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our media coverage continues at cnnmoney.com. i have a new article up. you can sign up for our news letter delivered to your inbox every afternoon. subscribe and i'll see you next week. donald trump lashing out. claiming the media is rigging the election as a new poll is putting hillary clinton on top by 12 points. will the team accept the results? and breaking news. iraqi ground forces with u.s. support launches an offensive to retake mosul. we are live on the ground for what could be a defining moment in the battle against isis. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday, october 17th. it is 4:00 a.m.
in the east.
up first, donald trump declaring the fix is in. three weeks before america votes. with his hopes fading and list of women growing. he is waging a war on the media. insisting the media is rigging the race for hillary clinton. here is a possible explanation for the battle cry. clinton has opened an 11--point lead in all four candidates. we get more from chris frates in washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. donald trump continues to push the idea that the election is somehow rigged despite not providing evidence to support his charges. on sunday, he tweeted the election is absolutely being rigged by the media, but also at many polling places. the facts don't bear this out.
a 2012 investigative project news 21 looked at a decade of data and found ten cases of voter impersonation at the polls on election day. politically, democrats are trying to use the claim of a rigged election to paint him as a panicked candidate. a guy to delegitimize the election before he loses in november. >> especially in the last couple days as donald trump has started to go wilder and wilder, i think by all accounts, losing the first two debates, he is starting to make wild claims about the election being rigged, et cetera. we have to keep pultting out a message and speak out that we run elections and we run them well here. he should not engage in the scare tactics. we need to push that message. we uask the gop leaders to stan
up. >> reporter: and republican leaders have spoken out on the subject. including trump's running mate mike pence. >> we will absolutely accept the results. the american people will speak on november 8th. one of the great traditions of america is the peaceful transfer of power. >> reporter: and republican house speaker paul ryan's office weighed in putting in a statement, our democracy relies on confidence of election results. a speaker is confident the states will carry out the election with integrity. in a divided election year, they seem to agree on one thing, despite what trump says, the polls are not rigged. back to you. >> trump said "saturday night live" is against him. trying to determine who fire
bombed republican headquarters
in north carolina. the building was badly burned. someone tossed flammable liquid in a bottle. hillary clinton condemned the act. the attack on the gop office is horrific and unacceptable. grateful that everyone is safe. trump said democrats just fire bombed our office in north carolina because we are winning. and the newspaper that endorsed hillary clinton is dealing with the ugly backlash. after "the arizona republic" backed a democrat for the first time in the 126-year history last month, the top executive says disturbing threats have been made against employees. one warnings that reporters will be blown up. new information coming to
light in the latest release of hacked e-mails by wikileaks. it appears to contain transcripts from three paid speeches clinton gave to goldman sachs. let's get more from cnn's joe johns. >> reporter: john and christine, over the weekend, wikileaks releasing thousands more of the hacked e-mails from the account of john podesta. the batches of e-mails include a discussion of campaign donations to accept and the inner workings of the campaign and allegations concerning bill clinton and controversy that erupted over the private e-mail server. of particular interest is wikileaks releasing what appear to be transcripts of paid speeches from hillary clinton to goldman sachs. some of the paid speeches sanders pressed her to release in the primaries. one speech from october 2013 suggested that action was needed
for political reasons to curb wall street abuses. if you were an elected member of congress and people were losing jobs and shutting businesses and everybody in the press saying it is all the fault of wall street, you cannot sit by and do nothing. the clinton campaign is on the defensive and blaming russia. here is what democratic vice presidential nominee tim kaine said sunday. >> there needs to be a consequence. when a foreign nation tries to destabilize an american election, which is what donald trump encouraged back in late july. he said hey, russia, go find things to help me win. when a foreign government tries do this, there has to be a consequence. there will be a time for figuring that consequence is. you cannot let it go unchallenged. if you do, you could encourage more of it. >> reporter: russia is not officially blamed for the
attack, but has been blamed for other releases. republicans are trying to put more attention on the hacked e-mails. bringing attention to the cozy relationship some clinton foundation donors had with the state department. >> i think what donald trump is talking about is frankly what appeared to be the monolithic support of the national media for hillary clinton's campaign. the willful ignorance of the hard evidence, not allegation, but hard evidence coming out in e-mails of conclusion and pay for play politics. the american people are tired of it. >> reporter: the state department and campaign have denied pay for play allegations. the clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied. john and christine, back to you. thank you. is the election hurting trump's businesses? one trump biographer says he has
seen business data that shows a recent drop. >> i'm hearing in the last two weeks that his brand equity is plummeting. he is perceived as boring. not by elites, but middle class and when you poll republican households without a college education, they are turning off to his brand. they may still vote for him, but this is really doing long-term damage to his businesses. >> okay. what's the evidence? that biographer would not elaborate where he got the equity data. there are no publicly disclosed metrics here. only a few other ways to track business. the trump campaign has said in the past his businesses are still doing well. hotel expert tells cnn money that donald trump properties are not likely suffering because they are part of the luxury market which is apparently very strong. breaking news this morning. this is a big deal. iraqi forces backed up by u.s.
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the breaking news this morning. a ground assault against isis. what u.s. defense secretary ash carter calls a decisive moment. iraqi government trying to recapture mosul. it has been under isis control for more than two years. carter says they hope to deliver a lasting defeat. this is a ground assault with u.s. led coalition providing cover from the air. this is an international exercise right now. complicated to say the least. let's go live to erbil and bring in senior correspondent ben wedeman. ben. >> reporter: this has been going on for nine hours. we have seen a calm of about 4,000 peshmerga fighters approaching the city from the
eastern side. they already apparently, we have been told by people at the frontline, encountered one truck bomb approaching their position, but it was taken out by a u.s.-led coalition aircraft. this operation will take a long time. at this point, it appears the iraqi and kurdish forces will even si encircle the city before they go inside mosul who are secretly phoning us on mobile phones that isis fighter s in the city are n an agitated state. the mosques are calling on the si citizens to resist the infidels. we know they are fed up with isis and misrule and hoping to quickly be delivered from them. now the iraqi government did the
night before last drop leaflets instructing people on what to do when the offensive begins. they told them to tape up windows and put white flags out and stay away from isis positions and if possible, call the number with information they may be able to pass on to the iraqi security forces in a battle that could take weeks if not months. john. >> ben, we know the kurdish peshmerga is taking action. we know it will be the iraqi army and police that will go into the city of mosul. then the u.s. role. there are thousands of u.s. troops, whether special forces or advisers. what are u.s. forces doing? >> reporter: there are just over
5,000 military personnel in the country. they are doing a variety of things. one thing is upgrading the runways at two bases. assad and giadia. so they can play a role in the opposition. there are special forces advising the forces on what to do when there are also people providing coordinated to coalition aircraft on where to strike. there's also an american artillery battery taking part in the battle as well. american officials and coalition officials as well are stressing that this is an iraqi-led operation. planned by iraqis and the coalition is merely playing a supporting role. however, those coalition air strikes are absolutely vital to provide iraqi forces with that
need needed advantage as they press forward. john. >> and that is important in and of itself. however complicated the reality. ben wedeman in irbil, thank you. 18 minutes past the hour. a police officer in alaska shot on the job. the suspect caught on video moments after t attack. the officer's condition and search for the gunman. we've got that next.
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donald trump blasting the media for fixing the election. he claims some polling places are rigged. "saturday night live" is rigged. will the trump team accept the election in november? and marching on mosul trying to recapture from isis and drive out the terrorists. we are live on the ground in iraq ahead. welcome back to "early
start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. this morning, donald trump declares the fix is in. the media has it in for him and paul ryan has it in for him. and "saturday night live" has it in for him. with the poll numbers fading and list of female accusers growing, he insists the press is rigging the race for hillary clinton. rigging polls like this one from nbc news and wall street journal. clinton opened up an 11-point lead with three weeks to go until election day. there is a poll that donald trump likes more. this shows just a four-point lead for hillary clinton. let's get the latest from cnn's chris frates in washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. donald trump continues to push the idea that the election is somehow rigged despite not providing any evidence to support charges. on sunday, he tweeted the election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest media.
also at many polling places. the facts just don't bear that out. for instance, a organization called news 21 found ten cases of voter impersonation on election day. meanwhile, democrats are trying to use trump's claim about a rigged election to paint him as a panicked candidate. a guy trying to delegitimizing the election before he loses in november. >> especially in the last couple days, as donald trump has kind of started to go wilder and wilder. i think by all accounts, losing the first two debates, he started to make wild claims and scorched early claims about the election rigged. we have to keep putting out a message and call on everybody to speak out about the fact that we run elections and we run them well here. he shouldn't be engaging in the scare tactics.
we need to push that message. we need the gop to stand up. >> reporter: and republican leaders have spoken out on the subject. including trump's running mate mike pence. >> we will absolutely accept the results of the election. look, the american people will speak in an election that will culminate on november 8th. one of the great traditions of america is the peaceful transfer of power. >> reporter: republican house speaker paul ryan's office weighed in saying our democracy relies on confidence in election results. the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out the election with integrity. in a bitterly divided election year, many democrats and republicans seem to be able to agree on one thing. that's despite what trump says. the polls are not rigged. john and christine. chris in washington. thank you. federal investigators are trying
to determine who fire bombed the republican headquarters in north carolina over the weekend. no one was hurt, but the building was badly burned. police say someone tossed flammable liquid in a bottle through the window and painted nazi republicans leave town or else. hillary clinton is condemning the act. the attack on the orange county headquarters on the gop office is horrific and unacceptable. very grateful that everyone is safe. donald trump taking a different approach. tweeting animals representing hillary clinton and dems in north carolina fire bombed our office because we are winning. a conservative arizona newspaper is now dealing, they say with an ugly backlash after they backed a democrat for the first time in the 126 year history last month. the top executive says disturbing threats have been made against employees. one of them warns the newspaper
reporters will be blown up. >> some of the threats are specific and terrifying. new information coming to light in the latest release of hacked e-mails by wikileaks. the latest document dump appears to have transcripts that hillary clinton gave to goldman sachs. we get more this morning from joe johns. >> reporter: john and christine, over the weekend, wikileaks releasing thousands more of the hacked e-mails from the account of hillary clinton's campaign chairman john podesta. the batches of e-mails included discussions of campaign donations and inner workings of the campaign and how to handle bill clinton and the private e-mail server. wikileaks apparently releasing what appeared to be transcripts of three paid speeches by hillary clinton to goldman sachs. the speeches that bernie sanders
pressed her to release in the primaries. one speech suggested in part that action was needed for political reasons to curb wall street abuses because quote if you were an elected member of congress and people in your c constituency were losing jobs and shutting businesses and everybody in the press is saying it is all the fault of wall street, you cannot sit by. here is what tim kaine said sunday. >> there does need to be a consequence. when a foreign nation tries to destabilize an american election, which is what donald trump encouraged back in late july. he said, russia, go see if you can cyber hack and find things to help me win. there has to be a consequence. there will be a time for figuring that consequence. you can't let it go unchallenged. if you do, you encourage more.
>> reporter: russia is not officially blamed for the hack, but has been blamed for other hacks. republicans are trying to put more attention on the hacked e-mail. bringing attention to the cozy relationship some clinton foundation don foundation donors with the state department. >> their willful ignorance of the avalanche of hard evidence. not allegations, but hard evidence coming out in the e-mails of collusion and pay for play politics. >> reporter: the state department has denied pay for play allegations. the clinton campaign has not confirmed or denied. >> thank you. fund raising efforts ramping
up on both sides of the election. donald trump's campaign said the committee hauled in $100 million in september. that's the largest tally of the election. clinton's camp raised $154 million. not all of the money will go directly to the campaigns. some used on races for the house and senate. clinton has a wide lead with money in the bank. reporting $152 million in cash on hand at the end of september. the trump campaign had $75 million. trump is receiving a $1.25 million donation from the silicon valley titan. he is about the only tech heavyweight supporting trump. getting a lot of attention he is personally giving $1.25 million. >> donald trump said he put in $100 million of his own money. he hasn't. he put a lot of money in. he may put $35 million or $50
million. a lot of people wondering. breaking news. iraqi forces backed up by u.s. air cover. beginning the ground assault to recapture mosul from isis. mosul under occupation for more than two next. we have more information on the assault launched overnight when "early start" continues. you just double the heat--right?" "no reason." "hey mom, for laundry, the maximum load is just a suggestion--right?" "oh--that makes sense." "ummm--mom, how do i monitor my credit?" "ok. thanks mom." "that was easy." "sign up for credit karma's free credit monitoring today.
iraq. let's bring in cnn's correspondent ben wedeman. we have been waiting and talking about coiling for the offensive for some time. what's happening now? >> reporter: the offensive seems to be going fine so far. we are nine hours into it. so far, what we know is 4,000 kurdish peshmerga fighters advanced on the city and ev encountered some resistance. isis truck bomb made its way in the direction of the kurdish forces, but hit by a coalition aircraft. that threat was neutralized. this is really just the opening phases of what could be a very long battle.
mosul is iraq's second largest city. at the best of times, it had 2 million people. now there are civilians still left in the city. it is a huge city. i have been there many times. retaking it neighborhood by neighborhood and street by street and house by house will be a complicated effort. we need to look at ramadi. the second largest city. that operation to drive isis out began at the end of november of last year. it wasn't until the first week of february it was finally cleared of isis. that city is about one-third the size of mosul. we understand from civilian sources inside the city that isis is in an agitated state. they have known this was coming, but at this point, isis fighters have disappeared off the streets of the city.
for residents, this is a tense time. they have been instructed by leaflets dropped by the iraqi government the night before last to stay inside, tape up the windows of houses, put out a white flag to let iraqi forces know they are non combatants. they have been told they have been provided with a phone number to call if they have tips or information to pass on to iraqi forces as they enter the city. that may still be weeks and weeks away. >> from irbil, thank you, ben. let's get the latest on the new offensive to try to retake mosul. joining us now is retired air force colonel cedric leighton. thank you for joining us. this is a complicated operation. you are dealing with kurdish peshmerga and iraqi forces and
air cover. what do you see is the tricky part? >> that is what you said, john. you have so many moving parts which makes it difficult to make sure the parts run smoothly. what you see here, the initial phases that ben wedeman talked about really coming to bear. now we are moving in from the eastern side of mosul and what that means is those forces are going to be kurdish forces. they, right now, are working that particular sector carefully and apparently so far very well from their standpoint. the trick is going to be to integrate those operations with air power, coalition air power and the other forces on the ground to include the iraqi forces. >> how key and overriding is the role of u.s.-led coalition forces? we know there are 5,000 u.s. forces in the operation.
how key is the u.s. role and can the iraqi officials pick this up once mosul, hopefully s is recaptured? >> christine, that is the big question of what happens next. the iraqi forces will have two main jobs. one is obviously to liberate the city. the next one is to make sure they can govern the city effectively without causing the types of disturbances and types of issues that caused the population of mosul to support isis when they came in over two years ago. so it will be very important that those u.s. forces there right now are really the key elements in terms of providing advice, intelligence and logistic support. they play a key role in this.
vital role. the fact they are doing what they're doing is making this offensive possible. >> do we have a sense what isis has been doing inside mosul for the last two years in terms of preparing for this? are they dug in? have they tunnelled through? we have seen this before with isis, do you think they will try to maintain their numbers and just flee and retreat? >> one of the real key elements of the way of war, the way people fight wars in the middle east is they have that option to flee. you saw that with saddam hussein's army when the u.s. invaded in 2003. the fact they actually melded into the background is a typical response to the kinds of events. we also have seen isis do ththis occasion as well. they stand and fight in certain areas. fallujah is a more recent example of that.
we can expect a lot of that to happen when it comes to mosul, but they are dug in. they have tunnels. that indicates they are going to try to resist as much as they possibly can. the other fact is they also lodged with families and civilian families in the mosul area. that will make it very hard to dislodged them from that particular area. those particular areas they are living in. so they can mount a very tough battle, but they are relatively few in number. the population of mosul is gearing up to fight them. that is in and of itself, a very significant factor. that could change their calculus. that may make them move out of the city and try to move west toward syria and make a definitive last stand in raqqah. we have to be prepared for a
decisive and tough battle in mosul. >> and ben wedeman was saying as he is monitoring from inside iraq, he said there is not a presence on the street. they melted away here nine hours into the offensive. colonel leighton, thank you. 50 minutes past the hour. stocks looking weaker this morning. details when we get a check on cnn money stream next. >> strong stream.
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welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is monday, october 17th. this morning, donald trump says the fix is in. the media has it in for him. paul ryan has it in for him. even "saturday night live" has it in for him. when you lost "saturday night live" you are losing. trump insists the polls are rigged for hillary clinton. hillary clinton with an 11-point lead with three weeks to go in the race. a washington post poll which trump likes more. hillary clinton with a four-point lead. let's get the latest from chris frates in washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. donald trump continues to push this idea that the election is somehow rigged despite not providing evidence to support his charges. in fact, on sunday, he tweeted the election is