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in. we would steal the doctors' rubber medical gloves and put them under our football gloves so our fingers wouldn't get numb and chicken broth because it has electrolytes and you put your hands under it. happened in a real nfl game. believe it or not. >> coy wire, many thanks. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. for 538 people it is voting day. members of the electoral college formally casting their ballots to make donald trump's win official. this hour, voting is expected to get under way in indiana, new hampshire, tennessee and west virginia. some electors being urged to break their party's pledge and vote their conscience. recent revelations of russian hacking only adding fuel to the fire. but in order to block trump from the white house, 37 republican electors would need to switch their vote, something highly
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unlikely. meantime, the trump team pushes ahead with another hiring pick. nominating vincent viola for army secretary. cnn's jessica schneider is live at the state capitol to talk about the electoral college. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. michigan has 16 electors. they will be here at the state capitol to cast their ballots, their votes, at 2:00. this is largely a ceremonial process. it will be overseen by the governor in michigan, a republican governor. this whole vote is actually run by the republican party in michigan. the electors were chosen at the state party convention in april and it's fair to say they are all party loyalists so there's little chance they will not cast their ballot for donald trump. they will fall in line. but despite that, electors here and throughout the country have been coming under tremendous pressure, receiving thousands, hundreds of letters urging them to change their vote. in fact, one elector here in michigan tells us he's even received death threats. michigan's own michael moore
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talk to facebook to post and say he would cover the fines for any electors who decided to vote their conscience or change their vote. but of course, michigan is just one of 28 states that does have a faithless elector law, meaning those electors are bound to their vote. they cannot change their vote. i have talked to the republican party officials here in michigan. they tell me they do not anticipate any problems, but if any of their 16 electors were to try to change their vote and not vote for donald trump, the party officials here tell me their solution is easy. they merely replace that elector with one who will cast their ballot for donald trump. carol? >> jessica schneider live from michigan. let's head to wisconsin now. wisconsin will cast its ten electoral votes after a recount certified donald trump as winner. >> reporter: you know, i talked to one elector who says he received more than 80,000
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e-mails and more than 2300 pieces of snail mail, all from people trying to sway his vote. he's not the only one. he of course knows some of the other electors because they are all part of the executive committee of the republican party here in wisconsin, and he says some of his fellow electors received 2300, 2400 pieces of snail mail all trying to sway his vote and their vote against donald trump, but the thing is, michigan and wisconsin, like jessica was just mentioning, are states that have faithless elector laws. all that means is that they have laws against electors going against the november 8th election results. so what we are expecting here to happen today is in the doors you see behind me are for these ten electors to come in and vote for donald trump, because donald trump won the election here on november 8th and that's what they are expected to do again
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today, officially. now, i should say the wind chill here in wisconsin is negative 23. we were expecting protesters outside. right now, there is one brave woman outside. again, the wind chill minus 23 degrees. >> oh, my gosh. that makes me feel cold in the studio. rosa flores live from madison. let's talk about this and more. jeff zeleny is a cnn senior washington correspondent and norman eisen. norman, you have been calling electors over the past month or so. what have you been telling them? >> well, the electors have actually reached out to me and they have questions about any number of issues. the top issue on electors' minds is donald trump's financial conflicts of interest and how
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those intersect with the russian interference in our electoral process. the question is simple. we don't have donald trump's taxes. what are his russian business dealings that might be revealed by the taxes, what does it mean to have a president-elect who has foreign flows of money coming in to his businesses. that's against the constitution. so electors are very worried about that. there's an explicit constitutional prohibition on foreign government money for our president. >> i would suspect most of those electors asking advice would be democrats because most of the electors are part of the party machine so it's unlikely that many will actually vote their conscience. >> it is indeed. i think that is something important to keep in mind today as we watch this sort of rite of democracy unfold for the next several hours. the outcome of this election is
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not going to change. let's be honest about this. it would take 37 electors, republican electors, to change their mind. but then even if that would happen, it would go to the house of representatives controlled by republicans. so do we think the u.s. house would actually hand the election to donald trump. this is sort of an academic discussion, academic exercise. some democratic electors see this as one final opportunity here. but the reality is that donald trump later today in a few hours will officially become the 45th president-elect and will be sworn in next month. no other way to look at it. >> some republicans might be asking why don't you put your energies into something else like say figure out why democrats lost and how you can -- how you can get more democrats elected into governorships and state legislatures across the country. >> well, first of all, the questions have come from both democratic and republican
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electors. look, i and others are very realistic about this and i have not actually called on any electors to do any particular decision. just to search their conscience, study the issues. but this is an important moment in american democracy when the electoral college meets and it's a moment for conversation about donald trump's conflicts, about the looming constitutional clash that we are headed for if he insists on receiving these foreign payments, and i completely agree with you that we need to look at these larger political issues. that must be done in the context of studying donald trump's failure to release his taxes, his possible foreign business ties and the russian interference in our election. there are very serious questions here. >> our lawmakers, both
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republican and democratic, are looking into that right now. both sides want to hold hearings on that. so that's maybe being taken care of very soon. jeff, i did want to focus on the electoral college because i don't think most americans realize that electors cast ballots after the election is over so at the very least, isn't this a good, i don't know, a good education for voters? >> sure. sure. it's a reminder of how our democracy was established, how it was formed. i hope every school-age child is learning about this and maybe talking about this and already sort of knows about this. but this is part of the process, as our founding fathers intended it to be. of course, it is one of those moments where the modern day presidency which is not equipped for an entrepreneur, a businessman like donald trump, we have never seen this in the modern day, this is a moment i
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think where history sort of meets the difficult time of the moment here. >> history is taking place right beside you. that's a shot of the indianapolis state house. >> indiana. right. >> in indiana, right. lawmakers have gathered and the electors are casting their ballots in indiana. i would suppose that would be for donald trump because he won the state of indiana. >> he did indeed. of course, mike pence, the vice president-elect from indiana as well. one of the things that's going to be happening in 50 state capitols across the country, it's a pretty interesting process. i remember being in state houses when i was a legislative reporter in illinois and iowa and nebraska, watching these electors really do the work of the voters here. this is how our government is set up. so it is definitely a good moment to learn and maybe relearn how our democracy was formed. whether you like the outcome or not, these rules exist for history's sake. >> have to leave it there. thanks to both of you.
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♪ reddi-wip. share the joy. tensions growing higher between the united states and china over the seizure of a u.s. drone in international waters. a communist controlled chinese tabloid now hitting back hard at donald trump. this after a series of tweets from the president-elect, the first tweet saying china had stolen the drone. there you see the tweet. then the second tweet by donald trump said china should just keep it. the chinese editorials title, actually that tabloid, hit trump for his earlier misspelling of the word unprecedented and -- in
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one of those tweets that read in part trump is not behaving as a president who will become master of the white house in a month. he bears no sense of how to lead a super power. even the u.s. military did not use the term steal to describe the move by the chinese navy. trump's second tweet makes people worry he will treat china/u.s. relations as child play. that's all in that tabloid. let's go to matt rivers live in beijing. hi, matt. >> reporter: the u.s. balditch, an unarmed military research ship, was miles off the coast thursday where the navy says it was conducting research using two underwater drones called ocean gliders. officials said the research was legal under international law. it was set to bring them back on board when officials say a chinese naval ship launched a small boat which swooped in and stole one of the ocean gliders.
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the defense department says the bowditch made contact asking for it back but the chinese ship sailed away. officials said it is ours and we would like it back and would like this not to happen again. the chinese responded saying the ship initially didn't know what the drone was and seized it for navigational safety reasons. they went on to say quote, upon confirming the device was a u.s. underwater drone, the chinese side decided to transfer it to the u.s. side in an appropriate manner. china and the united states have been communicating about this process. it is inappropriate and unhelpful for a resolution but the u.s. has unilaterally hyped the issue. we express our regret over that. the seizure comes at a time of heightened u.s./chinese military tensions in the south china sea. china has built and militarized artificial islands in disputed territory, action the u.s. calls illegal. president-elect trump has made
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beijing angry twice in the last two weeks. first taking a call from taiwan's president and then questioning the legitimacy of the one china policy, a decades-old diplomatic staple of u.s./china relations. matt rivers, cnn, beijing. >> so the trump team appears to be vacillating somewhat on china policy. trump talking tough in 140 characters on twitter. but reince priebus now seems to be backing away from that call that trump took from taiwan. this is what he told fox news. >> we're not suggesting that we're revisiting one china policy right now. he's not president right now and he's respectful to the current president. >> but mr. trump is acting as if he is president of the united states. he tweeted out that china should return that american drone. we just told you about that. and he saved those jobs for carrier in indiana. so how is this affecting policy? joining me live from washington is greg polen, director of the
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asia maritime transparency initiative at the center for strategic and international studies. welcome, sir. mr. trump's tweets on china and in regards to that drone led to this editorial in a communist-controlled chinese magazine. quote, he bears no sense of how to lead a super power and the magazine goes on to say trump appears to be emotionally upset. what do you make of that? >> well, i think it's ironic to have the global times or any of the chinese state-owned papers here trying to shift blame for this standoff on to the u.s. side. whether president-elect trump or anybody else. whether or not it was kind of over the top rhetoric, trump is right. china did steal this drone in international waters with absolutely no rationale behind it. what we are seeing now is beijing scrambling to find some way to explain this away. >> so you have one part of america that says go, donald trump, because you're getting tough on china, right, then you
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have the other side who is kind of like apprehensive about how this will affect relations with china. >> yeah. look, we should be concerned about being overly confrontational with china. this is the most important bilateral relationship in the world and will be for decades. but on this one specific issue, the south china sea, there are enormous stakes. for the u.s. this is not about the u.s. and china. this is about the entire international order. what china wants to do is return to a way of making international rules that existed pre-world war ii. it's undermining 75 years of the way the global system runs. >> so henry kissinger might be right because he said over the weekend that trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen and that his style could be an extraordinary opportunity. so what do you suppose he means by that? >> well, opportunity in that this is certainly something different. i think it is frankly far too
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early to speculate on what a donald trump presidency is going to mean for u.s. policy in asia or china. the inconsistencies we have heard not just from the president-elect, from his team, and their own internally the differing perspectives that many members that have been appointed to the cabinet or are going to be appointed to the cabinet have suggests it will be months and months before we have any idea what a trump policy toward china or south china sea or anything else is going to be. >> so i guess i'm still struggling to understand extraordinary opportunity. so we know that russia and china are allies, right, and we know that donald trump wants to improve relations with russia but he said nothing like that about china. so is there a plan in there somewhere? >> we don't know. donald trump has clearly taken a more strident approach toward china. certainly in his rhetoric, than he has toward russia. part of that might be a reflection of his domestic priorities, vis a vis trade, the perception that china is somehow unfair to the u.s.
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economically in a way that russia is not, at least in his mind. but how that's going to translate into foreign policy remains complete mystery to me and i think to most people. >> have to leave it there. thanks so much for being with me this morning. still to come in the "newsroom" trump's team has a message for intelligence agencies. if you got proof of a russian hacking, make it public. that's next. generosity is its own form of power.
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i don't know what she's up to, but it's not good. can't the world be my noodles and butter? get your mind out of the gutter. mornings are for coffee and contemplation. that was a really profound observation. you got a mean case of the detox blues. don't start a war you know you're going to lose. finally you can now find all of netflix in the same place as all your other entertainment. on xfinity x1. senator john mccain issued a stark warning over russia hacking and meddling in the presidential election calling it a threat that could quote, destroy american democracy. this is what he told jake tapper
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on "state of the union." >> there's no doubt they were interfering. no doubt it was a cyberattack. question now is, how much and what damage and what should the united states of america do. and so far, we have been totally paralyzed. this is serious business. if they're able to harm the electoral process, then they destroyed democracy which is based on free and fair elections. >> meantime, russia continues to deny that it messed with american elections. donald trump and his team continue to deny intelligence reports indicating that russia did in fact meddle. trump's chief of staff telling fox news they will believe it when the cia and fbi come forward with public reports. >> i think he would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, show the american people that they
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are actually on the same page, if there is this conclusive opinion among all of these intelligence agencies, then they should issue a report or stand in front of a camera and make the case. >> let's talk about that. i'm joined by congressman dennis ross, a republican from florida, and member of donald trump's transition team. welcome, sir. >> thank you, carol. good to be here. >> nice to have you here. do you agree with mr. priebus? >> well, yeah, i think we've got to be careful about how we start politicizing our intelligence community. this is something very very serious. i agree with senator mccain, this is something very serious and i also agree with reince priebus on this. when the intelligence communities come together and are sure of what intelligence they have and the conclusion that can be drawn, we need to go forward with this. we need to make sure we are not going to allow the sanctity of our electoral process be undermined by anybody. so i think this is something very serious. i think that -- >> there's no disagreement that the fbi and the cia believe that russia was meddling in the election. motive may be still out there.
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of course, the fbi -- >> to what degree? >> exactly. everybody wants to know that. >> carol, i agree with you. >> on -- >> jim clapper testified before the house intelligence committee under chairman nunez and could not conclusively state what the evidence was. this is something that's being investigated. i think it should be investigated. but i think we can't lose sight of the fact that out of 3,141 counties in this country, hillary clinton only won 57. in order to hack -- >> congressman, nobody is disputing the election results. nobody is disputing it. i think senator john mccain is concerned because there is evidence that russia meddled in the american election and that is a threat to democracy, isn't it? >> no question about it. i agree with you. i think we are all on the same page. >> so why doesn't the president-elect then reach out to the cia and -- pick up the phone and call, he's good at that, right, pick up the phone
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and call them and say look, guys, come out and issue a public statement bus we neecausd to know the answer to this. >> in addition to the sanctity of our electoral process, we also have one commander in chief. that right now is president obama who is in charge of this. >> but you have mr. trump tweeting out messages to china and then calling carrier to keep those jobs in indiana. >> he's doing all he can to make sure domestically we maintain some sense of economic strength here. in doing that. >> well, china, he reached out the a foreign entity in china. why can't he call the fbi director and cia director and say hey, guys, are you on the same page, because i want to know because i care about democracy. >> the president-elect does have presidential daily briefings and i'm sure he's doing with those what is necessary. remember, this is very classified intelligence and it's something that really is not going to do us any good to try it in the court of public opinion which what is we are
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doing. i think we all have to agree that we have to take this very seriously and make sure we stop whatever hacking is going on. when we talk national security, we are also talking about cybersecurity. >> exactly. exactly. that's why some wonder why mr. trump doesn't more strongly come out and say you know what, if the russians interfered with our elections, that was wrong and i'm here to publicly state that instead of saying you know what, i won the election fair and square and it's just a bunch of sore losers complaining about this and our intelligence services have become politicized. >> well, i think our intelligence services are becoming politicized and i think that's a caveat we have to be careful of. there are some very good sources out there that we can't lose because if we do, we lose the sanctity of even our intelligence. the president-elect is doing what he can and what he should be doing. he's surrounding himself with very very good people.
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you take a look at general kelly, at mad dog mattis, these are people that are going to make sure they secure not only our borders but at least give us some sense of strength in the international community. donald trump is one heck of a salesman who has done an incredibly good job of being successful and wanting to make people feel they are going to be winners again. now he will delegate to those people with the expertise and the know-how. that's the position i'm taking on with the transition team. i think you will see he will rely on his advisers to take him down the path necessary, especially with regard to the allegations of russian hacking. >> i hear you, but donald trump also says he's a very strong leader who will make america strong again, great again, on the global stage, and i want to bring in clarissa ward, our correspondent in moscow. i want to ask you how the russians are responding to all of this talk about meddling in the american elections in moscow. >> reporter: well, officially, the russians are not responding at all.
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they are just watching it all play out and i'm sure there's a certain degree of schadenfreude taking place from the russian perspective here. what did they see? they see a deeply bitter political battle brewing. they see squabbling between u.s. intelligence agencies. they see democratic institutions in the u.s. seriously rattled after this hacking, and that all is frankly music to their ears. officially the russian party line has always been to strenuously deny any involvement with this hacking. i wouldn't expect that to change even if after this investigation, we do see some concrete physical tangible evidence, although i think from speaking to analysts it's clear that it's actually kind of difficult to produce that kind of smoking gun, if you like, because so much of this is more of an art than it is a science, sort of trying to put together a larger picture and extrapolate based on your knowledge of hacking in general. i wouldn't expect the russians to change their mind here at
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all. i don't think they are trembling in their boots about what president obama is going to do to retaliate for these hacks. the russians perceive president obama as being weak and they have seen before with the annexation of crimea, most of their actions have not brought consequences beyond sanctions. those sanctions have hurt their economy but a lot of people here are now hopeful that under president-elect donald trump and with the potential secretary of state rex tillerson those sanctions could be repealed. >> congressman, in light of what clarissa ward just said, would it behoove donald trump to talk tougher about russia since russian leaders are sort of sitting back saying this is great, look at america, they are going through all this angst. >> well, as clarissa pointed out, for the last eight years we have had no tough policy with russia. we need to be tough with -- >> it doesn't seem like we are going to have a tough policy on russia going forward either.
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>> we are 34 days away from an inauguration, 33, i guess now, and you are going to see this change. rex tillerson as secretary of state, who has good relations with russia which will be necessary if we are going to be able to demand what we want out of russia which is not only cooperation but look, we have got to flex our muscle as well. we can't run from it like we have the last eight years. we can't draw a line in the sand, then do nothing when it's crossed. we have to be able to assert ourselves. >> how will we flex our muscles in russia. >> we are still putting together a team. we have some all-stars on this team that will make sure we do not allow for russia to have its way with the united states or its electoral process. you have got to look at who he's putting in these offices. mike pompeo as cia director. nick mulvaney, dr. tom price with hhs, rex tillerson as secretary of state, my gosh, mad dog mattis, these are people
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with whom donald trump will surround himself to make sure we don't have the last eight years that we had submitting ourselves to russia. >> have to leave it there. congressman dennis ross, clarissa ward, thanks to both of you. still to come, bombarded by thousands of letters and phone calls. why one elector says nothing will stop him from casting a ballot for donald trump. your insurance company won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™,
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voting now under way for some members of the electoral college. throughout the day electors will be officially casting ballots. despite some pressure by activist toac activists to break the party pledge, it is expected president-elect' donald trump's win will be formalized.
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sara sidner is in pennsylvania. >> reporter: the electors are inside, practicing before their big moment which will come at noon. we were able to speak with a couple of them about what it is they are going to do and some of the pressure they have been facing. one of those electors was an immigrant from indiana who came here with $8 in his pocket and a couple diplomas and had a scholarship. to him this is a momentous moment in his own personal life but also for america. he says no matter how many thousands of letters and e-mails and phone calls he's been getting over the past few weeks, he is voting for trump. >> these people believe that because they sent this letter, i will change my vote. the people sending me e-mails believe, honestly believe that if they send me an e-mail i will change my vote. >> reporter: will you? >> no. >> reporter: you are going trump for sure? >> yes. you know why? because trump won pennsylvania
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fair and square and i have not seen anything from the election to today of anything that he has done that will change my mind. >> reporter: now, khare is a life-long republican. he became a republican after about ten years of being in this country in the 1980s. if you look at that table, you saw all those letters stacked up, that's just from the past three days. he says he's received so much mail but a lot of them are form letters and he's just not swayed by those who are writing, who by the way are writing from as far away as japan. carol? >> thank you, sara. many republicans are excited about a trump presidency, including former senator scott brown's daughter, a force in her own right. she's a country pop singer based in mashvilnashville. i sat down with her to talk about the republican party, millenials and how we can heal
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as a nation. ♪ ♪ say can you see >> were you aware what you were doing was part of history? >> no. not at the time. let me tell you, i was just as surprised as everyone to know that donald trump was going to be our candidate. >> he was not your number one choice? >> no. he was not. at the time it was rubio. >> the country appears so divided. why do you think that is? >> i think in some ways, we are. in some ways we aren't. for example, i live in tennessee. when the smoky mountains literally caught on fire, people came out of the woodwork and we weren't divided in any sense. >> what will it take to heal the divide? >> i know that words hurt but i think people need to develop a little bit of a tougher skin and understand that you and i may not have the same opinions on abortion or taxes or whatever,
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but don't bring me down because i don't believe in the same things you do. >> i guess i'm intrigued by developing a thicker skin. not letting words affect you so much. >> people just hide behind words on a computer screen, especially people in my generation. >> some people thought that donald trump's rhetoric was racist. was that fair? >> fair in what regard? for them to think that or for donald trump to say it? >> both. >> i think that can definitely be debated. there are things that donald trump has said that i didn't agree with, you know. however, for me, like i said before, it came down to policy and how i saw the rest of the country shaping up in terms of our strength. >> so in your mind, you could ignore those things he said? >> i did ignore it. that's why i voted for him. >> even though it might have
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been hurtful to others who couldn't ignore it? >> correct. >> see, they would probably look at you and say really, you just don't get what it's like then to be african-american or muslim american or -- >> nope. but i will say that i have had, you know, black boyfriends growing up, i have been to the middle east to sing for the troops. my name is turkish. that doesn't mean i hate one group of people or the other. i'm not racist. it just means i have a different viewpoint on how i think our country should be run. >> right now, you are focused on policy. >> as i have said before, culturally speaking, and socially speaking, i'm more moderate to left than i am conservative. >> support gay marriage? >> yeah. yeah. i played women's basketball. i'm totally cool with gay marriage. yes. some of my best friends are gay and have married women, you know and guy friends have married guys.
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if they ask me to be in their wedding, i would never say no. >> i will do everything in my power -- >> he was the first gop candidate who gave a shout-out at the rnc because i was there, to those in the gay and lesbian community. >> -- to protect our lgbtq citizens. >> the crowd actually gave him a resounding applause that. was an amazing moment for the republican party. >> that was ayla brown. michelle obama has some advice for the incoming first lady, melania trump. she talked about their meeting at the white house in an interview with oprah winfrey which aired on cbs this morning. >> you have any advice for mrs. trump? >> you know, we talked about the kids but you know, my offer to melania was you really don't know what you don't know until you're here so the door is open, as i told her and as laura bush
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told me, and as other first ladies told me. so i'm not new in this going high thing. i'm modeling what was done for me by the bushes and laura bush was nothing but gracious and helpful and her team was right there for my team all throughout this entire eight-year process. >> still to come in the "newsroom" she captured the world's attention by tweeting while trapped inside war-torn syria. now as thousands are evacuated from a city under siege, 7-year-old bona is rescued. you wouldn't put up with part of a pizza. um. something wrong? so when it comes to pain relievers, why put up with just part of a day? you want the whole thing? yes, yes! live whole. not part. aleve. [ male announcer ] at customink, we make it easy for you to create custom t-shirts and other apparel for all of life's events. get free shipping and on-time delivery guaranteed.
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thousands of syrian civilians are being shuttled out of aleppo this morning as evacuations resume and the u.n. security council has voted to approve a draft resolution that would call for the monitoring of
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the evacuation of the civilians as they leave the city. one of the many who are now safe, bona is in the countryside of the aleppo province. she gained worldwide attention as she tweeted with her mother as bombs rained down on their home. here's what she said.
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cnn's international correspondent has more for you. >> reporter: a number of fast-moving developments on the ground today. first and most importantly, these evacuations have resumed and are continuing so far uninterrupted. turkish officials tell us about 20,000 people have now been evacuated from the eastern part of aleppo. they were in the few remaining neighborhoods that the rebels had left completely surrounded by syrian government forces. now in tandem with that, some civilians in a couple villages that had been surrounded by militant rebel groups are also being allowed to leave those villages. effectively it's not just an evacuation anymore. it's almost like an evacuation transfer. people are moving different locations simultaneously. the u.n. tells us in eastern aleppo, they were also able to rescue 47 orphans that were in an orphanage, saying some of those orphans needed urgent medical care and are now getting that urgent medical care.
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certainly some good news there. as all of this is happening on the ground, there are some key diplomatic developments as well. the u.n. security council has approved a resolution that will allow u.n. monitors to be on the ground and monitor this evacuation plan. of course, this is crucial because as we saw over the weekend, all it takes is one rogue militant group to take matters into their own hands, as happened over the weekend, where they went and torched some of these buses that were heading to some of the smaller villages to evacuate civilians. that scuttled the entire plan over the weekend. but with u.n. observers soon to be on the ground with this resolution passed there's real hope that the evacuation will have an extra level of guarantee and it will continue over the next several hours and in fact, the next several days. now, looking at the bigger picture, we understand there's going to be a very important meeting tomorrow between the foreign ministers of turkey, iran and russia. these are the key players on the ground. they all have military
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components to their involvement in syria and we understand the defense ministers of those countries are going to be meeting as well. so it's not just talking about a diplomatic solution but potentially a military solution. that is key, because now that aleppo has essentially been retaken by the syrian government, the question becomes what happens to the revolution, what happens to the rebellion and what happens to all of the groups on the ground that are fighting, and there may be more clarity when this meeting happens tomorrow. carol? >> muhammed lila reporting for us, thank you. here in the united states a man hunt under way in little rock, arkansas after a young boy is killed while on a shopping trip. the 3-year-old was riding in the car with his grandma. she was apparently driving too slowly for the man behind her. he got out of his car with a gun. cnn's polo sandoval has more. >> reporter: police have very little to go on, only a vague suspect and vehicle description so they are offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading up to the arrest and conviction of the individual who
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fired the shot that ended the life of a 3-year-old little boy. here's what we know about that tragic incident that took place on the city's southwest side on saturday. we are told by investigators that a driver of a black older model impala became upset with the 47-year-old grandmother who was at a stop sign in front of him so he honked and progot out his vehicle, fired one shot. the grandmother assumed this vehicle had just fired into the air so she proceeded to a local retail store which is where she was heading with two toddlers in the back seat. when she looked at her car, saw bullet holes, she knew something was terribly wrong. looked in the back seat and saw her 3-year-old grandson slumped over. the 1-year-old little boy next to him was not injured. sadly, the child was taken to the hospital, where he died. at this point, investigators are hoping the public, that someone saw something so they are pleading with the public including some members of the churches there as well. this is now the second young
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life to be taken after a shooting there in little rock in only a month. the previous incident likely not road rage. however, investigators believe that was the case in this particular situation here that played out in little rock over the weekend. >> so this suspect just got out of his car and opened fire? >> that's what investigators believe happened. apparently this woman was just not moving fast enough for him so that is when, according to police, he honked and then got out of that older model black impala, shot one time. grandma then proceeded to that store, thinking that he had just shot up into the air. it wasn't until she looked at herar and saw that bullet hole and then looked at the back seat that she saw, she spotted her grandson that was fatally wounded. again, there's still a lot of questions involved in this case as police continue the search for a suspect. >> polo sandoval, thank you. checking other top stories at 52 minutes past. a freezing cold arctic blast is spreading across the country. to give you an idea how cold it
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is, here's a look at kansas city. the tennessee game felt like 9 degrees below zero. despite the cold crushing temperatures the tennessee titans, the team from the warm state, they won 19-17. this cold snap is bringing freezing temperatures as far south as texas, though, but there is some good news. warmer temperatures are expected by the end of the week. so there's a big christmas present for you right there. the tap water now safe to drink again in corpus christi, texas. bathing and cooking are also okay. that's according to the epa. the tap water was off-limits for four days after a chemical leak. it's not clear where that chemical came from. they believe it came from asphalt in some way. they are still investigating, of course. actress and socialite zsa zsa gabor died at the age of 99 of heart failure in her bel air home. the hungarian born actress got her break in the 1952 movie "moulin rouge." she appeared in "the naked gun
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2" and you can see her there, she was slapping a police officer that. was a joke because she actually did it in real life. she was beloved by many. we say good-bye to zsa zsa gab gabor. >> "rogue one" took in a whopping $155 million in the u.s. this weekend, and $290 million around the world. that's expecting to go up significantly next month when the movie opens in china. it's been a year since he left his gig as host of "the daily show." jon stewart is speaking out about his post-comedy central life including his work on behalf of first responders to the september 11th terror attacks. >> reporter: what was the frustration -- >> not supposed to curse on cnn, right? >> reporter: you can. we have editing.
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>> you know, it was an exercise in being appalled. they would literally have to chase down congresspeople in the hallways and they would hide when they knew those guys were coming. it was outrageous. these are the same people that are tweeting out every year n never forget the heroes of 9/11. what these guys witnessed down here was incomparable in terms of its madness and horror. peace of mind is a big part of navigating these types of ailments and illnesses. veterans are in the same position. so the idea that it was -- that they spent an incredible amount of energy and stress battling their own government to prove that, you know, i understand everybody doesn't want to worry about waste, fraud and abuse but not sure this is, you know, let's shift the benefit of the
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hello. i'm john berman. kate bolduan is off today. it is election day in america. at least for the most elite college in the land. the 538 members of the electoral college are meeting today in state capitals across the country. all 50 of them and washington, d.c. they will cast their ballots for president and vice president today. here's a little preview. donald trump and mike pence, they are going to win. right now electors in arkansas, illinois, oklahoma and south carolina are voting, with 12 more states meeting in the next hour. the overwhelming expectation is that almost every single one of the electors will vote for the candidate who won their state. in some cases they are required to by

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