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a foot, chris. >> the good news for people in this city and other big cities. you saw the hacks were out. new york, boston, philly, they canceled school preemptively. more than 2,800 flights are down. we'll have much more on the storm throughout the morning. again, 40 million people in the path. >> first, president trump responding to news that his supreme court nominee, neil gorsuch, is calling the president's attacks on federal judges disheartening and demoralizing. >> questioning the credibility of senator richard blumenthal, the senator whom gorsuch was talking to when he made his comments. the president tweeting that the senator misrepresented those comments. cnn's joe johns live at the white house with more. joe, controversy. >> reporter: absolutely controver controversy. the question about
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misrepresentation was followed by a question mark. we'll get to that in a minute. either way the president's nominee for the supreme court this morning apparently caught between a rock and a hard place, between his loyalty to the president who tapped him for the court and his loyalty to the branch of government he serves. judge neil gorsuch denouncing president trump's recent attacks against the federal judging weighing his travel ban. >> after some back and forth, he did say that he found them to be disheartening and demoralizing. >> reporter: in a private meeting with democratic senator richard blumenthal, the president's nominee to the supreme court slamming mr. trump's biting criticism of the federal judge in seattle who halted his order. some republicans praising judge gorsuch's comments. >> it sounds like neil gorsuch might be a darn good judge. he's not going to be politically swayed on one side or the other. >> but democrats, including blumenthal himself are still
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skeptical of the nomination. >> he has to come to the defense of the american judiciary, strongly and explicitly and unequivocally. maybe he's moving in that direction, but it has to be much stronger and more direct. >> reporter: this as the president continues to lash out at the judiciary. >> i don't ever want to call a court biased, so i won't call it biased, and we haven't had a decision yet. but courts seem to be so political. >> reporter: belittling the three-judge panel set to rule any day on his immigration order. >> a bad high school student would understand this. anybody would understand this. suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants -- >> reporter: mr. trump also claiming he initially wanted to delay implementing the ban. >> i wanted to give a month. then i said what about a week? they said, well, you'll have a whole pile of people, perhaps, perhaps, with very evil intentions coming in before the
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restrictions. >> reporter: the president is stoking fears about terrorism as he awaits the appellate court ruling. >> believe me, i've learned a lot in the last two weeks, and terrorism is a far greater threat than the people of our country understand. >> reporter: his startling comment a departure from the messaging of past presidents who urged americans to be vigilant and not afraid. meantime the president making it clear despite pledges to the contrary he's still looking out for the family business. mr. trump blasting upscale retailer nordstrom for dropping his daughter ivanka's clothing line, tweeting the company treated her unfairly and retweeting it from his official government account. >> for someone to take out their concern with his policies on a family member of his, it's not acceptable. the president has every right as a father to stand up for them. >> reporter: nordstrom is pushing back saying their decision was an economic one,
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solely based on performance, citing declining sales over the past year. now, more on that controversy over judge gorsuch and what he said or didn't say. the president tweeting out this morning, senator richard blumenthal who never fought in vietnam when he said he had for years, major lie, now misrepresents what judge gorsuch told him with a question mark. this obviously trying to bring into question the credibility of senator blumenthal. this morning i did ask presidential adviser kellyanne conway whether the judge had told the white house that his words had been misrepresented. she said she would not comment on private conversations. back to you. >> but the president is apparently, joe. so let's go directly to the source. democratic senator richard blumenthal. senator, good to have you on "new day," as always. >> thank you very much. good to be with you. >> first we have a credibility
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attack and then an attack on the facts. what is your response to the president of the united states who says you should not be believed because you misrepresented your military record in the past. >> there's no question that judge gorsuch said to me that he found these attacks on the judiciary by the president to be disheartening and demoralizing. in fact, his spokesperson after the meeting confirmed it. he made the statement more than once. in fact, he has made that same statement to a um if ber of my colleagues including senator schumer. but i think that telling me that he finds these attacks to be demoralizing or disheartening behind closed doors is not enough. he needs to make that statement publicly and condemn this attack on the independence of the judiciary and show the american people that he will be independent. >> is that putting a political parameter on somebody who is supposed to stay separate from that type of discussion? >> i said to judge gorsuch, and
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i believe that ordinary a supreme court nominee would not be expected to comment on issues or political matters or cases to come before the court. we or in a very unusual situation, careening, literally, towards a constitutional crisis. he's been nominated by a president who has repeatedly and relentlessly attacked the american judiciary on three separate occasions, their credibility and trust is in question. he's established a litmus test for his nominee to be pro life, to be pro second amendment, to be conservative. >> did the judge disagree with your assessment and did he agree to say something about this publicly or during his confirmation hearings? >> he declined to be more specific. i think he has to be specific, direct, explicit. i will be pressing him during his confirmation hearings. >> he declined to be more
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specific in terms of what you were alleging about a constitutional crisis, or did he decline to say something about it outside of closed doors in public? >> my hope is that he will, in fact, on reflection, condemn these attacks on the american unprecedented for a president to make and he will be more explicit because he has to show the american people that he's not only disappointed in president trump's attacks but, in fact, he condemns them because they endanger the independence, and he has to show the american people he'll be more than a rubber stamp for donald trump. >> did you get into where he is in terms of different issues that may come before the court, for instance, the travel ban? >> i made clear that i had certain concerns about privacy rights and women' health care, about worker and consumer protection and, for example, adherence to precedence that
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protects people, individual rights as above the interest of corporations. but he declined to be more specific at this point except to say he would adhere generally to precedence. >> did he say anything to you that gave you any confidence that he could win your vote? >> i still have serious concerns. i have reached no conclusion, but this vote ought to be by a 60-vote margin, more than just a razor thin majority, because it is about a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court. >> so in terms of the -- you say it should be 60 votes, do you think that's the way it's going to go? >> i believe that the republican colleagues as well as democrats will come together and insist on a 60-vote majority. if they invoke the nuclear option and go to a razor-thin majority, it will like the kind of consensus and real support on
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a bipartisan basis it needs. >> just to be clear, when the president says you misrepresented judge gorsuch's views, is he telling the truth? >> i absolutely accurately stated what judge gorsuch said to me as confirmed by his own spokesman, colleagues who heard the same things in their private meetings. i believe judge gorsuch, more than just saying it behind closed doors, needs to publicly condemn these attacks on the american judiciary. >> how do you explain the president saying you misrepresented him? >> i am not about to try to explain the president's tweets. >> what did you make of the president saying that the reason they didn't give more notice, weren't more deliberate about the travel ban was because he was told -- he said they said -- we don't know who they are -- that, if you gave notice, you'd have a flood of bad guys get into the country. does that square with your reckoning of the current
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security status of our vetting? >> we may need to improve the vetting and screening of people coming into this country, but the travel ban with a religious test that imposes a ban on muslims and expresses preference for other religious groups certainly involves very grave constitutional questions. i can't predict how the courts will decide today or tomorrow. but in my view, there are very severe constitutional questions. i think, in fact, some parts of this order are unconstitutional. i think president trump needs to hear from judge gorsuch about exactly what he is saying to myself and senate colleagues. maybe he simply hasn't been informed and that's the reason for his tweet. >> do you think that the democrats are doing the right thing by stalling the confirmations of so many nominees? >> we're not stalling nominees.
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we're scrutinizing them. >> what you're doing with these overnight chat sessions, that's a delay tactic. that's not just about vetting. it's a tactic just to be honest about it. >> it is airing and making the public aware of the very serious flaws of these nominees, about their financial conflicts of interest, about their lack of preparation and knowledge of the issues and the agencies that they're supposed to lead and, in fact, their hostility in the cases of some of them toward the very mission and agency that they are supposed to handle. >> what do you think about the rule 19, something that now every american knows, being used on elizabeth warren? was she out of order after being warned? was she grandstanding or was this just a naked political play by the gop to shut her down? >> certainly was very selective enforcement. other colleagues, after she was
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silenced and shut down, went to the floor of the united states senate, read the same letter from coretta scott king, an icon of the civil rights movement, and they were never silenced. so i think it was very unfortunate and unwise and unwarranted for the republican leadership to shut her down. silencing her really was very much contradictory, traditions of the united states senate where there ought to be free speech and what she said reading a letter from coretta scott king was certainly in order. >> can you give me any hope in this interview today that anything positive will come out of the senate going forward? everyone is saying, oh, this is it, this is the indication that they're just going to lock down just like the house does. can you give me any hope that that's not true? >> i can give you a lot of hope. i truly believe that once we are past these distractions, we will come together on a buy partisan
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basis, we will come together on infrastructure, electric grid. i believe we will come together on our national defense and strengthen our military forces around the world. i think we will do more to lower the cost of pharmaceutical drugs which are skyrocketing out of control in their charges and health care costs of the american people and other areas where i think we can improve health care. those areas are somewhere we ought to enhance what is a growing bipartisan consensus, that we need to do more to rebuild america and make america even greater. >> senator blumenthal, you're in the political crosshairs, great to have you making the case on new day for yourself. new attorney general jeff sessions will be sworn in in just a few hours, capping a bitter confirmation battle. one of his top critics, democratic senator elizabeth
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warren is vowing not to stay silent. cnn's sunlen serfaty is live on capitol hill. >> reporter: president trump will be in the room later today for the swering in of his new attorney general. the white house can put this fight behind them, but the fallout from his brutal nomination process up here on capitol hill continues, especially for senator elizabeth warren. immediately after senator sessions was confirmed last night, warren fired off a series of warning shots about senator sessions, essentially warning him, i'll be watching you, warren tweeting, quote, consider this my warning. we won't be silent, we will speak out and we will persist. there has been a lot of pushback from republicans up here on capitol hill for all the attention that senator warren has received questioning her intentions, her political motives for elevating this fight. meantime yesterday on the senate floor we saw senator tim scott who is the only african-american
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republican senator talk about the criticism he's received just for supporting senator sessions, reading a series of mean tweets and hate mail, one telling him that he is a disgrace to the black race. today the senate will move on to another controversial nominee, that of health and human services secretary tom price. he could be confirmed either very, very late tonight or early tomorrow morning. chris? >> sunlen thank you very much. big story right now, the snow and lots of it falling in several states in the northeast, a powerful winter storm forcing schools closed, already thousands of flights canceled. we have our cnn meteorologist chad myers live in new york central park with the latest. boy has the scene changed from when we started talking to you this morning. >> reporter: we knew that was going to happen. we knew 8:00, 9:00 was bullseye time for the low to develop in the ocean just off new jersey. that's what's happening now. this is columbus circle.
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this is the roadway, at least four to five inches were on the road. chris, look up broadway, look up the cannon, you should be able to see lights from times square. you can't see one block. it's wave after wave of snow. this is one, maybe two inches of snow per hour. even if this only lasts for three or four more hours, this really adds up to the numbers we were anticipating, somewhere in that 12 to maybe 10-inch range across parts of the city. maybe a little more toward connecticut and boston. it will continue to do that all day long. 40 million people in warnings. we still have 3,000 flights canceled. that number still going up and all major schools closed because of this. you can't get kids to school in this because you might not get them home. >> that's right, chad. our children are at home right now, not in school, we assume watching. kids, do some homework right now. thanks, chad. you heard senator blumenthal
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just to catch you up. president trump says connecticut senator richard blumenthal misrepresented what the supreme court nominee neil gorsuch told him in a closed door meeting. however, senator blumenthal is
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standing by his words as is judge gorsuch's spokesperson, and that is judge gorsuch said president trump's criticism of federal judges was, quote, demoralizing and disheartening. now senator blumenthal wants the supreme court nominee to say this publicly. >> i think that telling me he finds these attacks are demoralizing and disheartening behind closed doors is not enough. he needs to make that statement publicly and condemn the attack on the american judiciary and show the american people he'll be independent. >> let's get to the bottom line with cnn political analyst david gregory. hi, david. >> hello there. >> hard to know where to begin with this. judge gorsuch isn't going to speak out publicly against president trump. i know that's what senator
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blumenthal wants. >> could be forced to address it in the confirmation hearings. >> yes. but judges are notoriously discrete and judicious, if i may. at what point do they start defending their branch of government? >> as chris alluded to, certainly in the hearing this is going to come up. as michael smerconish mentioned earlier in the program, this was very deft on the part of judge gorsuch who understands the politics at play, he understands democrats will be rightly concerned. how about the fact that he's a judge who believes in the independence of the judiciary, who has every responsibility to stand up when a president of the united states impugns the integrity -- it's so ironic we're worried about senators hurting each other's feelings. how about an assault on the judiciary of our country by the president of the united states who accuses someone who rules against him as being a, quote, so-called judge, who calls a circuit court debate on the law
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disgraceful and talks about the judiciary being political. members of congress, the senate and congress should be alarmed by this and should speak out against it. they have an obligation to do so. and certainly someone who wants to serve on the supreme court should do so as well. a nominee like this is not going to hold a press conference, but he made it clear he'd speak his mind when asked about it. this will no doubt come up again on his hearings. >> we have a new tweet. >> tweet alert. >> it matters because it's about me. >> chris cuomo in his interview with senator blumenthal never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave service in vietnam. fake news. let's just please show the top of the interview. >> the president of the united states saying you should not be believed because you misrepresented your military record in the past. >> there's no question that judge gorsuch said to me that he found these attacks on the
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judiciary by the president -- >> literally the first point i made in the interview. the president, with all due respect, is once again off on the facts. that's not something that any of us have any desire to say on a regular basis, but it keeps being true. fake news is the worst thing you can call a journalist. it's like an ethnic disparagement. we all have these ugly words for people. that's the one for journalists. david, he just keeps doubling down when the facts don't favor his position. he just said you never asked him about it. i did. he ducked it, and that's okay. politicians duck things all the time. the truth of the matter asserted is about whether or not this judge says what blumenthal says what he says. his own coms guy says. nobody denies it except the president of the united states and once again he doubles down when he's wrong.
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>> right. president trump seems to actually be -- i think we should pay attention to what he does and not what he says. he's certainly a dedicated viewer of cnn. apparently that's what he does, as opposed to what he says. it shows you what he really believes about how, in fact, trustworthy cnn is. we're in the going to get into the mind of why donald trump as our president takes on these issues that are not based in fact. what is a reality here is he is now creating an additional layer of difficulty for his supreme court nominee, someone who is highly qualified to sit on the supreme court. >> david, hold on one second. why is it a level of difficulty when what we've heard is this actually elevates judge gorsuch to it illustrates that he is truly independent. he's willing to say something against the very president who nominated him and democrats might like that. >> did trump a favor in a way, because he showed trump is willing to pick a man who will be his own man and that will be
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one of the big rubs on the choice, did him a favor until the president rejected it. >> i agree with that. to me the extra level of difficulty is that despite that, he's putting democrats in a position to make this fight over judge gorsuch about their fight with president trump. that's reminiscent of what they did to judge merrick garland. it was never about judge garland. it was about their fight with president obama naming someone when he did. in this case whether it's the travel ban, whether it's the independence of the judiciary, you heard senator blumenthal saying we want him to speak out publicly. i think democrats who are dug in, who will make this a proxy fight with the president on other grounds, is going to find a way to deepen their opposition to gorsuch. that's what i mean when i say there's difficulty. if you're president trump, you can say, look, i said what i said and i stand by it. but my guy who i nominate to the
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supreme court is an umpire, he calls it like he sees it. that's why i nominated him. wait a minute, he didn't tweet that. that's the pattern we're seeing over and over again with this president. >> look, the man got elected because of a lot of factors. one of them was certainly his ability to handle the media. i don't understand -- i really don't, it's not like a rhetorical device, i don't understand this insistence with saying the media is fake news when it's so insulting without basis. >> because it delegitimizes anything you hear and it makes people who are inclined to think that wonder about every single thing we say and every fact that comes out. >> i hear you about that, but i've got to tell you. look at our ratings, look at the increase in empowerment the president has had. when the president gifted the media with what is true the main measure of political assessment -- it's usually this
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competitive wanter -- he played into what the biggest strength of, not just what the media does, but what this show does. >> i think it's important that we don't always take the bait. we've got to do what we do and do it reliably and with credibility like we do on a daily basis and let those, whether it's the president or other people work with him engage in propaganda which is what it is and try to delegitimize the news media. >> when he intentionally and deceptively misrepresents what happens on the show and calls me out in doing so, he kind of forces the hand of the show. >> no doubt. >> he could have given fair criticism that cuomo should have chased after blumenthal about his war record. that's not what he says. >> david gregory, thank you very much. >> i like when you criticize me for criticizing myself. >> senator elizabeth warren vowing not the stay silent in
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the wake of attorney general jeff sessions' confirmation. did silencing her backfire the gop? we'll ask former democratic senator barbara mikulski is next. your insurance company raises your rates. maybe you should've done more research on them. for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to your first accident. and if you do have an accident, our claims centers are available to assist you 24/7. call for a free quote today. liberty stands with you™. liberty mutual insurance.
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in just hours, senator jeff sessions will be sworn in as attorney general. despite efforts from democrats like senator elizabeth warren to stall his nomination. massachusetts senator warren dominated headlines this week when gop senators silenced her during an all-night debate. here to discuss, the longest serving woman in the history of congress, former democratic senator barbara mikulski, now at johns hopkins university. good morning, senator. >> good morning. >> great to have you here. do you understand what happened there on the senate floor? why was senator elizabeth warren reprimanded for reading coretta scott king's member when three male senators afterwards were allowed to read the letter?
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>> i was absolutely stunned to see the silencing of senator warren and by proxy the silencing of coretta king. it was selective enforcement. i have watched rule 19 which is designed to maintain the decorum in the senator where a senator can't attack another senator. the rule comes historically when they used to have fist fights in the senate and also some would come and had a little too much bourbon and would say violent, vulgar things about each other. none of that was occurring. senator warren was reading from a historic record, quoting a historic person. it was relevant, it was reasonable. i think whenever women stand up and particularly reading now a letter from a woman of color, they're told to shut up and sit down. and it was inappropriate, they've never used it, even when mitch mcconnell was called a liar, another republican senator
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called harry reid a cancer on the nation. they weren't silenced. then, of course, you saw the men who read the coretta king letter able to proceed. >> so you see this as flagrant sexism? >> i see this as a pattern of behavior, that women stand up in a board room, a workplace and now even on the senate floor where we have the same job and the same rules, they're applied differently to us, and they were applied differently to elizabeth warren. >> very interesting, because some of the male republican senators felt that -- they claim she was grandstanding. you heard lindsey graham say something like, look, we all know she's running in 2020 and she was grandstanding. >> well, that's also part of their attack. when they can't attack on a rational basis, they attack and demean the person. now, the fact was that senator warren was conducting herself i
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believe according to the standards of the senate and decorum. she was reading a relevant, historic record from an esteemed figure. but, again, it's a pattern. when the men of the senate, the democratic men read the coretta scott king letter, they were standing up for elizabeth, they were standing up for the senate and they were also standing up for coretta scott king. but when a woman stands up, she's told to shut up and sit down. this is going to have long lasting effect. the people who marched watch this. i will tell you that the women are tired that different rules are applied to us in a different way when we claim our power. >> mitch mcconnell used some language that again women heard as loaded. let me play for you what mitch mcconnell said was his rationale
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for reprimanding her. >> senator warren was giving a lengthy speech. she had appeared to violate the rule. she was warned. she was given an explanation. nevertheless, she persisted. >> she was warned, he says, she was given an explanation, nevertheless she persisted. how did you hear that? >> i heard him as quoting the kind of choreography of conflict resolution in the senate. when they think you're out of order, they do give you a warning. elizabeth warren was not out of order. the attack on her by using rule 19 was out of order. >> hillary clinton ran with that. she tweeted -- she repeated mitch mcconnell's words and went further. hillary clinton says she was warned, she was given an explanation. nevertheless, she persisted. so must we all.
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this feels like hillary clinton dipping a toe back into something that she knows well. did you see that as hillary clinton beginning to make a statement or making her next move somehow? >> well, i think hillary is resting, reflecting on what she wants to do. but like -- once you're a woman in the senate, you know that you have to square your shoulders, put your lipstick on and fight on. and i believe that hillary is analyzing how she can once again make best use of her incredible talents, encourage others to be part of the political process, and i was encouraged to hear the tweet. >> hash tag put your lipstick on and fight on. senator bash are mikulski, thank you for being here on "new day." >> it's what i do every day.
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my shade? follow me on twitter and i'll tell you. heavy snow falling in more than a dozen states. schools are closed. thousands of flights canceled. chad myers is out there braving the conditions in new york's central park. dangerous place on a good day next.
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a powerful winter storm
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dumping lots of snow in the northeast at this hour. you're looking at a live shot. schools are closed. thousands of flights are canceled and roads are a mess. cnn meteorologist chad myers has been out in it all morning in central park. how is it looking now, chad? >> reporter: the snow is coming down heavier than probably two hours ago. we've had this lull in the snow that we knew was coming and this new snow burst that is coming at us at least for the past 30 minutes or so. 40 million people are in the way of this storm. there are at least 3,000 school districts that are closed from this storm. and now almost 3,000 flights that are canceled. so this is still a storm to contend with, although it will be over in a couple hours. still another six hours for boston. the radar shows the snow all the way back to pennsylvania. the heavier snow is moving our way. boston, the heavier snow is still moving your way, still to come over the next couple hours. probably doesn't stop snowing in boston until at least 3:00, 4:00
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this afternoon and possibly as late at 7:00 p.m. when it comes to the flurries. the winds are picking up a little bit. i had a young lady walk by the park. she walked into the park, chris. she walked about five feet in there. i said to her, you weren't in there very long. she said i'm from sydney, australia. i thought the snow would be fun. it's not that fun. i'm going back to my hotel. so that was it. >> she's lucky, she can go back. you'll be out there for the duration because you are the man, chad. thank you for keeping us apprised. check with you in a little bit. tonight on "the messy truth" with van jones, comedian bill maher. what would he tell a trump supporter. >> trump has been in office for three weeks. why can't you guys in the media and hollywood give him some slack. >> because of what he's done and said. >> been there only three weeks.
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>> three weeks? give him a break? do you read the news? >> it's the toughest job on earth. >> the toughest job on earth has never been done like this. this is beyond the realm of politics. if you're just talking about politics, let's pretend it's just politics. i would have big problems there because it's a giant con what he's done. he ran for the little man. what does he do? he gets into office, the coal companies can dump sludge in the river because that's what the little man is aching for. undoing todd frank because so many of the town halls in ap lash yeah, people. >> reporter: staying, mr. trump, please get rid of the volcker rule because if i can't make investments, it's killing us here. that's the political part. we could have a normal conversation about that. this presidency is not about the political part even three weeks in. it's beyond politics. it's ability sanity, about somebody who makes stuff up, who doesn't read. his information is either
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anecdotal or pulled right out of his -- what word should i use -- his behind. of course we're worried when the presidencies multitudes that don't exist, as in the illegal voting 3 million. that should bother you, sir. i'm not the crazy one here. >> that's going to be interesting tonight. >> the truth is messy. hopefully we'll get a whole range of discussion tonight, 9:00 p.m. eastern. van jones. you won't believe who is next. get ready for your be loved familiar faces. we have michaela. michaela is back with us on "new day." she's sharing her fantastic carol burnett interview. michaela, this is a dream. we can't wait to see you. hold that thought. >> the heartbreak kid, there she
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have a seat. it's your read. >> oh, thank you. >> tonight it's comedy night in america. cnn original series "the history of comedy," celebrating the
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kings and queens of funny. premiers at 10:00 eastern. >> one of the legends featured in the series is carol burnett, and another legend, cnn's michaela pereira sat down -- >> i won't talk to chris. i only want to talk to alisyn. >> i didn't even know you were going to be on the show, lucky for you, curly. >> called me on my last day a big hairy jerk. can i talk about that? i miss you so much, first of all. we'll talk about that on the big end. you remember when i got a chance to sit down with carol burnett. i got to do this again. this time when i spoke to the comedy legend, i wanted to talk to her about how it all started. take a look. >> talk to me about when you first realized what it felt like to make someone laugh. >> i was 18, and i tried out for a one act that was student written. i played a hillbilly woman.
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i had this one line where i left the scene and then i came back, and it was a line that was -- said, i'm back, but i went, i'm baaack. and they laughed. i thought this is a great feeling. >> we're going to have to stay here and defend tara. >> do you realize the influence that show has had on so many of us? people's eyes light up when they speak of you. >> thank you. >> what does that feel like? >> it feels really good. i'm proud since our dvds have come out and we're all over youtube, i'm getting fan male from kids, from 9-year-olds, 10-year-olds, teenagers, young people in their 20s, 30s, who weren't even born. >> it proves to you that funny is funny, and it doesn't matter. >> funny is funny, and i think
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some of these sketches that are 40 and 50 years old, they'd hold up today. the thing that dates them is the way we looked, but that's kind of fun, too. >> who is making you laugh? >> i love tina and amy and kristen wiig, maya rudolph. i name the ladies because back then there weren't that many that would get the break. >> do you think it's easier for them now perhaps because of the road that you've paved? >> i think probably it is a little easier now. there's still a bit of a glass ceiling. but i think it's easier now because of the success of these women. you look at amy poehler and tina, they're not only brilliant comedi comedians, they set the stage for the next group to come. >> talk about the importance of laughter in today's world? >> laughter is always important. especially in today, this crazy world we're living in. i tend to go watch old movies
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that take me back to my childhood when i was a little girl and i was raised going to the movies, that was my first love, to lose myself. >> carol, it has been a delight to sit with you today. >> i could have died when she did the ear tug. it was so cool. if any of you are like me and dying for her to return to television, nbc has ordered a pilot for carol burnett to star in. by the way, amy poehler will co-produce it with her. she's got a great respect for the comediennes of today. >> how hard are you laughing today that there's a massive snowstorm hitting the east coast and that you are in sunny california? >> well, i will tell you that the fog was as thick as soup on the drive in today, but i still laughed when i saw there was going to be snow that chris had to shovel as he left for work
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this morning. how are you doing? i pay attention to the show, i see the good stuff. you're doing the five things. you're holding it down. i remember. >> when you left it's like the whole world went to hell as soon as you left. >> i'm the one to blame, huh? >> everything has gotten so nasty and hostile. i told you this would happen. but no, you had to do what you had to do. >> alisyn, don't let him get the last laugh. >> we never do. >> michaela, how is everything out there? >> it's really good. people ask did you fall back into your life. i did and didn't. i'm discovering new and exciting things about los angeles and falling in love with it all over again. >> she called me by a wrong name when i did a hit on her show. >> on purpose. >> michaela, we miss you and love you. cnn original series "history of comedy" premiers tonight at 9:00 eastern on cnn. you have cnn "newsroom" with poppy harlow and john berman, picks up right after this
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good morning everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm john berman. thanks so much for joining us. just a few minutes ago, a new attack from president trump on an american icon. new questions about how big of a split there is with his own supreme court nominee, and also a pitch from the white house to buy clothes and accessories. >> this as supreme court nominee neil gorsuch calls the attacks disheartening. moments ago president trump jumping into this fight, hitting the senator who went public with those comments from gorsuch tweeting senator richard blumenthal who never fought in vina


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