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>> what are we talking about? the president spent the weekend fighting with a dead senator and a television comedy rerun. president supporters love to brag what's a counterpuncher. well, he's showing real lightning fast reflexes this time. his new targets include an episode of "saturday night live" that first ran in december and senator john mccain who passed away last all. his weekend bio binge also included attacks on the russia nation, the fox weekend lineup, the fox afternoon lineup, and he retweeted a well known conspiracy theorist to boot. is it a game of distraction before the mueller report releases to destroying social and political norms, to deteriorating mental condition to, oh, this is just the way he is. oh, this is just the way he is did not include any reference to the anti-muslim, anti-immaterial grant massacre in new zealand over the weekend or rising trends of nationalism or white supreme sis around t
supreme -- supremesy around the world. >> friday's terror attack claimed at least 50 lives and there's breaking news. they now say a lone attacker carried out the attack. he is charged with murder. new zealand's prime minister is now vowing changes to the nation's gun laws. a sharp contrast to the reaction in this country with multiple mass shootings. joe, good morning. >> reporter: the president's partnershipch hit for grievance politics on full display this weekend. it was extraordinary. president simply all over the place. it wasn't just the number of tweets, it was also the range of topics, as you mentioned, from tweeting about gm to tweeting
some bad lang wuage, basically, about john mccain. and even talking about "saturday night live," a christmas rerun that aired on nbc over the weekend. it was also interesting for some of the topics the president did not touch. most notably about new zealand and the horrific attack there. the president tweeted warm sympathies on friday, but after that basically nothing. and this came after the president had asserted that white nationalism is not a worldwide threat which led his chief of staff mick mulvaney to go out on tv and defend him over the weekend. >> you've seen the president stand up for religious liberties, individual liberties. the president is not a white supremacist. i'm not sure how many times weapon have to say that. >> now, we are expecting to see the president at least one time today here at the white house, that's expect the late in the
day where he's going to attend a greek celebration here at the white house. back to you. >> all right. joe johns at the white house. joining us now john avlon. john, twiebt pi want to put up screen so people get a sense of what was going on in the president's head. look at this. almost every word is filled with rage and bio at a number of subjects on john mccain, "saturday night live," all kinds of fox television lineups. much of that that we had up on the screen a moment ago the president wrote after he went to church on sunday. >> yeah. >> which is awfully nice. >> yeah. seems like he's doing it wrong. i mean, church is about the forgiveness of sin, it's about -- it's clear the bio binge. the president seemed to have it dialed up. this is not a man who seems at peace. this is a president who's talking to the television in public and screaming at it. and belittling the office by focusing on dead senators and comedy reruns as you said in the
lead. this is not the portrait of a man who's in particularly a good place. because compared to your own lives, folks, what did you do sunday? spend time with your family and friends. you probably didn't tweet 200 times unhinged hate speech and retweeting folks who are in the recesses of the internet, and avoiding more statements of condolence, sympathy, and solidarity with the victims of the worst terror attack in one of our closest ally's history. >> it's not happening in a vacuum. he's not attacking john mccain because it's sunday, he's doing it in the aftermath of new zealand as well. >> and while defending jeanine pirro and taking her off the air, one of her things was talking about shereeia law. the president has real world responsibilities and he seems fixated on talking to the television. >> let me read one of the john mccain tweets in the was the first one. it was indeed just proven in court papers flaft class that john mccain sent the fake dossier to the fbi media hoping
to have it printed before the election. he and dems working together failed as usual. even the fake news refused this garbage. first of all, there are several things that are lies in here. he didn't finish last, he finished fifth from last in his inapril police class. the dossier was not the beginning of the investigation, the george papadopoulos thing was. there are lies in here, but also just going after john mccain were why is the president afraid of john mccain? >> it's a fascinating question because not only is he deceased, but he's a fellow republican. yes, they were at loggerheads. you've got to say somewhere there's an imposter's complex at work, that this is a president who recognized that john mccain is a real american hero who served his country and sacrificed for his country in hanoi hilton when donald trump was dodging the draft, saying it straight. and he knows that mccain has folks who admire him in a way this president seems to not despite the trappings of the
office. that fixation with john mccain, degrating a dead senator of his own party, he can't let it go because that's who he is. have some we'll talk more about this in a little bit. megan mccain wrote over the weekend that john mccain is living rent free in donald trump's brain. she then took that tweet down, but this goes to show what's happening here. all right. stick around and we'll talk to you in a little bit. erica. there's breaking news out of new zealand where that country's government is taking swift action on guns in the wake of the massacre that left 50 people dead at two mosques. they say two gun laws could be in place in just a motor of days. ivan watson is life in christchurch with more for us at this hour. ivan. >> reporter: good morning, erica. that's right. t new zealand was quick to call this a terrorist attack to denounce it, and quick to call for new gun control laws.
she shok about it a few hours ago. take a listen. >> i want to acknowledge when australia found itself tragically in a similar position who to what we found ourselves now, they take 12 days to make the decision. we have taken 72 hours. there is some detail that needs to be worked through want to do that, but still move as quickly as we can. >> reporter: she says quinn ten days of the attack the new poll sills be appropriapolicies will appropriate posed. because in 96 a gun massacre, it tightened its gun laws. the chief suspect, brant ton tarrant charged with murder in court here in christchurch on saturday, the police say they believe he operated alone attacking two mosques on friday here in christchurch. he has declined having an attorney defending him in court in upcoming court appearances.
we know australian counterterrorism police were searching two residences in australia, one of them reportedly belonging to his sister. now, the effort here on the ground, well, not far from where i'm standing there are people quite literally fighting for their lives, victims, nine in intensive care right now. to give you a sense of how overwhelmed the authorities here are, it's taken them several days now to start to release the bodies of the victims back to their anguished families. meanwhile, there's been an outpouring of support for this tiny muslim community in new zealand. just 1% of the population so savagely attacked on friday. the outpouring of love all the way from the highest levels of government to here on the streets here where people are still coming after 11:00 at night crying, laying flowers, lighting candles for what they say are their fellow neighbors and citizens. john and erica. >> this is us. this was an attack on all of us.
that was the message from the prime minister there. the outpouring of emotion important to see. ivan watson, thank you very much. there are new signals that the special counsel's russia investigation could be wrapping up soon, like very soon. cnn's kara scannell life in washington with the latest signs. kara. >> that's right. we are on high alert for the mueller report, but there have been signs in the last week or two that this is coming close to a conclusion. last week paul manafort was one of the first people indicted in the mueller investigation were he was sensed to 7.5 years in prison. the former national security adviser michael flynn was one of the first major players to plead guilty in the investigation. now the special counsel's office says that his cooperation is complete. andrew weissman, he was the top mueller investigator, he prosecuted these cases, he's very close to robert mueller. he's now leaving the office. they've announced he's leaving. and congress is even readying for this with the house unanimously passing last week a
bill to make the mueller report public. so we're seeing all these signals that it's wrapping up. there is a wrinkle with rick gates, he's the former trump deputy campaign chairman. the special counsel office said they're not ready for his sentencing saying that he's still cooperating with ongoing investigations but the mueller investigation is not the only element of doj that's conducting investigations related to this. the u.s. attorney's naufs manhattan is investigating the president's inaugural committee. it's quite likely that's one of the investigations that's being referred to in that. so until then we're going to watch and wait and be ready for the mueller report which we're expecting to comeny d any day n >> as kara laid everything out there for us, we love to play the game are these all the signs, look at the crystal ball. do you see them pointing to a report in the near future? >> i do. i think we're getting ready to
see his final savo and to the case in the southern district of new york state. but there's signs that mueller's work has significant phases left. roger stone's trial, i going to be very interesting. we'll learn about who in the campaign directed him to coordinate with wiki leaks, that's six months away. rick gates continues to cooperate including on the inaugural which i think will be transitioned over to the southern district of new york. and then the report itself which could go over to the attorney general every day and then the attorney general has big decisions to make about whether and how to turn it over. >> which was a big focus for congress last week, as we know. it's also been a major focus for the president who tweeted over the weekend that on the recent nonbinding vote, 420-0 as we no in congress about releasing the mueller report, i told leadership to let all republicans vote for transparency. makes us all look good, play along with the game. in the land of tweets that should be stunning, i mean, we're sort of past that point on a number of levels, but that is still saying something. >> i think it's like when you say in the old school yard i
promise but i went like this, they didn't mean it. he's trying to make excuses her. you don't get 420 to 0 on the state bird. this is a massive bipartisan statement that we expect to see this report in whole. so if there's going to be any games played, expect the house to jump on it and try to get that report. >> there's also some thinking are and john pointed this out at the top of the hour, with this ramp up in tweets from the president over the weekend including about the mueller report, including a lengthy one on friday that talked about the this should never happen to a president calling it an illegal and conflicted investigation, that perhaps that is also a sign that he had some intel that the report is coming. do you buy into that? >> that he has intel? it could well be. it could be that the attorney general has decided to give the president's team a chance to review that report. the thinking could be they need to get a chance to object on, say, expectative privilege and if they object perhaps we can work it out, perhaps we go to the court. it's possible that the president's legal team knows in advance that this is coming. now, of course the whole dossier
thing i think is just a myth and it's a catchphrase that keeps getting repeated completely lacks merit. >> ellie, always appreciate it. thank you. >> thanks, erica. >> john. a critical situation in the midwest this morning where the floods are turning deadly. dozens of records have been broken already in nebraska alone. and officials say the worst is yet to come. our stephanie elam is live in winslow, nebraska, which has been completely cut off by the flooding. stephanie. >> reporter: good morning. this is as close as we could get to the town of winslow which is back behind the bushes there. as we're told the water was about four or five feet high at one point within the town. we do believe everyone's been evacuated but this gives you an idea of how dangerous things are here in nebraska. a race against time for emergency crews across nebraska. after historic flooding left much of the state under water. >> i've never seen anything like this. it's a stunning amount of the water. >> by air the national guard
using helicopters to access those cut off by floodwaters. this infrared video showing guardsman and omaha police rescuing two people stranded on top of a pickup. on land, first responders navigating through dangerous rising water. >> where these people are being rescued, it's probably six, eight foot high. >> reporter: rescuing hundreds of trapped residents and evacuating others before it's too late. >> if we decided to stay, we would just be stuck there until the water went down. >> reporter: at least two people have been killed. including james will i can,ke. a bridge went out on his way to help stranded people. the rushing water causing levies to overflow, this video showing a bridge on highway 12 split in half by the floodwaters and carried downstream. destroyed asphalt making that same highway impassable, the
runway at the air force base also covered in floodwaters. nebraska's governor touring the state evaluating the damage. >> this has probably been the most severe, widespread flooding we've had as far as parts of the state that's been impacted we've had in the last half century. >> reporter: sandbags stacked high outside homes. as a last ditch effort for residents here. some people already losing everything. their belongings spotted floating in the murky overflow. for others already evacuated, the fear of returning them to nothing, unbearable. >> you see it on the news for other people and you couldn't imagine it until it happens to you. then it's like, yeah, you know how they feel. >> reporter: and to give you an idea of how badly this state is being affect, john, it's really here on the eastern part of the state. but from what i've just learned here is that all of the river systems in the state of nebraska are experiencing some stage of
flooding. and on top of that, more than half of the counties in nebraska are in a state of emergency. john. >> stephanie for us in nebraska. please stay safe. coming up in the 8hour we'll talk about the emergency there. up next, president trump's state of mind. what his tweets after new zealand terror attack and over the weekend tell us about what the president may be thinking. humira patients, you inspire us.
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president trump tweeted more than 20 times over the weekend. and retweeted a whole lot more. and those retweets in some cases even beyond his own words. he attacked senator john mccain who pass ad way in august. he lashed out at a rerun of "saturday night live." he defend a fox news host whose suspended for anti-muslim comments, but nothing about the new zealand terror attack over the weekend. joining us now is rachel bade, a cnn analyst and congressional reporter for "the washington post." and john avlon a cnn senior political analyst. john, i want to pick up where we left off our conversation a short time ago. what's the risk of saying, oh, this is just the way he is? it's the wacky president spending executive time again? >> the risk is that he has real responsibilities to lead our nation, that the office of president is primarily one of moral leadership, as fdr said a
long time ago. and this is a president who seems fixated on lashing out, on nursing his own grievances. and there is a mantle of leadership that would involve focusing on follow through of the new zealand mass shooting, the terror attack against the muslim community. the president ignored it entirely in order to focus on his own small insecurities and grief advance. that says terrible things about his mental state and the state of the presidency right now. >> when you talk about leadership there were questions over the weekend perhaps this would be a good time for the president to come out and make a speech about white supremacy, about racism, about xenophobia, talking about all the things that are not okay. the argument against that is that the president's own rhetoric makes it tough for him to do that. but the reaction that even part of that conversation got from his own acting chief of staff mick mulvaney who felt the need to tell us that the president is not a white supremacist.
>> well, mulvaney is trying to say that the president is not a white supremacist. but i think what really should be pointed out is that in the hours after the attack when president trump had a brief availability with reporters, he in one moment expressed condolences to the victims of the attack and then immediately after that transitioned to talking about immigration and calling it an invasion. and that is strikingly similar language to that used by the new zealand attacker in his manifesto. and so what mulvaney is doing is trying to parse and distract by saying that the president's words are not the same as his actions. and, to me, the president of the united states words are -- carry just as much weight as his actions. so it is striking that trump has not spoken out more forcefully
against this rise in far right extremism. >> paying no attention to the man behind the curtain, even though the man behind the curtain said he wanted to ban muslims in the united states. even though the man behind the curtain was asked a direct question in the white house in the wake of an anti-muslim attack, in spite of evidence of white supremacy rising around the world, and this is how the president responded. listen. >> you think today the white nationalism is a rising threat around the world? >> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. >> so that's what he said. rash he will the adl says that the white supremacy is on the rise, the fbi and dhl statistics talk about domestic terror being on the rise. white supremacy is fueling a lot of that. but instead of directing his ire, the president is really pissed at john mccain. >> yeah, no, his own fbi, the
swr justice department, the homeland security department contradicts that and says white nationalism is the single greatest internal threat when it comes to home-grown terrorism and this completely contradicts the president. you had 50 muslims killed specifically in new zealand because of their faith. and the president going to twitter and talking about defending a fox news host that was in trouble because she attacked a muslim -- one of the first muslims in congress for wearing a hijab and suggesting she is not a true patriot because she wears a hijab. i mean, these are clearly not the priorities that american people would want their president to be talking about after a massacre like this. and regarding, you know, white nationalism, it just -- it just -- it per plexs the miplex what is so hard about calling out white narkism and saying it's a problem? amy klobuchar was asked about this over the weekend and did trump contribute in any way? she said you can't say the
president is in any way responsible for any one of these attacks, but the rhetoric doesn't help. and that's exactly the point think there that's exactly right. if you have a bunch of people who are of this ideology and what nationalists who are trying to kill people and cause terror and they're citing the president saying that, you know, he's a symbol of a renewed white identity, then it shouldn't be hard for the president to come out and say, no, this is not okay, we do not support this. i do not support this. >> john, even if he were to come out and say something, would it carry any weight based on his past comments? >> yes, it would because it would send a clear message to those people who think they're getting signals from the bully pulpit of the presidency. and there's something significant as well. if you look historically, you see a rise in white nationalists and militia movements under democratic presidencies in the past and they've receded under republican presidencies.
some of the animus is presumably taken away. that hasn't happened under this president? why? i do think it's possible. i think it's because he's sending signals and not a condemnation. this goes back to david duke in the 2016 campaign to his comments after charlottesville and the praise he's getting from some of these figures. so it's incumbent. he can't be ignoring this, however defensive his staff may be. so denounce it clearly and remove some of that oxygen from their conversation. >> and of course there's a question about the republican party. and the republicans in congress right now. and there's just one microcosm here is lindsey graham. president went after senator john mccain. john mccain and lindsey graham were best friends. lindsey graham was devoted to john mccain. and how did lindsey graham respond to his friend, his fallen dear friend being attacked by the president months after his death?
he put out a milquetoast tweets. i should give him credit for two. he said as the senator john mccain showed did he votion to his country, he stepped forward to serve his country and served honorably and wads one of the most consequential service to the body. nothing about his service willing change order diminished. do you think had lindsey graham been attacked by the president like that that john mccain would have put out a tweet as mild as that? >> i don't. think mccain's tweet would have been much more forceful than that. mccain, you know, well throughout the trump -- president trump's time in office was not afraid to criticize the president. and graham himself during the campaign was a fierce critic of trump. but has since morphed into an ally of the president and really i think that what we can take from that is that it's probably for political reasons. graham is facing re-election in
south carolina and a number of republicans are fearful that if they show any distance between themselves and trump who has taken over the party, then that could cost them their election. and so that's likely why graham decided to offer what is, as you described, a milquetoast response. >> rachel, quick last word or whether or not we're going to see republicans rise up in the next few days in comment to the president's statement. >> probably not. i agree with laura there. if you looked at the last national emergency vote that happened in the senate, everybody except one republican that is up in 2020 voted with the president, even some who came out strong saying that this is unconstitutional, him using an emergency declaration to build his wall is not okay. those people folded and the reason they did is because the president owns that party right now and they are petrified to put any distance between themselves and him or criticize him. >> right. rachel, laura, john, thank you very much. quick programming note. cnn will host a presidential
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"the wall street journal" is reporting a grand jury in washington issued a broad subpoena against at least one person involved in the development of boeing 737 max jetliner. the journal says federal prosecutors and the department of transportation are scrutinizing development and approval for boeing's best-selling jet. let's discuss now with cnn transportation analyst who is also the former inspector general for the u.s. transportation department and an attorney representing families
of plane crash victims. we know you do currently have litigation against boeing. good to talk to you because you put this in perspective with us especially as your former role as the inspector general of transportation. when you see this headline in "the wall street journal," what is that saying to you based on your experience? >> well, it says to me that my old office is doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing, which is safeguarding the safety of the american public and the taxpayers dollars. so when the office of the inspector general launches an investigation, it can actually have two different prongs. the office of inspector general can do civil investigations and civil work. they have auditors and lists and they will be analyzing whether the federal aviation administration perform its role as the safety oversight agency and whether it's processes are robust. whether what the faa says it did it really did and whether that's enough. on the criminal side, the office of inspector general is empowered to investigate fraud,
false statements, any kind of criminal behavior that affects traps po transportation. on the criminal side they might be looking at whether in the certification process of this aircraft if documents that were submitted to the faa were really truthful. if they did everything they said they do or they skipped steps and then certified that they did them. that's a crime. it can be as simple as a false statement to the federal government or can it can take a more, you know, a more sinister form. but those are the two missions of the office of expector general. >> and inspector general. >> and if anything happened like that in terms of misninformatio, which falls under criminal here. the implications could not only be significant but could literally be deadly. >> that's right. i mean, it is deadly, as we've shown. something went wrong here because some people, many people have died, almost 350 people have died. so we know the implications were
deadly. what the office of inspector general has to figure out is two pronged. was it also criminal? and what has to be changed for the future because part of their important mandate is to make changes in the management of the federal aviation administration so it better serves the safety of the traveling public. >> but part of this article that also stuck out to me was "the wall street journal" reporting that they may be looking at the relationship not only between boeing and the faa, but they were specifically looking at an office that mandates training requirements, including any changes that are made and then how they need to be implemented. this stood out to me because of the changes we heard about after the lion air crash, which as you pointed out on cnn over the weekend, were sort of minimal. >> that's right. and i think this is a very important part of the inspector general's probe. and then it's after lion air when the united states government, the federal aviation administration and boeing had a
lot of opportunities and certainly should have a lot of incentive to make sure that that never happened again. but what we're learning now is that the repair, if you will, or the fix was continue to certify a page or two, make some changes in the manual, not many, and call for the pilots to have an hour or so of what we call desktop training or computer training. the pilots were not instructed, the airlines were not instructed to put their pilots through any simulator training where you'd have hands on feeling of this stick shaker when this system went off that malfunctioned, the system as we've talked about many times of pushing the nose down when the pilot -- at a time when the pilot's trying to pull the nose up. so that's going to be looked at as well. who made that decision, what was it based on? and one of the other things they'll be looking at are the risk factors. one thing that you never want to have in aviation because aviation is so safe because of redundancies, you know, there's never one fail point in a system. you have lots of backups.
but here it appears that there was a one fail point, this mcas system, and so they're going to be looking at what were the statistics? how many failures were predicted? was it one in 30,000 or one in 10 million? or 1 in 100,000? and 1 in 100,000 event happens every other day in aviation, there's just so much flying. >> mary, always appreciate your insight. there's been so much made too we should point out the similarities between the ethiopian and lion air flight. i want to get in our statement from boeing before we conclude in record to boeing issuing a statement saying the 737 max was certified in accordance with the identical faa requirements and processes that have governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives. the faa considered the final configuration and operating parameters of and concluded it met all certification and regulatory requirements. mayer, i, always good to have you with us. thank you. >> thank you. >> john. the president of the united states campaigned on banning muslims from entering the u.s.
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white nationalist is a rising threat around the world? >> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. >> president trump down-playing the threat of white nationalism hours after the terror attacks at two new zealand mosques that left 50 people dead. experts say the threat is growing around the world and in the united states. so why doesn't the president believe it? joining us now is the founder and president of cordoba house. and rabbi jonathan pearlman of new life congregation who survived the massacre inside the tree of life in pittsburgh last year that claimed the lives of 11 people. i want to start with the president says he doesn't see white nationalism as a rising problem around the world. and also importantly, he didn't specifically call out the
anti-muslim nature of the attacks in new zealand. how important is it do you feel to call it by its name for what it is? >> it's important to recognize the problem and the fears which underlie this problem. i believe that white supremacist issues are real, their fears are real. we have to recognize those fears and we have to embrace them with as such understanding and compassion as we can and seek to address the underlying fears. i think those fears are real. of course we disagree with trump on certain issues, but i agree with trump on one issue, that nato is obsolete. nato was established as a bull work to protect the west against threats of communism from the warsaw pact nations. but what we need today is a knew international security pact. an international security pact which is more than just a merger of nato nations and ex-warsaw pact nation. like china to address the
threats which face us today of which terrorism is one. because terrorism has become decentralized. it's no longer just today it's two mosques in new zealand, yesterday it was a synagogue in pittsburgh, the day before it was churches in cairo, mosques in pakistan, et cetera. so it's become decentralized. we need a way to address international security because that's what governments are for. >> rabbi pearlman, let me ask you, houses of god as targets. why is a house of god a target for a white supremacist, a white nationalist? we saw it in pittsburgh and we saw it in new zealand. >> well, first i want to just express my deep sorrow at the losses in christchurch and just to the mom representative of the people in islam, just an expression of my deep sadness in
what has happened in new zealand. >> thank you, rabbi. >> you know, i think that what we're seeing here is a deliberate strategy on behalf of the white nationalists against the soul of our people. and we are all brothers and sisters in faith and we know that there are times when we come together in the houses of worship, the houses of god where there is a certain decorum of silence, of solemnity. and they are -- these cowards, these terrorists are using our vulnerability, they are -- they are targeting the houses of god and in effect they are trying to chip away at the soul of the muslim, the jewish, or the christian people. >> if you read, and you
mentioned could you wards. if you read thcoward's statemen. it is an invasion. this speak of the language of replacement, which is something that we heard in charlottesville in fact. when you hear that language, what goes through your head and is it a threat? >> well, i hear it as the language of hyperbole when people in other countries are filled with hate and filled with a spirit of revenge, they use words like invasion and emergency and being mortified at the presence of others in society that pose a threat to them. and so you always hear this kind
of exaggeration of language in comparison to the small number of people who are actually present in the nation. jews comprise about .2% of the global population. and yet you would think that we were, you know, teeming hordes or opening the wide gates so immigrants could come into our country. >> along those lines, new zealand muslims make up less than 1% of the population. which is why i was struck by the statement from the prime minister in new zealand after in the let's listen. >> many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to new zealand. they may even be refugees here. they have chosen to make new zealand their home and it is their home. they are us. the person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.
>> when you hear they, our, us, why is that an important message? >> because the concept of who we are is always april issue an is work in progress. americans were once white anglo sax son and prod tests. then you had the jew christian ethic where the ethic of the social contract of the united states went from a race-based definition to a values-based definition. in fact, abraham lincoln referred to this that we were a nation founded on values. we called this to be self-evident, all men equal, et cetera, endo youed by twed by t. he addresses the issue of the civil war which was really a battle between the values that our founders tried to establish in the nation, the question was would it endure? and this is the battle which is
still continuing at the moment. and what we are praying for and hoping for is that america will actually not only endure, but thrive and expand as a values-based nation where the concept from the varieties of who we are we are actually one people and one nation undergod. >> i hope your prayers are answered the thank you for being with us. i appreciate it. erica. it is the time of year in college basketball when it's time for you to get your bracket in order. march madness ready to begin. the teams at the top of the bracket and those already celebrating. we'll get you up to speed next. including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances. most pills only block one. flonase.
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white nationalism is a rising threat around the world. >> i don't really. >> he goes out of his way to avoid condemning violence that is ascending as white national zblix i'm the president's represtative. we're doing everything we can. >> the leader of the free world is choosing to focus not on tragedies but instead what a late senator may or may not have done. >> new zealand gun laws have some big loopholes. those gaps have enabled the gunman do what he did. >> we have taken 72 hours. i want to move as quickly as we can. >> we believe that there was only one attacker responsible. >> for such a small community, i just don't understand why someone would hurt us like this. >> announcer: this is new day with alisyn camerota and john berman. this is