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♪ i don't know what we're going to do. >> nobody knows anything. >> got to make a connection in chicago, but looks like that might not happen. >> all right, the power is back on at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson international airport, but thousands of holiday travelers want to know why no one had any answers when the outage crippled the world's busiest airport. >> no, i'm not. president trump with no plans to fire the russia special counsel, but the president's allies are ramping up efforts to
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discredit the special counsel. the latest issue -- transition team e-mails. and senator john mccain will miss this week's final vote on tax reform. he's back in arizona. he's recovering from side effects of chemotherapy. all right, good morning, everyone. good monday morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> it's a very early start this monday. i'm dave briggs, monday, december 18th. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. we start with atlanta airport, the power back on. limited operations are expected to resume this morning at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport following sunday's total blackout that left thousands of holiday travelers stranded. nightmarish experience for many people. dark terminals, evacuation with temperature in the mid-40s, a ground stop that trapped people on planes for hours and little to no guidance from authorities as passenger frustration built throughout the day. >> now, the outage started with a huge fire in a georgia power underground facility. officials say the fire's intensity damaged two
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substations serving that airport, including the backup power system. >> i certainly understand the frustration throughout the day. they said that the busiest passenger airport in the world should certainly have a redundant system. the straight answer to that system is that we absolutely do, but because of the intensity of the fire, the switch which accesses the redundant system was damaged, which caused damage to two systems rather than one. >> so, the ensuing turmoil at the world's busiest airport leading to flight delays, flight cancellations that of course rippled across the country. according to flight aware, nearly 1,200 atlanta flights were canceled sunday with more diverted. already today, right now at this hour, more than 350 flights have been cut. >> overnight, the faa says it kept the control tower fully staffed, able to ramp up flights
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as soon as they're ready to go and atlanta opened the convention center for all the stranded passengers who just needed a place to lay their head. for more, kaley hartung is at hartsfield-jackson airport. >> reporter: christine and dave, georgia power still says they don't know what caused the fire that killed power throughout the atlanta airport for most of sunday. this fire caused extensive damage to an underground electrical facility at the airport and brought this place to a standstill. travelers literally and figuratively in the dark for most of the day as so many people expressed to me their frustration at the situation, of course, but also with the lack of communication that they were receiving from the airport and from the airlines. free snacks and a bottle of water can only do so much good when passengers were kept on planes on the tarmac for six or seven hours before they could deplane by means of stairs out the back or a jetway being manually pushed up to the plane. and then many travelers were
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having to walk as much as a mile, maybe a little bit more, through the darkness with not much more than a flickering light to guide them the length of the large and expansive atlanta airport. one traveler who says he's an experienced traveler, he told me this was the worst travel experience of his life. christine, dave? >> all right, wow. we'll keep you posted on any more flight delays and cancellations this morning because of that. four minutes after the hour. with conservatives bolstering their efforts to discredit the special counsel investigation into russian election meddling, the president himself says robert mueller isn't going anywhere. [ inaudible ] >> no, i'm not. >> mueller's office facing increased scrutiny in recent weeks over reports of a possible political bias within the special counsel's team. democrats, though, say republicans are trying to taint the investigation to get mueller fired. >> over the weekend, lawyers for the trump transition team accused the special counsel's
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office of gaining unauthorized access to tens of thousands of transition e-mails. they say some of the e-mails handed over with protected by attorney-client privilege, but a spokesman for mueller denies the e-mails were obtained unlawfully. cnn's boris sanchez has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: christine and dave, this boils down to a dispute about who actually owns these tens of thousands of e-mails that were exchanged between trump transition officials during the transition last year. on one hand, you have the general services administration providing e-mail services and support to the trump transition team making the case that these e-mails are part of the public record in part because they used a .gov domain to service these e-mails. that's what one spokesperson is telling buzzfeed news. they're making the argument that they had legal standing in handing these documents over to robert mueller, that they did not do so unethically or unlawfully.
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on the other hand, you have the executive director of the trump transition team, ken higian, telling me that is incorrect, that there was an agreement, an understanding between the trump transition team and the gsa that though the gsa was providing e-mail services, the e-mails were the property of the trump transition team, and therefore, theirs to ultimately decide who to share them or not share them with. that's why they're making the case that robert mueller obtained these e-mails unlawfully. the president weighed in on this sunday evening as he returned to the white house from camp david, calling the situation sad. listen to more of what he said. >> mr. president, do you believe your transition team e-mails were improperly taken? >> not looking good. not looking good. it's quite sad to see that. my people were very upset about it. i can't imagine there's anything on them, frankly, because as we
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said, there's no collusion. there's no collusion whatsoever. but a lot of lawyers thought that was pretty sad. >> reporter: when i spoke with the executive director of the trump transition team, ken higian, he stressed to me the independence that the transition team has from the white house. he is making the case that this is not about politics at all. he told me that part of the reason that the trump transition team sent this letter alerting different committees in congress that robert mueller obtained these e-mails the way that he did was to preserve the integrity of future transitions, christine and dave. >> all right, boris. thank you so much for that. today the house intelligence committee interviews several witnesses kicking off a packed week for the panel's russia investigation. one interview was with the british music publicist rob goldstone, the man who arranged the meeting at trump tower between trump campaign officials and a russian lawyer who promised dirt on hillary clinton. >> the panel will also talk to congresswoman debbie wasserman
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schultz. she was the head of the democratic national committee at the time. it paid a law firm that paid an opposition research company that came up with a dossier with allegations reportedly connecting trump to russia. wasserman schultz denies having any knowledge of it. russian president vladimir putin calling president trump to thank him for the cia's help. intel from the agency helped foil an isis-inspired terror plot targeting a cathedral in st. petersburg. the call confirmed by press secretary sarah sanders is unusual. countries share intelligence all the time, but presidents rarely publicly thank one another for it. russia's federal security service said seven members of a terror cell were detained for their involvement in the plot and that a significant amount of explosives, weapons, and extremist literature were confiscated. it was the second time in three days the two leaders spoke by telephone. some confusion and plenty of outrage this morning after the centers for disease control was ordered to ban a list of words,
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including vulnerable, fetus, and transgender. the "washington post" reporting the trump administration told the cdc last week not to use certain words on 2018 budget documents, and here they are. you might not believe them. yes, diversity, transgender, fetus, vulnerable, entitlement, evidence-based, and science-based. >> one longtime policy analyst told the "post" reaction at that briefing at the cdc was "incredulous," are you serious, are you kidding. the cdc itself is pushing back on the "washington post" reporting. director brenda fitzgerald sent a note to staff saying in part "cdc has a longstanding history of making public health and budget decisions that are based on the best available science and data and for the benefit of all people, and we will continue to do so." she added on twitter, "there are no banned words at cdc." >> but outside groups are not taking the idea of a word ban lightly. the head of the national center for transgender equality says
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"the trump administration is full of dangerous science deniers who have no business near american public health systems like the cdc. they are actually going to kill americans if they do not stop." >> interesting to hear from scientists and science watchers concerned about this, that you've already seen agencies where there have been slow changes as well. hhs, for example, has stopped asking elderly patients about their gender identity and sexual orientation, and that's scientific data that the government has collected for a very, very long time, and that has people concerned that there is a new trump administration push to care more about what communities want, community wishes and politics, than actual science. >> science has been purged from the very beginning, especially when you look at the climate effort of this administration. >> right. 11 minutes after the hour. the vote on the republican tax bill is set for this week, but senator john mccain will miss it. that's according to two sources close to him. mccain returned home to recover
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from side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumor. one source said he left walter reed medical center "exhausted but okay" and that his ability just to get on a plane was a pretty good sign. the head of the neuro oncology at the national cancer institute says in a statement that mccain continues to improve after treatment for a virus, and the senator's daughter, meghan mccain, offered gratitude, well wishes, and urged people to celebrate the holiday by giving to cancer research. >> certainly wish him well. 11 minutes past the hour. all right, as for that tax bill itself, it is poised to pass, but not without some last-minute changes. we'll have those next. you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages, all the services of the post office right on your computer. get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras
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simplification this started out to be. you're not going to be able to pay your taxes on a postcard. they did not deliver on that, but they did deliver on big corporate tax cuts with no guarantee it will add to jobs or wages, although that is the hope of the planners. it lowers the seven individual tax brackets, including the top rate down to 37%, but the bill also restores or expands popular benefits missing from earlier versions, like the state and local tax break that allows filers to deduct local property income and sales tax. repealing it meant resistance from lawmakers in high-tax states. it's now back in, but it is capped at $10,000. the bill also doubles the child tax credit and increases how much is refundable, meaning americans get that money back, even if they don't make enough money to pay income taxes. senator marco rubio only supported the bill after the child care credit was made more generous. overall, the bill will cost $1.5 trillion. the white house says growth will pay for tax cuts. most economists dispute that.
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and the costs could go higher if a future congress renews the individual tax cuts, because they expire in 2025. in california, intense winds whipped the huge thomas wildfire along the santa barbara coastline into an even larger inferno on sunday. as of last night, the fire is burning over 270,000 acres, the third the size of rhode island, and is only 27% contained. it remained the third largest wildfire in modern state history. 8,500 firefighters faced gusts topping 70 miles per hour in some spots. winds are expected to ease today, but still no rain in the forecast. >> just terrible there. all right, carolina panthers owner jerry richardson says he plans to put the nfl team he founded up for sale at the conclusion of the season amid allegations of workplace misconduct. richardson is 81 years old. he stopped short of mentioning the allegations in the letter he posted on the team website. the moves follow a "sports
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illustrated" report detailing the panthers settling lawsuits with at least four former employees over alleged inappropriate behavior. >> the allegations include sexual harassment of multiple women and the use of a racial slur aimed at a scout who has since left the team. among those expressing early interest in buying the panthers, sean "diddy" combs, who last night tweeted this image of himself in a panthers jersey in 2003. age-old debate reignited in the nfl after officials overturn one of the biggest plays in one of the biggest games of the year. patriots/steelers in pittsburgh. pats up three, 34 seconds left. ben roethlisberger throws it to jesse james, who reaches over the goal line for a touchdown, what would have won the game, except officials say james lost control of the ball as he went to the ground. >> what? >> even though he looks to have possession as the ball crossed the goal line. oh! a few plays later, steelers
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president trump expected to unveil a new national security strategy today in washington. it has four goals -- protect the american people, advance american prosperity, preserve peace through strength, and advance american influence. he's also expected to lash out at china. that's where we go right now. matt rivers is in beijing to explain more. what are we expecting?
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>> reporter: well, we are expecting the president to criticize china. exactly how far he plans to go, we're not exactly sure yet. but in a way, it won't really come as a surprise. i mean, if you remember all the way back to campaign 2016, candidate trump was extremely critical of china. at one point, he actually accused china of raping the u.s. economically, but when the president took office back in january, he kind of dialed back from a lot of that criticism of china and didn't really take a lot of the economic punitive measures that we were expecting. that has started to change over the last couple months. we've seen two investigations launched by the united states into intellectual property theft and also steel dumping in terms of aluminum foil against the chinese, so we have started to see signs that the trump administration is starting to take a harsher approach against china. why does all that matter? well, there's this other big issue in asia, and that, of course, would be north korea. the united states under the trump administration has tried to work with china and kind of
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backed off a lot of those trade measures in order to get china to cooperate and do what it wants them to do to force kim jong-un to stop developing his nuclear weapons. is the trump administration getting frustrated by a lack of action on china's parts there, and is that leading to these punitive trade measures that could be put in in the future? that's what we're looking forward to see when president trump gives that speech later on today. >> all right. matt rivers, thank you so much for that, in beijing this morning. coming up, tairlines lookin to get back up and running in atlanta after a power outage brought travel to a standstill for thousands at the world's busiest airport. and while conservatives try to discredit the russia probe, robert mueller's team defending the way it got thousands of e-mails related to the trump transition.
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♪ i don't know what we're going to do. >> nobody knows anything. >> i've got to make a connection in chicago, but looks like that might not happen today. >> the power's back at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson international airport, but thousands of holiday travelers want to know why no one had answers when the outage crippled the world's busiest airport. [ inaudible question ] >> no, i'm not. the president with no plans to fire the russia special counsel, but the president's allies are ramping up their efforts to discredit robert mueller. the latest issue -- transition team e-mails. and senator john mccain will miss this week's final vote on tax reform. he's back in arizona recovering from side effects of chemotherapy. welcome back to "early start," everybody. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. it is 31 minutes past the hour. the power is back on, at
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least, now and limited operations are expected to resume this morning at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport. this follows sunday's total blackout that left thousands of holiday travelers stranded. a nightmarish experience for many people. look at that, dark terminals, evacuation with temperatures in the mid-40s, a ground stop that trapped people on planes for hours and little to no guidance from authorities as passenger frustration built all day. >> the outage started with a huge fire in georgia power's underground facility. the intensity damaged two substations serving the airport, including the backup power system. >> i certainly understand the frustration throughout the day. it said that the busiest passenger airport in the world should certainly have a redundant system. the straight answer to that question is that we absolutely do, but because of the intensity of the fire, the switch which accesses the redundant system was damaged, which caused damage
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to two systems, rather than one. >> turmoil at the world's busiest airport leading to flight delays and cancellations, rippling across the country. and according to flightaware, nearly 1,200 atlanta flights were canceled sunday with more diverted. already today more than 350 flights have been cut. >> overnight, the faa says it kept the control tower fully staffed, able to ramp up flights as soon as they're ready to go. for more, we bring in cnn's george howell at hartsfield-jackson airport. >> reporter: the good news this hour here at hartsfield-jackson international airport, the world's busiest, the good news is that the lights are back on, power has been restored, but the bad news, the uncertainty, that people sleeping on the floor by the thousands here, people who don't know when they will be able to head on to their next destinations. we went inside earlier to get a sense of how people are coping with so much uncertainty. >> i'm, like, it's like i had
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enough of this. i just need to go home. so, all the flights are delayed and i cannot find a flight to phoenix. i went to every option through every other airport but i cannot find a flight. all flights are booked. otherwise, it's like unaffordable. >> there is not a flight for me until tuesday, but i'm going to try to get on one tomorrow. so, hopefully, it works out. i mean, i'll miss meetings and there's a lot of things, but life is life, so you've got to make it work. >> reporter: now a look inside the airport. you see those wheelchairs there. well, that's where some people chose to sleep through the night, waiting to be close enough to the ticket counter so they could get some information. but again, as people get to the ticket counter, they don't really get concrete answers at this point. again, we know that this will be a multiday event. we know that it will take some time for people to get back on those flights to move on to their destinations, but again, a
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lot of very unhappy travelers here at hartsfield-jackson international airport. >> all right, george howell there in atlanta, thank you. conservatives, meanwhile, have been bolstering their efforts to discredit the special counsel investigation into russian election meddling. what the president himself says that robert mueller is not going anywhere. listen. [ inaudible question ] >> no, i'm not. >> mueller's office facing increased scrutiny in recent weeks over reports of possible political bias within the special counsel's team. now the latest controversy's over trump transition e-mails obtained by the special counsel. cnn's boris sanchez has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: christine and dave, this boils down to a dispute about who actually owns these tens of thousands of e-mails that were exchanged between trump transition officials during the transition last year. on one hand, you have the general services administration who provided e-mail services and support to the trump transition
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team making the case that these e-mails are part of the public record in part because they used a .gov domain to service the e-mails. that's what they're telling buzzfeed news. they argue they had legal standing in handing these documents over to robert mueller, that they did not do so unethically or unlawfully. on the other hand, you have the executive director of the trump transition team, ken higian, telling me that that is incorrect, that there was an agreement, an understanding between the trump transition team and the gsa that though the gsa was providing e-mail services, the actual e-mails were the property of the trump transition team, and ultimately theirs to decide who to share or not to share them with. that's why they're making the case that robert mueller obtained these e-mails unlawfully. now, the president weighed in on this sunday evening as he returned to the white house from camp david, calling the situation sad.
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listen to what he said. >> mr. president, do you believe your transition team e-mails were improperly taken? >> not looking good. it's not looking good. it's quite sad to see that, so, my people were very upset about it. i can't imagine there's anything on them, frankly, because as we said, there's no collusion. there's no collusion whatsoever, but a lot of lawyers thought that was pretty sad. >> reporter: when i spoke with the executive director of the trump transition team, ken higian, he stressed that this is not about politics at all. he said part of the reason that the trump transition team sent this letter alerting different committees in congress that robert mueller had obtained these e-mails the way that he did was to preserve the integrity of future transitions, christine and dave. >> all right, boris.
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thank you for that. some confusion and plenty of outrage this morning after the centers for disease control was ordered to ban a list of words, including vulnerable, fetus and transgender. the "washington post" first reporting that the trump administration told the cdc last week not to use certain words in 2018 budget documents. here they are -- diversity, transgender, fetus, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based, and evidence-based. >> one longtime policy analyst told the "post" reaction at the briefing was "incredulous. are you serious? are you kidding?" the cdc itself pushing back on reporting. director brenda fitzgerald sent a note to sayfullo saipoving "cdc has a longstanding history of making public health and budget decisions that are based on the best available science and data for the benefit of all people and we will continue to do so," adding there are no banned words at the cdc.
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>> the head of the national center of transgender quality says the trump administration is full of dangerous science deniers who have no business near american public health systems like the cdc. they are actually going to kill americans if they do not stop." a vote for the american tax bill is set for this week but senator john mccain will miss it. according to two sources close to mccain, he returned home to arizona on sunday to continue recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumor. one source said he left walter reed medical center exhausted but okay and that his ability just to get on a plane was a good sign. the head of neurooncology at the national cancer institute says in a statement "mccain continues to improve after treatment for a virus," and the senator's daughter, meghan mccain, offered gratitude to well wishers and urged people to celebrate the holiday by giving to cancer research. i was in "cnn heroes" last night, which is a wonderful, wonderful program, but john mccain is really a hero, no matter what side of the
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political spectrum you come from. we all wish him the best. ahead, the treasury secretary says the republican tax bill will increase taxes for the rich, but there are plenty of benefits in there for the rich as well. now one billionaire's sounding off against the plan, a very high-profile billionaire. we'll tell you who. hi, i'm mike ditka. and i'm johnny bench. and we've spent our whole lives around professional sports taking hits and catching our fair share of aches and pains. which is why we use blue-emu's pain relief products. blue-emu products; non-greasy, deep-penetrating formula that works down into your muscles and joints and works its magic. it's comfort that won't leave you smelling like a football gym bag or an old catcher's mitt or a shower mat in the locker room. how about an old pair of socks after an extra inning game. blue-emu, it works fast and you won't stink.
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all right, it is monday. we're moving quickly toward tax reform. that's going to happen this week, if the gop gets its way, and the treasury secretary, steven mnuchin, pushing back hard the criticism the tax bill
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favors the wealthy. even though the top tax rate is falling to 37%, he says rich americans in high-tax states will pay more when they lose most of their state and local income tax and property tax deductions. >> even lowering the top rate from 39.6% to 37% in the high-tax states, actually, rich people's taxes will be going up, and the reason why we lowered the top rate is because we are sensitive to that's a very large part of the economy, but the president was right, there are people who are rich people that are having their taxes going up. >> so far, every score shows the biggest benefits of the tax plan do go to the wealthy. and the final bill includes many advantages to the top 1%, like cutting that top rate to 37%, lowering the tax burden on pass-through businesses, and doubling the exemption for the estate tax to $10 million. not to mention big corporate tax cuts. but one high earner in a high-tax state, a guy named michael bloomberg, says companies don't need big tax
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savings. he calls the tax bill a trillion-dollar blunder in an op ed. he writes that ceos aren't waiting on a tax cut to jump-start the economy and that it's "pure fantasy" to think that the tax bill will lead to significantly higher wages and growth. he says he's a friend of gary cohn, who is one of the chief architects of the tax reform effort, and he says his friend, gary cohn, is wrong. >> what steve mnuchin doesn't say about high-tax states is those are also blue states, so that's an easy political move for the administration when they're not jeopardized at all. >> this is true. this is true. and look, when you look at this tax bill, it really benefits real estate developers and investors like the triumphumps kushners, and that's part of the controversy as well. we don't have the president's tax return, so we don't know how the president would stand to benefit, but many tax scorers say this is very good for the trump family. in california, intense winds whipped the huge thomas wildfire along the santa barbara coastline into an even larger inferno sunday. as of last night, the fire is
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burning over 270,000 acres, more than a third the size of rhode island, and it's only 27% contained. it remains the third largest wildfire in modern state history. 8,500 firefighters facing gusts topping 70 miles per hour in some spots. the winds now are expected to ease today but still no rain in the forecast. carolina panthers owner jerry richardson says he plans to put the nfl team he founded up for sale at the conclusion of the season amid allegations of workplace misconduct. richardson is 81. now, he stopped short of mentioning the allegations in the letter he posted on the team website. >> the moves follow a "sports illustrated" report detailing the panthers settling lawsuits with at least four former employees over alleged inappropriate behavior by richardson. among those expressing early interest in buying the panthers, sean "diddy" combs, who last night tweeted this image of himself in a panthers jersey in 2003, but this franchise is worth north of $2 billion, so
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good luck to anyone who wants in. an age-old debate reigniting in the nfl after officials overturn one of the biggest plays in one of the biggest games of the year. patriots/steelers, highly anticipated matchup in pittsburgh. pats up three, 34 seconds left. roethlisberger throws over the middle to jesse james, who scores what looks like the game-winning touchdown, reaching over the goal line, except officials say james lost control of the ball as he went to the ground. we've heard that time and time again, even though it looks like he had possession as he crossed the goal line. a few plays later, steelers go over the middle, much like the seattle seahawks' drive in the super bowl against this same franchise, and you know how this one ends as well, intercepted. pats hold on, 27-24. both teams now 11-3 on the season, could meet again in the playoffs, and that could be significant, because that game could control who has home field advantage. steelers nation is probably the biggest fan base in all of
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sports today and they are outraged this morning. >> they hate that call. >> yes, they do. all right, there is a wintry mix moving across parts of the northeast this morning, and that may affect your monday commute. meteorologist pedram javahari joins us with the forecast. >> good morning, dave and christine. the final monday of autumn here. it's really going to be a cold one for parts of the northeast here, at least in the early-morning hours. we will get a mixture of rain and snow, but make it up to around 43 degrees for new york city, so not much in the way of anything that will stick around. so, anything you see this morning as far as wintry weather will be just for that early-morning hours. in fact, winter weather advisories across this region are expiring around 7:00 a.m. notice a disturbance comes in, the southern periphery, some rainfall, northern periphery, some snowfall, getting up into the northern portion of new england there. could certainly see additional accumulations in higher elevations, but just a quick-moving system that will exit by this evening and then we'll call for drier weather over the next couple of days. really not dry across the south, at least, from san antonio out towards atlanta.
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dense fog advisories, upwards of almost 30 million people dealing with this. when you think about it, atlanta, of course, we have travel disruptions in place at the airport. factor in the dense fog that's going to be in place, that could really cause some issues if flights were to resume later this morning, so we'll see how that plays out. but thunderstorms also along the immediate gulf coast area there is what we're watching for the afternoon. notice the seven-day forecast out of new york, a see-saw battle, up to 50 by tuesday, drops to 36, goes back to almost 60 come saturday afternoon. >> thank you for that. espionage, packing, bribery. these are not accusations against a foreign adversary, but some of the latest accusations against uber. details on "cnn moneystream," next.
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welcome back. president trump expected to unveil a new national security strategy today in washington. it has four goals -- protect the american people, advance american prosperity, preserve peace through strength and advance american influence. but he's also expected to lash out at china. cnn's matt rivers live in beijing with us this morning. good morning to you, matt. why might the president lash out at china? >> reporter: it could very well be because that's what he did quite often on the campaign trail, fulfilling campaign promises, if you will, dave. this is a document, a national security strategy document that every u.s. president has produced going back to ronald reagan, and what the president will likely do when it's revealed later on today is talk specifically about china in a negative way. the president has certainly said over the years that he believes china engages in unfair trade
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practices, steals intellectual property, restricts market access for u.s. companies here. and so, it's no surprise, then, that perhaps he would want to move forward with harder-line policies against the chinese when it comes to trade. that said, since the beginning of his presidency, donald trump has really shied away from taking really punitive measures against the chinese because of north korea. the trump administration has sought chinese cooperation with the ongoing situation in the korean peninsula, has sought cooperation with the chinese trying to figure out a lasting solution to that, and as a result has backed away from a lot of these really tough policy measures when it comes to trade. that could be changing. we've seen some signs of that recently, a couple of investigations opened up by the trump administration looking at things like steal dumping by the chinese, looking at intellectual property theft that could result in tariffs as soon as next year. and so, perhaps what we're seeing is the formalization of trump's campaign rhetoric, formalizing that in a government document.
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dave? >> have to be careful there. matt rivers in beijing, thank you. police in south korea investigating the deaths of four newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit in seoul. they died within 81 minutes of each other. the hospital says staff performed cpr but efforts to revive the babies were unsuccessful. korea's cdc says blood tests taken before they died show three of them may have had a bacterial infection. autopsies are being performed but final results may not be available for another month. eight other infants were transferred to another hospital and four others were discharged following the deaths. all right, let's get a check on "cnn moneystream" this morning. global stock markets are higher today. u.s. stocks closed friday at an all-time high as tax reform is within reach. gop leaders secured votes for its passage friday. look, it won't be the simplification once promised. you won't be able to file taxes on a postcard. it doesn't get rid of all of those loopholes, but it cuts corporate taxes, and that's what wall street wants. the dow jumped 140 points, now
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just 300 points shy of 25,000 are nine trading days left this year. espionage, hacking, bribery, obstructing federal investigations, those are just some allegations against uber. in a bombshell letter from a former employee. the 37-page letter was made public at a court filing friday, part of an ongoing lawsuit by wamo against uber. alphabet's self-driving car unit, for stealing trade secrets. uber told cnn it's aware of the letter's allegations but that they are unsubstantiated and that going forward it will compete honestly and fairly on the strength of our ideas and technology. "star wars: the last jedi" was a box office force this weekend. the movie had the second biggest opening weekend ever in north america, bringing in an estimated $220 million. "the last jedi" also had the second biggest thursday night opening and the second biggest opening day. why second best? well, beat out by the previous "star wars" film, "the force awakeens."
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>> are you going to see it? >> of course. not yet. >> just not on opening weekend. a special night for us here at cnn as we honored our cnn heroes, people making a difference around the world. and amy wright was named the 2017 hero of the year. the mother of two down syndrome kids runs the non-profit able to work usa. it employs 40 people with intellectual and disabilities at a coffee shop named for her two kids. >> my two youngest children, who are my inspiration, i want you to know, because i know you're watching at home tonight, biddie and bo, that i would not change you for the world, but i will change the world for you. >> wow. >> she's an incredible woman. each of the top ten cnn heroes will receive $10,000 in recognition of their work. wright will receive an additional $100,000 grant to
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further aid enable to work usa. every story last night was a tear-jerker, but they were also inspirational and just reminded you that there is so much good going on in this world, even when it feels like there's not, when it feels like such a negative year. i think we all needed this. it's going to re-air on cnn, so please, show it to your children. it's good for the soul. >> there are heroes everywhere, we promise you. >> yes. "early today" continues with the power outage. >> i don't know what we are going to do. >> i have to make a connection in chicago. that might not happen. >> if the power is back, but answers are in short supply. jackson international airport, thousands of travelers left stranded. the world east busiest airport. we are live in atlanta.

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