tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN October 16, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PDT
the race for president could be flipped upside down by sunday. bid joe biden said to be days from running from president. what sources are telling cnn. personal information of more than 1,000 service members now in the hands of isis. we're live with what happened. breaking overnight. drivers trapped. cars buried in a california mudslide. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> it is friday, october 16th. nice to see you. i'm christine romans. we may be days away from
learning if joe biden will join the race for president. a senior democratic official telling cnn the word from biden's circle is he will decide by sunday. one says his family is totally on board with a run and he wants to do this. in the wake of the cnn democratic debate and solids performances from bernie sanders and hillary clinton, many are asking if there is room for him in the race. >> have you made your decision yet? >> i can't hear you. >> have you made your decision yet? is there still an opening for you in the race, sir? >> i'm here. i'll talk about that later. >> sources tell cnn that biden has personally been making calls
in early primary states asking questions about how, but not whether to launch a 2016 bid. a senior official says those close to biden are giving no indication what his decision may be. with the official says there is growing i mpatience over the drawn out uncertainty. hillary clinton with events in two cities. she was in texas courting hispanic vote at a big rally in san antonio. clinton spoke about immigration and pledged to fight for latinos. she picked up an endorsement from julio castro. she returned the favor that castro is on her short list for running mate. >> we are calling the 38 electoral votes for this president of the united states. >> i think really highly of him.
i am thrilled to have his endorsement today. both he and his brother, the congress member, are just among the best young leaders in america. regardless of category or the fact that they come from san antonio. so i am going to really look hard at him for anything because that's how good he is. he deserves the accolades he's receiving. >> he has been rumored on her short list for months. campaign fund raising shows bernie sanders gaining ground on hillary clinton. the officials show that clinton raised $28.8 million in the third quarter and sanders at $26.2 million. sanders has far more individual donors than clinton. about 650,000 people given to donors against 400,000 for secretary clinton. the numbers showing top democrats out pacing out
republicans. fund raising for the third quarter was ben carson with $20.8 million. then jeb bush followed by ted cruz and carly fiorina. bush's campaign haul, not the biggest, was enough to calm jitters among supporters. cnn's sara murray has more from washington. >> reporter: good morning. jeb bush may have calmed the nerve of donors yesterday. he put out his third quarter fund raising information. it was better than people expected. $13.4 million. that puts push in the top tier of fund raising. he is trailing ben carson and ted cruz at his heels. it puts him near the top of the pack. we got fund raising numbers yesterday for donald trump. you remember he is mostly self financing his campaign. his staffers say he spent $2 million on the effort so far.
even though he does not go around soliciting donations, he still raised $3.9 million. trump managing to make waves yesterday. threatening to pull out of the cnbc debate if they don't meet a list of demands. agreeing to limit the debate to two hours and allowing opening and closing statements. we have seen trump state things in the past. this time he is not alone. ben carson is threatening to pull out of the debate if cnbc is not willing to tweak the rules. >> we know you will follow that. thank you, sara. hacker based in malaysia arrested and charged with stealing personal information with u.s. military members and giving it to isis. a citizen of kosovo detained on an arrest warrant. he allegedly stole the data of
1,000 employees. we have the latest from hong kong. that is a lot of service members in the hands of people who are sworn enemies. >> reporter: christine, that it is. the suspect in the case has been identified as a 20-year-old who posed online under the name "the directory." and officials say he was one of the leaders of the group called the kosovo hackers security. in malaysia, the young man was able to hack into the computer system of a u.s. company and in the process, as you mentioned, managed to obtain personal information. e-mail addresses and home addresses and photographs of over 1,000 military members and federal employees. it was over the span of two months, the young man provided information to the high profile member of isis. he was arrested in kuala lumpur
without incident on september 15th. he is currently awaiting extradition to the united states to face those charges. as for that isis member, officials say he has been identified as junaid hussain. he was killed in an air strike in august. before his death, he was able to post information on 1,300 u.s. military members and employees. what is described in the complaint is related to what hussain posted online, but it appears to line up. >> how active is isis in this arena? is this something they regularly engage in or is this new strategy? >> reporter: this is something they engage in. there is the desire to launch
attacks from isis, but whether they have the ability within their own ranks to effectively launched the technical cyber security attacks currently in question. that said, isis does have money at its disposal. money can buy anything. that includes buying hacking is services on the online black market. fbi officials say that is one of the chief concerns in terms of the ability of isis to launch effective cyber attacks. >> troubling. matt rivers in hong kong, thank you. huma abedin is set to be interviewed behind closed doors by the benghazi committee. boss testifies publicly.re her - abedin is the only clinton aide to have an e-mail account on the clinton personal network. she is expected to face a grilling of the 2012 attack and the use of private server.
and the administration scaling back. the officials saying 10 million americans to be insured from the obamacare. the nation's budget deficit falling to the lowest level since president obama took office. it stands at $439 billion. a $44 billion decline from last year. according to the treasury department, that represents the fastest sustained deficit reduction since after world war ii. the office of management and budget credits increase of tax receipts thanks to the recovering economy. and asian stocks higher. u.s. future are barely moving. the dow climbed 217 points. the nasdaq and s&p closed higher. what drove that rally?
mixed earnings reports from goldman sachs and citigroup. the employment picture is improving. inflation fell. that number makes the interest rate hike less likely. that sparked enthusiasm for stock investors. kia recalling sorentos. the problem is a fault in the brake shift interlock. it can shift out of park when the driver's hoot is off the brake. kia will replace the part for free. >> it is becoming the year of the recall. >> it feels like three years of recall fatigue. breaking news overnight. look at pictures. drivers stranded in a southern california mudslide as a raging texas wildfire burns homes to the ground. new developments on both stories next. m your conge and pain.
storms in southern california triggering flash flooding and mudslides. look at the cars and trucks stranded on i-5. sudden severe thunderstorms sent water and mud flowing down mountains into canyons and across roadways in los angeles county. remarkably, no reports of injuries. in texas, the trouble is fire. wildfire burning in drought ridden central texas. no relief in sight. it has burned six square miles and threatens hundreds of others. the fire is 25% contained. the texas governor is ordering additional resources to fight it. >> they have been stepping up. working around the clock to try to contain this fire. they have been dealing with challenges and shifting winds causing it to go in different directions. they have a singular goal.
that is to try to eliminate this fire as quickly as possible to reduce the extent of damages. >> exactly what caused the fire is not known. the rain in california is heading east. the question is will it hit texas where water is needed. let's turn to meteorologist karen maginnis. >> it would be nice if the moisture would spread across the state. this is such an isolated area. we look across texas. east texas in extreme to exceptional drought. still expecting a few isolated areas where rainfall is heavy associated with the cutoff flow in southern california. no widespread rainfall there. most of it is going to be right along the california/nevada border. if you are traveling toward the hill country region of austin and san antonio, that bastrup
fire, that will be the good news. temperatures go from the 90s to the upper 80s for the weekend. and a huge cooldown from the great lakes to the eastern seaboard. northeast of new england. it will feel a lot more like fall. alison and christine. back to you. karen, feeling like fall. former house speaker dennis hastert planning to plead guilty. he will enter the plea at the end of the month. sources with knowledge of the investigation, said hastert paid hush money to a former student he abused as a wrestling coach in illinois. a group led by the naacp president set to unveil a plan today for police reform in baltimore. the six-point plan calls for
firing corrupt officers and lifting gag orders. he wants to make the body camera video available to the public and train in deescalation techniques. this is coming as the city council is giving kevin davis the job permanently. a possible motive in the death of a teenager allegedly beaten by parents and other members of a secret church in upstate new york. lucas leonard may have tried to leave the church. lucas' parents plead not guilty. four others are accused of assaulting his 17-year-old brother. another woman filing a complaint against bill cosby. the lawsuit including sexual assault and emotional distress. she met cosby in 1988. the suit claims he assaulted her
after giving her a drink that knocked her unconscious. >> one more step toward seeking justice for what happened to me and holding bill cosby accountable for the false allegations he made against me. i am hopeful with the help of my legal team that justice will be served. >> two more schools, tufts and goucher college in maryland revoked the honorary degrees. and lamar odom remaining unresponsive in a las vegas hospital three days after being found unconscious in a brothel. odom has been surrounded by family, including the kardashians in the hospital as he fights for life. we get more from cnn's paul
vercammen. >> reporter: the kardashian family not wanting much information out of the hospital. khloe kardashian did not want the owner of the brothel to speak anymore. he tells nancy grace that lamar odom spent $75,000. >> that was his number. what he wanted was two girls 24 hours a day to take care of any of his needs from food, anything in the bedroom. i'll be here a minimum of four days. maximum of five. i'll give you $75,000. the girls agreed to it it. >> reporter: odom's grandmother said he is a beautiful person and anybody who would meet him would say the same thing. that show and spotlight might have gotten to him. last word, lamar odom on a ventilator and still not speaking at the hospital. back to you christine and
alison. >> thank you, paul. some people who followed his career upset by the references to reality shows. this guy is an amazing athlete. >> he has a storied nba career they want to focus on. >> a lot of hardship in his life, but really loved and adored by so many people in the sports world. >> the kardashians are still part of his wife. breaking news this morning. a west bank holy site set on fire as israel tries to stop a new lone wolf terror attacks. we are live with the security put in place. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company.
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welcome back. breaking news from israel and the west bank. it has been a tense morning. palestinian set fire to the tomb in the city of nablus. the blaze caused major damage to one section of the site, but there were no injuries. in east jerusalem, israeli security force and border police set up checkpoints after random bloody attacks against civilians. prime minister benjamin netanyahu implementing the toughest security measures his country has seen for years. let's go to jerusalem and bring in orem lieberman. tell us about the fire. >> reporter: that is the latest attack we have been seeing in weeks of attacks back and forth here. backed by palestinians and idf
soldiers and border police shooting palestinians in clash was the forces. that attack happened in nablus when the holy site was torched. joseph's tomb. security forces moved in and put out the fire. that is part of what has led to the atmosphere here and tension and the security measures you see behind me. this is one gate we see from our position. they are checking people who move into the old city with heavy restrictions in and around the old city. they are checking identification and looking at cars and examining everything. that made movement here difficult. you see the road here is blocked off behind me and another security checkpoint in the distance. another security checkpoint off to my right. we will see more of this in east jerusalem where israel blocked off palestinian neighborhoods.
this is incitement. that is part of the problem here and tension here in how to calm the situation down. the question here is friday prayers coming up. there have been in recent weeks clash clashes after the prayers. israel imposed restrictions on the prayers. men over 40 and women of all ages as attempt to see if that can help calm the situation here. >> certainly another tense morning for you there. thanks for that, oren. keep us posted with what is going on. thanks. joe biden could blow up the race for president by the end of the weekend. new information on whether he will take on hillary clinton for the democratic nomination next.
will biden run? explosive new information on how soon the vice president could become a presidential candidate and how his family feels about it. u.s. troops hacked by isis. their personal information now in the hands of terrorists. how this could happen and a new arrest in the case. and breaking overnight. california drivers stranded in streets of mud as dangerous flash floods pour in. unbelievable. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. this morning, we may be days away from learning if joe biden will run for president. a senior official tells cnn that the word from biden's circle is he will likely decide by sunday.
one top democrat who spoke to biden this week says his family is totally on board with the run and that he wants to do this. in the wake of the cnn debate and solid performances from hillary clinton and bernie sanders, many are asking if there is still room for him in the race. the vice president himself not giving anything up on thursday. >> have you made your decision yet? >> i can't hear you. >> have you made your decision yet? is there still an opening for you in the race, sir? >> i'm here. >> that's funny. to gauge if there is an opening, sources tell cnn that biden has been personally making calls to democratic strategists in primary states. asking questions how, but not whether to launch a 2016 bid.
those close to biden are giving no indication what his decision is going to be. the official says there is growing impatience among party leaders over the drawn out uncertainty. hillary clinton campaigning in two new hampshire cities today. she was in texas thursday courting hispanic vote. she pledged to fight for latinos and picked up the endorsement of julian castro. she returned the favor revealing that castro is as many expected on her short list for running mate. >> we're calling the 38 electoral votes for the state of texas. >> i think really highly of him. i am thrilled to have his endorsement today. both he and his brother, the
congress member, are just among the best young leaders in america. regardless of category or the fact that they come from san antonio. so i am going to really look hard at him for anything because that's how good he is. he deserves the accolades he's receiving. >> new campaign fund raising totals are out this morning. they show bernie sanders is gaining ground on hillary clinton. the new figures from the federal election commission show clinton raised $28.8 million in the third quarter of the year. sanders was close on her heels at $26.2 million. worth noting, sanders has more individual donors than clinton. about 650,000 people have given to sanders so far versus nearly 400,000 for secretary clinton. the fec numbers show both top democrats out pacing all republicans in the money race. the top fund-raiser on the gop side, ben carson with $21
million. in second, jeb bush followed by ted cruz and carly fiorina. bush's campaign haul was enough to calm jitters among his supporters. cnn's sara murray has more. >> reporter: good morning. jeb bush may have calmed the nerve of donors yesterday. he put out the third quarter numbers. he raised $13.4 million. he is still trailing ben carson who raised $20 million. ted cruz at his heels. it puts him near the top of the pack. we also got fund raising numbers yesterday for donald trump. you remember he is mostly self financing his campaign. his staffers say he spent $2 million on the efforts so far. although he does not go around soliciting donations, he raised $3.9 million.
trump managing to make waves yesterday. threatening to pull out of the upcoming gop debate if cnbc does not agree to the list of demanddeman demands. ben carson is also threatening to put out of the debate if cnbc does not tweak the rules. back to you. thanks, sara. hacker based in malaysia arrested and charged with stealing information of u.s. service members. he allegedly stole the personal data of more than 1,000 u.s. service members and federal employees. let's get more on this from cnn's matt rivers. he is tracking latest from hong
kong. how much of a safety question is this for the people whose information is now possibly in the hands of isis. >> reporter: alison, a big enough question. the fbi is well aware of this and commenting on it. the suspect in this case is a 20-year-old, native of kosovo. we are told he is one of the leaders of the hacking group called the kosovo hackers security. he was living in malaysia when he was able to access the personal information of over 1,000 members of the u.s. military and federal employees by hacking into the computer system of a company based in the u.s. it was then over the course of a two-month span from june to august of 2015, that he alleged to pass along that information to the high profile member of isis. he is awaiting extradition to the u.s. at the moment. he was arrested in kuala lumpur on september 15th. as for the member of isis, that
member is junaid hussain. hussain was killed by a u.s. air strike in august. that said, before he was killed, he was able to post the information of over 1,300 u.s. military members and federal employees online in what he termed a hit list. whether that posting is related to the criminal complaint, u.s. officials have not confirmed that. the times lines up. >> do you know if there have been steps to help with the safety of the u.s. service members and federal employees whose names are on the list? >> reporter: we know the people suspected to be on the list were notified after the list was released. we also know the fbi certainly monitoring the situation very closely and they say that isis will continue to engage in certain kinds of cyber attacks to this nature.
what they have said so far, the technical ability of isis to launch bigger and broader cyber attacks against infrastructure is not quite there yet in terms of the existing cyber attackers they have. they are worried with isis partnering with other cyber experts to launch certain attacks. something the fbi is concerned about. >> matt, i know you will stay on. this reporting from hong kong. huma abedin set to be interviewed behind closed doors by the benghazi committee. this comes six days before her boss testifies publicly. abedin is the only aide to have an account on the secretary of state's former network. the nation's budget deficit falling to its lowest level since president obama took office. it stands at $439 billion.
a $34 billion decline from last year. that represents the fastest sustained deficit reduction since world war ii. time for an early start on your money. asian stocks are higher. u.s. futures are not moving. a great day on wall street. nasdaq and s&p having a nice day. mixed earnings in goldman sachs and citigroup driving the market higher yesterday. here is what we know. first time jobless claims fell to a pre-recession low. signaling the job picture is getting better. inflation fell 0.2% last month. it is why nearly 65 million americans will not get a raise in social security checks this year. why? the amount of money the social security pays out is adjusted to take into account inflation. cost of living increases.
this is the third time in 40 years there will be no cost of living adjustment higher for social security check recipients. mortgage rates at historic lows. the 30-year fixed rate below 4% for 12 weeks now. 3.82% is the 30-year fixed. >> get out and refi. breaking overnight. go ahead. >> california mudslides burying cars and texas wildfires burning down homes. all the details next. we ar s. when i went ancestry, i just put in the name of my parents and my grandparents. i was getting all these leaves and i was going back generation after generation. you start to see documents and you see signatures of people that you've never met. i mean, you don't know these people, but you feel like you do. you get connected to them. i wish that i could get into a time machine and go back 100 years, 200 years and just meet these people. being on ancestry just made me feel like i belonged somewhere.
storms in southern california triggering flash flooding and mudslides. this picture showing cars and trucks stranded on the freeway. look at that flowing from the mountains in canyons and across roadways all over los angeles county. remarkably, no reports of injuries. in texas, the trouble is fire. a major wildfire burning in drought ridden central texas. there's no relief in sight. it has burned six square miles and wiped out homes. the fire is 25% contained. texas governor has ordered additional resources to fight it. >> they have been stepping up and working around the clock to
try to contain this fire. they have been dealing with challenges and shifting winds to cause it to go in different directions. they have a singular goal. that is to try to eliminate the fire as quickly as possible to reduce the extent of damages. >> what caused the fire is still unknown. the rain that fell in california is heading east. will it make it to texas? let's turn to meteorologist karen maginnis. >> one event that was isolated because of terrain and drought conditions there and burn areas. that's why we saw that severe mudslide along that congested portion of interstate 5. most of the state of california is in severe to exceptional drought. look at eastern texas. we are seeing extreme drought there. the big fire about 4,000 plus
acres. no relief in sight. in southern california, still keeping that cut off area of low pressure in the weather picture, but most of that moisture will head right along the california/nevada border. for austin and the bastrup area, that is why you are looking at cloud cover. temperatures will be cooler. those battling the blaze, it looks like no relief. the temperatures will be cooler. scattered showers and cooler temperatures in the northeast and diving to the south. interior northeast could see a dusting of snow by the weekend. back to you. a dusting of snow. karen maginnis thank you. 46 minutes past the hour. dennis hastert plans to plead guil guilty. sources say hastert paid hush
money to a former student he allegedly abused when he was a high school coach in illinois. lamar odom remains unresponsive in a los angeles hospital three days after he was found unconscious at a nevada brothel. worker s there say he had been using cocaine and taking sexual enhancement drugs. we get more from cnn's paul vercammen. >> reporter: christine and alison, the kardashian family is circling the wagons. and khloe kardashian did not want dennis hof to speak anymore about odom's visit there. hof did not listen. he told nancy grace that odom spent $75,000 at the brothel. >> he spent $75,000. that was his number. what he wanted was two girls 24
hours a day to take care of any of his needs from food and anything in the bedroom and i'll be here four days and maximum of five days. i'll give you $75,000. the girls agreed to it. >> reporter: odom's grandmother said he is a beautiful person and anybody who would meet him would say the same thing. she also said that show and spotlight might have gotten to him. at last word, lamar odom still on a ventilator and still not speaking at this hospital. back to you, christine and alison. >> you feel for his family. his kids. terrible struggle for him. 48 minutes past the hour. breaking news this morning. a west bank holy site set on fire as israel tries to stop lone wolf terror attacks. we are live with new security put in place next.
breaking news from israel and the west bank. palestinian rioters set fire to the compound housing joseph's tomb in the city of nablus. it caused major danger to one area of the site. israeli police set up checkpoints in palestinian neighborhoods after weeks of bloody attacks against civilians. prime minister netanyahu implementing some of the
tightest security the area has seen in years. let's go to cnn's oren liebermann. this is heart breaking for so many. >> reporter: it very much is. israeli settlers are calling to put soldiers in there. palestinian rioters torched the site of joseph's tomb. it was palestinian security forces moved in and disbursed the rioters and put out the blaze. you see the damage that caused to the holy site. that is part of what's behind the reasoning for the security measures. this is one of three that i see from where i'm standing here with a number of other border police. there are a number of roadblocks set up here. one just over here. you can see it is blocked off by the circle in front of another
security checkpoint. that is the heightened security here and tension with the movement restrictions around the old city and east jerusalem. bringing in 2,000 extra border police to monitor and check and increase the security after the wave of attacks. palestinians say this is an attempt to deescalate by using more force which will only escalate the situation and bring more tension and attacks. we have seen the number of victims climbing on both sides. there are restricts for friday prayers. israel says men 40 and older are allowed into the holy site. all women are allowed in to pray. the question is how will it play out? friday prayers led to a number of clashes. we will see how that plays out coming up in the next couple hours. alison. >> everybody on edge as this continues to escalate. oren, thanks.
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welcome back. let's get an early start on your money. i'm christine romans. european stocks following the asian move. a dow rally yesterday. up 217 points. investors bet on another delay in the fed raising rates. mixed earnings from goldman sachs and citigroup. new economic data in the mix. women earn 78 cents to a man's dollar. at godaddy, they make more. female employee there is paid about one cent more for every dollar the males make. the gap still remains at management where female earns 96 cents to a man's dollar. sheryl sandberg mid a rare
appearance. she said men who lead are liked because they follow stereotypes, but women are expected to be likeable. when they lead, they are seen as bossy. she said she gets up in the morning and writes down three things she did well every day. >> go to sleep with stress. >> you don't go to sleep thinking what you did right today. that is interesting. >> one other thing she said. boys are not called bossy because they are expected to lead. "early start" continues right now. the race for president could be flipped upside down by sunday. joe biden said to be days from deciding to run for president. what sources are telling cnn. u.s. troops targeted and hacked. personal information of over 1,000 service members in the hands of isis. we are live