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going to be the next president in a month and a half or so, and people are coming to him, coming to trump tower. brooke. >> he is listening. we will see who he chooses, manu and jeff, thank you so much. thank you for being with me. i am brooke baldwin, "the lead" starts now. thanks, brooke. it's a move that could put obamacare on life support. "the lead" starts right now. donald trump picks the man who helped lead the charge to dismantle obamacare to be his new health secretary. what does this mean for you? your family? your health insurance? your insurance premiums? surrounded by flames. wildfires melting homes and hotels in mountainside towns where so many family memories were made. plus, breaking news. inspired by isis. justice department sources now telling cnn that the man who attacked so many at ohio state university in that car and knife rampage was driven by terrorist propaganda.
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good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. president-elect donald trump announcing more cabinet posts today while continuing to attack the media, particularly cnn, for pointing out that his claim that there were millions of fraudulent votes is baseless. the president-elect on sunday peddled the false claim that rampant voter fraud swayed the popular vote to hillary clinton. clinton currently leads trump in the popular vote by more than 2.1 million votes. that means trump's total percentage of the vote is 46.5% as of now. lower than that of mitt romney in 2012. yesterday reporters did our jobs. we pointed out that the president-elect's assertion about massive voter fraud had no basis in reality. citing democratic and republican officials from those very states who unanimously dismissed the claims. not one credible official or news organization has suggested that the president-elect's conspiracy theory of millions of
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fraudulent votes has any merit, and yet president-elect trump is now going after those who are simply trying to convey these facts to you. last night he hit -- he hit send on a string of retweets attacking cnn and attacking our own senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny. zellny tweeted back politely asking mr. trump to forwar examples of voter fraud that took place on such a massive scale. since no evidence exists to verify the claims. it has been 125 days since mr. trump took questions from reporters in a formal press conference. cnn's jim acosta is in new york right now. jim, the president-elect still deep in this process of picking his new cabinet. >> reporter: that's right, jake. donald trump has an unlikely dinner date tonight in mitt romney. we have learned that future first lady melania trump and mrs. romney will join their husbands for dinner as well. despite the complaints from his own team, the president-elect is still actively considering romney, one of his harshest critics, for secretary of state, but some other contenders have
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entered the picture, as trump fills out his cabinet. the only way he knows how, with lots of drama and distractions. >> can you hear me okay? >> reporter: after campaigning as the ultimate outsider, donald trump reached inside the beltway to fill his cabinet today. >> nice to see you all. >> reporter: tapping the former labor secretary under george w. bush and the wife of mitch mcconnell elaine chao to lead the transportation department and gop congressman tom price as secretary of health and human services. doctor from georgia, price led the republican charge on health care in the house with proposals to transform medicare into a voucher program for seniors. and dozens of attempts to repeal obamacare. >> this law is not only harming the health of so many americans in many ways across this country but the health of our economy. >> reporter: democrats vow they're ready for that battle. >> it's clear that washington republicans are plotting a war on seniors next year. every senior, every american
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should hear this loudly and clearly. democrats will not let them win that fight. >> reporter: inside the transition, the real fight is over secretary of state, as the president-elect met with senator foreign relations committee chairman bob corker, a top candidate for the post, pushed by advisers who are aghast at the prospect of that job going to mitt romney, who dines with trump tonight. >> he has a number of outstanding individuals that he is talking with, but i was glad to be here. >> reporter: in addition to staffing his new administration, trump is igniting new constitutional controversies on twitter, insisting that nobody should be allowed to burn the american flag. if they do, there must be consequences. perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail. while his vice president passed on that question -- >> should flag burning be outlawed? >> mr. vice president-elect, what's on the agenda today? >> it will be a busy day. stay tuned. >> reporter: trump's one-time model for a supreme court
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justice the late antonin scalia told cnn flag burning was free speech. >> if i were king i wouldn't let people burn the american flag. however, we have a first amendment which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged, and it is addressed in particular to speech critical of the government. >> reporter: trump spokesman disagrees. >> i think most americans would agree with me that flag-burning should be illegal. >> reporter: trump still lashing out at the news media over stories he doesn't like tweeting i thought cnn would get better after they failed so badly in their support of hillary clinton. since election they are worse. he also retweeted complaints about fact-checking from cnn and others poking holes in trump's baseless claim that millions of fraudulent votes went to clinton which simply did not happen. >> they're starting to get very nervous, the press. the dishonest media.
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world's most dishonest people. >> reporter: a sign trump's media bashing days from the campaign are far from over. >> president-elect trump will keep doing everything he can to distract people, from his transition hires and his policy with his absurd tweets and outrageous comments. >> reporter: speaking of rallies, trump will embark on a thank you tour to show voters his appreciation for being elected president with a rally style event on the 3rd in cincinnati. no word whether it will come with a news conference. president obama held his first post-election news conference three days after winning in 2008. big difference, jake. >> i was there. i remember! in chicago. thank you so much. joining me now, republican congressman from illinois adam kinzinger. thank you for being here. we appreciate it. your soon to be former colleague, tom price, tapped to be secretary of the department
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of health and human services. if obamacare is completely repealed, the cbo, congressional budget office, says that would leave at least 14 million people without health insurance. does a replacement need to have some way to cover these individuals who were covered by medicaid expansion or other ways? >> absolutely. i think, as we develop what this looks like -- and keeping in mind that developing an alternative plan, as hard as it was for obamacare to pass the first time, you had a lot of earmarks, the corn husker kickback. as tough as that is, it's tough to craft a replacement man. that's a lot of work that needs to be done. i think we all agree and i would totally say that people who were covered should not lose their health insurance. the process to get there is something we'll work through. >> does that mean repeal or take what is there now and mold it while keeping aspects of it, like, for instance, medicaid expansion, which, for instance, in indiana there was a form of medicaid expansion that's allowed to happen? >> i think we don't know.
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tom price is one of the smartest guys on this issue. he has a lot of plans that could take care of these problems, bring the cost of health care down. what we have in the larger scheme is, yes, people covered by health insurance. i hear from people about how their premiums are sky rocketing and coverage is going down. how do we decrease the price and increase the quality. a lot of that is bringing competition into the market. >> is there a way to force companies to lower their premiums? >> i think you can bring free market principles into health care. it's a fifth of the economy. it's the one area exempt basically from free market principles. some of the ideas are let's put reality on pricing. if you have a broken arm and you need an x-ray you can competitively shop one hospital down the street may be twice as
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much as a clinic someplace else. it's a complicated issue but one that we're going to solve. >> you did not support president-elect trump during the campaign. you said you would give him a shot. >> yeah. >> and he deserved an opportunity to succeed. i am wondering what you think of how his transition has gone so far, specifically some of the things he's done on twitter, attacking the cast of "hamilton" for what happened with vice president-elect pence, going after the media, this baseless claim about millions of fraudulent votes. is it -- does that bother you? >> it's concerning. but, you know, i also understand and recognize this is a new era of communication. president obama had basically the first selfie of a president in office, and he was revolutionary in how he communicated with people on youtube and other places. twitter is a new reality. you see prime ministers in other countries that use it. i get concerned when you see claims about, you know, two million fraudulent votes and things like that. but, you know, this is the president-elect. he'll be held accountable to
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what he says and we'll continue to see how he utilizes this. but i think the rest of the transition is going great. we have some great people in place and i am excited about the first 100 days next year. >> i am wondering how much you think is a red flag all of his business dealings. cnn added it up and it's 144 individual companies with which the trump company is doing business. in at least 25 different countries. and obviously, the possibility for real conflicts of interest is very real. we're already seeing it happen here and there. do you think that it would be easier for him if he put it in a blind trust? >> i think it would be easier for him. but i also don't own a billion dollar company with my name on it that you're invested in and you've built basically from the ground up. it sounds like he'll put his children in charge of it. i would assume there is going to be a solid fire wall in between. over the next couple months they'll develop it. we're pretty early in the transition stage. he doesn't come in until the end
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of january. i think it would be wise to keep people from being concerned about what's happening. so we'll see what the transition does. >> as somebody who wants him to succeed, right, doesn't he just have to make a choice between running in any real way, including with his children running the company, make a choice between running the united states and running this enterprise? you could put up a wall and keep ivanka, eric and don jr. out of it and not have anything to do with it and then there is no congressional hearings or scandal. it's all walled off. >> that's my advice but he has to make the decision. when i got elected for congress, i still fly for the air national guard. i thought that would be something that was easy to do until i got into congress and realized you don't have a lot of time off. when you do you have district commitments and now you have to go fly for the guard. i think as he's becoming president and accepting the mantel he is accepting the intensity of work involved and by the time he's sworn in he'll
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realize you can't have a business and do the most powerful job in the world. >> thank you for joining us. instead of talking about his cabinet or his plans for his first 100 days in office donald trump has been tweeting about jailing people or revoking their citizenship for burning the american flag. why would he steal the spotlight from his own cabinet news? that story next.
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welcome back to "the lead." vice president mike pence. vice president-elect mike pence, telling reporters at trump tower to expect another transition announcement before dinnertime. we'll bring you that news when we get it. let's bring in our political panel to talk about everything. usa today washington bureau chief susan page and jack ie kucinich. you did an interview with newt gingrich, the vice chair of the transition committee. he told you he thinks trump's biggest mistake since winning was? >> i think the worst thing he did was the tweet the other night about illegal votes. i mean, you know, presidents of the united states can't randomly tweet without having somebody check it out. i mean, it's just -- it makes you wonder about whatever else he's doing. it undermines much more than
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just a single tweet. >> that's pretty strong language from an ally. >> someone who has been an advocate, a surrogate. he was mostly praising trump but was really critical about the tweet. i asked him if he had seen evidence of massive election fraud. he said no. >> you say newt gingrich also suggested that president-elect trump has no obligation to ever do a press conference ever again. >> because we haven't had a news conference since july. that's unusual for someone who has been elected president. he said not only does he not have to do press conferences now, he says that president trump should feel no obligation to have a news conference ever and suggested that, instiead, h could solicit questions from the public and answer those. >> it's interesting and actually wouldn't surprise me, jackie, if that's what he did. i tweeted out earlier this morning it's been 125 days since
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he had a press conference and this is the longest there has ever been in the modern era. the response from trump supporters were like, he doesn't need you. you're irrelevant. that might be the guiding principle of the trump press shop. >> people don't care if we whine, right? they don't -- even when he initially was ditching the press pool, there seemed to be a misunderstanding of what the press pool actually does. it just makes sure that the president is actually alive and history is chronicled and is with him. right now we're not really a set of people that people think should get -- particularly trump supporters, think should get access. that said, this is bigger than us, the fact that he is closing out the press. that means that things he should answer for, things that need to be clarified, won't be by the president-elect. during these conference calls that the trump campaign has had every single day, that the transition team has had. several times they said i'm going to let the president-elect speak for that. well, that essentially is a no
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comment forever if he decides to lock out the press for the duration. >> this extraordinary thing, where his commentary is mostly through twitter. now that is the way he has been communicating with the american people. millions of people, and i think a lot of his supporters don't mind that but it means you're not subject to the kind of scrutiny that the press provides. reporters don't do that for reporters. reporters do it because we're there as a representative of the american people. >> for instance, the press pool was there on 9/11 and travelled around with then-president george w. bush. turning to tom price, the congressman tapped to be the new secretary of the department of homeland -- of health and human services. what does this mean, do you think, in terms of the american people and in terms of insurance and in terms of presumiums. >> he is one of the few republicans who has had a plan to repeal and replace obamacare. i think from like 2007, 2008 on -- 2009, excuse me. so he is not someone who comes to this as sort of an empty
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suit. that said, immediately we're going to see some friction between some of the things trump and tom price has said. particularly how you deal with medicare. donald trump said he is not going to touch it. tom price wanted to turn it into a voucher-like system which you hear from a lot of republicans. there will be a little bit of friction initially about whether republican orthodoxy, big on entitlement reform, and things donald trump has promised. he has seen to listen to advisers before and change his mind. that may happen with this, but certainly this is something that is going to be felt by the american people because it has to do with their health care. >> susan, it looks like there will be something of a fight. democrats are already talking about this 2012 interview that congressman price did about whether or not women could or could not afford birth control. obamacare, obviously, provides free or no-cost, no copay birth control for everyone.
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take a listen to what he had to say. >> where do we leave these women if this rule is rescinded? >> bring me one woman who has been left behind. bring me one. there is not one. >> um, there is not one woman who can't afford birth control. that's going to be a point of inflection for a lot of democrats on capitol hill. >> i would expect democrats to produce hundreds, maybe thousands of women to say they've had trouble affording it before it was a requirement of the affordable care act. >> that's a big fight that they'll have. >> absolutely. he has been a vocal opponent of the birth control mandate. that said, it -- i mean, yeah. you're right. he'll get a lot of resistance to that. if it's not covered it can be expensive. particularly for low-income women. >> we're going to have such big fights. >> the mandate for health care, the exchanges. i mean, there's going to be so many battles that i do think people on both sides are going to be -- have to pick their fights on what they care about
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most and what is the most important thing to try to preserve, because we're going to have this epic battle now between republicans and united control of the government and democrats kind of scrambling for traction. >> all they have, the democrats, is the ability to filibuster in the senate. >> susan and jackie, thank you so much. appreciate it. new information about the ohio state terrorist and his possible motive. that's next. plus, scorched, melted, destroyed. our first look at the smoking wreckage left behind by the devastating fires in tennessee that we're now learning have, sadly, turned deadly. stay with us. t i was managing my moderate to severe crohn's disease. i didn't think there was anything else to talk about. but then i realized there was. so, i finally broke the silence with my doctor about what i was experiencing. he said humira is for people like me who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief. and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections,
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welcome back to "the lead." investigators believe the ohio state terrorist was inspired by isis and by the american-borne al qaeda cleric anwar al awlaki. this comes as isis today claims the stabbing attack was carried out on its behalf. pamela brown joins me from columbus, ohio. pamela, are there any firm links tying the suspect at this point to a specific terrorist organization? >> reporter: at this point in the early stage of the investigation, no firm links, we're told, jake. but investigators do believe the suspect was inspired and influenced by terrorist propaganda online from both isis and al qaeda, and today isis is taking credit for the attack. today isis is claiming responsibility for inspiring the attack on the campus of the ohio state university, releasing a statement on its propaganda news website. there is no evidence the claim is true.
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investigators will only say they're looking at terrorism as a possible motive. >> there is plenty of available evidence to indicate that this individual may have been motivated by extremism and may have been motivated by a desire to carry out an act of terrorism. >> reporter: a post on abdul artan's facebook page pays tribute to al qaeda cleric anwar al awlaki and admonishes the united states saying by all ah we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the muslims. you will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday. investigators are scrutinizing his cellphone and laptop and interviewing those who knew him to learn more about his motivations. >> they asked me the same questions everybody else is requesting, about his character. his character was presentable. he didn't seem or appear to pose a threat to anybody. >> reporter: the owner of a convenience store near artan's home says he came in regularly, including on the day before the
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attack. >> he came in. he grabbed whatever he wanted. and we talked for a little bit, like hi, how you doing, da, da, da. how was your day. i mean, that's pretty much it. he just left, smiling, like usual. that's it. >> reporter: cnn has learned artan was born in somali and moved to pakistan as a refugee in 2007. he came to the united states with his mother and siblings in 2014 on a green card. a u.s. official says his family went through more than two years of intense vetting before being allowed into the united states. >> abdul -- >> reporter: once he arrived he attended a community college and then transferred to ohio state, where he told the student newspaper he was self-conscious about showing his muslim faith. artan and his family also apparently spent 23 days in dallas in 2014, according to a faith-based group who worked with them, but they left for unknown reasons. >> this was an 18-year-old. he had just transferred schools. we don't understand his background with the family.
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he is an immigrant. we don't understand the issues he had integrating. one of the difficulties in these is looking at what he's claiming and comparing it to the rest of his life. >> reporter: to try to figure that out, investigators have been going through his cellphone and his computer. so far at this early stage there is no indication he was communicating with groups overseas. jake, this does fit the pattern, so far. of what we've seen in other attacks here in the united states when you have someone looking at terrorist propaganda online, operating under law enforcement's radar and launching an attack with very little warning. >> pamela brown in columbus. thank you. >> joining me now is paul cruickshank cnn terrorism analyst. what do you make of the fact that this isis news agency, this propaganda outlet, is claiming that terrorist was inspired by isis? >> he might have been inspired by some degree by isis. but it's probably an opportunistic claim they're putting out, they're not
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substantiating it or saying they had any connection to him, communications and so on. this is somebody who appears to have been both inspired by isis to some degree and also perhaps even a little bit more by al qaeda because he mentions anwar al awlaki, who is an american-yemeni cleric who was killed five years ago in a u.s. drone strike. this was a cleric who called for relentless attack against the united states, referring to him as our hero imam. somebody who was clearly inspired to some degree by anwar al awlaki. someone who had a lot of animosity towards the united states, railing on his facebook page about u.s. actions in the muslim world, even saying that he would be willing to have up to a billion infidels killed in retribution in this facebook posting, somebody who had become very angry indeed and somebody who, himself, said that what
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tipped him into action was atrocities against muslims in myanmar. there is a muslim minority in the majority buddhist country. and the u.n.hgr last week alerted the world to a lot of killings, to ethnic cleansing going on against that community. he appears to somehow blame the united states for that. >> that's odd. >> not clear why. just last month the obama administration actually ended their sanctions regime against myanmar, perhaps he feels that somehow the united states has some complicity in that with no evidence. >> what does it say to you that anwar al awlaki, even five years after the obama administration had him droned continues to crop up as a source of inspiration for a lot of so-called home-grown terrorists, self r radicalized. >> his inspiration has continued beyond the grove. he put out a lot of videos in
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english speaking to recruits in an english vernacular that they could be inspired by. his influence has lived on through the years, and now vise have really, just like al qaeda, embraced him. he is a really unifying figure for global jawihadis. he is almost the common denominator in all of these cases. >> also, this attack was done, and thankfully nobody was killed other than the terrorist himself, done with a knife and a car, basically household objects. >> yes. terrorist groups have caught on to how effective this can be. we saw with the nice attack. 86 people killed in that rampage. over 30 vehicle attacks in israel this year. it's a trend that we'll likely see in the future as well. it's possible to protect events like, say, the macy's day parade
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that isis were calling for these kinds of attacks against but it's impossible to protect every potential target everywhere across the united states. anywhere people have cars they can launch these kind of attacks. new this hour, the raging fires tearing through a popular tourist destination have now officially and tragically turned deadly. the race to save homes and to save lives. that story next.
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the windows to glow. since yesterday, those fast-moving wildfires have been threatening the small resort town of gatlinburg and the surrounding area where flames have already consumed homes and businesses. cnn correspondent nick valencia is live for us in gatlinburg. nick, why did the fire move so quickly? >> reporter: the fire intensified with the help of low humidity and hurricane-force winds, winds up to 80 miles per hour. firefighters are continuing to battle some of the flames. it doesn't translate over the camera but here in gatlinburg smoke has really filled the air. the mayor of this small town says nearly half of it has been affected. flames surround and destroy businesses, cabins, resorts and homes. this is what a city on fire looks like. the mayor of gatlinburg, tennessee, says more than 100 structures have been damaged by the historic forest fire. the mayor's own home, likely destroyed. others, not as lucky.
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three burn victims are now in critical condition. a drought and hurricane-force winds fueled flames overnight and spread embers. >> the high winds were knocking down trees. the trees were hitting power lines and they were falling on this very dry, extreme drought-like condition, and everything was catching on fire. >> reporter: thousands forced to evacuate. many taking shelter at evacuation centers. some had to abandon their pets because they simply didn't have enough time. others had to drive straight through the flames because it was the only way out. now, all they can do is wait to see, and in many cases, this is what they'll come home to. destruction, gutted buildings, piles of debris, all still smoking. >> what a difficult 24 hours that our community has faced. >> reporter: this city really has been through a lot. if we could offer the viewers any good news it's that downtown gatlinburg remains intact.
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local and state officials however, still pleading for federal funding. for those who have been evacuated, they're being told at least two to five days before they can go back to assess the damage. >> thank you so much. to north dakota where protesters of the dakota access pipeline are in a standoff with authorities in the middle of a snow storm. today law enforcement said those who remain at the protest camp site despite an evacuation order do so at their own risk. the site is growing with activists wanting to support members of the standing rock sioux tribe. the tribe calls the order an attempt to cause fear. they want to protect the land and water supply they say is threatened by the pipeline. cnn's sara sidner made it to the camp site south of bismarck, north dakota. can authorities force all those people to leave? >> reporter: well, they certainly want to encourage them to leave. the army corps of engineers said
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there was going to be a december 5th deadline. then they decided that they'll not actually forcibly remove people. let me give you an idea of just how big this camp has gotten. we were here a few weeks ago. there were hundreds of people here. now, jake, there are certainly thousands of people. and you can see the conditions in which they are living. in tee pees, living in tents. living in structures that they put up that look far more permanent, made with wood. what you are seeing is a resilience here and an absolute determination to be here and not leave. and so, the idea from the governor that he is going to push people out and convince people to leave, that's just not happening. we have talked to several people who have said their intention is to stay put and that they are winterizing the camp. just recently, jake, i do want to mention this, we heard from the sheriff's department that they were going to cut off supplies and stop people from moving in and out of the camp starting today.
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they backtracked and said, wait ma a minute. we are not going to be doing that. they certainly have been encouraging people to leave the camp. the word from the camping and from the standing rock sioux is we're not going anywhere unless we're able to stop the indicate access pipeline. >> we're told construction on the pipeline is mostly complete. at this point can the protesters stop the project from coming close to the tribe's land? >> reporter: yes. so basically where we are is not on reservation land. we're just literally right outside reservation land. they say, look, this land is treaty land and should be treated as such, and that means they have to protect the people and the water. the government and the tribe. and they say they do not want this pipeline going underneath the missouri river, and that's what they're doing here to stop it. the pipeline is just up the road a couple miles.
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. we're back with today's world lead. officials in colombia say they've recovered the black boxes from a plane crash that killed members of a popular brazilian soccer team. the devices along with six survivors could be key to determining what went wrong. when you see the wreckage it's really hard to imagine how anyone was pulled out alive. the charter plane are 81 people on board. it left bolivia yesterday and the crew reported some sort of emergency before the plane crashed in the mountains not far from its destination. rene marsh joins me now. did the crew specify what was
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wrong? >> reporter: they reported some sort of electrical problems. tonight it's still unclear what exactly caused the crash with a beloved soccer team on board. investigators will look at a wide range of possibilities from pilot error to the safety record of the charter company, to the mechanics of the plane and also weather. this is what's left of the plane, carrying brazilian soccer team chapecoense and more than 20 journalists after it crashed into the mountainside in colombia. at least 75 of the 81 people on board are dead. the charter flight left santa cruz, bolivia monday night, declaring an emergency minutes before the crash. the pilot reported electrical problems. investigators found both of the plane's black boxes in perfect condition. it will tell them if the plane had any mechanical problems. >> translator: sadly, all we can do beyond crying for those who have left us, was to arrange federal government support for the families who are in
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mourning. >> reporter: miraculously, among the rubble there are survivors, and they are accounts of the final seconds on board could help investigators. >> they'll want to know whether there was any indication in the cabin from the flight crew to prepare for a crash landing, did they hear the engines functioning normally right up until the end, were there any diversions during the flight, did they have to fly around a storm. >> reporter: satellite images show scattered showers and thunderstorms had moved across the region and meteorologists say there was likely turbulence. days ago the team celebrated a semi final win in the south american cup. they were on their way to colombia to compete in the finals. here they were at the airport, one of the players taking this video and snapping these photos while on board. fans mourned outside the soccer stadium where the team was scheduled to play. brazilian football great pele tweeted, brazilian football is in mourning. a team that experienced a
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meteoric rise making it to the elite level of the brazilian soccer championship. investigators are now trying to figure out what brought this cinderella story to such a deadly end. the aircraft the team was on was manufactured in 1999. it's usually used for short flights. investigators will be looking at the operation of the charter company and the crew. did they make the right decisions, was there something going on in the cockpit and, of course, jake, the black boxes will fill in a lot of the blanks. >> and the six survivors. the secret warriors of world war ii, many now in their 90s. they might finally be getting an overdue honor. that story next. ( ♪ ) ♪ they tell me i'm wrong ♪ ♪ to want to stand alongside my, my love ♪
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welcome back to "the lead." time now for our buried lead.
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that's what we call stories that we feel are not getting enough attention. for generations we've all been regaled with taels of spies and american forces saving the day. the heroes of the oss, office of strategic services, an agency fighting evil in the shadows. brive men and women instrumental in the ally victory in 1942. this week they'll finally be honored with congressional gold medals. 70 years after they helped win the day. >> when you get your hair cut, be sure it's enein the style. >> these training films could be taken from a spy thriller. >> the identities of the recruits remain a carefully guarded secret which explains the use of masks. >> the dangerous missions and secrecy of the military
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intelligence agency they were made for were all too real. the office of strategic services, or oss, was the 1940s precursor to the modern cia, the navy s.e.a.l.s and special forces command. >> we weren't even supposed to mention that we were with oss. the less people that know, the safer it is for all of us. i was a good boy. i didn't talk about it to anybody. >> now, more than seven decades later, with the help of the oss society, legislation finally might pass to recognize members of the oss, such as captain john billings, with a congressional gold medal. the highest civilian honor. >> to me, it means that at least somebody thinks we did a good job. >> billings had already flown countless bombing missions for the u.s. army during world war ii when he was recruited to the
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oss at age 21. his assignment, to fly operatives and other agents and supplies to drop zones within enemy territory. some marked in the snow with letters, such as this one. >> we were supposed to learn their names. occasionally we'd drop joes, everybody's name that had gone that was not going to come back with us was named joe. you as a single plane were probably shortening the war much more than hundreds of planes just dropping bombs, hoping to hit a factory or something of that sort. the oss was very powerful. and we liked it. >> billings says perhaps his most daring mission was operation green up in 1945. he flew three joes deep into the austrian alps to parachute out behind enemy lines and gather information on the nazis. two of the men were jewish, including the late german born
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spy fred mayor, a close friend of billings whose work inspired the film ""inglorious bastards." >> eight jewish american soldiers. we're going to drop into france dressed as civilians. >> he says the film missed the real bravery and aptitude of the people in the oss. >> the people, especially the people who went out of the airplane, they were going into unknown things, and they had, especially fred. had hutspa. >> the kind congress may finally honor, though much too late for far too many members of this greatest generation. >> i would have liked to have had this medal knowing that he was going to get one too. >> thank you, captain billings. the vote to recognize the brave men and women of the oss with a congression gold med congressional gold medal is set to make place tomorrow in the
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