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cnn's sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning, john and alison. president-elect trump making big decisions with the cabinet. formally nominating ben carson as secretary of housing and urban development. as he moves to make key decisions on the cabinet posts, others seem to be taking almost a step back. late last week, we knew according to sources, donald trump settled on the potential for finalists for the secretary of state job. now we know according to sources, donald trump is looking for more candidates expanding the search for secretary of state. looking at jon huntsman and rex tillerson here at trump tower. also, senator joe manchin. a democratic senator from west virginia who told our sources on capitol hill that he is indeed looking to potentially schedule a meeting with trump at some point this week. now donald trump also holding a
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very intriguing meeting on monday here at trump tower with former vice president al gore. we know according to gore he was supposed to sit down with ivanka trump to talk about climate change. the meeting afterwards got expanded to include president-elect trump. here is al gore after that meeting. >> the bulk of the time was with president-elect trump. i found it an extremely interesting conversation. to be continued. i'm just going to leave it at that. >> reporter: that is an intriguing stay tuned from al gore. gore later on saying it was a shared attempt to find common ground. they have not always seen eye to eye. >> thank you, sunlen. the meetings with senate democrats have leaders concerned. leaning now on west virginia joe manchin and heidi heitkamp.
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it could make the republicans more powerful in the senate. that means the democrats lose a seat or two. senator manchin is not ruling out a job with the trump administration. he has to make sure he is doing the best he can for his state, but says no specifics have been discussed so far with the trump transition. >> it was very encouraging talk. we talked about west virginia and the country as a whole. it was a productive talk. i was appreciative of that. >> would you take department of energy if offered? >> we have not talked about anything. there will be something later this week or some time when we might meet. is it possible for president-elect trump to tax u.s. companies that move jobs to mexico? the short answer is yes. tariffs are used for products, not companies. donald trump could ask congress to do it or if he wants to avoid congress, he has to first
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announce an investigation into the company for dumping cheaper products in the u.s. markets. the department of commerce would have to investigate. trump's pick wilbur ross would likely approve this. then the international trade commission would prove that the company is causing harm by flooding goods into u.s. shores. that has never happened to a specific company. if trump did get that approval, he could slap the company with a tariff on all goods coming into the u.s. bottom line, putting tariffs on companies, yes, it is possible. it won't be easy. a difficult thing to do. >> let's talk about that and more. i want to bring in political analyst and best selling author ellis henican and greg valliere. let's talk about the next election. it's never too early. >> go, joe, go!
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>> he was up at the senate and when reporters caught up with him, they had this exchange. list listen. >> will you run again? >> yeah. i'm going to run in 2020. >> for what? >> for president. [ laughter ] >> no, what the hell, man? anyway. >> we're going to run with that, sir. you dropped that. >> that's okay. that's okay. i enjoyed every minute of my time in the senate. >> to be clear, were you kidding about running for president in 2020? >> i'm not committing not to run. i'm not committing to anything. i learned a long time ago. >> all right, ellis, is he opening the door? >> two things to say. he would be 78 years old. that is not what it used to be. does anyone really think joe biden could not gotten an extra point in pennsylvania, michigan, ohio or florida? he has to be kicking himself.
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he has to say oh, man. >> this is more about 2016 than 2020. >> you cast your gaze against the fermament. >> greg, let me go to you and ask you this. it is too early to really say what president-elect trump will do as far as china. on the campaign trail, he put pressure on china. he had tweets over the weekend. his call with taiwan. clearly he is ramping up rhetoric with china. listen, trump is a disrupter. china hasn't done the u.s. any favors. he talks about let's talk about tariffs. taxes u.s. goods higher than the u.s. taxes china's goods coming in here. does he have a leg to stand on or is he putting the u.s. at risk of a trade war here. >> a couple points.
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he will game china like i games everybody. he has to satisfy his constituents in the rustbelt. pennsylvania and ohio who voted for him. he has to do that. i think relations will be rocky with china economically. frankly, i would worry more about iran. u.s./iran relations will be awful. we have a lot of posturing right now. last time i checked, he hasn't been inaugurated. >> he is doing all this and 49 days to go. the markets seem to like parts of trump more than they said they would leading up to election day. when it comes to tariffs and trade, where is the tipping point where the markets would start to be concerned he would begin some trade war and they find detrimental? >> i think two things the markets would worry about. if china retaliates. okay. we will raise tariffs as well. that could escalate. number two would be a public
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fight with janet yellen. those are the things the markets would worry about. >> do you see that possible? a public fight with yellen? >> he was critical of her during the campaign. she should be ashamed of herself for creating bubbles. she will raise rates on december 14th. with the fed raising rates, we will see. he may get a little testy with her. >> the safe bet should never than placed in the same sentence. ellis, some of the peting meet is taking is a concern for the democrats in the senate. what do you think the calculation is if they decide to work in the trump administration? >> the one for the dems is easy. do not go. they have long political futures. they are both in states where it is clearly not a political advantage to be a democrat. in west virginia, it is a
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detriment. in north dakota, the same is true. i don't know. it has to depend on the calculation of their futures connected to the democratic party and alienate their senators. >> let's go to the cabinet picks. al gore walking into trump tower. >> he is not going to be in the cabinet. >> was this just for the cameras? is donald trump softening? is he throwing an olive branch? >> i'll give you one word. ivanka. i think this is all about ivanka. donald trump is on record calling climate change a hoax. ivanka pushed the child care plan that had people scratching their heads. >> this may be her new pet issue. >> i think it is daddy, please meet. i don't know we're there yet. >> greg, it shows enormous power you have. people will come meet with you. even people not in power and people critical.
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why? because you are going to be the most powerful person on earth for the next four years whether they like it or not. >> i would go further. some people will make fools of themselves to curry favor with them or get a cabinet position. they will change previous stances. they will bow down and make abj abject apologies. >> greg valliere with a not cynical view. >> thank you. see you in 20 minutes. up next, new developments in the oakland warehouse fire. why investigators had the building on the radar long before the flames. and the south carolina officer mistrial. why the family of the man shot is not about to give up hope. t d g just say, show me cars with no accidents reported
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heightened security in los angeles this morning after authorities received a tip about a possible bombing plot targ targeting the universal train station. the fbi said it came from the tip line operated by an unidentified foreign government. the threat considered specification and imminent. they are still trying to determine its credibility. commuters in los angeles are expected to see an increase in unformed police and k-9 units. and investigators are sifting through the wreckage of the oakland building fire that killed at least 36 people. officials are still trying to determine what caused the warehouse turned art space to go up in flames. prosecutors say it is still too early to speculate on any criminal charges, they promise to leave no stone unturned. we get more from cnn's dan
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simon. >> reporter: john and alison, it is a mind boggling number of victims. many have been identified, but some require scientific methods of identification. i want to show you the make vis shift memorial to see what people have put to honor those died. why people wanted to live in the warehouse. this is what the mayor had to say about the investigation. >> the permitted use of that building was a warehouse. it was not legally permitted as a living space, residence or event space. >> reporter: still no theory yet about the cause, but investigators think they know where the fire started so hopefully that will lead to clues. as for the residents. one person told me she viewed this almost like a church. a way for people to come together to draw inspiration for the art projects. of course, that is a big part of
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the investigation. why people were living in the warehouse. the main focus is on the victims and possible recovery of additional bodies. john and alison. dan, thank you. prosecutors in south carolina are promising to retry former police officer michael slager for the murder of walter scott after the judge declared a mistrial. the jury was unable to come to unanimous decision after deliberating for 22 hours over four days. let's get the latest from nick valencia in charleston. >> reporter: after days of deliberati deliberation, it was monday afternoon the jurors said they were unable to reach a unanimous decision in the murder of walter scott. for those in support of the scott family, this was a surprise. some expected a mistrial. we got indication of one lone juror who could not convict
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slager of first-degree murder. on monday, we learned that a majority of the jurors were undecided. there was enough reasonable doubt cast in the case by the state for the jury pool to be deadlocked. it is the makeup of the jury pool that considered by some to take exception. 11 of the jurors were white. six of them white men. five white women. one african-american. the foreman in the jury pool. it was on monday afternoon at a press conference that the scott family did not focus on that. choosing instead to take a religious tone and focus on being optimistic that in a retrial some time later next year, they could get conviction. >> absolutely. justice hasn't been served yet. we have more chances. we are coming back. >> reporter: we should mention michael slager is scheduled to face federal civil rights charges some time in early 2017. john, alison. nick, thank you. aleppo on the verge of falling.
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this morning, aleppo is on the verge of falling back into the hands of the syrian government and its russian forces which are now in a more visible role fighting alongside syrian troops. they are launching an aid campaign. cnn's muhammad lila is tracking the latest from istanbul.
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muhammad, they are trying to win over the hearts of the syrian people, but russia voted against the temporary cease-fire to bring in much-needed aid. how does that jive with what is going on? >> reporter: and how is this for mixed messages. a threat from the foreign minister to the rebels saying the rebels that don't leave eastern aleppo peacefully will be quote eliminated. that comes on the heels of the u.s. and russia trying to work out a deal where the rebels in the eastern part of aleppo will be given free passage to leave. the public show of the humanitarian aid they are tli g delivering and inviting the media. russia is furious a medical clinic was bombed yesterday. russia says that was a
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pre-planned attack. the rebels had the coordinates of the facility. according to cnn's team on the ground as well as the syrian army, more than half of the rebel part of aleppo has been retain by forces. there is a fear that all of eastern aleppo could fall in the coming days. the question is what will happen if the rebels refuse to leave? if we take russia's word for it, it could be a nasty situation and bloodbath. that is something the u.n. and other relief agencies on the ground are desperately trying to avoid. >> muhammad lila, thank you. a controversy west bank outpost bill cleared the first hurdle in the israeli pa parliament. it will legalize 50 israeli settlements on palestinian land. lawmakers voted 60-49.
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outgoing secretary of state john kerry calls the measure concerning. president obama heading to tampa to deliver his final speech on the administration's counter terrorism strategy. he is expected to address and give thanks to active duty members at the air force base this afternoon. that includes members of the special operation team during his presidency. what a difference a day makes at trump tower. >> and who visits. >> yesterday, al gore was there. today? the ceo of exxon mobile. rex tillerman stops by. more on that coming up.
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to trump tower today. who saw this coming? former vice president al gore talking about his surprise meeting with the president-elect. never say never. at least not for joe biden. the vice president suggests he could run for president in 2020. could he possibly be serious? welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm john berman. 30 minutes after the hour. it is 5:30 a.m. do you know where your next secretary of state is? that is the big question for president-elect trump as he heads into the day of big meetings. exxon ceo rex tillerson is said to be on a growing list of those under consideration for secretary of state. also paying a visit today is radio host laura ingraham. then trump stops to fayetteville, north carolina. this follows big announcements and meetings on monday. let's get the latest from cnn's sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning, john
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and alison. president-elect trump making big decisions with the cabinet. formally nominating ben carson as secretary of housing and urban development. as he moves to make key decisions on the big cabinet posts, others seem to be taking a step back. late last week, we knew according to sources that donald trump has settled on the potential for four finalists for the big secretary of state job. now we know according to sources, donald trump is looking for more candidates expanding the search for secretary the state. now looking at people like jon huntsman and exxon ceo rex tillerson meeting with donald trump today. also joe manchin. democratic senator from west virginia. he told our sources on capitol hill he is looking to schedule a meeting with trump at some point this week. donald trump holding a very intriguing meeting at trump
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tower with former vice president al gore. we know gore was supposed to sit down with ivanka trump to talk about climate change. the meeting got expanded to include president-elect trump. here is al gore after that meeting. >> the bulk of the time was with president-elect trump. i found it extremely interesting conversation and to be continued. i'm just going to leave it. >> reporter: that certainly is intriguing stay tuned coming from al gore. gore later on saying the meeting was a shared attempt to find common ground. the two have not always seen eye to eye over climate change. john. thank you so much. trump's meetings with senate democrats have democratic leaders concerned. joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota. if trump picks one or both for his cabinet, it could make the
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senate more precarious. manchin is not ruling out talking a job with the trump administration. he has to make sure he is doing the best he can for his state. no specifics have been discussed with the trump team. >> very encouraging talki. we talked about my state of west virginia and a productive talk. i was appreciate of that. >> would you thatake the departt of energy if offered? >> we have not talked about that. i'm sure later this week or time we may meet. right now that's not done. the search for secretary of state continues today. donald trump is going to be meeting with rex tillerson today. who is the man behind one of the most valuable companies in the world? tillerson joined exxon in 1975 after graduating from the university of texas. he was chairman and ceo in 2006.
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his total compensation last year, more than $27 million. >> rough year. >> mostly because of falling oil prices. perhaps his biggest accomplishment as ceo has been expanding exxon mobile's footprint around the globe. he has deep ties to the middle east and russia. vladimir putin honored him the order of friendship. >> i want to bring in political analyst and best selling author ellis henican and greg valliere. secretary of state. is he up for that job? >> could be. i think this is a sign that the candidates they already talked to are not satisfactory. i think iran is controversy. i think rudy giuliani has the problem with the vetting.
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on and on and on. i think petraeus, of course, has to regularly see his parole officer. seriously. they have to widen the search. tillerson is in the mix. >> does it matter that tillerson doesn't have any kind of political diplomacy experience, but he does have experience with the company having that global footprint around the world? >> he has a global footprint. i would augurgue he is better f this job than carson is for hud. experience is not the most important qualify indicaticalqq. >> let's talk about the future, ellis. 2020. joe biden. raised a lot of eyebrows by his answer/non-answer to what seemed like a joking question from reporters about a possible run in 2020. listen. >> are you going to run again? >> yeah.
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[ laughter ] >> i'm going to run in 2020. >> for what? >> for president. no, so, what the hell. anyway. >> we're going to run with that, sir. you dropped that. >> that's okay. that's okay. i've enjoyed every minute of my time here in the senate. >> just to be clear, were you kidding about running for president in 2020? >> i'm not committing not to run. i'm not committing to anything. i learned a long time ago. >> he was just having a conversation. clearly. he didn't rule anything out. >> the question might have been meant as a joke. the answer was clearly not a joke. imagine if you are joe biden, right? you thought about running because of personal reasons and decided not to make the race. and hillary blows it. don't you have to wake up every morning and think, my god, if that were me. couldn't i have gotten a couple
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of points in the rustbelts? >> ellis, i want to go back to rex tillerson. >> he is part of the no experience, no problem tour. >> president-elect trump doesn't have presidential experience. here is a shocker. earlier this year in november, armstrong williams, a carson advisor. carson feels he has no government experience. he has never run for a federal agency. last thing he would want to do is take a position to cripple the presidency. did armstrong speak too soon here? we are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole with dr. carson. >> in hindsight, i am sure carson did not appreciate the statements. when carson was the chief at pediatric at johns hopkins and he hired young surgeons. i wonder he is a nice guy and he
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did well driving a truck. i always thought running huge federal agencies where experience or amount of interest in the issue demonstrated over the years was a qualification. i guess i was wrong about that. >> greg, i hear a lot of affirmative sounds coming from washington now. you agree with what ellis said? >> if i tore my knee up this afternoon and needed acl surgery, i would want an orthopedic surge who hon who ha a couple before. >> let me read you the statement that mike huckabee said about this. nancy pelosi said carson is unqualifi unqualified. he is first hud secretary to actually live in government housi housing. fancy nancy pelosi said he is not qualified. is she racist or just dumb? leave the racist out of it. does the fact that carson grew up and came from public housing. does that give him an
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understanding that others won't have? >> obviously he is an exceptionally bright man with quite a distinguished career. i suspect he will be a quick study. >> greg, one more question for you. al gore. stopping in trump tower with a couple meetings. a shock here. is it showing trump is practicipragmatic on climate change? >> it shows he listens to his kids. i think trump apparently moderated a bit. that's a good sign. >> greg valliere and ellis henican, thank you. andrew luck and the indianapolis colts making a run for the jets on monday night football. hines ward with the bleacher report. that's next. generosity is its own form of power.
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investigators are sifting through the wreckage of the oakland building fire that killed at least 36 people. officials are still trying to determine what caused the warehouse turned art space to go up in flames. prosecutors say it is too early to speculate on criminal charges, but they promise to leave no stone unturned. we have more from dan simon in oakland. >> reporter: john and alison, a mind boggling number of victims. some will require scientific methods of identification. i want to show you the makeshift memorial where many people have come by to pay respects to those who died. as you can imagine, there are still so many questions of how this fire started and why people want to live in the warehouse. this is what the mayor had to say about the investigation. >> the permitted use of that building was as a warehouse. it was not legally permitted as
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a living space, residence or event space. >> reporter: still no theory yet about a cause, but investigators think they know where the fire started so hopefully that will lead to clues. as for the residents, one person told me that she viewed this community almost like a church. a way for people to come together to draw inspiration from one another for their art projects. of course, that will be a big part of the investigation. why people were living in that warehouse. of course, the main focus on the victims and possible recovery of additional bodies. dan simon, thank you. a month after election day, the race for governor is over in north carolina. pat mccrory conceded the race to roy cooper. mccrory demanded a recount, but now it is time to celebrate the democratic process and help pledging to make it a smooth
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transition. the cooper campaign will hold a rally in raleigh. more severe storms coming to the southeast today. more from meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, john and alison. severe weather threat across the southeast. the general theme going to be for wide scattered area of showers across the southeast. that will be beneficial. jacksonville and south of savannah and east of tallahassee, a concern for damaging winds. several reports of damaging winds in new orleans yesterday. that now has displaced off to the east. a tornado threat, isolated, but in place for the late morning hours. the storms ride through the northeast in portions of the mid-atlantic and new england gets snowshowers this afternoon and this evening. beyond that, the door opens in canada. a significant shift of wintry weather that comes in with polar air mass that settles in place. the windchills will be 10 to 20 below zero across portions of the upper midwest and plains.
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notice this afternoon high in bismarck is 13 degrees. you take a look at the forecast for new york city. highs only in the low 30s there when we should be in the mid-40s. guys. pedram, thank you. the colts back in the playoff picture after crushing the jets on monday night football. >> hines ward has more in the bleacher report. >> good morning, guys. it was a dominant performance by the indianapolis colts from start to finish. before the game, there was a moment of silence for former jets player joe mcknight shot and killed last week in new orleans. it was time for colts quarterback andrew luck to go to work. he looked fantastic coming off the concussion. threw for three touchdowns. colts crushed the jets, 41-10. they are in a three-way tie in the top of the division.
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the loss eliminates the jets from the playoffs. sorry, chris, whatever you are. golden state's klay thompson. dropped 60 points on the pacers in 29 minutes. that's the most in the nba season this season. he had 40 points. this is crazy. 40 points before halftime. the bench was going nuts. steph curry was running around going crazy. he didn't even play in the fourth quarter because the game was over by then. warriors win 142-106. three quarterbacks among the finalists for the heisman. lemwill he lamar jackson and deshone watson and baker mayfield. didi westbrook rounds out the list. the heisman will be awarded saturday night in new york city. and finally, army will honor
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prosecutors in south carolina are promising to retry former police officer michael slager for the murder of walter scott after the judge declared a mistrial. the jury was unable to come to unanimous decision after deliberating 22 hours over four days. let's get the latest from nick valencia in charleston. >> reporter: john and alison, after more than five weeks of trial, days of deliberation, it was monday afternoon that the jurors handed a note to the judge saying they were unable to reach a yunanimous verdict to convict michael slager of first-degree murder. for those in support of the scott family, this was a surprise. however, some expected a mistrial. on friday, we got indication there was one lone juror who said under good conscious he could not convict slager of first-degree murder. today, on monday, we learned that a majority of the jurors were still undecided. there was enough reasonable
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doubt cast by slager's defense in the case of the state for the jury pool to be deadlocked. it was the makeup of the jury pool that was considered by some to take exception. 11 jurors white. six white men. five white women. one african-american. the foreman in the jury pool. the scott family did not focus on that. choosing to take a religious tone and optimistic that in a retrial, some time later next year, they could get a conviction against slager. >> absolutely, justice hasn't been served yet. we have more chances. we're coming back. >> reporter: we should mention michael slager is scheduled to face federal civil rights charges some time in early 2017. john, alison. thank you, nick. osteoporospresident obama h tampa to give a speech and give
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thanks at members at macdill air force base. this includes members of the special operation teams who played key roles during his presidency. let's get a check on cnn money stream. inve investors are cautious. dow futures are flat. stocks in europe are trading mixed. shares in asia gained overnight. oil prices slump just a little bit. sitting above $51 a barrel. investors are keeping eye on economic data here in the u.s. and continuing the economic and political impacts of the italian referendum vote that happened on sunday. banks and tech stocks pushed the dow to a record high on monday. this is if you are counting the 19th time this year the average closed at an all-time high. s&p 500 not far behind. one solid rally and it will get there. and nasdaq is sitting about 1.5%
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away from its closing high. looking at the biggest gainer on the dow. caterpillar is up 38%. much of that happening since the election driven by hopes that donald trump will spend big on infrastructure projects. united health care up more than 30%. shares have fallen recently. goldman sachs and jpmorgan chase having a great year up 26% each. in the quest for world domination, amazon has gone after book stores and retail chains and electronic shops. now grocery stores with a twist. amazon go is an app tied to a physical grocery store. customers check in at the entrance with the app and they grab whatever items they want. amazon claims it can track them automatically through computer programs and deep learning technologies which john and i are trying to figure out. when shoppers are done, you walk
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out with your stuff. you pay your bill through the app. the stores won't have many employees, which keeps costs lower than traditional grocery stores. the first store in seattle where amazon is headquartered. it is only open to amazon employees. the public will shop at it early next year. i will give you $100 if you can tell me what a deep learning technology. >> twitter told me it is consumer research on you. they learn about you by your shopping patterns. i think it is a probe. that's it for us. i'm alison kosik. >> i'm john berman. president-elect trump announces another cabinet pick. "new day" starts now. >> we're excited to have dr. carson. >> he has had no experience whatsoever. >> background in health care. >> the meeting was a good one. we covered a lot of ground. >> we are looking forward to another productive week.
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>> these are world consequences for fake stories. >> did you hear president obama saying illegal people could vote? >> you can find it on facebook. google it. >> it was total fear that mr. scott was shot. >> we were able to come to unanimous decision. >> until my family sees justice, there is no forgiveness. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> i will show part three of my voter panel visit with those folks. >> i cannot wait. it is tough to live up to the original. i have faith. >> they take on cnn. stick around for that. >> i love that. good morning. welcome to "new day." tuesday, december 6th. up first, president-elect trump hitting the road for the thank you tour. in north carolina tonight. as we await the final cabinet picks. >> and "rocky iii" was a good movie. >> fair enough.
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>> critic s blasting the housi and urban secretary pick and dr. ben carson doesn't have the trump's national securitied y e adviser and his son are still under fire for peddling conspiracy theories. let's begin our coverage with cnn's jessica schneider live outside trump tower in new york. the white house annex. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. donald trump down to business today before playing to the crowd tonight in fayetteville, north carolina. it will be the second stop on his so-called thank you tour. first, some of the notable names that will be here at trump tower today, they include exxon ceo rick tillerson, his name being added into the mix for potential secretary of state. also, the d.c. mayor and former secretary of state henry kissinger, who's just back from china, where he met with president xi. all of that before donald trump hits the road.

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