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preemptive on melania's part, but we'll just see how it unfolds. >> step off, kate bennett, thank you. all right. we continue on. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke bolduan, thank you very much for being with me. here's when we have from a source, the source tells that president trump is not finished with tennessee senator bob corker, this after the senator's extraordinary multi-layered rebuke of the president. senator corker, who by the way, is not seeking reelection next year and talk to the new york times and told them this that the president treats his office, his office being the oval office like a, quote, reality show with a recklessness toward other nations that could set the u.s. on a, quote, path to world war iii. he went on to say that every single day at the white house is a situation of trying to contain him, the him being the
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president. what is more here, this tennessee senator sent this tweet out over the weekend calling the trump white house, quote, an adult day care center where someone obviously missed their shift this morning. that response was in response to a series of tweets from the president saying among other things that senator corker begged for his endorsement, wanted to be secretary of state, and that the senator who chairs the powerful foreign relations committee, quote, didn't have the guts to run. senator corker was at one point in the running to be the vice president, visiting trump tower back in may of 2016. he also stumped for the president just a couple of months later. >> a great friend of mine, somebody respected by everybody, senator bob corker. come on up, bob. come on up. >> with me now, dave bushay,
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good to see you. welcome. >> thianks for having me. >> he said corker begged him for it and you have corker and other cnn sources saying the president absolutely offered the endorsement. fact checking here. what do you know? >> so what we've heard is from the chief of staff of senator corker over the weekend, chief of staff told us that while the president might have said that senator corker begged for the endorsement, in actuality the president called senator corker after he announced his decisions to resign and asked him to reconsider and said if he did, in fact, reconsider that the president would come down and would actually campaign for him which kind of speaks to the behind the scenes conversation that says he regularly speaks to the white house and provides everything from foreign policy to anything else the president wants to discuss. >> so i remember just covering the presidential campaign and not only was corker on the short list to be vice president and he was on the list to become the
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secretary of state, the man has been golfing with president trump. what happens with their relationship, dave? >> sure, that's right. i was looking back through some of our own interviews and we spoke with senator corker at the rnc in cleveland and he talked about how the president has a more nuanced foreign policy grasp than what gets reported, but almost immediately after the election, senator corker started coming out with public krit ikes and he said that the national travel ban was poorly implemented and he came out against president trump's attacks on a federal judge and so pretty quickly it became evident that senator corker saw his role as public advocate and being a public critic and he's definitely embraced that. >> you list all those things out which are totally right, but it was in the wake of charlottesville, right? the white supremacists coming to charlottesville and it was senator corker that first came out and really, really criticized the president's
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remarks and why has he now decided to be so entirely candid? >> sure. that's a great question. i know ten tnessee democrats an others are questioning why he waited until after the election. in may is when he started the intense criticism and he said the white house was in a downward spiral after there were ak is as that the president might have leaked classified information to russian agents. i think he feels it's his responsibility as senate lead tore speak out about this, but there are people questioning whether or not it's the fact that he's retiring or whether or not he thinks it's the right move for the country to make these critiques. >> dave bushay, thank you so much. i want to continue this conversation on with cnn political commentator s.e. cupp who hosts s.e. cupp unfeltered and andre bower and the former lieutenant governor of south carolina. so how about s.e., to you first,
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similar to what i was asking dave in terms of why you think senator corker has been so totally candid and yeah, maybe it's because he's not seeking reelection and why he also thinks other republicans aren't taking the same sort of truth serum. >> well, it's hard to know what everyone's strategy is. and that's from the white house, as we all know, but i would just wonder why if bob corker's criticism of the white house is that it's chaotic and it's that adult daycare and how he thinks this is helping. i know a lot of anti-trump republicans and democrats who are cheering him on and they love the fact that the governor's off and he's retiring so he can say what's on his mind, but at the same time we're not talking about tax reform today. we're talking about this squabble between bob corker and donald trump, and that would sound the opposite of what bob corker actually wants, so i think wading into trump's twitter cesspool and getting
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right down in the dirt with him isn't really having the impact, the intent that corker at least publicly says he wants. >> trump attacked him first, didn't he? >> absolutely, but as we said, corker attacked donald trump for the chaos, for mattis and the general standing between the chaos and the country and protecting the country and for being this adult day care. now this gives trump, you know, a reason to go on a tweet storm instead of answer tough questions about tax reform or keep his eye on the legislative agenda. i don't think this was -- this isn't what bob corker says he wants of the white house, but he's feeding right into it. >> andre bower, sounds like a bunch of third graders. >> well, i can say -- first off, i've always admired bob corker and he's a south carolinian by birth, and i once followed him and i think there are two different types of republicans and there's a lot going on on
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the republican party. you have an establishment class candidate in bob corker -- a class senator in bob corker that's held himself above the fray and conducted himself by what most republicans think they republican senator should act like. there are republicans like me that quite frankly, we're sick of the same old, same old and we wanted someone to go in there and substantially change what was happening in washington and donald trump has done that and more and he's continued to fight the system. it's two different thoughts there. i wish they were talking about tax reform today, but you know, is there a possibility that maybe senator corker is thinking about running in 2020? >> yeah, we don't know. we can't predict the future, but it's a good point. i want to hit pause on this corker-trump conversation because we also have new video coming in. it's columbus day. folks are playing golf and the president is playing golf with of all people someone who has criticized the president and someone who doesn't mince his words and that being fellow south carolinian lindsay graham.
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what do you make of these pictures? >> oh, god. i know lindsay graham, i've met him a number of times and he is able to compartmentalize politics and the personal and wherever he's disagreed with the president personally and it's in a lot of placesor politically, he can compartmentalize that. he's supported donald trump on issues like syria and other foreign policy where he can. that's his deal. he's disagreed with john mccain, his best friend on policies, but supported him personally, so i'm not surprised to see lindsay graham being able to put politics aside for a round of golf. >> staying on policy, andre. what about secretary of state rex tillerson and senator corker and "the new york times" piece saying essentially there is no good cop/bad cop theory. there is no strategy. the quote is a lot of people think that there is some kind of good cop/bad cop under way, but that is not true.
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without offering specifics he said mr. trump had repeatedly undermined diplomacy with his twitter fingers and saying he knows he, being the president, he has hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were under way by tweeting things out. how is that not a problem? >> i think what it is is two strong conservatives with a vastly different approach on how they problem solve and how they govern. both of them, i could give you the strong suits and the bad suit, but at the end of the day one is in the legislative branch and one is in the executive branch, and i know how the nuances are and when i was talking to senator graham, politicians make strange fellows and there will be times where they work together and i'm just glad they come back together and are spending time together and hopefully you'll find some common ground especially on things like so many americans are hurting on the tax reform and hopefully he'll help him shepherd this, and -- >> andre, forgive me, but i'm
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talking specifically iran or north korea policy and the president according to corker is undermining that based upon his twitter fingers, and how is that sitting with all these diplomatic efforts behind the scenes and how is that sitting with all of our allies? >> well, again, bob corker's approach is a very conservative, diplomatic approach and trump said hey, that hasn't worked for it and i'm tired of it and most of the time when donald trump has done something for his twitter feed, in the end he's gotten exactly what he's looking for. whether you look back and he has said that his offices had been hacked or surveillance or wiretapped. you go back through the different tweets and most of the time donald trump was right way back in the '16 primary, and donald trump with a different approach to normal politics and will get better results than we've been getting out of the same old, same old in washington. >> corker said, and i'm
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listening to you. senator corker also said and again, this is coming from this other strong conservative and saying that the white house staff tries to contain the president on a daily basis and s.e., we alluded to the tweet over the weekend referring to the white house as an adult day care. how do you interpret that? >> think he's right, and we hear that echoed from lots of people both who were once in the white house and are no longer, and from internal sources who are still there that say that even john kelly's presence can't really contain trump, and that must be very frustrating. i am sentimentally with bob corker, but to his point, engaging trump on twitter on this tit for tat and slinging mud with him will not steer him back to a legislative agenda. it will not contain the chaos at all. it will stoke it and even when i agree with bob corker on the substance of it, i just don't
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think -- i think he's giving trump a huge win. as andre says trump wins oni twitter, whether you like it or not, he does and he will win this battle with bob corker and if you agree with bob corker that the white house is too chaotic, you're not going to be happy with this outcome. chlt set. and andre, thank you all very much. >> thank you. coming up next, taking a stand. >> thank you. >> taking a stand or political stunt? vice president mike pence facing tough questions after a protest of his own during an nfl game, was his walkout orchestrated and how much did it cost the taxpayer? and we have new clues now about the las vegas gunman including his self-described gambling habits, risking up to a million dollars a night wagering that much and what did he do to avoid tipping hotel waitresses? and breaking news, a dangerous scene unfolding right now in the heart of california wine country. look at that.
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this is cnn. i'm brooke bolduan. taking a stand or pulling a stunt? vice president mike pence is being accused of playing politics with taxpayer dollars after he abruptly left sunday's colts-49ers game in indianapolis when he noticed several players taking a knee. president trump tweeted that he asked the vice president ahead of time to leave the game if any players kneeled. the move caught the eye of a top ethics watchdog, citizens for ethics tweet individual capital letters, can we just make it through a weekend without this administration abusing taxpayer dollars with jet travel? by the way, if you are curious, one hour on air force two costs about $30,000 and so when you crunch all of the numbers and the hours together on this flight from vegas to minneapolis and on to l.a., the vice president had been in las vegas to honor the victims of the massacre and so the float from there to indianapolis for a game
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was nearly three and a half hours long. that cost $100,000. he then flew from indianapolis to l.a. and that was five hours and that price tag $142,000. total it all up nearly a quarter of a million dollars and that doesn't include the cost of personnel and secret service and first responders and support on the ground. with me now effraim -- forgive me upon i asked you in commercial break. forgive me, forgive me, forgive me. effraim salam. i wrote it wrong on my sheet. >> forgive me. he was the youngest player to start in the super bowl at just 22 years of age. ephraim, i guess at the end of the day, did the colts get played by the white house? >> of course they got playeded and anybody in their right mind can see they got playeded. >> why? >> you know there is an agenda here. >> you see there is an agenda here. i don't know when we start
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really doing politics through twitter and social media. so you have the president who knows mike pence is going to the game to tell him if anyone kneels which there is a good chance someone will kneel seeing that the 49ers and indianapolis colts were playing and if anyone kneels and leaves and mike pence comes and tweets hey, potus, i left the game because players were protesting, it's all a political stunt and they're right to use taxpayer money to get your agenda across to prove a point, i think is reckless and it's dangerous. >> let me add on to your point because this journalist jamil smith tweeted this after the game. white supremacists marched again in charlottesville yesterday and yet this poet us and v.p. are upset at black athletes demanding racial justice. so you know, critics again piling on saying isn't this energy on twitter and their own sort of protesting misdirected?
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>> well, it is misdirected because we're losing focus of what the initial protest was about. donald trump came out and made some disparaging comments about s.o.b.s being nfl players who protested and then the owners and the players in a show of solidarity locked arms and did this whole pageantry type of we're together, unity type of thing and all the while jerry jones who is the owner of the dallas cowboys who is a good friend of donald trump and donated money to his campaignens up doing what donald trump said anyway and came out and made a statement yesterday saying if anyone protests and takes a knee, he says, if anyone disrespects the flag which is taking a knee. they would be benched, but taking a knee is not a sign of disrespect to the flag, just fyi, but in his mind if anyone does anything according to him that's disrespectful to the flag
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they'll be benched. it is -- >> isn't as an owner, too, didn't he take a knee a few days ago? >> yeah, but that was all posturing, and i said it right here on this show last week that that was posturing. that was him trying to be the good guy by the president and by the players, but i wasn't fooled one bit. if you're -- if you're -- look, the problem i'm having is -- >> yeah. >> if you come out and he has the ability and the right. he's the owner and says hey, i don't want you disrespecting the flag, you won't play. i think that's kind of pushing the buck because i would have loved to see those players and those of a cap american players who were protesting for injustices done to their peers in their community. i would love to see the stars of the dallas cowboy team like
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prescott, ezekiel elliott and all of those stars if they took a knee i would love to see what jerry jones would do. >> he would actually bench them or not. >> he cares about winning more than anything else on the planet earth. we know that through his history. so if you take those key players and that whole offensive line, if they decided to take a knee, i would love to see what jerry jones would do. >> two words for you, greg hardy, and i'm going to leave you with this, right? you know who greg hardy is. >> absolutely. >> a blatant domestic abuser and this is someone who jerry jones hired. >> he gave him $11 million when he was in an ongoing domestic violence case who the league handed down a ten-game suspension and jerry jones felt it okay to bring him into the organization to give him a bunch of money because he felt it would help his team, right? so now him taking a stand against a peaceful protest, not disrespecting the flag because
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all parties involved said that's the last thing they want to do is disrespect the flag by taking a knee. now he deems because his friend, donald trump deems it disrespectful so he's going to fall right into line with one of the most powerful people on the planet. rich millionaires sticking together. rich white millionaires sticking together and i think a light should be shined on this. i would love for those players to take a knee. >> we'll see. ephriam salaam, we'll talk to you again. coming up, a las vegas gunman in his own words. cnn obtained a deposition where he described his million dollar a night gambling habit and the prescription drugs he had been taking. stay right here.
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it has been eight days and still no motive for the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. we are learning some new details though, about the gunman and here's what we know, a law enforcement source tells cnn that investigators found a handwritten note inside the killer's vegas hotel room. on it just numbers. these were calculations in terms of distance and trajectory for targeting this festival crowd up from his perch from the 32nd floor. perhaps most revealing here cnn has uncovered exclusive insight into the killer's personality and gambling habits in his own words through this deposition. so he admitted to taking some valium for anxiety. we learned he would wager up to a million dollars a night on video poker and that he
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considered himself, quote, the greatest video poker player in the world. he even would bring his own drinks into these glitzy casinos because he didn't want to bother tipping money to wait reses and he dressed casually in sweat pants and flip-flops and all of this spelled out in a court deposition deposition obtained exclusively by cnn. he sued a casino for a slip and fall and he lost the case. a host with crime watch dale we chris hansen. so nice to have you. >> thanks for having me. >> 36 whole years covering crime and you tell me in commercial break and you have worked all of your sources and still eight days out no one has a clue as to why. >> the only mass shooting i've covered in 36 years and there's been a fair number of them where a week later we don't have a sense of what this guy's motive was. i've talked to fbi agents in las
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vegas, retired fbi agents who went on to be security executives at casinos and no one can pinpoint even a good guess as to what this guy's motive was. >> you've read some of the details of the deposition. >> absolutely. >> i ran through a couple of them, and i was talking to a well-known gambler last hour and the fact that he considered himself the best video poker player in the world and that was boastful according to my guest saying there was no way, but it would be normal to play the video poker machines for 10, 12, 14 hours and wager up to a million dollaring. >> here is a guy who was obsessed with this video poker. people do that. there is a science to it according to those who play it. they get a couple of machines and there are these special days where they have promotional opportunities. >> which are the pick days to play. >> exactly. so paddock would go in there two hours ahead of too imaime to ge feel for the machines and this guy was an auditor for the irs
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and as you mentioned earlier he had numbers on a piece of paper which we think are used to -- >> trajectory of the shots. >> so he probably made a lot of money. we know he made a lot of money in real estate, too. he was a bright guy, but what made him do this? accumulate weapons from something like 1982 to this day and all of the planning that had to go into this, and it's just -- it's something i've never seen before. >> can you read much into the fact that he had this valium prescription from some, i think it was a year and a half ago? >> i don't know about the valium. look, people take anti-anxiety medication every day in this country. is it overprescribed? is it overused? you can probably make that argument, but i have never seen a link between those anti-anxiety medications and this sort of criminal activity. i don't think that is causational error. >> we have some sound, a las
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vegas police first responder talked to "60 minutes" about what officers found in the hotel room. here it is. >> i did notice a note on the nightstand near his shooting platform. i could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was going to be for those -- for the crowd. so he had had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there. >> what were the numbers? i'm just trying to -- and he had done calculations or -- >> yeah. he had written. he must have done the calculations or gone online or something to figure it out of what his altitude was going to be on how high up he was and how far up the crowd was going to be and what -- at that distance, what the drop of his bullet was going to be. >> and you made the point and talked about the note a moment ago and he was a numbers person and to play the video poker and
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it's a thinking man's way of gambling. do you have any idea just based upon what they were saying in this clip that he was a skilled shooter? >> he had been to the range. he owned all these weapons. what is striking to me is that he had to really sit down and think this through. i mean, clearly, we knew he had other potential targets and he had explosives -- >> his car. >> in his trunk and moments ago i spoke to sources in l.a. who told me he had a very specific escape route. >> really? >> they know this. he wasn't planning on committing suicide. that was his last resort, and so the amount of detail that went into this crime, is spectacular. he had drills and drill bits. >> but to think that he would get -- >> a metal barrier on the stairway exit. >> to think he would get away. >> it goes to his delusional state, but again, what strikes me and i would be fascinated once we find this out what
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really drove him? tim mcveigh and terry nichols, we knew within days in oklahoma city. the 9/11 bombers muhammad atta and those guys on the planes we knew almost immediately. most other crimes we figure out very quickly. there are only three motives for murder, money, drugs and love usually, and you feel like you've been done wrong, but in this case we don't know yet. >> chris hansen, thank you for swinging by. we'll talk again? absolutely. espn has just suspended host jemele hill after a controversial tweet and this one about the nfl and not the president. stand by for that next. (gasp) (singsong) budget meeting! sweet.
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here is the breaking news in to cnn. espn has released a statement saying it has suspended the popular host jemele hill after a string of tweets about the cowboys owner jerry jones and these tweets included, here you go, jerry jones also has created
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a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. if they don't kneel some will see them as sellouts. if you strongly reject what jerry jones said the key is his advertisers don't place the burden squarely on the players and then in this whole string she later clarified some of her comments, tweeting this. just so we're clear i'm not advocating an nfl boycott, but an unfair burden has been placed on players of dallas and miami with anthem directives. entertainment tonight host who is friendly with jemele hill and has covered sports for years and former nfl player ephriam salaam is back. she does say in one of her tweets a most powerful statement is if you stop watching and stop buying their merchandise. what do you make of this? >> the one thing i know for a
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fact is whenever you start saying boycott in the nfl the nfl will respond. espn has a tremendous partnership, very lucrative partnership with the nfl. so in any way, shape or form, if someone associated with espn or any other network who comes out and says the words boycott or nfl in the same paragraph whether you're saying boycott or not, they will make that call espn and let them know they didn't appreciate and that's what we see is happening here. >> what are you hearing from espn and what are you learning about this? >> this is the second strike. the first strike is she causeded a lot of concerns on espn when she said trump is a white supremacist a number of weeks ago and that, of course, a different kind of comment than to talk about the espn, and she was talking about a political opinion before and she is a member of the voice of the
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resistance with her anti-trumps point of view. the head of disney which owns espn stood up for jemele hill, but in the wake of that controversy, everyone at espn is reminded booty social media policy, you can't put out careless tweets that might make your company look bad or put it in a tough position. that's true of all companies not just espn. this is only because this is a second violation of the social media policy. >> doesn't she, meshel ichelle , doesn't she get paid to be a strong woman and express strong opinions? >> she s.t.a.r.t.ed out as a writer and columnist and she has a very strong opinion. she has a very sharp point of view and i think her point of view is necessary and she's one of the sharpest and smartest sportscasters in the game today, and i think this all started, too, i just want to put into context when a twitter user asked her well, okay, if i want to do something and i don't
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think that just stopping to watch games is enough, what can i do? her response was well, listen, when you go after the advertisers that always gets people's attention more. if you really want to effect change then try that route if that's something you want to do. i'm -- i understand what brian's talking about and where espn comes from when you start messing with someone's bottom line they get mad really quickly, but at the same time i do feel it was more of of a conversation and not a directive by her. >> this is the twitter trap, isn't it? you put out 140 characters. you don't think it's going to be a big deal? you don't think the whole world's going to see it and it becomes an international news story. >> i think she knows the whole world will see it. >> giving it to espn producers and said i want to read this on air, that would be an entirely different matter and if anything in this world, we need more editing and we need to think
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through what we might want to say and have the support. in this case, jemele hill would have gotten the support of her bosses to read that script and read from the heart and say what she wanted to say versus twitter which is impulsive. >> i think that is what she wanted to say, but i agree, but if she'd written it down and said it on television it would have been different. >> if you're looking to yourself to make the change, if you think this is unfair, if you think too much of a budden rden is, this w we make a change. what did we say? let the market decide what's going to happen to him, let the advertisers decide. i think that's what was her approach is. let the market decide what to do. if the market says if the advertisers pull out and they see that the consumer isn't happy then change will happen. >> i think it's always a little strange when we're talking about. >> i agree with that 100%. >> ephriam, i'm seeing you nod, what are you thinking? >> as a remember toer player,
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people look to us as role models and for us to have a voice and to speak on a mir yad of issues and it just happened that the colin kaepernick protest is something that's a hot-button topic and something to bring awareness to what's going on to minorities in the inner cities at the hands of law enforcement, and how can other people be involved? people ask me all of the time? how can i be involved? my wife who loves the nfl and loves watching she won't watch it. she won't watch it because she understands and she feels a certain way about the treatment of minorities, the treatment of minorities in the nfl about colin kaepernick having a job so she has her own, you know, her own views and her own opinions so she won't watch the game. so jemele hill was simply stating if you feel a certain type of way then this is how you elicit change and this is how you affect the narrative and this is how you get people's
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attention and the people, be it the owners and the nfl and be all that are listening, you affect the bottom line and if you don't like something when you boycott it you don't buy it, you don't use it, you don't watch it and that elicits change. >> thank you all so much. in case you are just tuning in, the super popular host of radio espn jemele hill suspended. coming up next, hollywood movie mogul harvey weinstein fired from his own company after allegations of sexual harassment and we'll discuss the response from democrats who took thousands of dollars in campaign money from him. prudential asked these couples: how much money do you think you'll need in retirement? then we found out how many years that money would last them. how long do you think we'll keep -- oooooohhh! you stopped! you're gonna leave me back here at year 9? how did this happen? it turned out, a lot of people fell short, of even the average length of retirement. we have to think about not when we expect to live to, but when we could live to. let's plan for income that lasts all our years in retirement.
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he is a powerful hollywood heavy weight, and now fired from the very company he founded. mega producer harvey weinstein is facing multiple sexual harassment accusations that span 30 years all revealed in this explosive new york times report which includes allegations >> with me now, maeve rest, cnn national political reporter. part of the story is hollywood, yes. the other story is politics. there has been so much criticism about the silence among both circles, and the criticism extends to, you know, washington, and mega, mega political families, including those who receive moneyed from him, like the obamas and the clintons. so far, though, maeve, radio silence. >> well, we haven't heard yet from hillary clinton about what she's going to do with those donations that she receive from
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harvey weinstein over the years, but i mean, clearly he gave to democrats up and down the ticket, and you have seen a number of senators step forward and they that they are returning that money, giving it to charity in some cases. that including, you know, chuck schumer, who took nearly $15,000 from weinstein. and he is going to give them to several charities supporting women. also, vermont senator patrick leahy, who is going to give back about $5,600 to charities in -- to the women's fund and a charity in vermont. so you're seeing a lot of pressure on democrats to give this money back, but the important thing for democrats is, where does this end? like, he has given so much money to party over the years, you know, more than $250,000 or nearly $250,000 to just the dnc alone. so do you give those dollars back? does hillary clinton give back all of the dollars that he bundled for her campaign over
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the years? he's raised at least $1.4 million for her campaigns. that's according to the center for responsible politics. so democrats are going to figure out what line they want to walk here. they're in danger of being called hypocrite for calling out people on the republican side who have done things like this. we're expecting to hear more from clinton, maybe barack obama as well, but certainly those senators who are thinking about a 2020 run. >> okay. maeve, thank you. we'll see what they do with the money. maeve reston, appreciate you. next, we are going to stay in california. breaking news out of anaheim where homes are burning, wildfires are raging, and just further north in wine country, incredible images of people being vaukevacuated from a hosp. we're going to take you there live next. you know who likes to be
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a state of emergency has been declared in three counties in northern california as firefighte firefighte firefighters struggle to contain multiple wildfires there. we'll show you some pictures. first up, wine country. not obviously as you know it. towering flames, smoke and heat there forcing evacuations of homes, hotels and at least one hospital. look at this person in a hospital bed being wheeled out away from the flames. people are scrambling as firaires jumping roads and ripping through buildings. shelteraires being set up and fair gs grounds are being used to. sonoma, yuba and napa counties are all under state of emergencies dan simon is there live.
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dan, tell me how close to homes and vineyards these flames are. >> reporter: well, hi, brooke. this fire has just been incredibly explosive. let me explain where i am. we are in the sky view neighborhood in santa rosa, and there are many dozens of homes in this one subdivision that are destroyed. you've got a couple of homes across the street that are in tact, but pretty much everything else is levelled. the scope of the devastation is just unbelievable. most of the flames, at least in this neighborhood, are out. the fire is sort of smoldering a bit, but there still is active fire in the area. an untold number of homes and businesses have been destroyed. as i was making my way here, i took a few photos of what i encountered. we saw a lot of businesses that were destroyed. i saw a mcdonald's that was destroyed. a furniture store, a k mart, just so much devastation,
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brooke. you talked about the evacuations at that hospital, as a matter of fact, two hospitals entirely evacuated this morning. when i was driving, i saw streams of ambulances headed south towards marin county and san francisco taking those critically ill patients to different hospitals to make sure that they were safe, and, brooke, the smoke has been incredibly thick as well. just want to share just a personal story. at 2:00 in the morning, my wife woke up, she smelled smoke in our house. we actually live in san francisco, 50 miles away, the odor was really strong. check all of the rooms, checked on our kids and subsequently learned that the smoke was coming from napa, an hour away, and that's how far the smoke traveled. the winds were so strong, blew smoke all the way to san francisco. the entire city there also smelled like a wildfire, but just the devastation that we're seeing in this area is amazing. i'm not sure the authorities have a total concept of what
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we're dealing with. >> just thinking about the authorities, thinking about, you know, my heart and mind immediately goes to all the firefighters, you know, so precariously close to fighting these flames and just so massive. 57,000 acres they're saying have been burned. d dan simon, stay safe. thank you so much. i'm brooke baldwin. "the lead" starts now. thank you, brooke. at least when players take a knee, the protest doesn't cost taxpayers a quarter of a million dollars. "the lead" starts right now. senator bob corker helped get donald trump elected. he was almost his vice president. now the powerful republican says president trump's behavior could be setting the nation on the path to world war iii. nuclear watch. after the president teased war with north korea like it's sweeps week, kim jong-un could be minutes away from testing another nuke. how will president trump respond this time? plus flames moving