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. the war against isis intensifies. terrorist gaining new ground in syria and new isis victories across the middle east leaving the president's war on terror questioned. team coverage of the big story ahead. and rand paul speaking for nearly 11 hours. he controlled the senate floor for 11 hours. what he had to say. and the end of an era. david letterman hosting his last "late night" show. his hilarious and heartwarming good-bye ahead. welcome to "early start."
i'm christine romans. john berman is taking the day off. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. isis on the rampage seizing control of the ancient city of palmyra. the two stunning victories forcing the government to reassess the terror strategy. the focus is securing the province went of baghdad. i want to bring in senior correspondent arwa damon. i want to talk about the history and the city which was taken by isis. how important was it and what is happening? >> reporter: palmyra is stunning. syrian government saying prior to the victory by isis they managed to move out the
artifacts that were moveable. at the end of the day, you have the stunning sprawling city that is centuries old that once stood as a key location on the crossroads for the trade routes that one from the roman empire to persia and indivisiblea and china. now at the mercy and whether or not they will destroy it as they have other sites in iraq. palmyra capture is significant and it opens new routes for isis toward the capital of damascus. this comes after ramadi here in iraq. this is a very significant victory. isis is bogging the iraqi security forces down at this stage. at least those capable of standing up and fighting it in
the back and forth running battles and sporadic attacks as they try to prevent isis from pushing further east to the capital. the iraqi government scrambling reinforcements or trying to the very different frontlines that exist in anbar province. saying it will arm the sunni tribes. the u.s. will certainly be forced to try to re assess the strategy when it comes to dealing with isis in iraq and syria syria. clearly at this stage, despite the stages when iraq was ableable to capture tikrit, isis is capable of emerging stronger. >> and taking two towns and two important towns in just five days. thank you for that arwa damon. republican leaders are laying the blame for at the feet
of president obama. they claim his failed foreign policies a problem for the u.s. they are looking to bring troops to the battle field. we have more from the white house correspondent jim acosta. >> reporter: president obama meets with the key ally in the muslim world. the white house is signaling it is open to minor changes to the isis plan but that is not enough for the president's critics who insist he is losing the battle. senator john mccain slammed the president for the city of ramadi failure. he said are we go to light our hair on fire every time there is a setback. preparation for the battle with isis as the gop candidates floating the idea of sending troops into combat into iraq. jeb bush mishandled his questions of his brother's questions in iraq is making the
case iraq was better off under his brother. >> isis didn't exist when my brother was president. al qaeda in iraq was wiped out when my brother was president. the surge created a fragile, but stable iraq that the president could have built on. >> reporter: the coast guard graduates yesterday steered clear of the strategy. instead argued that global warming is a threat where isis took root in syria. he will have a chance to answer critics later today. jim, thanks. the most urgent threat posed by isis right now is the ability to recruit fighters online. that assessment from fbi director james comey. isis is now waking up to the idea of malware.
>> the threat we faced is morphed. it is invisible to us because the operational communications are happening in an encrypted channel. that consumes most of our days trying to -- i don't think it is an impossible task but it is hard. >> comey says the fbi is sending more agents and investigators around the world to build criminal cases against them. months before he was taken out in a navy s.e.a.l. raid, osama bin laden wrote it may be time to move out of the compound. that letter is one of the many released documents in the operation that killed the al qaeda leader. a lot of interesting information found by the navy s.e.a.l.s. tom foreman takes a look. >> reporter: christine, this is a remarkable collection of
documents. we do know from the documents that he actually sent people to great britain and russia to carry out attacks to hit american targets if possible. numerous attacks failed. when he responded to the letters to others he said it was bad luck and god wasn't on our side. beyond that though he felt a great disdain for american targets. throughout the letters, he pushes people to say don't attack the police and security forces where you are. attack the american targets. he wanted to stay focussed in that direction. he had a great deal of respect for, at least fear of american power out there. at one point, one of his documents says these invaders and their loyal dogs are too scared to fight us face-to-face. the main reason they continue to kill us is because we don't have
the knowledge to counter their technology. he said e-mail could be easily traced and ability to use drones. he cautioned to never move unless of a cloud cover overhead overhead. and he dealt with day-to-day struggles to keep his forces mobilized and fighting back as all of this pressure was put on him. you can see that in the documents. he was under pressure. his forces were under pressure in terms of transportation and communication and getting weapons to people and carrying out actions. no doubt, that is one of the reasons why all those years after 9/11 he was unable to replicate that really big attack. it shows up in the papers. >> tom. it is interesting. in some of the papers he was corresponding with other terrorists in africa and yemen and say forget about the islamic state. we need to attack america and americans at home.
interesting now the rise of the islamic state with no osama bin laden. breaking news. rand paul ending a 10.5 hour filibuster on the state floor. he was the nsa phone surveillance operation dis dismantled dismantled. he is calling for the agency to be overhauled. >> the vast majority of the american people think we have gone too far. acla survey we looked at earlier, over 80% of people in that age group think we have gone too far and not protecting privacy. >> ten other senators, including seven democrats joined paul's filibuster. jeb bush making it clear he is no longer running from his last name. the former florida governor and
likely presidential candidate embracing his lineage. he tried to distance himself from his father and brother insisting he is his own man. >> i know you all know me and george and barbara's boy. they have moved up the road. they came last week. so they're now in their second home and you know i'm george w.'s brother. i have a life journey. my own. one that sets me apart in some ways. i'm proud of my family and i love my mom and dad and people will have to get over that. >> the deep roots in new hampshire and maine. money worries for hillary clinton. the super pac expects to raise $15 million by the end of june. triggering a shakeup at the senior levels of priorities usa.
they intend to use the money for tv and internet ads. hillary clinton's decision to hold off announcing candidacy until april. 11 minutes after the hour. time for an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures lower. yesterday, the market got a short lived bump from the federal reserve. the minutes from the most recent meeting raised concerns about the effects of the strong dollar and low oil prices which could mean delaying an interest rate hike. egg prices are climbing. soaring thanks to the recent bird flu outbreak. you won't see higher prices yet. food companies are forced to pay more for eggs. food companies are asking restaurants to change their menus. an estimated 10% of the total egg supply has been effected. 30 million egg laying birds have
been killed. after a 33 years of late night and more than 6,000 show david letterman is officially retired. his final show was an emotional affair with highlights and star-studded top ten list and no tears, just heart felt appreciation from the host. >> i want to thank the folks at home. you know people come up to me all the time and say dave i have been watching you since your morning show. i said have you thought about a complete psychological workout? the people who watch this show there's nothing i can do to ever repay you. thank you for everything. you have given me everything. thank you again. >> of the last musical guest is the foo fighters. the final show ran long but was not edited. i think his favorite song he says. foo fighters "ever long." breaking overnight. police naming a suspect in the
breaking overnight. washington, d.c. police identifying a suspect in last week's homicide and arson. 34-year-old dylon wint is wanted in the murder. the couple and their son and housekeeper were found dead burning in the mansion. police source says they made off with $40,000. speed remains the focus of the deadly amtrak train derailment. the question is why the throttle
was pushed forward. the ntsb taking a closer look at the engineer's cell phone trying to determine if he was distracted. we get more this morning from cnn's rene marsh. >> reporter: christine, from the very beginning, philadelphia police were focused on excessive speed. this source tells me they knew there were no problems with the tracks the signals or train. that was all based on inspection documents and maintenance checks. the train and tracks had undergone before the derailment. that can mean two things. reckless behavior or intentional act. both could justify criminal charges. the ntsb is the lead investigator and it is not ready to rule out other potential factors like train performance. so they held off on the arrest. we should point out we know the ntsb has the train engineer's phone. they also have phone records.
we do know that phone calls were made and text messages were sent on the day of the incident. what they have not nailed down is whether the calls and texts were sent while he was operating the train. investigators are now matching the timestamps from the engineer's cell phone records with multiple data sources like the train's recorder and outward facing video from the train, radio communications as well as surveillance video. lastly we also learned brandon bostian was new to the new york to d.c. run. he had been on the route two weeks, but running trains along the northeast corridor for three years, which sometimes included this stretch of track. christine. >> all right. rene thank you. new details on the investigation. the police in waco, texas, investigating a deadly shootout
with rival biker gangs. they found 300 weapons at the scene, guns and assault rifles. recovering all of that evidence took a lot of leg work. >> they were hidden in the stools of the restaurant seating area. they were hidden in the kitchen. they were hidden in the bathrooms. honestly we were amazed at the number of weapons we found. >> nine bikers were killed in the shootout. at least 170 people arrested. each of those arrested bikers held on $1 million bail. authorities say processing the suspects is a severely straining the court system. douglas hughes who landed the copter at the capitol last month will be arraigned in the federal court this month after the grand jury indictment. he faces up to nine years.
he piloted the copter through the restricted air space to draw attention to what he calls campaign finance abuses. and a massive crude oil spill on the california coastline prompting governor jer jerry brown to declare a state of emergency. much of the oil spilled into the pacific when a pipeline ruptured. crews are working to contain the spill. cnn has a first look at the damage. >> reporter: you can see here the oil and tar mixed in with the sea weed. they rake together seaweed and tar. they put it in plastic bags. what also gets put into plastic bags everything else the oil has covered. if you look right there, those are palm tree fronds that have
fallen off the trees and into the shore. covered in oil. if we go ahead apparent take almost a 180. you look off into the distance another cluster of workers with the rakes and the plastic bags and the rest trying to clean up this misery. look at the seaweed here. it is all mixed in and every time another little small wave comes in it seems that more of the tar balls and more of the oil comes washing ashore. they go ahead and they pick up another pile of seaweed interspersed with tar. they have to clean up handful by handful. >> what a beautiful stretch of the coast there. janice dickinson suing bill
rape but they changed the story so they would not have an issue with lawyers. >> i told her and pablo. pablo came back at me and said i took poetic license to write what i could get away with and judith said at the time, this will never get past their attorneys. i did say this to her. we have sworn statements. >> more than 20 women have accused bill cosby of sexual misconduct. breaking overnight. republican presidential candidate rand paul speaking on the senate floor for nearly 11 hours. protesting the patriot act. his late night filibuster and what he had to say ahead.
isis gaining ground in the middle east. seizing a key ancient syrian city. new victories casting new doubt on president obama's plans to fight the terrorists. a team coverage of the big story this morning ahead. breaking overnight. rand paul protests the patriot act. the presidential candidate speaking for nearly 11 hours on the senate floor. the end of an era for late night television. david letterman signing for for the final time. his emotional farewell ahead. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the morning off. our top story, isis on a rampage seizing control of another key city. historic palmyra in syria.
the second critical con quest in five days for isis. fighters took over ramadi. forcing u.s. to reassess the strategy. the focus is securing the province west of baghdad. i want to bring in senior correspondent arwa damon. taking ramadi and five days later, the important historical cultural city palmyra falls too. >> reporter: it's really heart breaking, christine, on so many levels. palmyra is spectacular. i visited it years ago as a tourist. it is showing how magnificent the culture is and lies on the trade route connecting the roman
empire to persia and india. now the syrian government not fully acknowledging that but did say over the last few days as fighting intensified, it moved statues and artifacts out of areas where they were potentially going to be captured by isis. this city in and of itself is most certainly under threat. the strategic importance of palmyra is important as well. the potential capture would potentially open a new route for isis heading toward the capital damascus. here in iraq as were you saying that significant victory for isis, ramadi despite it had been downplayed isis' capture
forced iraq to scramble to the frontlines in anbar province and seeing an effort underway to move some of those albiet effective shi'a paramilitary equipment. it will launch a serious campaign to arm the syrian tribes. this will create a very patchwork fighting force without cohesive military structure. at this point, the iraqi government doesn't have a choice. the u.s. will have to figure out away to reassess strategy here in iraq to create something that is more than an outline but something more concrete that will allow for the iraqi security forces to start to push isis back because although at this stage, isis is not making significant gains toward the capital baghdad, it is bogging down the iraqi fighting force along the anbar frontlines
leaving them vulnerable elsewhere, christine. >> we have seen two vulnerable towns fall in syria and iraq in five days. devastating. arwa damon, thank you. public leaders lay the blame for the rise of isis at the feet of president obama. they say his failed foreign policies is making the world a more dangerous place. republicans considering a plan to return u.s. ground troops to the iraq battle field. let's get more from jim acosta. >> reporter: president obama meets with the president of tunesia today. a key ally today. the white house is signaling it is open to minor changes to the isis plan but that is not enough for the president's critics who insists he is losing the battle. senator john mccain is asking
are we go to light our hair on fire every time there is a setback? and some gop presidential candidates are floating the idea of boots on the ground. and jeb bush who mishandled questions about iraq. here is what he had to say. >> isis did not exist when my brother was president. al qaeda in iraq was wiped out when my brother was president. there were mistakes made in iraq for sure but the surge created a fragile, but stable iraq. >> reporter: in the speech on climate change to coast guard graduates yesterday, the president steered clear of the strategy and said global warming is contribute together crisis in syria. he will have a chance to answer some isis critics later today. christine. >> jim, thank you. the most urgent threat by isis
now is ability to recruit followers and fighters online. that's the assessment from fbi director james comey. isis is now waking up to the idea of malware on computer systems in the u.s. >> the threat we face has morphed. it is a spider web through social media invisibilityn visvisible to us. that consumes most of our days. it is very, very hard. we spend a lot of time on it. >> the fbi is sending more agents to gather evidence on terrorists and build criminal cases. documents seized by navy s.e.a.l.s have been released four years after the mission. they show an al qaeda leader with little interest in a
caliphate. he advised terrorists in yemen and africa. not to waste time on an islamic state, but instead, he was obsessed with attacking the united states and its interests. tom foreman takes a look. >> reporter: christine, this really is a remarkable collection of documents. you get a full picture of the man who has been mythical here as an enemy of the united states. we do know from the documents that he actually sent people to great britain and europe and russia to carry out attacks specifically to try to hit american targets if possible. and numerous attacks failed. they did to the materialize. when he responded to the letters to others he said it was bad luck and god wasn't on our side. beyond that though he felt a great disdain for american targets out there. he pushes people to say, look don't attack the security forces or police forces where you are.
attack the american targets. he wanted to stay focused in that direction. but he had a great deal of respect for at least fear of american power out there. at one point, one document says these pig invaders and loyal dogs are too scared of death to fight us face-to-face. the reason they continue to kill us is we don't have the resources to counter their technology. he was talking about ability to trace e-mail which could be traced. ability to use drones. he cautioned to never move unless there was a cloud cover overhead because the drones will spot you. in many ways he dealt with day-to-day struggles to keep his forces mobilized and fighting back as the pressure was put on him. you can see that in the dock documents. he was under pressure with
carrying out actions. that is one of the reasons why all of the years after 9/11, he was unable to replicate the really big attack. christine. >> it does. it is fascinating. it is all available in arabic and english translations. breaking overnight. rand paul ending a 10.5 hour filibuster on the senate floor. the republican candidate voicing fierce opposition to the patriot act. he wants the nsa operation dismantled. he is calling for the agency to be overhauled. >> the vast majority of the american people think we have gone too far in the bulk collection of records. aclu surveyed that we looked at earlier between the ages of 19 and 39 over 80% of the people in that age group think we have gone too far. >> ten other senators joined this filibuster. insiders say any attempt by
republicans to pass a clean reauthorization of the patriot act will most likely fail. time for an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures are lower. stocks are inches from records. a temporary bump from the fed reserve yesterday. a rate hike won't come until september or later. it wasn't enough for another record day. another huge health insurance breach. care first blue cross blue shield says hackers gained information of 1.1 million of the customers. informs at risk? names birthdays and e-mail addresses and subscriber information. plenty of speculation that the chinese government could be to blame. also overnight, chinese state media responding to the arrest of six citizens in the u.s. for es espionage. concerned about property and
sent back to china. after 33 years in late night, david letterman retired. letterman's swansong was a farewell with a star studded top ten list. >> top ten things i always wanted to say today. number ten, alec baldwin. >> of all the talk shows, your is most geographically to my money. >> our plastic surgery was an necessity and a mistake. >> thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale. >> i'll never have the money i owe you.
breaking overnight. washington, d.c. police identifying a suspect in last week's quadruple homicide and arson. 34-year-old dylon wint is wanted on first-degree murder charges. the four victims, a wealthy couple and 10-year-old son and housekeeper. they were found dead in the burning mansion. the victims were bound with duct tape. investigators believe the killers were watching the family. they believe the killers erased security camera footage. police source says they made off with $40,000. speed remains a focus of investigators in the deadly amtrak train derailment in philadelphia. why was the throttle pushed forward? the ntsb taking a look at the engineer's cell phone. let's get more from rene marsh. >> reporter: christine, from the very beginning, philadelphia
philip morris police were focused on excessive speed. this tells me they knew there were no problem was the tracks signals or train. that was based on inspection documents and checks the trains and tracks had gone through before the derailment. in their mind that can mean two things. reckless behavior or intentional act. both could justify criminal charges. but the ntsb is the lead investigator and it is not ready to rule out other potential factors like train performance. they held off on the arrest. the ntsb has the train engineer's phone. they also have phone records. we do know that phone calls were made and text messages were sent on the day of the incident. what they have not nailed down is whether the calls and texts were sent while he was operating
the train. investigators are now matching the time stamps from the engineer's cell phone records with multiple data sources like the train's recorder and outward facing video from the train, recorded radio communications and surveillance video. lastly we also learned brandon bostian was new to the new york to d.c. run. he had only been on the route for two weeks, although he has been running trains along the northeast corridor for three years which sometimes included this stretch of track. christine. >> rene thank you. police in waco texas investigating a deadly shootout with rival biker gangs. police found more than 300 weapons at the scene, including guns assault knives and ak-47. recovering all of that evidence and processing that evidence took a lot of leg work. >> they were hidden in the stools of the restaurant seating
area. they were hidden in the kitchen. they were hidden in the bathrooms. honestly we were amazed at the number of weapons we found. >> nine bikers were killed in the shootout. 170 people arrested. each being held on $1 million bail. processing the suspects is severely straining the waco system. huge oil spill in california. cnn crews getting an up close look at the beaches in santa barbara. the beaches in santa barbara will be closed for the memorial day weekend. we will have all of that after the break. blach
. huge a dirty ugly crude oil spill on the california coastline prompting governor jerry brown to declare a state of emergency in santa barbara county. much of the oil spilled in the pacific when a pipeline ruptured. crews working feverishly to clean it up and contain a nine-mile oil slick. cnn's paul vercamman got the look. >> reporter: you can see here the oil and tar mixed in with the seaweed. they rake together seaweed and tar and put it in plastic bags. what also gets put into plastic bags is anything else the oil has covered.
if you look right there, those are palm tree fronds that got soaked in the oil. they fallen off the trees and on the shore. this is not just limited to where we are standing right now. if we take an almost 180, there is another cluster of workers with the rakes and the plastic bags and the rest trying to clean up this misery this black misery on the beach. look at the seaweed here. it is all mixed in and every time even another little small wave comes in, it seems that more of the tar balls and more of the oil comes washing ashore. they go ahead and they pick up another pile of seaweed with tar and put in the plastic bag.
of more government stimulus in asia. u.s. stock futures are lower. it got a short lived bump from the fed. the fed will not hike interest rates until september at the earliest. that was not enough for more records. the latest battle in the war for higher wages. 2,000 people gathered near mcdonald's headquarters yesterday ahead of the shareholders meeting. they want $15 an hour wages. beginning july 1st it will get $1 an hour more. and protesters say this is still not enough. small business owners, people who have fewer than 26 employees will have an extra year to adapt. it will be a big change. bacon lovers, rejoice.
a 1 pound package of bacon is cheaper than a year ago. i rarely get to deliver good news. timing could not be better. america is experiencing a bacon craze. 1.1 billion servings of bacon at restaurants. sales climbed 13%. cheap bacon is offsetting rising prices. the love affair of bacon and fresh foods. how do you square that? "early start" continues right now. the war against isis intensifies. terrorists gaining new ground in syria. new isis victories across the middle east leaving the president's war on terror questioned. breaking overnight. rand paul protest the patriot act. the presidential candidate speaking for almost 11