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tonight, the showdown. president obama on capitol hill. the vice president-elect mike pence there at the same time. the president now trying to save obamacare. the vice president-elect saying it will be repealed. and we ask what then for the 20 million now insured because of it. today is the day president-elect trump would reveal what he knows that others don't about the hacking during the election. instead a tweet on the eve of the report. the commuter crash in new york city tonight more than 100 passengers hurt, and we are on the scene. two police officers answering the call ambushed at a walmart. the call tonight. and speaking out for the first time in 20 years. one of the menendez brothers in his own words
he reveals about the tragedy. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night, and we begin here with that showdown. 16 days now until donald trump is sworn in as the 45th president, but it was the current president who went to capitol hill today, coaching democrats on how to save key parts of obamacare. 20 million americans insured because of it, but there was someone else on the hill too. the vice president-elect, mike pence revealing that president-elect trump is considering executive action on this on day one. but even mr. trump appears aware that millions of americans with preexisting conditions, and millions of young parents covered on their parents' plans are watching this closely. the president of had elect with a warning to his own party with a tweet. we begin with abc's mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: president obama arriving on capitol hill rallying democrats to defend his signature healthcare law. >> happy new year. >> mr. president what can you do
>> reporter: that's the big question, but from the president, no answer. just four days after his successor doubled down on his promise to take down obamacare. >> we're going to get rid of obamacare. [ cheers ] >> reporter: today the president huddling with congressional democrats for the first time in over a year. >> what's your advice for democrats on to fight? >> look out for the american people. >> repter: on the opposite side of the capitol, a very different scene. vice president mike pence meeting with house republicans announcing donald trump is working on a series of executive orders to start rolling back obamacare on day one. >> make no mistake about it, we're going to repeal obamacare, and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government. >> reporter: republicans have been offering those ideas again and again literally every year since obamcare was first signed into law. but the fact is, though republicans have voted to repeal the heathcare w more than 60 times they still have not agreed on an alternative i put that question to house speaker ul ryan. >> but why still no plan t
have plenty of ideas to replace it, and you'll see as the weeks and months unfold. what we're talking about replacing it. >> reporter: even some rank-and-file republicans are passing the buck. >> republicans have had years to mull this over why still is there no cohesion around the best way to do this? >> as you know i've been here 22 years, i ain't in the leadership. >> not on you? >> right! >> reporter: democrats are openly attacking republicans for having no clear plan. their message today, you break it, you buy it. and obamacare will become trump care. >> now they are going to own it! >> reporter: the president-elect, perhaps, seeing that too today issuing a warning for his own party. tweeting "republicans must be careful in that democrats own the failed obamacare disaster." adding "obamacare will fall of its own weight - be careful!" trump has said that his own conversations with president obama have convinced him to keep two of the plan's most popular provisions. >> are you going to make sure
are still covered? >> yes. because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. >> you're going to keep it? >> also, with the children living with their parents for an extended period. >> reporter: still, tonight more than 20 million people covered by obamacare are left wondering what comes next. >> all right. so let's get to mary bruce live on capitol hill tonight, and tonight, the president-elect tweeting to republicans they need to be careful about how they repeal obamacare. it would appear he is aware that millions would ask what's the replacement, and there was talk today on executive action on day one? >> reporter: while a president trump could take executive action, trump is aware of the potential political consequences of this fight. republicans here are saying they want to phase out obamacare over several years, giving them time to come up with a comprehensive replacement and ensuring americans don't feel like the rug is pulled out from under them. >> mary, thank you. there is also new reporting tonight involving the
during the presidential election. tonight, the u.s. intelligence committee has completed its report. they will brief president obama tomorrow, president-elect trump will be briefed on friday. but it was on new year's eve, mr. trump said, i know things that other people don't know about the hacking, saying he would reveal that by today. we did not hear from him on that front, but he did tweet, mocking u.s. intelligence. abc's brian ross tonight. >> reporter: today was the day donald trump was supposed to make good on his new year's eve promise to reveal what no one else knew about the hacking of the democratic party. >> and i also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation. >> like, like what? what do you know that other people don't know? >> you'll find out tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: but so far this wednesday, no revelations about hacking from the president-elect's skyscraper office in new york. but trump was active on twitter, continuing to taunt the u.s. intelligence com
findings. the quote, "intelligence briefings" was delayed until friday. perhaps more time needed to build a case. very strange, exclamation point. but u.s. officials tell abc news tonight, there was no delay. the briefing had always been scheduled for friday. but while insulting u.s. intelligence, trump today is embracing fugitive wikileaks founder, julian assange considered to be an enemy. he said the russians had no role in providing the stolen e-mails to wikileaks. >> our source is not the russian government, and it is not state party. >> reporter: six years ago on fox, trump attacked wikileaks for leaking u.s. secrets. >> it's disgraceful? >> death penalty or something. >> reporter: now he has praised vladimir putin and
assange to listen to. >> there is no way he would have any idea on anything behind d p dropping this off. the u.s. intelligence services are capable of hiding their tracks. >> reporter: before he becomes commander in chief, the democrat is warning he could face serious payback once in office. >> you take on the intelligence community and they have six ways from sunday at getting back at you. even for a hard-nosed business, he is being really dumb to do this. >> he has criticized them before, but this is unusual to hear this from an incoming president. what are you hearing from your sources inside the intelligence community? do they like what they are hearing from the president-elect? >> not at all, and they describe an atmosphere of dismay and disgust, and they wonder why their next commander in chief seems to find new ways to humiliate them at every turn. >> thank you.
tonight and the commuter train crash here in new york city. an arriving train did not stop, crashing into the wall. more than 100 people were hurt, and many of them thrown inside the train. abc's eva pilgrim is on the scene tonight in brooklyn. >> reporter: tonight, chaos for commuters after this train crashed into the new york city station. emergency responders navigating dazed passengers and broken glass to get to the injured inside. the long island commuter train was carrying 430 people when it smashed into a bumper block, causing the front car of the train to derail. >> it was going faster than normal. >> reporter: the impact throwing passengers to the ground. >> thankfully, i was still seated and bags went flying. >> reporter: leaving more than 100 people hurt. you can see the road here shut down. emergency responders using this area as a triage to treat t
the hospital. some of the wounded carried away on gurneys into dozens of waiting ambulances. fortunately, the injuries were minor, but it was a close call. this comes not long after hoboken, nrew jersey, and one woman died. >> this is minor compared to hoboken. but why did the operator not stop the train before it hit the block? >> the governor talking about the operator there. eva joining us live from the scene, and they are going to turn to the eng meineer tonight? >> reporter: that's correct. and federal investigators are on the scene, and they will interview the engineer and look at track condition, and whether a medical condition or fatigue could have played a role in this crash, david. >> eva pilgrim, thank you. in philadelphia today another commuter crash. one trolley slamming into the back of another on
avenue. people knocked to the floor. at least 46 people were injured and none seriously. next from charleston, dylann roof speaking to jurors for the first time after they convicted him in the killing of nine african-american worshippers at a bible study. those jurors are deciding whether he will live or die, and today, in that courtroom, roof told them, i'm not going to lie to you, and what he said next, here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: strange, awkward, upsetting the only to way to describe tonight seeing this admitted racist and convicted murderer acting as his own attorney. the same dylann roof seen here practices with the gun he used to kill is now hoping jurors will spare his life. in his opening statements he tried to explain why he's going against all legal advice. and refusing to argue that he's insane. the spoint that i'm not going to lie to you, he said. there is nothing wrong with me psychologically it was all too much for the families of the nine victims he murder
disgust. while there are still a few who say that with god's mercy roof should be forgiven. >> you took something very precious away from me, but i forgive you. >> reporter: the feeling now is very different. >> he ought to be sentenced to the ultimate penalty and that's death. >> reporter: on the witness stand, the wife of the reverend killed first told beautiful stories from her marriage. how he called his youngest their little grasshopper. jennifer pickney told jurors how she and her daughter called 911 from a locked office down the hall. prosecutors asking for the death sentence are pointing to a jailhouse journal roof wrote six weeks after the murders. i have not shed a tear for the innocent people i killed. he writes. >> such a difficult day for those families in court. steve is with us. there are restrictions on what he can do even in his own defense in that courtroom, right? >> reporter: there are rules that have been put in place to make se
feel safe. for example, where he sits. he is not allowed to walk. to a juror or the judge. he has to speak from behind a podium. if he needs to give a document to a witness or the judge, someone has to deliver that document for him. david. >> steve osunsami who has been on this case from the start. next tonight here, a chilling look at the danger confronting two police officers apparently lured to a walmart for what seemed to be a routine call. they instantly came under fire. the gunman hitting both of them. abc's kayna whitworth tonight with the video. >> reporter: it started with a call from this arizona walmart, someone trespassing. it turned into a shootout right out of a movie. tonight police releasing multiple angles of video showing just what went down that april morning. officers, talking with the suspect, then watch -- the man suddenly opens fire, hitting officer joshua pueblo three times, once in the face. officer daniel colwell, right there taking
vest. the force sending him flying through a display. but watch as he rolls and comes up firing ultimately killing the suspect, mitchell oakley. officer pueblo survived, walking out of the hospital to a standing ovation. he said he feels lucky to be alive. 2016 saw law enforcement fatalities at their highest level in five years. >> those moments when you walk out the door, you never know when it could be your last. >> reporter: tonight officer pueblo is still recovering. he has nerve damage in his face and remains on leave. officer colwell has returned to aktsive duty, and the police chief calling them both heros. >> kayna whitworth. next to north carolina where a high school resource officer is on paid leave this morning after body slamming a female student. the disturbing moment caught on a cell phone camera, showing the officer lifting a 15-year-old up before then throwing her down. she was reportedly breaking up a fight involving her sister. her mother says the teen suffered a concussion. that incident is under investigation tonight. >>
extreme weather in the meantime. temperatures plunging across the country, and winter advisories in 30 states at this hour. a semitruck skidding. temperature at minus 11 in fargo, and whiteout conditions in michigan's upper peninsula. let's get to rob marciano. he is live with much more on the arctic plunge. >> reporter: the winds have picked up in new york, and the temperatures are dropping. look at the windchills expected tomorrow morning. in the teens in new york city, but minus five in chicago, and minus 15 in denver. snow out there. across the west, and an advisory across the midwest, and the ohio river valley with a little pulse coming through that area with a coating of snow tomorrow and friday morning in the northeast. watch through the deep south, and another disturbance friday and saturday. looks like atlanta, and it looks like it will accumulate, david. >> rob,
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