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serving her 11th year in office. if she wins next year's elections, she could equal kohl's time in office. thanks for being part of my program this week. i'll see you next week. >> happening now in the newsroom, recount ruk ruk can you say. >> i was asked will donald trump accept the election results and now you've got the democrats and jill stein saying they do not accept the rights. >> plus, do you think romney could be a loyal secretary of state for donald trump? >> open dissent over mitt romney for u.s. secretary of state? >> we don't even know if he voted for donald trump. >> cnn newsroom starts now. >> hello, thank you so much for watching, i'm fredericka whitfield. donald trump will follow from
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florida to transition team head quarters this afternoon while a top aide said the president-elect has been talking regularly with president obama. the aide reveal the two had a 45 minute phone call after news broke of fidel castro's passing while trump has meetings scheduled with eight potential advisers tomorrow. he seems to be focusing down the rust belt recount. he tweeted this. the democrats when they incorrectly thought they were going to win asked the tab tabulation be accepted, not so any more. it will join the recount in wisconsin being spearheaded by jill stein. stein has been fund raising to file for a recount in michigan and pennsylvania. let's bring in brian nobles in palm beach where trump spent this holiday weekend. trump went on a twitter rant,
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quoting clinton several times. is this the start of something more? >> well, i think it's pretty clear, fredericka, judging by what donald trump has been tweeting and aides have been saying publicly. rethey view the clinton campaign as being hip critical, they are reminding us of the many times the clinton camp accused donald trump as being unpatriotic, when he said there was a chance it could be rigged and now here we are and the clinton campaign is joining in on the recount. listen to what kellyanne conway told dana bash today. >> incredibly gracious to secretary clinton at a time when for whatever reason her folks are saying they will join in a recount to try to somehow undo the 70 plus electoral votes he beat her by. i was asked on cnn and
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elsewhere, goodness, a thousand times, will donald trump accept the election results? and now you've got the democrats and jill stein saying they do not accept the election results? she congratulated him and conceded to him on election night. i was right there. and the idea we're going to drag this out now, where president -- the president-elect has been incredibly mag nam nous to the obamas and clintons is pretty incredible. >> even though the trump campaign doesn't think there's any there there when it comes to the recount and any shot of the clinton campaign overturning the 100,000 some vote lead he has. it's clear they are taking it seriously. ter not ignoring the effort in wisconsin where the recount is under way. trump has spent a lot of time himself talking about it. he tweeted far more about this particular issue than he has his transition in the past couple of days or the death of cuban
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leader fidel castro. we'll have to see how this plays outgoing forward but donald trump said to leave the resort here in a couple of hours. as you already said, he has a busy few days planned in new york starting on monday. >> thank you so much. >> just a little over a month ago the tables were completely turned on this issue. let's rewind to the final presidential debate where chris wallace asked trump if he would accept the outcome of the election. >> are you saying you're not prepared now -- >> what i'm saying is i'll tell you at the time. i'll keep you in suspense. >> clinton called those remarks horrifying and undemocratic in the days leading up to the election. >> that is not the way our democracy works. we've been around for 240 years and we've had free and fair elections and accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them and that is what must be expected of anyone standing
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on a debate stage during a jn election. rehe refused to say he would respect the outcome of the election. now -- make no mistake, make no mistake, my friends, this poses a direct threat to our democracy. >> let's talk more about this with jay newton small and ron brownstein, at the atlantic and senior media analyst bill carter. good to see all of you. ron, you first, is this recount sour grapes and is it logical? >> well, it's being driven -- most important point it's not being driven by the clinton campaign in the first instance much as they pointed out in the blog post they would not have launched such a recount because they did not find actionable evidence of anything that required a recount nor has a recount ever produced a change
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in the vote sufficient to overturn the result in any of the states. the odds of this mattering in the end in terms of the outcome is very slight. look, this has been driven by kind of the online response to the green party. there's a certain inevitability to it. it adds a layer of a.m. moanny. given the way our politics works with so many conspiracy theories floating around, maybe it's better off than not clarifying what happened in these states. >> it's green party driven, is that the difference why the media coverage may be different than during on the campaign trail when trump said it was rigged versus this recount being called post election? >> well, obviously, if you say something is rigged, you're bringing in an aspect of there
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being a nefarious thing going on. it sounds like she's doing this, we'll go along with it. we're not saying it was rigged. it's a whole different thing here. with the trump campaign complaining about this, what would they done had they won the popular vote by more than 2 million votes and lost by 100,000 votes, they would have been like calling for a revolution of sorts if they felt like they were cheated. it's sort of hypocrite cal to say it was sour grapes. they would have made a much bigger stink than we're seeing now. >> bernie sanders said he doesn't believe there is a smoking gun in the recount. listen. >> green party has the legal right to do it. we have recounts probably almost every election there's a recount. no one expects there to be profound change but there's nothing wrong with going through the process. >> so jay, might anything come from this recount? >> no, fred, this is not going
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to be a bush v. gore, not going to have hanging chads in florida and following the trucks with the ballots down the highway with helicopters. he has margins of tens of thousands of voters in all three states questioned. we're looking at wisconsin where they have requested a recount and stein campaign wants to look at michigan and pennsylvania as well. even if you recount all three, he has won by at least 11,000 votes if not 70,000 votes as in pennsylvania, there's no way the recounts will turn those states. really this is just per fufrpgry, if there are questions, it settles those questions. if donald trump had lost, you would expect similar recounts. he was the one who was saying he wouldn't necessarily accept the outcome of the election. it's a healthy process and happens as ron was saying in every election going back to bush v. gore if not farther.
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we'll see what happens. >> 2 million vote spread in the popular vote between them, which is why you saw the full screen. and you took me back to 2000. spent many weeks in florida on the recount. the "washington post" is reporting that the russian government was behind much of this fake news that circulated online in the final weeks of the election. bill, do you believe voters were influenced byny russian inspired fake news? >> i don't know -- if you can say that, that they were influenced by it. there's a whole lot of things about this election that were strange. the fbi thing is way more influential than the russian thing. having that as a factor is disturbing and people ought to pay attention, whether it changes the election, we can never say and probably shouldn't say. at some point it's not going to change the result and people have to accept it. but it is a really unusual circumstance and having one candidate with the biggest margin of popular vote than anyone had over the winter, it's a staggeringly unusual
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situation. >> within days of trump's win, donald trump sat down with president obama and ron, obama offered to have discussions and even counselled trump along the way first in that meeting. they talked about obamawear. listen to what kellyanne conway said on "meet the press" today". >> he's even been talking to president obama beyond the sit down they had 30 hours or so after president elect trump won the election, they've been talking regularly. they talked just yesterday. >> and they talked about the u.s./cuba policy and the warming of relations in large part credited with president obama. ron, does this mean that the president obama is using this opportunity to get assurances that the work he has done won't be scrapped?
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>> well, first, a lot of work he's done is vulnerable to being scrapped because of the standoff with the republican congress in the second term, most of his key initiatives were done through executive action or regulation which can be undone. in the regulation case it's more difficult but db can be undone. the president laid out a two-track strategy. he is trying as much as possible to influence choices on a range of issues from climate to deferred action to the dreamers and other issues but also laid out the possibility if donald trump goes in the direction he laid out during the campaign of seeking to systemically undo much of his agenda, president obama said last sunday in peru, laid out the possibility of becoming much more vocal and active than we have seen previous presidents do. i think there's kind of the carrot and the stick he's offering at this point in
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relations with donald trump. >> is this how transitions go? remembered president obama said george w. bush was extremely gracious in the handover period during the transition. >> no, it's actually not at all how transitions go. certainly bush was very gracious but i don't think you saw obama and bush talking an enormous amount and bush disappeared from public eye immediately. there was no question he was going to look no threat or lurk around or weigh in on obama's policies. he went off and became a painter. so but i think what president obama is saying, he's not going to go off and be a painter, if he seize things he doesn't like happening, he's going to be unabashed in voicing opposition to that. that would be very unusual for a former president. bill clinton when he left office jormg h.w. bush and carter, none of them did that. all of them at least gave the current president a little bit of honeymoon and sort of time to
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use the office, even if later on they weighed in and became critical of certain things. this very unusual to layout the threat from the get-go. >> thanks to all of you. >> bill carter, thanks you so much, and jay newtonsmall and ron brownstein. still to come, kellyanne conway weighing in on trump's potential picture for secretary of state. >> i'm all for party unity but i'm not sure we have to pay for that with a secretary of state position. ♪ ♪ hey dad! ♪ wishes do come true. the lincoln wish list sales event is on. get exceptional offers on the lincoln family of luxury vehicles. sign and drive off in a new 2017 lincoln mkc with zero down and a complimentary first month's payment.
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i won this 55 inch tv for less than $30 on visit for great deals. and start bidding today! welcome back, the infighting is out on full display. this morning on state of the union. kellyanne conway was critical of
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former candidate mitt romney as possible u.s. secretary of state. >> the first job of any secretary of state is to support and work directly for and advise the president for whom you work. i felt compelled to mention it because it's just breath taking in scope and intensity the type of messages i received from all over the country. and i'm just me, not donald trump, the number of people who feel betrayed to think that a governor romney would get the most prominent cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt donald trump, there was the never trump movement and mitt romney. he gave speeches against donald trump and attacked his character. i never heard him come out and say, i have a problem with x, y and z. but that 25 million job creation plan over the next ten years is something to look at. the factual reduce the capital gains tax and tax on employers
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and businesses, none of that was ever said. and his -- i mean the romney consultants were the worst to all of it including mr. trump. the twitter feeds were complete anti-trump. and if president-elect trump chooses mitt romney as a secretary of state or whomever he chooses that will have the full support and backing of all of us. i respect the brilliance and judgment and sheer instincts of president-elect trump to form his cabinet as he wishes but i feel compelled to come forward on behalf of the people who were weighing in. >> absolutely. we know you have been supportive of president-elect trump and his decisions. but it sounds like you personally, not that you have been receiving criticisms and concerns but you personally have concerns about a secretary of state mitt romney. >> i'm not sure my personal
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concerns matter -- >> am i wrong to say that? >> no, you're not wrong to say that because governor romney went out of his way -- i also think it's donald trump who has shown he has political instincts. governor romney ran for the same office four years ago and lost spectacularly. it's donald trump who won 306 electoral votes, won states like michigan. mitt romney lost michigan by ten points. donald trump won wisconsin for first time since 1984, won pennsylvania, won florida and ohio, all of the states elusive to the last couple of nominees and the other thing is, dana, i know there are candidates being considered apart from the ones just ks covered more commonly in the media. apart from that, governor romney in the last four years, has he been around the globe doing something on behalf of the united states of which we're unaware? did he go and intervene in syria
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where they are having a massive humanitarian crisis is this has he been helpful to mr. netanyahu? in other words, i'm all for party unity but not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position. but again, let me repeat what donald trump decides kellyanne conway and everyone else rewill respect. >> i want to bring back night panel. ron, you first, she said she believes in trump's brilliance in his decision-making but she also as you heard it right there, rattled off many reasons why mitt romney is not the right choice, beginning with his lack of support of trump early on. what's the motivation behind saying this? even tweeting it earlier before she went on "state of the union". >> can we start with the obvious? we've never seen anything like this before. maybe we'll say that an awful
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lot. someone who is still titled as senior adviser, former campaign manager, publicly campaigning against a potential candidate, being considered by the president-elect, nothing like this has really ever happened. she didn't want mitt romney to be secretary of state and reflects the views of a lot of hard core trump supporters who indicates he was more critical of donald trump than any nominee has been, condemning not only experience but personal qualities plus they have the policy agreements. mitt romney talked about a harder line with russia and -- i think the main thing about this is if you -- as we talked about before, the breach between donald trump and infrastructure is greater than on the domestic side. if you're one of those deputy secretaries or assistant secretaries and watching the way
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this has played out, would this make you more likely to hesitate or more likely to run the other way? i think this could have a big ripple effect, not only on the top job but who is available to look at for these secondary positions? >> jay, is kellyanne conway floating a conclusion that romney will not get the position so he doesn't have to? >> she's lobbying donald trump on this but made it clear he has not made up his mind. look, this sort of thing although to a much less public way has happened often times in the past, when hillary clinton was first floated as barack obama's nominee for secretary of state, there were a lot of staff members who still had a huge amount of sour grapes for hillary clinton because they shout she dragged on primaries too long and still angry at the clinton campaign for that. they felt betrayed by obama for choosing hillary clinton. same story with colin powell,
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not part of the team that elected george w. bush president in 2000 and brought in over the objections. this has happened before but not so publicly. >> not on sunday television shows really, not seen that before. >> so kind of a step beyond the team of rivals kind of psychology here. so 2.0. ron, we're hearing new names from a transition source of possible secretary of state picks, david petraeus, bob corker and rudy giuliani. any singular message behind such a variation? >> look, donald trump on foreign policy represents a significant change of course from what has been the republican consensus since dwight eisenhower beat taft. on alliances and trade and immigration, over the last 60
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years and it is unclear exactly where he can find someone who is compatible with that vision within a republican foreign policy infrastructure. there aren't that many people who express the views i ran on. then the other complication as explored in the extraordinary "new york times" story, multiple pages detailing the level of their engagement with countries abroad, their investments abroad. ivanka participating in a phone call with the leading of turkey where they are 3wi8dibuilder to with turkey. and you would have to deal with interest and trump interest and how they separate those. this is not an easy pick to make. someone like bob corker would be reassuring but would that be viewed as a betrayal by many of the trump supporters? finding someone who shares his vision and credible as secretary of state is not an easy needle to thread. >> if i can add on that, you saw
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kellyanne conway talk about appeasing the establishment and maybe this isn't the right cabinet pick to do so. nikkei haley was viewed as as an appeasement to the establishment because she was very vocal in her discontent with donald trump but there has to be some establishment in his cabinet and bridging from the republican party, sort of establishment republicans and angry right wing of the base that elected donald trump. if you don't bridge and the entire cabinet is angry bomb throwers, it's going to be hard to get stuff done. >> ted cruz made reference to appeasing the gop to a certain extent, even saying it could be a possible revolt if donald trump doesn't deliver on certain messages. this is ted cruz on this week today. >> if we're given the white house and both houses of congress and we don't deliver, i think they'll be pitch forks and torches in the street and quite rightly.
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people are so fed up with washington, this election was a mandate with change and most catastrophic thing republicans could do was go back to business as usual. >> and so ted cruz was asked about martha rad dits, from repealing replacing obama care and positions on climate change. is it a significant problem if donald trump does not deliver on campaign promises which fired up his support? >> i think he has moved less than some of the top line positioning which just for example on climate, talked about not necessarily leaving the paris climate agreement but the principle way by which the u.s. would meet the obligations. if you can repeal subsidies and end exchanges, you functionally repeal obamacare, even if you try to keep things around the edges. ted cruz is right, we have not had a lot of unified control of
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government. one party has controlled the white house and senate and house the way republicans do now for only 12 of the 48 years and never for longer than four years at a time. the country has not been willing to give one side the keys for very long in modern american politics. they are squarely in the center. they have the ball and whether they can produce results over the next two and four years to generate support to sustain this majority, ted cruz is asking the right question. >> jay newton small and ron brownstein, thanks. >> thanks. >> elliott gonzalez, remember that name and that little boy? he's actually reacting to fidel castro's death. how he calls him a friend and says he was like another father. you'll hear from him next. since we started shopping at way first down! that's because with we can shop over 700,000 items go to to get low monthly payments and the credit you deserve. that's a touchdown, buttercup!
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a father figure, a role model and friend. castaway rescued 16 years ago, remember him, he's remembering now former cuban leader, fidel kas stroe, elian was just 5 years old. his mother and others died trying to escape the communist island and it was this iconic image that captured the crisis in cuba.
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elian being taken from his family in the u.s. after seven months living with relatives there and then attorney general janet reno had gonzalez removed to return him to his father in cuba. fast forward to today, news of castro's death is prompting celebrations in cuba. you're looking live at people pour into the streets of miami, red -- reveling in the death of castro. many cuban exiles blasting him as an unmerciful dictator. but elian, who is 22 years old, like many others in cuba, are in mourning. live pictures of havana right now. boris sanchez born in cuba joined me in miami. you're seeing the real contrast of people who are celebrating the death there in miami in
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contrast to people who are in mourning in havana. what is being said by elian gonzalez now an adult about the late fidel castro? >> i mean, that story, the elian saga encapsulates the polarity that people feel about fidel castro, the contrasting views and celebration going on here in miami right now is about a third, maybe a quarter of the size of what it was yesterday. still people playing music, waving flags and holding signs. some with mementos of family members that passed away and couldn't be here. a lot of people in the exiled community were looking forward to for a long time. compared to cuba, it is completely different, nine days of mourning, somber tone and what you hear from elian gonzalez who says he looked up to fidel as a father figure. listen. >> translator: he is a father who like my father i wanted to
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show him everything i achieved. that he would be proud of me. that's how it was with fidel. if i learned something and wanted to show him and there are still many things i want to show him. >> reporter: fred, people here i talked to specifically about elian point out the fact that his mother and so many others risked their lives to flee castro's system. they see him mostly as a prop of communist regime, as a prop of fidel to get back at the united states, and viewed as united states of imperialists motives and having gonzalez stay in the country. the iconic image of being morse gi re -- forcefully removed from his home. >> thank you so much in miami. i covered that saga of elian
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gonzalez for many weeks in south florida and remember when he was returned to his father in havana. the incredible celebrations taking place in cuba. there's even a park memorial site in honor of elian being reunited with his dad. we'll have much more straight ahead after this. [vo] quickbooks introduces jeanette. and her new business: i do, to go. jeanette was excellent at marrying people. but had trouble getting paid. not a good time, jeanette. even worse. now i'm uncomfortable. but here's the good news, jeanette got quickbooks. send that invoice, jeanette. looks like they viewed it. and, ta-da! paid twice as fast. oh, she's an efficient officiant. way to grow, jeanette. get paid twice as fast. visit quickbooks-dot-com.
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welcome back, florida senator marco rubio has been one of the fiercest critics of late fidel castro. when castro died this weekend, cube toshio, who is the son of cuban immigrants called castro an evil murderous dictator. on "state of the union" he was asked about president-elect trump's statements that he wants a new deal with cuba. >> to be clear, do you feel confident that a president-elect trump when in office will roll back the openings that president obama put in place?
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>> i'll take him at his word for it. number two, i'm more confident in him doing it than i would have been in hillary clinton doing it, which i'm sure she would not have. we intend to play an active role in making suggestions and providing guidance about what we specifically think needs to happen. so far he has said all of the right things, they've had good people advising them on issue as well. i have confidence he's going to do the right thing when it comes to cuba. >> you call president obama pathetic for offering condolences to fidel castro's family but he wasn't the only world leader to do so and pope francis sent a telegram exposing sentiments of sorrow. as a practicing catholic, what's your reaction to that? >> i believe the theo logical authority of the bishop of rome, what pope francis is. on political matters and foreign policy, i don't believe that those in the faith in terms of foreign issue, i still respect
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ut it but it's a different thing, barack obama is the president of the most powerful country in the world. i call pathetic not mentioning in the statement the reality that there are thousands who suffered brutally under the castro regime. executed people and jailed people for 20 to 30 years and florida straits, thousands lost their lives fleeing his dictatorship. and not to acknowledge that in the statement i felt was pathetic, absolutely. >> last month we witnessed the surgery for conjoined twins. we look exclusively how they are doing now. >> last time we were in the room, they were conjoined and he seems happy with the outcome. >> sticking your tongue out at me? >> it's a new trick. it's a tangle of multiple symptoms. ♪
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hold your child, you know every bit of their face. well, his face also encompassed -- so it was my first moment of relearning his face. >> jaden and ani sis were born conjoined at the head, sharing 1 and a half to 2 inches of brain tissue. after a year of planning, last month they were separated after a 27-hour long operation at children's hospital in the bronx. mcdonalds have allowed cnn to follow their journey from surgery through rehab, exclusively. >> oh, my goodness. oh, my goodness. hi, buddy. hi. >> last time we were in this room, they were on -- they were conjoined. >> he's pretty happy with the outcome. >> sticking your tongue out at
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me? >> that's a new trick. >> for the mcdonald's, the entire month has been full of first times. first time in separate beds. first time being held. first time seeing each other. it hasn't been easy. the boys have battled infections and seizures and it's been particularly trying for aniis. >> serious infections close to the brain, skin involvement, they had to take the bone out of anias and skin out, it's just never -- there's never a break. >> despite all of that, the boy's doctors are so pleased with the progress, dr. james goodrich is the neurosurgeon. >> he said he was right on or ahead of schedule even. is there a schedule? it's so rare. >> just when we deal with traumatic cases people with
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injuries, recovery times are in months, sometimes years. so we're a month -- if you consider this one month out, this to me is incredible at best. >> do you feel like you have permission or do you allow yourself to think about the future with regard to jaden and anias. >> i think about their future all the time. i think about the first time they go to a park and think about you know, them getting married some day. i think about -- i've thought through their whole future 100 times over the years. >> it's not i'm not optimistic. i guess i -- i'm just more curious what the future holds for them. but i guess i don't want to get my hopes up. i guess i just take it one day at a time. >> each day, continues to bring more blessings. the day i visited, nicole and christian got to see jaden without his head dressings. >> i've never seen you like that, buddy.
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>> for first time. >> what's it like to see first time without the dressings? >> it's amazing. it's the most amazing thing, i can't even believe it. look at his little hair on top that's growing in. hi, baby. >> when i look at them and see them laying in their beds whole and generally healthy and i think mentally with it and moving forward, i don't just see that miracle, the separation miracle but it's been the miracles that took place every step of the way. >> taking off. >> how does it feel to be your own little boy? >> fred, i think the images speak for themselves. it really brings a smile to my face, i'm sure yours as well. what you've seen is incredibly rare, one in 2.5 million pregnancies result in babies conjoined at the head. a smaller percentage to delivery
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and smaller up to the age of 2. then they have the incredible resources of a place like monte fur hospital. the doctor who performed the operation said this was the most challenging separation he's ever done and now still one of the most rapid recoveries he's ever seen. good news there. next stop for the boys will be rehabilitation. they are going to learn to sit up and learn to crawl and learn to walk. they are going to learn all of the other things they would have learned had they not been conjoin conjoined. in many ways it's a second birthday and they get a second shot at things. back to you. >> that is so sweet. so uplifting. thank you so much dr. sanjay gupta for bringing us the incredible story. we'll be right back.
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checking our top stories, new mexico police made an arrest in connection to a string of vandalism attacks at three different starbucks locations in albuquerque. the fbi says suspicious devices were left at the coffee shops. one cause d minimal damage. luckily no one was injured. they have not released the suspect or motive. >> one shot fatally in nournz french quarter around 1:30 on bourbon street where clouds were
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gathered for the bayou classic football festivities. two men, including a victim have been arrested for illegal gun possession. the investigation is ongoing. >> this week in a new cnn special report, the next arms race is beginning and taking shape in space. chief national correspondent jim shuuto investigates and the crippling consequences for a nation reliant on space for everything from gps, to communications and to military might. >> we're more dependent on space than anyone else. that's why we're more powerful but also means if you pull it away from us, we're really bad off. >> more vulnerable? >> exactly. >> that vulnerability begins with the crucial gps system. with gps down or severely damaged, the u.s. is dragged suddenly back in time.
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>> what would the u.s. military, this gar gant tu an apparatus, what would it look like without space? if the light switch was switched off? >> it looks like vietnam or korean war, industrial aged war fair. >> the u.s. military got an alarming taste of life without space in 2010. when a technical glitch in the gps system caused devastating problems for u.s. forces across the globe. >> you had literally tens of thousands of u.s. military systems, everything from aircraft carriers down to individual hum vees that couldn't navigate. they didn't know where they were and where everyone else was in the system. that was a glitch. it was vexing for a couple of days. take that, move it into war, that's the impact of the kind of
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conflicts might happen in you lose space. >> war in space, the next battlefield airs tuesday, 9:00 p.m. eastern. coming up, donald trump is heading back to new york after spending down time in florida. this as we learn he has been talking with president obama regularly. plus, what type of first lady will melania trump be. we'll talk to the author of the book "first women." downer. to be a real especially around the holidays. but thanks to, we can shop over 700,000 items from brands like samsung, kitchenaid and lego. all with low monthly payments. ♪
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newsroom, recount ruckus. >> i was asked a thousand times, will donald trump accept the election results and now you have the democrats and jill stein saying they do not accept the results. >> that's a legal right, they do it. >> do you think romney could be a loyal secretary of state for donald trump? >> open dissent over mitt romney as u.s. secretary of state. >> we don't even know if mitt romney voted for donald trump. cnn "newsroom" starts now. >> hello, again, thanks for joining me. president-elect donald trump will return to new york city this afternoon and he's gearing up for meetings tomorrow with these potential candidates for


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