Ukraine Affair; Giuliani Abroad; Hate Attacks On The Rise; Attacks On Faith; On The Rise; Linda Ronstadt: "The Sound Of My Voice"; New Year's Eve
Good Evening Chris. CUOMO is often. I topping this late edition of three six new window into the heart of the impeachment case against President Trump the New York Times citing previously undisclosed emails and in documents as well as interviews with dozens of current and former administration officials documents the eighty four days that could end a presidency Eighty four days from the president's first first question about blocking military aid to Ukraine to the moment was finally released. This new account has lots to say about how it all played out who the players were in the concern. So many top officials had this was either against national security interests politically unwise or just plain wrong. Acting Chief of Staff Mick. Mulvaney is described as being deeply involved in holding up the aid. which is you know? The president was allegedly using to leverage investigations of the Biden's from Ukraine's president. The Times reporting also shows that the White House budget office seeking seeking legal justification for withholding the money as well as doubts from budget officials in sharp pushback from the president's national security team then national security adviser John Bolton in for one as well as the secretary of State and Defense Bolton you'll recall reportedly referred to it all as a drug deal according to testimony he's central to the Times report along with three others all four of whom happened to be very officials. The White House does not want to testify Mick Mulvaney Bolton Robert Blair and Michael Duffy there now the center of the battle over what the Senate impeachment trial might look like and for the latest on that. I want to go to Kaitlan Collins near mar-a-lago tonight. So do we know the president's team they working on a plan for the Senate trial while he's down there in Florida. Yeah Anderson. They still have a lot of big decisions to make sources are saying essentially they are making those decisions while the president is is here. But what's notable is there are people like jared Kushner Mick Mulvaney around the president while he's been down here at his mar-a-lago club but people like the White House counsel Patsick Baloney have been back in Washington working on this strategy as they are still trying to nail down who it is exactly. That's going to be defending the President Win and if they do have that Senate trial and the president is pushing. Data's very aggressive Republican House members on his team but there are still questions about who else can bring in and that Kinda shed some light on the outside influence. It's been on the president. By the fact he was golfing with people like Trey Dowdy. Who's been advising the president from outside the White House on impeachment for the last several weeks and the two of them were seen golfing on Sunday together? which could could indicate any decisions? The president is going to make over the next several days and I talked to bore Sanchez in the last hour. He had the name or he raised the name of Alan Dershowitz who has been on air coming up with legal arguments that the president might be able to use. Yeah Alan Dershowitz has certainly certainly a name. That's been floated by the president. President trump actually told people privately. He wanted to bring him onto the team but there have been a lot of people who cautioned the president against that saying that that has only going to open opened them up to more scrutiny potentially from Democrats over allegations that have surfaced around Alan Dershowitz in recent days. So He's getting a lot of advice from different people and that was indicative today when he was in golfing with someone else. Senator Lindsey Graham who has been telling the president he needs to bring on attorneys from the outside constitutional law experts. In addition to pats Baloney the White House counsel all sang essentially. He's going to need more attorneys than just that Guy Interesting Kaelin Collins. Thank you very much appreciate it again. In The Times reporting what really stands out is the fact that the main characters on the page the very same ones. The White House didn't want talking to the House under testimony under oath that do not want test them testifying at the Senate trial either her. I spoke about it just before. Airtime with Congressman Steve Cohen a democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee Congressman. How much of the details in the New York Times increase? Freeze the need for Mulvaney. Bolton Blair Duffy testify in front of the Senate because their names are all over this to any objective logical title thinking person. You'd say increased a lot but McConnell is a political animal and he's just trying to figure out how to save the President and thereby save save himself because he's really running low in the polls in Kentucky and each trump support and of course trump has wife hired a secretary transportation. So so it's it's certainly it's it says that you should have this testimony the public's demand the testimony and witnesses but it it puts the Republicans in a difficult go position because if the truth comes out there's nothing anybody can really say except this was a crime it was impeachable act act it was a disavowing and disobeying his oath of office. It was trying to get a foreign power to interfere in our elections and and success. Sacrifice is our national security and has everything that we've been saying in our impeachment hearings and why we voted impeach the case is clear and the Republicans have really gone to their second level last last line of defense which is but they got the aid so they're basically saying yeah but they got the aid means he did wrong and he was doing wrong breath the last minute he went ahead and gave in the thing about that Arkansas. They'll probably still do that. Yeah the argument. The they got the argument. which I it seems intellectually intellectually dishonest to me in that they got the because the whistle blower came forward and this blew up? I mean that's that's what you know. That's why by the eighth ended up when it did. Yeah and that's of course true. But that's a logical thinking person who's looking at this objectively and trying around a think about what's right and wrong McConnell's not doing that and you can't do that when your client. And basically trump who is on trial is the client uh of of the Juror McConnell. You know he's guilty so when you gotta get just like you know I'm a lawyer and I understand what has right. I too fat. So yeah the say self defense. That was the Dutch. Would you say it was self defense and the defense attorneys going to tell tell the people say that but you know your your clients guilty. According to The Times after president trump I asked to put hold on the eighth. A White House aide Robert Blair replied via email to Mick Mulvaney writing code. Expect Congress to become unhinged certainly seems like an understatement given how oh this is turned out I mean it was. It was very accurate warning. Well it was an accurate warning and we didn't become unhinged but what we did. Ed was the Democrats. At least we did. Our duty. Given to a snarky one to look out for the Constitution and to take the sole responsibility of impeachment and and to utilize it to keep a president who was a row president operating outside of the the constitutional norms and to put him in check and that's what we did now. The Republicans Republicans went on hinged. Because they again they didn't have a real defense all they can do is talk in high pitched voices and loud and and and get take their coats off off and talk about the fact that the was released. Come up with a bunch of other who is about the Biden's and and what hundred did and a car and Florida sometime. office deflection. They can't defend him. He's guilty when it comes to the impeachment which have been sent over to the Senate. How long do you think is too long for Speaker Pelosi to hold them or is it possible to just never send them over at all and just not have go to the Senate? Well my friend Don Schlitz wrote a song called the Gambler and Nancy Pelosi would be a great card player because she knows when to hold them wouldn't have fold and I'm not going to suggest to her Wendy do it. Because she's the Best Congressman Cohen. I appreciate your time. Fine thank you. You're welcome it's great. All right you take care. Democrat wants to match the nets below sea. For more now on all this from our legal and political team teamster legal analyst Carry Cordeiro Republican Strategist Stuart and democratic strategist. Paul Begala Paul. Have you in all your time. Government including work in the White House ever seen anything quite like what's detailed in the New York Times reporting. No no it was a jaw dropping and you think three years into this presence. We'd be used to the dysfunction dip set aside whether the policy was right there is a policy process. We are a superpower who we we have the largest military and the largest budget and when you make a decision you bring in all the experts. The generals diplomats that the the allies. Here you have in the Times reporting in late August August. The Secretary of State. America's chief diplomat the secretary of Defense America's Jeep Warrior the National Security Advisor in charge of coordinating everything from intelligence to diplomacy to warfighting or fighting all three unified sitting down with the president. It seemed like an intervention for for someone who with an addiction issue. And they say sir we have to release this eight and in a fight between the Secretary of defense the Secretary of state and the national security adviser versus Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani and Vladimir Putin. It wasn't wasn't even a fight and they got rolled and that's that's unprecedented in my long experience in Washington. Yeah I mean the thing is one of the things that jumped out in this near ties. Report is this this previously undisclosed meeting Secretary of State Secretary Fans the National Security Adviser all advising the president reportedly that something is the interest of the United Sates which is giving the Ukraine and the president ignoring it right and this is an excellent report? It has a lot of information but Anderson Persson at the end of the day. There's not a lot of new information. This basically gives some details of what we already knew. This is really palace intrigue as to. What really happened here Anderson? An Anderson. I've repeatedly said This phone call and what the president said on. This call was inappropriate but I do not believe that rises to the level of impeachment one nugget. We'll get information in this article that has really gotten overlooked. was what the White House aide Blair mentioned. It's very down the story. But it's really important. When he heard the president Request announcement by Ukraine. That they would look into the Biden. He didn't look at that as anything. More than the president withholding aid because he has has an aversion he has problems and he has voiced concerns in the past about foreign aid and he's also has concerned about corruption in Ukraine. He listened to the president's phone. Call all as the president in an ongoing dialogue and ongoing up policy that he has about foreign aid. That's exactly how he took it clearly. there's much it's more to it than that but someone who actually has a direct knowledge of this this is this is a viable actual account of how he heard that and it's something that absolutely he does need to be considered carry. The it's an interesting point that that Alice raises the counter argument to it. Is that really. The president's never talked about corruption anywhere in the world Except suddenly now Ukraine when it and the and the only name he brings up is something that would be about Ukraine involvement not rush involvement in the election. And just the person who happens to be his at the time thought to me as big as political opponent So No it's you know it's interesting. I mean this guy might not have thought it was a problem but I'm not sure. There really is a track record. Other than the official policy of the United States government being executed by the then diplomats in the embassy in Ukraine of fighting corruption. It's not a big fight from this president right. I mean what's missing from the White House's story is a compelling narrative or even a reasonably believable narrative for why the aid was being held up And why for that matter. The meeting with the president of Ukraine wasn't given and what we have to look at this new report in the context of is everything else that we know from the actual impeachment hearings rings from the call that was released. The transcript the summary of the call from July twenty fifth. None of these things are happening in isolation to the new report from the New York Times is not an isolation it all has to be taken together and when we look at all of the information that has been revealed. It's certainly looks like there was the aid being withheld in the context. And in the time line of when the president was also pressuring the President of Ukraine to conduct into announce announce the conduct of investigations into his political opponents. And a person who seems to maybe know all of that is Mick Mulvaney Laney and I think the new article does show just how much Mick Mulvaney the chief of staff knows and so it's awfully interesting that he in particular is unwilling and the president is unwilling to allow him to testify in front of Congress. We gotta take a quick break. We're GONNA continue. This discussion also also turns out rudy. Giuliani has been busier than we knew. We'll tell you about another piece of apparently off the books. Diplomacy or business that he is conducting and the officially stated foreign foreign policy. He seems to have been contradicting also. We'll have the latest in the anti-semitic attack outside New York as well as the rise in crimes around the country. Will I remember to create an ad like this one. Visit your winning dot com slash CNN. This is David Pain the writer and producer. I do Sir of somebody somewhere a true crime investigative podcast every now and again a story comes along that makes you question your fundamental goal assumptions about human survival. Somebody somewhere season to take you deep inside a murder. Mystery where three homeless teenage brothers have been charged with a double homicide in a story that has much of a search for justice as it is for hope binge somebody somewhere season to to the jungle. Murders wherever you get your podcasts. Just when you thought you knew what Rudy Giuliani was up to. There's new reporting on another previously unknown episode in his globetrotting roadshow and for different location than Ukraine. The Washington Post citing people familiar with fair placing Giuliani. The center of an effort hurt to negotiate the exit from office of Venezuelan President. Nicolas Maduro it came. According to the post is news to White House officials and apparently against the wishes of the National Security Adviser are John Bolton. Neither Bolton's lawyer nor the White House nor Giuliani responded to requests for comment from the post on be back now with Kerry Cordeiro l Stewart and an Paul Gola. Also knew you wanted to respond to. I think some carry Said said before just just a quick up follow up. She had mentioned about Mick Mulvaney and information that he knew and didn't no. This is another thing that came out of that piece that I would. I'm curious about Mick Mulvaney who really has carried a lot of the president's water With regard to this Ukraine crane situation and really gone out on a limb for him. I thought it was interesting. That he's left out of a lot of these meetings with president trump and Rudy Giuliani. And that would be something. If I was Mick Mulvaney I would want to be in on those calls. The question if I were a Democrat I would want to know is what's the reason he was left. Out of those meetings meetings is it for him to have plausible deniability or is it truly because the the President Moody Giuliani wanted. Attorney client privilege. That is something of this whole article. I think think anyone WanNa know the answer to that. And I think it'd be interesting to find that. Poll allegories is an interesting point. I mean the article. I think indicates that he was leaving the room because He wanted to give them a attorney. Client privilege to me that raises the question. Well then he's he's assuming that that whatever business they are conducting adding is legal. Business is personal is based on the president's personal interests if they're discussing Ukrainian policy and and Mulvaney things it's all the president's personal interest that argues against the very notion that he was doing the people's business in holding up age Ukraine Crane. If it's all just this is all part of his personal. You know shenanigans with Rudy. Giuliani Right I. I have a lot of grail that Kerry speak more precisely though because I'm a terrible lawyer but even a terrible air knows that the attorney client privilege isn't some magic cloak of invisibility. It only applies when you're giving legal advice and of course there's a crime fraud exception if in fact crime was occurring. But it doesn't you know if I'm talking to Meyler Bob Barnett Bessler in the world and it says to me bet on UVA UVA in the Orange Bowl. That's not legal advice. That's good football advice. Perhaps but it's just it's it's why rooting needs to be under oath. why Mr Mulvaney needs to be under oath? Why these these other aides need to be under oath? It's why the pressure on Republican senators is going to be enormous to simply get these people and get the facts. It may be that houses right. It may be that Mr Blair completely exonerates the president. Well let's clear his good name. Let's get Mr Blair up there under oath to clear the good name of our fine unimpeachable president carry. Well you know one of the things. I've sort of come to kind of be pretty sure about is that it's really a good idea to pay your lawyer because your lawyer then is working working for you and was allegedly has your best interest. If you're not paying your lawyer but your deal is you allow your lawyer to make all sorts of side deals with whoever they happen to be able to bring into their net because of their contact with you. That leaves a whole lot of room for Shenanigans. Agains is a stupid word to go on. I mean if Giuliani is using the President Assad's calling card and then striking security deals with breath officials in Ukraine and Turkey and then trying to lobby the president but for client see has and then who knows you know trying to get Madero out in Venezuela but also also then trying to set up security arrangements for the new Venezuelan regime and supply. You know surveillance equipment to the army. None of that is a good idea. If that's your John Dory well it's also the not the nature of Pro Bono lawyering. I mean there's all sorts of really wonderful lawyering that goes onto the during the country. That's pro pro Bono or not for pay and those really are real legal matters but that's not what is going on between the president and Rudy Giuliani and he is engaged in all sorts of if things Paul's right that would not be legally privileges attorney client. They're trying to perhaps maintain some sort of facade that the conversations that they have are the legal gle advice of a lawyer to the client but given all of the other things that Rudy Giuliani is going is involved with that seems unlikely and there is this piece where where we just sort of have come to accept this odd relationship between the president and Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer. But really when we think about what was in that article the passage that was describing where Mick Mulvaney steps out of the office Whenever the president is discussing things with Rudy Giuliani Rudy Guiliani is does not work for the US government he doesn't work for the US. The American people and he really should not be involved in matters of state so if there are actual matters of state that Mick Mulvaney is stepping out for for the president to be able to discuss with Rudy Giuliani. Then that means that the president is using him in a way that is on on that potentially national defense matters or national security matters. Certainly this matter of Ukraine was an important national dispense matter her and so it really is actually quite a serious matter. This unusual relationship than they have. And it's just a blurring of lines between personal personal and official US government twenty-sixth. I'll give you the last thought. Yeah there's nothing more costly inexpensive than free help. And that is the real. Oh concern here. When when Rudy Giuliani is not accepting a paycheck from This president or the United States. It really does raise the question all of this work. He's doing on the side and around around the world. Who is benefiting from that? Hopefully it's this president in the United States but we just don't know tomorrow calling any attorney I've ever met and made sure all my my bills are paid director Darrell L. All the gala. He'll be happy new year still to come tonight to horrific attacks two sets of worshippers this weekend. Why hate crimes are on the arise newham like everybody in Palm Beach no one? No one knows how he made the happening. uh-huh unburdening my short and pulling my body onto already naked body after the night further sixteen years. I've reported on Jeffrey Epstein. The man the multi-millionaire the monster. Now go behind the story with me. Vicki booed hearst of CNN's. New podcast. The Jeffrey Epstein I knew Subscribe now wherever you get. You'll put costs hi. Everyone I'm poppy. Harlow out with a new boss files episode. She ran for president was the first woman to run a fortune. Fifty Company and a cancer survivor. Who says she is not afraid of anything anymore Carly Fiorina? She's that with a new book. Find your way unleash your power. and highest potential she was CEO of Hewlett Packard during the dotcom boom and bus us before being fired in what she calls a boardroom brawl. She's face discrimination survived breast cancer and lived through the unimaginable loss of a child. She calls herself a problem solver and says that's why she ran for president after running against then candidate trump in two thousand sixteen gene. Does she think he should be impeached. Now I asked her here at all. I'm boss biles subscribed today tonight. The Attorney General of New York State announced that chill establish a task force which will investigate hate groups after the stabbings stabbings of five people at Hanukkah celebration Saturday night in Rockland. County New York. It's the latest in a series of anti-semitic attacks in around New York City. More than a thousand miles away. We saw another dramatic example of innocent people attacked while trying to practice their faith. This weekend. Man opened fire inside a Texas Church killing two people. We're about to show you that attack as it unfolded and we do want to warn you we all we are blurring the most disturbing images it is disturbing nonetheless. It has also very loud but it is Something we believe it's important to show the bravery of the hero who took down the attack. Her in just a matter of seconds churchgoers dove to the floor. That security members numbers a former reserve deputy sheriff in Firearms Instructor. There's the video of the shootout which you'll see at the top of the screen and that's how fast it happened. As with the shooting in the church the home where the Hanukkah Tac toe place was packed with worshippers. That Gilmore has now with new details in the New York investigation tonight tonight. Federal hate crime charges lay out what prosecutors say was the antisemitic motivation behind a machete wielding attack on his Jews. At a rabbi's home in the middle of a Hannukah celebration investigators say on the suspects phones Internet history from recent days searches for synagogues in New York and New Jersey. The search terms. Why did Hitler hate the Jews? And prominent companies founded by Jews in America from thirty seven year olds home. Investigators say they recovered covered. Handwritten journals expressing antisemitic sentiments and references to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement which asserts they are the true descendants of ancient Israelites and Jews or interlopers. The teachings of the same group were connected says a law enforcement official to the attack on a kosher market in New Jersey earlier this month after me. Hey You I'll get you Yosef. GLUCK was in the Rabbi's home. When the suspect walked in announcing investigators no one his leaving wielding an eighteen inch machete in according to court documents began stabbing and slashing people five people suffered serious injuries including including a severed finger? Slash wounds and deep lacerations one remains in critical condition with a skull fracture. As trump started to come back to the funder. I opened the door so on all gentle bleeding. He stayed in their attacker. Came back from the kitchen to the main room. GLUCK had the presence of mind to chase chase the attacker to his car and get his license plate number less than two hours after the attack. The suspect was arrested by. NYPD officers as he returned to Manhattan the the video of that arrests captured on security cameras and released by NYPD. Investigators say his clothing. An Hans had blood on them and the car smelled of bleach in in a possible attempt to wash away evidence. My impression from speaking with him is that Needs Serious psychiatric. Yeah trich evaluation. At the suspect's family says he is a former marine and is not anti-semitic but does have mental health issues. His lawyer says he looked over the same journals described by investigators. There is no suggestion in any of those ramblings and pages of writing of an anti Semitic motive the CNN Walkman County New York hate attacks like the one in Rockland. County are on the rise. There's no question about it perspective now from Jonathan Greenburg who see uh-huh National Director of the anti-defamation League as someone who has called for you know the full extent of the law on these attacks. I'm wondering when you think about the hate. Crime charges filed today. Look I think it's incredibly important important when someone bursts into a person's home after having driven almost a half an hour with a machete and attempts to butcher them other lighting a Hanukkah minora that that isn't an accident that isn't just a happenstance crime. That's a hate crime plain and simple and calling it out as it is is critical so the broader community community understands. This wasn't just an isolated incident is wasn't just again an attack or crime committed against a single family. It's a threat to the entire community it needs to be treated. And you have seen in New York a arising problem on this rising problem across the country. I mean look. This happened last last weekend. Or the This happened over the past few days after a series of incidents over the past several years we have nearly double the number of antisemitic incidents across the country. Just a few years ago as we are today double double and in New York. We've had hundreds of antisemitic. Instances in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. And now in Muncie. What what accounts for that I mean can you can you? Can you track that. I think there were several things that are affecting US number one and we have an environment where hate has almost become part of the public conversation on a daily basis. We have leaders who engage in prejudice. It happens full. Stop up from the highest levels of the land. Secondly we see leaders and other positions of authority. Who almost dismiss or deny that? anti-semitism is a problem. But when and you fling around conspiracy theories when you make accusations against Zionists in a haphazard sort of way when you hold Jews collectively responsible for all the world's ills this creates an environment which anti-semitism is tolerated at a time when we need zero tolerance policy on prejudice it also when leaders use that battling guage and that have that attitude it emboldens. Everybody else you can think of anti-semitism like a virus it's been around for thousands of years it existed before the United States of America right literally. It's been a problem. Part of the human condition for Millennia so this virus exist just under the surface but when our collective immune system is weakened because getting leaders engage in prejudice because other people. Don't call it out when it happens. Because social media encourages a remarkable amount of slander and stereotyping when our collective immune system weakens the virus exploits and it shows up an awful ugly ways. Blaze has happened this week. I still can't get over Charlottesville. I cannot get over the fact that hundreds of Americans were willing to to show up carrying Nazi flags and chanting. Jews will not replace us in blood and soil. And you know with the Tiki torch march of hundreds of people. I mean I just find that in the United States which battled Nazism which battled hate the that I mean I mean. Obviously I'm not an idiot. I know these groups but the blatant showing of those colors. Yeah I mean it's we were talking about this I remember very distinctly. It's just a few years ago right and our analysts. We knew that rally would be big. It's much larger than we thought. But Flash forward to twenty eighteen. We had a record number of hate crimes. Crimes the third-highest total we've seen in forty years collecting this data. What's interesting is only? Thirteen percent were committed by known white supremacists so stated differently. Almost ninety percent were committed by ordinary people talk about acts of harassment vandalism and violence and the machete assailant assailant this weekend he had known ties to white supremacist groups. We don't know definitively was part of some black Hebrew Israelites. Like we don't know anything about him other than he was a deranged arranged individual. And that's the problem the normalization of anti-semitism Anderson and environment which people feel like it's okay to traffic in these tropes to push around this kind of prejudice. We need our leaders to lead. We need to stop now. Jonathan Green Bladder appreciate your time and thank you just ahead. It is neck and neck in Iowa the top of the race. I'll speak with one of the Democrats who's hoping to break through the logjam former Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick only five weeks ago for the first real task. The twenty two thousand election with the voters finally get their say Democrats are swarming Iowa with the stakes rising living for the field but fifteen. Now who are left. They're hitting each other more directly in these final days. Maybe Buddha judge went after Joe Biden this weekend for his vote to authorize the Iraq war. The South Bend Mayor called it. The worst foreign policy decision made by the United States in his lifetime Bernie Sanders told an audience that when it comes to questions about his medicare for all plan he should be the only one facing scrutiny. It is fair to ask me how I'M GONNA pay for it that's there but it is also for my opponents to explain to the people in this room why it is just right. The People Pay Ten fifteen twenty thousand dollars a year for healthcare today with their cannot afford that outrageous course breath among the rivals challenging sanders on the Medicare for all concept former Massachusetts governor. Deval Patrick I spoke with him just before airtime tonight. You heard what Bernie he's Anderson says. It's somebody who opposes the idea of Medicare for all. How do you respond to him? Wh Why is it okay. What is the alternative alternative fare? Well first of all the alternative is not the status quo at least in my view. And I think exactly correct to say I oppose Medicare for all because we're frankly we're using that slogan to meet a whole bunch of different things today Anderson what I believe having had the experience of extending health care to ninety nine percent of the residents in Massachusetts food is that building on the with a public option is a better and smarter way to learn as we go and so if that public option is medicare that's fine right but what I like about that approach is that you know the creative tension you have from the private insurance industry on the one hand having to figure out it had to compete for all the folks are going to move to that no cost or low cost public option. That's a good thing in terms of driving system costs down and frankly we need some innovation in Medicare as well your decision to enter the race you entered late. Obviously you know people I talked about you entering before. Was it that you you saw that in. If there are lanes that candidates are in that people will say you're in the more moderate centrist wing of the Democratic Credit Party. They would say you're sort of in the Joe Biden. I Guess Buddha Judge Lane if you will aim at Senator Klobuchar do you see. Ah Joe Biden as I mean. Is that the lane. You're and I you know I really no one likes to be put into it. I mean I. I don't think any was really fits hits in into a box. I we were ready to go a little bit more than a year ago. Actually we were about three weeks from a from a stepping out date when my wife Diane was diagnosed diagnosed with uterine cancer. WHO and we celebrated thirty five years in? May I'm delighted to say an relief today. She's cancer free and continue. Continue to watch a field that includes candidates all of whom I respect and many of whom are my friends but who seem to be missing the moment and missile. Well in in the sense that you know a lot of perfectly understandable focus on the incumbent president and what and how divisive and and and destructive he is but if the if the character of the candidates is always an issue. This time it's the character of the country. We have an opportunity. We now to address the anxiety and the fear and the hurt that everybody is feeling in different ways in many cases for the same reasons and anti use it as an opportunity to unite the country fix systems but also unite the country. Do you think it's a mistake for Democrats to focus so much on. And the character of president trump have mayor Bloomberg running a lot of ads attacking looking focusing on the character of trump I saw there was a poll. Just just a new Gallup poll President Obama in President trump or tied at eighteen percent for the most admired man of two thousand still believe Poles. But but no I look I think I think that that that beating president trump is obviously a prerequisite but if all we do is offer a formula for removing him from office with the implication that. WE'RE GONNA go back to doing what we used to do. We're GONNA miss this moment right right. We have You look at the financial numbers look at the Economic Indicators. They don't tell the whole story right. We have low unemployment so long as you cow. How both are all three of the minimum wage jobs folks doing to survive we? Have we have low inflation as long as you don't count the cost of housing health care. AH education the very things that enable people to lift themselves into onto a path of economic mobility having having grown up you know on welfare on the south side of Chicago and lived my American dream going to college and being a civil rights attorney business executive two-term two-term term governor. I see that American dream becoming more and more out of reach for more and more people I think it is a thing worth defending and I think we will get yet. They're in part by reforming systems. That we also have to have a strategy for growing opportunities. You weren't able to get on the the Michigan primary ballot to you fail to qualify the obviously too key state. Does that make it. I mean how much more difficult does that. Make It for you. Well we're looking at all of our options. I mean that's a wacky situation. I don't so how many of those details you know. There were two candidates who had not announced at the time that the party sent the list over to over to the secretary of state. Won's name they put on and one's name they didn't what's right about that So just fundamentally that didn't work but it turns out you know. There are other candidates it had trouble getting on unbalanced Senator Booker Sector. Castro has had trouble. We've got to kind of messed up system but look. We're going to do what we need to do do. We're raising money to be competitive. We are. We'll be up very soon on television in the early states Particularly New Hampshire and and South Carolina. We have organizations in each each of those states and it's a wide open race so You know I'm late. Her not late later. It's not late until the voters vote and it's important portent remember that all the time. Thanks for having me after she after you. Thank you more coming up on this eve of New Year's Eve including my conversation with musical agent. Linda Linda Ronstadt her artistry in her incredible career when you Linda Ronstadt is one of this country's musical musical legends from rock to Country Rhythm and blues. She's sword with her unique voice and presence. I spoke with a recently the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington about her beginnings beginnings or self confidence or lack of times in the incredible arc of her career. It's all part of the news. CNN Film Linda Ronstadt the sound of my voice. I hadn't realized is how early you started singing. It seems like music from their earliest memories. Were were song when it was on the panel when you were to. Yeah it's called tweet tweet tweet. It was about bird. Did you ever plan on becoming a superstar. Or what is it about that. I thought I wanted to sing and I thought it would be nice if I could make my living singing. Hadn't been paying the rent and groceries. Wouldn't have to go work in a bank or something else but And I always managed to do that. I never had to get a different job but you know when I was getting paid thirty dollars a week to to sing. I thought I was doing fine. I thought that was really success. what did you feel when you were singing and especially early on. I just felt like I wanted to make myself feel like music that I'd liked made me feel you know I'd hear your love. It the non or no Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and I go on and do that on a feel that way. The act of singing was it was the joyful. Well it was something because people used to turn around on night saying you know in school. You're supposed to pretend thing you kind of all but I was going. Let's sing. Can you know because my family saying so I stay with my older brother who is in the Tucson Arizona Boys Choir at one of the Solos and he was wonderful and he taught you about Brdo and yeah he did and and we learned harmonies. We just didn't have to be taught them. We just knew how to sing harmony. We used to sing in the back of the car. We sing with our hands in the dishwater. I think everybody should do their own singing. You don't have to be a professional. You don't have to delegate your sorrows to professional delegates for privacy you know some of these thing in your bedroom in some music is something you play the piano. Maybe just a select group of friends. Not Everything has spent the big world where you confident as a singer. Did you know how good you you were. I never thought it was good. I always thought I might get a little bit tomorrow but I always felt that my phrasing was kind of hopeless in the in the documentary. It somebody says about you that when you would be on on stage if you saw people in the front row to people are whispering to each other that you assumed they were saying bad things. Can't they really felt that. Even I mean you're on a stage in front of thousands of people minds go see you don't see the audience very much let but you are so you can pretend you're all all by yourself. That's what I see the audience I go. Why are all those people staring at me because in the animal kingdom when some another animal staring at you they probably you hostile gesture? Yeah Yeah it's just deep deep rooted in Instinct you know. was there ever a point where you were satisfied with it with the quality of it in the nineties. I Sang Hang better than I sang in the eighties in the eighties and seventies up so the only thing. It's always a work in progress. It's it's very weird here recording. Because it's frozen in time and when you gawk saying it better in Jacksonville Florida and nineteen seventy eight. You know you remember the moment that you really achieve something. But it's not the whole song been it's just a phrase or a note you ego all that that was the gold standard so it's just a little a little piece of of a song that you feel okay that that meets my standards records like Oh that phrase was is is that measure was nice. That's Aung sucked. You know that. That's improves I ever good thing my whole life anyway songwriter. But you pick songs and you made them your own and I mean you in such an extraordinary way. How do you know what songs to? It seems like a number of them. You you heard on a radio or you heard somewhere. Well here's something and I would speak to me urgently. That was like something I'd felt in my life. So it was only a phrase you know and I have to figure out how it would make the rest of the song fit and sometimes was not musically terribly well suited to my style but after bank it that way as I said a remarkable artists and a remarkable career. Here's a quick preview of that scene and films documentary. Linda Ronstadt the sound of my voice. She came to Los Angeles. I was eighteen years old and we found it a little band ourselves to stone ponies in the Lsu was in Europe and the whole damn thing broke loose about music. Folk Music Co Mingling. How can we define line? Would Be Glenda was the queen. She was like what beyond says now she was. The only female artist has five platinum albums. Inner role. I can't help it if I'm still in love with you. When they hit on the country charts? You're no good what's ahead on both the R&B charted and the pop chart by became the first artists to have a hit on all three charts. She was the first female rock and roll star. Lost at the sound of my voice New Year's Day on CNN who get New Year's Eve twenty twenty is just about here in fact less than twenty four hours from now income. When I will once again be in Times Square where the weather forecast is actually not terrible? Look it's one of the joys of last year's program. I'm so grateful that it's in the forties tonight. Take care about the rape. No one cares about the rain. The rain is really pick it up. no talking about the what else but I want to. I'm yeah they don't even want to stop the umbrella. It's been a fight. Yes we've been fighting with our son. Though he he literally would put paddy wagon. I did I wake the printed. This umbrella it's through. This is so wade anybody. It's like what what do they care about an umbrella. I was so happy before. I just want to say it's boring. By the way I finally at one point commercial commercial break turned to Andy Show on the stupid umbrella and the rain no one wants to hear about. It even stopped talking about. By the Way Times Square lines they reversed their decision now. Allow umbrellas so indies as he likes this thing himself is like the norm array of Times Square. There's almost no chance of rain tomorrow night. According to weather the reports which I never really believed coverage kicks off tomorrow night. Eight PM Eastern live from Times Square. We go to twelve thirty. Don Lemon takes over just as he does right now. Turnover Don Lemon and CNN tonight. Are you interested in learning how enterprise scale companies drive organic traffic to increase their online visibility than download the voices of search rich podcast from the heart of Silicon Valley here search metrics inc.. CEO Jordan Kuni. As he delivers actionable insights dowdy was data to navigate. 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