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A Radical Transformation
"It's Friday may third former member of Al Qaeda arrested for plotting an attack on the New York subway might be able to write it within days. We start here. The judge says the would be terrorist is now a mature adult has he really renounced Satan the story of a radical transformation. The attorney general might soon be held in contempt of congress. It's not really clear what power Democrats really have in compelling bar to do anything. While a White House lawyer says the special counsel should have made a decision on obstruction and sexual assaults in the military seventeen. Twenty four year olds earth greatest risk. The numbers aren't getting any better from ABC news. This is start here. I'm Scott Goldberg. Get cashback anytime anywhere in the racket to nap racket in is a free member base. Loyalty program that lets you earn up to forty percent cashback on shopping over twenty five hundred stores simply shop online, and you'll earn a percentage of every purchase you make every three months. Members will be paid in the form of a check or via PayPal sign up today at racketed dot com. That's our AK U T E N dot com. Good morning Brad's off today. And it's Friday, which means here in New York. The subway tends to be a little less crowded during rush hour. A lot of people. I guess get a jump on the weekend or work motely on Fridays them on an average day more than five and a half million writers take the subway in this city. It is the largest subway system in the world. It's really crowded, and it's where ten years ago Najji Bilas e and two of his friends were planning to blow themselves up in a suicide attack. Diluted by a federal grand jury today charged with conspiracy to build an explode weapons of mass destruction. Then attorney general Eric Holder called it one of the most serious terror threats the nation had faced since September eleven this attempted attack on our homeland was real it was in motion, and it would have been deadly. But now today Najji Woolas Ozzy is about to walk free ABC's. Aaron Katersky was in court yesterday and his with me now in the studio. Hey, erin. Hi, Scott Zaza was sentenced yesterday to time served ten years why? Because the judge said in what he? Called a once unthinkable. Second chance Zorzi has provided unprecedented cooperation to the federal government over the last decade or so since he pleaded guilty and the federal prosecutors said as much the defense said as much even the judge acknowledged how unusual a case this was ands, Ozzy appeared in a blue smock looking transformed to use the words of his defense attorney from a naive gullible twenty-something I into a mature adult who has renounced terrorism. He cooperated Aaron, but on a level that gave the US information that was so valuable that federal prosecutors, the judge everyone truly believes this guy who joined al-qaeda is a good guy now. And in fact, the judge said he had a healthy skepticism and asked out loud has he really renounced Satan. And the judge answered his own question said, I think you have in the information while redacted. Court papers. So we don't have an exact idea we generally know Zazi has given federal prosecutors intelligence agents law enforcement officials a window into Al Qaeda's training and methods that it just didn't have before. All right. Take us back to the beginnings Ozzy was born in Pakistan. He moved to the US. And what happened he moved to the US when he was fourteen years old and ended up living in queens dropped out of high school when he was a junior, but was by all accounts, a hard worker. He ended up taking on a coffee cart down on Wall Street. Was a very nice person. When I never seen anything any him as a as a as a danger. But maybe person can be changed. But something in him changed around two thousand six two thousand seven when when federal prosecutors said he became convinced that American forces in Afghanistan were occupying forces, and he and two friends ended up traveling to push our in Pakistan intent on joining the Taliban. They found Al Qaeda convinced himself and his two friends to carry out this plot to attack the subway, and they're going to be people. Aaron who say, and I'm sure their voices were heard in court. Look he was twenty three at the time that's old enough to know what he was plotting. And it's asking a lot to accept that. Now, he's totally reformed Thirty-three-year-old whose beliefs of changed, and he's no longer threat. And that I think is what the judge openly wrestled with when he expressed this skepticism, and we asked the defense attorney William stamper outside court in let's say he's released and he's now taking the subway in New York, right? That he wanted to blow up. I mean how how does that square? And the defense attorney said he had no concerns whatsoever. I witnessed that transformation over the past crops mid ten years that zaas is a changed, man. But he is going to be subject to a lifetime of supervised release. So it's not like the authorities aren't going to be keeping some tabs on him. His attorney says we'll get out in days. But didn't say what's ozzy's plans will be after that happens. Aaron, thanks. Thank you, Scott. It wasn't exactly going to be a compelling moment in congress. If they interviewed an empty chair. So Democrats on the House Judiciary committee who'd been stood up by attorney general William bar. Brought a bucket of fried chicken to put in his place at their hearing yesterday. Because bar was too chicken to answer their questions chicken bar should have shown up today and answered questions bar objected to the format which would include questions from committee, lawyers and not just members of congress committee chairman Jerry Nadler says he might hold bar in contempt very system of government of the United States. The system of limited power the system of not having a president as a dictator is very much at stake. He's also not happy about bar ignoring subpoenas and house speaker Nancy Pelosi is really not happy about the letter special counsel, Robert Muller sent to bar taking issue with the way, the attorney general summarized the conclusions of the mullahs reports the attorney general of the United States of America is not telling the truth to the congress of the United States. That's a crime ABC's. Katherine Faulders is following all of it in Washington. Hey, katherine. Hey. How are you? Go ahead. Let's start with what we just heard speaker Pelosi say what exactly does she mean when she says bar didn't tell the truth. Okay. So what she's talking about is a moment from April. Now, the AG bar was asked whether he knew Robert Muller's team was unhappy with the summary of their report of molars two year long investigation reports of a merged recently general that members of the special counsels team are frustrated at some level with limited information included in your March twenty four th letter and Chris said asked bar, do you know what they're referencing in bar said. No, I don't. But here's the catch here. What bar did know at the time. But didn't reveal in that exchange was that Muller himself had actually expressed those same concerns in complaints to bar in an extraordinary letter writing the summary did not fully capture the context nature and substance of this officers work and conclusions. So what Pelosi is saying is that he did know at the time of that April testimony that Muller was concerned. All right. We should note. The Justice department calls Pelosi's comments and attack that is quote, reckless irresponsible and false as far as contempt goes. What are the Democrats thinking there and if they do hold bar in contempt? What does that really mean is it a big deal says it chairman of the judiciary committee Jerrold Nadler is threatening to hold bar in contempt specifically as it relates to providing the committee with the full unredacted Muller report in the underlying evidence. Now the deadline of four that was Wednesday. They said they were not going to comply. Now, they're said he wouldn't negotiate for a couple of days. And then he would hold a bar in contempt. If if that doesn't happen, which it's unlikely to have committee meets today to consider reporting a resolution to the house of representatives finding the attorney general Eric Holder junior in contempt of congress. I think it's worth noting that the only other time this has happened where an egg has been held in contempt was Obama's attorney general. Eric holder. So look, this will be politically embarrassing if it happens, but legally it's not really clear what power Democrats really have in compelling bar to do anything because the DOJ won't prosecute him. This is this is the Republican DOJ his DOJ for the same reason holder wasn't prosecuted by Obama's DOJ at the time. Okay. And then there was another development yesterday. We got our hands on a letter written by White House counsel, Emmett flood slamming Robert Muller for not making a decision about whether President Trump obstructed Justice essentially saying as a prosecutor Robert Muller didn't do his job. What is the significance here? Yes. So this is an extraordinary letter sent by the top lawyer in the White House to AG Bill bar, and it came one day after a bar released Muller's unredacted report in what flood rights here. Flood the top White House lawyer to bar is the report quote suffers from an extraordinary legal defect in that Muller. Essentially saying it he couldn't exonerate Trump from obstruction of Justice flood is saying that this just amounts to quote political statement. So really taking issue with the fact that Moeller could not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed Justice. The White House is very unhappy about that flood mentions in the report that the president was completely transparent. According to the White House, he let all sorts of witnesses sit down with Muller in. They just seem very upset that Muller did not come to a conclusion on obstruction of Justice. And I guess the big question right now is will Robert Muller be called testify before congress. When we know we will talk to you again, Catherine. Thank you. Thank you. Next up on start here a scandal involving children's books costs a big city mayor her job. Get cashback for shopping. You were already going to do racket in is a free member base. Loyalty program that lets you earn cashback on shopping it over twenty five hundred stores like Macy's best buy Nike and more. Shop online internet percentage of every purchase. You make up to forty percent cashback every three months members are paid the pay pal or another method. Sign up today at racketed dot com. That's our A K U T E N dot com. Simply safe is a ward winning home security that knows it feels good to feel secure in your home blizzards blackout burglars. Simply safe protects you through it all twenty four seven try simply safe with free shipping and free returns. You'll get a sixty day risk-free trial to order now and have your home protected within a week. Go to SimpliSafe dot com slash now. To get started today. That's simply safe dot com slash now. Be sure to visit the site. So they know we sent you. The mayor of Baltimore had been basically missing for more than a month. She went on leave at the beginning of April hadn't been seen in public since. And when she kind of surfaced yesterday, it was only through her lawyer who read a statement saying Catherine Pugh was resigning. Baltimore deserves of mayor who can move our great city forward. The resignation comes one week after the FBI. And I r s rated her home office as they investigate hundreds of thousands of dollars in possible, kickbacks that they say might have been disguised as payments for children's books. She wrote and self published ABC Stephanie Ramos is covering this one. Hey, Stephanie gator, Scott, tell us about that money. What is this cloud? This investigation. That's been hanging over the mayor, so Catherine Pugh, she is under state and city investigation for possibly profiting from a deal to sell children's books that she wrote and sold thousands of copies of it to the university of Maryland medical. The system where the mayor just happens to be a member of the board of directors and was a major purchase in thirties are still trying to make sense of all of it trying to figure out how she earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from this one book that was sold to the hospital system. And the suggestion is this is self-dealing, right? Stephanie that the mayor was on the board of the hospital system. And therefore, she was able to give herself the sweetheart deal to sell these books. It's very clear and she had a relationship with the Maryland hospital system. And that's where the books were going. She is generally aware that there is consensus that she should result. It there were growing calls for mayor Pugh to resign from Maryland governor Larry HOGAN to the Baltimore City council, but especially after the F B I in IRS raided two of her homes sitting hall office from the Maryland center for adult training, the nonprofit with he was the chair of the board. What's up? So it wasn't getting any better for her and the governor and city council they were asking her to step down. These books were about somebody called healthy Holly, Stephanie paperbacks about health and nutrition that apparently were hard to find elsewhere in bookstores, but the hospital system is interested in buying them about the time. These allegations surfaced mayor Pugh vanished. What happened? What did she say? Or what did her aides say was the reason for her not showing up to work? So Scott, her staff said that mayor Pugh needed to take any mediate medical leave Faxon that doctors here at Johns Hopkins diagnosed her with pneumonia last week. Now, what's not taking a break in all the continuing coverage of her controversial book deal was she was gone for the month. She was being paid as the mayor. She was still the mayor up. She was gone. She wasn't seen out and about in. No one really knew if she was staying in those homes. She had she has a couple of homes there in Baltimore. But she was on a paid leave of absence. And we heard from her attorney we thought we'd see her at this press conference. But instead we heard from her attorney who read that statement saying that she was resigning and Stephanie we should note mayor Pugh has denied wrongdoing in the past. But did apologize for not reporting a book deal on financial disclosure forms? She also returned a recent payment of a hundred thousand dollars Stephanie. Thanks, thanks for having me. Scott. The perpetrators abused their position of power in profound ways. And in one case, I was preyed upon and then raped by a superior officer. For a while. Now, we've known sexual assaults in the military is eight hair problem and for several years Washington's been trying to figure out how to solve it. Now, we're learning whatever they've been doing isn't working a new Pentagon survey says the number of sexual assaults last year increased to twenty thousand five hundred that's more than there were five years ago. ABC's Louis Martinez is at the Pentagon. Hi, louis. Hey, Scott, what isn't working Scott? What this survey found is that the seventeen to twenty four year olds are at the greatest risk specifically females in young servicemembers, the junior enlisted in the ranks. They're the ones who are most at risk for sexual assault in the military. And this survey carried out every two years looks at where the trends are in terms of sexual assault in the military. Another thing is that the ones perpetrating the sexual assaults are their peers peers in male peers in terms of rank in terms of age, but again, pending on stressing that sexual assault. Is not just a crime against women. There are numbers that indicate there that sexual assault continues to be a concern for both females and males in the military. It's interesting that this report found that peers that people are doing it essentially to service members of the same rank when we think about this, particularly in light of what Zona Senator Martha mcsally said last month the first woman in the air force to fly in combat. She said she was raped by a superior officer. So is that different? Well, what we're this is a survey that looks at cross the entire military. So when they look at that, they're going to be instances exactly like make sallies if they're going to be in the officer ranks are going to be in the enlisted ranks. It's going to involve people who were peers they're going to be people who are supervisors or superior officers. But in this case the big trend that caught the eye of putting on officials is that it is females between the ages of seventeen and twenty four who are at the greatest risk for sexual assault. And they want to target new prevention efforts at that age group on. Both sides. They want awareness on they want victims to know that there are things available to them. They want to ensure that people are aware of what to spot for something that could be a precursor for sexual assault. For example, sexual harassment is a big indicator of potential sexual assault in the future and those sexual harassment numbers are up as well in this survey. So I was going to ask you what the Pentagon is going to do differently. Is that essentially they're going to try to be proactive instead of reactive? That's right. Scott one of the things that acting secretary defense. Patrick Shanahan has done is that he setting aside sexual harassment as a standalone crime right now. It's included amongst other crimes in the uniform code of military Justice. But now it's going to be a separate crime. That means that prosecutors can take action against individuals who perpetrate the sexual harassment in the unit. They're also going to do better targeting of potential recruits. They're going to screen better. Because as one official said they want people who come into the military. With the same moral character as others. They also want to implement steps on that are going to target the junior noncommissioned officers. These are the young people who are now in leadership positions in their units. They want them to see trends that could develop into sexual harassment and possibly into sexual assault. And they wanted the spot those transient act on them and prevent them from happening. Like, so many women and men I didn't trust the system at the time. I blame myself. I was shamed. And confused I thought I was strong, but felt powerless in Louis going back to Senator mix Sally's case she said that she didn't report it because she didn't trust the system at the time. Is that still the case? I talked to one Pentagon official who said that they've seen in evolution over the last decade early on. Yes. That was the case. But now they're encouraged by the fact that people continue to step forward. It's no longer a stigma attached with it is what they feel. They see that one in three sexual assault victims continues to step forward. And that's a pretty much a constant from the last survey conducted two years ago. So that's encouraging them Senator accelerate called sexual assaults in the military a threat to national security Louis Martinez at the Pentagon. Thanks, louis. Thank scott. And one last thing the US women's national soccer team announced its roster yesterday for this summer's World Cup tournaments barely a month away the squad for the defending champs includes eight players who started last time in two thousand fifteen one of them, the reigning golden vol winner, the MVP Carli, Lloyd Morgan street. But Morgan street. The member that shot against Japan in the final from midfield. Loyd is now thirty six she's the oldest player on the roster and the co captain sharing those duties with Alex Morgan and Meghan repeat. No for years ago. Their squad was so good at got President Obama to say this team talk all America's children. That playing like girl means you're a bettas. It almost sounded outrageous at the time I shouldn't use that race as the president pointed out that final four years ago, drew the largest audience ever to watch a soccer match men's or women's in US history. That's when the US one its record third World Cup the women's campaign for number four starts on June eleventh against Thailand. Start. Here is produced by David Ryan. Josh Cohen, Kelly, Tarez, Tara, JIMBO and Lauren. Ephron? Thanks to eight villas, Elizabeth Rousseau and Jeff FitzGerald. Thanks, also to our partners at sky view networks. Our executive producer is Andrew cow. I'm Scott Goldberg Brad milkey back Monday have a great weekend. Alarm panic. There are dozens of words for fear, but just one for exceptional home security to stop beer at your door. Simply safe. Simply safe is twenty four seven protection for your home with no contract, no hidden fees, and fair, honest pricing. Simply safe is offering a sixty day risk-free trial that includes free shipping and free returns. Go to SimpliSafe dot com slash now. To get started today.
Monday, October 22: Procession of Humanity
"It's Monday, October twenty second through brutal heat and soaking rain that migrant caravan moves north. We start here. ABC news is in Mexico alongside people who say they're desperate. I would be surprised if there was not a humanitarian. Crisis is a result of this. How determined are they to make it to America? The Saudis story is changing. Again, what happened here was shoveled dri a, we can't go along with debt. Covet story. Will there be a price to pay in Washington to the murder of a journalist and Ted Cruz campaigns with his frenemy your friend here? How do you describe relations? He's suppressant we go to Texas for a closer look at one of the most closely watched Senate races. From ABC news. This is start here. I'm Scott Goldberg. Good morning, Brad is off today. Thanks for starting your week with us across much of this country. It's been feeling like fall. There's even been snow in a few forecasts in the southern part of Mexico. It is blazing hot still in the eighties, but feels like the nineties and thousands of people with little food or water, and no shelter have been marching through that heat for days. There in that so-called caravan of migrants last week about a thousand of them crossed illegally into Mexico. Many of them say they're determined to keep going until they're in the US. ABC's chief national correspondent. Matt gut men has been walking alongside them, Matt. Where are you right now? In the city of top Chula, Scott, it's about twenty miles away from where they started out. It's going to harrowing journey liberty gone over five hundred miles five thousand strong or so. We estimate in this migrant caravan and covered about twenty miles in absolutely sold, destroying heat the sun beat down on so many of these people as they walked along and where we saw parents fathers with their children on their shoulders, mothers clutching at infants. And at times one of the young women that we saw collapsed and needed to be resuscitated, we helped her get to an ambulance eventually, but it was not easy because all the roads you're completely clogged by this migrant caravan. And so people have been collapsing all along the way through the entirety of this journey. And what's perhaps most stunning about it is that they continue to push on on these people have all been offered asylum status by the Mexican government. They are rejecting it because they're convinced it's a ruse by the Mexican government to deport them back to Honduras. And that's why they're sleeping on the side of the roads under shelters in town squares on the hard concrete floor in any other place, they can find you say there's the making of a humanitarian crisis here. I would be surprised if there was not a humanitarian crisis is the result to this of these people have very little food very little water. They were carrying only the bare essentials. This is a malarial area in southern Mexico. There are bandits along the way, and there are many thousands of people without any facilities whatsoever. No bathrooms, no rest stops. They don't have any money. There are many, many children here learning. They're running out of diapers and there's only so much they can rely on the help of locals who have been incredibly generous, but this could end very very badly, which is why the Mexican government has tried so hard to try to get these people to accept asylum. But they refused because they are convinced at this point. That the Mexican government is essentially the lackey of the US government and is only trying to get them in these migrant shelters in order to deport them back to Honduras about what are the police doing there? We heard that the Mexican government dispatched to fighter jets full of federal police officers to intercept the rinse, aren't they doing that? I saw the seven, twenty sevens at the airport when we came in and there are clearly hundreds of battle-ready riot police, but they have tried everything that they possibly could have to avoid a physical clash. The conduit we saw on Friday on the grades between Guatemala and Mexico. They do not want to get this the into a violent situation. So essentially they're allowing them to proceed. They've deployed in full riot gear. And then when the migrants get close, they pull back again. They've done that three times just since we've seen it happen and it's unclear what will happen in the future. At some point, those riot police are going to have to try to stop this migrant. Caravan. We don't know what will happen name met. We keep calling this a caravan. What does that mean? Is there a line of trucks vans, or is this just people walking and who are they? What are they leaving behind. Scott, it's it's a misnomer. You're right. It's people on foot by the thousands. As far as the I can see, literally, we crested a hill and I looked back and it stretched all the way to the horizon. People with backpacks and plastic bags, maybe a blanket wrapped around their waists sweating profusely in the heat, they have only what they can carry. And so it's it's really this very depressing. Wretched procession of humanity trying to go towards a better life. And I spoke to one mother clutching her two children. She was with three children holding two of them by the hand, and she said, nothing. That's a head of me could be worse than what I've just left. Her husband was killed by gang members in Honduras, and she feared that she was going to be next. So she's willing to do this journey as dangerous as painful as it might be. Finally, Matt avai heard the President Trump's threatening to use the military, the US military to shut down the border. If they get that far and do they care. They don't really care, and they are very far away two thousand miles away from the US border. And once that happens, I'm sure we'll be many fewer of these migrants trying to cross into the United States. I would be extraordinarily surprised if the US uses force in the military to try to block them. It might try to round them up. But you know, these are people who've been walking peacefully for the vast majority of the time they've been marching over the past week. So many families. So many women and children be shocked if it gets violent, Matt, Gottmann, checking in from top Pachulia Mexico, Matt, thanks, thanks. Got. It's now been nearly three weeks since Washington Post columnist, Jamal kashogi walked into Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and never walked out over the weekend. The Saudis acknowledged for the first time that kashogi died inside that consulate. But said it was basically an accident after some kind of altercation. They deny it was a targeted killing or something ordered by the Saudi Royal family. American lawmakers are skeptical on both sides of the aisle. The world was not that simple. But again, what happened here was jury and we can't go along with debt covers Doric. That's Republican, congressman Peter King of New York appearing on ABC's this week. Also on the show this weekend democratic congressman Adam Schiff from California. This ought to be a relationship altering event for the US and Saudi Arabia that we ought to suspend military sales. We ought to suspend certain security assistance. Both parties in congress are talking about sanctions or delaying arm. Sales President Trump so far is not ABC's remodeled has has been following all of this. Enjoy. Joins us now from Istanbul and remote is the latest version of events offered by the Saudis to explain Jamal kashogi death. So I was able to speak to a Saudi official who has now given us a new updated version of Zahra narrative that they're putting out and allow me to start here by saying that since the beginning of this awful story, we, the journalists have been caught between two governments Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Giving us their version of what may have happened inside that consulate to journalist Jan Hus Shoghi, but it's impossible for us to independently verify any of it with that in mind. This Saudi official now tells me that Jemaah hustle. She was in the consulate talking to the team fifteen people sent from Saudi Arabia and physical altar. Location happened when he tried to leave the consulate, and in order to prevent him from asking or help yelling out for help. One of the fifth one of the members of the fifteen person team put him in a chokehold and killed him. We had heard there was a fist fighter. They backing off of that now, yes. So this Saudi official claims that the fistfight per se literally was a mistranslation that is not very plausible. I speak Arabic. It's my mother tongue, and I read the initial Arabic statement that came out of the public prosecutor's office, the Saudi public plus prosecutor's office in he used z. literal words in Arabic, four fistfight. They are now saying that was mistranslation and that in fact it was a physical altercation that then evolved into a chill cold that killed Jomon hustle sheet. After which z. people he was meeting with at the Saudi consulate. They, by the way, have not given us more details on who these people are called on what they are calling a local cooperator. Again, they have not told us more about who this person is, what exactly they do in their normal life, but they called on local cooperator to dispose of the body. We do not know if he was asked to bury the body in Istanbul to burn the body. We also don't know if Jomon Hushovd she's body was dismembered as Turkish leaks from Turkish officials have claimed we have put these questions to the Saudis and are waiting for a response. Turkish officials have been talking about these recordings that they say sound like there was a torture and then a murder. Are they still saying unequivocally that that was the case? Do they have these recordings? And if so, is there any plan to release them Turkish officials who have been leaking to the press and honesty and have maintained for the past two weeks that they have an audio recording of what happened inside the consulate? None of us know reporter has heard the recordings directly, so we do not know for sure that they exist, but Turkish officials maintained that they exist and they have repeatedly threatened to release them so far they have not. So we're all waiting for them to do that. Back here rim President Trump's take on all this has been shifting at first. He seemed to by what he called a firm denial. By the king that the Saudi family, the Royal family had anything to do with this. Then over the weekend, the president said, obviously, there's been deception, and there's been lies as the narrative changes. How are his responses to it being received? Well. Well, it's very interesting. You refer to that initial response from President Trump in which he accepts a flat denial from the king of Saudi Arabia. That he had no knowledge, initial statement. He also said. Rogue killers wound up interesting. Getting the Saudi foreign minister is almost the same word, seeing it was a rogue operation. Now, as you said, President Trump's position has evolved, he has said that there's been deception in there's been lies, but he is also maintained that Saudi is in incredible allied tremendous purchaser of not only military, but other things. He's also said that no one has told him that the Saudi Crown prince is responsible for what happened in that Saudi consonants, and nobody has told him that he is not responsible. So it's going to be interesting to see how the US presidents position continues to evolve as the Saudi public narrative evolves as well still so many questions nearly three weeks after his disappearance. ABC's re mom Momtaz joining us from Istanbul room. Thank you so much. Thank you. Next up on start here. President Trump goes to Texas to campaign for the guy. He used to call lion. Ted. Have a dream, but don't know where to begin. I didn't want to be limited looking for wisdom for women who've already been there. You will constantly be given the opportunity to lose yourself. Welcome to ABC's, no limits. I'm your host, Rebecca, Jarvis and each week we're talking to the game, changing women about success lessons learned along the way. And of course, the worst advice I really thought about this worst advice ever. You can hear new episodes of no limits every week on apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app. Here we are just fifteen days before the midterm elections. The outlook from here suggests when you look at the polls that Democrats have a chance to take control of the house and Republicans are more likely to maintain control of the Senate, but the Senate likely hangs on a few key races. And one of them is in deep red taxes were democratic. Congressman beta award has been attracting lots of attention and piles of cash is he tries to unseat Republican incumbent Ted Cruz ABC's senior national correspondent. Paula Farris is just back from Texas where she spent time with both guys, hey, Paula, creativity with you this morning. It's great to talk to you what a day this is going to be in Texas. The president is going to stump for Ted Cruz. The guy called lion, Ted now President Trump is campaigning for him. What is going on yet? That's a relationship that you kind of have to scratch your head about how do you make sense of this relationship after all? They have said some reprehensible things about one another. If you remember President Trump mocked his. Wife's looks Donald. You're a sniveling coward leave Heidi the hell alone. He made false accusations about Rafael Cruz. Ted Cruz is father and crews. Intern called him a quote, pathological liar, a serial philanderer, and utterly a moral and the list goes on and on and on. Yeah, this is a head scratcher. This relationship I sat down with Ted Cruz and I said, how do you make sense of this relationships? Your friend? Is he your foe? How do you describe relations? He's the president and he's the president. I work with the president. He said he had to get past the personal insults after the election when it was bare knuckle in there were some hard shots on on all sides. They were hard shots that elections over. He said, he flew to Trump Tower after the election and said, listen, we're going to put our differences aside all these personal insults, and let's try to accomplish something that hasn't been done in a long time. And of course, that's having a majority in the house, the Senate and having a Republican president. So we had to put your personal feelings of of course because we have a job to do. And as we sit here two years into it. The results we've delivered have been incredible. He said, listen, we're all past it, and we're going to stand shoulder shoulder. He's dishonest. It's why the president called him lying Ted and it's why the nickname stuck because it's true. I found this pretty interesting to not necessarily unbelievable. I mean, it's politics after all, but now Beto Aurora is using that same nickname that President Trump like to use lying Ted when he talks about Ted Cruz. Right. The interesting thing about this situation just last week Beto aerobic said, we're going to run a positive campaign even though there might be temptation to do. Otherwise. I asked him about that. I said, well, this week you've started to run some some negative campaigns. You call Ted Cruz lying Ted in that debate, the rest of the debate listening to him lie about the euro could point out what I think everybody needs to know for another. Why escapes his lips? He said he kind of regrets that, but he wanted to call him out because he thinks that Ted twists the truth. What about Beddoe Rourke? What was it like being around him? Here's a forty six year old guy who was in a punk band, and now he's drawing these huge crowds do as political rallies and bringing in. So much money. It's interesting. We spent the day with Beto Aurora at one of his rallies. This is a guy that has campaigned in all two hundred and fifty four counties of Texas. He has raised thirty eight million dollars in the third quarter. That's a record for any senatorial candidate. Love your visual rockstar. There's just so many people. People are shouting item. I love you Beto. They wanted to take their photos with them. This is a guy that has not only captured Texas imagination, but really the country's imagination. NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem viral left that NFL moment. Short answer is no. I don't think it's disrespectful. Here's my longer. He was on Ellen was on the late show. And of course Republicans are calling them out saying that he's kowtowing to the liberal elites now seems a little weird to ask this question at this stage of the game, but it's again, help politics works because over work is gaining something of the national following. Now, there are some wondering if this guy wants to run for president. What did he say when you asked him about that? I asked him point, blank, everyone you're running for president. Is there a scenario where you run for president in two thousand twenty or beyond. No, you will never run for president. No period. So pretty much putting an exclamation point on never running for president. All right. Well, first things first, our friends at the analytical website fivethirtyeight give Aurora to in nine chance of winning that Senate seat. So it's not a great chance, but they are telling him he's got a chance. It's going to be an uphill battle for sure, basing some Texas sized. Everything's bigger in Texas ferris, just back from Texas. Good self Paul. Thank you. Thank you Scott. And one last thing. The reason you're hearing my voice right now is I like you did not win the lottery. This weekend questions came up among us, do stop work. I still work whoever that person is. He's lying. We all have things we'd do student loans, a new car. I don't know, help of media Dopp family top two family. 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"MM says US troops are leaving northern Syria and the Kurdish troops who fought alongside our it's time to bring our people back home we're not a police force a move no one seems to have seen coming it's Tuesday October eighth if we pull out does isis move back in we start here president and then zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash start here that's indeed dot com slash start here area we also had an ABC crew in those Syrian prisons where you have eleven thousand Isis fighters those refugee camps Isis flags inside whether they're right or wrong I can just tell you what they're saying and I can tell you what a senior officials are saying to me and there is great concern about that dot com slash start here good morning I'm in for Brad again it's rare I mean really rare ABC news this is start here I'm Scott Goldberg are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener words have been helping US fight isis they have essentially been footsoldiers for America and we couldn't have done it without the Kurdish forces this is a bad idea the president's biggest allies on Capitol Hill Senator Lindsey Graham has gone from criticizing the president's decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria back in two thousand eleven when President Obama pulled out all of the forces from Iraq said we're done we're out of here and Isis moved in that to help them in that fine of course they they have had successes in Syria we defeated this group largely the President says a few years later feeling that vacuum now you have an established isis you have those prisons just look at some of those prisons and you listen to the your questions then zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash start here that's indeed policing the area we're not a police force this is where we bring in ABC's chief Global Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. Hi Martha Hi there Scott remind US first of all why is the US in northern Syria to begin with this is all about isis our fight in Syria has been all about Isis and these Syrian Kurds we really couldn't have done it without the Kurdish forces and we supplied ammunition and bullets and close air support but not a whole lot beyond Turkey the Democratic House Speaker the Republican Senate Majority Leader and a lot of other people who almost never appear on the same page all said with really strong words to now threatening bipartisan sanctions against Turkey if they quote invade Syria that invasion would target Kurdish soldiers who fought side by side with the US to drive out Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell to agree on something but when president trump announced suddenly that the US was going to pull out of northern Syria clearing the way for an invasion by racist but president trump doesn't see this as abandoning our allies he says simply it's time for the US to get out it's time to bring our people back home we're not a police force a hundred percent Isis Caliphate is gone but you know our own David Muir was there just weeks ago in Iraq with American case could get to the Supreme Court before the president's forced to produce the people and the wife of an American diplomat Fleas Britain after a crash that kills a teenager can't stay there forever but this was an abrupt decision Pentagon leaders were blindsided many others were blindsided they were certainly blind enforces saying Isis is not yet defeated their literally trying to blend in with other Iraqis when the desert sometimes they try to blend in look like shepherds or just transiting to the he can fight and kill Americans he says because they are killing us we will kill them that's the concern that's a very real concern what the president will say is look we sided on the hill that's why you have people like Lindsey Graham so concerned saying if we abandoned them good luck getting anybody to help America in the future with thanks how she can just get on a play the prime minister says if it comes to this it'll raise the case directly to president trump time to let others figure the situation out Martha thanks for getting US started thanks so much Scott President trump oh I think you'll hear a variety of things trying to try not to directly attack president trump but the allies very concerned as well president trump says it is radical Islam al Qaeda and Isis And that is a real concern as well if you say someone look where we're going to back you up we're going to be there eighty eight years worth of the president's corporate and personal tax returns as part of an investigation into hush payments that were made the is prisoners ability Hallam says he was a security officer for Isis for year at he tells us he will rejoin Isis if the least the hung out of love you to help you and then you pull out that creates not just an immediate problem but a long term problem as well and are any of our allies Martha onboard with this Oeste big battle in federal court it seemed for about an hour anyway it was looking like he finally was going to be forced to release some of his tax returns but then the president made an emergency L. and another court very quickly said okay you don't have to do that just yet granting the president's a temporary state ABC senior investigative reporter Aaron Katersky is with me here in the law my loyalty to Mr Trump has cost me everything and in court you'll recall Michael Cohen implicated Donald Trump as individual one studio to explain what happened Hi Aaron close so I in this case who is asking to see the president's tax returns and why the Manhattan District Attorney's Sivan's wants to see armie Daniels and Karen McDougal recall those are two women who have alleged affairs with Donald Trump from years ago the president has denied those affairs and those Ayments were arranged by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen who's serving time related to those payments because they violated federal campaign finance violated any state laws about falsifying business records and the arguments are pretty simple here but fascinating right one side saying you're no different than anyone else when you're charged with a crime Russian provides and this federal judge agreed saying he could not endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity but then what happened with the Appellate Court Hartman in the Muller case that the president cannot be charged with a crime was there sufficient evidence to convict president trump or anyone else with and and because of what Michael Cohen said publicly about the payments how they were arranged a the the Manhattan d a decided to pick up the case to see if they camp actually facing around the black hole so are the president's critics right here that abandoning the Kurds would allow isis to regroup well I have to turn things over to the court and the president saying no I'm the President I can't be charged with a crime so I don't have to and that was the office of Legal Counsel opinion from the Justice if the appellate court immediately stepped into grant an emergency administrative state but they said they would take up the case on an expedited basis and both sides and through all this whether a president outside of an impeachment process can in fact be charged with a crime and then presumably possibly found guilty anti charged with a crime but the constitution has never explicitly said weather a sitting president can be investigated for a crime or part of could be precedent-setting because the courts have never really decided where the line is it's the Justice Department's opinion that a sitting president a criminal investigation there were certain limits set with President Clinton and Nixon but here the president is asking for a kind of immunity that the next up on start here she was facing possible arrest in a deadly crash but she fled claiming diplomatic 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A. dot com slash start here capterra software selections on here's why even if the courts rule that these tax returns must be turned over under subpoena to to prosecutors at the Manhattan DA's office Tom Slash start here for free today to find the tools to make an informed software decision for Your Business Capterra Dot com slash I'm real software users discover everything you need to make an informed decision no matter what kind of Software Your Business Needs Capterra makes it easy to Constitution does not explicitly grant so it would be fascinating if it gets all the way to the Supreme Court you won't reveal what you paid in taxes unless the audience done Wendy ordered his done amplified now a case about diplomatic immunity after the wife of a US diplomat in Britain was accused uh-huh a criminal charge and if the case ultimately goes to trial it's a fascinating case Aaron thanks thank you Scott He's airbase and said that she had no plans to leave the country but as the police were preparing the paperwork to possibly arrest her they ever the right solution best buy more than one option in your search you can utilize capterra product comparison to see detail side-by-side visit Capterra dot com eight four eight eight eight the only way to get a free pillow is to text ABC two eight four eight eight eight message and data rates may apply what if you can make release and back to the tax returns if you were betting on this you think the American public would see them before the election you know I'm not a betting person I don't think we're going to see them necessarily one while he's in office it's a fascinating question in even the president's attorneys say that yes the whatever is decided here if it does go to the Supreme Court Aziz quite rightly and their families but doesn't protect you in the case where you may be guilty of a criminal charge of felony of wanting to talk to her again it appears that it was more serious than that but there were no specific charges broad however it oversee looked serious enough in of criminal charges coming from this like vehicular manslaughter or or something similar to that if in fact this was just what it seemed to be on its hitting and killing a nineteen year old traffic accident and then leaving the country the parents of nine thousand nine year old Harry done demanding justice ABC senior foreign life but it does appear that perhaps she was driving on the wrong side of the road apparently she'd only been in the country for three weeks and of course in Britain we drive on a different side of the road to you guys the the US authorities all the family themselves bear Mondays don't just a woman who left we understand the whole family apparently left back to their home in northern Virginia but it goes it says a terrible president diplomatic immunity is ever a whole number of reasons to protect our diplomats men and women who go and work in the foreign service so in some sense is quite an innocent explanation the appeal the parents made is what we know that she's a parent as well she's a mom lives are just shattered by all of this yeah I mean as you would expect this is devastating for any parent to have to go through to lose a son he's only nineteen Ian Panel joining us from London thank you in thanks costs more on this case to come for sure what did the State Department say the US Embassy here issued statements express these deeper sympathies offered condolences to the family but it also said that Casey's our quotes considered carefully but it insisted that immunity is rarely waves and I think that's absolutely key for everybody and then they're going to go to America lobby president trump directly the traffic accident now has the attention of the very highest levels of government in both countries correspondent Ian Panel joins us from London high in high school i WanNa start with the parents of nineteen year old Harry Dunn who spoke yesterday they said for a few months now been watching protests in Hong Kong grow more intense and more violent this past weekend a fourteen year old embassy here the concern in the US State Department is that if they did waive immunity then it would set a precedent and we're hearing that the U K demonstrators who aren't happy with Chinese rule over what used to be a British colony and now the NBA is in the middle of trouble brewing for the NBA. This morning the general manager vase may be just a really tragic accident yeah the police were saying that they were preparing the paperwork to possibly make an arrest so it wasn't just a question years old Franken in allow us out on his motorbike and this woman discover that she'd actually left the country undercover of diplomatic immunity and of course for the rooms that has been really devastating fumbling she's living with us after this okay was shot a week before that police shot an eighteen year old at close range the Chinese have been very sensitive about the way the world is watching its efforts to contain these pro democracy the State Department to reconsider and also Prime Minister Boris Johnson also gave a statement saying that if they don't he will raise a case came directly with one foreign secretary spoke to Mike Pompeo and reiterated Britain's was disappointed with this that they urged might pump Tehrani ill home we don't understand how she can just get on a pain and Lee was there talking name according to the police him head on car and she was on the wrong side of the road now apparently the woman corporated she's the wife of the US diplomatic was based at at the moment and there's no easy resolution the family aren't GonNa let this go understandably they're saying if they didn't get the answers they want if immunity is waived at the woman doesn't Real Manager Daryl Morey and he tweeted out fight for freedom stand with Hongkong well China's what are the NBA's biggest customers they immediately started castigating able to express himself anyway he wants but it's clearly strange and the rockets gm he quickly deleted that tweet he said that he's Demari does not speak for the Houston Rockets the way the rockets responded the way the NBA responded which were saying they were social issues so kind of ironic that this league finds itself in this position here as the NBA going to be able to clean up this time we'll tell the NBA commissioner seem to be can you just be not not just GonNa play and she just left without any explanation Noah apparently she had been very cooperative with the police it all seemed okay the rockets right now are in Tokyo Japan it's unclear what sparked the tweet at this point the rockets quickly distancing themselves for more a sentiment the team's owner tweeting the Houston Rockets upsetting China story starts so many do these days with tweet. ABC's senior National Affairs correspondent. Tom yomas is covering this one. Hey Tom The Los Angeles Lakers in Brooklyn Nets play preseason games this week in China Tom thanks thanks for having me straddle both lines he says they're fully aware of the financial impact is tweet has caused the league and the rockets at the same time they're saying this general major from the rockets should the House I hope it will be resolved very shortly who knew he has good relationship with Donald trump but this is really pitting two close allies best of friends against each other government because it's a communist government and so you have people like Bell Rourke who's a Democrat running for president and Senator Ted Cruz these two guys they don't agree on controversy because the International Gymnastics Federation has decided that trick off the balance beam called the byles doesn't qualify for the highest difficulty score judges nothing but they agree that the rockets and the NBA were wrong and the NBA. Tom In the US is known for standing behind free speech and letting players speak out on so many a skilled gymnast to try it put another way they are punishing the world's best gymnasts because she can do it byles taking this like a champ as you might expect on twitter she pro-democracy groups which is American ideal and in this country there's freedom of speech but clearly it came at a cost over in China quite the backdrop as to other teams are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions can award not because it's not difficult but instead because they say it's too risky yeah they watered down the value of the byles because they say they don't want to encourage and one last thing at the world championships in Germany superstar gymnast Simone Biles just became the first ever to land to crazy moves podcast and don't forget to stay up to date on all the news on the ABC News App or ABC News Dot Com I'm Scott Goldberg thanks for listening these past couple of days we'll brad was away he'll be back tomorrow we both love it if you told your friends to subscribe to the a federal judge tells the president he has to turn over eight years of tax returns the president is asking for a kind of immunity that the constitution does not explicitly grant but Scott Great to be with you you're right so the
No Longer "Holed Up"
"It's Friday April twelfth never again will the words Julian Assange, be followed. By the words. Hold up in the Ecuadorian embassy. We start here. The WikiLeaks founder is in jail. Now in London. They finally felt that they reached that threshold and they threw him out could his next stop be America. He's charged here with hacking, a government computer, the world's largest democracy is having an election ruffie is so one hundred and thirty million people costing that there are so many voters in India. It'll take more than a month to know the result. And when you talk to a smart speaker who else is listening. We're not just talking about a person we're talking about people all over the world. The things you tell Alexa. She doesn't keep herself from ABC news. This is start here. I'm Scott Goldberg. Are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes? Set up screener questions then zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash start here. That's indeed dot com slash start here. Good morning. Happy. Friday Brad has the day off Julian Assange woke up in jail today in London after his bizarre seven year house arrest. I guess you could call it that at the Ecuadorian embassy. His time. They're protected by political asylum came to an end clearly against his will when Assange was victims and then taken into immediate custody by London police they shoved him into a van the WikiLeaks founder who wants looked fairly clean cut with styled hair sometimes wearing it's high as they hold them away. Assange kind of like a castaway without white hair receding and a beard that rivals. David Letterman's arriving at the courthouse. She was defiant giving his supporters thumbs up the judge called Assange annoy assist to cannot get beyond his own selfish interests ABC's investigative reporter James Gordon, meek has been covering this for years and joins us now from Washington, James. Good morning. You have some fascinating stories to tell about the time. Assange spent hold up in the embassy, and we'll get to that. In a moment. I the charges what's charged with he's charged with computer intrusion, and it has to do with conspiring allegedly with Chelsea Manning who is the former army intelligence analyst. For you know, leaks that WikiLeaks put out biggest leak of US military secrets ever website WikiLeaks hit the send button on some four hundred thousand sensitive documents about the Iraq war, mostly military documents related to the Iraq and Afghan wars State Department cable that happened almost a decade ago. Legal charges may go beyond manning, the head of WikiLeaks believes the FBI may go after him in the United States is conducting an aggressive investigation, and the Obama administration chose not to prosecute Assange because they felt that he was his argument that he was a journalist would probably prevail. Whereas the Trump administration has pursued a different strategy, which is to argue that he's not a journalist and therefore not entitled the rights and protections of free speech. But it's important to note, the US did not charge Assange with espionage or anything related to the act of releasing information. Which is something that will concern journalists and free press advocates. Right. And also, this is really important. You know? You know, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, he has not been charged by the special counsel, Robert Muller who closed his investigation Muller only implicated WikiLeaks for having communicated with a persona online. Gotcha. For two point. Oh, which Muller said was really Russian military intelligence who would hack Democratic Party emails and began leaking them which then WikiLeaks also leaked that's not in here at all. That's not what he's been charged with each charged with hacking, a government computer to get secret war documents. Right. So how did Assange end up in that Ecuadorian embassy? Well, you'd have to go all the way back to Sweden. There was a rape inquiry. I'm related to any of this other stuff, and he went to London and was arrested on an INTERPOL warrant, and eventually actually skipped bail and Ecuador gave him political asylum because he argued that, you know, he Sweden might or the UK on extradite him to the United States to face charges over the things. He's now facing charges for and so he ducked into the embassy and twenty twelve and has not come out sense until he was dragged out yesterday that sexual assault case, we should note was dropped by Sweden in two thousand seventeen. But with the other concerns did Ecuador just get tired of him. I heard he was like the worst house guest. Well, the Ecuadorians put out a lot of stories that turn out not to be true. We have people who have been inside ABC news contributor, Sean Langan, who's a filmmaker and former Taliban hostage in London actually has been visiting him. Since november. Into a one room which has a long desk, and it's a meeting room, and then they locked the door and did not find as some of these thing people had leaked that Julian Assange was not taking care of his cat or was smearing feces on the wall, but actually was maintaining very neat. Tidy little apartment with a couple of rooms in a little tiny bed a little tiny galley with a lot of cameras, and then he would turn on speakers. When he had the rare visitor like, Sean Langan Guan was blaring out David Bowie. Can you hear me major Thome? And I think the other speeco was some classical music, sometimes he he plays whites noise and people would have to try to have a conversation with him in between the two noises that we're supposed to block out any sort of audio surveillance, very strange environment. But he clearly the time in isolation. Sean Langan says was taking its toll. And I could sense. And he said it he had this real fair now, which I think is about to be realized spending the rest of his life in a supermax federal prisons in America. Ultimately was there something that made Ecuador push him out? Well, they've been building a case that he has not lived up to international standards of what political asylum should do that he's interfered with the affairs of other states and things like that. And they finally felt that they have reached that threshold and they threw him out in British police arrested him on this six and a half year old bail jumping warn and the US extradition request. And that's what happens now he's going to battle that extradition request. You know, one of his close friends von Smith describes him as a toughie. And I think that's fair word for Julian Assange, I cannot imagine that he would ever go quietly into the night. We should let everyone know they can listen to your conversation with Sean Langan and hear more stories more details about Assange and WikiLeaks on ABC news podcast the investigation guys. Subscribe and listen to that one. If you don't already banks James, thank you so much. This is great. So like, we said the charge against Assange is not related to the two thousand sixteen campaign, the special counsel didn't recommend any charges against Assange. Although investigators have linked WikiLeaks Russia and during that campaign when that website was publishing information that hurt Hillary Clinton the guy running against her said, he loved it. But amazing what's coming out on WikiLeaks this WikiLeaks. It's like a treasure Trump WikiLeaks I love WikiLeaks. That was President Trump in two thousand sixteen hour. Karen Travers is at the White House cared high. So you ask the president about WikiLeaks yesterday. What did he say? It's got ask the president and pretty simple question in the Oval Office yesterday. Do you still love Wiki leaks and the president said about WikiLeaks? It's not my thing tried to distance himself from the website. I know nothing really about not my it's not my deal in life. Then also claimed he didn't have an opinion on what should happen to Julian Assange. I don't I don't really have. Any opinion. I know the attorney general will be involved in that and he'll make a decision. Okay. Got the president deferred to the attorney general on this. And that's what we'd expect him to do in practice. But it was surprising that he didn't have an answer. Okay. Care in a couple of things here. I I wanna rewind to twenty ten before he was a candidate when Donald Trump called WikiLeaks disgraceful disgraceful should be like death penalty or something. So his views on the punishment for us on just have evolved. I guess, but how how can you say knows nothing about WikiLeaks when he he called WikiLeaks. Unbelievable. A treasure trove. Boy, he said I love reading those WikiLeaks. I mean either he has completely forgotten about loving reading WikiLeaks. And what a treasure trove. It was in saying flat out I love WikiLeaks during the final days of the two thousand sixteen campaign. Wiki leaks Email show that Hillary Clinton staff even has to give her secret notes on when she needs to smile smile, Hillary smile, or this is another example of the president take. Being a bit of a stiff arm when something that he was tied to either a person or in this case something that he had embraced in a very big way. During those final days of the two thousand sixteen campaign, you know, pushing it away once they're in legal trouble the charges now against Assange that single charge announced yesterday. It does carry a penalty it's up to five years in prison, and it was notable then at the president didn't bite on a question of would he liked to see more, especially because he had such a strong opinion in two thousand ten after that I release of hacked files, very very big shift. Now, do you have any idea why he would hold back here because he's usually someone who jumps on the opportunity to remind people there's no collusion when anything that's even a little related to two thousand sixteen. I think it's because they're not clear yet how this legal process will play out. There are issues here about extraditing him from the UK to the US. This would be something that plays out in court in the UK. So perhaps this is a first charge to just entice. Him back here. That could be another reason why the president is biting his tongue of bit here. Most of the time administration's press secretary's senior officials will say we can't comment on ongoing legal issues. The whole Manafort trial is very sad. When you look at what's going on there. I think it's a very sad day for our country. That's not something the president has usually done. We'd seen him talk about legal cases, all the time. So it was striking yesterday that he didn't really want to go further was the president likes to say. We'll see. We'll see. Thanks. Karen? Thanks. Next up on start here. It's not easy counting votes when there are nine hundred million of them. When it comes to hiring. You don't have time to waste you need help getting to your shortlist of qualified candidates fast. That's why you need indeed dot com. Get started today at indeed dot com slash start here. That's indeed dot com slash start here with the Capital One venture card. You earn unlimited double miles on every purchase everyday, and you can use those miles toward travel expenses. Like flights hotels, rental cars and more capital. One. What's in your wallet credit approval required capital? One Bank USA an a. If there's one word to describe the elections happening right now in India. It's enormous or really any synonym for enormous gigantic mammoth colossal, it's the world's largest democracy. Made a one point three billion people and nine hundred million of them are eligible voters so to accommodate this. India doesn't have just one election day. Like, we do it has six election weeks. ABC's guy Davies has the monumental assignment of talking to us about this. He's at our foreign desk. Hello guy. So does it take six weeks for that many people to vote is that why it's such a long process? Yeah. The kind of electro system these nights six weeks, there are seven different voting days. And yesterday was the first voting day. I think roughly is so of one hundred and thirty million people costing that vote. And is it's just a huge undertaking. Really India's also mass. Geographically, and that means election officials have to trek to the far reaches to deliver the electron ick voting systems that are used at every polling place. How do they do that? So this this system is quite novel system, really India's on one of the few democracies in the world to to use these electronic voting systems, so widely. And what happens now is that instilled in every polling booth and vote civil cups the machine pressed the button prince's slip on the slip is cool this verifiable paper audit trail, and they've introduced this to combat these allegations that these machines could easily be hacked and people's votes could be wrongly counted there in every every polling station around the country now, so that's how every Indian movie causing the vote. This time round voters will elect five hundred forty three members of parliament right now majority of those seats are held by the party of the prime minister Narendra Modi. So despite all the numbers, we've been talking about guy does it all come down to this being a referendum on one, man. I think I think Mody would like to think that way in the polls the popularity of the two main policies, the BJP Modi's party and the Indian National Congress. We'll let by Gandhi not ended up. Dan, not ended the debate with me on corruption is not in promoting when not to look into the eyes of anybody in this. Popularity's actually quite loud, buddies, puzzle approval, ratings really high so definitely suit him have as a referendum on his leadership election, really many observes the saying about the future of secularism in India. Whether India is going to be a secular country where Muslim and Hindu interests all treated equally. Whether India some nationalist would say is going back to its roots as traditionally Hindu country Bildt accounts early early observers as saying that Modi's going to win less seats than last time, but he should still come out with some kind of majority. We're seeing a significant and dangerous escalation between these two nuclear neighbors overnight, Pakistan, claiming it shut down to Indian fighter jets, capturing one of the pilots, but what about the esscalation of tensions with Pakistan. It's been a big issue. I think so because the the world's is all turned Kashmir. And everyone was kind of collectively holding that breath is is that really? Dangerous region. And he's telling he plays into Modi's, nationalist credentials. But actually, this is more about the economy. It's more about attracting poll vote is in particularly in the rural north, especially with farmers. So what we've had in the election campaign is both the India, National Congress and the BJP offering quite generous handouts to follow him is in those regions trying to secure that votes. So I think Modi's Hindu nationalist of vote the people who most hungry of some kind of escalation in tensions with Pakistan. I think they're already quite satisfied. So it's about bringing all the voters on the BJP's re-met and have there been any controversies there? Things voters didn't see coming. Like, I don't know an Email investigation getting reopened at the last minute or an access Hollywood tape. Well, that was a Bollywood movie the end of not Endo Monte. Mody nation of a billion people where Mody has been kind of Kolzig Bollywood for wall saying they should be making more patriotic films. And one of Bollywood's most famous actors starring as Mody, and it was due to be released yesterday on the first day of voting, but the electoral commission came in pulled it they said, no, we can't have this this might manipulate people. They might take some of the fall fetch things in this movie as fat. So. Only pay electioneering going on. But I mean fingers crossed Ayob KARN of peaceful democratic exercise because it really is a marvel, and it's also going to be a giant task counting all those votes. The results won't be announced until may twenty third guy Davies, thank you. Bye. Thank you. Alexa. Have you been listening to too much Alexa, of course, is Amazon's intelligent, personal assistant. Who knows how to play us music or this podcast or to place orders on Amazon when you talk to her using a smart speaker, very often one of Amazon's echo devices. Well, we learned yesterday that humans are listening thousands of people employed by Amazon around the world are writing down things we say, then feeding our words back into the software to help Alexa, better understand us in the Bloomberg reports workers revealed that they inadvertently sometimes overheard background and possibly criminal activity, including on at least one occasion, a potential sexual assault. It raises the questions is Amazon hearing everything that happens in our homes or offices and could they be doing anything? With those words besides improving, Alexa. Adam Levin is a consumer advocate and the founder of cyber scouts. Hi, adam. How are you Scott doing? Thanks for joining us here. And I guess what? I want to ask you is. I think we always know in the back of our minds. There's a potential big brother thing going on with these devices that recognize our voices that someone could be eavesdropping. But the idea there could be a team of people transcribing. What's said does that sound like a lot? It sounds pretty terrifying. It's creepy. I mean when you think about it. We're not just talking about a person we're talking about people all over the world that are sharing this information sharing transcripts. They claim. It's anonymous is it may well be anonymous, but with the world advancing to the point where voice recognition software is becoming more and more precise that we always run the risk somewhere down the line that the surveillance economy that we live in is learning more and more about us as individuals every day, not just as types of individuals that these devices. Are supposedly trying to become more convenient and more helpful for Amazon says these eco devices don't start recording or sending audio to the cloud until they hear the wake word, which is usually Alexa. And then the blue light comes on lets you know that it's listening. Do you accept that? Or are you concerned that the device has to be listening all the time to even hear you use that wake word. Well, I have to tell you that my mother had an online, and that is man plans God laughs and the best of our intentions can go awry, and the truth is we've seen where recordings like these have ended up in the hands of law enforcement, the court finding the echo may have captured evidence of Sullivan's debt, including the attack and possible removal of the body from the kitchen and oftentimes these devices were record, you when you think they're not recording you because again in order to hear the wake word they have to be listening. Yeah. I guess if. You're kind of mad you walk into a room and say could kill that person that you don't want Alexa, listening. Yeah. What control? Do we have is consumers over these things? Can we opt out? Can we say I don't want a team of people transcribing my request use someone else for your research to tweak that to improve that algorithm. They say you can opt out, but the problem is that still doesn't mean there may not be a random drive-by as it were and the truth. The matter is we are exposed we have to be mindful of the exposure. And we have a plan to deal with the damage that could be created by those exposures and don't even get me started on the people who post case in pick. So everyone on social media knows they're not at home in. Hey, it'd be a good time to go steal my smart devices or whatever else you find. That's my thing. Adam Levin is a consumer advocate and the founder of cyber scout. Thanks for talking to us. Thank you for inviting me. And Amazon released a statement that says in part, we take the security and privacy of our customers personal information. Seriously, the only annotate and extremely small number of interactions from a random set of customers in order to improve the customer experience. Amazon also says the information it gathers his treated with pike confidentiality and encrypted and that customers can delete their voice recordings at any time. And one last thing this Sunday and upper Tyrone township Pennsylvania. It's the annual Marsh auto salvage Easter egg hunt. This'll be the fifth year the fifth annual hunt at the thirty five acre junk yard all just for fun. Kevin mills is the logistics manager at the lot full of trash cars, trucks, motorcycles and more places to hide eggs than probably any other hunting ground. Oh, exhaust pipes intake air Flims on the engine. It also may be one of the riskier Easter egg hunts. You got to sign a release form and pay two dollars last year. Five hundred people came out this year, they're expecting thousand we're going to have to food trucks this year. That's something. We just added on. So that will cause a little bit of confusion. I'm sure. And the prizes all cash, the eggs. Hold vouchers worth five to one hundred dollars each twenty five hundred bucks, total paid by the junkyards owner public relations, and such who's really not exposing himself to that much risk. Because no one ever finds all the aches you come in to not find something you don't get the money. And if you're wondering about those release forms, we've never had an incident, but it is a dull, it's only. So is there a little drinking happening at the same time? I would have not you've seen. No evidence of that. I've seen a lot of coffee. His only advice if you show up when the gates open at nine being prepared death fund. And maybe wear thick soled shoes. Start. Here is produced by David Ryan. Josh Cohen, Kelly, Tarez, Laszlo, Toth, Tara, JIMBO and Lauren. Ephron thanks to April. As Elizabeth Russo. Ingested Gerald, thanks also to our partners at sky view networks. Our executive producer is Andrew cow. I'm Scott Goldberg Brad milkey back Monday have a great weekend. Meakin? 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What's Next After a Summit Cut Short?
"It's Friday March first after a nuclear summit fizzles. What's next we start here? President Trump comes back from abroad without a deal can may have lost his appetite for negotiations back here investigations have been heating up doing that with a member of the president's own family. That's going to raise a couple red flags from new questions about his son in laws security clearance to the next questions after that Cohen hearing, no futher tone will show and the prime minister of Israel could soon be indicted on corruption charges never guess how he's describing that investigates. From ABC news. This is start here. I'm Scott Goldberg. So what? Now after the world heard President Trump saying sometimes you have to walk as in walk away from negotiations which in this case, we're about North Korea's nuclear arsenal. It's a fair question to ask what happens now with the collection of nukes that after two summits North Korea isn't just holding onto but may be expanding its leaders alternately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival. ABC's Elizabeth mcglaughlin is at the Pentagon. Hi, elizabeth. Hey, scott. How are you? I'm fine. So how about the world where are we now? Well, I think what now is the million dollar question that everyone is talking about. And I spoke to a couple of experts yesterday who think what's next is dialing this back to what they call working level talks in those are talks between lower level officials. So what everyone is saying is look we gotta keep talking. Maybe we can bridge the gap in the divide that we saw between Trump and Kim they weren't willing to make an agreement, but if they could inch a little bit closer. Or maybe there's a potential in the month or year to come where we could try this again. So they don't have to be talking for other people to be talking exactly since the summit. We've already heard North Korea dispute. President Trump's description of why his talks broke down with Kim. He said North Korea basically wanted sanctions lifted in their entirety North Korea's foreign minister says otherwise yes, North Korea's foreign minister said it wasn't all of the sanctions it was five of the eleven and these are the United Nations. Sanctions proposed the removal of all sanctions, but they've partial removal, so he's disputing. Hey. We just wanted some of the ones that were targeted towards our civilian population. We wanted those lifted in return for dismantling the Yongbyon nuclear facility. You in the presence of US experts and vita joint work of technicians from both countries, but they couldn't come to that agreement. So they decided not to accept that proposal. You mentioned bridging the gap. It seems like a giant gap. Well, and that's what really remains to be seen. You heard one of the North Korean officials in that midnight press conference shortly after say that Kim may have lost his appetite for negotiations. And that's something that the US end the North Korean officials at these working-level talks are going to have to work through. But a lot of the experts that I spoke with yesterday actually think that Trump made a good decision to walk away. There was some fear that he was going to quote give away the store, and he didn't he he decided that he wasn't going to make any more concessions. And I think for a lot of experts who follow North Korea closely. That's a good sign. The bad news here is that. In the meantime, North Korea can continue to produce nuclear weapons, you know, President Trump said well, Kim committed not to test any missiles, not to test any nuclear weapons that doesn't mean that there can't be things happening behind the scenes. And so that's why we may see a little more. Urgency from the administration they're going to have to make some decisions. Do we try to keep moving try to keep bridging that gap at what point do you decide that the talks aren't working? There also has to be some kind of decision soon about the joint military exercises between the US and South Korea. Right because it's it's springtime it always happens in the spring spring is just around the corner, and there are two major joint military exercises that are scheduled to begin in April. And you heard Trump say, they're fun. They're nice. The Pentagon gets to quote play the war game. But he again criticize them as being too expensive. Not always necessary. I mean, we spent hundreds of millions of dollars of those exercises. And I hated to see it. I thought it was unfair in November. Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the exercises would be scaled back. But then again, a lot has changed since then. And again, these experts are saying, you know, you can keep exercise suspended you can keep them scaled back. But at a certain point it does affect the readiness of US troops on the Korean peninsula. Of course, if he exercises do go on North Korea sees that as a provocation, so so that, of course, is very complicated. Elizabeth you talked to the diplomats in. How concerned are they about the personalities involved? There a feeling that President Trump and Kim could slide back into the name calling and threats as quickly as they became pals. I think there's always that concern, but we actually saw in statements from the South Koreans as well as the Chinese that they were pretty much, you know, asking them to continue the talks, the South Koreans, specifically said that it was regrettable that they collapsed, but they are asking for dialogue to continue, and that's the same with the Chinese foreign ministry. They're saying dialogue is the only way out here. So if you retreat, we Kalina we stopped talking altogether. Could we go back to the fire and fury missile testing? That's not what anyone wants to see here. The Pentagon as always thank you. Thanks so much. As the president was flying back from his summit. Another story was developing on the ground here. It involves a son in line senior adviser Jared Kushner, who you might remember how to rough time getting his top secret security clearance. There's a report the president got involved and ordered his former chief of staff to get Kushner over the hurdles ABC's, senior editorial producer Johnson is tracking this. Hey, john. What do we know? Hey, scott. The New York Times is reporting that John Kelly in detailed memos that apparently he would take during his time in the White House is saying that Trump ordered him to circumvent the usual procedures for security clearance and grant, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who's a senior adviser a top level security clearance. Now, we have been tracking for months here. Scott that the White House had issues getting Kushner security clearance, Kushner, now restricted from viewing the nation's most closely guarded secrets including the president's daily security. Briefing? He had been working on a temporary security clearance since the inauguration. You had a refill out his applications. It's called an SF eighty six which basically means that they have the detail any foreign relationships. They've had for years Kushner apparently had to revise that multiple times. There was a litany of issues he had but with the near times report is saying is that the president weighed in when really it's a dicey situation here and circumvented procedure and the president told the New York Times just over a month ago that he wasn't involved in this process. I don't think I have the ability to do that. I'm not sure. But I I I wouldn't I wouldn't do it. Jared's a good. I I was I was never involved with a security. So that's the president saying he was not involved telling the New York Times the president's daughter told us at ABC a similar story. Not too long ago just a little over twenty days ago. Scott Abby Huntsman had an extensive interview with Vonk Trump. There are a lot of people that questioned whether you were given special treatment by the president overriding other absolutely officials. She asked the first daughter if her father, the president did anything for Jared Kushner, her husband and herself, the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance and my husband's Clarence zero vodka Trump saying her dad had no involvement, and if what she's saying there John is not accurate. Is there anything wrong with that? Would there be something wrong with the president intervening and saying I want this guy to have a security clearance? Whether this guy is my son in law or not, well, listen, I mean, there are issues if you have officials in Washington that do this every day seeing that there's a problem. Here and circumventing that process that's going to raise a red flag, but doing that with a member of the president's own family that's going to raise a couple red flags we know that the house oversight committee, the chairman there Elijah Cummings said just in the last couple of weeks that he planned to launch an investigation looking into Kushner security clearance, and others in the White House. We can forget Scott. There have been several officials that have had issues a long backlog vague claim, but many in the White House were acting with temporary clearances for quite some time. What's the White House saying, John, we're getting only a six word statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders, saying that they do not comment on this procedure, our senior editorial producer, John Santigi? I know you will have more to say about this one in the days to come. Thanks. Thanks, scott. Next up on start here. The leader of one of America's closest allies on the brink of an indictment. Dan, Harris from ABC news, and I have a podcast, and you listen to it. It's called ten percent, happier. It's all about how to stay sane in. Our increasingly insane world talked to everybody from the Dalai Lama signs both human to rupaul you have to explore this life. It's fun. It interesting may even change your life. You can listen to it for free on apple podcasts or on your favorite podcast app. Country's conservative leader gets investigated by his own attorney general who used to be a trusted member of his cabinet. And when that leader starts to sense, he might be in some trouble. He slams that attorney general blames liberals and the media and says it's all politically motivated attempt to bring down his administration sound familiar. Fifth hotel of well in this case, I'm talking about Isreaeli, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who just found out. His attorney general is recommending an indictment against Netanyahu on charges of bribery fraud, and breach of trust ABC's Giordano Miller is in Jerusalem Hagia, Donna. Hi there. First of all, tell us how indictments work in Israel. Why is this just a recommendation at this point and not actual formal charges? Well, because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hold such a high office in the government. He's afforded what's called a pretrial hearing when there are grave a criminal charges brought against him. So that's why at this stage. The attorney general has not made these charges official, but having said that they are nearly official because even in that pretrial hearing Netanyahu's lawyers will try to get him to sway or change the charges. But it is almost never happened in the past and official or not. This timing is not good for Netanyahu. He's up for reelection in just six weeks. That's right. I mean, the timing of this is really a political bombshell, which could really dramatically change the election results calling onto both even though they fall makes investigation of collapse and against some polls are already showing that perhaps even more than a quarter of his supporters are not going to stick by him. If he is criminally charged and that is what has happened. We're gonna have to watch the polls and see because as we know Netanyahu already in a very tight race neck and neck with really his most formidable challenger in many years, the former head of the idea Benny guns, who's in charge of a centrist party Netanyahu needs every vote. He can get it can't afford to really lose any and these charges may have people defecting from his party. So what exactly is the prime minister accused? Doing the prime minister is accused of bribery. That's the most serious charge in what's called case four thousand and they're he's alleged of giving millions of dollars of perks in regulatory benefits to telecom company in exchange for positive press coverage of him and his family and his administration in a website all Walla in the other two cases, which have led to the intention to to charge him for breach of trust and fraud Netanyahu's accused of giving political favors for lavish gifts he received from wealthy donors, including a Hollywood producer. And he's also accused of trying to make another back deal. For better press coverage in a local newspaper, that's one of the most widely read papers in the country. Who's response to all this this on Yahoo came out punching and defiant? Lift becomes. He is calling this investigation against him. A witch hunt his accusing the left and the media of trying to get him out of office without having to do it through the ballot box. He says he's going to stay on fight, and he'll continue to lead Israel. Even if he does win the election of these indictments will take them into new uncharted legal territory because is really laws very vague on whether a criminally charged prime minister can lead the country, and certainly the opposition will petition the high court about that he may be forced to step down at some point in any case called it a witch hunt. Where have we heard that before familiar Giordano Miller in Jerusalem, Donna, thanks? Thanks. Michael Cohen isn't done talking to congress. That's what we learned yesterday the day after his bombshell public testimony yesterday Cohen was back behind closed doors talking to the house and telling committee, Adam Schiff as the chairman we had a long day, but it wasn't a long enough day. So shift says Cohen will be back next week then the following week shifts says they'll hear from Felix Seder in an open session Seder is the Russian born businessman and convicted felon who wants promised to get Ladimir Putin's helped to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. And this is just the beginning of Cohen's public hearing on Wednesday set in motion ABC's Aaron Katersky from our investigative team has been following every development and is with me here in the studio. Hey, Aaron clearly Democrats think they heard new useful information when Coen testified, I think the most effective thing. Michael Cohen may have done for the Democrats who are intent on holding more hearings is to basically right there next witness list who to those questions Allan white. Tilburg Allen Weisselberg from the Trump organization is somebody who knows about all the checks that were written about hush payments to women. Michael Cohen said that he also knows about some of the business practices that he mentioned the overstating of wealth or understating of wealth to suit certain purposes. And so why Silbert seems to be a Lynch pin? He presented check that went through Donald Trump junior. He talked about instances when Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner, her husband may have been in the room. And I recall, Don, jR, leave leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, whether the committee is willing to subpoena, the president's children to come and testify. Let's see, but the Michael Cohen was able to not only outline a potential witness list. But also, perhaps give the committee a reason to try and peak into the president's tax returns. They need a reason and they hadn't really had one. But when Michael Cohen started. Talking about lying to Deutsche Bank about his wealth in order to purchase the Buffalo Bills and make his bid look more attractive in two thousand fourteen that may be an opening Republicans say Cohen was lying again. And in fact, some top ranking Republicans or accusing him of perjury referring that to the department of Justice does that go anywhere. Well, the department of Justice confirms now that it got the letter and they'll end up taking a look at it. He's already been accused of and pleaded guilty to lying to congress. And that's why he's off to to federal prison with the Democrats in charge now of the house. They can look into matters that go well beyond collusion with Russia. And you all ready went through some of the questions. They wanna ask doesn't this mean the list of possible crimes in which the president could be implicated at least is expanding and Republicans believe all of this was just to lay the groundwork for an impeachment vote, whether they're right about that are not we'll see. But if Democrats are going to keep up the pressure they can use what Michael Cohen. Said they can use whatever comes out of the the Muller investigation, and perhaps take that in their own direction. A political question, then this might be a little outside of your wheelhouse. We might just be two guys talking here. But we both cover a lot of politics voters feel differently about Donald Trump one way or another after hearing Michael Cohen, I think in large part, there's a third of the country that has understood who Donald Trump is for a longtime and continues to support him. There's an equal amount if not maybe slightly more who for whom all of these things are disqualifying remember on the eve of the election. He's accused of by nineteen different women of of misconduct. That's now the subject of defamation lawsuit by summers air votes, that's still pending but Trump won and voters had a good understanding of who he is. Now. One of his closest advisors comes in and says all of these things all at once. And it's certainly an unflattering. Portrait. But it's not one that is necessarily going to be unfamiliar. Yes. The question now is runs against him. Aaron it's good talking to you good as he has got. And one last thing about forty miles outside of Indianapolis. There's a home that used to belong to Don Miller a guy the F B I describes as a renowned scientist who helped build the first atomic bomb and globetrotting amateur archaeologist whose passion for collecting sometimes cross the line into illegality and outright looted. Our ultimate aim is to repatriate every single one of these pieces at least the ones that we can determine where obtained improperly early. Don, it seems collected about seven thousand artifacts. He shouldn't have including five hundred sets of human remains from native American burial grounds. Very long painstaking process agents have been studying the bones and consulting with professors who say it's hard to know where to start we have a range of objects from different time, periods and different cultural traditions. Don, never was charged with a crime. He was ninety years old and offering tours of his home to schools like it was a museum when someone thought. Maybe Don shouldn't have some of this stuff. A year later, the bureau got involved and a year after that Don died was his desire again that we repatriate return these things, and that's what they're trying to do. Things have been sent back to four countries and some tribes so far, but that's only about fifteen percent of don's ill gotten collection to distribute the rest, the FBI is now asking the public health. If you think you can help Google F B I art crime team. You'll see how to get in touch with start. Here is produced by David Rhine. Josh Cohen Tara gamble. Kelly says Laszlo Toth and Lauren Ephron, thanks to a villas. Jason Potts Maria, Kim, Elizabeth Rousseau and Jeff FitzGerald special. Thanks this week to Candace Smith as well as our teams helping out in Venezuela and Vietnam all week and also to our partners Skype, you networks and amplify media or executive producers or Steve Jones, Andrew cow. I'm Scott Goldberg RAD milky back Monday.
"It's Wednesday may eighth before it was okay to cooperate. But now the Trump administration says this guy has said enough we start here. The White House could claim executive privilege to keep its former attorney Don Mcgann from handing over documents to congress is the White House going to allow him to comply. Yes, or no. I don't intimidate that that takes place. Now press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks exclusively to ABC news. Did you look at your investments yesterday? It could affect consumers globally Wall Street retreats after a new salvo in the trade war and Uber drivers go on strike, though. It might be more expensive than you might wait a walk longer. Right. You remember how to take a taxi from ABC news? This is start here. I'm Scott called. Is there something that interferes with your happiness or is preventing you from cheating? Your goals better. Help online counseling is there for you. Connect with your professional counselor and a private online environment schedule secure video or phone sessions plus chat and text with your therapist listeners. Get ten percent off your first month by going to better help dot com slash here. Good morning. Brad has the day off in the four hundred forty eight page Mullah report. No witnesses name is mentioned more than Don mcgann's. He's the former White House counsel who refused to fire Robert Muller. When President Trump asked him to call rod tell Robert Muller has conflicts and can't be the special counsel Mcgann recall, the president telling him Muller has to go. Call me back when you do it. And later when the reports came out that President Trump had tried unsuccessfully to get rid of the special counsel. It was Mcgann once again who refused the president's request to say publicly that those reports were false. So if you are a democrat on the House Judiciary committee trying to learn more about what's in that heavily redacted Mullah report. Of course, you want to hear from again. And if you're the White House, you think the information that's already out there is more than enough ABC's senior editorial producer, John to she talks to White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders about Mcgann and other topics in an interview for the ABC news. Podcast the investigation. Hey, john. Hey, how are you? Scott good. Let's start with Mcgann. Why did Sanders say the White House is standing between him in congress? So what we've seen over the last couple days is congress wants to hear from Don Mcgann. They see what Robert Muller did they're gonna follow the bread crumbs that he laid out for them and go chase them. But now the White House in a rare move is far as it gets into privilege. Material is saying hold on. We don't want on Mcgann to go because Don Mcgann was a part of sensitive conversations with the president. We do not want him to disclose those conversations. He revealed it to Bob Muller under oath in private closed quarters. They are asking for Don Magana, turn over documents is the White House going to allow him to comply. Yes, or no. I don't intimidate that that takes place. Now, why again, we consider this to be a case closed, and we're moving forward to do the work of the American people, it does ratchet up the volume here, Scott and really. Would it sets up to me is that this White House has not declared executive privilege yet? Right. That is the ground that they are allowed to say you can't talk about this because we have privileged material we discussed they did not do that for the twenty two months that Robert Mueller was in business with his investigation. And that's the thing about executive privilege. Right. It's all in the eye of the beholder. It's either information that would be really damaging to the country. If it gets out or it could be really embarrassing politically to the White House, totally. And then that letter that we saw from the White House up to Capitol Hill yesterday touches the line of executive privilege doesn't say it in black and white, but basically gets us there. But we're it does mean is that forget Capitol Hill. It feels like more and more and more. We are heading for a battle in the third branch of our government the courts in your interview, John you also had an interesting exchange with Sarah Sanders about Robert Muller, and whether the White House will try to stop him from testifying. What did she say about that? Yeah. This was really interesting. So of course. Tweet from the president is more and more interesting as the days of gone on. But we saw a fiery tweet from the president over the weekend saying that Robert Muller should not testify. Democrats. Do not get a redo that's the president tweeted late on Sunday. And what he was talking about. There is that the Democrats up on Capitol Hill wont, Robert Muller to come testify want to ask him questions about the four hundred plus page report what the president now is saying we don't want that to happen. And what Sarah nine discussed was where does that stand? Should we take the president's tweet from this past weekend as in order to Bill bar to not allow Robert Muller to testify? I think that's a determination to be made at this point. I think that's, but that's the president's feeling on the matter in the reason because ultimately the president can relay that to attorney general Bill bar, Robert Muller is still an employee of the department of Justice. Meaning that if his boss, the attorney general says, you're not doing this. Then something that could happen has he said to Bill bar. Hey, don't let molar testify. I'm not aware of any conversation between the two of them on something like that to happen. Again. I I'm not aware that a date is even been set for that conversation to need to take place. So we'll see what happens. But with Sarah said is it a conversation is not happened yet. But it could be happening. Okay. John. So the big question will Muller testify still not definitively answered another question you asked. Sarah Sanders was about her credibility after the Muller report called her out for claiming incorrectly. That countless FBI agents had lost confidence in director James Comey before the president fired him and for her answer to that. We will direct our listeners to your. Podcast the investigation. John thanks for sharing some of the highlights with us. Thank you, Scott. It's not just the White House. The top Republican on Capitol Hill thinks there's already been enough talk about Russia collusion, obstruction. And all the other words at the heart of the investigation into the two thousand sixteen election. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell made his feelings known well yesterday ABC's Mary Bruce was there and is with us now. Hey, Mary, he's got. So Mitch McConnell says let's move on what he marched onto the Senate floor and declared case closed democratic colleagues I'm to be publicly working through the five stages of grief. I age is did not he says that it's time to end what he describes as unhinged partisanship. He said this has been a thorough investigation. And essentially that it's time for Democrats to get over it and move on stop endlessly re-litigating, a two and a half year old election result and move forward. Or the American people Nancy Pelosi's reaction was to quite literally laugh at that description. They insist that there are a lot more questions here left to be answered. And of course, they're hoping that Muller himself will be on the hill shortly to answer, many of those questions, the Democrats say anything that might make you think, you know, maybe Republicans have appoint here, or maybe we're overplaying our hands Democrats know that there is a danger here politically of them overplaying their hand as they continue to investigate the president. And what Democrats are facing. Now is this challenge where on the one hand they feel they have to continue to try and hold this president accountable. They feel that they need to continue to dig into all of these questions. But Democrats also. So no that politically they need to start focusing on their agenda. They need to be talking about healthcare education the environment, especially as you head into twenty twenty. And that's why you're seeing speaker Pelosi while she's ramping up her language and her attacks against the president. She also has made very clear that that the Democrats need to be careful here. Coding to impeach in. That's what he's doing every single day. He's just like taunting taunting taunting. But on the other end, she also said that she feels that the president by the fact that he continues to stonewall the requests for information and ignore subpoena requests that she says every single day, the president is obstructing Justice at some point very soon. The House Judiciary committee is going to votes. Hold attorney general William bar in contempt for not complying with his subpoena. The hand over the full unredacted Mila report, let's say that happens Mary so what? Well, the it's a good question. What what's the point of all of this? Look, it is very unlikely that you're going to see the Justice department act on contempt charges against the man at the top, the the attorney general isn't likely to go along with that. Right. He's the one who would be in charge of enforcing this. What it is likely to do is sparked a very lengthy court battle. And when I've asked Democrats, and in fact, the democratic chairman of the House Judiciary committee Jerrold Nadler this exact question, you know, aren't you? Prolonging getting those answers that you are demanding. What are you really get from this fight? Democrats insist that look they need to do something when this president, and this administration is simply ignoring an stonewalling all of their requests, they feel they have to do something. This is something that they can do if you just not provide this committee with the information at demands and the respect it deserves. This the bars moment of accountability will come soon enough for them. This is about principle. They say look that they can't let the executive branch continued to ignore what they feel is rightfully their oversight authority and separately. The treasury department rejected Democrats request for six years of the president's tax returns that's likely headed to the courts as well. Lots to keep talking about Mary. Thank you. Thank scott. By nineteen eighty nine. He says his empire was worth five billion dollars. And he was well, let him tell you. I was at the highest world pedestals everything I touch turn to gold and then one day the pedestal was knocked out from under me, speaking of the president's taxes. The New York Times is reporting that for a decade from nineteen eighty five to nineteen Ninety-four. Donald Trump lost more than a billion dollars in business deals and for eight of those ten years. The paper says Mr. Trump did not pay any federal income taxes. The time says the information comes from IRS transcripts and not actual tax returns and president. Trump's lawyer Charles harder is taking issue with that. He released a statement calling those transcripts inherently unreliable more to come on this story. 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The major headline on the economy tonight after that soaring jobs report late last week tonight. Something different now driving the market down. In fact, the Dow plunged four hundred seventy three points today its biggest drop since January. Diane Swonk is the chief economist at grant Thornton and with us. Now, Diane high the economic news in this country had seemed so good lately. What happened? Well, we had good economic news. And that's that's very good. We haven't had higher job openings, and that's very important. The downside is that if. If we get into a full-blown trade war with China. That's the trade war between the two largest economies in the world one. It could actually hectic consumers and erode purchasing power fairly rapidly. Because if we not only lift her, but expand tariffs to all the things that consumers buy those big box discounters. That'd be a pretty quick fact on their pocket books on the other side of it. These two large Connie's have tentacles in the rest of the world. China's the second largest economy in the world, and it touches nearly every other Konami, and we saw as it slowed and fears of a trade war flared last fall, you actually saw the ripple effects the world over Europe slow Japan slowed their ripple effects in emerging markets as well. And so this is not just something that could affect the US economy. If terrorists were lifted it could affect consumers globally, and I think that's where the concern is if we move from trade skirmish or dispute or trade tensions into this full blown trade war. How does the? Consumer really get hurt. You know, President Trump just said it's China getting hurt, and I'll be honest apart from Harley Davidson, I have a hard time thinking of a US company that has said explicitly the trade war or tariffs is hurting us, and we have to pass those prices onto consumers. Well, we've already seen the prices passed onto consumers in washing machines and dryers, which is interesting. And in fact, recent economic studies suggest that all of the terrorists we've seen which are still small compared to the total Connie have been born by consumers. It's just that they're not affecting very many products yet when you get the scale we're talking about with China that would much more directly affect consumers in fact, be attacks right on their goods and its consumers who pay for it. We pay for the tariffs after they come into the US, China doesn't pay for those tariffs. And I think the perception is that somehow China bears all the cost we both lose the other issues. It's really important is if this is just a temporary, you know, saber rattling it could be very transitory, and we can get through it just like we got through the sort of. Darkest days of December. What I'm concerned about is that if you were to get into a full-blown trade ordinate what to last any length of time say six months, you can actually trigger a full blown recession in the US, and that would spill over into China and the rest of the world. In the meantime, back to our savings. What's your advice to the investors to those of us trying to put money away? What do we do right now? Well, you know, I'm not an investment advisor. But you know, at the end of the day, we are in more turbulent times and markets are extremely rich right now equity prices are priced very high. And the concern is you know, is high and lofty as markets have been the more that they correct going forward says is time to just be cautious in terms of how much more you can expect on the run-up. He even if the US economy avoids a recession and the Trump administration says Friday is that deadline for deciding whether to hike tariffs on China from ten percent to twenty five percent. So there's still time for a deal and we've seen deadlines ignored before. Diane Swonk chief economist at grant Thornton. Thank you. Thank you. If your plan for getting around today includes grabbing an Uber, and who knows you might have experienced this already you might need to think back to what you did before you started asking your smartphone to find you a ride because Uber drivers are striking today in at least eight cities, including New York, L A, and Chicago, it's a protest head of the company going public this week with an IPO expected to value the company at around ninety billion dollars with me now to talk about how this might affect your commute is Graham rapier from business insider Graham, thanks for. Thanks for me. So what happens today when you pull out your phone, and you try to get an Uber somewhere? Well, it might be more expensive. And you might wait a lot longer for a ride if all of the demonstrations, go as plans, and what's the point? What are Uber drivers trying to get across here for the better part of a few years? Now Weaver drivers have seen consistently lower pay, and they're getting more and more frustrated with the company we have to own gas. We gotta pay for health insurance if I get sick and don't make money and finally hit a tipping point with the IPO is the executives are set to make a pretty penny. An Uber drivers are unhappy. They released a series of demands, including increased job security, livable, incomes, and a cap on the companies commission drivers what to guarantee eight hundred eighty five percent of proceeds from the car go to the driver. Basically, just the frustrations that come when you know when your boss is nelga them. You don't have a person sitting across from us talking to you, you really just being communicated to via screen on your phone is they're hoping that this demonstration will really help. To, you know voice their message. It sounds like they're asking to be treated like employees, right employees of a company, and isn't that one of the fundamental questions about these ridesharing services weather, the drivers who are driving for Uber or lift actually are employees or freelancers? Yes. Definitely. So in courts both state courts in the United States as well as courts in other countries. There have been numerous cases and both companies have warned that they really need to keep drivers as independent contractors. If they want to ever reach a point of profitability and some cities have addressed some of these concerns, right like New York, establishing a minimum wage for these drivers about a month ago, New York's minimum wage went into effect, the tax and limousine commission voted to pay drivers seventeen dollars and twenty two cents an hour. They also said a shared ride bonus for carpool rides and out of town rate to pay drivers for time spent returning to the city after tips to the outer boroughs something really thought hard against because they say the. Way. The rule is calculated unfairly benefits Uber, and there's a pretty complicated calculation involved in that it uses what they call utilization rate, and lift argued that because Uber is so much larger that they can boost that utilization rate, effectively saving them money and helping them win this race to dominate global ride hailing. And what is Uber saying about the strike today that essentially it can't give drivers too much that they have to keep fares down. So they can stay competitive, right? It's a tricky balance because you want fares to be low for consumers, so you can get to work or you know, out to play on the cheap. But they also have to pay drivers who provide those services and in their statement. They gave us they said they've standby drivers. They've had a few programs in recent months to really increase that driver engagement. But at the end of the day drivers say their pay is still falling. What's going to happen after today? Everything gets back to normal based on other protests that have happened most likely, but this one has a bunch of big. Followers. Bernie Sanders was tweeting some solidarity with the drivers. So maybe this won't be the one that really tips the scales. I mean, there's been the delete Uber movement the happening for a while it comes in fits and starts. But does it ever really pick up any traction it did? And it's something lifting knowledged in there s one when they filed to go public. They said that Uber's disastrous 2017 had a really big impact. And you can see it in their financials. All right. Well, it's going to be an interesting couple of days. Uber worth around ninety billion dollars drivers saying, hey, give us a piece of that Graham, break beer from business insider, thanks for talking to us about it. And one last thing yesterday, you might have heard Brad talking about that dramatic report from the UN that says as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction. Well, today, I'm here to tell you about one insect working hard to avoid that fate the seventeen years keta. It's as keta that spends seventeen years hibernating inbetween mating seasons, the brood eight cicada it's called and guess what? It's been seventeen years. So very sued in parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Brewed eight is gonna get busy the pretty loud individually, and then when you have between a million and a million and a half per acre. The sound is just deafening. This'll be much more intense than your yearly cicadas that surface across North America later in the summer, these brood eight bugs somehow figured out years ago that if they made it on mass they would ensure the survival of their species by overwhelming, they're predators. There simply will be too many of these caters out there at one time for other animals to eat so while. Yeah. Millions of them won't make it millions will and the eggs produced by all this activity will hatch in seventeen years nature. Am I right? We'll leave it there for today and turn our attention to other stories, including that New York Times report on President Trump's taxes. Also the deadly school shooting in Colorado, just miles from Columbine. Just after the twentieth anniversary of that massacre for the latest on those stories and the other big headlines at anytime head over to ABC, news dot com or open the ABC news amp. I'm Scott Goldberg. Brad Bilkees back tomorrow. I'll talk. Sue.
Epstein's Dead; Case isn't Closed
"It's monday august twelfth for the alleged victims of jeffrey epstein sex trafficking and abuse. Can there still be justice. We start hearing. The financier is dead of an apparent suicide in jail. They wanted him to take up for what he did. How did that happen and what now another suspect with a gun and an extremist grudge was premeditated and he had prepared for this attack. A mosque shooter norway might have been inspired by el paso and talk about guns dominates the discussion in iowa they don't. It's not all fun and fried food at the state fair from a._b._c. news. This is start here. I'm scott goldberg. Are you hiring with with indeed. You can post a job in minutes set up screener questions then zero in on your shortlist qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash start here. That's indeed dot com slash start here along good morning. I'm in for brad again. The news broke saturday saturday morning. That jeffrey epstein was dead breaking news sources telling a._b._c. news that jeffrey epstein has died apparent suicide overnight at the metropolitan correctional correctional center in manhattan disgraced multimillionaire hanged himself sources told us in his jail cell in lower. Manhattan epstein was waiting to go on trial next year in federal court on charges charges. He sexually abused dozens of girls now their hopes that he will face consequences for what he did are dashed but his case is not closed a._b._c. Senior investigative reporter aaron katersky broke the news this weekend about epstein's death and is here with us now hi erin hello scott. Let's start with the cause of death the medical examiner said last night the cause is pending pending. If it was indeed suicide wouldn't that be obvious. It should be obvious right but it seems the medical. Examiner's office is going to defer to the federal investigation. Let that take its course and then as part of the f._b._i.'s results release the official cause and manner of death. We've been told that jeffrey epstein christina hanged himself and that the death was in fact a suicide of course even attorney general william bar said that there were a number of questions that the suicide aside raised that needed to be answered and that fueled all sorts of conspiracy theories and curiosities given the high profile nature of jeffrey epstein gene and a high profile company that he kept at one point in his life right and he had been placed on suicide watch three weeks ago after what by most appearances was an unsuccessful astle attempt at killing himself but he was taken off suicide watch before this weekend that episode back on july twenty third was never fully explained he ended up in the hospital briefly and he had what sources described to us at the time as marks around his neck but authorities have never said whether it was a suicide attempt whether it was was <hes> pity play whether it was somebody else another inmate trying to beat him up. No one really said for sure but he was briefly hospitalized placed east on suicide watch but six days later he was inexplicably taken off suicide. Watch undoubtedly there was a psychiatric exam that must have come with that and epstein was sent back to the special housing unit inside m._c._c. in manhattan. That unit is a a segregated aggregated area. It's high security and inmates are supposed to be looked after every thirty minutes but we've learned that protocol was not followed in the hours before jeffrey epstein killed himself. It's part of the federal investigation now. Why not new mentioned these conspiracy theories online. One one was even re tweeted by president trump that this was not a suicide. Aren't there cameras in the jail. Wouldn't this be something that's pretty easy to knock down. There are cameras were not sure there was a specific diffic- cameras trained on his cell. If he was under a suicide watch he would be in a cell with a specific camera trained on him at all times but that wasn't the case ace. Were also not sure scott that the cameras were necessarily working all right so that will be part of the story now. That's the case aaron. Where does it go from here. Jeffrey epstein can't can't be put on trial for sex trafficking and conspiracy. Does this mean is alleged. Victims will never get their day in court in a way it does at least to their satisfaction. I really want justice. I really wanted him to take up for what he did and to be put in jail or prison <hes> <hes> and have to sit there and think about what it is he exactly did to so many people and we heard a number of statements over the weekend from victims and from their attorneys expressing the frustration that this was one more time the jeffrey epstein has gotten a sweetheart deal still on answers from everybody everybody in florida that had any part <hes> in in any of this but federal investigators are keeping the case open and they stressed just over the weekend scott that he was charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in addition to sex trafficking charges and that leaves open the possibility that others others in the alleged conspiracy could still be charged and in fact aaron we heard from a lawyer representing one of the victims in a statement saying we intend to pursue pursue justice for our clients and hold those accountable who enabled mr epstein criminal activity regardless of his untimely death. Our case will move forward so much more to come on this one aaron. Thank you thank you scott once again. Investigators say a man with the gun expressed right wing and anti immigrant views. He went into a mosque and opened fire. This latest incident didn't outside oslo. Norway left. One person wounded investigators are looking at it as an attempted act of terror. A._b._c.'s julia mcfarland is covering it from our foreign desk. Hi hi julia. Hey scott has gang. We're hearing this gunman might have been inspired by the man who killed fifty. One people mosques in new zealand and by the suspect here in the u._s. Asu killed twenty one last week in el paso. What can you tell us now. This is incredibly concerning. If these reports turned out to be true now what has happened is that that while the police in norway have not confirmed the suspect's identity local media on tip-offs they have named the suspect and they have found a online posts that this man shed online a few hours before the attack took place on this mosque on the al noor islamic glamoch center on the suburbs of oslo and in this post he describes that his time is up that he has been inspired by the attacker behind the new zealand mosque shootings back in march man claiming responsibility and not charged with murder is an extreme right-wing white supremacists who brule cassie attack act live saying was aimed at immigrants he also mentions and praises the el paso gunman. He admitted he was targeting. Mexicans according to an arrest sworn affidavit obtained by a._b._c. news so if these reports are not to be chewed. This is a worrying demonstration on just the scope and the scale of the rising far-right extremists threat all the way from new zealand to the u._s. To europe this alleged gunman in norway also as a suspect police say in the murder of his was younger step sister but at the mosque julia according to the initial reports. Only one person was wounded that makes this attack significantly different. What happened at the mosque ask now. This is a really positive story coming out of this attack. Mohammad rafique was a member of the congregation he was in his seventies and he was describing to reporters of the moment where when the gunmen broke into the mosque he ran towards him he thought inviting onto other people and then he jumped on him and he managed to overpower him and to shake the pistol from his hand. Police say that there is no doubt doubt that his swift and firm response saved lives that he stopped the aggressors and prevented further casualties that mine is now being hailed as a hero you said pistol told julia and those other incidents the suspects were using assault style rifles is that one reason authorities in norway think the casualty numbers were lower possibly possibly scott of course gun. Restrictions are far tighter over in europe than in the u._s. The witnesses at the most described the guns is it. He was wielding as handguns also that he was wearing body armor. Which tells you that he had thought about what he was going to do. It was premeditated and he had prepared for this attack. Julia how much authorities in norway and for that matter around the world worried about copycats like law enforcement officers here in the states are concerned that someone with extremist views and access to firearms is going to be inspired by other hate-fuelled mass murderers right exactly so so it is a rising concerning threat on sunday. The prime minister of norway spoke of very strongly about the need to recognize this threat. You have a special election fan to what stats which is up just before the widow so on by pace beach over in the u._k. The authorrities have spoken about the rising threat of extremism because of course back in two thousand sixteen of far-right extremist murdered a member of parliament joe jaycox in june twenty sixteen words. I was britain. I descend arden the prime minister of new zealand. She has also spoken about the rising threat of xenophobia and extremism those warnings around the globe so similar now unfortunately to what we are hearing here julia mcfarland checking in from the foreign desk. Thanks julia. Thanks got next up on start here our attitudes it's about gun control changing in the heartland. There's nothing like a night of good sleep to avoid those groggy augie mornings so if you're struggling to get a good night's sleep you've gotta try purple mattress. The purple mattress will probably feel different than anything you've experienced because it uses is this brand new material that was developed by an actual rocket scientist. It's not like the memory foam you're used to and now listeners will get a free purple pillow with the purchase seven mattress just text a._b._c. two eight four eight eight eight. The only way to get a free pillow is to text a._b._c. 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Capterra capterra software selection simplified about six months from now. We can pretty pretty much guarantee. It'll be a cold day in iowa when the state's partisans participate in the first in the nation caucuses usually a really cold day in iowa but right now the candidates have been the state fair and entirely different season it is hot and sticky and they're having some pretty heated discussions on the issues. A._b._c.'s deputy political title director maryalice parks is just back from des moines. Hi mary alice hi you're right. It was sweaty and dusty. Sometimes i was so gross. I was trying to like put napkins off my forehead to keep the sweat for into my eyes. I'm a veteran of covering state fairs to. I know what it's like and you have to eat all the stuff that's fried and on a stick while while you are maintaining a straight very serious face listening to important people talk about important things yeah exactly the state fair provided an awkward juxtaposition to what was otherwise a pretty <music> sambre week. They were getting a lot of questions on gun safety reform and what role can the president play in making sure banks who underwrite the n._r._a. And the gun industry do so responsibly all thank you for the question ambert for so long gun safety reform was seen as a third rail in politics and especially in the midwest and that is just change so radically this cycle so much trauma that our children are experiencing because of this almost every single candidate in iowa over the weekend participated in a gun forum hosted by those those activists moms that run that every town for gun safety group knew how would the first time put the n._r._a. A on the defensive it's not as good. I will make sure that we get universal background. Checks passed the assault weapons ban that we do something about magazines. It's been a uniting moment for for democrats. I was really struck by the enthusiasm from voters every time they started to talk about the issue. Which candidates do you think the best job answering the questions cory booker kirk. I've had teachers telling me about what kind of surrender is it in our society. We tell our children basically we can't protect you so we're gonna teach you in school how to duck and cover and shelter alter in place i mean he brings a different passion to it but who leon castro events of the last week reminded us that it is not a foregone conclusion. Listen that we're going to keep getting better really talking personally about this issue after after the domestic terrorist attack there in texas last week and then andrew yang lu he got emotional on stage talking to those moms gun safety activists. He actually was moved to tears talking about his kids. Yeah so one candidate who was drawing big crowds in iowa didn't necessarily have the best weekend in iowa what happened to joe biden yeah. Joe biden has some slip-ups. <hes> you know. It's hard to to call these at this point. His campaign wants to say that they're just just tricks of the tongue that that he's always been a little bit gas prone but other candidates in the race are starting to say. It's not fair to just write these off where you you show up. I watched what happened when the kids from parkland marched up to and i i met with him and then he went off up on the hill is vice president. They went off the hill for example all this last weekend. He said that he was there in the white house after the parkland shooting in florida well of course that's not the time line at all so it was he just confused was confusing them with someone else. Other candidates are starting to take notice poor. Kids are just as bright and just as towns white kids wealthy kids kids black kids asia and they don't want him to just get an easy ride off. An easy pass on the question is if joe biden is making all these unforced errors errors now question democrats are asking anyway how will he holed up in a debate with donald trump plenty of time between now and then a._b._c.'s deputy political director director maryalice parks. We'll talk again soon. Thanks thank you when there is another story in the headlines this weekend about u._s. Athletes and allegations of sexual abuse it. It wasn't too long ago. We were talking about gymnasts and listening to many of them. Bravely and tearfully sharing details even going to capitol hill job. You literally have one job in it. Protect us now. There's a new lawsuit filed by a former competitive figure skater who says he was abused by a once celebrated olympic coach. This is a case a._b._c.'s investigative. The gate unit has been watching for a while and cindy galley who heads that unit sat down to talk about it with our very own brad milkey <music> so cindy what happened here so this is <hes> a a new case that was just filed <hes> skater by the name of adam schmitt who was a a a young skater actually member of the u._s. National team watching all of these legends on television todd eldredge was my idol and what what i kept noticing on while i was watching on television was that they were all coached by mr kelly on and he came forward with allegations against one of the figure skating's most <hes> storied and revered coaches man by the name of richard callaghan and he has come out now with allegations and he has gone on the record for the first time with us the visits to his office after her milan's on me. I started to become a lot more frequent saying that he was abused for a couple of years. It started getting weird when he would leave his jacket and tie and shirt on but then take his sup- pants and has underwear off and his shoes it was definitely more than just inappropriate touching and we'll leave it there so we're hearing from him for the first time yet. This is not the first time that we have reported on allegations against richard. Callahan's gazette heard his name from you before that's right so last year we actually did some reporting <hes> about allegations against against callahan at that time gave by the name of craig merisi who has a skater under callahan in the seventies and eighties when he was a teen <hes> and then actually became a coach. One of the most successful coaches and figure skating is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. His accuser is one of his former pupils craigmore easy in one thousand nine hundred nine mm craig merisi had come out and said <hes> i was abused by callahan. There is a statement from mr callahan's lawyer which says he is shocked and dismayed that you have made these unsubstantiated dan. She aided allegations. He has denied it a newspaper article that at the time he said no one really listened to him so last year we started looking into this again kind of on the on a tale of gymnastics and it was metoo happening so we looked into this we found marizzi's one thousand nine hundred nine complete reached out and said you know hey whatever happened. He said nothing. Nothing was it's. It's really shocking. I want to take it up again and so he he did. I decided to report him again and complained again to use <hes> figure skating as well as to save sport there the <hes> kind of governing body that is supposed to really oversee abuse misconduct that sort of thing and really investigating protect that athletes themselves as a result us figure skating suspended him trump temporarily suspended him and save sport has had an ongoing investigation the last seventeen months for seventeen months and months but but no no <hes> no decision as of yet in now new allegations so what is callahan saying what u._s. figure skating's so callahan for his part has has said through his attorney the <hes> to a._b._c. news hundred falls. There is no truth to what atom schmidt is is saying figure skating. <hes> reverts back to what they were telling us last year with crazy easy which is look anybody who comes to us. We are absolutely going to investigate their claims going to investigate allegations. They say that adam never brought his complaints complaints to them has allegations to them <hes> and they say that to this day craig merisi remains the only skater to have complained about richard kellyanne so one one of the interesting things in our reporting and our team madman and show park have been on this for a year and a half in pete had spoken with <hes> phil hirsch who's a very well known <hes> chicago the tribune sports writer and he talks about this real spin golly dynamic that that <hes> exists between coach and his or her athlete meet. The coach says like you to swim across the hudson river today. Even though it's eight degrees you probably will do that many times. They're young and they're they're taking away from their parents parents. Most of these kids eventually moved away from hall so that according to fill hirsch into other experts say that creates that fosters this environment of real isolation so that a coach can sometimes feel very entitled <hes> and and the grooming begin at that point and and that's what adam schmidt says happened to him am. I can't sit back and allow that to happen without people hearing what i have. I have to say cindy galley who leads our investigative unit. Thanks so much thank you and one last thing universal. Pictures is cancelling the release of a movie after the film. Get a bad review from president trump here in glorious state arkansas sweetheart. The movie's called the hunt. It's about a bunch of rich elites who for sport sport like to kidnap hunts and kill people from red states where they get you from twelve minutes sippy window in fact the original title of this movie was red state eight versus blue state. What was that there was a rifle. Come on you can tell from the trailer sounds pretty violent and that's that's why universal says it's pulling the movie it released a statement saying now is not the right time reference to the gun massacres in el paso dayton but universals announcement also came right right after the president tweeted about liberal hollywood calling hollywood racist with great anger in eight. He said the movie was made in order to inflame and cause chaos hollywood. Would i don't call them the elites i think the elites are people that go after in many cases you didn't mention the movie by name and the tweet but fox news had just been doing segments on the hunt so connect the dots. If you like never mind that the deplorables as the red staters in the movie or called are the guys you're supposed to be rooting for your christ or that universal said the film was supposed to be a satirical social thriller. It is about humans hunting humans americans gruesomely killing americans and it won't be coming soon to a theater near you back here. Tomorrow is brad mielke until then get the latest headlines minds from a._b._c. news dot com and on a._b._c. news app. If you like this podcast. Please leave us a review and subscribe to start here if you haven't already. I'm scott goldberg <music> are are you hiring with indeed. You can post a job in minutes set up screener questions then zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash start here. That's indeed dot com slash start here.
Ep 321 | Biblical Resistance to the Totalitarian Left | Guest: Rod Dreher
"Hey guys happy monday. Oh my gosh. It's the last monday before the election. Tomorrow's election. Are you guys nervous. I'm nervous. I'm not nervous about who's gonna win. Not that. I know. Who's going to win because i i really don't i really don't but i'm just i just have some nervous butterflies going into the day because there's so much on the line and i'm just thinking about the reactions to it in all the craziness that's going to ensue in the next few days no matter what the results are tomorrow night. My one prediction is that. We're not actually going to know who wins tomorrow night. I hope that it's not the case i really do. But let's pray for our nation. Let's be in prayer alice. Be pray for the pundits. Let's be in prayer for the journalist. Let's be in prayer for both campaigns. Let's be in prayer for both candidates. Let's be prayer for the church. Let's pray for peace. Let's pray for unity. I know that seems almost laughable right now but we have a guy that can do absolutely anything. Let's pray for calls to repentance. Let's pray for softened hearts to believe in the gospel into follow. Christ and. Let's pray that christians would come together in seek the welfare of our country in so i am even though i have nervous butterflies. I am also assured knowing that god is completely in control as we talked about on friday. This conversation that i to have with author rodr rare amazing person. Like i'm just so glad the exists. I am so glad for the wisdom in the encouragement that he shares through all of his writings. And i am so excited for you to listen to this conversation. I think it's actually the perfect conversation for you to listen to you before the election. I think it just gets our perspective where it needs to be so without further. Ado here is roger. Jerry thank you so much for joining me. It's a pleasure to be here. Can you tell everyone who may not know who you are and what you do. Well i'm a writer and a senior editor at the american conservative magazine but also the writer of several books. My latest one is called live not by lies manual for christian dissidents but previously. I wrote the benedict option. I wrote a book called. How dante and save your life. And the book called the little way of ruthie leming in south louisiana in baton rouge with my wife and kids. Okay that is awesome. Can you tell everyone why you decided to your most. Recent book live not allies Well about five years ago. I received a phone call from a physician whose elderly mother Lived was living with him and his wife and she had grown up in czechoslovakia under communism and had spent four years in communist prison for practicing her christian faith when she was young. She said son the things. I see happening in america today. Remind me of what happened back in my country. Communism came and i thought that was pretty alarmist. I have an old mom watches. Lot of cable musings gets really anxious about the world but ali when i started talking to other people in this country who had escaped communism and i would ask them. Are you seeing things that trouble you every one of them said yes this left-wing Social justice ideology. That's rising reminds us exactly what we left behind and they get so angry. That americans especially american. Christians aren't taking them seriously. Can you talk about some of those examples specifically wh what are they seeing. That reminds them of the rise of communism and their former countries. Well the main thing they're seeing is a rides in the institutions of this country of a militant left-wing ideology that will complete. It has completely intolerant. That will not allow you to dissent in any way that seeks to cost you your job and your reputation. If you don't toe the line one man told me that. I gets the way things happened out. How fast the the line moves. When something you say one day could be acceptable and tomorrow then they wanna fire you for it. He said that's exactly what happened. Under communism where you had to live in fear constantly that you were going to say the wrong thing and that would be the end of you. You wouldn't simply be told while you're wrong. We can disagree a peacefully you would lose your job and communism you could lose your freedom and even your life. That's not here yet. But they say the signs are really clear that we that the left is moving this country into a very dangerous and illiberal position right. And how how do you explain to someone who says okay. How is that possible when we've got a republican president. We've got a republican senate. We've got now a majority of conservatives on this prim court. what are you talking about that. This leftist social justice ideology is taking over. You've got conservatives in power what do you say to that. That's a great question. And that i think is the reason or the primary reason that so many conservatives. Don't recognize the the totalitarian of what's happening it's because the left controls all the institutions of american society accept the political ones. The left controls universities the mass media major corporations. That's a big one woke. Capitalism the way social justice so-called social justice ideology has taken over main big corporations These are the things that set the tone for america and we can have a republican president and a republican senate and they can only affect the politics but we have to understand that. Politics is downstream from culture In doing book. And doing the research on how to tell a terry movement start. I learned that you have to pay attention to what the elites in any society or saying and doing right now in this country the elites are all on board with Blacklivesmatter with lgbt. An all so-called social justice intersectional movements and they are controlling the gates to join that you have to go through to join the professional class. So you're gonna get to a situation where you can't be a teacher our psychologist or a lawyer or a doctor unless you tick off all the left wing boxes. I had a man. Tell me allie. He's a senior physician at a major american hospital who he grew up in the soviet union and he told me that at this hospital. It's policy that if somebody shows up wanting transgender surgery across sex hormones. We have to give it to them even if we as physicians believed that is bad for them. You're not given the choice. He said they didn't even do that. In the soviet union right how did we decide or the the left decide which ideological tenets would be necessary in must be forced upon the nation. Obviously the lgbtq black lives matter like those part to the leftist ideology aren't reflected in you know what the soviet union amped. So how did these kinds of new cultural trends become so dominating in part of this pre totalitarian world that we now live in you know that's a fascinating question when i studied the russian revolution of nineteen seventeen bolshevik revolution. I it was fascinating to go back and read about the early bolsheviks and how they were essentially a pseudo religious movement this one russian american historian calls them an apocalyptic millenarian political cult. They believed that they could usher in utopia up by through revolutionary violence and they decided that the good people were are the workers and the peasants. The bad people who deserve to be killed were the capitalist in the bourgeoisie and they had an essentially religious fanatical view of the world. But it was just their god was marks. Well flash forward to what we have in the nineteen sixties are left wing. Radicals stopped seeing the world in terms of class division and started seeing it in terms of identity. Politics saw in my book would not by lies. I quote something that one of the secret police heads and nineteen eighteen on russia said when he was instructing bolsheviks to go out and matt do mass murders of people who are opponents of the communist. He said don't look at them individually and see what their guilt is said. Rather look and see what social class they belong to and punish them on the basis of that that he said is the essence of red terror. Well now in our society we have the left not the old fashioned liberal left. They have been defeated by these militants. We have the militant left dividing people in terms of their sex in terms of their race and their gender preference and so on and so forth. But it's the same mentality. the idea. That guilt is in her aunt in your identity Not an individual in terms of your individual Character are the the actions you make has an individual and this is. What's so dangerous about this sort of thing that you know we. We don't understand that what is happening now in this mentality. It's taking over. Our schools are corporations and our media is profoundly unamerican and profoundly illiberal because And is profoundly against what dr martin luther king said to be honest because he said we should judge people on the content of your character. That man was christian. Pastor enu has bible a we have now is something very different. How did this become so popular. Seems especially in the past five to ten years. We hear a lot from the laughed that conservatives have become radical that we've moved far to the right but actually we talked about on this podcast. Several studies by pew research. That look at how the left has very tangibly. Quantifiably moved to the left on several issues especially when it comes to race especially in how they see victimization of certain groups in this country. How did that happen and become so popular in just the last decade alone. It was the last decade in fact in my book. I talk about some research done by a grad student at georgia tech. I believe scott goldberg in which he went back and looked at all the the the nexus. Lexus research database of all the words published in the american media in any given year and he found that around twenty thirteen at the beginning of the first obama term. That's when suddenly all this left. Left-wing social justice jargon just went through the roof is the trayvon martin. Killing had a lot to do with that of course. Black lives matter arising out of ferguson. But i think also a different generation coming into the universities had a lot to do with it. You know smartphones debuted in this country in two thousand seven and one thing. I learned in researching. This book is the way that technology that particular technology formats are us neurologically and formats us to be very very anxious about the world always seeking those new dopamine hits of likes on social media and so forth so i think what you what we've seen as a new generation that has come of age in their adolescent teenage years on social media and they become incredibly fragile and sensitive to anything that they consider to be harmed. Your i'll tell you an interesting story. I learned when i was working on the book. I went to boston on business and met with a friend of mine. Who was finishing grad graduate. Work at harvard. And this guy's a european. And i said so. What did what did you learn here at the greatest university in the world. What's the most important lesson you learned alley. He said how fragile the american elites are said. Well what do you mean by that. He said it's unbelievable to us. Europeans were sitting these classes and professors at harvard. Would say we're not going to talk about this topic this topic in this topic in this class because someone who have come to me ahead of time and said It would trigger you be too difficult emotionally to talk about it. The european gosh said this is unbelievable to me because these people these elites these american elites have no doubt that they're they are born to lead the world but they cannot handle reality they have been rendered so fragile by american culture and he said i really am worried about the kind of future. We're going to see in this world. The the the europeans though have also experienced a rise of leftism. Why is it that the american brand of leftism has left its adherents seemingly more fragile than it's left the adherence elsewhere. That is a really good question. And i think it's probably because in europe. They have a long tradition of leftism that is based in class conflict right a class analysis. They had until fairly recent times. They had a strong socialist movement in europe. We've never had that here in america. We have never really thought about our own divisions in class terms in this country so when the left looks for something to to worry about some way to to bring the revolution and naturally go towards identity politics and have since the nineteen seventies as we were talking about earlier but it is really amazing. Some of the leftist in this country. I think bernie sanders was one of them. He gets really frustrated with the way so much popular. Leftism is so focused on identity politics because sanders believes it is blinding people to the fact that we have a lot in common economically and we should happen to build these bonds political bonds and alliances economically. I don't think bernie is gonna get very far when you have such hysteria on the left over matters of race gender and identity. And i think we're kind of seeing a convergence to Between those of us that there's a lot of class conflict but there's also a lot of racial conflict in gender conflict. Were seeing that convergence and people like bernie sanders who does talk in the language of identity. Politics and sodas. Afc and ilhan omar the self-proclaimed democratic socialists and so what we're seeing is just a complete deconstruction and division of every segment of society to try to convince us that we have more that divides us than actually unites us. What is what is the end goal of that though because the same people that divide people by their demographics and socio economic status and all of that say that they want unity. Say that they want peace. Is that just a common communist trope throughout history or our american communist different like. What's the aim there. Well it actually is. This is the way all to teheran. Governments come to power. They divide people and then offer themselves in their ideology as the only thing that can unite us can get us back to back together and find purpose in the book. I write about hannah. Aaron the great by political theorists of the twentieth century who did a study in one thousand nine hundred fifty one call the origins of totalitarianism and she herself was a refugee from nazi germany. A german jew and she wanted to find out what it was about. Germany and russia that made both of those countries open themselves up to talibanism of the twentieth century. Because she wanted to understand how this happens in any society and to read the origins of totalitarianism today and to think about where we are in america is really frightening and helped me to understand why so many of these people who escaped communism or worried today. The main thing aren't found that a pre totalitarian society has is mass loneliness and social atomization when people feel disconnected from each other disconnected from their institutions their traditional ways of life They are sitting ducks. We have that in spades in this country. I i was doing some research in social science research. Frankly and looking up the the statistics and polls and so forth american people have never felt so lonely and covert has just sent through the roof. So what we're going to have. I believe a totalitarian movement of the left move and very softly and say look. Let's come together. We bring us together if we just get rid of these bad people. These deplorable people who are dividing us. And i think too. It's not gonna come alley gulags. Secret police coming to our doors. It's going to be much softer. It's going to be something more like the chinese social credit system which works They take all the data that everybody generates from their smartphones from their laptops and so on and they use it to rape people and if you have a higher social credit rating that is the government approves of what you're doing you have more privileges if you have a lower social credit rating for doing things like going to church. The chinese communist party gives you a lower rating. And you suddenly find. You can't travel. Your kids can't get into college things like that. We have all the all the things in place now in this country to make that a reality here may the government's not collecting this data. Major corporations are and whenever i see corporations declining to do business with people with conservatives on some woke ground like we're not gonna go into to do business with haters. I think this is how the social credit system is going to come to this country. 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In and saying look were so divided and were in a bad economic spot wherein in a bad public health spot. My ideology is what is going to bring us together. Oh that sounds to me. Like joe biden's pitch. Are you making the case that that is what the democratic party is already doing that. They are trying to bring in soft totalitarianism by taking advantage of are vulnerable position right now. I don't think they're aware that they're doing but they're doing it. I mean look. We all want to be united as a country you know. Many of us live through the time of nine. Eleven land how great it felt to be one country then all united with love and brotherhood for each other. That was a wonderful moment and we all wish for that. But what biden and the democrats are doing in my view is trying to unite us by by stigmatizing and demonizing traditional people and conservatives and the so called deplorables. I think there with the with the collaboration of the media. They are going to try to achieve unity by saying the only thing that stands between us and unity and justice in this country are conservatives in particular conservative christians. I can remember a few years ago when david gucci he is a baptist at assist. He used to be a conservative. He became a liberal. He wrote a column back in twenty sixty. I think was when he came out in favor of lgbt marriage and he said openly that conservative christians are the only thing standing in the way of full lgbt and acceptance in this country. I think after this election however it goes. We're going to see major media. We're going to see universities and even corporations ramping up the demonization of conservatives especially conservative christians and. I wrote this book to get advice from people who lived under hard to terrorism in the soviet bloc christians who stood up to it to get them to tell us. What can we do to get ready for it because it is coming and if we sit back and pretend it's not happening then we're just going to be that much more vulnerable when they come for. Our jobs may come for our churches and christian schools. And i want to talk about specifics. Cly what some of those Tips are and what we can do. Because i know people are listening to this right now. And that's what they're thinking they're like. Oh my gosh okay. I get it. This is bad. Now what do i do. But before i ask that question. There are a couple of questions i want to ask. Specifically in relation to how the church is reacting to the social justice movement. I think a portion of the church is acting very badly by accepted it by accepting the idea of what you said earlier that okay. Social justice ideologies. The only thing that's going to bring us together. And i see that more specifically when we're talking about something like white privilege or systemic racism or critical race theory there are some even evangelical who have bought into the idea that okay the gospel biblical unity is not actually enough to bring christians together. We need critical race theory. We also need to be reading robin de. And abram max kindy and the the white evangelical church is just going to continue to be race racist and prejudiced until they adopt this kind of critical race theory. Social justice intersection analogy on ideology. How do you think obviously. I totally disagree with that. And i think that you do to. How do you think that has happened. That an ideology that is obviously so hostile to biblical christianity. So hostile to the gospel so hostile to the church has been accepted by christians who say that they they care about living biblically and doing justice in loving mercy. Well it's it's genius. Frankly the way the the devil has worked here. There's a really great thinker. Name rene girard a frenchman one of the most brilliant minds in the twentieth century. He died a few years ago and He was a christian. he wrote a book called. I saw satan fall like lightning and it sounds like maybe a a a book you would find in a in the cheap racket a christian bookstore but in fact he was a scholar at stanford who was a member of the academie francaise and gerard said this he wrote back in two thousand that the anti christ will come By pretending to be more cry more christian than christ and gerard this again. This was twenty years ago. He identified this rise on the left of of sacred victimization of people on the left. Saying that you know. We're we're taking christian concern for victim's which is proper and thoroughly christian and concern for those who've been treated unjustly marginalized and we will make them into the gods as opposed to christ himself so girard said what was happening. We is turning into a totalitarian cult. The cult of the victim but it was using christian language and it was using christian concepts. And i think that the church was a setting doc. Win this thing came in into in the past couple of years came at knocking at the door of the church insisting that we all have to accept this because all christians all decent. Christians are against racism. We don't want to see anybody mistreating on the basis of race but that does not mean that we have to accept. This live is flat out live critical race theory but so many white christians are completely susceptible to it. Because they don't they can't think their way through it and they don't want to be thought of. I think that that is one of the biggest ways that salta talibanism is gonna take over in this country because so many middle class people. Nice sweet middle people who have been raised and christianity. That says all god wants you to do is to be nice and to be happy and to get along with people. They're not going to have any defense when these people come to them. And say if you don't then the need to this theory then you're a bad person who's going to be cast out. Yeah they seem to have more hostility towards people who say that some things on biblical then. Someone actually saying or doing something. That is unethical. They are more concerned with someone. Like me calling out something that i believe is wrong. Then someone actually doing or saying something that is wrong for the very reason that you just articulated. That's so fascinating. What you said about the anti christ pretending to be more like christ than christ himself. That's exactly what i'm seeing. You're seeing people who according to the bible who are enemies of god. They're not christians. Their dad in they're saying there apart from christ trying to preach to christians. What human dignity actually looks like. What the sanctity of life really looks like what. Justice really is what morality really is. And so they're using our language. And i think well meaning but not well versed christians or falling into it and saying well you know i'm called to be just i'm called to love. I'm called to have empathy and compassion. I guess i'm going. Let the world define those terms for me. And i i do think i think it's dangerous and my question for you is. Do you think that the christians that are kind of buying into this. Do you think eventually what we're going to see a large chunk of those christians. Just say you know what. I'm not a christian anymore. This doesn't serve me anything or do you think hopefully at some point. You'll see a lot of this. Christians realizing oh what did i. What did i get myself into this ideologies completely. Hostile to my faith right. I mean we're in a great sorting right now at time of testing and it's something that That you and i probably grew up with hearing. That was going to come one day. We'll guess what we're here and Those christians who want the respect of the world we want to be liked by the world who want to have this inner sense of calm and serenity when they're called racist or bigoted or whatever. Those christians gonna fall and they're going to fall into this trap. They're going to replace the gospel with social justice politics and their faith will not stand it and certainly they won't be able to pass it on to their children. I i think the the trick is going to be for those christians who can see this alive for what it is. And how and see it for the destructiveness within the the trick for us is going to be how to hold onto what we know to be true without hating our enemies. This is one of the things. I talked to the people in eastern europe about the christians who came through. They not only had to stand on the gospel. Even when some of those around them were and surrendering to the state but they also had to be willing to accept imprisonment and even torture without allowing hate to consume their hearts. I mean that's an incredible thing it it's sainthood but this is what the god calls us to do. This is what christ calls us to do. And you don't just cultivate these qualities in your heart overnight. You've got to start doing it right now. Before the persecution starts why does it seem like the right of totalitarianism and the shrinkage of the influence of christianity have a direct relationship and always have it seems like leftism communism increases and influence and popularity win. There is a larger number of people who no longer identify as christians. It seems like that has abbott at the same time over the past ten years in america. Would you agree completely and in fact if you look at the statistics Your generation alley is the first generation in american history in which the majority are not going to be affiliated with any church. And it's no surprise then that Your generation is also by far the most Left wing socially left-wing generation and the most militantly secular It as you say it's no coincidence. Nazism and communism both came to germany and russia in countries where the church was really week. We think of russia. For example as being it's been orthodox it's been christian since Over thousand years but by the time the bolsheviks came to power at the church was very weak. I remember last year was sitting at dinner just about a year ago. Precisely in moscow at the home of christian family. And i spent the previous three days interviewing people some of whom had been into prison under communism for their faith and blurted out at dinner. I said i don't understand how anybody in russia could ever have believed with the bolsheviks. Were saying the father looked at me and said you don't understand. He went three hundred years in history and started telling stories about how the rich oppress the poor In that country and how the church itself was part of that by the time he got to the late nineteenth century he said yeah when the bolsheviks came along you know of course they were telling us lies but our people had been oppressed and put down for so long and the church had not spoken out for them that People were ready to believe anything that gave them. Hope it was a false hope with the bolsheviks sad but if the church had better had had dealt with the decadence spiritual decadence within its own ranks. Perhaps they couldn't stop the bolshevik revolution. And i think that's something that we in the american church have to think about now if we're losing so many of our young people why is that. Is it now. some people have said that. But i think they've like someone like jamaal tisby would say that that reason is because the church didn't adopt critical race theory earlier or he would say you know. The church didn't deal with racism in jim crow like they should have. And that's why we're having this great reckoning now in the white evangelical church needs to be called out. obviously your vision is different than that. So can you distinguish between the critics who say yeah. You're absolutely right. The church has always been racist. We're just trying to make the church not racist and and your critique of where the churches failed and thank you for the question in my book the benedict option which came out. Twenty seventeen trace. What happened in the twentieth century to not only to our civilization but to the church Around the nineteen sixties. There was a really important thinker named philip reef. Who who's a secular jew. But he said that the greatest revolution of the twentieth century was not the bolshevik revolution but rather the therapeutic revolution. What he meant by that was here. In the west we have come. We'd ceased to believe in religion and the idea that there are transcendent. values are transcendent. God to which we should Look to for ultimate value and to tell us what to do and instead we. We traded religious man for psychological man and for psychological man. The the way we deal with our anxiety is just to do anything that we have to do to make go away so making ourselves. Happy became the ultimate. God became our god. Well this really took over. In the nineteen sixties became big and popular culture reef writing in nineteen sixty six said. This is already the churches but passers don't know it well over the next fifty years. What we saw is the rise of in the church. The rise of what The sociologist christian smith calls moralistic therapeutic. Deism it is a an abandonment of the gospel with its strict standards and with its deep teaching. It's prophetic teaching and rather the substitution of middle class comfort under the mt d smith calls at all people really are called to believe as that. We're god wants to be happy. He wants us to be nice. And he's there to help us achieve the things we want to achieve other than that. We don't really have to call on him. This is has something. This is a parasitic form of christianity. That has taken over almost every denomination. According to christmas work. I think this is what has left us so vulnerable. I remember elliot of few years ago. I was giving benedict option lecture at a conservative evangelical college and i talked about the importance of spiritual disciplines in discipleship and at the montauk talk young lady stood up. A student at the back. Raised her hand and said sir. I don't understand why the spiritual disciplines are important. Why why isn't it enough just to love jesus with all our heart the way our parents taught us and i explained to her that we have to start with the love of jesus. But if we don't have a disciplines discipleship comes from then we will be blown away by the winds of the world when you know when the hurricane comes we're not gonna be on built on firm ground. She couldn't tell what was talking about. I could see she was confused. A professor came to me afterwards and said the way that young lady spoke as how ninety nine percent of our students here think they were brought up in youth group culture. Which said jesus was only relational jesus as my best friend and when they get off this campus and get into a world where where more people are hostile to christianity. They completely collapsed. Because they don't want to be seen as mean that alley. That's a long long roundabout answer. But i think that is the the church has failed is we have failed to make disciples of christ we have made instead friends of jesus admirers of jesus instead of disciples of our lord and i think that people outside of christianity they would say the opposite. I've heard people on the left ceo. That's the reason why people are leaving the churches because y'all are to your your to set on your stance on on marriage or sexuality or morality or whatever it is and i always say no no no. I don't think that's the case at all. I think it's because a large portion of the church is not offering really anything different than the secular self love. Just be happy world is is offering and if that's the case you can go to brunch on sunday. You don't need to spend time in the pierre's you don't need to waste your time if you're getting the same thing the world is offering you but what i started realizing as you were talking is that now we have the social justice religion that is actually giving the spiritual the spiritual disciplines that as have stated the church has not taught. It's it's adherence for so long now in social justice christianity or social justice ideology. We're hearing okay like these. Are the books that you have to read. This is the work of anti-racism. This is how you show empathy. That is like the the spirit for social justice. Ideology here the things that you have to do. And the work that you have to do. In order to be sanctified in order to be holy and it just makes me wonder if people are cleaning to that because when they look to christianity a large portion of it is just fluff. It doesn't mean there's no there there. You're exactly right about that. This is a substitute religion. And it is a disciplined moral community to social justice warriors. We believe that they're wrong but they really take seriously what they believe. In you know when. I was researching my book and reading about the history of the bolshevik party The czar in russia the leader of russia's set so many of them into exile in siberia in the late nineteenth century. What did they do in exile. They got together. And they studied the tomes of marxism they with each other about what they were gonna do. And they were willing to offer their suffering for the sake of the revolution. Now i think this was satanic but we have to at least give them this much. They were to suffer for their cause like the people who are trying to defend the society. We're not in the same way when again. When i'm talking to all these christians who suffered under communism. They all told me alley that go home and tell americans if you are not willing to suffer for the faith then you're gonna lose. They're going to roll right over. You rediscovering the ability to suffer. Enjoy that suffering to christ. Is the key to resisting soft ital- tearing azam we're gonna win in the short term. It might mean that we get sent to prison at might mean that our schools are shut down. And it might mean that we're we're even made martyrs but that is not the first time that's happened in christian history but we will have shown by our ability to suffer that it is possible to live not by lies to live in truth to live in the truth of jesus christ and to not bend the knee. At what the world is demanding office. I have two more quick questions for you in the last one is gonna build build off that. I probably have a million more questions for you. But one that i keep. Thinking is the difference between fascism and communism because the communists that are in the streets. Right now i think most of them probably identify is communist or socialist They say that they're antifascist. In that you. And i are fascists and all conservatives are are fascist. Why is that wrong. And our fascism and communism really that different right. I don't think they're not different. Frankly the one difference. I would say as communist leach. Try at least say that. They're doing what they're doing to help the poor and fascist on even make that pretense but i think that this is a distinction without a practical difference. They call us fascist that that is a complete misuse of the term the term totalitarianism. In fact was invented in the twentieth century by mussalini the founder of the italian fascist party by totalitarianism. He meant that the entire and all of life must be politicized he said the state exist. And there's nothing that exist outside the state while the communists were the same way and this is one big difference between authoritarianism and totalitarianism and authoritarianism. You have all the political power concentrated in one leader one party but outside of politics itself. They don't care what what society does. A totalitarian society has the same belief but they believe. there's no escaping politics so you see now and our country music joke. But it's not really funny. Oreo cookies has come forward with a gay. Pride oreo And it's just things like that. The the cultural politics of the social justice movement there even cookies so again we laugh at that but they there's nothing that they can't and won't politicize sports girl scout cookies all of it and So that is if we stand up to that doesn't make us fascist just makes us sane and it makes us actually probably classical liberals who want to live in a society where people are free to believe what they want within within reason and to say what they want without being punished for it and i do agree the importance of standing up. What i what. I see though with these organizations in inc's is that they don't tend to kowtow to conservative resistance and conservative. pushback. I just saw girl scouts for example day. Tweeted you know. Congratulations to amy conybeare. It the fifth woman to be on the supreme court. Nothing partisan about it while the left-wing mob came after them and they ended up taking the tweet down and apologizing. While you can go back through their time line and see that they've got lots of tweets that are praising complementing so to my your or keagan or rg or rpg and so it seems like it seems like even if we do stand up that the corporations and the people in power really don't care. It seems like the influence that conservatives have. I mean there are a lot of conservatives who had a problem with cuties on net flicks. it's still on that flakes in so to the christians who are discouraged. He wanna stand up in one to have a voice. What is your. What is your advice to them when it seems useless. Well i would say two things first of all. We're not gonna win this in the short term because the cultural left controls all the cultural highground In the corporate suites It has taken over. In fact the thing that sparked this book not by lies. The thing that caused the old check woman's son to come to call me up was seeing the way big business came down one hundred percent of what like a ton of bricks on the state of indiana for trying to pass state version of the federal religious freedom restoration act. That was the first time that had ever happened in this country. The big business cited so clearly and so heavily with inside the culture war. This is what we're going to have to live with. But i would say to. Ordinary christians is to understand that the culture is against us the mainstream culture the whether it's universities corporations whatever it is. It hates us And we have to be serene about that. We have to figure out how to resist knowing that. We're not gonna turn it back. And no politician we elect can turn it back. But i've done in my family. What encouraged people to do is controlled areas of your life that you can control get rid of netflix's for example or make sure your kids don't have smartphones. You have to talk to your kids about the way things really are in this world. You have to prepare them to be to suffer for christ if it means. They have to change their career path because christians are not going to be allowed to work in good faith in major corporations or in medicine or whatever so be it. We have to learn from people from christians who've grown up in cultures where they were persecuted for their beliefs. And we're going to have to learn how to imitate them. It's just there's no no way out of that but one thing. We have to learn to is to find joy with each other alley. When i was in bratislav at the capital of slovakia a christian their a church historian took me into a room that was under the ground. We had to go into a secret tunnel to get there in the nineteen eighties. The underground church and slovakia printed salmon's dot that is to say illegal prayer books catechism hymn books things like that to serve the underground church at the communists had found out. They would have all gone to jail. The man who took me down there to show me. That was himself as a college student. Part of the underground church doing this work again. Knowing that he would go to prison at any moment. He told me that just doing that. Kind of risky worked for the church. As a college student with a small cell of other college students gave him so much a of hope and a sense of mission he said being with my my brothers in christ taking this risk to serve god serve. The church gave me courage and built me up so years Years later when the underground charge called for the first mass demonstration in communist czechoslovakia since nineteen sixty eight. He said i had the courage to go out. On the square and protests and abbas the protests that began to the process that led to the fall of communism so be of good. Cheer the that we know how this is going to end in the win in the how this has gotta end alternately. The lord will be victorious. But in the meantime we have to come together in small groups to pray and to to strategize together and to control the things that we can control and to build a resistance. Because it's gonna get a lot worse before it gets better and anymore anymore advice that she got from christian dissidents for how we in america can push back on this in a way. That i mean is loving is kind is glorifying. God is not the same as the left wing. So-called resistance that we see how do how do we do that. Well two things. I wanna talk a very short bit about camilla benda. She's a grandmother now in prague at she and her late husband vaslav or the only christians in the inner circle of what's love who is leading the anticommunist opposition there and she and what's love raised six children who all grew up to be adults kept their christian faith and their grant. Her grandchildren are also christians. Which is really unusual because the czech republic. It's eight must atheist country in europe and asked her water. Some of the things they did she said not only did they talk about the bad things of the world. The things that their kids had to avoid but she said. I read to them two hours every day. What did you read to them. She said i would read to them. The classics i would read to the myths and good stories. Things that are good true and beautiful. I poured that into their moral imaginations so they would have not just something bad to be against something to be to be good for. She even said to me. I read a lot of token to them said tolkien. Why tolkien she looked at me and said because we knew that more door was real so i say that that is one important strategy for christians to do is to not just talk about the bad things in the world at feature kids with things that are feed their imaginations with things that are good true and beautiful secondly one of the heroes of my book as a man i was not able to meet. He died in two thousand thirteen. Dr silvester mary. He was a catholic a young man when he was thrown into prison in nineteen fifty one for his faith and he was brutally tortured but he said in his prison memoir that as soon as he got into prison he knew that he could never feel sorry for himself and he could never allow himself to hate his captors. He said because to do that would give satan the victory. He said rather he'll he thought of himself in his suffering as gods probe as someone who is there to serve the lord and to find out what god wanted him to know about himself and about the world so even under his his brutal persecution and beating an interrogation he witnessed other people he prayed with them and he went deep inside himself to find out exactly who what god wanted him to do as another man in the in the book who had it was in the soviet prison who was so despairing an angel came to him one night and over succession of nights gave him a vision or the lord showed him that the people the men and not prison hardened criminals to whom he had witnessed and brought the gospel went to heaven after they were executed because he was there to witness to them so mammoths cry when he told me this in russia last year. So all of that. Allie simply to say that we have to try to find joy and meaning in our sufferings not despair because christian hope is not the same as optimism an optimist thinks that everything is going to work out for the best. Well that might not happen. You know we might even be called to be martyrs but christian hope believes that even if we are called to give the ultimate sacrifice for our lord that had has ultimate meaning the lord can use it to bring about the redemption of the world. Amen thank you so much. Can you tell everyone where they can purchase your book and anywhere else that you want to send them to sure. The book is called live not by lies emmanuel christian dissidents you can get it at amazon dot com barnes and noble or you can even buy a copy at eighth day books eighth day. Books dot com. It's a little christian bookstore and wichita kansas and their the exclusive vendor of signed copies. Eight day books dot com and blog all the time at the american conservative dot com awesome. Well thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I could ask a million more questions. Because you're just you're such a great resource and i know people are going to love to follow you and are going to love this book so thank you again but they sally and you know what we're gonna probably be talking a lot more over the years to come because like i said it's not gonna get better anytime soon. But that's no reason to be despairing The lord gives us hope and we need to find hope and finding the lord in each other. Amen amen thank you so much thank you.
Film Session | Above The Rim
"Only your yourself new ones. That can't enough to get you good morning and welcome to the dogs. Podcast on the athletic network. It's Friday may eighth this film session and today we're breaking down. Nineteen ninety-four basketball classic above the rim. I'm Jay skeets them alongside me. Thanks to the power of technology has hey everybody it's up tasks we also got the beer. One Trey Kerby. The international man of mystery taken it to the Max hopefully is. Internet is up to speed today. Leila's friend Lee Sounding Crystal Clear Right now at last but not least the men making the magic happen. Jd Hello there isn't here. We are before we throw on our quarter. Roy's and hit the court email us any of your MBA questions and comments to know dunks at the athletic dot com. You know we'll be beach stepping it up next week. So get those cues and comments in right now. Follow us on social media both twitter and instagram at no dunk sink. How did pop in packs go yesterday? 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Chicago shirt that Trey with together and sport a good cost so thank you so much all right our movie I said it. Ninety four is above the RIM directed by Jeff Polack of fresh principal air fame. I believe this one stars Duane Martin to puncture cour and Leon among others that will Short break down their performances in this the Synopsis Story of a Promising High School Basketball Star has relationships with two brothers. One a drug dealer and the other former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard very vague. Actually there I would say from that synopsis but you know we figured out into watching above the rim. Some of US have seen this. I've probably watched this movie seven eight nine times now at this point This was a classic for me growing up in the ninety S. I Know Trade Watch task but but Lee and JD. It's your first time watching above the rim. Jd We'll start with you. What did you think overall did you enjoy? It hate it. What was your first watch like? I Watch was going to say enjoyable but confusing. And as soon as they started to think about things it kind of went downhill for me. If I just let it wash over me and enjoy melodrama I was fine with okay as leave. What about you? I think I'm a little burnt out of basketball movies right now because there's always the same story just sort of told in a slightly different way. Someone was a star. They of down on their lock. Things they get a chance at redemption and guess what happens incredibly the last basket. We'd see is a game winning basket from the team. That was down old. I just sort of like I feel like it's groundhog day with the characters are interchangeable but the actual storyline very much the same. And it's just really what is going to be that final play on some of them. We've seen a charge and others who've seen free throws I think we saw a three pointer in there as well at one point and I won't give away this one. I mean it doesn't really matter we know it's a game when he goes but at least at least. This was a different game winning basket. That's bad the only separation I can make from this movie and the feels like fifteen other basketball movie to watch the streets trying to get you some time. Didn't your family. Dna being aware wolf movie. It's just what is the antagonise and we have really to game winners in this when Lee. Which one are you alluding to the alleyoop in the tournament like the shootout tournament or when Kyle is at Georgetown and hits the game winning shot well? Yeah actually I was more referring to the to the moment on the on the outdoor courts. Yali yeah the ALLEYOOP and by the way I want to actually go to Joe Borja for that. I mean he steals the ball with three seconds ago dribbles a couple of times and gets the catches and release. I actually think this one would. They waved off. You're not wrong and I think a part of it is because we've been doing film session for a couple of weeks now it. These movies are formulaic. There is no doubt they hit the same beats for the most part but what I love about above the rim back in the nineties and still even watching last night the all star cast is amazing and I can get into again they're acting performances especially to Bach. And and even Bernie. Mac IS FLIP and Marlon. Wayans as the comedy. Relief in. This ball. Scenes are fun. I know they're not maybe believable at times. But there's definitely fun basketball scenes and their high energy and then the soundtrack is amazing to it's incredible amazing numbers. I remember at the time in terms of sales and stuff like that and you had John Lady Afro and other tons of west coast actually artists. Even those movie happens in Harlem which is a little strange but anyway it's formulaic but I think the performances and the basketball energy and just tapping into the fashion and language sort of of the mid nineties. I thought they knocked out of the park. Trae would you agree with that? Oh yeah I'm exactly like Jd. It's it's an enjoyable watch but as soon as you start thinking about it. You're like wow. This is a crazy movie. But as long as you're okay with like one hundred minute and a half scenes you're going to be happy here. That's the thing feels like something. Different is happening every two minutes. But you basically have to buy right away. The opening scene is literally crazy. It sounds crazy. The idea of two guys upstairs on top of a building playing basketball right next to the edge five story building basically and this is the inciting moment for the entire movie. If you're okay with the way the first three minutes play out. You're probably going to like this movie. Yeah how long did it take for the movie to gain sort of any credibility to you after that very weird opening sequence the dream sequence? That has you think that's the funny part. I had forgotten. I'm watching this with Nora. Who had never seen it. So shep dreams as opens the movie. Shep is dreaming about his friend. Nutso falling off a building like trae said five stories high or whatever. It is because you know. They're playing one on one in their letterman jackets. They're going back and forth obviously buddies and then they're like Oh. Let's put some money on. Who can get you know how high they can get? Can you get above the rim? Let's see let's see a slap it so it'll shut does that and then nutso tries. Any slaps the backboard so hard that it breaks and he just goes flying through off the building. So Nora is like okay. That's a dream right like he doesn't actually died that way and I'm like watching last night going. Oh Yeah I don't I don't know I can't remember. Does he actually die because man that is weird or is that just a weird version of his dream like oh maybe he got shot or something or in a car accident or something but no that's how he died? Which is insane. What a weird reason for. We're way for somebody to die hundred percent. I mean I thought that it was symbolic as well I just thought and also the scene itself is so as as many scenes in this movie so badly blocked and constructed because it looks like they're inside right. I is it just me like it looks like that. They're in a gym or you assume that they're in a gym. I scrubbed over this thing fifty times because it looks like there's a window behind the right and then all of a sudden he's falling off of the building so oh this is symbolic and there's no way that a A backward could just break like slapping it right. I mean or is is established on the edge of a building. What happens when you miss a shot? Every single time it falls five stars like Oh. That's why I'm still confused. Skeets you say that's how he dies. Is it I? I think it is totally well. Yeah his address. Don't think it was ever established that that's how number one he died. That's his like in the newspaper. Later on we see that was his. He has a fatal flaw as a basketball fatal flaws. His friend fell off a roof of badly established or really ridiculously placed basketball hoop. That's his fatal flaw. That's why it doesn't seem to me like that's how we died. It's just why are there multiple scenes than in this movie? Where CHEF is watching. Either kid slap the bag or he's doing it when he's playing goes basketball by himself like I think that's what happens sure. Okay I was fine. Just let it go after the first season because I was just GonNa try and enjoy this movie. I'm definitely JD and trae. Once you start digging. There's you're you're digging yourself all your never coming on you're going you're going teen wolf and you're never coming back. It's like I like that. We gave the kid earbud crap for opening up all the all the trees and stuff so then his basketball court was just over. The river in the Lakers had ever like we were like crapping on him. But yeah this placement of this. Who is even weirder works? At least you can go get a ball then. Sure I mean this. This like there's a billion balls down five stories. I like to imagine you know. They say they find shop in handcuffs the next day so obviously the police are talking to them. They come to investigate. They're like so what happened last night while we were playing basketball up at the top of the five story building you see that Hoop. That's by the edged. He fell off. You're you're right it makes sense. We've been waiting years and years for that to happen. We don't know why anybody put a hoop up there had to be Nutso. Maybe they edited the entire movie and then they say how the hell are we going to establish that? This guy had a flower that this guy. That's exactly what I think happened. If I'm putting on my detective hat. I think they need to have as traders Scott described it as a inciting incident. Nutso had to die and it had to be basketball related and there has to be some sort of severe consequence for. Shep severe enough that he would abandon his mother-in-law but did he to jail. I don't think he did. I think he just ran away right like you just couldn't take it anymore and ran away and it had to be something that he wasn't shot it had to have. He had to be to blame or at least take on some blame. They should've went. They should've went like like heart attack. Or something you know he was pushing Nutso to heart. This is just. You can't believe this. I mean that part is ridiculous. I think I think they originally they shot the movie. They shot him and whoever was producing or the Director. Just finally said this is preposterous. Let's make it a nightmare. Let's let's change the lighting. Let's change the audio. Let's let's just go full on. This is a dream or was it and and then we'll just make it as symbol off the top of the movie and then we won't really go back to it again. We'll just know that. That chef is tortured by not sows. Death I mean is it a symbol or not but I think that's what they did. I think they tried to fix it in post. And that's why we have this ridiculous sequence. This is exactly what I didn't WANNA do. It didn't want to go into gritty detail of why the hackers have even even now. I'm just thinking about the way Shep woke up from that dream and he just he simply wakes up right. It's like he's got the straight face for the entire movie that's his character. That's bit I get it. But he wasn't even worried in the very least there wasn't one curve on his lips at all. He just woke up like a standard eight o'clock morning didn't even wasn't even worried coming whatsoever. Shot months later it might or might have been just totally unrelated that they were just say this. This'll work yeah. It's a rough start for this movie. That's not a strong start that we're dream sequence and just just how it's written more than anything and I agree with you. Jd How shot. I think I read. There is a continuity error with that whole figuring out. Well is there a window? Is there a wall there or is there not type of thing? I think it does switch. Which is why you were probably so confused okay I think I saw something about that but anyway so weird way for someone to die a lot of things about it. I think they could have written that a little bit better. Is this what that Little Jones songs about? From the window to the walnut so takes a fall. Act could be well. Let's get into. Let's get into currently Watson's game. We get some of that very early. What did you think of his basketball? Skills Li? Well that's one thing about this movie. I actually think this is probably the best basketball. We've seen in any of the movies. Toys are actually going a little Justin bieber James Shirt and that would drive me crazy me coach because he's trying to get his teammates involved in all the coach ones into he doesn't want him because he's a star but it's like oh you really doing these crazy dribbles. Men like move the ball or drive inside or take a shot at do something but yeah overall I mean you saw actual what appeared to be basketball players plants this movie so it definitely gets a few points credit for that but again it's kind of the same you there's going to be some sort of like dust up between the coach and the star player. He's GonNa throw a Tantrum and he's GonNa off the team you know stolen out of there and that's going to build up and you like. I wonder if he's ever GONNA make it back into the team or back into the coach's good sure enough. That's what happens in real in real life Duane. Martin who plays Kyle Watson? He was a guard on New York. University's division three squad in the lady. Yeah so he was a first team like all associations election I guess so he was probably pretty damn good. I think he appears to be pretty good. I mean he's got a handle. The shot looks alright. He has a super high dribble unless the ball was just super inflated bounces so damn high when he dribbles but like say Leon to save his life so I also Leon had a full scholarship. Joe Right California loyal Marymount right or whatever how you say that. I'm not sure you pronounce it but then yeah hit a basketball scholarship but I think he just went into acting right into one of his friends fall off the top of a building so he had to leave basketball behind. He's got a smooth look. John Actually helped those rims that are super bent movie but that was crazy. Those rooms how they seemed to tilt the dam was anyway and then really really soft and he was getting buckets like in pants and and sort of work shoes. I mean hey this isn't gonNA hasn't got a jersey. They give you just sit there. And he's ball and straight away doesn't even need to warm up so they pick with with basketball backgrounds and Kyle specifically is sort of what. Jd was talking about when when we watched Monica in what the heck movies Lovin Boston and basketball. So many movies Monica had the basketball adamant didn't have the acting chops in Kyle was the same. There's a lot of lot of lines in this movie. Wrote a few of them down where I was just like. Oh yeah that's not what he would say. There's no chance he's with US coach. I've got home room in five minutes. Are we just about done? Talk like that or with a teammate. In the locker room do you get out of here? You muscle bound scrub that. Kyle's fault or is it. The writers definitely the writer should give there should be a whole new category of Oscars of good actors trying to make bad dialogue. Come to life and almost everybody in this movie should get one. I mean it's horrific Y- had the dialogue. Yeah just cut it down like you just half it. I mean he'd just extended him too. Far Dislike though. This ain't no jail and you ain't no cop 'cause you knockin boots with Barney fife far. Yeah you're right but but did they make a mistake. Jd in not not casting an actor for Kyle's role rather than casting a basketball player like you said about Monica and he got game. I was fine with Kyle's performing basketball so many movies. That guy isn't actor as he. He's been in other stuff hasn't he or my. Oh yes yeah. Yeah for. Sure I thought I thought yeah. The dialogue was atrocious except for some of the trash talking stuff but most of it I just could not handle especially whenever the coach opened his mouth. It was it was areas because hilarious practicing where they're doing all practice stuff involving nothing about shooting a basketball or dribble your basketball. They're just going off the glass to each other just keeps you find the find the Mark Mark Mark? What does that mean? I don't know so maybe he's got maybe he put a little piece of tape up there on that back trade. Come up slapping up there but you ask. How soon are you one back to the movie and for me? It is this I ball in Panthers Tigers as soon as to pock walks in your like. This guy is awesome. Yeah takes over? The movie immediately is amazing. And Yeah whether you have problems with what the dialogue was handed to him. He's I think birdies such damned character and he kills it. It killed him. He was great juicy. Was a hell of an actor. I mean what? There was like a hilarious not hilarious but like entertainment weekly. Wrote in ninety four that to park might be the most dynamic young actors since then. So they're saying because you don't get some great performances and this was he's probably the perfect role form right. This sort of strong arm hustler. That he's out here portraying so he he was nailing. It was knocking it out of the park. Just one more thing about kyle. He I started thinking about it. This guy's like Jordan esque. Right his schedule he plays a night game then he goes straight to the club. We're told these out till about one. Am then he's up the next morning doing suicides with bug at what has to be like six or six thirty in the morning because he's only thirty minutes late to his seven thirty meeting with his coach so he's there by eight. It's GonNa get no sleep and balling at the club and suicides in the morning and then another meeting with its code. That's Jordan asking. I'm sure you've got some Gulf in there that we didn't see deleted scene cigars smoked hats off to Cali Watson is incredible Buca Lou. GimMe Styles Dolinsky any alloy way way lube. It's too much it's too much. Energy is annoying energy whereas styles comes in. He's positive energy styles. Boyd Dolinsky style. Still inskeep you would rather party with styles you would much rather hang out with them during school hours and Bugle is just like he's in your face just relaxed man just calmed down. Styles is all about fun. Boo- glues all a just annoying. Everybody gets under the skin of Birdie and his crew for sure at times. He's got a lot of energy. You're not wrong but I thought he was hilarious. I thought that was hilarious as this character. Oh Yeah I think. It's the perfect role for Marlon. Wayans and he made honestly plays it perfectly. He also gives us. I don't know I mean it's between the Nutso scene and I guess this is Dixie when Heil just stops the take a piss. Yes in the middle of the street and blew just can't stop talking about how. Dick looks like an ant eater. So weird seeing man. What's your name? Is this a thing that happens? I mean you to stop you. Take a pee in the middle of the street. Okay I guess but then you just go on a monologue about your friends i. This has never happened to me. And I. I don't Know Lega my my just an old fashioned fuddy duddy over here. What LISTEN AGAIN STARTS. Dolinsky never set to Scott. Hey show me. Your peewee was aware well. Today he wasn't interested in he would do the exact opposite there. Buddy stop standard style. It's not a good look Jay styles till I die man. Jd Agree. There isn't really much penis analyzing between France and happens but I guess that is that just depicts. How crazy this Marlon Wayans character is. I thought the first one okay. He's crazy that the first time he said it points out. It looks like an anteater. Are you on circumcised? He call them. It's never been said before. Either uncircumcised just not circumcised. Okay and and then he goes back in for a second piece thing. He can't not looking at it. He can't stop talking about it. Well it's just a weird place for him to take a pee because it's an overhanging not wall. He's got a full three sixty degree view. Like he's seeing the sun on edge of extinction. There's everybody can see it and that's why the cops are. I guess they run from the cops. Because they're coming down and Kennedy underpass or something it's like again. I WANNA point out I have. I have taken many a leak with with friends but yeah I guess with friend late at night after drinking. Oh my God it's two. Am I gonNA piss myself? I'm just going over to the corner here. This is six or six thirty in the morning. And you were just at your house. Yeah like right there and you can go back. It's like no I can't deal with kids. That's one of the wiener scenes in this movie. And that's saying something because we talked about a guy falling off a building after slapping batted also funny because he's I think his character is character and some other like other classics. You know to society other stuff like there's can be these types of characters. These like hilarious just fast talking maybe annoying to some characters. But he's got some funny lines does book I agree. I'm going say something controversial that people are going to get on me for but I think the Damon Wayans Marlon Wayans. Sorry I was wrong for this role and I'll tell you what he's to charismatic. He's too cool he's to do you know what I mean. Okay just based on what happens to the character right. He's so obviously a smart Guy Funny Guy. He's a bright guy and he has this weird dream that he wants to go and play college ball even though he just got out of prison and he doesn't seem to go to school but it seems plausible that that Marlon Wayans could achieve that goal. But I don't think that bug should should be able to like it. He he fall so fast. It's just not plausible to me just because Marlin is too cool. Does that make sense? Yeah I hear what you're saying like you almost want like for the lack of a better word like more of a loser. Type Care exactly somebody. Who's somebody who's sense of humor? Only Kyle gets right. He's tight with Kyle and Kyle protects him but he's just super annoying to everybody else whether when he comes onto the court when he's wearing the gold tracksuit and he's got the chock and he's he's he's like. I think that's a great scene and that's a great performance from Wayne's but he's too cool he's too funny like I feel like people are going to be laughing with him and not at him. If that makes sense I can see that being the case. Yeah I guess it's a tough one a give him all these great lines also have you think of him not even in a negative way but just doesn't a sad sack guy. How did find that perfect character? I don't know I've just always assumed that the energy was what they wanted from Orlands because he brings it in. I don't know he's he's exactly like you're saying he's so charismatic. That even if you were getting annoyed with him you would want to have them around. And maybe that doesn't necessarily ring true later in the movie. He ends up shooting Birdie because he gets dissed by him and to me. It's just that sort of character. That character wouldn't wouldn't that get under his skin as much as he did. Did just didn't ring true to me for some reason. I don't know maybe I maybe I actually think push back a little bit because I think for him to be somewhat believable that he's running with birdies crew. He does have to be just enough where he's he says. Funny things that people laugh at whatever? 'cause he's funny but also they laugh at him to there. Is that sort of fine? Line that he you know I I know we. We don't see a whole lot of it where there may be laughing with him. It is more laughing at them but I think I don't know. It's SORTA believable that. It's like whatever guys has some funny lines and he's like he's there he's a part of their background and then he can get annoying. We push them down the stairs out. Get Out of here. Yeah most I would to park in his performance in this. What do you think jd? And what we saw from him as Birdie. I thought he was great. I kind of had problems with the birdie character simply because I wanted to know more about him I mean he seemed especially the scene at the graveyard where I kinda felt bad for him because he was the one that was abandoned right and he was the one that stepped up and got hit him and his mom out of poverty by selling drugs. So I don't know I mean the way he got. There was not great. But what choice do you have when you are in that situation right? You're live in Harlem and you're African American and you basically have three options. Become a rapper. Become a sports legend or become a drug dealer and option. Sees the way you go right. I mean were you shocked to find out. They were brothers like did that. Surprise you early having watched it for the first time. Yes he did. Yes yeah yeah for sure. I didn't make that connection immediately. Wasn't sort of until later on when I did. And even afterwards I sorta read through to check that. That's what was happening there but I thought you know what I mean. Look like I'll be honest. I was waiting for this movie just to end because I knew I just wanted to see exactly what the game winning play was going to be here for the basketball to Puck as an act that did play that role very convincingly and I thought it was kind of the way that he lived his life too. I think wasn't it? He looked to be a bit of a gangster and get himself around this time of filming and I mean obviously the ultimate ending for him was kind of basically what happened to him in real life as well so I think he wasn't a huge shift away from the type of lock that he led for the character that he was in this film. That graveyard scene is so great though. Just the see the turn from him being you know just a charismatic fun loving guy. He's talking to his brother. He's trying to recruit and when he says no instantly he's into menacing violence but it doesn't really feel different when you're looking at them you're like wow. That's that's exactly like you're saying that must be what it had been like to be around to pack really at some points. The one thing I will say as formulaic has this movie can be being a sports basketball movie and hitting those beats wanting. That's different I thought. Is Birdie saying the opposite of what you usually hear movies like? Hey He's my brother man. He's my brother. I hate 'em buddies family And it actually takes the opposite stance in this like we're bird is like no forget that. I I don't I don't care if he is my blood brother He abandoned us like you were saying they're jd. Like I thought that was a little interesting because I don't feel like you get that vibe from a lot of movies between that relationship between brothers fresh air and that sort of something that I kinda wish they explored a little more. Because here's this Guy Birdie. He's been abandoned by his big brother left alone with his mom. He had to pull her out of poverty and then the big brother returns and he's he's happy. He wants to reconnect with his brother and his brother wants nothing to do with him. He's ashamed of what he's become this massive drug dealer and that's heartbreaking and and I guess they sort of I mean that's the eighth theme of the movie the run through it but I don't know I just wanted more between the two brothers. Yeah yeah because like the protagonist in this movie is Duane Martin. I'M SORRY KYLE. And like he's the story that we're supposed to be super invested in right but I'm with you. It's like Gimme. GimMe more. Shep because they're almost like the secondary characters in this film but way more interesting really than than Kyle I. Yeah I'm with you there. What did let's talk about the the the basketball? Where is playing ghost hoops as we can? Call it Yo He's playing with auto ball says. I thought those scenes tasks as a kid were hilarious. I remembered I thought they were funny and then watching it last night. They hit a little different. There's still obviously there's still pretty silly. I mean it is still funny to watch a guy play basketball without a basketball and against nobody. But you know there's a different emotion to the as an adult than there was as a fourteen year old that he had the same experience. I just thought of it as an advanced basketball technique. I think shop was was light years ahead. Like he's Joe Lake above the of the Warriors. The no ball technique. It's all. It's all footwork. Baby coach Carter loved it exactly. Yeah they they play without a ball right. I mean it's it's just about the footwork is it is it. Is it absolutely nuts to think that that happens on a basketball floor at times in practice? Let's not let's get this down before we get the dribbling. I mean. Probably not ever but a tiny bit. I it doesn't it. Didn't mean it wasn't funny. It wasn't really moving In any way because it was really tough to get attached to the. Hey my buddy just killed himself on a five storey building. I just wasn't really connecting me. Their mind I I. I think he's light years ahead. I think that's all hike. Big Abundance Right. It's all right basketball technique. Yeah we give Lebron James a whole bunch of credit for being able to recall. Plays here and there. You know he'll break down the coverages but shop was out there recreating an entire basketball game every single night. Move from move without the ball. Pretty impressive yeah. I mean he was supposed to be playing nutso right. I mean he's playing a ghost and there was no ball in Airbud as well right. Didn't coach have a no-ball practice hall really cared? Yeah the right he did. There's a lot of that go. I don't know heart still i. I sure remember thinking. It was hilarious as a kid. Like this is look at him. Like one hundred percent hundred percent. And you know now it's in different contexts. Maybe I'm picking up more on like why he's doing that. He's like playing this this this demon within him or this. Obviously this tragic experience. He's reliving over and over and over again. I mean that's pretty depressing now and and sort of powerful in a weird way as funny as it looks so just just pointed out that it's a lot different as a fourteen year old and a nearly four year old. The ghost ball. I will say we only had to see it once. We didn't need to go to a couple of you. Got The deal because it is a little. It's not entertaining but I would say it looks okay because footwork is pretty good. Because he's a basketball player and he is actually out there practicing Moose. He looked a little like Like Bernard King told us on the starters. Use that he'll spin get into the way. I don't why I don't mind watching a little. Listen if the basketball isn't going to be incredible. The sequences aren't going to be incredible. Give me some footwork. It's maybe it's just this time in the krona virus. We're all take any basketball. I can get jd. You said you wanted more onto the story probably of shop and Birdie and his brothers and all that but was what we got in. This movie were you. Were you attached to shepherd all or was his character like you just weren't feeling that much that I struggled always with that of wanting to root for him and then also sometimes maybe not carrying all that much you know. He's a hard guy to root for not a stone face. Most of the time the first time we see him come to life is when he goes on the date with Maliki liquor and you know. We see a little bit of his personality. But yeah I mean the whole the whole ghost The the Nobel basketball he gets made fun of from car not to his face or anything from Kyle in the rest of them but it's never really explored anymore like like got a big problem with chef dating his mother but he he never says to her. Like hey man. This guy's crazy. He plays basketball with no ball by himself in a park. Like this is i. They could've used it a little more. Maybe maybe that scene just got cut out or scenes like that got cut out. He was never confronted about it and we never found out more about it so yeah it was hard to hard to really root for the guy. Although I'm my first viewing I guess I was. I was glad he showed up in his cords at. Yeah yeah at the end but it was hurt. Why what like? What flipped in his head to go back to go. Save the team. That's the part that I couldn't figure out like what he liked pulls up. He's in like he's in a taxi ride or something and that is what like triggers him going like. Oh I gotta go and SORTA helped the team you know what I mean. Step part was weak. It was like what was the reason. Why are you actually? You'RE ABOUT TO FLEE. You've handed in your keys. You've left this for coach. You're not going to take over and you're gone. We're told YOU'RE GONE. You're packing up and then you make this sort of last minute decision. And I couldn't figure out appeared to be him watching. Kids play basketball. Maybe realized I'm not in a taxi. Actually I gotta get out of this car. Might as well go home. Because they didn't get the right state to using New York taxis. Because there's just a car with a painted this cabaret like yeah I'm with you. I guess it was a combination of things he was told. Hey get get your issues right. I think by coach he while he's in the cab. He sees two boys slap in the basketball. I guess that's the director was telling us. Hey we're seeing the kids slapped basketball or slapped the backboard over and over again. That's that's the signal I guess. Another thing about the movie is that they all of a sudden put. This responsibility of shop has to save Kyle right all of a sudden it seems i. Why why is it? Suddenly his responsibility to look after and protect this kid. I mean that was the most discordant thing for me watching the movie. The first time I mean I sort of got hints the second time through you know like there's definitely I bug and Kyle are flip and shop right like that first scene when we see flip and he's He plays Car One on one and the four of them are together and it's just like from chefs point of view. It's like this is your future guys bug and can't keep track of these names so he takes on the responsibility where people are telling him that he needs to take on the responsibility coach. But why though I mean because his mom I mean not really. Has He taken a job? As the coach I mean he says I'll take the job but then he never does the job of being the coach is just. He's a security guard at a high school. Like why? Why does he other than that? Hit the parallel of his life. You know like he was a star. Something bad happened to him and then he walked away. I mean Kyle's getting lured into Birdies world and we gotTA stop that. But it's all up to shop for whatever reason you know and then well because it's a basketball movie. The only person who can reach the new kids is somebody who won twenty years ago. GotTa bring him back. And they've got the expertise and totally disjointed in my brain to I think my brain just mutated a story to be shop lost his way because he was a selfish star his day to rather than watching somebody kill also their stories were absolutely exactly the same sort of like in the way back to some degree he was. Ben Affleck trying to guide the star of the team to yet. It's just it's just the basketball movie but right but yeah if their stories were exactly the same. Learn from my mistakes. Don't do what I did right. I mean you are me. Don't play on a rooftop. Well stay on the ground the mood above the rim but stay on the ground. I do like that. I do like the fact that it's called above the rim and it really has nothing to do with the story other than just being a basketball movie They weren't trying to shove that down our throat right. Yeah it does no no one says above the rim in the movie right. We can't drop the Leonardo di Caprio meam and point out the screen. Yeah I don't think they do because why is it cold that and I was like I'm sure somebody says it It's because it's because Nutso hit is getting above the rim right. Yeah but why? Why else who sounds cool? Cool cool what did you think of? How quickly shop and Kyle's mom's relationship moved and how good is that Wilson's bakery and restaurant? Oh yeah it must be amazing. They're going I mean chef goes every day. We're told him so. It's gotTa be good eating and even calls. Mama's going back to back you know for for two stops in a row there. Hello how do we think ship is dating? Kyle's mom because Kyle don't seem to be too far apart. I think he's thirty three and half and he was all city in one thousand nine hundred seventy nine. The movies Nineteen ninety-four. That's fifteen years you graduate when you're eighteen adds up it's funny. You say that the Dixie that. Kyle's MOM Tonya. Pink INS plays calls. Mom She's actually only three years older than Duane. Martin Paul where does that one? Wow it's crazy I'm working. She doesn't look like the typical mom in a movie. You know she looks. She looks relatively young and yeah. That's why even just that relationship for me was a little bit sort of weird because it was like. I don't know why he's dating her. Mom I think I mean just seems like. She's a little bit old for him and he's a young athletic pretty handsome looking. Dude I think he can have older in the movie. Then you're then you're thinking. Yeah maybe maybe he's just got maybe that's it. Maybe that's what it is but it just seems like an odd sort of odd story line to adding that they were in a relationship like that and I thought well yeah. They're driving home. He's the father figure writer. He needs to be a figure colleague. Guess literally I do love that same when they're coming out of the movie theater and you can tell that shepherds just has a way with words to win women over. He just says to Kyle's mom he ever dreamed about running away. You never dream about running away not even a little not just your mind not even now that I'm asking you about running away. You're not thinking about that when you were a kid and kids. Run away none of that. Okay let's keep walking around because I always away that's my thing I've renting is my thing so he's like you don't think about it because I'm I'm thinking about it. I can't stop thinking about it. There's only there's two times in the movie that ships miles right. The one is when he's with cows mom And then right at the end of the movie when Kyle Hits the shot for Georgetown He. There's a tiny little smile comes across his otherwise. He is stone cold in this movie. There is is. There's no highs or lows. He's pretty even keeled for the most part but hey he's torture guy and that's fine. I guess but yeah as you getting back to rooting for him. Hard to root for the guy. There's this weird Speaking of him dating. Kyle's mother when Kyle when we meet her for the first time Kyle comes down and he kisses her on the back of the head or whatever and she says. Excuse me you think you can just kiss me whenever you feel like it. She says that exact same line to shut when he shows up at the end for a date is so is that what is. Is this the rivalry that we're supposed to feel between Kyle and Chef Blake? I it's it's he's protective of his mother and like that's our thing right that's our little banter whatever and then here comes this guy who I've been told from Birdie who is his actual brother that he's a Weirdo. Trust them you know Blah Blah Blah Blah so. Yeah I mean I think he's just helps fire up the distrust steady would maybe half. Okay yeah no I get that I guess. I think it's weird that a mother would say. You think you can kiss me whenever you feel like it. There's no mother that would ever not not not to this especially not to their son teenage son. Who's kind of trying to distance himself? A little bit from his parents like any sort of affection. The MOM's going to take in a second but I I'll I'll push back on that I think it's kyle being a little cheeky right. Maybe he's gotten up to some things he shouldn't maybe he's running late and he hasn't done homework hasn't done the dishes and instead. I'll just be this like cute little affectionate son and that'll put me back in the good graces of mom and she's like that's a fair point. Yeah but I think also I think that would work one hundred times out of one hundred years the affection from their boys so we Like with this whole thing. He's at the game. College distracted. By his mom in the stands. Chilling with shop and taken offer jacket. If I remember correctly getting a little hot in the gym there's a lot of people packed in a very small gym. I'm sure it was very warm. But he's all distracted. He loses his temper. He gets toss. He kicks over the Gatorade Jug. There's no gatorade in it. I think having an effect on him I think this team needs some electrolytes. Yeah that's why can't make decisions at the end of every every game just melts down because he loved the triglycerides or whatever. You know how hard that would be. If he was spilling gatorade every every take that they did it would be such a pain in the ass cleaned up staying holy. Why they did the same thing. They're like now. Just don't put Gatorade and know many times. We have to clean this up and do this again. Like forget it. Just don't let me get all these people here also thinking about how sweaty they were playing in Teen Wolf compared to this movie where they're playing way faster it's up and down basketball and they're they're sweating a little bit. They're all playing undershirts in ninety degree weather. Outside on the BLACKTOP. They're not sweating at much again. Going back to teen wolf they. They went way too heavy with the MR. They were on these guys that much. That much cocaine Chubby Guy. That's what separates it from the all the other. I were playing in summer in an unairconditioned g maintain wolf's side. That's why everyone was so sweaty. I think maybe the uptown. Let's go to that love this when I was a kid. Still love it. I don't care it's there's some continuity issues. The basketball is hilarious. But we're getting a lot of alley oops thrown the net must be well. We think the net was put at nine feet. Maybe maybe yeah hi. Let's say eight and a half nine. There's no way it's ten. These guys are throwing down. I know they got some bowlers to play. So it's not like there's people out there that could duck but they're doing some crazy stuff. My guess is nine. That's just GonNa go with that but I have a couple of questions from the tournament one who decided it was a smart idea to put the two teams that both wear red on the same side of the bracket that was weird decision Was it mandatory to play with SHIRT UNDER YOUR JERSEY? Has It appears so at. I know it's a Very Mesh Jersey but you could see the nips and everything through it but I mean thought like I was one of the only people left in the nineties wearing an undershirt under my jersey because I was a scrawny little kid so but even these guys are doing it. Why didn't they stop the tournament to fix the bent rims at one point because those things were sagging quite a bit as the dunking went on and my final question. How the hell did I get to be a sponsor of this tournament? I can shoot up. I couldn't believe I was also stationed nights out there but I wonder if were serving Swedish meatballs at halftime chopping down using his little razor blade. What'd you think of overall the tournament? Shootout all of the Games and how. It was edited in package to get to the final did it was it believable enough. Everyone well there was a lot of donkey. There was a lot of dunking and then trash talking and and I mean I don't know what the point of the referees that point because everyone is shopping each other whacking each other. And the rifts. Just sort of shrug their shoulders and just and it's a man's game or whatever. They already was paying them. That's for sure yet but you know again. I thought it looked to me like a couple of shots. Were the same shot with seen earlier. Just from a different angle. And I'm like if you're shooting a possible. Maybe just have twenty-five thirty different shots in the can and use those don't don't reuse the same shop because you can sort of see it but again like at least we saw some athletic looking players who look like they play basketball going going off some dance and stuff. I mean that's a big away dude. On every everyone everyone who is thrown down these crazy dogs in the white guy had a layup and then a mid range of a story of birdman threatening. Kyle right to throw the game like Kyle. Has this sort of decision to make. I have the Birdman like are you going I? I always like you mentioned there. He tells them I just found out. You're going to Georgetown Birdie all as got the news. I was the early bird that information was just passed from coach to Kyle and somehow heard about this even even to his brother when he found him on the court at night and had just passed that note and stared at it longingly to the to the coach on the coaches desk there. How would he know how he came up him at that night and he said heard? You're leaving town. I mean. Does he have a camera in the coach's office man? He's on the streets Scott Goldberg. He's everywhere man. He's yeah exactly I think come. I actually hated that. The the part where he gets the letter to George Down. Those into this movie. It's like what what was the reason for that. Like did the scout has seen you lose your temper miss game winning jumpers maybe start hanging out with shady characters and out of the game is at. There's no consequences for any of that base zero zero consequences. You Know Hell pissing on the street kid. Come on man like yeah he's like. Oh you're going to Georgetown. It's great. You WanNa root for them. And then maybe that's inspiring him in this game against Birdie but there was no reason no like even a call from shepherd coach to Georgetown to to talk the Thompson Coach. Dobson but no. You're good you're going. You're talented enough. Alan Iverson was at Georgetown right at this time and he had a troubled past high school as well. So I mean it's very weird that The coach would just like throw the recruiting letter into his bag to bring to the biggest tournament of the summer. But you know getting to Georgetown. Despite the fact that you know He had the temper at the game and was kicking over the empty jugs at least at least it makes sense that it could happen. Yeah sure I mean especially. I know you're a Michigan boy. Tk but packing in the nineties Georgetown mainly because of our sin and coach Thompson and they were cool as hell. I mean that was definitely one of the coolest to root for to where their gear and for a lot of guys to go and play for Iraq in Georgetown Jersey. With an undershirt underneath it. No no no what. The starters jackets were huge up in Canada for sure like they were everywhere. There were a lot of Georgetown. Lot of Michigan's I didn't have one though. That stuff was not cheap. No I didn't have a wasn't even the big biggest college basketball fan. Even when fat five error and error and all that no didn't have it. Tested you of it. I did have a Georgetown Jersey. Who Yeah I was the only thing I really there you gotTa tell popular it was it was I love. Kyle's steel that he does Charles Barkley move in this game really where he sort of He looks like he's going back on. Defense turns right around gets a steal. I yeah well he does it. Does that like two out of three plays really doesn't like just quickly turns around and lies it up doing about a mainline. Just mix it up you see that. Actually we saw that do that against the Bulls in game game five of the day so great timing for that exactly. Speaking of last dance timing to pock had an unlit cigar in his mouth the entire ornament biting on that and he didn't even he didn't even take it out of the plastic wrapper. Stop Yeah I seen that. That's what I was gonNA bring up the first scene in the movie. He's got it in a plastic wrapper in his mouth. Who the heck would do that? But then I came around it by the end of the movie and I saw him basically what I don't know five six seven games. He had it in his mouth with the plastic wrapper. Nobody wants a soggy cigar. But and that's I think that's what he's getting at there. The plastic wrap I think was before its time even though I would have felt disgusting. I know I don't mind I guess you can. I guess they decided we're not going to have any cigar smoking like we're we're like we're the last dance here. But why have an unlit cigar there for eight games? Rose he So they're getting pumped in the final here. The what are they called the bombers right. They're getting punked by by team. Like literally like guys are dropping like flies in the face. Likely said Yeah you you have to assume I'm with task. The BIRDIE has paid off these rafts. I think just to like. Let them play physical. Let them go crazy. I know it's streep all so it's all it's going to be more physical already than playing in a gym and stuff like that but wow they were straight up elbowing guys in the head. Well if he Paid off the rest though you see ship knee and opponent right in the nuts right in front of the refs and the ref just sort of shrugged his shoulders. So I mean if he's bribed him then sure would have been calling that. Yeah maybe at that point even the even the officials like come on man you explaining about that one hundred. I know you want to go to Vegas or the Bahamas which there must be the prize money on this or I guess he's got some bets probably on the side but yeah I guess. Even the officials like come on seriously. You've just been knocking guys in the head left so not shy memory guts. Although yeah I want to know what the rest organic cold I because people that people that elbowing each other in the face and they're not really calling anything so if you're going to have wrists you go to call something tap water. Not just make sure you don't step on the three point line. That's so shep shows up and you know smart thinking by coach. I will say this and I didn't notice this the first eight times. I watched it as a kid. That coach early in the movie says well. I'm GonNa put you on the roster. I'm just going to play it safe and put you on the roster. Shep I know. It's unlikely that you're gonNA play you. Don't WanNa do anything anymore. You only like playing without a basketball but I'm going to throw your name down there and hey at out. Live smart movies right there. It's right there. Birdies going crazy. And he plays in his corduroys. He plays in his long sleeve. White Shirt got the penny over top and I think he goes. Does he go? Fourteen for fourteen or fifteen for fifteen in the second half. He doesn't miss a shot getting a lot of long to you. Know he's really opening up inside. He's hitting the perimeter jumpers and finally comes in and hits a few little finger roll lab same shot but just from a slightly different angle. Very Koby game. I thought the way he was operating out there. Yes yes the SASSAN. Smooths great footwork. Like you said was you know. He shot with his right hand but had a pretty nice looking left. Hand up I thought was very very smooth looking and brings them back in instead of hitting game. Winning shot throws a game winning alleyoop assists. Then you already talked about that lead and there was a lot of time left for that to in the I mean. I'm pretty sure there was three seconds to go. And the other guy still had the ball in the in the defensive half court he gets the steel and then. Kyle makes it somehow damn the other end to get up there to rise up catch and dunk it in that time and I just don't think there was enough time so I I thought weren't they up a point weren't they already up. And the other team was shooting for the game winner and steel. That was just icing on the cake. I feel because basically just hold it like. Aren't they sort of like saying we've got a old it now? I think I think that's what he was saying. He was just saying yeah. Kick the ball possession. But that's not that's not. The Bird Mansoura. Just Canada game. That'd be weird. I mean timing of this movie at the end is crazy. How quickly things happen? Because we get the shot going off we get the montage. That's fine. Okay they win. Birdie tells his what's the guy's name from the wire in the Mota. Mota thank you he tells Bowtie got do what you gotta do goes and gets the gun. And we'll say I I I was like. Why is he going to shoot? Kyle lowry shoot shop but college. The one that was supposed to throw the game. So that makes obviously make sense and ship sees this unfolding. Even though there's all these people on the floor are on the court and takes a bullet for I'm jumps in front of them but then we are like I mean we're like what is it to immediately after that. Does it cut to Georgetown immediately after that very soon after for sure? Yeah because the the cup shoots motor and then upset yeah. I'm pretty sure it's just that Georgetown Sane because we go to we go to the club right because because two. Oh Yeah Yeah. Yeah Yeah. Yeah where bug goes and takes a look right. Yeah Yeah but okay so it goes. It goes shooting basketball hoops to shooting at Kyle. That shep takes the bullet. The policemen takedown Mota It goes right to the club where bug goes and gets revenge on on Birdie And then it goes right to the to the basketball scenes of Georgetown which we then see. They're watching on television screen in the bar. Yeah right because yeah because I didn't I I thought ship was dead. I thought he was going to take the bullet for him but apparently not bad at all he wasn't too badly injured. He was fine. But let's be fair. Yeah he did take a bullet for was funny was that he jumped in front with his back to would hair so todd the shooter and then he's lying on his back in. His chest is bloody so why bit of continuity air unless that bullet all the way through and if that bowl through his heart than he gone Must've just shot. Went Straight through. No internal organs bind to be at the bar within three months. I will say when I was a kid that Georgetown footage blew my mind. Like how did they do that? Kyle actually go to Georgetown. This is incredible. They're playing Seton Hall right in the in the movie and he had comes around gives up the ball comes around and splashes game winning three. I was always shocked me. The footage looks cool. Looks Realistic especially when it split with coach Thompson for Georgetown. Sidelines looks really believable and tie in of the same jumper. That shop taught him on the outside right through right spread the fingers flick wrist. Just just like chef showed in the tournament and I did like a ship in that tournament was just old man game. He had left hand layup but it was just jumpers ships. The old guy off playing in his cords so not really going at it too hard and did we recognize who was on the coal for that jumper for Georgetown. Bill raftery knows Joel. Maya's Jomaa is was the play-by-play bill rally. Yeah Yeah Yeah Bill. Rafferty interviewed him. Out of the Empress Omar's and Jomaa has I didn't realize this. The name of his daily show on Sirius satellite radio is called above the rim loves dogs and he's calling a game for the Georgetown Hoyas. We love the dogs. I didn't say the above the RIM soundtracks two million copies and topped the RB albums chart for ten consecutive weeks. And a big part of that lady rages AFROPOP AND THEN ORANGE AND NEAT dogs regulate so this thing this the soundtrack was huge and it was good throughout the movie. I can't believe we haven't brought up throat than our here. I'm talking about above the RIM Bernie. Mac's performance rest impedes Bernie Mac L. Yes Flip Jd. What'd think of him cast as that type of character? I thought it was great. I mean I love Bernie Mac and it was yeah. It made me sad to watch him because he's gone too soon and he's a comic genius and I thought he was a great not a not very well written character. I don't think but He pulls it off he. He needs one of those. Oscars for bad dialogue Maybe one of the best lines in the movie too and he's yelling. They can't erase what we were remanded. Which is I mean. Now after all of the greats past that were in this movie even holds more weight to that line. That's a great line. I love how he's delivering that line. So yeah that's anymore. Random observations here. We'll before we get to grading this movie Getting back to the music for a second. I agree with you. The soundtrack is awesome. The score is awful. Yeah joss yeah awful. The FIRST GAME. The training montage is the final tournament. The Final Game. They all have the same looping bed track there's more thought put into highlight music on. Mba. Like it's. It's awful like the same to do. This is the climax of the movie. You sound like the name of the guys kids. They called the Venice Beach Boys. Jd Are you in the visby. I it's it's it's just I. I don't know if it's a budget thing. I don't know if it's an unwillingness to score something like it could have been. I thought that the climax of the movie could have been way more dramatic. The basketball scenes could have been way more. It's just weird to me that we get these awesome tracks while they're waiting in line at Wilson's right but we go to play basketball is just too. Yeah I I can't it just it really got under my skin or or just you just mentioned flip being killed. There was nothing underneath that. There is no no dramatic. Nothing like that scene was so unconvincing. Birdie was taking a razor blade to flip. If felt a little like fresh prince ish. You mentioned the director. It was just it was it. Was You put on your kid gloves for that? Little murder scene and Birdie punching him as well to pop grade actor but the punching was not not so ever which is funny because this is like a rated R. Movie. I mean there's a lot of violence in obviously strong language and it's yeah there are parts where they sort of dial it back. Maybe I don't know why it's a weird decision. I guess okay. Any other random observations. The Razor Blade scene with two park is awesome. Like that's maybe the coolest he is in this entire movie but also just like so charming but also terrifying that. He's pulling a razor blade. Blades straight out of his mouth. I love that. I also love the line when there when the bombs are getting ready to play in the shootout bombers bombers bombers championship as the rock. I heard that before. Like every men's league game from two thousand to two thousand ten and the last thing I'd like to give a shoutout to is the demons point guard. Steve like ooh behind the back by that. Was The guy going against Kyle easy. Yeah I guess they had like a red uniform probably and yeah he was in the first half okay. I was thinking guy in Green Mantra mantras. That guy was annoying so when when Kyle got tossed out of that game and and coach took the point guard duties away from them in the huddle they go to inbound the ball and Kyle inbounding the ball so mantra sesto what happened. They take the point away from you like they take the point. What how what? Who would say that? He's brought up that one. The one break their trae in the tournament shootout. I liked early in the movie. When the panthers there in playing high school team the huddle breaks with defense on three okay. The panthers are on offense with a tie game sexy and seconds to go. I thought that was a strange decision. I get it for creatures habit. You probably always say defense on three defense wins championships. But because are on offense here. You've got the ball chanted break on something else out of the huddle. I laughed out loud at that port. All throughout is very funny. Also that scene went out. Kyle gets the point and taken away from the coach in the huddle. 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The which I didn't really enjoy all that I thought I thought to pock was good in his role but but he was also kind of a Dick a character in this one. So I'm going to give this movie to stars to Pock K. To five hundred ten. What are you looking at? You can make it up? Whatever you want to add doesn't really matter. I feel like you start watching a basketball movie. And you're like this is nothing like the nineteen eighty-seven All Star. Li like ends with free throws exactly and it's got style deleted man. Listen let's let's I would love it. If somehow someone could like virtually impose styles into the roles into the role of Boo Blue. And See if this movie would improve. I think it goes through the roof. Curency tasks well. How do you want to create this movie man? Ooh I am grading this based on unwrapped cigars so plastic cigars. I'm looking at five cigars here on that scale. I think I'm just. I'm giving it two and a half out of five plastic cigar parts cap cigars. WanNa give it more but the plot holes are really bringing down here But I did enjoy it. I did fall along and and and so half way there is okay with me I would. I would throw it on again. It's one of those that are like yeah if you just accept it for what it is cool with it. Trey Yeah. It's a movie. That certainly doesn't hold up to any sort of critical scrutiny. But I had so much fun watching. I love every scene with two pock or Bernie Mac Marlon Wayans. Yep so I'M GONNA go seven out of ten bunks and I think that should be the next day on. Just a ball at each others butts like that idea that we definitely. I think I pick them pay off right. I'm pretty sure I do from when the season got postponed. Okay boom who's got the best arm on on the crew? Maybe I should probably have to get one from all of you. Who might be too tough? Yeah okay three books from the boys. That's what we're GONNA do. That's the payoff that I'm going to pay off okay. So you like it. Don't love it that's fair Jd. Yeah I'M GONNA give it two pairs of cords out of five okay I liked. I liked this. Shep REDEMPTION STORY ULTIMATELY. I think I would have liked to have explored it a little bit more. I wanted more from two-pack But yeah I mean I generally. I thought it was a sloppily made movie. And one thing that I've that I forgot about that just popped into my head was the scene when he's giving Kyle Tub to block is giving. Kyle the tour of the club and he takes him upstairs and there's the prostitute standing there. It is so awkwardly blocked that shut like she's literally five feet away from them and they're talking about her. She's dancing by herself facing them and they're like okay. I could go for some of that. And he's like caller over and then I rewound this like three times. She takes literally three steps to get to get to kyle and starts making out with them and it's just like why couldn't you just put her on the other side of the room or something. You don't mind that I hear I hear you're saying but it's not a nice club it reminded me of crappy clubs. I've been to in Mississauga upstairs. Basically ten feet wide. There's nowhere to go. And so she is well. I had a problem with it anyway. Two PAIRS ACCORDS. Chafe and me. I mean I wouldn't watch it again but again if you turn your brain off. It's it's a pleasant little time-waster Yeah I. I love this movie. I understand that a big part of it is the nostalgic factor that I'm holding onto. I remember putting on the soundtrack and you know the rim dunking with Brody Paul. We listened to this nonstop. We watched it all the time. This is right when I became a die hard basketball fan. This was definitely a. It was impressionable on me the fashion. I'm sure I started wearing a sideways. You know ball cap like I definitely rolled up my one pant leg like bugged it at one point like. Ll Cool J. style like it was cool. It was just cool to me and and again like you guys have mentioned to pockets. Awesome Bernie. Mac is awesome. I even think calls pretty decent as the lead guy is a weird character. Never never was the biggest ship fan. Even when he was lighting it up in his cords. But I love it. I love the soundtrack a loved the performances. Yeah it's formulaic. But I'm entertained for an hour and a half. I'm giving this nine ant eater Dick's out of hand. I completely forgotten about that seed which is still really really weird but sort of funny too so yeah. I'M A. I'm a fan of this movie. I think I think a lot of these basketball movies we've watched. I'm putting this one a lot higher than those others in terms of just throwing it on like tasks said in watching it. Again and being mildly entertaining. Yeah when we start nitpicking and going through the Goddamn blocking ensure that opening scene is definitely strange. The dream scene and how he dies not so. That is very weird. I think they could have written that a lot better. But it's better than a lot of these other ones we've watched so probably more of a seven or eight but I'm giving it a nine out of the addiction factor and I just WanNa see say anti eater Dick's again and X. circumcised penises. How many circumcise retired concur? The prefer circumstance doesn't everybody. I mean I've actually thinking back. Jd in Highschool for sure comparing but in our high school it was. Who's a hood rat who's not take them above the rim? Let us know what you think. Hit US up on twitter at no. Doug think hashtag no dunks you can email us your questions and comments about above the rim or any questions you have about anything really as we go beach. Stephan every single week email in dogs at the athletic dot com clever rose. You heard it here. I have a great time. Turn-up love you guys awesome. Thanks for joining US and remember. You Ain't going to college or any in where the bird man don't win race the weekend. 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President insisted the state of the union is sound, but he also acknowledged deep divisions and economic miracle is taking place in the United States. And the only thing that can stop it, our fluish wars politics or ridiculous partisan investigations. But instead of throwing down the gauntlet the president called for unity. There is a new opportunity in American politics. If only we have the courage together to seize this new congress includes a record number of women more than one hundred of them, a huge block in the Democrat's new majority democratic congresswoman warm all white their ranks and their determination enhanced among the successes for which the president claimed credit a booming economy, historically, low unemployment, and he still wants his. Border wall, walls, work and walls. Save lives. President Trump stopped short of declaring a state of emergency in an effort to circumvent the need for congressional approval for his wall. I'm asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country the democratic response game for the first time from an African American woman Stacey Abrams, the former majority leader from the Georgia state legislature, the shutdown with a stunt engineered by the president of the United States one that defied every Tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values one of his biggest applause lines was his suggestion that it's time for a new approach. We must reject the politics of revenge resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless. Potential of cooperation compromise and the common good even speaker Pelosi leapt to her feet to endorse data via the speech coming amid new investigations into the president his family and his finances. ABC's Mary, Bruce explains Democrats in congress are kicking their investigations of the Trump presidency into high gear unlike previous presidents Trump has refused to release his returns, I'm not releasing tax returns because as you know, they're under audit. But now Democrats have the power to go after them, we asked the question does different public have a need to know that a person seeking a hole into highs office and our country obeys the tax rules with Democrats digging in the president is lashing out tweeting unlimited presidential harassment, the Democrats and their committees are going nuts. The house intelligence committee is launching a sweeping investigation into the president his family, his finances and possible Russia. Ties acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker facing his own questions as he was grilled on Capitol Hill by the House Judiciary committee about the Russia investigation, actually, attorney general Matthew Whitaker, telling congressman he's been hands off with the Muller. Prob-? I have not denied any funds to the special counsel investigating us for context with the president. No time has the White House. Ask for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation. Whitaker will likely end his job next week. If the Senate confirms Bill Barr Andy Field, ABC news, Washington. The president's inaugural committee also is under the microscope. Prosecutors in New York issued a subpoena wanting to know more about donors federal prosecutors following the money zeroing in on President Trump's inaugural committee, which raised a record shattering when hundred seven million dollars. These events are going on all over the city. We're having a lot of fun in a sweeping subpoena. First reported by ABC news, the US attorney for. New York southern district demanding documents related to everyone who donate it to the committee and attended it's events. Only one person is mentioned by name Iman Zuberi, a California financier who has contributed to Republicans and Democrats he gave the Trump inaugural committee nine hundred thousand dollars. Prosecutors also want to know how the committee spent all that money requesting records with vendors and contractors documents obtained by ABC news show, more than one point five million dollars went to the Trump International hotel in Washington DC when hundred and thirty thousand dollars for customized seat cushions for two gala dinners and ten thousand on makeup for servers and prosecutors specifically seeking records of communication with an online payment processing company called stripe one of stripes. Investors, a firm run by Josh Kushner, brother of the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, but the subpoena Mace clear investigators are exploring a host of potential crimes tied to Trump's inauguration, including money laundry illegal contributions from foreign nationals and conspiracy to defraud the United States. It was a week of chaos in Virginia the state's top three elected Democrats have been facing accusations and questions about their past. ABC's? Tom yomas has been following the story from Richmond more caring sane. He went to a college party with Brent dressed as rapper Kurtis blow. Stating we dressed up and put on wigs and Brown makeup hearing a democrat apologizing but not resigning something he called on governor Ralph Norfolk to do after north admitted he had once dressed in black face as part of a Michael Jackson costume head the shoes, I had a glove, and I used us a little bit of shoe polish to foot under my are on my cheeks all of this as a woman has now come forward to accuse the Lieutenant governor of Virginia just in. Fairfax also a democrat of sexual assault. Dr Vanessa Tyson, a political science professor at scripts college Saint Fairfax sexually assaulted her in a hotel room during the democratic national convention in two thousand four Tyson says she was crying during the incident. The Lieutenant governor has denied the accusation saying being counter was consensual initially saying this this is one of the most blatant extinctions of smear faith. Seed something completely Garoppolo. And as I said before the reason Sankara operated because it's not true. But later Fairfax changing his tone with a new statement saying I wish your no harm or humiliation. But I cannot agree with the description of events that I know is not true. And now some are worried about what's going to come out next Virginia already facing a collision of scandals at the highest levels. ABC news has learned that Dr Tyson did tell at least one other person about that alleged salt Virginia, congressman, Bobby Scott aides to Bobby Scott, tell us that he wasn't Ford about this alleged salt about a year ago now all three men resigned. The three men that are mired in scandals right now, then the Republican who is the house speaker would be the next in line to take over the state, the state Senate majority leader Republican Thomas Norman facing his own controversy. He was the editor of the Virginia Military institute ear book in one thousand nine hundred sixty eight when racist photos and words were featured. Norman says he didn't play any part in choosing pictures or editing. What was written? I was part of a supervisory capacity, I accept that responsibility. But you're not gonna find anything in that yearbook that is directly attributable indirectly attributable to me being disrespectful to any group. The yearbook shows a number of white students and black face and includes numerous racial slurs. More chaos in Venezuela as the calls for embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down grow louder. The end game for him should be to leave power and the sooner the better because his own situation is only going to decline the longer he clings to power US special envoy to Venezuela Elliot Abrams. The controversial leader has blocked US aid from crossing into the country. Freelance journalist Cody Wedel spoke to people lined up outside a food pantry. Many of these people have actually wolf from Venice viola across the Buddha just to get what would probably be the only meal some level of the sign of the desperation that people are in. So they have to come to another country to get food on. This place has been an operation since two thousand seventeen we walked in here. The queue stretches miles of the combined down the street ABC's. Tom rivers explains why Madero won't let the aide in speaking to soldiers at a military base a defiant, nNcholas Maduro through a translator says. By the US by the president of the United States of America. Mr. Donald Trump. He said these prepared to military invasion against Venezuela is a Finnish weight, I had no one to love the military for now isn't budget and to sticking with Madero despite that considerable US led outside pressure. Tom rivers ABC news at the foreign desk. Jurors in New York deciding the fate of the notorious drug Lord, El Chapo, ended the first week of deliberations without a verdict ABC's Maggie Rulli has the latest after nearly three months and the testimony of more than fifty witnesses the fate of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. Now lies in the hands of a jury. The anonymous seven women and five men will decide whether the sixty one year old notorious Mexican crime boss is guilty of trafficking. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of drugs money laundering and conspiracy to murder number of his rivals. Jurors are sifting through a mountain of evidence. Pages of witness testimony, a multitude of text messages recorded calls and handwritten letters that prosecutors say prove Guzman was the chief of the brutal Sinoloa cartel the prosecution arguing their case for weeks in the defense, settling just thirty minutes. Only calling one witness to the stand Gu's mon- continues to deny all charges El Chapo faces. 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For everything that was ABC's. Linsey Davis reporting. A former Uber driver who admitted to going on a shooting spree in Kalamazoo Michigan in two thousand sixteen has been sentenced to life in prison impact statements were read by victims and families of the victims. Creditors. Survivor of Jason don's. Current Jonah was shot four times while protecting children from a barrage of gunfire at pause replay in relive every single moment. Brother, saying, she doesn't hate Dalton. I'm standing here right here in your face, a friend of you. How does it make you feel? Kimmy? How does it make you feel? Just look at me don't remained expressionless and did not speak during the sentencing hearing, Ryan burrow, ABC news. There's a bizarre twist in the investigation into a deadly plane crash in southern California. The plane falling from the sky and into a home. Eighty five year old ROY Lee Anderson and his wife, sixty eight year old Dahlia labor Anderson hosted a Super Bowl watch party. Among the guests there. Forty eight year old daughter Stacy Lieber and son-in-law fifty eight-year-old Donald Elliott, then the unthinkable happened out of the blue about two thousand feet above them that plane broke apart and exploded raining fiery debris in the neighborhood and killing the four family members to others badly. Hurt found in the wreckage of that Cessna pilot. Tony Pakistanis ide- the pilot of the Cessna plane, a male has now been positively identified as Antonio pa-. Steamy. He's retired Chicago police officer only now the Orange County sheriff's office and Chicago police say. Pass. Teeny was never on the force base say he carried a fake retirement card and a badge from a real cop that has been missing since hundred seventy eight however, the NTSB telling ABC news there is no evidence. This crash was intentional ABC's chief national correspondent Matt gunman actor Liam Neeson is facing major backlash after his comments on race and revenge ABC's. Linsey Davis has the details. Red carpet interviews and photo ops for Liam Neeson's latest movie. Cancel had never felt this feeling before. Which was a primal urge to lash out the fallout fueled by Neeson's comments about race. Sometimes scratched the surface and you discovered this racialism racism. Bigotry and it's fair. The backlash comes after the actor recounted a story from forty years ago in which he says he saw to carry out revenge after a close friend told him she was raped by a black man. He first shared the story in an interview with the British newspaper, the independent while promoting his latest film. Is the cauti- hoping some like? Pope of a go of me of something, you know? So I could kill I. I even deliberately and two black areas and the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence. You've had the same reaction if your friend had said, it was a white, man. Would you wanted to go out? She sent an Irish or Scott or a Britain or a Lithuanian. I I know I would affect the same fact you're admitting that it was wrong you've learned from that. But have to also understand the pain of of a black person here. What she sit what she says absolute, then absolutely right controversy, sparking a heated debate Piers Morgan tweeting Liam Neeson doesn't deserve a medal for admitting. He was a murderous racist. He deserves severe condemnation another user saying Niessen apologized, adding it's time for us to help him out by forgiving. Not sure if he's still remorseful of telling the story or of the actual action of wanting to. Exact revenge exact violence on a black person. I can't understand is how you would go out and seek a random person of the same race to harm. That's because that for me feels like a modern day lynching. We appreciate that. He said something really real. And he wants the United States of America to face what we won't discuss. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is accusing the National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail ABC's chief business and economics correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis has the details. Stunning turn in the ongoing battle between the world's richest, man. Jeff Bezos, and the leaders behind the National Enquirer it all began. When Bezos I the surprise announcement on Twitter that he and his wife were divorcing after many years, the National Enquirer leader publishing an article alleged bazo was having an affair sharing personal text messages between him and the woman visas recently hiring an investigator he says to determine whether that article was politically motivated bazo releasing stunning Email exchanges. He claims are with representatives from the National Enquirer alleging they're trying to blackmail and extort him with nude photos. The owner of the National Enquirer David pecker, a well-known friend of President Trump an outspoken critic of the Washington. Post which bazo Soanes Basil's writing in a post online. Of course, I don't want personal photos published, but I also won't participate in their well known practice of blackmail, Sears will live to fight another day after bankruptcy judge approved a plan to keep the lights on at the struggling retailer a bankruptcy judge lending approval. To a five point two billion dollar plan by Sears chairman Eddie Lampert to keep the iconic retailer running the approval means roughly four hundred and twenty-five stores and some forty five thousand jobs will be preserved Lampard's bid through his hedge fund overcame opposition. From a group of creditors that sought to block the sale and pushed for liquidation, Sears long-term. Survival remains in question, though, as Lampard hasn't put forward any specific reinvention plans, and the company still faces tough competition from the likes of Amazon, target and WalMart. Mark Remillard, ABC news. New York Wells Fargo dealing with days of issues after a computer glitch left customers locked out of their accounts at times, even Wells Fargo's ATM's. Were down in customers reported their debit cards, getting declined in branches tellers couldn't access accounts, this Wells Fargo customer here in L A says it's the way it goes when we're so dependent on computers is kind of frustrating when the system doesn't work people. They don't work either Wells Fargo will only say smoke was detected in what was reportedly a server farm and like stone ABC news, Los Angeles. He was known for his decades of work on the big screen. British actor Albert Finney who played daddy warbucks in. Annie has died ABC's Matt wolf takes a look back at his decades long career. Time nineteen sixty three's. Tom Jones earned him and Oscar nomination for best actor that led to a chameleon like career for Albert Finney. He was only two. Detective Hercule Poirot in murder on the Orient Express in nineteen seventy. He took on Scrooge figures, not appropriate starred with Julia Roberts. Erin Brockovich will also be remembered for his portrayal of daddy. Warbucks? Anne, Albert Finney is eighty two Matt wolf ABC news. Washington. Also is saying goodbye to a legend everybody who walked by knew that it was congressman Dingell big, John nickname. We take a look back at the life and legacy of long serving congressman John Dingell when world news this week continues your mornings, I news. Good Morning, America. We wanna give right to that. Breaking news. Just the headlines always digging deeper reporting, the facts deserve, the exclusive news, breaking interviews. What everyone's talking about Droppin. George Michael serving what you need. And what you warrant. First thing. Every morning Morning, America. That's why GMA is America's number one morning show. We'll see in the morning on GM. And we thank you for Michigan. Congressman John Dingell served. Nearly six decades on Capitol Hill. We remember his humor charm is unshakable integrity. And of course is fantastic Twitter account many in wash. Shing remembering the ninety two year old who was dubbed big John. His wife congresswoman, Debbie Dingle, releasing a statement about her husband's saying that he died peacefully. His home the family calling him a loving, son. Father husband grandfather, and friend, former President Barack Obama saying Dingell led the charge on much of the progress. We take for granted today pointing to Medicare the Civil Rights Act in helping rescue the auto industry. Former President Bill Clinton saying Hillary, and I are grateful to have worked with him Reverend. Jesse Jackson tweeting of dingoes death. We've lost a voice of the common people voice of civility. Ryan burrow, ABC news. And those are the people and events that made world news this week world news this week was written and produced by Shannon Carney, and Scott Goldberg, ABC news, New York, are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes. Set up screener questions then zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash ABC week. That's indeed dot com slash ABC. Week.
Split Screen: Kim & Cohen
"It's Thursday, February twenty eighth a rare moments when one American presidency gives us two starkly different images on a split screen. We start here. On one side the nuclear summit in Vietnam that ended early with no deal sometimes you have to walk and on the other side. The president's former attorney dropping bombs in Washington is a racist. He's a con, man. And he's cheat from Capitol Hill to Hanoi. Our team is here to break down. These two story lines that have major implications for each one. It's been a pivotal twenty four hours. From ABC news. This is especially dish in of start here. I'm Scott Goldberg. Good morning. I am filling in for Brad. And wow, what a night we thought. And I thought and secretary pump peyot felt that it wasn't a good thing to be signing. Anything I'm going to let let's President Trump speaking at the end of his second nuclear summit with Kim Jong UN a summit that was cut short. There was supposed to be some kind of signing ceremony. But it was canceled as talks collapsed. It just wasn't appropriate. I want to do it. Right. I'd much rather. Do it right than do it fast. The president held a news conference just after two o'clock this morning eastern time following what had been back in Washington. An amazing day of drama. He had no desire or intention to lead this nation only to market himself and to build his wealth and power president. Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered to congress a dark indictment of his former boss, and we will talk about that shortly. But first, let's go to Hanoi were ABC's chief global affairs. Correspondent Martha Raddatz has been covering the summit. Martha. Hi, good morning. So they cut it short the two leaders canceled their lunch. The president said he had to walk away. That sounds bad. Is it? It was a remarkable press conference at the president. I gave you knew there wasn't good news when he immediately pivoted to Venezuela and Pakistan and India before he even got to what happened here or did not happen here in Hanoi. It is a bad sign for this reason, there is clearly a very very wide gap that remains between how the US views denuclearization and how Kim Jong own views denuclearization because last June in Singapore. The US walked away and President Trump wants to way saying that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat, and that they had agreed to denuclearize to get rid of their weapons. That is not what we heard today. Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety. And we couldn't do that. What we heard today? Is that the North Koreans wanted sanctions lifted? The US has said all along that they wouldn't do tit for tat it was denuclearization. And that's what North Korea had agreed to the administration has been criticized for not having a timeline on that for not having details on that. And now, we know there is no time line there. Weren't really details. Hammered out. So they have a very big gap to try to come together at some point. Well, it seemed like there was so much optimism on both sides Martha and the White House clearly was planning on having something to announce at that signing ceremony. Why would they schedule that? If nothing was certain. There was clearly some sort of misunderstanding or Kim Jong own came in with a much harder position than they expected because they had talked about assigning ceremony. They had talked about this lunch. So when the president came out, and we heard that the press conference was scheduled hours before it was originally scheduled. We knew something was up it. It's been interesting in the last few weeks because the White House is kind of lowered the bar an expectation. So maybe what will be able to announce his the official end of the Korean war. Instead of the ceasefire that's in place that didn't happen. So the bar was really pretty low, and they couldn't even get over that. So there have now been to some it's Martha and no measurable progress. Other than a pause North Korea's test-firing of missiles, which has happened before over the years without summits. What do you make of where these two countries are at this point in time? Was this a step back? I have to say that as for the denuclearization of North Korea. Nothing has really happened. There has been no significant progress. And in fact, there are many reports in the president said today, some people believe them some don't that they have actually been more aggressive with some of their programs in their missile programs as well. On North Korea. So not only have they not slowed down. They have speeded up that program when you look at a year ago, we've come a long way since then. But in terms of dialing back this nuclear weapons program, we have not Martha Raddatz at the site of the second nuclear summit between the US and North Korea in Vietnam. Martha thank you. You betcha. Not long after President Trump landed in Vietnam, he called his relationship with Kim Jong UN very successful. And great. And he said he thought there meetings would be very successful to between then. And now Michael Cohen happened ABC's. Karen Travers, also is in Hanoi. Hey, karen. Hey, I'm wondering did President Trump get distracted by what was happening back in Washington? How tuned in was he too the Michael Cohen hearing. Well, he admitted he watched some of it. He said he tried to watch as much as he could. But he couldn't watch too much because as he said I've been a little bit busy having it during this very important summit is sort of incredible. And he lied a lot. But it was the president said Michael Coen's Aligarh does what the White House has said for months now. And anytime Coen comes out with anything that's a ding or a a new revelation about the president. They say you can't trust them. This is a guy who admitted he lied to congress. And what about the president? Relationship with Kim in the span of little more than a year. They've gone from calling each other names like rocket man at mentally deranged to having this many bromance? I mean, how would you describe the relationship now? And especially at the end of a summit that broke down the president says, it's still very strong. He's quite a guy and quite a character. And. I think our relationship is very strong. And you know, Scott his whole thing about the relationship is that this is why he will be able to accomplish what no other president attempted before. And that is an agreement between the United States and North Korea on nuclear weapons, and he put so much stock in the personal relationships. He has with world leaders and North Korea's Kim Dong Yun is no different. He said he has great respect for chairman Kim, he says, he has great respect for his country that raise a lot of eyebrows. Because Kim has been accused of starving his own people. So to hear the the American president overseas, he has great respect for chairman Kim, it's gonna get a bit blowback a back in the states for sure I have to say though, while the president says Kim promised no more restarting of the nuclear testing. If Kim does one thing that the president doesn't like I would not be surprised if we're back to the taunts threats that tweets and all of that getting along, I guess is one thing getting a deal certainly is proving to be much more. More elusive Herron drivers, also and Hanoi. Thanks so much. Karen? Thank you. One more note from the president's news conference in Vietnam. He was asked about auto warmbier the American college student who was detained in North Korea slipped into a coma and died after he was brought back to the US. The president said Kim Jong UN felt badly about that. He tells me that he didn't know about it. And I will take him at his word, and yes, ma'am, this too is a change in tone for the president before he met him in person he called Kim's regime, depraved and speaking to the United Nations in two thousand seventeen the president included warm beers death in a long list of human rights abuses. He said that regime committed. Next up on start. Here we go back to Washington where Michael Cohen, either lied to congress again or exposed the dark side of a president who's legal problems could be just starting to pile up. I have a dream. But don't know where to begin. I didn't want be limited looking for wisdom for women who've already been there, you will constantly be given the opportunity to lose yourself. Welcome to ABC's. No limits. I'm your host, Rebecca Jarvis. And each week. We're talking to game changing women about success lessons learned along the way. And of course, the worst advice, I really thought about this worst advice ever you can hear new episodes of no limits every week on apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app. Until yesterday. The most famous words out of Michael Cohen's mouth probably were quotes. I'm the guy who protects the president and the family. I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president. Then yesterday Cohen said this Mr. Trump is a racist. He's a conman. And he is a cheat. Those words that extreme flop from the president's longtime personal attorney and fix her testifying about his former boss before the house oversight committee ABC senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce had a front row seat. Mary we will walk through Cohen supporting evidence for those charges in a moment. I will you set the scene for us. What was this moment? Like on Capitol Hill. This was a chaotic and intense moment that had that feeling that weight of history. People were lining up before dawn just to get a chance to hear Michael Cohen, essentially turning on the president and telling all I am here under oath to correct. The record to answer the committee's questions. Truthfully. Remember, Michael go, and he lied to congress before. Now, he said he was here to set the record straight with nothing to lose to tell all about the president. And he told all of those people that the president has been lying Mary about the hush money payments to cover up alleged affairs. Not just knowing about them, but reimbursing Coen for them. And that the president lied about stolen democratic emails light about the Trump Tower project and Moscow were those the big moments for you. Or what stood out three big things that really stood out? One Cohen saying that the president knew ahead of time that the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange was going to release those hacked DNC emails that were so damaging to Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect when that be great number two. Granular detail with which Cohen told lawmakers at the president ordered him to pay off porn star. Stormy Daniels just before the election. I'm providing the cop of a thirty five thousand dollar check that President Trump personally signed this is Cohen, essentially implicating the president in criminal conduct. And then finally the fact that he said that the president essentially expected him to lie to congress about that Trump Tower deal that he was negotiating with Moscow. Which now we know the president wasn't a go shooting with the Russians well into the campaign. He also said the president lied about other things that he couldn't discuss because that's a matter that the southern district of New York. Prosecutors are looking into we're going to talk about that later in this podcast. Meanwhile, Mary at the capitol did Republicans once challenged the substance of any of Cohen's claims or did they just focus on Cohen calling him a convicted liar who's lying again Republicans. It was very clear we're sticking to a certain playbook, and that was to chip away at Cohen's credibility liar liar pants on fire over and over again, they cast him as a liar as someone who cannot be trusted when you failed to report four million in income to the Internal Revenue Service. Michael go, and does have a credibility problem. He has pleaded guilty to lying to congress before. But what's interesting is? You didn't hear Republicans bringing up the substance of Michael Cohen's allegations and stepping up to defend the president not one question. So far since I'm here has been asked about President Trump. As for Democrats. What are they going to do next? What what do they do with all of this information? Well, Democrats are taking all of this information. And looking ahead is got this is just the beginning of what is going to be probably as long series of blockbuster testimonies in hearings up here on the hill. You heard in the way the Democrats were structuring their questions that they were trying to glean additional information about other areas that they should be looking into it. It helped for the committee to obtain federal and state tax returns from the president and his company to address that discrepancy believe so and other people they should be talking to gathering up a witness list for the future. And Michael Cohen has about two months of freedom before he reports to federal prison to start his sentence after pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud line to a Bank and campaign finance violations. What at the capitol Mary. Thanks. Thanks. I mentioned the southern district of New York. That's the federal court in Manhattan where Michael Cohen says he's in constant contact with investigators. And he says they're looking into other illegal acts by President Trump. Let's bring in ABC's cure Phillips, host of the podcast the investigation and ABC's Chris flato who heads up the investigative unit and contributes to that podcast guys. Those revelations about the southern district SDN y those really stood out. Oh, I agree with you. I think it was the biggest thing out of this hearing it's been this delicate dance because you know, they have been ruthless to him, and he is very mistrustful of them. They're sending him to jail for three years. So the fact that he's been meeting with them. I think has been he's trying to maybe get leniency on his prison term. So what he's telling them. We don't really know. I think there was some hints. When was the last communication with President Trump or someone acting on his behalf? I don't have the specific date, but it was a while ago that there's possible -struction perhaps on the stormy Daniels aspect of the investigation. And what did he or his agent communicate to you? And unfortunately, this topic is actually something that's being investigated right now by the southern district of New York, and I've been asked by them not to discuss an not to talk about these issues. I mean, the obstruction that we've been talking about all along with the Muller case is all about the Komi firing. But could there be obstruction by this White House into the the stormy Daniels part of the what we should stay focused on a a lot of people were wondering was anything going to come out about collusion. These ties between the Trump White House and Russia, and really what it came down to was SDN y in there in lies the real threat for Michael Cohen and possibly for the president. But with regard to Russia questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia. I mean, plain and simple, I do not. And I wanna be clear, but I have my suspicions. Straight up. He was saying I've got nothing on that. I want to ask you guys about collusion in a moment. First sticking with the SDN. Why is it possible that the southern district of New York is looking into President Trump's personal finances? What he had described as a red line? And could there be other members of his family or close confidants who are possibly in trouble? Now. Absolutely. I mean, it could be happening. We don't know it as a fact, I mean, there are hints. And this was our first real the sign post or breadcrumbs to say that something's going on. In the southern district. You know has a long history they beat to their own drum. No matter who even the attorney general is and they're not driven by politics. They're driven by you know, they like to prosecute people. So that I do think Chris Christie who was the US attorney in New Jersey in his our analysts was saying he's always thought that's the most dangerous thing to Donald Trump is not Bob Muller. But the southern district of New York, let's talk about what makes these things different. Because we talk about the investigation your podcast is called the investigation in reality. There are a lot of investigations happening. There's the southern district of New York that is different than the molar probe and those two things are different than the investigations that are happening in congress. Can we quickly just take a step back and say, what's what's well? They're going to be dozens of investigations going forward. Not only has Michael Cohen testified before the the Senate intelligence committee the house government of. Harrison oversight today. He's going with the house intelligence committee in closed doors. And now if you noticed in the congressional hearing, they were laying the groundwork for even his tax returns, which is going to be under the House Ways and means committee. The Muller report may be coming in the next few weeks. But that's only the end of the beginning. There's going to be far more investigations more than we can comprehend. Let's not forget all the subpoenas. Sixty four subpoenas. Is that what we is at the latest number it? It's it's more than sixty. That's for sure. Okay. So back to collusion. What if there isn't collusion with Russia? Michael Cohen just said, he's not aware of collusion perhaps backing up with President Trump's been saying that there's no collusion, which is why the president has called this whole investigation a witch hunt. But Chris you covered President Clinton. Does it help us to remember that when he was impeached for lying about an affair? That investigation started as an investigation into the whitewater land deal, and when he fast forward to today, will it matter. If this investigation started as one looking at collusion if instead finds something else, you're right. I mean, obviously, the Clinton investigation grew from whitewater into a Monica Lewinsky, however, at the end of the day the Clintons successfully argued it was an investigation about sex and actually right now where we stand with Michael Cohen, the stormy Daniels payments is an investigation about sex. You know? I don't think I thought about it quite like that until you mentioned, it guess, that's why you guys have a podcast called the investigation Kira? And Chris thanks as always for sharing your insights on start here. Thank you. Thank you. One last thing. There are more than thirty two thousand North Koreans who since nineteen ninety eight have said we can't take it anymore. So they defected. They fled to South Korea. Like these three. Hi, my name is Mitch. My name used home park Mnuchin, I'm eight youtuber now studying political science of boxing champ and a documentary filmmaker in South Korea, they can be those things in the north use some pock. The filmmaker says he probably would have had no choice but to be a laborer. If I lived in Korea. Now, I cannot choose what I want to North Korea. Which President Trump says will be an economic powerhouse remains a place where students are taught Russian, but not English these three are speaking a language, they couldn't learn until they less than I was came here. I I didn't know that ABC and these three defectors are in their late twenties. They're millennials. In fact, their generation now makes up the majority of those thirty two thousand North Koreans who defected to what for practical purposes is the other side of the world. The voices. We don't often here we talked about more Korea. We will continue to dissect what happened at the nuclear summit in the days ahead. In the meantime, stay up to date on ABC, news dot com or using the ABC news. I'm Scott Goldberg. I'll talk. I'll talk to.
My Dad's Not a Criminal
"It's friday august ninth of all the questions surrounding this week's massive immigration raids in mississippi. There's this one asked by an unknown number of kids. What what happened to my mom and dad we start here. The kids were at school their first day of school when the roundup started. The volunteers came to pick them up. It's one hundred seventy something days until the iowa caucuses but the candidates already are in iowa ah worry about some of the really liberal candidates visit the iowa state fair and how much is our diet contributing to climate change now. We're or not being very good users of our oakland a u._n. Report says fossil fuel emissions are just part of the problem from a._b._c. news. This is start here. I'm scott goldberg. Are you hiring with indeed. You can post a job in minutes set up screener questions then zero zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash start here. That's indeed dot com. Slash start here good morning happy. Friday brad is offer a couple of days. What happened this week. In mississippi was something we hadn't seen in more than a decade. A massive immigration rate at a workplace in the middle of the day ice officials are calling this the largest single state operation in american history hundreds of agents sweeping food processing plants plants in six mississippi cities arresting six hundred eighty accused undocumented immigrants not prioritizing criminals but rounding up people who were working. Their mother is gone. They don't know where he's at the moms and dads and that means a lot of sons and daughters didn't get picked up from school that day because the many of those kids ended up in the care of volunteers people who just showed up because somebody had to. He's something doesn't image visited visit these. We're told the number of undocumented immigrants who were taken away on buses was about six hundred eighty the number of kids whose moms uh-huh and dads were on. Those buses isn't clear a._b._c.'s serena. Marshall is covering the story high serena hi scott. Let's start with those children. What do we know about them well. We we know that actually got a lot of their parents. Have now been released from ice custody so they rounded up about six hundred and eighty individuals six hundred agents to do that by the way and now they've released several hundred of those people because their parents with no one to take care of their children they held on holden's does working so according to ice two hundred and seventy where released from the processing center because they were parents and approximately thirty people people the plans for the raids took place. We're not transported to a processing centre because of humanitarian factors like being a nursing mother or pregnant the first thing i thought thought about the kids whenever <hes> you know the the kids were released from school. What would happen with them now. It kind of begs the question why the raids in the first place if you're going to make sure that there's a proper protocol in place to handle these children many of who are american citizens very shocking to learn of what what was happening and there was no warning. I mentioned these raids targeted workers not criminals. A lot of people are going to say well. They're here illegally. What's the difference difference well. The difference is the type of crime. They committed crossing the border. Illegally in and of itself is a misdemeanor. Serena understood the the act of crossing the border. Illegally illegally is a crime being here without permission is a civil violation. That's like having a parking ticket or something. In the past president obama who is known as the reporter in chief when he targeted people he was mostly prioritizing people who committed crimes actual crimes after they were in this country. What's different about aww like this under obama dose. They were focused on criminals. People who were part of gangs or had committed multiple offenses that would qualify them for a felony and they avoided these mass deportation rates at office spaces at sanctuary locations like churches or schools for example because they didn't want to instill fear in the community. They were prioritizing their enforcement. They recognize their limited resources so we're going to go after the real bad guys leave those who are just trying to work make living for themselves themselves take care of their children to continue living and taking care of their children without fear of deportation there baldur's their mothers children. Even people has work cars. They even took them. The obama administration also focused heavily on recent arrivals and that was to deter those people who were trying to cross immediately and stay here. Many of undocumented community in america have been here for more than a decade and it's probably worth reminding listeners serena undocumented immigrants grants according to the government's own numbers now are more likely to come here legally and overstayed their visas than crossed the border illegally serena marshall. Thanks thank you scott. What would you say that that little girl obviously obviously the impact of enforcement of law can be devastating for families. <hes> let's go to the border now. A._b._c.'s will car is in yuma arizona and just interviewed the acting secretary of homeland security kevin mclean. Will you ask him specifically about those kids in mississippi getting separated from their parents. What did he say that's right god. He says that he he knows that this can be devastating for those families. We've already released about forty percent of the people they arrested yesterday. <hes> and those parents that had dependent kerry issues were prioritized for release their place back but he also told me that they have priority to hold businesses accountable and want crackdown on human smuggling. I understand dan. You also talk to him about domestic terrorism and the deadly mass shootings last weekend. What did he say about that well. He told me that domestic terrorism and specifically white supremacist premised extremism is a growing concern for the jess faded go out walmart roofing welton sweet clinton when i was in el paso earlier this week i spoke to a man who would found out just minutes before that is father has passed away in the hospital from the shooting <hes> there in el paso and he told me that he felt like hispanics were being hunted so i mentioned that to the acting secretary and he said that he understands that the shooter wanted to kill hispanics. That was an attack on on c._v. Pee on our families as well as that community and we we we protect them every day. Alongside those families clearly said that this attack was hate. It was domestic terrorism and that they need to do everything that they can't as a department to improve their posture auster to prevent it again so question then about rhetoric. That's been described as hate. The word invasion that president trump has used to describe migrants coming into this country. Is that how the department of homeland security sees. What's happening as an invasion. That's right so i asked him about the political rhetoric on both oh size that has been flying around now for quite some time and he said that <hes> the term invasion is not the term that they would use <hes> at border control and at the department of homeland security but he added that they've seen a flow like nothing they've seen over the past decade. I also asked him about the rhetoric <hes> from the left about decriminalizing <hes> crossings. I think that would be counterproductive. I think it would draw additional flow and put more kids and families at risk <hes> and it doesn't make any sense. He said that would actually invite even more people to come across when we're already obviously having <hes> surges like we haven't seen in quite some time this year a political debate that no doubt will continue into the fall and beyond will car at the border in yuma era zona. Thanks well. Thanks got to the next up on start here. Fried stuff on a stick and first in the nation caucuses. They take both seriously in iowa tom. There's nothing like a night of good sleep to avoid those groggy mornings earnings if you're struggling to get a good night's sleep. You've got to try purple mattress. 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And what's the strangest thing you've eaten there well. I'm looking at a mob scene here in des moines at the fair and as for what i've eaten i had a very delicious peppermint ice cream bar had lemon cream cicle drink at one point joint and i had a beacon wrapped barbecue spare ribs and a little bit concerned for my health for all three of those things fried or just the last item ju just the last one. I'd be concerned. What if the drinks are free so what is it about this state fair <hes> that draws everyone. Is it just the fact that <hes> you know it's obviously iowa. The caucuses are coming or does it really matter as much as it has in the past knowing that all of these candidates have already been out there campaigning for so long months in some cases yeah yeah well. It's an interesting <hes> vibe out there this week as you said because this campaign has gone on ranging back to two thousand eighteen when some of the candidates were entering the race there are a lot of iowans a lot of folks across the country as a whole that feel like they really know the candidates already. They've seen them on t._v. They've seen them in person. There's not much that they can say at at the fair this week. <hes> that might change their mind. It's time to start weeding them out with perhaps even more interesting is the fact that aren't just islands at the state fair. This is such a big big event that it attracts people from throughout the midwest and across the country so outside of iowa where they might not have seen so many political candidates they might not be so familiar with some of the names in in the middle of the pack. Maybe the castros of the buddha judges. There's still a opportunity for those candidates to make a first impression outside of iowa in those primaries. Mary's that are gonna come a little bit later on during the year judging from the crowds if we're <hes> use those as unscientific polls. Can you tell at this early stage which candidates are the most popular absolutely will former vice president joe biden. He's not just the favorite in the scientific polls that we're seeing but he's the favourite amongst the folks that i've talked to so far supplied and this morning i always like to come to the first day of the state fair in would it comes down through something that we've heard all along. It's about electability when you think about who's electable collectible at who can get things done and who's moderate <hes> he's. He's the one who stands out democratic voters right. Now are still still most concerned for the most part with the candidate who's going to be able to defeat president trump those ideas and capture that young girl oh like you guys they view joe biden as the safest bet but we're seeing a couple of other names start to creep into that conversation with komo progressive time progressive myself i wish joan would be more progressive and without further <music> vice president joe biden much but in seeing the crowd that former vice president biden contracted hundreds of folks packed into this very small area voters turned away from it and said hey. That's the joe biden that we know he seemed solid. He's still our guy even right now about five months away from this iowa caucus and that is a long time. I remember eight years ago. Michelle bachmann won the iowa straw poll on the republican side than a few months later. She came in sixth sixth in the caucasus but let's talk about the fact that once again we're talking about iowa. The state play such an outsized role in the election process. What do you make of it yeah. There are so many quirks in the american political process and this is obviously one of them the outsized importance that they have here in the hawkeye state on the one hand when you talk about you know myself from new jersey from the midwest outside of iowa. You know there's some jealousy. I think that voters look. I win they think why are they able to call the shots but you alluded to this a little bit before the night. The voters weighed in for the first time and they made things even more wild and unpredictable. They don't always get it right on the republican side of big projected victory tonight for texas senator ted cruz. He comes out on top. This is a surprise followed by the billionaire businessman and ex reality star donald trump tom would it can certainly set the tone for the rest of the primary season. When barack obama won here in iowa in two thousand eight that gave a a lot of african american voters in south carolina the faith that he might be able to follow through and actually win these things so they still play an outsized role here in iowa still so important and when i talked to voters here it's something they take so seriously they wanna show the rest of the nation that they are educated that they know the issues that they're making the right choice. The choice that they think is best for the country as a whole the official motto of the iowa state fair is nothing compares as in nothing compared to that state's state fair. I know some people in minnesota the soda who might take issue with that but maybe during an election cycle there might be some truth to it adam kelsey moines at the iowa state fair. Thanks absolutely thanks for having me when when we talk about climate change and what if anything can be done to stop it we're usually focusing on emissions carbon emissions greenhouse gases fossil fuels all that so naturally the thing about factories and cars but now comes this u._n. Report that says twenty three percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from human activities on land including agriculture sir and deforestation in other words a lot of the things we do to the land so we can eat a._b._c. Stephanie apps has been reading this report. Hey stephanie. Hey scott has gone done. It's going well except i'm reading this report that says i need to stop eating. If i want to save the planet is that right well. That's not exactly right. It's more about you know what are our priorities in how we used this land for agriculture you know are we being the best stewards of the land making the most efficient use of land potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions that they say is necessary to meet these u._n. Goals when learned is degraded it reduces the soil say ability to take carbon and this exacerbates climate change and the answer right now. According to this climate panel is is no. We're not being very good users of our own land and meet always as comes up in this discussion. It takes corn. It takes all of these grains. You have to grow them. They're destructive crops and that's how we feed livestock. So meat comes up all the time time. Is that what this is about eating less meat sort of so the the u._n. Is very specific. They say we are not telling people what diet to have but the study they put out this week also shows that a more plant forward diet is one of the things that could potentially reduce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions when you're you're talking about agriculture and it is partly because of the amount of energy and land needed to produce the the grains to feed those animals if it's not necessarily proportional to the nutritional benefit that we get from eating meat so if i want to be responsible here. Can i look at grass fed ed beef. Let's say instead of cows that are fed on grain or can i look at vegetables for that matter and the way they're grown. Is that responsible way to think about. Eating the report doesn't specifically get into the question of grass-fed versus conventionally farmed obviously in the u._s. There are some some very problematic parts of the way that we raise livestock for meat and that contributes additional emissions. The experts that i talked to really weren't convinced that that grass fed versus conventional farming is gonna gonna make a big difference. If you continue to consume beef or pork at the same level that you do now. It's really more about vegetables. Healthy grains means healthy fats some of those things that you can make more central to your diet and maybe make meet more of an addition instead of that traditional plate that we all think of which is maybe a big steak and then a potato and some piece okay well. Let's say the the entire world were to change its diet but we all kept taking our cars to work mark flying on airplanes using all the gadgets in our home that need electricity. That's probably coming from coal. Plants is changing the diet or the way we think about the land. Actually we're gonna make a big difference. A big enough difference it will but the the u._n.'s point is that none of these solutions happen on their own then he's under growing human pressure and that is part of the solution that land cannot do it all as one person put to me. There is no oh silver bullet for climate change silver scattershot. You have to tackle all of these aspects at once. Which is i think why when you start having this conversation it's so intimidating right these are monumental changes in the way we live and our global economies <hes> but the land aspect in particular what you talked about agriculture deforestation deforestation these activities contribute more than twenty percent of all greenhouse gas emissions around the world so the main takeaway of this u._n. Report is even and if we completely electrify our energy systems even if we completely eliminate fossil fuels that's not going to be enough on its own to reach those those goals that they set sat out in the paris climate agreement and the u._n. Ultimately is trying to light a fire under the government's in a position to do something about all of this stephanie avs. Thank you thanks. Thanks got one last thing in new jersey. A guy is suing hudson county to get his name on the ballot for a seat on the jersey city school board. He thought he'd done everything right. He took around a petition signatures but then the county clerk rejected the petition saying that's not your real name. The guy said that is my name man right. The guy's name is alexander hamilton just like the founding father there who inspired the musical go so the one problem is our guys. Legal name is vernon alexander hamilton. He says his friends his family even his mom column alexander and have since birth so he asked the clerk to reconsider the petition because you know else crappy but the clerk denied our guy a second time so now this mr hamilton is suing to get his name back on the school board ballot arguing. It was unreasonable to remove it in the first place. You know the other. Mr hamilton might have made this very simple argument. Everything is legal in new jersey. There really is a hamilton clip for everything. Start here is produced by david ryan. Josh cohen tara jimbo kelly says lauren f- rod thanks to elizabeth elizabeth russo jeff fitzgerald a valez station this issue special thanks this week to sasha pathogenic and aaron katersky for finding the hamilton story. I'm scott doc goldberg talk again monday. Are you hiring with indeed. You can post a job in minutes set up screener questions then zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash start here. That's indeed dot com slash start here.
#63: Our Take, July 29, 2019
"Welcome to healthcare rounds the podcast serving you the INS and outs of health policy and business business topics as well as our take on the rapidly evolving healthcare delivery ecosystem. I'm your host John Murcia C._E._O.. Of Darwin Research Group and faculty associate at the W P Carey School of business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona is on a State University on Thursday the Senate Finance Committee voted nineteen to nine to advance a bill proposed by Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden that includes numerous provisions to lower drug prices. The bill called the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act or P._D._p.. Are A of twenty nineteen is likely to undergo considerable changes before it reaches the Senate floor for full vote. If it gets that far senator Wyden said Democrats would oppose a floor vote on the bill unless Republicans agree to hold votes on amendments that would guarantee insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions and give federal health officials the ability to negotiate Medicare drug prices directly with manufacturers even among the committee members who voted to advance the bill there was opposition to certain of its provisions particularly Louis Among the Republican senators and some indicated that they might not vote for the bill in full vote over the span of a decade the P._d.. P._R._A. as it currently stands would save eighty five billion in Medicare spending and another fifteen. Fifteen billion in Medicaid spending further the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Medicare beneficiaries would save twenty seven billion out of pocket costs and five billion in premiums during that same time period a key provision of the P._d.. Pierra include requiring drug makers to pay a rebate to Medicare if they raise their prices more than the rate of inflation capping out of pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare enrolls <unk> at thirty one hundred dollars per year the bill would eliminate the donut hole and part d coverage and would instead require enroll as to pay twenty five percent of their drug costs after meeting their deductible capping the add on payment that providers received for most most Medicare Part B. Drugs biologics and biosimilars at one thousand dollars the add on is currently either three percent or six percent however to encourage providers to use biosimilars the add on for those would be increased to eight percent for the I five years after the products launched and finally a number of transparency elements such as requiring C._M._S. to post online the part D. rebates that pharmacy benefit managers negotiate an amending current laws to eliminate spread pricing racing changes under the P._D.. P._R._A. would go into effect in January twenty twenty two. Here's our take Republicans WanNA lower drug prices Democrats want to lower drug prices. The White House wants to lower drug. Prices consumers are begging for lower prices. So why is it so hard for Congress to pass legislation to lower drug prices partisan perceptions mostly in this case thirteen of the fifteen republican committee members wanted to remove. The provision requiring drug manufacturers to pay a rebate if their price increases outpace inflation why because they don't want the government interfering with private markets or being involved in price-setting incidentally Medicaid already uses the sort of rebates strategy on the other hand most of the committee's Republican members were in favour of an amendment that would have blocked a proposal. The White House is considering to Align U._S.. Drug prices with those paid and certain other countries the amendment failed narrowly nearly the all of the Democrats on the committee voted in favor of an amendment that would have allowed Medicare to negotiate drug prices with drug companies that all fifteen republicans voted against it so it too failed Democrats also want to revive the trump administration's recently recently scrapped rebate policy which required PM's who negotiate drug prices for Federal Health plans to refund some of those billions of dollars in rebates medicare beneficiaries that could still show up in the house's version of drug pricing bill to be introduced in September. You also have to factor Pharma push back into the mix. A number of industry executives met with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday to voice their concerns with the Grassley widened bill citing two sources who had discussions at the White House Reuters reported on Wednesday that trump is considering an executive order to reduce prices on essentially all branded prescription drugs sold to government programs that most certainly wouldn't set well with big Pharma. According to the Financial Times. The pharmaceutical industry spent a record amount of money on lobbying congress during the first six months of twenty nineteen in its attempts to stave off pricing reforms Pharma alone spent over sixteen million during that period. Period it will be interesting to see how far Donald Trump will go to deliver on his pledge to lower drug prices before the election next year. Senator Grassley told reporters after Thursday's committee vote quote. You've got the president campaigning on doing away with the non interference clause who knows what he's GonNa do at the last minute. If you join forces with Pelosi look at what that would do to everything that we've Republicans stand for in the United States Senate Senate artisan perceptions indeed. Here's what else you need to know. Cutting costs while improving quality as possible for accountable care organizations that take on two sided risk according to a study published July Eighteenth Anthony New England Journal of Medicine Researchers from Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts University evaluated eight years of data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts alternative quality contract population based payment model with financial rewards and penalties. They found that the program reduced per unruly spending by up to eleven point nine percent compared with a control group enrolled in commercial health plans and quality of care increased in several categories the study the authors noted quotes savings on claims driven in the early years by lower prices and in later years by lower utilization of services Tenet Healthcare Corp is spinning off its Conifer business unit as an independent publicly weekly traded company. The company said the decision follows a strategic review process that commenced in December twenty seventeen and that it expects the spin off to be complete by the end of the second quarter twenty twenty one on for provides revenue cycle management and. Population Health Management Services to health systems physicians in employer groups in two thousand eighteen conifer contributed one point five billion in revenue and three hundred sixty million in adjusted EBA DOT to tenants balance-sheet C._B._S. is testing a coordinated care pilot for Aetna commercial and Medicare advantage beneficiaries requiring knee replacements C._v._S. C._E._O.. Larry Merlo said at a Medicare advantage conference on Tuesday Merlo said pre and post operative care. We'll be managed by a clinical team in the home at C._V._S.. Pharmacy locations and through telehealth technology a spokesperson said that C._D._S. will look for opportunities to expand similar coordinated care programs to other conditions and procedures for Aetna Edna. BENEFICIARIES CIVIC ARE EX generic drug company formed by leading U._S.. Health Systems announced it signed a five year agreement with London-based Sigma a generic drug manufacturer under terms of the Agreement Hekmat will produce fourteen essential sterile injectable medications for civic a as a private label distributor Sinica said the list of products will be announced separately and that initial shipments are expected to begin before the end of Twenty nineteen the deal marks the second supplier partnership that civic assigned in May the nonprofit signed but zely pharmaceuticals a Danish generic drug company for a supply of the infective Vancomycin and optimizing. We also have a few executive moves advocate. Aurora health is dropping its co-ceo model naming former advocates C._E._o.. Jim Scott Goldberg as the organization Soul President and CEO effective immediately. Immediately skaggs run the health system along with co-ceo Dr Nick Turco since the merger of advocate healthcare and Aurora healthcare in April twenty eighteen in a press release advocate or health said Dr Terkel will support any transition needs as he departs to pursue other interests. Paul Steiner is leaving her post as C._E._O.. Of Healthcare Services Corp The Nation's fourth largest health insurer said Wednesday H._C._f._c. he said board member David j lesser will serve as interim CEO until Steiner's replaced them. It is named Maury Smith most recently as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has been named president of H._C._F._C. C._B._S.. Health has named Sri Chug A to M._d.. As chief medical officer for C._V._S. Care Mark He will report to Dr Trion a Brennan Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of C._V._S. health finally Dr Reshma Coal Ramani is being elevated to C._E._o.. Of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Effective April one twenty twenty Dr Quayle Romani is currently Vertex as chief medical officer. She will succeed Jeff Liden who'll transition into the role of executive chairman of the board. That's all for this week from all of us at Darwin Research Group. Thanks for listening if you haven't yet done so please rate and review healthcare rounds wherever you listen to podcasts healthcare rounds is produced by Deanna Nicola Jr and engineered by Andrew Roja The music by John Murcia Darwin Research Group provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to healthcare executives are strategic focus is on healthcare delivery systems and the global shift towards value based care to learn more about us go to Darwin research dot com or send an email to insights.
Full Episode: Friday, March 22, 2019
"Get cashback anytime anywhere in the racket to nap racket in is a free member base. Loyalty program that lets you earn up to forty percent cashback on shopping over twenty five hundred stores simply shop online, and you'll earn a percentage of every purchase you make every three months. Members will be paid in the form of a check or the papal sign up today at racketeer dot com. That's our AK U T E N dot com. From ABC news world news this week. Time Chuck's Iverson in New York coming up house speaker Nancy Pelosi accuses William barbeque crime attorney general. The United States of America is not telling the truth to the congress of the United States. A letter received from special counsel Muller. The letters of bits navy a deadly attack on a synagogue during Passover. Schnee said got will Scud Paul Louisiana's way the economy versus safety on offshore oil rigs, you can over-regulate and over police and kill an industry when you get big money. You also get people who are very shortsighted and Venezuela's political stalemate turns violence. The people in events that made headlines when world news this week continues. You see headlines across your screen all day, but you're busy. What do you need to know? What's actually shaping your world? I'm Brad milkey from ABC news and every morning we start here. It was extraordinarily for as watching here in Singapore is ABC's new daily podcast a handful of stories just twenty minutes director Comey. Thanks for being with us. Newsmakers smart reporting taking you straight to the heart of the story starting here. Listen for free on apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app. It was a week of mounting tension in Washington between the Trump administration and Democrats in congress attorney general William Barr refused to testify Thursday before the House Judiciary committee in his place. An empty chair chairman Jerrold Nadler says if bar does not hand over the unredacted Muller report and its underlying evidence. The attorney general will be held in contempt of congress history will judge us for how we face this challenge. We will all be held accountable in one way or the other. And if he does not provide this committee with the information it demands and the respect it deserves Mr. bars moment of accountability will come soon enough. The Justice department objected to Democrats demand that bar take questions from staff attorneys who worked for members of congress. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy defended bars absence, one time has staff question a cabinet level of fish oil. And that was during the impeachment hearing that same day speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi. Accused barb committing a crime more from ABC's Mona Kosar Abdi on Capitol Hill. House speaker Nancy Pelosi says the attorney general line to congress about his handling of the Malla report. The attorney general of the United States of America is not telling the truth to the congress of the United States. That's a crime below sea. Then accused bar of non being loyal to his oath of office. But rather to the president nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States and not the attorney general motorcycles are ATI ABC news. Capitol hill. Justice department called Pelosi's words, reckless irresponsible and false many Democrats want the attorney general to resign are did testify about the mother report Wednesday before these Senate Judiciary committee where he faced tough questions about the Muller letter. ABC's Mary, Bruce, covered it all from the capital just hours before news broke that Muller had complained to the attorney general about bars decision to release his own summary of the reports conclusions Muller voiced his frustration in a letter to bar on March twenty seventh writing that the attorney gen. Summary did not fully capture the context nature and substance of this offices work and conclusions. Adding there is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigations letters bit snippy. And I think it was probably written by one of his staff. People Muller wrote his own summaries of the report and twice asked Barda released them, but Barr refused. The two men later talked on the phone and bar insists Muller did not accuse him of misrepresenting. The report there were notes taken of the call. May we have those notes? No, why not. Why should you have bar new of Muller's concerns when he testified last month, but he didn't reveal them when asked about concerns from the special counsels team members of the special counsels team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included in your March twenty four th letter that it does not adequately or accurately necessarily portray the reports findings do you know what they're referencing with that. No, I don't Democrats demanded to know why he didn't tell them about Muller's letter. You say you were not aware of concerned answer to question. And the question was relating to unidentified members. I talked directly to Bob Muller. Not members of his team for your I feel. Answer was purposely misleading bar called concerns over his summary, mind-bending Lee bizarre and took this jab at Muller his work concluded when he sent his report to the attorney general at that point. It was my baby Muller did not make a determination on obstruction of Justice. But bar did declaring in his summary that the president did not obstruct the president says he's exonerated based on bars conclusions. Democrats would all their hopes behind their collusion delusion. Which is now been totally exposed to the world is a complete and total fraud but bar insists he did not clear the president. I didn't wanna rage. Publican's pushed bar on. Why Muller didn't make his own determination show me a game? Very flea. Why Mr. mother told you he reached no conclusion, I really couldn't recapitulate it? When asked Robert Muller should be next to testify chairman Lindsey Graham made it clear he wanted Wednesday's hearing to be the last word. I'm not going to do any more enough already is over on Friday Representative Jerrold Nadler gave bar of final deadline nine AM Monday to hand over the full Muller report or be held in contempt as we were captivated by the drama in Washington. We also mourned multiple mass shootings. Two students were killed and four others wounded in a shooting Tuesday at the university of North Carolina at Charlotte. ABC's Stevenson Saami reports among the dead a hero who gave his life to save others. Police say twenty two year old tristen Terrell was standing up from his seat in the middle of anthropology class gunning down students Twenty-one year old Riley Howell made a decision to knock the accused gunman off. His feet Howell was shot dead. But police say he saved lives. We talk about heroism the first and foremost hero as far as I'm concerned. And his name. Is riley. How in a statement his parents shared that? He loved the lake and was friends with anyone in everyone. A big muscular guy with a huge heart. He and nineteen year old Ellis Parlier were more into a campus vigil Wednesday night. Nineteen year old droop. Scarlet campus, sports writer and three other students who were wounded are expected to recover. Ruining his Jack Spiegel's in the classroom. All of a sudden. Thank thank thank. Then everyone just started running. He believes he would have been hurt or killed if he were sitting on the same side of the class as the accused shooter he had went into the other entrance. I would be dead. I wouldn't be here talking you right now, I would be dead days. Earlier shots were fired inside a San Diego area synagogue, the attack occurring on the final day of Passover ABC's. Alec stone traveled to the scene of the shooting to learn more about the attack and the victims. It was a quick burst of bullets that would change so many lives. N-o-a-a Don is eight years old. She thought she was an assay place at this synagogue. But then she tells ABC news, she heard the loudest noise she's ever heard. And then she was hit. Movie we have to like high won't that shot. They would fragments lodge at our body noise describes being hit by a bullet meant for the rabbi, then her uncle grabbed her to safety as he was hit. Seconds who's very fast. Doyle is now out of the hospital. But she says she's having trouble sleeping. Like, I just couldn't keep like good about the path things that happened. Rabbi. She talked about Israel Goldstein is also telling his incredible story. He to heard a loud noise and walked out defined his good friend, Laurie K dying on the ground when he looked up. He saw the face of hate. There is a young man standing with a rifle pointing right at me. And I look at him yet sunglasses on I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul. The gunmen fired hitting both of the rabbis hands blowing off a finger. Then the gunman ran out. The rabbi says he immediately went to the children trying to shield them from any more gunfire. Then he went outside to give a speech to his congregation. I said you throw high. We are to snakes in that. Will stand toll will not let any one or anything take us down. Rabbi Goldstein is calling for Americans to stand up against anti-semitism. We need to show them that terrorism. Evil will never prevail. Let's feel up to synagogues. Let's toll let's dense together. The rabbi made those same plea to President Trump when the two talked on the phone on Sunday while alleged gunman Johner and a sits in jail. Now. The FBI is conducting its own investigation here into possible federal hate crime charges. Alex stone ABC news powei, California days after the synagogue attack. Israel marked holocaust remembrance day for two minutes the country came to a standstill as wailed ABC's Jordan Miller in Jerusalem with more Israeli stopping their cars on the highways. Standing still in stores and on the streets. That honor the lives of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators Israeli leaders putting the alarming rise in violent anti-semitism both in the US. And in Europe at the center of their remarks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the baseless hatred against Jews systematic, and venomous slander he said that also aims to undermine legitimacy of Israel in his remarks at the annual state ceremony at gadfly sham. Israel's national holocaust museum. Then ten now condemned again, the recent deadly shooting at a San Diego synagogue. Some Diego code him look into the pixel and in an apparent reference to the New York Times the also castigated the publication of antisemitic cartoons in quote respected newspapers. The New York Times recently apologized for running in its international edition, a cartoon of a dog on a leash Netanyahu's face the dog forcefully leading President Donald Trump pictured wearing a black Jewish skullcap or yarmulke and dark sunglasses. The paper admitted the cartoon played on old antisemitic tropes about Jews and power and conspiracies about their undue influence on world affairs. Giordano miller. ABC news Jerusalem stewing overseas. Venezuela's political standoff grows. More dire by the day on Wednesday. The opposition tried to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro ABC's in paddles in Caracas. Fresh clashes in the Venezuelan capital. Street to street between protesters the opposition cold demanding freedom and change. And the strong men loyal to President Nicolas Maduro rooming on bikes Faren Tig as into the crowd hundreds racing to safety position to win Widodo strongly. Back by the Trump administration continued his daring call to action just yesterday why do cooling for the military to revolt on mass and join his side. But his few have Madero seems still firmly empowered calling for his supporters to take to the streets to dismissing pressure to step down back in Washington. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan set the Madero regime. This stark warning when people say there are all options are on the table. They literally are four weeks senior Trump administration officials, including the president have raised the alarm about intervention in Venezuela by foreign forces, namely, Cuba and Russia on Friday. The president seemed to change his opinion. After speaking over the phone with Russian president. Lada MIR Putin he is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he'd like to see something positive happened for Venezuela. And I feel the same way we want to get some humanitarian aid. This is not the first time. President Trump took Putin on his word to president famously said he believed Putin when he denied meddling in the presidential election. The president said Russian meddling did not come up during their phone call. But the Muller report did we discussed at the actually sorta smiled when he said something to the effect that it started off as a mountain, and it ended up being a mouse when he knew that because he knew there was no collusion. The mullahs report says investigators found no evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, but they did uncover an effort by the Russians to sway the presidential election in Mr. Trump's favor one of those tactics. According to the special counsel was a large misinformation campaign on social media on Thursday. Facebook announced it's purge some high profile. Counts. Many loyal to the president more on Facebook. From ABC news chief national affairs correspondent Thomas. This may be one of the biggest and most impactful decisions Facebook has ever made the social media giant that gave everyone a voice and a page has just expelled seven of its controversial users people with massive followings. But who Facebook essentially decided we're quote, dangerous individuals or organizations, many who were banned or extreme conservative voices. The most well known being Alex Jones Jones supported President Trump also peddled and promoted sick conspiracy theories like that sandy hook massacre was fabricated, but there are others being banned like Louis Farrakhan from the nation of Islam for his anti semitic views, the tech world and really multiple industries are buzzing about this because social media moguls like Facebook's, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey had been under fire for letting misinformation hate speech spread on their platforms. And it's bigger than just Facebook also Instagram which Facebook owns, but you have to wonder these people have such massive following. Facebook and Instagram social media platforms pop up were they going to influence people next. This also comes at a time that Facebook is expected to be fined five billion dollars by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violation. So similar question at timing. Even pope Francis can't seem to escape political turmoil. A group of Catholic theologians accuses the pope of the worst possible sin ABC's. Megan Williams reports from Rome, some seventeen hundred conservative theologians philosophers and priests have signed an open letter accusing pope Francis of heresy. They asked Catholic bishops to publicly admonished the pope to renounce his harasses or quote, God forbid vote him out of office, if he refuses the letter contains a litany of complaints against the pope, including his perceived openness to LGBTQ Catholics and so-called weakness on abortion and same sex marriage. The letter also criticizes, the pope's openness to divorce and remarried Catholics to receive communion. The group says the evil of a heretical. Pope is so great that it should not be tolerated for the sake of some allegedly greater good. The Siamese also say pope Francis used a satanic symbol during mass. At the Senate on youth last year in London WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange was sentenced Wednesday to fifty weeks in prison for jumping bail. Assange was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for years to escape extradition to Sweden. A UN panel has criticized the sentence saying it's disproportionate for what it called a minor violation. The tough sentence sparked protests in Assange native, Australia ABC's, Tom rivers has more though. Father of Julian Assange is calling for his release at a recent Sydney rally. Sprayed. Doesn't showed up signs. Gary the messages, no US extradition and free. Assange Julian's father, John Shipton said the WikiLeaks founder is wanted for exposing war cries of Winky, link prevailing, these crimes the destruction of Iraq, the destruction of Afghanistan, the destruction of Syria, the destruction of Livia Malians kill they won't release. The religion. This was then. Against. Julian revealing these on his manifested by the English magistrate judiciary called on the Australian government to stand up in support one of its citizens. Tom rivers ABC news at the foreign desk. Back home would be subway bomber was rewarded Thursday for his help identifying and prosecuting terrorists to tell us from ABC's, which Unson when this plot was first foiled back in two thousand nine it was considered one of the most significant threats to the US since nine eleven prosecutors say that nausea Boulin's Ozzie who moved here from Afghanistan when he was a teenager, then went back to Pakistan actually trained with Al Qaeda in weapons and explosives became radicalized came back to the United States and concocted this plan in Denver, Colorado with two of his best friends to bomb the New York City subway system Zazai deny his involvement in the plot. But quickly then flips and sort of helping investigators. Prosecutors say that Dozzi repudiated his terrorist ideology. And in the end, a judge agreed granting him that credit for time served. He will be under supervised release for the rest of his life. This week the college admissions cheating scandal went global reports. ABC's Linsey Davis ABC news, confirming the identity of the wealthy family from China that allegedly paid six and a half million dollars to help their daughter UC Jau secure spotted Stanford University. The family was introduced to Rick singer. So called mastermind of operation varsity blues through an employee Morgan Stanley who's since been terminated one. In the family has been charged Stanford telling us they didn't receive any of that money all this as the first set of parents, formerly plead guilty on conspiracy to commit mail fraud charges in the admission scheme, Bruce and Avena Isaacson silent as they exited Boston federal court Wednesday accused of paying singer nearly six hundred. Thousand dollars in bribes to get their two daughters into elite colleges. Strong jobs numbers helped Wall Street race most of its losses for the week ABC's. Aaron Katersky has more Labor Department counted two hundred sixty three thousand new jobs in April. Thanks to hiring a nearly every sector. It's a sign. Businesses anticipate strong consumer demand. Consumer spending has been up the unemployment rate dropped to a five decade. Low of three point six percent average, hourly wages were up six cents sufficient, but not enough to drive up inflation and the Federal Reserve this week decided to leave interest rates alone decision Thursday, but the interior department in Washington has louisianans weighing the economy versus safety more from ABC, Sherry Preston. The Trump administration moving to give oil and gas companies along the Gulf Coast more flexibility when it comes to safety following the be peace Bill tough regulations were put in place there too tough. According to Louisiana residents, Casey, cure, all and sue chair may dislike the Valdez with every major tragedy. There's tons of regulations that come in to police them. But you can over-regulate and all the police and killing industry, and that's the Obama administration did to this area, in my opinion was no reason the point could they went to whip they say that rules hurt local businesses. But Greg Thompson also lives in Louisiana. He wants the rules kept in place. He says the fossil fuel industry is positive for the local economy, but not for the future and not for the plants and animals along the Louisiana coat when you give big money. You also get people who are very shortsighted and not interested in the long-term effects on the environment. Sherry preston. ABC news coming up one of ABC's zone gets a big honor. When world news this week continues. Simply safe is award winning home security that knows it feels good to feel secure in your home lizards blackout burglars. Simply safe protects you through it all twenty four seven dry, simply safe with free shipping and free returns. 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This is what we call. The special report seem at ABC always bidding when followed by Vic Ratner's voice and while Atlanta leaps off the launch pad like a scared cat riding tower of orange flame white smoke. That's big at the last space shuttle launch she covered the entire program. And was the only network radio correspondent live on air for the challenger disaster at nineteen Eighty-six, whereas the shuttle. Function. Something has gone seriously on major tragedy is words. Always the right ones stunned disbelief followed by a look to my left with the kids from Christa mcauliffe's elementary school. Remember, she was the teacher in space the kids from her school had come down to watch the launch and their smiles and cheers and laughter. Turn to tears of just never forget that scene accepting his honor on the NASA list. The chroniclers him Vick said who knew kid from Brooklyn could witness so much history. 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Full Episode: Friday, September 13, 2019
"Is there something that interferes with your happiness or is preventing you from achieving your goals better help online counseling. Is there for you connect with your professional counselor. Let's learn a private online environment scheduled secure video or phone sessions plus chat and text with your therapist listeners get ten percent off your first month by going to better our help dot com slash world news from ABC News World News this week. I'm Chuck Chuck Sivertsen in New York Coming Up Democrats debate one hundred sixty people like their health care now they can keep it if they don't like it. They can leave actually Never Matt anybody who likes their health insurance company. We're going to take your ar fifteen or AK forty seven the president says Goodbye John Bolton he made some very big mistake rescue off the Georgia coast. You see this massive overturn cargo shipping recognize there was no loss of life. It is nothing short of a miracle and a and remembering nine eleven eighteen years later people in events that made the headlines when World News this week continues in Democrats running for president went head to head in Houston this week take this third democratic debate hosted by. ABC News was a one night matchup featuring ten hopefuls including the first face off between former vice president Joe Biden and Massachusetts -Chusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren ABC's Mona Kosar. was there one after another the top contenders on the stage opened the debate with a common message their mission to defeat Donald Donald Trump what unites us up here the ten of us is much stronger than what divides US but the unified front quickly dismantled after the conversation shifted to healthcare all care for Vice President Joe Biden going head to head with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders over their support for Medicare for all of the hundred and sixty million people who liked their health care now they can keep it if they don't like it they can leave actually never met anybody who likes their health insurance company who wrote the Damn Bill. If I miss so so Senator Amy Klobuchar chiming into three debate also taking aim at Sanders and while Bernie wrote the bill I read the bill and in the harshest attack of the night former Hud Secretary Secretary Houlihan Castro called into question mental fitness. You said they would have tomorrow. You forgetting what you said. This is like Josh watchable election. You know this is what we're here for and it was Castro's memory who didn't serve in right incorrectly quoted the former vice president both Biden and Castro evoking former president Barack Obama throughout the night but then finding themselves in the hot seat over the administration's immigration policies. They make a mistake with those stations. The president did the best thing that was able to be done you. I'm the vice president United States as the night went on candidate spent less time on each other and more time on their plans for gun control hell yes we're gonNA take your fifteen. AK47 addressing racism and train eight sharing their vision for the country elected the nation's next leader ABC News political analyst Steve Roberts says the candidates talk about guns may help attract support from an important in voting block. Women worried about their family's safety for a long time. The Democratic Party has been deeply reluctant to take on the gun lobby and the a gun issue thinking it was just a loser with Middle America that is over there is this very significant shift too much much more drastic measures not just background checks talking about buy-backs talking about banning assault weapons how the leading candidate to here's ABC's Aaron Katersky though steadier and more vigorous gris than prior debates Joe Biden may be remembered in the ABC news debate for this dated reference Make sure you have the record player on at night but Biden proved resilient. Even as Leeann and Castro challenged his fealty to President Obama he wants to take credit for Obama's work but not have to answer any after the third debate biden remains the a front runner but with less than thirty percent of the vote on a room for surprises less than four months from the Iowa caucuses Aaron Katersky ABC News Houston President Trump didn't watch the debate in real time but had something to say about whoever winds up challenging him in twenty twenty no tweets from president trump during the democratic debate he was busy speaking to House Republicans in Baltimore Aww tomorrow and his message to those lawmakers and Republicans across the country. You really have to elect me whether you like me. Not It makes no difference because our country entry will go to hell. If any of these people get in. It'll go to hell the trump campaign was paying close attention to the debate calling it an infomercial for president trump trump saying the candidates were unimpressive and president trump will dominate any of them Karen Travers. ABC News the White House. John is somebody that I actually got along with very well. Uh He made some very big mistakes president this week talking about the latest White House shakeup the departure of National Security Adviser John Bolton in the mid controversy over whether he was fired or he quit. Here's ABC News senior national correspondent Terry Moran the White House scrambling to fill yet another big vacancy after president trump abruptly announced he was getting rid of his third National Security Adviser John Bolton the president tweeting. I asked John for his resignation nation but Bolton's saying that's not how it happened telling. ABC News He never asked me to resign. Directly or indirectly Bolton also tweeting I offered it to resign and president trump said let's talk about it tomorrow Bolton's reputation as a hawk an advocate of using US military power around the world put him at odds with trump. John Bolton is absolutely a hawk is up to him. He'd take on the whole world at one time okay as the President Hans for his Fourth National Security Advisor in three years critics sworn instability has its price on recent flashpoint with Bolton the president's negotiations with the Taliban in an effort to strike a peace deal in Afghanistan details from ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl President Trump declared talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan aren't just postponed. They're dead. They're a dead the dead far as I'm concerned they're dead. The president revealed he had secretly invited Taliban leaders to Camp David on Sunday to ink a peace deal. He says has he abruptly pulled the plug on that. After a car bomb attack killed an American soldier in Afghanistan they thought that that killed people in order to put themselves a little better negotiating position but the idea of inviting the Taliban the radical Islamic movement that gave safe haven to Osama bin Laden to Camp David just days before the anniversary serie of the nine eleven attacks was highly controversial as Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney put it no member of the Taliban should set foot there ever president trump defended his decision camp. David held meetings with a lot of people that would have been perceived as being pretty tough customers in pretty bad people almost a decade. Donald Trump is called for an end to the Afghan war. Let's get with it. Get out of Afghanistan but now as talks break down there are fourteen thousand American troops in Afghanistan considerably more than went. Donald trump was elected president with hundreds of Americans suffering vaping related lung L. Notices and at least six deaths so far the president this week announced the plan to remove candy and fruit flavored e cigarettes from store shelves. We are looking at vaping very strongly. It's very dangerous. Children have died people have died. President trump is launching a new vaping crackdown encouraged by first lady Melania who in a tweet called e cigarette use a growing epidemic. That's how the first lady got involved. She's got a son together that that is a beautiful young man and she feels very very strongly about the president's proposal would put a ban on flavored e cigarettes often used by teens and young people this after the CDC reported six deaths and at least four hundred fifty cases of serious respiratory illness in thirty three states. It's believed to be linked to vaping officials have not identified a specific device or ingredient use of both. THC and nicotine products have been reported by patients with the illnesses more than three point six million teens admitted to using each cigarettes in two thousand eighteen and health and Human Services Secretary Alex as Czar said that number has now jumped to five million jewel of popular e cigarette maker known for their flavored capsules or pods including mango fruit cucumber and cram trending some users on the heavily teen populated social media APP tick tock appearing to mock the recent health warnings with the Hashtag Stop Juuling juuling going viral and it's now becoming an issue for law enforcement authorities in Wisconsin arresting two brothers accused of running a large scale operation illegally illegally manufacturing counterfeit vaping cartridges filled with THC oil. It's ABC's which Johnson the trump administration this week also rolling back clean water protection actions for small streams and ponds critics say the move will harm what we drink. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is finalizing a change that will reduce clean and water regulation many states already have their own protections for waters within their borders environmentalists like the Obama clean water rules farms and businesses did not wheeler explained why meant that more businesses and landowners across the US when need to obtain a federal permit to exercise control over their own property the healing our waters Great Lakes coalition director. Laura Ruben says it'll make the water you drink less save. The repeal of east protections threatens up to a hundred and seventeen million Americans Americans drinking water those Americans can give the new plan a thumbs up or down by writing to the EPA Andy Field ABC News Washington the trump administration want around in court this week over immigration the Supreme Court allowing enforcement of the so-called third country rule denying most Central American migrants automatic entrance to the US set policy requires requires anyone requesting asylum at the southern border too. I have made that request of the countries through which they came to get here. The administration says the new restriction is meant to discourage people who enter the country illegally and then seek asylum only if they're caught immigration rights groups say the policy violates a federal law that has stood since nineteen eighty. Jim Ryan Alien. ABC News Dallas more in the Supreme Court's ruling from ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes is a victory for the administration but it may not be the final word the high court rejected acted lower courts temporary ban on the trump asylum policy but the legal fight over the legality of the asylum restriction will continue. Maybe for years the court or didn't explain its order but the two dissenters Soda My Oren Ginzburg Warrant Shy saying the trump policy upends practices that have been helping refugees escape persecution the maker of oxycontin could be heading for bankruptcy purdue Pharma reaching a tentative deal this week with more than twenty states and thousands of local governments to settle all claims over the nation's deadly opioid epidemic details from ABC News chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis a source close to the negotiations tells ABC news the Pharma a giant will pay up to twelve billion dollars including three billion dollars from the sackler family. The majority of the settlement is expected to go towards treatment rehab an anti overdose measures the deal stipulates purdue Pharma would declare bankruptcy but the company will continue to sell Oxycontin the opioid crisis according to the CDC cost the US seventy billion dollars a year and attorneys general in a number of states including New York Connecticut Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to choose its have come out against the deal saying it doesn't go far enough and that purdue Pharma needs to admit wrongdoing the blackened hull of a sunken diving boat was brought brought to the surface by salvage crews off the California coast this week investigators combing through the charred wreckage for clues to the fire that killed thirty four people Labor Day weekend and now an initial report from federal investigators. ABC's Marci Gonzales says that the NTSB releasing preliminary report saying for the first time that despite despite regulations requiring watchmen to be on duty all six crew members were asleep when the devastating fire broke out investigators working to determine whether lithium ion batteries played a role in the inferno the coastguard now warning boat operators to limit the unsupervised charging electronics such as cell phones and camera equipment much better maritime news this week from the other side of the country all crew members on a cargo ship that capsized caught fire off the Georgia Coast Got Out Alive Twenty crew and a pilot evacuated safely soon after the ship tipped over but four South Korean crewmen were trapped inside that ship for a day and a half before their dramatic rescue ABC's Kaley Hartung in Saint Simon's Georgia when it happened the final crew member trapped inside the Golden Grey makes his way out of the overturned hull that man joyously walking off the vote after spending nearly thirty six hours trapped in the ship's control control room alone with no access to fresh water food captain John Reid the commander on the scene thanking his team the foremen surviving a battle of life and debt dueling with sweltering temperatures topping what authorities say felt like one hundred forty degrees salvage crews navigating dangerous conditions go find three men trapped below deck. I making a three inch hold on let fresh air in passing them food and water eventually widening the whole to two feet by two feet then nearly early two hours later the fourth trap crew member finally freed the coastguard reporting they heard tapping from inside the boat alerting him to where they should concentrate their retrieval efforts the maritime community here in Georgia. They are applauding the four crew members is heroes. That's because they say these are men who chose to stay on a burning ship they took responsibility in in the engine room and in the control room and tried to ensure that advance situation didn't get any worse and when you see this massive overturned cargo ship and recognize there was yeah no loss of life. It is nothing short of a miracle. The Bahamas began bracing for another tropical storm this weekend as residents there continue to clean up from deadly Lee Hurricane Doreen and search for survivors as many as twenty five hundred were reported missing this week officials cutting down that number as they find people who evacuated or winter shelters. ABC's Marcus more is there the health minister here in the Bahamas told us that they are working to account for every single person but that it is possible that some victims were washed out to sea and they may never be found the death toll at least fifty and expected to rise as Britain lurches towards another brexit deadline. The outgoing speaker of the House of Commons says parliament not Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have the final say on approving an acceptable withdrawal from the European Union shooting down any no deal departure and a court ruled this week that Boris Johnson's five weeks suspension of parliament until close to the brexit deadline is unlawful full defeated in a Scottish court Boris Johnson is to appeal a ruling that found his suspension of parliament to be unlawful and the prime minister appears to be running out of options his last port of call the Supreme Court here which will hear his appeal defense secretary. Ben Wallace says he will call and should rightly always follow the rule of law and uphold the independence of the judiciary respect judiciary and of course that is exactly what I will do and we have some of the best judges in the world they don't always right which is why we have an appeal process and we'll see where we get to between effectively those two different opinions in the English High Court on the concession scholar Boris Johnson's critics accused him of lying coming when he asked the Queen for her consent to the suspension if he loses his appeal calls for him to resign will only grow louder Scottish rolling further deepens Britain's political deadlock Johnson says the country must leave the EU on October thirty first with or without a divorce deal to smooth away but many lawmakers fear unknown deal brexit would be economically devastating and are determined to stop him. Tom Rivers. ABC News London. A federal judge in Boston has sentenced synced actress Felicity Huffman to fourteen days in prison for her part in the college cheating scandal of men apologized in court crying she described her daughter asking why Huffman didn't trust her to do well on her own of men must also serve a year probation do two hundred and fifty hours of community service and pay thirty thousand dollar fine nine more from ABC's Scott Goldberg in March. US attorneys charged fifty people including Huffman and the Varsity Blues Scandal Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and while the public may have been outraged by her paying a so called admissions consultant fifteen thousand dollars to cheat on Huffman's daughters sat by having a proctor Dr correct the teens scores officials had filed a court documents saying no university suffered any financial loss saying there are no victims of this offense. ABC's chief legal analyst Dan Abrahams says that's dangerous for prosecutors moving forward that could lead to a lot better plea offers going out across the board. We've already seen this happen and wants in this case in connection with the sailing coach at Stanford University a different set of facts etc but prosecutors there wanted something like thirteen months. He got a day because in again this is a financial crime out of the gate. Hoffman was repentant early on saying she was sorry and did a terrible thing saying she was in desperation to be a good mother other and said she'd feel utter shame for the rest of her life. Huffman's husband actor William H macy writing to the judge that his wife's relationship with his daughters exploded on March twelve twelve and rebuilding that relationship will be a long process Scott Goldberg. ABC News alone suspect in the deadly mass shooting at a Texas Walmart early last month. It has been charged with murder here again is ABC's. Jim Ryan in Dallas Patrick cruces's suspected of killing twenty two people and wounding nearly thirty others you know pass on August third heard but so far the grand jury has returned only a single capital murder indictment in taxes a conviction on that charge alone would mean either life in prison or death by injection and for the twenty one year old the indictment is in early step in a process. That's likely to last year's no start date has been decided but the district attorney estimates that the trial would last last month's and include testimony from up to six hundred witnesses many of them customers were inside the El Paso Walmart when a gunman opened fire Crusius has held in isolation elation and he's on suicide. Watch Husky voiced rockstar Eddie money has died. He was one of the top selling artists to the seventies and eighties. ABC's Jason Nathanson has a look look back best known for hits including take me home tonight and two tickets to paradise a couple of weeks ago Eddie money just revealed on his access TV. The reality show real money that he was battling stage for esophageal cancer. Am I gonNA live long time. Who Know it's in God's hands but you know what I'll take every day? I can get burn. Edward Mahoney Brooklyn money was on track to be in New York City Cop until he moved to California in Nineteen Sixty eight to pursue music found fame drugs and success in the early days as of MTV Eddie Money was seventy Jason Nathanson ABC News Hollywood coming up Major Wallace Cole Hogan Junior United States Army remembering those killed on nine eleven when World News this week continues tied down at work. 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A. dot com slash world world news capterra software selection simplified those of us who are blessed to know you in life always remember here kind heart loving smile and beautiful spirit from Ground Zero Pentagon. John Shakes Ville Pennsylvania the nation marked eighteen years since the nine eleven attacks by hijacked planes orchestrated by al-Qaeda remembering bring the shock and horror as the twin towers collapsed and billowing clouds of poisonous Dutch morning the nearly three thousand people killed in the deadliest terror attacks. Ask David Muir as more at the flight ninety three National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania. A mother touches her son's name every year the bells at eight forty six when the first plane hit and it never gets easier my aunt for whom I named my daughter after as we love you forever we miss you infinitely in our life never been the same my father fire. Martin Nicholas to mail has company warm. We miss you. We love you. We know that you're proud of us and then there was this nearly eighteen years after the planes hit firefighter Michael Hobbs remains were identified the wake for him in two thousand to his wife Erika his son Michael Just three years old at the time wearing a fire helmet and now with those remains eighteen years later his family again his daughter Kirstin his widow his son Michael right there again. He's now twenty one and in uniform saluting. He's a corporal in the Marines the firefighters presenting Michael With his father's helmet we honor that firefighter and his family family and all of the families forever changed by nine eleven and those are the people and events that made world news this week World News. This week was written and produced by Joan Harris. I'm Chuck Sivertsen. ABC News New Win Breaking News News changes the world ABC News accurate credible and unmatched on twitter at ABC News Radio. 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Friday, October 5: Confirmation Bias
"It's Friday October. Fifth, Jeff flake one of the week, he got it. Everyone feeling better. Now we start here. Republican senators, call it vindication. Democrats call it a sham. There's no sense of integrity in that type of a rigged operation. The FBI present, it's Cavanaugh findings how many minds change. But there are really only three that matter Russians indicted for hacking, but this time not an election very much. Don't mess with Russia moment wasn't the only one, the worldwide crackdown on an elite hacker crew. And what happens when the birds in your town have a drinking problem, they literally get trunk. Why these birds are getting blasted wreaking havoc. From ABC news. I'm Brad milkey. Let's get you up to speed for the day ahead. Are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard. Get started today at indeed dot com slash podcast that's indeed dot com. Slash podcast. The FBI sent its documents in the dark to thirty Thursday morning and throughout the day in a private secure room senators got their chance to see what agents had gathered. One of the first to enter. It was democrat, Dianne Feinstein. She examined transcripts at the questions and answers about accusations of sexual assault and misconduct by supreme court nominee Brett Cavanaugh. And later that morning she stepped to a Mike good morning. Everyone I'm and said, this is not gonna fly. I can't talk about the detail because this remains a confidential part of the background report. But what I can say is that the most notable part of this report is what's not in it. She confirmed what we've been told by various sources at ten people contacted nine interviews. None of them with Christine Blasi Ford or read Cavanaugh. Now Kavanagh has staunchly denied all these allegations overnight. He published an op Ed in the Wall Street Journal. Calling the accusations wrongful and vicious. He said about his testimony. Quote, I'm not have been to emotional at times. I know my tone was sharp, and I said, a few things I should not have said to critics who painted him as prejudiced against Democrats. He said, I'm not on a side here. I'm pro law. Judge the constitution Republicans quickly came forward and said, you had nothing, then you have nothing. Now guy is clear. Let's do this. And that was absolutely zero cooperation with any of the allegations. They followed leads from interviews that made sense to me. I'll be proud to vote to advance this nomination tomorrow that set up the difficult decision really for a handful of undecided senators. By the end of the day, North Dakota, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp made up her mind. I will be voting, no one judge Cavanaugh, but Kevin fate still hangs in the balance with three undecided Republicans. And as we post this, we were about thirty six hours from the vote to confirm him. Let's talk to one of those voters right now. Democratic Senator from Oregon, Jeff, Merkley joins us from the capital and Senator. Have you actually gotten chance to see these findings with your own eyes? Yes. I have reviewed the FBI documents. What was that? Like? There was just the one copy? Yes, is just a a single report and it split into a two to three page memo on each of the interviews they conducted. So because. Are not willing to make any copies of it. It means that when there were roughly twenty of us in the room, there was two to three senators huddled around each of the documents and upon finishing reading it would pass it on to the next group of senators and have all the documents rotating around the room simultaneously. So what was your reaction to the findings themselves? Well, think about this. The idea was to give fair due diligence to the information that might corroborate the the experiences related to the Senate by Dr Ford and by miss Ramirez. And yet the FBI did not talk to a single one of the eight individuals that Dr Ford said had corroborating information. They did not talk to a single one of the twenty individuals that miss Maria Ramirez provided. And so it was clearly the investigation under the rules given by the White House. They call it a scoping document honor that scoping document the FBI was did not do anything close to what you would call a fair review of the of the available information but Senator they talked to twenty or fifty people and they didn't find anything. Would you then say, what will they gotta talk to fifty one people? What would nothing be enough for you until they found hard evidence against Brad Kavanagh will put yourselves in the role of the to these two women who came forward who were were told that the FBI investigation was being reopened in order to check and see if there was information that could corroborate their their explanations, sir experiences, but then the FBI doesn't talk to anybody that they provide who has that information? And let me give you another example here. One of the individuals on the list for miss Ramirez was Kenneth oppled. Now he is a professor at Princeton theological seminary. He was a sweet made with Brad Kavanagh. He remembers very clearly hearing about this when it happened of when Brett Cavagnaud exposed himself to her during their freshman year. And he also related that story to his roommate when he was in the first year of graduate school and the FBI didn't talk to him. It's clear the administration put out a very short list of people to talk to in the scoping document, but no one would actually provide any supporting information for these two women that is absolutely unjust unfair. There's no sense of integrity in that type of a rigged operation in that example, that is somebody who heard about it from somebody else. I mean, who who decides who is a decent witness here, Democrats have told the White House. You shouldn't have politicians interfering with law enforcement, but now you guys are trying to tell the FBI who is a legitimate witness. They should talk to actually the instructions on on who could be interviewed, came from the White House. It's if the FBI was pursuing this on their own, they would have talked to those individuals and found out what they knew, how they knew what they would have reported on all that they would have. They would have consulted. They have tons of agents. They could have had one agent talk to all twenty eight of them. They were instructed not to and we will talk more about that process in a bit Senator Jeff. Merkley. Thanks for the time. You're welcome. Let's talk about how this is playing in the capital right now. ABC senior congressional correspondent Mary. Bruce. Spent a lot of yesterday sprinting around the hallways, Mary Hebron. So regardless of what Jeff Merkley thinks or what the rest of Americans think only three Americans are really likely to decide this right, Jeff, flake, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski is this investigation good enough for them, but we have been watching their every move hanging on their every word they have been coming and going here on the capitol. And what's been really fascinating is to see two of these key undecided votes. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff flake of Arizona. They seem satisfied so far with what they've seen now, we still don't know their final decision. Are they a yes or no? On judge Cavanaugh, but it is interesting. You had Susan Collins told reporters quote, it appears to be a very thorough investigation and Jeff flake who, of course, demanded the FBI. Do this investigation to begin with after you'll recall he had that very dramatic confrontation will with with some female protesters. It doesn't matter what happens. Jeff flake is now sounding positive after seeing the report. Robbery. What is it been like at the capitol Mary, I, I know we've seen protests over immigration and healthcare, but since the election of President Trump, I can't think of an issue that has been more visceral more personal yet you can feel the tension in the halls here as we roam around, trying to talk to people, protesters are everywhere. And it's not what you normally see or what we've seen in previous debates where you know, you have large protests that they're sort of planned and contained. We have those two. I mean, you've seen hundreds of people marching up to the supreme court taking over, you know, the ground floor of the Hart Senate office building. We have certainly seen that has dramatic. Would strikes me as different view of a lot of people directly confronting their senators, taking their argument directly to their representatives in saying, support, judge Cavanaugh, or don't support judge Cavanaugh. And you know, I, it's been interesting because as we go around and do our jobs and and talk to Senator. We've been being interrupted by protesters too, because the second see them, they pounce. They want to get their message in. Interesting. It really is tension that is rising on all sides. Here we're going to see a vote this morning around ten thirty eastern. That will be the vote to end debate which sets up the big one. The confirmation vote. That is right now Saturday evening, ish, Mary. Thanks a lot. Thanks, Brad. Well, let's get back to the central question of the week or these claims right or wrong. I want to bring in Brad Garret. He is a former FBI special agent. Now he's in a b. c. news contributor and Brad, forget the politics here from the outside as law enforcement. Does this seem like a serious diligent investigation? No, but the FBI wasn't allowed to do a serious diligent investigation. You have to understand the limited role. The FBI has in background investigations. They were given direction. I believe on who to interview, they don't really have the luxury of investigating this like you would normally. In other words, if you were handed this to me, I would say great. I would've spent several hours with judge cavenaugh several hours with Dr. Ford, probably several hours with Deborah Ramirez, and I would what I would do is sort of dissect their life in eighty two, or did you go? Who do you soci- it with? What kind of parties did you go to with fraternities. Do you belong to? How much did you drink? And we would go through this whole litany so I could get a really good picture of all three of them. The problem is that takes after you have those interviews, it takes weeks to pull this together to basically pull the environment together back in nineteen eighty to nineteen Eighty-three. It's doable, but it's going to take weeks to do what we heard from Jeff Merkley about scoping documents. Can the White House announce there won't be any restrictions and then turn around and tell the FBI, you know, turn certain witnesses away. Well, you know, this is another situation where you have the president saying certain things, and I think in reality something else occurring because let's face it. He's not running this day in and day out. His lawyers are in the White House. There's some behind the scenes there. There's clearly some behind the scenes because first of all, this was supposed to be a full blown investigation. The FBI would have said on the front end, if they were allowed that there's no way you could do this in a week. Week and so it it was very clear to me that this was a limited scope. Go interview the people. We want you to interview because they just wanted. I think what they wanted to do is say, look, we've talked to the players around judge cavenaugh back at that time, you know, and none of them could corroborate the sexual assault will Kurt. Well, that didn't shock me at all. But the point being is that you'll never get to maybe the right house navy, the right party until you started din fine other people, and you know, we both know that's not going to happen in this current environment once a once again, it's the question to these undecideds is a good enough, Brad Garrett. Thanks for the perspective. You're welcome. Take care. Next up. It looks like some arrests over doping. Then we realized what was really going on. Start here is brought to you by indeed dot com. And when it comes to hiring, you don't have time to waste. You need help getting to your shortlist of qualified candidates fast. That's why you need indeed dot com. Get started today at indeed dot com slash podcast, that's indeed dot com. Slash podcast. Yesterday, the Justice department announced in an indicted seven, Russian nationals for hacking and this time the charges weren't about elections, Russia cheated cheated. They got caught. They were banned from the Olympics. They were mad and they retaliated. They're charged with wire fraud conspiracy, identity theft, money laundering. All is part of a scheme to retaliate against the organizations that exposed Russia's doping program for athletes. And in retaliating they broke the law. So they are criminals in this was actually just one part of a much bigger puzzle that all got laid out on the table yesterday, Eric Katersky is with ABC's investigative unit. And so Aaron, let's let's start with a doping thing. What were these Russians doing to the US? They were hacking into the world anti doping agency and the anti-doping agency here in the United States and in Canada, and they were exposing the personal medical information of Olympic athletes in. It was meant to. Embarrass, I think the United States, but also try and discredit the organizations themselves that had all banded together in order to bar Russian athletes who were using illegal substances from international competition, mess with Russia moment. A very much don't mess with Russia moment wasn't the only one. The defendants are charged with engaging in a lengthy and wide-ranging conspiracy to hack into private computers and networks around the world. These same hackers according to European authorities, also targeted the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. And we know that chemical weapons have been an issue in Syria where the Russians have been operating. They also targeted a lab in Switzerland that had been looking into a Russian nerve agent. And so any organization that tried to undermine Russia seems to have come under attack by the military intelligence unit known as the GRU and so yesterday, then it wasn't just the US bringing charges then you're saying. Britain. It was a bunch of different countries all in the same day. It was a remarkably coordinated campaign that involved not only the US, but also the British, the Dutch, the Australians and the Australians played a role because they investigated the shooting down of a passenger jet with a missile over Ukraine. That was suspected to be the work of Russia backed militias end. It is rare Brad for the authorities to say publicly how they have coordinated to try and take down Russian hackers, but they put all of this information out there. On the same day, I think is a sign that they're determined to get at this and that it's an ongoing problem beyond the election hacking new indictment planes the Russian intelligence officers hacked. The Clinton campaign, the DNC and emails of Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta. Well, I was gonna say, 'cause we talk about the election hacking all the time. We've talked about the GRU. Russian intelligence agency being part of that election interference. So are these all different things or they related like, what should we think about it? They're different. But we took note that three of the Russian hackers that were charged with hacking into the doping agencies were also named in the indictment from special counsel Robert Muller with hacking into the democratic computers during the election and guys same people. Three of the seven charged were were the same. And while the authorities didn't talk about it publicly, it wouldn't be surprising if this is something that the mother team may have come across during the course of its investigation, and maybe passed along to others and Russia is denying that they had anything to do with any of these multiple numerous charges coming from different countries and Turkey. Thanks a lot. Thank you. If you didn't know when you go today, the New York Times published its first big story of allegations against Harvey Weinstein. You could say the metoo movement is one year old and we talk about powerful men, accused of harassment and assault. Well, how about the most famous athlete in the wolf. Christiane if you haven't watched him play, you've seen him in a commercial flashing his washboard Avs, his insanely white teeth, an icon of masculinity will. Now he's being accused of rape by woman in Las Vegas, and suddenly his status as a global superstar could suddenly be in jeopardy. So let's bring in one of our favorite voices here. ABC's defacto soccer correspondent the voice of start here when I'm not around correspondent, Scott Goldberg has got, hey bread. And can you just put this in perspective for non soccer fans because we have sports stars in this country. But but besides LeBron James say, I mean, Cristiano Renaldo is like this next level, right? Well, and I think even if you're not a soccer fan, you probably know who this guy is. You mentioned the ads that are a big part of his brand. He'd features in a lot of advertisements. He's the third highest paid athlete in the world according to Forbes, he has more social media followers than any other athletes. He's a big deal. He's also one of only two players to win the world player of the year award five times. So to have these allegations hanging over his head to have him brought into the metoo movement is a very big deal. He's like an industry in himself. So what are these allegations? They allegedly happened here in the US, right? This is an American woman who alleges in two thousand nine. She was raped by Rinaldo in Las Vegas in a hotel there. She says, she signed a nondisclosure agreement with him and was paid three hundred seventy five thousand dollars to stay quiet. But because of me too because of what she says she's experienced just internally physically, she's been getting ill anxious dealing with all this and because she's been encouraged by other women to come forward and talk about it. She is doing that now and she's filed a lawsuit in. Civil court saying, she wants to have that nondisclosure agreement voided. So she is free to talk about on this criminal charges at stake to the Las Vegas. PD has now reopened its investigation, but Rinaldo is what categorically denied it. Well, Rinaldo says he firmly denies the accusations, but that wasn't the first thing. He said that's the latest Brad. When this first came out, it was published in the German publication Der Spiegel and at the time Rinaldo put out an Instagram video calling this fake news. It was kind of cavalier, but as the storm clouds gathered as Nike says, it's going to revisit its deal with Rinaldo valued at most. People believed a billion dollars or so his denials have been getting more forceful. And this is always the thing with soccer. Right? You've got your national team, but then you've got your club team and his talion club team is is stuck with them so far. Well, yeah. And this has been the subject of a lot of consternation on social media as well. First of all, Rinaldo was not selected to play for the Portugal international team. Right now. They're getting ready for some international games. They're not really hazardous. They are not saying that. But yeah, you put it into context and these are not really consequential games. It's not necessarily a surprise that Rinaldo would be left out, maybe get some younger guys a chance to play as far as you vent iskoe's. The club that pays him professionally in Italy, they tweeted that Rinaldo is shown in recent months, his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at you vent as the events allegedly dating back to almost ten years ago, do not change this opinion which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion. So his club firmly standing behind him in a way. That actually is making a lot of people feel uncomfortable saying, none of this changes, anything, Scott Goldberg. We will hear from you again soon. I'm sure thanks Brad. And one last thing in Gilbert, Minnesota, something strange is going on. It just seems like there's more birds that are kind of swarming around your vehicles or running into windows. Yeah, birds dive bombing cars, buildings homes. We'd actually had somebody yesterday who had bird crashed through their window. It actually broke the window of their house. This is officer Chelsea condo, and I'm a patrol officer with the city and Gilbert. They've gotten dangerously close to people's heads and no, it hasn't gotten Hitchcock bad yet. With FOX acting strangely enough that the cops were getting questions. They were wondering what was going on with the birds. He talked to some local experts who said, oh, these birds are drunk. They literally get drunk. Utah at works reconnaissance. There are lots of berries in town this year. The frost came early and those berries sat in the sun for mentoring actually create an alcohol within the berry. So the birds come, they eat and then the start stumbling around in the air. We have no field sobriety tests for them. Unfortunately, now she says, most birds don't die from these collisions. They just get stunned. There's not really much to do then besides let them sleep it off. But we recommend putting if somebody's willing to my chief calls it a detox box, just a box with holes that the cat can't get within a couple of hours. It'll take a little nap and sober up. She could barely keep a straight face while she was telling me this tough day on the Gilbert beat something cool. Our buddy Tom yomas is in Africa right now following the first lady and he scored one on one with Melania Trump her first interview. Since becoming first lady, you will see the first clips of that conversation on good Morning America and ABC news dot com. Start here is produced by David Rhind, Josh Cohen, Suzy Lou Kelly. Tarez Tara Gumbo made you Laszlo Toth and Lauren Ephron. Thanks to able as Jason Potts, Maria, Kim, Elizabeth Rousseau, and Jeffords, Gerald partner sky networks and amplifying media. Our executive producer Steve Jones and Andrew, Cal, I'm Brad milkey. See on. Are you hiring with? 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No Mercy for "Little St. Jeffrey"
"It's tuesday august thirteenth and the feds are searching for clues near the bermuda triangle. We start here. Investigators show up to jeffrey epstein's private island but that's not where the biggest mysteries live. We don't know why the guards did not do their appointed rounds new admissions and new new promises from the justice department. They were told they were eligible for food stamps. Now it might be the thing that gets them. Deported president trump's administration is reinforcing the ideals of self sufficiency and personal responsibility the big rule change from the trump administration for legal immigrants and it's bad enough when there's a missile accident accident will russia might have just witnessed a nuclear missile accident radiation levels twenty times higher than they would be people are dead and it could get a lot scary reports all over from a._b._c. news. This is start here brad mielke. Are you hiring with indeed. You can post a job in minutes set up screener questions. Then zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today. The date indeed dot com slash start here. That's indeed dot com slash start here picture. The caribbean just east of puerto quarter rico the virgin islands. It's american territory. There's a couple big islands there. You might have heard of saint thomas then on the right. There's this eddie bitty teardrop of an island poles and palm trees that do not appear on the others nearby. This is little saint james. The private island of the disgraced financier jeffrey epstein gene wants convicted of sex crimes against minors now accused of dozens more yesterday federal agents with f. b. I. windbreakers stepped on shore at little saint. James apes see when epstein died in an apparent suicide this weekend while in federal custody it seemed like much of his life will remain shrouded in mystery this morning. Federal authorities say they are gathering whatever evidence they can to force the truth into the open including truth about his death a._b._c. senior investigative reporter aaron katersky is is back with us this morning because aaron yesterday you told scott goldberg that there were no cameras trained on epstein sell as he apparently hanged himself yet throughout the day. You dug up even more concerning details. What happened in that manhattan. Jail bread not only were there. No cameras trained on epstein sale. There were plenty of cameras in the cellblock. We're not sure sure that they were all operable or that. They were even turned on its among a number of potential shortcomings that we've learned about what the guards do and what they're supposed to do are almost always two different things jeffrey epstein every other inmate in the special housing unit at m._c._c. manhattan supposed to be checked on every thirty minutes. That protocol was not followed. We don't know why the guards did not do their appointed rounds <hes> but we've been told about chronic understaffing complaints of constant over time a couple of the guards on duty the morning morning that epstein was found were on their fifth overtime shift and in addition jeffrey epstein was supposed to have a cellmate but we've also learned that his cellmate had had been moved for some reason which may will be legitimate but was never replaced well so this is a federal corrections institution that means the department of justice is in charge of it where marriages this put the justice department well attorney general bar said himself. He is appalled by this. We are now learning of serious irregularities. At this facility there are deeply concerning was said to be livid when he found out launched two simultaneous investigations from the f. b. i. and the department of justice inspector general and talked about the irregularities and failures at m._c._c. manhattan so he's placing the blame squarely on the institution itself. We will get to the bottom autumn of what happened and there will be accountability. Now we know the jeffrey epstein was taken off of suicide. Watch july twenty nine th after he had been put on six days earlier earlier that decision was prompted in part by request from his lawyers but he would have had to have undergone psychiatric evaluations and the deputy attorney general jeffrey rosen was informed of the move any co conspirators should not rest easy the victims deserve justice and they will get it although the other thing akbar continued to say yesterday aaron is we're gonna get whoever was involved in this pedophile conspiracy with epstein because it there's a conspiracy that means there's multiple conspirators who who are the people that are looking at. Can you give me names. Maxwell may be one name the british socialite who has been alleged to have been jeffrey epstein's madam the training started immediately. Give you've jeffrey what he wants. A lot of this training came from jalen herself. A woman named virginia roberts from australia said that when she was a teenager she was traffic by jeffrey epstein enforced by maxwell to have sex with politicians into academics. That really wanted justice. Yes i really wanted him to take up for what he did and to be put in jail or prison <hes> and i have to sit there and think about what it is he exactly did to so many people but bread even though the attorney general has been promising additional criminal charges if there are conspirators found in the investigation shen remains open in this rate in the virgin islands. You have to wonder if you're the victims whether you have any faith in the federal government. Many of the women came forward reluctantly more than a decade ago. A case was built only to have jeffrey epstein lead to lesser state charges and serve less than a year and a county jail then a new case arises in the feds can't even keep him alive and so if you're an alleged victim of jeffrey epstein your faith in the federal government and they will now be shattered shattered and you mentioned maxwell no charges against her right now. She has strenuously denied all these accusations in the meantime. We'll see how much of epstein's estate the island the mansions everything goes to. His alleged alleged victims aaron. Thank you thank you but <music> since president trump took office. His administration has pursued kind of do tracks when it comes to immigration doing but people have come come into our country illegally. We're focused criminals on one track. You've got illegal immigration. We're talking about walls raids family separations these policies geared toward arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants and perhaps discouraging future ones not fair that somebody wants to cross the line and now they've become citizens but the white house is also aggressively pursue changes to legal immigration. This is bans against certain countries. This is cutting back on refugees. Even the migrants who to present themselves for asylum at border checkpoints to stop with the president calls catch-and-release asylum seekers are being told to wait in northern mexico for their immigration court dates. It's important to remember those. Migrants are trying to do something that is perfectly legal will yesterday the trump administration announced one of its most significant rule changes yet and again. This is for people who had had there documents who are legal immigrants in this country. A._b._c.'s serena marshall immediately flagged this before everyone understood. What a big deal it was. Hey serena brad so this is kind of a wonky. He name that people are going to be hearing today the public charge rule. What is that for public. Charges always been something that's part of legal immigration into the united states in order to come. Um you up to say hey look. I'm not going to be a burden on the public. I'm not going to be there charge hence public charge but the administration has now defined officially usually what that means under the rule of public charges now defined as an individual who receives one or more designated public benefits for more more than twelve months in the aggregate within any thirty six month period for instance receipt of two different benefits in one month counts as two months so if you have somebody who's working in the united states on a green card for their job for example and they wanna bring their spouse over their spouses a stay the at home parent watching their children the administration can look at the applicant who is sponsoring their spouse and say you're not quite making enough money to sponsor sure that spouse spouse and your children could end up on food stamps so we could deny their entry into the united states will the rationale from the white house would be if an immigrant imigrants taking advantage of government programs even events within the current laws. That's not necessarily the type of immigrant we should be trying to naturalize. They're saying that these immigrants coming to the united states should not be impacting her using benefits that are for american citizens. President trump's administration is reinforcing ideals of self sufficiency and in personal responsibility but the reality of the situation is they're not in fact <hes> of the forty two plus million people who use food stamps or accepted food stamps uh-huh only eight point six percent are non citizens naturalized citizens. You have to be here in the united states with your immigrant status just for five years before you qualify for medicaid or food stamps and now they're saying if you did tap into those federal programs we can deny your reapplication and if you're trying trying to bring somebody else over here. We can deny their application. Are you saying it's retroactive. If you used a service like medicaid not knowing it would be a problem does does that no but come come. Your problem essentially brought it saying that if you have used one in the past twelve months or a likely to in the past twelve or thirty six months than we can now deny you. It's favoring wealthier higher educated immigrants and just real quickly. You know critics are saying this policy is unfairly targeting the lower income immigrants how do respond to that well. We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet and this is something like i said the trump administration has been trying to do for a while even as speech in the rose garden back in may we cherish the open door that we want to create for our country but a big proportion of those immigrants silence must come in through merit and skill no traction whatsoever in congress in fact that house speaker nancy pelosi said it was condescending descending to say that those immigrants coming year without an education are are meritless but with this rule change they're able to really implement a lot of critics say there are multiple consequences. Here is one you got families that won't get food or medical help that they're legally entitled to and to backwards a bigger drag on the economy if they get really sick if a homeless some analysts say it could be more than one hundred billion dollars a year california state government and immigration groups now already suing serena. Thanks a lot thanks brad. <music> exxon start here. The gunman is dead but we haven't arrest anyway in dayton ohio. <music> technology is supposed to make your life easier right. Don't let your business be limited by the software you have in place whether you're looking to replace or just considering your options. Capterra is here to help you read thousands of real reviews on software options specific to your business needs capterra dot com slash start here with over eight hundred fifty thousand reviews of products from real software users. 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The only way to get a free pillow is to text a._b._c. Two eight four eight eight message and data rates may apply. I was about to get out of my car. When i heard voiced my left. Say is that a rifle l. wearing a author our around his neck of the door so i looked up and i saw the person to my left holding a gun. That is what it sounded like last week. When a man showed showed up to a walmart in missouri heavily armed wearing body armor after he was arrested he allegedly told police he did this as a kind of test for the second amendment when the last few days we've seen more in more public scares. A man wearing a ski mask causes chaos at houston memorial city mall when he jumps onto a table in the food court strip malls have been evacuated. Performances have been cancelled in florida. A white supremacist allegedly threatened to shoot up a different walmart. He was arrested. He was firing at the building initially and then came into the building fire and just last night. A man showed up to a veteran's affairs hospital in chicago with a load of assault rifle in opened fire. No one was hit all the put in so many mass shootings you'll work california dayton ohio you get this hail of gunfire dozens thousands of shots and less than a minute and when it stops do seemingly no one to arrest. The gunman is dead. Well now authorities in dayton say they have made an arrest in the course of that investigation of the shooting that killed nine people a._b._c.'s eva pilgrimes here. She's been tracking the story since it broke a._b._c.'s. Jack dante runs our coverage of the justice department and eva. Let's start with you. It was a friend of the gunman who was arrested. What are the charges well. The new charges are for a friend of the dayton shooter. This friend ethan collie is is charged with lying on his gun application on a gun for my federal gun form which is a federal charge about his drug use. When the agents asked calley how often he you use drugs <hes> collie indicated that he smoked marijuana every day and <hes> had been doing so for about ten years and so when they questioned him he admitted to recreational drug use not only is possessing controlled substances illegal but possessing controlled substances and possessing a firearm is itself itself a crime and that disqualifies him from owning a gun but he didn't plan the shooting. He wasn't at the shooting. Where does he fit in with the shooting. Well the interesting thing about him. As it gives us some perspective as to what was happening in the weeks prior to this mass shooting he had purchased body armor and a firearm accessory for connor bats the shooter the one of the one hundred round drums the body armor and then a piece of equipment that went on the top of the gun that modifies the gun those were the things that went to his apartment amount and he told investigators at the reason that he did that was because they were trying to hide from the gunman's parents all of the stuff that was being ordered. He also also sort of lays out a timeline to investigators. The gun was there in his apartment about ten weeks prior. He witnessed the gunman pudding in the weapon together and then when the drum arrived about six weeks prior to the shooting that is when the gunman actually took all of it mac to either his house or his car. We're not quite sure where it went but we know at that point. That's when he had the full <hes> amount of equipment in his possession will dante. Let me go to you. I get this gives the feds and the police department department chance to say hey look. We're we're pursuing justice but is this going to prompt a larger conversation than just don't lie on federal forms well. I think it's clear that he wouldn't be getting the scrutiny from the feds if he weren't involved in this larger crime in some way right and so it it should also send a signal signal to people who might be asking them to do things for them like hey. I'd really like to get a high capacity magazine. Can you buy that for me. You can collies going to pay a price for it. He faces this is up to fifteen years for this jack. You studied the fallout from lots of shootings. Is there a part of the gun debate where you see the needle moving right now. The three things that ethan collie bought for the shooter are all unregulated the part of an air fifteen. It's regulated called the lower receiver and ended up itself. It may not even resemble a gun but that's considered the firearm. That's the thing that gets a serial number stamped on it and that's the part that regulated the other parts are all considered accessories the barrel the stock and so people can buy those things without any real checks in regulations a hundred round magazine federal background check. If you want to buy that no not at all it's not considered a firearm and it's not regular and one of the reasons the air fifteen is such a popular gun is because its modular that you can attach different parts onto it the upper receiver the top part of the gun which is what ethan cali but you can also buy different barrel of different stock so the modular nature the air fifteen the ability the modified almost endlessly so that makes it very attractive but it also might be something that's going to get a look from people who are considering legislation and you could see both sides the gun debate site this case she gun control advocates say just like bump stocks. You know these parts and ammo had been way too accessible. Gun rights advocates could say this case proves bruce what we've been saying you know do all the background checks. All the regulations you want mass shooters can always procure what they need from a buddy or a guy on the street but it is a fact when the assault weapons ban was is in place one hundred round nags were outlawed. You didn't see them being used in mass shootings jack eva thank. You both thank you. You're <music>. If you know anything about chernobyl there has been a nuclear accident in the soviet union and the soviets admitted it happened. You know that one of the wild things but this huge judge nuclear catastrophe in ukraine back in nineteen ninety-six was just how little the rest of the world knew about it. Similar puzzling reports of high radiation came in from all over scandinavia scandanavia but still no accidents were reported leading to the conclusion that the problem was elsewhere to the east for a while no one outside the soviet union really knew what was up at at all until scientists noticed radiation floating all the way over to sweden nuclear accidents. They don't care about borders but military's certainly do and yesterday we we learned a recent explosion in russia was actually a deadly nuclear accident and this explosion did not seem to come from power plant. This seemed to come from a bomb a._b._c. a._b._c. Senior foreign correspondent ian panel is with us and ian seven people now dead and we learn from the russians themselves yeah that's right we found out but but not at the time fine this is being a slow drip drip of revelation inflammation as being released. What we understand is that this is a missile test. Facility out at sea is especially especially bill platform off the northern coast of russia in the so-called white say there was explosion on thursday last week. At first people thought these another amunition mission done then they were saying we'll know perhaps there was some kind of missile that exploded and then the rumors the conspiracy theories and the fact started to emerge that that actually this is a site. That's believed to be the test sites for this new generation of cruise missile that's powered by nuclear power wise at different and because unlike conventional cruise missiles which are geographically limited this in theory at least and certainly couldn't russian president vladimir putin could reach anywhere in the in other words could land anywhere on your doorstep wait so does that mean that people got killed by a nuclear bomb is that the same thing is not quite a nuclear bomb but it is a nuclear reactor. Sing is nuclear pounds so yes. It was a nuclear explosion. Five scientists to ministry of defense officials were killed in this and originally the defense ministry said <hes>. There's has no radiation from here and then the local monitoring authority where actually you know there is some greenpeace saying radiation levels are twenty times higher than they normally family would be in this area but we're not talking another tanabe which is a cause what many people think of even this time the being far from forthcoming about exactly what is being testing for the have said it's a missile which interestingly america look at in the nineteen fifties and dismissed because they decided that was too unpredictable too dangerous. If russia actually succeeds in making it work. They're probably going to build several hundred of these things and so. I think this is a a wake-up call signs his telling a._b._c. news news. They feel this is yet another sign that the nuclear arms race or an arms race is back on the cards spectator skinnier greenwich. You excuse me oh you mean three. Three putin has been touting this technology for a while. They're still yet to master imagine if they did the u._s. Would feel the need to match that and then when it just have nuclear submarines marines in the water you'd also have nuclear powered missiles in the air ian panel binging every show there is about chernobyl this morning. Thanks so much indeed thanks brad and one last thing you probably heard about those massive protests in hong kong the ended up shutting running down the local airport. This is one of the busiest transit hubs in the world. A hundred fifty flights got cancelled. Shares in airlines airlines went down over this but while authorities struggled with how to respond some other groups are struggling with the nuances of all this to fashion companies see during these protest i started seeing these t shirts on twitter from big brands like for saatchi simple shirt just lists all for sachi's big locations paris france tokyo japan beijing china but then just hung-kang by itself no country at all the problem is china hates it when you refer to hong kong is a different country their tickets. Ah yeah we let them have some different. Rules might seem different but they are part of one undivided china and a bunch of companies have shirts like this all of them see china as a business priority and as tensions rose chinese twitter accounts started publicly attacking all of them's one big time chinese actress actually terminated her contract with for saatchi archie so now one by one you're seeing the world's biggest fashion labels the height of be yourself culture. Don't apologize for expressing yourself. We'll all all these companies for saatchi coach davinci a-6 they're all publicly apologizing to the chinese government in the meantime protesters have given up the airport. They say they'll be back back and it for sachi's got some extra boxes of those hong kong shirts now. They say they'll take a big. Thanks to my mom scott goldberg for holding down the fort lately start here tomorrow just hit subscribe or all these stories a._b._c. news dot com for the a._b._c. news app brad milkey <music>. 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Full Episode: Friday, February 22, 2019
"Are you hiring with indeed you can post job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash ABC week. That's indeed dot com slash ABC week from ABC news real news this week. I'm Daria all the New York. Coming up from reported hate crime to alleged hoax stunt was orchestrated by Sma let because he was dissatisfied with his salary. I'm massive domestic terror plot prevented it was almost like she was at ticking time bomb waiting to go off as the fight against ISIS in Syria. Ends a new battle over what happens to so-called ISIS brides. Do you feel regret and sorrow and remorse? Definitely the Vatican. Shines a spotlight on sexual abuse in the church. This is the moment for pope Francis to stand up and finally do something and the Oscar goes to seen gods. Who will win at the twenty nineteen Academy Awards the people in events that made headlines when world news this week continues. They're going to jump out of trees, you can't stop them. They'll go down the slide head first they'll make parachutes out of sheets, though, balance on things that are impossible to balance on the back of a couch or a window sill or a scooter seat. They'll run with sharp objects. They'll run into walls, they'll climb things at won't hold their weight. They'll put their fingers in places where they could get smashed they'll drive their tricycles down steep hills. They'll bounce balls off their faces they'll step on each other. They'll jump on each other. They'll invent whole new ways to put themselves in jeopardy, but one of the most dangerous things kids will do happens while they're sitting perfectly still kids who ran in a car without a booster seat are much more likely to suffer serious or fatal injury during a crash than kids in boosters. But amazingly eighty percent of all kids who need them aren't in them after a toddler seat and until their four foot nine boost. Your kids and don't let them down go to booster seat dot gov. To learn more about the importance of boosters a message from the US department of transportation and the Ad Council. Don't was orchestrated by smollet because he was dissatisfied with his salary Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson laying out the motive behind an alleged hoax by actor jussie smollet. It was like a plot twist in the actors FOX show empire after a weeks long investigation into an alleged hate crime attack small that was charged this week with felony disorderly conduct. ABC's Eva pilgrimage, Chicago was inside that courtroom. Jussie smollet faced a judge for the first time accused of filing a false police report Chicago's police superintendent with blistering words for the actor jussie smollet took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I'm left hanging. My head and asking why why would anyone especially an African American man. Use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations. I'm offended by what's happened. And I'm also angry for weeks. Sma? Let insisted he was the victim who make something like this up or add something to it. Or or whatever it may be you do such a disservice. When you lie about things like this. But police say that's exactly what he did Smolin attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on ratio, homophobic, and political language. When that didn't work. Malate pay thirty five hundred dollars to stage this attack and drags Chicago's reputation through the mud and the process and why the stunt was orchestrated by smollet because he was dissatisfied with their salary at the center of the case two brothers. I seen in grainy surveillance video prosecutors laying out in excruciating detail house Millette, I enlisted one brother he knew from in pyre able had been the actress personal trainer and police say he supplied smollet with the designer drug ecstasy. Prosecutors say smollet suggested the older brother help the brothers now cooperating with police the brothers had on gloves during the stays attack where they punched him a little bit. But as far as we can tell the scratches and bruising at you saw his face with most likely self-inflicted smell. That's attorney says he enjoys the presumption of innocence. Given these circumstances we. Tend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense Chicago's top cop worries about what this means for real victims. And even still he had concerned for small lead out continue to pray, but his trouble young man who resorted to both drastic and legal tactics to gain attention. My concern is that hate crimes were now publicly be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn't happen. This Millette case comes as a watchdog group warns hate crimes have hidden historic high in the United States. The number of hate groups in the US in two thousand eighteen rose seven percent over the year before reaching a record one thousand twenty groups according to the southern poverty law center's year in hate and extremism reports during this last year, we've seen a huge jump in the number of white nationalist groups. Heidi by Rick with SP L C says they found a nearly fifty percent increase in the number of white nationalist groups. They also found a rise in black nationalist groups, which jumped thirteen percent. Between twenty seventeen and twenty eighteen Mark Remillard, ABC news. The owner of the Super Bowl champion. New England Patriots has been charged with soliciting a Florida prostitute ABC's. Aaron Katersky says police have video evidence loose in Jupiter, Florida said patriots owner Robert Kraft made two different visits to the orchid day spa where he solicited prostitution times that Mr. crap was there he was driven. Detective Andrew sharp said craft is among two dozen visitors to the massage parlor caught on video video that we attained it shows the acts that took place on on every gentleman that you have a list of the acts that took place as recorded on that video craft has not been arrested. He will be charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting. Another to commit prostitution Aaron Katersky. ABC news new felony sex abuse charges have been announced against Orrin be star are Kelly are Kelly has been charged with ten counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four miners the victims allegedly between the ages of thirteen and sixteen. The Cook County state's attorney's office expected to a. Address the charges soon also set to address the charges. Attorney Michael ebony who represents four people claiming to have been witnesses or victims of underage sex involving R Kelly Kelly is not in police custody. He's expected to appear in Bonn court in Chicago Saturday, Ryan burrow, ABC news. Chicago this week the FBI swooped in and arrested. A man they say was plotting a massive domestic terror attack. Someone who thority say had the means to carry it out. It was almost like he was a ticking time bomb waiting to go off ABC news contributor and former FBI agent. Steve Gomez ABC's chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has more on the chilling. Details of Christopher Paul Hassan's plot handguns and sniper rifles, including one thousand bullets at the FBI. Fears an officer in the US coastguard was putting to use in a cold-blooded killing spree there. Stark warning forty nine year old Lieutenant Christopher Paul Hassen intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country. He has an arrested on gun and drug violations of the FBI calls. The proverbial tip of the iceberg. He is they say a domestic terrorist and a white nationalist who allegedly wrote he is dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth, the FBI claims he was developing a possible hit list of prominent politicians and television personalities, including the speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi. Senate minority leader Charles Schumer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamla Harris and cable host Joe Scarborough hasn't who works at coast guard headquarters here in DC was also allegedly googling information about the most liberal senators and asking ominous questions where do most senators live in DC do senators have secret service protection, and our supreme court justices protected police in Newport Beach, California, say they've closed a forty six year old cold case with the arrest this week of a suspect related to the death of an eleven year old girl, ABC's Marcis, Gonzaga. Says the breakthrough came thanks to DNA evidence. Agonizing nearly forty six year long man hunt finally over according to police, Linda ano- kief vanished in July of nineteen Seventy-three while walking home from school. The eleven year old found the next day. Strangled in a ditch Newport Beach police retelling the details of that day from her perspective last year on Twitter. But it was a recent DNA match on the genealogy website family tree DNA that police say led to their suspect James Allen, Neil. It is the same technology used to track down the Golden State killer. And now police calling this cold case closed arresting Neil in Colorado. A district court judge in Washington DC gave a very public reprimand to President Trump's longtime political adviser Roger stone this week. Roger stone likes to call himself, a dirty trickster, but what appeared on his Instagram account was no joke to judge. Amy Berman Jackson stones struggled to explain the image of the judge with a crosshairs in the corner that he said he posted but did not so. Elect stone apologize for what he called a stupid lack of judgment. But then said he did not believe the symbol was across hairs rather some Celtics sign the judge said stones apology rings, quite hollow. And she imposed a strict gag order. Stone can no longer speak publicly about the case. Aaron katersky. ABC news. There's a new roadblock in the way of President Trump's southern border wall. Ninety two House Democrats joining together tobacco resolution of disapproval in an effort to block the president's national emergency declaration, Representative liking Castro is leading the charge. Introducing the measure coping to take vote as early as next week the resolution likely to pass the house if it also passed the Republican led Senate, it would affectively terminate the emergency order, but the president could then issue a veto. And it's highly unlikely congress would have the two thirds vote necessary for an override Serena Marshall, ABC news, Washington. The president is heading to Vietnam next week four second summit with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Hoon, but is ABC news senior White House. Correspondent Cecilia Vega. Tells us at. Home. He's being asked about special counsel Robert Muller's upcoming report. President Trump said his new attorney general William bar will be the one to decide just how much of special counsel Robert Muller's report. The American public will see Mr President should the mullahs report be released while you're abroad. That'll be totally up to the new attorney general that'll be totally up to him. Should they report become public? Do I guess from what I understand that will be totally up to the attorney gen sources, tell ABC news Muller is expected to turn over his final report to the attorney general soon during his confirmation hearing bar would not say how much he plans to make public Margot will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law. I will not let personal political or other improper interest influence my decision just when you thought the twenty eight team midterm elections were over the North Carolina board of elections has voted unanimously to hold it do over for the ninth congressional seat. ABC senior congressional. Respondent Mary Bruce with more after days of dramatic testimony about his campaign's alleged election fraud. A stunning announcement from Republican candidate Mark Harris. Testimony of listen to the past three days. I believe in you election should be called at the center of the controversy Harris's political strategist McRae, Dallas accused of tampering with more than five hundred absentee ballots to help Harris win the election decided by fewer than one thousand votes democrat, Dan, mccready concede it, but one month later with questions growing, he took it back. I didn't serve over seas in the Marine Corps just to come back, home and watch politicians and career criminals attack, our democracy, another name enters the twenty twenty elections, and it's a familiar one. Hi, I'm Bernie Sanders on running for president twenty four hours after making his twenty twenty announcement, Bernie was feeling the love his campaign said it re six million dollars in cash the money coming from two hundred twenty five thousand individ-. Usuals? The campaign says the numbers quote demonstrated a level of grassroots support of unprecedented size and excitement by comparison, comma, Harris, raise one point five million dollars on the day. She announced her run. Serena Marshall, ABC news Washington. The Trump administration says two hundred US troops will remain in Syria on a peacekeeping mission. Once the rest of US troops have pulled out of the country instead of a full withdrawal. Ten percent of US troops will now remain in Syria. According to White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, the announcement prompted praise from Republican hawks like US, Senator Lindsey Graham who had previously called the president's initial announcement of a full withdrawal. The dumbest thing I've ever heard. The Trump administration has not explained where the remaining two hundred troops will be stationed ABC's. Lana Zak at the White House. The decision comes as u s forces and allies have backed the terror group into a corner with just one ISIS stronghold left in Syria. But even a civilian are being brought out of the. Enclave. There are questions about what happens to so called ISIS brides ABC's James Longman has been alongside US troops in Syria all week and spoke with one Alabama woman who's asking to come home Twenty-four-year-old Joma fund says she was radicalized and brainwashed by secret Twitter group of up to three thousand ISIS youth when I was seventeen I had an account on Twitter, and you're all just normal. Muslims speaking together, we were just learning off of each other feeding off each other. And we heard the Kelly Kelly was announced, and then we went into printed ourselves that it was on a stickle in November of two thousand fourteen she left her family and friends in Alabama crossing into Syria. Locked in a safe house. She says irony choice was marriage that sound crazy to you. Now sounds very. She married Australian jihadi he was dead in three months. Her next husband, the father of high now eighteen month old son also killed I asked if she knew about ISIS atrocities didn't say much, but what we did fee when we did it. We would see dead bodies in public a friends and family say buffoon with a trouble to Syria. She was kind and quiet teenager. She was gentle she was smiling, and nobody could have ever imagined that she would join a group of that violent nature. She says woe has changed her, but she doesn't mitt helping spread ISIS propaganda in the post calling for attacks on Americans on Twitter, saying one tweet Americans wake up go on drive bys and spill all of their blood. They feel shame. When you when you hit up by. What do you think would be kind of a navy therapy lessons may be a process that will ensure that will never do this again? Jail time. I don't know if that has an effect on people don't know, if you've quite Spt how for ISIS was to the communities the women that were in slaved, the men and women who are accused of being homosexual who pushed off buildings. Do you feel regret and sorrow and remorse full being partner? When is Asian like ISIS. Definitely it's. It's not a slunk idol. I believed that one hundred percent a referendum from the Catholic church as the Vatican holds and stork two-day summit on preventing clergy sex abuse. ABC's David Wright is in Rome where he's met with survivors, one of the first big moments of this unprecedented. Vatican summit was spontaneous. Pope francis. Kissing the hand of polish survivor of sexual abuse, simply ship, wound speaking debate ships and cardinals summoned from around the world to address the issue. The pope said sympathetic words won't be enough to solve this crisis. The faithful he said expect concrete and affective measures. Phil Savia no was molested at age eleven by a Catholic priest in Boston who ultimately had twenty eight victims Savia, no story part of the Boston Globe spotlight series that went on to inspire an Oscar winning movie. He's one of a dozen survivors invited to share their views with Vatican. Organizers you feel finally hurt feel her. Yeah. Promises made, but you really have to wait and see what actually happens another one of those survivors attending the summit. Former nun Mary dispenser who tells ABC news. This is the moment for pope Francis to stand up and finally do something tensions that have been on a slow simmer in Venezuela and L boiling over as President Nicolas Maduro blocks the entry of aid by closing the Brazil border ABC's chief national correspondent, Tom yomas is in Venezuela showdown his forming between the currently well Nicholaas model and the man more than fifty countries acknowledged as the new leader of this country want Widodo at issue tons and tons of humanitarian aid that are sitting on the border right now in the Colombian town of Kuda now on Saturday one Widodo who's that leader of the national assembly said, he wants humanitarian humanitarian aid to come in. The problem is nNcholas says he will not accept that aid because it's coming from the United States, and he says. His country is not a country of beggars but more than ninety percent of this country right now is living in poverty, and people are starving. The average what as well and has lost twenty four pounds in the last four years because there's such a dire need for food. Here. We see it as we go out, and we traveled throughout Caracas and throughout this country. Our teams have been covering the story for years, and we have seen people eating out of the garbage people who tell us that they have not been doing that in years prior. And we spoke to several Venezuelans yesterday who are telling us they want change. They want Madurai to step down. We believe it's that he go. The president's. We need a change. We America a better country and a better future. Hebrew, immu. Orlando. You don't you're not afraid to speak out against my door. I think that the Venezuela's. Loose. Stay this curve. For for be no longer have fear or than three million Venezuelans by some estimates have left this country because the situation is so dire. And this weekend. We'll see dueling concerts in the country a Live Aid concert organized by billionaire, Richard Branson and a Maduro led counter concert. Son every day, you see a shoe explode, especially not on live TV and not to his star basketball player. ABC's Scott Goldberg explains through was just thirty six seconds into its game against North Carolina when freshman sensation Zion. Williamson went down awkwardly, slipping and. Williams replay showed when he planted one foot the blue rubber sole on his Nike ripped away from the rest of the shoe through shoe coach said Williamson whose projected to be the top pick in the NBA draft has a mild knee sprain. We don't know how long he'll be out Nike released. A statement saying it's obviously concerned and calling what happened in isolated occurrence, and quote, we are working to identify the issue. Scott Goldberg ABC news. This could be your new favorite sport of the twenty twenty four summer Olympics. Yes sport at next year's Olympics. In Tokyo, you're gonna see several new sports, including rock, climbing surfing skateboarding. This was all settled a few years back. The question now is what sports will be added to the following summer Olympics in Paris swat did not make it karate is not being asked to return. But you know, what sport Peres is proposing break dancing. That's right. If you break dancing, was relegated, the high school gyms or parking lots guys are inexplicably carrying around cardboard. You've not seen the competitive Bibo circuit lately, there are judges scores. Crowds can fill arenas break-dancing was actually an official sport. In last year's junior Olympics gold medalist was a Russian teenager named Sergei his breaker name. I'm not making this up is Bumblebee is just being considered for right now. The International Olympic Committee has to make the decision in the coming months. And you might think come on. This is not a sport. It's really just an art form and athletic, art form, but not a sport and break dancing. People would tell you. Well, what about figure skating, what about gymnastics what about synchronized swimming? Now. Imagine if these sports went by break-dancing rules where you only get a medal by winning on one on one battle. It's only woods biggest night who will be the big winners and losers of the ninety first annual Academy Awards when world news this week continues. So you just woke up your phone is lighting up with headlines and push notifications. And text from your mom saying, how do I click this? Okay. Maybe that's just me. But if you want to get up to speed, check out the new podcast from ABC news start here. Literally the ground was shaking. I'm Brad milkey. And every morning, we're going to take you to the stories that matter with fast, fresh, insight, low, Robert Muller. Michael Cohen calling all in twenty minutes start here. Listen for free on apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app. Hey, I'm Dan Harris from ABC news, and I have a podcast, and you've you listened to it. It's called ten percent, happier. It's all about how to stay sane in our increasingly insane world, we talked to everybody from the Dalai Lama signs. Vide- bulletin human to rupaul you have to explore this life. It's fun and interesting may even change your life. If you listen to it for free on apple podcasts or on your favorite podcast app. Who will take home those golden Oscar statues at this us ninety first kademi awards ABC's resident expert Chris Conley says this year, it's a real tossup? Everyone loves a wide open Oscar race and best picture of a bunch of concern. Roddick anti Orpheus is anyone's guess why? Because this year, everyone seems to have a different opinion. The Golden Globes picked green book as a comedy or musical. In bohemian rhapsody as a drama, you do Golden Globes. The critics choice awards gave its thumbs up to roam the Screen Actors Guild festival past door went zoo. Black Panther more. Cinematographers went for the foreign film. Cold War, directors gave their top prize to Rome film editors. Opted for the favourite and Bora. Producers sound pleased that they're hostess cupcake won't Kevin opening monologue. Jimmy was his monologue is eighteen minutes. Saved eighteen minutes. If there was nothing else on the show, we save that much. So. A lot of that time was people, you know, laughing. And applaud. But what if remember no matter what happens during the ceremony, we won't know who'll win best picture goes, June until the moment somebody opens that envelope or if it's like a couple of years ago, this there's a mistake until a few moments moonlight. You guys won best picture after somebody opens that envelope. And those are the people in events that made world news this week world news this week was written and produced by tarragon. 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Full Episode: Friday, August 16, 2019
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Half a million people descend on a small town in upstate new york people and events that made headlines uh-huh when world news this week continues. Are you an embarrassment on the dance floor. Do you confused state. Capitals titles make ronnie scrambled eggs and read too many celebrity gossip magazines. Do you drink milk straight from the carton think trigonometry as a planet and snore louder than a kodiak act bear well. If you answered yes to any of the above questions you may have what it takes to adopt a teen from foster care because teens don't need perfection. They need did you so if you bite your nails like their snack food thinking m._p. Three is a computer virus can't tell a right angle from an acute constantly lose. The remote can't parallel park. Mark confused hip hop with double dutch and are afraid of spiders dentists and clowns. It's okay you don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care. Who would love to put up with you for more information on how you can adopt call one eight eight two hundred four zero zero five or go to adoptuskids dot org a a public service announcement brought to you by the u._s. Department of health and human services adopt us kids and the ad council a new twist in the feud between israel and to democratic congresswoman swimming israel. I blocked illinois. Omar and rashida toledo from entering the country due to their calls to boycott israel to lead then requested entry on humanitarian grounds to visit her grandmother in the west bank. Israel granted a request but now to leave says she's not going a._b._c.'s jordan miller in jerusalem democratic congresswoman rasheed khalib will not travel to the west bank to see her ninety year old palestinian grandmother after israel granted her entry on humanitarian grounds in a tweet she called the israeli restrictions on her trip humiliating oppressive and racist israel forbade to leave from expressing support for boycotting israel. What does he legal for. Foreign visitors visitors responding to israel's interior minister tweeted quote. Her hatred for israel is greater than her love for her grandmother giordano miller a._b._c. news jerusalem. The stock market was a near free fall this week. Posting its worst day of the year. The volatility on wall street triggering new fears about a recession. We we talk about the stock market but there's another market out there called the bond market is trillions of dollars larger and it flashed a big warning signal for for the economy. It's called an inverted yield curve and basically what that means is that investors get paid more to take on short-term been investing for the long term now every time we have seen an inverted yield curve it has preceded the last five recessions a._b._c. news chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis the jail guards on duty the night of jeffrey epstein's apparent suicide have been question for the first time and the woman accused of recruiting underage girls for him reportedly hordley surfacing in los angeles a._b._c.'s linsey davis has more investigators are now questioning. The two guards tasked with watching jeffrey epstein in the hours before his death. A source tells a._b._c. news the autopsy of epstein revealed a broken highlight bone in his neck which can be associated with strangulation or suicide. This <unk> says we're now seeing glenn maxwell accused in a new lawsuit of being one of epstein's alleged co conspirators in public for the first time since the millionaire was found dead in his jail cell. According to the new york post matt's well was spotted eating at a local in and out restaurant in california and according to witnesses reading a book about c. i. a. operatives maxwell swell has been accused by one of epstein's alleged victims of recruiting underage girls to act as sex slaves were epstein and other men allegations maxwell has denied. She has never never been criminally charged this week. The british socialite named as a co-conspirator in a new lawsuit filed by jennifer arose who claims epstein sexually assaulted her when when she was just fifteen years old and maxwell and at least three other epstein employees help facilitate his crimes though she says she herself never met maxwell jeffrey epstein in his network of enabler stole from me. They robbed me of my youth identity my innocence and my self worth a._b._c.'s. She's lindsay. Davis lucky to be alive. That's what officials are saying. After nascar legend dale earnhardt jr. his family and two pilots on board a small plane survived a crash in tennessee genesee. The plane rolled off a runway and burst into flames. A._b._c.'s tvos insomnia on the scene in elizabethtown tennessee. People on the ground were shocked. As the young family early in the pilots ran for their lives from the burning jet the way they hit the impact on the on the bank there and everything came up on the road very lucky in a statement his spokesman says i know i speak for everyone here and saying we are so grateful for the outpouring of concern and support. Everyone is doing well enough lots of hugs lots of prayers to the good lord. The plane took off thursday afternoon from states fill north carolina. It rolled off the runway and caught fire after landing at the small elisabetha municipal airport authorities. Tell us five people in a dog dog were on board the jet including earnhardt his wife amy and their fifteen month old daughter. It was earnhardt's own jet. They were all alert and oriented but <hes> <hes> e._m._s. Personnel did put dale on a caught and taken to the hospital. The racing legend stepped away from the driver's seat in two two thousand seventeen after a decade behind the wheel. He was travelling to tennessee for saturday nights cup series event. He is now a racing analyst. Earnhardt's family knows very well l. How short life can be and two thousand one is famous. Father was killed in a wreck during the final lap of the daytona five hundred earnhardt. Jr. is expected to be back on the air our next month a._b._c.'s steve asami elizabeth tennessee a close call for six police officers in philadelphia. A gunman shot the officers while they served narcotics. Narcotics warrant prompting an hour's long standoff. Here's a._b._c.'s aaron katersky. Maurice hill allegedly fired more than one hundred rounds during the nearly eight hour standoff philadelphia police is commissioner richard ross expressed amazement ended without anyone being killed not knowing whether or not this gunman was gonna decide to go out and what some call this a blaze of his own glory in in decide to basically charge those steps the gunman came out of the home where he had barricaded himself after ross himself and the shooter's attorney tried to negotiate. She had a surrender end nearly the way it did. The gunman has an extensive criminal history. That includes prior gun charges aaron katersky a._b._c. news new york in colorado police have released body cam footage of officers in colorado springs shooting a nineteen year old black man in the back and killing him as he ran from them. It's a case that has prompted protests and now there is reaction from the teens family keeping your pockets in the body worn camera footage politics are investigating a possible robbery with a gun as talked up to two young black men about the crime one runs away and officers fire atom. It turns out. He did have a gun but they didn't know that until they found it in his pants after he was shot multiple times. Gerald kilmer is an attorney representing. The family of devan bailey lease of colorado springs shot. Mr bailey early in the back multiple times died at a hospital. His family is demanding an independent investigation alex stone a._b._c. news a new move by the trump administration astray shin would change the rules on who gets to stay in the u._s. and they'll be looking at whether they've ever used public assistance or might use it in the future a._b._c. News senior white house correspondent cecilia vega has more outrage over president trump's latest immigration crackdown democrats denouncing new rules that make it tougher for illegal immigrants is to stay in the country permanently if they've used public assistance like medicaid or food stamps other twenty twenty rivals like senator comma harris calling the move indefensible zabol and beto rourke tweeting if you're an immigrant president trump believes you have no place in this country about half a million immigrants apply for green cards each year under these new rules the vast majority could be at risk of being denied permanent legal status not affected people who already have green cards pregnant women and and children and refugees and asylum seekers the trump administration says it doesn't want low income immigrants to become a burden on society even though they pay taxes according to an associated press analysis use significantly less public benefits than low income native born adults asked if the policy means that famous plaque the statue of liberty inviting tired poor huddled masses should come down the president's immigration chief said this. I'm certainly not prepared to take anything coming down off the statue of liberty a._b._c.'s cecilia vega in dayton ohio. The coroner's office released more information from the mass shooting in that city including how many times the gunman when was shot. Here's a._b._c.'s ryan burrow montgomery county coroner. Dr kent harshbarger says the gunman's weapon can be connected to all of the shooting deaths. However two people were struck by a police gunfire. One of those victims died but had already been hit by the assailants weapon. According to the corner the other did sustain additional subsequent gunshot wounds during the forced police law enforcement and response the gunman testing positive for cocaine and anti anxiety drug and alcohol he suffered fifty fifty. Two gunshot wounds ryan burrow a._b._c. news. The people of el paso say they remain strong despite the deadly mass shooting in their city earlier this month now they're coming together to support porta man who lost his wife in the rampage. A._b._c.'s jim ryan has more for twenty two years. Antonio basco and margie record were inseparable until a gunman ended their marriage on august third at the walmart in el paso because they had no family locally pasco told funeral director harrison johnson that he expected no one to attend his wife service taxicab issuing him that he's not alone florist. Martha carol has been flooded with orders for floral arrangements spec. This at hundreds of strangers plan to attend margie records funeral jim ryan a._b._c. news. Records funeral has now been moved to a bigger venue because so many strangers say they want to attend in the wake of those recent mass shootings the c._e._o. Of walmart is revealing. Just how much of the ammunition sold in the country comes from his stores. Here's a._b._c.'s scott goldberg the the disclosure by walmart c._e._o. Doug macmillan comes in a statement attached to the retailers second quarter financial report. He says their hearts are with associates. In el paso and south haven a reference to two two recent mass shootings at walmart's mcmillan goes on to say walmart does not sell military style rifles and represents just two percent of the market for firearms in this country but he also says they have have a twenty percent market share of ammunition in other words. One out of every five bullets in the u._s. was sold at a walmart scott goldberg a._b._c. news those now one fewer person running for president. Here's a._b._c.'s serena marshall and then there were twenty three no longer will former colorado governor. John hickenlooper be a presidential candidate announcing then you will end his twenty twenty bid for the white house he's been faced with stubbornly low poll numbers and a lack of donors meaning he would likely have missed the required threshold for the third democratic critic debate in september but even before he announced he was out there was never by the senate minority leader and a federal pack that launched a draft hick for senate campaign gene to try and convince him to run against colorado senate incumbent cory gardner serena marshall a._b._c. news washington as one democratic presidential hopeful leaves the race and other other is reengaging his campaign. A._b._c.'s jim ryan former congressman beto o'rourke has spent the last week and a half in his native el paso the scene of a deadly mass shooting on august third while he admits that some in his party are pushing him to run for senate. He blames the current administration for creating a climate that encourages hate crimes. We must take the fights directly to the source of this problem that person who has caused this pain and that is donald trump jim ryan a._b._c. news congressman steve steve king is facing new calls to resign following inflammatory remarks about rape and insist while defending his position of not allowing exceptions of rape and incest stint anti abortion legislation. He wanted passed in the u._s. Congress representative steve king told the west side conservative club quote what if we went back through all of the family trees and just has pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest. Would there be any population of the world left if we did that end quote king claiming because conception happened in bad circumstances come stances doesn't mean the result isn't a person ryan burrow a._b._c. news overseas there are new concerns after north korea fired off more projectiles into the sea the sixth launch in in just the past three weeks summer now pointing the finger at president trump saying he's given kim jong un licensed to ramp up these launches critics are doing that the president continues to downplay downplay these launches and build up his relationship with kim jong un it was less than a week ago that the president talked about his most recent letter from kim calling beautiful awful and positive and said kim offered a small apology for the continued launches. This is the sixth time within three weeks that kim has launched short-range ballistic missiles and while these are not missiles that could reach the u._s. They could potentially be a threat to u._s. Troops in south korea but kim also tied the launches to join us and south korean military exercises which are ongoing but largely computer-based trump said kim called the exercises ridiculously listen expensive and told them that when they ended he would stop the launches since that very brief meeting between kim and trump on the border between north earth in south korea. There have been no meetings between the two sides even at a working level and no progress on denuclearization those a._b._c. news chief chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz after six weeks. Gibraltar has released an iranian super tanker. It's held despite last-minute objections from the u._s. More from a._b._c.'s he's tom rivers at the foreign desk. Gibraltar's first minister says he's received assurances from tehran that the final destination of the tanker would not be a country under e._u. Sanctions let's wants a state says something in writing on its own letterhead one is entitled to believe that they will comply with those obligations that they have acquired the takings that they have given the move potentially eases tensions between london and tehran which still holds a british flag vessel. Tom rivers a._b._c. news at the foreign desk in hong kong protests are expected to ratchet up and intensify the coming days as pro democracy activists plan a massive march a._b._c. news senior foreign correspondent in panels in hong kong. The police refused to grant mission for huge march on sunday but protest is planning to defy those orders setting the stage for more violent confrontations. Let the ones we've been seeing the chinese ramping up that one of his top diplomat saying if the local government can't handle the crisis then close we have enough solutions and had enough power to put this to an end and omen ously the chinese paramilitary police it'd be spicy massive just across the border less than twenty miles from where we are right now seen but many again is a direct threat to the pro democracy movements here meanwhile president trump winging again tweeting his admiration china's leader urging him to sit down and talk with protesters' china again rejecting it cools foreign interference in its own affairs a._b._c. news senior foreign correspondent in panel in hong kong the wall street journal is reporting the president trump may be thinking about making greenland part of the u._s. Here's a._b._c.'s rachel scott. Greenland's response today is that they're open for business but they are not open. I i fail one spokesman from denmark yesterday that he hopes that this was a joke. Actually trump would not be the first president to express interest in buying greenland president. Harry truman also also offered to buy greenland for one hundred million dollars. Apparently that was also denied. The white house is not commenting on this a._b._c.'s rachel scott meteorologist confirm. There's a new record for the planet. A._b._c.'s alec stone explains once again. Earth has broken the record for being the hottest. It's been in the one hundred forty years of of record keeping according to no other national oceanic and atmospheric administration the government agency is reporting that july was the hottest month ever recorded and as a result arctic antarctic shrank historic lows. The average global temperature in july was one point seven degrees above the average nine of the ten hottest. July allies on record have happened since two thousand five alex stone a._b._c. news. The food and drug administration is once again putting out the warning on a controversial product miracle mineral solution. A._b._c.'s michelle franzen has details. It's called m._s. or miracle mineral solution. It's touted by promoters as ask treating a variety of medical issues from cancer and hepatitis to autism an aids. Health experts say it's more commonly known as industrial strength bleach supporters offers of m._s._a. A few drops of sodium chloride solution diluted in water and activated with some sort of citric acid turns it into chlorine dioxide officials say it's more more life threatening than lifesaving side effects the f._d._a. Recently received a new reports include severe vomiting diarrhea even a drop in blood pressure caused by dehydration and acute liver failure michelle franzen a._b._c. news new concerns about teens and vaping after reports of nearly two dozen. Young people hospitalized in the mid west. Many many parents are now wondering about their own kids and if they're vaping a._b._c. news chief medical correspondent dr jennifer ashton tells us the signs parents should look out for thing is for parents since to focus on what the signs and symptoms of nicotine addiction in their kids. Maybe and that can be the entry to observe. Is this happening to my child. So when you talk talk about the signs and symptoms of nicotine addiction a lot of them are behavioral rates. Let's say you're sitting down at a family dinner and your teenagers constantly getting up leaving the table to go into into the bathroom or their bedroom to vape that is because they are now dependent on nicotine. If they're lying or long car trips again they won't be able to vape if they're in the back seat seat of your car so that may be a behavioral clue and if they're spending more money this costs money so if your child or teenager has an allowance and all of a sudden they're coming to you saying oh i need more. I need more you should ask. Where is that money going a._b._c. News chief medical correspondent dr jennifer ashton as students had back to school in california. They notice something new on on their school i._d. Cards or a._b._c.'s alec stone in los angeles middle and high school student. I._d.'s have in addition to them. This school year under a new california law student dude nineties for grades. Seven through twelve must have the phone number for the national suicide prevention lifeline printed on them. Pete gibson has his son. Who's a freshman at a school school in fresno. It's sad that we've come to this. I'm grateful that someone's being proactive about it. I'm very grateful beyond putting the hotline number on i._d.'s schools you're holding suicide prevention presentations and giving teachers new training on the subject alex stone a._b._c. news los angeles with the back to school season underway your way. Many parents are struggling with how to reduce their kids screen time. Here's a._b._c.'s michelle. Franson break time is over and it's back to school time that means parents grappling with their our kids to get back into study mode and putting away those digital screens and smartphones from the lazy days of summer. Mom's like megan's thereto in new york says her kids want to hold on tight eight to tech. They really don't understand when i do say now so that's when the outrage and the whining comes in that means winding down screen time the the american association of pediatric says parents with kids six years and older should work together to setup limits on screen time in order to make room for studying physical activities jason sleep michelle franzen a._b._c. news archaeologists working in the ancient roman city of pompeii a foul new historical gems under its ashes a._b._c.'s a._b._c.'s megan williams has more from rome archaeologists digging in the city buried by volcanic corruption. Two thousand years ago have found a sourcres treasure trove inside inside a charge box researchers found crystals gems dolls miniature penises this and even a tiny skull. They were also objects to believe to have power were to crush bad luck. One of the glass beads is engraved with the head of dione uses the roman god of wine fertility and ritual madness experts. I'd say the objects may have been used in rituals for fertility seduction or to seek good omens for birth or pregnancy. It's likely they belong to a female servant or slave slave as none of them is made of gold. The head archaeologists at pompeii says the objects are extraordinary because they tell micro histories tales of everyday life. Life archaeologists found ten bodies in the same house. Researchers are now trying to establish kinship among the bodies through d._n._a. 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There was the start of woodstock the weekend long music festival in new york's hudson ed's in river valley thick captured the world's attention part is that people were nice to each other for three days. David crosby was on stage with crosby stills nash and young and we i looked around and we said wow this is what we were hoping for and for awhile hope blossomed big fiftieth anniversary festival fell through but at the original site this weekend carlos santana john fogerty and ringo starr will rock out for a significantly smaller crowd jason nathanson a._b._c. news hollywood and those are the people and events that made world news this week world news. This week was written and produced by smith o'shea chadron. I'm chuck sivertsen a._b._c. news new york. Is there something that interferes with your happiness or is preventing you from achieving your goals better help online counseling. 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"Are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash podcast. That's indeed dot com slash podcast. From ABC news world news this week. Chuck's Iverson in New York coming up the president refusing to let Lucy use a military jet to travel to have ghanistan. As the partial government shutdown drags on. The Brexit battle continues the passes. Without this issue being resolved means more uncertainty more bitterness and rancor chilling new details are released about the kidnapping of Jamie Kloss, twenty one year old Jake Paterson told police he saw genie getting on a school bus one day and decided he would kidnap her and marking ten years since the miracle on the Hudson. I Lou immediately was going to be a life changing been for everyone on the airplane there. People in events that made headlines when world news this week continues. Honest, unflappable oneness real what could Luke Bryan? Tim. Tebow Kellyanne Conway and Raza ostlund all be talking about find out on journeys of faith, a podcast where we learn what faith means to some of the most influential people out there. Join me all affairs every Wednesday as we dig deep into how faith has guided them, listen and subscribe to journeys of faith on apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app. Now, the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week is the political battle intensifies in Washington. President Trump cancelled house speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip overseas at the last minute think the actions of the president were petty. Mean-spirited and beneath any president of the United States to take many, including democratic congressman Steny Hoyer seeing it as a tit-for-tat move after speaker Pelosi asked the president to delays state of the union address until the shutdown is over ABC news senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce explains waiting for President Trump to respond to her state of the union power play. We haven't heard as very silent more than twenty four hours three hours later. She got her response. The president refusing to let Pelosi use a military jet to travel to Afghantistan in a letter writing. Dear Madam speaker due to the shutdown. I'm sorry to inform you that your trip has been postponed. He described Pelosi's planned visit with American troops as a public relations event. Lawmakers set to accompany Pelosi were already heading to joint base Andrews when the news hit their bus turning right around. Democrats furious is pity. It small it's been dictated even Trump's close Republican allies Senator Lindsey Graham calling the move inappropriate saying one sophomoric response does not deserve. In other speaker Pelosi went on to cancel the trip all together over security concerns since the president talked publicly about the once private trip weeks after President Trump said this we have one against ISIS. The terror group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans ABC news foreign correspondent, Ian panel has more willing new details about the deadly suicide attack. US officials telling ABC news the full remark killed repulsive A-Team gathering military intelligence. They were inside a restaurant frequented by US military, win the Bouma blew himself up in the doorway American intelligence concluding walls, an ISIS attack. The president making his first comments on those lives lost. I want to take a moment to express my deepest condolences to the family. Families of the brave American heroes who laid down their lives yesterday in selfless service, just weeks ago, the president's announcer plans food withdrawal at the time declaring victory against ISIS. We have one against ISIS, we've beaten them and we've beaten a badly puts on the ground. We've seen the battle against ISIS up close and Syrians in that. Same town told us oh new last year, how they fit a US pull out ISIS would have an poor twenty twenty emerge. This was the deadliest attack on Americans joining this wall by an enemy determined to show the US it may be down. But this isn't towns the deadly attack coming just a day. After gunmen stormed into a hotel and office complex in Kenya. And opened fire ABC's James Longman has the details. Panic gripping Kenya's capital Nairobi as explosions and gunfire ring out terror strikes free PM nitty upscale Doucet hotel, an explosion outside a Bank hits three calls while a suicide bomb goes off inside the hotel lobby. Surveillance video shows full gunman entering the hotel opening fire, sending guests screaming into the street. People full over themselves to escape through windows crouching in the Dutt's anti-terror squads rushing inside. But they go from room to room flushing out. The attack is the operation taking hours playing codes officers leading days victims to safety not today. Not today today. Al-qaeda-linked terror group. Al Shabaab, claiming responsibility. The government did say the site was secured, but more gunshots were heard and families reporting loved ones still inside hiding and texting for health officials say twenty one people were killed in the attack. President Trump will once again shit face to face with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Hoon the wino- saying Mr. Trump and Kim Jong UN will meet again sometime next month just two days ago. Vice president Pence said there hasn't been much progress we still await concrete steps by North Korea to dismantle the nuclear weapons that threaten our people in our allies. No word whether this White House meeting changed that Andy Field. ABC news, Washington. A high level terror plots centered around the White House has been foiled ABC news chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas. We FBI is laying out a chilling tale. If proposed suicide attack that was opposed to happen January seventeenth here in Washington. Among the targets considered the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and. Specific synagogue, but the most detailed and focused planning involved a plot to attack the White House with a three man team using assault rifles hand grenades and an anti-tank rocket launcher the plan was to cause a distraction breached. The White House grounds blow a hole in the Manson and then proceed to kill quote as many people as possible and do the most damage the FBI says it has sheer to heap. Twenty one was arrested after he attempted to train this car for the weapons, but it was all stink of weapons were fake. And the other terrorists that too he thought he was dealing with were actually undercover FBI operatives posing as radicals the case began last March when local police contacted the FBI and told them that he had been radicalized the FBI sent undercover informant to make contact with the he allegedly began discussing he allegedly deadly operations. He said, quote jihad was the best deed in Islam in London. It was a week of turmoil. As the Brexit battle continues club Fulda. Unseemly atmosphere, the honorable gentleman must and will be heard parliament was locked in a heated debate before voting down to recent May's Brexit plan to leave the European Union. The is to the right two hundred to the nose to the left full hundred and thirty two. ABC's Terry Moran. As more UK remains a country, bitterly divided the populist movement that triumphed in the 2016 Brexit vote remains strong. And so does the opposition Lottie right-wing tour, but to deal Theresa May negotiated with European leaders went down to a thunderous defeat in parliament, the knows the nose heavy at issued the terms of the Brexit deal. How businesses will trade how people will travel and so much else. Just days later may survived a vote of no-confidence keeping her in power. It was also a bit of a shake-up for the Royal family this week after a car accident involving Prince Philip ABC's James Longman has more from London a close cool for the juke of Edinburgh. The queen's husband lucky to walk away unscathed from a crash that left his call ova ton. The ninety seven year old prince who was reportedly behind the wheel was pulling out of a driveway onto a busy public road near the Royal Sandringham estate police say he was involved in an accident with one of Vic. Michael. And I witnessed describing how the prince was helped out of his call and a paid very very shaken to people in the other vehicle treated for minor injuries. Political concerns kept a New York Knicks player from taking the court in London. The Knicks and his canter a no show for the London game. He staying back in the US faring potential legal moves but Turkey prosecutors and Istanbul of issued an international arrest warrant for him. They allege he has links to the exiled Muslim cleric. They blamed for a failed coup in two thousand sixteen basketball star says all he's done his post some tweets critical of the Turkish government. Tom rivers ABC news, London back in the US. Horrifying new details were released about the kidnapping of thirteen year old Jamie clause, ABC's Alex Perez was in Wisconsin courtroom as her alleged kidnapper went before a judge Mr. Paterson your charge the man accused of kidnapping, Jamie clause, and murdering her parents facing judge substantial cash bail is necessary to Jake. Pederson tonight held on a five million dollar cash bail the prosecution team that you see assembled here today wants Justice for James and unease Kloss and for Jamie Kloss, prosecutors laying out in chilling detail Patterson's alleged confession, according to the criminal complaint. The twenty one year old told police one day on his way to work. He saw Jamie get on a school bus outside her home and decided she was the girl. He was going to take prosecutors described his meticulous planning Saint Patterson. I shaved all his hair to avoid leaving DNA then came to the home one night after midnight arm with a shotgun. In a mask dressed in all black thirteen year old Jamie, telling an FBI investigator her dog started barking and she woke her parents. They saw a man at the door with a gun, Jamie. And her mother hid in the bathtub Patterson, allegedly telling police, he shot Jamie's father through the door, then broke into the bathroom or Jamie's mom was hold. Ding, her in a bear hug. Jamie told police Patterson made her mom hang up with nine one one then shot in the head. Prosecutors say Patterson duct tape Jamie's hands and ankles and dragged her to the trunk of his car. He allegedly told investigators he removed the trunk light. And the glow in the dark safety court from inside the trunk. So that no one can pull the trunk release once inside for eight days police believe she was held captive inside Patterson's home Jamie telling investigators he made her stay under the bed for up to twelve hours with no food water or bathroom breaks once hitting your heart on the back Jamie finally making her escape on Thursday when she was left alone flagging down genie nutter who was out walking her dog within minutes. Another neighbor making that call for help. At my house right now. And she says her name is Ginny cloth, the teenager terrified kind of scared because he might. Yep. It's the cops could jitters community. You would have had many deputies out of that way, Jamie. No in the arms of her family who never gave up hope more than thirty thousand Los Angeles teachers walked off the job and onto the picket line this week. Stronger they're protesting for higher pay and smaller class sizes agencies. Whitworth has more in pouring rain a sea of umbrellas. Thousands of teachers from the Los Angeles unified school district are marching to make their voices heard as they strike for the first time in thirty years. Teacher. Scott Mandell says it's about more than just better pay lower class sizes, a nurse in every school is again, this is this is it the roads closed down in downtown Los Angeles more than six hundred thousand kids in their families impacted by this strike, Catherine fellows, brought her two children to the rally. It's important for me to for them to see that their teachers are willing to take time off work in not get paid and ten outside in the rain to do the best for them. Teachers hoping to build on success of strikes that began last year in West Virginia and spread to several other states teachers in both faith were able to secure pay raises, but they're district are tiny compared to Los Angeles. This is a huge fight and teachers tell me they will be out here until it's over outcry. Over congressman Steve king of Iowa echoed across Capitol Hill after he made controversial comments about white supremacy. Under growing pressure to resign. Publican congressman Steve king isn't going anywhere. After an interview at the New York Times in which king asked white nationalist white supremacist western civilization. How did that language become offensive? After years of controversial comments king stood on the house floor and said, this that ideology never shows up in my head. I don't know how it could possibly come out of my mouth in his defense. King argued his comments were taken out of context. And then he repeated them in the way he wanted them delivered. Don't wanna read it to you the way I believe I said it, and that's this. White nationalist bite supremacist. Western civilization. How did that language become offensive? But moments later, his colleagues, Democrats and Republicans voted overwhelmingly to disapprove of his remarks king is being stripped of his committee assignment, the Republican leaders stopped short of saying king should go. And at the White House, the president claimed he was unaware of the controversy. I don't I haven't been following. I really haven't been king shows no signs of leaving. And there isn't much the congress is likely to do about it. They could vote to expel him here. But that is extremely rare and in Iowa voters can't remove him. They would have to wait two years for the next election. Also on Capitol Hill this week attorney general nominee William Barr began his confirmation hearing, the president's own pick for attorney general thing he knows Bob Muller that he's a marine. He's a friend and that Muller would not conduct a witch-hunt darling to protect the special counsel's investigation. That is vitally important that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation. I have known Bob Muller for thirty years on my watch. Bob will be allowed to finish his work bar defending Muller. Against those words that the president has tweeted so often the claim that Muller is on a witch hunt. I don't I don't believe Mr. Muller would would be involved in a witch hunt. And. William Barr insisted he would resist any pressure from President Trump at will not be bullied into doing anything. I think is wrong by anybody whether it be editorial boards or congress or the president Democrats pressing bar asking him, would you fire Muller if the president asked you to assuming there was no good 'cause assuming no good caught. I I would not carry out that instruction and will the American people ever see Muller's report bar saying that under Justice department guidelines mos- findings would be confidential, but that in the interests of transparency he would then release his own summary of the report to the public and congress. He did however say that neither Trump nor his lawyers would get to edit Muller's report, but it was bar himself. Who wrote the Justice department of memel just last year raising questions about mos- investigation into possible. Obstruction of Justice the press today about what he wrote I think it was entirely proper. And given what he wrote when asked what he would do if career ethics officials recommended he recused himself bar said, they're different kinds of recusals some mandated others that are judgment calls acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler also faced questions as he had his own confirmation hearing, and it new revelations about the agency data from the Justice department shows, the EPA referred just one hundred sixty six cases for prosecution in the last fiscal year. The lowest number since nineteen Eighty-eight when during the Reagan administration only one hundred and fifty one cases were referred the data was compiled by the nonprofit public employees for environmental responsibility, executive director, Jeff rook says criminal case referrals have dropped considerably over time. If a sixty percent reduction just from two thousand eleven and a seventy two percent reduction from twenty years ago, so historically EPA produce many more prosecutable cases than they're producing. Now. Roque also says there is a concerning reduction in the number of staff at the EPA whose job it is to look. Into potential criminal cases in nineteen ninety congressman dated at the EPA criminal investigation division, deploy at least two hundred special agents. But now they're down to a hundred thirty agents for the entire country Roque attributes the decline in staff and criminal case referrals to a combination of things to pierced us via combination of them starving the program and policy initiatives that make criminal enforcement an absolute last resort. Even if it's merited President Trump is a supporter of deregulation and has taken steps to change the country's policy and stance on environmental issues. Trump has withdrawn the US for the Paris climate accord and has been a staunch supporter of coal energy. He said this during a visit to wheeling West Virginia in September dig call right? Trump's first EPA chief Scott Pruitt, also worked a rollback, many Obama era environmental policies in response to the data showing that a client referrals to the DOJ the EPA downplay the drop in a statement to the associated. Press saying that it's been directing its resources to the quote, most significant and impactful cases in the first two months of this fiscal year, the numbers show criminal case referrals continuing to slow as only twenty four cases have been sent to the DOJ. Mark Remillard, ABC news, New York. Michigan State University is named new interim chief the Michigan State University. Board of trustees has announced it has accepted. Interim president John anglers resignation angler aft- in his resignation letter to leave next week. But the board bump that up to today. They've named Dr sativa pas the new interim president this is the third person to fill the role in just over a year. The turnover comes as the school continues to deal with fallout from the doctor Larry Nassar abuse scandal. Ryan burrow, ABC news. Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is looking for a new criminal defense. Attorney in a joint statement Harvey Weinstein and Benjamin Bronfman announced they have agreed to part ways. Brockman had represented the embattled movie producer and his Manhattan criminal case, which involves five charges based on the accounts of two different women. The state. Gave no reason for Bronfman's departure is defense counsel. But said he is agreed to cooperate fully with Weinstein's new lawyer that person has not been named a judge must sign off on the change just two days after China announced a plant was growing in space. We received a sad update from the dark side of the moon. Time for start for the first biological matter ever grown on the moon. China says the cotton plants that sprouted their him died. They couldn't survive the lunar night on what's often called the dark side of the moon. But not because of a lack of light, they say, the bitter cold was the killer, which does not bode well for a human colony on the moon, China sent the seeds for cotton and other plants as well as east and fruit flies up there on its lunar Lander as it test for life in space. China hasn't said how the other organisms are doing Scott Goldberg ABC news a decade after the Hudson river became a runway, I knew immediately. It was gonna be a life changing advent for everyone on the airplane their families, captain sully sullen burger reunites with some of the hundred fifty three passengers he helped to save in the miracle on the Hudson when world news this week continues either Jonathan Karl I wanted to tell you about the podcast. I moved each week with Rick Klein our powerhouse politics. Listen each week. What's going on in Washington from the white? House to Capitol Hill and everywhere in between where can I talk to newsmakers and give you our take on the latest news in Washington. Again, the show is power house politics, and you can find it on apple podcasts, modify or wherever you get your podcast. Just search powerhouse politics and subscribe today ten years ago this week in emergency splashdown in New York City, captivated the nation and became known as the miracle on the Hudson now, captain sully credited with saving more than one hundred fifty lives reunited with passengers to recount the harrowing ordeal ABC's, Amy Roebuck was there. It was like a family reunion. Lots of hugs and stories, I'm very Leonard. And I was sitting in one sea iris seated in twenty c twelve f passengers from flight fifteen forty nine remember exactly where they were ten years ago there seat number a badge of honor. What's it like being here today in the shadow of this? Plane surreal appreciation for all these extranets. We didn't think we would get facing death and escaping it. Eric Stevenson remembers writing a goodbye note on a business card tucked in his pocket to my mom and to my sister. I love you at least it would be near my body. And they knew I was thinking of them as we coined down. Jim Whitaker's remembers helping a panic mother sitting next to him. He offered to hold her nine month old, son. It's amazing how tough children or but a nine month old baby turned sideways can be held just like a football. One hundred and fifty miles an hour hitting that water. It was truly an amazing experience at that child. Didn't even cry until we came to a complete stop the miracle on the Hudson. The incredible controlled landing of the US Airways Airbus struck by a flock of geese, paralyzing, both engines as a nation watched all one hundred fifty five people on board survived at that's how I knew we were alive because that water I could feel it coming up my legs very quickly. And it was so cold. I couldn't believe it. The passengers say that they divide their lives simply into before. And after and that they now know the true meaning of a bucket list, I'm gonna take my family to India. We're going to meet the Dalai Lama. I'm actually going to jump out of a plane from eighteen thousand feet instead of five feet. I'm way too young for a bucket list. I've been given a gift. So every day to me it's making a significant positive influence on someone's alive. And those are the people and events that made world news this week world news this week was written and produced by Shannon Carney. I'm Chuck Sivertsen. ABC news, New York, are you hiring with indeed you can post a job in minutes set up screener questions than zero in on your shortlist of qualified candidates using an online dashboard get started today at indeed dot com slash podcast. That's indeed dot com slash podcast.