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it's a story of the light inside me, which is my relationship with god. we have a live signing this morning at 10:30 if you can't make it to one of the bookstores. tonight at bookends in new jersey at 6:00. >> bill: 9:00 in new york following an intense manhunt as police search for the man cuss sected of shooting and killing for people at a waffle house in tennessee. he is considered armed and dangerous. a history of mental illness and high profile run-ins with the law. the weekend went by way too fast for us all here in the northeast. >> sandra: good morning. bill. i'm sandra smith. the shootings could have been much worse if not for the quick thinking of one brave customer. james shaw junior ambushing the suspect during a pause in the shooting managing to wrestle the gun away burning his hand and suffering a graze wound on
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his elbow. he insists heroism was the last thing on his mind. >> i made up my mind. no way to lock that door, that if it was going to come down it to he was going to have to work to kill me. everybody was calling me a hero. i want people to know that i did that completely out of a selfish act. i was completely doing it just to save myself. >> bill: jonathan serrie with the latest at this hour. where do we stand on this, monday morning? >> hi, bill. james shaw is being very modest about it. hero or not police say what he did inside that waffle house definitely saved many more lives. disarming that gunman. meanwhile the active search for the gunman continues here in the nashville suburb of antioch, tennessee. police say there have been no
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credible sightings of 29-year-old travis since sunday morning spotted on foot behind his apartment complex wearing only black pants. a pistol is still unaccounted for. police records from the suspect home county in illinois he was delusional and thought he was being stalked by singer tailor swift. -- police say was used in sunday's shooting. construction. he was fired from one job about
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three weeks ago but hired by another company, showed up to work one day and the company terminated him after he failed to show for work. witnesses say the gunman was wearing nothing but a green jacket sunday morning and shot two people in the waffle house parking lot before going inside fatally injuring two others. nearby schools are going on with normal school days but using lock-out procedures. the students inside the schools are able to go about their normal business but no visitors or guests are being allowed into those schools from the outside, bill. >> bill: we're watching and waiting for more updates. when we get them we'll come back to you. >> sandra: tonight president trump hosts french president macron for a state dinner at the white house. the crisis in north korea
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expected to be a foix. >> i think the pressure he puts on the regime and the chinese role because president trump worked very closely with president xi. now we will have to deliver. >> sandra: we're live from the north lawn of the white house. what is the significance that president trump's first state dinner is with macron? >> personal relationships are extremely important to this president and these two men seem to hit it off spectacularly during their meetings last year. president trump enjoyed his celebration of bastille day with president macron, the origin of the inspiration of his plans to have a military parade. both men are both outspoken and not expected to win their races.
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macron was asked about the pressing issues on the world stage beginning with the summit between mr. trump and kim jong-un but a number of crucial deadlines approaching. may 12 is a deadline for mr. trump to decide whether he should lift sanctions on iran. macron thinks it would be a mistake. >> a perfect thing for our relationship with iran, no, but for nuclear, what do you have as a better option? i don't see it. >> may 1 is another deadline whether mr. trump should impose tariffs on the european union for steel and aluminum imports. he is urging the president not to do that. >> you cannot make a trade war with the alliance. i'm easygoing and straight forward. it is too complicated if you make war against everybody,
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trade war against china and europe, war in syria and iran. it doesn't work. you need allies. we are the allies. >> he arrives in washington late this afternoon 5:15 in advance of tomorrow night's state dinner they will dine tonight in virginia at george washington's mount vernon estate. one of the first things the two leaders will see entering mount vernon are the keys to the bastille given to president washington as a gift from lafayette. >> sandra: it will be an interesting evening. the president is defending michael cohen. >> a series of tweets on saturday. -- who i don't speak to and have nothing to do with are going out of their way to destroy michael cohen and his
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relationship with me in hopes he will flip. michael is a businessman/lawyer who i've always liked and respected. most people will flip if the government gets them out of trouble. i don't see michael doing that despite the witch hunt and dishonest media. the lawyer for stormy daniels tweeted this morning. how do we know mr. cohen and trump are in full panic mode? they've called in the propaganda machine and journalists who do their dirty work for them? >> allen dershowitz called it an epic battle and reminds viewers that mueller has the power to put cohen away for a long time and mr. trump has the power to pardon.
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>> bill: hugo gurdon, where were we the days before twitter? pick up a phone and call a reporter. even for this president that was quite a performance. >> it was an epic performance, bill. those three tweets got so much in them. it is an epic battle but also a bizarre one. technically the investigation of michael cohen is by the southern district of new york, nothing do the with the robert mueller investigation of the president. everybody knows there is a possibility and the president acknowledged in his tweets that there is the possibility that it could lead into that. and so he is put in the weird position where he is complimenting michael cohen, fine guy, wonderful family and he is saying sometimes people flip and tell lies. he has incentive to hold cohen close and keep his distance
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from him. >> bill: this investigation is about michael cohen? >> about his business dealings. but if as your report was saying the possibility that michael cohen could go to jail for a long time, for what i do not know but let's say that's stipulated that's possible, if he can get himself a reduced time this is what happens with people who flip. they make a deal and then they tell stories about somebody else who the prosecutors are more interested in. whether they tell the truth or lies, it is not clear. president trump is right, sometimes they convict people rightly, sometimes they tell lies to reduce their own sentences. >> bill: there is so much we don't know. on a james comey matter a week later. what do you think has happened to him because of his interviews? >> i think his credibility has been draining away.
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he didn't bring any new facts to this or reveal anything except, of course, about himself, his own psycho drama as is whole thing was unfolding between him and the president but not illuminated this to make us know any more about the issues of collusion with russia or anything else. i think that he is now in a somewhat worse position because he and his former deputy andy mccabe are calling each other liars and that -- they're both in a position they need to defend themselves. their credibility is being undermined by each other. that aspect of things is looking better and better for president trump by the day. >> bill: an interesting twist one not anticipated by many two weeks ago. thank you, hugo, nice to see you monday morning. where were we without twitter? how about macron?
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>> sandra: what a fascinating interview and tonight the first state dinner the president held since being in office. >> bill: we'll get a bit more of hit interview. >> sandra: mike pompeo faces serious opposition within a senate panel ahead of their vote later today. is this purely politics at play? former governor john sununu joins us live to weigh in. >> bill: kim jong-un promising to suspend nuclear testing ahead of the much-anticipated meeting with the president. is that a sign that the tactics of the rogue regime are working? general jack keane with insight. >> sandra: the dnc chairman defending the lawsuit against president trump and others. why are members of his own party criticizing the suit? we'll have that straight ahead. >> we brought a case against the people we feel there is sufficient evidence to move forward in a civil case.
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just another day on the farm. or is it? this farmer's morning starts in outer space. where satellites feed infrared images of his land into a system built with ai. he uses watson to analyze his data with millions of weather forecasts from the cloud, and iot sensors down here, for precise monitoring of irrigation. it's a smart way to help increase yields, all before the rest of us get out of bed. >> the past secretary of state have been confirmed unanimously and republicans have come on board and supported hillary clinton, john kerry, people we know who they didn't necessarily agree with on the political spectrum but knew how important this position was and didn't play games with it. democrats need to do the same
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thing with mike pompeo and confirm him. >> bill: the white house urging mike pompeo's confirmation as the next secretary of state of the faces a load of opposition from democrats. watch that vote today. he could still win razor sharp approval on floor of the entire senate. john sununu former new hampshire and emotional weekend about your experience in houston. on mike pompeo however, what do you think is going on? >> i think the republicans ought to thank chuck schumer and the democratic leadership for doing this dumb thing. the democrats have put their red state senatorial candidates in real jeopardy and the republicans will rub their nose in it to prove they're not really almost republicans. thank you, chuck schumer.
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another dumb move on your part. >> bill: does he go through or not? some of these democrats. >> he goes through by one vote. >> bill: you are saying he gets approval? >> he gets approval. i think heidi heitkamp has understood how dumb a move chuck schumer had put on her and she said she is going to vote for him. i think she will and i think that will put him through by one vote. >> bill: if he were to be denied leading the negotiations with new york how does it go across the country? >> it puts the democrats in a difficult position for having screwed up what could have been a milestone change in north korea. as i said at the beginning the republicans ought to be thanking schumer for having put his foot in his mouth. >> bill: now, you have about a week now to think about what james comey has been up to and what his message is and i haven't heard from you in a couple days. what do you think now?
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>> it's given comey a week to lawyer up. he has to. he has problems on his memos and i think as happens with all investigations, once they start looking into what the memos what's classified, they'll look at trailing emails and i think comey has got a lot more trouble than he ever expected because of what he did with the leaks and frankly with the fact that he put this book out, which i think has a number of passages in it which exposes him to legal problems. >> bill: wow. lawyer up. we'll wait and see where that goes. he will be on with bret later this week and thursday. check that out in special report. how was your trip to houston with the bush family and the celebration of life that happened on saturday, governor? >> you know, this may sound strange but it was the least sad funeral i have ever been to. i think it shows the power of barbara bush in decreeing that this should be a positive celebration of life and the
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bush family deserves credit for making sure that everybody understood that and that's what it was, a celebration of life. and an acknowledge of the influence this great lady had on all of us who were there and frankly on the country and world. >> bill: what a life indeed. thank you, governor. good to have you back with us today. you know, i felt that her son, george w. 43 set the phone for exactly what he is describing in his interview with maria last week. very matter of fact and my mom was just a leader in our family in so many ways. i thought that set the tone for what we saw this past saturday. >> sandra: such a lovely image as we saw her grandchildren and children. it was a special day, a special moment and as george w. said, my mom wanted us to go on and live our lives. >> bill: a remarkable comment. the least sad funeral i've ever attended. she would be proud of that.
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20 minutes past the hour. >> sandra: a show of solidarity. how one small group is looking to drum up support for the migrant caravan winding its way toward the u.s. border with mexico. >> bill: also kellyanne conway calling out cnn about a question about her husband. wait until you hear more of this. >> there are other family members, people who work at the white house who certainly don't support the president privately and publicly but all that aside that really is meant to divert attention from again the big issues that america cares about. you know what's awesome? gig-speed internet.
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from l.a. to the u.s./mexico border until sunday trying to meet up with the refugee caravan. >> sandra: senior white house counselor kellyanne conway ripping into dana bash after she questioned her about her husband's anti- trump tweets. conway implying the question is sexist. >> it's fascinating cnn would go there but good for the whole world to have witnessed it is now fair game what -- how people's spouses and significant others may differ with them. >> i would ask you that if you were a man. >> no, you wouldn't. it's about publicing question what you're doing for a living in regard to your boss and has nothing to do with your gender. >> bill: it has nothing to do with my house. >> sandra: host of media buzz
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howard kurtz joins me live. you were watching that live, howard. was cnn out of bounds here? >> first of all it was very cringe inducing to watch. it went on for five minutes. look, the question from the reporter was designed to embarrass kellyanne conway and out of bounds. why should a senior white house official have to answer for what her husband, who is a private lawyer and not really a public figure, is tweeting if he is being critical of the president? whether dana would have asked that of a male official are not, aren't spouses entitled to have their own political views? >> sandra: dana defended her questioning saying it is something everyone is talking about and wondering but went on to say it was meant to be a light-hearted moment. how did kellyanne conway deal with this, do you think? >> first of all when you say everyone is talking about it.
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we're talking about 500 people in washington good gossip. did you see what kellyanne's husband tweeted? the larger question, i think what really made this resonate is the way that kellyanne conway often goes unseen and criticizes cnn coverage and tried to turn it back on danna and say if you ask me this then perhaps the spouses and significant others who work at cnn and journalists don't like that and i don't usually go there unless there are exceptions where journalist's spouse if a journalist is covering a candidate and the spouse works for that person that has to be enclosed. otherwise i think they should be kept separate. >> sandra: you know, kellyanne conway this ought to be fun moving forward, danna, you just
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went there and cnn went on there and cnn brought on a panel this morning to react to all that saying they viewed kellyanne conway's response to the question as a threat. another member of the panel said she was completely out of control. >> that suggests that when she is asked this kind of question she is not entitled to defend herself and push back. there is a double standard. journalists think they can ask anybody ask anything they want but if somebody turns it back on us it's threatening and inappropriate and i don't believe that. if the standard now is that anybody in public life can be asked what about the fact that your husband, your wife, your family member disagrees with you on something, it does open up a difficult can of worms that could affect journalists as well. i did see here as seizing an opportunity to throw it back at the person interviewing her. >> sandra: interesting. to her point the question had nothing to do with her work and
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it was a question about her spouse. so we'll see where this goes moving forward as she said, howie kurtz, thank you. >> bill: 27 past the hour now, breaking this weekend north korea says it will suspend nuclear testing. some lawmakers praising president trump over that move. >> this president is the first president in a generation to actually take this problem on head on and say i'm not just going to put my head in the sand and let the problem get worse. boy, if we could get that done that would be one of the best achievements since ronald reagan helped end the cold war. >> bill: are the white house tactics working on this issue? >> sandra: a royal birth for prince william and the duchess of cambridge. the baby boy is here. the newest member of the british royal family.
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taking a look at the big board. we're off and running. up slightly. we'll take that, right? we saw -- we saw apple moving considerably lower last week. i don't know why that is. rumors that hemmer got the new phone were out there. >> sandra: he has the x. doesn't have the button in the middle. are you all right? big change. >> bill: i was a little discombobulated at times. >> sandra: the markets, up 68 points out of the gate. the 10 year just below 3%. the highest in four years. >> bill: is that good or bad? >> sandra: it's something to keep our eye on. oil prices at a three-year high. >> bill: funny how the oil prices tend to move higher when memorial day looks around the corner. >> sandra: everybody will be fueling up for the road trips. north korea says it is
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suspending nuclear testing. however, some lawmakers are skeptical. >> i think is announcement on friday is better than continued testing but not much better than that. as you say easily reversible decision. they made know announcement about that your ballistic missiles that threaten hundreds of thousands of americans and allies. they think they show the president has put kim jong-un on the wrong foot. >> sandra: joining me now is general jack keane. happy monday to you. are you, too, skeptical of north korea say it is suspending its nuclear testing? >> anybody that has any knowledge of the kim dynasty has to be skeptical. the white house certainly is that. we're dealing with a liar and cheater and a regime that has always used negotiations to gain favor to their program.
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but all of that i'll tell you, sandra, this seems to have a different feel for me. here is why. kim jong-un is going out of his way to kind of in a breathtaking diplomatic blitz here that's been going on for weeks getting himself invited to the south korea olympics and inviting president moon from south korea to a summit. after that inviting president trump to a summit. going to china. announcing in china he is committed to denuclearizing and takes off the table u.s. troops don't have to leave south korea as a condition for negotiations and now this freeze. the truth is, those are all positive signs to be sure. but we don't know how serious this guy is because he has never been truthful with us. that's the problem we have. we're about to find out. i think we should take some comfort in the fact that the administration is going into this clearly understanding who they are dealing with and the president has gone out of his
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way to say look, i've got one outcome denuclearizing. and if it isn't doing that -- >> sandra: while we've seen this before, this time feels different. so what is going to have to happen now to solidify that feeling and to make you think that they are on the right track? >> well, i suspect something positive will come out of the summit this week with president moon and the north korea leader. another positive step in the right direction. they've been talking in the media about doing away with the armistice and pulling their armies off the demilitarized zone. that would be significant. but until we get into the room and actually able to talk about what kim jong-un has for conditions.
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he probably wants to take years to do this and our president is not going to put up with that. we'll want to do it in months, not years. he probably -- kim jong-un wants to -- he is freezing right now nuclear testing, ballistic missile testing. he probably also wants to take a long time to disable these weapons systems and even longer time to dismantle them. we aren't going to want to do. we'll want to get on with this and verify and inspect every site. every bit of that process. when we get into those level of details we'll finally find out if this guy up to what he says he is that he intends to denuclear eyes. >> sandra: can i ask you about a couple of words that you used there? experts are weighing in on the use of the word suspension when talking about nuclear testing. north korea used that word and did not use the word freeze. a big difference there. is that worth us noticing and pointing out?
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>> they've stopped nuclear -- they've stopped their testing and at least that's what they say they are going to do. they've done that before. and they've resumed testing. resuming testing is a matter of giving an order. so there is nothing by stopping testing that is going to put their program behind. it leaves it right where it is and why i say it's a freeze. it leaves it in place. he can restart it at any time he feels like and there has been a history of having done that. >> sandra: final thought here. i only have a few more seconds. do you think this administration fully understands and has a grip on the threat coming from north korea even as this development comes in? >> yes, absolutely. they're really involved in this. any thought that i've seen in the media and by some other people that the president is going to go into this thing and not be properly prepared for this is an absolute absurd ity.
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he has a grasp and a good team and comfortable dealing one-on-one even with a person like this. i think the president is actually looking forward to it. >> sandra: interesting. here we are in the final days of april here. this summit -- this meeting between the two could happen fast. general keane. good to get your take on things. thank you, sir. >> bill: interesting comments there. it's a boy wrapped in royal blue. big news coming from the royal family. prince william and kate middleton welcoming their third child 8 pounds 17 ounces. >> sandra: big boy. >> bill: hi, benjamin, how are you? >> the news we've all been waiting for. kensington palace announcing it's a boy. fifth in line to the british thrown and the u.k. celebrating. the boy was born at 11:00.
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a quick labor. 8 pounds 5 ounces reflecting the royal family the birth was announced by a tweet but unofficial to you cryer on the steps of the hospital. the streets have been awash with royal fans and journalists around the world. some of them arriving as long as three weeks ago. this generation of the royal family has always attracted intense public interest. it is unlikely the name of the new prince will be announced until tomorrow. odds are out for the names. after albert and phillip are among the favorites to join george and charlotte. odds are in at 200 to one. his royal highness prince of cambridge and the queen's sixth great grand children and st. george's day over here, a national day in the u.k. and one major royal event coming up a month from now the wedding of
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harry and meghan. a big month for the royal family. >> bill: nice to see you. >> sandra: congratulations to them. meanwhile history made in baseball yesterday. one hitter seeing the most pitches ever, bill hemmer, in one at-bat. 21 pitches to be exact. san francisco giants first baseman brandon belt face los angeles angels rookie pitcher berea for 12:45. that's almost 13 minutes. belt fouling off 16 two-strike pitches before lining out to right field. wow. >> bill: i'm tired watching that. >> sandra: it set the record. >> bill: you are going to london, by the way, for the big wedding in a couple weeks. great news for kate, very cool, you know. >> sandra: congratulations to the royal families. >> bill: boys are always a good
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thing. >> sandra: she has two of them now. >> bill: well done. 20 minutes before the hour. we got this, charged with trying to kill police officers, the lone surviving suspect after the attacks in paris from two years ago will learn his fate today. dnc chair tom perez on defense at president trump attacks the new dnc lawsuit against the trump campaign. he is not the only one. some democrats are going after it, too. our panel will take that on coming up next. >> they hired a law firm to hired fusion gps that colluded with russians. i don't understand why they didn't open up a lawsuit against themselves.
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his belgian hideout four months after the rampage in paris. 130 people were killed in that attack. it is unclear when the defendant will face trial for those crimes. >> we don't know when director mueller is going to act. and again i don't want to ask him when he will act. we have to protect our rights but secondly we've done our homework over the course of the last year we've seen a mountain of evidence, i think, of collusion between the campaign and the russians to basically affect our democracy. >> bill: there is tom perez defending a lawsuit against the trump team, russia and wikileaks alleging they all conspired to win the election 2016. time to wake up katie pavlich and mary anne marsh. good monday to both of you. here is what michael goodwin writes. the trashy suit is their way of
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trying to keep impeachment and russia, russia alive in the mid-terms in case mueller's probe comes up empty. end quote there, katie, start. >> look, i find it interesting that a party that claims to be standing up for democracy refuses to except a year and a half later the results of a presidential election. october 21, 2016 hillary clinton said that donald trump would be attacking democracy if he refused to accept those results. the dnc is separate. millions of delays in the red. i wonder how they'll pay for the lawsuit. they aren't focused on elections to get their candidates into office. they're focused on keeping the russia narrative alive. >> bill: you think they're raising money off of this. >> a complete political ploy. that's exactly what this is about. >> bill: i have claire mccaskill and other prominent democrats saying that this doesn't have a lot of water to hold. go ahead.
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>> well here is the difference. trump can fire mueller, he can fire sessions, he can fire rosenstein, he can fire the entire department of justice but he can't fire his way out of this lawsuit. this lawsuit is modeled on the one the dnc brought against richard nixon during watergate that drove nixon out of the white house and many aides to prison as we know. everyone can mock this all they want. this is about discovery and facts. this is about the court of law. when you look at the fact that donald trump is waging his defense in the court of public opinion but lost in court you start to understand why donald trump is so upset about this. >> bill: interesting that perez admitted he doesn't know how much longer the mueller matter will go on. 11 months and couldn'ting. you could back it up for two years. i want you both to hear something that joe biden said last week. it was on msnbc about voters,
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about republicans and who they want and trying to make sure does not vote in america. listen to the end of this sound bite here. >> the administration's allies have introduced 60 pieces of legislation, maybe 70 pieces of legislation to curtail the franchise. these guys are all about, man. the republicans don't want working class people voting? >> these republicans don't want working class people voting and black votes voting. do you tell that to the folks in northeastern ohio and in western pennsylvania, do you tell that to michigan and wisconsin, the working class people who put this president in the white house? >> exactly. this insulting language that joe biden is using shows that democrats, including joe biden who might run against donald trump in 2020 haven't learned a
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single lesson from hillary clinton's messaging. it's another version of calling all the people who voted for donald trump deplorables. the voters flipped blue counties from blue to red for donald trump, those are the working class voerts and why donald trump was not a typical republican because he was able to get those kinds of people and speak directly to them. a blue collar billionaire on the campaign trail because he knew what they were interested in and talking about and able to pull in a lot of labor union voters, which democrats have relied on for decades. they've seen them as a voting block that they can depend on election day. that has changed under trump and for joe biden to insult those people personally for their votes for trump isn't going to get him in the white house? >> bill: does this help? >> joe biden is right. republicans across this country have introduced 60, 70 pieces
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of legislation have does make it harder to vote. we saw that in 2016 with voter i.d.s. consolidation of polling places where people wait in line for hours and hours and hours who work jobs that don't allow them to do that. that's a fact. i will say this, we have much to learn still about the 2016 election and exactly what happened and many of the states you just listed and katie referenced in terms of what went on there and how the -- i'm looking forward to it. >> bill: if joe biden runs it will be more than just twitter. thanks to both of you. we'll see you soon. >> sandra: a picture taken during the funeral for barbara bush going viral. details on the touching moment on a bittersweet day.
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>> sandra: former nfl kicker jay feeley said he meant no offense after a prom photo he posted of his daughter and her boyfriend drew outrage online. it shows him holding a handgun standing between the couple. joining me now is a headlines reporter. some people liked it. some people don't mind. >> the debate is innocent joke or disturbing image? this photo created quite a splash. it showed former nfl kicker jay feeley posing between his daughter and her prom date. people said it is a joke and you can see that by his daughters expression. rolling the eyes, come on, dad, silly. other people saw a gun in a photo related to a school event with children and said this is absolutely inappropriate and crossed the line. so much so he issued an apology
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on twitter saying the prom picture i posted was intended to be a joke. my daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year. the gun was not loaded and had to clip and didn't want to be insensitive to the important issue. the reaction should come as no surprise. sensitivity of the gun debate today and how many companies are sort of cutting ties with the nra but other people saying it's a joke. >> sandra: weigh in on that one. join the twitter outrage or not on that. the touching photo from the funeral over the weekend, barbara bush had the obamas, clintons, melania trump. >> look at all the history in the one photo. this picture so well received on social mead for good reason. the most important thing here to me is the body language of everybody. you see them smiling arm-in-arm
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and its proves you can have political differences but some things are far more important. >> sandra: a smile on every one of them. shania twain apologizing saying she would have voted for trump. she is canadian. >> she said during a recent interview that she would have voted for the president. she says even though he was offensive he seemed honest. she got so much twitter criticism she issued a four-part apology on twitter saying she shouldn't have said it. >> sandra: unbelievable. that's a little bit of what's going on. >> if you praise the president in any capacity in hollywood you will probably hear bit. >> sthe is a country star. you would think it would be more well received. >> sandra: always love having you. >> bill: will mike pompeo be
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>> sandra: a potentially rocky road ahead or mike pompeo. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. >> bill: the weekend went by so quickly because the weather was so nice. reality. bill hemmer. all 10 democrats and along with republican rand paul have announced they will oppose pompeo's nomination. it doesn't shut the door. the full senate could vote to confirm him. watch that. here is senator corker. >> under ordinary times he would be confirmed overwhelmingly. secretary clinton had one
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negative vote, john kerry had none. >> the things that were a put-off for me about mr. pompeo shall -- were a lot of his statements and that's the path now. >> bill: rich edson from the hill today. how does it play out? >> good morning. at 5:00 this afternoon the senate foreign relations committee will officially consider the nomination of mike pompeo to be the secretary of state. the math right now is against him. all the committee democrats and kentucky republican senator rand paul say they'll vote against pompeo. president trump leaned on paul publicly last week trying to get him to change his vote. it doesn't seem he will do so. the president tweeted hard to believe obstructionists may vote against mike pompeo. the dems will not approve hundreds of good people including the ambassador to germany. maxing out the time on approval
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time. they're still trying to persuade rand paul to persuade his vote. mike pompeo will not get what is called a favorable reporting out of that committee. republicans say they can still bring his nomination to the full senate floor and there they say the math will very likely work. that's because democratic senator heidi heitkamp has said she is going to vote for pompeo. there are also other democrats republicans say they might be able to get. senator joe manchin of west virginia. and doug jones of alabama, all states president trump won in 2016. >> bill: i imagine republicans want to get this done. >> absolutely. so does pompeo. there is a meeting going on now in toronto, the g-7 meeting. something a fully confirmed secretary of state would be attending. nato meetings in brussels discussing the upcoming deadline on the iran nuclear deal and diplomacy to set up a
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meeting between president trump and kim jong-un. something that pompeo is already doing as cia director. the administration, its diplomacy they want the confirmation out of the senate. >> bill: a lot of drama surrounding that. thank you, rich. >> sandra: attorney general jeff sessions threatening to resign if president trump fires deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. that news coming from the "washington post". this coming as a dozen republican lawmakers have written a letter to the justice department demanding a criminal investigation into james comey and members of the obama administration over their handling of the clinton email probe. here is republican congressman ron desantis on sunday morning futures. >> you look at somebody like jim comey. he testified before us in congress that he did not decide to exonerate hillary until after her interview and subsequent efforts of oversight unearthed the memo that he
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wrote two months before he interviewed hillary that was an exoneration memo. does the law apply equally to anyone or does anyone associated to trump get nailed? >> sandra: jim jordan, honor to have you on set this morning, sir. what exactly is going on here and what are republicans asking for? >> a couple things. first of all jim comey has messed this thing up from the get go. i criticized him in july of 2016 and october when he reopened the clinton investigation. i think throughout this process he has been wrong and sort of confirmed when you looked at some of the things he wrote in the memos that we got to see last week. one of the questions we have is on the michael cohen raid. was the attorney general consulted? did rod rosenstein talk to the attorney general? this raid was run out of not under the umbrella of the
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special counsel but rod rosenstein according to press reports to kick in the door of the president's lawyer. you should probably consult the attorney general of the united states. we have a letter asking that question to the attorney general to find out about that as we move forward. >> sandra: what if it's found he was not consulted? >> either way he should have been consulted, i think. this again is not just any lawyer we're talking about. we're talking about the lawyer for the president of the united states. particularly that it was not run under the as i said the umbrella of the special counsel. we'll see. it is an interesting point and we'll find out. >> sandra: reports now that jeff sessions said he may quit with rod rosenstein is fired. how would you describe the relationship right now between the d.o.j. and the white house? from our view it looks pretty tense. >> it may be.
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you would have to ask mr. sessions and mr. rosenstein that. the relationship between congress and the d.o.j. is not where it needs to be. we've been asking for documents for five months and we've received about 6,000 documents. when we meant with the new u.s. attorney, the point person that the department has brought in to comply with document production to congress, mark meadows and i met with him and other attorneys from the department of justice i asked him four questions, what's the approximate universe of documents we're entitled to, the current steps in the current process. how many people does it go through before we get it? what's the standard for redaction right now and when will we get what congress is entitled to? their answers were to all four questions i don't know. that's not really confidence inspiring. we've been at this now five months. get us the information we're entitled to so we can get the answers to the american people. >> sandra: are you confident things are changing? as american people hear that it
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doesn't sound so good. >> not fast enough, that's for sure. the idea we got to see the comey memos and have named a point person those are steps in the right direction but you have to do it much faster and get the documents to us in a much more appropriate fashion without all the redactions we currently receive. >> sandra: so comey is accused of mishand inc. will invest into the clinton email server and house republicans wanted to talk about clinton and her campaign and the dossier. loretta lynch and many others are mentioned in the letter. where does it go? >> hopefully we get answers. the idea there are two standards. one set of rules for regular folk and a different one for the political class. that has to change and why we need the documents to get the answers and to hold people
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accountable. it looks like now andrew mccabe. remember what happened at the top levels at the f.b.i. jim comey was fired. andrew mccabe was fired and potentially faces prosecution. jim baker former chief counsel at the f.b.i. demoted and reassigned. page and strzok demoted and reassigned. top people at the f.b.i. we need to get the information to get the right answers. >> sandra: we go to you in washington and we are always trying to get some color. some idea what is happening on the ground there. how are you feeling about your party as we're now late april heading into the fall mid-terms? >> i say this all the time because i mean it. if we do what we told the american people we are going to do. what they elected us to do. if we stay focused we'll be fine. when we deviate, that's when we
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get in trouble. 2017 was a good year. taxes were cut, regulations were lowered. gorsuch is -- by any standard that's a darn good year. 2018, the am any bus bill that passed was terrible. worst piece of legislation in 11 years in congress. that has to change. in that bill we had a process where we get to see that bill 15 hours before it was voted on. one hour of debate. that is what has to change. let's get focused on the american people want us to do. >> sandra: you're a busy guy. thank you very much. >> bill: nine minutes past. breaking news. ongoing hunt around nashville for the suspect police say shot and killed four people at a waffle house. local schools in lock down mode. no visitors allowed. suspect with a history of mental problems and arrests. >> he was arrested by the united states secret service for being in a restricted area
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near the white house in july of 2017, among the weapons seized by those authorities was the ar-15 rifle used at the waffle house. the guns were returned by county authorities to reinking's father, who has now acknowledged giving them back to his son. >> bill: james shaw junior shown in this photo pulling away the suspect's rifle saving a number of lives. says he is no hero. many others would disagree. the manhunt continues. 80 police officers from nashville, atf. f.b.i. and tennessee highway patrol trying to find him. >> sandra: republicans voicing growing frustration over the russia investigation. >> they drilled a bunch of dry holes. moved to obstruction. got a special counsel and god knows where it will go. the american people are getting sick and tired of it. >> sandra: has the russia probe
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>> bill: severe weather sweeping across the southern u.s. several tornadoes reported. strong winds in louisiana tearing roofs off homes and knocking mobile homes off their blocks. power is out in some areas, no reports of injuries from that. also... that is menacing in florida. water spout west of tallahassee about 140 miles. the storm causing heavy damage to property and taking down trees and power lines as it moves across the horizon there. that's from florida. 15 minutes past is hour. >> i think we all have frustration. we believe the scope has gone well beyond what was intended to be investigations into meddling in the election. i think that the house, the senate have had their own investigations.
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house has completed those. >> sandra: mark short sounding off on mueller's russia investigation. let's bring in karl rove. good to see you this morning. i would say it's safe to say there is growing frustration over the length of time this has been playing out for quite some time now. >> yeah, absolutely. and look, if you're inside the white house and have a constant barrage of information about this it distracts you from your other duties and particularly has apparently concerned this president a lot and events about it. so we should not be surprised when his people vent bit. the investigation will go as long as the investigation is going to go. working the refs saying wrap it up isn't a productive strategy. robert mueller won't wrap it up prematurely but when he is ready.
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the administration doesn't do good about sounding alarms on the sunday morning talk shows. >> sandra: short is saying the scope of the investigation has exceeded its original intention. do you see that? >> you know what? i don't because we don't know. there is a scope that is contained in the original document authorizing mueller's investigation. mueller has gone back to the deputy attorney general in order to -- when he has stumbled across evidence of wrongdoing. he found the allegation is that paul manafort and rick gates were trying to bring $30 million in profits from their consultant without anything tax on it. he said we had evidence of this and authority to pursue it. in some instances they came
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across what they believe to be some wrongdoing with regard to michael cohen but they didn't believe it was appropriate or tied to the original brief so they gave it over to the southern district of new york. mueller is by the book. a boy scout. you will notice he doesn't leak. they stay focused on the mission. at the end of the day i think he is going to be the best evidence for donald trump's view that there is no evidence of collusion and conspiracy because i think that's what his report will find. no evidence of collusion or conspiracy on the part of trump. there may be problems involving rick gates and paul manafort, for example, the platform, the republican platform that changed from being a strong expression of support for ukraine to being mute on the question and some belief those two individuals played a role in getting that done quietly but i think the idea of collusion and conspiracy and cooperation between the russians and the donald trump campaign -- mueller will prove it is not the case and none of
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that happened and that will be what the president wants. >> sandra: if they let the investigation run its course and at the conclusion mueller says no collusion. imagine the world having to deal with that fact. susan collins is a republican from maine. she weighed in and it sounds like she would urge the president to do that based on what she said here. listen. >> i believe he is staying within the parameters and the proof of that is when he came across the allegations against mr. cohen, he did refer them back to the justice department. >> sandra: she went on to say that she doesn't believe that cohen is central to this investigation. take what you will from that. >> i agree. look, two things. one is campaigns -- presidential campaigns tend to leak. no campaign in history leaked more than the trump campaign. if there was any kind of conspiracy or organized effort at collusion we would know
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about it because we would have heard about it from a dozen leakers. i think trey gowdy on "fox news sunday" made a good point. he was talking to john dowd, the lead attorney saying if your client is innocent act innocent. it doesn't help the president when his people go on sunday morning talks you have to wrap this thing up. blah blah blah because -- show confidence. there is no evidence of collusion. i find it hard to believe that after all of this time that if there was evidence we would have heard about it. so give the confidence that the american people like to see in their chief executive and don't hyper ventilate about this. >> sandra: interesting to hear mark short, a guy constantly looking at regulations and taxes and talking to the american people and small businesses and his thing is taxpayers, they have spent millions of dollars on this investigation and he has to look out for them along with
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the white house. american people see a lot of their tax dollars being spent on this with no evidence of collusion. >> in a $4 trillion federal budget this is less than a drop. at the end of it what we really want out of this is we want to know what the russians were trying to do so that they administration in 2018 and successive administrations in the future can stop russian meddling. they tried to meddle and had trolls and bots. we want to know what they're doing so we can stop them and this is one good thing that will come from all of this. >> sandra: thank you, sir. >> bill: a challenge for mitt romney. what is happening in his battle that wasn't expected. hillary clinton playing the blame game yet again for her loss in 2016.
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of utah >> sandra: one of them is hoping to replace orrin hatch. >> bill: the government taking in 3.4 million for fiscal year -- the average household paying $26,000 to urng will sam. where does the money go? william la jeunesse stands by. >> what americans argue about foreign aid, farm subsidies, immigration. 40% is spent on each other after age 65. >> i paid your taxes but what did you buy? >> i think it goes to the army, a bunch of positions pockets. >> they'll spend $33 per household and only get $26,000. the government put that gap on your credit card. >> there are too many tax dollars collected that are spent on things that are frivolous. >> more than a third goes to
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social security and medicaid. typical couple retiring today paid $500,000 into social security but will take out $600,000 in benefits. medicare $140,000 in, $120,000 out. >> we -- food stamps, medicaid, cash subsidies for the poor. defense spending $5,000 per house old. the next expense interest on the national debt. almost $2500 a year. >> interest is the ticking time bomb. you have sorg deficits and interest rates about to go up. >> the rest of your $33,000 vets, federal pensions, homeland, education, highways and foreign aid. everything else costs about $2,000. a fraction of entitlements. the takeaway is that taxpayers
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will get a lot more back than they pay in. you just don't appreciate it until you retire. >> bill: a lot of money. thanks, william la jeunesse live in l.a. thank you. >> sandra: president trump ramping up the fight against former f.b.i. director james comey accusing him of breaking the law for allegedly leaking classified information to the media. senior judicial analyze andrew napolitano is here next. >> bill: officials in afghanistan say the taliban killed 14 soldiers and police officers just today after dozens were killed in a suicide blast over the weekend. details on what is happening in that war next. people would stare. psoriasis does that. it was tough getting out there on stage. i wanted to be clear. i wanted it to last. so i kept on fighting. i found something that worked. and keeps on working. now? they see me.
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>> bill: president trump accusing james comey breaking the law by leaking classified information to the media. the president slamming the fired f.b.i. director in a blistering tweet that reads the following way. james comey's memos are
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classified. i did not declassify them. they belong to our government. therefore, he broke the law. additionally he made up many of the things he said that i said and he is already a proven liar and leaker. where are memos of clinton, lynch and others. judge andrew napolitano with me now. james comey was characterized as a boy scout. the more interviews he does the more revealing. regarding whether or not he broke the law. >> the president's allegations? >> bill: did he break the law? >> it will depend upon which four of the seven memos were leaked to the professor, whether anything in there was classified at the time, whether it was properly classified and whether the professor exposed classified materials. i don't think the professor did this. this law school professor is a former ranking official of the
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d.o.j. who once had a security clearance and knows what it is like to deal with these things. when jim comey handed over the four memos had anything been classified or was it retro active? question two, was the classification, if retro active, a proper classification or was it classified for some other purpose? question three, was anybody harmed by jim comey passing those memos on to the professor? that's what the government is interested in. >> bill: i have to write this stuff down. my gosh, okay. jonathan turley, law professor on earlier with ainsley asked about the classified material going public. good friend of yourself, he characterized it this way. >> he certainly did violate the rules of the f.b.i. this was not some type of personal diary as so many in the media portrayed it as. this is clearly f.b.i. material covered by f.b.i. regulations.
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you aren't allowed just to take them and leak them to the media. >> bill: in that comment he did not reference the law. he referenced the rules. >> it is clear that f.b.i. and d.o.j. regulations were violated by the mere delivery of those memoranda even if they didn't contain anything classified to the professor. so the professor friend of comey's. this professor, jonathan turley, is correct there. i think the house intel or judiciary committee is more interested in whether jim comey violated federal law not d.o.j. regs. he doesn't work for the department of justice anymore. they can't do anything to him for the violation of the regulations. >> >> bill: did he lie under oath? >> he may very well have lied under oath. senator grassley knew what he was asking and knew that there
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was contrary testimony under oath. so will he be prosecuted for lying or misleading the congress? if it is a clear case of lying or misleading i think he will be. if it's a he said/she said, this case he said/he said, i don't think it will. >> bill: you read the comey memos released at the end of last week and probably a weekend to marinate. what do you think? >> i don't think there was anything in there that was classified. those were his own recollections. maybe self-serving. >> bill: what is your summary of what you learned in there, classified for not? >> indictment lower case, indictment of the president if those are accurate. >> bill: the memos. in what sense? >> they are what jim comey told whatever committee he testified before. i don't remember which one it
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was shortly after he was fired that the president attempted to interfere in the investigation of mike flynn. that don't mean the president did. it means in jim comey's view there is evidence of it. so the memos back up the testimony that he gave. >> bill: thank you, judge. come on back. >> of course. >> sandra: a horrific bombing attack by the taliban has left dozens dead in afghanistan. 57 people were killed with over 100 wounded at a voter registration center. david lee miller live in jerusalem. what more do we know about this latest violence? >> let's start with the latest violence in afghanistan. at least 18 police and soldiers in afghanistan were killed today alone. in two almost simultaneous attacks. the first one happening in the western part of the country. militants today launched assaults targeting army units
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and police. taliban claimed responsibility. also today in a western province four police were killed in a fire fight with the taliban. a spokesman said three members of the taliban were killed. in another attack also today, sandra, three civilians were killed in an eastern province. we're told they're brothers. no group has taken responsibility. three civilians, all brothers, local officials there believe the islamic state to blame. >> sandra: yesterday a more deadly attack. what's the motive? >> 57 people killed, more than 100 wounded. all of the victims here were registering for national i.d. cards in preparation for parliamentary election in october. the force of the blast was so powerful windows were shattered more than a mile away. all local roads leading to the blast site shut down.
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local hospitals as frantic residents sought information on missing loved ones. islamic state said it was responsible for the bombing targeting shiite non-believers. afghanistan's president issued a statement saying terrorist attacks will not stop people from taking part in the upcoming election. the attorney general called for those responsibility to be brought to justice. the country's security forces assisted by the united states have been struggling in the last several months to try and do something to reduce what has been a surge in the amount of violence caused by militants. >> sandra: david lee miller, thank you. >> bill: in a moment hillary clinton taking aim at a new target as to why she lost. what the former democratic nominee is now saying. >> the mainstream political coverage was influenced by the right wing media ecosystem.
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>> bill: you're on candid camera, smile. make sure your pet's doggie doo is not in the picture. is that what he said? park officials in connecticut installing field cameras to catch dog owners who don't clean up after their pets. the fine for leaving it behind could add up to more than $130. >> sandra: not knowing that your dog did his or her business and saying i didn't see -- >> bill: how do you not know? >> sandra: it's not an excuse. i'm a responsible dog owner. >> bill: take responsibility. bring a bag. they could use that in my neighborhood. >> mainstream political coverage was influenced by the right wing media ecosystem. negative news has had a leveling effect that opens the doors to charlatans.
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>> sandra: hillary clinton lashing out at a new target adding the media to her list of reasons for losing the election. chris bedford and richard goodstein are here with us. we've set it up and you two can go at this. chris, yet another excuse. >> a little sickening to hear the long string of excuses. there were parts of the media that were more hostile to hillary clinton, there are parts of the media hostile to somebody running for president of the united states. but there are also outlets for example with the health story when hillary clinton would collapse after an hour in mild weather in new york, five days before "politico" called it bonkers and said it was a conspiracy theory. "washington post" had run something could we please stop talking about hillary clinton's health. a massive array of defenders of clinton when she was running for president. what's more sickening about this to me is the reaction from a lot of people in the media.
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this speech on sunday is being called an olive branch. she said a couple nice things about people now that they're being anti-trump. it's not the job of reporters. >> sandra: maybe i was assuming too much. maybe you won't defend her here. >> hillary clinton is a private citizen, sandra. she lost the election 18 months ago. the fact that we're having this segment right now proves the fact that there is this obsession. if hillary clinton didn't exist, we would have to create her as the walls are kaifg in on donald trump. if the tables were turned and hillary clinton had won narrowly and her administration was collapsing people on my side would be talking about donald trump to change the subject. in donald trump were such a fantastic candidate and hillary clinton was so miserable of a candidate she wouldn't have been way ahead before comey went outside the bounds of the d.o.j. >> sandra: hum, comey's fault?
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>> if trump were so great he would have been ahead not hillary. >> sandra: you're talking about making up stories. she is putting herself out there and weighing in on the current climate. she made these remarks at a speech she gave at the pan america world voices festival and putting herself out there weighing in on global affairs such as u.s. elections. here is what she has to say on the media today. >> thankfully coverage has been more straight forward and fact based. i believe it also reflects an effort to avoid the errors that helped mr. trump to the white house. >> sandra: chris? >> i haven't really seen a major effort to do this. last week we had a new memoir coming out from the lead reporter on the clinton
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campaign and found out that wikileaks was a russia operation. we always knew it was a bad operation, whether or not the material was real and cried at her desk after clinton lost the election. that's crazy. if people might want to stop talking about hillary clinton, right now she is the last leader of the democratic party. it's a party that has no leaders. people are talking about attorney general eric holder or other people from the past administration how they might be coming forward and taking the mantel of the democratic party. right now maybe clinton is its most prominent global member. >> nobody asked john mccain to step aside being active in the public world after he lost or mitt romney who is running for the senate again. the fact of the matter is, chris, hillary clinton is saying things that she said in her book and there is a suggestion that somehow by her being out there will hurt democrats. since her book was out and she said all the things she said in the speech the other day, the democrats won in alabama, they
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won in virginia. connor -- >> sandra: is she an asset or liability? >> i know there is a fantasy by having her speak will rev up the republican base or who knows what it will do to the democratic base. every democrat knows she is not running for office again. she is not really relevant and speaking truth and the reporter for "the new york times" said as much. >> sandra: looking back at a time when her party should look forward. >> the calls to step aside from senators saying you are hurting us. she said you would never ask a man to leave the world stage. a quick look back through headlines pulled up numerous examples of republicans saying all right, senator mccain, time to stop talking so much. all right, governor romney, you have had your time in the sun and you need to be quite. it happens to everyone. >> sandra: a big difference there, too. senator mccain holds public
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office. >> i think the fact of the matter is you ask who the next democratic leaders will be. barack obama is a pretty prominent one. i think there will be many people. all the head-to-head polls show joe biden and many other democrats beating donald trump at this stage? it's not like the democratic party doesn't have a good number of people who will put up a good effort in 2020. >> sandra: i didn't hold my word. chris, finish it off. >> i think that if vice president joe biden will be in the race an interesting look for the democrats. he is a working class democrat and different from radicals coming out of the east coast. a fun election either way. >> bill: hope amid devastation and what a journalist saw on the ground in syria next. ♪ with expedia you could book a flight,
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>> nashville on edge. an urgent manhunt underway for the suspect accused of killing four people at a waffle house restaurant and the french president arrives. what's on the agenda and the issues he could press president trump on. secretary of state nominee faces an uphill confirmation battle. can mike pompeo win more support before the committee vote this afternoon? top of the hour "happening now." >> bill: see you then. a unique look inside syria's bloody and brutal civil war. my next guest was in damascus was after the miss will strike. amazing images. he traveled around the country under the protection of a relief organization and the syrian military and captured some of this rare video you're watching now.
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bring in freelance journalist james kanoff. with us in studio. nice to see you. you arrive a few hours after the last missile drops and what did you see there? >> it really couldn't have been more surprising. life was completely normal. shops were open. people out on the street riding bikes. it was any other middle eastern city. >> bill: you described it as a feeling of being shocked. in what way? >> you couldn't imagine the city was under an air raid several hours previous. it was amazing to see people on the streets after tomahawk missiles flying straight overhead. >> bill: what do you think explains it? >> they've been at civil war for seven years now. that city. they're so used to bombs falling. i was sitting with one of the guys at the cafe the day before we left and the regime had just launched an offensive against
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isis. fighter jets overhead dropping bombs. i dropped. the guy on his phone doesn't stop typing. >> bill: almost suggesting that there is a sense of normalcy that has set into their life. >> absolutely. >> bill: you saw that. >> totally. >> bill: what did they tell you about assad? >> there is an information war that is going on there and essentially the assad regime has a complete alternate narrative to every event that happens. the chemical weapons attack it was viewed the u.s. or the british had faked the attack in order to justify a strike against the assad regime. it was held by everyone we talked to. here is the thing. was that view being honest? every interview we're conducting when we were talking with the people coming out of where the chemical attack was, those people all they would say the praise for president assad. the attack was fake. it was shocking to hear but not
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surprising when you have a military official on your hip and three military guys standing behind you and jumping in to translate instead of the independent translator. >> bill: why would the syrian government allow you to come in? >> i didn't think we would get in. but they ultimately let us in. i think they wanted us to show their side but it felt fake. it felt like we were puppets on a show. >> bill: you felt as if you were being controlled by the minders who took you to damascus. >> absolutely. the only time we got out of that was talking with the children who were coming out of the area. they gave us a picture that was pretty heartbreaking. >> bill: what did they describe? >> they described basically they've been living under siege for five years. they are starving. sleep in the basement because of bombs dropping and they hope bombs don't leave them in the
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rubble. >> bill: did anyone talk about the war ending? >> yes, people were hopeful that the south of syria would stabilize but the north is -- seems like it is up for grabs. >> bill: wow. fascinating perspective. james, thank you for sharing that with us today. he is out of los angeles, california just back from damascus. thank you. sandra. >> sandra: police in tennessee are on the hunt for the man they say killed four people inside a waffle house near nashville. the latest on the massive dragnet straight ahead. we just got married. we're all under one roof now. congratulations. thank you. how many kids? my two. his three. along with two dogs and jake, our new parrot. that is quite the family. quite a lot of colleges to pay for though.
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responsible. dogg doggie doo-doo. >> we hope the sun is shining with you. >> thanks for joining us. "happening now" starts right now. >> jon: a fox news alert on the target of a massive man hunt in tennessee. police revealing the man suspected of killing four people in a waffle house near nashville has a history of mental illness. i'm jon scott. >> i'm julie banderas. police say travis reinking had previous encounters with law enforcement including in the nation's capitol before he opened fire on restaurant patrons early sunday morning using an ar-15 rifle that was once confiscated. >> we learned that reinking was arrested by the united states secret service for being in a restricted area near the white house in july of 2017. his illinois firearms authorization w


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