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a lot of united changing boarding strategy this week. no more of the five groups. >> no more chaos. delta changes means more with the giant carry-on and ramming it into the space. >> i know. "early start" continues right now. senators set a deadline for christine blasey ford to decide if she will testify about judge kavanaugh. >> very hard for me to imagine that anything happened. >> president trump continues to stand behind his supreme court nominee. and the president promising help for the carolinas where the worst flooding could still come. i saw the news article and started bawling. what an idiot. how could i fall for that? >> more women come forward with the stories of the reality tv doctor accused of sex crimes.
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plus, mark cuban gets emotional over the misconduct of the dallas mavericks. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. thursday, september 20th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. the president will be in vegas tonight. will he talk about the supreme court nominee and his accuser? a showdown under way this morning with the senate republicans and christine blasey ford. that is the woman who says the supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teens. senate judiciary committee chuck grassley setting a deadline of 10:00 a.m. friday for ford to testify to the committee next monday. ford's lawyer lisa banks says the rush to hearing is unnecessary and contrary to the committee discovering the truth. banks says her client continues the rush to a hearing is unnecessary and contrary to the committee discovering the truth.
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>> grassley is resisting calls for an fbi probe. he is encouraging her to testify. >> doing everything we can to make dr. ford comfortable with coming before committee either in an open session or closed session or a public or a private interviews. that's four different ways she can choose to come. >> grassley followed up with a letter to ford explaining why the senate and not the fbi is not the right body. the fbi doesn't make credibility assessment with respect to a nominee. the constitution assigns the senate and only the senate the task of advising and consenting to the nomination if the circumstances merit. if ford chooses not to speak to the committee, the monday hearing would likely be canceled and the panel could move to vote on the kavanaugh nomination by mid week. >> president trump wants to hear christine blasey ford testify
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about her claim that the nominee for supreme court assaulted her. on the way to the hurricane damaged areas in the carolinas, he said ford should have all of the time she needs to tell her story. and he could change his mind about brett kavanaugh. >> i really want to see her. i really would want to see what she has to say. if she shows up, that would be wonderful. if she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate. if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that would be interesting and we'll have to make a decision. i can only say this. he is such an outstanding man. very hard for me to imagine anything happened. >> the president emphasized kavanaugh has been repeatedly investigated by the fbi for previous jobs and downplayed the prospect of an additional probe. jeff sessions tightening the control of the immigration courts with two quiet moves this week. in one decision, sessions made it harder for immigration judges
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to show leniency to undocumented immigrants. in another, he may keep asylum seekers in detention while awaiting hearings. sessions' moves came as the president stating he is not happy with sessions for lack of action on immigration and other things. >> i'm disappointed in the attorney general for numerous reasons, but we have an attorney general. i'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons. you understand that. >> trump attacked sessions in an interview with hill tv saying i don't have an attorney general. i'm not happy at the border. i'm not happy with numerous things. the trump administration says the second effort to locate immigrant children released from u.s. custody again found that nearly 1,500 could not be located. a similar effort last year came up with almost identical number. the children are not necessarily lost, but as simple as no one picking up the phone when health and human services calls.
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the figures were released by the bipartisan group of senators working on a bill to make the government responsible for children after released. president trump optimistic about the solution to the north korea nuclear threat. >> we are making tremendous progress with respect to north korea. prior to becoming president, it looked like we were going to war with north korea. now we have progress. in the meantime, we are talking. he's calm. i'm calm. we will see what happens. >> the president spoke hours after the north and south hammered out a deal where north and south korea agreed to close a key testing facility and potentially destroying a nuclear complex if the u.s. agrees to corresponding measures. we have paula hancocks with the latest in seoul. what does that mean? >> reporter: christine, that is the question. what are the corresponding
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measures? we know that north korea wants a declaration to the end of the korean war and peace treaty and lifting of sanctions. what we know is washington has said they won't make concessions before complete denuclearization. from the declaration over the past three-day summit, north korea is effectively once again a step by step denuclearization. it wants a quid pro quo agreement with the u.s. and white house and secretary of state mike pompeo seem to be welcoming of the result. we heard from secretary pompeo saying he will meet with the north korean counterpart in new york at the sidelines of the united nations general assembly next week. there will be another meeting with the u.s. and north korean officials in austria. this sparked dialogue which has been stalled. there have been a stalemate with the u.s. and north korea and
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clearly had this is what south korean president moon jae-in, the chief negotiator has come back with. there is not a lot of new in the denuclearization part of the agreement, but at least he managed to get the two sides talking again. christine. >> paula for us in seoul. thank you for that. president trump's attorney claims nbc edited lester holt's interview with the president last year where mr. trump said he was thinking about the russia investigation when he fired james comey as fbi director. here is the president telling that to lester holt in may of 2017. >> i was going to fire comey. knowing there was no good time to do it. and in fact when i decided to just do it, i said to myself. i said you know this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. >> special counsel bob mueller's team is looking into the move against comey amounted to obstruction in the russia investigation.
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last night, jay sekulow said the network improperly edited the interview. he said realizing firing comey might not shorten the probe. >> we think the transcript without question, supports the president. it may actually extend the investigation. he said that on the tape. >> sekulow did not offer proof that nbc edited the interview. cnn reached out to the network for comment. former national security adviser michael flynn set to be sentenced on december 18th. he pled guilty of lying to the fbi about conversations with the russian ambassador. the retired lieutenant general agreed to cooperate with the robert mueller russia investigation. the sentencing date suggests the special counsel's need for flynn's cooperation is coming to an end. new york congress member chris collins is returning to campaigning after being indicted
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for insider trading charges. the buffalo area republican quoti quoting the stakes are too high. last month, collins suspended his campaign while the gop looked for a way to replace him as candidate. in the end, his lawyer said there was no clear path to put a substitute on the ballot. collins is one of the president's earliest supporters in the 2016 campaign. he is calling the charges against him meritless. the trade war with china and wall street closing in on record highs. jack ma runs alibaba. last year, he pledged to create a million u.s. jobs. that followed a high profile meeting with then president-elect trump. ma says the plan is off. he said the promise was made on the premise of friendly u.s. partnership. our promise cannot be fulfilled.
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alibaba confirmed ma's comments. ma expressed fears of the trade war with the u.s. and china calling it a mess which could last decades. analysts now long doubted ma's commitment. alibaba did not plan on building or investing in the u.s., but ma wanted to help small business and farmers sell their products in china. great read on all this trade war in the washington post about the knockoff designer bags being the big winner. >> really? >> designer bags get hit with tariffs. not the fakes. prosecutors say he was like a wolf in sheep's clothing. >> a wolf can wear scrubs or doctors' clothing. >> more on the reality tv doctor who may have preyed upon women all over the country. and you will hear what the
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people in shelters. hundreds of roads closed. long-term impact is also just beginning to be calculated. carolinas rely on tourism and agriculture. fields have been inundated. and 3 million chickens killed and 5,000 hogs dead. the president said the people of south carolina, the worst may still be to come. one of the last spots on the trip here wednesday was conway in south carolina where officials say they don't think the river will peak and cause damage until friday. other rivers may not peak until next week. one of the officials down in north myrtle beach texted me we are slowly becoming an island. the president's message on his trip. >> washington is with you. trump is with you. we are all with you 100%. we will get through it. >> reporter: that was the message from the president. two messages. one for south carolina, the worst could still be to come.
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nominee. and the president promising help for the carolinas where the worst flooding could still come. i saw the news article and started bawling. what an idiot. how could i fall for that? >> more women come forward with the stories of the reality tv doctor accused of sex crimes. amazon with another plan to change the way you shop. a whole chain of stores without cashiers. >> that was a picture of mark cuban. >> mark cuban is also coming up. $10 million and apologapology. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is 31 minutes past the hour. a showdown under way this morning with the senate republicans and christine blasey ford. that is the woman who says the supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teens.
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senate judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley setting a deadline of 10:00 a.m. friday for ford to testify to the committee next monday. ford's lawyer lisa banks says the rush to hearing is unnecessary and contrary to discovering the truth. she continues to believe a full non-partisan investigation is needed. >> grassley is resisting calls for an fbi probe. he says he is focused on encouraging her to come and testify. >> doing everything we can to make dr. ford comfortable with coming before committee either in an open session or closed session or a public or a private interviews. that's four different ways she can choose to come. >> grassley followed up with a letter to ford explaining why the senate and not the fbi is not the right body. he writes, quote the fbi doesn't
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make creditble assessment with respect to the nominee. the constitution assigns the senate and only the senate the task of advising. if ford chooses not to speak to the committee, the monday hearing would likely be canceled and the panel could move to vote on the kavanaugh nomination by mid week. >> president trump wants to hear christine blasey ford testify on monday. on the way to the hurricane damaged areas in the carolinas, he said ford should have all of the time she needs to tell her story. and he could change his mind about brett kavanaugh. >> i really want to see her. i really would want to see what she has to say. if she shows up, that would be wonderful. if she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate. if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that would be interesting and we'll have to make a decision. i can only say this. he is such an outstanding man. very hard for me to imagine anything happened.
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>> the president emphasized kavanaugh has been repeatedly investigated by the fbi for previous jobs and downplayed the prospect of an additional probe. >> let's talk about this with julian zelizer. professor. all eyes on the republican senators. collins, murkowski, graham, flake, corker. we know where this is headed. here is susan collins yesterday on where they will move forward without the fbi investigation. >> i think it is not fair to judge kavanaugh for her not to come forward and testify. both of them need to testify under oath next monday before the judiciary committee sgrch. >> that is collins. this is graham. this is a drive-by shooting.
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i'll listen to the lady, but we will bring this to a close. how does this play out? >> i think the republicans are still pushing to get it through and do it before the midterms. obviously collins is saying she wants the testimony, but the writing is on the wall. the republicans are still pretty firm in terms of pushing this nomination through quickly. >> which chuck grassley sent a letter to her yesterday and her attorneys. he set out the options. saying we are giving four or five ways for her to appear. i recognize the testify publicly may be difficult for dr. ford. i offered the opportunity to testify in four possible scenarios. public hearing, private hearing, a public staff interview or private staff interview. i'm willing to have my staff travel. does this pave the way for republicans then to move forward
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with the nomination? >> the onus is on the senate to conduct the thorough investigation to figure out what happened. that is different than politics. republicans have set this up. does she testify or does she not testify? what they are pushing is an investigation that goes beyond a very partisan judiciary committee which is unlikely to really have serious investigation other than having them both say what they say and then move forward. >> raised a few eyebrows on the president's favorite television network when judge napolitano was asked when he thought the president should ask for the fbi investigation. listen to what he said. >> do you think the president should ask the fbi to do that? >> yes, i do. i do for a couple of reasons. i think if the hearing on monday is just judge kavanaugh, he will have taint on his skin which he doesn't deserve and will take years to eradicate.
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i would rather see a justice kavanaugh start in november, but without taint on his skin than a justice kavanaugh starting the first monday in october, but without doubt. >> why not ask for an fbi investigation? >> there is no reason. it was done before. it was done with anita hill. it was done with john tower in the 1980s. that comment is true. the judge should want this more than anyone else. certainly the administration. why start a supreme court nomination with this hanging over the head unless they want to move forward and put this aside. >> we keep hearing he has had six investigations for different probes for different jobs. that is not an investigation of this particular accusation. that is why it is different. >> he was asked about this during the hearing and he said there was nothing there. if something did happen, he did not tell the truth if something
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is there. this is a serious issue. supporters should want this cleared up. >> the president continuing to lash out at his attorney general. here is what he said about jeff sessions yesterday in the carolinas. >> i'm disappointed in the attorney general for numerous reasons, but we have an attorney general. i'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons and you understand that. >> that followed up remarks from hill tv that we do not have an attorney general. >> he said i do not have an attorney general. >> right. that attorney general is for the united states of america. what does he mean when he says that to hill tv? >> i think that is the problem. he is upset that the attorney general has not been loyal to him on one particular issue and that is the investigation and protecting him from it. the irony is attorney general sessions is as trumpian as anyone in the administration. on every other issue -- >> especially immigration. >> he is pushing for what
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president trump wants on immigration. president trump is subverting one of the greatest allies in the cabinet. >> he was saying i don't have an attorney general. the attorney general was cracking down on immigration courts for doing what the president wants. >> and what jeff sessions believes. he wanted to do for a long time. trump is insulting this man, he is actually doing what he promised to do. >> effective. >> that probably insulates him a bit. there are conservatives on the hill who like sessions and like what he is doing and realize his policy added value despite president trump's ire. >> it is not when, but what will a confirmation hearing look like for his successor? that is another day. thanks, julian. president trump optimistic about the possible solution to the north korean nuclear threat wednesday. >> we are making tremendous progress with respect to north
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korea. prior to becoming president, it looked like we were going to war with north korea. now we have a lot of progress. he's calm. i'm calm. we will see what happens. >> the president spoke after the north and south hammered out a deal to close the key test facility and destroy a key nuclear complex if the u.s. agrees to corresponding measures. we have paula hancocks live in seoul. paula. >> reporter: dave, right now, the south korean president moon jae-in is just behind me speaking to the south korean people and international media about what he achieved in pyongyang during the past three days. now clearly this south korean president sees this as a success. the fact that he said it is the first time that north and south korea have actually started to think about methods of denuclearization. we know the white house, as you say, has welcomed this summit.
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the u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo says he will meet with the north korean counterpart on the sidelines of the general assembly of the united nations in new york. there are ongoing negotiations in austria. there will be critics saying this is light on details. there is not a timeline and some of it is the conditional and at least they say this sparked the conversation with the u.s. and north korea again because they had been stalled for some time. the question is if north korea will shutdown the nuclear facility if there are corresponding measures. the question is what are those corresponding measures. that is a question asked to the south korean president behind me. dave. >> paula, thank you. 41 minutes past the hour. prosecutors say he was like a
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wolf in sheep's clothing. >> a wolf can wear scrubs or doctor's clothing. >> more on the reality tv doctor who may have preyed upon women all over the country. and you will hear what president trump told people in the carolinas who are still suffering after hurricane florence. ♪ ♪
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president trump got a first hand look at the devastation from florence on wednesday. rivers are still rising. some rivers are expected to crest today creating more flooding. president trump met with first responders and evacuated residents on wednesday assuring him america is ready to help. nick watt has more from wilmington, north carolina. >> reporter: dave and christine, the sun has been shining in
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wilmington, north carolina, but the outlook is bleak. the governor said we are a state that is hurting. the state will hurt for some time. they still have thousands of people in shelters and hundreds of roads closed. the long-term impact is beginning to be calculated. the north carolina area relies on tourism and agriculture. fields have been inundated. 3 million chickens killed and 5,000 hogs dead. the people of south carolina may still have the worst to come. the last spot on the trip here for the president on wednesday was conway in south carolina where officials say they don't think the river will peak until friday. other rivers may not peak until next week. one official in north myrtle beach said we are slowly becoming an island. the president's message on his trip. >> washington is with you. trump is with you.
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we are all with you 100%. we'll get through it. >> reporter: so that was the message from the president's trip. there were two messages. one for south carolina, the worst could still come and the second is whatever happens, the federal government will do whatever it can to help you. christine and dave. >> nick, thank you. officials in california say six people have been identified who may have been drugged and raped by california surgeon grant robicheaux and his girlfriend cherissa riley. robicheaux appeared on the bravo reality show now canceled. the orange county d.a.'s office says the two cases appeared to occur outside of the state. one victim may live outside of the u.s. one woman who went on a tinder date with robicheaux said she wasn't drugged or raped, but he made unwanted sexual advances to her. >> he took me to his jacuzzi where he kept trying to rip off my top. i kept putting it back on. i tried to escape.
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>> she did not report the incident to police. the d.a.'s office received 30 calls with more coming in. he and riley -- robicheaux and riley are set to be arraigned october 25th. mark cuban donating $10 million to the women's advocate groups after workplace misconduct among team employees over 20 years. that included forcible touching and kissing female employees by a former team president. >> first, just an apology to the women involved. this is not something that just is an incident and it's over. it stays with people. it stays with families. i'm sorry i didn't see it. i'm sorry i didn't recognize it. >> the nba said the investigation found no evidence cuban was aware of the former team president's misconduct. the probe launched following a "sports illustrated" article in february.
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let's get a check of cnn money. u.s. embroiled with the trade war with china, but wall street with record highs. s&p and dow with record highs. the ten-year treasury yield hit the highest level. the trade war has shaken shocks for months. with -- stocks for months. the volley of stocks are on the rise. companies are still making a boat load of money. today should be another up day for stocks. u.s. futures are higher. amazon plans to open up to 3,000 cashier free stores by 2021. amazon has three of the amazon go stores in seattle with plans to expand. the store has no cashier. the guy on his amazon app. cameras and sensors inside the
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store track what he picks up and charges him. this move gives amazon a bigger foot hold in the grocery market. flyers planning to catch a delta flight. you will pay more to check your bags. delta hiked fees by $5. domestic flights with $40. this is the third major u.s. airline. united and jetblue made the same hike last month. airlines say this offsets fuel and labor costs. new york congress member chris collins has returned to campaigning this month while being indicted on federal insider trading charges. he said the stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of the seat in congress. collins suspended the campaign while the gop looked to replace him as a candidate. in the end, his lawyer said
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there was no clearly path of a substitute on the ballot. collins called the securities and wire fraud charges meritless. coming up, he has the moves like jagger. now a gig like lady gaga. the band set to take the super bowl halftime show. and the spelling mistake that just could not go unnoticed. baby boomers,
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♪ maroon 5 gearing up for the halftime show for the super bowl. that is what two sources tell the new york times. the nfl is continuing to work out the plans and they will not do a big reveal yet. they don't have an announcement to make. if true, the band and front man adam levine is following justin timberlake and lady gaga. super bowl liii takes place february 3rd in atlanta. a big reminder that spelling counts. take a look. hong kong's cathay pacific is spelled paciic. the travelers spotted the missing f and contacted the airline. it was a genuine and costly mistake. joked about it.
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they said it won't last long. she is going back to the shop. it is a reminder that copy eddie -- editor. and president trump spoke with a homeowner with a boat washing up in the yard. the late night comedians talked about it. >> he spoke to a resident about a large boat washing ashore next to his house. here is a picture. according to reports, donald trump asked the man is this your boat. and when the homeowner said no, trump rereplied, and this is tr, at least you got a nice boat out of the deal. >> if you think trump is kidding, he said this is incredible. this boat just came here. what's the law?
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maybe it become s theirs. who could forget the case of finder's fee keepers. >> a landmark case. >> strong. very strong. while you were sleeping that was happening. thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. see you tomorrow. if she refused to testify, kavanaugh is confirmed. >> it's not right to judge kavanaugh for her not to come forward. >> we will have to make decision. >> it's a pr stunt and the republicans are not buying it anymore. >> she is being bullied by this committee. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> thi

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