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hello, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. so many questions than answers in our politics lead today. are we seeing a more restrained and dare i say super disciplined donald trump? he referred to his only real republican challenger as senator cruz instead of deploying the lying ted nickname trump previously favored. but that was last night. this was 20 minutes ago. >> in the case of lying ted cruz, lying ted, lies, oh, he lies, you know, ted, he brings the bible, holds it high, puts it down, lies. okay. and cruz, who in some parts of new york reportedly performed so poorly that he actually lost to dr. ben carson who dropped out of the race seven weeks ago, today cruz said he can't beat donald trump in the delegate race in the convention. pennsylvania, maryland, rhode
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island, connecticut and delaware will vote. not exactly considered friendly territory for ted cruz. sunlen serfaty spoke with cruz this morning. sunlen, cruz is right now speaking to party leisures. what is his pitch? what's he saying? >> reporter: well, the pitch, jake, down in florida is that senator cruz would be able to pump up the base and senator cruz and his campaign are now facing this very grim reality of what last night's results mean for his campaign today. today, senator cruz acknowledging for the first time that his only path forward is through a contested convention. >> i can think of nowhere that i would rather have this victory. >> reporter: donald trump boosting his bid for the republican nomination with a
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blowout victory in his home state. >> we don't have much of a race anymore. >> reporter: the gop front-runner swept nearly all of new york's 95 delegates shutting out ted cruz from getting even a single delegate. ♪ trump taking a victory lap to indiana in maryland today. he's now making the case that he's the only candidate rest in the gop race with a mathematical shot at winning the nomination. >> senator cruz is just about mathematically eliminated. and we've won another state, as you know, we have won millions of more votes than senator cruz. >> reporter: trump accusing cruz of staying in the race just to stand in his way, tweeting, "ted cruz is mathematically out of the race". >> on the ground in pennsylvania, ted cruz saying not so fast. >> reporter: upon winning his home state, donald with a characteristic display of
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humility declared this race is over. manhattan has spoken. >> reporter: downplaying the significance of trump's win. >> everyone knew donald was going to win his home state. and if you look at the frenzied panic that he wants the race to suddenly be over now that he's won in his home state, it shows why donald is scared. >> reporter: but cruz now concedes that his only path is through a contested convention. >> it's headed to a contested convention and i'll come in with a ton of delegates, donald will come in with a ton of delegates and it will be a battle to see who can earn a majority of the delegates earned by the people. donald trump is not getting to 1237. nobody is getting to 1237. >> reporter: john kasich hanging his hat on a contested convention. >> nobody is going to get to 1237 delegates. >> reporter: donald trump focusing on a string of five potentially favorable east coast and mid-atlantic states voting
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next tuesday. and on indiana, the first week of may. trump is insisting that the only way he'll be denied the nomination is if the game is stacked against him. >> it's a crooked system. it's a system that is rigged and we're going to go back to the old way. it's called, you vote and you win. >> and donald trump on the ground in indianapolis, indiana, at this hour holding a rally there. while trump has a path towards getting to that magic number of 1237 before the convention, it should be noted that it's such a steep climb for him, based on our accounting he needs to win 58% of the remaining delegates. jake? >> sunlen serfaty, thank you. joining me now, former republican presidential candidate and kentucky senator rand paul. he's out with a new plan to attempt to combat poverty. thank you for joining me. >> thanks for having me. >> first, a couple of political questions. the big question, of course, is
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whether the person who gets the most delegates should be the nominee the delegate majority according to the rules. cnn's manu raju asked paul ryan about this. take a listen. >> the rules are the rules. people know the rules going into it. we are going to follow the book by the rules. that is exactly how this convention is going to be run. it's a very important that it's done exactly that way. and all the candidates coming into this convention liberal rules ahead of time. >> where do you come in on this issue. what do you think? >> it reminds me of when i play golf. i like to say, we'll decide what the bet is after we decide what the scores are. when you say we're going to adhere to the rules, you realize the rules haven't been written yet. so what is extraordinary, and it is extraordinary, that people by the millions have voted in a
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primary and 110 people will decide how we're going to make the rules. you can't say we're going to obey the rules. the rules have yet to be written. the convention will abide by rules that are written in the first day or two by 110 people. they told my dad you have to be nominated by eight states or your votes don't count. the interesting thing is, even though you can watch the proceedings when the podium said, iowa would say 28 votes for ron paul and the podium would say 28 votes for mitt romney. it's a textraordinary that the rules are written after the convention. it will come down to what the rules are. it is pretty extraordinary. i don't know what the outcome will be but it's very exciting to see what happens on that rules committee. >> you and the other candidates who have dropped out have almost
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200 delegates. one of those delegates is yours. it's a rand paul delegate. who should that delegate support in cleveland? what will you tell him or her to do? >> you know, i'm going to leave that open to the delegates. i think cruz looks very strong in that delegate count. so i think it will be interesting to see what happens but i'm not really trying to sway it one way or the other because, like the thing that i've been promoting this week, the economic freedom zones, i want to have my voice to talk about what i want to talk about and i am not that excited about being somebody else's surrogate. >> let's talk about that. it would significantly reduce taxes in certain impoverished areas. the club for growth says the plan would incentivize bad management and put communities at a disadvantage. what do you think of that? >> you know, i disagree. i think some people live in pof
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t poverty. i think it's complicated, the root causes of poverty but for generations we've had poverty in kentucky. i don't think it's bad local government that causes it. the way you remove it is by leaving more money in the community. my bill would leave $500 million in eastern kentucky. i wouldn't take it from somewhere else or bring it to them in the form of a check, i just would not tax them. i'd leave over $100 million in fri flint, michigan. there isn't any money in washington to tend them and it's not going to happen. that's why i keep saying the democrats think about something outside the box that we haven't tried before and that's a significant reduction in taxes. my program would leave $3 billion in the south side of chicago. i've been there. they need it. my program would leave money in ferguson, baltimore, philadelphia, pittsburgh. i think that we need to think about a different way to approach poverty because what we have tried hasn't worked. >> so what do you hope, let's say, of all of the places that you've just mentioned, eastern
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kentucky, what do you hope the people of eastern kentucky do with that $500 million? >> wealll, i hope they spend itn things that they choose to spend it on. they will go to their favorite restaurant or grocery store. if i own the grocery store, my hope is to find more people shopping there and i'll hire more employees. so it's not so important that i decide what they do with it, really what's most important is that i don't want to decide what to do with it. i want to give it back directly to the people. so the mistake of most government grants is we write a million dollar check and they give it to a government employee. that doesn't work because nobody knows who will be good in business. if you give it back in the form of a tax reduction, the consumers have already voted for the business that's going to be best at distributing products so you leave money in the hands of those who have been voted upon either community as being successful. >> senator rand paul, thank you so much. appreciate it. good luck with your legislation, sir. >> thank you. sticking with our politics
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let's continue in the politics lead with hillary clinton as the race heads into another super tuesday next week. she is at 1941 and that includes super delegates that have pledged to back clinton at the convention. when you look at pledged delegates, clinton is 931 delegates away from a majority. 1400 delegates are still at stake in all of the remaining contests for democrats. last night's new york win makes the math much more challenging for senator bernie sanders. jeff zeleny has been traveling with most campaigns. i guess probably there is a division within the campaign. >> there is a division and
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that's the central question among all democrats everywhere. the answer is largely up to bernie sanders. he's campaigning tomorrow in pennsylvania. there's every reason to believe that he'll stay in this race through the end of the primary in june. he has money and support and needs to start winning big. democratic leaders are increasingly worried about the damage he'll inflict for hillary clinton for the fall campaign. >> the race for the democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is at sight. >> reporter: hillary clinton looking ahead. a triumph at home in new york cementing her position once again as the likely democratic nominee. an intense battle with bernie sanders suddenly giving way to an olive branch. >> and to all of the people who supported senator sanders, i believe there is much more that unites us than divides us. >> reporter: sanders insists he's not going anywhere, telling supporters in a fundraising appeal today, we still have a
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path to the nomination. our plan is to win the pledged delegates in this primary." but just saying it doesn't make it so. the math, always a challenge, is a firm road block for sanders. those big crowds who rallied across new york raised expectations for a punishing 16-point defeat. tonight, clinton leads by 253 pledged delegates with superdelegates, she moves even closer to the magic number needed to clinch the nomination. sanders concedes the campaign fell short. >> we are a little farther behind in delegates than we hoped to be. >> reporter: after a raucous election night and rally at penn state university, with blistering attacks on hillary clinton -- >> secretary clinton has given speeches behind closed doors to wall street firms for $225,000 a speech. must be a pretty good speech. >> reporter: a subdued sanders arrived home to vermont where he
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said he intended to recharge and rest but not rethink his campaign. >> no. we think we have the message that is resonating throughout this country. we have come a long, long way. we have taken on the entire democratic political establishment. >> reporter: the democratic establishment is growing restless. worrying sanders could be a spoiler by attacking clinton's honesty and integrity. jennifer paul mary told reporters that sanders has been destructive and is not productive to democrats, particularly suggesting that clinton is corrupt. a stance that republicans are already seizing on. for now, clinton is taking a more subtle approach. >> under the bright lights of new york, we have seen that it's not enough to diagnose problems. you have to explain how you'd actually solve the problems. >> reporter: but making clear her eye is, once again, on november.
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>> donald trump and ted cruz are pushing a vision for america that's divisive and, frankly, dangerous. >> reporter: the clinton campaign is pivoting ever so gently and privately to the fall campaign. advisers believe they will have an insurmountable lead after next week. there's a sense of urgency here. she needs to start repairing her image, negative attributes by 24 points in a recent poll. if she does become the democratic nominee, jake, she's far more bruised than she ever imagined she would be. >> the only person more bruised than her, donald trump. >> donald trump. >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. hillary clinton looking ahead to the next round of primaries. why she's turning to connecticut specifically to ensure she beats bernie sanders. then -- >> criminal charges filed for the poisoned water in flint, michigan. but the attorney general says this is only the beginning. that story ahead.
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welcome back to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. the same problems senator bernie sanders experienced yesterday in new york may just haunt him again next tuesday. check out the map of the upcoming primary candle. five states all in the northeast. of those, only rhode island allows independents to vote which sanders believes would help him. connecticut, the nutmeg state, is one of the states voting next week and the governor of that state is joining me now. governor dan malloy, thank you for being here. the clinton campaign focusing on
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the sandy hook tragedy in your state and pits clinton against sanders on guns. take a look. >> my mom was the principal of sandy hook school. she was murdered trying to protect the children in her care from a gunman. no one is fighting harder to reform our gun laws than hillary clinton. she is the only candidate that has what it takes to take on the gun lobby. >> now, that same woman has criticized bernie sanders saying that he owes her and the other sandy hook families an apology because he voted for the legislation that shielded the gun industry from lawsuits. do you agree? do you think senator sanders owes the families of sandy hook, your constituents, an apology? >> look, i think he's wrong. i have said many times, he's dead wrong on this particular issue. you know, the gun industry is treated differently than every industry in america. we are a pharmaceutical state.
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pharmaceutical industry spent billions of dollars to develop new products to save people's lives and they are not protected from lawsuits when they make a mistake. but somehow somebody got it in their head, the rna and gun industry, that they should be protected. it makes no sense. it's a gigantic mistake. i think the senators had a hard time explaining his position consistently whether he decides to apologize for a family like that is up to him. >> this is obviously a big issue with you, with democrats in connecticut. do you think that it is potentially disqualifying for senator sanders in your state for the primary next week? >> i don't think it's disqualifying. i think it will be a reason that people won't vote for him because it is a very -- listen, i was at that firehouse. i'm a person who actually told all of those families that if they hadn't been united thus far that day, that they weren't going to be united that day. and, you know, for these folks,
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that's a life-changing moment, life-changing day. and what they have really risen up to do is to say, how do we make people safer? we change our attitude about guns, which has been represented by the senator and others and the nra most specifically. they supported him in his 1990 election. >> so let's talk about gun laws. you signed sweeping gun legislation in 2013 can you point to something there that might have prevented sandy hook? >> storage of weapons -- >> that would have required the mom to have locked them up? >> yeah. quite clearly, it would have required. whether or not she complied, i can't tell. but the law was not clear about the proper storage. and here we're talking about a situation where there's a disturbed individual in the house and no one is saying that you have a legal obligation to keep that gun out of the hands of a disturbed person.
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so that's in the statute. we no longer allow a sale of those -- the magazines that carry 30 shots. i mean, you know, what we have pushed together is that he was firing so many bullets so quickly and, in fact, had the magazines taped to one another so he could just switch them, that the gun eventually misfired because it overheated. that's how deadly those weapons are and we don't allow it for the sale of those weapons and we don't allow for the sale of those magazines. yes, we've made people safer. >> when you look at the trajectory, the path of this murderer, this emotionally disturbed individual, it seems like there were a number of places where laws could have changed something. you just mentioned requiring the mother to lock up the guns. another might have been once experts said he needs to be
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diagnosed and treated and the mother said no, allowing the community to overrule her. >> it's a difficult situation and eventually he was old enough to deny treatment in his own right. i think, you know, i don't know what to say about that. i think when he was a child, authorities could have done more to make sure that he got the help that he needed. later in life, other problems developed. but this is what i would say. what does it say about our society that we would say to a disturbed young man, we're going to make you feel better about yourself by taking you to a gun range. even to the extent that we will put guns in the hands of disturbed people to make them feel better about themselves. there's something wrong there. >> governor dannel malloy, appreciate your time, thank you.
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that's definitely something worth celebrating. learn more about precision cancer treatment at appointments are available now. welcome back to "the lead." jake tapper here. years after flint's water exposed thousands of residents to toxic water, officials are being held responsible. mike prysby and stephen busch pleaded not guilty to felony charges against them. a flint city official will also be charged. the michigan state attorney general says these criminal
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charges are end oh the beginning. >> you get to the answers and we'll hold those accountable. we're not targeting any persons or people. nobody is off limits here. >> let's bring in cnn correspondent sara ganim in flint, michigan. one of the officials admitted to you that he altered water quality reports? >> reporter: i did talk to him and he said that he was directed to do that by state officials and when he tried to raise concerns, he was shot down. he told me that he regrets that he didn't do more. meanwhile, for the people here in flint for two years were called complainers and liars, this day means a lot, jake. allegations of tampering, negligence, purposefully altering test results to make it look like flint's water supply was safe when it was not. >> they failed michigan families. indeed, they failed us all.
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i don't care where you live. >> reporter: two officials with the state department of environmental quality, stephen busch and mike prysby, facing charges of misconduct, tampering evidence and violation of the safe drinking water act. officials say this led to high levels of bacteria and lead and disease. the crisis has left flint deprived of clean water for nearly two years. 12 people died of the water-borne legionnaires' disease. also charged with helping to cover up the warning signs and the water was toxic. mike glasgow said that he tried to do the right thing but was directed by busch and prysby to change the water testing report
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in 2015. >> so you changed the report with the lead numbers in flint residences. did you do that to try to cover up what was happening? >> no. i only did it because i was instructed to. >> did you ever argue with them on whether or not you should change it? >> no. i just asked the question why and they gave -- they cited some i guess solidified reasons and reasoning to remove a couple items so i didn't question it much further. >> reporter: glasgow says busch and prysby convinced him to make the changes for technical reasons. he believed it was because some homes only had partial lead piping. he said he didn't feel he had the power to overrule their decisions but prosecutors say that isn't enough. >> that defense didn't work in several places when you're ordered to do something, right? it's a tough, tough situation with regards to mr. glasgow. but when you did a criminal act, an overt act and you had the corrupt mind to do that act,
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you're going to be charged. >> reporter: there may be some people out there, some members of the community who believe you share a responsibility for this. what do you say to them? >> i think about that every day. i was a key figure, i guess, in some of us looking at operating the treatment plant and overseeing it but born and raised here in flint, i would never do nothing to hurt this city or its citizens. >> reporter: now, just a few minutes, stephen busch was arraigned and pleaded not guilty. jake, as for what is next, the prosecutors said they will go all the way to the top, if necessary, no one is ruled out as they continue their investigation and that could include the governor. jake? >> sara began anymorganim, than
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much. questions surround our ally saudi arabia and their role in 9/11. who is replacing old hickory, president andrew jackson?
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welcome back to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. let's turn to our world lead. a chilly reception as president obama arrived in saudi arabia. there were no kisses from the kingdom or even a handshake from the king. cnn's michelle kosinski is traveling with president obama. what's the source of this apparent tension? >> reporter: jake, there are many sources. the white house is pushing back on that snub. they said originally the saudis wanting to have a larger welcoming ceremony but the white house decided to show up later and the white house is saying that this bilateral meeting went
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better than expected and lasted 2 1/2 hours, that it was unusual in its breath and wasn't prefunctory as it sometimes is. they are describing this as a clearing of the air on virtually all of these tensions. here are a few of them. the iran nuclear deal, the u.s. negotiating with iran, saudi arabia's biggest rival. in syria, the saudis were upset that president obama didn't meet his red line on chemical weapons and strike president assad as he originally said he would. saudis would also like to know what exactly is the end game in syria, what is the u.s.' goal there. the white house says that the saudi king and president obama tonight even talked about that atlantic article that has made so many waves, that raised questions yet again over whether president obama seized saudi arabia as a real ally and whether he thinks that they are pulling their weight in the fight against isis.
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and then, of course, the september 11th legislation, this legislation pending and now on hold, over whether american victims of terror should be able to sue saudi arabia as well as the pending declassification of those 28 pages from the 9/11 commission report that could implicate some saudis. and in this bilateral meeting, it's not as if everything was solved but the white house says this is progress and at least clearing the air on some of the awkwardness and on a more serious level the tensions that were really affecting this relationship, jake. >> michelle kosinski, traveling with president obama, thank you. is the civil war on that country's doorstep in yemen? american weapons or american-designed weapons are being used to kill civilians there in yemen. a year ago the country went to
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war with itself and with al qaeda. the saudis are supporting the yemeni government and if it sounds complicated, it is. what is somber and straightforward is that this war has killed thousands of civilians so far and driven millions from their homes. let's talk about it now with amnesty international which claims that they have evidence or u.s.-designed munitions were used to kill innocent yemenese. and engaged in bombardment. not only have countless civilians had their lives brought to an end but remnants of u.s.-designed or potentially bombs dropped by the saudi-led coalition. >> and the u.s. government or u.s. corporations have
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culpability? >> the u.s. has sold to saudi arabia $30 billion worth of arms in the last few years. the u.s. government under president obama authorized another billion dollar-plus worth of bomb sales to the saudi arabian government. >> and has there been any evidence that the obama administration has exerted any pressure to try to encourage the saudis to exercise restraint and end their bombing campaign? >> president obama and the obama administration claimed that they are using the government to exercise restraint but at the end of the day, if you have a government engaging in mass indiscriminate bombardment, declaring a military target totally in violation of international law and you have that government a billion dollars more in bombs, what's the ultimate signal? it's a terrible signal when it comes to human rights. >> now, about a year and a half ago, before the civil war broke out, amnesty international and
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other human rights groups were far more focused on the drone campaign and targeting al qaeda in yemen. al qaeda and the arabian peninsula were involved in the paris attacks. how much stronger or weaker are they today a year into this conflict? >> the indiscriminate bombardment military-led coalition and supply of arms by the u.s. and us is not only a humanitarian disaster but expanded the space for al qaeda in parts of yemen. >> so they are stronger now? >> they are much stronger now. news reports suggest that they are taking millions of dollars a day in oil revenues and bank robberies. >> let's talk about saudi arabia. it's obviously a problematic ally for the united states in a lot of ways. not even looking at what is going on in yemen right now. saudi arabia's own human rights
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record. tell b tell us about that. >> not because of the rampant destruction but also because inside the country, internal security forces arrest countless people who simply engage in peaceful criticism of the government. some are advocates for human rights. some want a constitutional monarchy and others are saying they don't want the restrictions placed on them that this brutal monarchy places and they are getting multi-year sentences in jail as a result. >> thank you so much and thanks for the work that you do. >> thank you. show us the money. major changes coming to american currencies and it's not just the $20 bill. that's coming next. duracell quantum lasts longer so kevin jorgeson can power through the night. sfx: duracell slamtones where world-class chefs meet top-notch nutritionists. prime cuts of meat... 25 grams of protein...
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in the money lead now, president andrew jackson always hated banks and old hickory would probably be mad at the u.s. treasury if he were alive today
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because the federal government announced that they are booting jackson off the front of the $20 bill in favor of harriet tubman, the iconic abolitionist as conductor of the underground railroad. today, former presidential candidate ben carson says he disagrees with the decision. he was on the stage when i asked the presidential candidates about the pop particular last september. >> what would you like to see on the $10 bill? >> that's a tough one. susan b. anthony. >> that's an easy one. my wife. >> rosa parks. an every day american that changed the course of history. >> well, i wouldn't change the $10 bill. i'd change the 20. i'd take jackson off and leave
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alexander hamilton. i agree with marco, it should be rosa parks. >> i'd put my mother on there. >> i'd go with ronald reagan's partner, margaret thatcher. >> a great founder of the red cross. >> i wouldn't change the 10 or $20 bill. i think it's a gesture. i don't think it helps to change our history. >> probably not maybe legal but i would pick mother teresa. >> i would pick abigail adams. >> all right. >> of course, the critics have called for jackson to be taken off the bill entirely including the infamous trail of tears. the u.s. treasury department announced that alexander am milton with a boost of a musical about his life will get to stay on the ten, though the back will changed to women who fought to vote, including susan b. anthony and one alice paul. the back of the $5 bill will honor the civil rights movement
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and eleanor roosevelt. the nation's largest health insurer is exiting. operating a handful of states, down from 34th year, united health care says it is losing too much money. the company says it lost $475 million in the exchanges last year and could face another $500 million loss this year. it's not only a blow to president obama's signature affordable care act but could also mean higher insurance premiums in many states, according to industry estimates. the company has since boosted its financial targets for the year. also in the world lead today, a special visit with u.s. service members, part of the fight against isis. president obama this week boldly declared that the isis-controlled city of mosul in iraq will be retaken by the end of this year in the persian gulf the "uss harry truman" plays a key role and planes dropped bombs on september 29th and
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haven't let up since. i want to bring in my friend brooke baldwin. thanks for joining me. >> thanks for having me. i went and saw my oldest friend from the seventh grade who is now a lieutenant commander in the executive officer on this guided missile cruiser. think back to when you were in your 20s, tapper. i'm sure you were very mature but average age out there among these young men and women on deployment is 27. and so i think a 22-year-old was driving the "uss harry truman" and seeing how mature and disciplined and how much they sacrifice. one woman left her 1 1/2-year-old home with her
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husband because duty called and, secondly, just the stars. you talk to any sailor who has been deployed for a while and the one thing they tell you they truly miss is looking up at night. everyone said, brooke, make sure, take a moment, go outside and look up at night. >> sounds incredible. they are living without daily things that we take for granted. what stood out to you the most in terms of what they do without? >> i was talking to them and i said, fellas, keep it clean. tell me what you miss the most about home. and they said resoundingly wi-fi. so, you know, certainly they keep in touch through facebook. it's a very slow internet connection for them out in the middle of the persian gulf. so they do have armed forces network so they watch cnn. they definitely said they watch our debates and keep very close tabs on the election. >> they are playing a crucial role in the war against isis. >> yes. >> do they sense how important it is, how much the nation and the world in many ways is
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relying upon them? >> definitely. they deploy about two weeks after paris happened. so they were out there, you know, a thousand miles from iraq and syria when brussels happened and i talked to the senior aviator on the aircraft carrier and she said that only deepened her resolve. it's frustrating. it's disappointing to see that some of these attacks in the west are successful, given the fact that they have left their families and are trying to -- i saw the f-18s taking off and they are trying as hard as they can on their own mission but it's tough knowing that they are successful, these terrorists elsewhere. >> it sounds like a very important and meaningful trip. >> thanks, tap per. facebook and twitter @jaketapper. we read them. believe it or not. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we turn you over to one wolf blitzer. thank you for watching.
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happening now, path to victory. fresh off the big wins in new york, donald trump and hillary clinton turn their attention to the next battleground states. they are closer to locking up their party's nominations and starting to focus in on the general election. as for the more presidential tone, we saw from donald trump last night, forget about it. >> hillary, you're fired. >> backup plan, the delegate numbers look bleak for bernie sanders and ted cruz with no clear path to victory, can they block the leaders and force battles at their conventions? the chairman. donald trump says he should be ashamed and is hinting he may be replaced. tonight, we look behind the scenes at the dramatic back and forth to hold the gop together. and relenting, the u.s.