tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN June 2, 2015 2:00am-3:01am PDT
breaking news this morning. a frantic rescue mission. hundreds of tourists missing, perhaps trapped inside a cruise ship after it sinks. we're live. shocking failure at the tsa. replica bombs, weapons and contraband all smuggled past check points at airports across the country this morning. 95% of it got through. tsa leader is ousted. introducing caitlyn jenner. now sharing her story of transformation from olympic hero to america's highest profile transgender person. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we have breaking news. a frantic search underway on the
yangtze river in china. rescuers are scrambling to save people after the cruise ship capsized in the storm. you can see them tapping on the hull trying to reach passengers they believe may still be alive inside. chinese state media reports just 15 survivors have been rescued. among them the captain and chief engineer now in police custody. i want to bring in anna coren. these are elderly tourists taking a scenic river tour between two well known cities in china. hundreds of them missing. >> reporter: 400 people. more than 400 people unaccounted for, christine, which is frightening. that ship cap sizing over 19 hours ago. and the only survivors to have surfaced come to a total of 15. now rescuers believe they have found further signs of life.
voices and people knocking on the hull of the ship. we saw the rescuer tapping with a hammer trying to communicate with people perhaps who have managed to get to air pockets within the hull. the very bottom of the ship. still as i say, only 15 people have been rescued. we know all assets are being thrown at the tragedy. divers police rescuers helicopters, ships. they have slowed down the water coming out of the three gorges dam to help with the strong currents. they are racing against the clock to try to save anymore passengers. as you say, many of those on board were senior citizens and elderly on this chartered cruise down the yangtze river from nanjing to chongqing. this is a popular tourist trip. they go through the scenic
canyons of the three gorges and really for this to happen people are just wanting answers. certainly the families just distraught and furious to think this could happen. according to the meteorology agencies there was a fierce storm that hit that area last night according to the chief engineer and captain who did survive. they say it was a cyclone that hit the ship. certainly, the weather bureau not confirming that. there was fierce weather and torrential rain and winds that perhaps were a factor in what happened to the ship. they are not willing to say at this stage it was something like a cyclone. >> when you look at the hull of the ship upside down it looks like a dangerous situation. a lot of rescuers there.
a lot of people and ships, but are they going into the ship and pulling people out? >> reporter: we have not seen the pictures. state media restricted to what they can show. these are the pictures we have been showing for the last few hours. we understand the chinese premier is on the scene and he witnessed the rescuing of a 65-year-old grandmother who was saying to divers thank you over and over again. he said all assets and all resources must be given to the rescuers. every effort must be made to save lives. he too, christine, has ordered an investigation into what went so terribly wrong. >> thank you for that anna coren. >> dramatic pictures. breaking overnight, the acting head of the tsa losing that job after tests found that airport screeners failed to de
detect weapons 95% of the time. jeh johnson announced that the chief is being reassigned. the chairman over the tsa is calling the test deeply alarming. the results incredibly troubling. government regulation correspondent rene marsh has the latest from d.c. >> reporter: christine and john, undercover agents with the office of the inspector general tested the system at check points. they tried to smuggle weapons and fake explosives through the check points. they performed 70 tests and they were successful 67 times. this operation has been done for years. the goal is to test the vulnerability as well as strengthen the system. by design this test is very difficult. as one former tsa owefficial puts
it, there is no way, absolutely not, the failure rate should be 95%. we are hearing from secretary jeh johnson. he has called for six actions. first, he wants revised screening procedures. he wants the results of the testing to be shared with airports across the country. he wants more training for tsa officers. he also wants tsa screening equipment to be retested and reevaluated. he wants the covert operations to continue and lastly secretary johnson said he is appointing a team to make sure this happens in a timely fashion. christine, john. >> rene thanks. expected later today, a vote in the senate on restoring the nsa surveillance programs that lapsed sunday night. rand paul thwarted mitch mcconnell's efforts to get a speedy vote on the act. senator paul wants to add more
restrictions on the nsa spying. any amendments would send that measure back to the house and extend the time the nsa goes without bulk collection of the telephone data. developing overnight, john kerry arrived in boston for surgery on his broken leg. he broke his femur on sunday during a bike accident in france. nuclear talks hit a critical stage. with a month to reach the deal it is not clear when the 71-year-old secretary will fly again. he is on the phones and writing e-mails. they say the injury will not affect the talk sstalks. the stockpile has increased according to the inspector general. the white house has claimed that iran's nuclear production has been frozen during the talks. secretary kerry will miss a meeting in paris today. he is calling in instead. officials will hold a strategy session to defeat isis.
the meeting on the heels of the fall of ramadi. meantime, the u.s. has delivered 2,000 anti-tank weapons. the terrorist group isis is on the move again launching an attack in aleppo. this latest push bringing isis close tore the turkish border. according to a poll 6 in 10 americans believe the military action is going badly. president obama is taking a hit. 43% blame him for the crisis in iraq. 43% say it is president george w. bush's fault. for the latest on the issues in the middle east is nick paton walsh. >> reporter: they really need more aerial support from the
could legislation. coalition. some are stuck in the desert and convoys have had adequate strikes to slow isis momentum down. that is something in debate. there are iraqi officials saying isis using smaller convoys and infiltrating the areas. we are at a crucial stage. john kerry's physical presence at absence and an issue potentially. the poll numbers, 60% was roughly similar to when george w. bush announced the surge in iraq. many are looking to see what can happen. many moving to the west not in aleppo aleppo but the supply route down from it. that could be 300,000 to 600,000 rebels if isis cuts that road off. so much is moving so fast. we heard the conferences like the one in paris, month after
month, year after year in four years for syrian crisis in the fight against isis. people are going to be looking for concrete results frankly from this to try to actually turn around what we have seen day by day here. we saw it yesterday. 34 dead iraqi police after the suicide violence north of where i'm standing. something has to change quickly. >> nick thank you. in the pentagon anthrax scandal. the live samples were sent to three additional labs in canada. live anthrax has been sent to 12 states and washington, d.c. and three countries. the samples originated in utah. the inactive strains were to be sent for research. health insurance premiums could increase as much as 30% next year for consumers who purchase policies through obamacare.
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previous two-week break. a growing trend of talent from silicon valley. big banks trying to change their never ending hours. >> only a modecum. perhaps a whole different field. hello caitlyn jenner. she made her public debut on "vanity fair." formerly bruce jenner jen. speaking about the transition and freely talking about the person inside. the twitter handle debuted and drew in more than 1 million followers in a record number of hours. 12 minutes past the hour. severe storms pounding the east coast this morning. another ugly commute, folks. flash flood fears up and down the coast. the damage done and what is still on the way next.
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as texas and oklahoma finally start drying out, the east coast gets its turn to face severe weather. reports from florida to new jersey of large hail and high winds and funnel cloud and flash flooding with more in today's forecast. >> and flash floods swamped streets in the city of atlanta. these pictures are amazing. look at the cars in the parking lot at the apartment complex. >> everyone on the bottom floor was trying to move their cars but a few minutes later, there was nothing anybody could do. >> in washington, d.c. high winds toppling trees with unfortunate timing for this city bus. flash flooding from monday's heavy thunderstorms flooded amtrak's union station and city streets. check this out. the flooding turned the stairs at the metro system's capitol south station into a waterfall. >> that will leave a mark.
there is more potentially dangerous weather in today's forecast. meteorologist ivan cabrera tracking the forecast for us with the latest. >> john christine, the weather we have been seeing across texas beginning to shift to the east. all of the showers and thunderstorms will be there. in fact we have been talking significant rainfall. 2.5 inches in baltimore. that was a record yesterday. these are the rains we could see again for today. parts of new jersey picking up 4 inches of rainfall. it fell across the northeast corridor. that will continue for today as our frontal boundary is in place. flood watches remain today and this evening. forecast radar, showers and storms continuing to bubble up here. not expecting severe weather outbreak but heavy rainfall and the rivers and streams are high. we could talk flash flooding taking place this afternoon. as far as the forecast rainfall
anywhere from 2 to 4 additional inches in the next couple of days. guys. thanks for the warning. later this morning, a house committee begins investigating last month's deadly amtrak train derailment in philadelphia. the president of amtrak expected to testify. lawmakers want to know why the railroad had not yet installed automatic train control technology on the section of the track where the derailment took place. they will explore two-man crews and inward facing cameras. we may learn more about bostian and more after the crash. and we will have more from the recalled of the takata air bags. more than 34 million cars have been recalled because of the defect. takata's executive vice president is expected to testify this afternoon. a supreme court ruling giving legal protection to violent online threats. the high court has tossed out
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of transformation with the world. i'm christine romans. welcome back to "early start." >> i'm john berman. we have breaking news. a search under way on the yangtze river. rescuers are scrambling to find survivors. crews report hearing sounds through the hull and trying to reach passengers they believe might still be trapped inside. chinese state media reports just 15 survivors have been rescued leaving hundreds more missing. among them the captain and chief engineer in police custody. for the latest let's bring in david mckenzie live on the scene. david. >> reporter: john just those few have been rescued and hundreds missing. if you look behind me charlie will push into the scene. that is the staging area where the rescue is happening. they believe people are still
under the hull of the river cruise. hundreds of them elderly, spending days on the cruise when the wind gust we believe smacked into the side of the ferry. it is believed in minutes, the ferry capsized over. questions being asked of the captain and engineer who have been taken into custody. a handful of people who survived potentially swam to shore in the evening hours. you can imagine the yangtze river, the popular route on the cruise circuit. there is a heavily military presence. we had to walk more than a mile through the police and military check points to get to the scene here. they have been tapping on the hull to hear people crying out for help to get them out. one woman, a 65-year-old. another man pulled out hours ago from the scene. there is hope still, but that
hope is fading fast. >> our david mckenzie on the scene of the capsized ferry. you get the sense of the level of concern and level of response from the chinese leadership. david, thank you. the acting head of the tsa losing his job overnight after tests found airport screeners failed to detect weapons and explosives 95% of the time. jeh johnson announcing that the chief is being reassigned. the committee that oversees the tsa calls the results deeply alarming. government regulation correspondent rene marsh has more from reagan international airport. >> reporter: the office of inspector general tested the system at airport security check points. they tried to smuggle weapons as well as fake explosives through the checkpoints. they performed 70 tests and they
were successful 67 times. this operation has been done for years. the goal is to test the vulnerability and strengthen the system. by design the test is very difficult, but as one former tsa official puts it there's no way, absolutely not, the failure rate should be as high as it was. it was 95%. we are hearing from the department of homeland security secretary jeh johnson says that he has called for six actions. the first one, he wants revised screening procedures. he wants the results of the testing to be shared with airports across the country. he wants more training for tsa officers. he also wants tsa screening equipment to be retested and reevaluated. he wants the covert operations to continue and lastly secretary johnson says he is an appointing a team to make sure this happens in a timely fashion. >> rene thank you.
secretary of state john kerry arrived in boston overnight for surgery on his broken leg. kerry broke his femur sunday during a biking accident in the french alps. nuclear talks with iran hit a critical stage. it is not clear when the 71-year-old secretary of state will be able to fly again. staffers insist he is working the phones and firing off e-mails. they say the injury will not affect the talks. meanwhile, international inspectors announce the stockpile of nuclear fuel for iran has increased and the united states insists it has been frozen during the talks. a strategy discussion to discuss how to battle isis. this meeting comes on the heels of failure of the fall of ramadi. the u.s. has delivered 2,000 anti-tank weapons in iraq to
defend against isis suicide bombers. isis is on the move again in syria. launching an attack in aleppo. that brings them closer to the city that has been under siege for years. asian and european stocks lower. greece has a looming debt deadline. the dow climbed 30 points yesterday. gas prices are low. job creation is underway. even so americans are hesitant to spend money. americans spent less in april than march. instead, americans are increasing savings. the annual savings rate is 5.6%. higher than the pre-recession norm of 3% when we know that did not do us good. you heard it a million times. consumer spending drives the economy.
i'm encouraged people are paying attention to the personal balance sheets. i think until wages start to rise people want to make sure they have back up. >> if it is not economic growth it will be your fault? >> people are spending money on cars. that is the pocketbook paradox. we will get great car numbers today. they are the savings, gas savings, they are not spending in the economy. all right. turns out it was caitlyn jenner who broke the internet. now sharing her story of transformation and getting support from the president and yes, breaking records online. this is a big story. a lot to discuss. brian stelter is with us after the break. [whirring drones] just stay calm and move as quietly as possible. ♪ [whirring drones]
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no more bruce. it is caitlyn jenner now. she is introducing herself in a big way. the 65-year-old jenner talking about the gender transition. the new persona and name are a big hit. caitlyn collecting more than 1 million twitter followers in a matter of hours. brian stelter joins us to talk about this. this is a big moment. a big moment for caitlyn jenner. a big moment for media and society. >> a lot of people who have never known a transgender individual. now that person is on the front page of the magazine and
newspapers and on television screens. it creates and stimulates conversations that people never had before. >> let's talk about the secrecy of "vanity fair." annie leibovitz took the pictures. no one now it was coming. >> rumors last week of a magazine cover. nobody saw the pictures. it was a top secret strategy at "vanity fair." this went to the printing press in a special way. they wanted this to have a lot of impact when it came out yesterday. it sure did. caitlyn took the opportunity to launch new social media accounts. what do you do? you set up a new twitter and facebook and instagram. almost up to 2 million twitter. a lot of support online that you see. that is something that she will use in the future to amplify her message. >> this is no soft launch.
this is as big as it gets. look at this. this is not walking around with her new persona out in society seeing if people notice. this is glam photos. >> facial reconstruction surgery and lingerie. it started with diane sawyer talking to him and transgender. >> there are three aspects of this. it shows how comfortable she is and it promotes the transgender issues and let's be honest. caitlyn jenner is now running a caitlyn jenner business. >> that is right. a good way to put it. with the kardashians and jenners. it is family and business at the same time. >> let's talk about the family. his sons from his two first marriages will not participate in the reality show.
what about the -- from the article, you get the sense it will be difficult and messy with the family. >> the family is careful and smart about showing support and they are wrapping their arms around caitlyn and supporting her. we saw kim and khloe talk about that. this reality show will be just caitlyn and not about the family. >> said he was disappointed by that. >> i have to say it. the remarkable thing is the complications with the family have very little to do with gender transformation and how messed up the jenner and kardashian families have been over the decades. >> because it is an empire and complicated relationships. i wonder if i'm a kardashian daughter and maybe they don't want to be on caitlyn's show because they have their own show. there are those complications
that we don't think about. >> we say she trumped the kardashian hype with how this is rolled out. the public relations machine that is the caitlyn jenner transportation is amazing. >> sunday night. kim kardashian said she is having a second child. >> i didn't notice. >> this was on the cover of "vanity fair." last night, kim kept getting asked about the pregnancy, but also caitlyn jenner. >> brian, you have been skillful. he. she. >> you have it perfect. >> the pronoun issue. >> i practiced a little bit. i want to get it right. it is important to get it right. be honest it is not always easy. it requires a mind shift in the way it did with chaz bono and with bradley manning turning into chelsea manning. >> america is coming along. this is an important moment for the transgender community. we are talking about the style guide for how to deal with this.
>> the best tweet, i hope everyone who is correcting people will do the same thing for non famous people. this conversation about an a-list celebrity will trickle down to more normal conversations about transgender who are not stars. >> brian, thank you. interesting discussion. let's take a look at what is coming up on "new day." alisyn. >> there are rescues under way to find hundreds of people still missing in that cruise ship disaster. we are live at the scene. we will look at new cnn polls that paint an interesting picture of the 2016 race. is hillary clinton's campaign in trouble and which is polling lower? we will break down those results for you at the top of the hour. >> the results come out at 6:00 a.m. they are fascinating.
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records in wilmington and also in baltimore as well. 2.5 inches of rainfall fell in a short amount of time. that is why we continue with the flood watches across the northeast corridor. this will continue not just today, but tomorrow as well. we will have a series of disturbances moving through. heavy rainfall potential here anywhere from d.c. to philly all the way up to 95. from 2 to 4 inches in the next 48 hours. guys. ivan thanks. expected later today, the vote on the senate to restore the nsa programs that lapsed over the weekend when legal authority for them expired. on monday, rand paul once again thwarted mitch mcconnell's efforts to get a speedy vote on the usa freedom act. paul wants to tweak the bill adding more restrictions on the nsa collection. any measure would send the bill back to the house and that extends the time the nsa goes without the bulk collection
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i'm christine romans. let's get an early start on your money. stocks lower around the world. european stocks down with growing concerns of greece being able to pay its bills. yesterday, the dow climbed 30. with the fed interest rate hike on the way, you can expect more wild swings. the apple watch is the most successful product debut ever. apple sold 7 million watches since april compared to 125,000 ipods in the first quarter of 2001. the watch has one advantage. the first product apple released in more than one country on the same day. that is me trying it on. i tried on a $14,000 one. demand is expected to keep growing. should employees of the
publix grocery chain be able to wear beards at work? this 19-year-old started a petition on coworker.org asking to change the facial hair policy. that has 6,500 signatures. employees here at cnn are able to grow beards. >> i grow a beard every vacation. i hate shaving. >> wolf has a beard. you are technically not really a hipster. >> yankees have a no beard policy. that is why they have the mustaches. >> i think no facial hair policy. all right. a frantic search and rescue mission now under way. hundreds of tourists missing after the cruise ship sank. "new day" has the breaking news. desperate search under way. >> >> rescuers scrambling to save
passengers from a cruise ship. a major security breach. >> tsa screeners didn't detect the fake weapons. >> is it the technology that's failing or the screeners themselves? >> some say police are afraid to do their jobs. >> the reason we have these protests is because people want better policing. >> we're identifying the spilled milk but not talking about how to clean it up. >> good-bye bruce, hello caitlyn. >> this is a huge story. >> as soon as the "vanity fair" cover comes out i'm free. >> this is "new day". good morning and welcome to your "new day". it's tuesday, june 2nd 6:00 in the east. we have breaking news this morning. 458 people are in the water and at risk. many are feared loss as rescuers battle darkness as a river
cruise capsizes in china. that man on the hull tapping it with a small hammer to see if there's survivors trapped inside. they believe there are. we have other pictures starting to go network with a blow torch. >> rescuers only able to pull a handful of victims so far. among the survivors the ship's captain and chief engineer now in police custody. let's get right to the scene where david mckenzie is live in china. what are you seeing david? >> reporter: chris, it's a desperate search right now for survivors. underneath the hull of this ship it's inverted in the water and there are scores of people in fact hundreds of elderly mostly trapped inside. you've seen those dramatic scenes earlier tapping on the hull with a small hammer seeing if anybody was inside trying to