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no evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and the russians. >> no evidence of collusion finds the house intel committee. they claim the russians were not trying to help donald trump win in 2016. a special election with big implications in pennsylvania. today we get the strongest sign yet in republicans may be in trouble for the mid terms. and police in austin, texas are urging vigilance. three package bombs in over a
week. two deadly. new information overnight adding to the theory these could be hate crimes. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, march 13th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. in a move stunning by current standards. republicans on the house intelligence community broke over the question of russian interference in the election. concluding the kremlin was not trying to help donald trump win. announcing they are shutting down the year-long investigation despite not interviewing some key witnesses. >> we looked at 73 witnesses and 100,000 documents to find out what there may be. we have seen meetings that were inappropriate or ill advised to have taken. we hahave seen coincidences of people bumping into each other.
the reported preference for trump is not supported. >> president trump praising the committee for finding no evidence of collusion with the 2016 campaign. tom rooney of florida offered harsh words for the panel. >> we have gone off the rails and basically a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day's news. as you alluded to, we lost all credibility. >> the republicans move ak se accelerating the disintegration. >> i think it really is all too easy and a cop-out to say that on both our houses.
the reality is the mission was to protect the president. not follow the facts where they would lead. that was a fundamental problem we had to deal with and left us in a position with going along with a whitewash or calling out every step of the way. >> the gop staff plan to give democrats a 150-page draft report. democrats are expected to produce their own report arguing collusion did occur. and now special counsel robert mueller is forging ahead. his boss rod rosenstein offering support. rosenstein says the special counsel is not an unguided missile. he doesn't believe there is an issue for terminating the special counsel. rosenstein's endorsement of mueller follows reports that president trump tried to fire
the special counsel last summer. if there is a blue wave building ahead of the mid terms, we could get a strong indication in pennsylvania. republicans in the final hours of the frantic bid to keep the district from falling into democratic hands. if conor lamb beats rick saccone, republicans could be in danger in the fall. >> all they have is hate. that's all they got. the party of dependant. they have to get out and continue the fight. >> president trump carried pennsylvania's district by 20 points in 2016. polls open at 7:00 a.m. more from alex marquardt.
>> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. in just a few hours time, the voters and candidates conor lamb and rick saccone will head to the polls. this tells you a lot of the power of the democratic base and about the political divisions in america today. now this is not just a deeply red district we're talking about where the president won by 20 points in 2016. this is a congressional district that is so red that in the past two races, in 2014 and 2016, democrats did not bother fielding a candidate. sake -- saccone spent $12.5 million with his party.
and lamb out raised saccone this year. there is a lot on the line for president trump. even a loss by lamb in a narrow race could be considered a victory for democrats. a canary in the coal mine for the republicans as we look ahead to november. thank you. stormy daniels is willing to talk and willing to return the $130,000 she received from the personal attorney from the president if it allows her to speak freely. her attorney sending a letter to michael cohen i'll wire the money back by friday in exchange to talk. cohen denying the relationship with the president and the actress. >> the source says he has been asking friends how he should handle the scandal.
he has been advised not to fight the attempts to fight the confidentiality an greemeagreem. >> they can run. they can hide. we are not going home. i have run out of you pof super that michael cohen took out a home equity loan to pay $130,000 on behalf of the billionaire running for president. >> despite the prospect of the legal challenge by stormy daniels. president trump will head to california and joined by the secretary. the california democrats are calling this a political stunt.
the trump administration attempted to block the sanctuary laws. . right now, another nor'easter churning up the northeast coast. schools are closed in cities includes boston, hartford, providence and in maine as well. look at that map. amtrak suspending service between boston and new york until 11:00 a.m. meteorologist ivan cabrera has the latest from the weather center. i have been calling them a no easter. no more nor'easters. >> everybody was ready for spring. the groundhog was right. this is the third in two weeks, christine. by the way, it is intensifying. the bomb cyclone, you will hear through today, i think it will be official for the national weather service later on. the band of snow moving in
through the metros. this is a classic new england storm. i think boston will be crushed with the heaviest amount of snow. the snow combines with what you are seeing right now at this hour which is 43-mile-an-hour wind gusts at logan airport. that ramps up as we head through the day. the reason for that is the low is in the perfect position and now blizzard warnings, this is an update from yesterday, for eastern massachusetts. along with that, i think throughout the morning today, between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m., we have the potential for mild coastal flooding as a result of the water coming in. three feet above average. there are the latest totals. 12 to 18 plus, christine, across boston. that's all happening just today which clears out by tomorrow. >> thank you for that. we'll take it although we don't like it. new information overnight about deadly package bombings in
austin, texas which is feeding the theory the attacks could be hate crimes. authorities say the three incidents in ten days appear to be related. two taking place monday killing a 17-year-old african-american male and severely injuring a 75-year-old hispanic woman. the second blast killed a 39-year-old african-american man. >> "the washington post" says both killed are relatives of the african-american community. >> the united states postal service reviewed records and we do not believe this was at all a delivery that came through the postal service. we are checking with the other package delivery service as well. the initial indication was this is not a package delivered by mail service. it was placed on the front door step. >> authorities are warning all residents to be careful with packages. austin police responded to 82
calls of suspicious packages last night alone. breaking news. secretary of defense james mattis arriving overnight in afghanistan for an unannounced visit. he choppered out to support headquarters and greeted by the ambassador to afghanistan. mattis told reporters victory in afghanistan would be political reconciliation. many wondering when the president will visit troops. 11 minutes past the hour. british prime minister wants answers from the russians today about the nerve agent attack in the uk. >> should there be no credible response, we conclude this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the russians to the united kingdom. >> theresa may was crystal here. once again, the white house
it is highly likely that russia was responsible for the act against skripal and yulia skripal. >> british prime minister theresa may state to the house of commons states the shaky relationship. the military grade nerve agent used against a former spy has been identified. a substance developed by the soviet iunion in the 1970s. secretary of state rex tillerson standing by britain and harshly condemning moscow. >> he sent a statement. ukraine and syria and now russia is an irresponsible force of instability in the world.
tillerson went much further than the white house. listen. >> the attack was reckless and irresponsible. we offer the fullest condemnation and we extend our sympathy to the victims and families and our support to the uk government. >> you are not saying russia was behind this? >> we are standing with the uk allies. they are working through the details of that. >> she never says the word russia and sticks to the script. prepared remarks. sanders said after the prime minister had blamed russia for the assassination attempt. let's go to nic robertson. good morning, nic. those were strong words from secretary of state rex tillerson. the white house not saying the "r" word. >> reporter: this is something that obviously theresa may is looking for, support from the united states. a big ally to have in her corner. she has a short time of space to
have russia come clean if this was involved or this was the chemical agent that got out of the government's hands. she has support from the french president. she talked to him by phone. she has support from the secretary-general of nato. the reality is her room for maneuver is limited. britain has important relationships with russia recently buying gas from russian supplier at a time of great need for gas in the uk. she will have those considerations. the pressure on her to have perhaps a large number of diplomatic expulsions. the ambassador tit-for-tat if you will. she could press forward in the uk to freeze the assets and travel of key people close to vladimir putin. she could declare russia a state
sponsor of terror. that would be going to an extreme end. she is in a very, very tough position today. >> indeed. nic robertson, thank you. could it be a ufo? curious new video from the united states navy plane raising a lot of questions. you might not be able to see it there. you see that little dot right in the center. could that be someone from another galaxy? we'll discuss. my name is jeff sheldon, and i'm the founder of ugmonk. before shipstation it was crazy. it's great when you see a hundred orders come in, a hundred orders come in, but then you realize i've got a hundred orders i have to ship out. shipstation streamlined that wh the order data, the weights of , everything is seamlessly
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biggest tech deal citing national security concerns. president trump is ordering broadcom to end the hostile takeover of qualcomm. it touches smartphones to cars. trump writes there is credible evidence of the threatening of the national security of the united states. he follows the rare intervention of the panel that vets foreign deals. that committee's concern is china. broadcom is worried that it will slow the development of 5g wireless to cause the u.s. to fall behind whine the race for . this is not the first time the administration has blocked foreign investment with tech and china is concerned. the takeover of american chipmaker backed by a private
equity firm. a deadly helicopter crash could have been caused by a passenger's luggage. the piece of baggage may have hit the emergency fuel shut off button. all five passengers were killed. they range from 26 to 34 years of age. >> the helicopter was lifted from the river monday afternoon and reviewed by experts from the national transportation safety board. this was the third for the liberty helicopters in the past 11 years. senator chuck schumer calling on the faa to suspending operating certificate. newly released video from the 2015 navy shows some unidentified flying opbject. the clip was released to the stars academy of arts and sciences. the video is authentic department of defense footage showing the high speed flight of the unidentified aircraft. it comes on the heels of two
other declassified videos of similar encounters published by "the new york times" in december. the department of defense did not comment. no wings, no tail. over the weekend, "the washington post" wrote an op-ed over why the pentagon doesn't care. what do you think? >> what do you think? >> it is too hard to explain what that is with no wings and no tail. >> a drone? some high tech spy? >> it would be nice to know. the entire intel community says russia tried to help donald trump win the 2016 election. the republicans on the house intel committee says there is no collusion. they shutting down the investigation. >> it was apparent from the beginning from last march when the chairman went on the midnight run to the white house. that the object was protecting the president. not doing a credible investigation. who was mer's.hf my
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intel committee, no collusion. they claim the russians were not trying to help trump. special election with huge implications in pennsylvania. today the strongest sign if republicans are in real trouble for the mid terms. and police in austin, texas are urging vigilance this morning. three package bombs in over a week. two deadly. new information overnight adding to the theory these could be hate crimes. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is sunny and 70 where the president is headed. he is leaving for san diego in a couple of hours. we start with a big win in the president's eyes. in a move stunning by current standards, republicans on the house intel committee broken from the intel community over the question of russian interference. republicans concluding the kremlin was not trying to help donald trump win.
announcing they are shutting down the year-long investigation despite not interviewing key witnesses. >> we interviewed 75 witnesses and looked at 300,000 plus documents find where there is in the mix. we have seen chance coincidences where people bump into each other. no evidence of collusion with the trump campaign and the clintons and the russians. the preference for trump is not supported by the evidence. >> president tweeting approval in all capital letters praising the committee or finding no evidence of collusion with the campaign. one republican member of the committee, tom rooney of florida, had harsh words for the panel. >> we have gone off the rails. we are basically a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day's news. we, as you alluded to, we lost
all credibility. >> republicans move accelerating the move of the committee into a forum for partisan warfare. a planning to give democrats the report. with the house intelligence committee and the russia probe i am -- imploding, special counsel robert mueller is still moving forward. rod rosenstein says the special counsel is not an unguided missile. i don't believe there is any justification at this point for terminating the special counsel. rosenstein oversees the investigation by mueller because jeff sessions recused himself. rosenstein's endorsement follows reports that president trump tried to fire the special
counsel last summer. if there is a blue wave building ahead of the mid terms, we could get an indication tonight in pennsylvania. republicans are trying to keep the seat from falling into the democratic hands. >> yesterday, donald trump jr. came through to stump for saccone. >> the other side all they have is hate. they need you to depend on them. the government. our guys cannot take winning for granted. they have to get out and continue this fight. >> polls open at 7:00 a.m. eastern. more from alex marquardt. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. in just a few hours time, the voters and candidates conor lamb and rick saccone will head to the polls to cast their votes. this is more than a special
election in one district. this tells you a lot of the power of the presidency and the democratic base and about the political divisions in america today. now this is not just a deeply red district we're talking about where the president won by 20 points in 2016. this is a congressional district that is so red that in the past two races, in 2014 and 2016, democrats did not bother fielding a candidate. saccone out spent lamb. groups spent over $12.5 million on rick saccone. meanwhile, conor lamb with the energy behind him out raised saccone saccone 5 to 1 this year. there is a lot on the line for president trump. even a loss by lamb in a narrow race could be considered a victory for democrats. a canary in the coal mine for the republicans as we look ahead to november.
christine and dave. >> alex, thank you. the department of justice will take action on guns and school violence by enforcing existing laws and asking to help skren strengthen the background check system. this is the latest in the wake of the parkland shooting. president trump's proposals fell short. the white house trieying to convince the public he has not given up on reforms and raising the age requirement to buy firearms. >> the president is pushing forward on things that we know very broad base support and immediately get done. while at the same time we're looking at the best way forward to push these other things through whether it is on a state level or federal level. >> "washington post" reports that the president was surprised by how many republican lawmakers told of his gun proposals were unlikely to pass. vice president pence spoke to a
number of senate republicans who privately raised concerns about what the president said at his gun safety summit. right now, another nor'easter churning up new york through new england and could affect 44 million people with hurricane-force gusts and blizzard conditions along the massachusetts coast and winter storm warnings across the region. schools are closed in cities like boston, hartford, providen providence, portland and maine. expect a rough commute this morning. amtrak suspending service between boston and new york until 11:00 a.m. service affected at logan in boston. we have meteorologist ivan cabrera with the latest from the weather center. it has been a long winter for people in massachusetts. >> it got long in the last couple weeks. three nor'easters. incredible stuff. the cities you mentioned closed for today. if you are going to be out on the roads in boston or hartford, get out now and get to where you
need to get to in the next couple hours. see the purple bands on the radar. that is indicative of heavy snowfa snowfall. those bands contain the winds of 40 to 60 myl 0 miles per hour. this will continue through the next several hours. right through the evening. you see the pink. this is where we have the winter storm warnings. you will get clobbered with snowfall. you get closer to the coast and you get to the coast and look at the warnings. from martha's vineyard and cape cod and north shore boston and down east maine with the blizzard warnings. we are talking about blinding snow and whiteout conditions with 45-to-60-mile-an-hour wind gusts. as far as the timing, the storm at noon, the lowest pressure expected then. that means the winds are the highest as the storm pulls out.
this is a quick mover. it will leave us very, very quickly with a good 12 to 18 inches. i would not be surprised if areas picked up two feet by tomorrow morning. dave. >> poor parents need kids to get back to school. thank you. new information about the deadly package bombings in austin, texas. this is feeding the theory of they could be hate crimes. the three incidents in ten days appear to be related. one on monday killing a 17-year-old african-american male and injuring a hispanic woman. >> "the washington post" reporting two members were highly regarded members of the african-american community. >> we do not believe this was at all a delivery that came through the postal service. we're checking with the other package delivery services as
well. the initial indication from them is this was not a package that was delivered by any mail service. it was placed on the front door step. >> authorities are warning residents to be careful of page -- packages. secretary of defense james mattis arriving overnight in afghanistan for an unannounced visit. after landing in kabul, he choppered out and was greeted by the ambassador of afghanistan. en route, mattis told reporters victory in afghanistan would be quote political reconciliation with the government and taliban. the british prime minister wants answers from the nerve agent attack in the uk from russia. >> should there be no credible response, we conclude this
against sergei skripal and yulia skripal. either was was a deliberate act or the russian government lost control of the damaging nerve agent. >> british prime minister theresa may statement to the house of commons likely to plunge shaky relations are russia to a new low. may telling lawmakers the nerve agent used against a former spy has been identified as a substance developed by the soviet union in the 1970s. secretary of state rex tillerson standing firmly by britain and harshly condemning moscow. >> from ukraine to syria, now uk, now russia is a force of instability in the world acting with disregard of other states and its citizens. tillerson went further than the white house.
>> the attack was reckless and irresponsible. we offer the fullest conde condemnation and offer sympathy to the victims and families. right now, we are standing with our uk ally. they are still working through some of the details of that. >> what you didn't hear, of course, "russia." also note that sanders said after the prime minister had blamed russia for the assassination attempt. let's go to nic robertson with more from london. ni krer nic, good morning. theresa may is looking for a response by the end of the day. >> reporter: she may get one, but it may not be the declstate she is looking for which her statement was received in moscow. the state's woman said the ideas
were fairy tales. the white house position finds more support than the secretary of state position of calling out russia on this and finds more support in moscow. theresa may 's options are limited here. russia stops making this in the 1990s and coincidently destroyed all of the stockpile in september of last year. they say that was done under the observation of the international chemical weapons watch dog that theresa may says if the government acknowledged they have the agent and it did fall out of government control, this is a case for international chemical weapons watch dog on inspection. already we are seeing theresa may, if you will, being out
maneuvered by the kremlin. thank you, nic. >> last week, gary cohn resigned. now he will pick larry kudlow to replace him. kudlow is a long time cnbc analyst and veteran of the reagan administration. he is also an avid free trader. firmly opposed to the decision to impose tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. slamming both in the op-ed and on air. explaining the higher costs will be passed to consumers calling it a regressive tax. that was the main reason for gary cohn's resignation. he said he would not replace someone who opposes. now the president changes his mind. kudlow is the most recent pick.
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"early start" continues right now with no collusion found by the house intel committee and election day in pennsylvania. >> no evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and russians. >> the finding of the republicans on the house intelligence committee. no collusion. they claim the russians were not trying to help donald trump win in 2016. a special election with big implications in pennsylvania. today we get the strongest sign yet if republicans are in real trouble for the mid terms. and police in texas are urging vigilance. three package bombs in over a week. two deadly. new information overnight adding to the theory these could be hate crimes. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is tuesday, march 13th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we will talk about the pennsylvania election.
first, a move stunning by current standards. republicans on the house intelligence committee declaring no collusion. republicans break from the intel community over the question of russian interference in the election. concluding the kremlin was not trying to help donald trump win. they are shutting down the year-long investigation despite not interviewing key witnesses. >> we interviewed 75 witnesses and looked at 300,000 plus documents to find. we have seen perhaps meetings inappropriate or ill advised to have taken. we have seen coincidences of people bumping into one another. we have no collusion of the trump campaign or the clinton campaign. the preference for trump is not supported by the evidence. >> the president tweeting approval in all caps.