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getting ready for the fight in just hours, candidates running for president getting prepared for the stage, how they are preparing. what you can expect. good morning, welcome to all of you. i'm christine romans here in new york. >> i'm john berman at the reagan presidential library from simi valley, california. it is wednesday, september 16th, 4:00 a.m. 14 hours away from the cnn republican debate right here on cnnt. main contest kicks off at
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8:00 p.m. with the other candidates at 6:00 p.m. there is a pivotal moment in a race that is getting more tense by the second t. very latest polls have done tald trump on top. ben carson has rocketed into 2nd place. some having fallen far and fast. they need this debate to turn things around. you can bet they're ready as is donald trump if his own way. >> how are you feeling? what are you going to be doing all day? >> i feel good about it. >> any special preparation? >> i have been doing this 30 years. a lot of preparation. but i feel really good about the debate. >> i don't think my strategy is going to change at all. it's going to be to tell the trut and to talk about, you know, my vision for america which i think is something that a lot of people resonate with. you know, the polls are not particularly surprising given
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the fact that i'm out there amongst the people a lot. i have been seeing the level of enthusiasm and the crowds for quite some time. it hasn't been reported on. but we've seen it. so this is not very surprising. >> i'd like to meet up on current issues to make sure i understand what's going on. i think very carefully, i guess, about what i want to convey in 30 second chunks or a minute chunks t. about the debate that's a little different about campaigning every day is you have a very prescribed time frame. >> in the end, it's not a game show. it is a production. it is, in fact, deciding the most important political office in the world and a very unique one at that. you are deciding the command were in chief of the most powerful military and the leader of the most powerful country on the planet. that's a serious endeavor. that's how we take it. that's how we prepare for it. i will mix it up. i want to make sure people know the differences between the candidates. >> for the very latest on the
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candidates and the stakes and the countdown. >> reporter: good morning. we are inside the debate hall t. podiums setting up behind me, the staff is setting up for who the debate looks like the candidates are preparing for this debate t. stakes could not be higher. some republicans are trying to just start their campaign, others are trying to wait on the side lines for others to faltder. such a crowded republican race t. reason the stakes are so high are these, we are nearing the end of the quarter. at the end of the month, people have him to identify how much money they made. voters in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina. in the room behind me, you can see a pretty intimate audience. it's the audience at home and key early state voters, the activists paying such careful attention t. question is, donald trump will be taking such incoming fire. who will emerge?
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will he be atacked by all the candidates? perhaps not? jeb bush is a target of some of the criticism. look for people for his conservative credentials as well. this is lining up to be a fascinating debate t. second coming at a critical time in the campaign. john and christine. >> critical, indeed t. moderator, cnn's jake taper the cnn political correspondent dana bash and radio host hugh hewitt will join in the questioning. i had a chance to talk to jake about the candidates. he says the candidates will have a clanlsz to face off with each other and front-runner donald trump, but it will fought be a free for all. >> we have questions. we have order. this is a debate. we do want people to bring some sort of spontaneity to it. if they want to weigh in on a topic and i haven't called on them, we'll see what happens. generally speaking, we do have an order. everybody will be called on in
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every block. that's the hope in any case. and we're going to have as much engagement as possible. now, i will say the candidates who want to take the debate and use it as an opportunity to pivot and recite their seven talking points i think they will as in the last debate vanish. the one was engage and have exchanges not with me but with their fellow candidates who i will be asking them to address. i think those will be the ones that voters hear. >> just a few hours ago, donald trump finished his final predebate appearance. he was on board cannons. he promised in his words to make our military so big and strong and so great, but he quickly turned the discussion to immigration. cnn sarah murray was there. she has the very latest. >> reporter: good morning, christine and john.
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donald trump did his version of the debate here aboard the uss iowa in los angeles last night, to during a speech very light on specifics. >> the problem we have is that the leaders of mexico, japan, china, every other country we do business with, they're smarter, more kung, sharper than our leaders. i love free trade. the concept is great. but you need smart people. i have the smartest people lined up. i know the smartest. >> reporter: he wants to pick up the veterans group that hosted this event for him. during his speech, he prom elsed he would reform the va system and make the u.s. military even stronger. he promises to secure the u.s. border with mexico. >> the drug come in, the money goes out daily. i saw it. because i was on the border. i was there and we saw it and everybody sees it every day and we have the kind of people that can do something about it.
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but we have no leadership. none. none whatsoever. >> reporter: now at times this event was a little awkward. as soon as it got under way, protestors poured into ra nearby parking lot. it was just hundreds of feet away. so while they were chanting donald trump is a racist, everyone came out here live to hear that right aboard the ship. >> all right, sarah, thank you so much. you are right. vice president joe biden unleashing his most direct assault on the type of language used by donald trump. at a reception for hispanic heritage month. he says donald trump's sick message about immigrants flies the worst instinct in america's society. >> folks, i don't want anybody to be down right now about what's going on in the republican party. i mean this sen searly. this is not. i am being deadly honest about
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this. i want you to remember notwithstanding the fact that one guy absolutely denigrating an entire group of people, appealing to the baseer side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn't occurred in a long time since the know nothing party back at the end of the 19th century. folks, the american people are with us. i know it doesn't feel that way him but i'm telling you, i'm telling you, the american people agree with us. we're going to take a while to overcome this, look, you are talking about somebody who is talking about a minority within a minority party within a minority and the vast pla majority of american people are right. here's what they still believe. the american people are decent. they're basically basically decent. >> the vice president, of course, is weighing whether to
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jump into the race for the democratic nomination. how close we are? the republican presidential debate starts here on cnn at 6:00 p.m. eastern. those four start it off. followed by the 11 top polling candidates 8:00 p.m. eastern time. it has been building by the minute. the stage is gorgeous. air force one sitting right behind all the candidates as they stare at each other. >> what the cnn construction crews were able to bring that stage eye level to ronald reagan's air force one. i have to ask you, in a field that has been dom namted by donald trump wants to talk about. he off handedly brings up to the floor, how do these candidates break through, punch out, change the die nam nick the race. i know you talked to senator rand paul yesterday. how do they change that dynamic?
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>> i think every candidate has a little bit of a different strategy. but for many of them. they need to take on donald trump directly. >> that itself the message they're sending. rand paul said the problem he had in the first debate is he wasn't tough enough on donald trump. i think people in that boat include jeb bush to be sure. i think carly fiorina, ben carson to a certain extent need to engage him directly. then there is a guy like marco rubio who hasn't been in the discussion. maybe he wants to wait this out and let the dust settle for a bit. maybe marco rubio will be talking more about himself and his own message rather than no cushion on donald trump. >> we cannot wait. thank you for that, john. let's switch gores and take an early start on your money. asian shares closed higher. shanghai up 5%. u.s. stocks features barely moving so far. the fed's two-day meeting starts today. wall street is split on whether
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wall street will raise the rates for the first time in almost a decade. normal has to pinch a lot of people in the wallet. we are talking car loans, private student loans, all will be more expensive if the fed raises interest rates. will it happen this week? the economy is showing recent signs of improvement. china's growth could complicate the fed's time line. they find businesses are rediscussing hiring investment plans thanks, to the global turmoil. 11 minutes past the hour. the rising death toll and devastating flash flood. at least 16 killed. several more missing. there is more rain on the way. we will update you on the very important story.
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>> 16 people have now been killed by flash flooding if you that you. 12 of the victims, women and children, swept away in their cars in the town of hildale.
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four hikers died when water rushed through zion national park. three other hikers are missing. the forecast officials are warning there could be more flooding in the days ahead. firefighters are struggling to gain the upper hand on a northern california wildfire that has burned 105 square miles and nearly 600 homes. they got a break from the weather on tuesday. the winds calming down. they were able to get the fire 30% contained allowing some homeowners to witness first hand their worst fears. >> i always had the earthquake in candle stick was nothing compared to this. it was so chaotic the firemen, it seemed like they didn't know what was going on. i was hearing fire captains go, save that water. it was still burning. >> it's so much worse than i thought. even though i expected it to be
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bad. i didn't expect to see everything gone. >> the white house now lending a hand, sending $250 million to california to help fight those wildfires. however rain in the forecast for parts of california. will that help? let's turn to our meteorologist. >> food wednesday morning, christine, yes, i think the rain is certainly going to help. i think both fire zones will see at least a quarter to a half an inch of rainfall and anything farce rains right now will bring the temperatures down, increase the hume. it's good news when it comes to the fir line for the fire fighters t. big story out of southwestern utah, this historic flooding, believed to be a rarity, somewhere between a one and two-hour evented. about two inches per hour for that region. of course the quintessential flash flooding scenario, when you see it play out. you see the water levels lies
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quickly up to 4 feet. 15 minutes you have a second wave of waters. this sort of scenario catches people off guard and makes it a deadly story, if what has occurred across this region of utah. i will leave you here with high temperatures across the country across the eastern side of the country. some variety for just about everyone. upper '80s and mid-80s for indianapolis. around 80 degrees for new york. >> all right. thank you for that. the man charged in the death of uva student hannah frame now charged in the death of another woman several years earlier. jesse matthews facing charges in the death of morgan harrington. her body was found three months later. her parents were struck by similarities as soon as graham went missing. now they say the want to see matthew face justice. >> we are please d that there
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will be consequences. when there is an act as heinous as abducting and murders someone, there should be consequences. i want him to see me. i want him to see my face and i want him to know that i know what he did. >> harrington was also a student at uva when she vanished. a delta state university geography professor who killed himself after shooting himself and a fellow professor to death. governor shannon lamb said he was sorry for killing amy prentice, writing he wished he could take it back. they say he then drove 300 miles and shot professor ethan smidt to death. sources say dna longing to someone other than the 30-year
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veteran officer was found on the gun at the crime scene. it is being handled as a homicide. they say every theory is still on the table, including the possibility of suicide. congressional republicans fighting from funding from plant parenthood. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell calling it an exercise in futility. they have to try even threatening to shut down the deposit. president obama has promised to veto any defunding measure ahead. they have enough votes in the senate to filibuster an attempt. with the white house, will the white house work with russian president vladmir putin to end the war if viria? president obama facing a very big decision here. we are live after the break. need to hire fast?
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>> zwae minutes past the hour. welcome back to a special edition of "early start." syrian president basharal assad blameing the crisis on the u.s. and turkey. they say the west is supplying isis and supporteding terrorism in his country. this as russia steps up deployment. russia assisting say saudi. at the same the white house considers ending its cold war with vladmir putin. president obama and the russian leader haven't met face-to-face in more than a year. later this month, both men will be in new york for the u.n. general assembly meeting and the administration deciding whether to freeze the kremlin leader
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out. we want to bring in senior correspondent matthew chance live from moscow. matthew, vad vad's entry into the situation in syria certainly is at odds with the hope of the u.s. administration. it doesn't look like there is a warming of a very cold relationship between the u.s. and russia any time soon. >> reporter: clearly the united states and russia do not see eye-to-eye on what should be done in syria. in fact, there has been another phone call from u.s. secretary of state john kerry to the russian foreign minister, it's the third time the u.s. secretary of state has called russia in ten dis expresses his concern about the kremlin's position on syria, increased military activities there, it's staunch backing of president assad. moscow's position is this, look, we should build an international
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coalition against isis and the united states and the syrian government should be a part of that. the united states responds, look, we already got an international coalition. it got more than 60 countries involved in it. president assad of syria can fought be a credible part of that coalition. >> that exposes the essential difference in opinion over syria between washington and moscow the russians want to keep assad in power. walk just can't face that prospect. you see it as a massive u-turn. that's the argument, essentially the standoff is about the two countries. >> fascinating. matthew chance, thank you, we know you will be watching all those developments for us. the cnn republican debate just hours away now, how these candidates are preparing, what you can expect live after the break.
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>> the cool music. the cnn debate stage is set. if just hours, republicans running for president will face off against each other in just hours. who will come out on top? what can you expect? what do they have to do to punch through our conversation, our special edition of "early start" begins right now. welcome back. i'm christine romans in new york. >> so good to see you. i am john berman live at the reagan presidential lie prepare in simi valley, california. it is 30 minutes past the hour. 4:30 in the east. ungodly early here. countdown to showdown. under 14 hours to the cnn debate right here on cnnt. main contest
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kicks off at 8:00 p.m.. the other candidates kicking it off at 6:00 p.m. this is a race more tense by the second. >> that is a live look at the beautiful cnn stage t. latest polls have donald trump on top. ben carson has rocketed into second. automatic remaining candidates are in single digits. some having fallen far and fast. they need this debate to turn things around. can you bet they are ready as is donald trump in his own way. how are you feeling? what will you be doing all day? >> i feel good about it. >> any special preparation? >> i have been doing this 30 years, a lot of preparation. but i feel really good about the debate. >> i don't think my strategy is going to change at all. it's going to be to tell the truth and to talk about, you know, my vision for america, which i think is something that a lot of people resonate with. you know, the polls are fought
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particularly surprising, given the fact that i'm out there amongst the people a lot and i have been seeing the level of enthusiasm and the size of the crowds for quite some time. it hasn't really been reported on, but we've seen it. so this is not very surprising. >> read up on current issues to make sure i understand what's going on and i think very carefully i guess about what i want to convey in 30 second chunks or a machine chunks, ba us the. about a debate that's a little different than campaigning out there every day is you have a very prescribed time frame. >> right. >> in the end, this is not a game show. it's not a production event. it is, in fact, deciding the most important political office in the world and a very unique one at that. you are deciding the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military and the leader on the planet. that's a serious endeavor. that's how we take it. that's how we prepare for it. >> i like to mix it up. i like to rumble. i like to make sure people know
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the differences between the candidates. >> let's get the very latest on the candidates a and the stakes and the countdown. here's cnn. >> reporter: good morning, we are inside the debate hall t. podiums behind me, the staffs are setting up to see what the debate hall looks like, the candidates are preparing for this debate t. stakes could not be hire. some republicans are trying to jump start their campaigns, others are trying to wait on the side lines for others to falter. such a crowded republican race t. reason the stakes are higher are these we are nearing the end of the fundraising quarter. at the end of this month, do nors will be watching very carefully. so will early state voters in iowa and new hampshire and south carolina. you can see behind me a pretty intimate audience. it's the audience at home and key early state voters, activists paying such careful attention t. question is, donald trump of course will be take
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such incoming fire. who will emerge as an alternative to him? will he be atakd by all the candidates? perhaps not. jeb bush is a target of the criticism. look for someone to look at his credentials as well. this is lining up to be a fascinating debate if simi valley, california. coming at a critical time in the campaign. john, christine. >> the moderator tonight, cnn's jay taper, anchor of the lead and state of the union. cnn's political correspond ent dana bash and hugh hewitt will join in the questioning. i had a chance to talk to jake. he told me the candidates will have a chance to face off directly with each other and with the front runner donald trump. they it will not be a free for all. >> we have questions and we have order. i mean, we're not, this is a debate. we want people to bring some sort of spontaneity to it. if they want to weigh in on the topic. i haven't gotten called on them.
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we will see what happens. generally speak, we have an order. everybody will be called on in every block. that's the hope in any case and we're going to have as much engagement as possible. now, i will say, that the candidates who want to take the debate and use it as an opportunity to pivot and recite their seven talking points, i think will as they did in the last debate kind of vanish and the ones who actually engage and debate and have exchanges with not with me but with their fellow candidates who i will be asking them to address, i think those will be the ones that voters hear. >> just a few hours ago, donald trump finished up his final pre-debate appearance, he was on board battleship with actual cannons to go along with the verbal blasts he uses. it has been build as a national security speech. he did promise to make our military so big and so strong and so great, but he quickly turned the discussion to immigration. cnn's sarah murray was there. she has the latest.
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sarah. >> reporter: good morning, donald trump did his version of debated here aboard the uss iowa in los angeles last night in a speech billed as a debate but it lacked on specifics. >> the problem is japan and china every other countries we do business with, they're smarter, more countrying, sharper than our leaders. i love free trade the concept is great. but you need smart people. i have the smartest people in this country lined up. i know the smartest. >> reporter: donald trump still managing to pick up the endorsement of the veterans group that hosted this event. during his speech, he promised he would reform the va system. he said he would make the u.s. military system even stronger and promises to cure the u.s. border with mexico. >> the drug come in, the money goes out daily. i saw it. because i was on the border. i was there. and we saw it and everybody sees
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it every day and which have the kind of people that can do something about it but we have no leadership. none, none whatsoever. >> reporter: now at times the event was a little awkward. 62ens the event got under way, protestors poured into a nearby parking lot. it was just hundreds of feet away. so while they were chanting donald trump is a racest, everyone came out who hear donald trump live, but hear that right aboard the ship. back to you. >> all right. sarah. new overnight, vice his most direct assault on the type of language used by donald trump. at a reception for spanish heritage month, he said donald trump's quote sick message about mexican immigrants plays to the worst instinct in american society. >> folks, i don't want anybody to be down right now about what's going on in the
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republican party. i mean this sincerely, i'm being deadly earnest about this. i want you to remember not withstanding the fact that there is one guy absolutely denigrating an entire group of people. appealing to the baseer side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn't occurred in a long time since the know nothing party back at the end of the 19th century. folks, the american people are with us. i know it doesn't fael that way. but i am telling you, i am telling you, the american people agree with us. we're going to take a while to overcome this, look, you are talking about somebody who is talking about a minority within a minority party within a minority. and the vast majority of the american people, here's what they still believe. the american people are decent. they're basically, basically decent. >> the vice president, of
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course, is weighing whether to jump into the race for the democratic nomination. the republican presidential dewitts they begin right here on cnn tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. george pataki, rick santorum, bobby jindal face off in the under card. the top headlineing top eight polling candidates, 8:00 p.m. we call the under card as if it's a small. . it is not. those four candidates will get a lot of time to talk. their views will be represented. if they say anything deemed you know newsworthy, aggressive, combustible, they will play the tape back in the later debate. it will be a part of that discussion, christine. >> i got to tell you, when you look at just the field, the gop field out there on that stage, those two stages tonight, i mean, it was just a few months ago that pundits were saying this is the deepest bench that the gop has had in years. yet, donald trump has defined so much of it.
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what does ben carson have to do? what does carly fiorina have to do to remain that outsider still vying for all attention? >> i think first on carley fiorina, a lot of people are looking for their to say something in direct response to donald trump. his comments about her face. they want to see how she handles that, whether she has a comment prepared and perhaps doing it from a way that rises above the fray. that's what we will see from her. ben carson, he is an enigma. no one knows for sure how he will be going after donald trump. he will be standing next to him. he is polk number two right now in all the most recent data. he has been kind to trump lately. he even apologized for questioning trump's faith recently. so it's hard to node what carson is going to do. you may see him try to present this sunny image without getting dragged down into any direct confrontation. >> it's really interesting, as
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an outsider, he is polling very, very well, ben carson, he is sort of some would say kind of theifies version of the bombastic donald trump. the outsider never held office, successful, made his name on his own as a neurosurgeon. conservative wants to change the country. but he is the nice guy version. maybe there is this big group of republican, john, who don't want to vote for one p someone who is a career politician. >> so far carson seems to be drawing from the insider vote. outsiders drawing from insiders, so far the outsider, trump, carson, don't seem to be drawing votes from each other. you are right. >> interesting. very interesting. we will talk to you very, very soon. watch that countdown clock on the lower corner of your screen, thank you. are you going to be hearing a lot about taxes? here is a guy decoding the jargon. first, you will hear these worried, carried interests. donald trump and jeb bush want to crack down on hedge fund
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managers to list their profits as carried interest instead of income. next, flat tax, several candidates want to replace our tiered system with a single rate on income. rand palm would institute a 14.5% tax rate on all income and get rid of the payroll tax. ben carson says his rate between between 10 and 15%. ted cruz hasn't specified his plan for a flat tax yet. critics say it needs to be at least 25% to bring in as much revenue as today's system and it favors the wealthiest americans. and a fair tax, hurricane katrina a bee wants a national sales tax. >> that basically means a 30% sales tax. the idea no one including those involved in illegal activities would be able to avoid that tax. all right t. death toll rising in this devastating flooding out west. 16 killed. most of the victims women and children. there is more rain on the way next.
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>> 16 people have now been killed by flash flooding in utah. 12 of the victims women and children swept away in their cars in the town of hildale. four hikers also died when flood waters rushed through zion national park. three other hikers are missing. with rivers rising and more storms in the forecast, officials warn there could be more flooding in the days ahead. firefighters are struggling to get the upper hand on a wildfire
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that has burned 105 square miles and 600 homes t. valley fire theftening,000 homes, 2400 firefighters got a brake from the weather on tuesday. with the winds calming down, they were able get that fire 30% contained. allowing some homeowners to witness first hand their worst fears. >> i always said the earthquake in california was nothing compared to this. it was so chaotic the firemen it seemed like they didn't know what was going on. i was hearing fire captains going save that water the tree was still burning. >> it's so much worse than i thought. even though i expected it to be bad, i didn't expect to see everything gone. >> reporter: the obama administration sending $250 million to california to help fight those fires. heavy rain is in the forecast for parts of california. will it help those firefighters?
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let's turn to our meteorologist. >> good wednesday morning, christine, i think the rain is certainly going to help. it's not going to be a washout or a sophisticate amount of rainfall. i think both fires across northern california will see a quarter to a half an inch of rainfall. anything as far as rains will bring the temperatures down, increase the humidity. it is good news when it comes to the fire line for firefighters. of course the big story out of southwestern utah, where we had this historic blooding and rainfall observations believed to be a rearity, somewhere between a one year and 200 year event. about two inches per hour for that region. of course the flash floodling, the quintessential flash flooding scenario. you see the water levels rise quickly up to about 4 feet. it drops to within one hour, back to about a foot. in 15 minutes, you have another second wave of waters come up to overf feet t. sort of scenario catches people off guard and makes it a deadly story in what
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has occurred across this region of utah. we will leave you here with high temperatures across the country. summer variety for just about everyone. upper '80s and mid-80s for indianapolis and around 80 degrees from new york towards bc, christine. >> it will be a tough day. thousands of migrants stranded at the border, shut out of europe by new wire fencing. a crisis denying this morning. we are live.
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>> i have a little debate coming up. i hear my, let's call them opponents. can we calm them opponents? i hear they're all going after me. oh, look. we have a bunch of...
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. >> now to the deepening mieg granted crisis in europe. hundreds spending the night at the closed serbia-hungary border. now they face a new route to northern europe. cnn international correspondentden r ben wedeman is there, what do you see there, ben? >> reporter: well, what we're seeing is well over a to you people who have arrived here since yesterday and they're camping out. basically, some of them have managed to find tents and they're trying to get by. but i was just speaking moments ago with an aid official who said they're really stretched to the limit at this point in terms of facilities and if terms of supplies. we were at this area where they were supposed to be handing out food a little while adpochlt
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they said they've essentially run out. their problems are complicated be i the fact that on the border, which is just up the street from here the officials on both sides of the border are actually taxing them for bringing in food and supplies. so it's a real crisis lear and there doesn't seem to be much in the way of any sort of official assistance for these people. now, as i said, they've really just started, it's a bottleneck here. of course, until mondayearly monday the border was opened for people to cross. since then, still more and more people arriving as you can see carrying whatever they can on tear backs and the facilities are absolutely minimal here. there don't appear to be any toilets or showers or anything. and the hungarians up here absolutely unwilling at this point to open the border. so now we've heard, for instance, from the government of
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croatia they are willing to ae lou people in. many of the people may make the two-and-a-half hour journey by bus or whatever means they can, to the croatian boarder, so a crisis mounting now for weeks, it shifts to another area. because at the moment for these people here, there is very little hope that they'll be able to move on. christine. >> really unbelievable pictures. ben wedeman at refugee crisis in europe. unlike anything we have seen since world war ii and governments that cannot get on the same page about how to fix it. thank you for. that 54 minutes past the hour. all right, facebook users, are you looking for options besides that like button? you might then like mark zuckerberg's latest move on the latest on the cnn republican presidential debate just hours away now. that's next.
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