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. hello. you are in the "cnn newsroom." i'm ana cabrera. house majority whip steve sa lease had another surgery today. his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. sa lease was shot.
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the bullet damaged his internal organs and he lost a lot of blood which sent him into shock. doctors say he's now showing signs of improvement after his latest surgery. ryan noebls joining us. >> reporter: this is an important development in the case, friday when we were briefed they told us not to expect any updates, that they were going to remain quiet, so the time they took the time out to immediate the media today showedshows you how strong he's gotten. let me read you this statement by the doctors. congressman steve scalise is in serious condition now. remember he was in critical condition before. he ends went another surgery today but continues to show signs of improvement. he is more responsive and is speaking with his loved ones. he greatly appreciation the outboring of thoughts and
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prayers. i want to point out another important development in that note and that is that he's been able to have conversations with his family. that was something we specifically asked about in the press conference on friday. they described the congressman as being in a constant state of said's since he was brought to the hospital. there were times when they were able to reduce that sedation. we didn't get the sense that they're huge conversations but things are much easier for his family who have been at his bedside shortly after that shooting on wednesday. >> that sounds like such great news. thank you for that update. president trump is spending father's day week not far from the white house. they're at camp david. the russia cloud continues to loom and it is expandsing.
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yesterday prurp told the world he is being investigatesed for firing former fbi director james comey. his statement was based on news reports but he haenltd actually been -- he just hired a second high profile attorney to represent him and he's not the only one. all these people now have attorneys. they include vice president mike pence, who hired a criminal defense lawyer on friday, michael caputo. even the president's long-time personal attorney michael cohen have someone representing them now. one big question has come up and that is will the president move to fire special count robert mueller or rod rosenstein. the storm oar advisor -- and claims to still talk to the president says i fired mueller and rosenstein for wasting the taxpayers money.
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this is a pitch hunt. our white house correspondent athena jones is live at the house with more. the president has hired the second attorney. do we know if he's meeting with his counsel this weekend or whether he's even considering the advice? >> hi. on the matter of roger stone's advice, he is echoing the presidents when he uses the word "witch hunt. "one official says what they've been saying all week have no changes. the president has no plans to fire a special counsel. of course, that could change. the kind of question we ask phenomenon a regular basis. when it comes to whether or not the president is going to be meeting with any part of his legal team this weekend at camp david, that is another question that the white house isn't really answering. i should tell you that a spokesman for the president's legal team would nomt comment on the president's schedule at camp david this weekend.
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and a sr. administration official told me they're not aware of any plans to meet with lawyers but that leaves the door wide open to him possibly doing so. you mentioned him hiring on yet another high-fourd attorney. we're talking about jong dowd, a d.c.-based lawyer. he led the investigation into gambling charges against pete rose who was also a manager. he also represented senator john mccain back in 1990 corruption scandal. they were cleared of any wrongdoing. another big name added to his team which shows you ho serious this is. you saw that other list of folks associated with the president lawyering up as well. >> thank you. mean time sources say deputy attorney general rob rose stienl is considering recusing himself from the russia investigation to become a witness instead.
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you'll remember rosenstein wrote that memost white house originally claimed to james comey's firing. then president seemed to reference this on friday when he tweeted this: i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi. witch hunt. joining me to talk all of this over, former bedroom paul cowen. and michael selden. both of you have brand-new cnn opinion bes on line. paul, starts with yours. you say rosenstein must recuse himself. why do you believe this and do you think the president was trying to do with that tweet? >> people are looking now at whether there's an obstruction of justice charge chargeable to the president of the united states. that will be based on the follows, claim at least, that fbi director comey was fired as
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part of a cover u7, all right, and the co witness in this case will be, guess who, rosenstein. rosenstein, remember, did a memo to the president outlining all the reasons why he thought the fbi director was deficient and the president at first said that was the reason he fired him. in other words, rosenstein's memos is what the defense will be in an obstruction case. so how can rosenstein be the guy involved in the investigation when he may be the most important witness in the investigation? >> the cannot came back and said -- he said he was going to fire him, anyway. >> what parties only is this that rosenstein is a key witness in the case. you can't be supervising an investigation where you are a key witness one way or the other. maybe he's going to help the president or maybe he's going to hurt the president. he's going to be called as a witness, though. when that happens you have to
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recuse yourself. next in the chain of demand will have to take over. >> michael, you say obstruction of justice may not be the most important consideration for muller. instead it may be abuse of power. plain why and what the distinction is between those two? right. so obstruction of justice is a statutory crime in the united states code requiring specific intent to sbrrchinterfere with the administration of justice. there's a debate about whether or not the president acting within his constitutional lawyer, firing somebody has the authority to do can legally be charged with obstruction of justice. some say if he acts with bad intent, he can be charged with obstruction. others say even if he doesn't, he can't. that's a nice academic argument and discussion and we'll see how it plays out among the scholars. the truth of the matter is it's not so clear that the president
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can even be dhooited as a sitting president. the course of conduct that bob mueller may choose to follow is if he believes the president tried to interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation that he might refer his evidence to a package which would otherwise be an indictment or a grand jury sitting against the president as an abuse of discretion -- abuse of office charge and that thelds then have to decide whether to file articles of impeachment as they did in clinton and nixon. both were charged with abuse of office. >> you're saying impeachment would be the direction we would most likely see charges against did president, should the evidence lead to a reason for m impeachme impeachment. we've heard the president now referring to this investigation as a witch hunt and essentially
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saying, i know, there's been no proof that there was collusion at this point. would you have expected we have some kind of conclusion by now or not? >> i wouldn't expect. i haven't seen it yet. the president may have a point. i think michael's point that, you know, people are talking about well, obstruction of justice might be the impeachment charge that's brought against the president. remember, the president can't be charged with a crime while in office. he's immune. it only gets charged as an impeachble offense. so michael, i very much agree with michael's point that aggressive power may also be the more powerful point as opposed to this obstruction charge. i don't see the obstruction charge going any plate at this point in time. the collusion with the russians doesn't seem to be as material
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as well. so he's correct that if there's going to be progress in this area it probably would be in the area of claim of abuse of power. >> this was supposed to look at the possible collusion. is it mueller's face to widen the cope of this and look for obstruction of justice or other high crimes? >> well, it's part of his mandate. the rosenstein mandate said look at the counterintelligence, look at the collusion stuff, look at whether or not there's been any efforts to obstruct justice. it's right in the order that covers the cfr vrs that covers his behavior. he's expandsed liz investigation. it's been reported a as an expansion. it's become viable because of the actions of the president when if he had just sat still and let the collusion counterintelligence investigation run its course there probably wouldn't be this
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collateral obstruction of justice element to it. he has mim to blame for what he's calling a witch hunt. >> he's his own wost enemy. >> what i wanted to add also was if he decides ultimately -- and i see him going in this direction. he's going to fire mueller and stop the investigation. >> you think he will? >> i absolutely think he will. i think in the end he's looking at this saying they're making this up, there is no collusion, there's no evidence of collusion. why are we having this unnecessary investigation? if at this time goes down that road it will be similar to the saturday night massacre that happened in the nixon case. he ultimately resigned. i think the president would be wise if they thinks there's no mertd to any of this you j to let the investigation run its course. he can go on with his presidents si. if he starts trying to use the powers of the office to crush
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this investigation, that's when the president's going to finds himself in reeling danger, i think. >> sorry. we got to leave it there, michael. you're coming back to join us on another segment. we'll get more of your take on all that. le. >> remind me what i was going to say. >> all right. we'll try to remind you where we left off. thanks, gentleman. breaking news we need to bring to everybody overseas. american militaries members are missing after a bizarre and still mysterious incident at sea. this is the uss fitzgerald, damaged, her hull rimmed over. japan-based destroyer collided with a massive ship in waters off japan. the captain and sail oarsors, other were hurt. seven crew members of this crew are still unaccounted for as rescue crews are desperately searching right now.
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zarnds fie alexander fields is with navy officials. what have they said? >> reporter: ana, it just can't hit any closer to home for them. they are out there right now looking for their seven missing sailors. yes, they are still searching. one would be the spot where the collision happened between these hulking large boat. one the destroyer, the other the containership. they have searchers in the search area looking for the sailors. the ship itself, the destroyer that was so heavily damaged in that collision has made it back here to its base and we understand that divers have, in fact, reached the destroyer. they are beginning their search and that is operating under the
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possibility that some of those seven sailors could actually be trapped inside the vessel, inside one of its kpart jmgts. we know this is a ship that took on a lot of water. the crew had to work furiously to pump that water out to stabilize the ship and get it safely back here. this rng month, though, they're looking for all seven of the missing soergesz. ana. >> everybody's holding out. hope for a miracle. this is known to be a busy shipping zone. what are you hearing about how it might have happened? all major ships have kwi789 on board that lets them see everything around them for miles, so any idea how they collided? >> yeah, this is incredibly difficult to this thath om, how does a 10,000 foot long ship clyde with a smaller one in eats southwest of yokosuka where we
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are. we understand 500 ships pass through there every day. this is highly regulated water carrying out international routes. that said, we've had some analysts proffer that because this is a high traffic area, if you are in the course, it's difficult to try to motor out of it. that will be the work of the japanese coast guard. all resources for now are being most heavily detloid in the search for these seven soldiers. >> thank you. seven u.s. service members were missing today. an afghan military spokesperson tells me an afghan soldier opened fire over -- the administration is right now weighing sending thousands more. coming up, the mystery
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american officials say they are no close to knowing what led the 22-year-old who was arrested and helds for stealing a sign in a hotel for brain damage. >> what has happened to him is a terrible thing but at least the ones who love him so much can now take care of him and be with him. >> warmbier's doctor said they found no evidence to support that he contracted botulism before returning to the u.s. doctors say he's unresponsive, that he's lost much of his brain tissue and that two brain scans suggests he's been for this vegetative state for at least 14 months. >> the earliest are based in april of 2013. based mon our analysis of the injuries, the brain injury
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likely occurred in the preceding weeks. >> they say mistreatment in northernian jails is not uncommon. >> we know that they apply very brutal treatment, torture, beatsing, rape, to their own people and also foreigners who are held in kuftd. >> he was thrown into this hell hole. so anything is possible. he could have suffered shock when he was sentenced to hard labor. he could have been beaten. he could have -- tried to take his own life. whatever the circumstances, it is likely the result of the fact that the north koreans put him in that situation. >> another key question, why did kim's team keep it secret for so lodge? >> perhaps they were waiting for him to come out. it didn't. eventually they panicked. >> u.s. officials are not commenting on how they might
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retaliate for the return of a 22-year-old american in this condition. >> i think this will put pressure on the administration to be more supportive of tougher human rights sanctions and to not wait so long for the chinese. i think this puts the monkey back on the backs of the administration. >> now as the administration con tem plates. n dennis rodman arrived on tuesday. the visit was not on behalf of the u.s. and rodman says he was there to promote sports. the former star of are president trump's se trump's celebrity apprentice. as for how america will respond. analysts say u.s. officials have
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>> political violence against the right! this is unacceptable! you cannot -- >> the washington post report one woman was arrested last night after trump supporters rushed the stage. security guard, it's not the first time a julius caesar play has referenced an american president. once president k bra barack was depi depicted. cnn has learned congressman steve scalise has been upgreat t from critical to serious condition. the baseball field they were practicing on reopens tomorrow, perhaps a sign of moving forward after such tragedy. we'll talk about this more about a former official. >> it could have been so much worse. we've heard that over and every again. if it weren't for these capital
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police officers. crystal griner and david bayley were at the park because they're a ebb many of the leadership team but we also learned that other members in congress don't have these top-level police with them. should they or shouldn't they or should the policy change? >> the problem you have is there's so many people in congress, so how do you protect each an every person? and is it going to be 24 hours protection? so lot of people don't realize there's a lot of manpower, a lot of resources, a hot of taxpayer money to gogo into that. i don't think you'll see each individual getting protection. perhaps those getting threats as compared to other members, who is getting more threats, what type of information are we seeing, even digital information as we know the shooter very much expressed how he felt about pruns. >> right. >> so maybe looking at what type of tlegts are these members of
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congress getting? i think what you will see is when you have a large number of members of congress fligss like that in one location, that was surprising, you know, every morning at that baseball field at a set time on a scheduled set time they' allow somebody to come in and do surveillance. that is where you will probably see a change, at large venues of sites. for the individual, i think that is very, very hard to do. for the president of the united states and upper members of the cab note, you do that already and that already is very manpower intensive. ice also financial. can you afford to do this? >> it's all about resources obviously. we heard from some of the congress members were all we had were bats. they had a gun. i can't defend myself with a bat. some are now saying they want to carry guns around.
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what's up with that? >> that's your second amendment right. if they can get license to do that, that's their own personal choice. there's a lot of people,000 do choose to do that. even celebrities or high profile people say if i can't afford my own personal security then i'm going to protect myself. that is up to them. it will probably be some type of maybe help for them to practice using those weapons. it's not just a physical thing. you should also have the emotional and mental mind set to be prepared to respond in case you are in that situation and to be calm. you can be attacked and have a weapon and if you get locked up or you miss, you shoot an innocent bystander, all those things are very, very important. >> god forbid you ever find yourself in this scenario but good to go through these what-ifs, i suppose. >> right.
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>> sadly this isn't the first member of congress being shot. beganry eliminate gifrds was shot. do you think we're at a point given the current heatsed political climate in america where some of these members will need protection when they go back home? we see some of these town halls getting really contentious? >> i think you're going to have to assess the environment. members of congress are going to have to come up and say in my area, the tone is more volatile. i don't feel safe. i feel threatened. and doing an analysis of each slid and what their home town is and is there that type of threats there. you can't just throw those assets there. you have to make sure they're warnlted. some people say don't have town halls anymore. that would put a real barrier between constituents. >> no, because then you're living in fear. although you want to bubble
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yourself and many times you want to take the president and tell him to stay home, don't go out, their job is to be out there with the stwentsz. where gifford was shot and even the baseball field, these are soft targets. every day places people go. how do you harden up the soft targets. it's not just the town hall. one of the things that's being done and what researchers are doing is how do you identify these individuals, these lone shooters. >> who could be a threat. >> it's very, very difficult. they tend to be male. they tend to have some type of history or contact with police. >> you mentioned his social media, too. >> yes. >> there is a little bit of a trail there in terms of where he was going. >> yes. it's so difficult with social media. now if you look at social media, the output is very negative. it's sometimes very harsh language. people use very violent vulgar
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language on social media. so how do you police this? police can't do this. this is what's important for families to watch each others. with the shooter there was a history of violence, abuse, there was a history -- i think one of his daughters said he was a drinker. there was alcohol. he had run-ins with the police. he had police show up -- >> warning signs we didn't know. >> how do you find all the warning signs? >> thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> nice to see you. coming up, a mistrial declared today in bill cosby's case. what prosecutors are panhandling. you're live in the cnn newsroom. e plaque psoriasis. be the you who shows up in that dress. who hugs a friend. who is done with treatments that don't give you clearer skin. be the you who controls your psoriasis with stelara®
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the judge declared a mistrial of the jury declared it was hopelessly deadlocked. prosecutors promised tory group and retry this case. here's details. >> reporter: just one hour into their sixth day of deliberations jurors handed the judge a node which read we the jury are deadlocked on all counts. for 50 hours they deliberated against comedian bill cosby. the judge said "i feel bad for you all. do not feel leak you've let the justice system down." cosby remains stoic. and the prosecutor said it will try the case again. the victim has agreed to testify in a separate trial. one of cosby's read an emotionally charged letter written by cosby's wife camille
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. so far, president trump has been pretty quiet on twitter today, but that was not the case yesterday morning when he once again took on the justice department and i talked to cnn politics reporter and editor at large about that. i asked him if there's a sfroij behind the president's attack against deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. >> sometimes i wish i knew. i'm caught forever on a between thinking donald trump is playing 3-d chess and thinking he's
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playing zero. i think he's frustrated by the fact that there is a special counsel at all, period. he did not think that it warranted it. he was -- >> rosenstein appointed. >> and rosenstein appointed him. that's not -- the person who would normally do that recused himself because he had conversations that he didn't disclose. this fell to rob rosenstein. it's not as though he seized it. but donald trump tends to look somebody to play who is not him or his meet family. it's sometimes steve bannon, wrients priebus, any one of a number of people, jim comey. in this situation it feels like it's don rosenstein. you said i had to get rid of comey and now i have to deal with this investigation. he's not leading this
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investigation. he's the boss of bob mueller who is the special counsel who he apointsed but he's not leading it. bob mueller is leading its. rosenstein is knots involved in any way others than he's ultimately bob mueller's boss. >> rosenstein put out an interesting statement as well. it had to do with anonymous sources. saying don'tside anonymous stories. was it surprising for you to hear this from rosenstein? what do you think this is about? >> yes, in a word it is surprising. it came out at an odd time, on a wen nights that rosenstein weren't responding to any one thing. that had been 30 hour beforehand. what it is about, i believe, without knowing -- let me say this as afternoon educated
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guess -- is that rod rosenstein is in a difficult position. he wants to keep his job as deputy attorney general. at the same time he knows trump is not happy with him for doing something that rosenstein felt was absolutely necessary after jim comey's firing, so what does he do? he puts out a statement saying whether it's sean spicer or steve bannon or rod rosenstein, they have an audience of one. we can talk about how it was odd, strangely phrased, why did rod rosenstein did it. he's standing up against fake news, that's really his goal has been met. ♪ ♪ all this week cnn has been
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running a special series called champions for change. we spent some time working alongside people whose causes are close to their heart. these are truly special individuals. we want you to meet them. our champions of change learn about the challenges they face every day and see firsthand the real difference they're making in the lives of others. robin meade has a story of the nonprofit blessings in a backpack, a charity with one goal. keep kids who rely on school meals from going hungry over the weekend. >> reporter: i think it's important to realize that not everybody who is hupg gri is necessarily homeless. sometimes families just really need help to get by. >> translator: it happened when an tony was real little. my husband and i were having a hard time.
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he didn't have a job. we couldn't even afford to buy meal for an thoen any. those were really hard times for us. >> reporter: so what is everybody thinking, oh, my gosh, when i'm bigger i'm going to be -- i heard you were going to be a reporter or actress. >> i like movies, being on tv. >> they live in big houses. it looks so amazing. like wearing the latest clothes when i can't wear the latest clothes. >> how about you? >> i still don't know what i want to be. >> reporter: that's okay. how about you? >> be a manager of building homes and make them perfect. >> reporter: oh, that's beautiful. >> so people can live. >> reporter: why that? >> so they won't have to struggle and live in a little, tiny apartment. >> reporter: so haven't you always wondered what might become of a person's life if only they had a little bit of help? what might they become? as a young person here, if only
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they're not distracted by hunger, for example? blessings in a backpack i think could be that if only. >> at 40. we must have one extra. >> reporter: how did it first get started? >> the first person was a school teacher. she was really concerned. she could not believe children were coming back to school this tired, this hungry. she realized that the last meal they were having was friday at lunch until they came back to school on monday for breakfast. $100 feeds a child for the entire school year. that's 38 weekends. it gets them back to school monday ready to learn. >> translator: to some people, it might not be that much, but for people that have needs, for me, it's a lot because with that i can make the biggest special meal for the kids. and the kids are very happy. >> reporter: this cause meant a lot to me because i know that my dad grew up in dire poverty. the 14th kid of 14 in the hills of eastern kentucky.
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now he says because we farmed they always had food to eat. when he talks about how he would pack lunch for school, it was this. he would take stale corn bread, put it in a mason jar, put it in milk, tie it up and put it in a stream and that's how he kept it cold. knowing what my dad went through knowing that he said he had something to eat, it makes me feel empathy for what these kids may have been going through and how blessings in a backpack could help them. i visitedestster jackson elementary school in ross well, georgia. despite a brand new school building and a suburb that people would consider mostly affluent, 73% of the kids qualify for free or reduced school meals. >> we noticed they weren't performing in class. they were falling asleep. their attendance was poor, so that was the main red flag. since we started the program with most of the kids, their
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attendance improved. >> i did all my math by hand. >> kids are focused. they looked forward to getting in the classrooms and working hard. they feel that this could happen to any of us and that there's nothing to be ashamed of. >> we get together every wednesday and we pack all the bags and i take them onto the schools. >> there we go. >> the hardest part is knowing that there are other children in the school and we don't have the funding to include them. >> reporter: i think it's just absurd that in the united states of america people are experiencing poverty to the level that a child will look forward to going to school because that's where they're going to get something to eat. >> is there a misconception about who's hungry? >> i think so. i was surprised that it was so close to home. you know, i didn't think it was in kind of the suburbs. i thought it was somewhere else, yes.
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>> translator: i just want to thank the families because they are a big help. there are times when parents are left without a job. that's when they help us so our kids won't be left without food. >> can she make that? >> what a wonderful son you have. you must be proud. >> thank you. >> my mom's a hero because she supports me. >> one thing that my dad always taught me is to never give up. >> reporter: it's amazing to think that just a little bit of food can fuel such a bright future. >> got to love t. robin meade, thanks for sharing us that story. we are bringing you the causes closest to our heart. go to cnn.com/championsforchange. check out our special tonight at 9:00 right here on cnn.
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