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hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. forget renegotiating or throwing out nafta. forget sitting down and cancelling negotiations. forget about the midterms. the single event that will have the most impact on donald trump's legacy and shape the direction of the country for generations to come is happening this week. confirmation hearings for brett kavanaugh. he is in the midst of a final day of prep before he sits down in the hot seat tomorrow. republicans are confident the conservative judge will be able to lock in the votes to win c e confirmation. graham is guessing the votes before the hearings begin. >> he will get my belief is 55 or higher if he does well. i'm sure he will do well. >> that is not going to come
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easy. democrats are outraged the administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of documents from kavanaugh's past during his time at the white house working for george w. bush. >> this isn't normal. it's not normal because we are not able to see 100,000 documents that the archivist has just -- because the administration has said we can't see them. they have exerted their executive power. 148,000 documents that i have seen that you cannot see because they won't allow us to make them public. i can't even tell you about them right now on the show. >> where do things stand right now? let's go live to abby philip at the white house. what about these documents being withheld? what is the white house saying? >> in some ways this is the political fight that we have been expecting and anticipating when it comes to brett kavanaugh. the reason this is an issue is because he does have tomes of documents from his past serving in the bush white house but also
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as a judge on the bench. so democrats are saying, these 100,000 documents could contain i inklings how he could rule when he is on the bench. they consider citing constitutional privilege this holding back the documents. they worked with a bush lawyer to determine which documents they didn't think ought to be revealed as part of this process. democrats are crying foul. they believe that there could be information in there that could pertain to his hearing. we are hearing from the white house is that they have shown unprecedented transparency in this process. they are pointing to 440,000 documents that have been released when it cops mes to kavanaugh's background. they have done quite a bit and it shouldn't be unusual that some of the documents related to his time in the white house would be held back. we knew this was coming, democrats had talked about wanting more time to go through
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kavanaugh's paper trail. i think this is the fight that we were anticipating and now as we are on the eve of the hearings, it's going to be lauder and laulaud louder that we're not getting enough information about kavanaugh's background. >> let us see how it all goes. great to see you. join ming me to discuss, brn fallon, executive director of demand skrjustice. thanks for coming in. >> thanks. >> you have -- abby laid out who has been released. a million pages from kavanaugh's past as white house attorney, a federal judge. make the case you need more. >> this process that will take place this week is a sham before it gets started. you have to go back to how kavanaugh was selected. this is the first time that you have seen a supreme court nominee put forward after a president named explicit litmus test in terms of who he would pick.
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would only pick people that would overturn roe. when they settled on kavanaugh, it turned out he had the longest paper trail of any nominee in supreme court history. mitch mcconnell warned against trump picking him for that reason. trump ignored that and picked him anyway. when the archivist said we won't be able to reduce all his material until late october, senate republicans said we will hold it on september 4th anyway. as a result, there's 3.5 million pages of documents being concealed that senators have not seen prior to this hearing getting under way. at this point, you have to ask, what's the point of democrats showing up? i would consider walking out of the hearing tomorrow. you cannot act like this is business as usual. this is not normal. i think democrats need to respond in kind. otherwise, they risk lending legitimacy to a process that's fundamentally illegitimate.
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>> i want to get to the idea of walking out or not showing up in a second. you talk about the paper trail. kavanaugh's record. here is what i'm hearing from republicans. what's the best way to gauge what kind of judge someone is going to be? it's looking at the 12 years that that very someone has been a judge. there's a lot of cases. that's a lot of a paper trail. how is that not the best window into what kind of judge kavanaugh is going to be? >> to some extent i agree if you look at his record, it tells you enough to oppose this nominee. >> from the part of democrats maybe. does that -- isn't that in and of itself negate the need for all of the outcry over more paper trail needed. >> i will give you an example. in one big abortion case that came before him, he basically sided with the trump administration in saying that a woman should be forced to continue to carry her pregnancy. for us, on the side of those opposing kavanaugh, that's a telltale indication that if
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kavanaugh gets on the court, he will overturn that. you have people like susan collins of maine is saying, i'm not persuaded he is anti choice based on that one case. we would like to see documents. this is the reason. as a result, we would like to see the documents. during the time he was in this role in the bush white house, they took several controversial positions regarding abortion, stem cell research, cutting off foreign aid to countries where abortion was allowed. we might get more of a window into brett kavanaugh's views on this issue that will determine susan collins' vote on a lifetime position for the supreme court. there's no reason to push this hearing. by late october, they can turn the documents over. why not wait and conduct this process in the same way it has been conducted in the past? when kagan was nominated by -- >> short answer i will give to you is this election has consequences. republicans are in charge of the senate.
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they get to plan the schedule. that's the short answer. >> that doesn't make it right. >> before we talk about susan collins and which way she might vote, what you mentioned, talking -- your suggestion the democrats should not show up, should walk out of the hearing. let me play you what one of the democrats on the committee, what she said about that idea yesterday. >> you heard that? >> you have incredible senators on there like cory booker and dick durbin, dick blumenthal and you name it, i think it's more powerful if we go in there and we ask the questions. patrick leahy. we need that opportunity to ask the questions. if we just walked out it would simply be one side asking the questions. i don't think that's the way you skchl e get the facts out. >> does she have a point? >> tomorrow tuesday is the first day of the hearings. there's not going to be any questions asked tomorrow.
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it's every senator on the committee droning on with ten-minute opening statements and at the end of the day we will hear from brett kavanaugh and then they will adjourn. how about talking out on tuesday? i think the larger point -- >> walk out on tuesday and show up to ask questions on wednesday? >> sure. the larger point is this. a fox news poll -- i don't usually cite fox news polls. it showed the majority of the public, a plurality of the public wants to see democrats do everything they can to block this nominee. senate democrats need to show this is not business as usual. >> fox news polls, like a cnn poll, they are -- you can believe them as -- >> i just cited one. >> despite what you might say. real quick one final question. if a single democrat votes in favor of kavanaugh's confirmation, what do you think democratic voters should do in return? >> i think any democrat that
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votes for brett kavanaugh is risking suppressing the historic level of enthusiasm we're seeing from democratic voters. if you look at the polls, brett kavanaugh is the most unpopular nominee in the last 35 years. there's no reason why any red state democrat should feel any political pressure whatsoever to have to support this nominee. he is historically unpopular. >> should democratic voters not vote -- >> i think the people out there knocking on doors and calling on the phones for voters and turning out vote for these democrats are -- they will be less inclined to do those tasks to win in november if democrats don't do everything they can to fight this nominee now. >> thanks for coming in. let's continue this. supreme court reporter ee eer as here. is this one any different? >> here is why this is different. it's because of the seat that
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kavanaugh wants to take. that's of justice kennedy. kennedy's key vote here, the swing vote on the social issues, abortion rights, lgbt, affirmative action. now that he is stepping down and if kavanaugh does get to step in, he is going to swing this court to the right solidly for decades. that's what makes this one different. from all the talk about trump being an out of the box candidate, he has chosen a pretty in the box nominee, kavanaugh. he was ivy league educated. he worked for justice kennedy. then he worked on the starr investigation a little bit of politics there. the bush presidency. then he served as a judge. then besides all of that, he developed these 300 opinions, even more than that. they are solidly conservative. that's what the democrats are really worried about. it's what makes this different. >> you heard brian fallon there, making the case.
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we have heard democrats raising alarm. do you see anything that they are bringing up as changing a single republican vote? because the important thing i haven't said is republicans, because of where things stand in the senate, if they stick together, they can confirm him without a single democratic vote. >> they will have support of a very likely support of red state democrats who are up for re-election this year in west virginia and north dakota and indiana. you could go back and few years and say democrats are the ones who created this situation for themselves. that's when harry reid then decided to change the rules that allowed these presidential appointments. it can be approved on a very simple vote, 51 votes. that is what we went down this road. democrats decided to go after neil gorsuch and force mitch
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mcconnell, some would say it wasn't a forcing, but mcconnell decided to change the rules for supreme court nominees. that's how gorsuch got through. democrats should have waited to try to trigger mitch mcconnell to change the rules right before election. they fired their bullet they had too early. >> it's a tangled web in terms of busting the filibuster on this. it started with--you have democrats who did it. but it comes to just judicial nominations. then it came to supreme court nominations. yet again on capitol hill, a tangled web. finally, what is the biggest issue as we head into the confirmation this week? is it the scope of presidential powers? is it women's reproductive right s rights? >> well, there's going to be a lot. we have talked about the documents. look at the issue of abortion.
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it's once again going to play a central role in these confirmation hearings. it's over 40 years old. brett kavanaugh, he has never ruled squarely on it. he did have that opinion on his bench where he disagreed with his colleagues when they ruled in favor of undocumented teen who sought an abortion. many people believe he could be the fifth vote to overturn or at least to weaken it. he came out of that meeting with a pro life republican the other day and he said, it's settled. she seemed satisfied. saying it's settled or saying any supreme court case is settled really isn't saying much. lower court judges have to abide by it. supreme court justices don't. they can vote to overturn it. that's going to be key in these hearings. >> obviously some key questions for sure. great to see you. it's just getting started. coming up, still today, the
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coffee boy strikes back. george papadopoulos says jeff sessions and donald trump supported his proposal for a 2016 meeting between then candidate trump and vladimir putin. details on that coming up. the final push to the midterms starts today. cnn is making a major update to the forecast. stay with us. we really pride n making it easy for you to get your windshield fixed. with safelite, you can see exactly when we'll be there. saving you time for what you love most. >> kids: whoa! >> kids vo: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace ♪
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is this officially what revenge of the coffee boy looks like? nothing against anyone getting coffee for anyone. the same campaign adviser that the trump campaign and white house did its best to dismiss, diminish and degrade when he
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pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with mueller is the very same trump campaign adviser who just offered up an accusation against sessions. he contradicted testimony sessions gave to congress. it all has to do with the potential -- a potential meeting between donald trump and vladimir putin during the campaign. joining me with very important details on this, evan perez. what's going on here? >> george papadopoulos is asking the court to make sure he doesn't go to prison for any time whatsoever, to essentially serve probation, which is what he has done. he is scheduled to go to sentencing later this week. what his lawyer is doing is saying he has regrets. he is only a small part of this much larger operation. as you said, the importance of what he is saying now contradicts what jeff sessions
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said in public testimony, sworn testimony. take a listen to what the attorney general said when he was asked about this. >> i push back at that. you made statements that he -- at the meeting, i push back -- >> and the reason why that's important is now papadopoulos in this court filing says that jeff sessions did not push back. i will read a part of what the court filing says. he says while some in the room rebuffed the offer, mr. trump nodded and deferred to mr. sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated the campaign should look into it. george's giddiness over mr. trump's recognition was prominent during the days that followed. the problem here is george papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi. some would question his credibility. there are other people who are in that meeting who back up jeff sessions' version of events. we do know that obviously
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papadopoulos has been, as you said, described as a coffee boy. he was the first witness really to flip here in this investigation. so he is a very important witness as far as the robert mueller investigation. we will see whether the judge buys this explanation at this point. we expect that the prosecutors will push for a little jail time in return for papadopoulos's co cooperation. but also he is pleading guilty to lying to the fbi. >> thanks so much, evan. c thpaul callan is joins me. why would george papadopoulos and his legal team put this information and this accusation in his sentencing memo? >> i think it's a great move by them as defense attorneys. they're trying to demonstrate to the mueller team that we are
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being totally cooperative, totally transparent. in fact, we may be handing you a really important issue. did the attorney general of the united states commit perjury before congress? that's a big play by them to try to get leniency for papadopoulos. >> for papadopoulos, they are hoping for probation. right? do you think he will still serve jail time? >> i think he has a shot at probation. you have to remember the way federal sentencing guidelines work. the judge listens to a recommendation by the government and weighs the amount of cooperation that the subject has given. ultimately, the decision is up to the judge. if the judge looks at papadopoulos, he may say, he has been totally cooperative and deserves probation, it's a first offense. >> does it change anything for
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session s sessions? >> you have on the table a claim that he committed perjury before congress. the reality of this going forward as a prosecution is another matter. remember, for congress to vote perjury indictment, it takes a majority of the house of representatives to vote for those charges. at least as the congress is currently constituted, they are certainly not going to vote to indict or refer to the justice department for perjury charges. sessions is safe in terms of criminal charges so far. >> safe from congress. but safe from the president, who knows, depends on the day. thank you so much. coming up, a big update in the battle for control of house of representatives. it doesn't bode well for republicans today. it didn't yesterday. that's next. fact is, every insurance company hopes you drive safely. but allstate actually helps you drive safely... with drivewise. it lets you know when you go too fast...
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elections. that battle for control of congress is coming into sharper focus today with a new forecast now moving 14 more seats, 11 races moving forward democrats, three races moving toward republicans. that puts 30 races in the tossup column. that's up from 27 last month. that positions democrats closer to the 23 seats that they need to shift the balance of power in the house. what now? in the unofficial kickoff of the midterm race. let me bring in alice stewart. and joe trippy. alice, to you. if you were a republican looking at this forecast today, what do you do different? anything? >> you continue to focus on the issues that are important to your specific district. one thing we can say about congressional races, it's not a one size fits all.
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each different district has needs and the constituents are leaning towards certain areas as to why they would vote for any certain candidate. throughout history, it has proven that in midterm elections, the party in power generally loses about 27 seats. it will be a difficult battle. there is a very slim chance the democrats could gain up to 23 seats. what's going to happen as we get to this final sprint, republicans are doubling down. i have been across this country the last few weeks. there are a lot of people that stand on their feet all day, get their hands dirty. they support president trump. a lot of folks don't realize that. the democrats, while they want to lift their party up, it cannot be just about tearing donald trump down. that appears to be their message moving forward. it has to be more than that. >> joe, what do you take from it as the kickoff begins, the unofficial kickoff of the election begins post labor day?
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for you have seen, run to the extreme in the primary and toward the center in the general. that's how you get elect trlect traditionally. let's focus on the left in candidates like gillum in florida, they're saying more to the left. risky? is this cycle different? >> alice is right. these are all individual races. i think both sides, democrats and republicans, are trying to localize the race, keep it there and particularly for democrats, that's worked. that's why you have people like connor lamb or doug jones in conservative states like alabama or in the pennsylvania 18 winning. at the same time, you do have in other localities and states more progressive outspoken democrats. i think what's going on, this is all driven by trump.
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the republicans cannot run away from him. he is very unpopular, not just with democrats but with independents. frankly, there are a lot of republican women, younger republicans and college-educated republicans that have been defecting and moving towards democrats all year long. that's why this count keeps going up. the count -- it started, yes, alice is right, the party that holds the presidency always loses seats in the midterms. but these numbers keep increasing and i think this update today is not going to be the end of it. you are going to see more races leaning towards democrats the closer we get to november. >> three races that i mentioned, alice, cnn has upgraded to more in republican favor. former republican congressman charlie dent, he makes the case this morning that it's because those candidates are breaking from the president, because
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obviously it works in their district. that's why it's working for them. listen to dent. >> they reflect their districts very well. they have also separated themselves from the president on issues like health care, russia, immigration. they have been very vocal about that. they can go to voters and say, they can be a check against the administration. >> lesson there? >> absolutely. we're seeing that play out in some of the races that our poll changed from tossup to lean republicans. down in texas, will hurd has been a check and balance on the president. he has been accountable to those in his district. he is doing very strongly. that is as charlie said -- it's by making sure you are sticking to your policies but also you are not being a rubber stamp on this presidency. also, in pennsylvania, we have another strong race that is moving from tossup to leaning
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republican because the candidates there are being accountable to the people in their district. we have another one that i sort of disagree with the poll shows it's solid gop to leaning gop ain iowa. that will be hook, line and singer for congressman king. it's up to their constituents if they like trump, the candidates will align with them. if trump is not popular in those districts, those -- the representatives and those running for office are wise to speak out on that. >> thanks for coming in. coming up for us, an update on the -- there's no other way to describe it other than bizarre and mysterious, so-called sonic attack injuries that have been happening for a couple years against american diplomats. it started in cuba and then in china. there's a new theory on what may have caused these attacks. that's next.
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compelled to announce a short time ago that a u.s. service member indeed was killed and another wounded in eastern afghanistan. this is an area where u.s. troops have been operating in conjunction with afghan forces, fighting the taliban and isis. they are calling it an insider attack, which generally in the past has meant someone in an afghan military uniform or in fact a member of the afghan military turns their weapon on u.s. forces. this is the sixth person in the u.s. military to be killed in afghanistan this year so far, we are told. the wounded member is said to be this stable condition. the name of the deceased u.s. military member will be released 24 hours after family notification has been completed. >> just horrible, barbara. what is traditionally called aid green on blue attack. any word -- of course, this just coming in.
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any word on -- do they have the person who did it? >> well, in this very initial announcement from the coalition in afghanistan, we have no word on that. i can tell you in the past, u.s. forces when they are confronted with these situations generally move very quickly as to afghan forces against attackers. in most cases, the attackers are quickly killed. but we just do not have word at this hour on what has happened in this situation. about 15,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan right now. the u.s. military under a lot of pressure to show results. >> absolutely. on the first full day of the new commanding general in afghanistan having to announce this and a horrible day for the families at home, with this announcement coming in. thanks, barbara. from that to this. microwave weapons, that's what a group of scientists are saying may have caused the head
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injuries suffered during the sonic attacks on some u.s. diplomats and their family members. these are incidents that started in 2016. it was a real mystery when it first came out. it's affected more than three dozen people since in cuba is where it started and then in china. victims suffering hearing loss and concussion-like symptoms from this. joining me with more is patrick oppman. what are the scientists saying? >> this is the first official theory. these are scientists that have been consulted by the u.s. government to try to understand what could have happened. it's still a theory, is that microwave weapons, an unconventional weapon that uses concentrated electromagnetic rays or radiation and beams if u
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-- they beam it could have caused concussion-like symptoms. the mystery is what could cause a concussion without any physical trauma being involved.. the mystery is what could cause a concussion without any physical trauma being involved. there's no physical evidence to back it up. they feel they know what devices could be behind it. while this is still very much up in the air, it has had real affects. you have skeleton staff now here at the u.s. embassy in havana, all non-essential personnel, families have been sent home. if you are cuban, you can no longer get a visa here. if you want to visit family americans in u.s., if you are an american citizen like me, you couldn't get your passport renewed here. cuban diplomats have been expelled. it has a real impact on relations. >> and has had impact on the health of some of the diplomats and their families when they were brought back. thanks so much. i appreciate it. coming up for us, more
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it's been nearly six weeks since a court-ordered deadline came and went to reunite children separated from their families at the border. the latest numbers from the government show -- sounds like i could have read this weeks ago. nearly 500 still are in government custody. that includes 22 children under
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the age of 5. many of the parents of these children have already been deported, making understandably any reunion even more difficult. those reunions now not up to the government, now up to the aclu. joining me, lee gellar, he is suing the administration over these separations. lee, i think we have spoken almost weekly since even before the deadline came and went since this all happened. what's the explanation now for nearly 500 children still being separated from their parents? >> yeah, well, i think the problem was that the government didn't give -- didn't themselves look for the parents who were deported and didn't give us the information when they should have. so now the process is beginning in ernest. it's just beginning in ernest. we're hopeful we will reunite these families soon. but i have to say that there is
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still a segment of this population who we haven't found. we're very concerned about that. >> the last time we spoke, the last time we spoke you were waiting for more or better contact information on any identifying information to try to even make contact with many of the parents who have been deported. that information you're trying to get from the government. have you gotten the information snchlgt ye snchl . >> yeah, so the judge put his foot down and said give them the phone numbers. we have phone numbers. we have contacted most of the parents at this point, but there are still about 80 parents we haven't been able to contact. we need additional information from the government, but we're now on the ground in central america, looking for those parents. we have partners, paul weiss law firm, justice in motion, kind. >> what are the parents saying? there was a bit of -- there's been a dispute. i don't know how best to describe it. did the parents want to leave? did the parents want to leave their children here? because they thought they would
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have a better chance of getting their asylum cases adjudicated properly? so there's a lot of confusion. what are the parents telling you when you're making contact? >> that's been one of the disturbing problems. we have heard from the parents that they were misled or coerced into giving up their own asylum rights, didn't even get asylum hearings. we're told this is the best way to see your child, just accept deportation. we're hearing that from parents, and that's very troubling. we need to figure out a solution for those parents. >> what is this -- more than a month now has passed since the deadline. this is a federal judge telling the government to get its act together. this is unacceptable. what's going to happen when another month passes and wee spe -- we speak? >> i'm hopeful another month won't past. there may be some small group we find. that would be troubling. we don't want to treat these as numbers. each person is an individual. i think we have a plan going
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forward now. we're hopeful that the vast majority are going to be reached and make some decision about reunification quickly. unfortunately, some of these parents are going to have to make incredibly difficult decisions to say i'm going to stay in my home country and leave my child to pursue asylum because that's what's best for my child. >> because it's not like the child is going back because they think it's safer back in their home country. they're going back to be with the parent. >> the children desperately want to be with the parent. on the other hand, if they go back, they could be in such danger they're making this profound decision as a family to leave the child here. >> i do note that you said hopeful, you're hopeful you're going to get these children back together every time we have spoken. at what point do you -- forget the hope, at what point do you lose patience with the, i don't know, do you call it excuses or the slow walking or the effort that you've seen or lack thereof on the part of the government to get this done? >> i want to make clear that we
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are making progress. we have reached about 200 of the deported parents. we think we will get about 200 of these deported parents in the next week or so either reunified or get from them a decision to leave their child here. i don't want to say we're not making progress. it's not at this point just hope. where i think the hope has to come in is for those 80 or so parents we haven't reached yet. you know, we are making progress. i do not want to suggest that this is completely futile. i think this is coming way too late, as you've pointed out repeatedly, but right now we are making progress. >> but still. >> right. >> how many months have passed and still there are nearly 500 children who are still separated from their parents. but thank you for coming in. thank you for the update. >> thank you for having me. >> we'll talk to you next week. coming up, more breaking news coming in. we have tropical storm gordon now gaining strength along the gulf coast. where it is headed and when it could hit. that's next.
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30 miles per hour when i walked in the door this morning. they pumped it to 35. all of the sudden it hit the very warm water in the everglades. i know you think of it as land, but it's more of a warm, hot swamp. and the storm took off. it really began to develop and became a much stronger storm in the past three or four hours. yes, hurricane watches are in effect for mobile, almost all the way over to southeastern louisiana. it's forecast to be a 70-mile-per-hour storm tomorrow night with a landfall here. this is plus or minus 20%. we do a very good job at direction, but it's that speed that may not be exactly perfect. so we have these storm surge watches and warnings here. three to five feet of storm surge. that's a life-threatening storm surge across parts of louisiana. that's the area we're talking about heavy rainfall as well. we'll keep watching this. this has always been a storm that had no future. now all the sudden we're going, holy cow, the water is really warm. and this may be a much bigger
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storm than anticipated. hurricane hunter in it right now, about 50 miles per hour almost. >> almost. well, i think a lot can happen in the next few hours. we'll be keeping close with you to get a good idea. appreciate it, chad. thanks so much for joining us on this labor day. "inside politics" with dana bash starts right now. welcome to a special labor day edition of "inside politics." i'm dana bash. john king is off today. the president's second nominee for the supreme court preps for his grilling this week on capitol hill while democrats fume over the white house holding back over 100,000 documents related to brett kavanaugh. and as the president ramps up his september travel schedule, republicans in tight midterm races are split about whether to run with him or without him. plus, president trump begins labor day tweeting about economic wins, attacking a union


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