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. in just hours, a controversial speech before congress. israel prime minister is promising new information on why he says a nuclear deal with iran could be a historic mistake. what will benjamin netanyahu reveal and could his plan back fire? team coverage begins right now. good morning. i'm christine romans. tuesday, march 3rd. john berman has the morning off. the white house warning israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu not to reveal details
when he delivers the speech this morning. that bringing a months long faceoff over a signature initiative the white house will rein in the nuclear exhibitions. a speech with such high drama has become the hottest ticket in washington. cnn's michelle kosinski has more. >> reporter: christine, we are hearing the concerning from lawmakers and the secretary of state and within the white house that there could be sensitive information revealed by prime minister netanyahu in the big speech before congress. it seems like that is coming from the israeli delegation putting out teasers that we will hear something that we have not heard before. there is good reason to believe that. over the last couple days leading up to the big speech, they have revealed certain bits of information about the ongoing
nuclear necessitygotiations with iran. we heard from president obama on the negotiations and it does seem like they are going for a ten-year timeframe. the white house issued a kind of warning about revealing sensitive information. here is the press secretary. >> the release of that information would betray the trust of our allies. it is inconsistent with the behavior of trusted allies. the fact is and that would be true if the sources were to claim they had obtained the information from somewhere else. >> reporter: he said if the prime minister or israelis reveal the sensitive information, that is not how allies react to each other. whatever is going to be revealed today, it generated a lot of attention. congress set up alternate viewing areas because there is
so much demand to hear netanyahu speak. >> michelle at the white house. prime minister netanyahu previewing the address at a speech wednesday to the aipac. he said he will warn iran is quote developing the capacity to make nuclear weapons, lots of them. the prime minister said his speech is not intended to hurt the president politically. >> my speech is not intended to show any disrespect to president obama or the esteemed office he holds. israel and the united states will continue to stand together because america and israel are more than friends. we're like a family. disagreements in the family are always uncomfortable, but we must always remember that we are family. >> a family that cannot agree on how to rein in the cousin who is acting badly.
for more on the prime minister's speech and how this is playing in israel let's bring in oren liebermann in israel. >> reporter: good morning, christine. from the moment the speech was announced, it has split the politicians and the public on a good idea or bad idea. there is some agreement. both sides agree a nuclear iran poses a threat to the security of israel. the question is how best to handle the threat. netanyahu's party sees this as a critical opportunity to warn america and europe about the threat that nuclear iran poses to israel. the left has seen this as a political move. two weeks to go until the election netanyahu wants security to be the number one issue. there are a number of issues. the economy netanyahu is not as strong on. this is viewed as netanyahu's to keep the elections focused solely on security and focused on iran where he is strongest.
it is interesting in the final few days here leading up to the speech israeli politicians who are not known to be bashful have reined in criticism. they want to present a united front and they have been quiet. there has been some criticism, although not as much as you would expect to the local media here with the left. that would be labor. saying the speech is a bad idea. it is time to come back to israel and make sure the american-israel relations are strong. isaac herzog has scheduled a press conference when netanyahu's speech ends in the united states. we expect when netanyahu touches down back in israel, there will be more criticism headed his way. >> oren thank you for that. the white house and israeli
officials maneuvers in washington secretary the state is moving ahead with the nuclear talks in switzerland. if iran does say yes, it would be quote far more effective than military action or sanctions at keeping iran from getting nuclear weapons. >> i would say that it is probably still more likely than not that iran doesn't get to yes. i think in fairness to them they have been serious negotiators. they have their own politics inside iran. it is more likely we could get a deal now than perhaps three or five months ago. there are still some big gaps that have to be filled. >> for the latest i want to bring in frederik pleitgen live in tehran. fred you heard the president of
the united states praising the iranians for how they have been necessitygotiateing here. saying you will more than likely not get a deal. the tension between the u.s. and israel all at the same time it is a remarkable situation we're in here. >> reporter: it certainly is a remarkable situation. christine, i went out earlier today and spoke to people on the streets. the interesting thing is unsurprisingly benjamin netanyahu's speech is not going to be broadcast anywhere here in iran. there are many people here on the streets that say they are interested in what netanyahu has to say. we spoke to people who say they believe netanyahu is trying to derail the talks. those talks are important to many in the country here. it is interesting that the chief of staff of rouhani. he believes the speech will create a rift between israel and
the united states. he said europe and it would create a problem with them. he does not believe the speech will derail some sort of deal if a deal materializes. many people we spoke to feel it is in the air. some people are optimistic that the deal can come through. we have seen optimistic signs before. in the end, things have fallen apart. generally, the majority of iranians believe their country should have the right to have nuclear technology and the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes of course. the most important issue on the minds of people here is the lifting of the sanctions. if you go to anybody here sanctions are hurting the economy and investment. that is what people want to see go away. that is the gist of things. people homepe the agreement can
come through. >> the fear is the existential threat of israel. not a peaceful nuclear program that iran is after, but the ability to make nuclear weapons. >> reporter: it certainly is. there is no doubt about that. one of the interesting things is a poll that came out recently here that surveyed iranians. there were many people who wanted nuclear deal to be reached. they wanted for instance several parts of a deal to come through. they feel iran should have weaponized deal. there is the iea that says there are discrepancies of what iran
does and says. >> frederik pleitgen in tehran. the u.s. embassy and venezuela agreed to reduce the staff in the embassy to 17. over the weekend, venezuela's president announced several americans accused of spying and detained. he is vowing to limit the movement of u.s. diplomats. accusing them of plotting with the opposition to oust him. hillary clinton may have violated federal rules when she was secretary of state. the new york times reporting clinton did not have a federal e-mail address to conduct federal business. it was two months ago that the clintons agreed to review tens of thousands of e-mails personally and which ones to turnover to the state department. mrs. clinton has been complying
with the spirit and letter of the rules. then jeb bush tweeted transparency is the name of the game. issued a link to all of his e-mails. ten minutes past the hour. latest on the political fight to fund homeland security. the money runs out at midnight on friday. republicans are running out of options with the immigration reform reversals. democrats voting down the only chance they had left on monday. pressure on speaker boehner to accept a clean funding bill already passed by the senate. faa computers are vulnerable to hacking attacks to compromise air safety. that warning from two u.s. senators to transportation secretary anthony fox. fox will testify before a senate committee about a report citing vulnerable issues in the agency. that could cause flight delays or near misses. time for an early start on
your money. stocks at records. the nasdaq is near its dot-com bubble high. it topped the 5,000 level for the first time since march of 2000. it took 15 years to get back to here. it is 2.4% from peak. three times has it closed above 5,000. should you be concerned another tech bubble is here? not so fast. it is different from the dot-com era. many companies leading the charge today are well established and cash on hand. they earn something. apple has more than $175 billion in cash. the nasdaq actually late to the record game. the dow and s&p have been demolishing records for almost two years. the dow climbed 157 points to a record high yesterday. happening now, a major battle to take back a key city from isis in iraq. why the fight for tikrit could
there is a bloody struggle for control of tikrit. iraq's military is staging a major offensive to retake it. they are getting an assist from iran. cnn's ian lee is tracking the latest from cairo this morning. good morning, ian. >> reporter: good morning, christine. we may remember tikrit as the hometown of the former iraqi leader saddam hussein. we know there are four different forces attacking isis in the city. predominately shi'ite/iraqi army and sunni arab fighters. as well as shi'a militias and the brigade which is one of the most effective fighting forces
against isis in iraq. we are hearing from the semi official irani news agency. the commander of the elite force will be there as well. this is probably the reason why we're not seeing u.s. air strikes in this area before the shi'ite militias deal poorly when they take over the sunni areas and treating them as enemy combatants. the united states is careful in getting involved in the sectarian violence. this will be a big test if they take tikrit. how will the iraqi army treat the sunnienni members of tikrit. will they treat them well or poorly? at the same time sunni fighters who are battling against isis and other parts of the country
will be watching this closely to see how this army treats their sunni brothers if they takeover. christine. >> thanks, ian lee in cairo. watching that offensive. vatican officials say isis threats against pope francis are real. the head of the vatican police force says they are not just making threats against a propaganda campaign but there is no specific plan for an attack. pope francis is fully aware of the risk but doesn't plan on compromising his style of ministry. the federal death penalty trial of dzhokhar tsarnaev set to begin on wednesday. in court on monday the prosecution and defense battled over how soon they can discuss the role of the older brother tam tamerlon. they sparred over how much evidence the jury will be shown.
tsarnaev is charged with killing three people and injuring 264. the chief of the lapd says the enhanced video of the man killed on skid row shows the man's hand reaching for the officer's gun on his belt. three of his colleagues opened fire. the report is it is unclear if his hand grabbed the officer's weapon. >> i reviewed the video and audio the officer is primarily engaged in the confrontation. we hear him say he has my gun. we have compassion for people with mental illness and no treatment.
>> there is a task force focused on skid row and dealing with mental people and mental health issues. the police is asking anyone to come forward with video. and the assassination of the strongest critic. the girlfriend revealing what she saw the day her boyfriend was murdered. we are live in moscow after the break.
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boris nemtsov will be buried this morning in moscow. he was gunned down friday while walking outside the kremlin. the 23-year-old ukrainian model with him said she never saw the shooter. she said he was shot from behind. the kremlin describing this killing as a provocation designed to stain the reputation of vladimir putin. let's go to moscow and bring in senior international correspondent matthew chance. matthew, tell us more about the ukrainian model who was with him who witnessed the killing of boris nemtsov. >> reporter: anna skyer. she is 23 years old and works as a model. she is from ukraine. she has been handed over to the consulate services in russia. she is now back in her home country. yesterday, cnn spoke to her mother. actually on the ground in
ukraine and her mother related to us the story the witness account that her daughter told they were walking along the bridge at night and eating at a restaurant on red square that evening on friday night. she did not know what happened she said to her boyfriend, boris nemtsov. he just went soft in her words and fell to the floor. she didn't see the killer. she didn't see the car the killer jumped into. she did not see the number plate of the car. she did not give a lot of clarity as to the actual culprit as to who the culprits might be in the killing that basically everybody is considering to be a political assassination. >> the kremlin vladimir putin's team is calling it a provocation meant to stain vladimir putin. what do friends and colleagues
of nemtsov think about that? >> reporter: i think there is a sense where people find that offensive. those particular people you mentioned. one strand of inquiry the police are firing up is the members of the opposition carried out the killing or called for the killing to create more sympathy for the calls. the line that the kremlin meant it as a provocation to make the russian government look bad, that is something that doesn't really seriously believes. what is believed here is russia has become a country where a senior politician like boris nemtsov, the leader of the opposition can be gunned down within eye sight of the center of the country. beneath the walls of the
kremlin. that's the really potent message this killing has sent to ordinary russians. many i have spoken to are scared about what the future holds for them particularly if they are sympathetic to the points of view. >> boris nemtsov came up out of the era of democracy and new freedoms and the fall of the old soviet empire. is there a feeling the country is moving in the wrong direction and moving away from the democracy and moving away from the things boris nemtsov came up as young politicians under? >> reporter: look if any further evidence were needed that is the direction away from democracy and liberty. if any further evidence were needed of that the killing of boris nemtsov, perhaps this
country's leading democratic politician his killing has underlined that. i don't think anybody was under any doubt that is the direction russia has been taking under vladimir putin particularly. if there were any doubt, that disappeared. >> i'll say. matthew chance thank you for that in moscow. 28 minutes after the hour. u.s. warning israel's prime minister not to reveal sensitive information before his speech to congress in just hours. will benjamin netanyahu listen and what happens if he doesn't? live team coverage next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ great rates for great rides. geico motorcycle see how much you could save.
in just hours, israel's prime minister speaking before congress on why he believes a nuclear deal with iran would be an historic mistake. warned by the white house not to reveal sensitivity information. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the morning off. the white house warning israeli prime minister not to reveal sensitive information over iran with his speech this morning. this speech bringing a months long faceoff over a signature initiative the white house believes will rein in nuclear ambitions of iran. israel views as an existential threat. this is the hottest ticket in
washington. michelle kosinski has the latest. >> reporter: we are hearing the concerns from lawmakers and from the secretary of state and from within the white house there could be sensitive information revealed by prime minister netanyahu in the big speech before congress. it seems like that is coming from the israeli delegation putting out the sorts of teasers that we are going to hear something that we have not heard before. there is good reason to believe that. remember, over the last couple of days leading up to the big speech, they have revealed certain bits of information about the ongoing nuclear negotiations with iran. it could have a ten-year timeframe. the white house was asked about that and they said no that is not accurate. we heard from president obama on the negotiations and it does seem like they are going for a ten-year timeframe. the white house issued a warning about revealing sensitive information. here is the press secretary. >> the release of that
information would betray the trust between our allies and it is inconsistent with the behavior of trusted allies. the fact is and that would be true if the sources were to claim they had obtained the information from somewhere else. >> reporter: he just said if the prime minister or israelis reveal the sensitive information about the negotiations that's not the way trusted allies react to each other. calling it a betrayal. whatever is revealed it has caused a lot of attention. christine. >> prime minister netanyahu previewing the address wednesday at the aipac. he said he will warn that iran is quote developing the capacity to make nuclear weapons, lots of them. the prime minister said his speech is not intended to hurt the president politically.
>> my speech is not intended to show any disrespect to president obama or the esteemed office he holds. i have great respect for both. israel and the united states will continue to stand together because america and israel are more than friends. we're like a family. disagreements in the family are always uncomfortable. we must always remember that we are family. >> we are family. he said. how this is all playing out in israel? i want to bring in oren liebermann in israel. it looks like a very public spat in the family today and everyone wants a front row seat to see it. how is it playing out? >> reporter: christine, everyone knows how important the strength of the relationship between israel and america is for the safety of israel.
that is the background of all this. from the beginning, the speech has been criticized from one side and commended from the other. the right which is the lekud party. on the right has been supportive seeing this as a great opportunity. on the other hand on the left it has been nothing but criticism from the beginning. labor party designed party to run against the parties on the right said this is a political move. two weeks to go until the elections. netanyahu's strongest issue is safety and security. it is iran and the threat iran poses to israel. that is where netanyahu wants to focus. the left wants to tell everybody this is a purely political move with netanyahu focusing on a stronger issue unlike the economy here. housing prices in tel aviv have
been very high and soaring lately. it seems as if from a political perspective, netanyahu wants to focus on safety and security and away from the economy. christine. >> thanks for that oren. the white house and israeli officials move in washington secretary of state john kerry and iranian counterpart were moving ahead with nuclear talks in switzerland. president obama says it is unlikely the talks will reveal a deal. if iran says yes, it will be more effective at keeping iran from getting nuclear weapons. >> i would say that it is probably still more likely than not that iran doesn't get to yes. i think that in fairness to them they have been serious negotiators and they have their own politics inside iran. it is more likely that we could
get a deal now than perhaps three or five months ago. there are still some big gaps that have to be filled. >> still some big gaps. for the latest i want to bring in cnn's frederik pleitgen. he is in tehran. good morning, fred. >> reporter: good morning, christine. one thing the president said is you are right. there are big political discrepancyies here in iran. you have the negotiators, especially rouhani. there are also hard liners in the iranian parliament who want to stay tough on this. want to have a firm stance. you have the supreme leader. he supports the negotiations going on. he said he doesn't expect any
deal to happen but he does say he views a good deal very positively. counter balance that with the iranian population. you talk to people here many people will tell you that they do want some deal. they obviously want the sanctions to be lifted as fast as possible. many people reeling from the fact there is little investment in the country. they have little lifeline to other economies around the world. it weighs heavily on them. on the other hand majority of iranians say they believe their country should fundamentally have the right to nuclear technology and develop nuclear technology. it is interesting, there was a gallup poll that came up that said there are a substance number of iranians that nuclear technology should be something that is developed. there are varying opinions in
the country. majority people here want a deal to come through because they want sanctions to be lifted. >> frederik pleitgen in tehran for us this morning. thank you for that. hillary clinton may have violated federal rules when she was secretary of state. the report clinton did not have a government e-mail address in her four years as the secretary of state using a personal account to conduct all government business. it was two months ago that the clinton advisers in an effort to comply with record keeping, they reviewed tens of thousands of pages of personal e-mails and decided which to turnover to the state department. mrs. clinton has been complying with the spirit and letter of the rules. jeb bush taking clinton to task. tweeting transparency matters and called for release of all e-mails. he said you can see mine here. the latest now on the political fight to fund the
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the raging for control of tikrit. iraq staging an offensive to retake that city. they are getting an assist not from the u.s. but iran. cnn's ian lee is tracking the developments from cairo this morning. ian, explain to our viewers why it is iran and not the u.s. helping the iraqi military retake this town. >> reporter: christine, when you look at the makeup of the fighting force that will retake the town you have the iraqi army shi'ite body you have the ministry of interior forces you have sunni tribesmen, fighters part of that you also have the shi'a militias. the brigade is one of the most effective fighting forces against isis. these shi'ite militias have a poor track record when they go in and take towns, sunni towns,
from isis. they treat the towns like enemy combatants. the u.s. is careful to get involved in sectarian violence. we know the commander of the iran elite brigade is also in tikrit as well to help lead that fight. again, the u.s. not wanting to be seen as part of sectarian fight. this is going to be a big test for the iraqi army on two fronts. first, can they handle isis? we saw them dissolve last summer. can they take them on after u.s. training and weapons. if they are able to take this town how do they treat the local people? this is a predominately sunni city. a large shi'ite force taking the sunni city. will they try to get some sort of revenge against the sunnis or
will they welcome the civilians back to their homes and treat them well. that is the true test of taking the city. christine. >> ian lee in cairo monitoring that offensive. shocking allegations by a texas nurse in her lawsuit against the hospital where she contracted ebola. nina pham claimed the hospital lied to upgrade her condition as good. she is accusing the hospital of videotaping her without her consent and revealing her identity against her wishes. the suit claims hospital officials only gave pham googled information about ebola before assigning her to care for a stricken liberian man. 17 new cases of measles reported in the last week bringing the national total to 170 measles cases. this outbreak affecting 17 states and washington, d.c. most of the cases linked to
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i guarantee it. welcome to the nascar xfinity series. murdered opposition leader boris nemtsov will be buried this morning in a cemetery in southwest moscow. he was gunned down friday walking outside the kremlin. the 23-year-old ukrainian model with him said she never saw the shooter. let's go to moscow and bring in correspondent matthew chance. what do we know about the model walking with boris nemtsov when he was murdered? what did she see? anything helpful for the
investigation? >> reporter: apparently not. she has been questioned by the russian investigators and she has given her witness testimony. something along the lines of we were walking back from a restaurant. she and boris nemtsov. she has been his girlfriend for a couple of years. they were having dinner on red square. she said somebody shot boris nemtsov in the back. he went soft and fell to the floor. she didn't see the killer. she didn't see the car which the killer made his escape in. the police have questioned her. she has now been handed over to consulate officials from the ukrainian embassy. she is now, we understand back in ukraine. she has left russia. there's not much more i don't think, that she is going to be able to add in terms of clarity to how the killing took place. >> the kremlin saying this was a provocation to stain the reputation of vladimir putin.
that's almost sort of blaming the opposition. >> reporter: yes, indeed. many opposition figures have taken offense to that kremlin line that this callingkilling was staged to make the russian government look bad. opposition is saying no. the fact this killing could take place in the shadow of the kremlin of boris nemtsov shows just what kind of place russia has become. so, you know they object to this kremlin line that this was about them. the investigators, i have to say, are following a number of different threads of investigation. one of them is the opposition they say, could have orchestrated the killing of boris nemtsov to attract
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the nasdaq above 5,000 for the first time since 2000. this is different from the dot-com era. the companies leading the charge today are well established. they make money. apple has more than $175 billion just sitting in the bank. $2 gas is gone. at least for now. the national average for the gallon is $2.44 today. that is down more than $1 from this time last year. you have been complaining for the prices last five weeks. pushing above $2. prices will keep edging higher through march. we could see the return of $2 gas by early fall. "early start" continues right now. in just hours, all eyes on the speech before congress. israel's prime minister promising new information on why he says a