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republicans running for president pulling out all the stops. jeb bush taking his brother out on the campaign trail as competitors launch new attacks on each other. in hours, president obama to address the supreme court vacancy. breaking overnight. grammys honor the year's biggest moments. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is tuesday, february 16th. this morning, the fight in the republican party escalating to
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all-out war. none of the leading candidates holding back. marco rubio attacking ted cruz and cruz targeting donald trump. trump lashing out at everyone. cruz, rubio and jeb bush and non-candidate george w. bush. the former president on the campaign trail in support of younger brother jeb. it was w's first time in full-on campaign mode since barack obama won in 2008. he returned trump's fire. and dana bash has the latest. >> reporter: miguel and alison, george w. bush back in the spotlight. he drew a big crowd for his brother and drew distinctions between his brother and trump. he did not mention his name, but described his persona that we
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have become used to see, the character that drawn so many supporters to him. the point that george w. bush was trying to make is america shouldn't go for somebody who preys on the fears and frustrations of americans. they should go for a strong and steady hand. somebody who is not necessarily the loudest person in the room. clearly describing his brother. >> the presidency is a serious job that requires sound judgment and good ideas. and there's no doubt in my mind that jeb bush has the experience and character to be a great president. >> reporter: but what was as interesting as george w. bush's performance was his brother's. the fact that jeb bush seemed to come out of his shell. he was more passionate and engaged with the audience. had more presence than he has in the eight months since he
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announced his candidacy. >> if you are tired of pill particulars with division and someone with a proven record and solid conservative, someone with 32 years of private sector experience, then you are looking at the nominee for the republican nomination and i can beat hillary clinton. i can promise you that. >> reporter: so the question now is whether or not that is going to be enough to give him momentum to come from behind in south carolina in order to start to build his comeback that he keeps saying. miguel and alison. >> thank you. donald trump on the attack trying to upstage the bush event with the news conference threatening to sue ted cruz over his eligibility to run if cruz doesn't take down anti-trump ads. renewing the third party run in response to the boos.
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now george bush is campaigning for jeb and trump threw on the attack on the iraq war and 9/11. >> i heard for years he kept the country safe after 9/11. what about during 9/11? i was there. i lost a lot of friends that were killed in that building. the worst attack ever in the country? it was during his presidency. jeb bush has spent about $20 million on negative ads. that in many cases are false. his campaign in my opinion is going nowhere. ted cruz is desperate. i think ted's a very unstable guy. i have never, ever met a person that lies more than ted cruz. >> today, donald trump held a press conference where he apparently lost it. i mean, he was just going on and on about how i'm the most horrible person in the world
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because i keep repeating the things he said. >> trump and bush and rubio are all holding campaign stops throughout the day today in south carolina. john kasich begins the morning in michigan, but returns to the palmetto state by evening. republicans get to speak out on cnn in a two-night event wednesday and thursday at 8:00. this campaign, all six candidates will answer questions from the voters of south carolina in two live town halls moderated by anderson cooper. ben carson and marco rubio and ted cruz on wednesday. followed by john kasich and jeb bush and donald trump thursday. that is live starting at 8:00 p.m. wednesday and thursday right here on cnn. now turning to the democrats. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are fighting for minority votes this morning. clinton in harlem where she will meet with civil rights leaders,
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including leaders of the naacp. sanders campaigning in south carolina and georgia. both candidates trying to make their cases to black and latino voters while drawing distinctions between their agendas. one thing clinton and sanders agreed on monday. president obama should be able to get his chosen replacement for justice scalia on the supreme court. cnn's jeff zeleny has the latest on that from south carolina. >> reporter: miguel and alison, the democratic side is getting rough. hillary clinton out making the case that bernie sanders is a single-issue candidate. she traveled across nevada on monday telling voters he is not prepared to be president. he is focused on wall street and the economy. the sanders campaign is pushing back saying that's what people want to hear. he says he is not a single issue candidate. he is focusing on health care and climate change and focusing on raising minimum wage.
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sanders will be here in south carolina on tuesday. he is trying to draw the distinction with the appeal to african-american voters and hispanic voters in nevada. on one issue they are finding agreement. republican obstructionism. what they believe will be happening with the supreme court nominee. they talked about that on the campaign trail on monday. >> the president under our constitution has a right to nominate a new justice. the senate republicans led by mitch mcconnell have said don't think about it. i believe strongly the president has the right to nominate and the senate has the right to act. >> here you have the constitution. it's clear as clear can be. the president of the united states nominates people to the
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supreme court. republicans start hearings on his nomination do not obstruct. obey the constitution. >> reporter: democratic voters will agree with that. they believe president obama should fill that vacancy on the supreme court. beyond that, there is very little agreement at this moment with hillary clinton and bernie sanders. they will make their final push before the nevada caucuses on saturday and south carolina primary a week from saturday. the outcome of those races will determine how long the democratic fight will go on. miguel and alison. jeff zeleny, thank you. details emerging that suggest justice antonin scalia may have been in declining health. a texas judge said his personal physician told her there was a history of heart trouble and
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high blood pressure and scalia was considered too weak to undergo surgery. the judge says she consulted with the doctor and investigators before concluding he died from natural causes. still no word on funeral details. meantime, a supreme showdown over replacing scalia on the high court. president obama will weigh potential nominees. both lawmakers are telling him don't both. they say the next president should be the one to fill the vacancy. there's the impact on the key cases before the court. we get more from cnn justice correspondent pamela brown. >> reporter: good morning, alison and miguel. justice scalia's death put republicans and democrats on a collision course and caused a
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shift in the high court. the supreme court will continue to hear oral arguments, but scalia's death changes the dynamic. without him on the bench, the eight remaining could find themselves in a 4-4 split. if that happens, two scenarios could play out. delay the decision until a new justice is named and the case would have to be reargued or a 4-4 decision lower court is upheld. dozens of cases could be impacted. particularly the immigration case and the texas abortion case that limits access to abortion clinics in the state. the lower courts ruled against these cases. if there is a 4-4 tie, no precedent is set. meaning big losses for obama. worth noting, justice kagen
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excused herself in a case. back to you, alison and miguel. >> pamela brown. thank you. investors returning from a long holiday weekend to a global rally for stocks. the dow is up in early trading. europe is pushing higher. a big rally in asian markets overnight boosting the oil market. oil prices are surging building on big gains. looking at crude oil. it is crossing $31 this morning. investors are hoping opec and other producers will cut production in a bid to push prices higher. oil ministers from saudi arabia and russia will be meeting in qatar today. cutting production will not likely raise prices immediately. it will likely be a more gradual trend. supply to outstrip demand by 2
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million barrels this year. maybe the lower gas prices are safe for a while. >> i like paying 27 cents at the pump. >> i wish. >> i'm kidding. a night for the biggest stars in music to shine. boy did they ever. the 58th grammy awards. ♪ >> omg. i love her. i am going to wear that tomorrow. that sparkly jump suit. i'm in it tomorrow. taylor swift won three, album of the year for "1989." ed sheeran won for "thinking out loud." record of the year went to "uptown funk." love it. and rapper kendrick lamar took home the most winning five.
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so cool. ♪ we can be heroes just for one day we can be heroes ♪ just for one day >> that is so awesome. who does not love lady gaga? this year's ceremony may be the best remembered for tributes for those who died. lady gaga saluting david bowie and glenn frye and maurice white. frye and bowie. >> makes me realize just how old i am. >> oh, please. you appreciate music of all generations. that's what it is. >> nice spin. dozens killed as air strikes in syria target hospitals and schools. new details on the devastation next.
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a grim search for survivors in northern syria after air strikes hit two hospitals and school building monday killing at least 22 people. eight others missing and presumed dead. the group doctors without borders claim the attacks on the field hospitals were deliberate. it comes days after world powers agree to a cessation of hostilities in syria due to take effect on friday.
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cnn's jomana is joining us. you wonder if anything is off limits. >> reporter: absolutely, alison. these attacks are drawing international condemnation with rights groups saying attacks on hospitals could amount to war crimes in the case. here is what we know. in idlib province in the north. doctors without borders hospital they support in the area came under attack. they say it was struck several times within a span of several minutes. this is a deliberate attack. this is the fifth attack on the facility in the area since january. it is not clear who is behind the attack, but there has been a lot of blame pointed toward the syrian regime and their russian allies. now the syrian ambassador to moscow coming out to blame the u.s. led coalition saying it was
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the u.s. led air strike that struck the hospital. coming out after that saying they did not have operations or any planes in the area when the attack happened in idlib. in the border town near the border with turkey, there is a school and housing displacing people and treating mothers and babies. several people were killed and wounded in the devastating attack. the turkish prime minister coming out and saying it was a ballistic missile fired by russia from the caspian sea. we have not heard any response from the russians yet. a complicated situation. the violence is escalating and as you mentioned, this coming a few days after the munich agreement for the cessation of
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hostilities. lots of issues. >> that is unfortunate that it is putting that cessation of hostilities in danger. jomana, thank you. millions from the midwest and east coast in the path of the severe snowstorm. what you need to know coming up.
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now the same large winter storm system that brought snow and freezing rain spawned three tornadoes in florida and mississippi. a twister in florida escambia county damaged or destroyed nearly a dozen homes. crews are making searches for people who may have been trapped in their homes. millions of people in the path of the winter storm facing heavy rain, freezing rain and snow. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for the latest. >> good morning, alison and miguel. look at this. nearly 1,600 winter storm reports. you break this down and look at the numbers. four states and 16 tornado
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reports on monday. impressive for mid-february. you take a look. 1,600--mile stretch of land. severe storm taking place. ft. myers and west palm beach with the rotation in the late morning hours. the wintry side of this exists. 40 million people under winter weather advisories. the snow in western new york and p.a. and eastern ohio with areas up to a foot or more of snowfall. look at the incredible ride across central park. 8:00 a.m. on valentine's day, temperatures are minus 1. and fast forward 24 hours, it is 18 degrees. then another 24 hours, it is nearly a 50 degree rise in two days across central park. we will leave you with the forecast today of 54.
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>> here in new york, we will take the rain and temperatures. all-out brawl from the presidential campaign trail. republicans attacking each other and pulling out all the stops for votes in south carolina. we are breaking it all down next.
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republicans running for president pulling out all the stops as they fight for votes in south carolina. jeb bush bringing his brother on
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the campaign trail as his competitors launch new attacks. a showdown over the supreme court vacancy. the president will address the controversy in hours as more republicans vow to block any of obama's nominations. this year's best music honored at the 2016 grammys. good morning. this is "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm alison kosik. none of the candidates holding back. ted cruz attacking marco rubio and cruz attacking donald trump. the former president on the trail in south carolina ahead of the primary there in support of younger brother jeb. it was w.'s first time in full on campaign mode since barack obama won election in 2008. he returned trump's fire with
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veiled barbs. >> reporter: george w. bush was back in the spotlight. he drew a huge crowd for his brother and drew sharp distinctions between his brother jeb bush and donald trump. he described the person and persona that we have come to see from donald trump. the kind of character that has drawn so many supporters to him, but the point that george w. bush was trying to make was americans shouldn't go for somebody who preys on the fears and frustrations of americans, but instead go for somebody who is a strong and steady hand. somebody who isn't necessarily the loudest person in the room. clearly describing his brother. >> the presidency is a serious job that requires sound judgment and good ideas.
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and there's not doubt in my mind that jeb bush has the experience and the character to be a great president. >> reporter: but what was even as interesting as george w. bush's performance was his brother's. the fact that jeb bush seemed to come out of his shell. he was much more passionate and more engaged with the audience. had more presence than he has in the eight months since he announced for president. >> if you are tired of the politics of division, if you want someone with a proven record, a solid conservative who acted on his conservative believes every day, someone with 32 years of private sector experience, then you are looking at the republican nominee. i can beat hillary clinton. >> reporter: the question now is whether or not that is going to be enough to give him momentum to come from behind in south carolina in order to start to
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build his comeback that he keeps saying he will have. miguel and alison. >> thank you, dana bash. donald trump, surprise, surprise, on the attack trying to upstage the bush campaign with his news conference. renewing his threat to stage a third party run in response to the boos he received at recent debates. now that george w. is campaigning for jeb, trump talked about the iraq war and 9/11. >> i heard for years he kept the country safe. what does that mean after? what about during 9/11? i was there. i lost a lot of friends killed in that building. the worst attack ever in this country? it was during his presidency. jeb bush has spent $20 million on negative ads that in many
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cases are false. his campaign in my opinion is going nowhere. ted cruz is desperate. i think ted's a very unstable guy. i have never, ever met a person that lies more than ted cruz. >> today, donald trump held a press conference where he apparently lost it. i mean, he was just going and on about how i'm the most horrible person in the world because i keep repeating the things he said. >> unvarnished. trump, bush and rubio holding campaign stops through south carolina today. john kasich starts the morning in michigan, but returns to the palmetto state by evening. republican candidates speak out on cnn this week in a unique two-night event wednesday and thursday at 8:00 p.m. for the first time, all six candidates will answer questions from voters of south carolina in
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two live town halls moderated by anderson cooper. hillary clinton and bernie sanders fighting for minority votes this morning. clinton is in harlem where in a few hours, she will meet with civil rights leaders and including leaders from the naacp. sanders campaigning in south carolina and georgia. both candidates trying to make their cases to black and latino voters while trying distinctions between agendas. one thing clinton and sanders agreed on monday, president obama should get his chosen replacement for the supreme court. cnn's jeff zeleny has the latest on that from south carolina. >> reporter: miguel and alison, the democratic side of the campaign is getting rough. hillary clinton out making the case that bernie sanders is a single issue candidate. she told voters he is not
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prepared to be president. focusing only on wall street and the economy. the sanders campaign says that is what people want to hear. he is not a single issue candidate. he is focused on health care and climate change and raising minimum wage. sanders will be here in south carolina on tuesday making the case to appeal to voters beyond the electorate in iowa and new hampshire. he is showing he can appeal to african-american voters and hispanic voters in nevada. on one issue they are finding agreement. republican obstructionism. what they believe will be happening with the supreme court nominee. they both talked about that on the campaign trail on monday. >> the president under our constitution has a right to nominate a new justice. the senate republicans led by mcconnell said don't think about it. i believe strongly the president has the right to nominate and the senate has the duty to
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decide. >> talk about coward. talk about obstructionism. here you have the constitution. it is clear as clear can be. the president of the united states nominates people to the supreme court. republicans start hearings on his nomination. do not obstruct. obey the constitution. >> reporter: now democratic voters will agree with that that they believe president obama should be able to fill the vacancy on the supreme court. beyond that, there is little agreement between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. they will make their final push before the nevada caucuses on saturday and the south carolina primary a week from saturday. the outcome from the races will determine how long the
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democratic fight will go on. miguel and alison. thanks, jeff zeleny. details on emerging that suggest justice antonin scalia may have been in declining health. a texas county judge said his personal physician said there is a history of heart trouble and high blood pressure. the judge says she consulted with the doctor and investigators before concluding scalia died of natural causes and no autopsy was necessary. still no word from funeral details from the family. meantime, a supreme showdown over replacing scalia on the high supreme court. president obama expected to address the controversy today. while he weighs nominees, the candidates are telling him essentially don't bother. they say the next president should be the one to fill the supreme court vacancy. there is an impact on the key cases before the court. we get more now from justice
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correspondent pamela brown. >> reporter: good morning, alison and miguel. the scalia death put president obama and senate republicans on a collision course and also caused a monumental shift in the high court. the supreme court will continue to hear arguments and vote on cases, but scalia's death changes dynamic. without him on the bench, the eight remaining could find themselves in a 4-4 split. if that happens, two scenarios could play out. delay the decisions until a new justice is named and the case reargued or the 4-4 split means the lower court decision is upheld. dozens of cases could be impacted. particularly the immigration case and the texas abortion case that limits access to abortion clinics in the state. the lower courts ruled against the government in both of the cases. so if there is a 4-4 tie, no supreme court precedent is set.
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meaning big losses for obama. both noting in the immigration case, kagen excused herself. and the white house has started the process of bpicking out a nominee. back to you. thank you, pamela. time for an early start on your money. stocks are set to rally after the long holiday weekend. futures are higher. markets in europe and asia are up as well. oil is back up close to $31 a barrel. it's been a terrible start to the year. can you get this? only six stocks in the dow 30 are higher. the top three give a good idea of how investors are feeling about the u.s. economy. the biggest gain in the average this year is verizon. walmart is close behind with almost an 8% gain. investors are seeing the two
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stocks as smart consumer plays. people are thinking that consumers will spend money regardless of the economy. exxon mobile is the third best performer. despite the crash in oil, this could scoop up smaller firms and increase market share. amazing how over the top the markets have been back and forth. >> it will be a turbulent week. >> great. thanks for that. night for the biggest stars in music to shine at the 58th grammy awards. ♪ >> that taylor swift. >> a great production. >> three grammys. including top award. album of the year. ed sheeran for "thinking out
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loud." then record of the year went to "uptown funk." ♪ >> and this guy. rapper kendrick lamar took home the most grammys winning five. ♪ we could be heroes just for one day we could be heroes ♪ just for one day >> and this year's ceremony may be best remembered for the tributes like that one to artists who recently died. lady gaga's salute to david bowie. such a loss. glenn frye and maurice white celebrated as well. a huge celebration. great show. >> gaga did great.
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i was sleeping. she got some hate on facebook. some of the real hard core david bowie fans said she was not rock enough. >> you will always have that. we love bowie. violence escalating in syria days before the proposed cease-fire. dozens killed as bombs hit hospitals and schools. we're live next.
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a grim search for survivors in northern syria after air strikes hit two hospitals and a school building monday killing at least 22 people. eight others missing and presumed dead. the group doctors without borders claimed the attacks were deliberate on the field hospitals. this comes days after the agreement of the cessations of hostilities in munich. we have jomana karadsheh with us. jomana, mnf hit again? how did this happen? >> reporter: it drew a lot of international condemnation. attacks on medical facilities would amount to war crimes. you mentioned msf was hit in a
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span of several times in a span of few minutes. this is the fifth such attack on doctors without borders since january. there is no claim of responsibility. it is not clear who was behind the attack. there is a lot of blame pointed toward the syrian regime and russian allies. the syrian ambassador to moscow came out and blamed the u.s.-led coalition saying it was an air strikes by the coalition that hit the msf hospital. officials dismissed that. saying they did not have operations in the idlib area. in aleppo province near the border with turkey, there is a school housing displaced people and hospital for mothers and babies also struck in an attack there. several people killed and wounded. again, not clear who is behind that attack, but the turkish
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prime minister came out with a statement saying that it was a ballistic missile fired by russia from the caspian sea that led to this attack. we have not heard anything official yet in any response from the russians to the accusations. really complicated situation, miguel, on the ground. there violence is escalating days before the munich agreement for cessation of hostilities is due to take effect. lots of doubts that will happen. >> the human suffering there is just so monumental. thank you, jomana karadsheh. a u.s. factory set to be built on cuban soil. the first in more than 50 years. obama administration gave the go ahead to the alabama company that building tractors for small farms. if all goes well, it is expected to begin production in 2017.
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since then, embassies have reopened in washington and havana. denies all around from eliot spitzer on the alleged assault in the hotel room. the allegation was made by a russian woman with emotional difficulties. he has known her for several years, but she is not his girlfriend. three months after a deadly shooting rampage. a colorado planned parenthood clinic is up and running. the colorado springs facility opened the doors on monddamonda. three people were killed and nine wounded during a five-hour
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standoff in november that started when a gunman opened fire and stormed inside. 57-year-old robert lewis deer faces 200 felony counts. the national president of the naacp has issued an ultimatum over the water crisis in flint, michigan. cornell brooks says if governor snyder doesn't have a plan to replace the lead water pipes in the next 30 days, the group will call for mass protest and disobedience in flint. brooks says it is non disruptive. the governor says the state is working with great urgency to fix the pipes. the same storm system that brought snow and freezing rain to the eastern u.s. spawned three reported tornadoes in florida and mississippi. officials say a twister in florida's escambia county tore trees out of the ground and damaged and destroyed a dozen
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homes. crews are conducting searches for people who may be trapped in their homes. a global stock market rally is under way, but how big will the gains be? we will get an early start on your money next.
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pope francis heading to the hot spot of the mexican area. he denounced the exploitation of indigenous people and asked forgiveness for the church's role. we have shasta darlington with more. >> reporter: good morning. the pope took a helicopter and car to the poorest places in chiapas, mexico. local communities turned out in full force.
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many in traditional dress. before pope francis left the vatican, he authorized the use of indigenous languages during religious services. that is something his predecessor frowned upon. pope francis is reaching out to the margins of society. one of the hallmarks of his papacy. he urged the world to ask for forgiveness for the way native people have been treated. take a listen. >> translator: some have considered your values, cultures and traditions to be inferior. others intoxicated by power, money and market trends have stolen your lands or done things which contaminated them. how sad this is. >> reporter: pope francis also
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sat down with individual families in chiaps. a region that is losing ground to evangelical churches. as we know, immigration is a topic that is close to his heart. something we expect him to touch on again, especially on the final day of his trip when he will be across the border from el paso, texas. there, we will see him celebrating a cross border mass and expect to see him riding his popemobile. back to you, miguel and alison. shasta, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. a strong start to the trading week for stocks. we are seeing futures way up. markets in europe and asia higher. oil prices are behind the gains. up above $30 a barrel. saudi arabia, russia and venezuela have reportedly agreed to freeze oil production at current levels in a bid to boost
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prices. that news coming after a meeting to discuss the glut of supply. that could be responsible for the rise in oil prices that we're seeing at the moment. an outage for comcast has angry customers complaining on the internet. reported service disruption which tracks outage complaints showed problems all over the country. most people reportedly lost internet connections. some complained about spotty tv reception. comcast tells cnn money it was a transmission issue and not all customers were effected. most of the issues were resolved. the company has 27 million subscribers nationwide. and we are getting the first look at one of the largest diamonds ever discovered. look at this. a diamond company says this rock was pulled out of a mine in angola. it is 404 carats and about the length of a credit card.
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that makes it one of the best quality finds ever. it came from an area that produced more than 60 large diamonds. it is the 27th biggest diamond ever found. the biggest stone was more than 3,000 carats back in 1905. look at that thing. >> that is quite a rock. >> i'm ready for it. >> i'll buy you a diamond at the end of the week. "early start" continues right now. republicans running for president pulling out all the stops. jeb bush taking his brother out on the trail as competitors lawn mu ch attacks on each other. and breaking overnight. the grammys honor the year's
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best in music. the big winners and moments. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm alison kosik. it is tuesday, february 16th. the fight in the republican party escalating to all-out war. none of the candidates holding back. marco rubio attacking ted cruz and cruz targeting donald trump. trump lashing out at everyone. cruz, rubio and jeb bush and a non candidate, george w. bush. the former president on the campaign trail in support of younger brother jeb. dana bash has the latest. >> reporter: miguel and alison, george w. bush on the campaign trail. he drew sharp distinctions with his brother and donald trump. he never said trump's name. he never had to. he described the

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