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he then took off and landed on ood another fan and stayed there until the trainer plucked him up. clark snis now a viral sensatio. ring in 2019 with cnn. anderson cooper and andy cohen cohost new year's eve live from times square. it all gets started monday 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm ryan nobles in tonight for ana cabrera. tonight, insight into president trump's frame of mind, and maybe getting the government fully restarted. we're getting that insight not from the president. he's still sequestering himself in the white house and tweeting. it's what we're getting second-hand from republican senator lindsey graham who spent two hours with the president today talking about the battle
over money for the president's border wall. >> he's not a man under siege. the president is firm in his commitment to make sure we get money for border security and there'll never be a 60-vote deal in the senate that doesn't include money for border security slash wall. the wall has become a metaphor for border security. what we're talking about is a physical barrier where it makes sense. in the past, every democrat has voted for these physical barriers. it can't be about because trump wants it we can no longer agree with it. sarah westwood is live at the white house. graham was echoing a talking point from the white house that despite the president still using the word "wall" over and over again and emphasizing the use of that word, he's actually not necessarily talking about a physical barrier? >> reporter: that's right, ryan. it's a what we've seen more and more of from president trump's allies and that's trying to
muddy the waters about what constitutes border security and what qualifies as a wall. this administration actually abandoned the idea of a concrete wall early in trump's presidency. it's also unclear how much funding president trump would require to go towards the construction of a barrier, fencing, or steel slats, versus how much he would allow to go to border security in general. our dana bash trying to get clarity out of kellyanne conway this morning. take a listen. >> he's in the white house negotiating. this is no reason to keeping the government open. if you keep saying wall, wall, wall, because you want wall to be a four-letter word and we're not being honest -- >> kelly the president is the one who explicitly said in the oval office, it's the wall and it's the reason why. >> you can't cherry pick his tweets. he talked about border security just yesterday >> senator graham said the president was open minded about a potential compromise that
would see him settle for $5 billion for a border wall in exchange for temporary protections for the so-called dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants protected under daca. however mick mulvaney, the act chief of staff and the budget director has already signaled the president would be willing to take less than $5 billion for the border wall, so there's still not a lot of clarity about thousand shutdown ends, eventually, ryan. >> the reason that lindsey graham went to the white house was to talk about his disagreements with the president's plan to withdraw u.s. troops from syria. i want to play what he said earlier today, and then what he said right after meeting with the president. juxtapose these two comments from senator graham. >> the syrian decision caught me by surprise. i fear it's going to undercut all we have achieved. i'll ask the president to reconsider >> i think the president has come up with a plan that makes sense to me. the goal is to make sure isis doesn't come back. i think we're in a pause situation where we're
reevaluating what's the best way to achieve the president's objective of having people pay more and do more. >> graham initially said he wanted the president to change his mind. it seems based on what lindsey graham said that maybe the president changed his mind. how should we interpret this, sarah? >> senator graham said he felt better than he has since president trump announced his decision to withdraw the troops from syria. graham was a vociferous critic of that decision. graham said the president relayed to him he would slow down the removal of troops from syria, even though the president said earlier in iraq that the generals had come to him and requested more time to prepare for the withdrawal and the president denied that request. graham also suggested that the president would be looking to maybe leave the troops in place until isis was defeated, even though president trump has cited the defeat of isis a at his reason for moving the troops in the first place. so not a lot of clarity about the president's position right now, ryan.
>> sarah westwood live from the white house. thank you, sarah. let's talk about this now. we have a great panel to discuss this. washington bureau chief for the associated press, julia pace, and olivia newsy. let's start with you. is it the wall, border security? seems like every time we hear from a different person from the white house we get a different interpretation of exactly what they're looking for here. how on earth can they hatch a deal when we don't know what they want? >> what they're trying to do is find a way out to get a deal. if the president is going to hold a hard line and say that has to be a physical barrier, then it's almost impossible to see how we get out of this. if he does try to change his position here, change what the money is allocated for, say that it's for a broader border security program, that's where you can start to see more democrats that he would need lining up behind some kind of package that would get us out of this mess.
but i think what's particularly interesting is the person who has held onto the idea of a physical wall the longest is the president himself. a lot of people around him for a long time have been talking about that being essentially a metaphor. but when trump gets up there and talks about this, he's the one that was pushing for this. and his supporters believe him when he says that >> seems every time they track away from it, the president brings everyone back and says no, i'm physically talking about a wall here. olivia, one of president trump's key and repeated promises during the campaign was he wanted a physical wall, but also that mexico would pay for it. take a listen to this. >> mexico will pay for the wall. >> mexico's going to pay for the wall and they understand that. >> mexico is going to pay for the wall, believe me, 100%. >> it's a little ironic that he said mexico was going to pay for this wall and now he's in a showdown with democrats that shut down the american federal
government to pay for this wall. where is the president's leverage here? >> i don't think he has very much leverage. but this is the problem with the slogans. mexico is going to pay for it, build the wall, these were two slogans that the president used during the presidential campaign repeatedly and he would use them, i thought about how he would feel the crowd lagging at the rallies, he would use the phrase build the wall and he would get the crowd to chant that phrase and liven up again. this is the problem when you try to govern using slogans. the details are very tricky and obviously we're seeing now that he's having a lot of difficulty hammering them out. but this is also one of the problems with not having a plan going into a big negotiation like this. the reason why there's so much confusion, so many different stories coming from different officials and people close to the white house, people talking to the president, is because there really is no plan. >> julie, the departing chief of
staff gave an exit interview of sorts to the "l.a. times" and here's what he had to say about the wall. quote, to be honest, it's not a wall. the president still says wall. oftentimes he'll say barrier or fencing now. he's tended towards steel slats, but we left the solid concrete wall early on in the administration. when we ask people what they needed and where they needed it. this is what john kelly is saying they were talking about in the administration. he makes it seem as though the president himself agreed to this concept. is the president's base on the same page with general kelly when it comes to that perspective? >> the short answer is no. and you saw that most recently just a few weeks ago when congress looked like they were moving for a way to avoid a shutdown by not giving trump the funding for the wall. you saw a huge conservative pushback from fox news, from a lot of trump's early supporters who said, no, we were promised a wall. this is what the president said on the campaign trail and what we voted for.
what is particularly interesting about kelly's comments is he's coming at this not just as chief of staff but as the former head of the department of homeland security. and he's saying when they talk to people in the department of homeland security about what was needed at the border, they didn't want the wall. so if the president holds this hard line, it appears he's going against what most people who would actually be in charge of implementing the nation's immigration policy actually believe they need or want. >> yeah. so olivia, as democrats prepare to take over the house, president seems to have a pretty good game plan here. he wants to drive a wedge between nancy pelosi and the senate minority leader chuck schumer. take a listen to this. >> we have a problem with the democrats because nancy pelosi is calling the shots, not chuck. and chuck wants to have this done. i really believe that. he wants to have this done. but she's calling the shots and she's calling them because she wants the votes. and probably if they do something he's not getting get
the votes and she's not going to be speaker of the house, and that would be not so good for her. >> so this is kind of a time honored tradition in republican politics, create a foil out of nancy pelosi. but this idea of pitting her against chuck schumer seems to be a new line of attack. olivia, could this possibly be successful? >> i don't think so. i don't see how it could be successful. it's rather transparent because we're talking about it as a strategy right now on television as the president is doing it. so i cannot see how it could possibly be an effective strategy. it is highly nuanced for the president, though, which is a bit different. but i think the idea that he's going to use nancy pelosi to fight -- attack her and be effective attacking her, when you look at the midterm results, i think it shows you that can't be an effective strategy either. whether or not he's pitting her
against schumer, just going after her i don't think is a winning strategy nationally. that's what a lot of republicans tried to do during the midterm elections and, of course, we saw the results of that in the democrats' favor. so i don't really know why you would double down on that, but there are a number of things that are making sense about the white house right now. >> if the republicans' goal was to put nancy pelosi's name on the ballot, i think the outcome was that she won, at least this particular election. thank you so much for your perspectives. we appreciate it. coming up, manafort's motivations, what a ti"time" magazine story says. an exrussian spy says he pressured paul manafort to pay back his debts. we'll go live to moscow next.
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paul manafort alleged read oleg deripaska millions of dollars. the story quotes a middle man as saying he pressured manafort during the height of the 2016 presidential race to pay it back and that manafort offered ways to do so. so what does that mean? well, essentially that a powerful russian may have had leverage over the future president's campaign chairman. the same being investigating for possible collusion with the kremlin. matthew chance is live for us in moscow. matthe you have tried to question him about these reports. but he's a difficult man to get in touch with. tell us what he told you. >> reporter: you're right. he is a very difficult man to get hold of. once you get hold of him, he's a difficult man to question as i found out last november in vietnam. when i approached him a russian billionaire close to vladimir
putin in a legal dispute with paul manafort over the loss of millions of dollars in a business venture that went wrong, i asked him about those allegations that paul manafort when he was the campaign chief for donald trump offered him private briefings as a way of getting hold with the russian billion nafrmt take a listen to how that exchange went. [ inaudible question ] >> i just want the real truth. did he owe you millions of dollars? >> it's news for idiots. if you don't understand -- >> did he offer those private briefings as a way to repay that debt? can you answer me that, please? it's a big issue in the united states, sir. did he offer you those private briefings to try and repay some of that debt to you? is that way he offered them?
>> get lost, please. thank you. >> reporter: all right. at least he was polite. he said please, which is something. but, look, victory borken is a character that's been named by "time" magazine, sangd by the united states for involvement. he was essentially the debt collector sent to get that money back. and he put him under a great deal of pressure when manafort was the campaign chief. >> matthew chance, great reporting. one of the few people who has attempted to corner deripaska. i want to bring in two attorneys, jim is a former trump white house attorney. jim, you're somebody that supports this president. you want to see him cleared in the russia investigation. tell me, does this new report
concern you at all? >> so what we do know is that paul manafort wasn't charged with anything in connection with his role as the chain chairman of the trump campaign for the short time he was there, which included the convention and he left sometime in september. i don't know i'm all that concerned about this. it's concerning that these conversations were taking place and that the pressure was applied, but whether he was actually corrupted in any way, shape, or form, paul manafort had these relationships. there are people all over washington who represent foreign governments every day that are also involved in politics. it was incumbent upon paul manafort to report those relationships that he had, but certainly, you know, i don't see anything here that's going to do a connection to the campaign. we'll see what mueller has to say in his report. but i think we would have seen
something by way of his filings if he felt there were crimes related to paul manafort's activities while he was campaign chairman. >> does jim have a point? >> no. i actually think it's absolutely outrageous that jim says it's not concerning that the president's campaign chair was indebted by millions of dollars to a russian oligarch at the time in which he was involved in the president's campaign, and he was seeking ways to repay that money. he didn't have the ability to do so, he didn't have the cash on hand, so he was trying to come up with creative ways that involved potentially, you know, using his access to the now president of the united states. if you're an american, how could it not be concerning to you that people who have access and are part of levers of power are
indebted to foreign people who have, frankly, large roles in foreign governments who are close to our adversaries? and how could somebody who is making decisions -- if jim was in the white house, how could you make decisions about who should be involved in an administration representing all of us as americans and not be concerned about somebody's ties whether or not they could be black mailed by a foreign government. >> i actually said a minute ago that -- let me clarify what i said. i said that the issue concerned me, that it was concerning. as it relates to the campaign and what charges may be brought, i'm not concerned about the president as it relates to this. this is a charge relating to paul manafort. >> i was going to follow-up with that. regnat toe, specifically to jim's point about the charges that paul manafort has been
charged with and what he's pled guilty to and what he's been convicted of, there doesn't appear to be anything involving this specific assistance that was reported in "time" magazine. is that a good sign it doesn't extend to the president and collusion with russia? >> i agree with jim as to what the charges we've seen are. i would say that it is certainly -- if i represented the president, i would be pleased that there hasn't been any charges involving manafort and the president today. obviously it doesn't necessarily mean that there may not be further development on that front in the future but it certainly looks like at this point mueller made a lot of charges and obtained convictions on manafort and has not included charges with this activity. so i agree with jim on that point. >> there's a legal and political argument on both sides and i want to make sure we're clear on both lanes. thank you both for that. jim, let's move on now and talk
about the president's attorney, rudy giuliani. he gave robert mueller an interesting ultimatum today. take a listen. >> my ultimatum is put up or shut up, bob. what do you have? there are those of us they can't believe you don't have anything on collusion. if he did, it's not a crime. so what the heck are you doing. do you have anything showing president of the united states was in a conspiracy to hack the dnc with russia? of course you don't. if you do, put out a report or give it to the justice department, let them review it and make sure it's not classified or whatever. put out a report. we're ready to rebut it. >> jim, is this really a smart position for giuliani to take to go publicly and give robert mueller an ultimatum? is he in a position to give robert mueller an ultimatum? >> look, i've criticized rudy giuliani time and time again about talking about facts. you said a minute ago there is a political piece to this. what giuliani is out there doing right now is trying to push mueller into issuing a report so
that this discussion can be had at the beginning of this next congress because presumably this report is going to make it into congress' hands if they release it to congress. there will be hearings and there's going to be testimony and there's going to be a number of things that this democratic congress specifically the house of representatives is going to take on and politicize. so getting it out early and wanting to get in first quarter is smart politics. it doesn't jeopardize the president's case in any way, shape, or form. he's plainly making a political statement here because at the end of the day, remember, this does become a political process. this is not going to be a jury and a judge and the president of the united states. this is going to be congress and the president of the united states. >> we don't have that much time but respond to that. from a political perspective, is this a smart move by rudy giuliani? >> well, i agree that it is a political move. i don't know if it's smart or
not. i think the proof will be in the pudding. ultimately if mueller's report and some of the charges that come out are damning, it will ultimately not turn out very well for mr. giuliani. >> great conversation, guys. thank you both. jim schultz and ronaldo mariotti. stunning rebuke, the former commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan takes the president to task and accuses him of not telling the truth. his warning to whoever becomes trump's next secretary of defense.
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administration. one of those the retired four-star army general stanley mcchrystal. >> if we have someone who is as selfless and as committed as james mattis, resigns his position, walking away from all the responsibility he feels for every service member in our forces and he does so in a public way like that, we ought to stop and say, okay, why did he do it? we ought to ask what kind of commander in chief he had that jim mattis, the good marine, felt he had to walk away >> if you were asked to join the trump administration, what would you say? >> i would say no. it's important for me to work for people who i think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it. >> you think he's a liar? >> i don't think he tells the truth. >> is trump immoral in your view? >> i think he is. >> pretty strong words.
that brings us to the president brief highlighting some of the most pressing national security information the president wills when he wakes up tomorrow. joining us is cnn's national security analyst, former national security council adviser sam vinograd. sam, what you hear that from stanley mcchrystal, i mean, what kind of impact do statements like that have? >> ryan, criticizing the president is nothing new. it comes with the territory. but this is a brave new world. we have an unprecedented number of nonpartisan public servants expressing concern over the president's policies. and we have a president who can't just let it go. he responds to this criticism almost as easily as he responds to flattery. he's consistently distracted, but his policies aren't just having an impact on american commentary, they're directly impacting the federal workforce. we've had senior officials
resign in protest over his policies and replacing them is going to be increasingly difficult every day that goes by that he lashes out at another american or makes an impetuous decisions. the financial decisions for going to the government and staying are diminishing by the day. many of us didn't join the u.s. government for large paychecks, but we have to be able to pay our bills. a quarter of the workforce isn't being paid because of the shutdown. even if that is ameliorated, president trump has announced he's freezing federal wages in 2019 while he lauds private sector wage growth, he says government employees don't deserve the benefits. 2019 will be very difficult. >> republican senator lindsey graham was at the white house today, as you know. his goal was to change the president's mind about withdrawing troops from syria. he made headlines with his response to this question from cnn's dana bash before he went to the white house. take a listen. >> if isis reconstitutes itself
after the u.s. leaves, does president trump bear responsibility? >> number one, everything we're dealing with today falls on obama's watch. he's the one that where do yithm iraq. that's bull [ bleep ]. pardon my french. >> he called that a complete lie. what is your response to that. >> history is a great teacher if we don't reinvent it. we did withdraw from iraq in 2011 because the iraqis wouldn't grant our soldiers immunities which were required for them to stay on the ground. president trump is choosing to make the same mistakes all over again and not devoting resources when where we they're needed on the ground while concurrently trying to fight through
information warfare and propaganda. >> another issue is the shutdown and illegal dprinimmigration. would cutting off assistance help? >> cutting off assistance to guatemala, honduras and el salvador would increase illegal immigration. we're not throwing money away in these countries. the dollars that are spent are directly used to create conditions on the ground so that people aren't desperate enough that they want to flee while concurrently doing things like implementing operations to curb gang activity and curb the flow of narcotics. it is pure logic if we cut off this funding, illegal immigration will go up because conditions will deteriorate and we won't be able to stop the criminal activity. >> thank you, sam vinograd. coming up, nine days into the government shutdown. as both political sides dig in, we look at the real-world impact on workers who don't know how
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because he considers it invalid, no part of the law could stand. that will set up a showdown in the extremity. it was a decision hailed as big victory, but 17 states went to court to defend it. california's attorney general called the ruling an assault. so far there's no immediate response from the trump administration, but, again, the ruling against the affordable care act better than known as obamacare for now is on hold. elsewhere, good news is hard to find. on the 9th day of the partial federal government shutdown. about the only place you'll see it is in the coast guard which did find money to pay its workforce tomorrow. but that only covers this month. for hundreds of thousands of americans, the start of 2019 looks grim as 2018 ends. that includes lori mccann who is furloughed and has worked at the
irs for decades. >> even though we have to make our necessary living expenses and we're trying to figure out how to do that, but it's also expenses beyond that. for example, i recently had a total knee replacement surgery, and i have physical therapy. so at this point i have to make the hard decision this week, do i continue to pay the $90 a week copay, or do i pay a bill or buy food? what do i do? we have those type of things. what i would like to say is that as federal employees we are committed to servicing the american people, but we can't do that if we're sitting at home. >> randy irwin leads the national federation of federal employees which represents 100,000 federal employees. we spoke two days after christmas, now we're coming up on new year's eve. what are you hearing from your members and how are they holding
up right now? >> i think the anxiety level is going up and up. every day we're getting into the ninth day already of this shutdown. there doesn't appear to be an end in sight. in terms of some compromise being reached, we're no closer today than we were on the first day of the shutdown. for people whose lives are being upended and we've got 800,000 federal employees spread across the country that are impacted by this, their anxiety level is going up and up. and it doesn't end there. there's contractors. for every federal employee there's a contractor who may never see any back repay for the furloughs going on among contractors. so there's anxiety everywhere >> you disputed president trump's suggestion that most of these furloughed workers are democrats. you know civil servants aren't trying to be political on the
job. that being said, do you have a sense of who workers are blaming right now for this shutdown? >> i think you'd find a mixed bag. i think you have to put a lot of the blame or credit with president trump. i mean, you know, this border wall is the issue that is forcing this shutdown. if he wanted to reach a compromise, he could do it very quickly. i don't think he's putting a lot on the table in order to reach compromise. i mean, in the scheme of things for multitrillion dollars budget, $5 billion isn't that much. it's kind of more of a symbolic battle than anything. but, you know, this is his shutdown. that's what i believe, and i think a lot of federal employees would agree with that. >> he said that himself before the shutdown actually went into place. now, i want to ask you about this letter that's getting so much attention that was put out by the office of personnel management. they post i had it on twitter
this week. the letter is something you give to landlords in which a government worker could offer to barter to do things like painting or carpetry to get a break on their rent. what were your members -- what was going through their minds when they heard about this letter? >> it's insulting to them. i mean, federal employees do tremendous work for the american people, and because our government can't make things work, you know, they have to -- it's being suggested that they go and negotiate for odd jobs. you know, it's just really insulting to them. they don't need to be wright their landlord. people across the country need to be wright members of congress and telling them to end this shutdown. one thing people don't realize is it costs -- in the last shutdown, standard and poor's estimated it was $1.5 billion per day, with a "b," lost productive in this country because of a shutdown.
so we are already getting over $10 billion in lost productivity through the shutdown so far. that is going to be crippling to the american economy and people need to be wright congress and saying, hey, we do not want to go full steam ahead into a recession over this ridiculous government shutdown. >> we should point out that the office of personnel management did take that letter down, said they shouldn't have posted it, said it was an error. >> what about the writing of it? was the wright of it in error? >> good question. we know you have a lot of work to do as you attend to your members. >> thank you so much. coming up, the year in entertainment, from a big star booted off her own show to the royal wedding to getting crazy rich at the box office. we're counting down the biggest stories of 2018.
show getting crazy rich at the box office, and kanye's white house bromance. here's a look at the top entertainment news makers in 2018. number 8, ariana grande, "thank you, next." ♪ the lyrics say it all. ariana grande's new single is a deeply personal look back at 2018, a year filled with young love, break jouups and heart ac. the fans agree. ♪ you'll believe god is a woman ♪ >> her fourth album skyrocketed to the number one spot on the billboard charts. on spotify she broke the record for biggest opening week by a female artist and her music video became the most watched premier on youtube. number 7, pay inequality in hollywood. hollywood fights to close the gender pay gap.
as golden globes wore black. >> we're standing in solidarity with women everywhere. >> this came after cat sad ler said he left her show because a male cohost was making double her salary. michelle williams was paid $1,000 to reshoot signs, while costar mark wahlberg was paid $1 million. he donated the entire sum of his payment to the time's up legal defense fund. >> tonignumber 6, cosby is weinstein's woes. america's dad behind bars. >> mr. cosby, any comments, sir? >> he was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home, sentenced up to ten years in prison and will be classified as a sexually violent predecessor for life.
the trial, conviction and sentencing since the start of the me too movement. but another industry heavyweigh accusations but denies all allegations of, quote, non-consensual sex. investigations are under way in the u.s. and abroad. number five, kim-ye boards the trump train. she and kanye dive deep first into politics as she appeals for the commute of alice johnsson. after words on twitter trump commuted johnsson's sentence. she was freed from prison after serving 2 is years and kanye's bromance flourished. the wild antics went on and on
leaving trump speechless. >> that was quite something. >> number four, aretha franklin dies. ♪ r-e-s-p-e-c-t ♪ what it means to me >> saying good-bye to a legend. aretha franklin died at her home in detroit from pancreatic cancer and in the wake of her death thousands of well-wishers lined the streets to honor her life and career. ♪ and her famous fans were just as sorry to say good-bye from stevie wonder to jennifer hudson and ariana grande and also smokey robinson. it was a tribute fit for a queen. aretha franklin was 76 years old. breaking news in the world of entertainment, the top-rated television comedy of the year is now cancelled. number three, roseanne's reboot drama, the show was booted off abc in may after the show's star made racist comments about former white house aide valerie jarrett on twitter, and as they say in hollywood, the show must
go on. just months later the network announced the show would return without its namesake as the connors. >> do we have to keep talking about death all the time? just keeps reminding me of grandma. >> reporter: the spinoff which chronicles life after the sudden death of roseanne conor premiered to 10.5 million view, down 35% from the original reboot. >> my son, it is your time. >> reporter: number two, box office diversity. diversity ruled at the box office. marvel's "black panther" smashed records bringing in over $1.3 billion worldwide starring a mostly black cast and a black director this film resonated with theaters-goers everywhere. >> your family is rich. >> we're comfortable. >> that's exactly what a super rich person would say. >> reporter: and social media favorite " a crazy rich asians" is the first major studio film
to feature a mostly asian film since "the joy luck club." >> the countdown is the royal wedding is very nearly over, don. >> reporter: number one, a royal wedding. a storybook wedding for prince harry and actress meghan markle. the royal couple tied the knot in a lafsh ceremony at windsor castle. the dress, the ring, the fashion and the fascinators, and, of course, the queen and a princess. no royal wedding is complete without a star-studded guest limits. george and amal clooney, serena williams, oprah and the beckhams, but the duke and duchess had even more happy news to share. a royal baby is on the way due in 2019. well, the year did end clouded in controversy. kevin hart stepped down as the host of the oscars after homophobic tweets from his past surfaced online so the question is who is going to step? n? well, we will find out very
soon. initi nischelle turner, cnn, los angeles. the support not there, but party will go on. coming up, a look at how they will be ringing in the new year at the winter white house of mar-a-lago. aaaaaahhhhhhhh! ballooned your car. call meeeee! (burke) a fly-by ballooning. seen it, covered it. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪
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this just into cnn. a young woman working at a nature center in north carolina was killed this weekend by a lion that escaped from its cage. according to the conservator center in burlington, north carolina, a team of professional animal keepers were doing a routine cleaning of the lions' enclosure when the cat somehow got out of a locked area, went into the space where the woman was cleaning and guild a young woman. the lion was shot and killed to allow personnel to retrieve the worker. the animal center is not sure how the animal escaped. that facility is closed until further notice. well, it is an annual new year's eve tradition at mar-a-lago, guests clad in ball gowns and
tuxedoes and they wait to commemorate the passing year. only this time the man of the hour, president trump, won't be there. he'll be in washington working on a government shutdown. still, host or not, ticket prices for the black tie dinner rose again this year to $1,000 per guest. up from $750 last year. club members also shelling out $650 to go. that's $50 more than they paid last year. now one person involved in the event told cnn, quote, if you're paying that much for a party with the president and there's no president, i can see people getting upset. last year more than 800 guests attended, dined on iceberg wedge salad, lobster rafaely, beef tenderloin and sea bass and baked alaska. no word on what the menu is this year. first lady melania trump as well as the president's daughter ivanka trump, his son-in-law jared kushner, they will be attending the party, even though the president will not be. and that does it for me.
i'm ryan nobles. thanks so much for watching this weekend. up next it's back-to-back episodes of the cnn original series "the 2000s." have a great night. television on! >> hbo did a lot of its best work when it was bending a genre. take something that's familiar and give it some chili pepper. >> is there any taboo that you wouldn't break? >> not if there was a funny idea. >> what is wrong with you? >> there's so much different storytelling and so many different stories being told about so many different people. >> i don't think dramatic series television has ever been stronger.