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with your tax dollars. bill weir, alaska. >> and thanks so much for joining us. don't forget you can watch "outfront" anywhere. "ac 360" begins right now. good evening. the reviews are in after last night's democratic presidential debate watched by millions on television. joe biden says it's fair to bring up his age. beto o'rourke is receiving not so veiled threats after he said, quote, yes, we are taking your ar-15, your ak-47. that in a moment. we begin with a sentencing of one of the most public people wrapped up in this sprawling college admissions scandal. felicity huffman familiar to television audiences for her role in "desperate housewives." late this afternoon she was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison. she will serve a year of probation, pay a $30,000 fine,
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and serve 250 hours of community service. all this after she pled guilty to paying a college consultant to inflate her daughter's s.a.t. scores. she is the first to be sentenced of more than 30 parents charged in the largest admissions scandal of its kind in the united states. she told the judge, quote, i'm deeply ashamed of what i have done. >> reporter: $15,000. that's what actress felicity huffman paid to get her older daughter's s.a.t. scores boosted. long after her arrest, she would try to explain she found motherhood bewildering and she was deathly afraid of doing it wrong. perhaps it was that fear that landed the "desperate housewives" star in hot water in the jaw-dropping admissions scandal dubbed operation varsity blues. here's how it worked. a man named rick singer had set up a sham charity. wealthy parents paid in under the guise of donation to obtain
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fraudulent s.a.t. scores. parents also paid for fake athletic credentials so their children who were not student athletes would be accepted to the schools' athletic team. the fake charity bribed college coaches and paid off test supervisors to beef up students' answers. some of the top universities in the country have been ensnared, including yale, tanforstanford, georgetown. >> i won't be able to help you because i won't be here. >> reporter: according to the criminal complaint, huffman is heard on a recorded phone call making a plan to pay for her younger daughter's s.a.t. scores to be enhanced. something she later decided against. on the call she says, we're going to do like we did with my older daughter. singer responds, okay, so we'll take it with her and for her at igor's place at the west hollywood test center. huffman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud.
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she admitted paying $15,000 for her daughter's s.a.t. score of 1420, which was considerably higher than her first score. investigators say her daughter's answers were corrected by the test supervisor. huffman is one of 14 parents who have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in the college entry bribery scheme. a far cry from a mother who once expressed she wanted to serve as a role model for her daughters. >> i want to model for my daughters being, having a woman -- being a woman of agency, having a voice in the world, having influence and power, and having money. >> reporter: and just this weekdays before her sentencing huffman penned an emotional letter to the judge explaining the head of the charity had said her daughter's math test scores were too low for a college acting audition. huffman wrote, i didn't want my daughter to be prevented from getting a shot at auditioning and doing what she loves because
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she can't do math. huffman said when the scandal broke, my daughter looked at me and asked with tears streaming down her face, why didn't you believe in me? why didn't you think i could do it on my own? i could only say, i am sorry, i was frightened and i was stupid. in support of huffman, her husband not charged in the scheme, sent a letter to the judge. william h. macy wrote huffman now rarely goes outside and their oldest daughter has, quote, paid the dearest price. her first choice school denied her application two days after the scandal broke. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> in court huffman told the judge on the way to the testing center she thought about turning around. to my eternal shame, she said, i did not. the federal prosecutor said, quote, most parents have the moral compass not to step over the line. the defendant did not. she will report to a federal prison in late october.
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some perspective from frank bruney. paul callen, cnn legal analyst. you have written about the college admissions process. what did you make of this sentence today? >> i think it was a message that things are out of hand because she could have been sentenced to no jail time at all. the guidelines here were broad and some were lenient. and i think the judge understood at a moment in time right now where i think americans are keenly aware of the uneven playing field whether it comes to college admissions. i think this case was the most vivid symbol of that yet. this got attention not just because celebrities were involved, but because this was a vivid illustration of the fact that the playing field is not even, of the fact that parents of means bring a lot of money and a lot of gamesmanship to the college admissions process. so you end up with a perverted process which if you are not someone of money, someone who knows the tricks, not willing to play the games -- >> or hire the coaches. >> you are behind the eight
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ball. she went over the line and did something illegal. i think that's rare. i don't think most parents are paying bribes or engaging in fraud, but they are giving in cases millions of dollars to a university's endowment to get their kid -- that's the jared kushner harvard story. they are paying tens of thousands of dollars to special tutors. so they are getting advantages that other kids don't have, and i think this judge was sort of making an example of felicity huffman and saying this is enough. >> to her credit, she pled guilty and essentially said, yes, i'm guilty. she doesn't seem to be making excuses here. did that contribute to the relatively low sentence? there could have been no sentence at all, but it could have been 30 days. >> i think it had an enormous impact because when you plea early and you accept responsibility that's something that makes a tremendous impression on the judge. i think there was a second factor, anderson. this is a case where the defense
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claimed essentially that the real victim of her, felicity huffman's actions, were her own daughter. the daughter lived in humiliation after, didn't get into college. so she didn't rob anybody of a seat in cleng. who really was the victim of this crime? she victimized her own daughter by making in idiotic decision to pay $15,000 so the daughter could get a higher s.a.t. score. all of this combined in a low sentence and the judge made this observation when she was sentenced. she said i could have sentenced you to no jail, but i want to send a message with this sentence that this is a serious crime and you are going to go to jail if you do it. >> this same judge is going to be ruling on other cases in this scheme. i wonder if this tells anything about how else this judge will rule? >> i think it does. this sets really the low watermark of probably the best you can hope for. a lot of the other cases involve expenditure of greater sums of
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money. some have money-laundering claims in them. i think there is one parent who expended $6 million. when that gets evaluated under the federal sentencing guidelines you will see a longer jail sentence. >> frank, looking at the college admissions going forward, is this actually going to change anything? >> you know, so far it hasn't. i have been surprised about that. i thought that at this moment, given all that's come to light, i thought we would see a couple of universities say we are going to end legacy admissions. we are going to do other things, you know, along those lines that will even the playing field. i have been shocked to see none of them doing that. there is still time. they may yet. but i think this process and all of its problems, it's so entrenched at this point, i don't think universities like yale, harvard, stanford know how to get out of it. >> in a sense, they were co-conspirators in this thing. not even checking to see if the athletic credentials that were claimed by some of these potential students were
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legitimate in any way. somebody saying they want to be on the crew and they had never rode a boat. >> what's interesting because they intentionally it seems like, singer intentionally picked minor sports or sports which don't get a lot of attention. he wasn't pickk the basketball team or the football team. it was the sailing team, the crew team, which don't get the kind of, you know, eyes on from the administration. >> they are happy to charge $50,000 a year, $60,000 a year tuition for each student. i think they should be looking more carefully. >> i disagree the only victim is felicity huffman's kid. i think the victims are all the kids who are not getting places. this is a zero-sum game. when they admit certain students, they are not admitting others. and the other class of victims are the kids -- because there are a lot of them who work so very hard to get the slots at these schools and now people are looking at them and saying what game did they play? >> everybody who is taking standardized testing, it's a
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horrible process. it's awful. i vaguely recall it. i try to block it out. i still have nightmares about it sometimes. to know that, wait a minute, some people have been cheating on this it ruins -- >> and i think, frank, you're right f right about this in the larger sense there are a huge number of victims. but you have to prove it in an individual case. that's where it's hard to prove the crime. >> appreciate it. still ahead, joe biden and the age card. like it or not, fair or not, his mental stamina center stage. what the candidate and his campaign said about his fitness for office. also, texas lawmaker threatening beto o'rourke after the presidential candidate promised to take away all ar-15s and ak-47s. a live report from texas on that. 3 out of 4 people achieved... ...90% clearer skin at 4 months... ...after just 2 doses. skyrizi may increase your risk of infections... ...and lower your ability to fight them. before treatment your doctor should check you
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release date of his medical records to before the iowa state caucuses because of fallout from this exchange night with fellow candidate julian castro where castro questioned the vice president's memory. >> you said they would have to buy in. are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago? i mean, i can't believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in, and now you are saying they don't -- you are forgetting that. >> biden's campaign called it a cheap shot. castro contends this was not a personal attack. nevertheless, the story is out there. biden took it in stride this afternoon when asked if it was fair for his rivals to play the age card. he said sure it was. he joked with the reporters about the questions surrounding his health. >> are you releasing medical records to address concerns? >> yes. what the hell concerns? you want to wrestle? what's the deal here, man?
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>> biden told donors at a fundraiser today i think i could have done before. joining me to discuss congressman cedric rich man. so vice president biden says the age card is fair game. do you agree? >> i think the vice president stands by his record. he is who he is, and you can't do anything about age. so if the american people think age is a real issue and remember everything is relative. the guy that he will be running against is nearly the same age. but if the american people think that that is an issue, i think he is willing to address it. so i think it is fair. i don't think how it was played was fair, especially since the facts were wrong surrounding the exchange. >> are you concerned that this is an issue that's just going to keep coming up in it's the kind of thing that once people start to think about it or focus on it, any time somebody stumbles,
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any time somebody gets a word wrong or drones on, as i often do, it brings the question back up again. it's sort of becoming something that people watch for. >> look, i do it all the time also. i do it far more than i want to do it. but i think that it's a slippery slope. i mean, i know seniors, my mother for instance, will not say if she misplaces her keys because she doesn't want people to think for some reason she is losing it. i think we have to be very sensitive about that. and so if the facts bear it out, then it's something that we can address. but, look, vice president biden is very, very strong. he is very energetic, and i think he is running a good campaign. but to send it out there in the manner that it was done, one, i think it was inaccurate in the way that it was portrayed. two, i think it was basically rude, no manners, and disrespectful. >> it is interesting that this even coming up at all given the fact it's not just the vice president in his 70s.
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you talk about trump and senator sanders and senator warren are as well. why do you think it is that biden is the one being attacked for his age and not others? >> because he is winning. when you are in first place you have to be prepared for attacks from everyone who is not in first place. last night that was nine other people. and i think that that's why the vice president said at his fundraiser that he will do better. he knows he is going to get attacked. i think think that the good thing about the democratic party is that we leave with our morals and values. so anything issue-related -- and for the american people, let me say this, anderson. people are so busy trying to keep a roof over their head, food on their tables, clothes on their children's backs and provide for their families. the last thing they are thinking about are cheap shots in the debate. they are trying to figure out how to beat donald trump, how to get this country united again, how to restore the soul of the country, how to love and care for one another like it was
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intended to do. how to be this idea of america. that's what people are thinking about. they are not thinking about who can come up with the best one-line one-liner during the debate so they can fundraise off of it. >> but they are. >>. people are concerned about who can stand toe-to-toe with donald trump on a debate stage and take what he, you know, throws out and give back more. someone who can actually beat donald trump on a debate stage and in a race. >> they are concerned about that. but all the polls show that we are the only democratic candidate that's beaten donald trump by double digits. so it's not a thin margin of victory for vice president joe biden over donald trump. he has a large margin of victory right now. let's remember also that he had to debate former speaker of the house paul ryan and he had to debate former governor sarah palin when the stakes were the highest. and he performed very well.
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they won both elections. so sometimes you have to let experience show. and by the way, since when is experience and wisdom a bad thing? you know, it reminds me of the farmers commercial. i know a thing or two because i have seen a thing or two. so i think he can stand on the fact that he has been there and he knows what he is doing. >> congressman, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> want to bring in former advisor and a cnn political analyst david gergen and "new york times" white house correspondent maggie haberman. while the debate was taking place last night the president was in the process of taking aim, i guess, at vice president biden and elizabeth warren. i want to play what he said. >> i hit pocahontas way too early. i thought she was gone. she emerged from the ashes. and now it looks like she could beat sleepy joe. he has no idea what the hell he is doing or saying.
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>> obviously, if people thought what julian castro said was a low blow, i mean, it is just a taste of what, if there was those two on the stage, biden and trump, there is going to be a lot worse than that. >> yeah. there is a couple of different things going on in that castro/biden exchange. they seem to be talking past each other. one is the question of the fact that he won't say that he was in fact taking a shot at biden's age, which is hard to believe. it's pretty universal appearance of that from everyone watching. then the question of his reaction and the reaction of sort of how dare you, sir, that a lot of his supporters had as you say. this is going to be a fraction of what he will see on a debate stage with donald trump who insulted his way through the debates in the primary, through his debates with hillary clinton, and who is already honing his lines. so at a certain point what you have in front of you is the game you have to play. and there are real questions to the point you just made before about whether biden is the right
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person to go toe-to-toe. democrats are assessing that. people are thinking about it because of his age, but whether he can take a punch against this president. >> you know, well, look, booiid went toe-to-toe against sarah palin and paul ryan. that was a long time ago. obviously, we are older since then. is that something you can kind of relax and say, oh, he is a very experienced debater? >> no, no. we have seen joe biden now debate several times, and clearly he is still effective. a lot of people like joe. sometimes when he makes a gauff, they like him move. it's part of his humanity and who he is. there is no question this is legitimate issue in a campaign when you have a candidate in his mid-70s. remember back when ronald reagan was running for a second time and he had a first debate against walter mondale and he
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stumbled on several occasions. he looked sort of out of it. the democrats went after him hammer and tong, questioning his fitness, saying he was senile and he had to have a second debate to turn that around with humor, which he did. since then, fitness for office has become a question. who is asking more of those questions today than democrats about donald trump, whether he is fit for office? just as it's fair to raise questions about joe biden, i thought to -- i do give credit to joe biden today to say i am going to get my medical records out there before anybody votes. >> it seems like something, a wise thing to do, though clearly not every president feels that way. we only saw donald trump's kind of -- >> dr. bornstein note? >> yeah, i don't know how to describe that. apparently he is a doctor. >> he was a doctor of something. that is true. look, we have not seen donald trump's medical records. we get the report from the white house. david raises an important point. one of the reasons democrats get
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so frustrated, some anyway, with the criticisms of biden's age and whether he is fully present the person in the white house often, you know, loses his train of thought. i remember being in the oval office at some point. i can't remember this year or last year, he kept referring to john bolton as mike bolton. he gets these things wrongs. i think democrats get frustrated feeling like he doesn't bear any scars for that. i don't know if he does or doesn't. we will find out with voters. >> david -- go ahead. >> i just want to make one more point, and that is it's right to raise the question of how he is going to go toe-to-toe with donald trump. that's an important question. the bigger larger issue is, is he going to have good judgment if he is president? is he going to be able to think clearly and come down and really complicated world. that's important. and trump is operating entirely by instinct and look how everything is getting all screwed up.
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you want a person who can think think clearly. biden needs to demonstrate that. i think he will be put to the test in this campaign. >> last night there was a lot of criticisms of biden's reaction to the question about the legacy of slavery and how -- what to do now. he ended up saying make sure you have the record player on at night. there was criticism that he veered off the topic and ended up in a convoluted thing, and referencing a record player as someone who just happened to buy a record player in detroit in the lac last debate. i don't think that's what vice president biden was referring to. >> i think record players are wonderful. no, i don't think that was where he was about gogoing. look, on the issue of slavery and of this country's relationship to slavery, i think what he was trying to do is not answer the question because the crux of his support in the democratic party is two
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different currents. one is this he can appeal to working class white voters and he is consistently polling fairly well with black voters. that's whey you hear his aides say it comes down to south carolina. i have a hard time seeing if he is wiped out in iowa and new hampshire how the vote doesn't shift. >> do you agree with that? when you hear that there are kind of saying, oh look, iowa, new hampshire not so important for biden, is that a worrying sign? should it be for people who support biden? >> yes, absolutely it's a red flag. i think maggie is right on target. if elizabeth warren pulls out a victory in iowa and then another one in new hampshire and she has a very good ground game going in both states, she is getting big crowds, it's going -- biden will be very much on the defensive and may not be enough to come back in south carolina. >> david gergen, maggie, thank you very much. up next, beto o'rourke telling the debate audience if elected
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beto o'rourke received what he and others view as a death threat from a texas lawmaker after this comment on the topic of gun control during last night's debate. >> and in odessa, i met the mother of a 15-year-old girl shot by an ar-15 and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many people were shot by that ar-15, hell, yes, we are going to take your ar-15, your ak-47, we are not going to allow it to be used against fellow americans anymore. >> after that comment about ar-15s brois cocane responded by ar is ready for you, robert francis, which is b et's given name. he said clearly you shouldn't own an ar-15 nor should anyone else. they reported the tweet to the fbi. ed, i know you spoke with this texas lawmaker. does he regret sending that
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tweet? >> he does not. he told us that any kind of suggestion that this, his comments were a death threat is simply trying to manipulate the issue. he says that he was trying to take a modern twist on the old texas revolutionary battle cry of come and take it, and that was the spirit in what he said. after beto o'rourke had tweeted back at him he shouldn't own an ar-15, he fired back at the former texas congressman calling him a child. >> and beto o'rourke's campaign said had was reported to the fbi. has he been contacted by authorities? >> as far as we know, he has not. we spoke to him a couple of times today. he said he has not been contacted by the fbi. he says that that is clearly a sign that he didn't commit any crime, that what he said is protected first amendment speech. >> this isn't the first time this rhetoric has come up.
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>> yeah, it's been interesting here, anderson. over the course of the last month and a half with the two shootings in el paso, in odessa, after the odessa shooting there was an east texas state lawmaker who basically said they will never change any gun laws, universal background checks and that sort of thing. it wasn't as controversial as what happened today. but it really kind of spoke to this pushback on these calls for gun control legislation. at the same time, you have prominent state lawmakers, the lieutenant governor showing signs of willingness to accept universal or portions of a limited background check. this kind of speaks to the heated dynamic that this issue is kind of -- that we see unfolding in the state of texas. >> appreciate it. thank you. how these comments play in the larger issue of gun control. "usa today" columnist kirsten powers and former special assistant to george w. bush
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scott jennings. the comments from o'rourke don't they just play -- i know he has to do whatever he can to get out of the -- enter the stage he is at right now, but they don't play into republicans' hands? center chris coons said they are going to be played at second amendment rallies for years. >> i think that democrats to a certain extent aren't recognizing that things have changed, right? that's a little bit of the old playbook. i would say in the past, yes, if somebody said something like this it would be dead on arrival in terms of a general election campaign. things have changed a lot. we were having constant mass shootings where i think people are becoming more and more concerned about this. it certainly buy-backs are something that democrats support and a good number of independents as well. republicans don't support it and they are not going to vote for a democrat anyway. so i think if you want to play it safe, you don't say what he
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said. i think that if you are somebody who is trying to break out like beto is, then he has nothing to lose. i think if he was to become the general election candidate, you know, this is a risky strategy. it's risky, but i don't think it's the kind of dead on arrival that it used to be. >> he is not just talking about buy-backs. he talking about take backs. buy-back is you give us your old gun and we will pay you for it. the next step, if that doesn't take the millions of weapons off the street, is he is saying we are going to take them, which is obviously -- i know a lot of gun owners. friends who are gun owners in texas that are legitimately believe and concerned that could happen. >> well, for years republicans have worried about this. when we have these conversations about what can we do about the mass shootings and gun violence, some republicans raise the idea that democrats want to confiscate your weapons, want to make it mandatory for you to give your weapons to the government.
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democrats and media types and pundits come along and say that's crazy. these are just talking points used to frighten people. here beto o'rourke is saying the quiet part outloud, which is they do want to confiscate your weapons. there is a concern among relationships that it won't stop with this weapon. there is no difference between it and other semiautomatic -- >> but you know that beto o'rourke is the only one who is calling for actually -- talking about taking weapons. some the idea of a voluntary buy-back, but few people are actually calling for taking back weapons. >> i had the volume up on the debate last night. i don't know that anything got so much applause when he said he wanted to have a mandatory confiscati confiscation program. i think if the democrats get control of the government there would be a huge for this. i think this. most people want something. i think there are several reasonable proposals on the
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table. but when you inject the idea of this, it reduces the amount of trust in the process. as you know, there was already very little trust to begin with. >> it's an issue with beto o'rourke certainly evolved. i want to play some of what he said last year. >> i own an ar-15. a lot of our listeners own ar-15s. why should they not have them? >> if you own it, keep it. continue to use it responsibly. we support the second amendment. if you own a gun, keep that gun. nobody wants to take it away from you. at least i don't want do that. >> it is the exact opposite of what he is saying now. >> yeah. well, i think corey booker was talking about this last night, this sort of empathy deficit that until something happens in your town, it's not something you are concerned about. this is a good example of it. he should have been able to have, you know, a sort of creativity to imagine what it would be like if it came to his
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town. it did come to his town, a ter tragedy, and now he wants to do this. that is honestly appears to be what happened. in terms of what scott is talking about, you know, how horrible and scary this would be to have people have to do some sort of buy-back, mandatory buy-back with their guns, guns have been -- we have banned machine guns. the world continued. we had an assault weapons ban. the world continued. so the way they create this idea that it's just this horror show and the country is going to somehow fall apart if somehow these weapons that never should have been available in the first place, you know, that there would be a buy-back, i think -- >> but there was no confiscation with the assault weapons ban. there was no con fiscation of existing assault weapons. you just couldn't buy new ones. >> right. the point is even that now is something they claim just even having a ban is something that
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they won't even consider, and then i would say if you are going to ban them, then why wouldn't you confiscate them? i don't understand. it's like -- and even to say con fis skate, we are saying a mandatory bye back. people in other countries have done this. >> we are going to have to leave it there. appreciate it. obviously, this is a conversation that we will continue. coming up, has president trump changed his tune on vaping after announcing an effort to ban almost all flavored vaping products. breaking news ahead. they give us excellent customer otservice, every time.e. our 18 year old was in an accident. usaa took care of her car rental, and getting her car towed. all i had to take care of was making sure that my daughter was ok. if i met another veteran, and they were with another insurance company, i would tell them, you need to join usaa because they have better rates, and better service. we're the gomez family... we're the rivera family... we're the kirby family, and we are usaa members for life.
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president trump seems to be striking a different tone on vaping after announcing a ban on almost all flavored vaping products in a tweet posted this evening. he wrote, while i like the vaping alternative to cigarettes, we need to make sure this alternative is safe for all. let's get count fits off the market and keep young children from vaping. on wednesday when revealing his proposed ban on most flavored electronic cigarettes, the president said this. >> we can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected. a lot of people think vaping is wonderful, it's great. it's really not wul. that's one thing i think we can say definitely, commissioner. it's not a wonderful thing. it's got big problems. we have to find out the extent
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of the problem. it's so new. it's so new. but we are going to find out. >> so how do we get from those comments wednesday to this tweet tonight where now the focus seems to be on counterfeit products? >> getting counterfeit products off the market is a big change from what the president was rolling out in the oval office saying they wanted to ban the sales of flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and methanol. the industry says they want to keep those in stores. when the president made that announcement it startled the market. this is something we were told by sources was put together pretty quickly by the white house. they weren't sure what the level of hhs was at the beginning of that proposal being put together. clearly, the first lady, melania trump, was heavily involved in this. as the president pointed out ultimate times. but it's a change from what the president was saying just yesterday when he was leaving the white house and he was asked what kind of advice he has given his own son about it and until
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he said they had told him not much except don't vape and the president said he didn't like vaping. now it's called into question what is the future of had policy, if any, that the president laid out in the oval. >> i heard, and tell me if this is correct, two former administration officials now work for juul? >> that's true. >> are they at a high level? >> a former top assistant to jared kushner works at the company. and someone else next door to the white house. also left the administration recently to go work there. the question of what kind of influence those two former staffers have over the president's decision here is unclear. but what we do know is that before the president made that decision he had been hearing from lawmakers from officials who were concerned about this rise in vaping. but after that announcement was made the president heard from the people on the other side of the aisle saying you are going too far with this policy and you are not sure exactly what you are doing here, why you are laying this out and just so much
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that you are restricting by this policy, which a lot of people who are in favor of vaping said they believe went too far. >> fascinating. in prior administrations or regular administrations you go through a process where you listen to different sides before announcing an initiative like he did and then have to backtrack and say actually we are just looking at counterfeit stuff. we will see if it ends up. still ahead, why the president has a beef with light bulbs. hint. it has something to do with his orange hue according to him. ridiculous. coming up. ancestry provided me the opportunity to bring all of these stories that i've heard to life. i wanted to keep digging, keep learning... this journey has just begun. bring your family history to life like never before. get started for free at pain happens. saturdays happen. aleve it. aleve is proven better on pain than tylenol. when pain happens, aleve it.
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i mean, that's the kind of integrity he has. the good news, putting the word out like you did, it's getting a good flow of information. the need is great. so that's great to get that out. we have chairman nadler on tonight. what does he make of this press release from chairman schiff about this actionable complaint from the dni? what's going on with impeachment? what's going on with guns. the woman who made that ad with aoc's face blowing up last night. a and a representative from the vaping companies who say they are getting a bad name. we are taking it all on on a friday night. the pretsident blames light bulbs for his orange glow. "the ridiculist" is next. johnson & johnson is a baby company.
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what might seem like a small cough can be a big bad problem for your grandchildren. babies too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough are the most at risk for severe illness. help prevent this! talk to your doctor or pharmacist today about getting vaccinated against whooping cough. time for "the ridiculist." we are talking about a real battle of wits and wages a war
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against the pernicious enemy the light bulbs. we are talking nasty politically correct socialist light bulbs. speaking last night in baltimore, america's top electrician suggested the current crop of energy-efficient bulbs are to blame for his own personal glow. >> the light bulb. people said what's with the light bulb? i said here is the story. i looked at it. the bulb we are forced to use, number one to me most importantly, the lights no good. i always look orange. and so do you. the light is the worst. >> well, this might be the first time i have heard the president acknowledge that he looks orange. he did say and so do you, which i mean no one has the same presidential glow. frankly, i'm glad he did. it's a relief.
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it's like acknowledging the 1,000 pound clementine in broug myself unless it's my own translucent death-like powder. i give him props for poking fun at the orange glow. i don't know if it's okay to say now he brought to up, it seems to drop off without making its way around his neck or his eyes, for that matter. i don't know if that's because of those little glasses people wear in a sun tan booth or spray tanning salon or there is cream involved. i don't know what's involved. i personally don't have a lot of experience with tanning. i prefer a ghostly death-like paler. it scares off kids and it mentionmakes my steely blue eyes pop. true, i did get a spray tan once. >> wow. snooki.
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i don't know. okay. yeah, okay, yeah. i was in a room with snooki. yeah. okay. look, it was daytime tv. i did what they told me. i also gained weight since then, which is not fun to see. and i really wish they didn't have me wear that shower cap. you can't pull that off. just doesn't -- and it doesn't work. anyway, isn't spray tanning and/or makeup the most likely reason the president looks orange? i think the shadowboxing with the ghost of thomas edison is misplaced. i doubt we will hear less about it, i am glad he broke the silence. i feel it's out there. be done with it now. we are only as sick as our secrets and it's not every day or year you hear president trump making a crack about himself. give him a little bit of credit. it's like halley's comet.
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only happens you however it happens. so, i don't really remember. don't hold your breath for any more self-depcation. as for the loathsome light bulbs, who knows what the president might do. executive orders, national emergencies. he has never shied away from flipping the switch or throwing shade on the ridiculous. >> halley's comet every 75, 76 years. i will text you about the rest. have a beautiful weekend. i am chris cuomo. welcome to prime time. we have breaking news right now. the house intel chair has just issued a subpoena and he is also making a very serious accusation against the acting director of national intelligence. this is big and it's happening right now. also, why all this confusion about what's happening with the investigation of this president in congress? impeachment or not? does it matter or not? we have the one


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