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Tired of spending hundreds of dollars prescription glasses. Xeni offers thousands of affordable eyewear styles starting at just six ninety five visits any today at Zanny dot com slash CNN. Happening now breaking news not backing down despite a chorus of calls for him to step down. After the discovery of shocking photo in his medical school yearbook. Virginia's governor is holding onto his job pleading for time to prove he's not a racist. Even as the man who may replace him faces a growing controversy of his own between a rock and a hard place. The new CNN poll shows most Americans don't want the president to declare a national emergency to build a border wall. But can the president of four to disappoint? His base Willie. Make an announcement during his state of the union address tomorrow night executive time, a new report based on leaked White House information shows the president's spending about sixty percent of his schedule in unstructured so-called executive time where he's free to watch TV and tweet the White House insists he's the most productive president in history and Putin supersonic nukes after president loops this suspend a key nuclear treaty. Russia's ladder. Putting boob said developing powerful the weapons including nuclear tip supersonic missile. That would be extremely difficult to intercept. I'm wolf Blitzer. You're in the situation room. This is CNN. Breaking new Reggie news. Even as calls for him to resign echo from all directions. After the discovery of a racist photo in his medical school yearbook. Virginia governor Ralph northbound is begging for more time to show he's not a bigot. And a source says he's told his cabinet. He doesn't wanna leave office as a racist for life. And as President Trump gets ready for tomorrow night's state of the union address, which was postponed during the government shutdown. Aides say he'll appeal for bipartisanship, but sources from both parties say the president's demand for billions in border wall. Funding is the biggest obstacle right now to averting another shutdown just twelve days from now off with democratic congressman Akeem Jeffries of the judiciary committee and our correspondents and analysts are standing by with full coverage. But let's begin with this real political firestorm surrounding Virginia's governor after the discovery of a racist yearbook photo he's resisting. Of calls for him to step down. Even as entire the entire story becomes even more complex siennas. Ryan nobles is joining us from Richmond Virginia right now. So what's the very latest ryen? Fobel right now, there's been seventy two hours since those racist photos and Ralph Northerns yearbook emerged and the governor right now is attempting to hold onto power. We're told today in a private meeting with his cabinet. He begged them to give him more time to make the case that he's not one of the two people in this photo. He said he does not want to leave office branded as a racist for life. Well, it's not me. Tonight. Virginia's governor remains an office clinging to a very thin. Shred of power. As protesters took to his office to demand resignation. Ralph Northam was inside huddled with his cabinet officials in top aides inside the room north was emotional as he made a plea for more time and space to make the case that he is not one of the two people in this racist photo that appeared under his name in his medical school yearbook complicating the controversy, the man who would replace Northam is facing problems of his own Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax forced to call an impromptu press conference to respond to reports of a woman accusing him of sexual assault at the two thousand four democratic national convention acclaim Fairfax vehemently denied that did not happen. There was no no contact whatsoever. This thing was not only from in the planet Mars that didn't happen. It's a claim that Washington Post investigated before Fairfax's inauguration that paper decided not to run the story at the time today, though, the post writing, quote, the Washington Post and phone calls to people. Who knew Fairfax from college law school and through political circles found no similar complaints of sexual misconduct against him without that or the ability to corroborate the women's account in part because she had not told anyone what had happened. The Washington Post did not run a story Jordan's attempt to overcome the criticism from the release of the pictures was highlighted by dramatic and often uncomfortable weekend press conference where the governor made the argument that he knew he wasn't in the photo because he didn't remember taking it. But he specifically remembered another time where he did Don black face to appear as Michael Jackson at a dance. Contest I dressed in a. What's his name Saint Michael Jackson, skewed me? That's why I have pay him with me. I had the shoes I had a globe. And I used this a little bit of shoe polish to put under my all, my cheeks, and the reason I used a very little bit is because I don't know if anybody's ever tried that, but you cannot get shoe polish off and then resisted the temptation to moonwalk during the heated presser. Appropriate circumstance. My wife says inappropriate circumstances north from his struggled to explain his role in the production of the yearbook which was published in one thousand nine hundred four and contained several other racist and objectionable photos, including other classmates in black face my life, and the press conference did not win him any new support instead leading many to renew their calls for him to step down and despite his calls for resignation from every corner of Virginia's government north is still signaling. He has no plans to resign. And it seems that decision will be his alone to make as the state's Republican speaker. Kirk Cox media, clear impeachment was not on the table. Now. He's soon teach men that's a very high standard. And so I think that's why we've called for the rest of the nation. We have that's what the governor does. I think that would obviously be less pain for everyone. And to be clear the controversy surrounding both north and the Lieutenant governor just in Fairfax have complicated this situation. But we're told tonight that Fairfax will approach the accusations against him much differently than north. I'm dead. He is prepared to mount a passionate defense of these accusations against him because he simply believes they are not true, and he is willing to defend himself. Now, we are also told that the governor is very concerned about those around him his appointees his cabinet and staff members so far tonight wolf, none of those cabinet members have said were even threatened to resign their posts, which leads us to believe that north should be able to hold on for at least the time being. Well, I we'll see what happens Ryan nobles in Richmond Virginia for us. Thank you and just a day after saying he likes having acting cabinet secretaries around President Trump is now moving to make a one of them permanent. That comes as the crams Fers state of the union address amid lots of questions about his scheduling, let's go to our. Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta for the very latest. Jim. We'll residents spent another day behind closed doors as he years up for tomorrow state of the union address. He did make one big announcement as you said in selecting the acting interior secretary and former oil lobbyists David Bernhardt to take on that job permanently. The president's schedule has become part of the news in recent days with the White House pushing back on a report that he's spending too much time in what's been called executive time. Looking to get the administration back on track after a costly government shutdown. Aides say President Trump, we'll try something different in Tuesday's state of the union speech appeal for bipartisanship. It's going to call for an end to the politics resistance, retribution and call for more comedy CO MIT, y president is telling reporters, he simply can't understand. Why Democrats would want to impeach him? Given the job. He's done. The only way they can win because they can't win. The election is to bring out the artificial way of impeachment. And the problem is you can't impeach somebody for doing the best job of any president in the history about country for the first two years. But a new CNN poll finds Mr. Trump's job approval at a cringe-worthy forty percent as the public is adamantly against the idea of the president declaring a national emergency to build his border wall by contrast. It's house speaker Nancy Pelosi who bested Mr. Trump in their showdown whose numbers are on the rise above where they were before the shutdown. Don't tell the president that one. Well, I think that she was very rigid, which I would expect, but I think she's very bad for our country with Democrats feeling emboldened. There's another battle looming over whether the president would authorize the release of special. Counsel Robert Muller's findings in the Russian investigation. Would you make the Miller report public because you say there's nothing in there? Coming up to the anyway, though, totally up to them to do. Even the Muller reports said it had nothing to do with the campaign. That's a strange response as the Muller report hasn't even been released. The president has plenty of time to study up on the issue the new site axios found the president has spent about sixty percent of his scheduled time in what's called executive time. The unstructured and largely unmonitored part of his day. That's used for tweeting watching TV and talking to advisors on the phone in response to that stunning leak of closely guarded information. The White House said while the president spends much of his average day scheduled meetings events in calls. There is time to allow for a war creative environment that has helped make him the most productive president in modern history. Doesn't know what he's doing? Three hundred eighty eight people have access to that broader schedule very few have access to the the other thing. But Democrats are pouncing wondering what happened to Mr. Trump's boasts about his stamina. She doesn't have the look she doesn't have the stamina I said, she doesn't have the stamina. And I don't believe she does have the stamina one decision. The president has made in recent days. It's been tap White House. Dr Ronnie Jackson is chief medical advisor, even though allegations at the physician has been abusive toward colleagues are under investigation at the Pentagon. But the president likes the doctor who praised Mr. Trump's health last year. He's is incredibly good genes. And it's just so I got mating. Now's what the president's moved to offer the job of interior secretary to the current acting secretary in that job, Mr. Trump, as you know, wolf as a number of officials in acting roles these days from his attorney general to his Defense Secretary to even as White House chief of staff, and it makes you wonder what with all that executive time. Why does he have so many officials in acting positions in his administration will good question? All right. Jim Acosta, thank you very much. Joining us. Now, congressman I came Jeffries of New York. He's a member of the judiciary committee is also the chairman of the House Democratic caucus congressman thanks so much for joining us anything wolf, thanks for having me. So when the news about the racist photo, I broke you immediately called on governor north them to step down have any of his various explanations for how that photo ended up in his yearbook page has any of that done anything to change your mind, not at all. And I continue to stand with those of my colleagues in the Virginia congressional delegation as well as the two senators from Virginia who have made it clear that. That the governor has lost the capacity to really bring the Commonwealth of junior together and to move the state forward, given the divisiveness that is now unfortunately connected to him. And therefore, I think that the best thing to do for the Commonwealth. The best thing to do for the country really at this point would be for the governor to resign. Do the right thing and to allow us to all come together. Is there anything you think congressman you could say or do at this point the convince you maybe he should stay on? Well, I think what's troubling. Is that the explanation that he provided made the situation worse? Not better. He acknowledged essentially that he had actually engaged in some form of black face at in connection with what he had done in terms of this, Michael Jackson and personnel situation. And then also demonstrated some familiarity with respect to shoe polish. And the reason why shoe polish shouldn't be applied in. Fashions because it's harder to remove. So the whole thing is assaulted situation. And if you even look at his undergraduate yearbook and the name that was given to him Conan is deeply offensive as well. And so this is an unfortunate situation, we have enough divisiveness in this country. We should be trying to bring people together. Not tearing us apart. We want to move the country forward not turn back the clock. And a government is not in a position to do that right now. Do you think he appreciates how serious offensive all that picture and everything else around? It really is. It's not clear, and there's a lot of pain that is caused by the images that were brought to light both in terms of the black face as well. As of course, the image of someone in a KKK uniform in nineteen Eighty-four would have been offensive enough in nineteen sixty four, but certainly in a year when Jesse Jackson was first running for president Howard Washington had already been elected the previous year as the first. African American mayor Dr king's holiday had been signed off on a few years prior to that. It's just shocking thing that this will take place, and we also have to start the question what was going on at that medical school? Why would the medical school sign off on this yearbook and deem any of those images appropriate? Why were the people who graduated with the governor silent for so many years in the face of what obviously was a bigoted and divisive image. That was apparently proudly displayed in all the places throughout the yearbook. In addition to the governor's page, very important points. Indeed, congressman let me turn to some other important issues while I have you the border security negotiations are underway right now between Democrats and Republicans in the house and Senate. What are Democrats going to do if the negotiations fail over the next few days in President Trump, declares a national emergency in order to find money for his? Border wall. We'll have the highest degree of confidence that the appropriate is who on the conference committee gonna try as hard as they can to find a bipartisan resolution working with Republicans in the house as well as Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, we support twenty-first-century border security will we'll into invest in additional infrastructure along our legal ports of entry. Invest in additional personnel. Particularly as it relates the customs agents who are understaffed as well as the coast guard, and bolster their capacity to interdict drugs and other forms of contraband that come into our waterways with certainly are willing to invest in additional technology sensors drones scanners satellites enhanced communication capability, the things that the experts have said would make a difference in terms of improving our border security, and we're hopeful that our colleagues on the other side of the out will engage in this evidence based discussion. And if that, in fact is the case we. Can come to an agreement that I think the president would be hard pressed not to sign into law. Yeah. He, but he says he keeps insisting there's gotta be money in there for a wall. Whether it's the steel slasher, whatever there's gotta be money for a wall. And we'll see what happens over the next few days. You guys got a tough challenge ahead of you, congressman Jeffries of New York. Thanks so much for joining us. Thank you. So as well. All right up next. There's more breaking news the Virginia. Governor Ralph north Mus resisting lots of calls for him to resign. After the discovery of a racist yearbook photo in a source now says he's asked me for time to prove he's not a bigot. And after President Trump moves the suspended nuclear treaty, Russia's Vladimir Putin move to developed a powerful new weapons, including a nuclear tip supersonic missile. Tired of spending hundreds of dollars for prescription glasses. Our friends at Zanny optical offer, a huge variety of high quality stylish frames and state of the art optics starting at just six ninety five. You can get multiple frames with this great pricing for less than one pair. Elsewhere start building your eyewear wardrobe from the comfort of your own home at Zanny dot com. With the latest trends in eyewear available in hundreds of frame styles and materials there isn't a better way to change it up for every season. Plus is any offers prescription sunglasses at incredible prices. Visit Xeni today at Xeni dot com slash CNN. That's Z E N N, I dot com slash CNN. Rickie news after the discovery of a racist yearbook photo, the Virginia governor Ralph north is seeking more time to show. He's not a bigot. In a source says he's told his cabinet. He doesn't wanna leave office as a racist for life. Joining us now where senior political commentator John casick is a former Ohio governor former congressman former Republican presidential candidate governor, thanks so much for joining us. So should governor north step down? Well, I think he he has to I think is probably just a matter of time with the people around him. I don't know what the thoughts are in in his head. But the problem is there's so much confusion and double statements misstatements and the bottom line is he's he's just not going to be effective. And I understand that he wants to get out there and try to clear his name and I'm for Rehill rehabilitation tour, but you can't do it from the governor's office. I I just think you have much more responsibility. When something like this happens to make sure that you're putting the people I and look snow, great joy to have to say this to say, these kinds of things and and wolf, you know, at the end of the day. You know, we're going to have to figure out in the midst of all these things that turn up all the time where it is grace where it is forgiveness where does another chance lie, and there is another chance for him. But I don't think he can achieve that by holding this office. So you don't think he could wait for the scandal to blow over I don't think it is wolf in. And the problem is they're so divided. I mean when you have both Democrats senators and Senator Warner is that really a terrific guy. You know him he's conducted himself. Well, he wouldn't quickly say something like this. You hear you heard from gentlemen from the Virginia congressional delegation. He made very good points. The legislature itself wants him to leave. So it's hard enough to try to get people to pass your agenda. But when something like this is hanging over you. You have to ask yourself at the end of the day. Am I serving the public here? Or am I trying to do something to redeem myself, and I'm all for redemption. I mean, we go through as governor we'd have to go through and figure out who committed crimes, and can we give them part of their life back. I mean, that's just for people who committed crimes, but for normal folks who make terrible mistakes, we want to give them a chance to look at the body of you know, with their life Senate about, but these are things this kind of thing is so difficult so difficult. I don't see how he's going to survive this and get anything done, and it's hard enough to get things done when you got sky high approval ratings, let alone this problem another sensitive issue governor early eleven days away, as you know, from yet another potential government shutdown if congress is unable to raise an agreement on border security funding, should the president declare a national now, this is to find the money wolf, this is really just crazy. And I've been saying. They will not have another shutdown. I think what's happening is the president's trying to figure out some way out of this. I'd like to think that this bipartisan group can get together and give him something, you know, give him something. Everybody's for border security. The question is gotta have this wall. Like if he doesn't have this wall. Somebody's going to criticize him. I mean, you know, figure out how to get this done wolf. And if he declares some sort of an national emergency, you know, it's going to go to court Republicans are going to be very concerned about it. Because you know, you can't have unlimited executive power having been an executive. I liked executive power. But the problem is there are just limited to it. And what will happen is they'll go to court they'll block them in and they'll move on in. But what a messy way to get through. This shouldn't have happened to begin with wolf it just should not have happened. But I will say this people do want that border to be protected, but you know, in the twenty first century, there is other ways to do it that could be more. Effective than I've got to have this certain, you know, four letter word wall. I mean, come on. Let's just hope there isn't another government shutdown. It was so many people. I hope not I hope I hope you're right governor Casey, thanks so much for joining us. I'll see you tomorrow night. I'll see here for our coverage of the state of the union address. All right. The president. Meanwhile, our political experts they are here as well. We have lots to discuss lots on the breaking news guy. Stick around. We'll continue this conversation in the mall. Remember to create an ad like this one visit pure winning dot com slash CNN. Tonight. We're learning more about today's cabinet meeting are called by the embattled Virginia democratic governor. Ralph north on these refusing to resign despite the revelation of a racist photo on his page of a nineteen Eighty-four medical school yearbook. At a source tells CNN north I'm told his cabinet. He doesn't want to leave offices quote a racist for life. Let's bring in our political experts. We'll talk about how this crisis is playing out and Cornell William Brooks here. Former president CEO of the NWC P teaching at Harvard right now you live in Virginia. You know, these these players in this whole debate. Yes. Yes. And I am as shocked Zion disappointed. I cast a ballot for both the governor and Lieutenant governor. But his what I'll note a couple of points about. We're news weird. You have a meandering noon walking explanation series of explanations and apologies. It undermines the credibility of the government. So we're he seeks redemption. In forgiveness, the price of forgiveness, and redemption is candor and honesty where he asserts in one apology that he is either dresses, a clansman would dress engineering black face in subsequent explanation and apology. He suggests he's not to prison who's engineered black face were the clansman. But in fact, Michael Jackson in black face. This is intolerable. And as a consequence a majority of overwhelming majority of Democrats across the country and Virginia believe he has to go. He has to go. He's not in a position to govern. Is there anything you could do to? Reclaim this credibility is moral authority and stay on as governor. It would be hard for me to imagine that because the price of redemption is being caned in on us. In other words, people across the Commonwealth wrestling with the notion of forgiveness, but forgiveness is the moral choice of those offended. It is not the political entitlement of those. Who calls offense? And so you're not entitled to the office of governor, you're not entitled to people's forgiveness. If you wanna show contrition step down be candid about what happened tell the truth. He seems to think I'd be that he could maybe ride this out. And maybe the scandal will go away. Yeah. Even though he's done nothing. But make it worse in the days since this. I emerge. I this is really an extraordinary thing. Because I as as as the doctor said just a moment ago, he went from saying, I am one of these people to saying, no, I'm not. But I was someone else in black face at one point. I mean, that's that's we're dick euless for a lot of reasons. But I think for voters in Virginia they're looking at the situation, and they're thinking, you know, if I suspected that someone might have been dressed in black face. I wouldn't want them to be elevated to the position of governor to know that that a person would have done this at some point in their past. I think a lot of people are saying, I definitely don't think that. Person should have been elevated to the position of governor. So it's not that there is no forgiveness in his future. But that a lot of people are saying, this is not the promotion that someone who made these kinds of choices in the past ought to have. And at this point. I don't see many people many Democrats are really anyone out there in the political sphere giving him much of a break here. I think a lot of people want to put this behind them, which is one of the reasons why he's just had a hard time getting past this particular moment, especially after that press conference increase you wrote a port McCullum and see dot com. Why real north of thinks he could wait out his black face scandal. He's wrong. Yeah. I mean, it touches on a lot of what I be in Cornell said which is you have a situation in which I don't know that that photo emerges, icy it Friday on my phone, and I think well, presumably he's one of those people, and if he is that's it for his political his current political life. If there was a. Chance politically speaking to save himself. I don't think there was. But if there was one the press conference on Saturday, theoretically, if you look at the way in which you think theoretically could have been at you say, you know, what muck. No, I'm not going to make excuses. I it was wrong. Then it's wrong. Now, I should've I should've been clear you be as transparent as possible. The press conference both to abbey's point both the well, actually, I said it was me. But it's actually in retrospect, I now remember remember, it wasn't me that doesn't seem to me. Like, the kind of thing. You would forget number one. And number two, the whole thing it may seem dumb, and I know people laugh at it. But the whole do you still know how to moonwalk in? He looks as though if his wife is not there. He's going to moonwalk see early try suggests to me he does not understand the gravity of the hurt. He has caused and the political danger. He is in. So I think he can try to I get I get his explanation. I don't want to be seen as a racist. But but the reality is you don't always get to choose when you make choices in you. Don't get to choose how things end necessarily free. And I don't think he's going to get to choose. How this one I think he has to resign. And I think. More slowly probably than he should. He was coming to that real. But this isn't about him anymore. Right. This is about this is about voters in the Commonwealth. This is about this crop of twenty twenty. And it's the most diverse field in recent memory. I don't think any Democratic Party would want this person to be the Representative in Virginia in recent in recent times, they I don't think, but in particularly when you have the crop that is running in twenty twenty in a state that is still very purple, and they are trying to attract one of the more diverse populations to vote for them. So he really is in an impossible situation here on a lot of different lists. Governor to personally, right? Just I do what do you think? He is someone who's impressed me with us. He's a smart lawyer, very well respected, wonderful family. And so they will great many people who thought that this might be a happy historic in happy ending on the sense of Justin. Fairfax the descendant of slaves. Ascending to the governor's mansion in the wake of this kind of tragedy. So I just. You can't be this is Jackie made me think of this. It's route north is the governor of a state. There's only fifty of them you have to be able to go out wherever you, go, Roanoke. Richmond northern Virginia title, Tidewater, you have to go out and be able to say I was elected to represent you. I have you don't say this. And so, but I have the moral authority to say, I can represent you. I understand your hopes dreams your fears, your anxieties, and whether that's an economic development nothing many things not having to do with race. You can't do that. If you're him. Now, not only because the first question asked of him at every event will be why haven't you resigned? But because you have you have four fitted that moral. I don't wanna say Heidrun both that moral certitude that is required to say. I alone can lead this the state this town, whatever offices. He doesn't have any more. You just don't get that back. I think about Charlottesville. Yeah. Exactly. Like coming out of Charlotte in wake of Charlottesville the. Neo Nazis, white nationalist marching through the streets. Same blacks, replace Jews won't replace us. At that moment, we will counting on the president of the United States in the end, the governor of the Commonwealth Virginia to speak to to the the the the more quiescence, and you can't have a governor that is compromised this, right, and he's compromised not merely with African Americans. But with all of the folks represent the Commonwealth of the future that is the same. If it is this purple state, the southern state in the mid Atlantic. Now. Hold on for one moment. We've got a lot more coming up right after this. The right sheets can take your sleep and your style to the next level with bollandbranch the upgrade has never been more Ford -able every set is crafted from one hundred percent organic cotton. They get softer and softer over time. 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Only Minnesota went from Mondale five hundred twenty five electoral votes. Democrats shouldn't be too excited. Right. I mean, I think that there's no question that Donald Trump is engaged as he prepares is preparing to run for reelection. But I hear from a lot of people particularly Democrats who've crowing that no matter who that they nominate they are going to beat him because he's so damaged. I think he's hugely divisive. Don't think we're looking at a repeat of Reagan's reelection. And even though Reagan summers were below Trump's. I think the numbers are very locked in as it relates Trump. But I just don't rule him out for the same reason that I learned on November eighth twenty sixteen which is every thing that we used as a measure money message polling to suggest who would win said Hillary Clinton would win. So the Donald Trump demonstrated and appeal to a national electorate, I don't know that he can do it again. But but I'm not ready at this point to say, well, he's at forty most pronounce at forty bucks. This George W Bush nine nineteen Ninety-one. He was eighty three percent approval. We know what happened two years later when he lost the Bill Clinton fortunes can change quickly especially in this new cycle. But I think that's why Democrats are really looking at Har hard vet for these candidates going forward. It's not going to be an easy road because the S they want someone they can fall in love with and a lot of ways in the Democratic Party. They also want someone who can beat President Trump look at this number Nancy Pelosi. She came out of the shuttle flight with even higher favorability right now. The President Trump her numbers forty-two percent favorable forty-seven percent unfavorable that's pretty good for her. Yeah. It's very good considering that she's been the conservative boogie man for many many years. I mean, dating predating Donald Trump, and in fact, going into this midterm election that in which she helped democrat essentially net a forty seats. The folks in the White House were saying they thought the Nancy. Pelosi would be a great foil for Donald Trump that he performs best when he has someone to to basically shadow box against but what he's really done is made her a kind of a darling of the left even when there were many on the left trying to rebel against her. He's really made her someone who has proven herself to be able to stand up toward Bill. What would you like to hear from the president tomorrow night? Well speech without any lies. That would be great. I like for him to to to speak to where the country is in terms of the visions. I'm not sure he can do that. I don't believe he can given that he is a source of much of it. But that's what I like him to do. You have any expectation. He will do that Julian Optimus. But okay, you know, we'll see what happens, of course, have extensive live coverage throughout the day leading up to the address. And then, of course, all night of special coverage guys. Thanks very much coming up. There's disturbing threats from Russia's Vladimir Putin. He's talking about developing powerful new missiles now that the US is suspending a landmark nuclear weapons. Good day sweet girl, Jay skeets here. From the starters and basketball is back. Join me tasks Lee and Trey at six eastern, every weeknight on NBA TV, as we break down everything that matters to NBA fans from trade. Rumors to Twitter beefs and don't forget to check out our podcast, the drop now drop in twice a week every Tuesday and Friday on apple podcasts. Spotify an NBA dot com slash the starters until then the race today. People. Now that President Trump has moved to suspend a key nuclear treaty with Russia. President of ladder Putin, maybe movie developed powerful new missiles, Brian Todd has been looking into this for us. Brian what kind of threat could this potentially pose? We'll know sooner than the US announced that it's spending its involvement in the medium range nuclear weapons treaty. The Vladimir Putin was crowing about the missiles, he's got in development. Now, the missiles that Putin is talking about could threaten all of Europe and American forces there. Tonight. New concerns about a Cold War style missile showdown between America and its biggest nuclear rival Russia after Vladimir Putin announced he wants to create a new medium ranged nuclear-tipped missile with supersonic capabilities. Similar to this not only are they far fastest to they're fairly difficult to intercept, but they also very low flight time. So there's very little warning or possibility for the defending side to do much of anything about it. Experts. Say Putin could be ready to deploy that missile which would be capable of flying faster than the speed of sound within a few years more concerning they say is that the Russian leader wants to modify a dangerous missile already in his arsenal. It's a cruise missile called the caliber similar to an American Tomahawk that Russia has previously launched from ships in submarines the Russian president now wants to deploy a landlocked version Calgary realistically can threaten all of Europe. Analysts say that means all of America's European allies and U S. Forces stationed throughout the continent will be in the line of fire of Putin's new missiles each having a range of at least a thousand miles. There are about six or seven major basis of all services throughout Europe. Some major airbases certainly the ground basis which contain the thirty thousand or so US army soldiers there, some naval bases in the Mediterranean. Putin's push to improve his arsenal comes just days. After the US announced it is suspending key Cold War treaty, the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty, or I n f that deal forced the US and Russia to eliminate the same kinds of missiles that Putin is now talking about developing which can fly between three hundred and thirty four hundred miles the US accused Russia of violating that treaty by secretly testing and deploying those missiles the US says if Russia doesn't back down it will withdraw complete the Russians deny they have violated the deal over the weekend. Putin went as far as to promise he would not act. I I see. Russia will not deploy medium or short range weapons unless such weapons at pier. Either in Europe or in other parts of the world until such weapons of American origin appear in these regions. But experts say Putin has been aggressively trying to advance many of his weapons capabilities last year, he boasted of trying to develop a supersonic ICBM or intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States a nuclear powered cruise missile with unlimited range, even an underwater nuclear armed drone. He will take every advantage. He possibly can to include an attempt at new military, confrontations. Conventionally he's going to push it until someone pushes back on. Now Keith question tonight that we have posed a weapons experts do US forces have the capability to shoot down some of these new Russian missiles that Putin has just announced he's developing analysts say US forces can shoot down those caliber missiles, but not of several of them are fired. At once. They say American forces do not have the capability to shoot down any kind of supersonic missiles. Although the American side is working on that. They don't have it yet. All right, Brian. Does Putin have the resources specifically we're talking about the money to develop all those advanced weapons systems that he talks about an engage in an arms race with the United States wolf, Michael Kaufmann respected analysts on the Russian military. He told me today that the Russians have more money for this than there ever given credit for he says the Russians are going to have the money to develop these systems through the two thousand twenty s beyond that though, they may be a little bit stretch. They may not be able to produce those weapons in large quantities. But this arms race could be on for at least another decade. Brian Todd reporting for us. Thanks very much. Coming up. The breaking news by growing calls for him to step down. After the discovery of Schalke yearbook photo Virginia's governor's holding onto his job pleading for time to prove he's not a racist. Number DR, two nine five seven seven one the unsolved murder of short the blackout yet. You may have heard of the black Dahlia it was the name given to Elizabeth short. A woman who is savagely killed in Los Angeles in nineteen forty seven her body was cut in half and posed to horrifying effect. Thousand dollars for information leading the arrest and conviction of killer. The crime scene photos are out there, but a little warning, you can never unsee them. It's part of the reason that more than seventy years later, it's still the most famous unsolved murder in American history. Black Dahlia stories have been told for decades my sister, and I have heard them since we were little because we were told that the killer was part of our family. You think you committed the perfect martyr? Listening to this program is going to bring you Justice. Her body was his canvas and his scalpel was his paintbrush. That's our goal. And for twenty years. He's been uncovering evidence. Luring him closer to the devastating truth. It was just like one of these flash moments. This is it this is why he did it. It was the first time. I started thinking like my father. But this isn't just a black Dahlia story, this is the story of family. Our family and it's terrible past. When I found my birth. Mom. She told me her father, which would be my grandfather headed ni- Q higher the nine Stein, and that he had been investigated in the black Dahlia murder so about by his time. I'm ready to drop dead, the more and more. I learn about growing up I just thought. Wow. From a really dark family. This got a lot of things that I don't even know about. Psycho, pens and their social pads, and I tried to figure out which one my mother was it turns out that murder is just one of the dark Odell secrets open a couple of closets. Go back generation or two and you're gonna find some pretty shocking things for the first time ever. All of us are ready to tell our story. The real story of the hotel family role. Crazy. 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