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negotiations continue and we remain optimistic. disputes over fees are common as division viewership declines. so there you go. "early start" continues right now. an unplanned holiday light show. a transformer blows up lighting up the sky above new york. the skies won't be quiet either today. a messy end to the holiday week. 800,000 federal workers, no relief soon. the shutdown will last until 2019. and the stock market not finishing the year quietly. dow roaring back to close up in the final hour. why? why are they coming? >> escort you off the property. >> and i'm staying here? >> not anymore. >> just get out. allegations of racial bias at an oregon hotel. a black guest asked to leave the
lobby. his lawyer says the only thing he is guilty of is calling his mother while black. >> doubletree owned by hilton. what will they do to make sure it doesn't happen again? >> i'm joe johns. welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. it looked like an alien invasion. see for yourself. the skies of new york city lit up with the eerie blue glow at the power plant in queens. a spokesperson telling cnn a substation experienced a brief electrical fire after a couple of transformers tripped offline. it did not seem routine to folks seeing it. >> holy [ bleep ]. oh, my god. >> that was the view miles away from manhattan. this was the view miles away in manhattan. the light visible as far as new jersey.
the unearthly effect enhanced by the low cloud ceiling. the explosion is powerful enough to shake buildings and windows. there were power outages which shutdown laguardia in queens. no flights took off for an hour. the airport switched to a back-up generator and resumed operation at 10:20 p.m. above the skies in new york, the storm system we have been tracking all week. a messy day in store for the great lakes. and the eastern states. just like in the midwest and south yesterday, two deaths have been reported. in louisiana, a 58-year-old woman died after a tree fell on her camper trailer. another person died in kansas in a crash on i-70 in blizzard conditions. >> this system stretches the u.s. from north to south and south dakota has sleet and snow across the state. icing roads and limiting visibility. the nebraska state patrol closed i-80 due to snow and ice and high winds. and in kenner, louisiana, the
rain and high winds were the cause of the electrical explosion with pyrotechnics like you have never seen. meteorologist ivan cabrera has the friday forecast. >> good morning. still looking at a flood threat from the deep south all the way across the north. this is not going to be a big winter storm for the east along 95. it has been and will continue to be across the midwest. now because of additional snow and because of the snow already fallen. blizzard conditions are possible. then 50 million of us from louisiana all the way to jersey under a flood threat because of the heavy rain which has fallen and the heavy rain still to come. anywhere from 2 to 4 inches across the area. look at futurecast radar. slow-moving storm. we still have rain to deal with for the weekend. another impulse coming in and that will allow for even heavier
rainfall across the south. i think that will be the area which has the potential to pick up four or a half a foot of rainfall. as far as temperatures, winter. upper midwest where we have been snowing, temperatures in the single digits for highs and 20s in minneapolis. that cold air will he investigati eventually make it across the northeast. the milder air, by the way, continues across the south. >> ivan, thank you. another roller coaster day on wall street. stocks staged a major comeback. dow closed up 260 points. it had been down 611 earlier in the day. this is a huge almost 5% reversal. you know, a big 5% move is not unheard of. the s&p 500 and nasdaq closed higher. investors are looking for certainty. there is a cloud of chaos around the slowing global economy.
trade policy and recent moves by the federal reserves. president trump has been happy about the boosts. a source telling cnn he called from air force one. he uses the markets as a personal barometer. the president repeated he believes the american economy is doing great. the economy is strong, but consumer confidence number has attention. it has fallen as benefits from the tax cuts fade. the confidence index fell to 128.1 in december. the thursday gains don't erase what has been a dismal december for wall street. all three averages are down for the month. a dysfunctional u.s. government will end 2018 not functioning. it is now day seven of the partial government shutdown. at this point it is guaranteed
to spill into the new year. house and senate adjourned on thursday with no deal on the table. with the president back from his surprise trip to iraq, he has now returned to twitter with a whopper of a claim. he seems to ignore the pain for the 800,000 unpaid federal employees. we have abby phillip at the white house. >> reporter: christine and joe, president trump is back in washington after the federal workers supported his plan to keep the shutdown until he gets border wall funding. the president is announcing those not getting paid in the government shutdown are all democrats. that is a rebuke from the largest union representing federal workers. a government shutdown doesn't hurt any one political party or one federal employee more than another. it hurts them all. hurts their families and all of our communities. as there continues to be the blame game and back and forth
with the two parties, we are no closer to finding out what it will take to end the shutdown. the president yesterday repeatedly refused to say how much he would accept in border wall funding and if he would come down from the original proposal of $5 billion to $2 billion. now the white house is issuing a statement saying that the president is not backing down from his desire for more border security. one of the president's top allies suggested yesterday that the president has not heard much from democrats and this shutdown could last for many days. christine and joe. >> abby phillip at the white house. the impact of the shutdown is about to get real for federal employees working or home unpaid. credit cards from holiday shopping, rent, electricity, a lot of people have bills to pay in the new year. the u.s. office of personnel management tweeted advice to federal employees on how to deal with the precarious financial situation. >> one suggestion for federal
employees offer to do chores in exchange for rent payment. one letter reads, i would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance. painting, carpentry work in exchange for partial rent payments. >> navy federal credit union offering help to request or receive or pay on loans. the effects stretching to space. nasa's horizon probe is on target for the new year's eve rendezvous. the most distant object ever to be explored, but due to the shutdown, it is not happening. house and senate democrats calling for action after the deaths of the two migrant children in custody. calling for oversight hearings.
the ranking democrat dianne feinstein is calling for hearings. the homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen will visit the border today following the death of felipe alonzo-gomez. we have dan simon with more. >> reporter: joe and christine, kirstjen nielsen is heading to the border to examine the issues in the border security and what is happening. obviously, with the two children dying in custody this past month, she is facing the crisis and one of the things she has ordered the agency to do is offer enhanced medical screenings. she wants to witness that process first hand. she will be in el paso on friday and yuma, arizona on saturday. in the meantime, we are getting a better understanding of why this father and son made this entry into the united states. the mother spoke to reuters. one of the things she told them is they were under the impression if you travel with a child, you have a better chance of gaining entry into the country. she was encouraged to do this by neighbors.
she said lots of them have gone with children and managed to cross. even if they are held for a month or two. it is statements that critics say is the problem. the u.s. immigration policy incentivizes bringing children across the border. if you are a family from a country not bordering the united states, you are not automatically deported. often times family members go free while immigration proceedings are pending. christine and joe, back to you. the president is seizing on the murder of the officer in california as police vow to pursue the suspect relentlessly. corporal ronal singh was gunned down during a traffic stop. this was over a suspected dui on wednesday morning. sheriff randy richardson says singh was his first hire. >> please remember the man. please remember the husband. please remember what he was. what he came to this country to do.
his 5 month old, he will never hear talk. he will never see his son walk. he doesn't get to hold that little boy. hug his wife. say good night. anymore because a coward took his life. >> the stanislaus county sheriff is leading the investigation and has identified the suspect. the sheriff would not release the suspect's name, but says he is in the country illegally. that led president trump to take to twitter where he linked corporal singh's death to border security. interesting ripple effect from the decision of president trump to withdrawal from syria. the kurdish militia now inviting the assad government to take control of the northern city of manbij in syria.
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a minute. >> thank you. call them. i'm waiting. >> okay. >> they are coming why? >> escort you off the property. >> and i'm staying here? >> not anymore. >> so jermaine massey was in the lobby of the doubletree after he checked in. he told the hotel staffer he was taking a personal call in the lobby. a guard started to question his presence. police continued to arrive and massey was asked to leave. the officer escorted him back to the room to get his belongings and offered assistance for another hotel. he declined. the manager says the incident is unfortunate and reached out. massey's attorney characterizes it as calling his mother while black. >> doubletree is a hilton property. wonder if hilton will do training.
graphic details coming to light about the sex assault accusations against actor kevin spacey. this is a warning. this story has sexually explicit language. the criminal complaint from nantucket, massachusetts, alleges that spacey bought a teenager a number of alcoholic drinks in 2016 and bragged to him about the size of his penis. he later reached over and started to rub the teen's thigh. spacey unzipped the man's pants and rubbed him. the accuser took a brief snapchat video of the alleged assault. investigators say they have that video. cnn's miguel marquez has more. >> reporter: christine and joe, despite a heavy night of drinking with spacey and accuser, the accuser had the frame of mind to take video of it. snapchating part of the assault. he says, to his then girlfriend. now one of the things the accuser says in the report is he told mr. spacey he was 23 years
old. in fact, he was 18. all of this happening at the nantucket club car restaurant after he got off his bus boy shift that night in july of 2016. the accuser's mother spoke about this incident last year. >> the victim, my son, was a star struck, straight, 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator. >> reporter: cnn has tried to speak to mr. spacey or his representatives about these charges. we have not heard back from them. shortly after the news broke of the charges, mr. spacey put out a video on his twitter feed and the tone and style and substance of it was jarring given the assault charges against him. >> you wouldn't believe the worst without evidence. you wouldn't rush to judgment without facts, would you? did you?
if i didn't pay the price for the things we know i did do, i'm not going to pay the price for the things i didn't do. >> reporter: mr. spacey does his video in the frank underwood character. netflix had no comment about the video. it is not clear, but given the timing of the charges, and the video mr. spacey released, it is notable and was noted and remarked upon in hollywood, but around the world. the arraignment for mr. spacey in this particular case is set for january 7th. christine and joe. >> miguel marquez. in a reversal, the three who tried to attack an nypd officer in the subway will be charged. five drunken men harassed her. when the video shows the police
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men that i believe in and i know without a doubt have not intentionally done anything to jeopardize their opportunity or the team. i want to make that clear. >> how will the suspensions impact the first semifinal? vegas still has clemson favored by two touchdowns. the other showdown is the orange bowl which is alabama and oklahoma which is likely the last football game of heisman trophy winner kyler murray's life. he signed a deal to play with the oakland a's. he is focused now on taking down the defending national champs. >> i don't need extra motivation. i'm not worried about the odds. the game comes and time to play. >> he's the real deal. he can do it recaall.
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an unplanned holiday light show. a transformer blows up lighting up the sky above new york. the skies won't be quiet either today. a messy end to the holiday week. 800,000 federal workers, no relief soon. the shutdown will last until 2019. and the stock market not finishing the year quietly. dow roaring back 900 points and closed up in the final hour. why? why are they coming? >> escort you off the property. >> and i'm staying here? >> not anymore. >> allegations of racial bias at an oregon doubletree hotel by
hilton. a black guest asked to leave the lobby. his lawyer says the only thing he is guilty of is calling his mother while black. you won't believe it. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm joe johns. 30 minutes past the hour. it looked like an alien invasion. it wasn't. so we're told. see for yourself. the skies of new york city lit up with the eerie blue glow at the power plant in queens. a spokesperson for con-ed telling cnn a substation experienced a brief electrical fire after a couple of transformers tripped offline. it did not seem routine to folks seeing it. >> holy [ bleep ]. oh, my god. >> it takes a lot for new yorker to get rattled like that. this was the view miles away in manhattan. the light visible as far as new jersey. the unearthly effect enhanced by the low cloud ceiling. the explosion is powerful enough
to shake buildings and windows. there were power outages which shutdown laguardia in queens. no flights took off for an hour. the airport switched to a back-up generator and resumed operation at 10:20 p.m. also in the skies above new york, the storm system we have been tracking all week. a messy day in store for the great lakes and eastern states. just like the midwest and south yesterday. two deaths have been reported in louisiana. a 58-year-old woman died after a tree fell on her camper trailer. another person died in kansas in a crash on i-70 in blizzard conditions. >> this system stretches the u.s. from north to south and south dakota has sleet and snow across the state. icing roads and limiting visibility. the nebraska state patrol closed 130 miles of i-80 due to snow and ice and high winds. and in kenner, louisiana, the high winds were the cause of the electrical explosion with pyrotechnics that you have never
seen. meteorologist ivan cabrera has the friday forecast. >> christine and joe, good morning. wild night across the south with torrential downpours and frequent lightning. this big storm system extending from the gulf up to canada. on the northern end of it, we are talking about blowing snow. blizzard warning in effect. this will be the big deal. 50 million of us under a flood threat from louisiana to new jersey as a result of 2 to 4 inches of rainfall for the next couple of days in the slow-moving system. we had heavy rainfall the last several days. the soil is saturated. it will not take much. this will continue saturday into sunday. not looking like a great weekend as a result of the rain. if you are flying and trying to get home, this will be the issue for today. new york will have delays with
the winds gusty at times throughout the today. it will diminish through tomorrow. guys. ivan, thank you for that. and it is now day seven of the partial government shutdown. at this point, it is guaranteed to spill into the new year. the house and senate adjourned thursday with no deal on the table. with the president back from his surprise trip to iraq, he returned to twitter. with a whopper claim. on twitter, he seems to be ignoring the pain which will get worse for 800,000 unpaid federal employees. >> cnn's abby phillip at the white house with the latest. >> reporter: christine and joe, president trump is back in washington after the federal workers supported his plan to keep the shutdown until he gets border wall funding. the president is announcing those not getting paid in the government shutdown are all democrats. that is a rebuke from the
largest union representing federal workers. a government shutdown doesn't hurt any one political party or one federal employee more than another. it hurts them all. hurts their families and all of our communities. as there continues to be the blame game and back and forth with the two parties, we are no closer to finding out what it will take to end the shutdown. the president yesterday repeatedly refused to say how much he would accept in border wall funding and if he would come down from the original proposal of $5 billion to $2 billion. now the white house is issuing a statement saying that the president is not backing down from his desire for more border security. one of the president's top allies suggested yesterday that the president has not heard much from democrats and this shutdown could last for many days. christine and joe. >> abby phillip at the white house. the impact of the shutdown is about to get real for federal
employees working or home unpaid. credit cards from holiday shopping, rent, electricity, a lot of people have bills to pay in the new year. the u.s. office of personnel management tweeted advice to federal employees on how to deal with the precarious financial situation. >> one suggestion for federal employees offer to do chores in exchange for rent. one letter reads, i would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance. painting, carpentry work in exchange for partial rent payments. >> and this is now stretching to space. nasa's horizon probe is on target for the new year's eve rendezvous. the most distant object ever to be explored, but due to the shutdown, no live nasa webcast. >> joining us is the host of "just ask the question." good morning. it is friday. heading into the last home stretch of 2018.
>> happy new year. >> we will see a government shutdown at the beginning of the year. the possible scenarios. what's next? it drags on into 2019. that is guaranteed. democrats could agree on the border wall. the house could pass the spending bill. these are the possible scenarios. you talk to folks in washington where you are, they don't see an active off-ramp negotiation here. >> they are not talking. i was on the hill yesterday and the white house press office was locked up. we are being treated to from the president are his tweets and his press office. up on the hill, no one is talking about this. the problem is is how this came to be. the president of the united states said mexico would pay for the wall. that was the first fraud perpetrated on the american public. he said he would own this if it
is shutdown. now he is blaming it on the democrats. the second fraud perpetrated on the public. now he said he would compromise. at one point in time, he would let a cr go and he was going to compromise on desires for money for the wall. that changed last week on wednesday when ann coulter tweeted out he is abandoning his base. he went back to his initial stance. that's where we are now. so it is not changed since then. the whole thing is, guys, this is bunk. this is a fraud on the american people. he picked up this issue on the campaign trail. he loved it. it played to his base. they love it. it has no -- it is the most tenuous relationship with the reality. the idea with the border wall. he is going to shoutdown the government over it. that is why it is not going anywhere. >> i have two questions here. the first one is one of the
things we haven't been talking about as much because it is the end of the year and a shutdown. we are not talking about the russia investigation. we do know this president is a master distracter. he would be faced with a lot of oversight once democrats take over the house. my question is is that part of the equation here to take america's mind off that conversation and the second fact is if you just go through how a -- there you go. the investigations. if you go a little bit through how a bill becomes a law. although we got 40 new democrats in the house of representatives, that doesn't mean they can override a veto from the president. >> right. you nailed two things on the head there. first of all, it is distraction. we have been talking about the shutdown and it is curious the shutdown occurs when the gop controls the executive branch and both legislative branch of
the government. that is something you cannot forget. as you go forward, that is a bit of a fraud and it is all meant to distract from the mueller investigation and all the other investigations. while we are talking shutdown, people conducting the investigations have not forgotten their jobs. as much as the president would like for us to concentrate on something other than shutdown, i would remind you that what he is doing is using real people's lives as a political football. those people are suffering because of this president and there's no way around that fact. he cannot get around it. as far as how it becomes law, they do not have the votes to override a veto. where it will sit is this will come at some point in time he will have to approve a piece of legislation to be passed in the house and senate and he won't veto. i think we're going to end up back where we were last wednesday before ann coulter shot her mouth off.
they have to compromise. the compromise they had in place to begin with. i think they will end up in the same place or nearly the same place where they were originally. >> i think time is going to show what the impact is of the shutdown on real people. i tell you right now, when i talk to trump supporters in the midwest, they say shut the government down. they elected donald trump was to disrupt. they don't care about the government shutdown. if you see that people now in the weeks ahead can't file for the first time for their social security benefits for unemployment benefits or you see a constriction in food stamps. you will see real world impact. i have to bring up something that the president said himself in 2013 during the government shutdown. i wonder why he is so adamant now about the shutdown when he said this to fox news a few years ago. >> who is bearing the brunt of the responsibility if there is a
shutdown? >> if you say who gets fired, it has to be the top. problems start from the top and they have to get sold frved froe top. the president is a leader. he has goit to get everybody in the room and lead. >> how does he do this? >> he isn't. he is holed up in the white house and it is shutdown. there is a tweet for every occasion for trump and statement for every occasion with president trump. the thing is about the guy is what he says on monday doesn't necessarily hold sway monday afternoon. 15 minutes later, he can change his mind and the new facts or the alternative facts are the ones he listens to when they are convenient for him. it is hard to negotiate in congress when the president waffles so much and changes his mind so often. that is why -- >> lurches.
>> that is one of the reasons why senator mitch mcconnell did not use the nuclear option. you don't trust the president. even his own party doesn't trust him. so it will make it really difficu difficult moving into the new year. >> happy new year. good to see you. it's friday. i hope you get some rest and relief. that hasn't happened. >> we get that at the white house they thwhen they are all down. >> see you later. turns out the referee who ordered a black varsity wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks has been in trouble before. with all that usaa offers
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a guest at the oregon hotel is alleging racial bias. he says he was harassed by staff for taking a personal phone call in the lobby. >> oregon police will be here. >> okay. i'm waiting. they are coming why? why? >> escort you off the property. >> and i'm staying here? >> not anymore. >> that is the voice of jermaine massey in the lobby of the doub doubletree which is a hilton hotel. he told the desk staffer he was taking a personal call in the
lobby and police questioned his presence. >> police arrived and massey was asked to leave the hotel. he was escorted back to his room to get his belongings. the hotel's general manager says this is unfortunate and they reached out to massey. his attorney characterized the incident is calling his mother while black. no comment from the employees in the video. or the parent company. a doubletree owned by hilton. turns out that referee who told the new jersey wrestler to cut his dreadlocks was investigated in 2016 for using a racial slur. a source from the new jersey wrestling association tells us alan maloney was given a one-year suspension for racist language. aimed at a fellow referee. because the incident did not happen at the event, the suspension was overturned on appeal. >> maloney says he doesn't remember using the slur, but believed him and apologized. video of the trainer cutting andrew johnson's hair in the middle of the match went viral prompting criticism.
he won that match, by the way. whiplash. roller coaster. whatever you want to say will fit. stocks staged a major comeback. dow closed up 260 points. erasing a 611--point loss earlier in the day. investors are looking for certainty. there is a cloud of chaos surrounding a slowing global economy and trade policies and moves by the federal reserve. president trump happy about the market boosts. a source telling cnn the president called advisers on his way back from iraq after the markets closed wednesday. he uses the markets as his barometer political standing. in phone calls, the president believes the economy is doing great. great end of the year for consumer spending, but consumer confidence is falling as the
benefits from the tax cuts fade. consumer confidence index fell to 128.1 in december. thursday's gains will not erase what has been the worst december for stocks since the great depression. here is the damage report. averages are all down 9%. dow futures are higher. we will see if the market can string together three up days in a row to close the week. sears is as near death as it has ever been. today is the deadline to bid for assets. sears wants someone to buy 500 stores and the kenmore appliance brand. sears says it has interest from parties, but the only public bidder is the hedge fund controlled by the chairman eddie lambert. he is offering $4.6 billion. he says the plan will let the employees keep their jobs. if he doesn't make the bid official, sears could extend the deadline or close all stores and
liquida liquidate. disney and verizon arguing over programming fees and abc and espn caught in the middle. disney and verizon have until 5:00 p.m. new year's eve to agree. if not, verizon will stop carrying disney channels. espn channels will be blocked for fios. we remain optimistic to reach a deal. television viewership declines and companies are demanding more to make up for lost revenue. we will take a break and be right back. old, and saying, "really?" so capital one is building something completely new. capital one cafes. inviting places with people here to help you, not sell you. and savings and checking accounts with no fees or minimums. because that's how it should be. you can open one from right here or anywhere in 5 minutes.
being struck by a train. caught on the officer's dash cam. the officer approaching the tracks as the train came speeding through the crossing. warning lights are seen flashing, but not until the moment when the train barrels by. that incident blamed on the electrical problem with the crossing gate. lawyers for elon musk moving to dismiss a defamation case over the thai soccer team in the cave in july. he said it was a pr stunt and had no chance of working. >> musk attacked the british driver in the deleted tweet. sorry, pedo guy. you did ask for it. pedo meaning pedophile. his lawyers argue twitter is a platform quote infamous for hyperbole. his statements were imaginative
attacks. unsworth is asking for $75,000. and you never know what life changing event can happen looking for laundry detergent. a cnn producer saw that and a man with the note on his backpack. the producer snapped a picture and posted it on twitter. hoping it may help. did it ever. >> within a week, 23,000 retweeting and 35,000 likes. the man identified as raymond thomps thompson. he and his wife and daughter live in brooklyn. thompson says after the photo went viral, he got calls as far as australia. >> they hope testing for a match can start next month. instead of money, they want people to become organ donors. one in five people waiting for a kidney got a match last year. that is a great resolution. young or old. put yourself on the organ
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democrats are dug in. looks like we could be in for a long term shutdown. >> now trump is trying to save face. >> i don't think they want to give trump a victory. >> this is to go past the state of the union. a transformer blew up in new york. >> this is "new day," with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> this is "new day." it's friday, and there's no evidence of extraterrestrial activity. the nypd put out a statement on twitter saying there were no aliens coming, even though somebody painted the sky blue
last night. look at this. that's a transformer explosion. that's remarkable. nobody was hurt. no lasting significant power outages. that was last night. i just want to show people what ghostbusters looks like. >> there's some parallel. the colors are a little different. >> the good news, again, this is not the second coming of zuel, but the bad news is, the government is shut down until 2019. that means about 800,000 federal workers remain on furlough or are working without pay even as the politicians that can't make a deal are collecting their paychecks. nancy pelosi said the democrats have given the white house three options to end the shut down, and