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and justice department investigation into the controversial jussie smollett case. >> it comes as the illinois attorney general has been asked to review why chicago's top prosecutor abruptly decided to drop all charges against the actor who was accused of staging a hate crime attack on himself. cnn's ryan young warned us there could be breaking news at any moment and here it is. ryan, give us the details. >> reporter: we keep seeing developments in the story coming almost every hour. the president tweeting about an hour ago saying the fbi and the doj to review the outrageous jussie smollett case in chicago. it is an embarrassment to our nation. we know that's after a letter came from the republican leader, jim durkin in the city where he said, i'm concerned about the integrity of the investigation and the office for someone to falsify a hate crime and be let off the hook is unfair and sets a dangerous precedent for high
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profile cases. that was from the sun times. so many people have talked about the case. let's not forget at the end of january, jussie smollett said he went to get a sandwich as subway. on the way back he said two men attacked him wearing masks, with a red hat on. they said this is maga country. from that point 12 detectives started working the case around the clock. they started gathering all sorts of evidence. it is not until they met the osendero brothers when the case started to break. it was 47 hours of investigation in terms of trying to get the brothers to turn evidence. eventually they started talking to police saying jussie smollett paid them for the hoax. then the 16-count indictment came out after going to the grand jury. so much of the twisting and turning, we thought this was going to trial. then all of the sudden abruptly all charges were dropped. listen to the district attorney's office or here the
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state's attorney office talk about the decision to drop the charges. >> the court has not found him guilty. based on the facts and the evidence this office believed they could prove him guilty. >> reporter: we were talking to people outside the court trying to figure out what could happen to jussie smollett. from the beginning we were told they never thought the actor would go to jail, even if proven guilty. they thought there would be a plea. then remember the first few moments in court. jussie smollett and his team basically saying they wanted cameras in the courtroom to prove his innocence. all of the sudden we heard about a diversionary process where jussie smollett went to the rainbow push coalition for two days, forfeited the $10,000 and the case would just go away. the charges were dropped. then jussie smollett himself walked to the mike and said he was innocent. that set off the mayor and the superintendent of police who said that left the city in a
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lurch because he never apologized for anything that happened during the case. just think about this. we still haven't heard from the two men who told police and a grand jury all this. how did we get here? how did the charges get dropped? i will throw this in. let's not forget people were fired at the hospital where jussie smollett went because so many people were looking into his health care files that they started firing employees there, too. it seems every single day another detail of the story drops and gets more confusing. hopefully we'll get more information. i will leave you with this. today at 9:00 here in chicago we may find out whether or not they unsealed the files so he could see the investigation and what detectives were able to pull together. >> that would be fascinating. >> indeed. ryan young with bonus reporting there on this subject. ryan, thank you very much. joining us now, anna palmer,
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jackie gucenich, and tul tulu aranapa from the "the washington post." i want to talk with you here, anna. there are federal issues here to investigate. the issue of did jussie smollett send a letter to himself in the mail -- that would be a federal case. there were other hate crime investigations i can imagine could be taking place. what's unusual is to have the president of the united states make a statement, an announcement like this on twitter this morning in the midst of many other things he decided to comment on that there is a federal investigation. what does he get out of this? >> tweeting about "morning joe"'s ratings as well. the president deciding to tweet about this is a base play. clearly after mueller he's trying to throw things at the wall. health care. they had a bad day when it comes to the special olympics. his base will get riled up with
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this. it's unusual to say the least. i can't imagine any other president making a statement whether on twitter or publicly about a case like this. >> clearly he's fascinated by the jussie smollett case, as am i. i can understand why president trump is. what's interesting to see president trump's style here is that, as many people pointed out, on a week that should be good news for the president after the barr report that he's tackled "morning joe"'s ratings, health care, jussie smollett. the president likes to spin a lot of plates at once. he's good at that, but it is hard to know what the agenda of the white house is this week. >> exactly right. if you look at two weekends ago the president sent out about 50 tweets and retweets on a number of different topics. that explains where we are with the white house. general john kelly is out and nick mulvaney doesn't want to
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try to control the president's impulses and the president has a lot of exec tooutive time to wa tv, tweet and decide what to do based on what's on the morning news shows. that's where we are in this presidency. the president is unleashed. he won't relish in what could have been a good week for him after the summary of the mueller report came out. in his view exonerated him on the crime of conspiracy to collude with the russians. he's focused on a number of issues. talking about health care, "morning joe" and that's a preview of what we'll see, a president who bounces from topic to topic without focusing on one specific topic to drive his agenda from the white house. >> i don't want to give the president credit for having any degree of linear thinking or logic here, but to me you can make an easy case that the president knows that the health care rollout was not what he wanted it to be. there are questions about what
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his health care plan is. the white house doesn't have a current health care plan. this could be the president trying to pry back the focus to an issue where he feels more comfortable. >> the fact that you used the word rollout is fun. >> without a plan. >> no, no, i'm kidding. of course. part of me thinks the president was watching tv and is tweeting about celebrities now. when he was out of office, you could search any major celebrity in the past ten years and the president has tweeted about whatever was going on in their lives. so there's that. the thing is this does inject politics into a case that really didn't have it before. when the president puts himself into this, it does rile up the base. it gets them engaged. it adds another layer to a situation that is already as the last reporter talking about this
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in chicago said, is a little bit of a mystery and is very confusing. so him putting himself into it doesn't necessarily help situations for folks on the ground. >> i don't have a.d.d., so i like to focus. it's sometimes hard when all this stuff obviously is thrown out trying to figure out which one to do. i think most people are concerned about health care. i think we should really drill down and focus, even if this morning the white house isn't, about health care. they have raised the topic. it surprised some republicans to know there was a new plan and that's what the president wanted to focus on, at least yesterday. and we are having a hard time -- i hear various republicans have snippets of plans. but it's hard to know if there will be a plan by the end of the year as they are promising. >> there is little agreement. there are definitely a lot of thoughts about health care.
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republicans have been debating for years the future of health care, how they see it instead of obamacare. there is no uniformity in terms of the downtown republicans, the think tanks, and members of congress on this issue, much less the trump administration. there are a lot of disagreements even terinternally in the administration about what the future of it should look like. >> what they can say is they will make a health care proposal. the rollout we have seen, and this is a credit to you. it was not a rollout it was hulk smash. wanting to strike down obamacare immediately. now the white house says they don't have a plan but says they will have a plan. what will be in the plan? listen to how the president tried to explain it using words that i'm not sure he fully can explain to sean hannity. listen to this. >> so many things we are going to do -- incredible health care
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that the democrats, frankly, wouldn't even know how to do. they're going to have great health care. the republican party will be the party of great health care. we are going to have pre-existing conditions, absolutely. >> i tried this before. we have the best pre-existing conditions. >> we have some. >> i don't see evidence that the president understands the issue surrounding pre-existing conditions. he continues to throw out the word but doesn't get that you have to do more than say we'll guarantee access to health care. the republican plans that we have seen do not guarantee affordability for people with pre-existing conditions. >> we have seen this movie before. the republicans tried to do health care three times last year and failed each time. every time the president supported a plan it was clear the plans didn't provide the same level of protections for pre-existing conditions and affordability that we currently have under the affordable care act. we have seen the president support plans without knowing what's in them. at one point he supported the
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house republican plan. then called it evil after it passed and he saw what was in it. this is a president that wants to fulfill his president of repealing and replacing obamacare. isn't really concerned about the details as much. he's obsessed with the issue because we saw him tweeting about senator john mccain recently saying that's the reason we weren't able to pass the health care bill that failed last year. it's clear that the president wants to fulfill the promise and campaign on it in 2020. he hasn't gotten into the details at all. >> i spoke to a former administration official right after the announcement came out. what toluse said is what they said. this is about 2020. this isn't about the policy. he doesn't care who this affects down the line. it's all about fulfilling a promise. it's very, very simple. let the chips fall where they may. republicans, including majority leader kevin mccarthy --
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minority leader -- you could make the argument that's one of the reasons, one of the big reasons republicans lost the house in 2018 was because of the health care issue, because democrats really made that a signature issue as they went into the election. >> anna, what i hear is the president doing what i think he's good at which is slogan eering. he says we're going to have great health care over and over, loud and proud. that seeps into voter consciousness. for many voters that's enough. maybe not those with pre-existing conditions. i think that's what he's doing. if you say it enough, you own it. sometimes it works. >> he says a lot of things with confidence. that rallies the base. he's going to michigan today to talk to people in grand rapids. i'm sure this will be one of the things he'll talk about. i'm putting out a book in april. we reconstructed the health care
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whole debate. there was no unanimity in terms of how republicans would go forward, the president just wanted to pass something. not get into the details. he had no actual comprehension of what needed to get done. >> health care is complicated and bigger than saying the words pre-existing conditions. >> you say you have a book coming out. we are excited to read it. >> anna knows about this. she covered it. >> amanda wakes up. now available in paperback by alisyn camerota. >> i remember, thank you very much. >> can i ask a question? the plug is over. >> oh, okay. >> the event in michigan. what do you think we are going to see from the president tonight on that stage? this is a rally, a political event. >> the president is unleashed i heard from sources close to him. there will be fireworks at the rally. we have seen him take off the chains if there were any at previous rallies and lean into
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his agenda and the type of rhetoric he believes got him elected. especially this being the first rally since the summary of the mueller report was put out and the president feels exonerated. he wants to enact revenge on people who he believes spent two years investigating him, not only the justice department and the democrats in congress, but also the media. you can expect the president to really take on all of his perceived enemies and lean in during this rally and focus on how he believes he was vindicated and he wants to take revenge on different people who have been persecuting him for the last two years. >> a heck of a political platform. >> thank you all very much. all right. more breaking news this morning. someone has the cheddar cheese in wisconsin. one winning ticket sold for the huge $768.4 million jackpot. the lump sum would be $477
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a senior white house official tells cnn the trump administration has no fresh plan to replace the affordable care act if it is killed by the courts but they plan to submit one to congress this year. the administration backed a district court ruling to strike down obamacare in its entirety earlier this week. we are joined byicn. great to have you expertise on that as well. good morning. >> good morning. how you doing? >> doing well. i know you met with the
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president about health care. share with us what the plan is. >> i think first of all the president emphasized we have to embrace pre-existing conditions and he wouldn't sign health care that doesn't take care of pre-existing conditions. he talked about taking care of the 28 million people who still don't have health care coverage. very much the president is in tune to this. we talked about the real problem which is the cost of health care. we talked about ways we can start driving the cost of health care down. >> okay. how do you cover people with pre-existing conditions and the 28 million you say still need insurance? what's the plan for monetarily making it work? >> i think first of all looking at the big picture, america has a clear choice that both democrats and republicans want to repeal obamacare. the question is how do we replace it? the democrats want medicare for
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all. our plan will put patients and doctors in charge of their health care. anything we can do to drive the conditions locally will start driving the cost of health care down and give people more access. >> not all democrats want medicare for all. i hear most democrats say they want to improve upon bapop obam. why throw out the affordable health care act before there is a plan where it leaves people with pre-existing conditions scrambling for insurance? >> i'm sorry, but i think that's a false narrative. this court case will take a year. we have several plans that would take care of that situation. >> do we know the plans? is this the graham cassidy plan? >> absolutely. we have several names to choose from. dr. cassidy and senator graham's plan would be one of them. bruce westerman introduced a
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wonderful piece of legislation as well in the past couple of months. the republican study committee is working on legislation. they had legislation from two years ago. we have been working hard with the president and his staff to improve it. absolutely, but if i can say one thing, you say some democrats don't want medicare for all. this election in 2020 is going to be all about just that. president trump will be re-elected because he wants to give patients and families choices but every major candidate on the democrat side wants medicare for all. the american people have a binary choice on this issue. >> the republicans tried when you controlled both houses of congress and it didn't work. now you don't control the house. it doesn't sound like democrats
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will sign on to not guarantee it with pre-existing conditions. >> i think that's the beauty of president trump's plan. as we go forward he's basically putting a gun at our head saying, look, you have to fix this. we can't keep going in the direction we have been going. democrats have to work with republicans. there is the opportunity. i sat down with almost every democrat in the house that has health care experience. those solutions were actually close. but sometimes it takes an impetus to push us over the ledge and say let's do something. let's fix the problem. if that doesn't happen in 2020, this presidential election is going to be all about medicare for all versus choices for families and patients. >> i want to move on for a second to the mueller report. you have been tweeting a lot about it. of course you haven't seen the mueller report, nor have i nor has anyone yet. you seem to feel confident that
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it won't reveal anything. what if there is something embarrassing in however many pages once it ultimately comes out? >> that's a crazy narrative as well. every democrat, all the major news stations said millueller i the man and will give a great report. he spent $50,000 a day. if there was anything there he should have shown it. it was the most expensive nothing burger in american history. >> something like $25 million. but obviously the starr report cost more. there are american history examples of things that cost more. more importantly you know there are property seizures and fines where they might recoup much of the money. i know you have on twitter talked about the expense of this. it's possible the government will get back a lot of the expense p.m. we can only hope so. people back home want to know how we can spend $50,000 a day.
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that's incredible we can spend that much money. we know nothing more today than we knew when the investigation, the witch hunt started. it's very frustrating that we have frozen america over a false narrative for two years when we could have solved health care, built a wall, there are so many things we could have done. this single issue took all the oxygen out of the room in washington, d.c. >> hold on a second. you think because of the mueller report, that's why the wall hasn't been built? that's why health care hasn't been solved? >> i think it is a great deal of it. this single issue takes up all the oxygen in d.c. i have never been to a place that couldn't do two or three things at one time. this issue kept the democrats on this witch hunt. we have been here without any cooperation working with this. so absolutely this took all the air out of the room. >> what about infrastructure? could you have accomplished that? >> i think it would have been
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possible. i think all along president trump wanted a strong infrastructure plan. it is on his to-do list, on mine. i worked very hard across the aisle, but we can't start talking about a major infrastructure plan in committee until we get this mueller investigation behind us. can we please move on? i would love to fix infrastructure as well. >> as soon as we get to see the mueller report, i think it will be easier to move on. congressman marshall, thank you very much for coming on with your perspective and medical expertise. >> thanks so much. let's solve health care. >> john? >> unvaccinated minors now banned from being in public in one new york county. will it help stem a measles outbreak? shows. with all that usaa offers why go with anybody else? we know their rates are good, we know that they're always going to take care of us. it was an instant savings and i should have changed a long time ago. it was funny because when we would call another insurance company, hey would say "oh we can't beat usaa" we're the webber family. we're the tenney's we're the hayles,
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there are now more than 200 measles cases in new york city alone according to the city's health department. one suburb is taking extreme measures to curb the outbreak. what are they doing, paolo? >> officials are con firnling at
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least 215 cases now both in brooklyn and queens. authorities, according to what we are hearing still believe there is a majority of the cases that are members of the orthodox jewish community. initially a child would travel to israel who acquired the virus months ago. let's bring you 30 miles here to rockland county, new york where officials have taken the extraordinary step banning the unvaccinated children in public spaces. what does that mean? let's bring up information for you. you could see dining areas, malls, schools, places of worship. that's important to remember as officials put the ban in place so they can potentially clear it out by the time it's passover or easter for families next month. we should mention that we are seeing people here get the message. for example, at this location, this clinic, at least 35 people are stopping by for their
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vaccines. important to mention 156 confirmed cases in rockland county, alone, a number officials don't want to see rise. that's what the main goal here is. also to gain compliance to have the children vaccinated. a majority of those 156 cases in rockland county are children. back to you. >> polo, thank you very much. we want to continue the conversation with dr. sanjay gupta and a professor of health law at georgetown university. remember, measles was gone from the united states. basically eradicated. now it's back. back largely because there are unvaccinated people in the united states, professor. still, you say you think it is a bad idea that they are banning these unvaccinated children and people from public spaces. why? >> let's begin by saying vaccinations were one of the
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great public health achievements of the 21st century. they are remarkable. one of the most effective low risk medical interventions. we have good methods to do that through taking away religious and philosophical exemptions and requiring vaccinations at school entry. you really don't want to punish children by actually virtually making them under house arrest. they can't go out. they can't play with friends. if the child had measles, of course you would do that. if the child is just unvaccinated it's taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. we want to educate parents. we don't want to punish them and their children. >> the problem with that though, sanjay, is that measles is so contagious. and it's there.
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it is in this county. if the unvaccinated kids do go out and do go somewhere where there's been someone with measles it is likely they could get it. >> yeah. i agree with the professor. this is a very unusual step certainly to try to prevent people from going to public places. that's exactly the point. your point is correct. this isn't just about the child who is not vaccinated. that's certainly a concern that they could potentially contract measles, given how contagious it is. they could also transmit it to other people. rarely in medicine do you have things that are both so individual, affecting individuals so precisely and are a true public health concern at the same time. i don't think anybody will be walking around asking kids for vaccination cards, handing out tickets and things like that. but the knowledge has been getting out there.
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the professor would agree. the number of people with measles continues to grow. this is an awareness campaign more than anything else that emphasizes how strongly people should be talking about getting vacci vaccines, not just for themselves but for the people around them. >> this becomes an ethical issue or open for debate. these people who go out unvaccinated in a community where there is a measles outbreak put other people at risk. that's the argument. they put other people at risk, including -- you know, you don't get the measles vaccine until you are 12 to 18 months old. every baby in the county would be at risk if these unvaccinated folk gs go to public places. >> sanjay is absolutely right. vaccinations are critically important. i have spent literally my entire
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career working on methods to try to increase herd immunity orimi. there are ways to do this without being draconian against children and literally forcing them to be in their home. you mentioned in your interview that it was mostly in the jewish orthodox community. they should not be having exemptions from vaccines. nor should people with so-called philosophical exemptions. the supreme court has upheld that. that's been the method of gaming vaccination in the united states for over a hundred years. i really do believe that this
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particular method of keeping children at home could be held unconstitutional. you really can't take a child's liberty from the child. i believe that mothers want to do the best thing for their children and we need to get this out, educate. >> you draw a distinction between public places and schools. you do think that it is legal and you don't have an ethical issue with keeping kids out of school who aren't vaccinated? >> well, yes. that's the method in the united states for over a century. the supreme court has upheld it. every state in the united states does that. simply the fact that we have huge exemptions from vaccines in the united states. in many states you have to say, oh, i don't believe in it. i'm a conscientious objector. others, you say you have a
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religious objection. but there are very few true religious doctrines. >> i want to give you the last word, sanjay. >> the idea of keeping kids out of schools is a tried and true principle of social distancing. that's what they call it in the public health world. what's happening in rockland county in some ways is just an extension of that. it's unprecedented. the professor knows if numbers continue to grow now, this was eliminated in 2000. we shouldn't be in this position. >> because of decisions made not because of medicine. thank you very much for being with us. >> one college basketball bracket out of tens of millions has picked every single winner so far. is it mine?
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there is now just one perfect bracket on planet earth. >> i feel like it's mine. >> just might be. one perfect prediction of the men's basketball tournament. what are the odds of that? here with the answer, cnn senior politics writer and analyst harry. >> i think alisyn is beating your bracket. john, terrible. great job, alisyn. >> i suck. >> we knew. what's a chance of going 48 for 48? i hear, you know, the brackets with odds that's random. this is a skillful bracket. one in one billion to go perfect through 48 games. here's even more. if you could keep it going you
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could predict the entire going perfect throughout the entire thing, 1 in 120 billion. i sound like dr. evil. >> billion. >> billion. >> how does it compare to your chances of winning the powerball like congressman sensenbrenner. >> he should be calling in, right? the chance of winning the powerball, 1 in 292 million. you have a better chance of winning the powerball than picking the entire ncaa bracket perfectly through 48 games or the entire thing. >> million as opposed to billion with a b. >> million with an m. 48 for 48. billion with a b. the chance of the powerball is better. >> we'll start playing. give us other stats on our chances of things. >> say you wanted to be a movie star. we'll all move to los angeles, hollywood and we can all be stars in the next austin powers. 1 in 1.2 million. your chance of becoming a movie
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star are far-fetched, but far better than winning the ncaa tournament or the powerball. >> our chances of becoming a movie star would be better than that. >> absolutely true. >> if you're talking about great odds getting struck by lightning. >> say we all decide to become tornado chasers. the chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 15,300. there is a decent shot. hopefully you can survive that. there is a shot at getting struck by lightning. >> last thing, the bills, 1 in 125. they have a shot. >> actually impossible. >> i'm number 24 and you're 31. >> i told you. >> our friend dave briggs is winning at number one. >> he actually knows what he's talking about.
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serious allergic reactions may occur. get real relief, with cosentyx. president trump's education secretary betsy devos is proposing cuts of $18 million to the special olympics arguing the private organization will be able to exist on private contributions alone. joining us now is parker thornton, a special olympics athlete, and his father mark. great to have you here. parker, i want to start with you. i understand you have been involved with the special olympics since you were 9 years old. tell us what it did for you and for your life. >> thank you very much, alisyn for having me on this morning. special olympics has truly, truly changed my life. i am an athlete, but i'm also a
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champion that has a voice to share with those who do not know special olympics but to understand special olympics in a better way that all athletes can become champions, not just through athletics itself but through showing what we can do and what we cannot do. >> parker, if you could deliver a message to the education secretary betsy devos who proposed cutting $18 million in funding for the special olympics, what would you tell her? >> john, i would tell her the truth. i would say to her that i find it very disheartening that she would be cutting the costs of an organization that is number five in the world that people are well known of and to take away moneys that help us not just in
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our athletics, but in the way of life to show others that we can move forward and we can be a part of society and that the isolation, indifference, and the stigma we all face must come to an end. >> mark, secretary devos's argument, think, is the special olympics is well known and relies on a lot of private contributions and therefore doesn't need federal dollars. from where you sit, what of that argument? >> what i can say about that is the special olympics, first of all, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that benefits from funding across multiple sources. federal government grants are one of those sources. it would be disappointing to say the least to see any erosion of the underpinning of the organization that has done so
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much to enhance the lives of athletes. their programs are education and health have truly moved athletes forward in becoming integrated into society as full-fledged members. >> did you have emotional reaction when you heard about the proposed cuts? >> the proposed cuts were a shock, of course, to me although i have to admit it's not something brand new. other presidential budgets have come in with cuts to special olympics. however, given all of the success that special olympics has had it was surprising that it wouldn't be, in fact, an increase in order to promote and accelerate the kinds of changes that special olympics has been able to make in the world. >> parker, what would your life
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have been like, how did it change your life if you had not had special olympics? what do you think would have happened with your life? >> well, i truly believe that without special olympics i wouldn't be here where i am today. special olympics helped me grow, helped me mature and helped me to be able to share my story along with my fellow athletes and friends of the special olympics. also to share the victories that we all have had. but i must admit that god is my strength and special olympics is my joy. >> parker thornton, your efforts and your success inspires all of us. thank you very much for being with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> the good stuff is next.
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personally invited him to his match. joey said he was inspired by dion wright who underwent emergency surgery for kidney cancer as an infant. dion's father remembers how scary it was. >> it was a 50/50 chance he'd live after the surgery. >> they beat the cancer and it was healthy. joey said it feels good to put a smile on a boy's face. >> it's bigger than boxing. it's a great thing to recognize people who have been through struggles in their life to help them. >> joey knows what a fight dion is having and he's winning the fight. you can see it right there. >> it's wonderful when athletes do that for their fans. he'll never forget it. >> it's wonderful. >> also congressman sensenbrenner of wisconsin. >> you're starting a conspiracy theory. >> i think he won the powerball overnight. >> you think that without evidence.
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>> one winning ticket. he's won lotteries at least three times. >> there are more people in wisconsin than just him, john. >> you say. i think he's the winner. we could have an exclusive interview with the powerball winner jim sensenbrenner tomorrow on "new day." >> i like this. fact-free. newsroom with jim sciutto starts right now. a good thursday morning to you. it is opening day for baseball. poppy has the week off. president trump announcing the fbi and justice department will review the decision to drop all 16 charges against actor jussie smollett. he calls the situation outrageous and embarrassing. the "empire" actor was accused of staging an assault on himself. chicago top officials maintain the allegations were a hoax. adding to the confusion about the case, the state attorney

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