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>> now more reason to go. world news tonight is next. >> for tonight, go nuclear. those words from president trump after his pick for the supreme court. telling republican leaders to go nuclear if that's what it takes to get him through. also the warning late today from the trump white house to iran. saying we are officially putting iran on notice. martha raddatz is standing by. also that moment late today. president trump taking his daughter, ivanka, to pay respects to the navy s.e.a.l. from illinois killed during the raid in yemen. the hostage situation unfolding at this hour. an american prison lockdown. several workers being held captive inside. injuries reported. the denver area officer shot and killed. the suspect coming up from behind, killing him execution style. tonight what we are learning. and america strong tonight. the woman who lost her leg in
the boston bombings. the firefighter who saved her and now what has the whole town celebrating. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on wednesday night, and we are following two major headlines coming out of the trump white house. tonight, that warning to iran, putting that country, quote, on notice. also less than 24 hours after the president revealed his pick for the supreme court, he is telling republicans to go nuclear to get his pick through if it comes to that. judge neil gorsuch at the capitol beginning to meet with the senators who will decide his fate. but tonight, some democrats vowing to block him, calling it a stolen seat after president obama's final supreme court nominee was never even given a hearing. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: as newly minted supreme court nominee neil gorsuch began making the rounds on capitol hill today -- >> a little bit of colorado in washington. >> reporter: back at the white
house, president trump urged republican senate leader mitch mcconnell to do whatever it takes to get him confirmed. >> if we end up with that gridlock, i would say if you can, mitch, go nuclear because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web. >> reporter: by going nuclear, he means a rare change to the senate rules to effectively make it impossible for democrats alone to block the nomination. either way, it will be a bruising battle. >> so let me get this straight, you are against neil gorsuch no matter what? no matter what happens in his hearings? no matter what he says, no matter what others say about him? you are going to do everything you can to stop him? >> i am indeed for two reasons. the first, that this nomination should have never have occurred and second, the man's record. >> reporter: democratic senator jeff merkley accuses republicans of stealing a supreme court seat because for ten months, they blocked barack obama's nominee to replace the late justice antonin scalia. >> and you're not going to back
down on this no matter what happens? >> no, i'm not. >> no matter what happens in those hearings -- nothing? >> no. >> reporter: but gorsuch comes with a sterling resume, degrees from columbia and harvard law and a phd in legal philosophy from oxford. conservatives applaud his opinions in two cases voting for a religious exemption to the obamacare mandate requiring coverage of contraception. he's written nothing significant about hot-button issues like gay marriage or abortion, but he did write a book backing laws against euthanasia, writing,"all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong." >> i will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the constitution and laws of this great country. >> reporter: gorsuch is a great admirer of justice scalia, who he would be replacing. but he also clerked for justice anthony kennedy, the key swing vote on the high court. his nomination has unified republicans, even trump's strongest republican critics are
lining up to fight for him. >> neil gorsuch, what do you think? >> home run. judge's judge. this is the kind of person who the founders envisioned sitting on the supreme court. he knows what a judge's job is. >> and jon karl with us live tonight at the white house, and we're seeing republicans say judge gorsuch is eminently qualified, but you have the democrats saying look at what republicans did to president obama's nominee. are the democrats going to do what the republicans just did? >> reporter: well, democrats are still furious about the way merrick garland was treated without even getting a hearing, and there is no question they are taking it out on neil gorsuch. there's hypocrisy all around, and the bottom line is few people question whether either nominee is qualified for the supreme court, and both have been opposed by senators for purely political reasons. >> here we go again. jon karl, thank you. there was a moment late today driving home. president trump's sobering role as commander in chief. president trump taking his
daughter, ivanka, to pay respects to the navy s.e.a.l. from illinois killed during the al qaeda raid in yemen. warnings coming in from the white house today on iran. saying they are, quote, putting iran on notice. does this mean military action is on the table? here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. >> reporter: the security adviser came to the white house podium unexpectedly, and took no questions, but his message to iran was blunt. >> as of today, we are officially putting iran on notice. >> reporter: general flynn's warning came after iran's test of yet another ballistic missile and other provocative actions including high speed approaches to u.s. warships. >> iran continues to threaten u.s. friends and allies in the region. >> reporter: while flynn blasted the obama administration for calling it an inadequate
response to iran in the past, but the white house didn't specify how they would hold them responsible now, but that they would take appropriate action. meanwhile, the president today along with his daughter, ivanka, took that somber trip to dover to pay respects to the remains of william "ryan" owens killed in a raid in yemen. this is the first service member killed since donald trump became commander in chief. >> those duties difficult for any president, and martha live from washington. i want to two back to iran for a moment. did the white house rule out military action in iran? >> reporter: they didn't put it out there as an option, but they didn't rule it out. what michael flynn did was let iran know there is a new sheriff in town, and he may not be pulling his gun out, but it's in his holster. david? >> martha raddatz, and thank you as always. in the meantime, the showdown on capitol hill. new fireworks tonight. just 5 of the president's 21 cabinet level nominees have now been confirmed. his pick for education secretary facing major new hurdles, and
there was news tonight on rex tillerson who has been scrutinized for his ties to vladimir putin. he has been confirmed as secretary of state. but he tacks charge of a state department where nearly 1,000 diplomats have opposed the president's travel ban. abc's mary bruce back on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, trump's billionaire pick to lead the education department could be the first confirmation casualty. >> i cannot vote to confirm her. >> reporter: two republican senators, susan collins and lisa murkowski now saying they won't vote for betsy devos, both citing her lack of experience. >> i think mrs. devos has much to learn about our public schools. >> reporter: devos, a strong supporter of vouchers, under fire for never having worked in the public school system. >> in order to clarify, you never attended a public school, did you? >> correct. >> and your children did not, correct? >> that's correct. >> and you have not taught in one, correct? >> i have not, but i have mentored in one. >> reporter: and she was mocked
for this bizarre exchange when talk of guns in schools turned to grizzly bears. >> you can't say definitively today that guns shouldn't be in schools? >> well, i will refer back to senator enzi and the school he was talking about in wyoming, and probably there, i would imagine there is probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies. >> reporter: and there are new allegations she may have plagiarized part of her answers on a senate confirmation questionnaire. >> many of the responses look copied and pasted from previous statements or are simple reiterations of the law and no true responses at all. >> reporter: the confirmation now in jeopardy. it could require vice president mike pence to step in and break a senate tie. >> i have 100% confidence she will be the next secretary of education. >> reporter: but team trump did notch one big victory today. the senate confirming former exxon ceo rex tillerson of secretary of state, a
contentious pick partly because of images like this. tillerson sharing a champagne toast with russian president, vladimir putin. he passed the senate 56 to 43. a tighter margin than most modern secretaries of state. the closest comparison, condoleezza rice. confirmed by a vote of 85 to 13. 94 senators voted to confirm hillary clinton. tillerson takes control of an agency with hundreds of employees in open rebellion against the new administration. after the president's immigration ban, nearly 1,000 state department employees signing a letter of dissent. >> mary bruce with us live from capitol hill tonight. and one former top state department official with a message for the new administration? >> reporter: this was quite the parting gift, david. tom countryman, a member of obama's senior state department leadership in his farewell address saying that business leaders are important partners,
but despite the similaritiesimie says a dog is not a cat, baseball is not football and diplomacy is not a business, david. >> mary bruce live on capitol hill. mary, thank you. there is new scrutiny tonight of president trump's chief strategist in the white house, steve bannon, who was given a permanent seat during national security council meetings. tonight, there is controversy over bannon's own words, and abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega asking about those words today. here's how the white house answered. >> reporter: the white house pressed about president trump's chief strategist and his controversial views on islam. last year, steve bannon said this. >> it's pretty dark here in europe right now, but there is something darker and that is islam. >> reporter: the former publisher of that news site, breitbart is now seen as one of the most powerful people in the white house. "usa today" reviewed dozens of hours of bannon on the radio unearthing comments like this. >> christianity is dying in europe and islam is on the rise. let's talk about that. >> reporter: the white house
today trying to distance the president. >> steve bannon can be heard on recording saying islam is a dark religion. not a religion of peace. a religion of submission. does the president share his chief strategist's apparent beliefs on islam? >> i think the president has been very clear that his number one quo is -- goal is not to target any one religion, but places and yaurs where we believe there is an issue. there is a big difference between islam the religion and radical islamic terrorists. that come hear and seek to do us harm. >> nothing about the comment that he wants to distance himself from? >> i made it clear there's a difference between the president's view. >> reporter: in a rare white house move, the president recently giving his confidant a permanent seat on the national security council where he sits side by side with the secretaries of state and defense. bannon also played a key role in crafting president trump's extreme vetting order, that temporary pan on immigrants from seven predominantly muslim countries. in 2015, bannon suggesting he supported more than a temporary
ban. >> why are you going through this thuing on vetting? why even let them in? the opportunity cost to put in a structure to vet these people, the cost to do that. to what end? can't that money be used in the united states? i think the issue is should we just take a pause and hiatus for a number of years? >> and cecilia vega joining us live from the white house, is some house democrats now asking president trump to remove steve bannon from the national security council, that permanent seat he has been given? >> reporter: they are demanding that, and it's right here in a letter to the president. these democrats and this letter don't expect to go very far in the white house or having much of an impact, but listen to what they are demanding. they say, quote, his lack of government experience and extreme little agenda remains deeply troubling, david. >> cecilia vega our thanks to you and our team in washington tonight. in the meantime, we move onto other news this evening, and we're following developments at this hour in delaware. inmates taking guards and a counselor hostage at a state prison. one of those hostages injured. the incident triggering an alert at all prisons in the state.
abc's eva pilgrim on the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a delaware prison on lockdown. >> 4422, james t. vaughn correctional center -- >> reporter: four guards and a councillor taken hostage just before 10:30 a.m., and the calls coming in for a report of smoke. >> we're going to need an operations task force. >> reporter: injuries reported, including one guard reportedly struck multiple times with a mop wringer. >> at this point, we don't know if there are any other injuries. >> reporter: images from above showing heavily armed s.w.a.t. teams, and armored cars gathered in groups in the prison yard. the situation unfolding in an area of the prison where maximum security inmates transition to medium security. >> working with the department of correction, the fbi and the delaware state police, we continue negotiations to obtain a peaceful and safe resolution. >> reporter: david, a tense and active situation here. the roads around the prison blocked off. authorities locking down prisons across the state as a precaution. david. >> eva, thank you.
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you are looking live at a first amendment fight at u.c. berkeley. you see those people there. you'll hear both sides about a controversial speaker. the rain returns and will stay around for about a week. we're tracking when we'll see sprinkles and when we'll see showers. the group behind the bay lights has a new project. it's not just about art. this has a practical purpose. >> no milo, no trump, no -- >> it is the birthplace of the free speech movement but right now protesters are trying to keep a controversial speaker off the stage at u.c. berkeley. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm am ma daa datez. >> we're seeing protesters and police moving around. there are, as you see, hundreds of protesters there.
the street is shut down after a crowd of protestors lit pal lat on fire near dana stretch. >> we saw a large group of people walking to the parking garage where the 32-year-old journalist is expected to arrive for a speech. >> extreme views on islam, social justice, and political correctness. yiannopoulos is widely cite s l criticized for being a racist. >> we are joined live on campus with a look at the controversy on both sides, laura? >> reporter: hey, ama, things have gotten tense in the last few minutes. you can see behind me, this is a group of protesters in black masks just marched in. they began pulling these barricades away and in the last few minutes, we've heard a series of