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president trump heads to theithe u.s.-mexico border in just hours, but will it be more than just a photo-op? >> unfortunately the president just got up and walked out. >> democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate. the president walking out of a meeting with democratic leaders calling it a waste of time. what house speaker nancy pelosi said that set him off. rod rosenstein planning his exit, what does this mean about how soon the special counsel investigation could wrap up.
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increasing backlash for grammy-award winning singer r. kelly, the overnight statement from lady gaga taking a stand for his alleged victims. good morning, come to "early s." >> it is thursday, january 10. and president trump boards air force one this morning bound for mcallen, texas as the shutdown ente enters day 20. he is traveling even though he said during a meeting with anchors tuesday afternoon the border visit is, quote, not going to change a damn thing, but i'm still doing it. >> in that same spirit why i had, the president walked out of his third meeting with nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. afterwards, he defeated thathe meeting was a total waste of time. how is how senator schumer recalled the sitdown. >> he asked speaker pelosi, will you agree to my wall.
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she said no. and he just got up and said then we have nothing to discuss and he walked out. again, we saw a temper tantrum. he said if i open up the government, you won't do what i want. that is cruel. >> vice president mike pence and congressional republicans remember things a little differently. >> the president walked into the room and passed out candy. i don't recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand. >> the president then turned to the speaker and politely asked her, okay, nancy, if we open the government up in 30 days could we have border security? she raised her hand and said no, not at all. the president calmly said i guess you're still not wanting to deal with the problem. >> more now from white house correspondent kaitlan collins. >> reporter: women, thell, that
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ended with the president storming out after democrats said that they would not budge on their refusal to give him anymore money for his border wall funding. sources telling us that the president passing out candy to several people in the room, but things took a turn when the president and nancy pelosi started going back and forth on what the white house wants and what the democrats say they are not willing to give up. and it end with the president essentially telling them good-bye and leaving the room. democrats is say that the president was throwing a temper tantrum, the republicans disagree. but the bottom line, that was the third meeting that the president has had with congressional leaders in the situation room since this whole shutdown got started, yet we are still no closer to resolving these talks. now, of course on friday, that is the first day those federal government workers will not be receiving their paychecks and on saturday this turns into the long ers continuous u.e long ers continuous ust continun that we've seen.
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so both sides are feeling the pressure to come up with a resol resolve, but we're told there is no other meeting set up with the president and nancy pelosi, arguably the two people that this will come down to. with that on the record lunch with news anchors, president trump according to the "new york times" told them that he did not believe that his primetime address or his trip to the border which he is taking today would change any opinions about where they are on whether or not it is worth shutting the government done over building the long promised border wall. he will make that trip today. we'll see what he says. but right now, we are still very much in the middle of this government shutdown. >> all right. thank you for that. republican senators are planning to make an offer on immigration that they hope democrats can't refuse. source tell cnn that the deal would include the $5.7 billion president trump is demanding for the border wall in exchange for several democratic initiatives including protections for d.r.e.a.m.ers. republican senators met privately last night in senator
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lindsey graham's office with the white house adviser jared kushner. after the meeting graham sounded optimistic. >> i'm somewhat hopeful that maybe there is a way to get what the president wants in a fashion that would do the least amount of damage to the country as possible. >> kushner told republican senators if they can come up with a proposal, they could -- that includes funding for the president's wall, that the white house would be more open to discussions. he did not say whether his father-in-law would endorse such a plan. the democratic controlled house passing a financial services spending bill in an attempt to reopen parts of the government that are currently shut down. the measure would fund agencies like the treasury department and the irs. if passed by the senate and signed by the president, that is a big if, the vote was 240-188, significant to note eight republicans joined democrat zs in voting in favor, up from seven republicans who supported a similar measure last week. >> each day the house plans to
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vote on individual appropriations bills to reopen national parks, housing an agricultural departments, but mitch mcconnell insists that he will not take up any measure without president trump's blessing. so the bills appear to be going nowhere. we're getting new details about the time line for the upcoming departure of deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. jessica schneider reports the man who oversees the russia probe may have to be flexible about the date of miss final hi in office. >> reporter: donees out rod rosenstein has long been planning his departure when he was satisfied that mueller's investigation was either complete or close enough to complete that it was protected. so with rosenstein's upcoming possible departure, this could be the clear he is sign ysesise that the mueller prone be is wrapping up.
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and he is also timing this with william bahr's possible resignatiorefcofir nation, which is shaping up to be about the mid-february at the earliest. now, we did see the president's pick william barr up on capitol hill wednesday and he told senator lindsey graham that he plans to be transparent when it comes to the mueller probe and any release orobert mueller's report to congress or the public. but fair to say rod rosenstein, he has been the big protector and proponent for the special counsel. he appointed rc pointe appointe mueller and gave him broad responsibility including manafort. and tuesday manafort's lawyers inadvertently revealed that paul manafort had handed over polling data to a russian operative with
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connections to russian intelligence at the height of the campaign. now, paul manafort's lawyers have since come back saying that that polling data was actually intended to go to two ukranian oligarchs through kilimnick. it is unclear why manafort wanted to give this polling data to oligarchs and whether or not it satisfies mueller's questions about any possible collusion. so that is the manafort piece of it. but the question with rosenstein, will the russia investigation go once rosenstein leaves and how will william barr handle it. either way the justice department is set to see a lot of changes in the coming month or two. christined a dave. >> jessica, thank you so much. now, cnn has uncovered a new clue to the possible identity of the mystery company fighting the subpoena from special counsel robert mueller. we've learned one of the law firms involved in the case is
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alstin and bird, and they have previously represented russian interests. we know that takes government owned financial institution. the identity of the government and government have been closely held secret. we don't know if they represent the company, government or some other interested party. after several courtroom set backs, the company may be forced to give mueller the information he wants or face a steep financial penalty. president trump's lawyer rudy giuliani says the president is done answering questions from special counsel robert mueller giuliani saying as far as we're concerned, everything is over. they can try to subpoena him if they want, but they know we could fight that like hell. the president submitted written answers to the special counsel's questions back in november. giuliani says mueller raised the possibility of followup questions but was told that the president would not respond. giuliani says trump's lawyers had no contact with the mueller
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team since before christmas. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren heads to new hampshire this weekend for a visit to the first of the nation primary state, per first as a presidential contender. she launched an exploratory bid for the 2020 democratic nomination on new year's eve. and she was in iowa last week. kamala harris says that she will decide soon on a 2020 run. harris believes that the country is ready for a woman of color as president. >> the pundits can talk all day and all night and there is a lot of chatter about which demographic will do this or that. it has been my life's experience that the american people are smart and they make decisions based on what is the best interests of their household, their family and their community. and i have faith that in 2020 and any other election that will be their motivation when they vote. >> and tom steyers says that he will not run but instead focus his efforts on taking on the
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president from outside, namely through need to impeach, a group he founded after the 2016 election. head of a firefighters union is blasting president trump for his threat to cut off emergency aid to california for its devastating wildfires. the president tweeted this, billions of dollars are sent to the state of california for forest fires that with proper forest management would never happen. unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, i've ordered fema to send no more money. it is a disgraceful situation in lives and money. >> the president of the international association of firefighters responding in a statement saying while our president is tweeting on the sidelines in d.c., our fellow americans 3,000 miles to the west are mourning loved ones, entire communities have been wiped off the man and thousands of people are still trying to figure out where they're going to call home. state officials also point out that more than half of california's forests are owned and managed by federal agencies.
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numerous calls being made to prosecutors with claims of sexual abuse against r. kelly. the latest on that investigation next.
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cook county prosecutor says her officer is receiving numerous calls after she urged potential victims of r. kelly to come forward earlier this week. and cnn learn an arrest warrant was issued for his former manager james mass soon. he is accused of killing the father of one of the women featured in the documentary series. he claims she is being held against her will by the singer. dozens of protesters gathered outside of r. kelly's chicago studio last night. they are calling for a boycott of his music and for criminal charges. lady gaga tweeting overnight vowing to take a 2013 song she recorded with kelly, do what you
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want with my body, offer of itunes and other sfretreaming platforms. at the time she pointed to the bond they shared over very untrue things written about us. she now says i stand mind these women 1,000%. i'm sorry both for my poor judgment when i was young and not speaking out sooner. 30,000 teachers set to go on strike in los angeles next week unless they get a new contract. their union rejecting the district's latest offer that the 6% salary hike and 1,000 new hires to reduce class sizes. the district has gone to court claiming the union did not provide enough notice to go on strike now. a judge will take up the legal challenge today. the world's richest couple is calling it quits. amazon boss jeff bezos and his wife mckenzie are divorcing after 25 years of marriage. they issued a joint statement saying they made the decision, quote, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation. the couple adding question feel incredibly lucky to have found each other.
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if we had known we would separate after 25 year, we would do it all again. their whiextreme wealth may rele some of the sting but the divorce could be quite costly. he has an estimated net worth of $137 billion. wall street is slowly continuing to recover. the dow closed 92 points higher wednesday and is up about 10% since christmas eve. the s&p 500 posted modest gains, its first four day winning streak since september. the nasdaq closed higher as well rallying for the ninth time in ten days. invest a investor angst has been soothed. u.s. oil prices helped drive the market higher as well. remember when the president said this last week? >> people see the gasoline as way down. and the reason it is way down is because i called up some of the
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opec people, i say don't did it, do you think it is luck that that happened? it is not luck. i called uncertain people and i said let that damn oil and gasoline, you let it flow. >> since the president made those remarks, crude oil prices have risen 12% to more than $52 a barrel. however gas prices are still falling, it is currently two cents r s lower than a week ago. coming up, mike pompeo giving a major speech in the middle east. we go live to cairo next. flushio much toilet paper. wait, so you don't flush your toilet paper at home? no yuck because that man is afraid. afraid too much toilet paper will back up our system. but dad, rid-x contains billions of enzymes proven to break down even paper to help keep your whole septic system healthy.
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iran in the region, but as far as khashoggi is concerned, what we've heard consistently from the trump administration is that the trade ties between saudi arabia and the united states are simply too important to jeopardize over the question of who may have ordered the murder of jamal khashoggi. despite the fact that for instance the cia came out and essentially said that they believe there is a high probability that the order to murder the "washington post" columnist was given by mohammad bin salman the crown prince despite repeated dems. >> ben wedeman, thank you so much. straight ahead, president trump heads to the u.s./mexi-me border today as he tries to make his case on immigration. but are congressional republicans behind him?
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president trump heads to the u.s.-mexico border today, but is it more than just a photo-op? >> unfortunately the president just got up and walked out. >> democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate. >> that was fast. the president walking out of a meeting with democratic leaders, he called it a waste of time. what nancy pelosi said that set him off. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein planning his exit. what does it mean about how soon the special counsel investigation could wrap up? increasing backlash for grammy-award winning singer r. kelly, lady gaga taking a stand for his alleged victims. welcome back to "early start." good morning. i'm christine romans. >> and i'm dave briggs. day 20 of the government
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shutdown. we start with the president who boards air force one this morning bounds for the border, city of mcallen, texas as the shutdown enters its 20th day. he is traveling even though according to the new york tim"n times" he said that the border visit, quote, won't change a damn thing but i'm still going to do it. >> and yesterday the president walked out of his third meeting with nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. afterwards he tweeted that the meeting was a total waste of time. here is how senator schumer recalled the sitdown. >> he asked speaker pelosi, will you agree to my wall. she said no. and he just got up and said then we have nothing to discuss and he just walked out. again, we saw a temper tantrum. he said if i open up the government, you won't do what i want. that is cruel. >> vice president mike pence saying congressional republicans
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remember things a little differently. >> the president walked into the room and passed out candy. i don't recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand. >> the president then turned to thelitely asked her, if we open the government up in, 30 days could we have border security? she raised her hand said no, not at all. the president calmly said i guess you're still not wanting to deal with the problem. >> more now from kaitlan collins. >> reporter: that meeting between president trump and congressional leaders ended with the president storming out after democrats said that they would not budge on their refusal to give him anymore money for his border wall funding. it started out on a chummy note, sources told us the president passing out candy to several of the people in the room, but things took a turn when the president and nnancy pelosi sta going back and forth on what the democrats are not willing to
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give up and the president essentially saying good-bye and leaving the room. the democrats say that the president was just throwing a temper tantrum. the republicans are disagreeing with that. but the bottom line of what this comes down to is that was the third meeting that the president has had with congressle a leion leaders yet we are still no closer to resolving these talks. on friday that is the first die that the federal government workers are not going to be severing their paychecks. and on saturday, this turns into the longest continuous u.s. shutdown that we've ever seen in this country. so certainly both sides are going to start feeling the pressure to come up with some kind of resolve. however, we're told by sources inside the white house that right now there is no other meeting set up between the president and nancy pelosi or arguably the two people that ending the shutdown is going to come down to. in that on the record lunch with news anchor, president trump told them that he did not believe that his primetime address or his trip to the border which he is taking today was going to change any opinions
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about where they are on whether or not it is worth shutting the government down over building the president's long promised border wall. he will make that trip today. we'll have to see what he says. but right now, we're still very much in the middle of this government shutdown. dave and chris teetine. republican senators are planning to make an offer that they hope the democrats can't refuse. the deal would include the $5.7 billion for the border wall in exchange for several democratic initiatives including protection for d.r.e.a.m.ers. republican senators met privately last night with white house adviser jared kushner. after the meeting, lindsey graham sounded optimistic. >> i'm somewhat hopeful that maybe there is a way to get what the president wants in a fashion that would do the least amount of damage to the country as possible. >> kushner told the republican senators if they came up with a proposal they could pass that
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includes funding for the border wall, the white house would be open to more discussions. he did not say whether his father-in-law would endorse such a plan. the democratic controlled house passing a financial services spending bill in an attempt to reopen parts of the government that are currently shut down, this measure would fund agencies like the treasury department, irs. if passed and signed by the president, a big if. it is significant to note eight republicans joined democrats voting in favor, that is up from seven republicans who supported a similar measure last week. >> each day this week, the house plans it vote on individual appropriations bills to reopen national parks as well as the housing, transportation and agricultural departments. but mitch mcconnell insists that he will not take up any measure without president trump's blessing. the bills appear to be going nowhere. we're getting new details about the time line for the upcoming departure of deputy
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rudy giulia attorney general rod rose tine. he m rosenstein. he may have to be flexible. >> reporter: turns out rosenstein has long been planning his departure, we know that the deputy attorney general has been signaling that he would leave the justice department when he was satisfied that mueller's investigation was either complete or close enough to complete that it was protected. so with rosenstein's upcoming possible departure, this could be the clearest sign yet that the mueller probe is wrapping up in the next several weeks. and rosenstein is also timing his departure in coordination with william barr's likely confirmation. a source telling us that he will leave the justice department after the next attorney general is confirmed, which at this point is shaping up to be about mid-february at the earliest since the confirmation hearings don't start until tuesday. we did see the president's pick william barr up on capitol hill on wednesday. and he told senator lindsey graham that he plans to be transparent when it comes to the mueller probe and any release of
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robert mueller's report to congress or to the public. so that is barr's stance. but really it is fair to say rod rosenstein has been the big protector for the special counsel. he appointed robert mueller. and he has given mueller broad authority including interestingly allowing the special counsel to investigate allegations in a paul manafort colluded with the russians during the 2016 campaign. and that is a claim that we saw hinted at in court papers on tuesday when manafort's lawyers inadvertently revealed that paul manafort had handed over polling data to a russian operative, konstanin kilimnick, with connections to russian intelligence at the height of the campaign. now, paul manafort's lawyers have since come back saying that that polling data was actually intended to go to two ukrainian oligarchs through kilimnionstan kilimni kilimnick. it is unclear though why paul manafort wanted to give this polling data to him, to those oligarchs, and whether or are not it satisfies mueller's
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questions about any possible collusion mere. so that is the manafort piece of it. but really the question now when it comes to rosenstein is where will the russia investigation go once rosenstein leaves, if it hasn't already been wrapped up by that point, and how will the presumable next attorney general william barr handle it. either way, the justice department is set to see a lot of changes in the coming month or two. >> all right, jessica, knathank you. cnn has unclufrovered a newe to the possible mystery company fighting a subpoena from robert mueller. we've learned one of the law firms involved has previously represented russian interests. among them, a russian oligarch and russian government contractor. we know from previous reporting that the company is a government owned financial institution, but the identity of the company and government has been closely held secret. we don't know whether they represent the company, government or some other interested party. after several courtroom setbacks, the company may be
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forced to give mueller the information he wants or face a steep daily fine. president trump's lawyer rudy giuliani says that the president is done answering questions from robert mueller. giuliani telling reuters as far as we're concerned, everything is over. they could try to subpoena him, but they know we could fight that like hell. robert mueller was told that the president would not respond to followup questions. trump's lawyers have had no contact with the mueller team since before christmas. elizabeth warren is heading to new hampshire this weekend, her visit to the primary state will be per first as a presidential contender. the senator launched an exploratory bid for the 2020 democratic nomination on new year's eve. warren was in iowa last weekend. and kamala harris tell us jake tapper that she will decide soon on a 2020 run. harris believes that the country is ready for a woman of color as
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president. >> the pundits can talk all day and all night and there is a lot of chatter about which demographic will do this or that. it has been my life's experience that the american people are smart and they make decisions based on what is in the best interests of their household, their are family and their community. and i have faith that in 2020 and in any other election, that will be their motivation when they vote. >> meantime tom steyers says he will not run for president in 2020. the democratic donor says he will instead focus on his efforts to take on the president from outside, namely through need to impeach, a group he founded after the 2016 election. he says he is putting $16 million more into that group. federal workers feeling the pain of the government shutdown. it is now on track to become the longest in u.s. history. >> i have my savings account and then ofafter that, i have no id what i'm going to do.
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4:44 eastern time. as this partial government shutdown closes in on three weeks, among those about to feel the pinch, air traffic controllers. they are going without a paycheck starting tomorrow. and they worry that the lack of pay could lead to a lack of focus on the job, meaning travelers are less safe when they fly. randi kaye spoke to an air traffic controller who is scrambling to pay his bills. >> reporter: these days family is the only thing mark schneider can kupt ocount on. the 48-year-old air traffic controller is considered an essential employee, but he isn't getting paid because of the government shutdown. >> i'm being paid on an iou. >> reporter: an iou he hopes the government will make good on when president says many people who aren't getting paychecks, quote, agree 100% with what he is doing and are fans of what he
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is doing, don't count mark in. >> i don't know many of those people. i assume that he is getting his data from somewhere. i don't know many of those people that are big fans of not getting paid. >> reporter: and when asked if he considers a safe border his safety net as the president has suggested for these unpaid workers -- >> i can't spend border security if that is what you're asking me. border security isn't going to pay my mortgage next month. it is not an immediate need for me right now. i would prefer to be able to pay my bills, to take care of my family. >> reporter: none of this is good for mark's family. and it could be down right dangerous for airline passengers. the system is already stressed. the number of air traffic controllers is at a 30 year low. and many of them are working six days a week and ten hour shifts, also about 2,000 of them are eligible for retirement. if they retire early because of this shutdown, there could be massive delays nationwide.
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delays and distractions. mark is worried about passenger safety and how his fellow air traffic controllers will handle the stress of not getting paid. >> the last thing i want is my air traffic controller worrying about where is the next check coming from. >> reporter: at mark's house, the shutdown hit twice as hard. mark's wife isn't getting paid either. >> you're both air traffic controllers. how did it feel to lose both your paychecks like that? >> reporter: it was terrifying. i don't have a plan b. i have my savings account and after that, i have no idea what we're going to do. >> congress is still getting paid and you're not. is that okay with you? >> why am i different? what is less valuable about my job? what is less valuable about a tsa employee, what is less valuable about a park ranger? where is the difference? why are my bills less important than someone else's? >> reporter: mark was last paid two weeks ago. if he didn't get a paycheck this friday due to the shutdown, it will be the first check he's
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missed as a federal employee. he has some savings, but can't hang on more than a month or so. >> am i upset about it? absolutely. do i think it is right? it is not. it is not. someone should be paid for the work that they do. period. that is what our country has always stood behind. a day's wages for a day's work. >> reporter: randi kaye, cnn, indianapolis. >> shutdowns really are -- >> we agree. >> the federal reserve sent a clear signal that policymakersment would be moving quickly to raise interest rates in 2019 despite earlier commitments to steadily lift them above historic lows. discussions at the last meeting of last year showed growing wariness amid signs of a weakening global economy, however the u.s. economy is still healthy. it added a much better than expected 312,000 jobs.
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and fed officials repeated that the interest rates will not a preset course, but neither the pace nor the ultimate end point of future rate increases was known. the fed has so far penciled in two rate hikes this year, but la last week jerome powell said they would change course if necessary. up next, terrifying moments for a woman driving on the freeway in us a trail i can't when that huge sign crashes down in front of her. >> wow. oh!
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she urged potential victims eof singer r. kelly to come forward. an arrest warrant was issued last summer for james mason, his manager, accused of threatening to kill the father of one of the women in the docu-series. her father claims that she is being held against her will by the singer. >> dozens of protesters gathered out side of his chicago stud io last night calling for criminal charges. lady gaga tweeting that she will take a song she recorded with r. kelly off of itunes and other streaming platforms. at the time she defended the collaboration by pointing to the bond they shared over very untrue things written about us. she now says i stand behind these women 1,000%. i'm sorry for both my poor
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judgment when i was young and for not speaking out sooner. ashley judd's sexual assault lawsuit against harvey weinstein has been dismissed. the federal judge ruling that her legal team failed to establish a business relationship was covered by the law she sued under. but she made it clear she was not making a determination about whether the actress was actually sexually harassed. >> the judge did allow the defamation claim to move forward. in that case judd addresses weinstein derailed her career after she rejected his advances saying she lost out on multiple film roles including one on lords of the rings franchise and claims weinstein told directors and producers not to work with her. skrud was amo judd was among the first women in hollywood to accuse weinstein of sarah huckabee sanderexual m. weinstein allows all allegations of nonconsensual sexual
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activity. this freeway sign crashed on to the highway in australia. remarkably the woman driving the suv offered only minor neck injury. transportation officials say that the sign had just been inspected the day before and there were no signs it might collapse. we are six weeks from the oscars and the motion picture academy has decided to go without a host for the first time in decades. that is according to variety. kevin hart was their original choice to host, but he backed out amid criticism over past homophobic remarks that resurfaced. now the producer plan to use various celebrities to present different portions of the show. it airs sunday february 24. while you were sleeping, late night hosts poking fun at nancy pelosi and chuck schumer's address. here is your late night laughs.
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>> democrat s sent out some exciting fresh young faces, congressional democratic leaders and direct to dvd adams family chuck schumer and nancy pelosi after trump's low energy performance, this was their chance to fire up the opposition. so juice it! >> good evening. i appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to the american people tonight. >> looks like america is about to get the sex talk. >> a lot of people thought they looked uncomfortable together, but that is actually not true. this is how pelosi and schumer always look when they hang out. they are always that close. here they are having breakfast at denny's. here they are last weekend. and this is them on vacation. >> snl better open with that. >> let's get a check on cnn business. global stocks mostly lower after
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lower than expected chinese inflation data looking at asia, you can see the shanghai down, hong kong up a bit. and european markets all opened slightly lower. wall street futures are down. the dow closed 92 points higher wednesday, it is up about 2100 points or 10% since christmas eve. that is why you don't sell at the peak depths of despair, right? the s&p 500 posted modest gains, its first four day win since september. the nasdaq closed higher rallying for the ninth day in ten days. and u.s. oil prices helped drive the market higher. crude oil prices up 12%. they are now above $52 a barrel. however, gas prices are still falling. the current average is two cents lower than just a week ago. former disney animation chief who left after he was accused of inappropriate touching and hugging on the job and kissing on the job has found a new job.
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lasseter will lead sky dance xwleed. he said he spent the last year away from the industry, quote, in deep reflection learning how his actions unintentionally made colleagues uncomfortable, which i deeply regret and apologize for. times up com demm condemned lasseter's hiring saying it endorses a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequence. sky dance says he will create the direction of sky cans animation. jeff bezos and his wife are divorcing after 25 years of marriage. she issued a joint statement saying they made the decision after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation adding with feel lucky to have found each other. if we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. the divorce could be quite costly. washington is a community property state meaning wellth acquired during marriage is
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split equally. bezos is the world's richest person with an estimated net worth of $137 billion. >> meaning if she gets half, she becomes the richest woman in the world. but then she would dilute his shares in amazon. "early start" continues right now. president trump heads to the u.s.-mexico border today, but is it more than just a photo-op. >> unfortunately, the president just got up and walked out. >> democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate. >> nancy pelosi says no. donald trump said bye-bye oi. the president walks out of a meeting with democratic leaders calling it a waste of time. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein plans his exit, what does it mean about how soon the special counsel investigation could wrap up. one of the big questions in that russia probe. good morning,

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