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reign, 2,000 years after the death of st. peter, the pope remains at the head of one of the most powerful institutions on earth. the white house unveils its proposals to curb gun violence in schools, raising the legal age to buy a rifle is not one of them, but arming some teachers is. now that u.s. president donald trump has agreed to meet north korean leader kim jong-un, south korea is getting busy selling the meeting to its neighbors. plus the tiger woods comeback. it looks like it could be happening. the superstar golfer couldn't quite seal the deal on sunday at the valspar championship, but he seems to be on top of his game once again. it is great to have you with us today. i'm cyril vanier here at cnn headquarters in atlanta.
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u.s. president donald trump is supporting new gun and school safety proposals nearly a month after a deadly school shooting in parkland, florida. but he is backing off some of the strong language he used just last month when he said he would consider raising the age limit to buy certain guns. >> you can't buy a handgun at 18, 19, or 20. you have to wait until you're 21. but you can buy the gun, the weapon used in this horrible shooting at 18. you are going to decide. the people in this room pretty much are going to decide. but i would give very serious thought to it. >> let's see what the white house is proposing with cnn's boris sanchez. >> reporter: the white house promoting a multipronged effort to try to prevent school shootings in light of last month's shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. the white house announcing the creation of a new federal task force that is going to be headed by education secretary betsy
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devos, the purpose of which is to study school violence and explore policies and funding strategies that would best address the issue. secondly, the white house is going to push congress to enact certain legislation. the so-called fix knicks bill that would support information to the national brown system. and the school school violence act that would provide funding to schools to better defend themselves. perhaps the most controversial is the third aspect. the white house is going to be advocating for states to enact certain policy, one of them very controversial. something that the president has long talked about dating back to the 2016 campaign is the heartening of schools. the white house wants local municipalities to push for certain school personnel to receive training in order to be able to carry concealed weapons in schools. secondly is the idea of risk protection orders which would allow law enforcement to take
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weapons away from individuals that are deemed at-risk. also preventing them from being able to buy firearms for a certain amount of time. i was able to ask a senior white house official if they believed that the nra would back that kind of move, fearing potential lawsuits like the one we saw in florida last week. they said that, no they believed that the nra would get behind this proposal. there are two things we have to point out are not included in these guidelines from the white house. first, raising the age, the minimum wage to be able to buy an assault-style weapon from 18 to 21. something that president trump was very vocal about shortly after the parkland shooting. and secondly, the issue of comprehensive universal background checks. not mentioned in these guidelines at all, the president said he was warm to the idea during a meeting with lawmakers at the white house two weeks ago. it appears that the white house is now moving back from even where the president was shortly after the shooting in parkland. boris sanchez, cnn at the white house.
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and students from marjory stoneman douglas high school have been demanding action on gun control. two of them spoke to cnn about these white house proposals. >> making sure that schools are safe is a definite aspect of what we're pushing. but it's mental health and school safety is only 2/3 of what we're pushing. gun control is really what he need to focus on, especially universal background checks. >> i was respecting trump for really showing he is not like the other politicians, he is not owned by the nra because he wanted to take steps in the right direction and show you shouldn't be able the get an assault rifle or any weapon if you're below the age of 21. but now that -- after he met with the nra the other day, he has shown he is no better than the rest of them, and he just as afraid. to president trump, i would say this. show us you're better than the other politicians. show us you want to take action and save our future, because god knows we need it. >> and let's bring in a friend of the show, political analyst and columnist from metro papers, ellis henican. he joins us from skype from new
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orleans. you are again back home. good to you back. >> good to see you, man. how are you? >> tell me what you think about these white house proposals, the package that came out on sunday on guns? >> the first thing you have to say, cyril, is that it's a miracle there is such a thing. this is is not what the trump administration thought it was heading. it was certainly not where the folks connected to the nra were hoping it was heading. and you got to give those kids in florida credit. they have forced this issue not only into the national conversation, but truly into the political arena in a way that the white house cannot afford to continue to ignore it. so the first thing we should say hosannah that there is such a thing. >> okay, fair enough. we just spoke earlier today on cnn to some of those students from the high school, from the parkland florida shooting, and they were not happy because they said originally they kind of thought that mr. trump was going
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to stand up to the nra, and they feel he failed to do that. let me play for you what mr. trump said during that televised meeting just two weeks ago about gun control when he had this bipartisan meeting of legislators around him. >> the reason i had lunch with the nra on sunday -- i called them. i said you got to come over. i said fellow, we got to do something. and they do have great power. eagree with that they have great power over you people. they have less people over here. some of you people are petrify to have had nra. you can't be petrified. they want to do what's right. and they are going to do what's right. i really believe that. >> so, look, ellis, the students we spoke to feel in the end trump did not make good on that promise. >> no, they have a pretty good point, don't they? after all that encouraging sound from the earlier comments are not represented in this latest plan. you know, you get the sense that
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there is a pattern here, right? we've seen it on immigration. we've now seen it on guns and two or three other issues where the president makes a bold and appealing process. once they get slapped around inside the white house and the advisers and the lobbyists had their way, they tend to get heavily watered down. i think that is what's happening. >> but is the students' assessment true? what they were saying is mr. trump is in the pocket like so many other politicians of the nra. their words, not mine. do you think that's true? >> well, there is truth to it. these things are all a matter of degree, right? again, i think on the nra side of the argument, which is essentially a slippery slope argument, right, is if any kind of legislation or regulation of guns, you're going to go down this slippery slope. before you know a federal agent is going to be showing up at your house and grabbing your handguns. that's the real position of the nra. so to the extent that they move
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away from that to any degree, whether it's any fixing the background checks, whether it's adjusting the ages, whether it's trying to get rid of the bump stocks, anything at all to me is no, it's not what the president suggested. it's certainly not what those kids want. but thing is some genuine progress here. i'm seeing glimmers. >> okay, yeah. the nra is already suing florida after the governor signed off on a bill to raise the gun age, the legal age which you could buy a gun in that state from 18 to 21. something else i wanted to bring up with you. only 24 hours ago, we were listening to donald trump talk about meetings. he referred to them as blue ribbon meetings where people meet and talk and talk and talk, and they then write-up a report. listen to. this. >> we can't just keep setting up blue ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband. and they meet and they have a meal and they talk, talk, talk.
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two hours later, then they write a report. look, that's what i got in washington. i've got all these blue ribbon committees. >> and yet, ellis, one of the things that we're getting in this white house package is this commission that is going to provide recommendations to prevent school violation. and this should be within a time frame of about a year. i mean, this just doesn't square with donald trump 24 hours ago saying we need immediate action. >> yeah. i thought he made more sense the first time. you're right. i mean, it seems to be a pretty much of a direct contradiction of those comments. but, you know, that is an old political trick. which if you dent want to do something, find a blue ribbon committee and let them study it until some of the political pressure wears off. i think those kids are making a good point. i know what's happening here. >> ellis, always a pleasure to speak to you. thank you. >> good to see you, sir. >> the wheels of diplomacy are
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turning after u.s. president donald trump said he'd meet with north korean leader kim jong-un. south korea, which brokered these talks are sending its envoys to regional allies to get its support. seoul's national adviser is in beijing to talk to president xi jinping. meanwhile, south korea's spy chief su hoon is in tokyo to go over it with prime minister shin-soo ch shinzo abe. paula, again, the south koreans are sparing no efforts to make this work. and for the moment, they're the ones doing all the legwork to organize this. >> well, that's right, yes. clearly the ones that have started in process, at least in the past few days, having met last week with the north korean leader kim jong-un, and then having that same delegation going to washington and taking that invitation from the north korean leader, which was
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accepted very quickly by the u.s. president donald trump. but we did have some more insights over the weekend from seoul saying that when mr. trump accepted that invitation, he was actually saying it would happen as soon as possible, potentially in april. it took the national security adviser from south korea and the united states to suggest to him that he had to wait until after the north and south korean leaders had met. they was more beneficial to have it later, which is why we hear from the delegation. it could be by may. so we do know that the south koreans will meet with kim jong-un, moon jae-in in april at some point at the dmz, the demilitarized zone between north and south korea. but at the moment, those two delegates who actually went to washington are now traveling around the region, to china, to russia, to japan to explain exactly what is happening. what has been said from each side to try and make sure that everybody is on board with this
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potential u.s.-north korean meeting. >> matt rivers is looking at this from the chinese angle. matt, china appears to have been sidelined so far. they appear to take no place in pushing this diplomatic initiative. but is it fair to assume they'll go along with this, encourage this meeting? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. because frankly, this has been their proposal, or at least what their preferred solution to this crisis has been for years and years arizona and years now. the chinese government has consistently said that the only way to come up with a lasting peace solution on the korean peninsula is if the north koreans in the united states sit down in the same room and hash this out. i think you're right the point out, cyril, there will be a little concern on beijing's part that they won't have at least a role in the process at the moment. that they really didn't do anything specifically when it comes to south korea being able to broke their potential meeting
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between the united states and north korea. that said, that has not stopped the chinese government from taking credit for putting things in place to allow this situation to happen. so the chinese government has talked about the fact that they signed on to and enforced the toughest ever sanctions levied against north korea, and that they also proposed this so-called suspension for suspension proposal, which the chinese have long said if the north koreans stopped testing missile tests and nuclear weapons, that the americans and the south koreans can suspend their joint military exercises. they say that's effectively what happened here. other says the military exercises didn't stop. they just got postponed a couple of weeks because of the olympics. but that's the line that beijing is pushing here, that they have had a stake in this process moving forward. i think when president xi jinping meets with the south korean national security adviser he is going to advocate for a chinese role in these negotiations if they do in fact happen in may. >> paula, back to you in seoul.
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how do south koreans feel about this meeting? we saw the anti-north korean sentiment be expressed with protests during the olympics. how do we actually feel that mr. trump is going to meet with kim jong-un? >> well, cyril, there are concerns that mr. trump said yes quite so quickly, that there are no preconditions to sitting down with the leader of north korea there are concerns that this gives kim jong-un a legitimacy that some believe he should not have, meeting on an equal footing with the u.s. president. but also bear in mind that just a few months ago, these two leaders were exchanging very personal insults. they were threatening to destroy the other leader's country. at one point, they were talking about the size of nuclear buttons. so certainly this is a vast improvement to many people. the fact that diplomacy has now taken over from those words of
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war that we really heard for a significant amount of 2017. there were concerns on the korean peninsula that military conflict could break out in some sense. so i think there is a sense of relief that diplomacy has taken over now. but of course there is concern about what exactly could happen within this meeting. the u.s. president is not a predictable president. he doesn't play by the same rule book as previous u.s. presidents have, as you can see by the fact that he said yes very quickly to a meeting with kim jong-un. and kim jong-un is not a predictable leader. so there will be some concerns as to what exactly could be said behind closed doors. >> paula hancocks is in seoul, south korea. matt rivers is in beijing in china. we're trying to get the regional perspectives on this. thank you very much. we'll talk to you again next hour. thanks, guys. coming up, russia shows off a so-called invincible missile. what does the u.s. have to say
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invincible, and cannot be stopped by missile defense systems. cnn's michael holmes tells us what the missile can supposedly do and what the u.s. thinks about it. >> reporter: russia's defense ministry says it has successfully tested an advanced hypersonic missile. it's one of the invincible strategic nuclear-powered missiles with unlimited range that russian president vladimir putin revealed during his annual address to parliament, claim thanksgiving will render nato defenses completely useless. in a statement, the defense ministry said, quote, a mig 31 conducted a combat training launch of the hypersonic missile in the designated area. according to the ministry, the missile designed to eliminate ground and sea targets hit the designated target and confirmed the operational performance of the missile system.
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the video released by the ministry shows a jet carrying the missile, some parts of the missile blurred. the united states and military experts have repeatedly downplayed russia's claims of developing such weapons, calling it putin election rhetoric. u.s. secretary of defense james mattis said sunday that those capabilities are, quote, still years away. >> no change to the russian military capability. and each of these systems he's talking about that are still years away, i do not see them changing the military ballots. they do not impact any need on our side for a change in our deturbulent posture. >> reporter: while putin's boasting might have been intended to strengthen his role as a strong leader at home and on the world stage, mattis
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believes the show of force is still against russia's own interest. >> let me talk about the end state, how much money they want to put away into this arms race that they're creating with themselves. at the end of the day, they can sink all that money in. it does not change my strategic calculation. i just assumed it would all happen at great expense to the russian people. >> reporter: michael holmes, cnn. british investigators say they have found traces of a nerve agent in a restaurant and in a pub in salisbury in the uk. a week ago, former russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in salisbury. they're both still in hospital and in critical condition. authorities say the risk to the public is low, but they are urging people who were at the restaurant or at the pub to wash their clothes as a precaution. nick paton walsh has more. but first, a warning. his report does have graphic images. >> reporter: we still troublingly little a week on
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what happened to sergei skripal near this walkway. but one vital fact that transforms what we know about that afternoon around these sleepy pubs. the pair were found on a bench at 4:15. but their journey began around 1:30 when they either first entered zizi's pizza restaurant or the mill pub. police revealed that both places were contaminated with the mystery nerve agent which means they were contaminated throughout their journey that began with pizza or a drink on sunday and ended slumped on this bench. this means that the nerve agent that has left father and daughter fighting for their lives took possibly hours to really act. sarin is usually delivered as a gas and acts almost instantly as the world witnessed in syria. vx is fast too, killing kim jong-un's half-brother within 20 minutes of exposure in this malaysian airport. it can be slower acting as a
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liquid, say experts, yet these two experts are well-known. and britain's top security officials said last week the agent was, quote, very rare. a former british army and nato chemical weapons expert has suggested the agent is very obviously a newcomer. it us made by the soviets in the 70s to get around various weapons agencies and harder to detect. a secret program in the 1970s was jailed but it also acts fast. many will ask why such a specific and identifiable poison was used to frame russia or let moscow brag of its omnipotence. the name of the agent still doesn't explain why detective sergeant bailey also fell gravely ill, while others who got near the skripals did not. did he, as some have speculated rush back to their home, perhaps looking for medication or answers, yet the time it took
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the skripals to succumb to the deadly poison and the trail they consequently left appears to be narrowing the focus of who could be to blame. nick paton walsh, cnn, london. erin mclaughlin is in salisbury where the attack took place. i see you're also in front of the restaurant where there were traces of the nerve agent that were found. how do people feel about all of this? it's got to be unsettling that authorities are asking them to wash their clothes. >> reporter: cyril, it is concerning. people here tell me they are worried. they're also wondering why it took authorities seven days to dispense that advice there is a press conference with public health officials yesterday. public health officials not really answering that question, other than to say the advice is based on a rigorous scientific analysis. and that anyone that was in the pub after 1:30 p.m. on sunday up
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until the pub and the restaurant closed on monday needs to wash their clothes and other items. people are worried about that, though authorities say that in the short-term, there is no immediate health risk to them. what they're more concerned about is a low level risk of repeated contact to trace elements of the nerve agent that may be on their clothes or other items. people here are also concerned, though, the fact that authorities are in the pizza restaurant behind me, in the pub, in full hazmat suits. yet they'd been given this advice they would be fine if they simply washed their clothes. also asking authorities what exactly is that nerve agent? what nerve agent was use? people want to know the answers. also not telling people if there are other areas of salisbury that may be contaminated that the people should be worried about. >> and i know the british authorities are not saying much at the moment about the state of the investigation and what they
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found out. but this is interesting. the british government again hinted that a foreign state could be involved. tell us more about that. >> yeah, that's right. we heard yesterday from the chancellor of the exchequer said if, if a state actor is found to be involved, then the uk will take appropriate action. but, again, authorities very tight lipped with the details of this investigation. amber rudd, the home secretary has chaired two cobra meetings to assess the situation. out of each of those meetings saying their priority is to establish the facts and then appropriate blame and take action later. we are expecting theresa may to step in today. she will be chairing a national security council meeting at downing street some time midmorni midmorning. the exact time given by downing street. there we expect officials including the intelligence chiefs to go over the facts of this case. it will be interesting to see what comes out of that meeting, cyril. >> absolutely.
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erin mclaughlin reporting live from salisbury in england. thanks for the update. and in u.s. politics, we look ahead to the special election in pennsylvania this tuesday. what's at stake for the president and republicans ahead. stay with us here on cnn. (avo) help control cravings and lose weight with contrave. it's fda-approved to help adults who are overweight or struggle with obesity lose weight and keep it off. contrave is believed to work on two areas of the brain: your hunger center... i'm so hungry. (avo) and your reward system... ice cream. french fries. (avo) to help control cravings. one ingredient in contrave may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teens, and young adults in the first few months. serious side effects are mood changes like depression and mania, seizures, increased blood pressure or heart rate, liver damage, glaucoma, allergic reactions, and hypoglycemia. not for patients with uncontrolled blood pressure, seizure history, anorexia, bulimia, drug or alcohol withdrawal, on bupropion, opioids, maois,
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raising the minimum wage to buy certain guns, a policy president trump had said he would support. south korean envoys are in china and japan, hoping to make the case for mr. trump's meeting with north korean leader kim jong-un. china has been supportive of north korean talks, but japan takes a harder line against pyongyang. that meeting could happen as soon as may. a setback for pro-democracy activists in hong kong. they won only two of four seats up for grabs in sunday's election. that is not enough to regain the legislative veto power that they lost in 2016 after the central chinese government removed six pro-democracy lawmakers for protesting during their swearing in ceremonies. the u.s. president is calling on supporters in pennsylvania to come out and vote this tuesday for the republican candidate, rick sacon. sacon is locked in a title battle with the democrats in a special congressional election. it's a district where president trump beat hillary clinton by a
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wide margin in 2016. and mr. trump made sure that point was not lost on sacon. >> go out on tuesday and just vote. you got to get out there. the world is watching. i hate to put this pressure on you, rick. they're all watching. because i won this district by 22 points. it's a lot. that's why i'm here. look at all those red hat, rick. look at all those red hats. it's a lot of hats. >> we're looking at this race as an early indicator of the president's possible impact on the midterm elections come november. jason carroll is in pennsylvania covering the race. >> reporter: well, it's very clear from the rally that the president held here over the weekend that he still enjoys a great deal of support in pittsburgh. the question is will that support translate into a boost that rick sacon needs in this special election in the 18th district. that very much remains to be seen. spoke to a number of trump
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democrats, those who voted for trump during the last election. he carried the 18th district by some 20 points. would they then transfer their vote over to rick sacon? they say they're throwing their support to conner lamb. >> in 2016, i voted for president trump. >> reporter: and did you hear his speech last night? >> i heard bits and pieces on tv like most of the people did. >> reporter: but i see you're wearing a conner lamb. >> that's right. >> so you voted for president trump. but you're not going to vote for rick sacon. why not? >> because he is not the right man for the job. >> we never felt that just because you're a democrat or republican you have the straight vote for the rest of your life. therefore, the trump vote and the lamb vote records sacon has run on a platform of being more trump than trump. the race seen as a referendum on the president and his policies. it's got the gop nervous. polls show it's too close to call. what this ultimately will come down to is which base is more energized. we'll see come tuesday.
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jason carroll, cnn, pittsburgh. the first time in almost six decades, the next cuban president will not be a castro. cubans chose a new national assembly on sunday. many voters are skeptical that life in cuba will not be much different. our patrick oppmann has more from havana. >> reporter: cubans on sunday came out to vote as part of a process that is expected to lead to the beginning of the post castro era on the island. this is how it works. there are not direct elections to pick a new president. what there are is a process where cubans vote either yes or no for a slate of candidates that have been preselected by the government. they're people who are invariably supporters of the cuban revolution, usually members of the communist party of cuba, the only political party allowed on the island. then that new national assembly next month in april will pick a
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new president and for the first time in decades, that president's last name will not be castro. raul castro is 86 years old. he said he is stepping down after two terms as president. it's time for the next generation to pick a leader. the smart money is on man named miguel diaz kanell. he is currently the president's first vice president. he has the backing of raul castro. and on sunday, we had the opportunity to follow him to his home province as he voted. he lined up, just like cubans do every day. it's not something see you top officials typically do here. he was accompanied by his wife that was also unusual. and he talked about a number of issue, including u.s.-cuban relations under the era of donald trump. >> translator: the reestablishment of relations with the united states has been deteriorating recently thanks to an administration that has offended cuba. >> reporter: if he is elected,
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it's unclear how clear a leader he will be. he says he will follow a close example set by fidel and raul. this island is still grappling from the fall of the soviet union. the economy here is very much struggling. so many cubans are still left with the question of whether a new leader for their island will bring new ideas. patrick oppmann, cnn, havana. let's go to the middle east. syrian government troops advance in eastern ghouta. we'll have a live report from the region, after this. and sometimes, i don't eat the way i should. so, i drink boost. boost high protein nutritional drink has 15 grams of protein to help maintain muscle and 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d. boost high protein be up for it
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check this out in connecticut. we had heavy, wet snow that brought down numerous branches. and along with the branches, well, they brought down a lot of power lines. a lot of folks are without power. these kinds of scenes will be repeated and repeated in areas that i think have gotten hit and areas not so much. boston has been kind of spared since the worst of the storm. not this time around. 16 million under a threat of winter storm watches. they're posted now. these of course will become warnings just in the next few hours. the storm is getting going. it's down across the southern u.s. where winter storm warnings are flying in places we don't normally see. tennessee, connecticut, parts of west virginia. and into carolinas as well. the rest of it will be heavy rain event. this low will then push towards the east. will leave the snow events behind by the time we get into this evening. and then the coastal low bringing us the heavy snow. watch the watch. monday night into tuesday, the storm will peak tuesday. but as soon as monday night, the snow will already start flying. is going to be, it looks to me
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anyway like a classic new england storm. new york city you don't have to worry about it. boston, lots of areas i think will be crushed under several inches of accumulation. over a foot of snowfall by the time tuesday and this thing begins to pull out through the day on wednesday. as far as how much snow, this is the first step here. right, we get into kentucky and west virginia. and then here is the blockbuster from boston heading to portland. that's when we really get socked with heavy amounts of snow. this is happening a very short amount of time. monday night and into the day on tuesday. so let's talk quickly about boston and what's going to be happening over the next several days. i think we are going to be looking at some significant totals here. and unlike the last storm, this will favor areas east of 95, including boston, areas like cambridge and massachusetts and then running up into new england. that 15 you see there, that is the potential by the time we get into tuesday afternoon for a boston proper. look at that, almost covering me. about knee side. that's going to be a problem.
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we're going to need a lot of shovels by tuesday i think in boston. cyril? >> ivan, thank you very much for the update. love the snow. always love your effects. thank you, ivan. the syrian government forces are gaining ground in eastern ghouta, this area outside the capital that is still held by rebels. an activist says they captured a major down on saturday after he described what they called hysterical shelling and air strikes. analysts believe it's just a matter of time before pro government troops seize the entire enclave. as many as 400,000 still live in the area and it's believed more than a thousand civilians have been killed in the ongoing campaign over the last two and a half weeks now. cnn's ian lee is tracking event. he is in turkey. he joins me live from istanbul. ian, is it a forgone conclusion really that the regime is going to take eastern ghouta? >> cyril, when you look at the momentum of the syrian army backed by russian air support,
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it does look inevitable that they will take this territory. this offensive began three weeks ago. and now reports are saying that they control a little bit more than 50% of eastern ghouta. when you look at the map too with this recent offensive, it's almost like a pincher movement where they've been able to break up eastern ghouta into three different enclaves. and what does that is it effectively cuts off supply routes and movements of fighters going from the different parts to back up. they're slowly encircling and slowly closing in on the fighters. but the fighting has been incredibly intense. so has the bombardment. we're hearing from activist who are basically saying that there are so many air strikes that at the hospital you can't hear people crying because it's being drowned out by the airstrikes. and we're hearing that 43 civilians have died recently, including children. in the fighting.
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>> ian lee reporting live from istanbul in turkey. all right, thank you very much. we'll speak to you again next hour. thank you, ian. stay with us. we're back right after that. we t takes to fight cancer. these are the specialists we're proud to call our own. experts from all over the world, working closely together to deliver truly personalized cancer care. expert medicine works here. learn more at (phone) maddie... you have everything you need right inside you. 9 out of 10 u.s. olympians grew up drinking milk. it's got natural protein and balanced nutrition to help your kids grow strong and milk life. you wouldn't accept from any one else. so why accept it from your allergy pills? most pills don't finish the job because they don't relieve nasal congestion. flonase allergy relief is different. flonase relieves sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose, plus nasal congestion, which pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances.
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and we promised at the beginning of the show we'd update you on tiger woods. here it is. he came oh so close to getting his first tournament win in five years on sunday. here are all the details with cnn's patrick snell. >> reporter: in the end, it may not have been the victory he craved, but tiger woods has much to be proud of after finishing just one shot off the pace at the valspar championship in florida. tied for second, his best finish since 2013. another step towards what could well turn out to be one of sport's greatest comeback stories. golf's 14-time major winner was left frustrated by 12 straight pars during sunday's final round. but all that changed after his jaw dropping putt for birdie at almost 44 feet at the 17th hole. it sent the massive crowds into a frenzy and took him to within one shot of the lead. that meant he needed one more birdie at the last, but it
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wasn't to be for woods. his quest for a first victory in just under 1700 days had fallen short at 9 under part, one adrift of the eventual winner paul casey who won his first pga tour title since 2009. >> i had a chance today. unfortunately, i just didn't quite feel as sharp as i needed to with my irons. i was playing a little conservative of it because of it. i felt very comfortable. and my game was quite solid this entire week. as a whole, i felt very good about what i did this week. >> what makes tiger's journey to even get to this point even more remarkable is the fact that just 11 months ago tiger was undergoing his spinal fusion surgery, his fourth operation in three years and one hailed as a last resort in terms of his career. last may he was arrested on suspicion of dui and a stint in rehab followed as he tried to better manage his pain and sleep
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medication. in september it doesn't seem as if his comeback was going at all well. he described the pain of riding in a golf cart and conceded he might never play again. a tournament he has won eight times before, then it's all eyes on augusta national for the masters where he'll be seeking his first green jacket since 2005. and a first major title in almost a decade. patrick snell, cnn, atlanta. cnn sports analyst and columnist for usa today christine brennan joins us here. she in washington. christine, tiger was almost there, but he couldn't quite get it done. what do you think? is he really back? >> i think he might be back, cyril. and that is shocking. i never would have thought i'd say this even a month or so again. and certainly not last year when we saw him have his fourth back surgery. this was the fusion of his the
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discs in his spine. was even talking about that he had no plan for coming back. and for a guy who is so driven, and we've seen win so much to have him talking about not being able to play the game, and not sure if he could come back and when that timetable would be. of course there was the dui and the mug shot. i mean you just can't make this stuff up. and then out of the blue, he is playing some of the best golf we've seen now in years and tied for second. and the masters is just four weeks away. and here that comes. and it's really a fascinating story, amazing comeback, at least so far for this 42-year-old man who has been a part of our lives for at least a generation. >> how difficult it is to comeback when you have been -- when you just haven't been a top, top tier player for a number of years? >> well, in fact to your point, he hit rock bottom. he couldn't get off the couch. he couldn't get out of bed. he couldn't hit any shots at all. it wasn't like he was kind of
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just tooling around the golf course and a mediocre player. i mean, he was out of the game. and these surgeries, i think a lot of people can picture, cyril, that scene of tiger kind of cringing and reaching for his back. we've seen him kind of twist. and oh, there goes the back, tweaked again. and this has been something he hasn't won in five years. and so how hard is it? i think it's nearly impossible. and i guess only a guy named tiger woods would be able to pull it off. now, we'll see how it guess over time, and we'll see the back holds up. i think, again, a real question will be his durability and that sturdiness with that back that has had so many surgeries. now he is 42 years old. he is not a young guy anymore trying to do this. so far, so good for tiger woods. >> you have to wonder how sustainable it is. to some extent, i wonder if it doesn't add to his legend. this is a guy who used to win. and win all the time. he was unbeatable for a stretch
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of his career, and then all of the sudden he drops off. that doesn't drop off the radar, but from a sporting standpoint, he just wasn't there. and now he comes back to not the pinnacle yet, but very close. >> oh, i think this is one of the great sports stories of -- well, if he comes back all the way and wins a major tournament, say like wins the master, i'm not saying he is going to be. but if he does something like, that it would be one of the sports stories of the century, 18 years into it. this is remarkable, really. and tiger was always this dominant, as you were alooting. to this dominant force for a generation or two of sports fans. you knew him as the fist pump and the red with the black, and he is winning on sundays. that was tiger. and now he is actually a sympathetic figure. i think because of the dui, because of the video that was hard to watch, his apology explaining that it was a bad mix
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of pills, he said. and seeing him hit rock bottom, i think that people are cheering for him. probably people who never wanted to cheer for him before, said he won too much, he was too dominant, they didn't like him or the bravado of the way he played the gym or the way he pumped his fists. i think those people now many are cheering for him because this is the comeback story, maybe of all comeback stories, at least that we can remember in recent memory in sports. >> yeah, it's impossible to not have some measure of sympathy, i think, for this narrative of tiger woods. and it's always great for any sport in this instance pour the game of golf, when you have such a transcendent star and figure who comes back to the top. christine, it's been great talking to you. thank you. >> my pleasure, cyril. thank you. one more thing this hour. a new scientific discovery, water. so water is something we've pretty much figured out, right? well, almost. scientists discovered a new type of water that they previously believed could not exist on our
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planet. it's all day ice 7, and it was discovered inside these, diamonds deep in the earth's crust. ice 7 is 1.5 times denser than ice 1 which is the common everyday ice we use in drinks. the discovery is exceptional because our planet was thought to be too par to form ice-vii. it was discovered by accident as scientists look for a rare carbon dioxide. there you go. that's it from us. do stay with us there is another hour of news right after this. why is dark magic so spell-bindingly good? it's a bold blend of coffee with rich flavors of uganda, sumatra, colombia and other parts of south america. like these mountains, each amazing on their own. but together? magical. all, for a smoother tasting cup of coffee. green mountain coffee roasters. and sometimes, i don't eat the way i should. so, i drink boost. boost high protein nutritional drink has 15 grams of protein to help maintain muscle and 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d.
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