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carter announcing he has cancer and it is spreading. details ahead. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. john berman has the week off. new poll numbers has donald trump opening a significant lead in iowa. despite or because of the controversy he provokes. he tops the orc/cnn poll. that is eight points ahead of his rival. cnn's jeff zeleny has more on that. >> reporter: good morning, christine. after all of the fallout has cleared, donald trump remains on top in the key state of iowa which kicks off the 2016 contest early next year. our new poll shows trump is leading the field at 22%. ben carson saw a big boost since the debate. he is in second place at 14%.
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wisconsin governor scott walker had been the leader in iowa, but he is in third place at 9%. take a listen to this. jeb bush is tied at 5% with senator rand paul and senator marco rubio. on the democratic side, hillary clinton has a commanding lead in the state. 19% higher than bernie sanders. it is shaping up to be a busy few days of campaigning in iowa. most of the candidates will pass through in the coming days. christine, you now how great the iowa state here is. >> jeff, yes, iowa state fair is one of the things you must do in your life. hillary clinton's private e-mail server and the company that handles the system, telling the fbi that it picked up the server she used when she was secretary of state.
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this as clinton faces issues from donald trump and jeb bush. >> what she did is a real problem for her. i don't know frankly she will be able to run. it just looks to me the whole e-mail thing is a very criminal situation. it could cause problems for years to come. >> you have hillary clinton who is the secretary of state dealing with confidential information with classified information thinking it was okay to use a private server. thinking her server would be safer than the state department's fire walls. we need a president that recognizes there are threats in the 21st century that are different from 30 years ago. >> cnn's elise labott has more from washington. >> reporter: christine, you remember in march, secretary clinton refused to surrender her private e-mail server to the house panel investigating the benghazi attack.
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clinton saw that request from trey gowdy as a ploy. she is now turning it over to the justice department along with a thumb drive of work-related e-mails. this is after two of clinton's e-mails contain top secret information. the highest classification available. that information was never marked classified by the state department and clinton may not have known it should have remained on a secure system. still, the e-mail probe expands to the state department staff and it is taking a toll on the presidential campaign. a new university poll found more than half of the registered voters and clinton's e-mail should be subject to a criminal investigation. 38% think she had something to hide. it is providing an opportunity
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for others. >> elise labott, thank you. john kasich releasing his position on immigration. he defended millions of immigrants living in the u.s. as some of the hardest working, god fearing people you would meet. but dana bash says this does not mean he favors citizenship for undocumented immigrants. >> immigration. >> yeah. >> you talked about granting citizenship to ultimately to some undocumented immigrants. you said i'm not close to it. everybody in the country needs to feel like they have an opportunity. explain your position. >> i would prefer them to be legaliz legalized. i don't favor citizenship. i teach my kids, you don't jump the line to get into a taylor swift concert.
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>> are you leaving the door open? >> i don't favor it, let me be clear. i'm not sure we have to do that. let's make citizenship getting in here legally. that is my view. i'm not going to pound the table and say my way or the highway. i will on some things, but i have to be careful. i actually think about what it would be to be president. you notice when people run for president, they make lots of promises and never keep them? >> i never notice that. >> i do. i make promises i can keep. >> kasich is now up to third place, behind jeb bush which is in second and donald trump leading the pack. jimmy carter is battling cancer. america's 39th president confirms doctors found it during a procedure. cancer has spread to other parts of his body. the 90-year-old carter will release more details when the
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facts are known next week. president obama calling the former president to wish him a speedy recovery and we do as well. history unfolding in cuba. secretary of state john kerry traveling to the island nation tomorrow. he will raise the american flag over the u.s. embassy in havana. it has been 70 years. kerry says human rights will be the top issue. kerry plans to meet with opponents of the cuban government. nsa used the phone surveillance program to find issues related to tehran and terrorist. sprint as at&t are listed in the operation. this comes weeks as congress will vote on the nuclear deal with iran. overnight in baghdad, at least 36 people killed when a bomb exploded in a crowded vegetable market.
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iraqis say it blew up in a mostly shi'ite area. isis has claimed responsibility for two other deadly bombings near baghdad this past month. breaking news. explosions rocking a warehouse in northeast china killing at least 44 people. many of them firefighters. this disaster unfolding in the port city of tianjin. dozens of firefighters are missing at this hour. the blast at a facility that handles hazardous materials knocked down doors for miles. i want to get the latest on the situation from cnn's will ripley. he is in tianjin, china. >> reporter: christine, good morning. it has been a very difficult day as the number of dead and injured continues to rise. 44 now confirmed dead.
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including 12 firefighters on the scene of the chemical fire that then turned into a series of really powerful explosions. i will turn this camera around to show you the vantage point. i am standing more than a mile from the blast site right now. you can see the extent of what the blast did. it blew out the windows to the convention center. it disabled a light rail station. i can't zoom in. all of the windows in the apartments are blown out. people were running outside last night trying to escape. they didn't put their shoes on. they were running through shards of gralass. you see the smoke plume in the distance. firefighters had to increase their efforts. they don't know what toxic chemicals are burning right now. until they get clarity of what is in the air here, they don't believe it is safe for firefighters to try to fight
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this. we notice in our throats today as we walk around, there is a bit of a chemical smell. not as strong as it was last night, christine. 15 million people in the city and a number of them displaced. a number of areas in the city are closed off with the state of emergency as they look for more victims or survivors. and the investigation into how this happened. >> dramatic pictures and grave situation. will ripley in the port city, a mile away from the blast site. thank you, will. we will check in with you. let's get an early start on your money. china devaluing the currency for the third straight day. since beijing's move on the yuan, this has roiled world markets. this is complicating the federal reserve to raise interest rates.
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the feeling this morning, china's devaluation spree may be coming to an end. let's bring in alison kosik for a look at world markets. >> it is that inaction that china is promising is part of the reason you are seeing stocks higher around the world. asian shares are up despite china devaluing the yuan for a third day. that is driving up stocks in the u.s. as well. that is because a few hours ago, china's central bank came out and said let's be calm. calming the global fears of the yuan plunge in recent days. china's central bank is billing it as free market reform, but it is all about making exports future. a weaker yuan means a stronger dollar. stocks closed higher in the u.s. yesterday. the dow fell less than one point. nasdaq and s&p wound up in the
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green up about .1%. it is interesting to see the dow fall so much and make up some really good ground by the closing bell. >> world markets. you see oil markets at six-year lows and currency and bonds moving. the u.s. launching air strikes from turkey. we are live after the break.
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the u.s. military launching its first manned air strikes against isis from turkey. just last month, the turkish government allowed the u.s.-led coalition to use the bases to fight the extremists. that means shorter flight times targeting isis positions in syria. let's get the latest from the cnn international correspondent nick paton walsh live from
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turkey. >> reporter: christine, the runway behind me in the distance has been busy in the last few hours or so. we have seen two f-16s take off. we cannot tell if they are american or turkish. turkey use the base behind us as well. the pentagon has begun attack strikes here. it reduces the flight time here to 15 minutes. the fuelling and rearming the f-16s that are based here now, is significantly reduced. if they see them below them there, there are drones flying out of here. on top of that, we are hearing that it was yesterday that they went after targets inside syria. this is a bit to intensify the fight against isis in northern syria. there is a lot of talk from turkish open officials about
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their desire to create some sort of safe zone in northern syria along the turkish border and we may get some government flowing or more moderate fighters to help the kurds and radicals out and isis too. it is a long shot, but shows the turks are more invested in the talk in some sort of intervention in syria. the use of the planes behind me here has been so complex for the americans to negotiate. now it is here. it will significantly benefit to hit. >> six f-16s. a 15-minute flight. stepping up the tempo of the attacks, but stepping up the risk to the american personnel, nick. >> reporter: certainly. that is always one possibility. bear in mind, the capacity for isis to take jets down is limited. we know they managed to pilfer some military supplies and other things in iraq they laid their
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hands on. the speed at which they travel on. the risk is small, but it is still there. they can mitigate with the flight time shortened. >> thank you for that, nick. the head of the epa calling the toxic spill in colorado caused by her agency tragic and unfortunate. gina mccarthy toured the animas river. they were trying to prevent seepage of the chemicals and accidentally released them. contaminants in the water are now dropping. in california, one wildfire burning out of control as crews gain the upper hand on the other. the rocky fire northwest of sacramento is 95% contained. officials expect the blaze to be
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fully extinguished some. the other fire to the south grew to 20 acres. burning through dry terrain. it has destroyed 43 homes and scorched 70,000 acres of land. three new bill cosby accusers coming forward. the women, colleen hughes and linda whiteway and one other appearing with gloria allred. allred says cosby intends to be at the october deposition. heavy rains in the southwest today. meteorologist derek van dam has the latest for us. >> good morning, christine. we have a nice day across the east coast of the u.s. high pressure in control to bring sunshine to new york as well as boston and nation's
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capital. it is this stationary front to provide rainfall for florida. this is something we will monitor very closely. we have a weak cold front to bring stronger storms to the western great lakes today. here is the rainfall totals through saturday. between 2 and 4 inches for the central and eastern portions of the state. the west starts to heat up under the high pressure system in the four corners. look at the temperatures. breaking the 100-degree mark near phoenix. salt lake city in the mid-90s. the point is some of that heat will slowly edge eastward. we can kiss the hot temperatures good-bye. we start to lower the lower 90s by the end of the weekend. back to you. thanks, derek. china devalues its currency
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again. what that means for your money next.
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china central bank doing its best to soothe markets. today is the third straight day that the central market devalued the yuan. now officials say they have quota just had the yuan enough and they expect depreciation is finished. that is why world markets are breathing a sigh of relief this
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morning. ana coren is live with the latest. are they done at the moment? >> reporter: that is what they are saying. things looking a bit more positive. people interpreting this as the currency not going to drop. we know china has been volatile the past few months. the official word out of china, it is allowing market forces to intervene and determine the value of the yuan. this is what the u.s. and imf has been pushing for some time. analysts not so convinced. certainly many of those that i've spoken to today believe this is really another indication that the chinese economy is much weaker than what officials and figures suggest. we know they are hurting the consumer spending which is down
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as is construction. by devaluing the currency, it sparks the economy and exports cheaper and more competitive on the global stage. it has rattled world markets the past couple days. everyone has taken a hit. you have to say, christine, from the sharp reaction that we have seen, that people are no longer believing what the chinese are saying. the hope for 7% growth over this year. people skeptical that will be realized. more so now with the devaluation of the yuan. >> the presidential season here in the u.s. it lasts much longer here in the u.s. than anywhere else in the world. you will hear more about china and the motives with currency and policies on the campaign trail, especially among the republicans. ana coren, thank you.
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death toll rising. dozens killed. hundreds injured. many still missing. we are live right after the break.
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death toll rises in a series of huge explosions. dozens killed. hundreds injured. many missing. the fire still turning. we are live. donald trump on top in iowa. expanding his lead in a new cnn poll.
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jimmy carter announcing he has cancer. that cancer is spreading. details about the former president's condition ahead. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. 31 minutes past the hour. let's start with breaking news overnight. explosions rocking a warehouse in northeast china killing at least 44 people. many firefighters. this happening in the port city of tianjin. dozens of firefighters are missing at this hour. these lasts at a facility knocked down doors and blew out windows for miles. i want to get the latest from cnn's will ripley in the sprawling port city. will, you told us you are a full mile away from the blast site. you can still see the damage right behind you. >> reporter: more than a mile away from the blast site, christine. you can see what it did to this
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car here and the civic center behind it. it disabled a nearby light rail station and blown out nearly every window of many of these apartment blocks over here. the explosion itself, the smoke plume there. the officials in the city held a meeting, perhaps days ago, about tightening the safety standards for the companies in the undeveloped port area where the explosion happened because they were dealing with dangerous toxic chemicals, like the one that was believed to spark fire and causing that explosion. you talk about the missing firefighters. some 500 plus people in the hospitals around the city being treated. it is a very difficult time. most of the people, certainly the people in this area, haven't slept yet. some have not been able to return to their homes. in addition to treating the injured, the death toll is
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continuing to climb. almost 50 now reported to be dead. many more missing. they had to stop the firefighting efforts because the toxic fumes are dangerous. you can even smell and taste the chemicals in the air, christine. >> will, i think a lot of people around the world, they look at china economic miracle and how much it has grown over the years. this is one of the big concerns among chinese residents. so much development so quickly and you don't necessarily have the safety infrastructure to protect the populous. >> reporter: absolutely right, christine. industrial accidents have been a concern for decades in china because of the cheap labor and products that fueled the economic growth resulted in unsafe working conditions, not only in the factories.
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we know the center of the economy. the government of late has been trying to crack down on the issues. they are expecting to be working in safer conditions. to have what appears to be a horrific industrial accident creating a blast more than a mile away can do this to a building could damage people's homes. people running outside with no shoes and walking over shards of glass. it is a huge -- i hope don't want to use the word embarrassment -- but that is how the central government will look at it. they jammed our cell phones today. we had difficulty communicating. we had people trying to stop to film us in front of hospital including some unformed officers. this is not the news that china wants to present when they have a huge military parade in beijing, which is a two-hour drive away.
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>> that is an important context about covering disasters of any story in china. the chinese government tries to manage the message. will ripley, thank you. 35 minutes past the hour. new poll numbers have donald trump opening up a significant lead this morning in iowa. despite or because of the controversy he provokes. the republican billionaire tops the cnn poll at 22% among likely caucus goers. eight points ahead of his nearest rival. cnn's jeff zeleny has more on that. >> reporter: good morning, christine. a week after the first presidential debate after the fallout has cleared, donald trump is squarely on top in the key state of iowa which kicking off the contest next year. our new cnn/orc poll shows trump leading the field at 22%. eight points higher than ben carson. he saw a big boost since the
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debate. scott walker is in third place at 9%. ty take a listen to this. jeb bush is tied with rand paul and marco rubio. on the democratic side. hillary clinton has a commanding lead in the state. 19% higher than rival sanders. it is shaping up to be a busy few days of campaigning in iowa. iowa state fair starts today. most all of the candidates will pass through in the coming days, including hillary clinton, donald trump and many more. christine, you know how great the iowa state fair is. >> have fun. don't eat too much. hillary clinton's private e-mail server in fbi hands. a lawyer for the data services company that manages her server says the fbi picked up the server used by clinton when she was secretary of state.
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this over new attacks of private e-mail from donald trump and jeb bush. >> what she did is a real problem for her. i don't know frankly that she will be able to run. it looks to me the whole e-mail thing is a criminal situation. it could cause problems for years. >> you have hillary clinton who was the secretary of state, dealing with confidential information and classified information thinking it was okay to use a private server. thinking her server would be safer than the state department's firewalls. we need a president that recognizes that there are threats in the 21st century that are different from the threats of 30 years ago. >> a new monmouth university poll shows half of the voters believe e-mails should be suggest to a criminal probe. jimmy carter is battling
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cancer. america's 39th president had surgery to remove a mass from his liver. doctors discovered cancer during that procedure. cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. more on his prognosis from the chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. >> reporter: christine, we will get more details on what this means for the former president. we are not sure exactly which type of cancer this is yet. we are hearing a mass was removed from in and around his liver. this represents liver cancer and other organs. gall bladder and pan frcreas fo example. all of details are important to figure out what treatment he is likely to undergo. he is planning on undergoing treatment for this. this is an important detail.
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interesting, christine, he has a very strong family history of pancreas cancer. his father died of pancreatic cancer. not sure why, but it obviously appears a strong family history. that will be something that will be looked at obviously with regard to the former president as well. we understand he had been getting scans for screening purposes because of the family history up until recently. ct scans. it may have been a blood test that necessitated the operation he had on august 3rd. they removed the small mass from his liver and they determined it spread as well. this is a tough cancer no matter how you look at it. no matter if he was a much younger man. certainly at 90, the cancer will
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take its toll as will the treatment. as more details come to us, we will bring them to you, christine. >> he has been a very active guy in his post-presidential years. he adjusted his schedule. we wish him all of the best. let's get an early start on your money. china guiding its currency lower. the devaluation of the yuan to support the shaky economy roiling world markets. slamming currency and complicating plans to raise the interest rates in the u.s. china's devaluation spree may be coming to an end. let's bring in alison kosik. they hope this is over. >> they do. a different stock picture this morning than this time yesterday. stocks are actually higher. asian shares are up despite china devaluing the yuan. that is driving stocks up in europe and the stock futures
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here. it has no more plans to devalue the currency. china central bank is devaluing the form. that means a stronger dollar which hurts exports. a lower than expected supply in the u.s. but still a huge supply glut of oil output from opec. the national average for a gallon of gas is $2.61. that is almost a dollar cheaper than this time last year. guess what? analysts are expecting we will see $2 on average by the end of the year. yay. >> i was hearing by halloween. >> i say december. >> let's shake on it. i bet you a fill-up of the minivan. >> deal. >> thanks, alison kosik.
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41 minutes past the hour. u.s. launching new air strikes on isis from turkey. what this means for the war on terror. we are live. multiple foreign objects in the body. tweezers. (buzz!) (buzz!) if you're the guy from the operation game, you get operated on. it's what you do. (buzz!) if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do.
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the u.s. military launching its first manned air strikes against isis from turkey. turkey allowed the u.s.-led coalition to use the bases to
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fight the extremists. that means shorter flight times for fighter jets and targeting isis in syria. let's get to our correspondent nick paton walsh who is not far from where the f-16s are taking off. >> reporter: christine, it has been active here. we have seen two f-16s taking off and landing here on the airstrip behind us. it is hard to tell if they are u.s. or turkish planes. the key thing about this base is it is a mere 15 minutes flight from here to syria. that massively reduces the amount of time that pilots have to spend in the air. the amount of fuel they have to use up before they get to the target area to continue hitting either long-term targets or short-term. that is why they got into the
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negotiations with turkey. we hear the strikes began and they were hitting long sought after targets in syria. a significant development for the u.s. in the campaign. there will be more jets coming out of here and there are already drones out of the area. you have more time and more pilots in the area and over the area they are trying to target which raises the opportunity to hit isis as they try to move around. christine. >> nick, thank you for that. the head of the epa calling the toxic spill in colorado caused by her agency quote tragic and unfortunate. gina mccarthy toured the banks of the animus river thursday. it was spilled during it clean up work at the abandoned gold mine. levels of contaminants in the water are dropping.
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colorado's governor expects the river to reopen soon. in california, a wildfire burning out of control as crews gain control of the other. the rocky fire west of sacramento is 95% contained. officials expect the blaze to be fully contained soon. the fire to the south burned through dry terrain. it has destroyed 43 homes and scorched 70,000 acres of land. if you are keeping score, it looks like tom brady came out on top of roger goodell. the judge asked for more information. the league's lawyers finally admitted they don't have a smoking gun. both sides are scheduled to return to court next week. china guiding its currency lower again. what it means for your money here next.
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all right. china's central bank trying to soothe marks. today is the third day in a row the central bank guided the currency lower. the yuan devaluation was described as a one time fix. it is now largely finished.
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markets around the world like to hear that. ana coren is live in hong kong. ana, for years, critics of the tight control of the currency and economy, for years, critics he said let the yuan flow freely. free market reforms. now, china says it is having free market reforms and critics say it is being done because it is best for their economy and not everybody else. >> reporter: that is right, christine. they are saying we are opening it up so that obviously the yuan can be determined by those market forces rather than the central bank which has had a tight control, i should say, on chinese financial policy. really, this is being perceived by those within the markets and within the financial sector as a
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sign the china economy is struggling. it is weak. it is hurting. by devaluing the currency this allows exports to be much more competitive and much more cheaper on the international stage. it helps to stimulate the domestic economy as well. and this is something that china desperately needs to do. there's real question marks if the government is in control of the slowdown and can manage it. we are know they are hurting as far as construction goes and financial services goes and consumer spending. china is portraying this image that growth is good and they are hoping for 7% this year. perhaps the situation is a lot more different, christine. you would have to think the way the markets reacted over the past few days, particularly the first few days with the abrupt
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devaluation, people are no longer believing what is coming out of china. the economic data. people are more skeptical these days. >> signs of relief around the world and central bank saying they are done for now. they think it has adjusted enough. ana, thank you. hillary clinton facing backlash on twitter. time to get an early start on your money next.
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let's get an early start on your money. china devaluing its currency for the third day in a row, but also saying it's over. world markets no longer freaking out. this is correspondent alison kosik. >> the promise of inaction that is giving the markets relief. stocks higher around the world. asian shares closed up. that is driving stocks up in europe and here in the u.s. futures. china calmed the fears of the yuan plunge in recent days saying it has no more plans to
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devalue. the new basketball arena coming to milwaukee thanks to candidate scott walker. he plans to cut taxes and campaign spending on the trail. he said the milwaukee bucks would leave the city without a new arena and that economic loss would be devastating. hillary clinton facing backlash from her e-mail server, but millennials too. how does your student loan debt make you feel? tell us in 3 emojis or less. some say it is an innocensensit attempt to reach the younger generation. you know what people who went to college can use? words. the low interest loans and more grants to make college more affordable. her plans look good, but the execution not so

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