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so glad to have you with us on this weekend. >> so now after more than a year of controversy focusing on the alleged russia meddling, russia is now calling for cooperation in a new year message to the president of the united states. >> vladimir putin wants both nations to engage in long-term constructive dialog, but in that same speech he was quick to remind the world that he backs the dictator. >> and this is just one line of a long list of foreign policy challenges for president trump as we head into 2018. we focus on just a few here on the map. north korea's resolution ring g loud and clear.
u.s. officials predict another ballistic missile test sometime soon after the new year and then there's this. >> president trump warning iran that the world is watching after dozens of peaceful anti government protesters were hauled away for chanting harsh slogans. the president trump's government is the main source of ill will towards iran. >> let's start now in washington with cnn correspondent ryan nobles. he was in west palm beach near the president's resort. tell us how the white house is responding. >> they're not mincing words. the president of the united states saying that he is standing firmly behind those
protesters who have taken to the streets and he used his poerful twitter feed to send that message around the world. many reports of peaceful protests by the iranian citizen, fed up with the regime's corruption the iranian government should respect the people. and the president's message came directly from his twitter feed and it comes just after the state department earlier in the day echoed that same sentiment saying that the people of iran have the right to demand basic rights and the rights to fight against corruption in their country and it's not really that much of a surprise that this white house in particular would
back the protesters. there's been a lot of tension between the trump administration and the white house believes that iran could be involved in the conflicts in both yemen and syria and donald trump has been critical of the nuclear deal that was hatched between the obama administration and it was something he's campaigned against. he's called for a review of the program and has even threatened to pull out of that agreement. so as the tensions continue to increase in iran it's clear the u.s. government is taking a side and that side right now is with the protesters that are voicing their opinion against their government. >> all right. thank you. our senior international correspondent is live for us in istanbul. political reporter for the daily beast and deputy managing editor for the weekly standard. i do want to start with you.
we just said a little of what iran responded to president trump's tweet with and i understand you've got more for us from that response. >> yeah, that's right. this coming out from the country's foreign ministry not only talking that they viewed ill will. lu they give no value or credibility to opportunistic credibility. american officials through their conduct have not earned a place from which they can express mass sentiments to be aware of the people of iran. this not necessarily a rebuke of what the u.s. president tweeted but also perhaps a reflection of just how frustrated they are.
a lot of nations and their populations, no matter how they feel about their governments in particular do perceive the united states as not really having a moral leg to stand on. these demonstrations in iran began thursday night, spreading across the country, calls for frustrations with the fact that food and gasoline prices have been increasing but also taking on a marked tone of direct expression of dissatisfaction with the president and something that we don't see very often. also dissatisfaction, it's also worth pointing out that people are also growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is teheran's continued support and focus on foreign policy as opposed to domestic policy,
focusing a lot on military. >> all right. as we listen to what she was reading from the foreign ministry there in iran, they said basically the u.s. haven't earned their place and that the people of iran give no value or credibility to the u.s. or to the trump administration. with that said, where does the president go beyond a tweet at this point when it comes to iran? >> well, among his political inner circle and his advisors in the white house it will be interesting to see where it goes with this. the tweet this morning was rather measured in compared to what the president has said regarding foreign regimes that he is not friendly with. so this was something that was
drafted with more attention to being shall we say soft with the language. so as we've seen with his public feuds with such dictators as kim jong-un, it will be interesting to see how he goes forward in his early tweeting. >> of course we are watching north korea as we were talking about, the fact that they're saying that they could -- or there is a belief and ex- pe expectation that they will going to launch a ballistic missile. he held true to that, 15 missiles were launched this year. is there any expectation of what he's going to say tomorrow and if he will call out president
trump and the u.s. specifically? >> i'm sure he will. i have to go back to iran just a second. i had interviewed three iranians disdents. they'd all been jailed under the current regime and they described to metor chur, a brother and sister were tortured in front of each other, threatened with death. we're going to kill your sister, we're going to kill your brother if you don't do what i want to r you to do. the united states is not a perfect country but it does not treat its citizens that way. and i agree that was quite a measured statement and i'm hoping he will get something even stronger out there. i think part of the reason he has had so many statements about kim jong-un is that he's attacked him personally and with the kind of rhetoric that trump himself uses which the iranian
leadership has not done and i certainly thing that kim jong-un is going to continue using that in attacking trump and both are using the united states and now donald trump to sort of as a scapegoat, to get the attention away from what they're doing to their own people and making him like this is the bad guy. this is why we're doing so poorly, not, you know, ignoring the fact that there are sanctions against these countries because of terrorism around the globe and human rights in both these countries are both atrocious. >> is there a plan? a lot of people have looked at the back and forth between kim jong-un and as we wait to find out what he's going to say tomorrow, is there a plan for dealing with them, u.s. sanctions are not working. beyond sanctions, what's next? >> i mean, in terms of what the
plan is there are certainly people in the administration that will be working on different angles for this for a long time but in terms of the president himself, it's unfortunate from an international and diplomatic standpoint that his priorities seem to be consumed by personal feuding on this. >> there's not a lot of clarity and so people don't understand where it's going. and you know, there may be some confusion. i want to shift quickly to this as well since it's happening this morning. there may be some confusion as well from president putin's words in his 2018 new year address. he's stressing the importance of the u.s. and russia having a long-term dialog. he's stressing cooperations but when we hear of that, we also know that russia is still backing and he said it in his speech today, syria and assad. so when you hear those two
differing viewpoints, is there any way for russia and the u.s. to move forward? >> well, there very well could be hypothetically speaking of course at this stage because it most certainly would not be the first time that we would have seen two nations that have different positions on one particular issue than figure out a way to cooperate and move forward on another. russia decided to back president assad and did so until the very end and managed to turn the tables in favor of the assad regime where as the united states yes, did support the syrian democratic forces on the ground in the battle against isis, but a lot of the syrian opposition groups will say that america has completely utterly failed them and is only trying to at the end of the day serve its own interest. when we look at the entire regional picture, every single nation is at the end of the day looking for its own interests
and it will strike deals with other countries if it deems that to be an action that will be moving in its own favor even though they may disagree on other issues as well. there's very little consideration that's actually put on the humanitarian cost of these different agreements and negotiations. >> all right. we appreciate y'all so much. thank you. >> thank you. new developments coming up in an alleged online gaming prank that went too far. now his family is blaming not only alleged pranksters but police as well. we'll tell you what happened. (avo) help control cravings
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swatting, it's gained a lot of traction with online gamers. it's when someone makes a prank call to police with a false report of an ongoing crime hoping to draw swat officers to that gaming opponent's address. >> so in this case, there was a man in los angeles who allegedly called police in kansas and told dispatchers that's where he was and that he had shot his father and was holding his mother and siblings hostage. listen to this. >> i'm just pointing the gun at them making sure they stay in the closet. my mom and my little brother. >> okay, is there any way you can put the gun up? >> no, i'm definitely not going to put it away. >> i'm go going to stay on the phone with you. okay? >> that's fine. until they get here or -- >> as long as you need me to,
okay? >> yeah, i'm thinking about, because i already poured gasoline all over the house. i might set it on fire. >> we don't need to do that okay. >> in a little bit i might. so so police responded to that call and they surrounded the home but really it was 28-year-old andrew fimplg that came to the door and police say he moved suddenly. finch was unarmed. he had nothing to do with the online gaming dispute. this seems to be a random address that was given to 911. now homici his family is outraged. >> andrew finch's family is angry. he was shot by a wichita police officer as they responded to a call on false information. >> they did not warn him. he opened the door and they shot him. >> her mother was in the house
when her son was shot. she disagreed with parts of what they said. >> i'm not letting go until i have justice. >> her son was never given a chance before police shot him. >> there is his blood. they were given the story that will were people in here dead. >> after a swatting call, a false call meant to bring swat to a scene. the family has a message for whoever made that call too. >> you're a murderer and you're an accomplice and you killed a wonderful man. this whole family has lost a wonderful person because of your selfish -- >> finch had two young children. >> i would like them to remember that he was very loyal. he was faithful. and he was caring. >> the finch family continues to want answers after the unarmed
man was shot by police on a bogus call. >> we'll continue working on getting some more answers as to what happened there. now, i know it's new year's, so everybody's getting ready to have a little bit of a celebration, ringing into 2018 and cities across the country are increasing their security measure. las vegas is bringing in the national guard to protect crowdss well. >> the new year's eve celebration in times square is an iconic event. it's also a massive security challenge. this is something that the nypd has been preparing for since the
last confetti was swept up. that means more uniformed police officers, more police officers carrying heavy weapons and more dogs. where i'm standing right here including several blocks north, south, east and west is going to be shut down to traffic starting relatively early on sunday morning. there will be 12 access points for spectators who want to come in to view the ball drop, ring in 2018. those are going to see teams of police officers. they're going to see bomb sniffing dogs, police officers who are going to detect material and they're going to have to go through two check points in order to enter the pens to celebrate the new year. also for the first time, the new york times is reporting that for the first time police will be attaching reflective material to the outsides of some of the buildings in and around times square and that is so they can
help them locate any gunmen or shooter should there be one. that of course is a lesson from the las vegas shooting. among the other stepped up efforts there will be roof top observation and counter sniper teams. 125 parking garages in and around this area will be sealed and police officers are also undergoing a special suicide attack training. we're also going to see the familiar sanitation trucks filled with sand and cement blocks to help block off this area to prevent any sort of vehicular attack. there is no direct credible threat to this new year's eve celebration here in times square. no credible threat to new york city in general but some 2 million people they expect to come out on sunday night should all remain individual land avig
see something, say something. >> a live look at times square where some of the barricading has begun. it is cold out there. if you think about getting a good spot for the ball drop, you've got to get in your space in the morning and stand there all day. >> but hopefully you'll be surrounded by people because i think the low is close to single digits for sunday night. >> and the feels like is worse than that. >> snuggle up in times square. >> anderson cooper, andy cohen live from times square for cnn's countdown to new year's eve right here on cnn. so the coming year, hundreds of seats in congress are up for grabs. what the 2018 elections could mean for legislation, for policy, for the country. ♪
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we have a look for us now at how some of these races could change the political landscape. >> here's what we're looking forward to in 2018. it's an even numbered year which means midterm elections and it's almost always bad for the president's party. that goes double when the president's approval rating is under 50% and donald trump's is way under 50% now. the house is absolutely in play. republicans hold the majority, but there are enough democratic opportunity to make the democrats retake the house. the senate, a tougher thing for democrats. there are 26 democratic seats up and just nine for republicans but democrats have oddly a little bit of a chance here and donald trump is not very popular, which makes taking over the senate a very slight, but still a real possibility. >> all right, sir.
let's bring in our political panel. former senior advisor to the trump campaign and former georgia representative and former national press secretary for bernie sanders m good morning to both of you. >> let me start with you. what's your concern, real concern that democrats could take the house in 2018? >> history. in this case, you've got about 350 seats that are safe. then you've got about 60 seats that are competitive and 21 seats that are absolute toss ups and 17 of those toss up seats are held by republicans right now. so republicans have got to be very tough. they do have a monetary advantage right now. the tax cuts need to get into effect. people need to see the prosperity, feel the change in their pocket but history is
against the republican party right now. there's no question about it. >> as we talk about tax cuts let me come to you on what we heard from marco rubio. this is what he told a newspaper. i thought we probably went too far on helping corporations. by and large you're going to see a lot of these multinationals buy back share to drive up the price. he goes on to say that some of them will be forced because they're sitting on cash to pay out dividends to shareholders. that isn't going to help create dramatic economic growth. >> well, you know, marco rubio said a similar thing. he voted for it and now he still doesn't like the bill, now the law and he's being critical of it. i think is a classic case of him trying to save his own tail because now this bill is not popular and it's been a whole
mess. you've seen folks in different places in the country rushing to pay their property taxes. the irs trying to clarify, but now it's the republicans job to try to sell the american wepeop on it. this is going to contribute to myoi agree with the congressman in that the house is in play and that the democrats could take it back come 2018. >> i voted for it if it does well and if it still is unpopular, by 2018 rges i told you so. >> i agree with simone that -- and i don't quote james comey much. >> a james comey quote. >> it's a new year, but i would say lord di, lordy. talk about stepping on your own message. he should be talking about how
at&t, comcast a bre giving rebates. how at&t is going to plow a billion dollars into the american economy and how five thirds bank i'm not sure of their name, a fifth thirds bank is raising the minimum wage for their employees to $15 an hour. so a lot of positive things to be talking about, but you voted for the bill. go outs and sell it. >> republicans say as mitch mcconnell said, if they can't sell this they need to get in a new line of business. we'll see if that make this or at least make the case heading into november, 2018. back to you and daca. the protections for about 800,000 of young people brought into this country. the protections for daca recipients, the president tweeted this week the democrats
have been told and fully understand that there can be no daca without the desperately needed wall. all right. if it comes down to it, should democrats support funding for the border wall along the southern border with mexico in order to secure those protections? >> it's absolutely not. dems should be pushing for a dreen cleem a clean dream act. they believe that there should be some legislative fix for the dreamers. dreamers are popular. so the republican got their funky tax bill that in many my opinion does not do good things for the american people but the dreamers are popular and i think that democrats have a chance to hold the line and they should. now, we have seen in the vote for the budget and keeping the government open that democrats did not hold the line and so this is going to be a test coming up in 2018 and i'm
cautiously optimistic that they will in fact hold the line and push for a clean dream act. >> jeff flake after -- soon after the -- well, i guess it was just before the tax bill passed the senate, he said he received assurances from the leadership and the white house that they will work with him to enact fair legislation for daca recipients. >> i think it is fair. i think the way washington has always worked since the very beginning of our country is a little bit of horse trading and those horse tradings are reflective of the american people's wills. what people are saying is you've got to end migration. six family members over time as part of his or her moi grags status. >> but chain migration aside, should there be -- let me ask you the direct question. should there be protection for
the daca recipients. >> protections they have right now but i don't think there's a huge urge to make them citizens. >> the protections are running outcome march so there is a huge rush to do so. >> i know that president obama illegally gave them protections but the courts are against. >> that is not true. >> it absolutely is. and by the way. >> i want to be really clear. >> hold on. i. >> i think we need to educate the american people. daca redered action was not ruled upon in the courts. >> because it was illegal. >> i just want to be really clear that daca has not been ruled illegal and to be frank, i think what we'll see is there's not a legislative fix, we might
see president trump circle back and issue a new executive order on the dreamers. >> and i hope it ends migration and the building of the wall. sno . >> and then it just fell apart. >> simone knows i love her. >> i love the congressman too. he's one of my favorites but democrats like myself are not here for this wall. we are here for saving the dreamers. >> but what if you have to be here for this wall? if it comes down to if you want protections for the 800,000 daca recipients in this country, you have to accept the down payment on the wall. do you take it or do you leave it. >> no. >> you leave it because the dreamers are popular. nobody wants this wall. the wall is going to cost billions of dollars. are you telling me that we have billions of dollars for the wall but we don't have money for
health insurance for children? >> more than 80% of americans support universal background checks for people who want to purchase guns. >> the democrats do not have to be boxed into a corner on this because the wall is expensive, but what is popular are the dreamers. >> i know there was 16 other republican candidates who wished they had become synonymous with the wall. it was one of the reasons why donald trump got elected because the obama administration did not consistently enforce immigration laws. >> it was popular with the primary voters during the republican process. if you look at the polling for the wall across the country, across broader numbers of americans, it is not popular at all. >> enforcement of immigration
lieus that are actually already on the books, border enforcement is extremely popular and i would say if i was against it a wall could be defined as an electronic and better border security in general. >> but that's now how the president defined it. >> exactly. >> i'm saying i would say that you can have more than one type of wall and i've been down there on the border and i've seen in many areas it's not needed. vast areas of land that are almost impossible to cross, but they're not impossible to control. and patrol. >> so the congressman just made my point about why the democrats should not be voting for this wall. >> thank you both. >> thank you. so after months without power in puerto rico, of course that's because of hurricane maria, guess what, the morning a
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can you imagine going three months without electricity? that's how long folks in puerto rico have been without power. there are some cities though, they're slowly getting back up to speed here, starting to get some help with their power back on, but others not so much. >> since the hurricane hit, we visited one of the cities trying to start the new year with one less challenge. >> it's more than just a flip of a switch. finally a hint of what life was
like before hurricane maria. after more than three months without power, one of the lucky few who just got power. >> hot water. able to take a hot shower. >> that's what she's excited about, a hot shower. >> in south eastern puerto rico, now a massive generator to power its substation. it's enough to power part of the town, not a permanent solution. not enough to turn the lights back on for all 38,000 people. >> it's always been known for its agriculture. knocking out electricity immediately. the mayor says he doesn't know when power will be restored so he believes they were the first to deal with maria and it could
be the last. >> he was born and raised in these mountains near the coast. he calls maria a monster that destroys them. >> he says the urban area could get power very soon, but this area it could be summer before they see it which take note, summer is when the hurricane season begins. >> miles away from town, high up in the mountains where the power lines are harder to fix, little hope her home will be back to normal soon. maria ruined more than furniture. it ruined her life. for now, new paint is all she can afford to fix any of it. >> she has no idea when she'll get power back. i'm asking her if she thinks it will be soon. >> without power she and her children lost more than the
lights. without power they don't have water. >> the mayor says the problem, constant bureaucratic delays. for months they had power workers here but not enough materials to carry out the work. >> the mayor calls this a start. he says they need more generator, power pulls, cables. the u.s. army corps of engineers says it's part of the reason it took so long to get power back to people. >> she doesn't have to wash clothes by hand anymore. >> back in town, he will spend tonight overjoyed. but for the families up in the mountains, the sun sets on another night as they wait for their gift to arrive. cnn, puerto rico.
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new legalized cash crop to california. of course, we're talking about marijuana. >> yes, recreational use. medical marijuana for a long time. the industry has been inundated with undermine sales. and now to the dispensaries to get their take. >> reporter: the cannabis gold rush is on. legal, medical and recreational marijuana comes to the golden state monday. >> we're looking to expand into a 6,000-square foot dispensary, because we think we'll be able to serve close to 1,000 to 1,500 patients a day. >> reporter: today, jarod kilos dispensary serves about 200 people a day. employs 25 full-time workers making at least $18 an hour. with legalization, he expects to employ 70. >> just this year alone, or at least for 2017 harvest season, i
tripled the size of my cultivation in an effort to supply my increase in the dispense area. >> reporter: the market in the area alone projected to be ginormous. >> when it happens in los angeles, how big will it be? >> right now, los angeles' market is bigger than colorado and washington combined. so, you're looking at one market that's the largest in the world. >> i'm a drug dealer. >> reporter: california and pop culture long portrayed as a pot smoker's paradise. sales of medical marijuana, legal or at least allowed in many towns or cities across the state for more than 20 years. what's different now, the entire state will be regulated, licensed and taxed like any other business, except more. so, come the 1st of the year, the regulatory regime for mare one businesses across california will change dramatically. everything from child-proofed
caps to security system for every single business. for places like the higher path that are already playing by the rules, the cost of legalization enormous. taxes on retail marijuana, up to 45%. and license fees to cultivate, distribute and sale medical and recreational pot for just this one business in just its first year, $280,000. has california moves into legal marijuana finally, what is your feeling? >> i'm still excited for the state. on an individual level, i can be a little bit disappointed that i won't be a part of the party on january 1, but it's not going to be long before i'm up and running and legal. >> reporter: on day one when pot will be legal it won't be available everywhere. only a few smaller localities if approved licensed to start recreational sales on january 1. cities like san francisco and los angeles, won't be ready for
legal sales under the new regulations for days or weeks. >> we're talking about an unregulated industry that's been thriving for at least 22 years. that now you have this set of rules and track and trace system. and taxation, and all of these local agencies and bureaucrats and state regulators and licenses. it's a totally different beast. >> reporter: bumps in the road ahead for california, but legal pot here is expected to spur massive growth for the legal cannabis industry in the u.s. and around the world. miguel marquez, cnn, los angeles. alrighty. up next, the animals caught in the middle of syria's civil war. we're going to show you how a rescue group went into the war zone, rescued the animals, and what they're doing with them now.
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the syrian civil war enters its seventh engineer in 2018. hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, but they're not the only casualties. >> yeah, this is something we don't normally think about, but cnn's hala gorani has more on zoo animals that have been that one specific devastated syrian city. how they were saved and where they are now.
>> reporter: originally modeled after disneyland, the sprawling theme park is more like a war zone on the outskirts of aleppo. like much of the city, syria's long conflict has laid waist to the magic world zoo. and to the helpless animals inside, unable to escape when bombs began to fall. >> apparently, there was over 300 animals in the zoo and only 13 survivors. so that tells you, the horrific conditions that they had to exist in. >> reporter: violence, starvation and disease claimed most of the lives inside here. but help came for the new animals who survived. >> i'm very happy that the animals are here. but they still have a very long trip. >> reporter: in july, this doctor and animal rescue operations for paws conducted essentially a military operation. across hundreds of kilometers to one of the world's most dangerous war zones, they moved the traumatized animals to safety. >> it was a mission that was
planned for several months in advance because it was so dangerous. and people literally risked their lives for these animals. once all 13 animals were retrieved, then the trucks started rolling through syria, through different check points until the borders were open for them in turkey. >> reporter: arriving safely in turkey through aleppo was a nearly miraculous feat. the animals were safe there until they could be air lifted to their new home, a wildlife reserve in jordan. >> the physical wounds that they arrived with were really hard to see. they were just totally dehydrated. they were malnourished. they were very, very skinny. >> reporter: months later, their physical wounds have healed. >> syed, hello. hello. >> reporter: but the scars from suffering years of conflict don't fade as quickly. >> the emotional attributes they bring with them, they don't display that as obvious, as the physical wounds. sometimes, we see if we just raise a broom sometimes around
syed, sometimes, he will react. one of the asian black bears when he hears a military helicopter fly overhead, he'll immediately run into the night room. >> reporter: these four-legged refugees can now recover in peace, owing their lives to the small dedicated group that dared to save them. >> if we want to call ourselves civilized we have to be able to share this planet with magnificent beings. that's part of my work. >> reporter: hala gorani, cnn. this is "new day weekend." with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> good saturday morning to you. top of the hour now. after a year of controversy over russia's meddling in the 2016 election, russia is now calling for cooperation. this is in a new year message to the president. u.s. >> president vladi