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this is "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. as the search for the berlin attacker ramps up, police announce that they may have foiled another terror plot. the incoming administration tackles foreign policy, israel, donald trump and the run around a lame duck president. victory for the assad regime. the syrian government says it's now in full control of aleppo. great to have you with us. i'm john vause. "newsroom l.a." starts now. ♪ german police say they have foiled a possible terror plot to attack europe's largest shopping mall. the suspects, two brothers from kosovo, were arrested thursday night. it's unclear if they are tied to
the attack in berlin on monday, but we're now getting a new perspective on that attack. this dash cam video captured the moment the truck plowed through the christmas market, killing 12 people. officials are now almost certain that this man was behind the wheel, his fingerprints were found in the truck. chris burns is in berlin following these developments and joins was the latest. what more do we know about the two men arrested and what were they planning on doing at that shopping mall? >> reporter: john, that is what police are not saying. they're saying that there was an attack that was planned on that christmas market near the dutch border. the two kosovo brothers, aged 28 and 31, were apprehended near essen. and that's about all we know. the police did send reinforcements to that market to make sure nothing happened. but we have no further details on what kind of attack that would have been, john. >> we're getting new details
about annis amri, the man in the berlin market attack, including his links to isis. what more do we know? >> reporter: yes, john. cnn got nearly 350 pages of german intelligence papers and gleaned through them. among those is that he was connected to a group called abu allah. that is known as the blind preacher. this group was not only training, it was indoctrinating young people. they had a boot camp where they were hiking with backpacks for ten miles. german intelligence had heard amri saying he did plan, he was volunteering to be a suicide bomber. but the german intelligence did not take him seriously. so all this adds up. you might look at this headline
here. it refers to not only the gaps between the concrete gaps here at the market, but the gaps in the investigation that allowed him to slip through. john? >> and finally, chris, is it known if amri is actually still in germany or has he slipped across the border, maybe to another country in europe? >> reporter: well, there was a search yesterday in denmark. so it's not ruled out that he could have left the country, but we're also hearing that it's more likely that he stayed somewhere in germany. he had many hideouts, many places. there's also in the papers here in berlin, talking about how he was hiding in different parts of berlin. so that is where all this intense manhunt is going on. hundreds of german police going through and they even blew down a door of one apartment to try to find him. so the search goes on, john. >> chris burns live in berlin
with the very latest. thank you. australian police say they stopped a terrorist attack plan in melbourne. targets included the railway station and st. paul's cathedral. seven people have been arrested, but two were later released without charge. police say isis inspired the plot. >> let me just reinforce that this is a significant disruption of what we would describe as an imminent terrorist event in melbourne, australia. community safety is always the number one priority, and we acted as soon as possible with the best evidence and best intelligence available to us, to make sure that community safety was being projected. >> recently, two teens allegedly linked to isis were charged with planning an attack. in four weeks, donald trump will be sworn in as the president of the united states. until then, barack obama is officially commander in chief. but unlike most other
presidents, trump has jumped into both feet into one of the most difficult foreign policy issues for any president, the israeli-palestinian conflict. the president-elect has been working the phones, calling world leaders to scuttle an anti-israel resolution at the u.n. >> reporter: just hours before the u.n. security council was set to vote on a resolution, calling for israel to stop building settlements, calling them a violation of international law, the ballot was abruptly called off. cnn learned that president obama was prepared to let that resolution pass, either by abstaining or voting in favor of that. the u.s. has seen settlements as an obstacle to the peace process, but has never voted against israel in a u.n. vote. this is really a parting shot at israel's prime minister beng ming netanyahu, and the
settlement policy that president obama was opposed. the israelis warned it would have to ask president-elect trump to intervene if washington did not cancel the vote. that's exactly what it did. a senior israeli official tells me the government reached out to the president-elect. he sent out a statement calling for the u.s. to veto, saying peace between israelis and palestinians needs to be negotiated, not through "the imposition of terms by the united nations." we understand then there was a call between president-elect trump, and the egyptian president, whose country offered the resolution in the first place. and low and behold, the egyptians put the vote on hold. now, after that call, it averted a potential clash between the current and future presidents over u.s. relations with israel. many experts say that this is unprecedented for a president-elect to intervene in foreign policy before taking office.
but israeli officials are very grateful for president-elect trump's involvement. and they argue that by going ahead with this resolution, president obama would have tied donald trump's hands once he takes office to negotiate with the president-elect has called "the ultimate deal between israelis and palestinians." elise labot, cnn, washington. >> so did the president-elect make the right call by jumping into this diplomatic issue? it depends on who you ask. our experts weigh in. >> this is unacceptable. the state department and the president of the united states have to make decisions about how to vote on a very sensitive issue in the united nations, and a man who has not been sworn in as president just said, if you choose to vote the way i don't want to vote, i will undercut you as soon as i take the oath of office. one president at a time. if this president-elect wants to negotiate between palestinians and israelis, he is undercutting, if he's in for
four or eight years, his ability to negotiate. he's said there's the potential to move the embassy to jerusalem. unacceptable to palestinians. he's saying he has a position onsetlements that is unacceptable to palestinians. if you want to go in neutral, you've lost your opportunity. i don't understand what's going on here, but to undercut the president before you're sworn in, it's just -- i don't know what to say. it is not what you should be doing. >> u.n. resolutions can't be changed. once the united states does not veto or votes for it, it's therefore. and it makes it much, much harder to have a peace process when the palestinians believe falsely that they can get a state through the united nations rather than through direct negotiations. donald trump did exactly the right thing. he stood up for himself, and he said don't tie my hands. i want to make peace, i want to negotiate. the president of the united states is acting very
undemocratically in his last days in office. >> and this confrontation will continue after a break, including how trump's u.n. intervention could impact relations with some arab nations. plus, president obama takes a parting shot at president trump's rhetoric. it's coming up to 10 minutes past 11:00 here in los angeles. ♪ ♪ if you've got the time welcome to the high life. ♪ we've got the beer ♪ miller beer
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donald trump's not the president yet, but he's already making some unprecedented diplomatic moves. he publicly pressured president obama to veto a u.n. security council resolution ordering israel to cease settlement activity. the israeli government asked trump to help, and he managed to get the vote delayed after a phone call to the egyptian president. egypt had offered the resolution in the first place. joining us now, democratic strategist dave jacobson and republican consultant john thomas and josh lockman. thank you all for being with us. dave, how extraordinary is this, th this split that you have with an
incoming and outgoing administration? >> it's unprecedented. typically, there's a level of respect and etiquette that an incoming president has, as they're transitioning to become president. i guess it raises questions how donald trump is going to act four years from now when a democrat is the incoming president. how is he going to react if the incoming president were to react like this? >> one president at a time, john. >> it is one president at a time. but george w. bush genuflected to barack obama and let the wishes of president obama be held. trump is going to be president and he's clearly said he wants change in our foreign policy. and so it makes sense that barack obama should be respectful of trump's wishes, because we're only a few days away from him officially taking over. >> and the obama administration was prepared to let this resolution pass and not use the
veto power, but if you look at the language that was being used here, in some respects, it would have meant that parts of east jerusalem, including the western wall, would technically be off limits to israelis. >> that's right, john. this was a broad resolution drafted by egypt. but it's important to note here, i think, that the obama administration has vigorously defended israel over the last eight years. in fact, this administration, unlike the previous administration since 1967, both republican and democrat alike, has vetoed any resolution targeting israel. it wouldn't be so strange for this administration to abstain, given the frustration the obama administration has seen on this conflict. but yes, this resolution, at the security council, would have been a broad one and targeted the settlement building activity that much of the international community finds illegal. >> and to your point about
barack obama being a shield at the u.n. for the israelis. you mentioned all the way back to lyndon johnson. every president has passed or supported a u.n. resolution which is critical of israel, maxed out at 21, under ronald reagan. so if obama had let this go through, it would have been a very strong diplomatic signal to the israeli prime minister, especially benjamin netanyahu. >> yes, i think so. it would have been a parting shot by the president, that's had an acrimonious relationship with the israeli prime minister. but in 2011, when the obama administration vetoed a similar resolution condemning settlement building, it didn't do so because of the merits of the resolution itself, but because the administration thought it would be an impediment to actively mediate in the israeli-palestinian conflict. that's an important move here, as well. because we're already seeing the potentially destructive moves of
the president-elect in foreign policy, specifically in the israeli-palestinian conflict arena, what this could portend for the region is very disturbing. >> to that point, john, there are concerns what the fallout will be, especially for other areas of policy, if you want those sunni arab nations on board, how will they feel about what is a very pro israeli stance by this new administration? >> sure. let's also not forget, i think i have to disagree with your guest, that this last administration has been pro israeli. remember, there were ties from the barack obama administration that tried to oust the prime minister of israel in running a campaign to defeat him. so i don't think they were pro-israeli in this process. >> josh, all this diplomatic maneuvering in the last 24 hours seems to be coordinated between the knesset in jerusalem and
donald trump in florida. this is what the prime minister said. >> i hope it will abide by the principles set by president obama himself in 2011, that peace will come not through u.n. resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties. >> which sounds almost word for word for what the president-elect actually posted on facebook, as the united states has long maintained, peace between the israelis and palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties and not through the imposition and terms by the united nations. within the middle east, and within other arab nations, how is this coordination going to essentially be received? >> well, it could be very dangerous and reckless, john, especially if president-elect trump does move toward some recognition of israeli settlement building. we've seen from his choice of u.s. ambassador to israel, david friedman, who has completely
scorned the two-state solution as a process and vehicle, that this type of choice for one of the key interlocketers in the region, it could inflame the region if the united states is siding with israel as far as the settlement buildings. the united states has often been seen widely through the arab world as taking israel's side and this would be even more one-sided and could destabilize and lead to some kind of reaction from the street. >> josh, thank you for being with us. the president-elect could also be rewriting more than half a century of foreign policy when it comes to nuclear weapons. he's doing this with just 140 characters, donald trump suggesting it was time to expand nuclear capabilities, sparking fears of an arms race. here's details from the pentagon correspondent barbara starr.
>> reporter: did vladamir putin and donald trump just have their first nuclear standoff? today, russia's president vowing more nuclear weapons are needed. >> translator: we need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and perspective missile defense systems. >> reporter: a clear shot at u.s. defense plans in europe, something russia believes is a threat. within hours, president-elect trump tweeted "the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." the two declarations raising the specter of an arms race renewed. donald trump, briefed just yesterday by senior air force officers, on the need to modernize the aging nuclear infrastructure.
during the second presidential debate, a hint of his thinking. >> russia is new in terms of nuclear, we are old, we're tired, we're exhausted in terms of nuclear. a very bad thing. >> reporter: nuclear weapons are limited by treaty. today, russia has 7300 warheads, the u.s. just over 6900. the obama administration gave up on the idea of a u.s. pledge for no first use of nuclear weapons, worried the idea would embolden russia and china. u.s. dismantling of its own nuclear arsenal has slowed in recent years. putin's nuclear vow came as he boasted of russian military superiority, after a year which saw successful russian hacking of the democratic national committee by the russian military, sustained air strikes in syria, and continued occupation of crimea. >> translator: today, we are stronger than any potential
aggressor. i repeat, any aggressor. >> reporter: the trump transition team issued a statement saying the president-elect was preferring to nuclear proliferation, trying to make sure nuclear weapons are kept out of the hands of terrorists and rogue nations. but it is still not entirely clear whether mr. trump supports more nuclear weapons. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> so what could possibly go wrong? >> sounds like something we were talking about before the election was over. but this shouldn't come as a surprise at all. trump has said we need to rebuild our military and part of that is rebuilding our nuclear infrastructure. trump believes in peace through strength and we've been perceived to be weak on the global stage and we need to change that. part of it, it's gamesmanship. he's telling putin, no, no, you need to back down.
>> policy paper in 140 characters? >> donald trump's twitter account has become a national security threat. i mean, it's one thing to do it when you're a candidate, another thing when you're president-elect. but when you're commander in chief at the white house, this could start a nuclear war if he pushes out a tweet like this. the reality is, i really wonder and it begs the question of -- after all this conversation about russia undermining our election, the hacking and donald trump refusing to, you know, accept the recommendation from the national security apparatus, i wonder if this is a knee jerk reaction that he and vladamir putin are both doing to shift the message away from all this talk of russia trying to undermine our election. >> almost out of time. ivanka trump was on a commercial flight with her husband and children. they were harassed and the passenger was removed. everyone agrees he's a massive jerk for doing it. but what is the daughter of a
billionaire doing on a airline flying coach? >> poor ivanka. seriously, coach? all i can figure, she's a woman of the people. but that was the most bizarre thing about this whole story. but look, it also is a sad reflection that the left can't let it go and they're letting it out on his children. >> the squishy liberal of the family? >> this never would happen to chelsea clinton. >> there was some awful headlines about chelsea in the national enquirer. thanks, guys. the obama administration is making its last moves before trump takes office in january. a program used to track arab and muslim men in the u.s. is being closed down, seen as a response to trump's proposal to issue a ban on muslims entering the united states. the registration system was created after the 9/11 attacks
under then president george bush. it registered non-citizen visa holders who were male and 16 or older. almost all of the affected countries were predominantly muslim majority. the supporters say it was a useful way to fight terrorism on american soil. but critics say it only stoked fears in the muslim community. in near in next year, authorities knew the main suspect in the berlin suspect had terror ties. that's coming up next. testinhuh?sting! is this thing on? come on! your turn! where do pencils go on vacation? pennsylvania! (laughter) crunchy wheat frosted sweet! kellogg's frosted mini-wheats. feed your inner kid
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live" from los angeles. i'm john vause. we'll check the headlines now. german police may have foiled another terror attack, arresting two brothers in the city of essen. they're accused of plotting a terror attack on a shopping mall, but it's not known if they're linked to monday's attack on a berlin christmas market. officials in australia say a terror attack planned for the days around christmas has been foiled. seven people were arrested, although two were later released without charge. police say the plot was inspired by isis and targeted land marks in melbourne, including the railway station and st. paul's cathedral. an unprecedented phone call from donald trump stopped a u.n. security council resolution. israel asked the u.s. president-elect to intervene because it wanted the white house to veto a measure. trump called egypt, which then postponed the vote.
terror attack there. authorities in the united states and europe knew the main suspect was a potential threat. a german investigate show that he was linked to an isis recruiting cell and discussed launching an attack. brian todd has details from washington. >> reporter: frightening new video seconds before impact. newly released footage of the truck speeding through an intersection in berlin towards the christmas market. now german authorities are more confident than ever that this ma man, believed to be seen in this video, was the driver of the truck that killed a tozen people in berlin. >> translator: we were able to find finger prints on the outside of the truck, on the door and the door pillar. >> reporter: now new information on amri's ties to an isis recruiting network and what
german authorities knew well before the marketplace attack. according to german investigative files, an informant said amri spoke several times about committing attacks. members of that isis recruiting network backed the idea and discussed driving a truckloaded with a bomb into a crowd. >> the germans dropped the ball here, but in the united states, we have all the lethal attacks in the united states have been by someone who is known by authorities. >> reporter: amri entered italy in 2011 without i.d. he served four years in prison. >> i think this guy looks like a lot of the other murderers we've seen associated with isis in europe. many of them are criminals. they've gone through the prison system, they may have radicalized there. >> reporter: after his release in may of last year, italian police tried to deport him to
tunisia, but he was not accepted because there were no reliable records on him. amri then slipped into germany. his broerts say when he got out of the italian prison, he was a different person. >> translator: we always had our differences and didn't agree on much. when i wanted to discuss something with him, he would end the conversation and say, send my regards to the family. >> reporter: now a massive dragnet for the suspect across europe. but he remains at large, armed and dangerous. what are the germans doing right now to corner him? >> probably spending a lot of time going through the information that we have, the information from the italians from when he was in prison, who came to see him, who did he communicate with, did he receive any packages? as a fugitive, you have to have a place to hide and resources, money. >> reporter: we're now told that amri was known to u.s. intelligence before the berlin attack.
u.s. officials briefed on the investigation tell cnn he was put on a no-fly list, along with other members oh of a group of suspected jihadist supporters who german authorities are focusing on. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> joining me here in los angeles, retired fbi agent steve moore. steve, would you expert more arrests in the coming days? >> yes, because they're going to everybody who has an open investigation saying what have you got now? is it enough to arrest? is it enough to take people down? because amri may be with one or more -- one of these groups. >> okay. what we're seeing, in case after case, authorities say they had enough reason to suspect someone and either investigate them or put them under surveillance. but then they didn't have enough to arrest them. we saw that with omar martin in orlando, the nightclub shooting. explain what's going on here.
>> i disagree they didn't have enough to arrest amri. they arrested him at one point for burglary. they had information he was trying to buy a gun. there's a philosophical problem within counterterrorism groups right now, where half of the counterterrorism groups are looking for the big crime. they're looking to solve it right before it goes out. but really what you see is low-level crimes, cigarette smuggling, credit card fraud, to mind on a microlevel these little cells that aren't getting hu huge amounts of money from isis. the day before 9/11, what would you have got them on, possession of box cutters? >> good point. so there's been a lot of criticism of the german police. first they arrested the wrong guy, then 24 hours later, they find amri's i.d. papers in the truck? >> that's hard for me to wrap my mind around. that to me smacks of being too
careful, not being too loose. but saying we're going to go inch by inch by inch on this truck, and then they find it 24 hours later. you have to do an immediate sweep of the truck, then go through microscopically and pick up dna and fingerprints. >> there are a lot of conspiracy theories why they found the i.d. papers now. why would this guy's wallet still be in the truck? >> because he didn't think he was going to survive. how many of these guys survive? when i got in that truck, i'm convinced he thought he was going to die. so picking up his identification is not going to be a big concern of his. when he found he could get out, he probably didn't want to stick around to make sure -- >> there is some, you know, speculation that maybe he left the wallet in there because he wants people to know he did this, which could be indicative
he's ready to shoot it out with police. >> if he left it out there for fame, he would be shooting it out already. >> you need money and a place to hide for a fugitive. right now it appears he has both. so he can stay, you know, basically out of the way of law enforcement for how long? how long before he has to make a move somewhere? >> the problem is you have these open boarders in the eu. and he has connections in italy, connections all through germany. he can move just about anywhere to any cell. and when one cell starts to get warmed up, the police are getting closer and closer, they can move him to another country and there's not going to be these road blocks like trying to get from the u.s. to mexico. >> steve, thanks so much. the death toll has risen again after the massive explosion at a fireworks market
in mexico. at least 35 people are now confirmed dead and dozens of others hurt. here's one survivor who helped rescue his elderly mother. >> reporter: seeing something like this can be tough to watch. for miguel, see thing video is too much. he can't watch the entire video, and he doesn't need to. he was there. so he's telling me that he thought he was dead, but thank god he wasn't. when miguel heard the explosion tuesday afternoon, his instinct told him to run, but he couldn't believe behind his 84-year-old mother. he went back to help her. and that's when as they were getting out together, something truck him in the arm. his mother then fell down.
struck by debris, they waited for rescue together, and he remembers thinking his single mother never abandoned him. this time he was not about to aban on the her. and then his nephew and some other co-workers came in and they had to take him out carrying him and his mother, as well. she's in the hospital, in stable condition now. the two had been selling fireworks as one of hundreds of vendors in the firework market just north of mexico city. days ago, state officials called it one of the safest in latin america. yet he lived through blasts that rocked the market in 2005 and 2006. i'm asking him if he would go back to work. he says yeah, that's what they live off of and what they will keep -- that's the industry which they'll keep working. he lives just a mile away from the fireworks market. this is a market that sells nearly 100 tons of fireworks annually. this industry, he explains,
defines who they are, who he is. his family depends on it. so he plans to continue this life once he can overcome the physical pain and the emotional pain. he tells me he's crying not only for himself, but the lives that were lost. and all the injured that he saw there beyond himself. leila sant yiagsantiago, cnn, m. next, the battle to free mosul, iraq. back in a moment. these birds once affected by oil are heading back home. thanks to dawn, rescue workers only trust dawn, because it's tough on grease yet gentle. i am home, i am home, i am home
the last of the syrian rebels and civilians fled the city on thursday in a convoy of vehicles. soon after, government forces moved in to reclaim what's left of the battered neighborhoods of eastern aleppo. the military announced on television the city had been liberated. ju crowds vowed to rebuild but there are countless people displaced by the fighting. >> tens of thousands of people now from east aleppo join hundreds and hundreds of thousands displaced already. it's the race against the clock and against the winter to provide shelter, warmth, and relief to people who are sick, exhausted, malnourished from
five years of war. >> 600 kilometers east of aleppo is mosul in iraq, where iraqi forces are fighting to reclaim the city from isis control. cnn's ben wedeman visited one neighborhood after it was liberated. >> reporter: this family returned today to find their home in shambles. a missile landed outside their house in the eastern mosul district. they fled two weeks before. i asked how she reacted when she walked through the door. put yourself in my place, she says, struggling to hold back tears. the front line is just a rocket's throw away, but her husband, muhammad, is stoic about the risks. here there's danger on the other side there's danger, he says. all mosul is enflamed. if we die here, this is our
place. it's god's will. those who stayed home while the battle raged around them have no regrets. we hung on because we knew this place is uninhabitable. we accepted either we die in our homes or we make it out alive. there's an odd feel here. soldiers in humvees and the occasional crackle of gunfire, while seemingly carefree children wander the street. unlike previous battles in iraq, this time the iraqi government told local inhas been tanlts to stay in their home in they felt safe. but the city is still full of civilians. this general concedes the presence of civilians has slowed
down the offensive, but insists iraqi troops are still ahead of schedule. the battle for the city will almost certainly go on for months, with its residents perilously close to or directly in the line of fire. ben wedeman, cnn, in eastern mosul. >> and we'll be right back. . . . . . . . known for its perfect storm of tiny bubbles, it has long been called the champagne of beers.
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oh, the holidays are here. time for cheer, gift giving, maybe heading off to church. but if it is not your thing, there's a less stressful holiday created by "seinfeld" and it is called festivus. >> many christmass ago i went to buy a doll for my son. i reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. as i rained blows upon him i realized there had to be another way. >> what happened to the doll? >> it was destroyed, but out of that another holiday was born, a festivus for the rest of us. >> so instead of an expensive christmas tree, you get a metal pole like this one.
giving presents, this is how the holiday starts. >> the tradition will festivus begins with the airing of grievances. i got a love t of problems withu people! now you're going to hear about them. >> and here with us right now, okay. so let's have the airing of the grievances. given the year that we have had, you cannot start too soon. >> can i air my first grievance? i'm the only one in this ugly sweater. >> that's because you fell for it. >> i was told we were all going to be doing this, like the election i was sold a bill of goods. >> it is all the media's fault. >> the media told me. >> i was stupid enough to wear this sweater hence i'm blaming cnn. >> the pundits at cnn, no, we're all wearing ugly sweaters. i was there with the festivus poll, believing polls, this is what it gets you. we lost prince, david bowie.
2016 if i'm eric grievances we lost a lot of good people, and there was a lot of ugliness it felt in the world. police shootings, all times of stuff, we could go on forever. >> we didn't lose -- did we lose more people this year than we have in past? it seems that way, doesn't it? >> i don't know. we lost morin flew enshal, like the touch that spoke to your core. i grew up on prince music and i remember some of the social stances that david bowie took, and we all knew mohammad ali like the greatest of all time, float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. if you are a kid of any age, you knew that and he's the champ. so we lost people. i mean zsa zsa gabor who passed away. larger than life people who passed. >> it was the year of police shootings as well. that was a pretty depressing thing about this year. >> and we lost credibility and faith in those who are there to protect and preserve in cities like baton rouge and dallas. we had cops killing people, people killing cops. you know, again, we could list a
litany of names of people that were either shot or were in police shootings. our protectors, we watched charlotte, you and i were sitting there watching charlotte burn on tv as people rioted. >> you know one of my big grievances of this year is how every discussion seems to have gone insane. you cannot have a fact-based discussion with so many people now because it all becomes part partisan or about politics, either you're a trump or clinton supporter or you're against us. there doesn't seem to be any room for a civil discourse with people who may not agree. >> think about the war on christmas. you are absolutely right. how is there a war on christmas? >> it is won now, it is over. >> people are like, if i say happy holidays -- no, it is christmas, i'm an american. if you say merry christmas to you and i say to you, you know what, i'm actually jewish, but merry christmas to you. >> happy hanukkah. >> how is that a war on
christmas? it is a made-up con flag ration of anger and vitriol for no reason. >> some people are happy with how some things turned out this year and that's fair enough, but 2017 could be a lot worse. it could be a lot worse than 2016. >> 2017 is the unknown. for the last eight years we went into the next year, we knew who the president was going to be, we kind of had an idea of what his politics were and where we all stood in the world. now in 2017 we're still dealing with hackers that hacked, you know, hillary clinton's e-mails. we are still dealing with was the election somehow fixed. we are still dealing with people say, hail trump at maggiano's, which i will never eat at again because when you put the words nazi and hail in the same sentence at the president of the united states, you lose faith in our government and politics. that's the scary part. i think people have lost faith, faith in the people that protect
us and the police, faith in our government and our politics, and we are going into 2017 kind of what do we do. >> give us a reason to be hopeful. >> we're alive. >> that's it? wow. >> i know it is silly, but we woke up today breathing, alive, we get to face another day. people may be down on christmas and i've seen things in parking lots while i've been shopping, we probably will go into debt and spend too much money but we're alive to do it. so hey. >> merry christmas, a little fareed zakaria in your life. >> i'm so mad i'm the only one wearing a sweater. this is where my career dies. it is over. okay. the winners are also happy. spain's annual christmas lottery celebrating after hitting the jackpot which totals more than $2.4 billion. a vendor in madrid sold the winning tickets, more than 1600 in total. the top prize for individual lottery winners about $400,000. that is a reason to be happy.
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