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with east asian allies, after north korea test fired a ballistic missile during a u.s. state visit by the leader of japan. south korean officials say the north fired an intermediate range missile from the western part of the country. the missile traveled about 300 miles before crashing into the sea of japan, also known as the east sea. this is the first north korean ballistic missile test of donald trump's presidency, taking place just as trump was hosting japan's prime minister shinzo abe, in florida. the two appeared in an impromptu press conference last night. here is the president's full statement. >> i just want everybody to understand and fully know that the united states of america stands behind japan, its great ally, 100%. thank you. >> we have a team of reporters and analysts standing by to talk about all of this this hour. let's begin with cnn global affairs correspondent elise labott in washington.
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so elise, trump was outspoken about north korea on the campaign trail but that was a pretty short statement coming from the president. any more expected from the white house? >> well, fred, it was a pretty short and sober statement, and interestingly enough, the president didn't even mention north korea, the missile test for the u.s. ally in south ko a korea, i suspect a lot of that was standing shoulder to shoulder with prime minister abe was for the japanese prime minister's benefit. this morning on the sunday talk shows, white house policy director steven miller talked a little bit about what the u.s. is considering now. take a listen. >> message we're sending to the world right now is a message of strength and solidarity, we stand with japan and we stand with our allies in the region to address the north korean menace, and the important point is that we're inheriting a situation around the world that is as challenging as any we've seen in our lives. the situation in north korea,
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the situation in syria, the situation in yemen, these are complex and difficult challenges, and that's why president trump is displaying the strength of america to the whole world and it's why we're going to begin a process of rebuilding our depleted defense capabilities. >> and going back to what president trump said on the campaign, after the election, he was warning north korea an intercontinental ballistic missile wouldn't happen. during the campaign he talked about reducing defenses for south korea and japan, suggesting they should have their own nuclear weapons. what you're seeing is a real dose of reality for this president, really his first national security test this administration came into office very concerned about north korea, about the threat. in fact president obama in his meetings with president-elect trump was warning about that threat, and so i think this administration has been expecting something like this. they've been discussing policy options, but now this is a real
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kind of show that campaigning is not the time as the realities of governing and they have to make some tough choices about which way to go next, fred. >> i want to bring in from seoul, south korea, cnn's matt rivers. i understand there was a call between south korea and the national security adviser michael flynn. not too long ago. what was said? >> we're told by south korean officials the call was relatively short, very cordial and actually requested by michael flynn himself, a call that took place between flynn and counterpart in south korea the director of national security and basically both men agreed that moving forward the united states and south korea would explore all possible options in terms of preventing further north korean provocations as they put it. in terms of specifics, they didn't really get into that but it just kind of further goes to what elise said the united
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states is shoring up its alliances in this part of the world. >> is there expected there will be more missile tests? >> i think it's very fair to say there will be for a number of reasons. i think if you looked first at 2016 there were some two dozen such missile tests conducted throughout the year. it is something kim jong-un is clearly a proponent of as he ramps up his nuclear weapons program. using kim jong-un's words themselves on january 1st, new year's day address he said his regime was in the final stages of preparing a test launch of an intercontinental missile, a missile that could hit possibly the mainland of the united states. he said his regime is in the final stages of that. even though that didn't happen with this particular test we're talking about right now, most experts we've spoken to over the last several months say it's a matter of when and not if the north korean regime will gather
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that technology and it will test it as soon as it possibly can. >> matt rivers, elise labott, thank you so much. let's talk more with ron brownstein, senior editor for "atlantic" and analyst jim wa h walsh. jim, come jong-un is often trying to get attention. what is this missile test saying to you along with the timing, while the japanese prime minister abe is in the u.s.? >> fred, let's start with the second one, first you're absolutely right to point to the timing. these tests happen on a fairly regular basis but it's hard to imagine this didn't have something to do with prime minister abe visiting mr. trump. i'm sure he was able to get two for one and whatever media value he has is doubled by timing it now. they'll continue to do these missile tests and mr. trump will deal with a difficult, they said
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complicated reality. there aren't a lot of powerful policy tools you can force the north koreans to stap testing. i am encouraged this went differently than one might have expected. the north koreans did not rush out and say we're going to test an icbm. they pulled back the reins and folks in the white house sort of responded in a more measured way with a little less bluster and less tendency to acting rashly. both sides are applying it a little as she goes to test each other out. >> in your view it was wise that president trump will very little to say? >> i think so. when you don't have great options it's better to say less rather than more. he did the same thing every president has done under these circumstances, sought to reassure our allies. that's the best you can do. say there was reference building
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up the military. that's going to take years and years and not going to have an impact on the current problem staring us in the face. maybe brevity is the order of the day if you don't have other options. >> president trump did reassure japan but he didn't reassure verbally south korea. was this a missed opportunity? >> it was a somewhat strange statement in that way, in that it never mentioned north korea, didn't' sure south korea and add to the question surrounding the national security adviser michael flynn who is facing a whole other series of questions waysed on his contacts with russia during the transition and whether he misled the vice president about the snateur of that as well as the country. it is a strange statement and reflection of the difficulty. this is one thing that is a bipartisan or none partisan. every knewly elected president comes in saying he's going to be tougher or smarter or make more progress against intractable
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problems than his predecessor. they come in, there's a reason why the predecessor was not able to make more progress and one other dynamic here is that there is a point of leverage on north korea. it is from china, and you know, we saw president trump promising a much tougher posture toward china, which he kind of continued even through the transition, but in his president with president xi this week he did back off his threat to reassess the one china policy and one reason i think you cannot get into a full scale confrontation with china is because you do need their help in trying to establish any kind of boundaries on north korea. >> hmm. so jim, south korea's military leaders are still claiming to be analyzing the data. >> yes. >> claiming it did appear to be in their view a medium range missile, but there is some concern they may be getting closer to being able to you know, fire or come closer to having a missile with a greater
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range. is that your concern, too? >> i'm going to say something weird or different than most people say on this. i'm puzzled by this focus on their getting closer or further away from an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the u.s. it seems to me it understates the threat and overstates it at the same time. it overstates it because in my personal professional assessment, they are a long way off. that's a tough thing to do, it's not the same thing -- >> when you say long way off as in years, months? >> it's year. the other thing about it though, it also understates the threat because we only focus on a missile that could potentially reach the u.s. homeland. we have more than 20,000 troops, american troops in south korea. thousands more in japan. they are our treaty ally. if they are attacked with a nuclear weapon, we are legally and morally obliged to treat it as if it was an attack upon the united states, and my gosh, if we had tens of thousands of u.s. soldiers killed in that attack, that would certainly be, we
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would consider that an attack on the u.s., so that day has already arrived. just because they can't lob a missile all the way over here doesn't mean that the threat is real and it involves americans and it involves allies that are, have been foundational to u.s. foreign policy. >> and gentlemen, last hour i spoke with former energy secretary and ambassador to the u.n., bill richardson and these were his concerns. >> so let's be sure that, one, we reduce our nuclear weapons, yes we should modernize them, keep an eye on the russia issue. that worries me. the too close ties between the trump administration and russia. north korea the nuclear agreement with iran are in your portfolio so watch and get briefed and find the best experts to lead us into strong negotiations with north korea, which hopefully would reduce or eliminate their nuclear weapons in iran, so that they keep the nuclear agreement, and with
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russia, don't let them forget that they're an important ally when it comes to nuclear weapons, and they have not lived up to their side of the bargain. >> in your view, would this be top of mind for this trump administration? >> yes, look, like i said every president has struggled to deal with this and the options are not great in north korea. the military options don't seem to be there. the negotiation options are limited, would require certainly pressure from china. one thing we never discuss in the u.s. political system is whether ultimately some form of deterrence may have to be the answer with north korea, some combination of missile defense and deterrence which is what we've relied upon against a bigger threat from russia for a long period of time. this is a problem that confounded president after president. there is not a great option in foreign policy. there's least acceptable options. >> jim, are there desnernts. >> we're exercising deterrence
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right now. in previous tests you notice the u.s. has flown nuclear aircraft over the peninsula and i think all the military exercises we do in south korea and the visit by general mattis all a deterrence signaling to say to north korea don't cross the line. we're already doing that. ron is absolutely right, china is pivotal here. there's no solving this problem unless china is on board and we have some common interests, not identical interests but common interests and we need to be able to talk to them so that we can try to get our arms around this problem and it will have to include negotiations, the signals i've received from north koreans at various times is that they were willing to turn the page on president obama, and treat mr. trump differently, depending on how he treated them. now, is that true? i don't know. but there has to be some discussions with the parties at some point or we're going to keep on doing more of the same old thing over and over again. >> jim walsh, ron brownstein,
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the trump administration says all options are on the table with the president's proposed travel ban. athena jones is traveling with the president in palm beach, florida. athena, we know that one of his top advisers was more than just hinting but really delivering the message that all options are on the table, and they're going to continue moving forward on this travel ban. >> hi fred. that's right, the big question is, what is going to happen next? they're discussing all options. it's very clear that the president believes as he told us on the flight down here on friday, that his administration would ultimately win out on any court battle but also made the argument there is a sense of urgency here because he believes he feels the nation's security is at stake. it's clear they'd like to take some actions rather quickly,
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sooner rather than later certainly, but just what those actions will be is still being worked out. let's go ahead and listen to what the president's senior policy adviser, steven miller, had to say on fox news sunday, and then we'll talk about it on the other side. let's play that. >> we're considering all options, seeking an emergency stay, continuing the appeal with the panel, having an emergency hearing en banc or going to the tri trial on the district court and they also mentioned the possibility of new executive actions designed to prevent terrorist infiltration of our country. i want to say something clearly. this is very disappointing to the people protesting the president and the people in congress like senator shumer who attacked the president for his lawful and necessary action. the president's powers here are beyond question. >> those last couple of lines are very interesting to talk about. he talked about the president's
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lawful and necessary action, powers beyond question. steven miller is taking hour the constitutional powers allow him to institute the travel ban and sounds like he's making the case that the president's actions are not reviewable because they deal with national security, and if you remember, during those oral arguments, that so many of us listen to before the three-judge panel of the ninth circuit court of appeals that was one of the essential questions, the idea whether the president's actions are reviewable. the court came down on the side they are reviewable. steven miller continues to argue that they are not reviewable essentially and made that point over and over again on various sunday shows this morning. it's not surprising that he should make that point but it is interesting to point out, because it is at odds with that ruling. the bottom line here, fredricka, is that despite what president trump told us on the flight on air force one coming down here on friday when he said that he
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could file a brand new order as soon as tomorrow or tuesday, he didn't commit to either of those days, it just doesn't look like it's quite as imminent as that, that a new order could be coming. it looks as though they're working on it, but this white house has been full of surprises, so we have to wait and see what actually happens. fred? >> all right, athena jones, thanks so much, in palm beach, appreciate that. let's bring back ron brownstein. ron, the trump administration considering all options on this travel ban, at the same time you're hearing from athena where the white house feels these actions are really not review able in is this white house running the risk of jeopardizing its credibility in this way? >> first of all the's end of the american constitutional system of checks and balances is that there's nothing beyond question, everything can be questioned within the political system, and ultimately it is for the courts to decide where the lines are in both statutory and
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constitutional authority, and as athena alluded to, not only was this issue raised during the oral arguments but the nooibt circuit judges explicitly rejected the idea that, in their decision that the president's actions in this area were not reviewable, so there is no question that the courts ultimately have authority to decide when the president has exceeded his own authority, and that's been since, you know, since john marshall, so you know, i think that they are kind of moving into a position that kind of raises a different set of issues than the narrow, immediate ones surrounding this executive order. >> it almost sounds like there are two mess acs. donald trump tweeted "see you in court" it also sounds like they're saying they're willing to dismiss what the court is asking, which is an explanation of the motivation behind the court order by saying when he was on air force one, i'm going to have a new executive order and we're likely to see it this week. >> right. the problem they've got with
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staying in court is that a full hearing by the ninth circuit which is the most democratic leaning of the circuits 2-1 democratic appoint geez is unlikely to end any differently than this initial decision, and then they face the prospect of reaching a divided 4-4 supreme court, not even conceivable that one of the republican appointed judges could uphold this decision. the court route is difficult in terms of reversing the stay, and even if you go back and rewrite the executive order, there's no guarantee that the coalition of forces that fought this one in court, the states of washington and minnesota, joined by 16 other states, joined by a coalition of 100 leading businesses including apple, facebook, google, pretty much the entire 21st century economy would not go back into court and challenge that. both the district and appellate court questioned the premise that the administration had shown sufficient evidence that there was a reason for any kind of additional restrictions beyond those in current law on these countries, that there was a national security threat,
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presumably that question would hang over to any scaled back executive order, for example targeted to only those who had not been to the united states previously. >> it seems like it would be creating a whole new problem, a new fight. >> yes. >> the trump administration also doubling down on claims of wide sfred voter fraud without offering any proof. take a listen to this exchange on abc earlier today. >> this morning on this show, not the venue for me to lay out the evidence but i can tell you this, voter fraud is a serious problem in this country. you have millions of people who are registered in two states, who are dead, who are registered to vote and you have 14% of non-citizens according to academic research, at a minimum, are registered to vote, which is an astonishing statistic. >> you can't make -- hold on a second. you just claimed again that there was illegal voting in new hampshire, people bussed in from the state of massachusetts. do you have any evidence? >> george, i'm saying anybody -- go to new hampshire, talk to anybody who has worked in politics for a long time.
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everybody's aware of the problem in new hampshire with respect to bringing in voters and with respect to -- >> hold on a second. i'm asking you as the white house senior policy adviser, the president made a statement saying he was the victim of voter fraud. >> the president was. >> do you have any evidence? >> if this is an issue that interests you, then we could talk about it more in the future and we now have our government's getting stood up, we have the department of justice and we have more officials, an issue of voter fraud is something we'll look at seriously and very hard. but the reality is, is that we know for a fact, you have massive numbers of noncitizens registered to vote in this country. nobody disputes that. >> it's being disputed a lot and calling this once again a serious problem. bottom line, is this just like a diversionary tactic? what is going on? >> i think it's quite the opposite. first of all, talk to anyone in new hampshire. today tom rath, the longest serving long time gop strategist in the state said these claims are completely unfounded.
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you can talk to anybody in new hampshire there is no evidence of the charges but i don't think it's a diversion at all. people started thinking this was kind of the peak of the president, his pride was hurt, he lost the popular vote, he lost in new hampshire so therefore had t had to be because of voter fraud. what increasingly seems to be clear is that these claims are being made to pave the way toward potentially further restrictions on voting, tightening voter i.d., other efforts that the obama administration in many cases went to court to fight as an attempt to constrain the ability of minorities and lower income people to vote. so i think this is far from a diversion, all indications are they are heading toward "investigation" that will become the predicate for potentially a new round of voter restrictions and i think a battle royal both in state legislateeurs, in congress and the courts. >> the u.s. department of education sent out a tweet this morning go w a quote from
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w.e.b. debois, misspelling the bottom line of the last name. they followed up the department of education with an apology and another typo saying our deepest apologies, but spelling wrong. is this just an error or reflection of something else in terms of just not being concise, precise, caring? >> look, every new administration struggles to get its feet under it. this one is struggling more than most in a lot of different sideways from the small tweets you cite to the large, steven miller being the architect of an executive order at the core of what they wanted to do on immigration that has run afoul not only of democratic but republican appointed judges. so they are clearly struggling to get going. they are making a lot of waves. they are moving forward on a lot of things they have promitioned to do, and thrilling many of their supporters but i would note that today in the gallon up poll his disapproval rating
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reached 55% in 23 days. no other president has reached even 50% disapproval in less than 150, usually in like 600 or 700 to get to 50. there is a lot of evidence that the cart is kind of wobbling here in the early weeks, and that's why you begin to hear these whispers among republicans about whether there will be a course correction on sop of the staffing particularly in the white house. >> cart wobbling is a good way to put it. really wobbly. ron brownstein, thanks so much, in washington. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. bill. introducing t-mobile one. now with taxes and fees included. get 4 lines of unlimited lte data for 40 bucks each. all unlimited. all in! switch to t-mobile today. wheyou wantve somto protect it.e, at legalzoom, our network of attorneys can help you every step of the way. with an estate plan including wills or a living trust that grows along with you and your family. legalzoom. legal help is here.
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thousands of mexican citizens expressing their frustration with the trump administration by holding demonstrations across mexico, the largest crowd in the capital where protesters are gathering near the independent monument. leila santiago you've been there and had a chance to talk to people as well. what are they saying? >> reporter: they've just wrapped up, many of them leaving the angel of independence, after singing the national anthem together and not only have i been speaking to mexicans here who say this is about dignity and respect. it's not being anti-u.s. it's anti-the policies of president trump. i want you to hear, i managed to meet some women profrom los
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angeles who came down here on vacation, they heard about this protest, and they, as u.s. citizens, wanted to take part to support the mexicans. >> we're from the u.s. and we don't represent our government. we're humans, and we are here to protect the rights of human beings, and everyone here has just been so welcoming to us as americans, and it's really a privilege to be marching on this side of the wall. >> reporter: and so we saw people of all ages, all walks of life, and these were two protesters, protests rather what came together that came together here in mexico city, but we really saw many others in mexico. i also spoke to a mexican senator who was here with his family. he said he just came back from arizona. he's planning this week in introducing a bill to boycott corn, a lot of corn from the u.s. ends up here in mexico, so not only was this a call for unity among mexicans.
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some were also protesting the mexican government along with president trump, but we also started to see people say hey we want to take action. we want change, and i think you'll probably continue to see that for the weeks to come. fredricka? >> leila santiago in mexico city, thank you. all right, the president of the united states has another big week ahead, as more world leaders descend on washington, including israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. now this wednesday's meeting could reshape relations between israel and the u.s., after this. across new york state, from long island to buffalo, from rochester to the hudson valley, from albany to utica, creative business incentives, infrastructure investment, university partnerships, and the lowest taxes in decades are creating a stronger economy and the right environment in new york state for business to thrive. let us help grow your company's tomorrow -
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relations in a new trump era. netanyahu said this morning his main focus in those talks will be discussing israel's security. cnn's deployable affairs analyst aaron david miller joins me now from washington. good to see you, aaron. >> good to see you, fred. >> on the campaign trail donald trump touted himself as israel's biggest defender. here is a reminder. >> there's nobody more pro-israel than i am. we have to protect israel >> when i become president, the days of treating israel like a second class citizen will end on day one. look, we have to protect israel. israel to me is very, very important. we have to protect israel. >> reporter: so you've seen a lot of transitions between u.s. presidents and israel. how is this one different? >> i think in two respects. first of all i don't think there are any transformations in this relationship, with the exception of clinton's relationship with rabin which was remarkable and historic opportunities for
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peacemaking during that period. most israeli prime ministers and american presidents end up with a relationship that is both positive and negative, but in this case you're coming off of eight years of a soap opera, frankly, between president obama and prime minister netanyahu. so this relationship on a personal level has nowhere to go but up and i think you'll see a higher degree of coincidence of interest at least in the beginning on both iran and the pursuit of israeli/palestinian peace. >> there's a clear split between what you see in a possible trump relationship and obama approach. in your op-ed in "politico" you issued a warning saying "let's be clear in trump and netanyahu we're dealing with two difficult and combustible personalities who, despite their radically different backgrounds, have much in common and that may not be such a good thing." what do you mean? >> well, look, you've got two individuals who are extremely sensitive to criticism, with
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very brittle egos and both are suspicious, willful and purposeful and i think as a team that would constitute a remarkable sort of duo, but if they ever get into a situation where they're at odds with one another, i think there will be a certain amount of dysfunction, and the reality, fred, is campaigning isn't governing. we're already seeing a trump administration on any number of issues, settlements in particular not, moving toward the center. israel and the u.s. sit very different places, different threat assessments, different assessments of risk that i give it about a year, maybe even less, and i suspect the two of them will be annoying wunt another. >> do you think that changed the dynamic between the two that donald trump has changed his pacing on the whole issue of the u.s. embassy moving or even on
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the israeli settlements in the west bank? >> you know, i think that in part the embassy issue is not a priority for this israeli prime minister. iran is the priority, and the other reality is it's by now conventional wisdom in washington among analysts, a certain amount of distance and criticism from the trump administration actually helps the prime minister with his own right wing, because before underby ma, he could point to obama's tougher policies to restrain, those that are to the right of him. under this president it appears there are no constraints or restraints, so yeah, i think in a way netanyahu might welcome some mild criticism. >> there's an interesting dynamic here, as a leading adviser on the middle eastern affairs, jared kushner, donald trump's son-in-law, has a relationship, or knows netanyahu, and he will be there.
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jared kushner knows netanyahu from back in his high school days. do you show thee this as making impact in any way? >> i wish my father-in-law, i joked the other day, has as much confidence in me as donald trump seems to have in jared curb mer. he's assigned him truly mission impossible. i think the point to pay attention to the first time in a long time the pursuit of israeli-palestinian peace is not just squarely centered in the white house, it has presumably been deposited into the hands of not only a family member of the president but someone who is deemed to be one of his closest advisers. whether any of this is real or serious, what kind of priority the trump administration accorded this issue, i don't know but it's going to get some high level attention in large part just because jared kushner seems to be in charge of it, at least for now. >> aaron david miller, thank you so much. >> thank you, fred. >> always good to see you. we'll be right back.
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so we know how to cover almost alanything.ything, even a "truck-cicle." [second man] how you doing? [ice cracking] [second man] ah,ah, ah. oh no! [first man] saves us some drilling. [burke] and we covered it, february fourteenth, twenty-fifteen. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ do your job! do your job! do your job! do your job! >> a week of emotional town halls with passionate pleas to save affordable health care. we have a firsthand look at the fiery meetings across the country. >> yes they do. yes they do. >> reporter: tensions running high and emotions boiling over. >> my party had virtually no input. no input.
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[ booing ] okay. so that's okay. that's okay. >> reporter: the crowded town hall in newport richie, florida, not holding back, pushing hard against indications from republicans that a repeal of at fordable care act is looming without a unified plan for a replacement from the gop. >> what's your plan? what's your plan that? what's your plan? >> reporter: town halls like this one have been organized across the country by republican lawmakers, to better communicate their positions on health care to constituents, but in the past week, protesters have swarmed these venues, giving lawmakers in both chambers of congress an earful. >> do your job! do your job! do your job! >> reporter: on saturday, representative gus delaracas from florida's 12th district faced them, too. some shared deeply personal
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stories. >> my daughter has a genetic disease called gittleman's syndrome. now before the aca, we spent thousands of dollars. we spent tons of time, because she had a preexisting condition, and nobody would touch her. we talked -- they were talking at one point $10,000 for one year's worth of insurance. so now she has the aca, since 2009, and she is now able to get the medication she needs to save her life. >> reporter: others were more forceful. >> do not get rid of the aca. it will have so many big problems. it's not funny. >> reporter: a handful of donald trump supporters also got to voice their concerns. >> yes, yes, yes, yes! so you -- >> ladies and gentlemen -- >> you need to find out the facts before you start complaining!
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>> here's the problems i have with at fordable health care act. number one there is a provision that anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel. yes, they do. yes, they do! it's in there, folks. you're wrong. >> i am 77 years old, and i think it's unconscionable for this politician to tell me that at 74, i will be facing death penalties. wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. [ cheers and applause ] i have -- >> you misunderstood me. i'm on your side. >> they're angry with this particular plan, not because of the plan itself but because who is proposing the plan. >> reporter: representative bill laracas who was reelected in a landslide last year assured
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constituents he planned to take their stories back to washington. the congressman has voted to defund the aca in the past. spokesman says he considers it his duty to take input from all of his constituents, though not all of them believe that he's going to actually change his stance. >> i think hearing personal anecdotes is something that plays well on news bites and sounds like you are invested in the community, but i think in reality it's a show. >> reporter: as for the increased interest and public outcries at town halls, one democratic activist says we should expect more. >> i don't see that passion and that anxiety and that fear dissipating unless we see some real change. >> reporter: boris sanchez, cnn, newport richie, florida. >> and these town halls are ongoing. they continue to happen this afternoon, all the way from california to rhode island, we'll monitor and bring you any headlines as it happens. we'll be right back. did you know 90% of couples disagree on mattress firmness?
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jarreau. he was dubbed the acrobat of jazz. if you had the honor of seeing him in concert live as i have many times, what an incredible show and performer. the 59th annual grammy awards is being held tonight and it's adele versus beyonce for three of the biggest awards. stephaie elam is on the red carpet. oh, i like the look, that's very electric, stephanie. >> i had to switch it up a little bit, it's a little bit different at the grammys red carpet. you were just talking about al jerreau passing away day, no word on what they're going to switch things up and add him to
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their in memoriam. they're also going to honor george michael, they're also going to honor prince as well, both in mem moemormemory. you are right, it's about beyonce, it's about adele. you also have justin bieber's "purpose" in there. drake's "views" and we don't know whether or not beyonce is going to perform, we got that big announcement about the twins on the way, so we're still waiting to see whether or not queen bey is going to show up tonight.
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>> you have just set the tone for us, stephanie. >> this is one red carpet which is air-conditioned, which usually makes everybody here in l.a. very happy. >> you kind of have the beyonce fan, the air going. >> reporter: i do not have the beyonce fan, but we'll see how it goes for the next five hours. >> lots of fun, stephanie elam, thank you very much. the next hour of the cnn newsroom begins after the break. my sweethearts gone sayonara. this scarf all thats left to remem... what! she washed this like a month ago the long lasting scent of gain flings
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hello again, everyone and thank you so much for being with me. i'm fredericka whitfield. absolutely intolerable. that is the response from the u.s. and japan after north korea fires a ballistic missile. south korean officials say the north side fired an intermediate range missile, the missile traveled about 300 miles before crashing into the sea of china.


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