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pamela brown. the president setting his sights on the new year, but not letting up on old attacks. he's taking aim again at the fbi, repeating a message that the agency is tainted and that there was no trump/russia collusion. he also called the dossier garbage. to be clear, investigators have corroborated part of the dossier. let's go to cnn's sara murray. >> reporter: good morning. the president insisted he was getting back to work today, but it's clear he's still distracted by the fbi investigation. he's taking on cable news and getting worked up yet again about the dossier calling it a pile of garbage and insisting that there was no collusion between the trump campaign and russian officials. obviously we know there are congressional committees still investigating that, as well as robert mueller, the special counsel, leading the fbi's investigation into allegations of russian collusion. now this is supposed to be a day
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when the president is refocusing on his agenda. the white house said he would be spending some time thinking about how he wants to move forward with congress, with a number of legislative agenda items on that list including infrastructure, including what to do about the dreamers. the president was tweet being an entire different agenda item this morning, referring to health care and saying that somewhere down the line, eventually it may be republicans and democrats will come together for a health care solution. obviously we haven't seen a lot of bipartisanship so far on capitol hill. maybe 2018 will be a new year. as for now, the last we've seen of president trump, he was headed to his golf course here in mar-a-lago. maybe the work will come later, pam. >> all right. thank you very much. live from west palm beach, florida. for more let's bring in cnn senior congressional correspondent, manu raju. all right, let's do some fact checking here. the president tweeting, as sara broke down for us, that the dossier is garbage and that it basically was the basis for the
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trump campaign russia investigation. break down what do we know, and what are we still learning about the trump dossier? >> pam, the dossier has been the subject of intense interest for gop critics of the investigation so far. there are elements that are true. the most salacious allegations have not been verified, but it's brought assertion that russia waged a campaign to interfere in the election is accepted as fact by the u.s. intelligence committee. cnn also reported earlier this year that u.s. investigators corroborated some aspects of the dossier, specifically that some of the communications among foreign nationals mentioned in d take place. the -- did take place. the most salacious have not been verified, but the broad assertion certainly has been accepted as fact. now, in addition, the fbi has used the investigation, but -- used the dossier, but it's not the basis of its own investigation. has also used that dossier as part of its justification to secretly monitor that trump
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campaign foreign policy adviser, carter page. the fbi has its own investigation. indeed, none of the four charges in the mueller probe actually referenced the dossier. now, earlier this year, we did report that some of these allegations have been -- have been, in fact, verified. pam, republicans on capitol hill have raised significant concerns because of the revelation that the dossier was effectively paid for by a law firm retained by the dnc and the clinton campaign. so gop lawmakers have been trying to learn more about that matter. so expect them to raise more concerns and dig deeper into this in 2018, pam. >> all right. manu raju, thank you very much. and joining me now, ron brownstein, cnn senior political analyst and senior editor for "the atlantic." paris dinard, commentator and former director of black outreach in the george w. bush administration, and michael nutter, cnn political contributor and former mayor of
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philadelphia. gentlemen, great to see you. thanks for coming on. >> good morning. >> good morning, pam. >> good morning. let's start with you. here we are, day after christmas. president trump said he wants to get back to work at mar-a-lago, focus on his legislative agenda. yet here he is tweeting about the dossier and calling the fbi tainted. why? >> this is the work. look, i have felt for, you know, many months that -- for his portion of the presidency, his conception of the presidency, is to wage these personal and political conflicts against an unending series of targets. that i think is what he delivers above all to his base. the sense that he is fighting against all of these forces, that he is trying to convince them are holding him down. whether it's cultural elites, coastal elites, the media, forces inside of government. i mean, this is the fight. and the paradox here is that for the broader electorate, i think this is the biggest problem that he faces. why is his approval rating stuck
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below 40% with the economy doing so well? it is largely because of the way he comports himself as president and the sense of perpetual conflict. i talked to one strategist in alabama who was talking about how important it was for doug jones to play off of that idea, that he would be someone who would work together. i think republicans on the hill who are trying to look away from this behavior are really walking into a dark alley in terms of what voters are looking for in 2018. >> paris, do you agree? do you agree that this behavior, tweeting about things like the dossier, the fbi is what is hurting the president and his approval ratings and could hurt republicans in the midterms? >> absolutely not. i think the american people know exactly the type of man that the president is. he is a man who speaks directly to the american people without the filter of different media sources that tend to not focus on the positive things he's doing. his twitter account is something that he uses, and it is an effective tool, the president believes -- >> why is he randomly tweeting about the dozens way and the fbi
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the morning after christmas? by the way, we have been focusing on his accomplishments in this show. go ahead. >> i wasn't talking about this show, pam. i think you're doing an excellent job today. i think that what the president is doing is focusing on the things that are both good and bad with the administration. something that is bad is the dossier. let me translate everything that manu tried to say -- there is no russia collusion, the fbi special investigator mueller did not have anything in his initial findings that tied the trump campaign or the trump white house to russia. so -- >> no, no, hold on. sorry, paris. i have to jump in here. he was saying that they haven't -- none of these charges stemmed from the dossier. he did not say that there is no evidence of possible collusion between the campaign and russia. i just -- speaking for my colleague, i heard him. he didn't say that. >> well, i'll say it. and i'll go on to say that in this country, you're innocent
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until proven guilty. if you look at the media, if you look at what liberals are trying to do, they're trying to say the president, the white house, and the trump campaign are guilty. guilty of nothing. you are innocent. there have been no charges, no charges, no proof, no evidence of any collusion. and that is what the president is frustrated with, especially when you see some of the things that are coming out from the fbi investigators, some have tweeted ant anti-trump, the major donors to the clinton campaign. the fact that you see some emails that have been received that weren't done in a proper channel. so the president is right to go ahead and put this in the forefront of the american people that he believes that this is a distraction, not just to the president but to the american people. we should move forward and look to things that are going on with respect to russia. we're trying to say that the trump campaign had something to do with concluding with russia, rather than focusing on, say, was there any collusion between
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the president and -- >> we should tell you that special counsel mueller's investigation is focused on many aspects, but also whether the russians in the trump campaign, whether there was coordination. do you think that, mayor nutter, he has a point that some of these texts from the find agents showing political bias and the campaign contributions is taintsitaints i taint -- is tainting the investigation. does he have a point? >> no. other than his blood pressure being up this morning, that's straight out of the usual talking points. >> my blood pressure is just fine, mayor. >> hey, paris? hey, paris? happy holidays to you. >> my blood pressure's fine. merry christmas to you. don't talk about my health. my blood pressure's fine. >> finish your point. >> calm down, brother. >> don't "brother, calm down"
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me. don't talk about somebody's health. my blood pressure is not high. finish your point if you have one. >> mayor nutter, let's focus on the point you were trying to make here -- >> he doesn't have one. >> four people have been indicted. one was the national security director. one was the campaign chairman for a variety of things. that's one. special counsel mueller's investigation is nowhere near over. and continues on its proper course. third, the president, as usual, in his unfocus and undisciplined way, is still obsessed about things that took place in the past. and one might say, as usual, he doth protest too much. the bottom line is he has the lowest approval rating of anyone in modern times. at some point, he'll actually accept that he did win the election. he has to govern and not just talk to people who like him. and so that's what really governing is all about. that's what happens after you get elected. not staying focused on battling
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every old fight from a year or two ago, and that's why the approval rating is in the dump. >> i want to talk about another tweet from the president, ron. he tweeted saying based on the fact that the unfair and unpopular mandate has been terminated as part of our tax cut bill which essentially repeals over time obamacare, the democrats and republicans will come together and develop a great new health care plan. mitch mcconnell told the npr that the senate will be moving on from repealing obamacare. let's listen to what he said -- >> we obviously were unable to completely repeal and replace with the 5248 senate. we'll have to look at the 51-49 senate, but i think we'll move to other issues. >> where does the obamacare fight go from here, ron? >> first of all, there are two great ironies from that tweet. in 2008 president obama as a candidates -- maybe mayor nutter
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remembers -- ran against the individual mandate. hillary clinton was the one who support it. he believed it was not necessary to make the health care system work, that people would come in just from the carrot in effect, the subsidies. he was convinced that ultimately you need the individual mandate to bring in younger, healthier people on the margin of whether to buy health insurance. the big losers in removing the mandate are older people with greater health needs who needs more younger people in the system to keep down the overall premiums. what's the irony there? right now, younger people vote predominantly democratic. those who will be relieved of the mandate here. majority of donald trump's votes came from whites over 45, 60% of whites over 45 voted for donald trump. particularly when you get the interior midwestern states that decided the election. many of the people that will be hurt by higher premiums that will come from withdrawing the individual mandate are donald trump voters. they are the people who put him into office.
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it is unlikely i think that they can go back at obamacare because what's left are the subsidies, insurance mandates, and the medicaid expansion. and all of those proved very politically difficult to remove. the last one in particular because so many republican governors rallied behind it. we are left with this very strange set of policies now where the administration is -- and the republican congress has taken out a pin, no doubt, from obamacare. one that may largely hurt their own voters. >> and of course everything they do in a year -- >> pamela? >> go ahead, mayor nutter. >> just, i mean, you would think after the disaster of a couple of times by the republicans for full repeal and replace politically, now going into 2018, you would think the last thing they would to do is go back to the disaster of early 2017. i think leader mcconnell is trying to give the president some indication that, why we're going to move on, maybe to some
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things that democrats and republicans can agree on like infrastructure and other things that americans care about and put more people back to work. >> and the president said he hopes there will be a bipartisan effort to focus on infrastructure. paris, i want to give the final word to you. >> sure. >> go ahead. >> look, the president is -- is going to do something that is positive for the american people. when you look at repealing obamacare. he wants to do this because he campaigned on it, but he knows at the end of the day that it's a bad policy, and it's going to hurt more people in the long run than it's going to help. the reason he wants to have it done is because there are parts of it that are bad. there are parts that are beneficial to people like -- like the pre-existing condition which he would not take out. we have got to get to the bottom of this. for the senate at the end of the day, the senate failed to act. the house repealed it. the senate failed to act. senate has got to do something
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for the american people that is going to make a difference, especially with obamacare. the fact that the senate majority leader is saying this is not surprising because they didn't have the will to do the right thing from the beginning. to go back and to improve and make something better, a disastrous plan, obamacare, is not a bad thing, it's a good thing. >> just really quickly, ron, very quickly, so they repealed the individual mandate. what's going to happen to health care now? i mean, isn't that a crucial part of obamacare? what's going to happen now? >> people have to understand there were two components of obamacare. one was expanding medicaid which is unaffected by the change in the individual mandate. that was where most people ended up getting coverage. the individual mandate has to do with the individual insurance market. as i said, the long-term effect of pulling this out will presumably be to have fewer younger, healthier people in the system. it will tilt more toward sicker people. premiums will go up in the individual market. the paradox is that it will go up for older people with more health needs who tend to be republican voters, particularly
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in the states that decided the election. and that's where we will be a year from now heading into the 2018 election. republicans in congress will be dealing with big premium increases in states that will be critical battlegrounds in the 2018 election. that was the bed they had chosen to make. >> we've got to wrap up. but it is worth noting, though, that enrollment is still high. obamacare, i think something like 8.8 -- >> almost nine million. >> with even more limited time frame to enroll. thank you all, ron, paris -- paris -- >> and things going up -- >> thank you all. got to wrap it there. >> thanks. ready to mediate. now russia says it wants to help de-escalate tensions between the u.s. and north korea. we're live from moscow. and the president says dems and republicans will come together on health care. really? we'll ask a democratic lawmaker. plus, just plain scary. snow and ice sends jetblue passengers a frightening ride.
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korea if both sides can agree to talk. that's the big question. for more we're joined by cnn international correspondent fred pleitgen. fred? >> reporter: yeah, two questions really. on the one hand, do the two sides really want to talk? the bigger question, do the two sides really want to talk through the russians? certainly the russians say they are offering it up, and they say in the past they have relaid messages from washington to pyongyang. sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister, saying in one instance the americans allegedly said that they were willing to de-escalate the situation by stop something military maneuvers. he also says that later the maneuvers did take place. the russians are saying, look, they could mediate in all of this. they also said in the form of lavrov that they believe anybody who is sane would not want some bigger conflict on the korean peninsula. the russians really have a mixed interest in all this. on the one hand, of course, when they say things like this, they are somewhat poking the united
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states. there was also heavy criticism of u.s. policies while lavrov was saying this. on the other hand, of course, they also don't want a bigger confrontation on the korean peninsula. the russians have a direct border with north korea. they do have a decent amount of cross-border traffic. i was on that border a couple of months ago. so they have people going across, they have goods good kroog. that -- goods going across. that's not something they want to jeopardize. they certainly wouldn't want a large movement of people crossing the border if there was a large military confrontation between the u.s. and north korea. if it's real or legit, it's something people have to decide. >> and retired lieutenant colonel rick francona, military analyst, and global affairs analyst kimberly dozier joining us. kimberly, do you think that the u.s. and north korea will meet with russian mediating? how likely is that?
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is it a good idea? >> from the u.s. point of view, it is ceding this key diplomatic space to moscow. from the kremlin's point of view, they have nothing to lose by offering to mediate talks. and same goes for north korea. north korea know that there's this tussle between russia and the united states for who is the biggest influencer around the world. by offering to talk through russia to weigh a sort of thumbing it in the eye of donald trump. so all in all, will the u.s. agree to stop military maneuvers? and the north korea agree to stop testing? two of the things that have to happen for these talks. i don't know. >> do you think those two things could happen, rick, for the talks to start? >> i don't think so. you know, we've been here before. this is a continuation of the north korean goal of just let's sit down and talk.
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all they do is talk. they want to be recognized as a nuclear state. if we agree with talks with the russians, it's going to legitimize them. that's what they want. they want recognition that they are a nuclear power. and if we meet with them, we give them that. i don't think we're willing to do that without some precondition. our precondition is a commitment from the north koreans for the nuclear deescalation -- denuclearization of the korean peninsula, and they're not willing to do that. we may agree to talk, but i don't think it's going to go anywhere. >> kimberly, i want to talk about some of the accomplishments the president often names like nato funding goals, defeating isis, things you could attribute to the previous administration. what things would you give credit to the president for accomplishing on his very own? >> from his perspective, the military strike in sawyer
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against bashar al assad's forces against its own people. the decision to arm rebels in ukraine with lethal assistance is another step that they would say is signalling to moscow that the u.s. is going to play by the same rules. if moscow arms someone, the u.s. is going to arm someone. they also point to the national security strategy. this is the first administration that's completed such a strategy in the first year which outlines everything they intend to do, how they're going to handle china, how they're going to handle russia. and messages countries like iran that the u.s. is not going to be pushed around. from their perspective, they have put these concrete accomplishments on the board that also count with the trump base. >> right. and do you give him credit, rick, for involving china more when it comes to the north korea threat? >> yeah. i think that's been a real
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accomplishment. what we have is commitments from china, but we don't know if they'll follow through. if the chinese do what they say they're going to do, they can really have an impact. we saw increased sanctions on north korea. if the chinese come through, that's a major accomplishment. i give the president credit for at least trying to engage the chinese. now let's hold their feet to the fire. >> when you look at the accomplishments in the trump administration, kimberly, do you think it's enough to propel his party into next year's midterms? >> i think he'll have enough to point to his base that he has done things like cut expanses at the united nations, made nato pay up. a lot of people don't understand that every previous u.s. administration was trying to get all nato members to invest 2% of their gdp in defense. that's been a long-running campaign. he's going to get credit with his voters for his accomplishments on his watch.
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that could help. democrats don't have an easy road. many of the seats that they're going after are in red states or purple states, and they have been criticized for not having a clear enough message to win people back from the trump side. >> what do you think, rick? >> i try and stay out of the political realm here. it's common that the party in power would lose seats during the off-year election. i assume that will probably happen. i think the president is going to have to use this year to reenergy mysenr-energize himsel lost. and he's alienating each some of his own base. he's got to get them back and make inroads in other areas. it's going to be very difficult. >> 35% approval rating for the president. thank you very much. the president says he is back to work and renewing his attacks on the fbi just this
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find your awesome, and change the way you wifi. president trump says he is back to work at mar-a-lago this morning. so far he's mixing it up. talking about health care and russia, including a fresh attack on the fbi this morning. joining me now for his reaction is democratic congressman eliot engel of new york. congressman, thanks for coming on. >> my pleasure, thank you, happy holidays. >> happy holidays. let's start first with what the president is saying about russia this morning on twitter. here's what he said -- "dossier is bogus. clinton campaign, dnc funded dossier. fbi cannot after all of this time verify claims in the dossier russia/trump collusion. fbi tainted. they used this crooked hillary pile of garbage for the guys is for being after -- for going after the trump campaign."
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there are factual inaccuracies, but your reaction to his tweet on russia, the dossier, and the fbi? >> it sounds a little paranoid to me. hillary clinton lost the election. they should let if go already. i know they hate her, but the american people want to see a president and administration that governs, that doesn't just tweet and throw hatred around. the attacks on the fbi and mr. mueller -- when mr. mueller was appointed universally, everybody said, wow, what a trick choice. he's a republican. he's -- a terrific choice. he's a republican. he's not in the democrats' pocket. let's see what happens. i have faith in the institutions. and that's what we should expect. but this sort of attacking him and, you know, trying to stab him with 1,000 cuts, it's really not what we should have in a democracy like ours. i think he's a man of great integrity. so does everybody else. and we should let him do his job and stop throwing things from
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the outside. >> it's interesting, though. t the president focused more on the individuals and dossier but hasn't personally attacked mueller in quite some time. >> he might not have done it personally laterally, but his people are. there's the whole whispering campaign, you know, the question of will he be fired, will he be replaced. i think there should be less rhetoric frankly from the president and the administration, let the people do their jobs, that's what our democracy is all about. and i have confidence in the institutions of this country. >> and to be clear, the white house said there is no consideration of fire robert mueller. i want to stay on the topic of russia according to the "washington post." the government under president obama "underestimated russia's capability to meddle in the 2016 election, despite warning signs." when asked for reaction, here is what one senior trump official told the "the washington times" -- "if it changed one electoral
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vote, you tell me. the russians didn't tell hillary clinton not to campaign in wisconsin. tell me how many votes the russians changed in mccomb county, michigan. the president is right. the democrats are using the report to delegitimize the presidency. does he have a fair point there? >> not at all. i don't think anybody has any doubts at this point that the russians interfered with our democratic process. to me it doesn't matter whether they helped hillary clinton or donald trump. to me, it's the russians are a hostile country. they're not friends of the united states. and they interfered in our democratic process, in our elections. we have to make sure that it never, ever happens again. it goes way beyond donald trump and hillary clinton. there's no doubt that the russians interfered. the evidence is there. american people heard all kind of things that the russians planted. the question is, was there collusion with the trump campaign in having the russians get involved. and that's the question we want
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to find. it's not a question of did the russians get involved? of course they did. >> republicans feel they have the momentum, i should say most republicans -- how do democrats battle the gop for midterms when the economy is still strong? >> i think the average american doesn't feel that the economy is helping them. you know, the economy and the tax bill was a fraud. the tax bill, my home state of new york and other states, people are definitely hurting. high tax states are hurting. and the middle-class is hurting. this bill, this tax bill was a giveaway to the very wealthy people like donald trump. and to wealthy corporations. and in some instances, the middle class will get a small
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increase, but it's only temporary, bait and switch. the middle-class increase if there are -- lots of middle-class people will find they get tax increases rather than decreases. the problem with the whole thing is that it -- it goes away in four or five years. whereas the tax increases for the millionaires and the billionaires and the wealthy corporations become permanent. so this is -- >> tax cuts? >> this is a phony bill. this is not a bill that will help the middle class. the president and his people should know better. >> well, and i just -- representing the other side, as you know, republicans say, look, across the board americans will see more money in their pockets. this will have a long-term effect and help growth with the deficit. thank you very much for coming on. >> thank you. my pleasure, again, happy holidays to everybody. >> happy holidays. a jetblue plane lands on ice, skidding and spinning off the runway. what the passengers set about the experience up next.
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quite a scare for holiday travelers last night at boston's logan airportme. a jetblue plane hit a patch of ice and skidde off the taxiway.
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passengers said it started fishtailing and spinning. the unfortunate incident happened after a snowstorm dumped several inches of snow in the area. luckily no one aboard the plane was injured. meantime, an arctic blast making its way through the midwest. windchill warnings in effect for nearly 30 million people. and the frigid weather isn't going anywhere for days. let's go straight to meteorologist chad myers for a look at the forecast. >> i think this will hang with us for ten days. what you see is what you get. it might go up or down ten degrees here or there. 30 degrees below zero is the windchill factor with the frozen tundra of lambeau field. they may get even colder than this by next sunday. and that's new year's eve. it may be one of those new year's eves to stay inside. here's what's going on -- here's what the problem is. we have a jet stream that's grabbing all the polar air and pushing it down into the central
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plains. that jet stream is like a river. like if you're on one side of the river, that's the cold side. if you're on the other side, that's the warm side. you can't mix. the cold air is allowed down here into the u.s. where it's typically bundled up there in the yukon. no longer is it bundled up, it's on its way down here. this weather is truly affecting people, we know that. it's also affecting pets. it's affecting cars. water freezes on the road at 32. that's a no brainer. director i talked to wanted to know why the top was done. we'll do that another day. summer washer fluid freezes at 20 degrees below zeroment you need the -- zero. you need the winter stuff in there. air temperatures will freeze that. and in fact your antifreeze can freeze between 34 and 47. certainly turn slushy. even real apt freent freed. you need -- anti-freeze. you need extra heavy-duty stuff.
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it has been a tumultuous year in politics, to put it lightly. first year of a new and
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different president who likes to do things his way. we look at the political highlights of 2017. >> reporter: gather round, family and friends. you'll be talking about 2017 for generations to come. the first year of the trump presidency shattered the status quo. cultures of harassment were exposed, travel bans were debate, protests erupted. and i seem to recall something about russia. here are, in our view, the top seven political stories of 2017. president trump signed executive orders banning u.s. entry from seven muslim-majority nations which sparked worldwide protests and disagreement among the courts before a revised version was upheld. >> we're going to take our case as far as it needs to go including all the way up to the supreme court. >> reporter: the administration ended the daca program,
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affecting some 700,000 undocumented immigrants bought to the u.s. as children. >> the daca policy produced by the last administration cannot be sustained. >> reporter: the fate of these so-called dreamers was left in the hands of congress. >> hopefully now congress will be able to help them and do it properly. >> mr. president, i will not be cl complicit in slept. >> reporter: some republicans went -- or silent. >> reporter: some republicans went rogue, displaying open disdain. critics such as jeff flake of arizona and former trump supporter bob corker of tennessee announced they would not seek re-election to the senate. >> it's not enough to be conservative anymore. it seems that you have to be angry about it. >> reporter: both will remain in office until november working with republican senators john mccain, ben sasse, and cory gardner who expressed disdain of trump, as well. >> we'll get health care passed,
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we'll get health care taken care of in this country. >> reporter: republicans tried to repeal and replace obamacare, received insufficient, removed the bill, regrouped, and were left reeling after repeat defeats. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: the most dramatic courtesy of john mccain. >> we promised and failed. >> reporter: the gop had no major legislative victory all year until december. >> merry christmas, america. >> reporter: a $1.5 trillion gop tax plan passed with a partial repeal of obamacare, handwritten edits, and absolutely no democratic support. a white supremacist rally in charlottesville, virginia, began with a torching of a monument. one white supremacist ran his car into a crowd, killing 32-year-old heather heyer. the president failed to call out the white supremacists. >> i think there's blame on both sides --
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>> reporter: even strong conservatives condemned his response. >> what trump did today was a moral disgrace. >> reporter: demonstrators filled the streets. >> nazis are not welcome here -- >> reporter: and nationwide symbols of the confederacy were vandalized or officially removed. >> you're fired. >> reporter: it was more than just a catch phrase. ask sean spicer, anthony scaramucci, reince priebus, steve bannon, michael flynn, and of course -- >> why do you believe you were fired? >> i take the president at his word they was fired because of the russia investigation. >> reporter: the trump administration had more than a dozen resignations, firings, and reassignments in its first year. the #metoo movement ushered in an air of accountability, ending careers and launching a battle for emotional high ground. allegations that republican roy moore sexually assaulted teen girls as an adult led voters to elect their first democratic
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senator in 25 years. >> i am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the oval office. >> reporter: fellow democrats forced senator al franken to announce his resignation after several women said he acted inappropriately. >> he just mashes his mouth to my lips. >> reporter: several others in congress including trent franks, john conyers, ruben cuen, announced early retirements or resigned after accusations. in response to accusations against the president's past actions, the white house was defiant -- >> that's the big news here is the russian interference in our election system. >> reporter: the leaders of u.s. intelligence agencies unanimously concluded that russia interfered in the president at election. but did president trump's campaign help them in their effort? >> i have nothing to do with russia. >> reporter: fbi director james comey was leading the investigation until he was
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fired. now an investigation by special counsel robert mueller is digging deeper. former national security adviser michael flynn pleaded guilty to misleading the fbi. and campaign chairman paul manafort was indicted. the senate intelligence committee questioned donald trump jr. about his meetings at trump tower. >> there are legitimate questions that this individual needs to answer. >> reporter: all this as the president and his supporters playing defense tried to accuse the mueller investigation of bias. those were our top serve political stories of 2017 -- top seven political stories of 2017. with the investigations of russia ongoing and control of senate at stake, 2018 is sure to present unprecedented political headlines of its own. i'm jake tapper want stay tuned. >> our thanks to jake. arizona cardinals' wide receiver larry fitzgerald with a tribute to john mccain as the lawmaker continues to battle cancerment hear the letter up next. you do all this research
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of age, i'll tell them stories about the quality of the man i've gotten to know. i'll tell them senator john mccain will be revered, respected for as long as the united states of america has a place in this world. and his legacy will outlive us all." fitzgerald visited vietnam in 2000 2013 touring places where mccain was tortured as a prisoner of war. he said he appreciates mccain voting with his conscience and hopes he lives another 20 years. and he said mccain missed six christmases when he was a president of war and could have -- a prisoner of was and could have gotten out earlier but refused to leave until all the men captured before him left. that's one example of why mccain is a true american hero. >> that is so touching. i personally didn't know about the close relationship that those two men had. andy scholes, thank you very much, happy holidays to you. >> to you, as well. thank you for joining me today on this tuesday morning.
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it's been great having you with me. i'm pamela brown. my colleague, dan bash, picks things up right now. hello, i'm dana bash. christmas 2017 is a wrap. and president trump says he's back to work. he's also back on twitter after giving it a break, at least for christmas day. as his first year in office winds down, the president is taking some parting shots at a few favorite targets -- fbi, obamacare, and, despite the election he won being over more than a year ago, the clinton campaign. sara murray is with the president in west palm beach. sara, he is back tweeting. i guess that means in part back to work even though we understand he's on the golf course. specifically, he's tweeting about health care.


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