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anyway, thank you, everybody. appreciate you guys being here. all right. we'll take it. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. you've been watching a special white house briefing there. president trump's top economic advisers unveiling his tax outline that will lead to, quote/unquote, the biggest tax cut in the history of this country. those words from steve mnuchin himself. the secretary of treasury there debuting the tax draft as the president is closing in on 100 days in office. so let's walk through what exactly we heard and taugs about a talk about all of this. jeff zeleny was there in the briefing. okay. hang on. gloria borger, i'll begin with you here. we'll get jeff to walk through the headlines of the simplifications of the taxes, going down from seven brackets to three.
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>> sure. >> but what i didn't hear is how they're going to pay for it. did you? >> no, other than this will create such economic growth in the country that it will effectively pay for itself. that's the argument. is an argument -- right. it will create such a boom in this country that it will create economic growth and reduce the deficit that way. this is something that republicans are concerned about because they believe this could blow a hole in the deficit. we also didn't hear a tremendous amount of detail. it seems to me, quite honestly, that this was something they wanted to get on the record before you reach that milestone of 100 days, that they wanted to say that they had proposed the biggest tax cut in american history and that we are working out the details with congress
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and some of what we heard on the campaign trail, for example, you know, repealing the estate tax, lowering individual rates which they apparently intend to do, doubling the standardized deduction, for example, and i think that that idea of donald trump wants to create jobs, wants to lower your taxes, wants to create a boom in this country, that's what we're hearing from gary cohn and steve mnuchin. >> gloria, stay with me. i have jeff zeleny with me. it lacks in specifics. >> reporter: this is a single sheet of paper that has maybe a dozen or maybe 15 or so bullet-point items. it is much more like a sort of a
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statement of principles you would see from a campaign during a presidential campaign as opposed to something that would be presented at the beginning really of what is the second phase of an administration as we move beyond the first 100 days. the white house made no apologies for that. they said, look, a legislation will come when it's ready with the house and senate. brooke, the reality here is that we are essentially -- the white house is just now getting behind what candidate trump promised on the campaign trail. they're a long way away from legislative meat on this. and the challenge of this, of course, is the president is coming to this with not as much popularity, as much strength as he had at the beginning of the administration. of course, the big health care defeat is looming over him. that could change. but the reality is, republicans are going to be among the skeptics of this bill. a, they believe that they were not fully informed and brought up to speed on this.
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but "b," they believe this is not neutral. this ll in fact raise the debt. as gloria said before, it could be revenue neutral if the economy grows but there is no certainty of that before. in fact, that has not happened over the last couple of decades through these tax cuts. but i think one of the biggest challenges here for this president, brooke, you heard throughout the briefing, the president's tax returns himself. secretary mnuchin was asked repeatedly, he appeared to grow agitated and weary at these questions, will the president change his stance and indeed release his tax returns. secretary mnuchin who is close to this president, he said no indeed he will not. americans have enough information about that. i tried to ask a question at the end of the briefing and he walked away. the president has shown his flexibility on many things. he's changed his view on many things. we're not getting a sign that the president will release his tax returns.
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brooke, the reason it matters, that is going to be a ready-made talking point for critics of this plan. what does it do to the president's bottom line? we simply will not know that. going forward, brooke, this is very much the beginning of this. tax reform so hard in 1996 took some 1,000 days. this is at the very, very beginning of a long process. but as gloria and others were saying, they want a headline, saying tax reform is on the way and indeed it's being announced today. but this is far from the end of this, brooke. >> you said it earlier, officials -- administration officials said they wanted to get the lead on this and then wait for the hill. they wanted the great headlines that trump proposes big tax cuts and then you heard secretary b mnuchin saying we're having these conversations with folks over on the hill. stay with me. jack, i've got a couple of great voices. stephen moore is with me, used to advise the trump campaign on all things economic. stephen moore, i understand you
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took a spin by the white house today. maybe you can share what you'd like. again, i come back to my original question, how do they pay for this? >> well, great to be with you and, look, i'm very happy about this plan. i think it's very much in line with what we ran on when donald trump ran for president. the 15% business tax cut is really the heart and soul of this plan. we can't go forward in the world with the highest tax rate in the world. it's a simple truism. everyone agrees we're putting ourselves in a real bind in a competitive situation. it's like a head start program for every country that we compete with. but i was also happy to see that it does increase the standard deduction. by the way, that has two benefits, just so your viewers know. one of the benefits is it puts more money into their pockets because you get to write off more of your income and the second thing is, it adds to simplicity. we estimate about 90% of tax
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filers will now no longer have to itemize their deductions. they are not going to have to keep their shoeboxes full of deductions on their state and local taxes. they'll check the box for the standard deduction and that's one of the ways that you get to this post card return and americans love that idea. >> now that i've got you on the simplification and postcard, that would go well with a lot of americans. at the same time, again, it's the economic growth thing that i think alexis goldstein, i saw you shaking your head about. you're not buying that? >> i think it's not accurate to say that the united states is the highest tax rates in the world. when you look at what people pay at the end of the day, only $1 out of every $9 is currently coming from corporations because they have so many methods of dodging taxes and shifting them overseas. it's important to look at the optics.
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in addition to not having many details and not having donald trump tax returns, we have two former bankers from goldman sachs will dramatically cut taxes for big banks like goldman sachs. it's not going to put more money and enable giant corporations to do more mergers to get even bigger and extend their concentration of power and enable them to pour money into their shareholders' pockets. the small amount of details that we currently have is a big deal for hardworking american workers. >> you know, when hardworking middle class americans hear about this on the evening news and they are making 40, 50, $60,000 a year, how does this help them? steve, i want your response to that but, chris cillizza, i want you to jump in. i also thought noteworthy were some of the phrases that gary
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cohn was dropping, once in a lifetime opportunity, "i'd never bet against this president," "we're at a historic moment." what did you make of that? >> this president is a very good listener from steve mnuchin, which would raise some eyebrows even among his allies. as someone who keeps a shoebox of itemized deductions, if steven is right and simplification is something that will happen with this tax plan, i think many people will be in support of it. but the problem is, can they get it to that phase? i thought jeff hit the nail on the head, brooke, which is this is an opening gamut. the broadest outline. this is not legislation yet and i think you just saw with health care, these are not things that can be done quickly or easily. steve mnuchin said he'd like to have it done by the end of the year. i wonder if we don't have some sense of how it's paid for, i think democrats are going to
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oppose it, period, tax cuts. he hasn't released his tax returns. there's lots of reasons they can oppose it. the problem really is conservative fiscal hawks. is this -- deficit hawks. is this enough? is this plan enough for them and is there enough explanation for how it's being paid for? enough with it. remember, republicans have the majority in the senate. they need those deficit hawks on the right and i don't know and i don't think we can know yet because there's not enough details whether they are going to be for this. >> brooke, this is supposed to be a revenue neutral if you pass it under the budget act. that means you only need a majority of vote. you'd only need 51 votes. and it seems to me that there is absolutely no way they could have revenue neutrality. and what that would mean, remember the bush tax cuts expired after ten years and so i think if this package is passed
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in any way, shape or form, what's going to happen is it's going to pass with the notion that it would expire. and that, leave it to the next president, whoever that may be, to deal with the renewal of the tax cuts. >> let me jump in. stephen and alexis, i want to hear from you. how does this help the hardworking middle class folks who voted for mr. trump. >> sure. >> how will this help them? >> it's a great question. this is the jobs bill. it's not a tax cut. i just met with the senate republicans and said, don't call this a tax cut or tax reform. this is a jobs bill. how do you help create jobs? you help businesses. i just think alexis is totally wrong. i mean, if businesses have more money -- and i've talked to a lot of small business owners and ceos of companies. what they say is, you give us more money after tax, we're going to plow that money back into the business, to hire more workers, pay them more, buy more equipment.
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you can't have healthy jobs without businesses. it's not simple. the budget congressional office, attempted agree is a nonpartisan arbitrar here, they say alexis is wrong. it goes to the workers, not the owners of the businesses. the workers who work for the businesses. >> 70% of small businesses are paying tax rates that are lower than those proposed. it's not a plan -- >> but those companies -- alexis, hey, those companies you're talking about -- >> hang on, guys. one voice. let alexis finish. >> this is not a plan that is going to help small businesses. small businesses are already able to take advantage of lower tax rates. this betrays the campaign promise and the promise that steven mnuchin would have no tax break for the wealthy. this is a tax break for large
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corporations and for real estate developers like donald trump. it's a tax break for hedge fund managers and this is not happening in a vacuum at the same time right now. house republicans are talking about in committee a bill that would tear up the wall street forms from the last crisis. we're talking about tearing up dodd/frank and it's a disaster for the ordinary american worker. >> trump ran on this. it's not as if he's making this up out of thin air. >> trump said wall street was getting away with murder. >> listen, he told america he's going to cut business taxes to 15% and he won the election. now, you're right, a lot of businesses don't hire any workers. they are just one or two people. i'm talking about the businesses that are hiring 50 or 100 or 250 workers. >> those are still businesses that are going to make up the 70% who would not benefit this plan. >> those are not companies that are employers.
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i'm talking about major employers. >> you're talking about walmart and goldman action. >> no, i'm not. a lot of people are listening to the show. >> they are going to merge and put out of businesses the small businesses when walmart moves into their community and destroys the local mom and pop shop. >> wow. >> hang on. >> what a statement. >> chris, let me veer to you for a second. how does this get through? because in reading some of our reporting, the republican aide on the hill, what did he call it, it's a cuts only plan. all of the goodies, none of the pain. you heard steve mnuchin say we're having these robust discussions with leadership on the hill yet i'm hearing something different from some of our reporting that the white house really wanted to get ahead of this themselves. >> look, there are too many parallels to the health care proposal because they are different things but they are both hugely complex matters. overhauling the tax code and -- or tax cuts and tax reform,
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lowering the brackets and health care. but the big problem with health care was the initial proposal was all of the things that you don't like about obamacare. no discrimination for pre-existing conditions. we're keeping those. it tends to, in government, pay for the stuff that you do like. you take away the stuff you don't like and there's not any money there. that, to me, is the issue. a reporter asked steve mnuchin in that press conference how flexible are you going to be? jeff zeleny mentioned the president prizes his flexibility. what about these four or we want to make an adjustment here. that, to me, is sort of what we don't know and the key point here is where is donald trump and steve mnuchin and gary cohn? what are the things that they
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care the most about. are there other things? is there room for debate and compromise? >> let me go to stephen quickly on this. you know the president and advised the president. if the president starts these negotiations at the extreme end, then where really is his middle ground? what would make him happy? >> i'm not going to negotiate with you but -- >> i'm not trying to get you to do that. but you know the president. let's talk tactics. >> you characterized this bill in a good way. this is an opening bid. >> it is an opening bid. >> this is a negotiation. chris really nailed it. we can't wait until next year to get this done. the business community, investors, they are all waiting for this and one of the reasons that the economies leveled out is a lot of nervousness about
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whether this will happen or not. this has to happen this year. if you have to throw in infrastructure spending for democrat votes, do it but let's get these job skills passed right away. >> hang on, gloria. just off of stephen, alexis, where in this plan or what was thrown out, where would liberals agree with the proposal laid out by cohn and mnuchin? alexis? >> i think it's a nonstarter. >> a nonstarter? >> i think the president is interesting in helping ordinary families, detach the corporate tax breaks from the tax breaks he wants to talk about for ordinary american families. he's insisting on combining the two and i think that makes it a nonstarter and i think steven mnuchin said himself, he talked about deregulation and undoing the rules on wall street. it's all part of a larger package that will make things very dangerous.
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again, that's why i think it's a nonstarter. >> stephen, she says it's a nonstarter. >> look, democrats are in a mode right now and i hope that doesn't happy think you're probably right, gloria, and i wouldn't like to see that but that may be where we're headed. if we got it down to 20%, you get up to 40%, i don't think that's very likely. >> go ahead, gloria. >> no. i think that's where you're going to end up. there was some proposals for a border adjustment tax, for example, to help pay for this and that didn't end up going anywhere and i think the big -- you know, i think the big question is going to be, there are a lot of goodies here. there are tons of goodies here. and a lot of goodies, i would
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probably argue more goodies for corporate america and maybe a rising tide does lift all votes. i think the big question here is going to be how do you pay repeal and replace obamacare? those two questions are not mutually exclusive here because i think the administration was counting on money from repealing obamacare and they don't have it and i think that you're going to blow a huge whole here in the deficit, which a lot of republicans really care about. and i think there is a question about that as there was back with tax reform in 1986. you know, ronald reagan faced the same questions about that and donald trump is going to face it now and everybody is going to look at this through
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the lens of donald trump, not only the fact that it was the goldman sachs guys out there talking about the little guy, but people are going to start asking the question, does this benefit real estate? what's the benefit to that? the repeal of the alternative minimum tax, how does that affect the wealthy, for example? and on and on and on. and it's also going to be a difficult political problem because it will be seen through the lengths of donald trump's business which we did not know a lot about so it shines the light on that. >> where is president trump on the rollout? why wasn't he front and center through this whole thing at the briefing? >> i wish he had been out there. i wish it had been he who had rolled this out. i thought mnuchin and cohn did a fine job. but i think you're right. donald trump has to take leadership on this.
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he's got to do a press conference in front of the nation and say this is a very high priority to rebuild our economy and say, look, i want this done by july or august and that's what's going to be needed. some presidential capital to get this done. in answer to how we're going to pay for this is grow this economy. get more growth. >> stephen and alexis and gloria and chris, thank you very much. let's talk about this surreal scene up on capitol hill. you have senators loading up on buses heading to the white house they are going to head into this auditorium for a briefing on north korea. we're on bus watch. we'll take you there, coming up. your insurance company
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right about now, something very unusual is happening in washington. virtually every single united states senator filing onto seven chartered buses and making their
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way from the capitol to the white house grounds for a briefing, just to make sure they are all on the same page, about the standoff with north korea. this usually happens at the capitol in a classified room known as a sciff. critics calling this a dog and pony show. president trump will likely drop by. let's go to jim sciutto. he's standing outside. jim, who do you have? >> reporter: we have senator chris murphy, one of the 100 going up there. do you have any sense before you go that you're going to hear something new about the north korea threat? >> i don't have a sense of what we're going to understand. normally these briefings take place at the capitol where we have a secure facility. i'm not really sure how secure this facility is and whether we'll be able to receive the classified information that we would here. that's concerning to those of us making this trip but obviously the situation is serious to the extent that there is intelligence to share with us to
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explain why the rhetoric has gotten more militaristic than we've heard before, then we want to hear that. >> i've heard from some senators who feel that this is a bit of a dog and a pony show, a show of force, as it were, by bringing you to the white house, to show you how serious the white house is taking this threat. >> i hope there's something substantive here. of course it's a show. these briefings always happen at the capitol. we're being brought there to be briefed by people at the white house who cover it. there's showmanship to this which i worry degrades some of the conversation around the seriousness of the north korean threat. but we're adults. we'll go wherever the president wants us to go to get a briefing. >> admiral harris said today in testimony on the hill that his forces are ready to fight if called upon. is there a real military option
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for dealing with the north korean military threat? >> our forces are always ready to fight and the deterrent cannot be fixed. you know, we really worry that the president doesn't have the ability to do that, with no deputy secretary of state, no one in the white house who has experience working this problem that a diplomatic solution is hard. military threats, sounding tough is icy. hopefully we'll get answers about what our strategy is beyond making these threats. >> final question, because i don't want you to miss the bus, is there something different from the nuclear threat from north korea today that wasn't there a month ago or three months ago or six months ago? >> hopefully we'll learn the answer to that at the white house today but we all see in open source reporting that they are moving and arguably moving pretty fast towards having the
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ability to put these warheads on board an icbm. we don't have a lot of time to waste here. it's going to be a diplomatic path, not a military path that gets this done and hopefully we'll talk about that as well. >> look forward to hearing what you hear. thanks, senator murphy. brooke baldwin, back to you. >> jim sciutto, that was great. thank you. i'm marveling at the onlookers, the tourists on capitol hill mingling with u.s. senators jumping on buses and heading to the white house. when we come back, we have a former secret service agent who will chat with us about how you get 100 senators on these buses and keep them safe and protected down along constitution as they head to the white house for this top secret briefing over at the eisenhower executive office building. how this is supposed to work, coming up next. hey allergy muddlers
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all right. right now, we're back up on live pictures here. this is something you don't ever see on capitol hill. virtually every single united states senator about to get a ride in the form of seven different charter buses and head from capitol hill down to the white house for a major briefing over at the eisenhower executive office building in an auditorium that, for the purposes of today, will become essentially a makeshift sciff, a classified area to talk on north korea. i have sunlen serfaty standing by with one of those senators. we don't want him to miss his ride. sunlen, go ahead. >> reporter: that's right. i'm here with senator chris coons. quickly before you go, tell us what you expect and hope to learn from this briefing today.
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>> i'm hopeful we'll get a thorough briefing on the trump administration's plans for confronting north korea's dangerous nuclear missile and weapons program. there are not a lot of good options and president trump and his national security team are trying to engage our allies in the region, japan and south korea, and to make this more of china's problem than our problem. i'm looking forward to how he hopes to do that and i'm optimistic that this will be a constructive and bipartisan session. >> reporter: last we spoke yesterday, there was a little bit of skepticism and questioning about why this was happening at the white house, why now you guys are loading buses. what are you feeling about that? >> well, in the seven years i've been a senator, every time the administration wanted to give us a classified briefing, they did it over here in a classified setting that we have in the senate for these kinds of briefings. i'm not sure why we're being called to the white house but when the president asks us to come and wants to give us a briefing on an important matter of national security, i think we should go. >> reporter: thank you, senator. i know you need to board that
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bus right now. you heard him. there's been a lot of criticism up here on capitol hill among senate democrats, a lot of showmanship going on here. one democrat telling me this feels like a dog and pony show from the white house but many republicans are talking about the purpose of laying out intelligence and laying out the operations that they have on the table and that's something we heard from john mccain a short time ago. >> i will hear what the president's plans are to address a major challenge to the security of the united states of america which is a nuclear armed north korea with an intercon continue nen tal ballistic missile capability. >> reporter: do you expect to hear a firm strategy coming out of today? >> i know that i will -- there's no such thing as a firm strategy because it depends on what the north koreans do but i will
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certainly hear what our options are and their capabilities are. this is an intelligence briefing. >> what do you think the north korean regime is going to see this as, all of the republicans and democrats going together at the white house? >> i don't know what they will think. what they need to think is that the chinese will stop their economy unless they have a means to deliver it. china is the key to this. >> are you expecting president trump to try to get all 100 on board when he drops by? >> that's not the purpose of the briefing. >> thank you, senator. >> thank you, senator. >> reporter: so there you heard senator mccain who also included
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was senator lindsey graham from south carolina, he defended this briefing earlier today being at the white house rather than being here at the capitol. he said it's a very big deal, something to show how serious this is and that it comes with appropriate symbolism of this important moment with this threat coming from north korea. brooke? >> quickly, sunlen, we heard in that last question to the senator when he comes by, he being the president, i haven't seen anything specific that that's even a definite. do we know? >> i have to tell you, i've spoken to a number of senators and they are all under the expectation that the president will drop by but the white house has been mum on this issue. they say he potentially could drop by but that decision has not been made yet. when i spoke to senators today, they said this is one of the reasons why this is being held here at an executive office building so potentially this could provide an opportunity for
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the president to brief them. brooke? >> sunlen, got it. thank you up there on capitol hill with the senators jumping in their buses and away they go to the white house. when we come back, we'll talk about secret service. how you get these buses full of 100 senators down constitutional avenue and into the white house. the process and what to expect from this meeting and what if the president doesn't drop by? we'll talk about all of that coming up. curity just like the marines did. the process through usaa is so effortless, that you feel like you're a part of the family. i love that i can pass the membership to my children. we're the williams family, and we're usaa members for life.
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back on this up tcoming meeting, the charter buses are taking about 100 u.s. senators down from capitol hill and just across constitution and up
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pennsylvania onto the white house to have this massive discussion perhaps with the president, might there be a drop-by over by the white house on north korea. i have jonathan with me, cnn law enforcement analyst and former secret service agent and chris cillizza is back, our cnn politics reporter and editor at large. on the logistics of this, jonathan, if i may -- not every day, in fact, i don't know when there's been a secret service wise, how do you pull this off? >> members of congress coming to the white house in groups is not uncommon. it's something that both the capitol police and secret service work very closely on. now, taking -- >> 12, 13, 14, 15. >> sure. >> there is a the congressional picnic where you have members coming from capitol hill down to the whoite house. the key factor here is
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coordination and logistics between two very great law enforcement agencies, the secret service and the capitol police, working to ensure that all the members of the senate are protected from portal to portal, meaning from capitol hill to the white house and then back so there's a lot of coordination that goes into that. there's screening, the motorcade route and then, more importantly, once everyone is together on the white house grounds, what do you do if there's a tactical situation if someone attacks the white house, comes over the northern fence line, happens all the time, what do you do with members of the senate? what happens if there's a medical issue or if you have to relocate or get everybody out? these things don't -- you know, don't happen quickly. they take a lot of coordination and there's a lot of joj jlogis. it's defining that on the front end between service and capitol police on how to execute during
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those emergency situations. >> and also, i keep throwing around this acronym scif. it's a secure room, right? >> exactly. >> where you hae classified briefings? >> exactly. >> apparently it's some auditorium in the eisenhower executive building that they are turning into a scif. i see the look on your face. >> i know the facility. listen, it comes down to technical security countermeasures. what they are looking to do is ensure conversations had within that location are not susceptible to eavesdropping, you know, electronic surveillance, et cetera. the secret service has a very, very comprehensive program on how to make locations secure. now, in this instance, i don't know how they are doing it, nor should we be talking about how they're going to do it. if you think about how the president travels around the world, these temporary locations are set up everywhere. >> uh-huh. >> so here we're -- we're at the white house.
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it's a secure complex. >> uh-huh. >> the secret service in conjunction with military partners are going to ensure that conversations or documents reviewed by the senators are not susceptible to foreign espionage. >> okay. chris cillizza, a couple of questions for you now. let me just begin with -- listen, i don't know how many cameras cnn has. a lot of networks have cameras on capitol hill, at the route, at the gate of the white house and i know the president is a tv guy. he knows how to get eyeballs on the tv screen. i know critics are calling this a dog and pony show. how do you see it? >> i've now worked longer in this town than i'd like to admit, despite my youthful appearance. >> so youthful. >> but i have not seen something like this. yes, there are motorcades all the time but packing on to tour
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buses and escorted down a long way with no traffic to the white house. do i think that the show of it appealed to donald trump? you bet 1,000 percent. i also think them, the world's greatest deliberative body all coming to him in his home also appealed to him. now, to your point, you made this point about is trump going to come and say hello? i guarantee you that 99, maybe all 100 of those senators will be annoyed. i think they are already annoyed because this same group of people are going to be briefing house members later today on capitol hill so the question is why did the senators need to come to donald trump? they are going to the house members so that will be an annoyance. my guess is he will spend some amount of time.
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people who deal every day with respect to spending time in congress in his white house. those people have to tell him, look, if you're going to bring all 100 folks here, you had better show some face. >> yep. yep. making all this effort. >> yes. >> you've got to have a little something. chris cillizza, as always, thank you. so useful in washington and jonathan wackrow, thank you. this involves the fate of the republican effort to repeal and replace obamacare. how about this, we're now hearing of a breakthrough as the clock is ticking towards the president's 100th day this saturday. stay here. people confuse nice and kind but they're different... nice tells you what you want to hear. but kind is honest. this bar is made with cranberries and almonds. so, guess what? we call it cranberry almond. give kind a try.
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. more breaking news on capitol hill today but this has nothing to do with buses. this has everything to do with health care. house freedom caucus members say they are ready to get the ball rolling again. phil mattingly is all over this, our cnn correspondent up there on the hill. what are the changes that the
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conservatives have said "yes" to? >> reporter: this is what they have fought for and why it's they've refused to get on board. basically, what they got -- and there's an amendment now that they have said that they will support as a group. that's 80% of the three dozen members. it gives states the ability to apply for waivers through two crucial regulations. it's something that covers mandatorily doctor visits, ambulance visits, maternity care. if states prove that they can opt out of that. they have community rating also. it's an important piece of obamacare. it basically says individuals can't be discriminated against costwise on insurance plans. instead, they have to do it as an entire group or community. based on this bill, the opt-out would be based on a state having a risk pool.
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while those are the changes in play, the moderates are not on board yet. i just came from a closed door meeting. they are not sold on this plan yet. it's a positive step forward but we're far from out of the woods in this process. it will keep going, brooke. >> and cover it, you will. phil, thank you so much. next, the u.s. senators are now arriving at the white house for this briefing on north korea in this rare, surreal scene. we've got that for you. also, the white house today laying out the president's new tax cut proposal which is raising a lot of questions. we'll get into exactly what was discussed there today at the briefing. coming up, you're watching cnn's special live coverage.
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be. >> the music will always remind us that it is possible. >> somebody's got to put this into words and emotions. that is what anthem's are made of "soundtracks, " songs that define history, tomorrow on cnn at 10:00 p.m. breaking news here on cnn, i'm brooke baldwin, thank you for being with me. at any moment now, a high intrigue, high-stakes meeting at the white house is set to begin. virtually every single united states senator is being bussed in from capitol hill to attend this briefing on north korea. this is the scene you don't often see in washington. let's go to jim sciutto. he's our cnn chief national security correspondent who's been there as the buses have now zoomed away. first, jim, can you just speak to the rarity that you have essentially 100 senators hopping