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we have very, very strong background checks right now. >> efforts to curb gun violence in america stalling once again. what the president told the chief of the nra. is this diplomacy? the press is canceling a trip to denmark after they announced greenland is not for sale. and yet another move by the white house aimed at migrants. how entire families are now being targeted. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." i'm alison kosik in for
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christine romans. good morning. >> good morning, i'm dave briggs. wednesday, august 21st, 4:00 a.m. in new york city. it's been 18 days since the el paso shooting that killed 22, and 17 days since the dayton shooting that killed nine. already it seems momentum for meaningful changes to gun laws is fading. a source confirms president trump told nra chief wayne lapierre that universal background checks are, quote, off the table. a source says there is more emphasis on passing red flag laws, allowing people to ask a court to intervene if they see a warning sign. a senior white house official tried to downplay the president's comment to lapierre saying he was only talking about universal checks. yesterday the president downplayed any hopes of changes to background checks. >> we have very, very strong background checks right now, but we have sort of missing areas and areas that don't complete
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the whole circle, and we're looking at different things. and i have to tell you that it is a mental problem, and i've said it 100 times, it's not the gun that pulls the trigger, it's the person that pulls the trigger. >> that doesn't square with what he said after the el paso and dayton shootings. >> well, i'm looking to do background checks. i think background checks are important. i think we can do meaningful, very meaningful background checks. i want to see it happen. >> president trump's change of tone not sitting well with the 2020 democrats or senator joe mnuchin of west virginia who spoke with the president about the issue. >> i said, mr. president, you can't blast -- a keg of dynamite your base. they're not leaving it. they didn't leave you on bump stocks. they're not going to leave you on common sense background checks. >> even this president says he's going to do something about background checks, and then word comes out today that he has consulted with his masters at the nra, and they've told him,
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sorry, you can't do that. it raises the simple question, who's in charge? >> we need not to let this be a time of impotent empathy where we don't feel enough pain for our brothers and sisters across this country that are suffering from the ravages of violence, but we all begin to demand it. republican and democrat. >> one republican operative close to the white house says the issue is likely to reemerge when congress returns from recess in september, noting that some gop lawmakers in swing districts are hearing from voters who want to see action on the gun issue. law enforcement cracking down on threats since the el paso and dayton shootings. at least 25 arrests across the country in connection with alleged mass shooting threats. three of the latest, a 15-year-old florida high school student arrested for threatening a school shooting during a video game chat. >> i adultond bernhart vow to
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bring my father's m-15 to school and kill -- >> he's just a little kid playing a video game. >> that's what the fbi and the law enforcement is spending time because how do we know he's not going to be hitting parkland? >> the volusia county sheriff's department received a tip from the fbi. confronted by police, the teen insisted it was a joke. >> 35-year-old eric linn was arrested friday. he used facebook accounts to threaten a south florida resident and their family. he also made pro-hitler statements and called for the extermination of all hispanics. and in tennessee, a truck driver was arrested for threatening a mass shooting at a church when a friend asked thomas matthew mcvicor why, he told police they put spiritual snakes and spiders in my bed at night. another friend says he has mental health issues.
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>> mental health is something that, you know it doesn't discriminate, and it' it'-- it' against all. >> mcvicor's mother says she is being treated for schizophrenia. an aboutface before the president's trip to denmark. he's postponed his visit after the danish foreign minister refused to discuss the sale of greenspanland calling his interests -- greenland calling his interests absurd. the leaders met before the trump announcement yesterday. >> translator: greenland is not for sale in any way. i'm not saying it as a joke. greenland is not for sale. >> translator: of course greenland is not for sale. i agree, and by the way, greenland does not belong to denmark, so it's not a case for us. >> cnn's fred pleitgen just back from assignment in greenland
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joins us live from moscow. good morning to you. the president said greenland was not a priority. so why then was he going to denmark, and why cancel the trip? >> well, originally it was supposed to be a diplomatic meeting and a visit to denmark. i just am receiving news here that apparently the danish royal family say they're completely surprised by president trump's move. who as you said said that this was not a front-burner issue. this was something he was thinking about, was not necessarily a priority. and i think just yesterday, dave, we were talkin about the fact that president trump seemed to be joking about all this when he tweeted a picture of what seemed to be trump tower on greenland and said "i promise never to do this to greenland." obviously the danes are trying to figure out what exactly president trump is trying to do. the interesting thing in all this is that president trump obviously snubbing one of america's key and long-term alliance. the danines in iraq and afghanistan, sending troops to
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both places, a staunch ally of the united states. at the same time trying to court one of america's adversaries. cnn learning president trump and french president macron were talking about getting russia back into the g7 which, of course, was the g8 before russia got kicked out. russia got kicked out after invading ukraine and annexing crimea. this wasn't just america's decision under the obama administration, this was the decision of the majority of the g8. back then the g8 countries decided with russia doing that it no longer belonged in that organization. however, president trump, like in many other cases in the past, trying to pin this on the obama administration, the same as the paris climate accord when the u.s. left that and the iran nuclear agreement saying he believed president obama at the time had been outsmarted by vladimir putin. let's listen in to what president trump had to say. >> putin outsmarted him. president obama thought it wasn't a good thing to have russia in, so he wanted russia
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out. but i think it's much more appropriate to have russia in. if somebody would make that motion, i would be disposed to think about it very favorably. >> reporter: president trump, dave, is expected to broach this topic with other g7 members at the upcomin g7 summit come is taking place in france this weekend. of course, the main reason why president trump and emmanuel macron, the president of france, spoke there yesterday trying to prepare that meeting. macron himself met with vladimir putin a couple of days ago and praised relations between europe and russia, as well. an interesting one to monitor. also diplomacy seems to be all over the place now. >> it does indeed, no mention of russian interference in our elections. fred pleitgen on another extraordinary day in moscow. thanks. the white house looking to boost confidence in the economy. could other tax cut be the answer? the president trump keeps
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touting -- >>tali tax reductions, that's of the reasons we're in such a strong position. >> president trump keeps touting a strong economy, but he and his officials are sending mixed signals about a payroll tax cut. >> is it payroll tax cut being considered -- >> it's not being considered at this time. >> payroll tax is something that we think about, and a lot of people would like to see that. i've been thinking about payroll taxes for a long time. >> yes, the u.s. economy and job market strong in part to trump's 2017 tax cuts. but that's been largely driven by consumer demand. hour however, that demand is being threatened by a global slowdown. there are a few questions here. would a payroll tax cut help the economy? according to moody's analytics chief economist, each $1 that you cut in payroll taxes would increase gdp by 80 cents. you look back in 2011, the payroll tax cut added a notable half a percentage point to gdp.
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the question is, would it be worth ballooning the deficit. several economists say no. in 2011 and 2012 the economy was struggling to emerge from the great recession. you look at the economy now, unemployment is at historic lows, and wages are rising. so analysts argue that a payroll tax cut would be a waste of ammunition in the event of a future downturn. yet another move by the white house targeting migrants at our southern border. the trump administration expected to announce a rule making it easier to keep families locked up longer. the move seeks to replace the so-called flores settlement by removing the 20-day limit on the detention of children. an administration official says families who know they'll be released soon by making it to the u.s. as a family could exploit the loophole. they'll be held at a family residential center run by i.c.e. throughout the parents' immigration proceedings. the official claims there will be lenient provisions for parole. the regulation is expected to be
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met with legal challenges. president trump tapping into some of the very same anti-semitic tropes he's railed on democrats for in the past. he was lashing out at democratic congresswoman rashida tlaib questioning her sincerity as she teared up talking about her decision to not travel to israel to see her elderly grandmother in the west bank. then he said this -- >> where is the democratic party gone? where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the state of israel? and i think any jewish people that vote for a democrat, i think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. >> the dual loyalty claim echoing historic anti-semitic tropes. democrats pounced. >> it's outrageous. it's offensive. and it's dangerous. it creates an environment that puts jews at risk.
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the president should know that. >> i think that's a profoundly anti-semitic statement by the president. it's disgusting, it ought to be condemned by republicans as well as democrats. >> i am a proud jewish person. [ cheers ] and i have no concerns about voting democratic. >> the head of the anti-defamation league saying, quote, it's long overdue to stop using jews as a political football and the jewish democratic council adding this is yet another example of donald trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-semitism. this is about jews being loyal to him, then trump needs a reality check, end quote. jewish voters went democrat by about a 3-1 margin in the midterms. that is the question, did he mean loyalty to him, to israel, just a lot of the questions being asked after another stunning statement. >> it really does make your jaw
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drop. >> yeah. if you thought american politics was messy, wait until you see what's going on in italy. cnn is live in rome next. here you go little guy.
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political drama, but many are saying, barbie, that is the most dysfunctional italian government we've seen in decades. >> no, that's absolutely right. even by italian standards this really is a doozy of a political crisis. and i don't really know that anyone sees a way out of it short of snap elections. of course this coalition government was born out of an election in march of 2018. they were estranged bed fellows from -- strange bedfellows, from day one. now they have to figure out what to do next, whether he can take the election results from 2018 and turn them into a government that does work, or if he has to just throw it all away and call new elections. that could give rise to the far right leader who pulled the plug on this government to begin with. so we've got a lot of political back-room dealing going on now over the next two days.
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by tomorrow afternoon, we should have a way forward, whatever that way forward may be, though it could cause more confusion than certainly calming these political waters. >> and this political chaos happening with the backdrop of financial turmoil, as well. i understand growth is sitting at 0%, public debt is skyrocketing, over $2 trillion. how is -- how is all of that being handled in the middle of all this political crisis? >> well, it's -- it is worrying to italians worried about their savings. also comes against the backdrop of brexit. we've got a halloween deadline for brexit. so you've got one of the anchor economies in europe in this political, financial turmoil right now just as europe is facing one of its biggest challenges. this really does extend far beyond the italian borders. this is going to create a huge problem for all of europe. >> this is going to be a one country to watch. thank you so much.
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it's 4:24 eastern time. parents of a texas middle schooler say school officials used a sharpie to color in their son's haircut which the staffer said violated the school dress code. dante trice and angela washington have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the texas school district. the suit says back in april their 13-year-old son got a fade ha ha haircut with a design line. he was given two options, use a black permanent marker to cover his scalp, or get in-school suspension. not wanting to affect his track team eligibility, he chose the sharpie option. the suit claims they laughed as they colored in his scalp which the parents say took many days of scrubbing to come off. a detroit family is mourning the loss of their 9-year-old daughter who was mauled to death by dogs. police say emma hernandez was attacked by three pit bulls
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while riding her bicycle on monday. it's not clear what set the dogs off, but witnesses tried to save hernandez, and someone actually shot one of the dogs. the girl's aunt says her father recently confronted the dogs' owner. >> i had actually had an argument with them that they needed to be properly fenced. they couldn't just be roaming out. and he just didn't do anything. >> no word yet if the dog owner will face charges. animal care and control says the dogs will likely be euthanized. walmart is taking tesla to court claiming solar panels installed by the electric carmaker caught fire. walmart accuses tesla of breach of contract, claiming it lost hundreds of millions of dollars. they're seeking to recover the costs related to the fires at seven stores and have tesla remove the panels. no comment yet from tesla, though just days ago tesla tried to spark interest in its solar panel business with the plan to
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we have very, very strong background checks right now. >> efforts to curb gun violence in america stalling once again. what the president told the chief of the nra. is this diplomacy? the president calls off a trip to denmark after they announced greenland is not for sale. and yet another move by the white house aimed at migrants. how entire families are now being targeted. welcome back to "early start" on a wednesday, a hump day. happy hump day, everybody. i'm dave briggs. >> good morning, i'm alison
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kosik. i'm sitting in for christine romans. it's 30 minutes past the hour here in new york city. and it's been 18 days since the el paso shooting that killed 22. 17 days since the dayton shooting that killed nine. already it seems momentum for meaningful change to gun laws is fading. a source con tirms president trump told nra chief wayne lapierre that universal background checks are off the table. the source says there is more emphasis on passing red flag laws, allowing people to ask a court to intervene if they see a warning sign. a senior white house official tried to downplay the president's comment to lapierre saying he was only talking about universal checks. but yesterday the president himself downplayed any hopes of change to background checks. >> we have very, very strong background checks right now. but we have sort of missing areas and areas that don't
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complete the whole circle. and we're looking at different things, and i have to tell you that it is a mental problem. i said it 100 times. it's not the gun that pulls the trigger. it's the person that pulls the trigger. >> doesn't jive with what he said after the el paso and dayton shootings. >> i'm looking to do background checks. i think background checks are important. i think we can do meaningful, very meaningful background checks. i want to see it happen. >> president trump's change of tone not sitting well with the 2020 democrats or senator joe mnuchin of west virginia who spoke with the president about this issue. >> i said, mr. president, you can't blast with a keg of dynamite your base. they're not leaving. so they didn't leave you on bump stocks, they're not going to leave you on common sense background checks. >> even this president says he's going to do something about background checks, and then word comes out today that he has
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consulted with his masters at the nra, and they've told him, sorry, you can't do that. it raises the simple question who's in charge. >> we need not to let this be a time of impotent empathy where we don't feel enough pain for our brothers and sisters across this country that are suffering from the ravages of violence, but we all begin to demand it. republican and democrat. >> one republican operative close to the white house said the issue is likely to reemerge when congress returns from its recess in september. noting that some gop lawmakers in swing districts are hearing from voters who want to see action on the gun issue. law enforcement cracking down on threats since the el paso and dayton shootings. at least 25 arrests across the country in connection with alleged mass shooting threats. two of the latest, a 15-year-old florida high school student arrested for threatening a school shooting during a video game chat.
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>> i, dalton bernhart, vow to bring my father's m-15 to school and kill -- >> he's a little kit playing a -- little kid playing a game. >> that's why the law enforcement is spending so much time because how do we know he's not going to be hitting department? >> the teen insisted it was a joke. in tennessee, a truck driver was arrested for threatening a mass shooting at a church. a friend asked thomas matthew macgyver, he said they put spiritual snakes and spiders in my bed at night. another friend says he has mental health issues. >> mental health is something that, you know it doesn't discriminate, and it's, you know, amongst all, it doesn't matter how rich or how poor you are. so i mean, he wouldn't do that. >> mcvicor's mother says her son
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is being treated for schizophrenia. quite a diplomatic aboutface by trump less than two weeks before his planned trip to denmark. the president has now postponed that visit after the danish prime minister refused to discuss the sale of greenland, calling his interest absurd. the leaders of both greenland and denmark met yesterday before the trump announcement. >> greenland is not for sale in any way. i'm not saying it as a joke. greenland is not for sale. >> translator: of course greenland is not for sale. i totally agree, and by the way, greenland does not belong to denmark. so it's not a case for us. >> cnn's fred pleitgen just back from assignment in greenland, joining us live from moscow. fred, extraordinary aboutface here again by the president. he said greenland was not a priority, at least buying it. why then was he going to denmark in the first place? >> reporter: he actually had an
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invitation from the queen of denmark. obviously denmark is a very important ally to the united states. having covered european politics for a very long time, i can tell you denmark stood by the u.s. and sent troops to afghanistan, also to iraq, as well, even though that was controversial among other european allies. and the president himself said that this was not a front burner issue for him. and when asked whether it was one of the reasons why he was going to denmark, he said, no, it's absolutely not the reason. and just yesterday we had on our show him allegedly seemingly having fun with all this tweeting. a picture of a trump tour in greenlands -- trourd ump tower greenland and saying this is not what he wants to do. president trump being staunch on u.s. allies, however not so staunch on u.s. adversaries. one of the things president trump said is he believes that russia should make a return to the g7 which, of course, was the g8 before russia got kicked out. he says he believes that russia
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belongs in that group. and as other cases in the past, he's laying the blame on the obama administration. the same reason why he left the paris climate accords and the iran nuclear agreement, saying he believed that vladimir putin had outsmarted barack obama and, therefore, the obama administration wanted him out of the g8. here's what president trump had to say -- >> putin outsmarted him, president obama thought it wasn't a good thing to have russia in. so he wanted russia out. but i think it's much more appropriate to have russia in. if somebody would make that motion, i would certainly be disposed to think about it very favorably. >> reporter: and dave, senior administration source telling cnn that this apparently came after a phone call between french president emmanuel macron and president trump. both of them saying they want to broach this topic at the upcoming g7 summit that is going to take place in france. they'll be looking forward to
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that, but certainly very interesting diplomatic events going on, developments going on. really diplomacy of the administration right now pretty hard to figure out. >> fred, you make a great point, tough on allies, soft on adversaries. that's the pattern around the world when you look at north and south korea, similar dynamic there, as well. extraordinary. fred pleitgen live for us in moscow. thank you. the white house is looking to boost confidence in the economy. could another tax cut be the answer? >> we're looking at various tax reductions, but i'm looking at that all the time anyway. tax reductions. that's one of the reasons we're in a strong economic position. >> president trump keeps touting a strong economy, but he and his officials are sending mixed messages about a payroll tax cut. >> is a payroll tax cut being considered? >> it's not being considered at this time. >> payroll tax is something that we think about, and a lot of people would like to see that. i've been thinking about payroll taxes for a long time. >> okay, so the u.s. economy and
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the job market are strong, in part thanks to trump's 2017 tax cuts. that's been largely driven by consumer demand. now, however, that demand is being threatened by a global slowdown. so there are a few questions to ask. would a payroll tax cut help the economy? according to moody's chief economist each $1 cut in payroll taxes would increase gdp by 80 cents. in 2011 the tax cut added a notable half percentage point to gdp, but would it be worth ballooning the deficit? several economists say no. in 2011 and 2012, the economy was struggling to emerge from the great recession. you look at what's happening now, unemployment is at historic lows, and wages are steadily rising. so analysts are arguing that a payroll tax cut would actually be a waste of ammunition in the event of a future downturn. yet another move by the white house targeting migrants at the u.s. southern border. the trump administration will try to keep families locked up
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longer. that move would replace the so-called flores settlement which limits of detention of kids to 20 days. an administration official says families are exploiting that limit knowing they'll be released quickly if they come with kids. under a new rule, families will be held at family centers run by i.c.e. throughout the parents' immigration proceedings. the change is expected to be met with legal challenges. president trump tapping into some of the very same anti-semitic tropes he's railed on democrats for in the past. he was lashing out at democratic congresswoman rashida tlaib questioning her sincerity as she teared up talking about her decision not to travel to israel today her elderly grandmother in the west bank. then he said this -- >> where is the democratic party gone, where have they done where they're defending these two people over the state of israel? i think any jewish people that vote for a democrat, i think it
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shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. >> so that dual loyalty claim echoing historic anti-semitic tropes, and democrats pounced. >> it's outrageous. it's offensive. and it's dangerous. it creates an environment that puts jews at risk. the president should know that. >> i think that's a profoundly anti-semitic statement by the president. it's disgusting, it ought to be condemned by republicans as well as democrats. >> i am a proud jewish person. [ cheers ] and i have no concerns about voting democratic. >> the head of the anti-defamation league say, quote, it's long overdue to stop using jews as a political football and the jewish democratic council adding this is yet another example of donald trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-semitism.
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if this is about jews being loyal to him, then trump needs a reality check. jewish voters went democrat by about a 3-1 margin in the midterms. okay. last week his boss called him the best police commissioner in america. now richard ross is out of a job. what happened to philadelphia's top cop?
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is it gaining strength in your opinion? >> it's complicated. there are certainly places where isis is more powerful today than they were three our four years ago. >> secretary of state mike pompeo acknowledging the threat from isis has not gone away but says their capacity to attack has been diminished. this on the heels of a pentagon report that says isis is gaining strength in iraq and syria. nick paton walsh has covered isis on the front lines and
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joins us live from london with the latest. nick, good morning. >> reporter: dave, yes, absolutely. mitt romn mike pompeo's comments making it clear that the u.s. recognizes there is an enduring threat. made no doubt about it, territorily it has diminished in syria and iraq. still both countries shattered as they are dealing with the thousands of fighters still in their prisons but also the tens the thousands of isis supporters. as we said yesterday there's a grievance in the sunni populations in both countries, but isis began as something local but turned into a global brand. much like al qaeda did. sort of a franchise operation you might say. and there's still evidence of them in libya now, exploiting the chaos of libya. but more worryingly in afghanistan. and that's where the u.s. is pushing forward hard with a peace deal here which may make it make a lot of compromise with the taliban, unthinkable when it went in in 2001. the question is, how does isis
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benefit from that? isis called isk by many in afghanistan, they're predominantly in the east where they have a lot of pakistani members and essentially have become the extremist rump of the long-lived innerinsurgency in taliban. the taliban are there, those who get disgruntled might move toward fresher branding of isis. isis arkanscharacterizing its w massive attacks like the one in kabul over the weekend. as people look at the withdrawal deal that may be announced in the weeks ahead, it's what it leaves in terms of space for isis. the people are most concerned about. remember donald trump himself said he didn't want afghanistan to become a laboratory for terror. is that going to be the case in isis gets a better foothold there? back to you. >> really complicating that piece in afghanistan. live for us in london, thank you. former vatican treasurer george pell will remain in prison after an australian court rejected an appeal of his
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conviction for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choir boys in the 1990s. the 78-year-old disgraced cardinal is the most senior catholic church official to be convicted of child sexual assault. pell was sentenced back in march to six years in prison. pell now has 28 days to appeal the ruling to australia's highest court. the vatican says it respects the judicial system, but the cardinal has always maintained his innocence. facebook has finally unveiled a new privacy tool for users, but it's got some limits. cnn business has the details next. tv just keeps getting better.
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philadelphia is looking for a new top cop this morning after police commissioner richard ross jr. abruptly stepped down. the resignation comes as ross, the city of philadelphia, and others are named in a lawsuit by two female police officers. one of the plaintiffs claims she called ross to report that she had been experiencing sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. ross declined to act and suggested the officer just sit down. it was only last week when the mayor of philadelphia called ross, quote, the best police commissioner in america. 22 texas towns targeted in a massive cyberattack. state officials say computer systems were infiltrated by hackers demanding as much as $2.5 million in ransom. the fbi and state cybersecurity experts are examining the breach which began friday morning and is ongoing. it has affected mostly smaller
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local governments. the texas department of information resources says the evidence points to a, quote, single threat actor. two teenagers got the scare of their lives when they discovered a bear raiding the fridge in their cabin. 15-year-old hayes sherman says he was watching tv with his friend when he heard tupperware being aggressively ripped open. the two boys hid behind a sliding door and held it shut while the bear tried to open it. hayes had to use his apple watch to alert his sleeping mother upstairs and call 911. a deputy finally arrived and fired a warning shot to shoo it away. as for the bear, hayes says it enjoyed taco meat and two pints of ben & jerry's ice cream. those -- i can't believe, first of all, this is all caught on video. and then the second important question, what flavors -- >> of ben & jerry's? >> i'm curious. >> yeah. i wouldn't -- i wouldn't suspect a bear would go for the ice cream and open the tupperware. bravo, bear. >> smart animal.
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>> okay. it's back. >> 20 years after the first, he's still doing it. a fourth installment of the blockbuster sci-fi franchise "the matrix" is happening. the film set to star original cast members keanu reeves and carrie ann moss. they will reunite with one of the original writer/directors. the new sequel is set to begin production next year. it will be released by warner bros. which, like cnn, is a unit of warner media. let's get a check on cnn business this morning. asian markets closed slightly higher, and european markets, they've opened, and they're -- we're seeing green arrows. on wall street, futures are pointing to a positive open. the dow snapped a three-day winning streak on tuesday
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closing 173 points lower. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq also fell. with trade wars and recession fears on everyone's mind, all eyes are turning to the federal reserve. the minutes of the july meeting where the central bank cut rates by -- for the first time since 2008, those minutes come out today. and fed chair jerome powell gives a speech in florida on friday. so investors are going to be closely watching for any signs of future interest rate cuts. facebook is finally rolling out a privacy tool for users' browsing history with some limits. the off facebook activity feature will help users see and manage data that apps and websites collect and share with facebook. but users won't be able to delete the data entirely. instead, users have the option to disassociate the information from their accounts. facebook won't know which will bes the user visited -- which websites the user visited but it will exist on servers without identifying information. the feature will be available
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first to users in ireland, south korea, and spain, and roll out worldwide over the coming months. ♪ spider man has lost its studio and producer. deadline is reporting that marvel studios and kevin figey will no longer produce any future spider-man movies, putting the future of the web slinger up in the air. according to deadline, disney and sony failed to agree on a co-financing deal for the future of the franchise. sony said it's disappointed in the decision and said the issue was with figey's time constraints with other disney projects. "spider-man far from home" recently became sony's highest grossing film of all time bringing in $1.1 billion. there are reportedly two more spider-man movies in the works. deadline is saying unless something draft tick happens, kevin figey will not be the creative lead on those movies.
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incredible because we know his track record. >> that lit up twitter all they yesterday. 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. we have very, very strong background checks right now. >> efforts to curb gun violence in america stalling once again. what the president told the chief of the nra. is this diplomacy? the president canceling a trip to denmark after they announced greenland is not for sale. and yet another move by the white house aimed at migrants. how entire families are now being targeted. good morning, and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik in for christine romans. >> good morning, good morning to all of you, i'm dave briggs. wednesday, august 21st. it is 5:00 a.m. here in the east. it's been less than three weeks

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