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people who serve -- we all know people who won the medal of honor, many who died. it's a very special thing. those men who win the medal of honor, they're marked for the rest of their lives. and not only in public adulation but emotionally. people in uniform respect the office but he didn't serve in vietnam, he's never been under fire. doesn't really understand the teamwork, the sacrifice, the loyalty and that people wearing that medal of haunler represent. so it was a hurtful comment actually. >> general, thanks for being with us this morning. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> and thank you to our international viewers for watching. for you "cnn newsroom" is next. for our u.s. viewers "new day" continues right now.
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all right, good morning, everyone. welcome to your new day. it is thursday 8:00, in the east. and even by mr. trump's standards the latest bizarre statements are outrageous. yesterday when asked about his trade war with china the president dropped this doozy. >> i am the chosen one. >> all right, that wasn't the only time yesterday he suggested he is the savior. right before that he praised and retweeted a right wing conspiracy theorist who called mr. trump the king of israel. the president again questioned the loyalty of american jews repeating the same anti-semitic trope he's criticized democrats for, and there was much more yesterday but this is only a three hour program. >> again "the new york times" reports this morning there is fear within the president's larger political world about what's going on here. "the times" writes some former trump administration officials say they were increasingly worried about the president's
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behavior suggesting it stems from rising pressure on mr. trump as the economy seems more worrisome and next year's election approaches. there are troubling signs for the economy this morning. the labor department says a half million fewer jobs were added in 2018 and early 2019. there was another yield curve inversion on wednesday, and the budget deficit is on path to top $1 trillion. joining us now, cnn political analyst, maggie haberman, white house correspondent for "the new york times" who was the author of that quote we just read alongside peter baker. so tell us more about that. former trump administration officials say they're seeing behavior that worries them. >> there's this constant question that hovers around commentary about the president these days is has he changed, is he different? i think we're seeing a lot of what we saw in the campaign. i've spoken with a bunch of former officials and senior
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officials in the last week or so, all of whom who disagree and say they believe this is an escalation of sort of his more erratic behavior or his more extreme behavior. and they attribute it to increasing stress in the job as he faces re-election. i don't think we can ignore the fact that literally every day for him now is tied up in were yg about whether he's going to get reelected next year. for all the question of whether he likes the job, we know he likes to win. i think we've heard previously from former administration officials they've been concerned about his behavior. with you leave, you suddenly become a lot more aware of things either you tuned out or it looks different from the outside and i'm not sure which one to credit it with. >> so what is it that they
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think -- >> he wept from being incredibly to incredibly critical of him. they do attribute it to primarily the economy. they also contribute to candidly the change in staff around him. look, there's always been this kwelgz of has he been more willing to do certain things on policy or a number of other issues because certain people people left. i've tended to reject that argument and it's more he doesn't want guardrails around him and he grinds them down. the reality is there's not a ton of staff left, and those there in the building are not doing a ton to tell him no.
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i don't think there's a since mick mulvaney is trying to do what general kelly did for instance, which he's not really managing the president's behavior. the one data point a former official pointed to me in particular was that the tweets had gotten a lot worse. and their point was you would not have seen some of these tweets in 2017. it's certainly true in 2018 we saw an kparbation about the tweets about robert mueller, when he'd been hands off. >> yesterday there were a few things and i don't know if it was more of the same or different or more erratic or less erratic, they were notable to me. which is one the 24-hour reversible on the payroll tax, yesterday no we're not talking about it, guns which is something we've discussed here. i don't fully believe he's going to be supportive of background checks, but yesterday he claimed
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he was interested in background checks again, expanded background checks where yesterday he had walked away from it. those two reversals are notable and also the leaning comments about american jews in israel. those three things to me were worthy of note. >> i'd have to pick them apart because i don't think they're all the same. in terms of background checks, look, he knows where he wants to be in terms of his base, and i think he's trying to reconcile his previous language while sort of letting everyone hear what they want to hear. so that one i don't think is a huge surprise. the payroll tax, look, i think that cuts to the core for him which is acknowledging there are signs of an economic slow down and i don't think he's quite grappled with that. but to your point that's asking a lot to ask voters to pretend they didn't hear what he said the day before. in terms of his remarks about
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disloyalty to israel, the silence from his main protectors at say the republican jewish coalition a day earlier, he meant disloyalty to themselves. he didn't mean diz loyalty to israel, because there is an anti-semitic trope that traffics on the idea as you know of jews being more loyal to their religion than to where they live. the argument i've heard from people around the president this is different, say, than what he and others criticized congresswoman omar and tlaib for. and there are a lot of democrats upset too with what they said. i think it would behoove him to explain exactly what he's talking about, but i don't understand how people can keep insisting he literally didn't say what he said. >> he said i meant disloyalty, i think he said to israel. yeah, he was very specific. >> rjc was pretty quiet
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yesterday. >> we just had former congressman joe walsh on, conservative tea party guy who told us he's very close to being a primary challenger for donald trump because of all the disturbing things he now sees with clear eyes than previously. does that give inside the white house any indigestion, heartburn when they think there might be people popping up who might be challenging him? >> i think what they're concerned about is not the joe walsh or any of these candidates declared or possibly declaring like bill weld who is running who's had a lot of trouble getting headlines. i don't think they're concerned they can make inroads. especially the political director at the white house has been working for a year to tighten their grip on these state parties to make it hard for these primary challengers to amass delegates that the convention. you're really just doing it to be on tv and get a rise out of the president. because you've seen how he's
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handled for instance anthony scaramucci over the last week. you would think anthony scaramucci was the most important issue of policy based on the mine share the president has devoted to it at least on his twitter feed and conversations. i think they're worried someone like joe walsh who does have a facility with conservative talk radio will gain attention. arguing against walsh taking off, there's a long litany of tweets, among them his pro-trump tweets in 2016, attacks on journalists who were just covering the president straight during the campaign when i would argue the president was pretty similar to how he is now and joe walsh has never explained the conversion and he has a number of controversial tweets. >> joe walsh is going to have to spend a lot of time explaining joe walsh in addition to attacking the president. it's interesting there is concern within the white house that the president won't be able
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to ignore these people who probably can't beat him. >> i think there's always the concern about what the president is or isn't going to ignore because he tends to treat these things as one-on-one discussions. all right, we heard it just there, the president repeating the anti-semitic trope. up next a jewish member of congress reacts to that and much more. wow! that's ensure max protein, with high protein and 1 gram sugar. it's a sit-up, banana! bend at the waist! i'm tryin'! keep it up. you'll get there. whoa-hoa-hoa!
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joining me now to discuss is democratic congressman ted deutsch. congressman, thank you so much for being with us. i want people to understand this. why this is an issue. when you say jews are being disloyal, or the idea of dual loyalty, why that is considered an anti-semitic trope. can you explain? >> sure, because -- thanks for having me. because throughout the history of the jewish people charges of disloyalty, charges of dual loyalty have been leveled against jewish communities throughout the world. and those charges in the context of the anti-semitism that exists in those countries, those charges often led to violent attacks on those communities. when there is hatred and
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anti-semtime you only fuel it when you lob out there those kind of anti-semtric troops. the largest increase since they started keeping track, it's very dangerous when the president says the kinds of things that he says. and by the way, let's also be clear, i'm not going to let the president of the united states tell me or the three quarters of the jewish community in america who chose not to vote for him, that we are in any way disloyal to him, to israel, to our community or to anyone else. he should just knock it off. it's dangerous, and he should know that. >> i want to make clear again the idea of dual loyalty or disloyalty is no small thing when you're talking about the history. in many cases it is the thing which has caused so much pain and suffering over time. you raise another point, though, which is that american jews
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support towards israel, can you be critical of israel without being anti-semitic? >> well, of course israel's a great ally and a critical ally of the united states. and the u.s.-israel relationship has always enjoyed bipartisan support as it should. are there times there are partisan differences, sure. but what the president is trying to do here is inoculate himself against his willingness to use these anti-semitic tropes, like he did in his last campaign or like he did when he ran ads alleging a jewish conspiracy that runs the world. he tries to inoculate himself against the things that rile up the anti-semites in israel by saying but i support israel so, please, please, i can't possibly be using anti-semitism. you can't do that. you have to treat them differently. and the fact is there's strong bipartisan support for israel.
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it's been critical to the u.s.-israel relationship and the president is trying to turn this into a political issue, which is quite frankly bad for the united states, bad for israel and bad for the u.s.' relationship. >> in other words essaying being proisrael doesn't inoculate yourself of charges of anti-semitism, correct? >> clearly not. and let's be clear about something else. if you or i had an uncle who went on social media and started making claims or tweeting claims about being the king of israel and the second coming and then went out into public and talked about being the chosen one, you know what we would do? we would gather our family members and figure out how to have an intervention because there's something clearly wrong there. i don't understand why my republican colleagues who are elected officials remain silent when the president does this sort of outrageous -- the sort of outrageous things we've seen over the past few days.
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>> congressman, we talked to you so much after the parkland shooting so i do want to ask you one question about guns today. the president hasn't made clear exactly where he stands on expanded background checks. it seems as though he's not in favor of expanding them. can i ask you what expanding them in your mind would do? >> sure, it's very simple. if someone wants to purchase a gun at a gun store, they have to go through a federal background check. they should be subject to that same background check if they buy a gun at a gun show or if they buy the gun online. that's what we're trying to do. it's simple, not complicated. i just wish that the president would stop talking to the millionaire lobbyists for the gun lobby and would instead start talking to the families who have suffered loss, people like fred who were on your show
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earlier today. if he would talk to the people from parkland and el paso and dayton and gilroy and pulse and las vegas, he would understand why if we can prevent even one shooting, even one, it's worth doing. so yesterday he left the door open. i'm going to go with the president trump of yesterday, and i know that i speak for my democratic colleagues if he's serious about talking about it, all of us are willing to get on the phone today. we need to pass background check and mitch mcconnell needs to bring that bill up and let us do it. >> just one point on internet sales, there are required background checks for them but there are ways around it which is something i know this administration wants to address. >> too many loopholes. >> congressman, thanks for being with us. president trump declared he's the chosen one and that was the least of the peculiar claims the president made yesterday. reaction from a 2020 candidate to the erratic behavior from the president next.
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it's been an interesting 24
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hours if you've been listening to president trump's rhetoric. here's an example of president trump talking about the trade war with china. >> this isn't my trade war. this is trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents. somebody had to do it. i am the chosen one. somebody had to do it. >> all right, joining us now to discuss this and everything as we head into 2020 is tom steyer, he is a democratic presidential candidate and he launched the need to impeach initiative. mr. steyer, great to have you here on "new day." you obviously have been calling the president unfit for a long time. i doubt this week has changed how you feel, but i do want to talk to you about your tactic and why you think that running for president is the best or most effective way to bring all this to light because as of this morning there are 22 democrats running for president. and so did you think that none of them could get the job done?
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>> well, alisyn, the reason i decided to run for president was because i believe we have a broken government that corporations have in effect bought our government, and that we need to restore democracy, a government of by and for the people, and for ten years i've been doing it. and i thought when i listened to those debates what i heard was a lot of discussion of what we wanted in a perfect world but actually no discussion of how we're going to get it. that in fact what we need to do is break the corporate stranglehold on our democracy to get any of those important policy choices accomplished. i was very scared what we're going to do is talk a lot of policy and a lot of theory but in fact no one was going to take on the fact of actually accomplishing what the american people need. it's the critical thing to talk about in 2020.
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>> well, speaking of buying government, you've been accused by some of the democrats of buying your way into this race. they're sort of suggesting they're doing the shoe leather work and you've kind of leapfrogged your way given that you are a billionaire. here's what steve bullock, the governor of montana and another presidential candidate tweeted. the dnc donor requirements created a situation in which bill yan airs can buy their way onto the debate stage and campaigns are forced to sfend billions chasing donors not talking directly to voters. what's your response? >> i'd say this. for ten years i've been the person as an outsider taking on corporations and building the grass roots. if you look at the organization that i started next jgen,
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america, we've gotted on literally tens of millions of doors. we've registered millions of americans and in 2018 just last year we did the largest youth voter mobilization in american history. for ten years i've been taking on corporations at the ballot box and winning. and that's what we need now, a message to americans we can accomplish what we need to accomplish. and for ten years i've been that person as an outsider who's done it. >> if you don't make that september debate stage, what's your next plan? >> i will make the september debate stage. >> how do you know that? >> if you look at the polls that the dnc doesn't accept in the four early primary states a poll came out this week that had me at 7% on average between those four states. the rule of thumb is to be at 2%. so i say if anybody does a poll,
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i'm in. >> all right, we shall see. when do you think you will have that data? >> i don't know. what i know is this, alisyn. we are going out and talking directly to the american people. there is a response, a positive response. there is a message here that people want to hear, and that's actually what the campaign is about. do you have something to say that people want to hear that they think is important and they think is different? and the fact is, we do. >> you know, i want to talk about what you are up against because you have talked about impeaching the president, obviously that has not happened. we had a great reporter on earlier this at the rolling stone and has a great article out this week about how popular president trump is. and he goes to these rallies -- but president trump gets a rock star reception. and in fact what he writes is the most common remark you maer
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from trump voters is that he's relatable and isn't phony. blue state audiences tempted to howl at this should try to understand this phenomenon because it speak to a legitimate problem democrats have. less popular, socialism, privilege checking and the world ending in ten years. basely he's saying that perhaps you and others are underestimating the power of president trump. >> alisyn, can i respond to that, please? >> yeah, please. >> let me say this. the biggest fact in american politics is that four out of five americans believe that corporations bought democracy. i think what they're responding to was his attack on the establishment for disrespecting and paying no attention to them.
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and in fact that is what 4 out of 5 americans across the spectrum, democrats, republicans and independents, believe. that's the whole point of my campaign. the government has failed in washington, d.c., and it's been bought by corporations. mr. trump had the right analysis, but his solutions are absolutely terrible. you started this section by quoting him as talking about somebody else's trade war. let's face it, it's his trade war. he's a failed president. his actual policies are disastrous. but that doesn't mean his original aflalsis and his ability to relate to people and talk about that is disastrous. i don't underestimate him at all. he was absolutely on point, he just didn't know what the heck to do about it. >> thanks so much for being on "new day." >> thank you, alisyn. so ten people managed to get
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terrifying moments for ten people aboard a small jet attempting to take off. it burst into flames in northern california. scott mcclain live with really an incredible story of survival. >> reporter: yeah, the video here is stunning, john. and what is more remarkable is that all ten people onboard managed to walk away without any injuries. this plane was traveling from orville, california to portland, oregon, late yesterday morning when for some unknown reason the take off was aborted, it plane slid off the end of the runway. initially the first pictures show that the plane looks intact, just a small grass fire burning beside it. but by the time fire crews got there and this video was taken it was nearly fully engulfed. neither are releasing the names of those onboard. this plane is a cessna citation, and according to the faa registry it can hold up to 12
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people and can fly up to 2,000 nautical miles. when you think of a private jet this is probably the type of plane that comes to mind. it's also the same type of plane that dale erndhart, jr. was in. he was onboard with his wife and daughter along with two pilots. in fact, he's planning to race next weekend. >> that is another incredible development. scott, thank you very much. there were raw emotions inside a florida courtroom as testimony gets under way in a stand your ground manslaughter trial in florida. they went to a convenience store last july. surveillance video shows a confrontation with an armed man who shot and killed mclaughlin. now mclaughlin's girlfriend is sharing her side of the story.
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natasha, what happened in there? >> reporter: she was very stowic as she spoke in court yesterday talking about this incident. she was pregnant at the time with their fourth child. she was in the car with a couple of their kids when the defendant approached. she told him when my family comes back out i will leave, but that apparently didn't satisfy him because he told her people who park in this spot, i give them problems. >> i just wanted this man to leave me and my babies alone. i told him do you want me to go get my man, and he said yes if you want to fight. so i grab a t-shirt and i put it toward his wound and stop the bleeding. >> now, draka was initially not charged when the judge cited the stand your ground law, but in
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this case the defense is using the stand your ground argument. both sides agree on the main facts of the case, but they are debating the nuances, especially debating whether it matters that he took a few steps back before the shots were fired. in court we also heard from a witness that said draka seemed very calm after the shooting walking back to his truck to put away his gun as well as a truck driver who said just five months before this incident he also had an altercation with draka over a handicap spot in the same store. >> thank you for staying on this for us. you may not know it but you probably have traces of man made chemicals in your blood stream. most americans do. in high amounts it has been linked to a long list of diseases not regulated by the government. cnn's rene marsh has the story of two families who say they've been devastated by these chemicals. >> you have the chemical in your
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body. >> yes. >> very high levels. >> very high levels. >> reporter: she never suspected the water that flows through her pipes may be poisoning her. >> there's a good chance this may be what ultimately kills me. >> reporter: sandy's water is tainted by pfas. it's in most products that are water, heat and grease resistant like nonstick pans, food containers and fabric protectants. in belmont, michigan, where sandy lives has some of the highest levels in contamination. a shoe factory dumped waste materials covered with scotch guard for years according to officials. sandy is suing wolverine and 3m which makes scotch guard over her contamination and the death of her husband joel. he died of liver cancer in 2016,
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one year before she found out the water was tainted, so he was never tested for pfas. >> every night you try and fall asleep and wonder is that what did it. >> reporter: the state of michigan is also suing wolverine. 3m told cnn it regularly and proactively examines the environmental impact of our products and has invested more than $200 million globally on pfas remediation efforts. >> is this the largest environmental crisis this state has seen? >> in terms of residential water drinking impacts, yes. >> 1,300 miles away every day a dairy farm milks 1,800 cows and every day for nearly a year he dumps it all down the drain. >> that'd be about 1,000 gallons
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a day of milk. >> the milk is contaminated according to fda tests and his milk license suspended. cows lie dead from old age on his farm because no one will buy their beef. >> we have no income for our family. it's been devastating. >> reporter: fire fighting foam used in training exercises at a nearby military base contaminated the ground water on his property. pfas contamination sites are everywhere, 712 locations in 49 states have been discovered according to the environmental working group, an activist non-profit. manufacturers like 3m and dupont have stopped making two of the chemicals in the plant but they're still shipped in on products overseas. they're so prevalent cdc scientists believe pfas chemicals are in the blood streams of nearly all americans. despite all that, the chemicals
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are unregulated. >> i almost feel like we live in a third world country when we see a problem like this that's polluting the ground waters water and yet everyone is sitting on their hands. >> reporter: environmentalists have been trying to get the epa to act for years. the obama administration took some steps to address pfas issues. betsey sutherland worked at the epa for 33 years before leaving in 2017. >> they are solely devoted to deregulating, to appealing public health protection. >> reporter: government e-mails show the trump administration wanted to suppress a cdc study that showed the chemicals were dangerous even at levels the epa had deemed safe. a white house aide wrote in an e-mail they could not get the cdc to quote, realize the public relations nightmare this is going to be. the study was released.
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the epa did put out an action plan in february but critics say it's just promises with no real movement. well, the epa is responsible for regulating these chemicals and in a statement the epa said it was a top priority for the administrator, and it will decide whether to set a limit for the chemicals by the end of the year. but members of congress say the epa simply is not acting with enough urgency, so there is a bipartisan move to force the epa to act within two years. back to you guys. >> yeah, at least. this sounds urgent. thank you, very much for all that reporting. what is really behind president trump's whiplash of a week? we get the bottom line with david alexred next. hey, well tell me about your experience when you switched to the hartford. - when i switched to the hartford, i'm sitting there, like, man, i should've turned 50 years ago.
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so "the new york times" reports this morning former trump administration officials are concerned with what they see as the president's new round of erratic behavior. so let's get the bottom line with david axelrod, the est of the "the ax files" and a drn political commentator. in a way looking forward with the president, what do you see going on here? if this week is a sign of anything, what do you see it as a sign of? >> yeah, that's really concerning. i think that what really upset the president and he was very vocal about it, was the fox news poll. you know, he considers it his
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home station state tv, and the poll was very down beat for him, showed him losing to the top four democratic contenders. and i think that set him off because that combined with economic numbers suggests that his path to re-election september going to be as perhaps as easy as he thought it would be. and he feels threatened, and when he feels threatened he lashes out. and he's lashed out in many different directions. and it's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. john, i want to make one point about that fox news poll, the number in there that he should be concerned about is non-college educated white women. he won that group by 27 points in 2016, and the fox news poll, they gave him just a plus 2 approval. and in the vote against biden,
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he only carried that group by 4 points. 4 points with biden, 27 against clinton. you know, if those numbers hold up, he has deep, deep problem. and i think the more erratically he behaves the more he's driving those voters and other voters away. >> that's a really interesting analysis, david, because we talk a lot about suburban women and how concerned and scared and freaked out they are as they send their kids back to school next week with this spate of gun violence and mass shootings and thwarted mass shootings. every single day we are reporting on some sort of new cashe of weapons that thank god at the 11th hour the police have found. but the non-college educated white women, it's hard to know what they're souring on with the president. >> yeah, i don't think it's any particular issue. i think it's his style, the tweets and the tantrums and the
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chaos that reins around him. it is disturbing his tone, you know, the nastiness of it all. i really -- if he doesn't tone it down, he's going to have a big problem with voters he has counted on both in the suburbs and among this particular group of voters. so, yeah, he has reason to be worried. >> so david, for your big ax files episode this weekend you spent time out in iowa at the iowa state fair talking to the democratic candidates. what's the feeling out there? what did you pick up as someone who has run and won key races in iowa, what was the vibe you were getting? >> yeah, i wasn't just talking to the candidates, i also was eating fried twinkies, i want to tell you that, and they were excellent. look, we went to iowa because we look at these national polls of democrats but they really don't mean anything, john.
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barack obama was trailing by 30 points in national polls in september of 2007. this is sequential process and it begins in iowa, and i wanted to see what iowans were thinking of, and the top tier, you know, the same five names that appear on the top of most polls, but i think there's a great deal of fluidity there. elizabeth warren is doing very well in iowa. sanders has solid core of support. joe biden is leading in polls in iowa, but you don't sense a great deal of enthusiasm for him. so i think there can be a lot of shuffling within that top tier. it's going to be very interesting. >> as will "the ax files." you can watch with david axelrod right here cnn. first, here's hooa look at the cnn film premier halston, america's first big name fashion designer. >> is success fun?
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all right, we have an extra special good stuff this morning. it involves one of our beloved colleagues. maybe most beloved, senior producer shandra whitt. today is her last day here at cnn, and honestly that's no small thing. she's been here for 32 years. >> that's incredible. listen to this, she got her start at the company as an intern. that's her internship card. that was in the summer of 1987. >> she never was powerful enough to have that destroyed. >> why would you, she looks fantastic. a few months later she was hired as a studio journalists and then floor directing and running our teleprompter. >> which we know is the most vital. she oversaw coverage of the gulf war, the fall of the berlin war,
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around here so best of luck to you, chandra and please stay in touch. this will always be your home. >> time now for newsroom with jim sciutto. a very good thursday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto in washington. poppy harlow is off today. he prides himself on being a counter puncher but over the last 24 erratic hours president trump is fighting more like he's on the rows. he praised a conspiracy theorist who dubbed him the king of israel, called the prime minister of denmark's comment nasty after she said that greenland, an autonomous part of her country, was not for sale. he flip-flopped on new tax cuts. and went after one of his favorite obsessions, president obama, blaming his predecessor 20 times for all his current

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