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so great fool have you with us on this saturday morning. >> cnn newsroom starts right now. >> overnight the environmental protection agency closed its doors. the latest department here to close as the government shutdown enters its eighth day today. >> now 14,000 epa employees join the nearly 800,000 people being told to start this day without pay or stay at home. while democrats and republicans bicker, the government employees are left to wonder and worry about what's next. january 1st utilities will need to be paid, rent, mortgages all due. last hour we spoke with a man
who represented government employees to put a face on this incident. >> we had an individual let us know that recently his wife died. he is unable, at this time because of this shutdown to pay for her headstone. and he said at the tail end of his commentary to us that he is broken hearted over that. and you know, that, i think in some ways, incapsulates what's going on and happing to federal workers. our federal workers do a great service to this country. and to be treated the way that they are is indeed unfortunate. >> now remember the president said he would own this shutdown, he, however, seemed to be pinning the blame on democrats. he's also threatening to close
the southern bord wr mexico if they don't fund the border wall. >> reporter: no real word from the white house today on any progless made in the government shutdown. it's unclear either side is communicating. the last we heard from mulvaney was when he told report thorns north lawn that talk husbas hadn down. the president signing an executive order late last night that froze pay raises for federal workers in 2019. the president indicated in a letter to the omb he was planning to do something like this as earl ea as august of this year but of course at this time with the government shut down and the workers either furloughed or having to face the fact that they may not be paid until early into the new year, it does add insult to injure a in some degree.
the freezing of the pay raises does not include most members of the military and form could be include in any bill. then it becomes a potentialing chip. mull vein a said he believes all the cards are in the hands of nancy pelosi. he mated the case that she wants the shutdown to guarantee her votes for speaker oof the houses. according to our count she had the votes to become speaker well beor the government shut down. democrats are essentially saying they're not going to give the president funding for his border wall. don't forget that democrats promised they're going to bring up one of three potential measures as soon as they take power january 3rd. none of them include any funding for the wall.
in the meantime government agencies shutting down and workers who are ultimately going to have to face difficult times. there's a list of agencies that were going to be shutting down. the the smithsonian museums and national zoo will be shut down january 2nd. the federal communications commission will cease taking complaints and the federal trade commission is having to suspend their investigation into facebook potentially inappropriate use of user's private data. as this shut down continues, more people feel thefects and still it doesn't seem there's any new common ground between theetds two sides. >> thank you so much. well, this shut down is effecting thousands of federal workers who will not be getting a paycheck until this is decided and congress approves the back pay and they're talking about
this on social media, about they're worried about how to pay their bills. >> and to real ea highlight, here to talk about what they're tweeting. it highlights this isn't about numbers. this is about people and their lives. i'm surprised almost at how candid they're being on social media. >> we're haring more and more of their heart wrenching stories where their incomes have been zeroed out and their are having to focus on essential expenses. year hearing from federal workers and veterans that depend on pay ecwhiches to keep things going. a marine corps veteran says my children don't care about walls. they care about food in their belly, none of which is possible if their mom can't go to work. ernie jaungsen, thankfully my
auto loan was deferred. if no back pay, i'll likely be evicted february 1st. melissa says she's a disabled veteran who's been waiting for service coneced surgery over a year. yes, it takes that lodge. can't get at my final approval, it's making my future kausz -- there are so many government contractors not getting paid and we do not get retropay when the government shutdown is over. that is just gone forever. and here's what laura is tweeting. i depend on this -- that comes outoo federal correctional officer paycheck so i won't have the funds for after school care or lunch. people being so kand utd.
>> and it's a stretch across the country. because the misnomer is they're kau concentrated in and around washington d.c. we're going to bring in political commentator. is as well as kin tributor for spectator u.s.a. let's listen to garth here. representative said democrats are prepared to vote. they're prepared to vote on the bill, on any bill that comes to them that has gone through and passed thesont committee. but then he said this about president trump refusing to accept any legislation that does not embrace funding the wall. >> that's not compromise. that's not working with together to accomplish an objective and
he made promise that was not -- ill informed, ill advised promise and said the mexican people were guying to pay for it. he should have kben it was baloney. >> is there a political price to pay the longer this goes on because it looks as though there really is no negotiation going on? >> there is a lot of belonny. there is a political cost because there are lots of public employees who are not going to look kindly.
not going to get more favorable over the next few days as the 116th congress is sworn in, they're not going to make lifer easier for the republicans. >> so pat roberts said we are on the -- we on inrepublican side don't don't want to vote for a bill the president won't sign. so the onus is on the democrats. is he trying to say that republican's hands are tie snd >> i feel like everybody's hands are tied. you have nancy pelosi vacationing in hawaii when we're hearing stories of federal
workers worrying about having to pay their bills. donald trump said public lay in his famous meeting, i would be proud to shut down the government for the it border wall. it's very hard to paint this as the democrat's problem. and the white house does actually keep coming down. they demanded 5.7 billion. i heard latest was down to 2.5 billion. the democrats are saying no and i think they think they can do better and let's face it senate voted unanimously for the bill that can fund through february 8th with no wall at all. once that happened you had
prominent conservatives saying this is disappointing, outrages and donald trump immediately back tracked and they once voted for a bill without a border wall . why won't they do it again? >> he was supposed to be in mar-a-lago. canceled that because of what they're dealing with right now. should other members have stayed perhaps to work this out? >> i don't know if they ahave the votes to do that. paul ryan could have tried a couple of different bills. but the congress is over. there was nowhere else for them to go. he wasn't going to be able to force his members, many of who lost their races. once thav it rr lost their jobs, there's no point in can coming wack.
they weren't able to do very much. and the democrats certainly didn't have to come back either. they had no reason to. this is a question for the congress and it's going to make it much harder for the president because democrats will say you had full control of the government and you shut it down. it's not going to get easier. it's going to get a little harder. >> review something talking about a major change to start requiring migrants stay in mexico while their cases crawl through the american courts and it's going to put the onus on mexico to hold on to the migrants until their cases are suplidified. people there in mexico saying there's no program, no funding,
no support. it tijuana is essentially going to become a waiting room. with that said, do you expect any legal challenges -- she argued will eventually reduce the number of migrants trying to game the system. is there a concern that these could go through because everybody is so distracted with what's happening right now with the shutdown? >> that's a great question and hopefully you're reporting and mentioning it like this will keep it in people's minds. there are arguments to be made for changing the policy. nielsen is not making them. the idea that all asylum seekers are just playing the system. no, i've heard they might be
able to get more asylum cases decided and through because if they keep the people in mexico, they can go through the cases more quickly and they'll be able to not cast them. like right now they can only deal with so many a day. but they're not making those sensible arguments. they seem to want instead to focus on hooted rhetoric that might appeal to some people but not others. there's so much going on. you have the president talking bouts shutting down the bortder. why do we need a wall? if shutting down it the border is shutting down the legal crossing. i do hope despite the shut down, some of these issues will be taken seriously and they'll return to washington and at least start opening their minds to solving some of these problems. >> next week they'll be back at
it with a democratic house. always appreciate both of your insights. thank you. homeland security secretary nielsen will be visiting. she wants to see hand medical screenings in el paso and yuma. in el paso this morning. and what are you learning about her visit so far? >> reporter: she's been very cagey about details. she's not released any official statement. we know she arrived at the end of business yesterday ifio remember earlier this week particularly children under the
age of 10 to get secondary screening. >> what are you learning about hundreds of undocumented immigran immigrant that have been drauch dropped off across el paso? >> reporter: as you eknopresident trump has declared catch and releasing is over. we've seen a steady stream dropped off behind me and it's frustrating to local charities because these types of are leases had been coordinated in the pasch past. a coordinator said even though he reached out to ice, they still dropped offs to the
migrants wi migrants no planchz and no resouss. >> we were ready. we had staff christmas eve and day. next thing we know we're watching as they're dropping them in the streets. >> reporter: we saw dozens dropped off at the bus station here. at 1.15 to 20 with five or six can children included. one just a baby being held in their mother's arms. >> nick valencia at that bus station. year hearing from the man who remembers the moment he was kicked out of a hotel for talking on the phone. the attorney calls it quote calling his mother while black. but one blows them all out of the water. hydro boost from neutrogena®.
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20s minutes past the hour. and portland's mayor is condemning an incident where a black man was kicked out of a hotel lobby while on the phone. >> i've not moved. i've been sitting here the whole time and they're calling the police on me because i'm taking a phone call in the lobby. did you ask any of the people that just walked by what room they were staying in? no. >> he was heading back to his hotel room from concert when he found a quiet place in the lobby to call his mom but then the security guard stepped in. >> when the police arrived i asked them what were my opportunities here and they said i could either stay and ignore their requests and be arrested or i could comply and pack up my room and leave the hotel.
>> two employees have been place said on leave and doubletree says we will take the appropriate measures to insure this does not happen again. we have a zeeree-tolerance stance on discrimination of any kind. corporal singh was killed the day after christmas during a traffic stop in newman, california. they say he came to the u.s. illegally and might have been trying to escape to mexico. >> seven other arrests have been made including the suspect's girlfriend, two of his brothers. here with more. >> reporter: the manhunt is over for the suspect in a police officer's killing. now we're hearing from his devastated family. less than 48 hours after losing his brother, his hero, his
friend, reggie singh stepped to the mic. >> he's not coming back. but there's a lot of people out there that misses him and a lot of law enforcement people that i don't know that worked days and nights to make this happen. >> reporter: he came as an immigrant from fiji. he wanted to become a police officer and he did just that. he dreamt of a family. five months ago he and his wife welcomed their son into the world. but at 1:00 in the morning the day after christmas his dream was quickly ended. >> i did not know christmas morning at 4:00 in the morning when i said goodbye to him and sent him tough to his family that it would be the last time that i saw him. >> reporter: police say singh
was killed by perez ariaga. deafuty as caught up with him at a home near bakers field, california after a massive manhunt. >> he crossed our border illegally into arizona some time ago. he is a criminal. he has two prior arrested for dui. >> reporter: several people were arrested including his brother and a coworker accused of lying to authorities and impeding the ability to find him faster. the sheriff could not contain his outrage over california's so-called sanctuary law. >> and under sb 4 in california based on other active warrants this criminal has out there, law enforcement would have been prohibited from sharing any information with ice about this
criminal gang member. >> reporter: some completely disagree saying the law actually encourages people to come forward who would otherwise avoid helping because of their citizenship status. but the sheriff's sentiment has been embraced bymany including president trump. he use said it in his pitch for a border wall. no matter who wins the political battle, there is little that can ease the pain of the singh family. the one solace, his k9 partner, sam, will become the family pet. as the chief put it the singh family shouldn't have to lose another family member. they say there may be more arrests to come. next president trump's trouble with the truth. the "washington post" has published their latest tally through the first 700 days.
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is anybody here willing to give up the big pay raise you just got? you haven't got one in 10 years? and we got you a big one. had plenty of people who said we can make it smaller. we can making it 3%, 2%, we can make it 4%. i said no, make it 10%. make it more than 10%. >> that was president trump having more trouble with the truth this week. here are the facts. troops have been give an raise for every year for more ran the three decades. 2018 and 2019 they're 2.4% and
2.6% respectively. it's day eight for the demand of $5 billion for his border wall and nearly 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or expected to work without pay and president trump made the baseless claim that most of the people not getting paid are democrats. the president has made thousands of false claim cans in his last several months. their count 7,546 false or misleading claims in the first 7,516 false or misleading claims. tangible, visual and i decided to use a version of a party game i did not like as a kid but it works like this. guessing the number of gum balls in jars. we've shown you the president's thousands of false and misleading claims.
and 7,546 gum balls. we're now filling our 14th jar in fewer than two years on the job. now for some context, after the first time in january, the president was averaging roughly five false claim as day and by the "post"'s count he's now nearly doubled that. joining me new york city counselman and former trump campaign co chair and ethics lawyer for the bush administration. i understand you support the president's policies, you support his judicial appointments, his performance with the economy this far but are you not alarmed by the sheer number of provable false claims the president makes? >> no, i'm not alarmed. this is a guy speaking in hyperbole throughout the
campaign and bragadocious manner. i don't seem to recall a similar gum ball game when president obama was president. other than -- >> holier than how the? let me pause here for a second. specifically with this example he was standing in front of men and women with their lives on the line to protect all the privileges we have as americans -- he also stood there and said this was the first time they'd gotten a raisz raise, which can was not true. he was not telling the trulgt about how nuch raise was and 7700 of these. -- 7500 of these. part of the reason you didn't see the continuing tally is because there weren't so men ea per day. >> i'm glass pom's misleading
statement like manufacturing jobs didn't come through but that's not the point. >> maybe he meant the first in it 10 years, or multiplied by the four-year term -- >> all of that would be wrong. >> what i meant about holier than how the is we saw from the same trip the media speak in incredible terms that they were violating rules. all that wasn't true and yet newspaper outlets ran stories cover to cover saying it was. >> i hes tiitate to use the wor lie -- first it's clear whether what he said is false. but isn't clear whether he has no idea what he's talking about or telling bald face lies. >> he's been lying his entire life.
everybody in new york knows that. every since he was a kid and he goes off and dodges the draft with a foot doctor who lies to get him out of the draft and the casino taj mahal, $900 million worth. that's why nobody in new york will loan him money and he needs to go abroad. the bottom line is he's been lying for decades but it's about to be over because robert mueller is closing in. we have the national security advisor, campaign manager, the lawyer all headed off to prison. felony convictions. and year gieroing to have a rep from the special counsel sometime probably in the next few months. he could try to shut down the government over oo border wall nobody wants, continue to lie, throw hissy fits but he's not going to get away with it.
i'm compare him to president bush who i think was a very good president -- >> sure, don't compare to president obama -- >> he didn't interrupt you. he didn't interrupt you. finish, please. >> i am telling you that donald trump is a liar. and yes, there's things that president obama, clinton said that turned out not to by true but donald trump has lied every day repeatedly. he's lied for his entire life since he dodged the draft in vietnam when robert mueller went off to fight for his country. he had a a foot injury from playing hawk aat st. paul's and he got it fixed. and we have a president who's a draf draft dodger and a liar. >> most of the 800,000 or so
federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay are democrats. what backs that claim? go ahead and i'll have a follow up. >> frankly i dont know where he got the information from. i madimagine given the demograp of washington d.c. and the areas in the immediate surrounding counties it's probably true. >> but the vast majority of federal workers do not live in the washington metropolitan area? >>m i >> buttia just tried to support it. why twd it be relevant -- why would it matter the political affiliation of the people not being paid? >> i hope democrats would call their leadership, and have them come back and come to the
negotiation table and accept some of the compromises president trump has offered on the border wall? a new finding on coal power plants could lead to more toxens in your air. it could make it tougher to create new regulations. essentially the epa says the current formula is too costly. they say the dramatic change first supported in the "new york times" could do irreparable harm to public safety. people have died after a massive storm. where is this storm headed next? we'll talk you live to the cnn weather center. ♪
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>> live from the cnn weather center. how much longer is it going to last? >> unfortunately rain chances through the rest of the year, especially into the southeast. for year yeahs of the northeast and midatlantic, you're going to get a little bit of a break. it's the southeast where we got one storm exiting and another one starting to arrive. so because of that you still have rain chances stretching from texas all way towards florida. while we do expect rain and thunder, we don't expect any severe storms and really none for tomorrow. the only real threat for the rest of the year exists on monday and it's going to be in this red area right here, basically portions of mississippi and louisiana and that's it. and even then your mainly only focusing on winds. which means that we are likely going to keep the tornado numbers we have had so far this
year in tact. this is all the tornado reports we have seen this year. these numbers may seem high but oddly enough this year was below average for a change and the number of ef 4 or 5 tornados this year we had zero. we normally end with seven. we have never had zero ef our or 5 tornados since records have been kept in the 1950s. one thing to note and honestly because we haven't had any ef our or 5s. we've had the fewest number of tornado fatalities and records go back to the 1870s. we had 10 total tornado fay falts but again the thing to note is i think a lot of this has to do with people getting a lot of advanced warning and
having much safer places to go when tornados do occur. >> thank you so much. so the college football semifinals are finally here. >> alabama is expected to win but you know something we do not. >> the champs heavy favorites and coming up an 80% chance alabama loses today. more victor, more chl. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair's derm-proven retinol works so fast, it takes only one week to reveal younger looking skin. neutrogena® our because of smoking.ital. but we still had to have a cigarette. had to. but then, we were like. what are we doing? the nicodermcq patch helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. nicodermcq. you know why, we know how.
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college football playoff semifinals are tonight. alabama is the overwhelming favorite against oklahoma. >> there is an advantage. guess who knows? mr. coy wire who knows all. >> this is fascinating. alabama has been one of the most dominating time in all of sports since nick saben, their coach took over. but saben is just one in four against heisman trophy winners. his alabama teams 0-2. and they face oklahoma quarterback tyler murray who's so athletic that hea already signed a pro baseball contract. he tells us he's going all out and bama tell us they're not lacking any motivation either. >> i don't need any extra motivation.
i'm not real a were aides about what the odds are. when the game comes time to play, we'll play. >> we approach every game as underdogs. i think that's ironic. we feel like we're being doubted. >> their quarterback is expected to play after nundergoing ankle surgery. they've earned spots and in the cotton bowl they're facing notre dame without dexter lawrence, after traces of a banned substance. this a chance for undefeated notre dame to shake down the echoes. they haven't won a title since 1988. julian love tells us they're well aware of their legacy and what's at stake.
>> there's definitely those uncles or dads talking about we used to win championships and everyone wants to see that. it's been a long grind for us, for sure, especially for this team and we're ready. we're ready to win one and it's good eing to take a lot for us. >> notre dame/clemson, i'm going to have food, drinks, the couch. come on over, it will be awesome. >> will there be a couch? >> i'll bring it for you. >> count me in. 2018 is the year of the social media activist. gun violence, and introduced us to a character, barbeque becky. the year's biggest trending stories next. ♪ there's no place like home ♪
♪ mom. ♪ as we close out 2018, we want to look at some of the top trending stories. >> 2018 was the year of the social media activist. people across the country, speaking out against sexual assault, gun violence, and racism. #activism proved it is a force to be reckoned with. here are the top 8 trending stories of the year.
times up in 2018. on january 1st, a group of women in the film industry unveiled times up as an action plan, a sequel to last year's me too reckoning. >> we're pushing the movement along, doing what we can with our voices, our solidarity. >> we are standing in solidarity with women everywhere, saying times up, enough is enough on sexual harassment, assault, abuse of power. >> the group created a legal defense fund to support women that encounter sexual assault, harassment, or inequality in the workplace, especially those outside the entertainment industry that lack financial or legal resources. >> now that we've all joined as one voice, it feels like empowerment to those women who never had it. >> number 7 do you hear yanni or
laurel. two seemingly unrelated words divided the internet in 2018. >> it says laurel. >> play it. >> it seems everyone had an opinion, from law enforcement. >> what we've determined now is that the audio sound you've been hearing is actually the name laurel. >> to capitol hill. >> it is laurel and not yanny. come on. how many laurel fans here? right. okay. thank you. >> in the end, science called a winner. >> if you heard laurel, you're correct. >> it is further proof it doesn't take much to break the internet. number 6. >> amazing face of spider-man. >> he was a migrant.
in the span of 30 seconds, his selfless act of bravery captivated the world. he scaled a four story building in paris with his bare hands to save a child's life. for his heroism, the french president granted him citizenship. he now works with paris fire brigade now. number 5. deep sigh of relief after 38 agonizing minutes. with nuclear tensions between north korea and the united states running high, people in hawaii got this text. ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii, seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill. an emergency alert that sent panicked families to seek shelter anywhere they could, some putting children in storm drains. within 12 minutes, they tweeted it was a false alarm. there's no word from the governor that admitted he forgot his twitter password. >> what happened today was
totally unacceptable. >> it took 38 minutes for the emergency alert system to declare a false alarm. number 4. a different kind of activism rocked the internet. dozens of viral videos exposed everyday racism aimed as african americans. barbeque becky, permit patty, pool patrol paula. these women got the name treatment. two black men were arrested for waiting at a store in philadelphia. starbucks later apologized for the incident and launched employee anti-bias training. number 3. professor christine ford. >> hard for me to breathe. i thought brett was going to accidentally kill me. >> she accused brett kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were teenagers, an accusation he
repeatedly denied. president trump mocked ford's testimony during a campaign rally. >> how did you get home, i don't remember. how did you get there, i don't remember. where is the place, i don't remember. how many years ago was it, i don't know, i don't know. >> in a series of tweets, trump claimed if the attack ford alleged was as bad as she says, charges would have been filed with local law enforcement authorities. the hash tags we believe dr. ford, believe survivors, and dear professor ford started trending as hundreds of thousands of women took to social media to express their solidarity. and using the hash tag why i didn't report, countless more feeling ashamed and powerless after their own sexual assault experiences of no one believing them. number two. in parkland, florida. students of marjory stoneman douglas high school turn the worst day of their lives into a political movement. >> you can say yes, we're going
to do these things, thoughts and prayers. what we need more than that is action. >> students created the never again movement to prevent gun violence and help organize the march for our lives in washington, d.c. which became the most tweeted about movement of all of 2018. more than two and a half million was raised for march for our lives via facebook fund-raisers. even barack obama's tweet about the march became the second most liked tweet of the year. and number 1. never before has a president used social media quite like this. communicating directly with more than 57 million followers. from antagonistic tweets about world leaders and political foes to trafficking in half truths, @real donald trump set the doto for news coverage and discourse. whether he blasts the rigged
witch hunt, calling the media fake news, or heaping praise on allies and supporters, the president tweeted and retweeted more than 3,000 times in 2018, and is the most tweeted about political figure of the year. >> make america great again. >> all right. on new year's eve, don't miss anderson cooper and andy cohen live from times square, starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. we're grateful to have your company as always. i am christi paul. >> i am victor blackwell. you're in the cnn "newsroom." >> getting you up to speed on what's happening in the world this