tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN December 14, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PST
a big shake up in the polls one day before the cnn republican presidential debate. which candidate is the focus of his competitors. president obama trying to reassure the public in the war against isis meeting with military leaders this morning. is the president's strategy working? welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. happy monday. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday, december 14th. it is 1:00 a.m. in las vegas. nine candidates in vegas tomorrow for the fifth republican debate on cnn. the last debate of the year with
48 days until the iowa caucuses. the focus is on the terror attacks. donald trump still taking fire over his muslim exclusion plan. we have cnn's athena jones in las vegas. >> reporter: this is where it will all go down on tuesday night. we are in the middle of rehearsals. the main stage has been set. we know the candidates who made the cut. kasich, carly fiorina, marco rubio, ben carson, donald trump, ted cruz, chris christie and rand paul. donald trump's frontrunner status is stalled by cruz in the state of iowa. wolf blitzer and dana bash is spending a lot of time over the several days in the cone of
silence finalizing questions. there will be 17 cameras and invite-only audience of 1,400 people in the theater on tuesday night. this is the last debate of the year. the last chance for candidates to make a strong impression with voters heading into the holiday season. millions will be watching. will donald trump attack ted cruz? will ben carson and jeb bush and others have break out performances? we will watch to see what happens. >> we will and analyze every minute of it. thank you for that. four republicans in the undercard debate. pataki and mike huckabee and rick santorum and lindsey graham. and a huge shakeup in the republican race. ted cruz is soaring in iowa.
the latest poll has cruz at 31% with trump ten points behind and carson and rubio barely breaking double digits. in a new national poll, cruz is surging in second place. the nbc news/wall street journal poll has carson sinking to fourth place. this is leading to more sniping aimed at cruz. trump aimed at the frontrunner. he is talking about the national securi security cred. >> we all had different types of experiences. there's no question i have not spent a lot of time smoozing and asking for money and going to cocktail parties. i spent many a night in the
operating room working hard to save a child's life. it is a different experience. >> he talks tough on the issues. he is going to carpet bomb isis. the only budget he voted for is to cut defense spending. >> i don't think he is qualified to be president. because i don't think he has the right temperament. i don't think he has the right judgment. look at the way he dealt with the senate where he goes in there like a maniac, frankly. you never get things done that way. >> the put downs continue on twitter. trump saying i was surprised ted cruz would speak behind my back and think he can get away with it. cruz tweeted back the song "maniac" and said in honor of my friend donald trump and good
hearted maniacs everywhere. it is amusing to the voters, but this is serious business. >> ted cruz not hitting back really. he is sparring, but not insulting back. president obama dropping by for a progress report on isis. the white house says he will meet with his national security team for an update. the president will following the meeting with public remarks in the next phase in his campaign to reassure a nervous american public that his strategy is working. in his weekly media address, the president highlighted the killing of two isis leaders by drone strikes. >> our air strikes are hitting isil harder than ever. we are taking out more fighters and leaders, their weapons and oil tankers. our special operations forces are on the ground because we are going to hunt them down. >> the next stop in the
reassurance campaign is the visit to the national counterterrorism center on thursday. secretary of state john kerry in europe meeting with world leaders to secure a peace deal in libya. representatives of 17 nations, including libya's rival governments expected to sign an agreement wednesday in morocco. the libyans have 40 days to form a unity government. kerry will meet with president putin to discuss the crisis in syria. a new week brings a new threat of a government shutdown. a short-term extension is keeping the money flowing until wednesday night. most of the $1.1 trillion deal is done, but the two parties are haggling over add onons to the bill for cleaning up the air and water. it's a huge week for your
money. european shares are higher. u.s. stock futures are higher. the big marquee event, the big interest rate decision this week. unless the fed surprises everyone, higher interest rates are finally coming this week. it hasn't been smooth sailing leading up to the first rate hike in a decade. the dow finished down 3.3% last week. the dow and s&p 500 are down for the year. the reason is not about rates. the reason is oil. oil prices hammered in recent weeks. oil, a barrel of crude, $35 a barrel. supply is still booming at the same time global demand is weakening. interest rates will rise gradually. it is a small move, but milestone. they go up, everyone will feel it. alison, now a lot of discussion of how the rapid increase will be. investigators coming to the lake for clues in the california terror attack.
fbi dive teams wrapping up a three day search in a lake in san bernardino. they are looking for evidence that may have been dumped by syed rizwan farook and tashfeen malik. the radicalized couple who murdered 14 people this month. we get more now from cnn's ana cabrera. >> reporter: christine and alison, we are here at the makeshift memorial where the shootings happened. the funerals have begun and many have been laid to rest now. this as the department of environmental health is set to reopen today. as the community moves forward and tries to heal, the investigation continues. over the weekend, investigators wrapped up the search of a murky
lake. they are not giving up finding the missing hard drive and data on it. they will work with internet providers to pull the records connected to the killers' ip addresses. we are learning more about the online communication. the new york times reporting american law enforcement sources have found social media postings made by tashfeen malik, one of the killers, prior to her coming into the u.s. according to "the new york times" they talk about violent jihad and she wants to be part of it. they are saying she made no effort to conceal here views and it was not caught in the background checks when she came here in 2014. why was that the case? they were not checking u.s. social media. u.s. says that was not part of the screening process. she had three background checks
that did not look at social media. since that time, we learned that u.s. officials are looking at social media as part of the screening process of visas for applicants of specific countries. it wasn't happening at that time. now the obama administration has ordered a thorough review of the visa application process. >> ana, thank you for that. two mosques vandalized in california. the names jesus and jesus is the way spray painted outside of the buildings. we get more from cnn's polo sandoval. >> reporter: good morning. 2015 is the most anti-muslim incidents in the u.s. since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. that is according to experts. we caught up with one of them, the president of the new york chapter of the council on
islamic-american relations or c.a.i.r. they have been targeted by vandals at least 16 times this year. that could be higher since the department of justice says hate crimes go unreported many times. and in california, the mosque was set on fire on friday. carl james was charged with a hate crime in that case. another case in philadelphia, surveillance cameras show a severed pig's head thrown out of a truck at a mosque. practicing muslims are prohibited from eating pork. in florida, the owner of the gun shop is selling signs declaring muslim free zones. >> we don't know who their ties are. >> reporter: andrew calls the signs novelties and humerus.
some are believing this is fuelling phobia in the u.s. >> the store owner was attacked violently. he got to the hospital. we were talking about coming together as a nation. what stops that attack? a customer coming in and acting as a good samaritan. if not for that person, it would have been different. >> reporter: and this morning, joining the chorus of muslims against the attacks around the world. they say violence has no place. she hopes people evolve in all faiths. christine and alison. polo, thanks for that. a deadly shooting in california triggering a heated debate over the use of police force. a los angeles county sheriff's office says 28-year-old nicholas robertson shows he was killed by
officers in lynnwood after he fired six or seven shots in the air and waving a handgun erratically as officers approached. the two deputies fired a total of 33 shots. the l.a. county d.a. will open an investigation. closing arguments in the trial of william porter, the first of six officers facing charges in freddie gray. he ignored his pleas for help. the defense argues porter went above and beyond most officers. they blame two others claiming they failed to act when porter told them gray needed medical help. 17 minutes past the hour. it is beginning to feel a lot like, not christmas, but going to the beach. >> i'm wearing flip flops. >> warm weather hanging on in the east. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning. the mild weather hanging on for
the couple days. the eastern seaboard hanging on to the warmth. we are watching an active frontal boundary that will change things around. look at this. snowshowers across portions of western kansas and south dakota. temperatures in the 20s and 30s. on the eastern side, pushing 70 degrees across louisville this morning. a soggy perspective. cloud cover and light to moderate showers. we could get a few flurries across the northern great lakes. how about these for the high temperatures. atlanta, upper 62s. washington, 70s. the 80s coming back. charleston making it up to 80. and new york city, hanging on for a couple days, but a cooling trend in the middle of the week. the seven-day forecast showing a hint of reality. by friday and saturday, we get into the low and mid-40s across new york city. guys.
>> i'm worried the crocus are going to come up. we never got a hard freeze. >> the winter is still young. two arrests in a switzerland terror plot. the country on high alert. what investigators are revealing next. you fee ld s reva can heal in as few as two and a half days when used at the first sign. without it the virus spreads from cell to cell. only abreva penetrates deep and starts to work immediately to block the virus and protect healthy cells. you could heal your cold sore, fast, as fast as two and a half days when used at the first sign. learn how abreva starts to work immediately at abreva.com don't tough it out, knock it out, fast. with abreva.
russia has said it found evidence a bomb caused the crash and isis claimed responsibility. and two people with syrian passports arrested and traces of bomb making chemicals found in a car in the geneva area. the search for more radicalized suspects continues as security is tight. are these latest arrests linked to the paris attacks? i want to bring in cnn's nic roberts robertson. what do we know? >> reporter: they are still looking at the possible links to the paris attacks. prior to the two men being arrested, there was an already heightened terror threat here. some information from u.s. counter terrorism picked up from isis chatter and some associates were here in switzerland. it was during the heightened alert as they searched for the
elements of the terror plot with the men who say they have authentic passports from syria. they say these are traces of household products that could be used to make a bomb. the men have said they recently bought the vehicle. this is where the investigation is at the moment. two parallel investigations. investigating these men and the possible link to the terror organization and the investigation into the isis plotters targeting here in geneva, toronto or chicago. all of that ongoing. christine. >> nic robertson, thank you. >> another confrontation with turkey and russia. a russian war ship firing starts at a turkish shipping boat.
it came within 1600 feet of the war ship and failed to heed calls to change course. the russian war ship is in the area with the intervention in syria. an election in saudi arabia. for the first time, women have been allowed to vote in an election and to run for office as well. saudi arabia officials report 17 female candidates won the races for small villages and big cities. most had to run their campaigns online because men and women are not allowed to interact in public. a big shakeup in the polls causing a feud of republicans running for president one day ahead of the cnn debate. we are breaking it all down next. ked a lot and quit a lot, but ended up nowhere. now i use this. the nicoderm cq patch, with unique extended release technology, helps prevent the urge to smoke all day. i want this time to be my last time. that's why i choose nicoderm cq.
republican presidential debate. which candidate is now being targeted by his competitors. president obama meeting with military advisers in hours working to reassure the public the white house strategy in the war on isis is working. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. nine candidates converging in las vegas tomorrow for the fifth republican debate right here on cnn. it is the last debate of the year with only 48 days left until the voting begins at the iowa caucus. the focus on national security in the wake of the paris and san bernardino terror attacks. with donald trump still taking fire over his muslim exclusion plan. cnn's athena jones is in las vegas. >> reporter: i'm coming to you from the venetian theater. this is where it will go down on tuesday night. we are in the middle of rehearsals. the main stage is set.
we know the nine who made the cut. john kasich, carly fiorina, marco rubio, ben carson, donald trump, ted cruz, jeb bush, chris christie and rand paul. trump is center stage once again. he is still the frontrunner nationally. his frontrunner status is challenged by cruz in the state of iowa. three polls showing the texas senator leading there. cnn's wolf blitzer and dana bash and hugh hewitt are finalizing debate questions in the cone of silence. there will be 17 cameras and invite-only audience of 1,400 people in the theater on tuesday night. this is the last debate of the year. the last chance for these candidates to make a strong impression with voters heading into the holiday season. millions will be watching. the questions, will donald trump attack ted cruz? will marco rubio and ted cruz get into it?
will ben carson and jeb bush and others have broeak out performances? and four republicans in the debate earlier, they are george pataki and then mike huckabee and rick santorum and lindsey graham. >> you can see it on the bottom of the screen when it will start. a huge shake up. ted cruz is soaring in iowa leaving trump in his wake. the latest poll has cruz at 31% with trump ten points behind and carson and rubio barely breaking double digits. and cruz is surging in second place nationally. the nbc/"wall street journal" poll has cruz in fourth place. trump hitting the iowa frontrunner on his temperament. rubio criticizing his national security cred and carson
comparing his life or death calls in the operating room to the fund raising prowess. >> we all had different types of experiences. there is no question i have not spent a lot of time schmoozing at cocktail parties, but i spent a lot of time at night in the operating room saving a child's life. >> he talks tough. he says he is going to carpet bomb isis. the only budget he voted for is a vote that cut defense spending. >> i don't think he's qualified to be president. because i don't think he has the right temperament. i don't think he's got the right judgment. >> what's wrong with his temperament? >> you look at how he handled the senate. he went in there frankly like a bit of a maniac.
>> the putdowns continue on twitter with trump writing i was disappointed that ted cruz would speak behind my back, get caught and then deny it. welcome to the wonderful world of politics. cruz tweeted with the song of "flashdance." >> twitter is becoming that political weapon of choice in the campaign. >> that song is going to be in my head all day. happening today, president obama with a progress report on the war on isis. he will meet with his security team for an update. the president will follow the meeting with public remarks. it is the next phase in his campaign to reassure a nervous public that his counter terrorism strategy is working. in the weekly media address, the president highlighted the killing of two isis leaders. >> our air strikes are hitting
isil harder than ever in iraq and syria. we are taking out more fighters and leaders, weapons, oil tankers. our special operations forces are on the ground. we will hunt down these terrorists wherever they try to hide. >> the next stop in the reassure and campaign is the counter terrorism center on thursday. secretary of state john kerry in europe to meet with leaders to stop the spread of isis there. a representative of 17 nations and libya's two rival governments expected to sign an agreement in morocco on wednesday. they then will have 40 days to form a unity government. k kerry heads to moscow on thursday to speak with president putin. a new week with another threat of a government shutdown. a short-term extension signed by the president is keeping the money flowing until wednesday night. most of the $1.1 trillion deal is done, but the two parties are
haggling over add ons like measures with more vetting of iraqi and syrian refugees and provisions for cleaning air and water. it is monday morning. fed decision week is here. european shares are up. u.s. stock futures are higher ahead of the federal reserve interest rate decision wednesday. almost everyone expects the first rate hike in nearly a decade. a small rate increase. rates expected to rise gradually. as they do, nearly everyone will feel it. your mortgage, car loans, credit cards, all become more expensive. mortgage rates more expensive. oil prices have been hammered. oil is now at $35 a barrel. the dow lost more than 3% last week. both the dow and s&p 500 are down for the year. where is the santa claus rally? >> it could come. investigators combing a lake for clues in the california terror attack. what we are learning this
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fbi dive teams wrapping up a three day search at the bottom of the lake in san bernardino. they are looking for evidence that may have been dumped by free syed rizwan farook and tashfeen malik. investigators revealed nothing from the investigation. we get more from cnn's ana cabrera cabre cabrera in san bernardino. >> reporter: we're here at the tribute for the 14 people that lost their lives. this as the department of environmental health is set to reopen today. as the community moves forward and tries to heal, the investigation continues. over the weekend, investigators wrapped up the search of the lake near the crime scene.
we learned it yielded no evidence connected to the case. they are not giving up finding that missing hard drive or the data that was on it. they will now work with internet providers looking for the reports connected to the ip addresses of the killers. we are learning more about the online communication. "the new york times" reporting law enforcement sources found social media posts made by tashfeen malik, one of the kill killers, prying ior to coming i the u.s. suggesting posts to jihad and she made no evident to conceal her views, but it wasn't caught through the background checks she had prior to getting her visa when she came here in 2014. why was that the case? because they were not checking social media. u.s. officials say that was not part of the screening process.
she had three background checks that did not look at social media. since that time, we learned that u.s. officials are looking at social media as part of the screening process for visas for applicants of specific countries. it wasn't happening at that time. now the obama administration has ordered a thorough review of the visa application process. christine, alison. ana, thanks for that. two mosques vandalized in hawthorne, california. jesus and jesus is the way spray painted outside of the mosques. we get more now from cnn's polo sandoval. >> reporter: christine and alison, good morning. 2015 will be the most anti-muslim incidents in the u.s. since the 9/11 terror attacks. over the weekend, we caught up with an expert. the president of the new york
chapter of the council on islamic-american relations or c.a.i.r. islamic centers have been targeted at least 63 times this year by vandals. that could be higher since the department of justice says hate crimes often go unreported. one of the most recent cases left worshippers to pray on the sidewalk in coachella, california. the mosque set on fire friday. 24-year-old charlie james was charged with a hate crime. another case caught the attention of the fbi in philadelphia. cameras there showed a severed pig's head thrown at a mosque. this is investigated as a hate crime. practices muslims are prohibited from eating pork. in florida, the owner of the gun shop is selling these signs declaring muslim free zones. >> we don't know who their ties are. >> reporter: andrew calls his signs novelties.
and critics believe these are some of the actions this are fuelling islamaphobia in the u.s. the damage goes beyond the material losses. >> the store owner got to the hospital. we are talking about coming together as a nation. what stopped the attack is a customer coming in acting as a good samaritan. >> reporter: and this morning, cher is joining the course of condemning the attacks around the world carried out in the name of islam. she said violence has no place in her faith. she hopes people of all faiths do the same. polo, thank you for that. a deadly shooting in california triggering a heated debate. the los angeles county sheriff's
office says robert was shot after waving a handgun erratically. the l.a. county d.a. will open an investigation. closing arguments begin later this morning in the trial of william porter. the first of six baltimore police officers facing charges in the death of freddie gray. the prosecutors say porter ignored gray's pleas for help and let him die in the back of the police van. the defense argues porter went above and beyond what officers are supposed to do. warm weather looks like it will hang on in the east. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. good morning. >> christine and alison, good morning. the mild weather continues. it will be cloudy across the
region in new york. working across houston and dallas, and not often in the middle of december, you are looking at temperatures co comparable in new york. look at charleston. reality drops off in the next couple days. the jet stream trying to dive farther to the south. snowshowers are there across the plain states. back to the east, mild start in the 60s this morning in chicago. that's incredible to me. 61 degrees to wake up for mid-december. again, mild air quickly pushes to the east. we are talking about the coolest air of december moving in thursday through saturday. the mid-40s out across portions of the northeast by the weekend. back to you. >> pedram, thank you. it is still fall. we will wait for the winter weather next week. a mortgage meltdown.
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the egyptian panel investigating the russian jet crash. they have found no evidence of terrorism. a preliminary report says the technical investigation committee has not found anything indicating the crash that killed all 224 people on board was an act of terror. russia said it found evidence a bomb caused the crash and isis
claimed responsibility. two people with syrian passports arrested and traces of bomb chemicals found in a car in a geneva area. there are some arrests linked to the paris terror attacks. that is the question. cnn's diplomatic editor joining us from geneva. nic robertson, are these men arrested believed to have been involved in the attacks? >> reporter: that is one of the lines of the investigation at the moment. the police are investigating the connection of the men and the terrorist organization. they are not saying if it is isis. we do know that just prior to the men being arrested, the terror threat level was raised because of specific isis chatter about the possibility of an attack in geneva or toronto or chicago. there are also two other leads that both linked back to the
paris terror plot that gave reason to believe there was associates of the paris attackers here in switzerland and geneva area. at the moment, the police are not saying there is a specific connection. there are two investigations going on. one into the men arrested. the syrian passports appear to be authentic. we know that isis attackers have used falsified syrian passports in the past. the police will not say if they have a visa to allow you to travel legally throughout europe. a lot of questions remain. this is a city that is going about daily life as normal, but on a high after on alert at the moment. the concern is there may be still an active isis plot. that is what the police are concerned about and investigating at the moment, alison. >> and speaking of the plot in the works for geneva.
is it looking more likely that the isis terror cell is residing in geneva? >> reporter: you know the paris police chief this weekend said that was a possibility. she wasn't ruling it out. we spoke with the geneva minister for security and economics here. he told us that there are concerns for a real concern that two men arrested and their plot may stretch beyond the borders of geneva. it is not clear how far. this has become a matter for geneva and swiss authorities. it involving the possibility of explosives. the explosive link in the vehicle, the traces found according to the geneva prosecutor here, it appears from what we are learning from a european security source, the explosives may be the traces of
chemicals from the household products that have been used in the past by isis and others to make homemade explosives. that is the line of investigation that is currently followed with these two apparently syrian men. alison. >> nic robertson, thanks for that. another confrontation with turkey and russia. russian war ship firing warning shots in the aegean sea. the ship failed to heed calls to change course. russia is discussing the incident. the war ship is in the area supporting the moscow military intervention in syria. for the first time in history, women have been allowed to vote in an election in saudi arabia and run for office as well. saudi officials said 17 women candidates won their races for local offices and small villages
and big cities. let's get an early start on your money. much anticipated interest rate hike expected this week. u.s. stock futures are higher. here's what investors are betting. the first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. also watching oil. oil moving lower. prices have plunged in recent weeks. now around $35 a barrel. booming supply. weakening demand. a big reason why stocks are down for the year. to the box office. the girl on fire lighting it up. "hunger games:mocking jay" topping the box office. it has raked in $244 million so far. in second, "in the heart of the sea" by ron howard. it brought in a disappointing $11 million. perhaps movie goers are wait for
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"early start" continues right now. >> a big shakeup in the polls one day before the cnn republican presidential debate. which candidate is now becoming the focus of his competitors. president obama trying to reassure the public in the war against isis. meeting with military leaders this morning. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is monday, december 14th. count them. nine candidates in las vegas tomorrow for the fifth republican debate here on cnn. it's the last debate of the year with only 48 days left until voting begins at the iowa caucus. the focus on national security after the san bernardino and paris terror attacks.