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there's bipartisan agreement on one thing. no one wants to give any ground. under 48 to a potential government shutdown, will one party blink or will the lights go out? >> i will have mexico pay for that wall. mark my words. >> he has evolved. campaigned to governing are two different things. >> campaign promises are made to being broken.
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and new signs the white house tried to limit testimony with steve bannon this week. he revealed one detail critical about russia. i'm christine romans. >> i'm alex marquardt. the federal government's authority to spend money runs out tomorrow night. two groups to watch for are the house democrats and senators. gop defense hawks in the house say the party's short-term bill does not meet campaign promises. >> are you in a position to vote on what is out there for a budget resolution on friday? >> no. i want to do what we told the american people to do. what they elected us to do. fund the fence. do what the election was about on immigration. if the democrats want to shutdown the government to give
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amnesty to people who came here illegally, you can have them on the show and explain why that is appropriate. >> senate democrats under heavy pressure from the administration. they want protections for d.r.e.a.m.ers. people brought here illegally as children. many democrats leaning against a stop-gap bill. >> i know how my colleague can look the d.r.e.a.m.ers in the eye and say we will engage in breaking america's promise and violating our trust. at some point, standing on moral principle is why we're here. we made a promise to the d.r.e.a.m.ers. >> senate democrats have one republican ally. that is senator lindsey graham. he is saying putting off a deal on daca will not just hurt democrats, but republicans as well. >> if you think we are getting away as republicans with the fence and we will deal with the
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kids later, closer to march 5th when their pabacks are against e wall they are nuts. >> mcconnell says the president's waffling on immigration is not helping. a white house spokesman says the priorities are clear. >> i'm looking for something that president trump supports. he's not yet indicated what measure he's willing to sign. as soon as we figure out what he is for, then i would be convinced we would not just spin our wheels. >> our priorities are clear. we cannot get into a situation where we have a temporary stop-gap fix and down the road, with he have more illegal immigrants in the country. that is not a figurx. that is not a bill of love. >> and president trump telling reuters could happen. he insists democrats will take
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the blame. 48 hours from the possible government shutdown. what is the state of play on capitol hill? here is cnn's phil mattingly. >> reporter: christine and alex, the state of the government shutdown. no question about it. thursday is a big day. you will get the first concrete evidence if things are on a good p pathway or a shutdown. this is a multistep process. the house needs to pass a short-term spending bill to be kicked to the senate. there aretssutcssues in both changes. democrats have made clear they are opposed to it. nancy pelosi whipping against the bill. that means speaker paul ryan needs to find 216 of his votes to ensure this moves to the senate. that is problematic. conservatives are threatening to hold out.
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defense hawks are uneasy they are moving forward and kicking the can down the road. can they get there? top aides say they feel they are on a good path. they feel they can get there. no question about it. it is not an easy task. if republicans are able to get the bill through the house and kicks it to the senate. the spotlight shines on democrats. mitch mcconnell cannot pass without democratic support. they need 60 votes. they want to know where democrats stand on this short-term funding bill. listen to senator chuck schumer. >> the overwhelming number in our caucus said they don't like the deal. they said if they kick the can down the road, we are back where we started from this time. there is strong support not to go along with their deal. >> reporter: obviously, democrats unhappy about the current direction of things. democrats making clear they don't want to vote on any government funding bill if there
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is no daca resolution attached to it or close to a deal. will they actually withhold their votes? will they push the government to the brink of or right into a shutdown. as of now, democrats and aides are telling me they want to see what house republicans are doing first before committing one way. it is worth noting. they are frustrated. they are hearing from the base. saying this is the moment to fight and this is the issue to fight on. will they? we will start getting some answers today. christine and alex. >> that's phil mattingly. what happens? the economy lost $24 billion during the last shutdown in 2013. remember? if negotiations collapse, most federal agencies will close. that means hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed or take leave without pay. that is not all federal workers. essential workers will work. air traffic controllers and law
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enforcement and national security and federal courts. the paychecks will be delayed until a shutdown ends. what about the u.s. military? the biggest loser. the troops have already been paid for january. it won't be a problem until february 1st. what gets paid? constitutional dauties. oh, great. members of congress still get paid. supreme court gets paid and so does the president. you will still get social security checks. that program is mandatory. you can also get a new passport. that service is partly funded by fees. bad news if you plan to vacation to a national park or museum or monument. taxpayer funded sites would be closed. the white house chief of staff john kelly says the positions on the border wall were uninformed when he was running for president. kelly met with democrats on wednesday in the congressional hispanic caucus. a source familiar tells cnn that
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kelly says he has work to educate the president and move him away from some of the campaign promises. >> he offered up this eplanation to fox news. >> he's a very definitely changed his attitudes toward daca and the wall. he has evolved in the way he looked at things. campaign to governing are two different things. this president is flexible in tefrms of wh terms of what is within the realm. >> he claims the white house will secure funding through visa fees or nafta. and the trump administration is now barring haitians from receiving visas. the decision removes haiti from the list of around 80 eligible nations. those visas will be banned for seasonal workers from samoa and
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belize. >> this latest move on the heels of the of the's vulgar remarks of haitian and african immigrants. the white house defending the decisi decision citing high levels of fraud and abuse and overstaying visas. and steve bannon had what they are calling one major slip up when he faced the house in l intelligence committee tuesday. he refused to answer questions about time in the white house. bannon did admit speaking with other senior white house staffers about a june 2016 trump tower meeting. >> that is where trump jr. and manafort met with a lawyer. cnn has learned bannon's attorney took breaks during the session to call the white house to determine which questions his client could answer. >> a source familiar said all of the shots were called by the
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white house. that's a quote. chief of staff john kelly said the white house never told bannon to invoke executive privilege. bannon agreed to be interviewed by his team instead of testifying before a grand jury. >> former manager corey lewandowski had his turn in front of congressional leaders on wefrdnesday. we get more from manu raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: we have more after corey lewandowski declined to discuss some key topics of the committee wanted to press him on. namely the topics that occurred after he left the trump campaign back in 2016. now lewandowski said he was unprepared to discuss some of the issues. this is according to adam schiff. the fact he would not discuss the matters and whether or not
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donald trump talked to him about the testimony he delivered yesterday. schiff said this is unaccepta e unacceptable. >> mr. lewandowski said he was not prepared to answer the questions today, but he would return at some later date to answer questions. this, in my unacceptab unacceptable. >> reporter: this comes as the effort to limit congressional testimony and limit the people tied to the administration can say behind closed doors. they believe it is keeping with past precedent. democrats see this as an effort to obstruct the investigation. >> thank you, manu. the department of health and human services is expected to adopt so-called conscience health care protections for civil rights to stand by workers refusing to provide abortions on moral or religious fwrounground.
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they want the announcement to coincide with the national march for life. president trump will address the gathering on video. he will be the first president to do so. hhs has not responded to cnn's request for comment on this expected rule. the president heads to the pentagon today with a new u.s. nuclear strategy on the way and now he is accusing russia of helping north korea. we're live in moscow.
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president trump is using his score on a recent cognitive test. part of his medical checkup to take a swipe at his oval office predecessors over north korea. he blamed obama and bush and clinton for the growing threat. >> he said, quote, i guess they realize they have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests. the white house physician said
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mr. donald trump scored 30 out of 30 on the cognitive test. today, the president meets with senior leaders at the pentagon with the strategy on the table for north korea. the pentagon is discussing a possibility of a nuclear strike in response to a non-nuclear attack on the u.s. the president is now accusing russia of helping north korea evade sanctions aimed at curbing the missile program. cnn's paula newton is live in moscow. good morning, paula. >> reporter: good morning. president trump finally listening to his briefings. it has been months if not years that russia had been in violations of the sanctions. something spelled out in the u.n. report. i first reported on this in april. what is different now is donald trump is zeroed in on the damage that russia can do in terms of negotiating with north korea.
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if north korea gets one idea it has an ally even when china is putting prisessure on it, especially with fuel, it may cause them to be tougher at the table or not come at the table. i got the same reaction today. russian news agencies did from the government. these are baseless accusations and deny. they are in full compliance with u.n. sanctions. that is the same reaction i got when we first did the story in april outlining how they have migrant workers in russia. the money sent to north korea as some kind of fuel sales. the fact that the north korean embassy in moscow, the u.n. spells out, has been used as a front for illicit acti activiti. whether or not donald trump has saying to do with the russia
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power, russia does not have the same leverage when it comes to the negotiations they want that. it is unclear what the united states can do to make sure russia plays ball on sanctions with north korea. >> paula newton, thank you. still a nice blanket of snow in the south what is in store for the weekend? you won't be disappointed. 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?
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a freshman at the university of alabama no longer enrolled after posting two videos of taunts and racial slurs on martin luther king jr. day. >> what is offensive? because i said so. [ bleep ].
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i don't care if it is martin luther king day. [ bleep ]. so every where can [ bleep ]. i'm from new jersey. >> that student identified as 19-year-old harley barber. >> that video sparking protest on campus on wednesday. dmen stremonstrators say this h far too often. >> this is not the first time. something like this happens every year. >> the fact she had friends encouraging this type of thing is just really shocking that nobody was in the back saying hey. that's not right. >> the university of alabama calls the video offensive and deeply hurtful. barber apologized on wednesday telling "the post" she said something really bad and feels horrible. she plans to return home to new
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jersey. airports on the east coast getting back to normal. airlines forced to ground 1,800 flights yesterday and 700 today. mainly in atlanta and north carolina. >> the deep south faces a deep freeze and much of the east coast is looking forward to a january thaw by the weekend. cnn meteorologist derek van dam has the latest. >> good morning, alex and christine. the storm system responsible for the snow across the southeast yesterday has now exited the east coast. it left frigid air in its wake. you won't believe how cold this air mass is. all the way to the gulf coast, we have hard freeze warnings in place this morning, including the florida panhandle. just about 30 million americans impacted by temperatures below 32 degrees. this is what it feels like. single digits this morning from atlanta to charlotte and nashville at 13 degrees. that is the forecast windchill as you step outside.
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there is light at the end of the tunnel. we will replace the arctic blast with milder air. the wind takes over from the southwest. it replaces temperatures that have been sub freezing over the past few days to above freezing for places like new york and d.c. look at the forecast for thursday. today, 33 in the big apple. 50 by saturday. back to you. >> thank you for that. the house is set to vote on a short-term package to fund the government. neither side giving any ground. more from capitol hill next. or'. new pantene light-as-air foam conditioner, full of rich pro-v nutrients... ...and infused with air. for 100% conditioning, with 0% weight. strong is beautiful. new pantene. foam conditioner.
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...from far away. but they harryonly see his wrinkles. if only harry used some... ...bounce, to dry. he would be a less wrinkly, winning guy. welcome back. there is bipartisan agreement on one thing. no one wants to give any ground. under 48 hours to a potential government shutdown, will one party blink or will the lights go out? i will have mexico pay for the wall. mark my words. >> he has evolved in the way he
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looked at things. campaign to governing are two different things. >> campaign promises are apparently made to be broken. chief of staff says head on the campaign trail was uninformed about the wall. and new signs trying to limit testimony as steve bannon goes before congress this week. did he slip up and reveal a detail in the russia probe? i'm alex marquardt. >> dave is under the weather. i'm christine romans. nice to see you this morning. the federal government's authority to spend money runs out tomorrow. two groups of lawmakers to watch. the house is expected to continue the resolution to fund the government through february 16th. gop defense hawks in the house say the party's short-term bill does not meet their campaign promises. >> are you in a position right
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now to vote yes on what's out there for a budget resolution on friday? >> no. here's what i want. i want us to do what we told the american people we were going to do. fund the fence. hold the line on non defense. do what the election stated. if they want to give amnesty to people who came here illegally, they can come on the show and tell you why that is appropriate. >> senate democrats under heavy pris pressure. they want renewed protections for d.r.e.a.m.ers. many leaning against the stop-gap bill. >> i don't know how my colleagues can look these d.r.e.a.m.ers in the eye and say we are going to engage in breaking america's promise. violating our trust. at some point, standing on moral principle is why we are here and we made a promise to the d.r.e.a.m.ers. >> senate democrats have one
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republican ally. senator lindsey graham. he says this put off of the deal will hurt d.r.e.a.m.ers and americans. >> those who think we will get away as republicans and getting all on the fence now and we will deal with the kids later, the d.r.e.a.m. act population closer to march 5th when their backs are against the wall. that is nuts. >> senate republican leader mch mcc -- mitch mcconnell says theful -- says the president is waffling on the wall. >> and he has not indicated what measure he is willing to sign. as soon as we figure out what he is for, i would be convinced we are not just spinning our whee s s. >> a white house spokesman says the priorities are clear. >> our priorities are very clear. we cannot get into a situation
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where we have a temporary stop-gap fix and down the road we have hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the country. that is not a fix. that is not a bill of love. >> president trump in an interview with reuters telling the agency a government shutdown could happen. he inn visits the democrats will take the blame. 48 hours from the possible government shutdown, what is the state of play on capitol hill? phil mattingly knows. >> reporter: christine and alex, for the state of the government shutdown, there is no question about it. thursday is a very big day. you will get the first concrete evidence whether or not things are heading on a good pathway in terms of whether or not they will have a shutdown or if there are significant problems. this is a multistep process. the house needs to pass a short-term pending bill and it will be kicked to the senate. there are issues in both chambers. house republicans basically have to pass the short-term funding bill on their own.
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democrats made clear. they are opposed to it. nancy pelosi whipping against the bill. that means paul ryan needs to find 216 of his votes to move it to the senate. that is problematic. conservatives are from us tri-stated. defense hawks are moving -- conservatives are frustrated. defense hawks are moving forward. they feel they are on a good path. they feel they can he investigational e -- eventually get there. if the bill gets through the house, it kicks to the senate. the spot line shines on democrats. mitch mcconnell cannot pass a bill without democratic support. they need 60 votes. democrats have 51 seats. if you want to know where they stand on the bill, listen to senator chuck schumer. >> the overwhelming number of
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our caucus do not like the deal. they believe if they kick the can down the road, they will be back where we started from next time. there is strong support not to go along with the deeal. >> reporter: democrats making clear they don't want to vote on any government funding bill if there is no daca resolution attached to it or at least close to a deal. will they actually withhold their votes? will they push the government to the brink or right into a shutdown? most democrats telling me keeping the powder crdry. they want to see what happens before they commit. they are frustrated. they are hearing a lot from the base saying this is the moment to fight and this is the issue to fight on. will they? we will start getting some answers today. >> thanks to phil on capitol hill. white house chief of staff john kelly says the positions on the
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border wall were what he called i uninformed as donald trump was a candidate. a source familiar with with the comments tells cnn that kelly told the group he has worked to educate the president and move him away from some of his campaign promises. >> later, he offered up this explanation to fox news. >>s he's a very definitely changed attitudes to daca issue and the wall. he has evolved in the way he looked at things. campaign to governing are two different things. the president is flexible in terms of what is within the realm of possible. >> kelly acknowledging money to pay for the border wall will not come from the mechanics cxican government. he says the u.s. will secure funding one way or another. through visa fees or renegotiate nafta. >> a major about face. the trump administration is barring haitians from receiving
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temporary visas for agriculture work. the decision removes haiti from the list of 80 nations. those visas will be banned for seasonal workers from the countries of samoa and belize. this latest move on the heels of the president's vulgar remarks of african and haitian immigrants. the department of homeland security citing high levels of fraud and abuse and high rate of overstaying visas. and steve bannon had one major slip up when he faced the house commitee on tuesday. despite refusing to answer question s about time in the white house. bannon did admit to speaking with other white house staffers about a june 2016 trump tower meeting. >> that is where jared kushner
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and donald trump jr. and manafort met with the russian lawyer. and bannon took time from the session to call the white house to see which questions to answer. >> and one said all of the shots were called by the white house. bannon has struck a deal with special counsel robert mueller agreeing to be interviewed by his team instead of testifying before a grand jury. >> meanwhile, corey lewandowski had his turn in front of congressional investigators on wednesday. we get more from manu raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: another contentious day before the committee after corey lewandowski, the former campaign manager, declined to discuss topics the committee wanted to talk about. this is after he left the campaign in 2016. lewandowski said he was
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unprepared to discuss some of the issues. this is according to adam schiff. the fact that lewandowski would not discuss the matters and whether or not trump talked about the testimony he delivered to the intelligence committee yesterday. schiff says this is unacceptable. >> mr. lewandowski said he was not prepared to answer questions today. but he would return to the committee at a later date to answer questions. this in my view is unacceptable. >> reporter: this all comes as part of the effort by the white house to limit congressional testimony and limit what these people tied to the administration can say behind closed doors because they believe it is in keeping with past precedent. democrats see this as an effort to obstruct the investigation. >> manu, thank you. apple made a big promise. it is bringing its cash stashed overseas home. finally. because of corporate tax cuts,
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it gets a cheap rate. it pays $38 billion in tax on that cash. apple will create 20,000 jobs and invest on $30 billion in facilities. for years, it would not bring back the foreign cash. that is a lot of money. that is until the change in the corporate tax code. apple can no longer avoid paying tax on the foreign profits. the president tweeting i promise my policies would allow apple and other companies to bring massive amounts of money back to the united states. great to see apple follow through. in a statement the ceo tim cook says apple has a deep responsibility to give back to the country. how much of that goes beyond what it would have spent anyway? that is unclear. before the tax cut, spending was on track for $300 billion over
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the next five years. the president heads to the pentagon with a new u.s. nuclear strategy along the way. now accusing russia of helping north korea. we are live in moscow next. my ancestry dna results are that i am 26% nigerian. i am just trying to learn as much as i can about my culture. i put the gele on my head and i looked into the mirror and i was trying not to cry. because it's a hat, but it's like the most important hat i've ever owned. discover the story only your dna can tell. order your kit now at ancestrydna.com.
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president trump using his score on the cognitive test to take a swipe at his oval office predecessors with north korea. he blamed obama and bush and clinton for the threat of the north korea regime. >> he said i guess they have to leave it to the president that scored the highest on the tests. >> the president meets with senior military leaders with the strategy on the table. the pentagon is discussing a possibility of the nuclear strike if the u.s. is targeted
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in the non nuclear attack. >> and now helping north korea with the missile programs by the russians. it is made with the help from the chinese, but undone by moscow. cnn's paula newton is live in moscow with details. paula. >> reporter: there is one thing worrying the president. that fuel apparently. the illicit fuel trades with north korea. fuel is the key part of this. the white house has been working hard to make sure china approved and accepted those sanctions against north korea fuel. now president trump saying that russia may be in fact providing that fuel where china is located. and i want to give reaction. they are speaking to a russian news service. the accusations made by the united states unfounded. russia is fulfilling its obligations under the u.n. resolutions in full.
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that comment from the deputy foreign minister. we have been covering this story here. this first story was in april. it spells out how russia was violating the sanctions. i don't want to mischaracterize this. this was all on the level. they are trying to remind president trump if you want to solve the north korean problem, you will not do this. where china is now employing the anxious sanctions, we will pick up the slack. it is difficult for the president. he doesn't have the trading relationship with russia that he has with china. he doesn't have the leverage. it will be very difficult to bring his influence to bear on russia. especially with new sanctions against russia looming from the treasury department at the end of the month. >> all right. paula newton in a very foggy moscow. thank you. secretary of state rex tillerson says he perceives a longsence in syria.
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he says this prevents isis from gaining strength in syria and limits iran's influence. secretary tillerson says this avoids a repeat of the security vacuum over the u.s. withdraw from iraq in 2011. the secretary called for patience on the diplomatic exclusi solution in syria involving bashar al assad's departure. round two in washington. cnn money stream is next. cleaning floors with a mop and bucket... ...is a hassle. swiffer wetjet makes cleaning easy. it's safe to use on all finished surfaces, ...trapping dirt and liquid inside the pad. plus, it prevents streaks better than a micro fiber strip mop. for a convenient clean, try swiffer wetjet.
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in california, the parents charged with holding their children hostage will appear in court today. david and louise turpin will face charges today. the children were found in dark and filthy conditions. >> now members of the family are speaking out. elizabeth flores, louise turpin's sister, said they would not let them in to see their nieces and nephews. >> i asked for 20 years to skype them. they have family that loves them. >> the children are now free. they are recovering after one teenager broke out and called for help on a cell phone she found in the home. bail for the turpins has been set at $9 million each. a freshman at the university
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of alabama is no longer enrolled after posting two videos of racial slurs on martin luther king day. >> because i said so. you know what beep be[ bleep ]. i don't care if it is martin luther king day. [ bleep ] we are in the south now. i'm from new jersey. >> that student has been identified as 19-year-old harley barber. >> her video sparking a protest on the campus wednesday. this happens far are too often according to demonstrators. >> something like this happens every year. >> the fact she had friends encouraging this type of thing is just really shocking that nobody was in the back saying that's not right. >> the university of alabama calls it offensive and hurtful.
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barber apologized saying she said something really bad and feels horrible. they plans to return home to new jersey. the thing about social media, it gives a mega phone to the ugliest and ignorant thoughts and people. >> the issue is why she felt compelled to say that. airports getting back to normal following the wednesday win stter storm. 1,800 flights were canceled yesterday and 800 today. >> and the deep freeze for the south and looking forward to a thaw by the weekend. we have meteorologist derek van dam with the latest. >> good morning, alex and christine. with the exception of the pacific northwest and great lakes, we are pretty much precipitation free across the u.s. the system that brought the snowfall to the southeast is
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offshore and left frigid temperatures in its wake. nearly 30 million americans under a hard freeze advisory or warning this morning. all the way down to the gulf coast. this is what it feels like as you step outside. 13 in pensacola. birmingham, 11. single digit windchill values this morning as you step outside near atlanta. highs warming to about 35 in cincinnati. 31 for detroit. 42 for the nation's capital. there is some light at the end of the tunnel. we will replace the cold weather as we head into the weekend. great news for southeast and east coast. check out this warming trend for boston. 34 today. 39 by saturday. well above normal as we head into the weekend for new york city. back to you. >> that's the weather. how about some money for breakfast? stocks mixed after wall street with a fresh round of records. dow climbing 300 points. closing above 26,000 for the first time ever. it briefly touched that
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milestone the day before. stocks rose on earnings and it has been a good season so far with just a few disappointments. ford stock with the worst day since july of 2016 after a poor profit forecast. big banks are taking hits from the corporate tax cut. it lowers the value of the deferred tax assets. bank of america with a one-time tax charge on nearly half profits. it is good news for the banks going forward. speaking of banks. goldman sachs with the first loss in six years due to the short-term tax hit as well as drop in trading revenue. this is hitting employees. they made 4% less than last year. goldman stock over bank of america which is up less than 10% in the past year. big tech defending the content. claiming it is fighting terrorism with counter propaganda. facebook and twitter and youtube
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leaders stressed to lawmakers to use ai to post posts from terrorists. they have gone beyond screening. this is round two for silicon valley in washington. last year, leaders were grilled to use their platforms to meddle in the u.s. election. "early start" continues right now. bipartisan agreement on one thing. no one wants to give any ground. under 48 hours to potential government shutdown. t will one party blink or will the lights go out? i will have mexico pay for that wall. mark my words. >> he has evolved in the way he looks at things. campaign to governing are two different things. >> campaign promises are made to be broken. and new signs the white house tried to limit testimony
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when steve bannon went before congress this week. he did slip up revealing one detail about a critical issue in the russia probe. i'm alex marquardt in for dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. you can see there will be a countdown clock. the federal government runs out of money tomorrow night. two groups to watch. conservatives and democrats. the house expected to vote on the resolution to fund the government through february 16th. gop defense hawks in the house say the short-term bill does not meet campaign promises. >> are you in a position to vote yes on what is out there for budget resolution on friday? >> no. here is what i want. i want us to do what we told the american people we would do. what they elected us to do. fund the fence. hold the

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