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room. presidents come to respect the people who are loyal to day one to the final day. a lot of the staff leaves. it is a grueling job. >> john king and gloria borger, thanks. that's it for us. "early start" begins now. have a great day. one week now. exactly until donald trump assumes the presidency. questions emerge about whether he and his cabinet picks are on the same page. confirmations this week left several at odds with the soon to be commander in chief. new clarity on the intelligence report that russia had compromising information about the president-elect. the fbi director himself shared this summary with the president-elect. oh, and the honor of a lifetime for vice president biden in a major surprise at the
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white house. president obama with the rarest of recognitions on his vice president. we will show you the incredibly emotional moment. >> he did not get emotional at all. he is not an emotional guy. >> first time ever. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> nice to see you. i'm john berman. it is friday, january 13th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. the latest in washington between the president-elect and the cabinet. in the confirmation hearings, nominee after nominee on issue after issue again and again. the nominee for defense secretary, james mattis, the u.s. must honor the nuclear deal. this is something vowed to absolutely not return to use of extreme tactics. this is not what the president-elect said.
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he said he would bring back waterboardi waterboarding. both took a tough line on russia than donald trump has done so far. let's go to ryan browne with us in washington this morning. the question, ryan, is this a team of rivals? is donald trump inviting opposing views to the table which everyone agrees is a positive thing or is this a lack of a cohesive message? >> reporter: that is right, john. it is crucial moving forward. we heard from trump's two picks for national posts. mike pompeo and james mattis. they laid out views that stood in stark contrast from the campaign trail. with general mattis, he talked about nato. he wanted the strongest relationship with nato. trump has disparaged it calling it obsolete. he called the iran deal a bad
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deal. trump promised to move the embassy to jerusalem. and mike pompeo, we heard about the issue of torture. he was asked about that. he promised not to engage in the activities. you said both of them really struck tough lines on russia and russia's role in the cyber attacks. let's hear from both of them right now. >> russia, to quote the chairman's opening statement has chosen to be a strategic competitor and adversary in key areas. i'm all for engagement, but we have to recognize reality and what russia is up to. there is a deep number of areas where we can engage cooperatively. the most important thing is we recognize the reality of what we deal with with mr. putin and we
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wrerecognize he is trying to br the north atlantic alliance. >> it is clear what took place in the efforts to hack information and impact on democracy. as we develop the facts, i will relay those to the president and team around him and to you so we all can have a robust discussion about how to take on what is an enormous threat. this is very real. it is growing. it is not new in that sense. this was an aggressive action taken by the senior leadership in russia. >> reporter: mattis and pompeo were not the only two picks to break from donald trump. rex tillerson broke on issues of the tpp and free trade deal and trump opposed it repeatedly. tillerson did not oppose it. as well as the pick for the department of homeland security, john kelly, generaagainst waterboardi waterboarding, said a wall may
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not be sufficient to stop illegal immigration and targeting groups like musl muslim-americans. >> you see the range and differences with the cabinet nominees. one final note on the mattis nomination. the house is set to vote today on the waiver allowing general mattis to serve as secretary of defense. that waiver is needed because military officers are legally barred from top civilian jobs in the pentagon for seven years after retiring. mattis retired in 2013. the senate approved a waiver on thursday and so did the house armed services committee despite the criticism. the transition team pulled the plans to have mattis testify before them. we have new information this morning on the intelligence summary containing unverified claims that russia may have compromising information on donald trump. new reporting that contradicts the statements from the trump
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team. the summary was not just handed to trump as part of the package of documents. officials told cnn that fbi director james comey briefed him on it and joe biden and president obama were briefed on the same information. let's get the latest from evan perez. >> reporter: john and christine, james comey and president-elect donald trump had a brief one and one conversation last friday. multiple u.s. officials tell cnn it is during that pull aside that comey briefed the president-elect on the unverified claims of the financial information on the president-elect. four of the nation's top intelligence chiefs briefed mr. trump on the meddling in the 2016 elections. they decided comey would be the one to handle the sensitive discussion with mr. trump.
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it was described as cordial to us. reporters also heard thursday from vice president biden. that he and president obama were briefed on the unproven allegations on president-elect donald trump. biden said he read the 35-page opposition research document put together by a former british officer. political opponents of president-elect donald trump hired the operative to put together the dossier. >> that reporting that james comey himself briefed donald trump on a separate pull aside, it contradicts what trump transition people have been saying and the fact we heard from james clapper and the president on the briefing flies in the face of what we have heard from the trump transition team. breaking overnight, fbi director james comey is reacting to the news that the watch dog group is discussing how they
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handled the investigation. james comey is criticized for releasing the information of the e-mails to the clinton probe. some people think that cost clinton the election. last night, comey responded with a statement from the fbi. he said i'm grateful to the department of justice inspector general for taking on the review. i hope he is able to share his conclusion was the public because everyone will benefit from the transparency regarding this matter he. > . the house votes this afternoon. listen to paul ryan for his vision for repealing the affordable care act at the cnn town hall. >> we want to do this at the same time and in some cases the same bill. we want to advance repealing its law with the replacement at the same time. i hope don't ha i don't have a date.
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we are working on this as fast as possible. >> the first 100 days? >> the plan within the first 100 days to get moving on the legislation. >> a lot of republicans are on the fence about the vote. concerned about the cost of repealing the affordable care act and there is no plan to replace it. raising eyebrows from the house oversight committee. chaffetz has been critical of how trump is distancing himself from the businesses. he planned to hand the businesses over to his sons. some see this as a threat to pull funding from the ethics office. and sending out the vice president with a heart felt surprise tribute. you do not want to miss it. sometimes you just know when you hit a home run.
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president obama pulled a
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fast one on his friend and vice president joe biden at a white house ceremony. the president had a special honor for his friend for eight years of service. as you imagine, this was an emotional moment for joe biden. watch this. >> joe biden is no love without preten pretense. service without self regard and to live life fully. as one of the long time colleagues in the senate, if you can't admire joe biden as a person, you have a problem. he is as good a man as god ever created. so, joe, for your faith in your fellow americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, i would like to ask the military aide to join us on stage.
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for the final time as president, i am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor. the presidential medal of freedom. [ applause ] >> and for the first and only time in my presidency, i will bestow this medal with an additional level of admiration.
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my three most recent successors to pope francis and ronald reagan and colin powell. i am giving this to my brother, joseph biden jr. [ applause ] >> mr. president, this honor is not only well beyond what i
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deserve, but it's a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit. i don't deserve this, but i know it came from the president's heart. there's a saying that says what comes from the heart and is the heart. mr. president, you have creeped into our heart. you and your whole family, including mom. and you occupy it. it's an amazing thing that happened. i knew how smart you were. i knew how honorable you were. i knew how decent you were from the couple years you worked in the senate. i knew what you were capable of. but i never fully expected that
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you occupy the bidens heart. from hunter and ashley and all of us. and, mr. president, i -- i -- i'm indebted to you. i'm indebted to your friendship. i'm indebted to your family. and as -- i'll tell you on a humorous note, we're having lunches and mostly whatever in our minds. we talk about family a lot. about six months in, the president looked at me, you know, joe, you know what surprised me? how we've become such good
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friends [ laughter ] >> i said surprised you? but that is candid obama. and it's real. mr. president, you know as long as there's breath in me, i'll be there for you. i know it is resip rocral. i want to thank you all so very much. [ applause ] >> you watch this with your son? >> i watched this with my 10-year-old who was representati riveted. he asked me afterwards, mom, tell me more about joe biden. i started with a senator and family shattered by a car
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accident. a life long public service. adversary of president obama when they were colleagues in the senate and on the campaign trail. they became unlikely friends. it was really an interesting -- just for me recounting the story. this is a life of public service. >> i think that is exactly one of the most important thing he represents. joe biden shows us what public service is and the worthiness and honor we should bestow to those who do choose to serve. i felt the same way about john boehner when he left the speakership of the house. we owe a great debt of gratitude. joe biden also have courage in the case of unimaginable pain and tragedy. that is something that president obama, too, has learned. they have become great friends. he hope every president and vice president have that relationship. >> joe biden said it was a
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surprise to him, but happy surprise that the obama family inhabits his heart. they are really so close. it is, again, it is kind of a surprise as joe biden said there. they were an odd couple in the beginning. >> i expect them now because they will be in retirement two weeks. shuffleboard and maijong. >> i think they are probablems they would like to solve. >> i say shuffleboard and golf. the trump transition team help parents pay for college. transition officials held a call with the house ways and means committee. president-elect donald trump and ivanka want to push child care reform. the source says this is a top priority for the president-elect. proposal includes a child care tax credit. six weeks of unemployment
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benefits for mother whos who do get paid leave through work. one of the reasons the incoming administration will try to build it into a broader tax package. the transition team asked for ways to pay for it and make it budget neutral. >> paying for it may be a problem. >> trump has made a big move of, you know, threatening companies to change. i would like to hear him say to companies, american companies, make sure you are paying for paid leave for women. >> interesting point. imagine a man shooting another in front of police and being hailed as a hero. we'll explain this wild story out of arizona next. take one.
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in arizona, a trooper is alive thanks to a gun toting good samaritan who showed up just in time to save him. this unfolded on i-10 thursday morning. 50 miles west of phoenix. an unidentified veteran trooper at the scene of a car accident when a gunman shot him in the shoulder and started beating him. that is when a driver pulled up and ordered the man to stop. he pulled out his gun and fatally shot the man and saved the trooper's life. >> he has a severe gunshot wound to the right shoulder. a lot of abrasions and cuts. they were stitching up his head from where he was impacted from the pavement. unbelievably, his words were, sir, you don't need to make a fuss of this. >> the officer is in stable
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good. the good samaritan is cooperating and has been thanked. a heart felt letter of advice to malia and sasha obama by jenna and barbara bush. they wrote a letter published in "time" magazine. we watched you grow with grace and he'ease. through it all, you had each other. you have so much to look forward to. you will write the story of your lives beyond the shadow of your parents. you will carry the experience of the past eight years. they urged to never forget the people at the white house and urged them to enjoy college as most of the world knows we did. this was a letter of advice, i'm not sure i set it up right, of what to expect after life in the white house. the bush daughters gave sasha and malia how to live in the
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white house and now advice how to live out. it is a unique position to be. >> it was sweet to read. it pulls back the curtain. talked about the florists and people who worked there. butlers and people in the kitchen and how really they became so close with all these people who we don't see every day, but really, you know, i would say the oxygen of the white house and the family there. 27 minutes past the hour. one week to inauguration. president-elect, some of the top nominees, appear to have differences to iron out. we will tell you how much daylight is between the president and his nominees.
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the trump cabinet. are they on the same page as the president-elect? giving a very different message on important policies from what we are hearing from
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president-elect donald trump. the intelligence report that russia had compromising information on mr. trump was shared directly with mr. trump. a heart felt sendoff for vice president joe biden. president obama confirms the rarest of recognitions. we will show you the emotional moment. welcome back to "early stat." i start. i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. >> no more confirmation hearings today on friday the 13th. there was enough to last a month. over and over again, the president-elect's nominees contradicted the man they hoped would be their boss. earlier, it was the nominee for homeland security and secretary of state who seemed to veer off script. yesterday, defense nominee general james mattis, the u.s. must honor the nuclear deal. trump's nominee for the cia,
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mike pompeo, he would not return to the use of extreme torture tactics. both nominees took a tougher line on russia than mr. trump has so far done. national security reporter ryan browne has the latest. enough news for a lifetime in the past couple weeks. >> reporter: exactly, christine. one of the interesting things that came out of the hearings is how often the trump top picks for the most important national security posts in the cabinet, how often they disagreed with policies and trump talked about on the campaign trail. starting with general mattis. trump disparaged the nato alliance. calling it possibly obsolete. mattis said he wanted the strongest possible relationship with nato. he said, as you talked about, the iran deal. he called it an imperfect
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arrangement. the u.s. had to keep with it for the time being. and the pledge to move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. tel aviv is the capital for now. he will stick to the policy until it is changed. moving on to mike pompeo, the congress member from kansas. torture and waterboarding. he struck a different note. he would not pursue as it director of the cia. both struck a tougher line on russia and tougher eline if russia was responsible for the cyber attacks around the u.s. elections. >> russia has chosen to be a strategic competitor. an adversary in key areas. i'm all for engagement, but we also have to recognize reality and what russia is up to and there is a deep number of areas we can engage cooperatively.
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the most important thing is recognize what we deal with with mr. putin. he is trying to break the north and particular t atlantic alliance. >> it is important to have an impact on american democracy. as we he continue to develop the facts, i will relay those to the team around them and to you so we have a robust discussion on the enormous threat. this is real and growing. it is not new in that sense. this was aggressive action taken by the senior leadership inside russia. >> reporter: the testimony on the heels of two other cabinet picks. secretary of state rex tillerson. nominee for that position. clashed with the tpp and on climate change. and general john kelly, pick for homeland security. clashed with targeting on
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muslim-americans and torture and border wall. this may help get them confirmed, but could create problems with the policy differences with the president-elect. >> team of rivals or team of discord. ryan, nice to see you there bright and early for us in d.c. talk to you soon. new information this morning on the intelligence summary on unverified claims that russia may have compromising information on trump. reporting that contradicts statements from the trump team. cnn learned the summary was not just handed to president-elect donald trump as part of the documents. multiple officials say cia director james comey personally briefed the president-elect on the intelligence. now vice president joe biden confirms he and president obama were briefed on the same information. let's get the latest from evan perez in washington. >> reporter: john and christine, james comey and president-elect donald trump had a brief one-on-one conversation at last friday's intelligence briefing.
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multiple u.s. officials briefed on the matter tell cnn it was during that pull-aside that comey briefed the president-elect on the unverified russian claims with compromising personal and financial information on president-elect. four of the nation's top intelligence chiefs briefed mr. trump on the russian meddling in the 2016 elections. they decided comey would be the one to handle the discussion with mr. trump. the discussion described as cordial. the fbi declined to comment. reporters heard from vice president joe biden. that he and president obama were briefed on the unproven allegations on mr. trump. biden said he read the 35-page opposition research document that was put together by a former british intelligence operative. republican and democratic opponents of donald trump hired the operative to put together the dossier. >> evan perez, thank you.
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breaking overnight, fbi james comey reacting to news the justice department internal watch dog launched a probe into how the fbi handled its investigation into hillary clinton's private e-mails server. comey has been criticized for announcing two weeks before the election that the fbi hads discovered e-mails, possibly reallat relevant to the e-mail probe. some believe it cost clinton the election. he said this, i'm grateful to the department of justice inspector general for taking on the review. i hope he is able to share conclusions with the public. everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency. house votes this afternoon on the budget resolution that launches the displamantling of obamacare. paul ryan announced it at the
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cnn town hall last night. >> we want to do this at the same time and in some cases, the same bill. we want to advance repealing its law with replacement at the same time. i don't have a date. that is something we are working on right now. it will take us time. we are working on this as fast as possible. >> the first 100 days? >> definitely a plan within the first 100 days. >> house speaker paul ryan dabbed with jake tapper. that may be a headline. many republicans on the fence about the vote in the house. some concern about the cost of repealing the affordable care act and there is no one single plan yet to replace it. straight repeal would affect coverage for millions of americans and give tax cuts to the rich who are paying for some provisions with two surcharges. >> i will have to go back and find that. there is no detail plan to replace obamacare, proposals may show us what it would look like.
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first, cost. obamacare subsidizes premiums based on income. lower incomes equal higher subsidy. the gop favors reimbursing with tax credits based on age. so younger people would get less. second, the sick. one of the cornerstones of the obamacare is protecting those with pre-existing conditions. this is why they did this. the gop plan will likely protect them as well, but only if they maintained continuous coverage. that forces the sick and uninsured to look for plans in state high risk pools which have a troubled history until they were disbanded after obamacare. finally, medicaid. obamacare expanded free coverage to all adults below a threshold. this is something that some health care advocates say could disproportionately really hurt the poor. >> the way the republicans
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choose to replace is going to be key. it will need to be voted on and by most accounts, it will need 60 votes in the senate to pass. it is not a certainty. >> there are some republicans concerned about repealing immediately without replacement. that means rich are getting a tax cut. the burden of obamacare has been put on the highest earning americans. that could be potentially poor o optics. and 20 minutes until the hour. news this morning from the house oversight committee. the republican chair has summoned the head of the government ethics office who is critical of how president-elect donald trump is distancing or not distancing himself from the business empire. walter schaub slammed the plan to hand his businesses over to his sons. he called it meaningless. some ethics leaders see the move as a threat to pull funding from the ethics office unless it lays off donald trump.
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effective immediately, cubans will not be granted residency. president obama is ending the so-called wet foot-dry foot policy. if you reached the mainland, you could stay. if you are picked up by sea, you have to go back to the country. 41 minutes past the hour. if you missed the heartfelt surprise sendoff joe biden got from president obama, it is a moment worth watching. we will bring it to you next.
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this is some surprise. president obama pulled a fast one on his friend and vice president joe biden at the white house ceremony thursday. mr. obama had a special honor for biden in gratitude for the eight years of service. it was fight quite an emotionalt for mr. biden. >> to know joe biden is to know love without pretense, service without self regard and to live life fully. as one of his long time colleagues in the senate, who happened to be a republican, said, if you can't admire joe biden as a person, you have a problem. he is as good a man as god ever created. so, joe, for your faith in your
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fellow americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, i'd like to ask the military aide to join us on stage. for the final time as president, i am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor. the presidential medal of freedom. [ applause ] >> and for -- for the first --
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for the first and only time in my presidency, i will bestow this medal with an additional admiration. an honor my three successors had for pope john paul ii and ronald reagan and colin powell. i'm proud to award the medal of freedom with distinction to my brother, joseph robinette biden jr. [ applause ]
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>> mr. president, this honor is a -- is not only well beyond what i deserve, but it's a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit. i don't deserve this, but i know it came from the president's heart. there's a saying that says what comes from the harteart enters heart. mr. president, you have creeped into our hearts. you and your whole family, including mom and you occupy it. it's an amazing thing that
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happened. i knew how smart you were. i knew how honorable you were. i knew how decent you were from the couple years we worked in the senate. i knew what you were capable of. but i never fully expected that you occupy the bidens heart. from hunter, ashley, my sister, all of us. all of us. and, mr. president, i -- i -- i -- i'm indebted to you. i'm indebted to your friendship. i'm indebted to your family. and as -- i'll tell you on a humorous note. we're having lunch and mostly it's whatever in our minds.
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we talk about family a lot. and about six months in, the president looked at me. you know, joe, you know what surprised me? how we've come such good friends. i said surprised you? [ laughter ] >> but that is candid obama. and it's real. and mr. president, you know as long as there's breath in me, i'll be there for you and my family will be there for you. i know it is reciprical. i want to thank you all so very much. all of you. [ applause ] >> the look on his face when the president said pope john paul ii. this is a man who has devoted his entire life to service. a young senator. after a family tragedy. all the way until now.
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lived his life in the public. i was watching this with my 10-year-old. i was trying to explain somebody in politics since he was a young man. spent his life in public service. my son said he has been helping people this whole time? that is what politics is supposed to be. >> too often we forget people who run for office, they put themselves on the line for us. some do it for a lifetime. joe biden elected before he was 30. he has spent his life serving the american people. you will hear that from democrats and republicans alike. i felt the same way when speaker john boehner left. also with tears some time ago. you need to put politics aside and say thank you to the people who do this. one of the things you pointed out. joseph biden. he represents perseverence that
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move most of us cannot imagine. >> the whole country mourned when his son died of brain cancer. it was a hard moment for him. the aides to the president say this was a complete surprise. it was president obama's idea. even joe biden equipped, he fired his chief of staff. he said you are not supposed to keep this stuff like us. >> he turned his back to the crowd because he wanted to compose himself. >> a pure moment in politics. another big automakers accused of cheating he missioon meetings emissi emissions. we will have a check of your money next.
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a baltimore mother and three children hospitalized this morning after a tragic house
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fire that claimed the lives of ten people. including six children between the ages of 9 months and 11 years old. the fire raced through the three story home thursday morning. top story collapsing on the ones be he low. neighbors ran to the scene and tried in vain to help. >> i ran down the step. got my fajacket. i ran across the street. my daughter anthem tried to attack me. saying daddy, you can't go over there because it is too much. they said daddy, stay back. >> how helpless did you feel? >> i'm not a hero. i'm not nothing. i didn't save anybody. >> the children's mother katie malone is a long time aide elijah cummings. we wish her the best. the unarmed aviation police officers will not be dispatched for service calls in unsecured
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parts of o'hare and midway airports. this was effective immediately in the deadly ft. lauderdale shooting. aviation officers will continue to be assigned to secure areas beyond tsa check points. chicago is the only city with airports patrolled by unarmeds officers. a heart felt letter of advice to malia and sasha obama to barbara and jenna bush. they have penned an open letter to the first daughters and reads in part, we watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease. through it all, you had each other. you have so much to look forward to. you will write the story of your lives beyond the shadow of your famous parents. the bush daughters urged sasha and malia to never forget the people they met at the white house and urged them to enjoy
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college as most of the world knows we did. >> they gave advice to the obama girls coming into the white house and as they leave. >> it was the bush daughters who gave the tour to the obama girls. a check on cnn money stream. global markets higher. we will hear from jpmorgan chase and wells fargo and bank o america. it kicks off earnings season this morning. we get a sense of how much money companies are making and the global head winds may be. stock futures pointing higher. stocks in europe rising. shares in asia mixed. the epa says fiat chrysler cheated on emissions tests. they put software on 100,000 diesel cars and trucks to alter tests. that includes the last three model years of jeep grand cherokee and ram model. this is an allow able way to
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meet emissions rules. it is not there to cheat on emissions tests, but improve engine performance. that is the view of the company. the epa says no. the software was never disclosed. that is a violation of the clean air act even if they were not cheating on emissions. fiat shares down 18% before it was halted in trading by the new york stock exchange. it lost 10% on the day. amazon extending an olive branch. it will create 100,000 jobs over the next year and a half. much of the current and future work force is employees at warehouses and phones. they would have added jobs regardless of who won the election. the messaging has changed. now announcements seem to play
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to the current political environment. sean spicer says the president-elect was pleased to play a role in that decision by amazon. in 2011, the company added 30,000 employees. last year, it had 180,000 employees. that is expected to jump to 280,000 by mid 2018. >> amazon prime will add 100,000 in two days. just saying. >> funny. "early start" continues right now. >> the divide between the president-elect donald trump and the people he has chosen for his cabinet. why are they not on the same page with the president-elect on issue after issue? new clarity this morning on the intelligence report that russia compromising information on the president-elect. the director of the fbi himself shared this information summary with donald trump.

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