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the family wants an investigation and the story aaron hernandez committing suicide overnight. >> we'll have much more of that breaking news ahead in the next hour. thank you for being with us today. >> i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm john berman. "at this hour" with kate bolduan continues now. hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. georgia was on everyone's minds yesterday and it still is today and likely will be for the next two months now. this, of course, after a very close call or was it a wake-up call for republicans and a near miss for democrats in the georgia special election? the 30-year-old newcomer jon ossoff just missing the 50% mark. we'll show you up here the 50% mark to take -- to win outright and take over the congressional seat republicans have held there for decades and now also faces a runoff against republican karen handel and get ready for a
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rumble the political parties and the white house are putting muscle into. did democrats blow the chance to flip a red seat blue? are they vulnerable in places where they had been rock solid and how does handel handle president trump? in case you're wondering, yes, the president did tweet about this and did weigh in saying he was glad to help in a tweet in the race. cnn's jason carroll is just outside atlanta now with much more on this. jason, the dust is still settling after a long night. what are you hearing? >> well, first of all, i think you hit the nail right on the head, kate, when you said whether or not it was a close call or wake-up call. it's really both. when you look at the reality of what's happened on the ground, there are plusses and minuses for both republicans and democrats. you look at what happened with jon ossoff. look, he really did want to avoid a runoff here. he wasn't able to make 50% of the vote, but he still made a staggering 48% of the vote and
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in much part by making this election a referendum on donald trump, and when you look at what's happening here at the end of the day, both sides, you've got republicans and you've got democrats and both of them claiming a victory of sorts here. listen to what ossoff had to say last night. >> and there is no amount of dark money, super pac, negative advertising that can overcome real grassroots energy like this. so bring it on. >> reporter: well, he says bring it on, but again, the reality is he did want to avoid a runoff. he knows that's going to be a steep hill for him to climb. karen handel, for her part, she is the establishment republican well known here in the district. she's the former georgia secretary of state. she was reluctant when i asked her in an interview and she was also interviewed this morning,
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kate, to say whether or not this election was a referendum on president trump, but having said that he called to congratulate her and she said that she would welcome to have him come here and campaign with her. kate? >> any question of distancing before, now that there's only one republican in the field and definitely not distancing from the president now. great to see you, jason. thank you. >> let's talk more about this with job cusack and abby phillips. abby, no one won, but as jason is laying out, everyone is taking a victory lap this morning. which is it? >> i think it is definitely a warning sign for republicans. this is say district that has a net advantage for a republican candidate and has been safely held by there party for quite some time now. there is no reason to get a democrat to win a 50 plus one runoff and the fact that jon ossoff got so close is not a good thing if you're a
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republican. it signals that there's a lot of off-cycle energy here on the democratic side in a place where there really shouldn't be and also there were a lot of candidates on the ballot. of the 11 republicans who were out there that ran explicitly as heirs to donald trump who ran on donald trump essentially and those people did not farewell at all. so we have someone in karen handel who will go into the runoff, who is an establishment-minded candidate who is maybe not going to bear hug donald trump, but isn't going to keep too much of a distance, and i'm sure she'll be watching to see what happens with the president's approval ratings as we move forward because it's very clear that running on trump is not going to give you a leg up in the district like this. >> look no further than the past election and it's hard to thread a needle and still walk that line. it's a difficult challenge for republicans. >> so, bob, a democrat in a solidly red district came two
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points away from winning the seat outright. do you know who is calling this a wake-up call for the republicans. a republican from the south and his name is lindsay graham. listen to this. >> the south is changing. atlanta is changing and i like our chances in a runoff, but we need to wake up as a party. there are districts like this that are getting much more moderate and i think karen will do a good job and she's probably the best republican we could have chosen, and i like the chances of winning this seat, but this should be a wake-up call for the republican party in the south. >> bob, is he right? do you think the republicans are getting the message? >> i think they're very nervous, no doubt about it. if ossoff had gotten a couple of more points and gotten to 50% this would be a political earthquake this morning. this is a district that for almost 40 years been in republican hands and they are favored to win and special elections are hard to really predict. one thing to think about,
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special elections in 2006 and 2010 sometimes are not a harbinger of what's to come because the midterm election is the big ball of wax here and that's what everyone is being looking at. >> absolutely. >> again, if he had been two points closer this would have been a political earthquake. the question will remain for the next few months, of course, is this as far as it's going to go? it's an emotional victory for democrats because when the republican side consolidates and it equals more than 50% and we'll see if he can pull it out. i want to move, abby, to breaking news we got. utah republican, jason chaffetz announcing that he is not going to be seeking reelection in 2018. a statement from chaffetz said he made a personal decision to return to the private sector. pull back the veil here. what's going on here? >> jason chaffetz is in a tougher than expected district especially in this environment. over the last couple of weeks he's been subjected to really
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tough town halls and it's looking at going into 2018, what are some of these members experiencing out there and they're experiencing a lot of blowback from an energized left, but i think chaffetz also mentioned that he's not totally out of the running here. there is a possibility that he might, going forward, run for a governor's seat. he's just not going to run in 2018 which might be a tough midterm for him and for some other republicans out there. >> but still, bob, he is a big-name republican and he is young and he's not running for reelection. >> that's a really big deal. is this all about the governors? the governor's seat is up in 2020? i can't remember. >> you have the one thing he's been rumored for years is running for senator hatch's seat and there were discussions that hatch may run or mitt romney has run. he's not saying he'll run for any office in 2018, but i think he'll be back and it's a
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surprising announcement this morning. no doubt about it. >> fascinating. fascinating turn of events. great to see you. thanks so much. now to a shocking story we learned overnight. former nfl star turned convicted murderer aaron hernandez was found dead inside his prison cell in massachusetts this morning. he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 shooting death of odin lloyd. jean casares is here and has been following the case from the very, very beginning. jean, what more are we learning. >> we are getting a statement in from jose baez who was one of the defense attorneys on the case that he was just acquitted of double murder of last friday and the statement is saying that the family has hired jose bahhes to look at the circumstances surrounding his death and the statement goes on to say that the family and legal team is shocked by the death of aaron hernandez. there was no conversation or correspondence from aaron or his family and they spoke to him in the last few days that would have indicated anything like this was possible. aaron was looking forward to an
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opportunity for a second chance for his innocence and that, of course, is in the conviction and the murder of odin lloyd. we request that a thorough investigation can be done, but it was at 3:05 this morning when prison officials found aaron hernandez unresponsive in the cell according to what we were hearing and there was a bed sheet around his neck that was tied to a window in his cell, but what was very different was according to prison officials, there were items that were stacked against the prison cell door so as to impede someone to get in, but they got in, performed emergency procedures and 911 was called and he was transported to the university of massachusetts and the emergency room declared dead at 4:07 this morning and the investigation is continuing by the massachusetts state police, but we have also just learned an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death. important for any state investigation, but also to rule
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out any type of foul play. >> there is a question now. >> we are just showing video last week when he was actually just acquitted of another charge. >> double murder. >> double murder from 2012. it was cirque -- >> he still would be serving this --? yes, but he was ecstatic in the courtroom, tears in his eyes and a victory in his eyes and the realization that you are back in your prison cell because you are serving a life term for odin lloyd and jose baez had also told cnn last week that he was going to possibly join the appellate team. he thought he could get the conviction overturned for odin lloyd although there was very strong evidence against him. >> pretty shocking. great to see you, jean. thank you very much. >> i want to talk more about this with doug kaye, patriots beat reporter for the new england sports network. he's actually in d.c. following the team which is headed to the white house for a championship
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visit with president trump and we'll talk about that in just a second, doug. you follow this team's every move. you know these guys and have you heard reaction to this news? >> no. the patriots are pretty tight lipped and they are on a plane and they possibly just got off a plane headed to d.c. for the white house, for that white house ceremony. so it's certainly possible that we will speak to some of his former teammates at that white house ceremony. it looks like rob gronkowski is on the flight, and rob ninkovic on the flight and bill belichick and robert kraft is there, and there's been some anonymous quotes out there fed through some reporters that people are shocked about this and aaron hernandez's agent has said that he doesn't believe that aaron would have done this. it's certainly a lot of interesting quotes from those who knew aaron well following this incident. >> i mean, everyone remembers so well, bob kraft the team's owner
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being called to testify in the hernandez case. this was a huge deal when this happened. i mean, how has that whole case impacted the team? >> you know, i think it certainly did impact them quite a bit in the 2013 season. everyone took it obviously very hard, very seriously, but the patriots have a way of eliminating these distractions better than any other organization in sports. so even after the trial, even after he was found ilty, the questions are just kind of tossed aside by the players. they give the stock answers and bill belichick gives the stock answers and everything gets kind of moved past it. so this is another time that the players will have to speak about it. i would be interested to hear what the more respected players in the locker room and the matthew slaters and what they have to say and i assume it will be status quo for them. in the strange twist the team will be at the white house meeting with the president.
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i'm seeing that tom brady, though, is not attending the white house, vent. what are you hearing about this? >> yeah. he released a statement saying he has to deal with a personal family matter. his mother is sick. the only game that she attended during the 2016 season was the super bowl. she's reportedly in boston right now. so it sounds like he wants to spend time with his mother rather than take this day off to go to washington, d.c. and you know, that's certainly his right to do that since his mother is sick and robert kraft revealed at the super bowl that she's dealing with cancer and hoping for all the best on that. >> absolute le. our thoughts with them and that's totally understandable needing to be with his family. great to see you, doug. great to see it. >> programming note for all of you, a cnn special report and the downward spiral and the case against aaron hernandez airs tonight at 11:00 eastern only on cnn. >> also ahead for us, why are republican senators starting to call out the president in town halls back home? hear about two -- hear what two
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said about trump's florida trips and his tax returns, and president trump said the u.s. had a, quote, armada headed toward north korea. problem is it wasn't. the ships were headed in the opposition direction. what's behind that mistake? his father said his son believed there was a race war between white and black men and then the son is accused of going on a killing spree targeting white people. details ahead in this tragic story. make sure the germs they bring home don't stick around. use clorox disinfecting products. because no one kills germs better than clorox.
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not? after the president said the armada was on the way to the korean peninsula as a show of force, the reality is the armada went the opposite direction for military exercises. the military is calling it a miscommunication a miscommunication and here's what the vice president had to say about it when asked by dana bash. >> were these misleading comments deliberate? >> absolutely not. we have committed u.s. forces in this region and the carl vinson and that battle group are being deployed to the sea of japan. >> the president also said in an interview that there are submarines, very powerful
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submarines. he actually said there was an armada heading this way. are there submarines heading toward the korean peninsula, as well? >> we have a very strong military presence on land and sea and air. i think the point the president was making is that we're ready. >> let me bring in right now nina hachigian and she's former ambassador of southeast asian nations under president obama. thanks for coming in. >> my pleasure. >> as you're hearing the president said he was sending an armada and it went the opposite direction, 3500 miles to the south. the administration says it was a miscommunication. your reaction to that? >> i find this all very embarrassing. as an american and what it tells me, the bigger point here is that they don't have enough of a solid process for making national security decisions. by all accounts john mcmaster
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has a great reputation and is a great guy, but they clearly don't have a process where they are really figuring out what the individual sig will nahs they're sending to north korea are going to be and what the broader strategy was going to be. something like this wouldn't have happened if you had a process that would have involved the joint chiefs and the secretary of defense and the intelligence agencies. >> ambassador, what does north korea or -- let's be honest, south korea or china, for that matter, think about this kind of miscommunication? how is it received? >> it's hard to know what north korea thinks and they might think this is all a deliberate hoax, and i am worried about what our allies think about this, japan and south korea and what signals it's sending to china. it's an unfortunate mistake and the fact is it's not something that we needed to have been misleading about. we do have a major military force there.
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we didn't need to say this, and so we really -- i would just think the administration needs to get its ducks in a row better on the process. >> in wisconsin yesterday the president did an interview, and he was asked how concerned americans should be about nuclear war. listen to what he said. >> how concerned and worried should americans be about a thermonuclear war with north korea? >> look, you always have to be concern period upon you don't know exactly who you're dealing with. a had a great, great meeting with the president of china, and that meeting tells me a lot and you've seen a lot of things happen. they have a pretty good power, and not a great power, perhaps, but a pretty good power over north korea. we're going to see what happens. >> we're going to see what happens. that truly doesn't sound reassuring to the american public. is that where we are right now? >> no, i don't think so.
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i don't think americans need to worry about a thermonuclear war with north korea and they don't have the missiles to launch at the united states. we do need to be concerned that they have those weapons, now 20 or 25 is the estimate and they're developing, each time they test they get more powerful and we have to worry about our allies. seoul is within 35 miles of the border with north korea, and even without nuclear weapons they could do a lot of damage to seoul as well as japan, another one of our allies and that is why this is such a difficult problem. there is no military option here for us, so that leaves sanctions and diplomacy which don't sound as tough, but that's where we need to go. >> and where we are right now, where the country is right now with the rising tension says with north korea. president trump in that very same interview, he blames it on president trump and he blames it on others and he called it a very tricky situation that should have been done by president obama. it should have been done to
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presidents way back to clinton and everybody pushed it off. you worked for both obama and clinton. do they deserve the blame? >> they worked intensely hard on this problem and we're intensely focused and it is a very difficult problem and it is under george w. bush that north korea broke out to develop nuclear weapons because that administration wanted to get rid of an agreement that we've had with north korea and in retrospect that probably wasn't the right decision even though north korea is cheating and now they have them. we are where we are and now it's the president's duty to figure out how we're going to get past this and solve it. >> ambassador, thanks for coming on. appreciate your perspective. >> my pleasure. >> coming up for us, exclusive new details on how the fbi secured a wasn't to monitor one of president trump's former campaign advisers and it involves that now infamous dossier. and after calling it the worst deal in history, the trump administration is now saying iran is complying with the
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new reporting now on the fbi investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible connections to the trump campaign. let me bring in right now chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. he has the latest details on this. what have you learned? >> u.s. officials telling cnn that they used a dossier of allegations of donald trump's campaign as part of justification to get approval to monitor trump associate carter
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page. james comey has cited the dossier to members of congress in recent weeks as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its ongoing investigation. this includes approval from the secret court that oversees the foreign intelligence surveillance act known as fisa to monitor page's communications, to obtain court permission to target page. the justice department would have had to present probable cause that he was acting as an agent of a foreign power including possibly engaging in clandestine intelligence gathering. comby and other just officials would have had to sign off. last year page was identified by the trump campaign as an adviser on national security though they is since said he had limited interactions with the campaign as just a volunteer, kate. >> how surprising is it that this was done, jim? >> well, we are told it's surprising because comey's briefings to lawmakers stand in
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contrast efforts in recent months by the bureau and u.s. intelligence agencies to try to distance themselves from that dossier. u.s. law enforcement and intelligence officialses have said the u.s. investigators did their own work separate from the dossier to support their findings that russia tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. as you'll remember, their assessment in favor of trump. comey has not mentioned the dossier in all of his briefing to lawmakers. >> i'm sure they got more questions on that one when they returned from their recease now. good to see you. thanks so much. >> joining me is former republican congressman. thanks for coming in. >> hey, good to be with you. good morning. >> good morning. what is your reaction to this as nw reporting from jim sciutto? >> i find it all very, very fascinating that if the reporting is accurate that the fbi is using opposition research that was paid for by opponents for donald trump to, you know,
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former british intelligence officer and the media, i believe, last fall and the end of last year, excuse me, didn't really want to touch it because they couldn't verify the results, but the fbi seems to have thought it was good enough to include in a fisa application. i'm assuming that, and i'm hoping that the fbi would have verified anything they used in this dossier to take to the fisa court that they would have verified it independently if they had verified it independently, the question would be why use the dossier? i don't know. it's very, very confusing. >> to one of your points, according to officials, the fbi -- the fbi obviously took the dossier seriously, at least parts of it and according to individuals the fbi had to have corroborated information from it through their own investigation in order to put it in the application for the fisa warrant. i remember pretty distinctly that you supported president trump's criticism of this
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dossier when it came out. with that in mind, the fact that the fbi would have had to have corroborated these -- some of the details, we don't know what in the dossier in order to put it in the application, do you want to dial back that criticism now? >> no, not necessarily. like we said. we don't know what the fiber have phied and what they didn't verify and what they demonstrated was not accurate in the dossier. we don't have any of that kind of information. so the bottom line is do i want to dial back? no. i think let's take a look at where this whole investigation goes, whether it's what the fbi has verified. you know, where it goes in terms of what russia did in this election. i'm also very, very interested in finding out what director comey and others had and what role they played in unmaskig americans. there are all kinds of aspects to this investigation that need to move forward and hopefully
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they'll move forward in a non-partisan way and very much a law enforcement way. >> i don't think the -- as far as i'm concerned i don't think there's any investigation into the role that james comey played in unmasking of individuals. the fbi -- i mean, who knows where the committees will go with their investigation, but what i'm hearing from you, are you questioning the credibility of the fbi by and large in their investigation so far into russian meddling in the election? >> no, i'm not questioning it at all. we're talking about the dossier. >> yeah. elements of the dossier seemed to have been verified by the fbi. we don't know what elements have been verified and which ones have not, and we'll see where this plays out. obviously, republicans and democrats on the larger picture, all have had questions about the fbi's role frp last summer on in terms of whether you're talking about disclosing an investigation into hillary clinton. >> right. >> then, you know, when other
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parts came up a week before the election they find a new computer and those types of things. the fbi, you know, i think that the fbi has a lot of things that it has to answer for in terms of what -- >> do you trust comey, congressman. >> -- in the political realm. i've met james comey. at this point in time i don't have any reason to not trust him, and you know, i want to see where this investigation goes and what he actually produces. >> can i ask you real quick about the iran deal? donald trump ran saying that it was -- it was a bad deal. a horrible deal. you agree with that, but his secretary of state just told congress that iran is sticking to the terms of the nuclear deal. they do want to review sanctions. they want to start continuing reviewing sanctions, though, but the fact that tillerson is saying they're sticking to the terms of the deal. the deal is still in place, does this make it harder to rip it up
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eventually if republicans wanted to do so as they promised they did? >> i think you have a couple of issues there. number one is are they sticking to the terms of the deal and it appears that the secretary of state, the u.s. government believes they are sticking to the terms of the deal. the second point was it a bad deal? i still think it was a bad deal especially when you see what's going on with north korea. iran and north korea have been linked for years. the release of funds through the weakening of sanctions, the release of impounded funds and those types of things really have given an infusion of cash to terrorist groups and some of that money. who knows? some of that money may have made it and will make its way to north korea and so, yeah, i still think it was a bad deal. >> do you think at this point the iran deal is here to stay? >> i don't know whether it's going to stay or want. we'll have to see and move forward. obviously, that's something we've got to talk to our allies and europe about and nato about. we can't make a decision on this
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a reliably republican house district in a reliably republican state nearly turning blue. republican senator in a red state saying the president is flawed and should spend less time in florida, more time in washington. what is going on in the political world right now, i ask and have wonderful people to
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come help me figure it out. democratic strategist and former communications director, and the one and only rick santorum, former republican senator from pennsylvania and former republican congressman. >> whew! >> i know, i speak fast when i want more time to you. joni ernst had an interesting take when asked about the president and his travels. listen to this. >> i do wish that he would spend more time in washington, d.c. that's what we have the white house for, and we would love to see more of those state department visits in washington, d.c. i think it's smart that he does business in washington, d.c. so i've had those same concerns myself. i have not spoken to him about the florida issue yet, but that is something i think that has been bothering not just me, but some other members of our
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caucus. so i think that is going to be a topic of discussion that we have when we get back to washington, d.c. >> constituents are asking her and she also said this president has a number of flaws. she's a republican senator who stood by this president in the election. one of the only -- one of the few female senators that did stand by him. what do you make of this? why is she breaking from him now? >> i don't know if it's breaking from him. >> breaking-ish. >> it's a recognition that the president, his numbers are low, and the base is against him has energized and you see this with every president. you saw it with barack obama. you see it with every president, when the presidential numbers go down members of his party back away a little bit. that's why it's important for the trump administration to get on a good roll here, to get some things passed here in the congress, to -- to do some
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things through executive orders, to show that progress is being made. he needs to get these numbers up or you're going to see a lot more of these hedging. i wouldn't say defections, but hedging because you have a president who is again, not as popular as they'd like him to be. >> yeah, but to the senator's point, brad. does this kind of criticism within the party of the president does it create an opening for you guys and she's not going to change your vote and she's all for obamacare. >> it speaks to the bigger issue. 28% of donald trump's presidency has been spent at mar-a-lago. >> why does it bother constituents so much? >> well, one thing, it's opposite of donald trump's brand. he spent years criticizing president obama for driving across town at a military base. he has golfed almost every weekend that he's been president and it's been expensed. this is a president that said he would take control of the budget
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and we'll spend $100 million to and from these weekend vacations at the current rate and that will be more than in all of president trump's presidency. >> people would care less about his travels if maybe he was getting more done, maybe? >> and his poll numbers. >> let's talk about the south, senator. georgia, georgia, georgia. lindsey graham says this special election is a wake-up call, should be a wake-up call for republica republicans especially in the south that things are a-changing there more in the moderate direction. do you agree? >> this is a suburban atlanta district. you look at suburbs of every major city in america and you see the suburban areas getting less republican and more purplish, if you will and atlanta is no different than that. this still is a republican state. she's a terrific conservative and she'll be a great congresswoman and she'll win this seat. >> does she want donald trump to run with her?
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>> good question. >> no, i don't think she would have any concerns about that whatsoever. she didn't express concerns to me when we talked about it. she's a republican and supports the president. she mentioned that she wants the president to come down to campaign for her. for her it's about energizing the base and as everybody knows that's not an easy thing to do. so she needs the trump voters to come out and she needs her voters to come out and she's run statewide a couple of times and she's always run well in that district. she's not won statewide and she's run well in that district. she will do very, very well. they had a chance to win it. >> let me get the last word, brad. your chance is better or worse at pulling it off. >> they'll be better if donald trump campaigns there. let's look, the candidates on the republican side that ran as trump mini mes fared the worse. ossoff ran as a referendum on trump, and ossoff would have an
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even bigger contrast. >> politics in april, may and june, can't wait. great to see you, guys. thank you so much. three people gunned down in fresno, california. the shooter shouting god is great in arabic. details why the deadly rampage was not terrorism.
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good morning. we're honored to join and be joined today by some absolutely tremendous people and great veterans. thanks, as well and i have to thank them dearly, but, as well to representative phil rowe. where is he? phil, come here. what a job you've done. and all the members of congress who worked on the bill that we're about to sign. such an important bill. i especially want to thank senators john mccain and senator
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johnny isaacson. they have been incredible in working with us. let me also welcome my good friend florida governor rick scott and navy veteran who is here with us to represent more than a million veterans from the state of florida. we're also joined by the leaders of a number of veterans groups. i want to thank all of them for being here and all after the tremendous and important work that they do. we would not be here if it weren't for them, i can tell you that. finally, i want to thank our secretary of the va, david chul kin, who by the way was approved with a vote of 100-0. that's shocking, right? 100-0, rick. you wouldn't get 100-0. we met earlier today at the oval office and secretary shulkin updated me on the massive and chronic challenge he inherited at the v oo but also the great progress that he is making.
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he's got a group of people that are phenomenal at the va. it's one of my most important things. i've been telling all of our friends at speeches and rallies for two years about the va how we're going to turn it around and we're doing that. actually next week on thursday, at 2 oklahoma, we're going to have a news conference with david and some others to tell you about all of the tremendous things that are happening at the va and what we've done in terms of progress and achievement. the veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it's time that they're recognized and it's time that we now take care of them and take care of them properly. that's why i'm pleased today to sign into law the veterans choice program improvement act. so this is called the choice program improvement act, speaks for itself. this bill will extend and
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improve the veterans choice program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice. you got it? the doctor of their choice. and don't have to wait and travel long distances for va care. some people have to travel five hours, eight hours and they have to do it on a weekly basis and ev worse than that. this new law is a good start but there is still much work to do. we will fight each and every day to deliver the long awaited reforms our veterans deserve and to protect those who is have so kurnlgsly protected each and every one of us. so we've made a lot of strides for the veterans. these are like the most incredible people we have in our country as far as i'm concerned. and they have not been taken care of properly. i want to thank david. you've done an incredible job. and you can see some of that on thursday. so thank you all very much.
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and we're going to sign this and i think i'm going to have to give this pen the way i look at it, we should probably give it to phil, what do you think in does everybody agree? i agree with it. >> phil is -- so congratulations, everybody. really fantastic. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> right there you're seeing president trump at the white house signing a bill into law that has to do with veterans care. it's an extension of a program that was established in 2014. it allows vets to opt for private medical care. it's a focus of this white house and focus of obviously the veterans affairs, the veterans administration. president also according to the report announced in the bill signing he's going to be speaking much more. we'll have a news conference to talk about veterans issues next thursday. coming up for us, white house press briefing just moments away. will they face questions about the armada that was on the way to the korean peninsula but in
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the series premier of sound track songs that defined history airs tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. the cnn original dives into music's impact into iconic moments in history. i had a chance to talk go that with five time grammy award winning artist norah jones. listen. >> when you say that you think the world is falling apart right now, do you think music plays a role in putting it back together? >> i think music plays a role, a different role for everybody. so some people lean on music to get through things and it's really important to them. and i mean, i just know from being an artist, i know music has helped me through things. people have told me that my music or any music has helped them get through things that have saved their life. but you know, everybody has a
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different intensity i think. music as a movement is important. i think art as a movement is important and for people to connect on that level, that energy and to connect on something and they're all feeling the same way and maybe a song comes out and captures exactly how they're feel. that can be really important. >> when it comes to as you said, you want everyone top kind of take care own message from your song and from an album. do you ever shy away from a political theme or a political or social issue for fear it would turn off a fan? into no. >> is that ever a consideration? >> no, i mean it's something to think about for sure, but i think for me when i'm writing it's important. if there's something that's too intense and you don't want to actually put it out there, you can massage it. i don't think i've ever actually done that because if i'm moved enough to put something in a song, that's my favorite part of
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the song. >> great speaking with norah jones. thank you all for joining us at this hour. "inside politics" with john berman starts right now. >> and welcome to "inside politics." >> i'm john berman in today for john king. we are 90 days into the trump administration and just moments away from the white house briefing. press secretary sean spiceral take the stage any minute. we will bring it to you live because sean will no doubt face big questions about georgia. overnight republicans came within a whisker of losing the see the have a equated by tom price. instead the democrat who just fell short of 50% will face the republican who came in second in a runoff in june. sean spicer can also expect a question about the "uss carl vinson," an aircraft carrier which means it's a very, very big ship, the kind you should be able to tell which direction it is


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