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i don't see a recession. >> i sure don't see a recession. >> the federal reserve, to do what it needs to do, which is begin lowering interest rates. >> the president and his aides try to ease concerns about the economy, but does the sunny outlook sync with reality. three planned mass shootings thwarted by police, one of them plotted by an admitted white supremacist. >> we're there for one reason. we don't want that to be a laboratory, okay? it can't be a laboratory for terror. >> new urgency for a peace deal in afghanistan after a terror attack kills dozens at a wedding
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in kabul. and who says girls can't play ball. the 19th girl to play in the little league world series? the results speak for themselves. good morning, welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm alison kosik sitting in for christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. monday, august 19th, 4 a.m. in new york. 10 a.m. in london. we start here with the u.s. economy. the white house playing down with a risk of a recession after a wild week on wall street. >> i don't think we're having a recession. we're doing tremendously well. our consumers are rich. i gave a tremendous tax cut and they're loaded up with money. >> two of president trump's top economic advisors brushed off fears of a brewing global recession instead boasting about the economy under trump. >> well, i'll tell you what, i sure don't see a recession.
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consumers are working at higher wages. they are spending at a rapid pace. they're actually saving also while they're spending. that's an ideal situation. let's not be afraid of optimism. >> trade director peter navarro maintained that a recession could be staved off with a move from the federal reserve. >> all that needs to happen here, martha, is for the federal reserve to do what it needs to do, which is begin lowering interest rates. >> the white house has pushed to calm recession fears came days after the bond market flashed a warning that has an eerily accurate track record for predicting recessions. the yield curve since trump took office, the stock market has reached record highs, unemployment has stayed at tremendous lows. the trade war with china. weakening global economy. the shrinking effects of the 2017 tax cuts or the risk of
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deflation. >> with the massacres in el paso and dayton still fresh in mind, three more mass shootings were foiled by police. three men in three different states, ohio, florida, and connecticut arrested after they expressed interest in shooting or threatened to carry them out. in all three cases authorities were alerted by members of the public. the latest coming in ohio. a self-described white nationalist is accused of threatening to shoot up a jewish community center in judges toyo, ohio. he made his views known in a "national geographic" documentary. >> i want a homeland for white people. i think every race should have a home land for their own race. >> police were tipped off by an instagram video posted on rear done's account. it shows him firing shots. screams and sirens can be heard in the background.
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we get more from cnn's palo sandoval. >> reporter: in light of the recent mass shootings, these latest arrests are certainly disturbing. police named james riordan as a suspect. the jewish community center of youngstown was tagged in the caption. the caption also implies that the gunman would be the shooter on a potential attack. he's been charged with telecommunications harassment. they recovered rifles, ammunition, gas mask, bayonet. they're looking to determine whether or not those were purchased legally. the fbi has interviewed riordan. at this point they have not pressed any federal charges. look at this body camera, a 25-year-old who threatened to
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commit a mass shooting. he's suspected of sending text messages threatening to open fire on large crowds. i'd want to break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever. it was the suspect's own ex-girlfriend that initially alerted authorities. >> the girlfriend's a real hero here. she went to a local municipality, showed the text messages and actually four municipalities got involved. he is the profile of a shooter. he's 24 years old. he lost his job. he lost his girlfriend. he's depressed. >> one more note on this case. wicks has told detectives that he does not own any firearms however he was fascinated with mass shootings according to investigators. finally, let me take you to connecticut where another man was arrested on thursday who also showed interest in carrying out a mass shooting. 22-year-old brandon wagshal was arrested on weapons charges in
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nor walk, kek cut. he was buying rifle parts online and looking to assemble his own weapon. police discovered that he had recently posted some messages on facebook where he said that he wanted to carry out a mass shooting. we should mention, dave and alison, that he remains behind bars at this point. president trump appearing to back away from the push for more gun background checks after saying last week he was open to the idea. speaking to reporters sunday the president emphasized on the need to focus on what he says is a, quote, very big mental health problem. >> congress is going to be reporting back to me with ideas and they'll come in from democrats and republicans and i'll look at it very strongly, but just remember, we already have a lot of background checks, okay? these are people that have to be in institutions for help. i'm not talking about as a form of a prison, i'm saying for help. and i think it's something we
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have to really look at. the whole concept of mental institution. >> the president is very concerned about the second amendment. he has backed off under pressure from the nra. a new poll shows broad support for tighter gun laws with 89% in favor of expanding background checks. 76% supporting red flag laws aimed at preventing gun violence. 75% in favor of voluntary gun buybacks and 62% want to ban the sale of assault weapons. thousands of workers at the shell petrochemical camp where president trump sold were told if they didn't attend the event, they either had to use paid time off or receive no pay for the day. the company memo was first reported by the pittsburgh "post-gazette" which says workers were told that anything
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viewed as resistance to the president was prohibited. the trump speech was an official white house event and not sponsored by the election campaign. trump said if union leaders didn't support him they should vote them out. withdrawal from u.s. talks from afghanistan intensifying, president trump says the country cannot be a, quote, laboratory for terror. the taliban is expected to formalize withdrawal from afghanistan from 15,000 troops. >> we've really got it down to probably 13,000 people, and we'll be bringing it down a little bit more. then we'll decide whether or not we'll be staying longer or not. i'm not trusting anybody. look, i'm not trusting anybody. it's a horrible situation that's going on in afghanistan. it has been for many years. >> the president's remarks coming after a suicide bomb attack at a wedding in kabul
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this weekend. 63 people were killed. nearly 200 others injured. isis has claimed responsibility. cnn's nick peyton walsh has the latest live in london. good morning, nick. >> dave, i mean, you know, the afghan nis stab war really spiraling out of war. that particular blast at a wedding in kabul targeting a particular minority that isis particularly vicious towards. somebody walks into the crowd primed to blow themselves up at the busiest possible part of the wedding. it seemed the band was in fact killed. 63 dead. over 100 as you saw there injured. startling the brutality here. i mean, kabul is used to, frankly, almost daily explosions. nothing to this scale of bloodshed. it shocked people in the capitol. the violence is ticking up at the moment because of these peace deals, all sides trying to make their presence on the
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battlefield felt. curiosity, the horror here is the peace talks don't involve isis. they're not at the table. in fact, as we saw in the aftermath of this blast, many sides are now saying actually we need to unite to defeat isis, that isis is the greatest scourage. they're trying to whitewash away the deal by suggesting the greater threat is isis. donald trump, you saw there, well, i have to say his messaging on this at times confusing. he first came out saying he was going to win this war pretty much at all talks. now he's keen on a peace deal. the numbers he talked about, they were down to 13,000 troops. he let slip in an interview with fox that they were down to 8 or 9,000 already. that could have been a concession to the taliban. the taliban want america to stop fighting it and to say it's going to remove its troops. afghan officials are pretty worried at the idea of the
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americans a grieg with a cease-fire but not asking the taliban to stop fighting the afghan government on the ground at the same time. the big question here, is it essentially an accommodation with the taliban and they become part of an interim government. what does that mean for the people who work for the afghan government and the u.s. during that time there and for women as well? a seminole moment here, too. he doesn't want donald trump to put afghanistan in a laboratory of terror. >> senator lindsey graham, the republican reiterating that, saying we cannot leave on a certain date because that would allow al qaeda and isis to regenera regenerate. thank you, sir. rising food costs. delays for medicine. interrupted fuel supply just some of the consequences of a no deal brexit. according to a leaked memo.
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a leaked british government memo suggests serious chaos in the event of a no-deal brexit. the worst case scenario outlined in the sun times as the clock ticks down to deadline day, october 31st. we are live in london with more. so we are less than three months away from the u.k. leaving the e.u. what else does this memo say is possible? >> reporter: alison, this government memo called operation yellow hammer is laying out what would be essentially the likely scenario of a no deal brexit, that is, the u.k. leaving the e.u. without any sort of deal in place. a lot of those warnings are in place. it's the first time the government is laying out what they think could happen. this would be long lines at any ports of entries with trucks. that could mean fresh food
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becoming fresh food more scarce. passengers being delayed. fuel being less available. now the sunday times has said this document was compiled this month and is the most likely scenario. the government claims there has been a lot of progress in the last three weeks and he said this was a worst case scenario document. it would be one thing if the government said this was happening. a lot of companies here in the u.k. and the european union are unprepared for the no deal scenario. boris johnson is supposed to go to berlin and paris where he's apparently going to try to convince these leaders to get on his side, change the deal. there is no indication that the e.u. is going to back away from the withdrawal agreement they
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agreed to with boris johnson's predecessor, theresa may. >> boris johnson said he was willing to leave with or without a deal. cnn's hadas gold, thanks so much. president trump confirming he did ask aides to explore the possibility of buying greenland saying that essentially it's a large real estate deal. the autonomous danish territory is rich in natural resources and the u.s. operates an air force base as it tries to counter any talk. >> it came up. strategically it's been interesting and we'll talk to them. it's not number one on the burner, i can tell you that. >> mr. trump said is set to travel to denmark. danish officials say greenland is not for sale and shot down the idea as, quote, absurd. the u.s. has tried to
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unsuccessfully buy the territory under president truman and in 1967. the ninth police officer to die by suicide had his guns taken away twice but he managed to get them back.
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4:23 eastern time and the search for two firefighters missing in the atlantic ocean entering its fourth day. brian mcclooney and justin walker set sail on a fishing trip on friday and there hasn't been a word from them since. civilians with boats are helping as well.
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so far they've covered about 20,000 square miles of ocean from florida up to south carolina. fellow firefighters have also been helping in the search. a new york city police officer who died by suicide last week had his weapons taken away twice only to have them returned. officer robert eschevera, a 25-year veteran of the force is the ninth member of the department to kill himself this year. his sister, eileen, says she warned the department her brother was a danger to himself and others twice over the past seven years. most recently in june she told the nypd's internal affairs bureau her brother was suicidal. she says her email led to a psychiatric evaluation where her brother's guns were confiscated, but they were returned soon after. nypd tells cnn the department is investigating. new video shows two good samaritans rescuing a wheelchair
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bound woman after she rolled off a cruiseship dock. he was playing music on a pier at st. thomas in the u.s. virgin island when he heard a loud scream. he saw people running, including his friend randolph donovan who jumped in and got the woman out of her sinking chair. then hamilton stepped in and kept them above water. onlookers helped to get everyone above safety. no word on how the young woman ended up in water. a shipment of jalapenos from mexico to the u.s. the discovery was made when a truck driver was flagged for a secondary inspection at a border crossing in california last week. border patrol agents used a canine unit to examine the cargo and discovered 314 large wrapped packages of marijuana. officials say the seized drugs are worth $2.3 million. it follows a seizure of more
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than 10,000 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts just days earlier at the same cargo facility. remember the name maddy freking of minnesota. she is getting it done. she became the sixth girl to pitch at the little league first series. she got her team out of a tough spot. bases loaded, one out. throws the runner out at the plate to end the inning. her midwest team also did lose that game though. 11-0 to the southeast team from virginia. she starts for that team at second base. good for her. >> you go, girl. >> love the little league world series. no signs of trouble in the economy if you believe the white house, but signs on wall street and main street are at odds with the story from the administration. very different. these folks, they don't have time to go to the post office they have businesses to grow
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aren't hurting anybody in the united states. >> they're not hurting anybody here. >> then why -- >> they're hurting china. >> a sunny economic outlook from the white house despite evidence of trouble on wall street and in the heartland. three planned mass shootings thwarted by police, one of them plotted by an admitted white supremacist. we're there for one reason. we don't want that to be a laboratory, okay? can't be a laboratory for terror. >> new urgency for a peace deal after a terror attack kills dozens at a wedding in kabul. and who says girls can't play ball? the 19dth girl to play in the little leak world series. the results speak for themselves. the first girl pitching at the little league world since mo'ne davis. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm alison kosik sitting in
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for christine romans. the trade war with china, it's dragging on rattling the markets and rattling businesses, but the white house trade advisor insisting tariffs aren't hurting anyone in the u.s., they're hurting china. >> that dog won't hunt. let's do some math here, right? you put 10% tariffs -- >> are you saying their research is wrong. >> hang on. do some math with me. $200 billion we put on 10% tariff and china devalues their currency by 12%. are consumers bearing anything on that? no. we have seen absolutely no evidence in the price data. >> last week the white house announced it's delaying new tariffs on popular consumer goods until mid december. president trump said the move was to make sure shoppers didn't feel the effects in holiday shopping. peter navarro denied that saying
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it was a goodwill gesture as talks continue. american farmers are also feeling the effects of the trade war. navarro defended the president's commitment to farmers saying the money from tariffs is going to farmers but some farmers don't see it that way. >> i go into the bank and i tell the lender that i can't make my payment because we lost the market. the banker is not going to tell me you don't have to make your payment because you're a patriot. >> i sometimes stay up at night worrying about what the future does hold. you know, what do you tell your children that want to farm? >> the president remained optimistic taughting the economy while once again falsely claiming china is paying the tariffs, adding, great future for the u.s.a. with the massacres in el paso and dayton still fresh on the mind, three more mass shootings were foiled by police. three men in different states, ohio, florida, and connecticut,
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arrested after they expressed interest in shootings or threatened to carry them out. in all three days authorities were alerted by members of the public. the latest coming in ohio. a self-described white nationalist accused of threatening to shoot up a jewish community center in youngstown, ohio. james riordan attended a unite the right event. >> i want a homeland for white people. >> police were tipped off by an instagram video which showed him firing shots, screams and sirens can be heard in the background. more now from cnn's paolo sandoval. >> reporter: dave and alison, these latest arrests are certainly disturbing. the first one in ohio where police have named james riordan as a suspect. he made an instagram video. one of the things that caught
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the attention of new middletown police said a jewish community was tagged in the caption in youngstown. riordan has been charged with telecommunications harassment. police serving a search warrant and they recovered gas mask, bayonet, rifles. the fbi has actually interviewed riordan but at this point they have not pressed any federal charges. look at this body camera video from florida showing the arrest of a 25-year-old believed to have arrested a young man convicted of committing a mass shooting. he's sent text messages threatening to open fire on large crowds. i want to break a world record for longest confirm kill ever. the voe lulusia county sheriff
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the ex-girlfriend alerted authorities. >> the girlfriend is a hero here. she went to a local municipality, showed the text messages. four municipalities got involved. he is the profile of a shooter. he's 24 years old. he lost his job, he lost his girlfriend. he's depressed. >> wicks has told detectives that he does not actually own any firearms, however, he was fascinated with mass shootings according to investigators. finally let me take you to connecticut where another man was arrested there on thursday who also showed interest in carrying out a mass shooting. 22-year-old brandon wagshal was arrested on weapons charges. they received a tip that he was buying rifle parts and looking to assemble his own weapon. police discovered he had recently posted some messages on facebook where he said that he wanted to carry out a mass shooting. we should mention, dave and alison, that he remains behind bars at this hour.
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meantime, president trump appearing to back away from the push for more gun background checks after saying last week he was open to the idea. speaking to reporters sunday, the president emphasized a need to focus on what he says is a very big mental health problem. >> congress is going to be reporting back to me with ideas and they'll come in from democrats and republicans and i'll look at it very strongly, but just remember, we already have a lot of background checks, okay? these are people that have to be in institutions for help. i'm not talking about as a form of a prison, i'm saying for help. and i think it's something we have to look at. the whole concept of mental institutions. >> the president adding that he's very concerned about the second amendment. in the past he's backed off background checks under pressure from the nra. meantime, a new pole shows broad support for tighter gun laws including expanding background
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checks, red flag laws to protect gun violence, voluntary buy back and an assault weapons ban. dick cheney and liz cheney will host a fund-raiser for the rnc and the trump re-election campaign. white house advisors ivanka trump and jared kushner are expected to attend as special guests. administration officials are prohibited from campaigning in their official capacities. kevin mccarthy's big doan northern fund-raiser push. with talks about a u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan intensifying, president trump says the company cannot be a, quote, laboratory for terror. a taliban peace plan is expected to formalize a significant withdrawal of u.s. forces from afghanistan from about 15,000 troops.
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>> we've really got it down to probably 13,000 people and we'll be bringing it down a little bit more. then we'll decide whether or not we'll be staying longer or not. i'm not trusting anybody. look, i'm not trusting anybody. it's a horrible situation that's going on in afghanistan. it has been for many years. >> the president's remarks coming after a suicide bomb attack at a wedding in kabul over the weekend. 63 people were killed. almost 200 others injured. isis has claimed responsibility. cnn's nick peyton walsh has the latest on this. he's live in london. the timing of the withdrawal or the draw down of u.s. troops from afghanistan coming under question because of the timing of this especially after such a horrific event happened. it's also been a few weeks since
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withdrawing american troops too soon would be a mistake. >> reporter: there was a lot of things going on here. let's not loss the sige sight ot that there are 200 people in morgues or hospitals. a man walked in and blew himself up in the most crowded spot he found blew up 63 people. these blasts are daily. more explosions happened in the east of the country this morning. it is a staggering death toll that continues to mount and in fact escalate as the peace talks go on. all sides are trying to show their muscle, frankly, at the negotiating table on the battlefield. the question is, what comes of this peace deal? well, donald trump has in the past suggested in fact in an interview with fox news that traps may be downle to 9,000.
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that deal is edging towards the 99% done we are told by sources close to it. the big problem with it is it's between the americans and the taliban. the afghan government, nort par of that agreement. the taliban talking about the cease fire is just between them and the americans. it gives the taliban a big battlefield advantage because the americans are no longer in play there. when does this deal come through? we simply don't know. the back drop is what kind of laboratory for terror as donald trump said could be left in its wake. isis are behind that wedding blast. they're getting more presence because of the country's chaos, frankly. the taliban are being fought and
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say we need to be united against isis. al dade a coup al qaeda put themselves into the ranks of the taliban. a big dilemma. do you continue to fight the war, continue to have peace talks, continue to see the blood sche shed mount or do you strike a deal? >> big dilemma, indeed. very complicated situation. nick peyton walsh. thanks so much. >> no easy answers there. ahead, they braved the rain and threats from the chinese government. is there measurable progress for the pro democracy protesters in hong kong? cnn is live there next. here you go little guy.
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possibility of buying greenland saying that, quote, essentially it's a large real estate deal. the autonomous danish territory is rich in natural resources, and the u.s. already operates an airbase there in northern greenland as it tries to counter any moves by russia and china in the arctic. >> well, the concept came up and i said certainly i'd be -- strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little bit. it's not number one on the burner, i can tell you that. >> mr. trump is set to travel to denmark next month but danish officials say greenland is not for sale and shot down the idea as absurd. the u.s. has unsuccessfully worked to buy it twice. a california man said he was mistaken for a child predator and was violent by beaten.
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a massive show of solidarity for a movement that appeared on the verge of losing popular support after 11 weeks. demonstrators defied torrential rain, police ban and menaces threats from the chinese government. ben wedeman live in london. where are we headed? >> reporter: dave, certainly what we saw yesterday was a massive show of support for this protest movement. according to the organizers, 1.7 million people participated in the rally and the martha followed. that's essentially one in every four hong kong residents participated in this protest. now also significant, no tear gas was fired and we just heard from a police press conference that no arrests were made as well. so certainly this is a sign that despite the chaos at the airport
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last monday and tuesday which saw the airport shut down, despite some of the excesses by the protesters at the airport, they still command a large amount of respect and a significant portion of the population here, that this protest movement that started with the extraditions bill to china but has sort of broadened to a more general demand for democratic reforms in hong kong is not losing any steam. now the question is is the hong kong government going to respond? we know the hong kong government essentially to a certain extent takes orders from beijing and beijing at this point, as we saw in those videos that they put out over the weekend with riot police, with a clear message to hong kong that if things get out of control, china will intervene, but nonetheless, it
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appears that this protest movement is not losing steam. dave? >> no signs of stopping. ben wedeman live in hong kong. just about 5 p.m. thank you. say it ain't so. workers in the u.s. left a record 758 million vacation days on the table last year. the wasted pto equates to billions of dollars in lost benefits. that's according to a study by the u.s. travel association, oxford economic and a marketing group called ipsos. 55% of workers said they failed to use all of their vacation days. researchers found one of the main reasons is the number of earned days off is increasing faster than workers are using them. remember the name maddy freking, minnesota. yesterday she became just the sixth girl to pitch at the little league world series and the first in five years. she got her team out of a tough spot here, bases loaded, catches
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the batter looking, grabs a grounder, throws this runner out at the plate though her midwest team lost 11-0. let's get a check on cnn's business this morning. looking at markets around the world. stocks starting the week on a high note there. european markets, they opened with green arrows. those stocks gave investors whiep lash. despite the friday's gain, the dow dropped and the nasdaq also ended the week lower. all three of the major averages have fallen for the past three weeks. we'll keep an eye on that. tesla is trying to boost its solar panel business by letting customers rent the panels instead of buying them. tesla ceo elon musk announcing the plan on sunday. the company bought residential solar installer solar city in 2016, but installations have plunged in recent quarters.
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tesla will allow residents in six states to rent solar systems beginning at 50 dsz a month. customers can handle anything but there is a fee to remove panels and restore the roof to its previous condition. a surprising victory at the weekend box office. "good boys" got $21 million in opening weekend. the movie produced by seth rogen is the first time that an "r" rated comedy came in number one. the big opening for an original comedy this year. i think hollywood has been experiencing a comedy drought. the fact that this one is doing so well and a bunch of 12-year-old foul mouth kids can make you laugh, they're happy about it. >> i'm in. thanks to our international viewers for joining us. have a great rest of your day. for our u.s. viewers, "early start" continues right now.
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i don't see a recession. >> i sure don't see a recession. >> the federal reserve to do what it needs to do, which is begin lowering the interest rates. >> the president and his aides try to ease concerns about the economy but does the sunny outlook sync with reality. three planned mass shootings thwarted by police. one of them targeted by an admitted white supremacist. >> we're there for one reason. we don't want that to be a laboratory, okay? can't be a laboratory for terror. >> new urgency for a peace deal in afghanistan after a terror attack kills dozens at a wedding in kabul. and for the first time in five years some girl power at the little league world series. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> the summer of romans continues. i'm dave briggs. 5 a.m. in the east. we start with the nation's economy. the white house playing down the risk of a recession after a wild
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week on wall street. >> i don't think we're having a recession. we're doing tremendously well. our consumers are rich. i gave a tremendous tax cut and they're loaded up with money. >> two of president trump's top economic advisors brushed off fears of a brewing global recession instead boasting about the economy under trump. >> well, i'll tell you what, i sure don't see a recession. consumers are working at higher wages. they are spending at a rapid pace. they're actually saving also while they're spending. that's an ideal situation. let's not be afraid of optimism. >> trade director peter navarro maintained that an investigation could be staffed off with a move from the federal reserve. >> the federal reserve going to the holidays will be lowering rates significantly. what that will do is that will help our

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