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university. he drew an applause and unintended laughter by misattributing the verse which should have come from ii corinthians. >> two corinthians. where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. >> trump seemed to be adjusting his message to evangelicals with what he chose not to say. cnn's dana bash has more from new hampshire. >> reporter: john and christine, when when e reworth report from trump rallies, we are talking about what is controversial. this time i'm going to tell you the news is what trump didn't say. after the weekend he went after
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ted cruz and calling him nasty and twitter tirade. here in new hampshire, earlier in the day in virginia, not one word about ted cruz. we don't know why. i asked his campaign manager and did not get an answer. it could be because donald trump is getting blow-back from conservative voices. talk radio hosts who conservative voters really listen to. they have been saying hold on a second, donald trump. be careful not to go after ted cruz too much from their perspective, cruz is one of them. he is a genuine conservative. if trump continues to do that, trump could risk alienating voters he might need and could potentially get. it is a different dynamic from what we are seeing in the past six months when donald trump went after lindsey graham, it hurt graham. cruz is a different situation because the two of them are
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going for similar voters and have voices who are important to both of them. so it will be interesting to see later today if trump continues to kind of zip his lips, if you will, when it comes to ted cruz. john and christine. >> joining us to talk about the day ahead in politics. cnn political reporter tom lobianco. i want to talk about what is happening today. donald trump is touting one of his events. he is saying come to the rally. we are going to have a surprise guest. what does that mean? >> well, the buzz is that it might be sarah palin. we don't have anything definitive at this point. it certainly sounds like that's
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a possibility. boy if he said palin was coming out and backing him, that would be one of the biggest endorsements of this cycle at one of the most critical moments a few weeks before the caucuses. >> we should couch that you never know for sure with donald trump. he could be the surprise guest or his daughter ivanka. >> sure. she just did a radio interview for him. >> palin has been supportive of ted cruz over time. it would be a departure for her. she is touting both candidates. >> donald trump had a big showing of the "benghazi" movie. he is trying to get closer to the vote. meanwhile, ted cruz is saying to donald trump, sir, you are no ronald reagan. listen to this. >> i'm pretty sure that ronald reagan didn't write a huge check to rahm emanuel in december of 2010. after, by the way, the big tea party wave, we need a leader who is prepared to do whatever is
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needed to keep this country safe. that typically doesn't include spending your time on twitter. >> that is a double insult. >> campaign suspended. >> not able to live tweet this morning. cruz's attacks are resonating with trump supporters. >> what is interesting about cruz's attacks is this is the rhythm of the campaign and primary campaign. what you see a lot is in the year prior to the actual caucuses and primary, you see people in the campaigns softening the ground with opposition research. these hits have been out here for many months on trump. coming from a multitude of places. what is happening now is cruz is finally starting to build on that. all that ground work that has been laid. right at the are crucial moment.
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we don't know who trump will announce as a special guest. it could all be a show as you said. these two are pulling out all of the stops right before it matters. >> on the other side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders, both at a martin luther king day rally yesterday. sanders went to alabama wooing minority voters. brianna keilar was there and notes the crowd was largely white. hillary clinton is trying to shore up her votes there. she continued the theme. pragmatism versus purity. dreams having this place, but maybe not now. listen to what she said about that. >> i don't want to overpromise. i don't want to come out with theories and concepts that may or may not be possible. we don't need anymo more of tha. what we need is a sensible
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achievable agenda. >> sensible achievable agenda. it is like asking for a pair of slacks on christmas. i'm not sure primary voters get excited by that. >> that certainly is sensible. maybe she is the pair of slacks. you know, this is her style, right? this is to her core message. experience, authenticity. what is interesting about this is that it lacks that passion which is ignited the sanders' base. the liberal base. one of the interesting things we saw last week in that tightening of the polls in iowa was not that people were necessarily glomming on to sanders, but she lost a few people that have been with her earlier. that had been interesting. it is hard to say whether this
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is the right pitch, but the one she sees as the most forceful. it's the brass tacks statement. look, at some point we have to get real. we have to stop living the fantasy. i'm the one who can deliver on that. >> so close to the early votes in iowa and in new hampshire. both of them speaking together yesterday at the same event and going to where they need to shore up. tom, we will talk to you again. thanks for getting up early. >> he keeps laughing at my jokes. he can come back anytime. >> john berman's standup. >> i'm not used to people laughing at my jokes. we should put up a breaking news banner. this morning, the american prisoners released from iran are spending time with their families. jason rezaian and others are getting medical treatment in ramstein, germany. matthew trevithick is back at
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home in boston already. and iran is upset with the new sanctions placed on them for the ballistic missiles testing. we have the latest from frederik pleitgen from landstuhl. >> reporter: john, apparently the three men are in good spirits psychologically and spiritually. they have to go through a protocol here. i was able to speak earlier to representative jared huffman. close to jason rezaian. he has managed to speak to jason and he told me a bit about how jason is doing and also how he managed to get by in that jail cell in iran. let's listen in. >> his spirits are terrific. he's feeling good physically. i think he's having waves of
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complex emotions as you would imagine. if iran's goal was to break jason rezaian's spirit, they failed. for part of his incarceration, he was in a jail cell of three feet by three feet. nevertheless, he made himself take steps and count as far as he could when he took the steps and when he lost count, he would start again. that is how he kept his mind together and keep himself in some semblance of health. >> reporter: and one of the really encouraging things we heard yesterday was the fact that all of the three men were able to meet with their friends and family. a lot of them have come over here as part of the u.s. delegation to welcome them back to freedom. nevertheless, the hospital has been saying look this takes time. this is a process. it is a protocol. it is something they should go through so they don't have issues down the road as they continue to recover from the long months and in some cases
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years of detention. >> it has to be a very difficult transition. physically and emotionally. let's hope they get the time to readjust. fred, thank you. time for an early start on your money. stock futures are higher. markets around the world are higher here. investors in the u.s. coming back from the long holiday weekend. number one, the world's second largest economy is slowing. data from china showing the worst annual growth rate in 25 years. oil prices stabilizing this morning, but dropped below $29 a barrel on monday. now with iran adding to the glut of oil right away, crude prices are expected to stay under pressure. corporate earnings. how will the report cards for u.s. companies fare? the chinese decline and crash in oil. so far, these factors have been a nightmare. the dow is down 8% in ten
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trading days in 2016. is all the worst built into the horrible performance and now there are buying opportunities. looks like you will see a pop. we will watch. the music industry and so many fans around the world remembering glenn frey. co-founder and leader of the eagles. such an important band in the '70s. he died monday at the age of 67. don henley, another founding member of the band, said glenn was the one who started it all. the man with the plan. frey, henley and other eagles started in the '70s. they were a back up band for linda ronstadt. glenn frey was a back up for bob seger. "take it easy" was one of the first hits. jackson browne wrote that. they were all living in the same
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building. imagine that? "hotel california." "desperado." cnn's sara sidner has more on the passing of a true rock legend. >> reporter: john and christine, we are inside aeomeba record store. the largest record store in america. they are sorrowful over glenn frey's death. you can look at his tenure and history in the music business. it is absolutely amazing. he is an icon. if you talk to anyone who worked with him, they will tell you he was a perfectionist. i mean, there was zero room for error. he wanted things to be perfect so when he went on stage and when the eagles performed, the fans got everything they wanted and expected. he was very serious about the business. he apparently was a joker. he was a guy who liked to joke and prank on the band members.
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it turns out, according to his publicist, he died of complications from several things. including pneumonia and acute ulcer colitis. he lived a rock star's lifestyle if you asked anyone who knew him. his loss is a great loss for the industry itself because he brought so much. he was not only a guitarist, he wrote many of the songs, he sang on many songs. he was a lead vocalist on the songs. you may not know this. he was an actor. he acted in "miami vice." dying at 67 doesn't seem right. especially to his fans. john and christine. >> no, it doesn't. sara, thank you. 13 minutes past the hour. new calls for michigan's governor to step down over that terrible water crisis in flint. water tainted with lead for years. one scientist explained it
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new outrage over the lead poisoned water in flint, michigan. hillary clinton is blasting governor rick snyder for the handling of the crisis which he admits is a disaster. two lawsuits by flint residents expected to be announced today. that as governor snyder prepares for a major address. let's get more from sara ganim. >> reporter: governor snyder is speaking in his state of the state address after expected to address the flint water crisis. he said it is not unfair to call this his hurricane katrina. he talked about a lack of trust between himself and the people of flint because of this issue. saying this, trust is something that once you lose it, it is much harder to earn it back. so that's the point we are. we are hearing from residents
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when we talk to them. continued protests on monday in flint and in the city of ann arbor where the governor has a residence. protesters are not just calling for his resignation, but arrest. they are angry with the way this played out and angry they continue to have to pay for the water they say is not safe to drink. most of all, what we are hearing from people when we talk to them is they want to hear how the governor plans to fix this. they hope for those solutions tonight. john and christine. the michigan governor is expected to address another crisis in the state of the state address. toxic condition of the detroit public schools. the city is bracing for another day of planned teacher sickouts over the hazardous conditions in the school buildings. detroit officials are working on complaints and expect to inspect all of the schools. the cycle of negligent has devastating impact on students.
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san francisco's oakland bay bridge is opening following protests over police brutality. the california highway patrol arrested 25 people who chained themselves across the westbound lanes who froze traffic for a half hour. the group says this was a strong stand in solidarity on the martin luther king holiday. the so-called affluenza teen ethan couch is still in mexico. fighting return to the u.s. at a hearing in texas this morning, prosecutors will argue for his case to be moved from juvenile court to adult court. couch violated probation in a drunk driving crash that killed four people and badly injured two others. fleeing to mexico with his mother, tonya couch is charged with helping him escape. she is out on bail. m.a.d.d. plans to present a petition with 40,000 signatures demanding couch be held accountable. the nba's finest meeting on the court. the result wasn't pretty.
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water. check this out. king james frustrated. he gives curry a shove to the floor. the warriors rolling. curry knocked down seven three-pointers and shows with 35 in a blowout. warriors win, 132-98. it hadn't been a full week after the announcement that the rams are moving to the los angeles before the franchise got its first season ticket holder. that's him. you see him. the living legendary magic johnson. he let the world know on twitter. %-p. i'm so excited. can't wait to see our team next season. magic put down his $100 deposit. he will watch the rams at the coliseum this year. maybe you heard that nfl stands for no fun league. will ron rivera is the new
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commissioner. he is hosting the first championship game sunday. he is banning hoverboards. >> did you see those things on youtube blowing up and stuff? i mean that concerns me more than anything else. something crazy happening. i will say this, i caught them drag racing in the hallways one time, too. >> finally, this is for you, christine. oklahoma sporting the new number one ranking. first one in 26 years up against the scrappy cyclones in iowa. they have gone for the winner at the end of the game. it just does not fall. the cyclones get a sweet victory. almost as sweet as caroline. ♪ sweet caroline ♪ good times never seem so good ♪ ♪ so good ♪ so good >> my happy iowa staters.
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the race for the president getting down to the wire. early state voting begins in two weeks. candidates pulling out all the stops to swing voters their way. americans freed from iran reunited with families in germany. you have to listen to the stories they have been telling. amazing. glenn frey dead at the age of 67. fans paying tribute this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> nice to see you. i'm john berman. new this morning, the battle for votes and souls. donald trump maybe too aggressive for evangelical votes. iowa votes less than two weeks from today. speaking to students at liberty university, trump trying to quote the school's official bible verse. he drew applaupplause when he s
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the verse was from two c corinthians. not second corinthians. >> where the spirit of the lord is, there's liberty. >> trump is adjusting message to evangelicals with what he chose not to say. correspondent dana bash has more on that from new hampshire. >> reporter: john and christine, usually when we report from trump rallies, or in this case, a remnant from a trump rally, talking about what he said. controversial or things making waves across the conservative movement or across the country. this time i'm going to tell you the news is what trump didn't say. after the weekend, he spent going after ted cruz calling him nasty and had a twitter tirade on a number of issues. here in virginia, not one word about ted cruz. at all. we don't know why. i asked his campaign manager and i did not get an answer.
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it could perhaps be because donald trump has been getting blow-back from conservative voices. talk radio hosts who conservative voters here in iowa and new hampshire have been saying hold on a second, donald trump. be careful not to go after ted cruz too much because from their perspective, ted cruz is one of them. he is a genuine conservative. if trump does that, he could alienate voters he may need and could get. it is a different dynamic than what we have seen over the past six months when donald trump went after lindsey graham. it hurt graham. when he went after jeb bush, he hurt bush. cruz is a different situation. the two of them are similar voters and have voices who are important to both of them. so, it will be interesting to see later today if trump continues to kind of zip his lips if you will when it comes
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to ted cruz. john and christine. >> dana, thank you for that. joining us to break down all this fun stuff, political reporter tom lobianco. good morning. i have a question of the misciting of the two corinthians or second corinthians. >> it is interesting. jerry falwell was speaking to students there earlier and he made the point he may not be with us on all of the religious issues or may not be with us 100%, but he is a guy that could be a champion for social religious conservative values. that goes to this flip. he is doing okay with evangelicals, but not great. it is clearly ted cruz's strength. this is one of the reasons. when he misquotes the bible or
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miscites a passage, it shows a lack of authenticity. just like early in the campaign for him when he had problems talking about his favorite passage. it raises questions. it creates "ins" for cruz especially. >> it is interesting. evangelical voters are not necessarily voting to test your bible knowledge. you don't need to quote verses, but the authenticity point is interesting. including the cruz campaign is honing in on that. ted cruz on the stump, in an event where he wasn't asked questions from voters, but volunteered this information. he said donald trump is not the conservative he claims to be. he is no ronald reagan. listen to this. >> i'm pretty sure that ronald reagan didn't write a huge check
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to rahm emanuel in december of 2010. after, by the way, the big tea party wave. we need a leader who is prepared to do whatever is needed to keep this country safe and that typically doesn't include spending your time on twitter >> so cruz clearly going after that point now as hard as he can. >> absolutely. you know, what is interesting about this is you mentioned reagan a lot. a lot of trump supporters will mention to you that reagan used to be a democrat and he had a conversion. for trump, it feels more like a last minute conversion. you know, through obama, he was hitting him on the birther issue and birth certificate. he's had such a strong past with liberal issues. you know, as we were talking about earlier, what happens with this is that the opposition
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groups and opposition researchers and opposing candidates soften the ground with this information. there will be stories out there about this. these are questions that have been planted and now being raised by cruz, the most crucial opponent for trump, at the most critical time before the caucuses. >> interesting. let's talk a little bit about the democrats here. hillary clinton made a comment that john likened getting a pair of slacks for christmas. sensible, not stylish. let's listen to what hillary clinton said. >> i don't want to overpromise. i don't want to come out with theories and concepts that may or may not be possible. we don't need any more of that. what we need is a sensible achievable agenda where we roll up our sleeves and we work together. >> so not the hope and change stuff. the get it done stuff. that's what she's selling.
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>> right. to play on john's incredible humor, right? some people want slacks and other people want cardigans. you know, she's making this argument. it's a variation on the experience argument. although, you know, it is hard to tell whether that's the right argument right now. you know, if this were happening on the republican side, this is interesting. a lot of dynamics are similar to the electorate. if this were happening on the republican side there would not be a chance because she would be fighting with so many other candidates. and if sanders was carrying 40% walking into the first caucus, would be dominating. because it is a head-to-head match up, you can do something like that and be successful. you know, she's really starting the new year with a sanders
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threat. it's real. they are adjusting. they are trying to figure out how to deal with it. sensible with slacks is one way. >> all right. tom lobianco, thank you. have a great day. >> thanks. 38 minutes past the hour. the american prisoners released by iran are enjoying time with families. three of them, including jason rezaian, are receiving medical treatment at ramstein air base in germany. student matthew trevithick is already back home in boston. meantime iranian officials are angrily denouncing new sanctions over the ballistic missile tests they conducted last year. cnn's frederik pleitgen is joining us live. fred, reading this account of jason rezaian. he sat down for a couple hours in a conference room with his two editors. he told them about being in a 49
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days of solitary confinement and being in a three by three cell which likens me to a cage. walking around just to try to stay alive. remarkable. >> reporter: yeah, it certainly is remarkable, that piece -- the article he gave to the managing editors. details in there are very concerning. it is something we have been speaking to his representatives here and to his family here. they are also concerned about some of the long term effects that it could have. nevertheless, we are hearing from his brother, from ali rezaian. he is saying that jason is in very good spirits. he is saying that jason is feeling good physically. at the same time, all three men have to undergo the process or protocol here where they speak to the specialists and get
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medical evaluation where they don't feel worse down the line. some of these things can have long term effects. i spoke to jared huffman a few minutes ago. he said jason was very strong and if the iranians wanted to break jason, they failed. and also from amir hekmati and saeed abedini as well. it is clear that these months and in some cases years of detention were really tough on these three men. that is of great concern here for the folks at landstuhl medical center. >> fred, the doctors have a lot of experience dealing with integration. there is a formula. i have to assume they know what they're doing. >> reporter: they certainly do. they certainly have a lot of experience doing this. we have to keep in mind these are some of the best and foremost specialists in the field in the world. they have been dealing with the cases of bowe bergdahl, who was
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released after years of captivity by the taliban. they dealt with a lot of u.s. troops coming through here after iraq and afghanistan. of course, a lot of post traumatic stress involved in that as well. these are definitely specialists who know exactly what they are doing. they are the ones who said we should not rush this process. i talked to jason rezaian's brother yesterday. he had been here at the base for half a day and still hadn't been able to see jason. they knew this is something that shouldn't be rushed and wanted to take this easy. in the long term, will help the gentlemen reintegrate once they get to america. >> all you want to do is put your arms around your loved ones. the doctors are saying let us do our jobs. fred, thank you. keep us posted. coming up, twitter. outage. breakdown around the world. plus, the michigan governor calling the water disaster a crisis. residents calling for his
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. anger over tainted lead poisoned water in flint, michigan that may have been in the water supply for more than a year. that anger is being felt on the campaign trail this morning. hillary clinton blasting governor rick snyder for the crisis. the governor admits this is a disaster, but rejecting calls force his resignation.
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two lawsuits filed by the residents as governor snyder is preparing the state of the state address. sara ganim has more. >> reporter: governor snyder is expected to address solutions to the flint water crisis. on monday, he told the national journal it is not unfair to call this his hurricane katrina. he talked about a lack of trust between himself and the people of flint because of this issue. saying this, trust is something that once you lose it, it's much harder to earn it back. so that's the point we're at. that is something we're certainly hearing from residents when we talk to them. continued protests on monday in flint and in the city of ann arbor where the governor has a residence. protesters not just calling for his resignation, but also calling for his arrest. they are angry at the way this has played out and angry they continue to have to pay for the water that they say is not safe
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to drink. most of all, what we're hearing from people when we talk to them on the ground here in flint, is they want to hear how the governor plans to fix it. they are hoping for the solutions tonight. john and christine. >> we will watch. thank you, sara. the michigan governor is expected to address something else in the state of the state address. the toxic public school facilities. teachers are planning another sickout over the hazardous conditions. the district is expected to inspect all schools and the parents say the cycle of negligent has a defenvastating impact on students. and the bay bridge has reopened. the bridge was shutdown for a time on monday. the california highway patrol arrested 25 demonstrators. they chained themselves to the westbound lanes freezing lanes for a half hour.
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they said it was a stand in solidarity on the martin luther king holiday. the affluenza teen ethan couch is still fighting return to the u.s. he fled to mexico with his mother. tonya couch is charged with helping him escape. she is out on bail. m.a.d.d. plans to present a petition with 40,000 signatures demanding couch be held accountable. millions of people rememberi remembering glenn frey. he died monday at the age of 67. don henley, also a founding member of the eagles, wrote many hits with frey. he said glenn was the one who started all. the man with the plan. frey, henley and the others started in the '70s as linda
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ronstadt's back up band. they soon had their own band with "lying eyes" and "desperado." some with frey on lead vocals. cnn's sara sidner has more on the rock legend. >> reporter: we are inside the largest record store in all of america. we are all here feeling sorrowful that glenn frey has died. there are records up there with "take it easy" on the record. you can look at his tenure and history in the record business. he is an icon. if you talk to anyone who worked with him, they will tell you he was a perfectionist. perfectionist. i mean, there was zero room for error. he wanted things to be perfect when he went on stage and the eagles performed, the fans got everything they wanted and expected. he was very serious about the business, but he was also a
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joker. he was a guy who liked to joke and pull pranks on the band members. according to his publicist, he died from a number of things. pneumonia and acute ulcer colitis. his loss is a great loss for the industry itself because he brought so much. he was not only a guitarist, he wrote many of the songs, he sang on many of the songs. he was a lead vocalist on many songs. you may not know this, he was an actor. he acted in "miami vice." he had an incredible career. dying at 67 doesn't seem right. especially to his fans. john and christine. >> thank you. you are right. twitter is down. if you can't read it on twitter, we will tell you what the company is saying ahead. i think it landed last tuesday.
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welcome back. a new arrest in connection with the november's terror attack in paris. a belgian man of moroccan descent has been taken into custody. he has been identified as 24-year-old gelel attar. we have erin mclaughlin with more. >> reporter: he is associated with the eighth paris attacker, salah abdeslam, one of the most wanted men in europe on the run since the paris attack. it is believed according to the source, attar traveled to syria in 2013 in the company of a man named shakib akrew. he is believed to be the one who blew himself up in the police
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raid in the paris apartment following the paris attacks. it is also believed that attar, while in syria, met the ringleader. he clearly had high level connections within isis and syria. keeping that in mind, plenty of questions raised this morning as to how he managed to get from syria to morocco. authorities are saying that he traveled through turkey and made his way to germany. then belgium and then netherlands and morocco. plenty wonder how he accomplished that given his associates and track record undetected. >> thank you, erin. germany wants to maybe their open door policy less open. calling for morocco and others be designated as safe countries.
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this will make it easier for germany to refuse asylum seekers. details of the security around el chapo. showing mexican officials are taking no chances. the newspaper reports that the drug lord is guarded by dogs trained to detect his scent and hundreds of cameras with no blind spots that facilitated his escape over the summer. motion sensors are also now in place. let's get an early start on your money. global stock markets are higher. u.s. stocks like like they will rally. the enthusiasm and relief after a report from china sparked buying. china's economy is growing at the slowest rate in 25 years. gdp is 6.9%.
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china has seen worse growth rate in the past few years. this has roiled the markets the past few months. china's government trying to shift economy away from exports and heavy investment in infrastructure and service sector. forecast calls for slower growth this year. twitter is currently down for some users across the globe. many are getting this error message when they log on this morning saying something is technically wrong. the network went down at 3:30 a.m. eastern. it remains unavailable on computers and mobile devices. twitter is working toward a resolution. no word yet on the cause. users are voicing frustrations on facebook. twitter saying in a statement that it can't tweet and it is trying to fix the problem. attacks are flying in the race for president. "new day" picks up that story. >> we're going to protect christianity. two corinthians 3:17.
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>> ronald reagan did not spent the first few years of his life supporting politicians. >> we need a sensible achievable agenda. >> guess what? that inevitable candidate ain't so inevitable today. the american prisoners first sense of freedom this morning and families. >> he has to focus on getting better. >> i thought we had agreement well before implementation day. millions of eagles fans remembering glenn frey. >> he certainly lived a rock star's lifestyle. ♪ open up i'm climbing in ♪ take it easy >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "new day." eagles for you. it's tuesday, january 19th.
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chris is off today. john berman joins us. great to have you here. up first, donald trump looking for forgiveness after a biblical flub. bungling the book of corinthians. >> donald trump's competition is ted cruz. brushing aside the conservative credentials with other comparisons to ronald reagan. more questions about cruz's eligibility to be president. the 2016 race is heating up. let's start our coverage with >> reporter: they are saying that more and more this race is coming down to a two-man race, this intense feud that has emerged between them, fueling
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both candidates' fire. >> where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. >> reporter: donald trump trumpeting his faith. >> i've wrote many best sellers. >> i always say a deep, deep second to the bible. the bible is the best. the bible. the bible blows it away. >> reporter: given the convocation at liberty university in an attempt to connect with evangelical students, quoting from scripture. >> two corinthians, right? two corinthians 3:17. that's the whole ball game. >> wrongly referring to it as two corinthians instead of second corinthians, drawing laughter from the religious crowd. trump trying to make the case that he's better for evangelicals than rival ted cruz as the battle for iowa heats up. >> ronald reagan didn't read the bible every day, seven days a week but he was a great president. frankly, i would say that i will be a far better leader. i'll be much stronger in protecting the evangelicals. >> reporter: while pounding pavement in the granite state,

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