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face mask. 5:00 p.m. there. cnn will take you there. welcome to viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm george howell. the cnn "newsroom" starts right now. at 5:01 a.m. here on the u.s. east coast, the u.s. president is lashing out at his critics, singling out reps who have criticized his now infamous call with ukraine's president. in this case the u.s. president signaling out mitt romney, who had his own rocky relationship with president trump. romney, one of the few members of his own party, speaking out. the senator from utah saying it was wrong and appalling that a leader would solicit a foreign
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power to look at one of his a little bit rivals. it triggered the formal impeachment inquiry now in the u.s. congress. the president responded with crude insults to romney. we get the very latest now from cnn's jeremy diamond. >> reporter: house democrats are already ramping up their impeachment inquire into the president and this administration after already issuing subpoenas for the state department. at this point it's unclear how this administration is going to comply with this. what they are considering is issuing a letter to the house speaker nancy pelosi saying they are not compelled to provide the house committees with any documents until they go to the house floor to vote on opening a formal impeachment inquiry. now, that is something that has been done in the past. as house speaker nancy pelosi has said, there is no constitutional requirement for there to be a vote.
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but what the white house clearly is doing here is daring democrats, especially those vulnerable democrats in trump districts, to put down their vote in favor of an impeachment inquiry. something republicans have already used to go after the vulnerable democrats as well as to fund raise. what we are seeing from the president this weekend, though, are attacks, attacks in particular on senator mitt romney, one of the few republicans to publicly criticize the president's handling of this ukraine matter. wrong and appalling. that is what the utah senator is calling the president's request that ukraine investigate his political rival joe biden. he fired back in a series of tweets, including this one where he says mitt romney never knew how to win. he is a pompous ass who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his senate run, i gave it to him, and when he begged me to be secretary of state, i didn't give it to him. he is so bad for r's. that is republicans.
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president trump also calling for senator romney's impeachment. while senators can't be impeached, they could be expelled from the senate. there is no indication that is going to happen. but he is sending a signal to republicans if you don't stay in line with him, don't support him, you could be the target of one of his twitter tirades. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. >> thank you, jeremy. mitt romney is not the only republican to break ranks with the president. senator susan collins is now calling out mr. trump for suggesting china should investigate democratic rival joe biden. collins told a news in maine it was a, quote, big mistake and completely inappropriate for president trump to ask china to investigate former u.s. vice president joe biden. we're also learning that the ukraine scandal has been deeply frustrating to career professionals at the state department.
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cnn recently spoke with a dozen of professionals, both current and former. they fear u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo has politicized the agency by putting president trump's political needs above the nation's interests. and they are resentful that rudy giuliani, president trump's personal attorney, inserted himself into u.s. foreign policy. one veteran state department official said pompeo lacks the backbone to stand up to mr. trump. here he is speaking saturday in greece, defending the president's phone call as if it was nothing out of the ordinary. >> nations do this. nations work together and they say, boy, goodness gracious, if you help me with x, i will help you achieve y. it is better for each of us. i'm not offended when your prime minister asks can you help us with x, right? it doesn't bother me a lick. >> scott lucas is with us now. scott is a professor of
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international politics at the university of birmingham. also founder and editor of ea world video you live in birmingham, england. good to have you with us. >> thank you, george. . >> let's talk about this rift in the state department. several current and former staffers say they worry the department is being politicized, that it undermines their ability to be effective and that the secretary of state mike pompeo lacks the backbone to push back against the president. as an ex-pat yourself, how do you see it? . >> well, i think there's two clear incidents have have brought about this report that you have done within the state department. the first is last week, mike pompeo effectively told state department staff don't testify before the house impeachment inquiry. he preface thad with don't bully staff members. he said, look, we have the right to subpoena people who are involved in this affair.
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it sent a signal to the state department, do you side with your secretary of state, which is to try to stonewall the inquiry or do you obey a subpoena? and the second matter which you have referred to is this matter in which not just rudy giuliani, who of course is trump's personal attorney and not a government official, but also gordon sondland, u.s. ambassador to the european union, a political appointee who gave $1 million to the inaugural committee, they have provided cover for donald trump in the eyes of some. rudy giuliani by spending months in trying to get the investigate of joe biden and of the democrats from ukraine. and then gordon sondland providing covering in recent days saying of course this has nothing to do with trump's suspension of military aid to ukraine. that disturbed those at the state department in private communications saying, yes, this was a matter of foreign aid which was suspended possibly because of trump's demand on the
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ukrainians to investigate. . >> again, scott, the sources speaking privately to cnn. but, again, you do get a sense of what's happening there in state. and we are also seeing some republicans, namely senator mitt romney, speak out against the president's actions. and now susan collins is telling a newspaper in maine the president's request in china to hraufp a probe was, quote, a big mistake. do you expect to see more on this or do republicans continue to criticize this president behind the doors and in private? >> we're waiting to see. your correspondent was right. donald trump's message to mitt romney, as crude as it was, wasn't just about the 2012 nominee for president. it was a message to all gop senators, do not cross me, do not vote to convict me on impeachment charges. we saw lots of senators coming out and supporting trump, since the complaint out from the whistle-blower, since the transcript came out, which is
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almost two weeks ago, there have only been two or three senators who have gone public in defense of trump. one is lindsey graham last weekend on a political talk show. as far as today, there are only two republican senators on the talk shows. one of them, ron johnson, republican from wisconsin, is on record in saying that he heard from state department about this link between foreign aid and trump's demand for investigation. so i don't think he will be counted as a trump supporter. a lot of republican senators are saying no comment or taking cover. when do they finally break cover, whether it's for or against trump's conviction? >> it is interesting you point that out. brian stelter, media correspondent, pointed out there were no, at the time of his writing, no gop speaking on the sunday talk shows. so we will see what they have to say here as the day continues on. and also, scott, the request for documents from the vice president of the u.s., mike pence. he finds himself now deeper in
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this mix. should he be concerned here? >> mike pence, like mike pompeo, were involved in at least listening to the july 25th phone call between donald trump and the ukrainian president, which has been the catalyst for this growing affair. now, we know that mike pompeo has been subpoenaed. we know that mike pompeo is probably going to hold out against that subpoena. if mike pence withholds document, the next will be a subpoena of him. and which way does he go? does he accept the rule of congress or dig down deeper in support of donald trump. i suspect it will be the latter. >> scott lucas live in birmingham, england. thank you. >> thank you, george. i want to take you now to hong kong. we have been monitoring the situation there. tens of thousands on the streets marching against a new emergency ban on face masks. police have fired tear gas into the crowds. take a look at this live image at 5:10 p.m. there.
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we're watching what happens on the streets. let's go now to ana coren who is there. what more can you tell us? let's go back to the live image as we get ana in position there. you see the live images on the streets just a short time ago. in fact, 13 minutes ago perhaps that we were looking at the images of police using tear gas. they had a sign that said they will deploy tear gas. they would show the sign and then throw the canisters of tear gas out towards the crowds. i believe we now have ana coren with us. ana, if you can hear us, tell us about what you're seeing on the streets right now? >> reporter: george, we are here and there is -- i guess several hundred protesters who have
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gathered here. you have million rounds of tear gas on this overpass. a short time ago they told everybody, including journalists, to leave. a bunch of journalists are up here on this overpass above us. we heard multiple rounds of tear gas-fired at us in all directions. this is of course an unlawful assembly. protesters aren't allowed to be here. you can see there are protesters running in this direction. barricades were made further up the road. this is the 18th weekend, george, of hong kong protests. today is particularly important pause these people, there were tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of them marching from causeway bay up to central -- there were just streams of them for two plus
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hours defying that face mask ban, which came into effect friday midnight. carrie lam using these emergency laws. you can see tear gas right down there in the distance. if we can get the cameraman to zoom down there. tear gas is being disbursed down there. they are trying to break up this group. the chief executive carrie lam decided to enforce emergency laws and bring about this face mask ban to try to restore law and order. obviously people wear surgical face masks so as to conceal their identity. we might just head in this direction. but there were tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, on of protesters who were taking into the streets defying the ban. it was quite extraordinary to watch, george. i'm talking about a
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cross-section of society. you can see the riot police up there on the overpass just monitor the situation. it was a cross-section of society. we're talking about mothers carrying toddlers. it was an 11-year-old boy with his mother trying to put up barriers across the road. the majority of people wearing face masks. people wearing them now obviously because of the tear gas. but we are here with a group of medics going down to where the tear gas was disbursed a little bit earlier. obviously those running battles happening here in admiralty. it is only a quarter past 5:00 in the afternoon, george. >> a quarter past 5:00. we understand as the evening goes on, these protests continue. and police step up their efforts to clear the streets.
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ana, you are pointing something out. tell us. >> reporter: yeah, george, that is the police headquarters. riot police positioned there. that is where they have been firing the tear gas, firing at multiple locations. but to that point, it is only a quarter past 5:00 in the afternoon. as we know, the running battles and violence only escalate as nightfall arrives. we saw the ugly violence after carely lam announced her face mask ban. protesters were setting fire to the network here, to shops considered to be pro-china, pro-hong kong government, state-owned bank of china also. real, yeah, just -- violence
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that we haven't seen in the 18 weeks. commuters stuck on the roads, trying to navigate the roads in all of these road blocks. the violence we saw friday night was ugly. yesterday was a bit of a rest day. there were small gatherings of people defying the face mask ban, but no violence that we could see. from what we understand, george, the protesters wanting to save their energy for today and tomorrow. it's a long weekend here in hong kong. police sent out a text message a little bit earlier saying we're expecting more zones this evening, george. >> 18 straight weekends we have seen this on the streets of hong kong. protesters determined to keep their voices up. our correspondents and photographers on the ground along with ana coren doing what it takes to do the news there. stay in touch. we will be back with you.
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violence has broken out again in the streets of iraq, this time resulting in even more deaths and injuries there. at least 100 people lost their lives since these mass protests started last week. around 4,000 have been injured.
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at a funeral procession, heartbroken families mourned loved ones killed in the violence. the unrest started over unemployment, alleged corruption, and lack of basic services. arwa damon is live in baghdad this hour. arwa, the protesters determined to keep up the pressure come bullets or death here. >> reporter: they are, george. it is growing increasing ly difficult. the iraqi forces have fanned on it throughout the capital and completely encircled the main roundabout where they would gather. other roads are entirely blocked off. access is very restricted. so what the demonstrators are now attempting to do, as we saw when we went out last night is gather in smaller groups and then try to get a significant
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number of people if they can and marching towards some of these main demonstration areas. numerous demonstrators are telling how they have been fired upon. a number of them told us their friends were killed. one young man who we spoke to actually filmed a number of people getting shot. two of whom he said did die from their injuries. and when we talk about injuries, many were speaking to also were talking about how they are not seeing ambulances, rescue teams on the ground to assist them. many are concerned about going to the hospitals because they say they're afraid of being detained. they are telling us that all the promises, the pledges that the government leaders, that the prime minister, that other religious leaders are making to try to apiece them quite simply
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are not working. they are done with hear these types of promises. iraqis have taken to the streets making the same demands in the past. they are asking for an end to corruption. it is endemic here. the country is ranked among the most corrupt in the world. they want job opportunities. a lot of demonstrators who are out there, george, those we spoke to, are university tkprauts who are unable to either get work or get employment that is related to their degrees. we spoke to one young man who studied law. the only work he could find was in a hair salon. the other key demand is to better basic services. people are well aware their country is sitting on one of the world's largest oil reserves. that the government is making billions of dollars a month in oil revenue. and yet has so far failed to really improve the lives of the population. they are saying they are
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reaching a point where they are unwilling to let this be the legacy that they leave to their children. they will be going out there they say and trying, no matter what happens, to continue to make these demands. but the more violent these protests become, george, the more hardened the protesters become. we have also heard reports that various local media also have been attacked by unknown masked men. it is unclear exactly who or what is behind that. al arabiya reported its offices here in baghdad were attacked last night. so it is a very tense situation to say the least in a country that can ill afford this kind of insecurity. . >> all right. arwa damon reporting on the frustration that continues on the streets of baghdad and several other cities in iraq. >> in lebanon, authorities are bracing for what could be more
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demonstrations. this is what it looked like last sunday when protests flared up in beirut, lebanon. thousands took to the streets over jobs and lack of employment opportunities, the same theme we are hearing in iraq. they recently declared an economic state of emergency because of the problems. it also implemented austerity budget with cutbacks aimed at bringing down its debt. >> the first nuclear talks in months between the united states and north korea broke down at least for now. the two sides met in sweden for eight hours before working-level meetings were suspended. north korea says it happened because the u.s. came to the table empty handed. paula hancocks reports american officials have a different take on that. >> reporter: working-level talks between the u.s. and north korea ended in stockholm, sweden.
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both sides are painting different pictures of what happened there. the u.s. said the two sides had a, quote, good discussion. the north korean leading the delegation, he said that the u.s. was sticking to old attitudes and old ideas. now what we can read into that is that potentially the u.s. was not willing to ease sanctions immediately before seeing any concrete moves from the north korean side. but we did hear from the u.s. side. steve began was leading the discussions and a state department spokesperson said they don't believe the north korean comments characterized the 8 1/2 hour discussion. they said there were good discussions, there were fresh ideas. they said sweden had it videoed them back in two weeks's time to continue discussions and they
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believed that that was going to happen from the north korean side. they said that the u.s. should go away and should think about what it has done and decide by the end of the year if it was going to come up with anything new. also saying they are now at a crossroads of dialogue or confrontation. this is not the first time this has happened. a very different idea of the discussions at hand. at least the two sides had discussed for eight and a half hours, which is one good side, whether they meet in a couple of weeks we simply don't know. paula hancocks, cnn. the president of ukraine, as if he didn't have enough to think about, not only under scrutiny for the trump phone call but now many of his fellow citizens may have a bone to pick with him. the latest ahead. >> plus, trouble in the trump base. some republican voters say they are troubled by what they have heard and seen from the u.s. president as of late. stand by.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you are watching cnn "newsroom" live from the atl. i'm george howell. following hong kong and a look at protesters on the streets marching against police violence and against the government's new emergency ban on face coverings. police fired tear gas into the crowds earlier. many demonstrators are wearing face masks in defiancdefiance. this the 18th straight weekend of the pro-democracy protests. lebanon is facing for what
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could be more protests on the streets there. last sunday, thousands of people came out protesting, angry at the lack of jobs. big cuts to combat a growing debt problem. we're learning that the ukraine scandal has been deeply troubling to some in the state department. they fear the secretary of state mike pompeo has politicized the agency putting the u.s. president's political needs above the nation's interests. one veteran state official said pompeo lacks the backbone to stand up to the u.s. president. a third republican senator has broken ranks with the u.s. president for calling on china to investigate his democratic -- possible democratic rival joe biden. susan collins joins mitt romney
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and ben sasse in criticizing the president. >> most of the impeachment focus has been in washington, d.c. but the other part of this is what matters on main street. how do voters see this? especially republican voters who may have the final say in the next election. we report here from the state of georgia. >> how many of you are tired of hearing about impeachment? >> reporter: a room full of republicans raised their hands in agreement at this monthly cobb county breakfast. his daughter jackie was featured speaker this morning. >> i'm concerned about the polarization of this country. >> reporter: but this is not the georgia sixth from the days gingrich was in congress. demographics have changed.
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lucy mcbath won a tight race last november. i don't really understand what happened. we're trying to get that resolved. >> reporter: the republican base here believes the impeachment inquiry is a sham. >> do you feel it's okay to ask foreign governments for help in our elections? >> well, hey, what did he ask for? he wanted to know about a criminal act. >> reporter: they feel it will work in their favor to take about back the district. >> i feel it's helpful. people are mad. people are sick of this. >> reporter: cobb county democrats made copies of the phone call between president trump and the president of ukraine at their booth at a recent local fair. they told us giving access to the primary source material is the best avenue, given people's mistrust of partisan spin and that these documents speak for themselves in supporting a more thorough inquiry. some other voters in the county not at the gop breakfast tell me they feel very differently. they see the president live on television admitting what he said to the ukrainian president.
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they told me they support an impeachment inquiry. representative mcbath was not available for an interview but did give us a statement saying she voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry september 12th and she supports it to uncover the truth and defend the constitution. natasha chen, cnn. that stharnatasha, thank yo. a witness in a murder trial has been found shot. he testified at trial about the night of the killing. brown was found shot several times outside his apartment complex on friday. he died at a nearby hospital. just days earlier, guyger was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. she said that she mistakenly entered jean's apartment
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thinking it was hers and shot him thinking he was an intruder. ukraine, it is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. the former soviet nation is facing its own troubles as well. at this hour, thousands of people are expected to protest against the controversial decision by the president of that nation, president zelensky. he is supporting a deal with pro-russian rebels that would introduce special status and elections for ukraine's breakaway regions. that's where a five-year war has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014. our sam kylie is in the capital city of kiev. sam, this during a time when ukraine is caught up with its ally the u.s. some ukrainians feel their newly elected leader is not holding line against russia.
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>> reporter: they are clearly signaling discontent with a deal, a suggested formula for the east of the country, broadly known as the dombast region, a breakaway region. it would give a high degree of local autonomy, dominance of the russian language. this would all be underpinned by some kind of electoral process. the rest of the people, given this was a land grab effect livelive effectively by russia and annexed under that law, the crimean peninsula, this is nothing more than a sellout to their powerful neighbor. on the flip side of that, particularly among young people in this country, a sense that they are exhausted by the war, this is draining resources from a country that is suffering very acutely economically. and against all that back drop,
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you've also got this squabble going on in washington between the trump administration and the democrats with impeachment over the u.s. president over his attempts to influence the domestic political landscape on his behalf by getting the new regime here to start prosecutions against some of his political rivals and his families. that i have to say is seen as very much a distraction from the main event here, which is how do you solve a half decade old conflict that is bleeding the country both in terms of human life but also in terms of economic energy. sam? >> sam kylie live in kiev, ukraine. sam, thank you. still ahead, despite the dangers and health risks, u.s. teenagers continue to vape. our own dr. sanjay gupta asks what it will take to get the message across.
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how are you, senator? how are you feeling? . >> good. >> hi, jane. >> hi, guys. >> are you happy to be home? >> very. >> the democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders there with his wife back in the home state of vermont following treatment for a heart attack. the long time senator spent two nights in a las vegas, nevada hospital after experiencing chest discomfort during a campaign event last tuesday. sanders, who is 78 years old, plans to be on the stage for the debate to be held october 15th. now, to the questions and
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controversy around vaping. there's still a lot that we don't know. how it affects the body and why there have been more than 1,000 mysterious illnesses recorded that are related to vaping. there is one thing, though, that experts agree on, that it is pad for kids and there is an epidemic of kids vaping across the united states. cnn's chief medical correspond ept, dr. sanjay gupta, asks his own kids and their friends about what they think about this problem. >> reporter: all across the country, parents are starting to have tough but necessary conversations about vaping. >> thanks for being here. >> reporter: i decided to learn from my own kids and their friends. how would you describe the vaping situation in your school? >> it got kind of bad last year. some people did it too much. like a lot too much. and it escalated, i think. >> reporter: last year, she was in eighth grade. this year, early results from the cdc's annual survey of
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tobacco use found 27.5% admit to vaping >> reporter: does the number sound too high, too low? >> probably sounds too low. i think it is probably common. even though not everyone like owns them, people still probably use them. >> reporter: what did you think was in these vapes, soleil? >> a lot of chemicals. and some chemicals can, like, damage you. >> reporter: are you comfortable with this conversation? >> no. >> reporter: why not? >> because only 10. >> any age too young to be having this conversation? >> no age is too old. >> reporter: i have a 10-year-old. >> i would have the conversation. >> reporter: the doctor knows a thing or two about young people. she answers their health questions on real talk with dr.
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>> the risk-taking behavior that young people can take, this isn't a bad one. >> reporter: despite youth cigarette use dropping, vaping has erased a lot of recent progress. today the cdc estimates 3.5 million teens are vaping. and that number is climbing. . >> the nicotine level in recent products, recent e-cigarette products is extremely high and very addictive. >> reporter: and the principal deputy director of the cdc. >> the nicotine salts used in the more recent generations make the product palatable and easy to enjoy. and so we think that addictive products are addictive. >> reporter: then take one of the most addictive chemical substances on the planet and marry it with social media. >> it just is like keeps being
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brought up again in social media. and so i think it is kind of hard not to hear about it. >> reporter: instagram, youtube, #juul. juul said it has taken actions to prevent youth vaping, like scaling back social media accounts, platforms that critics say had particular appeal among teenagers. >> it's been very well documented that e-cigarette companies have been using the playbook of the tobacco companies from the 60s and 70s. even earlier on starting with the health message, appealing to it be sexually appealing, being strong, being part of a group, trendy, a little bit of a rebel. that whole type of identity piece has been pulled into advertising for these products. >> reporter: i want to show you guys some pictures. . >> strong people smoke less. intelligent people vape.
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>> reporter: what do you think they were trying to convey? >> like vaping is the smarter version of smoking. and that, like, if you want to be smarter, stop smoking and, like, vape. >> reporter: and what do you think of that? >> i think that's still kind of dumb. >> reporter: i feel like it's a tough hill to climb as a parent. i'm going up against peer pressure, feelings of being in the "in" group and being cool. social media advertising where kids live. >> i think one thing that is challenging as a parent, we all fear for our kids because that's what our job is, to protect our children. but sometimes if we let our fear come to the surface, we inadvertently close the door on our kids coming to us when they need something. >> reporter: what would i tell you to make sure you never do this? >> i think you should scare people out of it. >> reporter: you think scaring works? >> yes. >> reporter: is that why you wouldn't do it? >> yes. >> reporter: same to you, collin?
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>> yes. >> reporter: sky? >> yeah, i agree. sometimes if you just say you'll be a lot happier if you don't do this, but saying what you should do. >> reporter: it's a good point. telling kids not just what they shouldn't do but what they should do spread. >> it's already a challenge to win any risk assessment with a young person based on safety, especially long-term safety. that's always been a challenge. i think sometimes appealing to things that can effect them now can be more powerful. >> reporter: these people who are using, do you think they think it's dangerous? >> people in the more recent time have started to really think it's dangerous because i know a lot of people like seeing videos of people throwing them out windows now. >> reporter: a social media movement in the right direction. >> that report brought home by our dr. sanjay gupta. thank you so much. of course we'll continue to follow this story for you. >> in new york, police are investigate a series of beatings
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in which four homeless men were killed apparently as they slept on the streets. police say it seems the beatings were random. one person is in custody, though. our polo sandoval has this for you. >> reporter: well, detectives here in new york city have established what happened. now the key question is why it happened as they try to establish a motive. investigators only saying four homeless men were beaten to death early saturday morning in new york city's chinatown. it is a neighborhood usually bustling with activity. homeless will spend the night on the streets, sidewalks or in doorways. investigators believe this is what happened in this case. they believe these four men were likely sleeping when they were attacked by an individual with a metal pipe in what is being described as a series of random attacks. investigators do have a suspect in custody. they have only identified him as a homeless 49-year-old man. there is a fifth victim in all of this.
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the only person who survived it was 49 years old, also homeless. investigators are hoping to speak to as this investigation progresses forward. i can tell you it is certainly shining an even brighter spotlight across the country and in america's largest city here in new york. according to the department of homeless services, at least 60,000 homeless woke up in area shelters friday morning. consider that, plus the thousands of unsheltered homeless individuals who continue on the streets, on the city subway system. that is who authorities say is perhaps the most vulnerable. polo sandoval, cnn, new york. >> thank you. pope francis may have a big decision to make. that decision could change longstanding tradition in the catholic church. cnn is live in rome for you on the other side of this break. copd makes it hard to breathe.
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pope francis celebrated mass a short time ago in st. peter's basilica, opening and gathering of bishops there to discuss the future of the church and the amazon.
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one topic dom nataling the event, though, whether to allow married men in the region to become priests. let's go live now to delia gallagher. the pope's decision could have a lasting effect on the catholic church. there is some pushbacking, and it's coming from the united states. >> reporter: that's right, george. not only from the united states. what's happening here is a meeting to discuss issues in the amazon. the pope called to discuss environmental issues, issues of exploitation of land and indigenous people. also on the table is the proposal to allow some married men in the amazon. they are calling them respected elders of their community to be ordained as catholic priests to help overcome a shortage of priests in the region. as you say, this would be a major change to a longstanding tradition in the catholic church of unmarried priests. and that is causing some upheaval particularly amongst
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conservative groups. we have seen them leading up to this meeting. protesting, holding prayer vigils on this issue. interestingly, we have seen protests, george, from another group because women in this meeting are not being allowed to vote. there are 185 men, mostly priests and bishops, who will be voting. there are some 35 women, mostly nuns, who will be attending but they don't have the right to vote. so we have also seen catholic women's organizations and nuns from various places around the world holding signs demanding women's rights to vote in this three-week meeting. it is set up to be a fairly contentious meeting, george. it begins tomorrow. it is behind closed doors. they will vote at the end of the three weeks. the voting is only a recommendation to the pope. it will essentially be up to pope francis at the end of this meeting to decide what, if any, changes they have to make. george?
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>> delia gallagher live for us in rome. delia, thank you. finally this hour, there is a reason simone biles is called one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. during a floor routine she landed a jaw dropping double back flip with three twists and made it look like a walk in the park at the world championships in germany. she wowed the judges on the balance beam and will have her latest moves named after her. thank you so much for watching cnn "newsroom" this hour. i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. stay with us for business traveler and thank you. hy-a-luronic acid.
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