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this morning, president obama set to announce sending 250 more special ops troops to syria. ted cruz and john kasich to join forces to deny donald trump the nomination. the fists are up. details of the shooting of the entire family in ohio. a marijuana grow operation found at the home where the family was killed. good morning. welcome to early start. i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm christine romans. happy monday morning. monday, april 25th. 4:00 a.m. in the east.
happening this morning, president obama is in germany. expected to announce the u.s. is sending 250 troops to syria in the coming weeks on top of those who have been there in the last months. we have atika shubert with the latest from germany. what are we expecting the president to say? >> reporter: we're expecting more details about the special operations forces who will be committed to the area. what we understand is that these are forces that will be advising and assisting syrian rebel groups on the ground. these are forces not to engage in combat, but armed for their defense. it is about solidating the gains. isis lost 20% of its territory.
the stronghold in northern syria is the focus of where the forces will be. this, of course, is a difficult area because you have the converging interests. the rebel factions. >> we are expecting to get a clear understanding of what the troops would be doing. in the u.s., a lot of calls to get out of the middle east and here you have the president talking about sending more troops there. >> reporter: i think this is part of the concern. what will they be doing and what impact will they have? the rebel groups have not been successful as kurdish forces. how will american troops advise and assist? we are hoping for details. >> thank you, atika. overnight, ted cruz and john
kasich screforcing to block don trump. the campaigns announcing they are dividing upcoming primaries between them to prevent trump from getting the 1,237. cruz's campaign will clear the path for kasich in oregon and new mexico while kasich's campaign said it will cede indiana to cruz. trump blasting the latest move. just announcing that lying ted and kasich will collude to keep me from getting the nomination. and the voters head to polls if five states. trump is escalating his attack on the republican party delegate system calling it rigged in maryland. he lashed back at criticism.
his style is not presidential enough. we have cnn's jason carroll. >> reporter: donald trump cautioned the crowd. he has been told to change his style to be more presidential. he said he would not be doing that. what he has been doing is working out so far for him. he has been off-color and non-presidential, he says he has no plans to change. >> it is an easier to be presidential. i don't have to use any energy. i can walk out. it is easier. you think this is easy? >> reporter: trump stepped up his criticism of the system. he says the system is rigged and it is crooked. we heard that before. he once again called out ted cruz. that name lying ted.
what ted cruz is doing is bribing delegates to win them over. the cruz camp has heard this before and he is saying trump needs to do a better job of the ground game and stop whining about it. the trump campaign expects to sweep all five states. >> on the democratic side, charles koch said he could support hillary clinton instead of the republican nominee in november. he thought bill clinton was better than george w. bush on spending and economic growth. >> is it possible another clinton could be better than another republican next time around? >> it's possible. >> you couldn't see yourself supporting hillary clinton? >> well, her -- we would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her
rhetoric. let me put it that way. >> not a ringing endorsement. hillary clinton responding on twitter. not interested in endorsements who deny climate signs and try to make it harder for people to vote. koch's not quite endorsement as clinton is ahead of sanders in the primary states tomorrow. for more, let's turn to cnn's chris frates in washington. >> reporter: miguel and christine, on the campaign trail, hillary clinton was pivoting to the general election largely because she is on friendly turf. maryland, pennsylvania, rhode island, connecticut and delaware. all place where is she is expected to do well on tuesday. clinton spent time sunday among one of her key constituents. that is a big reason why she is leading sanders.
sanders needs to win more than 80% of the delegates to win president nomination. clinton needs about 30%. that is part of the reason she is starting to look toward november. focusing her fire on republicans, namely donald trump. in addition to the anti-trump video her campaign released this weekend, clinton is hammering the billionaire on the stump. >> every time donald trump says the things he says, a lot of people are surprised or shocked. after a while, with so many of those comments, those insults, the kind of demegogary we are seeing from him, what really is at stake in this election and one of the things is at stake is our rights. >> reporter: sanders is trying to cut into clinton's lead. four states are opened to
registered democrats. no matter what happens on tuesday, sanders will stay in the contest until the end. >> i idea we should not vigorously contest the election when the largest state of the united states of america, california, as not voted, of course, we are going to give the people in every state in the country the right to determine who they want to see president of the united states. >> reporter: it looks like he will have the money and support to do that. miguel and christine. >> thank you, chris. time for an early start on your money. donald trump and bernie sanders frequently blame bad trade deals for america's economic woes. trump claims china is winning and america is losing. the chinese middle class is booming. incomes surged 70% from 1988 to 2008. over that span, american incomes rose 4%. the average chinese middle class
family earns $9,000 a year. same in the u.s., $54,000. 47% of americans think trade deals are a good thing. 43% say they are a bad thing. trade deals have helped china's economy grow, it is not the sole cause of the loss of jobs. globalization and automation and desire for cheaper goods in the mix here. >> amazing. they are going from such a small number. new information in the investigation into the execution-style shootings of a family in ohio. a marijuana grow site found at the scene. could a drug operation led to the killings?
. new developments are merging with the execution style in ohio. cnn's nick valencia has latest. >> reporter: we have a potential clue in the investigation with the attorney general in ohio, mike dewine and sheriff in pike county, marijuana grow operations were found at three of the four scenes where the family was shot in the head execution-style. that fueled speculation here that these murders were drug-related. officials say they received more than 100 tips and interviewed between 50 and 60 people. they gathered 18 pieces of evidence, some tested by dna. we talked to members of the community and they say that they are fearful. the local sheriff tried to put the fears at ease saying this was a pre-planned operation
targeting the family. we caught up with the friends and family. we asked them directly if they had a connection to drugs or under world. all she was willing to tell us was everyone has skeletons in the closet. overall, they were good people. there is still no official motive or suspects. a lot of people here in the community are fearful they could be targeted next. >> thank you, nick. a wild scene in kansas. two u.s. marshallsss were shot sunday. a fire erupted inside the 28-year-old's room. authorities later found an unidentified body in the room where they believe collins was staying. the three agents hit by gunfire are expected to be okay. wisconsin teenager is dead after police say he opened fire
on two outside a high school prom. an officer shot jacob wagner who showed up at prom with a rifle. he used to attend the school and started shooting. the victims are expected to be okay. so far no motive. prosecutors expected to announce a grand jury indictment against johnny manziel. local media reporting that a dallas grand jury indicted manziel over the weekend. his ex-girlfriend says he hit her so hard back in january, he burst her ear drum. manziel released a statement saying he is thankful for those who know me. and the severe weather is in the forecast for the central part of the country. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for the latest. >> we are watching the severe weather across the upper
midwest. reports of tornadoes in the past 24 hours. 70 severe storm reports. look at minneapolis and on into milwaukee and down to chicago. the storm prediction center is giving a 2 for severe weather concern for milwaukee and chicago. about 13 million people live across the region that is impacted. mainly for large hail and damaging winds this afternoon. you cannot rule out an isolated tornado. you look at the month of april and the third most active month in the calendar year. we have had 39 tornadoes reported in april of 2016. the reason i bring this to your attention, the severe weather outbreak is here for tuesday and wednesday across the expansive area of the central and southern plains. upwards of 23 million people across kansas city down to oklahoma city. a level four on the scale of 5. guys.
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north korea is concerned, it was an eye opening success according to the state run media. one official told cnn that this submarine launch ability of north korea has gone from a joke to something serious. that sums up how big a deal this is. the fact they potentially have managed to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine. far harder to track and more dangerous to be used in a time of war. we know that the south korean government has condemned this. they said that they are wanting the united nations security council to strengthen sanctions. they warned north korea before this missile test. the north korean military is on high alert and that could be a fifth nuclear test on the way. really 2016 has been an incredibly busy year for north
korea. the expectation of that is because there is a workers party congress coming up if a couple weeks time. it hasn't been held since 1980. it is assumed that kim jong-un wants to arm them with achievements to consolidate power. this test in particular is keeping mean people in the region and in washington concerned. miguel. >> paula in seoul. thank you. outraged egyptian vowing to take to the streets. furious over the decision to hand over two islands in the red sea to saudi arabia. this weekend, police arresting dozens accused of trying to overthrow the government. president cici describing them as forces of evil. and a major announcement. expected to send 250 more troops to syria to combat the spread of isis. coming up. they'll always be our babies.
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happening this morning, president obama to announce sending 250 more troops to syria to fight the growing threat of isis. donald trump is livid ted cruz and john kasich are teaming up. he is calling the strategy desperate. a horrifying execution-style shooting of a family in ohio. the drug connection that could lead to a break in the investigation. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm miguel marquez. 29 minutes after the hour. president obama in germany. shortly he will announce the u.s. is sending 250 special operations troops to syria in the coming weeks. that is on top of the 50 comm d commandos who have been there for the past several months. let's bring in cnn's atika shubert live from aertzen,
germany. ati atika, what is the russian reaction to that? >> reporter: that will be a very interesting point. what we just got from the national security adviser ben rhodes, president obama will have 250 troops brought into syria. that brings the total up to 300. this is off the back of the 50 that were deployed a few months earlier. their job to advise and assist local forces on the ground. specifically syrian arab forces on the ground. a number of rebel factions there. you are right. there will be interesting reaction from the region and assad troops and russia. that will be the key reaction. we know russian air force has made all the difference in terms
of the advancement of assad troops and gaining ground against isis. what we know over the last year or so, isis lost 20% of its territory. there have been gains by a number of groups and this troop increase is likely to be a way for the u.s. to consolidate gains. the question is will it work and with so many competing forces on the ground, which one will gain advantage? >> this is happening in the middle of the cease-fire? i take this is not well received either. >> reporter: exactly. the cease-fire was hoped to bring in humanitarian aid. that has not happened at all. in the last few weeks and days, what we have seen is an escalation in the hostilities in the turkish border north of aleppo. this is complex in which the 250 troops are playing into.
>> really interesting situation. atika shubert in germany. thank you. overnight, ted cruz and john kasich joining forces to block trump from the nomination. the two campaigns releasing statements announcing they are dividing the primaries between them to keep trump from gaining the delegates he need for the nomination on the first ballot. cruz's campaign will clear the path for kasich in oregon and new mexico. kasich's campaign will cede indiana to cruz. trump tweeted just announced that lying ted and kasich colluding to prevent me from getting the nomination. the voters heading to the polls for another super tuesday in five eastern states. meantime, trump is calling the
system rigged. he is also lashed at criticism that his style is not presidential enough. our jason carroll has more. >> reporter: miguel, christine. trump cautioned the crowd to be careful over his style to be more presidential. he said he would not do that. he has been working out fine so far according to trump. although he has been off-color and non-presidential. he has no plans to change anytime soon. >> it is easier to be presidential. i don't have to use energy. i can just walk out. so much easier. you think this is easy? >> reporter: trump stepped up his criticism of the delegate system and the way delegates are awarded. it is rigged and crooked. we heard those before. he once again called outlying
ted. saying at this point, ted cruz is bribing delegates to win them over. the cruz camp has heard this before. he says trump needs to do a better job at the ground game and stop whining about it. the trump campaign feeling good about it saying they expect to sweep all five states up for grabs. miguel and christine. >> thank you, jason. on the democrat side, charles koch could support hillary clinton instead of the republican nominee in november. he thought bill clinton was better than george w. bush on spending and economic growth. >> it is possible another democrat could be better than republican? >> it is possible. >> you could not see yourself supporting hillary? >> well, her -- we would have to believe her actions would be
different than rhetoric. >> not exactly a ringing endorsement. hillary clinton responding on twitter said not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate signs. koch's not endorsement comes as clinton is ahead of the primary states voting tomorrow. still sanders says he is not going anywhere. for more, let's turn to chris frates. >> reporter: on the campaign trail, hillary clinton was pivoting to the general election because she is on friendly turf. maryland, pennsylvania, rhode island, connecticut and delaware are all place where is she is expected to do well when voters go to the polls on tuesday. clinton campaigned among african-american churches in philadelphia. her strength among the african-american community is why she is leading bernie
sanders. bernie sanders needs to win 80% to win the nomination. she only needs 30%. she needs to focus on republicans. her campaign released a video this weekend and she has been hammering trump on the stump. >> every time trump says one of the things he says, a lot of people are surprised or shocked. after a while, with so many of those comments, those insults, the kind of demogogary we are seeing from him, you have to ask what really is at stake in this election? one of the things that is at stake is our rights. >> reporter: sanders is trying to cut into the clinton lead. many sanders supporters are independents. the other four states are opened to registered democrats.
no matter what happens on tuesday, sanders is vowing to stay in the contest until the end. >> idea we should not vigorously contest this election when the largest state in the united states of america, california has not yet voted. nine other states have not voted after tuesday. of course, we are going to give the people in every state in this country the right to determine who they want to see president of the united states. >> reporter: it looks like he will have the money and support to do just that. miguel, christine. >> thanks, chris. michelle obama extolling her husband's legacy as she gives the address at the black university in mississippi. the first lady urging to work for peaceful progress. >> are you going to throw up your hands and say progress will never come? are you going to get angry and lash out? are you going to turn inward and just give in to despair and
frustration? or are you going to take a deep breath and lift up your head and do what barack obama does. when they go low, i go high. >> she encouraged students to vote. she cited the mississippi's religious freedom law. 38 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. dow futures dipping. stocks in europe and asia are down. wall street brace for the peak of earnings seasons this week. eight of the 30 companies in the dow are reporting. apple is expected to post the first ever decline in iphone sales compared to the year before. we are watching facebook and
amazon. the tech sector has been weak this earnings season. exxon mobile is dealing with unsteady mobile prices. if all that is not enough, the fed reserve starts a two-day meeting tomorrow. no interest rate hike is expected. we'll get the initial reading of gdp. how the economy is growing in the first quarter. a lot going on this week. that's going to be a very interesting number. >> absolutely. >> focused. >> are you making fun of me? >> no. gdp is big. i love the gdp. >> i sense you are making fun of me. >> economic nerd. marijuana found at the homes where the entire family was found shot execution-style. could drugs be connected to the killings? that is up next. you won't see these folks at the post office. they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com
execution-style murders of eight family members in ohio. the victims were targeted and may have been linked to a marijuana operation. nick have a lievalencia has the. >> reporter: the ohio attorney general mike dewine reports that the family has been shot in the head execution-style. the murders could have been drug-related. the police have interviewed between 50 and 60 people and gathered 18 pieces of evidence. we have talked to the members of the community. they are fearful. the sheriff saying this was a pre-planned execution and operation specifically targeting
the family. we have caught up with friends and family and the best friend we asked if they had any connection to drugs. all she would say is that everyone has skeletons in the closest. overall, they were good people. still no official motive or suspect or suspects. a lot of people in the community fearful they could be targeted next. miguel. >> thank you, nick. a wild scene in kansas as authorities close in on one of the state's most wanted. two u.s. marshals and fbi agent shot in a gun battle with orlando j. collins where he was holed up. authorities later found an unidentified body in the room where collins was staying. the three agents hit by gunfire are expected to be okay. a wisconsin teenager is dead after police say he opened fire
on students outside a high school prom. an officer shot jakob wagner who showed up at the prom with a rifle. authorities say the 18-year-old used to attend the school. he started shooting as students left the dance. victims are expected to be okay. new orleao motive. prosecutors expected to announce a grand jury indictment against former quarterback johnny manziel. local media reporting that grand jury indicted manziel on an assault charge. his ex-girlfriend colleen crowley says he hit her so hard, he burst her ear drum. he says he is thankful to those who know him and support him. and severe weather in the forecast for the central part of the country. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for the latest. >> thank you.
the severe weather threat is high for the middle portion of the week. upper portions of the plains with the weather concerns for this afternoon. 13 million people in line for the severe weather, large hail and damaging winds. it does include chicago and milwaukee. something worth noting. we are watching something with the weather pattern tuesday into wednesday. a tilt in the jet stream. tremendous energy moving in the central plains. 23 million people in line for severe weather. in fact, from kansas city working south to wichita and okc. high concern. on a scale of 1 to 5, a 4 across the region. large hail and potential for tornadoes and long track tornadoes tuesday night. a story worth following all week. mild to warm across the country with chicago making it up to 80 degrees before a cooldown going
an emotional day in brussels at the maalbeek station as it reopens. 20 people were killed at the station when the suicide bomber exploded his vest on march 22nd. we have erin mclaughlin with more on how the victims are being remembered. good morning, erin. >> reporter: good morning, christine. the trains may be running on time at maalbeek metro station, but the emotions are anything but.
it has been a somber commute. people here remember what happened on march 22nd in vivid detail when a suicide bomber blew himself up. >> we lost erin's audio. a month ago when the suicide bomber hit the station. and the latest missile test. pyongjong launched the missile from the submarine this weekend. south korea says it malfunction after it traveled 19 miles. the u.s. is taking the provocative tests seriously. the u.n. threatening new measures after tougher sanctions after the nuclear test. outraged egyptians over the decision to hand over two islands in the red sea to saudi arabia. others frustrated with a weak
economy. this weekend, police arrests those trying to overthrow the government. president cici describing them as forces of evil. let's get an early start on your money. dow futures are down ahead of a busy week. economic data and federal reserve meeting. oil prices are lower. stocks in europe and asia are lower. gas prices are creeping higher. the national average for a gallon of regular is $2.14. it is rising. the drivers are paying 38 cents this time from last year. experts think the prices will stay around this price. beyonce fans have a new album. the album "lemonade" is the second album visually.
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good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is monday, april 25th. president obama is in germany. he will announce the u.s. is sending 250 new operations troops to syria in the coming weeks on top of the troops in syria the past several months. for latest, let's bring in athena jones in germany. athena, what is he likely to say? athena, can you hear us? >> reporter: good morning. yes, i can. the president is expected to announce as you noted, the increase of 250 troops for syria. that is in addition to the 50 troops already there. special operations forces. the mission is not a combat mission, but advise and assist the forces on the ground.
this is something that deputy nsa adviser ben rhodes stressed they want to augment the efforts and accelerate the efforts to make sure local forces cannot just take back areas under isis control, but maintain and hold them and not lose them again to isis. this is part of the accelerated effort the president called for. we expect to hear him in that speech. >> athena, there is meant to be a peace or cease-fire in syria at the moment. russians involved. how is this likely to be taken by the players on the ground in syria and more importantly by russia? >> reporter: well, i can tell you the president has expressed concern as chancellor merkel over the stability of the cease-fire in syria. worried it is not holding in
recent days. we know the president spoken with russian president vladimir putin about the efforts in syria and effort to get that cease-fire back on track. that is going to be the discussion today with germany, france, italy and others. that is the focus of the meetings the president has been holding to gain ground because of the other knock-on effects of the continuing conflict in syria, which is the refugee crisis in europe. >> it will be interesting to see how it plays out. what else is on the president's agenda in europe? >> reporter: he has been touring this international trade show. the biggest trade show in the world. thousands of companies represented. including hundreds of u.s.
companies. he will deliver remarks in the speech. today, we heard a lot of comparisons to the speech that the president gave back in 2008 before taking office when he did a bit of a world tour. came to berlin and spoke to 200,000 about his vision of the u.s. and europe could make progress in the world. he will deliver a speech in some way s that talks about the successes of his idea of collective action. we will hear some of that. not just the announcement of syria. on climate change and for instance, the irey iran nuclear and deal with the conflicts raging not just in the middle east, but in ukraine where we have seen russian aggression in ukraine. a lot on the table. as i mentioned, he is meeting
with european leaders. the prime minister of the u.k., david cameron and leaders of france and italy and germany. back to you. >> athena jones with the well traveled president. thank you. overnight, ted cruz and john kasich joining forces to block donald trump from declining the nomination. the two campaigns releasing statements they are dividing the primaries in order to keep trump from gaining the nomination on the first ballot. cruz campaign will cede oregon and new mexico and kasich's will cede in indiana. now all of this comes with just one day to go now until