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just one day until the democratic candidates faceoff. who will come out swinging and will there be a surprise late addition? new accusations. the benghazi investigation is simply out to get hillary clinton. what a former staffer on the investigation is saying. president obama criticizing vladimir putin calling his air strikes in syria a sign of weakness. will russia force the u.s. to shift strategy in the war on isis? welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. the countdown underway to the first democratic debate on cnn
tomorrow night. hillary clinton on center stage and bernie sanders and three other democrats. what might the second tier candidates do to grab the spotlight? and what is the chance an extra podium will be added for joe biden? jim acosta has more. >> reporter: two days and counting until the democratic debate on cnn. you can see the stage is just about set. five podiums on the stage. the middle one for former secretary of state hillary clinton. the obvious frontrunner. to her right is bernie sanders. senator sanders has given clinton a run for her money in the polls. the other candidates will have a breakout moment. former governor martin o'malley and lincoln chaffee. the flash points with hillary clinton and bernie sanders, one will be on the iraq war and the
last 24 hour, sanders has reminded supporters he voted against the iraq war in 2002. sort of echos of the battle roya royale. that was the vote that cost hillary clinton in 2008 with the democratic party. meanwhile, the x factor is vice president joe biden. as a matter of fact, christine and alison, i noticed off stage here in vegas, there is an extra podium just in case vice president died biden decides to the debate. back to you. thank you. president obama says hillary clinton made a mistake by using a private e-mail serve as secretary of state. he tells steve kroft of cbs news
that it is important to answer the questions to the satisfaction of the american public. >> she made a mistake. she acknowledged it. i do think that the way its been moved up is part due to politics. she would be the first to acknowledge she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly. >> what is your reaction when you found out about it? >> you know, this is one of those issues that i think is legitimate, but the fact that for the last three months, this is all that's been spoken about is an indication that we're in presidential political season. >> another blow this morning to the house investigation into the benghazi attacks. weeks after house majority leader kevin mccarthy credited the benghazi investigation as damages hillary clinton. now a former staffer for the
benghazi committee investigation comes forward. cnn's chris brace has latest. >> reporter: alison, a former staffer investigating the benghazi attacks says the probe has become a political probe targeting hillary clinton. it is a politically explosive charge sure to resonate on the campaign trail as clinton runs for president. an air force reserve intelligence officer says after news broke earlier this year that clinton used a private e-mail server, the republican control committee set its sites on clinton. he says he was fired as a investigator because he resisted to focus on clinton and he took military leave. he plans to fire a lawsuit over his firing and ask the court to give him his job back with back pay.
he is described as a conservative republican. he tells cnn what was a broad probe on the attacks in benghazi became a quote partisan investigation. >> what do you say to viewers out there who say you have an axe to grind? >> i have a conflict. there is a wrongdoing here. i want this focused back to the purpose. we do not need to shift resources. we did not need to de-emphasize it or drop the investigation on the organizations and individuals. >> reporter: on sunday, republican chairman trey gowdy said he never instructed him to focus on clinton. he said he demanded money from the committee. the committee refused to pay
him. he has run to the press about the allegations. a spokesperson says his claims are false. podliska was terminated for cause and including to put together a hit piece. the statement said quote, thus directly contrary, the employee actually was terminated in part because he himself manifested improper manifested partiality. >> don't miss the first democratic debate here on cnn. coverage tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. house republicans seeking leadership are still hoping to convince paul ryan to run for speaker after kevin mccarthy dropped out. the chairman of the freedom caucus that helped upend
mccarthy said they look favorably upon ryan. ryan says my answer is still no. someone in the running is jason chaffetz and he could be the one to bring the fractured party together. >> somebody has to do it. you know, i hope paul ryan would do it. he said repeatedly he won't. i think there are other people better qualified. i do think i bridge that gap. that's the case i'm making if somebody is better to unite us, i'll support them. you know, you are part of the solution or part of the problem. right or wrong, i have thrown myself in there. i think i can do this. >> chaffetz says if ryan decides to pursue the house speaker job, he'll step aside. harsh words for vladimir putin from president obama. the president criticizes the russian leader as weak. he says the u.s. is already doing all it can in the middle
east. putin's actions came as no surprise to the white house. the russian option demonstrates a failed strategy on the part. >> we have enormous presence in the middle east. we have bases and we have aircraft carriers and our pilots are flying through the skies. we are supporting iraq as it tries to continue to build up its forces. the problem these critics never answer is what's in the interest of the united states of america. and at what point do we say that here are the things we can do well to protect america, but here are the things we also have to do in order to make sure america leads and america is strong and stays number one. and if in fact the only measure is for us to send another 100,000 or 200,000 troops into
syria or back into iraq or perhaps into libya or perhaps into yemen, and our goal is somehow we are now going to be not just the police, but the governors of this region, that would be bad strategy. >> meanwhile, anti-tank missiles supplied by the u.s. to syrian rebels opposed to the assad regime have been so effective, it may have drawn the russsians in the fight. putin's actions in syria are being widely praised. i want to get the late from cnn's ian lee. he is monitoring latest from cairo. hi, ian. >> reporter: good morning, christine. we are hearing from putin that he said that his main objective in syria is to ensure the stability of the regime of
president bashar al assad. he promised there be no ground operations. it doesn't look like they need russia troops on the ground as the air strikes have been able to provide support for the regime fighters. also the lebanese fighters, hezbollah. talking to state media, putin gave other reasons why he is in syria. >> translator: of course, such dangers exist. they had existed. even without our active action in syria. in case we would not let them, pardon my bad manner, squirrel away to syria, all of those running away with kalashnikov rifles. now we are fighting them over there. >> reporter: christine, he is referring to russians who have gone to syria to fight. many of them from chechnya. he doesn't want to see these
fightersrussia. the president gave a jab to the united states. the $500 million set aside to train fighters, eventually that program was suspended. putin said he would make better use of that money. he said that for the two countri countries, they need to cooperate in syria and moving forward. and looking at neighboring iraq. you mentioned about winning hearts and minds there. the prime minister of iraq said he would welcome russian air strikes. >> so interesting. ian lee. thank you. the iraqi military is claiming it killed several senior isis commanders in an air strike at the border with syria. it is not clear when iraqi forces launched the attack. they claim they hit a convoy that included the isis leader
baghdadi. local residents say baghdadi escaped injury. the pentagon is monitoring the situation, but cannot cooperate the claims. iran is flexing military muscle the. iranian state media is testing long-range missle. it is the first long-range missile precision guided all the way to its tar get. it is not clear if it violates the terms that the nuclear agreement iran struck with the u.s. and time for an early start on your money this monday morning. asian markets higher. shanghai up 3% on news of a possible stimulus by the chinese central bank. china's economic slowdown is the reason the fed reserve has not raised interest rates yet. over the weekend, the fed vice chair says the u.s. economy may be strong enough for a rate hike by the end of the year.
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coated bullet in the west bank. prime minister benjamin netanyahu calling in 1,600 police to reinforce the violence. let's bring in cnn's erin mclaughlin. we are seeing the new round of violence as the u.s. is calling for calm. >> reporter: that's right, alison. more bloodshed in jerusalem this morning. stabbing incident according to israeli police near the lion's gate entrance of the old city. police officers noticed a palestinian man who they thought looked suspicious. they say he had his hands in his pockets. they ordered him to remove his hands whch hands. when he did, the man stabbed a police officer in his flack jacket. the police officer was uninjuried. the palestinian man shot and killed. it is the third stabbing incident in the area of jerusalem's old city in as many days. on saturday, police say a
16-year-old palestinian boy stabbed two israeli men near the damascus gate entrance to the city. they shot and killed a 16-year-old boy. stills of the incident show the teenager holding a knife and shows his body lying on the ground. illustrating the deadly consequences of these attacks for the attackers. despite that, these attacks persist in the face of heightened security. last night, prime minister benjamin netanyahu announced he would call up additional 1,600 officers. >> erin mclaughlin, live in jerusalem. thank you. two outside reviews of the shooting of tamir rice find a cleveland officer was reasonable to shoot the 12-year-old. the 12-year-old carrying a replica gun that looked like the real thing. the shooting captured on video.
the rice family says the people who prepared the report are pro police. in mississippi, hundreds of people taking part in a rally outside the state capital calling for the removal of the confederate battle emblem from the state flag. some say the flag is racially divisive. voters in 2001 elected to keep it there. south carolina lawmakers recently voted to remove a confederate flag from statehouse grounds in response to the charleston shooting massacre. arrive two hours early and have your boarding passes before getting to the airport. that is advice for people traveling on southwest. today's warning after the problems triggered 450 flight delays sunday. passengers had to wait hours for handwritten tickets.
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capital to mourn almost 100 people killed by two deadly explosions in a peace rally on saturday. most victims were kurds. i want to go to ankara, turkey and go to our correspondent arwa damon. arwa, it is almost difficult to grasp the scope of the terror. what are people saying? >> reporter: many are still in shock and still yet to process the emotions. we are at the scene of the attack on saturday. it was almost 48 hours ago that 14,000 people were gathered when two suicide bombers ripped through the crowds. you have seen one spot where r carnations are laid out. across the street, you cannot see it now because of the bus, but people have photographed pinned in clothing. people who they knew who passed
away. funerals still going on, on this day. alongside, the sorrow. a lot of anger. that anger is directed toward the government. at the very least, for failing to protect the population. the government is saying this was an attack on the state. there is still an investigation ongoing. no official announcement as to who may be responsible. a lot of speculation it was isis or terrorist groups known to operate here. they are much smaller than isis. this is all already becoming heavily politicized with opposition party of the pro kurdish ppd party is responsible for this. we have been seeing a lot of demonstrations against the government demanding accountability and answers. all of this destabilizing for a country that is a key nato ally in the region. >> arwa, what do we know about
the investigation? what kind of early results here? is there faith in a conclusive investigation? >> reporter: that's the big question. if you remember back to the bombing that happened over the summer that killed over two dozen people, there, the government laid the blame on isis, but isis never claimed responsibility. there has been some initial reporting that isis was responsible for this. there had been detentions of individuals affiliated with isis, but whether or not that is particularly linked to this attack, that we do not know. those specifics have not yet been disclosed. so it's very much ongoing at this stage. a lot of people are saying no matter who it is, who is to blame, it is still the government that has to figure out a way to protect its population. additionally, we have been hearing a lot of cry separately. the government has launched a
two-pronged attack. one against isis, but the other against the kurdish group, the pkk. this was a peace rally calling for peace between the government and pkk. we have been seeing in the last 24 hours, renewed strikes against pkk strongholds. this is adding to the sense of unease that perhaps this is not the last time turkey will suffer through this violence. >> arwa damon at the scene. just 48 hours ago of the blasts. thanks, arwa. one day until the democratic candidates face-off on the cnn debate stage. we are breaking down what you can expect next.
in just one day, hillary clinton and bernie sanders go head-to-head for the first time on the cnn democratic presidential debate stage. what can you expect and who else will be at the podium? explosive allegations in the benghazi investigation. a former staffer claiming investigators are only interested in taking down hillary clinton. president obama calling russia leader vladimir putin weak. criticizing his involvement in syria. will the kremlin force the u.s. to shift strategy? we are live. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is 30 minutes past the hour. the countdown is under way to the democratic debate here on
cnn tomorrow night. hillary clinton at center stage flanged by bernie sanders and three democrats. will there be fireworks? what might the second tier candidates do to grab the spotlight? an extra podium added for joe biden? jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: here we are in the wynn hotel. you can see the stage is just about set. five podiums up on the stage. the middle one for former secretary of state hillary clinton. to her right is vermont senator bernie sanders. he has been giving her a run for her money in the polls. it is interesting to watch those it would go head-to-head. the others will have a breakout moment. martin o'malley and chaffee. the flash points with clinton
and sanders, will be on the iraq war. bernie sanders has reminded supporters he voted against the iraq war in 2002 and hillary clinton voted in favor of the iraq war. sort of echos of the battle royale back in 2008. that was a vote that cost hillary clinton in 2008 with the democratic party. meanwhile, the x factor in all of this is vice president joe biden. as a matter of fact, christine and alison, i noticed off stage here inside the wynn hotel, there is an extra podium in case vice president biden decides to join the debate. if he does, it will make for fascinating television. back to you. >> a podium waiting in the wings. jim, thank you. president obama says hillary clinton made a mistake by using a private e-mail server as her time as secretary of state. he said it does not pose a
national security problem. he says it is important for her to answer the questions to the satisfaction of the american public. >> she made a mistake. she acknowledged it. i think that the way it's been moved up is in part because of politics. i think she would be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly. >> what is your reaction when you found out? >> you know, this is one of the issues that is legitimate, but the fact that for the last three months this is all that's been spoken about is an indication that we're in presidential political season. >> another blow this morning to the house investigation into the benghazi attacks just weeks after house majority leader kevin mccarthy credited the investigation with damaging hillary clinton, a former staffer for the house benghazi committee has come forward with
claims that reinforce mccarthy's boast. cnn's chris frates has the latest. >> reporter: a former staffer investigating the benghazi attacks says the panel's probe has become a politically motivated inquiry targeting former secretary of state hillary clinton. it's a politically explosive charge sure to resonate on the campaign trail as clinton runs for president. major podliska says after news broke earlier this year that she used a private e-mail server, the republican controlled committee set its sights on clinton. he said he was fired as a benghazi investigator. he says he plans to file a lawsuit and ask a court to give him back his job with back pay. podliska tells jake tapper that
what was a broad probe in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi became a quote partisan investigation. what do you say to any viewers out there who think you might have an axe to grind? you are only talking because you are fired? >> i have a conscious. there's wrongdoing here. i think it needs to stop. i do not want the investigation to be this way. the victims families are owed the truth. hillary clinton has questions to answer. we did not need to de-emphasize and drop the investigation on different agencies and organizations and different individuals. >> reporter: on sunday, republican chairman trey gowdy said he never instructed podliska to focus on clinton. he says podliska demanded money from the committee and the committee refused to pay him.
a spokesperson for the committee said in a statement that podliska's claims are transparently false. podliska says he was terminated for cause including for putting together a hit piece on officials. the statement says directly contrary to the assertion, the employee was terminated in part because he himself manifested improper partiality. >> chris, thank you for that. don't miss the first democratic debate here on cnn at 8:30 p.m. eastern time. harsh words for vladimir putin from president obama in an interview on "60 minutes." the president criticizes the russian leader as weak for launching a hit campaign in syria. he says the u.s. is already doing all it can in the middle
east. the actions came as no surprise to the white house. he says the action demonstrates a failed strategy on the part of putin. >> we have an enormous presence in the middle east. we have bases and aircraft carriers and our pilots are flying through the skies and we are currently supporting iraq as it tries to continue to build up its forces. the problem that i think a lot of these critics never answer is what's in the interest of the united states of america? and at what point do we say that here are the things we can do well to protect america, but here are the things we also have to do in order to make sure america leads and america is strong and stays number one. and if, in fact, the only measure is for us to send another 100,000 or 200,000
troops into syria or back into iraq or perhaps into libya or perhaps into yemen and our goal somehow is that we are now going to be not just the police, but the governors of this region, that would be bad strategy. >> meantime anti-tank missiles have been so effective, they may have drawn the russians into the fight. let's get the latest from cnn's ian lee monitoring from cairo. listening to president obama calling pevladimir putin weak, t there is perception of what is going on in syria and putin calling the shots.
>> reporter: that is right, alison. it has made quite the difference on the ground in syria. we have seen the regime forces of bashar al assad and his lebanese allies hezbollah start ga gaining ground capital ing on te air strikes. first off, the issue is stabilizing the regime in syria. putin said he would not have any ground troops involved. it doesn't look like he needs to as the forces on the ground seem to be making ground. he also talked about the reason why russia went into syria. one was also that there are russians who went to fight alongside isis and he would rather fight them in syria than have them return back to russia. in that interview, he had a jab
against the united states. you may remember that the u.s. spent $500 million to train syrian rebels to send them back in the country. that program failed. as one senator called it a joke when they were only able to get four or five fighters in the country. putin said he could put that money to better use. at the end, he conceded that the united states and russia need to work together to come to some sort of resolution. >> they need to work together, but that power play continues. ian lee, thank you. 41 minutes past the hour. let's talk about your money. asian markets higher. shanghai up 3% on news of a stimulus. european markets down. u.s. futures barely moving. stocks ended on a high note. the dow up 34 points. six straight days of gains. the longest winning streak since last december.
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the worst terrorist attack in turkey's history has the country in chaos. 1,000 people come to the capital to mourn the victims in the saturday attacks. let's go live to ankara, turkey and bring in correspondent arwa damon. the irony of this and devastation is right there in your face. you see tens of thousands of people showing up for a peace rally. instead, experiencing violence. >> reporter: alison, it is such
emotional time for people here trying to come to grip was everything they went through. that happening here at the train station. people gathered there saturday when the twin blasts went off. the turkish government quick to repair the facade of the building. here you have the flowers that people have been bringing in commemoration of those who died. there are funerals taking place in ankara, but throughout the country because those who died were from all overture can turk. a lot of blame at this stage. the turkish government saying this was an attack on the state. opponents to the turkish government, especially the pkk party and the people speaking at the various different
demonstrations and those who were part of the peace rally, they are laying the blame at the feet of the government saying that at the minimum, the government had the responsibility to protect the population from the violence. they are demanding accountability. they are demanding answers. speculation at this stage, only speculation, it may have been carried out by isis. no claim of responsibility just yet. in the past, the government has blamed similar attacks on this one, such as the one that took place in the town along the syria/turkey border on isis. isis did not claim responsibility for that one either. at this stage, for the turkish population, there's a lot of concern for the security and what this means. they do want to know who was responsible and what the government is going to do about it. >> once again, no claim of responsibility for this attack.
israelis and palestinians. clashing with the israeli military forces. a 13-year-old died sunday after being shot with a rubber coated bullet in the west bank. prime minister benjamin netanyahu calling in police reinforcements to contain the violence. let's go to our correspondent erin mclaughlin in jerusalem. >> reporter: we are getting new information in the old city stabbing. the police say outside the lion's gate gate entrance to the city, they saw a palestinian teenager who looked, they said, suspicious. he had his hands in his pocket. they asked him to remove his hands. when he did, he had a knife. he stabbed a police officer in the flack jacket. the police officer was not injured. police opened fire killing the
palestinian teenager. he was identified by his friends as 18-year-old moustafa al fatif. he was a member of the prominent business family from east jerusalem. israeli police say it is the third stabbing incident in the area of the old city in as many days. authorities responding to the latest wave of violence with increasing security presence. calling up 1,600 border police across israel and jerusalem. this in addition to the heightened military presence in the west bank. both israeli and palestinians blaming each other. >> thank you, erin. totally switching gears. how does unlimited vacation sound? >> perfect. >> if you take it. >> we will have an early start on your money next.
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