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breaking overnight, split decision. bernie sanders takes oregon, hillary clinton wins kentucky, as a new war ignites inside the democratic party. plus, donald trump closer to officially clinching the republican nomination and then offering an olive branch to north korea. we're live to explain. nothing really surprises us anymore, does it? good morning and welcome to "early start." >> so nice to see you. it's wednesday, may 18th. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. breaking news this morning, war brewing in the democratic race for president. hillary clinton barely edging past bernie sanders to win victory in the kentucky primary. sanders takes oregon by a wide
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margin. clinton is brought to within 100 delegates. sanders remains confident that he has a path to the white house. >> it will be a steep climb. i recognize that. but we have the possibility of going to philadelphia with a majority of the pledged delegates. before we will have the opportunity to defeat donald trump, we're going to have to defeat secretary clinton. >> let's get the latest from cnn's jeff zeleny with the sanders campaign in california. >> reporter: christine and boris, bernie sanders making clear he's going to keep going in this final month after winning in oregon and narrowly losing in kentucky. he's making the case to his supporters, as defiant as ever, that he's going to make sure every voice, every vote is counted. he did not necessarily tell his big crowd of supporters last night in california how difficult the math is. he did acknowledge that he has a steep hill to climb, but he said
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we've had a steep hill to climb this entire campaign. he said it's important to defeat donald trump, but hillary clinton should also be defeated. this is the case he made for going forward in this race. >> there are a lot of people out there. many of the pundits and politicians, they say bernie sanders should drop out. [ booing [ booing ] the people of california should not have the right to determine who the next president will be. well, let me be as clear as i can be. i agree with you. we are in until the last ballot is passed. >> reporter: bernie sanders clearly making the case he's going forward as the clinton campaign shifts almost entirely to donald trump. bernie sanders didn't exactly level with his supporters how
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difficult this is. going forward in the last final month, unity in the democratic party much more of an open question than ever before. that's something that bernie sanders barely draegsed in his victory speech tuesday night in california. christine and boris? >> things heating up. jeff, thank you. donald trump the only republican still running for president, winning oregon's primary, as expected, of course. this as trump moves to unify the republican party under his control with a deal that will have trump raising money for down ballot gop candidates. the presumptive nominee also raising eyebrows with new comments over north korea and its nuclear program. jim acosta has more from new york. >> reporter: as he's closing in on clinching the gop nomination, donald trump is assuming more control over the republican party. trump and the rnc announced fundraising opportunities. trump is still capable of stirring up controversy. the latest example, his comments
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to reuters that he would speak with north kroorean leader kim jong-un. the other big headline from the presumptive gop nominee is he's also filed his personal financial disclosure form with the federal election commission. trump says he rereported an income of nearly $560 million and a net worth of $10 billion. the clinton campaign responded that trump's pfd is no bfd and that he should release his tax returns. something he says he will do after he is no longer under an audit. boris and christine? >> all right. jim acosta, thanks for that. let's break down the primary results. eugene scott is with us this morning bright and early. 4:04 a.m. washington time. nice to see you. thanks for getting up early for us. >> no problem. >> a razor-thin win in kentucky
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for hillary clinton, but she won kentucky. she had invested a lot of time and effort in kentucky. she wanted that win. she eked it out. oregon went, as expected, to bernie sanders. hillary clinton now within 100 delegates of being able to clinch the nomination. what does last night do for her? does it change the board here at all? bernie sanders in california last night still plugging along. >> well, for her, it's certainly a morale booster. the narratived up until now has been that she keeps losing and is still the front runner. that's been a concern to many in the party, especially those who are supporting bernie sanders. this shows she still has more support than he does at the end of the day, no matter how small the gap is. >> eugene, despite clinton being fewer than 100 delegates from the nomination, as we heard sanders continues pushing on, he
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spoke out about some of the controversy surrounding last week at the nevada state convention. he says the party is kind of rigging this against him. listen to what he said. >> let me also say a word to the leadership of the democratic party. [ booing ] a party which incredibly is allowing a right-wing extremist republican party to capture the votes of a majority of working people in this country. >> sanders seemingly very disappointed in his own party. we've heard harry reid, debbie wasserman-schultz speak out. how does the party handle this bernie insurgency moving forward? >> they're going to have to do something. as you've seen, the never hillary movement isn't just a republican movement. it's a movement within the democratic party as well. there's definitely going to have to be some kind of talk from
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leaders in the democratic party that will encourage sanders supporters to come alongside whoever will be the nominee. all signs point to it being hillary clinton right now and asking them to get on board. that is what will be needed to be victorious over trump in the end. >> eugene, we're showing pictures of that chaos at the paris hotel in nevada. look, this is usually three or four days after an event. it's not news anymore. it's almost more newsworthy every day because it's showing this insurgency against the party establishment but also showing, maybe foretelling some drama going forward. listen to what a sanders supporter, this voicemail that a sanders supporter left to roberta lang, the chairwoman of the nevada state democratic party. i want you to listen to this. >> this is a citizen of the united states of america, and i just wanted to let you know that
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people like you should be hung in a public execution to show this world that we won't stand for this sort of corruption. i don't know what kind of money they're paying you, but i don't know how you sleep at night. you are a sick, twisted piece of [ bleep ], and i hope you burn for this. you cowardless [ bleep ] running off the stage. i hope people find you. >> roberta lang saying as the days go on, she's getting more and more like that. she spoke to cnn yesterday. listen. >> i've not received an apology. i, you know -- i've not received anything from the sanders campaign. i haven't seen anything that said this should stop. >> bernie sanders' spokesman saying overnight again and again, they don't endorse any of this kind of behavior. but what does this say going forward about what's happening inside the democratic party? >> what it says is that the rift that we have seen and come to expect in the republican party is not unique to the republican
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party. there are people in the democratic party who are really frustrated, really upset with how things have gone this far and will be deeply upset if bernie sanders is not the nominee. the problem is that there's just nothing that would indicate that he would be. there's going to to have to be some way people are going to be able to get together, come together in the end and get past this level of deep discomfort and anger and anxiety and even very hateful words if the democratic party is going to be victorious at the end. >> switching over to the republican side now, donald trump no stranger to controversy, courting more of it now with his comments about north korea. here's what he told reuters. >> i would speak to him. i would have no problem speaking to him. at the same time, i would put a lot of pressure on china because economically we have tremendous power over china. people don't realize that.
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>> you say you'd talk to kim? >> i would speak to him. i have no problem with speaking to him. >> by him, of course he's referring to kim jong-un, the leader of north korea. this is seemingly funny. back in 2008, i remember then-senator barack obama came under fire for saying he would speak to the leader of iran, speak to leaders in cuba. trump not nearly catching as much flak. how much has donald trump changed the platform of the republican party? >> well, this isn't a new move from donald trump. we've heard him say very favorable words in the past about putin, so it wasn't a big shock to me at least, someone who's been following this campaign based off of what he has said in the past. however, we must realize that this really is a different tone, a different shift from a republican presumptive nominee. i think it's fair and important to acknowledge that he didn't say anything incredibly favorable about him. he simply said he'd speak to him. that's still a bit much for some people in both parties. >> it's exactly what kim jong-un
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wants. he wants to be recognized by the leader of the united states of america, legitimize him within his own borders. that's why the critics of donald trump and his foreign policy say donald trump, with comments like this, does not appear to think deeply about these issues. eugene scott, thank you so much. donald trump wants to get rid of the wall street regulation bill known as dodd/frank. >> much of it is very bad. much of it gives so much credit, so much power to the regulators that the bankers are unable to function. i would say it'll be close to a dismantling of dodd/frank. dodd/frank is a very negative force. >> donald trump echoing what some ceos, what some bank executives have complained about.
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dodd/frank was created after 2008, aimed at creating more stability. donald trump also says some stocks are running on weak concepts and warns the tech bubble could burst. trump also says he does not think fed chair janet yellen is doing a bad job. now, that's different than what we've heard from him. he tweeted earlier this month he'd replace her at the end of her term. he likes the low-interest rate environment, he says, except when it causes inflation. so donald trump weighing in on some important aspects of the economy. >> we did see a small uptick in inflation. makes you wonder if the fed might raise rates. >> that was something that hurt stocks yesterday. you're right. you've been watching the stock market. >> i've been watching you. new reaction coming in from around the world as donald trump says he would sit down with north korea's dictator. more on this next. what if one piece of kale
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a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue
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saudi arabia passing a key hurdle in the senate. lawmakers giving unanimous approval to the legislation that could make the saudi government liable for any part it may have played in the terror attacks. the obama administration has lobbied against this bill. 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were saudi suicide citizcitizens. president obama asked for $1.8 billion in emergency funding about three months ago. house republicans have introduced their own measure to fight the virus, calling for just over $600 million in funding, a figure the white house calls woefully inadequate. the president is now threatening to veto that measure. the senate confirmed an openly gay man as secretary of the army. the milestone comes five years after the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred lesbian and gay troops from being open
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about their sexuality. back in march, haley said she'd need to look at the details once the bill finally reaches her desk. donald trump opening up a fresh new can of foreign policy worms, announcing if he becomes president, he'd have no problem sitting down with north korean leader kim jong-un. that's a radical detartuparture u.s. policy. let's bring in cnn's paula hancocks. she joins us live on the phone in seoul, south korea. paula, how are people responding in south korea to this news that trump would seek relations with kim jong-un? >> well, there are some that are particularly surprised. of course, it's not the first time that donald trump has managed to surprise the south
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koreans, having previously said he could pull u.s. troops out of the country and south korea could get their own nuclear weapons. i think this is just another statement that has surprised many. for others, though, they say that he might actually have a point. they're pointing out that the obama administration's strategic patience policy with north korea clearly has not been working. the fact that in the past eight years, north korea has made leaps and bounds when it comes to its nuclear and missile programs, so why not try to talk to kim jong-un? why not try a different approach? it's worth remembering that president obama about nine years ago when he was campaigning to be president said something very similar in a cnn democratic debate. he said that he would be willing to talk to leaders of hostile countries. at that time, for example, iran, syria, and north korea, saying it was important to try and find an opportunity to build on relationships. so some are saying that potentially this is not as radical an idea as it seems, but
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of course donald trump doesn't like talking about kim jong-un. in the past, he's called him a maniac. he's also said he deserves credit for being able to eliminate his rivals so well. boris? >> paula hancocks reporting live from seoul. thank you. 20 minutes past the hour. dozens killed as isis launches a new wave of attacks. their new shift in strategy, we've got that next. care parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. medicare doesn't cover everything. and like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, these help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. so don't wait. call now to request your free decision guide. it could help you find the aarp medicare supplement plan that works for you. these types of plans have
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more bombings and bloodshed in baghdad. explosions ripping through three neighborhoods in the iraqi capital on tuesday, killing at least 46 people, wounding more than a hundred others. isis is claiming responsibility
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for one of the attacks. iraq's interior ministry reporting one of the suicide bombers involved may have been a woman. cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon is monitoring the latest developments live from istanbul. we have seen the threat of isis, these dramatic attacks continue, even as isis territory has been shrinking. is there a change in strategy here, arwa? >> reporter: well, it could be a change in strategy or rather a revival of an old strategy. remember, isis basically used to be al qaeda in iraq. al qaeda in iraq was notorious for these types of attacks, launching and sending suicide bombers to go after these so-called soft targets. now, you mentioned the female suicide bomber there in one of the attacks. yes, originally iraqi officials thought that it may have been a female suicide bomber. later, though, in the isis claim of responsibility for that attack, they did say it was a
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man who first threw grenades into the crowds before detonating his explosives. that, yes, just one of three attacks that took place on tuesday. the u.s. military is saying that this uptick in violence we've been seeing over the last few weeks, much of it claimed by isis, much of it targeting the country's shia population as isis attempts to refoment those sectarian tensions that exist. the u.s. military saying this is because isis is feeling under pressure in other parts of the country and isis is on its back foot. well, that is something of a narrow way of looking at a very complex situation, other analysts would say. they would add that isis at this stage is perhaps also attempting to go after these targets in baghdad to try to draw security forces away from those various different front lines and force them to concentrate their efforts on trying to secure the
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capital. but you also have to realize how these kinds of attacks resonate amongst the population. here are its security forces who are being promoted, out there fighting isis, taking the battle to isis. yes, backed by the coalition and very heavy air strikes. yet, they still aren't capable of securing their own capital. oosk, in all of, this you also have the political mess that exists right now, this political chaos that is lending itself to a political vacuum that isis is also very capable of exploeting. to try to correlate an uptick in violence with a weakened isis is not necessarily the most productive way to analyze what is a very complex situation at this stage. >> interesting. all right, arwa damon for us innist ti inniin istanbul. breaking news overnight, bernie sanders and hillary clinton splitting primary states overnight, but could their battle leave the democratic party badly bruised?
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breaking overnight, hillary clinton and bernie sanders each scoring new election victories, but the battle for the democratic nomination far from over. donald trump winning oregon's primary overnight, but not without creating some new controversy. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm boris sanchez. we're 32 minutes past the hour. breaking news this morning. a war brewing in the democratic race for president. overnight, hillary clinton just barely edges past bernie sanders to victory in the kentucky primary. sanders, as expected, takes oregon by a solid margin. the win in kentucky brings clinton to within 100 delegates of clinching the democratic nomination. though sanders remains confident that he does still have a path to the white house.
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zbl it -- >> it will be a steep climb. i recognize that. before we will have the opportunity to defeat donald trump, we're going to have to defeat secretary clinton. >> we get the latest from cnn's jeff zeleny with the sanders campaign in california. >> reporter: christine and boris, bernie sanders making clear he's going to keep going in this final month after winning in oregon and narrowly losing in kentucky. he's making the case to his supporters, as defiant as ever, that he's going to make sure every voice, every vote is counted. he did not necessarily tell his big crowd of supporters last night in california how difficult the math is. he did acknowledge that he has a steep hill to climb, but he said we've had a steep hill to climb this entire campaign. he said it's important to defeat donald trump, but hillary clinton should also be defeated. this is the case he made for
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going forward for why he's staying in this race. >> there are a lot of people out there. many of the pundits and politicians, they say bernie sanders should drop out. [ booing ] the people of california should not have the right to determine who the next president will be. well, let me be as clear as i can be. i agree with you. we are in until the last ballot is cast. >> reporter: bernie sanders clearly making the case he's going forward even as the clinton campaign shifts almost entirely to donald trump. bernie sanders knows mathematically speaking it's an uphill climb for him. he didn't exactly level with his supporters how difficult this is. but going forward in the last time month, unity in the democratic party much more of an open question than ever before. that's something that bernie sanders barely addressed in his
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victory speech tuesday night in california. christine and boris? >> jeff zeleny, thanks. donald trump the only republican still running for president winning oregon's primary, as expected. this as trump moves to unify the republican party under his control with a deal that will have trump raising money for down ballot gop candidates. the presumptive nominee raising some eyebrows, too, with these new comments over north korea and its nuclear program. cnn's jim acosta has more from trump tower in new york. >> reporter: as he's closing in on clinching the gop nomination, donald trump is assuming more control over the republican party. trump and the rnc announced joint fundraising agreements that's night that will allow the real estate tycoon to raise money for other gop candidates, but trump is still capable of stirring up controversy. the latest example, his comments to reuters that he would speak with north korean leader kim jong-un. those remarks set the stage for
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a big foreign policy meeting trump will have later today with former secretary of state henry kissinger. the other big headline from the presumptive gop nominee is he's also filed his personal financial disclosure form with the federal election commission. trump says he reported an income of nearly $560 million and a net worth of $10 billion. the clinton campaign responded that trump's pfd is no bfd and that he should release his tax returns. something he says he will do after he is no longer under an audit. boris and christine? >> a lot of people really want to take a look at those returns. thank you, jim. joining us to break down the primary results and all the day's political action, cnn politics reporter eugene scott in our washington bureau. thank you so much for joining us early this morning. first off, let's get to last night's results. let's take a look at the democratic side. hillary clinton really squeaking by in kentucky, a state she really invested in, winning by fewer than 2,000 votes.
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on the flipside, bernie sanders winning oregon pretty handily. now, we've heard from jeff zeleny speaking about bernie's approach to all of this, saying he has a steep climb ahead of him but not really leveling with his supporters about the specific math, just how difficult that path to the white house really is. is bernie hurting the party by not telling his supporters just how unlikely his nomination is? >> it depends on where you stand in the party. i mean, his supporters would like to see the party move further left and incorporate more of his ideas into their eventual platform and long-term goals. so keeping those people inspired, keeping them engaged, keeping them involved in this process, to some people think ultimately benefits the party because it'll take the party in the direction that bernie supporters think it needs to go to ultimately be as beneficial as possible for the american people. >> yet we have this chaos over
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the weekend in nevada that is still resonating on the campaign trail and within the party today. sort of this image -- you can see some of these pictures. the security had to shut this down, had to shut down this nevada convention. they had to shut it down because it was too chaotic there. the woman who runs it, the chairwoman of the nevada state democratic party, says she's been getting death threats and horrible threats from the bernie sanders supporters. what does this foretell, if anything, about the unity of the party as we head toward philadelphia? >> well, it shows that we still have a long way to go. not everyone is on board with hillary clinton despite what the numbers say, and that's evident if nothing more than by last night. she barely squeaked by despite winning kentucky significantly in 2008. the party leaders are going to
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have to do quite a bit to encourage this type of behavior from not happening and not becoming the new normal if their going to be victorious over donald trump in the end. >> the question for me here is how does hillary, with all this vitriol against her within her own party, win these supporters back moving forward? >> well, it's not very clear. i mean, so many of the people who aren't supporting clinton are not supporting her for reasons that go back for decades. so i can't imagine what she could do to bring those people on board within the next several months. i think what she can do that could be effective is be careful and strategicing in how she pushes back on them. many of the concerns that bernie sanders supporters are raising are valid to many people in the party. the reaction we saw last night, that's our first time seeing something like that. so to treat that as if that's the norm from his supporters and the democratic party would be unfair. >> interesting.
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let's talk about donald trump. he had a wide-ranging interview with reuters. he touched on a lot of different things, including gutting these reforms for wall street, at a time when so many are still blaming wall street for what happened to their salaries or opportunity. he wants to gut these reforms. he also said he would talk to the leader of north korea, something that this administration certainly has not said it is doing. it's working through a different diplomatic process. listen to what he said about north korea. >> i would speak to him. i would have no problem speaking to him. at the same time, i would put a lot of pressure on china because economically, we have tremendous power over china. people don't realize that. >> you say you'd talk to kim? >> i would speak to him. i have no problem with speaking to him. >> i have no problem speaking to him. he also said on north korea, china can solve that problem with one phone call. just takes one little call, you solve the entire problem. china can do it. we can make china do it.
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donald trump weighing in on this subject. could he fix north korea and do his supporters believe he can fix north korea? >> his supporters certainly believe he can fix north korea. the challenge with donald trump, especially for those with foreign policy background, is that he really doesn't have any history of proving that he can fix the problems that he says he can. quite frankly, what is it he's going to talk about? he didn't give us any background. we need to know. people want to know, what is it he will say in obviously we want to believe that his focus will be keeping america's best interests in mind, but there's some concern if he even knows what that is. he doesn't have a strong foreign policy background. >> yeah, certainly a lot of people would love to be a fly on the wall for the conversation between kim jong-un and donald trump. >> i would. >> eugene scott, thank you. >> would dennis rodman go too? >> he would be a great ambassador. they already have an apprentice relationship. >> they do. eugene, nice to see you. let's get an early start on
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your money. fears of an interest rate hike are back. that took down stocks yesterday. check out the volatility over the past five sessions. stronger oil prices mixing with bad corporate earnings. now these worries that the federal reserve might raise interest rates in june. those concerns grew because of this little number. up 0.4%. that's how much consumer price has increased in april. the highest monthly rise in three years. driven by higher gas, rent, and food prices. futures down slightly right now. stock markets in europe and asia are down following that drop in the united states. new reaction from around the world after donald trump promises to do what no sitting u.s. president has done before, sit down with north korea's dictator.
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donald trump opening up a fresh new can of foreign policy worms, announcing if he became president, he would have no problem sitting down with north
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korean leader kim jong-un. it's a radical departure from current u.s. policy. trump says he would try to convince kim to kill his nuclear weapons program. i want top bring in cnn's paula hancocks. she joins us live on the phone this morning from seoul. good morning. what's the reaction there? >> reporter: well, christine, there has been some surprise at what donald trump said, but it's not the first time that what he has said has surprised south koreans. he's also said he thinks u.s. troops could be pulled out of the country, and they could be allowed nuclear weapons. so -- others have said the current policy by the obama administration doesn't appear to be working, that strategic patience that even though progress in the nuclear missile program may have slowed down somewhat, he's still made progress. we've seen over recent months the intense nuclear missile tests.
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so there is a school of thought that, why not. maybe this could be the way to go as the current policy is not working. also remember that barack obama actually said something very similar nine years ago when he was campaigning to become president. he said at a cnn democratic debate that he would meet with the leaders of syria, iran, north korea, other countries that were hostile to the u.s. he would be willing to engage with them because he thought it was important to try and move the relationship forward. so it's not dissimilar to what donald trump is saying at this point. but certainly donald trump has enjoyed talking about kim jong-un. in the past he's also called him a maniac. he also said that he does deserve some credit as he manages to eliminate his rivals so well. christine? >> paula, he also said in that interview with reuters, donald trump said china can solve this problem with one phone call. the united states has tremendous influence over china and should push china to with one phone
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call end north korea's -- the problems with north korea. if china had that kind of influence, wouldn't it have already done that? >> well, it's a good point. the fact is we have to remember why china has this relationship with north korea. they are the biggest trading partner. they are certainly pretty much the only ally that north korea has. but carolilooi -- china does not north korea to collapse. they do not want 25 million refugees coming across their borders. if north korea collapses, then they have a u.s. presence on their border. china has many reasons for wanting to keep the north korean regime going, but certainly you can see they have lost patience with them recently as they have agreed to go along with those much stronger sanctions passed by the united nations in march. certainly the relationship between north korea and china is frosty at best. the leader of north korea hasn't
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even met the leader of china yet. >> interesting. paula, thanks so much for that from seoul this morning. the senate defying the white house and giving unanimous approval to legislation that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue saudi arabia if the kingdom is found to be liable in the terror attacks. the obama administration has lobbied against the bill, and the saudis have threatened to sell off billions of dollars in u.s. assets if it does pass. we get more now from cnn's michelle kosinski. >> reporter: this was remarkable. i mean, look at the message that this sends. what could be more clear than this? that not a single democrat in the senate voiced opposition to this bill. despite the way the white house obviously feels about it, they've issued several strongly worded warnings basically against this legislation, saying it could hurt national security. dangerous was the word they used just yesterday, saying this could open the door for the u.s.
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to be sued in what they called kangaroo courts. clearly the senate wasn't buying these warnings. at least these senators put the interests of the 9/11 families ahead of the potential risks that the white house has been citing. so what's the possibility of this bill ultimatelypassing? the white house has said several times it would veto this bill. but senator chuck schumer has said he would vote to override that veto. just because you vote for a bill doesn't mean you necessarily take it to the next level. but given the sentiment in the senate during the voice vote yesterday, there's a thought that could happen. first, it has to pass the house. that's where things are a little less clear. we know there's some opposition in the house. we heard house speaker paul ryan just yesterday say he feels there could be some unintended consequences to this bill. let's let it move through the
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process. let's everyone take a very close look at it. given that this was a unanimous voice vote in the senate, though, there's a thought that this could well pass the house also. boris and christine? >> michelle, thank you. stocks dropped yesterday as a new round of worries hit wall street. fed, fed, fed. we'll tell you what they are when we get an early start on your money next. if you have allergy congestion, muddling through your morning is nothing new. ...your nose is the only thing on your mind... ...and to get relief, anything is fair game. introducing rhinocort® allergy spray from the makers of zyrtec®. powerful relief from your most frustrating nasal allergy symptom* ,all day and all night. hasn't your nose been through enough already? try new rhinocort® allergy spray. muddle no more®
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more bombings and bloodshed in baghdad. explosions ripping through three neighborhood in the iraqi capital on tuesday, killing at least 46 people and wounding more than 100 others. isis is claiming responsibility for one of the attacks. the u.s. and russia are prepared to air drop food to war-ravaged foods in syria if president bashar al assad
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continues blocking aid to his own people. that announcement coming from secretary of state john kerry and his russian counterpart sergei lavrov after a round of peace talks invienna. let's get an early start on your money. fed fears are back after numbers on housing, industrial output, and inflation picked up. a strengthening u.s. economy could mean a rate hike as early as june. we'll get more details on how the fed feels about the economy later today when it releases minutes from its last meeting. stock markets in europe are lower. asia posting losses overnight following the big decline in the u.s. a billionaire investor seems to be bracing for a storm in the stock market. george soros acquired 1.1 million options to buy a popular gold etf. gold is seen as a safe haven investment, a scaredy cat investment, if you will.
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he's known for his big bet against highly valued assets, cashing in when they drop. goldman sachs just downgraded the market to neutral. it says profit growth could still be steadily growing, but stocks look a bit overvalued here. millions more american workers will be eligible for overtime pay later this year. the labor department expanding mandatory overtime pay to workers who make less than $43,400 a year. it's about $913 a week. that's roughly double the current threshold of 23,660. so right now just 7% of salaried workers, people with a salary, are automatically eligible for overtime. under the new threshold h 35% of salaried workers will become automatically eligible. this is according to the labor department. in 1975, it was as high as 62%. the change will start december 1st. it's expected to affect retail and restaurant workers the most. some business groups say it's too drastic an increase. one of the big complaints had been in some of these jobs,
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people will be called a shift manager and because they were manager, then they were not eligible for overtime because they weren't an hourly worker. so the government is trying to change that. and they were unable to raise the minimum wage. so the labor department is looking for ways to update the rules. "early start" continues right now. breaking overnight, a split decision. bernie sanders takes oregon, and hillary clinton wins kentucky as a new war heats up inside the democratic party. donald trump closer to officially clinching the republican nomination and offering an olive branch to north korea. we are live to explain. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> happy to be here with you, christine. i'm boris sanchez. 4:59 on the east coast.
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breaking news this morning. a war brewing in the democratic race for president. overnight, hillary clinton just barely edging past bernie sanders to victory in the kentucky primary. sanders, though, as expected taking oregon by a solid margin. but the win in kentucky brings clinton to within a hundred delegates, including super delegates, of clinching the democratic nomination. sanders, though, remains confident he still has a path to the white house. >> it will be a steep climb. i recognize that. but we have the possibility of going to philadelphia with a majority of the pledged delegates. before we will have the opportunity to defeat donald trump, we're going to have to defeat secretary clinton. >> we'll get the latest from cnn's jeff zeleny. he's with the sanders campaign in california. >> reporter: christine and boris, bernie sanders making clear he's going to keep going in this final month after winning in oregon and narrowly losing in kentucky. he's making the case to his

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