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debate is underway, but just after one vote it is clear republicans have a long road ahead if they want to pass a new health care law. >> i am disappointed in the attorney general. >> a stinging public rebuke of the attorney jeb. the president trump now being urged to tone down his tv and twitter attacks on jeff sessions. >> and a hero's welcome for john mccain. the must-see moment when mccain
urged his colleagues to get back to business. it was great to see him yesterday on the floor of the senate. >> what a moving moment that was. >> i keep saying the toughest guy i've ever met. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> just hours after senate republicans cleared a major health care hurdle. senators decisively rejected the first proposal to repeal and replace obamacare. it would have combined the senate bill for $100 billion for republicans and the rejection an early sign of the chaos as gop leaders work to find a plan their conference can agree to. >> so they're supposed to work on a repeal only proposal.
many republicans reject a repeal without a replacement ready. just voting to begin debate proved dramatic enough. the senate voting to do so by a margin of zero after these chants from the senate gallery. >> kill the bill, kill the bill. >> sergeant arms will restore order in the chamber. >> despite needing the vice president to cast the deciding vote president trump calls it a big step in the right direction. far more complex and our coverage begins on capitol hill. >> reporter: well, it was just days ago that the obamacare repeal effort was dead. on tuesday. it is very much alive by the slimmest of margins senate republicans voting to move
forward on debate. a key procedural vote. there's no clear path forward. things are only going to get more difficult. >> it's an open amendment process. we're not out here to spike the football. this is a long way, but we'll finish at the end of the week hopefully so we're pleased to take the first step in that direction. >> and things are complicated. there are going to be several amendments by the time this process is all over so long as those amendments are germane and fall under the rules. that means democrats are drafting and crafting amendment after amendment to make republicans take a very difficult vote, very potentially politically disadvantageous votes as well and republicans don't have an end game here. that is what they wanted in this
process. a very final agreement that everybody has agreed to. how did they get to this point? a lot of assurances and a few guaranteed amendment votes. so the question still becomes, how does this all end? and the reality, particularly when you listen to senator john mccain after the vote is they don't know yet and it's not clear they have the votes. we'll have to wait and see if they finally get there, but this was a huge win for senate majority win for president trump and most certainly a step forward in a process that up to this point i'm not sure anybody was totally sure they were going to finish. >> you heard john mccain making a dramatic return to the senate. the senators greeted his return with a standing ovation. his first time back after being
diagnosed with brain cancer. >> our deliberations can still be important and useful but i think we can all agree they haven't been overburdened by greatness lately and right now they aren't being produced by the american people. let's leave the history of who shot first to the historians. i suspect they'll all say we played some role in it. certainly i have. sometimes i've let my passion rule my reason even when it requires us to do something less satisfying that winning. even when our efforts managed just three yards in a cloud of dust while both sides -- i hope
we can rely on humility and to learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people who elected us. stop listening to the loud mouths on the radio and the internet. to hell with them! [ applause ] . >> they don't want anything done for the public good. our incapacity is their livelihood. let's trust each other. let's return to regular order. >> wow. >> let's hope, huh? >> we don't consider ourselves the loud mouths on television if you were wondering. when he delivered his speech mccain said he would not support the senate health care bill. six hours later mccain voted to advance the gop bill. he did say his governor did give
some standards by which he would vote for the bill. white house officials are urging president trump to cut out the public shaming of sessions. sources tell the chief of staff and other senior officials have talked up the attorney jeb. they're reminding the president of sessions long standing political loyalty to this president and that he has been one of the most effective cabinet members for advocating the president's agenda. >> still, delivering another public critique of his a.g. >> i am disappointed in the attorney general. he should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office. i think that's a bad thing not for the president but for the presidency. i told you before i'm very disappointed with the attorney general but we will see what happens.
time will tell. time will tell. >> the president there alongside the prime minister of lebanon. jeff sessions also getting public support from colleagues after president went off on sessions in his tweet storm. we get more from jessica in washington. >> reporter: the president is repeatedly unleashing on his attorney general but he refuses to say if he plans to fire him. he was quote, disappointed in jeff sessions and reiterated that if he knew sessions was going to recuse himself from the russian investigation he would have never hired him. last week, he vented his frustrations about sessions to the new york times and he's repeatedly taken to twitter calling sessions beleaguered and
asked why he isn't investigating hillary clinton. sessions did indicate last week he has no plans to resign and over the past 24 hours numerous lawmakers have stated their support for the former senator, but the question does remain, will the president remove sessions from his post even though he was the first senator to endorse donald trump? we'll see. stay tuned. the president's relentless attacks on jeff sessions are being viewed as a form of cyber bullying and it's renewing critics view that they're unpresidential. some of them firing back last night. >> political correctness for me is easy. sometimes, they say, he doesn't act presidential.
and i say, hey, look, great schools, smart guy, it's so easy to act presidential, but that's not going to get it done. in fact, i said it's much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we're doing here tonight, believe me. and i said -- [ applause ] >> and i said, with the exception of the late great abe r -- abraham lincoln, i can be more great than any president that's held this office. >> also making the claim that no president has done anywhere near what he's done in his first six months in office. he's also boasted he's passed
more legislation than anybody else. >> he said that again last night. it was an interesting speech. he also said we all believe in the rule of law and support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. he might not realize that the attorney general is the top cop in the united states. he certainly does not support that law enforcement office. >> his target this time, apple. we'll tell you how the company responded. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company.
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these plants. apple did not comment. trump criticized apple for outsourcing to asia and this renews apple to shift manufacturing to the u.s. while most of apple's 80,000 u.s. employees are in retail, but apple is the most profitable company partly because of overseas manufacturing and u.s. made iphones would jump costs by $80 a phone. apple started a $1 billion phone to maintain manufacturing jobs. it is so profitable to produce its high margin iphone overseas it has $250 billion sitting in cash overseas. >> yeah, it is clearly the focus of mr. trump in moving business here. eye opening results on the
largest study ever linking football to the degenerative brain disease of cde. 110 were found to have cte. that's more than 99%. the disease is believed to be caused by repeated trauma to the head. the coauthor of the study concluding there's no question that there's a problem in football. >> that is a sobering statistic. police are recommending criminal charges against five florida teenagers who laughed and mocked a drowning disabled man, video taping him instead of helping him. police initially concluded they broke no laws but because of the public outrage they're now considering failure to report a
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prepare a reaction because there must be one. painful for the americans. he goes on to say that this would not just be a reaction for this latest bill that could introduce new sanctions on russia but for previous actions. that was an obama sanctions. the sense is they're running out of patience and they may be in the mood to do so. >> thank you. all right. north korea is one of the three nations being targeted in the house sanctions bill. the chairman says it may understood go a few tweaks. that's a response to a comment last week from cia director who said the trump administration
says they need to find a way to separate the north korean leader from his growing stock pile. live in seoul with the latest, bring us up to speed, will. >> reporter: nothing infuriates the north koreans more than any suggestion that their supreme leader could be pushed out of office. that's the excuse the government gives its people for considering a number of resources to develop the nuclear resources that within a year could carry itself to the u.s. the signing anniversary of the agreement that ended the korean war. they try to show their military strength and intelligence has shown that there is material launch material moving toward a launch site in north korea. north korea using familiar rhetoric promising a nuclear attack to the u.s.
the north korean people might like to see their supreme leader ousted from power. that contradicts what tillerson said and north koreans don't believe that one bit. there have already been six rounds and it hasn't slowed north korea from continuing to test missile after missile. >> thank you for that, will. numbers don't mean much, but when you look at that margin 419 to 3 and a similar bill in the senate, this is congress with a stern rebuke of the president. they believe russia sbeer feared with our election. and the senate begins debate on health care. >> we're now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this obamacare nightmare. >> one step is true, but it will
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the senate health cadebate underway, but it's clear republicans have a long road ahead if they want to pass a new health care law. >> i am disappointed in the attorney general. >> another stinging public rebuke of the attorney general of the united states, but president trump now being urged to tone down his tv and twitter attacks on jeff sessions. and a hero's welcome for john mccain back on the senate floor. the must-see moment where mccain urged his colleagues to get back to business. what have we to lose by trying
to work together to find those solutions? nice to hear those words from anyone in congress. welcome to "early start" i'm dave briggs. >> 32 minutes past the hour this morning just hours after republicans cleared a major health care hurdle. senators rejected the first gop proposal to repeal and replace obamacare. it would have combined an earlier senate bill with 100 billion additional dollars and a proposal to allow bare bones health insurance plans to satisfy conservatives. it's an early sign of the chaos expected as they work to find a plan they can agree to. >> and today they're to vote on repeal only. many republicans reject a repeal without a replacement.
just voting to begin debate proved dramatic. the senate voting to do so by a margin of zero. vice president pence had to break it after these chants from the senate gallery. >> sergeant of arms will restore order in the chamber. >> despite needing the vice president to cast the deciding vote, president trump calls it a big step in the right direction. but it's far more difficult than agreeing to debate it. >> reporter: it was just days ago that the obamacare repeal effort was dead and the u.s. senate. there was no way to bridge the divides. well, on tuesday, it is very much alive by the slimmest of margins. senate republicans voting to move forward on debate.
a key procedural vote, but there's no clear path forward. take a listen to what mitch mcconnell had to say. >> it's an open amendment process. this is just the beginning. this is a long way, but we'll finish at the end of the week hopefully so we're pleased to have been able to take a step in the right direction. >> reporter: the reality is things are complicated. there are going to be unlimited amendments by the time this process is all over so long as those are germane and fall under the grudge of reconciliation rules. that means they are crafting amendment after amendment to make republicans to take a very difficult vote. and another key point here, republicans don't have an end game here. that is what they wanted to walk into this process with. a very clear final amendment
that everybody would agree to. that is something that has failed up to this point. a lot of promises and a few guaranteed amendment votes but those amendments all likely to fail. so the question still becomes, how does this all end? and the reality, particularly when you listen to john mccain after the vote is they don't know yet and it's not clear that they have the votes. you have to wait and see to see if they finally get there, but make no mistake. this was a huge win for president trump and most certainly a step forward in a process that up to this point i don't think anybody was totally sure they were going to tippish. >> thank you. you heard phil there mention john mccain, the arizona senator making a dramatic return to the senate. the senator's greeting with a standing ovation. his first time back since being diagnosed with brain cancer. >> mccain with a scar over his eye with brain surgery making a pitch to restore order and
civility to the senate chamber. >> our deliberations can still be important and useful, but i think we'd all agree they haven't been overburdened by greatness lately. and right now they aren't producing much for the american people. both sides have let this happen. let's leave the history of who shot first to the historians. i'll suspect they'll find we all conspired in our decline. we've all played some role in it. certainly i have. sometimes i've let my passion rule my reason even when it requires us to do something less satisfying that winning, even when we must be willing to give a little to get a little. i hope we can rely on humility on our need to cooperate, on our
dependence on each other, to learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people who elected us. stop listening to the bombastic loud mouths on the radio and television and the internet. to hell with them! [ applause ] they don't want anything done for the public good. our incapacity is their livelihood. let's trust each other. let's return to regular order. >> we should note when he delivered his speech mccain said he would not support the health care bill quote as it is today. six hours though he did vote to advance the gop bill and keep debating it. so it's attorney general jeff sessions facing an uncertain future. sources tell cnn chief strategist, chief of staff and other senior officials have
talked up, reminding the president of the long standing political loyalty and that he's been one of the most defective cabinet members advocating for his agenda. >> i am disappointed in the attorney general. he should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office. i think that's a bad thing not for the president but for the presidency. i think it's unfair to the presidency. >> i'm very disappointed to the attorney general. but we will see what happens. time will tell. time will tell. >> jeff sessions also getting public support from former senate colleagues after president trump went off on him. he called him weak asking why he wasn't going after crimes supposedly committed by hillary
clinton. >> and also a dispute whether sessions showed his loyalty. the president quote, he was a senator from alabama, i won the state by a lot. a lot of the states i won by massive numbers but he was a senator. he looks at 40,000 people and he says what do i have to lose and he endorsed me, so it's not like a great loyal thing about the endorsement. >> it really give him legitimacy on people who wanted to be harsh on illegal immigration. a lot of these important right matters. >> and still to this day give him conservative legitimacy. a lot of them, that's the sole reason they remain in his camp. >> and trump's suggestion that sessions prosecute hillary clinton, that is the kind of
quote, crude retaliation. the attacks on sessions are being viewed as a form of cyber bullying and it's saying his behavior is unpresidential. a rally last night in youngstown, ohio. >> political correctness for me is easy. sometimes they say he doesn't act presidential. and i say, hey, look, great schools, smart guy, it's so easy to act presidential, but that's not going to get it done. in fact, i said, it's much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we're doing here tonight. believe me. and i said -- [ applause ]
>> and i said, with the exception of the late great abraham lincoln, i can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office. that i can tell you. >> mr. trump also making the claim that no president has done anywhere near what he's done this first six months in office. he says it's not even close, but john mccain in that floor speech said we've done nothing other than nominate neil gorsuch so i don't know if that was intended by the president or not. >> two senators kaugts on a hot mike. >> this is crazy. i don't say that lightly. >> no. >> now she and republican congressman are apologizing to
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the senate finally moving on health care legislation but president trump is ready to move on tax reform. the president says his plan should focus on the middle class even if it means taxing the wealthy more. the people i care for most are the middle income people that have gotten screwed and if there's upward revisions it's going to be on the high income people. he's vague about how he will ease the middle class's tax burden. it cuts many deductions to help middle class families like those costs on student loans and child care. many experts say it's
optimistic. they expect a slower 1.8% growth rate. but the president doubling down there saying it's the middle class that's going to get a break in the tax rate. >> that does not sound like the plan that will come out of the house. >> the president, there are people who are advising him on tax policy who they're not quite so sure they're going to get the middle class tax reform right now. >> or anything at this point. two members of congress apologizing to one another. the controversy began with him saying the health care reform saying it was repugnant. >> some of the people that are opposed to this, there are some
female senator from the northeast. if there were guys from texas i might ask them to settle this outside. >> then adding fuel to the fire senator collins was caught on a hot mike talking to north carolina democratic senator jack reid. >> trust me, you don't like it, trust me [ bleep ]. >> and he's so unattractive, it's unbelievable. did you see the picture of him in his pajamas? >> i guess senators gossip around the water cooler too. >> always a reminder that mikes are hot. collins referring to this photo.
in the past, he has told the houston chronicle the picture seems to pop up on twitter every week. no doubt about it. it ain't going away any time soon. >> collins said a lot more in a hot mike with jack reid that we'll maybe talk about later in the program. the denated brains of 111 donated brains and 110 of them are found to be with cte. the brains came from players from every position. there's no question that there's a problem in football. >> incredibly important when we look back on football. we look ahead, it's important to note that a lot ohas been done especially at the youth level
see that? yes! i'm gonna just go back to doing what i was doing. find your awesome with the xfinity x1 voice remote. the house of representatives passing a new sanctions bill targeting russia. it gives congress the power to block the white house from repealing these sanctions. the legislation moves to the senate. we have reaction from russia and north korea. want to bri-- >> reporter: so we know already that the kremlin and the foreign
min st ministry, they view this in a negative way. i want to bring you some new comments that we've got from the deputy foreign minister. he said, the question of course is that, you know, what will russia do in response and he said well, you know, they've warned the u.s. on multiple occasions about retaliation measures and they don't see the point in repeating it again. and not just for this new round of sanctions but for previous rounds. you'll remember back in december when they confiscated two diplomatic compounds, the foreign ministry at the time said they were considering doing the same but it never happened. president putin never brought in any retaliation measures. i think the mood here after seven or so months of the trump presidency, where there have
been no improvements with the relationship with russia and they're running out of patience. >> senator bob corker the chairman of the foreign relations committee says the measure may undergo a few tweaks. this comes as north korea threatens a nuclear strike on the heart of the u.s. if any attempt the made to remove kim jong-un. comes after comments that he should be separated from his growing nuclear stock pile. >> reporter: it seems like north korea is responding much more strongly to that rhetoric than they are at the prospect of more sanctions. there have been six rounds of increasingly strong sanctions to north korea that have done little to slow their missile programs. they launched an icbm in july
and what we are seeing is a very strong response to those remarks but also saying that the north korea people were hoping that kim jong-un has been ousted from power. that has prompted a nuclear attack to the united states, but analysts are saying they're getting closer to their goal that could deliver a nuclear war head to the mainland u.s. and another missile launch possibly on thursday. the anniversary of the armistice of the korean war. intelligence shows they could be planning to launch a missile to send a message to the u.s. let me at this time for a
check on your money this morning. global markets higher after another record setting day on wall street. i feel like a broken record. the s&p 500, the nasdaq hitting record highs. investors today tuning in for more corporate reports. and it's also the conclusion of the feds' july meeting. president trump tells the wall street journal she may keep her job when her term ends in february, but jerry cone is also in the running. more production cuts for gm. they reported second quarter earnings fell by more than 40%. and more cost cutting is on the way. gm plans to trim u.s. production by 150,000 vehicles this year because auto sales are slowing after years of record highs.
30,000 fewer cars sold last quarter. and two tech billionaires. elon musk and mike zuckerberg. they talk about the dangers of ai describing it as a threat to the human race. zuckerberg is more optimistic telling users it is irresponsible to drum up doomsday scenarios. musk shot back calling his understanding of ai limited. >> mine too is limited but it concerns me when you allow ai to take control of our systems. at some point they outthink us at some point. >> "early start" continues right now. >> the health care debate is underway, but republicans have a long road ahead if they want to pass a new health care law and
repeal the old. >> i am disappointed in the attorney general. >> a stinging public rebuke of the attorney general, but president trump now being urged to tone down his television and twitter attacks on jeff sessions. >> a hero's welcome for john mccain back on the senate floor. the must see moment where he urged his colleagues to get back to business. it was an inspiration. great to see john mccain back on the senate floor. >> we have a big piece on inside isis. i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. just hours after senate republicans cleared a major health care hurdle, green lighting a floor debate, senators rejected