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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 supporters, as defiant as ever,
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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 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.
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>> 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 victory speech tuesday night in california. christine and boris? >> jeff zeleny, thanks for that. donald trump the only republican still running for president winning oregon's primary. news flash. we expected it, and he did it. 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 these new comments over north korea and its nuclear program, comments that are getting an awful lot of attention this morning. cnn's jim ai kcosta has more fr
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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 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? >> thanks, jim.
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>> jo >> joining us now to break down all the results, eugene scott in our washington bureau. good to see you again. good morning. let's start with last night's results. hillary clinton squeaking by in kentucky. there it is right there. about 2,000 votes over bernie sanders. in oregon, sanders dominating, beating hillary clinton by more than 40,000 votes there. clinton sending out a tweet last night. she didn't actually have an event where she gave a speech or talk to her supporters, but here's her tweet. he just won kentucky. thanks to everyone who turned out. we're always stronger united. clearly the message here is that the party needs to start uniting around her as donald trump is now the presumptive gop nominee. the democratic party kind of needs to coalesce and come together with their own candidate. but does the math last night really change the possibilities for bernie sanders? does it give him a better chance of winning? >> no, it does not.
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but it certainly gives his supporters hope. ultimately at the end of the night, bernie sanders walked away with more delegates than hillary clinton did, but the gap is still significant. she's still leading significantly with pledged delegates. it would take something short of miraculous for bernie sanders to become the front runner before the convention. >> yeah, we're talking about chaos in this party right now too. when you look at what happened in nevada last weekend, you know, still getting a lot of attention this morning. a lot of sharp words from democrats about what happened there. we're showing you the pictures now. the paris hotel had to end this convention in nevada because they couldn't guarantee the safety of the people inside. it was so chaotic. bernie sanders issued a statement on the nevada chaos. he said this. if the democratic party is to be successful in november, it is imperative all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness and the respect they have earned. at the nevada convention, the democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and
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transparent process from taking place. then harry reid issues this statement. he was pretty ticked off. bernie should say something and not have some silly statement. bernie is better than that. he should say something about this and not have some statement someone else prepared for him. wow. this does not sound like unity to me. >> not at all. this is a statement, though, that will bernie support with his supporters. you see in his statement, he did not address them at all. that is going to be a problem for democratic leaders and people who support hillary clinton because regardless of whether or not you support bernie sanders or not, there are people who believe that type of behavior, what we saw is not acceptable. it's unacceptable, and it's not bringing the party closer to unity, which is what is needed if the party is going to be victorious over donald trump in november. >> so how does the democratic party reign in that support for bernie sanders and bring it back into the fold? obviously there's a lot of division here. how do they have that, you know, come together moment where they
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finally nominate someone and move forward to face donald trump, who continues to gain support? >> well, strategically, there will be a need to address the very real issues that bernie sanders supporters are bringing to the table, the very real issues that have made bernie sanders far more successful in this election cycle than anyone predicted while not giving way to behavior that we quite frankly have seen to be more common at trump rallies and on the republican side of the race. there will be a need to find the truth of the validity of the points that some supporters are trying to make without dismissing them and ostracizing them any further than how they already feel they've been left out. >> that's why the vice presidential picks will be interesting, to see how that will weigh out, maybe bring the left wing of the democratic party in and maybe assuage on the republican side some of the fears that donald trump is not
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conservative enough. >> very much so. we have great interests as journalists and as citizens in who these vice presidential picks will be. it'll definitely give us a stronger idea of the future of both presumptive nominees where they're hoping to take their respective parties. it will also reaffirm people on both sides who aren't as on board with either nominee that their concerns and issues will be addressed. those are things that really can be -- that a republican and a democratic vice presidential candidate can address. >> all right. sticking with donald trump, he had an all-encompassing interview with reuters recently. here's what he said about leader of 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. >> of course, he's talking about
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kim jong-un, the leader of north korea. despite years and years of harsh economic sanctions, the nuclear program in north korea moves forward, trump suggesting a different route. how does this really help trump's brand? >> well, it's actually pretty consistent with his brand. so speaking to him seems like something that perhaps a business leader would do. that is what donald trump is known for being. that's probably the key to much of his success, his business leadership. it certainly raises concerns with many people in the foreign policy community. it seems to reinforce the idea that donald trump is less than knowledgeable about international affairs, to suggest that he would actually speak with the leader of north korea despite our history with the country. >> he's also said china -- it would take one phone call from china to fix the north korea problem. you would think the chinese would have done that if they could do it with one phone call. >> i'm interested in seeing what comes out of that meeting with
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henry kissinger. fascinating stuff. >> eugene, thank you. donald trump wants to gut wall street regulation, the wall street regulation bill known as dodd/frank. here's more of what he told reuters in an audio interview tuesday. >> 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. >> a negative force. dodd/frank was enacted after the 2008 financial crisis, aimed at creating more stability. trump also claims there's a bubble in the tech industry. he says some tech stocks are running on weak concepts and selling for too much money. he warns the tech bubble could burst, comparing it to the dot-com boom in the '90s. he also said he would replace yellen at the end of her term.
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i'll tell you, those comments about the tech sector really got an eye roll from silicon valley. there was some funny tweeting about make bubbles great again and the like. one venture capitalist tweeting essentially, you know, he uses twitter all the time, so he's saying twitter is overvalued. >> kind of a big part of his platform. >> right. new reaction coming in from around the world after druonald trump says that as president, he would sit down with north korea's dictator one on one. we're live in seoul next. . but you see, with the help of her raymond james financial advisor, she had planned for every eventuality. ...which meant she continued to have the means to live on... ...even at the ripe old age of 187. life well planned. see what a raymond james advisor can do for you.
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paula, what's the reaction there? >> reporter: well, christine, it's been interesting here. the south korean foreign ministry official i spoke to said they couldn't possibly comment on this, but also added that they would like to see denuclearization being the priority in any dialogue. certainly it's been met with surprise that this moment, donald trump things it would be appropriate to talk to the north korean leader. there are others who say why not. if you look at what's happened over the past eight years during the obama administration, the policy of strategic patience has not necessarily worked well, even though it may have slowed the progress of the nuclear and missile program in north korea. they say it has still -- north korea and kim jong-un have managed to carry out intense testing, and he has made progress. so some say why not give it a try. obama did something very similar nine years ago when he was
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campaigning to become u.s. president. he said in a cnn democratic debate that he would be willing to talk to leaders of hostile countries. he had the example of syria or iran or north korea. this isn't something dissimilar to what the current u.s. president has already said. of course, donald trump does like talking about kim jong-un. he's talked about him before. in the past he's called him a maniac. at one point he said you have to give him credit for being able to eliminate his rivals so successfully. >> he also said china can solve that problem with one phone call and the u.s. has tremendous influence on china. but we know, paula, that china and north korea have kind of an icy diplomatic relationship at the moment as well. >> well, that's right. relations really haven't been this bad ever. china is the biggest trading partner for north korea. they are effectively keeping north korea afloat and the only
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ally that north korea truly has. certainly there is a case to be made that china could do more, but the fact is you have to understand, china does not want north korea to collapse. they don't want the funding cut, the trading, because they could potentially have 25 million refugees on their border, flooding into china. also, they know that the u.s. has a very strong stake in south korea. if north korea collapses, could that u.s. influence then be on their doorstep. that's something they don't want as well. so they're in a tricky position. >> paula hancocks with the tricky diplomacy of the region. thank you so much for that. a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue saudi arabia passed 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 that bill. keep in mind 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were saudi citizens.
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breaking overnight, hillary clinton and bernie sanders each scoring new election victories, but the battle for the democratic nation is still far from over. >> and donald trump winning oregon's primary overnight, but not without creating some new controversy. what else is new? welcome back to "early start." i'm boris sanchez. >> so nice to see you this morning. i'm christine romans. breaking news this morning. war brewing in the democratic race for president. overnight hillary clinton barely edging past bernie sanders to victory in kentucky. sanders, as expected, takes oregon by a solid margin. the win in kentucky brings clinton to within 100 delegates, including super delegates, of clinching the democratic nomination. though sanders remains confident he has a path to the white
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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. >> the latest now 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.
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this is the case he made for 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.
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that's something that bernie sanders barely addressed in his victory speech tuesday night in california. christine and boris? >> jeff, thank you. donald trump the only republican still running for president, winning oregon's primary easily. 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 eyebrows with new comments of 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 a big foreign policy meeting trump will have later today with former secretary of state henry kissinger. the other big headline from the
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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? >> all right. jim acosta, thank you so much. joining us to break down the primary results and all the day's political action, cnn's politics reporter eugene scott in our washington bureau. let's talk about these results last night. hillary clinton, a razor-thin margin, winning by less than 1,923 votes in kentucky. they're splitting those delegates there. look at the math for me though. the 20th win in oregon now, the 20th win for bernie sanders, but
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the math still really favors hillary clinton here. >> it very much does. and it shows just how important the delegate race is. we know that clinton is leading by about 280 delegates. that's going to be a hard gap for the sanders campaign to make up before the convention that would put him -- that would be enough to put him in the front runner status. >> now, state conventions typically don't make national news. >> you're right. >> but this one in nevada a couple days ago has really captured a lot of attention for the way bernie sanders supporters responded to the proceedings there. you see the chaos. i also want to play a voicemail that one bernie supporter left roberta lang, the chairwoman of the nevada state democratic party. >> i'm this is a citizen of the united states of america, and i just wanted to let you though that i think people like you should be hung in a public execution to show the world that
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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're a sick, twisted piece of [ bleep ]. cowardless [ bleep ] running off the stage. i hope people find you. >> so things clearly got out of hand. bernie sanders put out a statement on the chaos in nevada, writing if the democratic party is to be successful in november, it's imperative all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness and the respect that they have earned. at the convention, the democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place. senator sanders has caught a lot of flak for that response. hearing from senator harry reid and debbie wasserman-schultz, the head of the dnc, here's her response on cnn yesterday. >> the senator's response was anything but acceptable. it certainly did not condemn his supporters for acting violently
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or engaging in intimidation tactics and instead added more fuel to the fire. >> in light of all of this chaos that we really didn't expect to see from the democratic party, we might have expected to see it with the never trump folks and the chaos in the republican party, what does this mean moving forward toward philadelphia? does this party seem like it can still come together and rally those supporters that were so against hillary clinton? >> i think it's possible, but i think what this really shows is that unifying this party is all hands on deck operation. i think many people once thought it was hillary clinton's job to be more welcoming to bernie sanders supporters. it was bernie sanders' job to encourage his supporters to get on board with whoever the nominee eventually is. but it's clear that there are a lot of people that can be talking to a lot of people about uniting the party and whether or not that will be done remains to be seen, but it's necessary if the democratic party is going to be victorious over donald trump in november.
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>> how does all of this portend for the conventions here? you've got -- running out of time, really, for a show of unity here. i also think for hillary clinton to really reach out and try to bring those bernie sanders supporters into her fold. >> well, yes, time certainly is of the essence. so there will be -- there will need to be a level of intentionality and focus and strategy that the clinton came pain will need to use that will shift some people from throwing chairs to eventually voting for hillary clinton. but bernie sanders can help with that. he can speed that process up. he has a very loyal fan base, very loyal supporters. if he encourages his supporters to change their direction and their tactics and actually address them, which he did not do in that statement, perhaps we can see a different outcome before november. >> sure. very quickly here, eugene, we have to talk about this agreement for donald trump to help raise funds for down ballot candidates in the gop. a lot of these down ballot
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candidates, many of them in hotly contested states, have tried to shy away from trump because of his controversial remarks. they fear his presence may hurt them. does him helping raise funz for some of these republicans endear him to more people in the party? >> it really depends which states we're talking about. there are certainly voters out thereto who are very for trump, even if their elected officials don't seem to be. these votes will be needed to elect people down party even. so whether or not a candidate is a big fan of trump, they need to look at their voters and their lek trot and decide what those people want. if it is victory they ultimately want, they're going to have to figure out ways to get those people on board. one of the ways that may happen is by supporting a donald trump or at least accepting his support. >> all right. eugene scott, nice to see you this morning. getting up bright and early for us. >> thanks. time for an early start on your money. futures down slightly. stock markets in europe and asia
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down following the u.s. rout yesterday. oil prices back above $48 a barrel. fears of an interest rate hike from the fed are back. they took down the stock market yesterday. the dow fell 181 points. check out the volatility over the past five sessions. stronger oil prices mixing with bad corporate earnings. now new worries the fed might raise interest rates at its next meeting in june. those concerns grew because of this number. 0.4%, that's how much consumer prices increased in april. it's the biggest monthly rise in three years driven by higher gas, rent, and food prices. we've got new reaction from around the world after donald trump promises to do what no sitting u.s. president has done before. hold direct talks with north korea's dictator. we're live in seoul next. there's no one road out there. no one surface... no one speed... no one way of driving on each and every road. but there is one car that can conquer them all. the mercedes-benz c-class.
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donald trump opening up a
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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 is a radical departure from current u.s. policy. trump says he would try to convince kim to kill his nuclear weapons program. let's bring in cnn's paula hancocks. she joins us live from seoul this morning. paula, after years of harsh economic sanctions and essentially isolation against north korea that hasn't done much, how are asian leaders welcoming this potential shift? >> reporter: well, boris, it's interesting. officially south korea is staying out of this. they've basically said through a senior foreign ministry official said to me that they can't comment on the specific remark from a u.s. presidential candidate. but they also mentioned in the same breath that if there were talks, then denuclearization of north korea had to be a priority. but it's certainly been met with some surprise by many observers here, questioning whether or not it is prudent at this time,
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considering the intense nuclear and mistime tesile testing we'v in recent months. others have questioned whether it should be considered, considering the policy the obama administration has at the moment. the strategic patience hasn't necessarily worked so well. you consider over the last eight years that even though progress may have been slowed by kim jong-un and his father, certainly they have made progress in their nuclear and missile programs. and of course remember that mr. obama himself said something very similar just nine years ago when he was campaigning for president. he said that he would be willing to talk to leaders of hostile countries like syria, iran, and north korea, and there was some controversy about that statement back then as well. but it's not the first time donald trump has mentioned north korea. he has called kim jong-un in the past a maniac and has also said he actually deserves credit for being able to eliminate his rivals so successfully. boris?
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>> quite an interesting approach from donald trump. paula hancocks reporting live from seoul. thank you. a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue saudi arabia passed a key hurdle in the senate. lawmakers gave 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 the bill. 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were saudi citizens, but saudi arabia denies any involvement. the senate has approved a $1.1 billion compromise bill to combat the zika virus. president obama asked for $1.8 billion in emergency funding 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. it took eight months, but the senate last night finally confirmed the nomination of an openly gay man as secretary of the army. eric fanning becomes the first
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out-gay leader of any branch of the u.s. military. the milestone comes five years after the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred gay and lesbian troops from being open about their sexuality. and the south carolina legislature passing restrictive abortion bill that bans the procedure after 19 weeks. similar laws are in effect in 12 other states. the bill is now headed to south carolina governor nikki haley. back in march, haley said she'd almost certainly sign it, but she needs to look at the details once it finally reaches her desk. now let's take a look at what's coming up on "new day." allison camerota joining us this morning. always a pleasure to see you. >> you too, boris. thank you very much for that greeting. we have another night of primaries but no clear winner yet on the democratic side. now there are big concerns for the party. the sanders campaign and the dnc sparring over sanders' response to violent threats from his supporters. could it be the democrats
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convention that's the one that descends into chaos? we'll ask sanders' campaign manager and the chair of the dnc. also, an interesting foreign policy statement from donald trump. he says he would be willing to talk to kim jong-un of north korea. the billionaire also reaching a deal to take donations rather than continuing to self-fund his campaign. so how much can his supporters now donate each? we have details on that and so much more at the top of the hour. see you then, boris. >> see you then, allison. thank you. a billionaire making a big bet against the u.s. stock market. we'll tell you why he's doing it next. because why would you take a pain medicine when all you want is good sleep? zzzquil: a non-habit forming sleep-aid that's not for pain, just for sleep. from bank of america to buy a new gym bag. before earning 1% cash back everywhere, every time
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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 and wounding more than a hundred others. isis is claiming responsibility for one of the attacks. cnn's senior international
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correspondent arwa damon is monitoring the latest developments live from istanbul. arwa, good morning to you. in the past week, more than 200 people have died in baghdad. officials say this is a sign that isis is getting weaker, but is that really the case? >> reporter: well, that's what u.s. officials are saying, boris. that is what the u.s. military is saying at this stage, that this uptick in attacks is a by-product of isis being put under pressure in other parts of the country and this is them being on the back foot and lashing out, going after the soft targets. now, this type of attack is not necessarily something new when it comes to an entity like isis. its previous incarnation, back in the days when it was al qaeda in iraq, they constantly were going after soft targets. they constantly were trying to go after the shia community to try to sew even more tensions between the country's sue nnis d
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shias. this is perhaps something they're trying to exploit once again. the other issue here is when one looks at an entity like isis, an entity that has historically proven time and time again its ability to morph, to try to define it as being an organization right now that is on the defensive or is on its back foot is perhaps a little shortsighted. but the u.s. has always had a tendency to try to a certain degree give what's happening in iraq something of a rose-colored image and not necessarily confront the realities that exist on the ground. that is part of the reason why we are finding ourselves in this situation. isis is an entity unlike anyone, whether the iraqis or the americans has faced before. it's one that's proven it's willing to fight until the bitter end, boris. >> certainly hard to see those
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images painted with rose-colored lens, as you said, ara. thanks so much. let's get an early start on your money. dow futures, little changed this morning after a rough day yesterday. worries of a federal reserve interest rate hike spreading across wall street. more details later today when the fed releases minutes from its most recent meeting. a billionaire investor seems to be bracing for a storm in the stock market. george sorros invested $264 million in gold in the first quarter. he also acquired 1.1 million options to buy a gold etf. it's seen as a safe haven. he goldman sachs also just downgraded the u.s. stock market to neutral. it says if corporate profits don't grow faster, stocks look overvalued. millions more workers will
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become eligible for overtime pay later this year. the labor department expanding mandatory overtime pay to workers who make less than about $44,000 a year. that's roughly double the current threshold. right now just 7% of salaried workers are automatically eligible for overtime. under the new rules, 35% will become automatically eligible according to the labor department. in 1975, 62% of salaried workers were eligible for overtime pay. 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. hillary clinton and bernie sanders each pick up a new election win overnight, but is their primary battle badly bruising the democratic party? "new day" starts right now. >> there is never a place for violence and intimidation. >> a pretty unfair process. >> the election was stolen. >> senator sanders should
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outright condemn that specific conduct. >> we obviously do not condone any kind of violence or threats. >> this campaign is listening to the american people. >> i get threats every one to two seconds. >> we have too much divisiveness in america. >> we are in until the last ballot is cast. >> i would speak to him. i would have no problem speaking to him. >> we will not be disadvantaged by anybody in north korea. >> the trump campaign is announcing along with the rnc it has agreed on joint fund-raising "agreements. >> having the conversations necessary to make sure that we are unifying. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. good morning. welcome to your "new day." it is wednesday, may 18th, 6:00 in the east. up first, hillary clinton dodging a major blow. the democratic front-runner narrowly wins kentucky's primary, and we mean really narrowly. we'll take you behind the numbers and you'll see how true
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that is. bernie sanders wins big in oregon. vowing to stay in the race, saying he thinks he can win california. the results, however, overshadowed by this fight heating up between sanders supporters and the party establishment. some democrats now worried about violence at their convention in july. >> on the republican side, presumptive gob nominee trump picking up one more win saying he would speak with north korean leader kim jong-un and accept donations. a panel is joining us to talk all about this. >> smile! there you go. >> we will be with them shortly. we have this race covered the way only cnn can. we begin with christine romans with a look at the primary result and the delegate race. >> good morning. hillary clinton got the win needed but barely. the margin razor thin, narrowly winning in kentucky. fewer than 2,000

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