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>> biden folks feel better about their chances here in nevada. >> americans understand they're getting the short end of the stick. >> this election is a threat to the nation and to the democracy at large. so welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." we begin with ek brbreaking new. u.s. intelligence officials telling lawmakers the russians are trying to help re-elect donald trump and the president is mad about it. not mad that the russians are trying to help him. no. apparently mad that intelligence officials are telling anyone about it. so mad he berated the director of national intelligence. so mad it contributed to him placing a loyalist with no experience in charge of all of the intelligence agencies. so what does this all tell us? why do the russians prefer donald trump? and one of the big questions
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this morning is how does any of this including apparently the effort to silence these officials from talking, how does that make america safe? >> meanwhile, democrats are gearing up for tomorrow's nevada caucuses. we have new reporting about what the bloomberg campaign is doing after his disappointing debate performance. plus new details on how elizabeth warren is trying to bruise bloomberg. and the financial strain on her campaign. so joining us now to discuss the breaking news on russian election interference and the president's reaction is cnn chief political correspondent dana bash and jeffrey toobin. great to have you both with us here in new york. dana, tell us your reporting. what was it that particularly set the president off? >> the notion that i'm told it was simply the notion that the russians not just were interfering but were interfering on his behalf. and as you said, telling that to the congress. telling that to the house intelligence committee. particularly telling that to the
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chairman adam schiff who the president sees as a political enemy which is understandable since he did lead the charge. he was the chief manager in the impeachment trial. and that is what set him off. the issue is that if you're not going to tell the house intelligence chairman about something that is incredibly dangerous and something that is not just looming but happening now, apparently with regard to the 2020 election in order to get the government systems up and running to do something about it, who are you going to tell? >> jeffrey, if you can hang on one second, i have one more question for dana here. >> you know what? take the whole thing. i enjoy listening to dana. >> what exactly happened? there was a briefing by this official from the intelligence community, this woman shelby pierson. who told the house intelligence committee what? >> my understanding -- now, this is classified, so we're getting this from sources. who said specifically that the
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russians are meddle iing and they're meddling in the election already to help the president. it is that that set -- after learning about that that set the president off. but more importantly, set republicans realtime on the committee off. they felt that it was too aggressive. that it was too specific. and they questioned the accuracy of that. and i am just going to clean it up. i was told by somebody familiar with that that it was a mess show. >> it starts with an "s." rhymes with spit. >> it got very ugly. and look, this is a kplee that has had a lot of partisan problems as we know stemming not just from the impeachment inquiry. but even before that. >> can i just say one thing? i'm so much older than all of you, and i'm so old i remember when donald trump was impeached.
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remember back in december of 2019. and remember when what he was impeached for. he was impeached for putting his political interests ahead of the country's national security interests. in ukraine. this is the exact same thing. because -- not because he's doing a bad job. not because he's providing inaccurate information. it's because he is providing information that could be used against him. this is how he behaves. >> there are so many upsetting things about the president. but one of them is the republicans on the intelligence committee who are supposed to be receiving this information as dana just said, they've questioned the accuracy of it. okay. maybe. we just don't know because it's classified, if the accuracy is wrong. i mean, they didn't like when the intel officials said that the russians have, quote,
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developed a preference for president trump. or if they're questioning the accuracy because they don't like that message. >> look. i think if -- one of the things you hate to do, we really were reluctant. i'm going to go back to the george bush era to get involved. we had a little bit of intel about who they might want to win. intel people don't want to wave to the political sphere. they've got some intel. because that's something they don't want to say. they do missiles. they do nukes. they don't do domestic politics. i'm going to guess the intel is pretty good and the republicans on the committee clearly are embarrassed by this as they were in '16 and don't want to hear the message. >> just to point out the obvious, in 2016 they sure had a preference for donald trump. i mean, you know, they hacked the emails of the dnc. and of john podesta.
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they engaged in the social media conspiracy out of st. petersburg. it is a well established fact. so it would be surprising that if they were doing something else four years later. >> not to be pollyanna about this, but it also -- the fact we're having this discussion and not a discussion about what the intelligence community is doing to stop this, to combat it, to prevent it. which was the intent of this briefing in the first place to say, you know -- to send up a flair saying this is happening now again, guys. and, you know, four years ago then-president obama was criticized for not doing enough. when he heard this was happening. because he was worried that it would look too political if he said something publicly. so everything's scrambled, but it's the same kind of issue. and the fact that is not the conversation is frightening. >> it's also not the conversation why the russians want donald trump to get re-elected. which is interesting in and of
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itself. and then after that meeting, there are other developments that have taken place over the last week. number one, the president got mad at the then-acting director of national intelligence maguire. then he pushed him out. and he put in rick grenell. the ambassador to germany with zero intelligence experience, jeffrey. but with a whole lot of experience being loyal to president trump. what does that tell you about how he wants information being disseminated? >> and it's part of a pattern we've seen from the president since the impeachment trial ended. that all the professionals are being sent to, you know, siberia. >> no pun intended. >> that's right. siberia, where there's a lot of support for president trump apparently. and being, you know, replaced by loyalists. and being replaced by people like bill barr who are notwithstanding what they say toadies for the president. >> you could extrapolate if you don't like what the intelligence community is telling people, put someone in charge who might keep
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them from telling people those things. >> and, you know, the politization of intelligence is such a scary prospect, it winds up getting us into things like the iraq war when intelligence is shifted to move -- to push the country in directions the political leadership wants to go rather than where the intelligence says it's going. >> what does it mean that the acting dni now has no intelligence experience and that the new reporting is that republicans on the intelligence committee and president trump don't like when intel officials give them certain information. >> i tell you, this is taking me back to when i was a child. it's like if i played the game of battleship, i could be the secretary of defense. the guy knows nothing about intelligence. i'm cynical, that's who i am. i apologize. if you watch what grenell said,
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he said i'm not going to be around long. legally he can't stay around that long. if you're sitting there saying i'm going to slow roll it. i'm not going to pay attention to what he says. there's a challenge there when staff comes in from the white house that stays beyond grenell, there's a problem and there are reports of that happening. first they're going to slow roll him. second is what's his ability to control the message? the information he gets on russian hacking is going to come from people who have been around for 20 or 30 years. is he going to change it before he goes to the hill to testify? that's going to get out in the leak. and the last thing is, how do you control the director of the intelligence agency nsa particularly and the director of the cia who will get out there in testimony and say stuff different than what grenell says. the system here is going to be interesting. i think it'll undercut the choice for dni. >> you say interesting, i say less safe. what about any of this makes americans more safe or protects us from the russians attacking our democracy? >> i would agree with that.
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let me give you a specific example of that. the president's primary responsibility as commander in chief, from day one you're responsible for protecting the american people from foreign threats. you need homeland security to talk to state election boards. you need cia to conduct covert action in russia. you need state department to talk directly to the russians about interference. you need nsa the national security agency to start hacking the russians themselves. that's got to be coordinated from the white house. bottom line. do you think the president of the united states, president trump has ever directed the white house to have a coordinated plan to speak to the american people, protect voting systems, and counter the russians? i'll give you the answer. no way. >> on a much lighter note, the president if he doesn't like the intel, but he is a movie critic. and so last night he did feel strongly about weighing in on best picture. here he is at a rally. >> and the winner is a movie from south korea. what the hell was that all about?
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we got enough problems with south korea with trade on top of it they give them the best movie of the year? was it good? i don't know. you know, i'm looking for, like, let's get "gone with the wind" back, please? >> has anything ever been more telling than that he wants "gone with the wind" back? here's what the movie's distributor -- >> there's a lot to that. >> i know that. >> "gone with the wind" isn't exactly the most woke movie in the world. >> here's what the movie's distributor followed up with. it says, understandable, he can't read. referring to the fact it has sub titles. >> yeah. look, it's not -- well, it is about that. in that he's performing. he's on the stage, he's performing his rally. he's got his rally shtick. he's looking at the people who want the red meat and he's giving them the red meat. and the red meat for someone like donald trump who has always been a pop culture critic, for a
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long time he started using his twitter handle not just to weigh in on politics but to weigh in on everything from, you know, hollywood romances to movies. and he just can't help himself. and it does play into the notion, look, that he's saying this is an american academy award winner. and it's a foreign country, foreign film. it's not american. >> in fairness, it's like only yesterday that "gone with the wind" was in theaters. so it's -- you know, he was remembering that. >> back when america was great. >> yeah. >> you know what? we'll always have terra. >> jeffrey doesn't give a damn. all right. thank you, all. phil, jeffrey, dana. breaking news. mike pompeo just announced a seven-day reduction in violence in afghanistan negotiated between the u.s. and the taliban moving one step closer to a possible deal designed to end
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america's longest war and remove u.s. troops from the region. cnn's nick paton walsh is live in london with the breaking details. this has been brewing for some time in several different steps. >> reporter: it has. and it's fallen apart before. what we should see tonight is a first key phase, possibly a confidence building measure really in which the guns are meant to partially fall silent in afghanistan. now, not everything will be included in this reduction of violence. fighting against isis we're hearing from an afghan security official may continue. and there may be a lot of confuse about what is and is not included in it. but if the u.s. military at the end of seven days judge this reduction in violence has been successful, well, secretary pompeo in his statement went on to say that they would anticipate a signing of a deal between the united states and the taliban in doha on february the 29th. now, of course, there will be many parts of the insurgency very keen to see this next week
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ahead of us show a reduction in violence and get to that point where the deal is signed. if that does occur successfully, then there will be talks between afghans representing the afghan people because the government doesn't want to directly deal with the taliban. they will talk with the taliban that may occur in norway, it may occur in the weeks and months ahead. it's a messy road potentially. doesn't really want the americans to leave it. they know they need the support and needs the taliban on the ground winning a lot of the time. but for americans, essentially, that deal in doha may mark the beginning of the end of their full-time military presence there. the troop numbers may start coming down. they may start changing their focus. this is not a tidy end by any stretch of the imagination. this war for many i think has felt endless. this is the first time we've seen a clear plan long debated for by the united states. but for ordinary afghans, this
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is not out of the woods at all. it's a new dangerous chapter, certainly. >> thank you very much for all of that context this morning. meanwhile, back here team bloomberg trying to reset after his debate disaster, i guess that's what it's being called. and senator elizabeth warren's campaign is strapped for cash. so we discuss all the latest in the 2020 race next. let's get down to business. the business of hard work... ...hustle... ...and high fives. modernized comfort inn's and suites have been refreshed because our business is you. get the lowest price guaranteed on all choice hotels when you book direct at
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okay. one day away from the nevada caucuses. senator bernie sanders is entering the contest as the undisputed front runner after top finishes in iowa and new hampshire. can his momentum be stopped? or will it change? we have so many questions for dana bash. also joining us paul begala. okay, paul. let's start with you. how do you think nevada is going to go? >> well, first, good morning. mind my manners. or if the guy running our country is watching -- [ speaking in foreign language ]
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let me get back to that news. no, i don't think anything slows bernie's role. this debate was electric, amazing. somehow bernie's opponent wrs operating on the theory that attacking mike bloomberg will stop bernie's asen dense. i thought senator warren last night just in the town hall, just devastating to mike bloomberg. i'm not sure that slows down bernie. >> there's a lot going on with elizabeth warren. let's play something last night where she continued to press michael bloomberg on the nondisclosure agreements that his company signed with various women. so let's play that moment. >> i wrote up a release in covenant not to sue. and all that mayor bloomberg has to do is download it. i'll text it. sign it and then the women or
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men will be free to speak and tell their own stories. >> all right. the part i was most impressed with was she said i wrote it. she's reminding people she a law professor. >> one of the professors on contract law. then of course there's more to it. >> it was a clever stunt. we were talking about it this morning. she's keeping it going. but i think what paul said is really important. she's going after mike bloomberg and others are going after mike bloomberg while bernie sanders is going like this. he's looking at the carnage on the side of the road and waving good-bye as he passed by. she's offended by everything michael bloomberg represents. using his own money to what he
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did before, whether it was these allegations of the way he talked to women, the way he treated women. the, you know, policies that he had. but also she's anti-wall street, anti-big billionaire. and he represents -- he's a foil for her that she just she wants to use. she also -- i'm not saying she wants bernie sanders to be the nominee. but if it's a choice between the two of them. i think she would pick bernie sanders rather than mike bloomberg. >> we're doing the way back machine. >> that's interesting what you just said. basically going after bloomberg helps define her. it helps define herself. >> no question. >> again, she needs to be in the spotlight right now. how do we know that? well, we know that because we
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learned overnight, paul, and this is surprising. it was surprising to me as someone who covered campaigns. her campaign took out a $3 million line of credit at the end of january just before the iowa caucus and new hampshire primary because they were nearly out of money. they only had $2 million cash on hand. and that was before iowa and new hampshire even happened. they were worried that they couldn't make it. they took out a line of credit. they say they didn't tap into it too much, but what does that tell you about the state of the warren campaign? >> they're living hand to mouth. i've been there. dana's right. i think part of that just electric performance is designed to raise money as well. not just to show she's the alternati alternative. and that will help her raise money. i will also note apparently yesterday she gave her blessing to a superpac which is few weeks ago that was -- i used to advise a super pac. i don't think they're evil.
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apparently senator warren now has my position. even though we'd like to end them all, but a few weeks ago, she would have attacked any democrat who had help with a super pac as this example of one of those great laws. sometimes in politics, you have to ride above principle. i think you're raising an interesting point. again, this gets back to bloomberg and going after him for the money, okay. what's the alternative? do you want him spending his own money, dana? his own money that he earned? we know where it is. it's not dark money being funneled from undisclosed do nors. when you're running out of money, maybe your principles change. >> that's an interesting argument that, you know, wouldn't be surprised to hear on a debate stage near you from mike bloomberg. at least it's not dark money. i'm beholden to myself and nobody else. you know, yes. i think your principles maybe change a bit.
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she's trying to straddle the line saying i'm going to play by the rules that exist. i want to change the rules. and a lot of the supporters were pleased with the night he has. and also that he is starting to take on bernie sanders more on the issue of guns. let's listen to that. >> and the fact is bernie has had a very different record than me for a long time. i'm the guy who as the chair of the judiciary committee passed the brady bill that background checks. when bernie was running for the state of vermont, he said it was a tough state to run in. he voted against it five times in the house of representatives. >> okay. so walk me through this in the next 14 days of joe biden's life if he wants to get back in this race.
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it is political malpractice that those folks stood on a stage with bernie sanders who is winning nevada. it's a short walk. 413 shot and wounded beyond that. and it hardly came up at all. that was political malpractice. joe's raising it now. this is one of the issues where hillary used to defeat in the primary four years ago. it is one of the few issues where he has not got a spotless record. it was critical to the brady bill that we passed and signed in the 90s. really good information.
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paul, dana, thank you very much. >> he's going to speak a different language when he comes back. multi-lingual paul begala. all right. so russia prefers donald trump and the intelligence community is telling lawmakers that russia is trying to help get the president re-elected. why does the president want this quiet? what does this all tell us? that's next. can you heal dry skin in a day? aveeno® with prebiotic triple oat complex balances skin's microbiome. so skin looks like this and you feel like this. aveeno® skin relief. get skin healthy™
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sources tell cnn that intelligence officials told lawmakers last week that russia is again actively trying to subvert our election and they have a preference for donald trump to win. the president reportedly did not like that message. joining us now is the disinformation fellow at the wilson center. she is also the author of the upcoming book "how to lose the information war." disinformation fellow. i've not heard that title before. >> i think i'm the only one perhaps in the world but definitely in washington. it's a great title. >> so before we get to the politics and how the president feels about the information. let's talk about the information. i'm sure it comes as no surprise to you to hear that russia is at it again.
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do you know how they're trying to do this? what voters need to know right now? >> well, you're right, alisyn. it's not surprising at all. the united states government has given russia no reason to stop its meddling. what we've done is make it a little bit harder. with the social media companies, it must be said, they should get credit. they've made it harder to interfere. but what the russians and other bad actors are doing are going underground. going into private facebook groups. they're cruisi using home grown. >> that means home grown actors against discord. is that the strategy here? >> of course. that's always the strategy for russia. they want to point to our issues and say to their people, hey, that democracy thing is not working out so well over there in that shining city on a hill. >> and from what you've seen for the past three years from the trump administration, you say that our counterterrorism strategy appears to be a hail mary pass. >> yeah.
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>> what's that mean? >> i think we've got some dedicated people across the government working on these issues at different levels. but from the white house, we don't have recognition that this is a threat. in fact, president trump has belittled the fact it's a threat. he's joked about it with vladimir putin. until we get that signal from the white house, they're going to keep doing what they're doing. and we don't have a coordinated strategy. we've got these little pieces working. we don't have that strategy to inform the american people. >> so you're saying without president trump's buy in, the intel community can't do its job well enough? >> well, he's undermining their message and he's undermining the costs, the few costs that we have imposed on russia and other bad actors that are interfering in our elections. >> as you know, his administration says they had imposed costs. there were 13 russians indicted because of russian meddling. there are 19 russians sanctioned. they hit some busy with it. >> well, some of that is related
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to ukraine, of course. it's not only related to disinformation. but all of those messages are undermined by the fact that president trump gets up every day, he tweets. he says things like no collusion, et cetera. and now we have this news from "the new york times" saying that this important briefing that was going on on the hill last week has again been undermined the president. because he doesn't want to hear the fact that the russians are supporting him. >> let me remind when the president trump sided with putin. >> dan coats came to me and others and said they think it's russia. i have president putin, he just said it's not russia. i will say this. i don't see any reason why it would be. >> what did that moment mean to the intel community? >> well, i think to every
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american, it's shocking to see the u.s. president siding with an adversary. >> researchers like myself who see this going on on a daily basis. i was shocked. my jaw just dropped. it's one of the saddest moments of the trump presidency for me. >> the reporting this morning is that it's gone beyond the president now. and when the intel officials went over to the intel committee in congress to brief them as is their job and it's the intel committee to receive this information, process it. something many republicans in on the intel committee didn't -- they also became irate. they didn't want to hear the message that russia had, quote, developed a preference for
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donald trump. so if they're not even receiving the information. where does that leave us? >> i mean, it leaves us in a very dangerous situation. i'm not surprised that the issue has become so politicized. we saw this playing out during the impeachment proceedings with the republicans repeating essentially russian disinformation. almost wrote about ukraine iian alleged interference. essentially we have a party siding with a strategic adversary of the united states. and we've got the american people not prepared. our government is not prepared. and we've imposed no cost on the bad actors that seek to undermine our democratic choices. >> on that alarming note, nina we appreciate your expertise. >> thanks for having me. >> disinformation officer. love that. all right. so bernie sanders has surged in the national polls. what does he have to do, though, to earn the support of, save, conservative democrats. maybe moderate republicans. never trump republicans. can he win them over if they are
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we are are living in many ways in a socialist society right now. problem is as dr. martin luther king reminded us, we have individualism for the poor. >> what a wonderful country we have. the best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses. what'd i miss here? >> that was bernie sanders dismissing a recent poll suggesting american voters are uncomfortable with the idea of electing a democratic socialist as president. michael bloomberg obviously felt differently. the question for bernie sanders is this. if he is the democratic nominee, can he attract conservative democrats? can he attract moderate maybe never trump republicans to win in november? joining me now to discuss is
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anna navarro and krystal ball. i want to establish a baseline before we even begin the discussion. anna, let me start with you on this. does the democratic nominee need moderate republicans or never trump republicans to win in november? >> does the democratic nominee need to be a democrat? to win the nomination. and it's looking increasingly like maybe not. look. it depends what formula you use to get to the -- includes some of the places that were lost by less than 7,000 votes. then you have moderate democrats and you certainly have disenfranchised republicans, never trumpers who could make that difference. or you need to make it up from being able to take out that obama coalition to the streets. that didn't go out on the same level as they did in 2012.
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either way, you've got to come up with a formula for 270. >> do you think the democratic nominee needs to worry about attracting republicans? >> i think ana lays it out well. but i don't think you have to pick either or. and with bernie sanders, look. we know he excites the base. we know he's going to bring out more young people and probably more working class diverse communities that stayed home in 2016. but we can look at his 30-year electoral history in vermont to see how he does with those moderate and conservative voters. vermont overall is a more liberal state at this point. but there were 61 towns that voted for donald trump. of those 61 towns, bernie sanders won 47 of them. now, compare that to elizabeth warren in massachusetts where there were 91 towns that went for trump. she was only able to win back four of them. so we can see actually bernie sanders has out-performed in the kind of deindustrialized towns in vermont that are similar to
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those key swing states in the industrial midwest. >> the question isn't an either or. ana, this is where you come in as someone who spent your life in a republican party, as someone who has been a life-long republican, how comfortable would you be voting for someone who calls himself a socialist? >> i am incredibly uncomfortable about it. problem for me is that i am most uncomfortable voting for donald trump. that for me is not an option. but i can tell you that there's something -- two things about bernie sanders. number one, this is who he is. and at 76, 78, whatever he is, he is not going to change. and he can't change because people would question his authenticity. but in places like florida and for people like republicans and moderates and i realize people in the democratic primary don't care when they say you screwed up your own house, take care of that. they've got a point. that being said, when we hear the word socialist, i fled
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communism. as did so many cuban americans in miami. there is a reason why donald trump is dragging out the -- you know, the democratic from venezuela at the state of the union. because it triggers us emotionally. and when we see these videos of bernie sanders talking about the soviet union and talking about cuba, it gives us the heebie-jeebies. there's a lot of young people who embrace what sanders is saying. i have friends who said their children were in iowa. people from miami, you don't go to iowa in january and february. because they were campaigning for bernie sanders. >> let's put up some poll numbers here. this is from "the wall street journal," i believe. it has to do with if people are comfortable with the candidate being a socialist. 46% very uncomfortable. ana used a political science
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term for this wuhich is the heebie-jeebies. and you acknowledge they exist for a lot of voters whether democrats absolutely 100% need them, i don't know. but they'd sure be convenient if you want to win an election. >> when you look at the polling when it's not just some hypothetical socialist. the polling shows bernie sanders is the best candidate in terms of electability against trump at this point. it used to be biden. but now sanders outperforms biden on that measure of electability. i think the bottom line is -- and this is core to my own political philosophy. economic populism is an electoral winner. why? because it's a unifying message across the working class. bernie sanders focusing on health care, on wages, on labor rights, on clean air and clean water. these are things that are not partisan issues as he loves to say which i think is a great point. republicans get sick too.
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they care about their health care as well. and while -- and to the point about the latino community and the importance there, that is an incredibly important electorate with very diverse views and i never want to paint with a broad brush. but if we look in this primary, there's one candidate who disproportionately outperforms with latinos. that's bernie sanders. i mean, we've seen polling that i've shown him up over 50% with democratic primary voters in the latino community. so his strength will is also going to be incredibly important in my of these swing states. >> she hits upon something. not all latinos are alike. some of us are from little mexico, the real mexico, the mexico surrounded by water. and we come to this with different experiences. we come to this from different political perspectives. and you also -- look, when you're an american, you're a latino. you're a woman. you're a union member. you are many, many things that make up who you are in your
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political philosophy. >> great to have you here with us this morning. thank so much. all right. one of the most influential labor unions in nevada does not support bernie sanders because of his signature medicare for all plan. cnn speaks with workers to see how they would be impacted, they think, by this. alice loves the scent of gain so much, she wished there was a way to make it last longer. say hello to your fairy godmother alice. and long-lasting gain scent beads. part of the irresistible scent collection from gain!
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coy wire now with more in the bleacher report. there's a lot in this, coy. >> good morning, john. the plan could give nfl fans a better chance of their team making the playoffs as soon as next season. 14 teams would make the playoffs instead of just 12 according to espn. that's if the players sign off on it. right now the two best teams in the conference get byes during wild card weekend but only one would advance under the new proposal. the defending super bowl chiefs would have had to play in the wild card round last season against the steelers who would have made the playoffs. the rams would have made it from the nfc. the owners are trying to increase the number of regular season games from 16 to 17. it's something they pushed for during the last cba negotiations in 2011. that included a lockout. some big-name players not happy with this initial proposal. houston texans star jj watt posting on twitter, hard no on that proposed cba while the
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packers player questioned the balance. know your worth. the vote will move to the players union for an initial vote, i should say. the collective bargaining agreement ends after the upcoming season. so still a ways to go for these two sides. >> and i now know, jj watt because of "snl." that's really what it's about. >> i actually even knew that sports reference that you called up, coy. >> he's so confused. >> i know he is. that's what -- well, that's my aim with sports. meanwhile, bernie sanders is the front-runner heading into tomorrow's nevada caucuses. but the state's most influential union says a vote for sanders is a vote to end health care as they know it. kyung lah is live in las vegas with more. what are they telling you? >> well, this is really something that's been playing out for several weeks on the ground here, alisyn. and it's only intensifying as people head to the caucuses and
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the next 24 hours or so. bernie sanders has been courting the latino vote. this battle threatens to blunt those efforts. just hours to the nevada caucuses -- >> who's got the power? >> reporter: the 60,000-member culinary union, including casino worker alicia sosa. she's fighting on the picket line to unionize more workers at another casino. >> my husband has asthma and we fought for that because we couldn't afford it. now i can, and he can and he can be with me longer. we should be able to have that. our choice. it's our choice. >> reporter: she's talking about her union health care. in one building she gets doctors visits, prescriptions and eye care, all covered. the culinary union warned its members a vote for bernie sanders and his medicare for all plan would mean an end to union health care. >> i'm not sure about the
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medicare for all, if that's a good idea or not. you know, it sounds good. it always sounds good but i'm not sure. >> reporter: the union battles spilled onto the debate stage. >> you are the one at war with the culinary union right here in las vegas. >> we have more union support than you have ever dreamed of. >> reporter: sanders then addressed the union member ss. >> for my friends in the culinary union, i'll never sign a bill that will reduce the health care benefits they have. >> reporter: on the picket line, the courting of the union vote was in full swing. one by one, every top candidate on the nevada ballot is up for sanders, marched for workers. while medicare for all is not a deal breaker for every union member -- >> we're not going to leave him out yet. >> you'd be open to him? >> yeah, yeah, for sure. >> reporter: it is weighing on suzanne. she met amy klobuchar at the culinary health care center.
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>> do you believe bernie sanders when he says medicare for all will replace this and take care of everybody? >> no. i really don't believe that. i'm scared because if he ends that, where are we going to go? >> reporter: so now while the union did make clear to their members how they feel about bernie sanders' health plan, what they did not say is who they should endorse, who they should vote for. the union did not specifically endorse one candidate. that's why you've seen so many of these candidate goes out direct three union members and try to court them. a little mixed messaging. no clear direction from the union. a little hard to say at this point what impact this is going to have, although it appears to have come impact on bernie sanders. >> the sanders team considered the nonendorsement a victory considering what could have happened or what could have been. kyung lah, thank you. thanks to our international viewers for watching. for now, "cnn newsroom" is next.
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for our u.s. viewers, what the kremlin is trying to do today and president trump does not want to hear it. "new day" continues. intel officials say russians are interfering in america's election again. >> the house intelligence chairman adam schiff was in the room. >> the president refusing to hear what the intelligence officials are telling him. >> nobody is going to believe this garbage. new developments in the race for the democratic nomination. the nevada caucuses are tomorrow. >> the real winner in the debate last night was donald trump. >> bloomberg made a fool out of himself last night. >> he's advertising himself to be barack's best buddy. >> what we're seeing in poll after poll is bernie sanders is the best candidate to beat donald trump. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> good morning. welcome to your "new day." it's friday, february 21st,
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8:00 in the east. russia is interfering in the 2020 election and president trump does not want to hear about it. cnn has learned that u.s. intelligence officials briefed lawmakers last week on what the kremlin is doing. and when the president found out about that briefing, he became irate. >> what they are doing, according to intelligence officials, is working to help re-elect the president or at least the intelligence community believes that their preference is to re-elect the president. the president was upset because house intelligence chairman adam schiff was in the room to receive the briefing and the president was worried that the information would be weaponized to hurt his re-election chances. after that, the president abruptly removed his acting director of national intelligence and replaced him on an interim basis with a loyalist who doesn't have any intelligence experience. we're going to speak to a member of the house intelligence committee in just a moment. joining us now, cnn political analyst maggie haberman for "the new york times" and cnn chief political correspondent dana
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bash. both of these terrific reporters have information about how this all happened. dana, let me start with you. walk us through what happened, what was said and what upset the president. >> for the record, we're confirming maggie's great reporting from yesterday. and what i am told is that it was a very, very contentious meeting that ended up happening in the house intelligence committee last week. what should have been a very sober meeting because it was the person in charge in the intelligence community of election security going to the people who oversee the intelligence community. the house members. and saying here's what's happening. here's how russia and other foreign countries are trying to weaponize trying to get themselves involved in their elections, whether it is social media or through other means. and as


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