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5:00 a.m. here on the u.s. east coast. it is the memo in a everyothat talking about. and does it discredit the russia investigation? congressional supporters of the u.s. president are being accused of trying to do just that. they allege that the fbi improperly targeted for surveillance a former trump campaign adviser. >> the contents of the controversial memo are highly disputed. critics say it only on shows part of the picture. and misrepresents the testimony of former fbi deputy director andrew mccabe. here is more now from jim sciutto in washington. >> i think it is terrible. >> reporter: the president and republicans leveling a new broad side at the fbi. with a four page memo alleging the bureau abused its surveillance authority in seeking a warrant to monitor carter page during the 2016
election. >> it's been a tough fight. >> reporter: the disputed memo authorized by the staff of devin nunes claims mccabe says the page warrant would not have been sought without a dossier on trump's possible connections to russia. but three members dispute that account telling that nunes mischaracterizes what mccabe says. the memo reveals that the warrant to monitor page was approved and renewed by the court three separate times. the former republican chair of the intel committee mike rogers says that would not happen without other u.s. intelligence to back up the application. >> if this is all they used, the judge ought to get in trouble too. i think there is a lot more information that supplanted the information they provided. in addition, they went through separate renewals and in each
you have to actually reconfirm probable cause. meaning you had to get something off of that wire. >> reporter: the memo also alleges that the fbi and justice department did not inform the fisa court that former british intelligence agent christopher steele who compiled the dossier was funded by the democratic party. adam schiff said that it is, quote, not accurate that the secret court waunss unaware of steele's political motivations, he says that the court knew of a likely political motivation behind steele. >> what it ends up delivering is criticism of a single fisa application and its renewals that cherry picks information that doesn't tell the reader the whole of the application and as the doj and fbi have said deeply misleading. >> reporter: while the memo attempts to portray the fbi as relying on outside information to launch the russia investigation, it notes that a counter intelligence investigation was actually opened months before the page
application based on a stream of intelligence separate from the dossi dossier. this includes information from the australian government can which learned that another trump campaign adviser, george papadopoulous, had been offered damaging information about hillary clinton from an individual with ties to the russian government. >> with these accusations swirling, christopher wray addressed fbi employees today via video, this reported by shall i mondimon prokupecz, and times are tough but went on to give a bucking up speech to the rank and file saying that the american people read the news papers and watch tv, but your work is all that matters. actions speak louder than words. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. >> so again, the main allegation in the memo, that the justice department misused the fisa court to target former trump adviser carter page. >> but to explain exactly what fisa is, what that court is and
how carter page fits in, tom foreman breaks it down. >> reporter: in the long investigation into possible russia meddling, carter page has become a flash point. not because this one time adviser to donald trump has had a long relationship with russia or because he traveled there during the campaign, although that is true, but instead because some republicans believe the justice department improperly used a fisa court to wiretap carter page. now, fisa stands for the foreign intelligence surveillance act. and this is what is used when investigators want to spy on essentially somebody who is actually on u.s. soil. they go to the fisa court, they present information explaining why they believe this person is a suspected agent of a foreign government, and the fisa court would then give them permission if it is all approved properly to then go forward. the fisa court did that, not
only that, but they approved an extension three different times and analysts say is that probably because there was something coming out of this or most likely something coming out of this that gave them reason to keep approving this. about you some republicans are saying the real problem is that there was secret political hand at work that the court was not told about. that the original information came from an investigation that was partially funded by democrats out there and those democrats were feeding it into the justice department. fisa court didn't know about it. if that is the case, why didn't the justice department say maybe we have other things that we can tell you about? the reason that would not happen according to many intelligence analysts is that there may indeed be other sources, there may be other avenues out there that they do not want to make public because that could somehow imperil the further investigation of all of this.
whether or not that is true, we don't know. the very secretive nature of the fisa court is the reason that it may be hard for the justice department to come forward and say here is what is happening and why they think the memo is wrong. >> tom foreman, thanks for the explanation. and now more about the man behind the memo, the chair man the house intelligence committee republican devin nunes. he's been kricriticized and som say hurting the investigation. >> the first interview he gave with us to fox news and he slammed the democrats. >> these are not honest actors. they know they are not being honest. and i get tired of playing whac-a-mole every day with the democrats on this committee who never wanted to start this investigation in the first place. so there is clear evidence collusion, but it just happens to be with hillary clinton and
their commissionittee that they to investigate. >> the top democrat says the memo is not meant to help the investigation but hurt it. adam schiff calls the memo deeply misleading. >> what it ends up delivering is criticism of a single fisa application involving carter page and its renewals that cherry picks information that doesn't tell the reader the whole of the application and as the doj and fbi have said is deeply misleading and fact ally in-accurate. you can cherry pick any fisa court application and do the same thing. >> a lot to digest mere. let's bring in a teacher of international relations in london. we have memogate to throw at you. so depending on who you listen to, it is either deeply misleading or revealing.
where do you fall? >> i think it is another step in what has been an ongoing effort to undermine the legitimacy and credibility of this investigation which remember is supposed to be looking into russia's interference in the u.s. presidential election, something that is important to everybo everybody. and we've seen a number of efforts to really get people thinking about something very different. in this case it is an allegation that this was politically motivated and inspired investigation that lacks all credibility. unfortunately, it is very destructive and i think if you listen to what senator mccain said after the memo was released, this is an attack on the legitimacy of the fbi, an unfair attack on the justice department and that it is taking us away from this most important
investigation. and of course the memo has done nothing to undermine the legitimacy and importance of that broader question. so i think it is deeply destructive. the problem of course is that the public isn't going to for the most part read the memo that people are listening to the new sources that reaffirm their biases. and i think that it will be read through a very polarized america, a very partisan washington. and do great damage regardless of the contents of the claims. and it does seem like the memo really does very little to discredit that ongoing investigation. >> and how far do you think that damage goes? let's just start with the fact that first of all the intelligence committees are supposed to be above partisanship. clearly that has gone in this instance. and what about taking it further as far as the importance of the justice department and the work of the fbi and getting
information from our allies? >> well, i think one thing that is very important now that it is in the public domain, it is important that that rumor that the democrats have a memo that hasn't been released that makes it very clear from what we're told, we haven't seen the memo yet, that to the extent that there was any information that came out of the steeles do i sd that they inform the court of this in requesting a warrant for sure veiling carter page. so there was apparently transparency. if that is the case, it's important that that memo sees the light of day and that there is a level of discussion in the media and in the public domain so that the public understands that in fact this warrant as we've seen was granted three additional times, that requires additional evidence in the sense that there really was information to warrant this ongoing surveillance. so again, there is really
nothing in that memo that undermines this investigation and i think that conversation needs to be had. but it's very important of course that the integrity of the justice department and the fbi be preserved, but very difficult in the current environment and this makes it much more difficult. >> and in the trump administration, mr. trump has sought to discredit the investigation. you talk about this being important to the people in the u.s. as far as finding out about russia's meddling, but at every turn it seems that this has not been important to the u.s. president. >> well, i think it has been important to the u.s. president. he is clearly deeply troubled by it, which is why i think he spends so much time both within the white house and more generally trying to undermine the credibility. it is not clear that to trump's base that this question about russia's interference or the possibility that members of the
campaign or the trump administration might have been involved. it is not clear how much that actually has shaped the concern of 38% to 40% who have remained solidly behind the president. it is not clear that this is actually at the top of their mind or really what is motivating their support for the president. there are a number of other things that might actually undermine inthat support. tax cuts for example that seem to be unfair and biased towards the wealthy from their point of view. but this doesn't seem to be the key concern. but i do think that the broader discussion and the politics and the politicization of that investigation that is now very much in the public domain does risk really undermining the credibility and legitimacy of that investigation. and skewing things in a more partisan direction in terms of the support that the president has. >> as it goes on and on, it
gives those that want to discredit the investigation more time to try and do that and we'll wait and see where this memo leads it. thank you so much for your thoughts, leslie. stocks chanced on wall street friday and investors are probably glad turbulent week is over. we'll look at the huge drop and what is ahead. plus this -- as far as the sentencing, to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon. >> this father filled with rage after he hears details of sexual abuse of his daughters. the judge's message to the furious parents as cnn continues. david. what's going on? oh hey! ♪ that's it? yeah. ♪ everybody two seconds! ♪ "dear sebastian, after careful consideration of your application, it is
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wall street saw its worst day of the trump presidency on friday. the dow fell more than 665 points despite a strong jobs report that showed increasing wage growth. >> claire sebastien breaks down all the numbers and what is fueling investors' fears. >> reporter: a vol tiatile weekended with the dow down 665 points at the close. that is its worst day since donald trump took office and the worst points drop since the 2008 financial crisis. the selloff was blood based,
both the dow and s&p 500 fell more than 2%. and in this case what is good for the economy wasn't good for the markets. the u.s. economy added 200,000 job, wage growth was up. that is fueling concerns down here about inflation. could that interrupt the corporate profits that we've seen and could it lead the fed to raise rates faster than expected. overall though the abiding sense is that the market has run so far for so long that prapgserha bit of pullback was the right thing. claire sebastien, cnn money. and there is more evidence that north korea is violating international sanctions. a new u.n. report says north korea made nearly $200 million last year by exporting coal and other banned goods. >> the report indicates the coal went to countries like russia and china. investigators also suggest north korea supplied weapons to syria and myanmar. news of the u.n. report came
as u.s. president trump met with defectors from north korea at the white house. >> they told the president about horrific conditions in north korea and the struggle to escape that country. cnn's brian todd has more for us. >> escapees from north korea. >> reporter: president trump hopes a new avenue to pressure kim jong-un. he defecto defectors. >> i came from the most ridiculous country. >> reporter: they praised trump for his unvarnished talk about north korea. >> it will give courage. >> reporter: trump is not the first president to meet with defectors, but he is embracing the enemies of the kim regime at a time of heightened tensions. could trump's meetings prompt a response from the young dictator? >> north korea may be wrangled that the president is heating with escapees. we may see official propaganda reaction to it that it is the wrong focus, that it is undermining the peace olympics. >> reporter: but while trump's
move could encourage other north koreans to defect, one analyst says the meeting could also raise the question of whether the trump administration is starting to push for regime change in pyongyang. white house officials won't say what is behind friday's meeting. the president was cagy when asked if he wanted to send a message to the kim regime with this meeting. >> i don't think so. these are just great people that have suffered incredibly. >> reporter: but this human rights activist says even if regime change isn't on the table, the meeting still serves to good expose the dictator's r. >> it clearly puts more pressure on chism jokim jong-un. it is clear that they are trying to white wash their record. >> reporter: this woman on snuck across the borden when she was 17. she asked president trump to stop repatriating defectors and told a harrowing story of what
happened to her. >> i escaped from an arranged marriage when i was 19. i escaped a brothel and then i was arrested by the chinese authorities policemen and i was narrowly avoided being repay y e patrioted to north korea. >> reporter: the president showed empathy but didn't say whether he would pressure the chinese or not. she says the lives of many north korean defect toors depend on u pressure. >> most are carrying poison with them in case they are caught in time. >> reporter: as compelling as the meeting was, it might have made south korean officials a bit nervous because it is just one week before the winter olympics are set to begin. the south koreans worked hard to get north korean athletes to participate in the games. and could be concerned that trump's meeting with the defectors might upset that arrangement. we got no response there south korean officials here in washington to the trump meeting,
but south korean president moon jae-in did speak to president trump on the phone shortly before the meeting took place. brian todd, cnn, washington. well, disgraced former usa gymnastics physician larry nassar faces several life sentences for sexually abusing hundreds. and dozens more are coming forward to share their raw and painful stories. >> and for the father of three girls, the weight of their words in court on friday was too much to bear. kale l caylee har tongue describes what happened. and we warn you, this contains graphic testimony. >> reporter: this father's anger -- >> as part of this sentencing, to grant me five minutes in a locked room with thisaimed scar man. >> would you give me one minute?
>> reporter: in this angle you can see the court bailiff quickly get larry nassar out of the room. more than 200 survivors in two different courtrooms over the past two weeks have provided victim impact statements in the case against nassar. engaging and disgusting the country. on friday, randall listened to two of his daughters publicly share details of their abuse. >> he said this meant because i had back pain, he would need to put the needles on my vagina. with no coverage, no gloves, underwear and pants down to my thighs, my entire have a guy that was completely exposed. when i was there just a kid, lays on a table at msu and you put your ungloved hands all over my rear and slipped your thumb into the most private area of my body. to my parents, thank you for all your love and support through all of this.
you have done everything that a parent could ever do. >> i feel that my entire family has gone through hell and back because of what larry nassar did to both my sisters and i years ago. my parents are maeheartbroken a so filled with regret. the guilt they have will never go away. >> it prompted praise on twitter calling him a hero, parents saying they would have done the same thing. >> you have to understand the compassion and understanding too from the judge who over saul his contempt rating a couple hours later. >> i cannot tolerate or condom vigilanteism, but as for the direct contempt of court, there is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case. and i do -- my heart does go out to you and your family because of what you've gone through. >> i appreciate that.
and i apologize to you and the courtroom. i'm embarrassed. i'm not here to upstage my daughters. i'm here to help them deal. >> reporter: in a family press conference later in the day, an apologetic hargreaves tried to explain his reaction, saying it was the first time he heard many details of nassar's assaults on his details. >> what i had to hear in those statements and i have to look over at larry nassar shaking his head, that is when i lost control. >> reporter: nassar, who was sentenced up to 175 years in prison for similar charges in another michigan courtroom last week is expected to be sentenced in in this hearing early next week. in atlanta, caylkaylee hartung,. 16 new flu related deaths among u.s. children were reported this week and that brings the total number of pediatric flu related deaths to 53 since october.
>> and according to a government report, hospitalizations for the flu also hit the highest levels seen since officials started recording this data in 2010. flu vaccines are reported in short supply, but they are still available. pediatric flu cases are closely, but deaths for other age groups are difficult to estimate. president trump has arrived in florida but leaves behind a washington in turmoil. we'll discuss the controversial memo. and plus the u.s. secretary of state mending fences in latin america and offering vision when it comes to russia meddling. we're live from atlanta. stay with us this valentine's day i wanted to turn everything i love about you into one thing you'll love forever. the jared valentine's day diamond event. washington in turmoil.
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from coast to coast to our viewers around the world, you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen. congressional backers of the u.s. president are alleging the fbi abused its surveillance powers against one of mr. trump's former soerkd associate. the charge is contained in a congressional memo released friday. democrats dispute the claims and say they will push to release their own report next week. >> word on wall street, the dow fell 665 points on friday. the steepest point decline since the 2008 financial crisis. though a strong jobs report is fueling fears of inflation. analysts say the political turmoil in washington is only adding to the uncertainty. the man who are targeted muslims last year in london has
been sentenced to life in prison. darren osbourne plowed his car into a crowd on june 19th, killing one person and injuring 12 others. the search continues for dozens of migrants who may have drowned. the vessel was carrying more than 90 when it capsized on thursday. so far only three survivors have been found. now more on that controversial pmemo released friday. it is the talk of washington because of what it might mean for the trump presidency. at its core, the memo alleges the fbi abused its surveillance powers in targeting a former aide of the trump campaign. >> democrats and other critics say the document is not an accurate representation of the facts. james comey called it dishonest and misleading. jeff zeleny explains why some believe it is mepant on to
undermine the mueller investigation. >> reporter: now there is a fight brewing between the u.s., the justice department and the fbi. president trump declined to say if he had confidence in the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who oversees the russia investigation. now none of this changes special counsel robert mueller's investigation. this is still going along full speed. one of the next things to find out is if the president will set down for an interview with him. but the release of this memo at least in the eyes of the white house and the president, they believe it helps discredit the russia investigation. now, many republicans across washington said that was not the point of it, they said that is not the case. it is separate from that. the reality here that was the president goes into the weekend where he will be spending it in mar-a-lago, will he make a decision to have a change either at the justice department with rod rosenstein or will he fire bob mueller. those are still two possible things that could happen. most advisers here at the white house say the president knows that would be explosive. and that would continue and draw
out the investigation. but the mindset of the president on this is unclear. again, he declined to say if he has confidence in the deputy attorney general here and his own fbi director said he had grave concerns about the memo. the memo was released anyway. as this moves forward here going into the coming weeks, the russia investigation still going full blast, the question is now if the white house can move beyond it and get to the point of legislating so much work here to be done. republicans believe this has overtaken their agenda, they simply want to get back to legislating. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white house. other news involving the trump administration, u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson is in argentina, the latest stop in what could be called a fence mending tour of latin america. he will also advivisit peru, colombia and jamaica. >> and among the topics discussed friday, trade, drugs and even russian interference in
elections. on that, secretary tillerson had some sage advice. listen. >> you asked about russian interference in mexican elections. all i can say to you is we know that russia has fingerprints in a number of elections around the world. we hear this from our european counterparts as well. my advice would be to mexico would be pay attention. >> the pentagon under the old nuclear arms policy on friday puts simply the united states wants more nuclear weapons, not fewer. >> defense secretary james mattis says it is looking reality in the eye. it is also reversing course after years of trying to reduce the united states nuclear arsenal. >> and it comes as north korea gets closer to becoming a nuclear danger, but an old foe is still front and center as barbara starr reports for us. >> reporter: while president trump navigates the political minefield of the russia investigation -- >> there has been no collusion.
there has been no crime. >> reporter: -- pentagon and state department unveiled the toughest line yet against vladimir putin's military in a report on nuclear threats and the trump administration's solutions. >> russia has increased its reliance on nuclear weapons and its capabilities and it is building a large and diverse nuclear arsenal. >> reporter: the pentagon detailing 2,000 nuclear capable weapons that could hit europe. and for the first time, confirming russia is developing an underwater drone that can potentially travel thousands of miles and strike the u.s. coastline. russia just one headache for defense secretary james mattis as he begins the second year on the job. the u.s. nuclear determent also aimed at north korea which the report says may now only be months away from the capability to strike the u.s. with
nuclear-armed missiles. >> if north korea would hypothetically launch a ballistic missile tipped with a nuclear weapon at the united states that we intercepted, it is not the sort of thing that we would say, oh, well, that is the end of the story. >> reporter: because of current tensions, the pentagon may delay a routine test of a u.s. intercontinental ballistic missile until after the olympics cnn has learned. along with the joints chiefs job number one now for mattis is to convince president trump to not conduct a limited strike against north korea hoping sanctions work before a missile is fielded. job number two, mattis still has to have credible military options to back up the diplomatic effort. >> he has to present it in a way that that leads up, that manages his boss so that his boss who has never seen combat unlike general dunford and secretary
matt i mattis, he has not experienced that kind of chaos. he has to understand the consequences of making a decision on the use of military force. >> reporter: critics say all of this lower the threshold for president trump to decide to use nuclear weapons. but advocates say in today's world, this strong deterrence is necessary against america's adversaries. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. cape town south africa is drought ridden and it is running out of water. we'll you tell you how residents are dealing with an approaching disaster. and also the latest on tv stations taken off the air in ken i can't. wh kenya. what is the government is doing about a court order to bring them back. who wants customizabe options chains? what is the government is doing about a court order to bring them back. kenya. what is the government is doing about a court order to bring them back. f the lowest ons fe are you raising your hand? good then it's time for power e*trade
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we are hahave received dram video to show you. you see cars and homes being washed away, this as raging floodwaters push through in northwestern argentina. >> reports say 10,000 were forced to evacuate their homes when a river burst its banks. and as you can see, some had to be pulled from the rushing water. and the water crisis in cape town is already a crisis fair to say, but its 4 million residents are facings possibility of a full blown catastrophe temperature in a little more than two months, the city could run out of water. people there waiting in long lines, stockpiling water for the so-called day zero. some are even building their own rationing systems for their homes. >> the city has restricted residents to just over 13 gallonsliters of water a
day from municipal sources and the crisis is spreading. the industrial area could also face shortages because of low levels in reservoirs. >> let's bring in derrick van damme to tell us more about this. you have friends and family that are there. this is a very big deal not only for cape town, but around the world to see what is happening here. what exactly is day zero, what does it looks like? >> it is an actual date that the city of cape town has designated as the day that they will turn off the taps. that day is april 16th. so people in cape town will walk to their faucet, walk to their taps just like we do every day, take it for granted and there will literally be no water coming out of those taps and faucets. this is a day like no other. and we're going to see unchartered territory, people walking into situations that we haven't experienced before because this is the first major metropolitan to have the
potential to run out of water because of drought in modern times. >> i was going to say -- excuse me, i've lost my voice. i've anchored for many years and i don't remember covering a story like this with this amount of people involved. >> there are other cities that are water stressed. sao paulo, melbourne, places like mexico city. but none of them have been forced to shut off their taps in a last ditch effort to reserve the last bits of that finite resource being water that is so crucial to humanity. so really lots to talk about. this story is wide ranging. so many angles. how do you control a population of 4 million people when you have only 200 allocation points to distribute 25 liters of water to that 4 million people. so you do the math, that is 20,000 people per allocation point. that just provides logistic issues all on its own.
71 days, 11 hour, 16 minutes, 26 seconds is how long until day zero occurs april 16th in cape town south africa. these are the latest images from nasa, they did a study and they show that the major reservoirs just outside of the city of cape town, the six big reservoirs that feed cape town its water source, and i want you to see the gradual progression. 2014 to 2016 to just last week, look at the depletion in the water especially across the tier. that particular dam here serves about 40% of their drinking water and it has been deplete, standing at only 13%. this area is just outside of cape town, beautiful part of south africa, this is the wine estate. everybody knows about this. the water system here has beeae
severely depleted. look at that bathtub ring indicating where the water levels used to be. how did we get to this point? annual average rainfall here is just over 515 millimeters of rain, roughly 20 inches of rainfall. last year, their driest year on record, only 157 millimeters, that is 6 inches of rain in the entire year. level 6-b restrictions from the city of cape town, that is 50 liters per day, average consumption by you and me being an american, 375 milliliters or 20 gallons of water per day. it is incredible to see how much water that we use and take for granted and how they will have to give up major luxuries that we enjoy every single day just from turning on a tap to brushing our teeth to taking showers. they are restricting that and will be nonexistent after april 16. >> it's hard to fathom those of us that are fortunate to turn on the tap and get water. >> puts it in perspective.
>> this could be a new reality, certainly something people are dealing with in cape town, but something that people around the world need to be aware of. >> without a doubt. >> thanks. all right. now to kenya, that government appears to be defying a court order to let three tv channels back on the air. at least three channels were ordered shut off on tuesday. the move came over coverage of the symbolic swearing in of an opposition leader. the court ordered the government to restore all transmissions thursday, a hear going challenging that decision to shut them down is set for later this month. let's go live to nairobi. good to have you with us. what is next for these tv channels beyond the court order, do they have any recourse? >> reporter: well, not really. the recourse that they have is that the courts as you say, they have ordered these stations to be reopened as way back as two days ago, they did this.
and the private petition that went to the courts to try to get the television stations back on was telling us that he went to the kenya communications authority, tried to hand over the court's orders and they simply told him to go away and never to set his foot there again about th again. but he has managed to serve the interior minister and the minister of information and attorney general and the hearing as you say will be somewhere around february 14th. but the criticism has been completely overwhelming of the government's moves. just now i'm reading a letter from the committee to protect journalists calling the kenyan government's refusal to an bid by the court order as something akin to full-on censorship. and of course even within kenya itself, people are a little bit bitmuse ebi bitbe be mused by the government's reaction. and this is an unprecedented
move to shut down four tv stapgstapgs stations like this and then be told to switch them back on and four days later they are still not back on. >> and i wanted to ask you a bit more about that, the general response. what are people saying about the fact this happened? >> reporter: they are usually easy going folk. and we talked to people on the streets and from very young women who say that their routine and to people being cross, why do they have in this day and age in an independent brightly developing and very prominent part of east africa, why do they have to turn to the internet and of course stations like cnn to get news of their own political life. these are questions that the
government still has to answer and it will remain to see of course whether or not these stations will be back on air. >> farai, thank you so much. we'll keep up with the story. thank you. we'll pause and talk some olympics when we come back. because they are almost here. we'll have a live report from south korea. plus the u.s. pro football championship, it will be played sunday. the super it aptly named the su bowl? we'll explain. oh, sorry i'm late, sir. i had a doctor's appointment. when you said you were at the doctor, but your shirt says you were at a steakhouse... that's when you know it's half-washed. now from downy fabric conditioner comes downy odor
a lot of good assignment building around the winter olympics, the games kick off next friday in pyeongchang. >> and paula newton is there for us. paula, you know, so many times when we come to you live in south korea, usually it is not something fun to talk about. thank goodness the olympics are here and we can kind of take a break and talk about curling and wh whatnot. >> reporter: yeah, you got it. and it wasn't going to be this way really it's been a
breakthrough since the new year. north korea actually sending athletes here, sending hundreds of others in what they are calling cultural demonstrations, all of it good news for south korea and what they hope will be the biggest and best winter olympics ever. i can tell you i was out there today, there is still a lot of finishing touches to be put on some of the events, but it has to be said korea has been a bit luke warm, but now it seems that ticket sales are picking up and people are embracing what they know will be the olympic spirit. what has been so interesting is to see the political effects. at one point the united states being skeptical about how the games would come off. now donald trump saying yesterday that he thinks something good will come of it. having said that, natalie, you and i both know for these athletes that train so long and hard for these games, they just want the politics out of it. and as understand, they want to get to some sports and hopefully when the opening ceremonies begin we can put some of the polt tick politics behind them and concentrate on good
performances. >> i'm ready for it. i think the world needs a little bit of olympic spirit. i want to talk to you about russia's participation. is there still some back and forth on that? >> reporter: gosh, is there ever. i mean, we just had in the last hour the ioc had a press conference and again you heard earlier in the week just to update you that some russian athletes had appealed their lifetime ban. 28 of those, their appeal succeeded. they now are waiting to see whether now the ioc gives them permission to participate in the olympics. think about it, these are top athletes who now are in limbo with the olympics just six days away. i want you to listen to the ioc spokesperson mark adams to hear what he had to say about their participation. >> will it be a success? i think time will judge. but i think we can be at least be pleased that we have tried rather than going for blanket ban or letting everyone in, we've tried to actually find out
on an individual basis for individual young athletes, many of whom have never competed in big games before, to try to let them have their olympic dream which would be denied if a blanket ban was applied. >> reporter: and natalie, mark adams there is really addressing some criticism of the ioc saying you have been too easy on russia here. having said that, still a few athletes in limbo and they may know perhaps 24 hours before these olympics start whether or not they can compete. >> okay. paula newton, we appreciate it. thanks. before we get to the olympics, we have the biggest annual sporting spectacle in the united states one day away. >> a lot of people will be watching super bowl lii. the u.s. pro football championship set to be played sunday pitting the eagles against the patriots. >> everything about it is enormous. according to forbes, american consumers spent an average $14
billion on super bowl day in 2017. that is the same amount spent on halloween and st. patrick's day did you know combined. >> a lot of money. and a lot of people viewing it. >> thanks for watching "cnn newsroom." i'm sure we have as many viewers as the super bowl. >> i'm george howell. >> and i'm natalie allen. >> "new day" is next in the united states. for viewers around the world, amanpour is ahead. thanks for watching. ork. unconventional, unexpected nudes. liquid matte formula. up to 16 hour wear. go un-nude with attitude. maybelline's matte ink un-nude. only from maybelline new york. what's going on? oh hey!ink un-nude. ♪ that's it? yeah. ♪ everybody two seconds! ♪ "dear sebastian, after careful consideration of your application, it is with great pleasure that we offer our congratulations
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