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president trump's son, donald trump jr., admitting he met with a russian lawyer with ties to the kremlin in an effort to help the trump campaign. the startling admission is raising a big question -- is this evidence of collusion? president trump now appearing to walk back his agreement with russia to create a cybersecurity unit. what's about this sudden -- this aboutface all about? this interesting development over the weekend. >> sure is. >> welcome to "early start," i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday -- monday, july 10th, 4:00 a.m. in the east.
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a lot to get this this morning. president trump's eldest son admitting he met with a russian he was told could help his father's campaign. donald trump jr. responding to a report from "the new york times" that he was promised damaging information about hillary clinton before agreeing to meet a kremlin-connected russian lawyer during the campaign. that meeting held in early june, two weeks after mr. trump clinched the nomination. >> in attendance, senior adviser jared kushner, then-campaign chairman paul manafort, don jr., and the russian lawyer natalia -- i'm going to let that go and let you figure it out later. the first known meeting between trump's team and a russian national during the campaign. it follows the fbi congressional investigators looking into russia's interference in the campaign. did the trump campaign conclude with russians in an effort to hurt clinton and win the white house? >> trump jr. respond, "i was
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asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance from the 2013 miss universe pageant with an individual who i was told might have information helpful to the campaign. after pleasanteries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to russia were funding the democratic national convention and supporting ms. clinton. her statements were vague, ambiguous, and made no sense. my father knew nothing of the meeting or these events." don jr. has been a vocal critic of accusations there was collusion between the trump campaign and russia, even tweeting one day before the meeting, "thanks -- james comey debunks reports of trump campaign having reported russian contacts." here's what he told jake tapper in july when asked about collusion -- s>> it shows their moral compas.
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they'll say anything to win. there is time after time, lie after lie. we hear experts -- his housecat at home once said this is what's happening with the russians. it's disgusting. it's so phony. >> for more on the meeting and why this russian lawyer asked for it, we'll bring in elise labat in washington. >> reporter: donald trump jr. says that he and two other senior members met with a russian lawyer who claims she had damaging information on hillary clinton. he says the meeting was set up by an acquaintance from the 2013 miss universe pageant that was held near moscow. that acquaintance told trump jr. that the individual might have information helpful to the campaign. this person turned out to be a russian lawyer who started the meeting saying she had information that individuals connected to russia were funding the democratic national
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committee to help hillary clinton. trump jr. said this woman didn't bring any evidence, saying her statements were "vague, ambiguous, and made no sense." he said he quickly realized that she was using hillary clinton as a pretext to talk about u.s. policy. now the attorney, natalia vas n vaselntskyaya, formed a group searching for removal of adopted russian children to the u.s. put in place years ago in retall indication -- retaliation for an act that imposed sanctions over russian officials thought to have violated human rights. she's also sought the repeal of that legislation. this could be of interest to special counsel robert mueller whose investigation is looking into contacts between russia and the trump campaign and allegations of collusion which president trump has denied, dave
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and christine. >> thank you for that. the white house fighting back against the bipartisan furor sparked by president trump's meeting with vladimir putin. over the weekend the president appeared to agree with putin's assessment that russia did not meddle in the u.s. election tweeting, "i strongly pressed vladimir putin twice about russia meddling in our election. he vehemently denied it. i've already given my opinion." even the president's closest allies are distancing themselves from his position on russia's election meddling. listen to u.n. ambassador nikki haley. >> everybody knows that russia meddled in our united states elections. they're doing this across multiple continents and in a way that they're trying to cause chaos in the countries. >> plenty of questions this morning. why can't president trump bring himself to say what ambassador haley and others are proclaiming about russia's election meddling? here's former cia director john
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brennan. >> i don't think he demonstrates good negotiating skills when it comes to mr. putin. again, two days before in warsaw, he gives mr. putin the opportunity to point to the failures of u.s. intelligence. to me i think he ceded that ground. also right before he met with mr. putin and talked with him at some length -- which i'm glad he did -- he said it's an honor to meet mr. putin. an honor to meet the individual who carried out the assault against our election? to me, it was a dishandle thing -- dishonorable thing to say. >> for more, cnn white house correspondent athena jones. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. after two days of confusion over the contradictory readouts provided by the us and russians, after that lengthy sit down between president trump and russian president vladimir putin, the white house is finally setting is the record straight. chief of staff reince priebus refuting the russians' claims that president trump took
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president putin at his word when putin denied russian meddling in last year's election. take a listen to what reince priebus said on "fox news sunday." >> the president absolutely did not believe the denial of president putin. what the president did is he immediately came into the meeting, talked about russian meddling in the u.s. election, went after that issue at least two separate times. this was not just a five-minute piece of the conversation. this was an extensive portion of the meeting. >> reporter: priebus' comments came a day after several administration officials given multiple opportunities to correct the record, to refute putin's claim, declined to do so. back to you. >> athena jones at the white house, thank you. president trump now appears to be backing away from the idea of forming a cybersecurity unit with the kremlin. sunday morning he tweeted, "putin and i discussed forming an impenetrable cybersecurity unit so that election hacking and many other negative things
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will be guarded a cybersecurity unit accused of meddling in the elections." last night, "the fact that putin and i discussed a cybersecurity unit doesn't mean i think it can happen. it can't. but a cease-fire can and did." president trump is referring to a cease-fire in southwest syria he negotiated with putin, a cease-fire that appears to be holding. >> that news didn't help him escape the criticism for floating the idea of a joint cybersecurity arrangement with the russians. republican senator marco rubio tweeting, "partnering with putin on a cybersecurity unit is akin to partnering with assad on a chemical weapons unit." republican senator lindsey graham weighing in saying, "it's not the dumbest idea i've ever heard, but it's pretty close." and this from former defense secretary ash carter -- >> the russians pulled out the old playbook, kw i've seen all s going back to russian and soviet
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days. which confronted with something they've done wrong, ask for u.s. intelligence old trick. propose a working group -- in this case on cyber. but this is like the guy who robbed your house proposing a working group on burglary. it's they who did this. >> all right. for more on the prospect of a u.s./russia cybersecurity team and what president trump did or did not say to vladimir putin, let's go live to moscow and bring in cnn's matthew chance. good morning to you. when you take all of this in context, is it being seen as a big win there in moscow? >> reporter: the way the kremlin is characterizing it is that it was a win for both sides. the kremlin spokesman last night, dimitri peskov, said take it from me, vladimir putin is satisfied with the meeting. while they should be. they went into the first face-to-face meeting between the
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two presidents with very low expectations. i mean the russians were apprehensive about it. they knew the domestic political situation in the united states has made the russia issue toxic for president trump. and state media which is often a conduit for the views of the kremlin before the meeting took place was saying, look, if we can agree for a second meeting, that would be considered a success by the kremlin. anything other than the abject failure would have been welcomed. of course, in the event, we know it was much more than that. it went on for 2.25 hours, 2 hours, 16 minutes. the leaders discussed the core issues at the heart of the trouble. the relationship between the united states and russia. that was way more than the kremlin had hoped for. so yes, they've been welcoming him very much. in terms of the working group on cybersecurity, sergei lavrov said, look, this is important. counterterrorism, anti-crime, these are the areas where the united states and russia should be working together. >> matthew chance, live in
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moscow. thank you. the trump administration still wants to pass tax reform this year, this year. the treasury secretary says a plan is on its way. >> our plan is to have a full-blown release of the plan in the beginning of september with being able to vote and getting this passed before the end of the year. >> many experts say full tax reform in 2017 will be difficult. steve mnuchin says the administration wants the full package -- corporate tax cuts, simpler tax brackets for individuals, and ape focus on middle-income tax cuts. however, analysts say the current plan mostly benefits wealthy americans. mnuchin says this -- eliminating deductions keeps the rich from getting a huge tax cut. >> we reduce and eliminate almost every single deduction. so that means that people who were in the high tax states will have no tax reduction.
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>> right now americans can write off high local taxes in states like new york, connecticut, new jersey, california. but the white house's proposal discards all deductions except for those for mortgage interests and charity. the idea is to offset the revenue loss to cut. however, it's not just the wealthy that benefit from deductions. the tax foundation found it helps the majority of middle-class filers, as well. that's a pretty tall order. tax reform by this year. >> and will this be revenue neutral? do we -- are we led to believe? or is that counting on the massive growth? >> counting on the massive growth they say it's going to generate and unleash in the economy. >> getting through health care is going to have to happen first. senate republicans are back on capitol hill today. are they any closer to a health care plan? next, we'll tell you why leading republican says the gop should be ashamed of not passing health legislation. ♪ if you could book a flight, then add a hotel, or car, or activity in one place and save,
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senate republicans returning from the holiday recess this morning and ready to get back to work on health care reform. it seems no one is optimistic about getting a plan passed. one idea back on the table now that's repealing obamacare without immediately replacing it. republican senator bill cassidy, a physician, calling that idea being pushed by the president a non-starter. >> and this from iowa senator chuck grassley. 52 republican senators should be ashamed that we have not passed health reform by now. we won't be ashamed. we will go from majority to minority. republicans can't seem to get on the same page when it comes to reforming health care. listen to senators ted cruz and john mccain on the prospects for getting a deal done. >> if you shut out the adversary or the opposite party, you're going to end up the same way obamacare did when they rammed it through with 60 votes only, guess what, we don't have 60 votes. to my view, it's probably going to be dead. >> if we can't get this done right now, i agree with the
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liberation. we've seen him roaming the streets, talking to the normal residents here in the east of the city. appealing to them to go back to work, to go back to their jobs. and really, i think iraq is in full separation mode. you see -- full celebration mode. you see people dancing with soldiers. a sense that after enduring an eight-month slog in novel rid themselves of isis, iraqi troops have now reached the river that runs through the city that marks the back end of isis territory here, raising the flag there, as we've been seeing on social media. and although there are small pockets of isis, since last night, fighters holding out, this is the moment where iraq has to reflect upon the sacrifice it's made. the sacrifices made for the world, frankly, to kick isis out of its territory. al abadi making sure people feel appreciation for the work his government has, for the blood that's been lost in that goal. much more complicated task
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including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again. president trump's son donald trump jr. admitting meet with a russian lawyer with ties to the kremlin in an effort to help the trump administration. this startling admission raising a big question. is this evidence of collusion? >> and the president now appearing to walk back his agreement with russia to create a cybersecurity unit. we'll tell you what's behind this sudden aboutface. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is 30 minutes past the hour. president trump's eldest son now admitting he met with a russian he says he was told could help his father's campaign. donald trump jr. responding to a report by "the new york times" that he was "promised damaging
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information about hillary clinton before agreeing to meet a kremlin-connected russian lawyer during the campaign." that meeting held in early june, two weeks after mr. trump clinched the nomination. >> in attendance, senior adviser jared kushner, then-campaign chairman paul manafort, donald jr., and the russian lawyer natalia veselitskaya. it's the first know meeting between several top members of trump's team and a national campaign. it follows an investigation by congressional investigators looking into russian interference in the campaign. did the trump team, the trump campaign, collide with russians in an effort to hurt hillary clinton and win the white house? >> trump jr. responding in part, "i was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance i knew from the 2013 miss universe pageant with an individual who i was told might have information helpful to the campaign. after pleasantries were
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exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to russia were funding the democratic national committee and suppo supporting mrs. clinton. her statement vague, ambiguous, made no sense. my father knew nothing of the meeting or these events." >> don jr. has been a vocal critic of accusations there was collusion between the trump campaign and russia. even tweeting june 8th, one day before the meeting, "thanks. james comey debunks "new york times" report about trump campaign having repeated russian contacts." here's what he told jake tapper when july when asked about collusion -- >> it goes to show you their exact moral compass. they'll say anything to be able to win this. this is time and time again, lie after lie. you noticed he won't say, well, i say this -- we hear experts -- his house cat at home once said this is what's happening with the russians. it's disgusting. it's so phony. >> for more on the meeting and why the russian lawyer asked for
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it, cnn elise labbot with more from washington. >> reporter: well, donald trump jr. says that he and two other senior members of the trump team met a year ago with a russian lawyer who claimed she had damaging information on hillary clinton. he says the meeting was set up by an acquaintance from the 2013 miss universe pageant that was held near moscow. that acquaintance told trump jr. that the individual might have information helpful to the campaign. this person turned out to be a russian lawyer who started the meeting saying she had information that individuals connected to russia were funding the democratic national committee to help hillary clinton. trumper j said this woman -- jump trump jr. said her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense, and he
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realized hillary clinton as a pretext to talk about u.s. policy. the attorney, natalia veselitskaya, formed a group who was purporting to seek the removal of an adoption ban on russian children to u.s. that was put in place years ago as retaliation for an american law passed in 2012. that law is known as the magnitsky act which imposed sanction over senior russian officials thought to have violated human rights. she also sought to repeal that legislation. this could be of interest to special counsel robert mueller whose investigation is looking into contacts between russia and the trump campaign and allegations of collusion which president trump has denied. >> elise, thanks. the white house fighting back against the bipartisan furor sparked by president trump's meeting with vladimir putin. over the weekend,the president appeared to agree with putin's assessment that russia did not meddle in the u.s. election
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tweet, "i strongly pressed president putin twice about russian meddling in our election. he vehemently denied it. i've already given my opinion." even the president's closest allies are distancing themselves from his position on russia's election meddling. listen to u.n. ambassador nikki haley. >> everybody knows that russia meddled in our elections. everybody knows they're not just meddling in the united states' election, they're doing this across multiple continents and in a way to try to cause chaos within the countries. >> why can't president trump bring himself to say what ambassador haley and others are proclaim being russia's election meddling? here's former cia director john brennan. >> i don't think he demonstrates good negotiating skills when it comes to mr. putin. again, two days before in warsaw, he gives mr. putin the opportunity to point to the failures of u.s. intelligence. to me, i think he ceded that
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ground. and also, right before he met with mr. putin and talked with him at some length, which i'm glad he did, he said it's an honor to meet mr. putin. an honor to meet the individual who carried out the assault against our election? to me it was a dishonorable thing to say. >> for more on the fallout from the president's meeting with mr. putin, here's athena jones. >> reporter: good morning. after two days of confusion over the contradictory readouts provided by the u.s. and the russians after the lengthy sit down between president trump and vladimir putin, the white house is setting the record straight. chief of staff reince priebus refuting the russians' claims that president trump took putin at his word when putin denied russian meddling in last year's election. listen to what he said on "fox news sunday." >> the president absolutely did not believe the denial of president putin.
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what the president did is he immediately came into the meeting, talked about russian meddling in the u.s. election, went after the issue at least two times. this was not just a five-minute piece of the conversation. this was an extensive portion of the meeting. >> reporter: priebus' comments came a day after after several administration officials given multiple opportunities to correct the record, refute putin's claim, declined to do so. back to you. >> okay. president trump appears to be backing away from the idea of forming this cybersecurity unit with the kremlin. sunday morning, he tweeted, "putin and i discussed forming an impenetrable cybersecurity unit so that election hacking and many other negative things would be guarded but as of last night is showing an aboutface. the fact that we discussed it doesn't mean i think it can happen. it can't, but a cease-fire can and did." president trump is referring to a cease-fire in southwest syria he negotiated with putin that
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appears to be holding there. >> that good news didn't help him escape the criticism for floating the idea of a joint cybersecurity arrangement with the russians. marco rubio tweeted, "partnering with putin on a cybersecurity unit is akin to partnering with assad on a chemical weapons unit." republican senator lindsey graham weighing in say, "it's not the dumbest idea i've ever heard, but it's close." and this from form erm defense secretary ash -- former defense secretary ash carter. >> the republicans pulled out the playbook, i've seen all this going back to russian and soviet days. when confronted with something they've done wrong, ask for u.s. intelligence. old trick. propose a working group. in this case on cyber. this is like the guy who robbed your house proposing a working group on burglary. it's they who did this.
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>> for more on the proposal of a u.s./russia cybersecurity team, matthew chance. what's the view from the russian perspective? >> reporter: the view from the russian perspective is a positive one. they went into the face-to-face meeting with low expectations. they thought they weren't going to get a second meeting with trump given the poisonous issue of russian politics. they were happy with the fact that the two sat down for over two hours and to hammer out or go over at least some of the most difficult issues in the relationship between the united states and russia. president putin, said his spokesman, is satisfied with the meeting. as well you might imagine he is. in terms of the working group, sergei lavrov, foreign minister, said, look, the issue of cybersecurity hacking in all its forms, organized crime, counterterrorism, these are areas that affect the united states and russia equally, and areas where there should be working groups and cooperation.
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that's the way this has been characterized here. there hasn't been any immediate reaction, i have to tell you, this morning to president trump's latest tweet that he doesn't necessarily think that this cybersecurity unit can actually happen. as far as the russians are concerned, this was an area of progress that they've highlighted as a result of this first face-to-face meeting between putin and trump. >> fascinating. thanks. all signs appear to be honoring a cease-fire in syria this morning. the truce brokered by the u.s., russia, and jordan. it went into effect sunday in southwest syria. part of an agreement between russia and the u.s. hammered out and announced friday at the g-20 summit in germany. president trump tweeting sunday, "syrian cease-fire seems to be holding. many lives can be saved. came out of a meeting good!" exclamation point. president trump and putin agreed to set up a three-day deescalation zone in syria to be
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secured by russian military police. >> the president now has no public events scheduled today. he hit the links sunday, spending just over four hours golfing at his club in sterling, virginia. the white house not disclosing his activities at the club. this is now the 20th weekend the president visited a trump property. at least the 36th day he has spent at one of his own golf clubs. the outgoing director of government ethics office is lashing out at the trump administration in his final days on the job. walter shaub has been hounding the white house for months about the conflicts of interest. he leaves office next week and says tougher guidelines are needed now more than ever. >> i'd like to see rules to address presidential conflicts of interest. every past president since the enactment of ethics in government has understood that a president can have conflicts of
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interest and should address them. the beach of that has been the start -- the breach of that has been the start of every problem that's flowed from the start of the past several months. >> he insists he was not pushed out of his job but willingly close to step down. the senate returns if a holiday recess this morning and will get back to work on health care reform. if republicans can't pass the bill, insurers want them to shore up obamacare instead. insurers say uncertainty is forcing them to boost rates or leave the exchanges completely. for example, humana, aetna, and anthem are out in 2018 blaming a lack of information on top of millions in losses. here are a few complaints insurers want lawmakers to address -- sharing the cost for lower income americans, enhancing credits for younger consumers to attract more to the exchanges, and making continuous coverage attractive so americans don't drop out. insurers blame lack of stability for two-thirds of the 2018 rate hikes. some insurers.
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charge 50% more to offset the cost of sicker-than-expected policyholders. 42 minutes past the hour. senate republicans back on capitol hill. are they closer to a health care plan? we'll discuss why a leading republican says the gop should be ashamed of not passing health care legislation.
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can't seem to get on the same page when it comes to reforming health care. listen to senators ted cruz and john mccain on the prospects for getting a deal done. >> if you shut out the adversary or the opposite party, you'll end up the same way obamacare did when they rammed it through with 60 votes. we don't have 60 votes. to my view, it's going to be dead. >> if we can't get this done now, i agree with the president. let's honor the promise on repeal and spend more time to get it done. i believe we can get it done. i think there's an agreement. my objective for the last six months helping lead the working group on health care has been to reach consensus to bring together and unify the republican conference, and the wei way we do it is focusing like a laser. >> president trump sounding like it's now or never on twitter tweeting, "for years, even as a civilian, i listened as republicans pushed the repeal and replace of obamacare.
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iraq is declaring victory in
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mosul. prime minister al barkabadi has started congratulating soldiers on the great success of their eight-month push to drive isis out of the country's second-largest city. the prime minister's office putting out a statement saying the remaining pockets of isis are encircled in the last inches of the city. it is a matter of time before we declare to our people the great victory. al abadi says the iraqi soldiers are fighting to free civilians whom isis has been using as "human shields." nick paton walsh monitoring the situation from erbil, iraq. >> reporter: the iraqi prime minister al abadi arriving in mosul last night to declare victory here, to speak of its liberation. we've seen him roaming the streets, talking to the normal residents here in the east of the city. appealing to them to go back to the work, to go back to their jobs. really i think iraq is in full separation mode here. you see people dancing in the streets with soldiers. a real sense i think that after
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enduring an eight-month slog to rid themselves of isis, iraqi troops have reached the river that marks the end of the territory, to raise the flag as we've been seeing on social media. and although there are some small pockets of isis, that since last night were holding out, the moment that iraq has to reflect on the sieveses it's made for -- the sacrifices it's made for the world. al abadi making sure people feel the appreciation has government has for the work and blood that's been lost in that goal. much more complicated task potentially socially ahead of iraq. they have quickly to begin the rift between the sunni ethnic and shia ethnic group. the sunnis once were the majority ruling under saddam hussein. now they find themselves marginalized. they're extremists fielding --
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feeling a foothold. the people have to heal, but it's important not to lose sight of this moment. it's important for iraq, for its sacrifice, for what it's done to make the world potentially safer, as well, from isis. and iraqi prime minister al barksdy here to make sure -- al abadi here to make sure that is not missed. >> three years. three years -- >> what a long slog and long road ahead to rebuild. >> true. the west has been pickawaying. now the eastern -- has been baking. now the eastern is about to join in the heat wave. a couple of cities across the country this week may be seeing some of the hottest temperatures of 2017. st. louis is one. heat indices to 100 and above in places. kansas city having a heat advisory in place with temperatures across 100 in the afternoon. washington, up to near 100. it stays there for a couple of days toward the heart of the week. we'll see a cooling trend coming into the weekend with additional
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thunderstorm potential returning on saturday. out west, still extremely dry, extremely hot. in fact, you look at the situation across parts of the western u.s., fresno, tucson, cedar city, utah, to name a few, have not seen rainfall on 50 to 60 days in a row. this is building as far as the records and several attempts in the southwestern u.s. with the elevated fire risks to the north, we're watching for scattered storms. unfortunately, these are dry thunderstorms. certainly a story we'll be following for a few days across here. guys? >> thanks. let's check cnn "money." global markets higher after the u.s. ended the week with stock market gains. the nasdaq jumping 1%. all three indices rose after a strong jobs report in the u.s. the american economy added 222,000 jobs. the unemployment rate moved higher because the labor force
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increased. more people are out there looking for work. investors keeping an eye on quarterly reports especially for the big banks, their profit reports, jpmorgan, citigroup, and wells fargo report their earnings this week. u.s. officials are lifting the laptop ban on two more airlines. passengers on royal jordanian and kuwait airlines can now carry their laptops on board. in march, the u.s. banned electronics in cabins on flights from eight countries including jordan, kuwait, saudi arabia, and turkey. the concern was that the devices could conceal explosives. last week the ban was lifted from several other mideast airlines. officials say it's because they introduced tighter security measures. is amazon's annual day of deals, the prime day, the 30-hour shopping spree starts tonight at 9:00 p.m. amazon uses prime day to boost sales and lure customers to buy its prime membership. prime members spend more on average, about $1,100 a year, versus $600 for nonmembers. prime day arrives just as competition is heating up for
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online shopping -- especially from walmart. walmart's digital sales skyrocketed 63% in the first three months of the year. is your inbox full of like online -- >> other online retailers are trying to compete now. so we all win today. if you're -- >> don't spend more money than you have. >> i will indeed. "early start" continues right now. president trump's son, donald trump jr., admitting he met with a russian lawyer with ties to the kremlin in an effort to help the trump campaign. the startling admission raising a big question. is this evidence of collusion? president trump appearing to walk back his agreement with russia to create a cybersecurity unit. what's behind this change in heart? good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is monday, july 10th, 5:00 a.m. in the east.
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big news this morning -- president trump's eldest son now admitting he met with the russian he says he was told could help his father's campaign. donald trump jr. responding to a report from "the new york times" that he was "promised damaging information about hillary clinton before agreeing to meet a kremlin-connected russian lawyer during the campaign." that meeting held in early june. two weeks after mr. trump clinched the nomination. >> in attendance, senior adviser jared kushner. then-campaign chairman paul manafort as well as donald trump jr. and russian lawyer natalia veselitskaya. it is the first known meeting between several top members of trump's team and a russian national during the campaign. it goes to the fundamental question facing fbi and congressional investigators looking into russian interference in the campaign. did the trump campaign collide with russians in order to hurt clinton and win the white house?

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