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ted cruz fires a top campaign aide for circulating a big lie. donald trump unleashes a level of attacks. tonight, hillary clinton and bernie sanders on stage in south carolina. they will face the voters in a cnn town hall. they each have new strategies in play to win votes before south carolina. and uber driver admits to having a role in a deadly shooting spree while he was working. why police are calling his rampage baffling. welcome to "early start."
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i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is tuesday, february 23rd. donald trump out in front in the latest polling, but still working it hard. he held a raucous rally in las vegas overnight taunting protesters and taunting ted cruz. calling him the biggest liar in politics, a basketcase and calling him sick. cnn's jim acosta with the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, donald trump delivered one of his most fiery speeches to date. the focus of the attack was ted cruz. following up on the firing of the cruz communications director, trump branded the senator a rally time and time again. >> the evangelicals did not vote for him. you know why? because they don't like liars. they're really smart people. they don't want to vote for a
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liar. but it is true. i have an ad running right now. a cruz ad. something to do and a couple of people told me this that i am backing the federal government to keep the land that's currently owned by the federal government and we should give that land to everybody and divvy it up. i'm saying to myself, well, it's not a subject i know anything about. it's a hell of an ad. this is a cruz ad. this guy is sick. there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: trump also sounded off on the pope who criticized the frontrunner last week for proposing a wall on the mexican border. trump wants to use the walls at the vatican as a model. john and christine. >> this morning, ted cruz and marco rubio campaigning in nevada ahead of the caucuses. cruz is trying to move past the
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bizarre campaign kerfuffle for circulating this video that falsely portrayed marco rubio as belittling the bible. >> now this video is subtitled incorrectly. rubio says all the answers are in that book. rubio slammed the cruz campaign. >> for them to take a video and transcribe words that are wrong. it is every single day something comes out of the cruz campaign that is deceptive and untrue. >> cnn's sunlen serfaty has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, senator cruz moved quickly to fire his communications director. he wanted to get out front of
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the controversy over this and really the life span of the story. this story was minimal at first. 24 hours from the time rick tyler originally tweeted out the link which fraudulently misquoted rubio. he was fired by cruz himself. here is why he called for his resignation. >> if other candidates choose to go into gutter, we will not do the same. this was a grave error of judgment. it turned out the story he sent was false. even if it was true, we are not a campaign that will question the faith of another candidate. >> reporter: and that was note able. cruz really trying to insert himself in the controversy. saying he looked into the investigation of what went wrong and he called for rick tyler's resignation. trying to take control of the campaign. the campaign has grown sensitive
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and aware of the fact there is this narrative that is building around the campaign. pushed by rival campaigns that their campaign is one that engages in dirty tricks and tactics. going into caucus night is what the cruz campaign does not want to focus on. >> sunlen, thank you. marco rubio going hard after establishment endorsements and money. his campaign purchased the e-mail list of chris christie which includes donors and supporters. christie dropped out of the race after the poor finish in the new hampshire primary. christie insists the sale of the list does not mean it is an endorsement. and john kasich apologizing this morning. the ohio governor recalled in an early statehouse race, women quote left their kitchens to support him. drawing rebuke from a woman in the crowd. listen.
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>> i went to washington following my mother's advice. i had been in the legislature at the age of 26. we just got an army of people and many women who left their kitchens to go out and door-to-door and put yard signs up for me all the way back when things were different. >> first off, your comment earlier about the women coming out of the kitchen to support you. i will support you, but i won't come out of the kitchen. >> i got you. i'm more than happy to say i'm sorry if i offended somebody out there. if you hear the whole thing you understand the context of it. >> 1978? >> still, it is funky language these days. >> kasich is denying reports that figures of the republican establishment urged him to drop out clearing the field for marco rubio so donald trump doesn't walk off. kasich is signing up new
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fund-raisers and quote doing fine. >> has big money guys. tom ridge's endorsement. >> among those five. the five remaining candidates meet head-to-head thursday night in houston. wolf blitzer moderates this one thursday night only on cnn. that's big. let's talk democrats. this morning, hillary clinton making a big push for african-american votes before the south carolina primary. she will speak alongside five mothers in the black lives matter movement. the campaign rolled out a new ad with the same message narrated by morgan freeman. >> she says their names. trayvon martin. sandra bland. and makes their mothers fight for justice her own. she speaks for a city poisoned by indifference and stands with the president against those who would undo his achievements.
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>> all right. bernie sanders busy hitting states that vote on super tuesday. today he's in virginia. yesterday in massachusetts where he claimed hillary clinton is stealing his ideas. even his rhetoric. >> i am delighted that secretary clinton month after month seems to be adopting more and more of the positions that we have advocated. that's good. and, in fact, is beginning to use a lot of the language and phraseology. i think i saw her tv ad and i thought it was me, but it turns out it was secretary clinton. >> and hillary clinton and bernie sanders come face-to-face with the south carolina voters tonight on cnn. a democratic town hall. 8:00 p.m. moderated by chris
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cuomo. two moderates are breaking rank over president obama's eventual pick over the supreme court justice. susan collins of maine says the president's nominee should receive a proper hearing. and one insisting on a vote. gop leaders are vowing to block any obama pick. they are now citing a 1992 speech by then senator joe biden by the president submitting a nominee during an election year. an uber driving on a shooting rampage while he was working. police calling this case baffling. we have new information coming up.
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this morning, the man accused of killing six people in the weekend shooting spree in kalamazoo, michigan is being held without bail. 45-year-old jason dalton. dalton confessed to the murders and acknowledged being present at the scene where five others were shot. a 14-year-old girl is clinging to life this morning. her family spoke to reporters. >> she is alive and she is fighting for her life. i want everybody to understand that. our girl is strong and she is a vibrant beautiful young lady and did not deserve this. >> investigators still have no clear motive for the rampage.
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they say jason dalton was taking fares for uber. driving between the shootings. we get more from nick valencia. >> reporter: the shooting suspect made his first court appearance after being charged with first-degree murder. he was charged with 16 counts in all. including attempted murder of a minor. he appeared video conference wearing an orange jump suit. he said only about ten words. when asked if he wanted to make a statement to the court, he said he would prefer to remain silent. in a probable cause hearing, after being read his miranda rights, he admitted to quote taking people's lives. investigators seized 11 weapons from his home. neighbors said he liked guns and cars, but mostly kept to himself. what investigators don't know is
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motive. details may come out in the next court appearance march 3rd. john and christine. >> thank you, nick. incredibly sad. uber facing pressure on the background check process. executives in charge of safety say the suspected kalamazoo suspect passed a background check. he had no prior record. uber said the driver had a 4.7 rating. experts say high level government background checks have flaws and cross referencing applications. this is how you raise red flags. uber points to several features that makes rides safe. customer ratings and gps and policy against having firearms in vehicles. none of that helpful here. those cover a lot of employees. uber had more than 160,000 drivers at the start of the year. uber adding 40,000 drivers each month.
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the company had a call about safety. they have been writing about safety on their blog trying to quell what is a public relations disaster for them. >> you never want your name associated with something like. this i'm not sure the story is about uber. >> 40,000 new drivers a month. protesters out in force later today. dozens of apple stores supporting the company over the iphone encryption. facebook chief mark zuckerberg said he supports apple. >> if we have opportunities to basically work with government and folks to make sure there are not terrorist attacks, we will obviously take those opportunities. we people a strong responsibility to help make sure that society is safe.
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we care about that. that's a big deal. we take that seriously. i don't think requiring back doors in encryption is an effective way to increase security or is the right way to do. >> there is a schizm of sorts. bill gates says apple should unlock the iphone for the fbi. a judge is considering if a lawsuit brought by families of victims of sandy hook should go forward. the firearms that made the ar-15 rival used by adam lanza that killed people in 2012. this is designed at a federal law. the judge intends to issue a ruling in the next two months. camille cosby giving a sworn deposition in her husband's defamation case.
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the women claim they were sexually assaulted and defamed. lawyers tried to block the deposition. she will answer more questions under oath. president obama asking congress for $1.8 billion to combat the zika virus. he is asking for the leftover money used for ebola. he wants to research new vaccines and better tools to diagnose the disease. new developments in the flint water crisis. governor's office will release thousands of e-mails all sent or received by his staff over the water crisis. the e-mails will be released soon after review by state lawyers. check out the new york times this morning. they have an interesting story about legionnaires' disease and a possible connection to the water. >> and the analysis of the sponsor lack of response from the officials there.
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senator mccaskill expects to recover fully from breast cancer. she learned she had the disease through a routine mammogram. she plans to submit questions in writing for any hearing she will miss. south carolina governor plans to meet with a group of transgender students before signing a landmark bill into law. that requires school children to use bathrooms and locker rooms to relate to their gender at birth. the governor has not said publicly if he intends to sign that measure. a lot of weather to talk about. severe thunderstorm threat in the south could bring tornadoes. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> john and christine, good morning. the severe weather outbreak here in the works that could be the largest one of the year and
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season. you notice the potential extends to southern louisiana and mississippi and on into alabama for the afternoon and evening hours. a large scale tornado outbreak. a wintry side for wednesday and thursday. the storm prediction center issued a 4 for the intensity of the storms. to be significant in mobile. strong tornadoes forecast across the areas. in february, among the quietest time of year. it picks up march into june and july. the concern for this particular event that can easily spawn several tornadoes by tomorrow afternoon and night. the storm eventually pushes off to the midwest and mid-atlantic. a lot of snow behind this wednesday into thursday and it looks something like this for the snow. heaviest amounts look to take place across michigan by thursday afternoon. >> pedram, thank you. some big news from syria. the cease-fire owe cessation of
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violence agreement between the united states and russia. we have the major developments next.
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united states and russia say they will work together to make sure a new cease-fire agreement takes hold in syria by the end of the week. vladimir putin and president obama sealed the deal in a phone call. they agreed to set up a hotline to make sure the opposition forces comply. we will talk to jomana karadsheh in jordan in just a moment. just hours before the caucus, ted cruz's campaign caught circulating a big lie. and donald trump goes in for the kill. the drama this morning. look at that. overnight rally in las vegas. we will tell you everything that happened next.
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nevada caucus day is upon us with a flurry of activity. ted cruz fires a top aide. john kasich apologizes for a controversial comment. donald trump unleashes on protesters. hillary clinton and bernie sanders just hours from taking the cnn town hall stage. with their last minute pitches to south carolina voters, their new strategies ahead. an uber driver admits to the role in the deadly shooting spree while on the job. new information about his possible motive. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans.
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it is 30 minutes past the hour. in hours, voters across the silver state will go to the caucus. 26 points ahead of his nearest rival, marco rubio. the cnn/orc poll shows trump held a rally in las vegas, but ted cruz, his rival. all him a basket case and sick. we have jim acosta with more. >> reporter: john and christine, on the eve of the caucuses, donald trump focusing on ted cruz. following up on the resignation of the communications director rick tyler over a dirty trick, he branded the senator as a liar time and again. >> the evangelicals didn't vote for him. you know why? because they don't like liars. they are really smart people. they don't want to vote for a
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liar. but it is true. i have an ad running right now. a cruz ad. something to do and a couple of people told me this. i am backing the federal government to keep the land that's currently owned by the federal government and we should give that land to everybody and divvy it up. i'm saying, well, it's not a subject i know anything about. it's a hell of an ad. this is a cruz ad. this guy is sick. there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: trump also sounded off on the pope who criticized the frontrunner last week for proposing a wall on the mexican border. trump wants to use the walls at the vatican as a model. he went off against a protester in the crowd here saying he wanted to punch the man in the face. this morning, ted cruz and marco rubio campaigning ahead of the caucuses.
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ted cruz is trying to move past the campaign kerfuffle. he fired his campaign manager who released this video for marco rubio belittling the bible. saying there aren't many answers in it. >> little jarring to see that. the video is sub titled incorrectly. rubio actually says all the answers are in that book. marco rubio slammed the ted cruz campaign. >> for them to take a video and transcribe words that are opposite what i said. it is absurd. every single day something comes from the cruz campaign that is deceptive. >> he can barely contain his glee because he is trying to
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move forward. we have sunlen serfaty on the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, senator cruz moved quickly on this to fire his communications director rick tyletyler. clear clearly he wanted to get out front. 24 hours from the time rick tyler tweeted that link out, he was fired by cruz. here is senator cruz who is calling for his resignation. >> rick tyler is a good man. this was a grave error of judgment. it turned out the news story was false. we are not the campaign that will question the faith of another candidate. >> reporter: and senator cruz trying to insert himself into
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the controversy saying he looked into the investigation of what went wrong and he called for the resignation trying to take control of what is going on within his campaign. the cruz campaign is sensitive and very aware of the fact that there is a narrative building around their campaign. pushed by many rival campaigns that their campaign is one that engages in dirty tricks and tactics. going into caucus night, this is what the cruz campaign does not want to focus on. john and christine. >> sunlen serfaty, thank you. this morning, marco rubio going hard after establishment endorsements and money. his campaign purchased the e-mail list of chris christie. including donors and supporters. christie dropped out of the presidential race after a poor finish in the new hampshire primary. not before he mauled marco rubio in a debate there. he insists the sale does not constitute endorsement of rubio.
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>> it is a good way to make money after the political ca campaign. john kasich apologizing for a remark drawn to sexism. he recalled in an early race, women left their kitchens to support him. that drew rebuke from a woman in the crowd. >> i went to washington following my mother's advice. i had been in the legislature before that at the age of 26. how did i get elected? i didn't have anybody for me. we just got an army of people who and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door-to-door and put yard signs up for me all the way back when things were different. >> first off, i want to say your comment about the women coming out of the kitchen to support you. i'll support you, but i won't come out of the kitchen. >> i got you. >> i'm more than happy to say i'm sorry if i offended somebody
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out there. it wasn't intended to be offensive. if you hear the whole thing, you will understand the context. >> we are talking about the '70s. >> 1978. you almost never hear someone in a campaign audience which is friendly rebuking a candidate like that. >> he was asked at one of his campaign stops. >> kasich is denying reports that some people in the republican establishment urged him to drop out. the establishment wants him to get out of the way for marco rubio because they don't want donald trump to end up with the nomination. kasich tells cnn he is signing up new fund raising. he signed up a lot of money and picking up endorsements. the remaining candidates hold a crucial debate thursday night in texas. a lot of people think this is
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the last best and only chance to knock donald trump off his game. it is moderated by wolf blitzer here on cnn. let's talk about the democrats. hillary clinton making a big push reaching out to african-american voters ahead of south carolina. she is speaking today alongside five mothers in the black lives matter movement. the clinton campaign rolled out a new ad carrying the same message. the ad narrated by march began freeman. >> she says their names. trayvon martin. shot to death. sandra bland. and makes their mothers fight for justice her own. she speaks for a city poisoned by indifference. >> we need action now. >> and stands with the president against those who would undo his achievements. >> bernie sanders is busy hitting states that vote on super tuesday.
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today he is in virginia. yesterday, massachusetts, equipped that clinton has been stealing his ideas and his rhetoric. >> i am delighted that secretary clinton month after month after month seems to be adopting more and more of the positions that we have advocated. that's good. in fact, is beginning to use a lot of the language and phraseology that we have used. i think i saw a tv ad and i thought it was me, but it turned out it was secretary clinton's picture in the ad. >> hillary clinton and bernie sanders face-to-face with the voters of south carolina for the final time tonight. right here on cnn. our democratic town hall live from columbia, south carolina. 8:00 p.m. chris cuomo will moderate this. what's he going to wear? >> he is going to wear a jacket that fits. i'm sure. that is so mean. >> i joked with him yesterday.
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>> he gave me a tie. i wore it on tv saturday night. chris has good taste in clothes. >> he does. two republicans breaking ranks with the party over president obama's eventual pick for supreme court justice. he says there should be a full-scale vote for whomever the president picks. the republicans will block any nominee. they now cite a 1992 senator joe biden speech. he flat out said a president who submits a nominee in an election year should not get that pick. says it clearly. says there shouldn't be a hearing. 39 minutes past the hour. an uber driving admitting to have a deadly role while working. why police are calling this case
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baffling and what uber is saying about the security policies next.
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this morning, we are hearing from frightened passengers trapped in their uber car with a killer. the 45-year-old suspect accused of killing six people in the weekend shooting spree in kalamazoo, michigan is being held without bail. according to prosecutors. he confessed to two of the murders and acknowledged being
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present at the scene where five others were shot. 12-year-old girl is clinging to life this morning. her family spoke to reporters. >> she is alive and fighting for her life. i want everybody to understand that. abigail is strong and she is a vibrant beautiful young lady. >> investigators still have no clear motive for the rampage. the shooter was taking fares for uber between the shootings. one terrified passenger feared for his life as the car was moving in and out of traffic. >> i asked him to let me out. he was calm the whole time. he was stating don't you want to get a ride to your friend's house. don't you need a ride? i said please pull over and let me out. at that point, he refused to
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stop. he just kept driving erratically. >> that passenger was able to jump out of the vehicle. let's get the latest from cnn's nick valencia. >> reporter: the kalamazoo shooting suspect made his first court appearance after being charged with six counts of murder. 16 counts in all. including attempted murder of a minor. that is the only time he showed expression when the judge read the charge. he was wearing an orange jump suit and glasses. he said about ten words. when asked if he wanted to make a statement, he said he would prefer to remain silent. before the arraignment, after being read his miranda rights, he admitted to quote taking people's lives. investigators seized 11 weapons from his home. neighbors said he liked guns and cars and kept to himself. details of the motive may come
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out in the next court appearance on march 3rd. >> uber had a conference call yesterday with safety and security for people riding in ubers. he passed a background check. he, just like anybody, could drive the car. they have rules in place. clearly, this driver was qualified, they say to be behind the wheel. that passenger you heard a minute ago, and others, called 911 and called uber to report there was erratic driving. >> you could have the same problem with taxi drivers and bus drivers. >> 40,000 new uber drivers a month. a lot of questions about the safety there. protesters expected today at dozens of apple stores across the country. in support of the apple company over the fbi request for the unlocking of the encrypted
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iphone of syed rizwan farook. on monday, mark zuckerberg voiced his support for the tech giant. >> we have opportunities to basically work with government and folks to make sure there are not terrorist attacks. we are obviously going to take those responsibilities and help make sure society is safe. we care about that. that's a big deal. we take that seriously. i don't think requiring back doors to encryption is going to be an effective way to increase security or is really the right thing to do for the direction of the world. >> microsoft co- founder bill gates said apple should unlike the iphone for the fbi. a lot of tech ceos siding with apple. most americans agree with bill gates. 51% of americans say apple
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should unlock the phone to assist with the fbi investigation. 38% said no. 11% don't have an opinion. there is not a difference among party lines. 55% of democrats say apple should help. 56% of republicans say the same. interesting. let's get a quick look at your money. stock futures pulling back a bit. nice rally yesterday. the dow and s&p 500 up 1.5% each. oil prices are retreating below $33 a barrel after the surge of 6% yesterday. stocks and oil just go together. when oil goes down, stocks go down. asia finishing with slim losses. >> yesterday was a great day. the connecticut judge deciding if a lawsuit brought by families of victims of sandy hook should go forward. the company that made the ar-15
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rifle used to kill people in 2012. the case is designed to shield gun makers for misuse of the products. the judge will issue a ruling in two months. camille cosby giving sworn testimony in the defamation suit. the women claimed the comedian defamed them by publicly denying their allegations of sexual assault. asked about mrs. cosby's deme demean demeanor, he says she got the sense he didn't want to be there. lawyers for mrs. cosby tried to block the deposition. she will answer more questions when the deposition resumes next month. president obama is asking congress for $1.9 billion to fight the zika virus in latin america and the united states. he is asking for the leftover $2.7 billion that was ear marked for ebola. the president wants to research new vaccines and better tools to diagnose zika. new developments in the
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flint water crisis. governor snyder announcing his office will release thousands of pages of e-mails dating back to 2011. all related to the water supply contamination in flint. the e-mails will be released soon after a careful review by state lawyers. claire mccaskill we recover fully from breast cancer. she said she learned she had the disease through routine mammograms. mccaskill is returning for treatment. she plans to submit questions in writing for hearings she may miss. senators across the board and people sending thoughts to her. south dakota governor plans to meet with a group of transgender students before deciding to sign a landmark bill into law. that bill would require school children to use bathrooms and locker rooms that relate to
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their gender at birth. the governor has not said if he intends to sign the measure. a groundbap of scientists conclude the ocean are rising faster than any other period. the climate scientists from the united states and several global universities conclude that seas rise 5.5 inches from 1900 to 2000. that is dangerous. >> i saw an interesting animation that showed the bull on wall street under water in a few decades. stock market coming off a nice rally, but oil prices are volatile. john berman can't sleep at night. >> i can't sleep at night because of the job. >> you don't sleep at night.
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new this morning, the united states and russia say they will
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work together to make sure a new cease-fire takes hold in syria by the end of the week. president obama and russian president vladimir putin sealed the deal in a phone conversation. the two sides agreed to set up a hotline to make sure the syrian government and opposition forces comply with the truce. isis and nusra not involved. we have jomana karadsheh in amman, jordan. >> reporter: john, according to the announcement by u.s. and russia, most guns are supposed to fall silent midnight friday into saturday local time there. that does not include two of the main groups. terror groups in the country. isis and al nusra. in the next few days, the united states and russia will be working to draw lines on the map of what territory these two groups are in because attacks on nusra and isis, including air
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strikes by the u.s.-led coalition and russians and syrian government could continue during that time. now all the groups that will take part in the cessation of hostilities have local time midday friday to confirm they are taking part in the temporary truce. john, there are lots of questions here about how this is going to be implemented. how it will be enforced and who is monitoring this with no neutral force on the ground. how will this be dealt with? lots of questions. not much detail at this point about the specifics of the agreement. john, a lot of skepticism, especially with the moderate opposition. there really isn't much trust as one would assume between them and regime and russians because
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the russians and syrian government can still go after isis and nusra. the opposition is saying what if they can still target the opposition because this is what they say has been going on. a lot of uncertainty here in the multidimensional conflict with so many players involved, john. no guarantees at this point. >> the millions of people caught in the middle will wait and see before they believe anything. jomana karadsheh, thanks. time for an early start on your money. investors taking a breather. a solid rally yesterday. futures right now with modest losses. you can see why. when oil goes down, stocks go down. that is why oil is on the chart. we keep putting oil on it because they are stuck together. stock market in europe opening lower. tokyo and asian markets with slim losses overnight. the recent rally in stocks has
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market watchers saying the worst is over. check out the s&p. the steep drop to begin the year. the worst start to the year ever. and the s&p 500 still 4.6% away from breaking even for the year. what is causing the market to move higher? it seems investors no longer fear recession in the u.s. crude oil is rebounding. stocks rebound. it may take a while for the relationship to change. watch oil and commodities. starbucks is changing popular rewards program. some customers hate it. instead of giving customers one star per purchase, it will give two stars for every dollar sent. to reach gold status, it will take 300 stars. the new free drink threshold, 125 stars. the system based on spending is a top request from customers. some fans on twitter are saying
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it costs more to get the same rewards. >> these are people who go to starbucks and spend $17 for a mocha frappe. i'm judging you. to be clear, i am judging you. "early start" continues right now. all right. it is nevada caucus day. what a flurry of activity overnight. ted cruz fires a top campaign aide. john kasich apologizes. donald trump threatens to punch a protester. and hillary clinton and bernie sanders on the stage tonight in the town hall. new strategies at play. an uber driver admits to having a role in the deadly shooting spree while working. why police are calling his rampage baffling.
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welcome to "early start." welcome to nevada caucus day. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, february 23rd. in just hours, nevada republicans will vote in caucuses across the silver state. donald trump way out front in the latest nevada polls. 26 points ahead of the rival marco rubio. this is the new cnn/orc survey. he held a raucous rally in las vegas last night. taunting protesters and taunting ted cruz calling him the biggest liar in politics. he called ted cruz a basket case and sick. jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, on the eve of the caucuses, donald trump with the fiery speak to date. the main focus ted cruz. following up on the resignation of the communications director rick tyler, trump branded the texas senator a liar at rally time and again.

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