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plans are raising taxes on the rich. we will see. we have a college degree. we can use words. thank you. "early start" continues right now. >> dozens dead. hundreds injured in a series of huge explosions. the fire still burning this morning. firefighters still missing. we are live. donald trump on top in iowa. new cnn poll shows he is widening his lead in the race for president. former president jimmy carter announcing he has cancer. details ahead. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin with the explosions rocking the warehouse in northeast china. this disaster happening in the
port city of tianjin. dozens of firefighters are missing and hundreds injured and dozens killed. the blast knocked down doors and blew out windows for miles. let's go to cnn's will ripley. he is more than a mile from the blast site. look at the damage behind you, will, more than a mile away. >> reporter: i'm thinking about the firefighters, christine, at the epicenter of the blast. you think about the fact they are missing and people can't get close enough to look. it is really not good news. the death toll expected to rise here. we are more than a mile away. imagine a lot of people looking out the windows because they saw a huge fire ball for minutes before the explosion happened. they are looking out windows that were in tact. then the explosion happened and the blast smashes the glass and
pushes walls in on people. that is why we have seen so many injuries here. 500 and rising at area hospitals because more than a mile from the accident, you see so much debris. part of this convention center building is still falling down as we stand out here. look at this. there are streets that are full of cars that look just like this. leading up to the epicenter of the explosion. i want to show you the smoke plume. it has gotten worse. the fire is out of control. firefighters are not in there battling it right now. they are so concerned about the toxic chemicals that are burning. they don't know what is being spewed into the air here right now. this is really, christine, what it amounts to, an incredibly tragic industrial accident just two hours from the chinese capital. we are seeing the first signs the chinese government is trying to censor this.
the top four scrubbed trending issues are talking about tianjin. the government not wanting people to know the true extent of what appears to be a horrific tragedy. >> that's a very good point, will. we should point out that the rapid rise of the chinese economy and infrastructure there. a big port city. it has also come with risks and with a -- i guess a safety infrastructure that is not as mature as the citizens would like it to be. the government tries to control that message, don't they? >> reporter: absolutely. we are seeing that. we saw that when we were reporting outside of the hospital earlier today. we were doing a live report. we were surrounded by a group of people who appeared to be in some cases, family members and friends, but also security personnel videotaping us.
for all we know, there could have been plain clothed officers surrounding us as well. this is an indication and people have been coming up to us at this location saying foreign media go away. this is not a picture that china wants to show the world. china doesn't want to know the engine fuelling the economic growth and many industrial accidents occurred over the years and thousands died. the fact that toxic chemicals, the city officials days ago were talking about ways to deal with them. then this to happen to a building and the windows more than a mile away in a city of 15 million people. china has major events coming up in weeks. they will do whatever they can to contain the embarrassing and tragic situation.
>> thank you for bringing that story for us. thanks, will ripley, in tianjin, china. to the political season. donald trump has a significant lead in iowa this morning despite of the controversy he provokes. the billionaire republican tops the cnn poll at 22% among likely caucus goers. that is eight points ahead of his rival. cnn jeff zeleny has more on that from washington. >> reporter: good morning, christine. a week after the first republican presidential debate after all of the fallout has cleared, donald trump is squarely on top in the key state of iowa which kicks off the 2016 contest next year. our new cnn/orc poll shows trump leading the field at 22%. that is eight points higher than ben carson. he is in second place at 14%. scott walker had been the leader in iowa, but now he is in third
place at 9%. take a listen. jeb bush is tied at 5% with senator rand paul and senator marco rubio. a sure challenge for him in iowa. on the democratic side. hillary clinton is 19% higher than her closest rival bernie sanders. it is shaping up to be a busy few days in iowa. iowa state fair starts today. most of the candidates will pass through, including hillary clinton, donald trump and so many more. christine, you know how great the iowa state fair is. it starts today. >> you are lucky, jeff. everybody should have the iowa state fair on their bucket list. hillary clinton's private e-mail server in fbi hands. the lawyer for the data services company who manages the system tells the post that the fbi picked up that server used by clinton when she was secretary of state. this as she faces attacks over
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'll be able to run because it just looks to me the whole e-mail thing is a criminal situation. >> you have hillary clinton with 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 dramatically different than the threats of 30 years ago. >> a new monmouth university poll finds half of the voters believe e-mails should be subject to a criminal probe. 38% say they believe clinton used a private server because she had something to hide. john kasich defending a finally calibrated position on immigration this morning.
he is campaigning in new hampshire. the ohio governor defending millions of immigrants living in the united states illegally as quote some of the hardest working, god fearing, family-oriented people you will ever meet. kasich tells cnn's dana bash, it doesn't mean he favors citizenship for undocumented i am dpraimmigrants. >> you said i'm not close to it. everybody in the country needs to feel they have an opportunity. explain where your position is. >> i would prefer for them to be legalized once we find out who they are because i think they contribute a lot to america. i don't favor citizenship because i don't teach my kids to jump the line to get into a taylor swift concert. let's make citizenship getting
in here legally. that's my view on it. i'm just not going to pound the table on these things 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. have you ever noticed when people run for president, they make lots of promises and never keep them? >> i never noticed that. >> i do. because they make promises they can't keep. >> kasich is surging in the polls in new hampshire. he is up to third place close behind jeb bush and donald trump. jimmy carter is battling cancer. america's 39th president had surgery to remove a mass from his liver earlier this month. carter confirming doctors discovered cancer during the procedure. cancer spreading to other parts of his body. the 90-year-old will release more details when more facts are known next week. president obama calling the former president to wish him a speedy recovery. he has had such an active
post-presidential schedule. we wish him the very best. history unfolding in cuba. secretary of state john kerry traveling to the island nation tomorrow to raise the flag over the embassy in havana. it has been 70 years since a secretary of state made that visit. he will meet with the cuban foreign minister. the nsa has used the phone surveillance program to search for operatives of the iranian government and search for terrorists organizations linked to tehran. that's according to the new york times. sprint and at&t are listed as participants. the disclosure coming weeks before congress is scheduled to vote on a nuclear deal with iran. overnight in baghdad. 36 people killed when a bomb exploded in a crowded vegetable market.
iraqi officials say the bomb was loaded on a truck and blew up in the mostly shi'ite area. dozens more people wounded. no clear who was behind the blast, but isis claimed responsibility for two other deadly bombings in baghdad over the past month. let's get an early start on your money. china devaluing the yuan for the third straight day. this devaluation is coming to an end according to the central bank. alison kosik is here. markets now snapping back. >> seeing a lot of relief and green arrows. stocks are higher. asian shares closed up despite china devaluing the yuan for the third day. that is driving up stocks in europe and stock futures in the u.s. are green. china central bank came out to calm fears over the yuan plunge in the recent days. it has no more plans to devalue the currency. it is billing it as free market reform, but experts say it is
makings exports cheaper. yesterday, we saw stocks close mostly higher in the u.s. dow fell less than one point. nasdaq and s&p in the green. interesting to see the sharp u-turn. it was a big overreaction. >> a snapback. industry reaction was too severe. thank you, alison. an important phase in the war on isis. u.s. launching air strikes from turkey for the first time. we are live after the break. i brto get us moving.tein i'm new ensure active high protein. i help you recharge with nutritious energy and strength. i'll take that. yeeeeeah! new ensure active high protein. 16 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals. ensure. take life in.
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getting isis positions in seyri. let's get the late either from late from nick paton walsh. >> reporter: absolutely. we have seen a lot of activity so far today. two f-16 jets landing and two taking off. hard to tell if they are american or part of the turkish contingent which is using the base and the kurdish they are facing here too. this is long negotiated access here for the americans because they are keen to reduce the air time. they have had drones coming out of here for some time. the jets are able to refuel and
reload weaponry faster and have a longer period of time in the air. the previous flights in the gulf. the new phase potentially in efficiency in the operation. of course, a new phase in the relationship with turkey. that is complex. the turkish talking about desire for a safe zone inside northern syria or the border where refugees go back. america has no track with that discussion at this stage, but everyone believes air power will continually hitting isis targets in the area. a lot moving fast with the serious story after four years of the brutal conflict. what is happening on the airstrip is a game changer in speeding up the response against isis. >> a new phase in the war against isis. nick paton walsh, thank you. back here, the head of the
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death toll rises in a series of huge explosions. dozens killed. hundreds injured. the fire still burning this morning. firefighters still among the missing. we are live. donald trump on top in iowa. expanding his impressive lead in the new cnn poll. jimmy carter announcing he has cancer and it is spreading.
welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. let's begin with the breaking news. explosions rocking a warehouse in china killing at least 44 people. many of them firefighters. this disaster unfolding in the port city of tianjin. hundreds more injured. many critically. dozens firefighters missing at this hour. these blasts at a facility that handles hazardous materials. knocked outdoor doors and windows for miles. let's bring in cnn's will ripley. >> reporter: hi, christine. people describe this as an apocalyptic scene. the explosion so huge, many people watched windows in their homes get blown out.
many of them did not have time to put on shoes, but running through shards of glass in them homes and on the streets. there were gruesome pictures on social media of people walking through blood trying to escape. i'm standing more than a mile from the epicenter. you see the black smoke spewing from the apartments over there. that is where this happened in a shipping port area. a relatively new development. farther away from the densely populated areas like this. it did not matter. the windows here blown out. a lot of people have not been able to return to their homes because there is a huge area around the fire that is still burning that is blocked off because there is great concern of the toxic chemicals burning. frankly the firefighters and city officials don't know what's burning right now. all they know is you can still smell and taste the chemicals.
even where we are standing. there is a lot of fear for the safety of the citizens. 15 million people live here. they cannot safely send in firefighters to look for the 36 missing in addition to the dozen firefighters dead. that number is expected to rise. >> tell us, will, about the industrial accidents in china. with the rapid economic growth, there have been industrial accidents all too frequently there. >> reporter: there have. one of the worst years was 2002 when 7,000 chinese miners died in one year. obviously, there have been meetings in the city. the government trying to enforce safety codes for workers. within a matter of days ago, there was a notice that was posted by city leaders. they wanted to talk to these companies dealing in industrial chemicals to tianjin to safely
store these chemicals. these companies make a lot of money. this is part of the reason the economy has grown so rapidly. low-wage workers have died because of accidents. to see an accident on this scale and it could do this to a car more than a mile away is something that the chinese government is trying to censor heavily, christine. we are seeing the city of tianjin scrubbed from social media sites. people's posts are being deleted. this city is just two hours from the chinese capital. >> will, we know you will continue reporting. thank you. to the political race in the united states. new poll numbers have donald trump opening up a significant lead in iowa. despite or maybe because of the controversy he provokes. the billionaire tops the cnn poll at 22% among caucus goers. that is eight points ahead of
his rival. cnn's jeff zeleny has more on that from washington. >> reporter: christine, good morning. a week after the first republican presidential debate after all of the fallout has cleared, donald trump remains squarely on top in the key state of iowa which kicks off the 2016 contest early next year. our cnn poll shows trump leading by 22%. that is eight points higher than ben carson. he saw a big boost since the debate. he is in second place at 14%. scott walker had been the leader in iowa, but now he is in third place at 9%. and 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 her closest rival bernie sanders. it is shaping up to be a busy few days in iowa. the iowa state fair starts today. most all of the candidates will
pass through in the coming days. including hillary clinton and donald trump and more. christine, you know how great the iowa state fair is. it starts today. >> jeff, have a funnel cake for me. everyone should go to the iowa state fair. 36 minutes past the hour. jimmy carter is battling cancer. america's 39th president had surgery to remove a mass from his liver earlier this month. doctors discovered cancer during that procedure. cancer which has spread to other parts of his body. more on the former president's condition and prognosis from our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. >> reporter: we are not sure what type of cancer this is yet. we hear a mass was removed from in and around his liver. this is representative of liver cancer. other organs, gall bladder and
pancreas for example. we know it spread. did it spread to lymph nodes? what we are hearing, he is planning to undergo treatment for this. that is upon detail. christine, you may know this, he has a strong family history of pancreatic cancer. his father died of pancreatic cancer. every one of his siblings died of pancreatic cancer and his mother developed pancreatic cancer. not sure why, but it appears a strong family history. that is something that will be looked at obviously with regard to the former president. we understand that he had been getting scans for screening purposes because of the family history up until recently, ct scans. he was getting blood tests to see if he was developing early signs. it may have been a blood test
that necessitated the operation he had on august 3rd. at that point, they removed the small mass from around his liver. they determined that he had evidence it spread. this is a tough cancer. no matter how you look at it. even if he was a much younger man. at 90, the cancer will take its toll and the treatment. as more details come to us, we which bring them to you, christine. back to you. >> thank you, sanjay. let's get an early start on your money. china guiding the currency. the devaluation of the yuan has markets roiled. potentially complicating the federal reserves plans to raise the interest rates. the devaluation spree may be coming to an end. let's bring in alison kosik for a look at how the world markets are reacting. >> good morning, christine.
we are actually seeing stocks higher. asian shares are up despite the yuan devaluation. we are seeing stocks higher in europe. stock futures in the u.s. higher. china central bank came out to calm global fears of the yuan plunge in recent days. it has no more plans to devalue the currency. china central bank is billing it as free market reform. experts are saying it is making exports cheaper. that means a stronger dollar and that hurts exporters. we are keeping an eye on crude oil. prices stabilized after a lower than expected supply in the u.s. opec climbed to a record in july. the national average is $2.61. that is almost a dollar cheaper
than this time last year. analysts are saying we could see the average gallon of gas sitting at $2. >> i'm betting halloween. you say the end of the year. we have a running bet. thank you, alison kosik. u.s. launching new air strikes against isis from turkey. what this means for the war on terror. we are live next.
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its first manned air strikes on isis from turkey. the u.s. led coalition is using the turkish bases. the access means shorter flight teams for fighter jets. let's get the latest from cnn's nick paton walsh. nick, this is the important phase in the coalition against isis. >> reporter: absolutely. there is one key figure in all of this, christine. that is 15. 15 minutes now. the flight time from the runway behind me here to syria where potentially these six f-16 jets are based behind me can look for isis targets. that is when they see something on the ground and decide to strike or go after longer planned targets. we understand the first strikes launched yesterday were going after targets in syria that have
long been sought. this morning, we have seen f-16s takeoff and land. we are not sure if they are turkish or u.s. because of the speed they move. it is vital to have the logistical ability. the faster refuelling and reloading which means the jets can be in the sky for longer periods of time. it expands the time in which they can hover over that part of northern syria. sad news from yesterday. tragic for the families involved. the village not far from the turkish border, there was an air strike. it is unlikely the syrians. the coalition had an aircraft in the sky and conducted a strike nearby. that strike, unclear to know who was behind it, killed ten fighters and eight civilians targeting a weapons depot. some children said by some reports to be among those dead. part of the horrifying toll
often taken on civilians when a war gets underway. christine. >> a war that has been devastating for the syrian people for some time now. thank you so much, nick. let's look at what is coming up on "new day." michaela. >> we will have the latest for you on the explosions in china. the death toll there is climbing. devastation over a wide area. hundreds are hospitalized. emotions boiling over for families waiting for word about the fate of their loved ones. we will have a live report from china at the top of the hour. a new cnn polling shows donald trump and hillary clinton are leading the pack in iowa. there is a shake-up in the gop field following last week's debate. we will see who is climbing and who is falling. we have special guests today. we will talk with the campaign manager for bernie sanders and a former top adviser to donald trump with very unique insights and great conversations at "new
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its best to soothe markets. the third straight day it guided the yuan lower. they described it as a one-time fix. since then, it has done it two more times. officials say they adjusted the yuan enough and they expect depreciation is quote largely finished. we have ana coren in hong kong with the latest. i can tell you the markets are pleased to hear that. what are the chinese saying? >> reporter: the chinese are saying we are allowing market forces to play a bigger role in helping to evaluate the yuan. this is something the united states and the international monetary fund has been pushing for years. wanting china to loosen the grip on the currency exchange rates. many analysts, christine, say this is an indication of china's economy is slowing and it is weaker than what official
figures suggest. they say that really this is also a sign perhaps that the administration in china, the government in china, perhaps is not in control and not managing the slowdown. by devaluing the currency, this allows exports to be cheaper and competitive on the global stage. helping to revive the domestic economy. analysts just are not really convinced to what is coming out of china anymore. that 7% growth, that forecast growth for this year, many analysts skeptical that will be reached and figures are believable. particularly now with the devaluation of the yuan. christine. >> ana coren, thank you for that from hong kong. hillary clinton facing backlash on twitter. time to get an early start on your money next.
week. let's bring in alison kosik. >> seeing a u-turn. the dow closed flat yesterday. as for today, the economic data coming out. we will get jobless claims and retail sales. wall street watching the numbers closely to see if the september fed hike is likely. a new basketball arena coming to milwaukee thanks to candidate scott walker. he champions cutting taxes and campaign spending on the campaign trail. passed the bill to give $250 million in taxpayer funds to build the arena. he said the bucks would leave the city without the arena. hillary clinton facing backlash from millennials. her campaign tweeted how does student debt make you feel. tell us in 3 emojis. some criticizing the tweet as an insensitive attempt to reach the
younger generation. one user tweeted, you know what people who went to college can use? words. clinton's education plan is increasing access to low interest loans and making college grants more affordable. they need to work on it. >> her plans are just raising taxes. the emojis not a good idea. thanks, alison. dozens dead. hundreds injured in the series of explosions. "new day" picks up that story right now. >> shockwave blew through our apartment. >> dozens dead. hundreds injured in a series of huge explosions. >> the results from the new cnn/orc poll. >> hillary clinton will probably face a challenge. >> are they under estimating bernie sanders? >> i tell you something. >> former president carter has
cancer. >> it sounds like it is in or around the liver. how serious a problem is this? >> it is serious. this is certainly going to take a toll. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> welcome to "new day." we have breaking news for you this morning. explosions described as so powerful, they register and earthquakes. 44 people killed by the blasts in china. a number of them firefighters. more than 500 others still in the hospital. >> the explosions happened in more than china at a warehouse that handled hazardous material. emotions running high on the ground as families are waiting word on their loved ones. we have cnn's will ripley live on the scene. will, when you arrived, you were confronted by residents. >> reporter: michaela, we had a
number of people surround us on the live shot. some of them we believe were blast survivors, but others security personnel videotaping us. we have throughout the day seen social media these are pictures that beijing doesn't want the world to see. the fact that this car could see this kind of damage and beyond that, this civic center building could have its windows blown in, the houses of thousands of people in the city of 15 million also having their windows blown in. you can't see it, but many of those windows have been blown out. hundreds of people in the hospital right now. ten different hospitals treating the wounded. and all of this the result of what is likely looking like a preventable industrial accident. this morning horrific video pouring in of a series of catastrophic explosions in