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mom. ♪ a federal judge in texas has struck down the affordable care act, calling it unconstitutional. the ruling could impact millions of americans. we'll have details. plus robert mueller slams the former national security adviser michael flynn fored a mi admitting he lied to the fbi. protest for a fifth weekend
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in a row in paris. we welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. miami george howell. the cnn newsroom starts right now. 5:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. at this hour, the health care is in danger of being taken away. after a judge in texas ruled the entie affordable care better known as obamacare is unconstitutional. if that ruling stands it would remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions and that's a key point that democrats ran on in the mid-term elections. right now democrats along with several u.s. states appealed the ruling. until the appeal is settled the law remain intact. anyone wanting to signing up can still do so. here's the thing. a deadline is looming saturday
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night. you'll remember the u.s. president promised to repeal and replace obamacare. it was one of his campaign promises so as you see he took to twitter to celebrate the ruling and push congress, to in his words, pass a strong law that provides great health care and protects pre-existing conditions. he also tells house leaders mitch mcconnell and nancy pelosi to quote get it done. for her the part the top democrat in the house nancy pelosi vows to fight for what she calls life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions. i spoke earlier with david katz, the former assistant u.s. attorney who has insight on this and he explained what's going to happen next with the affordable care act. listen. >> the house of representatives once it's democratic, speaker nancy pelosi has indicated the
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democrats will join the lawsuit, move to intervene. it already has 12 to 16 state attorneys general who will be appealing it including the state of california. it's enormously important to the health of californians that obamacare not be struck down by the higher courts. and then if it gets appealed to the u.s. supreme court, everyone is going to be biting their fingernails to see what chief justice roberts will do and there are ways to affirm -- to uphold the validity of the aca even with the revisions that were made to it. i believe chief justice roberts will in the end, i don't believe the aca will fall and in the interim until the u.s. supreme court might say it's invalid i don't see any reason why it will be changed. i don't see the democrats in the house agreeing to anything that the republicans and trump would want in the senate. so as a practical matter i think it will stay in effect until and
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unless the u.s. supreme court with chief justice roberts casting the fifth vote strikes it down. if that happens, all h will break loose. >> my colleague is here with more on the affordable care act. >> george, i just want to provide some history. this is the last step in a long and rich history of health care and health care policy here in the u.n. let's look at the affordable care act, aka obamacare. it's considered president obama's achievement. it was signed into law eight and a half years ago. the goals lower the cost of health care in the u.s., provide coverage for people who were uninsured, improve the quality of care as well. president obama had campaigned on this. so on reforming the health care sector. when it happened, he celebrated. >> today after almost a century
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of trying, today after over a year of debate, today after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the united states of america. >> and obamacare did reduce the number of uninsured in the united states. 42 million people did not have insurance in 2013. that's the year before obamacare came into full effect. that number was down to 29 million in 2015 just two years later. but from day one republicans have opposed the law and they have tried to repeal it several times. in fact, repealing was one of candidate trump's key campaign promises. remember it almost became a slogan, replace and repeal. but it's not that simple. over the last two years republicans have, as you know, cntrolled the house and the senate. controlled all of congress and
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still they could not muster enough votes to fulfill that campaign promise. still, though, the administration has taken several steps to weaken, dilute, hamstring obamacare. the big one the tax bill passed in 2017 that eliminated the individual mandate a key part of obamacare, that's the part that obliged people to get health insurance. >> obamacare has been repealed in this bill. we didn't want to bring it up. i told people specifically be quiet with the fake news media because i don't want them talking too much about it. but now that it's approved i can say the individual mandate on health care where you had to pay not to have insurance, think of that, you pay not to have insurance, the individual mandate has been repealed. >> and several thing are happening at once. the trump administration weakening obamacare but despite that people are still enrolling
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in this program. according to the government 12 million enrolled in 2018. 27% were newcomers. >> thank you very much. now in addition to the health care news that we've been following mr. trump has had a very busy friday. he announced that the man you see here, mick mulvaney will take over as chief of staff. he'll take over for john kelly. also sources telling cnn mueller still wants to interview the president about obstruction of justice, this despite mr. trump answering written questions from mueller and president trump's inauguration, that's also under scrutiny by a report from wnyc. we understand they say that the trump organization was paid by the inaugural committee for hotel rooms and meals at donald trump's hotel. one person negotiating for the organization, according to the
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report was the president's daughter, ivanka trump. finally donald trump's former attorney michael cohen after being sentenced to three years in prison he says mr. trump directed him to pay hush money to two whom say they had affairs with mr. trump. and another target of the mueller investigation is general michael flynn. he's the former national security adviser who quit just days into mr. trump's term. michael flynn admitted he lied to the fbi about communications with russia's ambassador to the united states. since then he's been cooperating with the special counsel and on friday robert mueller issued a surprising memo on flynn. our pamela brown has this story. >> reporter: the special counsel is pushing back at michael flynn's lawyers assertion that the former national security adviser wasn't appropriately warned about the repercussions about lying to the fbi. in this new filing mueller's team said flynn chose to lie weeks before the fbi interviewed
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him by claiming he didn't discuss sanctions with the russia ambassador. mueller's team made the case his false statements were voluntary and intentional and the fbi gave him multiple opportunities in the interview to correct his false statements and he only did so once the fbi used the exact language that he had used from that phone call. now while filing notes the fbi didn't think flynn was being intentionally deceptive at the time it says he should know better lying to the fbi is a crime and shouldn't have to be warned about it. what also struck out to me the documents say flynn then told deputy director andrew mccabe that mccabe knew what was said in his conversation. so it's unclear why flynn would continue to make false statements in his fbi interview if he thought they did know the truth. of all the people caught up in the various investigations,
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one of the more surprising figures has been president trump's former attorney and fixer, michael cohen. in his telling story to prosecutors he's directly implicated his former boss in the hush money payments to two women before election. a possible violation of campaign finance law here in the u.s. here's cnn's story. >> i'm done being loyal to president trump. >> reporter: he spilled his secrets to prosecutors. he begged for mercy from a judge. and now michael cohen speaking to the american people. >> i will not be the villain as i told you once before. i will not be the villain of his story. >> reporter: president trump's former fixer and personal lawyer opening up for the first time since he was sentenced to three years in prison on wednesday. in an interview with abc, the 52-year-old convicted felon still agonizing over what he says was the toughest dave his life. >> i have to be honest, it's
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been very rough. >> reporter: he pleaded to numerous crimes. but it was his crimes involving the now infamous hush payments to two women that have directly implicated the president of the united states. trump lashing out on twitter this week saying he never directed cohen to break the law. but cohen now telling a different story. >> he directed me to make the payments. >> reporter: saying the order to pay off former playboy model karen mcdougal and silence her before the 2016 election came directly from his boss. >> nothing in the trump organization was ever done unless it was run through mr. trump. >> reporter: the president's former fixer addressing trump's biggest headache, the russia investigation. cohen has already met with special counsel robert mueller's office for more than 70 hours offering them information about his contacts with russians and conversations with people close to the white house. >> the special counsel did say
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you were doing your best to tell the truth about everything related to their investigation, everything related to russia. do you think president trump is telling the truth about that? >> no. >> it's a big statement. >> reporter: he says he's not done talking. >> if they want me, i'm here. and i'm willing to answer whatever additional questions that they may have for me. >> reporter: cohen says the person in the white house now is not the trump he once admired. >> i think the pressure of the job is much more than what he thought it was going to be. >> reporter: cohen reports to prison in march and will pay more than $1 million in restitution. a stunning fall from grace for a man who said he was loyal to a man for too long. >> the man doesn't tell truth and it's sad i should take responsibility for his dirty deeds. a legal challenge facing the trump white house may have drawn many parallels to the watergate scandal in the 1970s.
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a pivotal figure back then was john dean. john dean the white house counsel under the former president nixon. his damaging testimony during the watergate hearings eventually led to nixon's resignation but now 45 years later dean says watergate was small potatoes compared to what he sees around the trump white house. here's what he told john berman. >> reporter: about all of this today this is what you wrote, this what we're seeing today is much more damning than watergate and it's just getting started. you believe this is already more damning than watergate? >> well, the few sentences that precede that i noted how we have the president's campaign is under investigation. the president's transition is under investigation. his inauguration is under investigation. his presidency is under investigation. he and his family are under investigation for their
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foundation and other activities. that's far broader than anything that happened during watergate and those investigations are just starting. >> again that was former white house counsel john dean speaking earlier with my colleague john berman. you're watching cnn newsroom. still ahead we're continuing to monitor what's happening on the streets of paris france, the nation bracing for another day of protest. why some protesters say the concessions made by the french president this week are still not enough. plus australia's prime minister says the country now recognizes west jerusalem as the capital of israel. we'll have details and a live report from jerusalem as newsroom pushes ahead. ) - [narrator] meet shark's newest robot vacuum. it powerfully cleans from floors to carpets, even pet hair, with ease, and now for cleaning surfaces above the floor, it comes with a built in shark handheld. one dock, two sharks. the shark ion robot cleaning system. ( ♪ )
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live images in paris, france. again we're seeing for a fifth weekend now these yellow vest protesters on the streets. just moments ago we saw police officers there pushing back against some of these protesters, the things seem to be getting more intense. these images from just moments ago, this is what we were monitoring. again, keep in mind this started over rising gas prices and taxes. it has sense broadened into a protest against the french president himself and his government. emanuel macron tried to make concessions earlier this week including cancelling the gas tax but many say it doesn't go far enough. they plan to continue
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demonstrating. let's go now live to the streets of paris. melissa bell is there. from your vantage point what are you seeing? >> reporter: i would like to show you what's happening here on the champs-elysees. this is the fifth consecutive saturday of this protest. you can see that the yellow vests and far fewer on champs-elysees than there were at this time last week. another interesting figure is the number of people taken in for questioning. 47 for paris this morning at the same time last week the figure was well more than 300. that's a fairly concrete measure of what we're witnessing which is clearly the numbers are down. that was the big question ahead of today. would those announcements made by emanuel macron on monday help to take the wind out of the sails of this protest? would the terror attack in strasburg earlier this week also help to take the wind out of the sails of this protest?
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apparently so far the answer to that appears to be yes. there are fewer people at least here on the champs-elysees this morning. as you can see what we've just witnessed, those images you saw, the police managed to contain the numbers because they were relatively down. sort of boxed them in on the sidewalk, so much so that a while ago they opened part of the champs-elysees to traffic. if that's not an indication of how different things are this week, i don't know what is. then the yellow vests pushed past, reached those police defenses, in fact, to make their way back up. the question is whether that changed ratio, they have the same number of police men and women on the streets of paris as last week. fewer protesters whether that changed ratios mean whether authorities can contain the violence and make sure this saturday is more peaceful than the last or the one before that.
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we'll keep in touch with you. let's get some analysis from our journalist joining us from paris. good to have you on the show again. let's give our view ears live look at what's happening in paris. this is down the champs-elysees, thousands of police have been deployed in the french capital. 70,000 throughout the country. on friday the junior interior minister said this, we expect less people to show up but we expect the individuals to be more determined. again, things are just picking up this day at 11:20 in paris, but what are your thoughts and expectations as this day continues on? >> well, as you just said, it's still early in the day. usually later, in the late afternoon that the most violent crowd tend to try and take advantage of the situation to go and do some looting, just two
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weeks away from christmas. as melissa bell said, less demonstrations, less demonstrators in paris, less also in the provinces, that two interesting phenomenons. one is that those who are demonstrating today are the most politicized and so you have the far-right and you have the far left. united in trying to shake up not only macron himself, but the government and if possible the whole republic. and then you have also the most violent ones who need to have quite a bit of a crowd to operate more efficiently. so it's probably too early in the day but it does explain the importance of the police forces that there are as many police in
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paris in particular in some strategic spots ready to face the demonstrators if it turns violent. but it certainly shows that the measures announced by president macron last monday are paying off, at least to those people who were really out in the streets to ask for specific measures to help them make ends meet. now what remains, again, is sort of anger, which is very difficult to actually express in rational terms but it does exist and, of course, the interesting phenomenon is that you have no political party so far taking advantage of it, except probably in the medium or long run, the far-right. >> there had been a hope that the protests that we're seeing now, that they protests wouldn't happen given the christmas
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market attack in strasburg. as evidence from this tweet from the french interior minister, last night i was on the streets of strasburg, i saw the people of france applauding our policemen, i haw the inhabitants salute their action and tomorrow we'll stone this. this i'll never tolerate. again these things happening within a week of one another. do you believe any of that plays factor into how this weekend's protests continue? >> well, i mean, again, i think it's well-known that the tragedy in strasburg is certainly a major element to bring, you know, most people back to more reasonable terms. but you will never repress the most extreme parts of that movement to try to take advantage of that surge, and that's precisely what's happening. it's interesting that president macron himself was in strasburg
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last night, paying a tribute to the victims, and he too got a lot of applause. so it's not the whole country, the whole, you know, 64, 65 million french in rebellion. it's deep and very violent protest that's been happening now for five weekends. very much helped by facebook and the social media. but it is becoming more and more of a fringe phenomenon and today in particular we have to wait until the end of the afternoon to really take the measure and to really check whether that movement is, indeed, cooling off. >> we continue to monitor these pictures in paris. we appreciate your perspective. thank you for your time. again, protesters continuing, the number is smaller than we
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saw in the previous weekend, but certainly continuing throughout the streets of paris. now to brexit, the european union now preparing for the worst. a so-called hard brexit without any deal, after a two day summit in brussels eu leaders are skeptical that the british prime minister can get her brexit deal through a hostile parliament. >> i was following second by second the debate in the house of commons and i noted that there was a deep mistrust in the house when it comes to the european union. that's not a good basis for future relations. >> also taking a swipe at the uk's newbobulous and imprecise goals for brexit. many took it as a dig at miss may. many said that's not so.
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>> i had a robust discussion with him. that's the sort of discussion you have when you develop a working relationship and you work well together. and what came out of that was his clarity that actually he had been talking when he used that particular phrase he had been talking about a general level of debate. indeed, i had further conversations with him through the morning. >> when we come back here on newsroom the future of obamacare is in jeopardy. we'll take a look at the health care law's troubled past and what might happen in the future? it's a future donald trump doesn't want to see. >> let obamacare fail. it will be a lot easier. i think we're probably in that position where we'll let obamacare fail. we won't own it. i won't own it. i can tell you the republicans won't own it. we'll let obamacare fail and then the democrats will come to us and then they will say how do we fix it?
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welcome back. viewers here in the united states and around the world you're watching cnn newsroom live from the atl. i'm george howell. following events in paris, france, so-called yellow vest protesters are back out on the streets. protests planned throughout france but the crowds are much smaller than we've seen in recent weeks. the protests started over rising gas prices, taxes, and now has broadened into a protest against the french president himself and his government. we continue to monitor. britain's labour party is calling for a brexit vote in parliament before christmas after prime minister theresa may failed to gain concessions from
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the eu in brussels. the eu is skeptical her deal will be approved and moving ahead with plans for a hard brexit. russia is criticizing for putting a decades old missile treaty in jeopardy. moscow introduced a u.n. draft rehouse resolution. the u.s. says it will bow out unless russia complies with the deal. moscow denies any violations. >> legislation that brought headache to millions of americans has been struck down by a u.s. judge. the judge ruled parts of the affordable care act better known as obamacare are unconstitutional and to that end the entire plan must go away. the law remains in effect. that's important. remains in effect for now and an appeal is expected. on that topic, just a bit
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earlier i spoke with a professor of government at the university of essex and i asked her what happens if the affordable care act is repealed after the appeals are exhausted. >> if it is just repealed, and, of course, there's going to be a huge fight and appeals process and eventually go to the supreme court. but if it just repealed then the republicans promised that they would come up with some sort of replacement plan. but as trump has even noted himself, health care is v-very complicated and it's not that easy to come with a replacement plan. it takes years and a lot of expertise and there's a real danger that if this plan goes forward you have, you know, over 130 million americans that have pre-existing conditions. and obamacare was vital to ensuring that anyone that had pre-existing condition would be covered. you also had 20% of americans
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that prior to the passage of the affordable care act that weren't insured. so if the republicans get their way and this gets repealed, they are going to be in more trouble because you have 75% of americans that are in favor of having some plan in place that ensures anyone with a pre-existing condition is taken care of. >> however you slice it this plays into the president's promises, one of the big campaign promises he had. he tweeted about it. let's pull the tweet up as he says, as i predicted all along obamacare has been struck down as unconstitutional, a disaster. now congress must pass a strong law that provides great health care and protects pre-existing condition. mitch and nancy getting it done. the president talking about the soon to be led democratic house of representatives. under this congress, under this president, is there a chance this law may find a path forward
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even as it faces these challenges in. court? >> i don't think so. the house democrats have been very assertive with the fact that health care is the biggest issue over the mid-terms, it was their big issue they were going to campaign on and they want to keep the aspects of affordable care act in place and just to improve upon it. they have no desire to repeal it and to start from scratch. it doesn't make any sense. what would make sense is to work on improving the problems with obamacare that people have. >> now to this story, the department of homeland security investigating the death of a 7-year-old guatemalan girl that died in u.s. custody. she died two days after being detained by border patrol agents for crossing into the u.s. illegally with her father. the young girl became ill on her way to the border station and u.s. officials say she would have likely died in the desert had agents not intervened.
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the coroner has not ruled on the cause of death. in the meantime family members back in guatemala are mourning her death. they say that she and her father had to go to the united states to support them. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: i would like my husband to stay and work in the u.s. because the resources are scarce for us to pay the bills. it's not easy. >> translator: i'm not going to speak that much because i can barely take it. it's difficult for us. this happened because we're very much in need. the girl would jump in happiness she would get to go the united states. very happy and content but she didn't know. for us it's very difficult. >> the trump administration is considering a change that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to achieve legal status. the proposal also discourages anyone applying for visas or green cards from using public
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benefits. cnn correspondent explains how this change could have broad implications even for children who are u.s. citizens. >> reporter: the same month that donald trump was elected president, this woman came to the united states. but it wasn't easy. when the couple found out they were expecting a baby they were earning close to minimum wage. >> i was so sad at that time. somehow i asked myself why i do have to come here? but i also tell myself this is the country of hope. >> reporter: that was 2017. now the department of homeland security is proposing a new policy to deter immigrants from using a wide range of public benefits like california's medical assistance program. >> if i don't have that, maybe i
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go back to vietnam. >> reporter: american born children like their son have access to such benefits regardless of their parents legal status and that would not change under this new proposal from the trump administration. but advocates say immigrant communities are already uneasy. >> an impossible choice. you either accept government benefits, health care for your child, but if do you that you're putting your green card status or visa status at risk. >> reporter: this doctor is part of the american academy of pediatrics, a group that sent a strong message to dhs that this idea could harm kids. as a doctor would you be able to tell these families to stay enrolled because that is okay to keep their citizen children on these programs? >> perhaps. but we don't know what final rule will look like. >> reporter: the proposal so far says many factors would be under consideration for one's visa or green card approval including
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income and potential of future reliance on programs. >> unless you're making a middle class salary, in perfect physical health you could be denied a green card. >> reporter: the united states citizenship say the law is to make sure people can support themselves. with this new proposal the government says the applicant would have a better chance of legal status if a family of three, for example, makes at least $51,000 a year. in 2017, this family did not make that amount? >> i was making about $15 per hour. >> reporter: after a little over a year things changed. >> on december 2017 i got a job offer. >> reporter: as a business analyst. she and her husband now make at least $100,000 combined enough to get off of public assistance. she says they are now proud to pay more taxes.
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>> that money can be used to help somebody like me. >> reporter: if the new rules go into effect the brief help they got could be used to deny another person like her the opportunity to succeed. george, she and her husband are u.s. citizens. the government had two months to submit comments to dhs. george, back to you. >> thank you for the report. australia's prime minister says his government now recognizes west jerusalem as the capital of israel. scott morris suggested australia will move its embassy from tel aviv after israeli and palestinians have agreed on a final peace deal. he added australia recognizes the aspirations of palestinians for a future state with its capital in east jerusalem. let's get the very latest live in jerusalem. our ian lee on the story. what's the reaction to all of
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this so far? >> reporter: well, george, this announcement isn't likely to make anybody happy. we haven't heard from the israelis yet but for israel they see jerusalem as their entire capital, not an east or western side. a reaction is likely to come later today aft. we heard from the palestinian organization and he criticized this. he put more criticism on australia's role in two state solution which they say australia hasn't been a partner in, but for the palestinians they say that the status of jerusalem should be determined through negotiations although australian prime minister did defend his decision. take a listen. >> fundamentally it's the right of every country to determine its national capital.
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that is why the government asked the question, it asked the question about the position we long adopted in relation to jerusalem. >> reporter: so, george, the last time jerusalem status was really determined in an international body you have to go back to 1947 when the united nations came up with the u.n. partition plan for palestine. in that plan they designated jerusalem an international city with the u.n. as part of its administration, but since then through different wars israel has now has control over the entirety of the city but only the united states and guatemala recognize the entirety of jerusalem as israel's capital but russia, like australia also only view west jerusalem as the capital. so this isn't likely to go away any time soon, george. >> i don't think it will go away any time for sure. thank you for the report.
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yippiekiyay. ♪ mom. ♪ >> these images from paris france moments ago, things becoming a bit more intense on streets. you see some tear gas being used, but protesters, again, on the streets in smaller numbers than we've seen in recent weeks, but certainly again out in force there. these yellow demonstrators are protesting now five weeks in a row. the protests started over rising gas prices and taxes but the
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protest has since broadened into a protest against the french president himself and his government. mr. macron tried to make concessions earlier this week including cancelling the fuel tax that started all the protests. but many people said that was not enough and the protests you're seeing right now we understand throughout france and even into other countries the movement has spread. we'll continue to monitor the events in paris and bring you the latest as we see things happen there. many say the concessions are not enough. they plan to continue demonstrating. our ben wedeman explains. >> reporter: the honk iing is n annoyance, just a friendly show of support for the yellow vest protesters at a roundabout in normandy, northwest of paris. this 85-year-old pensioner
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explains why he backs the protest. [ speaking foreign language ] because my pension is melting in the sun he tells me. there's nothing left. what does he want from president macron? to get lost. this is the other side of the protest. hundreds of roundabouts across the country, every day all day long there are people out speaking to drivers, making their message clear and there's none of the drama and tension of saturdays in paris. the atmosphere is upbeat. they put up a shelter with a sign the official residence of the french president. and a fence built by richard the lion hearted that looms over the
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roundabout. supporters provide the protesters with food and firewood, lunch on this day barbecue sausages. this 33-year-old lost her part time job caring for handicapped children. i think politicians are separated from people in the rural area. we're forgotten. but she's found solidarity, support and friendship. it really brings us together she says. the protests were sparked over anger by proposed increases to fuel taxes now scrapped but have taken on a life of their own. president macron's monday speech make a difference?
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he said crap she says. he said things that don't interest us at all. we want him to reduce taxes, raise the minimum wage and pensions. so they will brave the cold and carry on. ben wedeman, cnn, france. thank you. remembering a filmmaker and conservationist. we take a look at his lasting legacy. but mania, such as unusual changes in your mood, activity or energy levels, can leave you on... ...shaky ground. help take control by asking your healthcare provider about vraylar. vraylar treats acute mania of bipolar i disorder. vraylar significantly reduces overall manic symptoms, and was proven in adults with mixed episodes who have both mania and depression.
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welcome back. the award-winning film maker and environmentalist hardy jones has died after a long battle with cancer. we look back at his life, which was dedicated to protecting dolphins and whales. >> i was just in their group. i was swimming. >> reporter: the man known as the dolphin defender, hardy jones died this week at home after a long battle with cancer. the director of more than 70 documentaries that aired on national geographic, pbs, discovery and various foreign broadcasters, jones focused all his energy on preserving the
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environment and the animals that he loved through video. >> dolphins are my life's work. in a very literal sense, they swept me out to sea and into another universe. >> reporter: swimming near grand bahama island in 1978 jones then a cbs news journalist encountered a school of friendly wild dolphins and fell in love. quitting his job at cbs news he released his first film in 1979 called dolphin where he filmed a group of wild dolphins. jones is well-known for his exclusive dramatic footage of dolphin hunting. >> three days later 5:00 a.m. in a driving rain the fisherman began the slaughter. >> reporter: his footage made headlines, sparked international protests and eventually shut down the slaughter off the islands of the coast of japan. >> as the world see these images we're a step closer to ending this. >> reporter: this footage aired
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on cbs globally as well as his pbs documentary series "the dolphin defender." with 40 years of experience, jones increasingly served as an expert on the ocean and the growing concerns about the earth's rising temperatures. hardy jones recently visited this area in peru. do you believe it could relate to some sort of contaminants in the water or in the food source of these pelicans? >> red tides are not uncommon in areas of water that are upwelling such as this area off of peru. red tides are generated by warmer waters that may the result of global warming. >> in the tropical oceans of the world there's a species in dolphins unlike any other. >> reporter: jones partnered with ted danson to form blue voice. a few years later diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of
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blood cancer. he teamed with a researcher to look at the possible link of myeloma to the same toxins found in dolphin populations. he worked to curb the toxicity in the oceans, something he worked on until his death. thank you for being with us for cnn newsroom. i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. to our viewers in the united states, "new day" is next. for viewers around the world, state of america is ahead. ♪ heading west to where the sun sleeps ♪
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