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welcome to "at this hour." i'm boris sanchez in for kate bolduan. we hope you're having a happy and productive first day of 2018. the president is. in his first tweet of 2018 president trump lashing out at pakistan for what he calls their lies and deceit, saying the government is giving a safe haven to terrorists. the president also taking aim at the regime in iran while expressing support for anti-government protesters. earlier today president trump tweeting out, quote, iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the obama administration. the great iranian people have been repressed for many years and they are hungry for food and freedom along with human right, the wealth of iran is being looted. time for change. cnn white house correspondent abby philip joins us from florida, not far from the mar-a-lago estate where the president is set to wrap up his
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holiday break today. what does this tell you about the administration's policy toward iran? >> good morning, boris. well, iran has been really a centerpiece of president trump's platform, dating all the way back to the campaign when he used that as a major argument against hillary clinton. this is a president who is very concerned with drawing a bright line on iran, he wants to be as tough on the iranian regime as he can be, and the protests here are an important test of his ability to do that and his clout in that region. a lot of republicans are looking back at the 2009 protests in iran they believe the obama administration did not respond forcefully enough to and that's one of the reasons you're seeing a lot from president trump on this issue down here in south florida as he starts his day every morning by expressing support for the protesters in the street and condemning the iranian regime. the message is clear that he believes that this is a key
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moment for him to weigh in on which -- the side that he believes should win out here. >> and abby, the president also having harsh words for an american ally. do we know why he decided to take such a hard line against pakistan today? >> you know, boris, it's unclear what precipitated this tweet. it seemed to come out of nowhere, bright and early this morning on new year's day. here's what the president wrote on twitter this morning. the united states has foolishly given pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years. and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit. thinking of our leaders as fools. they have given safe haven to terrorists in afghanistan with little help. no more. it's not clear if president trump will follow through on what seems to be a threat to pull foreign aid to pakistan. this is another issue he's been talking about some time, wanting to bring money back from overseas where we've been giving in the form of foreign aid to
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other countries like pakistan and what the president believes is us getting nothing in return, so he's raising this issue at the beginning of the year. it's possible in an effort to fulfill some of these campaign promises, he is really focused right now on the threat of terror, and he's been touting the progress that's been made on isis. clearly here the president is frustrated that pakistan is not doing more to help them with that effort. >> all right. abby philip reporting from west palm beach, thank you. meantime north korea's leader is calling on his country to speed up the production of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. kim jong-un says, quote, we need to constantly be ready to retaliate against the enemy's move for a nuclear war. now a former chairman of the joint chiefs says that threat is closer than it has ever been. let's bring in pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what are we hearing from admiral mike mullen about the situation with north korea? >> well, good morning to you,
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boris. admiral mullen was interviewed over the weekend, and he's a very calm, no drama kind of guy, so his remarks are getting a lot of attention here in washington. have a listen to what he had to say about all of this. >> we're actually closer in my view to a nuclear war with north korea and in that region than we've ever been and i just don't see how -- i don't see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point. >> that said, the trump administration defense secretary james mattis, secretary of state rex tillerson, all very much on the diplomatic page publicly at this point. we have seen tweets from the president hinting at a very tough military stance, but defense secretary mattis as recently as friday talked about diplomacy, backed up by economic sanctions, very much being front and center and the feeling that there was still very much an effort to try to make all of
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that work. hard to see, though, in 2018 that kim jong-un is going to change his mind. all indications are he will proceed with his weapons development. boris? >> yeah. barbara, we also got some mixed messaging from him today. he talked about his country's nuclear capabilities but then he also talked about potentially sitting down and talking to south korea? >> he did. he hinted that he would be open to some discussion about north korea sending a delegation to the winter olympics being hosted in a few weeks by south korea. whether that happens, i think the world sports community is very uncertain at this point, whether that is even likely. will kim follow through on this kind of olive branch new year's talk? hard to see. maybe yes. but still, very much he also was adamant that if he felt attacked, if he felt threatened, he would respond and we know that he has this missile
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capability. he also talked about the nuclear button, his words, always being on his desk, always being ready to go. >> certainly disconcerting. barbara starr reporting from the pentagon, thank you. >> in iran where the death toll is rising after four straight days of nationwide protests, at least 12 people have been killed, according to state media. the violence comes despite an appeal for calm by iranian president hassan rouhani. cnn's arwa damon is in neighboring turkey with the details. arwa? >> hi, boris. we are expecting to hear from the iranian president at any point now. he has been making quite a few public statements warning demonstrators against creating chaos, against turning to violence, saying that will be met with force. at the same time in what is perhaps an interesting conciliatory tone, he is acknowledging that people have a right to protest, they have a
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right to express their grievances with the government and with the economy. he acknowledges that people do and are struggling when it comes to food, fuel, and other basic necessities. but at the same time, he is continuing to warn demonstrators not to end up being political pawns and he is also lashing out at u.s. president donald trump saying that he, america, is really the root cause of many of the difficulties that iran is facing. we did hear from trump again tweeting over the weekend on sunday, again warning iran that the world is watching. what is especially interesting for observers when they look at these demonstrations taking place is just how widespread they are. the fact that they also are encompassing unlike perhaps previous moments such as the 2009 green movement, they are
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encompassing lower income individuals, and at the same time there is no clear leadership, there is no group that is in charge. other than taking to the streets and really voicing their fury with the government and we are hearing some chants such as "death to the dictator" and "we don't want an islam milk republic" and rare cries they want to see the supreme leader step down, it's unclear exactly what the end game is and specifically what demands this diverse and noncohesive group of individuals do have, boris? >> yeah. calls for the death of the ayatollah, not something we have heard before in iran, thank you for that reporting. joining us now to discuss this and much more, retired rear admiral john kirby, cnn's military and diplomatic analyst and a former spokesperson at the state department and pentagon. thank you so much for joining us. always a pleasure to see you. wish we had fewer things to talk about. seems like there's a lot going on in the world.
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first i want to start with pakistan. the president tweeting out this morning, threatening to cut off aid to pakistan. there's been a lot of questions over the years about their allegiance and whether their interests align with the interests of the united states in south asia. first, is pakistan truly an ally and second, is this approach by the president to threaten to cut off aid the right approach? >> look, the relationship with pakistan is and has been very complicated. i don't know that i would go so far to call them an ally and i certainly would not agree that their strategic interest rate t are the same as ours. pakistan has been playing a bit of a double game here and the president is not wrong at all when he expresses frustration. he's not the first one to do that. he's not wrong to think about and look at the chances of using our aid and assistance as a lever to try to get pakistan to behave a little bit better when it comes to the safe haven we know they provide to the terrorist groups. they're playing a double game and have for a long time.
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i think it's -- i think we should try to meter the aid and assistance they get, to elicit better behavior and cooperation from them, not pistorius a safehaven for the groups, but i think that we need to do this in a judicious, prudent manner. pakistan has already long ago determined that the united states is perhaps not their most reliable partner and are looking for more and more excuses to turn to china for help. i don't think it's in our best interest to have china more involved than they already are in that particular part of the world. >> a couple questions on china, but first specifically about north korea, you heard the former chairman of the joint chiefs mike mullen over the weekend talking about this being the closest that we've been to nuclear war with north korea. you laughed when barbara starr said he was a serious guy, not prone to alarm. do you think with we're that close, we're on the brink of war with north korea? >> i worked with admiral mullen for a long time, i was his spokesman for over a decade, i smiled because barbara is right.
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i know admiral mullen well and he is a calm, measured, deliberate leader who says what's on his mind and you can count on it. i do share his concerns that we are closer and closer now to conflict and there's no doubt that kim jong-un continues to try to improve and perfect this suite of capabilities that would not only make him a threat to the region but even to the united states mainland. it's unclear right now, boris, how much that threat to the mainland really exists. secretary mattis seems to be a little less deliberate in terms of his decision that they have got that capability. i'm heartened when i hear him, secretary mattis, and secretary tillerson, talk about diplomatic-led solutions. i have to believe, even though you and i don't hear about it every day, he athey are doing something behind the scenes to get to the table with north korea. we all need to realize kim jong-un is not going to stop and never going to negotiate away the capabilities as long as he continues to believes the united
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states is a threat. >> very quickly on china, this weekend south korea claimed that they apprehended a ship that was flying a pan main nan flag but most most crewed by chinese. the insinuation this is a chinese ship violating u.n. sanctions. the question is, does china have an incentive to work with the united states on north korea or does it really play in their favor to have this proxy, this buffer, that's challenging american power directly the way no one is in that part of the world? >> china is frustrated by what kim jong-un is doing. they have more influence than any other nation state on north korea, but that influence is limited. they don't have, you know, some unlimited ability to make kim jong-un behave the way they want to. that said they can and should do more to enforce the sanctions. one of the problems we've had with international sanctions against north korea in the past including very recently is that china and russia aren't uniformly implementing those sanctions to the degree they can and should.
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china has done a lot. they have cut off natural gas, they have stopped importing seafood, but they haven't done everything they can and i think what we're seeing is this is the proof of that. they should do more. we need to continue to press them to do more. >> on the subject of iran, two very different approaches from the obama administration to the trump administration. when we last saw this kind of unrest in 2009, president obama was hesitant to lend his support to the protesters in iran. part of that was laying the groundwork for the iran nuclear deal. do you think this is the right approach, the president now strongly throwing himself behind these protesters? >> well me push back a little bit on the presumption of what obama did. i don't think it was about preserving the iran deal. he was cautiously trying to move forward to see where the green movement was going because we didn't completely fully understand it and he was -- president obama was very public about advocating for peaceful protests, as i think you've seen the trump administration do.
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i think we need to be careful here. arwa damon's report was excellent in terms of how much we don't really understand about this. i'm not an iran expert but i've been reading a bunch over the last few days and it seems like it's not necessarily an ideological set of driven protest, it's more practical, more economic, more political. but it's also very diffuse. as arwa said there's no one leader or outcome they seem to be driving at. we need to be humble as we look at this and understand there's a lot we don't know. that's what troubles me a little bit about what president trump has been tweeting and so -- coming down so hard on the side of the protesters when we don't completely understand what we're after. >> president trump saying the world is watching. we will be to see what turns out in iran. rear admiral john kirby always a pleasure, sir. happy new year. coming up it wasn't the dossier after all, at least according to a new report, that says a drunken conversation between a trump campaign aide and a diplomat was the real spark for the russia investigation.
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the spark for the russia investigation may have come from a drunken conversation between a former trump adviser and australian diplomat according to the "new york times." the "times" says during an evening of drinking at a london bar in may of 2016 george papadopolous told an australian diplomat that russia had political dirt on hillary clinton. australian officials later notified the u.s. about the conversation when wikileaks began posting e-mails hacked from the democratic national committee on-line. i want to bring in our panel, michael zeldin, a legal analyst and former special assistant to robert mueller at the department of justice, zeke miller with us, a white house reporter for the associated press. michael, let's start with you. if george papadopolous told an australian diplomat that the russians had stolen hillary clinton e-mails, at the very least dirt on hillary clinton, long before that information became public, what does that signal to you?
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>> well, it signals that papadopolous as a cooperating witness, has a much bigger story to tell mueller than we first anticipated. this reporting in "the new york times," if true, also dovetails with the reporting that "the guardian" has done on carter page having similar types of meetings and that the intelligence unit, new zealand, canada, australia, uk, u.s., were beginning to see these communications early in the march, april, may period of 2016. so this may be further confirmation of the possibility that the trump campaign did, indeed, have liaison with russians or russian intermediaries much earlier than has been reported previously. >> michael, staying with you, if this was the spark for the russia investigation, then some of the claims from trump supporters that it was all initiated by the salacious dossier compiled by a former british spy, that's not the
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case, right? >> well, that's right, in part, boris. the other thing, though, is that this reporting of papadopolous meeting with australian diplomats and being told that russians have dirt and carter page, similarly meeting with russians and being told that russians have dirt, does tend to dovetail some with the memoranda that steele did present to u.s. intelligence agencies which gave rise to the investigation. these things are beginning to coalesce in a way that confirms in part what steele has reported, leaving aside the salacious stuff but on the contacts between trump campaign and russian intermediaries, so it's become a much more sort of rich environment for mueller to evaluate witness testimony. i think that you will see that others like sam clovis and stephen miller and carter page may find themselves similarly situated to george papadopolous. >> zeke, to you, another
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revelation in the new york times story seems to cast doubt on whether or not george papadopolous was a coffee boy. it turns out that he actually brokered a meeting between then candidate trump and egyptian president fatah al assisi. the idea he is a low level volunteer is unraveling. >> george papadopolous entered the political lexicon, nobody knew who he really was up till the president revealed he was a foreign policy adviser on his campaign in an interview with "the washington post" last year. there is an element of, you know, the white house and the president seem to be trying to have it both ways. he was both trying to be the secret back channel, whether it be with the russians, the egyptians and others, you know, and -- but the white house, the president cited him as a foreign policy expert he was bringing on to his campaign when nobody was really willing to work for him. this has been a challenge for the president who says he's going to hire the best people. here he is hiring somebody who is clearly not very good at being a foreign policy adviser
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or being discreet. so many things wrong with him. the president hired him and touted his hiring and now trying to sort of rewrite history a little bit. he was not an integral member of the foreign policy leadership, certainly not, but he had a larger role than they're trying to admit now. >> he touted his abilities, it's on tape so it can't be denied or said that his words were twisted. do you think it's plausible that if papadopolous is this volunteer who's clearly ambitious, trying to make a name for himself in this campaign, that he would have had this information about the russians, but then kept it to himself and not told anyone in power within the campaign that could then capitalize on that information? >> it certainly is possible. this could have just been entirely idle bluster in a drunken meeting with a foreign diplomat. he could have been inebriated to make these wild claims -- >> early predicative. >> things happen like that in hindsight where we can put the
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pieces together and things stand out that way. that said, robert mueller, you know, there's a plea deal here for a reason. he lied to the fbi. he's giving something to the special counsel's office. what that is we'll find out soon. it could be that he tried to pass some of these conversations on and some of that intelligence or knowledge on to others in the campaign and in the president's orbit or it was all bluster, and he's giving something else to robert mueller. we don't know that yet. >> michael, i did want to ask you about a -- you wanted to jump in? >> i was going to say what papadopolous is saying back there in the summer, i think we will find also was picked up on intercepts from the dutch and germans and the french and has been reporting about that. i don't think this is going to turn out to be idle talk, among drunk at a bar. >> we have to leave it there unfortunately, but we can go through this "new york times" piece for quite a long time. unfortunately that's all the time we have for that.
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michael zeldin and zeke miller thank you for joining us. happy new year to you both. >> happy new year. coming up, a 16-year-old boy now in custody after police say he used a semiautomatic rifle to gun down his mother, father, sister and a family friend. details on this story just ahead. the day after chemo might mean a trip back to the doctor's office, just for a shot. but why go back there, when you can stay home with neulasta onpro? strong chemo can put you at risk of serious infection. neulasta helps reduce infection risk by boosting your white blood cell count,
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a new jersey teenager is in police custody this morning after four people were found shot to death in in his parents' home. both of the suspect's parents, his sister and family acquaintance were found last night when police responded to a 911 call reporting shots had been fired. what do we know? >> boris, get you caught up with what we do know at this point. investigators in new jersey are treating this as a domestic incident. that's how they're investigating this. we understand according to information released by authorities that police were called to a home there in long branch, new jersey, just before midnight last night. they arrived to find four people had been killed there, a married couple by the name of linda and steven kologi, also their 18-year-old daughter britry in, and a 70-year-old family friend
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by the name of mary schultz. all had been shot and killed inside that home and they also arrested the 16-year-old son of that murdered couple. at this point there's still a lot of unanswered questions in this case. obviously a motive, the big question as to why this could have happened, is being investigated right now. a couple of questions we're trying to get to the bottom of, was anybody else in that home an how was the 16-year-old allegedly able to get their hands on this semiautomatic rifle? a lot of questions that are being asked right now in new jersey after this quadruple homicide that left at least four people dead and a 16-year-old behind bars. boris? >> heinous crime. thank you so much for that. in the meantime in colorado a law enforcement officer is dead, six others wounded, after a suspect opened fire from a barricaded bedroom. douglas county deputy zachary parish was one of several officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex south of
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denver. cnn correspondent scott mcclain is standing by with details. new information about this shooter? he was someone familiar with law enforcement officers there? >> yeah, that's right. law enforcement was certainly familiar with him even though he did not have a criminal record and we're learning, boris, he actually had a military service record. he enlisted in the army reserve back in 2003. he was in the wyoming national guard from 2006 to 2012 and he actually served for a year in iraq going on security missions while he was there. he was honorably discharged in 2012 with the rank of what they say e-4 or specialist rank. we're learning more about the timeline. we know the deputies were called out to this area, to this apartment complex in denver, the highlands ranch area, for a noise complaint. they didn't find anything. it wasn't until 3:00 they got another call about a disturbance
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and it was matthew riehl's roommate that told them perhaps his roommate was having a mental breakdown. there was no crime committed. it wasn't until 5:00 in the morning they went back a third time. this time the roommate gave them a key and permission to go inside. riehl barricaded himself inside a bedroom and at 5:56 he fired on deputies hitting four of them, three managed to scramble to safety, one did not, zachary parish, 29 years old. he was killed. those three deputies crawling to safety, while they were doing that, riehl continued to fire. neighbors in that area, they were awoken to gunfire. some of them grabbed their own weapons. listen. >> i heard a strong series of what sounded like automatic fire so immediately i jumped out of bed and grabbed my firearm and looked out the window and saw
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heavy police presence, police running to the scene, police on top of some buildings, just a rapid response. >> reporter: so boris, it wasn't until more than an hour and a half after the first shots were fired that a s.w.a.t. team went in and killed matthew riehl. one of the s.w.a.t. officers was injured and shot in the leg and released from the hospital and two civilians hit by gunfire have also been released from the hospital. boris? >> our hearts and minds with zachary parish, he leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. scott mclean, thank you for that reporting. an update for you on a story we've been following out of central america. the u.s. state department is confirming the deaths of ten u.s. citizens and two local pilots in a plane crash in costa rica. a synagogue in new york is confirming five of the victims were members of the steinberg. bruce and irene and their three sons, zachary, william and matthew, were passengers on the small, private airplane that
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went down yesterday afternoon less than ten minutes after taking off for the capital of san jose, costa rica. it's not immediately clear what may have caused the crash but earlier on sunday heavy winds forced the pilots to alter their course. officials from the plane's operator nature air could not be reached for comment. coming up, can lawmakers come together in 2018 with tax reform in the rear view, battles over immigration and infrastructure are looming. where things stand right now, ahead. your brain changes as you get older. but prevagen helps your brain with an ingredient originally discovered... in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory. prevagen. the name to remember.
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welcome back. a new year means new resolutions and president trump and members of congress are setting a few goals of their own for the 2018 agenda and it's looking a bit aggressive. in january they need to nail down a spending bill and a disaster relief package, they need a solution for the children's health insurance program and they want fixes for obamacare. here with me to share their insights republican strategist paris de nard, kevin madden, former press secretary for john boehner, and the democratic strategist maria cardona joins.
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the agenda for 2018, infrastructure, immigration looming large but steve bannon has his own ideas of where the president's head should be at. here's some of what he told axios the president should focus on in january. trade with china, building the wall, and daca. he said it's a make or break moment for president trump. do you agree? >> well, it's very important, obviously, if he wants to maintain his political capital at the same time still have allies left to help him with his agenda on capitol hill. it is certainly a very, very ambitious agenda. one of the big problems that this president is going to have increasingly during this year is that the off years are usually where you get things done and find some bipartisan support but during election years like this, midterm election years, the folks up on capitol hill, the parties tend to try to find where their differences are. they want to go into the election year drawing contrasts with the opposition party. when you have very tough things hard to get done even when you
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have a lot of political agreement or spirit of bipartisanship, like immigration, like spending bills, the president, i think he's increasingly going to have his allies on capitol hill looking for ways to show what their differences are. yes, he has a robust agenda but serious challenges with building the political coalitions he needs too get things done. >> one of the biggest differences is on daca and a solution for d.r.e.a.m.ers. maria, to you, the president and some of his allies have made it clear there's not a deal on daca unless they get border security in return, potentially a wall, possibly the end of chain migration. i want to play some sound from lindsey graham on cbs. here's when he said over the weekend. >> i don't know of one republican who wants to repair obamacare. i don't know what democrat who wants to replace it. we're not going to come together on health care. on daca, there is a deal to be had. the d.r.e.a.m.ers can have the life they dreamed of if the democrats and republicans can give. we need the wall.
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not a complete 2200 mile wall. we need border security. marry that with the d.r.e.a.m. act. there's a deal to be had on immigration and i want to do it in january, i don't want to wait until march. >> maria, can democrats realistically not give in on a wall or border security? if they don't make a deal with the president what will they show voters they got done in 2018? >> well, i think democrats will make it very clear that they have always and still do to this day support strong border security. now, as lindsey graham said, that doesn't mean a 2,000 mile plus physical wall with a beautiful gold door which is what trump promised his campaign supporters during the 2016 campaign. that is not going to happen. now, if republicans can seriously come together and credibly work with the democrats on increased border security and a deal on the d.r.e.a.m. act, there is a d.r.e.a.m. act already, boris, as you know, the
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leader of the house, paul ryan, could bring it to a vote tomorrow and it would pass with major bipartisan support. i think this is going to be a big test for the president and for mitch mcconnell who said they want to work in a bipartisan way and i think that it's dangerous politically at this time going into 2018 for the president, who has promised to protect these d.r.e.a.m.ers, to have a deal where these d.r.e.a.m.ers could stay, to now start putting in poison pills which he knows very well would be poison pills with the democrats, making sure all of these other things are in it when the majority of the american people agree that these are kids that are here through no fault of their own and have done nothing but help our society and contribute to our economy. i think that's something that democrats are going to make clear. >> paris, maria is not the only one saying these are dangerous times for republicans. we've heard of heated meetings within the white house about the
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2018 strategies. there's this rnc memo warning of impending disaster. despite that, republicans hold the advantage when it comes to fund-raising. right now, are you feeling comfortable about 2018? do you think it's time to sound an alarm? >> i don't think you should ever feel comfortable. you should be cautious. it's good that under the leadership of the chairwoman at the rnc, fund-raising at the rnc is good and showing the enthuse thuse yachl and support with the base. kevin knows as well as anybody that the republican party has the wind on our sails when it comes to this tax bill, come february we start to feel the impact of it and it's going to be a positive one. as you know when speaker boehner was in office he always wanted to find common ground and get something done. and i think going into this mid-term election, yes, they will look for differences but they will want to find something to get done to take back home to their district and say, this what is we did. whether it's infrastructure spending, infrastructure bill, or getting something done with
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the border, immigration reform, look, there's something also on the horizon, it is criminal justice reform. bipartisan efforts on the hill right now to get something done with that and i know that this is a priority with the administration and jared kushner pushing and leading that effort, so there's going to be things that are going to be done because remember at the end of the day the president wants to win and he wants to have wins under his belt and go into this new year with wins and doing it for the american people. >> kevin, with the wind at your sails is it infrastructure, immigration, criminal justice reform is. >> i think it's important to be optimistic and say there are winds at your sails but be realistic and look at the current polling the president's popularity is very low. we have a huge problem with the generic ballot polling right now which is that when you ask voters out there who they would support, a democrat or republican, the democrats are actually leading. so i think you have to go into this election year with that understanding, it's very important to have that acute understanding of the demographics in some of these
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swing areas where independents and a lot more moderate republicans are going to decide these -- some of these swing districts. i think paris is right, the agenda has to be acutely focused on the economic benefits of the tax bill and look for areas where they can deliver on things like infrastructure. >> we have to leave it there. thank you all so much for joining us. happy 2018. >> thanks, boris. the first day of 2018, a landmark day for marijuana. the most populated state in the nation, california, kicking off the legal sale of the drug for recreational use. but not all pot supporters are celebrating. we'll explain right after a quick break. my dentist said something interesting...
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now for the first time ever you can buy recreational marijuana legally in california. the new law sparking a new gold or green rush across the state. cnn's miguel marquez is outside a dispensary in sanjay gup jose california, how is day one looking? >> well, it's looking like it is shaping up to be a busy day here. they're about 15 minutes away from opening here at buddy's cannibis in san jose. this place has an interesting story. there's not a lot of licenses out there for the first day. this place happens to have the very first, 0000001. for both medicinal and adult use. it is made at the behest of the bureau of cannibis control,
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that's an actual state department with the state of they expect to be extraordinarily busy today. there is already a line out there. if you are buying recreationally for an adult, you can buy up to an ounce. each of these is a half ounce. you can buy all of that. if you have your medical card, you can get all of this. that's a half pound of marijuana. the taxes for medicinal versus recreational will be treated differently. if you have your medical card, somewhat less taxes in different cities, but every city and locality makes their own rules for when and how. where they can be and all that sort of stuff. it's a new world order for california. the rules came along so late that many existing businesses
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did not have time to apply for their licenses. that will start when they open up again tomorrow. you will see a slew of businesses in the months and years ahead. they suspect that this industry will be as big as $7 billion. several times the size of all the legal business right now. >> stay safe out there, sir. thank you. the military will begin accepting applications from transgender recruits going against president trump's wishes. the president and commander in chief issued a memorandum barring transgender americans from military service. the move was very controversial and reversed obama era policies. federal appeals courts have blocked key parts of the order and the ban will not go into effect for now. a new year brings new hope for some in puerto rico. some are getting power back after getting hit by hurricane
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>> more than three months after hurricane maria devastated puerto rico, some areas are getting back to normal, but many neighborhoods are still without power even in the capital of san juan. she has been talking to people about what they are hoping for
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this year. layla? >> reporter: right at midnight we saw the lies and displays of fireworks and people are hopeful that the new year will be a better for puerto rico. they also are very realistic and understanding that it will likely still be a struggle. >> even in the holiest of places where prayers for 2018 are sent to a higher power. it's hard to escape the realities of life after maria. >> the father sees it every day in the streets he walked for 20 years and the community that relied on his guidance. >> they go to church to charge
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the heart like a cell phone. >> this is the place he called home for decades. >> so no power and no water and no roof. >> much progress has been mead hare. the tourist areas are moving forward, but in its shadow, this is an area where people feel forgotten and want more. still no power and 2018 can be hard to find. >> he said the new year is just another year in which he is waiting for someone to help him. he said fema told him he doesn't qualify for a new roof. when it rains here, they get wet. it's that simple.
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>> keep trying and start again. we are with you. you are not alone. >> words of comfort the father knows will only go so far for jorge. >> what will new year's look like here? >> new year, they say new life. it's not a new life. it's a new fight. >> so here where they made the town look like their own with new harps and all, they pray. pray for the miracles and the strength to rebuild in the new year. >> i have not been able to stop thinking about the fact that jorge in that story still looks that home without a roof. that is the only place he calls home. that is where he cleeps at night. that's why he still looks the
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door and secures his belongings. he is one of many that still don't have power. the government says 55% of people have power and that means nearly half of this island is still waiting for power to arrive nearly three months after murn maria struck the island. >> many may not get rein the the spring or summer. the next hour of at this hour starts now. happy 2018. i'm boris sanchez in for kate baldwin. thank you very much for joining us. president trump said one by one america's enemies are being defeated. they made the remarks for a new year's eve speech.
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they are not far from mar a lago where the president is wrapping up. the details of this new year's message. >> that's right, the president spent new year's eve at a glitzy party filled with a lot of supporters and members of his club and their guests. he rang in the new year on a defiant note. take a look at what he said according to audio we obtained. >> we are going to have a great 2018. it's something very, very special. we have good enemies out there, but step by step they are being defeated. they are some bad people. bad people. some day maybe they will love us. you know what they are going


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