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it has been a busy hour. i want to hand it over to casey hunt. >> thank you so much. i'm casey hunt. this is "cnn tonight." summer is unofficially over. pressure is building on both major political parties with the midterms nine weeks away. in this home stretch, president biden is taking the opportunity today to tout his administration's summer victories while assembling his cabinet since the first time in march. we saw the ex-president fire back this weekend. >> donald trump and the maga republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our
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republic. >> they're all enemies of the state. he is an enemy of the state. you want to know the truth. >> that comes as trump is contending with a slew of investigations picking up steam. how much will they impact his party this november? that's a big question. season two of the january 6th hearings are upon us. the house select committee is preparing for its end of the year sprint, expected to resume public hearings this month. the justice department presses on with its criminal investigation into the capitol attack. now there's the added suspense in the classified documents probe after the search of mar-a-lago. "the washington post" is reporting tonight that among the highly sensitive government documents found was one describing a foreign government's nuclear defense capabilities. "the washington post" sources didn't identify the foreign government in question or say where at mar-a-lago the document was found. other tersmaterials detail top
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secret operations so close ly guarded, only the president or someone from the cabinet level could authorize someone to know they exist. they require clearances on a need to know basis. not just as garden variety top secret clearance. i'm joined by elliott williams, myles taylor and senior editor for the national review, ranesh panuru. myles, you have been in some top positions. i want to start with you. how significant is it in your view that a document this sensitive was stored at a country club? >> look, massively. when this broke open, we were first talking about, would the intelligence information stored there put the lives in danger of the people who collected it? then we were talking about, could it put hundreds or thousands of lives in danger because it was important secrets? when we are talking about
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nuclear secrets, this isn't hyperbole to say we are talking about potentially the protection of millions of lives. when i was read into subjects related to this, it was at the personal approval of the secretary of defense. i had to go into a special facility. there was a range of additional permissions related to this. this is incredibly sensitive stuff. let me give a quick example. let's just hypothetically say it was russia or china. that type of information about their nuclear capabilities is the type of information over years and sometimes decades we design our nuclear posture around. if we go to war, it may mean america not being protected the way it needs to. it may mean putting this country and millions of people like i said a moment ago in danger. that's how serious this is. >> let me flip that analogy. what if it's an ally? there's speculation that it's
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the israelis. >> likewise. we put a close ally and their citizens potentially if danger by exposing that information about their defenses. nuclear weapons aren't just munitions on a battlefield. we are talking about existential weapons that protect a country's existence. that type of information being out there when there's a dozen nuclear powers in the world is about as serious as it gets in the federal government. republicans have been saying, well, this was just a housekeeping issue with the documents. that's like saying, the queen of england just leaves the crown jewels lying around. the difference is the crown jewels don't potentially put millions of lives in danger when they're out of the vault. >> they rexare expensive, but t serve a different purpose. elliott, we all -- the conversation before the air was all about this story. elliott, you are the lawyer here. what did you take away from this? >> i would urge every american to take a look back at that affidavit we talked so much about a week or two ago and the sections of it that talk ab
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about -- >> you will have to fill us? >> look for those numbers. they talk about it throughout. it's the mishandling of information that could be used to the injury of the united states. that's important, because even if it's an ally, you are talking about national security information. the possession of which or mishandling of which could be a crime. in that affidavit the justice department lays out that they found probable cause to believe this crime was committed. that somebody, whether it was the president or someone connected to him, had committed this crime of mishandling this kind of defense specific information. in addition to the fact that there's a national security issue here, there's also potential criminal issues in merely having this stuff around and transmitting it to other people, mishandling it, tampering with it in some way. it's incredibly dangerous for everybody. >> i think there are two important points to make. first, it wouldn't harm us to wait a day or two and see other
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reporting on this, what parts of the story are corroborated, what are corrected, what parts are amplified. the second is, we are going to talk about the potential legal ramifications of this. part of the u.s. code that i'm not going to try to repeat. there's also a political judgment that voerters need to make about donltdald trump. was this a responsible treatment of u.s. information? was it a reckless one? i think that the bar for deciding that is a lot lower. >> whether people care, that's another question. >> we often skip over that because we are going for the legal one. we have to think about, as tired as everybody is of debating this question, the question of what it says about fitness for office. >> one more thing. "the washington post" is not the authority on criminal justice in the united states. i want to be clear. however, a federal judge has
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found probable cause that it's more likely than not that this crime was committed somewhere on those grounds. this reporting seems to confirm that information. at a certain point, it walks like a duck or talks like a duck. i think it ought to alarm everybody who reads it. >> let me follow up on one thing you said. we're going to let this reporting play out. we should underscore this is not cnn reporting. this is a "washington post" story. they are the only ones that have this information. they had reported about nuclear documents. there were a lot of people who assumed they were u.s. nuclear documents, about our nuclear programs. do you see a significance difference between if the president had that document versus one about a foreign country? >> i think there are some -- there might be different security interests, but there are serious security interests and u.s. security interests. >> fair enough. >> there's no difference. there's -- honestly, there's no
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difference. u.s. nuclear weapons or foreign country, when you get into a nuclear war -- i have been in those game theory situations where you talk through tit for tat. >> we will talk about that over a drink. i'm dying to know more than you can say. >> trump forced us into that position. we had to have those conversations at dhs. we had to have the conversation that was, what happens if we get into a nuclear war? what do we do? if it's about another country or our capabilities, once you are in the war, it really matters if you have that marginal advantage of a piece of information. that getting out there is a problem. we're talking about this stuff on air right now. this is the horror of people like us from the national security community is that if trump hadn't taken this, we wouldn't be sitting here even having this discussion and putting that information at risk. when he was voted out of office, the idea was he would leave and not be able to put his finger on the red button. he pushing that red button. >> affecting it.
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elliott, let me bring this back to one of the other things. the judge down in florida granted this request for a special master. the former attorney general, bill barr, came out and said basically that the government should appeal that decision. it was a wrong decision. appealing it would have the effect of tieing it up further and delaying the investigation. if you are trying to prosecute, what is the best plan? >> there's a couple problems. number one, an appeal ties it up and slows it down months, not weeks. number two, the bigger question is that you could actually get a bad decision on a pppeal. the 11th circuit court is conservative. they could get a decision that hurts the justice department. if they win, it could go to the supreme court and they get a worse decision. maybe they just roll their dice and hold on. maybe they have access to the documents in a couple weeks.
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without an appeal. it's not always a good idea to appeal when you lose. even though it seems counterintuitive. but maybe stay the course and they might still be on top in the investigation. information is coming out by day that seems to bolster their case. >> barr, although he said that there should be an appeal, way saying even if it wasn't, i think he said it he would be a rain delay. >> he said it would slow them down a couple innings. it's not a bad one. >> myles, elliott, thank you for being here. coming up next, you are going to hear from a former acting chief of staff to trump in the white house. why mick mulvavaney thinks trum had those documents. we'll l come to you pay you on the spot then pick upup your car that's it at carvana
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tonight's "washington post" reporting highlights the key
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national security questions about just what was in the 11,000 pages of government records that were found at donald trump's beach club. those are answers even people who serve at the highest levels of trump's white house are looking for. about an hour before "the washington post" story broke, i spoke with former trump white house acting chief of staff mick mulvaney. thanks for being here. i want to start by asking you, is there any legitimate reason the former president could have for refusing to turn over classified documents? >> probably not. he could make the argument that he should share in them. he might get access to them eventually. i don't think there's a legitimate argument. if the fbi says, those are classified documents, send them back, he's to send them back. that's the big issue he is dealing with. you and i have talked about this briefly before. i think he had a fairly valid defense or a potential defense
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that maybe the documents sort of all just got thrown in a box as he was leaving the white house in the chaos after the january 6 riot. that might explain why they were there in the first place. that falls apart after the fbi asks for them back a couple of times, you say you have given them back and you haven't and they find them in the desk. that chaos inadvertent defense holds water until you get into the process like now. the president will have a difficult time explaining why some of the documents -- all of the documents were in his possession after after the fbi asked for their person. >> right. years since he left office, months since the fbi started asking after them. we hear from former administration officials, your colleagues, like bill barr, the former attorney general. he said this about the judge's decision to appoint a special master here. watch. >> the opinion i think was wrong. i think the government should
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appeal it. it's deeply flawed in a number of ways. the government has very strong evidence of what it really needs to determine whether charges are appropriate. government documents were taken. classified information was taken and not handled appropriately. they are looking into -- there's evidence to suggest that they were deceived. none of that really relates to the content of documents. >> he called the decision to appoint a special master deeply flawed. do you agree? >> i don't know enough. bill obviously knows more about this process than i do. i have never been involved in the appointment of a special master. the fact that bill barr calls it that it gets my attention. the one thing he said that we can probably all agree on is the fact that if the government doesn't like the decision, if the decision is really that flagrantly wrong, as bill has
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suggested that it is, other legal scholars have suggested that it is, it should be easy for government to overturn that on appeal. my guess is that's going to be what happens next. as a conservative, i want the system to work. i want the institutions to work. if this was an incorrect decision by a district court judge, the appropriate and proper next step for the fbi and doj to take is to appeal this to the court of appeals, which i think is the fifth circuit in atlanta. >> fair enough. there's another former official, another former colleague, mike pompeo, former secretary of state. he said, anyone who takes classified information outside of the places it's supposed to be should give that information back. you have basically said in our conversation that you agree with that. why do you think there haven't been more 2020 republican possible presidential contenders coming out being willing to say that? >> a lot of them are probably running for office in some way or the other. that's a difficult position to
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put them in. you might think some of them admit they don't know enough about the circumstances. they haven't practiced criminal law. my guess is politics probably has more to do with it than anything else. president trump is still very powerful in the republican party. you saw that ten people voted to impeach him and one is coming back to congress. there's politics at play. i'm at the benefit of not running for office. mike pompeo might be. it's interesting for him to take the position. it's a common sense sort of position. might the president have some defenses available ? maybe. the beginnin ning of the conversation is, you are not supposed to take classified documents with you. if the fbi asks for them back, you have to give them back. that's the starting point for any conversation. >> i agree, it was interesting that he said that considering his ambitions. he said that he willingly admits he has a team in iowa. they are not there by accident. we will see. on the document front, we have
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seen trump use documents, whether it's at press conferences, signing events, you name it, he used them as props. we see his aides carrying boxes around. what do you make of the suggestion that he just wanted to have this stuff around? >> it's very interesting. keep in mind, there's more protection available to the president. there's institutional protections to the president when he is in the west wing, when he is in the oval office. that protection doesn't probably apply at mar-a-lago. i'm not too concerned about the president taking stuff that he was trying to sell. i don't think that would ever happen. i'm not concerned about these things being nuclear codes. i know that got press. i think that's a joke. nobody really believes these are the nuclear codes. what's the one thing he might take with him or might keep even after he is asked to give it back? it's stuff that might clear his name under that crossfire
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examination into his campaign. if it exxonerated him from what he considers to be the 2016 russia hoax, that explains why he might have kept it. it's not stuff he is going to sell. it's not stuff that benefits other countries. it may clear his name or in his mind clears his reputation. >> he might have taken crossfire hurricane documents to clear himself in some future political run? >> not just political. if you are him -- this is important for people to understand. he doesn't like the fbi. a lot of republicans, myself included, remember that the fbi gave false information. it's hard to say they lied, because you don't know their mental state. they did give false information to another court, in 2015, where they wanted to spy on the trump campaign. if that's the history and the level of trust is absolutely zero. if the president had documents that cleared his name and the fbi said, we would like them back, he gives them back, is he
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going to see them again? are they going ining to disapp? that's a point they will make. does it justify this? no. does it explain the facts of the circumstance? possibly. >> have talked to people who have raised this as a possibility? >> no. i haven't. i'm going just on my knowledge of the president and my understanding of how he works. he would never do this for money, to hurt the united states. >> do you think he might have done similar things with documents related to january 6? would there not have been enough of that for there to be a possibility? >> that's a good question. that's why i was surprised when i saw the affidavit that january 6 wasn't more specifically mentioned. maybe it was when they talk about obstruction of justice or so forth. i continue to think that if this is really just about documents, unless they're really, really critical documents, the step of going into the president's home was unprecedented.
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i was expecting them to either think they were going to find something about january 6 or actually find something about january 6. if this is about the documents, i will be surprised. >> very interesting. can i ask you on the political ramifications of this, you mention the search of his home and the historical and political implications of that. we spent time talking in our last conversation about the chances that more republicans would be willing to mount a bid against him in a potential 2024 republican primary. do you think that this search and the political fallout has made it harder for republicans to run against him or easier? >> it's probably harder. the pendulum swings quickly in american politics. the january 6 had that pendulum against president trump. you started to hear talk about other people possibly challenging him in 2024 should he decide to run. i think this is actually helping him. a lot of his potential
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challengers have attacked the fbi raid. even some democrats came out and said something negative about the fbi raid. it has built sympathy for donald trump. can the pendulum move back the other way? it can. we're a long ways away from anybody having to make a decision. the one thing we have learned in just the last couple of weeks is that this pressure or this anticipation that trump might announce is sort of come off a little bit. the convention wisdom is until after the midterm. >> in speaking of the midterms, if he were to announce and republicans were to have a worse than expected year, he could take blame. we have seen in some of the polling, the generic ballot, the president's approval rating, things are trending democrats' direction in a way they weren't three or four months ago. what do you think is driving that? >> different things. it's a combination of things. you are right, exactly right to mention the generic -- or the general nature of that
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information. house races especially are still very, very local. it's hard to say in a particular swing district, is roe v. wade a big issue? is the economy still a big issue? is donald trump an issue? it's hard to sort of dig down into those individual districts. your point is well made. it's roe v. wade, yeah. i think what you are seeing is a again trend for the democrats in the last couple of weeks. keep in mind, the republicans don't have to do very well on that generic poll. if they are even in the real world, that means they are probably a little ahead, traditionally that's the case. i think you are looking at a situation where the republicans are likely to take the house. i think the situation in the senate may have changed. pendulums move quickly. it could come back. if the election were today it would be difficult for the republicans to take the senate. >> they do move. thanks very much for your time. we appreciate you being on the program. >> thanks. we have new cnn reporting
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tonight about what may be the biggest challenge in the republican party's attempt to take back the senate. coming up next, how senators are trying to work around the shortfall and a gop family feud between two key lawmakers. we'll be roit back.
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with just nine weeks to go until election day, several senate races in key battleground states are locked in a dead heat. pennsylvania and wisconsin where democrats are trying to win back senate seats. nevada, georgia and arizona, where democrats are fighting to hold on to seats. it's a surprising turn for democrats who months ago fear aid red wave. it comes as the two men responsible for electing republicans to the senate increasingly find themselves at
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odds. how inconvenient. we have new reporting about how these growing tensions are alarming other republican senators. m manu, thanks for bringing us this reporting. you were running around on the hill. what did you learn? >> reporter: concern. this is a committee that is central to the efforts to take back the majority. they help -- they are not doing the job that many republicans thought they would. to be flush with cash at this point in the campaign season, prop up candidates at critical moments and bankroll an ad campaign. you can see the challenges that republicans and this committee is having. cash on hand, $23 million compared to the $54 million that democrats have. what i'm hearing behind the scenes is republicans are trying to figure out a way around the national republican senatial
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committee. they are trying to fund-raise with some candidates. mitch mcconnell, who has been deeply invested in how this committee operates, strategy, fund-raising, taking matters in his own hands. raising money for his super pac directly urging senators to give to his committee instead. they cane unlimited amounts money. they can prop up key candidates. >> i think -- you have covered this for a long time. the idea that mitch mcconnell -- he had figureheads installed for many years while he ran the thing behind the scenes. this is stunning to those of us who have watched it. we can give our viewers a little bit of a sense of this. candidate kwaulquality is criti here. it's code for the mistakes mcconnell thinks rick scott has
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made. this feud is exploding weeks before the midterm election. here is what mckoconnell had to say and we will show you how rick scott hit back. watch. >> candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome. right now, we have a 50/50 senate and a 50/50 country. when all is said and done, we are likely to have a close senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly. >> what mcconnell is talking in code about is candidates like blake masters in arizona, a trump-backed candidate who many republicans on the mcconnell side believe just isn't going to win a general election and hasn't had the help from the committee he should have. rick scott, a little while after mcconnell made those comments, put this out. if you want to trash talk or candidates to help the democrats, pipe down. pipe down. >> that was stunning. this does not happen. this level of feuding,
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especially so close to an election, with two high ranking officials, it's simply unheard of. rick scott was in mitch mcconnell's office for first time since writing that. he came out of the meeting. he claimed it was not his intention to go directly after mcconnell in those remarks. he said it was actual will you u unnamed republican aides. this is what he was referring to. a source told us, who is close to rick scott, told us tonight, mcconnell's hurt republican candidates. anyone who disagrees is an idiot or on mcconnell's payroll. people close to rick scott believe that mitch mcconnell is an issue. in talking to a number of republican senators, they are uneasy on this back and forth. they say, it's time to get united. this simply is not what we need at this point. when i tried to ask mcconnell, he walked in silence. >> i'm sure he had lots to say about that. it's absolutely remarkable.
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this is one of the ways mcconnell manages to keep people loyal. he cares about the senate. he cares about the people in the senate. it's clear i think to a lot of people increasingly republicans in the senate that rick scott cares about his own presidential ambitions. stick around. we will keep you with us. we will look at the state of play right now in the battle for control of congress. the hottest races to watch. new developments in the senate contest getting the most attention coming up next. you might have heard of carvana and that we sell cars online. we believe buying a car should be something that gets you hyped up. and that your new car ought to come with newfound happiness and ze surprises. and l of us will stop at nothing to drive you happy. we'll drive you happy at carvana. about two years ago i realized that jade was overweight. i wish i would have introduced the fresh food a lot sooner.
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don't let corporations exploit homelessness to pad their profits. vote no on 27. john fetterman is healthy and he is dodging the debate because he doesn't want to answer for his radical left positions or he is too sick to participate in the debate. >> republican u.s. senate candidate dr. oz is keeping up his attacks against john fetterman, his democratic opponent, in pennsylvania. his remarks were toned down from the hostile attacks his campaign launched in recent weeks. at times, mocking fetterman for his stroke. here to discuss the state of play for this critical battleground state are manu raju and ranesh paruru and maria
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cardona. manu, this is a notable shift in tone for oz from the nasty statements we saw from his press people. but he is still on this issue. >> yeah. the campaign aides have gone further than oz has gone. oz has not shied away from it. this is an issue fetterman has to address. he does not agree to debate oz, that could certainly be a liability here heading into the home stretch when people -- voters may have questions about his health. fetterman was off the campaign trail for several weeks in the aftermath of the stroke. he has just come back. he has only had a handful of events. there are questions he has to answer. the challenge for the oz campaign is not to go too far. it looks like you are trying to take advantage of someone's health. >> they got a hand today from
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the pittsburgh "post gazette." if fetterman is not healthy enough to debate, that raises concerns. is it a problem? >> i don't think he will. i think we just passed labor day. this is the beginning of the -- i think he will get there. he has lingering issues, as i understand it, from the stroke. i think the fact of the matter is that oz's remarks from before his attacks, which were gross and cruel and crude, backfired. they absolutely backfired on him. they know that. what i think they're seeing is fetterman is ahead. there was a poll today that came out where he is not ahead by double digits, but still outside of the margin of error. 68% of voters said that the fact that he had a stroke wasn't an
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issue for them. he is out and about. it's not like he is hiding in his house. he is talking to voters. he is at events. he had an event on labor day. his campaign says he is up for it. we dowill do it on his own term. he is ahead. it's oz that is desperate to debate him because he is the one who has to try to dig into some of the lead. >> i think the real interesting thing to me about how oz is trying to change the conversation is that there are voters who have health problems. they don't want to be made of. if oz can put it on the territory of, are you capable of serving, that's a different question. one of the reasons why oz is struggling is -- has nothing to do -- fetterman is running a strong campaign in the swing state. oz has struggled. he is struggling with republican voters. here is what he told brett bear
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earlier tonight. >> are you a maga republican? >> i support what president trump has argued while he was in the white house, that we can make america great. if we put our country first. if we're tough on trade. do the kinds of things that were done during the administration. >> that was not a yes. >> it also wasn't a no. that's the line he is trying to walk. you've got lingering bad feelings. that was a very nasty republican primary. it ended up being a tighter primary than the one the democrats had. i think that's reflected in his numbers among republicans. he is doing fine with independents in a lot of the polling. he has not solidified the republicans. if you are an optimist, you will say, a lot of the republican voters have reservations but they will come home to the republican candidate. the race is tighter than it looks. it's tightening. >> that's possible.
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the other thing that happened today at the news conference is that oz diverged from pat toomey -- toomey voted to impeach. he said he would not have done the same thing. he did agree with the 2020 election results. is he trying to have that both ways? >> saying that he would not vote to impeach. his most powerful endorsement could come out and start attacking him. he just appeared at rally with him. >> he wouldn't solidify the republican voter support. >> that's his problem all along is getting republicans in line. i think he is trying to walk that line. if you were to say he will overturn the election results it would open him up for attacks from democrats, which he doesn't need at this point. >> if he is struggling with republican voters, what is he going to do when he has to close that gap with women voters? he has an issue with abortion. he said some very extreme things
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about abortion being a crime, about it being murder. that's not something that he is going to be able to walk away from. the fetterman campaign and democrats will not let him walk away from that. that's a huge issue in this campaign as it has been across the country. >> he has to point out that fetterman said there should be no restrictions on abortion. if the focus is all on the places where republicans are out of line with public opinion and it's not at all where democrats are out of line with public opinion, of course, republicans will do badly. >> i think your point about women voeters in pennsylvania - the philadelphia suburbs are full of congressional districts and the kind of suburban women that republicans have lost. speaking of cultural issues, i'm interested in the reporting and take on same-sex marriage. there's this conversation going on since we saw what happened with dobbs, should this be codified? there's a search to figure out a way to make same-sex marriage legal.
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what's the latest on where that is? how does that play into democrats thinking about the midterm elections. >> that's complicated, when to have this vote. the ten votes are not there. they will get there. it appears that way. they are meeting tomorrow, the sponsors of the legislation, to try to hash out the strategy. there's discussion about foeldig it into a bill to keep the government open. not everybody favors. the republicans don't favor. some of the democrats don't support that idea. if they put this on the floor of the senate, this could put some endangered republicans in a tough spot. ron johnson one of them. he indicated he could support this. we will see what he would do here. that's part of the calculation. any time you get this close to the election, of course, midterm politics play into it. that's something that chuck schumer will have to weigh. >> it's more than play into it. it starts to dictate everything. for sure. thank you all very much. ahead, this year's u.s. open will, of course, be remembered
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finals in the u.s. open. american coco gauff will not advance to the semifinals. she had a great run, but unfortunately ended just a few moments ago when she lost to france's caroline garcia. we expect dramatic play at the open. this year, we are also carrying into the future, to have a sports next great players will be. on the men side, france is to offer will be playing in just his second major semifinal match after beating rafael nadal. it's a fairytale. he will become the first american man to win a grand slam singles final in nearly 2 decades. another big story in men's tennis is nick kyrgios, who's playing right now. he defeated the defending champion to get to the semifinals. let's talk about it all, cnn supports analyst christine brennan. christine, thank you so much for being here.
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everyone has been, or, was just glued to serena williams, of course. i among them. but her retirement here has set the stage to pass the torch. on the women side, it's not so obvious on the men side. none of the big 3 over there are talking about retiring. so, who do you see as the next women stars? >> cocoa golf, even though i do think she had a tough night tonight. she's only 18 years old. born in 2003, or 2004. >> that's what i went to college. [laughs] >> when they're born in the century, you know they're young. and she has been playing so well. and what did she say when she talks about the inspiration? it's serena and venus. and you mentioned tiafoe. what does he say about his inspiration to play tennis? it's serena and venus. looking at someone who looked like them. you know, he felt that tennis could be a place where he could have a home, as opposed to other sports. and so, we are seeing this.
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i mean, there are some great players around the world. today is the greatest and most difficult day in tennis in terms of winning, until tomorrow. and so, they are coming out from estonia and everywhere. but i do think the common denominator here is serena williams. the first week, she dominated. and the 2nd week is about those she inspired, which is pretty cool. >> that's just, what an amazing legacy for her, to have shown people who come from backgrounds you do not think traditionally lend themselves to playing tennis at the highest, highest levels of the sport. i mean, the story, a personal story, francis tiafoe is just astonishing. tell, remind us where he came from, because it's just amazing. >> so, his parents came from sierra leone. and his dad worked on construction of a junior tennis facility right near here in college park, maryland. and after they built it, he was made the custodian for the facility. and they gave him a room in the
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building where he and his 2 sons would sleep every night. and when the suns, of course, is frances. their mom was working overnight as a nurse. this is the american dream. it is an incredible story. so, this little boy is hanging out at a tennis center all day. and is learning the sport. and falls in love with it. see serena williams. sees someone who has the same skin color as he has can actually be a champion, and is inspired. and then moves on and starts to obviously be a great player. and he areas, 24, finally coming into his own. a big match tomorrow. but he truly, if anything can top the williams sisters, nothing can. nothing can top serena. but if anything can be close, obj awful moving on. because that story touches the heart of every american. >> i was astonished to learn that i think it is 19 years that the first american made the sports -- literati >> literati was the first to win on the men side. serena williams has been dominating the others as well.
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yes, u.s. men's tennis has had some big names. but certainly, the glory days of u.s. men's tennis, going back to john mcenroe and jimmy conners, arthur ashe, all the way back, those days are long gone. again, the competition around the world, inspired, many of them inspired by those great names from american australia. and now, of course, they are beating the american man. and i think again, if there is a changing of the guard feeling. but it is also very exciting. i think that there is anything we love, almost as much as the old star, as the new, new thing. and here you go, you've got people all over that you can look at, men's and women's tennis. and the equality in men's and women's tennis. they've been paying equal prize money to the women as well as the man at the u.s. open since 1973. so -- >> and we can thank the lodging king. >> we can absolutely think billie jean king for that. u.s. open golf, golf has never paid women equally. so i think that shows why we can have such great athletes and people around the world
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playing the game. >> it's phenomenal. i saw billy jean king out there with serena this week, it was amazing. christine brennan, thank you so much. we will be right back. when you're tired of looking at your tired old bath, we fit youour style, with hundrs of design options. when a normal day is anything but normrmal, we fit your schedule, with our unique tub b over tub process, installd in as little as a day. when high quality is the only quality that matters, we fit your standards, with a lifetime guarantee. bath fitter. it just fits. visit to book your free consultation. i'm a performing artist. so a healthy diet is one of the most important things. i also feel the same way about my dog. we got her the farmer's dog sent in the mail. it was all fresh. the farmer's dog helps that out. see the benefits of fresh food at you might have heard of carvana and that we sell cars online. we believe buying a car should be something that gets you hyped up. and that your new car ought to come with newfound happiness and zero surprises. and all of us will stop at nothing
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thanks so much for being with us tonight. i will be back tomorrow night. don lemon tonight starts right now. hi, don. >> what a treat, i'd like to talk, but if that is great news and in, i'll see you tomorrow. this is don lemon tonight. and this just into cnn, the washington post reporting a document describing a foreign governs military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities. it was found during the fbi's search of mar-a-lago. that is according to sources. now, documents about some special access programs are kept under lock and key almost always in a secure compartmented informations icily. not in the f


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