keep investing in these things. and if we do that, and california does that, and new york does that, and massachusetts and vermont and other states join us, we can meet these targets that we should be meeting. and quite frankly, push our economy towards greater job growth. >> so now you're sounding more optimistic. can states send a message directly to the world or will the u.s. be judged on the world stage by what the president has done? >> we will, in the short run,
unfortunately be judged on the missteps of our president. what i'm hoping for is that people outside of our country hear our voices, that the american people are committed to playing a role in cleaning up our environment, and slowing climate change, and hopefully eventually reversing climate change as we know it. for people to deny that humankind is having an effect on our climate is utterly ridiculous. these are the same folks who will argue dinosaurs and early man roamed the world at the same time. they are science deniers. if they could go back and declare a flat earth, they would probably do it. what i want is the rest of the world to understand that americans, not our president, but americans understand our international obligations to clean our environment, to save our climate, to make a difference. one of the other things i said the other day, if the president has his way, there's going to be a lot more waterfront property
in america, because the tides are going to rise. it's going to change what we look like, where we live, and how we live if he has his way. i'm trying to help save our environment. and save our world. >> the president said he wants to save the environment as well. and we heard from nikki haley, the u.n. ambassador from the u.s. today talking about the fact that she believes the president does believe the climate is changing. one of the sticking points we heard from the president as well as the epa administrator scott pruity is a problem with this deal, 26% to 28% of reduction in carbon output, they say this is unattainable. your response? >> of course it's attainable. and by the way, it will create josts. honestly, first of all, let's hear from the president what he thinks of the human impact on the environment, and on climate change. he is largely a climate deny year, let's be honest. maybe some people around him want to use different verbiage,
but that's where he is. of course, if humankind can have an impact negatively, we can have an impact positively. we can clean up our environment. we can use different fuels. we can conserve more energy. because that's where a lot of our pollution is coming from. we can drive cleaner cars. ultimately, perfectly clean cars with respect to carbon emissions. if we do those things in the united states, with really only 5% of the world's population, creating a much more significant portion of the world's pollution, if we do that, then we're showing the way and we're demonstrating leadership and we're creating far more jobs than he talks about keeping in the carbon business. let's be honest, exxon says we should do these things. the corporate community says we should do these things. americans know we should do these things. >> there were a lot of ceos and a lot of businesses who advocated to stay in the paris climate accord. now you and those businesses are all reacting in a way to try to
improve the climate, which is a good thing all around. governor malloy, thank you very much. donald trump promised to, quote, drain the swamp. is he breaking that promise by giving a pass to his top aides in the white house. someone isn't afraid to have uncomfortable conversations on the next united states of america. diving into the hot issue of guns in the u.s. tomorrow night at 10:00. >> what are your thoughts on guns in this country? >> just scream and say what can we do? >> how do we convince young people that firearms are not the solution? >> so many of my friends were killed because of guns. >> we don't have a gun problem, we have a heart problem. there's no sanctity of life. >> i think anybody should be able to own a gun. >> every round has two things attached to it, a jail sentence and a lawyer. >> is it irresponsible to do
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the white house this week released to the public a list of waivers granted to members of the trump administration, to deal with people in the business world. and the field where they used to work, some of them as lobbyists. legal experts are concerned that the lines are now blurry between the public and private sector. >> president trump promised to drain the swamp. but the white house has offered at least 14 ethics waivers to former lobbyists in private sector players. what does that mean? some staff are now allowed to work on the same policy issues they previously handled on behalf of special interests. now, one of the waivers seems to apply to chief strategist steve bannon, although it doesn't mention him specifically, it
allows white house aides to communicate with news organizations, even if they involve a former employer or former client. bannon, you'll remember, was head of breitbart. before the white house issued the exception we're talking about, bannon was subject to an ethics pledge that he couldn't talk to people at breitbart about anything that overlapped with his official white house duties. but a watchdog group accused him of doing just that. and this waiver could get him off the hook. why? well, the white house made it retroactive, back to day one of the trump administration. that means bannon could have violated the original ethics pledge, and this waiver covered those prior conversations. now, this is key. ethics hawks are worried about bannon using breitbart as a tool to advance his own interest and perhaps hurt his political foes. i was told there's no such thing as a retroactive waiver. the white house said it hasn't
violated any ethics rules by issuing this kind of a waiver, and it says, quote, those who received waivers are in compliance with their ethical obligations. and ana, at the end of the day, the white house holds the cards here. back to you. >> thanks, christina. and with me now, cnn political commentator and reagan era white house political director jeffrey lord, and ethics lawyer, richard painter. richard, do these waivers go against president trump's campaign promise to drain the swamp? >> i believe they do. and the bannon waiver is very, very worrisome. because this white house has launched an attack on the press, on the first amendment, on a great many news organizations. now to have someone like steve bannon so high up in the white house favoring his former employer, a far right news organization, breitbart news, in violation of the ethics pledge
is unacceptable. and this back-dating of the ethics waiver, the so-called retroactive waiver, is not permissible. nowhere do the government ethics rules allow for there to be backdated waiver, retrospective waiver. in criminal law, that's called a pardon. if somebody's done something wrong, and you want to say it's okay, we're going to give you a free pass. but there's no such thing as a retroactive waiver. >> i want to give a few other examples. you brought up steve bannon. that's one example. jeffrey, the environmental policy adviser can now meet with advocacy organizations, even though she used to represent pro-life groups and the nra. there's another waiver, anyone in the executive office talking about policy with news organizations. what happened to president trump's two-year rule he imposed? >> well, i don't know.
i really do think these things get way overblown here. we had the watergate scandal. and that drove a lot of ethics reform, if you will, sensibilities through the following decades. and i think to some degree we overdo these. the main point here in draining the swamp is to drain how washington does business, which is a mammoth policy challenge. frankly, i think back to before i was around to joseph p. kennedy, a stock speculator in the day. when franklin roosevelt created the securities and exchange commission, he put kennedy, the fox in the henhouse. in fact, he did a fabulous job and set the standard here. so my point is, having people who know something about these issues, who are --
>> here's the thing, jeffrey. i hear what you're saying. maybe it's blown out of proportion. but in the case of president trump, he made such a big deal about this sort of thing, about the lobbyists. and made such a big deal of saying, i'm going to do things differently. there will not be lobbyists. he established this rule. what's the point of making that rule to begin with? >> at the end of the day, he's the president, not the lobbyists. >> okay. >> he makes the decisions. >> before we go, i want to get your reaction to some reporting just in. we're learning the president has filed for an extension for his 2016 tax return. the president said no one cares about tax returns. polls show that's not the case. richard, what's your reaction? >> it's fine for him to file for an extension for his 2016 return. he needs to show us his 2015 return. and his 2016 return when he files it. every single president has disclosed their tax return to the public since gerald ford.
president trump ought to do the same. and i have to say with all due respect, bannon is no joke. someone who came in to the white house, extreme right, racist news organization -- >> that's not true. >> that's true. it is. breitbart is -- >> it's totally -- >> -- it is a racist -- i've read it. it is disgusting. i've been a republican for 30 years. breitbart is racist. >> that's not right, sir. >> let's let jeffrey respond, richard. >> i know steve bannon, the leaders of that newspaper are all jewish. are you saying these jewish men are racist? is that what you're saying, seriously? >> i'm saying it's racist garbage. he shouts out "the new york times," a respectable news outlet. and then in violation of the ethics pledge, is favoring breitbart news. this is unacceptable, and unamerican. >> we're out of time.
there's been growing backlash since president trump said he would pull the u.s. out of the landmark paris climate accord. the country's departure leaves a void in the push to limit climate change and some say that rule can be taken over by one of mr. trump's biggest targets, china. senior fellow with the atlantic council and former member of the national security council is joining us now. jamie, can the worst polluter on the planet, china, really take
the lead when it comes to climate change? >> well, they can, because the united states has abdicated. the united states played a central role in bringing this issue to the forefront of international negotiations, in making the paris agreement possible. now that the united states is walking away, china, which is the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter has a choice, either they can walk away or they can take the mantle of leadership. it looks like this is a real opportunity for china to do what's been very difficult in the past, which is to step up, not just on climate change, but on every other issue where the united states is stepping back from the role that we've played, really, since the end of the second world war. >> the president basically said this is an unfair deal to the u.s. that the u.s. had to put up much bigger responsibility than a place like china or india. is that the case? >> well, it's kind of a preposterous point. this is not an agreement where we all came together and negotiated what everybody would do. we agreed every country would set its own standards, and those
countries brought that to paris. and so if there is a standard, it was imposed, if it was imposed, by the obama administration. so it's really just ludicrous to say that china has forced us to do something. >> we made our own rules. >> this is what we've done. we've done it from a position of leadership to address one of the most important issues. >> some have said that the effectiveness of this was the competitive nature that got everybody onboard, 190-plus countries, only two at the time, syria and nicaragua said we're out. we have india, we have china. do you think they will continue to try to raise the bar without the u.s.? >> the bar will be lower without the united states. but those countries will move ahead. and frankly, they will benefit from moving ahead, because the economy is not about coal. president trump said this was about saving pittsburgh. this is about saving the world. and it's also about saving and positioning the united states economy for the future, not the past. solar energy, wind energy, these are part of the economies of the
future. and certainly coal is part of the economy of the past. so it's really, really difficult to see what is the coherent vision is of where we're going as a country and economy. >> china still has 66% of its energy mix as coal. >> right. >> they have agreed and said they're going to work on some renewable energy technology, $360 billion in investment in renewable energy through 2020. but the president kept railing on china in his speech, when he was pulling out of the paris accord. let's listen to some of what he said. >> under the agreement, china will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years, 13. they can do whatever they want for 13 years. >> jamie, is that true what we just heard from the president? >> yes, that was what was negotiated, that china will have
until 2030, to be their peak coal consumption. things will come down. china, for its own reasons, is going to reach that number much earlier, because they are shuttering coal factories, there were plans to create new coal plants that are not -- that are being taken offline. the reason, they recognize that solar is going to be in the not distant future less expensive energy source certainly than coal. china has big environmental problems. they'll be able to do both of those things simultaneously. yes, that was what was negotiated. it was negotiated because china and the united states and other economies are at different levels of development. to get everybody to come together, we had, again, it wasn't an agreement, but everybody had to wring what was possible. we had to pressure and cajole each other. paris was just a small first step. if we can't take a leadership role in just a small first step like this, it really bodes ill for what will happen not just on climate change going forward, but really on every other issue
where the united states has up to this point played a leadership role. >> jerry, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. >> my pleasure. we go to iowa, and we hear what trump voters there think about the president's recent move to leave the paris deal, in the next hour here in the "cnn newsroom." o recognize a fair pr. truecar has pricing data on every make and model, so all you have to do is search for the car you want, there it is. now you're an expert in less than a minute. this is truecar.
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