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♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ can donald trump be stopped? a growing movement conservatives plotting to keep the front runner from winning the nomination. breaking overnight. hillary clinton officially wins the missouri primary. that gives her a clean sweep of tuesday primaries. could a full backing from the white house be far behind? >> good morning. i'm john berman. welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. top conservatives in back door meetings in washington, d.c. desperate to find a way to take
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down the gop front runner. trump and his visible opponents john kasich and ted cruz heading west. cruz in arizona. we get more from the fractured widening party from sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. will this stop trump movement seem to be picking up steam among conservatives among the meeting in washington, d.c. yesterday. it came away with a firm message calling for a unity ticket between ted cruz and john kasich and possibly launching a third party candidate in an effort to stop donald trump. back on capitol hill yesterday, marco rubio making his first appearance since suspending his campaign. he stopped short of any endorsement, but used the opportunity to blast donald trump. >> i think that will happen that the race narrowed further and time to prevent a trump
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nomination which would fracture the party. >> reporter: and in a very surprising move, south carolina senator lindsey graham tells dana bash that he thinks ted cruz is the only potential to stop donald trump. >> the first goal is to stop mr. trump from getting to the 1,237 and then do something that is not unfair to trump. right now you need 1,237. i think ted cruz is the best alternative. >> reporter: part of that will be helping senator cruz raise money. senator graham is slated to head a fund-raiser monday in washington, d.c. fund raising more essential now the primary has a potential to last longer. john and christine. >> sunlen serfaty in houston. thank you. a lot of republicans hoping for a convention hero to swoop in
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and take the nomination from donald trump. a hero named paul ryan. the house speaker now says he sees a long fight ahead for the party nomination. he insists he will not be among the combatants. >> it is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before. we're getting our minds around the idea this could very well become a reality and those of us who are involved in the convention need to respect that. it is not going to be me. it should be somebody running for president. people are campaigning and caucuses and primaries. that is who we should select. >> it will not be me. just like he said the speaker of the house will not be me. i'm just saying. he says no. he says no. the house speaker was spotted last night having dinner at a french restaurant in palm beach along with the republican party's biggest donors. one other point. paul ryan will be the chair of
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the convention. the house speaker is the chair of the convention. he will be running the show in cleveland. >> they are going over the books. all of the rules. he wants everything to happen legally and by the books. >> the way he wants. as long as it is the way. bernie sanders returns to the campaign trail hours after conceding missouri to hillary clinton. officially giving the former secretary of state a super tuesday sweep. the white house denying the times report that president obama is urging donors to unite behind clinton. listen to the push back on the story. >> the president did not indicate or specify a preference in the race. i did not say the president could not make up his mind. the president voted in the illinois democratic primary.
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we have not indicated that preference. >> sanders campaigns in idaho and arizona today. despite trailing clinton in the delegate count, the senator sees a path to the nomination. more from cnn's jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, as democrats are trying to turn the corner and look ahead to donald trump, bernie sanders is reminding folks the primary fight is still alive. he is campaigning in arizona an degrees degrees civilly. aggressively. he campaigned there last night. this is what he had to say. >> we will have elections not only here but in utah and idaho and we're heading further in a couple of months to california and to washington state. to oregon. we think that the climate is a little bit friendlier for us. we think we have a path toward
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victory. and if we can bring out large turnouts, we will win this thing. i'm proud that up to now we have won nine states. we have almost 850 delegates. and with your help on tuesday, we're going to win here in arizona. >> reporter: but as sanders campaigns, the reality is set in. he would have to win a vast majority of votes in the states to catch up with hillary clinton. the clinton campaign is running against bernie sanders. they are not taking anything for granted in arizona or other states. they are on the air with new television ads. the clinton campaign is keeping one eye on sanders and one eye on trump. john and christine. >> jeff zeleny.
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lawmakers heading home for a two-week recess leaving the fight for the supreme court in limbo. judge merrick garland met with democrats on thursday. most republicans are refusing to sit with him or grant a hearing. cnn's white house correspondent michelle kosinski. >> reporter: hi, john and christine. we are seeing another push. another difficult campaign trail. the supreme court nominee merrick garland goes to capitol hill. he is having sit down meetings with senators, but none with republicans. there are seven senate republicans, some up for re-election, including the senate judiciary committee chuck grassley. he is saying okay, we are willing to sit and meet with garland, including grassley, they will reiterate they will not consider him as a nominee or any nominee for that matter
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right now. the white house believes there is a chance some vulnerable incumbent republicans could be won over and public pressure will be strong. now the white house is using a lot of twitter, special hash tags. yesterday, the president had a phone call with progressives. he urged them to get out and involved and get their voices heard and work on this to show that garland should have a fair shot. it is strange. on the one hand republicans are saying i don't know why we're talking about this. we made it clear we're not going to hold hearings, but you have the white house expressing confidence that this nominee will ultimately be confirmed. what it will boil down to is what do republicans see as their least damaging optioning to consider this consensus nominee or wait and see if there is is a democratic president, who they would bring forward. is it better to be seen now as not obstructing the process or as some republicans believe, are
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voters just going to be motivated by them trying to do everything they can to keep the balance of the supreme court from shifting. john and christine. >> michelle kosinski, thanks for that. david petraeus making a second appearance on the benghazi committee. he will face the closed session tomorrow. he testified behind closed doors in january. some lawmakers were left with unanswered questions. the ex-cia chief was forced out of office for an affair. friction with cuba and the u.s. days before president obama's historic visit there. the plan to promote change in the country. he said president obama should focus on america's problems instead. the white house insiders say the president will call for more freedoms for cuba. time for an early start on your money. the comeback is complete. the dow has officially erased
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all of the losses from the chaotic start to the year. dow up 0.3%. in 2016, nasdaq has a way to go. and sitting at the highest close so far this year. in the first three weeks, dow has plunged 1,974 points. a low on february 11th. falling oil prices and worries of china and the economy had people fleeing the stock market. confidence came back. dow roared back. it may be a struggle for more gains. futures are flat. oil is steady above $40 a barrel. european stock markets higher. think of that. the dow staged a 1,974 point rally. >> fantastic. >> if you bought. ten minutes after the hour. who is to blame for the water crisis in flint, michigan?
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the state's governor and epa pointing fingers in some cases at each other. new protest planned. that's next.
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with sweet drizzle and bits made with real fruit. a contentious hearing on capitol hill as lawmakers try to assign blame for the water supply contamination in michigan. both the governor and epa were listening to calls for their resignati resignation. sara ganim has more. >> reporter: the governor faced an angry committee demanding answers for why he was so slow to react to flint's toxic water crisis. it was much anticipated testimony that his administration knew about the problem before action was taken. the epa also under fire for not acting quickly enough or doing enough when the epa learned of
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high levels of lead in flint's water. neither one got much sympathy from the committee. >> you need to resign. >> yes! >> common sense told you, stop drinking the water. >> not at that point in time. >> at what point in time? >> not only am i asking you to be fired. if you are not going to resign, you should be impeached. >> reporter: often bickering over who is more to blame. >> why didn't administrator mccarthy get on the phone and call me? this is the culture that got us in the mess. where is common sense? >> i will take responsibility for not pushing hard enough, but i will not take responsibility for causing this problem. it was not epa at the helm when this happened. >> reporter: as the questions continued in the hearing room, residents of flint protested outside in the hallways once
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again calling for rick snyder's resignation and criminal charges. snyder doesn't want to step down. he wants to fix the problem. gina mccarthy has not admitted to wrongdoing here. so many unanswered questions. many of the current or former state employees making the decisions have refused to talk to the committee. john and christine. thank you. fbi investigators say a student who stabbed four people on the california college campus before being killed by police may have been inspired by isis. 18-year-old faisal muhammad may have become self radicalized. investigators found isis materials on his laptop and evidence he visited extremist web sites. police in washington, d.c. are investigating an alleged case of sexual abuse at the
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sidwele friends school. the incidents reportedly took place on wednesday and is not considered to be a crime at this point in time. it is not known where on campus this took place. new york city police investigating a suspicious piece of mail sent to donald trump's son in manhattan. officials responded to eric trump's apartment last night. the mail was addressed to him in midtown. police say the postmark was from massachusetts. just when you thought spring had sprung, there is snow in the forecast for the northeast. i think a bunch of it. let's get to meteorologist derek van dam. >> john and christine, that's right. with any nor'easter, the exact placement of the low pressure system off the new england coast is crucial. that determines how much snow will fall and which cities will see snowfall.
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latest computer models indicate between 2 to 4 to 6 inches from d.c. to boston and philly and new york city. this is the bulk of energy developing across the gulf coast. this area has already experienced a significant amount of rain if you recall the flooding over the region last week. any additional rainfall on top of that means the flooding potential could continue. anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of rain. some storms could be severe as well as western louisiana. look out for isolated large hail and the potential for tornadoes. look at the temperatures. they are going down across the east coast thanks to the impending storm. highs of 36 expected on sunday for the big apple. back to you. i don't know what to think about that. i'll mull that over for a bit. 19 minutes past the hour. breaking overnight. new aggression from north frkor
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firing missiles into the sea. is that country ready to launch an attack? we are bringing that to you next.
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a new provocation from north korea. the pentagon confirms the launch of two ballistic missiles off the coast of the peninsula. it comes off the heels of the sanctions against pyongyang as the u.s. and south korea begins the joint exercises for the military. ivan watson has more. >> reporter: christine, it started with the pre-dawn ballistic missile launch.
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two projectiles off the north korean capital. one official said it disappeared from the radar after the altitude of 17 kilometers. the other traveled 800 kilometers. to give you a sense of how far that is, the distance between pyongyang and hiroshima. that is why countries like japan see this as a threat. this is the second time the north koreans fired missiles in about eight days. it is in violations of united nations security council resolutio resolutions. including one slapped against north korea for the previous nuclear weapons test in january of this year. part of what is aggravating the situation, north korea is preparing for threats of the
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u.s. and south korean military joint exercises that take place every year in the south. it lodged protests with the united nations and if you go back to 2014, the same military exercises, north korea fired around 90 rockets and missiles in an eight-week period. that is what we are liking seeing now. >> ivan watson, thank you. donald trump back on the campaign trail today. also back on the trail, the growing movement to try to stop him. somehow. any way from securing the nomination. well, it was nice to see everyone.
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unhappy. breaking overnight. hillary clinton officially wins missouri. another victory over bernie sanders. a sweep on super tuesday. could a white house endorsement now be coming? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 31 minutes past the hour. new loud noises and masinations from the anti-trump party. they are desperate to find a way to take down donald trump. trump, john kasich and ted cruz heading west on the campaign trail. cruz and kasich in utah. let's get more on the widen rift in the republican party from sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. the stop trump movement is picking up steam among conservative republicans.
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the meeting in washington, d.c. came with a message. potentially calling for a unity ticket. maybe between cruz and kasich and, yes, the possibility of launching a third party candidate. of course, all in an effort to stop donald trump. now meanwhile back on capitol hill yesterday, marco rubio making his first appearance since suspending his campaign this week. he stopped short of endorsement, but used the opportunity to blast trump. >> it will happen now. hopefully there is time to prevent a trump nomination which would fracture the party and damaging. >> reporter: and in a very surprising move, south carolina senator lindsey graham tells cnn that he thinks ted cruz, yes, ted cruz, is the only potential to stop donald trump. >> the first goal is to stop mr. trump from getting to 1,237. then to use the process written not to do something that's
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unfair to mr. trump. right now, you need 1,237 to become the nominee. i think ted cruz is the best alternative to mr. trump in denying him 1,237. >> reporter: part of that is helping cruz raise money. graham is slated to hold a fund-raiser for him in washington, d.c. this is more essential now the primary is lasting longer. john and christine. >> thank you. a lot of republicans have been hoping for a convention hero to swoop in and take the nomination from donald trump. the house speaker was a featured guest yesterday in palm beach, florida. he insists he is not among the combatants. >> this is likely an open convention than we thought before. we are getting our minds around
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this reality. those involved in the convention need to respect that. it is not going to be me. people are campaigning and canvassing and caucuses and primaries. that is whom we should select. >> the guy who used to have his job, he wants him to do that job. ryan spotted last night having dinner at a french restaurant in palm beach along with the republican party's biggest donors. >> put president down on the list of jobs that ryan is not interested in as well as speaker of the house. he did say that. bernie sanders returns to the campaign trail after conceding to hillary clinton in missouri. officially giving the former secretary of state a sweep on super tuesday. this morning, the white house is denying a "new york times" report that president obama is urging democratic donors to unite behind hillary clinton.
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>> the president did not indicate or specify a preference in the race. i did not say he could not make up his mind. the president has voted if the illinois primary we have not indicated that preference. >> i encourage you to read the times piece. it is compelling that president obama is suggesting that democrats unite behind hillary clinton. bernie sanders's campaign in idaho and arizona today. despite trailing clinton, the senator says he sees a path to the nomination. more now from senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, as democrats are trying to turn the corner to donald trump, sanders is reminding folks the primary fight is still alive. he is campaigning in arizona. the next big primary state in four days.
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he campaigned there last night. >> we're going to have elections not only here, but in utah and idaho and heading further in a couple months to california and washington state. to oregon. we think that the cliemts is a little bit friendlier for us. we think we have a path toward victory. if we can bring out large turnouts, we will win this thing. i'm proud up to now we have won nine states. we have almost 850 delegates. and with your help on tuesday, we're going to win here in arizona. >> reporter: but even as sanders campaigns, the political reality
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is set in he would have to win a vast majority of votes to catch up with hillary clinton. the clinton campaign is running against bernie sanders. they are not taking anything for granted in arizona or other states. they are on air with new television ads. the clinton campaign is running a dual track. one eye on bernie sanders and one eye on donald trump. john and christine. jeff, thank you. lawmakers head home for a two-week recess today leaving the fight over the president's supreme court nominee in limbo. judge merrick garland met with democratic senators thursday. republicans refusing to sit down with him or grant a hearing. the president is hopeful there are cracks in the resistance. here is michelle kosinski. >> reporter: john and christine, now we're seeing this big push. almost like another difficult campaign trail. the president's supreme court nominee merrick garland goes to capitol hill. he is beginning to have these sit down meetings with senators.
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at this point, none has been with republicans. there are seven senate republicans, including some up for election. the judicial committee chairman chuck grassley saying okay we will met with garland, but in some cases, including grassley, they will reiterate they will not consider him as a nominee or any nominee for that matter right now. the white house believes there is a chance that some vulnerable incumbent republicans could be won over and public pressure will be strong. the white house is using twitter and hash tags. the president urged people to get involved and get voices heard and work on this to show that garland should have a fair shot. it is strange. on the one hand republicans are saying i don't know why we're talking about this. we made it clear we're not going to hold hearings. you have white house expressing
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confidence that this nominee will ultimately be confirmed. what it will boil down to is what do republicans see as their least damaging option to consider this consensus nominee or wait and see if there is is a democratic president and who they would bring forward. is it better to be seen now as not obstructing the process or as some republicans believe, are voters going to be motivated by them trying to do everything they can to keep the balance of the supreme court from shifting. john and christine. >> michelle kosinski. former cia director david petraeus will make a second appearance on the house committee on benghazi. he first testified in january behind closed doors. some lawmakers were left with unanswered questions. the ex-chief was forced out of office after an affair with his
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biographer. friction three days before the historic visit by president obama to cuba. the rejection of the plan to promote change in the country. he said the president should focus on america's problems instead. the president will call for more freedoms for cubans during the trip to havana. time for an early start on your money. february fear gone. stocks at the year's highs and dow erased almost 2,000 points. it is now higher for the year. recession fears vanishing and oil is above $40 a barrel for the first time last year. stocks in europe and asia are higher. the reason for the dow's comeback is oil. the lows of the year, crude rebounded 54%. the theory is plunge in oil will force producers to trim production. that's why they started buying again. higher oil in the stock market and retirement accounts, but means gas prices are moving higher.
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$1.97 is the national average for a gallon of gas. it is well below the price this time. it is more money in your pocket. >> we're in favor of more money. >> wait a minute. it costs 25 cents more. that is the market for you. who is to blame for the water crisis in flint, michigan? the state's governor and epa pointing fingers, in some cases at each other. new protests planned. that's next. sweet. to satisfy the adult and kid - in all of us. ♪ nutritious wheat for the adult you've grown into and delicious sweet for the kid you'll never outgrow... feed your inner kidult with frosted mini-wheats®. try new kellogg's mini-wheats harvest delights with sweet drizzle and bits made with real fruit.
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a combative hearing on capitol hill as lawmakers try to assign blame for the water supply in michigan. the governor and head of the epa facing questions and the calls to resign over the crisis. we have sara ganim with more. >> reporter: the governor faced an angry congressional hearing.
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especially democrats demanding answers for why he was so slow to react to the flint water crisis. it was much anticipated testimony given that e-mails show his staff knew about problems for months before action was taken. he wasn't the only one under fire. president obama's administrator to the environmental protection agency also under fire for not acting quickly enough or doing enough when the epa learned of high levels of lead in flint's water. neither one got much sympathy from the committee. >> you need to resign. >> yes! >> common sense told you, hey, stop drinking the water. >> not at that point in time. >> at what point in time? >> not only am i can asking you to be fired, if you don't resign, you should be impeached. >> reporter: the two often bickering over who is more to
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blame. >> why didn't mccarthy get on the phone and call me? technical compliance. this is the culture that got us in trouble. >> i will take responsibility for not pushing hard enough, but i will not take responsibility for causing this problem. it was not epa at the helm when this happened. >> reporter: as the questions continued in the hearing room, residents of flint protested outside in the hallways once again calling for rick snyder's resignation and some cases criminal charges. snyder will not step down. mccarthy has not admitted to wrongdoing here. the reason for unanswered questions, many of the former or current state employees making these decisions have refused to talk to the committee. john and christine. >> sara, thank you. fbi investigators who say a
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student who killed four people on college campus before being killed by police may have been inspired by isis. faisal muhammad may have been drawn inspiration from isis propaganda. breaking overnight. police in washington, d.c. investigating an alleged case of sexual abuse at the sidwell friends school. the school attended by president obama's daughters. the incident is not considered to be a crime at this time. it is not known where on campus it took place. officials are cooperating with law enforcement. new york city police are investigating a piece of mail sent to donald trump's son in manhattan. officials responded to eric trump's home in midtown. police say the postmark was from massachusetts. global temperatures keep shattering records.
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in the month of february, earth was 2.2 degrees warmer. scientists call that astounding. the february reading representing the tenth straight month of record-breaking global temperatures. a mark that is called unprecedent unprecedented. there is, though, snow in the forecast for the northeast. a lot of it. let's get the latest from meteorologist derek van dam. >> that's right, john and christine. last time i checked, sunday is the first day of spring across north america. this pattern is setting up for the middle of winter. we have the advertised nor'easter. we know by this late in the season, the low off the new england coastline determines which cities get snow and how much. you see the difference with the american and european models. a dusting of snow and 6 inches or more. one thing is for sure, the cold
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air is going to allow for that mercury to drop. look at new york by sunday. 36 degrees. the bulk of the energy across the gulf coast states. severe weather from central texas to louisiana. additional flooding for the area with perhaps up to 6 inches or more of rain. ending on a good note, the three-month temperature outlook is positive for the east coast. back to you. thank you, derek. what a comeback. 2,000 points. i'm not talking about a basketball game. the most important game for your retirement. >> it is not more important than march madness. >> no. it is. we will get an early start on your money next. announcer: if the hardest part of your day
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sea off the korean peninsula. this is off sanctions against pyongyang. cnn's ivan watson is following the developments live this morning in seoul. what is the latest, ivan? >> reporter: john, the u.s. and south korea detected the missile launches at dawn coming from north korea. not too far north from the north korean capital. the u.s. defense department thinks they were rodan medium range ballistic missiles. one traveled a distance of 500 miles. the other one went about 50 miles, 10 miles in the air altitude before it disappeared off radar. to get a sense of the geography, the distance from pyongyang to hiroshima is about 500 miles. that's part of why countries in the region are so alarmed by
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things like these missile launches. the south korean government is saying this is a slap in the face to the united nations which imposed sanctions on north korea this month to get it to stop the nuclear weapons program. the u.s. state department has come out and said please do not continue to escalate tensions in the region. yesterday, u.s. imposed sanctions on north korea. north korea is angry about the u.s. and south korea military joint exercises taking place in south korea. every year, the u.s. does it and pyongyang gets furious and fires off salvo after salvo of missiles and rockets. last year, the claim of the first hydrogen bomb and kim jong un ordered more military tests
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and expand the north korean ballistic missile arsenal and with the goal of sticking a nuclear warhead on board the missiles so they can present their power and strengths to the rest of the world. john. >> dangerous game. ivan watson, thank you. secretary of state john kerry officially labeling the atrocities isis is leading against groups genocide. this is the first genocide declaration since 2004 and darfur. the genocide designation does establish a framework for one day trying isis for war crimes. european leaders will present the crisis deal to the turk turkey prime minister. it agrees to offer issutoffer. it is grappling with the largest
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migrant crisis since world war ii. 1974 is now history. i'm not talking about a year. the deepest-point loss for the dow jones industrial average this year. wiping out those gains. strong gains yesterday took the dow higher for the year. the final run impressive. wiping out nearly 2,000-point loss. blue chips capping off. the dow closed lower once. futures flat here. maybe pointing slightly lower. oil down, but above $40 a barrel. stocks in europe are negative right now. shares in asia closed mostly higher overnight. the u.s. government grants apple a new patent for encryption as they battle the issue in court. apple has a method that makes locks harder to crack. details are technical and vague.
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they hinted a method to keep people from pirating media. apple submitted the application back in 2014. it was approved thursday. it shows the tech industry is pushing for strong security as the government is pushing to help break into the features. interesting. "early start" continues right now. >> the plot to stop donald trump. some conservative, some republicans meeting behind closed doors to figure out a way to derail the republican frontrunner. breaking news overnight. hillary clinton officially wins the primary on super tuesday. could the official backing from the white house be far behind? welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is friday, march 18th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. new loud noises from the dump trump movement from some corners
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of the republican party. plotting secretly in back door meetings from washington, d.c. to west palm beach to find a way to take down the republican frontrunner. trump and opponents, kasich and cruz are heading west on the campaign trail. trump and kasich in utah. cruz in arizona. both states vote on tuesday. let's get more on the widening fracture within the republican party from sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. will this stop trump movement seem to be picking up steam among republicans. conservative came with a firm message. potentially calling for a unity ticket. maybe between ted cruz and john of launching a third party ility candidate in an effort to stop donald trump. back on capitol hill yesterday, marco rubio making his first appearance s

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