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what a great story. and a lot of kids out there what aren't scared by darth vader. for them darth vader is like a good guy and a hero. and that is so foreign. >> great story. thank you. time now for "newsroom" with carol costello. >> thanks so much. news roovm starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. the flint water crisis, nothing short of disaster and even accepts the chilling assessment of criticritics. at least 100 protesters march outside of his home calling for governor snyder to resign. it will be a busy and pivotal day in the crisis. more protests are planned. more lawsuits due to be
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announced and more details how to fix the staggering health threat. live with more in flint is jean casarez. >> good morning carol. right in front of the flint river which is the water that went into these people's homes that they drank, they cooked with, they washed their clothes in the and now officials have admitted that lead was in that water. it is going to be a packed day today. right here in flint we believe two more civil lawsuits will be filed for those affected and say their futures are in jeopardy and their property values diminished because of that water. also the mayor of flint at the national mayors conference is going try to get some attention from the white house. and lastly the day will end with a rally in front of the capitol in lansing. different organizations are coming to protest the state of
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the strait address later today. and we want to show everybody a little of the interview the governor did with the national journal that shows his state of mind here. governor schneider was asked critics have called this your katrina. do you think that is unfair? >> governor rick snyder responds no. it is a disaster. trust is something that once you lose it it is much harder to earn it back. so that is the point we are at. and he also says once he found out -- -- very interesting. they don't say in that as a defendant, the governor, they don't say that he knew what was happening but as the manager of the state he should have done something and known what was going on. they really point fingers at the michigan department of environmental quality listing individual after individual carol, saying they knew the water wasn't treated, knew they
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didn't have a chemical in there so the lead could come from the pipes to the water and into the systems of everybody in this community. counting down until iowa caucus day and the campaign rhetoric is ramping up as cruz continue his major push in new hampshire. the texas senator now incorporating his trump attacks on the trail, framing the race as a choice between him and donald trump who he calls an entertainer who can't be trusted as commander in chief. here is what cruz told npr. >> the most important judgment the voters are making is who is best prepared to be commander in chief. who has the experience. who the knowledge. who has the judgment and understanding, the clarity of vision. and the strength of resolve to keep this country safe. to identify our enemy, defeat our enemy skrks keep our country
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safe. i think the american people want a steady hand at the helm. they want someone they know and trust. they don't want to wake up every day wondering if latest polls might set occupy the commander in chief into a frenzy of tweets. >> this comes as trump's campaign blitz in iowa. the republican front runner is stomping in three cities today and promising a big special announcement. >> any word on what this big announcement might be? >> well we're still waiting to hear exactly what this big announcement is. of course we're expecting some kind of endorsement and there is plenty of speculation over who that could be. so far nothing is confirmed. trump has a way of keeping folks waiting. and we're starting in a splash shi venue, here at the
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birthplace of john wayne where trump is going to kick off three stops to. ted cruz that's nothing. but for donald trump three stops in one day in iowa is a pretty hefty schedule, carol. and i think that is a reflection of where we are in this race right now. just two weeks out from the iowa caucuses. and he and ted cruz are basically tied. and i also think that is why you are starting to see the sharper campaign rhetoric. cruz questioning donald trump's temperament while the trump campaign tries to paint ted cruz as the flip-flopper saying he says one thing in the senate and now others. and i expect it is going ramp up further. >> live from iowa this morning. democratic front runner bernie sanders and hillary clinton are also making their pitch. hillary clinton last night didn't mention sanders by name but touted her experience before
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a crowd of 300. and rival bernie sanders in front of an estimated crowd of 7,000 people. he walked on stage and opened with a page right of of republican front runner donald trump's playbook, talking about his poll numbers. here is brianna live with more. >> reporter: good morning. one of those big sanders events. several thousand people. a lot of enthusiasm for him. people standing outside in what's uncharacteristically cold weather here in alabama. but what bernie sanders is really trying to do is take aim at hillary clinton's southern firewall. this is so key in these late february/early march southern contests that we are going to see. and the key to a democrat's success is really the black vote, something that bernie sanders is trying to make improvements on. but hillary clinton in iowa, really positioning herself as
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more electable than bernie sanders, as he was here talking about boldness and big change. >> i have the front row seat as to what it takes to be in that caldron. >> we're seeing folks coming out, beginning to stand up and to demand that we have a government that represents all of the people not just a handful of billionaires. >> and the bernie sanders aide saying to me that hillary clinton's southern firewall is nonsense. but the clinton campaign still has a lot of confidence in their campaign in iowa and new hampshire and of course that is going to be tested as we move very quickly now a into these
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contests. >> perhaps bernie sanders rise boils down to authenticity. as the boston globe puts it this morning, sanders is a crusty 74-year-old vermonter. hillary clinton however is harder to put down. she touts herself as the experienced candidate who can beat trump. it wasn't so long ago clinton was portraying herself as grandmother in chief. >> we haven't had a baby for all of these years since chelsea was won one. so learning how to not only, you know, get the muscle memory going about everything from burping and swadling and changing diapers and now feeding. and we've had a lot of grandfathers in the white house in years past. and i'm a grandmother. and i'm not asking to vote for me because oim a woman or a grandmother but you should --
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>> okay. so let's talk about this. cnn political commentator e ril lewis is here. also joined by anna gowan director of move and a sanders advocate, why do you think sanders is so why do you think sanders is so appealing to voters? >> it is not a oij of tage of t speaker but the content of the speech. we remember hope and change from obama and he's kind of a young hip looking guy be a prior younger generation was electrified by ronald reagan. and painting a picture of the future and inviting people to join him on a joujourney to tha future. by contrast to see hillary a
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grandmother sitting in a rocking chair, maybe not the best imagery if you want to appeal to millennial and she's also talking about being practical. nice to have great ideas but you have to be practical. like taking somebody to say you can get a mustang or a minivan same price what are you going to choose. >> remember earlier in the campaign she appealed one on one with voters and tried to bring out our softer side. talked a lot about being a grandmother. but this time around people seem to want passion. is that it? >> you know, i think the broader story is that millennial or young people or whatever you want to call them, we have a more progressive generation of up and coming voters that be we have in years. young people want a candidate, they want our government to do something strong to take on the possibility of catastrophic climate change. they want reel qualities.
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they want somebody to help them deal with the loads of student loan debt they are facing. they were hit hard by the economic recession. and there is no space on the republican side. where the proposals are all around how can we kick muslims out of country and cut taxes for the rich. i think the broader story you are seeing play out here is that young people are progressive. there is a strong progressive movement in this country. and bernie sanders is doing a terrific job speaking to that movement. >> interesting. i want to read to you something. many millennial seem even more invigorated by a 74-year-old white man from vermont calling for revolution. just about everything the sanders campaign espouses hits home for millennial. even more so than obama's run in 2008. she goes on to say it is no
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wonder millennial respond to sanders uncle sam style finger points what do you make of that. >> it is an interesting image. what i would compare him to is back when not too far from these studios when occupy wall street was going on. if you went down there you would see millennial but also baby boomers and that is the sanders generation and they were reinterpreting or bringing forward their version of 60s liberal and radical politics and there is a common language there. the same generation that brought us occupy wall street, the climate march a lot of the climate activity, as well as bernie sanders a guy who is in- doing politics the way they do politics. >> on the other hand, anna, doesn't hillary clinton have a point when she brings up the issue of practicality. because many of pernds ideas will mean enormous increases in taxes for some americans i
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should sa >> there is a whole issue of the healthcare system and i think the affordable care act is an i norms achievement and we can do even better if we build on it and keep looking for ways to make it more affordable and more accessible. i think the real question to me is what's practical for millions of americans who are living with unprecedented loads of student loan debt? what is practical if you are living for another 60, 70, 0 years and thinking the -- >> you have to still get these things through congress which is controlled by republicans. >> that is why you hear bernie sanders talking about the political revolution. he believes we need to engage more people in the democracy and
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change the math. change the way the game is being played. the a fact he's making this call for fundamental change really speaks to where many voters are at and why he has so much momentum in iowa and new hampshi hampshire. it feels like we're in a moment where many crises we need to address tight now. feels like a moment we need to be making bold plans and figuring out how we're going to achieve them on the climate and inequality and much more. >> this is the beginning. i don't think anybody should ask for a level of practicality at this stage of the game. let's identify what we want and the cost and how we're going to get there and that is the appeal. >> i have to leave it there. thanks both of you. new disturbing information
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we're getting new information about what went on behind the scenes in the iran-u.s. prisoner swap. turns out attorney general loretta lynch was squeamish about the deal and its scope. specifically she was among the u.s. officials who wanted the guaranteed release of robert levinson. the fbi retiree and cia contractor who vanished in iran nearly nine years ago. >> you would expect the attorney general to be one of the people who was a little more squeamish about this deal. after all the iranians released
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represent years of work and she wanted to make sure that if you are going to release these 21 that you get all of the americans back, including bob levinson who is a former justice department employee, retired fbi agent. and the justice department officials and fbi believe that the iranians have a lot of information they have not yet turned over. robert levinson's son beliefs the same. here is what he had so day. >> now that everything else has been done, everybody has won. the nuclear deal. iran had the sanctions lifted. the u.s. has gotten people home. and the only people suffering at is my family at that point. and he was the only one of those americans over there serving his country. what does that say about how the
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u.s. treats people who are over there serving them and abanding them. >> last time the family got any proof of life was in 2010, 2011. they got videos and photos of him and he was pleading for help. the u.s. believes he is somewhere else in southwest asia. in the end attorney general lynch agreed to the deal. we also have new images of those americans reuniting with their loved ones just a day after being freed by iran. this is jason rezaian on the left and you can see he's all smiles. joined by his wife, mother and brother. and in this photo, that is amir heck madi, the former u.s.
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marine can with his two sisters and brother-in-law. both men and fellow prisoner are in health check ups- cnn correspondent frederick pelyco obviously fred cannot hear us. he's talking to someone off camera in german. we'll get back to fred when we can. skill to come in the "newsroom" you got to have faith and by that i mean the evangelical vote. are any of the republican candidates really winning them over? in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today. all across the state the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, and the lowest taxes in decades, attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow.
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mother's against drunk drive having a new push in texas. fight affluenza. activists demanding ethan couch be moved out of juvenile court. a hearing a about to take place where prosecutors are expected to certify the so called affluenza teenager as the adult. more for you. good morning ed. >> good morning carol. this hearing will take place behind closed doors. it is still being held in juvenile court. the main figure in this isn't even in the country. ethan couch is still in mexico at the detention facility fighting extradition. so what exactly is going to take
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place today is prosecutors will be asking the judge in the case, which by the way is a different judge from the judge who originally sentenced ethan couch. so those prosecutors here in fort worth asking for the judge to move ethan's case from the juvenile system to the adult system where they think there could be stricter and more tough penalties, including the possibility of significantly more jail time. so all of that will play out. ethan couch's mother we have not seen arrive from what we understand. the judge basically sentenced her to home confinement. it is unclear whether or not she will be here. and we have not seen ethan's father as well. this is a hearing that is supposed to start in the next couple of minutes. not clear how long it will last
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and when the judge will make a decision. all that expected to play out today. >> thank you. and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. the opening bell just about 3 minutes away. and once again china is on the mind of investors. stock futures are up despite news from china that its economy grew at its slowest pace in 25 years. we'll keep an eye on how the markets react today. and just when you thought the market was already flooded with oil, iran steps up to the plate. the oil ministry says they need to get into the game and ramp up production to 500,000 barrel a year. that could send prices even lower than their current levels. donald trump and ted cruz
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feverishly fighting for iowa evangelicals. trump speaking at liberty university on monday and comparing his style of religion to ronald reagan's on the christian broadcasting network to the apparent delight of the ted cruz. >> ronald reagan wasn't totally. he didn't read the bible every day, seven days a week. but he was a great president and he was a great president for christianity and frankly i will be a far better leader. >> ronald reagan was a voice of consistency. and i'm pretty sure that ronald reagan didn't write checks and support democratic politics. >> with me now reverend jim wallace, the president and founder of sojourner, also a author of "america's original sin: racism, white privilege can
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the bridge to a new america." thank you for stopping by. trump, married three times. curses. yet doing very well among evangelicals nationwide. why is that? >> carol let me be really clear about the gospel issue here. when he is deliberately fuelling racial fear and hatred, donald trump is poisoning and polluting the american political sland. -- landscape. that is what he's doing. that is the gospel issue. the media is talking about the race. the book i wrote is about the state of race in america. and donald trump is really poisoning our atmosphere and that really is a gospel issue. >> but christians are accepting at least part of this message.
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if he is doing that, why are some christian, many christian, evangelical, embracing him? >> well in the book i talk about racism from slavery as america's original sin and dr. king we yesterday celebrated. he was not just a civil rights leader. he was a minister, and he spoke many moral and religious language about this issue of race and that is why i'm doing in this book too. we've got to see racism as a fundamental contradiction of the -- >> but in your book you also say some christians aren't seeing that. >> well because we are -- white christians, many are still captive to this ideology of white privilege. which i talk about in the book. the normality of the whiteness is rightness. and the book talks about how to build a bridge to a new america coming which is going to be very
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diverse. >> so is that what's resonating in your mind with white evangelicals? >> i think remember there are black evangelicals and brown evangelicals and young evangelicals and the media isn't really talking to many of them. and donald trump is deliberately fuelling racial fear and hatred. he's a politician. he's selling it for politics. and -- >> right before donald trump took the stage at liberty. he said quote, after all jimmy carter was a great sunday schoolteacher but look at what happened with him as president. so they are looking for a leader. and i don't know if jerry fallwell sees that in donald trump but he certainly intimated
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that. >> well there is a history and a tradition here, including race at liberty. so let's have the conversation about racism. you can't talk about donald trump and not have a conversation about racism if you are a christian. and to just ignore that. when we are oblivious to racism in our politics or in our systems we really are contradicting the reconciling work of christ on the cross. this isn't just politics for me. this is gospel. this is what the bible talks about. and the bible says in christ there is no male or female bond or free or jew or gent gentile. how lead in a new way above
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and -- >> the other thing i wanted to bring up the students at liberty. they seemed intrigued by donald trump's messages of saving christianity. because christians are certainly under attack in many parts of the world. so listen to what the liberty student said right after donald trump's speech. >> if you're another not -- i honestly don't want a president like that if you are proclaiming and you are not living it it's kind of -- i don't like that. >> i can't necessarily say that donald trump has the type of faith that i would put my vote for. >> i would absolutely love to have a godly man in office but at this point i see the wave of trump t trump train and the country getting behind him. >> we're all sinners so who are we to judge him. >> you can see they are all over the map and don't know whether to make of him. but they are intrigued by him. >> well saving christianity will be done more by what pope
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francis did by autoically speaking and living the gospel. a lot of young people are ready to build what i call in this book a bridge to a new america. in 2050 we will no longer be a white majority nation. we're going to be a majority of minorities and the book talked about how to build that bridge and young people like my kids are at the center of that. they don't want the old racial politics. they want a bridge to a new america which is multi cultural and which recognizes all of us are made in the image of god. i want to tell donald trump that latinos and blacks and muslims are made in the image of god. donald trump, pay attention. the image of god. he's violating that in his politics. that is not the way too save
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up those matters. pamela brown is our justice correspondent and there with more. >> this is a big deal for the administration because had the supreme court decided not to pick this up the lower court's decision would stand meaning that the obama administration's plan to allow millions of undocumented immigrants would not be able to go through. how will the supreme court rule on this the issue. it announced today it will decide to take this up and this is a plan that will allow millions of undocumented immigrants who have been in the united states for at least five years to apply for work permits and other benefits here in the united states. this has been a contentious controversial issue particularly among republicans and those on the campaign trail in the gop race who say that the -- that this violates the president's
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constitutional right. that he should not be allowed to put this executive order into place. the federal courts block the implementation of this. so this has led to legal limbo to millions of undocumented immigrants. they have been waiting to see whether or not they will be allowed to stay in the united states. the supreme court will be taking up this case this term which means we should have a decision on this by june. which this is carol one of the biggest cases of the term. this is -- you know, the stakes are high for millions of people, particularly for the obama administration. >> this involves 4.3 million people and you say the u.s. supreme court will take up the matter in june. will there a decision? >> they will take up the matter likely before june because often times we'll get a decision by june. so we don't know of the exact day when the supreme court will take this up. but it will be this term we're told by my producer.
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and we should hear a decision there after, shortly thereafter. so like i said the stakes are high. because, you know, you have a court with four left-leaning justices and the four right-leaning and then justice kennedy, who often times is the sway vote. so it will be interesting to see how this plays out and whether they decide whether or not this is constitutional, carol. >> pamela brown live from washington. in other news life is drastically changed for "el chapo." if former drug kingpin who's twice escaped mexico's prisons. according to one of the country's leading newspaper, he's now monitored relentlessly by dogs and cameras and cameras. even motion sensors. we're joined from atlanta with more. >> good morning. unprecedented security measures to guard al chap.
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and when it comes to dogs we're not talking about any dogs. these are security dogs specially trained to detect "el chapo"'s scent. he's being constantly moved from cell to cell to minimize the possibility of another tunnel escape like the one he staged in july. during the first nights of incarceration "el chapo" was moved seven times. seven times in five days and this can happen anywhere from a few minutes to several hours in any of the 30 high security cell at the prison. also each time he's moved he's followed by guards wearing cameras mounted on their helmets. and listen to this. 400 security cameras leaving no blind spots at all. and finally there are motion sensors, some of which can detect underground detect and
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the walls reinforced with three quarter in steel rods. >> wow. from if war of drugs on the to terror. we've heard many stories of young men and women who have been radicalized. but could any of them have been stopped before it was too late. counselors in france struggled to bring one young woman back from the brink of radicalization. here's more. >> in the midst of the terrorist paris attack in 2015 a 15-year-old girl found herself in contact with one of the women directly involved in the attack. >> this woman spoke to me on social media. she wanted to go to syria with someone. she didn't want to go alone. she was also trying to control everything i was doing. >> joanna, not her real name is one of the youngest in france's
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deradicalization program. along with mandatory counseling she must now report to police every day. >> she and her mother allowed cnn to observe her counseling session. >> she tries to explain the grip they had. [ speaking french ] joanna was recruited entirely online. groomed by propaganda that painted isis as defender of muslims. seeking more understanding of islam, joanna was an easy
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target. >> reporter: at first joanna's mother chalked it up to teenage rebellion. but when her daughter called her an infidel, she called a national hotline to alert authorities. >> i felt really bad. i was feeling guilty. the first reaction to feel guilty as the mom.
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>> joanna says the program has allowed a way for her to reconnect with her family and still maintain her faith far from the ideology of isis. >> i took a decision not to get a new phone. it is better this way. i need to learn how to think be i myself. without a phone and internet there is no one to tell me what to do anymore. for now i don't feel like going back on social media. >> what advice do you have for other girls like you? >> you should always be careful on the internet. don't even go there. don't speak with them. don't take any risk. for those who are already radicalized, please open your eyes to reality. don't go to syria. it is suicide. it is death. >> there are some days when joanna is confident. she still fears a relapse. she refuses to have a cell phone and won't touch a computer with internet access.
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again, i want to pass this breaking news along to you. the u.s. supreme court has decided to take up the matter of president obama's executive actions that allows undocumented immigrants who have been in this country for five years or more to apply for work permits and other benefits. in essence, president obama's executive actions allows these undocumented immigrants protection against deportation. we understand that a decision could come as soon as june. of course, before the presidential election. want to talk much more about this in the coming hour of newsroom. in other news right now, outrage and even boycotts over the lack of diversity in this year's
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oscar nominations after movies like straight out of compton were overlooked. >> our art is a reflection of our reality. >> you guys supposed to be somewhere. >> these are artists. >> rap is not an art. >> we're hearing from the academy's president saying she's working on a solution, saying, quote, i'm heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. this is a difficult but important conversation. and it's time for big changes. sara sidner joins us from los angeles with more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. this has become a thing. there's a hashtag, oscars so white. last year, it started. now this year again. people looking at those actors who are nominated and saying, there is no diversity here really. i went to look to see if there was anyone who had looked at exactly what the academy looks like. one of the issues here, and you heard the president kind of talk
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a little bit about it. one of the issues is these are lifetime members. and so if you look at the makeup of those who vote, there are about 6,000-plus people who are able to cast ballots for those who could potentially win an oscar. and the los angeles times went through and looked at what the make-up of those voters, what they looked like. 94%, they said, were white. and 76% were men. so generally, it was older white males who were making the decisions as to who and what movies deserved an oscar. and there's a lot of foelks looking at that saying that needs to change. it sounds like the president is potentially planning on making some of the changes. >> we know jada pinkett smith and spike lee are boycotting the oscars. chris rock is hosting it. any word from him? >> you know, it's interesting because jada pinkett smith herself sort of talking about chris rock.
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she said, you know what. you do your think. we know you're going to represent well. there are people saying maybe he should boycott, too. there are people expecting he will bring it up. he brought it up in tweets saying it's white people's b.e.t., black entertainment television, for those unfamiliar with it. he's making jokes, but it's a serious subject for folks like spike lee, jada pinkett smith and other actors who have come out. there are actors who we all know, like idris elba, who said he had to leave the uk to get a name here in hollywood. it's an interesting discussion and i'm sure it's going to go on and on, fueled by social media. >> sara sidner reporting live from los angeles this morning. still to come in the newsroom, you know the name. you definitely know his music. a look back at the storied career of glenn frey.
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another rock legend gone. you know his voice so well. ♪ desperado why don't you come to your senses ♪ >> unbelievable, right? desperado from the eagles back in 1973. i love that song. now the band who sang it first, the band' co-founder glenn frey is gone. he died yesterday. he was just 67 years old. he died after complications from intestinal problems. john berman looks back. ♪ well i'm running down the road trying to loose my load ♪ ♪ i got seven women on my mind >> by the time glenn frey sang this version of one of the eagle's most famous songs, he was more than aer century from where he had started. co-founder of one of the most
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iconic rock bands around. a group he and don henley began in 1971. some critics called their music country rock. to millions, it was just ageless. ♪ while you still can don't even try to understand ♪ >> the eagles only lasted nine years before they broke up. >> everybody was really happy. then. ♪ life in the fast lane >> but in those nine years of albums, road trips, drinking and drug abuse, and everything in between, glenn frey and the eagles made some truly amazing music. hotel california. ♪ welcome to the hotel california ♪ ♪ such a lovely place >> lying eyes. ♪ you can't hide your lying eyes ♪ >> take it to the limit. ♪ and take it to the limit one more time ♪
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>> and the song first made a hit by linda ronstadt who was instrumental during the eagles' early years. desperado. ♪ desperado ♪ you ain't getting no younger >> glenn frey lived all of it, the good and the bad. >> i was riding shotgun in a corvette with a drug dealer on the way to a poker game, and the next thing i knew, we're going about 90 miles per hour. holding big time. going hey, man. what are you doing? you know, and he looked at me, he grinned. he goes life in the fast lane. >> 14 years after the eagles broke up, they reunited and began touring again. all over the world. their records have sold millions and millions of copies. upon word of his death, band member don henley released a statement that said in part, i'm not sure i believe in feate, bu i know crossing paths with glenn
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frey in 1970 changed my life forever and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of people all over the planet. it will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. >> unbelievable, right? the eagles' first greatest hits album was released in 1976. it sold 29 million copies in the u.s. alone. this is cnn breaking news. all right, and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin with breaking new s ou of washington where the u.s. supreme court has just announced it will take up president obama's controversial immigration actions. cnn justice correspondent pamela brown is following the story for us. good morning. >> good morning to you, carol. this decision by the supreme court today is a very big deal for the obama administration. the administration had wanted the high court to take it up, and now it will decide the fate of president obama's
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controversial immigration actions that are allowing millions of undocumented imgrngts to iply for programs that could make them eligible for work and other benefits in the united states. federal courts had blocked the implementation in response to a challenge brought by texas and twoif other states, you might remember. since then, millions of immigrants have been caught in this legal limbo, not knowing if they can stay and legally work in the united states. if the head court decides what to do here, decides to not take up -- not take up the case, but decides that this program violates the constitution, that means it will continue to be blocked. so this ruling is expected to come down in the midst of the presidential campaign and settle an issue that is becoming a talking point for republican candidates who say that the president's actions violate the constitution. that is the question that the high court will be trying to answer. and a ruling on this is expected by early summer, so now doubt,
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carol, one of the most significant cases of the term, and if the court green lights this, saying that these programs do not violate the president's constitutional power, that means that they will go into effect during the president's -- before he leaves office. as you know, this has really been the centerpiece of the president's second term so the stakes are very high for the obama administration. >> pamela brown reporting live from washington. joining me by foin to talk more about this is attorney paige pate. >> good morning. >> good morning. so this, the u.s. supreme court will take up obama's executive actions because he implemented these changes in our immigration policy without congress. how do you suppose it will go in the supreme court? >> well, the supreme court is going to look carefully at whether or not this particular set of executive actions are within the president's scope of powers under the constitution. as you know, there's a very
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clear division or separation of powers that's provided for in the constitution, and the question here, as with other issues like gun control, is how far can the president go on his own? if he sees an area where he wants to act and congress has refused to act or at least not done what he thought should be done, he can take some steps, but how far can he go? that's the issue that will be before the court. >> are you surprised that the u.s. supreme court decided to take up this matter, page? >> i am a little bit surprised because the case is not over yet in the lower courts. this case came up because the plaintiffs, the various states, were seeking to block implementation of this particular program that the president wanted to put forward. so they got a district judge to agree to block it. then the case is appealed to the fifth circuit court of appeals. but the case has not really been fleshed out on the merits. normally, the supreme court will wait until there's a final decision before they accept a case for purposes of review.
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i'm a little surprised by the timing. but again, i think given the fact that the president's going to be leaving office soon and he wants to move forward with this policy, his lawyers were able to convince the court to take it up now. >> all right, page pate, thanks for your insight. i appreciate it. again, the u.s. supreme court will take up mr. obama's executive actions as they apply to undocumented immigrants in this country. 4.3 million of them children of people who came into this country illegally and are considered undocumented. mr. obama's executive actions allows those people, the 4.3 million people, protection against deportation. it allows them to apply for work permits and other benefits. we'll have much more on this throughout the day on cnn. counting down until iowa caucus day, and the campaign rhetoric is ramping up. you're looking at live images of bernie sanders at a rally in iowa. the democratic candidate is coming off a massive rally in alabama where he bragged about
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his surging poll numbers to some 7,000 people. >> and here's some pretty good news. now, polls go up and down. and this early in a campaign, they don't mean all that much. but what is interesting is the last poll just came out yesterday. had us 15 points ahead of our very good friend, donald trump. >> he went on to tell the crowd while hillary clinton looked inevitable in the past, she, quote, ain't so inevitable today. clinton didn't mention sanders by name at her rally but touted her experience to a crowd of about 300 in toledo last night. jeb zelny live in ft. dodge iowa with more on all of this. good morning. >> hey, good morning, carol. we heard hillary clinton last night in iowa making the case to iowa voters that it's her experience that's necessary. but boy, what a split screen image that was with her in iowa
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and bernie sanders campaigning in alabama last night. such a difference in crowd and energy and momentum. i am at a bernie sanders rally now, and there are a lot of iowa voters who are undecided here. let's listen to what hillary clinton said last night as she begins to make her closing argument. >> i have seen it up close and personal. you know, i have been someone who has testified before congress, worked with other presidents, and of course, lived in the white house. because of my husband's presidency. and then i was elected in my own right to serve in the senate. then the man i ran against in 2008, and you remember that was one hard, long race, turned around and asked me to be his secretary of state. >> and boy, carol, i can tell you, it's such a familiar argument to the one she was making some eight years ago here in iowa. that she is the most electable
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candidate, she's the candidate who can take on republicans the most. we have talked to some voters afterward about the race with bernie sanders and hillary clinton. let's take a listen to one man who came to visit hillary clinton on his 83rd birthday. he has a bit of iowa wisdom here. take a listen. >> what do you make of bernie sanders? he seems to be giving her run for her money. >> bernie sanders, he's a nice guy and everything, but he -- i don't think he can control himself, if there was an issue that come up, i don't think he would know what to do with it because he's kind of flip-flopping around. and i don't think he can control himself or control anything that happens. >> are you surprised that it's -- that he's kind of as close to her as it seems he is? >> well, bernie promises too much stuff to the young people. everything free, you know. and the young people, they dwell on that, you know. and that's not going to happen. we all know that.
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>> so carol, of course, just the words of one voter there, but hillary clinton is getting out the traditional caucusgoers, the older iowa voters. the question here is can bernie sanders turn out some of these new people, some of the younger voters to the process. for the next two weeks here, that's exactly what the campaigns are doing. the clinton campaign is all in in iowa. they're spending most of the next two weeks here. she's off the campaign trail today to fund-raise, but back in iowa tomorrow, and as the week goes on. i can tell you this is a very tight race, and a lot of voters are still making up their mind here. we'll be here listening to bernie sanders' rally and check back with you later. >>. >> on the republican side, ted cruz continues his major five-day push in new hampshire, and he's incorporating attacks on donald trump into his stump speech, framing the race between him and donald trump who he calls as an entertainer who can't be trusted as commander in chief. the republican front-runner is
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stumping in three cities today and promising a, quote, special announcement. sara murray is with the trump campaign in iowa with more. good morning, sara. >> good morning, carol. that's right. trump has been teasing this special announcement coming later tonight. i will tell you, even his staffers on the ground here at his first event have no idea what's coming. of course, there's plenty of speculation out there. in the meantime, he's starting off his first of three stops here today at john wayne's birth place. you're seeing trump ramp up his campaigning in iowa. in part because it's becoming so close with cruz. he's bringing in volunteers from all different states to make sure voters turn out and make sure his slight lead in the polls can turn into a victory on caucus night. trump has had a different approach. he's holding these big rallies and it's rare for him to make more than one stop. one thing is for sure. you're going to continue to see this harsher rhetoric from ted
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cruz and donald trump as each try to gain an edge with just weeks to go before the iowa caucuses. >> sara murray reporting live this morning. thank you. up next in the newsroom, cruz and trump duking it out for the all-important undecided vote. and he's not going to get help from a big-name conservative. talking about donald trump here. we'll talk about that next. the possibility of a flare swas almost always on my mind.
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something big today. speculation that that announcement, that something big will be an endorsement by someone. the influential conservative blog red state is speculating sarah palin is that someone, but the fact is no one really knows.
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still, perhaps a palin endorsement would benefit trump since conservative talk show types are starting to cast doubt on the republican front-runner, including rush limbaugh. >> there are a lot of conservatives. you've heard them call here. that do not like trump because they don't think he is one. there are a lot of conservatives who think that he is a wolf in sheep's clothing. that he is a traditional lifetime new yorker and that means something. there are all kinds of conservatives with suspicions of donald trump. >> with me to talk about this is the political commentator and former republican communications director on capitol hill, tara setmeyer, and sara murray will join us shortly. i want to start with this, though. no one has endorsed mr. trump. and you heard rush limbaugh, right? so would spn like sarah palin endorsing trump help him among
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conservatives? >> not necessarily. i mean, sarah palin has her group of followers, but i think her influngs has diminished considerably over the last couple years. and you know, the people i think that like trump are going to like trump. i don't know that sarah palin is necessarily going to be someone that sways a large swath of conservatives who are already skeptical of donald trump that way. i don't really see that endorsement necessarily having that much of an effect, other than dominating the news cycle for a cullal more days which is a win-win for trump. >> all right, so let's head back out to iowa can check back with sara murray. any idea what this big announcement will be, sara? >> you're hearing the same speculation we are, which is a lot of people do believe that sarah palin, and you know, the trump campaign does have ties to sarah palin. donald trump's political director was a close aide to palin for a long time. sarah palin has made it no secret she is a man of donald trump. so it's certainly a possibility.
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i do think it's interesting. it makes you wonder, what does donald trump get by getting a sarah palin endorsement. he'll get plenty of media coverage for that, but the people who are voting trump don't move in a block. it's not just tea party supporters. it's not just evangelical supporters. it's not just your traditional iowa republicans. the idea that sarah palin might show up and a huge block of voters might move to trump, i don't think that's the kind of thing that's going to come to fruition. the other thing i think is interesting is we don't see donald trump share the stage with a lot of other big names. he tends to like to be the center of attention. he doesn't really like to share the spotlight. it will be interesting to see if it is palin and she does bring her star power, how that plays out with the two of them together. >> we'll be waiting for that. tara, back to you. ted cruz is hitting donald trump very hard. he's citing his donations to chicago's mayor rahm trump is polling well, though, in new hampshire, so does any of that matter to voters?
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>> well, i think in new hampshire, it probably won't. it may matter in iowa. which i think is the contest that is really most important right now. i mean, new hampshire is a completely different electorate than iowa. spending -- he's doing three campaign stops today in iowa, which is a pretty heavy schedule for him. that's not usual. obviously, you see we're in the homestretch. he sees he has to shore up the vote in iowa. it was no accident that he showed up at liberty university yesterday, heavy evangelical. and iowa is strong with evangelicals. trump recognizes that he really needs to step it up because ted cruz's attacks against him are legitimate ones. i don't know how many people actually knew that donald trump gave money to not only hillary clinton, not only to chuck schumer, but to harry reid and anthony weiner, rahm emanuel. those things matter to conservatives, the ones who may be on the fence. they'll start to see that perhaps is this the consistent
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conservative we want? and looking at his business record, also, in focus groups, there were a lot of attacks did not touch donald trump. ones that did move the needle a little bit were questions about his business record and eminent domain. ted cruz is capitalizing on that. >> not just eminent domain. senator cruz is attacking trump for not being tough enough on immigration, saying trump was, quote, nowhere to be found when the amnesty debate was being played out in congress. really? >> well, that is interesting because donald trump, of course, set off his campaign by these very controversial comments about undocumented immigrants. and that's really what set fire under his bid to begin with. but i will say, ted cruz is pretty accurate about that. i covered the immigration debate when it was playing out in congress. it's not like you heard donald trump then beating down the door on this issue. but by that same token, you heard ted cruz's rhetoric, very different in the midst of that senate debate, insisting he wasn't inserting poison pills
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into the bill. insisting he just wanted to try to help and make this legislation a little more conservative. so i think this plays both ways. yes, you see a different person on the campaign trail than you do when you're not running for president. that's true of donald trump and that's true of ted cruz. >> all right, i have to leave it there. tara and sara, thanks to both of you. >> still to come in the newsroom, new images of their newly restored freedom. but far from iran, there are new challenges lurking. we'll look at the transition back to normalcy next. my businn my i.t. guy bailing me out all the time... i'm not the i.t. guy. i'm the desktop support tech supervisor. and my customers knowing right when their packages arrive. introducing real-time delivery notifications. learn more at i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan.
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we have new images to show you of americans reuniting with loved ones just days after being freed by iran. in this photo, that's amir hekmati. he's with his two sisters and brother-in-law along with the hometown congressman who helped
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secure his release. this is "washington post" journalist jason rezaian on the left there. he's joined by his wife, his mother and brother. here, he's seen beaming. but the local congressman who met with him in germany says rezaian's time in captivity was agonizing. >> his spirits are terrific. he's feeling good physically. i think he's having waves of complex emotions, as you would imagine. but if iran's goal was to break jason rezaian's spirit, they failed miserably. through part of his incarceration, he was in a very small cell. he describes it as like three feet by three feet. he says he nevertheless made himself do calstenices, take steps and count as far as he could when he took the steps and when he lost count, start again. that was one way he was able to keep his mind together, keep himself in some semblance of health. >> my next guest is talk about
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the journey ahead for these newly freed americans. terry lyles is a psychologist and author as well as a combat stress coach. he joins us from miami. welcome, terry. >> thank you, carol. >> so jason rezaian, he was kept for part of his incarceration in a cell measuring about three feet by three feet. at one point, he was kept in solitary confinement for 49 days straight. what does that do to a person? >> well, i mean, as you heard on that interview and that package just before me, you have to occupy your mind in a three by three space. so he would count, think about what's happening in life, what's important. how do i get out of here eventually and what am i going to do. you have to coop your mind busy. the interesting thing is when you're confined in that small of a space, not only physically, but psychologically and spiritually, it has an affect on us. when you get out, you have to now kind of rewrap yourself and expand that three by three space to be a larger space. that's where some of the stress
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comes in coming home, answering questions, reunited with family. as great as that sounds to all of us, it's a gradual process of linking those boundaries once again after captivity. >> not only that. he's kept in solitary confinement. he has high blood pressure, health problems. at times the iranians kept his medication from him. he slept on a single caught. sometimes there were no bathroom facilities inside that prison cell. i just can't imagine. >> yeah, i mean, all of that is that psychological torture that goes on and the games that are play eed in captivity. it does have an effect. there are people who live the rest of their lives with those scars. the challenge is he and the others have to take the wounds and turn them into scars. that involves a grief process. the individuals i work with, i use a system to actually show what's going on inside of their bodies and their nervous system to help them make that transition. it's going to be important he
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gets the right treatment and the right care with the love and support of his family to make this a past event and the doesn't continue to be a current reoccurring situation psychologically for him. >> were the iranians trying to break him? trying to get him to say or testify in open court that he was a spy? >> yeah, i don't have all that int intel. i have read up on the stories and watched as much as possible. i would venture to say yes because that's mostly why people are in captivity, because they're trying to figure out why they're there, how can they use them psychologically as a pawn, whether it's a political faction that's going on between iran, the united states, which is out there. but also, if they can find guilt or some premise of why he's there and use that against america or against himself, absolutely. and that's part of the warfare that goes on with captivity. and it sounds like his spirit was preserved. and he got through it. but again, you know, the issue is going to be regardless of why he was there and what happened,
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you've got to recover correctly to make it through to your life and to your family and reassimilate back into society in a very healthy way. >> terry lyles, thanks for being with me this morning. checking on some other top stories for you. a school tutor in the nashville area has been charged with reckless endangerment after police say they saw video of three children getting out of the trunk of her car. she had a total of nine children in her chevy malibu. a customer at a gas station reporting seeing the children, some of the children getting out of the trunk. james called the claim an utter lie but surveillance video confirmed it. she's been put on leave while the school investigates. two current students and one former student were found dead on sunday at the state university of new york in geneseo. police say it looks like a murder-suicide. the former student may have stabbed his ex-girlfriend and another student after their
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michigan's embattled governor says the flint water crisis is nothing short of a disaster, and even accepts the chilling assessment of his critics. he's confronting his own hurricane katrina. at least 100 protesters march outside of his home, braving subzero windchills and calling for governor snyder to resign or
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face arrest. could be a pivotal day in the crisis. more protests planned, more lawsuits due to be announced and more details on how to fix the staggering health threat. a sobering look at the problem from a video posted on twitter. that murky foul looking brew spewing from a fire hydrant is the city's water supply that comes straight out of the tap. cnn is live in flint this morning with more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. it's a big day. all across the state, and i want to show you right behind me, that's the flint river. that's the water that was going into the pipes that this community says had lead in it from the pipes that they drank, they bathed in, they cooked with, and they washed their clothes in. now, at 1:00, we're expging a big announcement. more civil suits of class actions are to be filed from people in this community saying that their health is affected and they believe the future of their health is affected. also, property values, they say, have gone down. now, following that, take you to
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the state capital. the state capital steps, actually. different organizations, we believe, are going to hold rallies in defiance of the governor's state of the state address tonight. now, the protesters really say, and according to the civil class action suit already filed, they're not saying that the governor actually made the decision to use the flint river as the drinking water. but they say that his knowledge and his lack of action contributed. listen to this. >> it just got to the point where we said enough is enough. let's do something here. he should have paid attention to the experts. he should have -- he should have switched it back over to detroit water as soon as he knew of the contamination. >> now, the fact is last october, this community was switched back over to detroit water, but they are also saying that since the copper and lead was already coming from the pipes into the water, you can't stop that, even with a good water supply. the governor is saying that once
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he had knowledge of what was happening, he immediately took action. he declared a state of disaster and emergency. he called in the national guard. they are now handing out bottles of water, test kits, and filters to everyone in this community. and carol, the community wants answers. they want to know what do we do now? and who is going to pay for the changes? that's why all eyes are on the state capital of lancing tonight for that state of the state address. >> all right, jean casarez reporting live from flint, michigan, this morning. you heard jean say at least one class action suit already filed. two more expected in a couple hours. it's believed the governor will be named in the two new suits. mel robbins is a cnn legal analyst. she joins me with more on this. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> good morning, mel. so is it fair to blame the governor, because after all, he appointed the administrators who decided to change the water source? >> you know, a couple things, carol. first of all, the legal issues
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in this case are as murky as the water in flint. because generally, it's nearly impossible to sue government officials for the course of their everyday conduct unless you can prove that they were grossly negligent. and flint is a really difficult case. let me tell you why. the city of flint has just taken it on the teeth for a long time. it's a mill town. it has been part of the auto industry for years, plants started closing 20 years ago. it never fully recovered. this is a city of only 100,000 residents. 40% of them are below the poverty line, carol. and so this is a community that has taken blow after blow, and in fact, they don't have a mayor. they have a state appointed supervisor that's running the city because they're in such a state of financial crisis. and so whether or not they're going to be able to pin this on
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anybody, because i think what a lot of people are going to say is wait, we weren't grossly negligent. we made a mistake. and we're trying our best to fix it. >> but here's the thing. a lot of people in that community say the flint river, come on? we have known the flint river was polluted for a very, very long time. they were against changing the water source in the first place, but state administrators did that, and look what happened. >> that's right, carol. but state administrators did that in order to save $19 million, and they immediately retrofitted -- >> but you can't save a buck at the expense of the health of your citizens. >> look, you know, carol, i don't disagree with you. i'm from michigan. i think that this is absolutely horrendous that this went down. it's horrendous that these folks had horrible, polluted, toxic water coming out of their pipes not for a week but for a career and nobody did anything. but from a legal standpoint, not
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a moral standpoint, from a legal standpoint, it's going to be hard. you have to prove that individual employees were grossly negligent. there were reports coming out that there were e-mails that certain employees knew about the high levels of lead in flint residents and went on television, had local addresses where they actually said there was nont danger. if that's the case, it's a much %-po understand that just because you bring a lawsuit against a city, it's very difficult because cities, municipalities have a lot of immunity in performing their day to day government functions. they're going to have to prove gross negligence. do we have it here? maybe, but it's going to be more than just pointing fingers and saying, there's something outrageous about the brown water. and of course, you can't just do cost savings and stick polluted water on people. but it will take time. one good thing about the lawsuits, whether they're successful or not from a class action standpoint is it's gotten the attention that flint needs
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and that the residents need to put the pressure on officials to do something and to do something now. >> all right. mel robbins, thanks for your insight. all right, this just in to cnn. we will not learn whether affluezna teenager ethan couch's case will be moved out of juvenile core and into adult court. there was supposed to be a hearing today around the issue, but it had to be rescheduled due to a legal technicality. couch's parents were not notified about the proceeding. we'll keep you posted. still to come in the newsroom, his death sparks national outrage, the controversy as baltimore tries to uncover who killed freddie gray. sten up! i'm here to get the lady of the house back on her feet. and give her the strength and energy to stay healthy. who's with me?! yay! the complete balanced nutrition of great tasting ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. ensure. take life in!
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freddie gray's death while in custody sparked intense protests in baltimore. unleashing anger and unrest the
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city hadn't seen since the 1960s. tonight, cnn is teaming up with the baltimore sun for a special investigation into gray's controversial death. here's a look. >> what we want to do is show you the video. >> police are under intense pressure to complete an investigation in weeks. that would normally take months. with scores of questions to answer. >> was there any evidence of use of force? was there any broken bones? on mr. gray. was there any evidence of kicking, punching, strikes of any type upon his body? >> the stakes for this investigation were as high as i have ever seen. >> baltimore sun crime reporter justin george obtains exclusive access to the investigation. >> we'll get started. >> they had basically a two-week window in order to investigate
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this. >> as far as the task force is concerned. >> the main question the police task force was trying to answer is what exactly happened to freddie gray. >> to piece the puzzle together, investigators gather surveillance footage. canvas the neighborhood. >> anyone in your household that may have information or know anything? >> re-create the van route and deconstruct officers' actions. like the leg lace used to restrain gray during his arrest. it is soon clear that the investigation creates as many questions as it answers. for starters, why were police chasing gray? >> not clear probable cause. wasn't shooting somebody on the corner. wasn't a drug kingpin or breaking into a house. >> and why did they arrest him? the police report says he fled unprovoked and had a knife in his pocket, but charging
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documents say they didn't know about the knife until they caught him. >> so here to talk about tonight's special is miguel marquez. one of the reasons this is so fascinating is because it's truly a behind the scenes look. >> because we were able to work with the baltimore sun on this, it provides us material and you know, i covered a lot in baltimore, but even watching this documentary at the end of it, and all of the work that our team did and then having access to the baltimore sun and all of their, just vast knowledge of the city and of covering this story, greatly improved our understanding of everything that happened up until his death. >> going behind the scenes of the police investigating, being in that room while police were deciding how they would investigate freddie gray's death, seeing the police officer go door to door. those are things we usually don't see. >> this is unseen. this was, i think, for the baltimore police very difficult
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to do, to allow a reporter access into it. it has complicated things for the police, and for the trial of these six officers to some degree. but it gives us a look into the death of freddie gray that we have never seen. >> the city of baltimore today, you know, these trials have yet to take place, right? because the one that was supposed to take place has been postponed. so what is the mood like in the city? >> unsettled. i think people are in some ways waiting for the other shoe to drop. i think the six officers who are still up now, the first ended in a mistrial. the second has been delayed. i think that people in the streets, people who lived in freddie gray's neighborhood feel that justice has sailed. the treelt these officers received is different than any of them would have received. so they don't see it as necessarily justice. i think they want to see a result. but no one is expecting all guilty or all innocent. >> you have spent an enormous amount of time reporting on baltimore. investigating what happened.
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what's your takeaway from doing this documentary? >> it's a very complicated city. you know it well. it is heartbreaking to see the level of just watching the documentary, it makes me a little emotional. it's heartbreaking to see the level of disparity between rich and poor in that city and the lack of access and just sort of these institutional barriers to people getting out of these places. you know, part of it, this kevin moore character, he broke down and cried talking about him not thinking that he would live to see his kids grow up. it was just an incredibly powerful moment. and an insight for me being from new mexico. i'm very happy to have. >> yeah, and i'm glad you're doing this because the frustrating part to me after living in baltimore for so many years is it's right on the cusp of being this great city. >> you feel it there. >> yeah. you do. miguel marquez, thanks. cnn special report, who
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checking some top stories for you at 56 minute past. actress janet hubert who played aunt vivon the hit '90 shows fresh prince of bel-air is slamming jada pinkett smith for announcing she plans to boycott the oscars because of a lack of racial diversity among the nominees. >> i find it ironic somebody who has made their living, made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you talk about
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boycotting because you didn't get a nomination, because you didn't win. that's not the way life works, baby. >> filmmaker spike lee says he plans to boycott, too. this is the second year in a row no black actors were nominated in any of the four acting categories. >> starting toornd for the first time in ten years you'll be able to see five planets all at once with your naked eye. mercury, venus, saturn, mars, and jupiter are expected to align in a digital line right before sunrise. weather permitted, they will be visible until mid-february, so you have time. bernie sanders stumping in iowa this morning. he's taking on a trumpian tone lately, reading out poll numbers at rallies. and moments ago, sanders says he is candidate to take down trump. >> from the bottom of my heart, above and beyond ideas, if you want somebody who is going to beat donald trump, who is going to beat the other republicans, i think bernie sanders is that candidate.
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>> sanders is also competing with trump in another way. his expressive face. here's jeanne moos. >> you can't deny it, bernie. >> to get the affordable care act passed. >> your reactions to hillary were written all over your face. in your head shaking, in your smile. as politico put it, bernie was making faces. he made the one that went viral while clinton was accusing sanders of dising president obama. >> senator sanders called him weak, disappointing. >> it was variously described as the evil eye, side eye, the stink eye. >> i see this guy over at the pizza boxes giving me the stink eye. >> someone tweeted that sanders is like your grandpa who yells and makes funny faces at the dinner table. at one point, he exhaled like a horse. >> he voted for what we call the charleston loophole. >> blowback to the infamous al gore sigh. >> that's what a governor gets
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to do. there's differences. >> but you know who sanders' face reminded people of? bernie, you're probably not going to like this. bernie sanders is channeling his inner donald trump with those faces, tweeted one progressive. >> he gets his foreign policy experience from the shows. >> though the donald is more dismissive and more explosive. >> but he's a chaos candidate. >> the die-hard capitalist and the democrat, socialist share the wealth when it comes to facial expressions. but when cnn fact checks what hillary was saying while bernie was making the faces, it turns out what hillary was saying was mostly true. >> he voted to let guns go into amtrak, into national parks. >> the fact checking didn't stop hillary detractors from enjoying the sweet smell of stink eye. exactly, bernie. we feel the same way when hillary speaks. jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
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thanks for joining me today. i'm carol costello. berman and baldwin starts now. just moments from now, donald trump speaks live in iowa. teasing a major announcement. and a special guest. is the front-runner getting a big endorsement? >> bernie sanders says democrats want someone to beat donald trump, he is their guy. and this comes as hillary clinton prepares for a brutal and perhaps long primary fight that could last until may. >> and the governor of michigan says the water crisis in his state is his katrina. tonight, as he addresses his critics. new lawsuits are coming over the toxic water in flint. hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm john berman. donald trump minutes away from a helly in iowa.


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