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a controversy first weekend for the trump administration claims about inauguration crowds devolving into a battle of what is a fact over fiction. taking the president to court. new legal action over donald trump's still remaining business ties. the match up for super bowl li is set. who came out on top? >> the patriots did. >> welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is monday, january 23rd. i say it is monday. you could call it a fact. if i said it is tuesday, you say that is untrue or you could say alternative fact. trouble with the relationship with veracity.
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the crowd shown here was smaller. he sent sean spicer to the briefing program to campaign. >> photographs were framed in a way in one tweet. this was the largest audience to witness an inauguration period in person and around the globe. >> several of the claims were false. but kellyanne conway has a different way to describe them. >> you did not answer the question why the president asked the us whwhite house press secr to come out to the podium and utter a falsehood. it undermines the white house on stay one. >> don't be so dramatic, chuck. he gave alternative facts to
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that. >> alternative facts? alternative facts are not facts. they are falsehoods. >> sean spicer set to give his first official briefing at 1:30. he will take questions today. when he came out on saturday, he did not take questions. >> that was a lecture. we will watch that today. kellyanne conway made more news overnight when she walked back earlier remarks about the tax returns. conway said president trump will never release his tax documents. conway told abc news the issue was litigated through the election. last night, returning to the campaign's earlier position that mr. trump is under audit and has been advised by lawyers not to release. what she did not say is if he will release the documents if finished. and in a few hours, the president will be hit with the lawsuit. the group for ethics
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responsibility in washington is filing a suit that claims every time one of the president's businesses accepts payments from foreign governments, it violates part of the constitution. the c.r.e.w. says as long as the president has a stake in the trump organization, the people have no way to know if his actions are motivated by personal profit. the white house has not responded to the suit. the president said he will not sell, but put his businesses in a trust run by his sons. one of the sons, eric trump, tells "the new york times" the lawsuit is a harassment for political gain. votes for two of trump's top cabinet picks. senators debate the nomination of pompmike pompeo as the next director. then the kansas congress member
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and his data collection on americans. by 9:00 p.m., pompeo is expected to be confirmed. there is growing support for secretary of state nominee rex tillerson. his nomination is set for a vote this afternoon by the senate foreign relations committee. john mccain and lindsbehinlinds will support the former exxonmobil ceo. that as the donald trump administration turning up the heat on congress. senate minority leader chuck schumer has other ideas. >> this cabinet is unusually unique and a lot different than others. we call it the swamp cabinet. they will all get many of them the controversy ones and there are eight or nine of those, will get thorough discussions on the floor. >> only two of the cab feet picpick cabinet picks have been
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confirmed so far. james mattis and john kelly. >> all of this is a tumultuous week for trump. on saturday, he gave remarks on politics as they did on int intelligen intelligence. >> i have a running war with the media. they are the most dishonest human beings on earth. they made it sound like i had a feud with the intelligence commute community. i turn on one of the networks and they show an empty field. i said i made a speech. i looked out. the field looked like 1 million people. they showed a field where there were practically nobody standing the there. >> all that was given, you see the stars, those stars honor cia officers killed in the line of duty. the fact the president gave the
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remarks at that location drew a tough response from recently departed cia director john brennan. >> remarks about himself. not the location where he was or about -- he said he was 1,000% behind the cia community. a spokesperson for john brennan says he is saddened and angered of self grandizement. back at the white house, president trump getting back with a promise of his campaign renegotiating the nafta in meetings set with leaders of canada and mexico to get the ball rolling. president trump is signing executive orders. sel jeff zeleny has the latest. >> reporter: president donald trump starting the first full week as president with the items on his desk.
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he will potentially look at kpek testi executive orders to trade. he is keeping a close eye on capitol hill to start enacting his agenda. at the white house, he will invite speaker paul ryan and mitch mcconnell and others to build the relationships and start talking about how he will try and repeal and replace health care and tax reform. he is trying to build the relationships. there is a different tone on sunday from trump at the white house than he took earlier in the week when he expressed so many grievances. listen. >> as i said during my inaugural address. this is not about party. this is not about ideology. this is about country. our country. it's been serving the american people. we will prove worthy of this
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moment in history and i think it may very well be a great moment in history. be proud. be very proud. >> reporter: president trump said we will prove worthy of this moment. that is the goal at the white house heading into the first full week. he is also going to philadelphia to meet with republican congressional leaders having a retreat there. this first full week as donald trump takes power in washington as the republicans control the senate and house for the first time in ten years. it is a reminder for democrats they are in the wilderness and they need to work with him if they want to stay relevant. john and christine. >> our new senior white house correspondent. jeff zeleny. the turnout for the women's march across the country is the hope of progressive renewal.
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proper protesters were bigger than expected in los angeles and seattle and boston. some could not march through the city in los angeles. we were in washington on saturday and you could see people streaming from every direction toward the center of that march. i was on tv when all these other marches were happening. the aerials were getting bigger and bigger. it wasn't just the united states. marches and protests around the world. >> the d.c., so many in the d.c. march, just rolling out of union station. thousands and thousands of women. and men and kids with strollers and families and multigeneration. it was something. a lot of clever signs. i would say, from my point of view, was positive energy. it wasn't negativity about today. it is like we are here.
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we are watching. this is what we want. >> there was plenty of negativity. madonna did not saying anything upliftsi upliftsi uplifti uplifting. >> that was not among the women i talked to in the crowds. >> as for the white house response, no official comment from the white house. the president was two minds on twitter on sunday. watched protest yesterday, but under the impression we just had an election. why didn't these people vote? and then, peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. even if i don't agree, i recognize the rights of people to express their views. that's the message for generations we heard during protests from presidents. we should note, one of the questions is can the people who organized the march turn it into anything other than venting of
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your money. time to roll back obamacare. it could have little impact on the law first. it is controlled by regulations that cannot be undone with a single order, but tweak how the issues are carry out. the goal is minimizing the financial burden. not impose fines on small businesses that don't provide health care. it gives flexibility to medicaid. the administration promises no one will lose coverage during the transition, republicans are repealing provisions with no replacement plan in place. this has begun. a lot of questions about what happens now as it starts to move forward. >> we could get more executive action this morning on immigration and trade. watch this space for that. as for the president's
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approach to diplomacy, critical talks with allies in the works. we will tell you you wyou who h meeting with and what is on the agenda. sometimes you just know when you hit a home run.
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the new president plays host to the first world leader when theresa may vice sits on friday. she wants to build on the relationship with the u.s. and uk. can she and trump keep things stable? let's go live to london now and bring in cnn's nic robertson. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. s they see eye to eye on some things. brexit and counterterrorism. the trade for theresa may. she is negotiating out of the
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european union. she said no deal is better than a bad deal. she may turn britain into a tax haven if she doesn't get a good deal from the eu. what better way to strengthen the hand when they do into thsh has donald trump to help her. trump said that he is am before i ambivielent if it should remain united. she is likely to say nato is important to the collective security and europe's collective security. she is likely to say let me go talk to the other nato leaders who you say are not paying their way. let me encourage them to do that.
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that's likely to be the nature of the discussions as we understand so far. she he may urge a little caution for him in his future dealings with the russian president vladimir putin. again, trade is the key for theresa may. >> thank you, nic robertson. >> that is a fascinating relationship to watch. another, the president invited israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to the white house. the president called the conversation very nice. the new administration has restated its commitment to relocating the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. the president saying it will not happen anytime soon. let's get the latest from ian lee live in jerusalem. i imagine the ckoconversation i far different than a few weeks ago with then president obama. >> reporter: really in the honeymoon stage now.
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prime minister netanyahu and president trump. really night and day difference than president obama. looking at just the israeli papers, the talk is moving the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. we heard from the mayor of jerusalem saying he would make it as smooth a transition as possible. we are hearing from the white house press secretary sean si spicer saying hold on. they are in the beginning stages of discussing the subject. we are hearing from the palestinians as well. and king abdullah will rally regional and international allies to help block the move. they say the status of jerusalem should be determined in negotiations. not taken unilaterally.
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still a long way to go. this is not going to happen overnight. there is a lot of opposition. once donald trump gets a feel for that opposition, he possibly could change his mind. >> he seems committed. ian lee, thank you. encouraging news for former president george h.w. bush and barbara bush after a health care that landed both in the hospital last wednesday. president bush is recovering from pneumonia. they hope to move him from the icu in the next couple days. mrs. bush, she has chosen to stay one more night. >> couple of fighters. we wish them well as they continue to recover. so, did tom brady finally meet his match? the short answer is no. the yacht yacnew england patrio to a record ninth super bowl.
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there will be another team there -- which is it? does it matter? that's next. >> come on.
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against the pittsburgh steelers. brady is 39 years old. you are not supposed to do this at that age in this game. he is seeking his fifth super bowl ring which would be a record for a starting quarterback. he is doing all of it after being suspended for the first four games of the season. now the patriots will play the falcons who are frighteningly good. they took the nfc crown with a 44-21 rout of the green bay packers. it could have been 144-21. it was not that close. matt ryan threw 4 touchdown passes and ran for a fifth. atlanta was unreal. matt ryan and julio jones is unbelievable. the game is february 5th in houston. 25 minutes past the hour. at least 18 people confirmed dead after tornadoes ripped across the south over a 48-hour period. twisters in mississippi, across alabama and georgia and into the
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florida panhandle. trees knocked down near adele, georgia with mobile homes torn apa apart. this tornado just hit outside of albany, georgia. the governor declaring a state of emergency. the twitter with winds of 126 miles an hour. the baseball world with the shocking death of ventura in the dominican republic. ventura's body found on the side of the road. the royals flag in kansas city is flying at half staff this morning. this is a tragic death. andy marte, played for a bunch of organizations, he was killed as well. you know, this follows the death
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offernandez. too many stars in tragic accidents. the baseball world is shocked. 27 minutes after the hour. alternative facts are guiding the new administration. we will take you through the surreal series of events next. sometimes you just know when you hit a home run. that's how i feel about blue-emu pain relief spray. odorless and fast-acting. it soothes all my muscle aches and pains. and it's convenient for those hard to reach places.
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a pretty stunning admission from the new white house. one of the president's key aides says they are using their own set of facts to make their own set of points. the first lawsuit set to be filed against the new president targeting the money he makes from overseas related to his business ties. super bowl li. a couple of good teams going to the big game. we will show you the highlights of the impressive victories.
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he's tired, but happy. >> so tired. the game went after 9:00. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. one top adviser is taking heat for defending false claims calling them alternative facts. it started with a tweet from the reporter showing that the crowds at the inauguration appeared smaller than those at obama's in 2009. president trump was outraged at comparison and sent sean spicer out to refute the story and that turned in a bizarre conference. >> the proceedings were framed in a way in one tweet to minimize the support that it gathered on the national mall. this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration period. both in person and around the globe. >> white house counsel kellyanne conway was asked about the crowd
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size and other false claims spicer made by nbc's chuck todd. >> you did not answer the question why the president asked the white house press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood. it undermines the credibility of the press secretary on day one. >> are you saying it is a falsehood and they are giving sean spicer alternative facts to that. >> what do you mean? alternative facts are not facts. they are falsehoods. >> sean spicer is set to give a speech this afternoon at 1:30 and will take questions from the press corps. >> he did not take questions on saturday. overnight, kellyanne conway walked back remarks she made about the president's tax
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returns. on sunday morning, she said president trump will never release the tax documents. she said the issue is litigated all through the election and said people didn't care. overnight, kellyanne conway revised that returning to the campaign's earlier position that the president is under audit and advised not to release returns. did not make clear if he would release them once the audit is finished. as we said all along, being under audit does not prevent you legally from releasing the returns. it won't be long until the first lawsuit filed against president trump. the group citizens for ethics in washington or c.r.e.w. is filing suit claiming the president violated ethics laws the moment he was sworn in. every time his business accepts payment from a foreign government settling a hotel bill or building lease, it violates a
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clause in the constitution. as long as the president has a stake in the trump organization. the people do not know if he is motivated by personal profit. the white house is not responding. the president will not sell, but put the business in a trust run by his sons. one of the sons, eric trump, tells the times the lawsuit is harassment for political gain. frankly i find it very sad. critical confirmation votes for the cabinet picks. senators will debate on mike pompeo for the cia director. they are asking questions about his support for surveillance and data collection on americans. by 9:00 p.m., pompeo is expected to be confirmed. growing support for rex tillerson for secretary of state as well. his nomination is set for a vote in the foreign relations committee. a couple of senators had been
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holdouts. republicans. john mccain and lindsey graham. they will support the former exxonmobil ceo. people still don't know where marco rubio will vote. however, tillerson looks like he will get in and this has the trump administration turning up the heat to push through more of the president's nominees and quickly. senate minority leader chuck schumer has more ideas. >> this cabinet is unique and a lot different than others. we call it the swamp cabinet billionaires and bankers. many will get very, very thorough discussions on the floor. >> only two of president trump's picks have been confirmed so far. james mattis is the defense secretary now and general john kelly is the secretary of
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homeland security. all of this caps a rocky first weekend in office for president trump. he started with a visit to cia headquarters in virginia to focus on remarks that scored political points and taen intelligence. >> i have a running war are the media. the most dishonest human beings on earth. they made it sound like i had a feud with the intelligence community. i get up this morning. i turn on one of the networks. they show an empty field. i said wait. i paidmade a speech. i looked out. it looked like 1 million or 1.5 million people. they showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. >> those words spoken in front of the wall of stars from the cia. it includrew a furious response john brennan.
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>> his spokesman said the former director is saddened and angered at the display of self aggrandizement. back at the white house, the president will get back on policy message today. he is starting with a central promise of his campaign. looking to renegotiate nafta. he has meetings set with leaders of canada and mexico. this morning, the president is scheduled to sign executive orders with congressional leaders at the white house. senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny has the latest. >> reporter: president trump starting the first full week as president with the items on his desk. he will look at executive orders ranging from immigration to trade and other matters. he is keeping a close eye on
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capitol hill where he will try to enact his agenda. tonight at white house, he will invite over speaker paul ryan and mitch mcconnell and others to build relationships and talk about how he will try to repeal and replace health care and other matters like tax reform. he is trying to build the relationships. there is a different tone sunday from donald trump at the white house than earlier when he expressed grievances. listen to withhat he said on sunday. >> as i said in my inauguration address. this is not about party. this is about our country. it is about serving the american people. we will prove worthy of this moment in history and i think it may very well be a great moment in history.
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so, be proud. be very proud. >> reporter: president trump saying we will prove worthy of this moment. that is the feeling and aspiration and goal at the white house heading into the first full week. he is also going to philadelphia in the week to meet with congressional leaders who are having a retreat there. this first full week as donald trump takes power in washington as the republicans hold the senate and house and white house for the first time in ten years. this is a time where democrats need to work with republicans if they want to stay relevant. jeff zeleny, thank you. let's get a check on your money. the nafta is the worst deal in trade history according to president trump. when he meets with mexico and canadian leaders this week, how will they revamp it? tariffs on imports.
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possibly 35% tariffs on imports. trade experts warn tariffs would risk jobs on both sides of the border. 6 million jobs depend on trade with mexico. while both canada and mexico are open to modernizing nafta, mexico said it would retaliate if hit with a border tax. senate bill introduced friday will require trump to get congressional approval to withdraw from any trade deals. organizers say the turnout for the women's marches across the country is a start of the progressive renewal. protests were bigger than expected with more than 1 million marching in new york, boston, chicago, seattle, los angeles and the main event in washington. it was so crowded that participants could not march through the city. just gathered for the most part. it was too crowded to move.
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other marches around the world as well. no official comment from the white house during the marches. the president seemed to be of two minds when he woke up on sunday. he wrote on twitter, watched protests, but under the impression we had an election. why didn't they hurt vote? a couple hours later, the president softened his tone. peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. even if i don't agree, i recognize the rights of people to express their views. >> that is typically the response you get from the white house when there are protests against policies. policies that the white house holds dear. >> the question for the marchers now, can they turn that into action? some something more than just a march. we have to wait. president trump taking the first dip into diplomat eic
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waters. key meetings with leaders. we will tell you who and what is on the agenda.
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she will focus on trade and importance of nato. i want to go live to london and bring in cnn's international diplomatic editor nic robertson. nic, thank you for being with us. this is a big meeting for president trump and may. she has a lot to take care of with the brexit and president trump looking to establish new relationships. >> reporter: absolutely. a lot of people talking about ronald reagan and margaret thatcher era. that special relationship there. will it be the same with trump and theresa may. perhaps she will bring an european understanding and concerns. may will meet with donald trump and possibly not share view vie? they are strong on brexit and they want to get rid of isis.
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theresa may says the view on nato is obsolete. theresa may spoke yesterday with the head of nato saying when she comes to washington, she will talk about the importance of nato and the nations paying their way more fully. what she really wants to secure here is some commitment and strong understanding from president trump that she can have an improved trade deal with the united states. when it leaves the european union, there may be a loss of trade there. what she said to leaders here last week is no deal with better than a bad deal with the europe european union. britain could set up as a tax haven. she could back that rhetoric up with a strong conversation with president trump might be what she needs. >> theresa may may look to the
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united states for leverage. nic robertson, thank you. president trump invited israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to the white house next month. they spoke by monphone on sunda. mr. trump called the conversation nice. restating the commitment of the move of the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. it will not happen soon. let's get the latest from ian lee. >> reporter: you have israeli newspapers talking about the issue and the move from tel aviv to jerusalem. we have the mayor of jerusalem tweeting out potus announcement sends a message that jerusalem is the capital. we are hear to help bring the u.s. embassy home. a lot of enthusiasm here in israel and jerusalem. pump the brakes. we are hearing from the white
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house press secretary saying they are in the beginning stages of discussing the subject and the palestinians very much against this. we heard earlier from the chief negotiator of the palestinians that if the move goes forward, they could revoke acknowledgment of israel and any deals they have. abbas was in jordan talking to king abdullah. he will rally regional and international support against the u.s. embassy here. he said it should be determined through negotiations. u.s. presidents in the past said they will move the embassy before. none has done it yet. we will see if president trump can do it. >> thank you, ian lee in jerusalem. syrian peace talks under way in kazakhstan. without a u.s. delegation to
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participate. hammered out with russia and iran and turkey. the united states was invited to send a delegation, but declined due to the inauguration and the immediate demands of the transition. the u.s. became ambassador will present as an observer. remember those smoking samsung phones? the company finally said it knows what caused the flames. we will get a check on cnn money stream next.
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patriots are going to the ship. they make the mininth appearanc. tom brady was awesome last night. he looked great. he was good at football.
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he threw for 384 yards and 3 touchdowns as the patriots crushed the steelers 37-17. brady is looking his fifth super bowl ring. look at that pass to chris hogan. tom brady was suspended for the first four games of the season. roger goodell who was taunted by the faithful, now the patriots have to look at the atlanta falcons. they crushed the green bay packers 44-21. it wasn't even that close. matt ryan looked amazing. julio jones. i don't know how you defend him. ryan threw for 4 touchdown pass passes and ran for a fifth. atlanta going to the super bowl for the first time in 18 years. that game is february 5th in houston. a terrifying 48 hours across the south. at least 18 people now confirmed dead after a tornado ripped
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across mississippi and southern alabama and georgia. really terrifying 48 hours. florida panhandle not spared either. trees were knocked down near adel, georgia. authorities say four people died in the state. this tornado hit outside albany, georgia. governor deal issued a state of emergency. >> i spoke with governor nathan deal of georgia. florida effected. alabama effected by the tornadoes. expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken. tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong. they he suffered greatly. we will help out the state of georgia. >> this follows a fatal tornado that struck in southern mississippi on saturday. the twister packed winds up to 165 miles per hour and frankly
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that system is moving up the coast. we will have a big nor'easter on the atlantic. is there any relief in sight for the southeast? we have meteorologist pedram javaheri with the latest. >> john and christine, what a start to 2017. 94 reports of tornadoes since the 1st of january. 36 is what you see normally. that is 260% more of what is normal than this time of year. you look at the numbers of tornadoes and what occurred and what they caused. fatality number is the most i m impressi impressive. the number of fatalities reaching 22 where this time laugh yelast year was 17. a couple of careers ago wiof co, over 500 lives lost across the
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southeast in 2011. the storm system on the move. mid-atlantic states with heavy rainfall. potentially getting strong winds across the northeast as well as the storm system in the northeast by later on this week. high winds and advisories in place for 20 million people. talking about winds up to 80 miles an hour across the metro cities. gusts up to 60 miles an hour and temperatures in the 40s. >> a tough couple days headed this way. the baseball world in mourning after the shocking death of kansas city witch pitc yordano ventura. he was killed in a car crash sunday morning in the dominican republic. his body found on the side of the road. the royals flag is flying at half staff. another player killed in the
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crash, andy marte. he played in korea the last couple years. a lot of players dying in preventable accidents. >> our thoughts are with his family and friends. global markets lower. investors in the u.s. waiting the first week in office for president trump. the markets closed higher after the inauguration speech. a slew of big name earnings. we hear from at&t and starbucks and ford and mcdonald's. we will see how healthy the economy was in the president obama's econoadministration. samsung now knows the cause of the galaxy note 7 fires. ready? bad batteries. the announcement monday is a result of the investigation. 700 investigators.
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samsung blamed a battery supplier, but the recall did not stop the reports of fires. the company had to kill the product entirely. the ordeal was a disaster. wiped out billions of dollars of profits. more bad news for yahoo!. the sec investigating if the hacks should have been reported sooner. did yahoo! sit on the information? 500 million users compromised in 2014. still did not explain why it waited two years to make the news public. see if it impacts earnings today. "early start" continues right now. >> interesting first weekend for the trump administration. claims about the crowds at the inauguration becoming a battle over what is fact and what is
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alternative fact. it not take long for the first lawsuit to be brought against the new commander in chief. reaction over truppresident tru remaining business ties. this will be a good one. super bowl li. the match up is set. two phenomenal quarterbacks make it for the big game. >> did you put in for the day off? >> i'm doing a special for cnn. i'm going to be -- i might happen to be there for the game. good morning. welcome to early start. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday, january 23rd. 5:00 a.m. in the east. one adviser taking heat for defending a false claim calling them alternative facts. a reporter showing crowds at the inauguration compared with mr. obama's inauguration in 2009. a source with

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