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85th birthday earlier today. it was an honor and i just wanted to wish him happy birthday on the air. dad, we love you very much. there's no better father or grandfather. we could ask for. happy birthday, dad. welcome, thank you for joining us today, i'm jim sciutto in today for poppy harlow. this weekend with one tragic event, the landscape of washington politics has changed. the balance of influence in the american judicial branch changed. and the men and women elbowing to be the next u.s. president got a huge issue. the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. condolences to his family turned to ice-cold politics when arguments began flying from all directions about who will replace him and whether president obama stands a chance of getting a replacement through
senate confirmation. the republicans currently in control of the senate saying no way. urging the president not to even try to get a nominee through. they want to take their chances in the election in the fall and the possibility that a republican president could then name a new justice. president obama on the other hand, promising to honor his constitutional responsibility, and put forward a nominee. his words -- in due time. cnn supreme court reporter arian devogue is with me now, a litigator with a lot of experience inside the supreme court and a lawyer with experience with the supreme court bar. when you look at the today's newspaper headlines about justice scalia praises come across like powerful voice, lasting legacy, a force for conservatism. you begin to get a sense of the hole he leaves behind on the court. lots of talk about the meekup of the supreme court. -- makeup of the supreme court. decisive vote for the
conservative wing. in the meantime as you battle this out, you've got a 4-4 tie in effect from the conservative and liberal wings in general. what happens to the cases before the supreme court right now? >> like you said, this is a monumental shift on the court. and when the court only has eight members, and it's 4-4, then it really doesn't make the decisions. what it would do is uphold the lower court decision. and this comes as we're halfway through this major term. we've got cases like abortion, affirmative action. the president's executive actions on immigration, they're all there. one case in particular, for instance, in a public unions case, a lower court ruled in favor of the unions. this is a very carefully-watched case. coming into supreme court arguments, when the justices heard the case, scalia and kennedy and the conservatives sound like they were going to reverse the lower court decision. now if they are 4-4, that means that the liberals, the ones
supporting the unions are going to get this unexpected victory. there are several of these other cases that are pending, and it's causing confusion. something the supreme court does not like to play with less than its nine players. >> no question. i mean interesting irony, the idea that this delay from led by the republican side could actually lead to some decisions that the republican side would not be happy with president obama saying no serious consideration about a replacement. at least until the senate returns from recess in a couple weeks' time. what kind of timeline could we then see for him to deliberate, perhaps float some names, do some final background checks, et cetera, before he would come with a name to the senate judiciary committee? >> in normal circumstances, usually, the time period between the announcement and say the confirmation is about six to seven days. that's the average. but we're not in normal circumstances right now. the climate has been bad for these confirmation hearings and now it's really at the worst. so i'm not sure that that 60
days holds. think about it, if this goes to the next president, then maybe there would only be a nomination in february. maybe only a confirmation next spring. which would mean the justices would spend not only the rest of this term one short, but all of next term, too. that's what's at stake. >> certainly another demonstration of the enormous political and ideological divide in the country. arian defoe watching it from the supreme court and watching it from washington, elizabeth widra. you've a litigator, a member of the supreme court bar. you've been inside the court when the justices are hearing cases. this is 24-hour old news. let's set aside the politics. tell us about the president that antonin scalia had and projected from the bench. >> this has sent shock waves through the d.c. legal community. justice scalia was a larger-than-life figure in the courtroom and outside the
courtroom. academics will study everything and someone studied the number of laughs that each justice got in each oral argue. and justice scalia far and away got the most laughs during oral arguments. he asked often very funny question at oral arguments and was a very big presence inside the courtroom. he also was a big presence outside the courtroom. which is a little bit unusual, because the justices don't speak that often outside of their duties in the courtroom. he connected very well with audiences. when he talked about the constitution. i think one of his legacies will be his focus on the text and history of the constitution. and he focused on the original meaning of the constitution. not just in his judicial opinions, but in the conversations he had with the public outside the court and engaged the public with the constitution. i think that will be for those of us who disagreed with him perhaps on outcomes of cases, that's something i think we all can embrace. >> no question.
here to set aside the legal and the ideological difference, replacing him as powerful voice with respect and volume i mean even laughs that he drew on the courtroom, i mean this beyond picking someone who can get through senate confirmation or fighting that battle before the election just replacing the wait of the intellect and experience and voice really a very tall task for this president or the next president. >> it is definitely in some sense the end of an era. he was a very strong originalist judge. and we still have justice clarence thomas on the court who is also an originalist by methodology. but i think there isn't someone who matches the kind of character of justice scalia. except perhaps his best friends, they were besties, justice ruth bader ginsberg. the notorious rbg. they were both big opera buffs so i think justice ginsberg
presents that character on the court and justice sotomayor also connects very well with the public when she gives speeches. but he will be missed on the court in argument and his opinions. he always wrote with very colorful language. there's no one else like him. >> that pair, we're seeing pictures of him together. >> elizabeth widro, great to have your insight. while democrats and republicans brace for a fight. gop presidential candidates were waging their own war last night at the debate. let's just say that the gloves were certainly off. we'll show you what happened and talk about what it means in the race for the white house.
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justice antonin scalia's death and the battle for his replacement beginning, looming large over last night's republican debate in south carolina. cnn's ryan nobles has more. >> a moment of silence for justice antonin scalia. >> it did not take long for the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia to get political in the republican presidential primary debate. >> i think it's up to mitch mcconnell and everybody else to stop it. it's called delay, delay, delay. >> one by one, the gop candidates paid homage to the conservative lion and predicted that any obama nominee to replace him would be unsuccessful. >> there's no doubt in my mind
that barack obama will not have a consensus pick when he submits that person to the senate. >> but president obama is pushing forward. promising to nominate someone quickly and warning senate republicans to not place politics with the court. >> there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing in a timely vote. these are responsibilities that i take seriously, as should everyone. >> senate majority leader mitch mcconnell called on the president to wait and leave the decision in the quote hands of the voters. and the winner of the race for the white house. rank-and-file republicans like lindsey graham said any obama nominee will have a tough time being confirmed. >> the practical consequences that no one will be appointed is not a consensus choice. >> and as the president and senate leader squabble it will be against the background of an increasingly conflicting
election. >> it is outrageous that republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> the republican candidates vowed to stand in the way and once elected, nominate a conservative in the mold of scalia. >> one of the most important judgments for the men and women of south carolina to make is who on this stage has the background, the principle, the character, the judgment and the strength of resolve to nominate and confirm principled constitutionalists to the court. that will be what i will do if i'm elected president. >> setting the stage for a rocky few months in washington, with the future of the supreme court and the white house in the balance. >> so we just heard about how most gop presidential candidates support senate republicans delaying a nominee. the white house responding today saying quote given that the
senate is currently in recess, we don't expect the president to rush this through this week. but instead will do so in due time once the senate returns from recess. at that point we expect the senate to consider that nominee consistent with their responsibilities laid out in the united states constitution. republican strategist evan sigrid joins me now. he's got to get over 15 votes to get over a filibuster. it's an election year. is there a candidate that the president can come forward, a nominee, rather, that could get approval from a republican-led senate? >> absolutely. i think there is a judge in the eastern district of new york, judge brian koegen who is a conservative judge, but loved by chuck schumer and loretta lynch. judge koegen preside over the case where the catholic church sued the obama administration. >> who appointed him?
>> george bush. >> you have other candidates mentioned earlier. sri srinivasin who was unanimously approved -- >> over a deal to end the filibuster? >> i don't think he would get that much republican support. srt of like saying that donald trump is a conservative. >> that's the battle, that's republican/democrat. let's talk about the republican-on-republican battle here. you have every republican presidential candidate saying you know, should be a republican who decides, it should be the next president, i will pick a darn conservative nominee. who has the advantage there in terms of republican voters? who do they trust to pig a conservative-enough just nis their view? >> i think marco rubio is trusted the most. he's outlined a clear and conservative message that's resonated with people and shown that he is the kind of guy that we need to take on bernie sanders and the general election. >> it's ted cruz has his
hard-core conservative followers as well. he's argued case there is before. can he not make a case? >> i think marco rubio is light years ahead of the pack when it comes to that. when you look at people like donald trump, there's a big fear that donald trump might actually nominate one of the people he supported of the many democrats that he supported. >> it's we have david gergen on earlier, who as you know advised at least four presidents by our count and he made the point, which is really remarkable when you think about it. this year you have the senate up for grabs, you have the white house up for grabs and you have the supreme court up for grabs in effect. three branches of government. i mean and we also have as you know, a very divided country. have you ever seen anything like this in recent memory? or studied anything like this where you have so many things up for at stake this year? >> the only place we've seen this in some sort of aaron sorkin type of teleplay.
no, i have no idea how certain things are going to break. because everybody, myself included, said donald trump was going to fall on his face by october and here we are in february. >> let's talk about the dangers here for the republican party. if the senate doesn't let this come up to president. he's president, he comes up to a candidate who is fairly middle of the road for this white house. is the, are the republicans in the senate republicans on the hill in danger of a -- kind of shutdown 67 yscenario here. where they push the voters too far? >> i think the public will realize that the senate has the obligation to advise and consent on judicial nominees. >> which means a vote, does it not? we're talking about no vote. >> if they're taking a vote in thery committee on the nom nixt that's their duty and i don't think the american people should hold the senate
negatively because they fulfilled the constitutional duty. >> is it to not let a name get out of committee. would that fulfill it in your view? >> i think if the committee would vote down the nominee, they've done their duty. that's what the constitution allows them to do. >> from the president's point of view, we were talking about this in the break. it's not just republicans who have said listen, you got to wait until the general election, chuck schumer who you mentioned earlier said this in 2007 during a george w. bush's administration. the fact is we looked at the history here. you have had republican presidents nominate supreme court justices and the republican presidents i will name who have done this within a year or so of the general election, reagan, ford and a nixon twice. so are the republicans such as rubio on shaky ground when they say in eight decades no president has done this? >> reagan nominated robert bork in july of 1987, and then robert
bork's election was rejected. he withdrew and then he went to justice kennedy and justice kennedy's confirmation moved forward. dial ideally in the reagan administration -- >> well would you have said president reagan, wait until the general election and let the voters decide. >> absolutely not. >> fair enough, politics by any other name. great to have you on set. late they are week you don't want to miss two republican presidential town hall events in south carolina and hosted by cnn. all six republican candidates will participate, marco rubio, ted cruz and ben carson will appear on wednesday night. donald trump, jeb bush and john kasich will appear on thursday, both events hosted by cnn's anderson cooper. taking place live at 8:00 p.m. eastern. town halls will give south carolina voters an opportunity to question the candidates and of course the passing of supreme court justice scalia.
that will be addressed as well. republican presidential town halls wednesday and thursday, 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. and then on february 25th at 8:30 p.m. eastern, it's the last debate before super tuesday, join wolf blitzer, live from texas for the cnn republican presidential debate only here on cnn. well pope francis says mexico is the land of opportunities. you'll hear more about the pope's wish for people who want to emigrate from mexico here to the u.s. that's coming up after this break. n be. oh no this mom didn't have time to worry about a cracked windshield. so she scheduled at safelite.com and with safelite's exclusive "on my way text" she knew exactly when i'd be there. hi, steve with safelite. thanks for your text! i replaced her windshield... and she didn't miss a single shot giving you more time for what matters most. how'd ya do? we won! nice! that' another safelite advantage. thank you so much! (team sing) ♪safelite repair, safelite replace.♪
it's day two of the pope's visit to mexico. so far he's tackled the issues of corruption, violence and human trafficking. regioning out to clergy members urging them to take a stand to combat the drug trade. he wraps up his trip with a cross-border mass on wednesday, where he will pay for the thousands of undocumented immigrants who died trying to cross the border into the u.s. let's go to mexico city where shasta darlington is standing by. this has met some criticism here in the united states. diving into the politically-sensitive issue of cross-border immigration. what's the message there? >> it's been some of the least sensitive part of his trip because the criticism is more leveled at u.s. authorities and in fact, he's ruffled more feathers with his comments on
corruption on drug violence, about poverty and inequality. he talked today for example about how the evils of wealth and power and fame are luring people and that mexico needs to turn this into a land of opportunity instead of one that sends its young people away to perhaps die as they try to get across the border or get lost in the drug trade. so ironically while that is one of the more prickly points for american authorities,is one of the ones that has allowed mexican authorities to breathe a sigh of relief. >> these are live pictures, we're viewing as the president is driving through the streets. shasta, i think recognize his famous fiat that made such a splash in the u.s. that made a sign of his humility. there's security, but not quite to the level we saw here, which was just incredible. i covered his trip as he came to philadelphia washington, new york. what is the security like for
him in mexico? >> he does have a heavy security detail. the police say they have every level of armed forces police, you name it, they're out there. but they did say it was only about 10,000 strong. it seems far shy of what we saw in brazil. the papal trip i covered as well. nonetheless it's clear that they are concerned and determined to make this visit safe. considering he is visiting some of the most dangerous corners of mexico. from his visit today to the sprawling slum just north of mexico city to chiapas and michuacan and ending up in juarez. security is a big issue and i don't think they're taking it lightly.
he spoke, he challenged that, what i found interesting was that both sides really welcome him. it's hard to argue with the pope. mexico has its own divisions, what's his reaction there among mexican leaders as he speaks tough words on some of these issues like corruption and the drug trade. >> you get a similar balance here, jim. in the sense that on the one hand he is critical of the institutions, he's critical of the government in the sense that things like the drug wars and crime have gotten out of control. on the other hand, you do see the mexican president trying to capitalize on this visit, trying to focus on something positive. mexico is the world's second largest catholic country and they're turning out in droves to
see him. hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets. so the government does want to have their name aligned with him. even though what he has to say isn't always positive. i suppose they're just thoping that people aren't trying to listen too closely to him. people in mexico may be happy to see pope francis, but republican presidential front-runner donald trump is calling him out. he's criticizing the upcoming trip to the border town of ciudad juarez where he will pray with immigrants. miguel marquez has more on the controversial comments from the presidential candidate donald trump. >> well donald trump is at it again. staking out a position which on the face of it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense but may work in his favor. this time it is trump versus the pope. pope frances, donning a sombrero
mexicobound and stirring controversy in the u.s. presidential race. >> the pope is a very political person. i think he doesn't understand the problems our country has. >> we're going to run the table. >> that's the brash billionaire turned presidential hopeful from a fox business interview taking on the pope or as catholics believe, god's representative on earth. >> i don't think he understands the danger of the open border that we have with mexico. >> the pope who has staked out traditionally liberal views on everything from climate change to capitalism to the poor is headed to the northern city of juarez. where he will hold a prayer service with immigrants in the shadow of the fence separating mexico and the u.s. >> if elected, trump promises to transform the fence into a wall. >> i think mexico got him to do it because protectionco wants to keep the border just the way it is, because they're making a fortune and we're losing. >> it's not the first time the pot-stirring candidate has called the pope out. >> i have great respect for the pope. i like the pope, i actually like
him, he's becoming very political. there's no question about it but i like him. >> and oh what a difference a political campaign makes. following francis' election, trump tweeted the new pope is a humble man. very much like me, which probably explains why i like him so much. >> so what gives by all the papal poo-pooing now. >> it is pandering, no question about that in terms of positioning himself with that evangelical base. >> chip falco says trump may be crazy. like a fox. >> donald trump taking on the pope, gets him attention and gets him on the radar, in south carolina. >> it's a way to have some kind of evangelical vote that cruise is expected to do well in. >> trump has successantly bested krz by double digits in south carolina polls. it seems after tasting defeat in
iowa and victory in new hampshire, he prefers to win. leaving no political stone unturned. >> falco and others say there are very few catholics in south carolina. this may end up back-firing in trump in later states where he will face far more catholic voters. they say for now this is a high-stakes gamble that the entertainer and businessman is make. hoping that it garners him more attention and votes in the south carolina primary. miguel marquez, cnn, new york. thank you. law students all over the world will study the decisions of the late supreme court justice antonin scalia. my next guest, a legal expert, weighs in on scalia's legacy and how the justice' brand of staunch conservatism may be remembered. my constipation and belly pain
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natural causes in his room at a texas ranch. scalia was known as a colorful man and and iconic conservative justice. in a cnn interview, scalia explained how he viewed his role as a supreme court justice. >> i sleep very well at night. knowing that i'm doing what i'm supposed to do. which is to apply, to apply the constitution. i do not always like the result. very often i think the result is terrible. but that's not my job. i'm not king. >> let's talk about scalia's legacy with cnn legal analyst danny cevalles. the word is that he was a strict constructionist. meaning that he struck to the intent of the writers of the actual constitution. >> he would reject the idea that he was a strict constructionist. a strict constructionist would say for example that the first
amendment only protects the words that are in the first amendment. the speech, literal interpretation. he believed in reasonable interpretation. in texturalism, originalism and the idea behind originalism is that you give statutory and constitutional words the meaning that was intended. the reasonable meaning -- >> by the writers at the time. >> it was filmed at the time of enactist. and people complain that that doesn't allow for any flexibility. he argued that yes, it did. we have amendments, you can change laws, about but when it comes to statutory interpretation, the constitution to scalia, was not a licving, breathing thing, it was fixed at the time of enactment. even with the ten commandments, they didn't allow for amendment. the idea behind scalia's view, uncommonly seen as restrictive, really wasn't. it gave power to the democratic process. if you didn't like a particular law's language, then the people
could enact another law. >> to change it. let me ask a question, the criticism you would hear from more liberal people both inside or outside the court would say well actually it's an activist court, right? that they would overrule sometimes other branches of government based on that. you know based on that interpretation. is that -- a fair criticism? >> well when you talk about an activist court, scalia rejected the idea of a living constitution. one of the biggest things he believed in was that a judge's job, a court's job was to applied law, by contrast a judge's job was not to look at particular case and ask him or herself what is the fair outcome, the morally just outcome? the job was to apply the law, plain and simple and to do otherwise, to apply your personal philosophies or morals or to look at the changing times and say gosh, things are just different. was to essentially take away power from the republic. take away power from the people who enacted these laws in the first place. >> so you're a law student today
or tomorrow. >> it was a long time ago. >> a future law student. what will be the paragraph, the headline on his legacy to the supreme court? >> well it would be texturalism, originalism, those concepts. in terms of cases it might be the heller case, the first case that the supreme court really interpreted the second amendment. there was virtually no case law on the topic before that that is a real piece of american history there. but the thing about scalia is he won't be remembered so much for his majority opinions. he'll be remembered for his dissents. dissents are those opinions that are not part of the majority opinion. they're not the law. he said himself he wrote them for law students. he wrote them for people, he basically you're expressing your opinion with no force of law. and those dissents were pieces of literature. whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him. >> colorful language and getting more and more colorful. let's say you've had this kind of 5-4 balance for some time.
let's say it swings to the other side and the liberal or the whatever you want to call it wing, wins over. how long, how many years would it take to overturn some of these decisions? years, decades? i imagine because it takes a while for these cases to peck late up to the top -- percolate. >> you need the controversy, you need an actual set of facts to come before the court. as to when that would happen? who knows. i mean you really depending on fate and the laws of the universe to bring a set of facts before the court. which is why if the supreme court decides a particular way, that could be fixed. for decades, maybe even half a century or so. before that new case or controversy comes before the court. make no mistake about it, the appointment of a new justice is quietly one of the most important events in american politics. >> let me ask you a question just placing this in context, considering the division of the court, but also the division in the country, when is the last time we had such a crucial vacancy on the court to fill?
>> they're all huge. they're all massive. >> in a sense it is huge and it creates a bit of a constitutional cries nis that there's debate as to whether or not our sitting president should appoint or whether this should happen with the next presidency. so i mean with every single appointment of every justice, it is always a critical moment. and it's often unexpected because it's a lifetime appointment. and when we reappoint a new justice, it's when that justice is passed, often. >> he said in that interview with cnn, i'm not king. but you are, justice for life. that's the thing about it. >> it's the closest thing we have to monarchy and the constitution designed it exactly that way. why? you serve for life so you are not affected by the trends of the time or -- >> the vagaries -- >> of democracy. >> you're a pretty smart law student from what i can tell. >> my classmates out there are saying cevallas is talking about
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other members of the international syria support group agreed do a cessation of hostilities in syria. that has not applied to the rhetoric coming from u.s. and russian diplomats. senator john mccain criticized russia's intervention in syria five years after the war there started. >> russia has indiscriminately bombed civilians and moderate opposition groups for months with impunity. u.s. intelligence leaders have stated publicly that russia's
intervention has stabilized the assad regime and helped it get back on the offensive. and now as we silt here today, syrian, iranian, hezbollah and russian forces are accelerating their siege of aleppo. it is no accident that mr. putin has agreed on a cessation of hostilities when he did. >> mccain's comments kopp come a day after russia's prime minister spoke of what he called a renewed cold war between his country and the west. let's discuss this with gail leemond, a senior council at the council of foreign relations, great to have you in. you've seen the situation firsthand in syria. you were just recently at the border with turkey talking with refugees. the cessation of hostilities in your view and from what you've seen on the ground, how much of a difference will this make? >> if it were actually to hold it would make a difference, but it's very find a lot of people
who think that it will hold. the first thing people were talking to me about was the russian air strikes in fact one young activist broke out his phone and showed me the video that he shot of his family's home where it used to be since the air strikes. he asked where is the world, we're getting bombed in our homes, where is the world? >> let me ask you specific to u.s. policy there. i've spoke ton officials in the region who have frankly lost respect for the u.s. role there and i'm curious what people say on the ground. for instance when they hear u.s. officials criticizing russia for the air strikes or demanding a stop to the air strikes, or saying they're engaged. do people believe the message? >> post red line there was a lot of discussion among the young democracy activist who is really thought there was going to be an international intervention on their behalf. all along the obama administration has struggled with the question of can you guarantee that whatever
intervention that america does have there wouldn't make it worse. and so far the policy has been containment and we're seeing the limits of that. young people and now older people who have become refugees is that the world has abandoned us and the u.s. says there's no military answer to this. but russia is changing the facts on the ground every single day through military means. >> brett mcgirk, the head of the president's point man on the fight against isis said on the hill last week that the russian activity has not only helped the assad regime. but it is taking resources away from the fight against isis. because u.s. allies on the ground, kurtish forces, for instance, the u.s. has been backing with air strikes have diverted from fighting isis to fighting regime forces in and around aleppo. is that what you're seeing? and how does the administration get around that? because this is a case where it is actually hurting u.s.
priorities on the ground. fighting isis. >> right, and the fight against isis when you talk to folks is obviously urgent and from the american perspective it is paramount. but the fight against assad is always the one that folks on the ground will talk to you about first, right? so the thing is that people really do feel like they are being made sitting ducks in their homes now. in ways that they weren't before. and that whatever happens in aleppo will have to grab the world's attention in a way that the syria crisis hasn't. jim you know, you've reported on the conflict for years and the world has been willing to watch a low level of conflict now evolve into a conflict that involves a number of major powers that are talking about sending in ground troops. sending in more air cover. the sque will the world be able to stop this conflict before it escalates even further? >> so you have a cessation of hostilities, which sadly has a number of players, party to the conflict or not covered by the
cessation of hostilities, russian air strikes continuing what are the chances -- i know this is an impossible question -- but for the players involved do they see this cease-fire, this pause, as having a chance of laying the groundwork for a diplomatic solution? >> so administration officials i think were, said look, this is one of probably many conversations that we're going to have. it's a step. it's not the step. i think the fact that people were having a conversation about a cessation of hostilities, was seen as positive. by some players on the ground. but some of those rebels have been saying listen, you know why should we lay down when our arms when they are hitting us from the sky and not only that, i mean aid organizations are now saying that actually things have gotten worse on the ground since the cessation of hostilities was announced. so there's so much carnage, the population of new york has become refugees, four million people. close to 10 million people displaced. more or less you know, los angeles plus new york who has lost their homes here in syria.
and so i think that there's a lot of cynicism and wait and see on the ground and there's a real question as to who actually should be ceasing hostilities and whether we will see civilians who have been caught in the crosshairs so much get a break in terms of things stopping falling on their homes from the sky. >> the scale of suffering just overwhelming, gail leemond, thank you for joining us. they put their politics aside and remain friends for decades. today justice ruth bader ginsberg is morning the loss of her best buddy on the bench, antonin scalia. we'll have more after the break. was engineered... ...to help sense danger before you do. because when you live to innovate, you innovate to live. the all-new audi q7.
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overseas. our pamela brown filed this piece one year ago about their unlikely friendship. >> why don't you call us the odd couple. >> justices antonin scalia and ruth bader ginsberg, two polar opposite legal minds with the closest friendship on the bench. >> what's not to like. >> except her views of the law of course. >> sharing a laugh about ginsberg's sleeping habits. at the state of the union. >> the story of freedom. >> the audience for the most part is awake because they're bobbing up and down all the time. and we sit there -- stone-faced, but we're not -- at least i wasn't, 100% sober because before we went to the state of the union -- we had, we had dinner together. and justice kennedy brought -- >> well that's the first intelligent thing you've done.
>> i i got a call when i came home from one of my granddaughters and she said bubby, were you sleeping at the state of the union. >> the sharp as a tack 81-year-old even admitted she's had some occasional help staying away from now retired justice david souter. >> he had an acute sense of when i was about -- so he, he would give me a pinch. >> ginsberg nicknamed notorious rbg and scalia, known as nino have relationships with their familiar list. admiring his pint-sized partner's taste for adventure. >> ruth went up behind a motor boat in a -- >> parasail. >> yeah. >> i mean she's so light would you think she would never come
down. >> their political differences and an elephant in the room they aren't afraid to confront or ride as they did in india. >> that was a rather bumpy ride. >> some of her feminist friends gave me a hard time or her a hard time, because she rode behind me on the elephant. big deal. >> i'm not kidding. >> it was the driver explained it was a matter of distribution of weight. >> pamela brown, cnn, washington. >> thanks. ♪ cut it out. >>see you tomorrow. ♪
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then she'll start to trust us. what it gets to take these animals to learn to love again is a lot of patience and time and just allowing them to be themselves and kind of reading what they need. so they can see that it's okay to trust again. >> isn't that ridiculous. >> can you visit the group's website at farm sanctuary.org to find out how you can help. before we go we say good-bye to our friend and colleague, our associate producer tristin milleder, taking a position at cnn international as a writer. we will miss him. next on cnn, a six-hour marathon, "the seventies" we're back again next weekend, have a great week. tonight television takes a look at itself. >> what's on the idiot box. >> it's only an idiot box if an idiot is watching. >> ts