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c"cnn newsroom" starts right no. 4:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. we could get our first look at the full mueller report on russian election interference in weeks. in a letter to congress, the u.s. attorney general said it would be made public by mid-april, if not sooner. that report is nearly 400 pages long. here is the thing, how much will be revealed and how much will be redacted. house democrats say it's not good enough. kate collins starts us off. >> reporter: president trump giving the all clear. >> i have nothing to hide. >> reporter: voicing confidence in bill barr after the attorney general announced congress will have robert mueller's report within weeks. >> i have great confidence in the attorney general. if that's what he would like to do, i have nothing to hide. this was a hoax. this was a witch hunt. >> reporter: barr saying the
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white house will not see the document before they do. that is referring to him on asserting executive privilege. despite calling the investigation a witch hunt, trump saved his harshest words for mexico. >> i'm very upset with mexico. >> reporter: repeating the threat to shut down the southern border, this time with a deadline. >> a likelihood i will close the border next week. that is fine with me. >> reporter: trump warned if mexico doesn't stop undocumented immigrants from coming into the u.s., he will halt all trade. the presidential threat coming days after the nation's top border official warned a crush of asylum seeking families put immigration enforcement at the breaking point. >> this is an unfortunate step and challenging for law enforcement to digest. >> reporter: one day after trump told a crowd in michigan, those fleeing violence and poverty are
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sometimes faking it. >> they are all met by lawyers and say, say the following phrase, i am very afraid for my life. i am afraid for my life. okay. then i look at the guy. he looks like he just got out of the ring, a heavyweight champion of the world, a freshman. it's a big fat conja, folks. >> reporter: a rally since the 22-month investigation. >> after three years of lies and smears and slander, the russia hoax is finally dead. the collusion delusion is over. >> reporter: as trump took a victory lap around democrats. >> the democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bull [ muted ]. partisan investigations or they will apologize to the american
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people. >> reporter: the president taking delight in going after the house intelligence chairman, in particular. >> they are on artificial res praters right now. they are getting mouth-to-mouth recessation, little pencil neck adam schiff, got the smallest, thinnest neck i have ever seen. >> reporter: the president threatened to close down the border before, but never offered a time line like today. right now, there are questions swirling around the white house about what this will do. though the president described it as a profitable endeavor, it would, of course, affect businesses, factories, the communities on the border that cross over so frequently. right now the white house is not commenting on whether or not the
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threat applies to air travel. caitlin collins, cnn, the white house. >> you heard from the commissioner of u.s. customs and border protection. he says the immigration system is at a breaking point. let's look at the numbers. immigration officials say monday alone, they arrested 4,000 people trying to cross illegally in the united states. in march, 40,000 children will come into the customs and border protection custody. march will be the highest month for apprehensions and encounters since 2008. the result, he says, sets the potential for tragic incident. let's get analysis from natasha. she is a professor of government at university of essex. good to have you. >> thanks for having me on. >> border officials are saying their resources have become strained. the u.s. president threatening
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to shut down the southern border and he has this to say about what he calls a crisis. >> they set up these caravans. in many cases, they put their worst people in the caravan. they are not going to put the best in. they get rid of their problems and march up here and into our country. we are not letting them in our country. our border patrol, the job they have done is incredible. we have run out of space. we can't hold people anymore. mexico can stop it so easily. >> natasha, the question here, is this a manufactured crisis as critics have been saying or a real problem that has been gradually building to now a breaking point? >> well, what trump is saying and republicans and his supporters is there has been a jump in apprehensions. democrats say this is a crisis of his own making as you
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mentioned because actually mexican immigration to the u.s. has gone down. if you look at the overall trend, immigration into the u.s. from the south decreased. his policy seemed to be not really working in the right way. under the obama administration, they were able to start working on immigration reform and making it more of a comprehensive thing. it's not just putting up borders and apprehending people. mexican immigration has gone down and countries dealing with major crises. homicide rates making people feel sick. tackle it from that front and look at the root problem rather than trying to erect borders with huge, economic
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consequences. >> i want to pivot to another topic we have discussed. the mueller report is expected to be released by mid-april, if not sooner. likely to be heavily redacted. in the latest tweet from the president, reading the tea leaves with his thoughts. look at that tweet. the problem, he says, is, no matter what the left gets, no matter what we give them will never be a enough. watch. they will harass, complain and resist the theme of movement. maybe we should take the victory and say no, we have a country to run. people are zeroing in on the capitalized no. is it no to harassment and releasing the mueller report? what do you make of it? >> i think he's trying to take a strong stance after the mueller report is released and caused a lot of stress over two years. he's been vocal in saying he's
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been exonerated, and no collusion. republicans and trump supporters have been really angry about this. they say this has been a complete witch hunt and they want to be defiant and strong in the fact they feel it was a waste of time and taxpayer money. but, the democrats are concerned about barr's report. they don't think it was very clear and all the evidence was put out there. there's concerns whatever comes out, if there's so much that is redacted, it may be covering a lot of information that the democrats are suspicious about. adam schiff, who is the house intelligence chair made this clear in a speech he gave when republicans were aggressively going after him to try to get him to resign. he was saying, i'm not okay with a lot of things that happened that were clear that don jr.,
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his son appeared to be exuberant in an e-mail about getting dirt on hillary clinton from the russians. that his son-in-law, jared kushner was creating back channels to meet with the russians and trump, himself, said in the summer of 2016, russia, why don't you go get hillary clinton's e-mails. they were in plain sight to everybody. there's a suspicion this barr report wasn't telling the whole picture and may have been bias a little bit. they are hoping the whole thing will come out. trump, on the other hand, is saying i don't care what comes out. there was no collusion. there's no proof of collusion. he feels pretty confident that it doesn't matter. >> adding to one thing you mentioned there, the report does not exonerate the president. that's important to underscore. a greater question here, natasha, will the partial release of this report, who
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knows how much will be redacted. will the partial release make a difference here for democrats? >> no, i don't think it will make a difference for democrats. i think that they want as much of it to come out as possible because of the suspicion that i mentioned. they feel that pretty strongly, the russians interfered with the u.s. election and there may have been some connection/cooperation with the trump campaign based on how vocal they were about trying to work with the russians and how clearly they wanted to work with the russians and relieve the sanctions and so forth. for the democrats, there are all kinds of other investigations going on that actually have more serious implications for trump politically and legally. most notably, the campaign finance fraud and connection with michael cohen and basically telling him to pay hush money to
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someone who he had a relationship with and the fact that cohen, himself, had been sentenced to prison for three years and trump was named as an unindicted co-conspirator. that's one of the investigations going on that will have more repercussions and political implications the democrats are going to want to pursue. this is more of an emotional thing. they feel something is fishy, something is wrong and they don't buy there was really much to do about nothing here. that's why they are holding on to this. >> natasha, thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. a common phrase in the british parliament has been, and the no's have it. the brexit deal fails, yet again. palestinians mark a significant milestone in gaza.
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own. instead of leaving the eu, that country's brexit plans are now murkier than ever with the original deadline of march 29th come and gone on friday. lawmakers rejected the prime minister's agreement for the third time. now the uk's options are more limited. theresa may made that clear after the vote. listen. >> the implications of the house's decision are grave. they know the united kingdom is due to leave the union on the 12th of april, 14 days of time. that is not enough time to agree to get a deal and yet the house is clear it will not leave without a deal. so, we have to agree on an alternative way forward. >> they are set to discuss alternative solutions. they voted on eight options this week and could not agree on a single one. the eu is set to hold an
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emergency meeting april 10th, two days before it. the deadline is on its way. the frustration over brexit filled out on the streets of london on friday. at least five people were arrested during a leave protest. thousands of people came together to rally around the houses of parliament calling on lawmakers to make brexit happen with or without a deal. we have the story. the deadline is locked in for april 12th. the possibility of crashing out of the eu without a deal, even more likely now. >> that's right, george. this seemingly unending saga of brexit continues. yes, brussels says a no deal is more likely than ever. as with all things brexit, it's not that simple. all options are still on the table. let's go over what could happen over the coming days.
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monday, parliament will meet, again, to try to find an alternative brexit option. you are right. last week, they voted down all eight options on the table. there were two that came close to succeeding. that is the customs union and a proposal for a second referendum. it is possible that mp's could find a consensus around one of the two. then is the complicated process of trying to carry that out. who knows how that could happen and how that would take place. that's one scenario. another one, may said yesterday, she felt she was reaching the limits of the process in parliament. there has been talk of a potential general election. so, that's also a possibility. a third thing to worry about, april 10th, as you said, is the date you said there's going to be an emergency summit in brussels and the other eu 27 states already said they are not going to automatically grant an extension.
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a lengthy extension could add years to the process. they don't want to agree unless the uk has a clear path out. again, that's not going to be easy to get, either, george. the only thing that is certain is uncertainty. >> briefly here, uncertainty, when it comes to business, never a good thing. how is the business community dealing with so many questions? that's a very good question, george. as you said, with the uncertainty, it's a concern. businesses have gathered in front of parliament during this two years. mps are not listening to us. it's not just businesses. yesterday, we had opposing demonstrations. those who said leave means leave. we said we are out on march 29th. it has come and gone and we are not out. those who say it's a mistake, we want to change our minds. this is very troubling for the
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economy. yesterday, the pound did take a hit. george, unless we find a solution to brexit, i think it will continue to be this way. >> following the story live in london, thanks for the reporting. let's parse through it with matthew. he was the political director for the former british prime minister, tony blair. good to have you with us. talk to us about this. >> thank you, george. >> miss may's deal saw the third defeat, but defeated by a smaller margin this time. many people writing this deal off, the debt. they have seen it before and don't like it. what do you make of reports may is not phased by this, she is encouraged that more mp's signed on and she may push the deal to the bitter end? >> well, this is part of the problem of where theresa may got herself. ultimately, this is, as far as she's concerned, the only show in town.
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so, she has to keep going with this withdrawal agreement. even with the tactic that she tried on friday of decoupling the withdrawal agreement from the more controversial future political framework, we saw that mps were reluctant to give her the support she needs to get it through. so, on one level, she has dealt with the strategy she's got. on the other hand, it should be obvious this strategy is never going to work. >> if she pushes her deal again, against other alternatives and if the deal fails, there are reports it could lead to a general election. if that comes to pass, could that break the brexit deadlock we have been seeing? >> i'm not convinced a general election, re-electing a new parliament is the thing that fundamentally breaks this dynamic. the problem that is at the heart
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of this is, ultimately interpreting to the satisfaction of a consensus across the range of views there are in parliament, that there is a way in which we can deliver the mandate of the public vote in 2016. in a way that gives us a coherent plan to put to brussels that has the support of parliament, it's not obvious to me that going back to the public for a general election is going to break the deadlock. the more likely way you will see lawmakers agree to go back to the public is having a referendum on the future options. >> the likelihood of the uk turning back to the eu and asking for more time, that likelihood is much higher and granted, that extension could be much longer. the key would require the uk to come up with their own plan and
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the eu may have attachments, conditions to it. the alternative is to crash out without a deal. how do you see this playing out? >> i think the one thing we can be sure of, as much as we can be sure of anything in this process is there is great reluctance within the uk parliament to allow britain to crash out without a deal. therefore, my hunch is the most likely option is a longer extension. you are right, that has complications. it has complications for what the european union will ask for us and complications on what we do in return. for example, we have to have elections for the european parliament. there are worse things in the world than having to have a set of elections. what is worse from my point of view and a lot of people's point of view is for britain to crash out without a deal. that is the ultimate scenario that lawmakers are keenest to
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avoid. >> briefly here, i want to talk out a play through the extension. it opens the window for more debate and alternatives such as general election, a second referendum, revoking article 50 which calls brexit off. >> right. i don't think you will see that last one, the revoking of article 50, as much as i would like to see this process come to a halt. but, i think the only way this extension will work is if the prime minister either through changing herself or through changing her strategy rips up the red lines she's had to this point and other options such as the customs membership, which might be a consensus position and giving a chance to fly. >> 20 seconds here, maybe less than that, if you were able to advise the prime minister, what would you tell her? >> she's got to ditch her red lines. the only way she is going to find the numbers to get a deal
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in parliament is reach across party lines and do so in a way that whatever reason she's resisted to this point. >> matthew, we appreciate your time. thank you so much. >> thank you. still ahead here on news room, israel braces for unrest along the border of gaza. can both sides keep the palestinian protest peaceful? new shipments of aide could soon reach venezuela. details on a red cross effort meant to ease the humanitarian crisis there. with its billions of records, dna test you could learn you're from ireland... donegal, ireland. and your ancestor was a fisherman. with blue eyes. just like you. begin your journey at
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here in the united states and around the world. you are watching cnn news room live from atlanta. i'm george howell with the headlines we are following this hour. the u.s. president may shut down the southern border with mexico next week, if they don't stop sending undocumented immigrants to the united states. he adds, the u.s. has run out of space to house them as border officials say the system is at a breaking point. the u.s. attorney general, william barr says he will release the mueller report by mid-april, if not sooner. in a letter to congress, he says he and robert mueller are redacting the sensitive information from the nearly 400-page report on russia's interference. democrats want the unredacted report by tuesday. british lawmakers voted down the prime minister's eu withdrawal agreement and the uk is at greater risk of crashing out with no deal come april 12. in the meantime, thousands of
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pro-brexit supporters took to the streets angry there on friday. the date of the uk was originally set to leave the eu. the border fence between israel and gaza could become the flash point in the coming hours. we continue to monitor the situation there. thousands of palestinians are expected to join a protest. the demonstrations have been going on for a year. since they began, some 200 palestinians have been killed in clashes with israeli troops. it comes at a sensitive time. hamas hanholding talks with israel and easing restrictions on those living in gaza. it says they are in the final stages of the talks. unrest along the border could jeopardize that process. michael holmes is live on the border of gaza and israel with what is happening there right now. michael? >> reporter: yeah, george, we are at one of the main protest
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sites where, as you say, thousands of people have come down every week for a year now. that's what this demonstration is about. it's a one-year anniversary of the protests. they killed 6,000 women. to paint a picture for you, no man's land, 300 meters to the israeli side. we have seen hundreds of people gathering here. what's interesting, how mentioned hamas calling for this to be a peaceful demonstration. move down here, all the guys in the orange guys are hamas. they are basically crowd control. they are actively keeping everyone back from going into that no man's land, which is where they normally go. the closer they get to the fence, the greater the risk israel is going to respond. we have seen tear gas fired here. we were down here yesterday and there was more tear gas. it's a very small protest going on. several people were shot. the closer they got to the fence, israel says they are trying to protect its border and
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they will use whatever means they need to protect that border. ha ma hamas called this a million man march. they are expecting tens of thousands here. other protest sites, along the border with israel. those talks you mentioned, crucial. an agent is brokering the talks between hamas and israel. there has been progress. things are on the table as an offer from israel. what hamas is saying to people is make this peaceful today and hopefully something will come of the talks. the problem is, emotions. we have seen people pushing back against hamas doing crowd control saying we have been here every week for a year now. why are you here now. it is crucial this is a peaceful, not violent demonstration. they want the talks to lead to an understanding going forward
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to relieve the conditions on everyone here in gaza along the gaza strip. the protesters start officially in two hours. the crowds are already gathering. hundreds of people are here already. hamas is expecting there to be thousands. the problem is going to be whether these guys in the orange vests can control the situation and keep people back from the fence and the casualties. we won't see the bloodshed we have seen other times. george? >> you mentioned the gentlemen in the orange vests. i see someone pulled someone back as they tried to run past them. certainly, this is a developing situation. we'll continue to stay in touch with you as you monitor and report. thank you. a chaotic scene in the capital of algeria. police used water cannon on protesters clearing the streets as thousands of people march. the demand -- leader agreed
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earlier this month to drop his re-election bid, but he postponed the elections. the nation's military chief called for him to step down. in venezuela, another power outage, the third this month left parts of the country in darkness and comes as the red cross announced they received permission to deliver supplies to thousands of people there. paula newton has this. >> this is clearly very good news for the venezuelan people and represents departure and policy for president maduro. the red cross has been trying to launch a nationwide humanitarian aide here. maduro says we are not beggars. we do not need international aid. now, it seems there's been a change in policy and a source close to the negotiations told cnn that the red cross here met with juan guaido, the opposition
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leader and maduro and both sides agreed this is a good way to get aide to venezuelans. remember, in the last few weeks, guaido tried to get that international aide from columbia and brazil. he was unsuccessful. red cross saying as that aide is prepositioned on the borders, it's not entirely clear they will use that aide here in venezuela. take a listen. >> translator: they are issues that were politicized and going to have a look at the aide to make sure it complies with our rules, our protocols. of course, we are ready to distribute medical aid in brazil. >> of course the aide will be welcomed and needed by the venezuelan people. it is, in fact, an acknowledgement by maduro there is a humanitarian crisis here. it puts them in a sticky situation. they cannot take credit for
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jeff zeleny, cnn, washington. >> thanks. ukraine's presidential election is set for sunday. a poll shows an unlikely candidate is becoming a favorite. the country remains caught up in a long-running military conflict, russia. nothing is as simple as it should be. >> reporter: a comedian, a chocolate maker and former prime minister. these are the three leading candidates in a field of 39 hopefuls on the ballot in ukraine's presidential election. many believe this is the man to beat. 41-year-old may not be a politician but plays a ukrainian president on "servant of the people." critics point to a danger of elections a president with no experience. this is a country with an ongoing military that claimed 13,000 lives.
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the east of the country continues to face-off against ukrainian troops five years after moscow annexed crimea. the campaign is in a bid of office by the lack of political track record when asked what makes him unique. >> translator: this, this is a new face. i have never been in politics. i came from a clean business, the television and movie business. people understand that i did not make promises before and excuses afterward. >> reporter: incumbent boris is hoping these relations will trump a desire for change when voters cast their boll lots on sunday. elected in 2014 after the prorussia predecessor, he's credited with overseeing the ukrainian army and standing up to moscow. he has been a frequent visitor to troops on the eastern front
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line and regularly filmed wearing military fatigue. they praise the president's courage. >> translator: do you know that he is the only one who visited more than 40 times? he's visiting the firing line, 50 meters from the enemy's position. security detail filled the boots. he likes to take a risk. >> reporter: like his two closest rivals, he wants ukraine to join the european union. after four years in office transparency international rights 120 out of 180 countries rated for clean government and anti-corruption legislation introduced was recently declared unconstitutional. fighting corruption and lowering the cost of living are corner
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stones of the campaign. she's got credentials, having played a leading role in the orange revolution and elections prime minister. she then served three years of a seven year prison sentence in what was widely seen as a politically motivated prosecution before being released in 2014. politically rehabilitated, she has the incumbent firmly in her sights. >> translator: today and for the past 20 years, the country, unfortunately, has been governed by a corrupt mof ia. therefore, for me, they have chosen the word populism. this is how his corrupt mofia is fighting against me, personally. >> reporter: enthusiastic about the pledge to triple pensions, if elected. the chance of anyone reaching the required 50% threshold in
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the message brexit supporters have for parliament, leave means leave. some march from the northeast of england to deliver that message. we caught up with marchers during their days long journey. >> reporter: on the day britain was originally meant to leave europe, they swept a swelling river of red, white and blue into the capitol. the brexiteers marching with their feet, a noisy procession, driven by a collective fury that their vote to leave has yet to be implemented. >> we are the real people of this country and we know, we know that referendum was the
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first of many great victories. we will get our country back. we will get our independence back. we will get our pride and self-respect back. we are going to win! >> yay! >> reporter: it all began in the wind and rain along england's northeast coast almost two weeks ago. a long, symbolic march, 200 miles to london. nigel set a brisk pace. for most of the trek, they were without him, heading south under blue skies and spring sunshine. how has it been? >> ups and downs. a lot of guys had blisters. the first few days upon us, it was tough. as you remember, the gails were
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blowing down. our feet did take it. getting stronger and stronger. it's been a wonderful experience. >> reporter: why have you come? >> i'm marching for democracy. i think it's very important. i spent 30 years in the armed forces fighting for democracy, now, i feel as though i'm being betrayed by our politicians in westminster. >> reporter: until the final day, there were only 100 marches along public roads, they couldn't have managed without many more. >> i'm ex-navy. i have not experienced camaraderie like this since i left the navy. >> welcome. thank you. >> reporter: keith and his wife, both in their 70s, weren't up for walking, but followed the march in their motor home, tooting their horn much of the way. she came up with the slogan for the back of the vehicle.
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>> parliament, the voice of treason. >> reporter: that's what you think? >> that is what i think. >> i am sick to death of politicians. they get up and say what they think you want to hear and then just go ahead and do whatever they want to do. >> reporter: all along the route, the songs stayed pretty much the same. ♪ >> reporter: nick glass, cnn where leave means leave, march. >> nick, thank you. while brexit looms large, england's museum is showcasing a not so subtle commentary on uk lawmakers. it is titled "parliament" and depicts them in the house of commons as chimpanzees. it is the largest work on canvas according to the museum. visitors didn't have to reach
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far to draw parallels to modern day politics. >> the imagery is frightening. what's happening now, politically, in this country is frightening. >> this is what represents how i feel about the government at the moment. >> it represents what we learned from the british parliament today. >> you could go back to 1800s, you can go into the future 200 years and this will still always be the tale that is told. >> the instagram account posted an image of the artwork with the caption, i made this ten years ago. bristol museum put it on display to mark brexit day. laugh now, but one day, no one will be in charge, it says. thank you so much for being with us. i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. more news after the break.
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president says he will shut down the border next week. teresa may's deal, apartment rejected her plan. britain has two weeks to come up with something to avoid crashing out with nothingments also ahead this hour, the state of georgia and the abortion law receiving pushback, even from hollywood, you will hear from both sides who support and hose that bill. live from cnn, world headquarters in atlanta. welcome to our viewer


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