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trump to kim jong-un. he says provocation with north korea would amount to a fatal miscalculation. the president arrived in beijing overnight. early start's coverage from china and pyongyang continues right now. the president started talking about human rights, something he largely left out of the conversation until now. >> it is 4:00 a.m. in the east, 5:00 p.m. in beijing. let's begin with politics in the u.s. a blue wave crashing over the democrats. election night a strong one for the democrats with key wins in virginia n new jersey, in new york city and other local races. the virginia race closely watched as a referendum on the trump presidency. >> ralph northam beat gillespie.
brianna keeler has more from the headquarters in fair fax, virginia. >> reporter: christine and dave, lieutenant ralph northam winning. they were biting their nails and expecting a very late night. in the end, that's not what happened. this is indication of a bigger picture of anti-trump sentiment. ralph spoke about that to the crowd here. >> virginia told us to end the divisiveness, we will not condone hatred and bigotry and to end the politics that have torn this country apart. >> reporter: a lot of confidence the democrats across the country are feeling coming out of the virginia race. they are looking at the bigger picture saying in 2018 it is going to be difficult to run as a republican.
one democrat deeply involved in this campaign said there's a big democratic turnout right now. if you are up in 2018, that's got to be scary if you have an "r" next to your name. >> democrat murphy will take over for chris christie scoring a win over kim guadagno. bill deblasio won. 13-term incumbent robert marshall to be the chief. >> in virginia, chris hurst. his girlfriend was tragically
killed on live television in 2016. the medicaid program is a paul paige, a staunch ally of trump. president trump weighing in overnight on the election results from the other side of the world. caitlin collins now in beijing. good morning to you. good evening. what are we hearing from the white house and the president on what looks like a bad night for republicans. >> that's right. the president is trying to keep himself at an arms length from the loss. minutes before his speech, he tweeted, ed gillespie did not embrace me or what i stand for. republicans won four out of four house seats. with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win bigger than before. we are seeing the president try to distance himself from this loss, even though hours before
this tweet, the president was encouraging his followers to get out and vote for gillespie because he would be tough on crime and his opponent was weak on crime and weak on veterans and anti-second amendment. the president, this isn't the first time we have seen him distance himself from a loss. he did the same in alabama with a candidate, luther straight. he went to alabama to rally for him, in a campaign rally, the president deleted his tweet supporting him hours after he lost. this is a president that demands loyalty around him, but rarely returns it. this calls into question if the president's support can help bring these people, these republicans to victory. dave? >> it's a complicated race. thank you. >> president trump also delivering a pointed message to north korea last night in a speech to the south korea
parliament. the president made it clear, he is more willing than past u.s. presidents to use military force against pyongyang if it continues to threaten america and its allies. >> the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as weakness. this would be a fatal miscalculation. this is a very different administration than the united states has had in the past. do not underestimate us and do not try us. >> let's go live to beijing. do not underestimate us, do not try us. this is a forceful president trump here. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. it's the kind of rhetoric we have gotten used to. it's a big change from past
administrations who were more cautious in their language. this speech did see the president continue that hard line against north korea. it had slight differences in the fact it didn't have the threats. for example when the president spoke to the united nations general assembly. didn't threaten to destroy them and call kim jong-un little rocket man but kept up strong rhetoric. we are expecting him to take the hard line into his immediatings. the president toured the forbidden city, the palace here in beijing. he's expected to have dinner there. the hard stuff is tomorrow when they get down to the brass tax of negotitions. the subject was the speech in south korea. if kim jong-un continues to develop the weapons, he makes
his country less safe. will they put north korea back on the list of state sponsors of terror? they tell cnn by the end of the trip, the president will make that determination, something the north koreans will be unhappy about if he so did that. a photo-op that didn't happen, the president said he wasn't going to visit the dmz between north korea and south korea as other presidents have done before him. he was going to make a surprise trip this morning. we got on marine one and started flying toward there to meet with south korea's president. as they were flying there, weather conditions deteriorated. because of the fog, they needed to turn back. that would have been a very dramatic photo-op. >> the photo-op that didn't happen. so fascinating. thank you so much for that.
korean peninsula experts said he shouldn't do that because it would be antagonistic. he was going to do it, then couldn't. >> mother nature had the right idea. how are north koreans reacting to this? we have a journalist reporting live from pyongyang. he joins us next. [vo] quickbooks introduces rodney.
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the north korean regime. how are his words going over pyongyang? will rip lee is there. he is the only journalist from inside north korea, his 17th trip. he joins us now live from pyongyang. what can you tell us about the reaction from the north koreans on this issue of human rights? north korea is a hell to live in. >> reporter: yeah, it's really the first time we have heard president trump give such a pointed attack on north korea's human rights record that's been laid out in a number of reports. this is a sensitive subject i have discussed with officials many times over the years. they come up with the kind of argument published today in north korea's newspaper. keep in mind, this was written before president trump's speech in seoul but this is noteworthy. this is the argument they throw back at the officials and throw
back at me. the quote says, the u.s. should not style itself as a human rights judge, but mind its own poor human rights records in its land where racial discrimination, gun-related crimes and other social crimes prevail. they say, this is not a hell. the government officials say they are providing a safe place for citizens to live, a collective society. people that left the country and testify to the united nations paint a different picture where police crack down on decenting voices. frankly, it is true when you walk on the streets of north korea, nobody criticizes the government. you won't hear it. it's not tolerated here. the officials, we spoke to them and they reiterated a scene just before he spoke, trying to down play the impact of his words. they say, quote, we don't care what that mad dog may utter.
we have already heard enough. they accuse the president and u.s. military by having three u.s. air carriers pushing close to an all out military conflict. christine? >> makes me wonder, i don't know if you heard our reporting on this, but matt rivers said the president tried to go to the dmz for a surprise photo-op. it didn't happen because of weather. one wonders how that would have been received by the north koreans, the picture, the images of president trump right there on the border. >> reporter: well, the north koreans have become media savvy and realize president trump was looking for a photo-op. to land at the dmz, he could have driven there. it's a half hour drive or so from seoul. he wanted to arrive by helicopter, standing there, gazing over the dmz.
had he said any insulting or inflammatory remarks, it would have aggravated them. they are trying to downplay how much his words impact them here. they are looking at the rhetoric that led up to this trip and the united states actions as a whole. they are determined to continue to round off their nuclear program. they say there will be more nuclear tests and missile launches at a time and place of their choosing. part of the reason we are here in pyongyang is a lot of people are wondering if they are going to do something while he is here in the region. >> they have their nuclear sword of self-defense. thank you for that, will ripley. these are live pictures of president trump and melania. the imperial palace. they are having dinner tonight. >> the first ever u.s. president
to have dinner in a forbidden city. very symbolic as they roll out the real red carpet for president trump. they are well aware there, flattery is the way to president trump's heart. president trump needs a lot, though. he wants his help on the north korean nuclear threat. he wants concessions on closing the trade gap. what does he want from president trump? why the flattery? why the symbolism? why so much pomp and circumstance? >> could be because this president has the toughest language of any president about the chinese trade relationship and what china should be doing with north korea. >> oops, the camera is going dark there. nice night at the opera. >> very nice. this visit, the dinner there says as much about trump as it
does xi. some view him as an emperor-like figure in china right now. >> we'll continue to watch the pictures as they come out of the president's trip to china. meanwhile, back at home, vice president mike pence heading to sutherland springs, texas. he will visit with the victims of the deadly mass massacre. we have details about the gunman who killed 25 people and unborn child. devin kelley escapeed from a behavioral health facility months after he was accused of abusing his ex-wife and her child. >> he was sent for pretrial confinement. he was a dangerous to himself and others as he kept bringing firearms on the air force base. his phone was sent to an fbi lab. so far, investigators unable to crack it. >> john cornyn of texas says he's working on federal and state level to stop dangerous
people from buying guns is according to to the criminal background check system in a timely fashion. >> this is an area where there is by partisan support to fix the background system to keep guns out of hands of people with mental illness and commit violence of the like. if we can close those gaps, that would be a big improvement. >> no evidence that bump stop by the texas government or the senate judiciary committee will hold a hearing on bump stocks. >> ten victims from the texas church shooting remain in critical condition. families of those killed will receive $6500 each to help cover funeral services from a state fund. a company stepped forward to donate the caskets. shock and sadness around major league baseball. we are following news that former pitcher roy halladay died
in a plane crash. he was 40 years old. halladay was piloting a small single aircraft and crashed in shallow water off the coast of florida tuesday. he was the only person on board the two-seater plane. they received no distress calls. halladay retired in 2013 after 16 stellar seasons with the toronto blue jays and philadelphia phillies. two cy young awards. the only no-hitter in postseason game. they released a statement saying the organization is grief-stricken by the loss. one of the franchises greatest and respected players. a better human being. impossible to express what he meant to the franchise. i grew up with him and played against him in little league and in high school. here is our little league team photo. roy is in the top road, second
from the left, i'm just below him. what a great man, not just a great pitcher. a great father. i will tell you, he was great from the first time he ever picked up a baseball. we knew right away this guy was different. >> you saw he was a star. >> day one, christine. he was great from the first time he touched the baseball. perseverance defines roy halladay. he was sent down to single "a" ball. many thought his career was over. wasn't even close. he became the best pitcher of our era. a great, great man. great guy. >> 21 minutes past the hour. most americans will get tax cuts under the gop plan. millions of households might pay more. that number will grow over time. we'll tell you why, next. ahhhhhhhh! you know what's easy? building your website with godaddy.
the united states is the only nation in the world not to join the paris climate agreement now that syria signed up. syrian officials calling on all developed countries to live up to their legal and human responsibility at the climate conference in germany. syria was in the 2015 negotiations for the climate agreements which strengthens nation's ability to deal with the effects of global warming. nicaragua was the other only hold out but said they will be part of the plan. president trump said the u.s. is withdrawaling by the year 2020. we are in the midst of tax reform. most american households will get tax cuts under the gop plan.
millions may face higher taxes right away and that could grow over time. the tax writing committees are still fighting over the gop bill. the study finds it will hit american households differently, even if they earn the same amount of money. let me give you an example. a middle class household earning $75,000 to $100,000, 84% get a tax cut. 11% will pay more. the difference is due to the complexity of the bill. it's a mix of rate cuts, eliminated deductions and expiring tax credits. it depends on where they live, how many children they have and if they plan to borrow in the future. the number of losers will grow over time. by the year 2027, fewer than half american households will be seeing tax cuts. nearly 1 in 5 households will pay more. that may be the reason only 31% of americans support the gop
bill. this is from a new cnn poll. 45% say they oppose this tax plan. twitter users, mr. president, can now put twice as much in their tweets. a new 280 character limit is now in effect. double the previous limit of 140. the company has been testing the 280 character limit tweets with a small group of users since september. interestly, twitter says after the novelty of tweeting more characters wore off, they stopped the full length. 5% of the tweets were longer than 140 characters. we believe less is more. >> brevity, brevity. >> it's part of the beauty of the platform. >> i think so, too. let's talk about weather. unseasonably cold air. our meteorologist has the latest. >> get ready for cooler air here over the next couple days. we are watching what is
seasonably cool temperatures in place here, 50s and 60s the last couple days. the chilly air gets replaced with significantly cooler air friday into saturday across the northeast and midwest as well. look at the calendar, early november, certainly you expect 50s and 60s. the friday forecast high temperatures in chicago, 33 degrees. that is a christmas day average temperature there for chicago on friday. cleveland fails to get above the freezing mark, that is a january 14th temperature. new york city 36 degrees something you expect in the middle of january and same for boston as well. big-time cooling in store the next couple days. wintry weather across northern texas. 34 in the morning hours in amarillo, 74 in corpus christi. the big story becomes that significant shift in temperatures thursday and friday. highs today, 50 in new york.
look what happens friday down into the middle 30s. guys? >> i think he was trolling you there. >> about chicago? >> yeah. 33. >> i love chicago. i love chicago. >> enjoy that. >> i do. >> early start continues with the president's trip to beijing. democrats serious big wins on election day. anti-trump frustration is to blame. can the democrats carry momentum to the midterm? >> anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the united states should look to our past and you will doubt it no longer. >> president trump arriving in beijing overnight after issuing a direct message to kim jong-un. he says provocations amount to a fatal miscalculation.
"early start's" coverage from china and pyongyang continue now. i'm christine romans. >> 30 minutes past the hour. the president having dinner tonight in a forbidden city. the first president to do so. we'll check in with matt rivers. a blue wave crashing for democrats giving them a much needed moral boost. a strong night for democrats with wins in virginia, new jersey, new york city and other local races. the virginia race closely watched as a national referendum on the president. >> ralph northam beat ed gillespie by a wider than expected margin. democrats looking to build on the momentum as the countdown begins in the midterm elections. we have more from headquarters in fair fax, virginia. >> reporter: lieutenant governor ralph northam winning. they were biting their nails and expecting a very late night.
in the end, that's not what happened. this is an indication of a bigger picture, of an anti-trump movement. >> virginia has told us to end the divisiveness that we will not condone hatred and bigotry and to end the politics that have torn this country apart. >> reporter: a lot of confidence that democrats across the country are feeling, coming out of this virginia governor's race. they are definitely looking at the bigger picture here, saying in 2018, it is going to be difficult to run as a republican. as one democrat, very deeply involved in the campaign said, there's a big democratic turnout. if you are up in 2018, that's got to be scary, if you have an "r" next to your name. christine and dave? >> thank you very much. the state of new jersey going blue. bill murphy will take over for
chris christie. he scored a win other kim guadagno. >> in new york city, no contest. bill de blasio. the 33-year-old former journalist elected as the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker defeats 13-term incumbent robert marshall, who proclaimed himself virginia's chief homophobe. hurst's girlfriend was killed on live television in 2015. the state's medicaid program under obamacare. a setback for paul la page, a staunch ally of president trump who vetoed expansion bills five times. >> president trump weighing in from the other side of the
world. caitlin collins in beijing, following the president. what are we hearing from president trump and the white house this morning? >> reporter: well, president trump is effectively trying to keep himself afar away from this loss as possible. it's clearly something that's been on his mind even though he's in the middle of the trip to asia. he tweeted about it saying ed gillespie worked hard, but did not embrace me or what i stand for. republicans won four out of four house seats. with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win bigger than before. we are seeing the president try to distance himself from ed gillespie now that he's lost. hours before the president was encouraging followers to get out and vote for him, he said he supported some of the things trump ran on. we have seen this before, especially if you will remember that alabama senate primary race where the president adores
luther strange but came to alabama and campaigned for him. hours after he lost, the president distanced himself from strange and deleted tweets where he was supporting him. the president values loyalty above all else. we rarely see it returned, especially in cases where people he endorsed have lost. what this calls into question is whether the president's support can really help the republicans and translate into victories. so far, that doesn't seem to be the case. >> so nice to see you. it's evening there in beijing on that trip. several days to go. talk to you soon. president trump delivering a pointed message to north korea. the president made it clear, he is more willing than past u.s. presidents to use military force against pyongyang if they continue to threaten america and its allies. >> the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as
weakness. this would be a fatal miscalculation. this is a very different administration than the united states has had in the past. do not underestimate us. and do not try us. >> let's go live to beijing and bring in matt rivers. china does not have a sterling human rights record itself. the question is, what is he willing to do for the president of the united states when it comes to containing this north korean nuclear threat? >> reporter: well, the chinese president would tell you, if you ask him that question, they have done a lot already. they have signed on to u.n. sanctions, the toughest ever. they have gone well above and beyond what they should be doing. the trump administration counters that. it counters the fact they want
china to do even more. that's going to be the substance of the conversations donald trump will be having with his chinese counter part here in beijing. they are in the forbidden city now. the tough stuff won't happen until tomorrow when they have a formal series of events throughout the day with an expanded bilateral meeting and the kind of movement the americans can get the chinese to do when it comes to north korea. it's a stalemate. a lot of pomp and circumstance. substance was that speech president trump gave to south korean lawmakers. a pointed speech. direct threats you heard president trump deliver to the u.n. general assembly where he threatened to destroy north korea. didn't make direct threats. he questioned north korea's human rights record and said the u.s. would be more willing than past administrations to use military force. one thing we know, the north koreans are looking to see what the u.s. does is whether north
korea will be added, readded to the state sponsors or terrorism. president bush took the north koreans off that list. president trump will put them back on the list. they tell cnn the president will make that determination by the end of the trip. something that china will try to dissuade him from doing. one photo-op that didn't happen, the president was going to go to the dmv, got into his helicopter to do it and was forced to turn back because of bad weather. >> mother nature may have been doing the president a favor there. you are seeing live pictures of the president in the forbidden city. the first ever president to have dinner there. thanks, matt. how are president trump's words going over in pyongyang? will ripley is the only western
journalist reporting from inside north korea. he joins us live from pyongyang. interestingly from the north's perspective quick to hit back at the u.s.'s human rights record saying living inside north korea is hell. >> reporter: yeah, and, you know, they have thrown this back at me when i ask about north korea's human rights record over several years. they point to crime and shootings in the united states. they live in a safe society where people can walk the streets without fear of falling victim to crime. people who left the country paint a different picture. the police crack down on decenting voices. nobody speaks out about them. nonetheless, north korea is responding to accusations of
human rights violations. this article written likely before president trump's speech, but important to read. it gives you the mind set of the officials here. the u.s. should not style itself as a human rights judge, but mind their own human rights records for gun-related crimes and other social crimes prevail. i spoke with government officials here after president trump spoke and reiterated a statement they gave to us before the speech where they were trying to down play the impact of his words. they said, quote, we don't care about what that mad dog may utter. we have already heard enough. they pointed out there are three aircraft strikers about to undertake joint military exercises. dozens of u.s. ships. a big show of force. north korea says that pushes them to continue to pollster their nuclear program.
christine? >> let's listen to that stern warning from the president. that warning the north koreans say are nothing more than words of a mad dog. let's listen. >> the weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. every step you take down this dark path increases the terror you face. north korea is not the paradise your grandfather invisioned. it is a hell that no person deserves. >> that, you, speaking directly to the north korean regime and the president saying, make no mistake, american restraint is not weakness. >> reporter: yeah. and this could actually infearuate the north koreans more than the firy rhetoric because he directly attacked
their system here they say they are fighting to protect, the reason they are developing the weapons to keep their weapons in power. granted, in a respectful tone than using a demeaning nickname. still, essentially attacking the essence of his two previous leaders built here and calling it a living hell, accusing him of crimes before god and man and a path to what president trump calls a better future with the caveat north korea has to denuclearize and give up the weapons they are close to developing. i can tell you, that is a nonstarter for the north koreans. they are not interested or willing to consider that idea of relinquishing their arsenal. they are ready to do more attacks. they will choose a time and place. >> thank you so much, will ripley. great to see you. great context and perspective.
he talks about the conditions in north korea. there is no free press. when we get will there, it's always amazing he gets to ask people questions. he points out people on the street will not be critical. >> a unique perspective nobody else can give you. the vice president heads to texas in the wake of the church shooting. the texas senator is ready to take action when it comes to background checks. that's 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. blue-emu, it works fast and you won't stink.
it is the stock market rally that just won't quit. the dow just nailed the fourth record high in a row. the nasdaq and s&p 500 close to the highest in history. it's easy to forget exactly one year ago on election night, president trump's victory tanked global markets. remember that? dow futures plunged nearly 900 points. by morning, investors turned it
around. the dow spiked 250 points, hitting a record high the day after the election. that was the first of more than 70 records the dow hit during trump's first year, smashing through 20,000, then 21, then 22, then 23,000. unlike most predecessors, trump takes credit for wall street's rise and credit where it's due. tax reform and deregulation are boosting the rally. this market is not all trump. look at this. corporate profits and recovering u.s. economy is driving this, too. the current rise is built on the monumental climb made while president obama was in office. this is the second longest bull market in history. there is also a risk in trump cheer leading the markets. what if they crumble? will he take credit for that? the people who elected him might not feel this economy.
half of americans are invested in the market. vice president mike pence headed to sutherland springs, texas today. he will visit the victims of the church massacre and plans to speak at a vigil. devin kelly escaped from a behavioral health facility in new mexico in 2012 after he was accused of abusing his ex-wife and her child. >> documents show he was sent there for pretrial consignment. law enforcement was advised he was a danger to himself and others after he snuck firearms on the air force base. his phone was sent to fbi but they have not been able to break into it. >> john cornyn is working on d federal and state levels to make sure the criminal background check system is done in a timely
fashion. sthk is an area where there is bipartisan support to fix the system, make sure we keep firearms out of the hands on convicted felons, people with mental illness. if we could address that and close those gaps, i think that will be a big improvement. >> according to an official, there is no evidence that a bump stock was used by the texas gunman. we are learning the senate judiciary committee will hold a hearing on bump stocks after the las vegas massacre. ten victims from the texas shooting remain in serious condition. officials say a company stepped forward to donate all the caskets. two u.s. senators, one democrat and one republican, teaming up to close a loop hope that allows the texas gunman to illegally purchase a firearm. jeff flake introducing
legislation so they cannot get firearms. >> it would have prevented the sale of the firearm to the texas gunman. there are provisions that could allow flexibility allowing military officials to report a broad range of offenses. this morning, shock and sadness around major league baseball following the news pitcher roy halladay died in a plane crash. he was 40, leaves behind a wife and two children. he was piloting a small single engine aircraft. he was the only person on board the two-seater plane. police received no distress calls. mtsb is investigating the crash. he retired in 2015 after stellar seasons, winning 200 games, two cy young awards and owns the only no-hitter in national
league no-hitter. blue jays saying they are grief stricken by one of the graetest and most respected players, but better human being. impossible to express what he meant to this franchise. roy halladay a friend of mine from childhood. i grew up playing little legal and high school baseball with him. here is our little league photo. a great pitcher, but better man. i tell you, if you check roy's twitter feed, you will learn, flying is who he was. he loved flying. there's nothing that would have kept him out of that plane. >> let me ask you, when was it clear, as a kid, this guy was special @letically? >> day one. in little league, there was something different about the way he threw a baseball.
he had to listen to it. he didn't have to see it. you heard it and knew he was better than anyone else. he was that gifted. he was that hard working. he was the best and hardest working player i have ever known. he had it all. he was a great man. he will be missed by his family and millions of friends. >> too soon. 53 minutes past the hour. would you get in a taxi without a driver? you may have a chance, sooner than you think. details on cnn money stream, next.
money stream. global stocks mixed after the dow hit the fourth record high in a row. the s&p 50 wasn't slightly lower, but starting at record highs. u.s. stocks going high at the trump bump. it is up 30% from the election. this is not just the past year and not all about trump. corporate profits have been driving it. the current rise is on the second longest bull market in history. are you looking for a richer paycheck? you should think about switching jobs. workers in almost every industry saw a pay bump when they switched jobs according to new research from adp. it comes at a time employers are scrambling for workers. near record job openings. they are both good news and bad news. employers are hiring, but also the companies either can't find skilled workers or they are not
paying. wage growth has been sluggest and was in october. would you get in a taxi without a driver? waymo plans to use fully self-driving companies. during tests, self-driving companies have a human behind the wheel to take over. waymo has been testing fully self-driving cars in arizona. the new service will begin in phoenix in the next few months before eventually launching nationwide. dave is not ready. >> i'm often terrified in taxis with drivers, so, without them, i'm not quite there. are you? >> improvement. >> maybe you are right. >> maybe the waymo drivers don't with the latest with the president's trip and visit to the forbidden city. ♪
series of big wins on election day. exit polls show anti-trump frustration is at least partly to blame. can the democrats carry momentum into the midterms? >> do not underestimate us, and do not try us. >> a direct message from the kim jong-un. the united states - he says provocations from the north would amount to a fatal miscalculation. the president arrived in beijing overnight. we'll take you live. >> coverage from china, beijing starts right now. good morning, everybody. busy morning. >> it is indeed. i'm dave briggs. some really fascinating pictures of the president in the forbidden city as we speak. the first-ever president to eat dinner there. we'll get to that in a moment. first a blue wave crashing the shore for d