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going off script and he certainly did that. >> all of a sudden, they are trying to take you out with [ bleep ]. >> he needed this. >> the attorney general says i'm going to recuse myself. >> he is a performer and he knows he needs to perform like everything is fine. >> we are going to go into his finances. we are going to check his deals. we are going to check -- these people are sick! >> i'm here today to tell you that mr. trump is a racist. wow. i thought that would be a bigger
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reaction. ♪ good morning. live from washington, i'm victor blackwell. >> i'm diane gallagher in for christi paul this sunday morning. >> re begin in selma, alabama, thousands are expected to together for the final day of the selma jubilee. a live picture here of the edmund pettus bridge. >> if you're unfamiliar with it, the brutal assault on civil rights marchers in 1965. we are expecting hillary clinton and cory booker and bernie sanders to be among those attending the jubilee today. rebecca, good morning. >> the sun is just rising on the
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anniversary of this historic day in selma. we are expecting a new page of history to be written with the presidential candidates coming here to selma today. you mentioned hillary clinton and bernie sanders will be those, among those here. former rivals. both will speak this morning at a unity breakfast in down and later today, senator cory booker will give historic remarks where the civil rights activists assembled behind me the edmund pettus bridge. i'd like to highlight that, first of all, senator bernie sanders is fresh off of his official campaign announcement yesterday in brooklyn, new york, sending a very strong message by coming straight to selma, alabama, that he will be fighting hard for african-american voters in this democratic primary. meanwhile, senator cory booker has a very personal connection to what happened here in selma, alabama.
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not only he is a direct ascendent of slaves but he talks about other event that changed the course of his life. he mentions that a white lawyer in new jersey was watching the events in selma unfold and decided he was going to help black families in his own community. he ended up helping cory booker's parents to purchase a home in a community where realtors wouldn't sell to black families and that enabled cory booker to grow up in a very good public school district. so some very interesting stories here today. of course, this is the place in 2007 where hillary clinton and barack obama marched together during that very bitter democratic primary meeting on the bridge behind me. a new generation today of political rivals will meet today and mark a new day in history. diane? >> rebecca buck, thank you. we look forward to your reporting throughout the day.
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all right. president trump doing what he loves to do the most -- feeding off the energy of his base, trying to regain traction after, look, an awful week of headlines for the white house. >> president trump delivered the longest speech of his presidency speaking to supporters and conservative activists at the cpac conference. virtually, no topic off the table here and taking shots at nearly everyone. listen. >> unfortunately, you put the wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a long time that shouldn't be there, and, all of a sudden, they are trying to take you out with [ bleep ], okay? [ bleep ]. robert mueller never received a vote and neither did the person that appointed him. as you know, the attorney general says i'm going to recuse myself.
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i said, why the hell didn't he tell me that before i put him in? if you tell a joke and you're sar task sarcastic and if you're having fun with the audience and you're having fun with millions of people in an arena and if you say something like, russia, please! if you can, get us hillary clinton's emails! please, russia, please! please! get us the emails! please! >> joining us now to talk about this, gabby orr, a white house political from politico and an
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analyst for "the washington post." we were talking about when that happened. there weren't 25,000 people in the room about the russian emails, it was a news conference. >> and probably 20 journalist in the office when he made those comments. another evidence of the president bending the facts to fit a narrative to say in this particular instance i was rifting in front of a crowd at of my normal rallies. this is a plea for russia to release clinton emails during the height of his 2016 campaign. >> this is him -- in front of a crowd at this point. we are seeing the classic trump move of he has an audience feeding off of him. he keeps talking and when he keeps talking he tends to talk himself into circles and reinterpretations of what actually happened because he gets a good criticism. it's not a crowd say, check that, mr. president, not the way
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it happened. >> this is a crowd that traditionally has had some issues, especially with some of the things that the president is trying to put forth. we are talking about tariffs, at least traditionally republicans. some of these tariffs and including the declaration of a national emergency. i want us to listen real quick to what the president said about some of the pushback he has received from fellow republicans. >> a lot of people talk about precedent. precedent. that if we do this, the democrats will use national emergency powers for something that we don't want. they are going to do that any way, folks. the best way to stop that is to make sure that i win the election. that's the best way to stop that. >> so it seems the president recognizing that, you know, there is a lot of talk of president here. nancy pelosi talked about maybe if you do this, we can potentially declare a national emergency on gun violence or climate change, and republicans have seemingly heeded that warning. the president saying couldn't worry about it. >> the president is basically thinking that is not my problem because i'm not going to be in
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the white house at that point, right? what do i care? because this is now. i think that basically there has been this push and pull to the president and other republicans on investigator issues when it comes down to follow whether they don't fully agree or tactics they don't agree with him op. he says i'm a package deal. deal with the parts you don't like because you're getting me as president and that is the better thing. for him thus far, that has worked. you have seen slight changes in maybe foreign policy or tariffs but you haven't him coming from the other leaders in the gop and that tells you that, you know, that this sales pitch is making to kind of over the heads of those republicans to his base. it's propelling to keep him afloat at the top of the party with real authority because he does control the message well and that controls this very important part of the gop, especially head nothing potential primary season. and this has been the way he has done this.
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love it or hate it, you know, point-to-point, issue-to-issue, this is how he sells himself and it's worked so far. >> gabby, let's examine the president's message yesterday instead the over the heads of the base to the rest of his party. yesterday saying these people are sick and they start looking at my deals and finances that, obviously, worked for the room and it worked for the base. but is there anything we saw this week, especially with cohen and what we expect next week and when felix seder testifies and the oversight when the democrats make that a harder sell beyond the president's base within the larger republican party? >> look. the way the white house and rnc which sort of acted as a rapid response team during the cohen hearing earlier this week, i think was a misstep the way they reacted. no positive message and no message the president could
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never have done this, the president is a man of character, the president, it was all focused on chone is bad guy and should not be trusted but as soon as cohen said i was never in the czech republic, oh, we should believe him. i think there was a significant signal there that this is the tactic that the president is going to use throughout the 2020 campaign. he still thinks that the way he got elected and perhaps there is some truth to this, is because republicans and even some independent voters just liked the fact he fought back against the washington establishment. right now he is fighting back against a democratic-controlled house that is going to continue to investigate all of his business dealings, all of his -- many of his campaign tactics and things that happened and leading up and during the campaign. i think he feels as though if he can continue to do that through the 2020 cycle, that he'll still continue to court and bring in new voters into that base and grow it. i don't know if the polling
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bears that out, but it's something we will have to look for in the coming months. >> you can see the president's insecurities, too, when he starts to do this thing. you let him get off script and he starts to go through a laundry list of everything that is scaring him and he is talking with a little bit of swagger and make you think he is not afraid but what is coming out of his mouth is what he is worrying about as well. >> essentially in 2019, he is still relitigatine inine inineid over again fich. >> in the middle of talking about something serious he has to drop that. in the way there is no incentive for him to talk about a new democrat, a new campaign season until the democrats have actually chosen somebody. anybody he focuses on, he know he likes to talk about elizabeth warren in disparaging terms and see who is next he chooses to give a nickname to, but it draws the spotlight on to that person.
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and that draws, wait a second, i can't make that stick to that person and he doesn't need to elevate anybody in the field. >> is this the president then, because he is singles out elizabeth warren, the president seeing her's a threat or he has a nickname and something he can stick on to there? >> a little bit of both, right? he said he would love to run against her because he thinks he can beat her more than the other people who have put their names out there, but also pulls a part of the more liberal way of the democratic party that is, in a way, not that dissimilar that trump has control over the gop so something he recognizes as a ground swell and has to make him nervous if it's functional. >> another big speech yesterday from bernie sanders, first major campaign speech from him. he went back to brooklyn.
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let's watch a piece of his speech. >> i am not going to tell you that i grew up in a home of desperate poverty. that would not be true. but what i will tell you is that coming from a lower middle class family, i will never forget about how money or really lack of money was always a point of stress in our family. >> the senator there personalizing his economic message. including his own biography into the conversation. something we didn't see a lot from senator sanders last cycle. >> right. is sort of peeling back the curtain lelth curtain letting us know some of his personal story. in 2016 he was criticized not letting you know about his past and sticking the policies he wanted to push. i remember on the trail in new hampshire and going to a rally
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of bernie and observe the excitement around him and listen to him deliver a ten-minute speech rambling through here is what i want to do and no sort of endearing qualities about him but everybody in the crowd loved him. so i think to some extent, he is taking lessons from 2016, he is learning from them and applying them to this cycle. but, at the same time, there is not much to suggest that he really needs to do that. he does need to court african-american voters in certain states he wants to be a formidable candidate but to the extent that bernie sanders succeeded in 2016 and almost defeating the anointed democratic nominee, i don't think he needs to change much this time around. >> all right. good to see you both in person. >> thanks. >> thanks so much. today on "state of the union," as president trump's former fixer michael cohen takes aim with the shocking criminal accusations, top democrat on the senate intelligence committee mark warner joins jake tapper to
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discuss the democrats next move on "state of the union" this morning at 9:00 a.m. eastern only on cnn. still to come, congressional democrats have had their sights on president trump's tax returns for the last two plus years. house ways and means committee could hold the key. >> a member of that committee is joining us next. also ahead, a fierce battle is playing out in eastern syria right now. u.s.-backed forces try to finally end the tyranny of is sis and we will show you what it's looking like along the front lines. what makes this simple salad sis and we will show you what it's looking like along the front lines. isis and we will show you what it's looking like along the front lines. get the recipes at
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president trump's tax returns and comes of the president former attorney michael cohen gave a pretty revealing testimony about the president's finances in front of congress last week. joining me now to discuss is democratic congressman from
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michigan, dan kildee who sits on the house ways and means committee which has the authority to request the president's tax returns. how far along in this process is the committee getting the the president's returns? >> this is unchartered territory for us and we have not' use the authority to get access to a president's tax returns, the authority that the committee clearly has, but it has not been used in this fashion because candidates and presidents have always released their returns, so we are taking our time. we had a hearing to establish the legal authority under which we can request these returns and that was pretty clear that we absolutely do have the authority to get them. now we have to develop and are developing the case, the fact basis why we should have access to these. the fact that the president probably benefited greatly from the tax policy he just pushed through and signed in 2017 is one reason.
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but what mr. cohen and others have revealed about the president's financial entanglements about potential deception in the way he describes his assets for his own personal benefit, those are potentially criminal activities, i'm not making that conclusion, but it clearly makes the case we should have a look at these tax returns. >> last year, the now chairman of the committee, congressman neal, suggested that potentially the committee would wait until the end of the mueller probe to try to get the president's tax returns. is that a consideration now or no longer? >> well, we don't know when the end of the mueller probe will be and so, you know, at this point in time it may have been expected it would be more eminent. i think at this stage -- i can't speak for the chairman, i think he is doing it the right way -- we are simply putting one foot in front of the other. we have established the legal authority to do this. we are now making the case.
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i don't know that it will hinge on the mueller probe specifically, but we are two months into this congress. i think we are on the right track and it shouldn't be a long time before we actually get our hands on these returns. now president is going to fight this and it's one of the reasons that it's important that we lay the groundwork very careful is that we don't expect that the president will simply sign the returns over or the treasury department the way this works will send these returns over in a box. they will fight this. so we are prepared for that. >> and including with a subpoena? >> well, if we have to. but the law is actually fairly clear and simply the chairman committee can request them and the secretary of the treasury oversees the irs are bound to deliver them. we expect they will fight that. >> let me turn to your mention of potential criminal activity. we heard after the cohen testimony that elijah cummings
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say it appears based on the dou documents that the the president committed crimes while in office. we know democratic leadership said they are going down the path of impeachment but as we continue to hear from figures like cohen and felix seder next week, are democrats creating the fresh they are trying to fend off to pursue impeachment? >> i think the pressure is coming from the facts being revealed and there is some pressure. let's face it. we shouldn't make a calculation as to whether we exercise or constitutional responsibility based on political expediency. if we find facts that impugn integrity of the president and potentially reveal crimes, we just should have a choice. the constitution is clear, congress has to its duty.
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i have not come to a conclusion on that but the testimony of mr. cohen, some might want to say everything he said is untrue, he puts some information into public circulation that pretty damming to the president. >> you think the democrats don't have a choice but to pursue impeachment if you find the facts supported regardless of republican buy-in in the senate? >> i don't think we can predicate whether we do our jobs on the basis that mitch mcconnell is going to do his. this is where this job gets tough. i'm not suggesting this is the case but information shows that the president committed a crime, i don't think congress can look the other way. i think we have an obligation at that point in time. >> specifically in china. you had a nuance view of the tariffs when the president announced them. the president, a year ago this
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weekend, said that it is the trade -- that trade wars are good and easy to win, they are approaching potentially a deal with china, who knows how close they are. has the president won this one? >> no. they are not good and therapist ea -- they are not easy to pin. i think the president was correct the approach to china and dumping cheap steel and that has negative impact on lots of countries, ours included. but i would have much preferred that the president take a multilateral approach. instead of doing, that he actually didn't engage our allies, he punished our allies for china's misdeeds. deeming canada a national security threat, for example, or one of our largest trading partners, a country with whom we have a trade surplus. the president has gotten this wrong. i worry about now that he will dress up some sort of short-term deal and china agrees to buy some goods and not deal with the structural problems in the
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chinese economic system which is really fundamentally the problem. state ownership, the way they control intelligenceal problems. those are the issues that need to be taken on. i hope he doesn't try to put a bow on a deal that is not a great deal and kick the can down the road. >> the president said this will be a signing and no word when that will be. thank you. a sacramento man was shot and killed by police. >> the officers murdered him. murdered him because had he a cell phone in his hand. and now he will never come back to us. >> coming up, why sacramento's district attorney says she will not be filing charges against those officers. how do you gauge the greatness of an suv? is it to carry cargo... or to carry on a legacy? its show of strength... or its sign of intelligence? in crossing harsh terrain... or breaking new ground?
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we are hearing heart breaking and frustrating comments from the family of an unarmed man killed by sacramento police. in march of last year, two police officers shot and killed stephon clark in his grandmother's backyard. >> the state district attorney has laid out why no criminal charges will be filed in that shooting. dan simon has more. >> reporter: we are in sacramento watching to see how the community reacts to the district attorney's decision. you can see some protesters have gathered here at the sacramento police department. for the most part, things have been peaceful. at one time we did some protesters burn some police flags. but, obviously, this is a shooting that reeled the sacramento shooting. 22-year-old african-american male stephon clark that police thought was breaking into cars and followed him into his grandmother's backyard. in the body camera he was only
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holding a cell phone and not a didn't know. here is the district attorney. >> when we look at all of these facts and circumstances, we look at all of it, everything. we ask our question that we started out with again and that question is was a crime committed? there is no question that a human being died. but when we look at the facts and the law and we follow our ethical responsibilities, the answer to that question is -- and, as a result, we will not charge these officers with any criminal liability related to the shooting death of stephon clark. >> reporter: while that puts an end to the formal investigation, we should know the clark family has filed a 20 million dollar
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wrongful death lawsuit against the city of sacramento, so this will continue in the legal arena at least for sometime. in the meantime, we will continue to watch what happens in the hours and days ahead. obviously, when this first happened a year ago, you had a whole wave of protester and protesters shut down the sacramento kings basketball arena. will we see a repeat of something like that in the days ahead? victor? diane? >> dan, thanks so much. shortly after the district attorney's announcement, stephon clark's fiancee spoke about the incident. >> she wiped away tears. she said her heart has been broken a second time now. >> on march 18th, 2019, stephon clark, my fiance and father of my two sons, was shot to death by two sacramento police
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officers. my family was turned upside down. today, the d.a. announced that the officers who shot my unarmed fiance won't face any charges. continuing the shameful legacy of officers killing black men without consequences and breaking my family's hearts again. it's about the officers who murdered him, murdered him because he had a cell phone in his hand. >> that's right. that is right. >> and now he'll never come back to us! >> the california attorney general's office has said it will also conduct an independent investigation.
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massive explosions have been light up the sky in eastern syria as the u.s.-backed syrian forces close in on the last enclave of isis. >> president trump said on saturday, quote, today or tomorrow, we will have 100% of the caliphate defeated. cnn international correspondent ben wedeman is near the front lines there in syria.
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>> reporter: we are just 500 meters from isis. what is going on behind us, we believe an am mixer dump. throughout the morning, what we have seen is fairly stead bombardment with mortars and with air strikes. now, we have spoken with some of the soldiers here overnight who told us an attempt by isis to counterattack this position itself -- >> venezuela self-proclaimed president is calling for more protests this week as the crisis there continues. >> venezuelans are facing hardships as aid has been blocked from getting into the country. cnn senior international correspondent nick paton-wall
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three generations, two presidents, one very powerful family. part one of cnn's original series "the bush years family duty power" premieres tonight. here with me to discuss is presidential historian jeffrey engle and also co-authored in the china diary of george h.w. bush. thank you for being with us. this is a family that spent decades, maybe more than that really, in the public eye. what is something new we will see in this series about the
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bushes? >> i think the interrelation between the three generations but this is a family that goes in politics back to prescott bush a ski senator in the 1950s and one of the dwight eisenhower closest associates and golfing buddies. >> talk to me about your role in this film. how did you help out in this series? >> i've been working with and for president bush senior for over a decade now. at some point you accumulate enough insight to sort of put the pieces together. so it really was wonderful to have the chance to be able to talk across generations, across decades about how this family came to influence american politics because we now have the records to go behind the scenes and find out what actually was going on for real, not what we just thought was going on when president bush was in the white house. >> we are talking about these three generations, but this
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familial dynamic of running for president. father and son and another son who ran for president. what role politics played in that interpersonal dynamic? >> most definitely. although i think one of the things that is fascinating this is a family in many ways not only driven by politics but, in many ways, separate politics from their family relations, the key question that people are always asking is what was the presidential advice that the senior bush gave to george w. bush and the truth is that is a father/son conversation. there are some bounds that really are not covered by any kind of outside discussion. they really kept those things secret to themselves. >> >> thank you so much. i appreciate your time. "the bush years it's are going to be airing on cnn tonight. it's narrated by ed harris right here on cnn. so dwyane wade is a
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>> when we sing, we feel the same emotion of happiness, enjoyment. >> feelings of loneliness are a significant issue for older adults. the arts are particularly innovative for helping improve health inequities in these communities. if somebody is lonely, they're at higher risk for mortality and developing disability. we started 12 different choirs at senior centers throughout san francisco with the aim of better understanding if singing in a community choir could improve the health and well-being of diverse older adults. we enrolled almost 400 older adults. the main benefits of the choir we discovered, older adults had a reduction in their feelings of loneliness and also an increase in their interest in life. if we think about a choir, it's a group activity. so individuals are coming to the senior center every week to
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participate in a group activity that has cultural meaningfulness to them. >> having a schedule, having to go out, enjoy what you're doing, it is very important. and singing has an emotional component. so i am so glad to be in this choir. bryce harper, one of baseball's biggest stars, isn't just changing cities. he's also changing numbers. >> it's a tribute to another great for the phillies. >> good morning. coming off signing an historic deal, it's great to see his head and heart in the right place. the phillies introduced him. he'll now wear the number 3. he wore 34 there in d.c. but in philly that number was last worn by the late, great hall of famer roy halladay who died in a plane crash in 2017. harper saying that number belongs to halladay. now the press conference went incredibly well until this
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moment went viral. harper accidentally saying he's going to play hard for his former team in d.c. >> that's what it's all about. that's what i want to do. we want to bring a title back to d.c. i want to be on broad street on a boat or whatever, a thing, bus, whatever it is. and, you know, have a trophy over my head. >> harper saying he wants to bring a title back to d.c. hopefully those tough philly fans will forgive him. job interview of a lifetime. full of emotion for football players at the nfl combine which started this weekend. a chance for players like ole miss receiver d.k. metcalf to prove they belong and make their families proud. bursting into tears on the phone with his family after running a blistering 4.33 40-yard dash. listen to the reaction of proud notre dame teammates who watched myles boykin wow the scouts as well.
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that's what it's all about. taking your opportunity and making the most of it. miami's dwyane wade is a sure-fire hall of famer. fearless on the court. apparently he is afraid of the unknown. specifically what might be inside a box. >> 3, 2, 1 -- what's in the box? >> i can't do it. >> i'm right here. >> all the way in. >> hell no. uh-uh. >> if my hand is in there -- >> d. wade, it's just a little tea cup pig. our friends at bleacher report playing a game called what's in the box and diane, you know there's one person in all of cnn who i would love to see play this game. he's sitting right next to you. victor blackwell. one of the toughest anchors we have, but i have a feeling he'd be squealing like a pig. >> what is in the box? >> next weekend.
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>> i'm game. i'm game for it. >> next weekend. >> all right. thank you, coy. all right. we want to thank all of you for starting your morning with us. >> "inside politics" with john king is coming up next. we leave you with a few highlights from "saturday night live." ben stiller returned to reprise his role as president trump's former attorney michael cohen. >> any other president, this would be the most damning and humiliating moment. but for trump, it's just wednesday. so please welcome my witness, mr. michael cohen. >> of course, the first time i testified was also under oath, but this time i, like, really mean it. i'm also including a copy of the threatening letter i sent to mr. trump's high school warning them not to release his s.a.t. scores. maybe i'm a liar.
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maybe i'm a fool. maybe i have ruined hundreds of people's lives. >> i'm sorry. is -- is there a but coming? >> no, there isn't. thank you. a play to the base and a hero's welcome. >> we believe in the american dream, not in the socialist nightmare. >> plus, bernie sanders retraces his steps. >> thank you all for being part of a political revolution which is going to transform america. >> and a longtime trump insider stars in a new chapter of big investigations. >> he is a racist. he is a con man, and he is a cheat. >> i am not protecting mr. trump anymore. >> "inside politics" the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters now.


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