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god bless you. >> a body blow for democrats. the republicans win a closely watched special election in georgia. what does it mean for the president's agenda and can democrats ever regain their footing in trump country? $30 million loss, folks. >> the wednesday, june 21st. it is 4:00 a.m. in tooes and democrats are searching for a new strategy after suffering defeat in georgia.
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cnn projects karen handel by four points. still it was enough to provide a big morale boost to republicans. >> last night after declaring victory, handel did not minimize the president. she and her supporters embraced him. >> and a special thanks to the president of the united states of america. [ applause ] >> make no mistake, that crowd was there to support trump. john ossoff falling short despite raising $23 million in the most expensive house race in u.s. history.
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in conceding he tried to paint a hopeful picture of democratic victories to come. >> this is not the outcome any of us were hoping for. but this is the beginning of something much bigger than us. it's extraordinary what you have done here. the fight goes on. >> republican ralph norman also won a special election in south carolina's fifth district with earlier wins in kansas and montana. to help us break it all down let's bring in eric live from atlanta. he was at the headquarters for election night last night. what is the takeaway for democrats? they are 0-4 for these special elections. >> democrats are frustrated right now. they're disappointed. they really thought georgia was theirfest chance to pick off one
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of these seats but they're trying to understand that these were all really heavily republican districts. it was a district that president trump struggled in. they only beat clinton by 1.5 points but historically republicans cruise there. tom price never lost by fewer than 20 points, so what democrats are trying to do now is shift their focus to more competitive seats headed into the 2018 midterms. they say there are about 70 of them that are friendlier territory for democrats and so the question is whether they can sort of move past the disappointment, keep momentum in their base and sort of shift the focus to races that are frankly more winnable for the party. >> but this is the most expensive loss in u.s. house history. yes, there's some republican slippage, no doubt about it, but democrats have yet to put any
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points on the board. is resist a message that is resonating? >> that's a good point and really georgia was interesting because john ossoff didn't talk about donald trump. he -- he didn't bash trump. he tried to really localize this race, talk about economic issues, cast himself as an independent and there are a lot of progressives who wish he would have been more aggressive about hitting trump, hitting republicans on health care. he didn't do that and it seems it wasn't the right strategy because he didn't win. so we'll see district by district, but democrats do need to keep trying different strategies. the hope is there will be a big enough playing field in 2018 that they can try several different things hoping that some work. >> i know, but trying different things isn't working for them right now. i mean, do they have one leader, one, you know, one person who is rising above the rest who is
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sort of the leader of the voice of the party? do they have one message? i don't see that coming out here aside from resist i don't see the movement, the personality and the platform yet. >> no, you know, if you ask republicans who their leader is they'll say nancy pelosi. she was the star of all of the republican ads in the district. it was the same play book they ran when president obama was in office. they emphasized this point that republicans don't want to hand a victory to nancy pelosi and watch national democrats celebrate in their backyard. that worked for them. on the democratic side, no, joe biden sending signals that he's interested in running in 2020 but not really. there is no single national voice. elizabeth warren has sort of emerged as a voice of the progressive left. bernie sanders still has a big megaphone and when you start to look at 2020 prospects there are
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two or three dozen names on the list right now, all of them sort of jockeying for attention but none of them really standing out. >> to christine's point, john ossoff made this a local election. karen handel wanted to make this a local election. is that really the takeaway here this morning that again, go back to tip o'neil, all politics is local. is that the case? >> well, in handel's case it was sort of more deflect a lot of the national issues, deflect questions about health care while republican superpacs came in and made the national argument against again, nancy pelosi, against letting liberals sort of celebrate a win in their district. frankly, democrats can't say that the strategy works. you're going to see more of them try it in hard to win districts, try to stay focused on local issues rather than nationalizing
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the race, but -- but no, i mean, as health care sort of emerges it's going to be hard to talk about anything else once republicans, if they do pass a health care bill, that sort of thing so it's hard to take too much out of this one race in part because it's impossible to spend this kind of money in a lot of districts in the midterms. it's just not there to pump into a single race, but local issues were clearly ossoff's driver here and it didn't work out for him. >> dave points out an interesting on-ed in the washington post. you know, all these things that, you know, these reasons that republicans are starting to get defensive about the trump administration, maybe they don't need to be defensive. maybe that's a construct that's just not there. >> 2018 is a long time from now. >> it sure is. >> all right. come back and tell us about the
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color of the room when you were there at the handel win last night. the republican health care bill, still secret but not for long. they're preparing to release what they're billing as a discussion draft. republicans hope it will be a final push to a vote on repealing and replacing obamacare before the congressional recess. the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: well, we have a date for the bill. the bill that's been crafted behind the scenes, the bill that we still don't know what's actually inside of it. we do know that senate republicans will be releasing at least a draft discussion of the bill on thursday. we also know a target for a vote next week likely on thursday of next week. things are moving very quickly for a process that we haven't seen much light toward over the last couple of months. republicans still have a lot of
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work to do and frankly they have a lot of feelings to assuage inside their own conference. take a look at this. >> what have you seen of the health care bill? >> haven't seen it. >> is that a problem? >> never a problem. offense not i always like to move forward with legislation that i haven't seen. that's one of the practices i've enjoyed around here. >> did you get any more clarification today? >> we have lots of conversations. we have more and more conversatio conversations. it's woerndful the conversations we have. >> reporter: is it not going to put your support behind this? >> i haven't seen it. how can i put my support behind it if i haven't seen it? >> it's not being written by us it's being written by a small handful of members of the republican senate. so if you're frustrated i share the frustration. >> john mccain was being fairly
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sarcastic there. the interesting element is this. you have a lot of republicans who have expressed unease with the process, expressed concern that things haven't been as public. that there won't be a lot of time to digest an american propos proposal. what you haven't seen is those same republicans say they're objecting for this process. they're still leaving themselves open to voting yes. that said they still don't have the 50 votes they need to actually pass this. they have a lot of work to do, but first they need to finalize the policy in the areas where they're still not certain where the policy is going to end up there are still significant differences whether it's the medicaid expansion, how far they cut back regulations, even the structure of the tax credit. at least as of this point those things have not been finalized and that means there's still a lot of work to do. not a lot of time to do that work. we'll see over the course of the next couple of days. >> thank you.
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breaking overnight, uber founder is resigning as ceo after months of scandal at uber. investors demanded he step down. more on this in the next half hour. but speaker paul ryan doesn't want you to forget about tax reform. >> we will not cast a ballot for quick fixes and half measures. transformational tax reform can be done and we are moving ahead -- full speed ahead. >> the speaker is building momentum for real reform, not just cuts and he promises it will happen this year which is what wall street wants to hear. reform this year by the way will not be easy. there are big disagreements within the gop over specifics. the trump administration promises to cut rates for businesses and individuals and introduce what it calls pro family tax measures. ivanka trump headed to capitol hill to discuss that. they're teaming up to promote
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among other measures, child care tax credits. one thing that won't be included in the bill, the $1 trillion in obamacare tax cuts. speaker ryan told cnbc they won't be included even if repeal efforts fail. it's almost like a reset from the speaker but around the discussion of tax cuts. kwha i've been hearing is tax cuts. tax cuts for business. maybe middle class tax reformulater but just getting something near term and it sounds like getting something done, but he's saying let's talk about tax cuts for companies. >> but does the administration prefer a tax cut and is it the house that wants reform? >> the administration wants reform. he promised on the campaign trail a tax cut for the middle class. the first thing his secretary
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good morning, erin. >> reporter: that's right. according to belgian media there are ongoing raids happening now in the area of brussels. a neighborhood linked to previous terror attacks. that is where paris attacker was found and arrested. in terms of that neighborhood's connection to this attack belgian media reporting that it is the home of the suspect. 37 years old. authorities not releasing his name, also not giving details about the types of explosives used. 8:30 p.m. at this train station there was a small explosion inside the station followed by military troops opening fire, shooting and killing the suspect. take a listen to what one eyewitness had to say. >> translator: when i walked down to the platform there was a man screaming, screaming and screaming. he was talking about jihadi and things like that. at some point he detonated the
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small suitcase next to him. at this point i walked back down to the platform to alert my colleagues so they could evacuate the station. >> reporter: as you can see here at central station it has reopened. it is business as usual. we do understand that authorities have increased security presence at this and other sites. we are expecting very shortly a press conference from the federal prosecutor updating on the ongoing situation. >> so that together with the attempt yesterday, no casualties. live in belgium, thank you. the president's son-in-law and topp advisor jared kushner s in the middle east. we are live in jerusalem.
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president trump's senior advisor and son-in-law jared kushner is in israel. he will meet with the prime minister in jerusalem. we are live this morning in yes ruiz rhus le -- jerusalem. >> reporter: the meetings have been called quote, long and intense from the u.s. embassy. so it will be a meeting with the palestinian prt as president trump tries to keep the momentum going forward on his attempt to
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restart a peace process here. kushner hasn't played a big role just yet. he was here with the president last month on the president's first trip to the region but kushner was fairly quiet there. it's been another trump advisor doing the heavy lifting but now it is absolutely kushner's turn. we don't expect any concrete steps, but kushner here is an indication of how seriously trump is pursuing a peace process and a peace deal. he's called it one of his top priorities and he continues to keep pushing here. it raises the stakes so it will be critical to see what comes out of these meetings. what's interesting to note is one of the cabinet members says there is absolutely pressure from the trump administration on israel to make steps towards peace. >> all right. we'll see if he can restart a process that many others have tried and failed in the past. thank you, sir. >> yeah, which side is willing to sacrifice? you're going to need both sides
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to sacrifice in that equation. ahead, democrats staring at a cold reality this morning. >> we showed the world that in places where no one thought it was possible to fight, we could fight. >> they can fight, but can they win? devastating loss in a race that was supposed to slow the trump machine.
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thank you, god bless you. >> painful reality for the democratic party. tens of millions of dollars not enough to win he lex in georgia. can the democrats recover with a message that will resonate in 2018? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> democrats this morning searching for a new strategy after suffering defeat in high stakes, high cost special
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election in georgia. there's your numbers. cnn projecting karen handel beat jon ossoff by four points and typically republicans have won by 20 plus. it was enough to provide a big morale boost. >> last night after declaring victory handel didn't minimize the president. she and her supporters embraced him. listen. >> and a special thanks to the president of the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> jon ossoff falling short despite raising $23 million in the most expensive house race.
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he tried top paint a positive picture of what's to come. >> this is the beginning of something much bigger than us. it's extraordinary what you have done here. the fight goes on. >> republican ralph norman also won a special election in south carolina's fifth district. that's the frank underwood seat with earlier wins in kansas and montana, republicans are now 4-0 in special election to replace trump appointees. let's bring in politics reporter eric bradner live from atlanta. you were at the headquarters for election night at that victory party. we heard chants of trump, trump, trump, though we didn't hear her say the name trump interesti interestingly. was that a politics is local
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karen handel crowd? >> everybody was wearing karen handel stickers but that was a pro trump crowd. that was clearly a group of republicans that was eager to prove that the democrats could not put all this national attention on this race and come get a big win in their backyard. it was all about beating national democrats, nancy pelosi. in the room you heard hillary clinton and barack obama's name. it was a pro trump crowd and over the course of the night they were getting more and more juiced. you could kind of see where things were going early on because the first results that came in were early vote numbers fr from fulton county and they were better than expected for handel. at that point even democrats i was talking to were sort of acknowledging well, we don't know yet but this is not looking good. so the crowd started to build energy early in the night and by the time handel took the stage
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they were ready to explode. >> so interesting because democrats assume trump is some sort of liability. they're banking on trump being a liability in some of these districts and he was not a liability for karen handel last night at all and that means they have to retweak their strategy or at least their assumptions. how are they going to recalibrate? they are 0-4 on these special elections. they tried to keep it local in this one, but i mean, who is their national figure? what is their national platform? what is the message that's going to unify them if they're going to try to -- if they're going to try to move forward here? >> those are all great questions and the problem for democrats is they don't have answers. this was their right in pointing out this is a quite conservative district. all of these special elections were in typically republican territory but it's also demoralizing to lose these because progressive activists pumped $23 million into ossoff's
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campaign and that's not big donors. that's a lot of online small dollar donations from people that are just really jazzed to be part of the resistance, to oppose trump. and so the question is whether democrats can maintain the momentum in their base now that they don't have any victories to show for it. the party is going to try to recalibrate today around the idea that the elections they're going to be competing in next year, the midterm seats they're targeting are all friendlier territory for democrats. it's republican held seats that are in suburban areas sort of like atlanta but -- but that have more democrats already living there so maybe not such an uphill battle but they've got to find a way to build momentum and this was their shot at it and they fell short. >> there was a name you mentioned earlier that republicans mentioned a lot in the campaign and that's nancy pelosi. is this a referendum on her? >> it's the same play book
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republicans have been executing in midterms since 2010. it worked really well for them and yeah, i mean, that's what republicans are trying to turn this into because while ossoff wanted to campaign on local issues, wanted to portray himself as a moderate, somebody that would reach across party lines, republicans just hammered him over and over and over with this idea that he would do nancy pelosi's bidding. it's tough for democrats to escape and it's something they can't quite match. it's not motivating to democratic voters to say well, you know, this republican is going to vote with paul ryan the way it is for republicans to say this is a reliable nancy pelosi supporter. so it's something republicans have kept going to over and over and over and it works. you could see it in the direct mail pieces on the air and on the tv ads. it's a message they return to and it's what worked. >> all right. thank you so much. you've had a long night there in
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the room when karen handel won. the republican health care bill is still secret this morning but not for long. senate leaders are prepared to release what they're billing as a discussion draft it's what top republicans hope will be a final push to a vote on repealing and replacing obamacare before the upcoming congressional recess, that's just over a week away. the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: well, we have a date for the bill. the bill that's been crafted behind the scenes, the bill that we still don't actually know what's inside of it. we do know according to senate majority leader that senate republicans will be releasing at least a draft discussion of the bill on thursday. we also know a target for a vote next week likely on thursday of next week. things are moving very quickly for a process that we haven't seen much light toward at least over the course of the last couple of months.
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republicans have a lot of work to do and they have a lot of feelings to assuage inside their own conference. >> have you seen the health care bill? >> i haven't seen it. >> is that a problem? >> oh, no. never a problem. no, of course not. i always like to move forward with legislation that i haven't seen. that's one of the practices i've enjoyed around here. >> did you get more clarification today sir? >> we had lots of conversations. every lunch we have lots of conversations. it's wonderful the conversations we have. >> does this make you want to not put your support behind this? >> i haven't seen it. how can i put my support behind it if i haven't seen it? >> it's not being written by us. it's apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the republican leadership in the senate. so if you're frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process i share your frustration. >> i'm sure you picked it up but senator john mccain was being
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sarcastic there. you have a lot of republicans who have expressed unease over the process, some concern that things vice president been thing haven't been as public. what you haven't seen is those same republicans say they're objecting for this process. they're still leaving themselves open to voting yes. that said they still don't have the 50 votes they need to actually pass this. senate leadership aides will make that clear. they have a lot of work to do but first they need to finalize the policy. in the areas where they're still not certain where the policy is going to end up there are significant differences whether it's the medicaid expansion and the affordable care act. even things like the structure of the tax credit. at least as of this point those things have not been finalized. there's no full term agreement and that means there's still a lot of work to do. we'll see over the course of the next couple of days. >> all right.
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thanks. sean spicer was asked about this yesterday about acknowledging essentially, the president said the house version was mean and he said the president is going to insist that there's heart. >> what does that mean? more spending? less cuts to medicaid? we've heard there's going to be more cuts steeper cuts to medicaid. the indication from sean spicer is that the president does not know what's in this bill and neither does mike lee as you saw on that piece from phil and he's on that 11-person committee. >> senator mccain's performance in the hallway was classic. >> vintage mccain. breaking overnight, uber founder resigning as ceo. this is after months of scandal at uber. investors demanded he step down. what is he saying? we'll have that in just a few minutes but first as the white house works to keep auto jobs in the u.s. ford is moving focus production to china. ford previously said it would
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ship production to mexico. they want the michigan plant to make more profitable vehicles like suvs. it saves the company $500 million. because after seven years auto sales are slowing especially for smaller vehicles so auto makers are looking to cut costs. ford plans to trim $3 billion this year. trump claimed victory when the company cancelled plans for a new plant. when reached for a comment wilbur ross did not criticize the company instead saying the company will move facilities to the u.s. once president trump's policies take hold. but the idea of moving focus production to china, making the car there and then sending it back to the united states for american consumers to buy, that's exactly what donald trump campaigned against. >> rallied against. it's part of the new ceo at ford or was this in the works well before? >> this is about cost cutting.
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when they make a move like this this is something that's been in the works. it's all about cost cutting and focusing on building the profitable vehicles here in the united states. >> they want to build them here, but bottom line is what matters to ford. authorities in belgium say they have identified the attacker who detonated a bomb at a brussels train station. this is the third terror attack in europe in as many days. we're live in brussels ahead on "early start" but to help others, they first had to protect themselves. i have afib. even for a nurse, it's complicated... and it puts me at higher risk of stroke. that would be devastating. i had to learn all i could to help protect myself. once i got the facts, my doctor and i chose xarelto®. xarelto®... to help keep me protected. once-daily xarelto®, a latest-generation blood thinner... ...significantly lowers the risk of stroke in people with afib not caused by a heart valve problem. it has similar effectiveness to warfarin. xarelto® works differently.
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. belgium's national security council this morning following a failed terrorist bombing at the brussels train station. they now know the identity of the suspect. he was fatally shot by police after a small explosion in the transportation hub. nobody was injured in attack. still belgium keeping the
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country's threat level at three which warns of a possible and likely threat ahead. let's go live to brussels and bring in erin live for us. what's the latest, erin? >> reporter: well, dave, we understand from belgian media that will are ongoing police raids in brussels. it is an area that has been linked to previous terror attacks. you may remember that is where they found and arrested aslam, one of the paris attackers. in terms of that neighborhood's connection to this failed bombing, belgian media reporting that it is the home of the suspect, 37 years old. we are not clear though at this point just sort of what explosives this individual used to carry out this failed attack. we know that it happened at this train station at 8:30 p.m. in the evening. a small explosion, military troops inside opened fire, killing the suspect. no other injuries.
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take a listen to what one eyewitness had to say. >> translator: when i walked down to the platform there was a man screaming, screaming and screaming. he was talking about jihadis and things like that. at some point he screamed and detonated the small suitcase he was holding next to him. then people started to escape. they left and so on. at this point i walked back down to the platform to alert my colleagues so they could evacuate the station. >> reporter: as you can see it is business as usual at this train station opening up at 8:15 in the morning. belgian prime minister saying it was open in a show of defiance. this country is determined to maintain its freedoms. there's also a coldplay concert scheduled for brussels later in the evening. that will go ahead as well albeit with increased security. >> no doubt about that. thank you. all right. after months of scandal the uber founder is out as ceo.
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that works too. find your awesome with the xfinity x1 voice remote. see despicable me 3. in theaters in june. was it or was it not a failed hug? senator marco rubio launching a tongue in cheek twitter investigation to get to the bottom of this viral photo. apparently getting shut down by ivanka trump. sending off a tweet storm from rubio making the president envious. >> alleged failed hug investigating, will respond soon. moments later rubio tweeted more photos emerged. and finally this from the
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senator, based on review of my evidence and my own recollection have concluded no hug was even attempted and press of alleged failed hug. >> after rubio's conclusion that no hug was ever attempted, first daughter ivanka revved up her twitter account. marco rubio planned the alleged failed hug. i have no comment but i would have hugged him anyway. the president's daughter and senator rubio met at capitol hill to discuss tax reform and making sure their pro family policies in any kind of plans. >> i've reviewed the evidence. it was a failed hug. it was an awkward moment. well played. >> it looks like a split second in time.
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anything can look weird if you just take that quick shot. >> that's how you play it on social media. that was brilliant. it's opening day for the british government. pageantry and politics coming together for the traditional state opening of parliament. the event highlighted by the queen's speech marks the formal start of the parliamentary year. cnn diplomatic editor joining us live from london. good morning to you. we understand this is low key by standards we've seen in recent years. is that the case? >> reporter: that is the case, and normally the queen ride from bucking ham palace in horse drawn carriage. lots of the horse guards following her as she comes here and that won't be the case this time. she'll be in a car. she won't be wearing her crown. the queen of course 91 now.
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the crown weighs about two and a half pounds. the crown will be carried in front of her so it is going to look different and feel a little different. the substance is all the same. this is a speech that the queen gives, it's written by the prime minister that outlines what the prime minister hopes to achieve legislatively during the coming year. it's going to be different in as much as this will be a speech that will be designed to span two years. the prime minister of course coming out of disastrous elections so there won't be some of the -- some of the social issues that she was criticized on. we're not expecting to hear that she's cancelling preschool lunches for under 11s, that she's not going to do away with the pension due to inflation, but a lot of the legislation is going to be about brexit. but this is a prime minister that's going to sit there and listen to the queen outlining what she, the prime minister
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hopes to achieve knowing the moment she doesn't even have the votes to do it. the deal she's trying to strike with a small party in northern ireland hasn't been concluded so this is not the way it normally happens and certainly not the way the prime minister was expecting this to go. >> let's get a check on money stream this morning. global markets and u.s. futures lower after wall street pulled back from records. a u.s. stock slumping as oil prices fell more. a 20% drop. it's down 22% this year to be exact. investors worrying over a supply. some countries still ramping up production but even with this speed bump for stocks markets still very close to record highs. as they hold out hope for tax reform, house speaker paul ryan says he still wants to pass this year. he's still sounding officially optimistic on tax reform, real
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tax reform. the uber founder travis kalanick is resigning as ceo. this is after months of scandal. big investors demanded he go. that's just a week after kalanick took a leave of absence. he helped found uber back in 2009. he built this into a transportation and technology power house, but he also fostered a work place culture that's causing the current crisis at uber including accusations of discrimination and sexual harassment and the investigation that followed led to the firing of 20 employees and the exodus of top executives. he says in a statement he's leaving for the good of the company so that uber can go back to building instead of enduring another fight. the former attorney general eric holder sort of spear headed this big scrub of the -- of the management style and the business culture there and found that they did not do enough to prevent sexual harassment and
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the culture as it's called, this idea of being a disrupter, but to be disruptive it was too much. >> with a company of 70 billion is it more important in the bottom line or is it part of the bottom line? >> they have a leadership crisis. when you have a company like that that's growing so quickly your leaders can't effectively manage, that's a problem. >> i thought the uber update today was a big deal for people that use uber and i know for the drivers in this country. >> all right. "early start" continues right now. >> the republicans win a closely watched special election in georgia. what does it mean for the president's agenda and can
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democrats ever regain their footing in trump country? >> good morning and welcome to "early start" this wednesday morning. first day of summer. >> first day of summer? >> that makes me happy. >> it is still dark outside but it is going to be a long day. i promise you this will be the longest day of the year. >> it will for democrats. i'm dave briggs. it's wednesday, june 21st. 5:00 a.m. in the east. democrats searching for a new strategy after suffering defeat in a high stakes and very high cost special election in georgia. there are the numbers. cnn projects karen handel beats jon ossoff. enough to provide a big morale boost to republicans who are worried about president trump's potential. >> handel did not minimize this president. she and her supporters embraced him. listen. >> and a special thanks

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