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>> happening now, breaking news, repeal, senator john mccain announces he will vote against the latest bill, with serious concerns about the measure, is the latest obama repeal effort doomed? president trump and kim jong-un, can their bickering boil over with north korea's most provocative test yet neighborhood, strange raid, a spain for recent senate appointee and establishment candidate luther australian him. he is running against a deeply conservative rival who also has a loyal gop following. can the president's clout tip the race neighborhood, and jet setter, more pricey jet trips by
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house and human services tom price that cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. did they violate rules? we welcome our viewers, wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta. you are in the situation room. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news tonight, a potential fatal blow to the latest republican effort to repeal obamacare. senator john mccain announced he cannot back the latest deal, score detailing its real world impact. the measure is one vote away from failure. republican senator rand paul announced he opposes the bill. a handful of his colleagues are voicing serious concerns about it. we are following the high stakes world of words with president trump and dictator kim jong-un, they are trading personal insult, kim calling the president mentally deranged
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after president trump called am mad man. that was one of the latest tweet storm. we are also awaiting the president's arrival in alabama. he will be arriving to speak with senator luther strange, running for the seat vacated by jeff sessions. we will stand by on the decision to vote no on the gop health care bill. we are covering that and more with our guests, our correspondents and specialists, they're also standing by. let's begin with the breaking news up on capitol hill. cnn's ryan nobles is there for us. ryan mccain's announcement seems to doom the latest effort to repeal obamacare once again. >> there is no doubt the graham-cassidy plan was on shaky ground on capitol hill. the fact that he announced he cannot support this legislation is there are two republicans who are vocal nos on this plan. this is what mccain said earlier this afternoon. quote, ki not in good conscious
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vote for the graham-cassidy proposal. i believe we could do better working together. republicans and democrats have not really tried. mccain went on to say, quote, i take no pleasure announcing my opposition, far from it. the authors are my dear friends. i think the world of them. i know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and their sense of what is best for the country. so am i. and mccain's decision today isn't that much of a surprise. he's been very disappointed with the process that the republicans have used to get to this point in the health care negotiations. he believes there should be regular order, meaning committee hearings, debate and votes in committees as well and none of this has happened. so what happens next? well, the bill is not completely dead yet. because republicans have the 50 votes in their pocket necessary to pass the bill. but there are at least a dozen republican senators who are undecided and there are two, in particular, susan collins of maine and lisa murkowski of alaska who appear to be leaning
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no right now republican leadership has said they are not yet ready to abandon this effort and lindsey graham the author of the bill se plans to press on. the question is, jim, do one of these senators, murkowski or collins announce their opposition to the bill over the weekend? and if that happens, the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell bring the bill to the floor? we may not know the answer to that question until monday. jim. >> that bill is very much on thin ice, cnn ryan nobles. if the bill dies, it will be the second time john mccain has played a role in sinking the obama repeal effort. it's get reaction from my colleague athena jones. she is 94 president trump's golf club. the setback comes as the president is engaged in this bitter personal war of words with north korea's kim jong-un. no question for the president today, a big setback on health care. >> reporter: hi, jim. that's right. on the health care front, a senior white house official said mccain's decision undeniably
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hurts the effort. we are still hoping to get to 50 voerkts signaling the president isn't giving up after seven years of gop promises. he says the president will be pushing senators to support the repeal bill this weekend. we are seeing heated words between president trump and kim jong-un, trump calling eun rocketman and a madman, kim calling the president a rogue, a gangster, a frightened dog and a dotard, which essentially means an old, se nile lunatic. it's an escalating war of words with no end in sight. president trump tweeting this morning, kim jong-un of north korea, who is obviously a madman, who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before! this after north korea's supreme leader fired back at trump. the first time the regime has ever released a statement in his
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name, accusing the president of being a mentally deran himmed u.s. dotard. the extraordinary personal barbs coming on the heels of the president's address earlier this week to the united nations general assembly, where he debloid his new nickname for the north korean dictator. >> rocketman is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> reporter: kim is warning that mr. trump would pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the dprk. >> the united states has great strength and patience. but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> reporter: despite the apocalyptic rhetoric, secretary of state rex tillerson saying today, the u.s. has not given up on finding a diplomatic solution. >> we will continue our efforts in the diplomatic arena, but all of our military options, as the president has said is on the table. once we can assess the nature of
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this threat the president will make a decision regarding the appropriate actions. >> reporter: amid the rising threat from north korea -- >> russia is fake news. >> the president taking to twitter to reprise his long-running complaints about the russia probe, writing, the russia hoax continues. now it's ads on facebook. >> we will continue our own investigation into what happened on facebook in this election. >> reporter: the statement coming in the wake that facebook will provide more than 3,000 russia-linked ads investigating the 2016 election meddling. this as trump has his eyes focused squarely on another election. the republican runoff for an alabama senate seat. it pits the establishment point, luther strange, whom trump also supports against judge rye moore, a conservative fire brand backed by trump's former chief strategist steve bannon. >> and there the a god in everyone that is in this
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campaign. >> i don't think that god is just on your side. i don't think that god is just on my side. i think he is on both of our side, i think she on the president's side t. one thing i do know is the president is on my side. >> trump tweeting this morning, we'll be in alabama tonight. luther strange has gained mightily since my endorsement, but will be very close. he loves balabama and so do i. >> we will be watching closely the president's speech tonight to see what argument he makes for luther strange. whether he mentioned mccain's announcement today and whether he continues to bash kim jong-un in what is likely to be a red meat-filled speech before an enthusiastic crowd. >> we will be watching for the fireworks. thank you very much as kim jong-un and president trump throw barbs at each other. they are running an above ground test of a hydrogen bomb. cnn pentagon correspondent star
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story. >> reporter: the question is could the north koreans want some sort of h-bomb attack or test as they might call it and what would the u.s. do about it? north korea already is getting ready for its next missile launch, according to administration officials, possibly a missile that could hit the u.s. kim jong-un now threatening the highest level of heart lane countermeasure in history following president trump's speech at the u.n.. north korea's foreign minister suggesting the regime may launch potential devastation. >> i think this could probably mean the strongest ever hydrogen bomb test on or above the pacific oaks. >> reporter: detonating the hydrogen bomb above ground could change everything. >> what you are looking at is from a radioactive standpoint is large areas of east asia, the
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western pacific, all the way potentially to the west coast of the united states being blanketed by radiation. >> reporter: the u.s. intelligence community will now watch for very particular signs. >> so what they could potentially see is a special work being done on the missile, itself. they could see certain things being moved around that would potentially indicate that a warhead of particular variety was being put inside the missile. >> reporter: kim matching trump on the battle of words. i will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged u.s. dotard with fire. president trump responding -- kim jong-un of forth korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before. all after dooms day warning from president trump at the u.n. that if the u.s. is forced to defend itself or its allies --
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>> we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> reporter: the head of the u.s. strategic command who would help lead any attack on north korea making the case for u.s. fire power as a deterrent to kim. >> we're right there, watching all the time. few want to go that way, we are ready to deter an attack on america, or our allie. >> reporter: north korea is far from deterred. all indications are to continue to proceed with their weapons program. jim. >> barbara starr of the pentagon. we have a member of the armed services committee, reuben g giega. let me get your reaction, senator mccain essentially saying, no, i'm not on board once again with this health care effort that the republicans were hoping to come to fruition next week. it sounds like it's not going to happen unless somebody changes
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their mind among those undecided votes. >> as an arizonaen and american i'm proud of senator mccain making the decision he has stuck to his princeles. he is right. we need a deliberative process, there is no need to order one-sixth of the people off insurance or affecting their health insurance in a negative more than without actually talking to the public. you know, this bill. the grand passing bill has basically been introduced and the fact that they're trying to rush it tells me they are hiding something. they need to wait for the cbo score so americans know what they are getting. >> how remarkable is it to see john mccain essentially saving not once but a couple of times now barack obama's sick legislative achievement? >> look, at the end of the day, senator mcka inis a true public servant, has always been a true public servant. i think he is doing this for the
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right reasons, he wants to set the tone correctly and bring this back to deliberative process. that's why he is doi doing this. they want to see it fixed. but by the end of the day, he wants to make sure there is a legacy of the senate getting back to a body that actually listens an debates openly, especially anything that has to do we are ordering one-sixth of the u.s. economy. >> let me ask you about north korea. we've seen this back and forth between president trump and kim jong-un. i suppose most americans are sitting back watching this oh, this is just talk. it's just bluster. >> right. >> when you look at it from your standpoint, the this just bluster? >> the problem is there the bluster, but it can easily get into miscalculation where one side decides they have to take a pre exhibitive action to protect themselves or get some type of advantage. but the president did some correct things. he finally entered into a signature regime i believe and many of us believe can be helpful and compelling north
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korea to the floor now. he has to follow it include and make sure they're in force. if we do that, we hope we have a better chance of stopping north korea. this has to be a long-term strategy and a comprehensive strategy which the president hasn't laid out. that's what he has to do next. continue with the sanctions he has right now. layout the comprehensive strategy, not just to us but to our allies so we have a future path so they can understand what's going on. the last thing we need is instability when you do you el with two nuclear armed countries. especially one, north korea as desperate as they are. >> what about this worrisome threat that came from the north koreans, that they may test a hydrogen bomb over the pacific ocean? do you think that's an empty threat? >> this is the problem when you get into a war of words, you can't take anything, you can't say something is not a threat, or a threat. we are have to take it at face value. it clearly would be a huge escalation when it comes to the use of nuclear weapons. i think there has to be some type of response to that and part of that i think would be
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making sure the rest of the world understands that you have essentially, not essentially created a pariah state by acting in that manner and they should really join us, specifically russia and china and enforcing the sanctions we have imposed. there are a lot more things we should be doing. we are not doing them right now, including fuel sanctions. >> cut off the fuel. >> to north korea, we did it many years ago to bring them back to the table. we have not done that. we get to that situation, that i ma be the road we sister to go down. >> when you said there may have to be a response, if they carry out this hydrogen bomb test in the pacific ocean, does that mean a military reasons? senator marky was on in the last hour, he says there is no military response to these threats and provocations, but the potential for things unraveling and descending into this nightmare scenario are pretty real. is there any kind from your perch on the committee that you serve on, is there any kind of military response that could be effective, if they were to carry out the threat? >> there the a lot of military
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response to be effective. but it would be catastrophic. we would win, at the end of the day, there will be millions of north koreans dead, many hundreds of thousands potentially viral and military personnel would be dead. we could potentially draw into conflict china. they clearly stated they would not allow a korean conflict to occur under their watch. >> when you ha ter administration say there are some options we can carry out that are less catastrophic? >> sure. >> what are they talking about? >> do i not believe there is such a less than, than total catastrophe. if you look at it right now, even more than 5,000 pieces they have embedded into the north korean country sooifd, just those artillery pieces can hit seoul, korea, and kill millions of people before we are able to hit one cruise missile to hit, you know, one of those artillery pieces. so there really is no good option. there's options, to say there are good options is a stretch.
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we have the option of not breathing oxygen, i don't believe when it comes to this. >> when the president earlier this week said he was happy chain was on board. he felt they were brought on board in all of this. are you confident about that the i want? >> no, i'm not, i'm not confident with china's compliance with the sanctions regime. they need to continue to go further with that, including freezing the assets of a lot of the money laundered for north korea officials and the officials for the icbms. >> why is the president praising the chinese? he has been so tough on them, he's been off the on them in the campaign and as president and this week he pronounced them on board. >> the only consistent thing about the president is his inconsistency, i'm not going to try to physical out exactly where he's going and why he's doing it. i can tell from you talking to other members of the congress and other people within this world, we don't believe that carolina is acting appropriately and has not been enforcing the full sanctions on north korea.
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if they did, we think there would be a better reaction out of the north korea regime. >> i want you to stand by. when we come back, we will talk about facebook and the announcement they made and the president announced the cooperation facebook will have with congress that turns over these ads. he calls it all a hoax as you saw. is he leading the countries vulnerable to more of moscow's interference next year when we come back. >>
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>> we are back with a member of the armed services committee, senator geigo. facebook is announcing they will turn over these ads that are linked to the russians placed on their website on everybody's facebook pages last year during the campaign. the president tweeted, though, this morning, that he doesn't buy any of this. the russian hoax continues with ads on facebook. what about the bias media coverage in favor of the dishonest media and coverage in favor of rooked hillary? >> i think they know there was
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interference, they were communicating, whether they collaborated, that's a different story. but the president should actually be looking out for the country. there should be no foreign entity getting involved in our elections. if you hack our voter databases, our democracy, that's just as bad as hacking a nuclear power plant or a water system. no country should be allowed to that. we should make it a matter of standard as a country if you do this, there could be consequence, they can be subtle or divert as we had done two months ago where we added sanctions against russia. we need to continue pushing forward. i don't see the russians stopping. i do believe they will push the envelope, especially when they see the president will give them cover. in 2018, it will be an important year. they know they can target a couple congressional races. if they turn the tide and get the type of politicians they want, it would be beneficial to
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russian goals. >> and what should be done to the russians? obviously, there are questions about, well, should facebook and twitter come up on capitol hill and testify and what's their role if all of this, why did they not have the proper controls in place? it feels this way to a lot of americans, the russian versus gotten off scott free in all of this. >> well, two things need to occur. first, our social media platforms need to start abiding by we make print and newspapers and everybody else when people are buying media, any type of advertisement needs to be disclosure, things of that nature. just because you are social med media, in the text industry does not make you put up and we need to increase sanctions not just on putin but the olegar accool*
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-- olegarks. we need to go after the putin regime and what they care the most about. the most is money. they want to get their money out of russia. think want to party and hang out in western europe. if that's the case, we should join with a lot of our democratic allies across the world and punsh these olegarks that undermine democracy. >> no more parties. >> yes. >> let me ask you this, it was factored in, the department of homeland security is notifying state offices around the country to say, listen, your vieting systems may have been breached during the 2016 campaign. this teams to be a very under reported story that people are fought aware of, perhaps these systems weren't breached in every case. it appears that was not the case. but these attempts were made. and it happened in your own state of arizona.
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>> i read a tweet out from our secretary of state, that announced as she got inform about that. the problem is they're learning. these russian hackers of their allies are learning how to better manipulate these voter roles, every time they attack, they will get better and better at it. we need on a diplomatic front and understanding with the russians, this is not good behavior, on the defensive side, we need our systems modernized and feed paper ballots, we need many of our secretary of states to work with the federal government and should provide money to update these voter systems and protect them from hacking. >> because you hear people say, well, you know, our system is pretty stave we have 50 different offices, i think they're cape obviously of these bot farms, they could probably handle 50 secretary of state offices. >> they don't need to handle 50 secretary of state offices, that
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i can target a couple county offices, county recorders office, you know, if they get the right information and work with the right consultant here, it's not that hard to target where you are going to be putting your efforts and a part of what's going on, i think right now in terms of the investigation is we're trying to figure out who helped the russians target american voters. >> at the same time, going back to the president's tweet at the beginning of this segment, he's just not on board with investigating this. >> right. >> and every time there is a new wrinkle in all of this, there is a hoax. >> right. >> so how do you get the president on board? how do you go at the time white house on board? when you that you can to various officials, they'll concede, yes, russia meddled in our election last time. but getting the president to say that out loud and clearly is just a totally different story. >> i don't think you will ever do it. this has more to do with his ego than anything else. he can't deal with the fact that he lost an electoral college. when we talk about actual
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violations and norms when it comes to democratic practices such as hacking, in his mind, he means he is not only in the present. which is correct. but in the meantime, this is where we have other branches in the government. the house and senate, we should continue pushing forward with protecting the voter register roles and secretary of state and putting more deterrents against russia or others for that matter. >> are you being blocked by republican leadership on capitol hill? getting to the bottom of what happened? >> we were road blocked in the past, we are being road blocked to the house intellicommittee. they should be cooperating more with investigators, but, you know, at the end of the day, this will come out. you know, this affected democrats this time around. next time around it could be republicans, republican members of congress. so i really urge my colleagues to recognize this is not only an affront against democrats or republicans. this is a front against all
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american democracy. we need to protect it in how can the president call this a hoax when this is his department of homeland security? his new chief of staff was the secretary of the department of homeland security. why did it take all of these months for the department of homeland security to notify the secretary of state offices? >> i don't know the answer to that. >> shouldn't somebody be asking these questions? does anybody ask for a hearing on this? >> actually, there have been requests from democrats on the house intel committee, have there been hearings, no? look. why is the president doing this? again, we can't answer that. but it's our job in congress to czech against the president. his ego cannot handle the fact that he had aide from a foreign country, whether it was inclusion or non-inclusion. that's beside the fact. we will find out as congress what happened and we will do our best to make sure we block it from this election, ongoing elections in the future. >> okay. congressman, hopefully, you can break through some of the
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stonewalling efforts. >> hope so. >> thank you, breaking news next, more on senator john mccain's potential fatal blow to the gop health care bill. will president trump take him to task when he speaks in alabama tonight? we'll be watching for that. and will the president fire off more insults to kim jong-un, escalating their increasing war of words? . and we went all out to bring you even more incredibhrimp and new flavors. like new nashville hot shrimp, drizzled with sweet amber honey, and new grilled mediterranean shrimp finished with a savory blend of green onions, tomatoes, and herbs. feeling hungry yet? good, 'cause there's plenty more where these came from. like garlic shrimp scampi, and other classics you love. as much as you want, however you want them. but hurry, endless shrimp won't be here long. as much as you want, however you want them. whoamike and jen doyle?than i thought. yeah. time for medicare, huh. i have no idea how we're going to get through this. follow me. choosing a plan can be super-complicated. but it doesn't have to be.
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>> breaking news, a fatal blow to repeal obamacare. senior mccain announced he is voting against the measure. we are standing be i to hear what the president's reaction will be. he will be campaigning tonight with luther strange. a white house reporter is there for us. senator trump or senator strange i should say, we see a sign in the background, it looks like the signs for the president there. it's all decked out for this campaign-style rally tonight. isn't that right? >> reporter: it definitely is. luther australian him will love that. in his debate last night in montgomery, alabama, south from here, he constanted touted his relationship with the president. he has a personal friendship with him. he's used his endorsement to help bolster support. he's been trailing behind roy moore. what makes this race interesting, jim, that the president is backing the
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establishment candidate this time. we know in the president, election, trump was the anti-establishment candidate. but steve bannon, that former white house chief strategist who was fired last month is backing roy moore. roy moore is this guy who was kicked off the bench twice here in alabama. once for refusing to remove a statue of the ten commandments from a state building. the second to uphold the court decision to legalize gay marriage. it will get interesting. it is also a rally, where trump feels his most authentic self. he will come in here and be surrounded by people wearing his "make america great again" hat and chanting his name. it is likely we will hear the president bring up that controversial decision by senator mccain today to vote no, that he would be a no on the graham-cassidy bill t. president has often showed his disdain for mccain, dating back to his last rally in arizona, where he didn't name him specifically,
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but he made his hard feelings clear after mccain voted no on the last effort to repeal obamacare and then at that press conference at trump tower that you were at, jim, where the president made his controversial charlottesville remarks, the president said mccain was the guy that quote voted against good health care. he's made his hard feelings about the people that voted no on this latest effort, very clear. just 12 hours ago, he tweeted about rand paul who has been a no from the beginning and said anyone that votes against healthcare at this time will be known as the republicans who saved obamacare. which is not a branding any republican wants. so we will be looking for the president to mention a mouthful of those things tonight, jim. >> okay. john mccain doesn't mind the brand of maverick. hemotake that one. we will be watching tonight in hunts victim, alabama. thank you very much let's dig deeper with our specialists and analysts, first to you, rebecca burke. i can't imagine john mccain will
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be too surprised tonight if the president goes after him? >> no, predatory territory here. certainly, joen mccain knew he was going to be unpopular among many republicans among this decision he made to oppose this health care bill. this is the last chance for republicans essentially to get this done with only republican support t. deadline for reconciliation you know is september 30th. next week. so this is really their last best chances. that's why the president made this such a priority, pushing this, by surprise, really, within the past week or so. and it's not looking good now with mccain coming out against it. >> right. jeffrey, earlier today, she was saying well, he went after john mccain at that rally in a subtle sort of way. on twitter this morning, the president went after a different republican, didn't mention john mccain. rand paul or whoever votes against the health care bill will forever be known as the republican who saved obamacare. you if et the sense the
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president was trying to maybe ease back a bit on john mccain, give him that space, but at the very last second here to see if, perhaps, he wouldn't make this decision that he made today. >> well, that's right. you know, i'm not sure. the president has never been engaged on the substance of health care. he's just said, obamacare is a disaster. and the replacement will be great. you know, there is now going to be a bipartisan effort in the senate, led by two real legislators, senator murray of washington, senatorial sander of tennessee, the people who got an education bill passed over the, you know, surprise of a lot of people. they're going to try to do a bipartisan bill. you know what, the president likes deals he likes that he got more popular after he made a deal with the schumer and pelosi. he may switch gears. and he may say, look, let's fix obamacare and take credit when it happens. so i'm not sure he's, you know, going to poison the well with
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the senate. >> ron, are we about to see chuck an nancy part ii, is that what's going ohappen here? >> it's an interesting idea. it will be more complicated on the democratic side. what they saw and the criticism they received was by making the deal on the fiscal side, they cleared more space for the republicans. more time for the republicans to immediately launch this one-party again effort to undo obamacare. i don't know what's more striking, that john mccain in the end would say he is unwilling to vote for a bill that would recon figure one-fifth, one-sixth of the u.s. economy without committee hearings or votes or a score from the congressional bug office or so many republicans were willing to do exactly that. i'm not sure the last stake is driven through this. but you have a situation where, even though this bill primarily redistributes money from blue states to red states, there are a number of republican senators in states that would be hurt by this. west virginia, ohio, colorado,
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among them. and i kind of question whether they are going to one be put in the position of having to cast a vote on the floor next week. but we'll see. >> that's why. i don't think mcconnell will allow a vote on this. if it's going to lose, why force as you were saying, you know, these vulnerable senators to take a difficult vote in what's clearly going to be a losing effort. >> john mccain, that i have done mitch mcconnell a favor by putting out this statement today. mitch mcconnell does not want to see john mccain put the thumb down for a second time. >> certainly the advance warning is helpful. i think john mccain really upset a lot of republicans with the way he handled it last time, surprising leadership. right before that vote was set to take place. look, he's not helping mitch mcconnell by opposing this piece of legislation. even though from a policy perspective, this was not going to be an easy vote for a lot of republicans and maybe could have come back to haunt them or still could. from a political perspective,
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republicans seem to be of the mind they need to fulfill this promise they made for years to their voters. that's why we have seen this rush to try to get something, anything at the last minute. >> they said it's a bad bill. we promised. what the heck. >> a true candid moment in washington and a air one. >> thank you all of you. we appreciate it. tonight, stay tune food ar cnn special report, twitter and trump, at 6:00 eastern on cnn ahead, revelations of more pricey trips with human secretary tom price. did they violate the rules ? ? how do you chase what you love
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. >> there are new questions tonight about health secretary tom price's use of jets. rene marsh is here with an update. were these expensive tax-funded trips revealed? amazing. >> it is amazing, jim, i can tell you more flights on private jets uncovered and the costs to taxpayers so far in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. tonight the spokes people for health and human services secretary tom price are defending the flights while the agency's watchdog has opened a fresh inquiry. >> we need to end washington's spending binge. >> reporter: he's been a supporter of slashing government pork. >> the deficits we seen over the past few years are truly jeopardizing the future of our nation. >> reporter: now, health and
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human services secretary tom price is the subject of an inspector general's inquiry, following reports on dozens of flights on private jets. like the lear jet 60. similar to this one. politico found price has taken at least 24 trips on private jets since early may at a cost to taxpayers of at least $300,000 t. agent's inspector general is looking into whether price's travel complied with federal travel violations? . >> all they were willing to say was we're complying with the rules. if they're not going to identify which one it was or how they concluded it was applicable, they're basically telling the american people that it's okay for him to spend tens of thousands of dollars to hop around on jets. >> reporter: price's office citing commercial flight delays and cancellations defended the use of private jets as necessary when commercial aircraft cannot reasonably accommodate travel
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requirements. an about-face from 2009 when price slammed colleagues, for publicly funded private nights. >> this is just another example of a fiscal irresponsibility one u run amuck. >> reporter: for many of the price's elsewhere in the administration, a spokesman at housing and urban development says secretary ben carson flies commercial. the department of agriculture says purdue does, too. a spokesperson at the department of commerce says ross mostly flies commercial, but when he flies private, he foots the bill. education secretary owns a private plane and pays her own way. there are cases when cabinet secretaries can take a charter or a government plane, but according to the federal rules, it has to be justified and the less costly options must be
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this sunday at 9:00 eastern, the premier of the cnn film about an elite team of u.s. special forces secretly deploy ed to afghanistan after 9/11. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr has a preview. this is a remarkable story.
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zpl good ev>> it really is. some 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, we have an extraordinary look at some of those special operations forces who led the way in the opening days of the war. >> on my orders, the united states military has begun strikes against al-qaeda terrorist training camps and military insulations of the taliban regime in afghanistan. >> less than a month after the 9/11 attacks, president bush publicly went to war. >> that is for intelligence. >> but a secret war was underway. in the documentary, legion of brothers, cnn presents for the first time, the personal stories of special operations forces in afghanistan that led the way to bring down the taliban that sheltered osama bin laden. >> any film about war is about her r heroism, sacrifice and loss. it's not a pro war or antiwar
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film. it's about what happens in war. >> it would turn into america's longest war. 16 years of fighting, dying and the anguish of those who survived and the families left behind by the fallen. >> a stream of combat environment as you can fathom. it tested you in every way physically, mentally, emotionally. >> then captain mark nooch led a team into the mountains of northern afghanistan in the fall of 2001. team 595 rode horse back with thousands of local fighters to begin the liberation of the country. another team in the south led by then captain jason emory. on december 5th, 2001 u, in a friendly fire incident, every member of emory's team was either killed or wounded when an american bomber inadvertently
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dropped a bomb on their position. sergeant jd davis would become the first u.s. soldier killed after 9/11. >> this is the first letter i received from him. hello, sweetheart. today is the 31st of october. this has been hardest trip for me. i really didn't want to go. i just didn't want to leave you and the kids. >> families and wives carrying on. >> while doing what they do, you do what you have to do and that's just the way we are. that's the way this group of ladies are. >> the notion of fighting from a distance of fighting with these air strikes, it didn't sit well with me. i mean, it -- it almost promoted the just the promiscuous use of
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military power. i didn't know how to explain it. it's just, i mean, we would have died otherwise. there was no alternative. z >> the film, bringing survivors back together, still struggling with life after war. >> each one of our stories are almost similar. how we isolated ourselves, our family, everything else. started reaching out and found you know, the only way we're all going to heal is to get back together. >> and so, even as these troops and their families still struggle with their memories, the trump administration is now sending more than 3,000 additional troops to afghanistan to continue on in this war that doesn't seem to have an end in sight. jim. >> extraordinary story and yes, the war goes on. barbara starr at the pent good morning thank you very much. the film premiers this sunday night at 9:00 eastern here on
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cnn. i'm jim acosta. thank you very much for watching. wolf blitzer will be back next week and erin burnett "outfront" starts now. "outfront" next, north korea's nuclear threat. the rogue nation with its most dangerous threat ever. a massive nuclear bomb test over the pacific. it could trigger an all out war. plus, breaking news. john mccain defieing the president again. saying he is a no on the republican health care bill. that plan now one vote away from doom. and more breaking news this hour m 70,000 people in puerto rico ordered to evacuate now. their lives in immediate danger from a major imminent dam break. let's go "outfront." and good evening. i'm erin burnett. the breaking new, president trump about to take the stage at a rally the world watching the hear if he responds to north korea's threat of nuclear war. kim jong-un's north korea making an unprecedented and history making threat to detonate a

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