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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com get ready to rumble. republican candidates for president get ready to rumble with donald trump. state of emergency in california. crews struggle to contain dozens of wildfires as thousands are forced from their homes. and climate change breaking point. the small temperature signs which could have a catastrophic impact on the world as we know it. and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm john vause, and this is "cnn
newsroom". great to have you with us and we'll begin with the highly anticipated debate between the republican candidates for u.s. presidency. it is set for thursday. but voters got a preview with a televised forum in new hampshire monday night. 14 of the 17 hopefuls took questions on a number of topics. they did not have to compete with the outspoken front runner because donald trump didn't attend. cnn's average of five recent polls show the billionaire is now up 8 points over his closest rival, former florida governor jeb bush. while trump may be leading the poll, he claims to be an underdog when it comes to debates. >> reporter: with the first republican primary debate just days away -- >> i'm not a debater. >> reporter: front runner donald trump is making the rounds trying to lower expectations for his performance.
he's also expanding on his critique of president obama, explaining why he thinks america won't see another black president for generations. >> i think he has set a very low bar, and i think it's a shame for the african-american people. and by the way he has done nothing for african-americans. >> reporter: all this as trump leads the gop pack in recent polls. he's had 26% in the monmouth poll out today. more than double jeb bush and wisconsin governor scott walker. and trump's favorability numbers are on the rise with 52% of republicans now say they view him favor when iably. that's up from a few weeks ago. the typically confident real estate mogul told cbs -- >> i'm not a debater. >> reporter: but he's not afraid of a fight, and walker says he's
ready. it means he's assured a spot at center stage when the top ten candidates face off in cleveland. the top appear set, with chris christie rick perry and john kasich vying for the final spot. christie says he's feeling good about his chances. >> i'll be very happy on tuesday when the ten names come out and i'm in there. >> reporter: with trump dominating the debate, some candidates are looking for creative ways to get noticed, including texas senator ted cruz. >> in texas we cook bacon a little differently than most folks. >> reporter: using an a video to show his firearm and bacon skills. >> machine gun bacon. >> the nine other republicans who will be on that debate stage are facing a very real problem.
how to trump donald trump. the conventional wisdom has been go after the front runner. but so far donald trump has proved that what doesn't kill him only makes him stronger. that strategy of going hard after the front runner may just backfire. we are joined from washington. how does this turn into a godzilla movie? >> reporter: >> we have a phrase in washington. you wrestle with a pig, you get dirty and the pig likes it. do they go after trump or do they ryetry to ignore him. if your name is mentioned you get a chance to respond. you'll have candidates like ted cruz who will try to avoid any
interaction with trump at all because he doesn't want to be in trump's cross hairs. that's why he resorts to things like using machine guns to cook bacon. >> does it work against them they have to shut up and listen and they may not get the last word in. that doesn't seem to be very advantageous to trump. >> reporter: . >> the rules go out the window. it's going to be upon the moderators to try to wrangle these ten different personalities into their boxes, but no one really expects that's going to happen. so what we're going to see is over the course of the two hours, people challenge the rules. people challenge the challenges to the rules, and ultimately it's going to result in what's going to be tv mayhem. >> you talk about this strategy that some will engage in try to look president a don't engage with donald trump. the old saying if you ignore a bully, they'll leave you alone. that doesn't apply to donald
trump, because he just doesn't quit. >> he has nothing to lose. and for him, every attack is a positive and every attack against him is also a positive. there's really no strategy. you saw one of the leading advisers to one of the candidates treat how do you candidates tweet, how do you prepare for a race when one of the drivers is driving drunk. you have a segment of the gop base that is vying for those trump votes, and that's why you see people on the far right, like ted cruz really avoiding getting after trump because they're going after the same voters. you have a lot of establishment candidates who are actually looking to appeal to a different part of the electorate. so they have more of an incentive to go after trump. >> the top ten will be in prime time. and the have an earlier debate. and in terms of entertainment
value, that's going to be pure gold. no one doubts that but if you're looking for substance and policy if you want to learn something, maybe that earlier debate with the leftovers may actually be more worthwhile. >> i think you're absolutely right. there's two things if you're in that earlier debate you don't have to worry about the trump problem. you'll have more time to talk. it will be a more adult setting, despite the fact that you're being put at what's being called the kiddie table. you'll be able to set your own agenda and make your own case for the presidency. >> thanks for being with us. >> anytime. and there could be some big changes soon to the democratic field of presidential hopefuls. vice president joe biden is considering a run. it wouldn't be his first. but as jeff zel any reports there's growing support for mr. biden to give it a try. >> looking for a job. >> reporter: looking for a job, but the question for joe biden is, which one? he's long eyed the presidency and he's still considering
joining the 2016 race. the summertime speculation has suddenly hit full boil over whether he'll challenge hillary clinton for the democratic mom make. one factor weighing heavy, his son beau biden urged his father to run before dying of brain cancer in may. and now one of beau biden's close advisers is joining a grass roots movement called draft biden, and he's holding meetings of his own to see if there's interest in backing a new campaign. questions about clinton's candidacy hang over the biden boomlet. a recent quinnipiac poll only viewed 37% showing hillary trustworthy. >> hillary does have a problem with trust in this country right now. and i do believe that when and
if he decides to run joe will add a new dimension to this race. >> reporter: biden has run for president twice before. he's never ruled out a third time. if he did, the gaffs from more than four decades in politics would surely follow him into the race like this famous explative right before of president obama signed the health care law. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: he told gloria bolger he would make his own decision. >> the question is am i, do i, am i convinced i am best positioned of anyone else to lead the country? >> reporter: but clinton has a big head start. she's airing her first tv commercials tomorrow. >> i believe that when families are strong america is strong. it's your time. >> and our thanks to jeff zeleny
for that report. and for more on mr. biden's possible run for the white house, police go to cnn.com/politics. you will find all the latest on the 2016 u.s. presidential campaign. meantime the guy who's in the job right now, president obama has taken what he's called the most important step to fight climate change and now he is selling his new plan to the american people. on monday he explained how it will work and why now is the time for action. >> we're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it. and that's why i committed the united states to leading the world on this challenge. because i believe there is such a thing as being too late. >> the plan cuts carbon emissions from coal power plants by 32% from 2005 levels by the year 2030.
mr. obama says americans are already feeling the effects of climate change. over the past 15 years, 14 have been the warmest. republicans argue it will increase energy costs and destroy jobs. >> i'm not going to sit by while the white house takes aim at the lifeblood of our state's economy. >> for the first time they've extended this to require states in a very coercive way -- >> but there is support from the business sector. 365 companies, in fact including you know lever, nestle and mars contacted more than two dozen governors asking them to meet the standards. firefighters are battling more than two dozen firefighters which have scorched 54,000 hectares. the largest is the rocky fire. at last report only 12% was
contained. the record drought and high temperatures are fueling the flames. >> reporter: california burning. at least 21 major fires are currently raging in the park state. gusty winds and low humidity are creating a tinder box of sorts fueled by lightning. daunting conditions for the nearly 10,000 firefighters battling the fire. a firefighter from south dakota was killed while working a fire. the married father of two was scouting ways to attack fire when he became trapped by flames. as the fire ravages anything in its path -- >> it looked like a bomb went off over here. >> it's scary. >> reporter: the largest flame, the rocky fire has burned many acres north of wine country. >> there are firefighters that have had 25 30 years on the job that have never seen fire
behavior like we've seen here on the rocky fire. >> reporter: the reason four years of drought and 100 degree heat have created conditions perfect for explosive growth. so far two dozen homes have been destroyed. governor jerry brown declaring a state of emergency and evacuations ordered for more than 13,000 californians worrying them that their homes may be in the fire's path. >> hopefully the fire doesn't come this far and burn our stuff down so we'll come back to at least something, our house still here. >> reporter: from the air you can see the intensity as the wall of flames moves across the 2003 line mountains. crews on the scene digging control lines setting controlled burns, hoping to stop the fire in its tracks by lighting brush and fuel in the blaze's path. >> to see conditions like they are now is concerning. one less spark this summer means one less wildfire.
>> and we are joined from the fire zone. so paul are conditions easing? does it feel any better where you are? and what can firefighters expect over the next 24 hours? >> reporter: it's so tricky. for a while it looked for all the world like they had the upper hand in this fire. no big active fights. but the next thing you know these dastardly winds shifted, literally doubling back on themselves, if you will going from south to north. and then they had trouble again. the fire spotted, as they say. it jumped a highway. and they had to go off to the races and contain it and be after another 60 to 100 acres that were burned. thankfully they'd evacuated everybody. but they're being tortured by the shifting winds, john. >> okay. and describe the scene around you where you are right now. is that one of the areas where the crews have been back burning to try to control this fire?
>> reporter: exactly. they said we're not taking any chances. and what they did is they put a couple different crews up on this hillside. they put an initial attack crew about 35 yards up and they have these torches that they call these gas cans full of a little bit of gasoline some diesel mixed in there. they set the first backfire. then they set another one below it. it was really well choreographed. there are no firefighters behind me right now. that's how confident they are that they've held this line. this is on the eastern edge of this fire here in calousa county. they're fighting fire with fire. you can tell behind me huge huge paths of nothing but blackened acreage, and that of course is enough to keep a fire from advancing. it has no fresh fuel grass, timber whatever to burn john. >> looks incredibly desolate. thanks for being with us.
we appreciate t fbltsit. okay. let's get a little more on the conditions and what they will be facing. what they say a lot of these fires have been started by dry thunderstorms. lightning strikes but no rain. what do they mean by that? >> well basically there's no rain coming out of the thunderstorm. essentially, the air is so dry that the rainy evaporates before it hits the ground. you get the lightning but you don't get the beneficial rainfall. what we need is a flat rain without lightning coming in from the pacific. that's not going to happen. we're in the dry season. perhaps with an el nino we'll get an enhanced rainy season. and the other thing they talk about, when you hear the firefighters they talk about the fire behavior something they haven't seen. the reason for that is because there is no moisture on the vegetation. there's no moisture on the ground so the fire can just run amok here. 62,000 acres. i started covering this over the weekend.
we were about 200 acres. we've grown incredibly. the big news is 12% containment. that sounds low, and it is but we were at 5%. so we're going in the right direction. unfortunately, 6300 structures are being threatened by this fire as we continue with this exceptional drought. is 00% 100% of california is under severe drought. and the top, exceptional drought, 46%. almost half the state. and north of san francisco is where we have exceptional drought and the vegetation there cannot be drier. it is just crackling out there. look at the temperatures as we take you into the afternoon. they're not terrible. we'll get into some 70s and 80s by the afternoon. we could be in the 100s. that big ridges that broken down a little bit. and the humidity helps a bit at night. but once we warm up the air, through the afternoon, watch what happens here. we drop back down. any where from 35 to 40%.
that's not terribly low. can you go down to 10 to 15, but 30 is low. and we'll get a break into the 60s. forecast we'll talk about 80s in the next few days. we've been in the 100s. but what we need is rain. they're not going to get it. they have over 9,000 firefighters right now in california spanned out covering this. the only way you're getting rain is from the helicopters and the planes that are dropping it on them. >> for the foreseeable future. >> yes. we move to new hampshire right now where a circus tent has collapsed, killing at least two people. more than a dozen others were hurt. about 100 people were inside the tent watching a performance when a severe thunderstorm packing high wind and large hail rolled through the area. we're told that the two fatalities were a boy and a girl who were both watching the show. a short break here. when we come back a mexican journalist bent on exposing corruption is laid to rest after
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dreamwalk express pedi. welcome back everybody. thanks for staying with us. the dpets penalty will stay on the table for james holmes. there he is in court with the bird and the white shirt. on monday jurors agreed to keep the death penalty as an option despite pleas from his mother and father. he killed 12 and injured 70 others back in 2012. his lawyers argue he is mentally ill. in a few hours, jurors will begin making a final decision on whether holmes will be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. a new voice is joining america's gun control debate. comedian amy schumer appeared with her cousin new york senator chuck schumer as he unveiled new legislation to
combat gun violence. the actress says it's time to put an end to these tragedies which happen too often. >> when i heard about this news i was completely devastated, and i wanted to just go down to louisiana. and then i was angry. my heart goes out to jillian and mayci, to the survivors, to the families and everyone who is tied to this tragic senseless action of this man who shouldn't have been able to put his hands on a gun in the first place. i'm not sure why this man chose my movie to end these two beautiful lives and injure nine others but it was very personal for me. >> a gunman shot 11 people, killed two of them in lafayette louisiana during a showing of schumer's new movie, "train wreck" just last month. chinese shoppers are keeping an eye on escalators. we will show you videos of the accidents and a warning.
some people will find this disturbing. the report now from robyn curnow. >> reporter: the latest escalator sdipts victim a 35-year-old man cleaning this mall. video shows him mopping at the top when one of the panels gives way and his leg becomes trapped. emergency workers were able to rescue him, but his left foot was crushed am had to be amputated. speaking from his hospital bed, he says i fell forward, and the escalator was running. it suddenly pulled my foot inside. local authorities are investigating. state media reports the man violated safety rules by not shutting the escalator down before cleaning it. [ screaming ] this is the third seriouses ca later-related incident in the past week. a toddler in southwest china suffered multiple injuries including a broken arm after falling on an escalator, and a
30 year old mother was killed after she fell through an escalator panel at a mall. she was able to push her young son to safety before she was pulled to her death. a local official blames human error and a lack of staff training for what happened. the recent spate of incident has led to numerous video the on social media, showing worried chinese shoppers tiptoeing on and around escalators there were 49 escalator or elevated-related accidents last year. 37 of them fatal. authorities say most of the deaths were caused by improper use. and only eight were caused by equipment problems. robyn curnow, cnn. mexico city's prosecutor says his office is working with federal officials to find the killer of a journalist who had a reputation of exposing government corruption. 31-year-old news photographer reuben espinosa was laid to rest. he and four women were shot to
death execution style in an apartment in mexico city. he had fled var vuz state saying that he felt threatened there. fellow journalists fear justice will be elusive. >> translator: we're fearing a lot of helplessness anger, courage, we're pissed off, we're scared. with this i don't know if it's worth proceeding with justice or not. it will not bring back our friend. at the end of the day, rook being for justice in mexico city or veracruz is the same. the rule is, it doesn't matter. >> espinosa's death is the latest in a strifrngng of killings. at least 11 have been killed there in the past five years. crews continue searching for wreckage from mh 370. but where else should they look? an ocean current expert says south africa is an option.
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welcome back everybody. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live all achd the world. i'm john vause, the headlines this hour. the man accused of gunning down a police officer in memphis, tennessee has turned himself in tra main wilbourn turned himself in. police say the officer interrupted a drug deal involving wilbourn when he was
killed. a man has been sentenced to 14 years. he was convicted of eight counts of conspiracy to defraud. the charges around libor. investors will be kwaching dwrooels when the athens stock exchange opens in less than three hours. trading resumed monday after a five-week-long hiatus with a deep plunge of more than 16%. there was also a 30% selloff of the country's banks. the country defaulted on its debt. a classified u.s. intelligence report paints a grim view about the war with isis suggesting the group may now be just as strong as it was a year ago, despite thousands of airstrikes. and that comes as the united states may soon be drawn deeper into the bloody war in syria where rebel factions and terror groups including isis are fighting one another, as well as the assad regime.
president obama has approved the use of american air support for u.s.-backed syrian rebels, and those rebels have recently come under attack and u.s. aircraft have already responded. barbara starr recording in. >> reporter: the pentagon says that the first of the rebels have died in that al qaeda-backed attack. the u.s. is going on to say that those rebel, the u.s. has their back but they have a very big target on that back. smoke rising from a u.s. airstrike in northern syria, launched to protect american-trained rebels under attack from an al qaeda-linked group. the first strike since president obama approved air cover to protect rebels under attack from any group. al qaeda, the assad regime or isis. a hint of the expanded mission in the works for days.
>> i think we have an obligation to support those fighters. >> reporter: but what if the assad regime attacks the u.s.-backed rebels? >> we've cautioned syria in the past not to engage u.s. aircraft. and the syrian regime yo similarly be advised not to interfere with new syrian forces. >> reporter: the strike here in northern syria is the area in u.s. cross hairs. airstrikes are being used to shut doubt last major border crossing into syria near allen bow -- aleppo. >> they're seeing more and more difficulty of getting their fighters into northern syria. >> reporter: despite pure fighters a classified intelligence assessment bleakly concludes isis is as strong as it was a year ago when airstrikes began but is no longer making huge advances on the ground. the number of fighters down slightly to 20,000 to 30,000.
the pentagon says that is progress. but in iraq even as the u.s. struck a facility making vehicle-borne bombs, the intelligence agency has its own assessment. one official says quote, the situation is in stalemate. after nearly 6,000 airstrikes and a year of bombing in syria and iraq fundamental questions of whether the strategy will ever be successful. and, you know the pentagon has warned for the last year that airstrikes alone would not defeat isis, but the hid of the defense intelligence agency now also saying the question has to be asked about whether iraq can even come back as a single nation or it will fracture into sectarian violence. >> thanks to barbara starr for that report. international officials will
meet in toe lus france to discuss the airplane part that may have come from mh 370. the french aviation safety bureau will lead this investigation. the wing part called a flaperon was found on reunion island. meantime searchers from reunion and nearby countries continue to scour the nation for wreckage. ocean experts say debris could turn up elsewhere. details from brian todd. >> reporter: on reunion island people comb the shore line looking for any clues which could be as tantalizing as this. what experts believe is probably a piece of the missing plane. this could be the new front line for the search for mh 370, which is why search teams are looking not only on reunion island but madagascar marrishus.
a powerful front in the indian ocean called a jier. >> it runs counterclockwise. it starts west of australia and moves north and picks up in the equatorial current before it turns south and then returns.- >> reporter: former u.s. navy ocean og refer says other things that could be found, seats or other things with foam inserts. character characteristics which could cause something to float. if the area is south of australia, objects could also be found in the other direction, in the other side of the australia. >> looking at the overall current patterns at the end of 18 to 24 months some debris could end up over here, but others could end up down here.
>> reporter: ocean og rafrs say they should maintain their search for mh 370 in the area off perth, australia they've been focussing on. >> it is possible this is the only thing they'll ever find or recognize from mh 370. that's just the way the ocean behaves with the difference in currents and winds and storms and whatnot, so this could well be the only piece that survived. >> reporter: experts point to another mysterious case the hmas sydney during world war ii. it went down off the coast of free mantle. there was no bodies nothing. search teams didn't discover that wreck until 2008. brian todd cnn, washington. and to the netherlands now. at least 20 people were injured
in a construction accident in a town south of amsterdam. >> oh! [ screaming ] the two massive cranes were moving part of a bridge when they came crashing down on homes. search dogs were deployed to look for victims who may have been trapped. and the dutch safety board is investigating. a short break, but when we come back zimbabwe cracking down on illegal hunting after the killing of a lion and airlines are taking their own action against big game hunters.
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big as the state of new york's but the economy there is more than 17 times smaller. puerto rico's governor says the island's economy is in a death spiral. there is a there is a stunning investigation under way in britain. a watchdog agency is looking into allegations against a county police force but involves an explosive claim that a late prime minister may have been a sexual abuser. we have the potential explosive details. >> reporter: the man who held the high east political office in the land also a pedophile. a question now being asked as an investigation is tonight owned into whether detectives here in wiltshire failed to investigate allegations of child sex abuse made against him in the 1990s. is there a victim or victims in this case. do you know? >> it would be difficult for me to comment around that. we do have the allegation that a
trial involving wiltshire police didn't take place base of the allegations that were made back in the '90s. >> reporter: the case in question details of which police are not revealing, was supposedly halted after a threat was made to expose ted heath's alleged crimes if it went ahead. the suggestion that the man who ran the country was also a child sex abuser does not carry credibility with one former colleague. >> well, i'm bemused. i'm sure would you have been even more bemused, because i just don't, for a moment think that there is anything there. >> reporter: for those trying to lift the lid on westminster's history, irrespective of position is an important step forward. >> i was a bit surprised that they named him. i think it shows just how seriously the authorities want
the world, and particularly important witnesses, to realize they are. >> reporter: if ted heath was a child abuser then police need victims to come forward. if that happens, his reputation is tarnished more. zimbabwe has named a second american doctor accused of hunting illegally, but he's not been charged. the incident is unrelated to the killing of cecil the lion. private companies are also taking a stand. delta and american airls say they will no longer transport certain big game animal trophies. some out there doubt climate change but when we return here on "cnn newsroom," we will head to an island nation where there is no doubt about climate
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extremes. u.s. president obama highlighted the wild weather in a new call to action on climate change. his proposal sets new standards for power plants to cut emissions by 32% over the next 15 years. but what's the breaking point for climate change? some experts say it could be just 2 degrees celsius, less than 4 degrees fahrenheit. and as the planet warms more than that, the odds of catastrophes greatly increases. but there in's one place already suffering from climate change. we show you an island nation starting to disappear. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: this is the marshall islands, a country way out in the pacific. it's already super tiny and about to get smaller. why is that? the country's sinking. or the ocean's rising depending on how you look at it. way out here there's no room
for debate. climate change is real and people see it happening now. >> we were in the house when the water came in. >> when i looked out the window wow. i was still scared. i was just looking for my children to get out. >> there was water on the deck that i sleep on. it was kind of like a dream, but it was real. >> reporter: on high visit to the marshall islands, everybody had a story to tell about rising seas disappearing beaches and frequent flooding. if seas rise just a meter or two, scientists say this country will vanish. how do you process that information? and where would you go if climate change washed your country off the map. if you're marshallese, there's an answer. arkansas. >> north west arkansas. that's the largest number of
marshallese in the continental united states. >> reporter: since the is the 81980s, they've been coming here. 10,000 marshallese actually live here. there's actually a government consulate. and with more climate change. more people are probably on the way. >> one person called me and said carmen have you thought about climate change refugees? when there's a big wave coming you can hear it it all night long. >> reporter: cynthia grew up in rita a neighborhood on the water. she moved to arkansas in part because of terrifying floods. houses were washed away and neighbors told me they woke up floating. >> i don't have to sleep and think about the wave coming in. >> reporter: cynthia's nephew mark arrived in february leaving his girlfriend and two
children behind in the ooinds. he's trying to earn enough money to bring them here, far from the ocean. >> they would have to come here to live here because if global warming keeps making the floods worst, in the long run, the marshall islands will disappear. >> reporter: cynthia and mark live in a three-bedroom apartment with eight other family members. it sounds cramped, but that's kind of like home. >> i'm used to sleeping with my children and my nieces my nephews. that's how we usually sleep. that's how we get close to one another. >> reporter: it's impressive just how much of the island culture survives in a landlocked place like arkansas. this is a child's first birthday party. maybe one of the most important celebrations in the marshallese culture. i was lucky enough to be invited to two caymans. one in the marshall islands and one in arkansas.
>> if our country sinks, so much of our culture will go as well. there's no coconut trees. no fish. we're beginning to lose our culture with where we are. >> reporter: back in the marshall islands, i met the rest of cynthia and mark's family and had them send a video message. they suggested a song. it's called god bliss marshall islands. it's a farewell tune i'm told, sometimes played at a funeral. ♪ ♪ >> we came here because of my children. and now that we're here they can be safe. but i'd like to go back home. >> reporter: for now, moving to springdale is a choice for most marshall marshallese. but it could start forcing
people out. >> we will probably have a population explosion. >> reporter: in other words, springdale arkansas could become the new marshall islands. >> year' just starting to build our foundation. how we start now will affect our future for our kids. >> reporter: but here's thing. if nothing changes, marshallese kids won't have any choice about whether to move back to their home. those islands, their country won't exist, and that's my fault and yours if you're living in the industrialized world. it's up to us to cut carbon emissions and fast. otherwise, what now is a climate migration will likely become a refugee crisis. >> you know, thinking about my father whose body is there, and all the loved one, even though they pass away but their bodies are there. if the islands sink it's like losing them forever.
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spreading wildfires chase hundreds of california families from their homes. the republican presidential hopefuls make their pitch just days before the first major debate. grief and baseball. saying good-bye to the little boy who died, doing what he loved. hello, everybody great to have you with us. we'd like to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm john vause. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. we start this hour in the u.s. in california where more than 9,000 firefighters are battling
nearly two dozen wildfires across the state. the fires have scorched more than 134,000 acres or 54,000 hectares. the largest is the rocky fire which tripled in size over the weekend. there are evacuation orders for more than 13,000 people. thousands of buildings and homes are still under threat. >> i'm scared. i am scared. i really. scared. i don't want to lose my home. i don't want to lose everything that we have put into this community, you know. we moved up here. we bought a home. we paid it off. and now it's being threatened to be burned down. >> in some cases, crews are fighting fire with fire. details from cnn's stephanie elam. >> reporter: fueled by lightning, gusty winds and low humidity. more than 9,000 firefighters on the ground and in the air, coordinating all available resources to battle the flames. >> the term that i'm using is
historic and the reason i say that is there are firefighters that have 20 25 30 years on the job that have never seen fire behavior like we've seen the last couple days. >> reporter: the largest blaze, the rocky fire. it has torched some 60,000 acres in three counties just north of wine country. only 12% contained, california fire officials say at least 6,000 structures are threatened. crews on the scene scrambling to build control lines and maintain the prim tir. in some cases, this means setting fire to remove fuel for the inferno. >> last night we burned out much of the grass so that by the time the actual wildfire burned there we have a much larger area to really make a stand. >> reporter: bufft the conditions are daunting a severe four-year-long drought and the heat are a deadly combination. a u.s. firefighter from south dakota was killed while working
a fire. jerry brown has declared a state of emergency and evacuations have been ordered for more than 12,000 californians. >> thanks to stephanie eel-elam elam. daniel what's the latest you have on these fires, the big one, rocky fire. >> caller: the rocky fire is at 12% contained. it did grow. conditions here in california are so dry that it doesn't take much for a fire to spark. it doesn't take much for a fire to burn. and like it was said in that package, fires are burning at an explosive rate because of our drought. >> so there was expectation that conditions may ease going into the night, that it will get a little cooler maybe a little more humid. has that happened? >> caller: we're hoping in the next couple hours that we'll see continued temperatures like we did last night where
temperatures went down. the humidity went up. that's when we able to make good progress. yesterday we went from 5% to 12%. we're hoping overnight our crews will be able to use the night to our advantage. now this fire this afternoon was very active, as it's been over the last five days. in the late afternoon, the early evenings is when this fire is really able to take off. >> daniel do you have anytime frame when you think this all may be under control? >> caller: we're estimating that we'll have full containment of this fire in another week or so. this fire though still has a lot of potential, but we have over 3,000 fire fighters on the front lines battling this fire not only on the ground but also notice air. we've been using military c-130 aircraft that we have modular fire fighting systems on to help slow down these fires. but this rocky fire is only one of 21 major or active fires currently burning in california right now. so definitely a very busy time of year for us.
>> and have you got any idea just how far away from these fires right now is considered safe i guess, for the residents who live in that part of the world? >> caller: we've evacuated thousands of residents throughout that fire area. many of them put under advisory notice that they may have to evacuate in the near future though right now over 13,000 people are under an evacuation order or in an evacuation advisory area. so a large amount of people right now being threatened by this fire. >> given the conditions out there, we know california's been struggling with this terrible drought for the last four years, what's concern for the rest of the fire season in california? >> caller: we're only in august. and historically in california it's september and october when we see the largest and most damaging wildfires. so to see us already this bus eye is definitely concerning. we've already responded to well over 1500 more wildfires this year-to-date than we would for the same time period in an average year. so we continue to be ready, and
we're asking the public to do their part to help us prevent sparking fires in the first place. >> we appreciate you being with us we appreciate the updpat, thank you. >> caller: thanks. >> let's get more on the conditions firefighters will be battling over the next several days. so we heard there from daniel full containment still about a weak or so away.-- week or so away. >> it's scary. we went from 5% to 12%. we're going in the right direction. >> it's not an upward trend. they had 5, 12 now they're back up to 12. >> and essentially because the fire's behaving unlike 20 and 30 year vet rans have never seen before. they give you a projection and have to revise it because the fire gets out of control very quickly. daniel was in sacramento.
the fire is almost as big in square mileage as the entire city of sacramento. if you can believe that. 62,000 acres. this is the perimeter here that we're working up in lake county, rocky fire. you can see this has grown, tripled in size over the last several days and you can appreciate as we spin this around, the terrain here. some terrain unaccessible because it's so steep in here. so they have to rely on the c-130s and the helicopters to drop fire retardant and water on this fire here and hopefully they'll be able to make some progress here. 12% containment. 6300 structures threatened. we had started with only a couple 00. couple hundred. we don't want people hurt. their properties can burn but if we can save lives that's the important part here. 100% is severe. in the '80s, the 1990s, we had
never seen this many fires. so far in the year between 2000 and present, we have seen more fires than in those two decades. so we're above average, because of a four-year drought. we've had four rainy seasons that have not been very rainy here in california. let's talk about the local forecast. humidity goes up in the overnight hours as the temperatures cool to the dewpoint. in the afternoon, we heat up and go right back in the other direction. we're going to get a little warmer. we had caught a break. we had been in the 100s. we're back in the '80s, now as we get you into wednesday and thursday we'll have temperatures into the lower 90s. hopefully they'll be able to get some containment. there is that chunk of window over the overnight hours when they can hopefully contain things a little better. what we need is rain and we're not going to get it.
>> twwith the plague of rain in tampa and other parts they're not going to get t. the highly anticipated presidential debate is days away. there was a preview of sorts on monday night in new hampshire. most of the candidates showed up except the front runner. >> reporter: one by one, republican hopefuls marched across the statement at the voters' first forum and took a class photo of sorts. 14 of the 17 candidates appeared in person or remotely to give their pitch to voters. >> we talk a lot at election time. but somehow we never solve these festering problems. >> reporter: perhaps the elephant in the room was the one who didn't attend. donald trump. >> i built a great company. >> reporter: the bombastic businessman is leading in the polls with 26%. more than double jeb bush. >> protecting the homeland is
the first duty of the president of the united states. >> reporter: and wisconsin governor scott walker. trump's position means he'll be part of the first presidential debate. only the top ten candidates are allowed in the debate. john kasich rick perry and chris christie are likely vying for the final spots. but if the voters' first forum is any indication, this class plans to increase rhetoric and keep the race for president interesting. >> here's my foreign policy a clenched fist and an open hand. >> reporter: i'm mary maloney reporting. >> and because of his poll numbers, senator lindsey graham probably won't be there on thursday during that prime time debate but he did get the biggest laugh on monday at that forum when he insisted he could bite democrat front runner hillary clinton. >> i'm fluent in clinton speak. you want me to translate, jack?
when he say, bill says i didn't have sex with that woman, he did. when she says i'll tell but building the pipeline when i get to be president means she won't. and when she tells us trust me, you have all the e-mails that you need we haven't scratched the surface, so i understand this crowd and i can beat them. >> donald trump, though, has dominated the conversation. and that challenges his rivals as they head into the debate. josh roggin has some perspective. >> all the candidates on the stage have to make this basic choice. do they go after trump or ignore him. if your name is mentioned, then you get a chance for 30 seconds to respond to every mention. so you'll have some candidates like rick perry who challenged a pillup pullup contest. then you'll have those ted cruz
who resorts to things like shooting machine guns with bacon. >> does it work against donald trump? a candidate gets a certain a time to speak, and then they have to shut up. they don't get the last word in. >> if there's one thing we've seen about the primary debates is that the rules go out the window and usually when someone speaks up they let them finish their thought. it's going to be upon the moderators to try to wrangle these ten different personalities into their boxes, but it's really no one really expects that that's going to happen. so what we're going to see is over the course of the two hours people challenge the rule people challenge the challenges to the rules. and ultimately it's going to result in what will be tv mayhem. >> you talk about the strategy that some will engage. don't engage with donald trump. the old saying if you ignore a bully, they'll leave you alone, but that doesn't apply to donald
trump because he doesn't quit. >> he has nothing to lose. and for him every attack is a positive and every attack against him is also a positive. there's really no strategy. you saw one of the leading advisers tweet yesterday that how do you prepare for a nascar race when you know one of the drivers is driving drunk. >> i guess the add the disadvantage if they try to take on donald trump they risk offending the people who really like donald trump, the supporters out there. >> you have a segment of the gop, a base, that is vying for those trump votes, and that's why you see people on the far right like ted cruz really getting after trump. they're going after the same voters. you have a lot of establishment candidates who are actually looking to appeal to a different part of the electorate. so they have more of an incentive to go after trump. >> josh rogin talking to us there. vice president joe biden is
considering a run. it wouldn't be his first presidential campaign. but as jeff zeleny reports, there is growing support for him to try again. >> i'm joe biden. i'm looking for a job. >> reporter: looking for a job, but the question for joe biden is which one? he's long eyed the presidency and he's still considering joining the 2016 race. the summertime speculation has suddenly hit full boil over whether he'll challenge hillary clinton for the democratic nomination. one factor weighing heavy. his son beau biden urged his father to run before dying of brain cancer in may. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: and now one of beau biden's close advisers is joining a grassroots movement called draft biden. and the vice president is holding political meetings of his own with his old network of supporters to see if there's interest in backing a new campaign. questions about clinton's candidacy loom. a recent poll showed 37% viewed
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fry? >> reporter: but clinton has a big head start. had she's airing her first television commercials tomorrow. >> i believe that when families are strong america is strong. it's your time. >> jeff zeleny there with that report. two young children a boy and a girl have been killed at a circus after a tent collapsed in new hampshire monday night. more than a dozen people were hurt. authorities say about 100 people were inside the tent watching a performance when a severe thunderstorm with strong winds and large hail ripped through the area. a short break. but when we come back american war planes providing cover to u.s.-trained rebels in northern syria this comes as a new u.s. intelligence assessment has a troubling view of the current state of isis. and in the netherlands, homes are flooded in the wake of two collapsed cranes. we'll have the moment it happened after the break. so print all you want and never run out. right now, buy an eligible printer, and get
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shooting on saturday night. he surrendered to federal authorities on monday. police say officer bolten interrupted a drug deal. >> this has been an exhaustive search, boast both physically and mentally this has been a round the clock investigation. we've always been gun step ahead of him or one step behind him. i think he felt the walls closing in and that it would be in his best interest to turn himself in. >> wilbourn is expected to be arraigned later today. a classified u.s. intelligence report paints a grim view of isis suggesting the group may be just as strong now as it was a year ago. it comes as u.s. war planes provide air cover for rebels in syria. barbara starr has more now from the pentagon.
>> reporter: smoke rising from a u.s. airstrike in northern syria, launched to protect american-trained rebels under attack from an al qaeda-linked group. the first strike since president obama approved air cover to protect rebels under attack from any group. al qaeda, the assad regime or isis. a hint of the expanded mission in the works for days. >> i think we have an obligation to support those fighters when they go in. >> reporter: but what if the assad regime attacks the u.s.-backed rebels? >> we've cautioned syria in the past not to engage u.s. aircraft and the syrian regime would similarly be advised not to interfere with new syrian forces. rrts area is the area in u.s. cross hairs. airstrikes are being used to shut down the last major border crossing near aleppo to keep fighters and weapons from getting to raqqah the isis
stronghold. >> they are seeing more and more difficulty of getting their fighters into northern syria. >> reporter: despite pure fighters a classified intelligence assessment bleakly concludes isis is as strong as it was a year ago when airstrikes began. but it is no longer making huge advances on the ground. the number of fighters down slightly to 20,000 to 30,000. the pentagon says that is progress. but, in iraq even as the u.s. struck a facility making vehicle-borne bombs, the defense intelligence agency has its own grim assessment. one official saying quote, the situation between iraq between iraqi security forces and isil is in stalemate. after nearly 6,000 airstrikes and a year in bombing in sear yoo and iraq fundamental questions of whether the strategy will ever be successful. >> that was barbara starr
reporting in from the pentagon. we should add u.s. military officials have long said that airstrikes alone would not be enough to defeat isis. looks like they were right. at least to people have been hurt some seriously in a construction accident in a dutch town south of amsterdam. >> ah! [ screaming ] >> the two massive cranes were moving part of a bridge when they came crashing down on homes along a canal. it's unclear if anyone is trapped in the wreckage. search dogs have been brought in to look for victims and plans, there were plans to work through the night as well. the dutch safety board is investigating. the american civil liberties union has filed a law suit against a kentucky sheriff's office after a video shows a deputy hand cuffing an 8-year-old boy. [ crying ] >> you can do what we've asked
you to or -- >> that hurts! >> sit down in the chair like i've asked you. [ crying ] >> the aclu says the incident happened last fall at ale ery school in covington, kentucky the child here is adhd was not listening to instructions from his teacher and was removed from class. the suit goes on to say the school resource officer, whom we are not naming, put handcuffs around the child's upper arms to restrain him. the children's law center says this happened to another child as well and says they were being punished for behavior related to their disabilities. >> we would like for them to change their policies and practices. so this never happens to another child in elementary school again. number two, we would like for proper training for these school resource officers on de-escalation techniques,
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welcome back everyone. i'm john vause, let's check the headlines. in california thousands of firefighters are battling about two dozen wildfires across the state. the fire has scorched more than - 54,000 hectares. the rocky fire was still only 12% contained. a forum in new hampshire offered a preview of this week's debate between the republican candidates for the u.s. presidency. 14 of the 17 candidates take questions from the moderator, but the front runner, donald trump wasn't there. a circus tent collapsed late monday. two people are dead, both of them children. a number of others have been hurt. about 100 people were there
inside that tent watching a performance when a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area. in india a government spokesman says severe flooding has killed at least 178 people in recent days. at least 10 million have been affected by the rising waters. the raines come from a cyclone that made landfall in neighboring bangladesh last week. president obama is unveiling his plan to fight climate change and it's taking aim at coal-burning fire plants. but as jim acosta shows us it's already facing an uphill battle. >> reporter: pointing to wildfires raging out of control droughts crippling the west, and the threat of thunderstorms, president obama offered his remedy to the planet's weather worries. >> if we don't get it right, we may not be able to reverse. i believe there is such a thing as being too late. >> reporter: the president's proposal dramatically curbed
carbon emissions by nearly one third by the year 2030. the white house says the cliemts change data is undeniable, noting 14 of the last 15 have come this century. >> i don't want people's lives disrupted and this world more dangerous because we didn't do something about it. that'd be shameful of us. >> reporter: it's a legacy-defining issue president obama has chased since he was a candidate. >> this is the moment when the rise of the oceans begin to slow and our planet begins to heal. >> reporter: but republicans charge the unilateral changes will kill jobs and drive up energy costs. >> i'm not going to sit by while the white house takes aim at the lifeblood of our state's economy. >> for the first time they've extended this to require states in a very coercive way.
>> reporter: democrats sense a potent issue, labeling gop republicans as cliemts deniers. >> they would say that there hasn't been a notable change in recent times. >> reporter: last year donald trump tweeted this very expensive global warming bull has got to stop. with that kind of opposition the white house is bracing for challenges that could last for years. >> i have no doubt that special interests and the politicians who are in their pockets will fight tooth and nail against this specific rule. >> senior white house correspondent jim acosta reporting in there. the largest u.s. territory is now officially in default. puerto rico did not pay $58 million in debt that was due at the close of business on monday. it's the first default in the island's his trichlts the champion wealth's debt is as big as the state of new york, but
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nearby mauritius island. cnn on board a boat with volunteers, looking for anything floating at sea that could belong to a plane. so far nothing as promising as this find which officials now confirm is a piece of a boeing triple seven's wing. >> it is a boeing triple seven part. but whether it is mh 370 has yet to be verified. >> reporter: wednesday, investigators had begun running tests to verify if it's part of the missing plane. the french lab where the flaperon will be examined has sophisticated equipment and experts to quickly identify which plane it belongs to. the paint is win of the manone of the many things they will examine. steve wang's mother was on board the plane. he still listens to her last voice mail. but even if this is confirmed to be part of the missing plane,
wang says it won't bring closure. >> i think the only closure will come at the time when they find the plane and find everybody and find the truth. >> reporter: malaysian officials and french investigators met today in paris ahead of wednesday's tests, which could ultimately determine if this is the first piece of tangible evidence connected to aviation's biggest mystery. >> that was rene marsh reporting there. and boeing and u.s. transportation experts are expected to look at the flaperon at that lab today before wednesday's testing gets under way. in india, 11 people are hurt seven more are hurt after a building collapse. officials do not believe anyone is trapped in the rubble. the 56 year old building had been declared unsafe and residents had been notified. another building in the same district came crashing down last
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happen too often. >> when i heard about this news i was completely devastated and i wanted to just go down to louisiana. and then i was angry. my heart goes out to jillian and mayci, to the survivors, to the families and everyone who is tied to this tragic senseless and horrifying actions of this man who shouldn't have been able to get his hands on a gun in the first place. i'm not sure why this man chose my movie to put an end to these beautiful lives but it was very personal to me. >> the gunman killed two people and injured others during a showing of the new movie "train wreck". it happened last month. wednesday marks five years since a mine collapse trapped chilen men. one says he recounts the moments in a new cnn documentary.
here's a clip. >> reporter: that morning, is there something different? >> translator: the mine was rumbling. there were large crash in the ceiling and on the floor in several places. >> reporter: he says he's been complaining for weeks but continues working at the mine because there are few options for a miner like him. older, not in the best of health. just before lunch, jorge asks the mine's driver to take him to the surface for a spare part. the two men don't know it but around 1:40 -- >> there's a crack, it was almost like a warning crack. it sent just a wave of dust through the tunnel. >> reporter: on their way back down in the truck, jorge notices something very strange. >> translator: i would describe like a wide butterfly fell, like a piece of paper, shooting like
this not straight down. >> reporter: most likely it's a bit of white quartz chipped off by the pressure of shifting rock. but in local culture, a white animal is a sign god is present. >> then there was a second crack which sounded like the entire mountain had just collapsed upon them. >> reporter: what did you see? lots of dust you couldn't see anything? like a rumbling? like an earthquake? your driver told you this is it? >> translator: at that moment i saw my six-day-old grandson in my arms and my mother right in front of me. >> a sneak peek there of our documentary, "a miner miracle."
viewers in the u.s. will be able to watch it tuesday at 9:00. and it will air at various times on saturday and sunday only here on cnn. there are some incredible images now of a famous australian stuntman pushing himself to a new level. take a look at robbie madison catching a wave. that is not a surfboard. it's a motorbike. he fixed skis to the bike. it's compelling to watch, oddly enough. so there he goes. speaking of oddly compelling to watch, texas senator and u.s. presidential hopeful, ted cruz has released a video showing some unusual cooking skills. he doesn't use a frying pan. he has something a little more powerful in mind. take a look. >> of course in texas we cook bacon a little differently than
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com involve teen tears continue to search small islands for any debris that might be from mh370. trump surges in the polls. and later this hour he traveled through seven countries was detained by police and smuggled across borders. see cnn's report on one man's escape from syria. i'm errol barnett with you for the next two hours. a big welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. thanks for joining me on "cnn newsroom." this is an important day in the search for malaysia airlines flight 370.
investigators from malaysia and the u.s. today will meet with those from aircraft maker boeing in france and they prepare to begin their analysis of this a piece of an airplane wing called a flaperon found last week on reunion island in the indian ocean. several experts met on monday but they had very little to say about the investigation. right now the flaperon is in a lab near toulouse. crews are on the look outfor more airplane parts and they are dedicated to helping solve the mystery of mh370's disappearance. >> reporter: they look official and they want to help. this crew of five is normally focused on sea rescues such as
boats in distress or diving accidents. but since the flaperon washed up on the shores they have been on the lookout for anything that resembles a plane. like all the boats out looking it's a small vessel with basic equipment. no high-technology here just radios and word of mouth. >> everybody knows everybody. all the people are related to the sea. they know each other. the minute that something we'll know it. >> reporter: these searchers are all volunteers, electricians scientists they want to help in the search for mh370 that has come the their shore. just over that way is the beach where they found the flaperon. do the people on this island feel a connection to mh370? >> they do. because everybody was so shocked by the way this plane
disappeared without any explanation. it's a rare case. >> reporter: the patrols aren't scheduled. just as they say the sea is on its own timetable. today there is no signs of a plane, no signs of mh370. these volunteers say they will remain vigilant in the days and weeks ahead. >> erin is in the western part of the indian ocean. but as searchers scour that part of the ocean for clues, experts who study currents say the airplane's debris could turn up thousands of miles away. brian todd shows us where. >> reporter: on reunion island people comb the shorelines looking for any clues that could be as tantalizing as this. now this could be the new front line of the search for mh370 which is why search teams are looking off reunion island but
mad gas scar madagascar and the indian ocean. >> it is a permanent circulation pattern in the indian ocean that runs counter clockwise starts off the west coast of australia and moves north and picks up and moving east to west across the indian ocean before it turns south and returns. >> reporter: van gurley says that other parts that could be found, seats or objects with foam inserts or foam air pockets. experts say that may be why this apparent piece made it to reunion island. but objects could also be found in the other direction on the
other side of alzustralia. oceanographers say based on the drift analysis right now, search teams should continue to focus off perth australia. but they warn for the possibility that the families should prepare for. >> this could be the only thing they find or recognize from mh370. that's just the way the ocean behaves with the difference in the currents and oceans and winds. this could be the only piece that survived. >> reporter: experts point to another case in that region the cinching of the h.m.a.s. sydney in world war ii. despite a search there was no confirmed discovery from that ship in the months and years after its disappearance, no
bodies, nothing. search teams did not discover that wreck until 2008. brian todd cnn, washington. >> we'll get you a live report from france in the next hour. but now we want to turn to california where nearly 10,000 firefighters are battling 21 wildfires throughout the state. fires scorched 54,000 hectares of land. the largest is the rocky fire in northern california. we have more from one of the fire zones. >> reporter: one of the biggest challenges for firefighters on the rocky fire the shifting winds. they flip-flopped back on themselves and this caused the fire to jump highway 20 and firefighters had a new front they had to fight. it has been a tough few days for firefighters here in northern california.
california burning at least 21 major fires are raging in the parched state. the bone-dry landscape, gusty winds and low humidity are creating a tinderbox of sorts fuelled by lightning. daunting conditions for 10,000 firefighters battling the fires. a firefighter was killed. he was scouting ways to attack burning fire when he was trapped by flames. as the fire ravages anything in its path. >> it looks like a bomb went off over here. >> it's scary. >> reporter: the largest blaze, the rocky fire has burned up to 60,000 acres in three counties north of wine country. >> there are firefighters with 20 25 30 years on the job that have never seen fire behavior like the one on the rocky fire. >> four years of drought and
100-degree heat has created perfect condition for explosive growth. two dozen homes have been destroyed. the governor has declaring a state of emergency and evacuations for 13,000 californians leaving many worried that their homes are in the fire's path. >> hopefully the fire doesn't come this far and we can come back to our house still here. >> reporter: you can see the intensity as the wall of flames moves across the tree-lined mountains, crews on the scene setting controlled burns hoping to fire in its tracks. >> the conditions burning like they are right now is concerning and that's why it's so important that we get the public's help. prevent sparking a fire is what we need. one less spark means one less wildfire. >> firefighters not wanting to take chances began fighting fire with fire, using the torches
that are a mix of diesel fuel and gasoline to burn out huge huge patches of land. that way the fire could not advance further east as it would have here along highway 16. reporting from california, back to you. u.s. president barack obama is taking action on climate change and selling his plan to the american people. the initiative seeks to reduce carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants over the next 15 years. but critics are ready to fight it. >> reporter: pointing to wildfires raging out of control, droughts crippling the american west and the threat of severe storms president obama had a plan. >> if we don't get it right we may not be able to reverse. i believe there is such a thing as being too late.
>> reporter: the proposal curbed carbon emissions from the coal-burning power plants by one-third by the year 2030. the climate change data is undeniable noting 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have come this century. >> i don't want millions of people's lives disrupted and this world more dangerous because we didn't do something about it. that would be shameful of us. >> reporter: it's a legacy-defining issue that mr. obama has chanced since he campaigned seven years ago. >> this is the moment when the rise of the ocean began to slow and the planet began to heal. >> reporter: but republicans charge that the president's plan to order the changes will kill jobs and drive up energy costs. >> i'm not going to sit by while the white house takes aims at the life blood of our state's economy. >> for the first time they extended this to require states
in a coercive way -- >> reporter: democrats sense a potent issue, labeling g.o.p. candidates as climate change deniers. >> if you look at the last 15 20 years, most scientists say there has not been a noticeable change in recent times. >> reporter: donald trump tweeted that this bull has got to stop. with this opposition the white house is bracing for legal challenges that could last years. >> i have no doubt that special interests and the politicians who are in their pockets will fight tooth and nail against this specific rule. >> that was senior white house correspondent jim acosta reporting there. a classified intelligence report in the u.s. paints a grim view of the war with isis. it sunlights that the group may be just as strong now as it was a year ago despite thousands of
air strikes and it comes as u.s. war planes provide air cover for american trained rebels in northern syria. barbara starr has more from the pentagon. >> reporter: smoke rising from a u.s. air strike in northern syria launched to protect american-trained rebels under attack from an al qaeda-linked group. the first strike since president obama approved air cover to protect rebels under attack from any group. al qaeda, the assad regime or isis. a hint of the expanded mission in the works for days. >> i think we have an obligation to support the fighters when day go in there. >> reporter: but what if the assad regime attacks the u.s.-backed rebels. >> we have cautioned them not to engage u.s. aircraft and not with new syrian forces. >> reporter: the strike is is the area in u.s. cross hairs. air strikes are being used to
shut down the last major border crossing in syria near aleppo to prevent weapons from getting to raqqah the isis stronghold. >> they are seeing more difficulty getting their fighters into syria. >> reporter: a classified intelligence assessment bleakly concludes that isis is as strong as it was a year ago when air strikes began but is no longer making huge advances on the ground. the number of fighters down slightly to 20,000 to 30,000. the pentagon says that is progress. but in iraq even as the u.s. struck a facility making vehicle borne bombs, the defense intelligence agency has its own grim assessment one official saying the situation between iraqi security forces and isil is in stalemate. after nearly 6,000 air strikes and a year of bombing in in
syria and iraq fundamental questions of whether the strategy will ever be successful. >> barbara starr reporting there. and u.s. military officials have long warned that air strikes alone would not be alone to defeat isis and experts agree. the militants need to be counted on the ground as well. the united states largest territory, puerto rico is officially in default. it's part of what its governor calls an economic death spiral. the u.s. commonwealth failed to pay a $58 million debt due on monday. the island has $70 billion in outstanding debt and is in recession. it's the same about as new york state but the country is 17 times smaller. two young spectators have been killed after a circus tent
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parenthood failed on monday. the vote force lead the senators to join a republican presidential forum via satellite. they want to stay behind in d.c. to make their vote. the 14 of the 17 presidential candidate parted in a forum in new hampshire which offered a preview of the debate to come this week. donald trump refused to attend because a newspaper editorial condemned his candidacy. so that left his rivals to discuss isis immigration and the new retirement age. >> the president admit wed don't have a strategy as it relates to isis. it's pretty amazing. i think we need special forces. the idea of boodts on the ground but special forces embedding troops and trainers with the syrian free army training them
at a much faster rate. we've spent half a billion to have 60 people ready to go. >> it takes boots on the ground. it takes the security fencing in the metropolitan areas and aviation assets from tijuana to brownsville flying 24/7 to see what is going on and identifying where there is activities that are obviously illegal or suspicious. >> we need to tell them the truth. we are living longer and a better quality of life. we need to increase the retirement age. two years over the next 25 years. >> donald trump did not attend but there was a target on his back for republican opponents and recent poll numbers show trump's support surging. but as athena jones reports, trump is claiming to be the underdog when it comes to debates. >> reporter: with the first
republican primary days away donald trump is making the rounds. trying to lower the expectations for his performance. and he is expanding on his critique of president obama explaining why he thinks that america won't see another black president for generations. >> i think he has set a very low bar and it's a shame for the african-american people. and he has done nothing for african-americans. >> reporter: all this as trump leads the g.o.p. pack in recent polls. he is at 26% at the poll out today more than double jeb bush. and trump's favorability numbers are on the rise with 52% of republicans saying they view him favably. that is up 43% from three weeks ago. but the typically confident real
estate mogul told cbs. >> i'm not a debater. >> reporter: but he's not afraid of a fight and walker is ready. trump's poll position means he is assured a spot thursday night when the top ten candidates face off in cleveland. in fact the top eight spots appear set with new jersey governor chris christie, ohio governor john kasich vying for the last few spots. christie says he is feeling good about his chances. >> i'll be happy when the ten names come out and i'm in there. >> reporter: with trump dominating the debate some are looking for creative ways to get noticed including texas senator ted cruz. >> of course in texas we cook bacon differently than most folks. >> reporter: showcasing his culinary and firearm skills. >> machine gun bacon.
>> that is john braybender he is a senior strategist for rick san attorney and van jones on the left. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. >> let's start with donald trump. he is the man to beat at what is still the early stage of this race. but will donald trump be able to turn his current momentum into a serious campaign at this first upcoming debate. a lot is on the line here. >> i think there is a lot. people want to see if he knows about the issue. donald trump is a good messenger that doesn't mean he should be the president of the united states or the nominee of our party. i think he has more on the line by any of the other candidates. >> and van, how do you see this? isn't donald trump a careicature
of the g.o.p.? >> the republican party is just falling down the stairs into this clown show with so many candidates you can't keep up with them. and this one character, to your point, a caricature donald trump who not only is rich he is also rude and he also says sometimes really racially offensive things in a country where we are increasingly becoming a non-white country. i don't think it's a good development for the republican party. but we can't tell is this a side show or is this what the republican party has become? >> let's help clear this up for international viewers. you don't like the way that currently the rules that depending on how you perform in the polls dictates if you are in the debates and the debates are supposed to inform the american population as to what is on the candidates' minds.
but won't people get a chance to see trump for his ideas on thursday? isn't this part of the political process? >> yeah but the problem with that is we have 17 incredibly good candidates. if this was some type of sporting event and we were playing against the democrats and it was a football game we would be a two touchdown favorite because we have a better team but it's we are not allowed to field the entire team for the debates. they are focusing on donald trump and too few of the players. in one of the polls today a majority of people said they should all be on the stage debating together. >> and some suggested juneeb bush needs to keep the attention off trump and let voters know what he is about. and i want to talk about what is happening on the democratic side. joe biden now reportedly considering running for the nomination after his late son encouraged him to do so after he
passed away. and he would be running on the obama achievements. would he have a shot against hillary clinton? >> i think he would. i think it's a nightmare scenario for hillary clinton. now the focus is on the democrats and her problems. but what i truly believe will happen is there will be a lot of pressure on biden to look like a party leader to unify the democratic party. and i'd be surprised if he actually runs. >> is this welcomed on the democratic side? >> not yet. if you asked me a week ago i would have burst out laughing about biden running. there is no part of the party that would embrace him. he is not a pop list or strong on the racial justice issues. however, hillary clinton's weakness now is so profound. her numbers are so weak and going the wrong way despite her campaigning, it's tempting him to want to come in and we're
talking about it. two weeks from now or three weeks from now if her numbers go down you could see biden or john kerry jump in. right now, the freak show seems to be on the republican side. if hint hintllary clinton collapses and she could you could see the same on the democratic side. >> thanks for your time both of you joining me from d.c. >> thank you. >> still to come here on "cnn newsroom," a syrian man risked his life to escape his war-torn country but not without taking a piece of it with him. >> i have shrapnel here. when i touch it it reminds me of syria. >> coming up we follow this young man's dangerous travels through seven nations trying to seek a better life.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the states and those of you watching from around the world. i'm errol barnett. an hour and a half to go with me. let update our top stories. international officials will meet in france on tuesday to discuss the airplane part that may have come from malaysian airlines flight 370. a flaperon was found in reunion island last week. 21 wildfires are burning in california state. the largest is the rocky fire
which at last report was only 12% contained. in india 11 people are dead and seven more hurt after a residential building collapsed in mumbai. the search effort is underway but officials don't believe that anyone is trapped in the rubble. official says the 56-year-old building was declared unsafe and residents were notified. in india a government spokesman says that flooding has killed 178 people there in recent days. rains have inundated other parts of southeast asia including myanmar and vietnam. anna coren anna coren has more. >> reporter: this year the waters are extraordinary, dozens have been killed with more than 200,000 families displaced. and u.n. teams on the ground fear this is just the beginning of a humanitarian disaster.
the full extent is unknown with many of the worst hit areas cut off and inaccessible. >> it's affected by landslides and rivers choked with debris and that makes it that much more difficult in areas that are difficult to access in the best of conditions. >> reporter: to demonstrate how much water there is a local news reporter filed his report from the middle of what should have been a busy street. four areas in central and western myanmar have been declared natural disaster zones by the government which mobilized the army to lead rescue efforts. but torrential rain and flooding has affected india and bangladesh claiming dozens of lives. vietnam also hit by the worst flooding in 40 years. while international aid is starting to arrive to some of
myanmar's desperate communities, organizations are pleading for more help. the government has been criticized for a slow and inadequate response. failing to learn from the natural disaster in 2008 caused by a cyclone that left 140,000 people dead. >> we've got to prevent more loss of life and get supplies to the people now that are immediately affected by then help them in rebuilding not just stop after the first part of the crisis but it's we have to help them rebuild their own lives. >> reporter: an enormous challenge for an impoverished country that nose the worst isn't over. anna coren, cnn, hong kong. and ivan cabrera joins us now. the monsoonal rains are seasonal but they seem to be stronger or causing more damage. >> and in this case over the last several days what complicated things and made it worse was a tropical cyclone
that parked itself over the bay of bengal and did not move. let's take you over to the wall. we can show folks at home what has been happening here. look at this low. the clock now on wednesday as i put this into motion you will be able to see not much happens. it stays in the same position. we have these downpours off the bay and into myanmar with very heavy rainfall upwards over a meter of rainfall in just a few days. the low is now over in india. you will see servy rain thereheavy rain there. we will not talk about the low centered and stuck and not moving here. typical monsoonal rains is what we're back into. but the damage is done and the flood waters that you saw, that is going to take a very long time for the waters to recede.
look at this thunderstorm complex that put down 300 millimeters of water. i want to show you what that did to portions of that province there. incredible scenes coming out of the region. look at this. gone. those cars and you can see folks trying to get into the cars. i'm hoping and thinking they were trying to rescue folks in there. we understand that no one suffered any serious injuries there. so that is an incredible feat just when you think about what could have happened with all those cars just giving way as the road just collapsed as result of the heavy rain and the cars went into the river along with the road. i want to leave you with what is happening in the western pacific. this is the strongest tropical cyclone in the planet in the entire 2015 here. 285 kilometer per hour winds. that is 180-mile-an-hour winds. that is a category 35 and it is
headed toward taiwan and it doesn't weaken that much. by 72 hours, it's going to clip the northern part of taiwan and the center stays just north of the island that would be worse because the winds would be stronger. still a ways away but this could be a bad one for them. >> and there is no expectation that it will be weaken. nothing between that storm and land. >> a little bit but not much. we'll have to watch it yeah. >> we'll see you next hour. in zimbabwe officials are pushing to extradite a man who is accused of killing cecil the lion. officials have named a second american they say was involved in an illegal hunt earlier this year. they pulled in the safari group
owner and they arrested him and put him in for questioning and they say a pennsylvania doctor was involved in the hunt but haven't accused him of anything directly. of course now they are trying to extradite dr. walt palmer for killing cecil the lion. it's probably unlikely they will manage to do that. and there is some sense that politics is playing a role here. zimbabwe and u.s. relations are at a tense period. there have been questions asked about why they are naming the second american now so many months after the event allegedly took place. >> for so many migrants the dangerous journey to a new land is worth the risk. cnn wanted to understand the challenge that migrants face during their charges. in part one of this report arwa damon introduces you to a man
trying to escape syria with the hope of reaching degrees and ultimately germany. >> they see you as a euro not a human. >> reporter: this 23-year-old a syrian media activist is wanted by the syrian regime and isis. like tens of thousands of others his journey began on a beach in turkey. >> when you cross at sea, you know somebody they didn't even wear the life jacket and they didn't know -- they don't know how to swim. >> reporter: the transit from here cost $900 per person. the smugglers gave them a boat pointed to a greek island and asked who wants to be the captain. >> my friend was the captain. >> had he driven a boat before? >> no. the smugglers said it's so easy. >> were you scared in the boat? >> the boat start, i don't know
left and goes right. so it was so scary. >> reporter: and the relief of being back on land evident on everyone's faces. >> local people met us there. they are lovely people. they give to us food a sandwich. and water and they say to us you are saved now. >> reporter: first they need to register with the greek authorities. there is a large crowd waiting. once that is accomplished he receives this permission to travel in specific areas in greece for six months. we meet up with him in athens where he is planning the track across europe on his own to save smuggling fees. social media will be his guide. >> there are facebook groups for the whole journey. and it's like marketing.
numbers of smugglers, maps. >> reporter: germany is his goal. what are you taking with you? >> a bag, some clothes, maybe two t-shirts one pants and one short. you need to buy boots because you will walk -- you will need to walk across -- >> reporter: so out of everything you could take? >> it's a gift from my girlfriend. >> reporter: as for mementos this scarf and something he won't ever lose. >> i have shrapnel here. when i touch it it remind me of syria. >> arwa damon, cnn, athens. stay right where you are for part two of arwa's report. see if he makes it to germany and what happens when he is
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just a few minutes ago we introduced you to a man escaping war-torn syria with the hope of reaching germany, our series gives you a close up look at the dangers that migrants face in their travels. and in part two, arwa damon catches up with him after a trek through seven nations. >> i lost about six kilograms, i think. you walk a lot. we walked a lot. i forget. we cross countries. >> reporter: a syrian activist looking for a future in europe crossed seven countries in 32 days. the smuggling odyssey began in a
rubber boat from turkey to greece. in athens a train to a town close to the macedonian border. >> we start walking. and we crossed to macedonia and in half an hour. >> reporter: a tide of migrants making its way often on foot, across europe. >> the road is clear. you just need to follow the train track. that's your road. >> reporter: in macedonia, migrants are banned from using public transport but they can bike. >> you will see people pulling bicycles on the road speaking english, syrian? come, come, yeah. >> reporter: they crossed into serbia on foot under cover of darkness especially terrifying for children among them. >> was like a horror movie, you know you heard scream of children of little children
babies. >> reporter: even worse, they were caught by serbian police. >> lucky, yeah. for twice, so it was, you know -- >> humiliating. >> yeah. it was so hard. i just remember the syrian army the same way. >> reporter: in syria they are registered and given 72 hours to leave. the next crossing serbia to hungary through the forest. >> you can see the road. it's like somebody draw it for you. you can just walk through jungle. there is a red line between countries. >> reporter: navigating using a downloaded map got lost in the woods. >> two days without water and food. >> reporter: walking around? >> we slept on the green like that. we don't have sleep bags.
we don't have anything. >> reporter: finally they make it to hungary only to be caught a few hours later by the police. >> they put us in a caravan, in a room with some plastic and it was 40 person i think. >> reporter: he was fingerprinted as required by eu law which means if his asylum in germany is rejects he can be returned to hungary, where he does not want to stay. eventually they are released. a phone call to another smuggler leads to a car trip into germany. he made it. and now here, he waits. arwa damon, cnn, germany. it really is just fascinating. tomorrow the reporting will focus on how europe treats the newly arrived migrants and how many are found hiding in the forest on hungary's border.
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thing? >> upwards of about 30 40 times easily. >> reporter: no wonder his bike wears air bags so they can recover it. the video released the same weekend as the annual dog surfing contest in california. the pooches managed cool moves on their surf board, none of them hot dogged like this. his past stunts range from a flip over london bridge and a stunt double for james bond. though none of that compared to this. >> was one of the most terrifying situations i have been in. >> reporter: but you don't see the scariest part of the stunt when he was missing for several minutes. he caught one of tahiti's monster waves. >> the motorcycle drove into my
back. >> reporter: for four minutes he was stuck under water and saw the peaceful whiteness of a near-death experience. to be continued when the behind the scenes video is released later this month, never has a dirt bike been cleaner. jeanne moos cnn new york. >> i think that is the coolest story of the day. near-death experience aside i'd like one of those bikes. you have been watching "cnn newsroom" with me errol barnett. one hour down one hour to go. stay with me after this.
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this hour we begin in france where it is 9:00 in the morning and we expect investigators to meet relating to malaysian airlines flight 370 and the hunt for debris. they didn't have much to say on monday after meeting with judicial and defense officials in paris. investigators are getting ready to start analyzing a piece of a boeing 777 wing found on reunion island in the indian ocean. jim bitterman joins us live with more details. we should reiterate here we are waiting for the official confirmation that the flaperon is from mh370 but i imagine it should be able to be determined quickly once they have their hands on it. do you have an indication how long it may take? >> that is what they are saying they will be able to determine
it quickly. i don't think there is much doubt among the experts. there have been four crashes of 777s around the world. and mh370 is the only one over the indian ocean area. so it is -- very difficult to conceive somehow that flaperon ended up washing up on reunion other than it's from mh370. this laboratory down in tolouse is the same one that worked on one of the other mysteries, the crash of flight 447 the air france scratch in 2009 and they may be able to come up from the forensic details, they may be able to come up with an idea with what it took to sheer that flaperon off and what impact the
plane had going into the ocean and that sort of thing. that is what they will be looking for more than the positive identification. >> it's not the only piece of debris that was sent to france for more analysis. certainly the flaperon holds the most potential of clues but what else are officials looking at? >> reporter: they've got part of what may be a suitcase that washed up on the shore. they are not sure if it is connected to the flight or not. it is being analyzed as well. there are a couple of bottles of water that have chinese and malaysian markings on them. so they're not sure whether they are connected with the flight or just part of the items that wash up on shore across the indian ocean. now that the word has gone out that there might be parts of an airplane out there floating around people will be painfully aware of every bit of debris on
shore and there are going to be a lot of things that will be sent to france for analysis many of which may have nothing to do with the flight at all. >> we shall see. jim bitterman live in paris this morning for us. thanks, jim. to a pair of natural disasters on opposite sides of the globe. in california almost 10,000 firefighters are battling 21 wildfires in that state. they have scorched 134,000 acres. meanwhile, monsoon rains have inundated parts of southeast asia killings dozens and displacing thousands of others. we will have more on the flooding in asia in a moment but it's we want to focus on california the largest of the wildfires there have prompted evacuation orders for 13,000 people. people are fighting fire with fire in some cases. stephanie elam is there.
>> reporter: at least 21 major fires raging in california fuelled by lightning, gusty winds and low humidity. more than 9,000 firefighters on the ground and in the air coordinating all available resources to battle the flames. >> the term that i'm using is historic. there are firefighters that have 20 25 30 years on the job that have never seen fire behavior like we have seen in the last couple days. >> reporter: the largest blaze, the rocky fire it has torched 60,000 acres in three counties north of wine country. 12% contained, at least 6,000 structures are threatened. crews on the scene scrambling to build control lines and maintain the perimeter. in some cases this means setting fire to remove fuel for the inferno. >> last night we burned out much of the grass so by the time the wildfire burned there we have a
larger area to really make a stand. >> reporter: but the conditions are daunting. a severe four-year long drought and 100 degree heat are a deadly combination. a u.s. forest service firefighter from south dakota was killed while working a fire. governor jerry brown has declared a state of emergency and evacuations have been order for more than 12,000 californians. >> stephanie elam there. and earlier we spoke about the firefighting efforts with the chief public information officer with cal fire. >> conditions are so dry it doesn't take much for a fire to spark or to burn and like it was said in that package, fires are burning at an explosive rate because of the drought. we are hoping that we see continued temperatures like we did last night where the temperatures went down the humidity went up. that's when we were able to make
good progress. yesterday we went from 5% to 12%. we hope overnight the crews will be able to use the night to our advantage. the fire this afternoon was very active as it has been over the last five days. the late afternoons and early evenings is when the fire is really able to take off. >> one of the larger fires is 12% contained. authorities in california say most of the fires there are more than 60% contained. we will continue to watch that. severe flooding is leaving a trail of death and destruction across southern asia. in india, a government spokesman said that high waters killed 178 people in recent days. he says the flooding has impacted annest estimated 10 million people. you really do have millions of people impacted by this monsoonal flooding and the
rains. just break down for us where the impact is most severe. >> reporter: the impact is most severe on the eastern parts of india. there is a cyclone which hit that region bangladesh meyanmar and we are seeing the impacts. what is happening is a number of the dams in west bengal that have been offflowing leading to heavy flooding in west bengal. i do want to say one thing here we have spoken to national disaster relief personnel in india and they are admitting some of this is an infrastructural issue in part because of the flooding in the dams and in general, rainfall doesn't kill people but what
kills people is infrastructural issues and times when the states aren't prepared to deal with the fallouts from a lot of rainfall and flooding. that's what we're seeing right now. >> if these rains are annual they're seasonal and expected, to many degrees, why do officials feel they are dealing with these infrastructure issues? is it more powerful and difficult to deal with this time around? >> reporter: well errol, i mean the monsoons hit india every year between the months of june july and september. so the rainfall itself is not unusual. in fact the amount of rain so far this year in india is pretty much on track for an average annual amount of rainfall. the problem we're seeing again mostly on the eastern parts of india is they weren't prepared. on the western side of india we have seen a number of deaths and
those are not from the cyclone. those are from regular monsoon rains. a lot of the deaths are from elect elect electrocutions and walls falling. and it is a longer term issue in india that can't be fixed in one go. >> thank you for that live update. we appreciate that ravi. we will look at this with ivan cabrera. it's like a domino effect the regular monsoons the dams overflowing. >> and one of the things we saw from flash flooding as well. we talked about the rainfall that is typical. but sometimes it comes down in a short amount of time overwhelming drainage systems. when you the monsoon rains and a
tropical cyclone that stalled over the bay of bengal. we have the torrential downpours in bangladesh and myanmar. in the past 48 hours picking up 100 to 166 millimeters of rainfall that is going to cause flash flooding and that's when you get folks into trouble there. that can wipe away roads and bridges there. there is the monsoonal trough which is an elongated area of low pressure. and we have disturbances that roll along it. and when they hit the water you get a tropical cyclone and that did not have much in the way of steering currents which brought us incredible amounts of rain. we talked about a meter of rainfall in portions of myanmar and now the rain in india with the heaviest of the rain getting the break in bangladesh but in the east we continue with
rainfall in myanmar. 100 to 150 millimeters of rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours is not out of the question. that rainfall would be fantastic for california. this is a problem here 62,000 acres. 6300 structures threatened. the acreage is continuing to increase. this is now about equivalent to the size of sacramento california's capital. so you can appreciate the scope of this. in some areas all they can do is drop water from the c-130s and the helicopters as well. the temperatures in the 80s. a bit of a break, yes. the humidity goes up at night and down in the afternoons. we like the 80s. we have been in the 100s the last few days. but heading into the upcoming week the temperatures will continue to go back up. we go from the 80s and we'll see
some 90s there and that will allow for the temperatures in the afternoon and the humidity to crash as well. anywhere from 20 to 30%. so in california, of course you have the additional problem with the drought. any fires that get going, spot fires with lightning can get out of hand quickly just like the rocky fire which is the big one. >> and the drought they have been dealing with for years. >> four years. >> there is a lot of work to be done. there could be another addition to the long list of people running for president. plus the greek economy struggles to survive this summer's economic crisis. we'll get you details on the stock market opening and what's coming up next. also u.s. president barack obama's ambitious climate change plan faces an uphill battle in congress. we'll get you details on that after this.
u.s. presidency are hoping to set themselves apart in this week's debate. voters got a preview at a forum in new hampshire on monday. 14 of the 17 announced candidates attended. one glaring exception was front runner runner donald trump. that gave his opponents an opportunity to stake out their positions on the iran nuclear deal. >> over the next 60 days i'm going to do everything i can to mobilize and energize the american people against this catastrophic deal because i think it's a profound threat to the safety and security of america. and we need a commander-in-chief that will defend this nation. >> i'm fluent in clinton speak. when he says i didn't have sex with that woman, he did. when she says i'll tell you about building the pipeline when i get to be president, she won't. and when she says you have all the e-mails you need we haven't
scratched the surface. i understand this crowd and i can beat them. >> because of his poll numbers, lindsey graham is not likely to appear in the primetime debate. only the top ten candidates will face each other then according to polls and trump because of this is assured a spot. the billionaire is now up 8 points over his closest rival, former florida governor jeb bush. the remaining seven candidates will debate earlier on thursday. trump has a commanding early lead but can he sustain it as the campaign goes forward? i got analysis from a republican political consultant and cnn political commentator, van jones. >> donald trump is a good messenger but that doesn't mean he should be the president of the united states or the nominee of our party. he has more on the line than any
of the other candidates. >> van, how do you see this? isn't donald trump a caricature of the g.o.p. for democrats. he is wealthy and he has controversy. >> it looks like the republican, the once great party, the party of lincoln falling down the stairs into this clown show with so many candidates you can't keep up with them and this one character, to your point, a caricature donald trump who not only is rich but he is also rude and he also sometimes says racially offensive things in a country where we are increasingly becoming a non-white country. it's not a good development for the republican party but is this a side show or is this what the republican party has become? a major new challenger could soon join the democratic race
vice president joe biden is considering a run. it wouldn't be his first presidential campaign. but there is growing support for him to try again. >> i'm joe biden. i'm looking for a job. >> reporter: looking for a job but the question for joe biden is which one? he long eyed the presidency and he is considering joining the 2016 race. the summer time speculation has suddenly hit full boil over whether he will challenge hillary clinton for the democratic nomination. one factor weigh heavy, his son urged his father to run before dying of brain cancer in may. and now one of beau biden's advisers is joining a movement called draft biden and he is holding meetings with an old network of supporters to see if there is interest in back agnew campaign. questions of clinton's candidacy hang over them.
only 37% viewed clinton as honest and trust worthy. for biden it was is reverse. 58% found him honest and trust worthy. a new hampshire democrat is begging him to run. >> hillary has a problem with trust in this country right now. and i believe when and if he decides to run, joe will add a new dimension to this race. >> reporter: biden has run for president twice before. he has never ruled out a third time. if he did, the gaffes for more than four decades in politics would surely follow him into the race. just like this expletive. >> [ bleep ]. >> he told gloria borger next year he will make his own decision. >> would you run if she runs? >> absolutely. the question is am i -- do -- am i convinced i'm in best
positioned of anyone else to lead the country? >> reporter: but clinton has a big head start. she's airing her first tv commercials tomorrow. >> i believe when families are strong america is strong. it's your time. the first banker to be tried in connection with a multitrillion dollar scheme to fix global interest rates has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. he was convicted of eight counts of conspiracy to defraud. he was accused of rigging libor. the athens stock exchange opens in a few minutes from now. it crashed after a five-week hiatus. the greek finance minister is scheduled to meet with creditors
today. nina dos santos has more. >> reporter: a lot can happen in five weeks in greece riots, a referendum and exhaustive rounds of talks. in greece's parliament there have been signs of progress towards a third bailout. but in the real economy things are not look positive. the greek market opened after trading was suspended in june. the crash crashed 23% with banks the biggest losers and things did not get much better as the day went on. >> the uncertainty in the rest of the economy, no new investment no hirings, all that basically came to a head when it was factored in we saw a fall in the stock market. >> reporter: greek manufacturing has been decimated. as capital controls crushed
outputted factories. factory output as measured by the purchasing manager's index dropped to 30.2. 50 points is the benchmark figure. greek industry suffered a double blow with the banks closed, businesses struggled to purchase raw materials and supplies. >> there is a lot of damage caused by the banks not being able to operate properly and that means even normal levels of activities businesses can't place orders and there wasn't a slowdown there was a rupture in what economic activity there was. it will be very very slow recovery even with everything fitting in place positively. >> reporter: with figures out on thursday expected to show a further increase in the number of people unemployment the scale sends a worrying signal for the
health of the greek economy and the future of the greek people themselves. now to new information coming into cnn from thailand police have arrested five suspects accused of trafficking women as sex slaves to china, singapore and malaysia. authorities estimate at least 23 women were forced into becoming sex workers. the investigation is now widening. thai authorities have been criticized for not doing enough to combat modern day slavery. president obama calls his new climate plan a major step in the fight against global warming but critics are calling this a clean power grab. a mexican journalist working to expose corruption is laid to rest. what his colleagues are saying about his shooting death over the weekend. stay with cnn.
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it's your last half hour of the day with me errol barnett. in india a government spokesman says that flooding has killed 178 people in recent days. at least 10 million people have been effected by the rising waters. the rain came from a cyclone late last week. in california nearly 10,000 firefighters are battling 21 wildfires across the state.
the largest is the rocky fire which at last report was only 12% contained. delta and american airlines say they will no longer allow certain big game trophies on their planes. they won't transport lion elephant leopard trophies. it follows the protests after the killing of an african lion named cecil. u.s. president barack obama is taking aim at coal-burning power plants. and as jim acosta shows us it is facing an up hill battle. >> reporter: pointing to wildfires and droughts and the threat of severe storms president obama offered his remedy to the planet's weather worries. >> if we don't get it right, we may not be able to reverse. i believe there is such a thing as being too late. >> reporter: the president's
proposal dramatically curbed carbon emissions from the nation's coal-burning power plants by nearly one-third by the year 2030. the white house says the climate change data is undeniable noting 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have come this century. >> i don't want millions of people's lives disrupted and this world more dangerous because we didn't do something about it. that would be shameful of us. >> reporter: it's a legacy-defining issue mr. obama has chased since he was a candidate seven years ago. >> this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. >> reporter: but republicans charge that the administration will order the changes will kill jobs and drive up energy costs. >> i'm not going to sit by while the white house takes aim at the life blood of our state's economy. >> for the first time they
extended this to require states in a coercive way -- >> reporter: the democrats sense a potent issue labeling g.o.p. candidates as climate change deniers. >> if you look in the last 15 to 20 years most scientists would say that there hasn't been a noticeable change in recent times. >> reporter: last year donald trump tweeted this expensive global warming bull has got to stop. with that kind of opposition the white house is bracing for legal challenges that could last years. >> i have no doubt that special interests and the politicians who are in their pockets will fight tooth and nail against this specific rule. >> that was cnn senior white house correspondent jim acosta reporting. you heard the president say in his opinion there is a thing as being too late to address climate change. and people wonder what is the breaking point?
some say it could be two degrees celsius. if it warms more than that the problems goes up exponentially. ♪ >> reporter: this is the marshall islands, a country out in the pacific. it's already super tiny and about to get smaller. why is that? the country is sinking. or the ocean is rising depending how you look at it. way out here there's no room for debate. climate change is real and people see it happening now. >> we were in the house when the water came in. >> when i looked out the window wow. i was still scared. i was just looking for my children to get out. >> there was water on the bed that i sleep on.
it was kind of like a dream but it was real. >> reporter: on my visit to the marshall islands everybody had a story about rising seas, disappearing beaches and the frequent flooding. if seas rise a meter or two, scientists say this country will vanish. how do you process that information? and where would you go if climate change wiped your country off the map. there is a surprising answer here. arkansas. spring dale to be exact. >> northwest arkansas. >> reporter: since the 1980s, they have been coming to springdale. 10,000 already live in this area. there are so many here there is a government consulate. and with climate change more people are probably on the way. >> a person call me and said carmen have you thought about
climate change refugees? when there's a big wave coming you can hear it all night long. >> reporter: cynthia grew up in a neighborhood on the water. she moved to arkansas last year in part because of terrifying floods. houses were washed away and neighbors woke up floating. >> i feel safe here because i don't hear the scary sound of the ocean. i don't have to sleep and think about the wave coming here. >> reporter: her uncle is trying to bring his children here. >> that would have to come here to live here. if global warming makes the floods worse in the long run, the marshall islands will disappear. >> reporter: they live in a three bedroom apartment with eight family members. it sounds cramped but it's like
home. >> i'm used to sleeping with my children and nieces and nephews. that's how we usually sleep and get close to one another. >> reporter: it's impressive just how much of the island culture survives in a land locked place like arkansas. this is a child's first birthday party. it's one of the most important celebrations in the culture. it's a rite of passage and a celebration solve survival. i was lucky enough to be invited to two, one in the marshall islands and one in arkansas. >> if our country sinks so much of our culture will go as well. there's no coconut trees and no reef fish. we are beginning to lose our culture with where we are. >> reporter: back in the marshall islands i met the rest of the family and had them send
a video message. they suggested a song called "god bless marshall islands" it's a farewell tune sometimes played at a funeral. >> i freely came here because of my children. and now that we're here they can be safe. but i like to go back home. ♪ >> for now, moving to springdale is a choice for most. but in our times, flooding associated with climate change could start forcing people out. >> the impact would be that we will probably have a population explosion. >> reporter: springdale could become the new marshall islands. >> we are just starting to build our foundation. how we start now will affect our future for our kids. >> reporter: but if nothing changes, kids won't have any
choice about whether to move back to their home those islands and their country won't exist. and that's my fault and yours if you are in the industrialized world. it's up to us to cut carbon emissions fast. >> you know, thinking about my father and all the loved one even though they pass away but their bodies are there. if the islands sink it's like losing them forever. >> john sutter there. and you can see more on the marshall islands on our website, go to cnn.com/twodegrees. and you will see more videos and stories as it relates to climate change. we have eyewitness video to show you here. at least 20 people are injured
this morning in a construction accident in a dutch town south of amsterdam. take a look. [ screaming ]. >> certainly was a frightening situation. the two massive cranes were moving a part of a bridge when they came crashing down on a section of homes along the canals. the town officials say it's unclear if anyone is trapped in the wreckage. authorities are trying to stabilize the wreckage so they can send in teams with search dogs to look for survivors. the dutch safety board is now investigating. a mexican journalist is laid to rest after he was gunned down over the weekend. colleagues remember him and wonder is the danger worth it? also coming up in the u.s. an outpouring of grief and love
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in mexico city monday a funeral was held for a journalist who focused on exposing government corruption. 31-year-old news photographer ruben espinoza was laid to rest. he was shot to death execution style on friday along with four women in an apartment in the mexican capital. it was the home of an activist that criticized the government. espinoza had fled the state a month earlier believing he would be safer in mexico city and it has brought the climate of fear for journalists in mexico into sharper focus. >> reporter: he he had been threatened multiple times.
in fact he recently moved to mexico city because he feared for his life as he told a mexican tv channel in july. [ speaking foreign language ]. >> translator: i had to leave. it was not a direct threat but i got the message. but it was when students were attacked and beaten with machetes. we can't do less with any time of intimidation. it's a lawless state. >> reporter: his body was found in his mexico city apartment. he had been shot twice and there were signs of severe blows to his face. also found were the bodies of four women ranging in age from 18 to 40. espinoza was well known by journalists in mexico. he didn't shy away from talking in the media about what he went through and why he was so
critical of government corruption. >> translator: it's complicated to work as a journalist. everyone is under attack when you criticize the bad government. >> reporter: the governor denounced the murders calling them abhorrent and he is confident that the mexico city authorities will solve the crime. but protesters urged the authorities to investigate the governor. they blame him for a general state of lawlessness. the committee to protect journalists say that 370 journalists have been murdered in mexico in the past ten years and no convictions in 90% of the case. espinoza moved to mexico city because he believe head would be safer there. that's been the belief of many mexican journalists in the last few years, a perception that
espinoza's brutal murder has now changed. in the u.s. a baseball team is remembering a 9-year-old bat boy who died in an accident over the weekend in kansas. his teammates and family say he really loved his job and his team. gary touch gary tuchman shows how much they loved him too. >> reporter: there are no shortages of baseball. kaiser carlile was one of them and he lived that dream out with the liberty bee jays. adam anderson is the team's head coach. >> he was as much a part of the team as anyone else. >> reporter: the bee jays made it to the world series but on saturday a bee jays player took a practice swing in the on-deck circle not seeing kaiser. kaiser had a helmet but it wasn't enough to protect him
when he was hit in the head. the home plate umpire started treating him. players on the field prayed for the bat boy who was critically hurt and rushed to the hospital. the next day the team had a game and won. but after it ended they found out their bat boy kaiser carlile had died. >> it's amazing how much someone can touch your life in such a short time and how it's like -- just how big of an influence someone can make on you. >> reporter: players and coaches talked about their love for this young man but they were addressing kaiser's family. the third baseman talked about one game where kaiser was under the weather and lying down on the bench. >> i asked him what was wrong and he is like i'm not feeling well. i'm like i feel your pain i'm 0 for 2. i understand. and he's like it's all right.
you have more bats left. and he gave me a high five. and the next at-bat hit a home run. >> i never had a little brother i could be a guy with. i want to thank you guys for. that. >> reporter: kaiser's father made the decision to talk after hearing what players and coaches had to say about his son. he did not want them to feel guilty. >> me myself personally i just feel bad for the team. i understand. i have my loss of my son. but it's just as hurtful for them. kaiser was one to bring a smile to everyone's face. i'm not saying i actually was one the one who taught him but i tried to raise him the best i could to be that type of person. i never knew how much he touched people until now. >> reporter: chad carlile wished the players good luck and hugged his daughter, kaiser's little sister and the members of the
team wanted his family to know how much they cared. >> how much he's touched me in the short amount of time i've known him i can't imagine what the family has gone through. and you will always be in my heart for that. and kaiser will hold a special place in my heart. i will never step on a field and not think of him. i just want to say thank you for blessing us with him. >> reporter: gary tuchman, cnn, atlanta. >> and your heart goes out to that young boy's family and to the team. the team has set up a go fund me page to help his family. people have exceeded the original goal of $500. we'll be right back. many wrinkle creams come with high hopes, but hope... doesn't work on wrinkles. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair has the fastest retinol formula...
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republicans running for president on stage giving voters a preview of what's to come. in just hours, we will know which candidates will debate. who appears to come out on top? democrats blocking a post to defund planned parenthood. breaking overnight. two killed dozens hospitalized when a circus tent collapsed. what we're learning this morning ahead. good morning. welcome to "early