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dead. two juveniles are now under arrest for allegedly starting the fires there. the suspects charged with aggravated arson in the wildfire that spread to gatlinburg, tennessee, and burned more than 1600 buildings. that will do it for me on this wednesday. thank you for being here. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. thanks ana. you might not believe who is advising president-elect trump on his cabinet. "the lead" starts right now. trump called obama's presidency a disaster, but now the president-elect says he takes obama's cabinet recommendations very seriously, and he says obama thought very highly of at least one of his picks. we are guessing it wasn't his reported pick for the epa who calls climate science unsettled. shots in the dark. rebel fighters in syria, desperately trying and failing to stop bombs from demolishing buildings and ending lives. still some say they'd rather die
than flee. cnn going inside aleppo to witness the horror up close. a day which will live in infamy. 75 years later. when japanese planes rained down on pearl harbor killing more than 2,000 americans. a 103--year-old survivor and veteran today visits "the lead" to describe what he saw on that dark day. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. a source telling cnn the president-elect donald trump will nominate another general to his cabinet. retired marine general john kelly who will helm the department of homeland security pending senate confirmation. also today president-elect trump saying house secretary of state pick could come as early as next week. and mitt romney is still apparently in the running. trump also said today he is honored to be named "time" magazine's person of the year, but he did take some issue with the sub head tucked underneath his name. president of the divided states of america, it says. trump denying he has done
anything to divide the country. okay. also taking credit for the huge market rally since his election four weeks ago. the dow jones industrials closing at 1947 points, more than 1200 points above where it was on november 8th. jason carroll is live outside trump tower. the trump transition team confirmed trump has tapped iowa governor terry brand stad as the next ambassador to china. >> reporter: he has had a long-standing relationship with the chinese government since 1985. so perhaps he can smooth over some of the fallout that trump had with the taiwanese leader. trump says he is feeling lucky he made the cover of "time" magazine. president-elect donald trump can add another title to his name. "time" magazine person of the year. >> it's a great honor. it means a lot.
>> reporter: the caption on the cover calls him president of the divided states of america. a moniker donald trump told nbc news is not his fault. >> i didn't divide them. they're divided now. i mean, there is a lot of division. and we're going to put it back together and we're going to have a country that's well healed. >> reporter: trump took the same message on the road tuesday night at a rally in north carolina. >> we will heal our divisions and unify our country. when americans are unified, there is nothing we cannot do. nothing. no task is too great, no dream too large, no goal beyond our reach. >> reporter: the president-elect's goal right now, piecing together his administration. cnn confirms trump will name retired marine general john kelly, the former head of southern command, as his homeland security secretary. today he also named iowa governor terry branstad as his
ambassador to china. one reason, he has a decades-long relationship with chinese president xi jinping. as for the secretary of state job, no decision yet. trump saying mitt romney is still in the running and insists he isn't stringing the former rival along. >> no. it's not about revenge. it's about what's good for the country. we had some tremendous difficulty together, and now i think we've come a long way. >> reporter: it's not just his cabinet. trump is also calling out companies who he says are making bad deals for america. like carrier and boeing. >> i hope i am judged from the time of the election as opposed to from january 20th, because the stock market has had a tremendous bounce. and people are seeing very good things for business in this country. >> reporter: trump threatened tuesday to cancel boeing's deal to build a new air force one. tweeting in part that costs are out of control. since then trump says he has talked to boeing's ceo and both agreed to work it out. >> we're going to get the prices down. if we don't get the prices down
we're not going to order them. we're going to stay with what we have. >> reporter: today trump met with rahm emanuel. >> about white house operations and how to make that work. second, we also discussed immigration. >> reporter: his former boss, president obama, is also on trump's call list, telling nbc news that he and the current president have talked several times, asked for his advice and takes his recommendations seriously. >> the president is responsive to requests and phone calls from the president-elect. he is certainly pleased that he can offer advice and assistance that may be useful to the incoming administration. >> reporter: and trump has continued to take meetings here today at trump tower, including meeting with oklahoma's attorney general who is looking to be a likely choice to head up the epa much to the disappointment of many of pruitt's critics saying
he is too close to the fossil fuel industry. trump tomorrow will be heading to osu to meet with victims and first responders from there. jake. >> jason carroll, thank you so much. with the selection of retired marine general james kelly to lead the department of homeland security, trump's national security team is taking shape. last night at the second stop on his thank you tour, trump touted the credentials of his choice for defense secretary, retired marine general james patterns administration.
he toasted a friendship with china's president in 2012. now iowa governor terry branstad is donald trump's nominee to be u. u.s. ambassador to beijing. under branstad iowa's exports to china have grown exponentially. branstad's friendly approach to beijing contrasts sharply with president trump's vow to confront china on trade and national security. trump's nominee to lead the pentagon is retired marine general james mattis. pending a congressional waiver since he has not been out of uniform seven years, as required by law. >> mad dog plays no games, right. >> reporter: like trump, mattis is hawkish on iran.
>> the iranian regime in my mind is the single most enduring threat to stability to peace in the middle east. >> reporter: while trump has repeatedly praised russia -- >> wouldn't it be nice if we actually did get along with russia. >> reporter: -- and denied moscow interfered in the u.s. election, he sarussia sees mattd putin as a grave threat. >> trump's leading choices for secretary of state also have fundamentally different views of the russia threat. mitt romney famously identified moscow as america's leading foreign policy challenge during his run for president in 2012. >> i won't wear rose colored glasses when it comes to russia or putin. >> reporter: also rex tillerson, a possible nominee for state, has close ties to russian president putin signing a multi-billion dollar deal with russia's state oil company in
2011 for exploration in the arctic. today trump said he's days away from a final decision on his top diplomat. >> fairly close. next week i think will be the time i announce it. >> reporter: trump's pick for homeland security, retired army general john kelly and the president-elect are very much like-minded on another key international security issue. protecting the u.s. southern border. as kelly testified before congress in 2015. >> if a terrorist or almost anyone wants to get into our country, they just pay the fare. no one checks passports. they don't go through metal detectors. >> reporter: he is, as we call them, a gold star dad, he lost his son first lieutenant robert kelly, killed in fighting. a u.s. marine in afghanistan in 2010. that's his grave there. he is buried in arlington national cemetery. i was embedded with the marines around the same time. some of the fiercest fighting in his unit.
his unit was one that lost the most of its personnel. >> general kelly has spoken movingly about that. joining me now, kelly ayotte, she serves on the armed services committee. she gave her farewell speech on the senate floor. thank you for being here. we hope you're not going to be a stranger even though you are moving on from the senate. let me ask you about general mattis. your colleague kirsten gillibrand says she is not comfortable approving of the waiver. you need to be out of the military for seven years according to the law to head up the pentagon. general mattis has only been out for three years. what do you think? >> i think that general mattis is one of the most distinguished military leaders in the history of our country, a phenomenal choice to be the secretary of defense. and i really admire the fact that, you know, he is not a yes man. he will call it like he sees it. he will give the president-elect very solid advice. and so he deserves this waiver.
and i think that unfortunately some people are going to play politics with it. they should not. this is about the safety and security of our country. and i think that general mattis will serve with such distinction as secretary of defense. >> i was talking to some republicans on the hill who told me that they have told the trump team that they don't think general david petraeus could get confirmed, that there are enough not only democrats but republicans who are concerned enough about the breach of security through -- that happened when he shared the classified information and also that he lied to the fbi. is that what you are hearing as well? is that your impression? >> i don't know that that's my impression. i think there are many on the hill that admire the service also of general david petraeus. i have had the chance of knowing him personally as well, and obviously he has really talked about his mistakes. he has moved forward. and no one can take away from him his incredible service to our country. >> no, of course not. but anyway, okay. you would know better than i.
so your colleague, senator lindsey graham, says that he'll have hearings on the russian hacking into the dnc and the russian hacking into the e-mails of john podesta, clinton campaign chairman. there is obviously a lot of concern by a lot of people, marco rubio, your colleague, has talked about how this has been, you know, unprecedented and it's offensive. take a listen to what lindsey graham had to say today to my colleague manu raju. >> i'm going after russia in every way you can go after russia. i think they're one of the most destabilizing influences on the world stage. i think they interfered with our elections and i want putin personally to pay a price. >> do you share that view? >> i share the view that i think we need to be much tougher on russia. if you look at their behavior, i share the view that the reset policy of this past administration has really been a failure and we have seen a lot of bad behavior by russia. it's time to make sure that
vladimir putin understands that we'll be quite serious when -- whether he is undermining our efforts to defeat isis, in syria and iraq, whether he is in a situation where there are cyber crime issues involved, what it is. i do think we need to take a stronger tack with russia. >> you must be concerned because that's not what we're hearing from president-elect trump. he seems to want to be even closer with vladimir putin. i don't think i've heard him criticize putin or russia ever. >> we'll see. this will be one of the great challenges of this administration. look at who he has nominated for secretary of defense. i think general mattis sees the issues clearly. he'll have his advice. he announced general kelly who has a tremendous military history as well. he is putting people around him who will give him the straight on this and he'll approach russia i'm sure with toughness. >> mitt romney is also being discussed as a possible secretary of state, he is from your neighboring state of massachusetts. he actually has a home in new hampshire. >> he does. >> i think you think pretty highly of him. do you think he would be a good
pick? >> i think he is incredibly qualified. he handles himself very well. he obviously understands international issues. and really, the president-elect is interviewing a number of qualified people for that position, there is no doubt. this is a very important job, and there is so much work to be done after john kerry and the issues that need to be addressed, whether it's with iran, whether it's russia, china, and it's a very important position. >> lastly, you're leaving the senate. what do you think -- what are you proudest of, and what is your biggest regret of your time in the senate? >> i am really proud of the work that we have done. in fact, in helping turn around getting resources on the opioid epidemic facing my state. we passed the comprehensive addiction and recovery act this summer. i helped to lead that. will you no the 21st cures bill to help those struggling with addiction. i am very proud of that. in terms of looking -- of things -- i know there is so
much more work we need to do for our veterans. my husband is a combat veteran. i am passionate about making sure -- our veterans need the very best care. that has not happened. i hope this administration really takes that to heart and does make sure that our veterans, for what they have sacrificed on our behalf, get the very best care. that's so important. >> please come back. we want to keep talking to you. >> appreciate it. thank you. it's glitzy and glamorous, the president-elect' new hotel in washington, d.c. the trump organization is already profiting from foreign governments booking rooms there. that story next in our series on conflict of interest watch. stay with us.
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we're back with another installment of our series "conflict of interest watch." we are tracking how donald trump's business dealings could create mess wri, unethical, even illegal situations after his inauguration. one of the most glaring problems may be just down the street from the white house at the trump hotel. who folks trying to ingratiate themselves with the new president find themselves becoming regular customers? in the last 24 hours events at the hotel may be seen as an attempt to make nice with the incoming commander in chief.
cnn's ellise labott joins us. >> reporter: one ambassador told me that they expected a lot of orcounterparts would be holding events at this hotel. it's a nice hotel and a great way to make brownie points with donald trump. what a better way for your foreign leader to visit and when the white house asks where they're staying to say the president's hotel. when they're lining the president's pockets with maoney it's causing a lot of controversy. donald trump's new hotel in the historic post office steps from the white house is the place to be for washington insiders looking to make inroads with the president-elect. today diplomats and u.s. officials descended on the hotel for bahrain's national day
celebration. tuesday night the heritage foundation, a conservative think tank with ties to the transition invited their donors to the hotel to hear from vice president-elect mike pence. sales were soft when the property opened in september despite promotion by the candidate himself. >> this is the most coveted piece of real estate in washington, d.c., the best location. but that all changed after election night. just days later diplomats packed a ballroom to hear a sales pitch, a special promotion through the arab of commerce boasted a new level of luxury in d.c. with unparalleled service. the aggressive marketing is paying off. the hotel is almost fully booked for holiday parties and sold out for inaugural weekend. trump pointing to its prime location on his visit to capitol hill. but it's not without controversy. next week the mercedembassy of
azerbaijan is going to be holding an event there. they told cnn, quote, it was done purely on a pragmatic basis that had nothing to do with trump himself. others are objecting. >> they say the party is a celebration of religious freedom and diversity. and when you compare that to the messages that have come from the trump campaign for the last years, that is exactly opposite of what we have been hearing. >> reporter: some diplomats admit spending money at trump's hotel is an easy, friendly gesture to the new president. others commend the hotel's impeccable service and discounted promotional rates. critics worry foreign governments and special interest groups will patronize the hotel to curry favor with the president-elect, a clause in the u.s. constitution warns, quote, no person holding any office can profit from any foreign government. >> the president of the united states is not an inkeeper certainly not for foreign
diplomats. in order to be an effective president he is going to have to make this change over to being president. >> reporter: now, we're expected to hear in the next few weeks how donald trump is going to transfer his business over to his family, including this hotel, before taking office. now, he also may be in violation of the hotel's lease that says that no member of the government who holds office can hold any part of this lease. but, jake, the controversy does not end at that hotel in washington. lebron james of the cleveland cavaliers says he and several of his teammates will not be staying at the scheduled stop of trump's hotel in soho when they play the new york knicks this week in manhattan. >> thank you so much. some transition news coming in. the trump campaign announcing that the president-elect will lap linda mcmahon to head the small business administration. she is the former chief
executive officer of the wwe, that is world wrestling entertainment for those of you who don't tune into monday night raw. she launched a failed bid for the senate in 2010 and in 2012. donald trump's new hotel in d.c. is not the only conflict of interest concern, but the house speaker doesn't seem to worried. a baby seven days old among hundreds of people forced from their homes in the war zone. the new warning from the syrian regime next. (vo) it's the holidays at verizon,
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generosity is its oyou can handle being a mom for half an hour. i'm in all the way. is that understood? i don't know what she's up to, but it's not good. can't the world be my noodles and butter? get your mind out of the gutter. mornings are for coffee and contemplation. that was a really profound observation. you got a mean case of the detox blues. don't start a war you know you're going to lose. finally you can now find all of netflix in the same place as all your other entertainment. on xfinity x1. welcome back to "the lead." staying with politics. for years donald trump openly questioned whether president
obama was born in america. spoiler alert he was. now that he's met obama he says he actually really likes him. let's bring in ari fleischer. usa today senior politics reporter heidi presbela and washington bureau chief who wrote the cover story for time person of the year which in 2016 goes to donald trump. thanks for being here one and all. ari, the president-elect said of obama, although they disagree on a lot of policies he has taken president obama's advice. >> i never met him before this, and i never spoke to him before this. i really -- i do like him. i love getting his ideas. i take his recommendations very seriously, and there are some people that i will be appointing, and in one case have appointed, where he thought very highly of that person. >> so, obviously saying that, you know, he is really -- he likes him, he is taking his advice. you have some insight into the
world of the presidents' club. does that surprise you? >> it does and it doesn't. in a year in which everything surprised everybody, why should we be surprised when these two get along. he says he has an ability to act differently than he did on the campaign trail. we saw that when he went to mexico. in one level it doesn't surprise me. for barack obama, it strikes me, he is the ultimate lobbyist for his administration. he has the ear of the next president. he'll influence him to keep his policies. >> michael, the president-elect said he was honored to be named time's person of the year 2016. but he also did take some exception to the sub head there "president of the divided states of america." take a listen. >> it's divided -- i am not president yet. so i didn't do anything to divide. >> so he -- he really thinks he it nothing to divide. anybody? >> i think he really thinks that right now he is trying to unify.
and that's what that message is. i think that's why he is praising president obama so much. one of the first things he said to his advisers, i want to be the president of all americans. why he is taking prosecution of hillary clinton off the table. he participated substantially in the divisive campaign. he is really trying -- in our interview with him last week for the person of the year story which is, for better or worse the most influential person, it's not strictly an honor. he was even then moderating his positions, saying for instance that he wants to find out some accommodation for dreamers, which is not something you would have heard him say on the campaign trail. >> certainly not. i want to play some sound of senate majority leader mitch mcconnell talking about vice president joe biden, who served for decades in the senate. obviously, as vice president, president of the senate. he was honored today. >> he has been blessed in many
ways. he has also been tested. knocked down, pushed to the edge of what anyone could be expected to bear. but from the grip of unknowable despair came a new man. a better man. stronger. and more compassionate. >> he goes on from there. it's really very, very moving. it is -- we don't see a lot of that. >> joe biden is likeable, period, by members who served with him on both sides of the aisle. particularly in the aftermath of the very public way that he suffered with the death of his son. and he was up on the hill the other day to push this cancer -- to celebrate this cancer -- advancement of this cancer legislation. i think he had an emotional moment, and everybody could see that as well when he talked about, yes, maybe i will run
again. so, again, it kind of brings out the humanity in joe biden. that's not something that is a partisan thing. i think that's to the credit of joe biden that so many people feel about him that way, including republican leaders in congress. >> do you think that's credible at all, him running for president in 2020 at the age of 78? >> i think joe biden will never stop. whether he is actually running, he will -- you will never have an interview with joe biden where he says i'm done for now. i'm going to retire. i'm going back to the house. i'm getting a new corvette. hes career has been about pushing forward. he always says he is in the running, he is in the hunt, he is a player. that's who joe biden is. >> bernie, hillary, all ought to run again. >> something i'm really curious about, ari, you heard our segment earlier about conflict of interest watch. these potential conflicts that trump, as a global business leader, assuredly will have.
and they've already been cropping up here and there. what would you advise him if you were one of his senior staffers? >> he has to get it right. look, what donald trump needs is for a neutral observer -- there are very few in this town -- someone who is not for him or against him, say he made that decision because he thought it was good for the country and not for his bottom line. he needs to carve out that relationship so he is not making decisions where people can make that accusation against him. i would start by making sure that his children don't go to meetings that a quasi-governmental or governmental. if you are going to have a separation it needs to be a strong black line that doesn't get crossed. >> the problem is, today with his taxes -- with his stock. he is acknowledging that because that was potential conflict of interest he sold them off. yet those are not companies he controlled and directly drew a paycheck from. the ethics experts i talked to say there is absolutely no way to remove the potential -- not even for trump, but for people down lower in the food chain to get in trouble for quid pro quo
and for conflict of interest unless he does remove ownership, okay, because what he is talking about right now is transferring controlling power to his kids. but he is still the owner. and that is the key, is the ownership. i just don't get a sense from what we're seeing, at least publicly, unless there is something really big going on behind the scenes, that there is going to be a move. especially not with the polls coming out saying the public also doesn't think he should do it. if you read the constitution, the emoluments clause is pretty clear that any gift from a foreign government which could be quantified simply by officials staying at his hotels, is a violation of that clause. leave or be killed. that's the dire warning from the syrian regime to people in eastern aleppo. we'll go live to that shattered city next. stay with us.
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turning now to the world lead. the syrian government's push to take back aleppo. president bashar al assad's troops control most of the city. syrian regime troops continue to pound eastern aleppo with bombings and artillery shelling. this as an estimated 200,000 civilians are held inside the rebel-held portion of the city. one expert saying the desperate hospitals there resembled, quote, slaughterhouses. let's bring in frederik pleitgen. tell us what you see out there. >> reporter: when you do see a lot of desperation here on the ground, jake. i was able to go to a district on the front line. that was actually under rebel control until yesterday. we went there a few hours after the syrian regime took over
there. what we saw was many, many people fleeing. they were tired, they were hungry, they were weak and they were trying to get to a better place. here is what we saw. this is what rebel desperation looks like during the nights. firing at jets in the skies, unable to stop them from dropping their deadly load. this is what the rebels' defeat looks like when day light comes. thousands of civilians fleeing the old town of aleppo hours after government forces took most of it back. among them, najua with her seven children, one of them her baby, bilal. when we left there was a lot of shelling behind us, a lot of shooting in front of us, and the airlines above us, she says. we barely managed to get out. most seem weak and malnourished. some resting, finally in safety in this former school. the smallest, a baby girl, azal,
only seven days old, barn right as the battles were at their worst. it's remarkable some of the scenes we are witnessing here. hundreds of people have already come across the border crossing between eastern and western aleppo. many are taking shelter in buildings like this one, carrying only the very few possessions they could take as they fled. soldiers take us to the places very recaptured from opposition forces only hours before. we cesarean troops evacuating weak and elderly. and rebel barricades showing just how intense the fighting was. just look at all the destruction here. we are actually in the old town of aleppo right now. and this entire area, until a few days ago, was right on the front line. while this may not be the end of the opposition's fight in aleppo, many of those fleeing described the rebels' morale sinking and the harrowing conditions in the besieged areas. we didn't have food and barely any bread, this man says. we were eight people.
they would only give us two l f loaves of bread every two days. one thing expanding in eastern aleppo was the cemeteries. this one ran out of space as the bodies kept coming. now that much of eastern aleppo has changed hands, syrian soldiers plant their flag on the ruins of the place they've just conquered. then, of course, jake, you do have those efforts by the international community, especially the u.s., trying to get some sort of ceasefire going, a humanitarian ceasefire, for the eastern districts of aleppo. it really doesn't look like that's something currently in the cards. the syrian government has told us that they are giving the rebels two choices. either lay down their arms and leave eastern aleppo or continue to face the current onslaught. unclear how much longer the rebels will be able to hold out, jake. >> fred, thank you so much. please be safe. the date that lives in infamy.
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welcome back to "the lead." on this date, december 7th, this date has indeed lived in infamy, ever since president franklin roosevelt said those words. it changed the course of world history. this morning in haugh sowaii so the veterans who lived through the attack whether on hand to pay their respects and recall their experiences. retired navy lieutenant jim downing, age 103. he served on the uss west virginia and lost 106 of his ship mates that day. lieutenant downing, first off, thank you for your service and thank you for being with us today. take us back to that morning,
7:55 a.m., the bombs started dropping. where were you? what happened? >> actually, i was off the ship for the first 20 minutes. i had been married for five months, and my new bride and i lived about 20 minutes from the air station here. >> what scene plays most vividly in your mind when you think about today, 75 years ago? december 7th, 1941? >> as i look back, the strongest thing was surprise. there were no satellites in those days. radar was not yet accepted. so the first shock was surprise. the first japanese plane i saw was flying toward me low and slow. and the pilot -- the machine gunner cut loose, and the
bullets went over my head and dug a trench behind me. so surprise had turned into fear. and then my fear turned into anger. anger that the world had let japan build up a big war machine, and also angry at our own political and military leaders for letting us get caught like that. so those were the reactions. they were triggered by the fact that i lived just a few hundred yards from here. my battleship had been my home for years. it took nine torpedos. it then began taking on water and it sank and was on fire above the waterline. so i was really aggrieved to see my home of ten years sinking and on fire. >> you had a lot of friends who were badly injured. i am told you took a notebook and you offered to do something for them and their families
that's pretty remarkable. tell us about that. >> yes. we were next to another battleship, the tennessee, which was almost undamaged. so i knew the flames were approaching ammunition storage. so i took a hose and tried to keep the fire away from this ammunition. but while i was doing that, i noticed some bodies lying around. it occurred to me that their parents would never know what happened. we had fireproof name tags and lanyards so the flames couldn't touch it. so i began memorizing a few of the names with the objective of writing to their parents and telling them about their heroic last minutes in this life. >> there are not a lot of people left who can share memories like the ones you are sharing with us today. what's it like being back in hawaii with your fellow veterans
on this anniversary? >> well, i think the picture in our minds is really not the greatness of this island. it is frozen in our minds, the destruction that took place that morning. so it's good to meet old friends and talk to them, but somehow that image of the attack is frozen in our minds, and that kind of overrules everything else. >> lieutenant, i cannot thank you enough for your service and your sacrifice. to you and all of your fellow members of the greatest generation, thank you for what you did, and thank you for spending some time with us today. >> i thank you for the privilege of talking with you. >> the fires in tennessee killed 14 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. and now two people are facing charges. who are they? why did they do it? that's next.
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welcome back. in today's national lead, two juveniles are now in custody for their alleged roles in the wildfires that killed at least 14 people in tennessee. both are being charged with aggravated arson. authorities say the fire started around november 23rd in the smoky mountains national park and spread towards the town of gatlinburg. we learned the juveniles are from tennessee. given their young age, authorities would not say much about their identities. they are both now in the detention center and will get a juvenile court hearing in the next 72 hours. opening statements today in the trial for dylann roof, who shot and killed nine african-americans last year at a church in charleston, south carolina. after shooting roof told the police he had been trying to provoke a race war. today prosecutors called his
plan cold and calculated and urge jurors to consider his racist ideology. the defense says they will probably not call any witnesses. ten women and two men will decide his fate on 33 federal charges related to the shooting. nine jurors are white. three are black. if convicted roof could face the death penalty. the rigorous search for bodies in the fire ravaged building in oakland, california, has come to an end. the total death toll stands at 36. authorities have identified all but one of the victims. the blaze is under criminal investigation, but the cause or origin of the fire has yet to be determined. officials have not ruled out arson. also, an unsettling glimpse into what it was like inside the artist's collective called the ghost ship. court documents show it was under a pending investigation, officials looking into complaints that it had piles of garbage and was improperly remodeled for residential use. it's up to governor john
kasich to decide if he'll pass the strictest abortion law. he has ten days to sign it or veto it before it automatically becomes law. the law would ban abortions in ohio from the moment the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected. now, doctors say that's typically around six weeks into a pregnancy. no other state bans abortions until at earliest the 20th week of a pregnancy. kasich has not weighed in on this bill but told cnn earlier this year he is against abortion with the exception of rape, incest and the life of the mother. the aclu already plans to fight ohio's so-called heartbeat bill if it becomes law. other states passed similar laws but they were struck down after being found unconstitutional in federal courts. tune in for "the legacy of barack obama," cnn's fareed zakaria sits down with president obama for a full conversation
and look at his presidency at 9:00 p.m. eastern. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. follow me on twitter @jake tapper. now to wolf blitzer, he is next-door in a place i like to call the situation room. happening now, the washington generals. donald trump recruits another military leader, asking general john kelly to be homeland security secretary. three generals are slated for top positions in his administration. general david petraeus is still in the running for secretary of state. is the president-elect leaning too heavily on the military? isis hostage. a journist held by terrorist forces appears in an isis video for the first time in five months and shows damage done by allied bombs in mosul. is isis sending a signal with the latest propaganda piece? targeting moscow. a top senate republican vows to investigate russian interference of the