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ready to of your back pain? new icyhot lidocaine patch. desensitizes aggravated nerves with the max strength lidocaine available. new icyhot lidocaine patch. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." thanks for being with me. i'm ana cabrera in new york. it may have been meant as a spoof, but about eight hours after "the new york post" released this cover depicting the trump white house as a game of survivor the tribe had spoken. the white house chief of staff reince priebus was out. john kelly was in. and the questions of who can outspin and outlast just continue. priebus is just the latest in a string of departures to rock the administration. take a look at this. cnn learns that the president also sought opinions about whether to keep another figure
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still walking the halls of west wing. chief strategist steve bannon. and sources tell cnn that the president was convinced getting rid of the former bright bart might hurt him with the base so he stays. and jeff sessions, there will be holy hell to pay if he's pushed out. what could priebus's departure mean for those congressional republicans? >> well, you said it, ana, this is one less link between the rnc the establishment and the white house. not only with sean spicer leaving about a week ago and now priebus. the link between the rnc and the white house is greatly diminished. it comes as you said during the week where that the president is attacking members of his own party on twitter for the failure to repeal and replace obamacare and going after his attorney
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general, jeff sessions, who's a beloved member of the gop. taking a step back to the administration though, one of the criticisms that we have heard about reince priebus especially from new white house communications director anthony scaramucci is that he's too cozy with the press. earlier this week, scaramucci made the accusation that reince priebus was leaking information potentially hazardous to the president to reporters. wolf blitzer got a chance to ask reince priebus about this. listen to his response. >> are you the leaker in the white house? >> that's ridiculous, wolf. come on. i won't get -- >> why not respond -- >> because i'm not going to. because it doesn't honor the president. i'm going to honor the president every day. i'm going to honor his agenda. and i'm going to honor our country. i'm not going to get into all of this personal stuff. so -- >> is this a leaking problem in the white house based on what you have seen? >> yeah, i think that general kelly should see if he can get to the bottom of it and figure it out.
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>> one of the other criticisms that we have heard from those closest to the president about reince priebus is that he tried to contain the president so to speak. so now with his departure we can likely see more of what anthony scaramucci said a week ago during his first press conference as director of the white house communications office. letting trump be trump. ana? >> i guess that's assuming that john kelly doesn't try to contain the president. we'll see. john kelly now takes over for priebus starting monday. we're learning talk to me about what we know about kelly, how he may have a different dynamic with the president versus priebus. >> yeah. secretary-general john kelly is the head of the department of homeland security right now. he have's a four star general, a retired marine corps general. more than 50 years of military service. he sacrificed quite a bit for his country. his son robert michael kelly was killed in action in afghanistan
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in 2010. this is someone that's spent his life in service of the country and he's someone that's seen as a potentially stabilizing force for a white house that has been at the very least you can say in dysfunction recently. >> boris sanchez, thank you. with kelly as the new chief of staff, speculation is now brewing over who takes over his old gig at the department of homeland security. one name that has come up embattled attorney general jeff sessions. the same man that the president has shamed for recusing himself from the russian investigation. lindsey graham is pushing back on this idea. sessions had a new role, tweeting this. ag jeff sessions has a good ring to it. highly qualified, committed to the rule of law. tough on crime and fiercely independent. dhs jeff sessions, doesn't sound right. doesn't feel right. bad idea. let me bring in cnn political analyst, ron brownstein. and cnn political comment tatser
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and former chief of staff to reince priebus, mike shields. welcome back, mike. is this the way for trump to solve a couple of big problems, this idea of jeff sessions maybe moving into a different role, getting an attorney general then who has not recused himself and could fire special counsel mueller and then appease the conservative base that has rallied behind sessions? >> yeah, real quick i want to do go back to something that boris said. i think it's worth remembering that chairwoman rhonda mcdaniel was chosen by president trump and i think the connections there are very strong. as reince moves out of the white house he will advise the white house on the rnc he built. i don't know where this rumor came from. i don't know if it's an official thing or another leak. i think it's a nonstarter. i don't believe that attorney general sessions will be at dhs. i don't know that he wants to go there. i don't think that he -- you
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know, if the senate is sort of telling him they won't confirm him, maybe it was a trial balloon being launched. i don't see this being happened. >> there's nothing officially from the white house saying this is what the president is planning to do? that is very important to know. but ron clearly this idea is out that we have lindsey graham even tweeting about it. but sessions has made pretty clear how he feels about the criticism he endured from the president this week. let's listen. >> it's kind of hurtful, but the president of the united states is a strong leader. i serve at the pleasure of the president. >> yes. >> and if he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so and i would be glad to yield in that circumstance. no doubt about it. >> is the president of the united states who put out the questions of sessions' fate this week, through all of the tweets, the comments he made about how unhappy he was and disappointed he was with sessions, what are
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the chances sessions would take another job at another agency inside this administration should this rumor turn into reality? >> look, if you go back to square one last fall, blank piece of paper it's a certain fit. people were discussing jeff sessions for that job originally because on immigration he was the member of congress closest to the hard line restrictionist views that president trump talked about in the campaign now it's tied to the russian investigation. unlike paul ryan who essentially shrugged his shoulders when asked about removing sessions as attorney general, i think the republicans have sent a clear signal. chuck grassley has said he's not holding hearings on a replacement for jeff sessions. and obviously lindsey graham and others have warned that this could be the beginning of the end of the trump presidency if he tries to move him out as a first step toward firing the
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special counsel. so i think the senate republicans have set a very clear red line. there's no guarantee that the president won't cross that red line. but there's no doubt that he has been kind of made aware of significant consequences of going down this road. >> mike, i want to come back to the latest shakeup, the chief of staff turnover. let's talk about reince priebus. you know him very well personally. you were his chief of staff and in priebus' exit interview he only had positive things to say about the president and his replacement. let's listen. >> and this not like a situation where there's a bunch of ill will feelings. this is -- i think good for the president. i think it's smart for him to pick general kelly and i think that things are going to be run very well. >> do you believe him, mike? >> well, yeah, i know it's true. you know, look, let's look at what reince was able to accomplish. when left the rnc the party is
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electorally stronger than it has ever been in the history of the party so it's a major accomplishment for him. he has deep connections with the republican donors, he has deep connections with the republican grass roots across the country and that's why the president wanted him at his side and i believe reince said they talked about, hey, if you want to go in a different direction and you don't need a chief of staff that has the skill set that i have, then it's like changing out a picture. you bring someone else in, and reince would be glad to leave. so he went and resigned because the president was moving to a different place. so i believe that he was very supportive of general kelly coming in and they had talked about that. so yes, reince -- i know he -- i believe him because i know he's telling the truth. >> so you think he's happy with this decision? did you have something you wanted to add there, ron? >> i do. i think like the job -- first of all, it's debatable whether he resigned, mike. you know, a lot of discussion about whether it was resigned or pushed. it doesn't matter. 's kind of in the -- it's kind of in the gray area. but the job of the chief of
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staff in the white house is a two faced job. you are the chief operating officer and you're required to build a process that produces the ability for the administration to consider its policy options in a structured and rational way and general kelly will probably be good at that. but he has a president who simply does not want to abide in the boundaries and there are limits to how much structure you can put in the white house with donald trump at the helm of it. but the other half of the job is as a prime minister. the best chiefs of staffs have been legislative tacticians as well. you think of jim baker and rahm emanuel when they passed health care. the health care bill was you know a spectacular flameout, tax reform is a complex minefield. on that front it's hard to imagine that general kelly is going to be that useful because it simply has not been his world throughout his adult life. >> on that point, the president is tweeting about his agenda today.
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he says unless the republican senators are total quitters repeal and replace is not dead. demand another vote before voting on any other bill. to you, mike, it doesn't sound like the president is real happy with the current way things are going in terms of getting his agenda accomplished. >> well, they picked the hardest thing to start off with and i think it's worth remembering that obamacare itself wasn't passed until after august. reagan didn't get the tax cut passed until august. i don't think this is actually president trump's signature legislative goal. i think infrastructure -- >> remember on the campaign trail when the president said this would be easy? >> well, yeah. okay. certainly it is harder than people have said on the campaign trail. i think we can all acknowledge that. but the fact of the matter is, i don't think it's over. i think every time one of the stumbling blocks in the legislative process, oh, it's dead, we're not doing this anymore. for the last eight years, washington had never -- hadn't
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seen any legislating. we don't remember what it's like to go into the sausage factory and watch this sausage being made. it is difficult stuff. i don't think it's over because health care policy in this country is very, very -- the obamacare bill is a disaster. i mean, the premium increases that are going to happen again in october are going to bring this right back to the forefront. our elected officials are asked to do something about it. so the president's right. he's not giving up on this and we're going to keep going back to the legislators again and the congress until they do something about it. >> you know -- >> last word. >> i would agree it's not over. i think there's more attempts but i think what we have learned here that it is more difficult than republicans expected to take away coverage from 20 million people, particularly when so many of them are republican constituencies. look at the key state that decided the election, michigan, ohio, wisconsin, iowa, pennsylvania. the biggest loser in this bill
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are working old adults and they mostly vote republican. medicaid -- the politics of medicaid have been transformed by moving it to lower middle constituencies, mostly vote republican in the interior of the country. i think whatever happens next this has become intertwined in a way that's benefitting a lot of republican constituencies including rural hospitals and communities on the front lines of the opioid crisis. no way around that. for whatever comes next. >> gentlemen, thank you. coming up, russia retaliates from american diplomats sent packing to diplomatic properties seized. how the kremlin is now punching back at u.s. sanctions. the president hasn't even okayed. plus terrifying test. north korea says the entire u.s. is now within striking range. what do the experts say? ♪ this is a story about mail and packages.
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after some uncertainty the white house says president trump will sign a new russia sanctions bill. the proposal penalizes russian for meddling in the 2016 election and it makes it harder for president trump to ease those penalties without congressional approval. russia's already retaliating saying it will seize u.s. diplomatic properties like this warehouse and demanding that the u.s. remove some of its diplomatic staff from the country. cnn's michelle kosinski has more. >> reporter: tonight, russia is ordering u.s. diplomats out of the country. capping the number allowed to stay behind at 455. the same number of russian diplomats in the u.s. according to russia's foreign ministry. russia seizing two u.s. properties. a weekend retreat outside of moscow and a warehouse used by diplomats. the russian foreign ministry asks sarcastically on facebook
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makes your blood runs cold. this is like what president obama did after he kicked out 35 russian diplomats believed to be intelligence operatives giving them 72 hours to leave and shutting down two sprawling estates in maryland and new york. infuriating russia which has been openingly threatening retaliation for months. >> it looks like the kremlin is giving up the idea that there's a reset under president trump. >> what put them over the edge -- if bipartisan show of force passing new sanctions against russia and preventing the white house from easily lifting them. the white house hasn't indicated if the president will veto the bill but it will be overwritten by congress. the foreign ministry is blasting the u.s. extremely hostile foreign policy, hiding behind the sense of superiority.
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foreign minister lavrov told rex tillerson by phone that russia has shown restraint but was forced to take actions after the provocations including the sanctions. just yesterday vladimir putin lamented the state of the relationship to cnn. >> it's a great pity. but we are seeing is merely anti-russian hysteria. >> congress usually takes a long longer to lift sanctions than to impose them. they may remain on for years until they're lifted. that may affect the change in the russian behavior. >> and a source tells cnn they're trying to find out who will be impacted and according to russia state tv there are currently 1200 u.s. diplomatic employees in russia right now. so that means as many as 4 -- rather 745 could be forced out.
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let's discuss with steve hall. also a retired cia chief of russia operations. so steve, how will this seizing of u.s. diplomatic properties and forcing all the people to leave affect as we see the sensitive u.s. operations in russia? >> well, it's a little bit of a quid pro quo. this is how these things are done. i was actually surprised that putin and the kremlin didn't immediately expel png, declare persona non grata our diplomats after the obama administration did this. how it will impact, i mean, when you have less people on the ground to do the work, whatever kind of work it is, diplomatic or otherwise, it will have a bit of a chilling effect. it will make it harder. but really we didn't have any choice. because what the russians would like you to think and they take advantage of our western optimism and sense of fair play. what the russians want us to think is look you kicked out and did something nasty to 35 of our
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folks and seized two of our facilities so we'll doe the same to you. the problem is what they'd like you to conveniently forget we did it for a reason. they attacked our electoral procedure. one of the bulwarks of our democracy. >> do you have any idea what role these people have currently in russia? >> the people that they're threatening -- >> that they would kick out, who are they? >> this is the part that's a little interesting in this because usually the russians will be very reciprocal. we kicked 35 out, they kicked 35 out. this time they played it differently and we have to see how the math adds up. look, we'll demand that the same amount of american diplomats are present as there are russian diplomats in the united states. it's unclear as to why they would do that and normally what they would do, they would identify similar people, the 35 that we expelled were primarily my guess is intelligence officers so they would probably look to do the same. instead they're approaching it differently from a numbers
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perspective. it's not entirely clear to me how they're manipulating those numbers or why they're doing it that way. but i can guarantee you it's because they see it as an advantage to them. it depends on who they finally decide to expel. >> you talked about the impetus for initially kicking out their own personnel here in the u.s. using their diplomatic facilities. today, president trump retweeted a fox and friends story claiming it showed russia was actually against him in last year's election. is there any evidence of that? >> not that i can see. i mean, this is -- it's a little scary to me because that type of move is directly out of putin's playbook. you deny anything and make big counteraccusations in the opposite. everything that we heard candidate trump talk about, possibly lifting sanctions. the obsolescence of nato. you know, maybe the folks in crimea wanted to be part of russia. that would have played very, very well in vladimir putin's ear.
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if you had to choose a candidate back then and you're vladimir putin you're going to choose trump. you're not going to choose the hawk like hillary clinton under the circumstances. >> do you think this russia sanctions bill in congress essentially tying trump's hands is sending the message to putin that president trump is not in control of policy when its comes to russia? >> you know, it's interesting because whenever you try to figure out what's going on between vladimir putin's ears or really in any senior kremlin's official mind when they look at our system it's difficult to understand how that translates. i mean, it's remarkable from our perspective, right, that the congress is actually tying the president's hands in this regard. because they're concerned that he might be soft on russia. whether or not that translates in moscow to, well, this president is going to be a weak president, i mean, i think all of us understand it's how our system works, it's checks and balances and how the government works. all of that is completely alien to putin so it's hard to think
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how he'll interpret that. >> all right. thank you. >> sure. coming up, nuclear threat, north korea claims its missiles can hit major u.s. cities. what's the reality? we'll get a report next. who wants ice creeaaaaaam!? so that's how you get them to listen. take on summer right with ford, america's best-selling brand. now with summer's hottest offer. get zero percent for seventy-two months plus an additional thousand on top of your trade-in. during the ford summer sales event get zero percent for seventy-two months plus an additional thousand on top of your trade-in. offer ends soon.
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let's talk north korea now. the second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in a month and now that say they can strike the main land u.s. they say it's more advanced than the one launched on july 4th. this launch travelled some 2,300 miles high before landing in waters off japan. now, missile experts say if the north korean missile were fired on a more standard trajectory, it could hit major u.s. cities like los angeles, denver, even chicago. we are joined from tokyo and christy, can pyongyang's claims
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be verified? >> reporter: you know, ana, it's such a bold and unsettling declaration from pyongyang. the stern warning at the united states, but let's fact check. missile experts tell cnn if this icbm was fired at a flatter trajectory it can meet major cities like los angeles, denver and chicago and there's the key issue of payload. the heavier the payload on missile the shorter the range of the missile and at this moment we don't know what the payload was or how much or how much it weighed on the icbm that was launched. officials here in japan across the region are trying to assess this new reality, the launch of a second icbm by pyongyang. it landed 120 miles off the coast of northwest japan and it represents progress in north korea's weapons development. it was a rare night time launch and it travelled higher and
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sunday. and according to legal documents several days later, tuesday night a little after 9:00, authorities on the ship were summoned to the cabin and what they saw was a deceased woman on the floor. her head having a severe trauma. a lot of blood and blood on several items in the room. according to the affidavit, kenneth had blood on his hands, blood on his clothes. what may be a pivotal witness stepped forward shortly after that saying he had asked kenneth when he saw the scene himself what happened and kenneth allegedly said she wouldn't stop laughing at me. dh the witness also stated to authorities he saw kenneth dragging his wife out to a balcony area on the ship. dh, the witness, told authorities he dragged her, the victim, by her ankles, back into the cabin. authorities arrested kenneth.
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he's being held in juneau, alaska. his attorney has asked for a change of venue. we have reached out to the public defender, no call back at this moment. but she worked for sotheby's and they have issued a statement saying she was a devoted mother and tried to balance her work life with raising her children. a very sad story all the way around. ana, back to you. >> what a story. thank you. coming up, mccain's maverick moment. we picked apart every frame of this dramatic surreal 19 seconds when the senator voted against the obamacare repeal. wait till you see this.
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welcome back. you're in the "cnn newsroom." it is being called mccain's maverick moment. the arizona senator who is battling brain cancer cast that decisive vote that sank republican efforts to repeal obamacare. what you may not have seen is the reactions from everyone in that room when he did it. cnn's brook baldwin gives us a frame by frame look. watch. >> reporter: 1:29 a.m. senator america cane re-enters the chamber. and senator mitch mcconnell stood at the front of the room. the grin on his face quickly disappears. senator bernie sanders appears to nudge senator jeanne shaheen as if to say, watch this. mccain waves his hand to get the attention of the senate clerk, pauses for just a moment. and he gives a dramatic thumbs down. audible gasps on the senate
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floor. and then commotion. some democrats can't contain their excitement. senator elizabeth warren leans in to get a better look and breaks into applause. senator dianne feinstein a single assertive clap. senator sharrod brown, slams his hand on the desk in affirmation. while some republicans like senator marco rubio stare in disbelief. senator bill cassidy drops his head. senate minority leader chuck schumer turns and waves his arms apparently trying to quiet them. as senator john mccain turns around and walks back to his chamber desk all alone. >> mr. reed? >> our thanks for that play-by-play. let's bring in our panel, jeffrey lord and host of the
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dean about adaallo show, dean. this is a lightning round. dean, to give you the ground rules here you have 30 seconds for each answer. when your time is up, you'll hear this sound. [ buzzer ] okay. let the games begin. >> i don't even need 30 seconds to crush jeffrey lord's talking points so let's go. >> we'll give jeffrey the start here. you're up first, jeffrey. that action by senator mccain what's your take, did he kill once and for all the republican effort to repeal and replace obamacare? >> well, i don't think so. i think it will come back in some fashion. but you know, this was the best opportunity i mean, the thing is senator mccain campaign against doing what he just did and he said, i didn't tell you the truth. >> all right. dean, your answer? >> i think this is a great profile in courage. this was john mccain plus susan
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collins and lisa murkowski standing up and saying i don't want to see millions of americans lose their health insurance, i don't want to see medicaid gutted to 35% of the benefits gone, some the elderly suffer. disabled children depend on it. families depend on it. this was a great profile in courage and mike pence and donald trump tried to break john mccain on the floor of the senate, they couldn't. the man spent 5 1/2 years in a p.o.w. camp, you can't break him, i applaud him. >> so the obamacare failure to repeal, that came in the same day we saw the resignation of reince priebus. came just a day after communications director anthony scaramucci went on that profanity laced rant about priebus. i want to show you a photo of those two gentlemen in the oval office. got a lot of attention here. dean, take a look at this. when you look at the picture, what do you see? >> i see a great new reality show that combines select
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apprentice and jersey shore. being half italian i'm team scaramucci. i'm biased on the whole thing here. look, there's fighting in the white house. it didn't begin with scaramucci. it began early on. steve bannon fighting with reince priebus and family members fighting. it is like a reality show except the stakes are really high. i fear the biggest loser in all of this is we the people. i hope they get their act together for the good of the united states of america. >> jeffrey, your take? >> nothing is dramatic. there's been fighting in the white house before the white house was built when thomas jefferson and alexander hamilton were the scaramucci and priebus of the washington administration and poor george was driven crazy. these folks are there in every white house. you're going to see it now. you'll see it again. and sometimes it can be productive and sometimes not. >> now, during a rally in ohio this week, the president made the point to his supporters that the american people don't need him to be more presidential. and that if he thought that was required he would do it. let's listen.
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>> sometimes they say he doesn't act presidential. and i say, hey, look, great schools, smart guy. it's so easy to act presidential. with the exception of the late great abraham lincoln, i can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office. >> jeffrey, more presidential than anyone except abe lincoln. more than anyone? >> after 45 presidents i think we're starting to reinvent the definition of presidential. each of these people are their own individuals. they're all different from one another. and this is the trump presidency, the american people wanted it. they voted for it. they're getting it. let trump be trump. >> dean? >> can i use all of jeffrey's
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time, he barely uses his time. jeffrey is right. 3 million less american wanted donald trump than wanted hillary clinton on that fact there. this is donald trump. donald trump's not going to change. he's 71 years old. he's had success in his life being this guy. unfortunately for the rest of us in this country who would like to a thoughtful, informed president who makes us proud we won't have it. we'll have donald trump the reality show host who is literally running the white house and the administration like a reality show. i had leeza gibbens on my show, he'd pit them against each other and throw a grenade in the room and let them fight. he's running the government like a reality show. >> speaking of reality shows, we still don't know what outgoing press secretary sean spicer will do, but look at this courtesy of page 6. "dancing with the stars," sean spicer. what do you think any chance
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that could happen? >> in this -- yes. in the world we live in today, anything. he could be on the deadliest catch next week. the line between celebrity and politician are completely intertwined. the one upside of the nice thing about trump we don't hear about the kardashians anymore. there's the upside because everything is donald trump from politics to pop culture. he sucked all the oxygen out. so sean spicer on "dancing with the stars," perfect. >> i think dean has a point there. this is going on for some time says the guy who worked for the first movie actor president. you have had a movie actor, another movie actor as governor of california. was fred grandy from "love boat", kid rock wants to be the next u.s. senator from michigan. this is where we're headed. i think this is where we have been for a few decades so the more the merrier. >> all right. bonus question, you have been so succin succinct. there was the speech to the
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politics, became political. and scaramucci went on that verbal rant of priebus. we always wonder will anything stick with this particular president? are there any long >> well, i think to some degree, they used to call ronald reagan the at the time lon president and we are seeing here is another one of those. people want serious things done. i think the failure of obamacare, and repeal obamacare, that's serious. some of the other things are just fluff, and i don't think they will stick at all. >> dean? >> i think that the reality his approval ratings show donald trump at near record lows around 39% average right now. what's going to happen is republicans closer to midterms won't stick their neck out for donald trump, and it will stop. we have a lame duck president at this time, which again, even eto i'm partisan, is not good for the united states of america. we at least need bipartisan
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work, and jeffrey, i hope you will join me. expand eligibility. all americans, health care. let's finally do it. >> that ends our session. >> are there any prizes? i did pretty good. can you shore our answers? nothing? >> i'm definitely not scorekeeper. i'm just the ring leader. >> we need judges. >> we'll have you back. that was a lot of fun. thank you for your thoughtful discussion. >> reagan is back. >> coming up -- the viewers should be the judges is what my producers just said. tweet us who won that round. coming up, did the president find hid mini me? jeanne moos on who loves the president so much he steals his signs. >> we're going to win so much -- >> we're going to get tired of winning. >> we're going to get tired of winning. >> you're going to get so sick and tired of winning.
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is helping them, go to, and while you are there, nominate someone you think should be a cnn hero. whit comes to george clooney, he says he is not taking it anymore. what is pushing hip over the edge? pictures of his 7-week-old twins with his wife, amal. they were posted on the cover of a magazine, and he released this statement saying, quote, over the last week, photographers from "voici" magazine, scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took photos, and they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. the safety of our children demands it. no comment from the magazine. new white house communications director, anthony scaramucci has only been in the job a few days, but we have lost count of the times he has professed his love for his boss.
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here's jeanne moos. >> he won't have to scrounge for a nickname. >> the mooch. >> the mooch. >> reporter: stephen colbert said it 13 times. >> the mooch. >> the mooch. >> reporter: in a nine-minute segment about the new white house communications director -- >> the mooch is ready to smooch. >> reporter: smooch the president's behind. >> i love the president. i love the president. i love the guy. i love the president. >> reporter: let us count the ways -- >> in the way i know i love him. >> reporter: but scaramucci isn't saving all his love for the president. he has got love left over for sean spicer. >> and i love the guy. >> reporter: for other white house staffers -- >> i love the hair and makeup person that we had. >> reporter: tweeted one critic, is there anyone anywhere, or anything you do not love? next thing he'll say he loves the fandango. ♪ actually, scar mouch is a clown
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character not yet danced at the white house. he may not be a bohemian, but he raps diazs about love. he uses the same line as the president. >> we're going to win so much -- >> we're going to win so much. >> you're going to get tired of winning. >> you're going to get tired of winning. >> we're going to win so much. >> we're going to get so tired of winning. >> reporter: they don't just talk the same. the mooch himself retweeted this bit from "the daily show," even when he merely likes someone, his feelings grow as he speaks. i like the team. let me rephrase that. i love the team. he is the very whibarry white o white house. right down to blowing the press a kiss. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks for staying with us.
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i'll see you back here in one hour live in the cnn news room. "smerconish" starts right now. ♪ i'm michael smerconish in philadelphia. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. the president up early this morning, a barrage of tweets blaming democrats for his problems and encouraging the gop to challenge the filibuster rules. meanwhile, the revolving doors in the white house keep turning. just one week after sean spicer resigned, reince priebus is out as chief of staff. >> i think he was right to hit the reset button. >> i think bring in fresh face. i think bring in fresh people is a good thing. >> he's gone, after just 189 days.


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