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for spencer christian, all of us here at abc 7 news, thanks for the time. we'll s breaking news tonight. a crushing defeat for president trump. facing a devastating loss, the president and speaker paul ryan pulling the republican health care bill minutes before the vote. moments ago, the president responding. blaming the democrats, saying obamacare will explode. even though trump faced a mutiny in his own party. >> we learned a lot about loyalty. >> president trump also announcing his next move. we have team coverage. severe storms on the march. possible tornadoes. heavy rain and hail moving in this weekend. 14 million americans in the path. missing signs? new information revealed about the london terror suspect. isis calling him their soldier. authorities making more arrests. did police miss the warning signs? street inferno. cars in flames. one leaking gasoline, igniting a
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fire line. and, runway scare. for the first time, harrison ford's exchange with the control tower, right after missing a passenger jet. good evening. on a busy friday night, i'm tom llamas. in for david. we begin with president trump suffering his biggest defeat since winning the election. forced to pull the republican health care bill minutes before the vote in the house, where it was certain to fail. and moments ago, the president with a dire prediction. announcing obamacare will explode. the lack of votes forcing president trump to retreat on one of his biggest campaign promises. his warnings of revenge, unable to convince holdout republicans to vote his way. and the president sounding humble when he described how it all played out. >> we all learned a lot, about loyalty, about the vote-getting process. we learned a lot about some very
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arcane rules in obviously both the senate and in the house. so it's been certainly, for me, a very interesting experience. but i think in the end, it will lead to even better health care plans. >> the decision, a huge blow to paul ryan, conceding, obamacare is the law of the land. president trump and speaker ryan reluctantly saying it's time to move on. mary bruce on the hill starts us off. >> reporter: tonight on capitol hill, the stunning acknowledgment, republicans have failed to deliver on their signature promise to the american people. >> i don't know what else to say other than obamacare is the law of the land and will remain the law of the land until it's replaced. we didn't have the votes to replace this law, and we'll be living with obamacare for the foreseeable future. >> reporter: the day began with
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a frenzy of activity. an all-out push to get enough republicans on-board. do you have any tricks up your sleeve? publicly, the party leaders sounding optimistic. but by mid-morning, it was clear. conservative republicans were standing their ground. >> there's no more negotiations. there are no negotiations. >> reporter: it's done? not going to pass? >> yes, so the only thing going on now is basically arm-twisting. >> reporter: those conservatives, the focus of an intense lobbying effort by the white house. as an olive branch, president trump agreed to change the bill so insurance companies would no longer be required to cover basic health care services. like maternity care, drug and mental health treatment, even emergency services. but that was still not enough to get conservatives on-board. but that gave republicans a serious case of the jitters. more and more coming forward to say they could not vote yes. meanwhile, at the white house,
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the closer in chief is playing coy. >> what will you do if the health care bill fails? >> we'll have to see. >> do you think it will pass? >> see what happens. >> did you rush it? >> we'll see what happens. >> reporter: on the house floor, the debate already three hours under way. democrats railing at what they were calling trumpcare. >> on this bill, there's only one option, and that is to vote no. >> reporter: as the hours kicked by, it became increasingly clear, this bill as the president and speaker had lunch, the white house press secretary told reporters the vote was moving forward. >> the leader and the whip are doing vote counts, debate is ongoing. we're proceeding with a 3:30 vote as scheduled. >> reporter: but it was not to be. back on the hill, the speaker calling an emergency meeting of house republicans.
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just minutes later, at 3:31 p.m., as the vote was expected to begin, the announcement. >> further consideration of hr-1628 is postponed. the chair declares the house in recess, subject to the call of the chair. >> reporter: ryan, pulling the bill. >> we were on the cusp of fulfilling a promise that we made. we were on the cusp of achieving an ambition we've had for seven years, and we came a little short. >> and mary joins us now from capitol hill. paul ryan says obamacare is the law of the land. does that mean republicans are giving up their effort to dismantle it? >> reporter: don't expect republicans to make another push anytime soon. for seven years, they've promised to repeal and replace obamacare, but it appears that chapter is closing. so, how do they explain why they couldn't get this done? the speaker says that's a very good question. >> mary, thank you. inside the white house, we heard from president trump,
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remaining defiant, but laying the blame on democrats. so, is the president ready to tackle his next major issue? here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: the negotiator in chief admitting this was one deal he couldn't close. >> i'm disappointed. because we could have had it. so i'm disappointed. i'm a little surprised. we nearly had it. it was pretty much there. within grasp. >> reporter: his first major piece of legislation went down in flames. and the president now playing the blame game. pointing squarely at democrats. >> we were very close. but when you get no votes from the other side, meaning the democrats, it's a difficult situation. >> reporter: it was a signature campaign promise. >> repealing and replacing obamacare is one of the single most important reasons we must win on november 8th. >> reporter: a pledge to end
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obamacare, but still cover everyone. and the president said it was going to be easy. >> you're going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost, it's going to be so easy. >> reporter: and fast. tweeting last year, we will immediately repeal and replace obamacare, and nobody can do that like me. but shortly after taking office, this admission. >> it's an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: behind the scenes, the president was making calls, summoning republicans to white house meetings, dispatching his top aides to capitol hill hoping to close the deal. but the man who wrote "the art of the deal" couldn't close this one. and now, the president has a dire prediction of what comes next. >> the best thing we can do politically speaking, let obamacare explode, it's exploding right now. >> reporter: even though one of his own negotiating tips is to know when it's time to walk away, he's not walking away from
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this one. >> i want to have a great health care bill, and we will, it will happen. and it won't be in the very distant future. >> cecilia, president trump says he's not giving up on health care. but he's also making it very clear, right now, he's ready to move on to tax reform? >> reporter: the president told reporters he was happy to have this whole thing in the rear view mirror. but yes, next up on his agenda, tax reform. he says there are big tax cuts to come. but rewriting the tax code is as difficult, if not perhaps more difficult, than overturning obamacare. >> cecilia, thank you. and president trump ending what has been a brutal week for his presidency. beginning monday with james comey publicly rebuking the president's claim to have been wiretapped by president obama. and president trump pulling the plug on the campaign promise to repeal and replace obamacare. so let's get right to jonathan
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karl. the president told voters he would cut the best deals in washington, including on health care. >> reporter: tom, this is a blow to the president's brand. he was the master negotiator. the art of the deal. but on this one, even though he was only negotiating with fellow republicans, he couldn't close it. the president found there is a bloc of hardline conservative republicans in the house willing to defy him. and in doing so, stopping the agenda in its tracks. >> reporter: the travel ban, and health ca health care reform, both setbacks for the president. he says he will tackle tax reform next. what does he have to do to push through that agenda? >> reporter: it seems to me, given the bloc of republicans willing to defy him, he needs to find a way to work with democrats to get things done in congress. and that would require a major course correction for a white house that has essentially been at war with democrats since the
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day he got sworn in. >> jonathan, thank you. now for another headline out of washington. the head of the house intelligence committee, appearing to back down from his claim that some trump associates, and possibly trump himself were monitored. president trump's former campaign chairman, paul manafort, volunteering to meet with the committee investigating. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee, appearing to back down from his claim that started a political firestorm. >> can you clarify whether trump or his associates were monitored or just mentioned in these reports? >> we won't know that until we receive all of the documentation. >> reporter: devin nunes went to the white house to talk to president trump before talking to his own committee. >> the president needs to know that these intelligence reports are out there. and i have the duty to tell him
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that. >> reporter: the investigation started after the president's infamous assertion that obama tapped his phones during the election. nunes saying there's no merit to that claim. >> there was no wiretapping at trump tower. that didn't happen. >> reporter: tonight, democrats are fuming. >> that effort to defend the indefensible has led us down this terrible rabbit hole. >> reporter: committee members further enraged that he's postponing a meeting. >> he seems to continue to be more loyal to the president than our duty to have a search for the truth that is independent and collaborative. >> reporter: and paul manafort is volunteering to testify. roger stone may appear as well, we're told. >> pierre, director comey went to the white house to meet with president trump today. do we know anything about that meeting? >> reporter: comey was at the white house for a scheduled meeting with national security officials. but we're told he did not meet
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with the president. >> pierre, thank you. overseas now, new developments in the terror attack in london. police launching raids, arresting more suspects, and authorities releasing a new photo of the alleged attacker. a 52-year-old british citizen, converting to islam. isis calling him their soldier. police trying to determine if they missed any warning signs. here's terry moran in london. >> reporter: the face of the killer. police releasing this photo of khalid masood. asking the public for help. >> now is the time to come forward and speak to our officers. >> reporter: he was british-born, a convert to islam, investigated for his ties to extremism more than a decade ago. police determined then that he posed a low risk. this morning, heavily-armed police arrested a suspect in birmingham. a suspect arrested there. 11 arrested so far, 7 released. the question now, did masood act alone? at the hotel south of london where masood spent his last
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night, a fellow guest saw know sign of the carnage ahead. >> articulate, polite, presentable, and he's on his way to commit mass murder. >> reporter: new video emerging today of the moment police took masood down. >> he had a knife, they shot him. >> reporter: and nearby, the chaotic moment prime minister teresa may was hustled to safety. her guards with weapons drawn. and in utah, friends remembered american kurt cochran. one of four people killed in the attack. he and his wife celebrating their 25th anniversary in london. >> he wanted to be your friend within five minutes. and then -- sorry. >> reporter: his wife melissa, still recovering. one of 40 people injured from 11 different countries. that diversity, londoners say, shows the true face of their welcoming, global city. >> terry, thank you. back here at home, severe weather moving across the south this weekend.
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pounding hail in texas. the storms moving east tonight. 14 million americans in the path, from kansas to louisiana. to the west, a blizzard shutting down highways in colorado. a total whiteout. several trucks stuck between castle rock and colorado springs. let's go to ginger zee. >> reporter: tom, that severe weather threat is happening now. let's get straight into the maps. you can see upper level low pressure system, twisting over oklahoma. the counterclockwise rotation, sending the front there with the line of storms through parts of arkansas right down into texas. and the severe thunderstorm watch in wichita at this moment. and the orange, elevated risk in arkansas, louisiana, and east texas, that's the area that we need to watch over the next couple of hours. through mississippi, saturday, afternoon and evening, from birmingham to montgomery to the gulf coast.
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damaging wind, hail, and the isolated tornado threat. tom? >> ginger, thank you. next tonight, the amtrak derailment making a mess in new york. train service temporarily suspended in and out of penn station. one of the busiest train stations in the country. suffering a minor derailment, sideswiping a new jersey train. two people treated for minor injuries. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the deadly collision involving a high school track team, the investigation now under way. plus, the street inferno. cars in flames, one leaking gasoline, igniting a fire line. and the runway scare. tonight, you'll hear for the first time, harrison ford's exchange with the control tower. and "america strong," the firefighter breathing life back into a dog. the incredible story, coming up. . because in 5 days, 10 hours and 2 minutes
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next tonight, we're hearing harrison ford's words following that near miss on a taxiway. tonight, cell phone and control tower communications made public. here's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: harrison ford sounds stunned in the moments after his plane nearly collided with a passenger jet at john wayne airport. >> was that airliner meant to be underneath me? >> reporter: an experienced pilot, mistakenly landing on a taxiway instead of a runway. skimming right over an american airlines 737 that was waiting to take off. the faa releasing audio of the pilot of that 737, too. >> the tail of my airplane is 42 feet tall. you get an idea of how close it was. >> reporter: less than 100 feet between ford and the 110 passengers aboard the boeing. after the landing, ford immediately calling the tower. sheepishly admitting he was distracted by the plane and turbulence from another jet landing nearby. >> hi.
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finally tonight, "america strong." a marine veteran wounded in afghanistan, making history by becoming a police officer. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: matias ferreira was just a young marine in afghanistan in 2011 when his world turned upside-down. on the battlefield, he stepped on an ied, instantly losing both of his legs. >> i didn't know if i could continue to live a normal life. >> reporter: those questions compelling him to take even more steps forward. each step leading him to this. tonight, he becomes the first double amputee in the country to become a police officer. what kept you going? >> i think it's my wife, my daughter, family, friends, the
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academy staff and recruit class. it's hard to fail when someone is pushing you the whole way. >> reporter: right there today, his wife and little girl. every time his name was called out, there was this roar. >> yeah. very proud of him, happy for him, and excited. this is his dream. >> reporter: tonight, matias showing us nothing can stop a hero. gio benitez, abc news. >> thanks so much for watching this week. i'm tom llamas. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night.
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live in san francisco, this storm may be winding down but part of your weekend will be wet. a lot of people don't realize how good our bill was. >> no deal. so it's done. republicans pull their plan to replace obamacare and tonight we're looking at what's next for health care in america. a teen with a heart in more ways than one. wait until you see what he had to go through to get a new heart. live doppler 7 isn't all year just yet. we're tracking lingering rain and wind on this friday night. >> i'm ama daetz. we'll get to the forecast. first though a look at the future of health care in america after republicans pull their plan did replace obamacare. >> i will not sugarcoat this, this is a disappointing day for us. doing big things is hard. >> house speaker paul ryan made the stunning announcement this afternoon. we carried it live here on abc
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7. the decision was made when it became clear the bill would not have the 216 votes needed to pass in the house. president trump campaigned heavily on a promise to repeal and replace the affordable care act. aka obamacare. >> and i never said, i guess i'm here 64 days, i never said repeal and replace obamacare, you've all heard my speeches, i never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. i have a long time. >> democrats were quick to declare a moment of triumph. >> today is a great day for our country. it's a victory, what happened on the floor is a victory for the american people. >> the biggest beneficiary of the affordable care act is the state of california. >> had it been repealed the state would have lost billions in federal funds that have helped low-income families. abc 7 news reporter melendez has local


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