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you are watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. we have two big stories this afternoon. at any moment now, a news conference after an 8 hour stand-off in philadelphia. as we wait for that to begin, we get to the other headlines. israel is banning the entry of two american lawmakers from visiting this weekend. and the news of this broke minutes after president trump sent a tweet trying to shame israel, saying it would show great weakness if it did not
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keep out congresswoman talib of michigan and omar of minnesota. benjamin netanyahu made no mention of the message, saying, the sole purpose of their visit is to harm israel and increase incitement against it. the first palestinian american woman to serve in congress has relatives in the west bank, she and congresswoman omar are the first two muslim women ever elected to congress and are advocates of bds, which stands for boycott, divest, sanction. which calls for those actions against israel. let's go straight to jerusalem. we know that congresswoman omar just put out a statement, what is she saying? >> she blasted benjamin netanyahu's decision, i'll read you a part of her statement, it is an affront that israeli prime
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minister netanyahu under pressure from president trump would deny entry to representatives of the u.s. government. trump's muslim ban is what israel is implementing. this time against two duly elected members of congress. it is both an insult to democratic values and a chilling response to a visit by government officials from an allied nation. ilhan omar getting at why this is an unprecedented move here. first, the president's tweet saying israel would show great weakness if they would allow these two congresswoman in. what would be a belate an the attempt to conduct its own foreign policy. trump telling a close ally what it should do and what decisions it should make. benjamin netanyahu following through on that, a short time after that tweet, announcing it was official the two would be banned from entering the country. here's part of netanyahu's explanation for his decision. only a few days ago, we received the plan, from it, it's clear
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they're planning a journey with the sole target of strengthen the boycott movement. they have to define the destination as palestine and not israel. unlike all the democrat and republican congressmen who have visited until today. they have avoided any meet iing whether with the government or opposition. they were scheduled to meet with peace activists. a democratic congressional aid said that at least omar had intended to meet members of the israeli congress. that will not happen now that this trip has been called off or banned by the israeli government. now it's netanyahu who has backed up that decision and received support from trump for banning them intry to israel. >> thank you very much. we want to continue this just in to us. the house democratic leaders knew that israel was going to deny entry to congresswoman
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talib and omar, in the past 24 hours, they have been pushing back again israel. aaron david miller helps shape u.s. policy, six secretaries of state in both republican and democratic administrations. first your reaction on the trump side of it, right? you have a u.s. president telling a foreign country a good friend of the united states to ban sitting members of congress from entering. >> add this to the very long list of unprecedented actions. the president in peril, who i would argue having worked with republicans and democrats, brooke inappropriate actions by the president of the united states. we've interceded in politics before under democratic and republican administrations. i can attest to that. the intervention on the part of this administration has been so willful and consistent, not just to favor and try to re-elect the current prime minister of
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israel, but in this case to allow his personal sensibilities and agendas to in234r50u7bs the democratically elected prime minister is remarkable and strains the bipartisanship that is absolutely necessary for healthy and resilient u.s./israeli relationships. second part is netanyahu. i don't think trump was doing him any favors. they try to placate the united states, but there's a healthy defiance and there's a sense of real independence of israeli prime ministers. the fact that trump tweets and then the decision may have been that netanyahu makes him look derivative literally as if he were an instrument or tool of the administration, and that's good for netanyahu who is right
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wing leanings. >> you mentioned a second ago trump's election in israel. if you would remind people how netanyahu embraced trump, remind people the relationship between these two men. >> it's fascinating, because i don't think the president has taken a personal interest in any other foreign policy issues as he's taken in israel. first president to visit israel this early in a term. first president to declare jerusalem a state capital, open an embassy there, and the first president to wage a campaign of political and economic pressure against palestinians. so a combination, i think of domestic politics as well as trump's own persona. and i'll be clear, his own vanity creates a real incentive
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for him to bond in a way that is virtually unprecedented. and i think unhelpful with mr. netanyahu. and knowing that donald trump is probably more popular in israel than he is right now. sees some political advantage to responding, there may not be any given the uncertainties of what's coming in the elections of september 17th. >> what do you think this could do to u.s./israel relations overall. what does this say about democracy, it's like an autocrat deciding his critics can't enter his country? >> yeah, i mean, my own view -- the state of israel is big and better than this. in the sense that it accommodates criticism. i mean, there are many israelis i know that are more hostile
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toward israel than palestinians. when you have donald trump, whether it's 1.5 years more or 4 years, congress is an enduring reality. and the prime minister should respect certain red lines and be quite respectful. as far as what it would change i think the squad may well have contracted the space for legitimate criticism in israel, by con naturing certain troeps and inappropriate -- anti-semitic relations with israel. when i see large numbers of republicans and democrats in the house and senate having a truly honest and fair debate about israeli policies, u.s. relations with israel, then i'll believe that something has changed in washington, but i'm not
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persuaded that these three are capable of making that change. i think it's unfortunate, frankly that they were denied entry, because what's in the end going to happen, had this trip occurred it would have come and gone. now you basically have created -- >> it's a huge thing. >> it's just going to continue to keep going. >> huge, huge, huge. aaron david miller, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> your expertise is invaluable all the years, all the work that you've done. the 2020 race is narrowing, john hickenlooper just announced he's ending his campaign, but he's hinting at another way to challenge president trump. first, let's go to philadelphia for the update on that eight hour stand-off with police. >> richard ross and the brave officers of the philadelphia police department.
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their careful and professional response would span seven hours ensure the safety of their fellow officers and the residents of north philadelphia. in the face of what could have been a horrific tragedy, the peaceful resolution of the incident marks one of the finest moments in the history of the philadelphia police department. again, i'm very proud of each and every officer involved and proud of all our officers in our force. the fact that the officers found themselves under an attack, while trying to carry out a basic function of their job is reprehensible. seeing an entire neighborhood put in harm's way was nothing short of devastating. we can and must do all to protect our officers and all of our citizens. this is a reminder, a harsh reminder of the devastating reality americans face every day. whether it's mass shootings like we saw last week, guns have flooded american cities, leading to senseless and preventable violence. dozens of officers were responding to the north philadelphia incident last
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night, others were responding to another shooting, a young man shot in the head and later pronounced dead. that incident didn't draw national attention, it happens daily in the city and many others across the nation. a life was lost last night to gun violence. here in philadelphia and like so many other shootings, it goes unnoticed. as i said last night, our officers need help. they need help keeping these weapons out of the hands of the bad guys, no one should have access to the kind of weaponry and firepower that we saw in north philadelphia yesterday. several weeks ago, i attended a meeting of faith based leaders in philadelphia who were concerned about gun violence. like the police, they're on the front lines of this crisis, they're working every day to bring hope and faith to their communities. and they look to us here in government for answers. i sat during that meeting and heard their pleas nor help and saw the despair in their eyes.
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ministers, pastors, rabbis, imams, they came to us for help. i told them we're trying. we have a series of anti-violence initiatives that are making a difference. we here in city government can only do so much. getting relief in the form of meaningful gun control legislation will save lives. incidents like this should not keep happening, not in our city, and not in our country. if we don't see change, gun violence will continue to ravage our communities and tear families apart. i say to our state and federal lawmakers, step up or step aside. help our police officers. help our clergy and help our kids. if you choose not to help us, get out of the way, and allow cities like philadelphia that struggle with gun violence to enact their own solutions. before i introduce police commissioner ross, i want to -- yesterday when the incident
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started, we had the opportunity to sit in the police detail room and listen to the transmissions of the police back and forth to each other. first of all, bravery is the number one emission that i felt for them, that they were brave, they were running toward heavy gunfire. training and ability was unmatched. they were coordinating, statalk to each other, while shots rang out. they stood there and were patient and were there for seven hours under gunfire. one of the vignettes that i saw on television last night after it was almost all over, were the officers removing, helping remove the children from the day care. to see our officers carrying little babies holding kids hands and walking them to safety
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showed me what those men and women are really about, they're about protecting us. now, i know we don't always do things perfectly and there's trouble and we stumble sometimes. watching those officers carry those children and walk those children to safety gave me faith in this department and in this city, and who we are as a city. and the people who live here and what we're all about. we have our violence problems, crime problems, when it comes to reaching out and helping each other, we're there. and that's what we need to do now. [ applause ] >> i'd like to take this opportunity to introduce the best police commissioner. >> thank you, mayor. i appreciate all those accolades but they are accolades that should go to the men and women
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of this police department who did a stellar job last evening in protecting that neighborhood. i can't say enough about how they conducted themselves it truly made me proud to be on the ground with them, to see how they represent the city each and every day. and as the mayor said, we don't always get it right, nobody does, but when he described the scene like he did, about the help they gave, and not only moving those young kids to safety, but aswathing the concerns of parents who were arriving at the scene who were telling them calm down, your child is okay, words that a parent needs to hear more than anything else during a crisis like that. and so there are many heroes from last night, probably too many to mention by name. certainly you know of the six officers who were struck by gunfire. many more who did things that
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transcended just about anything i could ever imagine from s.w.a.t. and how meticulous they were, and the entire operation as well as how they extracted those people from that scene. it was a harrowing experience all those hours to know you not only have two of your officers trapped upstairs from a gunman who's fired multiple rounds from an assault rifle. you had citizens up there too. and not knowing whether or not this gunman was going to decide to go out in what some may call a blaze of his own glory and decide to charge those steps and try to take those people out upstairs. and so for a long time last night, i know our collective hearts were in our throats, not just at that scene, but for many people not knowing how that was going to end. and i have to be honest with
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you, in the beginning of that scene being there, i did not think it would end nearly the way it did. i mean, there was dialogue that was being presented to us at the scene that suggested this man was not going to go back to prison. he had made that clear, and we knew he had the weaponry, he was firing while i was at the scene and certainly long before i got there, he continued to do so. the s.w.a.t. operation, timmy brooks who fed me every line he wanted me to give. many of my officers told me to be heroes, they have not thought about are the two officers upstairs. they were officers who knew they were trapped who wanted to go in and get him. this is before s.w.a.t. got there. as i understand it, these officers were astute enough,
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brave enough to say, do not come in here, do not come in here if you come in here, you will be met with severe gunfire. think about what it takes to do that. to know you're trapped in the building yourself. your natural inclination is to say help, come get me, but they did the opposite. and that speaks volumes of what we see each and every day. we were dealt a hand that no one should be dealt, dealing with it. the violent felon who told me himself during negotiations that he had extensive arrest record. he did not want to deal with prison again, and he wanted to do and get some deals which obviously didn't happen, but i just want to thank all those officers and tell them that if you feel like you don't -- you're not appreciated. trust me, you are. and i know i speak for everyone up here in probably most in the room, you know, you may not
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always feel like you get the respect and the due that you deserve, but there are many people who respect what you do, appreciate what you do, because most people couldn't do what you do. and so i thank them for all that they've done, i know you'll have questions later, there's others that have to speak. you have a general idea of the circumstances, we can update you a little later, right now, i want to introduce the governor for his comments. [ applause ] >> thank you, thank you commissioner. senator casey and i -- senator casey will speak next, district 39, the police officers this morning, told them what the mayor and the commissioner have already said, that they deserve our greatest respect and thanks for what they did.
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they walked toward the line of fire, not away from it, and they did a phenomenal job in protecting the folks of philadelphia, it was miraculous in the end that only six people were injured and all of them are out of the hospital from gunfire. it was an amazing thing, and i think we all owe a lot to the police force. i also -- >> you heard from the mayor, the police commissioner, the governor of pennsylvania, it's truly extraordinary, and the fact that it ended peacefully, that this 7 to 8 hour stand-off that had everyone in knots yesterday in philadelphia. james galliano is a retired fbi supervisory special agent and law enforcement analyst. to hear them say they didn't think it would end peacefully, in the way it came to a conclusion. can you even believe that? >> no, and brooke, let's give this some context and some color.
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in the last 18 days we've had three mass shootings, with subjects armed with rifles that police arrested. we've had nine police officers in the city of new york take their own lives by suicide, and last night an unbelievable saga unfolded in front of our eyes, an eight hour police stand-off. i always argue when people say, it's just a routine warrant service that there are no such things as routine warrant service. this was an incident where they went to arrest someone on drug charges and the individual decided he was going to shoot it out. the fact that six police officers were wounded, nobody killed and no civilians injured in this is a remarkable amount of police work. my hat is off to the philadelphia police department. they did an outstanding job, brooke. >> james galliano, thank you. reiterating the mayor's point, wanting meaningful gun control legislation. we're talking to a city council woman next hour, she feels the
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same way. fears of recession grow, cnn talks to the people hardest hit by the trade war, american farmers, who say that the president's tweets don't pay their bills. and new revelations about jeffrey epstein's cause of death inside that manhattan jail cell, reports of multiple broken bones in his neck, how medical experts are interpreting the autopsy report. stay here, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. sure you have a clear plan to cover the essentials in retirement, as well as all the things you want to do. because when you're ready for what comes next, the only direction is forward. ♪ ♪ applebee's handcrafted burgers
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wall street whiplash today amid economic concerns. rebounding slightly after yesterday's slide. china hitting back hard at trump's trade war. amid all of this, american farmers are sounding off. they're complaining about the heavy toll this trade war is having on their livelihood. the president addressing their concerns. our great farmers know how important it is to win on trade, they will be the big winners. let me bring in vanessa from minnesota, she's been talking to a number of our great farmers,
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vanessa, i know they're struggling. some of them are really struggling, what are they saying to you? >> they are hurting, both physically, emotionally and financially, we are here today on gary wordish's farm. he tells me, the issue, the trade issue he initially wanted the president to tackle this, now he's feeling like these tariffs are the wrong way to go about it. he's also warning the president could lose some of the support from his base here in minnesota if this trade war continues on. we also spoke to a farmer, cindy, who says, this trade war could change the face of american farming forever. >> it's very scary. i mean, i sometimes stay up at night worrying about what the future does hold. what do you tell your children that want to farm? do you tell them, go find something else to do?
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one of our sons already has. he's already -- sorry. he always had a passion to farm, and because you don't know what the future's going to bring, you almost want to encourage them to do something else. >> you hear that emotion from cindy, and the fear in her voice about the future. this is something we've heard from many farmers who are struggling. this market from china is gone. they don't really see it coming back. and that puts them in a vulnerable state in the last couple years, farm bankruptcies across the united states have been on the rise. these farmers are going to make serious decisions about their future, brook? >> let me bring in alexis glick,
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a former wall street executive. i know, your heart goes out to farmers and what they're going through, and how -- to think of having to do something else, when you don't want to have to pivot and do that, i want to come back to them in a second, first on trump, here we are -- china threatens retaliation. trump is like, whoa! whoa! whoa. i'll meet with you, xi. how worried is he? >> he is worried and he should be. because of the trade negotiat n negotiations at this point in time, we are bringing ourselves into a recession, if you look at the state of the economy and particularly the state of the market. for the past two years, things are pretty good. we were doing well in manufacturing jobs, a period of prolonged uncertainty around trade is not good. not just for the u.s. economy, but for the global economy.
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and now this stage of limbo is starting to have a cancerous effect on the marketplace as a whole. we're seeing it in germany where the economies contracted in the second quarter. we saw it in china, their industrial growth is the lowest level in 17 years. we're spending a trillion dollars more than we take in in revenue. the hourly workweek, particularly around manufacturing is starting to shrink. farmers, thank heavens that vanessa is there talking to cindy and farmers across the country. i work with 40,000 of america's dairy farmers, i have seen firsthand what they're going through. it is not just catastrophic, it is a situation where generations upon generations are losing everything. i have never seen anything like it in my lifetime. it is unbelievably challenging. the thing right now, we just heard the european central bank come out a short while ago and indicate that in september when
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they meet, they're going to do some kind of fiscal stimulus and they're going to cut rates again. the pressure is on the feds to cut rates in september and october. we know that the president feels strongly about it. but it's not enough. so right now, the number one thing we can do is let's sign this u.s. canada mexico trade agreement the minute they come back from recess, number one, two let's get a good deal on the table with japan. and stop the rhetoric with china. the biggest thing that worries me, brooke, is that in the last recession, and there's no guarantee we're going into a recession, the consumer has still been strong. we need to sort of calm the flame of the fire here, here's the difference. in the last recession, you had a group of global leaders who wanted to talk to each other, who knew how to talk to each other. right now, you have an environment in which there is so much anger, that right now, we need to figure out how we're going to collectively work together. and that starts next week in
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jackson hole where fed officials are meeting, economists from around the world are meeting, and hopefully we'll start to see the tea leaves next week of how do we do this on a coordinated effort. we need a coordinated effort to make sure the economy does not go into recession. >> let me quote this to you. the navarro recession -- wednesday's market moves are an omen of the future, not destiny. the key to avoiding the worst is to restore a sense of policy calm. sounds like what we're talking about when they come back from break. and stop the trade threats through tweet. >> bravo. >> how much confidence do you have in the administration, and others to do the right thing. >> the president -- first of all, the president understands that we need to stabilize. and he doesn't mean he's going to stop tweeting, of course, at
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the end of the day, the reason he put off those tariffs is because he recognizes we cannot have an economy that is fading and tanking. the last thing we do is cut consumer spending, that will cut gdp. >> and he wants to be re-elected. >> that's number one on his agenda, but number two right now, if i am sitting there -- if i'm negotiating as mnuchin, we recognize that china has basically called our bluff. whether they're going to devalue the currency, whatever other forms of manipulation they're going to do, they're going to do it. if you look at the farmi ing industry here in the united states. because of all that lost business, that business is going to other areas around the globe. the amount of time it is going to take to reclaim business lost because of the break in free trade in the united states, one ceo said to me earlier today, he
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said, alexis, we need open markets. open markets are critical to the global economy. the number one thing we can do is calm the rhetoric down. we can create a free trade environment. >> thank you. as one candidate drops out of the 2020 race, another, senator cory booker is unveiling his plan to battle white supremacy. we'll lay that out for you. and why stephen colbert says president trump is not welcome on his late night show. his cnn interview ahead. let me ask you something.
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and then there were 23. the democratic presidential pool just lost another contender, former colorado governor john hickenlooper says he's out. >> i announced my run for president. in almost every regard this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than i ever imagined. of course i did imagine a different conclusion. today i'm ending my campaign for president, but i will never stop believing that america can only move forward when we work together. people want to know what comes next for me. i've heard from so many coloradans who want me to run for the senate, they remind me how much is at stake for our country. and our state. i intend to give that some serious thought. >> there's been quite a bit of speculation that governor hickenlooper may challenge cory gardner for his senate seat.
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we have been told not to expect an answer on that today. he's called out america's rising tide of hate and says it threatens national security. cory booker is backing up his words with actions as he releases a into plan to stem hate crimes. he would create a white house office on hate crimes and white supremacist violence. he would require federal law inforcement agencies to report to congress at least once a year on the threat of white supremacy and direct the fbi to go back to calling white supremacy what they are. >> rebecca is with me now. rebecca, senator booker is seizing on what's going on right now in america, after el paso and dayton. he called out white supremacy and gun violence. does his campaign believe he could peel away some biden voters? >> certainly anything that happens in the context of this democratic primary has to be viewed through the lens of joe
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biden being the democratic front-runner in the race. booker has emphasized with this plan in america that's been going on, this is more of a moral moment are the words he used. something that transcends politics, he's wanted to focus on that, as he has this conversation, of course. in this plan, he's focusing on president trump and the white house's role and responsibility in the rising tide of hate and white supremacy of america. this is something that booker discussed in a powerful speech last week at the mother emmanuel church in charleston, south carolina, i want you to take a listen to part of those remarks. >> you repeat what you sow. the act of anti-latino, anti-immigrant hatred we witnessed this past weekend did not start with the hand that pulled the trigger. from the highest office in our
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land, you see tweets and rhetoric, hateful words, that ultimately endanger the lives of people in our country. >> now, cory booker is not the only democratic candidate who has released a plan to tackle white supremacy in america, julian castro released his own plan. and this has been at the center of the 2020 conversation among democratic candidates. i was just at the iowa state fair over the weekend. and you heard many of the contenders talking about this, talking about what they would do as president. so it's likely that this is going to remain at the forefront for some time to come. >> let's hope this is something that remains at the forefront. just ahead, details on the mysterious explosion in russia. families told to stay in their homes. was it a so called super weapon test? whoops. sorry.
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a missile explosion in russia leaves five nuclear scientists dead and raises new questions about what was being tested. the kremlin says accidents happen. but that's about all they're saying. the mystery of this test, nick payton walsh has more. >> as often the case in russia,
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slow drip of information about exactly what happened near the arctic circle, where this explosion seems to have caused raised yags, some of it appears may be drifting in the direction of scandinavia. people learning more and more about the missile fueled reactor. a bid for russia to find a new generation of cruise missiles. >> the tiniest races of radiation recorded on the coast. from an unknown source, which isn't harmful to people. could this be more fallout from russia's accident in the arctic. sent radiation levels soaring during an apparent missile test. what is the sky fall known as the 9m-.
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0. announced by president putin in march, it was lauded as a new generation of unstoppable powered cruise missile. they claim it had unlimited change and can fly around the world multiple times before approaching its target from an unpredictable anger. technology is secret, yet most analysts believe it uses a nuclear reactor to heat air. project blplu doe was abandonedn the 60s due to the danger it leaves behind. >> it's not something that could be deployed in anything other than a full scale nuclear war. at the same time, it's belching out radioactive plumes behind it. >> it shows an apparent launch
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site in 2018. does it work? u.s. officials told cnn it's being tested a few times, but never fully successfully. the truth is, we just don't know how close success it is now. leading to the question, why would the kremlin try to show off technology that doesn't seem to fly. >> vladimir putin's russia is trying to puff itself up. it's trying to look more formidable than it is. they don't like the fact that the test failed. the fact that we're all no talking about the latest russian military technology is something of a plus. >> the risks the kremlin appear to tolerate in pursuing this new arms race, mean a more dangerous world could be ahead. >> there are many other missile programs, it seems that russia has been more keen than you think to publicize, it may well be because they're trying to make their capabilities seem
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bigger than anything. they are, but certainly now with many missile treaties, it seems they're whittling their way out of this arms race, the immediate impact if russia has more accidents like this. nick payton walsh, cnn, london. more on our breaking news now, israel banning two democratic congress women after the president's urging. hear how ilhan omar is now responding. plus, stephen colbert's interview with cnn, here's a headline, he will not be inviting the president on to his show. complete, balanced nutrition for strength and energy! whoo-hoo! great-tasting ensure. with nine grams of protein and twenty-six vitamins and minerals. ensure, for strength and energy. switching to the aarp auto insurance program let's take a ride with some actual customers and find out.
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welcome back, you're watching cnn. ilhan omar responded to what critics are calling an unprecedented diplomatic disaster, the congresswoman is calling it an affront after she and