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. happening now, tensions strained with the white house and israel. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu waking up in washington one day before he speaks to congress about the dangers of the nuclear deal with iran. a risky move but will it pay off? we have coverage breaking down the story. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. good morning. tension with the obama administration and prime minister benjamin netanyahu reaching a peak. the israeli leader arrives preparing to speak later this
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morning to the pro-israel group apac. both speeches are expected to be highly critical of negotiations over iran's nuclear program. netanyahu believes the program which iran says is peaceful poses a threat to israel. let's bring in erin mcpike. >> reporter: benjamin netanyahu will speak in a few hours, but this rift has been growing. we heard democrats speak out on this including senator dianne feinstein who was on "state of the union" on sunday morning calling netanyahu arrogant. >> he doesn't speak for me on this. >> does that bother you when he says he speaks for all of you? >> i think the jewish community is different from each other.
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there are different points of view. i think that arrogance does not befit israel. >> reporter: we learned that the u.s. ambassador samantha power will focus her speech on the relationship between the u.s. and israel. however, she is speaking just after netanyahu does so it could be a little bit awkward. the united states has tried to keep an open dialogue with israel around the trip. secretary of state john kerry spoke by phone on sunday with netanyahu about the negotiations over iran between the u.s. and iran iran. we should get more details in the coming days. john and christine. the obama administration argues is it trying to ease the friction with israel. the speaker is defending his invitation and blasting the
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administration for detearriorating the relationship with israel. >> they certainly made it worse over the last five or six weeks. the threat coming from iran and the iranians with a nuclear weapon is a threat to the region and threat to the united states and a threat to the rest of the world. it is a serious issue and we're not going to resolve the issue by sticking our heads in the sand. the prime minister can talk about this threat better than anyone. the united states congress needs to hear from him. >> congress is not the only audience for the prime minister's speech. in some ways, it is not the most important audience. that would be the people of israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu faces an election in just two weeks. a lot of people think this is pure electioneering right now.
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standing by for us is orrin leberman. >> reporter: the timing is not coincidence. it will be 6:00 p.m. here. those are the right are netanyahu was party and those are the other end of the political spectrum seeing it as a valuable opportunity to warn america and europe about the threat of a nuclear iran to the security of israel. there are those on the left who see this as a political move. we have more on the contest on the speech. we know it focuses on iran but we learned that netanyahu at least believes more about the negotiations than congress. he intends to tell congress what he knows with two goals in mind.
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the first of the goals is to put pressure on the white house and put pressure on the deal and make sure that keeps israeli's security in mind and push back the march 24th deadline which is three weeks from date of the speech. >> oren liebermann thank you. happening today, happening this morning in fact secretary of state john kerry will meet with iranian counterparts in switzerland. this is the eighth round on the iran nuclear program. as prime minister netanyahu speaks to congress about the program, secretary of state kerry will figure out a way to stem it with iran. that is the real back drop of the entire trip by the israeli prime minister. isis has released 19 christian hostages.
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kidnapped in syria last week. the syrian hostages released on the self-proclaimed isis court. let's bring in ben wedeman live from erbil, iraq. ben, what do we know about the isis "court" released the hostages? >> reporter: it is not entirely clear. there have been contacts with the tribal leaders in northeastern syria and isis to win their release. the rest of them which are approximately 200 people who were taken hostage early last week. their fate is still unknown. we understand it will be decided by one of the courts. of course in the past the courts have not exactly been a pinnacle of mercy, so to speak. this is a good start. at this point, we really don't know what they will decide
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regarding the remaining hostages. in the past we have learned that others have been sold as slaves. >> ben, how does the kidnapping fit in the strategy? promote terror or punish groups? why this kidnapping rampage? >> reporter: certainly what we know is that the syrian christians in northeastern syria who have been on the sidelines of the war in syria for years, saw isis coming. they know isis reputation. the men took up arms. this is partly why so many were kidnapped. many of the men had gone to the front and these villages were relatively lightly defended. definitely it has a lot to do with the fact these people are fighting back. they have taken up arms and
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clearly this is not a conflict where there is a middle ground to be reached. it is essentially fight or die christine. >> ben wedeman in erbil. we are learning new information about the british voice of isis nicknamed by his captives jihadi john. we are live in london with details about that person in ten minutes. round two of the political fight to fund homeland security. money runs out in five days after the stopgap fix. republicans, a lot of people are blaming republicans for the stalemate. they still trying to keep the funding tied to reversing the immigration reforms. the senate has approved the full year with no strings attached. time for an early start on your money. a good start for the first day in march. february folks, it was fantastic for stocks. the best month for the s&p 500 since october, 2011.
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up 5.6%. nasdaq up 7% last month. close to 5,000 for the first time since that dot-com bubble in 2000. march has a reputation for big swings. some things wall street will look for this month, strong job growth and stability in europe and clues about interest rate hikes from the fed. if you didn't notice, it was a very good month for your 401(k). we are keeping you responsible for march. tens of thousands in russia protesting against the kremlin. taking to the streets following the murder of one of putin's strongest critics. we are live in moscow next.
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gathered in moscow to mourn the death of boris nemtsov. he was assassinated friday near the kremlin walls. within sight of the kremlin. the rally was hurriedly organized. let's bring in matthew chance live from moscow. there was supposed to be a rally led by nemtsov, but once he was killed he was no longer able to be there. >> reporter: that rally was on the outskirts of moscow and against the war in ukraine and the economic indication in the country. once nemtsov was assassinated on the bridge a short distance from the kremlin -- that's red square behind me -- those plans were abandoned and a mourning march was held here right through the official center of the russian capital. tens of thousands of people
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turning out to pay respects to lay the mountain of flowers that have been placed to nemtsov on the spot where he was killed. the crowds have essentially disbursed now. it is monday here in russia local time. people are still streaming through trickling past to lay more bowuquets. in death, it has sparked concern and political debate in the country about the distributionrection russia is traveling. >> with the death, is there any sense this is a moment for the protests to galvanize? the approval rating of vladimir putin has never been higher. 85% and climbing. >> reporter: yeah. 86% was the figure i read a few
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days ago before the killing of nemtsov. this is the really big question i think, that we don't have the answer to but facing russia right now. will this be a turning point in the politics of russia? will this killing be a moment at which we look back and say this is the point in which russians considered all of the things that nemtsov talked about in life? the corruption and brutality in russia? will it send a message to silence the opposition? after all, what this says really if you are opposed to the kremlin and opposed to what vladimir putin says this is what could happen to you. that's a very potent message. that may serve to actually further silence the opposition in russia as well. we don't know which way it will go. >> matthew chance in moscow where the tribute sits for
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nemtsov. closing arguments in the trial of the pakistani born man accused of taking part in the al qaeda bombing plots in new york denmark and england. his trial in new york featuring testimony from five members of the british secret service who tracked him in 2009. those agents wearing disguises in court, were cross examined. the jury expected to get the case this week. the justice department expected to release a report on the ferguson missouri police department. the report will accuse the police department of making traffic stops building years of animosity leading up to the shooting death of michael brown. ferguson officials will likely have to negotiate a settlement with the justice department or will face a lawsuit. the city of cleveland says the death of 12-year-old tamir
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rice in a police shooting there was directly caused by the boy's own actions. the city is responding to a lawsuit filed by the family. rice was fatally shot holding a toy gun which officers mistook for a fire arm. the shooting took place seconds after confronting the boy. a fatal police shooting in los angeles. it shows officers in an altercation with a man reportedly homeless suspected of a robbery outside a shelter. it is unclear what precipitated the altercation. the police say they tried to tase the man, but he kept fighting. they say he reached for as officer's gun and police fired at him. authorities say the incident is under investigation. they plan to review video from various sources as part of the investigation. testimony resumes in a few hours in the murder trial of
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aaron hernandez. the sister of odin lloyd could take the witness stand today. hernandez charged with fatally shooting lloyd in 2013. the jury will first hear more from the sprint employee who testified about text messages and phone calls on friday between hernandez and a codefendent. a texas nurse who caught ebola from a patient last fall is planning to sue the company and the parent company. nina pham says they did not have the proper protective gear for those who treated the ebola patient. the patient, duncan the first patient diagnosed with ebola in the united states. a big winter storm hitting the midwest and northeast this morning with another storm waiting in the wings. pedram javaheri has been tracking it for us.
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pedram. >> john and christine, good morning. it will be the case again. a february to remember. new york city your average temperature for february was 24 degrees. that is the coldest in eight decades. in buffalo, the coldest month on record as well. even in toronto did not reach the freezing mark at all. that was the first time since 1978. that is the case and will remain in the same range over the next couple of days. atlanta to charleston 60 to 70 degrees. we have wet weather moving in. that will be the theme over the next couple of days. strong thunderstorms around new orleans this morning. reduced visibility. boston less than 5 inches away from the all-time snowiest winter on record. models suggest we will get there over the next seven days.
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the next system tuesday afternoon. snowshowers across the great lakes. ohio river valley with a wintry mix. snowshowers north of new york city boston starts to get a couple inches of snow. >> pedram thank you. cold. new information about isis executioner. what we are learning about this man that captives nicknamed jihadi john. live after the break. ♪♪ nineteen years ago, we thought "wow, how is there no way to tell the good from the bad?" so we gave people the power of the review.
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new details this morning about the isis fighter known as jihadi john. a terrorist defector who met in syria two years ago. he was a cold loner who wanted to appear in terrorist videos. described as odd and strange. let's get more from cnn's correspondent nic robertson in london. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. what is odd and strange here is you have on the one hand characterizations like this from the sort of isis defector if you will and on the other hand we hear other narratives from the cage group. they say he was a nice guy. one newspaper here has tracked down his former employer. a computer company in kuwait. that company says that emwazi was their best employee. the perfect salesman. he was a nice guy. you know you have the two very
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contradictory images. another journalist here said a couple of years before he left for syria, emwazi contacted him by e-mail. saying he was a dead man walking. under pressure from the british intelligence services. this organization cage activist organization cage, released e-mails exchanged between them and emwazi. the narrative has expanded. emwazi feels he was put under pressure by british intelligence services. they tried to recruit him. people here familiar with the way counterterrorism officials work in the country, if that was happening, there was a reason for it. either he was a terrorist himself or he was very close to somebody that mi-5 the british intelligence agency wanted to know more about and they were trying to turn emwazi into an informant. he was with a group of young men in west london where he lived
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with connections to al shabaab in somalia. they were raising funds to send support for their fight. he had tried to get there himself. he was associated with some of the group of men who tried to bomb the london bus network in july of 2005. he was associated with another person who was fighting with al shabaab in somalia who went on to be killed in january of 2012 in a u.s. drone strike. this is a complex picture drawn up. the isis defector if you will has the most recent insight and chilling insight. this was just a year or so before jihadi john as he was known to all of us started the brutal beheadings. >> did this defector say jihadi john was religious? >> reporter: that is something we heard from the community.
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in recent years, he began to wear more islamic clothing. he was known for wearing trendy clothing. in the years before he left to go to syria, he began wearing more traditional clothing and going to the mosque more often. this image emerges of someone more religious. >> nic, thanks. happening now israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is in washington. he will speak tomorrow about the nuclear deal with iran. that move has created a lot of controversy. we will break it down next. septic system breakdowns affect over 1 million homes a year and can cost thousands of dollars to repair. thankfully, rid-x has enzymes to break down waste and time-released bacteria to reduce tank buildup. rid-x. #1 in septic maintenance. and now for rvs too!
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happening now, israel prime minister waking up in washington one day before the speech before congress against white house wishes. expected to spell the dangers of a nuclear deal with iran. a risky move. will it pay off for benjamin netanyahu? team coverage starts right now. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. nice to see you. 31 minutes after the hour. developing this morning, tension with the obama administration and prime minister benjamin netanyahu has reached a peak. that as israeli leader arrive in washington preparing to speak to the pro-israel lobby group aipac. both speeches are expected to be highly critical with the necessitygotiations of iran and the
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nuclear program. the prime minister says the nuclear program which iran says is peaceful poses a threat to israel's existence. for the latest let's bring in cnn's erin mcpike. >> reporter: john and christine, prime minister netanyahu will speak in a few hours. this rift has been growing throughout the weekend. we heard democrats speak out on this. including democrat senator dianne feinstein calling netanyahu arrogant. she added this. >> he doesn't speak for me on this. he doesn't at all. >> does that bother you when he says he speaks for you? >> yeah i think the jewish community are like any other community. there are different points of view. i think that arrogance does not befit israel. >> reporter: we learned on sunday afternoon that samantha power will focus most of her speech at aipac on the
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relationship between the u.s. and israel. however, she is speaking just after netanyahu does so it could be a little bit awkward. however, the u.s. has tried to keep an open dialogue with israel around the trip and to that end, secretary of state john kerry spoke by phone on sunday with netanyahu about the negotiations over iran between the u.s. and iran. we should be getting more details about that in the coming days. >> erin mcpike. the obama administration and white house says it is trying to ease the friction with israel. it criticized netanyahu on sunday for accepting the speaker's invitation without first informing the white house. boehner defending that invitation while blasting the administration for letting its relationship with israel deteriorate. >> has the white house damaged the relationship? >> the animosity with the white house and the prime minister is no secret here in this town.
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they certainly made it worse over the last five or six weeks. the threat coming from iran and the iranians having a nuclear weapon is a threat to the region. it is a threat to the united states. it is a threat to the world. this is a serious issue. and we're not going to he reresolve the issue by sticking our heads in the sand. >> the american people are not the only audience for the speech. he faces an election in israel in two weeks and the clash with the obama administration has been controversial back home. standing by with more on that is oren liebermann. >> reporter: this has split the israeli public and politicians. many on the right, netanyahu's party and the jewish home supporting the decision to speak to congress and this is a
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valuable opportunity to warn america and the world about the threats posed on israel. now what people seem to agree upon here politics and public the content of the speech and the threat it would pose to israel. if this is the best way to warn everybody and influence possibly influence the negotiations. we have learned more about the content of the speech. our cnn team traveling to washington with netanyahu spoke with the senior administration official. they say they have insight into the deal and they want the u.s. congress to know about the insights. netanyahu's administration warns that the u.s. doesn't know enough. to put pressure on the administration to make sure any deal considers the state of israel and push back the march 24th deadline on the nuclear deal. that deadline is three weeks to
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the day after netanyahu's speech before congress and only one week after israeli elections which are expected to be very close. >> so interesting. oren thank you. happening today, secretary of state john kerry meets with iranian counterpart in switzerland. their eighth round of negotiations this year on the nuclear program. getting the deadline extended to conclude the talks. isis has released 19 christian hostages. all but one kidnapped in northeast syria last week. that is according to a human rights groups in london these syrians were released on the self proclaimed isis court. let's bring in the latest information from ben wedeman from erbil, iraq. ben, what do we know about isis releasing these hostages? >> reporter: we understand it is
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16 men and 3 women in addition to a man taken hostage a month ago. the reports we are getting out of northeast syria, where the kidnappings took place last week is that perhaps money exchanged hands to get their release. that most of the people are over the age of 50 and as far as for instance, isis slave markets, they may not be of high value. this is obviously good news for the syrian christian community in northeastern syria. keep in mind there still is as many as 200 people still unaccounted for and believed to be in the hands of isis. there were reports last week john that some of them had been transported to raqqah. the defacto capital of isis in syria. we know that particularly women, they tend to become slaves sold
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to isis fighters. >> unusual to see them released like this. does not seem to be the m.o. of isis. ben wedeman, thank you. we are learning details about the british voice of isis the man nicknamed jihadi john. his real name is mohammed emwazi. we are live in london with new details in ten minutes. round two to fight the political issues over department of homeland security. republicans under fire for the stalemate, but still trying to keep dhs funding tied to the immigration reforms. the senate approved the full year with no strings attached. time for an early start on your money. asian and european stocks higher after china central bank cut interest rates. the u.s. stock futures are higher. looks like a good start to march. an excellent february. s&p climbed 5.5%.
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thousands of russians gathering in moscow to mourn the death of former prime minister boris nemtsov. a former critic of vladimir putin who was gunned down friday near the kremlin walls. sunday's rally was hurriedly
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organized. let's bring in cnn's matthew chance live in moscow. >> reporter: incredible. here in russia people are streaming past the location just in the shadow of the walls of the kremlin to pay respects to boris nemtsov and lay tribute here. a mountain of flowers that have been put down here with messages to boris nemtsov and to his family to mark his assassination here on friday night. and in terms of the investigation, the police have said they are committed to this. vladimir putin, the russian president said he will get to the bottom of this and bring those responsible to justice. this sign is very interesting. it says in russian, propaganda kills. that's what many of the opposition people here and friends and colleagues of boris nemtsov say has taken place. an atmosphere in russia that anyone opposed to the kremlin,
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is seen as an enemy of the state. it is within that context, that boris nemtsov was killed friday night. >> matthew chance thank you for that. closing arguments set to begin in the trial of the pakistani born man accused of taking part in the al qaeda bombing plot in new york denmark and england. the trial in the court in new york featured testimony from five members of the british secret service two tracked him in 2009. the agents were cross examined. the justice department is about to release a blistering report on the ferguson missouri police department. this report will accuse ferguson police of making discriminatory traffic stops involveing
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new details this morning about the isis fighter known as jihadi john. the terrorist defector says he
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was a cold lopener who wanted to appear in videos and described as odd and strange. we have nic robertson live in london. >> reporter: what is odd and strange is we get a divergent view of mohammed emwazi jihadi john. one of the british newspapers here spoken to his former employer a computer company in kuwait. the manager of that company said emwazi was his best employee. an excellent salesman. a nice man. we certainly heard that from the cage organization that has been highlighting his plight and essentially blaming what happened to him on harassment by british intelligence authorities. someone exchanging e-mails with emwazi three or four years ago. emwazi told him he was a dead man walking. he felt under pressure since he was under scrutiny in 2009.
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people familiar said if he was drawing attention of the british authorities, it is because he was either a terrorist himself or was close to people in those terrorist circles and perhaps somebody the intelligence services hope they can turn into an informer to spy on other people. what we understand now about the group of young men associated with in london after getting the degree in computer studies at university he had ties to somalia. they were raising funds for them. some of the people he fought with al shabaab in somalia. one later went on to be killed in a u.s. drone strike. we learned that people in the network in london were associated with some of the london bombers from july of 2005. this is a more complete picture that we are getting. cold and odd.
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that certainly fits with the profile we have come to know of jihadi john with that knife, john. >> nic robertson, thanks. the first syrian rebel group to receive weapons from the united states has collapsed after losing control of headquarters in aleppo. the group released a statement saying its movement has been dissolved dissolved. the affiliate claimed it lost weapons of u.s. missiles. and north korea fired two missile into the sea of japan and vowed retaliation as the united states and south korea started joint military exercises. this triggers a surge in tensions. the missile launches came with a warning from pyongyang, the military exercises would bring the divided korean peninsula to a brink of war. silicon valley is where the money is not for everyone.
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works. works! works? works. works. let's get an early start on your money. the first trading day of march, asian and europe spoketocks are higher. u.s. stock futures are up too. a pretty good start to march. february s&p 500 climbed 5.5%. biggest gain since october of 2011. hyundai is recalling more than 200,000 cars in the u.s. for
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power steering issues. this effects 2008 sedans. the problem is a flaw in the power steering system. in some cases, this can disable the system and leave drivers to steer manually. the clash with the haves and have nots in silicon valley. the bus that shuttles employees wants to unionize. they are following in the footsteps of facebook bus drivers who negotiated higher wages and shift differential. there are two extremes of tech land in silicon valley. the low paid people who take them to work every morning. >> interesting. "early start" continues right now.
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>> happening now, tensions strained with israel and the united states. prime minister benjamin netanyahu waking up in washington this morning one day before he speaks to congress about the dangers of the nuclear deal with iran. will it pay off? team coverage breaking down that story ahead this morning. good morning. welcome to "early start." it's monday. i'm christine romans. first trading day of the month. >> i hope that keeps you going all day. good morning. i'm john berman. march 2nd. 5:00 a.m. in the east. developing this morning, tension with the obama administration and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has reached a peak as the israeli leader arrived in washington this morning to speak to the group aipac. tomorrow the prime minister will speak before congress. both speeches are expected to be highly critical with the united states and iran over

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