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that's it for us. i'll see you back here at 10:00 p.m. right now is "early start" with christine romans and john berman. the republican race for president with a brand new look this morning. a presidential donald trump fresh off a major foreign policy speech. new reaction coming in as ted cruz jolts his campaign with an early vice president pick. >> big move on the democratic side. bernie sanders laying off hundreds of campaign workers after a string of losses to hillary clinton. breaking overnight. the dea investigating prince's death. was the legend addicted to prescription painkillers?
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welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. this morning, a new running mate for a candidate who is not winning and new style from the guy who is. donald trump with a teleprompter and trying out a foreign policy address and ted cruz with an unprecedented move naming a vice presidential pick months before the party's convention and not to mention it is coming from a guy mathematically eliminated from the party nomination on the first ballot at the convention. his pick? carly fiorina. you saw carly fiorina by the side of ted cruz right there. last night, donald trump, as you might imagine, he was criticizing this pick. >> he has set a record, though. he is the first presidential candidate in the history of the country who is mathematically eliminated from coming president who chose a vice president
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candidate. a record. >> it is a record. cnn's sunlen serfaty has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. senator cruz making another hail mary pass to name his vice presidential pick before he is even the nominee. a move very widely seen as one that was intended to refocus attention on his campaign after a string of bruising losses. this was immediate with immediate criticism from frontrunner donald trump who said this is just a sign of desperation on the cruz campaign and cruz should not waste his time naming a vp given he has no mathematical path forward without a contested convention. senator cruz addressed that criticism head on in his announcement speech. here's what he had to say. >> it is tradition that the
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nominee is announced at convention. it is unusual to make the announcement as we are doing so now. i think all would acknowledge this race, if anything, it is unusual. >> reporter: carly fiorina, meantime, addressed donald trump's criticism. the fact he was bringing up her past criticism when she was rivals with ted cruz. saying ted cruz will do anything and say anything to get elected. i asked her about that. here's how she responded. >> of course donald trump would do that. the guy who practices anything to get elected is donald j. trump. he's not going to fight the system. he is the system. he has benefitted from the system all of his life. so, you know, see you out on the campaign trail, donald. >> reporter: cruz and fiorina will hit the campaign trail together. today, they are barnstorming the state of indiana together.
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the state holds an oversized importance for the campaign. the stakes have been raised. john. >> thank you, sunlen. donald trump did not criticize carly fiorina directly last night. as for the new running mate for the second place candidate, carly fiorina will be live on "new day" in the 7:00 hour. new reaction to the foreign policy address for donald trump and speaking closely to the script. the foreign policy would put america first. he called for building up america might and rebuilding nato. >> our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. no vision. no purpose. no direction. no strategy.
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if president obama's goal had been to weaken america, he could not have done a better job. the legacy of the obama/clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray. a mess. >> joining us with the international response to trump's speech is cnn's nic robertson in london. nic, you heard trump saying what he thinks everything the obama administration has done wrong. what does a trump world view look like? >> reporter: it's lacking in detail at the moment. that is what is a concern. no doubt at all whether london or berlin or moscow, everyone is listening closely to what trump was saying. people want to know what they can potentially expect and beginning to take the reality of a serious challenger and take that more seriously.
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for sure. the details he didn't give provides europe for worry. the talk about the need for nato all allies pay for defense spending. he is talking about redoing a relationship with russia at the moment. the europeans are going to be asking at what expense is that over for putin's moves in ukraine and annexing crimea. president putin is the only one who described trump as talented and in glowing terms. outstanding is another word that putin used for describing trump. the nato allies, that will be with concern. in the middle east, perhaps a
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slight warming to what donald trump had said cracking down on isis. very negative against iran and against the iran perceived expansion in the region about the nuclear deal he says is bad. he can pull countries like saudi back toward him a little more. countries felt they have been on the outs under president obama. there is still a lot that's lacking. the people, politicians, rather, are looking for. >> nic robertson in london. thank you. trump's speech taking direct aim at china. accusing beijing of an american assault. we will have reaction in 15 minutes. on the democratic side. a move in the bernie sanders campaign that has people talking this morning. bernie sanders and sanders campaign announcing his campaign is laying off hundreds of campaign workers. more than one-third of the current staff. we have cnn's jeff zeleny or
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maybe it is brianna keilar with the campaign. >> reporter: bernie sanders is making it clear he is not going anywhere, but it certainly seems that much of his staff is. downsizing, we are told, from a number of 1,000 staffers earlier this year down to 325 or 350 staffers. jeff weaver tells me this is the natural evolution. fewer states going forward. many are looking at this that is the writing is on the wall. while bernie sanders is still critiquing hillary clinton, he is always more conciliatory. >> our job is to transform not only our country, but the democratic party to open the doors of the democratic party to working people and young people and senior citizens in a way
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that does not exist today. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clinton campaign is welcoming the news. they hope to talk about her plans and defining donald trump instead of exchangingbroadsides with sanders. >> thank you, brianna. illinois attorney general lisa madigan making the case after dennis hastert sentenced to 15 years in prison. he pleaded guilty to violating banking laws while trying to pay a man millions to conceal sex abuse. the abuse happened decades ago. too much time had passed to bring charges on the abuse. the secret service is suggesting a stronger and taller fence around the white house. this is after a spike in people
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hopping the fence. it would be 11'7" tall. if it gets the green light construction would start in 2018. economic activity appears to have slowed. that's what the fed reserve said following the two-day policy meeting yesterday. despite job gains and housing market increases. the household spending moderated. interest rates did not rise. a range of 0.25% and 0.5%. the chances of a rate hike are shrinking. the forecast rate increase in june. after the announcement, that dropped to 19%. a yawn from the stock market. dow finished up 51 points. dow futures are lower. oil holding at $45 a barrel. stocks in europe with a loss in
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tokyo overnight after the central bank decided against more stimulus. that was a shocker from the japanese. watch that today. >> big losses there. breaking news overnight in the investigation into how prince died. now the dea, drug enforcement agency, looking into if prince was addicted to painkillers. you will want to hear new information after the break.
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breaking overnight. a source telling cnn prince had opioid medication on him at the time of his death. prescription medication was found in the home. he was treated for an overdose of pain medication. the dea is being brought in to help with the probe. official cause of death is not released. investigators are waiting on the toxicology reports. in texas and oklahoma, a former sheriff deputy guilty of
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shooting an under armed black man. eric harris was shot last april. cnn's sara sidner has the latest. >> reporter: raw emotions when the guilty verdict was read. the faces of the family of eric harris were wet when the jury had convicted former volunteer reserve deputy robert bates for shooting eric harris in the back killing him in the sting operation. >> he will be remembered for his kind heart. as a guy who changed the city. he accomplished a lot in his death. i think maybe more than he accomplished in his life. i'm going to miss my brother. we all have a destination. i believe that we will see our loved ones again. >> reporter: the family of former deputy bates did not
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speak to the media. we heard them say something in court. his wife whispering it will be okay as bates was led out in handcuffs. the jury recommended the harshest punishment, four years in prison. this case made national headlines after the video was released. it increased racial tensions across the country when they heard eric harris yell i can't breathe and another one saying "f" your breath. bates defense was that he accidentally shot harris pulling out his gun instead of using the taser. he insisted he meant to use that taser, but made a mistake. on the tape, you hear him apologizing after he shot harris. but the prosecution proved that what bates did was absolutely not reasonable and pointed out
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that every single officer on that scene, more than a dozen, never used any kind of force except physical force in this case and that harris should not be dead. now a judge will make the final decision as how long mr. bates will spend in prison. john and christine. >> thank you, sara. a baltimore teenager recovering after a police officer shot him as he ran with a replica handgun. the 13-year-old took off after officers thought was a semiautomatic weapon. that's when the officer opened fire hitting the teen. baltimore police commissioner kevin davis says he does not believe the officer acted inappropriately. the person who killed the former saints football player will appear in court for the shooting death of will smith. authorities say hayes shot smith
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in a road rage incident this month. the man who admits to opening fire in the planned parenthood in colorado will happen today. a doctor who conducted the 57-year-old's come pe especially exam will appear. and tennessee has a law on the books that critics slam as and any lgbt. it allows counselors refusing to treat patients on the religious freedom. the counselor's beliefs. the governor supports the measure. required to help people who are in eminent danger to themselves and referrals to other counselors. critics say it is harder to get help. donald trump accusing china of neck economic assault.
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this is billed as a major foreign policy speech. the reaction out of asia this morning next.
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let's return this morning to the global reaction to the donald trump foreign policy speech reaction. leaders on edge after the economic edge in china. saying that china is taking advantage of the u.s. >> we have to leverage. we have to power over china. economic power and people don't understand it. with the economic power, we can rein in and get them to do what they have to do. >> trump also blasted china for
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spying and what he called an economic assault on america. joining us with the reaction in asia is cnn's will ripley. will, i know they have been listening to the verbiage from donald trump on the campaign trail. sometimes not responding and sometimes saying trump is unrealistic. what are they saying now? >> reporter: essentially they're maintaining the official tone that they believe whoever is elected president will not change the dynamic with the trade agreement with china. leaders are, of course, concerned as trump appears to be moving closer to a nomination which could put him in the white house. that his policies could have severe impact. a trade war with both sides slapping huge tariffs which could cause jobs to be lost here
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in asia and u.s. there's the economic potential for recession. global recession as result of that. not to mention the military impact. trump saying that south korea and japan should pay for u.s. troops in the country or the troops should point out. japan budgeting $3.7 billion last year. they say it would actually be more expensive to move the troops back to the u.s. >> trump criticizing china and the obama administration criticized for not reining in china. and the missile? >> reporter: and attempted a mid change missile launch with the attempt to reach bases in okinawa and guam. it could travel up to 3,500
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kilometers. south korea believes the missile exploded after it took off. they are calling the launch a failure. after the submarine missile launch over the weekend, which was concerning and troubling, it shows north korea is developing the military technology. a lot of speculation that north korea could be planning a fifth nuclear test within the next week ahead of the political gathering next friday in pyongyang. lots to watch and if beijing does have an economic influence, it hasn't proven to be effective. there is a trade relationship there, but kim jong-un has ordered missile launches and keeps pushing forward. >> and rattling the cage. thanks, will ripley. ted cruz wants to energize his campaign by naming a running mate. months before the convention. while he's running in a deep
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the republican race for president like nothing we have seen before. yes, donald trump gives a foreign policy speech. the world reacts to that and the unprecedented move by ted cruz. he names a running mate. after a string of losses, bernie sanders cuts hundreds of jobs on his campaign staff. and the dea investigating prince's death. did prescription pain kkillers play a role? welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. the new look of the race following the super tuesday sweep number four. as candidates battle indiana, a
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more polished style. trump reemerged with the foreign policy speech. this as ted cruz begins exchange with his vice president pick carly fiorina. trump mocked cruz's decision to name a running mate so early. >> he set a record. he is the first presidential candidate in the history of the country who is mathematically eliminated from becoming president who chose a vice presidential candidate. a record. >> cnn's sunlen serfaty has the latest from the cruz campaign in indiana. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. senator cruz making another hail mary pass. making the unusual move to name his vice presidential pick before he is even the nominee. a move very widely seen as one intended to refocus attention on his campaign after a string of bruising losses.
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the move was met with immediate criticism from donald trump who said that this is just a sign of desperation on the part of the cruz campaign and said that senator cruz should not waste his time with a vp given he has not path forward without a contested convention. senator cruz addressed the criticism in the announcement speech. here's what he had to say. >> it's tradition that a vice presidential nominee is announced at the convention. it is unusual to make the announcement as we are doing so now. i think all would acknowledge this race, if anything, it is unusual. >> reporter: meantime, carly fiorina addressed donald trump's criticism. donald trump bringing up her past criticism when she was rivals with ted cruz. a statement she made in the past saying that ted cruz will do anything and say anything to get elected. i asked her about that.
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here's how she responded. >> of course, donald trump would do that. the guy who practices saying anything to get elected is actually donald j. trump. he's not going to fight the system. he is the system. he's benefitted from the system all of his life. so, see you on the campaign trail, donald. >> reporter: cruz and fiorina will hit the campaign trail together. today, they are barnstorming the state of indiana together. the state certainly holds an oversized importance for the campaign now as the stakes are significantly raised. john and christine. >> thanks. carly fiorina sits down for a live interview on cnn during "new day"'s" 7:00 hour. donald trump stuck to the script on the foreign policy speech. he said he would put america first. he called for building up the
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u.s. military and overhauling nato and lashed out at president obama and hillary clinton blaming their policies for worldwide confusion and disorder. >> our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. no vision. no purpose. no direction. no strategy. if president obama's goal had been to weaken america, he could not have done a better job. the legacy of the obama/clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray. a mess. >> joining us with the international response to the speech is nic robertson in london. nic, it was not full of specifics. >> reporter: for that reason, it leaves more questions than it provides answers. you know, he talked about remaking the relationship with nato. making an issue of the fact that
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the vast number of nato nations do not contribute 2% of the gdp to the expense as they agreed and expected to. some are just too poor to do it. his reexamining the relationship with nato. right now, the nato allies, u.s. included in that. i sat down this year with the supreme military commander of europe. the commander of nato. a u.s. four star general. he told me that they see russia as the biggest threat to security and stability in the region. at the same time, you now have donald trump saying that he will relook at the relationship with russia and president putin as the only leader who praised trump calling him talented. so the questions that will remain in europe at the moment, what does this mean? redoing the relationship with
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nato at a time when russia is the big enemy? what does it mean? redoing the relationship with russia at this time? it will raise questions about ukraine and economic sanctions on russia. the annexing of crimea. all these things. without the detail to know how he makes the relationships, that's leaving a lot of questions. in the middle east, trump very, very hard on iran and the nuclear deal. all bad on the iran expansionist role in the region. that will sit well with the saudis and gulf states. his previous statements about banning muslim from the united states, notwithstanding. that will perhaps draw some of the gulf countries back toward the united states a bit where they have been drifting away under president obama. the reality here is a lot of information that's very helpful. it doesn't give the specificity that politicians in this part of
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the world to get a grip on what it would mean if trump is in the white house. >> and leaders are watching the race closely and donald trump at this point. >> reporter: and this political fall from it. look at the things that david cameron has said about donald trump. he accused donald trump on this policy, initiative to ban muslims from america for the period of time. he said that was divisive and stupid and wrong. david cameron was given a chance to roll back on that. he didn't. leaders do watch what donald trump is saying. they have to play to their constituents at the moment. there is fragmentation in europe over immigration. that is linked in people's minds with muslims in europe and terrorism. all of this is linked. when donald trump says something, there is political
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reaction already. yes, they are watching. what they heard last night is not going to give them perhaps any better understanding of what this would mean, a trump presidency would mean. it is giving them now something more to sort of cause or pause for concern. >> nic robertson, thank you. in the wake of bernie sanders tough night in the acela primary. he lost four of five states. his campaign is laying off a third of his staff. cnn's brianna keilar is in indiana with the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, bernie sanders is making it clear he is not going anywhere, but it certainly seems that much of his staff is. downsizing, we are told, from a peak number of 1,000 staffers earlier this year all the way down to 325 or 350 staffers. sanders campaign manager jeff weaver telling me this is the
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natural evolution. fewer states going forward. many are looking at this as a sign the writing is on the wall. if the campaign saw a pathway to the general election, they would not be doing this. while sanders is still critiquing hillary clinton, he is also more concilatory. >> our job, whether we win or do not win is to transform not only our country, but the democratic party to open the doors of the democratic party to working people and young people and senior citizens in a way that does not exist today. >> reporter: the clinton campaign is welcoming this news. they are hoping they will be able to spend more time in the coming weeks with hillary clinton defining herself and talking about her plans and defining donald trump instead of exchanging broadsides with sanders. john and christine. >> brianna keilar, thank you. new calls to eliminate the statute of limitations on sex
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crimes. attorney general lisa madigan is bringing that up after dennis hastert was sentenced to prison for 15 months. prosecutors say the abuse happened decades ago when hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach. time for an early start on your money. dow futures are lower. investors are unhappy. oil down slightly. european stocks dropping. central bank said no to more stimulus. earning season is terrible. facebook says profits surged 200% from this time last year. facebook's reach gets bigger. now 1.65 billion people use facebook each month. facebook stock is up 4% this
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year. jumping another 9% in pre-market trading. that rise and fall came after the earnings report. if you own facebook, you are in for a big day of gains. >> i only get 80 likes with 1.65 billion users. >> you need to be more provocative. new information on prince's death investigation. was the music icon addicted to prescription painkillers? what is the focus of the investigation? next.
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breaking overnight. a source tells cnn that prince had opioid medication on him at the time of death. prescription medication was found in his home. he was treated for an overdose of pain medication a week before he died.
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the dea has been brought in to help with the probe. the official cause of death has not been released. investigators are still waiting on autopsy and toxicology reports. a baltimore teenager recovering after a police officer shot him as he ran with a replica handgun. authorities say the 13-year-old took off when he was spotted with what looked like a se semiautomat semiautomatic. he held on the gun and he was chased on foot. an officer opened fire hitting the teen. commissioner kevin davis does not believe the officer acted inappropriately. the man who opened fire in the planned parenthood in colorado has a hearing today. the hearing focusing on robert dear's mental health. during outbursts in court, dear described himself as a warrior for the babies. and tennessee now has a new law on its books that critics
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are slamming as anti-lgbt. counselors are able to refuse patients on religious freedom belie beliefs. critics say it will make it harder for gay and transgender patients to get help. the american airlines flight was forced to land after takeoff. it was going from dallas to seattle when it hit birds. it alerted air traffic controllers and returned to the airport. the impact was intense. look at this. the nose of the plane was badly damaged. all 150 passengers and 6 crew arrived safely. you see the indentation in the nose. northemore than a dozen tor hit the midwest yesterday. where is the severe weather threat today?
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let's get to meteorologist derek van dam. >> 17 tornado records on wednesday. the same storm system moving slowly to the east. more of a weakened fashion. a marginal risk from atlanta to raleigh. we will focus our attention on the area of low pressure spinning up across texas and oklahoma panhandle and bring in another chance of severe weather later today and through early weekend. here are rain showers moving through the greater chicago area. you want to plan a few extra minutes this morning. the band of rain showers extends to the mid-atlantic states. the cooler air to the north and warm summer air to the south. the low pressure will spin up and bring the chance of the severe weather. take a look at temperatures. this is more indicative of june and july. and in the great lakes, the temperatures you would experience for middle march.
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highs for new york, 60. thank you. donald trump promising a new relationship with russia in a foreign policy speech. the reaction from moscow next.
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new reaction this morning to donald trump and his foreign policy speech. one of the most talked about moments as the apparent outreach by donald trump to russia. >> i believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with russia from a position of strength only is possible. absolutely possible. >> trump says he is ready to walk away from the table if the russians are not reasonable. he promises his foreign policy will always put america first. a lot of people look at those as loaded words. joining us with the latest is
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frederik pleitgen. >> reporter: they are happy with what he said. russians want closer cooperation with the u.s. at this point in time, donald trump believes that is possible. now one of the things that will wo worry a lot of issues, is the crisis in ukraine. that has a lot of powers in eastern europe worried. the other thing, john, trump said. he said the russians have felt the influence of islamist terrorism on home soil. he said that is something the u.s. and russia have in common. that is an indication he wants to work closely with russia in terms of fighting in syria. that's something that the
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administration doesn't want to get close to russia because of support for bashar al assad. on the whole, the russians very pleased with the things that trump said. i have an interesting statistic for you, john. a survey was done in all g-20 countries. in every single country, the people said they were prefer hillary clinton to be america's next president over donald trump, except in russia where donald trump is ahead by a landslide. i went to speak to russians here and they said they like donald trump. >> so much has been made of trump praising the leadership style of vladimir putin. now at least in the speech, the discussion of actual outreach as a policy was very interesting to see. fred pleitgen, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. dow futures lower. investors wait for another round of corporate earnings. most disappointing. oil is down slightly. stocks in europe are down. adding to the gloom. japan's central bank will not do more to stimulate the economy.
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that sent shares in tokyo down 4% overnight. airfares are dropping. the average ticket fell to $363 in the fourth quarter of last year. it's partly because of the crash in oil prices. analysts say they base prices on profit. it takes time to trickle down. that means lower fares could be on the way. experts say increased competition is forcing airlines to match low prices. verizon is investigating 57 instances of network sabotage or intentional damage to equipment. all has taken place since 36,000 workers walked off the job weeks ago. verizon put out this picture of the cables in pennsylvania. you see it was cut. verizon says this can cause thousands of customers to lose service. expensive to repair. it sees a handful in a normal year, but 57 in two weeks.
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representatives for the union, verizon is looking to blame workers for the shortcomings. interesting. "early start" continues right now. >> the republican race for president unprecedented moves. donald trump with a major foreign policy speech and ted cruz with some major strategic maneuvering. he picks a running mate months before the convention. and on to democrats. bernie sanders laying off hundreds of campaign staff after the string of losses to hillary clinton. and breaking overnight. dea now involved into the death of prince. was the musician addicted to painkillers? welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday, april 28th.
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a new look at feel to the race for president following donald trump's sweep of super tuesday number 4 as candidates target indiana. a more polished trump emerged delivering a foreign policy speech. this as ted cruz starts campaigning with a new vice presidential pick. carly fiorina. last night, trump mocked cruz's decision to name a running mate so early. >> he set a record. he is the first presidential candidate in the history of the country who is mathematically eliminated from becoming president who chose a vice presidential candidate. it's a record. >> cnn's sunlen serfaty has the latest from the cruz campaign in indiana. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. senator cruz making another hail

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