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reputation for building privacy-productive services. but we've repeatedly shown that we can evolve. and i think that's what we remain to see is whether facebook can evolve. >> thank you very much. it will ab i heavy tloift make facebook synonymous with privacy. >> i feel like we've all been part of this grand experiment of social media and facebook and we've all been guinea pigs of this. >> thank you for our international viewers for watching. cnn talk is next for you. for our u.s. viewers, was michael cohen's part of the pardon talks? >> the members found an it an enormously production. >> there were changes made including the length of time the moscow tower project remained alive. >> everything mr. cohen says you have to look through the prism of is he telling us the truth? >> there will be a vote. there's no place in this world for anti-semitism. >> we want to make sure that we don't allow republicans and
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others to divide us as a caulk caucus. >> i'm afraid that the democrats are giving up the moral high ground. >> announcer: this is new day with alisyn camerota and john berman. good morning, everyone, welcome to your new day. we have new revelations and scrutiny of michael cohen's latest testimony on capitol hill. "the washington post" reports that cohen told the house intelligence committee that he brought up the subject of a pardon with the president's attorney jay sekulow as well as rudy giuliani. now, "the wall street journal" reports that cohen directed his then lawyer to find out about a pardon. that puts cohen's public testimony last week under increased scrutiny because of this statement. >> i have never asked for, nor would i accept a pardon from president trump. >> lanny davis, cohen's current lawyer, tells cnn his client's public testimony was only referring to recent months when i said never, i meant never
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accept for that time where i did ask. meantime, cnn has learned that michael cohen handed over new documents to the house intelligence commit tooit tee. they apparently show edits to the false written statement he delivered to congress in 2017 about the trump organization's moscow tower project. cohen told lawmakers one of the president's lawyers had a hand in editing that testimony. cohen's attorney does tell cnn that it was cohen himself that authored the initial false line about the timeline. joining us now, ann milligram, former new jersey attorney general. and alex burns, national correspondent "the new york times" who has a big scoop on joe biden today. we'll get to that in a home. first, ann, i want to talk about michael cohen. did michael cohen lie to congress when he says he never talked about pardons when his lawyer announced, yeah, he asked his original lawyer to ask about pardons? and number two, what kind of
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legal soup does this put the president's team in potentially? because at a minimum there appear to be discussions about pardons here. >> right. so i think we've all had this theory or this question of whether or not the president was discussing pardons through his lawyers. one of the interesting things here is michael cohen said i never had that discussion. he doesn't say my lawyer never had that discussion. and this is one of the things i think frustrates us to no end about people because obviously your lawyer's speaking for you and if your lawyer has a conversation you should say, look, of course we looked into this because i was trying to figure out what my options were. for the president, it's even more dangerous. so for michael cohen it's a question of did he tell the full truth? was he parsing words? for the president that's something that raises this question was the president throwing out a potential offer of pardons to silence people to get them to not cooperate with investigators? and that gets very close to this conversation about obstruction of justice. and i think really interesting for the criminal investigation. >> and, abby, has it been hard for the president's team to say
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definitively whether or not they ever discussed a pardon with michael cohen? >> it has been incredibly hard. and not just with michael cohen, but with several other players in this sprawling investigation, the special counsel investigation, and the others that are related to it. the white house repeatedly says we're not having that conversation right now. but they often don't say -- don't say in a broadway that the president never talks about it because, in fact, he does. he does talk about it all the time with people that he speaks to on the phone and it's not clear whether he has substantive conversations with his counsel about it. but it's clearly something that is always brewing in the white house. and what's interesting about the michael cohen situation is that it seems that both sides are acknowledging that there was some kind of conversation happening about pardons at some point in this proscess either initiated by michael cohen lawyers or someone else in the
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process. and what happened was that michael cohen didn't get a pardon and this is happening at a time when cohen is still in a joint prosecution agreement or joint counsel agreement with the white house and with the president's lawyers. and after that point, cohen decides basically to cooperate. he becomes -- he is pushed out of the president's circle at the point at which it becomes clear that he's not getting a pardon. so i think it's important here for us to understand that this could be a factor in why there's such imbitterment on michael cohen's part toward the president. because the pardon is an option because he's the president of the united states. but it was never offered to someone who was a long-time personal lawyer of his, someone who was his fixer, someone who was supposed to have dealt with some of this dirty work. the president clearly didn't go so far as to try to bail michael cohen out of these legal troubles that he appeared to get in part because of the president. >> and just one more question on this subject. is it probable at this point that the southern district
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and/or robert mueller's team alled have well into this discussion? we're just learning that congress is asking questions about it. but they're probably deep in already. >> exactly. we're learning of this for the first time because cohen testified publicly last week and now there's information about his testimony yesterday coming out. but there's no question they know everything we know and more. >> ,ay alex, let's talk about the 2020 field. >> to dessert. >> joe biden, you have big story today that his strategist has been calling around an telling people t tha biden will be gettingin? >> 95% likely in the is his former staff chief brew schetty. he has been briefing a number of other people including other potential candidates saying if you're going to get into this race you are almost certain to have joe biden as a competitor for the democratic nomination. there's a big difference between
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95% and 100%, especially where joe biden is concerned. and you're starting to hear -- you've heard from democrats in the early presidential states it's about time to make up your mind. but it does feel like we have moved into truly the final, final stages of joe biden's decision making. he is talking to old political allies in states like iowa, new hampshire, he's calls influential democrats, activists like al sharpton to address some of the parties' concerns about issues in his record in the past. and most importantly they're extending provisional job offers to people who would serve in the senior leadership of the campaign. they're not allowed to hire people at this point, they have to declare a campaign if he were to start do that. but the conversations they're having are to the effect, you know, if joe were to run and we were to offer you this job, could we count on you? and they were not doing that a month ago. they were not doing that two weeks ago. >> this isn't the official announcement, but it feels to me it's the official float. it's the official this is about to happen if you have any last-minute objections speak now
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or forever hold your piece. >> it's absolutely the closest we're going to get short of joe biden saying green light, let's go, beginning of april. that's the timeline that they're currently talking about. he's blown past a couple deadlines. i'm old enough to remember when he was going to make up his mind by the end of 2018 and then the end of january. but at this point the current thinking is that it's all about getting past the end of the first fundraising quarter, which is the end of this month and declaring pretty close to the beginning of april. >> and do we know what his reservations? why isn't he jumping in with both feet? >> it's mostly about his family. the big question hanging over his deliberations is would his family be on board? would they want him to run? the answer to that is yes. joe biden totally gunning who b gung h gung-ho running for president. his youngest son has had a checkered personal and professional history, there's some concern. the president doesn't really observe the traditional rules of
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engagement around people's family in politics. >> and his entry into the field, were it to happen, were that final 5% to be achieved there, it would be a big impact in the democratic race. >> abby. >> abby. >> yeah, absolutely. it would have a huge impact, you by think alex is right that at this point most of the democrats out there recognize that joe biden is likely to jump in and they've factored that into their calculus. i think biden is trying to run in a lane that a lot of the democrats currently in the race right now aren't in. one, it's a little bit more politically moderate, although i think that's a bit overstated given that his eight years in the obama administration. but secondly, joe biden is one of the few people who has a really long record on foreign policy. he's -- he's been second in command to the president of the united states. there's pretty much no one in the race right now who can really count that kind of experience to his credit.
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and as far as the white house is concerned about you know, this is someone that the president is -- is concerned about to the extent that he's concerned about this wide democratic field. i think he recognizes that joe biden has a reach to middle america that is similar to his own, that he would have some trouble with -- the president made some end roads with union voters even though he didn't get the nomination or the endorsement of the organizations themselves in 2016. and joe biden, i think, could potentially erase that slight advantage that he had over a normal republican candidate in 2016. so for even president trump this is a potential problem, though it should be noted president trump has already given joe biden several nicknames. one of them is crazy joe biden. i think the gaffs in his history is something that everyone believes they can use to their advantage. >> i feel like we've seen that somewhere else, a lack of
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discipline sometimes. but, alex, it people are voting on electability, with his name recognition and that he does seem ready for a fight, he's willing to engage on some level. if the election were held this week and if joe biden were in, it might spell good signs for him because we've been talking about some of the president's policy challenges and setbacks that he's been having this week between north korea not doing what he wants and there being activity around their nuclear program. the immigration numbers spiking at the border. i mean, this has just in terms of straight policy it has not been a good week for the president. >> no. in some ways this is kind of the push and pull of a potential joe biden primary candidacy. on the one hand for democratic voters, there are a lot of them who just want to win and who just want someone who seems prepared do the job, joe biden is kiech is kind of the obvious choice for those folks. he doesn't represent newness, he doesn't represent change, he doesn't represent diversity of any kind.
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and as abby alluded to, he has had a relatively moderate record over the years, including on some issues that are pretty central to the democrat party's identity like banking regulation and criminal justice. that's all stuff he would have to address in a totally different way as a candidate. i do think he has, as abby wisely said, something of a halo coming off his years in the obama administration where people may be reluctant to believe he's a conservative. >> you work in criminal justice and you know where the issues have really changed or the focus on the issues have changed from when joe biden was getting through the crime bill to today. >> there's no question that the world has changed enormously in criminal justice and just the view in the democratic party is very strong for reform in a way that it wasn't when joe biden was doing the crime bill. i think one of the questions will be is joe biden judged by 2019 criminal justice reform standards or by the criminal justice world that he lived in when he was a senator? and so i think it's yet to be seen. and also where is he now on many
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of these key issues. >> when pete was ten years old, by the way, this is also a contrast. >> but that's a great point. that is the challenge for people who are the old guard and who have been around, they have a lot of experience. and with that comes some dirty laundry. >> even kamala has the same question. the standards have changed so much in the last five years that people who have been in criminal justice, the world is different today. >> that's a point that al sharpton himself made to me on the phone. joe biden is going to have to account for his record, but there are a couple other candidates ined you klug senator harris that will have to do the same thing. >> i want to talk about the trade deficit because i know that's what everyone in america wants to talk about. new numbers out yesterday and when you talk about the manufacturing deficit in terms of manufactured goods, it's the biggest ever. it is -- it's crazy. it's crazy to think that it's getting bigger when this is the very issue that president trump campaigned on, said that china wa as basically screwing over the united states and he alone could fix it.
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well, the opposite is happening. it's getting big, he not smaller. >> it's crazy if you believe president trump's view of this, which is that a trade deficit is terrible and it means that permanent stealing money from the u.s. economy. or, it could mean that american consumers are buying goods from other countries because they have more money. so i think that, first of all, the trade deficit in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing. but for president trump what it demonstrates is that he hasn't actually completed the job. he's made a lot of promises about stopping people from ripping off the united states, particularly china and for some reason mexico and canada he's picked fights with those two allies of the united states. and he's renegotiated a nafta deal that hasn't been ratified yet, it hasn't gone through and so it hasn't taken effect. and the china trade situation is still ongoing. they blew past their march 1st deadline because they haven't been able to get to a deal.
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they're hoping to get to something by the end of this month, but it's far from a done beal. president trump's ability to say he fulfilled this promise really hinge thons next month. is he going to be able to get something out of china that addresses these trade situations so that he can say even if the trade deficit is as high as it is that we are on a path toward it becoming a more even playing field? if he can't do that, think he's going to have a lot of trouble. because obviously this is a macro economic situation. there are u.s. companies that are stopping, for example, there was an announcement from gm this week stopping manufacturing in the united states. it's a mixed bag out there and president trump is not going to be able to run on i did this the way i promised. >> yeah. abby, alex, anne, thank you all very much for the conversation. meanwhile, democrats are facing a division in their ranks. the heated argument over a house resolution aimed at condemning one member's alleged anti-semitism. all that next.
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sources tell cnn there's a
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messy debate behind the scenes over how to deal with controversial comments by freshman congresswoman ilhan omar. the in-fighting has kept a resolution to condemn anti-semitism off the house floor. joining us to talk about this we have andrew gill lamb, the 2018 democratic nominee and is now a cnn political commentator. mayor, great to have you here. >> good to be here. >> where are you with congresswoman omar's comments? what do you think should happen? >> official all of us reject anti-semitism and she does as well and said so in her own words. what i find baffling is that it has this controversial anti-semitic or not, has really allowed to us cover over and paper over i think some otherwise legitimate questions that are fair to be raised. she talked about the power of special lobbying interests in washington, d.c. >> but she used some tropes and it's all about the benjamin's baby and she said why do
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people -- i'm paraphrasing, allegiance to a important nation. and those things perked people's antenna up because they sounded like anti-semitic comments. >> rightfully so. i have visited israel three times. i had a sister-city relationship with israel when i was mayor of tallahassee. my support for israel had nothing to do with money but deeply held beliefs and a relationship. that being said, i do believe that it is fair for to us engage in a real conversation and debate around special interests influence on u.s. foreign policy. i think it is appropriate for the congress and for a member of congress to talk about foreign policy in the u.s. relationship with other countries. i think that's wholly appropriate. the problem, however, is i think we've got to do a better job of not allowing the name calling to distract from what are, i think, important public policy debates. she's got to make atone meant
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a atonement and make sure there are supporters of her who are angered through this process and people who have been hurt by it. and if her intention was not to do so, you have to govern your language more appropriate. >> i so the second comment, has she apologized adequately. >> i think one of the things i think she ought do is make clear what was being said there. what i heard was that u.s. members of congress are first and foremost loyal to the united states of america and u.s. interests. i think you can say that and at the same time be supportive of zblal let's play exactly what she said here. >> sure. >> i want to talk about -- i want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. >> so the issue here, and i think you're 100% right, no one would disagree with the fact that there needs to be a way to discuss the decisions that are made in israel and u.s. foreign
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policy toward israel and whether the israeli government is enacting the best policies without questioning the motivations of americans. >> yeah. >> who are giving their support or not support for those policies here. and what representative omar did for a third time, depending on how you count it here, was talk about the motivations of americans here. >> yeah. >> and there are american jews particularly in congress saying don't tell mel me i'm not loyal primarily to the united states of america. this sounds like people when they were saying john kennedy would be loyal to the pope and not to the u.s. constitution. and it's the fact that this is now happened again and again. >> yeah. >> that i think people are drawing attention to it. >> i think what she said is that she believes that these are conversations that should be had. and i think -- >> the conversation is really policy or what motivates americans? >> i will tell you what motivates me, i don't fit into a category that says i'm motivated by anybody's money. when it comes to my support for
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israel. that set to the side, it is important that we be able to have a full public policy debate around the u.s. role in those areas. and as i said before, the congresswoman, if her intention is not to be harmful, to a constituen constituency that she cares about, she will have to govern her language appropriately. i find it however a quite different reaction from what is happening right now in congress as it relates to this resolution and the continued sort of pushing by members of democratic leadership on a resolution -- >> you do think they need a resolution or no? >> i don't. i'll tell you i think this ought to be a conversation that is happening within our party without a doubt. i just have to say, when you consider the comments that have been made by members of congress, some of the anti-semitic, some of the anti -- the islamaphobic, the lgbt, antiblackness comments that you've seen from my own member of congress in my own state matt gaetz where's been
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the resolution on that? where's been the kind of i think sanctioning that we're seeing in this conversation happening there? and i don't mean to say that by any means to excuse comments that have come off as hurtful to a particular part of our consistents constituency. and we have to be responsible for that. but we cannot allow our critique to be more important than the debate around how it is that u.s. policy affects the world. >> let's talk about joe biden because joe biden is talking about joe biden perhaps getting in the political case and his chief guy saying he's at 95%. you are part of the young new guard in the democratic party. how would you feel about joe biden who has decidedly not part of the new guard of the democratic party getting in the 2020 race? >> we should ask him whether he thinks he's part of the new guard as well, but in all seriousness, i think vice president biden will offer something very interesting in this race.
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he is, i think, in a lane largely that if he gets in it he could potentially own. >> which is what exactly? >> i think he's probably one of the candidates that we would consider on our side on the more moderate end of the democratic spectrum. he's someone who i think appeals across a range of voters who i think some in our party feel we must more actively go after. but the question will be i think is the vice president prepared to offer a vision about the future of the country that people can wrap themselves around? elections are always about the future and if we fall into sort of just a throwback situation where we're not talking about big, bold ideas, i think it will be problematic. >> but what if his critics or even just people who are scrutinizing him insist on looking at his long past and his record through a 2019 lens, is that fair? >> well, i think it's fair. obviously if you've served in public office, there is a reckoning of your record and you've got to be able to say where you were at the time on
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those issues. and i think this completely fair play. and i have confidence that the vice president will be able to defend or say, you know what? i've evolved on this issue and he should be allowed to do that in the context -- >> we don't have time for this but i want to give you credit where credit is due. when you talked to democratic activist voters about the possibility of joe biden getting in the race, let's listen to that. >> how many of you would like to see joe biden get in? show of hands. what's happening? his time is done. >> i'll be honest, i used to think like because i was riding the obama wave and i thought he was the -- i thought he was the person that would unite the party. but to be honest, you know, senator biden really comes from the kind of the good old boy politics of the past. >> right. we're just about out of time, but that response surprises you. >> i missed that. i'm sorry -- >> you need to watch every minute of new day every day. >> you're right. i got to do that homework. but i will tell you, as i've
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said, elections are about the future. and that group of individuals i think spoke to that in their own way that they want someone to be able to speak about where this it is that we're going. i don't think it's beyond vice president biden to be able to do that. he will have a very long public record that will be scrutinized in this election. >> great to have you here with us. thank you very much. >> thank you. greater scrutiny about what michael cohen said under oath about part do about pardons and new documents that he gave involving the trump tower project. we're joined by senator tim kaine next. a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
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sources tell name that michael cohen hand over documents he says show edits to the false written statement he delivered to congress in 2017 about the trump organization's plan to build a trump tower in moscow. so what do lawmakers hope to learn from these documents? joining us now is senator tim
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kaine, he's a member of the senate foreign relations committee who has a fascinating bill before the senate. you of course serveds a lawyer for a long time and quite an accomplished lawyer which is why i want to ask you about one aspect of this michael cohen story. >> sure. >> michael cohen went before congress and offered this about the issue of pardons. >> i have never asked for, nor would i accept a pardon from president trump. >> well his lawyer lanny davis is now telling "the wall street journal," "the washington post," and cnn that michael cohen's initial attorney steven ryan did go talk about the issue of pardons with people connected to the president there. so did michael cohen commit perjury when he said that outloud? >> you know, i have no knowledge, john, about this and so, you know, michael cohen's testimony is going to be parsed pretty heavily. what i do know is this. i do worry about this president using pardons or the potential
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of pardons as a way to sort of keep witnesses in line. it's almost like suborning perjury if you kind of dangle pardon power out to people so that they hopefully don't make you mad. and if you start to see this president use pardon power for people who are connected with this investigation, i think you'll see congress erupt. >> and i'm not the lawyer that you, are just when i hear michael cohen say i never asked for a pardon, isn't the word never pretty expansive? doesn't it mean never at all as in not once? >> john, it sure does. but that's what michael cohen says. and then a current lawyer says a former lawyer said something about what cohen did another time, that's not the same thing as, like, direct evidence that would suggest that he's not being truthful. it would be something that i think you'd want continue to in into. but the telephone game, somebody
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says something and you get down the line and it's different. but who knows. but it's something to look into. >> let me ask you about an issue that you've cared about for a long time, which is more powers and the authorization of use of force. and you along with the republican senator are proposing revoking ending the authorizations for the u.s. war with iraq, you know, the invasion because of kuwait, the gulf war. >> right. >> and then also the 2002 authorization to go after saddam hussein. why now? why do this? >> well, it was interesting. we had a hearing yesterday with embassy actualer, the current embassy of yemen who was iraq.ated to be the embassy of - i said is iraq an ally? is iraq a partner? he said yes. i said why do we still have two war authorizations enabling the president to take military action against iraq? we should repeal them. here's the problem. congress passes authorizations that are open-ended. the war's finish and then
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they're sort of zombies that just float out there in space. and if a president wants to try to use them to bootstrap now military action without going to congress, he says congress already authorized this. so todd young and i of indiana, we have a bill to repeal the two iraq authorizations that you mentioned the we're going to have a vote next week of really war powers vote in the next couple of weeks about whether to withdraw all u.s. support for saudi activities in the yemen civil war. and finally rand paul and tom udall, also bipartisan, have a bill to phase out the war in afghanistan and repeal the 2001 authorization. congress has finally woken up to this problem that i've been shouting about for years, which is presidents like to just do whatever they want without congress. congress has to take more making powers back as the framers as the constitution contemplated. >> it's in the constitution, there's no question they have forfeited their spons responsibility when it comes to this again and again.
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notably you are not calling for an end to the 2001 measure. i want foam listen people to li reasoning. 2001 that was obama bin laden. you think there is some use for that? >> yes. i have called for a dramatic revision on the 2001 authorization. we had one last year that would have narrowed it down a lot including specifying that no president could use it to take military action against a sovereign nation. the white house didn't like it, they didn't want their hands tied so they spoke out against it and we couldn't move. but i'm very interested in narrowing down 2001. it's been used for too long in too many places against too many groups that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. however, isis and al qaeda still pose a threat to the united states. i know the president wants to say there's no more threat from ice spits that's not what our military believes. i would like to draft a very narrow authorization that would be focused on isis and al-qaeda and it would have a much more
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congressional oversight over where and when that authorization is used. >> lightning round, two questions in less than a minute. number one, you remember a club of former vice president nominees for the democratic nominee. joe biden reports 95% likely to get in. what would his entry do to the field? >> he would come in, biggest name recognition of any of the candidates and early polling suggests he would start in a strong place. it's a big field and it's early. a lot of my friends are running and putting good ideas on the table and i think that's a good thing for our party. >> you are of course the senator from virginia. there are a lot of people who are surprised that governor northam and the entire leadership in virginia is still in place after everything that happened. and it wasn't even a month ago, i believe. >> right. >> are you surprised that he's still governor? >> you know, the federal delegation, there's nine of us who are democrats, and we kind of reached a conclusion early on that we thought both the governor and lieutenant-governor
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had lost confidence in their abilities and should step aside. but we knew when we reached that conclusion it was their call to make. so we offered that as our belief about what should happen. but it's their call to make. >> all right. senator tim kaine, you still feel that they should go, though? >> i haven't changed my opinion, yeah. haven't changed my opinion. >> senator tim kaine, thank you for being with us today. >> appreciate it. wall street has been on a bull market run for a long time. how much longer can it last? kristine romans brings her crystal ball next. ♪ looking to lose weight this year? try fda-approved alli®. for every 5 lbs you lose, alli® can help you lose two to three more by preventing about 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed. for the only fda-approved otc weight loss aid, try alli®.
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at letsmakeaplan.org. all right. it's time for cnn business now. ten years ago this week stocks for crashing, the economy was failing and investors were afraid of what was next. fastforward to today and it's a very different picture. kristine romans has a look at how far we've come. >> and we have come so far. it's the tenth birthday of the bull market in stocks, the longest in history. a rally born on a day when no one, no one was celebrating. march 9th, 2009, when the s&p 500 tar5 tanked to 676 from restotion recovery, this is what it looks
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like. the s&p has more than yaud drqu drumd. a bank bailout, stimulus, tax cuts, auto bailout. you had debt ceiling showdowns, credit downgrade of u.s. debt, a budget sequester and a gop hold on congress. and this, the trump rally, a 40% rise from election day riding a wave of job creation, tax cuts, and slashed regulations. once again, control of the house shifts back to democrats. the big question now, only question is will the bull live to see 11 years old? already it's showing its age. it lost 6.2%, in 2018, the worst showing since the great recession. and there are challenges, many of them. you've got three big ones for this year, uncertainty about the global economy, particularly in europe and china. you've got trade tensions between the u.s. and china. those have yet to be resolved. and investors are worried about
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interest rates. and then there's this. this dubious milestone, ten years into the recovery, debt and deficits are swelling, the treasury department says the budget deficit soared 77% in the first four months of the fiscal year, and there are all those trade deficits too. huge trade deficits, even as the president, mr. tariff man, has been putting tariffs on those tariffs are making u.s. goods more expensive overseas. watch this pace. >> thspace. >> that was fascinating. >> ten years of your life. >> really important new numbers out as well that you're pointing out. chinese tech giant huawei is suing the u.s. government as acting as judge, jury, and executioner when it banned people from buying its products. it calls the ban unlawful and restrict them from engaging in fair competition ultimately hurting u.s. consumers. they call it appropriate and understandable. u.s. government officials have yet to comment. authorities in venezuela
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releasing an american journalist they detained after raiding his home in caracas. according to his mother, he is now on his way to miami. the freelance reporter had not been heard from since wednesday morning when he and his assistant were detained by venezuela's counterintelligence service. the democratic national committee has refused to let fax news host any 2020 primary debates citing that it has close ties to president trump. the chair tom perez says in a statement fox news is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. president trump responding with a threat to do the same with other networks during the general election. all right. you have to see this heart-stopping video. it captures the moment that a truck clips a utility worker who was working on a traffic light. this happened last month in the houston area. >> oh my gosh. >> oh my gosh. the driver who captured the incident on dash cam says the 50-mile-per-hour impact left the worker dangling in his safety harness for about 30 seconds.
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oh my gosh. a bus barely missed him then before he was brought down. the driver said the crew should have blocked off the street, but luckily the worker had his helmet on and was strapped in. he's defying gravity there in the upside down. still shocked. >> i will say the safety harness and the helmet there, an advertisement for both of those. >> we should wear those every day. >> no question about that. >> just to be safe, you know. all right. the comics are taking on president trump's week. here are your late night laughs. >> according to a poll that came out yesterday, 64% of americans thought trump had committed crimes before he became president, including 33% of republicans. and yet his approval rating with republicans is 82%. police, police, he just stole my wallet.
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stop that man, i want to vote for him. >> without security clearance, how will ivanka be expected to do whatever the hell is she does all day? but can you imagine being john kelly in this situation? being asked to grant the president's daughter and son-in-law top level security clearance? he probably said, mr. president, with all due respect, we didn't even want to give that scootecu clearance to you. >> president trump referred to apple ceo tim cook as, well, see for yourself. >> you've really put a big investment in our country. we appreciate it very much, tim apple. >> i think i'm done. i mean, that's it. he calls tim cook tim apple. and i guarantee you this means that trump calls himself donald president. >> sometimes they write themselves. >> and tim cook just sat there. what can you do? >> what can you do? >> what can you do. buckingham palace is dealing
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with something it has never had to face before. racism, online trolls making disgusting remarks about mehgan markle. what cnn found when it looked into the twitter hate next. my experience with usaa
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the royal family is cracking down on unprecedented sexist and racist abuse online aimed at meghan markle. it's supposed to be their happy time as they get ready to welcome their first baby. max foster is live in london with more.
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what is this disgusting stuff? >> well, alisyn, this abuse has been building for a while. it does appear to have come to a head for the royal family, in particular the duchess of sussex. one of the most talked about women of our time. a fashion icon. >> the winner this evening is claire keller. >> role model. earning her this homage from pop royalty. the duchess of sussex bringing something completely new to the very top of the british establishment. yet from the moment their relationship became public, prince harry and former american actress meghan markle detected racial and sexist undertones in parts of the press. there were references to the duchess's rich, exotic dna. how her family had gone from cotton slaves to royalty and this piece suggesting the los angeles native was almost straight out of compton, a
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reference to a song by nwa. the authors of the stories deny racism, but the couple saw underlying prejudice which they articulated with this palace statement from 2016, calling out the racial undertones of comment pieces and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. a typical example is the ongoing narrative that the duchess of sussex is at war with her sister-in-law, the duchess of cambridge. this is based on just one report in a respected newspaper that meghan made kate cry at a bridesmaid dress fitting. even that story is disputed by the palace. the two women have endured constant comparisons. >> essentially kate is no deviation of the norm. she's very much the british girl next door. >> where kate is celebrated for
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wearing an off the shoulder dress, megan is accused of breaking protocol. when meghan wears dark nail polish it's called a vulgar fashion move. >> she's very much what you envision when you think of the word princess. frankly, she's white. someone like meghan is a deviation. she's foreign as an american, black heritage, a divorcee and somebody i don't think the average member of the british public thinks of when they think of royal family or duchess at all. >> reporter: a cnn royal source accepts the duchesses aren't best friends. they may not call each other or hang out, but they are friendly and they text. stories about a rift are click bait they add. it's the click bait online trolls are linking to and using against meghan markle. on twitter we investigated the
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most commonly used anti-meghan hashtags. we analyzed tweets and discovered 20 accounts were behind 70% of the posts. their profile descriptions typically contain meghan-related hashtags like megxit and maga and make america great again. we saw to evidence of a coordinated right wing campaign against the duchess. >> meghan markle fits into this idea of the west and uk in decline. it is symbolized by meghan who kind of corrupts this old institution of the buckingham palace. >> reporter: cnn has been told the trolling escalated when the duchess announced her pregnancy at the beginning of the high profile tour of australia.
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having to spend more time deleting comments on social media platforms and blocking accounts and reporting abuses. >> there is definitely an unspoken sort of interest in what the baby will look like. there's been a lot of talk on twitter. not just from racists but from people that are pro-meghan about recessive genes, whether the baby will have an aftro, its mother's nose, there are coded languages about what the baby will look like. a lot of people have offered up the idea that the blacker the baby looks the worse its treatment will be. >> our royal source tells us they had to preblock the n-word on instagram. plus emojis of knives and guns. you and i covered the wedding last year, alisyn. it was celebrated, this moment to unite the uk and the american alliance.
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it's exposed divisions. it's the divisions the trolls are trying to exploit and spread hate and the family has had enough. >> that was a wonderful weekend. it was sort of sun-kissed and just the perfect weekend and the idea that as they welcome the baby they are having to deal with this. we have seen here often online hate can escalate to actual violence. how concerned is the palace? >> people talk about media harassment. they think of diana. i can tell you at the front of palace minds is a case from last year. there was a social media post showing prince harry, calling for him to be shot because he was a race traitor for marrying meghan markle. the case is ongoing. we can't say much about it. what i can tell you is the center of the case is a uk group associated with neo-nazi american group. as there is more trolling there
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will be more threats. the trolling has to be stopped somehow. god forbid any of the threats are followed through. >> absolutely, max. thank you very much for bringing it to our attention. back here, michael cohen under scrutiny for what he's told congress under oath. senator susan collins will join us. "new day" continues right now. >> he has provided additional documents. the members found it an enormously productive session. >> there were several changes made including the message of the length of time the trump tower moscow project remained alive. >> everything mr. cohen says you have to look through the prism of is he telling us the truth. >> there is no place in this world for antisemitism. >> we don't want to allow republicans and others to divide us. >> he is legitimizing antisemitism in america. i'm afraid the democrats are giving up the moral high ground. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> good morning.
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welcome to your "new day." it is thursday, march 7, 8:00 in the east. new this morning, two big questions. one, did michael cohen lie to congress and, two, how deep was the dangle? what was the president's team discussing or offering when it comes to pardons? according to michael cohen's current lawyer, cohen had his ex-lawyer talk to the trump team including rudy giuliani about a possible pardon. michael cohen himself testified last week under oath that he never asked for a pardon. could he be in new legal jeopardy? what about the president's legal team? were they open for business on the pardon issue? >> cnn learned michael cohen handed over new documents to the house intelligence committee yesterday showing edits to the false statement he delivered to congress in 2017 about the trump moscow tower project. cohen told lawmakers that one of the president's lawyers edited his testimony, but, confusingly, lanny davis said

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