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the president arrived tonight in new jersey for a holiday weekend at his golf club in bed minister having provided the fireworks in washington. his feud with msnbc's joe scarborough and mika brzezinski and rage over their criticism of him lit the capital sky and sparked condemnation from republicans about what a d distraction it's been from the agenda. for more on next, sara murray is traveling with the president.
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what has been the white house's response to the allegations by scarborough and brazvertebrbrze? >> reporter: the president's fight with two cable news hosts over a "national enquirer" story and whether there was an attempt essentially to go after these anchors with this story, whether they reached out to the president to try to get him to kill it, the president is insisting joe juror called hscad him but there's no official comment. sarah huckabee sanders wasn't sure if the president had seen the news story that set this all off today. a lot of he said/she dade in this case but, again, sort of the broader narrative here is this in the minds of many people who are members of donald trump's own party with another day wasted. another day wasted for a president who has a lot to do but instead spent the day feuding with cable news hosts.
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>> he actually tweeted saying he watched "morning joe" for the first time in a long time which is an arguable point. he responded, here is the tweet, watched low-rated "morning joe," fake news. he called me to stop a "national enquirer" article. i said no. bad show. seems like he watched it. >> reporter: it does seem like he watched it. it also seems like he read that new york magazine story earlier or coverage of the new york magazine story. i think it's a difficult place for those aides trying to defend this stuff at this point. >> is this it impacting the president's agenda? >> reporter: i do think it impacts the president's agenda in the sense what we saw from senators as they were getting ready, sprinting out of washington for this recess they were angry and they were embarrassed by the president and they were embarrassed by the way he is using the presidency. they have been sort of clamoring in many ways for the president to offer air cover on difficult votes, to go out there to make the pitch for health care and why this legislation is good, for instance, why it's good for trump voters and for the american people, and that's not
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how he's using the bully pulpit. so in that sense i do think it might make people more frustrated. it certainly makes it harder for him to build personal relationships with these senators. does that mean it's going to sway a vote? no. he tweeted plenty of other erratic things today including on health care that will actually make it more difficult potential ly to get things done he says he wants to do. >> he said just go for repeal and replace later on. thanks for the update this puts the spotlight on a publication that knows how to put it on others especially politicians. lately given the friendship with the president, democratic politicians going after hillary clinton during the campaign and all but lionized candidate rump. first the rest of "the national enquirer's" track record. >> reporter: despite the tabloid headlines there are times "the national enquirer" has been spot on with the big political stories. its most well-known scoop during the runup to the 2008 election when it accused democratic front-runner john edwards of
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treating on his cancer stricken wife with his campaign videographer, even fathering a secret love child with her. back then an "enquirer" reporter showed cnn how he tracked it all down. >> i say to him, mr. edwards, alexander from "the national enquirer," you know, we know that you've been with rheal hunter. don't you think it's time to tell everyone you are the father of this child? >> reporter: still, edwards denied it for years. >> i've responded to it consistently to these tabloid allegations by saying i don't respond to the lies. >> reporter: most media stayed away even when "the enquirer" showed a photograph of edwards with their little girl. he called it fake. event lip the lie unraveled. "the enquirer" did a victory lap. even considered the publication
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for journalism's top prize. something candidate donald trump supported. >> i've always said why didn't "the national enquirer" get the pulitzer prize for edwards? >> reporter: "the enquirer" declares it's the only publication with the guts to tell it like it is and it's been proven correct about other scandalous affairs. like in 1987 when presidential nominee gary hart had been forced to suspend his campaign after news reports revealed a relationship with model donna rice. "the enquirer" provided the visual proof publishing this memorable photograph of rice sitting in hart's lap on a yacht. that effectively spelled the end of his political career. and in 2001 jesse jackson admit ed to having a love child with a top aide. as "the national enquirer" prepared to uncover his affair in a story. then in 2003 rush limbaugh was forced to admit he had a painkiller addiction after "the national enquirer" paid his housekeeper to reveal she'd been
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supplying the conservative talk show host with prescription pain pills. law enforcement confirmed it and limbaugh went to rehab. no the to say they always get it right. they don't. week after week far-fetched stories accompanied by eyebrow raising headlines give it a questionable reputation. "the enquirer" was just plain wrong when it published gary condit's wife attacked his missing intern chandra levy in 2001 before her disappearance. "the enquirer" settled a million dollar libel suit. and during the contentious that 16 campaign, stories about ted cruz, about alleged affairs, and about his father were widely criticized and never proven to be true. cnn, new york. let's bring in the panel. scott, let me start with you. if, in fact -- the president in his tweet responding to this today seemed to indicate that he
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could have possibly gotten this story killed but he said no. if, in fact, the president has used "the national enquirer" or has power over what the "national enquirer" covers, is that a problem? >> i think presidents by the nature of their office frequently have relationships with media outlets and the upper reaches of those media outare lets to promote or kill certain thing. i don't think that's new. i do think it is troubling if a media outlet is being personally wielded by the president against possible political opponents, that is a troubling fact. we don't know that to be the case here. that's been an allegation. what i worry about in this whole episode is we're now 48 hours of punching down. when you're the president most everything you do to attack someone is punching down because in one is as famous or has the same stature as you. for 48 hours he's punching down, and that's not helping advance the republican agenda. and so i don't know what will will happen with "the national
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enquirer" but i know what will happen to republicans next november if the agenda doesn't get passed they ran on. that's what i think troubles me about the episode. >> yeah, i think that's exactly right from what i'm hearing and that come ports with what i'm hearing from republicans on the hill. i think sara had it right, too. i don't think this will hurt him with the voters. voters see this as noise. the voters who like him still like him. those who didn't still don't. for republicans on capitol hill and particularly a group of moderate women in the senate republicans, i think this is very, very complicated for them to defend. and they didn't defend it. this is not what they want to be talking about. there's the larger issue of health care and what is going to happen with efforts to repeal president obama's signature legislation and this has been a week spend on -- it's not just something voters really don't care much about. it's something that really is about the president talking about how he personally is being treated and this president has an ability to turn himself into a victim which, to be clear, lots of presidents have done,
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but few have done it so he frontally and forcefully and bluntly as this one has. and it raises another question of, you know, we're now basically at the six-month mark of this presidency almost and what is he pointing to beyond neil gorsuch for major accomplishments? >> maria? what he wants to is he says he's passed more bills -- >> but that's not true. >> first of all, that's not true and, really, what do those bills do in terms of real impact on the country? but in terms of "the national enquirer" story it's just, again, underscores how bizarre this presidency has been. and we don't know what the issue is really there but it really does look like he did have some influence with "the enquirer." in fact in toobin's awesome piece in "the new yorker" he talks about how the owner of it, the publisher, talked about how he sees him seven as the father of trump's presidency and he wants to protect it. that is something that you see in third world countries, right,
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when presidents are either owners of media or they coal the media. >> jeff it toobin in the article talks about, i guess a former playboy playmate making allegations and david packer, the head of the nags "the natio enquirer" hired her to write a complication. >> as long as she didn't say anything bad about trump. >> cut and kill. >> i've never heard that. >> catch and kill. >> that's the term you use. >> how many other stories has "the national enquirer" caught and then killed? it's part of the pro-trump media universe, shows on fox, websites and "the national enquirer" is a big part of this pro-trump media universe. if we take what scarborough and brzezinski are charging on face value, this is the president saying call me, grovel, tell me you like me, it tell me you'll be nice to me, and i will get rid of some bad news for you. that's very disturbing. it's not the first time there have been charges of this white house trying to neuter or
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silence critical voices. >> again, we don't know if he did this. let's be fair about this. it's an allegation. >> at the time he told his colleagues including the head of nbc news pr, he started showing the text messages so there is some contemporaneous. >> we have not seen that. they have not released that. >> we've been asking all day and haven't gotten any. >> are they going to release it and should they release it. it does remind me of something he allegedly said to director comey and i don't want to paraphrase and get it wrong but something about i've been good to you on that thing you talked about and sort of the transactional nature is something we talked about with this president. >> he treats everything like it's a deal. everything is a sliding scale of what he can get out of a negotiation which is part of why he has no problem changing his opinion which we have seen over and over again. he will say something about something one day. for instance on health care, on redoing the bill, he was all for the house efforts and then said this is dead and i want to move on and then a week later was
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suddenly reviving it and he said to my colleague and me in the oval office that this was part of a negotiation. don't you understand that. everything is a negotiation. and he doesn't see the limits or lines or the normal guardrails the way they exist in political and government media and in the white house. >> we'll have more on this in a moment. also tonight what the women in the president's life have to say or not say about this and how they've defended him over similar allegations. late details about the shooting in a new york city hospital and what may have driven the gunman. it's so nice to get out of the city. it's so... quiet. is it, too quiet? it's awful. yeah. feel at home, pretty much wherever you are.
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are we talked before the break about how annoyed some are with the republican president. take a look. >> that's a tweet that's not even becoming of a city councilman. >> it's beneath the stature of the president and it's a distraction. we should be talking about our strategy on dealing with north korea. >> the house, members of the house and senate talking and focusing on something other than what i think is so important in people's lives. >> this is maddening. it's maddening frustrating because this is beneath the dignity of the president of the united states or at least it should be, and it's a distraction. >> a distraction are from the agenda. these are some of the eitems he ran on. as you can see there's a lot unaccomplished or incomplete and other than justice gorsuch no major legislative
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accomplishments. back with the panel now. scott, obviously somebody who wants to see the president's agenda move forward and move forward quickly, how much -- we were talking during the break, he's two accomplishments away from being able to run well in midterms and help folks out. >> no question. this they go ahead and get a deal on health care and something done on taxes and/or infrastructure plus the supreme court confirmation that's a great set of stuff to run on for the midterm. in washington, i'll make a baseball analogy, i know you love sports analogies, you have to string a series of hits together to score a run. and after the scalise congressional shooting the president's tone was a solid double. and now these tweets of the last 48 hours are basically like getting picked off. and so we don't need hits followed by baserunning blunders. we need hits, hits, hits, and then runs will score and everything will be fine. if he can get a couple of these bills across and string a few hits together, then it'll be fine in the midterms. we're not there yet. >> i hate to use the word tone
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again but the tone of the text is so against what he said on the scalise shooting which got bipartisan praise, people felt good about. >> you know what the problem with what my friend scott just laid out is that when he does hit the right tone, and they're very few and far between, but he has done it, it is because he is scripted to do so. it is because he has been forced by some force of nature that he has got to stick to that script at that moment. but then what happens? his own nature takes over. the person who he really is takes over. his instincts take over. it reminds me, anderson, of the -- one of the shows where george costanza was saying that he has all these wrong instincts and he started doing everything exactly the opposite of his instincts and things started going right. right? do you remember this? do you remember the show? and everything started going right with him. and this is what had this president and what people who
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support him are begging him to do. and it doesn't happen because it's not who he is. >> on "good morning america" kellyanne conway said the coverage of the president is, quote, neither productive nor patriotic. which i just found interesting. we're covering the president's own words. i get that she thinks it's not productive. the idea it's not patriotic -- >> add that to the list of corrosive comments that contribute to the sense of hatred of the media. it's past resentment of the media that's been fostered by trump and his aides. it's hatred among some of his loyal fans. and when you suggest they're not patriotic you're contributing to that. she also said on "gma" the president's being -- all this raw sewage on television, that he's treated so mercilessly. there is a lot of negative and critical and skeptical coverage. s it is because there are a lot of challenges facing the white
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house. we can't view the critical coverage in a vacuum. it happens for a reason. >> maggie, do you actually believe the president hates the media? >> i believe he does now in all seriousness. i don't think he use ed to. the president was said to live by the belief all press is good press. i don't think he felt that way because he was bothered by a lot of the coverage. >> and, frankly, when he was a civilian he would get more or less positive coverage. >> generally speaking, sure. that's when he would say things like that and he knew how to deal with bad coverage he didn't like. i think that he -- that has changed. i think the "access hollywood" experience when that tape emerged, that october weekend last year, i think that had a defining effect on him and i think he then believed he won and that reporters were going to come around to him and he believed he was going to be sort of praised for what he saw as great accomplishments which was winning when nobody thought he
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would win or most people didn't think he would win, and he's furious that hasn't happened t.o. brian's point he doesn't quite see this is not happening on its own. and most every president feels like they he are getting bad coverage. he just sits and watches it in a different way. >> president trump had the south korean president at the white house. he did not take questions from the press. he's breaking with precedent in terms of not holding joint press conferences. he hasn't given a non-fox interview coming up on two months. he has isolated himself. >> i would say if he does hate the press, he's a reflection of his base. you look at the trust among republicans. >> that's absolutely true. yes. >> it's historically low which is dangerous. >> he is undermining faith in a key institution. the press certainly has done this to ourselves on certain things and the last two days is part of that, he is also helping to push that along. >> and that's dangerous to the country. >> thanks, everybody. how the woman closest to the
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with his tweet about mika brzezinski, the way the president treats and talks about women is in a harsh spotlight, one both melania and ivanka trump seem to be shying away from. all we've heard in regard to l melania trumwhat her spokeswoman said yesterday, quote, as the first lady has publicly stated in the past when her husband gets attacked he will punch back ten times harder. later that spokeswoman clarified this was a restatement of what the first lady said in the past and was is not a response to the latest tweet. we do not know what the first lady's response is nor have we heard a response from ivanka trump. this is not the first time the women in the president's life have had to decide whether to e defend this sort of thing or not. randi kaye has more. if you elect him to be your president, he will fight for you and for our country. >> reporter: when her husband needed her most, melania trump never wavered in her public support. >> i'm automatically attracted to beautiful -- i just start
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kissing them. it's like a magnet. >> reporter: october 7, 2016, just weeks before election day. the trump campaign was in crisis mode. a regarding of then candidate trump on "access hollywood" in 2005 had just been released. on it donald trump is heard bragging about not only kissing women but grabbing women's genitals all without consent. >> when you're a star they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. do anything. >> reporter: melania trump insisted this was just locker room talk, and that her husband had been set up by the tv crew. >> i was surprised because that is not the man that i know. and as you can see from the tape the cameras were not on. it was only a mike. >> reporter: donald trump apologized to his wife who called the words her husband e used on the tape offensive and
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unaccept nl. >> he apoll squized. i accepted his apology. i hope the american people will as well. >> reporter: donald trump's daughter also called his remarks offensive and inappropriate. >> he recognizes it was crude language. he was embarrassed that he had said those things, and he apologized. >> reporter: both ivanka and melania trump have long defended donald trump's treatment of women. >> well, my father can be an equal opportunity offender. if somebody says something against him, he will speak his mind, and he treats women equal to how he treats men. >> if you're a woman and he attacks, they attack him, he will attack back no matter who you are. we are all human and he treats them equal as men. >> reporter: what makes their defense so curious is that melania trump says she will fight to end cyber bullying. >> we must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children he
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especially in social media. >> reporter: yet her husband uses twitter as a weapon, and ivanka calls herself a, quote, huge advocate for women and women's issues, has a blog women who work, and writes op-eds about female empowerment. she also proudly tweets pictures of women and girls visiting the white house. meanwhile, back during the campaign, trump's team also pushed back against allegations by dozens of women that donald trump had kissed them or groped them without consent. some of their stories dated back 30 years. mr. trump denied all of it and once again his wife had his back. >> i believe my husband. i believe my husband. this was all organized from the opposition. and with the details, did they ever check the background of these women? they don't have any facts. >> reporter: ivanka trump,
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however, stayed oddly silent at least in public. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> with me maggie haberman and michael dantonio. emily, the women who are closest to him have always stood by him throughout all of this in the campaign and even before. >> well, this is not unusual for the trump family or the trump children in particular. they are his closest allies, sometimes his safest sounding boards, and they are the most loyal disciples to donald trump. i think what you have with ivanka trump is you have someone who does care about issues related to women and female empowerment. she happens to have a father who publicly says horrible things about women. she is in a tricky position because she will never public hi say anything bad about her father. everyone who i've ever talked to who is close to ivanka, ever worked with her, knows her personally says the one thing she will never do is publicly come out against her father. whatever she is saying behind
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closed doors she would never say that. >> we don't really know what melania trump says to him behind closed doors or ivanka trump says to him behind closed doors. >> we don't. both women are in a tricky position because this is husband and father. i don't think that it is -- this is an unusual situation, less so for the first lady but certainly to have a daughter of a president working in the white house. and so a lot of this is just finding the right time for a new dynamic and she has position ed herself as a champion of women, so had a is why the focus goes to her. i do think it is tricky to expect any daughter of an elected official to openly criticize them. what matters is what's said behind closed doors. >> it's interesting, michael. it's been commented the president steps on his own message. he's also stepping on ivanka trump's message and on what melania trump has intimated she would like her message to be about cyber bullying. >> well, you're absolutely right and i think in some respects we
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could think, well, the only message that matters is the president's message and that's been true for donald trump as a businessman as well. what's kind of sad to think about is that ivanka trump has been dealing with this problem of her father and what he says and does around women since her childhood. this was an issue in the divorce scandal that was played out over the tabloid press in the early 1990s and it arose again with marla maples. time and again she's been put in this really difficult position of hearing and knowing these things about her father and being supportive but also kwqui, and abandoning herself in a way. i think that's a terrible thing to do to a daughter, to put her in a position where she has to choose between loyalty to her own ideals and i think her
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ideals are more modern, more inclusive and advanced and mature. and her loyalty to her father. and i think that last bit about whether mr. trump has evolved with the times is very important to consider. i think this is a fellow whose understanding of the relationship of the sexes and gender identity and roles is pretty well frozen in 1960 and will have a hugh hefner rat pack kind of idea. i don't think that flies very well in our time. >> it's interesting, though, you could also make the argument that he has surrounded himself throughout much of his life with strong women. melania trump, i interviewed her, one of the things she said, don't feel bad for me. i'm strong. i'm a strong person. she certainly projects that. i don't know her very well. she certainly seems to be a strong woman. and certainly ivanka trump and ivana trump, married to donald
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trump -- >> that whole casino business in atlantic city. you think about who is the one adult child in the white house with him and it's his daughter not two sons who are back in new york. i think ivanka trump has made the point over and over again when she's asked to defend her father's treatment, he has promoted women in business my entire life. i could be whatever i want to be regardless if i'm a woman or if my brothers are successful. i can be successful, too. i think we have to step back and say ivanka trump is there in the white house, though, promoting these he messages because her father is there. oop it's not like she earned a place in government beyond being her father's daughter. while her beliefs may be noble and she really does care about these issues, she is there because of her father's message, and that message does clash with her own message. >> that's very true. >> she clearly projects herself as a moderate -- as a moderating influence on her father. is it clear to you how much
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power she actually has? it feels like every time he makes a speech that gets bipartisan praise, there's a leak that it was ivanka trump who pushed this part of the speech, but when something like this tweet happens we don't hear anything about what ivanka trump is saying. >> look, i think that it is complicated for her and for her husband but particularly for her. i think there have been issues where they have pushed pretty hard. when my colleague and i interviewed her a couple months ago she did talk about how, look, i'm not there to sort of be the moderate wing. there were discreet issues she would try to impact policy. even if on the margins she had an impact, that was great. this has been said by several people close to the president and i think there is a case for that, there's not a huge constituency for her policies among his base and among the people who elected him. so i just don't know how far that's going to go.
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and as much as we say he is easily swayed by whoever he last talked to, there are certain key issues he has firm beliefs on over many decades. >> thanks, everybody. i appreciate it. the president's election fraud commission asked all 50 states for the names, date of birth, voting history of every voter. some states, even those led by republicans, are balking about that. we'll have that. also tonight a gunman kills one person wounding several others in a new york city hospital. police say it was a doctor who opened fire. what we though about him in a moment.
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breaking news tonight, a who are ifk scene at a bronx hospital where a doctor walked in with an assault rifle and killed one person, wounding others. police say this happened while the fire alarm was going off because the shooter tried to set himself on fire. outside the hospital with the latest. what more do we know about how this happened? >> reporter: anderson, this certainly is five individuals who are critically listed here at bronx-lebanon where they were shot by this individual you just mentioned. here is what we do know about
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him without having to share his name. we do understand he not only worked here at one point but practiced medicine here. walked in and went up the 16th and 17th floor with a weapon you mentioned and began shooting, at least wounding five individuals. one of those individuals, a sixth person, a female doctor we're told practiced family medicine, did not survive. we're told she was shot and killed in the same hospital she practiced at. a sixth individual that is currently still in the hospital right mao. this person was the only patient who was wounded. however, their injuries are relatively minor according to one hospital official i spoke to. anderson, having been here, i can it tell you it was a chaotic scene. will were family members certificasearching for loved on were being treated here, also several people i spoke to just wanting to make sure their loved ones are okay. again, tonight at least five doctors, many of them young medical students getting their careers started doing res d residencies, are not saving
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lives tonight. instead they're fighting for their lives, anderson. >> it's just hard to believe. do you know how long this went on for, this incident? >> reporter: at this point investigators haven't said. we do know it was relatively quick when this individual walked in and took the elevator up to the 16th and 17th floor and then turned the weapon on himself. how was he able to gain access to this facility if he had already submitted his resignation back in 2015. what were the security measures? all key questions as a family of at least one doctor continues to mourn. back on the national stage the president's election fraud commission is requesting mountains of personal information on every voter in every state in the country. many states are balking citing both privacy and voter suppression concerns. many voting rights advocates have been concerned it may be a form of vigilante justice for the president to justify his claims that millions voted illegally in the last election
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despite having no proof. cnn's tom foreman has more. so many cities are corrupt in voter fraud is very, very common. >> reporter: in a quest to rout out allegedly rampant voter fraud the president's commission wants an ocean of sensitive information about every voter including the person's full name, address, date of birth, political affiliation, voting, military and criminal records, part of his or her social security number, and more. states, particularly some democratic blue ones, are pushing back hard. california's flat out refusing to hand over the info. >> the president's allegations of massive voter fraud are simply not true. >> reporter: so is new york. we will not comply. and havevirginia, too. there is no evidence of significant voter fraud. but amid privacy concerns, some states that went republican red for trump are also balking including utah, alabama, iowa,
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and wisconsin. they'll hand over some data and still others are dismissing the whole idea of voter fraud run amok. >> you might find some illegal activity but not to the scale that's been described. >> people that have died are still voting. illegal immigrants are voting. >> reporter: as a candidate donald trump insisted fraud was a real problem. and even after he won the electoral college, he lashed out at news more people voted for hillary clinton tweeting, i won the popular vote. if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally -- >> so many things are going on. >> reporter: to help steer his commission he chose kansas secretary of state who calls the state's complaints complete nonsense. >> we're looking at all forms of election regular leyritz, voter fraud, registration fraud, intimidation, suppression. >> reporter: kobach has hunted vote cheaters but found less
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than a dozen provable cases out of more than a million and a half voters. he's a champion for voter id laws which many say is a way to suppress minority votes. and he was fined by a federal judge this in kansas just last week for his conduct in a lawsuit involving voting rights. connecticut's take -- given secretary kobach's history, we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this commission. among the states raising questions about whether or not they can legally even comply with this is the vice president's own home state of indiana. with so much resistance it's hard to see if this plan can even work at this point. anders anderson? >> tom, thanks very much. up next president trump is fond of taking credit for a new coal mine in pennsylvania even though he got approval before he took office.
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brand-new coal mine in the state of pennsylvania. the first in many, many years. corsa, stand up. come on. congratulations. congratulations. employing a lot of people. we are putting the coal miners back to work, just like i promised. just like i promised. >> well, there is just one problem. corsa's new coal mine got the green light during the last administration, before president trump took office. cnn's martin savage traveled to the pennsylvania mine, keeping him honest. >> reporter: in somerset county, pennsylvania, folks can't remember the last time there was such a fuss over a hole in the ground. >> today marks a turn around for our company. >> reporter: the opening of the new mine isn't just any mine. it is a brand-new coal mine. >> when was the last time you heard about a coal mine opening? >> oh, wow. now you got me thinking there. >> reporter: though it'll create
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70 to 100 full-time job, it is welcomed in an industry devastated with decline. >> 70 to 100 families. >> reporter: trump mentioned the new mine as he withdrew the u.s. from the paris climate accord. his famous pittsburgh, not paris speech. >> unheard of. for many, many years, a brand-new mine hasn't happened. they asked me if i'd go. >> reporter: trump didn't go but sent video congratulations. >> as long as i'm the president of your great country, each and every day, i'm fighting for you. >> reporter: to hear the president tell it, coal is on a roll, and it is all due to him. the bureau of labor statistics said the u.s. added 400 coal mining jobs in may and 1700 since trump took office. >> is it a turn around? is this coal turning around? >> no, absolutely not. coal will continue to slowly die. >> reporter: art sullivan worked his way from the coal mine to the corporate suite and now
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consults the mining industry. where is that industry today? >> that industry is maybe at a temporary point of stability. >> reporter: hardly described a boom. more like a bump, as in a bump up, and not even a trump bump. sullivan says the new mine has been in the works for some time, long before trump took office. >> the planning was done during the obama administration. the permitting was done during the obama administration. the financing was done during the obama administration. >> reporter: this is not a donald trump coal mine? >> no, it is not. it is a coal mine. we have another 70 jobs. >> reporter: the new mine produces coal used to make steel, and that nearby market accounts for most of the industry's modest gain. most coal in the u.s. is used to make electricity. powe power-generating coal mines suffer. experts say natural gas is cleaner and cheaper. markets, they say, not presidents, decide coal's future. here in somerset county, where
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three of four votes were more trump, they see it differently. do you think, because he is president, this helped to get the mine open? >> yes, definitely. definitely. >> reporter: a lot of people feel that way here. >> yes. he is a man of his word. >> reporter: many are feeling better than they have in a long while, thanks to a new mine and a new president. which is why instead of just another hole in the ground, here, they see hope. according to numbers from the u.s. department of energy, coal production in this country for the first six months of 2017 is up about 18% from the same time last year. which would sound good for places like somerset here. except the long-term forecast for coal, at least from industry analysts, is still very grim. anderson? coming up, what does health care battle have to do with poor k -- porcupines? to its roots.
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porcupines making love. i assume they produce smaller porcupines. something. it has to be done carefully. that's what we're doing now, making love. we actually found a video of sweet, sweet porky porn online, but couldn't get permission to use it. here's one porcupine giving another porcupine a flower. enjoy. then they'll go neck and make love. now, this is just one picture though. it is not scientific. we looked into the making love rituals of porcupines, just to see if the health care analogy holds up. we went to "national geographic" and, of course, "snl." the description from "national geographic" is graphic. to get things going, the male douses the female in urine. i didn't know that. 100% serious. also confirmed by "snl." >> the kwiquills are important the mating process. the male spraying her quills. >> that's dirty talk. >> i guess the health care
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debate is kind of like porcupines making love. there are other rodent analogies that work, as well. >> if it is hungry, it's hungry. what's that in its mouth? a cobra? oh, it runs backwards? sneaks up in the tree. honey badger don't give a [ bleep ]. takes what it wants. oh, it eats snakes. oh, my god. watch it dig. look at that digging. >> i don't care that it is six years old. never gets old to me. honey badgers apathy made me question my own capacity for compassion. i feel bad and don't want to leave you with the image of porcupine copulation stuck in your head. here's a dog wandering on stage while an orchestra is playing at an outdoor festival in turkey. ♪
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>> you're welcome. if any lawmakers who happen to be watching see some legislative analogy in that video, keep it to yourself. that's it for us. thanks for watching 360. special report, orlando: terror at the nightclub, starts now. >> announcer: the following is a cnn special report. >> on june 12th, 2016, 49 people were murdered here at the purse nightclub in orlando, florida. it was one of the worst of mass shootings in u.s. history. in the year since, many of the survivors, as well as those who lost family, friends and loved ones, have