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live in the "cnn newsroom," i'm dana bash in for poppy harlow. much of the nation is focused on family, good will and peace. the fbi is warning there are people out there that want nothing more than to ruin the mi american holiday season. no specific credible threats but that some pro-isis websites are showing their followers where churches are and other places where people gather tore holiday events. this isn't the first time isis has made threats around christmas and hanukkah. this year, it is different. polo sandoval is here.
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also, graham wood and he writes about politics for "atlantic." the fbi says these warnings or an abundance of caution. doesn't isis makes threats pretty much every year at this time. >> you made a very good point. we have been mere before. they have gotten wind of these potential threats and follow up with a warning or adviser or bulletin. that has been the case. this is pretty much a cautionary measure. pro-isis websites called on people and a listing of several
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houses of worship. the fbi weighing in a short moment ago. released to wjla. i want to read you a small portion of where things stand regarding the investigation of this threat. the fbi is aware of the recent link published online that urges attacks against u.s. churches. as with similar threats, the fbi is tracking this matter while we investigate its credibility. that is key. officials are poring over potential chatter among terrorist organizations overseas and still looking at the initial posting. in the meantime, the big recommendation and the main headline here for the general public as they prepare to celebrate christmas an hanukkah. not be afraid but be alert. >> if you see something, say something. >> in the past couple of months, isis has their fingers on
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attacks in belgium and berlin. does that mean take more idle threats seriously. >> for a long time, isis is saying, it will attack where it can. it has been telling its followers, don't ask for permission. just do it, attack wherever you are. that includes the united states. there have been attacks in western europe. i don't think it changes the equation. what isis has realized, from these attacks in western europe, and from our reaction in the united states, where we have had a few very bloody attacks but nothing like the attacks they have had in western europe. what they have realized is that all it takes is to say maybe it would be a good idea to attack churches and synagogues and it will get our backs up and make us worry about what might happen. there is some reason to wherry. it is a cost-freeway for them to exact a price from us. >> no question. the berlin attacks, let's sort
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of focus in on that, more arrests today including the nephew of the man that drove the truck into the market. officials say that the two men were communicating with an encrypted app. it shows how challenging it is to track terrorists, specially with these high-tech tools. >> it is an app i have on my te telephone that it buzzes at me every 20 minutes or so with a message from an isis-supporting channel. anyone else who is watching isis or part of isis or aspires to be part of isis gets those same messages. those messages are glorifying the per lyberlin attacker. they are saying, why don't you consider other attacks. the message is being heard loud and clear. >> if you can get that buzing
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sound and app, so can others. thank you so much for that reporting and that discussion. elsewhere in the world this weekend, israeli officials are furious to say the least about america's decision to not back israel in a crucial vote at the united nations security council. last night, they passed a resolution form early condemning israel for building settlements close to palestinian territories and disputed part of jerusalem. the u.s. could have vetoed it. the obama administration chose to abstain allowing it to pass. israel's top p said, i have no doubt the new u.s. administration will usher in a new area. orrin lieberman is in israel today. when it comes to the reality on
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the ground, how much will this change, if at all? >> in terms of the effect on the israeli/palestinian con flick, it is very possible this resolution will have no effect. it is non-binding and a guideline and recommendation. it requires follow-up action at the u.n. for it to really have any teeth. that's where president-elect donald trump has promised to protect israel at the u.n. it could be at least four years, possibly more, possibly much more before it has any effect on the palestinian conflict. prime minister benjamin netanyahu has said. he says he will re-evaluate the status of u.n. representatives here and canceling israeli funding totalling nearly $8 million and fired off one of the harshest criticisms we have ever seen from an israeli administration pointed as
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president barack obama. as have many others accused president obama of being anti-israel and allowing this to pass. many of the israeli ministers said, the right-wing said, the proper response should be more building in the settlements and annexation, for parts or all of the west bank. that would fly immediately in the face of the security council resolution. >> it sure would. it is an indication that perhaps it could backfire, which is what a lot of critics of the resolution are saying. thank you, orrin leberman for that report. >> i am joined by senator lindsey graham. thank you for joining me on this christmas eve. i appreciate it. >> thank you. happy hanukkah and merry christmas. >> thank you. you too. i want to start with what orrin was just talking about, news today, that benjamin netanyahu said they would re-evaluate relations with the united nations effectively saying they
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would withhold money for five of its organizations. i am guessing you think that that is a good idea? >> yes. i talked to b.b. yesterday. this is a real affront to the state of israel. it is a decades old policy by the united states to make sure the parties negotiate on the ground in the mideast, not in the u.n. security council. he told me when it comes to the u.n., the gloves are off. i told him, that's how i will respond in kind. 22% of the united nations budget comes from the american taxpayer. i am going to lead the charge to with hold funding until they repeal this resolution. >> what makes you think that will turn around the entire security council on this settlement issue? i realize that 22% is a lot of money. it is certainly not the whole ball game from them.
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>> oh, no. it is up to the body to decide what kind of body it would like to be. here is my view of the peace process. israel gave gaza completely to the palestinians years ago. they withdrew. who is is rail supposed to do peace with? the palestinian authority pay young palestinians money to kill israelis and americans. taylor force was a young man whose parents live in south carolina, westbound graduate, went to israel on a visit as part of a graduate exchange program killed by a palestinian and the body was sent back to ra mall and his families were paid a big lump sum of cash by the palestinian authorities because he was a hero in their eyes. not only am i going to lead the charge to suspend fund tog the united nations but to the
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palestinian authority until they stop paying young palestinians to murder innocent people. >> you think you will get enough support to withhold that kind of funding for palestinians? >> i think it will be a very interesting vote. what is so upsetting about this, i am an internationalist. i wanted the new secretary general about four weeks ago talking about a plan for the developing world. i have been in the forefront of trying to create aid programs to combat terrorism. you have to build up the lives of others and the u.n. does a lot of work in the refugee area. the reason we don't have peace in israel is not because of settlements. they gave all of the gaza strip back to the palestinians. and in turn they have a terrorist organization launching rockets into israel.
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so it is the idea the palestinians won't accept the rec nigz of the jewish state as being about the entity. most members of congress believe that the obama's administration to break with 40 years of policy is unacceptable. the u.n. needs to be put on notice that the congress is a player when it comes to american foreign policy. i don't believe most americans want to fund an organization that can't see the dirns betwff between democracy israel and a terrorist organization, ha moma and the palestinian authorities in that direction. >> let me put a button on this u.n. issue. there has been no love lost historically between your party and the u.n. at various points. given the fact that president trump is coming in who has the same view as you, what do you think this means for the future of the united nations? >> i think the united nations needs to understand that israel is not always the bad guy. what resolution has been passed by the united nations condemning
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the slaughter of 500,000 people in syria. does the u.n. say anything when israel is attacked viciously by hezbollah and hamas or a 13-year-old girl killed in her bed by palestinian terrorists? i think most american political leaders in the congress believe that the u.n. has been one-sided and that the prime minister of israel told me that the three threats to the jewish state, a nuclear weapon, the ayatollah with a nuke, the marginal zation of the jewish state by groups like the united nations and terrorist groups like al qaeda and isil. what i want the u.n. to know is that, i understand you do good things. i would like the u.n. to be a better organization for helping people to advance the cause of liberty. the only democracy in the region is is rail. it is odd to me that the u.n.
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singles out the one place where people can elect their leaders and the rule of law trumps religion to punish them and have a one-sided view of this situation. >> when you spoke to prime minister netanyahu, did you discuss with him whether or not he thinks that this is kind of personal with president obama, maybe a final poke in the eye from somebody who he didn't get along with for eight years? >> people say that. no, we didn't talk about that. name one party in israel who likes this. the left in israel is not embracing this resolution. the entire political infrastructure, left, right, and middle, all opposed the iran nuclear agreement. president obama is just not giving the finger to b.b. he is putting the entire jewish state, the state of israel at risk by having the international community, calling it an outlaw, taking a one-sided view of the dispute. i would like a two-state
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solution. i would love the palestinians to live in dignity along beside a secure israel. that's not going to happen any time soon. this last effort by obama and kerry to be cute as they leave office has made it harder to restart the peace process. i don't see any situation where israel can constructively engage in the peace process as long as this resolution is in being. if you want to restart the process, rebuild the resolution. >> senator, i want to play for our viewers and for you what some of the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., samantha power, said explaining why the u.s. sustained yesterday. take a listen. the israeli prime minister recently described his government as more committed to settlements than any in israel's history. one of his leading coalition partners recently declared that the era of the two-state solution is over. at the same time, the prime minister has said that he is still committed to pursuing the
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two-state solution. but these statements are ir reconcilable. one cannot simultaneously champion expanding israeli settlements and a viable two-state solution that would end the conflict. >> senator, what she is saying is that the settlements antagonize palestinians and, therefore, hinder peace. she is not the only one who thinks this. what is your response to that? >> my response is that the reason there is no peace between the palestinians and israel is not because of land. israel gave up the entire gaza strip. they withdrew completely. gaza now is in the hand of hamas, 10,000 rockets have been fired from gaza into israel. so the settlement issue, the land problem, is not why we don't have peace. the problem is, that hamas wants to drive israel into the ocean. the palestinians are educating their young people to hate the
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jewish people and are paying young palestinian people to kill jews. this is not a land problem. if i was an israeli politician, every time a rocket was filed at my schools and my kids indiscripple min atly, i would grab some land too, because you have got to push back. so where is the u.n. when it comes to indiscripple nant killing of israelis by palestinian terrorists. hamas firing trying to kill children. where are they then? not a word coming out of the body. it is not a land problem. it is an attitude problem. how do you do peace when people are committed to destroy you? >> senator, that is a very tough question that has been vexing, obviously, for almost 100 years, if not more. i appreciate you coming on with me now, specially on this christmas eve and for your insight into this issue. again, appreciate it. merry christmas, senator.
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>> merry christmas. thanks. >> thank you. coming up in the "newsroom," reading between the lines. donald trump revealing a personal and intriguingler from russian president, putin, an eight--day-old let ter released after the president-elect suggesting starting an arms race. what are the risks of the foreign policy? we'll discuss that. later, midnight mass, live to rome where pope francis is getting ready to celebrate christmas services at st. peters basilica. we'll take you inside, live in the "cnn newsroom."
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no shortage of diplomatic tension between israel and the united states. many saying they are ready for the trump era to begin. the u.n. security council voted on a measure to condemn israel and its settlement construction policy. the united states declined to vote and the measure passed. aaron david miller is our global affairs analyst. i love talking to you about the middle east, because you have worked for administrations going back a few years, sat at more negotiating tables that you probably want to count, trying to work through the israeli palestinian conflict. i leave it to you to give us some context here. how significant is it that the u.s. abstained yesterday?
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>> i think it is very significant. not since the '90s, there have been quite a few resolutions in which the united states has been quite critical of the israelis under democratic and many republican administrations on any number of issues from lebanon to gaza to jerusalem to deporting palestinians. under the obama administration, the paradox has been quite extraordinarily positive. the administration has come to israel's defense. this is clearly a change. it is a change at five minutes to midnight, less than four weeks until we have a new president. my own sense is that this is a migraine headache frankly for just about everybody. you just heard lindsey graham, the u.n. may lose a significant amount of funding. the palestinians are going to suffer as a consequence if congress reduces aid to them.
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the israelis interceded with president-elect trump and egyptian president cici and couldn't turn it off. the obama administration is being hammered merslessly over introducing a resolution that is fraud and will probably have precisely the opposite impact of what they intend it if they want to constrain or restrain israeli settlement activity, that's not going to happen. our policy is confused. >> they say they didn't introduce it but not vetoing it, they allowed it to go down or be approved. i want to ask you about something that you mentioned, which hasn't gotten a lot of attention. given that the focus has been about this resolution, which is that the obama administration helped fund irondome which does help protect israeli citizens and has proven to be effective in recent years. just had a huge aid package, $38
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billion. i believe, correct me if i'm wrong. even with all of that, there is this personal an mossity between president obama and prime minister netanyahu. how much of that what this is about? >> i think it is a factor. i think what drove this relationship to be probably the most dysfunctional and unr unproductive of any israeli prime minister and any american president was personality differences and also driven by fundamental differences in policy. where you stand in life has a good deal to do with where you sit. the president of the united states on issues relating to how best to promote israeli/palestinian peace in iran has a fundamentally different view than the current israeli prime minister. so i think it was a soap opera. it was a soap opera from the beginning between two guys who
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clearly didn't admire one another and who are wrestling almost from the beginning over fundamental questions relating to american interests in israel's national security. what you saw at the end was quite fittingly more soap. i think it almost had to end this way in my judgment. >> fascinating. always great to talk to you, aaron david miller. thank you very much. happy hanukkah to you. >> thank you, dana. same to you. coming up, from russia with love, president vladimir putin penning a friendly christmasler as donald trump suggests it is time for a new arms race. does that sound confusing? maybe that's the point. we'll explain next. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." getting older shouldn't mean giving up all the things she loves to do. it should just mean, well, finding new ways to do them. right at home's professional team
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alternate path. of course, this all comes as the u.s. points the finger at russia for hacking that occurred during the presidential campaign. joining me now to talk about all of this, cnn political analyst and columnist for "the washington post," josh roggin and historian and princeton university professor, julienne seltzer. thank you both for joining me. josh, let me start with you. when president barack obama was asked about russia, he was asked about the hackings, here is what he said. >> i think there is no doubt that whether any form government tries to impact the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing. some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not
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be. >> that was last week. fast forward to trump's response to a letter he received from putin. what is the risk of the u.s. seemingly having this schizophrenic foreign policy towards russia or is there a method to that madness? >> i don't think there is any method to it. if you are any country around the world, specially in europe, not only in europe, you have to look at this situation and say, how do we plan for in? you have one outgoing administration promising to punish the russians anden incoming administration promising to embrace the russians. it is sort of a policy mess. it makes it hard for people to know how that will affect other countries and our alliances. some of this will be worked out. some of it may not be. overall, if donald trump wants to have a reset of russian reelse relations, he is welcome to do that. that is what previous presidents have tried. they haven't succeeded.
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there is no harm in trying again. when you do it via tweet without an agreement of what is the status and what are the facts and what are the differences, causes a lot of uncertainty. i think that is a problem. >> playing the devil's advocate that is old school, tradition, convention, julienne, bringing you in on this, that's not happening in a vacuum. he, donald trump, is weighing in on other things, trade with china, negotiating government fighter jet contracts, the potential for a nuclear arms race, for example. he tweeted this. he tweeted the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes. he told msnbc let it be an arms race. >> before i ask you my question, i want you to listen to what the incoming press secretary for donald trump at the white house, sean spicer, told cnn. >> if the president-elect wants
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to get things done, he will get things done. >> so that is where i was going with this question before i gave you the litany of things that are already being done so differently. is this what the voters wanted? is this what they asked for, somebody who does things unconventionally. >> some of the voters asked for that. some didn't. >> good point. the ones that voted for him. >> some did like this and some did like his unorthodox approach to politics and his willingness to defy convention. i would also add that in the 1980s, we sent mixed signals to the soviets. reagan reached out to gorbachev between '85 and '87 and continued to make provocative statements. we don't know if there is any strategy here and we don't know if they are just inconsistent claims coming out from the president-elect. some can have very dangerous implications. to say there will be a new arms race is not clearly connected to
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a deliberate, thoughtful strategy about how to improve relations with russia and that's the fear. it is no longer russia versus the u.s. or russia and china certificates us the u.s. we are dealing in a world with stateless terrorists and with other kind of rogue government threats that will be part of a new arms race that i am not sure that president-elect is thinking through. >> that's a really good point. there are sort of controlled and controllable countries and then the unknown when it comes to the arms race. josh, we are not hearing anything from president barack obama on this latest to ing and froing. >> i think president obama made his thoughts clear. he said president ronald reagan wa roll over in his grave if he thought that 30% of russians
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were pro vladmir putin. it is conventional to be sort of antagonistic towards russia. having a good policy process, a strategy, if you are going to change the policy, that's not convention. that's just good government. so you have to sort of separate the russia/u.s. history from the idea that we have a system of alliances, a system of policies. it is about to undergo a major change. that seems clear. let's do it in a thoughtfulwa w. that was the other message president obama gave donald trump directly. >> good government and good old-fashioned common sense. >> ideally. >> julienne, yan, you are the hn here. there are lots of reasons the soviet union fell, guns and butter, money, right? right now, we are looking at oil prices, which do tend to determine the strength of the russian economy. oil prices are low. how much is that going to factor
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in to the leverage that putin has or may not have visa voo -a the incoming administration? >> in the 1980s, the internal pressures were as important as anything. the weaker the russian economy is today, the more room that president-elect trump would have to change the direction of policy if he wanted. back then, of course, we were talking about the soviet empire, not russia. it was a much bigger operation and these economic strains were much bigger than anything putin faces today. i think there is still much less pressure on him, putin, to really change policy and the places that russia has now annexed or in his support for the syrian government. i think that's why presidents before trump have discovered even if there seems to be a window for new relations, in the end, putin doesn't change his ways. >> i would just quickly add, that's what the sanctions were supposed to be for. the sanctions are to push back
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against russian intervention in the ukraine, their actions in syria, the things they are doing in eastern europe that are not only against the world interest but also against american national security interest. if we are going to get rid of the sanctions, what do we get in return? it is not clear that donald trump is asking for anything in return. maybe they are going to figure that out later. this warming is something that putin really does want. the russian economy does want help. what are we going to get? is he going to make a good deal. i'm curious to find out. >> he mentioned that's what he is going to come in and do. josh and julian, thank you so much and happy holidays to both of you. we have been having a very heavy, very important conversation but remember it is christmas eve. so let's now go to the christmas celebration already underway on the other side of the world. you are looking live at st.
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for a rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event including the inaugural. >> i want to bring in bill carter. you have been covering all things not just entertainment but donald trump for a long time. what's your reaction to all this? >> it is obvious there is an issue between trump and the major entertainment industry figures. clearly, he sent out feelers to some of the bigger names. they have all said no. it kind of is of a peace with this whole election, which was a scorched election the whole time. it is continuing. i don't think there is a place in america that is more opposed probably to trump than hollywood. they didn't like him before the election. they don't like him now. probably a lot of the entertainers that might be thinking it would be worth doing for the exposure don't want to be subjected to the criticism they might face in hollywood for
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appearing to sanction a lot of issues they don't agree with. trump has said a lot of things that you would think are the an@a theathema to things that they make their causes, women's rights and gay lifestyles. >> he has been known to be friendly with celebrities like elton john. i want to put up on the screen he is somebody who has apparently declined to perform, he, david foster, celine dion. it is a huge event with a huge audience. >> can you remember another inauguration where stars weren't jumping at the chance to perform? >> i think they weren't particularly jumping in george bush era. he had very big names. destiny's child performed when beyonce was in the group. he had very big names. in the past, there has been a lot of support from the country
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music industry for conservative candidates. it is odd he is not getting at least a big portion of them either. there is much more of a concerted opposition than there was before, partly because there was this pos tillihostility tow. clearly, the popular election vote. so it is a little safer for entertainers to say he wasn't even a majority winner. the reluctance has a little bit of validity to it. >> you covered donald trump prepolitics during the apprentice years when you were at the "new york times" and my understanding is you spent a lot of time with him. knowing him and knowing the way that he approaches the idea of celebrity, how do you think this is sitting with him, that he is having some trouble? >> i think it is deeply galling to him. he does have good relationship was a lot of celebrities.
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a lot of bridges were burned in this campaign. i don't think donald really realizes this is going to be kind of the way it is i think going to last. there is a real resistance to his policies, because you can argue the people he has named so far are only confirming to some of these hollywood types their wor worst fears. they don't see him reaching out to be a president of the whole country. he seems to be veering further to the right in issues they don't accept. knowing him, he will not take this lightly. i don't think he will take it lightly. >> i would imagine not. as we are watching the replay of his entrance at the convention, maybe he doesn't need another celebrity. he knows how to make an entrance. >> he does. we have to leave it there, phil carter. thank you so, so much. have a happy holiday. thank you for joining me today. >> thank you very much. >> straight ahead, when she was first elected, women weren't even allowed to wear pants on
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washington is saying good-bye to a living legend, senator barbara mikulski is retiring after 30 years in the senate, 40 years overall in congress. i recently sat town with her for some of her final thoughts on her time in office and on hillary clinton failing to break the highest, hardest glass ceiling. >> reporter: when barbara mikulski was elected senator 30 years ago, it was really a man's world. >> when i came to the senate, senators were tom, dick, and harry. >> reporter: literally. >> now, they are barb, tammy, diane. >> reporter: senate women weren't allowed to wear pants.
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there were only two of them. she is now leaving as one of 20, a bipartisan group, mikulski gathered for monthly dinners. >> we disagree on issues. we said we are going to be a zone of civility even when we disagree. >> reporter: mikulski is the longest serving woman in the history of congress. she is retiring disappointed. her old senate colleague failed to become the first female president. >> the best things really do come in small packages. >> reporter: on a scale of 1-10, hillary clinton's defeat for you was? >> a 52. really, i couldn't believe election night as i watched the returns. it was enormously disappointing. >> do you think america was just not ready for a female president? >> i'll let the history books analyze that. >> what do you think as a female trailblazer? you have some informed opinions, i would think. >> i think there were a lot of
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biases against her. you know what we find when you break the glass ceiling. you end up living in a glass office where everything >> on behalf of all the women -- >> it's not just mikulski's them anymore that make's clinton's defeat so crushing, it's her own democratic party lost touch with the working class voters this baltimore native says she never stopped fighting for. >> there are people in baltimore right now that have three part time jobs. many of my constituents feel they're either losing their job overseas or they could lose it to a robot. >> you sound like donald trump, right? >> no. i think i sound like barbara mikulski. >> she admits the election results make it tougher to leave worried a lot of her work on obamacare and beyond may be undone. >> you cannot take a wrecking ball to the very agencies designed to help american workers get on their feet.
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>> still, the first woman to ever chair the appropriate races committee tells us behind the scenes bipartisanship she witnessed in this historic room gives her hope. >> we sit next to each other and rath than at the head table, our job is to bring the committee together. one of the best ideas and the most affordable ideas, not to square off. >> the 4'1" senator made a long career under people underestimating her. >> i bring my own stool. it's not easy being 4'11" in an institution like this. >> she has a reputation for sometimes being intimidating making male colleagues cower. >> let them feel the hard landing my constituents faced. >> suffered this wrath before and i think that women are persistent and insistent and viewed as tough. now, i view it as just being
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effective. >> one of her proudest achievements, legislation giving women equal pay for equal work. >> he said this pen is yours. >> now, it's the end of the obama and the mikulski eras and the trailblazing senator walked out the door dropping important pearls of wisdom. >> always listen to the people. they really do have the best ideas. >> yes, they do. senator mikulski, thank you very much for spending that time with me. coming up, you know them well, miracle on 34th street, it's a wonderful life. but which of these holiday classics still bring in the big bucks? year after year. stay with us to get the answer. ♪
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ground and jimmy stewart is wishing old buildings and loans a merry christmas. >> merry christmas you wonderful old building and loan! >> the holiday season decks the halls with pop culture from the grinch to kevin mccallister. >> ah! >> how big is the season for your holiday themed tv, film and music. mariah carey's all i want for christmas is you. ♪ all i want for christmas -- >> it was streamed almost 44 million times during the 2015 holiday season. not bad for a song released in 1994. as for the most popular christmas song recorded by multiple artists that goes to no surprise, irving berlin's "white christmas." ♪ i'm dreaming of a white christmas ♪
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>> on screen holiday television programming reached more than 90% of american households in the 2014. no doubt a favorite in the households was the jimmy stewart classic it's a wonderful life. the film wasn't a theatericle hit after all. the rights lapsed in 1994. it was subsequently shown over and over on tv during the holidays, not because it was beloved but because it was free. the most lucrative christmas blockbuster of all time is "home alone" which made $285 million upon its initial release in 1990. that doesn't include the cash that came from constant tv reruns since then. it also spawned a sequel. >> excuse me, where's the lobby. >> down the hall and to the left. >> thanks. >> ah, the holidays, a great time to spend with friends and family even if they're not real. >> nobody is walking out on this fun old fashioned family christmas.
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