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we start with breaking nes s on your thursday afternoon. in just 24 hours, a republican-led conspiracy theory of secret society within the fbi has fizzled to a simple joke between friends. this secret society claim came
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from a text message exchange between two fbi agents who have since been removed from the russia investigation. cnn now has a copy of this secret society text message the day after the election, fbi lawyer lisa paige says to agent peter stroch, quote, are you even going to give out your calendars? seems kind of depressing. maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society. calendars mentioned there were a gag gift that he purchased for employees working on the russia investigation. this is happening as one of the republicans is sounding the loudest alarm over the whole secret society conspiracy is having, shall we call, a change of heart. let's go to our senior washington correspondent up on capitol hill, chasing senator johnson down. what exactly did he tell you? >> reporter: he is almost backbacking off these remarks he made earlier this week when he said on fox news that this text
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message referring to the secret society was very serious, something he wanted to dig in further into and believe it raised some alarms about what was happening within the fbi. yesterday, he sounded a little bit squishier on this. particularly when he referenced an informantespoke to, who was talking about meetings that the fbi was having off site. i asked him about these meetings happening offsite. what were these meetings about? he said i don't know. he acknowledged saying he didn't know what these off-site meetings were about or who was there. maybe fbi managers. brooke, when i caught up with him today after it had been revealed the full context of the text message and when these two individuals may have simply been joking about the secret society, he seemed to suggest that that was a real possibility. this is what he said earlier toda today. >> secret society was in jest? >> it's a real possibility.
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>> thank you, sir. >> do you really believe that there's a secret society within the fbi, plotting to take down the president? >> all i said is when i read those in those text messages, stroch and page's terms, we have whistleblowers coming to us from across agencies. that didn't surprise me because i've heard from an individual that there were fbi agents or, you know, management in the fbi holding meetings off site. >> reporter: off site to do what exactly? >> i don't know. >> reporter: so, just moments ago, brooke, minutes ago, we caught up with ron johnson. again, asked him about his now belief that it's really a possibility that these two were just joking. and we tried to ask him about that. he said we'll see what the new texts say. that's all he would say. asked multiple questions. he said we will see what the new texts say. of course, that is in reference to the inspector general saying
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they've discovered five months of texts that were missing. he's raising the possibility that perhaps there's some reference of secret society and new texts are going over to conference. of course, as we know, we've not seen any reference to a secret society in any other batch of texts. johnson isn't ruling out that there's talk about this in this new batch of texts. >> so dangerous. words matter. thank you very much. former fbi supervisory special agent and chris cillizza, editor at large. first to you, ali. to have a u.s. senator essentially go from a to z in the span of a week without facts to get to this conclusion, which, by the way, he's now saying maybe it's a joke but let's take a look at the new texts and we'll see. call it out. >> this is pathetic. it could be comic if it's not tragically dangerous. this is not funny. this is a u.s. senator.
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he's claiming that there's a secret society within the fbi to take down the president of the united states. he went on television, telling that to the american people. he needs to go on tv again and he needs to apologize. it's not only about a text, as he mentioned. he specifically said there were informants that were telling him about the secret society and the fbi. what are the fbi doing that making him so angry? investigating an alleged conspiracy by a foreign power to influence our politics? that's it? that's what's scaring the heck out of him? this guy, with all due respect to the office and the people to present, he's a demagogue, he's a partisan. he's putting partisanship above country and that's very, very dangerous. >> how many years in the fbi were you? >> ten. >> and very dangerous places around the world for the safety of the american people. >> that's what the fbi men and women are doing. not only the fbi --
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>> it's personal. >> absolutely it's personal. it's the fbi. it's the cia. it's the law enforcement. we're being attacked, my former colleagues are being attacked every day. for what? for what? just because these people are sacrificing what remain of their integrity on the altar of partisanship? that is disgusting. he needs to go on tv and apologize about this conspiracy that he pedaled. we used to have conspiracy on the far left and the far right. now we have all these pedalers who are conspiracy theorists in the u.s. congress. that is very unfortunate. >> chris cillizza, i just read your piece, the last line. call it the senator who cried wolf. how dangerous is that? >> this is the point. first of all, i agree with everything that ali said. the point here, too, is let's say there is something in the
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future that is problematic at the fbi, the cia, or any government agency. i went through what were the claims here? i'm sure as you did, brooke, i got about 1,000 tweets, saying, why aren't you writing about this? i'm going to go through this and figure it out. what you saw very clearly was a piece of a text. they acknowledged that this was not the full text from page. this was a piece of it that used the words "secret society." there was no context, number one. number two, ron johnson, as he admitted to manu, essentially has been saying i have been told by an informant that the fbi conducts off-site meetings. no kidding. i would expect they -- if they didn't -- i mean, i conduct off-site meetings, right? i'm not involved in anything super secret. so, yes, to make the logical
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leap from i have been told by someone that there are off-site secret meetings happening at the fbi to, it must have to do with secret society, a reference, a partial reference in a text with no context. even if he was right, it's irresponsible to go out and say this is evidence. even if he was born out it is quite clear now that we've seen the whole text, now that we know from cnn reporting that this was a joke, that there was nothing before or after mentioned about a secret society. now we know he was wrong. even if he was right, he shouldn't have done it. >> what about the fact that at the very end, as manu had mentioned, wait until we see the new texts. like he's dangling just a little bit of something saying, let's just all wait and see here, as in conspiracy to be continued. >> again, is it possible there's something in this new tro texts?
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i haven't seen them. but go back to what he said earlier, highest corruption at the fbi. that's his words, corruption. based on a piece of a text with no context and the fact that someone told him that the fbi conducts off-site meetings. ali makes the right point. this is a u.s. senator. it's not, no offense to me, someone just talking on television. they're looked to lead and set an example of how we conduct ourselves when we possess pieces of information but not the whole picture. yeah, you can't do stuff like this. he should know better. >> this conversation obviously is raised to the level in which the president was asked about this, head iing out to davos. he was asked if he, himself, trusted the fbi.
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here was his response. >> do you trust the fbi? do you trust the fbi? >> i am very disturbed, as is the general, as is everybody else that is intelligent. when you look at five months, this is the late great rosemary woods, right? with a step, right? this is a large-scale version. >> what did you think about that? >> he's disturbed and so is the general. this is after all the news that came out that mueller interviewed such and such. this is another smoke screen in order to damage that credibility of the mueller investigation and damage the credibility of the men and women of the fbi. >> look over here, look over here? focus on this. >> they just want to damage the credibility of the investigation. it's very -- the timing is
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amazing for this alleged secret society. thankfully, he didn't know about the secret society within the secret society. that's for another day. >> brooke? >> go ahead, chris. >> can i add one thing here? >> mees. >> this is the president of the united states simply saying that, again, let me repeat, a piece of a texas taken out of context and a report from a senator that someone had told him the fbi has off-site meetings is the equivalent to rosemary woods, nixon's personal secretary accidentally deleting 18 minutes of white house tapes three days after the watergate break-in. that's what happened last night. i went through the transcript of trump's comments, impromptu remarks before he left to davos. i'm stunned it didn't get more attention. i know he says lots of things but i would urge people, you can hate me, you can think we're -- look at the evidence that exists. the evidence that exists doesn't -- it doesn't merit ron
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johnson suggesting there's corruption at the fbi. it certainly doesn't merit donald trump make a comparison to watergate. you know, it's the krischris cu cnn facts matter. they do. you can't say things that are both -- look at the data. look at what's there. and then tell me how you conclude, based on what you know, that this is watergate or even a piece of watergate? >> preach, chris cillizza. >> sorry. >> it's all right. we live with it. we care. i wanted to have you on to talk about it. you and ali soufan. thank you so much. facts do matter. just in, cnn reports that the first lady, melania trump, has made an unannounced trip to florida after skipping out on the president's davos trip. what's going on there? latest on the behind-the-scenes negotiation between president trump and special counsel robert mueller,
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as new questions emerge about the president's own questions of obstruction of justice and why that could be a key part of this case. evolution of the president's physician on daca taking another turn. the president saying he is open to a path to citizenship. we'll talk to an actor in a sitcom now speaking out saying he, too, is at risk of being deported. do not miss our conversation. that is coming up. it's absolute confidence in 30,000 precision parts.
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we're talking about this yaush investigation. sources say mueller has given lawyers a range of topics that could be asked about. also to show level of cooperation, the president has provided his lawyers released a batch of figures on exactly how much they and the trump campaign have worked with investigators. 20-plus white house staffers gave interviews and thousands of pages were turned over. you can see the breakdown on the dismissals of michael flynn and james comey. to add to all of that, during this impromptu q & a before he left for davos, world economic forum, the president said he would do the mueller interview under oath. >> are you going to talk to mueller? >> i'm looking forward to it, actually. >> you want to? >> here is the story. >> is there a date set? >> there's been no collusion whatsoever, no obstruction whatsoever and i'm looking forward to it. >> you would do it under oath? >> oh, i would did it under
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oath. >> you would? >> absolutely. >> later when asked about the under oath part, the president's attorney, ty cobb, would only say that the president was speaking, quote, hurriedly before leaving on his trip to swits switzerland and remains cooperative with special counsel. walk us through several major headlines that came out of that impromptu chat. >> and before i walk you through, let me set the stage here, brooke. we were in a background briefing on immigration with the senior white house official. that is very common here at the white house, where there's going to be policy rollout. a few minutes in, someone opened the door. we looked over and, lo and behold, it was president trump. >> surprise. >> reporter: i was fortunate enough to be sitting right there by the door and, of course, we all stood up, as reporters. it was a room packed with reporters and started asking him questions. it really went on for ten to 15 minutes. one of the big topics was this
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interview with special counsel robert mueller, that the president seemed eager or told us he was eager to sit down with robert mueller, speak to him under oath. as he said, there was no obstruction, no collusion. his lawyer, as you said, ty cobb, said he was speaking hurriedly before he left for davos, but reiterated that he was being cooperative with the investigation and he wants to speak to the president. i can tell you from my vantage point, brooke, he was not speaking hurriedly. he wanted to be there, talking to reporters, asking our questions. i can tell you his lawyers probably preferred him not to say that he was eager to speak to robert mueller under oath. right now as we speak, both sides are going back and forth, trying to negotiate the terms. of course, you don't want to lose that leverage. beyond that, brooke, the president also talked about the immigration plan, what he might do. and for the first time, brooke, he said that he would be open to a pathway to citizenship for the
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so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers over the course of 10 to 12 years. that's not something we've heard from this president. of course, that's something that's drawn the ire of the more hardline, hawkish people -- republicans on immigration. and so that, of course, has caused some headlines today. but from immigration to robert mueller to even turning to his chief of staff, john kelly, and saying he's a great guy, the president seemed to want to cover it all with the reporters in the room there. brooke? >> was general kelly kind of -- could you see the thought bubble? was he like, mr. president, what the heck are you doing here? was he surprised? >> reporter: well, you know, i kept looking over at him to see what his reaction was and whether he was going to intervene at some point or what was going to happen. he stood there with a grin on his face pretty much the entire time. now a couple of white house officials have said that general kelly knew in advance that there was some coordination with the president before. there are some conflicting
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accounts of what exactly went down. i can tell you most of the people in that room, though, including white house aides, were surprised. but general kelly stood there and had a grin on his face and, in fact, after the president left he sort of made a joke about it. so, really, i would love to know what was going through his mind, though, during that 10 to 15 minutes with reporters on the record, the president speaking impromptu to reporters on the record, brooke. >> covering the white house, pam brown, you never know what or who the day may bring. pamela brown for us at the white house. while the president continued to insist there has been no coll i collusion between his campaign and russia, he did offer a new defense over claims that he may have obstructed justice. >> do you think robert mueller will be fair to you in this larger investigation? >> we're going to find out. >> are you concerned? >> we're going to find out. here is what we'll say and everybody says, no collusion. there's no collusion. now they're saying oh, well did he fight back?
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you fight back -- john, you fight back. oh, it's obstruction. so here is the thing. i hope so. >> with me now, robert bauer, former white house counsel for the obama administration. a pleasure. welcome to cnn. >> thank you. >> first, just listening to the president, fighting back, obstruction and, p.s., we can't crawl into the president's mind to know what he was referencing. what do you take of his obstruction of justice definition there? >> i don't know that he was lawyering. >> what does that mean? >> i don't know that he was articulating a legal basis. if i had to guess i would say that he has a political right to complain about these obstruction charges and the investigation in russia a hoax doesn't constitute obstruction of justice. on another level you can take other actions that you view as fighting back and they would constitute obstruction of justice. there's some confusion there between what he thinks his
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political defense is and what his legal defense is. >> the fact that he even popped into this meeting where the white house press pool was supposed to have this background meeting on immigration, as you heard pam brown say, he didn't seem hurried. do you think that is causing his attorneys to pull shreds of hair? >> i don't know about his attorneys. i think i would be bald by now. you don't want the president getting ahead of negotiations like the one they're planning to have with mueller. i also want to add, the president didn't merely get ahead on question of whether he was going to speak under oath. he also basically said well, i'm going to cooperate. i'm looking forward to having this person-to-person interview. when the terms of his appearance hadn't been negotiated. >> how is that supposed to work out? one side wanted to do written. team mueller wanted it to be
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face-to-face. you have the president saying that. how does that factor into the whole negotiation? >> it is certainly an awkward point for the lawyers which is why they rushed out saying he's going to do whatever he does under the direction of his lawyers. >> translate that for me. >> he's going to listen to us. trump remembered that he was supposed to defer to his lawyers. he added that quote. >> at the very end. >> yes. >> he did. how much do you think in this conversation, ultimately, when he is questioned by mueller and mueller's team can he cite executive privilege? >> well, i would have to say that's going to get negotiated in advance, it seems to me. i don't think they're going to want to have a fight over that while he's having the interviews. i think the likelihood is it's
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very slim to the point there's touchy points. i think that will be the point. >> acting director fbi and mccabe essentially asking him who did you vote for in the 2016 election. listen to that. >> did you ask mccabe who you voted for? >> i don't think so. >> you don't think you did? >> no, i don't think i did. i don't know what the big deal is with that. i would ask you. who did you vote for? i don't think that's a big deal but i don't remember that -- i saw that this morning. i don't remember asking him that question. >> is it possible that you did? is it a possibility? >> i don't remember asking the question. i think it's a very unimportant question but i don't remember asking him that question. >> i bring that up because the mccabe piece voted in the primary, didn't vote in the general. but it's more on the words he
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used, i can't remember. the president, i can't remember. this is the man who boasted i have the best memory in the history of the world is essentially what he said over and over. i'm wondering if in conversations with people who really, really matter and he says oh, i can't remember, is that foreshadowing a defense we may get from the president? >> i suspect here in the case of andrew mccabe he's, in effect, saying i sort of remember but it's no big deal. i would take this denial as a confirmation. it had that feeling for me. but, yes, depending on the evidence that's put in front of him, the nature of the question is put to him, his loss of memory will or will not be credible. a background assumption that he will remember major events, like events related to the russia investigation. when he says he doesn't recall, in some cases i suspect that will be a strong credibility issue. there are norms that govern how presidents behave toward law enforcement. contrary to what he says it is a
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big deal, an important question. a day has passed and sort of settled into expectation that he can ask questions like that. >> welcome to where we are. bob bauer, thank you so much. >> it's a pleasure. >> please come back. i appreciate that. where does president trump stand exactly on daca? my next guest san actor in a major motion picture and says he could be deported depending on trump's decision and what ultimately trump decides to do in march.
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president trump, for the very first time, saying he will
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support a pathway to citizenship for d.r.e.a.m.ers, as long as he still gets the money to build his border wall. the surprising statement in this impromptu session with reporters and also telling people, quote, not to worry about being deported. >> do you want citizenship for d.r.e.a.m.ers? >> we're going to morph into it. it's going to happen. >> what does that mean? >> over a period of ten to 12 years. somebody does a great job and worked hard -- does incentive to do a great job. but if they've worked hard, they've done terrifically, whether they have a little company, or whether they work, whatever they're doing, i think it's a nice thing to have the incentive of after a period of years being able to become a citizen. >> some call it an evolution in thinking. others call it a total flip flop. let's take a look back, shall we, about what president trump has said in the past about d.r.e.a.m.ers.
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>> i will immediately terminate president obama's illegal executive order on immigration. immediately. >> what about our children? why can't our children, that are in the country, why can't they be the d.r.e.a.m.ers? nobody ever talks about that. it sounds cold. it sounds hard. we have a country. our country is going to hell. we have to have a system where people are legally in our country. it's a very, very tough subject. we're going to deal with daca with heart. we love the d.r.e.a.m.ers. we love everybody. a great heart. folks we're talking about, great love for them. it should be a bipartisan bill. it should be a bill of love. truly, it should be a bill of love. and we can do that. >> now, given what he said in the last 24 hours, check out how the right-wing media is handling this. immigration shock. amnesty don suggests citizenship for illegal aliens. amnesty don, they say.
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let me bring in hollywood actor who stars in "the good place." he is also undocumented. nice to meet you. welcome. >> thank you so much for having me, brooke. very important. >> it's so important. the fact you're speaking up, i wanted to ask you why. a little of your backstory. your parents brought you over to the states, south bronx from the ivory coast when you were just 10. >> yeah. >> why are you speaking up and telling the world that you're undocumented? >> look, one thing that's important to know, i came here legally with my parents and then some way, somehow, we just lost status. so i lost status. the d.r.e.a.m. act came about and it's helping me remain legal and continue to live my dream. but then this administration decides they want to cancel daca. that's when i knew i just couldn't stay silent anymore. that's when i knew that god gave
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me a platform as an actor and i need to use my voice. i'm trying to humanize this very political issue that's been so politicized, especially this past weekend. >> yes. and i want to ask you also about what the president said in that impromptu conversation in a second. tell me a little bit more about your story. you're young. you're in the south bronx. really more of a dominican neighborhood. you start learning, what? you start learning spanish? tell me what life was like then. >> no. i only spoke french when i came from ivory coast. >> right. >> so there was actually no french class so they put me in a spanish esl class. you imagine this french-speaking kid in a spanish class. i don't understand english, i don't understand spanish and i'm lost in translation. they put me next to an african kid who is actually tricking me the entire day. i'm asking him, hey, help me
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tell the teacher i need to go to the bathroom. how do i say that? he said say kiss my butt. so i say that and i'm in trouble all day. it's not uncommon. there's definitely a lack of resources for people who are not hispanic, latino, african immigrants, such as myself. besides that, i went to high school. i was an actor. i was playing tennis. i was homecoming king. then i realized that with my status, i couldn't get any financial aid to pursue my acting dream. that's really when i realized i was undocumented and had it really affect my life. now i've been acting through drama. i have a family. i have a daughter. i really don't want to be separated from them. >> you want to stay in the u.s. i get t i think it's so important to hear a window on your life and being here in this country. so, that said, here you are.
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you hear the president saying last night, essentially suggesting, all right, i'm okay with a pathway to citizenship for d.r.e.a.m.ers. i don't know how that's going to play with hard-core conservatives but does that reassure you, those words from the president? >> look, it's just the story changes so much. tomorrow it could be something completely different. what i do want to say -- >> do you believe him, bambadjan? >> all i can do is stand on the side of hope. i have to be optimistic. i have a family to provide for. i have to figure out how to pay my bills and how to survive. i can't be paralyzed. i can't be depressed. i have to keep moving on, just like all the undocumented americans that are trying to, you know, find a permanent place in this country. i just tell everyone, i support a clean dream act which really means that it's not only helping
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the 800,000 d.r.e.a.m.ers, but there are millions more who came when they were young, too, but aged out because of some arbitrary age limit. >> what does that mean, though? let me ask you quickly. the president says no wall, no protection for d.r.e.a.m.ers and you have these hardline progressives who have said hell no to a wall. is it worth it, so you can be protected? >> well, what i can say is that i don't know if a wall will stop people who are fleeing war to get to safety. we don't talk about the migrant crisis in libya anymore but there's a whole mediterranean ocean that people are crossing to get to freedom. so, i don't know. i'm not a politician. you know, i'm not in construction. but what i do know is that i've been in the country for 25 years
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or like jorge garcia, who just got deported, has been here for 30 years and i don't know how long we have to be here, we have to toin prove that we're the best that this country has to offer. we're here to give back. we're here to contribute. and i don't know what it's going to take. but we're just going to keep fighting. i'm going to keep sharing my story. i'm just going to keep trying to win hearts over of americans, 90% of the country that believes that d.r.e.a.m.ers should have permanent status in america. >> the majority of america bambadjan, is on your side. i love how you said you stand on the side of hope. we all stand on the side of hope. thank you so much and good luck to you. >> thank you so much for having me. >> you got it. >> coming up next, she was
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initially supposed to be in davos, switzerland, with her husband, the president. she canceled that trip. and, right now, first lady, melania trump, is suddenly making this unannounced trip to florida. what's wha cnn is learning about why she's headed south next. you do all this research
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first lady melania trump skipping the trip to switzerland and instead taking a break from the white house. short time ago, the first lady landing in florida, surprise trip to west palm beach. let's talk it over with cnn reporter kate bennett. kate, what's going on? >> reporter: what is going on? it really was a surprise trip to florida. in fact, if we hadn't noticed the plane, the government plane, we wouldn't have known. she did not make any formal announcement. there was nothing on her schedule however we had law
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enforcement officials confirm and we have a shot of her plane and a bit of her motorcade. she was supposed to be in davos, switzerland, supporting her husband at the world economic forum. she decided monday night she wasn't going to go, the white house said, because of scheduling and logistics issues. this morning, she turned up with washington, going to the holocaust museum, of all places. and she posted about it. this saturday is the holocaust remembrance day. she slipped off to the museum this morning, took a tour, paid her respects, had a moment of silence, lit a candle. really sort of had a nice, solemn, solo visit to this museum and apparently slipped off to andrews air force base and on to florida. >> incredible place to be if she's going to spend the morning anywhere in washington, that holocaust museum is the place to spend an entire day. off to west palm. kate bennett, thanks for keeping your eyes out for the first lady. appreciate that. >> breaking news. after a 24-hour frenzy over
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there is some evil in this world that is so hard to fathom, evil that haunts you long after you hear it. inside a suburban house in california, a house that looked like any other house, but the only one not nearly a home. instead, a hell, den of torture. two parents, i use the term
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parents loosely, holding their 13 children prisoners. many of them so malnourished, they looked ten years younger than their actual age. they were allowed to shower once a year, eat once a day, kept in their own waste, kept in chains, padlocks. they taunted the hungry children with food, putting pies in front of them but not even allowing them to eat. this, going on and on for years until one of the brave teenagers escaped and called 911. as we all try to grapple with these horrifying details, i wanted to share something with you today. these are words from someone who is grappling with it in his own way. very direct way. a man who says he went to elementary school with one of these 13 children. he remembers her. she moved away after the third grade and he never saw her again until now. bear with me. let me quote him here. he writes, she was the one girl at meadow creek elementary that nobody wanted to be caught talking to. every grade had a designated cootie kid.
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she held the title for our year, a frail girl, pin straight hair with bangs and often wore the same purple outfit. she was often made fun of by the other third graders because of her clothes, which would sometimes look like they had been dragged through the mud, which she would also smell like on most days. i distinctly remember my entire third grade class scoffing at her because the teacher had asked her to discard a scrunchie that she had used to tie her hair out of a discarded wrapper from an old hershey's bar. she moved away and was forgotten about. several years later after high school, i found myself thinking about her again. i was bored at home, was passing the time by facebook, stalking old elementary school classmates to see how they had turned out and i remember searching specifically for her. her name was so distinct that there couldn't be any more than a few people who shared the name, yet no matching results came up. i naturally assumed that she was one of the lucky few who hadn't been bit by the social media
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bug. i also thought somewhere, somehow, she was probably out living her best life, showing up all us third graders how far she had come, she was going to be the person at the reunion looking completely flawless, making six figures while the rest of us tried to conceal our recedining hairlines and minimu wage jobs. i feel like we all kind of have hope that those people who were marginalized growing up sometimes, by our own hands, somehow grew past those circumstances and essentially grew up to kick ass in real life. that's what i had hoped for her. she had used the insults we hurled at her, the isolation we provided for her and the ill looks we gave her and used it as ammunition to forge a successful path in life. i was so sure that was what had happened. but today i was in for a rude awakening. i have been reading these articles and seeing these statements and looking at these
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pictures and i can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of guilt and shame. of course, none of us are responsible for the events that ensued, but you can't help but feel rotten when your classmate, the classmate your peers made fun of for smelling like poop quite literally had to sit in her own waste because she was chained to her bed. it is nothing but sobering to know that the person who sat across from you at the lunch table, went home to squalor and fill the while you went home to a warm meal and a bedtime story. the resounding lesson here is a simple one. something that we're taught from the very beginning. be nice. teach your children to be nice. if you see someone that's isolated, befriend them. if you see someone that's marginalized, befriend them. if you see someone that's different, befriend them. we can never completely put ourselves in other's shoes nor
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can we completely understand the circumstances that one is brought up in but a simple act of kindness and acceptance may be the ray of hope that person needs. befriend the turpins of the world. she, despite being vehementally vilified by her peers was still one of the most pleasant people i had the opportunity to meet. she had this whimsical optimism, that cheerful disposition is what make mees certain that she will prevail, that one day i'll remember to facebook stalk her and see she is living her best life, despite being let down by her patterns and peers alike, she rose above it all. and i'm going to be rooting for her, as her peer, as her classmate, as her friend, from cootie girl to koveconquered th world. amen.
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of my parents and my grandparents. i was getting all these leaves and i was going back generation after generation. you start to see documents and you see signatures of people that you've never met. i mean, you don't know these people, but you feel like you do. you get connected to them. i wish that i could get into a time machine and go back 100 years, 200 years and just meet these people. being on ancestry just made me feel like i belonged somewhere. discover your story. start searching for free now at afi sure had a lot on my mind. my 30-year marriage... 3-month old business... plus...what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i made a point to talk to my doctor. he told me about eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. not only does eliquis treat dvt and pe blood clots. eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis had both...
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