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wonderful work and touched lives wonderfully. she would have loved to have seen people in the theater or at home watching love gilda, laughing at some of her old bits. that would have made her really happy. >> thank you so much. >> thank you very much. i appreciate it. and gilda airs tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. 2019 will get a soggy start in new york city tonight. thousands of people are expected to crowd into times square for the ball drop. but they'll have to contend with extremely tight security and heavy showers as well. we start with cnn's chad myers who has the forecast. i guess it's rain, but it's going to be warmer this year compared to last year, right? >> 50 degrees warmer in new york city will be the feels-like temperature today compared to 365 days ago. it felt like 5 below zero last
year. going to feel like 45 today. much better, yes, but gor tex and tuck boots will be the wear because we see rain in indiana, illinois, nashville, memphis, almost to new orleans. could be a tornado or two in that yellow area there. but it rains in new york by 4:00. you think, oh, there's some breaks back here. yeah, but those breaks fill in rather quickly. by 9:00, it's raining again. there you see the showers and thunderstorms even approaching atlanta, georgia. a lot of the eastern one fifth of the country will be wet tonight. watch out for the lightning. if you see it in the air, go someplace inside if you're planning on being outside because there will be storms around. we shift our attention back to the west. you say oh, what a great place to go. let's go to phoenix. no. it's going to rain. it's going to be 42 in phoenix. it's going to be colder in phoenix than new york city. if you're in denver or tell uride, that's good news because the rain turns into snow in the
higher elevations and you'll be skiing on it for new year's day. temperatures really a tale of two different sides. 48, new york. 46, phoenix. 44 in vegas. expect better than that out there. but if you're going to see the snow in colorado, and even into santa fe, taos, you'll like it out there, because that's why you went there, to go skiing. >> sounds good. chad myers, thank you so much. >> let's go to miguel marquez. revelers are preparing for the rain while police are preparing for a massive crowd. >> going to be giant as usual. a million, maybe 2 million people they're planning for out here in times square. that's the spot where everybody is focused on right now. that's the pole where the famous ball will drop at midnight, and preparations are well under way. they're going to have everything here. entire times square will be blocked off. you have to enter through certain areas. there will be no alcohol, no
backpacks, no coolers, no large packages, no lawn chairs, no umbrellas. doesn't sound like much of a party, does it? also hundreds and hundreds of officers and agents from different law enforcement ageanies, local, state, and federal. they'll have drones out here. they'll also have anti-drone technology out here. just in case you want to bring your drone out here and try to around the ground. they'll be able to bring it down or mitigate it somehow. they're not saying how exactly. being tight-lipped on that, but it is interesting. they'll also have bomb sniffing dogs and officers embedded in area hotels to make sure nothing goes strange there. and then these bits. these are all the areas where the public will eventually be ushered into. they will open up soon. they may be opening some of them further up. if you come in here, though, you can check in, but if you leave, you can't get back in. so you better figure out your restroom plan because it's going to be a long, long time.
there's about a ton of confetti that will come down at new year's, to ring in the new year. if it's raining at that time, i want to see that because it's going to be like confetti mud all over people. should be an interesting one. pam. >> sure thing. all right, miguel marquez live for us in times square. thank you so much for bringing us the latest as we look ahead to this evening. meantime, senator elizabeth warren isn't waiting for the new year to make a big announcement. she said this morning she's exploring a 2020 presidential run. timed with the release, a video playing up her oklahoma roots. this makes the massachusetts democrat the first big name in what's expected to be a flood of democrats in the coming weeks and months. cnn national political correspondent m.j. lee joins us live from boston. good morning. >> morning, pam. every expectation now is that senator elizabeth warren will run for president. now we also have a pretty good blueprint of what her campaign will look like and sound like in
a 4 1/2-minute video. she talked about some of the themes she has talked about for so many years like fighting economic inequality, taking on big banks and big corporations, and as you said, she also talked about her personal childhood stories and how her own family was able to overcome a lot of hardships. now, she also had in this video a very pointed message about what she said was an echo chamber of bigotry and hatred. take a listen to this. >> our government is supposed to work for all of us, but instead, it has become a tool for the wealthy and well connected. the whole scam is propped up by an echo chamber of fear and hate designed to distract and divide us. people who will do or say anything to hang on to power, point the finger at anyone who looks, thinks, prays, or loves differently than they do. >> now, it is not an accident
that we see images of president trump in this video message from senator warren. it is just one reminder of what an outspoken critic of the president senator warren has been and while that is such a big appeal to so many potential voters and supporters for her going forward. and as you know, pam, very well, the president has been very eager to hit back as well. he has mocked senator warren's native american ancestry and nicknamed her pocahontas, recently calling her that on twitter. she responded, as you know, in part to that criticism just a few weeks ago by releasing the results of a dna test showing she does in fact have distant native american heritage, but that effort was widely criticized as being insensitive. it will be interesting to see whether she addresses that in the coming days. the reason we're in the boston area this morning is because this is where we expect her presidential campaign to be headquartered. we're also told that she will
begin the travel to some of the early states very, very soon. but all of that is going to depend on what happens in washington in the coming days with the ongoing government shutdown. back to you. >> m.j., thanks for bringing us the latest from boston. let's discuss this with ron brownstein and jackie kucinich for the daily beast. thank you both for coming on. ron, first to you, the cnn poll from earlier this month shows that she is fairly low on the list of front-runners in democrats' choice for their nominee. is this easily overcome or is this troubling for her? >> well, look, polling this far out on the presidential race, primaries in particular, have not been especially predictive, but she does have an issue in that she's extremely well known and she has high favorability, that's something that's good for her, but her actual support in the horse race test is as you point out really backed in the middle of the pack. i think the question for her is really inkamsilated very well by
this video, because like bernie sanders, the core argument she wants to make is an economic one. she wants a populist argument against big corporations, the wealthy. in many ways i think the energy in the democratic party now is tilting toward a different place, more toward defending the diverse changing america against what democrats widely perceive as trump's efforts to instill racial division. i can pair elizabeth warren's message with the 5 million views we have already seen in just a few days for the beto o'rourke video criticizing the border wall. that will be her challenge, whether the 2016 argument that bernie sanders used so effectively is still where the center of the party is in 2020. >> we shall see. and jackie, does this earlier announcement help her in that respect? can she get a jump on her rivals by being the first big democrat name right out of the gate? >> it gives her more ability to fund raise. it gives her an ability to start
hiring people. they have been having conversations with key operatives. that said, i think her main challenge is going to be not getting drawn into the gutter with president trump as well. we have already seen her release of her genetic test. it was seen by a lot of democratic operatives as trump getting in her head and her not being able to walk awayory put aside that criticism. because he will go lower. if he thinks he can draw someone down and take them off message. can she keep what ron points out in the video, can she keep her message on what this video is about? about income inequality, even if the democratic party is shifting their focus, can she keep on message? i think that's not only going to be her challenge. it's going to be a challenge for everyone in the democratic field because of the nature of how this president campaigns and is. >> right, and on that note, the boston globe actually urged her
not to run. saying that she should do what deval patrick did, test the waters and stay on the beach. here's what they said. while warren is an effective and impactful senator with an important voice nationally, she's become a divisive figure, a unifying voice is what the country needs now after the pole rise riseerizing politics of donald trump. are they right? >> well, look, i think there are democrats who worry as jackie alluded to, that senator warren is in fact too polarizing. it really gets to a core choice democrats face. on the one hand, you have a point of view in the party that says look, what we need to do is mobilize the coalition that is deeply alienated from donald trump. young people, minorities, in particular, who don't normally vote. there's another school that says what the democratic party has to do is reassure millions of center right mostly white republican voters who are
alienated from donald trump. obviously, elizabeth warren is better suited for the first than the spectrum. that will be part of the debate the party has. that concern that she's not well positioned to take advantage of the cracks in the normal republican coalition will be a hurdle for her with portions of the primary electorate. >> all right, thank you so much, ron brownstein, jackie kucinich. a lot more to discuss. still ahead, the president trump contradicts his outgoing chief of staff john kelly on the border wall. he said he never booded the idea of a concrete wall, and rudy giuliani has a new year's message for robert mueller. put up or shut up. >> and tragedy at a wildlife preserve in north carolina. an intern is killed by a lion in a routine cleaning. we're live with an update. daddy diaper duty... i can't say it's the highlight of fatherhood. but i'd rather be here with my little man than not be here because of migraine. i have three words for migraine... "i am here." aimovig, a preventive treatment for migraine in adults,
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well, this morning, president trump is pushing back against his outgoing chief of staff, john kelly. kelly saying over the weekend in an interview that the white house had given up on this idea of a concrete wall along the southern border a long time ago. something president trump is flat out denying this morning. all of this as the federal government shutdown enters day ten. the white house along with lawmakers on capitol hill at a stalemate with no deal to end the shutdown in sight. joining me now is cnn's boris sanchez live at the white house with the latest. boris. >> hey, there. good morning, pam. yeah, there is disagreement over how to reopen the federal government between democrats and republicans and there's apparently also disagreement within the administration over what a border wall actually means. take a look at this quote from outgoing chief of staff john kelly to the l.a. times over the weekend.
he's talking about the president's belief that there needs to be a border wall between the united states and mexico. he says, quote, to be honest, it's not a wall. the president still says wall. oftentimes he'll say barrier or fencing. now he's tended towards steel slats, but we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration. kelly there revealing that at some point in discussions, the president left behind the idea of a concrete wall between the u.s. and mexico. but the president this morning not allowing john kelly to define his definition of wall. here's a tweet from the president in which he writes, quote, in all concrete wall was never abandoned. and as been reported by the media, some areas will be all concrete, but the experts at border patrol prefer a wall that is see-through, making it possible to see what is happening on both sides. makes sense to me. further, the president tweeted after that that the only way to have good border security is with a strong and powerful wall. he also called on democrats to return to the nation's capitol
to continue discussions over a deal to reopen the federal government. unclear that that will happen, but what we have seen over the past few days is that some of the president's surrogates have tried to argue that semantics is what's separating the two sides. kellyanne conway yesterday on "state of the union" speaking to dana bash said ultimately, it was just semantics that really held up discussions over a border wall, whether it was a barrier, a wall, steel slats. clearly, the president is determined to have a concrete wall somewhere. unlikely that democrats are going to be willing to give it to him without major compromise, pam. >> boris sanchez, thank you for bringing us the latest from the white house. let's get to cnn's suzanne malveaux on capitol hill. what are you hearing? is there any progress on ending the shutdown? >> it's interesting. as we begin with the new year, there's old ideas that are being recast as new right now. you have senator lindsey graham emerging from a two-hour lunch with the president yesterday, essentially saying he's got this compromise, this new idea in
exchange for the $5 billion for the president's border wall, allowing dreamers or daca recipients, those who came to the country legally through their parents as children, work permits to be renewed every three years as some sort of new type of idea. he said that the president thought it was an interesting one. but you might recall it was earlier this year, there was a grand bargain that was made between the democrats as well as the president, $25 billion for the border wall in exchange for some sort of path for citizenship for these same individuals. ultimately, that blew up. the president rejected that. and so we are where we are at this point with senator graham saying potentially this might be a breakthrough or something that the president would listen to. it's far from clear what are the options. well, today, you have the house and senate in session. proforma. there's nothing that's going to be done until they come back in town. that's on thursday, the democrats on the house side now will be the new majority, and
nancy pelosi says she'll go ahead and introduce legislation to open the government. far from clear whether or not the senate side will take up that measure. there are some particular compromises or scenarios still looking at the six-bill spending measure which would fund the government aside from homeland security through september. and the possibility of you have some sort of compromise with that figure between $5 billion and $2 billion that the president might find acceptable. right now, very much a stalemate. >> all right, suzanne malveaux, thank you so much. back with us now, ron brownstein and jackie kucinich to discuss this. as we heard from suzanne, one of the potential deals on the table is one that involves daca and tps fixes. is that something, jackie, that democrats could work with the president on? >> sure, but i think the problem is, it goes down to trust. it's not just democrats that don't really trust what the president is doing. it's republicans because they don't know what the president
will sign and if and when he'll go back on anything he seems to agree to. he had that meeting with lindsey graham yesterday and he was the one, of course, who floated the daca/tps deal. that said, who will get to the president next? will it be stephen miller who is one of his more hawkish immigration advisers. is that who the president will end up listening to? or will they end up somewhere in between? we have to wait and see. >> so ron, what do you make of these mixed signals. first of all, as jackie pointed out, democrats and republicans seem to have no idea what the president will sign. and then there are these shifting definitions of the wall. you know, you have chief of staff john kelly saying the idea of a concrete wall ended long ago. then the president tweeting today, no, that's not true. then kellyanne conway said it's all semantics. what's going on? >> you know, the level of confusion and legislative fights we have seen on other issues where people don't know where the president is or where he
will stay. look, lindsey graham in one sense is right. the path toward a comprehensive immigration is really -- reform is the only pathway toward an agreement on significantly enhancing border security. we saw that in 2006 with the immigration reform bill that passed the senate. we saw it 2013. we saw it in the aborted negotiations last year that tied a fix on daca to enhanced border security. if the administration and senate republicans and house republicans are serious about wanting enhanced border security, they, i think, know from the history pretty clearly it requires a broader package that deals with elements of the immigration system that are priorities for democrats. it's not clear at all that the president is ultimately willing to go there. last year when there was that possible deal on daca for the wall, the white house blew it up by demanding the largest cuts in legal immigration since the 1920s. the desire to signal toughness to the part of his base that is the most hostile to immigration really may be the driving factor
here, and that makes it very hard to find an agreement. >> that, again, as they're trying to figure this out, there are 800,000 federal employees who are impacted by this. but jackie, what do you make of the change in language about the wall? how significant is it? does it matter? >> i mean, of course it matters. but it just seems like there's an attempt to muddy the waterers here. i don't know if they're trying to create room for the president to maneuver, to negotiation, but he keeps coming out undermining his own advisers, again, again, again, by coming out and saying no the wall is a wall, it's concrete, because he doesn't want to look like someone like john kelly is undermining him from the outside. he didn't like when he was undermining him from the insidef the white house as chief of staff when he would say -- or even as the secretary of the department of homeland security. when he would say to the president, he doesn't know what he's talking about. his views are evolving. remember when he said that on
fox? the president didn't like that either. so it's really making life tougher for the president's advisers who are really trying to, it seems like, give the president some room to negotiate here. >> all right. jackie, ron, thank you both. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. meantime, president trump's personal attorney issued an ultimatum to special counsel robert mueller. lay your cards on the table or put an end to the russia probe. i am not for colds. i am not for just treating my symptoms... (ah-choo) i am for shortening colds when i'm sick. with zicam. zicam is completely different. unlike most other cold medicines... ...zicam is clinically proven to shorten colds. i am a zifan for zicam. oral or nasal.
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well, this morning, president trump's attorney rudy giuliani is issuing an ultimatum to special counsel robert mueller. put up or shut up. giuliani is pressuring mueller to submit his report on whether the russia investigation has found evidence of collusion. by the way, even if it has, giuliani says collusion is not a crime. now, this comes as a new "time" magazine report shows the leverage the russians apparently had over paul manafort at the time he was trump's campaign chair. joining me now to discuss, former trump white house lawyer jim schultz. thanks for coming on. >> nice to be on. >> let's talk about this "time" magazine report. paul manafort was pressured by a russian ex-spy to pay back millions of dollars in debt that he apparently owed during the time that he was running trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
that russian ex-spy reportedly contacted manafort on behalf of a russian billionaire who has close ties to the kremlin. what does this suggest to you about the influence the russians may have had over manafort at this time where he was part of the campaign? >> any time you have that kind of leverage over someone like paul manafort, it's concerning. that being said, there hasn't bib from the mueller camp or from the special prosecutor's office any charges whatsoever against manafort relative to any conduct that he had during the campaign. which says a lot. certainly, mueller knew about this. just because "time" magazine is reporting it recently doesn't mean mueller didn't know about it prior to this. he certainly did. if there was some leverage that had influence over the decisions manafort was making that may have been criminal in nature, that would certainly have been charged. they didn't go easy on paul manafort. to the extent that there's any link here to the president, i don't believe there is any whatsoever. i don't believe there is any
relative to the campaign or we would have seen that out of the manafort camp at this point. >> but as we know, robert mueller continues with his investigation. there is a lot we don't know, but you're right this was not included in the charges against manafort, this specific situation. we're seeing sort of a shift in strategy. the president began saying back in august that collusion in fact isn't a crime. we know collusion is not a legal term. conspiracy is a legal issue. conspiracy to defraud the u.s. government and other charges surrounding that. but as you see, rudy giuliani is basically coming down and saying hey, look, even if there is collusion, that's no problem. what do you make of that? >> first off, they deny any collusion existed. what you're seeing out of giuliani, they don't know what mueller is going to say in his report. and that's his way of saying look, even if there were some, you know, we don't know what the definition of collusion is.
conspiracy is the criminal issue here. there has been no conspiracy charge as it relates to flynn, as it relates to manafort and as it relates to cohen. no conspiracy whatsoever relative to the campaign issues and issues relative to president trump's campaign in 2016. so i don't think there is any issue there, but i think what they're doing is preparing. we don't know what the report is going to say, we don't know how democrats are going to spin the report. it may not say collusion, but democrats may turn around and try to spin it that there was collusion. so they're preparing for that. what they are hard and fast on, that there was no conspiracy, no criminal conduct, and what glun is asking for is for mueller to put his cards on the table. remember, this is a political process at the end of the day. no judge, no jury as it relates to the president of the united states. this is going to be congress, the democratic congress in particular in the house, and the president. and they're preparing for battle as it relates to that -- to
those issues. >> so you continue to hear giuliani and those in the president's team say there is no collusion. there is no evidence of collusion. there has been a lot, though, that has happened since robert mueller has been special counsel. four people sentenced to prison, seven guilty pleas. what does that say about this probe? >> i don't think it says anything relative to collusion. remember, going back to the point, there has been no allegation of conspiracy with the russian government as it relates to 2016 campaign. the fact that a bunch of russians were charged is irrelevant to that fact. the fact that manafort was charged in a number of crimes unrelated to the campaign, again, irrelevant to any ininquiries as it relates to the president. there was nothing related to the russians or otherwise as it relates to michael cohen. none of these things are relevant -- >> he pleaded guilty to lying to congress about trump tower moscow.
so that does relate to the russia probe. >> that relates to lying. that has no connection -- >> it raises a bigger question of why he lied, who he was talking to in the white house, those around president trump about that statement to congress that he admitted to lying about. there's still a lot of unanswered questions. not a done deal. go ahead. >> right, they threw the book at cohen. no question about it. if there was conspiracy to be charged, they would have charged it. they didn't. that says a lot. >> the probe is ongoing. jim schultz, thank you so much for coming on, and happy new year to you. an intern is mauled and killed by a lion in a north carolina zoo. how did this happen? we'll be back.
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a 22-year-old intern at a north carolina wildlife preserve was killed after a lion somehow escaped its locked enclosure. an investigation is now under way. i want to bring in kaylee hartung, who is live in burlington, north carolina, with more on this very sad story. >> yeah, pamela. yesterday, a professionally trained animal keeper led his staff into the lion's habitat. they were supposed to be performing a routine cleaning of the area. and when that happens, the lions are taken into a separate area enclosed, thought to be secure and locked. yesterday, something went terribly wrong. one of those lions escaped that secure area. it's unclear how. got into the area where the humans were, and the 14-year-old
lion known as mathai attacked and killed alexandra black. the lion was then killed by necessity so they could then retrieve black's body. black's family is devastated. they have issued a statement saying in part that alex loved animals. she was a beautiful young woman who had just started her career. there was a terrible accident and we're mourning, but she died following her passion. this was the 22-year-old's fourth internship of this kind. the first outside of her home state of indiana. she wanted to make a career out of caring for animals like these here at the conservator's center, they're heartbroken as well. here's more from the director. >> i can't imagine the loss they're enduring. i can't imagine what it must feel like to be them. we only knew this person a short time, and obviously, it was devastating for us. so i'm just so grateful that they have spoken with us and are
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of a partial government shutdown. just one of the major political headlines that dominated 2018. among them, a contentious confirmation battle for supreme court seat, and the death of two political giants. cnn's dana bash takes a look at 2018. >> you would think 2018 being a midterm election year, that would be the defining political story. it was big, but with donald trump in the white house, there was so much more. when a former student opened fire, murdering 17 people including 14 students at marjory stoneman douglas high school, emma gonzalez and fellow survivors channeled their sorrow into action. >> every politician who is taking donations from the nra, shame on you. >> across the country, thousands of students heard the cry coming from parkland, florida, and staged a 17-minute walkout.
one minute for each victim of the shooting. then their demand for stricter gun laws went global with march for our lives. >> we can and we will change the world. >> washington felt the weight of several icons passing away in 2018. senator john mccain died in august after a 13-month battle with brain cancer. the naval fighter pilot and vietnam prisoner of war was known for bucking his party and reaching across the aisle to get things done. he asked the two men who defeated him for president to eulogize him. >> what better way to get a last laugh than to make george and i say nice things about him to a national audience. >> his final maverick move, not inviting the president he tangled with and worried about as america's leader to his funeral. >> we honor our 41st president. >> the country also mourned the
death of former president george h.w. bush, described as decent, honorable, and gracious. the 41st president who managed the end of the cold war without a shot fired was eulogized by the 43rd president, his son. >> let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you. a great and noble man. the best father a son or daughter could have. >> a family grieving for not one parent but two, with the passing of 41's wife of 73 years, barbara bush, just seven months earlier. an american icon who was remembered by another famous son. >> she was our teacher and role model on how to live a life of purpose and meaning. >> immigration. >> immigration. >> immigration. >> president trump continued to put immigration front and center in 2018, posing a controversial family separation policy. >> when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally,
which shouldn't happen, you have to take the children away. >> images of children in cages sparked an outcry from both sides of the aisle. along with revelations that at the height of the policy, more than 2,600 children were separated from their parents after entering the u.s. illegally. bowing to political pressure, the president reversed himself and signed an executive order to end the separation. a few months later, in a raw political move to motivate his base, he warned against a caravan of immigrants headed to the southern border. >> we're not letting these people invade our country. >> after election day, the president largely stopped talking about the caravan, but not about immigration. he ended the year with a government shutdown over funding for his signature campaign promise, the border wall. the president stunned the world in helsinki this year when he stood next to vladimir putin and not only failed to admonish the russian president for meddling in american elections.
he accepted putin's denial. >> i have great confidence in my intelligence people, but i will tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. >> angry democrats and republicans lashed out in disapproval. senator mccain called it one of the most disgraceful performances by an american president in memory. that wasn't the only 2018 trump shocker on the world stage. after months of rhetorical fire and fury with north korea's kim jong-un, president trump broke precedent by agreeing to a summit in june in singapore. after a nearly five-hour trump/kim meeting, they announced what they called a denuclearization agreement. >> we developed a very special bond. >> despite the warm embrace, 2018 comes to an end with reports that the hermit kingdom is still operating secret missile bases. >> it was the year of the woman,
with record-breaking numbers of women running for and winning races on a local and national level. especially congress. 14 women elected in the senate, bringing it to a total of 25. 102 women will serve in the house next year, breaking the previous record of 85. women from all walks of life are flooding the hill with one exception, republicans. only 13 gop women will be in the house next year. the lowest number in a quarter century. >> supreme court fights are always high stakes, but president trump never imagined what would happen when nominating brett kavanaugh, someone he thought was a rather safe pick. several women came forward accusing kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, leading to a day of public testimony for the ages. starting with christine blasey ford. >> i believed he was going to rape me. i tried to yell for help. when i did, brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from
yelling. >> kavanaugh followed with a fiery defense. >> i'm not questioning that dr. ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place atsomeime. but i have never done this. >> ford's story touched a nerve among women across the country who had been sexually assaulted and afraid to come forward or not believed. a new front in the me too movement. republican jeff flake had just announced he was a yes vote and this happened. >> you're telling me that my vote doesn't matter. >> a rattled flake worked with democrat chris coons to delay the vote for a week while the fbi investigated. kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed to the high court's swing seat. trump's second supreme court win in just two years. a kavanaugh no vote would cause trouble for some red state democrats up for re-election in places like missouri, where that state's now gop senator-elect josh hawley, predicted it would
be a game changer, and he was right. >> big deal? >> very big deal. >> like that could make the difference? >> yeah, i do. >> gop backlash over the kavanaugh fight energized their base and helped republicans maintain their majority in the senate. >> and cnn projects that democrats will reclaim control of the u.s. house of representatives. >> on the house side, a very different story. democrats found that blue wave and rode it back into the majority, winning 40 seats, almost twice the 23 needed to take back the house. >> there was no collusion whatsoever. >> it's been over a year since special counsel robert mueller was given the mandate to investigate russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with trump aides or associates. the president spent the year trying to undermine it. >> it's a terrible witch hunt. >> the mueller investigation has revealed that many in trump's orbit had contacts with russians. 16 to be exact. but the most stunning revelation -- trump's longtime
personal attorney and fixer, michael cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison and turned on the president. cooperating with federal investigators. the president now calls cohen a liar and a rat. >> selling america out to the russians. >> after months of claiming his innocence, the president's former campaign chairman, paul manafort, pled guilty to several crimes not associated with the trump campaign. he cut a deal with mueller, which by year's end, fell apart. manafort is now looking at the possibility of more charges from the special counsel. 2018 ended with the president nominating a new attorney general, william barr, to oversee the investigation after he fired jeff sessions. and mueller's team bringing charges against 32 entities and individuals. five people pleading guilty and four sentenced to prison. what a 2018. what's in store next year? buckle up. >> buckle up is right.
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hello, i'm ryan nobles in today for kate bolduan. welcome to a special edition of "at this hour." we're counting down to midnight and the start of 2019 here on the east coast, which is now just under 13 hours away. but around the world, celebrations are already under way. huge fireworks displays happening right now across some of asia's biggest cities. now, depending on where you are tonight, it could be a sopping wet start to the new year. new york city officials are still expected people to pack times square and watch the ball drop. that's despite forecasts of rain rolling into the area this afternoon and continuing through midnight. cnn's miguel marquez is live in times square where all the action is going to take place. it looks dry now, but it's probably not going to stay that way for very long. how are people