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struck alabama. we have breaking news coverage for you that begins right now. this is cnn breaking news. good morning. welcome to your "new day," monday, march 4th. we begin with the breaking news. catastrophic tornadoes have torn through central alabama. at least 23 people are dead at this hour. dozens more are injured and, of course, that death toll is expected to rise as search crews can go back out. here's a look at the devastation in just lee county. entire neighborhoods reduced to splinters here. take a look at this cell phone tower that's now lying across the street. it buckled in the storm's wrath blocking u.s. 280. we are expecting to get a live briefing from officials in alabama very soon. the state of georgia was also hit overnight by tornadoes. >> obviously, watching the aftermath of the standards. that's our primary focus. it's notable the same weather system at this moment is dumping snow in the northeast. we have a look at boston at this
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moment. whiteout in boston. some spots around massachusetts have seen well over a foot of snow already. it's not done just yet. some 80 million people are under winter weather alerts. public schools in new york city, connecticut and boston and throughout the region closed today. want to begin our coverage with kaylee hartung. she has breaking details from alabama. >> reporter: just after the sun came up this morning, police led us through their barricade in lee county on highway 51 to get a look at this devastation for ourselves, and i am absolutely awestruck. if you see these cinderblocks behind me. yesterday, these were the foundation for a manufactured home. where that home is now, your guess is as good as mine. we are surrounded by the remnants of homes.
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these broken trees behind me, the yellow in them, insulation from the walls that once made up the homes in this neighborhood. if you can hear the beeping behind me, smoke detectors no longer inside homes that were standing just yesterday. a series of deadly tornadoes ripping through alabama and georgia. leveling homes and causing catastrophic damage across both states. >> houses completely destroyed. homes just basically slabs left where once stood a home. >> the tornadoes are the deadliest in years with authorities telling reporters they expect the death toll to rise. the path of destruction tearing through lee county, alabama. officials say one tornado appears to have traveled for several miles on the ground in one community. destroying nearly everything in a half mile wide path and sending dozens of people to the hospital with very serious injuries. >> i wouldn't wish this on anybody. this just came on so quick and
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changed so many lives that, i mean, it's really sickening to watch. >> neighborhood after neighborhood, in this georgia town, leveled. roofs torn off the tops of houses. trees uprooted and blocking streets. cell phone towers knocked down. >> this whole area right here is pretty much just gone. looking out over this way, which is mostly trees, it just looks like toothpicks broke just all through there. >> this porch, the only thing still standing from this home. >> contents of one residence we know for a fact was located over 1,000 yards away. so we've got a wide -- very wide storm track that went through the area. >> families gathering anything they could find in the rubble to take with them to safety. >> these families have lost everything they have. >> in the midst of the chaos, some families reuniting with their pets. >> is that your baby? >> and their loved ones. >> oh, that's a sweet reunion
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right there. granny is okay. >> an hour from now, search and rescue operations will resume. sheriff in lee county saying they believe there to be about a one square mile area of significant damage, but that area could be much greater. i'm told here down lee road, 38 there are areas as far as three miles back that authorities have not yet been able to search and i'm told it looks very similar to this. alisyn? >> oh, no. let's hope they can get there very soon this morning. kaylee, thank you for that report. one of the worst places of the damage, of course, has destroyed mobile homes in eastern alabama. cnn's victor blackwell is live ina closer look at that scene. >> if kaylee is on lee 38, i'm a couple miles away. this is one of the mobile homes that was just tossed over in the storm. you can see now this -- the
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carpet hanging from the floor that's now upright. the linoleum here. some of the furniture tossed over inside and all the contents dumping out of the top. some of the furniture, some of the insulation, the roof is actually across the street here. and as the sun came up, when we first came here at about 2:00 or 3:00 this morning, we couldn't see much of the damage but back here, you can see a truck that's been moved and is under a couple of trees back here. more of the damage from these storms. we can also tell you what we've seen as the sun has come up. more traffic. people coming through to see what's left, what's damaged in this community. we see that the road has been cleared. and that has taken a lot of work. there have been so many trees down but crews have been out since the storm hit in the 3:00 p.m. eastern hour yesterday and in through as soon as -- as late as they could without power here to clear the roads so those
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first responders could come. but there's insulation as kaylee said where she is in the trees. this is the metal roof of this mobile home thrown against trees here. a lot of damage here. we know from the national weather service that they say that there is enough damage based on what they've seen so far that they expect that this was an ef-3, at least one of the tornadoes, meaning the winds at 136 miles per hour. they will be trying to see if the winds are even stronger. we're waiting just minutes from an update from officials in lee county. >> victor blackwell on the ground in lee county. joining us is bill harris, who is the lee county coroner. thank you so much for being with us this morning. had a chance to speak to both the sheriff and someone from emergency management before. and they were waiting to hear from you to find out if the official death count, which we were told was 23 has changed now that the light has come up. is there an adjustment.
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>> as of about 6:00 a.m., it has not changed. it's still at 23. i understand there are still two people with critical injuries in the intensive care unit of our local hospital. we'll put troops on the ground here shortly in an hour, and i expect that we'll locate more decedents. >> do you believe there are people trapped inside any of this rubble strewn about the county? >> that very well could be. it just totally destroyed the homes in this area. so i'm hoping we're going to find some rescue and not recovery. >> do you have any number for those missing right now? >> i know i have talked to three families that we're looking for six people as of midnight last night they haven't been able to locate. i heard a number this morning, but i can't confirm it. we could have as many as 20 that may not be accounted for right now but that doesn't -- they could have gone to somebody's
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house and just haven't checked in with family members. >> often it's hard to get to touch with people in the hours immediately after these storms because communication systems go down, so it doesn't necessarily mean that the worst has happened. it's just they're unaccounted for at this time. the sheriff told alisyn camerota there are children, at least one child, among those killed. is that the case. >> that is true. the ages ranged from under 10 to in the 70s and 80s. >> and i also understand that some of the worst damage in terms of deaths and casualties happened in one confined area. one mile or two square-mile area. are the victims, are they related? >> a lot of them are just very good neighbors. we did have -- we've had several families that have probably just lost everybody in that whole family. we'll start the identification process on the descendents we've
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recovered so far about 8:00, and then as they bring in more, then we'll go through that process and hopefully get everybody back to their respective families and funeral homes this afternoon. >> i can't imagine you had a chance to sleep very much. and now that the sun has come up behind you, we're getting a sense of just how much damage was done. what's the biggest challenge you face this morning? >> right now my job is to take care of these families. asking everybody to just pray for them. they've lost more than their homes here. some have just lost entire families. we're going to do everything we can to ease them through that pain and get their respective loved ones back to where they need to go. >> what do you need from us? what do you need from the community right now? >> just pray for these folks. they've lost everything. it's very devastating. probably the worst disaster that i've been involved with in my county here. i've been to several others around the state and worked fatalities, but for lee county, i've been in the coroner's
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office over 30 years, and this is the worst mass casualty incident we've had here. >> over 30 years. it's the worst you've seen. did you have warning? did you have enough warning these storms were coming? >> yes, there were actual warnings out and then it just seemed like the flip of a light switch, it was on top of them before they knew what was happening, but there were warnings issued. >> how close were you to the storms and tornadoes when they passed through? >> about a mile. i had left the house and when i heard that there were some folks injured, as a retired paramedic, i came down this way to see if i could help some of them get loaded in the ambulances and then the fatalities started piling up, and i had to move on to this job now. >> it is your job. you told me that you have two people in critical condition at this point. how many other injuries are you dealing with? >> i've been told that they
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transported at least 40 to our local hospital and probably as many as 16 to 22 outside hospitals from around opalaca, but that's just a number i was given. i don't know the condition of any of those. >> bill harris, thank you for all the work you've been doing, all evening, all night, all morning long. we really do wish you and your community the best. let us know if there's anything we can do for you. >> thank you. >> it's very scary to think of how many people are still missing, and we've been told, obviously, they'll be using those drones. that will help because the places are very hard to get into. but it's really sad and nerve-racking morning there. >> 23 killed. that number has not gone up, but two people in critical condition. there is concern because there are some 20 people, he suggested, still missing, but we don't know if they're just unaccounted for or could be trapped in the rubble. in 30 years he's been on the job
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and he's never seen anything like this. >> that's what the sheriff said as well. that storm system that spawned those deadly tornadoes is hammering the northeast now with snow. more than 80 million people from the midwest to the northeast are under winter storm alerts right now. cnn's alison kosik is out in it. >> this is the snow that's been plowed but i've been playing in the snow because this is the fun stuff, the sticky snow, the kind that can make snowballs with and, of course, build a snowman with. it's also the kind of snow that can create headaches. you have to shovel it. it's really heavy. thousands of people in massachusetts are without power. it can also create huge headaches on the roads, although these roads have been plowed nicely. they are still very slick because you have that wet snow on the streets. boston getting up, getting ready for the morning commute. sidewalks are doing pretty well here. plows have been through.
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this will wind up being boston's biggest snowstorm of the season. you know total snowfall for the entire season only totalling about 15.9 inches. just today it's expected to be anywhere from i'd say 9 inches to 12 inches. so boston certainly getting a late feel of that winter blast, even in march. now things are expected to begin tapering off as they are right now. the snow is slowing down. it's expected to warm up quite a bit. temperatures expected to get over 40 degrees. get ready for the big melt. and, john, this one is for you. >> i preerkts that. some boston snow in my face. it's going to warm up. i don't think it's going to stay warm. let's go to cnn meteorologist chad myers who has the forecast. >> the snow just about done now for alison in boston and into new england. it's all part of the same storm
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system that made the tornadoes yesterday. but burrillville in rhode island, 17 inches. foxboro, up to 15 inches of snow with this storm. let's go to the warm side. here's where the storm was yesterday down across the southeast. gulf of mexico moisture in the air. cold air trying to push that away. at this point in time, there's columbus, georgia. here's lee county right there in alabama. and that's when the tornado was actually on the ground. now i'm going to move you ahead an hour and show you all of these other supercells. a tornado near warner robbins. a tornado here. another one near albany. all on the ground at the same time. for a time yesterday, there were ten tornado warnings for ten separate storms all in either georgia or alabama. not related to each other but all just those supercell tornadoes that we talk about at least 36. one of the storms may have been
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on the ground for 65 miles. now comes the cold air in behind it. the high in new york city, 38. yes, boston says 42, but forget about it as they would say in new jersey because, my tonight, boston is 18. i didn't put the accent in there, but you understand. >> no, i speak new jersey. i heard that. thank you for keeping an eye on all of that. we want to get to some breaking news. four americans and a local pilot have been killed in a helicopter crash in northern kenya. an initial report says the crash happened as two helicopters took off after a visit to a safari camp. they've identified three of the four americans killed. kenyan police say security teams are at the scene of the crash but they say do not yet know what caused this. obviously, we'll follow this story for you. the trump administration trying to answer for president trump, side with kim jong-un's
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>> my opinion doesn't matter. my opinion is that i am the -- >> you are the national security adviser of the president. your opinion matters. >> i'm not the national security decisionmaker. that's his view. >> joining us to talk about this is democratic congressman tom melinoski. he previously was the state department's top diplomat on human rights under president obama. congressman, thanks for being here. >> thank you. >> what did you think when you heard the national security adviser say -- before we get to what the president has said, his decision making and his opinions don't matter? >> of course his opinions matter and i think he's indicating that he disgagrees with the presiden. what the president said is indefensible and it's hard for john bolton to defend it. >> let's remind people of what the president said when he said he's siding with kim jong-un. >> he felt badly about it. i did speak to him. he knew the case very well, but he knew it later. he tells me, he didn't know
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about it, and i will take him at his word. >> he believes kim jong-un. what went through your head when you heard that? >> well, it's disgraceful after what happened to otto, to an american citizen who was tortured and mistreated in north korea. but also just think about it from a pragmatic perspective. we're trying to disarm north korea. you're not going to do that by believing blindly everything that kim jong-un tells you. if you believe kim jong-un on otto warmbier, you're going to believe him on nuclear weapons and missiles as well. >> in fact, the president has. the president has believed him over intelligence that suggests that there's all sorts of activity still happening in their nuclear realm. >> there does seem to be a pattern here in which the president believes what he is told by powerful people who are accused of moral transgressions, whether it's putin, whether it's mohammad bin salman, the crown prince of saudi arabia, now kim
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jong-un. it's hard to fathom. but you know what? the congress of the united states has a view about this. >> let's talk about that. so you felt compelled to create a resolution saying what? that america stands with the warmbier family? >> that america stands for truth. that we stand for american citizens. that we do not stand for north korea or any other country in the world mistreating, causing the death of an american citizen. >> is this a by partisan solution? >> i believe it will be, yes. >> who do you think will be with you on that? >> well, we'll have to see. it's always to be tested, but kevin mccarthy, the minority leader, issued an appropriate and clear statement that, of course, he thinks kim jong-un is responsible. we're not criticizing president trump in this resolution, by the way. all we are doing is saying we the united states congress hold kim jong-un responsible. >> and what was the moment you felt it going to be necessary for the congress to
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issue a resolution like that? >> as soon as i heard the president speak. i heard on a lot of issues, it is important that the congress of the united states be an alternative voice for the world right now. >> as you pointed out, this isn't the first time the president has done this. he's also sided with vladimir putin over his own top intelligence agents. he's sided with, as you say, he's sided with mbs over the evidence. and so where does this get you? >> it's very important to say to the world that the united states hasn't gone completely mad. that republicans and democrats were divided on so many things right now that we are not divided on the truth. we are not twdivided on protectg our country. we're not divided on defending our values in the world. >> what did you think about what happened in north korea and the fact that the president came back empty handed and that what he imagined, the relationship or chemistry that he felt he had
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with kim jong-un that he thought was going to somehow move the needle did not. >> i thought it was the best of all possible bad outcomes because i could not see the possibility of a deal that did not involve concessions that we should not be making to north korea. so i'm glad the president walked away. it was the right decision. i would not have had the summit if i were advising him but i'm glad we did not make concessions in terms of selling out the south koreans or lifting sanctions in exchange for virtually nothing from north korea. >> in terms of what's happening in saudi arabia, as you know, there's a family of a dual u.s./saudi citizen who is being held in saudi arabia right now whose family believes he has been tortured. and so given the relationship that president trump has with mohammad bin salman and that he has believed him in the past, where does that leave this family? >> so they've been waiting for over a year for their dad to come home. he's an american citizen. kids are american citizens. he has not been charged with any
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crime. so there's no judicial process here. there have been quiet efforts to release him now for about a year which have resulted in nothing. and i have to say, it's mystifying to me that saudi arabia, given the pressure that it's under, given the criticism, righteous, rightful criticism over what they did to jamal khashoggi that they are doing this now. >> and does that tell you they feel they can do this with impunity? >> i don't think they can do this with impunity but there's now a majority in the united states congress to stop arms sales to saudi arabia. to impose sanctions on saudi arabia which would have been unthinkable a year or two ago. and this isn't just wrong. it's profoundly stupid that they are holding this man. >> what's going to happen next? >> well, this is now public and so we're going to step up the pressure to release him. his family is also in saudi arabia. they won't allow them the right to leave the country. they have a very short amount of time to resolve this so that it
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does not become yet another issue in the u.s./saudi relationship. >> tom malinowski, thank you for being with us on "new day." house democrats want documents and information from the president's son. donald trump jr. so what are they after, and how will the president respond? that's next. ♪ to walk along the lonely street of dreams ♪ ♪ here i go again on my--- you realize your vows are a whitesnake song? i do. if you ride, you get it. geico motorcycle. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more.
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all right. new this morning, the house judiciary committee is going to request documents today from more than 60 people connected to the trump administration. the president's family, including his eldest son donald trump jr. and also the donald
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trump organization. this comes as house democrats are clearly expanding their investigations of the president. joining us now, kirsten powers, cnn political analyst and "usa today" columnist. jeffrey toobin, chief legal analyst and rick santorum, senior political commentator and former republican senator from the commonwealth of pennsylvania. i want to play you what jerry nadler, who is chairman of house judiciary tells us he will do and won't do just yet. let's listen. >> impeachment is a long way down the road. we don't have the facts yet. but we're going to initiate proper investigations. it's our job to protect the rule of law. that's our core function. and to do that, we're going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption of -- into corruption and into obstruction of justice. >> so what's chairman nadler's committee going to do, jeffrey, that the special counsel robert mueller has not done?
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>> they might do a lot of the same things because mueller's investigation has been in the grand jury which is, by definition, secret. but issues like obstruction of justice, all the issues related to the firing of james comey, issues that michael cohen raised yesterday, insurance fraud, bank fraud. all of that seems to cry out for further investigation. >> but isn't mueller -- is it fair to say mueller is more focused on russia and it sounds like jerry nadler is more focused on abuse of power, things like that. >> it is true that mueller is more focused on russia and the house intelligence committee under adam schiff is more focused on the whole russia constellation of issues. but that still leaves a lot to investigate. and we don't know exactly what mueller has done. i mean, mueller -- we've talked a lot and know what cases he's brought, but in terms of the
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investigatory results, we'll see how much of it we get to see from his report. >> you saw jerry nadler and to a certain extent speaker pelosi trying to thread this needle which is to say we see evidence of crimes here. we see wrongdoing. there is evidence of obstruction. but not impeachment yet. how long can they do this dance for? >> well, they are just -- i think people like a nancy pelosi, obviously, have this institutional knowledge of remembering how these things can go. and so i think that they, you know, they saw bill clinton become more popular during impeachment. and so when you do something like this, if it's just partisan, you can typically, you run a very high risk of seeing a real blow back. and so they're up against particularly younger activists, i think, including members of congress who don't have that institutional memory. they know about it, but they didn't really live through it. and they feel like the base
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wants to see donald trump impeached. and so they're much more aggressive about it. this is going to be a tension between people in the democratic party who feel like this is something -- i think they're right. this is something you don't just go after and impeach a president in case you have something really major. a major violation and you need to ideally have it be somewhat bipartisan. >> is it your take that what jerry nadler was saying was they are going to do these kind of muscular investigations now, but they'll never get to impeachment. >> first off, i think kirsten is right that the folks who have been around awhile, and i lived through it. i was a senator during the clinton impeachment. it's very clear memory to me. and it was an attempt -- the house really pushed it, and they wanted the impeachment. the senate was never going to convict the president because
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it, as kirsten mentioned, it wasn't bipartisan. and so there is a lot at stake for them to continue to move forward with this. i don't understand -- i understand what they're doing. it's purely -- it's not about impeachment to get to your question. they're not going to impeach the president in the next year or whatever. what they're doing is try to set the president up for an election that he will lose. >> but why -- just one second. why aren't they also just trying to find out what happened, if crimes were committed? >> well, look, the idea of crimes were committed, contrary to what jeffrey said, there are plenty of investigators out there, prosecutors out there looking at everything the president has done from the southern district of new york to mueller. i don't think there's going to be any shortage of people looking at whether he's done illegal activity. but what we're talking about here are really more public relations issues for the
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president that, you know, there are questions as to the president's behavior and that's what they're going to be driving at, trying to dig up as much, trying to keep this roiling, keep the president focused on this issue, not so much trying to get an impeachment or indictment. i don't think that's their objective. >> but mark mckinnon who at one point was a republican political consultant and has advised democrats in the past says the american people essentially deserve to know if the president committed a felony. and it may take congress doing this in public for them to get that information. >> and i think that's right. rick is shocked to see that there's politics taking place -- >> not shocked at all. >> in the united states congress. but, you know, it is true that the democrats would like nothing more than to see donald trump defeated in 2020 and they'll do whatever they can, including use their powers in congress. it is also true that the american public has an interest in learning whether crimes were
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committed, in learning how the trump organization made its money and if it violated any laws. so, you know, i think both those things can be true. >> kirsten, let's move on. rand paul. senator rand paul is going to vote to block the president's national emergency making it the -- he's number four of the republicans. so that will then go to the president's desk which he has vowed to veto. here's rand paul's rationale for why he is going to block it. i would literally lose my political soul if i decided to treat president trump differently than president obama. every single republican i know decried president obama's use of executive power to legislate. we were right then, but the only way to be an honest office holder is to stand up for the same principle nose matter who is in power. isn't it nice to see his long-term memory is intacts. he remembers when they went after president obama for executive power. >> yeah, well, this was a very big issue for republicans all
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through obama's presidency that, you know, that he was this sort of tyrant ruling through executive order. so kudos to rand paul for being consistent. he's one of the few people in washington, frankly, on either side that does that. i don't think it's -- people do seem to shift. it's very situational what people think in terms of where they are in power. they find one thing offensive when it's the other side but not offensive when it's their side. in the end, trump's going to veto this so i'm not really sure what difference it's going to make, and i doubt very much that there's going to be enough republicans to override a veto. >> we're up against the clock here, senator. you were nodding and shaking to the notion of kudos to rand paul. i just got to know. >> a little of both. i agree with rand paul and commend him because i'm not sure i would vote for this. not because i don't think the president has the authority. i think he has the authority, i just don't like the fact he's doing it because then i think --
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so rand paul's point about checking the executive, i think it's a legitimate point. so i'm torn, but i am -- i certainly don't criticize him for doing what he's doing. >> so it was a shake and a nod. >> a shake and a nod. >> explaining the "schnod." >> senator and kisten, thank you. "saturday night live" taking jabs at the michael cohen hearing. late night laughs are next.
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time now for the "5 things to know" for your new day. at least 23 people are dead and dozens hurt after tornadoes have ripped through central alabama. a search continues for more victims and survivors. >> the same weather system is bringing snow to the northeast. nearly a foot of snow, more in some cases, has fallen in and around boston where schools are closed today. >> the house judiciary committee will request documents today from more than 60 people and entities with ties to president trump. the chairman, jerry nadler, says it's very clear to him that the president obstructed justice. >> former colorado governor john hick hickenlooper has joined the 2020 presidential race. he's the second governor to jump into the democratic field. >> two sisters missing for nearly two days in california were found alive. authorities say they were lost in a wooded area near their house. they found them by tracking their boot prints. for more on the five things to know go to cnn.com/newday for the very latest. here's what else to watch
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today. "saturday night live" spoofed michael cohen's hearing with ben stiller playing the president's former lawyer. here are your late night laughs. >> i'm so angry, i couldn't even wear a jacket today! and you know something, mr. cohen, i've never even heard of you. >> your mother has. >> for too many years, i was
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loyal to a man, when i should not have been. now i know how khloe kardashian feels. >> it just so happens that i brought with me a black woman. and she works for trump, don't you? >> uh-huh. and her name is omarosa. >> oh, no, that is -- no, no. >> and she has stood by trump's side since the first season of "the apprentice." >> oh, that is not me. can i leave? >> absolutely. save yourself. >> president trump met with north korean dictator and, let's face it, one of his top five closest friends kim jong-un. talks broke down when they could not agree on sanctions. another problem was kim jong-un used an interpreter while trump just spoke english but louder. >> that was good. looks like a good one. thank goodness i have it taped. i can't wait to watch it today. kareem abdul-jabbar selling the majority of his memorabilia from his playing days raising
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nearly $3 million for charity. andy has more in our bleacher report. >> kareem abdul-jabbar previously said when it comes to choosing between storing a championship ring or trophy in a room or providing kids with an opportunity to change their lives, the choice is simple. sell it all. he auctioned off 234 items from his playing days including 4 of his 6 championship rings. most of the proceeds from the auction going to go to his sky hook charity foundation that helps kids learn about science, technology, and math. this man playing catch with some random guy in the crowd. that's not some random guy. that's actually peyton manning. peyton from new orleans and the people of the city taking a shot at roger goodell and the referees during the parade. they called themselves the robin refs. they're all acting like they're blind referees.
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even a nice choreographed dance. the detail on the float pretty amazing. refs had hats on that said i love l.a. and it was spelled out in braille on that float. it's clear the city of new orleans never going to forget what happened in the nfc championship game. >> nor should they. former colorado governor john hickenlooper, the latest candidate to join the 2020 race. he's been in it for all of two hours. we have the other 2020 campaign news, next. ♪ heartburn and gas? ♪ fight both fast tums chewy bites with gas relief all in one relief of heartburn and gas ♪ ♪ tum tum tum tums tums chewy bites with gas relief we really pride ourselvesglass, on making it easy to get your windshield fixed. with safelite, you can see exactly when we'll be there. saving you time for what you love most.
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a new democratic candidate joined the race this morning. john hickenhooper, the former governor of colorado. he's been in the race for 2 hours and 20 minutes exactly. where does he fit into the field. joining me, m.j. lee and astead herndon from "the new york times." i'm old enough to remember where a two-term governor from a purple state, which colorado was, maybe still is, if that person jumped into the field, it would be a big deal. that person would carry a lot of weight with him or her. where does john hickenlooper fit? >> we're seeing a little bit of y not me phenomenon. when you are someone with the smallest bit of presidential aspirations you're seeing how big the field is getting and seeing that anyone and everyone is jumping in. and you're also seeing president trump and just how embattled he is. just how sort of -- how much trouble he seems to be in. you are probably thinking about the possibility of him maybe not
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finishing out his term and you're thinking, why not me? why would i not seize this opportunity to get in? obviously, for him, it's clear that he is trying to be sort of take the lane of the moderate candidate, the more centrist candidate. and when you are seeing that the rest of the field is going so far to the left, you might think to yourself, maybe there is space for me in this field. >> who else is in that middle lane? >> i think senator amy klobuchar has tried to occupy that among the senators. we might see folks going forward. folks like former vice president joe biden, maybe congressman seth molton out in massachusetts. a number of folks who try to say while the democratic party may be moving to the left on issues like health care, medicare for all or the environment and green new deal or something like a federal jobs guarantee on the economy, let's find a lane in more of the center and let's reject that kind of socialist, democratic socialist push that
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some folks think are rising. whether that's going to fall to governor hickenlooper, whether he can carry that mantel is an entirely separate question for whether there's a lane for that. >> you brought up democratic socialist. bernie sanders is a democratic socialist, an independent running in the democratic primary. he had a big part of his roll-out this weekend, announced some time ago, but he went to brooklyn, chicago, selma. let's listen to what he said. >> i did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling work eers, you're fired. i came from a family who knew all too well the frightening power employers can have over everyday workers. >> i noticed three things different that senator sanders is doing. number one, talking about himself using the first person pronoun "i" more.
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and reaching out more to african-american voters. direct references to racial issues which he shied away from and, three, taking on the president. >> i've listened to a lot of bernie sanders speeches. when he started talking about his personal background, i sat up on my couch because i really have not heard him talk about that. it's a compelling story. i don't know if most people, even the diehard bernie supporters necessarily knew about his father coming over without a nickel in his pocket from poland. and the fact they lived in a rent-controlled apartment and his mother's dream was to get out of that apartment some day. and that dream was never fulfilled. i think it goes to show back in 2016, he absolutely knew what he was doing. he wanted to present the policy contrast to hillary clinton. this time around, maybe he sees that's not going to be enough because the field is so big. >> go ahead. >> exactly. i think we're seeing bernie sanders 2.0 in this new race. he sees himself as more of -- less of an underdog. polls proved that out.
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he's kind of leading from the front and that requires a different lane to be operated in. he's trying to create coalitions this time, not just fire up folks around his issues partly because other senators and other candidates have adopted some of those issues. he's no longer the only one calling for free college. no longer the only one saying things like medicare for all. he's brought in a new team around him who has pushed some of that and that is going to require an outreach to minority voters. that's going to require a kind of more bernie sanders that we may not have seen in the past. >> we have ten seconds left. eric holder, the former attorney general just told "the washington post," he'll not run for president. the significance there may be that barack obama doesn't necessarily have a direct ally in this race just yet. >> well, and it's been reported that he's not going to be somebody who takes a stance anyway. he's not going to be taking a position in terms of endorsing somebody, even if that person ends up being former vice president joe biden. the obama mantel is there and
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there are a number of candidates who may be looking at that. >> mj lee and astead herndon, thank you. "newsroom" will pick up next. we'll see you tomorrow. ♪...you better get moving. ready or not♪ ♪...it's about to go down here it comes now♪ ♪...get ready (oh oh oh oh), get ready♪ ♪...moving. ready or not ♪...get ready (oh oh oh oh) new galaxy. free buds. music to your ears. get free galaxy buds when you pre-order galaxy s10 or s10+.
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had i have waited a day, i would have had stage iv cancer. planned parenthood saved my life. text titlex to 22422 to learn more. a very good monday morning. i'm jim sciutto in new york. poppy is off today.
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the sun is up in lee county, alabama. authorities fear the death toll from yesterday's devastating tornadoes there will soon be rising as well. in addition to the 23 people already known dead in that single county, a number, perhaps a large number, remain unaccounted for. this morning those people are the focus of search teams and heat-seeking drones. already the alabama deaths are more than twice the number killed in tornadoes across the country in all of last year. the lee county coroner told cnn's "new day" there was precious little time to take cover when those first warnings went out. >> there were actual warnings out, and then it just seemed like the flip of a light switch, it was on top of them before they knew what was happening, but there were warnings issued. >> kay dlee hartung and victor blackwell are in alabama this morning. it a

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