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president trump back on the links today. his 76th day at a golf course since taking office. this comes ahead of another big week for the president where he will be making a pitch for tax reform. and his push has already begun. in an op-ed in usa today, the president writes, the optimism has returned. the sun is once again rising over america. but our economy cannot take off like it should unless we transform our outdated, complex, and burdensome tax code, and that is exactly what we are proposing to do, end quote. let's bring in cnn's boris sanchez. boris, is the president confident he can get this passed? >> definitely. he believes congress could get this done before the end of 2017. the president, as you said, spending his 84th day at a property that bears his name. he just returned from trump national golf course in sterling, virginia. tax reform is the all-out press by the white house right now, as
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you mention that op-ed he had in "usa today." a congressional source actually told cnn that the president this afternoon is going to be holding a call with republicans in the house to discuss how to move forward with tax reform. on tuesday, he's set to meet with republicans from the senate. they're set to hold lunch, and that might provide some drama because as you know, fred, the president has a bit of an open feud with several republican senators, including john mccain, bob corker, and jeff flake. so their interactions are ripe for analysis. beyond that, fred, the president was on fox news this morning talking about how tax reform might look, especially after paul ryan talked about the potential for there to be a fourth tax bracket so that high-income earners would not be receiving the benefit of these tax cuts, and that those resources would go to the middle class. listen to more of what the president said.
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>> the middle class has really not done very well over the last long period of time. and so when paul mentions maybe one more category, which i would rather not have, it may not happen, but the only reason i would have -- and he does say this, he was very plain, if for any reason i feel the middle class is not being properly taken care of. >> and we also might get another bit of economic related news this week. the president may announce a new chairman of the federal reserve, as you know, he's been interviewing candidates for some time. this week, he said that all five candidates are still in the running for the position. though he did seem to focus on three of them, jerome pile, the governor of the fed, as well as john taylor of stanford university, and one candidate who had a bit to say about it on the campaign trail, but now he seems to have a shift in attitude about is the current chairwoman of the federal reserve, janet yellen. so a lot on the president's
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plate right now. a lot to focus on this week, fred. >> all right, boris sanchez at the white house. thank you. u.s. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is brushing off some of the harsh criticism from president trump and addressing some of the fighting within the republican party. here's what mcconnell said earlier on cnn's "state of the union." >> at the end of the day, there is very open tension between you and your fellow republicans on capitol hill and the president. the president himself was asked just this weekend about his own attacks on fellow republicans. and he said he thinks those attacks are helpful because they get people to do what they're supposed to be doing. you have been on the receiving end of several of those attacks. do they help you get legislation through the senate, sir? >> look, i'm not particularly concerned about all of this. what we're interested in is achieving an agenda for the american people. and the president's agenda and our agenda are one in the same. we're thrilled to have somebody
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in the white house who supports what this house and senate republican majority has been wanting to have an opportunity to do for a long time. and so i refuse to get diverted off on the various comments that may be made at one time or another. let's try to accomplish these things for the american people. we think we can do that. we're in the process of that. >> one final question. do you trust the president in these negotiations. do you trust the president as a partner in getting these things done? >> i do. >> okay. let's talk about former trump adviser steve bannon. he declared war on you and the rest of the republican establishment this week. tace a listen. >> mitch, i don't know if you're watching today. i don't know if you're watching. i've been getting calls. it's like before theides of march. the only question is, and this is just an analogy or a metaphor, whatever you want to call it. they're just looking to find out who's going to be brutus to your julius caesar. >> what do you make of bannon
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recruiting candidates with the explicit goal, sir, of taking you out as leader? >> well, you know, this element has been out there for a while. they cost us five senate seats in 2010 and 2012. by nominating people who couldn't win in november. in order for the president's agenda to advance, we have to be able to elect people who support the agenda. and so these inner party skirmishes are all about whether we can nominate a candidate who can win in november. in 2014 and 2016, we nominated candidates who could actually win elections and we took the senate in 2014 and kept it in 2016. so these are interparty skirmishes about actually winning elections. >> they're interparty skirmishes but they now have what he calls a brutus who doesn't necessarily care about keeping the seat. they just want to defeat incumbent republicans who support you. >> but i think most republicans
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want to see us win elections. i always remind people at the winners of elections make policy and the losers go home and go into some other line of work. so we're trying to maintain this majority so we can achieve the goals that the president and ourselves share, and so these skirmishes will occur in the primaries. they have happened in recent years. the years in which we have nominated people who could win, we took the majorities, and years in which we didn't, we lost. it's all about whether or not we can maintain control and achieve the things that the president and ourselves want to achieve for the american people. >> all right, despite the infighting among republicans and the president, mcconnell adds that he trusts trump as the negotiating partner. joining me, cnn senior political analyst ron brownstein and washington bureau chief for the chicago sun times, lynn sweet. mcconnell seemed to brush off the attacks, calling it interparty skirmishes, not a big
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deal. so what is the strategy here that republicans can take that this is a restart button? it's okay to have these skirmishes and move on? >> you know, i think they're in the same position they have really been in from day one where they recognize that they do in fact have overlapping shared interests on a lot of the domestic agenda where president trump on the affordable care act, on taxes, has largely subcontracted the details to the republican congress. and they also realize that they do need to get things done in order to maintain their majority. and so they're trying their best, i think, and every possible way to look away from all of the aspect of the trump presidency that are troubling to so many republicans. it was underscored this week when george w. bush in a rather remarkable criticism of a successor from the same party essentially accused the president of fomenting racism at home and abandoning american
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values abroad. you have heard the last three presidential nominees, john mccain earlier, and romney after charlottesville making the argument, but republicans on the hill understand whatever they think about trump privately, they are bound to him, at least on parts of this agenda. so this uneasy dance continues with no sign of letting up. >> so lynn, this morning, the president discussed the effect of his tweets. listen to what he had to say. >> i have friends that say, oh, don't use social media. i don't call it tweets. tweeting is like a typewriter. when i put it out, you put it immediately on your show. i mean, the other day, i put something out. two seconds later i'm watching your show, it's up. >> you're right. we're watching your twitter feed. >> you know, they're well crafted. i was always a good student. i'm like a person who does well with that kind of thing. i doubt i would be here if it weren't for social media, to be honest with you. i have a tremendous platform. when somebody says something about me, i'm able to go bing,
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bing, bing, and i take care of it. the other way, i would never get the word out. >> lynn, he says social media is helping him get things done. to what extent? >> massively. he wouldn't be president without the power of his twitter feed amplified by facebook and that combination. in fact, 2016 will be known as the year that twitter and facebook helped mint a president. so he likes the idea of directly communicating with the people. and he likes, i think, this senate gratification. his analogy wasn't quite right. it's not like posting on twitter isn't quite like typing something. posting on twitter is like having a telephone call answered or having a letter opened right away. the kick he described is fascinating. you post to twitter and then, boom, a few minutes later, you're going to talk about it. if, as we're doing this segment right now, he posted somebody
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and it was a newsworthy interest, you would say, lynn, wait a minute. the president just posted. that is some kind of the way he was talking, it's almost the thrill of seeing it. but on a more serious note, he knows he can use his twitter feed to set the agenda, especially in his morning posts, for what the news will be of the day, what people will be talking about, and what will be driving the policy agenda. >> so ron, yes, that tweet, you know, it is presidential record because, you know, the president has spoken. whether he's right, you know, whether he's factually incorrect or not, but it also is a window not just into the man, the most powerful man in the world, but potentially it could be a window into what he can or cannot get done. >> well, look, i think the impact of twitter is much more ambiguous and nuanced than that, because what he has shown is
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through twitter, he can drive the news cycle, clearly, as lynn was saying, and he can drive the conversation around a seemingly endless succession of cultural confrontations and personal feuds. he can drive a debate about the nfl. he can attack mika brzezinski or meryl streep or alec baldwin or chuck schumer or john mccain or the endless list of people he has attacked. what he hasn't shown is he can mobilize public opinion on policy. the job of the president is to provide air cover to congress. on the repeal of the aca, they faced enormous public opposition. today, the polling on the key elements of the tax plan are negative for most americans. particularly the idea of cutting taxes and raising the deficit. >> a poll showing the majority of those polled oppose the plan, so while he may be able to influence dialogue, yes, he is influencing news coverage, but when it comes to impacting people's lives, getting things done, policy driven, can this
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president argue that his form of tweet or conversation is doing something? >> no. no, i think no. building a case for policy is very different. and it requires a kind of sustained disciplined focus on a clear message. basically about how the changes will improve the lives of average people. and that is not something he has shown himself capable or even willing to do. it feels to me there's almost this division of responsibility developing inside the gop where his job is to precipitate this endless series of culture confrontations and personal feuds that energize his base while he leaves to the executive branch and the republicans in congress the job of kind of advancing the traditional republican agenda of cutting taxes and regulation. he seems to be spinning off on an orbit that is somewhat distinct and immediate from that. >> which leads many to argue, is that leadership from the white house? lynn, ron, hold tight. we're going to take a short break. up next, as republicans face a war within their party,
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welcome back. democratic donors are used to spending money to support their candidates. well, now, one of the wealthiest democratic supporters is using his money to create a national tv ad campaign calling for trump's impeachment. this was democratic mega donor and billionaire environmentalist tom stier, explaining why he's pushing for impeachment when i spoke with him earlier today. >> what we're trying to do is give a voice to the american people. because i think democrats and republicans alike know that this president is in fact a clear and present danger to their health and safety. and so we're trying to give them a chance to go to their
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representatives and make this case because that's the american people still, their voice is the most powerful thing in our country. and if they speak up, then elected officials have to listen. >> but on what grounds do you believe trump should be impeached? it has to be more than a belief of clear and present danger or -- >> that's right. >> -- or access to nuclear weapons. >> he has violated his trust to the constitution of the american people. by firing james comey, he clearly obstructed justice. that is the historical basis for impeaching a president. he has -- the emoluments clause has been broken. he has clearly broken his trust with the constitution. the reason that we're calling for it is that it's urgent that it happen now. the fact of the matter is he is putting us at risk on a daily basis, and you can go to legal scholars. he has clearly met the standard for impeachment. >> looking into obstruction of justice among the many things
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that congressional investigations are looking into, the special counsel robert mueller also looking into it with his investigations. why not wait until those investigations are complete? >> because it is urgent. because in fact we are giving this president a new parameter that he not only has to meet the old parameters for being impeached. now there's a much lower standard that he's allowed to do things no one else has ever been allowed to do before. we should not be breaking the constitution to keep in office a president who is putting at risk the safety and health of americans on a daily basis. i don't understand why we're delaying. in fact, it's urgent right now that we act, and that's what we're asking the american people to stand up and speak for. >> let me bring back my panel now. cnn senior political analyst ron brownstein, lynn sweet.
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$10 million for a tv ad campaign at the same time many democrats could use some help at the ballot box. >> boy, there are not a lot of democrats who want to contest the 2018 election and whether donald trump should be impeached. at best, pretty mature. one of the problems is their voters are usually more enthused. we saw evidence of that in a democratic improvement in a number of special elections around the country. but, and you see evidence of that in the fact that the share of voters who strongly disapprove of president trump's performance is so much higher than the people who strongly approve. those are enthusiasm advantages for democrats. there's no easier way to turn that around. i think many democrats fear, than to essentially allow republicans to say that democrats are running the election to negate your vote in 2016 and come out to encourage them. there may be a debate on this some day depending on what the
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special counsel concludes, but i don't think most democrats would want it front and center on the marqu marquee. they want to focus on hoit's affecting the financials of the american people. >> how do you see it hurts or helps democrats. >> it helps tom steyer. he has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate. it gives him a reason to go, clearly with a republican house, there is no question that there cannot be an impeachment unless there was some absolutely report out from -- you can't go without some more stuff on the table, so steyer is saying we can move now. that is not realistic. it hurts democrats in that he has, you know, if anyone counted on him for being a donor to a cause or a candidate, we don't know yet if he's going to marshal his money for what he wants to do, the benefit of being super rich is you don't have to donate to a party.
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if you want a commercial, you can just make it and buy time for it yourself. >> okay, and ron, speaking of rich, president donald trump apparently offering $430 million to assist in the legal fees of campaign or white house staff members. how does this look? >> well, first off, one last point on tom steyer, it does reflect the increasing modern theory of politics. this is designed to energize and turn out the democratic base, and the theory that's more important than kind of reaching swing voters which i think is dangerous in a midterm, but it is the direction we're going. certainly the theory donald trump ran on. paying the legal fees for people who may have to testify about things that could -- around which you could be legally culpable is a very ominous kind of a notion. the idea that there would be no -- that people who are going to be testifying about potentially about actions the president has personally taken would feel no obligation based
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on him paying their legal fees, that i think is something that's going to strike a lot of americans. you can talk to former prosecutors on the show, as something they would raise their eyebrows at, at being i think in many ways an attempt to improperly influence a witness. >> lynn? >> it also depends how this fund would be structured. there was some thought it would be a pool and then the money would be dispersed later. who would get it, if you have to underscore ron's point, if you don't know if you're going to get your bill paid or not, that's another reason why people could say your testimony might be tainted. though the most important thing is to always just tell the truth to a prosecutor because then you are in trouble if you don't, so there probably is a legal way to structure it. it might be better if there's just a funded separate legal committee for everybody who needs one to fund their lawyers. >> all right. we'll leave it right there. lynn sweet, ron brownstein, always good to see you. thank you. all right, coming up, $32
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former fox news host gretchen carlson who settled a sexual harassment claim with fox news is speaking out today on the report from "the new york times" that bill o'reilly reportedly paid out $32 million in a sexual harassment claim prior to signing a new multimillion dollar contract
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with fox news. carlson spoke to brian stelter earlier today. >> i think it's horrifying and outrageous that any company after dismissing somebody for allegations such as that would not only re-sign a contract but allow that person to come back on the air. it's outrageous, and it's one of the reasons that i wanted to make sure that i chronicled so many other women's stories in my book, because now we are on a movement. we are on a movement to speak up and be heard. and there's no turning back for women in the workplace. why should women have the american dream taken away from them? we work just as hard as anyone else. and it's time that it stops. >> but fox said it had cleaned up the culture after your lawsuit and ailes' ouster, it said is made changes, yet o'reilly was renewed right after the settlement. were they lying about that? >> i mean, i think this is the corporate culture, brian, that we were dealing with before july 6, 2016, in so many ways, in
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that the way in which, look at harvey weinstein and the way the board allowed him to have a contract that allowed him to still sexually harass. he just had to pay a fine if there was a case. this is covered up. this is enablers. this is shutting up the victims, and it's absolutely horrifying we have allowed this to go on for so long in our corporate culture. it's one of the reasons that i'm asking people to join the be fierce movement, to stand up and speak up and say enough is enough. >> you assessmented a big settlement from fox. lis wiehl accepted a payment from bill o'reilly. should women accept the payments? is that part of the problem? i have to ask you? >> we decided as a culture, there's two ways to settle sexual harassment allegations. settlements. that shuts up the victims. and also forced arbitration clauss in employment contracts. that's a secret chamber. that also shuts up the victims. so we're fooling society into thinking we don't have a problem with this issue anymore. why?
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because we don't hear about these cases. but why, brian? it's because the women are shut up into silence. and that is what's been so heartening over the last couple weeks, seeing the weinstein story develop and so many others is that women are saying we're not going to be silenced anymore. we're going to be fierce. it's the whole mission of this book for our young people, brian. to make sure that this doesn't happen for your daughter, my two kids, and anyone else who's watching out there. >> and you say that men have a big part of responsibility. you devote a whole chapter in your book to men. why? >> men who defend. because we need to turn men from enablers and bystanders into allies. and so many men out there want a safe work environment for women. that's why it ended up being my longer chapter, brian. it's just these random jerks we have to try to get rid of. but to try to get rid of the enabler and give the courage and voice to a man to stand up for women, can you only imagine how that would change the dynamic in
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the corporate culture. it would change it exponentially. today, i'm reaching out to men as well to join this be fierce movement. it shouldn't just be on the shoulders of women to fix this. >> we've got so much more straight ahead in the newsroom. first, meet this week's cnn hero. rebecca konstantino. >> for a child, the library can be a magical place. >> i'm officially the most awesome girl in the world. >> it can transform you academically, but it can also nurture you emotionally. >> what people don't realize is that school libraries are sometimes not funded at all. we provide libraries for underserved communities and schools. our whole goal is to spread literacy and the benefits of literacy. >> to see how rebecca and her team transform a library, go to cnn heroes.com. we'll be right back. ♪
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puerto ricans are still struggling more than a month after hurricane maria pummeled the territory. only 20% of the power has been restored to the island. just over half of the cell towers are operational, and 72% of puerto rico's water and sewage customers have service. joining us now from san juan is cnn correspondent polo sandoval. so polo, give us an idea of what people are up against there. >> reporter: well, you know, the hardest times after these natural disasters are in the weeks and months following the event. that's what we have seen all throughout the island, mainly here. it's a community just west of san juan, puerto rico, where you can see some of the live pictures. you may be able to see the
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seemingly endless row of what appears to be trash. those are at one point people's belongings. their memories, their livelihoods that are basically, they sit soggy and on a sidewalk here. until they're picked up. today, there was some significant progress in at least this community that we spent the day in. the crews were clearing out this debris. they did have officials hired by the army corps of engineers who were essentially clearing out toxic materials because that's a real concern. they want to make sure no toxic materials make their way up there, but this is a significant day of progress for people in at least this neighborhood, fred. these piles have been growing. debris attracts rodents, mosquitoes. you name it. this is something officials and people on the ground have been asking for now for weeks. today, finally, relief coming the way as this begins to be
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cleared up as the island continues to struggle to recover. >> when there's a build-up of waste, of trash, sometimes hazardous materials, of course, the biggest concern is it makes people sick. it spreads viruses and illnesses. how is that being combatted or what is being done to help people stay well in these kind of conditions? >> reporter: well, clearing up this debris is obviously going to be number one here. the faster they can get rid of the garbage and they're able to eliminate at least part of the risk because the debris piles bring rodents and mosquitoes. they then breed disease, and that's the last thing this island needs right now as it struggles to recover. the other thing, too, is what to do with so much garbage. i spoke to local environmentalists who estimate roughly 8,500 tons of garbage are produced by puerto ricos on
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a daily basis. look at all the debris throughout the island, as you can imagine, all of this is certainly going to overwhelm officials here and the waste management system, creating that health concern that you just described. that said, also pollution. there are many chemicals and electronics in the piles, and officials here are working very hard to make sure as much oz thaf gets pulled out and disposed of appropriately before it ends up in the landfalls that are already full to the brim. >> polo sandoval, thank you so much. >> u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson in saudi arabia today, praising the fighters who drove isis out of its strongholds in syria and iraq. his praise comes just days after u.s.-backed militias say they completely liberated the city of raqqah from isis militants, but tillerson also had this warning. >> shortly, iranian militias that are in iraq now that the fight against daesh and isis is
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coming to a close, those militias need to go home. any foreign fighters in iraq need to go home. and allow the iraqi people to regain control of areas that had been overtaken by isis and daesh that have now been liberated. allow the iraqi people to rebuild their lives with the heb of their neighbors. >> you heard from ben wedeman earlier, there are no iranian militias. meantime, arwa damon takes us to raqqah, syria, and shows us what's left there. >> reporter: it's hard to even find traces of the life that was. or even imagine what these streets looked like when they were full of people with children laughing and playing. one of the battle commanders here. >> reporter: it was a 15-day battle just to try to retake this particular square, and every single rooftop, she was saying, was lined with snipers. this was one of the main squares where isis would carry out their
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public beheadings and executions, and they would place the heads of their victims on these spikes as a gruesome reminder to others of what their fate might be should they decide to defy isis rule. it is also where isis sold its yazidi captives into sexual slavery. for the coalition of syrian backed democratic forces, the battle for raqqah was deeply personal. they vowed that rocky would be liberated at the hands of women. as we walk past some of their fighters, she says seeing them makes her happy. proud. women establish their bravery here, she says. it taught them their value beyond their value within the household. she tells us that she herself joined the fight against isis around three years ago. the final battles, she was just saying, were taking place in this entire area between the stadium that's right there and then the square that's behind us
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and the hospital, and she was saying that isis fighters had actually underground dug tunnel systems between those three locations. now, we can't go and see them because they still might have left explosive devices inside them. against the backdrop of the city's ruins, the female fighting force within the sdf celebrated. moments of victory, reunions, but rebuilding, it may be even tougher than the battle itself. commanders tell us there are still small pockets of isis fighters, and clearing the city of explosives will take at least three months. and for those who called raqqah home, there is not much left to return to. she held up the sdf flag at this very square the day that sdf took control of it. she says she did it in memory of those who died. in a battle whose cost is not yet fully known.
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arwa damon, cnn, raqqah, syria. >> we'll be right back.
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this just in to cnn. as much as $2 million was raised last night to help hurricane relief efforts at the one america concert, that's according to a spokesperson from former president george h.w. bush. a final figure will be released tomorrow. of course, one of the more remarkable moments from last night was five former presidents on stage. cnn has more from college station, texas. >> reporter: five former living
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presidents, working together to praise the american spirit. >> all of us on this stage here tonight could not be prouder of the response of americans. >> reporter: and ask for continued support for hurricane recovery efforts. >> there is still work to be done in texas and in florida. and our friends in puerto rico and the american virgin islands have only begun to dig their way out of what could be still a calamitous disaster. but can be a new beginning. >> presidents jimmy carter, bill clinton, in texas a&m university home to his presidential library for a benefit concert. >> i speak for the folks right here when i say we really admire and love george h.w. bush. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> reporter: an evening planned to be the 20th anniversary celebration of bush 41 library transformed for an opportunity for former presidents to help hurricane victims. >> make america still a greater volunteer nation. >> after hurricane harvey devastated in september the five former presidents created the one america appeal charity. the outreach to florida and caribbean. to date they have raised more than $30 million from more than 80,000 donors. the work of the former presidents was praised as tremendous by president trump in a video message. >> in the after math of these terrible storms the american people have done what we do best. we came together. we helped one another and through it all we remain resilient. >> reporter: it's unclear 239 current president was invited to
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attend. president trump was honored to be given an opportunity to participate in hurricane relief efforts. >> thank you so much for coming together and putting your differences aside. it is so incredible. >> reporter: among musical guests, lady gaga who announced a partnership to create a mental health program for hurricane victims. >> so the response to these disasters must encompass emotional needs as well as physical well being. >> reporter: an historic night in response to devastation and inspiration of historic proportions. in college station, texas, cnn. >> and we'll be right back. hi, i'm the internet! you know what's difficult? adulting... hi, guys. i'm back. time to slay! no,i have a long time girlfriend. you know what's easy? building your website with godaddy. get your domain today and get a free trial of gocentral. build a better website in under an hour.
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the militia movement isn't new to the u.s. but shifting political landscape is shining a
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light on the collection of extremist groups that see the u.s. constitution as being under threat and are prepared to fight what they call big government. in this week's this is life with lisa ling she embeds with a heavily armed militia deep in the arizona desert preparing for foreign and domestic threats. >> reporter: what boomer wants is training for any sort of threat that he can pass along to his family. >> now it's all back together and we take our towels. >> if he joins he will be expected to attend as many militia gatherings. >> what are the rules when you see a gun? >> don't touch it and tell an adult. >> good job. >> reporter: this weekend it begins with his first intensive training session. then he and the militia will have 90 days to size each other
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up before his membership is confirmed with a vote. >> for some reason i'm a little nervous. it took about six months of contemplation. is this something i really wanted to get into and i'm still not sure if it is or not. that's what this weekend is about for me is taking that next step to see if it is. >> he has placed a lot of measured expectations on the event. will this new crowd be more extreme than he bargained for? >> joining us is lisa. who is the enemy that he and the family are preparing for? >> well, they're concerned that there may be government overreach and so if they feel there is they want to be prepared. they also say that they want to also be prepared in case there are natural disasters or threats to their communities.
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and the thing that surprised me the most, we embedded with the southern arizona militia only days after the presidential election. and i assumed that because donald trump was the victor they might not feel the need to be as vigilant as they are, but, in fact, when i asked the head of that militia whether they were kind of going to kind of lay back a little bit they said we still have to be as prepared as ever and this militia trains every single weekend. >> does it appear the popularity of these groups is growing? >> well, it certainly grew a great deal during president obama's presidency because one of the main issues for militias is protecting their second amendment rights and during president obama's tenure there was this assumption that regulations were going to -- greater regulations were going to be imposed. under the trump administration it seems that the movement is still continuing to grow because
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in the case of the militia that we spent time with they said that politics don't really play into their preparedness. >> what was most enlightening when you spent time with them? >> the thing that was most enlightening was i was pretty concerned when i went to embed with them because we have very different values and very different issues, but after talking to the guys and spending a weekend with them we actually found common ground. these guys are defiant about protecting their second amendment rights. i am defiant about protecting my first amendment rights and my reproductive rights. i think both sort of felt the concern about government overreach and that was something that was enlightening for me to have found common ground with these men. >> but going about it in a different way in which to
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protect. >> absolutely. >> thanks so much. catch tonight's episode of this is life 10:00 p.m. here on cnn. thanks so much for being with me. so much more straight ahead in the newsroom with pamela brown. >> top of the hour in new york and this week. it is the start of a new week in washington and you would think perhaps the white house would be eager to move on. today president trump is only fuelling his feud with a florida congress woman who accused the president of disrespecting the family and one of the soldiers killed. the president tweet iing this morning whacky congress woman is the gift that keeps giving. the congress woman firing back. >> this

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