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offering two very different versions of what the men discussed. >> what the two presidents, i think rightly focused on is how do we move forward. how do we move forward from here. it's not clear to me that we will ever come to some agreed-upon resolution of that question between the two nations. so the question is, what do we do now? >> translator: president trump said he heard putin's very clear statements, that this is not true. and that the russian government did not interfere in the elections. and that he accept these statements. that's all. >> and now, vladimir putin is commenting, giving his firsthand account about what the two men discussed. let's talk about all of that right now. cnn white house correspondent sara murray is live for us in hamburg. sarah, this only adds to the confusion, this doesn't offer any clarity. putin is saying that it was
discussed. that the u.s., the russian meddling into u.s. elections was discussed. but he says he denies that russia played a part and what did he say about how trump replied? >> both sides in the meeting agreed that the election meddling was discussed. that they brought it up that they brought it up actually a number of times and had conversations about it. but where they disagree is whether trump is buying russia's line that oh no, we didn't have anything to do with meddling in your election. here's what russian president vladimir putin had to say about that today. >> translator: did trump degree with your position that russia had not intervened in the u.s. elections? >> well he -- let me repeat. he answered all the questions and i think that he noted it and he agreed with it. but i think it's better to ask
him exactly what you have asked, rather than me. >> so this is putin's version of events that they denied any russian interference in the election and according to putin, he thinks that trump believed him that russia played no role in it. that runs counter to the evidence we've seen from the u.s. intelligence agencies. while the american press would love an opportunity to ask president trump what his version of events is, so far it's the russians who put two officials in front of the kwam ra, foreign minister sergey lavrov who was in that meeting and russian president vladimir putin to answer questions about that. >> president trump is slated to leave g20 soon. he is not expected to hold a press conference. you heard from secretary of state rex tillerson yesterday, but that briefing was also off-camera. >> so then, sara, is there still potentially an opportunity where trump might want to address firsthand, face to face with the
press there, at least to assess how the entire g20 went for him, if not to at least punctuate his version of events, with putin? >> well right now there's nothing scheduled in terms of president speaking to the press. there will be a small pool of reporters that will get on air force one with him when he does leave today. and of course that's an opportunity for him to come back and share his side of the story. what he took away from that meeting. what he took away from so many meetings. the putin meeting is just one sliver of the very important meetings he had. he was meeting putin for the first time. it was an opportunity to size each other up. but he also had a lot of important meetings with heads of japan, of south korea. of the uk, as well as of china to talk about other vexing issues like what to do about north korea. about when they want to try to put more pressure on china to in turn put pressure on north korea. these are things we haven't heard the president give his assessment of how he thinks
those meetings went. what kind of progress he thinks was made on that front. we've just heard kind of bits and snippets from him today at the beginning of these meetings as he's about to head into them. >> sara murray in hamburg, germany, traveling with the president on the final day of the g20. joining me is senior international correspondent ivan watson. live for us in moscow. also with me, cnn global affairs analyst taste rhode. for the "new yorker," national security analyst steve hall, a retired c.i.a. chief of russian operations, cnn political commentator david swerdlick is an international editor at the "washington post." david, you first, vladimir putin i guess trying to get the final word on the sequence of that conversation with donald trump. how unusual will it be if donald trump himself doesn't take the opportunity right now, in the last day of hamburg, to give his
version of events? did he agree to what putin had to say or not? >> i think it is unusual, it's part of you know, leadership is getting out making public statements, so it was strange yesterday that you know, secretary tillerson commented on the meeting, but no cameras were present. there was just this audio recording. yet foreign minister lavrov was talking about this openly. i know the trump administration is skeptical of the press and complains about the coverage it receives from the american press. but standing in front of a camera on live television allows a leader to express their views directly to the world public. not just the american public. so it's unusual he's not doing this. >> and david swerdlick, why wouldn't the white house seize on this opportunity to get out in front of the message? >> well fred, think there are two things, one is that president trump at times has not wanted to take the questions that reporters have put to him in these press conferences. as opposed to just putting out the message or the prepared statements that they want to do
out of these meetings or you know, these read-outs after the fact. i think the other thing is that there's a gap right now between what president trump said in poland, on tuesday, excuse me, on thursday, and the message coming from secretary tillerson today. right? i mean secretary tillerson is saying president trump confronted the russians, couple days ago president trump was given his whole speech about well, maybe it was the russians, maybe it was other people and i think if this was a situation where this was president reagan and he had been very tough on the former soviet union and then had an amicable meeting with mikhail gore chbachevgorbachev, they're still trying to sort through what exactly their message is. both at home and to allies. >> steve, is that why in part it's difficult to know whose version of events is correct? especially as you have the president of the united states preceding this meeting with
putin, saying well it could be you know russia, it could have been some other countries. undermining u.s. intelligence. and now you've got these two different version of events of the actual conversation. >> fred, i didn't understand why the president took the tack that he did. he's indicated that he's a good negotiator and somehow fundamentally misunderstood that he went into this meeting with a real position of power. i don't know why the president didn't go into this meeting on transmit mode. saying look you meddled with our elections, you've engaged in all sorts of behaviors that are not in keeping with membership in international society. so we're not going to talk about anything that you guys want to talk about, until such time as those things are resolved. instead what rex tillerson said was look, we had some differences and now wire moving on. it's a little bit like fighting with your teenager about whether they miss curfew or not. and then saying okay, let's go to the mall. you're never going to agree. there's never going to be any proof of this election meddling.
this is classified information and the russians know that it was a missed opportunity in my view. >> ivan, there in moscow when president putin says today let me repeat, he answered all the questions referring to trump, i think that he noted it and he agreed with it. but i think it is better to ask him what you have asked, rather than me. how is all of that being interpreted in moscow? >> well the entire meeting is being celebrated basically by russian official-dom. you've got senior lawmakers saying this was a breakthrough this one-on-one meeting. you have state media saying hey, the face-to-face bilateral between putin and trump eclipsed the entire g20 summit. that's all anybody is really talking about. some of the media have pointed out here that one of the things that russia really wanted, the lifting of sanctions that have been imposed on this country, since the 2014 invasion and annexation of crimea and more
recent sanctionings that were imposed by the outgoing obama administration, seizing two russian diplomatic compounds in the u.s., because of alleged meddling in the u.s. election, that those sanctions have not been lifted. and yet, the, the meeting is again being welcomed here. and you know, vladimir putin, in that press conference that he just gave from hamburg, looked very, very comfortable, very happy to be up there. he was asked and there was a lot of laughter, he was asked whether russia would med until the upcoming german elections. and of course kind of batted that away. with a joke. but it's a stark difference from what you see from the white house delegation, at that same meeting, which will not step out in front of the cameras. as this, as the summit winds down. >> yes, so comfortable in fact by joking he also said it's germany that's actually been poking around in our elections. so he didn't care that he was on
german home soil by saying that. so absent here any talk as far as we know between the two men about consequences, but david rhode, this is another interesting moment about how vladimir putin actually described the demeanor of donald trump. >> translator: trump on tv is very, very different from the trump person that i saw. absolute big difference. he is very good interlocutor, he understand things very quickly. he responds to the questions which arise and discuss, so on and so forth. so it seems to me that we will be able to build future relations on the kind of meeting that we had yesterday. we will be able to actually get to the level that we need. >> so david rhoad, is there some
ulterior motive behind this kind of compliment? >> i think it's classic diplomacy. clearly he's praising president trump. and saying these nice things, that's part of diplomacy. the thing to watch is what does the united states do in its russia policy. does president trump really believe this? and let's give him some credit. maybe he realizes this is putin saying fawning things, but there's critical issues ahead. you know what is going to happen in syria. you know, what happens in ukraine. and again, this unresolved issue of hacking. so let's watch the policy here, not just the things that putin is saying. >> and david, david swerdlick, i guess putin did imply you know that there will be more encounters between he and trump, whether it's face to face, or whether on the phone. but he did seem a bit upbeat, if not optimistic about a new relationship being forged here. how meaningful is that? >> to go back to something that steve said a moment ago if the
u.s. missed an opportunity, i think the russians at least to a limited degree seized an opportunity to have president putin look like he had the equivalent stature of the president of the united states. russia has been embarking for the last however many years on this you know, campaign to reassert itself as an equal power to the u.s. as to maybe to an extent, china. and taking over crimea, reinserting itself into the middle east. and even if they didn't getter in on sanctions, we don't know that. but let's say they didn't get anywhere on sanctions, they got this amicable meeting with the president of the united states. this forward-looking thought that there are going to be future meetings. and on syria, this idea that we're going to work together with them. as long as their sort of client state, the assad regime is still in place, they kind of got a small measured win out of this meeting.
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the syrian truce affects southwestern syria taking place in 24 hours. it was forged by president trump and russian president vladimir putin at the g20 summit in germany. u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson, who sat in on the discussions, saying quote, this is our first indication of the u.s. and russia being able to work together in syria end quote. tillerson's russian counterpart, sergei lavrov, saying the u.s. and russia promised to insure that all groups comply with the cease-fire end quote. joining me now cnn senior international diplomatic editor
nic robertson. nic, good to see new a windy hamburg. what can you tell us about this agreement on syria between the two countries? >> yeah, fred what's real i had interesting, we just heard from president putin speaking about it. and you know, he really seemed to feel that the world had somehow missed a headline here about this cease-fire. he said it's a big deal and he implied that no one had sort of picked up on this. but he also had language that was really fascinating. it went beyond what we heard from secretary tillerson yesterday, when he was explaining that conversation between president trump and president putin. president putin believes that the united states has now arrived at a more pragmatic position. that was his word. where they are, you know, in a position of pooling resources, he says it appears the united states has arrived at a more pragmatic position and it's ready to pool resources in syria. in a common fight. and president putin's mind, he seems to think that there's
something even more substantive about the agreement around this cease-fire. which is only in fact a tiny corner in southwestern syria. and when i talked to some syrian opposition figures about this, what they told me was that they're not sure how it's actually going to work. how is it going to be enforced? for them on the ground in syria, there's still a very big number of questions. but again listening to president putin talking about syria, just a few minutes ago, you get the sense that he really feels that he dominates that war and that conversation right now. and that he's in the driving seat. shaping what happens next. >> north korea is also a big issue being discussed there. that bilateral meeting between president trump and chinese president xi just concluded, we understand. listen to what president trump had to say just before that meeting got started. >> i appreciate the things that you have done relative to the
very substantial problem that we all face in north korea. a problem that something has to be done about. and i'm sure that whether it's on trade or whether it's on north korea or any of the many things that we'll be discussing, we will come to a successful conclusion. as far as north korea is concerned, and i know that we'll have eventually success. it may take longer than i'd like. it may take longer than you'd like. but there will be success in the end, one way or the other. >> there we heard president trump talking about his promise, what his hopes are and when he said something has to be done and there may be eventual success, how might those things be measured? >> well i think as well, this was very much the tone that we heard that came out of this meeting with president putin as well. that the tactics and the speed, the pace, may be entirely different from what russia wants, what the united states wants. and that seems to be coming out of that mighting with china,
let's not forget, he went into the meeting with xi jinping last night after two b-1b bombers did practice runs over the north korean peninsula, supported by two, supported by south korean f-15 fighter jets and u.s. f-16 fighter jets. when the b-1b bombers left the area, they were escorted by japanese fighter aircraft. this is exactly the opposite of what president xi jinping had said should happen just a couple of days ago, that there should be a complete military deescalation. so i think the reality is that president trump and president xi jinping are really seeing this from opposite ends of the spectrum. and there is not a coming together of minds and there is not a sort of a mutual trust on this at the moment. but obviously president trump needs his support. >> all right. nic, thanks so much. let's bring in to the conversation two other members of our panel. on the u.s./china talks on north
korea and the cease-fire in syria as well, david rhode, cnn global affairs analyst is backs as is steve hall, cnn national security analyst and former c.i.a. chief of russian operations. and cnn's nic robertson. david, to you first, when the president says prior to the meeting that there's something needs to be done. and there may be some successes. what are you expecting trump to be considering a win out of this meeting with xi? >> it's not really clear to me and the whole broader dynamic of all this attention on russia kind of just shocks me. again russia is the 12th largest economy in the world. the russian economy is roughly the size of the economy of new york state alone. texas has a bigger economy than russia. texas alone. california and whereas china is this huge player economically, the critical player in north korea. and it's you know there's accommodation towards russia,
but confrontation towards china. so not much came out of this meeting. a colleague of mine at the "new yorker" suggested a new approach where china and the u.s. could work together, possibly involving economic aid, via china to north korea in exchange for stopping these tests. but none of these ideas appear to be coming forward. that idea of economic aid was proposed this week by two foreign policy advisers to barack obama and george w. bush. but the trump white house is not acting on it. >> and so, steve, the u.s. is testing a missile defense system in alaska. how might this kind of exhibit of muscle either deter or intimidate north korea as it continues? what was 11 missile tests as of last weekend? this year? >> yeah. the north korea situation and you know what intimidates and what deters, is really difficult. because you're trying to get into that black box of north korea and what the leadership thinks there. but to the larger point, it's an
excellent point with regard to china vis-a-vis russia. look at syria. we have to ask why is russia even in syria? and the answer is because it's a central part of their foreign policy, to make themselves necessary to the resolution of a world situation, a world crisis. they successfully were led into syria by the previous administration. and now we have to deal with them. you're right, compared to china for example, it makes all sorts of sense to work with china vis-a-vis north korea. there's a regional interest, the chinese are good trading partner, there's a lot of negative things to be said about the chinese regime. but pair that to why we deal with russia, when russia's goal is to put itself into a position where we have to. that's why vladimir putin is kind of crowing about things saying look, we're a great power, the united states has to deal with us about syria. when in reality, i'm not sure that we do. >> nic, this g20 brought together some really -- we saw on exhibit, some real strength
in leadership. and angela merkel actually weighed in on the u.s. and that relationship with the rest of the world. to what degree and how seriously you know are her comments taken on the global stage? >> so she's a preeminent figure on the global stage. certainly the european perspective. she is the leading political figure at the moment. she was hosting the g20. so it's down to her to try to get as much agreement as possible and get a communique' out that was as strong as possible. that makes her look good. she's got elections in a couple of months. so what did that communique' say? well on climate change she said at the beginning it was important if we don't agree, we need to say that we don't degree. but it left the united states as an outlier. she said in her view, it's deplorable that the united states has taken the position of not following through with the paris climate accord. that was very strong language,
but she said it was important to put in that communique', though there were differences, all 19 others except the united states agree. on trade there was a big concern going into this. there could be a trade war, that the united states would put tear i haves or quotas on, on steel for example. she said on trade that they were going to fight you know, they were going to support free trade. that they would fight against unfair trade. and that's something that president trump would like to hear. but that's a position really that was, against the position that she had perceived, a protectionism by the united states. and america-first protectionism. that was the way that she viewed it. this again left the united states as an outlier. the same on globalization as well. so although this communique' did bring everyone together and perhaps president trump could look at this new body that's going to examine the global steel trade to see where the imbalances are and they'll report in november.
that's something he may take support from. that was really a compromise that she was able to hammer out. the reality is that the united states really, i use the word outlier. but does feel for the first time, at a g20, something like an outlier. not sort of leading from the center at all that was where angela merkel was at this g20. >> all right. nic robertson, david hohde, steve hall, thank you. coming up, as russia's role in the u.s. election takes center stage overseas, the president's voter fraud commission is getting rebuffed and crit suicized by several sts at home. >> not on my watch are we going to participate in a commission that's set up as a pretext to try to find an answer to a problem that simply doesn't exist. >> kentucky's secretary of state joining us after the break to further make her case. be the you who shows up in that dress.
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president trump's voter fraud commission continues to receive push-back. the commission chaired by vice president mike pence has requested sensitive personal information, including names, addresses and the last four digits of voters' social security numbers in the states. some states are still reviewing the request. others have refused to provide voter information protected by their state laws. and some states have flat-out rejected the commission's request, completely. joining me now to discuss this is allison grimes, she is the secretary of state for kentucky. one of the states refusing to turn over the voter information. secretary, good to see you. >> thank you fredricka. >> why is your state so opposed to the commission's request for voter information?
>> well it's not just kentucky, i'm proud that kentucky has led the way. but it's secretaries of state across the nation, chief election official who is believe that the constitution and especially the 10th amendment mean something that elections and especially voter registration are left to the states to run. we need a national voter registration file about as much as we need another tweet from the president. i'm here at the national association of secretaries of state conference. we've just begun and it goes until monday. the sense i get is that my colleagues are standing strong and reiterating this is a process this is a function left to the states and we don't need the federal government overreaching, more importantly. we don't need to tell the world and especially putin, who we're giving a pass to meddling in our elections, exactly where we're going to keep every registered voter's information in america at the white house. >> you've heard what was discussed between trump and putin on the election. secretary of state rex tillerson saying there was acknowledgement
that it was to be discussed. but they're going to move forward and then of course we heard putin most recently today saying that he stated emphatically that russia was not involved and that the president agreed. so since you did bring that up, what's your view on putin's account and whether you want to hear firsthand from trump, donald trump himself? i think the conflicting accounts are concerning. i think the american people want to hear our president say that we will not stand for russia or any foreign actor meddling in our elections. most importantly, they want to know that they have election officials, such as myself. others from mississippi, tennessee, california, all across the united states, that are standing up to say there's sensitive personal information will not be compromised because of the insecurity of a president to try to come to terms that he lost the popular vote.
>> the president has said that voter fraud is a big problem that you don't want to have your state hand over the kinds of information this commission wants. do you believe there is a voter fraud problem that does need to be tackled by the white house? >> i think my colleagues across the aisle and i agree that there is no massive widespread voter fraud that occurred in the 2016 election. especially none that exists to the limits that the president has repeatedly suggested, whether it's 140 characters at a time or on on-camera appearances. three to five million folks did not vote illegally in this 2016 election. we have secretaries of state that stand up for the results of their respective states. they were free of voter fraud. we don't need a commission that was set up to try to create and find evidence that simply doesn't exist that study after study shows, is just simply not there. we do need to have a discussion about how we move our elections forward. we did that in 2014. when we had bob bauer and ben ginsberg create a presidential commission on behalf of president obama. we want and should do that
again, but the overreach by the federal government in trying to create a national voter registration file is not something that not only democrats are against, but republicans as well. president trump has succeeded in actually uniting democrats and republicans on this effort. >> so president trump did tweet on not too long ago that your state and others are hiding something by not wanting to hand over the information. what is your response to that? there's the tweet, numerous states refusing to give information to the very distinguished voter fraud panel. what are they trying to hide? how do you respond to that? >> the secretaries across the united states don't have anything to hide. in fact they have more at stake than the president realizes, it's the security and privacy in kentucky for instance, of 3.3 million kentuckiens, we're not willing to put that at risk for russia, for any other foreign actor or a hacker or the president's insecurity of coming to terms of the loss of the popular vote in the 2016 secret
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welcome back. so the syrian cease-fire agreement reached between the u.s. and russia is expected to take effect in less than 24 hours. as more information of the agreement between the two countries develops, leaders at the g20 summit are grappling with how to best fight isis. even as the terror group reorganizes in places like indonesia and afghanistan, it's fighting u.s.-backed rebels in the group's defacto capital of raqqah, syria. cnn senior international correspondent nick paton walsh is the first journalist to get through the wall encircling raqqah and into its old city. he files this exclusive report. >> we are now inside the old city walls of raqqah, the
capital of isis' self-declared caliphate in the territory in which they will make their final stand in syria and really the middle east. the wall, a key milestone for coalition forces and the syrian kurds and arabs who control fully about 200 to 300 meters inside the old city. down that way 200 meters are isis' positions. the forces here don't move round much in the daylight because of the risk of isis snipers, less so in these streets. it's at night where the majority of the movement forward is in fact made. we've seen u.s. forces here, not far from these positions, anxious not to be filmed or even noticed, frankly. but we understand it's them calling in the air strikes, not from the artillery that's allowing the forces to move forward frankly so quickly. i've been surprised how little of the city isis apparentry in right now. an area one and a half to three miles in terms of size. so increasingly small terrain that they hold. but as we saw in mosul in iraq,
civilians unable to flee because of the isis snipers, a real impediment for the syrian, kurdish and arab fighters. but still the progress here marking potentially the last time that isis can say they hold a city in syria. nick paton walsh, cnn, inside the old city of raqqah, syria. courageous reporting, nick paton walsh, thank you so much in northern syria. coming up, ivanka trump taking her father's seat at the table today at the g20 summit? we'll discuss her growing unconventional role as she interacts shoulder to shoulder with the world's biggest leaders. for your heart... your joints... or your digestion...
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hi. welcome back. ivanka trump stepping into a more prominent role on the world stage at the g-20 this morning, she briefly took trump's seat during a meeting. you can see this her there right next to chinese president xi jinping and british prime minister theresa may encircled. a trump administration official noted when other leaders stepped out their seats were also
briefly filled by others. another big moment for ivanka this morning, she helped roll out a new program for future business women. it's called "we-fi," short for women entrepreneurs finance initiative. the world bank fail will help women start their own businesses in developing countries by providing loans and mentors. president trump said the united states has committed $50 million to it will billion-plus-dollar program. so prior to this kind of commitment, mr. trump's actions and word toward women have been the subject of a lot of criticism from the infamous "access hollywood" tape to his tweet about a cable news television host and his most recent remarks about the irish journalist's appearance. all of that now according to a new article on cnn's digital magazine called "state" has made president trump, quote, the unlikely force behind the revival of the women's movement.
the headline -- "donald trump is the best and worst thing that has happened to modern american feminism" joining me now, the cnn journalist who wrote that article, jodie enda. >> thanks for having me. >> let me ask you about this headline. why do you say that president trump is the best and the worst thing to happen to modern american feminism? >> well, certainly feminists are not happy with president trump both for his behavior and for his policies and some of the proposals that he's put forth. but he has uniquely galvanized american women to come out in force in a way that no president has before him. so it started with the women's march the day after the inauguration, where millions of women not only in the united states but around the world protested president trump. there were about half a million in washington, which was the largest location, but there were hundreds of thousands in other
large cities all around the world and in small cities. and it's continued since then. women went home and they started to organize. women who never were involved in politics or political action before joined huddles, which are local community organizations, where they can take action, put their ideas together, contact their legislators, and try and get some things done. >> those marches were bigger than even the organizers had expected. >> yeah. >> you write in "state," "while expanding ambitions have boosted the size of women's movement, it remains to be seen whether such a shift will make it more powerful." so why not? what do you mean by that? >> we don't know what the end result will be. this is going to be a very tough battle and they know this, because not only do they have a president in office who was not fighting for most of the things that feminists would like him to
fight for, but the republican congress is quite conservative and they are scaling back on some of the initiatives that women support. things like medicaid, which will be cut if president trump's proposed budget goes through, affect two-third of the medicaid recipients are women. things like abortion rights, birth control, housing assistance, public education, all are things that women are fighting for and we just don't know what the end result will be. >> jodi, while we're talking, we're also seeing that in marine one there, the president of the united states is soon to be making hi way to air force one as he leaves hamburg, germany. you heard me mention, we showed the image earlier of donald trump's daughter ivanka taking hid seat at the table of world leaders.
one has to wonder whether the ascension of the business prowess, the popularity of his daughter, ivanka trump, helps blunt the criticism that the president has received as it pertains to women's issues. >> i don't think it blunts the criticism one iota. i think it would help, feminists would appreciate it if ivanka would, for instance, tell her father to stop tweeting demeaning remarks about women or to stop judging them on their appearance or to support some of the issues that are very important to a lot of women. one thing that's interesting is that millennial women who never were all that involved in the women's movement before have come out in droves. these are the women who are affected by things like birth control, which is covered under obamacare and could be scaled back. or abortion rights. so women have not seen from
ivanka the kind of advances they want, yet she is putting forth some proposals that would help some women and i think that feminists appreciate that, but they want her to go much farther. it's not a salve to put her in his seat if she's not really doing the kind of things that are going to help women. >> and all this while it wasn't what a week ago she said she's not, you know, political, yet she has a very important role as a policy -- an adviser there in the white house. so perhaps it's still young, she's still trying toing if your out her role or the white house is trying to figure out how to embrace her, all that good stuff. we shall see. >> when i saw her sitting in that seat i was wondering what donald trump would have said if michelle obama had taken president obama's seat at one of those kinds of events. >> good point. all right. jodi enda, thanks so much again. looking at the images, marine one as it makes its way to air force one as the president now
wraps up hi g-20 summit there in hamburg, germany. and of course be sure to check out jodi's new article in cnn's new digital magazine called "state." it's at cnn.com/state. much more in the "newsroom" straight ahead. first, the '90s unleashed a wide range of television shows from animated hits bike "southpark" to sitcoms like "seinfeld" and "friends." take a look down memory lane. >> some of my favorite shows of all time aired in that decade and everybody was watching them. >> ah! >> there was still that communal sense from the earlier decades of tv but it was being applied to shows that were reaching higher and farther and they were great. because there were so many channels and because so much storytelling was going on, you started to get more variety of stories being told. >> schedule a c.a.t. scan and call the neurosurgery resident. >> television showed us women
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