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many times. good for him sticking to his team. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. just 13 days before americans choose their next president and the two campaigns are focused on key battleground states. hillary clinton beginning her day in the all-important state of florida as a new poll shows the state in a statistical dead heat. according to bloomberg donald trump holds a razor thin lead, two percentage points in a state that he must win. yet the republican nominee is off the campaign trail this morning. he's actually in washington, d.c. for a ribbon cutting at his new hotel and then he will stump in north carolina. all of this as new audio tape from a trump biographer revealed candid conversations with him before he launched his presidential bid, capturing his fierce ambition and refusal to accept second place. >> if you lose a lot nobody's going to follow you.
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because you are looked at as a loser. winning is a very important thing and the most important aspect of leadership is winning. if you have a record of winning, people are going to follow you. >> so with trump in a statistical dead heat in a state that's essential for him, he is raising some eyebrows by leaving the campaign trail to tout his brand new hotel in d.c. cnn's chief political correspondent dana bash is there with response from the trump campaign. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is definitely an official event done by and for the trump organization. his business. this is not a campaign event. none of the campaign sort of trappings are around here. that is certainly as you said raising some eyebrows but his campaign manager defended it on cnn yesterday. take a listen. >> well, he's made 12 stops in
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florida in two and a half days. nobody accuses donald trump of taking time off. believe me, we don't even know when he sleeps or if he does. nobody asks hillary clinton why do you have five days off before the debate but he's coming to open a hotel that's under budget and ahead of schedule. it's a great illustration to america of what he does. >> he opened the hotel a month or so ago, the soft opening. the hotel has been open for at least a month or six weeks. >> this is the grand official opening and it's been scheduled this way for a long time and we are very excited to show america what this man actually does. he fixes things. he builds things. >> reporter: so to me it seems the issue is less about being off the campaign trail, because he is going to north carolina for a couple of stops after this. it's more about what he is doing, which is promoting his businesses. the spin from the trump campaign is that this is one of his biggest assets to voters, that he knows how to run businesses.
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from his perspective these days, doing it well. but it's also free publicity. let's face it, for his property that he has as wolf said to kellyanne conway yesterday, done openings for several times so one last time, one last chance to do it before the campaign is over while he's got the traveling press corps, presidential press corps, with him is no accident. >> i was just going to bring that up. supposedly he may take questions at some point from reporters and to me, that seems to be a ploy to put that part of this event on national television. >> reporter: well, i'm not so sure. we should be so lucky that we get to ask questions of mr. trump. it's been a little while since the traveling press corps got to do that. at this point, that is not the plan. we can certainly hope so. other than that, yes, it is going to be a ribbon cutting and official discussion not about
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the things that he would do for america if he were president, but the things that he did to make this hotel here in washington, d.c. >> all right. dana bash live from d.c. this morning. let's turn our attention to the clinton campaign. cnn's jeff zeleny is in palm beach county, florida, with that. >> reporter: good morning. hillary clinton is going to be opening her second day of a two-day campaign swing here in palm beach county, as you said. yesterday she was in broward county. these are democratic-rich counties here. she is trying to encourage people to vote now, to vote early, and some two million voters in florida already have cast their ballots. she is moving beyond the persuasion time of the campaign to win over some undecided voters if there may be any left and she is trying to urge those democrats to get out the vote. she needs to have the same level of turnout among african-american voters, hispanic voters, women and others, as barack obama did in 2008 and 2012. she's also delivering her
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closing argument here in florida in person, and she has the help of morgan freeman doing it in a new television ad. let's watch. >> a steady hand or a loose cannon. common sense and unity or drama and division. a woman who spent her life helping children and families, or a man who spent his life helping himself. our children are looking to us. >> reporter: a steady hand or a loose cannon. that is the bumper sticker message for what the clinton campaign hopes to frame this race as. but so interesting that morgan freeman is making that argument. hillary clinton is seldom in her own ads. she seldom voices over her own ads here. of course, her unfavorables are fairly high. that's one of the reasons why here. but she's also celebrating her 69th birthday today. she is one year younger than donald trump. she went to an adele concert
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last night in miami as a regular old guest watching adele. at the end of that, adele said vote clinton, not trump. of course, she can't do either because she's not a u.s. citizen. >> jeff zeleny reporting live from lake worth, florida this morning, thank you. the final days of the 2016 campaign are not only lighting a fire under the candidates but also their top surrogates. case in point, newt gingrich who got into a very testy exchange with fox news host megyn kelly. >> you want to go back to the tapes of your show recently? you are fascinated with sex and you don't care about public policy. that's what i get out of watching you tonight. >> you know what, mr. speaker, i'm not fascinated by sex but i am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we are getting in the oval office. i think the american voters would like to know -- >> we are going to send bill clinton back to the east wing because after all, you are worried about sexual predators. >> listen, it's not about me. it's about the women and men of america.
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>> let's talk about that and more. david louder is here, the washington bureau chief for the "l.a. times" and larry sabato, director of the university of virginia center for politics. welcome to both of you. donald trump is having a real problem with women in this erection, larry. did newt gingrich help him on fox news last night? >> no. obviously he just stoked the base for donald trump as if they need stoking, and that's classic gingrich. earlier you played that great clip from 2012 when gingrich was running for president, when he lashed out at one of the panelists and screamed about media bias and remember, it helped him win the south carolina primary. republicans love media bashing. i think trump's core loves media bashing more than the average republican. it's all of apiece.
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it's way too late for this to have any real impact on the election. most of it's cooked. >> i would like to play that clip once again now that you mention it. this is newt gingrich when he was running for the republican nomination for president of the united states. it was during a debate. newt gingrich himself has been married a couple of times, right, and one of his ex-wives alleged that they had an open marriage. john king asked him about that onstage. let's listen. >> she says that you came to her in 1999 at a time when you were having an affair, she says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage. would you like to take some time to respond to that? >> no. but i will. i think -- i think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public
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office, and i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. >> so david, newt gingrich was trying to use that same tactic with megyn kelly but it's not working so well in 2016, is it? >> well, no, it's not. the problem, and this has been a problem for the trump campaign all along, is they have never managed to change over from what might work in a republican primary, where you're running against other republican candidates and you want to build up your base, to what might work in a general election where you have to reach out to voters beyond the ones who are already with you. and they have consistently not managed to do that, which is why they are now stuck at around 40% or somewhat less of the vote and on track to have the biggest popular vote loss perhaps since walter mondale. they need to get out of that bubble if they have any chance of turning this around. two weeks before the election,
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getting into a quarrel with fox news doesn't seem to be the way to do that. >> well, i bring up again that mr. trump is lagging with women. our most recent polls show that clinton has a 12-point lead among women. not only that, 59% say the way trump treats women is an indicator of both his character and his ability to be president. larry, interestingly enough, the "new york times" published a set of interviews from 2014 between mr. trump and his biographer, and trump's ex-wife ivana talked a little about what their marriage was like. let's listen. >> she's a stupid girl, she doesn't have a brain, i have no idea why donald is with her but she broke up our marriage because immediately when i find out his affair, i file for divorce. >> this is it? >> yeah.
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if you cannot trust your spouse, it's over. >> okay. so larry, we haven't heard from any of trump's ex-wives but now this tape has surfaced and what message might that send to women? >> well, i think they will pay attention to it, obviously, because any of those wives know donald trump very very well, more than anyone else could, and you are absolutely correct, carol, we are headed in all probability for the greatest gender gap in american presidential history, at least in the polling era. trump is leading among men by a tiny percentage point, 1%, 2%, 3%, something like that. he's losing women overwhelmingly, especially even in the category of whites who are college educated or graduate school educated. it's almost impossible for a republican to win without winning whites overwhelmingly,
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men and women, blue collar and college educated. so this can't help him, but he's got far more serious problems at this very late date than that. >> so david, can mr. trump recover with women voters? because it seems right now as if not just donald trump but his surrogates don't know how to talk about women in a way that makes women feel like they're on my side. >> well, you know, i thought the most telling point in that exchange that newt gingrich had with megyn kelly was when he said she was fascinated by sex. this debate isn't about sex. it's about sexual assault which is a completely different thing, and the fact that he was trying to phrase it in terms of sex just tells you how huge the gap is between the way at least newt gingrich and quite likely mr. trump sees this, and the way
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most american women and probably a lot of american men as well see this issue. if they can't get past that sort of lack of understanding of how people see the issue and what people are concerned about with this issue, then no, they're not going to be able to close the gap. >> have to leave it there. thanks to both of you. still to come, 13 days to go, you would think the trump campaign would be focused on battleground states but mike pence is in utah? mother in-law with a glad bag, full of trash. what happens next? nothing. only glad has febreze to neutralize odors for 5 days. guaranteed. even the most perceptive noses won't notice the trash. be happy. it's glad.
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utah will be among the most fascinating states to watch on november 8th. the reddest of states is purple right now, and may just turn blue on election day. the trump camp is worried and is sending mike pence there today. it is highly unusual for such a high-powered surrogate to campaign in utah because democrats usually concede that state. not so this year. clinton's camp sent staffers to
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utah to whip up support. let's talk about that. with me is thomas burr, washington correspondent for the salt lake tribune. welcome, thomas. >> good morning. >> good morning. mike pence is very popular in utah. mr. trump is not. how important is pence's visit? >> you know, the fact we are talking about the vice presidential candidate on the republican side visiting utah 13 days before the election is very telling of the campaign right now. yes, mike pence has visited utah a couple times before, actually, in this campaign and last time was with governor gary herbert and other leaders in the state. this time, not so much. >> what do you mean? because you mentioned pence was there before. senator mike lee welcomed him, a very popular republican senator in the state of utah. but things have changed. tell us how, especially with senator lee. >> absolutely. senator lee has never supported donald trump actually in this
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campaign. he has kept silent on who actually he's going to vote for at the end of the day. but mormons in general which make up about 60%, 65% of the state, have not been very supportive of donald trump either and right now, all polling looks like evan mcmullin, independent candidate from provo, born in provo, mormon, is actually leading or around the same points as donald trump. hillary clinton, a few points behind. right now, you look at the state and say well, this is actually, it could go independent for the first time since 1960, independent candidate could carry electoral votes. >> that would be kind of thrilling for utah in a way. we have never really talked about utah, right, because we always assume it's going to go republican. >> i know. you can bet me $1,000 last year that utah would be a swing state and i would have given you favorable odds. >> so what is your prediction? can mr. trump turn things
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around? should mr. trump be in the state of utah rather than mike pence? would that help. >> i don't think mr. trump visiting utah would help his campaign. mike pence is probably the best surrogate he can send to whip up support there. at the end of the day, we will see. again, utah hasn't voted for a democrat since 1964, since lbj ran the table on all the states. and right now, if you say will evan mcmullin, this independent candidate, be able to pull it out, i don't know. hillary clinton sent five new staffers there this week to try to whip up support. they are sending a lot more mailers, running tv and radio ads. they are really doing their best. the fact that donald trump is actually having, the republican nominee is having to defend utah is just fascinating. >> come on. we want your prediction. come on. >> i don't know. >> thomas. you disappoint me. thank you so much for being with
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defense secretary ash carter promising to resolve the cases of thousands of national guards soldiers fighting to keep re-enlistment bonuses the pentagon wants them to pay back. pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more. hi, barbara. >> reporter: you could sort of
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see this one coming after days of political pressure from the veterans community, from the veterans impacted themselves and of course from the white house. the pentagon did step in today. defense secretary ash carter issuing a statement while traveling in europe just a short time ago saying that the pentagon for now will suspend this program to try and get these veterans, there's about 2,000 of them according to pentagon calculations, to pay back enlistment bonuses that the u.s. government says they improperly received. they were not due these re-enlistment bonuses. there has been a good deal of controversy about the pentagon's effort to get them to pay it back. what carter has done is said he's going to suspend the program to get the reimbursements for the time being. he's going to have a team of senior leaders look at all of this, figure out how to have some equitable program here and get it moving and get these cases resolved rapidly. here's what the secretary had to say in part. let me read it to you.
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we will provide for a process that puts as little burden as possible on any soldier who received an improper payment through no fault of his or her own. at the same time it will respect our important obligation to the taxpayer and that of course referencing that the technically, these re-enlistment bonuses never were supposed to be paid to the military personnel, but they signed the contract in good faith believing they would get them. there are a lot of questions here still to be resolved. the people who have already paid the money back, what will happen to them, and to those veterans who say their credit has been absolutely ruined by what is an onerous financial burden, what can the government do to help them out. a lot of questions to be answered. >> barbara starr live from the pentagon, thank you. good morning. ip carol costello. thank you so much for joining
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me. republicans playing offense, continuing their assault on obamacare as premiums are set to skyrocket and insurors abandon the program. both hillary clinton and donald trump acknowledging the system has its flaws but offering two very different plans to deal with it. >> my first day in office, i'm going to ask congress to put a bill on my desk getting rid of this disastrous law and replacing it with reforms that expand choice, freedom, affordability. you are going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost and it's going to be so easy. >> we are going to make changes to fix problems like that. the president and i have talked about it and look, this is a major step forward. 20 million people and actually, i'm sure you know this, predominantly working people, african-american, latino people, now have access to insurance but the costs have gone up too much
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so we're going to really tackle that. >> with me now, the man known as the architect of obamacare, economics professor at m.i.t., jonathan gruber. welcome, sir. >> thank you. good to be here. >> nice to have you here. we have a lot of questions for you. is obamacare imploding? >> no. obamacare is not imploding. the main goal of obamacare was two-fold. one, to cover the uninsured, which we have covered 20 million. the largest expansion in american history. the other was to fix broken insurance markets where insurors could deny people insurance just because they were sick or had been sick. those have been fixed and for the vast majority of americans, costs in those markets have come down, thanks to the subsidies made available under obamacare. >> look at what's happening now. premiums are going to raise 22% for some people who are enrolled in obamacare. not only that, but some people's deductibles are so extraordinarily high, it would be silly for them to go to the
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doctor because they can't afford paying their deductible. >> first of all, the 22% increase, let's remember who that applies to. that applies to a very small fraction of people who have to buy insurance without the subsidies that are available. 85% of people buying insurance on the exchanges get subsidies. for those people, this 22% doesn't affect them. for the remaining people, that is a problem and something we need to address but it's not a crisis. it doesn't mean the system is collapsing. most importantly, it doesn't affect the 150 million americans who get employer insurance who have actually seen their premiums fall dramatically as was expected before obamacare. >> let's talk about how exactly you can fix obamacare. i need you to be specific because i think people really want answers. hillary clinton says she can fix obamacare. what would be one fix that would drive premiums down? >> look, once again, there's
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no -- the law is working as designed. however, it could work better. probably the most important things experts would agree on is we need a larger mandate penalty. we have individuals who are essentially free-riding on the system, essentially waiting until they get sick and theb getting health insurance. the whole idea of this plan way was pioneered in massachusetts was that the individual mandate penalty would bring those people into the system and have them participate. the penalty right now is probably too low and that's something i think ideally we would fix. >> so somebody who is president could go to congress and say you know what, lawmakers, this is a fix, can you pass this, is that what would have to happen to put that fix into place? >> basically it's hard to know what dramatic fix we can do without congress participating in the process. we could do things like the stronger mandate is one. we could do things like increasing the pressure on states to expand their medicaid programs. the horrible act of political malpractice where states have left millions of people, their
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lowest income citizens uncovered. we can do things like that but a lot of that would involve congressional participation. it's hard to know what you can do on your own as a new administration. >> what about the insurors that have fled the system? how do you convince them to come back or new companies to sign on? >> once again, i think the press has been misleading. some insurors are leaving. other insurors are thriving. i think what you have in the system, we have shaken up the the sta tus quo. exactly what we expect disruptive innovation to do. insurors who thrive in the old system are finding this system hard for them. others are doing really well. what's going to happen is the natural process as the market evolves. the premiums will increase. that's going to allow profitable opportunities for new insurors to enter. they are bringing premiums back down. we are seeing the ups and downs of a new market. what you have to remember is premiums in 2014 came in way below what we expected. in fact, where they are today is exactly where they thought they would be today. it's just they came in lower than we thought and rose faster
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than we thought. that's sort of the unpredictability of a new market. that will settle down over time and new insurors will enter. >> so hindsight is 20/20, right? looking back, is there one thing you wish was done differently? >> i think there's really probably two things i wish was done differently. one is i think -- i wish the mandate penalty was stronger. the other i wish the federal government had done more to get states to expand their medicaid programs. i think that this is a fundamental flaw in the system that's leaving citizens uncovered who are sick, who are coming into this exchange pool and making it more expensive. >> realistically, after the next president is put into office, what do you think will happen with obamacare? >> i think nothing much is going to happen, to be honest. i think basically it's a system that largely works, that the flaws you are seeing now or the premium increases you are seeing now are just the natural dynamics of a market as it
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transitions to its new state and i think we are just going to let it go for a couple years and it will get better on its own. it's a system which largely works. >> what if donald trump becomes president, has a republican congress and repeeals it, what happens then? >> first of all, he won't repeal it. the whole argument republicans made against this law is people didn't get to keep insurance they liked. you now have 20 million americans or more who have insurance they like. you aren't taking that away from them. let's be clear, there is no replace. there is only repeal. there is no republican alternative to this law. the reason is because this is fundamentally a bipartisan legislation originally drafted under republican principles, to be honest. so there is no republican alternative. his repeal and replace is just repeal and leave people uninsured. that's not going to happen. >> jonathan gruber, thanks so much. coming up, iraqi forces closing in on mosul. as they get closer to the city, families are fleeing isis to nearby villages.
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isis is doing everything it can to keep iraqi forces from liberating mosul. witnesses telling cnn isis is sending suicide squads from raqqah and neighboring syria to mosul and rigging bridges with explosives, but there are also incredible scenes of joy. near mosul, families who were held captive by isis for years have been freed by iraqi forces and you see them there. they are weeping as they are reunited with their parents, with their loved ones. cnn international correspondent michael holmes near the front lines outside of mosul. hi, michael.
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>> reporter: hi, carol. yes, it was only a few days ago we were talking to a sunni tribal leader just west of mosul and he was saying how isis fighters' families, even leaders were leaving mosul and heading into syria across isis-held territory. what's happened in the last few days, according to sources inside of mosul, is there has been traffic back the other way. in this case, suicide squads. we are talking about hundreds of hardcore fighters who have been crossing from syria into mosul wearing we are told distinctive uniforms and wearing suicide belts as they come into town. now, these are obviously suicide squads. they are going to be positioned around and act against iraqi forces in place when they move into mosul. also other activity inside that beleaguered city. we are told isis fighters who are there are in there have started pulling back from the eastern side of the city, crossing over the tigress river
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and putting explosives on the four main bridges and you can guess what they are going to do when iraqi forces enter the city. they are moving to the western side. there you will find the old city, a rabbit warren of narrow alleyways and roads wholly unfit to the types of military vehicles that the iraqis and peshmerga fighters have been using in the plains, the towns and villages on their way to mosul. certainly an upper hand for those who are incumbent in an urban warfare situation. want to tell you some more positive news that comes out of misery, and that is reunions that happened over the last difficult or so. what happened, this is six villages just to the east of mosul that iraqi forces liberated. there were people in there, about 1,000 people, little over 1,000, who had been kept by isis as human shields. that was the plan anyway until the villages were liberated. these people were taken back to a camp for internally displaced people and there, they were not
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only freed but reunited with family members. in some cases, they had not seen these family members since isis rolled into this part of iraq more than two years ago now. there were these joyous scenes, emotional embraces. we are told children kissing the feet of their elderly parents. some good news but born out of two years of utter misery living under the rule of isis. >> michael holmes reporting live from the battlefield, thanks so much. firefighters have spent the day putting out fires at a massive makeshift camp in france known as the jungle. officials say four migrants from afghanistan are under arrest for starting these fires. the camp has been home to as many as 10,000 migrants over the past two years. a team of workers with bulldozers has been working to dismantle it since monday. local authorities say the camp will be evacuated and shut down by the end of the day. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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donald trump is taking time off from the campaign this morning for the grand opening of his new hotel in washington. he's at the ribbon cutting right now. trump has been aggressive in fighting to pay as little tax as possible while his dozens of properties and that includes his latest new hotel. cnn's senior investigative correspondent drew griffin has been looking in this for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you know, many of us who have houses like to challenge our property tax bill when we get it, but what we found in our study of donald trump's properties is almost the second he acquires a property, he starts pressuring the local governments to lower his taxes. it's the shiniest new example of trump's success. the old d.c. post office project has turned a crumbling washington landmark into a luxury pennsylvania avenue hotel. >> when it's completed, it will be truly one of the great hotels of the world. >> reporter: a double win for
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d.c. new jobs, new business taxes and a big new piece of commercial property that it can tax. only something unusual about that property tax is going on here. according to trump, his new hotel is worth just a third of what d.c.'s tax assessors claim. at least when it comes to property taxes. while everyone may ask for tax cuts, a d.c. official says the kind of cut being asked for here is way out of the norm. just not for donald trump. call it good business or call it aggressive anti-tax strategy, it's just what trump does. cnn has reviewed more than two dozen properties owned or partially owned by donald trump in which property tax records could be obtained. we have spoken to tax assessors in each location and found that donald trump has filed appeals, petitions or challenges to lower the taxable value in 25 of 26
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buildings, golf courses and homes. like in the district of columbia, where the current battle over this old post office could cost the district thousands and thousands of dollars annually. d.c. originally assessed the hotel at $98 million. donald trump says his assessed property tax value, the possessory income tax as it's called here should be reduced to $28 million. tax expert lee shepherd says this is exactly how big property owners do business. >> everyone with a big commercial building does that. everyone. this is how the system works. >> reporter: another case in point, the stunning trump national golf course just north of charlotte, north carolina. before trump bought it, this lakeside course had a tax value at nearly $24 million. but from the moment he bought it, trump fought the county assessor and today, for tax purposes, the course is valued
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at $9.7 million. lost to the local county, says north carolina professor of accounting, is substantial. >> the reduction in the value in the situation would be somewhere between $80,000 to $200,000 per year. >> reporter: it's the same situation at another trump golf course in briarcliff manor, new york. the assessor valued the course for tax purposes at $15 million. trump's lawyers are fighting to have the course valued at a mere fraction of that, $1.4 million. if he wins, town supervisor dana levenberg, a democrat, says her town and its citizens will lose. >> that means a teacher, that means a garbage truck, parks can't be fixed, because we have to offset that somehow in the
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budget. >> reporter: in our review of these properties owned by donald trump, we could only find one where he's not sought to reduce his property taxes. >> which one is that, drew? >> reporter: well, funny you should ask. it's the golf course he operates in bedminster, new jersey, where he's held pre-debate sessions with his top advisers. that course receives a different deduction for goats. new jersey law allows reduction if part of your property is deemed agricultural. he keeps goats on the property for that specific purpose. >> my gosh. i don't even know how to respond. i guess any way to get your taxes down. thanks so much. an intense manhunt under way in oklahoma for a gunman accused of killing two people during a violent crime spree. police say 38-year-old michael dale vance may be armed with an ak-47. he is suspected of killing his aunt and uncle and wounding four others including two police officers. while on the run he posted
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with this morning's bleacher report. good morning. >> yeah, you couldn't have asked for a better night if you are a cleveland sports fan. the atmosphere here, just electric. i saw a fan walking around with a big poster that said feels like it's been christmas all year and that sums up perfectly what it's been like to be a sports fan in cleveland over the last year. in game one for the indians, it really couldn't have gone much better. their ace pitching lights-out baseball. he was just mowing down the cubs early in the game. had eight strikeouts through the first three innings, a world series record. and the unlikely hero for the indians was catcher roberto perez, the nine-hole hitter. only had three home runs the entire regular season, hit two in game one of the world series as the indians won easily in a shutout 6-0. that's a big win, because the winner of game one has gone on to win 12 of the last 13 world series. i should note game two tonight has been moved up an hour
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because there is rain in the forecast. the awesome night for cleveland got started next door last night at quicken loans arena. the cavs celebrated their first, the city's first championship in 52 years. lebron and company getting their rings, raising the banner and the cavs definitely looked like the champs against the knicks. lebron having an awesome opening game as the cavs won in a blowout 117-88. the nba actually moved up the ring ceremony for the cavs 30 minutes. all the fans here in cleveland will be able to take that in and still have time to either get to game one of the world series or flip their tvs over to that. i went to vote. i went to the ring ceremony, watched lebron and his teammates get the rings and walked over to progressive field and saw a cool time lapse of me making the walk over. only took me about five minutes but it was really cool to be able to be at both the ring ceremony and game one of the world series. kind of a unique opportunity right there.
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carol, i talk about all the cool things for cleveland right now. you got the indians, the cavs winning. they do balance it out nicely with the cleveland browns, who are 0-7. worst team in the nfl right now. a welcome distraction, the browns are or i should say the indians are for the browns. the fans here are like the browns season really isn't happening right now. >> the browns are so bad, no quarterback wants to play for them because if they do, they are probably going to get injured. >> career might not go well. >> i do feel for cubs fans. i do. but i'm a tigers fan. cleveland's in my division, right, in our division, and i'm from northeast ohio and cleveland has been so beleaguered. they did such a great job during the republican convention, now this. that's why i have to root for cleveland. >> 52 years without any kind of championship and now they could get two in a matter of four months. what an incredible turn-around. >> i know. really exciting. thanks so much.
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and thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. hello. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. it is live event-palooza once again this hour. hillary clinton live in lake worth, florida, her second straight day in that battleground state. donald trump will be on the right of your screen. he is in washington opening his new hotel there. that is not washington county, florida. for that matter, that's not washington, north carolina or washington, pennsylvania. they exist. he's in washington, d.c. >> which has never voted republican in the history of ever. that aside, after days of polling problems, this morning trump is enjoying a tiny ray of survey sunshine. brand new bloomberg politics


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