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power in north korea and a threat to target the united states. >> i think by the president calling out assad saved many innocent men, women and children. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to your "new day." it is thursday, june 29th. 8:00 in the east. alisyn is off. clarissa ward by my side. good to have you . >> good to be here. up first, president trump's travel ban set to take effect tonight and it comes with a new series of visas to re-enter the united states. a lot of questions who will get in, who won't and why. this as cnn learns several members of the trump administration are struggling to convince president trump of the threat russia poses to the united states. why won't the president take action against russian hacks? well, we have it all covered. let's begin, though, with cnn's laura jarrett, live in washington. laura, tell us the latest about this travel ban?
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>> reporter: after months of are winding its way through the courts, portions of president trump's revised travel ban will finally go into effect later tonight. this, of course, after the supreme court roomed to uphold parts of the ban earlier this week finding that people from six muslim majority nations must prove a bona fide tie to a person or entity in the u.s. and this morning we're learning more about how exactly the government is defining these important relationships. >> the trump administration issuing new guidelines for visa applicants from six muslim majority countries impacted by president trump's travel ban. a senior administration official telling cnn that applicants must prove their relationship with a parent, spouse, child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or a sibling already in the u.s. to be eligible. other extended family members including grandparents and eastern fiancees left off the list. any applicant unable to
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demonstrate this close relationship traveling from those six countries will be banned 90 days. the state department criteria sent to all embassies and consulates wednesday, all applying to refugees current will you awaiting approval for admission to the u.s. visas already approved will not be revoked but immigration advocates worry we could see chaos at airports when the president's first travel ban went into effect, as the u.s. agency tightens security with direct flights to the u.s. >> we cannot play natural wack a mole with each new threat. >> reporter: john kelly announcing new measures, greater scrutiny of passengers, canines, detecting explosive and hand-screening by electronic devices. not implementing an all-out laptop ban but leaving the option on the table.
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>> make no mistake, our enemies are constantly finding new methods for disguising attacks. >> reporter: the secretary warning there will be consequences if airlines refuse to comply. >> those who choose not to kaur caught up could be subject to other restrictions including banning electronic devices on flights or entry into the united states. >> reporter: the secretary didn't detail everything for security reasons meaning they will be seen and unseen and phase in over time. the travel ban guidelines, on the other hand, go into effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight. >> exactly what they're mean who will get out, what happens if you don't agree with the determination that all remains to be sussed out. a lot to discuss. laura, thank you very much. president trump is under scrutiny for how he is managing threats posed by other countries. sources tell cnn the president's advisers are struggling to
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convince him of the threat that russia still poses, and why he hasn't taken a harder line against the kremlin. cnn's joe johns live at the white house with more. it does seem that every time the president hears the words "russia investigation" he thinks, bad for me. >> reporter: that certainly does seem to be the case, chris. look, last night we had the first trump campaign fund-raiser in washington, d.c. with some really interesting optics. the president, five months into his first term, already preparing to participate in the competitive american democratic process at the highest level. while there's still this threat of russia out there. and his senior administration aides are telling us they're having a very difficult time convincing the president to take the threat seriously. president trump's top administration officials frustrated that the president has taken no public steps to
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punish russia for its election interference. as trump chooses instead to fault his predecessor. >> obama knew about russia a long time before the election, and he didn't nothing about it. >> reporter: multiple senior administration officials telling cnn there is little evidence that the president is devoting his time or attention to the very real cyber threat, despite warnings from his own intelligence officials. >> this is the wave of the future. an election in 18 months. we have to protect this, or -- we're not a real democracy anymore if we don't watch out. >> reporter: the nsa director rogers expressing concern in a's recent closed-door meeting, his inability to convince the president russia meddled with the election according to a congressional source familiar with the meeting. >> if this president won't acknowledge what happened in his own election, what hope do we have he will speak out when they do this again? >> reporter: press secretary sean spicer insisting the president is taking the russian
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cyber threat seriously saying the united states continues to combat on a regular basis malicious cyber activity and will continue to do so without bragging to the media against unfair media criticism. u.n. ambassador nikki haley telling a congressional committee wednesday she has not discussed this pressing national security issue with the president or her russian counterparts. >> what would you want me to say to them? i'm at the u.n. we're working on international issues. >> the russians are at the united nations. have you received any instructions at all with respect to their meddling in our elections, like, don't talk about that ambassador haley? >> it hasn't come up. >> reporter: the president's muted interest in stark contrast to the collusion investigation which consumed his attention. >> there's been no collusion. no obstruction. >> comments, public comments that suggest that there's been no overwhelming evidence to suggest there was collusion. it's not for me to judge before
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we end. i can only address it as a milestone of what we know as up of today. >> reporter: and new this morning, we're getting word that secretary of state rex tillerson will have a meeting with his russian counterpart sergey lavrov in gemini next week at g-20 summit. what we don't know is the extent to which president trump and russian president putin will have an opportunity to talk substantive issues at that very same summit. clarissa, back to you. >> joe, just as you're saying we're getting news in from reuters, who are reporting that, in fact, president putin and president trump will meet on the sidelines of the g-20, no word yet, though if there will be a more substantive bilateral meeting n meeting. that is from reuter accord doing the kremlin. cnn hasn't confirmed that, but potentially a meeting on the
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sidelines. joe johns, thank you so much. going from one international threat to another international threat. the pentagon is preparing options on north korea for president trump. two u.s. military officials tell cnn the revised options include a military response. and that they will be presented to the president if, and it's a big if, pyongyang takes another provocative action. cnn's barbara starr is live for us at the pentagon with more. barbara what are you learning? >> reporter: good morning, clarissa. defense secretary james mattis continuing to say war with north korea would be a disaster, but, indeed, military options have been updated because of the concern that north korea is making fast progress in its ballistic missile and's nuclear warhead test program. and the red line essentially has always been that north korea would not be allowed to have a weapon that could potentially attack the united states. now, yesterday the national security adviser, general h.r. mcmaster, laid it out in public.
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>> the threat is much more immediate now, and so-so it's clear that we can't repeat the same approach, failed approach of the past. and there's a recognition that there has to be more pressure on the regime, and i think what you'll see in coming days and weeks are efforts to do that. >> reporter: efforts of diplomacy. you can readily assume the u.s. military always has options for north korea. so what is different now? well, u.s. officials are saying that the north koreans are also making rapid progress in disguising their weapons testing program. making it much more difficult for the u.s. to keep track of it and be able to predict when they may make a move with their testing that would be so provocative that commanders would have to go to the white house and ask the president if he wanted to exercise a military option to do something about all of this. clarissa, chris? >> very similar dynamic,
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barbara, with what is going to happen in syria. we need a plan there as well presented to congress, hopefully voted on. thank you very much. bring in the panel and discuss these big events. cnn political analyst david gregory, julie pace for the associated press. good to have you all. laura coates, dispense with one main issue dealing with the travel ban. that is, the unknown bona fide connections. bona fide relationships. this is a soft standard. the court spent 16 pages, uncharacteristically long, going through its encurium, fum court reckoning of this case, but that standard seems it will beg for more litigation? >> of course it will. examples what they considered close association and left room for bureaucracies including the state don't say what they believe the explicit definition of a close family member would be.
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and it boggles the mind on some left out. grandparents, for example can come in. stepsisters and others can. mind-boggling aspect of that. this is kind of the separation of powers at work. the court saying we haven't dealt with the congress stugsality of this. that comes in october. guidance now how to legislate and do this at this point in time, go ahead, but knowing full well, chris, they know that this issue invites not just a little more litigation but a ton of more litigation as people scramble to figure whether there is consistent application of how these standards work. and remember, the supreme court, their job is to figure out normally how to reconcile all the different confusion across the country to have one solid standard. by not giving a precise answer at the get-go, you invite people to allow the court to say, come october, here are the things we need to grapple with now, in addition to the constitutionality of this. >> david, the president
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obviously taking a lot of heat for this perceived inaction on the threat coming from russia on the hacking, on the meddling with the electoral process. now we're hearing -- i should say haven't confirmed it. reuters reporting to the kremlin saying president trump and president putin will meet on the sidelines of the g-20. what are they going to discuss? what does president trump need to get out of this? >> well, for one thing, they'll talk about syria, i'm sure, because this has been a pressing issue between them. this will be the first time that they would meet. so there would be a host of issues they would talk about. i would hope that the president and his team would find a way to put the issue of the election on the agenda in a way that really is his higher duty. this is not about what happened in 2016 and whether it had an impact on our election. there's no evidence it did have an impact on the outcome of donald trump becoming president. it's bigger than that. is it an attempt by russia to
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interfere, wreak halve nick our electoral system and democracy, spread fake stories, president is so concerned about? and even if he was the beneficiary of that, he has a higher duty to really send a message, more than just a message to russia, this cannot continue in the future. to what extent the administration is picking up on covert actions put in place by the obama administration reported? we don't know the answer to that and may never know. and if there are things done to punish russia, that's a good thing. even if we don't know about them. a lot of pressure on the president, i think to really lay down a marker with putin and speak more broadly about the institution he has sworn to protect. >> julie, a lot to cover and none will be comfortable. look at what's going on in syria, russia heavy hand there, latest video of assad getting in that fighter jet. who's right next to him? a russian general, and this question hanging over the head
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of the president and frankly congress as well is, this tough talk is great, but does the president have the authority to make good on this tough talk? doesn't he have to ask for legal authority at this point, or do you think syria fits under the authorization of use of military force from 2001 anticipating a war against terror and al qaeda? >> well, this has been a controversial point of discussion in the national security community through the obama administration as well when president obama was discussing potentially launching strikes against syria and obviously pulled back there. there are some people on capitol hill who feel very strongly that for the president to take military action, he has to get authority from lawmakers. there are others in the national security community who say that these broad orders laid out after 9/11 cover things like attacks on isis, but we're in this complicated situation in syria right now where you have not really an overarching plan for the u.s. strategy, but
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essentially a series of one-offs. you saw the action earlier this year. you saw a threat of more action, but there is no overarching plan. that's where you'll see l lawmakers get frustrate and say, look, we have to exert our authority. really look at this broadly beyond just the individual incidents that come up, this is just a question about the balance of powers and what role the legislative branch has in national security. it's quite an important discussion that actually gets lost sometimes in the urgent develop overseas. >> an important question and speaks to the urgency of that issue of what's happening on the ground in syria and what it requires. i got to tell you, you're a great panel, but none as strong as the person i'm sitting right next to right now. clarissa, you've been on the ground there. >> hmm. >> and this idea of, well, how bad is it? what does it demand from those who have a full heart around the world? and what are the expectations of the people on the ground there
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for help? >> i think the main issue that you're going to see with regards to syria, the main complication is this kind of dual-pronged approach the u.s. is trying to embark upon, where isis is the priority, but we also really don't like president assad. we don't want to see him using chemical weapons. of course, president assad is a huge problem. he has killed hundreds of thousands of people. he is responsible at least partially for the rise and creation of isis. so it is a very serious problem, but what the u.s. is running up against as we try to fight against isis and we're using proxies on the ground who are in a de facto allegiance with president assad, you get into really murky territory. you take a city like raqqa from isis, then what happens? what comeses in its place? >> hmm. >> does it go to president assad and his forces? a lot of swirling questions here. very difficult to have any easy answers to them, but no sign so far that this white house has really articulated a thoughtful,
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meaningful and coherent syria strategy and not a knock on this white house. president obama's strategy was not coherent either. anyway, sorry for dominating that at the end there. thank you very much to our all-star panel. we appreciate your perspective, as always. and coming up, a former diplomat slamming president trump and president obama for their handling of the russia hacks. we will get perspective from the ranking member of the house intelligence committee. we're going to talk syria as well. he is leading one of the russia investigations. that's when we come back. live . can we at least analyze customer traffic? can we push the offer online? brian, i just had a quick question. brian? brian... legacy technology can handcuff any company. but "yes" is here. you're saying the new app will go live monday?! yeah. with help from hpe, we can finally work the way we want to.
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sources tell cnn that the president's advisers are struggling to convince him of the threat russia poses as former nato ambassador nicholas burn slammed the president's response to russia's election interference in testimony before the senate. take a listen. >> it is his duty, president trump's, to be skeptical of russia. it's his duty to investigate and defend our country against a cyber offensive, because russia's our most dangerous adversary in the world today, and if he continues to refuse to act, it's a dereliction of the basic duty to defend the country. >> this as reuters is reporting that the kremlin says vladimir putin and president trump will meet on the sidelines of the g-20 summit next week.
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joining us now to discuss this is democratic congressman adam schiff. he is the ranking member on the house permanent select committee on intelligence. thank you so much for joining us. start with the news that president trump and president putin it looks like will meet on the sidelines of the g-20. what are they going to discuss, and also, if i could ask you to respond to ambassador burns there saying he views russia as the number one threat to the u.s. >> first of all, i think nick burns is absolutely right the president has an obligation to defend the country against the threat that russia poses. you know, there is the most immediate threat in terms of potential military confrontation i think with north korea, but in terms of the biggest long-term threat to our democracy, indeed democracy around the world, that does come from russia, and i can tell you what i think the president ought to be doing at that meeting on the sidelines, not that i have much confidence he will, he needs to confront
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russia over its interference in our election and russia's interference in the elections of other democratic nations. he needs to make it plain that this will not be tolerated and he will fate heavier sanctions as a result and he also needs to confront russia over its continued meddles in the ukraine and possession of territory in crimea and we are not going to work with russia in propping up who is effectively a war criminal in damascus. three of the very important points to raise. one thing to go beyond what nick burns just said in that excerpt, and that is the president also has a responsibility to the our country to inform the american people of what has happened in terms of russian interference in our affairs and to work on taking steps domestically to prepare the public for the next russian interference, to prepare our elections infrastructure and personnel and none of which he
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is doing. >> so let's talk about why, congressman. it's chris cuomo here joining clarissa, and it seems pretty clear from everything that the president puts out that he doesn't take it seriously, because he believes you have turned it into a witch-hunt nap all you're using it for is -- a kind of goose chase, trying to find things on him and his people and you found nothing and it's time to end that part of the probe and then, maybe, he would focus on what is real about the russian interference. what do you make of that notion? >> of course, anything that the president finds detracts from him or is critical of him or a negative news story about him is all fake. it's all a witch-hunt. everybody's out to get him. i'm continually astounded by the degree to which the president of the united states paints himself as a victim of everything and indeed paints the united states of america as a victim of the rest of the world rather than the strong evidence pest power world. there are very good reasons to
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investigate what russia did and determine ether u.s. persons were involved. you're absolutely right. i think the president can't come to grips with the russian intervention in our affairs because he views it as a threat to his legitimacy, but he has a job to do as president of the united states. and that requires him to rise above his own naked self-interests and think about the country. something he has demonstrated little capacity to do. our country is depending on our commander in chief to push back hard against russian inventorism, russian intervention, diminish human rights, and he is not listening up to that responsibility and we need him to. >> congressman, another topic i know is close to your heart is syria, which obviously is a deeply complex conflict. the obama administration was attacked for not having a coherent policy on it. the trump administration is now being attacked for not having a coherent policy on it. what would you like to see
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happen with regards to president bashar al assad and his regime primarily and subsequently does that require a kind of revamping of military authorization? does congress need to have a role in this? >> absolutely, and, clarissa, you may know for years i've work and a new authorization to use force and introduced a number of different iterations to make that happen. there is nothing in the existing authorizations that would give the president the power to go against the regime. the regime is not isis. it's not al qaeda. it's not anyone responsible for 9/11. it's not saddam hussein. those were the basis of our, at least al qaeda and those responsible for 9/11, are the basis of that original authorization. so he can't rely on that. and i think particularly here where he effectively has advance notice the syrians may use chemical weapons again, the case to act on his own without congressional approval is eastern weaker than the first
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time and it was weak then. none the less, congress is complicit in this and's nothing keeps us from taking up a vote and we ought to do that without delay. >> you have been uncharacteristically quiet about this. true you could argue towards the end of the bush administration, certainly all of the obama administration and now a continuation of it, which is, congress abdicating its constitutionalality to own the war because you don't want to own the consequences so just let the presidents do whatever they want to do and the proof we saw most recently, congressman, the applause that the president, president trump, got from congress for bombing that airport in syria. he got applauded for it. why applaud it if there was no legal basis for it? >> chris, i think you're absolutely right. congress has been derelict in its responsibility. i will say this, though. there have been some of us,
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myself, tim kaine, jeff flake and a few others, sounding alarms about this for years. i've authored a memo on the house floor to defund actions without a new authorization. i've introduced bills. i've called for hearings on them, as has tim kaine. there have been a small group of us who have been very loud about this but gained little or no traction and that has got to change, because i think you're absolutely right. it's a complete dereliction. and also several of us after the first strike who made the argument that the ethical grounds, i think, to stand up to assad when using chemical weapons is quite compelling. >> sure. >> but the legal grounds is not, and we needed an authorization for that strike. we need an authorization for any future strike, particularly here, chris, where you have the president threatening grave consequences and clearly that means an escalation from the first military action, which was in and of itself quite
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substantial, and the longer the potential duration, the more that american troops may be threatened, the more powerful the case for why it can't be done in the absence of congressional authorization. >> congressman, thank you very much. appreciate you addressing these issues on "new day" as always. >> thank you. >> all right. senate republicans are deal wig their health care. scrambling now. delayed their vote but the question is, can they get a deal done by tomorrow? practically. we'll have a republican senator, next.
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senate republicans are hard at work to retool their health care bill in hopes of winning over enough gop colleagues who opposed the current plan. are they going to ask democrats to get in? what are the ideas? do they think they can get it done by tomorrow? discuss with senator roger wicker of mississippi. senator, we know you are very close to the majority leader senator mcconnell. very involved in this process. vaunk f thank you for joining us on "new day." >> thank you. glad to be with you. >> the easy question.
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do you think you can get it done by tomorrow? >> i think there's movement in the right direction, and we have a good meeting at the white house. we had a really good luncheon yesterday with almost all the republican senators, and i just saw a genuine determination on the part of people, center-right and maybe more center-left in the caucus to get to a yes. i think everybody wants to get to, yes, and if we had that determination and we can -- move the dials a little, i think we can get there. >> why rush it? >> well, i think it's important to get it right more than rush it. but there's also a frustration among people who say, why didn't you do this in january? you've had seven years. so i don't think we're rushing it. i just think we're trying to, to do what we can to get to yes. we need to get this over and move on to other important issues like infrastructure,
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getting our economy going and making our tax system more competitive with the rest of the world, and we can't do that until we get health care attended to. >> right. but you know a lot of the men and women in your own ranks are saying that it's rushed. there hasn't been the committee process that they would have expected. there's not the debate they would have expected. what's the reasoning for that behind mcconnell's actions? >> there's going to be a votorama when this thing is finally put together. there will be an unlimited opportunity for amendments and discussion and what i've noticed over the last several weeks is pretty full discussion on the floor of the senate. the provisions have been out there. the house version has been passed, and our version has been public for several days now. so -- i don't think we're rushing it, and i think -- i think as soon as we can get to a
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consensus, we ought to move. >> right. but the question is whether or not you can get to one based on these very divergent requirements by people within your own party. what are the -- >> true. >> -- what are the different ideas in the air right now for how to make this bill more acceptable to your own constituents? >> i think there's some important things that are being done. the information i have and honestly, i was not part of this discussion yesterday afternoon, but my understanding is that we are moving towards adding another $45 billion to the opioid epidemic treatment, and that's a problem for -- that has been a problem for a couple of our members. i think this is going to bring a couple more folks on to a yes. you've seen the discussion about allowing people to pay health insurance premiums out of their health savings accounts.
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that gets some of the people, some of our people further on the right and moves them more towards a yes. so i think there's been a movement there. you know, there's also -- there's a debate between the people who would like the program to be bigger. the people who would like to cut back even further and also the parliamentarianian. we do have to comply with the reconciliation moves and some of the things we'd like to do like selling across states lines, become a problem under the byrd rule and we have to work through that. so there are a number of sides to this debate and one of them does include the parliamentarian, able to get it done under reconciliation. >> one of the biggest things that seems to be scaring people even in your own ranks is the money taken out of the medicaid side. they're not buying the idea you can it take the money out and still provide better care for people. is that something that is
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fixable? do you think that you can put the money in to medicaid that it demands when it seems to be such a big selling point for mcconnell that he's going to carry savings from this health care bill into your tax structure? >> well, you know, i don't really accept the premise of your question there, but it is central to this debate. let me make this clear. under the republican plan, house and senate, there will be more money, much more money spent on medicaid in the coming years than is being spent today. what we are simply talking sais reducing the growth rate. chris, we have got to come to grips with this as a nation. medicaid and medicare for that matter which is not touched in this bill, are growing at a rate of inflation that cannot be sustained. when my kids are in their 60s, and when my grandchildren are coming along, we've got -- we
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have to make the program better and that's what i like so much about this plan. it block grants the money with a bill to increase to the states. so you've got jerry brown out in california working with his medicaid money, trying to come up with the most efficient way for californians, and scott walker in wisconsin a totally different model. >> cutting the overall amount, won't be able to do as much and people will lose coverage. >> i don't know that governor walker has been doing that, but let me just say, we are not cutting money from medicaid. we are growing medicaid. >> but isn't it -- >> at a much more sustainable rate. >> and isn't is semantics end of the day? you're going to give it less money in terms of the now in regards to the rate adjustments? >> and if you measure -- chris, if you measure success in the amount of money you're sending
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to a program, you know, that's just -- one way to look at it, but that's not the way i look at it. i look at it in terms of having a program where 50 states can experiment with doing it more efficiently, cutting out waste and fraud and abuse, and making it work better for the people who need medicaid. i also like the fact that, frankly, in states like mine that didn't expand medicaid, thousands and thousands of people are going to have an opportunity through refundable tax credits to buy real insurance on the open market, with choices. i think most people would much rather have a blue cross/blue shield policy than be stuck with a one-size-fits-all medicaid. i like where we're going in this regard. >> understood, senator. that's the big debate. which way will be seen at the best for the american people? >> i think it's going to end up being better for the american people and better for the taxpayer long term.
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>> that should certainly be the goal. senator, thank you very much for joining us. you're always welcome here on "new day." >> thank you, sir. >> clarissa. forget why did the chicken cross the road? we've got a better question. take a look at this. why are these pigs taking over a highway? breaking news. we'll have the details. that's coming up next.
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know for nyour "new day." the touch administration revealing new visa guide pleins requiring foreign nationals from six majority nations and all refugees to have a close family or business tie to the u.s. fired fbi director james comey's memos are expected to be in the hands of the senate intelligence committee soon. the memos are part of the panel's investigation into russia's role in the 2016 election. president trump promising a big surprise on health care. his gop leaders scramble to change the senate bill in order to get more support. and australian cardinal george powell, one of pope francis top advisers facing sex abuse charges. he adamantly denies the allegation saying he looks forward to clearing his name in court next month. all right. check it out. pigs on a highway. that basically tells you everything you need to know. an 18-wheeler behind is the
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problem here. it overturned. shut down the highway in both directions. the pigs have made themselves at home, wandserring around the road as the crash is being cleaned up. where is that? wilmer, texas. >> i'm looking at them thinking, be free! run! get away! >> this is your chance. >> this is your chance to make a break before you end up on a blt. for more on the five things to know, go to cnn.com/newday for the latest. russia's interference met with indifference by the president and his white house. is there any plan to do anything about it? that's the bottom line. also, iron is an essential mineral, especially for women who tend not to get fluff of it. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen shows simple waying to pump more iron naturally into your diet in today's "food as fuel." >> reporter: meat and fish are great sources of iron, but not the only ones out there.
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lentils, for example, are packed with iron. one cup gives women more than one-third of what they need every day and gives men almost all the iron that they need in a day. spinach is another great source of iron but better to eat it cooked. absorb the iron better than if you eat it raw. a surprising source of iron is dark chocolate. look for at least 70% cocoa. 19% of your daily value of iron. nigh, try to eat some vitamin kwlchlt you eat any of these foods, helping your body absorb almost twice at much iron.
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sources tell cnn trump administration officials are frustrated and struggling to
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convince the president of the threat russia poses to the united states. they want to know why the president has not taken action. let's get the bottom line with one of the reporters s who bro this story. cnn political correspondent dana dash. what have you heard? what's the deal here? >> reporter: well, a lot of things that go into this. seems one of the big issues is that, we're told by our sources, who have spoken to the president, who are familiar with his thinking on this, it's that he struggles to separate the investigation going on about whether or not there was collusion between anybody in his campaign or his orbit and the russians, and the very real intelligence that russia did try to meddle in the u.s. election. one source close to the president said that he sees everything being organized around a challenge to him and i spoke to a republican congressional source who told me he can't admit anything that may
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taint his election. he's more hung up how it affected the election outcome than what russia did, and this is really frustrating officials in the white house and even more broadly. i was also told that the nsa director, mike rogers when he was in a classified briefing on capitol hill, expressed his sort of dismay that he can't get the president to a place where he believes the intelligence about russia meddling in the election. so the question is importantly, what's going to happen in terms of looking into the future? i will tell you the white house insists they are doing things to try to prevent anything in the future. just doing it silently, but on capitol hill, guys, they're trying to work around the president. bipartisan legislation to form a 9/11 kind of commission in order to try to kind of, again, act in a way that they don't think the white house is. >> sensitivity is interesting if for no other reason than even the most ardent democrats aren't
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saying that vote tallies were affected. there's nobody making a baseline legitimacy argument, but that seems to be what the president is hearing every time this comes up. let me ask you something. we just had senator wicker on, obviously very close to senator mcconnell. he was dodgy about getting it done tomorrow and was dodgy about -- i don't mean that in a bad way, but didn't want to deal with the idea why they're rushing this in the first place. what do you hear about the prospect getting it done tomorrow and cottoning to this urgency? >> it is still tbd. questionable whether they can get to the number of 50. 50 republicans, of course, we're talking about. they're working very hard. the fact that the republican leadership is trying to talk to some of the senators who are dealing with the opioid crisis. i know you talked to the
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governor of new hampshire on this program. shelly moore c i m shelley moore captain -- capito. there's a lot to deal with and the question is whether or not they can convince at this point the conservatives who want to do things like -- you know, still roll back more obama regulations, have more flexibility in the states. it's really unclear whether the leadership can make that happen for them in a way they feel comfortable. especially in the next 24 hours. it's really, really a jump ball. >> all right. dana, appreciate the perspective, my friend. thanks for the bottom line. >> thank you. thursday what do you say? need a little good stuff? >> i go. >> reinvigoration of the soul? >> i'm ready. bring it on. >> "soul food." next.
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all right. time for the good stuff. a group of little kids, big, big hearts. these heroes wanted to help one of our nation's heroes. his name is lorenzo reince. an army vet, disabled. desperately needed repairs to his home. that's where the young helpers come in. >> we had lemonade stand and to help people, like to raise money. >> we raised $800. >> so they raised the $800. here's what happens. when the community, when the adults, hear what these kids were doing, they say, this is the right thing to do. they pitch in, raise $15,000.
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get all repairs made to lorenzo's house. >> i thank god for the angels coming through, man. these are angels. >> it's great to end on a positive note like that. >> that's why we do "the good stuff." things can be ugly especially in politics. a lot of hostility. sometimes we forget who we are at our best and that's why those kids, that community and sthaer certainly that hero, they are the good stuff. and now it's time for poppy harlow and john berman. as chris know, my favorite part of "new day," "the good stuff." we'll take it from here. we'll ta have a great day. i'm john berman and i'm poppy harlow. >> hours from now, president trump's controversial travel ban

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