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with concerns of a mounting recession, could a new tax cut be on the agenda? what the white house is saying this morning. planned parenthood will forgo hundreds of millions of dollars instead of complying with new restrictions. more than a million women could pay the consequences. ♪ 20 years after bidding farewell to princess dianna. elton john with a warning for british media over their coverage of prince harry and his
family. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm alison kosik. president trump is doing everything they can do to down play fears of a recession including knocking down reports that they are considering cutting payroll taxes as a way to juice the economy. for millions of working americans, 6.2% of their salary goes towards payroll taxes and usually used to finance social safety net programs. white house officials said more tax cuts for the american people are certainly on the table, but cutting payroll taxes is not something under consideration at this time. however, trump has undercut staffers before when they said he was not considering something. the president continued to attack the federal reserve tweeting the central bank should cut interest rates by 100 basis
points to boost the economy. basis points are a unit of measure for interest rates and cutting the rate as much as trump is suggesting amounts to a full percentage points, which would give the fedless wiggle room if a recession did begin. s he's never called for a cut as drastics this one. even the commerce secretary stepping on the fed's supposed independence. >> we're very upset about the portion of the strength of the dollar that's due to monetary policy by the fed. we think our interest rates are high relative to many other countries. >> cutting interest rates is a tacticed fed uses to stimulate the economy in a recession. larry is expected to discuss the economy this week.
kud low was wrong about predicting a recession during the bush administration. >> google, meanwhile, in the cross hairs of president trump's latest conspiracy theory. the president tweeting monday google manipulated from $2.6 million to 16 million votes for hillary clinton. hoost referring to a study that was discussed on fox business. >> in 2016 google search algorithm. likely impacted undecided voters in way that shifted at least 2.6 million votes to hillary clinton. >> epstein himself says president trump was wrong about his findings. epstein did find bias in google search results, but found no evidence they were manipulated to favor clinton. google for its part says the claims were wrong. hillary clinton firing back at the latest conspiracy theory tweeting, the debunked study
you're referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. for context that's about half the number of people associated with your campaign who is have been indicted. >> planned parenthood says it will reject $286 million in federal funding rather than comply with a gag order on abortion services. the move could affect a million and a half low-income women. a new trump administration rule says clinics accepting title x funds can talk to patients about abortion, but they can't refer women to an abortion provider or suggest where to get an abortion. planned parenthood says being forced out of title x won't stop them from providing other services and they will fight the gag rule in court. this year has seen several attempts to limit repriktive rights in america. the chicago man is accused of threatening to kill people at
a women's reproductive health clinic. the 19-year-old posted a threat on social media saying in part, i'm done with my state allowing innocent kids to be slaughtered. he wrote he planned to go to the abortion clinic and, quote, slaughter and murder any doctor, patient or visitor. he faces up to five years in prison if convicted. his public defender declined to comment on the case. one thing everyone can probably agree on there are no winners following an emotional and controversial decision in the death of eric garner five years ago. the officer who used a banned choke hold on garner has been fired. both the police union and supporters of the garner family are not happy. we get more now from jen britain grass. sgl>> this was emotional for everyone involved in this situation that happened five years ago finally coming to head
in a decision being made police commissioner firing daniel pant lay owe, the officer seen on video giving a choke hold to eric garner in 2014, essentially that ended his life. it was emotional for the police commissioner as he said he's been a cop for 34 years and now he's in this position of administrative role where he had to make a final decision knowing that the rank and file were not going to be happy with it. >> carrying out the court's verdict in this case, i take no pleasure. there are no victors here today. not the garner family, not the community at large, ask certainly not the gray krai jous men and women of the police department. >> his decision is in agreement with the trial judge who decided that the officer needed to be dismissed from his duties. the incident surrounding eric garner sparked and put a spotlight on the black lives
matter movement. the family is still hurting. >> you can appeal all you want, but i'm still out here for the long run. the pba says the officer is upset he lost his job. they plan to take whatever recourse is necessary. so an emotional time for the nypd and it's one that many hophope can be the final word about this incident, but something the city can heal from its past. back to you. >> thank you. california passing what may be the nation's strictest standard on the use of deadly police force. a new law signed after an una unarmed black man killed by police last year. california police will no longer be allowed to shoot at fleeing suspects unless they pose an immediate danger. a new law also stipulates that
law enforcement can only use deadly force when necessary, as opposed to when it's reasonable. the governor says the new law is important because, quote, we can't accept the status quo. the law will go into effect january 1, 2020. twitter and facebook taking action against china for using hundreds of fake accounts to create discord among protesters in hong kong. twitter suspending a thousand chinese accounts and banning advertise iing from state-owned media companies. facebook says it's removing five accounts, seven pages and three groups because of deceptive tactics. the takedowns reflect the extent that it's been a global scourge, far surpassing the efforts of russia to stoke social unrest during the 2016 election. pop legend elton john slamming the intrusive british media over their coverage of
prince harry and meghan markle. he said he was deeply distressed by malicious stories after reports of the family taking a private plane to france made the rounds online. the report suggesting the royal couple's mission to protect the environment is a sham. john defended the use of the private jets saying he and his husband paid for it and they also made sure the flight was carbon neutral. ♪ good-bye england's rose >> elton john, a friend of princess dianna, said he felt it was his duty to protect the royal couple from the media. in 1997 dianna was killed in paris during a high speed car crash. seven photographers were charged with manslaughter, although the charges were eventually dropped.
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and in wisconsin. the man charged in the el paso mass shooting on suicide watch. he's charged with killing 22 people at a walmart on august 3rd. police say she was put under close guard on monday on recommendation the medical staff. he's been in custody without bond and separate id from other inmates since the shooting. prosecutors are also considering possible hate crime and domestic terrorism charges against him. nike is sweetening its offerings to sponsor female athletes after catching heat from some of the high profile stars. the company announcing plans to offer maternity be benefits for 18 months. that's six months longer than under its previous policy. the changes follow revelations from an olympic runner who told the "new york times" nike threatened to pause her contract and stop paying her if she wanted to have a baby. at time, she criticized nike for penalizing its own athletes for
having children while marketing itself as a supporter of women in sports. talk about extreme couponing. disneyland just honored a woman's 30-year-old free admission ticket. she's from the suburb of sherwood park, alberta. she was planning a girls trip with her mother, aunt and daughter when is she found the coupon from her first visit to the park in 1985 when she was 14. disneyland was celebrating its 30th birthday by giving out prizes to every 30th guest. richardson held on to the pass she won for a free return visit for 30 years and finally use d t this month. back in 1985 admission cost $16.50. today they are at least $90. well done. the song of the summer just got knocked off its perch. ♪
17-year-old billy aye lish knocked "old town road" from the top spolts. her first number one hit. she rose to fame in the past couple months. a few weeks ago "bad guy" was released giving the song a fresh boost. ♪ >> "bad guy" knocked off "old town road" after its 19-week run at the top. fun fact, she makes history in the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one song on the hot 100. >> it was on the country charts but kicked off for not being country enough. >> we all love that tune.
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vladimir putin insists there's no threat from radiation after a deadly explosion at a missile testing site in northern russia earlier this month. at least five people were killed. now four nuclear monitoring stations have mysteriously gone silent. let's go live to moscow and bring in our bureau chief. what are we learning? >> the history is only deepening here because of all the conflicting accounts we have been get iting from the russian side. as you mentioned, russian president vladimir putin said there was no concern, there was no reason to worry about increased radiation. but let's recall on august 8th, when this explosion occurred, the russian military said there was no rise in background
radiation levels. yet a few days later, russia's own agency said background levels spiked between 4 and 16 times above normal levels. and that's created a lot of concern about what exactly was being tested at this range. the u.s. believes it was a nuclear-powered cruise missile called the skyfall. that's created a lot of concerns there may, in fact, be some sort of risk after the reports the russians had planned to evacuate a village nearby the test raung. so lots of questions here, but not a lot of transparency from the russian side. certainly, there's a lot more concern after the four stations went offline. they are part of a network that internationally measures for nuclear weapons testing violations. and when they went offline, that raised further questions about how forthcoming the russians were being. >> strange mystery.
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♪ good-bye england's rose ♪ >> 20 years after princess dianna, a warning to britt you shall media over their coverage of prince harry and his family. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm allison sison kosik. president trump and his economic officials are doing everything they can do to down play fears of a recession, include iing knocking down reports the administration is considering cutting payroll taxes as a way juice the economy. for millions of working americans, 6.2% of their salary goes towards payroll taxes. they are usually used to finance programs like social security and medicare. a white house official said more tax cuts for the american people are certainly on the table, but cutting payroll taxes is not
something under consideration at this time. however, trump has undercut his staffers before when they said he was not considering something. the president continued to attack the federal reserve tweeting, the central bank should cut interest rates by 100 basis points to boost the economy. so what does that mean? basis points are a unit of measure for interest rates and cutting the rate as much as trump is suggesting amounts to a full percentage point and would give the fed less wiggle room to maneuver if a recession did begin. the attempt to politicize the fed is is nothing new, but he's never called for a rate cut as drastic as this one. even commerce secretary wilbur ross stepping on the fed. >> we're very upset about the portion of the strength of the dollar that's due to monetary policy by the fed. we think that it's ridiculous our interest rates are high
relative to many other countries. >> cutting interest rates is a tactic the fed normally uses to stimulate the economy in a recession. larry kud low was expected to discuss this week. he was wrong about predicting a recession during the bush administration. planned parenthood say it is will reject r $286 million in federal funding rather than comply with the so-called gag order on abortion services. the move could affect a million and a half low-income women. a new trump administration rule says clinics accepting title x funds can talk to patients about abortion but cannot refer to an abortion provider or suggest where to get an abortion. planned parenthood says being forced out of title x won't symptom them from providing services and will fight the gag rule in court. this year has seen several attempts to limit reproductive rights with several states
passing extreme anti-abortion laws. a chicago man is accused of threatening to kill people at a women's reproductive clinic. he posted a threat on social media saying in part, i'm done with my state allowing innocent kids to be slaughtered. he wrote that as he planned to go to the abortion clinic and slaughter and murder any doctor, patient or visitor. he facesup to five years in prison if convicted. his public defender declined to comment on the case. one thing everyone can probably agree on there are no winners following an emotional and controversial decision in the death of eric garner five years ago. daniel pantaleo, the officer who used a banned choke hold on garner, has been fired. the police union is not happy, while the garner family and supporters say they will fight on. more now from cnn. >> this was by all accounts
emotional for everyone. finally coming to head and a decision being made. firing daniel pant lpantaleo, te officer seen giving garner a choke hold, that ended his life. it was emotional for the police commissioner as he essentially said he's been a cop for 34 years and now he's in this position of administrative role where he had to make a final decision knowing that the rank and file were not going to be happy with it. >> carrying out the court's verdict in this case, i take no pleasure. there are no victors here today. not the garner family, not the community at large, and certainly not the courageous men and women of the police department. >> his decision is in agreement with the trial judge who decided that pantaleo needed to be
dismissed from duties. the incident sparked and put a spotlight on the black lives matter movement as it sparked protests around the city for several days after that day back in 2014 in july. and as far as the garner family, they are still hurting. >> y'all can appeal all you want, but i'm still out here. i'm out here for the long run. you come out here against me. i'm out here. >> the pba says the pantaleo is upset he lost his job. they plan to take whatever recourse is necessary. an emotional time for the nypd and one many hope can be the final word about this incident, but certainly something that the city can heal from its past. back to you. >> thank you. california passing what may be the nation's strictest standard for use of deadly police force. governor nu some signing a new law after an unarmed black man
killed by police last year. california police will no longer be allowed to shoot at fleeing suspects unless they pose an immediate danger. the new law also stipulates that law enforcement can only use deadly force when necessary as opposed to when it's reasonable. the governor tells cnn the new law is is important because, quote, we can't accept the status quo. the law goes into effect january 1, 2020. social media giants twitter and facebook taking action against china for using hundreds of fake accounts to create discord among protesters in hong kong. twitter suspending a thousand accounts and banning advertising from state-owned media companies. facebook says it's removiing fie accounts because of deceptive takedowns. they reflect the extent to which disinformation has become a global scorch surpass iing the
efforts by russia during the 2016 election. sir elton john slamming the intrusive british media over their coverage of prince harry and meghan markle. in a flurry of tweets he said he was distressed by distorted and malicious stories after reports of the family taking a private plane to france made the rounds online. the report suggesting the royal couple's mission to protect the environment is a sham. in his flurry of tweets, he defended the use of the private jet saying he and his husband paid for it and they also made sure the flight was carbon neutral. ♪ >> elton john, a long-time friend of princess dianna, said he felt it was his duty to protect the royal couple from the media. in 1997 doi ianna was killed in
high-speed car crash. seven were charged with manslaughter, but all the charges were dropped. john performed this version of "candle in the wind" at the funeral. she took a lot of heat for forcing al franken to resign. does senator gillibrand belief in a second chance for franken. hear what the 2020 candidate says.
extensively. part of the times reporting refers to a $400 million in cash they have to operate with. >> this essentially is money that seems to be skimmed off extorting businesses or things kept behind. the end of isis as a caliphate wasn't out of the blue. they had years to prepare for it. it was part of a series of things causing concerns against u.s. officials. it's been an incredibly long time and even as we saw there was still the beginnings of insurgent attacks in the desert. this is a huge expansive territory, through there are three issues causing this to percolate back up through the surface. the first one the enormous camps being created to hold isis supporters and isis prisoners. there are tens of thousands of supporters. if you see the footage, it's a hot bed of isis sympathy and
makeshift prisons popping up around the fighters and foreign fighters too. many of whom simply do not want to take them back at this point. then you also have the broader issue of the u.s. presence there. . always being as muscular as it would like to be. there's a cap imposed that means they don't always get to do whatever they want at that particular point. and the third issue is is this is an insurgency and the broad point is you can't kill your way out of that particular problem. solutions to insurgencies with the taliban and afghanistan, anywhere in the world frankly are normally economic and diplomatic. that part has been missing from isis. they are so radical it's hard to contemplate talking to them, but the reconstruction that was supposed to come in after the destruction of raqqah has been slow. iraqi security forces don't tend to go as much as the u.s. say and expect a general report they would like to see them go.
so the root cause was grievances amongst the sunni population. those frankly were never addressed. and over the years, they turned increasingly radical and turned to the most revolting version offistest to express their viewpoint. that spawned what we saw on the global stage, but the reason why that came around simply wasn't part of the package that the administration initiated but was taken over by donald trump's white house. they killed the problem easily, but the aftermath could be for decades. back to you. >> killing that ideology is difficult, if not impossible. nick paton walsh live for us, thank you. jeffrey epstein reportedly signed a will two days before his death. it lists his assets at about $577 million. the report further refutes conspiracy theories about his death. epstein, who was jailed on sex trafficking charges, died from
suicide by hanging in prison, according to the new york city medical examiner. william barr removing the bureau of prisons. last week he announced the w warden in new york would be reassign ed. union officials say prison resources have been stretched thin by budget cuts and a hiring freeze. she led the charge to get him to resign, but now new york democratic senator kirsten gillibrand says there's a path to reredemption for al franken. gillibrand was the first senator to call on franken to resign over sexual misconduct allegations in 2017. she since repeatedly defend ed her role despite 2020 donors. but at a "washington post" live event, she said this about franken. >> there's always room for redemption of anybody. we're a country that believes in it second chances. we believe in someone who has
humility, who comes forward to say they are sorry and have paid consequences and want to reemerge. that's always there for everyone. >> gillibrand was also asked about the controversy surrounding mark halperin's book deal. she said social security not for me to judge. this isn't your ordinary ten cent dime. this sold for $1.3 million. this 1894 dime was sold at a chicago coin auction. it's one of the only 24 ever made and one of the only nine that still exists. it was purchased by utah businessman hanson, who is an avid coin collector and working towards a collection of every coin ever made. he needs six more coins to complete his collection, but they are not available for sale. i can't remember the last time i
touched a time. talk about extreme couponing. disneyland honored a woman's 30-year-old free admission ticket. tammie richardson is from alberta. she was planning a girl's trip to disneyland with her mother and daughter when she found this coupon to the visit to the park from 1985 when she was 14. disneyland was celebrating its 30th birthday by giving out prizes to every 30th guest. richardson held on to the pass is she won for a free return visit for 30 years and finally used it this month. back in 1985 admission tickets cost $16.50. today they are at least $90. the song of the summer just got knocked off its perch. ♪ that's 17-year-old billie eilish. she's knocked "old town road"
from the number one spot atop the top 100. it's her first number one hit. she rose to fame only in the past few months. "bad guy" was released with a verse from justin bieber giving the song a fresh boost. ♪ >> "bad guy" dethroned the song after its unprecedented 19-week run at the top. eilish makes history as the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one song on the hot 100. >> now just try getting that song out of your head. a heartwarming gent jessicature caught on video. joe was a homeless man living on the streets of new york city. he was sitting with his sign saying he was hungry and his shoes were broken.
he took them off to see if someone might help with money to buy a new pair. that's when a jogger pass iing noticed the holes in the sneakers and gave him the shoes off his feet. >> i have been blessed my whole life. fwod has been nice to me. he says, here. i wanted to hug the guy, but a homeless man hugging somebody is not normal out here. >> he says at fist he thought it was a set up. as for the squoger who remains unidentified, he walked away barefoot. be careful. it is new york city. >> i'm amazed that the shoe fit. >> that's a good point. i guess it must have been the same size as well. nice gesture. you might want to double check your trip on southwest airlines before you book a flight next year. cnn business has details on changes for the airline. here you go little guy.
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president trump having a little fun with all the speculation surrounding reports he's considering buying greenland. the president tweeting this p k picture promising not to build one of his signature trump properties in greenland. however, there are more serious matters here. climate scientists discovering troubling signs under a glacier there. fred pleitgen just back from assignment in greenland. he's live in london with more. >> hi, dave. it was a humbling mission that with went on there with nasa scientists. you're absolutely right. while president trump seems to be talking about possibly acquiring greenland for the u.s., nasa is busy trying to find ways to possibly save the
ice there. we went on a research mission called the oceans melt iing greenland mission. you're seeing that on the screen there. they are trying to map out not just how hot our air is kribting to the melting of the glas shers, it's a record year for ice melt in the arctic, but also how warmer ocean water is leading to some of that attrition as well. some of the findings that we had on the mission were absolutely troubling. there was one glacier where they dropped the probe and found up to a depth of about 2,000 feet, a little more than 2,000 feet, there was warm water along a glacier face and that was super charging the ice melt. that's not just going on in that glacier, but generally going on in glaciers in greenland. one of the things that nasa said is we humans generally people have to really start getting serious about combatting climate change or face the consequences. i want you to listen to what the chief scientist had to say.
>> there's enough ice in greenland to raise sea levels by 7.5 meters. it's an enormous volume of ice that's about 25 feet. that would be devastating to coastlines all around the planet. >> so they are saying it would be devastating. some people should seriously start thinking about in the future maybe moving away from some of the coastlines that could get ravaged. so if you look at that, the folks in greenland right now are thinking of different things than whether or not they are going to get acquired get by the united states and president trump. >> far more urgent things ahead of them. fred pleitgen, thank you. let's get a check on cnn business this morning. first let's look at the markets around the world. asian markets closed mostly l lower. european markets have opened slightly higher. and on wall street, futures are treading water barely moving. stocks began the week on a positive note. the dow jumped 250 points.
the s&p 500 and the nasdaq both closed a little over 1% higher. and investors focused on the white house's optimistic view of the future and not on economists increasingly negative outlook. the national association for business economics says 74% of u.s. economists believe a recession is coming in the next two years. if southwest is your go-to airline, you may want to check to see if they still fly to where you want to go. southwest airlines is dropping nearly 20 non-stop routes next year to free up planes for flights with stronger demand. most of the routes are to or from los angeles, boston, dallas and orlando. the flight cuts are part of southwest's latest schedule extension. a spokesperson for their airline said one-stop service between the cities will still be available. southwest will stop operating those routes on january 6th, 2020. >> thanks to our international viewers for joining us.
have a great rest of your tuesday. for our u.s. viewers, "early start" continues right now. mounting, could a new tax cut be on the agenda? what the white house is saying this morning. planned parenthood will forego hundreds of millions of dollars instead of complying with new restrictions. more than a million women could pay the consequences ♪ ♪ after 19 weeks what song socked little nas off his horse and what got alison kosik dancing in her chair at 5:00 a.m. on a tuesday. >> that song does it. >> welcome to "early start," i'm dave briggs. i'm trying, bad back at all. >> you're doing great. he just came back from back surg