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slowed by turmoil in washington. . ations are high, ana. last season profits grew at the fastest pace in years, about 15%, and analysts predict s&p 500 profits will rise 6% this quarter. that would mark the fourth straight quarter of earnings growth. that means companies are making money and the stock market is a reflection of that. stocks performed very well this year, despite the nonstop drama in d.c. and last tuesday offered a sharp reminder that wall street isn't in a complete bubble shortly after donald trump jr. released e-mails about a russian lawyer, the dow fell 150 points. it quickly recovered, but by the next day the dow hit a record high. wall street ignores the turmoil in washington and the current stock market rally will begin in the hopes of tax cuts and deregulation and companies making a lot of money that's keeping the bulls running. ana? >> this is cnn breaking news. 7:00 eastern, 4:00 in the
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afternoon out west. i'm monica brewer in. >> a claim made by president trump's personal attorney while defending the attorney against top campaign. >> i wonder yet secret service that this was nefarious, why the secret service allowed the people in. the president had secret service protection at that point. that raised a question with me. >> in response the secret service tells cnn, quote, donald trump jr., was not a protectee of the u.s. secret service in june 2016. thus, we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time. however, the secret service also says any person entering trump tower at the time of this meeting would have been checked for weapons. joining us now, ambassador thomas pickering. he has a lengthy resume which includes serving as ambassador to six countries including russia as well as the u.n. he has also served under six
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u.s. presidents both democratic and republican and also back with us, cnn analyst april ryan and she covers the white house every single day as correspondent for urban networks. why is the white house having such a difficult time coming up with a consistent defense to this meeting? >> it's what they don't know is what they don't know. this, from day one, from this administration, it has been high drama and now the drama had turned to something very serious. they're having a hard time figuring this out, and when it comes to the secret service, you have to remember, donald trump jr. was not a protectee, but if he was a protectee, what the secret service does is take a list of who was waived in, and if they waived in the people that donald trump jr. would have come in, what they would do is a metal detection. you can have a phone going into a meeting or going into a
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building with a president. the question is when you get into that room, can you use it? to say, you know, what's in a bag, can you take a recorder, what have you? if it's a phone, it's a different thing, but again, secret service doesn't even deal with that. >> right. >> go ahead. >> sorry. i didn't mean to cut you off there and let me bring in the ambassador to this conversation. you served under six u.s. presidents. can you think when a president or his team have held the team responsible for a matter like this? >> no, i cannot, ana, in all honesty. i thought what april had to say was consistent with what i know about, although i think the details of that are also important, but there seem to be, look, like firemen with a fire hose shifting the hose to where they see the fire and the flame greatest and consistency has never been their strong point and clearly, they are continually caught out in inconsistencies and foreign
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policy and in statements and seemingly, each new inconsistency just makes the whole process worse. so in effect, the disarray is literally here coming home to roost. whether it will change anybody's idea about the president or not is a much more open question. >> april, when the president had to fire michael flynn he blame was blamed for giving -- do they have a problem with accountability? >> we hear from leaders and critics. they're saying yes and their credibility is not because they keep going and throwing it somewhere else. using a scapegoat somewhere else, but they're their own albatross around their own neck. i mean, just going back to this story, the secret service has been brought in how many times for the last six months on stories, be it wiretapping, be it comey. they've been brought in so many times now and they're supposed
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to be a serious organization that's used to protect the president and those who are the protectees in the president's realm and his family, and top staffers t staffers. the credibility has been knocked and we don't know how far it goes and when you continue to deflect and talk about the former president when do you take the own us upon yourself? when is it about you? >> ambassador, there is a new poll out today & an abc news/washington post poll that fin finds 33% believe this. does it concern you? >> i'm sorry, that was question addressed to me, ana. i didn't hear it? >> are you concerneded about it? >> it certainly has become a partisan issue, i think, if, in fact, the data in those polls is correct, and i have no reason to doubt it, and i said a moment
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ago that i saw very little effect of what's going on particularly on that republican voting group that seems to have stayed with the president through thick and thin on all these other questions. and this is a very important group because we're that group to begin to change. it would certainly then have an effect on republican legislators particularly in the house and senate, and the federal branch, and they have it within their grasp to put it this way, to take the political step which would then be consistent, hopefully or at least it would be consistent in whatever sense this is going to evolve with any legal steps that might lead, obviously, to actions that would sum up -- be summed up in impeachment. whether, in fact, that will ever happen and whether that will be the case will in large measure depend upon whether there is this conjunction. is there real evidence? is there a crime? is there something that meets the standard of impeachment and
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is there a political reason to pursue it? it can't be pursued with merely a minority in the house and senate. ambassador, given your experience abroad, do you think the president's response be inviting foreign countries to meddle in future lechs? . >> we saw that a long time ago and i wondered whether that passed the sniff test, whether it passed the first page of "the washington post" or new york times test or whatever test it was. it didn't bother enough people to in any way at all deter them from voting for president trump. in a way, yeah, it bothered me, and did it bother other people? there are lots of things that in this administration might have bothered people in former administrations that i have seen up close and first hand that don't seem to be in any way at all, put it this way, laying a glove on the president at this stage. >> thomas pickering and april
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ryan, thank you both for joining us. >> thank you. >> again, our breaking news on cnn. the secret service contradicting claims made by the president's attorney today. and the secret service tells cnn it did not vet anyone in the meeting with donald trump jr., jared kushner and paul manafort last summer and yet another question being raised after a week shifting statements. joining us, cnn law enforcement analyst jonathan. he spent 15 years in the secret service. the secret service saying it was protecting president trump at that time, he was then-candidate trump, of course. >> correct. >> don junior was not a part of their protection at the time, but this meeting was held in trump tower, so my understanding is there were some, at least, physical protections that the people entering would have gone through? some vetting. >> absolutely. once donald trump, the candidate, received secret service protection, one of the primary responsibilities of the secret service was to protect his residence which is trump
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tower and that was co-joined by the campaign headquarters. so anyone going into campaign headquarters and trump tower, regardless of the reason, were screened for physical threats only. so they're screened for any type of weapons that they have, and any type of explosives and standard operating procedure for the secret service to deploy, you know, the mitigation of physical threats. terms of what was said earlier today, does the secret service screen a nominee for or are secret service protecting for intelligence threats? that's not the secret service's role at that time. they didn't do that nor did they do it for hillary clinton or her campaign at the time. again, i'm confused as to why the president's attorney decided to bring that up today. >> so you said also previously in their statement they talk about looking for weapons and they had this magnetometer.
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>> magnetometer. >> thank you for saying it for me. would they have confiscated anything else like a recording device? >> you have to look at -- what was the construct of the meeting? it was a campaign meeting and they were doing hundreds of them concurrently at that time. anything that came into trump tower they went through a bag screening. anything that was in your bag. what is a recording device? a cell phone is a recording device. so do you confiscate cell phones? no. it wasn't the secret service's responsibility to take any type of recording devices because it didn't pose a physical threat at the time. again, back in june, trump tower solely concerned about physical threats and preventing any harm to the president or the first lady at the time. again, nothing to do with counterintelligence. >> so what strikes me though, here, is the secret service has responded in a statement like this very quickly. is that typical? they don't usually seem like a
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media-friendly outlet. >> i think it was the delivery method this morning that the president's attorney chose. he went on to, you know, the sunday morning shows and began a narrative that pot shally the secret service was at fault as to letting this meeting occur with the potential intelligence gathering or someone from who was trying to illicit information from donald trump jr. that's wrong. that's like saying the coast guard was at fault. you're deflating two different constructs. one is physical security and one is the intelligence community and don't co-join this. >> these are people willing to lay their life on the line for the president. >> the statement that sekulow put out on the morning shows rubbed them the wrong way? >> absolutely. it's wrong. you don't want to con fligflate the role is of the secret service. they have a successful,
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protective methodology around screening for threat, physical threats whether it's for a nominee, a foreign head of state, the president. please don't bring in politics into this. don't try to create this different narrative. in this instance, the attorney was wrong. the secret service immediately jumped on that because they wanted to set the record straight. >> would the secret service have known about words with a nefarious purpose? >> if they were name checkeded for criminal history or active warrants which is something that the secret service would do, but you know, that would be a different conversation than what he is implying in that conversation. >> thanks so much. jonathan wachnow, thank you for coming onex anding it to us. coming up, why iranians think he's a spy and how the sentence could impact relations with america. you are live in the cnn "newsroom." we're on to you, diabetes.
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>> a u.s. citizen has just been sentenced to ten years in an iranian prison accused of spying. cnn correspondent elise labott is live with the details. what can you tell us? >> we understand from princeton university that this is a chinese-american. he's an american citizen, but was born in china, and they are identifying him as xiwei wang and he was in iran, arrested last summer doing scholarly research for his dissertation. a spokesman for the government said that he was spying, was sending articles and information back to the united states, to the state department and other western institution, but what we understand from princeton university is that this chinese-american was, in fact, in iran doing scholarly research for his diseration and that's
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why he was there and princeton university is very distressed in a statement about the situation and trying to get this man home. we have no idea of any trial that was -- that was done. the iranians say that he was put on trial, but as is often the case in iran, this was a closed-door trial with no information about the charges or any evidence presented. >> elise, the sentence comes at a critical time for u.s.-iranian relations. tomorrow is the deadline for the trump administration to decide whether or not to waive some of the sanctions against iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. how could this latest development impact that? >> that's right. tomorrow is the 90-day deadline for president trump to certify that iran is making good on its commitments, and the deal three months ago he did certify that iran was living up to its bargain. i think that this will certainly cloud the already tense atmosphere between the u.s. and iran. i don't think that this will
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change president trump's decision. we understand, from senior officials that he is expected to certify that iran is making good on its commitments, on the deal. certainly president trump has said that he doesn't like this deal, that he'd like to renegotiate, but some senior aides like secretary of state rex tillerson while acknowledging that this deal is not perfect, it's the best way to monitor iran's nuclear activities. there's going to be another certification in 90 days and by then, there's this interagency and government-wide review of the policy smoob done and what we will expect, ana is the u.s. will stay on on this nuclear deal ask try and strengthen the implementation and make sure there isn't for the watering and also crack down on some of the other activities in the region like sponsoring terrorism.
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its human rights violation and certainly these american citizens will fall into that. we have two other americans simack, a businessman and his father have been in jail sentenced to hard labor and so certainly they'd like to get all americans out and crack down on iran's other behavior in the region. >> elise labott, thank you. coming up, the president's personal attorney suggests the secret service would aren't have allowed nefarious people into donald trump jr.'s meeting. we are getting a response now from the secret service. next, our panel weighs in on the changing narrative about that trump tower meeting last june. ♪ blue moon is a well-crafted belgian style wheat beer brewed with valencia orange peel for a refreshing taste that shines brighter. blue moon. whuuuuuat?rtgage offer from the bank today. you never just get one offer. go to and shop multiple loan offers for free!
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updating you on the breaking news. the story about donald trump jr. meeting with a lawyer is
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changing. the u.s. secret service wouldn't have let the meeting happened if the people involved were n nefarious. now the secret service is responding. donald trump jr. was not a protectee of the secret service in june 2016. caitlin hughey burns and jay newton shawl. we rarely get on-camera briefings and there's been the lack of press conferences and the one person who is speaking out and responding to the latest development regarding donald trump jr.'s meeting there at trump tower gets it wrong. >> right. it's not surprising, though, that he's getting this wrong because he probably is getting information day by day like many people. the reality is if we reflect on when the story first came out last week it looks very different now. and so he's going forward to the media, trying to tell us
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everything that he knows and the reality is he may not know everything, and we've seen this happen before with the communications team. it's just a big problem across the board with the trump administration and messaging. >> the president is tweeting today, as well. i want to read what he wrote. hillary clinton, can he legally get the questions to the debate and delete 33,000 e-mails? but my son don is being scorned by the fake news media. first of all, we covered the clinton stuff when that happened, as well. >> yes. >> thoroughly. he can say the problem is the reporting, let's listen to what republican trey gowdy had to say about this latest situation. remember, he is someone who was heavily involved in the hillary clinton benghazi hearings. watch. >> someone close to the president needs to get everyone connected with that campaign in a room, and say, from the time you saw ddr. zhivago until the you drank with a guy named
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boris, you list everyone and we'll turn them over to the special counsel. >> caitlin, is this a self-inflicted wound by the trump administration? >> representative gowdy has a great point here. and it comes up over and over again, every time the form that jared kushner is filling out has to be updated with more contacts. there are these questions about why didn't you just disclose all of these meetings beforehand? what's really interesting about the president attacking the media and attacking the reporting is that, you know, this is a situation in which his son released these e-mails that show these conversations and the setup to the conversations. so that discredits the president's argument here and you hear from republicans on capitol hill that they want to get to the bottom of this. they are interested, too, in figuring out the russian meddling as peshpect of this ans just brings it back into light and as much as the president would like to move on, he can't. there are investigations going on led by republicans to get to
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the bottom of this which shows how significant they think it is. >> meantime, he keeps looking back and you talk about attacking reporters and the reporting, and he is also continuing to attack his former opponent. >> so, jay, what is up with the president's fixation with hillary clinton? >> well, it goes back to campaign mode and that is when the president is most comfortable, when he's rallying big crowds and he's out campaigning and that was also when he was most popular, right? if you look at his poll approval ratings right now, they're pretty dismal. so he's always looking for a straw man to strike down and hillary clinton was the most main treatment strawman, and now there's no one else to blame, but himself, and he's never going to do that. he's never going to say, yeah, we were wrong even though clearly from the first time we heard about this the trump administration had said no, there were no contacts with russia. this is ludicrous, and a witch hunt, quote, unquote, and every day there are new contacts with
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russia that come out from various campaign officials and administration officials and so, you know, you can't blame everything on hillary clinton and she lost the campaign more than nine months ago, and there is no one else, really. >> kellyanne conway took a different approach trying to feet against the theories of collusion and she used props. >> i just want to be you in case we run out of time. this is to help all of the people at home. what's the conclusion? collusion? no. we don't have that yet. i see illusion and delusion. so just so we're clear, everyone. conclusion, collusion? no. illusion, delusion? yes. i thought we would have some fun with words. >> couple that with the polling showing only 33% of republicans believe russia tried to influence the election compared to 80% of democrats. eugene, it seems like the white house and the president's
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messaging is working. >> well, it's working with republicans, and i think it's very important to realize that according to the most recent gallup poll, only one in four americans self-identify as republican. so we have to remember that the majority of voters do not believe that the message the trump administration is putting out is accurate and even among republicans it's only 80% who still view him favorably, one in five republicans, plus three and four voters as a whole are having a messaging issue and the most important word that kellyanne said with the flash cards was yet. >> how much do you think this whole story has been a drag on the presidency at this point almost six monthsin? >> certainly, if you look at the legislative agenda, it's stalled right now, and the reason is that you have no political incentive for democrats, of course, to work with this president given those ratings and you also have republicans on capitol hill who were trying to work on things like health care reform, get it through the
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agenda who were also constantly bombarded with all of this information, and as much as they try to move on from it, it's kind of every shoe -- as another shoe drops at any given moment. what's interesting about these poll numbers is the president does have a very low approval rating. that approval rating mirrors his favorability during the campaign which is also interesting. he was unpopular during the campaign and remains so now. the number i always look at is the number among republicans which is still very high and still very popular among republicans which shows him very much speaking to his base and we have to keep an eye on the independent voters and in the polls that number is slipping a little bit. >> jay, i'll give you the final thought. as kailey was saying, i think half and half. i heard from the leadership that they didn't mind the distraction this week because they're working behind the scenes to get health care done and with all of the media attention focused on
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don junior and russia, it kind of took some of the pressure off of some of the town hall meetings and those things and at the same time it handicaps the president's leverage with senators when he's calling them up from bed minister saying you need to vote for this. he doesn't have the same political juice as he would had he not had the investigation hang over his head and presidents don't usually have to coerce them to vote for things they want them to vote for. it could be a curse and blessing at the same time. >> great discussion. thanks, guys. here now is a look at some of the other stories in the news you might have missed this past week. in case you miss ttd, president trump stepped in so an all-girls robotics team could come to the u.s. the team's visa application to enter the u.s. for competition was denied twice. a public backlash followed and the president intervened once he heard about this case. the six girls on the team are now in washington, competing in the three-day event along with
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of july ans aberg the size of delaware broke off from the continent, but what could cause this 1 trillion ton of ice to detach? here's cnn's kyung lau. >> reporter: a crack more than 120 miles long on the east side of theant arctic peninsula, finally breaking off, creating a spectacular iceberg weighing more tan a trillion metric tons, roughly the size of delaware. >> it's one of the largest icebergs in human history. >> ucla professor has spent her career studying antarctic ice, traveling to the very peninsula where the ice shelf called larson sea broke off. the professor has seen two other big sections of the peninsula brake off and dissolve. the first in 1995 and then another in 2002. she watched as this crack grew for years, caught off guard that this break happened so soon. what this latest break means is
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something scientists aren't yet agreed on. antarctica the cold of the place on earth is a continent covered in ice and icebergs have been breaking away from ice shelves for millions of years, but at the end of the 20th century the peninsula was one of the fastest warming places on the planet and that warming has slowed or reversed slightly in this century. >> you learn all of this just from samples of ice. >> you learn it from samples of ice and samples of rock. >> this geochemist says the overall trends in the arctic point to global warming. >> the fact that we've had seven out of the 12 ice shelves on antarctica collapse in the last two decades and this one appears to be ready to go with the breaking off of this major iceberg, that is hard to attribute to anything else. >> kyung lau, cnn, los angeles. coming up, wild pictures of a car that ended up on the roof of a home. we'll tell you how it got there. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." by one.
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tonight, cnn's history of comedy returns with one nation under comedy. it explores how racial humor has evolved over the decades and how comedians, like dick gregory broke the color barrier. >> reporter: up until the early '60s, comedy, stand-up comedy
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was a segregated proposition. and dick gregory changed all of that, single handedly. >> no baseball player having trouble. that's a great sport for my people. that is the only sport in the world where negros can shake a stick at a white man and won't start no riot. >> i realized that if i made people laugh, they would stop talking about me. so that's what i set out to do. >> dick gregory was one of the first blood kmoon yans that crossed over and did so in a way where he kept his integrity. there was not a sense that he became less committed to his own race because he played white rooms. >> and you heard what bobby kennedy said, 30 years from this year, negro can become president. treat me right, i'll get in there and raise taxes on you. i mean, don't get me wrong, i wouldn't mind paying my income tax if i knew it was going to a friendly country. >> there was something about
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giving somebody a fact or a piece of information that may be a little confrontational, people may object to it. if you can turn it into a punch line, they are much more open to it, and gregory understood the power of comedy. >> now another guy you will see in tonight's show is comedian russell peters. he has performed routines in front of sold out crowds all around the world from london, australia, singapore, he was named one of the best stand-up comics of all time by rolling stone. and he is joining us now, russell, great to have you with us, you have lots of fans here in the news room who are really excited to hear from you tonight. you're canadian, your parents integrated from india in the 1960s, as your ethnicity inspired your routines? >> if you've seen my act, you know that, ana, come on, lady. >> yeah, of course. >> maybe the better question is how has it inspired your routines? why do you choose to use that as the hook for some of your jokes? >> i don't know if it's a hook.
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i think it's the way my brain is programmed. you know, from being born in canada and even though i was born and raised in canada, i felt like i was treated like an immigrant the whole time, and then 11 years ago, i moved to america, and i'm actually an immigrant and feel more simulated than in canada, oddly enough. >> interesting. in comedy, do you think you have to walk a fine line when it comes to race? you haven't semied away from it. >> it's all about intent. my intention is always to make people laugh. i don't -- i don't want to hurt your feelings. i want you to leave there feeling good and i want everybody to walk out with the same feeling of he said that about his people, but, these other people from a completely different part of the world feel like that's their family as well. i mean, ultimately, when you break it down, it's the same experience if you're an immigrant family. >> in all serious, race-based comedy, it has the power to unite or divide. do you feel a weight on your shoulders? >> i don't feel a weight on my
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shoulders so much as i feel a responsibility to speak about things in a manner that we'll educate you, but we'll first and foremost make you laugh. >> do you try to poke the proverbial bear? >> absolutely. always try to do that. always poke the bear. just, you know, you don't want to shy away from things, you want to dance around it. it's kind of like being -- not the class clown, but the guy in class who's laughing at the class down. >> do you ever get a response you didn't expect? >> sometimes i get the response i don't expect, and then you have to figure that's somebody else's own issues they're trying to drag you into. you know, they get offended on behalf of something that wasn't about them. i feel like they've got some other hidden things they're working on themselves. >> you have been doing this job that's obviously your passion for decades now -- >> 28 years. >> do you feel -- do you feel your material is resinating differently today, given our
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current political climate? >> um, no, i think people just need to laugh about it a little bit more nowadays. so, i mean, they need more levity in their life. you know, before we had the genius running the country, it was -- for me there was a lot of to thor there, i was like, this is going to be great, great for material. when 2 materialized and became reality, there was this whole moment of shock from everybody. and we're like, hold on, i can't joke about it, i'm trying to process this. >> oh, interesting. well you obviously play all over the world. i am curious how audiences differ from place to place. >> well, for me, they are fans of me. they're coming to see me and see what i do and my brand of comedy. for me it's a lot easier. i don't consider that going to into the country to perform, i consider that performing for the troops, americans, canadians, what have you, whatever troops
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are there. when i formaled in iraq i didn't look as performing in iraq. everybody was there, i was just basically bring them a piece of home. >> sorry? >> sorry, go ahead -- >> no, when i go to the middle east and perform now, i perform for those people in the middle east. i go to saudi arabia and performing for the local saudi arabian population. when i go to india i'm performing for the indian population. and so on and so forth. wherever i go in the world, i'm performing for the local people, which to me is a great way of showing that i've crossed over and made the rest of the world pay attention to us. >> and what's more polarizing, making fun of politics or race? >> it depends on when you're doing. i mean people take politics way more to heart than they do with race. race is something you can joke about because you have no choice in it.
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you are what you are, if somebody's talking about a space of they understand why you do those things and understand why that's funny to me and not to you. and you present it a certain way, people respect that. when you say something deep about something -- somebody that's below the surface, that makes them go, how does he know that? why does he know that? these are not things -- there's a stereotypes on top, wow, how did you know that? people like when you pay attention. >> well, maybe that's why what happened with bill mar last month came under fire. he's coming at it from a different position, different background. he did that racial epithet on his show, he apologized. just yesterday in an interview with the "new york times," this is what he had to say about the aftermath. he was asked, do you think you were toast? did you think you were toast? he says no. and then the interviewer says really, were you not looking at twitter? he says i think most people understood that it was a comedian's mistake, not a racist
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mistake, do you agree? >> yeah, i mean, the problem is, comedians, our way of thinking is very different than how we would call you guys civilians. and the words we say and the way we think and the things we say are not processed the same way you guys process it because your intent with these words is very different than our intent. our intent is just to make you laugh. we're not thinking about, oh, is it going to offend these people -- you know, we don't think like that. isn't it funny? it's so random and shocking and funny. it's absurd. but you know, we have to understand that the civilians are the ones we're doing it to, hey, we didn't like that. hold on, you're misunderstanding what we're doing. >> we have about 20 seconds, i want you to make us all laugh. you are known for your impersonations of your family. channelling your parents, what do you want to tell people who don't tune in tonight for the big show? >> if you don't tonight for the cnn show, somebody going to miss out on something real big
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tonight. >> thank you so much. we really appreciate you joining us. we look forward to the episode and have a -- >> thank you, ana cabrera. >> thank you, thank you. and thank you for being with us this weekend. we really appreciate it, stay tuned, we have got the '90s followed by the history of comedy. good night. tv is changing dramatically now with 150 channels that might be available in the near future. >> there's a lot of things we do that you couldn't have on network television. >> people are really trying to do something adventurouadventur. >> tv has a detrimental, developmental effect of our young people. >> now who was that? >> skplens hard, it's very rare. which is why there are very few good shows and those that are good stand out. >> hold on. >> that was cool.


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