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in part which has blunt the criticism. it has been raising wages and investing in the work force. bernie sanders says there are retail workers in america where the government subsidizes them. >> the walmart v. amazon will be an interesting story in the years ahead. "early start" continues right now. are charges on the way for wikileaks founder julian assange? and could they upend the russia probe? a hand recount starts this morning in the florida razor thin senate race. democrats are left with little reason for hope. astonishing 631 people are missing in the deadly camp fire in california. parts of the northeast crippled by the first major snow of the season. expect a messy friday morning commute.
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sort of happy friday morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. the pictures under-play how terrible it was yesterday. accidents on the bridge. port authority was slammed. people were furious. we hope it is better this morning. it is friday, november 16th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with references to wikileaks founder julian assange in an unsealed court filing suggesting he might be criminally charged. developments could have significant implications for the mueller investigation. assange made a name for himself leaking government secrets, including on the wars in afghanistan and iraq. >> prosecutors referenced assange by accident in a filing last week. joining us is our political
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reporter hadas gold. >> reporter: this is a fascinating story not only because of who it involves, but how it came to happen. the filing were made in august, but unsealed last week. it seemingly inadvertently a spokesperson told cnn and mentioned assange by name. authorities had been looking into assange and trying to charge him since 2010 after the first diplomatic cable dumps on wick he leaks -- wikileaks. he has been hiding in the embassy since 2012. he has been granted to live there for last few years. this is significant because the u.s. has been seeking to charge julian assange for some time. we don't for sure know if they have charged him. this might mean that assange's time in the ecuador embassy could come to a close. it could have an implication for
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the mueller investigation. we know robert mueller was looking into the communications with assange and roger stone before wikileaks dumped the information of hillary clinton's campaign chairman. this could come together. this is fascinating from wikileaks back in 2010 until you 2016 election. russian interference and how that comes together. we are waiting on the official charges and the political question of will ecuador kick julian assange out of the embassy and what will happen there. he has been saying he feels ecuador is putting more pressure on him to get him out and telling him he needs to clean up after himself better and clean up after his cat better. he is saying they are infringing on his rights because they are restricting his internet access. a judge told assange you have to adhere to the rules otherwise he
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may be kicked out. we may see action on that soon. >> charging is one thing. extradition is another battle. hadas, thank you. the investigation is weighing on the president heavily this week. he met with his lawyers three times this week to talk about the responses to robert mueller. the trump legal team is wary of mueller's questions. rudy giuliani describing some of them as quote possible traps. the pathway is narrowing for the democrats to win recounts in florida. a hand recount is ordered for the senate race and the republican governor rick scott and democratic incumbent bill nelson. republican ron desantis declared victory after a machine recount did not help andrew gillum narrow that race. the race is effectively over which leaves democrats hoping for a miracle in the senate race where governor scott leads by less than 13,000 votes out of 8.2 million votes cast. >> senator nelson dealt another blow by the court ruling in scott's favor. a federal judge ruling
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guidelines for voter intent are constitutional. most florida counties did file the recounts on time. a few did not. including one heavily democratic county. the county finished counting, but missed the deadline by mere minutes. the deadline for the hand recount is sunday. cnn's jessica dean as more from florida. >> reporter: good morning, dave and christine, from palm beach where they hope to get started on the hand recount today. let's zoom out and give you the big picture across florida. they will go through a hand recount for the incredibly close .15% senate race which was triggered yesterday. in palm beach county, they were one of three counties that did not get the second recount numbers in. here in palm beach, they blamed it on the machines. they said they were old and breaking down and overheating. they simply were not able to get
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it in on time. in hillsborough county, they suffered power outages. they were not confident enough in the numbers to submit the new numbers. they went with the old numbers as well. you had broward county who missed the deadline by two minutes. they say that was all due to familiarity with the web site. someone not really understanding how to upload that information. all three of those counties, by law, went with the first unofficial set of results. back here in palm beach county, they will try to separate the under votes and over votes. that is what they will look at in the hand recount and from there, they are hoping to get started with that by 11:00 a.m. back to you. >> jessica, thank you for that. the blue wave continues. democrats celebrating another house seat in maine's second district. jared golden. defeating the incumbent. that makes democrats net gain in the house now 33 seats.
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there are still seven races yet to be called by cnn with democrats leading in six of the seats. all of them republican held districts. house minority leader nancy pelosi feeling confident she will be selected as house speaker. one critical house member suggesting that pelosi may be overconfident. >> she's wrong. we have the votes. >> democrats select their nominee in the november 28th vote. right now, pelosi is the only one officially running. to california now, alarming news. 631 people now unaccounted for in the camp fire in the sierra foothills. >> officials say the fire has burned more than 140,000 acres and 40% contained. evacuation orders and warnings are reduced or lifted in areas effected by the camp fire. our scott mclean visited the walmart parking lot in chico which is serving as a makeshift
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camp for 20,000 displaced people. >> what do you miss most? >> just being in a bed. >> you just miss your bed? >> being under a ceiling and actually having a real bathroom. >> that's nice, isn't it? you seem like you're being pretty strong, though. >> you okay? >> just hard. >> sure wish them well. heavy smoke is drifting into the bay area. the air quality in san francisco yesterday was as bad in chico. it was by far the worst air quality in the bay area since the fires broke out forcing several school districts to close today. the total death toll in the california wildfires stands at 66, including a new death from the woolsey fire in southern california.
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president trump scheduled to travel to california tomorrow to meet people affected by the wildfires. >> one small silver lining, nick thought the blaze cost him the engagement ring he bought his girlfriend. he broke open the safe amid the debris. he plans on popping the question in the next few days. back here at home, 6 inches of snow brought the area to the standstill. this is staring at for hours on the george washington bridge. one tweeted photo captures what millions were dealing with. just absolute mess. gridlock. >> we knew this snow was coming. >> we knew it was coming, mr. mayor. this morning, many schools in new jersey have delayed openings. mayor de blasio promised to clear the streets for the morning commute. more of the same as you head
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recognize russian interference. mark zuckerberg had a call with reporters yesterday. remarkable phone call. he admitted facebook had been too slow to deal with the russian disinformation on its platform in 2016. quote, to suggest we weren't interested in knowing the truth was simply untrue. "the times" said facebook expanded its work with a group public affairs. there was criticism and downplaying how facebook was affected. zuckerberg said when he read that report is when he learned. he said i got on the phone with our team and we are no longer working with the firm. the times report is a withering in the assessment by sheryl
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the payments are part of the forever g.i. bill that the president signed last year. during thursday afternoon, the president cited the g.i. expansion bill as a point of success. as a way to modernize the v.a. benefits. seven women have filed a federal lawsuit claims three former dartmouth professors with giving them alcohol and raped them. the three treated women as sex objects. the women said they were treated to feel if their success would depend on the willingness to go along with the alcohol-saturated chul tur that the -- culture that the professors created. the women are suing for $70 million in damages. one categorically denies the allegations. in a statement, the school says
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we have a good one from thursday night. green bay packers took a hit as they go down to the seahawks. andy scholes has the details in the bleacher report. >> good morning, dave. after the loss, aaron rodgers says there is still hope for the packers. they sit at 4-5-1. rodgers was doing his part. he made a couple of spectacular throws. i'll show you one in the first quarter. rolling out on this play to his right. rodgers in the air. hits robert for a 54-yard touchdown. packers up at that point. seahawks come back. russell wilson in thing fourth finds ethan alld dixon.
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a hand recount starts this morning in the florida razor thin senate race. democrats are left with little reason for hope. astonishing 631 people are missing in the deadly camp fire in california. we'll have the latest. parts of the northeast crippled by the first major snow of the season. expect a messy friday morning commute. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 31 minutes past the hour. some say their commute is 45 minutes was eight hours. eight hours to get home. the front of "the post" tells the story. no joke. that is a mess. >> they closed the second and third floors and would not let people up to where the buses are locacate located. >> find a bar. >> happy friday. we start with big news overnight. references to wikileaks founder julian assange in an unsealed court filing suggesting he may be criminally charged. it could have significant implications for the mueller
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investigation. assange made a name for himself leaking government secrets including on the wars in afghanistan and iraq. >> federal prosecutors referenced assange by accident in a filing last week while arguing to keep an unrelated case sealed. they wrote, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential in the fact that assange has been charged. joining us now is hadas gold. what was that? >> reporter: christine, this is an incredible story because of how we are learning of the charges and the string of issues this is bringing together. julian assange and wikileaks. the leaks of the cables up to the 2016 elections and possible russian interference. as you know, this all came to light due to unrelated, it seems, court filing in august and only unsealed last week. it actually took a professor from george washington university who loves to look
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through the court filings to reveal what was going on and reporters started picking up on it. there was an additional issue with the assange case. the spokesperson for the eastern district of virginia said they would not comment further. we are seeing reports of charges made against julian assange. we don't know what those may be, but you have to keep in mind that u.s. authorities have been looking at assange since 2010 for the leaks of the confidential leaks of the cables and the things that wikileaks has done since. julian assange has been hiding in the ecuador embassy in london since 2012. he has been claiming asylum. until then, they were supportive of him. in the last few months, we have seen the shift. the ecuadorian president called julian assange a stone in their shoe. julian assange has claimed the officials are trying to push him out by doing things like restricting his internet access
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and clean up after himself better. he won't be as welcome there. the question is not only has he been charged officially and what those charges may be, but charging him and getting him to the united states for trial is a totally different issue here because first he has to get out of the embassy in some way. he will probably fight extraditi extradition. this is a huge issue because of how long u.s. authorities have been looking after julian assange, but because of the connection to robert mueller's investigation. we know that mueller has been looking into conversations with julian assange and wikileaks and roger stone of the hacked e-mails and how wikileaks got those and the platform. if we see the charges, it could combine what is honestly eight years of information and a case possibly built against julian assange. >> julian assange holed up for six years hiding from rape charges and extradition to
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sweden. trying to outrun the statute of limitations. hadas, thank you. let's bring in sarah westwood here. how does this potential upend the mueller investigation and story line? >> julian assange sits at the nexus with the russian meddling efforts and trump campaign to the extent of talk about alleged collusion. it is if members of the trump campaign were in contact with assange or members of the assange's team leading up to the e-mails of podesta. the e-mails have had to deal with the russia information campaign during the election. the exploitation of facebook. the use of the divisive political ads. we have not seen a lot from
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assange with criminal charges related to the hacked e-mails. that obviously is something which is the final focus of the mueller probe and something we will look for in the coming weeks. >> sarah, leading up to this is two blissful months of silence on the mueller probe. it was interrupted with a bang in the trumpian twitter storm. it started with the president talking about the inner workings of the mueller probe. talking and going nuts and screaming and shouting. he shifts from angry to inaccurate talking how mueller worked for obama for eight years. it was four. he is a registered republican appointed by president bush. he sticks the landing with the all caps witch hunt. what happened? will there be a serious attempt by the republican senate to control the president and prevent him from firing bob
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mueller? >> our colleague pamela brown reports that the president met several times this week with his legal team to go over answers to written questions from the special counsel's office. we know the president has been spending time focused on and discussing the mueller probe. we did not see a lot of activity from the special counsel's office in the lead up to the elections. there was a widespread expectation after the election was over that robert mueller would pick up where he left off in the activity that could trigger the attention of the public and media. the president has been going after mueller for months now and the senate so far has seemed unwilling to act. they will have something of an expanded majority, although smaller than they initially thought. they will have a padding in the senate in january. it is hard to see a more republican congress take steps to protect mueller which they have not in the past. >> jeff flake needs more
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friends. >> still recounting votes. still calling races. the balance of power shifts bluer overnight. look at that. we have 33 seats. there are seven up in the air at the moment. six of the seats are leaning democrat. the blue wave gets a little blue er or bigger every day. >> that's right. i think the florida recount adds to the sense that the midterms won't end for them. not ending cleanly. some republicans who looked like they might pull out a victory on election night like jeff denham in the past had to concede to the democratic opponents. these races that republicans held out hopes they may win, they are falling the way of the democrats who are expanding majority every day. on election day when the president made these pronunciations of the blue wave
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not as large as expected and having half the losses in the house that president obama had. that was true on election night. diagnosis is not holding up. >> they did well, republicans, in the senate. it looks like governor scott is going to hold on. barring a miracle. the biggest upset or flip in recount history. he's going to hold on which makes it odd that republicans continue to talk about stealing the election and fraud allegations. a federal judge weighed in on the florida recount. we are the laughing stock of the world election after election, but we choose not to fix it. on the left, you have democrats trying to prolong a race they just frankly cannot win. republicans calling about stealing and fraud. what really is happening there? >> it is contentious because the margin is small in the race. ron desantis has a bigger lead over andrew gillum.
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although andrew gillum un-conceded in the race. it is contentious because both sides are spreading doubts about the integrity of the election system. the democrats, for example, accusing republicans of trying to suppress votes. racial undertones inni both rac. on the republican side, of course, you have allegations of voter fraud and democrats trying to plant votes. the president is feeding that. he is fixated on the florida recount flying to paris over the weekend. he tweeted about it a half dozen times on the airplane. this is something getting both sides fired up. it is prolonging the sense that for republicans, the midterms won't end, and won't end well. >> sarah, stacey abrams wants to force a run-off in december. that looks unlikely. thank you for screenijoining us.
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alarming news from california. 631 people still unaccounted for in the camp fire in the sierra foothills. so far, at least 63 people are known to have died in the camp fire. >> officials say the fire has burned more than 140,000 acres and 40% contained. evacuation orders and warnings reduced or lifted in the areas affected by the camp fire. our scott mclean visiting a walmart parking lot in chico serving as a makeshift shelter for people. >> what do you miss the most? >> being in a bed. >> you miss your bed? it's warm? >> being under a ceiling and actually having a real bathroom. >> yeah. that's nice, isn't it? you seem like you're being pretty strong, though. >> you okay? >> just hard.
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>> heavy smoke has been drifting into the bay area. the air quality is a growing concern at san francisco which is by far the worst since the fires broke out. forcing several school districts to close today. the total death toll now stands at 66. including a new death from the woolsey fire in southern california. president trump scheduled to california. >> nick mays thought the fire cost him an engagement ring he planned to give to miss girlfriend. he broke open the safe that contained the mangled ring among the debris. mays plans on popping the question in the next few weeks. i can't take my eyes off the pictures. >> clean that up a little bit. you're all good. breaking overnight. north korea deports a u.s. citizen detained last month and
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for hours on the george washington bridge. some commutes took eight hours when it was usually a 45-minute commute. here is the tweet from the congress member from harlem. dealing with gridlock everywhere. more of the same as you head south. this is union county, pennsylvania. lines of traffic for miles. >> the death toll for the storm san stands at eight. one person killed in ohio, maryland and pennsylvania. thousands of flights delayed and canceled. majority of them in new york. 315,000 customers without power in indiana, kentucky, ohio, virginia and pennsylvania. winter storm advisories remain in effect for new england. breaking overnight. north korea deporting a u.s. citizen after being detained after entering the country illegally. we have alexandra field in hong kong with more. >> reporter: it was announced, christine, by state media. they did not say when they
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deported him. he came into the country a month acrossing illegally -- crossing illegally with the border in china. they are not saying where they deported him. we are waiting for the conditions of the detainment and conditions of the release which has caught many by surprise. catching many by surprise, more news that north korea conducted a test of the weapons system. tactical weapons system for the defense of the country. there was pomp and circumstance because kim jong-un oversaw it and it was broadcast by state news. we have not seen kim jong-un oversee a test since last november with the intercontinental ballistic missile. that test raising a lot of alarm. this test is characterized in a different way. the south korean government says this was a long-range military test of a rocket launcher. the south korean government does not see this as a provocative
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military action. as for u.s. officials, they believe north korea can and will fulfill the commitments in singapo singapore. we know they are working toward a second summit with kim jong-un and president trump. >> alex in hong kong, thank you. the trump administration imposing sanctions on 17 saudi officials in the roles of the killing of journalist jamal khashoggi. it came hours after saudi prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for five people charged in his death. for the latest, let's go live to jomana karadsheh live in istanbul. jomana, where are we headed here? >> reporter: first, dave, to give you an idea where we are, we are at the mosque in istanbul. this is where islamic absentee funeral prayers are taking place for jamal khashoggi. his friends say they have given up hope his body after more than 40 days, will ever be found, and they will be able to give him a
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proper burial. they are having the islamic absentee prayers. they called for the same thing to take place in saudi arabia today. including in medina. where khashoggi wanted to be buried. this is coming the same time we heard the action from the united states with sanctions on 17 saudi officials. they say they were involved in the killing of jamal khashoggi according to the treasury secretary saying this was happening at the same time the united states continues to work to ascertain the facts around his killing. the saudis coming out with the latest on the investigation saying they have charged 11 individuals and five individuals with the death penalty being sought. insisting the crown prince was not involved in the killing of jamal khashoggi. the turkish government saying what they are hearing from saudi arabia is unsatisfactory. they say the time has come for
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high school students since last year. it will restrict flavors except mint and menthol. it will restrict sales to brick and mortar products. shaock in the baltimore theater as a man yells heil hitler during "fiddler on the roof." the man was hustled out by security. this comes in the wake of the pittsburgh scinemasin -- synago massacre. the david hockney painting breaks the record at achuction. it is considered one of the premier works. it has long been held by a private collector. the new buyer not revealed. >> i do love that painting. >> lovely.
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$90 million? >> i don't have that cash. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" is right now. wikileaks. i love wikileaks. >> it's time to call-out wikileaks for what it really is. >> they are going to manually recount these. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." it's friday, november 16th. 6:00 here in new york. we do begin with breaking news. is the justice department filing charges against wikileaks founder, julian assange. the reason we pose it as a question is

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