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live in the cnn newsroom, i'm ana cabrera in new york. a big announcement today. ♪ >> she is now officially running for president. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren today launching her campaign for the white house in 2020. >> this is the fight of our lives. the fight to build an america where dreams are possible and america that works for everyone. and that is why i stand here today to declare that i am a candidate for president of the united states of america.
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>> senator warren and an enthusiastic crowd in lawrence, massachusetts today, she promised to fight corruption, calling it putting a cancer on our democracy. and she took aim at the current president. >> the trump administration is the most corrupt in living memory. but even after trump is gone. it won't do just to do a better job of running a broken system. we need to take power in washington away from the wealthy and well connected. and put it back in the hands of the people where it belongs. >> warren is trying to move past an earlier controversy. she's apologized several times, recently for being of native american descent. now she's joining a number of hopefuls. three other u.s. senators. cory booker, kirsten gillibrand and sherrod brown.
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joining us now, emily tisch sussman a former staffer on president obama's 2008 campaign. i'll start with you, no surprise elizabeth warren laying out a progressive agenda, walking out on to the stage as we showed, announcing her candidacy to dolly parton's 9 to 5. do you think she resonated? >> well, i certainly think she's raising the issue on the core of many democrats concern right now, which is the deep corruption of this administration, and how right now when you look at what the republicans were doing when they were in office unchecked with all three branches of the executive and legislative parts of government, they were passing massive tax breaks for billionaires and millionaires, huge tax breaks for corporations. i think she's pegging her candidacy to the right issues. i think the struggle for any democrat running right now is
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how do you break out and distinguish yourself. i think she's pushing a little harder on certain pieces of this than other candidates, we'll have to see if that's enough. i think her focus was right in the right spot today. that speech was all about the voters and their lives and what she's going to do for them. >> we're seeing elizabeth warren is wasting no time hitting the road. in the meantime, president trump, his re-election campaign is already going after warren today with this statement. elizabeth warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the native americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her personal career. the people of massachusetts she deceived to get elected. the american people will reject her dishonest campaign and socialist ideas. why do you think the trump campaign feels the need to attack warren? we haven't seen this with the other candidates so far.
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>> uplifting elizabeth warren is the best the trump administration can do to have her break out. any attack is considered that person is a threat to him. the more publicity, the better it is for her. >> i would imagine he's thinking about tweeting in the way he goes after her. he is the one that ended up bringing up this native american history. and it stuck in a way that probably shouldn't have. so i imagine they feel like there's blood in the water to keep going after her. i think it's interesting about her campaign and the stump she's been on so far, she's going after trump directly, much more than the other candidates. i think robbie makes a good point. her rollout speech today was more about the people, the economic issues, which is really where her strength lies. the more she talks about. she's running the nerd lane. so the more she can talk about understanding people's day to day struggles and having that
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economist background is stronger for her. >> the nerd lane, i like that. she does have to answer these questions about claiming native american heritage, like it or not. she's continued to address this issue on multiple occasions, let's listen. >> i am sorry i extended confusion about tribal sovereignship and tribe al community. i am sorry i was not more mindful of this decades ago. >> emily, the latest polling numbers show she is facing a 32% favorable rating. it's not great obviously, can you see her unfavorables are a little higher. do you think she can get past this controversy or will it continue to haunt her campaign. >> i think it will go on as long as we keep talking about it. she's going to run a campaign that's going to talk about -- it is going to be in the nerd lane. she gets very specific in the
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details, she rose to power under the cfpb. she knows this stuff. the more she can talk about it, the bigger platform that's given, it's not sound bytes or tweets. the more we talk about that the better off she'll do. she went back to new hampshire today. she's been in new hampshire through the entire last cycle. and has more visibility there than any other primary candidate. it's really iowa, south carolina where she needs to make more in roads. the fact that she's going back there, it shows where she's doubling down. >> let's talk about the young voter base? >> my husband is now here. this is my sweetie, he's the best. >> can warren connect with younger voters?
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>>. >> i think she can. she's raising issues that younger people care about. jobs and minimum wage for people entering the workforce. i think warren's had it really tough, emily's right. i went through this on the clinton campaign, people pick something they harp on and they won't let it go. really step back and think about these candidates and give her a chance. i think people are on different sides of what warren believes. some people think she's pushing the envelope too much. i think as democrats we want to have a better primary. that's not about drama or intrigue. that's what the republicans got caught up in 2016. that's how they got donald trump as a nominee. i'd like to think that we're not going to be judgy about social
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media. we're going to judge people on the merits. >> i'm finding it a fun time to be an anchor on the weekends. so many of these events are happening during my hours. tomorrow we're expecting amy klobuchar to announce her run. >> i think it's very strong. it's an exciting time to be a democrat. there's great candidates out there, as a party, as a country. we should be looking for any one of these people to be our nominee. anyone who lived through the 2016 primary does not want to relive that. people are choosing their candidates and picking their camps. who can beat donald trump in a general election. who has electability over their own personal choice even. the fact that there's going to be a big primary, an exciting
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one. one that people will be able to put forth. different, but not wildly different visions for the country. it's good in getting the entire base to move forward with one candidate. >> you know how bernie sanders strategized a lot after campaigning against him in the 2016 primary. where do you think his mind-set is now when it comes to 2020. he has not made any announcements yet about whether he's going to run. >> i think bernie comes in with strengths and challenges. i think the obvious strength, he has universal name recognition. he has a big list of supporters. a big political network he built over the last cycle. i think the challenge for him is going to be that he was in a two person race as emily was just talking about. in many respects his candidacy was to be in contrast to hillary clinton. the real question to me is, who is bernie sanders now, and how does he distinguish himself in
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this field. he can't just be anti-hillary, he can't just be anti-establishment broadly, could you make that argument about a number of these candidates. he needs to be something a little bit different this time. and i think we saw in some of his comments. he's getting pushed harder to be more responsive on issues like structural racism in this country. implicit racism. and so i think some of the challenges that maybe were masked or easier to navigate last time are going to be tougher. that doesn't mean he can't be successful. if i were with his team, those are the things i'd be thinking about closely. >> you see the polling right there, where people's heads are out right now. it is the blog post that triggered a federal investigation. the world's richest man says he
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allegations of extortion and blackma blackmail. federal prosecutors are now investigating claims by amazon's ceo that executives who run the national enquirer tried to extort him. remember this, when a magazine exposed his affair around the same time he and his wife announced they were getting a divorce. bezos launched a private information into how that information got to the national inquirer, and whether it was a political hit job. because he owns the washington post. cnn's alex mark has more. >> reporter: the national enquirer's parent company fighting back.
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saying, in a statement, it believes fervently that it acted lawfully, that it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with bezos. ami promising to launch an internal investigation into bezos' long list of claims against him. including when he called extortion and blackmail, when ama threatened to leak risque photos of him. federal prosecutors are also looking into his accusations. in his blog post, ami had a cozy relationship not just with the trump white house, but with saudi arabia. also alleged in published reports. last year, ami put out a 97 page glossy magazine heralding the kingdom's crown prince. the saudi government claimed they had no involvement or knowledge of the ami publication. a man the cia has conclude d --
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the saudis have called the finding false. according to sources, embassy officials got an electronic copy of the pro kingdom magazine about three weeks before it came out. the top saudi official says he has no idea of a relationship with ami, adding, it's like a soap opera. as far as he knows, the saudis did not press ami to publish negative stories about bezos. the biggest of which is his extra marital affair. trump and pecker have a well documented history. the tabloid paying a catch and kill fee to karen mcdougal once before the 2016 election, for her story about her alleged affair with trump which he denies. pecker flipped, cooperating with robert mueller's team in
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exchange for immunity to detail those payments made by trump's lawyer. calling the amazon ceo jeff bozo on twitter and saying this about his looming divorce from his wife of 25 years. >> i wish him luck. it's going to be a beauty. >> no doubt this is a complex web of allegations and personal history. what bezos is saying here is clear that ami had reasons to protect and protect those saudis, correct? driving home the point that this was politically motivated. >> joining us now. criminal tax turn, what these e-mails show is blackmail and an
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extortion attempt. does he have a good case? >> anna, good to see you, good afternoon i believe he does, here's why i believe he does have a good case. some in different legal minds can disagree, that's fine. the essence of extortion, is when you're looking and threatening someone. and you're threatening them not only physically, but let's be clear, it could be a threat that's injurious to the reputation as well. also as it relates to extortion again. not only physical, but reputational. it doesn't have to be an extortion related to money. it can be a thing of value, keeping your eye on the prize here, what did they say? go on record saying, that what we did in terms of posting that expose about you and your affair, was not politically motivated. if you do that, then we won't post these other pictures which we intend to post. as to you and ms. sanchez who is the person you're involved in. if he went on record and did that that is an exchange of
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something of value. i do believe it meets the definition of the extortion statute. i think prosecutors will be well advised to take a look at it. prosecutors do things that violate the law. you want to send a message that this is not the conduct you should be subscribing to. to the extent they are, i think there's some real exposure here for ami and mr. pecker. >> one thing ami argues in the e-mail, that bezos posted, they could legally publish the private photos writing, with millions of americans having a vested interest in the success of amazon, an exploration of mr. bezos' judgment as reflected by his texts and photos is newsworthy. is that a sound legal argument if ami were to publish these private photos? >> here's where i don't buy that. you can always have -- a person could always have a legal basis to do something. let's relate this to the president again. to the comey firing.
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hey, i had a legal basis to fire jim comey, therefore, what i did was proper. it's not only the fact that you have a legal reason to do it, it's your intent for doing it. you know, if yougojevich blagojevich, the governor who was exchanging money for a senate seat. if someone's paying you to do that, even though you have the right to do it, it calls into question the basis for which you are doing it. yes, they can legally do it. but they talked about their motivation for doing so. when you look at the actual foundation for which they're doing it, i don't buy this whole public interest issue. nor do i buy the fact that since they're press prosecutors shouldn't get involved. lawyers have an obligation to advise your client properly. it's the advise of counsel
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defense. it's not a bar and prosecution. i think there's all types of exposure here, this was the wrong call. i think it was the right call and an act of courage by jeff bezos to say, i'll reveal it myself, come on, this is wrong what you're doing. >> i wonder what that's all about, given there was a big reason for them not to go after bezos in this way. this is the agreement with the sdny that was contingent with pecker and cohen staying silent. what could happen now? >> it strikes at the core of what the problems are. let's remember a couple things. let's remember the washington post who's behind it and how they're covering trump, and how trump hates the coverage because they're exposing what's going on. let's also remember pecker's
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connection to trump and the fact that they are closely aligned, to the core of your question when you have a plea agreement, we also know that they admitted to $150,000, karen mcdougal helping trump, trump had an affair with her. they caught the story, they killed the story, they didn't publish the story, there by helping the president. there by being in violation of campaign finance. we violated it, but under this agreement, you turned states evidence, you help the feds, you cooperate, you're good. now, what happens is, part of their agreement is not to commit any crime. if this is found to be a crime and they are looked at and prosecuted for threatening mr. bezos as a very well could be, that unravels the entirety of that agreement. subjects them to the underlying campaign finance issue for which the feds said you get a pass, help us. it subjects them to new liability as it relates to this new potential crime. the direct answer to your
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question. the actual ramifications are huge in the event prosecutors decide to pursue this act. >> i'm sure this is not the end. we'll have you back to discuss further. thank you very much, look forward to it. >> thanks, ana. major fireworks as the president's acting a.g. goes toe to toe with newly empowered democrats in the house. >> where did you come from, and how the heck did you become the head of the department of justice? hopefully you can help me work through this confusion. >> well, congressman -- >> mr. whittaker that was a statement not a question. i assume you know the difference. live from the starlite lounge.
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in what can only be called a showdown on capitol hill, matthew whitaker, the question today is, what did we learn? the hearing comes down to this, whitaker repeatedly refused to answer questions about his conversations with president trump. no matter how much the dems pressed, how they phrased their inquiries, there was at least one exception. jessica schneider brings us the key moments. >> this hearing highlighted the partisan divisions on capitol hill. republicans calling it unwarranted. democrats dug in. now after hours and hours of questioni questioning, the committee chair is still not satisfied and unsure he believes all of whitaker's testimony after several back and forth exchanges. >> matt whitaker making his
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point known. >> this hearing is pointless. we'll have plenty of signs, plenty of theatrics. bring your popcorn. i think maybe we set up a popcorn machine in the back. >> igniting a federal firestorm. >> before your decision not to recuse yourself on december 19th. >> what's the basis for that question, sir? >> yes or no? >> i again what is the bases for your question. you say it's your -- >> i'm asking the questions, i only have five minutes. please answer yes or no. >> no, i'm going to -- you are asking me a question, is it your understanding. you get the -- >> no, i'm not going to tell you that. i don't have time to get into that. >> at one point he tried to cut the chairman off. >> i see that your five minutes is up, and so i -- >> we -- i am here voluntarily, we have agreed to five minute rounds and. >> i think that's a fine place to end the five minute rule.
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>> the committee will come to -- i will point out we didn't enforce the five minute rule on acting attorney general whitaker. >> he denied any conversations with the president or other white house officials about the special counsel's investigation which whitaker oversees either before or after he took over the top spot at the doj. >> at no time has the white house asked for nor have i provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation. >> it's a yes or no question. have you communicated anything. you learned in that briefing about the investigation to president trump, yes or no? >> mr. chairman, as i've said earlier today, in my opening remarks, i do not intend today to talk about my private conversations with the president of the united states. but to answer your question, i have not talked to the president of the united states about the special counsel's investigation. >> whitaker has come under fire for denouncing the mueller
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investigation as a commentator before he joined the justice department, which republicans quickly pointed out was not the reason for the hearing. >> it's nothing but character assassination, harassment, of our witness. >> whitaker who said he has been fully briefed on the mueller investigation, declined to specifically condemn the label witch hunt used by the president to describe the russia probe. >> i have not interfered with the special counsel's investigation. >> are you overseeing a witch hunt? >> you would stop a witch hunts, wouldn't you? >> it would be inappropriate for me to talk about an ongoing investigation. >> whitaker giving no specific indication, how much longer the investigation will last. >> we haven't received the report. bob mueller is going to finish his investigation, when he wants to finish his investigation. >> this isn't the end of the inquiry, committee chairman ed that letter read a list of questions he wants written answers to, including, when matthew whitaker was briefed on the special counsel investigation. and whether matthew whitaker had
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the president's annual physical is complete. and president trump has a clean bill of health. the president's physician released a statement last night saying trump is in very good health, without giving any specifics. cnn chief medical correspondent takes a deeper look into the president's health. >> reporter: ana it's the last sentence of the statement that everyone's going to pay the most attention to.
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the president of the united states is in very good health, and i anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency and beyond. that's from dr. sean conley, the physician to the president. obviously very encouraging. four hours of physical exam, 11 different consultants. the question they're trying to answer is, is he fit to lead? you remember last year, dr. ronnie jackson was the physician to the president, he was asked the same question and he gave a very enthusiastic yes. >> in somery, the president's overall health is excellent. >> a remarkable scene last january in the white house briefing room. the white house doctor at the time, enthusiastically endorsing the health of president trump. >> all clinical data indicates the president is very healthy and he will remain so for the duration of his presidency. >> here's what jackson told us, 6'3", weighed 239 pounds, just
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one pound shy of being clinically obese. total cholesterol 223 a little high. triglycerides 129. >> can you tell me how a guy that eats mcdonalds and all those diet cokes and never exercises is in as good shape as you say he's in? >> it's called genetics. some people have just great genes. if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he may live to be 200 years old, i don't know. >> he does have heart disease? >> he does not have heart disease. >> he had calcium in his -- >> he did. technically he has nonclinical age ager r er
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atherosclerotic -- >> that is heart disease. president trump doesn't smoke or drink. as of last year, he was taking five medications daily. ten milligrams of cress tore to lower his cholesterol, 81 milligrams of aspirin, propecia, a daily vitamin and cilantro cream as needed for rosacea. >> the reason we did the cognitive assessment is because the president asked me to do it. he said, is there something we can do, a test or some type of screen that we can do to assess my cognitive ability. >> this is what the assessment looks like. jackson said the president got a 30 out of 30. a perfect school. >> that was just a simple statement that was released this past friday. there's going to be more blood work results and diagnostic testing results that come out
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early in the week. keep in mind as well, that dr. jackson you just saw is there in the piece, had some specific recommendations for the president. lose 10 to 15 pounds, improve the diet by cutting back on carbs and fat. and lower the cholesterol. an, that we'll see how good a patient the president has been. anna? >> dr. sanjay gup tarks thank you. did the godfather of soul really die of natural causes? questions now being raised after a cnn investigation two years in the making. into the death of james brown. will there now be an investigation into his death? be sure to join cnn's lori segall as she talks exclusively with facebook insiders. what is really going on inside the most powerful social media company on earth? facebook at 15, it's complicated airs tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. here on cnn.
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an explosive story exclusive to cnn, it's about the godfather of soul james brown. he passed away in 2006. ever since then, several people close to the singer, say they never believe the official count of how he died. his widow, son, manager, even the doctor who signed the death certificate, they all want a full criminal investigation. and those questions about brown's death are the subject of a fascinating new cnn investigation. take a look. >> this morning at 1:45 a.m. mr. james brown passed away. >> the godfather of soul died
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christmas morning 2006. 41 years after his signature song hit the billboard charts. officially, the cause of death was a heart attack and fluid in the lungs. >> he sat down on the bed. >> reporter: officially the only person with him when he died was his personal manager. >> and he sighed very very quietly and gently. then he closed his eyes and he was dead. >> until recently, i had no real reason to doubt thighs details. that was before i learned that if it involves james brown, you should always question the official story. two years ago, i got a phone call from a woman who sang in the circus. she had some surprising things to tell me. >> i just kept it quiet, it was a need to know. if someone didn't ask me, i didn't tell them. james brown was murdered.
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>> reporter: i know, it sounds insane. and that's not the half of it. in the years that followed, as i listened to jackie and met others who knew james brown, the story kept getting stranger. >> why has james brown not been buried yet. >> i don't need an autopsy. i'm his daughter, i'm his blood. >> the story has never been told before in the mainstream press. you won't find it in any of brown's biographies. >> nobody wanted to hear the truth, nobody wanted to print the truth. >> i spent two years listening to jackie's story. i interviewed more than 140 people. analyzed more than 113 pages of text messages from her iphone. in two years i found out a lot of things jackie didn't know when she called me. pull up a chair and let me tell you the story of the circus singer and the godfather of
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soul. >> the king is dead. long live the king. >> the man who you just heard in that promo thomas lake is joining us now. this is an incredible investigation. i'm hooked, apparently are a lot of other people. your three part investigative piece is getting so much attention all around the world. james brown died 12 years ago, he had a history of drug use, he had health problems, why all these persistent questions about how he died? >> this is because we've never had a full investigation into his death. at least 13 people have raises the question and said they would like to have an autopsy or a criminal investigation. and it simply hasn't happened yet. here he is, he goes into the hospital just a little before christmas 2006.
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and his doctor told me he was getting well. he was almost ready to go home, he was going to go out on tour, get into the studio. there was a duet where he might work with aretha franklin, and then all of a sudden, late on christmas eve and early christmas morning he died. he took a drastic turn for the worse and died, and people still want to know why. >> your series examines the death of 1996, the death of his third wife, she was 45, recovering from plastic surgery in beverly hills. investigators found no sign of foul play back then. why is her death of interest now as well? >> we have new information about the death of adrian brown. the same circus singer who called me to talk about james brown's death. she was a good friend of adrian brown. and she told me -- she all along suspected that adrian brown had been murdered. in 2017 when i was just starting
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the reporting on this story, jackie the friend of adrian, told me i should call up the detective who looked into adrian brown's death, this beverly hills police detective, since retired. she thought he had some information about adrian brown's death. i reached out to this detective, he did have some information. what he had was a notebook. it was from this confidential informant. someone he had worked with quite a few times in the past. and she had told him something. he thought she knew something about adrian's death. this is one of the strangest parts. at the time she gave him the notebook, it was shortly before she died. he looked through the first few pages. it was a bunch of names and phone numbers and so he was confused, didn't know what it was, didn't read the whole thing. in 2017, shortly after i reached out to him, this detective went back. flipped deeper into the
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notebook, read the whole thing and he was astonished. this informant, someone who he believed to be reliable told him that will a doctor had confessed to her that he killed adrian brown with a fatal drug overdose. there were phrases written in the notebook. murder for hire, and make it look like an over dose. >> wow! we leave that cliffhanger for all of our viewers to now go to and read more for themselves. thomas lake, great to have you with us, incredible piece of reporting, we're proud to call you a colleague, thank you so much for being here at, you can read the story. and the title of his piece there, say it for us? >> it's called lost in the woods with james brown's ghost. we asked the doctor about these allegations, he denied them. >> thank you again. it's the music industry's
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♪ don't fence me in. ♪ don't fence me in. it's music's biggest night. get ready for the glam, the glitz and the highly coveted grammy trophies. stephanie elam has a preview of the 61st grammy awards. >> from cardi b. and her monster jam. ♪ to brandy carlisle and her evocative vocals. women are front and center in
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the big grammy categories. >> the lack of female representation. in the winners, the lack of female representation in the industry. the most nominated artists are still men. kendrick lamar is up for eight grammys. >>. ♪ followed closely by drake with seven nominations. the four of them are up against each other for album of the year, along with her, janelle monae, casey musgraves and post malone. >> hip-hop r & b are so big it seems like they're going to carry every award. >> post malone's rock star is also up for two grammys including record of the year. while post is expected to perform, he'll likely have to do it without 21 savage.
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savage was taken into ice custody a week before the grammys. other contenders for record of the year are dead and gray for the middle. shallow from a star is born. and childish gambinos. >> i feel like if there's one song that captured the zeitgeist is "this is america." >> reporter: posting this year, a woman with 15 grammys of her own, alicia keys. >> she's exactly the right person. on the one hand you have the establishment, but she has hip-hop in her blood. >> more women on stage and among the nominees and perhaps more female grammy winners. stephanie elam, cnn, hollywood.
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live in the cnn newsroom, i'm ana cabrera in new york. it's the race for the white house, and the field of democratic hopefuls is now bigger. ♪ ♪ 9 to 5 for service and devotion ♪ >> elizabeth warren making official a short time ago on a sunny, but frosty morning in massachusetts. >> our fight is for big structural change. this is the fight of our lives. and that is why i stand here today to declare that i am a candidate for president of the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> senator warren laying out her goals, her vision, her campaign theme in front of a historic place in massachusetts at a cotton mill where women and immigrants led a labor strike more than 100 years ago. warren trying to move past an
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