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starting right now -- breaking nusdz new debris found. is it from malaysian flight 370, will it pinpoint where the plane went down. crunch time, donald trump surging in the polls, ahead of the crucial first gop debate. will he keep up his momentum? donald trump is here live. 2016 shocker. is joe biden about to jump into the presidential race? plus hunting outrage. will cecil the lion's death spark new bans on trophy hunting. and why that american dentist may face criminal charges overseas. >> announcer: from abc news "this week" with george stephanopoulos begins now. good morning. i'm jonathan karl lots of news
to get to this morning including the countdown to the first republican debate front-runner donald trump will be center stage, is he ready? what is his strategy? trump will be with us live momentarily but first, we start off with breaking news this piece of debris has been found near a fragment of a wing was found just days ago that piece is set to undergo analysis to see it from missing malaysian air flight 370. let's bring in steve ganyard, many are wondering is this part of that plane? >> this these to go back for forensics testing. we need to continue to go deliberately slowly and make sure we look at these pieces by themselves and figure out if this is part of the airplane. >> if this turn turns out to be
part of that plane will it help us pinpoint where that plane went down in. >> not really because they'll go back and they'll do some forensics on the metal, it will tell us what happened at the end when this airplane hits the water, it's not going to tell us where the pieces of that airplane is, off the coast of australia, where the real clues are. >> thanks steve. now to that possible bombshell in the 2016 race is joe biden about to jump in? abc's cecilia vega with the new evidence, the answer may be yes. >> this morning, the strongest signs yet that joe biden might be ready to run. the vice president's advisers telling abc news his political team has been ramping up in recent days entering what they call a more active phase. >> hi how are you? >> reporter: in camp biden, there are discussions about fund-raising and launching a political action committee, while the vice president himself
hasn't authorized any of these moves, one adviser tells abc news he believes biden is 90% in. telling george back in january, joe saying that he's open for a run. >> i think there's -- i think there's wide open on both sides. >> reporter: and there could be an opportunity. less than half of democratic front-runner hillary clinton's supporters described themselves as very enthusiastic about her candidacy. now the "the new york times" reporting that biden's son beau who died of cancer pressed his father to run and the vp has been holding meetings at home talking to family friends and donors about jumping in. one thing is certain, biden is not saying no. >> happy new year. >> reporter: for "this week," cecilia vega abc news new york. >> thanks ececilia.
but now to the republicans and the upcoming debate it's the first big test for front-runner donald trump, the stakes are in a word huge. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter:s front-runner trump not studying but spectating taking in a golf tournament in scotland. >> as far as the debates i am who i am. i'm not a debater. >> reporter: the brash billionaire surprisingly down plague expectations. >> maybe i'll do terribly. >> reporter: who he'll take on is still up in the air, only the top ten candidates in five of the most recent polls qualify. if a debate were today, some of the notable names would be left out of the main event.
rick perry and rick santorum. candidates sharping their attack lines. >> if this deal goes through, the obama administration will become quite literally the world's leading finesier of radical islamic terrorism. >> reporter: are they ready to tangle with trump who's surged to top of the poll by winning some passionate fans. >> he's successful. i want to be a billionaire. >> tell me what you think a trump presidency would look like sf. >> a presidency of hope. >> reporter: some analysts like fivethirtyeight nate silver says this might be as far as trump goes. >> trump will tout his top-line numbers and say, i have 20% of the base. but, in the end, 20% is not enough and when half of your own party dislikes you don't have very much room to grow from that 20%.
>> jon, one of trump's main talking points is he'll win the presidency. he'll beat hillary clinton. clinton has a double-digit lead over trump. >> thanks tom. let's get straight to the gop front-runner donald trump who joins us by the phone. thank you for joining us thank you, jon. we have this news this morning that joe biden is looking into running, what is your assessment harder to beat than hillary clinton? >> i think it's a real possibility, what she did was absolutely in my opinion illegal and i don't think she's going to be allowed to run if they have a prosecutor who's going to be honorable. if you look at general petraeus is nothing compared to what she's done. and his life is in ruins. what she did is far worse. i think she has a big problem with her e-mails. biden could go in and do very well and maybe win.
>> let's get to your big moment you never debated before are you ready for this debate what would you consider a win? >> well i'm not a debater, these politicianses -- i always say they're all talk no action. i don't debate i have created tremendous jobs. i do a lot of things. my whole life is a debate in a way. i'm not a debater and they are. but, with that being said i look forward to that. who know. >> reporter: you haven't been afraid to attack your opponents, are you going to be throwing punches? >> every single attack -- >> you have been attacking -- >> every attack i made was a counterpunch. they attacked me first. the fact is i have been attacked pretty viciously by some of these guys. i have respect for some of the people on the stage. but i -- i have been attacked
and i counterpunched. i didn't start the attacks. >> some of the more recent ones jeb bush while you were in scotland dismissed your rise as a phenomenon. rand paul said your surge in the poll is a temporary loss of sanity. >> he's very weak on the military very weak on defense, probably hurt him very badly. i think he's a nice guy. i contributed to his cause as he goes around as a doctor and takes care of very seriously ill people and helps them out. i have made a lot of contributions. i'm surprised to hear him to say that. i would say i was little surprise to hear rand say that. but if he feels that's okay with me. >> you have been very harsh on your assessment of jeb bush specially, you wrote in your book the america we deserve, of jeb bush he's exactly the kind
of political leader this country need now and will very much need in the future -- he's bright tough and principled. not just jeb bush. of hillary clinton you said just in 2012 she's a terrific woman, works hard and she does a good job. george pa tacki, the most underrated guy in american politics. now, you have declared hillary clinton the worst secretary of state ever. you said rick perry is too dumb maybe to be in the debate. >> it's a very simple answer to that i was a businessman all my life i made a tremendous fortune. i head to deal with politicians. i'm not going to say bad things about people because i needed their support to get projects done. i mean you're not going say horrible things and go in a year later, and say, listen can i
have your support on this business. i contributed to people because i was a smart businessman, i built a tremendous company and i did that based on relationships. now i'm no longer a businessman. i'm someone who wants to make the country great. the tone is too weak. i understand what jeb is saying. hillary used the exact same word the tone of trump. they're beheading our people -- they're beheading christians -- >> opponents isn't beheading anyone. >> the tone has to be tougher. if we're going to stop isis clean up the border and stop what's happening at the border which is a disaster which i was very proud to brought up. now, everyone's apologizing to me now that they see that i'm right. we need a strong tone and we need tremendous enthusiasm and as you understand jeb doesn't have that strong tone and he doesn't have that level of enthusiasm that you need to make
our country great again. as a businessman, i support everyone. >> so let me ask you about something you tweeted last year you said of barack obama, sadly because president obama has done such a poor job as president, you won't see another black president for generations, what did you mean by that in. >> i think he's been a very poor president, i think he has done a very poor job as president, we have $18 trillion right now in debt and going up rapidly. >> but what did you mean -- >> wait a minute we don't have victories anymore. china is killing us on trade. mexico is killing us at the border and killing us at trade. you look at what's going on with japan, you look at what's going on with vietnam, you look at saudi arabia makes a $1 billion a day we defend them. >> why do you say we won't see another black president for
generations in. >> i think he has set a very poor standard a very low bar and i think it's a shame for the african-american people. by the way, he has done nothing for african-americans, if you look at what's gone on with their income level, their youth, i thought he would be a great cheerleader for this country. i thought he would do a fabulous job for the african-american citizens for this country, he has done nothing. they're worse now than just about ever -- excuse me they have problems now, in terms of unemployment numbers, look at their unemployment numbers. here you have a black president who's done very poorly for the african-americans of this country. i think that i will win the african-american vote and the hispanic vote. if you see the recent polls that have come out, jon, you'll see that because i'm leading in the hispanic vote. i want to go through a lightning-round questions.
supreme court, who's your model of supreme court nomination. >> i have number of people that i like when it comes to the supreme court, high intellect and very conservative. i would like high intellect and very conservative. >> would president trump authorize waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques? >> i would be very strong. when people are chopping off other people's heads and we're worried about waterboarding, i have no doubt that that works. >> bring back waterboarding? >> such a big subject. i haven't heard that word in a long time. >> okay i want to get a sense what a trump cabinet looks like secretary of state? >> i think it's far too early to put names out. i'm looking at the field. tremendous people we could put
in. somebody who's very strong and very smart. and very energetic. >> running mates? sarah palin said nice things about her, would you consider her? >> the answer is you know i like sarah palin a lot, i think palin has gotten some unfair press. but i would pick someone who would be a terrific who would be a good president in case something happened there are many, many people out there that i think would be very good. >> last question reince priebus said take a pledge not to run as third-party candidate. >> i'm leading in every poll in some cases by a tremendous margin. people who know me aren't surprised. if i'm treated fairly by ly bily by
the republican party i would no interest in doing that. if i'm not treated fairly by the republican party, i very well might consider that i would certainly not give that up. >> okay donald trump, thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much. 17 republican candidates are trying to get on that debate stage this week, one is rick santorum he won the iowa caucuses last time. he was the runner-up to mitt romney, senator santorum joins me now. you just heard from trump, he's emphatically not ruling out a third-party run? >> well you know i'm not concerned about that the republican party is going to treat every candidate fairly they have rules and they're going to live by those rules, donald trump like every other candidate will rise and fall. >> okay let's get to you, right now, it looks like you're not
going to be on that debate stage, you're not in the top ten, you're quite a ways out, what do you say about these debate rules that can leave you, the runner-up last time out of the first debate? >> yeah they're pretty arbitrary. a poll recently they asked iowa caucus goers, 80% could name three running. i was at 1% in the nation poll polls four years ago. i won the iowa caucus. in fact, i won the iowa caucuses that i won, i was 2% in the national polls. national polls mean nothing. it's an arbitrary figure. unfortunately the networks and the rnc have gone along with this. the ability to influence who's in the top ten by the amount of
coverage they get, the amount of advertising dollars. folks who have advertised on fox and fox business in order to drive their numbers up. i'm here in iowa right now, i was in new hampshire the south carolina people are concerned that the media, we are going to decide who the top candidates are, no to the people of iowa not the people of new hampshire. >> to be clear -- this is the chairman of the republican party, this is the rnc who have signed up on these criteria. you're being frozen out of this first debate. >> i have said it from day one. well look here's what i know four years ago, there was a straw poll i finished fourth. way down in the pack. the two people the person who finished first, didn't win a
gate, a few days later, was at the to which polls in august he didn't win a delegate. i'm not worried about what's happening higher in august whether it's a debate or the like. i'm looking for the opportunity for every candidate in this race be heard on a national stage, they deserve it these are really good qualified men and women. i guarantee you someone in that first debate is going to be someone who's going to get a lot of delegates come next year and it will be another incident where the rnc and the national media missed it. >> okay i want to ask you about your status you mentioned the national polls, let's look at the position in eye ya where you won, you were atless than 1% in iowa where did all of your support go? >> number one, they're not talking about caucus goers. number two, again, when i talked to folks, i spent several days
most of the people i talked to are undecided. actually we're getting a fair amount of support, lot of folks are undecided. i'm on their list. the folks that are doing well, not surprisingly are getting most media attention. so, i again, i'm not concerned about what happens now, i'm going to go out i have been to 60 counties in iowa you'll continue as we are, getting our caucus captains and come february when it matters, not august, come february we'll be there, we'll surprise people again and they'll scratch their head and say, geez why did we mess up this summer and not recognize all candidates can bring something to the table should be in this game in. >> no doubt you'll hit all 90 of those counties. coming up the roundtable on
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alex perez. >> reporter: this morning, we're learning that jericho the lion is still alive seen in a photo taken this morning after conflicting reports of his death saturday but the outrage over the death of his companion cecil is growing. the hunting of all lionses, leopards is suspended. meanwhile, still no public sighting of minnesota dentist dr. palmer who admitted to shooting cecil this month. zimbabwean authorities are demanding his return. >> we're looking forward for his extradition. >> reporter: all of this hurting a spotlight on an already-heated debate on trophy hunting. ban trophy hunting imports. >> we should really shame these people, this is not acceptable behavior in this day and age. >> reporter: but hunting
advocates say it's a critical way to pay for conservation efforts. for "this week," alex perez, abc news chicago. and jack hanna joins us now from montana, he's director emeritus of the columbus zoo. mr. hanna thank you for joining us. so i got to ask you, what was your reaction when you first heard the news about cecil? >> well you can imagine, working with animals for almost 40 years now, the thing is people have to understand that, 1947 when i was born there were about 450,000 lions. in the mid '-750s, about 100,000. today there are less than 30,000. when i first started filming there were lions everywhere.
obviously today their numbers have dropped. as far as what happened, real quickly, four things here i wasn't there, you weren't there. number one, this animal was habit habituates that means the researchers studying the animal from the distance. that lion knew that for 15 years or right. when you go up on this animal, it -- number two is all of a sudden you go through and you drag a car cas to the hunting side that was proven that they drug the car cas. now, someone said that the man might not have seen the scar on the lion. i was there when they were collaring the lions, therefore you could see that collar. another item right there. you can imagine already, they
didn't have the right permits, that could be or that could be not be. obviously, i'm not a anti-hunter. i'm not a hunter. as far as the dollars that go into this hunting in general throughout the world, millions trillions of dollars go into it to protect the animals as well. this whole thing is very difficult situation. right now, if you have lions, as far as hunting lions in zimbabwe the issues they have are abnominal. >> clearly in your view he did something very wrong here zimbabe has asked for him to be extradited. what do you think should happen to him? >> a gentleman was in yellowstone and took an elk, took the animal killed the
animal he got a hefty financee, 40 or so that in our own country. what should happen as far as extraditing to zimbabwe -- >> you think that this dr. palmer could go to jail for this. >> i think every good hunter would agree, something has to happen here. because that's not what gooders do. he had to know some of these four points just i pointed out. you can't shoot him like a cow. >> very quickly do you think it's time i know you're not aint-hunter, is it time to put aside this issue of trophy
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once again, senator bernie sanders drew huge crowds wednesday night, and all over the country, according to his campaign 100,000 supporters attended nearly 4,000 grassroots gathers in all 50 states. senator sanders joins us now from new hampshire. senator sanders, thank you for joining us. i want to ask you about the big news about joe biden possibly getting into the race. what do you think s biden the sitting vice president represent
that establishment politics or a voice for change here? >> well i have known joe biden for many years, but i think the american people who are seeing the middle class of this country disappearing massive levels of income and wealth inequality a campaign finance system that's literally corrupt right now, want to go beyond conventional establishment politics. when you mention why we have had 100,000 people on wednesday night coming out all over this country saying enough is enough government has to respond to the needs of the middle class no to the billionaires i think that's what's going on in this country and i'm not sure that conventional politics will do it anymore. >> let me ask you, there's no doubt a tremendous achievement this grassroots gathering all over the country, but "the new york times" did an analysis of who showed up more attendees
from the seattle metro area than iowa new hampshire, south carolina combined. these came from the liberal base of your party, i have to ask you, you're not going to get elected president if you can't broaden your appeal beyond the far left of the democratic party, how do you do that? >> well that's a fair question jonathan let me say this if we were having this discussion three months ago, you would not have anticipated that we would have brought 100,000 people out on wednesday night that we would have the largest crowds of any candidate in iowa new hampshire and all over this country, we have made phenomenal progress over the last three months and you know what we're going to continue to make that kind of progress progress. we'll be reaching out to the african-american community, i have not only one of strongest civil rights voting record we
have an agenda for raising the minimum wage to $15, making public colleges and universities free that will appeal to the african-american and the hispanic communities. >> you have taken some heat on the issue of immigration, you voted against the 2007 immigration reform bill that included a path to citizen ship, that was the best chance in a generation to get a path to citizenship for those who in this country, do you regret voting against that now in hindsight? >> no let's be clear, number one, i voted for the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform legislation. >> which was blocked. but i'm asking you about the one that actually had a chance -- >> let me finish i'll give you the answer.
and the answer is that absolutely, we need a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. we need to take people out of the shadows. what my concern then was and remains is with these guest workerwork er programs which you're reading about, folks in high-tech industries getting fired while corporations are bringing people from russia and other countries into the united states to replace american workers and to drive wages down in the last bill what i was able to do by the way, at a time when youth unemployment is unbelievably high in the united states, i was able to get language in that puts a $1.5 to create jobs. >> let me ask you you have been a leader on climate change we saw hillary clinton on the issue of the keystone pipeline had a very interesting answer when
asked whether she supported or opposed, if it's undecided when i become president i'll will's your question. what does that say? >> well listen needless to say, i have a hard time understanding that response. if we are serious about the planetary crisis about climate change jonathan the debate is over, the scientific community is unanimous saying it ees's climate change. i'm very proud by the way just yesterday, we received the endorsement from friends of the earth, one of the largest environmental organizations in america. >> hey, we're out of time. yes or no answer to one quick question hillary clinton's poll suggest that a lot of people don't see her as honest and trustworthy, do you think
hillary clinton is honest and trustworthy? >> i have a lot of respect for hillary clinton. she's somebody i have known for 25 years i'm not going to be engaging in personal attacks against her. i'm not going to be engaging in personal attacks against her. she and i disagree on many issues. america want a serious debate on serious issues. coming up the round table weighs in on joe biden's testing the waters and trump's make or break moment.
no one will be watching the first gop debate more closely than the chairman of the rn krshgsc reince priebus. lindsay graham said i think it sucks when asked about your rules. so, what do you say, how can you leave a guy like rick santorum out of the first debate. >> first of all, we wanted to do a few things jonathan you got to go back to the beginning. number one, we're not having a 23-debate circus, okay we cut the debates to nine. we didn't want to have extremely liberal moderators do the debates. now, what people have to understand, i'm not going to bore people to death on this,
the federal election commission has rule. your company controls it this air time. i don't get to tell you who put on your corporate air time so there are some things that we don't control. that being said cnn and fox have agreed that every candidate, all 17 are going to participate in debate night. so we're proud of the fact that everyone running is going to have an opportunity. and the reality is it might be a little harsh, you can't necessarily treat someone that's polling at 18% or 20% the same as someone who's polling at.5% or 1%. every is going to have an opportunity. >> i have seen the contract that the networks have with the rnc with these debates. i says the criteria getting into the debate will be done in consultation with you. >> i don't have a contract. you're wrong, i don't have a contract with fox news and i don't have a contract with cnn.
but that all being said we're in consultation and i have talked to them be you know what i'm not opposed to what their doing. i'm very grateful to fox news and cnn for the fact they're letting every single person all 17, participate in debate night. >> okay, let me -- >> i think we got amnesia. four years ago jon huntsman and jerry johnson didn't make the cut of some debates. the point is there is a meritocracy involved but that being said everyone is going to have an opportunity. i think it's great. >> thank you, mr. chairman the roundtable is here now. former house speaker newt gingrich. cokie roberts. maria cardona and kristen soltis-anderson. mr. speaker, i asked you about
mr. trump, how are these republican candidates going to deal with him on that stage. >>. >> i don't know. i he has the most to win and the most to lose. i think what reince described has a certain irony to it. it may well be the folks at the 5:00 debate have a more interesting debate and a greater abilities to get their message out in an age of social media, they can take their best lines and get them out to all of their supporters. it may be the 9:00 becomeses the trump versus everybody brawl and in some ways you might be happier not to be in the middle of the barroom. >> you have a situation you could see the former governors of new york sitting governor of ohio -- at the kids' table. >> the rules are crazy. the only reason it matters, once they're cut off, it puts them in a position which makes it harder to raise money and organize because they look like losers
and i think that's crazy. i'm sorry that mr. priebus has limited the number of debates. i loved the 23 debates. >> hillary and barack obama had 22 debates. >> right. >> there's this establishment fantasy, that if only we had controlled the debates, somehow our candidate would have emerged more articulate less wounded. we are where we are, having two debates is not a bad idea and my advice to the ones who are in the 5:00 debate if you optimize your opportunity you may actually get more out of it. >> i think it's going to be all about creating a moment. the thing that helps you cut through the clutter. even for the just pretend. you know most americans are going to see the couple of moments that come out of this
and the question is, are those moments going to be donald trump picking fights with them. >> what is your guess. >> i a night democrats are going to be grabbing their popcorn and republicans are going to be grabbing their ulcer medicine. the earlier debate could have much more serious conversation about substantive issues. >> have back-to-back debates. >> exactly. in at least in prime time. they're not relegated to the loser -- >> trump's big thing is that right now, in our poll 30% of republicans say there's no way they're going to vote for him. now that's a huge number.
and if he can convince those people that he is someone to vote for, that's his big challenge. >> and you don't unsdz estimate him. you think he can actually win this? >> peggy noonan the columnist said, something's happening in this country, people are disgusted with the failure of this country to make sense, and people look around and they see the boarders are uncontrolled they see isis still existing they see the mess in greece, they see baltimore, they see ferguson and people don't like chaos. people like leadership. >> do you think trump could actually win the republican nomination. >> i do. trump hass playing this game, and everybody else's playing this game. trump's game is very simple -- we need someone really really tough. i'm really, really tough. >> as you remember well a lot of people voted for george
wallace, se segregationist that same kind of disgust from that accomplishment. i want to move to the other side some polling this week showed a potential problem for hillary clinton. first of all, quinnipiac showed jeb bush with a narrow lead even scott walker neck and neck with hillary clinton. now we see joe biden may jump in. >> i don't think that's a problem at all. this is frankly something that the campaign has already built into their strategy they knew early on we talked about this the last time i was on that she was going to be challenged. early on, the thought was it's going to be elizabeth warren. then bernie sanders jumped in. i think biden should consider everybody possibility. i think right now, you're seeing all of his friends, all of his family they're going through an
incredible grieving process, it was beau biden's last wish he has to consider it, he has to deliberate every single possibility and avenue for him to jump in. i think he deserves to do that for beau. i also think at the end of the day, doing it because beau biden wanting him to do it is not reason enough. >> but what you have people in the establishment, as you say, coming and saying we're scared we're scared she's losing. she's not going to make it and that becomes a very compelling argument. >> but let's be very clear, we're not at that point yet. all of the polls you mentioned, look at the enthusiasm among the democrats. yes, bernie sanders is getting huge crowds and yes, he's getting bigger numbers in the polls. but he still has a substantial lead over him and the democratic enthusiasm within the democratic caucus and primary voters is tremendous.
>> what is your read of biden, could he get in this and actually give her a real challenge? >> single digits in the polls really hasn't shown strength up to this point, hillary clinton is clearly the strong front-runner. i think joe biden has been in the game a while. he's certainly better than hillary clinton on that metric. to the extent he can excite people who may be think that hillary clinton is traditional politician doesn't have clear answers on questions, that may be his open zmrg she does a very good job at the urban league where she did get african-americans fired up. and she went after jeb bush in which they also responded to. they also have a new message out, the grandmother message and she's using it very well.
climate change, everybody says i'm not a scientist. >> she had banner day on friday. not only did she take it to jeb bush in florida at the national urban league focusing on the right to rise contrasting to the policies that jeb bush would not help this kons tunesy rise. she's really taking them on and the contrast between a forward-looking engagement with cuba and rubio and frankly the rest of the republicans focused on a backwards-looking policy i think, is tremendous. >> biden has to look at what happened to hillary clinton and look at the polls and see an open zmrg biden would like to run if he can figure out the right angle. but i see this institution a little bit different. president obama has presided over the worst collapse of state
and local offices of any president. in the democratic party. okay so you're coming in to '16, already having lost most of your bench, et cetera. it's going to start sink spoog democrats, despite good speeches and lots of bravado, hillary clinton is a disaster because of corruption because of arrogance. what trump said was right. you look at how they treated general petraeus and you look at what she did with her e-mails, under any other circumstance she would be going to jail. >> we're out of time. thank you, everyone. coming up my conversation with
in our sunday spotlight, baseball phenom bryce harper of the washington nationals. he brings plenty of passion to the field and he's also inspiring a new generation of baseball fans. >> and harper to right field! >> reporter: he's the hottest hitter in baseball. >> upper deck! >> reporter: having a year that any ballplayer would dream of most are in the minor leagues. you're having a hell of a season. >> i'm trying. i think we're having a great year. we're having a lot of fun. >> reporter: harper was just 16 years old when he was kristened baseball's chosen one on the cover of "sports illustrated." you said your goals was to be in the hall of fame definitely but to be considered the greatest baseball player. >> if you don't have the goal to be the best what's the point of playing? i want to be the best i can to help my team win. >> reporter: made his major league debut at 19. becoming rookie of year with his
old school hustle and power at the plate. now 22 harper is having a breakout season rifling some of the best in baseball history. >> it seems like it's clicking. >> the biggest thing was i was healthy the last couple of years, i would have these freak accidents. in 2014 i slid into third base banged up my thumb. my main goal into this year was trying to stay healthy, trying to play smart. i'm still going to play that way every single day. >> reporter: harper also gone into the stands in a different way this year going viral with this selfie he shot with a fan's phone last month. he reached over the fence to one of his youngest fans. plenty of fans at national park who's your favorite player. >> bryce harper.
>> bryce harper. >> reporter: while baseball's overall attendance thriving its fans are older than any other sport. the nationals hope to change that. the youth academy provides afterschool education in baseball. with a field of dreams facility in one of washington's toughest neighborhoods. >> these kids are able to go over there and get away from whatever they're going through and enjoy the game of baseball. >> reporter: this year every washington little league team is the nationals. the team has outfitted nearly 5,000 little leaguers were their very own national uniforms. it's been ten years since baseball returned to the national's capital and harper hopes that this is the year that the team brings home a world series title. >> i want to, you know win a
world series. i want that more than anything in the world. i want to bring that back. >> reporter: but first, let's get my daughter over here for a selfie. 12k3w4r thanks a lot. >> our thanks to bryce harper and the washington nationals. that's all for us thank you for sharing part of your sunday with us. check out "world news tonight." and we'll see you back here next week. oh my gosh, it's the guy from last
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>> i'm monica malpass. on "inside story," chaka fattah, an 11-term congressman from our area, is in uncle sam's cross hairs, accused of corruption and fraud. let's get the inside story. good morning, and welcome to "inside story." i'm monica malpass. thanks for joining us. let's meet our insiders this week. they are ajay raju, attorney and businessman. good morning. welcome to you. renee amore, g.o.p. state official. >> good morning. >> good morning, renee. larry platt, journalist. good morning, sir. and sam katz, documentarian. welcome to all of you. thanks for being here. tough week for one of our senior politicians in this area. the i.r.s., the fbi, the justice department had been investigation chaka fattah for two years since he ran for the mayor's position several years ago, in 2004. and just last week, they did issue a 29-count indictment, saying he had illegally, in essence, gotten a million-dollar loan to fund that mayoral race and then he illegally tried to
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