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we want to see every single word of the mueller report. so they're on record now. so, you know, i expect them to keep their word. right now i'm not going to hit them over the head with that because, you know, i think they should do what's right. >> you're on the judiciary committee. >> yeah. >> the chairman of the judiciary committee is jerry nadler. he says he's received tens of thousands of documents, that's a quote, from as many -- from many of the 81 individuals and entities contacted as part of the investigation into president trump and his inner circle. do you know anything about that and what can you tell us? >> so, right. we're looking at abuse of power. we're looking at corrupt practices by the president and we're looking at obstruction of justice. you know, 81, i mean, when i heard that, i thought, that's it? it seems like there's a lot more, you know, folks out there, but, you know, i do believe that seeking voluntary information first is the way we should go about this. ideally they turn over the documents. if they don't, we have subpoena power that we didn't have before, but i do believe we've seen already in daylight, broad daylight obstruction of justice, abuse of power and a corrupt presidency, and these documents will affirm that. >> all right. that's from your work on the judiciary committee. you're on the house intel committee as well. chairman adam schiff asking the
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fbi to investigate cindy yang. cindy yang once owned that massage parlor that new england patriots bob kraft was caught up in, soliciting prostitution. she has some previous relationship with the president of the united states. what is behind this request with schiff? >> it's just to make sure we don't have any individual who potentially could be connected, you know, to the chinese government who is drawing themselves close to the trump organization. now, let's just all admit the trump team has priors, right? they've done this with the russians. they allowed the russians to come in in a way that no presidential campaign or transition ever would allow. they've done this with the saudis where they've allowed us to get close to the saudis to the point where we can't call them out for killing a u.s. resident, u.s. journalist on nato ally's soil. they've got priors that should concern us. i can't say more than that right now, other than we have reason to look. >> yeah. so you joined me the night before beto o'rourke jumped in. now he's raised 6.1 -- >> good for beto. >> that's a lot of money.
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$6.1 million in 24 hours. you've suggested you might get into the race. there is a crowded field. >> i said by the end of the month. >> there is a crowded field out there. the american people are getting to know them. do you want to be part of the crowd that the american people are getting to know? >> i do have deep interest in leading this country because i know why people work hard and what they expect it to add up to. i saw my parents do that. the promise of america, when you work hard and do better for yourself and for your kids, it's not reaching every neighborhood, it's not reaching every floor of every building. it's something that i lived and continue to live today as a father of two kid kids paying off my student loan debt. i see generationally i can bring optimism and inventiveness to a washington that needs it. don, i've been in these fights for the last seven years as our democracy has been on the line. the country knows i've stood firm to face the threats from the outside and the attacks on the inside. >> you said by the end of the month.
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just a little over the halfway -- at the halfway mark. soon. >> we're getting there. very soon. >> i'm pushing you. thank you, congressman. i appreciate it. >> thanks, don. the president attacking a war hero, senator john mccain, just months after he passed away. one of mccain's closest friends responds next.
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president trump attacking the late senator john mccain who died in august. trump griping on twitter about mccain's no vote for the obamacare repeal bill and claiming that mccain was last in his class at the navy academy, which actually is not true. trump also falsely suggested that mccain was responsible for spreading the russia dossier to the media, but according to court documents, a mccain associate and former state department diplomat received copies of the dossier in 2016 and shared it with a reporter at buzzfeed. so why does the president keep going after john mccain? here with me now to discuss is grant woods. he's a former arizona attorney general who was a very good friend of the late senator john mccain's. thank you so much for joining us, mr. woods. i really appreciate it. for coming on and talking about it. >> thank you for having me on, don. yeah, absolutely. >> so the president attacked
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john mccain on twitter again. why is he still so obsessed with attacking a war hero who passed away seven months ago? >> well, that's a good question, you know? i think all of us could probably, oh, you know, we could spend the rest of our lives trying to psychoanalyze this guy and it's probably not worth the time, frankly, but obviously the president does not understand that people who are your opponents, people who are in the opposite political parties are not your enemies, at the end of the day we're all americans, and, you know, we don't get too many heros in this world and in this country and everybody knows john mccain was an american hero. he was one of our very best. and so it doesn't reflect on john mccain to have him continually attacked like this, it reflects on donald trump. it demeans not mccain, it demeans the presidency and it demeans donald trump. >> i was surprised because john mccain wrote about the dossier in his book and said for all the critics he didn't, you know, they can go to you know what.
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but he shared it with the fbi. which was probably what he was supposed to do, is share it with law enforcement -- >> sure. >> if someone sends you information like that. >> that's what happened. he got the information and he read it and it's pretty explosive. he immediately delivered it to the fbi and said this is for you all to deal with. that's what -- that's what a statesman does. that's what a good american does. and that's what john mccain did. >> that's what an ethical person should do and would do. so his daughter, meghan, responded to the president on "the view" today.
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check it out. >> he spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it and i know it and all of you know it, he will never be a great man. my father was his kryptonite in life. >> yeah. >> he's his kryptonite in death. i just thought your life is spent on your weekends not with your family, not with your friends but obsessing, obsessing over great men you could never live up to. >> yeah. >> that tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life right now. >> i thought that was a very classy response. i thought it was right on. and i just can't imagine having to respond to attacks after your loved one has died. the attacks by the president of the united states. it's very unfair to the family. it's awful. >> it is unfair to the family, but, you know, it's a measure of the man and its a measure of cindy mccain that they have -- they have great kids and their kids can handle this. you know, i've known them -- i've known meghan since she was a baby and all of the kids and they're all fantastic. so that -- i think that's a
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measure of them as parents and john as a man. look, people like us who got to be around and in government at a time when john mccain was around and in government, we were the lucky ones. and we know how heroic he was. and, don, to me, he was -- he was heroic the first day i met him, the first day he stepped into the united states senate and he was heroic in the last week that he was in the senate when he went and gave the speech trying to get everybody to come together as americans to solve problems and when he had the guts to walk on to that senate floor and save health care for millions of americans by giving them the thumbs down. that was heroic. he shouldn't have even been there. i spent the weekend with him up at the cabin that weekend before, when he flew out to washington on monday, and it was pretty clear he was going to go to mayo on monday and the doctors were going to tell him don't fly, don't do it. he just had brain surgery. you could die en route. john mccain didn't flinch for a second.
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he was saying, well, we'll see what they say. when we talked on the side it was like, yeah, i'm going. >> yeah. >> i need to be there. i need to go. i have a duty to go. so, hey, john mccain's a hero and donald trump won't be there after a period of time. >> he was heroic in how he fought cancer and fought it up until the very end. listen, judging from -- i watched meghan today and people called john mccain -- lindsey graham, john mccain's best friend. i'm not so sure about that, you know, judging from her reaction. maybe i'm reading something into it. he seemingly tweeted a response saying nothing about john mccain's service will ever be changed or diminished. didn't call the president out by name. it seemed like a tepid response to me, very disappointing response. are you disappointed by that? >> you know, don, i don't know. i think senator graham has a lot of positive qualities and certainly he and john had a lot
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of great times together and did a lot of good things together. i've been disappointed by a lot of things senator graham's done, cozying up to president trump so much and trying to be his best friend all of a sudden. it seems to me he's showing that, unfortunately, he's not that different than most politicians in that the top five most important things in their lives are to be re-elected and to be re-elected and to be re-elected. that's what it's all about. one thing i learned a long time, i learned it in politics and in life, you don't walk past an old friend to try to make a new friend, and i think senator graham at some point in his life will reflect on that and realize that he shouldn't have done that. that you can try to do your best to make a good situation out of this presidency as best you can, try to influence the president positively, but when it comes down to your close friend, a person who meant so much to you and who is an american hero, you draw the line there and you
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stand up for your friend and you stand up strongly for your friend, as all americans really should do and most of them do. >> grant woods, thank you. our regards to the mccain family as well, okay? >> okay. thank you, don. thanks for having this segment on and thanks for letting us talk about our friend and our hero, john mccain. >> absolutely. come back any time. the white house chief of staff insisting that president trump is not a white supremacist. we're going to discuss what they're saying and won't say about white nationalism. next. what if other kinds of plants captured it too? if these industrial plants had technology that captured carbon like trees we could help lower emissions. carbon capture is important technology - and experts agree. that's why we're working on ways to improve it. so plants... can be a little more... like plants. ♪
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let's discuss. karen finney's here, scott jennings, medi hassan. good evening, one and all. medi, i'm going to start with you. the chief of staff forced to defend the president after critics called him out on his rhetoric in the aftermath of two shootings at mosques. >> the president is not a white supremacist. i don't know how many times we have to say that. to simply ask the question every time this happens overseas or say domestically, oh, my goodness, it must somehow be the president's fault speaks to a politicization that is undermining the institutions we have in the country today. >> how many times do i have to say this, do we have to say this? it can't be good, seriously, when you're trying to convince the world that the president is not a white supremacist. i know you disagree with him on this. >> i do disgray. it's a pretty big thing to say. on the other hand, they also
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like to say facts don't care about your feelings. here are facts. donald trump during the election campaign, gone, he retweeted a guy whose literal twitter handle was white genocide. he was endorsed by white nationalists like the kkk and david duke who he only belatedly disavowed. he appointed a white nationalist as a delegate in california. after becoming president, he appointed his chief strategist steve bannon who proudly bragged that breitbart was the platform of the alt-right. he appointed sebastian gar ka. he called nazis in charlottesville very fine people. his national economic adviser hosted a white nationalist at his birth day party last week. >> medi, i only have so much time. this is only an hour show. >> i can go on all night. here's my point, don, it doesn't matter whether mick mulvaney -- we can debate whether he's a white nationalist or not. the point is the white nationalists think he's a white nationalist. >> so, scott, you just heard
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what medi just said. give him the benefit of the doubt if you want. a lot of his rhetoric is welcomed by white nationalists. he uses a lot of the same terminology and rhetoric. if he doesn't want to give them me comfort and encouragement, why doesn't he just stop it and stop retweeting things from what nationalists and on and on? >> i think the president is not a white nationalist. don, you and i have talked about this many times, i think he has fallen short on his language on many occasions. but i don't think falling short on your language or rhetoric automatically connects you to the actions of some person who commits an awful atrocity in some other country. some people have tried to make that connection. look, i think this whole issue is going to keep coming up because there are people who want to continue to feed this narrative. as long as there are, there are going to be people like mick mulvaney who go out and defend
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the president. we're going to have rinse and repeat. i don't see this cycle ending before the end of this presidency. folks are going to want to believe it. folks are going to want to defend it. neither side wants to give an inch. >> karen, i want to bring you in here. the president downplays white nationalism. why can't he unequivocally condemn white nationalism in all forms, do you think? >> well because, number one, he is someone who has espoused racist beliefs and ideologies since his early days in real state working with his father when, you know, the applications from african-americans got a "c" for colored on them, right? and the central park five and the -- so the history goes on and on and on. and so the thing that he could do as president would be to -- how -- think about how do you use the bully pulpit? how do you use the power of the presidency not just to say and acknowledge that white nationalism is on the rise, but that also we don't support white
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nationalists in this country. we believe that is a form of -- in this country, domestic terrorism, and we know it is now actually a growing form of terrorism around the globe. how could he use the department of justice or other tools of government to make it clear and make a stand against white nationalism, white supremacy or as, you know, was steve king who kind of said, when did all these words become, you know, so bad? well, they've always been bad. it's always been wrong. it's never been good to use the presidency to mainstream racist ideology. >> yeah. medi, criminology experts widely agree that the gunman's manifestos shouldn't be widely publicized. senior white house aide kellyanne conway said otherwise. here it is. >> unlike other mass shootings, this man came with prereceipts. he put out a 70-page manifesto. he said he aligns closely with the ideology of china. he said he's not a conservative. he's not a nazi. i think he referred to himself
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as an eco naturalist or an eco fascist. but people should read it in its entirety. >> medi, is the administration more concerned about avoiding blame and acknowledging and responding to the facts from the fbi and other agencies and the gunman's words. >> they know this is an issue. they see the statistics more than we do, don. they know, for example, you know, the 50% increase in white nationalist groups in 2018, according to the southern poverty law center. massive increase in hate crimes on their watch. rather than dealing with that, mick mulvaney was asked on fox news yesterday, why doesn't the president give a speech or an address where he denounces this once and for all? he could got answer that question. that is a problem don. that is a real issue. to respond to what scott said earlier about this being two
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sides arguing this out. let's be real here, if isis had blown up something during the obama presidency and said obama was a symbol of renewed isis identity, we would all be losing our minds, not just fox news. >> don, we should also point out, remember, so much of donald trump's election, put all the russian meddling and all that aside for a moment, it was based on the premise of dividing america, right? those people. he talked about the muslim ban. he talked about, you know, mexican americans, derogatory language. he has built his presidency -- we know -- there have been multiple studies that have shown one of the largest indicators of people who voted for donald trump was a fear of change. that didn't just mean they were afraid that their kids wouldn't have the same future that they did. they were afraid that, quote, unquote, those people were take agway opportunity, and trump played right into it. now that we're approaching 2020, what did the president spend his first veto on? what does he spend his time on?
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building a wall. why? to keep out brown people. because we know for 2020 that is how he wants to run his election. again, catering to this small base. it's really important we acknowledge that the vast majority of americans do not support white nationalists. >> okay. >> do not support white supremacists. >> scott, i have to ask you about that. do you think -- every single person was saying don't share it, you know, the information in the manifesto, the video, all of it. do you think kellyanne conway should be encouraging people to read the manifesto of this murderer? >> i knew we were going to talk about this so i actually called kellyanne conway and talked to her on the phone about it tonight before the show, don. we had a good chat about it. she was trying to make point, she told me, that a lot of people had been bringing up to her that donald trump's name was mentioned in it, so she was
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trying to respond to that. i don't think she was trying to tell people go read it word for word, she was pointing out that the guy who wrote it had thrown in a lot of different things, memes, trolls, what have you to try to get us all to talk about it, fight about it and do what we're doing right now. i talked to her about it. no, i don't believe she was trying to get people to read it it. >> does she regret it? >> she was pointing out he was trying to get us to fight about what we're fighting about right now and bring more attention to it, frankly, which we're also doing. >> did she regret saying what she said and bringing more attention to it? >> no, she told me she had been repeatedly asked about it and she was trying to make the point this guy has said a lot of different things about china, being an eco fascist, about donald trump, about this, that and the other. so she was thinking that people had been cherry picking the donald trump part and ignoring the other parts to drive an agenda. that's what she was responding to. >> imagine if it was obama's name in a man if fest owe from isis. >> actually, i don't have to imagine this. you know why? because a guy -- i don't have to imagine it because a guy went to
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the congressional baseball practice and shot up a bunch of republican congressmen, an admitted liberal and supporter of bernie sanders. >> bernie sanders took to the floor of the senate and denounced it within minutes. >> it's not right to blame a politician for a crazy person. >> one at a time. >> medi, start over. what did you say? >> bernie sanders took to the floor of the senate that morning and denounced him. as i've said to you last week, don, when we discussed this. i hear donald trump call isis terrorists scum, losers, evil, they are. i never hear him say that about white nationalists. >> that's right. >> not just one guy. the guy in charlottesville is a trump fan. the guy in quebec city is a trump fan. googled him 800 times. there is a chain here. trump has to say, okay, fine, all these people are fans of mine. he doesn't do that. >> hold that thought right after the break. we'll be right back. that's a win. but it's not the only reason i switched. geico's a company i can trust, with over 75 years of great savings and service.
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so the republican national committee is under fire tonight for a tweet about beto o'rourke. back with me, karen finney, scott jennings. on st. patrick's day, the republican party sent out a tweet mocking beto o'rourke's irish heritage using his mug shot from a drunk driving arrest and saying on this special st. patty's day. the tweet promotes offensive irish stereotypes. why would anyone think this is a good idea? >> i have no idea and i have to tell you, as -- i am actually part irish, so i have to take -- stick up for irish people. >> who would have thought? >> actually it's a true fact. any time you're using racist tropes to promote any kind of message or as a way to attack an
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opponent, it's just uncalled for. and it's unnecessary. there's plenty of things they could have attacked beto o'rourke for, although i bet they were regretting that today or more afraid of him today, the $6 million man with the fund-raising number he announced. they better be afraid of him. it's just unnecessary. >> a number of republicans condemned the tweet. "do better, gop, be better." do you agree? does the gop need to do better? >> yeah, i think the tweet was amateur hour, frankly. the subject matter is relevant. i'm sure it will be discussed by democrats and republicans in the campaign but the tweet was not the right way to go about injecting it into the campaign. i wouldn't have done it and don't recommend it for the future. >> this is beto o'rourke responding to the gop's tweet yesterday. watch this. >> i take from that that people want us focused on the big
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picture on our goals. they want us to be defined not by this pettiness or the personal attacks we see in ones like the ad you just described. they want us to be defined by our ambitions, our aspirations. the work we're willing to do to pull this deeply divided country together. >> pretty standard response. he responded similarly when the president attacked him. criticized him on his arm movement. what do you think? >> sadly, american voters are interested in personal attacks, hence we have donald trump in the white house. these personal attacks are ironic because george bush was arrested for driving under the influence. dick cheney was arrested twice. matt gates, the rising star of the congressional republican party was arrest forward driving under the influence not in 1998 but 2008. it's a hypocritical tweet. this is the party of trump. lock, stock and barrel. they imitate the president's tweets, copy his racist, boarish, crude behavior. >> thank you all.
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i appreciate your time. have a good night. see you soon. before we leave you, people in new zealand still trying to come to grips with the mass shooting at two mosques on friday which killed 50 worshippers, injured dozens. the prime minister saying the nation is united in grief. one way new zealanders are paying tribute is through the traditional chant and dance once used in war but now performed to mark celebrations and remembrances. take a look. [ chanting ] >> in the wake of the mass shooting, new zealand already moving to reform its gun laws. thanks for watching. our coverage continues. little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream.
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to save 30% on all the medications we carry. so go directly to now. you're watching "cnn newsroom." we want to welcome our viewers that are joining us from the united states. let's update you on the main stories of this house. white house attorneys want to see the mindings from robert mueller's russia investigation before they spubmit it to congress, so they can claim executive privilege over certain information. the u.s. attorney general will decide how much information is shared with the public. the new zealand prime
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minister tapromised tougher gun laws will be coming soon. the response is in the wake of friday's mass shooting. 50 people were killed and dozens were wounded when a gunman opened fire in two mosques in christchurch. as we mentioned, new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern. phil black is looking how mass shootings have spurred governments into action. >> reporter: new zealand is just not used to this. the extraordinary pain, the confusion that follows a massacre of the innocent using weapons designed for war. gun ownership here is high. gun violence is low. in recent years, politicians have found it easier not to change laws that allow ownership of military-style weapons.
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>> it has exposed a range of weaknesses in new zealand's gun laws. around the world, to make our community safe, the time to act is now. >> the man accused of attacking the mosques is an australian citizen. his homeland had a difficult discussion on guns when a man killed with a semiautomatic weapon. and then, john howard explained to angry gun owners why he was taking away some of their guns. >> if we believe it is in the national interest, there will be a dramatic reduction in the number of automatic and semiautomatic weapons. >> reporter: annual gun deaths in australia have dropped by around 70%. the united kingdom also
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experienced the mass gun violence in 1996, when a man entered a school. shooting dead 16 children and a teacher in a scottish town. he used four handguns. those weapons were outlawed within two years. >> we owed a debt to the people. we said m.p.s would vote to have handguns. the people have spoken. handguns are banned. we have honored our debt. >> reporter: norway was forced to think of the importance of its gun culture, after a terrorist used explosives. that was 2011. in 2018, the country finally moved to ban military-style rifles. new zealand's government has promised rapid change. and it's now supported by some of those who previously resisted
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gun reform, like the company's prime minister. >> after 1:00 p.m., on the 15th of march, it will change forever. >> reporter: new zealand like other countries before it, has come to the conclusion that there is a link between the availability of powerful weapons and how massacre can be carried out by a committed individual. phil black, cnn, london. i want to bring in a professor in from wellington. in the wake of the mass shooting. they are saying the time to act is now. how likely is it that the prime minister will ban semiautomatic
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firearms in the country, do you think? >> well, they did it in australia. it's possible that we might. there's a lot of other things we can the, as well. we, like canada and the usa, have no register for all of our countries. that would make a difference in the long term. in your introduction you said we have a high rate of gun ownership. only 6% of new zealanders are gun owners. we could start banning semiautomatics. but also, a range of smaller issues need to be addressed, around the importing of guns and the lack of any traceability. >> let's look at that. you mentioned australia. in the wake of the port arthur massacre, it responded by creating licensing and register
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procedures. banned fully automatic and semiautomatic weapons and instituted a buyback program. can you see new zealand's government going that far? >> we can hope that they will. we got a gun lobby that got used to getting its own way because we vice president had any improvement in our again laws since 1992. since we had a massacre in the interval and two major government inquiries. >> the gun rights edadvocates a pushing back. critics saying they have legitimate reasons for owning firearms for hunting, sporting use, farming and other uses. what would you say to those that say they need semiautomatic firear firearms? >> hunting and harming are legitimate reasons to have guns. nobody would suggest any kind of
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prohibiti prohibition. but you don't need semiautomatics to do those jobs. people say they need semiautomatics for goat culling. what we are trying to argue for is to get the voices of nongun users listened to. >> so, how much influence do you think the gun lobby in new zealand would ultimately have on the government as it tries to figure out how far to go with gun controls? we've seen in the united states, an all-mighty push from the pro-gun lobby. you'll see that in new zealand, as well. there will be a lot of pushback. what can be achieved here? >> we've had a lot of pushback. they have used the arguments that the nra has used in the u.s. fortunately, we don't have
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anything like the second amendment. if you say you want a gun for self-defense, you will be denied a gun license. and that's a really -- that's a great thing. but it's going to depend on what the 94% of us, how much pushback we put into the equation. what's been happening over the last 0 years is the gun lobby have treated the rest of us as if our opinions and our need to live in a safe society is completely irrelevant to gun policy. >> the key point you mentioned, of course, is the number of people who own guns and how it's the number of guns in new zealand which is the main point. compared to the united states, there's fewer people per capita using these guns, it's just that they have a lot of them.
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>> yeah. exactly. exactly. a lot of them are reasonable, spencible people. you know, we have a lot of hunters and a lot of forests and a lot of deer and pigs and produced animals. they were >> no one will talk about prohibition. we just want to get pack to a safe level where the number of guns relates to the issues people need guns. and can be easily used in the kind of hideous event that we have had in chris church on friday. >> we will be watching to see what the new zealand government comes up with in the end and hold up resistance there is to changes made to access to guns. thank you so much for talking with us. we appreciate it. the american heart land has never seen flooding quite like
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this. we will explain how the after math of last weeks bomb cyclone and all the snow that was already there is making terrible history.
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investigators in paris say the deadly ethiopia airlines crash has clear similarities to october's lion air crash in indonesia. that's based on early analysis of the flight data recorder. the exact cause of the crash is
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yet to be determined. there analysis matches what transport minister said sunday the aircraft in both incidents was a boeing 737 max 8. which has been grounded across the globe. until more is known about the safety of the plane. >> meantime boeing ceo is trying to reassure fliers his company is taking action to ensure the safety of its 737 max fleet. here's part of the statement posted on boeing web site. >> when an sdaps for any reason, we focus relentlessly to determine why. reunited with the airline customers. international regulators and government authorities in our effort to support the most recent investigation. understand the facts of what happened. and help prevent future tragedy. >> we're learning more about an investigation into why the u.s.
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federal aviation administration allowed the boeing 737 to fly in the first place. here's cnn tom foreman. >> based on the wall street journal reporting. the department of transportation which is the unbrem l.a. organization over the faa is looking into the relationship between the faa and boeing. the key question being did the faa rely too much on boeing to look at its systems and processes in its equipment involved in the new boeing 737 max planes. basically letting boeing say it's safe. it works. instead of the faa looking at it. obviously federal agencies here rely on industry to help out with that. the question is did they rely too much. and the key to all of this was not the most recent accident in ethiopia. but the one that happened near indonesia last fall. with the lion airplane crash.
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after that crash, that's when the question was triggered. because they said this new system on board the max planes to try to keep them level which some think can maybe make the planes actually dive towards the ground with a pilot unable to control it. the question after that accident was, do we need to scrutinize the relationship? now of course with the news about what happened the scrutiny will be only that much more intense. >> many thanks to tom for that report. from washington. more than 8 million people are under flood warnings in the american heart land. the extensive flooding follows a powerful bomb cyclone that slammed the central united states last week with hurricane like winds and blizzard conditions. flood records were shattered in places and more rivers will break cresting records this week. nebraska plans on asking u.s. president trump for federal disaster aid.
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the flooding is already responsible for at least three deaths. let's turn to our meteorologist. joining us with the latest on the flood conditions. what are you seeing? >> about ten days ago. we had single digit low temperatures. still it felt like the heart of winter. and what's happening here dramatic warming trend led to the flooding taking place. significant flooding from the north to the portions of mississippi river valley. the temperature trend, we have climbed out of the freezing zone into the 50s and 60s in a couple of days time. the 60s come back and stay there across portions of midwest. especially what we have seen occur. a lot of snowfall beginning to melt. rain on top of this. the first time we have seen rain in some northern states since thanksgiving weekend. rain opposed to snow. this is rapidly amplifying
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what's happening at the ground. the melting rapidly occurring. the ground itself beneath the snow is frozen. once the water gets on top it's run off. and led to 300 river gauges reported flooding in recent days and will continue to do so. omaha, kansas city, st. louis. all the cities next to major rivers will be severely impacted. additional rainfall in the forecast on top of the communities. certainly additional plooding taking place as well. with that said, we know the warmer temperatures coming in time for the spring. which will happen 5:58 p.m. on wednesday. that's exactly when we have 12 hours of night and 12 hour of day. distributed between the northern and southern hemisphere. autumn gets under way. here's the perspective. what's been happening in the north western u.s. seattle had over 21 inches of snowfall akrsz the region two weeks ago.
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highs at 76 degrees on monday. the warmest this early into the season in on record. impressive run of warmth. >> certainly is. thank you so much. appreciate it. thank you for joining us. i'll be back with another hour of news in a moment.
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a battle for the white house. attorneys for president trump pushing to see the mueller report before it goes to congress and the public. new zealand mourns the 50 victims of the devastating attack of two mosques on friday. the prime minister promises changes to the country's gun laws. and -- >> after treatment, we are being told he weighs about 3.7 kilograms. that's how much a newborn would


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