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and plane explosive. new evidence in the bombing of an airliner. suspects are seen handling a sophisticated laptop bomb used in the attack. were they later targeted to keep them quiet? wolf blitzer is on assignment. i'm brianna keilar. you're in "the situation room." breaking news. donald trump is threatening to sue ted cruz for, quote, not being a natural-born citizen if cruz doesn't stop his negative ads. trump is also questioning cruz's faith, asking how he can be an evangelical christian when he is so dishonest. that comes as cruz and other candidates appeared in an evangelical forum in south carolina. perfect timing for cruz to drop a campaign ad that features a former erotic film actress. that's right. meantime trump is taking heat with his steady stream of vulgarities. he's promising to drop the foul
language. that may be put to the test shortly as he holds a campaign event that we're standing by for. hillary clinton and bernie sanders got on the trail today hours after trading potshots in their own debate following her crushing defeat in new hampshire. clinton trying hard to paint sanders' policies as unrealistic. both democrats seem to be playing to minority voters in their upcoming showdown states of nevada and south carolina, clashing over immigration and who's more loyal to president obama. our correspondents, analysts and guests have full coverage of the day's stop stories. we begin with the republican race. as most of his rivals today focus on faith and values, donald trump is focusing on watching his mouth. cnn's jim acosta is live from tampa. jim, do you think trump can vanquish his vulgarities? >> reporter: i think we'll have to wait and see on that one. donald trump is taking some time off from the campaign trail in south carolina. instead trump is on the hunt for votes down here in florida where
he says he's going to start doing something he hasn't done much before, that is bielt his tongue, but he is not changing his style on bitter. he is threatening to sue ted cruz if he does not halt his attacks. >> we're going to knock the [ bleep ] out of isis. she said he's [ bleep ]. that's terrible. >> reporter: notorious for shooting from the lip, get ready for the softer side of donald trump. >> i won't use foul language, i'm just not going to do it. they're all saying do it, do it. no. i'll never do it again, actually. and i'll never even copy somebody, what they ask me to say. >> reporter: the foul-mouthed front-runner is promising to use rhetoric that's more suitable for younger viewers, like the mini trump-looking baby whose hand he signed in louisiana. now that the race has swung down to the bible belt, ted cruz is reminding voters in south carolina of the brash billionaire's sometimes salty language. >> don't listen to donald trump. really, don't listen to donald trump. or if you do, you may have to
send your kids out of the room. >> reporter: marco rubio complained he can't even one recent trump vulgarity to his children. >> they wanted to know what did he say? i said i can't tell you. i never want to be a candidate that does anything like that. >> reporter: even though he's trying to tone it down, trump is still firing off on twitter, saying if ted cruz doesn't clean up his act, stop cheating and doing negative ads, i have standing to sue him for not bowing a natural born citizen. john kasich is banking on a more positive campaign. >> how do you ever get anything done long term if you're operating on the dark side of the street as opposed to the sunny side of the street? >> reporter: jeb bush said trump's schtick is his insecurities. >> we have an entertainer, a reality tv star, who has been successful in his own life but also pushes people down to maybe himself look better. >> reporter: another potential problem for trump down south, his continued mocking of the
bush family. bush surrogate, senator lindsay graham, argued that's a liability. >> if anybody in the press is wondering, south carolina, we like the bushes. we like these people. we like this family. >> reporter: trump is also getting pounded by ads, including spots from special interest groups like the anti-tax club for growth. >> there's nothing conservative about giving money to the clintons. there's nothing conservative about donald trump. >> reporter: the ad wars are heating up in ways the candidates didn't imagine, like this cruz spot that was pulled after the campaign discovered it starred an exotic film actress. >> maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time. >> do you guys have room for one more? >> reporter: the cruz ad team is also having fun at hillary clinton's expense, depicting her smashing a computer server, a scene right out of the film "office space." ♪ damn it feels good to be a
clinton ♪ ♪ a famous politician who always plays her cards right ♪ >> reporter: donald trump did fire back at that club for growth ad saying there's nothing conservative about that anti-tax group claiming they once came to him for a million dollar contribution and he didn't pay it. getting back on that threat to ted cruz, donald trump has been retweeting his supporters' tweets all afternoon about this so i think it's a good indication of what we'll hear a couple of hours from now in tampa. >> jim acosta, thank you. bernie sanders and hillary clinton wasted no time returning to the campaign trail today after trading jabs in last night's democratic debate. i want to turn to jeff zeleny. so this debate was in milwaukee but it seemed like the candidates were trying to address voters where else. >> reporter: sure, brianna. south carolina where in 2008 some 55% of democratic voters
were african-american is central on the minds of both candidates. that's why hillary clinton headed there today, to find friendlier terrain. hillary clinton had south carolina voters in minding at last night's debate as he tried to make her case that she's the true supporter of president obama. >> this is not the first time that he has criticized president obama. in the past he's called him weak, he's called him a disappointment. >> reporter: the message aimed at south carolina democrats. more than half of african-american and hold the president in high regard. >> madam secretary, that is a low blow. one of us ran against barack obama. i was not that candidate. >> reporter: sanders had the final word, but it opened a new chapter in a primary fight that's just beginning, as clinton works to regain her footing in the wake of sanders' new hampshire victory. another flash point, the influence of money in politics.
clinton tied herself to obama and rejected the suggestion she could be swayed by campaign donations. >> so let's not in any way imply here that either president obama or myself would in any way not take on any vested interest, whether it's wall street or drug companies or insurance companies or, frankly, the gun lobby. >> let's not insult the intelligence of the american people. people aren't dumb. why in god's name does wall street make huge campaign contributions? i guess just for the fun of it. they want to throw money around. >> reporter: again and again, clinton portrayed her rival as a politician who offers big dreams but few specifics for how he would pay for universal health care and more. >> this is not about math, this is about people's lives and we should level with the american people. >> reporter: sanders took exception to the criticism. >> secretary clinton, you're not in the white house yet. and let us be clear that every
proposal that i have introduced has been paid for. >> reporter: but clinton argued her rival has too narrow a vision to be president. >> we agreed that we have to get unaccountable money out of politics. we agreed wall street should never be allowed to wreck main street again. but here's the point i want to make tonight. i am not a single issue candidate and i do not believe we live in a single issue country. >> reporter: now, those three words, single issue candidate, rubbed a lot of supporters of senator sanders the wrong way here. but the hard fact of the matter is they know that he has to expand his appeal and broaden his reach a little bit more. now, both candidates are actually sharing the same stage at different times at a dinner tonight in minneapolis and then -- both of them will be campaigning in nevada and then colorado. so this race is going national in a huge hurry. and the dynamics last night did not change that much, so this race is still as tight as ever. >> it sure is.
jeff, thank you so much for us in milwaukee. joining me now to talk more, tad devi devine, a senior advisor to bernie sanders. thanks for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> you look at this terrain that is a little more advantageous to hillary clinton looking at demographics that gravitate towards her over your candidate, bernie sanders. is this something that he needed to do sooner, trying to appeal with his policies to african-americans and hispanics? >> no. we've been working hard for months now in nevada and south carolina. we have people on the ground in every march 1st state and beyond that. they have been talking to voters, knocking on doors, getting our message out. we've been on television advertising in nevada since the 23rd of december. we went on television in south carolina. we went on television in four states right after the new hampshire primary. i think we're getting our message out and it's a very powerful message. america's economy is rigged. there's too much wealth at the top and held in place by a corrupt system of campaign
finance. >> as bernie sanders does try to talk to these key constituencies in nevada and south carolina, is he approaching this in the way we've seen him approach other voters, white voters, generationally. i look at that ad -- eric garner's daughter endorsed him and his grandmother endorsed hillary clinton. it seems there's a generational divide. >> young people were the first to get excited about bernie's candidacy. if you look at the exit poll in new hampshire, he won every age group under 65, so we've been pushing -- you know, by not as big a margin as we're winning the younger people but nevertheless winning across the board. i think the message is resonating all the way up the age spectrum. we're very excited about the fact young people are coming into the process because of bernie sanders. we think that's the key to victory in november for the democrats. >> right now he's neck in neck
with hillary clinton. i think we no that could change going into nevada and south carolina where she may have the advantage. super tuesday, there's a lot of southern contests where i think people may think hillary clinton may have the advantage. if he does experience some losses there, do you feel that you can push through with momentum beyond super tuesday or will you perhaps have lost too much? >> i don't think we will have lost too much. listen, we feel good about nevada. there's a public poll that came out that said the race was tied. we were 30 points behind there just a few months ago. i think people will see in south carolina we closed some grounds too. i think places like colorado and minnesota, oklahoma even. you know, the clinton campaign went on television in oklahoma today. we went on television about a week ago. i have a funny feeling they went on television because they're concerned about losing. we think our message is resonating and getting out all across the country. >> why is he saying, though, that if the vote were today in south carolina, he wouldn't win?
>> we're realistic about where we are on this path. the momentum of new hampshire is just really beginning to build. voters have been told for months that this race was over and hillary clinton won. they found out in iowa that was not the case. they saw in new hampshire that bernie sanders' message was very powerful to people who live in new hampshire and i think they're really interested in bernie sanders. they're paying a lot of attention to the race right now and i think we'll get through to them and hopefully we will through election day. >> stay with me because we had a big debate last night. hillary clinton accused bernie sanders of being a single issue candidate. we'll talk about that when we get back. at ally bank, no branches equals great rates. it's a fact. kind of like social media equals anti-social. hey guys, i want you to meet my fiancée, denise. hey. good to meet you dennis. i'm in charge of it all. business expenses, so i've been snapping photos of my receipts and keeping track of them in quickbooks. now i'm on top of my expenses, and my bees.
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tad, one of the critiques that hillary clinton labeled -- or leveled against bernie sanders was that he's a single issue candidate. >> right. >> he certainly is having a lot of luck talking about wall street, talking about a rigged economy, but what do you make of this critique that he doesn't have the breadth? >> well, she should come to one of his hour-long stump speeches. this is a guy who talks with such a broad range of issues. what we're going to do to have universal college education, how we'll reform health care so 29 million who don't have health care can have it, how we're going to deal with climate change and rebuild our infrastructu infrastructure. now, it's true, it's all within a very powerful frame that we can't fix these problems, these economic problems, particularly the problem of income inequality unless we do something about a corrupt system of campaign finance. he talks about that a lot but his breadth of issues that he talks about in this campaign are very comprehensive and he usually goes on for an hour or so when he talks to people. >> when he is talking about foreign policy, obviously
secretary clinton has a lot of experience here but he sees her vulnerability as what he describes as her judgment. he brings up her iraq war vote, he voted against it. but he's also characterizing himself as someone on the frefront of being against this war. we did a fact check on this on cnn. our fact checkers found we can't find much evidence of that, at least like others like russ feingold who gave speeches against the war and introduced legislation to cut off its funding. was he a leader on the forefront of this? >> yes, he was. he spoke out repeatedly and in a number of different places and occasions. his speech that he delivered on the floor of the united states house of representatives is available. in that speech he describes exactly what happened. if we went into iraq, it would cause instability and the region would be left in turmoil. that's precisely what happened.
so bernie sanders helped lead the opposition against the war in iraq. >> and he had four funding bills after 2006 for the iraq war. >> yes. we have servicemen and women in iraq and he supported them and fought very hard as the chairman of the veterans committee to deal with health care and taking care of our veterans. so bernie sanders has supported our veterans but he opposed the war in iraq and did so in a public way. >> he took aim at secretary clinton as being an interventionist when it comes to foreign policy. she leveled back at him what about your vote on libya. he seemed to struggle a little bit on that. >> first of all, there was no vote on libya, there was a consensus resolution that was a voice vote in the united states senate. >> but the point is even a vote that is nonbinding, right, is still a vote they take to make a point. >> and the point they were trying to make is that they supported democracy in libya. to characterize that as something like the iraq war vote where there was a debate about whether or not the united states
should go in is a complete mischaracterization. unfortunately hillary clinton on a lot of these things, particularly the attacks she's trying to level against bernie sanders by saying he's attacking president obama, she's really distorting his words and what he's saying, so it's unfortunate. >> what is the difference between a voice vote and -- you're saying there's a difference, a war authorization is entirely different. but taking a stand, bernie sanders is someone who clearly one of the things that appeals to so many people about him is they feel like he's principled. how is a voice vote -- >> that was a completely different situation. it's saying we support democracy there, not united states intervention or use of force there, so it's a mischaracterization of a vote. the consensus vote was for democracy but not massive united states intervention. >> the headline out of this debate was a bit of who could
hug president obama the tightest, no one really wanting to create space with him. bernie sanders has been critical of president obama, saying that he didn't use the bully pulpit enough. how would bernie sanders approach using the bully pulpit differently? >> he would massively organize people to support his agenda as president. you have to go back to his election of mayor of burlington by ten votes. when he went into office, the powers that be tried to obstruct everything he did. the next election he went out to organize people and to get rid of half of the city council through a democratic process. after he did that, he had enough to sustain a veto and process began in burlington. that's the approach he would take. he would go out and if the congress refused to cooperate -- by the way, no president in recent times has been obstructed more by the congress than barack obama. once the republicans lost control, all they did was obstruct. so bernie would say if you won't
meet us halfway and be will to come towards our agenda, then we will go out and the midterm elections will become a referendum on the future of the republican party. that's how he operates. >> thanks for being with us. you probably have had no sleep and we appreciate you being here. a note to our viewers, if you did miss last night's debate you can watch it right here on cnn at 10:00 p.m. it is really worth watching. coming up, donald trump threatens to sue ted cruz over his citizenship if his canadian-born rival doesn't
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the x1 voice remote is here. after a strong showing in new hampshire, governor john kasich is trying to build up his operation now in south carolina. let's go live now to cnn's sara murray who is in bluffton, south carolina. you are at a kasich event right now. tell us what you're hearing about their efforts there to expand their ground game. >> reporter: well, brianna i think the big question was, okay, now what does he do? he has hundreds of people at this event, a much bigger crowd than he's used to, but the challenge for him is how is he going to build a national organization, a campaign that can play at multiple states at once. they're starting here in south carolina where they have a dozen staffers but they also have staff in 11 other states. what they're scrambling to figure out is where do they deploy these armies of
volunteers, the people who made this new hampshire finish possible. we heard them talk about states further down the field like michigan, but they're saying even a state like nevada, one that votes much sooner, could be in play. so lots of stuff still in the works here. we'll have to see if they are able to get the kind of momentum they saw in new hampshire. >> are you hearing there people very repeceptive to john kasich? are they undecided? just curious after his win? >> reporter: i think that he definitely has to make the sell in a place like south carolina. they like him, they think he sounds like a reasonable republican. there are democrats at this event who are here thinking about voting for john kasich but he has not closed the deal by any stretch of the imagination. he's even said he doesn't have to win in south carolina but you certainly have to have a strong showing in some of these states even if you don't win here in order to keep any kind of momentum going. >> sara murray in bluffton, thanks so much. we do have some breaking news, donald trump threatening to sue ted cruz over his
citizenship if he doesn't drop the negative ads. we have cnn chief political analyst, deplogloria borger, da bash, nia malika henderson and david axelrod, a former obama senior advisor. okay, so dana, you have this attack. he's saying be nice to me or i'm going to sue you for being canadian, essentially. >> very well put. >> what is happening here? what is his point? >> you mean donald trump's point? >> yes. >> donald trump's point is that he sees -- let's just boil it down even more. he sees ted cruz as his biggest threat in south carolina. donald trump is at this point doing pretty well in the polls in south carolina. but ted cruz, you know, has a lot to gain and a lot to lose. so that is why you are seeing even though it was just yesterday we were on this program talking about how donald trump promises that he's going to be more positive, he pulled a
negative ad against ted cruz for that reason, he can't help himself. he had just went on a twitter tirade all day today against ted cruz, calling him a liar, questioning whether or not he really is a christian. >> how is he evangelical if he's so dishonest. >> right, right, and the whole lawsuit thing. this is harkening back to iowa when he first brought up -- when he first even insulted or went after ted cruz in any way, shape or form was about his eligibility to be president. >> and david, i want to ask you about this because you worked for a guy who faced some sort of birtherism, i guess you could say. when you watched this happening on the right, having worked for someone where there were people, including donald trump, questioning whether he was really born in the u.s., i mean what is your perspective on how this is playing out? >> well, it obviously didn't hurt ted cruz that much in iowa. i think what's interesting here
is ted cruz is running an ad about donald trump's eminent domain attempt to take a woman's house away. i think he's very sensitive about that in part because that did hurt him in iowa. that was a serious issue. so i think he's trying to bully cruz into taking his ads down. i think it's less about being on the offensive than being on the defensive. whoever said tirade or tantrum i think was right on the money there. >> gloria, what do you think? trump said he was going to get past this with iowa. here it is again. >> i don't know. i don't think he's going to get past it. i think what's so odd about donald trump is that he behaves very differently from most political candidates i've seen, which is normally the candidate tries to take the high road and you let the super pac do the negative advertising and take the low road. in this particular case, the candidate himself takes the low road and sends out all these tweets threatening to sue,
questioning whether cruz is really an evangelical and all the rest, and he has a positive ad up on the air, so he's doing it just completely the opposite from what we're -- from what we're used to. and i do think he's really threatened by cruz. >> and does this come up in the debate? because oftentimes we've seen from both of these candidates, maybe they'll say something on twitter, maybe they'll say something on the stump, but when it comes time to face each other. >> tomorrow night. >> yeah, when it comes time to face each other, they pull their punches. as gloria once said, pull the pawlenty, which is talk smack offstage but not follow through onstage. >> he'll follow through this time. >> he almost has to. i think, you know, donald trump has been able to perform pretty well among evangelicals. if he's able to peel off a few here and there evangelicals in south carolina, i mean it's a real big deal for ted cruz. >> could i say one thing as we were talking, betsy kline, who's our embed in ted cruz, just sent
out notes that he just talked to reporters about donald trump's tirade against him. i will say there's more than a little irony of donald accusing anyone of being nasty from the vulgarities that come out of his mouth on any given day. >> i want to ask you about this ted cruz ad, i have to get this in. this is a ted cruz campaign ad that attacks
hillary clinton and i'm going to get your reaction afterwards. ♪ ♪ damn it feels good to be a clinton ♪ ♪ damn it feels good to be a clinton ♪ ♪ a shameless politician who always plays her cards right ♪ ♪ let dogs in the press keep their mouths tight ♪ >> so if you haven't seen the movie "office space" is probably thinking what is going on here. let's play the scene from "office space" that this is modeled after.
all right. sort of similar song, different lyrics. what do you make of this? who's the target audience? >> i mean the cruz ad is a song by the ghetto boys, damn it feels good to be a gangster. when i looked at that, i think hillary clinton looks kind of boss in that ad, right? i guess it's supposed to make her look like a crook or something, but it's hard
to say. he looks kind of fierce. >> i also love how he, ted cruz, and the campaign, they're like primary? what primary? they're going straight at the democrat way before they have even gotten to that point. one actually a little bit of interesting insight is that, david will know this because he's been involved in lots of campaigns, most campaigns have one ad firm that does their ads. the cruz campaign don't, they have, i think, three and they bid and come up with ideas. >> give me your best stuff. >> which is why i think they
have had some of the most clever stuff of the campaign. >> david, what do you make of cruz going after hillary clinton at this point, smart? >> there are two kinds of ads, brianna, the kinds you put on television to try and influence voters and the ads that you put out online to get tv to run them. this is in that second category. i think this is a cheeky kind of ad to get attention, send a signal that cruz is getting ready to face off with hillary clinton. i don't think it has anything to do with the south carolina primary. >> i can't imagine that this ad is going to appeal to evangelicals in any way, shape or form. >> why do you say that, gloria? >> just guessing. >> well, it is some fish bowl fodder there. gloria, david, dana, nia, thank you so much. you can watch last night's pbs news hour democratic presidential debate here on cnn at 10:00 p.m. eastern. coming up, police shoot and kill a man in ohio after he
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deli. investigator haven't confirmed a motive for the attack but haven't ruled out terrorism and they say it's possible that the attacker was a so-called lone wolf. deb feyerick has been following this story. what's the latest here, deb? >> reporter: we can tell you that one of the reasons the columbus police department reached out so quickly to the fbi is because there were certain red flags that were raised that caused significant concern. first of all, this was a lone individual, a machete was used, and it seemed to be a random attack in a public place. the attack happened at the nazareth middle eastern restaurant in columbus, ohio. >> somebody pulled out a machete and started stabbing people. >> a man with a machete attacked and injured four people, one of them critically. >> he just started attacking people. >> i thought it was a personal thing and then he just started down the row hitting everybody with something. i don't know, people were bleeding. >> reporter: officials say the attacker is 30-year-old mohammed barry. he's of somali origin and has a
drug-related criminal record. the fbi is looking into barry's recent travel and any potential links to jihad. the restaurant is owned by an israeli arab christian. he tells the columbus dispatch the attacker was inside the restaurant asking an employee about him. >> i understood that he left, came back 30 minutes later and attacked a person and then start slicing up people down the booths. >> reporter: people inside the restaurant fought back, some of them throwing chairs. another confronting the suspect. >> nobody inside from the people that we've spoken to, whether it be some of the patrons or the employees, nobody said that they knew him. >> reporter: the suspect fled, driving off with multiple police cruisers chasing. >> trying to get out of the vehicle. he's getting ready to go. >> reporter: police say they got the suspect to stop. he tried escaping out of the passenger door with his weapons.
>> he had a machete and another knife in his hand and he lunged across the hood at the officers. another officer in a cruiser fired a couple of shots at him and put him down. >> reporter: one person initially critical was rushed into surgery and is now listed in stable condition. and fbi is investigating this as a possible act of terrorism, but they haven't ruled out the possibility that it could also be a hate crime. >> all right, deb feyerick, thank you for that report. i do want to dig deeper on this now. very disturbing story. we have our law enforcement experts to discuss this. we're joined by evan perez and we have law enforcement analyst tom fuentes, a former fbi assistant director. do we know anything else, evan? are investigators learning anything more about the motivation behind this? >> one of the more interesting things about this is the fact about 30 minutes before this attack, the attacker, barry, went into the restaurant and apparently asked about the
owner. apparently the restaurant is decorated with israeli flags. the owner is israeli, but he is an arab christian, and so one of the possibilities that investigators are pursuing is that the attacker thought that he was attacking a jewish-owned business, an israeli jewish-owned business. turns out it was an arab christian business that he was attacking and it may have just been a case of mistaken identity. so that's one of the avenues and one of the reasons why they're looking at this as possible terrorism. >> so where does that leave investigators, tom, between looking at this as a hate crime or as a lone wolf terrorist act? >> in the beginning they're not going to have a theory to go on. they don't want to be, you know, tainted in any direction so they're going to obtain the internet records, phone records, talk to friends, neighbors, work colleagues of his and try and find out if there's any indication of what the true motive was. for now they're just investigating trying to see what it is. as evan said, that could qualify as a terrorist act, it could
qualify as a hate crime or be a garden variety psychopath and we have plenty of those running around. >> tom, evan, thank you guys so much. coming up, investigators are digging into a chilling new video that shows a sophisticated laptop bomb moments before it was planted on an airliner. how did the explosive get through airport security? your path to retirement... may not always be clear. but at t. rowe price, we can help guide your retirement savings. for over 75 years, investors have relied on our disciplined approach to find long term value. so wherever your retirement journey takes you, we can help you reach your goals. call a t. rowe price retirement specialist or your advisor ...to see how we can help make the most of your retirement savings.
passenger jet. brian todd is learning new details. >> it is very rare when you can actually see a critical moment of a terrorist plot unfolding before your eyes. tonight, we've got this extraordinary closed circuit video and it captures this moment right here when two alleged plotters actually hand that bomb off to the actual bomber. we've been working our sources. tonight, we've got new information on the three suspects and an apparent effort to silence two of them. crucial new evidence in a horrifying terror attack. closed circuit tv footage from the airport. on the right side of the screen, two airport employees who are now suspected. one of them's holding what appears to be a laptop computer. seconds later, one of the men hands the computer to a third man. >> it's chilling, frankly, to see this. because this is -- if you and i
were in this lounge right now, you'd see them handing off that laptop, you wouldn't think twice of it. >> the man it was handed to borbor borleh. >> the moment the somali clearly suspect he was a willing participant, that he planned to be a suicide bomber, that he positioned himself on the aircraft at a place to create the maximum amount of damage. >> the bomb ripped a hole in the fuselage. borlem was killed. the high lot made an emergency landing. no one else was killed in the february 2nd attack. tonight, a source close to the investigation tells cnn the laptop bomb was sophisticated and got passed a fairly advanced machine at the airport. one of those employees placed the laptop on an x-ray belt
before it was handed to the bomber in the departure lounge. >> the capability they would have to get through security or by saiing, hey, i got this one, opens up all kinds of sinister possibilities. >> they believe al shabaab is behind the attack. just three days after the plane bombing, the two airport workers when in a car when it exploded. >> one was killinged. the other had got out of the car to go to a shop. >> investigators believe the two men may have been targeted to prevent them from talking to authorities. the official says the suspect who survived this car bombing is now in custody and giving information. the official would not say what information that is. >> this bomb, is it something, brian, that authorities think al shabaab could have crafted?
is it sophisticated? >> it is sophisticated. it's possible they could have done it themselves, but they have not use add bomb this advanced before. another al qaeda affiliate may have helped al shabaab. aqap has this man who western intelligence officials say he is developing a new generation of explosives that can be concealed in electronics. he is believed to be behind the underwear bomb and printer cartridge bombs. >> brian todd thank you so much. coming up, donald trump threatens to sue ted cruz over his citizenship if his rival doesn't clean up his act and stop running negative ads. a new pentagon report warns that north korea's special operations forces are well equipped and trained, but in a country that struggles with
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happening now. trump's threat just days after declaring he'd seek a more statesman like tone, tonight donald trump says he'll sue ted cruz over his citizenship if cruz continues to attack. we're standing by for the first comments from trump since he threatened that suit. >> ted cruz pulls this ad after learning it features an actress that once starred in soft core films. and why does his newest ad feature a rap song and hillary clinton with a basketball bat.
the pope's safety just days before he visits an area near the u.s. border. and russian roulette, sirius questions remain sending shock waves around the world. why are the russians still bombing even after agreeing to a truce. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. you're in "the situation room." there is break news in the presidential race. we are standing by for a donald trump rally. only hours after trump threatened to sue senator ted cruz. trump says if cruz doesn't stop running negative ads and clean up his act, trump will sue cruz for not being a natural born
citizen. hillary clinton making her first foray into south carolina. she is singing the praises of president obama and hitting hard at senator bernie sanders. we're also following an ominous new warning about security as the pope begins a new visit. the department of homeland security is raising concerns about home grown violent extremists who could target places where papal events are attracting thousands. we have full coverage of the day's top stories. i want to begin with joe johns in denmark, south carolina where just a little bit ago, hillary clinton took up some of the same themes she debuted during last night's debate. joe, what did she tell the crowd? >> reporter: at a town hall in this poor south carolina school district, she went all the way back to the beginnings of her career talking about her work as a lawyer, just out of law school
for the children's defense fund. she also threw in a full-throated defense of president obama's record. all of this as part of the outreach of the african-american community in the run-up to the primary in south carolina. tonight, hillary clinton is pitching south carolina voters on why she is best suited to be the democratic nominee. >> i'm going to go after every single barrier that stands in the way of what americans can do. >> reporter: the clinton campaign is hoping south carolina can help slow bernie sanders' momentum following his big new hampshire win on tuesday. >> thank you, new hampshire. >> reporter: the fight for the first in the south primary will likely hinge on support from african-american voters who make up over half the democratic electorate in the state. clinton lost african-americans in south carolina to president obama by nearly 60 points in
2008. >> thank you, south carolina! >> reporter: with the president still held in high regard by african-americans and democrats nationwide, both candidates are, would go hard to show their support for him as seen as thursday night's democratic debate in mill waky. >> president obama and i are friends. >> i think president obama has set a great example. >> reporter: clinton is trying to drive a wedge between sanders and president obama. >> the kind of criticism that we've heard from senator sanders about our president i expect from republicans, i do not expect from someone running for the democratic nomination to succeed president obama. >> that is -- madame secretary, that is a low blow. >> reporter: with sanders returning the favor. >> one of us ran against barack obama. i was not that candidate. >> reporter: sanders is also targeting clinton over wall street contributions to her super pack. >> $15 million from wall street.
>> reporter: an attack clinton reputted by noting president obama's super pac also took money from wall street in 2008. >> let's not in any way imply here that either president obama or myself would in any way not take on any vested interests, whether it's wall street or drug companies or insurance company. >> reporter: sanders refused to let clinton off the hook. >> people aren't dumb. why in god's name would wall street make huge campaign contributions? i guess just for the fun of it. they want to throw money around. >> reporter: clinton said she and sanders share a similar view, but that her agenda goes beyond that one issue. >> i am not a single issue candidate and i do not believe we live in a single issue country. >> reporter: from here, hillary clinton goes onto minneapolis and a political dinner where she'll also see bernie sanders.
after that, to las vegas, and then before the end of the week, to denver, colorado. so a very busy schedule for hillary clinton and her campaign. >> joe johns, thank you. let's get information now on this break news in the republican presidential race. donald trump's threat to sue senator ted cruz. sun lynn serfaty is in greenville where cruz was among the republican presidential candidates. are they reacting to this threat from trump? >> reporter: they are. ted cruz himself here moments ago really down playing this threat coming from donald trump tonight. cruz's communications director likening trump to a 3-year-old child. donald trump is not in south carolina today with the rest of the candidates, but he's mixing it up from afar. donald trump's pledge to stay above the fray in south carolina short lived. trump blasting rival ted cruz on
twitter writing, quote, if ted cruz doesn't clean up his act and stop cheating and doing negative ads, i have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen. just hours after posting this, how can ted cruz be an evangelical christian. late today, cruz returning fire. >> there's more than a little irony in donald accusing anyone of being nasty given the amazing torrent of insults and vulgarities that come out of his mouth. >> reporter: this new offensive comes a day after trump showed a lighter side in louisiana, even autographing a baby and suggesting he was ready to go positive. >> i won't use foul language. i'm not going to do it. they're all saying do it, do it. no, i'm not. >> reporter: trump couldn't stay off the all-out fight breaking out in the south carolina trenches. >> there's nothing conservative
about giving money to the clintons. there's nothing conservative about donald trump. >> reporter: the air waves plastered with negative ads. >> ted cruz voted to undermine our national defense and weaken our ability to track terrorists. marco rubio is different. >> reporter: the attacks between the candidates are flying back and forth with a dizzying pace. that ad is backfiring on cruz. his campaign is pulling it off the air after it was revealed that actress is also an adult film star. >> it was designed to be a fun, light, cute ad. it happened that one of the actresses who was there had a -- had a more colorful film history than we were aware. >> reporter: cruz's team is refocusing today with a new ad directing fire up instead at hillary clinton. ♪ damn it feels good to be a clinton ♪ >> reporter: in a spoof of the movie "office space."
many of the candidates today are speaking at the conservative christian bob jones university in south carolina making a big pitch to woo coveted evangelical voters. >> i don't believe you put your faith in a lockbox when you're in public life. >> reporter: and jockeying over who has the most conservative credentials. >> we disagree with people on the definition of marriage. they call you a hater and a bigot. >> reporter: all of this sets the stage for what will absolutely be a fiery and heated debate saturday night here in greensville, south carolina. that comes one week before republican voters head to the polls. >> saying there that donald trump stirring things up from afar. let's go to afar. that's where we find jim acosta. he's awaiting the start of donald trump's rally in tampa.
do you think we'll hear more of this offense against ted cruz tonight? >> reporter: i think that's a safe bet. donald trump is doing telegraphing that he will be bringing up his feud with ted cruz here at this rally in tampa, florida. besides that tweet you mentioned in which trump threatens to take cruz to court, the gop frontrunner has been retweeting his supporters all afternoon long as well, tweets questioning the texas senator's canadian birth. another thing we're listening for at this rally is trump's language. last night in louisiana, trump vowed to clean up his rhetoric, no more foul language, he said. but earlier today, the other candidates in this race have been seizing on this. jeb bush said today that trump's language is a sign of his insecurities. marco rubio complained that he can't explain some of trump's recent vulgarities to his kids. and trump is obviously on a tear this afternoon. we're going to put this to the test shortly here in tampa.
we'll see whether or not trump can tone it down tonight. it seems that his rivals have sort of found a sensitive spot where -- a pressure spot you might say. they're poking it suggesting that donald trump cannot tone down his act when he goes to places like the deep south, down to places like the bible belt where people expect their candidates to be a bit more polite. >> we will see. south carolina presents jeb bush with an opportunity to build on some momentum that he received from new hampshire voters. he's about to get some in person help from his brother, the former president. joining us now is bush advisor michael steel. mike, thanks so much for talking to us today. tell us about why this decision to bring the former president in to help his brother out. >> well, look, new hampshire reset this presidential race as it often does. >> oh, my goodness.
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we are stand k by for break news in the republican presidential race. donald trump will be starting a campaign rally in florida shortly. right now, we are talking with michael steel, a top advisor for jeb bush whose presidential campaign got a bit of a boost there in new hampshire. we are back with you now. sans technical issues, we hope, michael. tell us about this decision to bring george w. wubush out on t campaign trail to help out his brother. >> well, new hampshire reset the
race as it always does. south carolina is the most military friendly state in the country. governor bush has the best record of leadership and the best detailed plans to take on, confront, and defeat isis. he's endorsed by 12 medal of honor recipients. obviously the ultimate value day tore when it comes to being ready to be commander in chief is the former commander in chief himself. we're excited to have him down here. >> people look at him and say even jeb bush's slogan doesn't have his last name. he's had to say over and over and over i'm my own man. is there any concern this could work against him or aligning him with the former president is a bell you can't unring? >> governor bush has always been clear he's proud of his family. his father is the greatest man alive. his mother is a national icon.
he's proud of all of that. but he also knows that this race is not about the issues of 1988 or the issues of 2000. it's about the issues we face in 2016. he had to prove it and earn it by talking about his record of achievement and he had to detail plans for the future. at the same time, president bush is an enormously popular figure here in south carolina. we think it's going the be a real asset to our campaign here. >> we've noticed donald trump taking aim at the former president coming out on the campaign trail for jeb. he's insinuating he's trying to get help from his family, first his mom, now his brother. what's your reaction to that? >> the more attention to the fact that we get to the 41st and 43rd presidents and barbara bush support jeb is great. >> i do want to ask you, when you have the former president coming out, you know, he's someone who definitely connects
with people on a -- sort of a retail kpcampaigning basis. is he is better campaigner than your candidate? >> it's a very different race and he faced very different issues. the important thing that jeb has to do is talk to people about his record of achievement in florida. he's the most transformative, conservative governor. the economy boomed. he led the nation in job creation seven out of eight years. he took on the teacher's union to reform the education system. and he has detailed plans to fix the mess in washington, create 19 million new jobs, rising middle class wages. that's what he's running on this year. >> something that a lot of people heard rupert murdoch say, he called governor christie a suicide bomber. he was talking about chris christie in this debate with
marco rubio. there are some bush backers who are continuing to hammer rubio as well. do you think that your candidate is in danger of doing what christie did here? >> no, i don't think at all. i think that the problem senator rubio faces isn't his robotic talking points or bits from his stump speech. the problem is he has no real record of achievement. you look at the things they point to in the senate, senator rubio didn't even bother to vote. reforming the veterans administration, that was a massive bipartisan bill written by senator sanders and mccain. the senators who actually got that done say that he wasn't anywhere to be found. and in fact, he showed up to vote against the bill on final passage. >> are you in danger of by attacking marco rubio giving an advantage here to donald trump and ted cruz, two candidates who
we all know people who back your candidate would prefer much less over marco rubio? >> well, we think that the way to beat donald trump is to beat donald trump. that's why governor bush has been taking him on for months while a lot of these guys are playing possum and hoping for the best. we can't beat hillary clinton if the conservative party nominates someone who is not a conservative, who has supported massive tax hikes, who has in fact supported hillary clinton. our job is to win this election. that's why we have the best candidate in the race to do just that. >> nikki haley, her endorsement is up for grabs. do you have any indication that she could endorse jeb bush? >> governor haley has offered tremendous leadership to the people of south carolina. in the wake of the charleston shooting in terms of school reform, she's a great leader.
we would love her support. but i have no indication one way or the other. >> at the last debate, the moment of the debate really was chris christie taking on marco rubio, doing some of the dirty work there and then of course he gets out of the race. in this next debate that we're going to see tomorrow, is that a role that jeb bush is going to be taking? is he going to be doing some of that dirty work? >> you know, i actually disagree. i thought the best moment of the last debate was when jeb bush took on donald trump for trying to kick an elder ly widow out o her house in atlantic city. that's what you'll see on saturday night, governor bush continuing to push the case against donald trump because he would be a disaster for our party and country. >> mike joining us from south carolina. >> south carolina. >> it's been a long week. all right. mike steel, thanks so much.
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tampa, florida. trurp is now threatening to sue senator ted cruz. we want to get more from cnn senior political reporter. we also have cnn politics executive editor mark preston, democratic strategist hillary rosen and ron brownstein, the senior editor at the atlantic. first to you mark. you have donald cruz -- 26 daywork week. that's my excuse here. donald trump goes after ted cruz today in this tweet. he's saying, if he doesn't clean up his act, i'm going to sue him. who is he playing to and is this effective? >> hillary and i were sitting in these chairs 24 hours ago talking about how donald trump had pulled down the negative advertising. he can pull down -- >> we really believe it though.
>> we didn't -- >> it's hard to believe. >> when you have twitter right now which donald trump is clearly lighting up right now. not only is he going after ted cruz, he's now going after jeb bush. who is he playing to? he's playing to these conservatives who might look at ted cruz and say wait a second, he is not one of us. i would say that donald trump is probably playing with fire a little bit. he's saying, if you read what he says, i am going to go after him unless he starts playing nice. i'm going to call into question his citizenship. which doesn't make sense. >> that was a question that i had. it sort of seems like a bullying threat then. >> he's pressing on him to keep cruz back from hitting on him. so, you know, it's sort of the tactic he's done it all along. he did it with marco, with jeb, with hillary clinton. this is how nasty i am going to get if you don't stop talking about me. but, you know, i think there's another piece of this with trump
which is, you know, this turned actually into an actual political campaign over the last two weeks. he needs it to be brought back to sort of some level of theater. that's when he gets a lot of attention. that's when the media goes into him totally. that's when people get interested in his events. i think he thinks the theater helps him. >> i wonder what you think about -- you have trump taking aim at cruz, not just on this front, but also saying he's dishonest, he's clearly trying to carve out with some of the evangelical voters there in south carolina. >> and you saw this kind of start in iowa. he tried a number of different things. there was the line which was something like, i don't see a lot of evangelicals coming out of cuba. that didn't really go over well. then he's kind of shifted to ted cruz as kind of a mean and nasty guy, why can't he get along with people, he doesn't have good
manners in a sense. then shifted to this other thing about ben carson saying he was up to dirty tricks in iowa. it will be effective to a certain extent. donald trump did pretty good among evangelicals both in iowa and new hampshire. he doesn't need to win evangelicals. he just needs to carve out a few here and there so he can remain competitive. >> ron, there was this split among evangelicals once you started looking at education level in new hampshire. >> yeah. right. absolutely. that is really one of the absolute keys to the election going forward in south carolina, across the south and into the midwest. ted cruz is lopsidedly dependent on evangelicals. if you look at his vote, it's very similar to rick santorum in '12. in new hampshire, ted cruz only won 8% of voters who were not evangelicals. if donald trump can crack his hold on evangelicals, cruz is in a very tenuous position.
donald trump is dominant among blue collar republicans who are not evangelicals. in new hampshire we saw him beat ted cruz. the reason that's so important, the biggest single group of the electorate are evangelical christians who are also blue collar. if donald trump does well with them in south carolina, he will win the state. and it will point the anticipatewanticipate path wait for him to shake cruz's hold not only on the south, but ohio, missouri, michigan where there's a big number of voters who fit that description as well. >> hillary, i want to ask you about something different. donald trump has taken aim at the pope calling him -- that's the question. you always wonder who is the person that he goes up against and is going to lose against. he's called him a very political person. >> yeah. >> he is heading to the u.s./mexican border.
is this anything -- obviously this would be a big problem on the democratic side if a candidate did this. a lot of republicans felt that when the pope came to congress and spoke to them that they got a little bit of a talking to. is this anything that affects him? >> this will be interesting to see what happens at the debate. marco rubio is a strong catholic. you have jeb bush who has no real in towards the religious conservatives. this could be one. it's on this issue of the border. so can they effectively go after donald trump for attacking the pope when what he's doing -- the pope is doing is actually showing compassion for mexican immigrants. they are in a bit of a catch 22. this will not sit well over the course of the long term with independents across the country, moderate republicans. >> but in a general election let's say? >> no question. >> i think it works in the
primary. you listen to conservative talk radio. when the pope was here -- >> they were going -- >> i think it works. and in south carolina in some ways. >> it's worth noting that evangelicals are not necessarily in love with catholics, specifically in the south. you know -- >> even though santorum was a catholic who massacre raided as an evangelical. >> i want to ask you about marco rubio. he is getting aggressive on the campaign trail after a bitter defeat there in new hampshire. he's going after donald trump. his use of crude language. he's saying i can't even tell my kids the things he said. he's going after jeb bush on his lack of foreign policy experience. does this work for him? >> everything was teed up for rubio in new hampshire to emerge as the champion as the mainstream conservative center right bracket. there were endorsements coming out one after the other. then he kind of crashed and burned to that fifth place
finish. not only because of the debate, but also because he pitched his message in new hampshire in a more partisan and ideological tenor. he didn't change much in the support. he fell 20 points among somewhat conservative and moderate voters. that is the constituency most at sea in this election without a clear champion and the bracket that is most open to him. we'll see if he gets another chance. with the new hampshire chance gone, it is likely that that bracket doesn't consolidate for several more weeks if ever. which is an advantage to donald trump and lesser extent, ted cruz. >> how does that effect then his message going into south carolina with the type of republican voters you have there? >> like i said, the theory of the rubio case has been that voters in the center of the party will come to him eventually as everybody else fades away and he doesn't really have to worry about them. he can focus on candidates to
riz right and trying to cannibalize his support. by criticizing trump's demeanor is that he understands that that is the biggest hangup for voters. it may be a sign he's focusing back more on them. we're going to see at the debate who marco rubio is talking to. there has been a door open for him instead he's trying to run through a wall that is pretty crowded to candidates to his right in terms of cruz and trump. >> big moment for jeb bush is that his brother is coming out on the campaign trail in south carolina. he has said, i'm my own man. he's sort of tried to create his own space away from his brother. this is something that i think a lot of people are wondering how is this going to play. he's taped this radio ad that's going to air in south carolina. what do you think? >> i think it was too late, quite frankly. i'm not saying that jeb bush doesn't have a shot. he still has a shot at the
nomination. anyone who tells you right now they have a bead on who is going to win is lying. jeb bush has been using george w. bush to raise money. what i don't understand though when they were looking for transaction, they weren't getting any movement in the polls in november, december, back to october, why didn't they bring out george w. bush. why didn't they bring him out in iowa where there's a big veteran population? george w. bush might not be beloved by did thes and a lot of independents, but he is by republicans. >> when he law firm elaunched h campaign, those were the questions that he most stumble the over, how he would differ from his brother's administration, the war in iraq, a whole series of things that he just hadn't thought through good answers to. >> hillary, mark, stand by for
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one of the things i think that we saw last night that certainly the hillary clinton campaign is really gravitating towards, a question about whether race relations would be better under these candidates versus president obama. here's what bernie sanders said. >> so race relations would be better under a sanders presidency than they've been? >> absolutely. because what we will do, instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, we are going to create millions of jobs for low income kids so they're not hanging out on street corners. we're going to make sure that those kids stay in school, are able to get a college education. >> how is that going to play? >> you know, first of all, i don't really know what people mean by race relations. i don't know if we're all going to sit down together and have a coke and a smile or something. i think it's a vague idea. and he probably didn't answer it in the best way. this idea that he'll be better than president obama. and also that president obama
wasn't very good, right? because if you saw the way that hillary clinton answered it, she basically said listen, obama -- >> she sort of said i disagree with the premise. >> the hillary clinton campaign has certainly seized on this as a sort of there you go again, bernie sanders, criticizing this president and saying you'd be better or different in a way. >> you said those kids. you're sort of getting to the othering that bernie sanders has been accused of before. >> my issue with how bernie sanders talks about race. he only talking about african-american as low income folks. that only if you're poor do you feel discrimination or other, you know -- >> that it's economically based, not race based. >> and you know i don't think that's real people's experience. i have kids of color. they're not poor. but they're, you know, experience fear sometimes the same way other young kids of color do. it's just that kind of empathy
piece just doesn't feel genuine enough for me with bernie sanders. so i agree with nia. >> it was awkwardly stated what he said. i just don't think it's really his experience very often. >> ron, what do you think of that? he also has said before -- someone said how are you going to appeal to african-americans. and he said, well, the same way i'm basically appealing to the general population which was sort of like why did he say that? that's certainly not the articulate way for him to explain himself. >> i think he is somewhat misinterpreted what he is saying, his view of the world -- every issue is through an economic lens. i think -- he wasn't really saying he's going to manage race relations better than president obama. i thought he was saying he was going to create more opportunity for african-americans through all of the programs that he's got. his massive public works program
and so forth. but it is a reminder that he is simply not that comfortable on almost any terrain that goes beyond this issue of inequality and viewing the world through that lens. that is where he goes back to all the time. when he has to talk beyond that, he often seems a little bit at sea. you see hillary clinton talking about all sorts of other barriers in society. it is a not so sulbtle way of suggesting that bernie sanders is a one note candidate. >> this idea of practicality, bernie sanders. when you look at them battling over that, it's this flashback in a way i think to 2008. let's listen to something she said during that cycle. >> i could stand up here and say, let's just get everybody together, let's get unified, the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will
be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect. maybe i've just lived a little long, but i have no allusions about how hard this is going to be. you are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear. >> as i recall, that did not work for hillary clinton. >> maybe not her best campaign moment. >> is this some of that? is this a shade of that? >> the problem for hillary clinton right now is that she has that populous to the nth degree to her left right now. guess what. there are a lot of people in this country that want to get to washington, d.c. and burn down the capitol. there's a lot of problems here that need to be fixed. the pragmatic discussion that she is proffering and talking about is not electrifying.
>> it's sort of boring. it lacks inspiration, right? >> it's boring. >> she doesn't -- my -- i think he is extremely good at talking about the problems in this country and she is extremely good talking about the solutions in this country. you know, the solutions are a little tougher, a little wonkier, a little less dreamy than talking about the -- solving the problems. but she is starting to approach this more i think with kind of imagining the best, being a little more inspiring. i think you saw a softer, bigger tone from her last night that had a -- kind of an airier quality. sometimes this is just about not trying to only hammer the nail. sometimes this is about showing people your whole toolbox. >> i'm going to have to leave it there. it was so nice to end the week with you guys, though, i'll tell you. you guys have a great weekend. >> just ahead, there are new
security concerns about the pope's safety. this is ahead of a planned visit near the u.s. border. we're also learning new information about the u.s. military response to north korea's satellite launch. staying in rhythm... it's how i try to live... how i stay active. so i need nutrition... that won't weigh me down. for the nutrition you want without the calories you don't... try boost® 100 calories. each delicious snack size drink gives you...
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the fbi and the homeland security department and it folks on the pope's visit on the border of el paso on february 17th, next wednesday. the pope is going to be celebrating an outdoor mass in a field right along the border. on the u.s. side, there will be 17,000 pilgrims who are going to gather to watch this mass. the concern there is you could have something there like what happened in paris where an attacker focuses on attacking people outside of the state, but really focusing on the outside. that is one of the concerns that the fbi and dhs raises in this assessment. secondly, they're talking about, as we always hear, lone wolf attackers. this is a very big international event, something that would attract a lot of attention. >> it's going to be quite the visual. so as you described that, it sounds like there's these general concerns.
are there specific threats that they're looking? >> this focuses on the u.s. no information of any credible threats to the u.s. events. it doesn't address the situation in mexico. as you know, juarez was a very dangerous place. it's a lot safer now. we're learning some new details about the u.s. military response in the wake of north korea's satellite launch this week. this comes as a pentagon report is revealing new information about north korea's military. i want to bring in barbara starr on this. this is a very interesting case here. >> it is, brianna. just next week, the u.s. and south korea are going to sit down in seoul and begin talking about all the details to send the u.s. military's fab missile system to south korea.
this is a highly specialized missile that can shoot down north korean short range ballistic missiles. it provides a security umbrella over south korea. more confidence that they can see to their own security in the wake of the recent north korean satellite launch on top of the three-stage ruocket. a lot of concern that the north korean regime is just wholesale moving ahead with its weapons program. today, the pentagon sent congress a report about all of this, underscoring that north korea is trying to build a three-stage long-range missile, put a nuclear warhead on top, and have it be able to reach the united states. this is the ultimate concern right now. it's one of the big concerns that's going to be facing the next president after the election because north korea has something else in mind. they want to build this missile
nuclear warhead and put it on a mobile launcher, essentially a truck that they can run around the north korean countryside. u.s. satellites may find it very difficult to be able to track that and at the same time beefing up their own forces. they are, according to the pentagon report, beefing up their special operations forces. those special ops forces, the best equipped, the best trained, and the best fed of the north korean military. there's a big reason for the best fed. a country with severe food shortages. it keeps them loyal to kim jong-un. let's go to the potential cease-fire in syria. this is an agreement that's set to take effect next week, but there are already concerns that some parties will not hold up their end of the bargain. let's get the latest from elise.
this is a really big concern that this isn't actually going to be in effect. >> that's right, brianna. it's very tenuous. for now, the truce is only on paper. it is fragile, partial, and leaves the syrian people at the mercy of russia, who the u.s. fears cannot be trusted. no sign yet of a truce in the suburbs of the syrian capital damascus. opposition workers rescued victims from the rubble. the ink not even dry on last night's cease-fire. >> what we have here are words on paper. what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground in the field. >> reporter: it was the first agreement to halt the fighting since the war began five years ago, but it freezes major gains by assad's forces after russian air strikes drove opposition forces out of aleppo and
surrounding areas they'd occupied for years. the deal doesn't cover isis or syrian al qaeda affiliate al nusra front. >> translator: that is why our air space forces will continue working against these organizations. >> reporter: russia is promising another week of air strikes leadilead ing up to the cease-fire. a task force led by the u.s. and russia will identify remaining targets, but it's clear the two countries don't agree on which groups are fair game. today, president assad said he intends to retake the whole country from rebel forces whom he calls terrorists. >> translator: if we goernegoti it does not mean we stop fighting terrorism. >> reporter: humanitarian aid
will flow to three besieged areas. the syrian opposition said it was optimistic, but would not return to the peace talks until the aid was delivered and the cease-fire took hold. >> it's a test for goodwill and we'll wait and see what happens there. >> secretary of state john kerry hopes a cease-fire will turn the syrian civil war into a war against isis. defense secretary carter meeting nato's allies saudi arabia, who will deploy ground troops to syria. >> big warning. thank you so much. a reminder to our viewers. you can tune into tonight at 10:00 p.m. and watch that pbs news hour democratic presidential debate here on cnn. you can always follow us on
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