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that's it for us tonight. i'll see you back here tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern. breaking overnight. hillary clinton blasting donald trump for failing to correct one of his supporters who called the president a muslim and not even american. hillary clinton firing back at criticism launched at her during the republican debate. more countries in europe shutting borders as thousands more refugees and migrants pour in. we are live. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. developing this morning, donald trump on the defensive a day after headlining the cnn
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republican debate after he fails to correct a supporter at the new hampshire town hall. a supporter who claims obama is a muslim and not even american. cnn's sara murray was there. >> reporter: good morning, alison and christine. donald trump was on the campaign trail fresh off the cnn debate. he is fielding questions from voters in new hampshire. something he doesn't do all that often. it got off to an awkward start when one said the problem with america is muslims. >> i like this guy. >> i'm from white plains. amen. we have a problem in this country. it's called muslims. we know our current president is one. you know he is not even american. birth certificate, man. anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. that's my question. when can we get rid of him ?
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>> a lot of people are saying bad things are happening. we will look at that and plenty of other things. >> reporter: you can see donald trump seemed to be caught off guard by question. he did not refute the statement. we will hear from him later on the campaign trail from south carolina. back to you. >> wow. that is something there. trump didn't answer reporters at the event. reporters asked why he didn't challenge the claim that the president is muslim. the spokesperson said trump didn't hear that part of the statement. hillary clinton apparently not buying it. she tweeted donald trump not denouncing false statements about the president and hateful rhetoric about muslims is disturbing. the bigger issue is obama is waging a war against christians.
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christians need support in this country. their religious liberty is at stake. donald trump complaining about the three-hour length of the debate. trump called the length unacceptable and compared it to the epic film "gone with the wind." >> the thing that made me most upset and everybody else was the three hours. to be standing up for three hours answering questions in the form of a debate and i think the viewers frankly, i think they would have done as well as they would have done as well as they had done, they would have done better an hour shorter. i imagine people get bored with that. >> hillary clinton taking time from the campaign swing through new hampshire to talk to wolf blitzer. clinton warned gop leaders in congress over cutting off funding for planned parenthood
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planned parenthood. suzanne malveaux has the latest for us. >> reporter: good morning. hillary clinton is in a three-day swing in new hampshire. this gave her the big boost in 2008, but she is struggling now. her main opponent, bernie sanders ahead in four different polls here in the state. one poll indicating he is 23 points ahead when it comes to new voters and independent voters. she has to answer the criticism. she has been talking about the e-mail controversy for the summer. clearly this has weighed on her campaign in the race in the critical state. she is taking on the critics and criticism. including those from the gop candidates watching the cnn debate. she talked to wolf blitzer about some of the specifics. one of those people, the only gop female candidate on the stage, carly fiorina, and this that she said. if you want to stump a democrat, then ask them about hillary clinton's accomplishments as
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secretary of state. >> this is just the usual back and forth political attacks. the kinds of things you say when you're on a debate stage and you don't have much else to say. if anybody's interested, there's a long list about what i have done. i'm very proud of it. you can read my book "hard choices" and how i negotiated a cease-fire with hamas and israel. you can read about what i did when i was first lady to get the children's health insurance program and getting better health care for veterans. this is the silly season. >> reporter: hillary clinton taking on the republican candidates and their call for defunding planned parenthood as well as some republicans in congress. threatening to shutdown the government over it. she defended the organization saying it provides critical care for women's health care. she will be talking about making
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college affordable when she travels to concord and on to maine to rally the troops. alison and christine. >> suzanne malveaux, thanks. scott walker adjusting his campaign strategy after a subdued perform answer in the republican debate. a tally by npr shows the wisconsin governor got the least screen time of any candidate on the stage. now walker says he will put all his eggs in the iowa basket. a state where he was once leading in the polls, but now down to single digits. house republicans planning to defund planned parenthood today with votes. there doesn't appear it will go through the senate. house conservatives are threatening a government shutdown if the budget includes funding for planned parenthood. republicans in the senate would introduce legislation to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. president obama meeting thursday with senate minority leader harry reid and house
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minority leader nancy pelosi. they insist they are willing to back stop-gap measures to keep the government operating as long as planned parenthood is off the table. >> i'm hopeful we are all in agreement that we should not have a government shutdown. that's costly to the government and american people as it was during the government shutdown before. so we're optimistic. we want to be cooperative. we want to negotiate in good faith. >> oh, boy. with only 13 days left before a possible government shutdown, pelosi admits she and house speaker boehner haven't scheduled talks. >> people on wall street are worried this is the next hurdle to potentially u.s. growth if you have the brinksmanship.
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and ruling obamacare unjustly. providing them insurance coverage for contraceptives. t t the lower court decision sided with the three colleges. they can now seek an accommodation to pay for birth control. the white house is thinking about scrapping the program of the syrian rebel training program. the program is failing. and they are debating whether to accept a russian proposal for talks to end the syrian civil war. in the meantime, russia's increase presence in syria is causing problems in the pentagon. now using new air and ground weapons supplied by the russians
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and send in russian forces if necessary. bowe bergdahl had a severe mental defect when he left his military base in afghanistan and captured by the taliban. that is the argument used by the defense team in the military hearing in texas. bergdahl faces a possible life sentence for endangers the soldiers who searched for him after he deserted. the military indirectly shares the blame for bergdahl's behavior because they knew he was unsit fit to serve. the white house is launching a multilanguage campaign to become u.s. citizens. it calls on local governments and non-profit groups to host events about navigating the barriers to citizenship. the u.s. government will hold naturalization ceremonies.
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about ten minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. the fed reserve left interest rates unchanged. it means more uncertainty. european shares down. u.s. stock futures up a bit. a nail biter for the fed. in the end, no change to interest rates. why? concerns over china's economic slow down. now it looks like the fed wants to raise rates before the end of the year. janet yellen said so herself. two meetings left in november and december. the dow finished down 65 points. more volatility expected. alison, so interesting. something that janet yellen said. she said they are impressed by the quality of the labor market. impressed by what they see in the labor market and the u.s. economy is growing at a moderate pace. the u.s. economy on its own is impressing the fed.
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it is wage growth and concerns of low inflation and what they are seeing overseas. thousands of refugees and migrants stranded. more european countries shutting borders as the crisis unfolds. we are there live. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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europe with hungary even trying to pass a law making it illegal to cross the razorwire fence it erected. >> reporter: in fact, that law has been passed and went into effect. which explains why many of these people are here. we are inside croatia where thousands of people are awaiting transportation. they were taken to the croatian capital. they have been waiting for the buses to come. they have not arrived yet. there is mounting frustration. there are little children. there are elderly people in wheelchairs desperate to get out of here. the croatian government days ago said they are welcoming refugees. they expect 500 a day.
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in a period of over 24 hours, they received more than 11,000 migrants and refugees. they are completely overwhelmed by this. of course, the problem is hungary has closed its borders. slovenia, it is not clear if it will open its borders or not. the result is tens of thousands of increasingly desperate people looking for somewhere to go and not finding that place. of course, at the moment, the weather is good. it's warm. it's not raining. we are at the beginning of the balkan autumn which can be very difficult. if these people are still trudging around this part of europe looking for some sort of refuge and still have not found it, this crisis will be further compounded. alison. >> ben, what about any progress toward making a more coordinated response among european nations? are these nations getting any
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closer to that? >> reporter: no. until now we heard a lot of talk from european officials. they are scheduling meetings. when you are living in the roughest conditions like these people have, time is not something they have. we are seeing a varied response from the european countries which is proving completely inadequate. as this goes on, we could very well see repeats or intensifications of the violent scenes we saw on the hungary/serbian border the day before yesterday where frustrated, angry people who suddenly find their road is blocked will take matters into their own hands. that is one of the concerns here. this is why for instance we have a limited contingent here of croatian police. we have seen in the past what is
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initially a warm and open and welcoming can turn into something opposite. this is a small town near the border with serbia. the local people are complaining. in the stores, they no longer have water to buy. it has been bought up by the refugees or migrants or for them. this is a microcosym of the problems of the river which changes course suddenly. yesterday, i was on the hungarian/serbian border. by the afternoon, almost all of them had come here. they find themselves in an identical situation with vague promises you can move forward. maybe you can go to slovenia. maybe not. the uncertainty is really the most difficult part of the process for many of the people
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who have already endured so much. alison. >> thousands continue to wait in these fields. very disturbing to watch. ben wedeman, thank you. 19 minutes past the hour this friday morning. the pope soon arriving in cuba. how his trip hopes to strengthen cuban/american relations. to the total family. listerine® total care. one bottle, six benefits. power to your mouth™.
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you a lot. cnn's delia gallagher following the pope in his trip to cuba and the u.s. she joins us from rome. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning, christine. the pope arriving in cuba tomorrow. on the heels of the role he played in reopening u.s./cuban relations. that's not enough. the vatican would like to see the u.s. embargo against cuba eventually lifted and within cuba, they would like to see greater democratic freedoms for people of cuba. particularly the freedom of expression and freedom of religion. there has been some progress made already on those fronts. christian holidays reinstated. churches being rebuilt. there is still according to the vatican, some work to be done. after cuba, he heads to the united states where he will give a speech to the joint session of congress. the first pope to address the
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joint session of the u.s. congress. then on to the u.n. on the weekend, he will be in philadelphia wrapping up the trip at the world meeting of families. a catholic meeting to discuss the modern challenges to families today. christine. >> to the faithful, these trips by a pope, as rare as they are, generate so much excitement. this is the first latin-american pope. that is a remarkable achievement for the growing legions of new ca catholics in this part of the world. >> reporter: absolutely. he will speak in four of the 20 languages he speaks. the latino population in the united states is 34% which are now catholics. so certainly that will be a new
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and another first for pope francis. >> interesting. delia gallagher, we will talk to you a lot. donald trump facing new criticism from hillary clinton this morning. blasted for failing to denounce that president obama is not even american according to a voter. details ahead.
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donald trump facing new criticism this morning failing to refute an anti-muslim
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questioner. hillary clinton firing back after criticism at her during the gop debate. stranded at the border. countries refusing migrants and refugees. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. developing this morning, donald trump on the defensive after the republican debate after he fails to correct a supporter at the new hampshire town hall. a supporter who claims president obama is a muslim and quote not even american. cnn's sara murray was there. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump on the campaign trail here in new hampshire. fresh off the performance at the cnn gop debate. he is fielding questions from voters in new hampshire. something he doesn't do often. it got off to a pretty awkward start when one voter said the problem with america is muslims. >> i like this guy. >> i'm from white plains.
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we have a problem in this country. it's called muslims. we know our current president is one. you know he is not even american. birth certificate, man. anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. that's my question. when can we get rid of them? >> we will look at a lot of different things. a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. we will look at that and plenty of other things. >> reporter: you can see donald trump seemed to be caught off guard by the question. he did not refute the premise. that silence may bring him additional criticism. he is appearing on the campaign trail later today in south carolina. back to you. >> a lot of pundits said one of the problems for trump could be some of his supporters who are conspira conspiracy theorists.
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his supporters or his team said maybe he didn't hear the question. >> he may respond to it later today. trump didn't answer reporters at the event asking why he didn't challenge the claim the president is muslim. the claim is trump did not hear that part of the statement. hillary clinton not buying it. she tweeted donald trump not denouncing false statements about the president and hateful rhetoric about muslims disturbing and wrong. cut it out. trump sent a statement to the washington post saying the media wants to make this issue about obama. the bigger issue is obama is waging a war against christians. christians need support. and trump appearing on talk shows the morning after calling lengths of the debate
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unacceptable. >> the thing that made me upset was it lasted three hours. to stand up there for three hours answering questions in the form of the debate. i think they set a record in the history of cnn. it was too much. it was too long. i would imagine at a certain point people get bored with that. >> i looked up the lincoln douglass debate. 60 minutes for the first. 90 minutes for the second. 30 minutes again. >> our attention spans are different. we have all of our electronic devices. >> three hours today. >> a lot going on. hillary clinton responding to the attacks aimed at her during the cnn republican debate. taking time from the campaign swing in new hampshire to talk to wolf blitzer. hillary clinton also warned about cutting off funding for planned parenthood in the congress. we have suzanne malveaux with the campaign and has the latest.
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>> reporter: good morning, alison and christine. hillary clinton is in the swing state of new hampshire. this state gave her the big boost in 2008. she is struggling now. her opponent bernie sanders is ahead in four polls here. one in this state. one poll indicating he is 23 points ahead when it comes to new voters and independent voters. she has to answer the criticism. she has been talking about the e-mail controversy for the summer. clearly this has weighed on her campaign and the race in the state. she is taking on the critics. she is taking on the criticism. including the gop candidates watching the debate. she talked to wolf blitzer about some of the specifics. one of the people, the only gop candidate, female candidate on the stage, carly fiorina. if you want to stump a democrat, then ask them about hillary clinton's accomplishments as
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secretary of state. >> this is just the usual back and forth political attacks. the kinds of things you say when you're on a debate stage and you really don't have much else to say. if anybody's interested, you know, there's a long list about what i have done. i'm very proud of it. you can read my book "hard choices." how i negotiated a cease-fire with israel and hamas. how i put together the coalition with iran. you can read what i did to get the children's health insurance program as first lady or getting better health care for veterans as senator. this is the silly season. >> reporter: hillary clinton taking on the republican candidates and call for defunding planned parenthood and the republicans in congress. threatening to shutdown the government over it. she defended the organization saying it provides critical care for women's health care. later today, she will be talking about making college forward
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able when she travels to concord and on to maine to rally the troops. alison and christine. >> thank you. scott walker adjusts campaign strategy after a subdued performance in the debate. tally by npr shows the wisconsin governor got the least screen time of any candidate on the stage. now walker will put all his eggs in the iowa basket. house republicans are planning to force several votes to defund planned parenthood today. there doesn't appear it will go through the senate. some conservatives are threatening a government shutdown at the end of the month if the budget includes funding for planned parenthood. republicans in the senate are introducing legislation that would outlaw all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. of. president obama meeting thursday with senate minority leader harry reid and nancy
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pelosi. they insist they are willing to back stop gap measures as long as planned parenthood defunding is off the table. >> i hope we are all in agreement. democrats and republicans, that we should not have a government shutdown. it is costly to the government and to the american people as it was during the government shutdown before. so we are optimistic. we want to be cooperative. we want to negotiate in good faith. >> with 13 days left before a possible government shutdown, pelosi admits she and house speaker boehner haven't scheduled talks. a federal appeals court in st. louis ruling obamacare unjustly. the religious based employers being forced to provide coverage for contraceptives. the higher court sided with colleges in iowa, michigan and missouri. it conflicting with federal
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appeals court ruling. under the appeal, they no longer have to provide insurance for employees birth control. the white house is thinking about scrapping its program to build a large scale syrian fighting force. the $500 million plan was part of the strategy to defeat isis, but officials acknowledge the program is failing. they are debating whether to accept a russian proposal for talks designed to end the syrian civil war. russia's increased presence in syria is causing concern in the pentagon. the syrian military using new air and ground weapons supplied by the russians. army sergeant bowe bergdahl had a severe mental defect when he left the base in afghanistan when he was captured by the taliban. that is what the defense team is
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using for his trial. he is facing a possible life sentence for endangering the soldiers who helped look for him when he deserted. 38 minutes past the hour. let's take a early look at your money. federal reserve has left interest rates unchanged. more uncertainty for world markets. european shares are down. it was a real nail biter for the fed. in the end, no change to interest rates. now fed chair janet yellen said she is impressed with the u.s. job market and moderate growth in the economy. there are concerns with china. the fed wants to raise rates before the end of the year. those are the signals from the fed. there are two meetings left. october and december. wall street could not decide
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whether to love or wait this fed decision. stocks zig zagged with big gains and losses. you can expect more volatility as investors play a guessing game on what happens with the fed. one concern is inflation is low in the united states. you think that is a good thing. >> we need inflation. you want to see it in the price of your home. >> if you have wages falling and prices falling. consumers putting off purchases. it happened in japan. >> that's what is looming. thousands of refugees and migrants stranded. more european countries shutting borders as the crisis unfolds. we are live. need to hire fast?
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european nations tightening borders and blocking passage for thousands of migrants looking to head to europe. croatia closing all roads connected to serbia until further notice. that could force a crush the asylum seekers to take refuge infields which may be littered with land mines from the balkan wars from the 1990s. let's bring in correspondent ben wedeman. ben, you have european officials this could be a multiyear influx of migrants.
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the response is chaotic at best. >> reporter: the response is chaotic as best. you really see it here on the ground where behind me there are hundreds, perhaps well over thousands of migrants and refugees lined up waiting for buses to take them to zagreb. the first bus came and took away 50, mostly young men. there are so many more to come. it is really hot out here. supplies of food and water are low. there are no toilet facilities for people here. so far, they have been relatively patient. we have been hearing a few chants from the back of the line. really all that's going on here is that this crisis is moving from place to place. the day before yesterday, the crisis was apparent at the hungarian/serbian border. today it is in the town near the
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serbia and croatia border. where will it go next? the expectation is many people will be moved on to zagreb. there was a man speaking on the announceme announcement, you register in zagreb and you do whatever you want. they want to keep on moving north. we have seen time after time the borders shutting in front of them. the result is people are going to try illegal means. they will be using the services provided by human traffickers or as you mentioned in the case of the border with serbia and croatia, they will be going across areas littered with la landmines. it is dangerous wherever they are going. >> ben wedeman, thank you. the pictures tell a desperate
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story. a minnesota man pleading guilty to conspiracy charges for trying to travel to syria to join isis. 20-year-old zachari and eight other men met up in parks to figure out how to finance their trip. he believed joining the terrorist group would help his fellow muslims. he faces up to 15 years in prison. a friend of charleston church accused gunman dylann roof arrested by the fbi for allegedly concealing knowledge of the crime. joey meek is facing arraignment in columbia, south carolina. meek stayed in roof's trailer in weeks before he killed nine people in the emanuel ame church. the death toll now reaching 20 in the massive flash foods in
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utah. another body found in the national park on thursday. that brings the number of the victims in the disaster up to seven. the men were visiting from nevada and california. park rangers say they were simply washed away. 13 women and children were also killed in hildale after a wall of water washed away their cars. two more bodies discovered in the california wildfires. that brings the total number killed in the fires to five. cooler temperatures and rain are helping firefighters make progress. the valley fire is now 35% contained. the butte fire is now 49% contained. it has been one of the most destructive fires in california history. officials say more than 450 buildings have been destroyed. including 250 homes. >> people don't have anything. that's probably the biggest thing. >> looking at the devastation and knowing people died. >> you can't believe it.
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the vatican says the visit by the pope will help end the embargo with the u.s. and cuba. on cue, the media reports say the white house is drafting regulation to further weaken the embargo. those changes could be announced today. cnn's delia gallagher joins us live from rome. do you see more progress being made here because of the pope's visit? >> reporter: well, that's certainly the pope's hope and that of the vatican. they believe in engagement rather than confrontation with political leaders and particularly in the case of cuba. with the reopening of the u.s./cuban relations.
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hoping the embargo might eventually be lifted and the freedom of expression and freedom of religion. some progress has been made. they are hopeful they can continue down that path. the pope will be meeting with raul castro that he would consider a return to the catholic church. such is the power of the conversation he had with pope francis at that time. also possibly on the agenda, according to the vatican spokesman is a meeting with fidel castro. when the pope finishes in cuba on tuesday, he will address the joint session of the u.s. congress when he travels to washington, d.c. that will be important. many people will be listening to what he says on the issues at that time. then he will go on to the united nations on friday before wrapping up in philadelphia at the world meeting of families. a catholic meeting and the
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it's friday. let's get an early start on your money. i'm christine romans. the federal reserve did nothing. that means more uncertainty for markets. european stocks down a bit. the fed put off a rate hike until later this year. concerns over growth in china. two meetings left this year. investors wait for the first rate hike. gm will pay $900 million related to the criminal charges over the switching problems.
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it has been tied to 124 deaths. gm employees admitted it was aware of the problems a decade before the recalls. that was the basis for the criminal charges. no individual executives were charged in the case. something that makes victims' families angry. johnson & johnson pulling television ads from "the view." unhappy about the comments made about nurses. the hosts mocked a miss america contestant who wore scrubs and talked about it. one said she came out in the nurses uniform and read her e-mails out loud and shockingly did not win. #nursesunite started trending. alison, it has been a long time since i have seen traffic from nurses online about how angry they are about that. >> i wonder how "the view" folks
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would feel if they were rolled into the hospital. >> i would stay out of the er. "early start" continues right now. donald trump facing criticism this morning. failing to refute an anti-muslim questioner. hillary clinton firing back at criticism launched at her during the republican presidential debate. and more countries in europe shutting borders as thousands more refugees and migrants pour in. we are live. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is friday, september 18th. developing this morning, donald trump on the defensive a day after headlining the cnn republican debate. he fails to correct a supporter at a new hampshire town hall. a supporter who claims president obama is a muslim and quote not even american. cnn's sara murray has the latest. >> reporter: good morning,

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