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year. wage growth has been flat in recent years so this increase is pretty stunning. experts say it's because more people are returning to work as opposed to getting significant new raises. this is about people getting back into the job market. fascinating 59,000 -- >> some more people can pay $1,000 for an iphone? >> i don't recommend that's the best financial decision. >> "early start" continues right now. the latest devastation we're seeing from hurricane irma. >> years of rebuilding ahead in the florida keys. 90% of homes damaged or destroyed. more of the same in the ir gin islands. reporters in the keys, tampa, u.s. virgin islands and on st. martin. >> and the justice department should certainly look at the
prosecuting james comey. did he as sarah sanders suggested, break the law? good morning and welcome to "early start." >> it is wednesday, september 13th. up first, along painful recovery underway in the keys. authorities and a handful of residents are finally reaching some of these areas hardest hit. 25% of the homes on this chain of islands are destroyed. another 65%, major damage. this is according to the initial fema estimates. >> there are some signs of progress in monroe county where the keys are located. 80% of the roads now cleared and according to the florida department of transportation u.s. 1 and its 42 bridges have all been inspected and are safe for travel. >> airports are closed until
further notice for any commercial flights. >> about 5 million customers throughout the southeast, that's customers, not people, could represent north of 10 million people still without power this morning. the majority of them in florida. nearly two dozen counties remain at least 50% in the dark. even some of the most populated counties where more than half of the power is back on. 1.5 million customers remain without power. >> 30,000 utilities workers trying to get the lights back on. president trump heading to fort myers. the dtholl reaching 55. we will have many for the caribbean in just a moment. the lower keys remain closed to everyone at this hour, but some residents of the upper keys are being allowed back into their homes. that does not mean life is returning to normal though. everyone along the island chain
is facing challenging days and weeks ahead. brian todd with more from the keys. >> we're in lower key just south of islamorada. you would think this is a single family home. this is a three story condominium complex with 12 units in it that got crunched down to one level. right behind me is the third floor. below it, crunched into the ground and into the water is the second floor and the garage. 12 units in here. we talked to one of the owners. 73 years old, he's had a unit in here for 18 years. he believes that everybody who lives here evacuated. thankfully they did because they probably wouldn't have survived this and he says he wants to rebuild. he thinks if they do come here and rebuild it they'll build it to a better code. this was built in the 1970s
where the codes weren't as strong but he thinks he can get it to a better code and survive these hurricanes. a lot of frustration on the part of keys' residents as they're trying to come back. we've seen a stey stream of cars, steady dreams of military vehicles. at certain points south of us they're not letting even residents pass the check points because they say it's too dangerous to be in there. if they go in there and something happens to them they're not going to be able to call out. there are no cell phone, no land line, no water, no power, so a lot of frustration on the part of residents down here that that's going on b they're saying we've got to do this for your safety. we don't know when communications and power are going to be back up. this place looks like a war zone throughout this 115 mile stretch of the florida keys. >> those keys is just something.
a very fragile set of islands. the place is paradise, but paradise at a cost. cnn has several crews on these islands. sarah is on st. thomas. she has more for us on the long recovery expected not only there but for all the virgin islands. >> this island was one of the first to get hit by hurricane irma. a category 5 when it hit last wednesday and it has become very clear that it is going to be one of the last to fully recover from that storm. as we approach today, six days later, it was immediately clear there is still devastation across this island. barely a structure that wasn't touched. barely a leaf still on a tree. we spoke to people who spent days just chain sawing themselves out of their own local roads, their own community to get to the main streets.
we saw people who six days later are still trying to get off the island. that is a main problem here. getting in and out of this island is incredibly difficult with the airport and the ferry ports damaged, just now are people beginning to be able to leave and just now are supplies beginning to be able to come in. we have seen locals helping each other, using private resources like private yachts and private airplanes to ferry in medicine, food, water, diapers, formula, things that people who are stranded here desperately need as they move forward in recovery. i'm here at the local head quarters for emergency management. fema came to this island before the storm hit and military assistance has arrived but almost a week later they are now just starting to get to some people. authorities here admitting to us they have not yet been able to
search all the far corners of these islands. back to you. >> devastating. a surprise suggestion from the president's press secretary. >> would the president encourage the doj to prosecute comey? >> that's the job of the department of justice and something they should certainly look at. >> why she as the doj says they should weigh prosecuting the former fbi director, next. kevin, meet your father.
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take a look at prosecuting former fbi director james comey. the president's press secretary making a case for criminal charges. >> comey by his own self-admission leaked privileged information weeks before president trump fired him. his actions were improper and likely could have been illegal. >> would the president encourage the doj to pros kutd comey?
>> that's something they should certainly look at. >> something he'd like to see? >> i'm not sure about that specifically but i think if there's ever a moment where we feel someone has broken the law, i think that's certainly something that should be looked at. >> let's go live to washington and bring in zach wolf. >> reporter: good morning. >> how unusual is that suggest from the white house podium and is there any law that as we know it comey broke? >> well, i would say it's pretty unusual but it's no more unusual than firing the fbi director in the face of russian meddling questions. so we're still in uncharted territor here. i don't think we're going to find our way back into normalcy for quite a while. i don't think there is a law that i know about that comey broke. i haven't seen many people say that. he did share some information, you know, with a law school
professor but it's not exactly clear to me if that was just him talking with the president or if it was classified. i'm sure if they are able to prosecute him and donald trump's justice department they will do. on the other hand it's paragon of the justice community. i'm not holding my breath for that one. >> we do know that memo was not classified, that information he shared with his professor. maybe privileged but not classified. >> there's a lot of talk about this bernie sanders's movement, medicare for all and this idea that this could be the new as one of the papers said, this could become the repeal and replace for the democrats, this medicare for all. what do you make of what's happening there? >> it's really incredible. it has essentially become a litmus test for all these democrats who are eyeing the democratic nomination in 2020.
people who, you know, a couple of years ago hillary clinton said it was impossible to do this. she's been, you know, selling this -- she's now selling this book saying the ideas of bernie sanders were too high in the sky, they couldn't be achieved and now all the people who want to exceed her essentially joining o as something for democrats for so long, they tried to have a public option with obamacare. didn't work. and now you have basically the entire field of democrats to choose from signing on to this idea. >> but not leadership. chuck and nancy have not yet signed on to this bill. they're making deals with president trump. so as much as the suggestion is that republicans are fractured, are democrats completely in the weeds here and potenti ten per
potential peril? >> there's not much peril because this thing is never going to get a vote. it's never going to get to the house floor until democrats take charge of those bodies and they should do that in 2018. the senate seems like kind of a stretch, but it's only political peril if they end up having to put their money be their mouth is and they don't right now. >> paychecks hit high for middle class. president trump really rode to the white house on the coat tails of this idea that the middle class was just getting screwed. right? and you see median income up 53%. more opportunities for people in the labor market. record job openings. do you think money really is at the core of what was driving the trump base or was it culture? >> wow, that's a great question. do i have to choose? a little bit of both and i think
money might have something do do with culture as well. if you look at the -- h rode the idea that the middle class was getting screwed but the people he relied on as his political base is uneducated white voters who might have already been left behind i think by the middle class so there's a distinction there that's important. >> and of course the economic story is the tax cuts, tax reform. which is it going to be? will there be bipartisan work we'll discuss that with you in just a few minutes. those are the democrat and republican senators they met with last night. we'll talk about that in about 30 minutes. hillary clinton, she'll speak tonight with anderson cooper. she's written a book. it's called "what happened."
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this amazing late season run continue for the indians. the tribe, 20 straight wins. >> more on this morning's bleacher report. >> top of the morning to you. cleveland lost a heart breaki world series last year but a trip back to the world series doesn't seem to be out of the question. the 2000 oakland a's is the only team to win 20 in a row. indians pitcher we dominate last night pitching a completeame shutout. with a win today the indians would tie the 1935 cubs for the longest winning streak since 1,900, but if you ask the team they aren't thinking about that streak. >> we haven't talked about it at all. i haven't heard anybody in there
talking about how many games we've won in a row or anything like that. we're aware of it just because of the attention it gets but it's not something we're focusing on. >> we're focusing on our daily jobs. >> check this out. the twitter name to windians. the jaguars returned home from houston yesterday and star running back laeonard fournette delivered water and food to the shelters. he lived through hurricane katrina and he said this is going to make the people stronger. the team's donating a million dollars to relief efforts and is giving 5,000 tickets to first responders, impacted residents and relief as well. how the jaguars will play their
home game against the titans on sunday and what that means to the city. >> this is about bringing our city and our community together. this is about getting back to normal operations. and jacksonville was on the way out before this and continues to be on the way up. >> and one more example of why athletes shouldn't just stick to sports. tim tebow was spotted at a special needs shelter spending time with a world war ii fete -- veteran and he shows some harmonica skills. take a listen. >> a little pup got scared through but tebow spent a couple days and countless hours at multiple shelters and he's a
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years of rebuilding ahead in the florida keys. 90% of homes either damaged or destroyed. more of the same in the virgin islands where the power is out, supplies are running low. we have reporters in the keys, tampa, u.s. virgin islands and st. martin. welcome back to "early start" this morning. >> some surprising comments from the president's spokes person about prosecuting james comey but up first, the florida keys in ruins and starting down a long road to recovery. authorities in a handful of residents finally reaching some of the areas hardest hit by hurricane irma. 25% of the homes on this chain of islands destroyed. another 65% suffering major damage according to initial fema estimates. >> there are some signs of progress. about 80% of the roads in the keys are now cleared and
according to the florida department of transportation, u.s. 1 and all of those 42 bridges linking the keys have been inspected and are now safe for travel. >> key west international airport and florida keys marathon international have opened to handle emergency response fliegtsghts. a dusk to dawn curfew also remains in place until further notice. >> about 5 million customers throughout the southeast still without power. that's 5 million customers. the majority of those customers are in florida. nearly two dozen counties remain half in the dark and even in areas where power is coming back 1.5 million customers remain without power. >> 30,000 out of state utility workers trying to get the lights back on. president trump will health head to the fort myers area of
florida tomorrow. the death kol reaching 55. 24 of those fatalities in puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. >> the lower keys remain closed to everyone at this hour but some residents of the upper keys are being allowed back to their homes. everyone along the island chain facing big challenges in the days and weeks ahead. bri brian todd has more. >> we're just southf islamorada. you would think this is a single level family home that got gutted by hurricane irma. this is a three-story condominium come flex with 12 units that got crunched down to one level. right behind me is the third floor. below it is the second floor and
the garage. 12 units in here. we talked to one of the owners. he's had a unit in here for 18 years. he believes that everybody who lives here evacuated. thankfully they did because they probably wouldn't have survived this and he says he actually wants to rebuild. he says if they do come here and rebuild it they'll build it to a better code. he thinks he can get it rez built to a better code and survive these strong hurricanes. a lot of frustration on the part of keys' residents as they're coming back into their homes or trying to. we've seen a steady stream of cars, steady streams of military, police, utility vehicles all trying to get past check points. at certain points south of us they're not letting even residents past the check points because it's too dangerous to go in there. if they go in there and something happens to them they're not going to be able to call out. there are no cell phone, no land line, no water, no power.
so a lot of frustration on the part of residents down here that that's going on but the sheriff's deputies and others are saying we've got to do this for your safety. we don't know when communications and power are going to be back up. i mean, this place is a disaster area. it looks like a war zone throughout this 115 mile stretch of the florida keys. >> all right. thanks. one of the most critical needs in florida right now is gasoline. deliveries are beginning to reach central florida, but there are serious challenges getting gas where it's needed most. ryan has more from tampa. >> as it heats up here in florida people are looking for a few things,ot only gas but they'reoo lines as businesses s to reopen but that critical need of gas are something that people are still looking for. they opened the shipping channels here in tampa bay and
that is so important because of all the gas thatthisport provides to the entire central florida area. if you look behind me you can see some of the large tankers back there. those are the first three of seven coming in. when you think about this not only does it provide gas for central florida but for both airports. the tampa bay airport and the orlando international airport. but there's kind of a combination that's going on here. there was an unprecedented run on gas and that happened as people tried to flee in preparation of the hurricane and the idea that electricity was lost in so many places. those combinations sort of ended up creating an effect here that had a lot of places without gas and when someone finds out there's a gas station with gas, that run starts all over again. officials are hoping that gas will be flowing back through the
lines the way we're all accustomed to by the end of the week. one of the hardest hit areas, the island of st. martin. a cnn team has reached this dutch controlled territory. it is cloaked by an eerie darkness. >> reporter: i just want to show you the first impression you get. we're on the dutch side right now and when the sun sets, this is it. there's no light. there's so little power on the island right now so all along down that street, there's insurance, there's a pizza place, a furniture store and only two of them have a light that's running. we're very fortunate because the biggest newspaper on the island, the daily herald has agreed to let us sleep here. for them the power is working, so the power company isually going house to house one by one. they've got to make sure there are no live wires before they turn it on.
this is a generator. the few lights that are on in the island, either they we are one of the fortunate ones that have the power turned back on or they have a generator. if they have a generator, they need the gasoline, but the gas stations, they're all closed and that buys you in this building about two hours of power. let me show you this way. so these are the guys who are -- have allowed us to stay here and that's the only reason we can put this broadcast out there. one of the few things, tom, i know you're camera shy, but when you talk to people this is what happens. why are you sleeping here? >> the roof of my house is gone. >> you can't sleep in your house anymore? >> once it gets a little bit better fixed up, i will be, but that's going to be a while. >> so for the moment tom is one of the many, many people who's homeless. we can put it that way and who's
sleeping her here with his wife. let me show you this. this is a lifeline. i was telling you about the gasoline. we consider this is about two hours of power and with everything that's been filled up we have maybe two days of power. once that goes out, not much we can do. and this is the printing press. they can't print anymore because this requires water. there's no water. it's essentially what the dutch marines are giving you in terms of water. this is the last newspaper they printed on tuesday. it was the day before the hurricane hit. and this is the headline. businesses must close at noon, curfew 8:00 p.m. now, with all this, there's one glimmer of hope which is we've learned now that tomorrow, two things are going to reopen that are key to a normal function in life here. that is supermarkets, a couple
have said they are reopening on wednesday. that's going to bring a great relief if they do open to the population of st. martin and gas stations as well. a couple of them have warned they will reopen. there will be security to make sure it's done in an orderly fashion. it's a very beginning of life restarting in st. martin. >> he's from the caribbean. it's so interesting to me that these islands, these are american citizens who live in these islands, of course, these aren't jus vacationers. we're talking about people who make their livelihoods there and i'm worried about restat workers and people who work paycheck to paycheck waiting for tourism to come back before they'll have money to go to that supermarket. ahead, medicare for all. is this a good idea for democrats? a number of high profile 2020 candidates signing on to bernie
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aboard with bernie sanders in a single payer bill? >> it definitely puts you in the corner i think later on if you're elected ultimately, you would presumably have to pursue that kind of thing which is unrealistic. i guess by the time there's democratic president and who knows when that could happen, but there could be a democratic house and senate and now we're totally into hypothetical land but you need all those things in order for this to happen and even when they had all these things they couldn't make it happen. they couldn't get a public option included. so there's a political peril here in promising something you ultimately can't deliver for sure. >> and bernie sanders in the new york times this morning medicare for all, hillary clinton on a book tour, we're still talking about the democrats who were the stars in the last presidential election. who's up and coming? where's the energy in the democratic party if we're still
talking about the past? >> one thing that's interesting with all these perspective candidates signing on to the bernie sanders model of this. we're not going to have a moderate democrat in the mold of hillary clinton represent the party come 2020. at least not one on health care, not somebody we've heard of yet simply because they're all signing on to the medicare for all plan. you can see the parties following the trump mold of retreating to their corners so to speak. >> meanwhile, some others met be president trump along with some republican colleagues to talk about tax reform. those democrats include those vulnerable democrat senators in 2018. is there bipartisan agreement on tax reform and what are those principles? >> well, okay, we don't know what the tax reform plan is yet. from the white house. they're still working that out. they need to come up with it
pretty quickly. it's starting to sound a little bit like health care if you read between the lines there, behind the scene negotiations going on only with republicans so far. i think he's meeting with another bipartisan group today so there is some bipartisanship but there's an asterisk that you need to put by some of those names. they don't kind of represent the bulk of the party and as long as republicans are trying to pass tax reform with a 50 vote majority or 50 votes in the senate which is what they're trying to do, i don't think you can call it a bipartisan effort. >> there should be tax cuts for companies and tax cuts for people. there's absolutely no agreement on what kind of tax goodies you cut to pay for that and that's where the fighting is among the gop. >> ted cruz will also talk taxes at the tax foundation. might have to answer some questions about some other issues as well, but we don't delve into that.
we will discuss what sarah sanders said from the white house podium. eyebrow raising comments. let's listen. >> comey by his own self-admission leaked privileged government information weeks before president trump fired him. his actions were improper and likely could have been illegal. >> would the president encourage the doj to prosecute comey? >> that's something they should certainly look at. >> definitely he'd like to see. >> i'm not certain about that specifically but if there's ever a moment where we feel someone's broken the law, particularly if they're the head of the fbi that should be looked at. >> what do you make of that that the department of justice should look at prosecuting former fbi director james comey? >> i don't see that happening unless we learn something more about what he did. if you listen carefully to her words there, she doesn't really either. and in fact, the only people
under active investigation are people at the white house as part of the robert mueller investigation, so this could be, you know, a way to divert attention away from all of that, but i'm not holding my breath for a comey prosecution. >> thank you so much for that. nice to see you this morning. >> hillary clinton will speak tonight on cnn with anderson cooper. there's also a special friday night with my man will ripley. >> will the newest sanctions against north korea do anything to slow the nuclear program t-mobile's unlimited now includes netflix on us.
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. i don't know if it has any impact but it was certainly nice to get a 15-0 vote but those sanctions are nothing to what ultimately will have to happen. >> president trump offering his take on the new u.n. sanctions against north korea, clearly not convinced they'll do any good. calling the measures quote, not a big deal. >> now north korea's state run agency calling the sanctions a heinous provocation by the u.s. cnn, the only western tv journalist reporting from north korea. will, interesting to hear the president throw cold water on what otherwise were thought to be some big sanctions. >> reporter: right. you heard the u.s. ambassador to
the u.n. talking about what a strong unprecedenced sanctions package this was but president trump acknowledging that the version that was approved was watered down to appease china and russia who didn't go along with the full oil embargo or grounding north korea's only airline, instead what they're doing is capping oil exports by 30%. and there is an angry, a furious response from the north korean government. the official response reit rohl rati -- reiterating what they told us on the ground yesterday. they say the u.s. will pay for this and they also say that they will redouble their efforts to develop their weapons programs even fter than before. their nuclear program a the missile program whichs the reason why they keep getting sanctioned. in response, south korea conducting a live fire drill of their own testing for the first time a long range air to surface
missile that could potentially strike targets here inside north korea. it's a direct threat to a country that has a growing nuclear arsenal. trying to find counter measures but tensions continue to escalate here. >> all right. looking forward to your special friday night. >> let's get a check on moneystream this morning. global stocks are mixed after a record day on wall street. all of the three big major averages hit record highs. continuing a huge rally from the day before. there was also talk of tax reform. that helped. mnuchin says he is hopeful reform will happen this year adding the administration may make tax cuts retroactive to january 1st. apple introducing a trio of iphones. ten years after the launch of the iphone, the iphone x, scans your face to log in.
if customers don't want to spend a grand apple unveiled the iphone 8 and 8 plus. big news for the middle class. middle class americans got a pay raise in 2016. it rose to a record high of $59,000. the second year in a row of an increase. wage growth has been flat in recent years so experts say this retuing to work.more people are the work opportunities are just really good. the last couple of years has been very good for workers. the u.s. added 2 million jobs last year. finally four years after writing lean in sanders has this to say about men in the u.s. >> the female leadership has really stalled. the u.s. has a long way to go to each equality. women earn less than men in new mexico every single industry. thanks for joining us this
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