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good morning. i'm carols cost low. the grand old party sounding more like the donner party. marco rubio saying cruz's questionable claims are a very disturbing pattern. cruz scoffs at his critics though saying their insults are just meant to hide their records and their flip-flops and jeb bush pleading with voters to rejects the politics of division splitting his party. days ahead of the primary in south carolina and the skorchd earth now hanging over this brawl and beyond. joined from charleston now with more. >> reporter: the really is an all out war among the republican candidates, especially donald trump and ted cruz. really speaking to how fierce their battle in the top tier between the two is.
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their rhetoric escalating overnight to the highest level. >> i think ted's a very unstable guy. >> reporter: donald trump on an all-out tear against ted cruz. >> -- as i said he's single worst liar i've ever seen. >> reporter: calling cruz a basket case who's purposely lying to voters about his record. >> absolutely lies. >> >> reporter: and he delivered this ominous warning to cruz. back off and apologize or be hit with a lawsuit over your eligibility to be president. >> keep your lies going. you are going to get sued anyway. so keep your lies going. >> reporter: not backing down. >> you can't not respond to the substance and liar liar pants on fire. i guess the only explanation is his poll numbers must be plummeting following that debate. >> reporter: and attacking trump's readiness to be
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president. >> who has the temperament to remain calm under pressure. i would note when both marco rubio and donald trump scream liar liar liar it makes you wonder how they would handle dealing with putin. >> reporter: in response to trump's closing message here at south carolina, at its core seeks to paint trump faz closet liberal. >> a candidate who's spent 60 years of his life being pro choice and defending partial birth abortion is not a candidate you could trust to appoint principled constitutionalists to the supreme court. >> reporter: in a series of blunt ads like this one. >> south carolina cannot trust donald trump. >> i'm very capable of changing to anything i want to change to. >> don't give him that chance. >> reporter: the sharp turn comes as the rhetoric from trump has been dialed up. >> they lied. >> reporter: centered on almost
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taboo word in politics. the l word. >> you are willing to lie about anything and it's no good to. me it is no good. >> and as rivals punch back, voters in south carolina are paying attention too. >> i don't understand the usc attitude i guess he has at the president. it is unbecoming of a president. >> and while this fierce battle cl on the on today ted cruz will try to refocus on the issues a bit. he'll release his plan to rebuild the military, a big issue in south carolina aboard the ship the u.s.s. york town. >> sunland surfati from charleston. donald trump is taking hits from all sides as gop rivals trying to chip away at his lead in south carolina. and a former president taking his own swings at the front runner. dana bash has the story from washington. >> reporter: good morning carol and george w. bush spoke his
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strict presidents shouldn't play politics rule to help. but today jeb bush is back out on the trail in south carolina solo hoping the energy from last night's rally carries over. george w. bush drew a large crowd and a deep distinction between his brother and donald trump. >> strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster. it is not theatrics. real strength, strength of purpose comes from integrity and character. and in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> the 43rd president never uttered trump's name but he didn't have. >> we do not need someone in the oval office who mirrors and inflames our anger and our frustration. >> he spoke only a few hours after trump doubled down on criticizing him for 9/11. >> i've heard years he kept the country safe after -- what does that mean after?
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what about during t eleven? i was there. >> recounted what it was like for him that morning and then segued to jeb. >> he's got the backbone to take the decisions bonn behalf of the american people. >> i thought it was a little strange that a front-running candidate would tack the president of the united states while he was keeping us safe. while he was doing a reality tv show. >> there is obviously a lot of focus on donald trump without saying his name but carol, there is no question that another big part of george w. bush's goal is the help jeb bush beat his former protege marco rubio, talking a lot about jeb's experience in florida that he's a two-term governor, that you need that kind of experience in the white house. that you can't wilt under the lights effectively is what he said. so that really is his immediate goal in south carolina.
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he's got to get up there and do better in the so called establishment lane and that is why you had george w. bush saying he's proudly part of the establishment carol. >> dana bash live from washington this morning. thank you. so as dana asks how will this all play with voters in south carolina? let's talk with cnn political commentator tara setmayer and republican strategist kayly m l mcny. kaylee i want to start with you. donald trump again called ted cruz a liar. said he was in the country illegally. shouldn't run for president. donald trump threatened to file a lawsuit unless he apologized for his lies. do you think this is extreme on donald trump's part? >> no, i don't think it's extreme. ted cruz, i enjoy ted cruz, i like ted cruz, i think he would be a great nominee as well.
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both of them the republican party would be lucky to have either. but here is the thing. ted cruz has repeatedly mischaracterized donald trump's record. in fact donald trump called planned parenthood an abortion factory. i hardly think that is a viable crit soism donald trump likewise he's mischaracterized his views on the second amendment. that is not true. donald trump is for national conceal carry law. ted cruz has repeatedly mischaracterized donald trump's record. and donald is frustrated. i don't think this is too harsh. >> for -- for politics mischaracterize other politicians' all the time. it seems to be the american way. but donald trump called ted cruz unbalanced. what does he mean by unbalanced kaylee? >> it means he's absolutely taking everything donald trump
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says and saying the mirror image opposite -- >> i mean the unbalanced part. is he saying that ted cruz is mentally unbalanced? what does he mean kaylee? >> i don't think he means mentally unbalanced. i think he's not balanced because he's taking and distorting the record of donald trump. that is not a balanced viewpoint. i don't think he means mentally insane or deranged or anything off that nature. what donald trump has shown is if you attack him he will attack you back and that is just what he does. it is his character and demeanor and i don't think there is anything wrong with it. in fact i think it makes us have a very strong republican field when you have candidates who have to go through the fire like there. >> does it make the republican field strong? >> no doubt about it. >> tara? i want to get tara in here. >> you know this is very trog me. watching donald trump's reaction to adverse is interesting.
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if you bring up his record. kayleigh went through this list of all these things. which donald trump was that? is that the 1-0 he changed his position on all of those things since he's been a lifelong democrat until about the year ago. >> so was ronald reagan. >> ronald reagan was not a lifelong democrat. ronald reagan was a conservative when he governed in california and he had a record of years of conservativism where he made that revolution into what he ended up becoming. donald trump does not have that record and stop comparing donald trump to ronald reagan. donald trump couldn't hold a finger to the class that ronald reagan had. what donald trump is doing is embarrassing. acting like a child, a rich bully on the playground and if
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you hit back at me i'm going to sue you. grow up. this is for the presidency of the united states we're running for and he can't handle a campaign in south carolina for goodness sakes and this is something appealing to you? for someone to be prosecute of the united states? really? >> it is a fact that ronald reagan was pro choice before pro life. it is a fact that ronald reagan levied the largest tax increase in california history. those are facts and he changed and pivoted -- >> intellectual pivot. he had an intellectual pivot. >> yes. and so did donald trump. he had an intellectual pivot. tear him down. but the fact is americans like donald trump because he's a fighter. donald trump is a fighter and he's -- >> he's a bully. >> -- american public that is absolutely frustrated with this president. >> he's a bully. >> a fighter -- >> he's not a fighter. he's a bully. >> thanks both for your insight this morning. all right. starting tomorrow, is a unique
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the battle over replacing supreme court justice antonin scalia growing more intense. the president may provide a window into his potential successors later today but more republicans are vowing to block any obama nominee and the senate minority leader harry reed is warning the gop if they go through this with so called partisan sabotage it will backfire. the democrat writes quote if republicans proceed down this path one side effect will be settling that debate once and
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for all that republican destruction is so extraordinarily unprecedented that this nuclear option was indeed necessary. evan perez with more. good morning. >> hey carol. we're told the legal team in the white house is quickly working to put together a list of nominees for the president. they already have a lot of background research on candidates who were vetted for the last two openings. the question that hangs over all of this is whether any nominee, no matter how accomplished or how smart they are about the law can get through the bickering that we are hearing. here is a sample of some of that. >> the republicans are talking about the republican playbook. this is the playbook we should follow. the constitution of the united states. >> president obama has gotten two activist judge appointments to the court, capable intelligent justices.
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but share deeply his philosophy. >> the constitution does not include exemptions for election years or the last term in office. there are no objections for when a vacancy could tip the balance of the court. >> in the post this morning, if my republican colleagues proceed down this path they should know this act alone will define their time in the majority. thinking otherwise is fantastic and reed also offered a hint in the direction democrats might go in this fight. he wants the president to nominate someone that the republicans normally would have no problem approving. so that would make it tougher for some republicans especially those facing election in some blue states to say no. >> all right. with all of that said, what would want to be nominated to the u.s. supreme court? and have to sit through that excruciating senate confirmation
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hearing? because it could be excruciating if someone were to be nominated right at this moment. jonathan turlay joins me. hi jonathan. >> hi carol. >> would you say yes? >> no. i would wait for that cup to pass through my lips. it would be very hard to find someone who wants to be johnny the human torch and sit in that confirmation hearing because you are going to have dozens of groups working you over. the chances for success are very very small at this point. so it is not exactly a great resume booster. it has a lot of negatives. the question is when you come out if you are going to be such damaged goods that that's going to be the end of it for prospective later nomination. >> when you say damaged goods what does that mean? i know what senators will dig up all they can and throw as much dirt at the nominee as possible. >> that's right. this is a city that kills people with a thousand paper cuts. if they can't take you down on a
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major issue, you have groups that look for every possible way to throw questions about your background, your views, etc. now in the past, white houses have avoided that by essentially selecting nominees who are a bit of a blind date. very controversial in their writings and views and in fact have almost nothing in their portfolio at all and that makes it very difficult to deal with. but if you look at what the republicans are saying right now there might not even be a hearing. but that leads to the question of what is the template that the white house wants to use to select a nominee. it depends on whether you are trying to win the game or whether you are trying to damage the opposition. you can select someone who's very conservative. certainly, to make it more difficult for them to say no. or you can select a nominee that will cause the greatest damage in their opposing that man or
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woman. >> either course would be seem to be wrong. i just want to take you back to the recent past jonathan. remember the term litmus test? code word for i want an activist judge without saying i want an activist judge? times have changed. listen to senator ted cruz and then senator bernie sanders. >> donald said his extreme abortion support iing sister wod make a terrific supreme court justice. if the people of south carolina care about their constitutional rights, we're one justice away from the supreme court writing the second amendment out of the bill of rights. >> no nominee of mine to the supreme court will get that position unless he or she is loud and clear in stating they will vote to end citizens united. >> so that's just a little taste
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of what the nominee might face in the senate nominating process, right? >> it has always been the case that while the white house staff and presidents have looked for confirmation of views. but they are often left and to the shadows. the roberts example is a good example. e talked about his favorite movie, and a baseball metaphor that drove people crazy by the end how many times it was used so a little substance actually would help but i think at the end of the day they are going to get those types of confirmations either overtly or behind the scenes. they usually have. now that doesn't mean there haven't been some surprises. there have been some significant surprises. most recently people like david suitor was a huge surprise for the republicans. even john roberts is viewed by
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good morning. i'm carol costello. hint hillary clinton is meeting with civil rights leaders in harlem. this about a week after bernie sanders. also this morning, bernie sanders will be in south carolina. both of them pushing for that african american vote. joe johns is d.c. with more on
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this. hi joe. >> good morning carol. this is as you said sort of a tale of two meetings. it is all about the part of the african american vote that might be attracted by some of the traditional african american leaders and organizations. hillary clinton meeting with reverend al sharpton as you said as did bernie sanders late last week but today's meeting with hillary clinton is a little different because she's also immediating with the ceo of the naacp. and later today he'll be push g ing envelope on race issues with a speech in harlem. she's making a big play to the african american community because the clinton campaign sees her connections to that community as a vital part of her path to the nomination. last week picking up the support of the congressional black caucus political action committee. all of this as the two democrats
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are competing for votes. the african american vote there of course can make or break a candidate. bernie sanders in south carolina meeting with faith leaders. he and hillary clinton have maid attempts to align themselves also with the people of flint, michigan where that public health emergency has become an issue of environmental justice. secretary clinton made it a part of her stump speech. sanders now has gotten on board by meeting with families from flint, listen. >> imagine being the mom of a bright young daughter and seeing that child mentally deteriorate in front of your eyes. from being a bright, good student to a student who is now i believe in special ed. if question rebuild villages in iraq and afghanistan, we can damn well rebuild flint,
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michigan. >> so that big push continues on connecting with minorities right now and it is certainly going to continue for a while carol. >> joe johns live from washington. bernie sanders is also talking up his past support for this man, jesse jackson. >> there were three white elected officials in america that endorsed jackson in 1988. i was one of them. all right. in case you can't determine what this picture is, this is jesse jackson way back in the day along with bernie sanders. both much younger and bernie sanders saying he endorsed jesse jackson. what does the reverend jackson think of all this? i sat down with jesse jackson before the show this morning. >> it doesn't do us any good to try to discredit either of them because both of them must
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combine in time to win the big election. and i would hope there would not be so many scars in the season. that they miss the super bowl of winning in november. >> you can hear more of my interview with the reverend jesse jackson that comes up in the next hour of "newsroom." >> the republican race for the white house isn't just heated. it is downright nasty. donald trump ramped up attacks against his rivals singling out jeb bush and his brother, slamming w. for in his opinion endangering americans. >> excuse me, the world trade center came down during the, you know, reign of george bush. right? it came down. and i think few people would say the war in iraq was a positive. you had him on the aircraft carrier saying all sorts of wonderful things how the war was essentially over. guess what? not over. and the war with iraq is a disaster. >> jeb bush is embracing his brother's legacy though. his brother telling south carolina voters and fox news jeb
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has the experience to be a great president. >> i hope the voters take a look and see who's got the clearest-eyed view of the world and who's got a plan to deal with those who would do us harm. the other thing is you set a goal, defeat isis and then you all upon the people to help you know how to achieve that goal. that would be the military and intelligence community. and jeb respects them. and that is what you really want. >> as for donald trump, that means using enhanced interrogation techniques. in a usa today op ed trumps writes i would support the use of interrogation techniques if these was enhance and protect the soift the nation. the enemy is cutting off the heads of christians and drowning them in cages and yet we are too politically correct to respond in kind. joining me now --
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welcome both of you. >> thanks. >> good morning carol. >> nice to have you here. peter, mr. trump said the last debate that i'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than water boarding. that coupled with donald trump's op ed this morning, what does he mean? >> well he won't say what he means. but i think this is typical of donald trump really appealing to the worst instincts in voters and worst instinct in republican base. i think people who actually understand something about the military and torture like john mccain, for instance, know that not only is it counterproductive but also it undermines america's moral fabric. it undermines the vital distinction between us and our enemies. it undermines the whole point of what it is that we are fighting for in the first place. but donald trump's who's understanding of national security is absolutely paper thin just has this instinct for
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what he can say that goes to the basest instincts of voters. he did it when he demonized muslims and again here. >> general, torture is banned by the united states. it is also banned by the united nations and yet trump says all options must be left on the table and we're being too politically correct by taking the option of torture off the table. does torture work? >> well, the military,ly tell you the facts behind this carol, the military e shoe eschews th kind of techniques. there's been a great debate about whether or not there was any intelligence garnered from enhanced interrogation techniques and what i'll tell you, having been in combat situation farce period of several years, the interrogation techniques we teach to young soldiers, to young interrogators, that is their occupational specialty, has produced reams of intelligence without the enhanced
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interrogation techniques. so again, i would suggest that any politician or any candidate that is suggesting that enhanced interrogation works or that we should use it are violating as you just said the unconvention against torture, a protocol of the geneva convention and american values of treating others with respect. even though some may say it is politically correct that's not true at all. it's the laws of land warfare and how we value other people. we want to raise people to that level and not drop down to the level of other people and other organizations like isis that are doing horrible things. >> on the other hand peter, under george bush's reign as president, torture was used. enhanced interrogation was used. water boarding was used. so isn't he supporting george w. bush's policies in a way? >> well i think that was a tragic and fateful mistake. we know that those torture
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techniques and the very existence of what happened at guantanamo and ab ghraib were tremendous recruiting tools for isis and al qaeda. i think what general heart ling is saying is that the best way to get good intelligence the to actually develop a kind of rapport with the person you are interrogating and torture is simply likely to make them lie. also once you go down this road. again this is what we saw tragically at ab ghraib. once people in the bush administration sent the signal it was okay to go down this road people ended up going way way beyond even water boarding. these horrific instances which really did put things in jeopardy. i think donald trump has no understanding of what he's playing with here. but it's typical for him.
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playing to the basest of emotions with scant regard for the fact. >> i just want to ask you general about george w. bush and donald trump's charges against him. he said he was responsible for 9/11. he didn't keep america safe. do you agree with that? >> i don't carol. but i don't to get into the politics of this. it is just throwing red meat at a crowd. you can blame a lot of people for the faults of the united states and have an attempt to stick based on pronouncements. but unfortunately it was a series of events that contributed to the attacks on 9/11. some that happened long before george bush or even bill clinton were in office. this has been coming literally for a long time. it requires an understanding of islamists and how they view the world and what they will do to try and interpret the way the world should be. and it is more than just what a
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president does. but i would agree that president bush and his team during the period of 2000-2008 did keep america safe because they were connecting the intelligence picture with potential attacks and president obama has continued that in continuing to attempt to keep america safe with some very few attacks by some lone wolves and others within the country. but again b you can't stop all of these attacks. major attacks have been stopped since 9/11. >> i have to leave it there. general hurtling and peter bien ert, thanks to both of you. still to come. ten u.s. sailors detained by iran subpoenaed. t well, live well, and take of what makes you, you.
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will subpoena ten u.s. sailors to testify about what happened when they were detained by iran if the obama administration does not release the findings of an investigation soon. as you know the incident happened last month when the sailor's two patrol boats swayed into the iranian waters. the sailors were released by the next day. and senator mccain has given the obama administration until the end of the month to provide information. frederick pelyliken is damas syria. >> reporter: an awful incidence. one of the hospitals hit. apparently it was hit by the first air strikes. and then people went in to bring out wounded and at that point the hospital was hit once again. at this point the question is who did it?
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the turks blaming the russians. russians saying they were not responsible. the u.s. says at least one of the strikes the syrian government is responsible. and syrian government denies and says the u.s. might have struck one. however the u.s. categorically saying its planes were not anywhere near any one of these sights. the civilian suffering here is immense. and one of the things that world powers are trying to do is ged aid to people inside the besieged towns. united nations are gearing up for relief effort. we were there to see it. let's have a look. these images shocked the world. people starving in the besieged syrian town of madaya. dozens have succumbed to h ed e in the winter months. >> this child is very ill. he eat leaves, three leaves and get sick in his stomach. his stomach is really really
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hurting. he needs maybe to go to hospital outside in madaya. >> world powers have started an urgent push to get aid to those most in need. at this u.n. distribution center the world food program is fweering up to escalate its relief effort. they show me the facility. >> we receive the commodities in large quantities and package it into the small individual portion. each portion enough to feed five for one month. >> while the world food program is working to get its aid ready the problem is many of the warring parties in syria are not willing to allow relief goods to be delivered. the u.n. has accused the southeastern governmesyrian government, other groups and isis as using food as the weapon. they say they could get there quickly if it's allowed. workers are already stacking
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boxes into trucks. once this vehicle is loaded the folks here are going to seal it which makes it easier to get through check points and the world food program tells us they have many trucks like this one loaded ready to go and are just waiting for permission. most of the parties involved in the fighting here have agreed in principle to allow aid to besieged areas but isis has not. the group has surrounded the eastern syrian of city of dare azure. syrian and russian military aircraft have dropped food and medical supplies and soon the u.n. wants to do the same. >> unfortunately we couldn't reach it. however dare azure there is plans for an air drop and hopefully we'll soon manage to assist them. >> the world food program is still waiting to get the green light to enter many besieged areas. until that permission comes, all they can do is keep packing the goods ready to move when they
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can. >> the food stocks are there carol. the trucks are there. now all that is needed is permission from all the groups. of course the international realizes there is definitely not going to be any permissions coming from isis. the team envoy for the united nations in damascus trying to sort something out as fast as possible so at least some of these people can get some aid carol. >> we stop arthritis pain, so you don't have to stop. because you believe in go. onward. today's the day. carpe diem. tylenol® 8hr arthritis pain has two layers of pain relief. the first is fast.
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checking some top stories for you, the eagles of death
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metal are returning to france to finish the concert they started. 89 people were killed at a concert including the band's merchandise manager. they will perform in paris. the concert hall is scheduled to reopen in november. a demonstration at nfl head quarters. the protesters say beyonce's performance was inappropriate because of polarizing black power theme. the fans found out about the protest and showed up to support her. >> taylor swift, one of the biggest winners last night now just for her second album of the year award for 1989. but many praising her strong acceptance speech. >> there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take
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credit for your accomplishments or your fame but if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people side track you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world. thank you. >> a little girl power there. brian stelter joins me now. why did she respond that way? >> she was sub tweeting kanye west. kahne way west recently said in a song i made her famous. he used a profane word. kanye, i love you, but you didn't make her famous. speaking to young women from the stage as she was winning album of the year for her album, 1989. >> i loved her speech. and i think it was necessary to say and good for her, but i
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couldn't help that notice that standing behind her were all the men producers. >> that was noted job line as well. a number of people pointing that out. that happened to be her colleagues that worked with her on the album, but it did seem a little strange. you wonder about the talent in the music industry. the oscars have been under criticism about being so white. that's the hash tag around the nominees. this grammy award showcase was much more diverse. an impressive performance on stage by kendrick lamar. >> last year he was supposed to win but didn't, so some people say they made good on last year. >> they were the two biggest winners of the night. i think what people are talking about more than anything else is his performance on stage. there were also a couple of sweet moments. meghan trainor picking up the award for best new artist. let's look at how she accepted. >> i love you so much.
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thank you, adam factory for managing me and my mom and dad for always believing in me and charlie la donna for making me an artist. i'm a mess. i have to go cry. thank you to the grammys. i love you so much. thank you. >> that was her dad, right? y. >> right. >> i also liked ed sheeran saying his parents had come of the show several times and he lost several times and his parents always said maybe next year. and then he won. there were some problems and adele had some problems on stage. we can listen to with her. ♪ give me a memory that i use ♪ ♪ take me by >> not her best performance. now, she's saying it's because there was a microphone in the piano and it fell on the strings and set her a little bit off base.
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happening now in the news room, and you thought it was ugly before. >> i have never, ever met a person that lies more than ted cruz. >> it's only getting worse. >> south carolina cannot trust donald trump. >> the days of the grand old party, over. plus, an open supreme court seat sets off a political fire storm, and this battle is not going anywhere. >> the constitution does not include exemptions for election years. >> it will be filled by the next
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president. >> with fighting like this, who would want the job anyway? let's talk live in the cnn news room. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. top republicans are sharpening their knives and drawing blood. donald trump calling ted cruz a liar and unstable. marco rubio saying cruz's questionable claims are part of a questionable pattern. and. jeb bush pleading with voters to reject the politics of division splitting his party. the free for all all intensifying days ahead of the south carolina primary, and the word scorched earth now hanging o over this brawl and beyond. right now cruz is about to hold an event unveiling his plan to rebuild the military. the military vote critical in the state of south carolina. i believe that the former texas governor rick perry will be by his side when he rolls out his plan. we are at the event.
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someone start us off. >> good morning. cruz right now in the middle of a multifront battle on both donald trump and marco rubio accusing him of being a liar, of distorting their record as he makes his case to south carolina voters. cruz's closing message is in large part about defining his opponents, arguing that he is the most conservative candidate of them all. really going right after rubio and donald trump's record on abortion, immigration, same-sex marriage to paint himself as the most tried and true conservative and present them as more liberal. in large part, that's what's prompt third down pushback from trump and rubio. i asked kroourz about the pushback when we were in south carolina. here's how heresponded, turning
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the tables back on them. >> you know, it is a curious thing. two of the candidates in this race, donald trump and marco rubio, both have the very same pattern. whenever anyone points out their record, they simply start screaming liar, liar, liar. it's a very odd dynamic. you're right. it brings name calling as not a positive thing in politics. >> and today cruz will try to ro focus on the issues. he'll release his plan at the uss york town to rebuild the military. it is a nasty fight that's dominating the campaign trail discussion, and especially how ted cruz is presenting the records of his opponents. >> all right. reporting live from mt. pleasant. let's head to phil. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump is the clear front runner down in south carolina. for marco rubio, ted cruz is the
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clear target. at a town hall yesterday, rubio was asked to expose donald trump for the closeted liberal he is. he demured. no such hesitation. >> i think ted has shown a propensity to say something that's true. when you do that, it's called a lie. i have a problem with it. he's not telling the truth about marriage. he's not telling the truth about the issue of planned parenthood on my stance on life. this is a problem. we need to clarify it. it's important for voters to know truth. when someone says something about me that's it's not true like he did with ben carson when he paid for the calls in iowa to say he was dropping out of the race, it's a disturbing pattern. >> reporter: obviously the candidates going after one another. this coming out over the air waves in south carolina. the rubio campaign scoring a small victory, getting one of
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the super pacs to pull one of their ads with concerns of accuracy for cruz. rubio is really targeting cruz because donald trump is secure. he has 35 % in about every poll. marco rubio has started to climb even after the new hampshire finish. cruz is the man inbetween he and the front runner. cruz, the clear target. >> all right. phil reporting live for us this morning from south carolina. as the fighting intensifies, as you heard phil say, it's turning into an ad war. another case in point, the new ad from the cruz campaign blasting donald trump for changing his political positions. >> i'm ted cruz and i approved this mes taj. >> i'm very capable of changing to anything i want to change to. >> that's for sure. >> would president trump ban partial birth abortions. >> i am pro choice. >> you would not ban it? >> no. >> and planned parenthood?
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>> they serve a good function. >> and clinthillary clinton. >> i think she does a good job and i like her. >> south carolina cannot trust donald trump. >> i'm capable of changing to anything i want to change to. >> don't give him that chance. >> all right. with me now, scottie, the chief political correspondent for u.s. radio networks and a trump supporter. i'm also joined by the california state chairman for the ted cruz campaign. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> so, ron, mr. trump said on good morning america this morning that ted cruz is a liar and his iowa win should be rescinded. that he's canadian and not eligible to run for president. your thoughts? >> i think whenever donald trump gets into trouble he turns more and more kind of extreme and erratic in terms of many of the things that he says. who knows what he'll say by the time is t saturday vote comes around. donald trump decides he wants to
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run for president and is a republican. he's trying to reinvent himself. he's not doing a good job. most republicans don't support donald trump. 70% of republicans don't support him. when this comes down to a two-way race between cruz and trump, he's in a lot of trouble. he knows that. he'll continue to say weirder and weirder things as the election comes closer. >> he's threatening to file a lawsuit if cruz does not admit to lying. is senator cruz lawyering up? >> i don't know if he is, but mr. trump is tired of it. when you look at the accusation that mr. trump is lying and he's not being truthful, look at what senator cruz has been. prior to december 15th, he was saying stay out of syria, now he wants to carpet bomb them. you take the ads he put out. he's taking edited clips of mr.
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trump talking about planned parenthood. mr. trump is pointing out there are great things they do except if there are abortions or selling of baby parts, then they need to be defunded. senator cruz has become the left, selectively picking out what parts he wants to say and doesn't give the whole truth. that makes him be the real liar on the stage at this point. >> both candidates are calling one another liars. rob, how does this help the voters understand where these candidates stand on the issues, or don't issues matter at this point? >> well, i think issues are very important. we need a president who's going to go to washington, challenge the status quo as cruz has. that's why your record is important. what donald trump is most upset about is that senator cruz isn't making it up. cruz's ads are exactly of donald trump's own words.
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unfortunately for donald trump, most of the words come from before he decided to run for president and before he decided to reinvent himself and recast himself as something else. and that's what i think donald trump is most upset about. when he talks about going to court, it's a liberal notion that when the american people don't do what he wants them to do, he'll try to turn to a judge to get his way anyway. this is not unlike what he did when attacking the republican national committee. trump campaign didn't do a good job organizing their people. they can't take responsibility for that so they have to blame somebody else. >> that's a lie right there. you know that's a lie. >> at that south carolina debate got 100 tickets. the trump people didn't organize. everybody else in that audience was upset with many of the ridiculous things donald trump said. >> when the top two gop candidates, one is calling the other a liar and the other one is basically saying i know you
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are but what am i, what is this doing for the gop as a whole? suspect it tarnishing the republican party with a negative brush? >> you're correct. that's what i'm worried about. i think that's mr. trump's strategy. he's trying to reduce the damage that senator cruz is doing to him and other campaigns by the lies that he's spreading. i think you're right. it's the long term game. how are you going to go against the democrats when you disenfranchised the majority of your base? it's a catch 22 right now. this is why what senator cruz is doing is dangerous. if he would stick to the truth or his campaign stick to the truth, you wouldn't have mr. trump or marco rubio or dr. carson pointing out this is a continuous pattern of cruz to smear and say he's the victim. the victim is what republicans are tired of playing. when you look at records for voting for tpa or the corker
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amendment to the iran bill, all these things, cruz doesn't have as conservative a record as he likes to sell. >> i have to leave it there. thanks to both of you. starting tomorrow, it's a two-night event on cnn. all six presidential candidates will take part in a town hall. they're answer voter's questions. this will be spread out over two nights because of all the candidates. 8:00 p.m. eastern wednesday, and 8:00 p.m. eastern thursday. hillary clinton is meeting with civil rights leaders this morning. as you can see, she's also meeting with al sharpton. it was just not that long ago that bernie sanders sat down with al sharpton in harlem. it seems they're following each other around in a fight for the african american vote. we're monitoring this meeting. we'll keep you posted.
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reid and many other senate democrats are calling for is a nominee who would ordinarily get republican support. they're trying to show the gop opposition is unreasonable, and undermine the republican election year argument that they are good stewards of the government. reid laid out his most extensive comments to date saying, quote, if my republican colleagues proceed down this path, they should know that this act alone will define their time in the majority. thinking otherwise is a fantasy. now, what i've been told also is that some democrats have quoted some of their colleague's names as well beyond those judicial nominees as judges who we've been talking about for the last several days. some of those possible colleague, senators include cory booker of new jersey. the minnesota senator is a name that frequently comes up. it's unclear how seriously those
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the fight for minority voters is red hot. right now hillary clinton is meeting with civil rights leaders in downtown new york city. in attendance cornell brookes, and you see al sharpton there. this about a week after her rival, bernie sanders, met with charlotten in harlem. as for sanders, he's campaigning in south carolina. later he'll head to atlanta to tour the historically black colleges there. last night he talked up his past support for jesse jackson. >> there were three white elected officials in america that endorsed jackson in 1988. i was one of them. as for what jesse jackson says, i sat down with him before the show this morning. >> are you endorsing anyone? >> no. i'm focusing on voter turnout. >> did you see bernie sanders
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involved in the civil rights fight? >> i did not, but a lot of us didn't see each other. i was all over. bernie was in chicago. there was a civil rights fight in chicago, civil rights fight in various parts of the south. >> was bernie sanders involved in these fights? >> i didn't know him. we left selma and came to chicago in 1965 and ee 66. the whole new civil rights movement up north that was in this own way -- >> does this prove anything about bernie sanders? >> it proves he's involved. after all, we're in vermont, and part of laying the ground work for the rainbow coalition at the time, in today's politics, could we get white votes, not just black votes. that was our goal. in iowa, that was a big deal.
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we went north to new hampshire and sanders endorsed us in vermont. we won the whitest state in the country. that was a big deal. at the risk of looking in the rear-view mirror about who did what 40 years ago misses the point of today. a million people are in poverty who can't get health care. today the impact of the bank behavior, 1% is controlling the rest of us in ways that's not in our own interest. to me, those interests are fair trade and reciprocal trade, address nations of poverty. to me that's the bread. >> all right. this was the picture i was showing jesse jackson. that's him back when he was running for president, and that's bernie sanders. they're talking. sanders did endorse jackson's run for president, and as you heard, jackson said he's not endorsing anyone at the moment. in response to what john lewis
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said about sanders not being involved in the civil rights movement, jesse jackson said we shouldn't open old scars. today is a new fight and we should concentrate on that. donald trump is taking hits from all sides. his gop rivals trying to chip away at his lead in south carolina, and a former president taking his own swings at the front runner. >> strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster. it is not theatrics. real strength, strength of purpose comes from integrity and character. and in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> athena jones live where a jeb bush event is about to get underway. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. at that event last night it was the biggest crowd we've seen at an event for jeb bush.
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much more of a rally like feel than we're used to seeing at his events. it's proof that his brother, george w. bush is a big draw. i talked to a lot of folks who said they were there to see w. they were fans and were there to give jeb a look, choosing between jeb bush and rubio, or between bush, rubio and cruz, they told me. we saw from w., he made a case for his brother as having the skills to be commander in chief, but he also made a reference to gop front runner, donald trump. several of them. you played one in the intro. let's take a listen to this one. >> these are tough times, and i understand that americans are angry and frustrated. but we do not need someone in the oval office who mirrors and enflames our anger and frustration. we need someone who can fix the
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problems that cause their anger and frustration and that's jeb bush. >> so there you heard george w. bush making the case for his brother. the question is how much it will help jeb bush who needs a boost here? this is the state where bushes have been popular. both bushes won the primaries here. for the jeb bush campaign, while there's a lot of focus on the war of words between bush and donald trump, they're also keeping their eye on folks like rubio and john kasich. talking to bush aides, think feel he has to do best among the so-called electable candidates. they believe that doesn't include trump or cruz. while governor bush will only say he hopes to beat expectations, it's clear they're hoping for a strong finish, meaning at least a third place finish here. >> all right. athena jones live from south carolina. george w. bush was warmly welcomed in south carolina. donald trump did no such thing. he actually doubled down on his
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attacks against jeb's famous last name. i'm talking about w. here. trump once again slamming w. for, in his opinion, endangering americans. >> i hope the voters take a look and see who has the clearest view of the world and who has a plan to deal with those who would do us harm. the other thing is you set a goal. defeat isis, and then you call upon the people who know how to help you achieve that goal. that's the military and intelligence community. jeb respects them. that's what you want. >> george w. bush not letting those hits get under his skin. >> and i understand that americans are angry and frustrated but we do not need someone in the oval office who mirrors and enflames our anger and frustration. [ applause ]
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we need someone who can fix the problems that cause their anger and frustration, and that's jeb bush. >> with me now, van hip, the chairman of the american defense international. he's also the former deputy assistant secretary of the army. welcome, sir. >> good to be with you. >> nice to have you here. donald trump is taking his attacks against bush to a new level. he pointed out 9/11 happened on w.'s watch. how do you respond to that? >> well, first of all, i think jeb bush bringing his brother in is a positive form. it's interesting that donald trump at a press conference yesterday wondered why he waited so late to bring him in and said, quote, i think he would have done better. i think even donald trump realizes that george w. bush is very popular in south carolina. >> is that why donald trump is saying these things? >> you know, i think when the poll -- part of me thinks that because of some of the big numbers that donald trump is
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getting, maybe he's already beginning to run a general election campaign. maybe he thinks he's well on his way to the nomination and beginning to run more of a general election campaign. i think what's interesting, it was on this network back in 2003 when former president bill clinton told larry king that when he left office, there was a substantial amount of biological and chemical weapons unaccounted for. this is bill clinton. i believe that fighting terrorism is not a democrat or republican issue. it's an american issue, and we need more bipartisanship. >> okay. ted cruz is holding a campaign rally, and he's talking about rebuilding the military. he's in south carolina right now. he and some of the other republican candidates say our military is not as strong as it ought to be. in your mind, is our military weak? >> there's no question. just talk to the troops and our ground commanders today. carol, we have cut the united
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states army down to preworld war ii levels. we've got more admirals than ships. that sends the wrong message not only to friends but foes. we need a strong military. only when you're strong do you have the respect of your adversaries. it's getting tougher for us to do the things we need to do to keep this country safe. >> let me ask you a more specific question, sir. when politicians say they want to strengthen our military, what do they mean? do they mean more troops, better equipment? what do they mean? all those things take millions and millions of dollars? >> that's a good question. i think it's a combination. we need to look at what we're spending in the military today. back in 1960, 52 % of spending was part of national security. today it's 16 %. the reason the states came together was to provide for the common defense of the american people. everything else is secondary.
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it's first about keeping america safe. >> we spend billions of dollars on our military. >> we're spending less today than in years past. i don't know of another time in history when only 16 % was for national security. like i said, in the early 60s, over half. it's the entitlement programs that are bankrupt in america, not national security and keeping this country safe. >> just one more question about funding our national defense. sequestration plays into this. why aren't any of the candidates talking about getting rid of that? >> when you take the cuts together with the roughly 500 billion worth of cuts of the obama imposed. that's a trillion dollars. it's had a tremendous negative impact on our military, and our national security. >> all right. i just want to go to the ted cruz event. he's talking about drafting women. let's listen. >> we are not going to break our
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promises to those who are given valiantly. we will not tolerate imp competence at the v.a. incompetence at the v.a. rebuilding the u.s. military's readiness and material is essential but so is ending the scandal of political correctness. we know from veterans what combat is. combat is death, honor, and chaos. and a commander officer's mission in battle is to destroy the enemy, take the objective and bring through as many of their own troops as possible. that's why the last thing any commander should need to worry about is the grades he is getting from some plush-bottomed
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pentagon bureaucrat for political correctness. >> i'll pose that question to you, sir. as you listen to ted cruz, what goes through your mind? >> he's trying to play to national security conservatives. many years ago before i had white hair, i was chairman of the republican party in south carolina in the late 1980s. i remember back then just like today what has won it in south carolina, and south carolina got it right more than any other state, is the candidate who can unite the ronald reagan coalition. it sounds like what he's trying to do. >> going back to the issue of drafting women. we missed it because i got there late. what cruz said about drafting women before is it would be immoral. do you agree? >> i think you listen to the military and ground commanders. the purpose of the military is to win wars and protect the
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national security interest of the american people. it's not the place for social experimentation. women have a great role in our military today. thank goodness we have the military we have. i want to see it stronger. >> you're saying that all combat roles should not be open to women? >> not all. i would sit down and talk to the joint chiefs of staff. i would want to hear from the joint chiefs of staff which roles are the roles that make the most sense. >> the department of defense has spoken. >> and the joint chiefs of staff or the political types? i think -- i'm all for listening to the people in uniform, but women have done a great job j no doubt about it. >> the army ranger, three women have passed the army ranger school. should they participate fully in what that means? >> if you passed army ranger
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school, absolutely. if you meet the criteria, i'm all for it. if you can meet the criteria that the joint chiefs and commanders say we need for our fighting men and women, absolutely. >> van, thank you for being with me and rolling with the punches. >> enjoyed it. >> still to come in the news room. pope francis is visiting a mexican state ravaged by drug violence. we'll take you there next. we stop arthritis pain, so you don't have to stop. tylenol® 8hr arthritis pain has two layers of pain relief. the first is fast. the second lasts all day. we give you your day back. what you do with it is up to you. tylenol®. this just got interesting.
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planned a demonstration at nfl head quarters and then her fans interrupt them. the protesters say the halftime performance was inappropriate because of the polarizing black power theme. but the singer's fans found out about the protest and they showed up to support beyonce. pope francis continues his trip to mexico with a visit to a state that's been ground zero for the country's deadly drug war. we are joined live on the phone. rosa is with the pope. good morning. rosa? ♪ >> rosa, are you there? >> reporter: hi, carol. i'm at a location for pope francis, where he'll be celebrating mass in moments, and you can probably hear a lot of the music around me right now, because they are practicing the
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welcome for pope francis. now, this is the mass for seminarian, for nuns, for priests, so there is a lot of excitement here to receive pope francis. now, this is a parade that is the epicenter of the drug war. he is expected to speak about drug violence and, of course, we're going to have to wait and see what he says here, but if this trip is any indication, he has not shied away from speaking directly to drug lords or people involved in organized crime. earlier in a suburb of mexico city, he said don't dialogue with the devil, because he always wins. in the past, in 2013, i can show you in brazil he called the dealers of death. we're going to have to see what
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he says here about that topic. but after that, then he's expected to go to where he will be celebrating mass right along the border. and that will be the culmination of this trip where pope francis not only celebrates mass and he can see both the u.s. and mexico, but he's expected to walk toward the wall that divides the two countries and pray in silence for immigrants who have perished. >> rosa, i can't help but notice the pope is traveling in a vehicle that is not covered. is he doing that on purpose or is it something that just happened? >> reporter: he has five pope mobiles in mexico because he's moving to swiftly through this country, and, yeah, it's not covered. it's not covered. it wasn't expected to be covered, and the vatican said they don't expect any sort of
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security issue in mexico, that they know that mexicans love pope francis. they love their pope. we've seen him in these open pope mobiles in other places in mexico that he's already visited, and even in the epicenter of the drug war, he's traveling in this open pope mobile. >> i know. that's what took me aback for a minute there, but there he goes, pope francis. all right. rosa reporting live from southern mexico this morning. thank you. i'll be right back. busy your life can be. oh no this mom didn't have time to worry about a cracked windshield. so she scheduled at safelite.com and with safelite's exclusive "on my way text" she knew exactly when i'd be there. hi, steve with safelite. thanks for your text! i replaced her windshield... and she didn't miss a single shot giving you more time for what matters most. how'd ya do?
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hotel room. he says the assault never happened. the woman has recanted her allegations. sources are telling cnn, the nypd is looking through text messages on the woman's cell phone. what's the latest? >> reporter: the investigation is continuing. and a search warrant was executed in the hotel room. they found broken glass which was evidence to them, potentially, that an altercation took place. they have the cell phone of this alleged victim. they're going through it. they believe that some of the text messages on it, the communications, were wiped remotely, because she has gone back to russia now. they're trying to see if anything discerns that criminal activity took place. as you're saying j spitzer came out saying no assault, no criminal activity. giving a little more explanation in the accuser lived in california, was on her way back to moscow. stopped for a period in new york
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for a hotel room that had been previously arranged for her at the plaza hotel. she asked for spitzer to came. he came saturday afternoon. they had a very nice conversation. she asked for him to come back later. when he came back later, he saw someone emotionally disturbed that could potentially harm herself. she went to the hospital. that's where she alleged that he had choked here. she's now in russia, and spitzer says that he got an e-mail from her apologizing from her profusely that never had there been an assault, never had he choked her and that she was not telling the truth when she told that to authorities. authorities have that e-mail now. they're looking at it. but they have not spoken with her, and she has not recanted this to police who she originally -- >> but she's in another country now. >> she's in another country. and your victim is in another country, it makes it difficult. the investigation continues. >> all right. i'm sure you'll keep us posted. thank you. >> still to come, at the
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thank you. >> all right. taylor swift's response was actually to a lyric from a song on kanye west's new song where he wrapped that he and swift might get together and still have sex. i made that b-word, that rhymes with witch, famous. there you have it. brian stelter is here to -- really, kanye? >> kanye did not quite fake taylor famous. he got up on stage applied to take the mike away from her many years ago. i thought that was an inspiring message last night, speaking to many young women. >> it was a wonderful speech. it obviously moved some people in the audience. >> kanye west didn't respond to her. he's been on a twitter tirade p promoting his new album. thankfully he didn't respond to her. maybe this sort of back and forth is over for now.
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>> since he's $53 million in debt. >> we'll see how he does next year. him and adele next year. adele did perform. she had trouble on stage. there were technical difficulties. i think she still impressed a lot of people. we'll see next year if it's her night. taylor and kendrick lamar had a big night. >> a lot of people talking about lady gaga's tribute for david bowie as well. >> she clearly worked on it for a long time, and it showed. it was one of the most memorable points of the whole show. it's worth watching on youtube if you can find it. we also saw tributes to glenn frey and bb king. >> lady gaga is making a comeback, right? >> absolutely. >> here she is singing everything. >> if you disappear, you want to come back the way she did last night. >> absolutely.
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brian, thanks for stopping by. thank you for joining me. i'm carol costello. at this hour with berman and bolduan starts now. all right. hello, everyone. i'm john berman. welcome to the i know you are but what m achapter of the 2016 race. donald trump says ted kroousz cruz, you're a liar and i'm going to sue you. cruz says you're a liberal and have lost it. rubio says cruz you're a liar. bush says trump, you sound like michael moore and my brother can beat you up. he didn't say that last part exactly, but everything else, pretty much verbatim and it's just beginning. four days to go until the blood bath formally known as the south carolina primary. jim acosta joins us live from augusta in south carolina where he's been chasing the trump campaign. >> that's right,

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