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breaking news, country after country confirming cases of a covid variant that could be highly infectious and vaccine resistant. dr. anthony fauci says it may already be here in the u.s. >> i would not be surprised if it is. we have not detected it yet. when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over. >> the owe micron variant first identified in south africa is on the move. in the last few hours cases of the omicron variant have been detected in the czech republic, germany, the uk. prime minister boris johnson confirming what so many feared could happen. >> it does appear omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated. >> this just in, israel is barring foreigners from entering the country for two weeks in
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response to fears about the variant. the u.s. and other nations hope that restricting travel from south africa and its neighbors will buy time, as scientists race to learn more about this new variant. cnn's arlette saenz joins me from nantucket, massachusetts, where president biden is spending the weekend. an e.r. doctor i spoke to said we just need to require vaccination for air travel at this point. what do you think? do you think the white house is in any mood for those kinds of restrictions? >> reporter: well, president biden actually ignored a question kind of along those lines a short while ago while he was out shopping here in nantucket. a reporter on a few occasions shouted a question asking whether more mitigation measures needed to be put in place in response to this variant. the president just kept walking by and did not offer his thoughts on there right there. but the president was briefed earlier in the day by his team, and senior health officials within the biden administration have stayed in contact with
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health officials worldwide, as everyone is trying to get a grasp on the impact of this omicron variant. vice president kamala harris was also out a bit earlier today shopping in washington, d.c., and she said that they are simply taking one step at a time when it comes to restrictions, take a listen. >> i have been briefed. and as the president has said, we're going to take every precaution, so that's why we've taken the measures we have. >> do you think there will be any additional travel restrictions? >> we'll take it one step at a time. but as of now, we've done what we believe is necessarily. >> reporter: so far, no indication from the administration whether they will be making any future announcements about travel or other mitigation measures that they might put in place. but officials are hoping that these restrictions that are set to go into effect on monday, that that will provide more time for analysis, time to review the data to see how exactly this new
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variant is going to act. whether it will cause severe illness or potentially evade vaccines. one thing that the administration is pushing at this moment is vaccinations and booster shots. they argue that that is the way for americans to become protected. now there's also been some diplomatic work done today. secretary of state tony blinken spoke with a foreign minister in south africa. one of the issues that they talked about, he offered -- he thanked them for their quick identification of the variant and south africa's government for its transparency in sharing this information. of course, south africa has been irked by some of these bans that have been put in place, not by just the u.s. but other countries as well. but that's a significant phone call that the secretary of state made to talk about that transparency that south africa had when it came to the variant. but certainly we'll see what else the white house has to say in the coming days as the president returns to the white house tomorrow. >> arlette saenz, thanks for staying on top of that.
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italy confirmed its first case of the omicron variant today. ba barbie, what do we know about this case? >> reporter: this is a man who traveled from mozambique to italy, tested positive at the airport upon arrival, then made his way to campania, where naples is, south of rome. when they analyzed his results, they determined it was the omicron virus. he's isolating at home, which would imply he's not in a hospital or too sick. but it's interesting, because if you look to march 2020, italy was very much in the same position that south africa is in right now. italy was the first epicenter outside of china. people were banning italians and flights from italy, and eventually all of europe. and i suppose if we learned anything from the first of now four waves of this pandemic is that these travel bans, by the time they're put in place, it's too late, the virus is already moving around, jim. >> all right, barbie nadeau,
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thank you very much. the executive director of the committee to protect health care, doctor, thanks for being with us. before we get to the dangerous covid surge in your state of michigan, my goodness, that is a huge story in and of itself. let's get your thoughts on this new variant. how concerned are you? >> well, i think any time a new variant pops up, we have to be concerned, we have to be vigilant, we have to continue to do the things we should have been doing all along. wearing masks indoors, getting as many people vaccinated as possible. then wait for the science to let us know how concerned we need to be. i agree with the restrictions, but as your last reporter said, you know, i don't know that it's on the move now that we're finding it are i think it's probably been on the move, now we're just finding it. so it's almost certainly here in some places. and again, those basic mitigation measures that too many people aren't doing what is we can do to protect ourselves. >> and doctor, when it comes to the virus, we keep hearing that
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saying, nobody is safe until everybody is safe. this variant emerged in south africa, as far as we know, which is only vaccinated about 36% of adults and one-third of those have received the johnson & johnson vaccine. does this latest episode prove the u.s. needs to do more to get the rest of the world vaccinated? >> absolutely. and president biden announced just the other day that he believes we need to encourage the lifting of the patent rights so we can get more vaccine manufactured in other countries that have the capacity to do so. but i'm currently working in a county that's about 42% vaccinated, not a whole lot better than south africa. we're seeing a massive wave of covid over the last month. and who knows where the next variant comes from? this one happens to come from south africa. the u.s. is not immune to variants popping up here. >> and dr. davidson, that's an alarming statistic in terms of where you are. when you talk to people about why they won't get vaccinated, what are they saying?
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are they still just -- misinformation, and they're just have been overcome by it? >> they have. and you know, i mentioned somebody that wasn't there for covid, the spouse of a patient i had, i said, are you both vaccinated? he said, no, i heard that the vaccine will kill you. i stopped in my tracks. i said, no. i've got three people on ventilators upstairs, four people on hypo-oxygen, waiting for beds that don't exist, the virus what is will kill you and the vaccine will get us out of this. we had a real conversation, unfortunately maybe the first he's had outside his own family, family doctor. it's a very strange situation as i talked to my staff all the time. we are frustrated with patients who are unvaccinated, we are pissed at the people pushing disinformation, folks on fox, people on facebook, america's frontline doctors. in the end, we need to take care of our patients and maintain the compassion that makes us good at what we do.
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that isn't hard to do when someone comes in and they're very sick, whatever their choice before they got there, we just keep doing the work. >> right. they were misled. it's tough to blame them, i get it. let's focus on michigan. what is going on in michigan? my goodness, your state is approaching all-time highs for covid cases and hospitalizations. the federal government is sending in extra help. what is the scene like in your emergency room? i just feel like, you know, these are scenes that we should have seen six months ago, a year ago, that sort of thing. look at that map. coronavirus in michigan. high level of community transmission all across the state. it's unbelievable. >> it is unbelievable. i mean, i remember being so naive as to high five one of my partners after the last wave, thinking we got out of this, the vaccines are here. but again, i'm in a part of michigan that the vaccination rate is extremely low. there has been discord in this state from the beginning. if you remember, our governor had death threats against her.
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some of those folks were working with members of the republican senate in michigan. so it's coming from political leaders, it's coming from social media, it's coming from media. and the low vaccination rate is absolutely the reason this is all happening. our e.r. constantly is about one-third to half full of patients waiting for beds but the beds aren't there the beds don't exist, so we have to wait for somebody else to get discharged. it's three, four weeks of this. we're at code red. the president of our hospital said, we went to red, but we're just worried, what's next? there's nothing after red. >> yeah, do you do on top of this, on top what was you're dealing with right now, omicron ends up being a major public health crisis? >> it as crisis right now. and people's care is being compromised in some way or another. not just covid patients. we have ambulances driving two, three hours away to bring people
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to beds that pop up every once in a while. they're not there when someone else is having chest pain and calls for an ambulance or is having a stroke. unquestionably there are people suffering who did get vaccinated, who don't have covid, who have the other routine illnesses that we treat all the time. so we just keep pushing forward, battling the disinformation. taking care of the patients in the moment. doing double duty like folks of the committee to protect health care, other doctors around, chomping at the bit to get out there and get the word out. and that's what we'll keep doing, and hang on for dear life, hoping this wave eventually ends. >> yeah, and by the time they get to you, they're at the end of that disinformation wave. it's crashed over them and sent them to you. dr. rob davidson, thanks as always for the candid remarks on all of this. keep it up. we appreciate you so much. thanks for what you're doing. >> thanks. the economy is in good shape right now, but could this new covid variant knock it off
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the new omicron coronavirus variant has doctors and world leaders scrambling, but investors were spooked as travel bans began taking shape, causing the dow to fall over 900 points, its worst performance since october 2020. also oil dropped 13% for folks who are watching gas prices. that was the worst day for oil prices since april of last year. let's break it down with cnn global economic analyst and financial times associate editor ronna foroohar. we learned israel is barring foreigners from entering the country for two weeks in response to fears over the omicron variant. are days like yesterday just a case of the market not liking
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uncertainty? or are we starting to potentially dip into something that is going to get ugly? >> you know, it all depends on where this virus goes, jim. whether it proves to be resistant to vaccines, how far it spreads, and how fast. over the last two years, it's always been about the trajectory of the virus and the vaccines. and that's a little bit unclear as of yet. so i think that what you're seeing now are that states and cities and countries that have been through this two, three, four rounds are really erring on the side of caution. so you are seeing travel stops plunge, you're seeing some of the retail stocks down. you know, interestingly, shopping on black friday was still pretty robust. of course, a lot of that can be done online. but i expect to see a lot of market volatility next week as we get more information. >> yeah, i don't want to look at what happens on monday morning. but i guess we'll all do it together. the fresh fears of this new variant come at a time when many large companies in the u.s.,
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including ours, are wrestling with when to bring the workforce back to the office. the summer was supposed to be the time to come back, then came delta, now omicron. is the office as we know it kind of over for the time being? again, it depends on what the science tells us in the coming days. >> you know, i've got to say i'm kind of short, as they say on the street, on the office. because you know, even before this variant, you know, reared its ugly head, we were seeing a lot of companies saying, look, we're never going back to the new normal. it makes sense for us to go back two days a week, three days a week. even some of the wall street banks which are known for being hard-driving and wanting people in the office are saying, you know what, it's just ridiculous to make people spend hours commuting in. and this is only going to reinforce that. i think it's also going to change the entire geography of work in the country and real estate markets. you can see two, three hours outside the major cities, some of the price increases relative
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to urban areas. that's only going to increase. i think in two, three, five years, we're all going on to look around and say, wow, this pandemic did a lot to change the look and feel of america geographically. >> wow. that's interesting. americans have been hit hard by these rising gas prices, as you know. it forced the white house to take action in recent days. so when they hear oil prices took a major tumble yesterday, i mean, what do you think? is that going to translate into some slightly lower gas prices in the next week or so? >> you know, i'm not holding my breath. it is interesting that just last week, we were talking about inflation, inflation fears. now it's all about, oil's back down to where it was in 2018, gas prices are probably going to follow. i think it's going to be very volatile. it's really hard to say because it could be that certain countries will do better managing this variant, and then you'll get sort of mismatches in
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when certain countries are coming back and others aren't and that will fuel demand and supply mismatches -- it's hard to really know. uncer uncertainty, markets sure don't like that. >> putting the science aside, people want to argue over the science as to whether they should get vaccinated, whether we should have vaccine mandates. putting the scientific argument to the side, not to say it's unimportant, but strictly from an economic standpoint, would it make sense for the airlines to adopt vaccine mandates, do you think? >> i think it would. i think that particularly when it comes to business travel, that would make companies feel a lot better, a lot safer. i think we're probably headed that way. you can also already see in certain cities around the country and the world that you do have to show your proof of vaccine. i can tell you, i went to get my booster today. there was a very long line out the pharmacy. i suspect it had something to do with this variant. >> i suspect you're right.
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ronna foroohar, thank you for your expertise, we appreciate it. >> thank you. as people head back home after thanksgiving, the tsa expects tomorrow will be its busiest day of the holiday travel period. the u.s. already hit a pandemic air travel record on wednesday. cnn's pete muntean has more on that. >> reporter: now begins the process of everybody who left town for thanksgiving coming home all at once. and the numbers have been really big. aaa projected that 48 million people would drive for the thanksgiving holiday. that number really not a far off from 2019 before the pandemic, only about a 3% difference. the bottom line here is that traffic is back, and so is the expense. the average price of a gallon of regular now around $3.40 nationwide. that's up about $1.30 from where we were this time last year. i talk to folks that told me expense could not get in the way
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of thanksgiving plans because they shuttered so many of their plans last year. air travel, the numbers there have also been really big. 2.3 million people screened by tsa at airports across the country the wednesday before thanksgiving. that is a new pandemic-era air travel record. the tsa projected a total of 20 million people would fly for the thanksgiving holiday, and it seems like we're on pace to hit that. the tsa says the sunday after thanksgiving will likely be the biggest. pete muntean, cnn, reagan national airport. days from now, a federal apiece court will hear from the former president why his white house records should not be handed over not january 6th committee. does donald trump have a case to keep the documents private? our cross exam segment is next. [gaming sounds] [gaming sounds] just think, he'll be driving for real soon.
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donald trump wants to keep many of his white house records, memos, emails, visitor logs out of the hans of the january 6th committee investigating the insurrection. lawyers will make their case before a federal appeals court. federal analyst and former prosecutor elie honig joins me now, author of the great book "hatchet man: how bill barr broke the prosecutors code and broke the justice department." great book. let's jump in. this could be a pivotal week. a viewer is asking, does donald trump have any chance of winning his lawsuit seeking to block the january 6th committee from getting those documents? what do you think? >> jim, you never say never when it comes to the courts. but things are not looking good
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for donald trump in this lawsuit. he lost at the first level. that's what we call the district court. the judge there famously said, presidents are not kings and plaintiff is not president. meaning, executive privilege does not apply here, and even if it did, a former president, like donald trump, doesn't have standing to raise it. now next up we're going to have argument in the court of appeals. that argument is going to happen on tuesday, november 30th. if you look at the arguments there and you look at the three judges who are going to be sitting on that case, i think it's very, very likely we get the same result, donald trump loses, committee wins. the big question will be, will the supreme court take the case? trump if he loses certainly will try to get the case to the supreme court. now nobody has a right to get a case to the supreme court. it's up to them. you need four of the nine justices to say, we will take that case. on the one hand, the supreme court justices try to stay out of political disputes, there clearly is a political angle on this. on the other hand, we are talking about a brand-new area of law, a fundamental constitutional showdown between the executive and legislative
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branch. that's the kind of case that the supreme court is there for. so we're at step two here this week, and we should get more clarity where this is going to go when we hear those arguments on tuesday. >> yeah, one would think that the supreme court justices would understand the gravity of this situation and that would hopefully override everything. the january 6th committee is continuing to issue subpoenas to members of trump's circle, but not everyone is cooperating. one viewer wants to know, the january 6th committee has now held steve bannon in contempt but what about the other people who have refused to testify? mark meadows, for example? >> i read every one of these viewer questions, and sometimes i nod my head and say, amen. i think this viewer is on to something here. steve bannon has been held in contempt. he's been charged criminally with contempt. the thing is bannon is the easiest case. the question is what else is the committee going to do? two weeks ago, adam schiff went on the sunday shows, he said he is, quote, confident that the committee will move very quickly
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to hold mark meadows in contempt. in the two weeks since, what has the committee done on contempt for mark meadows, nothing, wrote a sternly worded letter, big deal. what is the committee going to do with mark meadows, no one, kayleigh mcenany? i think the concern the committee may have is, is doj going to have our backs? yes, they charged bannon, but are they going to be willing to charge five, ten, 20 people? i think there's real concern there. on the flip side, if the committee and doj are not willing to back up these subpoenas we're going to have a floodgate of people not testifying and have nothing consequence. >> at some point you have to ask, is the subpoena meaningless now? >> exactly, yeah. >> depending on how this plays out. "the washington post" is reporting steve bannon's lawyers asked that all documents in his contempt case be released publicly. a viewer -- which i find to be confusing. but a viewer asks, how will the criminal process play out for steve bannon and does he have any chance to beat the case?
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>> he does have a chance. he'll be fighting this. but look, this is a criminal case right now. it's united states versus steve bannon. next step is he's going to make a motion to dismiss. he's going to say, i have executive privilege, that's a reason for me not to testify, throw this out. i think that is a stretch, to say the least. then we'll have a trial. now there's an interesting twist here. the judge is a 2019 trump appointee who previously has written very broadly about his view of executive privilege. so bannon may try to get that case heard by the judge rather than a jury. there's a little bit of a legal dance that will happen there. but he can try to get the judge to hear this case rather than a jury, and then ultimately there will be a verdict, guilty or not guilty. important thing to keep in mind, if steve bannon is found guilty, if he's convicted, he has to serve at least one month in prison no matter what. but that does not compel his testimony. it does not force him to testify. this is meant to be punishment, this is meant to be deterrence, but it doesn't force the testimony. as you said, it's going to be a question of how much political
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will, how much will does the committee have and doj have to fight for these subpoenas? >> we're going to find out very soon what is the answer to those questions. elie honig, thanks so much, we appreciate it, good to talk to you. former president trump's big lie echoes from the halls of congress to the campaign trail. >> you could say biden won the presidency kind of like o.j. is innocent. >> it's not right, hundreds of thousands of votes are allowed to be considered as lawful votes, we know they're illegal. >> by removing the fraud, donald trump won. >> we know there was fraud, this election was stolen, donald trump is our president. >> makes your brain hurt, doesn't it? whether seeking office or simply approval, trump loyalists have made a mantra of the election being stolen. but that big lie has a companion, let's call it the big hoax. it's a separate fantasy that trump is the victim of a russian hoax because the infamous steele
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dossier has been somewhat discredited. it's not just pro-trumpers propping up that illusion. "it wasn't a hoax" in "the atlantic," our guest writes, "instead at almost every turn, trump was helped by people who had little liking for him as a human being or politician but assessed he could be useful for purposes of their own." yes, there should have been an exclamation point at the end of that sentence. david refefrum of "the atlantic with us now. who are these trump nonloyalists who are doing he's bidding? >> president trump is gone, and a lot of people think that means he's forgotten. and that means there are a number of people in the media world, some of them working at prestigious places like "the new york times," some of them working in the new media substack of podcasts, who say the trump story, without justifying him, can be used to score points off people i don't like. people like you, television hosts, they don't like.
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media persons they don't like. politics they don't like, hillary clinton, adam schiff. they don't like them for other kinds of reasons, not trump reasons, reasons of their own. so they focus very specifically on the defects of the steele dossier and leave many people with the impression that if the steele dossier turned out to be kind of soggy, as it was, as it immediately -- as we said at "the atlantic," it was. i never wrote about it. if that turns out to be soggy, then everything, all the other evidence about something untoward in the trump/russia relationship, that goes away. >> help us walk through this, david. i read your piece, i saw your twitter thread about this. help us walk through some of the various items that still hold up to this day. as being very big problems for donald trump and russia. >> let's start with the trigger of the investigation. and this information all comes from the senate intelligence committee, which at the time had a republican chair, richard burr of north carolina.
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and at the time whose leading spokesman was marco rubio. the senate intelligence committee confirms what many reporters knew, which is the investigation, the fbi investigation of donald trump, began when one of his aides, a man named george papadopoulos, sougt out the australian high commissioner to london, alexander downer, took him for drinks, had a few drinks, then told commissioner downer that he knew that the russians had hacked hillary clinton and democratic emails and would be using these to trump's advantage. this was in the early spring of 2015. sorry, 2016, beg your pardon. downer wrote a report to his own australian government about this important conversation and the australian government, a member of the five eyes group that shares intelligence, forwarded this information to the u.s. government. that is what began the fbi investigation. >> but there's more than that. the one that i come back to is donald trump jr.'s meeting at
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trump tower with a russian attorney who said she was there on behalf of the russian government. paul manafort there as well. jared kushner there as well. they admitted to it. >> let's take a macro view. i told you what the trigger was, let's think about this -- here's the question. and i don't claim to have an answer to this. through 2016, if you were a gambling person, if you want to make book, most of the bookies would tell you hillary clinton is probably going to win. the democrats are probably going to win. hillary clinton's probably going to win. russia is a country with an economy about the size of italy. it is an enormous risk for the russian state to intervene in the extreme way in an american election against the person that's probably going to win. why did they do that? they had never done anything like this before. in the communist days they would do little espionage things but never so much against one candidate, for another, in the face of negative odds. why? why? why? that's the question. then you look at the long
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history of financial relationships between trump and bad actors in russia. maybe the answer is there. we don't know because when robert mueller was charged to go investigate this, he was told at the beginning, one place you mustn't look is at the financial record. it's like "columbo" where you're told, you can go anywhere in the house, but not that closet, the one with the bad smell, don't look in the bad closet. by the way, everyone in the house, when you ask about the bad closet, lies about it. >> you also had michael flynn, first national security adviser for donald trump, fired for lying to investigators about his contacts with the russian ambassador. the thing i come back to, david, and please go in any direction you want, it would have been law enforcement malpractice for any of these items individually not to be investigated. >> the thing that is so fascinating about the flynn deception, flynn was involved in many things he should not have been involved in. but he was not part of the
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trump/later -- he wasn't at the meeting at trump tower, he had nothing, you would think, to be afraid of. jeff sessions, the former senator who became trump's first attorney general, who lied to congress. he wasn't compromised in any way. so why did they lie? and it's the -- >> i don't get it. to this day, i still don't understand. >> it's like an episode of "columbo." they know there's something bad in this closet. we don't know what it is. trump knows, maybe. we don't know. what we know is when columbo says, what's in the closet? you say, what closet? i have no idea. it's hazardous to lie to the fbi, it's hazardous to lie to the senate, yet trump people did it. why? what were they afraid of? they weren't implicated, they weren't protecting themselves, they were protecting trump. >> over and over and over again. i do want to talk to you about house minority leader kevin mccarthy. he's reacted to these horrific and islamophobic comments made by congressman loren gobert.
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mccarthy, we understand here at cnn, said he spoke to boebert on friday and encouraged her to meet with ilhan omar. how do you think kevin mccarthy is handling this freak show caucus? it seems to be a strategy of appeasement. in the hopes that someday he will still get to this promised land of being speaker of the house. at the same time, he has to almost humiliate and embarrass himself every step of the way by appeasing these people he knows have no business being in congress. >> look how nancy pelosi behaved when she was confronted with behavior she thought was unacceptable from members of the famous squad at the beginning of her speakership. and she sat them down and said, you're not going to do this or that. she told them, by the way, you have certain aides, i don't want them working for you anymore. she enforced the departure of aides she thought were inappropriate. that's how you act when you have control over your caucus. mccarthy is acting like a man who is afraid.
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he's not acting like the speaker of the house, he's acting like the concierge of the house. like it's going to be his job, should he get a majority, to placate these weirdos. rather than read them the riot act. you're the speaker, it's a really important job. they're not senators, they can't disrupt the proceedings. you can talk to them and tell them what's what. nancy pelosi did, why can't kevin mccarthy? >> that is the question. thanks as always, we appreciate it. read david frum's article in "the atlantic" on this russia stuff. it is so, so important. a scramble inside the republican party. wild cards and political newcomers, including a tv doctor considering a run for a critical pennsylvania senate seat. join fareed zakaria for an in-depth look at china's leader, "china's iron fist" tomorrow night at 9:00. ("this little light of mine")
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. broadway is mourning the loss of a legend. cnn's stephanie elam looks at the live of steven sondheim. >> reporter: steven sondheim was one of the most prolific writing, and if 2015, he won the
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presidential medal of freedom. sondheim was born on march 22nd in 1913 in new york city. his parents divorced in 1942 and he moved to pennsylvania with his mother. in pennsylvania, he became friends with james hammerstein, the son of lyricist oscar hammerstein, throughout his teen years, his relationship with his mother deteriorated. eventually, the two became estranged. he was a constant figure encouraging sondheim's musical talents throughout high school and college. >> if it hasn't have been for the hammersteins, i don't know where i'd be, if i've even be alive. >> sondheim's big break came when he wrote the vir effects for the broadway show west side story in 1957. then in 1962, he expanded his
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repertoire and for the first time, he wrote the lyrics and composed the music for a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. in 1970, he began a lab racing with hal prince that lasted more than a decade. the 1973 play, a little night music was composed in mostly waltz time and became 21 of the successes. it featured the hit, send in the clowns, one of sondheim's last known songs. >> ♪ send in the clowns ♪ >> reporter: in 1979, sondheim wrote what was probably musical thriller for broad bay, sweenee tide. ♪ >> what's great about the theater is it's a living organism whereas movies and
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television are enamored. it's not that they're dead. they're only alive in one, shape, form and tone. every time you see a movie, they're giving the same performance as the same you saw them. >> reporter: inspiration was everywhere for sondheim. in 1984, moved by a famous painting, he pinned the lyrics for sunday in the park with george for that inventive stage craft, he won the pulitzer prize for drama. in 1987, he wrote the broadway hit into the woods based on the fables of the brother's grim. late in sondheim's career, lynn henwell miranda approached him with something he was working on, a musical. then called the e the hamilton
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mistake. he mentored him as hamer stein had done for him. from waltzs to rap inspired from everything from serial killers to fairy tales, sondheim's impact on american musical theater span decades and created some of the world's most popular music also. >> and finally tonight, we'd like to welcome the newest member of our cnn newsroom family. our producer and his wife julianna welcomed their daughter charlotte amelliasm she joins big sister victor what, who we are told is loving the new addition. alex is officially surrounded by new women these days, congratulation, she is so beautiful. that's the news reporting from washington, i'm jim acosta, see you back here tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. eastern. have a good night, everybody. .
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