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talk of the me too movement, how it pushes forward, a lot of people in technology being asked about this. and i don't want to say tech is bad. there was so much promise here. i was speaking to an entrepreneur who's helping build out technology for a baby camera that would be able to detect postpartum depression in moms by looking at movements. there's really some interesting innovation here. but it's a time we have to step back and ask about the power and the peril and what we can do and how we can hold our tech companies accountable at this very sensitive moment, pamela. >> laurie siegel, thank you so much. it is 5:00 eastern. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." and i'm pamela brown in washington. and tonight, in for ana cabrera. where president trump unloading on twitter. the president tweeting that his lawyers, quote, have shown conclusive that there was no collusion with russia, end
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quote. how about those five guilty pleas and more than a dozen indictments. apparently president trump is ignoring those pesky facts and the fact that there has been no conclusion to the mueller investigation. this comes after his big return last night to classic trump. vintage trump. in an epic speech, trump targeted members of the press, obama, arnold schwarzenegger, ploou martha stewart, some democrats, some republicans, and after an hour of talking about himself, trump finally mentioned the name of the gop candidate that he's stumping for in the crucial pennsylvania race, rick saccone. watch. >> and conor lamb. lamb the sham, right? lamb the sham. he's trying to act like a republican so he gets -- he won't give he one vote. look, i don't know him. looks like a nice guy. i hear he's nice looking. i think i'm better looking than him. i do. i do. i do! and he's slightly younger than me. slightly. no, i heard that and then i saw -- he's all right.
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he's all right. personally, i like rick saccone. i think he's handsome? >> our reporters are on the ground, boris sanchez outside of the white house there and jason carroll talking to pennsylvania voters in the final hours of an incredibly tight race to replace a gop congressman, tim murphy, who resigned in a scandal last fall. boris, first to you. the president talked a lot. he also went off-script a lot. tell us more and how this really wasn't what his aides were expecting. >> that's right, pam. i spoke to one white house official yesterday, familiar with the remarks that were prepared for president trump to deliver saturday night in pennsylvania. they told me that he did about five sentences of what was in the script and then he just went off. not only with what you saw there, that he improvised about rick saccone, ultimately asking saccone to take the microphone, calling him handsome, saying that he could potentially vote for a lot of the things on the president's agenda, but also on other issues. at one point, he started talking
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about giving drug dealers the death penalty. that that might help solve america's issue with drugs. the president also surprised a lot of people, announcing his 2020 campaign slogan. that's something i'm told was also unexpected. keep america great will be the slogan for 2020. also on the note of 2020, the president went after one potential rumored opponent in oprah winfrey, saying that he knows her weakness, before then pivoting and going after some familiar targets, including the media, bernie sanders, and other democrats, including representative maxine waters. i have a clip for you here about what he said about oprah and then what he said about waters. listen to this. >> i would love oprah to run. i would love to beat oprah. i know her weakness. wouldn't we love to run against oprah? i would love it. i would love it. that would be a painful experience for her. maxine waters, a very low-iq
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individual. ever see her? you ever seen her? we will impeach him! we will impeach the president! but he hasn't done anything wrong. it doesn't matter! we will impeach him! she's a low-iq individual. you can't help it. she really is. >> reporter: the president weaved his way through these numerous attacks. at one point, he actually talked about critics and pundits that label him as someone who may not be friendly to female voters. the president said that he has no issue with female voters, that they came out in droves for him during the last election. i did want to also note that the entire speech wasn't totally free wheeling. i'm told that the president spoke with some aides and advisers to fine tune his messaging on north korea before taking the stage. it appears the president really wanted to get the message right, knowing that kim jong-un was potentially watching yesterday, pamela. >> all right. thanks so much, boris sanchez.
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i want to turn now to jason carroll in waynesburg, pennsylvania. so what are voters there on the ground, jason, saying in the final hours of this crucial race? >> reporter: well, just first let me just set the lay of the land where we are. we're here in green county, pamela. it's one of the more rural parts of the county. very conservative here, it's coal mining country. here's the kind of place where you're going to find a lot of trump democrats. and we spoke to some of them about the special election, obviously, and about trump's speech. you know, clearly, he gave that speech last night to gave boost to the republican rick saccone. donald trump won this district by some 20 points. so the thought is bring in the president helps boost saccone. so did it work? well, not for the trump democrats we spoke to. >> i voted for president trump. >> and did you hear his speech last night? >> i heard bits and pieces on tv, laike most of the people di. >> but i see you're wearing a
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conor lamb. >> that's right. >> so you voted for president trump, but you're not going to vote for rick saccone? why not? >> no, i'm not. because he's not the right guy for the job. conor lamb is the guy i want to do the things that i believe in. he's honest, he's a veteran. he's for unions. he's for education and his opponent isn't for any of those things. >> reporter: pamela, this 18th district special selection very much a referendum on the president. you know that rick saccone ran on a platform of being more trump than trump. that's why the gop is so very concerned about the outcome of this particular race. what it ultimately is going to come down to is, who is more fired up? the republicans or the democrats? pamela? >> we'll have to wait and see. jason carroll, thank you so much. let's get straight to our panel now. with me, cnn legal analyst, carrie cordero. cnn political correspondent -- sorry, senior cnn political correspondent for the
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"washington examiner," david drucker, and staff writer for the atlantic, elena plot. elena, first to you. just watching him at that rally in pennsylvania, it is vintage trump. it's as if he's on the campaign trail himself. in fact, he barely talked about the candidate that he was supposed to be stumping for. what do you make of that? >> so i talked to a few top hill aides before i got here on the republican side. and he said, i'm sorry, why are we talking about martha stewart the night before a bellwether election for midterms coming up in november? and i think another thing the republicans are frustrated with is that trump had an amazing opportunity to give an incisive boost of support for these tariffs that we saw unveiled last week. this is that if anyone in this country would be behind trump in this controversial tariffs push, it would be this group. and beyond that, he could are said, this is something that rick saccone supports, also tax cuts. these were few of the things that were not mentioned at all. and i think it's not necessarily the message you want republicans
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hearing, going into such a crucial election. >> yeah, david, it makes you wonder republicans who are watching that, whether they want, you know, trump to come and campaign for them. it also makes you wonder, the strategy was for trump to go there and give a boost to rick saccone, but how much is the fact that rick saccone isn't doing well a result of trump? it makes you wonder? >> rick saccone has problems of his own. he cannot raise any money. he has not been a good campaigner. he has not been very active, at least, that's the perception. and conor lamb has been able to display a lot more charisma. but by the same token, it's a 20-point trump district. this is a district that republicans should win on the natural. and i think that's why, for republicans, they were glad to see the president travel there to stump for saccone, because he could actually help him. they probably weren't all that happy with the speech that the president delivered. and this is always the risk. the president has the ability to
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really motivate his base and a lot of the republican base, at least for himself. and possibly for others. where it gets into trouble for republicans is when the president focuses too much on him with these winding stem winders, and not enough on turnout and the candidate that he's stumping for. and we saw this in alabama. we saw the president rally for luther strange in a primary. and luther strange lost to roy moore. we saw the president travel to -- >> roy moore lost -- >> and luther strange lost -- >> that's right, that's right. sorry. >> and then we saw the president travel just to the edge of alabama in the panhandle of florida, in a sense, which was a rally for roy moore, even though it wasn't, exactly, and roy moore lost to democrat doug jones. and we saw this with barack obama. there are limitations to what presidents can do for themselves versus other people in their party. but it does not help republicans in races like these when the president cannot stay on a more
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traditional message, even though the crowd loved it, even though his voters loved it. >> in that district, he did very well, and that was the kind of candidate he was. i mean, that's who he was on the trail before he became president. but you're right, perhaps it doesn't spread to those that the republicans are hoping to be elected. >> and that's why in the most vulnerable republican districts this fall, you will not see the president show his face. he'll raise money, he'll tweet, but he won't show up because they don't want him to show up, because he won't be helpful. you'll see mike pence, but you won't see president trump. >> one thing that stuck out to me, i mean, martha stewart, use pointed out, among other random topics, but he didn't call the mueller investigation a witch hunt. didn't call out the fbi, didn't insist there was no collusion, although he did, of course, on twitter today. but what do you make of that? do you think that perhaps he's taking it more seriously? sam nunberg, the former aide to the campaign, told abc news that
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russia is not a witch hunt. this was after fix housix hours front of the grand jury. >> right. i don't think there's any indication and i think the president's tweets today probably reveal this, that he's changed his view or at least what he purports publicly. sort of the messaging that he does publicly, which is that he tells the public that he thinks it's a witch hunt. that there's no collusion. i think today he was tweeting, there's no collusion. >> that his lawyers have conclusively showed that, which is not true. >> and part of his -- i think he was reacting today in parking lot -- part to a "new york times" article that perhaps he's shaking up his legal team in the white house to deal with potential long-term consequences of the mueller special counsel's investigation. this investigation is not going away. i think at this point, the president knows that. he's tried to do many things over the course of the last year to derail the investigation, to slow it down, to shut it down, at this point, he has to know that it's here to stay. maybe he'll change his legal team a little bit to try to get people who have been through the
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experience of advising presidents, facing potential impeachment inquiries. but there's no question that there's more to come in this investigation, for example, one of the things we haven't seen yet is an indictment related specifically to the hacking. >> to the dnc. >> to the dnc hack that took place. and i expect that that probably is one more piece that we still need to see revealed from the investigation. >> and it makes you wonder, elena, as this continues to go on and on and as carrie pointed out, we still haven't seen charges in the dnc hack. sam nunberg just went in front of the grand jury on friday for six hours. how long can this sort of witch hunt argument hold? >> you know, i think, as reporters, especially on the hill, we like to look at two different things. one, legally, what can actually happen here? and two, how do voters actually respond to what's happening? and i think with the mueller investigation, along with stormy daniels, you know, this controversy that is brewing a lot longer than i'm sure the president would want. these are two things where if you look at trump's base,
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they're not actually caring that much. when i talk to voters on the ground, i never hear these issues brought up. so i think it's one thing that, you know, a witch hunt, yes, that narrative will hold up until november, i think, for trump's base core of supporters. however, what you're seeing with conor lamb is that there are a lot of republicans who may have voted for trump in november who are sort of saying, i actually don't know if this is the message i want for the new swath of republicans, democrats coming in. >> hmm. something else, and i guess, david, it's no surprise, he didn't bring up stormy daniels, which has been top of the news, particularly recently, as more and more comes out about trump's lawyer, michael cohen, paying her out of his home equity and so forth. it seems to me that there is concern in the white house and people -- around people with the president that this is a scandal that's not going away. that perhaps they thought it would go away, but it's not. how problematic is that? >> well, look, i actually -- i don't think the voters are going to be too concerned, one way or
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the other, about historicstormy, simply because president trump is known to have had a particular history with women on his way in and he won anyway. so this is not a revelation that is going to be a chink in an armor that existed around him. you know, if you're going to sort of knock down trump a peg, i think that you're going to have to get at his authenticity or you'll have to get at him not keeping his campaign promises. when you're talking about a history of having extra marital affairs, when you're talking about a history of worse as it relates to women, this is something that everybody already knows. and it's something that republican voters have kind of made their peace with. now, not all republican voters. this could be particularly problematic with female voters in vulnerable house districts and some competitive senate seats. if trump has one vulnerability, it is with female voters and speeches like we saw last night
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and the sort of air of scandal are one of the things that could push female voters inclined to vote republican to either sit on their hands or possibly vote for democrats. so it's problematic in that way. but for the president's overall image, it's never going to get any better than it is, but this isn't going to make it any worse, because it's nothing new that people didn't already know about him and sort of make their bones with. whether or not, if they didn't like him, they still don't like him. and if they like him, they like him knowing a bunch of other things about him that they have decided is okay. >> right. but it does make you wonder, i was talking to norm eisen about this. you know, he brought up the possibility that this could be a violation of federal ethics law, he didn't disclose it, could be a campaign finance law violation. how much of a realistic possibility is that, elena? >> i think it's an incredibly realistic possibility. but like i said earlier, as reporters, you have to look at these two different strains. i think david is absolutely right that, you know, trump supporters, they knew about this going into it.
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i'm not sure anyone was caught off guard, that trump had an affair with a porn star. i mean, it was one of those things we scrolled through in our twitter feed and maybe blinked at. but, legally, yes, i think there's some merit to this i think everything norm eisen said to you had a lot of legs to it. >> and really quickly, carrie, not to dive into this anymore, but when you look at robert mueller and the possibility for black mall mail in this situati that something he would be looking at in part of the russia probe? >> i don't think it necessarily connects to the russia probe. the legal issues are fairly discreet. was the agreement between the parties valid? and part of that just pertains to whether or not michael cohen had the legal authority to do this agreement with her. from my perspective, i look at this from someone who worked in government for administrations of both parties. i look at this issue and look at the fact that the president goes to his private properties and markets his private properties
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every third day, on average. i look at the casualness with which he agreed to a meali inme with kim jong-un, and all it sort of degrades the presidency. so from the perspective of someone who worked for administrations of both parties, whether you disagree or agree with their political positions on certain issues, it's the degrading of the office of the presidency that i think is notable, when it comes to whether or not the president authorized somebody to pay off a parmore a few days before the election, so that it wouldn't affect -- >> just the fact that we're talking about and talking about this as it pertains to the president is pretty extraordinary. all right, carrie, david, elaina, thank you all very much, we appreciate it. and just ahead this hour, as law enforcement piece together what led to that fatal shooting at a veterans home in california, we're also learning more about the three women who lost their lives on the job. plus, her story taking washington by storm. but how did stephanie clifford,
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aka, stormy daniels, become the most-talked about woman in america? we'll discuss more on that coming up. and later, a cnn investigation, why an opioid-addicted mother was so fearful her addiction would kill her she made arrangements for her children if she died. can you imagine that? you are live in the "cnn newsroom." we'll be back. we're almost there. she's coming! stall. my video call's lagging. mom? surprise! surprise! hold up. hold up. we got a laggy video call here. you need verizon, the best network for streaming. try this new samsung galaxy s9 on verizon unlimited. the camera's a real game changer. okay, people, that's a reset. you want us to surprise her again? yeah, but like in a fun way. like this. all my favorite friends are here. there's tony and diane. like that. (avo) switch to the best unlimited on the most awarded network, and get up to $500 off the samsung galaxy s9.
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the attacker? >> hi, pamela. still so many questions remain following friday's hostage situation-turned deadly shooting here in california. and while there is so much we don't know, we can be sure this will be a lengthy investigation. one question law enforcement officers are currently working to answer is, what was the motive? what made this decorated army veteran engage in such deadly action and take three innocent lives? now, cnn has learned that some time before the shooting, the gunman made some type of threat against one of the victims. the details o s of that threat remain unclear, but it does help answer the question as to whether the shooter possibly knew any of his victims. authorities will be looking into the role any mental health issues may played, especially stemming from possible posttraumatic stress. went we have issues of mental health involved, there will always be a question of whether the gunman should have had access to firearms in the first place. cnn has learned from police officials that he had at least seven firearms registered in his
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name, when coupled with mental health complications is extremely concerning. there is so much we don't know this afternoon, but today, grieving family members and friends of the victims are no doubt wondering whether there is yet again an instance where there were possible warning signs that were missed. pamela? >> and it really raises the question, josh, what happens when a person leaves one of these ptsd treatment facilities? are there checkups, monitoring? how are they allowed to own weapons, despite a documented mental condition? >> well, we would hope there would be follow up, but sadly in this case, we don't yet know the full circumstances surrounding the reason why the gunman was discharged from the facility in the first place. if he was forced out for making threats, i think it would be difficult for him to accept follow-up visits absent some court order. i think what it show, we have to find a way to fuse together disparate pieces of information for law enforcement and mental health facilities in order to identify potential threats, for their own safety, and for the safety of the public. >> and you look at recent incidents, josh, like what
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happened in parkland, florida, now this shooting in california. is there more that law enforcement could be doing proactively in your view? >> that's a great question. and pamela, you know from your years of covering law enforcement that the men and women of the atf are among the very best when it comes to investigations and tactics, but our lawmakers have put atf in an impossible situation. look at the recent incidents of deadly gun violence in the united states. look at the rate of gun manufacturing in the united states. it has tripled since 2004, from roughly 3 million to over 9 million weapons per year. yet the number of special agents at atf and the atf budget have remained stagnant. i think it's a travesty that our lawmakers would ask them to do so much and then fail to support them when it counts. if we want to stop gun violence, we need to start by fully equipping those that are responsible for regulating those. >> but in the parkland case, there were miss signed by law enforcement. couldn't they be doing more to make sure these things don't
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happen? >> it's a very good question. when you look at these incidents, you always do that after-action to make sure there wasn't more there. we're still in that phase. was this someone known to law enforcement or to the mental health facility? we need to look at those instances and try to determine, is there more that law enforcement could have done to fuse together with mental health providers and vice versa. >> all right, josh campbell, thank you so much. >> thanks, pamela. well, again, the victims were three very accomplished women who devoted their lives to helping traumatized veterans. one of them, a psychologist. jen gonzales had been married for only a year and was pregnant with their first child. a gofundme page has been set up to help her family. well, it is a controversy that seems to not go away. just ahead, hear from the porn star who has just filed a lawsuit against president trump. a cnn exclusive, up next.
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well, president trump dropped the names of a lot of well-known entertainers last night at his campaign rally, seemingly campaign rally in pennsylvania. he mentioned oprah winfrey, arnold schwarzenegger, martha stewart. but one showbiz figure he did not mention was stormy daniels. she is the porn star suing the president so she could talk about the affair she allegedly had with president trump several years ago. nick valencia is in pompano beach, florida, and that's where stormy daniels had a weekend dancing gig. you actually spoke to stormy daniels, nick. how is she handling all of this attention? >> reporter: it seems like she's in really good spirits, pamela.
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incredibly charming, very witty, very smart, and i think all of that comes across in the interview. she did speak to me late last night, saying she has more angles and she wants more of the truth to come out, but it seems as though right now she's legally hampered by it, but she is talking, especially about how this entire ordeal has affected her life. she is one of the most famous people in the world right now, for a very infamous reason. but who is stormy daniels? the 38-year-old has made her living in front of the camera, a porn actress with hundreds of x-rated scenes to her name, daniels, born stephanie clifford, is also an established adult film director, a point she made clear in an exclusive audio interview this weekend with cnn. >> i'm actually one of the most successful adult movie directors in the business. i have a contract that's been in place for several years and i actually just renegotiated and got a new contract that was already -- the terms were already set before this stuff happened. and i have a huge -- i got a raise. so i'm doing just fine. >> reporter: her popularity has
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taken her mainstream over the years, playing herself in music videos and hit movies like "the 40-year-old virgin." born in baton rouge, louisiana, daniels tried to parlay her notoriety into a senate seat. in 2010, she launched a bid against david vitter, kicking things off with a listening tour. >> i never take anything lightly, i work extremely hard. >> she dropped out of the race after not being taken seriously. but as she told us this weekend, negative attention is something she thrives on. >> i've been in the adult business for 17 years, so to make it that long in that business, you have to have a really tough skin. and so, it's -- most of it rolls off my shoulders, because it's an opinion, like, oh, you think i'm a whore or ugly or old or i'm fat or my boobs are too big or too small. there's nothing along those lines that someone can say to me that i haven't heard. so when someone says to me like, hey, you're a whore, that is
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successful whore to you. >> reporter: sources tell cnn her alleged affair with the president has caused anxiety in the white house, overshadowing the presidents day-to-day work. the white house has repeatedly denied the allegations. >> i've addressed this extensively and i don't have anything else to add. >> reporter: as the hue mill lating headlines draw out, daniels has accused the president's attorney of bullying her into silence. but she's proven that she can't be controlled. >> when you look back at this stage of your life, what do you think you're going through right now? >> holy [ bleep ]. i mean. is there really anything else to say? >> we should mention that we got that interview on the condition that we not talk about the pending litigation. it was earlier this week that stormy daniels filed a lawsuit against president trump in los angeles superior court over a nondisclosure agreement that has to do her alleged affair with the president back in 2006. look, pamela, at the end of the day, she's a businesswoman and this has all been, as she says, very good for her business. pamela?
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>> all right. nick valencia, thank you so much. and just ahead on this sunday, the specifics of this high-stakes meeting, pretty thin. even president trump's defense secretary in the lead up to a potential meeting with north korea saying today the potential for misunderstanding remains very high. live to seoul, up next. whoooo. looking for a hotel that fits... ...your budget? tripadvisor now searches over... ...200 sites to find you the... ...hotel you want at the lowest price. grazi, gino! find a price that fits. tripadvisor.
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lots of questions surrounding the highly
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anticipated meeting between the u.s. and north korea. president trump and kim jong-un are expected to meet by may. no word yet on where or if there are conditions. defense secretary jim mattis declined to discuss specifics deciding that the meeting was, quote, a diplomatly led effort. >> i the not want to talk about korea at all. i'll leave it to those who are leading the effort, the state department and the nss, for the president, because it's that delicate when you get into a position like this, the potential for misunderstanding remains very high or goes higher. >> paula hancocks joins us from seoul. so paula, what specifics do we know about this meeting at this point? >> well, pamela, very little. we are understanding from the blue house here in seoul that the u.s. president, donald trump, said "yes" to the meeting very quickly.
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now, they say that he also said he wanted to do it as soon as possible, potentially even in april. and it took the national security advisers of south korea and the united states to suggest to him that it should actually be after the north korean/south korean summit. president moon jae-in will be meeting in april and that's why it was pushed back to may. but that gives you some insight how quick this decision came and the fact that the u.s. president really want to do this as quickly as possible. but the specifics, we don't know at this point. it's obviously a logistical nightmare. the optics are very important as to where this summit is going to take place, whether it's washington or pyongyang. most experts think that that's less likely. could it be the dmz, the demilitarized zone? potentially a third country like switzerland could be touted. but at this point, we really don't know any specifics. pamela? >> and you pointed o out that
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the president made this decision very quick will i to meet with kim jong-un. was that surprising to officials there in south korea? >> reporter: i think so. i think the south korean delegation was taken by surprise. obviously, they went to washington with this invitation from the north korean leader, kim jong-un. i don't think anyone expected the u.s. president to give this snap decision and say, yes, very quickly. now, those delegates are now on their way to china and russia to explain what's happened. obviously, china and russia will be delighted. they have consistently said that they want washington and pyongyang to sit down and talk about denuclearization. also, the head of the nis here in south korea will be going to japan, potentially a tougher sell. they have a more hard line policy against north korea. but there are concerns from experts here that this has happened so quickly. and does it legitimatize the north korean leader? the fact that there haven't been any preconditions put on these -- on this meeting, this historic summit between the
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north korean and the american leader. and there are concerns that it's been agreed to too quickly. >> and behind the scenes, can you give us a sense of what's going on to make this meeting happen? >> well, obviously, the most important thing, now, so to decide where exactly it should be. as i mentioned, the optics are going to be incredibly important for this meeting. it's unlikely, but, of course, we don't know for assure that either leader would want to go to the other one's country. i mean, remember, just a few months ago, these are a few leaders who were trading insults and comparing sizes of nuclear buttons, who were threatening to destroy the other one's country. so it would appear that most experts believe it would be best to have it in a neutral setting, whether that is the dmz, whether it is a third country, whether it's even china. we simply don't know at this point. pamela? >> all right. paula hancocks, thanks so much for breaking it down for us. and this week marks the
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seventh year of syria's civil war. civilians are caught in the cross fire, medical supplies are scarce, and doctors are desperate to keep up. we're about to take you inside a makeshift hospital in syria where doctors are struggling to save lives. a warning, this report contains graphic video. cnn's jomana karacha takes an inside look at the crisis. >> reporter: neighborhoods pounds, munitions lighting up the sky. it was east ghouta's 24 hours from hell. the few makeshift medical facilities left could barely deal with the casualties. but the wounded kept on coming. for some, there were even no gurneys. for most, no anesthesia to stop the pain. calling this a hospital would be a stretch, but this is all they've got. in the midst of the chaos, children lay alone. no hand to hold, no one to
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comfort them. in another clinic, young and old struggled to breathe. doctors say they were exposed to toxic chemicals. >> you can smell the smell of chlorine gas, poison gas, no? >> reporter: on thursday, exhausted doctors still appealing for help. >> we're suffering from lack of everything. >> reporter: with no aid and no end in sight, no one knows how many more nights from hell east ghouta with endure. >> well, coming up, a heartbreaking reality of the opioid epidemic. our elizabeth cohen talked to a mother so frightened by her addiction, she's made plans for her own children if she loses her life. a cnn investigation, up next. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." when you say you need
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a somber moment in southern california as officers of the pomona police department honor one of their own, killed in a standoff that lasted more than 15 hours. 30-year-old officer gregory casillas was fatally shot in an incident that started friday night. he was a rookie still in field training after joining the department in 2014. he leaves behind a wife and two children.
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the suspect was finally taken into custody overnight and charged with murder. so far this year 17 law enforcement officers across the u.s. have died in shootings. and with the opioid epidemic claiming at ttens of thousands american lives, cnn teamed up with harvard researchers to investigate the crisis. and the investigation followed the money from manufacturers to the doctors that prescribed them and found a distinct correlation. the more prescriptions physicians write for these addictive and deadly drugs, the more money they make. >> you would take the cartridge and you would spray it under your tongue like this. >> this is subsis, 50 times nor powerful than heroin. for more than two years, angela's doctor prescribed it for her to treat her crone's
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disease. >> it was a zombie-like state. i suffered for over two years thinking i was dying. i made arrangements for my children thinking something was happening to me. >> reporter: when you told the doctor you didn't feel well, what did he say? >> the response floored me. it was opioids or nothing. >> he didn't give you other alternatives? >> nope. >> reporter: she learned that her doctor received more than $200,000 from the company that made the medication. >> the medication being prescribed to me was for his benefit, not my own. >> michael barnett of harvard university's school of public health did a new analysis of government data. this is a pretty dramatic line. >> i agree. >> reporter: what we found is stunning. >> the big picture is that the more money a physician receives
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from an opioid manufacturer, the more likely they are to prescribe opioids. >> reporter: as can you see here, the doctors who get paid the most money, they prescribe the most opioids. >> we don't know which way that relationship goes. is it that the payments motivated the prescriber to prescribe more or did the prescriber attract the money? >> if there's it leads to inappropriate prescribing of the drugs, that's something we have to take seriously. >> it shows the drug companies are really getting what they pay for. in effect, they're almost bribing doctors to prescribe their drugs aggressively. >> i would hope they choose physicians that have an understanding of the drug and can speak objectively about that. >> reporter: the pharmaceutical
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you're live here in the cnn newsroom. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. it's one powerful night here on cnn. i department waidn't want to mi. van jones will speak with oprah winfrey, followed by the premiere of "american dynasties, the kennedys" and then the pope. all that coming up. but first, president trump still making waves for a free wheeling campaign rally that featured him doing what he does best, ditching the text and going way, way off script in a speech meant to pump up a pennsylvania republican running for the u.s. congress, president toasted himself, his looks, his


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