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president obama saying the u.s. will take action against russia after high level politicians likely, including president putin, himself meddled in the u.s. election. thousands fleeing aleppo. a tenuous truce holding. dylann roof found guilty for the charleston church massacre. good morning. i'm alison kosik. welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. new this morning, president
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obama vows to take action of the hacking of the u.s. election. with the interview with npr, he directly confronted vladimir putin warning russia of a potential u.s. response. >> i think there is no doubt when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing. >> the president was not specific about the form of u.s. response might take. he said some of it may be explicit and publicized. so may not. this as the u.s. official confirms to cnn that u.s. agencies believed putin ordered cyber attacks. for the latest on that, let's get to jim sciutto. >> reporter: it is believed that the intelligence community since they called russia out for this a month before the election, this hacking operation would
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have required the senior most russian officials approval. it is a top heavy system. that means vladimir putin. since then, confidence has increased. that is because of the sophisticated hacking tools and cyber weapons. the most sophisticated which require vladimir putin to okay the use of the tools. that in addition to other intelligence and human sources leading to that conclusion that putin ordered this attack on the u.s. democratic system. the word they are using it continued unabated since the election on party institutions and party organizations, including and not limited to the democrats. we understand another attempted phishing attack. you click on a link and malware attaches to your computer.
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this is expected in the u.s. intelligence community. part of the reason being, it worked. they interfered with the u.s. election system whether or not they wanted donald trump to win. it is successful here and in eastern europe and they expect it to continue. >> jim, thanks. as you mentioned, jim, unsuccessful phishing attack on hillary clinton's campaign. she spoke out at a closed door thank you party for top donors. she called it an attack on the national security and attack on our democracy. she said the cyber attacks stemmed from a grudge vladimir putin holds against her critici was secretary of state. the russian cyber attacks requiring a rebuke of the fbi
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over campaign chairman john podesta. he writes this. comparing the fbi's massive response to the overblown e-mail scandal with the lackadaisical response shows something is deeply broken at the fbi. john podesta's e-mails leaked and used as ammunition. the white house is taking a more aggressive stance toward trump. alarmed by the president-elect's dismissal of u.s. intelligence on russian election meddling. this week, trump the called the warnings ridiculous. thursday, he tweeted this. if russia or some other entity was hacking, why did the white house wait so long to act? why did they only complain after hillary lost?
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that claim is false. the administration publicly accused russia of hacking in early october a month before the election. and privately obama met with putin in september reporting him to stop hacking or face consequences. >> this is increasing friction with the administrations. josh earnest insisted it was obvious trump knew russia was meddling in the election. >> just a fact. you have it on tape. the republican nominee for president was encouraging russia to hack his opponent because he believed it would help him campaign. i recognize the defense from the trump campaign he was joking. i don't think anybody at the white house thinks it's funny. >> last night, trump lashed back at the white house spokesman
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during his rally in hershey, pennsylvania. sunlen serfaty is there. she has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. a transition official tells cnn that donald trump is concerned about the intelligence community findings that russia engaged in hacking during the election. he made absolutely no mention of this issue here at rally in hershey, pennsylvania. he did seem to however, wade a bit into the personal rift with the incoming administration and white house hours after josh earnest from the house podium told reporters that donald trump had to have known about the russian hacks. donald trump attacked josh earnest by name. >> although the foolish guy, josh earnest. i don't know if he is talking to president obama. having the right press secretary is so important because he is so bad the way he delivers a
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message. he can deliver a positive message and it sounds bad. he could say ladies and gentlemen, today we have totally defeated isis and it would not sound good. okay? all right? i have a feeling they won't be saying it. >> reporter: the president-elect is back on the road today heading to orlando, florida. >> thank you, sunlen serfaty. president-elect trump has picked a campaign advisor. in a statement announcing david freedman, he makes the announcement of moving the embassy based on the fact that palestinians also claim jerusalem as their capital. freedman has said in the past he does not belief the settlement activity is illegal.
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we have concerns growing of donald trump's potential conflict of interest. his company is bigger than ever. the trump organization is now the 48th largest privately held company in the u.s. employs more than 22,000 people and brought in $9 billion of revenue. that makes the trump organization bigger than major league baseball and pacific life insurance. research expect the revenue to drop significantly next year because the luxury real estate market in new york is struggling. what is not struggling? donald trump book sales. "art of the deal" cracked the 100 best sellers. it is sitting at 97. it is number one in the entrepreneurial section. a book published 30 years ago. >> we will watch that book rise. people want to learn.
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facebook will start sticking warning labels on fake news stories. users can post what you want on your feed, but facebook says stories known to be false aiming t to trick readers will have a label. facebook has been the target of criticism for fake stories posted in feeds during the election campaign. >> have you been on be facebook and seen someone you know who is very clearly has something on their facebook feed you know is not right? >> absolutely, yes. >> it happens to me. i would be interested to me to see how many red flags. the latest installment of the "star wars" saga opens today. "rogue one" faces a daunting challenge. not defeating darth vader. they have creditics with the sty line that doesn't involve the
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skywalker saga. the characters in the film many and it is expected to take in more than $250 million worldwide this weekend. i guarantee you. everyone i know who loves "the force awakens" and every kid i know will see this movie. >> that legacy will continue. thousands of people trapped in aleppome. more evacuation efforts under way. we will tell you the latest next.
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a new cease-fire under way in aleppo and situatievacuation under way with refugees fleeing the city. ambulances and buses arrived thursday and carted people west of the war-torn city. cnn's jomana karadsheh is live in jordan with the latest.
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i understand civilians are heading to idlib province which is under fire as well. it is like the civilians are going from one war zone to another. >> reporter: absolutely. alison, evacuated out of eastern aleppo doesn't mean they are safe. doesn't mean they are leaving the war zone. a lot of concern about that. what we do know is these evacuations are ongoing. more than 24 hours these evacuations taking place. the number of people evacuated depends on who you talk to. we are getting different figures. 6,000 people to 9,000 people. the senior official in the turkish government say 8,000 people had been evacuated in five convoys and a sixth convoy was on the move. this includes civilians and wounded in desperate need of medical attention and well as rebel fighters. this is expected to be a lengtys
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process. it is moving on rotation. no one knows how many people are left in the besieged neighborhoods. the estimates a few days ago was 50,000 people. they are moved into the aleppo countryside under rebel control. from there, people decide to go to the neighboring idlib province. it is under control of the rebel groups or move to the turkish border. we heard from president assad yesterday boasting as the liberation of aleppo calling this a victory. historic one. for the people of eastern aleppo that we have been speaking to, they call these evacuations forced displacement. they are relieved to get out of there, but devastated and heart broken to be leaving and don't know if they will ever see their
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homes again. >> desperate to leave, but torn about leaving. jomana karadsheh, thank you. turkey lending a hand to help the wounded and sick and exhausted civilians leaving aleppo. truck loads of humanitarian aid for those who need it. let's get more from muhammad lila. we know the early buses were filled with the fragile residents. people who were sick and needed care. what can you tell us? >> reporter: let me set the scene. i'm live at one of the border crossings behind me. past the gate is syrian territory. we have seen a steady stream of ambulances going into syrian territory and out of syrian tef territory. these were people wounded in the siege of aleppo who needed medical care. that is as far as the medical evacuations is concerned. on the way here, we saw a row of
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50 to 75 18-wheeler trucks loaded up with humanitarian relief ready to enter syria. we have been told eight of the trucks will cross the border today. specifically going across the border because turkey will set up a refugee camp to house 80,000 people. most of the people evacuees that jomana was mentioning. the refugee camp will be built and maintained inside syria, but administered by the turkish relief area. the area has other militant groups there and operating within syrian territory. there are security concerns and political concerns as well. it is not clear how soon that refugee camp can be set up. we he know people have been evacuated and desperately need help. >> we should really stress is a very complicated situation where
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you have multiple competing and overlapping splinter groups of rebels and some groups with different religious affiliations at odds. the syrian regime has retain control of aleppo. that conflict four years later, that conflict is over. muhammad, thank you for that. on the turkish border. dylann roof found guilty of killing nine people during bible study. details of the verdict coming up next. and the best deals are on the best network. with no surprise overages, you can use your data worry free and even carry over the data you don't use. and right now get four lines and 20 gigs for only $40 per line. you'll even get the iphone 7, the samsung galaxy s7, the pixel phone by google, or the motoz droid for only $10 per month. no trade-in required. hurry, these offers end soon. get the best deals and the best network,
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a south carolina jury has convicted dylann roof on all charges in the shooting death of nine people in the ame emanuel church. cnn's nick valencia has more outside the courthouse in charleston. >> reporter: alison and christine, it came as no surprise, dylann roof guilty of all charges in the murder evof nine people at the historic ame emanuel church. roof stood silent as the guilty verdicts were read. jurors unanimously deciding that dylann roof was guilty in the murders of the nine people. little emotion shown by the defendant. most emotion came from the family members of the victims. some bowing heads in prayer. others wiping brow and others
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wiping the tears from their eyes. thursday it was emotional. the emotion punctuated by an image of the bloody bodies of the worshippers on the floor of the bible study. dylann roof accused of shooting the victims 77 times in all. the prosecution saying that dylann roof should be held accountable for every single shot. the defense hopes the jurors would take into consideration there is something delusional. the next phase of the trial is the sentencing phase. long time turner sports broadcaster craig sager has died after a long battle with leukemia. the sideline reporter loved across the nba by players and fans and colleagues. he was best known for his warm
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personality and his colorful and flour escent wardrobe. he was 65 years old. >> he continued working while he was sick and bringing his joy into others. >> real role model and great guy. we wish his family all the best. switching to weather. bitter cold gripping the northeast. we know it for sure here with another strong winter storm moving in from the west. we have meteorologist karen maginnis with more. >> in chicago and boston, it is colder than it is in barrow, alaska. world cup fa windchill factors will be a factor. winds gusting between 25 and 60 miles an hour. we have seen that out on the cape in massachusetts.
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we have winter weather advisories out and temperatures along with windchills, it is bone-chilling cold from philadelphia to new york and rochester. rockford, illinois, north central, illinois, high temperature was 8 degrees on thursday. you see just how cold that air will be across the northern tier. single digits. 70s along the gulf coast. huge temperature change. we have the weather system moving from the interior west and heavy rainfall across california. icy mix across the ohio river valley and appalachians. >> if you want to go skiing, those places are open. harsh words from president obama. he is pledging retaliation against russia for intruding on the election. his message to putin next. ways .
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hacking. reuters reporting evacuations stopped in aleppo. thousands of people still trapped in the war-torn city. we have the latest on the fragile peace agreement and what apparently we hear from reuters and others saying the evacuations have stopped. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. president obama vowing to take action in response to russian hacking of the u.s. election. in an interview with npr, the president saying he is directly confronted vladimir putin warning the russian president of a potential u.s. response. >> i think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing. >> president obama was to the specific about the form u.s. response would take or when that
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could happen. he did say some of it may be explicit and publicized. some may not be. this as the u.s. official confirming to cnn that u.s. intelligence agencies believed putin ordered the cyber attacks. for the latest on that, let's get to chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. >> reporter: it is believed that this hacking operation would have required the senior most russian official approval. the way russia works. a top heavy system. that means vladimir putin. since then, confidence has increased and we have been learning today why that is the case. that is because of the sophisticated hacking tools. cyber weapons, used in the attack. really the most sophisticated which require vladimir putin to okay the use of the tools. that in addition into other intelligence and human sources leading to the conclusion that vladimir putin ordered the
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attack on the u.s. democratic system. the word they use is it continued unabated since the election on party irnstitutions and including and not limited to the democrats. another attempted phishing attack. where you click on a link and allows malware to get into the comput computers. failed attacks on the clinton campaign since the election. part of the reason being it worked. they interrupted and interfered with the u.s. election system whether or not they wanted donald trump to win. it has been success follow them here and western democracies in europe and eastern europe. they expect it to continue. >> as jim mentioned, unsuccessful phishing attack on the hillary clinton campaign. overnight for the first time, she has spoken out about the russian election hacking at a closed door thank you party meeting for top donors.
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she called it an attack on the national security and democracy. she said the cyber attacks stem from a grudge vladimir putin holds against her dating back to her criticism of the russian president when she was secretary of state. this is a response to her standing up for democracy and standing up for the united states. questioning some of the things that happened in the election and now this is the result. >> the russian cyber attack inspiring a rebuke of the fbi from clinton's chairman john podesta. john podesta suggesting a double standard in the urgency investigating the clinton e-mail server versus the response of the hacking. he writes, comparing the response to the overblown e-mail scandal with the seemingly
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lackadaisical suggests something is broken at the fbi. his e-mails were leaked and used as ammunition against clinton. the white house now taking a more aggressive stance toward trump. alarmed by the president-elect's dismissal of the u.s. intelligence on russian election meddling. this week, trump called cia warnings ridiculous. thursday, he tweeted this. if russia or other entity was hacking, why did the white house wait so long to act. why did they complain after hillary lost. that was false. they accused russia of hacking a month before the election. privately, president obama met with putin in september warning him to stop the hacking or face the consequences. >> the issue increasing friction with the obama administration and incoming trump team. on thursday, josh earnest insisted it was obvious trump
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knew russia was meddling in the election. >> just a fact. you have it on tape. that the republican nominee for president was encouraging russia to hack his opponent because he believed it would help his campaign. i recognize the defense from the trump campaign is that he was joking. i don't think anybody at the white house thinks it's funny. >> now last night trump lashed at the white house spokesman during a thank you rally in hershey, pennsylvania. sunlen serfaty was there and she has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, christine and alison. a transition official tells cnn that trump is concerned about the intelligence community's findings that russia engaged in hacking during the election. he made absolutely no mention of this issue here at his rally in hershey, pennsylvania. he did seem to however wade a
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bit into the personal rift growing between the incoming administration and white house right now. hours after white house press secretary josh earnest from the white house podium told reporters that trump had to have known about the russian hacks. trump attacked josh earnest by name. here is what he had to say. >> although this foolish guy, josh earnest. i don't know if he is talking to president obama. having the right press secretary is so important because he is so bad. the way he delivers a message. he can deliver a positive message and it sounds bad. he could say, ladies and gentlemen, today we have totally defeated isis and it wouldn't sound good. okay? i have a feel they won't be saying it, but i know we will be saying it. >> reporter: the president-elect back on the road today. heading to orlando, florida.
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>> thank you, sunlen serfaty. president-elect trump has picked a campaign adviser as his ambassador to israel. a statement announcing the nomination of david friedman. the statement talks about moving the embassy. friedman says he does not believe the settlement activity is illegal. and it runs counter to longstanding u.s. policy. 37 minutes past the hour. friday morning. let's get an early start on your money. the dow will make another push to 20,000. since the election, the average is up 1,500 points. it would be the biggest post election rally in history. the closest was bill clinton's in 1996 and the five weeks following that the dow jumped
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5.2%. the dow soared 22% his first year in office. another market could keep the dow on the down low. the dollar sitting at a 14-year high. one dollar is worth one euro. parity is what they call it. parity between the two currencies next year. great for travelers. this is the time to take the trip to london. bad for businesses. euro is paris, not london. u.s. goods now more expensive overseas. that hurts corporate profits. the dow is up just slightly right now. stocks in europe are mixed. asia finished higher. oil is around $51 a barrel. we are watching the currency moves. great for travelers. it starts to crimp exports value. that hurts corporate profits.
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facebook saying beginning today it will slap warning labels on fake news. the users will still be able to post anything you want on your feeds, but facebook says stories known to be false aiming to trick readers will appear with a red label disputed by third party fact checkers. facebook has been critical of fake news stories during the election campaign. >> can you alert facebook and say this is not true. facebook has to go and investigate it. >> a lot of people who read the fake news stories, they want to believe it. they feel good. >> sometimes when you say this is false. that just inspires it. the latest installment in the "star war" saga opens today. "rogue one." it is not defeating darth vad oth er, but you have to bead t a lo
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of bad buzz. like the characters in the film, it is a safe bet "rogue one" will triumph in the end. >> buy the seats online. >> my little tiny people don't care about bad reviews. syrian state tv say evacuations have been halted in aleppo. it looks like a tentative truce is in jeopardy can thousand wif people trapped inside the city. the latest coming up next.
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breaking news at this hour. reuters reporting the evacuation of civilians out of aleppo has stopped. the news agency quoting sources saying rebels breached agreement. cnn's jomana karadsheh has latest. >> reporter: christine. fast moving situation on the ground. these latest reports coming from syrian state tv. they are saying the evacuations have been suspended for now and the claims here, reports accusing the rebels of attacking that crossing point where people who are brought out of the
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besieged eastern neighborhoods are brought to this crossing point to the west into the government held territory. they say the rebels who they say is terrorist groups, attacked the crossings by opening fire and also by shelling. they also list a number of reasons for the breakdown. they accuse the rebels they say of trying to smuggle out captives who they are holding in addition to take out heavy weaponry out with them which is not part of the deal. we cannot verify the claims. coming from syrian state tv. we have not heard from the other side, opposition here for their version of what is going on. a lot of concern, christine, we were going to be seeing something like this. we heard this from aid officials and people on the ground in eastern aleppo. a lot of concern because of so many groups involved in the deal. >> interesting. how many refugees have escaped before the suspension of the
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evacuations? how many have gotten out? what is their situation right now. >> reporter: well, the last we heard was we were getting different figures from the syrian regime and russians and from turkey. estimates were from 6,000 to 9,000 people. taken out in five convoys. the sixth convoy was on the move. it is unclear if that sixth convoy was what was ususpended r if it had managed to move out. the people taken out of eastern aleppo was a combination of civilians and wounded in need of medical attention as well as rebel fighters. they were to be taken out to the countryside of aleppo province and from there, they have the choice of going to neighboring province of idlib under control of the rebel groups and al qaeda
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groups and the turkish border. we have to wait and see what is happening with the evacuations or a total braeak down. >> jomana, thank you for that in jordan. for those who were able to evacuate eastern aleppo, turkey is lending a hand to help civilians fleeing there. the country is transporting truck loads of humanitarian aid and medicine to those who need it. for more on that, let's go to muhammad lila. he is live for us on the turkey/syrian border. muhammad, i know the people who were able to flee aleppo, they're sick and wounded. >> reporter: that's right. alison, i'm standing at the border crossing. on the other side of the gate is syrian territory. we have seen a steady stream of ambulances crossing the border and picking up victims and rushing them back to hospitals
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on the turkish side. we understand the people are critically wounded evacuated from aleppo from the besieged that lasted for several weeks. they are now brought for treatment in turkish hospitals. we have seen a row of 18 wheeler trucks that are loaded with humanitarian supplies. a slow trickle to get supplies into syria. we have been told speaking with one of the koord nationcoordino that eight trucks will cross the border. turkey announcing setting up a refugee ramp to house 80,000 people. most of those are people evacuated from aleppo. they are not setting that camp up inside turkey. it is set up in syrian territory. jomana said the place they are considering setting it up as a presence of al qaeda and other militant groups. russia has been striking some of those areas in that province in idlib. it is unclear how soon the
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refugee camp can be set up and whether people will want to move there given how volatile that region is in the first place. if you were evacuated from aleppo where you were bombed every day, the last thing you want to do is go to another area that could be bombed again. >> a sick irony. they are trying to flee to safety and fleeing to could ultimately kill them. muhammad lila, thank you. 49 minutes past the hour. if you haven't noticed, dolly parton is everywhere right now. raising money for the smokey mountains and on tour and a new album. she is a verified business mo l mogul. 50 years into her career. stand by for mba-style advice from the tiny titan. augh crunchy wheat frosted sweet! kellogg's frosted mini-wheats. feed your inner kid
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guilty verdicts read one after another. jurors deciding unanimously that roof was guilty. little emotion shown by the defendant. the most emotion came from the family members of the victims. some bowing heads and seemingly in prayer. others wiping their brows and others wiping tears from their eyes. thursday was emotional. punctuated by an image of the bloody bodies of the worshippers lying on the floor of the biebl study. dylann roof accused of shooting them 77 times in all. the prosecution says dylann roof should be held accountable for every single shot. the defense says they hope the jury takes into consideration that roof may be delusional. the next part of the trial is the penalty phase expected to pick up on january 3rd. >> nick, thank you.
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hundreds of protesters at the north carolina capitol building. governor elect roy cooper vowing to fight the republican power grab in court. this is after the bitter governor's race with pat mccrory wading through the long time count. craig sager has died after a long battle with leukemia. the sideline reporter was loved across the nba by players and fans and colleagues. he was best known for his warm personality and professionalism and of course his colorful wardrobe. sager died days after inducted into the sports broadcasting hall of fame. he leaves behind a wife and five children. he was 65 years old. interesting to hear the legacy will be carried on now he is
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gone. all of these people in the sports world coming out and talking about what joy they brought to his lives. he continued working many months after his illness took a turn for the worse. >> our best to his family here as they cope. 56 minutes past the hour. treat for you. dolly parton is everywhere. 50 years after the music business. on "the voice" and ran a telethon. brought in $9 million for the victims of the wildfires in tennessee. new album. wrapping up her biggest tour in decades. on that tour, i had the pleasure of sitting down with dolly parton. you may see rhinestones, i see a business mogul. listen. >> when you were starting, did you think, look f i am going to last and if i'm going to make
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sure the business doesn't take advantage of me, i have to be in control of my image and sound and my business. >> you said it when you said the business. it is called the music business. my dad told me that when i let home. he said don't let people steal your money. pay attention to your things. as soon as i could, i started my own publishing company and my own record label. i think it is important if you can as soon as you can to keep all of your goods close to home where you can control it and know what is happening. my dad had 12 children. he just managed everything. that's where i like to think i get my business sense. he was a great barter and horse trader as they say. >> i beta long the way, people said no to you. you have been sitting across the table from a fat cat executive and said no. you had to really hold your ground. >> yeah. i can do that. like i said, i am an easy going.
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people say do you ever lose your temper. i donn't lose it, but i use it sometimes. >> i call her the dolly mba. use your temper. hire good people who you trust and let them do what they do well. if you want to see more in the business advice from dolly parton, check it out at cnn money. >> she doesn't just sing or perform. a lot of fire and passion. >> she is a titan. she has done deals and made choices that people said no. she knew she wanted to do it. surrounded herself with people who would get it done. >> she is inspiring. "early start" continue s right now. >> president obama will take
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action against russia after high level politicians, likely putin, meddled in the u.s. election. >> hillary clinton and her campaign chair weighing in. john podesta with a scathing criticism of the fbi. fast moving developments in aleppo. state tv reports are stating evacuations are suspended. thousands of people stuck inside the war-torn city. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> good morning. i'm alison kosik. it is friday, december 16th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. new this morning, president obama vowing to take action in response to russian hacking of the u.s. election. in an interview with npr, the president said he is directly confronted vladimir putin warning the rubbissian presidenf the potential u.s. response. >> no doubt that when any foreign government tries to
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impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing. >> president obama wasn't specific about the form u.s. response might take or when something like that would happen. he said some of it may be explicit and publicized. some may not be. this as a u.s. official confirms u.s. agencies believe putin ordered the cyber attacks. for the latest on that, let's get to cnn's jim sciutto. >> reporter: it has been the belief that u.s. intelligence community called russia out for this a month before the election that this hacking operation would have required the senior most russian official approval. the russian system is a top heavy system. that means vladimir putin. since then, confidence has increased and we have been learning of the case. the

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