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get more into what you're into. get ready to watch with xfinity x1 or the xfinity stream app. xfinity watchathon week. free starting april 8th. boop! trump's no collusion victory tour. >> the russia hoax is finally dead. >> democrats say not so fast. they're still demanding mueller's full report. >> we will not be ignored. it's just a question of time. the sooner the better. >> plus republicans stare back into the health care abyss. >> we are going to be the party of great health care. >> and beto o'rourke's campaign kickoff. >> i'm so glad to be here with you today to announce i'm
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running to serve you as the next president of the united states of america. >> he's got money. he's got crowds, but will early buzz translate at the ballot box? "inside politics," the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics," i'm phil mattingly in this morning for john king. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, thank you for sharing your sunday. pr president trump celebrates the end of the mueller probe. he claims it clears him and the entire investigation was a fraud. >> this was nothing more than a sinister effort to undermine our historic election victory and to sabotage the will of the american people. they did it all because they refuse to accept the results of what the greatest presidential
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elections, probably number one, in our history. >> plus a presidential pivot. to health care? republicans wondering why the white house is picking another fight on an issue many see as unwinnable and helped them lose control of the u.s. house. >> i'm very disappointed and vehemently opposed to the administration seeking to invalidate the entire affordable care act. clearly there are provisions of the law that do need to be fixed. the answer is for the administration to work with congress and present a plan to replace and fix the law. >> another big weekend for the 2020 campaign. beto o'rourke kicks off his campaign with three rallies in his home state of texas and a message of unity. >> what ever our differences,
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where you live, whom you love, to whom you pray, for whom you voted in the last election, let those differences not define us or divide us at this moment. let's agree going forward, before we are anything else, we are americans first. >> with us this sunday to share the reporting, their scoops and insigh insights, cnn's jeff zeleny and sun ming kim from "the washington post". total exoneration, that's how president trump is characterizing the mueller investigation's final conclusion. the report, it should be noted, does not exonerate him at least on the issue of obstruction. no one outside the justice department has seen the report, just a four-page summary from attorney general bill barr. on friday barr told lawmakers he'd release much more of the report by mid april at the latest saying, quote, we're making the redactions that are
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required. he wrote in a letter to the house and senate judiciary components, everyone will soon be able to read it on their own. barr also promised not to submit redactions to the white house for approval. fine with me, says president trump. >> i have great confidence in the attorney general. if that's what he'd like to do, i have nothing to hide. this was a hoax. this was a witch hunt. i have absolutely nothing to hide. >> now, the white house started the week in full "i told you so" mode, hoping the end of the mueller probe would be a turning point for trump's presidency. instead a white house victory lap was taken over by these, a surprise decision to start a new fight about obamacare, a fiasco over funding for the special olympics. okay. on monday this was a very good week for the president, or looked like it was going to be a very good week for the president. then a couple things happened. the week got more dynamic which
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isn't super rare. if you want one take on this, take a look at the "time" magazine cover this week which has the president walking along with an umbrella -- that is the virtual version of it. i believe the title says they're singing in the rain. illiana, what's your read on what actually occurred this week? >> this began as one of the best weeks for president trump of his presidency. the cloud that has been hanging over donald trump since -- essentially since his presidency began, of the mueller report which he complained preetdly inhibited his ability to conduct foreign policy, foreign leaders asked him if he was going to be around when he would need to make certain decisions was lifted when he was cleared of collusion. that was really, really important for him. 100% victory. his decision to relitigate
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obamacare befuddled republicans in congress and i think around the country because this is not a winning issue for republicans. they have been there, done that in 2017. same with the special olympics, though that was something written in the budget, and i think an unexpected stumble for the white house. it was picked up by the news media, but the obamacare decision was a conscious decision by president trump convinced by acting white house chief of staff nick mulvaney that this was an unfulfilled campaign promise and he should back a court case that seeks to invalidate the entire law and push republicans in congress to pass an obamacare replacement which they failed to do two years ago. are republicans not quite sure why he stepped on his toes when he had a really strong start to the week? >> we'll get deep in the obamacare in the next block. but to context lies everything, look at this quote from mike
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murphy. on saturday mike murphy, long time republican aide, makes a decent point here. we're diving into a wood chipper, i guess that's the plan, being on the wrong side of issues, on top of head winds we're already facing. again, mike murphy, no fan of the president. but he's not that far from where a lot of republicans are. >> i think one of the issues there, the president likes to have someone or something to fight with. the mueller investigation is over. so health care has been a favorite thing he loves to talk about, loves to talk about president obama. he needs an opponent. the reality here is i cannot recall something that went for -- on monday, it was the best day of the president's time in office without question. the week started out that way. the obamacare fight made so many republicans on capitol hill throw their hands up. mitch mcconnell said he'll have to deal with the speaker on this. the president needs to have a
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bogeyman, an opponent, until he has a democratic one, he'll create the other ones. it gaifs republicans pause this week, what exactly is he doing. >> he still has that opponent in congressional democrats when it comes to the mueller report. we talked about the good day for the white house on monday. take a listen to how they framed everything related to that report, at least the four-page summary of it. >> there was no collusion with russiai russia. there was no obstruction, none whatsoever. and it was a complete and total exoneration. >> it said no obstruction, no collusion. it could not have been -- >> the result was great, no obstruction, no collusion, no anything. >> total exoneration. complete vindication. >> a messaged discipline there, as it was throughout the course of the week. does that hold, particularly at this point in time there's still
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a lot of report left to be seen at some point? >> i think he's pretty far out there on a limb given how much is unknown. that's not unlike the president to vindicate himself like that. >> it doesn't matter what the report says. >> of course not. >> i think this week we've captured the challenges he faces. no, he didn't collude with the russians. anybody who covered the '16 campaign would have surmised that from the fact it was a macgyver style operation in the first place that wasn't capable of colluding with the russians. immediately after he sort of steps on this rake and it hits him in the face on the obamacare issue. that captures his problem, the chaos in the administration. the concerns people have in this country about him. the reason democrats won 40 seats in the house is not because they thought he was a stooge of putin. maybe some folks on the left thought that. but most people who are uneasy about him don't like the chaos. they don't like the insults, the
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tweets, the head-snapping uncertainly day to day about policy, appointments. that's his challenge. that's what we saw this week. he mentioned the issue of the funding for the olympics. this is sort of challenging. he doesn't know what's in his own budget and he watches the news coverage of the secretary being roasted on capitol hill about it. he said he's now against it? it was in his own budget. a small thing, but it captures the uncertainty and chaos that pervades the administration, that denies them a chance to put points on the board here. >> you talk about uncertainty, some chaos to some degree. talking immigration, the president came out in a tweet talking about how he might close the border. the tweet says, our detention areas are maxed out. we'll take no more illegals. next step is to close the border. on top of that, cutting funding to northern triangle countries which is a huge part tore stem the flow of migrants.
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>> if last week's major issue was health care, this week will certainly be on immigration with the president's threat. he's threatened this before, clearly. it is the first time he put a specific time on it. we haven't gotten the details on exactly how this would happen. homeland security secretary, kirstjen nielsen, kindiredirect personnel there. we can't underestimate the massive economic impacts doing this will create. i will be interesting to see what john cornyn, a border state senator has to say about this, when $1.7 billion of goods are traded between u.s. and mexico every day. >> the funding cut. the administration has the leeway to do it. $450 million after the announcement -- >> he doesn't know that or follow that. that's the point on all this stuff. he's not super engaged on the
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policies. he reacts to the news coverage. that's what creates this chaos, week in, week out. >> keep an eye on this. it's going to be a big issue. up next, why the trump white house is trying again to kill obamacare. first, politicians say the darndest things, particularly lindsey graham's christmas list. >> every day is like christmas. there's something under the tree with trump. you just don't know what it is. some days it's the shotgun you've been dreaming for. some days it's a red sweater and you say hmm. if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, every day can begin with flakes. it's a reminder of your struggles with psoriasis. but what if your psoriasis symptoms
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members of his own party this week by launching a new war on obamacare. his justice department took new action to have the entire law struck down with no plan in place about what would actually come next. here is why this is a fight that worries a lot of republicans and energizes a lot of democrats. let's take a look at a couple pieces of obamacare that have remained popular even over the back and forth on capitol hill over the last decade. pre-existing conditions protections. this was the downfall of the republican repeal and replace effort in 2017. kids staying on parents' plans until 26. limits out-of-pocket costs, no co-pay. this underscores not only the political liability but the systemwide liability if there is a law that's struck down with no replacement in place. now take a look at, according to the urban institute if obamacare is repealed. montana, iowa, arkansas, louisiana, kentucky, west virginia.
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what do those states align with? pennsylvania. states president trump won when you look at the red in 2016. these are red states or in the case of iowa, pennsylvania, kind of swing states that the president won on his pathway to more than 270 electoral voltes. this all comes as obamacare's approval rating is as high as it's ever been. 50% approve compared to 39% who disapprove. over the last ten years, 50% back in 2010, 2011 would be stunning. that's where it sits right now. however, you want a rationale for why the president is considering this fight, why are some in the administration urging this fight? take a look at this middle number. of republicans, 75% still disapprove of the law. the republican base has never moved on the issue. they still want a fight on this issue. the president is willing to fight on this issue. guess who else is?
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80% approve. nothing unifies the democratic party quite like obamacare. >> the gop will never stop trying to destroy the affordable health care of america's families. >> i feel very strongly that supposed leaders should stop playing politics with people's public health. >> this administration and the republican party want to go back to the bad old days where people couldn't get health insurance if they had a pre-existing condition. >> the president wants to go back to repeal and replace again? make our day. >> i'll get to how this has unified democrats which at least on the campaign trail have been splitting the issue in a moment. seung you have a headline, for trump's party of health care, there is no health care plan. that's not hyperbole, that's very true. what did you find in reporting this out? >> not that there's just no plan, there's no plans to actually get a plan together which is the problem for
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republicans right now. look, first of all, go to the committee chairman who would be in charge of writing any health care bills. both of them, when you ask them, we're doing something else, we're focused on lowering the price of prescription drugs, focused on bipartisan efforts to reduce health care costs in other ways. mitch mcconnell has no intention of helping trump along in any way to help republicans become the party of health care. there's no plan to put a working group together. he's told politico that the president can happily work with the speaker if he wants to do this. again, as you showed in your poll numbers before, this is not a good issue for republicans. now they may be forced into that position if the supreme court -- if and when this case does go up there, get up there, strikes down the law. but that's a circumstance that is at least a month if not at least a year aye way. >> i want to tick through some of the quotes this week which was a goal mine in tald mine.
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i look forward to seeing what the president is proposing and what he can work out with the speaker. let me translate that. it's not going to happen. john cornyn, what they need to do is tell us what their plans are. roy blunt, i assume the president wouldn't have brought this up if there wasn't a white house proposal. lisa murkowski, do we have a plan i guess that's a not-so-subtle way to say this ain't happening any time soon. >> such a slight to the white house. not only are they suggesting that they're going to wait for the administration to offer a plan, they're kind of mocking trump, too, because they know he didn't have a plan. they're kind of saying, we'll wait for his plan. he's down there talking about we're going to be the party of great health care which is obviously a slogan, not a plan. those statements are filled with such contempt, contempt they can never fully articulate for all the obvious reasons we know particularly. they capture the frustration of his own party with him because he's putting them in a tough
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spot. they don't want to talk about obamacare again. >> now it's taking something away from people, taking away what they have. all the constituents, all the voters, li they like most of obamacare. no discussion about fixing it. this ten-year debate, it's been going on so long. i wonder what senator mitt romney has to say about this. he was the governor of massachusetts, essentially has the same plan. one thing missing this is any discussion about how to improve the existing obamacare. >> these senators are saying this for two reasons. the first is, in a, quote, unquote, normal white house, where the white house was pushing repeal of obamacare, you'd have the white house pushing a proposal, alternative proposal. here, acting chief of staff nick mulvaney pushed the president on
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this path. there's no appetite in congress to go down this road. that's why this flopped. second and i think less discussed, this lawsuit that the president has come out and backed is seen by conservative legal scholars as really a long-shot lawsuit that has very little legal merit. most republicans think there's very little chance that this lawsuit will be upheld in the supreme court. so ultimately i think most republicans believe this will be much ado about nothing because it's unlikely the supreme court will actually invalidate all of obamacare. it's failed to do so once before. john roberts upheld the individual mandate. i think most republicans believe we're having a conversation that will amount to nothing. >> on that point, a poll out of democrats being divided ability whether or not they want to fix obamacare or push medicare for all. we've seen it, on the campaign trail 44% want to improve and protect the aca, 42% --
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>> for the last three months mcconnell folks we have gotten back the failure to replace the aca. now we have a gift in our lapse because the democrats feeling pressure from their progressive base are trying to go further and create single payer. we can feast on that, and politically focus entirely on not what we fail to do, what they want to do that is unpopular with large segments of the american public when you break down the polls. they're now back to the question about what to do with the aca instead of making bernie sanders the face of the democratic party and his plan for universal health care. >> it's going to be really interesting, one, to see whether or not this moves forward in any way, obviously the legal issues as well will be fascinating to watch. also, if this remains an issue more than one week, if the working group and party of health care disappears over the course of the next couple weeks. next, democrats strategy in
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the mueller report after the report is actually submitted.
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the four-page barr report. what we actually need is the mueller report. >> our main thrust on this issue is simply transparency. release the report, then come to conclusions. >> no thank you, mr. attorney general. we do not need your interpretation. show us the report. >> welcome back to "inside politics." release the report. that's the democrats eamon tra this week in the aftermath of the mueller report drop. the attorney general, bill barr says congress and the american public will see the redacted version in april. they say they don't actually
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trust the attorney general. >> he should not be the one putting his hand on the scale. that report, that mueller report should have already been produced to the congress without his commentary. but clearly bill barr views his role in the unitary executive theory as being the hand of the president, the president's roy cohen, there to do the president's bidding and his will. he's doing it just as expected. >> bonus points for the unitary executive theory drop in the middle of an interview. look, what the chairman of the house intelligence committee -- that's what the kids are into. the chairman of the house intelligence committee, over the course of the week, what started from democrats being down about what the report was and trying to figure out what was next, to maybe there's a conspiracy that bill barr is trying to cover things up. what is the democratic strategy right now to your sense? >> i think the only thing they
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can really do right now in absence of more information in just having that four-page summary from the attorny general is to fight for the full release of the report. once the congress gets more information, whatever bar is willing to submit to congress, they can look at the information to see if there's any information they can latch on to. there are some critical lines in the barr summary. they said mueller did indicate that while he's not going to -- that there wasn't enough evidence for obstruction of justice, this doesn't exactly exonerate him either. i can tell you democrats will be looking closely at what parts of the report mueller felt didn't exonerate the president. but there's no doubt they are kind of back on their heels after the summary was released early this week. obviously democrats distrust of the attorney general goes back to around the time he was nominated and around his confirmation hearing. they seized on memos he had written, kind of criticizing the makeup of mueller's team. that's where a lot of their distrust comes from right now.
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>> the president and the white house obviously won the early game of defining this. there's nothing to see here, move on. the question is, we'll find out in a month or so, voters have consistently said across the board they're ready to move on from this. that's the challenge for the democratic party. having chairman adam schiff who is trying to do face-saving here as well, trying to keep this alive. zk presidential candidates and others are trying to talk about other issues. voters, this has not been a driving force for him. my question is going forward, are democrats able to keep talking about this, keep pressure on it and also change gears to something else. that's the challenge. >> you make a good point. listen to senator amy klobuchar on the campaign trail when she was talking about what she's heard while campaigning for president. >> people are very focused on bread and butter issues. they were not asking about the mueller report in rye, new
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hampshire or davenport, iowa. they have been asking about things like their health care, things like infrastructure, the floods coming to iowa. >> yeah. look, i think democrats this week were searching for an angle through which they could keep this issue alive. what barr's summary made clear was that there was no smoking gun in this report. and it was really only a smoking gun that was going to make americans at large care about this. i think that's what klobuchar and the other democratic candidates are making pretty clear. they're ready to move on from this. i think bill barr has taken on an important role. the important thing to remember about barr, he came out and he said this wasn't a summary. these were the principle conclusions. i wasn't writing a book report about the report. the other thing is, he said i'm not running this by the white house for clearance. the important thing to remember about barr is he was pressed by the white house to take this job. he wasn't one of the people
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gunning for the job. i don't think he particularly cares if trump isn't happy with how he behaves. the white house couldn't find anybody else to take this job. trump really needs him to stay in this position. they're going to be hard-pressed if trump gets angry and he steps down. he didn't need it. he's done this job before. that's the important thing to remember, he's not a trump suckup. >> you never hear this brought up at democratic events in iowa and new hampshire. senator klobuchar is right. there is this sort of other part of the progressive base that watches a lot of cable tv, frankly, and is consumed by issues like russia and the mueller report. obviously you're seeing adam schiff on the maddow show capture what i'm talking about there. there's this fascinating duality where you have james clieber right here on cnn's "new day"
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said this is our time to move on and we're focusing on other issues like health care. that was monday morning right after the report. you've got two different statements from house democrats who both are very influenced because there isn't this appetite among broad sections of the party to focus on this stuff. it's more of a niche issue. >> do you owe john berman money with the shout-out to the "new day" show. >> one of the questions asked was how will these findings affect your 2020 vote. 8% said more likely to back president trump. 60% more likely to oppose president trump. 85% said no difference whatsoever. >> everyone has made up their mind on this already. that's not to say they can't learn more from this. i think we will all learn more when it's released. i think eliana's point is so smart. he's likely not going to end his
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career doing something that is going to be a black mark on a longstanding time in washington here. i think that's the dynamic. we'll see how long the president remains so happy about release the whole report. that's what he says publically. we'll see. he's going to get anti si wondering what's in it. >> there's gamesmanship going on in terms of redactions. coming up, on the cusp of a 2020 decision, deem biden responds to a disturbing new allegation. before we go to break, surprise visit from two presidential candidate, senators cory booker and kamala harris appearing on stage together on the naacp awards with this message to black voters. >> all the issues that kamala and i discuss with americans every day from economic justice to gun violence to climate change to voting rights are on the line right now. >> it is time for us to lead the fights ahead, and that's why we
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place in the late eflt quinnipiac poll behind former vice president joe biden and senator bernie sanders. j. mart, you've spent a lot of time looking into beto o'rourke. what's your read right now after the official launch? >> has a lot of promise, even more money in the bank. look, i think he's somebody who scratches an itch that democrats always have. this is a party that historically loves finding a new next generation fresh face. you've seen it going back to jfk time after time. what democrats will say is we win when we put forward a new candidate, outsider, kennedy, carter, clinton, obama. that's when democrats flourish. that's the heart of his appeal. 46 years old, someone who dresses casually. he cusses even more casually. he's someone who is sort of seen as that next generation. the question that looms over this primary is, more than any other, it is a viability
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primary. the litmus test in this primary is can you beat trump. i think any questions about your capacity to do that are going to hurt you with primary voters. i can't recall, jeff, going to events like we do, week in, week out, and talking to voters and hearing the same refrain, can he or she win? that's all i care about. you hear it from voters time and time again. >> that's a central difference than the 2008 campaign. everyone wants to see who is the next barack obama. that race is totally different because they were running for an open seat. that's not an indicator of who can stand side by side with the president. we'll see how growth is for beto o'rourke. we'll see how the growth is for pete bud itch. there is a hunger and thirst for something new. we have to remember the older candidates out there are still going to get in the race. >> it's an interesting point. probably a simplistic way to view things. we've been putting people in lanes and who is competing against one another. you look at the quinnipiac poll,
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perhaps there are good signs for beto o'rourke. 49% prefer progressive, 44% moderate. no one is totally sure where beto lands on the map. to that point, more important for a candidate to be a great leader or have great policy ideas. 64% said great leader. not necessarily in the thicket of the weeds. does that give him an opening? >> they're not going through a ten-point checklist. there's an element of the party certainly that is down the line progressive and is going to demand fidelity on that litany. but a lot will have a name. they're called bernie sanders voters. looking at the broader party, they're more open to finding a candidate they like, who can inspire them, who they think can win. of course, you convince yourself of somebody as being electable after you fall in love with them. you fall in love first and then
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justify the electability. i think that's what you're going to see happen here. they'll find somebody they can swoon for and tell themselves that person is electable. >> the quinnipiac poll is interesting, whether you prefer a leader or idealism policy which can indicate why elizabeth warren hasn't gotten the traction. she's been leading in the ideaing primary, putting out ambitious policy proposals constantly but hasn't gotten the fire power as you would expect from someone who is a big name. >> i want to shift quick because joe biden has had a rough week. not even in the race yet. you had the issues with anita hill and clarence thomas, the allegations from a former lieutenant governor nominee out of nevada, lucy flores. i'm interested in your perspective about what it all means at this point in time? >> the thing that struck me about biden, all along, including this week, throughout the wait-and-watch biden pre
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primary, biden is not in the race, but he's been apologizing for who he's been nis entire career. he's sorry he's a man, he's white, he's on the more moderate side of the democratic party. now he is not sort of forcefully refuting this woman's account of what happened. he's saying she deserves to be heard and her story has validity, though he is denying the particular allegations. it seems to me the polar opposite of what trump did when he got in the race. he never apologized for anything despite people's incredity. it seems like if somebody like biden is going to get in the race, you just can't apologize for who you are and what you've been your entire career. tulsi gabbert who is in the race, she's done an apology tour for who she has been and hasn't
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gotten traction. >> what does this mean given we're expecting a launch in the next couple weeks. >> expecting one by the end of april. i think he's trying to make himself all right with the modern day democratic party. it's entirely different than the base and the challenge that the president obviously faced when he was running. joe biden has a long record to run against. he wants people to focus on one thing, can you stand side by side with him to beat president trump. that's why he's still likely to get in and run. >> former candidate lucy flores joins jake tapper for an exclusive interview on "state of the union." next, our reporters share what they're hearing including betsy devos' future in the trump cabinet. their gps took them to s out of a storybook. and they called grandma when manny felt sad about not being able to swim.
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top reporters at the table will share their stories and scoops and give you a peek at tomorrow's headlines today. eliana, you're first up. >> i'll be watching trump's relationship with education secretary betsy devos. they had an uncomfortable interaction from afar this week after she had an uncomfortable interaction before congress testifying about the president's budget zeroing out the special olympics. she defended that decision even though she didn't support it. the president promptly announced he was reversing that decision, one of many times the president has done that to cabinet secretaries. we know the president watches closely their cabinet secretaries' appearances on television and testimony before congress. he didn't like the way devos performed before congress. i'll be watching that relationship over the next couple weeks and months. >> uncomfortable might be a kind phrase. j. mart? >> this is the first big thing
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in the race. we'll have real numbers, real data, money that is. this week we'll know who raised what in the first quarter of this year and we're thinking that the two candidates who are going to be leading the pack are beto o'rourke from texas and, of course, bernie sanders. they have raised money online almost entirely. they'll be ahead of the pack. further back in the pack to is the surprise of some people, senator warren who i think going into this year was widely seen as one of the top candidates in the race, has struggled to raise money. we have learned that she actually has parted ways with her finance director, long-time aide to her in part because she made this choice not to raise big money, and that prompted him to quit. it also created a sort of pretty robust internal debate in the campaign. she is deciding to go grassroots only. a bit of a gamble going forward. she's decided that's the best way to go. unlike sanders and o'rourke, she has not raised the money online at least today.
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>> big-time week 2020-wise. jeff? >> no question. the second act of the primary is going to begin this week as well, as well as the money races. also, six more candidates could get in in the month of april. we think the field is big but is going to be getting bigger. of course, joe biden is one of those. the question surrounding him, is there anything that would happen that would keep him out of the race? we know he's likely to jump in. is there anything that could happen that could scare him out. keep an eye on michael bennett, senator from colorado and at least four others who are thinking about joining. we're going to see a reordering of the race. no one has really seized control or command in the first quarter. the second one starts this week. keep an eye on joe biden and others. no one seems to be scaring anyone else out of the race. >> jeff zeleny earning those air miles and hotel points. >> what i'm going to be watching for is nato week in washington. secretary generalian sul ten berg is here to mark the 70th
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anniversary of that alliance, meeting with president trump later this week and delivering an address to congress. what this visit will do is highlight the long-running tensions the president has with nato. obviously he's complained a lot that other countries in the alliance aren't paying their share of defense spending. this is a complaint he has conveyed several times. he actually relayed it again in a private lunch with republican senators earlier this week on capitol hill. during that lunch he also complained about nato's headquarters and it's all bust. >> that's it for "inside politics." again, thank you very much for sharing your sunday morning. "state of the union" with jake tapper is next. he sits down with acting white house chief of staff nick mulvaney. named 'park' in the u.s. ninety-six hundred roads it's america's most popular street name. but no matter what park you live on, one of 10,000 local allstate agents knows yours.
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on offense. a humanitarian nightmare at the u.s./mexico border has president trump threatening to shut the border down. >> i'll just close the border. >> his administration again takes on obamacare. but what's the republican plan? the president's acting chaff nick mulvaney responds in moments. digging in. the attorney general plans to release the mueller report in weeks as democrats defend their criticism of the president. >> i do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is okay. >> with trump

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