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>> there is so much more ahead in the next hour of the kr. "cnn newsroom." we are going to turn things over to our colleague, martin savidge. horrible news coming out of turkey. we will begin there. this is cnn breaking news we begin with that breaking news, the death toll rising now to 86 after a deadly explosion at a peace rally in the heart of in turkey's capital. 186 others have been injured according to the turkish health ministry. the bomb blast caught on video. journalist, andrew finkle is in istanbul, turkey, for us. andrew, will et me begin by asking, has anybody claimed responsibility for this yet. so far, no one has claimed responsibility. this is leading to speculation
and all sorts of conspiracies. the attack comes against a peace rally, a rally that was calling for peace in the kurdish complex in the southeast of the country. there has been a great deal of mutual recrimination. people are accusing each other of having prevented this attack. so far, with he don't know who has done it. >> what has been the reaction from the turkish government? >> the turkish government has tried to appeal for calm. it has called for three days of mourning and tried to stop the media from reporting images of the attacks. they say this will inflame the situation. some of the opposition parties are saying the fact that no one has re-signed or claimed responsibility, the police weren't doing their job. this somehow means you are encouraging this attack. the background is that turkey is going to an election in a
month's time. a very big factor in that election. as you can imagine, there is a very bitter adversary here in turkey. >> you sort of implied, though no one has claimed responsibility, there seems to be a feeling of who may be responsible. >> well, we've seen attacks before never on this scale, i have to say. it may have to do with turkey's involvement in syria and the support it is now getting for the allied effort against the islamic state. this could be a sort of revenge for that. it could be some sort of provocation within to knows. in order to discredit the kurdish party or discredit the government. they encourage in turkey. there are many theories but no facts. >> all right.
>> andrew fenkell in turkey. let's get to our other top story. tons of action taking place in the race of 2016 in this country with just three days until the first democratic debate. democrat, bernie sanders, is preparing for a big rally in boulder, colorado, in a couple of hours. this after he was greeted by 13,000 supporters last night in tucson, arizona. right now, in georgia. a large crowd is awaiting donald trump to arrive within the hour. we have teams covering all of this. sunlen serfaty is in boulder and m.j. lee in georgia. let's go to you first, m.j. lee. donald trump is about to make his big debut. the crowd is getting energized. some thousands of people are pouring into this event space. the parking lot, there is a long line of people still waiting to get in. if you recall, donald trump is
supposed to be in georgia earlier this year in august. he was supposed to participate in the red state conference. he ended up being uninvited at the very last minute because of some controversial remarks he made. why georgia? it is important to keep in mind that the state of georgia is one of the many states that will participate in the primary process in march. this is another indication that donald trump even though there have been some questions recently about maybe he is looking at the exit door. he is thinking about the long-term. he is not just focusing on the early states like iowa and new hampshire. >> m.j., i understand he is going to have a private meeting. what do we knee about this? >> that's right. a campaign source is telling us that donald trump, before he takes the stage, will be meeting with a group of african-american pastors in a private meeting. we are still waiting to hear
some details on how you this came about and what they will talk about. this is particularly interesting. trump has been talking more and more about his religious background looking at this purely through a political lens for the republican candidates, specially, it is important to appeal to the evangelical voters. that part of the republican voting bloc. so it is interesting that before he takes the stage that he will have this private meeting to make sure he is making connections with this important group. >> real quick, i can see some of the crowd behind you. i am wondering, a lot of people. it certainly sounds enthusiastic. >> this event is supposed to hold over 7,000 people. the room is starting to fill in. i know that there is still a line outside. the issue of crowd size has obviously been something that trump has been particularly sensitive about. so we'll see if the room actually ends up filling in all the way. >> we will, indeed.
we'll hear what the candidate has to say. thanks very much. weather is not very good in atlanta. another factor. >> let's get back to sunlen serfaty. bernie sanders, what are you expecting from him today? it has been a big controversy in that state. >> reporter: it has been. we saw bernie sanders last night in tucson, arizona, specifically address gun control matters deviating from his regular stump speech. this is one of the very few issues where he runs to the right of hillary clinton. he is much more pod rat on hillary clinton. he is trying to align himself more with the party. last night in tucson, he spoke
about really his evolution on this issue mentioning that he has at times been more conservative. going through how he would like to see stronger background checks and really trying to close the gun show loophole. here is how he explained it to the crowd last night. >> while, yes, there are disagreements of how we go forward in terms of gun safety. i think the vast majority of the american people want us to move forward in sensible ways which keeps guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. >> given these recent shootings, you can expect to see hillary clinton really try to drill down on her message on the tuesday debate stage. this really provides in the clinton campaign a good contrast. they feel one where bernie sanders is on the defensive, the very few issues he is on the defensive among these progressive voters. certainly, martin, this will be
an area of potential flash point between the two next week. >> that's just three days away from cfn's democratic debate. he is preparing in an a typical way. he is not holding debates on standing in a practice lectern. no one is standing in and preparing hillary clinton. instead, he is reading briefing books. we have one, not so subtle hint, a little preview of that sort of line of argument.
the sanders campaign sent out a link to his 2012 floor speech when he opposed the iraq war. this is a big area of difference. she supported the iraq war. she said she regrets that vote but certainly this is something they feel can help him up there on the debate stage. >> do you think there will be fireworks up on the stage or a methodical debate? >> it is interesting. both candidates have gone out of their way to avoid getting in the hand on hand combat so to speak. they tried to take it away from any sort of personal attacks. it will be interesting given that this is the first time they are standing next to each other on the debate stage, the very first debate. we'll see how feisty they get. bernie sanders prides himself on being someone that doesn't attack people in a personal way. certainly, this week, i asked him if he anticipates these attacks. he indicated he does. certainly, his campaign told me behind the scenes he is preparing for lines of attack from clinton, from other
candidates. they say he will be ready to fiercely defend himself. >> i bet he will. >> sunlenserfaty, thanks for that preview. it is right here on cnn. it will be tuesday, 8:30 p.m. eastern. stick around. after the break, we ask former presidential adviser, david gergen to weigh in on the debate. we'll be right back. let the priu get there. join us as we celebrate eddie's retirement, and start planning your own. because at&t and directv are now one! which means you can access your dvr at the dmv. change channels while he changes pants. you don't have to be a couch potato, you can be a train potato! and let them watch all the shows they love, inside the ride that you really kind of hate.
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senior political analyst, david gergen. >> the advantage you bring is you have worked on both sides of this, democratic and republican president. you think this debate is going to sway voters. does it matter much? most of the focus has been right on the republicans. >> i think this debate is rapidly building up as one of the most important events on the democratic side, as important as the first two republican debates were. after a horrible summer, we have a new, more relaxed, seemingly hillary clinton on a comeback trail. can she use this ahead of bernie sanders and to quiet and release and calm some of the momentum? >> can bernie sanders continue the momentum? i think that dynamic, this debate could change the dynamics
of the democratic race. in the background, of course, is joe biden, who is maybe making the decision this very weekend on whether he is going to get in or not or he could wait until after the debate. he is going to be watching. does this present an opportunity for me. then, this horrific news we have had out of turkey. that's going to bring this extra dimension to the debate. now, they need to be pressed not only for what they do to close income gaps in this country but what are they going to do with the unraveling middle east. they have sharp differences. bernie sanders and hillary clinton, sharp differences over what they might do in the middle east. we will hear those tuesday night. you could show up until tuesday. talk about those lower ranked candidates. they can breakthrough or is it really the focus on the two frontrunners. >> i think the focus is going to be on the two frontrunners. but a really terrific debate performance performance by one of them as carly fiorina had on
the republican side. she was an asterisk before the first two debates and now she is a competitor. one of these people could catch fire. the public is not expecting that. there is very little expectation any one of them could be the democratic nominee. one could potentially be a vice-presidential nominee. i think for hillary clinton and for bernie sanders and the issue, how do you keep the focus on you and the real tension right now between the two of them? could one of these others break loose? possibly. i think it is unlikely. we will all be expecting to see. >> do you think bernie sanders will go after mrs. clinton on how she has changed in her feelings towards the pacific trade deal? >> bernie sanders has not been lambasting her in that way.
it is important for bernie sanders and hillary clinton to highlight differences between them. i do think he is going to have to go after her on inconsistencies. it does play to that narrative that she is somehow not trust worthy or never quite sure what she is telling you is what she believes. he has been campaigning as a candidate of conviction. he will try to show she is not a person of conviction. she blows with the wind as with the trail deal. supported the trail deal 45 times as secretary of state and here she has flipped on it. he is going to try to make some gains on it. i don't think what you will see. i don't think he will come out slamming her. that's just not the style that either of them have shown in the past. >> david gergen, thank you very much. i was dying to ask you about that issue. that will have to wait to another time. nice to see you. great to talk to you. >> another time. thank you. don't miss that first democratic presidential debate right here on cnn.
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>> delicious, delicious pork. >> and lots of it. for the first time, we are seeing surveillance video of the young african-american man in police custody moments before he was found dead strapped to a restraint chair. this new video shows 21-year-old matthew ajabadi's violent battle with police, at one point grabbing a taser before being punched and kicked in the head. nick valencia spoke with his cousin and the family attorney. what are they telling him? >> the family has been waiting for this video for nine months. they were hoping to get this. it is this video that authorities will use to decide the fate of a 21-year-old college student that died in police custody. >> reporter: this police surveillance footage shows the 21-year-old after he is arrested for a domestic dispute with his
girlfriend. in the long-awaited video diagnosed as bipolar appears agitated and resists with police during what his family calls a medical episode. seen here, he trashes on the ground. at one point, a deputy enters the scuffle with a taser. he is able to grab it. then, the situation escalates. he is struck in the head several times. he is eventually hog tied and dragged off camera. it is the last images of him alive. hours later, he dies in a chatham county jail cell. the family attorney says the video shows officers went too far. >> there has been this philosophy of disrespect and then of covering up for it. >> the jail supervisor says the video stands in favor of the officers. >> it appeared he punched the subject because he had a weapon in his hand at that time.
>> is that justified? >> that force is considered to be justified, yes, sir. >> nine deputies were fired as a result of the incident. two have been charged with involuntary manslaughter as well as a nurse who was accused of not checking on the inmates well-being as required by state law. his cousin told cnn the entire incident has been shrouded in secrecy. >> the whole world got the news the same time the family did. it is just not american. >> was it excessive force or was it justified? >> that's the question jurors will attempt to answer in a man slaughter trial that is just beginning. >> we have reached out for the three defendants. only one of them got back to us to say it was not incumbent on his client to check on the well-being of the prisoner. all deputies had that responsibility. he says his client was overcharged. martin? still ahead, one week into
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good morning. thanks for joining me. i'm martin savidge. fredricka whitfield is off. they are continuing to pound targets in syria. that is according to the russian defense ministry. the u.s. says it is suspending its training program serial rebel groups. so let's bring in cnn military analyst, lieutenant rick francona, a retired defense intelligence agency officer who served in the us air force. lieutenant colonel, it is good to see you again this morning. >> good morning. >> so the u.s. had set aside half a billion dollars to train select rebel groups to fight the
assad regime. there was a lot made out of this. it all seems to go away. what happened. >> first of all, they were under the mistaken impression that we were training these people, that they were going to go back and fight isis. in reality, their main goal was to go after the assad regime. that was just a nonstarter. we did not properly vet these guys. because as soon as they went back, most of them hooked up with their former colleagues, anyway. many of them defected to the al qaeda affiliate. others defected to other groups. it was just a poorly conceived notion. if you are not willing to put your own forces in there, at least in an advisory role, you have no control of them after they go back. i think the whole thing was flawed from the start. >> let's move on to what the russians are doing and see if that is flawed. >> is there any doubt in your mind that russia is targeting syrian rebels and not isis. >> no. >> i think it is very apparent from the target sets that we are watching, even the maps that are
released by the russians themselves, show where they are concentrating their air strinke. if you look at the map, most are concentrating between hamah and aleppo. they have had success there. we see the russians focusing their efforts on that to soften up that area for a syriear grou offensive. it has set the rebels back on their heels. the russian air force is much more effective in doing this than the syrian air force has been. >> right. it seemed like the syrians were striking with one or two aircraft at a time. the russians are going in with more than that. >> what do you think russia's next move in syria is? i presume there is a grand strategy. will they target areas along the border? >> only if it fits their objective. right now, they are going to concentrate on prompting up the assad regime. once they are able to take back that main highway, then they will be able to move out from that and consolidate their
positions. the russians want to make sure assad survives. to survive, he has to control that damascus, aleppo corridor. we'll see if they are ready to take on isis. this was all portrayed they are going in there to defeat the islami islamic state. they have hit a couple of targets but that's to put a figure leaf on this. the united states and russia have been talking about safety. the uss insisted that a no-fly zone isn't on the table for syria. why wouldn't that be a good idea? would it end up in a confrontation? >> if we declared a no-fly zone, that would mean the russians wouldn't be able to fly either. they didn't deploy three squadrons of combat aircraft there to sit on the ground. the window of opportunity to declare a no-fly zone has closed with the deployment of the russians. that was one of the reasons that
pushed the timing for putin to move the aircraft air. he felt we were on the verge of declaring a no-fly zone. that would have crippled the syrian ability to conduct their operations. now, the russians, i think, have taken that chance away from us. >> what can the u.s. do now when it comes to syria? it almost seems like we have been marginalized as a result of what the rush cranes were up to. >> i think that's a fair characterizations. the russians are in the driver's seat because they know why they are there. they are there to prop up the assad regime. if that means taking on isis, they will do that. that's coming later. they are going to ensure that assad survives and then and only then will they go after isis. the united states has this murky goal that we are going to remove aassad. we are not going to remove assad. our goal is to go after isis.
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american journalist behind bars two days longer than dozens taken hostage by iran revolutionaries. his family is anxious whether i awaiting word on his fate months after his trial ended. we take a look at the events leading up to his arrest and the efforts to win his release. >> june, 2009, roe tests rocked tehran after the disputed elections saw mahmoud ahmadinejad return to power. a younger, jason isaidan left
iran. >> i was so much upset about being detain bud i was told i couldn't work. >> rezaian went back and began working for "the washington post." he and his iranian wife talked with cnn's anthony bourdain with the challenges of reporting from the country. >> the difficult part is convincing people on the other side of the world that what we're telling you we're seeing in front of our eyes is actually there. when you walk down the street, you see a different side of things. people are proud. the culture is vibrant. people have a lot to say. >> there were frustrations. >> i miss certain things about home. i miss my buddies. i miss burritos. i love it and i hate it. it has become home. >> six weeks later, jay soson as wife were detained. she was released on bail but he remained in prison with only one visit with a lawyer and unable
to talk with his family for four months until last thanksgiving when he was suddenly allowed to make a call home. >> we talked about past thanksgivings with people who are now departed. we both choked up a number of times. >> his mother, mary, appearing on cnn's amanpour on december, 2014, worried about his health. >> his continued mental state is in question. simply because i understand he has been in chronic pain. >> he was finally put on trial five months later accused of espionage and facing a 20-year sentence if convicted. the trial ended late this summer. "the washington post" appealed for his release saying he is a dedicated law-abiding journalist and a good man who has been targeted with with nonsensical, unsupportable and entirely baseless allegations of es pbee
onage ao espionage. his family has kept up the pressure to get his released. >> these delays are completely inhumane. they are illegal by iranian standards and international standards. >> months after the end of his trial, still no verdict announced. only a recent hint from president rahani that jason and others could be part of an exchange for americans convicted on charges related to nuclear technology. >> if the americans take the apro appropriate steps that set them free, certainly the right environments will be open and the right circumstances created for us to do everything within our power and our purview to bring about the swiftest freedom for the americans held in iran as well. >> jason's mother says all her son ever wanted to do was report. >> he loves iran and took it
upon himself to try to show modern iran to the rest of the world, the western world that's been closed out for so many years. >> reporter: becky anderson, cnn, abu dhabi. two other americans that are detained in iran. amir hekmadi has been is princip imprisoned for 1,503 days and saae. de abedini for 1, 109 days. you managed to escape after seven months in captivity. what does captivity do to something mentally and emotionally? >> well, it is very difficult for jason from what i've read. he has been held in complete isolation. this is a standard tactic that the iranian hard liners use to
get prisoners often to produce false confessions so it is heartbreaking what he has gone through. "the washington post" has called these charges beyond ludacris. they are right. jason is completely innocent as a journalist. i feel for him. there is absolutely no reason he should still be in jail there. >> there has been hope now that the u.s. and five other world powers have reached a nuclear deal. are you hopeful some type of prisoner exchange can be worked out between iran and the u.s.? >> reporter: it is hard to say. as becky reported, president ra ha any talked about the release of 17 iranians that broke american law in trying to violate the sanctions in place in the past before the deal was reached. all the three and a fourth
missing man, levinson, who went missing four years ago. a deal is possible. it is unclear. jason's family has talked about this. why the freedom of jason and the other americans wasn't part of this deal? there is a small chance that would happen. given the opposition to the iran nuclear deal, i don't know if the obama demonstration would take the political risk of releasing 17 iranians from u.s. prisons for 3 or 4 americans who are innocent held in iran. >> we have already seen how these lopsided deals can politically become a firestorm. >> rahani's trial ended a couple of months ago and no word. why this see lenilence? >> there is no explanation. it is against iranian law. the way his case has been held, he should have had more access to a lawyer. his trial should have been held faster and at the very least, once the trial ended, the verdict should have been publicly announced.
there is a power struggle where hard liners are seen as dominating this case. one of the hopes of the iran nuclear deal is that it would strengthen moderates like president rahani. he wants to release him but he doesn't have the power to do it. an iranian general just died in fighting in syria. they seem more aggressive than ever in syria. at the are not moving at all in releasing jason. people thought he would be released as a sign that relations could thaw in the wake of the iran nuclear deal. that's not happening. >> can i ask you as a person who clearly has been held in captivity, what do you think is the best approach? to constantly publicly bring this story forward or do you take it out of the headlines and allow for some back channel? >> i think when it is a government holding a prisoner, it is best to be absolutely
public to pressure the iranian government and the u.s. government. jason's brother, ali, was interviewed yesterday by jake tapper on cnn. he said that the rezaian family has been kept in the dark by the iranian government and the u.s. government. why wasn't this case and the case of the other americans part of the iran nuclear deal. if it is a government, prisoners in north korea, you absolutely complain loudly and publicly as much as you can. >> we agree. david rohde, thank you very much. backlash off of an offensive critique of a female sports announcer who just made history. we talk with jessica rendoza after she announced a major league baseball game. new theraflu expressmax.
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espn's jessica mendoza made sports casting history this week. the former all-american softball star became the first woman to call a nationally televised playoff game. and while she has been met with rave reviews, she had one particularly vocal critic whose sexist comments really stirred outrage. atlanta sports radio host mike bell now suspended after sending out an offensive tweet, calling mendoza a derogatory name that was used in the movie "anchorman." bell has since apologized. our rachel nichols joins me now from new york. rachel, you spoke with mendoza. what's been her reaction to all of this? >> she's incredibly refreshing. i'll show you some of our interview in a minute. to give you a little bit more background, she's not just a four-time all-american softball player from stanford, she's also a two-time olympian. she won a gold and silver medal
at the olympics. so she's played this sport at the elite level, softball and baseball obviously not the same thing, but kind of inarguable they're close cousins. she grew up playing baseball first. so that qualifies her to be able to talk smartly about baseball, and she does. she did get rave reviews for her performance in the booth, not just in this playoff game, but over the past couple of months that she has been doing it. mike bell, the radio host you referred to, he never played any kind of sport on an elite level. he's also paid to talk about sports all day, but somehow he thinks he's qualified and jessica mendoza isn't. didn't just send out that one tweet you put out briefly, but a string of tweets telling her that she shouldn't be allowed to do this sort of thing. i talked to her about that and also just about how much fun this crazy ride has been. take a listen. >> it has been crazy. i mean, i was just so pumped to do the game and i felt like a lot of my nerves and energy, you know, went in to prepping for the astros playing the yankees
for the wild card, you know, one all, take all. and when the game was over, i was like, oh, phew, the craziness has ended. and obviously, the aftermath has been really great, but my life has changed just a little bit. >> not everyone is comfortable with change. you got so much complimentary coverage, really a mountain of it, but there was the predictable, you know, "get back to the kitchen" reaction from these social media trolls, even some talk radio reaction, a sports radio host from atlanta, he was the most atrocious. what do you think when you heard about that? >> you know, i guess i expect it, as much as it's sad and you would hope that there would be a day when that wouldn't happen. but come on, even if we're just hanging out with a bunch of buddies, there's always that guy. there's always going to be that guy, who's got to say something where you're like, seriously? come on. there's going to be that question. and to be honest, i feel like that's why i put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure that i was prepared and that i did a good job, because i felt that responsibility. because i knew people would be
questioning me, because of my gender. i was very aware of it. and whether it's men or women, they're going to make remarks. they're going to have statements out there. i just wanted to make sure that everything i talked about had substance behind it, had confidence, and that i at least owned who i was, and the points that i was making. >> she's so refreshing, right, martin? i mean, she makes you want to see her more on television. she did say the real critical review she got was from her 6-year-old son, who said, mommy, everyone's talking about how important what you just did was, but i listened for a little bit of time, and it was kind of boring, he said, because all you did was talk. he's used to seeing her play. so, you know, the real tough critics are at home. but she's great. "the new york times" reporting that espn might give her a more central full-time role in the broadcast booth next season. we'll look for that. it's great to see someone who deserves getting the opportunity, martin, no matter who she is. >> yeah, and she is just so poised in her responses there. thank you very much, rachel nickle, for bringing this to us.
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all right. how about a quick check of the top stories? just three days before the democratic debate, the candidates are hitting the campaign trail. senator bernie sanders is preparing for -- with a big rally in boulder, colorado. this after he was greeted by some 13,000 supporters last night in tucson, arizona. on the republican side, front
runner donald trump is expected to speak at any moment in georgia. we'll stay on top of all the campaign events throughout the day. a terror attack in turkey that was captured on video. today, at least 86 are dead, with well over 180 wounded when two powerful bombs exploded during a peace march in the capital of ankhra. nobody has claimed responsibility, but authorities think it could be isis or kurdish separatists attacking in advance of turkey's upcoming elections. the prime minister has called for three days of mourning. north korea putting on a show of military might today, as its leader, kim jong-un tells its people, his nation is prepared to defend itself against the u.s. thousands of troops marched in today's parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ruling worker's party. and then live pictures here, as crowds are gathering in washington today, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the million-man march. the nation islam minister called
for the original march as day of healing for the black community. farrakhan is again calling for the mass gathering, this time with a theme of, quote, justice or else. trayvon martin's mother will be among those attending. we've got much more ahead in the newsroom and it all is going to begin right now. hello, thanks for joining me. i'm martin savage. fredricka whitfield is off. we begin with breaking news out of turkey. the turkish prime minister says that isis or other terrorist groups could be behind today's deadly blast in ankhra. the death toll now rising to 86, after the explosion at a peace rally in the heart of the country's capital. at least 186 others injured. that according to the turkish health ministry. the bomb blast caught on video.