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this is "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. >> ahead this hour -- >> in my experience the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> for the first time in this election former president george w. bush hits the campaign trail with his brother, taking a swipe at donald trump. >> plus president obama says despite republican objections he will nominate a replacement for supreme court justice antonin scalia. >> and later this hour advances in southern syria just days before an expected cessation of hostilities. >> hello around the united states and the world. i'm isha sesay. >> great to have you with us. i'm john vause. "newsroom l.a." starts now.
well, it's turning into a family feud of sorts in the republican presidential race. jeb bush is looking to his brother to help fire up support in south carolina. former president george w. bush stumped across the state monday. this is his first major step back into politics since he left office seven years ago. >> south carolina has always been good to the bush family, but as gary tuchman reports, jeb bush and his brother george have a fight on their hands. >> reporter: former president george w. bush with his wife, laura, on the 2016 campaign trail to try to make his brother jeb the next president. >> i came here for two reasons. one, because i care deeply about jeb. and two, because i care deeply about our country. >> reporter: the two sons of another former president, george h.w. bush, have not campaigned together during this election. until now in south carolina. >> there seems to be a lot of name calling going on, but i want to remind you what our good
dad told me one time. labels are for soup cans. >> reporter: george w. bush did not mention donald trump by name. but there were clear inferences to the real estate mogul. >> i understand that americans are angry and frustrated. but we do not need someone in the oval office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration. >> reporter: and those infere e inferences were sprinkled throughout his speech. >> strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster. and in my experience the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> reporter: jeb bush is significantly behind in the south carolina primary polls. but hopes this event provides a spark. if jeb bush doesn't stun the political world and win the south carolina primary, it will break the bush family palmetto state winning streak. his brother won here in 2000 and was uncontested in 2004. his father won in 1988 and 1992.
>> bush country. south carolina is bush country. >> reporter: many supporters believe george w. bush's campaign appearance could help change the dynamics in the state's primary. >> i think he was a wonderful president. i know he gets a lot of criticism. but i think given the cards he was dealt he did a wonderful job. >> so you think this will help his brother's campaign? >> yes. >> you think he can win south carolina? >> i think he can. i think if he doesn't win he's going to do well. >> while many of the people here have supported jeb bush from the beginning of the campaign, some others have gravitated toward him because of their dislike for one of the other republican candidates. >> how does it make you feel when donald trump makes fun of jeb by saying he's campaigning with his mommy and now his brother? >> juvenile is really the only word to say. i think that's the only way to describe the way that he really is in general-s very juvenile, very child-like. it's not really i think getting him anywhere with people who are really paying attention to things. >> reporter: but donald trump has a commanding lead in the
polls. much to the dismay of many people here who have supported bushes in the past and plan to support this bush in the immediate future, this saturday. >> i ask for your support next saturday. i ask for your prayers for our family. god bless you all. thank you very much for coming. >> reporter: gary tuchman, cnn, north charleston, south carolina. for more on what has been an unprecedented election campaign so far we're joined by republican strategist john thomas. he's also president of thomas partners. >> and also joining us, democratic strategist dave jacobson, from shellman communications. our two favorites, our two regulators. gentlemen, we heard george w. bush on the campaign trail there stumping for his brother. it's easy to see why you'd go for him and bring him out, because south carolina's been good to the bushes. in an election year that is all anti-establishment, i mean, how wise is it to bring him out and put him front and center? >> he needed something to invigorate his campaign, to make the difference. and in south carolina the bushes and george w. is very popular.
i think you're going to see a shift after south carolina that george w. will start disappearing again. it's an interesting gauntlet that jeb has to walk because just like he avoided the bush tag in his logo it may work in certain places but at the end of the day it probably hurts more than it helps with this electorate if he's going to consolidate. >> this shows just how desperate jeb bush is right now to have some kind of success because we're number 4 isn't going to cut it. >> let's not forget that jeb spent and his super pac spent over $40 million in new hampshire for not an incredibly great showing. >> $2800 a vote in iowa. he's tried every other strategy and nothing's worked. >> might as well give this a go. >> throw the kitchen sink at it. makes sense. in south carolina george bush was also the comeback kid in that state. he won in 2000 shortly after john mccain won in new
hampshire. it sort of propelled him to the republican nomination in 2000. it's a good strategy on jeb's part. >> it's interesting that as donald trump is being forced to defend his conservative credentials he goes about take on gop orthodoxy by channeling the record of george w. bush and his record on safety and 9/11 and the iraq war. i mean, what do you make of that? >> in a way i think you have to step back from the individual issues and look at it in a broader perspective, that he's challenging the establishment and establishment ideas. he's saying we're not going about it's right way, the establishment's wrong, and because of that he's smart in what he's doing. we'll see how it resonates in south carolina. >> the other thing real quick, think think sort of underskoshz the fact that donald trump is the ultimate politician. this is a guy who's willing to do or say anything to generate headlines and he's having tremendous success. >> jeb bush isn't the only republican who donald trump is having a fight with. he sees enemies everywhere. he's also trading barbs with ted
cruz. >> i haven't been doing this long. i've been in it since june 16th. but i will tell you, i've never, ever met a person that lies more than ted cruz. >> truth matters. and we're not in grade school where you just get to say liar liar pants on fire and not respond to the substance. >> i feel like we're in the schoolyard. you know, liar liar pants on fire, just band about all this. >> the democratic side is so dull k347d to thicompared to th. this is so much more fun. >> you have to worry about your own party when you get -- >> throwing the liar word around. >> i think our party, we're struggling. you've got a lot of it that's mad as hell and wants a change. and then you've got the people who want somebody with plans and a way to actually get those plans made and the changes made. i think this really opened an opportunity for john kasich. you saw in the debate that he
played the adult in the room. and there's not -- >> but isn't that dull? >> it is. but there's a lane for the adult in the room in this primary. and hopefully john kasich's hoping it's large enough to allow him to make a decent showing in south carolina and keep going till everybody else drops out and it's kasich and trump and kasich could get the nomination. >> john kasich here? >> here's the thick thing. the argument is donald trump reaches his ceiling and kasich consolidates. i think he's running for vp to be honest. >> does he have money to keep going? >> it's going to be tough. >> i think his case is to stay in until iowa and that will make an argument for him to win the white house. because no republican's won an election without winning iowa in a general election. >> they're tearing each other apart in this republican primary. i think we'd all agree we've never seen it before. and then i guess from a democrat point of view do you sit back and say go at it, boys? let us know when you're done. >> right.
we're the party of ideas. >> well -- >> but regardless, they're ideas. we are hearing ideas and -- >> and we're hearing ideas on our 150id of the aisle as well. >> but they're being drowned out by your liar liar pants on fire, he's the worst person i've ever met, he's crazy. the other stuff may be there but we're not hearing it. >> on your side of the aisle, dave, we're hearing about let's be more like europe, let's raise our taxes, obamacare did not go farther enough, which is unpopular with americans. so we can argue about what kind of ideas are flowing around but you guys are enjoying it i'm sure. >> we are going to have a little bit more on the democratic side of the campaign because the democratic candidate hillary clinton she's trying to stop bernie sanders, his momentum before voting begins in nevada's democratic caucuses later this week. cnn's brie yab brianna keeler n
how secretary clinton goes after bernie sanders. >> i am an single issue candidate because this is not a single issue country. >> reporter: hillary clinton sharpening her message for voters, that bernie sanders is a one-trick pony focused only on the economy. >> not everything is about an economic theory. right? if we broke up the big banks tomorrow, and i will if they deserve it, if they pose a systemic risk, i will. would that end racism? >> reporter: it's her latest attack line since sanders won big in new hampshire. >> thank you, new hampshire! >> reporter: his populist message resonating with voters. >> together we're going to create an economy that works for working people, not just billionaires. >> reporter: he calls clinton's offensive stunning and a sign her campaign is coming unraveled. but her barbs may be working. at a forum on race and the economy in minneapolis friday attendees challenged his proposals for jobs and free public college. >> that money will go into those communities who need it the most to rebuild their own
communities. >> how? >> reporter: asking how he's going to accomplish his lofty goals. but enthusiasm is still in sanders' corner. ♪ hold me close "saturday night live" making fun of clinton's struggle to match him. >> i mean, i like hillary's foreign policy experience but i love bernie's whole vibe. >> oh, i am obsessed with his vibe. ♪ because i can't make you love me if you don't ♪ >> reporter: with nevada democrats set to caucus on saturday, clinton is keeping her focus on the state. skipping a planned event in florida today and sending her husband instead. sanders is trying to cut into clinton's support from african-americans ahead of next week's south carolina primary. >> i have just met with seven or eight residents of flint, michigan. >> reporter: he met with families in flint, michigan where the majority african-american population in the city faces lead contamination of the water supply. >> it is beyond my comprehension
that in the year 2016 in the united states of america we are poisoning our children. >> reporter: clinton visited last week and is raising money for flint's children with this web ad. >> they need to fix flint. >> we need action now. >> okay. brianna keeler there with that report. what is this? i've lost out. this is like hillary clinton's 28th time of trying to basically redefine and trying to work out the sort of paradox she's in now, trying to make pragmatism and practicality sound more exciting than a political revolution. right? that's where we're at. and it ain't working. >> the reality is bernie sanders is building a movement and hillary clinton's talking about her resume. she's saying i will and he's saying we will. and i think that's the clear contrast we're seeing in this campaign. moreover, her message is very convoluted. it's not easily digestible for voters. what she really needs to do is reflect what her husband president bill clinton had in 1992 about a very simple sharp message, that it's the economy, stupid, and don't forget about
health care. two simple messages that she's not doing this time around. >> but why? why isn't she doing it? you can see, it most people can see it. why stay going down this track? >> i think, look, she's still the front-runner and the most likely candidate to be the nominee ultimately at the end of the day and so she's still sort of articulating a general election theme that she wants to embrace later on in the spring and throughout the summer and the fall. >> i think she's struggling with the fact that the democratic electorate just doesn't like -- they don't think she's authentic. her message, although she's saying some of the right points, bernie sanders is a movement like dave said. i just think she's tone deaf and focusing on her resume and experience and that's not what the electorate wants. >> every time a politician says let me explain you've lost every voter out there. no one cares. like you said, they want a simple message. and i don't think she's got a simple message. >> she doesn't. and the fact is she's been riddled with scandal quite frankly since she's launched her campaign. she can't seem to get out from under these e-mails. there always seems to be another e-mail. >> but they keep saying the
democrats don't care about those scandals. >> but the broader statement is across the entire electorate there's about 60% of the population that says they don't trust hillary clinton. that cuts across. those e-mails, though it may not be a big deal for the democrats, reinforce what's they suspect, that's that she can't be trust pd sxwrp it's that drip drip quality. >> people don't trust the establishment. they don't trust washington. they see the dysfunction. and she's embracing the sort of movement that's peeling away from the anti-establishment narrative. she's not the change candidate that she can be. she's got to peel away from it. she's got to open things up a element bit. when the transcript issue came one goldman sachs if i was advising her campaign i'd release it. because he's going to continue to hit on it over and over. >> she has a problem where she says in these clips she will regulate the banks if they deserve it. really? how much money have you taken per speech and for your
campaigns? you say you're not beholden to the banks. i think bernie's got a much better answer on those issues. >> we'll leave it there. thank you both. always fun. >> always good having you with us. we know you'll be back. >> they will just sleep here now. >> well, join us for a two-day event. the cnn republican town hall moderated by anderson cooper. john is so excited about all this. because we will get to hear from the candidates wednesday and thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern live from greenville, south carolina. that's 5:00 p.m. pacific. 9:00 a.m. if you're in hong kong. >> these things are fun to watch and these town hall events are very revealing most of the time. a short break here. when we come back, senate republicans -- the white house putting senate republicans on notice warning them to think
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they will not even consider mr. obama's choice, insisting the decision should be left to the next president. here's pamela brown. >> reporter: the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia transported home to virginia aboard a private plane. the 79-year-old conservative icon was found dead of natural causes saturday morning in his dead at this texas hunting resort. president obama mourning his loss in an address before the nation. >> justice scalia dedicated his life to the cornerstone of our democracy, the rule of law. >> reporter: scalia's sudden death comes as the justices are considering major cases on contraception, abortion, immigration, and voting rights and is expected to have a huge impact on the court. >> there's both a long-term impact to justice scalia's death and a short-term impact and the short-term impact is going to be immediately felt. all of these cases are very narrowly divided on the court. one vote here or there could tip the balance. >> reporter: without scalia on the bench the eight remaining
justice koz find themselves in a 4 4-4 split in their decisions. if that happens the lower court's ruling is upheld and there is no national precedent set by the high court or a decision is delayed until a new justice is named. >> so where the government -- a 4-4 tie means the government still loses. on president obama's immigration plan that would not be a win for the white house. >> reporter: the battle for a new justice has already begun. some early possibility include sri srinivasan, a 48-year-old d.c. circuit court judge appointed by a unanimous senate vote. merit garland, chief judge of d.c.'s court of appeals, considered a moderate nominated by president clinton. paul watford, an obama appointee to the 9th circuit court avenue peals. and jane kelly, another obama appointment who like srinivasan was confirmed by unanimous vote of the senate. who matter what happens in the coming months, democrats and republicans agree, justice scalia's legacy as a legal giant
will long survive him. even if the court's conservative majority doesn't. >> our thanks to pamela brown for that report. president obama will visit vietnam in may when he traflds to japan for the g-7 summit. right now he's in cam cal meeting with members of the association of southeast asian nations. >> the group's annual summit will focus on boofthing trade and presenting a unified front on north korea. cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski has details. >> reporter: the u.s. asean summit has now begin here in california. the first time it's being held in america. and the white house is calling that historic. a message, the u.s. is sending. the importance of this relationship. and these nations together comprise the u.s.'s fourth largest trading partner and about a tenth of the world's population. the white house wants to show that that relationship is strong. this is president obama's last chapter in his repivot to asia. and he hopes that foundation is strong to move forward even
after he's out of office. wanting to send a message too that the u.s. wants to be a source of stability in that region. presidenti presidential obama just opened the summit with some remarks. he covered a few of the topics, and there are many on these leaders' plates in the short time they'll be together. even touched on some of the touchier ones. listen. >> we can advance our shared vision of a regional order where international rules and norms including freedom of navigation are upheld and where disputes are resolved through peaceful legal means. together we can continue to support the aspirations and dignity of our citizens. the historic election in myanmar and the transition now under way gives hope for a nation that is inclusive, united, peaceful and democratic. >> among the big subjects that will be discussed we're talking economics, economics, the trade relationship, democracy is a big one. counterterrorism, development. i mean, you name, it they want to tackle it.
even though time is short. but there are always two forces looming over meetings involving asia. one is china. what we can expect is for the u.s. to send a message for china to stop reclaiming land in the south china sea. these nations are expected to compose and sign a statement to that effect on the freedom of navigation and adherence to the rule of international law. north korea is also the big security subject here. the u.s. for years has been working with some of these countries to try too limit their cooperation militarily and economically with north korea. not sure that there will be a big deliverable as the white house calls it on that front but certainly work will continue there as well. michelle kosinski, cnn, rancho mirage, california. turning now to pope francis's tour of mexico, he has completed his third day there after presiding over mass before tens of thousands in chiapas, mexico's poorest, least catholic
state. chiapas is also home to a largely indigenous population. >> during the mass, way was read in three local languages, the pope asked indigenous people for forgiveness for years of exclusion and destruction of their land. over the next two days he'll visit regions scarred by drug violence. his final stop will be in juarez on the border with the united states. we get month details from paolo sandoval. >> reporter: this is where pope francis's final mass of his trip to mexico will take place, the heart of the city of juarez. crews have been working around the clock day and night transforming what was once a dusty fairground into a massive outdoor sanctuary. pope francis will be standing on this spot ease addresses a sea of faithful followers. but perhaps one of the most critical and symbolic moments won't happen here. it will take place as he breaks away and heads toward the border. francis will make his way to this path according to local church officials who tell me that francis will walk straight
to the end of this route here, where a makeshift memorial to migrants will be set up on that day. it is there that he will pray for the people who made it across the border and those who did not. and that single symbolic moment expected to renew focus on the issue of immigration, something that's very important to the papacy of this pontiff, very important to mexico, and of course highly debated right next door. polo sandoval, cnn, juarez, mexico. well, an epic tribute to one of music's biggest stars. coming up, a look at lady gaga's grammy performance honoring david bowie. ♪ we could be heros 7 days ago, karen wasn't thinking about joining her daughter's yoga class. shs thinking about her joints. but now that she's taking osteo bi-flex, she's noticing a real difference in her joint comfort. with continued use, it supports increased flexibility over time. karen: "she's single." it also supports wonderfully high levels
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welcome back, everybody. just going on 10:30 on a monday night. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. i'm john vause. >> and i'm isha sesay. the headlines this hour. former u.s. president george w. bush hit the campaign trail in support of his brother jeb bush on monday. he invigorated a rally in south carolina and took a few swipes at his brother's leading rival for the republican presidential nomination, donald trump. the u.s. air force is deploying six f-15 fighter jets to finland in may for exercises. military officials say the jets will fly training missions with finnish forces as part of a u.s. operation to reassure nato allies following russia's military intervention in ukraine. china has confirmed a second imported case of the mosquito--borne zika virus. that's adorgd state-run media. haelts o'facials say the patient was exposed to an effectived person in venezuela before returning to china earlier this month.
china reported its first zika virus case last week. that patient had also returned to china from venezuela and was discharged from a hospital on sunday. we go to syria now. hopes for a cease-fire are fading after a string of missile attacks on a number of hospitals and two schools. >> dozens of civilians were killed and injured in the bombings in aleppo and idlib. the u.n. called the air strikes a blatant violation of international law. turkey accused russia of an obvious war crime, but it's unclear who carried out the attacks. >> the escalating violence in syria is casting doubt over the so-called cessation of hostilities agreement, which was anticipated to take effect on friday. earlier i spoke with former u.s. ambassador to syria edward djerejian. i asked him if it seems the russians are create k facts on the ground. >> i think the russians are establishing facts on the ground in anticipation of a more
permanent cease-fire to maximize their position and the regime of bashar al assad's military position on the ground, and also to amplify the influence and role they would have if any political talks are initiated in the geneva 3 setting. so my basic feeling about this is that putin and the russians are playing a weak hand very skillfully. quite frankly, more skillfully than we are. and they are maximizing their political position in syria. frankly to our disadvantage and to that of some of our allies. i think the time has come for the united states to play a much more assertive role in the muscular diplomacy that's needed now to get an effective cease-fire, stop the killing, establish humanitarian corridors, to start aiding the long-suffering syrian people,
and especially now those in and around aleppo. but we need to really step up to the plate in a much more assertive manner. >> i mean, we've had this report now from medecins sans frontiers. they say one of their hospitals was hit by four missiles in just minutes. they believe it was not an accident. they believe it was a deliberate act. does that fit in with a pattern of behavior, systemic attacks on syria's health care facilities? >> well, yes it does because we've seen this in the past. health facilities. medicins sans frontiers have been targeted. they're a great organization, a heroic organization in my eyes. and they've been targeted in the past, as have other humanitarian groups and medical facilities. and the ploy there is really on the part of the russians and the syrians is they are targeting any, any area in which they
believe what they call terrorists, could be terrorists and syrian rebel forces, are located. so that is their main imperative, and that's why you're getting these strikes against civilian areas, because they are targeting areas where they think the syrian rebel forces are present. >> we'll leave it there. thank you very much for speaking with us tonight. >> you're very welcome. we've been hearing about the syrian government's advances in the north, but it's also made gains in southern syria. >> cnn's jumana kalashei spoke to a top opposition commander who says civilians are paying the price for western inaction. >> reporter: regime forces declare victory in shehustein, or what's left of it. after weeks of heavy fighting syrian rebels last month withdrew from the small strategic town that lies on the important supply route for government forces. and since then another town in the south, ataman, was also lost
to regime forces. rebel commanders say assad's allies in the sky have shifted the balance, and with this air cover opposition forces believe regime troops are now moving to retake the country's border with jordan, a move they say mirror tactics and advances in northern syria. >> translator: we can only blame the so-called friends of the syrian people who are sitting back as spectators and watching us getting killed day and night. the russians are killing in the north and the south. they claim to have come to syria to fight isis. but most of their strikes have targeted the moderate syrian opposition. >> reporter: bashar al-zoabi is a top opposition commander fighting the banner of the banner of the free syrian army. they will change tactics he says but his concern is with the syrians in and round derra living in a constant state of fear. tens of thousands of them according to local officials, have fled in recent weeks. with jordan citing security concerns it's admitting 50 to
100 syrian refugees a day, and there are about 20,000 others massed on the country's northeastern border. so aid officials say it is unlikely that those fleeing the violence in deraa would o'head to jordan. they're moving within towns and villages within the province but unless there's a pause they warn that could quickly change. as for the ongoing peace talks, al-zoabi takes a dim view. >> translator: as rebels and opposition we agreed to go for a political solution, but where is that political solution? they're now negotiating to allow food in. basically human rights now need negotiations sponsored by world powers? >> reporter: the united states needs groups like al-zoabi's in the fight against isis. but he says his fighters need more than just words, they need weapons desperately. >> translator: unfortunately, we are on our own with no intervention from the friends of syria to help us. most of our support comes from the regime's friends to kill. we hold western countries,
especially the united states, responsible for the humanitarian disaster because only the u.s. can stop the russians. >> reporter: he says they've long lost faith in the international community but with no other alternative they wait for help he says from countries they still call friends. jomana karadsheh, cnn-a man. >> if you'd like to find ways to help syrian and iraqi refugees please log on to cnn.com/impact. time for a quick break now. coming up on "newsroom l.a.," music's biggest stars turned out for this year's grammy awards. we'll have a look at the night's big performances and winners, next.
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pop star lady gaga generating a whole lot of buzz at this year's grammy awards with her extravagant tribute to david bowie. >> gaga says the rock legend was a huge inspiration for her. she even got a tattoo of bowie the day before the show. david bowie passed away last month. >> stars from every music genre turned out for the 58th annual grammy awards right here in los angeles. the night's three biggest prizes had three different winners. >> mark ronson and bruno mars took home record of the year for their smash hit "uptown funk." >> british crooner ed sheeran was awarded song of the year for one of my favorites, "thinking out loud." >> pop princess taylor swift won the other big award, album of the year, for "1989." >> for moren't night's big winners we're joined by pop culture kritic and lecturer at the university of southern california nicki turner. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> just generally speaking what did you think of the show? >> i thought it lacked energy, it lacked flavor. it was -- >> a little dull.
>> well, there you go. it was really dull. and it started off that way. >> i said dull. you went really dull. >> it was really dull. the only thing i think that saved it a little bit was kendrick lamar's performance. but everything else was just like really? >> i think we have a bit of the performance here. so why was this so significant? why do you think this was the highlight? >> you know, it was so powerful. and it's probably the bravest thing i've seen on television since whitney houston decided to be on "being bobby brown." it was really just -- >> it was visceral. >> yeah. >> and i think there's going to be a lot of interesting conversation that's come out of that. >> and where are the conversations going to go? to get your thoughts. >> you know, it's america. and it goes about five minutes. we're not talking about the oscars anymore and its lack of diversity. but i'm hoping that, you know, people will try and understand what he's saying and it'll penetrate somehow. >> yeah. >> that it will get through. >> the other big talk of course
was the gaga performance. in tribute to david bowie. what did you think of that? i mean, john, you -- >> i thought it was a little -- some of the reviews are saying it's epic, it's amazing. others are saying it was rushed and didn't -- >> it's not epic. >> you do not think it was epic. >> no. i thought it was okay. i thought she started out well because she started out with one of my favorite bowie songs. major tom. or -- what is the real name of that song? i can't remember. >> ground control to major -- >> "space oddity." >> "space oddity." right. but then when she came out and took the cape off i was like, oh, this is not going to go well from here on. and i thought maybe they should have included some other people in that. i would have liked to have seen some other people. >> yeah, exactly. but then they did the lionel richie tribute and they included a whole bunch of people and that was -- >> yeah. they just didn't flow together. that was -- you've got demi and then you've got tyrese and who's that? you know. >> yeah, who was that?
>> everyone loves a comeback. of course there was justin bieber. let's listen to some of justin. i think we've got some of that, a little of his performance. ♪ all alone and my choice ♪ tell me ♪ where are you now that i need you ♪ >> is he back? >> he still looks 12 years old. >> he does. >> but his first grammy. and obviously this is a big night because he's been through the ringer. >> you're looking a little skeptical. what's that about? >> what i appreciate about his performance tonight is when his voice changed he couldn't sing a note for a long time. he sounds a little better now -- >> that's a good point. >> -- that he's broken into his adult voice. but you know, i didn't mind him tonight. usually, you know, when he comes on i just like do something else. but i did watch the entire performance. and you know, good for him. >> so for you the big talk out of the night is obviously going to be kendrick lamar and what we see tomorrow. >> right. >> and this question of whether
you should use a stage like the grammys to put out an overtly political message. >> i think you've got to in these days and times because america is in total regression. so somebody who has a platform has got to speak up. not everybody needs to because everybody's not a leader. some folks just need to -- >> we're seeing it at the grammys. will we see it next week at the oscars? >> see what chris rock does at the oscars. >> i can't wait for that. >> i believe that there will be people running out with their hair on fire when chris brown takes the stage at the grammys on the 28th. we shall see. >> there you go. >> thank you so much. >> thanks. it's been fun. >> take center stage at the grammys was a subject which we've been saying has become a hot topic at this year's awards show. diversity. >> indeed. i was on the red carpet a little bit earlier and was able to speak with a number of artists about the issue. >> the biggest names in the music industry have gathered for
the 58th grammy awards. acclaimed rapper kendrick lamar and pop superstar taylor swift generating the night's biggest buzz. but with diversity front and center on the minds of many i spoke about the issue with the stars on the red carpet. how do you feel about the grammy stage being used for like a political message? >> yeah, we should use our platforms to say something. hip-hop has always been about delivering a political message, you know, from public enemy to grandmaster flash to kendrick lamar and mos def. so use the grammy platform. we've got to do it on every level. >> what do you make of this whole question of politics and music? some people having a really hard time with beyonce's "formation." you're from run-d.m.c. you know about messages. >> a record my father wrote for run-dmc on the "raising hell" album called "proud to be black." i didn't get any flak for it. everybody loved it. you can be proud of your heritage. you can make your music. you're supposed to be able to be creative. >> many people looking at how the recording academy deals with
the issue of diversity and inclusiveness. what's your view on how music does with this issue? >> well, there wouldn't be any music business if it wasn't diverse. so i think this is a really good representation of what people listen to on all kinds of radio. so it's very well represented. >> what's your view on using the grammys to take a stand? >> i think that every artist who has a voice or anybody who has celebrity, celebrity is only as good as it can give other people happiness or give other people opportunity. every artist who uses their voice to speak to make humanity better is to me a hero and those who don't, god bless them, but i think it's great. always. i always support artists making political or social statements or sharing their opinions with the world. >> we are first of all people. human beings. so we're not just buttons that you push and you push a button and we sing or we rap or we play an instrument. we're whole human beings. we're part of the society. and as a result we have things
that we want to say. we have things that we want to encourage people about. it's -- what makes celebrity have meaning is to be able to use it to encourage people, to move people forward, to speak to them, be the voice for the voiceless. >> we had been expecting something powerful from kendrick lamar, you know, taking on the issues, and he didn't disappoint. he said he was going to do something that was going to get people talking. >> it does seem to be a recurring theme so far this year. obviously something's happened. there's been some sort of moment where this is now happening at so many of these big high-profile events. we'll take a short break. when we come back next on "cnn newsroom," kanye west's curious tweets about his debts and daring facebook's mark zuckerberg, give me a billion dollars. >> just a billion. >> what's going on? back in a moment. 7 days ago, karen wasn't thinking about joining her daughter's yoga class.
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"saturday night live" but his posts on twitter have fans scratching their heads. >> i don't think that's his last name. >> sorry. my bad. >> he declared himself millions of dollars in debt and called on facebook founder mark zuckerberg to invest a billion dollars in his ideas. as you do. you just say give me a billion. >> give me a billion. >> samuel burk tells us this story grows even more curious from there. >> this story just keeps on getting crazier and more and more inconsistent. kanye west just tweeting "yes, i am personally rich and i can buy furs and houses for my family." not something you'd expect from somebody who just a few hours before that said that they're tens of millions of dollars in debt. but don't be too worried about kanye west. we can't find any evidence to suggest that he's actually this deep in debt or in debt at all. usually with an entertainer you have people filing lawsuits, managers saying that they owe money, and we don't see anything like that. on top of that "forbes" just two years ago said that kanye west
was the 20th highest-earning celebrities in the world. in 2015 he made $22 million. and on top of that he's married to kim kardashian. she made over $52 million last year. so at the end of the day north west and saint west, their children-r going to be just okay. don't forget also, kanye west just released an album. that means that he can go on tour soon. and he has an exclusive album deal with tidal for right now. it's available there for one week. so he probably got some type of premium for that. on top of that tidal's actually doing very well and he's a co-owner in that. perhaps his album is available there, all of a sudden we see that the jay-z-owned streaming service is the number one app in itunes right now. he'll be doing just fine. and in case none of the music works out for him, he also has a fashion line and a video game coming out. he'll be okay. samuel burke, cnn money, new york. >> he's married to kim.
>> there's no need for whiparound. he'll be okay. >> you can find out more about kanye west and other stories just like that. please go to cnnmoney.com. >> you seem to let that roll off your tongue. the money. >> money. it's a great website. it's a new one. >> do check it out. it really is great. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. i'm isha sesay. >> i'm john vause. the news continues with 100% more rosemary church right after this. life as spokesbox is great.
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family affair -- george w. bush steps back into the spotlight to give his brother's campaign a boost. balance of power. the latest in the political battle triggered by the sudden vacancy at u.s. supreme court. and music's biggest night. we will have the big winners, the upsets and the tributes from the 2016 grammy awards. hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. this is "cnn newsroom." call it family values.
former president george w. bush is now campaigning on behalf of his brother jeb. he traveled around south carolina on monday, firing up support ahead of saturday's republican primary there. this is his first step into politics since he left office back in 2009. while his brother jeb tauted his own values and experience, the former president took some veiled swipes at republican front-runner, donald trump. >> if you're tired of the politics of division. if you want someone with proven record, a solid conservative who acted on his beliefs each and every day as governor, someone with 32 years of private sector experience, then you're looking at the nominee for the republican nomination. and i can beat hillary clinton. i can promise you that. >> humble, deep and genuine faith. faith that reveals itself
through good works. not loud words. he will rise above the petty name-calling. and once elected, he will not need a poll or a focus group to tell him how to think or what to do. there seems to be a lot of name calling going on. i want to remind you what our good dad told me one time. labels are for soup cans. the presidency is a serious job that requires sound judgment and good ideas. strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster. it is not theatrics. real strength, strength of purpose comes from integrity and character. >> earlier a panel of veteran political operatives and journalists weighed in on former president bush's support for his brother and here's what he had to say. >> nothing like a president or former president on the campaign
trail. and george w. bush has been sadly missed by the -- sorely missed by the party. and i think this gives his brother a big boost. i don't know what the downside is. he has to deal with the fact he's a bush already. he has to deal with those critics already. now he's getting some positive. he's going to get crowds, excitement, and people that are reminded that george bush kept us safe and george bush had policies good for the country. that's all a win for jeb. >> and the question is, can george w.a long with the mom, especially george w. now, give a jolt to the bush campaign. get him up to third and make him much more competitive. if he does that, it's been a huge success. >> the speech we saw jeb give today is the best speech we've seen him give on the campaign trail. will there be traction now. is there enough time between now and saturday? i will predict this. common sense dictates that i believe every day this week
going into saturday, the bush campaign has something planned to try to keep this momentum going. >> and the fact that george w. bush took so many not so veiled swipes at donald trump in that speech and did it the way jeb bush has been doing it, much more overtly, about the idea you don't want somebody who is blustered. you don't want somebody who is inflaming the frustrations of americans on and on on is a reminder both in words and both in symbolism that we know how to do this, guys, republican voters. we're bushes. we get it. i know this other guy sounds intising and interesting, because this is who we are. come back home is what he was saying. >> meanwhile, there's another republican battle going on in south carolina. donald trump and ted cruz has been hitting each other hard.
cnn has more on the down and dirty fight among the top-tier republicans. >> i think ted's a very -- >> reporter: donald trump on an all-out tear against cruz. >> ted cruz the single worst liar i've ever seen. >> reporter: the gop front-runner calling cruz a basket case, who's lying to voters about his record. >> he comes out boom, boom, boom. absolute lies. >> reporter: today he offered this ominous warning to cruz, back off and apologize or be hit with a lawsuit over your eligibility to be president. >> keep your lies going. you're going to get sued. you're going to get sued anyway. might as well keep your lies going. >> reporter: cruz today not backing down. >> we're not in grade school where you get to sigh liar, liar, pants on fire, and not responsibility to the substance. >> reporter: saying trump is just rattled. >> i guess the only explanation one can have is his internal poll numbers in south carolina
must be plummeting. >> reporter: and attacking trump's readiness to be president. >> who has the temperament to remain calm under pressure? i would note when both marco rubio and donald trump just scream liar, liar, liar, it makes you wonder how they would deal handling with putin. >> reporter: it comes in response to cruz's closing message in south carolina, that at core seeks to paint trump has a closet liberal. >> who spent his lie being pro-choice and supporting partial birth abortion is not a candidate you can trust. >> reporter: echoed all over the airwaves in a series of blunt ads, like this one obtained first by cnn, which will debut tomorrow in south carolina. >> south carolina cannot trust donald trump. >> i'm very capable of changing to anything i want to change to. >> don't give him that chance. >> reporter: the sharpe, nasty turn comes as the rhetoric from
trump has been dialed up. >> they lied. centered on using an almost taboo four-letter word in politics, the "l" word. >> you're the single worst liar. >> to me it's no good. >> reporter: as his rivals punch right back, voters in south carolina are paying attention, too. >> i don't understand, i guess, the ufc attitude he has an a candidate. it's unbecoming as a president. >> reporter: all this escalate sod quickly today, really speaking to how fierce a battle in the top tier it is between donald trump and ted cruz. the cruz campaign tells me they'll continue to hammer in on this point, like on the tv ad that will debut tomorrow in south carolina, painting donald trump as a conservative and because of that he can't be trusted with votes. sunl sunlen, south carolina.
hillary clinton has found a new way to go after bernie sanders ahead of the democratic caucuses later this week. senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny has more on her latest tactics and sanders' response. >> reporter: hillary clinton has three words for bernie sanders -- >> i am not a single-issue candidate. i am not a single-issue candidate. i am not a single-issue candidate. >> reporter: a single-issue can dashgts that's how clinton is trying to brand sanders. hoping to slow his surge before voting begins in south carolina and nevada. >> we're going to surprise a lot of people here in nevada. >> reporter: sanders still riding momentum from his commanding win in new hampshire. prompting clinton to go back to the drawing board. at every stop she's telling voters sanders is focused on wall street and wall street alone. her campaign made a video to drive home the point. >> the disastrous sxil legal behavior on wall street --
>> reporter: but sanders is exceeding his own expectations. >> the idea that i'm a single-issue candidate, the only nation on earth, doesn't guarantee health care for all people. we're going to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. it's not one issue. >> reporter: one issue clinton and sanders acreed on today, the senate should consider president obama's nominee to fill justise scalia's seat on the supreme court. >> the only reason to block that is pure partisanship. >> do not obstruct. obey the constitution. >> reporter: as their fight intensifies, clinton is trying to regain her confidence, by showing democrats she's the well-rounded candidate in the race. >> not everything is about an economic theory. right? if we broke up the big banks tomorrow, i will if they deserve it, if they pose a systemic risk, i will. would that end racism? >> reporter: they're fight, a
subject of humor on "saturday night live". >> i love bernie's whole vibe. >> i'm obsessed with his vibe. ♪ because i can't make you love me if you don't ♪ >> reporter: the democratic race is heat but the republican contest is explosive. former president bill clinton experienced that firsthand today. campaigning for his wife in florida when he came face-to-face with a donald trump supporter. >> i certainly did. and -- i certainly did. and i took his money from my foundation, where i used it to better than he's using it now, i guarantee you. >> reporter: now, bill clinton is campaigning almost full time for his wife. chelsea clinton out campaigning, too. it's a full-time family affair here. with the final week sxam and a half between the south carolina and nevada first, they're trying to turn around the dynamic of this campaign. bernie sanders will be campaigning throughout the day in south carolina on tuesday.
jeff zeleny, cnn, columbia, south carolina. white house sources say the obama administration is already putting together its short list of potential nominees to replace the late supreme court justice antonin scalia. republicans in the senate are vowing to block any candidate. they want president obama to pick scalia's successor. and it's become the prime focus of republican nominations. >> now is no year to start. >> that's his prerogative. he has every right to do it and the senate has every right not to confirm that person. >> that vacancy will have to be filled. it will be filled by the next president. not by this one. >> i believe that we should wait until after the next election
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find survivors under the rubble. it's unclear where the injured will be taken. doctors without borders was hit four times in two separate air strikes. the attack which took place in northern syria's aleppo provi e province. a surgeon from the hospital said he was on his way to work and was about 300 meters away from the homent when he saw two missiles coming from planes hit the building. the hospital had over 50 staff members, two operating rooms. now the 40,000 local residents are left without any access to medical services. the president of msf says the organization is helpless against these sort of attacks but that it won't stop their mission. >> unfortunately, it's not the first time. since early january 2016, five
medical structures reported by my organization have been bombed in syria, in three provinces and also in the south. >> reporter: in a separate attack, the women and children's hospital in azaz syria was also hit. the head administrator showed cnn inside the head operating room where they pulled at least six infants to safety after rubble fell on them. it's believed a surface-to-surface missile struck the hospital's entrance, leaving at least a dozen people dead. it's not immediately clear who is responsible for either of these attacks. linda kincade, cnn. the u.s. is blaming the syrian regime for the attack on the hospital in azaz. u.s. national security adviser susan rice condemned the bombing in northern syria in the strongest terms. she said it runs counter to the commitments to a cessation of hostilities that was agreed upon
in munich. now, that agreement is due to take effect at the end of this week. the syrian government has not issued a statement about the air strikes. but turkey's prime minister blames russia for the missile attacks in azaz. >> translator: even while we're having these meetings, russia hit the hospital in azaz with a ballistic missile. >> so far, there's been no official response from russia. the humanitarian need remains urgent, although most parties have agreed in principle to allow bow sieged areas. isis has not. the u.s. is considering air drops of food and medical supplies. frederik pleitgen visited a u.n. distribution center outside damascus where the world food program is ramping up its relief effort. >> reporter: these images shocked the world.
people starving in the besieged area, saying dozens have succomb to starvation. >> you get sick and her stomach is really, really hurting. he needs to go to hospital outside madaya. >> reporter: world powers have started an urgent push to get aid to those most in need. at this u.n. distribution center outside damascus, the world food program is gearing up to escalate its relief program. i'm shown the facility. >> we received commodities in large quantities and we put it into small portions. enough to food people for five months. >> reporter: the problem is many of the warring parties in syria are not willing to allow relief
goods to be delivered. the u.n. has accused the syrian government, many rebel groups, and isis of using the denial of food and medicine as a weapon. the world food program says it could get to places like madaya quickly, if it's allowed. workers are already stacking broctions into trucks. once this vehicle is loaded, folks will seal it, which makes it easier to get through checkpoints and the world food program tells us they have many trucks like this one loaded, ready to go and are just waiting for permission. most of the parties involved in the fighting here have agreed in principle to allow aid to bee sieged areas but isis has not. syrian and russian military and aircraft have dropped some medical and food supplies and soon the u.n. wants to do the same. >> unfortunately, we couldn't reach it, however there is plans
to do an aerial drop and hopefully we will soon manage to do an air drop as well. >> reporter: the world food program is still waiting to get the green light to enter many besieged areas. until that permission comes, all they can do is keep pki four americans are under arrest in bahrain. bahrain officials say the four entered the country under false pretenses and participated in attacks on police. they say several of the arrested americans are members of the international media, but pretended they were tourists. anna who has done freelance work for cnn in the past was identified by her family as one of those arrested. the other three have not been named. summer-like temperatures are shattering records across california.
we're joined and hopefully we can look forward to those temperatures? >> it looks like the eastern u.s. go-l get warmth in the next couple of days. what's happening out west is incredible. it's an el nino season and it hasn't rained in two weeks in southern california. this is the temperature set up across the southwestern corner of the united states at this hour. we're talk the 11:00 hour across portions of california. almost 70 degrees in los angeles. that's what it should be for this time of year in the afternoon hours. showed you the mild overnight temps in place. on monday afternoon, just north of los angeles, made it up to 91 degrees fahrenheit. temps of 31, 3 degrees celsius. los angeles, 89 kgdz. san francisco and oakland, california, came out with temperatures around mid-70s. notice possible record heat still in place across yuma, arizona, phoenix, arizona,
record numbers over the coming days. in phoenix, 91 is forecast. that would be the earliest 90-degree temperature ever observed in phoenix giving it a week in advance of whether it happened previously. temperatures flirting with the 90s. they typically expect it to be around 71 for this time of the year. you would imagine a lot of people wanting those mild temperatures the few months of the year they can get them. not this time around that region of the california. across los angeles, seven days of rainfall occurred in the month of january. we are 15 days through the month of february. zero days of rainfall have occurred across southern california and los angeles in particular. i think wednesday into thursday, snow level drops and rain showers across much of southern california. that's good news. the eastern united states and thunderstorms popping up. wintry weather just to the north. in fact, some 40 million people dealing with winter weather advisories and warnings across the northeastern u.s. look at the variety of weather we've had on monday across the
eastern u.s. 1400 winter storm reports on the northern side of this. 100-plus severe on the southern cited of this. it's been a wild ride. you were asking about warmth. it looks like spring-like temperatures near cnn center this weekend and we get a little break. >> will we get an early spring? >> i think it's a little too early to tell. >> we'll check back in a few weeks. >> i'm always here. >> thanks. appreciate it. the biggest names in music turned out for the 58th annual grammy awards in los angeles monday night. taylor swift won three gammys including one of the night's biggest awards, album of the year for "1989," bruno mars and bronson took home home for "uptown funk."
kendrick lamar received a standing ovation for his grammy performance. the rapper led the pack with 11 nominations and took home five awards including best rap album. british crooner ed sheeran was awarded song of the year for "thinking out loud." the night was filled with tributes to artists no longer with us. ♪ hard to swallow ♪ fame cuts you down while things are hollow ♪ >> pop star lady gaga wowed the audience with a lavish performance honoring rock legend david bowie who passed away last month. and there's more from this year's grammys. later this hour, we'll hear from an entertainment journalist about other highlights. plus, the white house hits back in its burgeoning battle with senate republicans over who should fill the vacancy on the supreme court.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. turkey is accusing russia of an obvious war crime after fierce missile attacks killed and injured dozens of civilians in northern syria. several medical facilities and two schools were bombed. it's unclear of who was responsible for the air strikes. british prime minister david cameron meets with the european parliament in the hours ahead to discuss plans of keeping britain in the