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i use herpecin, it penetrates deep to treat. it soothes, moisturizes, and creates an spf 30 barrier, to protect against flare-ups caused by the sun. herpecin l. hello, everyone. it's 11:00 on the east coast. welcome this saturday. we're following major developments on two huge stories today. first the latest in the russia investigation. white house national security adviser h.r. mcmaster saying today evidence of russian interference in the 2016 election is now indisputable. >> as can you see with the fbi indictment, the evidence is
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incontrovertible and available in the public domain. >> this after the special counsel handle down 13 new indictments to russians charged with attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. the 37 page indictment describes an unprecedented campaign by russia to support trump, zpar g disparage hillary clinton. >> the defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the united states with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general. >> the intelligence community pouring cold water on the president's claims the investigation is a hoax or a witchunt. and new developments on the florida school shooting that left 17 people dead. cnn learned exclusively that the confessed shooter was part of a
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private group chat that shows he was obsessed with race, violence, and guns. plus a shocking admission by the fbi. someone called the agency's tip line january 5th, 41 days before the shooting, to report that the confessed shooter wanted to kill people but nobody at the bureau followed up. let's get straight to cnn's abby philip. abby, what are you hearing from the white house on all of this? >> well, good morning, fred. those 13 indictments show as h.r. mcmaster said this morning that there is undisputable proof that russians meddled in the election and intended to sew discord in the election. but what we're hearing from the white house yesterday and today is a one word -- or two words, no collusion. the president and the white house repeating this ad nauseam really in the wake of the indictments. the president tweeted yesterday just shortly after the indictments came out saying that the russian -- that russia
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started the anti-u.s. campaign in 2014, long before i announced i would run for president. the results of the election were not impacted. the trump campaign did nothing wrong. no collusion. sarah huckabee sanders put out a statement. the president is only partly right in the tweet. yes, the russians did begin this effort in 2014. but in 2016 according to the indictment, their objectives shifted slightly and they were ordered to help trump by boosting him in social media posts and in other ways. and disparage hillary clinton. and also, as deputy attorney general rod rosenstein said in the press conference yesterday, these particular indictments do not say anything about these russians and their actions having a direct effect on the outcome of the election or that americans were willingly participating in this effort. however, the robert mueller continues with his investigation and the special counsel probe is
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turning on. it did not end yesterday. we don't know where that is going to go next. >> all right. abby philip, thank you so much. let's talk more about post 13 indictments now. let's bring in cnn's senior international correspondent matthew chance in moscow. so matthew, what more can you tell us about these people who have been indictmented and most people believe they will never actually be prosecuted in the u.s. but what can you tell us about them? >> i think that's probably a fair assumption. russia constitutionally is not able to extradite its own citizens to other countries to face prosecution. and it certainly wouldn't do so with individuals that have -- that are so close to this sort of corridors of power in this country and so close to the kremlin. foremost among the 13 indicted russian national is yevgeny prigozhin. he is putin's chef because he owns a catering company that has the contract to provide the food to the kremlin and other things.
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and he owns a load of other companies as well, some of which carry out very controversial tasks on behalf of the kremlin such as a private military company called wagner which provides forces to fight in eastern ukraine and in syria as well. and so he's a deeply controversial figure who's got very rich from his close contacts with vladimir putin. he is also the figure who is believed to bank roll, and this is what the indictment says, bank roll the internet research agency. and that is the formal title. what we know it as is the kremlin troll factory in st. petersburg that has done so much over the past couple of years to, you know, insert itself with its paid pro kremlin bloggers into internet chat rooms. it's organized, you know, protests on the streets of the united states to try to forment rebellion and chaos in the
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society and in the political system there. and again, yevgeny prigozhin has been indicted in this indictment is the person who is believed to have bank rolled that. and so these are key figures who are involved in the allegations of meddling by russia in the u.s. election. >> so reaction from the oligarchs and then how about from the kremlin? >> yes. there is reaction first of all from prigozhin. he said i don't care about being on this list. americans believe what they want to believe. they want to see the devil, i'm paraphrasing him, then let them see the devil, dismissing the allegations against him. serg sergei laverov was challenged. they deny it. take a listen to what the foreign minister had to say earlier. >> translator: i have no response. you can publish anything and we
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see those indictments multiplying, the statements multiplying. and i also read the statement from madam montra, i believe that is correct. she is the adviser to the security head and the u.s. who denied the reports that any country has influenced the election results and the same was said by mike pence just recently here or maybe another european capital. so until we see the facts, everything else is just blabber. >> so denials not an xpe unexpectedly from the russian officials. the nakt this indictment sets out in detail the means by which it's believed russia meddled in the u.s. political system. i mean the detail of the indictment is really fascinating
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to read. >> all right. matthew chance, thank you so much. we'll get behind the kind of how to in all of this much later on. so as we said, president trump's national security adviser is responding to the indictments and contradicting the president's claim that russia cyber meddled and all of that is a hoax. speaking at a security conference in germany, h.r. mcmaster told the audience this. >> as you can see with the fbi indictment, the evident is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain. why wr whereas in the past it was difficult to attribute for a couple reasons. first of all, it was technically difficult. also you didn't want to divulge your intelligence capabilities. knew this is in the arena of a law enforcement investigation, it's going to be very apparent to everyone. but the second reason where i think russia may re-evaluate
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what it's been doing is because it's just not working. >> all right. let's discuss all of this and more with my panel joining me right now. ron brownstein, a senior political analyst and editor for "the atlantic," james cavalano, retired fbi supervisory special agent and sarah westwood for "the washington examiner" g to see all of you. ron, let me begin with you. the president's own national security adviser now saying these indictments prove russia interfeared in t interfeared in the election. is this enough for the president to admit russia meddled? >> not entirely. i think he'll go back and forth as he's done repeatedly. this does explode the argument that it do have been the chinese or a 400 pound hacker sitting on their bed in new jersey. the meeting after putin where he said he believed putin is sincere. this is a direct hit on all of those arguments. i think that it is a reminder
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of -- a central truth of this investigation is that we don't know what robert mueller knows. the one thing we know is that he knows a lot more than we do. and his capacity to constantly surprise washington with the depth and specificity of the information that he is able to bring forward is striking. i think becomes very difficult to imagine firing him or the president attempting to fire him after this. i mean how would republicans on capitol hill defend the idea of firing a special counsel who is knee deep in investigating such a comprehensive foreign adversary's attempt to influence our elections? >> and the deputy a.g. yesterday rod rosenstein, the details he made in direct reference to this indictment. so there is an inflens therence is more. so this indictment says the russians communicated with unwitting trump campaign associates. the president says these indictments in his view show that there was no collusion.
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is that the conclusion that should be made here? >> we need to proceed with an baundance of caution. we're all trying to read the judicial tea leaves here and knowing robert mueller and shou shrewed he is as an investigator and how his investigations are always kept airtight, they don't include leaks. we have to be careful. let's look at what we have here. a lot of people are trying to figu read into what rod rose enstein's words meant yesterday. you referenced the word unwitting. now we know that for something to be charged as a crime, there has to be two things. the actual criminal act and the criminal mind. that is where you get intent. and that's why obstruction of justice and perjury and something like collusion which is not a crime but that is why those things are so difficult, so difficult to prove.
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you have to prove intent. now here's what we have thus far. we have two folks that have plead guilty to lying to the fbi. we have manifort and gates that plead guilty to conspiracy that involve shady business dealings but nothing that vofdz american citizens relating to an underlying scheme. that doesn't mean it's not forthcoming and it doesn't mean this is us heading to the conclusion of this russia investigation. >> right. and still unclear whether it is related or not. coincidentally, this also happening while you had a plea agreement. you know, being shaped with former adviser rick gates. okay. so we hear from the president all the time hohn this. but just as a reminder this is how the president has seen this russia investigation and the kind of word choices he has associated with it. listen. >> the russia story is a total fabrication. it's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of
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american politics. this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. the entire thing is a witchunt. how many times do i have to answer this question? russia is a ruse. i've been in office now for 11 months, for 11 months they've had this phoney cloud over this administration, over our government. it's a democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election that, frankly, the democrats should have won because they have such a tremendous advantage in the electoral college. it was brought up for that reason. >> so sarah, it's been interesting, that is how the president has looked at the whole, you know, notion of the meddling. he did tweet but he really was talking about the collusion. do you think the president knows the difference between the two? >> i think president trump sort of tried to run away from the issue entirely up until now. but certainly this indictment undermines attacks from the right-wing an muller's
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credibility. it doesn't neatly fit with the political narratives of either side for the republicans who have tried to down play the scope of russian med unwilling this election. the indictment shows just how widespread and advanced the efforts weren that many of the efforts were directed towards helping trump and hurting clinton. but for democrats, this weekend's at least for now the collusion case because it makes clear that at least in this specific set of circumstances none of the trump campaign officials who came into contact with the russians were willing participants. the justice department doesn't believe that russia efforts in this specific instance affected the outcome of the election. and perhaps the most important point that the indictment makes is that although the russian efforts took the form of helping trump towards the end of the election, they set out to just create chaos in the political system more broadly. so i think this indictment was a reality check for partisans on both the left and right who have tried to exploit this case. >> and for the public and the press this dropped out of the sky yesterday. you know, these indictments are
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also showing that special counsel mueller is very good in his team at preventing leaks about the investigation. last night former national intelligence director james clapper told anlter son cooper he believes more indictments are likely to follow. here he is. >> i think there are other shoes to drop here. notably finances. bob mueller and his team know a lot more about all this than as s. out there that we know. and i think there is much more to come. i didn't see any anonouncement about closing down the investigation after this indictment. >> do you agree with that? more shoes to drop? >> well, look, i think the evidence is overwhelming that bob mueller has the capacity to -- even in this era of pervasive media, their capacity to surprise everyone has been repeated. i mean it's been striking. no one saw the plea coming, the extent of detail on this has been remarkable. so, yeah, so this clearly did not alleged collusion in this
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indictment but the idea that we have reached the end of the road of this investigation on any front just seems to me incredibly wishful thinking on the part of the white house. if there is nothing else, as i said, the one thing way know is that the special counsel knows a lot more than we do and they have repeatedly displayed that. >> and quickly, under five seconds, sarah, would you like to punctuate that? >> i think that at the end of the day one of the most significant parts of the collusion or the russian meddling that happened was the hacking of the dnc, hacking of john podesta's inbox and distributing of stolen e-mails. we heard nothing from mueller on that point. but that was one of the most significant things that russia did during the election. >> interesting. thank you so much. james, you're in south florida. i'll talk to you in a moment again about the tragic shootings. all right. newly uncovered krup tegroup te messages reveal the florida school shooter was obsessed with race and guns.
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few hours, a memorial service for 17-year-old joaquin oliver. he was born in venezuela and just became a u.s. citizen one year ago. >> juaquin is very loving. he was a good, loyal friend. like any time you want to talk he was there for you. any time you needed a smile on your face, he was there for you. every time he walked into a room, he always had a smile on his face. >> students from marjory stoneman douglas high school are hurt and angry. they are demanding action and answers. and with so many warning signs, how did the shooter fall through the cracks? cnn's rosa flores joins us live from porkland, floriarkland, fl. she has a report on the online activity. >> one of our cnn colleagues gained access to a private instagram chat room and the
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conversations can only be described as disturbing because there were six individuals as part of this chat room and one of them was the suspect. and at the made comments about jews, about gays, about blacks, that were just absolutely disturbing. he said that he hated blacks because they were black. he hated jews because he thought that they were going to destroy the world. about gays, he said, "shoot them in the back of the head." he also said in this chat, "i think i'm going kill people." now the conversation goes even beyond that, fred. they discussed the weapons that this individual deranged individual would use. and also one of the people in this chat room told the suspect well you know, about your ar-15, there is this accessory you can purchase that will make it an automatic weapon. now we know from law enforcement
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sources that the gunman used in this case was not an automatic weapon. he did not purchase that particular accessory. well this conversation goes on to talk about the body armor that he was going to buy, the suspect says in this chat room i got paid $330 today. i'm going to go online and purchase body armor. guess what? i got $30 discount and free shipping. so, fred, this just takes us into this disturbed world in which this individual functioned and the conversations he was having with other people which really makes you wonder did these people say something and now that we know that a person close to the suspect did contact the fbi, that that tip fell through the cracks, that particular tip was not investigated, it makes you really wonder. the question that a lot of people in this community are asking themselves today is could this have been avoided?
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>> among the many things that makes us all so troubling. rosa flores, thank you so much. >> the shooter's disturbing online activity is one of countless warning signs that led to this massacre. and now the fbi is admitting it did fail to act on a tip just last month that the shooter has a desire to kill people. cnn's law enforcement analyst joining us again live from parkland, florida. he is also a retired fbi supervisor special agent. so what is your reaction to the chain of events, the reports, the admission from the fbi that something was missed. >> fred, when the news came in yesterday, when the fbi director provided that statement, i was standing just a couple feet from here right in front of the school where the shooting took place. and i got to tell you, i can only describe my feelings and emotions as stunned disbelief. seeing the parents down here, the grieving parents and watching them pray to the young kids, the brave kids come up
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here that lost friends, victims to the gunman talk to our cnn anchors, it is just a gut punch. i spoke to a number of onboard agents this morning. i sfoek a number of retired fbi agents. we're all in shock. now here's the thing. the fbi's got to do a deep dive into this. a plaud fbi director ray for getting out in front of this yesterday and saying mistakes were made. a phone call came in on january 5th to the public access line tlachlt is the clearing house. a special support employee would have provided that to an agent who would have done a sense of triage to see if this is a credible and actionable threat and supply that to the field office, the office of origin which would have been the miami field office. somewhere along that path it didn't happen. now if it was human error, we've got to find it. if it was systems error, remember, systems are only as good as the humans that program them. we have to find that. i know congress is involved now and the director already veered
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that we're going to get to the bottom of this provide and provide full transparency. i hope we have answers. >> if i can get your thoughts on some "palm beach post" reporting after the shooter's adoptive mother died in november, it says the shooter then moved in with a close family friend and last november the two got into a fight after the shooter brought a gun home and the article says that, quoting now, his benefactor gave him an u ultimatum, you or the gun. and nikolas cruz chose the gun and left. likely or possibly the family had also expressed that there were some problems and communicating with this child. what do you do with that kind of information now reading that in the post about the sequence of events. >> well, fred, as someone who also teaches criminal justice and homeland security at st.
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john's university, i study criminology and processes and protocols. there were a number of dangling jumper cables if we call them here that needed to be connected. and it's on a whole host of events. yes, the fbi said stl were plis takes made on their end. yes, we have to also go back and take a look at hippa and firpa and look at how we take privacy in this country. we want privacy to be important. we want patients to have a bill of rights that we adhere to. but if we're not sharing that information in advance of something like this, we have to go back and look at it. and i guess i can be accused of this sh but i'm taking a hard look at the second amendment from the perspective of what can we do to prevent a deprived, deranged 19-year-old that had the police called to his house 39 separate times and had been on social media posting a bunch of vile and bigoted and hateful and dangerous rhetoric, what do we need to do to prevent that individual from getting their
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hands on an assault weapon? this was an assault weapon. it was a semiautomatic weapon but it was an assault weapon. we have to figure out how to close that gap and make sure that never happens again. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. coming up next, answers to a question that is been hovering over america for over a year now. how exactly did the kremlin influence the 2016 election? we're live in moscow after this. you know, i used to be good at this. then you turn 40 and everything goes. tell me about it. you know, it's made me think,
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all right. welcome back. robert mueller's indictment of 13 russians from meddling in u.s. elections shines a lot on exactly what russian groups were
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doing to disrupt the 2016 campaign. some examples are stunning. according to the indictment, a russian group set up social media pages to look like they were being run by real americans and focused on highly devisive issues like this one showing satan backing hillary clinton and others like this one dealing with security -- border security. and then the black lives matter movement and some of the inflamatory social media posts even led to actual political rallies across the u.s. like this one in houston. cnn's matthew chance has more. >> reporter: in may 2016, a small group of anti-islamic protesters gathered outside a muslim community center in the u.s. city of houston. across the street a counter rally formed and the two sides hurled abuse in a stark imstr s
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organization of discord. the organizers were thousands of miles away in st. petersburg, russia, working for a secretive organization which according to a recent u.s. indictment had a strategic goal to sew discord in the u.s. political system. it its name, the internet research agency, dubbed the kremlin troll factory by former employees who smuggled out these rare cell phone images. in 2016, cnn spoke to a russian journalist who went undercover as an internet troll there. >> translator: the u.s. elections are the key issue for the kremlin. and, of course, russia has invested a lot of effort into them. that's why the troll factories are working. i have no doubt. >> reporter: it was during the russian backed rebellion in ukraine in 2014 that evidence first emerged of pro kremlin troll factories filled with bloggers paid to spread false
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information online about the conflict. and this is the russian oligarch who according to the u.s. indictment bankrolled the troll factory operation. yevgeny prigozhin known as putin's chef because his company provides catering services to the kremlin has denied any guilt. americans are very impressible people, he told russian state media, they see what they want to see. i have great respect for them. i'm not at all upset that i'm on this list. if they want to see the devil, let them see one. but it is the devilish work of russia's internet trolls and the social divisions they have insighted that the u.s. has now moved firmly against. when you ask russians about these allegations of meddling in the u.s. presidential election and the u.s. politics in general, the standard official response is absolute denial.
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and there's been no difference this time. indeed the rush foreign minister within the last few hours reacted to the indictments against the 13 russians and said until we see the facts, everything else is just blather. >> all right. matthew chance, thank you so much. coming up, remembering a hero. geograp geography teacher scott biegel saved his students. we spoke to his grieving mother about the legacy he leaves behind. wemost familiar companies,'s but we make more than our name suggests. we're an organic tea company. a premium juice company. a coconut water company. we've got drinks for long days. for birthdays. for turning over new leaves. and we make them for every moment in every corner of the country. we are the coca-cola company,
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as we learn more about the terrifying moments for student at marjory stoneman douglas high school, we're also learning more about some of the victims and their bravery in the face of evil. among the 17 killed, geography teacher scott biegle, many students say he died a hero saving others from gunfire. >> mr. biegel was my hero. and he still will be forever be my hero. i will never forget the actions that he took for me and for fellow students in the classroom. and if his family is watching this, please know that your son or your brother was an amazing person and i am alive today because of him. >> cnn's randi kaye spoke with scott's mother about the legacy her son leaves. >> tell me about your son. what was he like? >> my son was probably the most
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humble person you ever met in your life. he was caring. he was really kind. if you asked him to do something for you, there is no doubt he would get it done. >> what did he love about teaching? he taught geography. did he love these kids? and love teaching? >> he loved to be able to get through to kids. he loved to be able to explain something and have them engage. he was their teacher. he was mr. biegle. but i think he was more like a friend. you know? i think the children learn to respect him. he was tough. he was tough. he had his rules and his ways. and i think after a while they understood that and they came to love him and respect him. >> and he was also a camp
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counsellor. >> that was his passion. >> being in camp was scott's passion. he started when he was 7. he loved camp. he lived for camp. he went to school and tend of the school year he would count the days until he could go to camp. and -- he's a kid at heart for real. and then when he got to be a cit, a counsellor in training, then he got to be a counsellor and then he was a group leader. and he just went up the ranks. and when he had to pick a profession, we joked about it. if you want to keep going to camp, you know, until you're old and gray, you better be a teacher. >> i spoke with students who say that your son was a hero. that he saved their lives.
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do you believe he was a hero? do you see him that way? >> scott believed things should be a certain way. and his responsibility to others always came first. he would do whatever he had to do to keep those that he cared about and especially those he loved safe. and that i'm sure he didn't think twice. there is no doubt in my mind that that was -- that is what he was going to do. and he didn't think about it. that's just what should be done. that's the right thing to do. >> the students told me that they look at your son as a hero. that he died a hero. do you believe that? do you feel that way? >> oh, scott is a hero to his students. i think scott is a hero to so many people. he touched everybody's life. it didn't matter. he was there to help people. he was there to better people. and he just -- i think he wanted to treat people the way he wanted to be treated. >> you said he called you every day on the way home from school. >> monday through friday, every day on the way home from school i got a call from scott the hey mom, how you doing? hey scott, how is school today?
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whether it was a 30 second conversation just to make sure mom is okay and i knew then that scott was okay or it could be a 20 minute conversation. scott was -- he was just the most amazing child somebody could want to have. don't get me wrong, he had flaws, okay. we all do. but scott was my rock. scott was a confidante. scott was just the son everybody would ever want to have. and he was mine. >> i know you're going to miss him a lot. >> i don't know how i'm going to do this. right now i still go to sleep thinking that when i get up in the morning just a nightmare. just a bad dream. >> yeah. >> and i see his picture on the tv and i'm so proud of him. but i know that is all i'm going to be able to do is look at pictures because i'm never going to be able to hug my son again. i need those hugs. i need those calls on the way home from school. i need to know that scott's okay. i'm sorry. >> it's okay. how you would like your son to be remembered? what do you want the world to remember about him? >> scott was just -- scott was a
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regular guy. who wanted -- who is happy with what he had, who chose to live his life the way he thought it was the way it should be lived. and i just want everybody to remember scott really as a hero. scott is a hero in life not just in school. but in life. >> a hero and incredibly selfless. our thanks to randi kaye for that. touch is how we communicate with those we love, but when your psoriasis is bad, does it ever get in the way? embrace the chance of 100% clear skin with taltz. taltz is proven to help people with moderate to severe psoriasis achieve completely clear skin. with taltz, up to 90% of patients had a significant improvement of their psoriasis plaques. in fact, 4 out of 10 even achieved completely clear skin. don't use if you're allergic to taltz. before starting, you should be checked for tuberculosis.
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laura ingraham after she went after him for the comments he made about president trump. cnn's sports anchor andy scholls is live for us in los angeles. take us down to the bottom of it. >> lebron has never shied away from speaking out on social issues. he and the rest of the nba all-stars are going to speak with the media today for the first time here in los angeles at all-star weekend. i'm sure this topic, the spat between lebron and fox news is going to come up later on in this media session. it was last month where lebron and durant started peace for uninterrupted, a multimedium platform lebron launched. it was in that piece that lebron and durant were critical of president trump. >> the number one job in america, the point of person, is someone who doesn't understood the people and really doesn't give a [ bleep ] about the
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closed captioning brought to you by meso all right, hello again, everyone, thank you so much for joining me this saturday. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're following major developments in the russia investigation. today, white house national security adviser h.r. mcmasters says evidence of russian interference in the 2016 election is now indisputable. this after the special counsel unloaded 13 new indictments against russians charged with attempting to interfere in the


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