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>> well, less than two days before the republican caucuses in nevada and less than a week before the democratic primary in south carolina, the u.s. presidential hopefuls are stumping hard. but hillary clinton took time to speak with cnn. the democratic front-runner says she's trying to ease voters' concerns about her motivation. >> i understand that voters have questions. i'm going to do my very best to answer those questions. i think there's an underlying question that maybe is really in the back of people's minds, and that is, you know, is she in it for us, or is she in it for herself? >> republican donald trump also spoke to cnn, and he made several bold predictions. >> as a candidate, i will bring over many, many demes. we're going to bring over a lot of democrats. we're going to bring over a lot
of independents. nobody else will. in all fairness to the other candidates, they will never bring over independents. we're talking about the reagan democrats. we're going to bring over tremendous numbers. we're going to bring over youth. bernie's not going to make it in my opinion, and i never thought he would. hillary won't make it. you know, i mean frankly if she gets indicted, that's the only way she's going to be stopped. i think it's going to be hillary and myself. they say that it will be the largest voter turnout in the history of united states elections. >> well, donald trump plans to campaign in nevada on monday. he spent sunday in atlanta talking to supporters and celebrating his big win this past weekend in the south carolina primary. jeremy diamond has more on trump's day in georgia. >> reporter: fresh off his primary victory in south carolina, donald trump on sunday rolled into atlanta with the momentum at his back. donald trump making his pitch here as that's going to be one of the big delegate pickups in the republican nominating contest. donald trump giving his classic
stump speech here to the roaring approval of thousands of his supporters in this southern state. but donald trump didn't go after his rivals like marco rubio and ted cruz, who came closest to him in the primary in south carolina. he did, however, talk about one of his former rivals. listen in. >> i'll give you a story. one of the candidates -- i won't say who yet, but you can find out. one of the candidates, the head of a major, major and the owner of a major, major pharmaceutical company, is in charge of his campaign, right? you know that, right? in charge of his campaign. raises hundreds of millions of dollars. they've raised a fortune. they have a fantastic lot of money. so a friend of mine comes up to me, a doctor. he says, donald, i don't understand it. the united states is the biggest purchaser of drugs in the world. they don't negotiate price. they're not allowed to. and i said, what are you talking about, they're not allowed to? i said that can't be, but let me
check. as soon as i checked, i realized, he's right. >> donald trump using one of the much used lines against jeb bush who on saturday night dropped out of the presidential race after a poor showing in south carolina. but donald trump has consistently used jeb bush as one of his foils on the campaign trail, talking about jeb bush being low energy. though it looks like donald trump missing one of the key parts of his stump speech, is going to miss jeb a little bit too. >> that was cnn's jeremy diamond reporting. republican jeb bush dropped out as you've heard of the race after his disappointing showing in south carolina. now senator marco rubio is hoping to get support from bush's former backers. he said that despite angry words, the candidates are all slinging the job they seek requires love. >> even the americans that don't agree with me. even the americans that don't like me. even the americans that protest against me. even the americans that say nasty things about me on twitter, i will cut their taxes
too. when i am your president, i will never pit you against each other in order to win this election. i will never ask one group of americans to be angry at another group of americans so that i can win. because if you want to be president of the united states of america, you must love the american people, even the american people that do not love you back. >> joining us now from washington to talk more about the race for the white house is cnn political analyst josh roggin. he's also a columnist for bloomberg view. thank you so much for being with us. so pretty incredible win for donald trump. he seems unstoppable at this point. is there any way he wouldn't be the republican nominee given his wins in new hampshire and south carolina? >> well, if history is any
guide, he definitely has the inside track. in modern history there hasn't been a republican candidate who has won new hampshire and south carolina and not gone on to be the nominee. that being said, this is a year unlike any other. now there's a resettling of the republican field with the exit of jeb bush. there's a consolidation of the establishment support and money around marco rubio. as we head into the next contest, which is nevada in a couple of days, and then the mar 1 super tuesday primaries, there will be a changing of all of the strategies of these campaigns in accordance with those new realities. but still you won't see all the candidates go after trump. there's still a battle to be the anti-trump, and for that reason, you'll still see cruz attacking rubio, rubio attacking cruz, and so forth. >> right. and marco rubio says this is now a three-person race with trump, rubio, and cruz fighting it out to the end. is that your reading of where this is all going? >> yes, that's essentially true. the problem with that for marco
rubio is that it's not necessarily to his advantage for it to become a two-person race very quickly. ted cruz seems to be on his way down. marco rubio seems to be on his way up but for different reasons. each of the candidates wants to consolidate support amongst their pockets in different states before they go head to head with donald trump. so it's a three-person race at least until march 1st. you can be sure that ben carson and john kasich will stay in at least until then. kasich is expected to stay in at least until his home state primary in ohio on march 15th, and then you'll start to see a real whittling down to maybe two candidates. >> i wanted to ask you about john kasich and ben carson. when you think they're likely to bail out. as you mentioned, jeb bush is already gone. what does that mean once those three are all out of this race? how does that impact the other three? >> well, it's a guessing game at this point as to where each
candidate's support would go if and when they drop out of the race. there was a clear overlap between the rubio support and the jeb bush support. so you could reasonably deduce that as jeb's exit benefits rubio. after that, it gets a little bit more muddled. trump is taking people from both conservative constituencies and independent constituencies and independent voters and you new voters. so the fact that trump is not necessarily placed on one side of the republican party or the other side of the republican party means that he could absorb votes from anybody who drops out. so if kasich drops out, those votes might go to rubio or cruz or trump. i think that all remains to be seen. >> josh, on the other side of the political spectrum, hillary clinton won nevada on saturday. bernie sanders went down after losing the african-american vote, so what does that likely say about what's going to happen to him going to south carolina's primary on saturday? >> well, the clinton campaign has a big institutional
advantage in south carolina. the clintons are known there. they have a lot of infrastructure there. they're very well liked there. so even if she wins south carolina, there is a path for bernie sanders to build support in the super tuesday states. he's focusing on those states in the super tuesday pot that can be considered more cosmopolitan, maybe a little bit more progressive. he's focusing on minnesota, on colorado, on oklahoma. he'll have a natural advantage in massachusetts, which is next to his home state of vermont. and what hillary clinton is going to try to do is she's going to try to shore up the southern states, alabama, arkansas, tennessee. that's where she thinks she has the biggest chance of racking up the most number of delegates heading into the march weeks. >> always a pleasure to chat with you. thanks so much. >> thank you. staying in the united states, mourners gathered in kalamazoo, michigan, on sunday to remember the six people killed in a shooting rampage. the suspected gunman was an uber
driver and, according to one source, he continued to pick up passengers between shootings. walter smith randolph with our affiliate wwmt sat down for an exclusive interview with one of those passengers. >> alarm bells should have been going off in my head. >> reporter: mat melon is counting his lucky stars. >> a pretty scary or deal, especially to be so closely involved with it. >> reporter: melon was a passenger in alleged gunman jason dalton's car while he was working as an uber driver before allegedly opening fire on eight people across kalamazoo county. melon says dalton was acting strange. >> he introduced himself as a different name than what jason was on -- that comes up for uber. >> sitting in the back of that equinox was dalton's dog. >> got maybe a mile from my house. he got a telephone call. after that telephone call, he started driving really
erratically. >> reporter: default be allegedly hitting 80 miles an hour while sideswiping cars. >> we were driving through medians, speeding along. then finally once he came to a stop, i jumped out of the car and ran away. >> reporter: melon says that's what he called police. >> he wouldn't stop. he just kind of kept looking at me like, don't you want to get a ride to your friend's house? i was like, well, yeah, but i want to get their alive, you know. >> reporter: once he got to his friend's house, he told his fiancee what happened. she posted this warning so others wouldn't be harmed. >> we posted the picture on facebook just so our friends wouldn't get in the car with him if they happened to have to take an uber that night. >> reporter: melon said he jumped out of dalton's car around 4:30 saturday afternoon. police believe dalton opened fire at the meadows townhomes around 6:00 before allegedly shooting seven more people between 10:00 and 10:30. >> i'm upset because i tried contacting uber afterwards,
after i had talked to the police, saying that we needed to get this guy off the road. >> reporter: another news channel 3 bureau posting this uber notification, saying she was scheduled for a pickup by dalton at 11:19. by that time, six people already gunned down. >> you said during this whole time he was very calm? >> yeah, surprisingly calm because i was freaking out. >> and that was walter smith randolph of wwmt reporting there. london's mayor says he will back a campaign for britain to leave the european union. we will look at this stunning blow to prime minister david cameron, who's pushing for the country to stay. plus an especially deadly day in syria. even as diplomats announce progress in peace talks. the details coming up in a live report. (baseball on tv in background) with heart failure, danger is always on the rise.
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the bombings in the southern outskirts of the capital, damascus, and in homz. the neighborhood in homz has been struck by three similar bombings in the past three months. now, against the backdrop of that violence, the u.s. said the parties are closer to a cease-fire than they have been. at a news conference in amman, u.s. secretary of state john kerry updated the progress in talks about russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. >> we have reached a provisional agreement in principle on the terms of a cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days. it is not yet done, and i anticipate that our presidents, president obama and president putin, may well speak somewhere in the next days or so in order to try to complete this task.
>> and kerry met with jordan's foreign minister sunday. our reporter joins us with the very latest. the violence seen on sunday in syria makes any peace agreement a pretty tough task. what's being said about that when we hear from john kerry that it's possibly days away? it's hard to believe that. >> reporter: well, rosemary, we need to look at this kind of violence that we saw on sunday as you mentioned repeated violence that we have seen similar attacks over the past few weeks in the same areas, also carried out by isis. these kind of attacks, this kind of violence that is carried out by isis is unlikely to cease anytime soon. these two groups that are considered to be terrorist groups in syria are not part of any negotiations. they're not part of any talk of any cessation of hostilities in that country.
you could possibly see an increase in this sort of violence likely because it is this kind of violence that is aimed to inflame sectarian tensions in the country, exacerbate those tensions that are already really high. we heard from secretary kerry before these attacks, but addressing the fight against isis, speaking here in amman. secretary kerry saying to see any sort of effective fight against isis, it's not going to be a military solution. he was talking about it has to be a political solution where he said you need to have -- >> all right. talking there to our reporter in amman. unfortunately we did lose communication there. but we will talk again with jamana next hour. we'll move on now. stores across new delhi are closed monday because of a water shortage caused by violent protests. at least ten people are dead after clashes between police and
protesters over the weekend. thousands of troops were called in to stop the unrest, which has shut down a major water supply source. >> reporter: this city of 25 million people is bracing for what officials call an unprecedented water crisis because protesters in the neighboring state have damaged a key water supply canal. so in areas like this, taps are already running dry. nothing has been coming out for the past two days. so how are you managing? you have a dairy here? >> we are taking from other sites. >> he's says he's been lugging buckets and jugs of water from home to run his business. it's okay for now, but it's soon going to get very difficult and expensive. no water means most people are having to buy these water jugs. normally they cost about 50 cents, but there's a bit of a black park going on because of
this water crisis. so this jug right now costs 100 rupees. the heart of the violence protest is not far from here. the agitators belong to the state's dominant caste. they've been looting, setting public property on fire. they're demanding a place for reservations in india's education and government jobs quota system. it's an affirmative action plan india put in place decades ago to uplift those belonging to disadvantaged lower castes. the system has often been touted as one of india's success stories but resentment is growing as jobs become more scarce. at least ten people have died due to the violence. paramilitary troops have been deployed with shoot on sight orders. hundreds of trains have been canceled, highways blocked. and in the capital, it's the scarcity of the most essential com oddity that's heaurting peoe most. >> there is no water for cooking
or washing dishes. the kitchen is unhygienic now. when you go to the restroom, you have to think about how you use your flush because if your flush is not working, the sanitation is not in place. >> reporter: many people in delhi do use groundwater and often rely on water tankers because they're never really been a 24/7 water supply to most househo households. people here say they're preparing for the worst. to fiji where a record breaking storm has come and gone, but it's left behind a terrible mess and heartache. tropical cyclone winston has killed at least 20 people in the south pacific island nation. fiji's prime minister says there's widespread damage and flooding. and power remains out across many of the islands. a state of emergency is in effect for 30 days as that cleanup continues.
let's get more on the situation in the south pacific now. of course, the pictures all show this total devastation. the structures are not very hardy, are they? >> not at all. this is a part of world that is tropical you would think you see a lot of cyclones. in the past 45 years, record suggests only 12 tropical cyclones have been in 100 miles of the cal city. again, not often we get hit directly certainly with course 5. this kind of shows you the rarity of tropical features dating back to 1972 across this region. we've had several impacts, never a category 5 equivalent. you take a look. this is what it shapes up. in the philippines, 2013, 300 kilometer per hour winds. cyclone winston comes in at 298. that is tying super typhoon
joanne back in the 1950s. incredible because the laws of physics dictate how strong storms get on our planet. initially it was believed storms could never get above 300 miles per hour per hour. you take at this one with sustained winds just shy of 300 kilometers per hour. once you get to these speeds, it's easily a category 5. the national hurrica power outages last for weeks, potentially months. areas could be uninhabitable. about 80% of the islands right now without any sort of communication or power. very mountainous across this region, where we know some mountains rise as high as 13 meters. they would do wonders in trying to weaken a storm system, but look at the storm literally thread the needle. the islands right here, that's
koro island. 5,000 people live here and we know the storm went right through that region. of course with limited communication at this point, the fear is fatalities could be much higher. it made landfall several times over a population that is combined about 110,000. incredible to think we have at this point only 20 fatalities. here's what's left of the storm. it's still category 3. the steering currents in the atmosphere are changing a little bit to favor the storm to go farther south over open waters, begin to weaken. that's all excellent news. but as it does, it does leave behind some heavy rainfall. corner of your screen is where the storm is. the orange and yellows indicate 150 or more millimeters of rainfall in homes that no longer have walls in most cases. significant damage. this is a part of the world that 90% of its revenue come from tourism. when we look at an area and say that potentially uninhabitable for weeks if not months, it's going to be a significant amount of damage to the economy across
this region. >> absolutely. you always worry when cyclones hit or hurricanes hit areas like these islands because people are so vulnerable. there's nowhere to run. >> exactly. you're out in the middle of it and evacuations will not take you unless you're able to leave. there's 330 islands that make up the archipelago of fiji, so it's a tough place. >> thanks. well, a political blow to britain's prime minister as london's mayor says he's backing the campaign to leave the european union. the reasons behind his decision coming up. plus donald trump's white house rivals are hoping to overtake him in the next big primary contest. and one of them insists he's the only one who can you nigunite t republican party. is that even possible? we'll take a look. back in a moment. you'll ask
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and a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and of course all around the world. you are watching cnn newsroom, and mime rosemary church. i want to check the headlines for you this hour. isis is claiming responsibility for a series of attacks in syria sunday that killed more than 120 people and wounded dozens. car and suicide bombers struck homes on the southern outskirts of damascus. this comes as the u.s. announced a tentative agreement with russia on terms for a cease fire. india's capital faces water rationing after deadly protests. members of a rural past are demanding more education opportunities and access to
government jobs. they attacked a treatment plant and blocked a canal that supplied water to new delhi. more than a dozen people escaped injury in melbourne, australia after their bus crashed into an overpass. police say they were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. there is no word on what caused that crash. donald trump told cnn he expects to clinch his party's nomination before the july convention. hillary clinton thanked supporters for her win in saturday's nevada caucuses. she said she's focusing now on building voter trust ahead of the democratic primary in south carolina on saturday. while donald trump and hillary clinton were campaigning in a celebratory mood, the other white house hopefuls were also on the campaign trail sunday. marco rubio told voters at a rally in tennessee that he is
the only republican contender who can bring the party's factions together now that the field is winnowing out. ted cruz courted voters in nevada ahead of tuesday's republican caucuses there. he insisted he tied rubio for second in south carolina's primary on saturday. and after campaigning saturday, ohio governor john kasich went home sunday, where he signed legislation effectively blocking state funds to the planned parenthood group. on the democratic side, bernie sanders made a surprise stop at a church in south carolina sunday. he wooed the largely african-american crowd, stopping at tables to shake hands. the african-american vote is considered critical in saturday's democratic primary in south carolina. at a separate rally sunday, sanders told the crowd they can take part in a political revolution by voting for him. >> south carolina has the
opportunity to make american history, and i hope you will. this campaign has taken on the economic establishment, all of the big money interest, and let me tell you wall street is getting nervous. [ cheers and applause ] >> and let me also tell you they should be getting nervous. we have taken on the political establishment. we have taken on the media establishment, and we are gaining momentum every day. >> sanders also reiterated his message that there is much more work to be done to increase jobs. well, senator ted cruz is looking to knock donald trump from his front-runner status. he's hoping that will begin with
the nevada caucuses on tuesday. cnn's sunlen serfaty has more on the senator's western strategy. >> reporter: well, the cruz campaign is really trying to present the image that they are still on track and charging ahead here in nevada. a series of events ted cruz will hold over the next few days leading into caucus night on tuesday night here. but so much of the discussion on the campaign trail right now is centered on this post-mortem of what happened in south carolina, why ted cruz didn't do better among evangelicals. he lost that vote to donald trump. and also why he didn't do better in opposition to marco rubio. he came in third, and what that means for his challenges of his campaign going forward. what red flags are there? ted cruz was ask the about this as he was campaigning here in nevada, and he quickly pivoted to his new favorite target, marco rubio. here's what he had to say. >> he was asked what state can you win? you weren't able to win in iowa. you weren't able to win in new hampshire. you weren't able to win in south
carolina. when can you win a state? and the answer he gave is he said, well, i think we could win florida on march 15th. now, that's a fairly amazing admission, that they don't believe they're going to win here in nevada. apparently they don't believe they're going to win any states on super tuesday. they're righting off march 5th, they're writing off march 8th, and they're trying to wait apparently until march 15th to finally win a state. i would point out even in florida, his home state, he's right now polling in third place. >> reporter: so ted cruz already on the ground here in nevada laying into marco rubio. this will be such a core part of his messaging going forward. the campaign will argue where can marco rubio win, and they'll say in opposition to that, look, ted cruz has been the only one to beat donald trump. sunlen serfaty, cnn, nevada. >> for analysis of the twists and turns of the race, we turn now to cnn political commentator peter beinart, also contributor for the atlantic. he joins us from new york.
thanks so much for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> so let's start with the losers of the south carolina primary and what needs to happen to those candidates that were not in the top three now that jeb bush has bailed out. >> well, i think ben carson is really a dead man walking at this point. i mean there's really -- his candidacy has not had any life for weeks and weeks now. i think the real question is will he stay in, which probably hurts ted cruz because of his evangelical support, or will he kind of limp on, which probably tracts a little bit from cruz. the more interesting case is john kasich, who did poorly in south carolina, but has positioned himself as the most moderate candidate in the race and is putting a lot of emphasis on michigan, which is near his native ohio. and then of course ohio itself. if kasich can come in strongly in michigan, he is a midwestern governor. then i think his candidacy continues even though he doesn't have a lot of money. and, again, he gets to go home
to ohio. but right now the polls show that he would probably lose michigan significantly as well, and i think if he doesn't do well in michigan, i think it really throws the entire rationally behind his candidacy into question. >> of course donald trump won the south carolina primary convincingly. how likely do you think it is that he will go ahead and win the republican nomination if history is their guide? >> the conventional wisdom is if somebody can get trump in a one-on-one race, that if cruz were to, say, leave the race and it would just be rubio and trump, that rubio could win because a majority of republicans don't support trump. there's a ceiling on his support of maybe 30, 35, 40%. but what's really striking if you look at the data from both new hampshire and south carolina is how broad-based trump's support is. yes, he's only winning a third of the vote, but he's winning from every different kind of constituency. so it's not obvious to me, despite what i consider trump's repug nance, that in fact that
he couldn't win a majority of republicans in a two-person race. his signature ideas, as loathsome as i personally find them, a ban on muslims coming to the united states, his policies about building a wall on the mexican-american border, are quite popular among a majority of republicans. >> let's go to the democratic side for now. hillary clinton enjoyed a boost winning the nevada caucuses. how does that change the race for her, and what will likely happen to bernie sanders in south carolina next saturday and beyond? he didn't do so well with the african-american vote, did he? >> no. i think at this point, it would be really surprising if hillary clinton did not win a decisive, meaning, you know, a double-digit victory in south carolina because the majority of the electorate in south carolina in the democratic primary will be african-american. polls have shown her with a strong lead among african-americans. and while bernie sanders has done somewhat better among young people of color, latinos and
african-americans, hillary clinton has shown very strong support among most of the african-american voters who are older than millennials. >> so it sounds like your sense is this could be end up being trump going toe to toe with hillary clinton. if that does happen, who's going to win? >> i think hillary will win easily. i mean the general election matchups right now don't show that, but i really do believe that whatever the ceiling on trump's support inside the republican party, there is a very serious, significant ceiling on him outside the republican party. the turnout rate among latinos, for instance. and i think to some degree among african-americans, especially when the full panoply of his bigotry is exposed in a national election, i think, will be very, very high and create a kind of -- the passion that hillary clinton cannot create by herself i think donald trump will create for democrats. and i think the fact that donald trump is just patently ignorant
about many of the key policy issues that he would have to face, i think would give a lot of people pause. i think you'll see some prominent republicans saying, you know what, i'm not good to vote for this guy and some real fracturing of the republican party. and i think hillary clinton who is not in and of herself a tremendously strong candidate, i think will win relatively easy. >> always a pleasure to speak with you. thanks so much. >> thank you. ahead of next saturday's democratic primary in south carolina, hillary clinton and bernie sanders will come face to face with voters right here on cnn. chris cuomo hosts a democratic town hall live from columbia, south carolina, and you can see it tuesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. and the five remaining republican hopefuls will face off in a debate thursday in houston, texas. cnn's wolf blitzer will moderate that one, and you can see it here thursday at 8:30 p.m. eastern time. quick break here. still to come, britain's prime minister is pushing a deal to
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it looks like bolivia's president will not be able to seek an unprecedented fourth term after losing a referendum to change the country's constitution. president morales narrowly lost the vote with exit polls showing the no vote leading 52% to 48%. already bolivia's longest serving leader, the referendum would have allowed him to serve until 2025. one of britain's most prominent conservatives says he will campaign for the u.k. to
leave the european union. london mayor boris johnson is defying the leader of his own party, prime minister david cameron. as erin mclaughlin reports, the decision was not an easy one for johnson. >> reporter: boris johnson's arguments very sympathetic to how many people here in the yound kingdom feel, that membership of the eu is e rosing britain's sovereignty in key areas. he also had some very strong words for the european political project as a whole, saying, quote, it's in real danger of getting out of control. it's a position that he said that he's held for some time, that he's written papers on it. so perhaps sunday's announcement comes as no surprise. >> after a great deal of heartache, i don't think there's anything else i ask do. i will be advocating that we
leave because i want a better deal for the people of this country. to save them money and to take back control. >> reporter: boris johnson is an extremely popular conservative figure, and he's seen to have sway on this issue. other co according to a recent poll, a third of the people responded saying that they could be 0 influenced by boris johnson's stance on this topic. the most influential person, however, british prime minister david cameron, who on sunday morning on the andrew marr show on the bbc made an impassioned plea for the united kingdom to remain in the eu. take a listen. >> if boris and if others really care about being able to get things done in our world, then the eu is one of the ways in which we get them done. having that seat at the table in the eu, just as being a member of nato, is a violate way that we project our values and our power and our influence in the world. >> reporter: campaigning starts monday. the referendum date is set for
june 23rd, and there is a lot at stake not only for the united kingdom but the european union as a whole. the u.k. is after all the second largest economy in the eu. erin mclaughlin, cnn, london. and a new british poll shows the movement to stay in the eu appears to have the most backing. it finds 48% want to remain. 33% want to leave, but crucially, 19% are undecided at this time. a telephone poll was conducted after friday's deal was struck. a traditional toy for children is thailand's newest craze among adults. find out what's so special about these dolls. that's next. back in a moment. ...aren't getting enough important omega-3s. bayer pro ultra omega-3 can help, with two times the concentration of omega-3s than the leading brand. love your heart ... with bayer pro ultra omega-3.
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lay the groundwork for human travel to mars and back. earlier, cnn heard from retired nasa astronaut leroy cao about the process. >> typically nasa brings it down to around 100 people that they want to interview for the handful of spots that they're going to select for. so they're going to be looking for, of course, what you've done in your work history, your school, you know, how you've done. they'll probably want to talk to some of your references to see what kind of person you are and, you know, beyond just being smart and operational and able to do things, they want to see that you can work together effectively on a team. in the past, you never really would know that there was an astronaut selection about to happen unless you were the one inquiring. and so, for example, when i applied in 1989, there were 2,500 applicants, which at the time sounded like a lot. but it's pretty daunting when the administrator makes a youtube video asking americans to apply to be an astronaut, and this is the result. over 18,000 applicants.
>> what a number, huh? and nasa will announce those selected next year, and then they will begin two years of training. an unusual kind of doll has reached cult-like status in thailand. many people eat, sleep, and even go to work with the child angel dolls, believing they bring wealth and good fortune. but not everyone is a fan of the phenomenon. simon moes emreports from bangkok. >> capitalist gimmick or just plain creepy. ? dr. mac, who's not a doctor, transforms thousands of dolls to into child angels. he said he was walking past a doll in a shop window when it spoke to him, saying, please don't leave me behind. take me with you. daddy, i want to stay with you. they're blessed by a monk and given a birth date by dr. mac
when they find a parent, like tv star, bookko. >> thanks so much for inviting us. is this one sign? >> yes, meaning it's a good day. my son. >> bookko's doll or sun was picked especially as it looks just like him. one of the family. >> translator: he's with me 24 hours a day or sometimes he stays at home with my mom and my sister. my mom really likes taking care of him. everyone thinks he's a member of our family. >> so would you eat with the one? >> he just sits beside me on my table. i just ask for an extra plate and put rice on it. i don't go over the top. i just treat him like normal. >> they sleep together too. >> bookko was filming a tv commercial, but a social media backlash against the child angel dolls made him reluctant to take the doll onset.
a critic and writer wrote on facebook about the craze saying it reflects the level of your intelligence, and you can't bring your personal world out to violate public spaces and expect no reaction. some restaurants and hotels have also barred the dolls for fear of frightening customers. the we found people to take photos, and in no time, the doll was in the ad too. the dolls feel real. it's heavy like a baby, and because everyone else treated it like a child, well, i did too. >> it's like i'm babysitting. >> next stop, bookko's tv gossip show. cnn's presence brought it back into the lime light. a chance for book -- a backlash that's already seeing people abandon the dolls, taken to a
new home. this temple. a kind of child angel doll orphanage. sigh men mossen, cnn, bangkok, thailand. i'd love to hear what you think on twitter. thanks for joining us. i'm rosemary church. i'll be back in a moment after this break with another hour of news all around the world. don't go anywhere. the cat and t the cow jumped over the moon... then quickly fell back to earth landing on the roof of a dutch colonial. luckily geico recently helped the residents with homeowners insurance. they were able to get the roof repaired like new. they later sold the cow because they had all become lactose intolerant. call geico and see how much you could save on homeowners insurance.
is. the crisis in syria. isis militants kill more than 120 people in a wave of bombings while world powers seek a truce. brilliant's david cameron prepares to take his campaign to stay in the eu to parliament, while the mayor of london says he will vote to leave. and when second place counts. marco rubio and ted cruz fight to become the alternative to donald trump in the republican primary race. hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. and this is "cnn newsroom."
we begin in london, where british prime minister david cameron is kicking off his campaign to avoid an exit from the european union. he will be taking his case to the house of commons in the coming hours. but mr. cameron was dealt a surprising blow sunday when london's conservative mayor, boris johnson, announced he wants out of the eu. johnson said it was a difficult decision but he feels it's the best choice for the british people. take a listen. >> the last thing i wanted was to go against david cameron or the government. but after a great deal of heartache i don't think there's anything else i could do. i will be advocating that lee or whatever the team is called -- i understand there are many of them. i think that is basically -- because i want a better deal for the people of this country. to save them money and to take back control.
>> and for the latest let's bring in cnn london correspondent max foster. good to see you, max. and of course the latest polls show more people in britain want to stay with the eu. but about 19% are undecided. that's a significant number. what might that mean, and what impact could boris johnson's surprise announcement have on those undecided voters, do you think? >> well, just to give you a sense, rosemary, reuters reporting in breaking news that the pound sterling has fallen by 1.5% today. and that is directly linked to the fact that boris johnson has come out to go the opposite way really in terms of campaigning against david cameron. one of david cameron's great strengths in his stay in the european union campaign really, which is only really starting today but it's been building up for some time, is he didn't face any major opposition. so theresa may, boris johnson, these sorts of heavyweights, which we know are anti-european generally if you look back in their voting record, they hadn't
come out against david cameron and against the campaign to stay within the european union. now they have someone. probably the most dynamic, charismatic, conservative leaders away from david cameron, someone who's proved that he can actually win votes as mayor of london, has come out fighting for a campaign to bring britain out of the european union. so it's highly significant. and a huge blow, it has to be said, toto david cameron, which is reflected on the front of the sun. insult added to injury really. they're pointing out that boris only told david cameron by text just nine minutes before going public that he was going to be campaigning against him. so that's a hugely significant moment in this brexit campaign as we head to the vote, the referendum in june, rosemary. >> david cameron really didn't see this coming, did he? and this will of course make the task even harder for david cameron to sell his deal to stay in the eu. what challenges lie ahead for him today? >> well, i think his major
challenge is whether or not he's going to be prime minister by the end of the year because effectively what you've got here is boris johnson who very clearly wants to be the next conservative leader going up against david cameron about the biggest moment really in british modern history this year, 23 you can call it that, whether or not britain stays within the european union. so you have is this referendum vote. you've got boris johnson on one side. you've got david cameron on the other side. whoever lose doesn't have a future in the cabinet, if you're looking at boris johnson. and also david cameron, is he really credible enough to stay the leader of the conservative party if he loses that referendum? so what you've really got is a leadership campaign by proxy in all but name heading into june. so david cameron may not be the prime minister at the end of the year. it may be boris johnson. so that's really david cameron's big challenge this year. for britain what this really does is it gives the leave britain campaign a strong leader and strong leadership. it's had a very fragmented,
disorganized campaign up to this point. and everyone's going to rally behind boris johnson now. it will encourage some mps, members of parliament, who are apprehensive about joining the leave campaign, they may be more likely to join the leave campaign now. and also the debate now is more grown up. there is this option that you can legitimately join the opposite side from david cameron. >> interesting. watching this very closely, our max foster bringing us that live report from london. many thanks to you. well, u.s. secretary of state john kerry says a cease-fire agreement for syria could take effect within days. but that's in stark contrast to the scene on the ground. isis says it's behind a series of suicide and car bombings in homs and the outskirts of damascus. syria's news agency says at least 122 people were killed and dozens more injured in attacks sunday. well, kerry met with jordan's
foreign minister sunday. she joins us now with more on the developments. jumana, what has been the reaction to u.s. secretary of state john kerry claiming a peace deal in syria is closer than ever, possibly a couple of days away, given the violence that has taken place sunday? >> reporter: well, rosemary, that announcement by secretary kerry was a short time before we saw these devastating attacks in homs and later on in the day in damascus. but to put things into context, these are attacks that are carried out, claimed in this case by isis. and the terrorist groups as they're designated, isis and jebt al-nusra, are not part of any peace talks or cessation of hospit hostilities agreements. and it is possible at this time when we're seeing these negotiations take place, these talks to pry to put some sort of
temporary truce in place, that there could possibly be even a ramped up effort by these groups, by isis to carry out attacks, attacks that are aimed at exacerbating the sectarian tensions that exist in that country, inflaming the tension there. we heard yesterday from secretary kerry address the fight against isis saying any sort of effective solution to the fight against isis is not going to be a military solution. it's going to have to be a political transition. it is going to have to see the emergence of a government that does not have bashar al assad at its head. this is something we have heard from. the united states over and over again. which obviously really complicates things, rosemary. as you know, that it is far from resolved when it comes to a political solution, a political transition. we have seen these negotiations and peace talks collapse yet again in recent weeks. and now especially more complicated as we see the assad
regime backed by their russian allies stronger than they have been in a few years in this conflict gaining ground. so a very complicated situation. and of course in this case, rosemary, as we've seen yesterday, it is the civilians in syria that continue to pay the heaviest price for this ongoing violence and conflict in the country. >> yes, all right. jomana karadsheh reporting live from amman in jordan. many thanks to you. want to turn now to the u.s. state of michigan where new details are emerging in a deadly shooting rampage. the suspected gunman was an uber driver, and a source says he was still picking up passengers even between shootings. mourners gathered in kalamazoo sunday to honor the six victims killed. eight people were shot at three separate locations, seemingly at random, over the course of several hours on sunday. nick valencia reports. >> reporter: it is sickening when you consider the details.
investigators saying that this suspect, a 45-year-old male from kalamazoo, casually carried out this shooting spree. he was working as an uber driver, and in between each shooting was still picking up fares. that suspect was eventually taken into custody at around 12:30 in the morning. investigators seized a semi-automatic handgun from his person, and in a search of his residence were able to discover even more weapons. they're working on figuring out if any of these weapons were use connected or used in the commission of these crimes. the suspect here, they described him for all intents and purposes as an average joe, someone with no criminal history, no criminal record, and certainly no indication that he would have the capability of carrying out something like this. six people left dead. another two critically wounded. among them a mother of three who was the first to be shot. the second person still recovering in the hospital. a 14-year-old girl who is so gravely injured that investigators initially announced her dead. she has had surgery, is still in
grave condition. investigators worried about her outcome. as far as that suspect is concerned, he is expected to make his first court appearance sometime on monday and will face murder charges. nick valencia, cnn, kalamazoo, michigan. we'll take a quick break here. but still to come, fighting to be number two. the tight race between two candidates vying for second place in the u.s. republican presidential field. plus, how deadly protests in northern india have left the capital city with a crippled water supply. we're back in a moment. i thodid the ancestrydna toian. find out i'm only 16% italian. so i went onto ancestry, soon learned that one of our ancestors was eastern european. this is my ancestor who i didn't know about.
it looks like bolivia's president will not be able to seek an unprecedented fourth term. after losing a referendum to change the country's constitution. president ivo morales lost the vote with exit polls showing the no vote leading 52% to 48%. already blif y.'s longest-serving leader, the referendum would have allowed morales to serve until 2025. want to turn to mexico now where the wife of notorious drug lord joaquin guzman is breaking her silence and speaking out about
her husband's treatment in prison. recently el chapo has complained to his lawyers that he's become a victim of physical and mental torture in prison. here's what his wife told telemundo. >> translator: they want to make him pay for his escape. they say that they are not punishing him. of course they are. they are there with him watching him in his cell. they don't let him sleep. he has no privacy, not even to go to the restroom. >> well, guzman is back in the maximum security prison he escaped from last july. mexican officials have said he will eventually be extradited to the united states to face charges here. the republican caucuses in nevada are less than two days away. marco rubio and ted cruz are fighting not just to unseat donald trump as front-runner but
also to beat each other. the two senators had relatively strong showings in saturday's south carolina primary. they virtually tied for second place there. and now they both claims to be carrying the mantle for the republican party. >> we continue to see conservatives uniting behind our campaign. but number two, jake, it is now apparent that the only campaign that can beat donald trump and that has beaten donald trump is our campaign. >> we have to nominate someone who will unify our party, who will reach out to people who haven't voted for us and grow our party, and ultimately who can win 37 what do the democrats fear most? who do they not want to run against? i think everyone now acknowledges that that's me. >> in the meantime thousands of people lined up sunday in atlanta, georgia to see donald trump, and trump told the crowd that his primary wins in new hampshire and south carolina were just the beginning. jeremy diamond has more. >> reporter: fresh off his primary victory in south carolina, donald trump on sunday
rolled into atlanta with the momentum at his back. donald trump making his pitch here as that's going to be one of the big delegate pickups in the republican nominating contest. donald trul p giving his classic stump speech here to the roaring approving of thousands of his supporters in this southern state. but donald trump didn't go after his rivals like marco rubio and ted cruz, who came closest to him in the primary in south carolina. he did, however, talk about one of his former rivals. listen in. >> i'll give you a story. one of the candidates. i won't say who yet. but you can find out. one of the candidates, the head of a major, major -- and the owner of a major, major pharmaceutical company is in charge of his campaign. right? you know that, right? in charge of his campaign. raises hundreds of millions of dollars. they've raised a fortune. they have a fantastic -- like a lot of money. pharmaceuticals. so a friend of mines comes up to me, a doctor. he says, donald, i don't
understand it. the united states is the biggest purchaser of drugs in the world. they don't negotiate price. they're not allowed to. and i said, what are you talking about? they're not allowed to. so i said that can't be. but let me check. soon as i checked it i realized why. he's right. >> donald trump there of course using one of the much-used lines against jeb bush, who on saturday night dropped out of the presidential race after a poor showing in south carolina. but donald trump has consistently used jeb bush as one of his foils on the campaign trail, talking about jeb bush being low energy. so looks like donald trump missing one of the key parts of his stump speech is going to miss jeb a little bit too. >> joining us now from washington to talk more about the race for the white house is cnn political analyst josh rogan. he's also a columnist for bloomberg view. thank you so much for being with us. pretty incredible win for donald trump. he seems unstoppable at this point. is there any way he wouldn't be the republican nominee given his
wins in new hampshire and south carolina? >> well, if hift is any guys, he definitely has the inside track. in modern history there hasn't been a republican candidate who's won new hampshire and south carolina and not gone on to be the nominee. that being said, this is a year unlike any other. now there's a resettling in the republican field with the exit of jeb bush. the consolidation of the establishment, support and money around marco rubio. as we head into the next contest, which is nevada, in a couple of days. and then the march 1 super tuesday primaries, there will be a changing of all of the strategies of these campaigns. in accordance with those new realities. but still you won't see all the candidates go after trump. there's still a battle to be the anti-trump. for that reason you'll still see cruz attacking rubio, rubio attacking cruz and so forth. >> and marco rubio says this is now a three-person race with trump, rubio, and cruz fighting it out till the end. is that your reading of where
this is all going? >> yes. that's essentially true. the problem with that for marco rubio is that it's not necessarily to his advantage for it to become a two-person race very quickly. take cruz. seems to be on his way up. marco rubio seems to be on his way up. but for different reasons. each of the candidates wants to consolidate support amongst their pockets in different states before they go head to head with donald trump. so it's a three-person race at least until march 1st. you can be sure ben karson and john kasich will stay in at least until then. kasich is expected to stay in at least until his home state primary in ohio march 15th. and then you'll start to see a real whittling down to maybe two candidates. >> yeah, i wanted to ask but john kasich and ben carson. when you think they're likely to bail out. as you mentioned, jeb bush is already gone. what does that mean? once those three are all out of this race, how does that impact
the other three? >> well, it's a guessing game this point as to where each candidate's support would go if and when they drop out of the race. there was a clear overlap between the rubio support and the jeb bush support. so you could reasonably deduce that as jeb's exit benefits rubio. after that it gets a little more muddled. trump is taking people from both conservative constituencies and moderate constituencies and independent voters and new voters. sought fact that trump is not necessarily placed on one side of the republican party or the other side of the republican party means that he could absorb votes from anybody who drops out. so if kasich drops out those votes might go to rubio, they might go to cruz, they might go to trump. i think that all remains to be seen. >> and ahead of next saturday's democratic primary in south carolina, hillary clinton and bernie sanders will come face to face with voters right here on cnn. chris cuomo hosts a democratic town hall live from columbia, south carolina. you can see it tuesday at 8:00
p.m. eastern time. and the five remaining republican hopefuls will face off in a debate thursday in houston, texas. cnn's wolf blitzer will moderate that one. and you can see it here thursday at 8:30 p.m. eastern time. in fiji the death toll is rising from tropical cyclone winston. at least 20 people are now believed to have died as a result of the powerful storm which lashed the south pacific island nation over the weekend. fiji's prime minister says there's widespread damage and flooding and power remains out across many of the islands. a state of emergency is in effect for 30 days as the cleanup continues. australia is providing more than $3.5 million in aid to help fiji recover. now meteorologist pedram javaheri joins us with more from the international weather center. and pedram, we were talking
about this last hour, just how vulnerable these islands and fiji is and just how those structures there are just so susceptible to destruction like this. they're not built to stand storms of this mag nude, rosemary. and of course now this becomes the single strongest southern hemisphere tropical cyclone we've ever observed and the second strongest storm we've ever seen make landfall on our planet. just remarkable across much of the islands. and the fijian archipelago is about 332 islands in particular. about 110 of them are permanently inhabited. and this storm system did a significant amount of damage to many of those islands. super typhoon haiyan in 2002 impacted the philippines. 300-kilometer per-hour winds. those were the wind speeds measured at landfall. we had cyclone winston come in on saturday morning, wind speeds at 298 kilometers per hour literally coming in second, just a few kilometers per hour shy of the strongest tropical storm to
ever make landfall on our planet. take a look at this part of the world. we know a lot of the storms typically stay back out toward the coral sea near australia. you look at 12 tropical cyclones, that is how many have occurred in the past, say, 44 years or so that have been within 100 or so miles of the capital city of suva. so certainly they don't get tropical weather here making landfall very frequently. you take a look the storm system still in place, it is going to begin to fall and weaken as it falls apart and moves a little farther south. good news in that sense. just want to lay the land with that incredible storm system as it came down across an area as i said, over 300 small islands. some of the largest islands. and as you bring the storm in it really shows you what we're dealing with. these islands have mountains that are some 1300 meters high. the storm itself literally threads the needle, goes between these islands. there's a small island right here. this is the island of coro, population here just shy of 5,000 people. direct landfall and direct impact with winds upwards of 300 kilometers per hour occurring right there. and the storm progressed and
migrates a little farther to the west. we have several other town's populations put together, 100,000 people that also get a direct hit with the storm system. so again, incredible to think. we certainly hope the numbers do stay as low as they're being report right now, but rosemary, something worth noted that about 80% of the island are without communication, without power right now. as more information becomes available and passed on in the future the number certainly could change but we're watching this very carefully. >> all right. we appreciate, that pedram. many thanks to you. >> thank you. well, a fire at a refugee shelter in saxony prompts an investigation by german police. what they say bystanders did as the building burned. that is coming up. and the indian government takes action after deadly protests cut off the capital city's main water supply. that's still to come. stay with us.
and a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and of course all around the world. i'm rosemary church. it is of course time to check the main stories we've been following at this hour. london mayor boris johnson says he will campaign for britain to leave the european union. prime minister david cameron has been pushing for the u.k. to stay in the e.u. after working out a deal that grants the nation special status. britons will vote on the issue in a referendum on june 23rd. syria's state-run news agency reports a series of bombings killed more than 120 people sunday. isis is claiming spop ining res for the attacks in homs and the southern outskirts of damascus. this comes as the u.s. announce the a tentative agreement with russia on the terms for a cease-fire.
new details out of kalamazoo in michigan, the site of a shooting rampage that killed six people on saturday night. a source says suspect jason dalton was an uber driver who was picking up passengers between the three shootings. dalton is expected to be formally charged on monday. delhi's chief minister says troops have taken control of a canal that supplies much of india's capital with water. now, this follows deadly protests in a neighboring state that caused a big water shortage in the region. sunima udas has the details. >> reporter: this city of 25 million people is bracing for what officials call an unprecedented water crisis. because protesters in the neighboring state have damaged a key water supply canal. so in areas like this taps are already running dry. nothing's been coming out for the past two days.
so how are you managing? you have a dairy here. >> we are taking -- >> reporter: he says he's been lugging buckets and jugs of water from home to run his business. it's okay for now but it's soon going to get very difficult and expensive. no water means most people are having to buy these water jugs. normally they cost about 30 rupees. that's 50 cents. but there's a bit of a black market going on because of this water crisis. so this jug right now costs 100 rupees. that's a dollar and a half. the heart of the violent protests, hariyana is not far from here. the agitators belong to the state's dominant cass called jats. they've been looting, setting public property on fire. they're demanding a place, reservations in india's education and government jobs quota system. it's an affirmative action plan india put in place decades ago to uplift those belonging to disadvantaged loeter castes. the system has been touted as
one of india's success stories. but resentment is growing as jobs become more scarce. at least ten people have died due to the violence. paramilitary troops have been deployed with shoot on sight orders. hundreds of trains have been canceled. highways blocked. but in the capital it's the scarcity of the most essential commodity that's hurting people most. >> there is no water for cooking. there is no water for washing those dishes. the kitchen is unhygienic now. when you go to the washroom you have to think twice how you're going to use your flush because if your flush is not working properly the basic sanitation is not in place, so you can't go back there again. how do you take a bath. >> reporter: it's worth noting that many people in delhi do use ground water and often rely on water tankers because there's never really been a 24/7 water supply from the state to most households, but still, people here say they're preparing for the worst. sumnima udas, cnn, delhi.
german authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed an empty refugee shelter sunday. police say several people applauded the fire as crews worked to put it out. the building was a former hotel that had been renovated to house up to 300 people. cnn's atika shubert joins me now from berlin with more on this suspicious fire. atika, what happened exactly, and how much pressure will this put on chancellor angela merkel, do you think, and her open door policy on immigration? >> reporter: i think there's already a tremendous amount of pressure on merkel and this is just one symptom of that pressure. what we're seeing, what we saw has been condemned by german politicians across the board from many different parties saying it's unacceptable to have people applauding a fire of a refugee shelter, a fire that i should point out, the fire department believes may have been an arson attack. unfortunately, in this area of
saxony there have been a number of arson attacks. more than 1,000 attacks on refugees over the course of last year. many of them happening in this eastern part of germany known as saxony. in addition to the refugee shelter arson attack, believed arson attack, we also had an incident last week in which refugees were brought to a town by bus and they were greeted by a chanting mob chanting "we are the people." clearly unwelcoming of refugees. so this is the kind of ratcheting up of pressure on angela merkel and on the german public which feels it's caught between on the one hand the more open door policies of angela merkel and on the other a very far right, sometimes bordering on extremist movement that is against refugees. and much of the german public finds itself in the middle trying to navigate a way in between these two forces. >> very disturbing development there. cnn's atika shubert joins us
from berlin with the details. many thanks to you. a new report says the u.s. and north korea had agreed to peace talks, but which country pulled out of the potential discussions is now a point of contention. we have the details next. plus, bernie sanders makes a surprise stop at an african-american church in south carolina. but is his message resonating with black voters? we will explore that just ahead.
welcome back, everyone. a new report by the "wall street journal" says the united states secretly agreed to peace talks with north korea just before the country test ed a nuclear bomb. the u.s. state department responded sunday saying north korea requested the talks and the u.s. pulled out after pyongyang refused to include any discussion of denuclearization. well, for more let's bring in our paula hancocks, who's live
in seoul. so paula, north korea apparently proposed the peace talks, and the u.s. says it pulled out. is that how this played out, and there any room for more discussion perhaps on this stumbling block of denuclearization? >> reporter: well, what we're hearing, rosemary, from the state department is it was north korea's proposal and they have made this proposal a number of times recently it's worth pointing out. they want a peace treaty to be sign signed. the u.s. according to the state department said they carefully considered it. but when they said to north korea that denuclearization had to be a key part of this, pyongyang refused. so that was effectively the end of the talked before they even began. washington, seoul, tokyo, many other allies have been very clear that any talks with north korea had to deal with denuclearization, had to deal with pyongyang being willing to give up their nuclear program. and up until this point pyongyang has made it very clear
that they have no intention of giving up their program. back in 1953 after the korean war there was only an armistice signed. this is why this peace treaty is key. so technically, north and south korea are still at war because there was never a peace treaty signed. and as i said, since kim jong un, the north korean leader, took power he has been consistently saying that he wanted to have a peace treaty signed with washington but washington has consistently said that they want denuclearization to be key. now, we asked the south korean foreign ministry about this as well, and they too agreed with washington saying that in any north korean dialogue denuclearization needs to be the priority. rosemary? >> and paula, on another topic, a new military chief has been announced after his predecessor was apparently recently executed. what can you tell us about the man who replaced him? >> reporter: that's right. this is what we've learned today from state-run media, kcna. this is effectively how
everybody finds out about personnel changes in north korea. and they have said that lee myung suh is the new military chief. we know that because he has been named as accompanying kim jong un, the north korean leader, to military drills. now, this was on sunday that it was announced, the photos were released. but we don't know exactly when this military drill happened. sometime presumably over the weekend. but it does prove once again that the previous military chief is gone. now, we heard from a south korean official. they told cnn that he had they believed been executed for reasons of corruption, for misuse of authority and factionalism. now, of course we can't independently confirm, that but this is what south korean officials here believe happened to the previous military chief. he's not the first to have disappeared. there was one earlier, the defense minister last year was purged as well, showing these purges are ongoing, these very
high-profile purges are ongoing in north korea. but of course it depends who you speak to as to whether or not they believe that is a show of strength or a sign that kim jong un is still trying to consolidate his power. rosemary? >> indeed. all right. many thanks to our paula hancocks joining us live from seoul in south korea. in the u.s. presidential race democrat bernie sanders insists he has the momentum over rival hillary clinton. now, that is despite her topping him in saturday's democratic caucuses in nevada. sanders has been on the campaign trail in south carolina ahead of next saturday's primary there. he made a surprise stop at a church, where he wooed the largely african-american crowd, but underscoring the challenge he faces, his reception was more subdued than the raucous ones he's been getting at rallies. sanders acknowledges he has work to do to win the
african-american vote in the contest ahead, but he tells cnn his message is catching on. >> we did badly with the african-american vote, but i think the more the african-american community hears our message on a broken criminal justice system, which has more people in jail today than any other country on earth, largely african-american and latino, when they hear our message about the need for an economy that represents all of us, not just the 1%, i think you're going to see us making progress there as well. >> for analysts of the twists and turns of the race we turn now to cnn political commentator peter beinart. also contributor for "the atlantic" "the atlantic." and he joins us from new york. thanks so much for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> all right. let's go to the democratic side for new and hillary clinton enjoyed a boost, winning the nevada caucuses. how does that change the race for sxherks what will likely happen to bernie sanders in south carolina next saturday and
beyond? he didn't do so well with the african-american vote, did he? >> no. i think at this point it would be really surprising if hillary clinton did not win a decisive, meaning double-digit victory in south carolina. because the majority of the electorate in south carolina, the democratic primary, will be african-american. polls have showed her with a strong lead among african-americans, and while bernie sanders has done somewhat better among young people of color, latinos and african-americans, hillary clinton has shown very strong support among most of the african-american voters who are older than millennials. so then i think the question for bernie sanders becomes can he start winning in some other states which are more white and liberal or have caucuses where he could outorganize hillary clinton? i think the probably he will have is hillary clinton has learned some of the lessons from 2008 when she lost to barack obama. she won in nevada in large part because she's much better
organized than she was in 2008. and that's going to be hard for bernie sanders to win caucus states that president obama won in 2008. >> so it sounds like it could end up being trump going toe to toe with hillary clinton. if that does happen who's going to win in. >> i think hillary will l. win easily. the general election match-ups right now don't show that. but i really do believe that whatever the ceiling on trump's support inside the republican party, there is a very serious significant ceiling on him outside the republican party. the turnout rate among latinos, for instance, and i think to some degree among african-americans, especially when the full panoply of his bigotry is exposed in a national election, i think will be very, very high. and create a great -- a kind of -- the passion that hillary clinton cannot create by herself i think donald trump will create for democrats. and i think that the fact that donald trump is just patently ignorant about many of the key policy issues that he would have
to face i think will give a lot of people pause. i think you'll see some prominent republicans saying you know what, i'm not going to vote for this guy. and some real fracturing of the republican party. and i think hillary clinton, who is not in and of herself a tremendously strong candidate, i think will win relatively easily. >> peter beinart, always a pleasure to speak to you. thanks so much. >> thank you. "the simpsons" is expressing many americans' feelings about the 2016 presidential race in cartoon form. here's their cake on the current field. . >> marge, think good thoughts. think good thoughts. i know things look bad now, but just try to visualize another america. one where republicans, democrats, and donald trump all get along. >> i'm enjoying watching hillary clinton -- >> i like ted cruz. he's been very nice to me. >> as an act of love -- >> this is an issue where bernie and i are in complete agreement. ♪ how sweet it is ♪ to be loved by you ♪ move around
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bid to get out of a six-album contract with sony. kesha sued record producer dr. luke in 2014, accusing him of drugging, abusing and raping her a decade ago. he denies all the charges. swift's publicist says the money is to help kesha with any of her financial needs. we are a little less than a week away from the oscars. and it's anyone's guess who will walk away with the award for best picture, the night's biggest prize. to talk about that and some of the controversy surrounding this year's oscars, we are joined once again by kim serafin, senior editor of "in touch weekly." >> all right, sure, thanks. >> it's a very tight race for the best picture. certainly not a done deal. how often does it come this close? >> this is one of those real kind of nail-biter years because really no one knows who's going to win best picture. normally by this time you kind of have an idea because it's one of the films that has swept a
lot of the guild award shows. but this time around it's kind of been split. you have "the revenant" when that one won the director's gill guild awards. you have "the big short," which won at the producers guild. and that is actually a really good indicator. except then you have "spotlight," which won at the screen actors guild awards for their ensemble cast. sow really just have a real wide variety of options out there, and nobody really knows. and then you have "the revenant" which got the most nominations, 12 nominations, but a lot of people don't like "the revenant." so really nobody knows which way this is going to go. which makes tan exciting race. i think some people thought there should have been films nominated for best picture, like "star wars," that would have been nice to see that nominated, "straight outta compton." but it still is a very exciting race and nobody knows who will win best picture. and i guess it ensures more people will tune in and watch, right? >> definitely. >> and of course some have famous and diverse names are being added as presenters for the night amid the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in those nominated for this year's oscars.
but will that silence the critics? and how is chris rock expected to handle the hashtag oscars so white controversy? >> this is obviously what people are talking about. in addition to leonardo dicaprio finally winning his oscar, the big story has been the oscars so white controversy. and we do know chris rock is going to be hosting. we know he's definitely going to talk about -- he's going to make some jokes but i think they're going to be biting jokes, kind of biting criticism with a little humor. that's what chris rock will do. they're also adding a lot of presenters. a lot of diverse tu in the presenters. morgan freeman was just added. john legend was just added. to an already diverse group of presenters. whoopi goldberg and kevin hart, kerry washington. in addition to people like j.j. abrams, of course, who again people maybe thought "star wars" should have gotten nominated. jennifer garner, jason segal. just really a huge list of fantastic a-list presenters. this is something people really look forward to as well as performers. dave grohl. just announced is going to do a
special performance. the weeknd performing. some really good performances as well people looking forward to. >> we'll see what the critics say. and what about the drama surrounding oscar gift bags? the academy even going so far as suing a market company for their proposed oscar nominee gift bag. what is going on with that? >> yeah, you know, every year there's always a story about what's in this really expensive oscar gift bag? the gift bag that the nominees get. they kind of paint it as nobody -- everyone is always a winner because you go home with this amazing gift bag that costs something like $200,000. and the list of items are always what get attention. sometimes it's trips and sometimes it's fancy things like that or car rentals. luxury car rentals for a year. but a lot of times you hear about the non-wholesome items, the risque kind of items like the sex toys and the marijuana vaporizers and the plastic surgery. so now the oscars, the academy is suing this marketing company saying they're not affiliated with this marketing company. the marketing company is using
copyright infringement. they're using the name oscars when they're not really affiliated with the oscars. so they've i guess tried to settle this outside of court but now they're suing this marketing company trying to distance themselves from some of these products in the gift bag like the sex toys, for example. >> we'll see what happens with that. kim serafin, always a pleasure. thanks so much. >> thanks so much. >> and thanks for your company. i'm rosemary church. "early start" is coming up for our viewers in the u.s., and for everyone else stay tuned for more news from the cnn newsroom. have a great day. . . . .
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