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a civil war erupts within the republican party. donald trump hitting back at house speaker paul ryan. threatening to drop ryan if ryan does not endorse donald trump. hillary clinton doubling down. accusing donald trump of being a loose cannon and while bernie sanders insists he's in the race until the last vote is cast. the wildfires bigger than new york city raging. is help finally in sight? good morning. happy monday.
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welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> happy monday? i'm christine romans. it is monday, may 9th. a week marking six months to the presidential election. good! on tuesday, donald trump is expected to sweep both primaries in nebraska and west virginia. no competition does not mean no drama. trump now saying he will not rule out an effort to dump house speaker paul ryan at the convention if ryan fails to endorse him. the two rivals meet on thursday. likely to be on the agenda, trump policies at odds. two things have shifted this weekend. committing to raising taxes on the wealthy and the minimum wage. we have more from washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. the gop civil war is raging on ahead of the big meeting this week between the party's house
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speaker paul ryan and presumptive nominee donald trump. >> he wants to meet. he would like to meet. i think we are meeting on thursday. we will see what happens. it is more drama. i think it's a mistake not to do this. we want to bring the party together. does the party have to be together? i'm different than everybody else that's ever run for office. >> reporter: the meeting might not heal wounds. ryan wants trump to adopt more conservative policy positions. trump broke from the right. he said he is willing to support higher taxes on the wealthy in exchange for a cut. all of this is happening on the big threat by a trump supporter.
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the 2008 republican vice presidential nominee sarah palin. palin said she will support ryan's primary challenger. >> i will do whatever i can for paul nelen. paul ryan and his ilk, their problem is they have become so disconnected from the people whom they are elected to represent as evidence by paul ryan's refusal to support the gop frontrunner we just said he's our man. >> reporter: the first threat of retaliation against the trump opponent wouldn't the party we have seen so far. it could deepen the divide. christine, john. >> thanks, eric bradner. john mccain who picked sarah palin as running mate echoed her claim that those who are reluctant to back trump are out of touch with the voters. he offered the presumptive
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nominee advice on who to pick as a running mate. suggesting joanie earnest from iowa. >> what he said about me, john mccain, that's fine. i don't require any repair of that. when he said i don't like people who are captured. then there's a body of american heroes that i would like to see him retract that statement. not about me. about the others. >> donald trump will be on cnn live. he joins "new day" during the 7:00 hour. donald trump ramping up the rhetoric against hillary clinton and bill clinton. saying she is quote married to a man who got impeached for lying. he accused mrs. clinton of being an enabler. the clinton campaign responded
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with a tweet to say it is nice to have no regard for the facts whatsoever. >> i think saying that he's a loose cannon really focuses on some of the statements he's made which i find concerning. going back to torture. killing terrorists families which would be a war crime. those are just some of the concerns that i hear people talking about which i think does fit the definition of a loose cannon. >> clinton said the fbi has not contacted her about the private e-mail server to interview her while she was secretary of state. >> it is a security inquiry. i always took classified material seriously. there was never any material, marked classified, that was sent or received by me. i look forward to this being wrapped up. >> top clinton aides have been
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interviewed. club huma abedin. so far, investigators found no evidence proving clinton willfully broke the law. happening this morning, bernie sanders holds a rally in new jersey trying to capture a state where hillary clinton holds a big lead in the polls. in piscataway on saturday, he wants to show he could beat donald trump and bernie sanders. cnn's rachel crane was there. >> reporter: christine and john, sanders was greeted by thousands of supporters in new jersey on saturday. when sanders highlighted the crowd he performs better than trump than his opponent clinton. he also highlighted the fact he is well aware this is an uphill battle. he even got specific. >> we have still won as of today, over 45% of the pledge
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delegates, but as all of you who are good in arithmetic, 45% is not good enough many we have to make it 50%. that is what we intend to do. so, from now until the last primary which will be in washington, d.c. on june 14th, we are going to fight for every single vote. >> reporter: now we had a chance to speak to his supporters and pressed them if in fact hillary clinton is the nominee if they would back her. some said it would be difficult for them to back clinton if she wins the nomination. now sanders is back on the campaign trail today. he'll be in atlantic city. this is all leading up to the new jersey primary which is on june 7th. same day as the california primary. john and christine. >> rachel crane, thank you. the corner stone of donald
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trump's tax plan is lowering taxes on businesses. 35% among industrial nations. the average worldwide is 22.9%. as for individuals, rates for the wealthy will probably increase after he is done negotiating with congress. some top earners are backing hillary clinton. the being securities firms have donated $4.2 million to the clinton campaign. clinton was a new york senator for eight years. notable this weekend, another cornerstone of a donald trump economic policy which is lowering taxes for everyone faded away when he said i would negotiate and perhaps wealthy people. >> he said by the end of the
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day, their taxes will go up. he said all along the rich would pay more taxes that is because of loopholes he would close. it is a moving target. this morning, hundreds of hows of acres burned. wildfire blazing over western canada destroying everything in sight. is there a turn in the weather that could help turn things around there? what if one piece of kale could protect you from diabetes? what if one sit-up could prevent heart disease?
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nearly 90,000 people in alberta have been forced to flee their homes to escape the wildfire burning an area half the size of rhode island. more than 1,600 homes and buildings have been destroyed. firefighters are trying to beat back the flames and officials are concerned about the dry conditions. they fear this could be the beginning of a long, difficult summer. let's get more from paul vercammen in edmonton.
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>> reporter: john and christine, i'm in front of the evacuation center where many are grabbing supplies or spending the night or both. they are concerned over what happened to their homes. some know. some don't. the factor in this is the winds. the winds blowing the fire away from ft. mcmurray. quite an ordeal for families in mt. mcmurray. imagine what it was like through the eyes of a child. >> i saw flames and they were very bad and like the fire, it was made very big. we saw the smoke downtown and we thought my school was burned down. it wasn't. it's like very bad. >> reporter: and as we said, firefighters are up against the wind. 40 blazes in all burning in
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canada. we have 1,500 firefighters on the lines. help is coming from quebec and new brunswick. all of them hoping to get the relief in terms of manpower and this wind somehow dies down. back to you, christine, john. >> thanks, paul. just a wild weekend of weather across the midwest this weekend. tornadoes in colorado. will all of the severe weather continue today? we have meteorologist pedram javaheri with the latest. >> john and christine, yes, the severe weather threat is there. 24 million people impacted by this. look at the concern this weekend across ray, colorado. the massive tornado. by this afternoon, we get the bulk of the storms to fire off. on the scale, we have about a three. the main concern is large hail and damaging winds.
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tornadoes will be possible across the region. expensive area for severe weather will continue. notice in the afternoon hours in central missouri and arkansas, you get a good line of storms that fire up into the evening hours. notice the temperatures. they soar across wichita. how about the mid-90s in lubbock? oklahoma city warms up to july and august temperatures. the place to be, new york city and washington. the 60s and 70s. it remains that way across the northeast. hot across the south. thanks, pedram. we forgot what sun looked like. the governor of north carolina has until the end of today to challenge the new transgender law. governor mccrory will answer the letter before the deadline, but insists they did not give him
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enough time to stop enforcing the law or repeal the law. >> they gave the ninth largest state in the united states, the civil rights division of the justice department, three working days to respond to a complex letter and pretty big threat. we don't think three working days is enough to respond to such a threat. we're talking about a letter in which they're trying to define gender identity. there is to clear identi identin or definition. the federal government being a bully. >> the justice department has warned north carolina its new law which requires transgender people to use the same bathrooms on their birth certificate. and after five year of war in syria, we go live to what is
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stark contrast in syria this morning where the recently brokered cease-fire with the u.s. and russia is showing weaknesses and strengths. more than 50 isis members were killed over the weekend. meanwhile, residents in palmyra says the cease-fire is literally music to their ears. we have frederik pleitgen live in damascus with that part of
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the story. good morning, fred. >> reporter: you are right, john. complicated situation in syria right now. i was on the streets of damascus last night. i rarely seen so many people out and about. a local cease-fire in effect here in the syrian capital. people say it is the first time in almost five years they actually let their kids out of the house. it seems as though things are on a positive note here. the cease-fire in damascus is limited and will go on for a couple hours unless it was extended. in aleppo, a fire in the city, but outside the city, the fighting is raging like it was last five years. a massive battle southwest of the city by al nusra. setoff a massive suicide bomb at a checkpoint. then took over a village killing 13 iranian troops on the ground helping bashar al assad's forces. the war still very much in full
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swing in the aleppo area. it is absolutely clear to the u.s. and russians as well. if aleppo goes back to full scale fighting, the civil war will go back to the levels of violence we have seen in the past couple days. you are right. a complicated situation. a delicate situation. one where people in damascus are feeling the summer plight, but the level the violence is almost the way it has been over last five years. very difficult for many people in the country and many want the fighting to end and progress to happen. john. >> frederik pleitgen doing terrific reporting. and north korea expelling a bbc journalist and two members of his team. pyongyang officials expelled hayes and his crew. he was interrogated for what they deemed his inappropriate
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description of kim jong-un. the workers party congress held for the first time in 36 years is slated to wrap up today. kim jong-un said the country would not use nuclear weapons unless it is attacked first. and which celebrities and officials used shell companies when the panama papers database goes online today at 2:00 p.m. it is being released by the international consortium. it exposes connections between 368,000 individuals and offshore entities. the primary may be wrapping up, but the battle is just beginning. six months to go. donald trump feuding with republican leaders. threatening to pull paul ryan if ryan doesn't endorse him. that's next.
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the fighting in the republican party. donald trump doesn't think unity is necessary to win. and hillary clinton hoping to get some of the votes in the general election. bernie sanders is pledging to stay in the race until the last vote is counted. wildfires consuming hundreds of thousands of acres of land. firefighters hoping for a change in the weather to help combat the flames. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. kicking off a big week for republicans. six months to go until election day. mark your calendar for that november day. tomorrow when no one else in the race and donald trump is looking to sweep nebraska and new jersey. he will not rule out dumping
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paul ryan if ryan fails to endorse him. the two rivals of the party meet on thursday. no doubt on the agenda, trump policies that ryan says are add odds. the two seem to shift on raising taxes on the wealthy and perhaps a higher minimum wage. let's get the latest from eric bradner in washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. the gop civil war is raging on ahead of the big meeting this week with the party's highest ranking official paul ryan and the presumptive nominee donald trump. here is what donald trump told abc on sunday. >> he wants to meet. i think we are meeting on thursday. i think it is more drama. we want to bring the party together. does the party have to be together? i'm different than anybody who has ever run for office.
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>> reporter: the meeting might not heal wounds. ryan wants trump to adopt more conservative policy positions. trump broke from the right on sunday. he said he is willing to support higher taxes on the wealthy in exchange for republicans giving him a cut in business tax and the middle class. all of this is happening against the back drop of a big threat by a trump supporter. the 2008 republican vice presidential nominee sarah palin. palin told cnn she will support ryan's challenger. >> i will do whatever i can for paul nelan. he is a hard working guy. so much touch with the team. paul ryan and his ilk, their problem is they have become so disconnected from the people they are elected to represent as evidence by paul ryan's refusal
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to support the gop frontrunner that we said he's our man. >> reporter: it's the first threat of retaliation of a trump opponent within the party. it could deepen the divide. >> eric, thank you for that. john mccain who picked sarah palin as his running mate echoed that leaders reluctant to back trump are out of step with voters. he defended trump as a strong foreign leader. mccain offered advice on someone who can unite the party. suggesting joanie earnest. mccain asked that he retract his comments about the prisoners of war. >> that is fine. i don't require any repair of that. when he said i don't like people who are captured, then there's a
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great body of american heroes that i would like to see him retract that statement. not about me. about the others. >> donald trump will be on cnn live this morning. he joins "new day" at 7:00. donald trump ramping up the rhetoric saying she is married to a man who got impeached for lying. trump accused mrs. clinton of being an enabler and she wants to abolish the second amendment. the clinton campaign responded saying it must be liberating to have no regard for facts whatsoever. clinton responded as well. >> i think saying that he's a loose cannon focuses on some of the statements he's made, which i find concerning. going back to torture. killing terrorists' families which is a war crime. those are just some of the
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concerns that i hear people talking about which i think does fit the definition of a loose cannon. hillary clinton says the fbi has not contacted her to set p up an interview about the e-mail serve while she was secretary of state. >> i took classified material seriously. there was never any material marked classified sent or received by me. >> investigators interviewed top clinton aides, including huma abedin. so far, investigators found no evidence that clinton willfully broke the law. happening this morning, bernie sanders holds a rally in new jersey. trying to capture a state where hillary clinton holds a big
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lead. cnn's rachel crane was there. >> reporter: christine and john, sanders was greeted by 7,000 passionate supporters on sunday in new jersey. one particular point that got a lot of love from the crowd, when sanders highlighted the fact that he performs better than trump than clinton. he highlighted the fact he is well aware this is an uphill battle. >> we have still won as of today over 45% of the pledged delegates. but as all of you who are good in arithmetic know, 45% is not good enough. we have to make it 50%. and that is what we intend to do. so, from now until the last primary which will be in washington, d.c. on june 14th,
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we are going to fight for every single vote. >> reporter: now we had a chance to speak to some of his supporters and we pressed that if hillary clinton is the nominee, if they would back her. we got a mixed response. some of them said it would be difficult for them to back clinton if she wins the nomination. now, sanders is back on the campaign trail today. he'll being in atlantic city. this is, of course, all leading up to the new jersey primary which is on june 7th. same day as the california primary. john and christine. >> rachel crane, thank you. new this morning, uber and lyft slamming the brakes on rides in austin, texas. residents voted 56% to 44% against an ordinance called proposition 1. now they would have to use fingerprint checks to hire drivers. they say it makes it difficult to hire enough drivers quickly
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and that's why they will stop rides in austin. fingerprinting is more effective and screening out potential criminals. uber stopped serving in houston after a similar measure last month. uber paid out san francisco and los angeles for misrepresenting its background check system. wildfires bigger than new york city. just hammering parts of western canada. the fight to contain the flames is next. wanna drink more water?
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nearly 90,000 people in alberta have been forced to flee their homes trying to escape the wildfire burning which is half the size of rhode island. more than 1,600 homes and buildings are burned. officials are concerned about
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the unpredictable winds. they fear this could be the beginning of the long hot summer. we have more from paul vercammen. >> reporter: we have many fire refugees grabbing supplies or spending the night or both here in front of the shelter. some know about their homes. some don't. one factor is the wind. firefighters battling with it. the wind blowing the fire away from mt. mcmurray, the found ravaged by the blaze. quite an ordeal for the families in mt. mcmurray. imagine what it was like through the eyes of a child. >> i saw flames and they were very bad and like the fire it was made very big. we saw the smoke downtown and we thought my school was burned down, but it wasn't. it's like very bad. >> reporter: as we said, you can
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hear what firefighters are up against. it's that wind. some 40 blazes in all burning in alberta, canada. we have 1,500 firefighters some on the line. help is coming from quebec and new brunswick. there are firefighters here from ontario. all of them hoping they get relief in manpower and this wind somehow dies down. back to you, christine and john. >> remarkable. >> it is devastating. they could be in for a lot more as the summer increases. here in the united states, severe weather across the plains. reports of tornadoes touching down in colorado, kansas and oklahoma. along with hail. big hail in some parts of the country. stunning footage from colorado. look at that. is that real? >> looks like a classic ef-2 to me. >> it is a classic ef-2 twister. i can't believe that is real.
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it looks like cgi. can you imagine seeing that? that is just terrifying. oh, my. will this severe weather continue today? meteorologist pedram javaheri has the latest. >> john and christine, good morning. almost 70 reports of severe weather on sunday alone. eight related to tornadoes. the threat shifts farther to the east. 24 million. expansive in little rock and shreveport and dallas. as you look farther to the north, the threat diminishes a bit. not out of the ordinary for hail and damaging winds. back to the west. also some snowy conditions across the higher elevations and into the south, summer like temperatures. mid-80s and mid 90s. we have the storms locked in
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place and we could get heavy rainfall. north of nashville, 2 to 4 inches the next couple days. 92 in charleston. gorgeous in new york city and washington. upper 60s and low 70s. >> thank you, pedram. the governor of north carolina has until the end of today to respond to the letter from the justice department challenging the transgender law. the governor explains the government did not give him enough time to respond to the letter. >> gave the ninth largest state of the united states, three working days to respond to a complex letter and to a big threat. well, we don't think three working days is enough to respond to such a threat.
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we're talking about a letter in which they're trying to define gender identity. there is no clear identification or definition of gender identity. it's the federal government being a bully. >> the justice department has warned north carolina its new law, a law requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. major delrish moss is taking over two years after the shooting death of michael brown. moss says the police department needs diversification. his first order is to increase interaction with police and young people. and el chapo's attorney says
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he wants to be transferred to a jail in the united states soon. >> reporter: one of the most notorious criminals on the move in weekend. juan "el chapo" guzman is closer to u.s. soil. he was transferred from the mexican prison to the maximum lock up in ciuadad juarez. officials on both sides of the border tell us they have been preparing for months for the extradition. the drug kingpin had been held at the prison which he fled last july in the brazen escape through tunnels which garnered international attention and sparked a huge manhunt. he was captured in january.
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returning to the prison after his recapture. the transfer comes one month after attorneys said they were eager to have him transferred to the united states. now they are saying the whole thing was a ploy to get him transferred because the conditions in the prison that he was being kept were unbearable. making him ill. once he is extradited, will go to brooklyn, new york. he is facing murder, kidnapping and torture charges and facing smuggles a quarter million pounds of cocaine into the united states. new jersey sold the only winning ticket for $429.6 million powerball jackpot. the winner has not come forward. they will take home the third
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stark contrast unfolding in syria this morning where the cease-fire with the u.s. and russia is showing weaknesses. south government forces tangling with rebel fighters. meanwhile, syrians say the lull
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in the action of the fighting is literally music to their ears. we have cnn's fred pleitgen who will bring us up to speed on the story. what are you seeing, fred? >> reporter: you are right, christine. >> we have lost our signal from fred. sometimes it is difficult to get the live shots from there. we will monitor the situation and go back to fred. >> he was telling us in damascus, the cease-fire brought out things he has not seen there in years. families letting kids play in the streets after five years. this morning, north korea is expelling a bbc journalist and two members of his team. pyongyang says they detained rupert hayes and his team for
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disrespectful reports after the inappropriate description of kim jong-un. the leading party congress which is the first held in 36 years, is set to wrap up today. kim jong-un says he will not use nuclear weapons until it is attacked first. and egyptian security forces have set up checks all over the district. the world will get to see which politicians and business leaders who used overseas shell companies to avoid paying taxes. the panama papers goes live at 2:00 p.m. eastern today. this is released by the international consortium. it exposes 368,000 individuals and 300,000 offshore entities.
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millions in the philippines cast their votes. the leading candidate is a mayor of a filipino city. he is known for making controversy comments. he has vowed to execute 100,000 criminals and dump them in manila bay if elected. 57 minutes past the hour. dow futures are higher. stocks in europe and asia higher. oil above $45 a barrel. this guy was the most powerful man in the global industry. saudi arabia removed the oil minister this weekend. replaced by the current chairman of the state run company. analysts do not think the change will alter the oil strategy. the replacement shows saudi arabia is shifting course after that crash in oil prices. it is pushing toward a more diverse economy and less focused on oil.
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saudi arabia and other oil producing nations have been struggling with whether to cut production and keeping a tight grip. "captain america" cashing in big this weekend. the latest installment in the disney franchise raking in $181 million in north america. the fifth opening best weekend. disney over the $1 billion mark domestically. internationally, it has taken in $678 million. including $100 million in china alone. interesting the construct. they are fighting each other. not fighting aliens or bad guys. >> they need to get along. they need to iron out their differences. >> are you team cap or team iron man? >> i like the x-men. captain america and i are tacky. >> $678 million disagrees with
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you. "early start" continues right now. >> a civil war raging within the republican party. donald trump threatening to drop ryan as chairman of the up coming convention. hillary clinton accusing donald trump of being a loose cannon while bernie sanders insists he's still in the race. look at me. i'm still here. i'm not going anywhere. 90,000 people evacuated wildfires bigger than new york city raging. could help be in sight? welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> it is monday, may 9th. i'm john berman. unexpected week for the republicans this morning. six months to go until the election day in november. tomorrow, when no one else in the race, donald trump will sweep nebraska and west virginia. no competition does not mean no
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drama. trump will not rule out an effort to dump house speaker paul ryan as chairman of the republican convention if ryan fails to endorse him. these guys are fighting for the soul of the republican party. these two meet thursday. one of the things they will talk about trump policies that seem to be at odds with republican dogma. there is at issue which is trump's position of changing position on the minute wage. let's get more from eric bradner in washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. the gop civil war is raging on ahead of the big meeting this week between the party's highest ranking official house spear he can paul ryan and presumptive nominee donald trump. here is what donald trump said sunday. >> he wants to meet and we are meeting on thursday. we will see what happens. it is more drama. i think it is a

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