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the sun comes up in a hazy tropical orange orb, and you're not working. you're not on a schedule. and you have no meetings, but you have somebody fun to spend the time with. and then you would go to the beach when the sun isn't right overhead yet because the beach faces east, the sun sparkles on the water. and the sparkle is very nice. so, positive. ♪ >> anthony: you're the template for the rock star, meaning other rock stars sort of look to you to figure out how should i behave? along with that, look, even at it's -- even if you're broke, you're a guy at various points in life has pretty much been one way or the other have been able to have a lot of things ordinary people would never have.
you've had many, many adventures. >> iggy: i know -- >> anthony: given that, what thrills you? >> iggy: the nicest stuff right now, this is very embarrassing, but it's really -- being loved. and actually appreciating the people that are giving that to me. ♪ i don't see any birds at all here today. it's so quiet. >> anthony: is this the reward phase of your life or is it just >> iggy: it's been emotionally i think a reward phase for stuff i did up until the age 30.
stuff you had to do on instinct and not on intelligence. >> anthony: see, i think you deserve it. but when i look at my own life, you know, i'm actually -- i'm ambivalent. i mean, i'm still not so sure. you know? >> iggy: i'm still curious. you seem like a curious person. >> anthony: it's my only virtue. >> iggy: there you go. all right. curious is a good thing to be. it seems to pay some unexpected dividends. ♪ i am a passenger and i ride and ride ♪ ♪ i ride through the city ♪ i see the stars come out of the sky ♪ ♪ so let's ride and ride and ride and ride ♪ >> anthony: i guess that's what it comes down to. all of it. led here. i write a book, i get a tv show, i live my dreams, i meet my hero.
getting reports of sporadic clashes in syria. in the middle of the temporary truce there, which isn't even a days over. an observatory for human rights says regime and rebel forces are fighting in latakia. incidents like these were expected. isis is spearing with others in aleppo. the artist and activist yoko ono is in the hospital in the new york. her publicist says she has extreme flu-like symptoms. her son says his 83-year-old mother is, quote, dehydrated and tired. ono is the widow of beatle. el chapo will accept extradition to the united states with one exception. his lawyer told a u.s. radio station he'll plead guilty when
he arrives to the united states if he can serve his time at a medium security prison. el chapo has escaped maximum security prisons in mexico on two separate occasions. a newly aggressive marco rubio is ramping up attacks against trump. the presidential candidates went head to head at thursday night's republican debate. rubio hit on trump on his background and his character. some are calling it the most effective takedown of the billionaire so far. after that savage battle of a debate, donald trump dropped a major bock shell. he appeared on stage with new jersey governor chris christie, who is backing the billionaire. christie dropped out earlier this month and now says trump is the man for the job. listen. >> america must have a strong leader again that can restore american jobs, that can restore american confidence, and donald trump is just the man to do it.
america needs someone who's going to make sure that hillary clinton doesn't get within ten miles of the white house. donald trump can do it! >> and chris christie there also taking direct jabs at marco rubio in that speech. he could be exactly what donald trump needs as the republican establishment steps up its attacks against the front-runner. senior white house correspondent jim acosta has the very latest for us. ♪ >> reporter: trump tried to turn the page after cnn's fiery republican debate, a jaw-dropping endorsement from chris christie. >> this was an endorsement that meant a lot. >> there is no bigger fighter than donald trump. >> it was a deft move for trump after he seemed rattled by a newly aggressive marco rubio at thursday's debate. >> if you hadn't inherited $200
million, do you know where -- >> no, no no. >> he would be selling watches in manhattan. >> that is so wrong. >> reporter: rubio decided the only way to take down the gop-front runner is to match insult with insult. >> last night during two breaks he went backstage, he was having a meltdown. first, he had his little makeup thing, applying, like, makeup around his mustache because he had a sweat mustaches. then he asked for a full-length mirror. i don't know why because the podium goes up to here but he wanted a full-length mirror. maybe to make sure his hants weren't wet. >> reporter: he ridiculed trump's misspelling of the words lightweight choker. >> lightweight marco rubio was working hard last night. this is true. the problem is, he is a chocker and once a chocker, always a choker. i guess that's what he meant to
say. i spelled choker c-h-o-c-k-e-r. >> he was sweating so badly -- >> reporter: trump mocked him for needing tv makeup. >> i will not say he was trying to cover up his ears. i need water. help me. i need water. when you're a choke artist, you're always a choke artist. >> reporter: it was a continuation of the alley fight that broke out during cnn's debate. on obamacare rubio who got the last week on who repeats themselves the most. >> that's the last part of the plan? >> the nice part -- >> you have many different plans. you'll have competition. you'll have so many different plans. >> now he's repeating himself. >> no, i'm not -- no, no, no. >> you don't repeat -- >> here's the guy who repeats himself. >> you repeat yourself every day. >> talking about repeating, i watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago. >> i saw repeat yourself five times five seconds ago. >> reporter: trump wondered if rubio will land the support of
the last gop nominee, romney. >> when you walk into a stage, you cannot walk like a penguin. he walked like a penguin. >> donald trump there. that was jim acosta reporting for us. chris christie's support for mr. trump is a big surprise. just a few months ago, he was singing a very different tune, though. listen. >> donald's a great guy and a good person, but i just don't think he's suited to be president of the united states. >> why? >> i don't think his temperament is suited to that. if he doesn't get what he wants from john boehner, he can't fire him. >> that's a 180 there. trump went after his former rival on a number of different occasions in the past. even blasting how christie handled hurricane sandy when the storm devastated his state. listen to this. >> honestly it was terrible. they had the flood, the hurricane, obama went to new
jersey. he was like a little child, a little boy. he flew on the helicopter and he was so excited to be on the helicopter. i would have put you on the helicopter. it's much nicer. still. i thought it was a terrible thing. >> we'll see how strong the new trump/christie pairing proves to be when we get to super tuesday in four day's time. despite trump's personal tax on megyn kelly and his comments he's made about women in general, trump still has support of women. randi kaye went to a debate watch party to get their thoughts. >> donald trump! >> reporter: before donald trump even uttered a word at cnn's gop debate, this group was cheering for him. dozens of dallas women, all voting trump come super tuesday. >> they've been saying, the silent majority. he speaks for all of us and has given us a voice. >> it's nice to have somebody that's not a canned politician.
he's not -- he's not in the box. he thinks outside of the box. >> he has tapped into the anger of america. i think he's going to go down as one of the greatest presidents in history. >> reporter: this woman voted for president obama, and even she's in trump's corner now. >> i mean, he's very charismatic. >> nobody is wittier or smarter or quicker on the draw than he is, that's for sure. but also there was, like, the boldness about him and an independence that appealed to me. >> you tell me about this guy. >> reporter: watching the debate only solidified their support. who here feels stronger about donald trump after this debate than they did going into it? more committed? >> yeah. >> when i'm watching the debates and i'm yelling at the tv, the next thing out of donald trump's mouth is exactly what i just said. >> reporter: but does that mean he's going to be a good president? >> i think he will. i think he will. >> reporter: in their eyes he
can neither do or say anything wrong. >> absolutely! >> reporter: even when it comes to women. this supporter told me, she thinks trump can, quote, save the country. >> i have a lot of friends that cringe when he says things, but it's trump. that's who he is. that's what he does. >> reporter: that's what you like about him? >> yes. >> reporter: they support him on the issues, too, like immigration. >> people who want to come into this country need to pay their dues. need on to work as hard as everybody else to stay here. >> reporter: and while marco rubio is demanding more specific plans from trump -- >> what is your plan? >> that's the problem -- >> what is your plan on health care? >> reporter: these women say they've heard enough. >> if you listen to trump, he actually does present plans and what his policies are on every issue. i don't hear that coming from these other candidates. >> reporter: other candidates like ted cruz. some here planned to vote cruz, then switched to trump.
>> do you think he can beat ted cruz on super tuesday? >> i do. i do. ted has revealed himself to be someone we would not trust. >> reporter: they do trust donald trump. >> nobody has gone to washington that we have elected and did what they said they were going to do. >> reporter: what makes you think he will? >> i look at his history. i see the company he has built. i have seen the empire he has built. >> i'm the only one on the stage that has hired people up. haven't hired anybody. >> reporter: randi kaye, cnn, dallas, texas. ahead of south carolina's democratic primary and super tuesday next week, bernie sanders and hillary clinton are swinging through southern states to snag whatever votes they can. sanders kept up the wall street talk rhetoric and clinton is dealing with demands she release transcripts from her paid speeches. here's senior political correspondent brianna keilar with more. >> reporter: bachelor parties
antti aren't your usual campaign events. >> this is exciting. >> reporter: but that's where hillary clinton unexpectedly found herself at a charleston bakery one day before the south carolina primary. trying to convince voters to walk down the aisle with her. >> i need your vote tomorrow. >> reporter: instead of bernie sanders. >> $15 million of which came from wall street. >> reporter: he's in south carolina today after a stop in minnesota, where he targeted clinton's big dollar speeches to wall street firms. >> what you say behind closed doors is a little different than what you're saying to the american people. i am prepared to release all of the transcripts i got with secret meetings in wall street. here they are! >> reporter: clinton is resisting, saying tuesday at cnn's town hall -- >> why is there one standard for me and not for everybody else? >> reporter: "the new york times" editorial board backing sanders on the issue, saying voters have every right to know what mrs. clinton told these
groups. clinton is urging voters to examine her public record. >> it's hurtful to have people say, we don't trust her. we don't know why she's doing it. it suddenly struck me, well, maybe there is this underlying question, like, is she doing it for herself or is she really in it for us? >> reporter: she and ande esande fighting for the key support of black voters in the primaries and upcoming southern contests on tuesday, both in support of the crime bill that helped lead to african-american incarceration. >> there were some positive features, however, i think the consequences of some of what was done are serious and we have to take action as quickly and broadly as possible to try to reverse those. >> reporter: and sanders at an event in chicago where secret service stepped in when a woman holding a sign charged the stage.
>> okay, ma'am. please -- >> reporter: his remarks included a critique of clinton for backing her husband's 1996 reform bill. >> the result of that bill is that extreme poverty, the poorest of the poor in america, those numbers doubled as a result of that legislation. i oppose that legislation. hillary clinton supported that legislation. >> that was cnn's brianna keilar reporting for us. the super tuesday primaries and caucuses next week have the potential to decide who will be the nominee for both parties. josh rogin gave his thoughts on what the big day means for the democratic candidates. >> the super tuesday states, mostly southern states, have -- represent an advantage for the clinton campaign that bernie sanders is simply probably not going to be able to overcome.
you see him focusing on those states where he thinks he might have a chance. of course, massachusetts, very very, these are states he can reasonably expect to winning, then he's focused on minnesota and for some reason oklahoma. the rest of the states on super tuesday are southern states. the clinton camp is expecting that secretary clinton will sweep those states. so, after tuesday, we could see secretary clinton with a much bigger advantage and delegates and an even bigger advantage in super delegates than she has right now. that won't be the end of the sanders campaign, but it might be the beginning of the end of his hopes for actually surpassing her. >> our political analyst josh rogin with that. you're watching "cnn newsroom." still ahead, the south african prison that once housed nelson mandela. see why some say the conditions there are inhumane for prisoners livering there today.
welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. . turn now to south africa. cnn was given exclusive access to one of the most notorious prisons, pollsmoor prison, where nelson mandela was held. david mckenzie takes us inside. >> reporter: walls designed to keep dangerous inmates out of sight, so-called hiding allegations of disease, abuse, outbreaks, severe overcrowding. until now. we've been given exclusive access inside pollsmoor prison. >> that's the most overcrowded section. some of the cells, more than 300% overcapacity.
>> reporter: statistics can be hard to grasp. the horrific reality is not. this single cell, crammed with 86 detainees. it was designed for 19. they all share one shower and a toilet but often it's just a bucket. no mattress, no nothing. this smell, this many bodies in such a small space, is suffocating. the filth is so extreme, skin disease is endemic, contracting tuberculosis an almost certainty. inhumane certainty for even the most hardened convicts but yet of these yet to be convicted. how many of you have been here for more than two months? >> it's worse to see all the people on the floors. even during the night when we want to go to toilet, we have to climb over them. >> reporter: clive has been stuck here for two years and two months, awaiting trial.
>> animals shouldn't live like this. >> reporter: seems unfair. >> we don't invite them. they come here because they do alleged crimes. >> reporter: he says pollsmoor was designed during apartheid when prisons were meant to break black prisoners. >> it's inhumane. >> reporter: jacobs wanted to show us what wardens were up against. today, like each morning, hundreds of inmates head off to court. some will be let off. some convicted. but the majority will just be brought back. where hundreds more will join them each week inside this prison hell. david mckenzie, cnn, pollsmoor prison.
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is following it at the world weather center. good to have you. >> yes. george, back-to-back storm systems. not of equal value. but nonetheless, very powerful. and the rainfall that we've seen already for the season in seattle is about 150% of what they would typically see for the last six months or so. over the last 24 hours, we saw this push of moisture on shore. this is going to be dropping the snow levels down to around 2500 feet. fairly low for this time of year. but as you can see, there's a little bit of a break here. that's the saturday event. then we've got another round of wet weather that starts to develop, going in towards tuesday. it isn't just in washington state and oregon and through the spine of the cascades and the olympics, but also across the interior sections of the west and for the sawtooth, the bighorns, we're looking at snowfall levels here dropping as well. fairly significant snowfall
totals late in the season coming up for the next 24 to 36 hours. here you see a different perspective of the next 48 hours. we start to see the cloud cover drop off, but, in fact, there will be clouds here with these back-to-back storm systems. this isn't it just for the united states. also we're looking at very high conditions across the central u.s. the low humidity, gusty winds and fairly milder, comfortable temperatures, the risk for fire danger is especially high. and in denver, colorado, 21 the expected high, exceptionally warm for this time of the year. they should be around 10 degrees. more than double their temperature they usually see. and across europe, a pretty intense storm system going to whip the coast -- the northern coast of the mediterranean late in date. it looks like much italy will see strong storms and heavy
rainfall. 50 to 100 millimeters possible. george? >> karen mcginnis, thank you so much. back to america's choice and the race to the white house. the republican candidate, donald trump, is no stranger, obviously, to attacking his rivals, but he would have you believe he's a really soft-hearted guy. our jeanne moos reports on the donald's endless love affair with almost everything. >> reporter: donald trump is a man in love with love, and we're not just talking about his wife melania. >> i love my kids. i love the bible. i love our police. the beatles i love. and do we love our vets? i love evangelicals. >> reporter: but donald's latest love left some fum-founded. >> we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated. i love the instantly poorly educated. >> reporter: instantl
instantly #ilovethepoorly educated. it ended up with merchandise, mocked on twitter, make america dumb again, but donald trump seems smitten with various demographics. >> we won with women. i love the women. >> reporter: but why stop at love? >> i cherish women. >> reporter: of course, there is g geographicic love. >> we love nevada. i love iowa. >> reporter: there is passive aggressive love. >> i love "the new york times." it's great. >> reporter: but the kind of love that tends to worry the recipient is followed by a "but". >> i love the mexican people. i love the muslims. i love china. >> reporter: but -- >> they are ripping us. >> reporter: there is one sure way to win trump's affection. >> kanye west, i love him, because he loves trump. >> reporter: even when the donald expresses devotion to a cookie. >> oreos. i love oreos. >> reporter: the next breath he bites back.
>> i'll never eat them again. >> reporter: he's boycotting nabisco because it's moving jobs to mexico. his love is apparently contagious. >> we love you. >> i love you folks, very much. we love you. >> reporter: to the donald, love is blind. >> i don't know who the hell is in this room, but whoever it is, i love you, okay? >> reporter: jeanne moos -- >> everybody loves me. >> reporter: -- cnn, new york. >> everybody loves me. >> we love the fact you stayed with us the last hour for "cnn newsroom." thanks for watching. i'm george howell at the cnn center here in atlanta. i'll be back for another hour of news from around the world.
a shaky cease-fire in syria amidreports of renewed fighting in some areas. a live report from the region ahead, as we examine the prospects for peace. plus, an uphill battle for bernie sanders with hillary clinton expected to win comfortably in the south carolina primary this saturday. while the republican campaign gets even uglier as leading candidates trade insults. 9 years and counting. a birthday bash for for president mugabe, but it's not a celebration for those in similar bab zimbab zimbabwe.
i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts right now. a very good day to you. some 12 hours after a cease-fire took effect in syria, sporadic violence and clashes now being reported across that yria obsern rights says the incts are in also fire fights in es aleppo and homs. world officials did expect there to be some continued violence in the region. the agreed upon cease-fire includes the syrian government, russia and the opposition forces. military operations against terrorist groups will continue. cnn is covering this story from all angles. our international diplomatic editor nic robertson is live in riyadh where the negotiating committee is watching this very closely. and senior international correspondent arwa damon is live in istanbul, turkey, following
developments across the region. arwa, i would like to start with you. even though the cease-fire has taken effect, these type of squi skirmishes are to be expected. >> reporter: they are to a certain degree, but none at this stage appear to have been that long in duration. there have also been various reports of artillery being traded between various groups in the suburbs of damascus. some of those clashes you were referring to just there, george, for example the ones that took place in aleppo, those were between regime forces and isis. now, mpl, isis and the al qaeda-linked nusra front are not part of this deal. perhaps the most significant in all of this, the most significant for the syrian population, is that since that cessation of hostilities went into effect, there have been no reports of air strikes by the russian air force or by the syrian air force.
remember, too, that it is these air strikes that despite allegations to the con temporary by the russians and syrians have continued to pound civilian targets leading up to the cessation of hostilities. at the very least, that providing a little bit of breathing room for a population that is already suffered too much. now, these clashes that have been taking place so far, nothing in comparison to what we have been seeing in days past. it remains to be seen whether or not this level of violence, this examtively speaking lower level of violence will hold or not, given that isis and the nusra front are not part of this agreement. also, perhaps, given that the nusra front leader did come out and called this and warned other rebel forces that the cessation of hostilities was basically a ploy by the west to force them to concede territory to their
regime, to force them to surrender to the syrian regime and its allied forces. additionally, have you some other significant rebel groups as well that are casting a lot of skepticism on this entire process. really doubting what their true intentions behind it really are. so, at this stage, it's a bit premature to definitively say this is holding and is taking place, but, again, it is fairly significant that at least for the time being there are no reported air strikes. >> a reduction -- no reported air strikes, more important to say, but as you point out, skepticism and a great deal of uncertainty. arwa damon, live from istanbul, thank you for your reporting. let's turn to diplomatic editor nic robertson joining us from riyadh. i wonder if you've heard any response from the high negotiating committee, obviously keeping a close eye to see if russia and syria are holding up to their end of the bargain? >> reporter: yeah, we can be sure they're watching it very
closely and reading the nuances of it and understanding and perhaps having the most of which rebel groups have agreed with them, 97, they say, have agreed to the cease-fire, those who haven't they're associated with, if they're associating themselves on some part of the battlefield with al qaeda/nusra front. they'll have a very nuanced view of it. what we've seen in the past that is typical of what's emerging today from them is qui etd. they've made that position very clear. they have said that they -- that they're willing to observe the cease-fire but they don't want russia and the syrian government to use it as a pretext to take more territory on the ground. that they want this to be a very transparent protest. they want independent monitoring of the cease-fire and for any violations to be detailed accurately as to who was responsible, where and what time, et cetera, so that it can -- so that the cease-fire
and those who break it can be held to account for it. that's something they've been very clear about. it seems for the time being they want to wait and see how the situation develops before they make further comment. we have heard from the russian defense minister this morning, saying that russia has halted all its air strikes. that's what the defense minister is saying in russia. not only that, he says that russia is meeting all the conditions to make sure that this cease-fire holds. of course, this is what the high negotiating committee here in riyadh is going to be watching for. they're going -- their decision on whether or not this is holding and whether or not they should get into the peace talks, which have now been called by the ooun fu.n. on the 7th of ma very much dependent on how russia and the syrian government reacts to these small amounts of fighting going on right now. >> nic robertson live in riyadh. stand by. i want to go back to arwa damon
to ask one or question. obviously, these clashes are happening. the goal, though, to create peace and allow these humanitarian aid efforts to get to the people who need it most. can you talk to us about what's happening there, even those these clashes are still taking place? >> reporter: that's the next step at this stage because there are a number of areas under siege either by regime forces or by rebel forces themselves or people have literally been starving and trying to get assistance to those areas is absolutely crucial. aid organizations have been trying to stockpiletain areas i syria,ecll in the city of aleppo where it was until the cessation of hostilities that a full assault of the city was imminent. so, had you a number of aid
organizations trying to stockpile supplies in these various critical areas to try to minute galt as much as they can. the consequences of the potential fighting. then also perhaps more importantly is going to be this next possible phase of lifting the siege on other areas, allowing the humanitarian convoys to go in, allowing the wounded to come out and trying to ease that level of the burden on the population because, again, this is a population that has suffered too much for the last five years. whether it's because of the air strikes, the deaths, living in constant fear. also, the especially cruel aspect of this war, that has been denying people basic things like humanitarian assistance like food, electricity, water, medical attention. so it is going to be fundamentally critical in all of this to look at how this humanitarian effort does unfold and whether or not it is able to unfold. >> arwa, i wanted to ask you about that. i know you've covered that
extensively from the mass migration into europe, to people just fleeing to get to safety. away from the fighting there on the syria/turkey border. thank you for the insight there. arwa damon and nic robertson there, thank you for your reporting. a loss is suffered by syria's people the past five years of war are horrendous and almost unimaginable. many have lost loved ones, lost live high livelihoods. we dig into archives to take us inside syria's largest city, aleppo, to see how much has changed there. >> reporter: caught in the cross fire of syria's civil war, aleppo is being destroyed. it's not until you look back at what this ancient city used to be that you realize what is being lost here. before the war, this is what the city center looked like.
narrow allies and covered sukhs, unesco heritage sites. we've been coming to aleppo long before the civil war started. in just the past few weeks we got access to see what is left of the old city. the ancient sukh, where craftsmen worked their goods in stalls today looks like this, empty. much of it reduced to rubble. people would often sit atop the citadel for a drink in the afternoon sun. and today, though the structure is still standing, makeshift military posts now look out across the city. to the south of the citadel these satellite pictures show how the urban landscape has been virtually flattened.
the swimming pool you see here belonged to the luxury carlton hotel. the hotel then became a makeshift base for government forces. it was leveled in 2014 after rebels dug a tunnel underneath it and packed it with explosives. satellite pictures also show the damage done to aleppo's miad mosque, its 11th century minaret demolish demolished. the tower visible across the city. but in the end it was taken down by shelling in 2013. aleppo has always been known for its ottoman architecture, land mansions and courtyards, a 7th century inn, now lies abtded. a nearby mosque in ruins. as hopes for the latest syrian
cease-fire are eroded, so too are the remains of hundreds of years, even millinia of history in aleppo. hole . this is "cnn newsroom." a big day in the u.s. state of south carolina where voters will head to the polls in less than two hours for the state's democratic primary. more on that ahead. plus, mourners remember nemtsov one year after his death. plus locks clumps tight. ... and now it's light. every home, every cat. there's a tidy cats for that. theand to help you accelerate,. we've created a new company... one totally focused on what's next for your business. the true partnership
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u.s. politics as the race for the white house gains steam. we are just a couple hours away now from the polls opening in the state of south carolina for the democratic primary. hillary clinton leads polls by a wide margin, but bernie sanders says he is not giving up. and it's just another day on the campaign trail for republicans as the race now turns ugly. front-runner donald trump revealed quite a bombshell,en an endorsemerndorsement on friday, jersey governor chris christie and former candidate, he is now backing the billionaire for president. meanwhile, among democrats, bernie sanders and hillary clinton have been working to secure more votes from african-american voters. on friday in atlanta here,
clinton said she is troubled by what is happening. she singled out the case of two african-american teenagers in florida who were killed in separate shootings. >> trayvon martin's mother. for someone who went out to buy a package of skittles, staying with his dad where his father lived in this condo complex, minding his own business, talking on the phone to a girl, and a guy who felt empowered because he had a gun, stalked him and then killed him. jordan davis, a young teenager out with his friends, driving around as young men do, playing music, a little loud, but minding their own business. they stopped, one of the young men went in to buy something, a
car yelled at them to turn down their loud music. the young men ignored them, maybe said something in response. so, he pulled out a gun, started shooting and he murdered jordan davis. there is something so profoundly troubling about what is happening. >> meanwhile, bernie sanders spent some of his campaign time in south carolina, highlighting his differences with hillary clinton. >> i do know have a super pac. i do not raise millions of dollars from wall street or powerful special interests, but there was a bill called the so-called welfare reform bill. and the thesis, the idea behind that is that poor people were ripping off the welfare systems. i vigorously oppose that legislation. secretary clinton supported that legislation. that's an important difference between us. >> it is a fight for the
southern state of south carolina as these candidates look toward super tuesday. jeff zeleny has this report for us. >> thank you. >> he i need your vote tomorrow. >> reporter: on the eve of the first southern primary for democrats, hillary clinton is on the hunt for a big win. for a groom with ten groomsmen to a pastry chef. it's a confident close for clinton in south carolina. the clinton primary fight with bernie sanders is about to go national with super tuesday just around the corner. the outlines of the fight are forming. in minnesota, sanders made clear he intends to press clinton to release transcripts of her paid wall street speeches. >> $225,000 for a speech for goldman sachs, you've got to be really good. >> reporter: "the new york times" editorial page which endorsed clinton said she should disclose those transcripts. >> what she said behind closed
door is a little different than what you're saying to the american people. >> reporter: the sanders criticism sounded strikingly similar to the message of a new television ad a conservative group is airing against clinton. >> before you promise your vote to hillary, don't you deserve to know what she wants? >> reporter: while clinton said she would release her speeches if republicans do the same, she said she should be judged on her record. >> i've been on the record for a long time on these issues. i think you should be judged on what you've done. >> reporter: the clinton campaign hopes saturday's primary here is a turning point in the race. a chance to start gradually pivoting toward the general election. >> this election has such high stakes. i think you know that. i believe with all my heart it's one of the most important elections we've had in a really long time. >> reporter: the south carolina primary is seen as a turning point for the clinton campaign. for bernie sanders he hopes it's a bridge to super tuesday next week. jeff zeleny, cnn, south carolina.
>> so, the last republican debate on thursday night was quite the showdown between candidates marco rubio and donald trump. it got nasty at times. unlike any we have seen this political race since we get closer now to super tuesday. some are saying marco rubio gave the most effective takedown of the billionaire so far, but the insults and mud slinging and they didn't stop after the debate. trump and rubio continued their war of words on friday on the campaign trail. listen. >> he is not presidential material, that i can tell you. doesn't have the demeanor. is he a nervous nellie. i watch him backstage. he's a mess. the guy's a total mess. and, you know, i joked recently about, can you imagine putin sitting there, waiting for a meeting and rubio walks in and he's totally drenched. i don't know what it is. but i've never seen a human being sweat like this man sweats. >> last night in the debate during one of the breaks -- two of the breaks, he went backstage.
he was having a meltdown. first, he had this little makeup thing, applying, like, makeup around his mustache because he had one of those sweat mustaches. then he asked for a full-length mirror. i don't know why because the podium goes up to here but he wanted a full-length mirror. maybe to make sure his pants weren't wet. i don't know. >> so, the republican establishment had largely steered clear of attacking donald trump before thursday night's debate. that has changed. earlier my colleague natalie allen spoke with cnn political analyst josh rogin who says the gloves are finally coming off. >> there is a bigger change going on in the republican race. for months and months everyone has been asking all the establishment candidates, when are they going to attack trump? when is the big gop donor money going to be pointed at trump. up until now they've been pointed at each other. the theory was rubio would go after kasich and try to get kasich to leave the race. now there's no doubt about it. rubio and the establishment
power centers are training all their fire on trump. they see it as a last-ditch effort to derail the trump candidacy. nobody knows if it's going to work it but they're giving it their go and that's the big development coming out of the debate. >> you certainly sense that, it's coming from more than just the rubio and cruz camps. and they're digging up more of trump's past. i want to ask you about that and the fact that as far as trump goes and the tax -- his taxes issue, he insist hillary clinton's e-mails be released. yet, he is hedging when it comes to releasing his taxes. >> right. so i think the call on trump to release his tax returns is one part of a four-prong strategy to go after trump about what the -- his opponents have collected as a mountain of opposition research. in addition to calling oe him to release their tax returns, they're going after his tenure
as head of trump university, a controversial education program that is now the subject of several lawsuits. they're also going after his employment of illegal immigrants and the building of some of his projects, including trump tower, although that was a long time ago. lastly, they're going after his lack of foreign policy and other policy experience. one of the funniest moments in the debate is when marco rubio accused trump of repeating himself with his very generalized statements on policy, which is sort of marco rubio being self-deprecating and turning the criticism that has been turned on him that he repeats himself back on trump, the front-runner. >> rubio seems like he's having a good time for the first time. >> yeah. you can't underestimate how much of a difference that makes. i talked to some rubio advisers today, saying he's laughing, having fun with it.
that has an effect on his supporters. inside rubio world the concern was that the candidate wasn't up to snuff, that he couldn't rise to the occasion and take on trump. now that the rubio campaign has decided to go ahead and take on trump, senator rubio seems to be fitting well into that strategy. that means that they're going to stick with it and stick with it every day until either they lose or they win. >> so, here is some context for you for those who may not be familiar with the election process in the united states. super tuesday could be a make or break day for candidates on both sides of the political divide. it falls on march 1st of this year, which primaries and caucuses in 12 states will play out from alaska to virginia. candidates will win more delegates on super tuesday than any other day of the campaign calendar year. a whopping 865 delegates are up
for grab among democrats and almost 600 delegates are on the line for republicans. that's almost half the amount needed to clinch the nomination. this is "cnn newsroom." still ahead, a live report from moscow where mourners are paying respect to critic boris nemtsov on the anniversary of his death. plus, donald trump has a hard time defending himself against rubio's attacks on his failed university as the republican candidate faces lawsuits over it. live from atlanta and broadcasting aren't the world, this hour you're watching cnn worldwi worldwide. d last tuesday. one second it's there. then, woosh, it's gone. i swear i saw it swallow seven people. seven. i just wish one of those people could have been mrs. johnson. [dog bark] trust me, we're dealing with a higher intelligence here. ♪ the all-new audi q7 is here. ♪
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a very warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. the headlines we're following this hour. clashes are reported in the middle sifr yeah's temporary truce. the syrian observatory for human rights says regime and rebel forces are fighting in latakia. sporadic incidents like these were expected. isis is reportedly skirmishing with aleppo and in homs. chris christie says is he backing donald trump for president. christie dropped out of his own race earlier this month. we're just hours away from the polls opening in the state of south carolina for the democratic primary there. rivals hillary clinton and bernie sanders hope a strong finish will give them the momentum they need in next week's super tuesday vote. ballots are being counted in iran's crucial election.
voting had been extended because so many people showed up there. iranians voted for members of two key government bodies. the results could determine whether iran continues to open up to the west. zimbabwe's president mugabe is celebrating his 92nd birthday. sparing no expense and attracting some criticism. the country is spurtering. now on to russia and in moscow, people are paying their respects to slain opposition leader boris nemtsov. they've been laying flowers at the site where he was killed. nemtsov was shot near the kremlin a year ago while he was walking with his girlfriend. police charged a group of chechnyan men with his death. let's go live to phil black there in moscow, who is following the events. phil, if you could just set the scene for us.
>> reporter: sure, george. we're in central moscow, a growing crowd, possibly tens of thousands, who have turned out to honor the slain opposition leader boris nemtsov. usually these are boisterous affairs. the mood at the moment is very different. it's very somber because these people are here to remember a man who was not the most influential or not even necessarily the most popular member of the opposition, but he had a high profile, prominent figure in russian life for decades a mainstream politician in the '90s and increasingly from the turn of the century acting, standing against the policies of the government and president putin because he believed them to be un-democratic and increasingly authoritarian. he was dogged. he was persistent. even over the last couple of years as russia was swept up very much in a sense of nationalism following the
annexation of cry meimea, the wn ukraine. he was named himself as a enemy of the state, unpatriotic, undermining russia. a lot in russia did not like him but he continued to criticize policies, namely the president himself. he was shot on a bridge near the kremlin a year ago. so these people here are here to remember him, but not just that, but to also mark what they believe his death means for russia political life, russian political discussion. they believe there is now even less place in society for dissent and where they now believe to be an open member of the opposition is to court physical harm. george? >> i remember covering just a year ago nemtsov's death and the questions and skepticism, the uncertainty surrounding what happened. are people questioning or are
they satisfied with the results of the investigation into his death? >> reporter: yeah, five people were arrested pretty quickly after the event itself, five men from the russian republic of chechnya, one, possibly two others still on the run from authorities here. nemtsov's friends, associates, members of the opposition, his supporters, they all believe that these are not ultimately the people who ordered and arranged the killing. they believe that person is yet to be identified publicly and so from their point of view, they believe the investigation into his death is very much in question. >> phil black live for us in moscow. thank you for your reporting. this just into cnn. 11 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack in eastern afghanistan. an official tells cnn it happened near the governor's compound. we'll bring you more information on this developing story as it becomes available. now we move on to iran, where early results from a
crucial election are expected to start coming in in the coming hours. voting was extended repeatedly on friday because so many people showed up. iranians were electing their parliament and the assembly of experts, which selects the influential supreme leader. iran has the world's second largest gas reserve and many investors see the country as a huge, emerging market. the elections could determine whether iran continues to open up to the west. our senior international correspondent fred pleitgen explains. >> reporter: many stood in line for hours, waiting to get into the polling stations, looking to cast their ballot in what both supporters of iran's moderate says and conservatives say is a key election. >> as soon as the sanctions are lifted, everything is going to be changed. of course, you cannot expect the whole country change overnight, but i believe we are going to have a very good future. >> reporter: i like the conservatives, this man says.
they have proven themselves when they were in power and we really like what they do. many of the polling stations are inside mosques where voters fill out forms to register and then cast their ballots. in many ways, this election is seen as a referendum on president hue stan a president's opening up. one of rouhani's vice president tells me a strong turnout for the rouhani camp would help them stay the course. >> it's very important because the parliament has both oversight and legislation authorities. so, they play an important role in providing the necessary laws that we need to implement in the executive branch. >> reporter: but conservative forces around powerful clergy accuse moderates for opening the door for what they believe is dangerous western and especially u.s. influence in the islamic republic. iran's supreme leader warned of
alleged american infiltration into iranian affairs when he cast his own ballot. despite the controversy and fierce rhetoric between the political factions, iran's has called on all iranians to come out and cast their votes. and authorities say turnout is high. as many people in this country see the vote they cast this friday as one that could do a lot to shape the future of their nation. fred pleitgen, cnn, tehran. you're watching "cnn newsroom." marco rubio has pulled out the daggers against donald trump. and one of his failed investments. coming up, the fraud cases now haunting the republican front-runner's campaign. plus, zimbabwe president robert mugabe celebrates his birthday in decadent fashion while his country suffers from severe drought
. more now on the race for the white house. and stepped up attacks from marco rubio on donald trump, who likes to tout his winds but not all have proven to be wins or fruitful. during thursday's debate, marco rubio attacked him on a failed venture. >> you won't know anything about it because you're a lousy -- >> i don't know anything about bankrupting -- >> you know why? >> i don't know -- >> you know why? >> starting the a university, a fake university. >> first of all -- >> a fake university. >> that's called -- >> is there are people who borrow $36,000 -- >> one at a time, mr. trump.
>> they're suing him now. $36,000 to go to a university that's a fake school. >> by the way -- >> and you know -- >> it's a lawsuit -- >> by the way, one of the most -- >> i want to move on. >> they actually did a very good job. i won most of the lawsuits. >> in fact, trump is involved in three different lawsuits alleging the now-defunct university was a scam. senior investigative correspondent drew griffin has this report. >> reporter: this was the promise of trump university when it launched. direct from the university chairman's own mouth. >> at trump university, we teach success. that's what it's all about. success. it's going to happen to you. >> reporter: it operated from 2005 through 2010 and enrolled 10,000 students in real estate courses that ranged from free seminars up to $35,000 for advanced training and mentoring. trump university took in an estimated $40 million from people who believed they, too, could some day become
successful. >> but proven donald trump secrets to work for you. >> reporter: but it turns out not everything donald trump promises comes true. and not all of his businesses lead to success. trump university is closed. >> and it ended. why did it end? >> well, the economy crashed. the real estate market crashed and demand fell off a little bit. >> reporter: alan garden is donald trump's attorney. he's defending the school from three separate lawsuits. two class-action lawsuits filed in california and one filed by new york attorney general eric schneiderman. it's one of the california cases donald trump has been named as a witness. pretrial motions in may. trial date set for august. but all three cases are similar. new york attorney general filed his in 2013. then went on cnn to explain it. >> it was a classic bait and switch scheme. it was a scam starting with the fact it was not a university. they promised they were going to teach people with hand-picked experts by donald trump, the
teachers were neither hand-picked nor experts. >> he was very involved. from the early stages he was meeting regularly, every week, every two weeks with the people who were going to run the day-to-day operations of the course. >> reporter: so the allegation that he had nothing to do with this, that he didn't pick a single expert as a new york attorney general as claimed, you say, is completely false? >> it's completely untrue. 100%. >> reporter: six. 150 affidavits he says he's collected from unsatisfied trump university students who mostly complain their education at the school was fruitless. those suing say they were promised the tools and strategies and mentoring it would take to make them successful in real estate. in reality, they claim they learned not much at all. one student wrote, i've not been able to get in touch with anyone after i signed up for the trump gold elite program. another student, who paid $25,000 to have special access
to high-level mentors claims he hasn't been able to get in touch with his nonexistent power team. >> there are at least 10,000 people who paid. you can go and pick three or four affidavits from people or maybe 20 affidavits or 30 affidavits. it's still a miniscule amount. i'm happy to read to you all the people who loved the course. >> reporter: he did, providing cnn with 14 affidavits from satisfied students. garden says trump will continue to fight all three lawsuits until he eventually wins. even if legal fees wipe out any profit he may have made. >> investigative correspondent drew griffin reporting for us. a series of storms is on the way to the western united states and a powerful storm is lashing europe. meteorologist karen mcginnis with more. >> it reminds us winter is not over yet as these back-to-back storm systems make their way from british columbia down into washington state, oregon, and
pushes in california. that pushes across the interior west but there's a little bit of a lull. this comes on saturday. that is right saturday's beginning. then we see another weather system right behind it and the snow levels are dropping down to around 2500 pete. rainfall in the lower elevations but also the cascades where we'll see the heaviest snowfall. and into the interior west. mostly into the northern rocky mountain region of idaho shlgs also monday htana. yellowstone park in wyoming. there's the first weather system. we see the clouds disappear. they'll be there. we'll see gusty winds as well. most of this remains pretty far to the north. but we start to see this warm-up take place right across the central u.s. and for denver, where those temperatures should be around 10 degrees sell yus or around 50 degrees will, in fact, be around 70 degrees fahrenheit coming up for saturday.
don't expect that to last. those temperatures will drop as the progression of storm systems move through. look at these temperatures in new york city. around 6 degrees. we're looking at 22 in miami. and for los angeles, 21. those are in degrees celsius. 21 is around 70 degrees fahrenheit. here's the big storm system for europe. and it is digging in deeper. that lets us know it's going to really pack a punch all the way from the iberian peninsula and maybe from morocco into algeria and tunisia as well. we could see a few isolated storms there. it will be across the north central mediterranean, we'll expect the possibility of some isolated thunderstorms. we'll see the system just kind of ramp up, not move very much, and see the potential for some heavy downpours. 50 to 100 millimeters possible. heavy snowfall, especially across the italian alps. we could see as much as a meter
of snowfall, but gusty winds will lash portions of the iberian peninsula. george, it looks like 100-kilometer-per-hour winds are expected. back to you. >> karen mcginnis, thank you. you're watching "cnn newsroom." zimbabwe's president throws 92 years old. we'll explain the backlash he's getting for throwing himself a lavish birthday party. oh i'm not a security guard, i'm a security monitor. i only notify people if there is a robbery. there's a robbery. why monitor a problem if you don't fix it? that's why lifelock does more than free credit monitoring to protect you from identity theft. we not only alert you to identity threats, if you have a problem, we'll spend up to a million dollars on lawyers and experts to fix it. lifelock. join starting at $9.99 a month. theand to help you accelerate,.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. the president of zimbabwe, robert mugabe is throwing himself an opulent 92nd birthday in a part of the country that is dealing with drought, and adding to public outrage is his lavish spending, despite the country's struggle. the drought that's gripping that country has intensified this year's cries for discretion. cnn money africa correspondent is there live outside the
celebrations. it's good to have you with us. the question i have for you, given in great disparity between the party for the president and the conditions they're dealing with, what is the public opinion of this president? >> reporter: well, i mean, public opinion, as you can see here, 50,000 people have gathered for this celebration. they have come from across zimbabwe. we're talking about a drought. ironically, it's raining today. and it's rain that's come way too late. apart from that, you've got unemployment at a staggering 85%. everyone you speak to, experts, when you speak to government officials they say, yeah, 85% is what we're seeing officially -- we can't talk about an unemployment rate that is that high. over and above that would you
have got also a lot of people on the streets saying they want political change. remember, the president mugabe has been in power for 36 years. over and above that, he is the oldest president in the world. >> the other question i have for you is, the government, do they see it as a problem? >> reporter: wshlgs i meell, i government is the ruling power, from a small change a few years ago, with the opposition party, the mdc. now you have the ruling party showing a little bit of differentiation between the two factions, so to speak. people are saying mugabe is 92 years old. at some point he will leave. you've got the government saying that they're very happy, but
also looking at the plan going forward. there's a lot of speak on the ground that grace mugabe, his wife, could take over for him when he does pass. also there's another faction emerging within the ruling party. even in the newspapers here they're talking about succession. so, at this stage we're talking about what does zimbabwe look like post-mugabe? they have certainty on that front. so, that's pretty much the landscape at this stage. also one has to remember that zimbabwe is -- at the same time, you also heard diamond mining companies had to close down because they haven't been given mining licenses. lots of conflicting messages on the ground here.
>> thank you for your reporting. now, on to hollywood and the biggest night of the year just a day away. and there's plenty of speculation about who will take home the top awards in the movie industry. we show you the many story lines at this year's oscars. >> reporter: the academy awards are upon us. like every year, this year's oscars should be a must watch event. chris rock is returning to host and the comedian should have plenty to talk about when it comes to the controversy with all 20 of the acting nominations being white, again. but that isn't the only big story line on hollywood's biggest night. sylvester stallone is going for his second oscar as rocky balboa. oscar new comers like larson are expected to win and it's a three-film race for best picture. there is no bigger story line at this year's academy awards than if leo will finally, at least,
win his elusive oscar. leo has been nominated four times for acting and has lost every single time. this year the actor is such an overwhelming favorite that betting sites have him going off 1 to 100. you have to bet $100 to win just $1 on leonardo dicaprio. since his character was mauled by a bear, slept inside a raw horse and ate bison liver, the academy is probably like, yeah, let's give it to leo this year. if he comes home empty-handed he's in good company like harrison ford, samuel l. jackson, peter o'toole who actually went 0 for 8, even though he starred in one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, "lawrence of arabia". >> thank you for watching. for our viewers in the united
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