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i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters. under way right now, for the last few hours a violent and chaotic scene has been playing out at the hong kong international airport. this is one of the busiest hubs in the world. tensions between pro-democracy demonstrators and riot police reached a fevered pitch at one point. you can see here protesters had grabbed an officer's baton and then they hit him repeatedly. all of this happening as passengers continue to arrive at the airport and all of this is having a knock-on effect on the city, prompting hong kong's chief executive to warn that the situation is, quote, on the brink of no return.
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cnn's senior international correspondent ivan watson is there at the hong kong airport. ivan, tell us about the situation there on the ground now. >> reporter: well, brianna, it's calmed down considerably, but about an hour ago, this area here right by the japan airlines ticketing desk in the departures terminal was mobbed with a very tense crowd of hundreds of protesters who had encancircledo individuals here. i saw some of them beating a man on the ground, others trying to protect him. this went on for some time until first aid workers were able to finally bring that person out on a gurney out of the airport. he has since been identified as a journalist working for the chinese state news outlet, global times. i've looked at his passport. it's among some of the personal effects that some of the protesters here have seized and that they're now going through and displaying here.
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but long story short, it was a very ugly scene in what is normally a bustling transport hub. this is described as the world's eighth busiest airport, now per paralyzed for the second night in a row as throngs of demonstrators who were here hours ago, thousands of them, were blocking passengers, creating a human blockade to stop them from going through security to catch their flight. an escalation without question over the past 48 hours of their campaign of civil disobedience in this unprecedented test of wills against the hong kong authorities. brianna. >> tell us, ivan, what they want and whether this is working to achieve what they want. >> reporter: well, that's a very big question. but i'm going to walk us over to
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see some of the pamphlets that they have put up on the walls here. basically this all began two months ago with criticism and complaints over an extradition law that the government here suspended that would have allowed suspects to be taken to mainland china. it has since expanded into complaints about allegations of excessive use of police force against the demonstrators. demands that the government make compromises to withdraw that law and to launch an independent commission to investigate the police actions. it has spiraled and night after night, weekend after weekend, we have seen confrontations between protesters and riot police in the streets of different neighborhoods here in hong kong. there were days of peaceful protests here in the airport where none of the flights were obstructed and that changed in
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the last 48 hours starting monday night when the airport authority was forced to cancel hundreds of flights. that's happened for a second night in a row. some of the demonstrators will say, hey, we're sorry and some of their signs say that, we're sorry for the inconvenience, but we're fighting for our freedom. that is their perspective. there is another side in this divided city that views them, and this is the government's words, as violent criminals who are conducting riots and that's something that these black-clad mostly young people fiercely disagree with. brianna. >> ivan watson thank you so much for that report from hong kong where it is just after 1:00 a.m. the dow jones is now up over 400 points on news that the u.s. will delay new tariffs on $300 billion worth of goods from china until december. these were due to take effect september 1st. just a short time ago, president trump explained this decision.
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>> just in case they might have an impact on people, what we've done is we've delayed it so that they won't be during the christmas shopping season. >> president trump also attacking china over trade. he tweeted out in part, as usual china said they were going to be buying big from our great american farmers. so far they have not done what they said. he also reiterated his administration's financial support for farmers. china says that it's going to cancel, though, a multi billion dollar u.s. soybean order. it warns it may also label u.s. farmers as unreliable entities, which would make trade even more difficult. the president is in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, this afternoon. he's getting ready to give a speech on the economy in that battleground state and he's really relying on his economic record to carry him into the 2020 elections. i want to bring in roger johnson, the head of the national farmers union. the president, roger, thank you for being with us. you've heard what the president has been saying.
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he's also saying that farmers are getting more support than they would have from china, but what are you hearing from farmers? >> well, riselisten, the last s years we've seen a steady erosion of net farm income. net farm income across the country is half of what it was six years ago. every year it ratchets down. this trade uncertainty makes things far, far worse for farmers. what farmers are most worried about is the damage that's being done to our reputations that are going to have long-term implications for our ability to regain some of these export markets that have been lost. as i think a lot of these sort of on again, off again tariff kind of unpredictable events coming out of this white house really make us in the eyes of many buyers around the world an
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unpredictable and unreliable supplier. we worked decades to make sure we were viewed as a credible, high quality, predictable supplier. >> you're a third generation farmer. your family is still in the business. your nephew, i believe. >> yeah. >> so you're very tied in. especially as your work with the union in talking to so many farmers. what is the fallout for those farmers who are soybean farmers with china cancelling this multi billion dollar order? >> yeah. well, what we saw on the markets early this week after a lot of this sort of back and forth between the u.s. and china was we saw record downward movement in some of the markets. some of that was exacerbated by the report that just came out yesterday from the usda about stocks and use and plantings and all that kind of stuff. but you add all of this together and what you see across american
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agriculture is continued depressing effects on net farm income. that's what -- i mean net farm income is sort of like your or my salary. it's like what farmers have left over at the end of the year to pay for family living expenses and their health insurance and, you know, repay debts and those kinds of things. the median net farm income last year in fact, meaning over half the farmers above and half below this number, was actually a negative number last year. so there's a lot of financial strain. farmers are not arguing we shouldn't hold china accountable. farmers are saying let's have a plan. we should be getting the rest of the world united with us to hold china accountable instead of taking their sort of lone ranger approach and going after china while the rest of the world is sort of off doing something else. >> i want to have you listen to something that the agriculture
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secretary, sonny perdue, said. this was at a farm show in minnesota last week. he was recounting a joke that a farmer told him in pennsylvania. >> since you asked for a little humor, let me give you one. i had a farmer tell me this in pennsylvania. it was a cute little joke the other day a few weeks ago. he said what do you call two farmers in a basement. i said i don't know. he said a whine cellar. >> what's your reaction to that? what do farmers broadly feel about the trump administration? >> you know, that's a pretty tone deaf statement coming from the secretary. i mean he was in front of a group of farmers. they have very legitimate concerns about what's going on. farmers don't really -- i mean farmers need this aid that's coming out of usda, don't get me wrong, but they'd much rather that we had been working to build up our reputation and to
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build up markets so they could get prices out of the market instead of getting another bailout from upg el sncle sam, think in a lot of farmers' minds is going to sort of muddy their reputation even further as there are more press reports about big farmers getting multimillion dollar payouts. we don't need that sort of distraction from dealing with the real problems that are out there, which is net farm income being really, really bad right now. this administration needs to be working to help improve it. >> all right, roger, thank you so much. roger johnson, really appreciate your perspective on this. >> thank you. the trump administration taking a red pen to the statue of liberty's iconic poem on immigrants adding a few requirements for the tired and the poor. plus, the president just claimed that the top republican in the senate now supports
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just in, the president is directly saying senate majority leader mitch mcconnell does indeed want background checks over guns. listen. >> i am convinced that mitch wants to do something. i've spoken to mitch mcconnell. he's a good man, he wants to do something. he wants to do it i think very strongly. he wants to do background checks and i do too. i think a lot of republicans do. >> let's bring in kaitlin collins to get to the bottom of this because he's claiming this even though the republican senator's office has told cnn something different. >> reporter: yeah, and that's not what we've heard from other republicans who have been speaking with us privately about this push for background checks coming from the president. he's saying there he spoke with the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. he said he thinks he's onboard with background checks and he's convinced that mitch mcconnell wants to do something, though after the president said circular last week mcconnell's aide came out -- aides came out and said that he had not signed on to any new legislation related to gun control measures. we're also hearing privately
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that republicans are not on board with this either. the president said he's spoken with several republicans who he believes are backing him on this push for making background checks tougher. but what we've heard is actually they don't think that's the right solution here because they don't think strengthening these background checks, the push you've seen from the president, actually would have prevented those shootings in dayton or el paso, texas. instead they're advising the white house and president's aides to look at red-flag laws proposals instead. the president is continuing the bush for the background checks. the question is whether it will go anywhere or whether the president will be more receptive that he's receiving not only from republican lawmakers but his conservative allies who say they do not want the president going after this push for background checks because they don't think that's the right solution for him. >> his daughter has been involved in this. tell us about ivanka trump's role. >> reporter: so you're seeing a split in the president's family over how he should proceed with this. his sons are big into hunting. they are very pro second
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amendment. but we're hearing from sources on the other hand that his daughter, ivanka trump, has been involved in these conversations going forward. she's in favor of the president's push for back ground checks so that could be a factor in the president's ear. he's hearing from ivanka trump supportive of the push for background checks. he's hearing from top republican leadership that his supporters and base will not be on board with this proposal either. >> kaitlin collins in new jersey, thank you so much. she is the 11-year-old who begged for her parents after those immigration raids in mississippi, and now no one has heard from her father since he was detained. we'll take you there to that story. plus an exclusive report. cnn investigates vladimir putin's private army and what we found is making the kremlin very unhappy. rsible joint damage. ongoing pain and stiffness are signs of joint erosion. humira can help stop the clock. prescribed for 15 years,
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investigators are still trying to figure out why a man opened fire on police officers during a traffic stop in riverside, california. this set off a lengthy shootout in broad daylight that was caught on video. one california highway patrol officer was killed in this, two others were injured. the suspect was also killed in the exchange. i want to bring in ryan
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railsback, the public information officer for riverside, police. officer, thank you so much for being with us. just tell us what happened here. >> well, yesterday early evening around 5:35, california highway patrol made a traffic stop at the 215 freeway in east ridge avenue overpass, which is actually right within the jurisdiction of the -- or the city limits of our city, riverside. at some point during that traffic stop, he put out a call for immediate assistance. we had officers from not only our department, the highway patrol and the riverside county sheriff's department that all responded. the first two highway patrol officers that arrived on scene along with the initial officer, they all took gunfire from the suspect. at some point during the traffic stop the suspect produced a weapon an started firing upon the officers and he struck three
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of them. more officers arrived, they engaged the suspect and an officer and deputy-involved shooting occurred and the threat was neutralized. the suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. three of the officers were all taken to hospitals. the one, and i believe it's the officer who was killed in the line of duty, he was actually transported by our riverside police helicopter to a trauma center and another chp officer in critical condition with i believe what's a leg injury was also transported by highway patrol officers to that same hospital. the third officer was transported to a local hospital in riverside. currently conditions, the one officer is still in critical condition and the other one is in a less serious condition. both struck by gunfire. but we believe that the injuries at this time are nonlife
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threatening. >> so riverside, your department, is investigating this because it was within your city limits. what can you tell us about this chp officer who was killed? >> not much right now. the highway patrol is going to formally announce his identity. there's still notifications that are being made and part of the process of that just takes a little bit of time. we're looking at getting that information out sometime today, within the next few hours. we do know that all three of those officers who were struck work out of the riverside office of the california highway patrol. >> all right. officer ryan railsback, thank you so much for updating us. we'll stay tuned to see who this officer is. we're thinking of law enforcement there in southern california. we know all of you feel this and are reeling about something like this. thank you very much. >> thank you. forget the huddled masses
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yearning to be free, the man in charge of citizenship and immigration for the trump administration takes liberties with the statue of liberty's iconic poem. this is ken cuccinelli. >> would you also agree that the words etched on the statue of liberty give me your tire, your poor are also part of the american ethos? >> they certainly are. give me your tired and your poor who can stands on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge. >> adding that two feet charge and the public charge part. that npr interview comes a day after cuccinelli, the acting director, announced the administration's plan that would make it easier to refuse green cards to immigrants that either have low incomes are little education. he emphasized that no one born outside the u.s. has the right to become an american. he said it's a privilege. the fallout is continuing from last week's i.c.e. raids in mississippi. you remember the video of a little girl pleading for her
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father. this video went viral. the name of this child is magdalena and her mother still does not know where federal authorities took her father. we are in jackson, mississippi, following this story. diane, we have learned that the father is the soul bread winner. there are four kids here, all of them born in the u.s. and all of them u.s. citizens. what more are you hearing about his whereabouts, anything. >> reporter: so here's the thing, brianna. i spoke with magdalena's mother, wanna. we're only using their first name because there's been a lot of attention. people contacted them asking if they could adopt her 11-year-old daughter, people trying to harass them about the fact that magdalena's mother is undocumented as well. all they want is to find their father. and at this point we've been able to track him using i.c.e.'s locator system to the state of louisiana, but that's where it
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ends. juana has not been able to figure out what detention center he is in, what processing center he is in. at this point she's run into nothing but dead ends. she has not heard from him since his workplace, one of those meat processing plants, one of the seven that was raided around the jackson area last wednesday. so we're going now, brianna, on almost a week since she last spoke with him. so many other people in the community have either gotten a phone call or have been reunited with their loved ones who were detained during that raid because they were released for various reasons. she still doesn't know where he is, so there's that pressure right now on them. she is obviously upset because her husband is gone right now. but also because she doesn't know how she's going to do things like make renting or pay utilities. all four of their children who range in age from 11 to 1 year and 8 months old are u.s. citizens. she said if they deport him i'll probably have to go back to guatemala but my kids have never
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been there and don't want to go there. when i was with magdalenmagdale was doing her fifth grade homework and told me that she loved math an wanted to grow up to be a math teacher. her mother knows if she takes her to guatemala, the chances of something like that, the future she would have here, are slim to none she feels. so this is a woman in kind of a desperate situation looking for her husband. at the same time we're here in jackson trying to determine all of these individuals who have been placed in different states in these processing centers, they have charges, brianna, but the people who run those plants right now, still no charges, still nobody apprehended, still nothing like that. the government maintains it's an ongoing investigation, but right now it looks like the only people affected were the workers, not the individuals who hired them. >> diane gallagher, thank you so much in jackson for us. we have more on our breaking news now as violent protests erupt inside hong kong's airport. the president just tweeted that the chinese government is moving troops to the border there.
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retired rear admiral john kirby. first off, it's pretty odd that he's calling out the intelligence like this and putting it out in a tweet. >> yeah. >> but assuming that this is what china is doing, why would china be doing this? >> because i think it's very clear president xi has been rattled by these protests and now they're much more increasingly violent. look, the chinese government is not going to abide by democracy, they have made that very clear. so he's definitely trying to signal that he's willing if needed to step in from a military or security force perspective to quell these protests. it's a clear signal from him how seriously he's taking this. >> from what we saw it doesn't look like protesters are going to be backing down any time soon. this is very heated at this point in time. so what does that do to the possible scenarios that could play out here? >> it makes it much harder for there to be dialogue. neither the hong kong government, certainly not xi, and the protest movements are willing to talk to one another. the other thing that's interesting, is even amongst the protesters there's dissention.
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you have peaceful protesters who physically left the airport when it got violent and you have the much more young version of the protest wing that are willing to use violence to achieve their ends. right now it appears like we're at an impasse, there's no real opportunity for dialogue and that's really the best opportunity here to get this solved. >> admiral kirby, thank you so much. ruling russia for two decades, vladimir putin's power spreads well beyond his borders. election meddling, disinformation campaigns, and now uncovered by cnn chief international correspondent clarissa ward's exclusive report, putin's own private army. >> reporter: this is oleg. for years he says he worked as a hired gun in syria, for a shadowy russian mercenary group called bogner that has become a valuable tool for the kremlin. >> translator: it is putin's instrument for resolving issues by force, when action has to be taken immediately, urgently, and
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in the most concealed way possible. i cannot say it's an army in the proper sense of that word, it's just a fighting unit that will do anything that putin says. >> reporter: this is the first time a former wagner employee has agreed to speak on camera and oleg asked us to disguise his identity. private military contractors are illegal in russia. officially wagner doesn't exist. but cnn has discovered that the group now has hundreds of fighters operating on three different continents, and this is the man believed to be behind that expansion. dubbed putin's chef, because of lucrative catering contracts with the kremlin, he is also sanctioned by the u.s. for funding the internet research agency accused of meddling in the 2016 election. >> translator: i'm a mercenary, and 90% of participants in the company were like me and they were motivated by money.
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>> what sort of training was it? where did it take place? >> translator: you know, i didn't have any training as such, not then anyway. i spent six days in a training camp. i went to a firing range twice and shot a machine gun once. that was it. >> reporter: cnn traveled to the remote russian village to try to get to wagner's training camp and found that the group has a surprisingly close relationship with the russian military. the only way to get into the wagner barracks is to get through that checkpoint, which is manned by the russian military because this actually belongs to a russian special forces unit. not far, there's a monument to fallen wagner fighters. visitors are not welcome, so we approach with a hidden camera. >> it looks less like a memorial than a fortress.
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>> reporter: a guard soon comes up to us. is the church only for wagner, i ask? i don't know for whom, he says. for the people who are in syria, i press him? i don't know, i'm telling you, he says. i'm just guarding here. he begins to get suspicious of our questions and we decide to leave. >> let's go. >> reporter: they didn't let us inside, which is not surprising because in that compound is the only tangible, visible proof that wagner is real. no surprise, perhaps, that the monument is funded by a company. it was five years ago in crimea that mysterious unidentified fighters dubbed little green men helped moscow wrest the province from ukraine, even as the kremlin feigned ignorance.
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it was a success and the forces have grown. analysts say none of this could have happened without putin's approval. >> do you think that part of the mission of wagner is to help russia restore its role, to become a major global superpower again? >> translator: yes, 100%. this is the top priority for wagner. >> and so it's trying to be a rival to america? >> translator: russia is trying to suppress the u.s. in every way possible, using legal and illegal means. it's trying to smash it. get the better of it somehow. what will come of it as a result? nothing good, i think. >> reporter: but for russian president vladimir putin, wagner is still a worthwhile gamble. an expendable fighting force with no accountability. >> and clarissa ward is joining me now to talk about this exclusive reporting, great reporting, clarissa. just explain to us what the utility and using mercenaries
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that russia sees. >> well, the number one utility, brianna, is that there is plausible deniability. so when things go wrong, and they have in the past. 100 or some wagner fighters were killed in syria by u.s. air strikes after they tried to attack a base that was supported by the u.s. and the kremlin could just shrug and say, hey, it's got nothing to do with us. so there's no accountability, there's no responsibility. beyond that, they're cheap. they're not particularly great. they're not a particularly sophisticated fighting force but they get the job done that needs to be done, whether it's guarding oil fields in syria or guarding diamond mines in the central african republic or training local forces there. they allow russia to kind of experiment in different places, most of them unstable countries without having the responsibility that comes with sending proper official troops there, brianna. >> what exactly is the relationship between the russian
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president and yevgeny? >> we put out feelers and tried to get his response about our report. we tried to reach out to wagner but they don't officially exist so they don't have an address or phone number. we also tried to reach out to the russian minister reof defense and they also did not give us any response so this is an opaque relationship and it's difficult to say. some analysts say, listen, he's basically just a front man for the kremlin. others might dispute that. one thing everyone seems to agree on who is studying this topic closely, brianna, is that it would be absolutely impossible even for a powerful oligarch to be deploying assets to many different countries on three different continents without the explicit approval or blessing of the president himself. >> and that's why -- the kremlin hates your report. that's part of the reason why, you just spelled it out there.
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there's actually a russian website that started a false media campaign against you specifically. tell us about this. >> well, i think most of us are no longer strangers to russian propaganda attacks. but this one was particularly striking because it's a 15-minute piece. essentially it chronicles our work that we did in the central african republic for the second part of the series that will be airing on cnn from tonight on situation room and also tomorrow. but what's extraordinary is that they were following us, they were filming us secretly. there's video of me and the team at the airport, in our hotel lobby. then there's a particularly sinister and bizarre scene in my hotel room in which a man is interviewed pointing to a chair saying yes, she was sitting right there, she was sitting at her computer and she offered me $100 to say bad things about russians. on one level it's sort of sinister and certainly quite frightening. three russian journalists were murdered in the central african republic a year ago while they were working on a story about
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russian mercenaries. on another level, i have to be honest with you, it's somewhat satisfying because it makes it clear that our reporting has hit a nerve and we are telling a story that some people would rather not see told. >> yeah, maybe they're protesting too much there. clarissa ward, thank you so much. 2020 democratic presidential candidate senator bernie sanders picks a fight with "the washington post" in comments that sound eerily familiar to someone in the white house who frequently criticizes "the post." hear how the editor of the paper is fighting back. n an tylenol extra strength. and last longer with fewer pills. so why am i still thinking about this? i'll take aleve. aleve. proven better on pain.
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senator bernie sanders seems to be pulling a page out of donald trump's playbook. blame the media. sanders says his attacks on amazon chief jeff bezos are to blame for what he thinks are unkind coverage from bezos' own "washington post." >> anyone here know how much amazon paid in taxes last year? >> nothing! >> yeah, i talk about that all of the time, and then i wonder why "the washington post," who is owned by jeff bezos, who owns
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amazon, doesn't write particularly good articles about me. i don't know why. >> "washington post" editor marty beron responded. saying that senator sanders is a member of a large club of politicians, of every ideology, who complain about the coverage. contrary to the spear theory the senator seems to favor, jeff bezos allows our newsroom to operate with full independence, as our reporters can attest. so "the post" is saying, we operate completely independent of amazon, jeff bezos. when you were working there, did you ever feel any pressure from above, especially considering you covered a lot of amazon stories? >> let me be honest, i was at "the post" before bezos bought the company and after. so i got to see both sides of what "the post" was like. and there really wasn't very much difference. the on the difference was that we had to start putting in these disclaimers saying amazon ceo jeff bezos also owns "the washington post."
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apart from that, i never felt any pressure from editors about how to cover amazon. i never had a story killed that covered amazon. i never had a story that was changed in any way to reflect more positively or negatively on amazon. and if you speak to a lot of my former colleagues, you'll get the same thing. >> and i looked at some of your headlines, you wrote a lot about amazon while you were at "the post." one was during the last black friday, you had a story about protests of what a krilt called inhuman working conditions. you had a story about the president saying amazon could be guilty of anti-trust violations. and you had a story about a particularly nefarious practice, which was that amazon was blocking kprarson shopping by shoppers in whole foods, which amazon owns, if you were logging into the wi-fi there, you can't comparison shop. these were pretty critical stories. what were the experiences you saw, even, politics as well. you were tech, but there were also other reporters with other
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purviews, what was your experience watching them in their coverage? >> sure, look. if you examined the work product from my former colleagues, you know, jonathan o'connell has done really good work looking at the impact of amazon in seattle's housing market and some of the negative effects that plaid out there. my former colleague jeff fowler has done a lot of very good work analyzing the privacy settings of amazon products. and he's even taken a look at amazon prime and whether or not it's worth it. you know, amazon prime is arguably amazon's most important product. and jeff concluded, it's probably not worth the money, which is probably not something that amazon really wants to be hearing here. in general, journalists are very independent and adealistic bunch. and i would think that you would hear from folks from "the post" if they felt like they were being, you know, pressured to cover amazon in a particular way. >> it's why we make sometimes annoying ploys, too, i think. >> sure, absolutely. >> independent and definitely
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want to do our own thing. brian fung, thank you so much. a quick programming note. cnn special report "the age of amazon" premieres this friday night. poppy harlow sitting down with an exclusive interview about the former publisher of "the washington post" and asking him about claims just like bernie sanders made against the paper. plus, we spend hours with amazon's top executives reporting this over the past six months. this is going to premiere this friday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. and we do have some more on our breaking news. the president says the chinese government is sending troops to the hong kong border. plus, moments from now, the president will tout the economy, but he just blinked in the trade were with china. i can't believe it. that sophie opened up a wormhole through time? (speaking japanese) where am i? (woman speaking french) are you crazy/nuts? cyclist: pip! pip! (woman speaking french) i'm here, look at me. it's completely your fault. (man speaking french) ok? it's me. it's my fault? no, i can't believe how easy it was
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now to sydney, australia, where new video shows bystanders using chairs and a milk crate to take down the suspect in the deadly stabbing there. authorities say that this man killed one woman and injured another in broad daylight. bianca nobilo is in sydney with the latest. >> hi, brianna. police in australia arrested a 21-year-old man accused of stabbing two women in downtown sydney. police commissioner mick fuller said the suspect was wearing a
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