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. get out and vote for roy moore. >> do it. president trump all in for roy moore in a new robo call going out to alabama voters on the eve of the election. can the president move the needle for moore? >> violent protests across the middle east after president trump declares jerusalem the capital of israel. >> new concerns about whether republicans will be able to deliver on tax reform.
crucial republican senator said she's not made up her mind on the bill. welcome to "early start.." >> this is like your tuesday. you worked yesterday. it is monday, december 11, 4:00 a.m. in the east. this morning all eyes on alabama where the campaign for republican roy moore and democrat doug jones. former white house chief strategist steve bannon campaigns with moore who has been fighting against claims of sexual misconduct. >> do not know any of the women who have charged me with sexual molestation. i did not date underage women. i did not molest anyone. and so these allegations are false. >> democrat doug jones meanwhile barnstorming the state hoping the accusations will help drive democrats to the polls.
>> i believe those women in at a wall county. it's like he said today. where there's smoke, there's fire. i want to make sure when my granddaughters grow up they don't have to endure those kinds of things and sit silent for 30 or 40 years. i want to make sure we send a message of who we are and what we are. >> jones also counting on appearances of democratic heavy weights. alex marquardt with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. these two candidates are taking very different tacts in this week of campaigning. judge roy moore has not been heard from or seen all weekend. he did not hold any events and likely letting the president do his talking for him. the president has recorded a
roch robo call. take a listen. >> hi, this is president donald trump and i need alabama to go vote for roy moore. but if alabama elects liberal democrat doug jones all of our progress will be stopped cold. we need roy moore to help us with the republican senate. we will win and we will make america great again. >> now, on the other hand the doug jones campaign is pulling out all stops. on sunday alone he visited seven different churches. he also listed democratic heavy hitters including former massachusetts governor duval patrick. the african-american' l elector will be crucial. he needs a black turnout almost as high as broarack obama's in
2012 race. if he had been asked the odds of how he would be doing when he first got in he said it would be the same odd z as seeing five inches of snow in birmingham, which we have seen. >> already signs of the resistance roy moore could face from congressional republicans if he does win. republican senator richard shelby has represented alabama in congress for more than 30 years. he says he already cast his ballot for a write-in candidate. >> i didn't vote for roy moore. i wouldn't vote for roy moore. i think the republican party can do better. i think so many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip, when it got to the 14-year-old story, that was enough for me. i said i can't vote for roy moore. >> alabama's democratic senate
candidate doug jones plans to do a statewide robo call today. >> u.n. ambassador nikki haley speaking out about the recent resignationing of three members of congress. listen to what she said about president trump and women who accused him of inappropriate conduct. >> women who accuse anyone should be heard and dealt with. i think we heard from them prior to the election, and i think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up. >> at least 13 women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault against the president. two democratic senators calling on president trump to resign over the weekend. >> ambassador haley defending
the president's decision to recognize jerusalem as the capit capital, all this as protests continue. several rockets fired from gaza into israel. palestinian officials say fatalities more than 300 people injured alone. let's go live to beirut and bring in cnn's ben wedeman. we understand there have been violent protests near the u.s. embas embassy. >> reporter: that's right. they gathered in a round about, a mile away from the u.s. embassy. they, during that protest, there were moments when rocks, stones and water bottles were thrown in the direction of the gate, which was closed, leading up to the u.s. embassy, and lebanese
security forces responded with tear gas and bird shot. but buy and large, in fact, the protest was peaceful. there were attempts by the organizers to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. what was interesting in this rally, this demonstration is that it included palestinian refugees, islamist groups, lebanese leftist organizations and essentially united groups that in recent years have been quite divided over the war in yemen, and syria and the aftermath of the upheaval of the arab spring. so what we are seeing is groups that in the past were strongly, deeply divided, have been united in their condemnation of president trump's recognition of jerusalem as the capital of
israel and today we are expecti expecting -- of course, there's no u.s. installation embassy sites anywhere near that area, so it will be very large, very colorful, very loud. >> all right. ben wedeman. we lost his feed there, but he was wrapping that up live for us. vice president mike pence head heading to the middle east. and the palestinian president plans to snub him. pence will meet with the prime minister netanyahu but abbas backing out. a spokesman for vice president pence said the trump administration remains committed to maintaining piece and calls the decision by abbas unfortunate. former president trump
campaign officials paul manafort and his aide back in court this morning. prosecutors say the commentary was writ witness a russian who has ties with russian intelligence and related to his political work for ukraine. mueller's ofsz said it is not seeking to sent man a forth --- >> jeff session es did not disclose meetings with the russian ambassador on the security clearance forms. it says he was not requires to disclose foreign contacts that happened in the course of his du dud duties as senator. given mast may when cnn first rereported the omission on his
security clearance form. >> to markets now, gop tax bill working its way through conference committee, but as the house and senate hammer out the differences, republican senator susan collins says she may not vote for the final version. >> i always swayed until the final version of the bill is brought before us, before i make a final decision on whether or not to support it. their major differences between the house and senate bills and i don't know where the bill is going to come out. kol ins kroet is important. republican senator bob corker voted against the original bill. he's worried about raising the deficit. collins told cnn she may vote no, amendments for deductions for property taxes and medical expenses.
under the senate plan most lower income and middle class americans about pay more by the year 2027, mainly due to expiring tax cuts and higher medical costs. both promise corporate tax cuts that are permanent that add to the deficit with no guarantee it will add jobs or raise wages firefighter. >> firefighters working around the clock. report from ventura county next. ♪ this holiday, the real gift isn't what's inside the box. it's what's inside the person who opens it. ♪ give ancestrydna, the only dna test that can trace your origins to over 150 ethnic regions- and open up a world of possibilities. ♪ save 30% for the holidays at ancestrydna.com
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there $34 million and climbing. more from cnn's kim law in ventura county. >> reporter: dave and christine this is the largest wildfire, the thomas. it is most visible when the sun sets in these overnight lawyers and it is marching closer and closer to santa barbara fuelled here by wind and dry brush. it has been some 250 days here in california without any significant rain. firefighters relying on helicopters to be the big game changer in dealing with this wildfire. so you've been hitting if from the air as well as working it from the ground? >> yeah. correct. the helicopters have been a huge help. they get the water drops and slow it down, cool it off enough to allow us to get it on the
ground and make better attack on the fire. >> it's not just in the air but also on the ground. there are some 4400 firefighters just in this one wildfire, trying to contain it. dave, christine. >> kyung lah. >> you've got t260 days. what does that mean? firefighters needing help from the weather. a look ahead at the weather. >> dave and christine another dangerous day here in southern california. our concern, the thomas fire only 10% contained, moving off to the north forcing more evacuations, already 230,000 acres consumed with this fire. take a look at the sheer size of this, you can see what the firefighters have the work cut out for them. 359 square miles, that is bigger than the city of chicago in size. the good news is that, though,
five of the six other fires are now more than 70 percent contained. so firefighters have been able to make some headway here in southern california. taking a look though at the wind situation, those santa ana winds continuing for one more day. this is the longest event this season. this high is going to retreat and move up to the north so the winds will be decreasing. the big story we're following all this cold air working its way across the eastern half of the u.s., even some cold temperatures sneaking all the way down into florida and that cold is going to be hanging on particular in the midwest and northeast. >> thank you for that. winter finally out here in the east. front man for a popular rock group apologizing after kicking a photographer in the face in l.a. why that woman says the attack was intentional. next. we know life can be hectic.
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>> sorry. >> i didn't say the conversation. hands up in the air. you do that again, we're shooting you. do you understand. please do not show me. >> then listen to my instructions. >> i'm trying. >> don't talk. listen. >> hands straight up in the air. do not put your hands down for any reason. you think you're going to fall, you better fall on your face. your hands go back. we are going to shoot you. do you understand me? >> yes, sir. >> crawl towards me. crawl towards me. >> yes, sir. >>. [ . >> how is he supposed to crawl towards him if he's got his hands up in the air. >> it is difficult to hear and watch. the former office he testified he believed he was reaching for a gun in his waistband as he crawled towards him. after the shooting several
witnesses told police shafer was drunk. >> how many p times have we said it. de-escalation. >> it seemed like a relatively easy situation to handle. >> one the country's leading appeals court judges rejecting accusations of sexual misconduct levelled by six clerks and other staffers who worked for him. he serves on the ninth circuit and was chief justice on the west coast circuit. some of the conduct as recently as 2012. >> one woman told the post he made her look at porn on several occasions and another says he suggested she work out naked in a hotel gym since it was empty. quote, i treat all of my employees as family and work very closely with most of them i would never do anything
intentionally tony of them. >> an apology from queens of the stone age josh homme. take a look. you can see him. tick a photographer in the face during a holiday concert in los angeles saturday. that photographer chelsea lauren posted this video on her social media account. she said the incident was unprovoked and he smiled at her before he struck her. she was checked out at the hospital and fort a natalie is okay. >> as for homme he released a statement saying he was kicking over lighting equipment on the stage and would never intentionally cause harm to anyone. >> just one day left until alabama voters head to the polls. how president trump is weighing in on the final hours, next.
get out and vote for roy moore. do it. do it. >> "go get 'em, roy." president trump going all in h for roy moore with a new robo call. >> violent protests across the middle east after president trump declares jerusalem as the capital of israel. >> new concerns about whether republicans will be able to deliver on tax reform. the crucial senator who says she has not made up her mind yet on the by. a bill by the way that we don't know what is in it because the house and senate have to put it together. there are a lot of unintended consequences the faster you go.
>> all eyes on alabama where the campaign of republican roy moore and democrat doug jones are in high gear out of the state's special senate election. today, former white house chief strategist steve bannon campaigns for him. >> did not know any of the women who have charged me with sexual allegation, molestation. i did not date under age women. i did not molest anyone. >> right. >> and so these allegations are false. >> democrat doug jones hoping the accusations will help drive democrats to the polls. >> i believe those women in yacat ya wall county. i want to make sure when my granddaughters grow up they
don't have to endure the things those girls did and sit silent for 30 or 40 years. i want to make sure we send a message of who we are and what we are. >> jones also counting on appearances from democratic political heavy weights. >> already signs of resistance roy moore could face if he does win on tuesday. republican senator richard shelby has represented alabama in congress for more than 30 years. he said he already cast his ballot for a write-in candidate. >> i didn't vote for roy moore. i wouldn't vote for roy moore. i think that the republican party can do better. i think so many accusation, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip, when it got to the 14-year-old story, story, that was enough for me. i said i can't vote for roy moore. >> alabama's democratic senate
candidate doug jones plans to roll out a statewide robo call today. our alex mar kwaquardt is on th ground in birmingham. >> reporter: good morning. while these two candidates are taking very different tacts in this weekend of campaigning, judge roy moore has not been heard from or seen all weekend. he did not hold any events and is likely letting the president do his talking for him. the president has recorded a robo call for the judge in which he repeats his endorsement and says moore is needed in the senate to help him advance his conservative agenda. take a listen. >> hi, this is president donald trump and i need alabama to go vote for roy moore. but if alabama elects liberal democrat doug jones, all of our progress will be stopped cold. we need roy to help us with the republican senate. we will win and we will make
america great again. >> now, on the other hand, the doug jones campaign is firing on all cylinders. he visited seven different churches and litszed democratic heavy hitters including duval patrick and cory booker who could help in particular with the african-american electors. just to give you a sense of what an uphill battle this will be, if he is to stand a chance to win he need as black turnout almost as high as obama's. he said if he had been asked the odds of how he would be doing in this election when he first got into it, he said it would be the same odds as seeing 5 inches of snow in birmingham, which we have seen over the past few days. >> that we have. thank you for that. u.n. ambassador nikki haley
pressed for her view on the growing concern over sexual harassment. she was asked about the cultural reckoning taking place and the recent resignations of members of congress. listen to what she said. >> anyone should be heard. she should be heard and dealt with. i think we heard from them prior to the election, and i think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in h any way, they have every right to speak up. >> at least 13 women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against the president, two democratic senators, cory booker calling on the president to resign. >> ambassador haley defending president trump's decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. all this as violent protests in the region entered day 6, triggered by the president's decision. the israel's launching air
strikes into gaza against what it calls hom mass targets. th they report two if a talts. let's go live to beirut and bring in cnn's ben wedeman. we understand there have been violent protests near the u.s. embassy. >>reporter: yes, dave. that was yesterday at about a mile down the hill, north of beirut. there were moments when some protests did throw rocks plastic water bottles and sticks in the direction of lebanese security who were guarding the road leading to the u.s. embassy. the they responded with tear gas and birdshot. but by and large in fact for most of the four or so hours of the demonstration, it was peaceful and the organizers did try to impose discipline on some
of the more unruly elements. now, the u.s. embassy staff in beirut are restricted in their movements. at the best of times and certainly at the moment they're being told not to go out and about in this the city. now, what was interesting about this demonstration is that it brought together a broad spectrum of groups here in lebanon. you had palestinian refugees, islamist organizations, left-wing lebanese parties all coming together, united in this their contem dags of president trump's recognition of jerusalem as the clal of israel. these are groups that have been quite split over the war in syria, yemen, upheavals, but now they seem to be all coming together on this one issue, not just in lebanon but across the middle east. now this afternoon, we are expecting his boll la to hold a
large demonstration perhaps the largest we've seen yet. however, this demonstration, by his balance la is not expected to be violent. there are no u.s. -- normally they make sure their demonstrators behavior. ben wedeman live for us. >> former trump campaign officials paul manafort and his colleague rick gates expected back in court this morning. special counsel robert mil's team say he violated a gag order by ghost writing an op ed, written with a russian who has ties to russian intelligence. they said it's related to his political work with ukraine.
they're not seeking to send him back to jail but it no longer backs a deal that would have released him from house arrest. the gop tax bill working its way through conference knit committee. republican senator susan collins says she may not vote for the final version. >> i always swayed until the final version of the bill is brought before us before i make a final decision on whether or not to support it. there are major difference es between the house and senate bills and i don't know where the bill is going to come out. >> collins' vote mportant. republican leaders can only lose two gop votes and republican senator bob corker voted against the original bill over deficit concerns. collins told cnn she may vote no if certain amendments are not included, particularly those like deductions for property
taxes and assurances medicare payments will not be cut. president trump's approval ratings an all time low yet getting high marks on one important area, the economy. nearly half of americans approve of his handling of the economy. that's according to a recent "wall street journal" pole. that's in stark contrast to his approval rating. typically a strong me translates into approval for the current president. there is a lot to celebrate. strong hiring, unenemployment, stock market hitting record high after hard high but experts say constant political distractions undermine his economic milestones and the economy has been strong for some time. look at jobs. the u.s. >> you at added 1.7 million jobs during trump's first ten months in office. that is a great number but also less than former president obama's last ten months, u.s. add the 1.86 million jobs.
>> sorry. i had a frog in my throat. that chart is really interesting because you have that mirror im arrange. job numbers and jobs in the stock market and the president's approval rating. a lot of folks are saying why isn't the president-- >> it is head scratching, isn't it? 32%. all right. firefighters battles around the clock to get the upper hand on those massive wildfires burning in southern california. we'll have a report from ventura county next. my name is jeff sheldon,
in ventura and santa barbara counties where the thomas fire has already consumed more than 230,000 acres. 6,000 firefighters struggling to beat back these flames, this wildfire has already damaged or destroyed nearly 1,000 structures, the cost to fight this fire, just this fire, $34 million and climbing. california governor jerry brown blaming the huge late fall wildfire on climate change. >> this is the new normal and something that happens every year or few years. more intense, more widespread and we're about ready to have fire fighting at christmas. >> we get more from kyung lah in ventura county. >> reporter: this is southern california's largest wildfire, the thomas fire, and you can see it burning in the hills.
it is most visible when the sun sets and these overnight hours, and it is marching closer and closer to santa barbara, further northwest, fuelled here by wind and drew brush. it has been some 250 days here in california without any sort of significant rain. firefighters relying on helicopters to be the big game changer. here's what one firefighter told us. >> so you've been hitting it from the air as well as working it from the ground. >> yes. correct. the helicopters have been a huge help. what the helicopters do is make the water drops and slow it down, cool it off enough to allow firefighters to get in there on the ground and make better attack on the fire. >> it's not just in h the air, but also on the ground. there are some 4400 firefighters just in this one wildfire, trying to contain it. dave, christine? >> all right. kyung lah thank you for that. >> it is ugly out there.
california firefighters won't be getting much help from the weather as well. meteorologist with the latest. >> well, dave and christine another day of elevated fire danger here in southern california where six fires are continuing to burn, the thomas fire the most concerning. it's 0 only 10% contained. it's a large fire. 230,000 acres. the good news is the other fires at play, those are all more than 70 percent contained at this point. so firefighters have been able to make pro rgress. high pressure to the north is going to retreat. some winds decreasing. the other story we're following of course, the cold across the eastern half of the u.s. in fact even way down into northern florida, some sub zero
temperatures as a result. and a winter storm watch in h negligence as well as. tonight into tuesday expecting snow to fall here north of boston and big portions of maine. >> take a look at some temperatures, 39 in new york. 55 here in charlotte, 50's in atlanta, staying warm as we head back into texas. >> thank you for that. a majority of workers worry they will be replaced by robots in their lifetime and these fears may not be unfounded. details on cnn "money" stream next. hey girlfriend, how's your cafe au lait? oh, it's actually... sfx: (short balloon squeal) it's ver... sfx: (balloon squeals) ok can we... sfx: (balloon squeals) i'm being so serious right now... i really want to know how your coffee is. it's...
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