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"new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> this is a special edition of "new day." >> happy new year! >> it's a new year. >> new day, new year. welcome to our viewers in the united states. happy "new day." and new year. >> thank you. and to you as well. we're a little groggy, as i'm sure you are. >> plenty of memorable moments in 2019. some we'll remember for the right reasons. others not so much. chris cillizza who keeps track of those things will bring us the best and worst of the past year as we head into 2020. >> the new year brings lots of resolutions. if you're still trying tong th of one, christine romans has one here to keep your finances in order. >> from "saturday night live" to stephen colbert, the late-night comics had a field day this year. they had a lot to talk about. mostly politics. we have the highlights. that and much more ahead on this special new year's day edition
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of "new day." first, let's get a check of your headlines at the news desk. >> thank you. good morning. happy new year. i'm ryan nobles. breaking overnight, more violence outside the u.s. embassy in baghdad. embassy security firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters trying to climb the exterior and set fires. there are new calls from iraqi leaders for protesters to back off, but no sign that they will agree. cnn's arwa damon has traveled to baghdad. we're lucky to have her on the ground there. arwa, can you give us a sense of what is happening there right now? >> well, we are just outside the embassy. apologies, our signal isn't really all that great. there are helicopters overhead. what we're seeing on the ground right now is what appears to be the withdrawal of this paramilitary force that had taken over this entire area. if you are able to see these images, the front, the entrance,
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this is one of the entrances into the embassy complex. if i'm not mistaken, that is where you would go in for consular services. it's been completely scorched. you have the flags of the various different groups that came down here fluttering along the wall. it's a pretty calm scene, though, and that is because we were just talking to the spokesperson for katha hezbollah. that was the group the u.s. targeted in the groups and he said they had actually agreed to withdraw because they said that the message had been received and the message that they were sending to the americans is they can quite literally walk through the security here and end up at their gate. they maintain that because they were the ones who were attacked in those strikes, it was within their right to respond. and that their overall objective was to let america know that
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they were powerful enough to actually pose a threat to them in the sense they were able to get this far. they wanted to deflate america's ego. but their overarching request that the u.s. leave iraq still stands. however, according to the spokesperson, he said that right now, they were going to be giving the iraqi parliament a chance to do that within the iraqi legal framework. but it's been an incredibly tense period. the protesters tried to scale these walls, and it's actually quite incredible to a certain degree to be standing here like this because on every single other occasion that i've come here, i've either had to be with someone who has the kind of badging that can get us through these various checkpoints, or be escorted. this is normally a very heavily secured area. and yet thousands, by some counts, of members of these
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paramilitary groups were able to just march straight through. and really send quite a brazen statement. what is of concern right now, though, and this does still have to remain very much a part of the conversation, is what does this mean to iraq moving forward? because a lot of what we've been seeing unfolding here has been a proxy battlefield between america and iran. we have those threats that have come out once again from president trump. and so while right now the situation is calm, this is not necessarily by any means over when we look at the long term. >> arwa damon live just outside the u.s. embassy in baghdad where she's reporting what appears to be the withdrawal of those protesters from outside the embassy. a significant development. meanwhile, hundreds of american troops have been deployed immediately to the middle east as a precaution. ryan brown is live in washington with the administration's response. ryan? >> well, the u.s. last night announcing that it deployed some
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750 paratroopers from the 82nd airborne division that has arrived in the middle east that part of an effort to create a crisis response force that could be deployed into iraq should the need arise. they were joining other moves the u.s. made on the military side to bolster its position in iraq. the u.s. had flown two apache attack helicopters over the protests when they were attempting to storm -- when these militia groups were attempting to storm the embassy. they fired flares which are normally a defensive measure but here being used as a show of force to indicate that the u.s. has the ability to respond, if needed. the u.s. also sending about 100 marines, part of a crisis response team in kuwait. they flew into the embassy compound on mv-22s. they landed. they're there strengthening the embassy's defenses. as arwa noted, these militia members were allowed to approach a normally secure part of the embassy.
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so the president -- president trump touting his administration's response to the situation in iraq taking his celebration time, the celebrations for new year's eve at mar-a-lago to tout of there response, particularly the deployment of u.s. marines. >> i think it's been handled very well. the marines came in. we had some great warriors come in and do a fantastic job. they were there instantaneously. this will not be a benghazi. benghazi should never have happened. this will never, ever be a benghazi. >> now these efforts to bolster u.s. military forces in the region comes as president trump has long advocated for getting the u.s. to withdraw from the middle east. so he seems very much caught in between his political promises to get the u.s. out and the need of security in the region. >> ryan brown with the update from the administration side of things. president trump directly threatening iran over the attack on the embassy saying, quote, iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost. they will pay a very big price. this is not a warning. it is a threat.
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happy new year. joining me now, congressman nia lowy, a democrat from new york. a lot to talk about this morning but just to begin, your response to what's happening in baghdad and the administration's response to all of this. >> very briefly, i just heard about it this morning. i think it's important that we have a complete, in-depth investigation. what is our role there. what is the future of iraq? we've played an aggressive role in iraq for quite a few years. i haven't been there for over ten years, but i think it's important that we do a careful analysis and we see what the future is and what the future of the region is. >> okay. congresswoman, we brought you in this morning to talk about the horrific attack over the hanukkah holiday in your district in monsey, new york. and you wrote a very powerful op-ed in "the new york times" about the rise of anti-semitism. one of the things you ask is, why now, and what can be done to stop such incidents? as someone who i'm sure you
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there were with the folks directly impacted by this, what needs to be done, and should congress specifically take action? >> i was there yesterday. i met with the community. i met with the rabbi. then in the evening, i went to the hospital. one of the members of the community, an elderly grandfather who was being visited by all his grandchildren, was in a very, very delicate situation. and we don't know if he'll survive. we have to look at the issue of anti-semitism nationally and internationally. as one of the co-chairs of the bipartisan task force on anti-semitism, i have been very disturbed, very concerned about the rise of anti-semitism around the country, in fact, around the world. and there are many, many responses. number one, here in the united states, we have to do more. we have to do more to educate our young people. more to educate congregations.
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we have to do more to educate people of every faith because the kinds of incidents, the threats to lives, what happened here in monsey, cannot be accepted in the united states of america. i've been impressed with the people of all religions in monsey and in the communities surrounding monsey to think about what is the future, what should we be doing? we know we have to teach our children more effectively in our schools. last night, what was most disturbing to me when i went to the hospital to see the condition of the gentleman who is in very, very difficult health, i met with his children and his grandchildren, and as they said to me, what do we do? can we let our children go out and play? can we let our children go to school? is it safe to live here in this community anymore? people in pittsburgh, people
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throughout the country who have been experiencing these outrageous events are asking a lot of questions about the united states of america. so as a member of congress and as a co-chair of the bipartisan commission on anti-semitism, we have to focus like a laser and do more. >> congresswoman, i'd like you to respond. we just got a statement from the family of stabbing victim josef newman now saying doctors are not optimistic about his chances to regain consciousness. and you mentioned that you did visit with some of the victims there. just the idea that someone could lose their life as a result of this terrible tragedy, will that just convince you even to work harder at trying to curb this problem? >> frankly, i was not surprised. i was in pain last night talking to the children and
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grandchildren of the person who may lose his life. we have to send a strong signal, not just to that community, but throughout the country. we need adequate protection. i'm going to increase the money to be able to fortify our synagogues and our places of worship. this is the united states of america. i must say again that it pains me to have to focus on fortifying places of worship. but when constituents tell me they're afraid to let the children go out and play, can they go to school by themselves, do they have to have armed guards around their house and their community and walk their kids to school? ing this is not our country so we can't just close our eyes to this. we have to be alert, and my colleagues, both democrats and republicans on the caucus to fight anti-semitism have to be clear in our mission and make sure we are providing adequate
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attention while we are dealing with the underlying problem. >> so specifically, i wonder how much of a role you believe that technology and social media play in all of this. and do you think these companies in silicon valley need to do more to rein in this type of hate ling anguage on their platforms? >> you are so correct and this has been a focus of my discussions with my colleagues. i'm not so good with the media, so i don't see a lot of this stuff, but what my kids tell me and my grandkids tell me are on there is outrageous. i have met with facebook. i've met with other executives. and this is a real challenge. some are saying they cannot monitor, they cannot take programs off the air that shouldn't be there. this is a very serious discussion, not just for the congress but for our community. what do you expect from government? what do you expect from those who are providing or
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facilitating these programs that just spew forth hate. it's clear that grafton, the person who committed these horrors, was a viewer, wua contribute owas watching these programs, perhaps creating these programs. we don't know all the facts yet, but i think we do have a role, and i know there's a careful balance, but we must take this on because we cannot allow our kids and grown kids, not just little kids, grown adults to watch the kind of hateful media that we see. >> especially mental illnesses could play a role in all of that which could in this particular situation as well. congresswoman nita lowey, thank you for being here new year's day. happy new year to you and your family. >> happy new year to all who are watching who may be awake today. >> maybe haven't gone to sleep. >> maybe. >> all right. and we'll be right back. i've always focused on my career,
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chris cillizza joins us with his best and worst list. did you bring your fiddle? >> that devil could play the fiddle. i like that. fresh new year. >> can we just establish for a second -- >> that was a rigged show. i am here with my best and worst. let's start because it's new year. let's start on best of 2019. >> okay. >> so the year that is passed. who had the best year? a lot of these are 2020 related. a few impeachment. so the first of these, pete buttigieg. if i showed that graphic on january 1st, 2019, we showed that picture you'd say -- >> who is that? >> and who is that kid? he's in my kid's seventh grade class. who is that kid and what's his name? what's his last name? think of how far he has come in the space of a year. it's truly remarkable. the mayor of south bend, indiana, his hometown, he's 37 years old. he is now -- we can debate where he belongs in this top tier, but
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he's in the top tier with bernie sanders, elizabeth warren and joe biden, the former vice president of the united states, and most polling toward the end of last year, 2019, suggested he's either in first or second iowa and new hampshire, the first two states to vote. if i could do a better than best pete buttigieg would be in that list. but let's keep moving on. but he probably, if you had to decide, 2020 in politics, pete buttigieg probably, probably -- >> breakout player of the year you might call him. >> another indiana boy. let's keep going. next, i went with another 2020 person. now if the year had ended on september 1st, 2019, elizabeth warren would have had an arc that would be buttigieg-like. remember, as we went into the fall, warren was the story of the 2020 campaign. she had overcome really not a lot of momentum in the beginning of the race. she continued to struggle with
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answering, is she native american? does she have native american heritage? she put out that video at the end of 2018 trying to clarify it. donald trump kept attacking her. looked like what was going to be a major candidate wasn't going to be one and then she becomes the "i have a plan for that" candidate. kate mackinnon doing an amazing impersination of her on "saturday night live." and she rises up in fund-raising, polling and is now, i think, the liberal's candidate. bernie sanders is in the mix there, but if you're a liberal in iowa, new hampshire, nevada, south carolina which are all coming up in the next two months, i think she's where those vote goes. so i think she had a really good year. >> she's the comeback player of the year. >> it's so much happens over the course of a year. particularly where it feels like we're also standing this close to the picture. if you step back and think, look at where elizabeth warren was on january 1, 2019 to where she
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ended on december 31st, 2019, it's a remarkably upward tick. >> i understood that sports analogy. that reference. even i got that. okay. next is a strange one. >> so i didn't want to just do 2020 and i didn't want to do something too obvious, but i did russia. >> well, it may be 2020. >> it is 2020 related. we know because we know from dan coats, the former director of national intelligence that russia is likely to continue their interference efforts in the 2020 campaign. the reason i said russia for 2019, there is no doubt that what they did in 2016 for however much they spent, however many people they threw at it was hugely successful. and we were still at the end of 2019 in the midst of a debate on one side were facts and the other side where donald trump and several republican allies, but in the midst of a debate about whether russia alone
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meddled, ukraine, ukraine framed russia. we know it was russia. the intelligence community, the republican-led senate intelligence committee, the mueller report, anyone who knows, but we're still in the middle of that debate which to your point, john, makes us less likely to be ready for what every person who knows tells us is going to be maybe a bigger attempted incursion from russia, maybe from other countries in 2020 because 2016 was such a big success. and i'll add, donald trump closed out the year last few weeks of december with an oval office picture with, who else, sergey lavrov. >> okay. who had a bad 2019, according to you? >> most people, even though they won't admit it, they'd like the worst more than the best unless they're on it. let's go to the worst. 2020 related. first one, kamala harris. no longer a presidential candidate. if you said to me at the beginning of the year, who is going to definitely make it all the way to iowa? i would have named joe biden,
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bernie sanders, elizabeth warren and kamala harris. she could have stayed in the race longer than she did. she still had the money and qualified for the debate in december, but what she saw was huge dysfunction in her campaign, no real message, and in a way, it's a wasted opportunity. she is a person of real natural ability. you saw that in the first debate way back in the summer of 2019. you saw it in her announcement speech earlier. she never could decide, was she a liberal, a moderate, somewhere in between? an historic candidate? as the first african-american woman, indican american woman who wanted to run in the race? you never know what you're going to get. a bad 2019 isn't determ native for kamala harris. she'll run again for national office but this year didn't turn out anywhere close to how she wanted. >> one of her top three political moves was getting out when she did, which is good and bad. smart to get out when she did
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but shows you how few other great political -- >> i think that point on timing is right. what you don't want to be is remembered for a campaign that is mortally wounded, that everyone tells you, you should end that you just keep going on and on and on with. get out while you still have a little bit of juice left to save for the next time. >> okay. bad, you also put rudy giuliani. >> people who watched the christmas show will say -- will remember that i named rudy giuliani was naughty. he gets the double whammy. this is the double crown. the opposite of what you want, but yeah, he had a terrible 2019 for a lot of the same reasons. think of image at the start of 2019. image at the end of 2019. i think rudy giuliani and his friends, anthony carbonet ty, a longtime friend of his was quoted saying this guy is fundamentally unrecognizable from where i knew him. i talked to chris cuomo, our friend who is a lifetime new yorker. i asked him, do you recognize
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anything in rudy giuliani now that you saw either when he was a u.s. attorney or mayor of new york, and the answer is no. i don't know why that is happening. trump has a powerful pull. no question. we've seen it with lots of people. lindsey graham, others who are drawn into that orbit. what i can tell you is 2019 has fundamentally reshaped the way in which rudy giuliani will be remembered in the public consciousness and not in a good way. >> the last person on the well, and i took a peek here. i went, oh, wow. the reason i said oh, wow, because i barely remembered. >> that's why i like -- it's beto o'rourke. the former texas congressman ran for the senate in texas in 2018, and at the start of this year, he was at the start of 2019. i'm still writing 2019 on my checks. at the start of 2019 was seen as one of the three front-runners. he had raised $80 million against ted cruz. he had come within three points of him. he was -- everyone talks -- obama was the new kennedy.
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they said that o'rourke was the new obama. that's always a tough comparison. o'rourke, just a swing and a miss. never got going. never was close. and dropping out of the race, it kind of felt like an afterthought to your point. you have to remind people that he ran, and at the start of this year if you had to name three people that would be the nominee, most people would have put him in that three. i like doing this. it reminds you race s change. things happen. >> we cannot predict what's going on. >> i'm working on that. a predicto machine. >> thanks for coming in early with us. >> i'll see you in 2020. wait it is. we're there now. >> the new year, speaking of which, brings new hope for getting your -- >> "star wars new hope"? >> no, your financial house in order. and christine romans will join us with her tips to do just that. >> she's a big "star wars" fan, new hope.
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welcome back, everyone, to this special new year's day
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edition of "new day." we have a lot to get to, including the most valuable new year's resolutions you can make. >> nvrs. >> christine romans has tips to make 2020 off to a great start. >> and the late night comics making hay of some of the biggest political headlines. we have the highlights ahead. first, a check of your headlines at the news desk. >> good morning. happy new year. i'm ryan nobles. kim jong-un says his country should feel free to resume nuclear testing. he says it's because the u.s. continues to apply sanctions on his regime. president trump hoping things remain calm. >> he's representing his country. i'm representing my country. we have to do what we have to do. i think he's a man of his word, so we'll find out. but i think he's a man of his word. >> north korea last tested a nuclear weapon in september of 2017. deadly wildfires in australia's new south wales
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claiming seven lives in 24 hours. among those killed, a 63-year-old man and his 29-year-old son. they tried to defend their home instead of evacuating. authorities are working to open roads along the south coast of new south wales for evacuation efforts. conditions are expected to worsen by saturday. i'm ryan nobles. let's go back to john and alisyn. >> a new year, a new decade and a new chance for resolutions, especially when it comes to your money. christine romans is here with a look of how to get your finances in shape for 2020. >> can we first play a game of woulda, coulda, shoulda. the last year was great for investors. the last decade was great for investors. the year, 25% return for the s&p 500. isn't that amazing? that's the best year since 2013. it's been a remarkable ten years. look at that. 245% return for the s&p 500. what a decade it's been.
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this is the woulda coulda, shoulda. if you could have put a grand in ultanetflix, amazon, united health, chipotle. look at the return on some of those stocks. >> were you counseling us on that? >> ten years ago it was really ugly, right? the housing market was blowing up, people were losing their jobs, factories were closing but if you made those investments at the time shows you the power of the american economy. >> since you didn't tell us ten years ago, tell us now. where are we going? >> that's where we've been. where we are going? 2020 doesn't look like it's going to be quite as gangbusters, at least if you poll a "wall street journal" poll strategist. they think the stock market will be fine. the economy will be accelerating but so-so. more like single digit returns. ten years into an economic recovery. the longest bull market in history. there's still some uncertainty over trade policy. the fed is expected to keep interest rates near historic
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lows. wells fargo expects jerome powell and the central bank will be patient this year but could act as needed. translation, that means mortgage rates stay low. those are things you can't control, though. the fed, interest rates, the stock market, all of that out of your control. >> what are the top financial resolutions most people make? >> the things you can control. fidelity investments says the three most popular resutions this year -- saving money. yeah, i do that one every year. paying down the debt. and spending less. people have to follow through on those. it's really the only protection you have against the top money worries. those are also, according to fidelity, unexpected expenses, personal debt, not saving enough, rising health care costs, the economy and the volatile stock market. all of those things are really concerning for people and voters. >> i normally have a bracelet but i'm not wearing it today. what would romans do.
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as i look to 2020, what would romans do? >> if your overwhelmed about making a financial resolution now, wait until your birthday. make sure you have a time to get a gut check on your finances. safe to check your 401(k), do it. rebalance it right now to make sure it's right for your age and risk tolerance. if you are really close to retirement it should not all be in stocks. sock away money into 529 college savings plans. you've heard me say this. and ask your parents and kids' grandparents, too. stuff does not get you through college or to retirement. savings gets you through college and to retirement. i also tell everybody, you have to have six months expenses saved for an emergency. live below your means. leave below your means. that's the easiest, most important thing to do and then invest the rest. there's nothing wrong with a nice, boring s&p 500 index fund. >> you live on the edge. romans lives on the edge. >> 245% return in just a standard boring plain vanilla
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s&p 500 index fund. >> happy new year. >> happy new year you guys. >> that's some 2020 vision for you that she's got. >> i like that. >> thank you very much, christine. new overnight, more violence at the u.s. embassy in baghdad. can anything be done to slow down the escalation?
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breaking overnight, more violence outside the u.s. embassy in baghdad. the embassy security firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters trying to climb the exteriors and set fires. ryan brown is live in washington. what's the latest?
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>> well, ryan, the situation appears fluid right now. we're hearing reports on the ground from arwa damon who is there in baghdad saying that some of the protesters, demonstrators aligned with this militia group have begun pulling back from the site of the embassy there. they had breached the outer area. they seem to have pierced right through that and got close to the embassy compound itself. they're starting to pull back, but the situation very fluid. the u.s. sent an additional number of military personnel to the region. both 100 u.s. marines have been deployed into the embassy. they flew into the compound yesterday to bolster security. marines training kind of crisis response. u.s. has flown attack helicopters overhead. the situation from the u.s. perspective, very concerned. high level engagement from the u.s. side with iraqi leadership. the president of the united states donald trump calling the iraqi prime minister to talk about the situation, asking them
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to help safeguard u.s. personnel and u.s. facilities. we've also heard about similar calls between secretary of state mike pompeo and the iraqi prime minister and iraqi president. there's been efforts from the u.s. side to get the iraqis to do more. so again, very fluid situation there on the ground in baghdad. >> ryan browne live in washington, let's get more now on the administration's response. joining me is brian hook, a special representative for iran and senior policy adviser to secretary of state mike pompeo. mr. hook, thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. you've described the air strikes in iraq and syria against the iranian-backed militias as defensive. as the administration planned for this attack, did you anticipate that you'd see the type of response that we're dealing with right now? were you at all concerned the u.s. embassy in baghdad would be a target? >> our troops are in iraq at the invitation of the iraqi government. and the iraqi government is responsible for the safety and security of those troops.
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the base where our forces are stationed, that was attacked about 11 or 12 times in just two months. so we took the measures the president ordered, the necessary measures to protect our troops. we then had terrorists protesting outside of our embassy in baghdad. this is orchestrated by the iranian regime. these are the kinds of tactics they used. 40 years ago they stormed our embassy. and here we are 40 years later and they're directing the terrorist groups to then attack our embassy. so the president took very decisive action -- today the situation is much better. >> so were you at all surprised that the iraqi government did not do more to prevent these protesters from getting to the embassy. we understand there are a number of security check points that are responsible by the iraqi government and it appeared the protesters were able to get
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through there without much problem. >> the president and the secretary worked very closely with the iraqi government. their security forces have taken all the necessary measures to disperse the crowd there so that we're not facing an imminent threat to american personnel or to the protection ever our facility in baghdad. it is the responsibility of the host nation to protect all embassies. so the iraqi government today, i think the situation this morning is pretty calm. >> we know the secretary of state mike pompeo did talk to the prime minister of iraq. what can you tell us about that conversation? did he specifically ask him to help disperse the crowd in front of the embassy? >> secretary pompeo is in pretty regular touch with the iraqi leadership. he worked alongside the iraqi prime minister. he and the president were in touch with them. so we're pleased that the iraqi security services have come in
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and done what is necessary and so our diplomats are safe and so is our embassy. >> how concerned are you about the relationship between iraq and iran in this situation? are you worried that it may be getting too cozy, that iraq may be working with the iranian regime too much? what is your view of the situation there? >> well, the -- we have seen recent protests in iraq against the iranian domination. we've seen thousands of iraqis rise up against iranian domination. iran has been running an expansionist foreign policy for some time. president trump is standing up to that. and the regime is not used to being told no but for the last three years we put in place the kind of sanctions and deterrent measures that have weakened the regime and its proxies. so the regime does not enjoy the support of the iraqi people. you had a handful of terrorists at our embassy yesterday but
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that does not represent the views of the iraqi people who want iran out. >> okay. brian hook who is the special u.s. representative dealing with the situation in iran. your perspective so valuable to us this morning. we appreciate you being on, sir. we're going to be right back. [ applause ] thank you. it's an honor to tell you that liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need. i love you! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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so last year, which is to say yesterday and before, we
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brought you stories of exceptional people who are making a lasting impact around the world. we called the series "champions for change." it's our chance to revisit amazing changemakers we met in the past who, in my case, literally rocked my world. so you might have heard of the young at heart chorus. there was a wonderful 2008 documentary on the group. that's when i met them while working for "nightline" at abc. they are an antidote to cynicism and an inspiration to new groups of people every day. ♪ ♪ we didn't start a fire without a spark ♪ ♪ even if we're just dancing in the dark ♪ >> reporter: the young at heart chorus has a unique membership. >> it's a performance group of older people ranging in age now from 75 to 90. >> how young are you? >> 78. >> i will be 90 in november. >> you're up there singing, do
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you feel 90? >> no. i don't feel any age. ♪ dance to the music ♪ dance to the music >> and the chorus has a unique repertoire. >> singers singing rock 'n' roll is a simplistic way of saying it, right? >> it is. it's a very limited way of saying it. >> why limited? >> because there's more to it than that. >> i think for older people it's a real joy to see older people on the stage as opposed to on the stage. the music we do breaks a bit of the mold of what seniors are used to singing. ♪ ♪ tainted love >> don't give up when you get older. don't be afraid of getting old because you have things to offer. you have so much to give. >> so the first time i visited with the young at heart chor
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urks it was 2008. i spent much of the previous five years going back and forth to baghdad covering the u.s. war in iraq. i meet young at heart and what i need more than anything is a story that's not violent and will just make me smile. and, man, did i find it. when i first met you which was 11 years ago, you told me that it's like -- >> it's like the super bowl. the world's best bar mitzvah and being ordained as the pope. >> i still feel that way. it gave me a purpose to want to wake up in the morning and come to rehearsal and participate in something that just was great. >> and everyone needs to participate as i learned, even a reporter can't stand around and watch. >> we were getting ready to go and you said to me, no, wait a minute. >> so i sang barry manilow's
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"copacabana." ♪ at the copa copacabana the hottest spot north of havana ♪ >> the chorus is always 25, 26 members. and it changes. >> yes. >> the membership changes. >> yes, we lose a lot of people. we've lost a lot of people. there's maybe four or five people left from the chorus you saw in 2008. >> 11 years ago, young at heart had performed in a prison, basically once or twice. they went in and they sang before the prisoners. and it was a very moving experience. but it was performance. now 11 years later, it's part of their program. they're inside the prisons singing with the prisoners. ♪ when you hear that young at heart is coming. when you see on the calendar -- >> i get excited. like i'll be -- it will be like the night before and i already want to go to bed early. >> they know it's an hour or an hour and a half where they'll be
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able to really just express themselves in a way they feel really comfortable doing. >> this is out of my comfort zone. i'm just doing this because i want to change. i want to be a new person. this is a new side of me. >> do they inspire you? >> of course. >> it's a blessing to both of us. the prisoners and to us. we mix between the grandfather or the grandmother that they can't see or may not even have. we're saying to them, look, you're okay. you're going to be all right. don't quit. >> what's changed for your since we first yet? >> my age. i've become one of them. i'm now 65. i get medicare. the average age of this group is 84. i can't imagine what i'm going to be doing when i'm 84, so i look at what they're doing, and i have deep appreciation for it all. >> and i do, too, because if
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they can do it, who am i to say no. to a little james brown. ♪ ♪ i feel nice >> this chorus, some day, people look back and they'll say they did good things for people of all ages. ♪ so good so good i got you ♪ >> don't quit your day job. >> i'm not going to have a day job. >> well done, john berman. you missed your calling, i feel. >> look, they make you do it. you can't not sing when you're with them. so i figure if i'm going to do it. >> i thought you did it really well. do you have rock star aspirations? i think you can do it.
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>> more musical theater. i mean, sorry, am i not supposed to admit that? are we on tv right now. no one is seeing this, right? >> that was excellent. we watched a great story. thanks for joining us for this special holiday edition of "new day." from our family to yours, have a healthy and happy new year.
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very good morning to you. first day of 2020. i'm jim sciutto in new york. welcome to a special holiday edition of "newsroom." president trump facing two escalating foreign policy crises. right now in iraq, a tense situation on the ground for a second day in a row, iranian-backed protesters attacking, surrounding, camping out outside the u.s. embassy in baghdad. embassy personnel firing tear gas and rubber bullets as demonstrators tried to climb the
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compound's walls. and new video overnight about 100 u.s. marines landing in baghdad filing out of mb-22 ospreys to protect the embassy. more are on the way. photos just released hours ago showing hundreds of american paratroopers from the 82nd airborne division preparing to deploy to the middle east to add to security there. also today, north korea is threatening to unveil a new strategic weapon and to restart nuclear testing. potentially a devastating blow to president trump after three high-profile summits with kim jong-un. the north korean leader says they'll never get rid of their nuclear weapons as long as u.s. policy towards north korea does not change. we will bring you president trump's conciliatory response to kim in a moment. first, let's go first to cnn's arwa damon live in baghdad. so arwa, it looks like these protesters aren't going to leave. they are setting up tents even

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