and this are the times that are very loud and nasty campaign. and. >> republicans continue to duke it out. just one day after his brother, president george w. campaigned on his behalf, jeb appeared outside of a gun manufacturer in columbia. >> he have a proven record of electability. >> he also spoke about having his older brother stump for him. >> he is a person of integrity. so it's great that he came. i think it made a difference. >> donald trump came out swinging doubling down on his criticism of the president.
>> trump also continued to take aim at his republican rivals, namely ted cruz. >> but i've never seen anybody that lied as much as ted cruz, and he goes around saying he's a christian. you'll have to study that. >> trump has even threatened to sue cruz, accusing him of lying about positions on gun rights and the affordable care act. >> operate from two checklists, the bible and the united states constitution. >> he made a patriotic appeal to voters in the state with a heavy military presence. promising a dramatic increase in combat forces and equipment if he was in the white house.
>> the time for frivality is over. the time for games is over. we need a leader who is prepared to be command center chief. >> cruz supporters who mobbed the candidate after his rally liked what they heard. >> he's consistent. he's a conservative, and he has the courage to do what we need him to do, to make america strong like it used to be. >> cruz is locked in a fight for second place with marco rubio. both are courting the large south carolina evangelical vote. >> i'm going to fight for and protect your second amendment right. why? you have a right to protect yourself from terrorists and
criminals. [applause] >> now both rubio and cruz according to one poll are in a pitch battle for second place. if rubio can take second place and come in as a close third he may take the establishment candidate. >> libby casey in casey, south carolina. earlier in the day he was in michigan. could be make or break for his campaign. bisi onile-ere reports. >> everyone have a seat, woe, what is going on here? >> fresh off the second place finish, john kasich already has his sights set on michigan, a state that is key to the survival of his presidential
campaign. it's just unbelievable to have all of you show up. and gosh, it's just remarkable. >> as the other g.o.p. hope he was focused on south carolina, the ohio governor stump for votes weeks ahead of the march eighth prime minister politici politician. >> i want people to look at my record because i've been extremely proud of it. >> hundreds packed town hall meetings north of detroit. >> you know, my job as president is to try to shift and hold power back to where which live whether it's welfare, education, programs, healthcare for the poor. infrastructure, job training. >> kasich has been in michigan the most, more than any candidate inite party.
the 63-year-old politician rewrote welfare laws and signed into laws measures restricting access to abortions is positioning himself to be the alternative to donald trump. >> if they're uncomfortable with the possibility with the trump nomination, they need an alternative, and kasich wants to be that alter intive. >> she said for kasich, michigan is a must-win state. >> it's extremely important that he pull out the a win. if he can pull out a win ex-extended his candidacy. if he can't, then he's going to have a real problem. the ohio primary is going to be critical for him. because if he can't win his home state that's the ballgame for him. >> he doesn't expect to come out on top in south carolina and realizes the pressure is on. >> i got to do well up here. can we just commit--can we just commit we'll leave this an ohio
state, michigan state behind until we get through the primary, okay? we need you to help us. thank you very much for coming, and god bless. >> bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, detroit. >> democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders spent the day connecting with voters in south carolina. he spent time at the university of south carolina and held a breakfast for faith leaders. the state holds democratic primary february 27th. as saunders visited south carolina, rifle hillary clinton met with reverend al sharpton who met with sanders last week. and he spoke in harlem, talking about opportunities for african-americans. >> i want to tear down barriers
for african-americans across all racial lines. >> clinton also took aim at sanders without mentioning him by name. she said that the u.s. is not a single-issue country and the next president will face a host of economic and social problems. a team was detyned on sunday accused of participating in an illegal gathering. the movement was ultimately quashed by bahrain's monarchy. three americans kidnapped in iraq have been freed. the three americans were seized by unidentified gunmen in a mixed sunni-shia neighborhood in baghdad. the iraqi officials say they have been turned over to the u.s. embassy in good health. new developments in syria in the
battle for control along the turkish border. kurdish forces tell al jazeera they have taken control of an important area near aleppo. >> the opposition coming under a lot of pressure on the ground, particularly in the northern corridor. they have lost more ground, but it's not--the ground has not been captured by the government and it's allies but by another alliance. the kurdish armed group, the ypg and it's allies, the syrian democratic forces, and they are now in control two main strongholds. they are very symbolic towns because they were the first to rise up against the government a few months ago and has been in the front line for many months. the so a lot of frustration in
the ranks of the hop significance. they do say they're going to fight back. but they have accused its allies of stabbing them in the back. when they're also saying that the ypg and it's allies would not have been able to make the advances on the ground were it not the support by the russian air power. they say that the ypg is an ally by the united states. it is clear that they're no mood to compromise. at the end of the day the balance on the ground is in their favor, and they feel empowered by the support they're receiving in russia both on the battlefield as well as political support. >> tonight there are new questions about that russian support and about russia's commitment to ending the syrian conflict. today the u.s. told moscow it is time, quote, to put up or shut up about a proposed truss set to begin on friday. jamie macen dire has more.
>> it will possibly lay the groundwork for a more enduring cease-fire. but for now the war rages on. >> this shows the advance on aleppo. once a stronghold and syria's largest city before five years of fighting drove much of the population away. over head a russian jet appears to drop cluster bombs, unguided munition condemned by the u.s. for urban combat because it can spread widespread indiscriminate casualties. the u.s. also accuses russia of bombing a doctors' without
border hospital in northern syria, reducing it to a pile of number and killing at least seven doctors and patience. the pentagon said no coalition or u.s. planes were operating in the area at the time. while they stopped short of laboring the strike as a war crime they called the attack absolutely horrific while brushing assign moscow's denial. >> we're confident in our assessment that russia carried out these strikes. >> we've seen this movie before in ukraine. uses the denial as aid as a negotiate agreement to lock in
the spoils of war and shoes when to resume fighting. this is diplomats in the service of military aggression. >> president obama disputes the idea that he has been outfoxed by russian president putin arguing that putin has blundered into a costly quagmire that over time will drain moscow resources while backing an ally with little strategic value. >> what is it that russia thinks it gains if it gets a country that's been completely destroyed? as an ally? that it now has to perpetually spend billions of dollars to prop up. that's not--that great a price. >> it insisted that it does not effect the war against isil and it will play no war in delivering aid or protecting aid convoys from russian attacks.
>> we have not been asked to provide that role at this point. and we do think that there is a need for that aid to make it to the people who desperately need it. that's what this will test. >> when you say we're not involved in any plans for humanitarian action, do you think they'll think why on earth not? >> again, it's not something that we've been asked to do at this point. >> meanwhile, president obama assad sounded as defiant as ever and seemed to cast down on any long-term cease-fire saying if it happened it does not mean that each party will stop using weapons. the pentagon is portraying the russians as a test seeing if moscow can be trusted to deliver on its promises. mccain said that russia has already failed. the only thing that has changed by russian president putin is that his appetite is growing.
>> thank you. saudi arabia and russia has agreed to freeze oil production as long as other producers do the same. the world's largest crude oil exporters. qatar and venezuela agreed to boost oil prices. today the u.s. and cuba agreed to restore commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades. the deal clears the way for up to 10 regularly scheduled flights per day. it does not mean that any american can travel there now. tourism has been banned and the traveler would have to fit one of 12 categories to travel to that island. a riot last week left 49 inmates dead. officials say that the president was 35% over capacity.
once inside they discovered gang leaders enjoying cells with saunas, bars, and adam raney took a tour of that prison. >> the scene of a deadly prison riot. 49 people were killed during a bloody battle between rival factions, and clearly there were luxury items at stake because they've been removing televisi television, digital cable, beds larger than the standard issue. they found many, many stat the statues of the death saint. all of these luxury items, literally tons show how endemic corruption was.
and arrested of murder charges and it's a sign of how corrupt prisons are across mexico. viewers may remember that guzman was able to dig people t--was able to pay people who would dig a tunnel out of prison. >> that's adam raney reporting. coming up next, the band playing during last fall's paris attacks take stage again. and the message from their frontman about gun control in that country. plus my conversation with legendary talk show host dick cavot and the one interview he wishes he could have done.
the first time since november's attack. 89 people were killed there, and more than 100 others injured by the gunman who had links to isil. survivors and relatives of those lost in the attack attended tonight's concert at the olympia theater. meanwhile the french parliament voted to improve a three-month extension of the current state of emergency. the plan faced opposition from critics who say the state of emergency threatened civil rights and did little to prevent civil attacks. >> the extension was approved by an overwhelming majority in the french parliament. it's a vote that reflects the country as a whole still traumatized by the attacks in paris last november which killed 130 people. for another three months the police will be able to conduct searches and order house arrests
without a warrant by a judge. demonstrations will be banned. >> most the country wants security. we want security. the issue is what does it imply to have security? giving up all the basic freedo freedoms. >> the band came to played a concert. the lead singer of the rock band has been giving his reactions. a very emotional interview to a french television station.
>> did your gun control stopped a single person from dying? i don't think so. the only thing that stopped it was some of the greatest men that i've ever seen in my life charging head first with the face much death with their firearms. i saw people die who maybe could have lived. i don't know. i wish i would have known for sure. there have been real angels who could have been alive today. >> many of the people attending the concert on tuesday were in the audience on the original night of the attack. it was bringing back painful memories for everyone. >> it doesn't matter what happens. we'll be enjoying ourselves in the presence together. >> in the end it is to have fun. no matter what.
>> it has taken courage and defiance to be in this concert. many i in the audience and many across france fear that this fight is far from over. >> coming up next, senate republicans vow to block any nominee to the u.s. supreme court. president obama's options and a look at how far this battle is likely to go. and the pope's visit to mexico. what it means for families torn apart because of border politics. written everyday. it's not always pretty, but it's real... and we show you like no-one else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight.
>> funeral arrangements were set for antonin scalia. he will lie in repose on friday. the funeral will be held saturday at the national shrine of the immaculate conception in washington. it is the largest catholic church in north america. almost from the moments thinks death was announce the battle to name his replacement began. president obama intends to nominate a well-qualified candidate. republicans want the next president to fill the vacancy. mike viqueira reports from washington. >> president obama was asked about the controversy of the sunday death of justice angers ntonin scalia. he prayed justice scalia, and then quickly made it clear that he has the right to nominate someone to succeed him and will
exercise that right. he was some how suggesting that the president in a second term in office should in the have a right and defer to the next president before appointing someone. as for who the president is thinking of or what type of candidate he's thinking of nominating to be the next associate justice, the president would not tip his hand. >> there is not going to be a particular position on a particular issue that determines whether or not i nominate them, but i will present someone who indisputably is qualified for the seat any fair minded person or anyone who disagreed with my politics would say would serve honorbly on the court. >> on the democratic side the president would not put his thumb on the scale. he was asked to comment on a
controversial between hillary clinton and bernie sanders over who is more loyal or disloyal to the legacy of president obama. the president said that all the democrats agree on the major issues and their differences are minor and are meant to differentiate themselves. on the republican side the president said he does not believe that the american people will send donald trump to the white house, and give someone trump the keys to the nuclear code and the ability to send young men and women into combat. >> mike viqueira reporting. troy, attorney and legal analysts in culver city, california, tonight. troy, so give me a sense here about this argument between the president and the united states senate, the republicans in the united states senate. there is no law that says that the senate has to approve somebody in a certain amount of time, is there? >> no, that's absolutely
correct. the president is also correct that it is his constitutional duty and right to appoint anyone that he wants to. and he can do that. but the constitution also says that it's the job of the senate to advise and consent on the nominee. that means that the senate gets to give an up or down vote, or no vote at all. that's what mitch mcconnell, who is the current majority leader, the republicans have the majority of the senate, so mitch mcconnell their leader gets to set the agenda. he can call for a vote or not call for a vote. >> in many ways this is less about the law and more about public relations for east the president, the democrats or the republicans, right? >> yes, it's very political. i mean, the republicans have said that they would like the president to wait and not appoint anybody. the president has said that he's absolutely going to appoint somebody. mitch mcconnell said he's not going to confirm anybody or call it up for a vote. so it's definitely political.
>> what happens in the meantime when you've got maybe a split, a 4-4 split coming up in decisions that will be made in the future? >> that's a good question, john. there is nothing in the constitution that says there has to be nine justices. if there is a vote on a case, and the vote comes out 4-4, the practical effect is that the lower court decision stands. the way the case normally get to the united states supreme court is from one of these several circuit court of appeals or from the top state supreme court in any one of the states. and if the justices vote there is only eight sitting and they vote 4-4, that means that the lower court decision stands. >> what are your ideas about who the president might choose to fill this position? >> there is a lot of talk about what the short list is, i
brought my own short list. the most talked about is a judge sitting on the dc circuit, 48 years old, i was confirmed by the senate in a vote of 97-0. that means every single republican and every single democrat voting voted for him. and voted to confirm him. he would be the first indian-american, asian-american to be nominated. >> play this out. what message would the president be sending if he nominated that man? >> so he would be saying, look, you republicans, you have already confirmed this person to run of the highest courts in the land, the dc circuit court of appeals, which is often thought to be the breeding ground for supreme court justices. he's saying if you voted for him to sit in that important seat, why wouldn't you consider him to sit on the supreme court. >> every decision by the
president to nominate to the supreme court is an important one. but compare this decision to others. >> well,. >> you mean as far as other people that the judge could be considering? >> this president could have nominated or other presidents have nominated. why is it that this--it seems that this nomination is probably, well, it's not. when i look back at the history, it's not the most controversial. but it could be the biggest political battle. >> well, that's true. it would be a large seat to fill, i don't mean by size. judge scalia was a conservative bulwark of the supreme court. he is idolized by conservative law students and lawyers throughout the country. he was the longest-serving judge
he has been there since 1948. he's a republican presidential nominee, president reagan put him on the bench. he ushered in anker of a originalism, which meant that the judge interpreted the constitution and any law he was interpreting in terms of when it was written. that means the constitution in 1790, when it was originally drafted. so any judge that is appointed by obama is going to be looked at with skepticism because many decisions are 5-4. and if another judge from a different political lean something put on the bench, that could change the direction of the court for the next 25-30 years on issues like gun control, abortion, executive orders, immigration. >> major impact, very important issues. thank you very much for talking with us tonight. >> thanks for having me, john. >> the former president of freedom industries will be sentenced for his role in th
the 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in parts of west virginia. prosecutors say that the results of the company's negligence from catastrophic. robert ray has been following this story from the beginning. he's in charleston, west virginia, tonight. >> he'll absolutely receive some monetary fine. the question is will he receive any time in jail? >> 10,000-gallons of toxic chemical used to clean coal spilled into the elk river in west virginia. >> citizens took to the seats as 300,000 people were ordered not to drink from the water supply. jennifer cruz was nine months pregnant at the time.
>> we had not been consuming the water in the house because it did not taste right or smell right. >> she and her family did not drink the water, and after the center for disease control issued a caution, she got worried. >> we got the thumbs up that the water was safe sunday night in my community. 48 hours would go by, knowing the public is consuming this part. >> because of the caution, al jazeera hired a consulting company to take water samples from jennifer home. the test came up negative for the chemical that spilled into the river. they would boil tap water to bathe. they used bottled water to brush their teeth and wondered when the chemical smell in the air would go away.
>> likely stressful. you don't know what to do because we had mixed messages. >> she experienced the nausea and itchy eyes that so many people reported. >> i had been sick and i was on antibiotic for two week. >> they had pipes tested in homes, but for many residents that was not enough. >> i think people are still upset. they're upset by legislators who saw the devastation. our lives were burnted. there was no fanfare. it affected our health. >> have you had a chance to talk to your residents. >> we said we're not going to be
commenting to the media. >> in august of 2015, former freedom president gary southern and five other executives pled guilty to three federal pollution charges. >> in these kinds of cases you need to send the message that if you engage in this conduct you're given jail time. executives are used to writing checks for these types of things. they're not used to checking their three-piece suits for jail. >> the officials who pled guilty have been sentenced. they were put on probation, ordered to pay fines and one would sen spend jail time for 03 days. last week a federal judge
slapped freedom trace a 900,000-dollar fine, but the bankrupt company would be unlikely to ever pay the $900,000 fine, and that the move wag minimum boleticmove--was symbolic. >> we'll see what happens tomorrow. i know a lot of people here, the ones we've spoken to over the past two years are scratching their heads and wondering how is it possible that such punishments with such leniency could occur. >> thank you. in mexico pope francis continued his message of hope. the pontiff met with youth groups and urged prooss not to
give in to the violence in the country. heidi jo castro is in juarez. >> many will gather on the boa border. the message will be deeply significant. especially for the families who are separated by this border. >> for seven years the montez have been a family divided. half the family in this photo live across the border in juarez
in mexico. the other half of the family lives in la c cruces, new mexico. they have not seen their children and grandchildren since deciding to live here without their visas. >> my life was full. i had everything in juarez, but we had to leave. >> they would receive death threats from a gang. they owned a grocery store and were targeted for their relative wealth. now they live in a trailer washing dishes. >> we can hardly afford rent, electricity, food, seeing a doctor. >> without papers they can't make the journey across the
border to see her in person, but we can. [ knocking on door ] [ dogs barking ] >> hola. >> the montez children grew up here on the outskirts of juarez. >> it's very difficult fought to have contact and to say i love you. >> now we're blocks away from the family's home. and there between the two trucks yet another body in the streets. and this neighborhood is still dominated by cartel violence. they say it's too risky for her parents to return to juarez. >> there is so much violence here, murders, gangs, owning a business here is too dangerous. my parents' safety is more important. >> without a way for either side to legally cross the border, the
family's one chance to meet face to face is here. at this spot the border fence is all that separates mexico from the united states. and the two sides of the mantes family. >> the family is catholic. they say they pop hope the pope's visit to the border will bring attention to the immigration status. in 2015 nearly 2,000 parents were separated from their children by deportation, a situation the montez can relate to. >> i'm happy, but i have a sadness deep inside me because i want to be with my children.
>> i want the pope to touch the hearts of america's leaders. we want reform so we can see our family again. >> for now she tells her mother not to cry. this is the closest they've come to an embrace seven years and counting. now the pope will be saying mass here in juarez. he will not be crossing on the u.s. side by his message will seek to bridge the divide between one the wealthiest and one of the poorest countries. >> coming up next. my conversation with legendary talk show host dick vavet on the state of journalism in america, and his most memorable interviews after this.
many years, what really set him apart was dick cavet didn't do interviews. he had conversations. >> do you remember when you realized that it was inevitable that you would split up? >> no. >> no, that's like saying do you remember feeling in love? not quite. when you grow up, you we don't want to be the crazy gang that is over here here or the marx brother, and singing, do that again, yesterday. [singing] >> great to have you here. >> you, too. i remembered him. >> how do you prepare for an interview with john linen and yoko. >> i didn't. i met them in their hotel. they weren't sure if they wanted to do the show. i we know over one rain--i went
over there one rainy afternoon, and they were on the bed, but so was a lot of folders. they said you're the halfway intelligent talk show. i said why would you want to be on only a halfway intelligent talk show? john left. >> did you prepare the questions? >> i don't remember preparing for them. i thought if i can't think of anything to say to lennon i ought to quit. i overprepared for catherine hepburn, and she came to the set and said, why don't we just do it now. three days before the interview. >> women and men simply are not the same.
they're not the same. and the women, unfortunately, have to bear the children. and what are you going to do with them? i think the men, who are all the same, and, well, and then there are are women like me. >> people reveal things about themselves to you that they won't reveal to anybody else? >> i'm glad to hear that. that is so true. after the show they would say how did you get me to talk about my divorce, how about my epilepsy, sometimes sad things, things they may have forgotten. >> and the audience, now they're on the digital channel "decades" so people can watch, which i think is terrific. >> yes. >> it is great.
they are really some of the best interviews done in the history of television. but i do think that the audience played a role in some of these interviews. >> they played 50%. when they booed, when they laughed or when they went, oh, god, it made it like drama. >> you mentioned the sad passing of another news legend and music icon. take a look at this interview. >> there is a lady who said i don't know if i would want to meet him. he would make me very nervous. i would think that he's into black magic and other things. other people say you're a skillful performer who changes from time to time from one thing to another. >> yes, well,-- >> all of the above? [applause] >> i've been a person of diverse interests. i'm not very academic, but i do
go from one thing to another a lot. >> what do you do sometimes when--have you noticed it relaxes you when you realize the guest is nervous? >> well, he looks nervous. >> he was at the very beginning. he lost it all. but yes, david was, i called him david. it's a little off-putting. i get a lot of credit getting through that interview, but he got better. he settled a bit. he had a bit of a sniffles as people pointed out, but he's he a great, great artist. that made it a happy experience. >> it almost seemed that people got revved up. maybe it's the time. we're looking at interviews that have been done many years ago, but it seems that they had passion about topics, and they were willing to share them with you. >> yes, and you like that because it gives the show an energy. you look out and the audience is
really listening. and then there is just always doing what we're doing, that sense of danger, something awful might happen next. and-- >> did you plan? did you plan some of those dangerous moments? >> i never planned one. they came without any bidding at all. as the governor who walked off, he said i insulted all the people of georgia and called them bigots. and i finally said, if i called anyone a bigot who isn't a bigot, i apologize. he saw there that and walked off. lily tomlin. >> walked off? >> yes. >> this is another unexpected moment. take a look. [ laughing ] >> i tell you what happened, we talked on the phone, and at one point on the conversation you reeled off about seven or eight things that you had observed about me watching the show. about how i sometimes don't like people and pretend that i do and
vice versa, and about a dozen more. they were so uncanny and on the nose that i decided i could never work again. [ laughing ] now i feel it. would you like a glass of water? [laughter] >> i bug just flew out of my glass. >> so you-- >> was there ever a greater million dollar grin? >> absolutely. he detected that you didn't like people even when you pretended that you did? >> that man had so many antenna to experience things that none of us ever will, yes. somebody said if it's as if they put an angel in him that there were things about him, but also a feminine side that was very poetic. and made one great critic say he was miscast as stanley in streetcar. my favorite moment in that, my wife said, her favorite
>> dick cabot not only interviewed celebrities, mutations and authors, he tackled politics of the vietnam war. which did not go well over with the white house. >> who did you interview. >> why. >> because he was a dumb clod and everyone thought he would be amusing. he had nothing funny to say about that or anything. >> well, we learned from the tapes, the white house tapes that nixon didn't like you very much.
>> yeah, yeah, that's the only thing i know that showed good taste with nixon. >> was that good for your career? >> the agnew thing? >> no, that nixon didn't like you. >> oh, yes, i made one appearance at the white house, and then everything went to hell with nixon and me. the vietnam war and jane fonda, i had a lot of right-wieners on, too, but nixon didn't notice that. if i ever needed a moment of tonic, i think it was on youtube. >> who. >> what can we do to screw it? that gives me the tournament to go on every time. >> you mentioned politics, agnew
and what do you think about the current crop of candidates. >> i would rather not say anything about donald trump because you know how vengeful he can be. but changing the suspect subject, i do hope that we do not have massage fis masogynist puffer face in the white house. >> is there anybody you like? >> hillary clinton, it must be hard on her. you know, i was all for her once, but i'm not sure now. i don't know how you overcome that even with bill looking like marley's ghost coming out and advising her. i like clinton. i met him once way back at a
democratic convention. he recognized me out in the hallway. he came over, and we had a great talk. and he signed my badge, and i got home and i thought probably just a signature, but he wrote, you made my day. you can't hate a guy who does that. i hate nixon, did i mention that? >> yes, you did, well, kind of, i got that impression. how do you think that tv has changed since the times you did those interviews? >> well, i--i once jokingly said, and some took it seriously, these guys like colbert and these guys on the daily show, they're cisses citizen si ssies. it took a real man to do talk shows in my day.
somebody said no one does what you did, i don't know what they mean by that. i was one of the first in print in my "new york times" blog, watch colbert. >> if you could interview somebody today do you have a favorite interview subject? >> they said i have before me your hollywood greats. i said read it. he said bette davis, grouchy marx, fred astaire, marlon brando, the great robert mitchum, and then he said insightfully, who are their counterparts today? those names? i left out hitchcock. and i know what he means. i mean, my god we have merle streep and a bunch of great
actors, you know television is having another golden age. >> it's great to see. >> you you too, man. you're good at this. >> that's our broadcast. thank you for watching. i'm john seigenthaler. ali is next. i'm ali velshi "on target." tonight - addicted in america. how a safe place to shoot up can help people connected on heroin america's heroin epidemic is taking a huge toll in human life in communities across the nation. heroin and pain medication like oxycontin caused 60% of th