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♪ it is the long-awaited trump tax review. the figures from the president's 2005 tax returns leak out. but it leaves many questions and the most critical, who leaked this? and the president now facing health care resistance. can this bill survive as pressure mounts for changes but the house speaker refuses to budge. good morning, thanks for getting an "early start" with us. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. >> trudged through the snow.
>> more to go. school closed again today. ew. 4:00 a.m. in the east. the big trump tease turned out to be something closer to the trump distraction. the white house confirming a report that donald trump 2005 tax return showed $38 million paid in taxes on more than $150 million in income in thatle the white house rachel maddow brought on david k. johnson who anonymous report saw mr. trump's first two pages in his mailbox. overhyped with only the top earnings and taxes paid, there are still a lot of questions here. >> question hanging over all of this, is there a chance the return was actually leaked by mr. trump himself? perhaps wanting to draw unwelcome attention away from the republican health care bill and the russian connection. cnn's don lemon does the journalist who obtained the very
tax return? >> do you think it's possible he could have sent them to you? >> oh, absolutely. donald has a long history about himself. he doesn't think quite like the rest of us do. he doesn't have the framework of what makes him look good or bad that the rest of us have. >> and the white house took aim saying in part you know you're desperate for ratings when you're willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago. now, for the record, it's not illegal to report the contents of a legally obtained tax return. mr. trump promised to release the tax return himself after the conclusion of a routine audit but that remains unclear when that might be. never. more recently, aides have suggested since he won the election he will not be releasing his returns. you're a tax guru, what was it?
>> donald trump made a lot of money, and it doesn't reveal a lot of questions. there's a lot of questions, he should just release it all, so the questions go away. what the pages don't reveal where did the finances come from. any ties to russia or other sovereign countries, those questions can only be answered if the president releases his entire tax history. the first president in decades not to do so, he's holding himself to a different standard than tradition here. what do the tax returns show? first, the president wrote off more than $100 million in losses in 2005, that reduced his tax bail. $38 million that the president paid, the rest was paid under the alternative minimum tax. the dreaded amt that allows
wealthy americans to avoid taxes. the president wants to eliminate it. and that's less than what the poorest americans pay. there you go. >> somebody wants to know who is invested in the trump businesses but you're not going to find that, are you, from any tax return? >> it depends how the income is reported coming in. that's why tax experts would like to see it. >> who hold his debt? probably not going to find that out either. all eyes on president trump's tax return. new republican defections making the road to passage even tougher. "the washington post" reporting overnight, conservative populous urging him to ditch the report. several house republicans vulnerable in 2018 all now say they won't support this bill. several republican senators
including majority leader mitch mcconnell all now say changes need to be mace to the house bill. >> pointing out there's a conservative republican rally at 1:00 p.m. featuring remarks from rand paul and ted cruz. and the house budget committee has postponed its review of the bill from today to thursday. that will give the white house more time for its fullcourt press to salvage the bill. with the latest with cnn's phil mattingly on capitol hill. >> dave and christine, the fallout from the damaging cbo numbers only looking to continue for a second day on capitol hill. the reality as the gop leaders look across the playing field right now they've got significant problems on both sides of ideologically spectrum. now, they need to worry about moderates. those moderates who that coverage number could pose very real political difficulty for them going forward.
the reality remains this, house gop leaders not planning any major changes for this bill, despite what you heard from white house officials. it's a reality underscored by white house press secretary sean spicer. take a listen. >> this is the only vehicle that seeks to achieve for people on our side of the aisle since 2010. this is it, if we don't get this through, the goal of repealing obamacare and instituting a system that is going to be patient-centered is going to be unbelievably difficult. >> guys, this is the under scoring selling point. this is the moment, this is what you campaigned on for cycle after cycle. if you missed this understand, it goes away. there's no alternative chances in the works right now. everybody needs to get behind this bill. but i can't stress enough the idea that the white house perhaps has been freelancing or negotiating with conservatives. they're saying quite frankly if there is no negotiation at all
on the house bill it becomes very frustrating as their bill itself was agreed upon from the white house a couple weeks ago. any divergence from that agreement, that causes problems. dave and christine. >> wrolong way to go. thank you, phil. senator lisa makowsky of alaska already said she has concerns over her party's replacement plan. list ton her reaction when cnn's manu raju asked her where she stands. >> to get to my constituents, please. >> yes or no on the house bill? >> would you please -- i've been in there for two hours, come on. >> hey, man, long days on capitol hill, add a snowstorm to
it, senator murkowski considered a conservative swing vote on reform. a lot of tensions on capitol hill. there's a lot of things they work on on capitol hill. >> that's how i feel after a two-hour hearing, too. if you want questions answered about the health care bill be sure to join us tonight for what promising to be an interesting secretary. dana bash and wolf blitzer with house secretary tom price. join us tonight at 9:00. >> good stuff. hopefully, we can stay up for that one. we could find out within hours whether the fbi is investigating ties between the campaign and russia. shelton whitehouse said james comey promised to hell him and republican lindsey graham by today. the two are leading one of two investigations into interference into the election. it's not clear whether comey
plans to release anything publicly. and cnn has learned a house intel hearing on russia starts monday. president trump extremely confident. evidence exists to pruvg his claim that he was wiretapped by former president barack obama. white house spokesman sean spicer said that evidence will vindicate the president. democrats aren't buying it. congressman steny hoyer calls it untrue. an alternative fact made up in his own head. stour said if there were proof all of us would have seen it by now. >> chaos, right now, president donald trump is on the road. he will be attending an auto plant in detroit today. expected to review regulations that could open the door to less stringent goals to auto emissions and requirements. the industry has long sought a
review of these rules. the president ends his day tonight with a rally in nashville. >> the president's new six-nation travel ban facing three legal challenges in federal court today ahead of its implementation tomorrow. the challenge brought by refugee aid groups in maryland, along with challenges from the state of hawaii and four families in seattle all will be heard today. the seattle challenges will be heard by judge games robart. that's the same judge who blocked the first travel ban. judge robart is also expected to set a hearing to determine whether the legal decision that halted the original ban to extend to the new one. joining washington state and minnesota in that legal challenge. a story that sounds all too familiar. the u.s. is concerned russia may be meddling in a foreign conflict. where? and why it matters. live from moscow, next. powerful you'll think they are.
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the pentagon growing increasingly concerned about russia interfering in libya. u.s. aerial reconnaissance detectsing rush aircraft and a large drone at an air base in western egypt closed to the libyan border. unu.s. general testifying he believes the kremlin is trying to determine the course of libya's political future. relates go live to moscow and bring in cnn's clare sebastian. good morning to you. what is russia saying about this president? >> well, good morning, dave, we're getting denials from all corners here in russia, the foreign minister sergey lavrov saying he has no information about it. the defense ministry saying there are no russian forces in egypt. this was, of course, reported by reuters. calling it a hoax about no information about the government or a drone in libya. but they are saying at the kremlin that they are keen to
see the situation in libya stabilizing and having contact with all sides there. but there is no suggestion, at least from the kremlin that they are planning to intervene in that process. however, we have certainly been seeing a closer engagement from russia in libya in recent months, not only with the internationally backed government in tripoli. but in particular, with the head of the rival administration based in the eastern city of tul tullee tulleert. and joined in early january having a conference call there with the russian defense minister. and that, in particular, is raising concerns with the u.s.ing that russia may be looking to install or prop up a russian-backed leader in libya to perhaps cement its influence in the middle east, in the mediterranean after the success of its intervention of syria leading to the continued
presence of bashar al assad regime there. certainly, the russian side saying that is not the case. they are talking to both sides in the conflict. in fact, the libyan prime minister was just in moscow earlier this month. so that is the line we are getting from russia, dave. >> a leadership void there in libya. thank you, clair. >> a big election overseas. will the popular surge we've seen in several countries change the leadership dynamic from major ally. we'll take you to the netherlands. it works fast and you won't stink.
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populist senator this here. being the hot button of a campaign to elect a new parliament and it comes as growing attentions serving as the backdrop. cnn's atika shubert live there -- good morning -- i guess it's late afternoon for you. >> that's right. it's still morning here. and we're inside a polling station here, people have just been voting. in vollendam. they've been expecting 70% to 75% turnout. this is a town of 23,000. and the last election, quite a few voted for the fallout of the freedom party but that may change this election. identity have been a heated gee bait here. a lot of voters telling us the economy matters and health care. and a lot of voters as of last night haven't made up their
minds yet. they're going into the voting booth right this morning really still unsure. it's a very unpredictable election and a tight race for all of the candidates. >> interesting, atika, about the nationals we're seeing in the european elections. the dutch economy actually is doing pretty well, isn't it? >> reporter: it's doing actually very well. they've had growth the last year of 2.1% that actually more than the united states had. and it's something that the inch come bent prime minister is putting his campaign to with the austerity programs we've put in place, let's not change the past by going with a candidate like geert wilders who wants to move from the eu. whether or not that's what voters ultimately choose, we'll have to wait until tonight. results come in around 9:00 p.m. local time. >> just as the economy was
starting to do better. people thought the economy was terrible and that really directed and influenced their vote. thank you, atika shubert. we'll check in with you as voting continues today. five deaths now blamed on the anothnor'easter that slamme northeast but the snowstorm not over. like philadelphia, and here in new york. smaller running like binghamton, new york with that snow. record-breaking totals with expected today. >> the snow making a mess in pennsylvania. this downed tree crushed a car and cameras were rolling near boston. amtrak will run modified service between boston and d.c. more than 1,000 flights cancelled for today. uh-oh, a total of almost 9,000 since wednesday.
schools in boston still closed today. some schools in new jersey via the new york suburbs also closed. so, who has the most snow and what conditions are they facing meteorologist pedram javaheri tells us. >> it's a different story towards the north, still heavy snow in place around the southwest. flights in place in places like phoenix. bridgewater, in the cat skill mountains, 40 inches came down. and in just a few miles, a significant difference. central park, 7 inches, four miles away, the observations, 15 inches in hartford. snow showers left in place around northern vermont, northern new hampshire, about 3 million underneath the blizzard warning in place, about 20 million under the alert. and places it's coming down in
burlington and working out, could see a foot today. just a blustery day in much of the northeast. notice, it really wants to warm up, but not by much, not until the season levels where we should be around 49. we keep it below that leverage for the northeast. >> thank you, pedram, what did you get there at home? >> i don't know. >> we haven't been home yet. >> i'm afraid. we've made it almost two years fortaxes. it's more like a distraction than a big revelation. who decided to leak out this information? listerine® kills 99%
care bill survive? more moderates coming out against this bill, as the president faces new resist attention from the populous league of the party who elected him. good morning, everyone. lots to get to, welcome back to "early start." it's a snow day for the news. >> if there are snow days for our children, lots on the east coast. good morning, i'm dave briggs, 4:30 a.m. eastern time. the big trump release turned out to be distraction. the white house confirming the report that donald trump tax return showed $38 million in taxes paid on more than $150 million in income. the white house releasing the figures after msnbc rachel maddow teased a major scoop. she brought on journalist david k. johnson who said an anonymous source actually left the front two pages of mr. trump's return in his mailbox. in the end it was widely criticized as overhyped and
disappointment with the top line figures of earnings and taxes paid there are still far more questions than answers. >> and is there a chance that the return was leaked by the president himself perhaps willing to draw attention away from the russian question. don lemon. >> do you think it's a possibility he could have sent you this? >> oh, absolutely. donald has a long history of leaking information about himself. he doesn't think like the relevant of us do. he doesn't have the sort of framework that makes him look good or bad that the rest of us have. >> white house took aim at the messenger saying this, you know you're desperate for ratings when you're willing to violate the law to push a story of two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago. it's not illegal to report the contents of an illegally obtained tax return.
it remains unclear when that will be or if he will honor that promise. more recently aides have suggested since he won the election he will not be releasing his tax returns. certainly, this president is holding himself up to a different standard than every elected official in modern history. what the pages don't display are the biggest concerns over his finances, where his income comes from, the nature of his investments and more importantly the ties to russian government and other sovereign governments. first the president wrote off more than $100 million in losses that year. the $38 million, the president paid, $5 million was regular income. the rest was paid under the alternative minimum tax. it's an additional tax that prevents wealthy americans from avoiding taxes and the president wants to eliminate it. without it trump would have paid a 4% tax in 2005, that's less than the what the poorest americans pay. >> but no real shocker here in
what we've learned? >> no real shocker, but you wonder if it's a distraction on purpose. >> well, with all eyes on president trump's tax returns, there's certainly another story at least as important on capitol hill. new republican defections are making the road topazage even rougher for the house health care bill. the washington post reporting overnight that populist conservatives urging him to ditch the deal. several republicans vulnerable in 2018 now say they won't support this bill. several republican senators including majority leader mitch mcconnell also say changes need to be made to the house brill. there's a conservative republican rally at the capitol at 1:00 p.m. that will feature remarks from senators ted cruz and rand paul. the house budget committee has
postponed its review of the bill from today to thursday now. that will give the white house more time for its fuelcourt press to salvage this bill. for the very latest, let's bring in cnn's phil mattingly on capitol hill. >> dave and christine, the fallout from the damaging cbo numbers only serve to continue on capitol hill for a second day, the reality as house gop leaders look across the playing field right now is that they've got significant problems really on both sides of the ideological spectrum. they've got conservatives who would be boisterous about the bill. now, they need to worry about moderates. those moderates where that coverage number could pose difficulty going forward. the reality remains this, house gop leaders not planning major changes to the bill, despite what you heard from white house officials. it's a reality kind of underscored by press secretary sean spicer. take a listen. >> this is the only vehicle that seeks to achieve for people on
our side of the aisle since 2010, this is it. if we don't get this through, the goal of repealing obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient-center said going to be unbelievably difficult. >> and, guys, really, that's kind of the underscored selling point here. this is the bill. this is the moment. this is what you've campaigned on for cycle after cycle after cycle. if you miss this opportunity it goes away. there's no second chances. there's no alternative bills that are in the works right now. everybody needs to get behind this bill, but i can't stress enough the idea that the white house has perhaps been freelancing or negotiating with conservatives. they're saying, quite frankly, if there's any negotiation at all on this house bill, it's become very frustrating to house leaders sources tell me as they realize their strategy, their bill itself has been agreed upon by the white house weeks ago. dave and christine. >> phil mattingly, thanks. tension really building here
in this fight to overhaul obamacare. republican lease ka murkowski has said publicly that she has concerns to the plan. listen to her reaction when cnn's manu raju asked her where she stands. >> with the house health care bill -- >> i need to get to my constituents, please. >> it's a yes or no. >> would you believe -- we've been in there for two hours. come on. >> senator murkowski is asked a critical swing vote on health care reform. clearly, she didn't want to answer. >> it's not unusual to be chasing someone down in the halls of congress and just ignore you. and she came back and gave him a little bit of a talking to. >> i'll give her a pass. they have some long days. if you want some questions answered about the health care
bill, be sure to join us tonight for what promises to be a very interesting discussion with health secretary tom price who joins cnn's wolf blitzer and dana bash for a live town hall, what's next for the new bill and tens of millions who will be faced with new health care decisions. >> it should be good. >> yeah, it should be very interesting. some of his remarks will come back. we could find out in a matter of hours whether the fbi's investigating ties between the trump campaign and russia. rhode island democratic senator sheldon whitehouse said the fbi promised to tell them by today. it's not clear whether comey plans to announce anything publicly. cnn has also learned the senate intelligence committee plans to launch a public hearing on russia later this month. a house intel hearing on russia starts monday. lindsey graham on "new day" later this morning.
president trump seems confident evidence exists to prove his claim he was wiretapped by former president barack obama. white house spokesman sean spicer said evidence will vindicate the president. steny hoyer saying it's untrue. saying if there were proof, they would know that by now. president trump on the road, he'll be attending an auto rally in detroit. that review would open the door to less stringent rules on emissions requirements. president trump ends his day by a rally in nashville. >> we know how those energize him. >> the president's new six-nation travel ban facing three new legal challenges in federal court ahead of its implementation tomorrow. yes, this ban is supposed to go live to me. a challenge brought by refugee
aid groups in maryland as well as challenges in hawaii and four families in seattle. those will all be heard today. the seattle challenges will be heard by judge james robart. the same judge who brought the first travel ban. and the judge is expected to decide whether the legal decision that halted the original ban extend to this one. well, budget cuts at the environmental protection agency may be more significant than originally reported, according to a close source of the epa, the cuts might be deeper than 25%. a number that one epa official called, quote, devastating. the cuts could include grants to states to protect air, water and land and lead to layoffs for military veterans and contractorses who work for the agency. cnn's requested comments from the epa and the white house. neither has yet responded. time for an early start on "your money." an east coast blizzard couldn't stop fed meeting.
the federal reserve is expected to raise interest rates later today. the second time in three months. if so, the central bank thinks the american economy can handle it encouraged by strong gains and rising inflation. the rate hike will not be a surprise to wall street. what investors will look for is a schedule, how many times did the fed raise rates this year and how quickly. the fed has only raised rights two times since 2015. since then it took ten years for the feds to give the rates a bump. cnn has pushed back. what does a rate hike mean for you? a reminder means higher interest rates can be higher buying costs, a bit more on credit cards, new car loans, new mortgages. but this is good news for savers. a pump on interest rates means more income.
when you've had the interest rates for so long. it's been oxygen for some investors. so good for banks. not good for regular people who have money in savings accounts. i'm looking for relief for them. >> we're talking two, maybe three over the course of the year. >> yeah, i think so. the u.s. is concerned that russia may be meddling beyond its borders. once again, we're live in moscow with details -- next. no bitter aftertaste and she's calorie-free. so that's it? we made you a cake. with sugar? oh, no. (laughing) so thatof bad breath germs% we made you a cake. for a 100% fresh mouth. feeling 100% means you feel bold enough to... ...assist a magician... ...or dance. listerine®. bring out the bold™
the pentagon growing increasingly concerned about russia interfering in libya. u.s. aerial reconnaissance detecting russian aircraft at a large drone in an air base in western egypt close to the libyan border. one u.s. official testifying he believes the kremlin is trying to determine the political course of libya. let's go live to moscow and bring in cnn's clare sebastian. good morning to you.
blah is the russian reaction here. >> well, good morning, dave, the russians are denying this, the kremlin spokesman said he has no word of a drone on the border near libya or russian special forces as was reported earlier by reuters. the defense minister is flat out denying this calling it a hoax but the kremlin also saying that there have been contacts with libya and it does want the situation in that country stabilized. as for those contacts the ones that have sparked particular attention are not those with the internationally backed government in tripoli but those with haftur who runs a rivalry out of tobruk. he boarded a russian carrier the admir admiral connitlov.
there are fears that russia may be trying to install another pro-russian ally, as it has done in syria, and perhaps cement its sphere of influence in the mediterranean moving from the middle east into north africa. the russians say that is not the case. they are not trying to intervene. they simply want to see the situation in libya stabilize, to stop the spread of terror in that region. but that is why there is a cause for concern. >> appreciate the live report. keep us up to date. all right, secretary of state rex tillerson arrives in tokyo this morning. the north korean missile threat at the top of the agenda in his meetings with japanese officials who will also discuss u.s. economic security interests in the region. the meets come as u.s., japan and south korea are conducting naval drills in the area. the exercises are dined to improve shootdown capabilities against missiles. tillerson will also visit south korea and china on his first
asian trip. again, i've got to point out he's not traveling with a press corps which caused a big dustup in washington. >> heard so long from state throughout his trump presidency. >> no-so no official traveling press corps but on commercial flights reporters are meeting him on every stop. on the alleged yahoo! hack, we'll check in on the cnn money stream next. lots of wrinkle creams believe the more mysterious they sound, the more... powerful you'll think they are. it's time to see what power really looks like. new neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair with accelerated retinol sa. clinically proven to reduce wrinkles in just one week. wrinkles? your time is up! rapid wrinkle repair.
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have been some of the big issues in the campaign to elect a new parliament. it comes amidst new tensions as turkey serving as a backdrop. cnn's atika shubert is live. atika, you've been saying it's economy one of the top issues, immigration for so many of these voters, they say at least the company has been doing well. there's a nationalism that's been fuelling this? >> absolutely. and this is really a point of debate that's been started many years ago by geert wilders, he's the candidate party of the freedom party. i actually had a chance to speak to him last week. he told me, listen, even if i lose the seats, i actually have won it. and because everybody tells me what it means to have traditional dutch values so for him, clearly, this is already a win. that doesn't mean these going to the most votes. this is a very fragmented
election. to show you the ballot, not fully, but close to it, 28 parties are contesting these elections. the ballot is similar to this size. voters will have to mark it with a red pencil and then fold it up like an accordion to put it in the ballot box. either which way there will be a coalition government simply because it's very unlikely that any majority party will get the majority of the votes. the last time that happened it was 1991. no matter what there will be a lot of people frustrated after this election. five deaths now blamed on the nor'easter that slammed the northeast but the snowfall and strong winds are not over for some areas. storm easier than expected in major cities like philadelphia, washington, certainly here in new york. but smaller ones like binghamton, new york, were buried. can you spot the snow, romans? you can see the mirror i think. record-breaking snow totals almost 30 inches there with more
expected today. >> the snow, the wind, the sleet making a mess in pennsylvania. this downed tree crushed a car. oh. and the car spun out as cameras were rolling in boston. amtrak will now operate modified service today between boston and d.c. nearly 1,000 flights cancelled. folks, check before you head to the airport. a total of 9,000 flights cancelled since monday. schools in boston still closed today. schools in the new york suburbs like mine. >> and new jersey and connecticut as well. well, they were able to laugh afterwards, the south korea expert whose bbc interview went viral after his two toddlers busted into his home office followed by his wife in a mad scramble to retrieve them speaking publicly for the first time. >> see that boy coming around the corner. >> this time in a follow-up interview with the bbc, the kids were welcomed guests professor robert kelly and his wife say they were mortified at first
then found the humor. >> we watched it multiple times too. our families have watched as well. everybody we know seems to think it's pretty hysterical. we understand why people find it enjoyable catching a regular family off guard and stuff. yes, it's funny, we understand that. >> do you? do you? laugh for a moment, it was hysterical. kelly says he usually locks the door that would be a good plan but forgot this time. setting off what his wife described as chaos. one of the great moments of the year. >> she said she was taping the broadcast with her phone. so, she is focused on taking a broadcast on the phone. and there's a delay. a satellite delay. suddenly, she's taping the broadcast and she sees her kids on the thing she's taping and she flipped out. i think it's so cute. it's adorable. >> i had this happen, made quite that camera appearance, i was talking sports business and i left my 5-year-old walking around the set.
>> oh, my, i took my three kids into a tracking booth for the radio once. they had to be escorted out. they couldn't be quiet. it was crazy. >> it was a great moment. >> let's get a check on cnn money stream this morning. global markets mostly higher after u.s. markets closed lower. the federal reserve is expected to raise interest rates later today. that is the big story. this will be the second time in three months investors are awaiting that amount in 2:003m eastern. oil investors here a two-month low bringing down energy stocks. the government will investigate ties behind hacker, on yahoo!. would not say if the breach is connected to the russian government. hackers stole data included names, e-mail addresses, passwords. they didn't get financial information. yahoo! announced last year it had be breached at least twice.
the yahoo! hack would be the at least second of the accounts tied back to russia. "early start" continues right now. it's the long-awaited tax reveal. sort of. figures from the president's 2005 tax return leaked out. it contains two answers, the most critical questions, who leaked them. and counting on getting the bill pass, but can the bill survive as pressure mounts for changes while the house speaker refuses to budge. good morning, everybody. welcome to "early start." i'm christ teen romance. >> and i'm dave briggs. it's wednesday, march 14th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. does trump really own the health care plan?
does he really sale how obamacare is failing or kind of label it paul ryan's plan? should be interesting. overnight, the big trump tax release. it turns out to be something closer to the trump distraction. the white house is releasing reports that donald trump's 2005 tax return showed $38 million in taxes paid on $150 million income. after msnbc rachel maddow teased a major scoop. she brought on journalist david k. johnson saying an anonymous source dropped the first two pages of mr. trump's return in his mailbox. with only the top line figures on earning and taxes paid. there are still far more questions thannesses. >> now, the question hanging over all of it is there a chance that this return was leaked by the president himself perhaps to draw unwelcome attention away from the republican health care bill and the russia connection and all of that? cnn's don lemon asked the