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inmates escaped from the cocke county jail. fraser is still on the loose and considered dangerous. the other five are back in custody. they got out through a men they found behind a toilet. they were able to move the toilet back to cover the hole and conceal their escape. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" begins right now. good morning, i'm suzanne malview in for carol costello. israel announcing it is advancing plans to build hundreds of homes in east jerusalem, despite a u.n. resolution condemning settlements in that area and the west bank just days ago. that news comes as israel also says it will curb ties with the 12 nations who backed that resolution. the move, which does not affect trade or other aspects of these relationships, is meant to highlight the fury of prime minister benjamin netanyahu.
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one reason for the prime minister's anger, that is the belief that the u.s. orchestrated the vote. here's what netanyahu's spokesman told cnn earlier today. >> that evidence is going to be presented to the new administration through the proper channels and they can choose to chair that if they like. i myself have seen the information and i know beyond a shadow of a doubt that information exists and what it shows is the obama administration helped craft and push and lobby for this united nations security council resolution which is so outrageous and frankly it's an abandonment of a long-standing position of the american administration to protect israel at the united nations. >> our own cnn's oren lieberman joining us from jerusalem. do we have any more details about this evidence they may have? >> we tried. we pushed israeli officials in the u.s. and others here and
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they have yet to present any of this information or this evidence that they say they have that shows the u.s. was behind in any way this u.n. security council resolution. we'll keep pushing them, but they have yet to put forward that information. prime minister netanyahu said israel would not be abiding by this resolution and we're already seeing that. tomorrow at a jerusalem zoning committee meet, the city is set to advance plans for hundreds of new homes in east jerusalem. these were already on the agenda before the security council vote. that's exactly the point. this security council vote was supposed to stop the construction. jerusalem, the city and the deputy mayor saying they weren't going to stop building before and they're certainly not going to stop building now. netanyahu taking diplomatic action. on christmas day, he summoned the ambassadors of the countries that voted for the resolution. now he's limiting the contacts with embassies and ministries as this moves forward. it really has no practical effect. it doesn't affect trade or security or anything like that.
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what it does it sends a very strong signal. prime minister benjamin netanyahu is furious at this. most of his anger at president obama and secretary of state kerry. he's looking forward to working with president-elect trump and trump's pick for israeli ambassador whose views match netanyahu's far more than the current administration. >> all right, oren, thank you. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is expected to deliver a speech on the u.s.' vision for middle east peace in the next couple of days. it's interesting timing. as there are only 24 days left for the obama administration. our cnn's elise abbott. let's unpack this, elise, a lot of questions here. first, i'm wondering what is the point, secretary kerry laying out a u.s. midwest peace plan or initiative. is this the obama administration articulating its visions, aspirations, a signal to middle east allies or perhaps even an appeal to the incoming president
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as a road map forward? >> well, suzanne, i think it's a combination. remember, secretary of state kerry spent the better part of a year trying to get the israelis and palestinians to have direct talks. he was shuttling back and forth between the two of them try to get them for direct talks and then trying to get a peace deal together. he did make progress on some of the issues but was not able to close the deal. and so i think he has been kind of working this ever since. meeting with both prime minister netanyahu and palestinian prime minister abbas and, you know, i think the administration, particularly secretary kerry, feels that they would be remiss if they left office without laying out their vision for how they see a deal. i mean, look, you've covered the white house. successive presidents all kind of came to the same type of conclusions. you could call them the clinton parameters. you could call them the bush annapolis process. all of the presidents as they left office felt they were, you
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know, within reach of a peace deal but they ran out of time. i think this is an effort by secretary kerry to show how he sees a deal playing out and i think everyone knows what pretty much the parameters of a deal are. really the question is whether the party is willing to make the compromises to make that deal. i think that's another thing secretary of state john kerry will get into. when i interviewed him a couple of months ago, that's exactly what he said. he said i didn't fail, the u.s. didn't fail, the parties failed to make the necessary concessions. >> it is so consistent, every president goes in, said they're going to get this done, middle east peace, and then end up trying to at least explain what they tried to do during their administrations. let's talk about five days before the u.s. presidential inauguration, they'll be these talks in paris over israeli/palestinian negotiations. could that have any impact at
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all once trump takes office five days later? >> i personally don't think so. i think the june coming trump administration will be watching it certainly. these are a lot of u.s. allies gathering. i'm sure the obama administration will be represented in some way. they will lay out what they think is the way forward. they could perhaps take what's enshrined in that conference back to the u.n. security council for a resolution. but i think president-elect trump has made clear he is not interested in negotiating this at the united nations. that he thinks that he's going to be the president to finally make that, what he calls the ultimate deal, and i have to tell you, it's not just the israelises that are excited about president trump and what he might do for israel and the peace process. i've talked to palestinian officials, that they feel that maybe with his unorthodox approach, that he could finally get some traction, suzanne.
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>> all right, we will see. elise abbott, thank you sop so much, appreciate it. joining me, josh rogan, cnn political analyst, and "washington post" columnist. and rebecca bird, cnn political analyst and political reporter for real clear politics. sources tell cnn that israel is worried with this follow-up resolution at the united nations. this is one that would impose terms for the peace negotiations between the israelis and the palestinians. that could actually happen in the next couple of weeks. so how will that news that israel's moving forward with plans to build those homes in east jerusalem influence that negotiation? >> for the israelis, i think it simply raised the priority of the u.n. actions to the top of their agenda. this is now most important thing for the israeli government to deal with. they're going to the mat on it and fight it as much as they can. for the obama administration, they have to weigh whether or
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not another u.n. resolution is actually going to do more harm than good. they had a list of things they wanted to do before the end of their administration, laying out the peace parameters was one. the u.n. resolution on settlements was another. that's probably enough. they've sort of made their points. you know, they don't need to add insult to injury. but for the israelis, this is simply most important thing that they have to deal with in the next three weeks. they're going to try to fight it and use every tool at their disposal. >> obama's deputy adviser say there was no problem at the u.n. because they've made it clear the settlements were a barrier to the implementation of the the two-state solution. john kerry expected to speak about that in the next week or so. should we expect him to speak harshly about the new settlements? should he emphasize that point? what would that accomplish? >> i wouldn't be surprised if he did that, suzanne, just because the obama administration and secretary kerry now have to
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really aggressively defend their decision not to intervene with this u.n. resolution, and their past positions on israeli settlements, so this is going to be an important opportunity for them to really make the case for why they did what they did, make the case for why it isn't necessarily an attack on israel by the united states. an attack on one of our allies. it's an important speech as well because secretary kerry really needs to send a message i think to the incoming trump administration. clearly the obama administration and donald trump have very different views about how to deal with israel, how to deal with this issue of settlements and how to deal with a potential peace process and i think this administration is going to want to send a strong message to donald trump about how they see this and how they see the world more broadly in hopes that maybe he will take heed but so far he's not really listening to what they've said about this in the past. >> and not surprising josh, you
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know, for the second day israeli officials claim to have proof the obama administration coordinated the u.n. vote. one calling it a parting shot by the president. they say they're going to give this information, not now, not reveal it now, but to the trump administration. so what is the strategy, do you think, behind that? >> this has always been a little bit confusing to me. the obama administration has been thinking about this and planning for this for well over a year, okay, and they don't make a decision to abstain from a u.n. vote regarding israel without a lot of forethought, all right. now, whether or not they were, you know, they definitely weren't an innocent bystander. whether or not they were the main driver and what evidence exist, i think we're all interested to find out. the bottom line is the obama administration was involved in this, they're not denying that basic fact. and, you know, whether or not this evidence comes out, this decision will be part of the obama administration's legacy and it should be. >> rebecca, donald trump said
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earlier this year the united nations is not a friend to israel. he has slammed the organization on twitter in recent days. and, you know, calling it just a place for people to hang out and have fun. do you think there's going to be a significant shift in the relationship with the united states and the u.n.? >> well, there certainly could be. i think his comments, suzanne, really do preview that difficult relationship. it's really going to create a tough situation for the incoming ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, who doesn't have any real foreign policy/united nations experience, having been the governor of south carolina. and so she's going to have her work cut out for her. having to make inroads at the united nations at the same time that donald trump is insulting the institution and she's really going to have to chart a new course in terms of how we deal with the united nations, how the administration will deal with the united nations. it will be interesting, at least from my perspective, to see how she deals with some of these
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challenges and how she deals with president-elect trump's very aggressive stance towards the u.n. >> we'll all be paying close attention. rebecca bird, josh rogin, thank you so much. donald trump taps a bush adviser for his cabinet and he doesn't agree with the president-elect's stance on iraq. i really did save hundreds on my car insurance with geico. i should take a closer look at geico... geico has a long history of great savings and great service. over seventy-five years. wait. seventy-five years? that is great. speaking of great, check out these hot riffs. you like smash mouth? uh, yeah i have an early day tomorrow so... wait. almost there. goodnight, bruce. gotta tune the "a." (humming) take a closer look at geico. great savings. and a whole lot more. channel islands national park. coronado. saguaro. you'll see there's one that's an eagle. my number one goal is getting more funds out to parks because some animals and plants are only found in one place
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donald trump has added a new member to his transition team.
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he will be the assistant to the homeland security. he is now a specialist in cybersecurity. jessica schneider, she's life in palm beach following this story. interesting pick for donald trump. what else can you tell us about him? >> there are few things to note. first of all, thomas bossert is a veteran. he served under george w. bush as deputy homeland security adviser and since 2009 he has run his own firm, a national security consulting firm. the trump team saying this will be an elevated position. it's officially being called the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. in the notice today, the trump team saying it will be be an elevated position designed to work hand-in-hand with the national security adviser, retired general michael flynn. saying bosert will focus
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national and transnational security issues and michael flynn will focus on international security issues. in particular, bosert will be consulting with the president advising him when it comes to homeland security, also cybersecurity, as well as counterterrorism. cyber security was something that was in particular mentioned in the release by the trump team today. especially of note, considering the recent revelations of the russian hacking during the election season. thomas bosert actually saying in that statement that he would articulate a cyber doctrine that reflects the wisdom of free markets but also limited government. although thomas bosert did serve under the george w. bush administration, now being tapped to serve in the trump team, he did write somewhat of a controversial -- might become a controversial open ed in the washington times about one year ago, november 2015. this op-ed was talking about the conflict in syria and in
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particular referenced both the iraq and the afghanistan wars. i'll read one line for you. thomas bosert saying, about a year ago, to be clear, the use of military force against iraq and afghanistan was and remains just. of course, this is something that donald trump spoke out, repeatedly about throughout the campaign, repeatedly saying he was against the invasion of iraq, saying he articulated that position many times. of course, we know he did tell howard stern in 2002 before the invasion he did support it. apparently donald trump not taking issue with that as he has named thomas bosert to be his adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism. >> thank you so much. i want to get a little detail. josh rogin, cnn political analyst and "washington post" columnist, and rebecca berg, national political reporter for real clear politics.
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josh, let's start off with that, that was pretty interesting, the pick for homeland security. >> yes. >> the team really having a different opinion on iraq and afghanistan in terms of whether or not we even should have gone in. what do you make of that? >> sure, well, i don't think it's a deal breaker for donald trump if some of his officials were and remain in favor of the its rock war. remember, vice president pence was a proud cheerleader of the invasion of iraq, you know, still maintains that position today. what's interesting about this pick is here you've got a technocratic, a cyberguy, and that's outside the mold of much of trump's national security picks. we've seen a lot of generals. we've seen a lot of people focused on fighting islamic extremism. even trump's homeland security pick general kelly didn't have any experience with the nuts and bolts of homeland security, which is a very technical cyber-driven mission. so he's bolstering up that side of the shop, which is a good
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thing. we're also looking at a national security council that's going to be a lot smaller than it was during the obama administration. obama expanded the white house security staff to over 400 people. trump will shrink that down to over 100 people. each one of those positions will have a lot of responsibility. this is one of those big positions with a lot of responsibility. >> not surprising the focus is on cyber security considering the obama administration was really at the forefront to deal with that threat, that that was like the new threat that the united states was quite vulnerable to, that we've known for some years here. rebecca, let's talk about trump firing off some of these late-night tweets yesterday, including this one. he says that the world was gloomy before i won. there was no hope. now the market is up nearly 10%. and christmas spending is over $1 trillion. i guess you could make the argument the market is higher because of the election but, i don't know, taking credit for
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holiday spending? what do we make of this? >> the holiday spending might be too far to draw a direct connection there between donald trump and his victory and christmas spending. but certain lay big part of the optimism in the market now is traders do feel and investors do feel that donald trump and republicans in congress will be better for business. donald trump said his administration is a sign that the country is going to be open for business. they've talked a lot about corporate and individual tax reform. those are things that businesses have been wanting to see in addition to trump's promise to roll back dodd/frank banking regulations. there's a lot of reason for businesses to be on tptimistic . at the same time, the economy has grown a great deal under president obama and donald trump isn't necessarily giving him credit for that. so he's giving himself credit. not necessarily giving president obama his due as well. but certainly a very bullish market right now as a result of this election.
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although i would caution there is still a great deal of uncertainty, especially when it comes to donald trump on foreign policy and that also factors into the market as well usually. >> sure. and, josh, trump also went after the u.n., writing, quote, the united nations has such great potential but right now it's just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. so sad. we've heard of previous administrations really, you know, saying, okay, the u.n., nato, eu, some of these other international bodies are not -- don't really have the teeth that are necessary to get things done. do you think trump's statement here, reconsidering our position with the united nations and nato, do we take it seriously? >> i take it very seriously. i've been watching the u.n. security council. doesn't seem like they're having that good a time actually. tough issues. it gets pretty contentious. setting that to one side, i think this administration is going to take a drastically different position, vis-a-vis
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the u.n., that we've seen over the last eight years and the first battle is going to be over how do they respond to this israel resolution and security council. you've got a big drive in congress to reduce u.s. funding to the u.n. that's going to be a confrontation if the trump administration decides to join that battle. looks like they just might. we're going to be facing a period of contentiousness where the united states tries to pressure the u.n. into making big changes in the way it does business by withholding dues. the last time that happened it got very, very ugly. that's what we're looking at. >> certainly does not look like a party there over at the u.n. security council. josh rogin, rebecca berg, thank you, really appreciate it. and still to come -- brawls breaking out at malls in a dozen states from colorado to connecticut.
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a meltdown at malls across the country as brawls break out in several states. over a dozen incidents reported. several of them are forced to evacuate or lock down after false reports of shots fired sent shoppers running. our own sara sidner is live in los angeles. just tell us what's happening, ways going on. >> that's a good question, what the heck is going on. mayhem from colorado to connecticut. brawls breaking out among teenagers in a lot of malls that were packed with families. this is the traditional post holiday shopping run. you look for deals or you're
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returning those gives. this is what families encountered in manchester, connecticut. people there screaming. punches being thrown inside the shops at buckland hills ending with a chase and an officer reportedly assaulted trying to break up the fight. then we move on to the middle of the country in ft. worth texas. a mall there put on lockdown after a massive fight ensues near the food court. apparently there were more than 100 middle and high school students involved in that one. the madness ending with officers having to go store to store to let shoppers out once the lockdown was lifted. we'll move on to aurora, illinois. cold outside. a lot of teenagers go to the mall. well, another fight involved there. multiple people at fox valley mall. the mall closed for the entire day after that fight. in ohio, another mall, another fight, in the food court. now to colorado, the town of aurora, the aurora town mall there closed and evacuated after not one but several fights broke out inside that mall.
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here's what police say prompted what happened there. >> our investigation revealed how this all started was actually from social media. there was something that was going around on social media about a fight that was going to take place here at the town center of aurora which is what drew all of these people who are up to no good to our mall. >> and then there's this. not a fight but a serious scare for families in chattanooga, tennessee. police say teenagers set off fireworks and shoppers thought that was the sound of good shots. they were so frightened, they started running. several shoppers ended up being injured as they tried to run out of the mall. i want to go back to what we heard from aurora, colorado, and the police officer there, talking about how this all started. he mentioned that social media, there was something on social media saying there was going to be a fight at the mall and a lot of kids i suppose saw that and decided to show up and that's why you've got the large crowds. that's something i'm sure law
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enforcement is looking at now to see if there's some kind of a pattern that went out to a huge number of people that got sent all over the country and that may have some connection with all of these different fights, suzanne. >> sara, in light of that fact, in light of that suspicion there, do police or authorities there think they can get ahead of this next time, if there's another holiday when a lot of kids are out and about and they're out of school, that they might be able to search through social media sites and really kind of predict or see ahead of time those messages going out where those kids are going to be and they're expecting perhaps some problems? >> i know a lot of departments have these tech guys whose job it is, to kind of go through social media a bit to try to see what's going on, but it's really, really difficult because there is so many different kinds of social media like snapchat where you can send something and then it disappears, very hard to trace, suzanne. >> sara sidner, thank you so much, appreciate it.
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good morning, i'm suzanne malveaux, in for carol costello. thank you for joining me. president obama may only have a few days left in his presidency but he is not going quietly. the administration ramping up in the fight against isis and secretary of state john kerry set to lay out the united states plan for peace in the middle east. but critics say over the past eight years the president hasn't done enough. richard cohen of "the washington post" citing a meeting between turkey, iran and russia to talk terror in the region that the u.s. was not invited. cohen saying, quote, barack obama is a 21st century man who never quite appreciated the lessons of the 20th. saying, quote, he has been all too happy to preside over the loss of american influence. well, let's talk about this. joining me now, cnn intelligence and security analyst bob baer and karen greenberg, the direct of the center of national security at fordham university law school.
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bob, let's start with you here. richard cohen, he lays this argument out pretty clearly. do you think american leadership is dwindling? >> well, certainly it is in the middle east, suzanne. look, obama came into the white house saying, look, the place is broken and there's not much i can do with it. iraq is broken. we can ameliorate. when isis took over mosul in 2014, he reacted at that point, but generally he has kept a hands-off policy on the middle east and it shows. and the fact we were not invited to this meeting in moscow between iran, turkey and russia, it tells us we are fairly irrelevant in syria. turkey for one is completely fed up because of the fall of aleppo and all the refugees have been kriv en driven into turkey and the fact we've been arming the kurds.
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they consider that an existential problem. so losing turkey in this whole thing has not been helpful. >> karen, we heard just a couple weeks ago president obama in his press conference, his final press conference of the year lay out in a pretty detailed way about why it is the u.s. did not go full force boots on the ground in syria. that that was not something he thought was worth it. what do you make of that? what do you make of his philosophy here? he seemed quite pained by that scenario. >> yeah, i think one thing can be said that it's possible that president obama's reaction to the middle east and his policy decisions has been very much the 21st century way of going about it. out inning boots on the ground. not rushing to get involved in anything. doing things in a more strategic way it certainly with his drone program. his drone killing program. try to cut off the head of al qaeda and isis.
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it's a very different way of participating. he also does not want to get involved in a long war. i think he thinks he's done what he wanted to do. if anything, the amount of troops he's leaving in afghanistan, the 8,000-plus troops, and the amount of commitment in iraq is more than he wanted to have. i don't think it's a intention to have american power in the world. i think it's understanding american power in a different way. we're still very much involved, contrary to cohen's op-ed today, as prosecutors, as jailors, as the policemen of the world. i would say this is the 21st century model. >> and to your point, also the united states very much involved in a humanitarian role around the world. bob, talk about secretary john kerry. he's preparing the speech now for the american vision for the
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middle east. we know that from the very beginning this was something that president obama wanted to do. he made it clear within his first 100 days. a big disappointment for the administration. why now? why would the secretary of state lay out a vision, a plan? i mean, does it really matter? >> it doesn't matter at this point. trump has made it clear he's going to disrupt the peace negotiations. he's going to do iraq a different way, syria and the rest of it. this administration coming in is so far to the right, it's unpredictable what it's going to do at this point. that abstaining on that resolution regarding israel and the settlements is completely irrelevant to what's coming. you know, obama has been frustrated with the israelis for the last eight years. because stopping the settlements was key to a two-state solution. that didn't happen. there's nothing you can do, you know, taking karen's remarks,
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she's absolutely right. i mean, look, there's just not much you can do with the middle east. i'd go back to 2003, the day we invited iraq, everything changed. and, you know, blaming obama for not fixing what happened in 2003 is just senseless to me. you know, i think the administration's doing the best it can. this is the plan we would have pursued had we had a third term but at the end of the day, it's too late. >> karen, let's talk about the isis, the fight against isis. the obama administration does say that it's expected to ramp up the fight against isis in the weeks ahead. is there anything that the president, the administration, the pentagon can now set in motion that could make an impact leading to the next administration? >> well, i want to return to something bob said in answering this question, which is that i'm not sure there's going to be that much different, at least initially, in the strategy towards isis.
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president trump, president-elect trump has said over and over again he intends to pursue isis with combating terrorist financing. with some kind of navy help on the ground, maybe in more of an adviser role, to use social media framework. these are the kinds of things the administration an doing and they could ramp up. in terms of the military presence in isis occupied or isis contested areas, i think the become administration is going to continue what it does. i'm not sure trump will go different from that. at least in his initial months in office. so yes, what he does can have an impact, but my guess is it's going to be more of the same. >> well, every president has a different doctrine and a diddift leadership style. it will be interesting to see what donald trump will bring to the table. thank you both for your perspectives. really appreciate it. in a year packed full
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washington and that it did. the fight for the gop presidential nomination hit new lows in 2016. as republicans scrambled to beat front-runner donald trump at his own game. >> you know what they say about men with small hands. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. >> the insults got under trump's skin. >> he referred to my hands, if they're small, something else must be small. i guarantee you, there's no problem, i guarantee you. >> but nothing could knock the billionaire from the top spot. >> all right, everybody. >> in a remarkable display of gop hesitation and consternation about donald trump, house speaker paul ryan, the top republican in government, refused to endorse the presumptive gop presidential nominee. >> well, to be perfectly candid, i'm just not ready to do that at this point. i'm not there right now.
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>> then, tooshea, trump parroted his language in an interview with "the washington post." i like paul but these are horrible times for our country. we need very strong leadership. we need very, very strong leadership and i'm just not quite there yet. ryan did eventually offer trump a tepid endorsement but the party's discoumfort persisted through election day. on the democratic side, there was hillary clinton's rhetorical fumble about trump voters. >> you could put half of trump supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables, right? the racist, sexist, homophobic, zenophobic, islamaphobic, you name it. >> she issued an apology but trump embraced the moniker. >> remember what hillary clinton said, basket of deplorables,
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right? [ booing ] >> months of intraparty fighting culminated in historic conventions. in cleveland, a public display of gop disunity. trump's former rival, senator ted cruz, was invited to speak but refused to endorse the nominee. >> stand and speak and vote your conscience. >> trump stole cruz's thunder, appearing in the family box in the middle of the speech. in philly, it was an unknown couple, khazir khan, who took on donald trump. >> let me ask you, have you even read the united states constitution? i will, i will gladly lend you my copy. >> trump took the bait, going after the gold star family in interviews and on twitter and
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handing hillary a po post-convention lead. for president obama, 2016 was personal. >> the donald is not really a plans guy. he's not really a facts guy either. >> obama eviscerated trump on the campaign trail and trump hit back. >> he is the founder of isis. he's the founder of sis. >> after years of stoking conspiracies about president obama's birthplace, trump reversed course for the sake of his own presidential run. >> president barack obama was born in the united states, period. >> then there were the debates. the candidate's performances in three face-to-face fights were must-see tv for voters. >> hello. >> clinton used the matchups to lure trump off message. >> he called this woman miss piggy. then he called her miss housekeeping because she was
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latina. donald, she has a name. >> where did you find this? >> alicia machado. >> trump successfully painted clinton as more of the same, part of the problem with washington, which, it turns out, really resonated. >> why hasn't she made the agreements better? >> the monster political storm rocking donald trump's campaign. >> october brought an unwelcome surprise for the trump campaign. and instantly infamous caught on tape moment from a 2005 "access hollywood" appearance where the republican nominee is heard making extremely lewd comments about women. >> when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> those words led to a string of accusations from women saying trump sexually assaulted them. with only weeks until the election, it seemed like the contest might be over. but in a stunning move, fbi director james comey broke historical precedent by taking action 11 days before the election and handed the clinton
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campaign their own october surprise. comey had more power than usual since attorney general loretta lynch was compromised after bill clinton boarded her plane during the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. comey decided not to bring charges against clinton in june. but then he sent a letter to congress a week and a half before the election, saying the fbi was looking into additional e-mails discovered on anthony e-mail's home computer. >> it is incumbent on the fbi to tell us what they're talking about. >> he cleared clinton again before november 8th. but her team points directly to his actions as a key reason for her loss. >> i accept your nomination for president of the united states! >> after trying in 2008, hillary clinton did make history in 2016. becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.
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still, she talked about the historic benchmark she failed to to reach. >> i know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. but some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. >> for the political world, 2016 will be remembered with one head spinning day. november 8. cnn can report that hillary clinton has called donald trump to concede the race. to say she will not be president. >> even donald trump himself appeared surprised. >> as i said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement. >> voters certainly called for change in 2016. test for 2017 is whether donald trump can deliver his promise to
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fix washington. >> tonight, cnn's tom foreman takes a look back at the rowdyist moments of the year. all the best, all the worst 2016. airs tonight at 9 p.m. ahead, we'll hear from one man who witnessed the attack on pearl harbor, what he has to say about japan's prime minister visiting the site, that's up next. this holiday, the real gift isn't what's inside the box... it's what's inside the person who opens it. give your loved ones ancestrydna, the simple dna test that can tell them where they came from
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japan's prime minister shinzo abe is becoming the first sitting japanese leader to pay
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his respects at pearl harbor "uss arizona" memorial. it's seven months since president obama became the first president to visit hiroshima. later today, abe and obama will lay a wreath and speak at the site. abe says his visit will, quote, soothe the souls of the victims. we should never repeat the ravages of war. earlier, cnn's athena jones spoke with one man who witnessed the attack on pearl harbor and got his take on abe's visit. >> 95-year-old robert lee says he's glad to see japanese prime minister shinzo abe making this trip. >> i think that's the great et thing in the world. i think we've already gone through quite a bit. >> he remembers well the day of japan's surprise attack 75 years ago when more than 2,400 people lost their lives. >> it's very vivid in my memory.
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very much so. >> still a young man, just two years out of high school rotc, he looked on from his bedroom. later, dashing to his front lawn as japanese bombers flew low over his home. headed for battleship row. >> i grabbed my .22-caliber target pistol. >> at the plane? >> of course. >> thinking it would work? >> of course not, no. >> he watched as the "uss arizona" just a mile away exploded. >> it was a red-orange color about three seconds and then it exploded. the fire went up hundreds of feet from this. and the crackling of the fire was overwhelming. >> as those who could fought back, lee helped to wash the oil off sailors who jumped to
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safety, their ships under attack. later helping transport the injui injured to treatment facilities. by midnight, he joined the military, serving domestically throughout the war. it was a long emotional day that left lee angry, but he isn't angry anymore. >> hate is the greatest destroyer of anyone. the idea that you can harbor hate will destroy you. >> it's that understanding the president celebrated at hiroshima. >> since that fateful day, we have made choices that give us hope. the united states and japan forged not only an alliance but a friendship. that has done far more for our people than we could ever claim through war. >> a message abe is certainly to echo as he pays tribute at this
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watery grave, now a sacred site. athena jones, cnn, honolulu, hawaii. russia's defense ministry says divers have found the black box data recording from a crashed rush jet. but it could take weeks to extract the data. the plane's cockpit voice recorder is still missing. strong currents and deep water have complicated the search. the plane was carrying 92 people when it went down sunday in the black sea. a facebook invite goes viral. thousands show up to a 15-year-old's birthday party in central mexico. the crowd was so large police had to deploy extra security. a 66-year-old man died at the party and another was injured after they were trump petrample during a horse race. the invitation was supposed to be for a much smaller gartherin but 1 million people rsvd'd and
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hello, everyone, i'm kate bolduan. john berman is off today. if you're waiting for a thaw in the now frigid relations between the u.s. and israel, you may need to keep waiting. in the wake of last week's huge u.n. vote condemning israeli settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem, a vote the u.s. could have blocked, usually does, but this time does not, the israeli government is moving ahead with more settlements. it just announced. israel is also curbing diplomatic ties with a dozen u.n. security council members that backed the resolution. and still insisting the united states was behind the controversial resolution despite denials from the white house. i spoke with the spokesman for the israeli prime minister last night and asked

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