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weekend update during the o.j. simpson trial and just merciless jokes, countless jokes about the trial. and if you were online yesterday, comedians, some of the funniest people alive were posting stuff of mcdonald. he was a favorite among comedians. >> and i like how you said that he was deeply committed because that was the thing, because at first you were -- you might wonder, is this really working. but he would bring you along with it. >> because he didn't care. you know he cared, but he said i'm going to do this, i'm going to see it all the way through whether you laugh at first or not. but david letterman loved him. howard stern loved him. really some of the funniest people around think that he was one of the best. it is a real "new day" continues right now. ♪ good morning to viewers here
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in the united states and around the world. it is wednesday, september 15th. i'm brianna keilar alongside john berman here in washington on this special edition of "new day." governor gavin newsom will keep his job, breaking overnight, a blowout victory for the democratic governor of california who crushed a republican-led recall that could have ousted him from office. newsome's restrictive coronavirus policies actually validated by democratic voters in this race. they said, no, to the recall by a nearly two to one margin. the governor thanking his supporters and sounding a warning about republican schemes to undermine democracy. >> i think about just in the last few days and the former president put out saying this election was rigged. democracy is not a football. you don't throw it around. it's more like, i don't know,
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antique vase. you can drop it and smash it in a million different pieces. and that's what we're capable of doing if we don't stand up to meet the moment and push back. >> the republican front-runner larry elder took a page from the trump play book in the last few days. he had suggested the outcome of the recall would be affected by shenanigans. last night, probably too late to matter, but last night he did let go of the big lie and he conceded. >> my opponent, governor gavin ne newsom. come on. let's be gracious in defeat. and by the way, we may have lost the battle. but we are going to win the war. >> all right. elder is already hinting at a run for governor in 2022. i want to bring in cnn's phil mattingly at the magic wall,
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bringing the magic, phil, about what happened in this race. i think the results and what we're seeing pretty revealing. >> yeah, no question about it. let's start with this baseline, going into this recall election if republicans or those supported the yes, the recall vote, wanted to win, they needed to walk a very, very fine line. and here is why. take a look just to start before we dig into the data. republican voters in terms of registration, once at 36%, now just 24% in the state. democrats have a two to one registration advantage in the state. if you want to see how the state has been going just over the course of the last couple cycles, gavin newsom back in 2018 very, very sizable victory. president biden, back in 2020, nearly 30-point victory. there's a big hill to climb. however, they thought it was possible looking at the polling the last couple weeks, perhaps there was a pathway there, democratic apathy, there was no pathway at all. look at where things stand, 79% and 2.5 million vote lead for
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those who supported gavin n newsom, the no vote. that means this was pretty much a washout for those who supported the yes vote. if you want to know why, take a look back at 2018. the margin was actually -- 2020 margin right now is actually better than what gavin newsom had in 2018. the vote total right now is inching up, could be around the 7.7 million votes that gavin newsome had back in 2018. a recall race, an off year, that many people would turn out. would there be apathy, would their voters come out or sit this out because of the timing, because they were frustrated because any number of different reasons. they very clearly didn't and you want to see how this showed up, look at all the blue. those are blue strongholds, big populations centers in l.a., san francisco, down to san diego all stuck around where they're supposed to be. you start to dig into the data one of the most interesting elements of all of it, he needed to underperform across the board. let's look at states compared to
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his 2018 results where he underperformed by 5% or more. one, one county. a republican county and if you thought this was going to be the be all, end all race in total with 89% reporting it's about 7,500 votes. i think you saw that throughout the state, county by county no, apathy from the democratic side. republicans did not surge the way they would have needed to surge. very clearly independents did not break as well. what we're looking at right now, only 79% reporting. you can expect this number to shrink a little bit. this wasn't close at all and for the newsome campaign and for democrats really some of whom were scared two or three weeks ago you know that quite well, this was probably better than they could have expected and without any question at all when you dig into the numbers particularly the turnout that they had in a recall year in an off year election, something they can be very, very happy about as they continue to dig
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through the data as we get more over the next of the next couple days. >> phil mattingly, thank you so much. we'll check back in with you throughout the show. want to bring in maeve reston and john avlon. yes, california is a blue state, very blue. but also, yes, funky things can happen in off year special elections, as i said before, look at alabama. look at doug jones winning in alabama to phil jeff sessions senate seat. strange things can happen. if the issue was democratic turnout in california where you are, maeve, democrats turned out. >> they sure did. i was talking to advisers over the last couple days, we were talking about democrat apathy, in the end, it was really just that earlier on a lot of democrats were not even aware that this election was going on. you know, the newsome campaign really only had like ten weeks or so when they actually had a
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date and could begin calling and reaching out to voters and saying, this is how you vote. this is when you're going to get your ballot. this is what you need to do. and once that began to happen, at the same time that larry elder was rising in the polls, newsom had the perfect foil, he finally had a target in the election. my approach to the coronavirus and keeping you safe is totally different from this other guy. just talking to voters out and about and at rallies is a rebellion of the vaccinated, i think. you know, they -- a lot were very upset about what larry elder had said about mask mandates, vaccine mandates but also his claim that, you know, the science is not there about young people needing to get vaccinated which we all know is absolutely false. so a lot of people did see a real threat to their health and that ended up leading them to turn in their ballots, john.
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>> yeah. john, they're afraid right now. right? a lot of voters are afraid especially democrats as they're looking around the country at the status of coronavirus and even as you're seeing some good indicators, there's this kind of surge that we're the middle of that quite frankly we weren't necessarily expecting or certainly we were not hoping for. so i wonder what the lesson is here about covid being on the ballot and what we can extrapolate from that. >> well, i think newsom was very effective at saying this is about actually someone who can manage covid in a responsible and ideologic way. the great line the rebolellion the vaccinated. you're bringing donald trump into california. but i think there are a couple of other key lessons here. one very specific to california, it is ridiculously easy to get a recall on the ballot in california. republicans saw a way to do an end run around the general election where they have this
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massive deficit, less than a quarter of registered voters. and then newsom made some very expensive mistakes in the context of covid. a very expensive trip to the french laundry a restaurant he went to in violation of his own mask mandate. folks are frustrated about homelessness. all that added up to a massive blowout victory for gavin newsom and democrats breathing a big sigh of relief tonight. >> maeve, i think the question now is what does this mean going forward for democrats? national democrats are going to look at this and say, okay, what can we replicate about california? you're not going to replicate 2 to 1 democratic voter registration advantages everywhere, but there are certain lessons you can take from this, maybe if you're terry mccoughliff.
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what are those lessons? >> i think, as you point out, every state is different. but what republicans really -- where they really errored here is they were on the wrong side of these issues from where the public was. if you looked at poll after poll, there was broad support for mask and vaccine mandates across the state. so i think when you have the republicans coming out in every debate and arguing a totally different position than where the majority of californians are, that didn't end up working out for them. so i think that democratic candidates in states going forward will be -- take a cautionary tale and look more closely at where the public is on these issues and not just try to cue so closely to where that
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small slice of the trump minority is. and i think that's what they're going to have to do state to state. >> avlon, what do you think this says about the trump factor in races going forward? and also the big lie going forward? because you saw larry elder dangling that as a possibility that he may question the outcome of the election. it was so resounding it would be ridiculous for him to do this. this is a page other candidates can use. >> it is. we use republican candidates in crowded primaries trying to hug trump. the democrats did find a strategy that works. five words. tie your opponent to trump. donald trump is deeply unpopular in the population at large. he is very popular in the republican primary. that creates a contradiction that republicans are going to have to contend with. california is not reprerepresene
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in the nation. mid term elections the one we'll see next year, generally the outparty, tries to nationalize the president. democrats have something they may be able to use nationalize the election based on the former president. you can bet they're going to try. we'll see if it works. john avlon, maeve reston, thank you very much. >> thanks so much. also breaking overnight, rival missile tests in the korea/south korea testing a submarine launch missile just hours after north korea fired two missiles of its own coming just days after the north tested a new long-range version. we have cnn's paula hancock live for us in seoul, south korea with more on these rising tensions. tell us what you're watching there, paula. >> reporter: well, brianna, it's certainly been a busy day on the korean peninsula. missile launches on both side of the dmz. two ballistic short range
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missiles. it's just a few days after the long range cruise missiles north korea says they fired. technically other the weekend that didn't break any rules. today it did. it violated united nations security council resolutions, japan's prime minister says he believed what they had done was outrageous and a few hours later we saw south korea launching a submarine-launched ballistic missile, the first time it says it has successfully done that and hit its target. president moon jae-in was there to watch it as well, becoming just the seventh country in the world to have this capability, the first nonnuclear power. now, president moon said it wasn't in response to the north korean provocation, but the fact that it is increasing its missile arsenal and capabilities could well be a good deterrence for north korea. now, back in may when president moon came to washington to meet with the u.s. president joe biden where they agreed that south korea's limits on the payload and the range of its
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missiles could be lifted and south korea certainly hasn't waste nid time in carrying out those tests. brianna? >> paula hancocks life for us in seoul. thank you. coming up, new behind the scenes details about former president trump's final days in office and the extraordinary top secret effort to prevent him from launching a military strike. stunning account of president trump's final days in office including what he said to vice president pence to try to convince him to intervene in the election. he said they wouldn't be friends anymore. a major twist in the mystery around the shooting of a prominent south carolina lawyer. what happens when we welcome change? we can make emergency medicine possible at 40,000 feet. instead of burning our past for power, we can harness the energy of the tiny electron. we can create new ways to connect. rethinking how we communicate to be more inclusive than ever.
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u.s. general was so concerned that then president trump's actions could lead to war with china that he made two secret calls to his chinese counterpart, the top general in china, to reassure him and took action to limit trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike, really took action to make sure that trump wouldn't cut him out of that decision-making process. one of the calls came two days after the january 6th attack, woodward and costa writing that milley was certain that trump had gone into a serious mental decline. and it was at this time that millec received a call from house speaker nancy pelosi. according to a transcript, so the actual transcript of this call obtained by the authors pelosi said you know he's crazy, he's been crazy for a long time and milley responded madame speaker, i agree with you on everything. joining us now is miles taylor, former chief of staff at the department of homeland security.
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i wonder big picture what do you think about what you heard about this book? is this alarming to you in what questions does it raise for you? >> look the operative words here are serious mental decline. the president's own hand-picked top u.s. military adviser is saying he thinks that the president of the united states is in such a serious mental state that he's got to take steps to protect the country. now, john, if you or i had a mental health issue, it would be a concern to friends or family. when it's the commander in chief, it's a five alarm fire for democracy. i'll tell you there's one person who was very close to the president, very senior in this administration who told me that after january 6th, it was their hope that donald trump would chain himself to the resolute desk so they had to go in, saw it off and carry him out in a straight jacket so the american people would see what we have all seen behind the scenes that this man is not stable to lead the country. that's what mark milley saw. that's what we saw when i was in the administration and i think he probably was trying to take the appropriate actions to
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prevent the situation from spiraling out of control. >> there are all kinds of quotes in the book from senior-named people who thought that the president was off to put it spli politely, the former president. i'm sure you put this in the larger context security in the country. there are those taking issue with the specific actions that general milley took namely phone calls with his chinese counterpart. the chinese were jittery of what they saw in the united states. you can understand why any country in the world would be worried about an insurrection in the united states. general milley told his chinese counterpart, i want to ensure the american government is stable and going to be okay. general li, you and i have known each other for five years. if we're going to attack, i'm going to call you ahead of time. now, should the top general of the united states, top military adviser to the president be telling the chinese general that i'm going to warn you about military action going forward?
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in and of itself, is that of concern? >> look, first things first, i don't think we know everything that happened in that phone call. it's incumbent on general milley to give us his side of the story, tell us what happened. that's very important because we certainly don't want a call like that to play out exactly as it was described. but that misses the bigger issue here. the bigger point isn't that milley was calling his counterpart, they talk to their foreign counterparts to keep communication open. the bigger issue is that for some reason the president's top military adviser was worried about us maybe going to war with china. why was he worried about us going to war with china the middle of transitions. we don't have anything on the books that we should have been on the cusp of a nuclear war with chinese. world war i could have been prevented if there was better communication and less miscalculation. someone like mark milley takes it upon himself in a position like that to say if the country
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is in an unstable place, it's my job to reach out to my counterparts around the world and prevent miscommunication and miscalculation that could lead to a preventable war. and i think that's what he was likely trying to do and i think we should find out more about that but in the meantime, it sounds like the people around the president were so worried that his mental state could lead us to war and that they needed to cool tensions. >> not just milley, right, top administration officials who were worried that trump might start some kind of foreign altercation to give himself some cover for perpetuating the big lie and trying to hang on to power in the u.s. trump has responded. for milley to say i was going to attack china is the most ridiculous thing i heard. where was milley's mind? he learned after the election that trump did an end run and decided or signed something that said he was going to pull out all u.s. troops from afghanistan
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by january 15th, which would have been incredibly chaotic, i think, we can agree on that. he had these data points that made him wonder about the president's judgment. >> look, i would validate those data points. just the two years i was in the administration, at various points i was told that we were on the cusp of potential war with north korea because of the president's instability. that we were on the cusp of potential war with iran because of the president's instability and uncertainty about whether he would just turn a tweet into an actual torpedo overnight where that bombastic rhetoric bombs were being drop and now we're hearing from milley maybe we were on the cusp of war with china and people didn't know it. this was the reality in the trump administration at any given minute you didn't know whether a tweet would turn into a conflict. that's very alarming. we saw that with syria. i remember sitting in the chief of staff's office and we look up on the tv on cnn the president
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tweeted out we're leaving syria. had he called his secretary of defense? he had not. the first time any of us found out was from you but not from the president of the united states we were going to make a massive military decision to withdraw. that's how his decisions were made. milley was right in being fearful. >> mark milley sees himself as a guardrail. were there enough guardrails against the former president in place. turns out that dan quayle of all people, of all people, may have been a guardrail after the insurrection or actually on january 6th. mike pence has been painted as this figure who would not do trump's bidding in terms of trying to overturn the election when they were opening envelopes and certifying the electoral college count. but it's according to this book, you know, he may have been looking for a way to do trump's bidding. so according to the book, what mike pence does is call dan quayle, another former vice president from the state of indiana and says, hey, dan
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quayle, is there anything i can do here to help trump out? do i have any options and what quail apparently says mike, you have no flexibility on this. none. zero. forget it. put it away. and then ultimately pence believed dan quayle. >> look, that phone call even happened should give us cause for alarm. the vice president of the united states talking to close friends i'm a hoosier, dan quayle is a hoosier. that's a close community of policymakers. but the fact that he was consulting him for advice on whether or not donald trump soft coup could go forward is very alarming. yes, dan quayle was one of those other guardrails. i sat next to him at trump tower during the transition and i said to former vice president quail, is this what your transition looked like? no, this looks like a bleep show from the beginning people like dan quayle knew what this was going to be. but it got worse than any of us ever imagined and the fact that we were that close to that soft coup occurring, i think is
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another reason why we need a comprehensive end to end investigation into this period. of course, a bipartisan commission on january 6th wasn't started but i think milley's comments, the stories about pension and dan quayle is all the reason we need that independent assessment. hopefully the january 6th select committee can do that but this is urgently necessary. >> i wonder if dan quayle gets called to testify. >> that would be an interesting plot twist, wouldn't it? >> seems like it would be appropriate. >> miles, thank you so much. miles taylor. just ahead, the duelling data that could affect friday's decision on booster shots. and the right wing rally planned saturday at the u.s. capitol in support of the january 6th insurrectionists. are police prepared for what's coming this time?
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♪ a panel of fda advisers will meet friday to consider covid-19 booster shots. now, unlike the meeting they had back in december, on the vaccine itself, the decision on authorizing boosters not a slam dunk. cnn's elizabeth cohen joins us now with what this will look like, elizabeth. >> john, in speaking to people who serve on this fda advisory committee that will be meeting friday, their fielding is this could get quite messy and possibly quite contentious. there are many voices out there among experts saying, look, two doses works great. it keeps you out of the hospital. it keeps you from dying. why are we giving people a third dose? let's take a look at what the data says. so there are u.s. and qatari data studies suggesting and i'm paraphrasing here two shots are successful at protecting against severe covid-19.
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they do great at keeping you from getting very sick with covid. but, there's israeli data that suggests two shots are less than successful at protecting against severe covid-19. the israelis say we are seeing people, a lot of people, significant number of people, with two shots still landing up in the hospital. now, just to make things even more complicated, u.s. data, qatari data as well as israeli data all show that there are breakthrough infections with two doses. you get two doses and there are people who are getting infected. one camp would say, who cares. so you get infected, you don't get very sick. maybe you're home for a few days. that means the vaccines work. there's another camp that says too many infections are bad. it promotes the spread of covid and it could lead to more hospitalizations. so, i had a discussion with an israeli health official dr. ron ballster and he said, look, in israel we decided enough is enough. we're going to start a booster
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program. they started it about six weeks ago. they say it's going very well. let's take a listen to my discussion with with dr. ballster. up until the booster shots israel waited for the fda and the cdc to chime in, but you guys just did booster without the fda and the cdc chiming in. >> i think there was a different level of urgency felt in the two country. decisions by the fda have been made and we could have followed them. but in the situation we were at, it was obvious that action was needed urgently. decisions need to be made. >> so, what we're going to find out on friday, is do the fda's expert panel, do they think there is an urgency here? do they think there needs to be a booster program in the united states? john? >> we'll be watching it very closely. discussion really will be interesting and complex this time. elizabeth, thank you very much. >> thanks.
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louisiana is facing a major flood threat as tropical depression nicholas slows to a crawl over the state, still reeling from the hurricane ida that struck it last month. let's go now to cnn meteorologist chad myers. i feel like i keep coming to you and saying the same thing, which is this area doesn't need any more rain, any more water. >> that's right. and this storm was really the storm that wouldn't follow any normal rules. first of all, some models had 40 inches of rain in texas. that didn't happen. then all of a sudden they said, no, no farther to the east and lots of rain in louisiana. well, it happens. some of it. but not a lot. we're still going to get more. even the center here in texas is in parts of alabama and moving into florida at this hour. so let's get to it. where do we go from here? here is where the rain was for the storm and many of the areas that had 40 to 60 on the models
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way up here had nothing and the rain fall along the coast somewhere in the ballpark between 6 and 10. the problem is as you said the storm isn't going to move. in fact, it's not going to leave louisiana. it's going to sit there and spin. even though the rain is to the east, doesn't mean that more rain couldn't develop back here behind it and that's what i'm watching. there's still a low pressure system out there. there's still a cold front up to the north that will bring rain to the northeast and tonight. for the rain for the south, that's the real issue. how much do we really get. where does it go? probably 4 to 6 inches more in the very worst hit areas. brianna? >> yeah. these things do not always follow the rules as we see. funny enough. chad, thank you so much for that. up next, the biden white house bracing for saturday's right wing rally planned at the capitol. plus, today is the day the all civilian space crew getting ready to orbit the earth just hours from now. we get a preview of what they'll see.
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response to the rally planned this weekend. there is a rally planned this weekend at the capitol in support of the january 6th insurrection. really in support of the people who took part in the january 6th insurrection. joining us now is cnn contributor and staff writer at the new yorker evan osnos. the bookends for this book, evan, are 9/11 and the january 6th insurrection. which is why i find this coming saturday so interesting because there was an end point january 6th in many ways, yeah. >> but now it's being celebrated. >> yeah. >> on saturday. how does that strike you? >> we're watching the process of how a lie becomes a myth. it becomes enduring feature in a culture. this is sort of a fact that goes back years. one of the things that really strikes me is that you've seen people come to believe the idea
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that they don't have to be attached to the facts. this didn't happen overnight. you know, i'm very mindful of the fact that we are living in a period in american life in which certain people have decided that reliable institutions, media institutions are no longer a source of information for them. they're going off on their own. what you're seeing right now with the preparations for this rally is the idea that it is a metastasizing lie. it's taken on new forms just in eight months. it's going to continue, i'm afraid. >> so the lie becomes a myth. and it is enduring. and with that, we've seen comes a threat, a threat of physical violence. how enduring is that? >> part of the problem here is that you're seeing them valorize people in committed violence. i'm struck by the fact that right now obviously the biden administration is saying we're not going to get caught flat footed. they're putting out a lot of information about what they're doing. we're monitoring public information about hotel reservations, act applications
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for permits and things like that but the broader fact is and you begun to hear the administration talk about this they're concerned there's a hard core, small minority of americans participating in a delusion and some is about vaccine science and some is about the lies on january 6th. >> i'm going to quote from this new book by evan osnos. i think it's so telling. you say what hanna oren called a pe cure yal kind of cynicism allow the substitution of lies for factual truth to get through the day she wrote people eventually embrace the absolute refusal to believe the truth of anything. and you write i first jotted down that line a few years earlier to make sense of my life in china. i did not expected it would become relevant once i came home. >> yeah. i have to say i lived for a number of years in a authoritarian countries as a reporter writing about places where people had sort of given up on the idea of reliable information. they had been lied to so
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systematically and i came back to the u.s. there's a generation of americans raised on things like the birther fiction, the lie that barack obama was not born in the united states and eventually that kind of morphed into things like pizza gate. absolutely crazy fantasies. what happens is over time people get aculture rated they should make up their own reality. what we're seeing with this september 18th rally, it's the total invention that january 6th is something that should be celebrated. >> i want to ask you about this other book, not the evan osnos by bob woodward and robert c costa. the bomb shell out as we await its publication is that mark milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in between -- really in the time after january 6th was in touch with his counterpart in china. trying to assuage any concerns of a jittery china because there was so much chaos. china wasn't the only country that was probably jittery obviously during this time, but
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the description of this in the book is that milley was essentially telling general li don't worry if we're going to strike you i'm going to give you a heads up. >> right. >> what are you -- how are you absorbing this? >> i think it's a couple of interesting things here. you have to take a broader context for a second and think about from the chinese national security perspective. the first impression they got of donald trump is when xi jinping went to florida in april 2017 and trump made a point of showing xi jinping as he put it later, you'll remember this, over a big beautiful piece of chocolate cake he was firing missiles on syria. the chinese came away with a very distinct impression that this was a president who is not just impulsive, he was me metabolic in his decision making and willing to do things that would shock them. over the next 3.5 years they had to chuck out the book what they thought they understood about american presidents all the way up to the period where you had the four seasons total
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landscaping debacking. a nuclear armed superpower and we have to prepare for the power they may do something crazy. milley said do not think we will be unpredictable here. >> very, very interesting point. it's almost like watching an adversary having a breakdown in a way and wondering what kind of erratic behavior might come of it. evan, thank you for the conversation this morning. >> my pleasure. up next, the republican planning disruptive stunt in congress. could it put u.s. national security at risk? and the all civilian space crew getting ready to orbit the earth just hours from now. they look so happy? >> those are sweet outfits. a patio that fits all the laughter, and a grill that awaits family from near anand afar. but the thing they'll remember forever?
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♪ senator josh hawley, the senate's king of no, threatening to hold up state and defense nominees unless secretary of state antony blinken and lloyd austin resign because of their roles overseeing the chaotic exit from afghanistan. lauren fox is joining us now. there are a lot of positions that have not been filled. these are potential ramifications of not allowing some of these through. >> exactly. let's go through what he is pledging to do right now, which is blocking civilian nominees from being approved for the pentagon and the state department.
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now these nominees can get through with just democratic votes, but what hawley's role here is he can delay this process because remember in the senate you really need unification, you need all 100 senators to agree to move things along. and that's where this can get bogged down. ultimately, democrats have the power to approve these nominees, but the struggle is how long is it going to take. and this is when some nominees can really die on the vine, not because they're controversial or problematic but because it takes so much time to get through this. now, josh hawley may back off here, but he's basically saying that unless blinken and austin resign after those 13 service members were killed in afghanistan, he's going to keep this up. >> yeah. just means delay for delay's sake. talk to us about the debt ce ceilsing at this point. permission for the united states to borrow more money to keep the government running, to keep things moving. republicans say they're all going to vote no. >> exactly. and look, this is money that the
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u.s. has already spent. this isn't new money that we are talking about here. and democrats are saying this is the responsibility of everybody. this isn't just on us. republicans, though, are saying you guys are moving ahead with this $3.5 trillion bill and we don't want to be a part of that and therefore this is going to be on you. now, democrats are trying to sweeten the deal and having some preliminary conversations about whether or not to attach this debt ceiling increase to something like government funding or disaster relief, if you're a republican senator in louisiana or a republican senator in the state of texas, that's really hard to vote against. and i asked senator cornyn and senator cassidy yesterday about this and they were a little vague because, you know, it's problematic. if you go back home and say i voted against hurricane relief. so there's some strategy up here on capitol hill. the democrats are still working through, but look, when mcconnell goes to the mics day after day and says republicans aren't going to help on this, usually have to take him at his word. we'll see where he stands in a
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tell us what is it going to be like, rachel? >> reporter: well, brianna, i want to point out that 39a behind my, this is the location that launched humans to the moon on apollo 11 also the site where hundreds of astronauts were launched on shuttle to space and recently spacex restoring human space flight to american soil with their crew dragon launches all taking place at 39a. today a new chapter in space flight will be opened once inspiration 4 takes to the skies becoming the first all civilian crew to go to orbit. i want to point out and emphasize that all civilian part, that means no professional astronauts will be inside this spacecraft. no nasa employees. and this crew, you know, when compared to the right stuff of the astronauts of the past is pretty much a random bunch. two of the crew members won their seats via online raffle. another crew member set to
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become the youngest person to go to orbit is a cancer survivor with a metal rod in her leg. the whole mission is being paid for by a billionaire who is serving as the commander and take a look at a little bit of the training that they went through for this mission, brianna. >> oh my goodness. wow. i'm feeling like an astronaut, that's for sure. >> reporter: where are we? and what are we going to do today? >> here we are newark airport and we're going up in zero gravity on g-force 1 and get the same experience. >> reporter: zero gravity corporation used a modified boeing 727 flying in parabolic motion to create multiple spurts of weightlessness. rh ard branson akly kated himself on zero gs, before he
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went into space. >> you don't want your fist experience in zero gravity to be in space. it's a. >>reporter: unique feeling. and this gives them the framework to understand it. >> i'm a little nervous. >> we all know that flying on a rocket ship is dangerous. but how dangerous are these flights? >> there's no risk or danger in what we do. we've flown 17,000 passengers over the last 16 years. not one injury. and not one issue. so we have all the same regulations safety, everything as that united flight does. >> oh. wow. oh. this is amazing! >> reporter: unlike jeff bezos or richard branson's flight, this

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