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are rigged rules keeping donald trump from the nomination? ted cruz and john kasich say they don't need the popular vote to come out on top. bernie sanders and hillary clinton's intense battle in new york. cnn exclusive. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm michelle kosinski. >> i'm john berman.
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this morning, rigged, corrupt. those words from donald trump and directed from his own party and nominating process. today, the republican frontrunner heads to new york blasting the party system of the delegates to the convention in cleveland. that was one big thing we heard from him overnight in albany. trump had words for hillary clinton. he expects her to be the democratic nominee despite her being guilty as hell of mishandling classified e-mails. let's bring in sara murray with the trump campaign. >> reporter: good morning, john and michelle. donald trump is not backing down on the criticism of the republican nominating process. he stumbled in colorado and louisiana. speaking here in albany to a crowd of thousands, he suggested to them the system is rigged. >> so we have a rigged system. in colorado, they were going to vote. you is saw what's happening in colorado. one of the big things.
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it's a fix. because we thought we were having an election and a number of months ago they decided to do it by, you know what, right? right? they said we'll do it by delegate. they will do it by delegate. it's not nice. the delegates were all there all waiting. the head guy. in fact, one of them tweeted out today or said today by mistake something to the effect, see, never trump. look what we did. if i go to the voters of colorado, we win colorado. so it's a crooked system. >> reporter: the reality is when donald trump was up against ted cruz in louisiana, he did win, but narrowly. to see ted cruz out organize him behind the scenes in the state conventions. that is something the trump
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campaign hopes to rectify. trump gave us the general message hitting hillary clinton hard from the stump here in new york. >> i don't think the e-mails will take her down because she is protected by the democrats. it would take anybody else down. she is being protected by the democrats, which is a disgrace. she will have to live with that when she runs. everybody knows she is guilty as hell. her whole life has been a big fat beautiful lie. >> reporter: that shift hitting hillary clinton harder about her e-mail scandal and past is a strategic one for the campaign. they are inching closer to the nominee and they want to prepare to take on clinton. >> thank you, sara. reince priebus fired back overnight at trump's criticism. he went on twitter. look at this tweet. the rules were set last year.
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nothing mysterious. nothing new. the rules have not changed. the rules are the same. nothing different. interesting. who is getting under who's skin? in an interview, donald trump is thinking ahead. he offered up possible choices as a running mate if he gets the nomination. he mentioned john kasich or marco rubio. both men said they have no interest in being vice president. wisconsin governor scott walker is someone donald trump mentioned. he said i literally just heard it in the car and laughed. it is interesting to hear that after the things said about me a couple weeks ago. scott walker supported head cruz ted cruz. >> now donald trump's whining and cursing. campaigning late last night in
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california, cruz touted his victories over trump. >> you may have noticed that when donald loses -- he gets very unhappy. he yells and screams and stamps his foot. he curses and yells and insults anyone nearby. look, as we know in the state of california, wine is something best served with cheese. >> you hear that lively crowd. no campaign events for cruz today after his west coast swing. one sign that cruz is looking beyond the new york primary where he is third in the polls is he has not been in new york since last thursday. the only stop in new york is tomorrow for cnn's town hall after an event in pennsylvania.
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in hours, governor john kasich is billing a major speech in new york city. the governor pre-viewed that address on the cnn town hall last night. the speech is two paths. he says it stokes people's fears instead of his path. he sees a clear route to winning the republican nomination. that clear route goes through a muddy contested convention where delegates would choose him because he is the only nominee who can beat hillary clinton. >> well, it's a scrum. look, we don't know who all the delegates are going to be. they will be hard working republicans. some elected officials or former elected officials. ward healers and all this. a bizarre process. i'm not in the middle of it. i have to prepare for people like you and i do town halls and all the things that i do.
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>> this was the first fight night of the three-night town hall. it continues tonight with donald trump and his family. melania and ivanka and his sons on stage answering voter questions. tomorrow night, ted cruz and heidi cruz. all live here in new york. 9:00 p.m. each night. >> it is such a different perspective. >> it is. i talked to the candidates about this. they love these town halls. >> it is just what we need. on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders battling for votes in new york. this morning, clinton ahead of sanders by 12 points. the two democrats slamming for positions they once took on immigration and fracking. >> i started co- sponsoring the dream act in 2002 or 2003. i consistently did that. senator sanders, by contrast,
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was supporting vigilantes, minutemen on the border. >> secretary clinton supported fracking throughout the world to reward companies like chevron and halliburton and conocophillips. that is unacceptable. >> sanders took aim at republican frontrunner. cnn's jason carroll was there. >> reporter: bernie sanders wrapping up his speech in buffalo drawing a crowd of thousands. he is still meeting some of his fans who came out tonight. as the race heats up with hillary clinton and bernie sanders, they are sharpening attacks on experience and judgment. sanders saying despite the polls, he has the momentum. during the rally in buffalo, he drew distentiinctions on himseld
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clinton. income inequality and trade and campaign finance reform. he saved some of his strongest criticism for donald trump. >> many americans are worried about the possibility of donald trump becoming president of the united states. it ain't going to happen. we will not allow a donald trump to divide us up by insulting mexicans and latinos. by insulting muslims. by insulting women. >> reporter: sanders also criticizing trump for heading up
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the birther moment against president obama. sanders says despite the polls showing him trailing behind hillary clinton, he points to another poll. in a match up with himself and trump, he says in at least two polls, he beats trump. john, michelle. >> thanks, jason. another cnn exclusive. the democratic presidential debate this thursday night at 9:00 p.m. in brooklyn. hillary clinton and bernie sanders face-to-face for the first time in more than five weeks and the last time before the new york primary. only on cnn. >> the first time since they started calling each other unqualified. joining us for an early start on your money is alison kosik. good morning. i am seeing markets being mixed around the world. asian stocks closed lower. european markets are mixed. u.s. stock futures are barely moving at the moment. stocks kicked off the week on a bad note. they were just modest losses. the dow lost 21 points.
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that is .1%. s&p and nasdaq closed in the red. after the session, the s&p is back in negative territory. amazon customers are telling jeff bezos to dump trump. a petition started by a women's rights group demanding amazon cut ties with donald trump. trump has eight items on amazon. macy's pulled trump clothing line earlier this year. the online retailer still stands to profit from the frontrunner. if you do a search on the word "trump." it pulls up bobbleheads and face masks and even toilet paper. the toilet paper has his face on it. >> thanks, alison.
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some new video surfacing from moments after former new orleans star will smith was shot and killed. that's next.
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the suspect in the apparent road rage shooting death of former nfl star will smith claims the police have it wrong. you are looking at the cell phone video moments after smith was shot and killed by cardell hayes. he rear-ended and shot the lineman after the argument broke out. an attorney for hayes claims his client was the victim of the hit-and-run and suggested smith was the aggressor. >> reporter: john and michelle, hayes remains on a $1 million bail. the alleged facts are fairly simple. we know former nfl player smith and his wife had dinner with
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friends at a restaurant in the french quarter in new orleans. they left the restaurant at 11:15 p.m. police say it was about ten blocks away from the restaurant when a vehicle rammed into from the rear, their mercedes benz suv. police say that words were exchanged, but also say what happened is hayes took a small gun out of his vehicle and began to shoot multiple times will smith killing him at the scene. his wife was shot in the leg. she was taken to the hospital. will smith was drafted in 2004 for the nfl. he played his entire career with the saints. he was with them when they won the super bowl in 2010. he had received knowledge he was going to be inducted this year into the new orleans saints hall of fame. john, michelle. >> jean, thanks. republican senator chuck
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grassley and merrick garland will break bread this morning, but do not expect a breakthrough. grassley, the chairman of the senate committee is ready to block garland or any other nominee until the new president takes office. after they meet for breakfast, he will sit down with other republicans. >> that has to be an awkward conversation. a challenge now to mississippi's controversy religious freedom law. democratic senator in the state plans to introduce a bill today that would repeal the measure. the new law takes effect in july and allow businesses to deny services of the lgbt community based on the business owner's religious or moral beliefs. the teams testing water in flint, michigan will released results this morning. governor rick snyder blames his staff for misleading him about the lead contamination crisis.
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he was told there was no problem by environmental officials. 12 people have died from the legionnaire's outbreak. those cases started after the flint city changed to the flint river in 2013. parts of the south under the threat of thunderstorms. a round of nasty weather left a trail of destruction in the region on monday. look at the damage. tree toppled over destroying this home. this was the scene in wily, texas. wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. and hail here which left a lot of damage. debris scattered in the street. a cnn exclusive. two former isis fighters describe the horror they witnessed on the job. that's next.
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now to a cnn exclusive. two rugged former taliban fighters turn to isis and decide to defect from isis. something that is happening more and more. speaking to cnn, they describe the tactics as too brutal to handle and isis promises to help afghans empty. let's bring in senior correspondent nick paton walsh live in kabul. nick, you spoke to these men face-to-face. >> reporter: yes. it tells you something about how brutal isis have been perceived in southeastern afghanistan. a place ruled by decades of war. the two men who used to be
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taliban fighters were disgusted by beheadings. they were put into a camp and they were sickened by that and they chose to defect away from isis. we have seen since early last year, isis move into the east of the country. many accuse them of being foreign and often from pakistan. they play on disputes from the taliban ranks to get a foot hold. u.s. drone strikes came in to try to push them back. that seems to have predominately worked, but these defectors left because their goals isis pursuing were not the same. now remarkably, these taliban men were at one point target of u.s. air power. now they cheer on u.s. drones attacking isis even if their villages and former homes. they want to see isis wiped out. it is such a mess this war.
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isis were a damaging and new complication in the crisis. u.s. drone power seems to be making a substantial dent in them, but still there to the point where the radio broadcasts to appeal to tomorrow to their side was wiped out by u.s. air strike. locals appear to hear them back on the air. they are dented and revolting. many afghans away from them. they are an added complicatioco. they are a distraction. now the taliban declared their fighting season opening today. should focus more on the longer insurgency. that is the taliban which is taking more territory. >> thank you, nick. battle over delegates engaging the republican frontrunner donald trump. he says the game is rigged. he blasted the process and now the republican party chair fighting back. listerine® kills 99% of bad breath germs. this is 100% useful for a 100% fresh mouth.
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donald trump lashing out at the republican voting process and overnight, the party chair lashes back. hillary clinton and bernie sanders trading low blows as they battle for votes in new york. a cnn exclusive. isis defectors share their story. we're live. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm michelle kosinski. three more tough words from donald trump and they are directed at his party and nominating process. today, the republican frontrunner heads to new york blasting the party system of selecting delegates to the convention in cleveland. that was one theme we heard from him overnight with the huge rally in albany.
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trump had words for hillary clinton saying he expects her being the nominee despite her being guilty as hell. his words. sara murray has more. >> reporter: donald trump is not backing down on his criticism of the republican nominating process. he stumbled in the delegate wrangling like colorado and louisiana. speaking here in new york last night to a crowd of thousands, he suggested to them the system is rigged. >> so we have a rigged system. in colorado, they were going to vote. you saw what's happened in colorado. it's a fix because we thought we were having an election and a number of months ago they decided to do it by, you know what, right? right? they said we'll do it by delegate. they said they will do it by delegate. it's not nice. if i go to the voters of
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colorado, we win colorado. so it's a crooked, crooked system. >> reporter: the reality is when donald trump was up against ted cruz in louisiana, he did win, but only narrowly. only to see ted cruz able to out organize him behind the scenes in the state conventions. that is something the trump campaign is hoping to rectify with staff changes. trump gave us a preview of the general election message hitting hillary clinton hard from the stump here in new york. >> i don't think the e-mails will take her down because she is being protected by the democrats. it would take anybody else down. it won't take her down because she is protected by the democrats. she will have to live with that. everybody knows she is guilty as hell. everybody. her whole life has been a big fat beautiful lie. >> reporter: the shift hitting
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hillary clinton harder about her e-mail scandal and past is a strategic one for the trump campaign. they feel they are inching closer to the general election. if things are like this now, what will it be like two months from now? one can only imagine. >> republican national convention chairman reince priebus is fighting back. priebus telling trump the rules were set last year. nothing mysterious and nothing new. the rules are the same. nothing different. in an interview with usa today, donald trump is thinking ahead. offering up choices for a running mate. john kasich and marco rubio both on the list. although both say they have no interest in being vice president. so wisconsin governor scott walker stopped by saying i literally just heard it in the car and laughed.
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it is interesting to hear after what was said about me a couple weeks ago. >> trump was going after walker hard. >> that is how it goes. >> the best about marco rubio. donald trump said, i could choose marco rubio. he tried to be don rickles on me during the campaign. he went more don rickles on me. fighting back on the whining and cursing. campaigning late in california, cruz touted the recent victories over donald trump. >> you may have noticed that when donald loses he gets very unhappy. he yells and screams and stamps his foot. he curses and yells and insults
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anyone nearby. look, as we know in the state of california, wine is something best served with cheese. >> by the way, ted cruz happens to love cheese. it's true. he talks about cheese all the time. no campaign events for ted cruz after the west coast swing. one sign that cruz is looking beyond the new york primary. in a more wall street journal poll has him in third. he hasn't been in new york since last thursday. only stop in new york is tomorrow for the cnn town hall. that's after an event in pennsylvania which holds its primary april 26th. >> one day this will be one great country song. just hours, ohio governor john kasich is delivering a major speech in new york city. kasich pre-viewed it on the cnn town hall last night titled two paths. he says it criticizes trump and
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cruz for stoking people's fears instead of bringing people together. kasich says he sees a clear route to the nomination. he says it goes through the convention where the delegates choose him because he is the only nominee to beat hillary clinton. >> well, it is a scrum. look, we don't know who all the delegates will be. they will be hard working republicans. they will be some elected officials or former elected officials. ward healers and all this. a bizarre process. i'm not in the middle of it because i have to prepare for you and do town halls and all the things i do. >> the three night cnn republican town hall event continues tonight with the trump family. including donald, melania and ivanka on stage answering voter questions. tomorrow night, will have ted and heidi cruz all live in new york at 9:00 p.m. on cnn.
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>> the candidates love doing this. you get to hear from them for the whole hour. >> i could not stop watching. it was fascinating. you never know which questions they get. this could go in any direction. what if you are rebellious kids and you don't know what they would say? >> my kids would not sit for a town hall. on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders battling for votes in new york. hillary clinton ahead of sanders by 12 points in the latest polls. the two democrats slamming each other for positions on immigration and fracking. >> i started cosponsoring the dream act in 2003. sanders was supporting vigilantes, the minutemen on the border. >> secretary clinton and her state department worked to export fracking throughout the world to reward companies like
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chevron, halliburton, exxon mobile and conocophillips. in my view, that is unacceptable. >> sanders had a rally in buffalo and he took aim at the republican frontrunner. cnn's jason carroll was there. >> reporter: bernie sanders wrapping up his speech in buffalo drawing a crowd of thousand. he is still meeting people who came out here tonight. as the race heats up with hillary clinton and bernie sanders, they are sharpening attacks on each other over experience and judgment. sanders saying despite the polls showing him trailing behind clinton, he has momentum. during the rally in buffalo, he drew distinctions between himself and clinton. including income inequality, trade policies and campaign finance reform. he saved some of his strongest criticism for donald trump. >> many americans are worried about the possibility of donald
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trump becoming president of the united states. it ain't going to happen! we will not allow a donald trump to divide us up by insulting mexicans and latinos. by insulting muslims. by insulting women. >> reporter: sanders criticizing trump for heading up the birther moment against president obama. sanders says despite the polls showing him trailing clinton, he
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sees himself in another poll. he and trump. in two polls, he beats trump. >> jason in buffalo. thank you. democratic presidential debate this thursday night at 9:00 p.m. in brooklyn. a big, big deal. hillary clinton and bernie sanders face-to-face for the first time in more than five weeks. the final time before they face-off before the new york primary. this race has changed. >> they said it would happen. we are seeing it in living co r color. joining us for the early start on the whining and cursing and fever tweet in the markets. alison kosik. >> good morning. i'm seeing a lot of red arrows around the world. european markets in the red. we are seeing u.s. stock futures in the red. you know, stocks kicked off on a bad note. the dow lost 21 points. that lower close for the s&p 500 puts that index back in negative
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territory for the year. happy equal pay day. today marks how long into the year women need to work until their earnings can catch up to what full-time working men earned last year. meaning, women have to work an extra four months just to make what men do. on average, women earn 79 cents for every dollar a pman earns. african-american women and hispanic women earn less. that pay gap adds up. women earn $11,000 a year less than men earn. that works out to $900 less per month. here is what is depressing. women expect to get paid less because in the survey, it showed how they expect to get paid compared to men. they get an average $14,000 less on the expectation to be paid. a lesson to us women. we have to ask. we have to have the guts to ask
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and hopefully not get penalized. >> there is inequality out there. we know that. it is complicated. this is an averaging out of everything. >> it's a good overview. >> president obama speaking about that. he is giving a speech at 11:15 in washington. new video surfacing this morning after a former new orleans saints star will smith was shot and killed. we will have that video next.
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new developments from new orleans this morning. the suspect in the apparent road rage shooting death of former nfl star will smith claims the police have the story wrong. cell phone video from the crime scene saturday night. this is moments after smith was allegedly shot and killed by 28-year-old cardell hayes.
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hayes rear-ended smith's suv and shot the lineman after the arguments broke out. now an attorney for hayes claims his client was the victim of a hit-and-run. insisting smith was the aggressor. let's get more from jean casarez. >> reporter: hayes remains on a $1 million bail this morning. we know that nfl former football player and his wife had dinner with friends at a restaurant in the french quarter in new orleans. they left the restaurant at 11:15 p.m. and police said ten blocks away from the restaurant when a vehicle rammed into from the rear their mercedes benz suv. police say that words were exchanged, but they also say that what happened was that cardell hayes took a small gun out of his vehicle and began to shoot multiple times will smith, killing him at the scene. his wife was shot in the leg.
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she was taken to the hospital. will smith was drafted in 2004 for the nfl. he played his entire career with the new orleans saints. he was actually with them when they won the super bowl in 2010. he had received knowledge that he was going to be inducted this year into the new orleans saints hall of fame. john, michelle. republican senator chuck grassley and nominee merrick garland are having breakfast this morning. don't expect a breakthrough with a hearing. grass grassley vowed to block garland's nomination. after they meet for breakfast, the federal judge sits down with two other republicans, pat toomey. and the new religious freedom law and a democratic senator will introduce a bill to
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repeal the measure. it will allow businesses to deny services to the lgbt services on the basis of moral or religious beliefs. the water in flint, michigan is undrinkable. governor snyder is blaming his staff for misleading him about the crisis. he was told there was no problem by officials. health officials in the state claim 12 people have died from the legionnaire's outbreak in the state. those illnesses started after flint changed the water supply to the flint river in april of 2014. there is no saying whether those cases are connected. courtroom battle over if bill cosby's wife has to sit down for a new deposition. she had to answer dozens of questions in february. her lawyer said they were
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now to a cnn exclusive. two rugged former taliban fighters to turn to isis and defect. speaking only to cnn, they describe the group's tactics as too brutal to handle. the isis promises to help afghans being empty. let's bring in cnn's nick paton walsh. nick, you spoke to these men. what did they tell you? >> reporter: remarkable story of how messy this war has become. these are two taliban fighters who used to be targeted by
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american aircraft who saw themselves in a complicated fighting that happened during the long-term taliban insurgency. they decided to side with hard lines who were basically isis. they joined them because they had the money and resources. quickly, they saw the beheadings. they said if they died, their family members would not be handed to relatives, but put in a camp. they were concerned now about how they need more money and resources to become part of the government program to harness local militants. that program has seen some success to the large volume of u.s. air strikes, drone and otherwise, targeted to the eastern parts of the country. isis is still there. in fact, they used to broadcast regularly on radio station known as isis fm. that was bombed off air by
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american fire power, but it made a reappear answer back on the air waves. the distraction is the fighting season is open by the taliban today of isis. the cancer into society that many describe the ideolo ideology. that is a massive distraction. above it all, john, we have the moment of taliban who joined isis and leaving them because they were some brutal and now welcoming american drones to bomb their own village just to get isis out of it. >> nick, is there a sense that isis is growing in afghanistan right now? and as you say, the taliban will affirmatively seek to stamp them out? >> reporter: taliban have been moving against them and create a special forces movement to attack isis. isis has been pushed back by
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american fire power. they are still there. they are still moving around the east and security vacuum many fear could surge ahead. >> a lot of different interests at work. also breaking overnight. brazil's embattled president faces impeachment. they recommend a senate trial over rousseff. the move goes to the chambers where a 2/3 of the vote is needed this sunday to begin a former trial. joining us for an early look at the markets is kosalison kosik. i'm seeing a lot of red arrows. asian stocks closed lower. european markets in the red and so are u.s. stock futures. dow lost 21 points. s&p and nasdaq closed lower yesterday. after yesterday's trade, s&p is back in negative territory for the year. verizon workers are planning
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to strike. almost 40,000 verizon employees from massachusetts to virginia are preparing to walk off the job tomorrow morning. they want a new contract that limits outsourcing and increases pay and improves working conditions. verizon says they need more flexibility to manage the business. especially the number of people using landlines decreases. if you like starbucks rewards, it is harder to get the free drink. the rewards will be based on how much customers spend. not how many times they buy things. instead of earning one star per visit, you get two stars per every dollar you spend. you have to spend 125 stars to get free reward. under the old plan, it took 12 stars. this is good news for latte drinkers. they will earn rewards more quickly than customers who buy plain coffee.
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it is all about shelling out more money and making the customers irate. >> too early to figure out that scheme of how many points equal. >> starbucks did it. >> that is like three latte grande. "early start" continues right now. donald trump says the republican nominating rules are crooked and rigged. now the republican party chairman fights back. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are in an intense battle for votes in new york. clinton says sanders can't stand the glare of the new york media. cnn exclusive. isis defectors share their story with cnn. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm michelle kosinski. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. this morning,

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