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a bitter battle brewing with bernie sanders and hillary clinton. sanders calling the democratic frontrunner unqualified to be president. and donald trump blasting ted cruz at a late night rally. can the republican frontrunner recover from his bruising loss? a cnn exclusive. we take you to the frontlines in the war against isis. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans.
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>> i'm miguel marquez. breaking news. bernie sanders calling out clinton with the toughest attacks yet. he calls her unqualified to be president. we have cnn's brianna keilar with the latest from the sanders campaign. >> reporter: bernie sanders here before a crowd at temple university pushing back on some of the charges of hillary clinton and her campaign where they take issue with some of his recent answers and some of his struggles to explain the key parts of his campaign promises. here's what bernie sanders said to hillary clinton. >> she has been saying lately that she thinks that i am quote/unquote, not qualified to be president. well, let me just say in response to secretary clinton.
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i don't believe that she's qualified if she is -- if she is through her super pac taking tens of millions o dollars in special interest funds. i don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in iraq. i don't think you are qualified if you supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement which cost of millions of decent paying jobs. >> reporter: pennsylvania is a delegate rich state which is important for sanders if he will have a pathway to the white house. he is hoping to build on momentum from the string of wins and push to the new york primary and on to pennsylvania and california. miguel and christine. thanks, brianna.
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hillary clinton commenting overnight. her press secretary tweeting that he is not qualified. she criticized sanders for being unable to answer questions for how he would go about breaking up the big banks. something has been a cornerstone of his campaign. >> in the interview, it seemed unclear as to whether he understood how dodd-frank worked and how we go about breaking up banks that were posing risks to the economy. i think i was a little bit surprised that there didn't seem to be a lot of substance to what he was saying. i think the presidents who are successful know what they want to do and know how to do it. they hit the ground running able to hit the aspects of the job.
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>> clinton and sanders tweeting one democratic candidate takes gun lobby money to fund her campaign. that is a remark over a lobbyist jeff forbes. clinton says one democrat voted for the nra in 20 years. you, meaning sanders. hillary clinton and bernie sanders face-off in a presidential debate next thursday night, april 14th at 9:00 eastern. that's five days before the new york primary. >> that is going to be huge. >> epic. donald trump back on the campaign trail in new york as the fight for the delegate rich state heats up ahead of the april 19th primary. on long island, trump speaking for the first time since his bruising loss to ted cruz. cruz touting his big lead in his home state. >> you know, a poll came out
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today that is through the roof. my standing in new york. you know what makes me happiest? the people that know me best and boy do you know me well. when the people that know me the best think so much that it has poll numbers that nobody can believe. >> cnn's sara murray has the latest. >> reporter: if donald trump was smarting from the loss in wisconsin, you could not tell we he was on the campaign trail in bethpage, new york. he drew the crowd of 10,000 people before the fire marshal closed the doors. he was pumped up laying into his rival, ted cruz. >> lying head cruz came today. he couldn't draw 100 people. i'm telling you. in fact, a big headline today in "the new york post." he couldn't draw 100 people.
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now, do you remember -- do you remember -- do you remember during the debate when he started lecturing me on new york values like we're no good. >> reporter: it's clear that donald trump has decided cruz's dig against new york values will play differently now trump is in his home state. cruz has a bit of turmoil playing out. a power struggle with his campaign manager and another brought in for strategy. could there be a campaign shake up afoot? we will tell with time. he is clarifying the attacks on new york values. cruz turned the accusation back around on trump. slamming his past support for democratic politicians. >> let's be clear.
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the people of new york know what the values are. the values of liberal democratic politicians like andrew cuomo, anthony weiner and eliot spitzer. donald trump has supported and given tens of thousands throughout the years. if you want to know liberal democratic values, follow donald trump's checkbook. >> he heads to new york city for a stop in brooklyn. john kasich barnstorming new york as well. kasich had more than $1 million cash on hand. last report, he does have enough money to advertise ahead of the primary in new york. another round of meetings with lawmakers with nominee merrick garland. all of the meetings with democratic senators. the party leadership is refusing to grand him a confirmation
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hearing. the head of the commission chuck grassley will meet with garland next tuesday, but not offering a hearing. attorneys for former house speaker dennis hastert are asking to sentence him to probation because he is in poor health. the 74-year-old hastert, an ex-high school wrestling coach violated federal banking laws. he failed to admit to withdraws used to payoff a former student. time for an early start on your money. dow futures flat. solid gains yesterday. crude oil prices up again. stocks in europe are higher. shares in asia mixed overnight. oil prices are rebounding thanks to a report that shows supplies dropping. u.s. crude oil stockpile is
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dropping. the world awash in oil. the drop is likely caused by more refining and delays in delivery. not shrinking supply which some say is needed before oil comes out of the rut. crude is nearing the highest levels of the year. crude prices rising here. you know what is good for the stock market, but not good when you fill up your tank. watch gas prices. >> i will watch them as i take the subway to work. more states drafting religious freedom laws that critics say legalize discrimination. the chaos around the controversy next. i kn.. such a shame about will. i'm glad you're doing this for her. i just wish we could do more. she's got a lot on her plate now between william's hospital expenses and his funeral bills. she also lost his pension when he died. it makes me wonder... i've been thinking the same thing. and, you know, sooner or later one of us may end up in the same position.
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major corporations and human rights activists blasting a new religious freedom in mississippi. the measure allows business owners to deny service to the lgbt community. we get more this morning from cnn's polo sandoval. >> reporter: the dust is still
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settling after the governor signed piece of legislation. there seems to be different interpretations on what the law truly means. will it impact the members of the lgbt community if ? it depends on who you ask. the law mentions specifically of people who work in the wedding industry. bakers. people who make wedding dresses. dee jays as well. we caught up with one man in particular yesterday. someone who claims he is the only openly gay black baker in the state. he says he is very disappointed with the new law and it may mean packing up and moving himself and his business out of his native state. take a listen. >> we have to pick up and move everything because i don't feel we will ever be appreciated for who we are. we will never been looked at as equal. >> reporter: there is the other side of the coin here.
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one seamstress said she would knowingly make a dress for a same-sex couple. >> i have not run into a situation where there were, you know, two brides or whatever the case may be. if that should happen, i would take a stand. i think christians should take a stand. >> reporter: you heard from jackie buchanan who said she would not abandon her principles and decline the same-sex couple who knocked on her door. an indication here, christine and miguel, this debate is far from over in the state of mississippi. >> far from over. thank you, polo. mississippi is not the only state to pass the legislation. the senate in tennessee has to vote on the bill. critics call it an unprecedented attack on the lgbt community.
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a south carolina lawmaker introduced a bathroom bill to require members of the transgender community to use restrooms that relate to the sex on their birth certificate. lawmakers planning to impeach governor robert bentley. they are moving forward this morning because the laws are vague. on wednesday, governor bentley refused to answer questions about the alleged affair he had with a former female aide. new details about how the fbi unlocked the iphone used by one of the san bernardino terrorists. fbi director james comey says they purchased a tool from a private company and it only works on one phone with one operating system. comey has not decided to tell apple how they did it. a teacher in newtown, connecticut has been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon
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on school grounds. newtown middle school teacher jason m. adams had a permit for the weapon. he has been placed on administrative leave. he is set for court on april 20th. 26 people, including 20 small children were killed at sandy hook in december of 2012. a wildfire in the west is spreading. fuelled by gusty winds in western arizona on wednesday and jumped the colorado river into california scorching 1,400 acres and pair of rv parks forced to evacuate. no word on what caused the fire. the frigid air is back with a vengeance with snow and rain. meteorologist derek van dam has the latest. >> good morning, miguel and christine.
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rain coats are needed for today for your commute home from work. from washington, d.c. to new york city and boston as well as philadelphia. low pressure system moving through. the back side of the system ushering in colder air. cold enough for snowfall in michigan and wisconsin and minnesota. believe it or not, the coldest air will settle in this weekend behind another series of cold fronts. here is the high resolution forecast radar. rain moving in the coastline from noon onwards. we could pick up .50 of rain for new york. 2 inches of rain possible near connecticut today according to the computer models. with the precipitation is a surge of warm air. d.c., 63. boston at 56. i promised cold air. the bearer of bad news. look at the ushering in on saturday and sunday. the roller coaster continues for new york city. >> thank you, derek.
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a cnn exclusive. taking you to the frontlines of isis and iraq. we are live next.
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a dire warning to congressional republicans to take action against the zika virus. white house officials urging lawmakers to allocate money to prevent the virus from spreading in america. the president requested $2 billion to take preventative measures like developing vacc e vaccines. officials say there are 64 confirmed cases in zika in pregnant women in the u.s. now to the cnn exclusive. a new push for iraqi forces
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backed by the u.s. to take back mosul. iraq's second largest city from isis. cnn's senior correspondent arwa damon was granted exclusive access to the frontlines. she joins me live from erbil. tell us what you have seen, arwa. are you there, arwa? tell us what you have seen on the ground. >> reporter: i'm here. >> arwa, tell us what you have seen on the ground as you have been granted exclusive access. >> reporter: they did manage. >> it is tough to get a live shot from that part of the world. >> reporter: the operation. while we were there. >> all right.
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it is tough to get access out of there. we will try to talk to arwa. you see some of the pictures there. >> a long time and coming to move on mosul. if they can do this, it will be a huge undertaking and victory if they can chase isis out. >> we will try to connect with her again. new attacks on the race for president. bernie sanders calling hillary clinton unqualified for the job. the new drama ahead.
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new late night attacks in the race for president. bernie sanders calling hillary clinton not qualified for the job. a battle for votes in new york. donald trump on his home turf blasting ted cruz. >> and a cnn exclusive. taking you to the frontlines on the war on isis in iraq.
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i'm miguel marquez. welcome back to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. bernie sanders attacking hillary clinton. at a huge rally in pennsylvania, sanders repeatedly calls the democratic frontrunner unqualified to be president. cnn's brianna keilar has more. >> reporter: bernie sanders at temple university pushing back at some of the recent charges of hillary clinton and her campaign where they take issue with some of his recent answers and some of his struggles to explain some of the key parts of his campaign promises. here's what bernie sanders said to hillary clinton. >> she has been saying lately that she thinks i am quote/unquote, not qualified to be president. well, let me just say in
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response to secretary clinton. i don't believe that she is qualified if she is -- if she is through her super pac taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds. i don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in iraq. i don't think you are qualified if you supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement which has cost us millions of decent paying jobs. >> reporter: pennsylvania is delegate rich state. a must win for bernie sanders if he will have a patay to the white house. he is hoping to build on a momentum from the string of winds and push to the new york primary and onward to pennsylvania as well as california. miguel and christine.
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>> hillary clinton's camp returning fire overnight. her press secretary tweeting hillary clinton did not say bernie sanders was not qualified, but he has now absurdly said that about her. this is a new low. what clinton did do in the interview on cnn was question whether sanders was ready to be president. she criticized sanders for being unable to answer journalists questions on how he would break up big banks. something that has been a cornerstone of his campaign. >> in the interview, it seemed unclear as to whether he understood how dodd-frank worked. how we would go about breaking up banks that were posing risks to our economy. i was, i think, a little bit surprised that there didn't seem to be a lot of substance to what he was saying. i think the presidents who are successful know what they want to do and know how to they want to do it. they hit the ground running able
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to work every aspect of the job. >> clinton and sanders also battled over ties to the nra. sanders tweeting, only one democratic candidate takes gun lobby money to fund her campaign. that attack in reference to a fund-raiser last month hosted by jeff forbes. hillary clinton and bernie sanders will face-off in a cnn democratic presidential debate in brooklyn next week. that's april 14th beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern. five days before the new york primary. that is going to be one to watch. epic indeed from brooklyn. donald trump back on the campaign trail in new york as the fight for the delegate rich state heats up ahead of the april 19th primary. a huge rally last night on long
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island, trump speaking for the first time since his bruising loss in wisconsin to ted cruz. he didn't really mention that loss all that much. a confident donald trump off the cuff on the stage. trump attacking cruz and touting his big lead in a new poll of republicans in his home state. >> you know, a poll came out today that's through the roof. my standing in new york. you know what makes me happiest? when the people that know me best, and boy do you know me well, but when the people that know me the best think so much that it has poll numbers that nobody can believe. >> cnn's sara murray was at the rally last night. >> reporter: if donald trump was smarting from the loss in wisconsin, you could not tell when he was on the campaign trail here in bethpage, new york. he drew the crowd of 10,000 people before the fire marshal closed the doors here. he was pumped up.
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laying hard into ted cruz. >> you know lying ted cruz came today. he couldn't draw 100 people. 100 people. i'm telling you. in fact, a big headline today in "the new york post." he couldn't draw 100 people. now, do you remember -- do you remember -- do you remember during the debate when he started lecturing me on new york values like we're no good? >> reporter: it is clear that trump decided that cruz's dig against new york values will play differently, maybe to trump's advantage here in new york. meanwhile, trump is dealing with campaign issues. turmoil playing out as a power struggle is going on between
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corey lewandowski and another strategist. could be there a shake up? only time will tell. cnn, sara murray, bethpage, new york. and ted cruz turned the accusations back around on trumds trump slamming his past values. >> the values like andrew cuomo and anthony weiner and eliot spitzer and charlie rangel. all of whom donald trump supported given tells of thousands of dollars throughout the year. if you want to know what liberal democratic values are, follow donald trump's checkbook. >> he heads to albany and new york city for a stop in brooklyn. john kasich visiting brooklyn
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today and across the state in the coming days. kasich had little more than $1 million cash on hand. at last report, his campaign insists he has enough cash to advertise in new york ahead of the primary. another round of meetings with lawmakers today for supreme court nominee merrick garland. the federal judge met with two senate republicans. the head of the senate committee chuck grassley will meet with garland next tuesday, but will not be offering a hearing. attorneys for former house speaker dennis hastert are asking a federal judge to sentence him to probation because he is in poor health and already publicly disgraced. the 76-year-old hastert, an old high school wrestling coach pleaded guilty to violating federal ba federal banking laws. 37 minutes past the hour.
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time for an early start on your money. thursday edition. searching for direction this morning after a nice day yesterday. look at that. dow popped 112 points. nasdaq and s&p also 1% higher. much optimism from the federal reserve. minutes from the march meeting suggests that the fed won't raise rates until june. stock investors like that. investors wagering a 20% chance of a hike then. the fed originally wanted to hike rates four times this year. the crash in oil and the slump in stocks in february and concerns of global growth put that on hold. you see some downgrading the u.s. economy in the first quarter. review mirror. there may be softness. >> incredible how rough the first quarter was and it seems to have leveled off. new states drafting religious freedom laws. critics say it legalizes
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discrimination. the controversy and confusion surrounding these laws next.
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major corporations and human rights activists are blasting the religious freedom laws in mississippi. denying service to the lgbt community. we get more from cnn's polo sandoval in jackson, mississippi. >> reporter: the dust is settling after the governor signed the legislation. discussions continue and also there seems to be a different interpretation on what the law means. will it impact members of the lgbt community? it depends on who you ask. i will tell you if you take a closer look at the law, it makes mention of the people who work
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in the wedding industry. bakers. people who make wedding dresses, dee jays as well. we caught up with one man in particular yesterday. he claims he is the only openly gay black baker if the state. he says he is obviously disappointed with the new law. it may mean packing up and moving himself and his business out of his native state. take a listen. >> we have to move everything just because i don't feel we will be appreciated here for who we are. we are never looked at as equal. >> reporter: there is the other side of the coin here. we caught up with one seamstress who said she would never knowingly make a dress for a same-sex couple. >> i have not run into the situation where there were, you know, two brides or whatever the case may be. if that should happen, i would take a stand. i think christians should take a stand on their beliefs. >> reporter: and you heard from
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jackie buchanan who said she would not abandon her principles and respectfully decline if a same-sex couple knocked on her door. this debate is far from over in the state of mississippi. polo, thank you. mississippi is not the only state to pass that bill. in tennessee, the house passed a measure to allow mental health to turn away patients based on principles. critics call it an unprecedented attack on the counselling profession. a south carolina lawmakers introduced so-called bathroom bill to require members of the transgender community to use public restrooms that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificate. lawmakers in alabama moving forward to impeach governor robert bentley. they will meet this morning to
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figure out how. on wednesday, governor bentley refused to answer questions about an alleged affair he had with a former female aide. and new details on how the fbi unlocked the iphone. the government purchased a tool from a third party to hack the device that only works on an iphone 5 c with a specific operating system. comey has not decided whether to share with apple how they did it. >> i'm sure they would like to know. a teacher in newtown, connecticut has been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds. police say newtown middle school teacher jason adams had a permit for the weapon. he has been placed on administrative leave. he is set to appear in court on april 20th. 26 people, including 20 small
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children were killed at sandy hook elementary in december of 2012. wildfire is in the west and it is spreading. inferno fueled by gusty winds. it erupted in western arizona on wednesday and jumped the colorado river into california. scorching more 1,400 acres and rv parks forced to evacuate. firefighters are doing all they can to knock down the blaze. more on the weather. frigid air is back along with snow. >> punxsutawney phil. >> winter did not show up and now all of a sudden, here it is. meteorologist derek van dam has the latest. >> be ready for rainfall this afternoon, miguel and christine. a low pressure system across the coastline bringing rain from boston to new york city and as far as the nation's capital. we could experience .50 inch of
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1 inch of rainfall for the locations. localized 2 inches in the connecticut area. the cold blast of air will shock us into this weekend with temperatures plunging below where they should be this time of year and snowfall forecast. here is the high resolution forecast imagery. the rainfall across the region. pack the rain coats. by the way, golf fans out there. the first round of the masters taking place this morning and rainfall will move through, but i think it will clear up nicely by lunchtime. here is the look at temperatures this afternoon. 71 for raleigh. 48 for cincinnati. chicago at 42. again, temperatures in the mid-50s for the new england coastline. colder air settling in by the weekend. derek, thank you. are there cracks showing in the u.s. economy? three major banks think so. we will tell you why when we get an early start on your money next.
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now to a cnn exclusivexclus. now to take back mosul. cnn's arwa damon was granted exclusive access to the frontlines. she joins us from erbil. arwa, how do the troops appear to be operating? >> reporter: miguel, it is shaky. they managed to move in and recapture a handful. three villages from isis. we went with them to one of the locations where we saw some of the tactics that isis has been employing with wave and wave of suicide bombers. the isis fighters, one in particular, managed to sneak
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into a house and launch a counter attack to push the iraqi army out. they were able to call in for a coalition air strike which gave them the upper hand on the battle field. we were taken through a labyrinth which included tunnels. despite the successes they had in the recapturing thevil villa. they tried to take another village and they faced opposition. they had the coalition backing them and they had advisers that had gone over their plan with them beforehand and although the iraqi army managed to get into the village and gain significant ground, there were a series of battle field misstep and miscommunications that resulted in what would be a basic mistake. the iraqi army regrouping in a
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way that saw them withdraw from the village. at the end of the day, they lost the key territory they briefly managed to hold. now we are being told by top commanders, they are simply trying to take on defensive positions until they can wait for more reinforcements to arrive, miguel. >> i take it that progress is not as fast as they would like. are these iraqi forces from the southern part of the country working with kurdish forces? where do the americans fit into all this? >> reporter: these iraqi army unit is the 15th division. it is completely retrained and under new command. it is interestingly mostly made of individuals from a province itself. that is the province that has mosul as the capital. that is the main city. iraq's second largest city that
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has been under isis control for two years. the peshmerga are holding an outer limited position for the iraqi army as they advance. they are very much taking a defensive role in all this because of the ethnic tensions that do exist. the kurds cannot go in and try to recapture a massive city. the coalition is there with advisers. you have the artillery battalion on the ground that has tragically suffered one casualty with a death of a marine that happened a few weeks ago. then you, of course, have coalition air power. despite all that, iraqis are still struggling. you have the human component. some of the villages, civilian population is still there. they were describing chillingly how isis was keeping them as human shields. isis would not allow them to
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leave. they would shove them into homes in the middle of the village and some got caught in the crossfire. some lost their lives because isis would not let them go. this is something that is going to be of greater concern if and when the iraqi army does move on to mosul. they are a population of 1.5 million to 2 million people. most of them are still in the city. >> arwa, you spent so much time in iraq. are you optimistic that they can get this done? >> reporter: you know, miguel, i have wanted every day to be optimistic about iraq's future since i started covering it a decade ago. despite the desire that exists among the iraqi population, it is difficult. this is a country where nothing ever goes as expected. we have seen these various insurgent and terrorist organizations morph and grow.
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everything is compounded by the political challenges and ethnic and sectarian challenges. the reason why the entity like isis is able to thrive so much in iraq is because of the political failure. as much as i want to be optimistic and as much as i wish i could say it will eventually be a success, it is very difficult to say that definitively at this point in time. >> arwa damon, thank you very much. good luck. >> incredible reporting. let's get an early start on your money. dow futures are slower. oil prices are higher. stocks in europe are higher. asian stocks are mixed overnight. economists cutting forecast for the u.s. economic growth in the first quarter. atlantic federal reserve sees 0.4% increase. it predicted 2.5% in the
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mid-february. bang of mechanic saw 0.6%. down from 2%. why? falling car sales in march. weaker than expected reading on consumer spending. all darkening the view. this comes after the federal reserve marked down the growth for the year. the sense is the u.s. not headed for recession. auto industry handing out the first pink slips. fiat chrysler will layoff employees in the plant in michigan. it is a mid size sedan plant. sales have fallen 63% this year. lower gas prices are pushing people to larger cars and suvs. the move will likely help position chrysler for better sales in the long run.
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the u.s. auto industry is growing. 260,000 new jobs in the last six years. 40% increase. car sales hit a record in 2015. they continue to climb in the first quarter. those march sales were weak. >> mixed picture in the grand transition. "early start" continues now. a bitter battle brewing with bernie sanders and hillary clinton. sanders calling the democratic frontrunner not qualified to be president. and donald trump blasting ted cruz in a late night rally. can the republican presidential frontrunner recover from his bruising loss this week? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. breaking overnight, bernie sanders targeting hillary clinton with his toughest atta

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