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♪ i fellow the -- >> objection has been heard. the senator will take her seat. a fiery liberal senator silenced for breaking a senate rule. or was it the republicans who broke the cardinal rule by giving a fresh megaphone to one. president's fiercest critics. >> the president's travel ban now in the hands of the appeals court. we could get a ruling at any minute. >> good morning, i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman, barely
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talking. it's 4:00 a.m. in the east. >> this is remarkable what we saw last night. one of the president's most fierce critics, elizabeth warren silence with majority leader mitch mcconnell in partisan on display. the drama unfolded when senator mcconnell invoked a rarely used rule on the nomination of attorney general jeff sessions. listen what happens when the attorney general tries to read a letter written in 1986 by martin luther king's widow. she was criticizing at the time. >> this is what it said, all mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, sons and brothers -- >> mr. president -- >> they are -- >> mr. president -- >> the majority leader? >> the senator is's note tiffs by our colleague of colorado, senator warren, quote, said
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senator sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote, i call under provision rule 19. >> mr. president? >> senator from massachusetts. >> mr. president, i am surprised that the words of coretta scott king are not suitable for debate in the united states senate. i ask leave of the senate to continue my remarks. >> is there objection? >> object. >> i appeal the ruling -- >> objection is heard. the senator will take her seat. >> according to the majority leader mcconnell's staff senator warren is now barred from speaking on the senate floor for the remainder of the debate but she does not stay silenced. she went on the internet and then she read mrs. king's letter on facebook after cut off by the
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senate chamber and spoke to n's don lemon. >> there's been some hard words in the united states senate through the years, but all of a sudden, when i'm reading something, a truthful statement from coretta scott king, answer, no, can't say that. well, they can shut me up but they can't change the truth. >> the debate over the sessions nomination is expected to wrap up at 7:00 tonight when a confirmation vote is planned. three federal judges on the 9th circuit expected to rule as early as today on president trump's refugee and travel ban. during a 60-minute phone conversation, those attorneys sparred on both sides, sparred over the president as use of the executive power. the connection between the ban between the white house and terrorism. and where to draw the line for determining intentional discrimination. government lawyers tried to make the argument that the president has blanket authority in cases of national security. and should not be agreimpeded be
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courts. that triggered pushback by the judges, listen. >> district court's decision overrides, the president's national security level over the level of risk. and we've been talking about the level of risk that is acceptable. as soon as we're having that discussion, it should be acknowledged that the president is the official that is charged with making those judgments. >> so, are you arguing them, the president's decision in that regard is unreviewable? >> the -- yes, there is obviously constitutional limitations, but we're discussing the risk assessment. >> attorneys for the states argue the president's travel ban harms u.s. citizens and discriminates against muslims which the judges didn't buy. >> i have trouble understanding
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why we're supposed to infer religious animus while the majority would not be affected as residents of those nations. and where the concern for terrorism with those connected with radical islamic sects is kind of hard to deny. >> to prove religious discrimination, we do not need to prove that this harms muslims or never muslim. we just need to prove it was motivated in part by desire to harm muslim. >> how you can infer that desire when in fact the vast majority of muslim, unaffected? >> your honor, you can refer from statements, there are statements in our complaint that are shocking evidence of intent to discriminate against muslims. >> the 9th circuit will only decide whether a washington judge overstepped his authority. the case will almost definitely ends up in the supreme court.
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i want to go live to atlanta and bring in a legal mind. michael moore, a former district attorney from georgia's middle district. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you heard some of those exchanges from that conference call. tell me what you make of where we are in this legal process. >> you know, i think that it's pretty clear that the judges were what we call a hot bench, and that is, that they were interested. they had questions. i would not put a lot of stock or too many emphasis on which wait questions seemed to lean. most of time, fellows who practice in federal courts don't put too much weight on how the judges go. really, it's the judges' decision and their job to push each side of the case, look for strong points and weak points. you may have a judge that seem to be leaning towards one side of the case, but really, they're favoring the other side. they're just pushing that advocate to state the issue. i think it's interesting, on whether or not the state of
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washington had a right to bring the case. they brought the case, on say sort of a business side of a proprietary case. i also think it's interesting that we're seeing now because the judge was very interested in the evidence of the case, whether or not the one side had more than an ability to show that they had a likelihood of success. we're seeing that the words of the president, president trump, may be coming back to haunt him, as we heard, talking abouts using of the word "muslim ban" within the campaign. it's interesting. >> you talk about the muslim ban, the president's own words being brought up in this proceeding here. and we heard them talk about religious an imas. and we heard them pointing 0 out that most muslims would not fall under this band. what about religious animas? >> remember, the judges weren't really deciding the case and
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whether really reaching the question of the constitutionality of the order itself. they were just looking to see does one side or the other have the ability to see whether or not they may prevail at the end of the day. they're looking back at the words of president trump and others apparently attached as exhibits in the case. there's even reference about newspaper articles, but they're seeing, in fact, that was the promise all along. and this executive order appears to be a fulfillment of the president, or by the president, to implement a muslim ban. so, i think there's some indication that gives the court a reason to think there's a racial animas. it's pretty clear when you read the executive order, there are groupsch people, one religion and another coming out, refugees from certain countries, in the minority religion that may get preference. those things are go to have to be weighed out.
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>> let's talk about how quickly this is moving. a couple weeks ago, the president came here and dropped this. and now it's here in the executive court. we heard the attorneys yesterday talking about how how fast this process is moving, listen. >> how many federal offenses have we had being committed by people who came in with visas from these countries? the answer is, there haven't been any. >> yes, your honor, these proceedings are moving quite fast and we're doing the best we can. >> the proceedings are moving fast but you appealed to us before you continued in the district court to develop the record. >> our complaint was filed a week ago monday. we've have very little opportunity to gather evidence in the district court. >> you faulted the golf for exactly the same thing. so far, i haven't heard a lot of reference to evidence. and a lot more reference to allegations. and i don't think allegations
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cut it at this point. >> michael moore, what do you make of that exchange? >> i think it's pretty clear that it has moved at a quick pace. the parties were already on an expedited briefing schedule to move the case through the district courts. there has been an appeal now. the question is will they really for a rehearing en banc. they have the right to do that. it's a smaller group, about 11 judges that would hear the case, or they can take a case to the supreme court. they're drawing it out, at the same time, that both sides are saying it's moving so fast we need more time to present our case but they got us to the 9th circuit, it will be interesting to see. >> michael moore, thank you, sir. president trump's next executive action could involve worker visas and corporate america bracing for a hit for businesses. the goal of that program is to fill a skills gap that allowed qualified u.s. workers to work
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at companies. they have to have at least a bachelors degree. 85,000 visas are awarded each year. that's done by lottery, those can stay working in the u.s. up to six years. there's demands, by the way, for far more than 85,000. the department of homeland security would review regulations of all h-1b programs, it wants to remain efficient and make sure it's admitting the brightest and best in that. we'll tell you how the white house is trying to ease his concerns. who is done with treatments that don't give you clearer skin. be the you who controls your psoriasis with stelara® just 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses. stelara® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections and cancer. some serious infections require hospitalization. before treatment, get tested for tuberculosis.
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because now's the perfect time to learn more. go long. betsy devos sworn in as the nation's new education secretary with vice president pence catting the historic vote in her favor. two republicans voted against her nomination. but democrats needed one more for the defeat.
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teachers, schools and advocates flooded the phones against devos. they said she's not qualified and doesn't know how to speak for the typical american school yard in america's schools. pence put it over the top. the v.p. calling it the easiest vote i've ever cast. and press secretary spicer she is qualified and proud to have her in the seat. two families accusing the trump administration of inappropriately placing their children on the list of unreported terror attacks. saying terrorism was ruled out soon after a disturbed individual stalked the 21-year-old woman and fatally stabbed here in a hostel last summer. both families expressed their anger on social media. sandra jackson's mother saying wake up this morning to say you used my son's murder to further your campaign of hate.
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how dare you. you are a disgrace. the pentagon says they're working through proper channels to rent a limited amount of space. the move raises more conflict of interest questions because it could directly funnel government money into one of trump's business interests. >> the white house is stepping up its search for a new communications director. officials say they're trying to lighten the load on the press secretary sean spice here has been handling both jobs. sources say trump is disappointed how spicer has performed so far. the president apparently was not amused by the "snl" skit which featured melissa mccarthy playing spicer chewing a lot of gum. spicer did not respond for the request for comments. >> for the record, the president not impressed with many of the "saturday night live" skits. the stand rock sioux said
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they will not give up. on the dakota pipeline. for the native environmentalists over that pipeline route. president trump signed an executive order reversing the obama administration, now directing the army to finish that project quickly. to isis now. a setback in the fight against isis. officials in yemen are suspended u.s. ground missions against suspected terrorists in that country. yemeni officials are outraged by the number of civilians killed in last month's al qaeda raid. a raid that also claimed the life of a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. senators ted cruz and bernie sanders squaring off over a live debate. cruz and republicans says his party must quickly honor its promise to appeal every world of obamacare. senators of vermont independent are accusing sanders of panicking. >> this is what happened when government take over health
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care. every example on earth. the result is rationing and waiting periods. and you, the citizens, being told, no, you can't have the health care you want and deserve. >> and in america, we do rationing in a different way, ted. the way we do rationing is, if you're very rich, you can get the best health care in the world, i believe, right here in the united states. every single year, tens of thousands of our fellow americans die because they don't go to the doctor when they should. >> republicans are struggling to come up with a replacement plan for the affordable care act. president trump is now acknowledging there may not be one until next year. devastating tornados tear through louisiana. just an awful scene there. damage and cleanup efforts -- next.
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a big cleanup under way this morning in southern louisiana after seven confirmed tornados touched down tuesday including the one in new orleans. both the governor and mayor of new orleans issuing emergency declarations. they're screens of other devastations, scores of homes and businesses destroyed. dozens injured but no deaths. one resident impairing it to hurricane katrina. >> you're dealing with amazing destruction. and it's not just -- i mean, it's like katrina again. the whole block is gone. you know. and it's just a matter of rebuilding. >> the president tweeting overnight, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in southeastern louisiana affected
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by today's severe tornados. so, how will the weather impact cleanup efforts? let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> john and christine, conditions across parts of louisiana finally starting to quiet down. that storm system responsible for nine tornados now pushing offshore. take a look. the temperatures spring to summerlike in nature going to 86 in houston. almost a good 80 degrees warmer than north dakota. look at new york, nearly 60. 65 in washington today. all of it as we get some southerly flow ahead of this next storm system that sends temperatures skyrocketing over the next 24 hours. and then by this time tomorrow, we're talking about a completely different morning. we get the temps that drop off by 30 degrees in spots so we're talk be about significant accumulation potential for snowfall to begin in the early morning hours. generally speaking could see ten inches around parts of northern
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new jersey, new york, boston, up to a foot of snowfall. it's been a very quiet year when it comes to snow in new york city. 6 to 9 inches. notice what has happened so far this year, about 11 inches and 14 inches is what is normal. so we are in a deficit, and of course, some improvement of over over the next 24 hours. so senator elizabeth warren tried to read an old letter on the senate floor. republicans use an old rule to quiet her. more on a shocking showdown in the senate.
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♪ i appeal the ruling -- >> objection is heard. >> the senator will take her seat. >> dramatic moments overnight on the senate floor. a democratic lawmaker silenced. the fallout, ahead. a federal appeal let court will rule on the president's travel ban as soon as today. did a lower court overstep its
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bounds? or did this president overstep his authority? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans, it's 30 minutes past the hour this wednesday morning. a huge drama on capitol hill. democratic senator elizabeth warren was silenced by majority leader mitch mcconnell. she was reading the words of coretta scott king. mcconnell used a rule. warren was trying to read a letter from 1986. it was a letter criticizing sessions who was a federal court nominee at the time. >> this is what it said, say all mothers, daughters, fathers, sons and brothers -- >> mr. president -- >> they are -- >> mr. president -- >> the majority leader. >> the senator is the motives by our colleague of alabama as by the claire, senator warren, quote, said senator sessions has
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used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens. i call the senator to order understand the provisions of rule 19. >> mr. president? >> senator from massachusetts. >> mr. president, i am surprised that the words of coretta scott king are not suitable for debate in the united states senate. i ask leave of the senate to continue my remarks. >> is there objection? >> object. >> i appeal the ruling -- >> objection is heard. >> the senator will take her seat. >> now, according to majority leader mcconnell's staff, senator elizabeth warren is now banned from speaking on the senate floor for the remainder of the debate on sessions nomination. she's not staying quiet. she took to the internet to read mrs. king's letter. and she told cnn domestic lemon
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a new hostility of politics will not silence her. >> there's been some harsh words on the united states senate over the years, but all of a sudden when i'm reading something, a truthful statement of coretta scott kin, no, you can't say that. i'm going to tell you, they can shut me up, but they can't change the truth. >> the nomination is expected to wrap up at 7:00 tonight. we could hear in three hours from three federal judges on the 9th circuit on their ruling. the judges threw tough questions at both sides during a 60-minute phone hearing. asking about the president's sweeping abuse of power. and where it is on the line for determining intentional discrimination. and now government lawyers tried to make an argument that the president has blanket authority in the cases of international security and should not be
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impeded by the courts. the judges didn't seem so sure. >> district court's decision overrides the president's national security judgment about the level of risk. and we've been talking about the level of risk that is acceptable. as soon as we're having that discussion, it should be acknowledged that the president is the official that is charged with making those judgments. >> so, where we -- >> talk briefly -- >> so, are you arguing, then, the president's decision in that regard, is unreviewable? >> the -- yes, what we're -- there are obviously constitutional limitations, but we're discovering the risk assessment. >> now, attorneys for the states argue the president's travel ban harms u.s. citizens and discriminates against muslims, a suggestion that triggered the confrontation between a judge and attorney from washington state. >> but i have struble understanding why we're supposed
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to infer religious animus, when in fact the vast majority of muslims would not be affected as residents of those nations. and where the concern for terrorism with those connected with radical islamic sects is now hard to deny. >> your honor, the case in this case and freepts is very clear to improve religious discrimination, we do not need to prove that this order harms only muslims or that it harms every muslim. we just need to prove that it was motivated in part by desire to harm muslims. >> how you can infer that desire if in fact the vast majority of muslims are unaffected? >> well, your honor, in part, you can infer it from intent evidence. i mean, there are statements that we've quotedin our complaint that are rather shocking evidence of intent to discriminate against muslims. >> the 9th circuit will only decide whether a washington state judge overstepped his authority by suspended the president's travel ban.
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the case is widely expected to end up in the supreme court. let's go live to atlanta and bring in legal minds to discuss this. michael moore, a former u.s. attorney from georgia's middle district. thanks for being here this morning, so bright and early. what did you hear in that conference call? what does it tell us about where this case heads from here? >> well, good morning, christine, i think what you heard is that the judges have clearly read the briefs. they were prepared as they moved forward. i think this is a hot bench. we call it that when we largely get questioned by federal judges. and clearly, these judges had some questions that they wanted to have answered. i did notice that the court spent a great deal of time talk about standing, and that is whether or not the state of washington had a right on behalf of its citizens to bring this action. the government lawyers seemed to indicate that they did not think -- the united states issue was they did not haven't. solicitor jennifer washington said, certainly, we do, you know, we bring it as sort of the
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protect of the people. we're also bringing it as a proprietary claim, that affects our commerce, tax base and universities. they spent a lot of time on that. i think you have to remember, too, the court is not deciding the case on the merits. this is simply a decision about whether or not the stay will remain in place. and then ultimately, a case that had a pretty expedited briefing circuit in the district court now has been delayed longer. so there's a lot to tell. i think at the end of the day, the case is likely to end up in the supreme court. >> and if it ends up in the supreme court, you have a divided bench here. eight, and four justices, it's a reminders, how critical to have a bench to appoint a justice and still those empty spots. >> well, that's true. and, remember, when you have a divided court if there's no majority in the supreme court, the decision of the appellate
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court might stand. one thing that might happen, the one side may petition for a hearing en banc to get before the full court in the 9th circuit. there's an interesting twist. i notice the court spent a little time in this. there are two federal statuteses in play. one statute says there cannot be discrimination box of people trying to come into the country because of the country they're from. and another statute saying that the president can sometimes impose limitations and restrictions. so those two statutes seem to be at odds with each other. those were addressed by the 9th circuit judges. >> it's so interesting to hear the judges taking positions and sort of working the angles outside the way that legal minds do. i wanted to get your kind of opinion on some of the commentary from the executive branch about the judicial branch, about this. it's been kind of remarkable, that tone. >> well, it has been. i think it ought to be troubling
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not just to lawyers or judges or people who work in the judicial system, but it ought to be troubling to everybody in the country. the framers of the constitution knew that we needed to have a three-part system to our government. the judiciary is a coequal branch with the executive. and when you have the president of the united states basically taking judges and subjecting to an executive tweet storm because he's unhappy with a decision that's made, i think it's both beneath the office of president. and i think it's certainly something that's a slam against our three branches of government and how that system works. i hope that, at the end of the day, that type of tone, or that type of language and those types of attacks on the court don't become the norm. that's certainly a hope. and i appreciate in fact, like your show, bringing it out because i think we can't normalize that kind of conduct and that kind of language. it's just beneath the office. and that individual attack on the judge. the president has done this before. he did it during a campaign. he attacked a judge he didn't like. i think he made comments about
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where the judge was from. then you've got him talking about how he's got a so-called judge. i can't even imagine if president obama had said some of the things that president trump has said. >> i can tell you every president i've ever covered has been angry with or disappointed by the judicial system at one point when they're stymied with what they want to do. that's the way the system works. >> right. >> but i think what we can assume here is these judges are pretty insulated from any kind of insults or attacks from the president, right? >> right. >> i mean, they're appointed. they've got the job. >> they're appointed for life. and you can see probably the reasoning, they don't have to be swayed by the politics, they don't have to be swayed by the polls or angered by an attack. i want to say this, perfectly within the president's prerogative to be angry with the court. it's perfectly within the prerogative of he or she to have a disagreement and say, well, i
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respectfully disagree. you haven't won a case, you're not happy with what the jury did, but you don't go in there and attack the members of the jury. they're your fact finders. you simply say, i think appropriately, you know, we're disappointed in the verdict. we're going to look at it whether or not we should appeal. we'll fight again. live to fight another day. something like that. but you don't come out and make personal attacks on judges who are really public servants. these people give up a lot of professional career to come out and serve on the bench and again, i think there's a great value in recognizing the integrity of the judiciary. and heapfully, we'll see some mutual respect back and forth in the days ahead. >> and maybe we'll see some movement from the 9th circuit later today. michael moore, really nice to have your expertise this morning. >> glad to be with you. thanks for the invitation. 40 minutes past the hour this wednesday morning. the u.s. economy is coming along. but what about your personal economy? some americans are struggling
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and feeling left behind while others are enjoying rising prices in the stock markets records. one thing that everyone has to deal with in one form or another. i had the thrill of sitting down with the leader of h & r block to talk taxes and what he sees with the millions of concerns that this company is getting ready to file. >> i think optimism is -- i think the country has been on a nice run here, i think unemployment is down. i think that some of the policies that we're hearing about i think would be beneficial for businesses. i think would be beneficial to consumers, so, i do see a lot of optimism. we see a lot of people. we do over 20 million tax returns a year. we see it from all income levels. and i think people are a little confused. they're confused about things like health care and the like, but generally, i think people are feeling pretty good. >> he also says simplifying the tax code would help individuals and small businesses. one statistic he gave me how
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confusing the current laws can be. he said there's five different definitions of a child in the u.s. tax code. he said reform is necessary. and he thinks that they're on the path to that, at least in the early going here in the new administration. early trouble for the white house press secretary has president trump questioning his hire? we'll try you how the administration is trying to either concerns.
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at the trump administration saying their offended by the white house placing the murder of their children on the white house list of under reported terror attacks. parents of british back appearsnia tung and jackson said terrorism was ruled out after she was fatally stabbed in a hostile. also a good samaritan who tried to protect her. sandra jackson, tom's mother tweeting directly to the president of the united states saying, quote, woke up this morning to see you've used my son's murder to further your campaign of hate. how dare you. you are a disgrace. the u.s. military is looking for a few good rooms in trump tower. a pentagon spokesman says they're working through appropriate channels to rent a limited amount of space. it will be separate from the secret service detail that workings out of the trump family's new york residence. the move raises more conflict of
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interest because it could more directly funnel money into trump's business interests. director officials say they're trying to lighten the load on press secretary sean spicer who has been handling both jobs. sources say president trump is disappointed with how spicer has performed so far. and the president was apparently not amused by the scathing spoof on "snl" which featured comedian and actress melissa mccarthy playing spicer at a white house briefing. the standing rocks sioux tribe said it will not give up its campaign for the controversial pipeline. it's triggered sometimes violence protests by environmentalists over the pipeline route and the threat to the water supply. president trump signed an executive order reversing the obama administration, directing the army to finish that project quickly. in yemen, officials are requesting the u.s. suspend ground missions against suspected terrorists in the country. yemeni officials now want to
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give full approval and help coordinate operations. officials say they're outraged by the number of skiflians killed in the al qaeda raid and the life of a navy s.e.a.l. two sitting senators in a heated debate. texas republican ted cruz insists his party must quickly honor its promise to appeal every word of obamacare. but senator bernie sanders accused the gop of panicking. they battled over health care rationing. and just how involved the government should be in the process. >> this is what happened when government takes over health care. every example on earth, the result is rationing and waiting periods. and you, the citizens, being told, no, you can't have the health care you want and deserve. >> and in america, we do rationing in a different way, ted. the way we do rationing is, if you are very rich, you can get the best health care in the world, i believe. right here in the united states.
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every single year. tens of thousands of our fellow americans die because they don't go to the doctor when they should. >> republicans are struggling to come up with a replacement plan for the affordable care act. president trump is now acknowledging there may not be one. may not be a replacement until next year. facebook is leading a movement to give tech employees more paid family leave. we'll tell you the new program that is doubling the amount of time off for the one important event. details -- next. "most ribs eaten while calf roping". yep. greatness deserves recognition. you got any trophies, cowboy? uh, yea, well, uh... well, there's this one. "best insurance mobile app"? yep, three years in a row. well i'll be! does that thing just follow you around? like a little puppy. the award-winning geico app. download it today.
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a big cleanup under way this morning in southern louisiana after seven confirmed tornadoes touched down tuesday including one in new orleans. both the governor of louisiana and the mayor of new orleans issuing emergency declarations. these are scenes here of utter destruction, devastation, scores of homes or businesses damaged
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or destroyed. dozens of injuries have been reported but no deaths. new orleans 9th ward, one of the areas hardest hit, one resident comparing this to hurricane katrina. >> you're dealing with amazing destruction. and it's not just -- i mean, it's like katrina again. the whole block is gone, you know. and it's just a matter of rebuilding. >> the president tweeting overnight, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in southeastern louisiana affected by today's severe tornados. so how will the weather affect the cleanup efforts. let's get straight to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> john and christine, when you take a look at yesterday, some nine tornadoes across mississippi and louisiana as well. this is a quieter time of the year, right? 30s you expect for the entire month, we see nine on tuesday. jackson almost 80 degrees. houston approaching option 90 degrees. about a 90-degree barrier from
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what's happening in the northern tier of the country and northeast seeing springlike temperatures. for some, up into the middle 50s and 60s if you're down around washington. there goes the storm system responsible for the severe weather. we have about 60 million people in line for wintery weather in the next hours. here's the next line that will dive up to it's north. by this time tomorrow morning it starts getting interesting. snowfall may continue through afternoon hours. total accumulations for some could be very impressive. for new york city, 6 to 10 inches in spots around massachusetts, areas of connecticut could see as much as a foots of snowfall by the time nierment is over. certainly, a lot of winter weather ahead of us in the next 24 hours. let's check on cnn money stream. dow futures are higher, stock markets in europe rising. shares in asia closed mostly higher. the biggest gains coming in china as global investors jump back into emerging markets. it's a big reverse what we saw
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after the election. oil down almost 1%. disney's bob iger is planning retiring next year but now he says, he's looking to stick around. iger declined to name a successor, but he would be willing to expand his stay. he said if it's in the best interest of the company to expand my tenure, i'm open to that. facebook is raising the bar yet again. employees at the social network will now receive up to ten days of bereavement leave after the loss of an extended family member. and as much agency 20 days of an immediate family member. to take time off to care for a sick relative, six weeks paid time off to help pay for a six relative. and three days for say family member suffering from a short-term illness. writing a facebook post, we need public policies that make it
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easier for people to care for their children and ageing parents and for families to mourn and heal after loss. making it easier for more americans to be the workers and family members they want to be. you might recall that sandberg's died back in 2015. this is incredibly personal for her. "early start" continues right now. i appeal the ruling - objection is heard. the senator will take her seat. >> high drama on capitol hill. a leading liberal senator tries to read a letter in her attempts to oppose the attorney general nominee. but the rules. the future now in the hands of a federal appeals court. will the judges decide the president has such authority for such a use of power. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it's wednesday, february 8th,
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5:00 a.m. on the nose in the east. good morning, everyone. we begin with the democratic senator elizabeth warren silenced. majority leader mitch mcconnell taking action as senator warren was trying to read the words of coretta scott king to criticize the worlds of jeff sessions. senator mckauth invoked a rarely used rule to cut off warren. it's known as rule xix. when mcconnell shut down the speech invoking the words of martin luther king widow, mcconnell may have given a spark. watch what happened on the senate floor. >> this is what it said, may all mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, fathers sons and brothers -- >> mr. president -- >> mr. president -- >> the majority leader. >> the senator is the motives by our colleague of alabama as by the claire, senator warren, quote, said senator sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free

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