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bono met with team scalise staff today and signed get well soon cards for steve and capitol police. we wish everyone well that was involved in that horrific shooting. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for being with me today. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin with breaking news in the national league today, what appears to be an attempted terrorist attack at an airport here in the united states. authorities say a man approached a police officer at bishop international airport in flint, michigan and stabbed him in the neck and in the back. the fbi is investigating reports that the attacker made some statements in arabic right before the stabbing including, according to one witness, akbar. we are minutes away from learning more in an fbi briefing. let's go to renee marsh. renee, the airport is shut down,
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the president has been briefed. what more do we know about the attack? >> reporter: we're learning more about the attacker at this hour. the fbi is reviewing the attacker's background, including where he traveled most recently. a law enforcement official tells cnn that he appears to have ties to canada, and a u.s. official tells me that the stabber made multiple trips between canada and the united states. but what we still don't know is whether this stabber or this attacker was previously known to authorities. >> any city cars start towards bishop airport. we've got an v. down there, reports of a stabbing. >> reporter: the airport evacuated and shut down this afternoon after a police officer was attacked. he was stabbed in the back and neck, the fbi saying it is too soon to determine if the violence was an act of terror. >> i want you to know this is an fbi-led scene at the moment and we're working together with our
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federal, state law enforcement officers. >> reporter: the officer was monitoring an area of the airport when the officer was stabbed from behind. the attack appears to be targeted against uniformed officers. no one else was injured. officials say at least one witness described the suspect shouting in arabic, alui akbar, before stabbing. the incident today is just one of a barrage of violent attacks. just today a bomb was detonated in a brussels train station. a vehicle mowed down pedestrians at a mosque in london and the same in paris. the attacker today has been taken into custody and is being questioned. >> the home security adviser was the person to brief president trump on this attack. if this is confirmed as
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terrorism, this will be the first terror attack on u.s. soil since president trump took office. >> all right, renee marsh, thank you so much. joining me to discuss all of this is security analyst julia kiam and justice reporter shimon. shimon, let me start with you. was it random or does he appear to be targeted for this? >> according to law enforcement officials, it appears he was targeted. the suspect came into the airport, attacked the police officer from behind, stabbing him in the neck and the back. really, this officer had no way of defending himself, and every indication -- i mean, the police from early on believed that this was a targeted attack. >> and yujuliet, they apparentl have this possible terrorist alive. >> reporter: which is great news from an investigation purpose. they have his name, they will know who his colleagues are, who he lives with, who his siblings are, and that's where the
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investigation goes forward. so this will be relatively quick from the perspective of other terrorist attacks we've seen and also about this foreign travel that renee was talking about. one thing to remember in michigan goi michigan, going to canada is like me and massachusetts going to new york. it is relatively common, what we don't know is who he may have been meeting with in canada if at all. we'll find that out probably in the press conference now. >> how is the fbi determining if this is, indeed, an act of terrorism. their categorizations are obviously controversial sometimes. >> that's right, jake. there is a whole slew of things that they're doing. i think one of the big things they'll look at is whether or not he's in any of their databases early on. it doesn't appear so. sometimes that takes time to go through. his phone for any social media to see if he was radicalized in any way. even though, you know, we have these words that he uttered or
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he said right before the stabbing, that still, in and of itself, not enough for law enforcement to deem this a terrorist attack. they need to look for other things and in talking to law enforcement, that's what's going on right now. they're looking at his contacts. they're going to try to get into his home or wherever it is he may be staying. they're also talking to officials to see what they know about him. >> juliet, what would law enforcement do to try to figure out whether he acted alone, whether he had any training, whether he's part of a cell. >> so exactly what shimon said, you'll do a physical investigation, where he lives, what may be in the house and also the side burr, the digital investigation, who he may have been in contact with. it's the fbi who is leading this press conference just in the next hour, so that does tell you something, that they are starting this as a federal investigation. and then from there determine whether there was any foreign
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travel. canada would be not something that would sort of automatically raise your eyebrows but obviously if he had been missing or something, that would be something the fbi would be looking into. one guy. maybe we know who he was, maybe we don't. he closes down a not so significant airport for a day. this is the measure of the asymmetric threat we're facing. even in an incident where thankfully the police officer did not die, we're seeing these disruption s on a daily basis. >> we're also seeing over the past two years, terrorists attempting instead of large, grand, catastrophic events like 9/11, other events that leave
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lives affected. could this affect other people living their daily lives in the cumulative nature of these smaller attacks? >> exactly. that is what we've never been able to monitor here in the united states. israelis are used to this, for example, but a smaller scale terrorism in which you just sort of thhave that surprise element from day to day. we've had the bigger ones like 9/11 that are large and can therefore sort of understand them. if you go to the airport or a shopping mall, we in the united states are not anticipating it. airports, i have to say, are viewed as semi-hard targets. we do know that this police officer was on the soft side of tsa security, but nonetheless, people do tend to feel somewhat safer at airports and it shows the sort of vulnerabilities of major systems and including transportation systems who, as i said, potentially one guy with a knife. and that's the nature of the threat we face now.
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>> all right, juliet and shimon, thank you so much. president trump's security saying he offered the democrats help with russian hacking in 2016 and the democrats said, no thanks, we're good. but will the current president take any action to try to stop russia if he won't even acknowledge the problem? stay with us. the average family's new, but old, home:
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department's offer for help. this all came after secretary sean spicer admitted this week that he's not sure president trump even believes the russians interfered with the election, even though the u.s. intelligence committee asserts that they did. here's cnn's michelle kozinski. >> reporter: robert mueller on the hill today to attack obstruction of justice by the president. to both the house and senate intelligence committees today, russian cybermeddling front and center. >> in 2016, the russian government, at the direction of vladimir putin himself, orchestrated cyber attacks on our nation for the purpose of influencing our election. that is a fact, plain and simple. >> well planned, well coordinated, multifaceted attack on our election process and democracy. >> reporter: homeland security
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officials telling lawmakers the russians were aggressive and relentless. referring to targets not only like the democratic national committee but in 21 states. in illinois alone, the hackers were hitting five states 20 hours a day. sean spicer says he doesn't even know if the president believes this meddling happened. >> the one individual in america that seems to not accept this basic fact is the president of the united states. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence agencies concluding, though, that the russians were never able to change votes, only gather data and release it to so distrust an uncertainty. but there were plenty of questions, too, for homeland security secretary jeh johnson on why the obama administration didn't alert the american public sooner once they detected russian activity last summer. >> why did we wait from july to october to make that statement? >> we were concerned that by making the statement, we might,
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in and of itself, be challenging the integrity of the election process. >> reporter: there are also more questions now surrounding fired national security adviser michael flynn, the "new york times" reporting that even though senior intelligence officials believed by january that flynn was vulnerable to russian blackmail, he was still present every day for weeks in the president's top secret intelligence briefing. today a top house democrat, elijah cummings, writing to the president's chief of staff raises serious concerns about why the white house didn't suspend the security clearances for not only flynn then, but for trump's son-in-law jared kushner now, since he also failed to disclose multiple contacts with russians. neither the white house nor flynn's attorneys have commented. michelle kozinski, cnn, washington. >> thanks, michelle kozinski for
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xfinity mobile. we're back with our politics lead. the election officials in at least 21 states were targeted by hackers last year, and there is no indication moscow will try to stop interfering with u.s. elections in the future. congresswoman jackie serves in the house committee. jeh johnson said they rejected assistance offered by the dhs and the ghi. are you surprised by that? >> i'm actually disputing it
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somewhat because i talked to debra wasserman schultz after the hearing, and she basically said no one came to her. there was a lower level staffer who was contacted and that was the extent of it. i think what we've learned from the testimony today is that we acted very late in the game. the first real meeting that jeh johnson had was in august to all of the states, and he didn't say anything more than there may be hackers out there you should be aware of. we knew it was russia, or we were very certain that it was likely russia, and even when he offered all the tools that the department of homeland security had available, only 33 states took advantage of them. so 17 states were out there bare naked in terms of being potentially impacted by the russian hacks. there's a lot we have to do. >> i just wanted to ask you, you say you want to dispute it, but
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deborah wasserman schultz said they did reach out to the dnc, they just didn't reach out to her personally. that doesn't mean they didn't reach out to the dnc, though. >> they reached out to inform them, but in terms of the gravity of the issue, it was really never one that was elevated. i mean, you go to the ceo of a company and they probably deal with the head of i.t. this was a lower level person. >> it sounds like incompetence at the dnc but let's move on. top intelligence officials have been saying for months that russia will continue this election interference, they're obviously doing it in europe right now. what is the u.s. doing to make sure this does not happen again? >> good question, and i think we don't have a good answer. because it was an act of war. it was, in fact, a cyber war
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attack. we would not just sit back under normal circumstances. because everything is so decentralized, there are some benefits to that, but there is at least one state that doesn't even have a paper trail. i think at the very least we've got to come up to some standardizati standardization, and the most hack-proof systems that exist and then provide the kinds of tools that will be helpful to local jurisdictions. because they will come back at us and they'll come back with a v vengeance. they've already done enough early work to get into voter records. if they can get into voter records, who is to say they can't get into voter tallies. i want to get your reaction to the exchange between the r
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ranking democrat on the committee, adam schiff, and why it took president trump so long to comment. >> why did we wait from july to october for making that statement? >> there was an election and many would criticize us, perhaps, for taking sides in the election. so that had to be carefully considered. one of the candidates, as you'll recall, was predicting the election was going to be rigged in some way. we were concerned that by making the statement, we might, of and of itself, be challenging the integrity of the election process. you think it's fair to say that if democrats and the obama had thought that donald trump could win as opposed to how dismissive they were about his comments last year?
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>> i can't answer that question, but i can say that by virtue of donald trump saying the election is rigged, the election is rigged, it had a chilling effect on the department of homeland security and the administration in general for acting as swiftly as it should have. whether it would change the election, i don't know. they were, in fact, infiltrated. as it turns out now we're looking at 39 states. i don't think we know the full nature of the hack and the infiltration that took place. the chinese were in there for over a year taking all of the data from all of the federal employees for a year before we got wind of it. >> jackie speier of california, thank you so much. democrats are now 0 for 4 on special elections this year for
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or new, over-the-top lobster and shrimp overboard. but it can't last, so hurry in. welcome back to "the lead." the politics lead now, the president is taking a victory lap in iowa after a big republican win last night in skworj geor georgia's congressional race. while washington is riding high, it's not enough to get above that mushroom cloud. it's like that election never ended for president trump. he's on the road once again tonight. >> absolutely, and we know from the president's aides that he likes the opportunity to get out of washington to escape questions about russia and speak directly to his fans. and tonight he'll get an opportunity to do just that with the political wind at his back. today president trump is hitting
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the road for a rally in iowa, a chance for this president to do one of the things he likes best, savor the sweet taste of victory. >> i didn't think i would win this state, and i won this state easily, right? >> breaking news. donald trump won the state of north carolina. that was unbelievable. >> i remember ohio. oh, boy. we were supposed to be close. it wasn't close. >> it wasn't just trump that notched a win tuesday evening. that would be republican karen handel in the georgia election. but trump is still rejoicing after they thought there might be a break from the gop. trump said, well, the special elections are over and those that want to make america great again are 5 and 0. all the fake news, all the money spent equals zero. democrats would do much better
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as a party if they got together with republicans on healthcare, tax cuts, security. obstruction doesn't work. >> it's about donald trump and he's winning. >> reporter: democrats are 0 and is 4 on special elections, but they're still insisting hope is alive and argued the midterm election map could still work in their favor. >> there are positions held by republicans that aren't nearly as ruby red as either of these two districts last night. so cutting down that margin should actually give comfort to lots of democrats and should actually scare a lot of republicans. >> reporter: but the gop victory this week could relieve some pressure on republicans readying for tough votes. in particular, unexpected senate vote on the republican health care plan. the white house making clear the ball is firmly in the senate's court. >> obviously the senate is where the action is right now. >> reporter: so much so that a senior administration official admitted the white house hasn't
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even seen the senate health care bill in its entirety. that's exactly how senators and their top aides on capitol hill want it. they've made it clear to the white house the more hands off trump is during the process, the better for the bill's prospect. the senate has said relatively little about this health care process to say that the bill from the house was mean and the senate should have more heart. we'll see if the senate weighs in on this tomorrow and senators are expected to be more details on this health care bill. last night's laws for democrats in the suburbs of atlanta mean democrats have gone 0 for 4 in special elections to replace the session's cabinet appointments, after spending tens of millions of dollars. the democratic party is not in a good place. joining me now, democratic congressman seth molton in
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massachusetts. as results rolled in last night, you tweeted, coat, ossoff race better be a wake up call for democrats. business as usual isn't working. time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future. so why do you think democratic leaders are missing the mark here? >> well, i'm not sure, but we've got to come to terms with the fact that we lost. we have to look at ourselves in the mirror. we have to accept responsibility. when i was a marine platoon commander, my job was simple. you were responsible for everything your platoon does or failed to do. our leadership need to explain what happened, explain why all. that's what i'm doing right now, i'm recruiting veterans to run for office.
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these people have served their country, earned the distinction of being able to put the country before party politics or before their own personal interests, and i think they'll do that in office. that's great. we need more veterans from both parties. tonight your colleague, democratic kathleen rice, said it's time for nancy pelosi to go. your party also needs a change. do you believe nancy pelosi is a liability for races in 2018? >> whether she's a leader or not is up to the caucus to decide. but this is something we certainly have to discuss, because it's clear that i think across the board in the democratic party, we need new leadersh leadership. most of the veterans i'm working with are very young. that's the generational is and
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she'd not that. it's time for change and these election results show that. >> who would you like to be lead of the democratic party? is there a specific person. >> no, there is no one who announced that he or she. i supported tim rinl when he challenged nancy pelosi in the fall, but and working for the trust to millions of faemds across america. >> trump tweeted after the results in georgia saying, democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with americans on health care, tax cuts, security. obstruction doesn't work.
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has he been trying to work with you? >> we've been trying to. the senate is looking at this health care bill entirely behind closed doors. they're not even bringing a member of their own party to discuss it. so that might sound like a nice idea, but the republicans are the ones who are not letting it happen. >> in terms of a large. others say the democratic party needs to be the more progressive party? where do you come down. that's why what i'm saying is we need a democratic party tent. that's what will make a bigger party, that's what will.
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it's always great to see you, sir. thank you for coming ochl. >> thanks, jake. let's talk more about david urban and jen musaki. what went wrong last night? >> first of all, no one should have a meltdown. we didn't lose a seat here, we lost the race. there are a couple things, though, i think the party should take a look at. one was how do we not let that happen? health care was the most important issue in this race. 81% of people in this district cared about it. the majority didn't like the republican health care bill. maybe he should have run some ads on that, maybe they should have led on that once more.
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. they had a. what is the disconnect. how are they not able to reach the voters that r. . bulldogs don't exist any more because they're cannibalized by their own party. that's the problem. you see last night there is a big argument now that democrats need to run further to the left, run and embrace sanders. you see congressman molton saying we need to have a big tent. i would say democrats need to have a big tent, because if they don't, they'll have a lot more coming up in the midterms. they once had a reliably blue dog caucus which weren't in places like pennsylvania and other states that are now gone.
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>> president trump went to iowa for a victory rally or whatever it is. veterans like yourself, dan pfeiffer and others, talk about what the party needs to do to reach the kind of voters who voted for obama twice and then voted for trump. then they're pushed back, some by hillary support eerssupporte saying we need to reach out to our base. what do you make of this? >> i agree with a lot of what david said. the fact is we need candidates who match their districts. in some races, that's going to be as -- i consider myself a
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progressive, but i was at the dnc when we won back the house. there are a lot of lessons people are learning about this that is wrong, and that is to vote from the left in every district. >> i would encourage you to keep doing it, jen. >> a republican consultant friend of mine, people are criticizing jon ossoff. he gets all that money coming in and then he basically ran as an argument. . >> por get also that primaries aren aren't. it's much more difficult to be super progressive in a state like georgia.
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>> 48% in the open primer. what do you make of this criticism of nancy pelosi? pelosi defenders, paul ryan is yust as unpopular as her but no one has gone after him. >> i think a lot of people have gone after nancy pelosi. democrats are running away from her, but i think there is a strong argment. sdl that will mean there is an outcome for her? no. faces for the party, i don't think that's something she would fight, i think she probably recognizes that. who is going to step up? we don't know the answer to that. >> i would say the democrats need a new leader. >> from the mouth of david urban. diane republic stein -- diane
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looking for the health early as week. senate aides have made it clear to the white house the less that president trump is involved, the better. why? >> it's strategic. when you look at it from the top line, who knows the republican
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conference better, who knows the senate better than mitch mcconnell? let him handle it. for the most part, that's exactly how it's gone. that doesn't mean the rank and file is exactly happy. there are still a lot of people in the dark, a lot of people viewing this as a somewhat complicated process, potentially a problematic one. listen to the flavor of the day. >> what are some of the outstanding issues that you were refining in this meeting today? >> nice try. nice try. i gave my word i wouldn't talk about the details. >> you can only talk about things so long, and we've been debating this subject for about seven years. >> i think all the concerns people have had about the process will evaporate because i think there will be unlimited opportunity for people to read it and understand what's in it and then debate it. >> jake, some important things to keep in mind here. there will be a draft bill released tomorrow morning, senators will be briefed, all gop senators briefing tomorrow morning. they'll get the first side of it and we'll see it later in the
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day. we do know some details in the bill, some very similar to the house version. there is a dramatic reform of the medicaid program, a shift in how that works. there will be a repeal in the original mandate. a repeal, we're not sure exactly when, of the tack for funding as well. but the details we know right now are extremely important. one-sixth of the economy, millions of people this matters to right now, but also if mitch mcconnell can also get the votes to do this. when does the medicaid expansion phase out? how is it pegged going forward? the structure of the tax reform, how many people it applies to. all the questions we don't have answers to. we expect to get them tomorrow. they don't have the 50 votes they need to move forward yet. heck, they don't have a proposal yet. but to get those 50 votes, they will need to thread the needle and how they get those details
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are very important. turning to our health lead today, shocking new stat nicist in the opioid epidemic. hospitals coast to coast treated 3 million patients for opioid treatment and nothing shows those numbers have dropped. three major drug companies specifically targeting the makers of oxycontin. purdue, endo and janssen was named in the suit. the missouri attorney general says they are suing for over $100 million. the money will go to people affected.
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we're back with the world lead in pulling the curtain back in a weapons deal between the united states and saudi arabia worth nearly $110 billion. president trump signed the deal during his trip to the gulf kingdom last month. then the white house touted his support for the long-term security. when you follow the money and weapons, some of them will inevitably end up in what some call a silent war in yemen. saudi arabia is trying to block journalists from showing you what's going on in yemen. it's horrible. a manmade hunger crisis killing thousands, including children, according to the world health
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organization. c c clarissa ward worked with them to get aid. this new arms deal really takes it to a new level. >> reporter: that's right, jake. and i do want to warn our viewers in advance that some of these pictures really are very difficult to look at. just last week a group of u.s. senators tried to block this weapon field precisely because of concerns over the number of civilians dying in yemen. they're not just dying in airstrikes, as you said, but as a result of the saudi-led blockade which has brought the country to the brink of famine and which has also facilitated a brutal cholera outbreak. take a look. these are the images saudi arabia does not want you to see, the youngest victims of the latest famine that affected the lives of 7,000 people. this baby is just 10 days old.
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he would be dead in two days if he hadn't come for treatment. but many yemenese can't afford to get to a hospital. in a dusty camp for those displaced by more than two years of grinding civil war, our team met husband hanza. his 10-year-old son acram has been malnourished for months. >> i can't take him to the city because there's no money, he says. we are hoping an aid group will come and see us but no one has come. we await god's fate. >> reporter: access to the victims of this manmade famine has been very strikrestricted. in recent months, cnn has learned that they are visibly blocking rights workers from these locations.
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this has brought services to a grinding halt. deteriorating conditions are being blamed for a vicious cholera outbreak, with more than 1100 death s in a matter of months, according to the world health organization. the days have become a blur. like so many hospitals, this one is short staffed and tight lipped. how old is she, she's asked. is she throwing up? the little girl was brought in by her parents. she is the third of children to fall ill. i'm scared, of course, her father ali says. your children are your world. >> we want to finish this disaster. patients are dying one by one. they will die at any time, we cannot do anything for them. >> reporter: pleas for help
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appear to have fallen on deaf ears. president trump's recent trip o to rihad sand leaves yemen in a silent war. cnn has reached out to the saudi government for comments, specifically on the issue of suspending all human rights workers. they said, quote, saudi arabia does not commend any type of kr censorship. the yemeni government and not the saudi coalition usually approves these. but i have to tell you, after two months of trying to get in there, with people working for yemen and saudi arabia, i am pretty confident that is absolutely not true. the ban is in place. saudi arabia does not want people, and particularly americans, to see the truth of
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what is happening on the ground in yemen, jake. >> all right, clarissa ward, thank you so much for that important report. be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter @jaketapper. we actually read them if you send them. now stay tuned for wolf blitzer. happening now, breaking news. clearance backlash. a top democrat suggests the president's son-in-law jared kushner should have his security clearance suspended while being investigated for contacts with russia. elijah cummings also wants the white house to turn over all information on the clearances for kushner and fired national security adviser michael flynn. attempted breach. homeland security officials saying cyber attackers trying to break into the election systems in 21 states, and the homeland security chief says the effort was personally directed by vladimir putin. are