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gop leaders scramble to secure the 50 votes needed to pass their health care bill. >> health care is a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it. you move it a little bit over here, you have a very narrow path. honestly, nobody can be totally happy. >> with all democrats opposed to the legislation, republicans can only afford to lose two votes. but there are currently five gop senators who say they can't support the bill as drafted. >> there's no way the republican bill brings down premiums. i've been in medicine 20 years, i'm 54 years old, premiums are never gone down. they're not going to go down after the republican bill. >> the plan in its entirety will absolutely bring premiums down. >> reporter: kellyanne conway says the president is working the phones trying to drum up alisyn camerota pochlt although john cornyn said, we're trying to hold him become a little bit. complicating the effort, his
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acknowledgment that he called the house health care bill mean. >> that was my term because i want to see, and i speak from the heart -- that's what i want to see. i want to see a bill with heart. >> reporter: the president contradicting his own press secretary sean spicer and house speaker paul ryan. >> i think that was some kind of a miss representation of a private meeting. >> reporter: a major point of contention, 11 million americans insured under the obamacare expansion which faces deep cuts despite the president's promise not to cut the program. >> save medicare, medicare and social security without cuts. >> over a ten-year period medicaid funding will be significantly curtailed. >> these are not cuts to medicated, george, it slows the rate for the future and allows
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more flexibility with dollars. >> i respectfully disagree with her analysis. i'm concerned about the cost of insurance for older people with serious chronic illnesses. >> i would like to delay the thing. there's no way we should be voting on this, no way. >> reporter: the koch brothers' political networks, the leaders of that network very critical of the legislation saying neither the senate nor the house versions meet their goals. brianna, chris? >> suzanna, thank you very much. let's bring in cnn political analyst david drucker. realclearpolitics associate editor a.b. stoddard and cnn political commentator errol
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louis. do they get it done? is there a vote, do we know? >> there's been given an out. we senator cornyn say we might take it until august 1st. they wanted to get it out this week, but gave a buffer after the july 4th recess i.'s in the going to go anywhere past august. if they fail to do this before the august recess, the first of all which happens to be a tuesday, i don't know why they picked that day, they're moving on. internally they concluded they wasted too much time on health care in an effort that's failed thus far that might be impossible. they have to move on to tax reform. they feel like they've lost precious time. >> what are they looking for in the math, if they get this congressional budget office score, it could come as early as today, how is this going to change who is on the fence, do you think, david? >> i don't know it's going to change anything either way. keep in mind when mitch mcconnell and his lieutenants
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were writing this bill, they were quietly having parts of it scored so they could test things and see how it came out. if there was a piece they didn't like, didn't like the score, they tweaked it and made some changes. they're not going to be completely surprised by the cbo score the way house republicans were. having said that, they're not expecting to get a score that makes it looks all rosie and wonderful and gets the votes. what they're looking to do is make changes via amendments or other written changes that will make enough of the members happy that they really want happy. i think we need to remember that there is a lot of pressure on republicans to deliver this from their most reliable midterm voters. we talk about the pressure created by the policy issues, but there's also an issue of what their voters expect, the kind of voters that show up next year versus presidential elections and the policy question of, there are problems with health care. if not this, what? >> errol, the spine from hhs
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secretary tom price, from kellyanne, saying medicaid is not being cut, it's slowing the rate of growth, returning it to what it was, nobody will lose coverage, says price. how do they justify those statements? >> it can in some narrow sense be said to be true because the plan as drafted would allow you to stay on medicaid and only lose it if you keep continuous coverage. what they don't say is 95% of medicaid recep yents can be expected to go off of it and lose continuous coverage in a four or five-year period. in effect there ear throws lots of people off medicaid. the other problem, of course, when they say they're going to return it to the statements with flexibility, what they're doing is handing a $43 billion bill to the governors and asking them to figure out how to pay for this.
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yes, if you're saying, well, we're going to shift all the cost to the governors or much of the cost to the governors and keep everybody on unless they sneeze, in which case we'll throw them right off, yes, there claims could be narrowly be said to be true, but that's not where the problem is and where the debate will focus. >> a number of republican governors are the ones talking about their concerns for this. john kasich is one of them. he's been out there as one of the republicans who has had these concerns about medicaid. let's listen to what he said. >> but the total number of dollars that are going to be dedicated to medicaid, not enough. it's not enough resources there, and i've been very concerned here in my state about treating the mentally ill, the drug addicted, the chronically ill, particularly under medicaid expansion. if you look at the entire medicaid pie, there is huge challenges to it because the
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resources are just not there. i think we'll find over a ten-year period, medicaid funding will be significantly curtailed. >> we also have a number of governors, i think seven states that already passed law that have trigger propositions in them allowing them to get out of this. >> that's right. if they don't have the money, if they don't have the money to do that federal match, they can jump out of this altogether. a.b., what does that look like in effect to people using those benefits right now? >> that's what's so hard about the way the administration is trying to spin it because cuts to the rate of growth is not -- to future spending is not a cut in the moment. but if you look at how eligibility requirements can change, what essential benefits will be covered, if you are mentally ill, if you have an opioid addiction, if that used to be provided automatically and now you're going to have to pay more for it, is it beyond reach,
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you look at how many ways it can be curbed. >> you know what it's shaping up as, and i don't know if it will work because the group has so little political currency. but you're winding up having a punitive poverty conversation. we have congressmen on show saying, come on, cleeler, talking about 138% of the poverty level and 120%. you're still over 100% of the poverty level. the poverty level is $24,000 for a family. how meaningful is the traction of that conversation? >> i think it's meaningful in that you see republicans selling their partial repeal and replace bill the same way democrats sold it, no, no, no, we're not cutting too much, we or not taking away essential health
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benefits and all the pre-existing conditions, guarantees. this is the tension policiwise within their bill. there is a real problem with rising premiums and deductibles that people cannot afford. republicans make that argument, a true argument. how do you drive down the cost of premiums and deductibles? by not telling insurance companies they have to load up their plans with so many guaranteed benefits and having the government say all these things need to be protected and provided for. but if you do that, you can't bring down costs, and so it's created a very big problem for them to where they're not selling this bill like you would expect a republican to sell a bill in terms of less government, better for the budget, giving people more freedom. you hear a lot of that. most of the time it's, don't worry, we're not taking away of the things you don't like, only dispensing with the things you don't like. >> as we look, errol, 23 million
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insured over ten years, deficit reduction but seeing premiums go up by 20% in 2018, 5% in 2019 and a decrease after 2020. i think a lot of people looked at these special elections and said you can't extrapolate a lot for the midterms. one of the things i'm hearing people say they're concerned about, republicans, is when they polled in these, they feel the health care issue has really pushed through and they're worried increasingly about this being a liability for them. >> absolutely. brianna, after 17 consecutive months, polling finally found a majority of americans like obamacare. so it took some doing but people are now starting to realize. something else to keep in mind is, when you're talking about medicaid, you're talking about almost all of the elderly, people dealing with dementia in their families, people who were solid middle class americans who
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had to pulverize themselves, divest themselves of anything they've ever owned and spend it down in order to get some kind of coverage to get the end-of-life care they and their family want and deserve and have paid into a system for over their whole lifetime. when en that shock starts to sink in on people, i think the politics are going to change drastically. >> errol, david, a.b., thank you for the conversation. ahead, president trump is playing the blame game after finally acknowledging that russia meddled in the u.s. election. instead of going after putin, he's going after his predeces r predecessor.
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it's never simple, right? first you have president trump finally saying, yes, russia hacked during the election, they interfered. but he's doing it in a way of attacking those he says are really responsible for it which is the obama administration for, quote, doing nothing about that interference. cnn's joe johns live at the white house with more. he's giving in, but then he's taking back. >> that's true, chris. in an interview and in tweets president trump, essentially the
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very same person who raised questions about russian meddling in the last election now raising questions about the responses of former president obama to russian meddling in the last election and accusing him of doing nothing about it. this comes on the heels of a tweet late last week accruesing the democratic national committee of a big dim hoax but not accepting hacking protection from the department of homeland security. listen. >> i just heard today for the first time that obama knew about russia a long time before the election and he did nothing about it, but nobody wants to talk about that. it's a question, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? >> reporter: the president's statements also coming after a report in "the washington post" saying that president obama struggled with how to respond to the russian hacking because he was scared or afraid of
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appearing to try to tip the election in favor of hillary clinton. today we do expect to see the president of the united states here at the white house in a meeting with the indian prime minister. brianna and chris, back to you. >> thank you, joe johns. we have a.b. stoddard, david drucker and errol louis with us. why is he saying this now, because he sees opportunity in making it the fault of president obama and democrats or is it just because he was looking ridiculous, that he wouldn't acknowledge what was obviously true. >> all of the above. none of the above. >> that's what you get here. >> a, b, c and d. >> i'm talking about president trump so cut me some slack here. i think conveniently if you read "the washington post" story, it lays a lot of the blame for some of these issues on inaction by
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the obama administration. in fact, as i was talking to republicans on capitol hill steeped in intelligence over the past four, five, six years, they were constantly sounding the alarm, imagine that, about russian espionage, russia as our adversary. >> and we were reading it in the paper but not hearing it from the government. >> right. the only reason we've had a complete flip on this is because a republican is president, so the debate changed. i think regardless of why the president did this, this was always the argument he should have made which is, this all happened on my predecessor's watch. it won't happen under my watch. i'm going to do something about it. it now comes off as a bit disingenuous and conflicts with his broader message of, who knows if it was the russians, i don't want to jawbone them the way i jawbone our allies. this is a move that makes
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republicans on the hill happy where it always get back to -- when mitt romney in the debate in 2012 called russia our zbratest gee political adversary, it's a line and belief that the president never embraced. >> first, i think we can do a good diagnosis on this one, right? one of the benefits of flooding the zone is that contradiction doesn't matter as much, right? because there's so much coming out of the president that's provacative, that when he steps on himself -- >> he gets a little benefit. i know a lot of you don't like that. i'm telling you how it is, not how it should be. that's one. it distracts from the main conversation of what's going on, that he's looking back at president obama and uses the word collusion in connection with hillary clinton and bernie sanders. that's a nice confusion tactic. the big thing he has going for it, errol louis, jeh johnson, the obama administration official gave him a good basis to look back and blame.
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listen to what jeh johnson said in his testimony before congress. >> first, as you know well, we have to carefully consider whether declassifying the information compromises sources and methods, second, there was an ongoing election and many would criticize us for perhaps taking sides in the election. that had to be carefully considered. one of the candidates, as you'll recall, was predicting that the election was going to be rigged in some way. so we were concerned that by making the statement, we might in and of itself, be challenging the integrity of the election process itself. >> errol, could this explanation fit in the category of true, comma, but uncompelling, with democrats saying this is such a big deal and saying things need to be done about it, it shouldn't be ignored, that answer does not seem to help their position.
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your take. >> well, it may not help their position, but i can take myself back to the days when we were day after day, morning after morning going through this very contentious election, and imagine what a bombshell it would have been if jeh johnson said, we're now declaring all 3,000 counties in this country to be critical national infrastructure, we'll impose standards from washington in the middle of this election. there would have been an uproar. he's probably right about that. on the other hand, i don't know donald trump gets all that much from this. if he has now acknowledged that there was russian meddling, the question now falls to him, regardless of what happened with his predecessor, what are you going to do? by the way, what about all the meetings your folks keep forgetting with ambassador kislyak and the money michael flynn was taking from the
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russians and paul manafort and on and on. the facts will come out and won't be pleasant, no matter how many times he blames it all on obama. >> we're also seeing donald trump now tweet about how hillary clinton, he says she concluded with the dnc. i think covering hillary clinton it did seem there was an affinity from the dnc for sure for hillary clinton. that whole apparatus was behind her. again, why are we talking about this when we should be looking forward? >> there's no question that democratic officials colluded to favor the process for hillary clinton rather than bernie sanders, comparing that with foreign adversaries, it doesn't make any sense. >> it makes sense to his base. they say we never would have done this to obama or to hillary. >> what i would like to do is focus off what the findings of collusion might be or not be and
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focus on the fact that there is an urgent and unprecedented threat to our democracy that needs to be combatted right now going forward. you do it after the election is over. guess who that burden falls on. the current executive. if he won't do it, it's up to congress to act. they all hope before he meets with putin at the g20 next month, he comes out with some kind of statement acknowledging -- either criticizing the interference or announcing retaliatory actions. they don't expect either. republicans want that and he's not interested. >> good talk. panel, thank you very much. up next, a loud bang mid flight, then passengers say the plane shook. just watch your screen. a washing machine for two hours. wait until you hear what the pilot asked the passengers to do twice. next.
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just about all of us have been on planes, but how about this, an international flight shaking so violently for two hours. how violently? wait until you hear what the pilots asked the passengers to do twice. early start anchor dave briggs joins us now. what did the pilot ask them to do twice? >> a have a little faith, my friend. it is the fear of every flyer, the pilot announces something has gone wrong and the flight has turned around for an emergency landing. on this flight many fearing for the two hours that they were doomed. this was it. friesening moments aboard an air asia x flight. the plane violently shaking over the indian ocean. the airbus a-330 heading to
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malaysia was forced to return to australia after engine trouble. about 90 minutes later passengers say they heard a loud bang. >> the captain said that one of the legs on the left engine was missing -- >> passengers say it shouldered for nearly two hours. many saying it felt like being inside a washing machine. >> the plane was shouldering, shuttering. >> the pilot telling passengers he was scared and asking them twice to pray. >> our survival depends on your cooperating. >> some putting on a brave face. others fearing the worst. >> lots of people crying, lots of people pulling out the lifejacke lifejackets, pretty much preparing. we thought there was a good chance we were going to go down. >> marine emergency services
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standing by for a water rescue. passengers breathing a sigh of relief once the plane touched down safely before waiting hours for another flight. the low-cost airline is investigating what happened, calling the incident a technical issue, adding the safety of our guests is our unmost priority. this is the second significant incident this month on a plane with these rolls royce trent 700 engines. sunday's incident appears to be unrelated. a spokesman for rolls royce says they're aware of the incident and will be working to understand the cause of the issues. in the age of outrage, everyone applauded. they were happy when we landed. we get mad over seat assignments and flight delays. you don't like the praying part, do you chris? >> i'm all for prayer. >> you'd lose it there? >> i think the first time --
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come on, i've never heard of anything like that before. >> you'd really think you were doomed, but what about calling it a technical incident? >> this is what we were talking about when we first saw this video. look, being asked to pray, the pilot is going to do whatever he or she thinks they need to do in the moment to calm the passengers, but where is the review zm i want an urgency from this carrier after something like this, not just a, we're going to check into it. >> a technical incident. >> that engine didn't look good, but kudos to the pilot. president trump now seems to be admitting russia meddled in the 2016 election, blaming president obama -- >> there he is not not doing anything about it. that's what their claim is. what has he done since taking office? the russia blame game next. the future of sleep is here.
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we have new official statements from the president on russian interference. of course, it took place on twitter and he is saying, yes, russia interfered with the election. no more it could have been china, could have been a fat guy on his bed. he owns this is russia. why is he saying this? he's blaming the obama administration for doing nothing about it. let's discuss what this means, what the implications are and whether or not the president is right to criticize? we have cnn political commentators symone sanders an ben ferguson. simone, you on the left were complaining that the president wouldn't own the reality, he was living in a version of the facts. now he's saying, you're right, russia interfered, but let's be honest of the, obama knew it and did nothing. fair point? >> i don't think it's a fair
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point. i'm happy he did acknowledge the russians did interfere in our election, i'm more concerned with what steps the president and his administration are now taking to make sure this doesn't happen again. as we know, the russians are going to come back, next time it could be the republicans, the independents. we don't know who it could be. that is what i think is more concerning that the president, instead of owning this and saying, look, we're going to make sure this does not happen again, he's blaming the obama administration and deflecting instead of taking ownership within his administration. >> ben ferguson, is that leadership? >> i think real leadership here is -- obviously there's two ways you can go if you're the president. one, you can come out and score political points by saying everything america is going to do against russia. that's a good headline for you, that actually would help you and your white house right now, or you shut up and do the same exact thing and not let the russians know what you're doing or how you're doing it. if you want to be effective in
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protecting this country against cyberattacks in russia, you don't want to say what you're doing or how you're doing it. it would be good for the president to come out personally, and the white house, saying we're doing x, y and z against russia and we're never going to allow this to happen again. i two things are clear. the president has seen and gotten information since he's been in the white house that russia is trying to come after us in a way that maybe he underestimated and others did when they. >> reporter: running for the white house. i think it's important they take it seriously. he's not going to say what he's going to do. that's mart sleet ship. i applaud the president for not going out and overstepping this. >> he only said anything about russia due to a story we think in "the washington post" story. i think he saw the coverage on the story about "the washington post." the only reason donald trump is saying anything, because it was a chance for him to take a shot
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at president obama. this is not leadership. let's be clear about that. >> symone, here is the thing about obama, it's obvious from what jeh johnson said last week that, one, the democrats did not take this threat seriously, the obama administration didn't take it seriously and the dnc basically told those in congress to go away and not be involved in this. they were actively trying to -- >> that is not true. that is not true. again, that is not true. >> the national committee would not let them in to help them secure their servers. that's a fact. >> hold on. the allegations, symone, just to make it clear, that jeh johnson did address this. he gave reasons for why the administration decided to pause. they didn't want to compromise sources and methods, didn't want to come moyes apromise and show during the election.
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on the dnc side he said he found out late in the game that the fbi weren't cooperating. your response, symone. >> former chairwoman debbie wasserman schultz has come out and said that is not true, that the dnc was actively combating this and other issues, they actively had contracted with crowd strike to make sure that they were taking all the precautions they could take. could the dnc have done more? absolutely. to say the dnc sat back and did nothing, to assert the obama administration did nothing is not true. what we should be concerned about is with the trump administration. >> ben, this is in the new. the president didn't just learn that the obama administration knew about this, and if he did, that's the most frightening thing i've heard in quite some time. this was reported at the time, even jay johnson, the thing
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that -- shame on all of us statement during his testimony, it was the same time the access hollywood tape came out and wound up not getting any attention. it was out there. certainly the president has been getting briefings for months where he knows exactly what happened here. it's not new. he is playing a little bit in this situation. >> certainly you have to talk about the context of this. but jay johnson, i think the scariest part about his comment was he basically said the u.s. government didn't do enough to stop russia because there was a headline that was in the newspaper -- >> but the president has known about it, he decided to pretend it didn't happen and he still hasn't done anything about it. >> we don't know that. >> you don't know that he has, and the idea that he would do something and not say anything defies his entire record as president. >> chris, the president of the united states of america has come out -- i think it's very clear this white house has an understanding now in a real
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sense of what russia has been doing. you're saying they're not doing enough -- >> no, no, i'm saying i don't know what they're doing, there's no indication he's done anything. >> time out for one second. >> final word. >> you're saying the president doesn't come out and tell you what he's doing against russia which make what you're doing against russia completely ineffective because you're stelg them what you're doing, somehow he's letting us down. >> i'm not saying that. >> this spin is glorious, absolutely glorious. kudos. the fact of the matter -- >> it's not spin. you want the president to telegraph what you're doing against russia. >> final word. we've got to go. he is coming out attacking the obama administration. went president trump to lead. >> ben ferguson, well argued. simoymone sanders, also. this story amazing, from dead to alive. the mystery of how a california man was buried only to be
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(vo) we just didn't think someday would come so fast. see ya later, moe. (vo) introducing the subaru impreza. the longest-lasting vehicle in its class. more than a car, it's a subaru. the supreme court often saves the most important decisions for the final day. today is a wrap for the high court's current terms. could we see a ruling on president trump's travel ban today. joining us now is cnn analyst jeffrey toobin. they meaet for the last scheduld conference on thursday. some people wonder is this is an indicator they're going to rule on the travel ban case? >> they have a lot of options with the travel ban case. they have not even accepted to review it. they may hear it. they may put a stay on it.
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they may just leave the validation in place. there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to this place. it's a little different from the usual case that goes up. >> can you imagine them passing on it, on the chance -- >> i don't know. what's so peculiar about the travel ban case is that in many respects it's not even final yet. it's a 90-day review that the president ordered which has or has not expired depending on how you look at it. it's procedurally in a very difficult place and the supreme court often looks for ways to duck difficult questions, and there are some ways they could do that in this case. >> as jeffrey often explains, the supreme court wants to be the final word. they like to rule on things that are in its final incarnation. you could argue the travel ban isn't. all right. here is something that's very final, gerrymandering. it exists, whether it's right or
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wrong, how it's done. what do you think about the case before the court, how big could the implications be? >> it is my pet obsession, gerrymandering, and it is enormously important in its own terms but what it says about the larger politics is the supreme court has said for years racial gerrymandering is unconstitutional. >> can't design an area to rule out minorities. >> correct. that vie laegolates the constit. political gerrymandering to help democrats or republicans or to hurt the opposition party has by and large been legal although anthony kennedy, the swing vote has says there could be a way where party gerrymandering is unconstitutional. there is now a big case from wisconsin that will come up and that case could prompt anthony
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kennedy to say it has gone too far, we need to have more neutral drawing of legislative districts which could change the way congress is composed because now we have ways where congressmen fear primaries from their own party more than general elections. >> you mentioned justice kennedy who is so pivotal so often. is he potentially going to retire here soon? >> the last day of the term is traditionally the way when supreme court justices announce their resignation. i remember when sandra day o'connor do it in 2003 -- 2005 actually, not 2003. my role on supreme court retirements is those who tell don't know. those no know don't tell. so i don't know. my guess would be he's not retiring. i think these justices, they have tremendous respect for the court as an institution. they feel one change this year with the addition of judge
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gorsuch is enough change. he can wait another year. justice kennedy enjoys being at the center of the court. he's in good health as far as i know. >> good cases for gorsuch, too, now that he's on the court. it will be interesting to watch him. >> he's had a handful of decisions, and i think all the predictions that say he will be a very conservative justice appear to be coming true so far. >> big ones before the court. we'll have to watch. appreciate it. >> good to see you. >> thanks to you, our international viewers. for you next cnn "newsroom." for our u.s. viewers, how about this growing opposition from senate republicans to the health care bill? what's fueling it, what could it mean. let's get after it. >> i don't think the bill is adequate now. unless it gets fixed, i'm against it. >> health care is a very, very tough thing to get, but i think
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we're going to get it. >> it's time for me to see the -- hard for me to see the bill passing this week. >> i see it as an important step. >> if you stop doing this repeal which is trump care, we'll sit down with you and make it better. >> i will say we thought we were playing it the right way. >> obama knew about russia a long time before the election and did nothing about it. nobody wants to talk about that. >> what is clear is we have a president who is cozy with president putin. >> good morning. brianna keilar is here. >> good to be here. >> we begin with growing opposition to the senate health care bill. party leaders are pushing for a vote this week. forget about the democrats who are certainly resisting. you have five gop senators who are against it. now you also have the trump administration vowing that there
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won't be cuts to medicaid. that's just not true. >> meantime, president trump is blasting his predecessor, president obama, for doing nothing about russian interference in the election. we have it all covered. let's begin with cnn's suzanne malveaux live on capitol hill. >> good morning, brianna. president trump is pushing this forward, slowing his support behind the senate health care bill despite the uncertain future of the congressional budget office score about how many people can lose health care, what happens with premiums. the big question is how it compares to the house bill cbo score which shows 20 million americans losing coverage potentially over ten years. that score could come as early as today. >> i don't think they're that far off. famous last words, right? i think we're going to get there.
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>> president trump expressing confidence as senate gop leaders scramble to secure the 50 votes needed to pass their health care bill. >> health care is a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it. you move it a little bit over here -- you have a very narrow pa path. >> with all democrats opposed to the legislation, republicans can only afford to lose two votes. but there are currently five gop senators who say they can't support the bill as drafted. >> there's no way the republican bill brings down premiums. i've been in medicine 20 years, 54 years old, premiums will heifer go down. >> reporter: trump senior adviser kellyanne conway says the president is working the phones to try to drum up alisyn camerota up support. complicating the president's
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effort, his acknowledgment that he called the house health care bill mean. >> that was my term because i want to see -- i speak from the heart. that's what i want to see, i want to see a bill with heart. >> the president contradicting house speaker paul ryan. >> i think that was a misinterpretation of a private meeting. >> a major point of contention, 11 million americans insured under bake's medicaid expansion which faces deep cuts under the senate bill despite the president's promise not to cut the program. >> save medicare, medicaid and social security without cuts. >> over a ten-year period, medicaid funding will be significantly curtailed and not accompanied with the kind of flexibility we need. >> kellyanne conway insisting otherwise. >> this is not cuts to medicaid. it

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