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a trump campaign contractor reached out to wick ki leeks during the election trying to secure hillary clinton's private e-mails, now the campaign is distancing itself. i think it's a disgrace. i think the press makes me more uncivil than i am. i'm a very negligent person, no hesitati hesitation. >> whacky spur of the moment conference at the white house yesterday. what trump said about his intelligence, relationships on the hill and much much more.
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good morning. welcome to "early start." >> good morning to you. one the great memories of all time. i'm dave briggs, thursday, october 26. i can barely remember wh i had for lunch. it's 4:30 p.m. in north korea. we start with the closest connection yet between the trump campaign and wikileaks prompting many new questions this morning. the daily best first to report that the head of a data analytic company -- cambridge analytica ceo was seeking the tens of thousand es of e-mails hillary clinton deleted from her private server while secretary of state. >> two sources they they wanted to turn them into -- there is no evidence wikileaks ever had clinton's missing e-mails even after they released thousands of
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e-mails stolen by russian hackers from key clinton aides. for more on this let's turn to pamela brown in washington. >> reporter: good morning. sources tell cnn the head of cambridge analytica reached out to wikileaks founder julian assange during the campaign asking about hillary clinton's missing e-mails. he says that did happen and rejected the request. the head of the form sent an e-mail to several people relaying that he had e-mailed assange but sources say no one from the actual trump wayne cam was on that. wikileaks was releasing these e-mails last year. not hillary clinton's e-mails we don't know if a third party obtained them. but wikileakss with directed connected to russia by the
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intelligence community. this new revelation established the closest connection. >> thank you. after the daily beast published its story, the trum campaign responded in h the same down playing the role of cambridge analytica. after president trump locked up the nomination, one of the most important decisions we made was to partner with the republican national committee on data analytics, we were proud to have worked with the rnc and relied on them as our main source for data analytics. he claimed that photo data from any other source are false. it paid cambridge an lit ta almost $6 million between the republican convention in mid july and mid december of last
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year. >> a former fbi informant getting a green light from the justice department to testify before congress about russian's efforts to buy uranium in the u.s. coming after house republicans launch an investigation into the sale of the uranium one to russian's atomic energy agency. the deal had to be approved by the committee on foreign vestments in the u.s. >> that includes representatives by the state department which was headed up by hillary clinton at the time. he will discuss his work, uncovering russian bribery and efforts by moscow to gain influence with the clintons. >> all this as the law firm representing hillary clinton and the committee confirms their client paid for research on
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donald trump. th president trump claiming russian poked, in his words, has now turned completely around. >> hillary clinton always denied it, the democrats always denied it. and now only because it's going to come out in a court case, they said yes, they did it, they admitted it. and they're embarrassed by it, but i think it's a disgrace. it's just really -- it's very sad commentary on politics in this country. >> a source now tells cnn hillary clinton was not aware of christopher steel's dossier until buzz feed actually published in earlier this year. clinton said to be disappointed the research was not made public before the 2016 election. >> with the presidential chopper marine waiting to wisk him away trump said the media has been underplaying his intelligence.
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>> i think the press makes me more uncivil than i am. people don't understand. i went to an iv league college, i was a nice student, did very well. i'm a very intelligent person. i think the press creates a different image of donald trump than the real person. >> mm-hmm. bragging about his intelligence is practically a habit for this president. two weeks ago he suggested he and his secretary of state should hold an iq contest after rex tillerson privately called him a moron. >> the president still unable or unwilling to stop sparring with the widow of la david johnson. he denies her claim he fumbled her husband's name.
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>> i was really nice to her. i respect her. i respect her family. i certainly respect la david. who i by the way called la david right from the beginning just so you understand. they put a chart in front. la david. says la david johnson. i called, right from the beginning. there's no hesitation. one of the great memories of all time. >> the president accused the media are not reporting on other phone calls he's made to military families and insists everyone else he spoke to quote couldn't have been nicer. >> president trump also trying to balance attacking republican senators he's mad it with keeping them in his political corner. in a span of seconds he slammed senator flake and then claimed flake and senator bob corker would stand with him on tax reform. all this despite the senator's harsh takedowns of the president
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earlier this week. >> actually, great unity in the republican party. yesterday i was -- that's okay. they have to do their thing. i think i'm probably helped greatly in arizona by what happened with senator flake. i don't know flake very well. i know bob corker. i think they really would do it. i think they feel they have to do it for the country. >> republican unity facing a new challenge. mitch mcconnell planning to attack steve bannon personally. the washington post reporting the senate leadership fund will spend millions high lighting and attempting to link him to white nationalism. all part of an effort to protect gop incumbents. >> the trump administration plans to release classified documents about john f kennedy.
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it's not clear whether the president will allow a full release of the documents or block certain files from going public as requested by some elements of the intelligence community. president teasing the event on wednesday tweeting this. the long awaited release will take place tomorrow. so interesting. >> so interesting that he tweets that while arriving in dallas, texas. >> coincidence? >> i don't know. i don't know that there was any concept of where he was at the time. anyway who knows? >> the u.s. military had been looking to arm drones in niger before the deadly assault on soldiers and new details 0 on what america troops were doing before the attacks. cnn is live in niger next. hi, i'm the internet! you know what's difficult?
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it's dangerous business i have to say. so what? no i didn't. not specifically.
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i have generals that are great fighters. these are warriors. i gave them authority to do what's right so that we win. that's the authority they have. the i want to win. >> the president saying he did not specifically green light this mission in niger that left four american soldiers dead in an ambush. president trump had already em powered u.s. military leaders to train and assist partner governments in the fight against isis and other terror groups now new details emerging. the authority to use armed dron drones. good morning to you, david, what are we learning? >> reporter: good morning. yes. well the key issue here is that this investigation is still on going and as to what happened with the deadly ambush just a couple of hours' drive from where i'm standing now. locals you speak to here will all tell you that that border
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region between niger and mala is very volatile. there have been a number of attacks against nigerien soldiers. one key question is was there any kind of intelligence failure that sent the soldiers into harm's way. another that you mentioned is the u.s. officials here have been trying to push for armed drones in this particular area. something they haven't gotten any authorization to do yet. it's worth pointing out that probably wouldn't have had a huge effect on this particular ambush because even the french fighter jets scrambling to try and assist the americans in distress weren't able to engage with the enemy because of the danger possibly of a friendly fire incident. also, we're learning how the intelligence gathering operation that this mission was, was
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trying to get information on a high level target according to senior u.s. officials. they say this individual was linked and is linked to terror attacks in neighboring countries, it really points to the extreme that these groups pose, not just here in niger but across the region. some lawmakers have been surprised there are 800 american soldiers here on the ground. just lying in here, you get a sense of the vast expanse of this area about the size of the continental u.s. as they try to gather information in the fight against terror. from that perspective they have a pretty undermanned staff. >> really cullipulling back the tan. >> okay the fall classic heading back to houston tied at one, one of these most dramatic games in
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former president george h.w. bush issuing a second apology after an actress accused him of touching her inappropriately during a photo shoot. since deleted isn't sta gram post, the actress claimed he sexually assaulted her. >> she said he touched her from behind from his wheelchair with his wife barbara by his side.
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he told her a dirty joke, and then all the while being photographed, touched her again. the former president's spokesman in the statement to cnn says this. the president bush would never intentionally cause anyone distress and apologizes if his attempt at humor offended her. >> later wednesday he issued a second statement to provide context. at age 93, president bush has been convined to a wheelchair for roughly five years. try to pu put peep the at ease the president routinely tells the jame joke and on occasion he has patted women's rears in what he intended to be a good natured manner. some have seen it as innocent. others clearly view it as inappropriate. for anyone he has oefded president bush apologizes most seen serial.
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president trump's tax plan may still affect your 401(k). the representative said yesterday reform could adjust 401(k) rules. listen to trump's reaction. >> well, maybe it is. and maybe we'll use it as negotiating, but i -- trust me, that's one of the great things. you know, there are certain elements of deals you don't want to negotiate with. 401(k)s-and kevin knows it and i think kevin brady is fantastic but he knows how important 401(k)s are. >> earlier reports said the final bill could reduce how much fax free money workers can invest each year from $18,000 to $2400. trump quickly shut that down. prove there is a lot of division about the tax plan's fine print including the fate of another popular deduction. state and
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local tax break. it mainly affects middle class families in high tax states. we heard from ivanka trump saying the tax plan will bring middle class families what she calls meaningful tax relief. however the savings currently go to the richest americans. they put out numbers showing the wealthy are really the ones who benefit from this plan. >> a lot of jockeying ahead. a sheriff's deputy in faum beach county resigning after charged with robbing the home of a dying man in the state of emergency. you're looking at surveillance video showing the deputy going through the home of an 85-year-old. earlier in the evening he fell and hit his head during a power outage.
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he was transported to a hospital. >> officials say the deputy entered through the garage using a security code he heard. the sons were alerted to movement in the house by a surveillance camera. he has admitted to taking drugs. the family calls the actions outrageous and disgusting and we can do better than that. >> that is despicable indeed. denying -- pair force base had been bickering on twitter over which was better. that's when the official air fours account tweeted that tern warning. we didn't want to have to did it, but if you two can't get along we must, santa will bring you nothing this year because he isn't real. he's real, kids. he's real. >> headquarters also threatened
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to take away the base's tv privileges for a week. hours later they retracted the claim. bluffing to get them in line. tracking him in december. come on. next it's going to be the tooth fairy. >> which is really as well. let's be he clear. game 2 of the world series a true fall classic, unforgettable. astros beating dodgers 7-6 in 11 inning to tie the series. after houston tied the game in the ninth inning. secondary baseman and carlos kor cap capri-l.a. scores two in the bottom of the tenth on a yasiel puig home run and a single to
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tie it up again. we go to the 11th. george springer belted a two-run homer lifting the astros to the first world series win in franchise history. two teams combined to hit 5 home runs in extra innings, that's the first time it's ever been done in the regular or post season. they now head to houston for the next three games beginning on friday. consider there's more than 2400 baseball games every year and that has never happened. >> what's exciting now, the series is really. >> once someone wins a road game it really gets interesting. >> an analytics firm contracted by the trump campaign tried to get its hands on hillary clinton's private e-mail the and used wiki leeks to try to get the job done. we're going to tell you what the campaign is saying now.
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reached out to wikileaks during the election trying to secure hillary clinton's private e-mails. now the campaign is distancing itself despite paying the firm millions of dollars. i think it's a disgrace. i think the press makes me more uncivil than i am. i'm a very intelligent person. >> hmm. it was quite the spur of the moment news conference at the white house. what president trump said about his intelligence, his relationships on the hill and much more. and the unity in the republican party. welcome back to "early start" everything. >> good morning. it's 30 minutes past the hour. the closest connection yet between the trump campaign and wikileaks prompting many questions this morning. the daat the daily beast reporte
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trump campaign e-mailed julian assange. >> sources telling cnn they were seeking tens of thousands of e-mails. for more, let's turn to pamela brown in washington. >>reporter: good morning. source rs tell cnn the head of cambridge analytica, a data firm working for the trump campaign reached out to julian assange asking about hillary clinton's missing e-mails. he acknowledges that did happen and reject at the request. the head of that firm sent an e-mail to several people rel relaying that he had e-mails assange but soours sources say no one from the trump campaign was on the request. not hillary clinton's e-mails.
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we don't know if a third party obtained them but wikileaks was directly connected to russia. so the new revelation established the closest known link between the trump campaign and wikileaks. we should note the daily beast was first to report the e-mail outrage. >> thanks. after the daily beast publish the its story, the trump campaign responded in a statement down playing the role without denying the company's outreach to wikileaks. here's what it says in part. after president trump locked up the nomination, one of the most important decisions we made was to partner with the republican national committee on data analyti analytics. we were prud to have worked with the rnc and its data experts and relied on them. any claims that other sources played a key role are false.
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according -- it paid cambridge analytica almost $6 million between the republican convention in july and mid december of last year. all this as the law firm representing hillary clinton and the democratic national committee confirms its clients paid for research on then candidate donald trump. president trump claiming the russia hoax, in his words, has now turned completely around. >> hillary clinton always denied it. the democrats always denied it. and now, only because it's going to come out in h a court case, they said, yes, they did it, they admitted it. and they're embarrassed by it but i think it ea disgrace, it's just really -- a very sad commentary on politics in this country. >> a source now tells cnn hillary clinton was not aware of
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the dossier until it was published this year. clinton said to be disappointed the research was not made public before the 2016 presidential election. >> trump's kplentss wednesday coming as part of an impromptu news conference on the white house south lawn. president shall chopper waiting to whisk him away mr. trump said the media has been underplaying his intelligence. >> i think the press makes me more uncivil than i am. people don't understand. i went to an iv league college. i did very well. i'm a very intelligent person. i think -- i really believe -- i think the press creates a different image of donald trump than the real person. >> hmm. >> well bragging about his intelligence is practically a habit for president trump. just two weeks ag he he suggested he and his secretary of state should hold an iq
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contest after rex tillerson privately called him a moron. the president still unable tore unwilling to stop sparring with the widow of la david johnson. he insists his condolence call was handled appropriately and denies her claim that he fumbled her husband's name. >> i was really nice to her. i respect her. i respect her family. i certainly respect la david. who i by the way called la david right from the beginning, just so you understand. they put a chart in front. la david. it says la david johnson. i called rite from the beginning, no hesitation. one of the great memories of all time. >> the president accused the media of not reporting on other phone calls he made to military families and insists everyone else he spoke to couldn't have been nicer. president trump also shined a balance attacking republican senators he's mad at with
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keeping them in his political corner. in the span of secretaries he clammed senator flake and then claimed they were stay with him on tax reform. >> actually, great unity in the republican party. yesterday i was -- that's okay. they have to do their thing. i think i probably helped greatly in arizona. i don't know flake very well but i do know bob corker. i think they feel they have to do it for the country. >> republican unity facing a challenge with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. "the washington post" reporting the senate leadership fund will spend millions highlighting bannon's hard line populism and attempting link him with white
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nationalism. the vice president bill to stabilize obamacare would cut the u.s. deficit. that's according to a now new report. the deal reduce the the deficit by $3.8 billion over the next decade and wouldn't change the number of insured americans. now the bipartisan bill is authored by two senators democrats patty murray and republican alexander. it restores cost sharing subsidy payments and allows states more say in how they carry out obamacare. insurers rely on subsidies to help the americans. trump called them a bailout for insurers. but the others said in a joint statements the report proves otherwise that restoring benefits, taxpayers and low income americans not insurance companies. the bottom line is there's this
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bipartisan bill sitting there and the ball is in the white house's court but the president doesn't seem to be interested. >> what you hear a lot is they want guidance from the white house. what kind of bill will they sign. that's what mitch mcconnell said repeatedly. >> ahead u.s. military had been looking to arm drones in niger before the deadly assault on american soldiers. that and new details about what the american troops were doing before the attack. cnn live in niger, next.
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it's a dangerous business,vy to say. so what? h no i didn't. not specifically. but i have generals that are great generals, these are great fighters. these are warriors. i gave them authority to do what's right so that we win. that's the authority they have. i want to win. >> the president saying he did
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not specifically green light the mission in niger that left four american soldiers dead in an ambush. president trump had already em powered u.s. military leaders to train and assist partner governments in the fight against isis and other terror groups in the region. now new details emerging about upgrading military assets including the authority to use armed drones. good morning. what are we learning? >> reporter: well, dave, that's right. good morning. here in the capital, you get a sense of just how insecure this region is. it's peaceful in the capital, any local you speak to here will say this ambush took place a few hours from where i'm standing on that volatile border between niger and mali. new questions still emerge being what happened and how these
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soldiers were killed. we're told this was a routine mission. because several attacks have happened against nigerian soldiers in the past year so it's known to be an area where these happen. new details emerging about how u.s. officials have been asking for the capability to arm their drones. they have a big drone base here but they haven't been armed. they used to be used in intelligence gathering and reconnaissan reconnaissance. it doesn't mean it would have made a big difference in this because even the french jets scrambling to the scene were unable to engage with the enm i because of the close quarts of that fighting. the we're also hearing from a senior u.s. official that new details are emerging on exactly who they were gathering intelligence on during this patrol. and it's a high level target, terror suspect who's linked with attacks in the region.
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that points to the regional threat that is posed by these groups that are loosely affiliated with isis and al qaeda. that's exactly what the senior generals have said. they need to stamp out these groups before they develop terror like isis did in iraq and syria. >> thank you. north korea ramping up its threat to test a hydrogeneral bomb. the world should take the warning quote literally. will is the only western tv journalist in north korea. he has more. >> reporter: a north korean diplomat confirming what i've been hearing for a couple of weeks. it is increaseingly likely nort korea will go through with its threat, a test that could have far reaching implications.
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the u.s. is taulking about a military option and even practicing military moves. they're pressuring us on all fronts with sanctions. if you think this will lead to diplomacy, you're deeply mistaken. >>reporter: so then i asked what needs to happen for diplomacy to resume. >>reporter: the u.s. needs to understand our new strategic power and fundamentally eliminate its hostile policy. >> should the world prepare? >> translator: the foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of our supreme leader so i think you should take his words literally. >>reporter: if north korea does go through with this, it it would be the first atmospheric thermonuclear test since thichi did it in 1980.
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there's deep persconcern that t administrations response to lead this region down a dangerous path. there's the big question of timing with president trump due to visit asia in less than two weeks. >> it's amazing es he there and i don't know if ib's following his instagram feed. i highly recommend it. some great pictures from inside north korea that you just won't see anywhere. >> no. you don't get his context. i'm on it. thank you. 2017 is a record year for retail. not a positive one. we're going to tell you why on cnn "money" stream next. hi, i'm johnny bench. after a hall of fame career of taking shots like that, it's no wonder why i use blue-emu maximum arthritis cream. blue-emu's non-greasy, deep-penetrating formula gets down deep into those joints for big time pain relief. and without any of that funky smell. makes me feel good enough almost to get back into the game. maybe not.
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a sheriff's deputy in palm beach county resigning after being charged with robbing the empty home of a dying man. the incident taking place while hurricane irma had south florida in a state of emergency. here is surveillance video that shows the deputy actually going through the home of an 85-year-old. earlier in the evening he fell and hurt his head. he was trance importanted to a local hospital and did not survive. >> officials say deputy cook came to the home entering through the garage using a security call he heard through previous calls. the sons heard him moving through the house. the family calls the officer's actions outrageous and disgusting. >> just awful. a cold front moving into the plains and tropical disturbance
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in the caribbean. when they meet, it could mean for rough weather for the east coast next week on the anniversary of super storm standee. meteorologist julie martin joins us now with the forecast. good morning. alitwo shots of cold air cog into the country from the plains to the norlts east. looking at temperatures, certainly the coldest of thissen is. in fact we could see snow piling up in machiinnesota. cold days ahead for many of us. take a look at the temperatures in chicago. 59 for the thursday. only 47 by the time we hit sunday. thursday in atlanta, 70 all the way down to 54 degrees on sunday and so on. so definitely going to be seeing that cold filtering down to the south. watching this tropical disturbance here, about a 40% chance of development with this.
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basically it will bring more moisture to south florida before getting picked up by this front. once it does, it's going to race up the east coast likely stall out and we could be looking at a pretty coastal storm by monday of next week. we'll keep you posted. julie thanks. the u.s. air force briefly playing the grin of that stole christmas in a tweet denying the existence of santa claus. two pair force bases pickering. that's when the official airforce account tweeted this stern warning. we didn't want to have to do this, but if you two can't get along santa will bring you nothing this year because he isn't real. >> oh, my gosh. keep the kids off twitter. so the headquarters also threatened to take away the base's tv privileges for a week. hours later the air force retracted the grin offy claim after the washington examiner paked up the story saying santa
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is real. tracking him in december. but i think at this point, guys, the cat is out of the bag. >> i don't know if any kids are attack at 4:56 a.m. if they are. santa is real. game 2 of the world series a true fall classic. astros beating the dodgers. theatrics. after houston tie at the game in the ninth on a home run, second became jose altuve and short stop went back to back in the tenth to give the astros a 5-3 lead. dodgers come back. l.a. scores two in the bomb of the tenth on a home run. sick single ties it up. then a two run homer.
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these two combined hit five home runs in extra innings, first time ever been done on a regular or post season. world series heads for houston game 3 is on friday. unbelievable, heart stopping drama. what a game. >> i'm getting into it now. >> you better. friday night. >> okay. let's get a check on cnn "money" stream this morning. local stocks mostly higher after wall street pulled back records. the dow and s & p 500 suffer the the worst day in seven weeks. overall earning season has really been strong. 72% of the s & p 500 companies that have reported so far have beat expectations and this is the busiest week of the earning season. today, expect reports from big names like alphabet, microsoft, intel, ford and amazon. a factory is at the center of several discrimination lawsuits. describing a toxic culture at
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tesla's electric car plant in california. three workers compare the treatment of black workers to jim crow. while a female engineer says she was fired for suing 0 over gender discrimination tesla is the latest to have workers allege discrimination. tesla told cnn they take it seriously but there has never been a case, not once. >> a record year for retail. the industry just set an all-time high for store closures, more than 6700 u.s. stores have closed since january 1. that beats the previous record of 6,163 which happened during the financial crisis. we did see walgreens to help push the tally to a new high. it announced plans to close about 600 locations yesterday. we're seeing these retailers'
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woes being caused by on line shopping. others include kmart, sears j.c. penney -- amazon. >> it's happening. more than the financial crisis. that is a staggering number. "early start" continues right now. >> a trump campaign contractor reach the out to wikileaks during the election. now the campaign is distancing itself despite paying the firm millions of dollars. >> i think it's a disgrace. i think the press makes me more uncivil than i am. i'm a very intelligent person. no hesitation. one of the great memories of all time. >> and it was quite the spur of the moment news conference at the white house. what president trump said

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