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on the man's back trying to help him and make room to give him a seat where he was seated. do you see the little kid? >> yes. >> even though he was hurt, too, this kid. >> look at him. >> he wanted to help the older man and make sure he was okay. the best stuff during the worst of times. short and sweet but it told it complete. what song is that a reference to? >> i don't know, what is it? >> who knows. free mug. >> maybe carol costello knows. do you know the lyrics. >> i thought it was a nice off the top of your poem that you made up, chris? >> no, it's competition. >> two wrong answers. the right one gets a mug. >> okay. i'll e-mail you later. >> great. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. this is cnn breaking news. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we do have breaking information to share with you now and it's about the new york and new jersey bombings. within the last hour the suspect has not yet been read his miranda rights, and his wife
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left the united states just before the attacks. his wife born in pakistan. we're going to break down those developments in just a minute. first though, this is surveillance video believed to be the suspect, ahmed kah ahmed kahn rahami. he's wheeling a duffle bag where a pressure cooker bomb is found. it's described as rambling and makes references to previous terrorists, including the boston marathon bombers. rahami injured in the shootout with police now charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. investigators say he is not cooperating with authorities and, again, he has not yet been read those miranda rights, his legal rights. the most ominous question looms large. if rahami is indeed the bomber, did he act alone. just in the last hour we heard from new york's governor. >> do you think that he had help? >> you know, it is possible that
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he did, and that is the predominant operating theory, but it's also being casted in a s serious investigation. we want to make sure there's no other associate of this man who could be a potential threat. and they're quite exhaustive in that review. >> we are covering all the developments for you this morning. our correspondent's digging up the details from new york all the way to afghanistan, but we begin here in new york with cnn justice correspondent evan perez with us. two new bits of information i shared at the top of the show. tell us more. >> well, carol, we know that the wife is very much key to part of this investigation. the fbi wants to question her. we're told that she did travel from the united states. she's from pakistan. the assumption is she was headed there. >> so our viewers understand. the suspect went to pakistan. he met his wife there. >> he met his wife there. >> she did come to the united states? >> she did immigrate.
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he spons certified her emigration to the united states. we're told she did travel in the days before this all happened. we don't know whether she knew ahead of time. that's certainly at the top of the minds of the investigators. we want to know what she might have seen, whether she noticed any changes in his behavior. a key part -- >> or if she had anything to do with the bombing herself. >> or if she had anything to do with it. those are all open questions that need to be answered. the fbi is going to work with authorities in the uae where we believe she might have stopped n of course, the pakistani authorities, since she is a citizen there, to try to get some questions to her and try to get some answers as to what happened. >> so when, exactly, did she leave the united states? >> we don't know exactly when she left. can't make those assumptions until they talk to her obviously. >> interesting. she was stopped in the united arab emirates, we say. >> we believe she was in the united arab emirates and that's where the focus is right now, to
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talk to those authorities to try to get to talk to her. the question is what did the family members see? we know that nbc news caught up with his father yesterday, and they asked him what he might have seen. take a listen to what he said. >> did you know that your son was doing this? >> no. >> you had no idea? >> no. >> and when you hear now that he's been accused of this, do you believe it? do you believe it? sir? >> i'm not sure what's going on. >> you're not sure? >> i'm not sure what's happening. but i think so. it's very hard now to talk, okay? >> and, carol, we do expect that the fbi's going to try to question rahami today. they haven't mirandised him. he had some surgeries yesterday. that will be key to figure out what happened. >> evan perez reporting new information for us this morning. thanks so much. with the investigation now focusing on finding a motive, officials are trying to piece
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together exactly who ahma ahmad kahn rahami is. we're live in new jersey with that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we know that rahami traveled overseas multiple times between 2011 and 2014. whenever he re-entered the united states, immigration officials never flagged him. now the feds have raided his family home just behind me, and now the question remains was rahami radicalized? this is 28-year-old ahma ahmad kahn rahami. the suspect behind a series of bombings in new york and new jersey. >> i saw him like two weeks ago. i said hello to him, how are you doing, how's your daughter, everything. he looked a little stressed out but nothing of concern. >> reporter: born in afghanis n afghanistan, rahami traveled back and forth between that country and neighboring pakistan multiple times. >> his father wanted him to go back there and get to know his roots. >> reporter: most recently he took a year long visit from
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april 2013 to march 2014. they show he and his brother mohammad relaxing in traditional clothing. he spent several weeks in a taliban strong hold city. he married a pakistani woman. the u.s. approved her entry into the country in 2012. >> he was a very friendly guy. you'd never suspect this. terrified. he's hiding in plain sight. you would have never known. >> reporter: rahami underwent secondary screenings upon returning to the u.s. because of the area he visited but was never flagged. the bombing suspect had a run-in with the law before. rahami was arrested in 2014 on weapons and aggravated assault charges though a grand jury declined to indict him. his family came to the country seeking asylum decades ago. now they own a fried chicken restaurant in new jersey and they live above it. >> this place has been in operation for many years. we've had issues with this location regarding code
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enforcement issues. >> reporter: the rahami family claimed to be the victims of discrimination and harassment in the 2011 lawsuit against the city. the neighbor told them muslims don't belong here and they were threatened and harassed by police officers. >> there was a lot of congregation going on, a lot of people hanging out. the city council was getting complaints from the neighborhood. >> reporter: and throughout the morning we've seen federal agents going in and out of this home. raami's family lived there. it was also the last known address of rahami himself. carol? >> jessica snyder reporting live from elizabeth, new jersey, this morning. thank you. let's talk about this. with me now cnn international correspondent, ivan watson. he's in afghanistan. former assistant secretary of the department of homeland security, joel yet kayam, peter bergen and paul callan. welcome to all of you. paul, i'd like to start with you
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because you heard what evan reported at the top of the show, that this suspect, this alleged bomber, has not been read his miranda rights yet. why would that be? >> i'm not at all surprised because under u.s. law there is a doctrine called the public safety doctrine, and when you have a situation particularly like this where a bomb has been exploded in a civilian area, large city, there's always a worry there might be other bombs out there, other compatriots that haven't been apprehended. preliminarily while the investigation goes on for public safety reasons you can interrogate without administering miranda warnings. there's a second doctrine here. he had surgery. he's obviously under drugs of some kind so he wouldn't be competent to be questioned or to receive the miranda warnings anyway until the anesthesia clears. >> but his family could at any time say we have a lawyer for our son, right, paul? and then he would be read his miranda rights, is that correct? >> no, not necessarily because there's a second doctrine that
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they're probably looking at. you heard senator lindsey graham raise the issue and that is is he an enemy combatant under u.s. law? apparently there's been some indication that he has indicated an allegiance of some kind, possibly to al qaeda. they have been characterized as unlawful enemy combatants against the united states so is he a soldier of a foreign combatant organization? if that's the case, he wouldn't necessarily have the right to counsel right away the way a regular american suspect would. so you've got some complex questions at work here. >> let's pause right here because donald trump yesterday said that he thinks that this suspect should not be given due process rights and senator lindsey graham weighed in and said this guy should be -- should not be tried in a civilian court. let's listen. >> this idea of criminalizing the war has got to stop. these guys should be dealt with with the fbi and cia and dni,
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all the other experts to find out, you know, what he's up to. he's presumed innocent in the court of criminal law. not worried about criminal disposition, i'm worried about intelligence gathering. >> he's a u.s. citizen, he deserves to be read his miranda rights. >> no, he's a suspected own aen combatant. >> could he be deemed an enemy combatant? >> well, you can certainly make the argument, but, you know, for instance if we go to mr. trump's statement, which was that -- kind of criticizing the fact that he's going to be hospitalized and everything else, under the third geneva convention, even enemy combatants have the right to humane treatment. i mean, that's always been, you know, the symbol of a civilized society. so whether he's an ene combatant or a u.s. citizen simply being held pending trial in federal court, he has the right to be treated humanely by the united states.
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>> all right. so i want to head to afghanistan right now because, ivan, we know that rahimi traveled to afghanistan, then he spent a year in pakistan. he got married to a woman from pakistan. if he was, indeed, radicalized in these places, where would he go? >> well, we do know from u.s. officials that he spent a considerable amount of time in the pakistani border city of quetta which is kind of known to be a headquarters for the afghan taliban in pakistan, that he crossed the border by land, that he went to kandahar in afghanistan. the former effectively capital of the taliban before the u.s. kind of moved in here and knocked the taliban out in 2001. we've reached out to the taliban, carol. we've spoken with a spokesman by telephone, and he has denied any links whatsoever to rahami or to the bombings in new jersey and
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in new york on saturday. and that's worth noting because when the taliban carries out an operation here in kabul, in the capital here, it is very quick to claim responsibility for those attacks in what is effectively the longest war in u.s. history, a 15-year war between the u.s. and afghan government and the taliban on the ground here. it's important to note that u.s. investigators are going to be looking at other issues. it's not just the taliban. al qaeda was active here and isis is one of the newest players on the scene here, and there are other militant groups as well. you better bet that u.s. investigators are reaching out to both afghan and pakistani officials to hear what they can say about his travels between these two governments -- these two countries. we've reached out to the afghan government, carol. they have so far declined to comment on this. the pakistani government, the
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spokesman for the foreign ministry, they've said, hey, this man was born in afghanistan. he's not our problem. carol? >> interesting. so, peter, all of that said, we're also learning from an official, you heard evan's report here, that rahami's pakistani wife left a few days before the bombing. with all that ivan said, what does this tell you, if anything? >> well, we don't know. in law school sometimes they say, you know, suicide or flight are usually a sign of potential guilt, but we just don't know. adding to what ivan is reporting, i mean, the pakistani taliban did send an american citizen who used to work at the elizabeth ar den cosmetics company to new york. they trained him how to make a bomb. the bomb was placed in an suv on times square in 2010. luckily it didn't detonate properly. he didn't get sufficient training. if we are to look at the
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universe of potential groups that might have been involved in this, the pakistani taliban, which is quite distinct from the afghan taliban, it's based in afghan. that being said, there's no evidence he's been trained by anybody. whoever trained him obtsly didn't do a good job. this is a guy that made elementary errors in the way that he placed the bomb, in the way that he made the bomb. >> are you trying to figure out if this was a larger effort than rahimi, right, or if he acted alone. with all of the information that we have so far, is there any way to tell? >> not yet because i think there's no clarity. i think you saw governor cuomo say that has to be a theory of the case because in a lot of these cases here in the united states there is some international connections. so just this investigation is going to take three separate lanes. one is he and his family, right?
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what did they know? the second is the online signature footprint, what is he doing online? who is he talking to? encrypted information. then the third piece is what happened when he was abroad? i think that's going to be very illuminating, but just to paul's point at the beginning, while this is scary and, you know, terrorism is scary, our u.s. courts and investigators know how to do this. and i think you're seeing a lot of push back on this idea of him being deemed an enemy combatant because it actually may hurt an investigation that is actually, you know, quite familiar to our very qualified and sophisticated law enforcement, fbi, and international agents. >> i have to leave it there. thanks to all of you. still to come in the "newsroom," she found this on the sidewalk and she called police. meet the woman who helped police capture the suspected bomber next. ♪
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new details this morning, officials captured ahmad rahimi. taking him down after an intense gun battle. charged with attempted murder. law enforcement had help leading them to this suspect. let me explain. this is surveillance video. this is the suspect rolling two rolling bags down the street, 27th street. he dishes one bag near a trash can. police then say two unidentified men, they noticed this bag, this rolling suitcase, and they emptied it out and left, possibly inadvertently deactivating this device, this pressure cooker bomb, and that's when jane shreeman joins us live to share her story. it is so -- you know you're an
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inadvertent hero, right? >> i think anyone would have done what i did if they had seen a pressure cooker bomb in front of them. >> but you didn't realize what it was, right? >> right. >> you come out of your house? >> came out of my house and i see this -- it looked peculiar when i saw this strange thing on the street and it looked sort of like a science project that someone had dumped on the sidewalk. but, you know, i went to 23rd street. i heard there was a bomb so i was going to see what had happened and i couldn't get close. i didn't really know what had happened. i was coming home and i wanted to take another look at that object because it had been lingering in the back of my mind. >> so you walked back to 27th street and it was still there? >> it was still there and it looked more suspicious the second time now that i knew there had already been a bomb. and this wasn't in a pile of junk like i had first assumed. >> did the boston marathon bombings --
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>> i knew that they made bombs out of pressure cookers and that also rang a bell. >> so what did you do then? >> i went upstairs and i called 911. they said this is high priority, someone is on their way. >> what went through your mind when they said that? >> nothing. you don't think of a bomb as looking like a pot. i spent a lot of time in pakistan where they have posters showing you what bombs look like and they're sort of small, solid objects. this i didn't take seriously. until i went on the street and they said, run, get off the block. i still didn't believe it. >> so extraordinary amount of luck went into this. they took the pressure cooker out of the suitcase -- >> yeah, and it didn't blow them up. >> right. and then you noticed it coming out of your house. >> yeah. >> and called police. >> i don't think too many people walked by that spot because it's under scaffolding and it's sort
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of such a nondescript block. it's not a big thoroughfare. >> police confiscated that pressure cooker, they found fingerprints on it which led to this suspect. >> right. >> now you think what? >> i think better safe than sorry. and if you ever see anything suspicious, call. you never know. especially these days. you really have to be vigilant. >> yeah. you know, a lot of people just walk by stuff in new york and they don't know because you see a lot of weird stuff in new york, right? >> i know. you look twice. >> jane, thank you, thank you, thank you. you did all the right things and i'm sure new york and especially your neighbors appreciate it. thanks for stopping by, jane. we appreciate it. still to come, they are the most helpless people in the world. within the hour they will command the attention of the world's most powerful. we'll preview president obama's address to the united nations next.
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. sometime within the next hour president obama will deliver his final speech to world leaders gathered for the united nation's general assembly. the main focus will be issuing a call to help the world's refugees, a humanitarian plea that has become politically charged in this presidential election. white house correspond department michelle kosinski joining us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: hi, carol. he's definitely going to want to bring that out. he's hosting a side summit on refugees while he's here, but when you look at the venue, the fact that he comes here to speak to essentially the entire world. he always wants this speech to be impactful, but of course more so this year. now that it's really his farewell speech to the world. so he's going to want to speak in big concepts speaking to his
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legacy, why he feels that his approach of deeper international cooperation and diplomacy have accomplished a lot over the last eight years. probably make reference to things like the iran nuclear deal, the paris climate agreement, getting past the global economic downturn and even the coalition against isis. he feels like, yes, there are still some enormous problems in the world where diplomacy hasn't worked like north korea, like russia. he feels that those past examples should be a good template and still the right approach for tackling problems today. of course, he's doing this in the context of more attacks in america. we heard him say while he was here that he feels one of the biggest ingredients for fighting terrorism is to not give in to fears. we may well hear him make reference to that today as well as critics jump on him for saying that, saying that really it's going to take a lot more to defeat terror than just not
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giving in to fear, carol. >> michelle kosinski reporting live from the u.n. thanks so much. let's talk about syria. syria is -- looks like hell. there's no other way to put it. the better angels in that country have paid a heavy price. this is the united nations aid convoy. it was bombed as it tried to deliver food, blankets and medicine to syrians caught in the cross fire. look. >> this is the red house. this house was more than 20 vehicles, 20 trucks full of food. full of food. and they have medicine, blankets. today is the 19th of september of 2016. >> killed in that attack, omar baraka, he was the head of the syrian red crescent. that is the arab equivalent of the american red cross.
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he was one of the few trying to help 78,000 starving syrians trapped in war. who's to blame? the u.s. believes syrian forces loyal to bashar al assad or the russians. the syrian army this morning is denying all responsibility. topic of syrian refugees in the united states has sparked a new controversy for donald trump's campaign after his son, donald trump jr., tweeted this photo. it compares refugees, syrian refugees who are fleeing to the united states to a bowl of poison skittles and calls on voters to, quote, end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put america first. the tweet also bears the official trump/pence logo. trump jr.'s image sparking a firestorm including this one from john favro. he was a former writer for president obama. this is omran. it says, hey, donald trump jr., this is one of the millions of children you compared to a
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poisoned skittle today. jeff zeleny is here with more on that along with a princeton professor and author of "the fierce urgency of now." jeff, first to you. this tweet by donald trump jr., it bored the logo of the trump/pence campaign. was it okay? >> he is one of the campaign's top surrogates, top spokesmen. he's out there constantly campaigning for his father. a week or so ago we were talking about the gas chamber. he tweeted something on that. a lot of republicans wincing at this. he of course says it's just a p.c. and we can't be politically correct, but the owner of the skittles company, mars company tweeted this. let's look at this if we have it. it says skittles are a candy. refugees are people. it's an inappropriate analogy.
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that can be misinterpreted as marketing here. i do not think donald trump jr. will be continuing to talk about this today. it's simply in poor taste. >> but, julien, his intent was clear. he's playing to the fear of immigrants coming into the united states no matter who they are. >> yeah. the comment, even if it's receiving a backlash, does fit into the kinds of statements that have been made from day one in donald trump's campaign. immigration and stopping immigration has been at the heart of his argument. he has connected this to national security repeatedly and so while the comparison to candy might cause more problems than they expected, the basic argument about the danger posed by refugeerefugees, by immigrant the heart of the campaign. i'm not convinced this is a mistake, but certainly the message is something we've heard over and over again. >> and it's hard to not notice, jeff, that donald trump again brought up the idea of profiling
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immigrants. i mean, yesterday he was upset that news people used the term racial profiling but he was on "the o'reilly factor" last night and donald trump clearly meant racial profiling when he said profiling. >> he did. the whole issue of strength and security now front and center in this presidential campaign. we saw donald trump as trying to project strength here, that this whole terror investigation in new york and new jersey has allowed donald trump to talk again about his immigration plan and when he was in florida yesterday campaigning, this is what he said. >> we should temporarily suspend immigration entirely from regions where safe and adequate screening cannot occur. no one has a right to immigrate to this country. it is the job of a responsible government to admit only those who expect to succeed and flourish here and really be proud of what they've done and where they came from and they
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have to love our country. they have to love us! >> and you can see from the applause there at least at his rally in fort myers, florida, that it does resonate with a lot of people. he has an audience for this message. the question here is is that audience enough to win an election on. he is, we say doubling down a lot, i think even more on that on this immigration argument and using this latest investigation here as another way to do it. >> well, that well could be, julien, because the polls are tightening, essentially in battleground states. there's a new "new york times" poll out saying there's 1 percentage point out between trump and hillary clinton. why not double down on his message. it seems to be working. hillary clinton's message, we need a steady hand, is not really resonating at least with trump supporters. >> this is an issue that has brought him a lot of support. it's one area where he's been remarkably consistent. it's not surprising to go back to this. the thing is on polls he is not
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decisively beating her on national security. in fact, she's often ahead in the polls or it's pretty even so the risk is obviously that he uses the kind of rhetoric and engages in the kind of demeanor that makes people worry can he actually be the commander in chief on national security issues? that's the balance i think trump needs to think about. >> and one other interesting note, jeff. there was a facebook post by kathleen kennedy, robert kennedy's daughter. she says that george h.w. bush told her that he was going to voteor hillary clinton. is that true? >> so interesting. she was visiting him in ken know bunk port maine. i reached out to president obama's spokesman last night and he did not deny it. he said that president bush's vote is a secret. he will make that vote in 50 days. he confirmed that they met and, again, did not deny it. left it at that. she said that's what he told her in that final meeting. we know the bushes across the board have said they won't vote
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for donald trump and this is george h.w. bush, if not saying it publicly at least, not minding that this word is getting out there. that's a big deal. imagine, you know, the patriarch of that family saying that to a kennedy. >> jeff zeleny, julien, thanks to both of you. still to come on the "newsroom," a blockbuster revelation on the first day of the bridgegate trial. what prosecutors say chris christie knew about the bridge lane closures. >> he is unqualified to be president. >> hillary clinton lax the judgment. >> the scams, the fraud. >> hillary clinton has evaded justice. >> he clearly has something to hide. >> her conduct is disqualifying. you pay your car insurance premium like clockwork.
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a major turn in the bridgegate trial. new jersey governor chris christie not only knew about the lane closures at the george washington bridge, he knew about them as they were happening snarling traffic for days. cnn's phil mattingly is here to tell us what that could mean for the trump campaign. good morning. >> first and foremost, this was a surprise. we knew the defense team were going to try to tie chris christie into this. we knew they were going to say he knew all along. what we didn't know was that in the opening statement of this trial the prosecution team would do the same thing saying chris christie knew on day three of the four-day lane closures that the closures were actually occurring. it's worth pointing out, carol, that chris christie said he had no idea. he found out about this through media reports. it's something he reiterated to jake tapper this weekend. take a listen. >> i've been investigated by three different entities, two of them led bipartisan democrats,
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who, you know, have all found that i had no knowledge of this incident and no involvement in it. and so i would have no problem if called to testify by either side, but the fact is that i won't because i really don't have any knowledge of this incident at all. >> now, carol, a key question is if christie knew about it, why hasn't he been charged? why hasn't he at least been publicly labeled a co-con spiritor. the prosecutors didn't have an answer on that saying they want to focus on the two defendants. this has broader implications than the trial. chris christie is a top surrogate, a very clear senior level advisor to donald trump. he's also running donald trump's transition team. now reached out to a number of trump advisors yesterday asking, what happens here? normal campaign, this would be a huge issue. has to go, right? absolutely not. trump advisors saying that he is not going anywhere. donald trump thinks very highly of chris christie. chris christie was one of the first major people to endorse donald trump, and as i noted, they talk very regularly, talk
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on the phone constantly. loyalty matters to donald trump. he's not going anywhere. the bigger question becomes should donald trump win, chris christie has always been potentially in line as a cabinet position. loyalty matters to donald trump, probably not as much to a senate that would have to confirm him. >> well, as this bridgegate thing goes on and on and more comes out about what chris christie knew or didn't, what could happen to governor christie, anything? >> the big question is christie has constantly said he's no longer a target for prosecutors. the question has become -- they haven't stated publicly he isn't a target. chris christie stated that. he said he never knew anything. this will be an interesting trial to watch because of that. >> phil, thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," hillary clinton, donald trump virtually tied in the state of florida. how the ground game is becoming even more crucial. of being there for my son's winning shot. that was it for me. that's why i'm quitting with nicorette. only nicorette mini has a patented fast dissolving formula. it starts to relieve sudden cravings fast.
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the refugee crisis has been a driving issue this election season and president obama is expected to make it the focus of his final address to the united nations. that's actually what you're looking at now, the entrance to the united nations. the president expected to deliver his remarks. of course when president obama begins speaking in front of the general assembly, we'll take you right back to the united nations live. in the key battleground state of florida, a new poll shows clinton and trump republican virtually tied. well within the margin of error. cnn's boris sanchez has a look. >> reporter: a state that could make the difference on the electoral map is also one of the
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hardest to predict, florida and its 29 electoral votes, yet again a toss-up in 2016. >> donald trump was not my first, second or third choice but he is now. >> trump is a racist. he discriminated against people with disability and i have a son who has a disability and for me he's -- >> reporter: there are 4.6 million registered democrats in florida and about 4.4 million registered republicans. a razor thin difference when you consider florida's nearly 3 million unaffiliated voters, so both campaigns are throwing money at the middle, spending money on television ads. according to ad tracker firm cantor media. >> in hillary clinton's media, the system stays rigged. >> reporter: hillary clinton and her superpacs have pummeled donald trump, outspending the
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republican four times over. >> in china? >> reporter: since early june, clinton's team has spent $38 million on tv in the sunshine state. to trump's $9 million. despite the inbalance, recent polls show they're still in a tight race. >> flip a coin, it's now all about turnout. it's so close and it has been for some time and florida's last three elections, its two governor races and the 2012 presidential, the victor only won by 1%. >> reporter: there are few areas that really illustrate why florida is such a battleground better than the central part of the state. you've got retirement communities like the villages which happens to be older, less diverse and a trump stronghold. only about 45 miles away, you have the polar opposite, orlando. it's much younger, much more ethnically diverse and it skews towards hillary clinton. >> this is rebecca calling from
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the florida democratic party. >> reporter: to find an edge in central florida, home to nearly 40% of the state population, clinton is investing heavily in an expanded ground game. >> over the last several months, just can't be matched. >> reporter: the clinton cam is courting more than 1 million puerto ricans living in florida. about half of them in the orlando area. >> talking to them about the things that matter, about economic stability, offering jobs. >> reporter: the trump campaign has been slow to build a ground game in florida but thanks to a major boost from the rnc, officials say they expect to have several dozen offices up and running soon along with more than 200 people on staff and several thousand volunteers. >> we do have our offices open. there are 60 between the republican national committee, republican party of florida, the other candidates and us, so there are plenty of places for volunteers to gather. >> america can be strong.
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america can stand tall again. >> reporter: while mike pence energized trump's base at the villages on saturday, state officials say their campaign is not focused on a specific demographic group. their strategy is to get their message in front of as many as they can. >> we believe if you meet hi, you support him and you like him. >> reporter: carol, it is crunch time where fewer than 50 days away from the election. overseas ballots go out next week. absentee ballots the first week of october. early in person voting on october 24th. the campaigns are well aware of that. they are here in the state this week. yesterday, donald trump held an event in naples. tomorrow, hillary clinton is here in orlando. >> boris sanchez reporting live from orlando. drivers in several state facing a fuel shortage. what's causing it and when will it end? ich you are you? be the you who doesn't cover your moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
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we have a little bit of breaking news to share with you it i'm still digesting this. there was a notebook found on the alleged bomber in new york and new jersey and supposedly inside the notebook the alleged bomber mentions auk lackey, an islamic cleric killed in a drone strike by american forces and he was the inspiration of quite a few terrorists, alleged terrorists. supposedly this man was mentioned in the notebook of this alleged new york city bomber. that would mean that he maybe would have allegiance to al qaeda, not isis. we'll have much more on this at the top of the hour. now -- are we going to go to the united nations? no. okay, so there it is. the united nations. president obama is expected to address the general assembly at any moment. we're awaiting his arrival.
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we saw the french president arrive so that could come at any moment now, so if i interrupt thing, it will be because president obama is ready to speak. all right, on to what's happening in the southeastern portion of the united states. some gas stations in the southeast running out of gas and others are getting creative to try to keep what they have. a pipeline spill which triggered a fuel shortage for several states has yet to be fixed. there's a state of emergency in six states. this gas station's in augusta, georgia. it's trying to ration its supply, telling drivers to only take $11 worth or about 5 gallons each. trying to keep stations from gouging customers, georgia's governor has signed an order to stabilize gas prices. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for joining me. we begin with breaking news. just minutes ago, a law enforcement official confirmed details of a notebook found with
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the suspect. found mention of anwar al awlaki, the american-born cleric who has been an inspiration for terrorist attacks. evan perez joins us now with more. >> we know a little bit more about what was contained in these rap belling notes described to us previously by law enforcement officials, in particular, the fact that he mentioned anwar awlaki. this is a notebook found on the suspect after he was arrested. they also found a bullet hole in this. they don't know if that was from a firefight with police officers before he was arrested but this adds a little more context to perhaps his inspiration. we've seen multiple terror attacks that were inspired by al awlaki, including the boston bombers. we know he also mentioned them in his writings. this is a key part

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