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under a hurricane warning. but louisiana especially new orleans is bracing for a possible hurricane. the governor has already declared a state of emergency. new orleans mayor has already warned residents to shelter in place wherever you plan to be by tomorrow night. the storm has turned deadly in central america, honduras, nicaragua as well, at least 21 people are confirmed dead there. cnn meteorologist allison chinchar is tracking the storm for us and this 2:00 advisory just came out. what does it say? >> pretty much what we've been expecting. we've been expecting to intensify as it goes through the gulf of mexico within the next 24 hours. winds are gusting to 65. the forward movement is pretty fast at about 21 miles per hour. now, the concern will be once it gets back out over the open gulf, this is where we expect it to intense fixt the question is how quickly can it intensify before it makes landfall. at this point the national hurricane center believes it
will only be able to intensify up to category one strength but there are models that could believe it could get as high as d category 2. the number itself isn't the important part, it's going to impact nearly a dozen states. we have the tropical storm watches and warnings and hurricane watches and warnings, the pink and red color all along the gulf coast. storm will be a big threat including new orleans and much of louisiana and mississippi. 4 to 7 feet of storm surge possible. then when you get over towards florida, you're talking 2 to 4 feet for panama city and pensacola. we do have storm surge warnings in the dark pink and storm surge watches for areas of florida because of that threat. winds are going to be a big concern as the system edges closer, around landfall, you could look at wind gusts, 60 to 100 miles per hour. even atlanta, chattanooga and knoxville and from there on, you
could also be looking at dangerous wind gusts to bring trees down and power lines down. then we talk about rainfall. this model plot is somewhere in the middle. you have some models that put out smaller numbers and some put out higher numbers. widespread you'll be looking at 2 to 5 inches of rain. but there will be heavier pockets that get put into some of those really strong thunderstorms bands, brianna, that could produce as much as 10 inches of rain. they are going to be isolated in spots but that's going to be a big concern. again, this is not only a concern for the areas that may take the landfall but for the dozen of states in the eastern u.s. that will also be impacted by nate as it continues to move. >> people in a wide swath of the gulf coast concerned. we know you're keeping an eye on things for them. thank you so much. we're now learning that the man who murdered 58 people in las vegas, he wanted to know precisely where his deadly bullets were going. a law enforcement source tells cnn the gunman tried to buy but
failed to buy tracer ammunition, tracers let you know where bullets are going. meantime, some puzzling news from the "new york times" about the note that was left behind in the hotel room. it is not a suicide note or manifesto. it's a list of numbers and needless to saybeing a analyzed carefully. cnn went two floors above the one he had during the sniper style attack. >> this is my first time being up here and looking at this and to me it's very eerie. >> sheehan spent 13 years on s.w.a.t. team and from this vantage point has a clearer view of the tactics and planning. >> he requested an east facing room because if we pan over and look to the east where his room is, let's look, the tower is
over there. there's the room that he shot from. and now we pan east and look, there's no way to get a counter sniper up a level position to effectively take this man out. >> firing from a room like the one we're in, if you knock out this window and fire toward them, ha doesn't work. >> we wouldn't be able to see him more than likely because we're not seeing deep enough into the room. only when he fires will we be able to see him. >> the choice of room put the s.w.a.t. team at the disadvantage, one multiplied by fact that he blocked the stair well door and wired the hallway with cameras to see a security guard and later police approaching. >> because of his counter measures placing the peephole in hallway, he observed the security guard and in fear that he was about to be breached. so he was doing everything possible to figure out how he could escape at that point. >> sheehan believes if paddock escaped it wouldn't have been for very long. >> there's one of three ways it's going to end and they will
all know this. you're going to commit suicide, die in a hail of gunfire with police, shoot it out with them and you'll be killed, or you are going to continue on a preplauned rampage until the police finally stop you. >> you don't believe an escape meant escape for good, just to -- >> how could it? because he rented the room in his own name. he's already on video coming in and out. he's going to be the most wanted man in the world if he does try to leave here. >> all 58 murder victims have now been identified. they are now remembered by these markers that you see there on your screen on the las vegas strip. they were handmade by a man from illinois. i want to bring marianne o'toole former profiler for the fbi and phillip banks. i want to ask you first about this cryptic note. it's not a manifesto, doesn't
seem to be a suicide note and it seems like normally that is what you would see a shooter put in place, giving some insight into what the motive was. this is numbers? >> you know, everything about this shooting is very peculiar and strange and doesn't fit the pattern of past shootings. i'm not sure. it seems like -- i'm not certain this individual is not looking to leave that location and go to another location, was that note supposed to take with him? is he communicating or planning to communicate with someone else who had knowledge of the plan or sharing any type of philosophy. i'm not sure. we need to learn more about the note. >> what would make you think he would be going to another location? >> one, he didn't have the note itself. it's very cryptic, we're not deciphering it, it's not a suicide note orphan festo, it has to be a form of communication that someone understands what the language was could decipher. law enforcement is not able to decipher right now.
most times they want the reasons for the actions to be known readily. >> i want you to listen to someone that the gunman's hair dresser said. she spoke to cnn. let's listen. >> in the last time i saw him was probably only two months ago. it was just about two months ago. he came in and got his hair cut and again, smelled of alcohol. and his girlfriend was with him and again, just kind of doing her thing and he sat down and was telling me about her leaving to go to the philippines and he was going to be home alone hanging out for a while by himself. it wasn't -- it wasn't anything weird or -- it wasn't anything that seemed off. >> okay, so she's saying there, that he was talking about marilou danly going to the philippines two months ago. her lawyer says he surprised her
with tickets two weeks ago. do you buy that claim she didn't know anything was going on? >> well, it's still possible that she doesn't know what she knows. but she was there and quote/unquote doing her thing. did she overhear that? what does that mean she was doing her own thing? maybe she chose to simply ignore it but it certainly does suggest if she was there and close enough to overhear that, she would have been aware of it and it was clearly two months not two weeks if the hair dresser is being accurate. so it is certainly from our perspective, i would sit down and ask her to reconcile that in terms of you were there, this is what supposedly you should have overheard. let's talk more about the trip to the philippines. >> to get more information on that. we do have news just in. i want to tell viewers, sources are telling cnn, investigators believe that the shooter rigged his car to explode if fired
upon. there were 90 pounds of explosives inside, phil lip, what do you make of that? >> one, i don't believe that when he started this that he had made a conscious decision he was going to end his life at that particular point. he knew it was going to end one way, there, i'm not sure. evidence would suggest that he was possibly thinking about getting into the car, looking to go an escape route to continue his carnage and if in fact he would be intercepted by police at that particular point there, he could use that car as a weapon to take down more innocent people. >> mary ellen, we have this just in. sources telling cnn the gunman took 20 cruises, many to foreign ports in europe and middle east. so investigators are trying to put a profile together. is that a of significance to you? >> it is because it gives us a lot more insights into what his behavior was like on those cruises, what was he doing?
was he also involved in doing surveillance of other locations internationally? was he traveling with other people? if so, who are they? that would give them additional people to interview. what was his behavior like? were these specific kinds of cruises, in other words, were they all gambling cruises? what were his losses and what were his winnings? it really strengthens the overall view that they so desperately need of this individual. >> what do you make of that car, that his car was rigged with 90 pounds of explosives? >> it goes again to how elaborate this whole plan was for him and how spectacular this was going to be, that he wanted it to be. it wasn't just now the shooting outside the window. it was now this other part b to the plan. so he was building an incredibly sensational extraordinary
homicide plan that to do something like this, he doesn't want to crawl away and live in a home in illinois afterwards. he wanted credit for this. he wanted people to know who exactly that he was. that really does go to a strong powerful sense of grand youscy, even coming from secretive, you could have the same two traits in one individual. he wanted to kill a lot of people, damage that hotel and get credit for all of it. >> that's very clear. some of the motive obviously unclear but we are learning something the gunman tried to purchase, that being tracer ammunition, which is fos forrous tips, he tried to buy it in arizona, couldn't buy it with the other ammo, it wasn't available from the seller. as i understand he could have purchased that in nevada but in
the end he chose not to. what does that tell you? >> i don't know what that tells you. i do know the pyrotechnic would have worked to his advantage, it gives you -- it's a pyrotechnic and see where you're firing or misfiring at. if you want to aim in at targets. >> at night, in military situations. >> correct. >> why he didn't use that is very strange. two things could happen. he could say because of the canvas of it he was just going to shoot at large number of people and his hit target was going to be very successful as it was or he could have wanted -- the side effect is that people know exactly sooner where the bullets are firing from. that may have helped law enforcement to trigger exactly where he was at. he may have wanted the benefit of having more time to continue his massacre. >> more anonymity, which we've seen certainly happen.
thanks so much to both of you. we cannot say enough about the brave men and women in uniform who responded to the las vegas massacre preventing what could have been a even greater loss of life. a deputy chief from a small town in texas didn't have to go very far to render aid because he was standing just off stage when this attack began. our ed lavandera has the chief's powerful story in this beyond the call of duty story. >> bruce had the best seat in the house to the country music festival in las vegas, right on stage. >> we were high fiving the performers walking on stage up to the microphone, like a dream come true. >> reporter: when gunfire killed the music, the best seat in the house turned into a front row seat to the most horrific massacre in modern american history. >> i felt like i was going to die but i knew i wouldn't die without fighting. >> reporter: he is a deputy police chief in a small texas town. even after 33 years in law
enforcement never experienced an attack like this. >> i was right in this corner right here, which is -- the closest spot inside the venue too. >> reporter: when the gunfire erupted the chief dropped to the ground and bullet fragment sliced his finger. >> that's probably what saved my life. when that hit, then i knew i was in the wrong spot. >> you'he and a group of others raced and recorded this chilling video. >> bullets were flying everywhere, it reminded me of old westerns where the outlaw -- tells somebody, okay dance and starts shooting the ground around them. you could watch the rounds popping anywhere. >> reporter: he knew the only way to survive was run as they tried to escape, the killer took aim at them again. >> i could hear it hitting the pavement behind us and you could feel some of the asphalt kicking
up on the back of your legs. i hollered at my friend, he's almost on us then it stopped. >> reporter: the horror of the moment was just about to sink in. >> where do you find the two people that you helped? >> they were right over here. they were right about in here. and this is where we drug them to, this corner over there. >> reporter: ure found a man with a severe leg wound in a pool of blood. he turned a belt into tourn quet to race to victims to the hospital. >> i told him, i can't let go of this until you get to the hospital, it's you and me brother so -- and they were all crying and saying we're going to die, we're going to die. i said too many people have died tonight. you guys aren't. >> you get emotional thinking about you're looking into that guy's eyes and get emotional thinking about that. >> yeah, i do. i -- when you have somebody
there, keep thanking me, you're saving my life. said that all the way there. finally i had to tell him, shut up, man, save your breath. i get it, you're welcome. you're welcome. but you're not dying. >> reporter: bruce ure was told those two victims survived and doesn't remember their names. he's back on the job in seguin and witnessed the greatest evil he had ever seen that night. what helps him deal with it is knowing he also witnessed heroic goodness all around him. ed lavandera, cnn, seguin, texas. a special honoring all of the victims of the massacre, las vegas lost, a commercial free ac 360 tonight at 9:00 eastern. president trump making an alarming comment while standing next to military brass. why did he tease this is the quote calm before the storm? no doubt the white house will have to answer for that at the briefing moments away.
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the daily briefing at the white house just minutes away right now. the white house may be clarifying a baffling comment from president trump that could have been off the cuff but definitely put people on guard. i want to set this up for you. after meeting with some military leaders and their spouses, the
president was taking a picture with them and this was a photo-op that reporters were not even supposed to atepd, weren't supposed to go to this event but let in by white house officials and this happened. >> you know what this represents, the calm about the storm? >> what storm? >> the calm before the storm. >> what storm, mr. president? >> the worldest greatest military people in this room, i'll tell you that. thank you all for coming. >> what storm, mr. president? >> you'll find out. >> and then just moments ago at the white house, this when asked about this statement that he made last night. >> that we conduct the 14,000 members across the country, this is the third quarter where we've seen record optimism by
manufacturers so, the three quarter average is the highest of 90% in the entire 20-year history of our survey. mr. president, that is because manufacturers are saying that they believe the tax reform regulatory relief, infrastructure investment are the keys to making sure that the manufacturing sector is growing and strong and ensuring an exceptional america. thank you for doing exactly that. >> i knew about the survey, didn't want to bring it up. they would say -- >> i'll say it again. >> thank you, jay, that's great. thank you very much. >> okay. this is our pro clamation, in honor of our great national manufacturing day and the tremendous success we've been having especially over the last nine months, been a big difference. >> 3,000 events across the
country. cabinet secretaries are out, celebrating with manufacturing with manufacturers in these facilities as well, 600,000 students and teachers and community leaders will be participating to learn all of the great things about modern manufacturing and we're hopeful many of them will join these fine people. >> they will be. it's happening. thank you very much, jay, appreciate it. so the big question is, who gets the pen? what do you think? >> maybe jay. >> saw a hand out. [ applause ] >> thank you very much, everybody. >> what did you mean by calm
before the storm? >> what did you mean by that? >> thank you very much. you'll find out. >> we'll find out? >> thank you. we'll see. thank you, everybody. >> i want to bring in retired army special forces officer scott mann to talk about this and dissect this with us. last night it's this cliff hanger from the president about this could be the calm before the storm, what does that mean? you're going to have to wait. same thing today. so when you hear this comment and we're talking about someone who obviously is in charge of america's arsenal, what's your appraisal of what he's communicating? >> hey, brianna, thanks for having me on. first thing i would say, we should take it seriously, any time the commander in chief utters a threat, even if it's veiled, we should definitely
take it very seriously and give that pause. i don't necessarily think this is beyond the pale or out of precedent if you think about president obama declaring the red line in syria for chemical weapons or even president bush right after 9/11 with the arm around a new york city firefightering saying those folks are going to hear from us very soon. presidents do convey intentions and sometimes it has a lot of meat to it. i think we'll have to wait and see. we'll clarify to some degree but it needs to be taken seriously. >> when president bush said that, we did hear what he meant very soon, right? then when president obama said that, he struggled with how to address the situation in syria, ultimately walked back from that, suffer a tremendous amount of criticism for not taking some military action. i wonder if the difference here, do you expect then there is some sort of plan that he is
seriously considering in terms of taking military action? >> well, i do. i mean, first of all, until i've had reason to think otherwise, like with president obama, the red line actually ended up being not a red line. actions and deeds at policy level all the way down to tactical level speak volumes. if you walk the walk and talk the talk, you're to be taken seriously. and i think teddy roosevelt was right, we'll see where this goes. but for now, yes, i do think it should be taken seriously. the one thing i hope for all of our political leaders, we've been in this war 15 years. and you know, just throwing rhetoric around about conflict and fighting with a small military that's been at it for so long, i think we just need to make sure we honor the severity of war and make sure we don't make the statements lightly because our men and women deserve better. >> what is the potential miscalculation, if you do have
concerns about something happening that is not intended because of him saying something like this, do you worry about that? >> you know, i don't right now. i don't see anything that was said that necessarily leads me to believe that this is going down the wrong road. he does have very solid advisers and general mattis and kelly and folks who understand the nature of war fare, is there a potential for a miscalculation with this kind of rhetoric? of course. the stakes are very high right now. i would just remind the president and any senior political leader as a former war fighter is to just take -- when you make comments like that, understand the severity of what you're saying and regard it with the honor that it deserves that men and women will go fight and die for whatever policy our politicians put forward and 15 years into this war, let's not make statements like that lightly. if you say that, you need to mean it. >> he's also told military folks
here recently that he expects them to -- these are his top brass, he's expecting them to provide him with a broad range of military options when needed at a much faster pace. there is a all be it somewhat slow process as you know as options even sometimes trickle over to the white house, part of that is to call out perhaps the bad options and sometimes you could argue it means the president doesn't get all of the options. but when you see him asking for that, what would the effects of that be? >> well, first of all, i think that we do need our senior politicians to have a better grasp of the war fighting options that are out there, not just the war fighting options but the war fighting realities. for example, the president's policy on afghanistan where he says the capacity building and national building are not that high of a priority, i'll tell you that a nation like afghanistan's ability to stand on its own and fight back
against island extremism is everything. the three green better berets who died by building capacity with night nigeria security forces -- i'm not sure they fully understand the realities of this kind of war and it's not a traditional set piece battle kind of stuff. some of the options may not be what he wants to hear but he's still got to listen. >> all right, lieutenant colonel scott mann, we really appreciate you sharing your insight with us. >> thanks for having me on, brianna. >> is the secretary of state heading for a rexit as you might put it? cnn has new details on why tillerson may be on the way out and what more than a dozen sources inside the administration are saying about his relationship with president trump. any moment, the white house briefing is going to get under way. we are -- it's supposed for started so it could be any second. we'll bring it to you live when
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what your sources are saying about when tillerson could make an exit. >> brianna, it seems to be at least it's -- i cautious it seems to be and you know how unpredictable things are with this white house and this president, that things seem to have calmed down at least for now with secretary tillerson staying in his job and certainly that's what white house officials are telling some of our reporters. but other officials are saying that this relationship is beyond repair. and it's really just a trust issue. and they don't know if that trust between the president and secretary can really be brought back to where it was when there was excitement from president trump for hiring this former ceo of exxon-mobil. secretary of state tillerson didn't address those alleged moron comments when he went out to cameras. his spokesman later said he never said it. and the white house still is calling this report fake news,
even though this report was done by our good friend carol lee at nbc news and other news organizations say it has a lot of legs. so i think what you have here at the state department, people just kind of recovering from the shock of what happened, the same at the white house. i don't think anybody expects secretary tillerson to really stay through his term, not only because of that relationship with the president but because he himself has been a little bit frustrated in his job and his ability to get his policy and his thoughts across. and the president does seem to undermine him as he does other cab knelt members at every turn. i think this secretary wants to move forward. he has several policy objectives and wants to continue and travel with president trump to asia in november. president trump is making a trip to asia and there are threats from north korea and this iran deal coming up. i do think secretary tillerson
for now is ready to kind of just put his head down and get back to work and it remains to be seen whether that relationship can be repaired. there's some that say that now is not the time but there are others who say that it can't be repaired and you should see an exit from secretary tillerson. >> as you're reporting this increasingly seen as sort of lame duck time for tillerson according to all sources. elise labott, thank you so much. after a cryptic military warning by the president and the relationship with the secretary of state, sarah sanders will take the podium at any moment. we'll have the white house briefing as soon as it starts.
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this news just in, massachusetts, the state of massachusetts is going to sue the trump administration after the administration rolled back really the big birth control mandate that obamacare provided. i want to go to white house correspondent caitlin collins we're getting new details. explain what this rule by the health and human services department would do. >> reporter: well, it's a very significant blow to this obamacare mandate and essentially expands the leeway for companies to withhold free birth control from employers based -- from their employees based on religious grounds. they allowed a broad range of employers going from non-profit to private firms and publicly traded companies to withhold
providing free birth control through their insurance if they have a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction. this is something he campaigned on back on the trail, a promise to the religious groups who supported him. like with the state of massachusetts, it's a lot of litigation generated. before now it was religious groups saying it was their moral right to not live by the mandate and now we're going to see women public health groups more likely. >> right now you've got -- i think it's a couple hundred groups, some of them, for instance, religious non-profits who as you mentioned have taken this to court other this mandate and don't want to provide this. they have religious objections to it. it's clearly designed to alleviate their concerns but you also have hhs saying that almost
all women who currently are covered by this mandate are not going to be affected. isn't the concern though that once you say if you have a moral objection, if you have a religious objection and you could be a publicly traded company, you don't have to provide that. isn't the concern this opens up a big loophole for a number of companies and entities to not provide this coverage? >> yeah, that's definitely what the concern is with this news coming out today. during that call they didn't so much focus on the numbers of people who would be affected. we know 55 million women have zero out-of-pocket costs for birth control because of this according to the national women's center. what they focused on this is a win for those employers for their religious liberty and heard house speaker paul ryan saying it's a win for religious liberty. they focus more on the employers who will be affected by this and less by the employees who are benefitting from these zero
out-of-pocket birth control costs. >> are they concerned -- considering most women, vast majority at women at some point in their lives use birth control, are they concerned at the white house they might alienate some women who if potentially they are not receiving this free benefit that they have before? >> reporter: well, that's a great question. that's not really something the white house has addressed as they said this today. they've been focused more on the religious liberty aspect of it but that's a question that will be raised by these women's public health groups as we go forward. we're likely to see more litigation based out of this and that's something the white house will have to answer and talk about. >> caitlin, thank you so much. as we await the white house briefing there where caitlin has, sources telling cnn that the lag ves ago gunman rigged his car to explode if it was fired upon. 90 pounds of explosives found inside and two suitcases of ammunition. what was he planning?
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>> any moment now the white house will be holding its daily briefing with a whole lot to answer for today, including the president's cryptic warning at the military dinner that this is the quote calm before the storm. i want to bring in cnn political director david challian and diplomatic analyst rear admiral john kerr by and dana bash with us. david, he says this last night, maybe this is the calm before the storm as he's standing there with his top military brass and their spouses and he doubles
down on it just moments ago from the white house. how do you read this? >> with an added wink for effect. >> that's right. >> like a cliff hanger. >> literally winking at us as if we're in on the joke as a country was in as he is creating mystery around something that could be unbelievably serious. now perhaps it's absolutely nothing and he's just playing cliff hanger games like you say in reality tv show games but not making that clear whether that's true or not. and this is donald trump the showman in full effect with the added benefit from his perspective of using the military as his props in this. he has done this time and again. >> dana? >> i was going to say, absolutely. it very well may be that it was real, that something is coming that we don't know about. but his decision to say what he said and to bring the white
house pool which had been told no more for the night in despite that as sort of an added event to make -- to have that picture and make that comment, certainly to me seems as though he wants us to be talking about exactly that. and maybe not about rex tillerson and the problems that he has had and the allegedly calling him a moron or about the controversy swirling about whether the president should or should not decertify the iran nuclear deal. >> i'm not saying we shouldn't be talking about it because the cliff hanger or throwing it out there, whether it's a wink or nod or it's real, from the commander in chief with the military is worth talking about. >> sure. >> he also knows what he's doing. >> john kirby, we just spoke with a former special forces officer who obviously is still very much in touch with the military. i asked him, do you think there is some sort of specific plan
that he is referring to? and he said yes, that actually he is referring to something, it is some sort of showing of the cards of something. and truth be told we don't actually know. what's your evaluation of some of the concerns this raises? >> the caveat that i'm not in intelligence anymore and not in the room as they plan military operations i'm leaning more towards david and dana. i think this was really for effect. i would be very surprised if there was really any more specific behind it than that. saw an opportunity to get a good camera spray in front of those military leaders and look presidential. he had a tough week, puerto rico, iran deal, moron comments by tillerson. this was a chance to wrap himself in the flag and a cloak if you will and make himself look good. now, the military conducts operations as you know all over the world. so something could happen in next couple of days that he had nothing to do with, that's what
i was talking about. my gut tells me this was just bluster and nothing more. >> you guys isstay with me, youe looking at what will soon be the white house briefing, running more than 20 minutes late right now. that's practically on time in white house time. we'll be back with our all-star panel as well in just a moment. replace one meal... u ...or snack a day with glucerna... ...made with carbsteady... ...to help minimize blood sugar spikes... ...you can really feel it. now with 30% less carbs and sugars. glucerna.
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