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the president using the justice department to try to get to doj officials to prosecute hillary clinton. >> not stepping down as chairman. >> that's not true. >> a defiant mark zuckerberg vows to stay on the job. the embattled face to face. keep romaine lettuce off your thanksgiving table. e. coli forcing that warning from health officials. and temperatures taking an epically cold turn. windchills in the single digits in new york for thanksgiving. putting the balloons for the parade in jeopardy. >> there goes my thanksgiving plans. that's all i had in store beyond
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football. >> let's hope i packed appropriately for this trip to new york. good morning and welcome, i'm kaylee hartung in for christine romans. >> good to have you here. i'm dave briggs. wednesday, of november 21st. the president's calls to "lock her up" were not just for rallies but were in the white house where president trump was taking steps to have the justice department prosecute hillary clinton. a source telling cnn the president pressed then-white house counsel don mcghan to make it happen. >> the president had been attacking clinton for years by that point over her emails, the clinton foundation and other matters. "the new york times" reported on the president's push to have clinton and former fbi director james comey prosecuted. >> this is what happens in authoritarian countries. the president orders, the president, the leader, orders the investigation and prosecution of his political enemies. fortunately there are people in the white house here who
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understood the traditions and the rules of the american legal system and said you can't do that, and it didn't happen. >> mcghan fended off the president's repeated requests to have his rivals prosecuted. the "times" reports mcghan had white house lawyers write a memo warning the president about all the consequences including possible impeachment. mcghan left the white house after extensionive investigation in -- extensionive investigation by mueller. and he spoke repeatedly with rod rosenstein and matt whitaker, then chief of staff to jeff sessions. mr. trump asked them about justice department progress investigating hillary clinton. he'd been clear he intended to go after her including this remark at a debate. >> if i win, i am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look
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into your situation. >> it's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of donald trump is not in charge of the law in our country. >> because you'd be in jail. >> just remarkable to look back on that. whitaker came to the meetings prepared to tell the president what justice was doing on clinton-related matters, although our sources say whitaker did not seem to cross any line. more broadly, the president pressing whitaker at the time seems to prove he was lying this month when he said this -- >> i don't know matt whitaker. matt whitaker works for jeff sessions, and he was always extremely highly thought of. he still is. >> so far no comment from the justice department on all of this. and tough senate republicans are slamming president trump for standing behind saudi arabia and crown prince mohammed bin salman. in the wake of the murder of "washington post" journalist
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jamal khashoggi in a statement peppered with exclamation points he wrote, it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of the this tragic event. maybe he did, maybe he didn't. in any case, our relationship is with the kingdom of saudi arabia. >> that stand contradicts a cia astemt thsessment that the crowe did order the killing which officials are highly confident. the president stood by his statement speaking to reporters. [ inaudible ] >> because it's america first to me. it's all about america first. saudi arabia, if we broke with them, i think your oil prices would go through the roof. i've kept them down. they've helped me keep them down. we'll see how that works out. it's a complex situation. it's a sham, but it is what it is. >> that drew swift, sharp rebuke from leading republicans. senate foreign relations chair
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bob corker tweeting, i never thought i'd see the day a white house would moonlight as a public relations firm for the crown prince of saudi arabia. >> kentucky senator rand paul said, i'm pretty sure this statement is saudi arabia first, not america first. i'm also pretty sure national security adviser john bolton wrote it. and then there was this frank comment on the crown prince known as mbs from senator lindsey graham. >> saudi arabia needs us more than we need them. it's not too much to ask an ally not to butcher a guy in a consulate. this is not world war ii. so i'm not going to look away at what mbs did. i think he did it. >> the saudis at first denied any knowledge of jamal khashoggi's death then later pinned the murder on a group of rogue operatives. new financial disclosures filed by acting attorney general matthew whitaker reveal more than $9,000 from a conservative group he founded in 2014.
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the group known as f.a.c.t. received almost its funding from a dark money organization that got some funding from a major republican donor, charles koch. >> most of his income the past few years came from f.a.c.t., although cnn paid him $15,000 as a legal commentator in 2015. the disclosures magnify concerns over whether the senate would confirm whitaker if the president nominated him as permanent attorney general. until yesterday watchdog groups repeatedly raised concern about why the request for the public documents had gone unfulfilled. president trump has submitted his written answers to questions from special counsel robert mueller. this follows months of negotiations between the spouns's office and -- pounds's office and the trump legal team. the questions dealt with russia-related topics in the mueller investigation and not obstruction of justice. still not clear if that will be enough for mueller to finish his investigation. there could be additional
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questions. mueller's team could still try and pursue an in-person interview though the president said he does not plan on sitting down. after a year of apologizing for facebook's missteps, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is sounding a lot more defiant. an article claimed facebook wasness transparent enough about -- officers not transparent enough about hackers during the election. in an interview, zuckerberg dismissed questions about his performance and the leadership of coo sheryl sandberg. >> there are a lot of questions about sheryl sandberg's role in the latest controversy. can you definitively say sheryl will stay in her same role? >> yeah. look, sheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts to address the biggest issues that we have. so when you look at a lot of the progress that we've made over the last 12 to 18 months on
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issues around elections or content or security, sheryl is leading a lot of that work. she's been an important partner for me for ten years. i'm proud of the work we've done together. i hope that we work together for decades more to come. >> you are ceo and chairman of facebook. that's an extraordinary amount of power given that you rule a kingdom of two billion people digitally. shouldn't your power be checked? >> yes. i think that ultimately the issues that we're working on here, you know, things like preventing interference in elections from other countries, finding the balance between giving people a voice and keeping people safe, these are not issues that any one company can address. >> you are not stepping down as chairman? >> that's not the plan. >> zuckerberg says facebook has a different world view than some of the people who cover the company. global markets and u.s. futures down sharply a day after
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the dow lost more than 500 points, wiping out all gains for the year. it's not alone. the s&p 500 also down for the year. investors are worried the days of record profits is near its end with tech stocks taking the biggest hit. tech companies have long before the darlings of wall street sending stocks to record highs. now apple faces slowing demand for iphones, facebook is under scrutiny over data and privacy issues, as those stocks fall. so, too, does the market. these five big-tech names have lost more than $800 billion in combined market value since august. but investors have a flurry of concerns. higher interest rates, crashing oil prices now at a 13-month low. a u.s.-china trade war. bottom line, after years of big profit growth, investors expect a slowdown in 2019. just reading the "wall street journal," for example, on the way in, you hear the word "recession" throughout different articles. they're tamping down any expectation for a recession, just the fact that you're
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hearing that word concerning for the months and weeks ahead. >> yeah. absolutely. and something else concerning to learn this morning -- number of people unaccounted for in the camp fire is taking another big jump. now potentially damaging rain is moving in for thousands without a home for the holiday. we'll have more.
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the number of people unaccounted for in the camp fire increased 171 from officials monday. that number rising sharply as officials warned because detectives were able to get to a backlog of voice mails. the death toll stands at 81. the remains two of more victims were discovered on tuesday. the camp fire, though, now 75% conta contained. the next challenge could be rain as it could become heavy over northern california, lasting into saturday. that will help with the air
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quality, but it could also trigger mudslides and debris flows. >> the estimated cost of fighting the camp fire and the woolsly fire stands at $300 million. you're looking at the helicopter flying through to rescue three people and two dogs in the hills of malibu. the fire is nearly 100% contained after charring close to 97,000 acres. >> hard to believe they're saying the camp fire may not be fully contained until november 30th. >> the rain will help a little bit, but also might cause mudslides. tough. a major health warning that could affect millions of thanksgiving menus. the centers for disease control warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce due to possible e. coli contamination. 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the outbreak strain. in addition, 18 people in canada have become sickened. officials say consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce product. that includes whole heads of
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romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes. so far the fda has not been able to tie the outbreak to a specific grower. on the east coast for the holiday, one suggestion -- bundle up, it's going to be the coldest thanksgiving in new york in more than a century. which could spell trouble for the trivphanksgiving parade. here's ivan cabrera. >> a combination, good morning, of not just the arctic air but the winds making it feel like in the single digits. the arctic air mass will be on top of us. will be easily the coldest spot in the nation. we could have the coldest thanksgiving since we've been keeping records. as far as the temperatures for today, 30s and 40s. but then arctic air will make its way in along with the wind. in new york, 26 for the windchill through the early part of the morning. and then single-digit numbers for thursday and friday. likewise in boston. philly, syracuse won't get above zero as far as the windchill. incredible stuff. of course we're going to have record lows here.
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upwards of 16 record lows potentially through the early part of thursday. then for the big parade, bundle up if you're going to be out there. look at these temperatures staying at the lower 20s. with the wind at 15 to 20 miles per hour, that's going to make it feel like the upper single digits. and if that wind gets steadily above 20 miles per hour, we'll have to cancel the balloons. we'll have to watch this closely. but either way, just pack accordingly. it is going to be a frigid thanksgiving morning. guys? >> feels like single digits. good thing we usually watch the parade from inside. >> absolutely. >> at the cnn building. ahead, men making choices about women's rights is a sad irony. what that's a mississippi judge says. he ruled against a ban on abortions at 15 weeks. so this christmas,
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making decisions about a woman's reproductive rights. >> he writes, the state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades' long campaign fueled by national interest groups. to ask the supreme court to overturn roe v. wade. the judge also called the mississippi legislature's professed concerns about women's health pure gaslighting. former michigan state university president louwanna simon has been charged with lying to police in the larry nassar case. she's accused of misleading investigators about how much she knew about sex abuse allegations against nassar, the doctor accused of abusing young women while employed by the university and usa gymnastics. simon resigned in january after 13 years but has still been on the university's payroll. simon faces up to 12 years in prison. her lawyer calls the charges political and untrue. aspiring actress morell morelli mutey granted a
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the clearest case yet of the president misusing the justice department. he tried to get doj officials to prosecute hillary clinton. >> can you state for the record, did you know anything about this? >> well, i -- like i said on the call, you know, i learned about there when i read the report. >> cnn exclusive. mark zuckerberg fends off criticism after a report facebook hired a p.r. firm. keep romaine lettuce off
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your thanksgiving table. a scare forcing a warning from health officials. temperatures taking an epically cold turn. windchills in the single digits in new york for thanksgiving day. putting the balloons in the parade in jeopardy. welcome back, everybody, i'm christine romans. >> i'm kaylee hartung. it's 31 minutes past the hour. turns out the president's calls to "lock her up" were heard not just in rallies but at the white house. president trump was taking steps to have the justice department prosecute hillary clinton. a source telling cnn president pressed then-white house counsel don mcghan to make it happen. >> the president had been attacking clinton for years by that point over her emails, the clinton foundation, and other matters. "the new york times" first reported on the president's push to have clinton and former fbi director james comey prosecuted. >> this is what happens in authoritarian countries.
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the president orders -- the president, the leader orders the investigation and prosecution of his political enemies. fortunately, there are people in the white house here who understood the traditions and the rules of the american legal system and said you can't do that, and it didn't happen. >> mcghan fended off the president's repeated requests to have his rivals prosecuted. the "times" reports mcghan had white house lawyers write a memo warning the president about all the consequences including possible impeachment. mcghan has since left the white house after extensive cooperation with the mueller investigation including 30 hours of interviews that unnerved the president. cnn sources say the president also spoke repeatedly with deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and matthew whitaker, now the acting attorney general, then chief of staff to jeff sessions. mr. trump asked them about justice department progress investigating hillary clinton. he'd been very clear he intended to go after her including this remark at a presidential debate.
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judge. >> if i win, i am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. >> it's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of donald trump is not in average of the law in our country. >> yeah, because you'd number jail. >> he tried. whitaker came to the meetings prepared to tell the president what justice was doing on clinton-related matters, although our source said whitaker did not seem to cross any line. more broadly, the president pressing whitaker at the time seems to prove he was lying this month when he said this -- >> i don't know matt whitaker. matt whitaker works for jeff sessions, and he was always extremely highly thought of. and he still is. >> so far no comment from the justice department on all of this. top senate republicans slamming president trump for standing behind saudi arabia and crown prince mohammed bin salman in the wake of the murder of
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"washington post" journalist, u.s. resident jamal khashoggi. in an official statement peppered with exclamation points, the president wrote, "it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event. maybe he did, and maybe he didn't," exclamation. that said we may never know all the facts surrounding the murder of jamal khashoggi. in any case, our relationship is with the kingdom of saudi arabia." >> that contradicts a cia assessment the crown prince did order the killing, a finding of which u.s. officials are highly confident. the president stood by his statement speaking to reporters. >> because it's america first to me. it's all about america first. saudi arabia, if we broke with them, i think your oil prices would go through the roof. i've kept them down. they've helped me keep them down. we'll see how that works out. it's a complex situation. it's a shame, but it's -- it is
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what it is. >> that drew swift, sharp rebukes from leading republicans. senate foreign relations chairman bob corker tweeted, i never thought i'd see the day the white house would moonlight as a public relations firm for the crown prince of saudi arabia. >> wow. kentucky senator rand paul wrote a series of tweets including this -- i'm pretty sure the statement is saudi arabia first, not america first. i'm also pretty sure national security adviser john bolton wrote it. then there was this -- frank comment on the crown prince known as mbs from senator lindsey graham. >> saudi arabia needs us more than we need them. it's not too much to ask an ally not to butcher a guy in a consulate. this is not world war ii. i'm not going to look away at what mbs did. i think he did it. >> the saudis first denied any knowledge of jamal khashoggi's death, then later pinned the murder on a group of rogue operatives. new financial disclosures filed by acting attorney general matthew whitaker reveal more than $900,000 in payments from a
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conservative group he founded in 2014. the group known as f.a.c.t. received almost all of its funding from a dark money organization which got at least some of its funding from major republican donor charles koch. >> most of whitaker's income in the past few years came from f. f.a.c.t., although cnn paid him $15,000 as a legal commentator in 2017. the disclosure magnify concerns over whether the senate would confirm whitaker if the president nominated him as a permanent attorney general. until yesterday government watchdog groups had repeatedly raised concern about why the requests for the public documents had gone unfulfilled. president trump ad mid his daughter and senior adviser ivanka trump did use private e-mail to conduct white house business during the start of his administration. after years of criticizing hillary clinton for doing something quite similar, the president is denying any hypocrisy and drawing this distinction between the actions of his daughter and his
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political rival -- >> there was no hiding. there was no deleting like hillary clinton did. there was no service in the basement like hillary clinton had. >> ivanka trump's private e-mail use will face new scrutiny soon from democratic and republican leaders. they want to determine whether the president's daughter broke the law. nancy pelosi's bid to reclaim the speaker's gavel just got a big boost. congresswoman marcia fudge, an ohio democrat who was weighing a potential challenge, announcing she will instead endorse pelosi. fudge says she made her decision after being assured black women will have a seat at the party's decisionmaking table. pelosi also announced plans to revive a subcommittee on election integrity and make fudge the chairwoman in the new congress. at this point pelosi has not faced a formal challenge in the speaker's race. she's encountered opposition from a small but vocal group of house democrats who want new leadership. now to the cnn exclusive we told you about. after a year of apologizing for
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facebook's missteps, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is sounding a lot more defiant. last week a "new york times" report claimed the company wasn't transparent about russia's interference in the 2016 election. the report said facebook hired a p.r. firm to dig up dirt on its competitors and encourage reporters to examine the links between liberal billionaire george soros and activists protecting facebook. >> can you state for the record, did you know anything about this? >> well, i -- like i said on the call, you know, i learned about this when i read the report, as well. i'm not sure that's the most important point. i think your question is right that this is -- i do run the company. i am responsible for everything that happens here. i don't think that this point was about a specific p.r. firm. it was about how we act. >> you know, the p.r. firm was founded by republican political strategists. it launched a campaign linking facebook critics to george soros. this is a common tactic used by
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anti-semitic and alt-right groups. that's why i think people were so shocked when they found out about this. i think that was part of the report that folks had real questions about. does that strike you as stooping low? >> yeah. i wasn't particularly happy about that piece of it. that's certainly a big part of what -- when i read about this what made me want to look into this more deeply. the intention was never to attack an individual. there are these lobbying groups and folks out there whose primary purpose is to attack the company. and i do think it's fine to push back on them. >> it's not common for tech companies to necessarily hire these types of firms. many would argue it's a way of spreading the same type of conspiracy theories that facebook has worked hard to get on top of. >> yeah. look, from the review that i've done so far, it doesn't appear that anything that the group said was untrue. >> zuckerberg went on to say we
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have a different world view than some of the folks covering us. >> terrific job there by lori seigel. global markets and u.s. futures down sharply one day after the dow last more than 500 points, wiping out all gains for the year. it's not alone. the s&p 500 also down for the year. investors are worried the days of record profits are near an end with tech stocks taking the biggest hit here. tech companies have long been the darlings of wall street sending stocks to record highs. now apple faces a slowing demand for iphones, facebook under scrutiny over data and privacy issues, as those stocks fall, so, too, does the market. these five big-tech names have lost more than $800 billion in combined market value since august. but investors have a flurry of concerns -- higher interest rates, crashing oil prices. now at a 13-month low. a u.s.-china trade war. the bottom line after years of big profit growth, investors do expect a slowdown in 2019. the numbers of people
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unaccounted for in the camp fire is taking another big jump overnight. now potentially damaging rain is moving in for thousands without a home for the holiday. we'll have more. welcome to the place where people go
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the estimated cost of fighting the camp fire and the woolsly fire stands at $300 million. last year's smaller napa fire resulted in more than $13 billion in claims. you are looking at new video from a fire department helicopter flying through thick smoke from the woolsey fire to rescue three people and two dogs in the hills above malibu. the woolsey fire is nearly 100% contained after charring close to 97,000 acres. a major health warning that could affect millions of thanksgiving menus. the centers for disease control warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce due to a possibly e. coli contamination. 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the outbreak strain. in addition, 18 people in canada have become sickened. officials say consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce product. that includes whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes. so far the fda has not been able to tie the outbreak to a specific grower.
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>> i don't know about you, but lettuce wasn't on my thanksgiving menu. >> rarely on my thanksgiving menu. nothing healthy allowed. on the east coast for the holiday, one suggestion -- bundle up, it's going to be the coldest thanksgiving in new york in more than a century which could spell trouble for the thanksgiving parade. here's ivan cabrera. >> a combination, good morning, of not just the arctic air but the winds making it feel like in the single digits. not today, balmy compared to what's coming, but the arctic air mass will be on top of us. will be easily the coldest spot in the nation. we could have the coldest thanksgiving since we've been keeping records. as far as the temperatures for today, 30s and 40s. but then arctic air will make its way in along with the wind. in new york, 26 for the windchill through the early part of the morning. and then single-digit numbers for thursday and friday. likewise in boston. philly, syracuse won't get above zero as far as the windchill. incredible stuff. of course we're going to have
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record lows here. upwards of 16 record lows potentially through the early part of thursday. then for the big parade, bundle up if you're going to be out there. look at these temperatures staying at the lower 20s. with the wind at 15 to 20 miles per hour, that's going to make it feel like the upper single digits. and if that wind gets steadily above 20 miles per hour, we'll have to cancel the balloons. we'll have to watch this closely. but either way, just pack accordingly. it is going to be a frigid thanksgiving morning. guys? >> thanks for the good news, ivan. >> the first time i was go to go to the parade. >> 1971 was the last time the balloons were grounded. >> hopefully they say up this year. men making choices about women's rights. a sad irony, that's what a mississippi judge said. ♪
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[ neighing ] [ sigh ] it's bring your own phone, not pony. so i could've taken the bus? yeah. bring your phone. switch your carrier. save hundreds a year with xfinity mobile. call, click or visit a store today. a surprise overnight as a south korean official has been elected the new president of interpol. members of the international policing agency passing on a russian official who was expected to get the job. cnn's matthew chance is live in moscow with more. >> reporter: thank you very much. it was a surprise announcement, you're right, because it's the russian candidate who'd been widely tipped to be elected as
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the next president of interpol in the event the candidate, the delegates at the general assembly in dubai that voted, they voted for the south korean candidate, kim jong-yang, that averted further controversy for that international policing organization. the reason the russian candidate was so controversial, first of all, russia has been accused repeatedly of having a flagrant disregard for international law. so it was a feeling internationally that it would have been inappropriate for a russian national to take over the reins of the international policing body. but also because russia has been one of the worst offenders of abusing the interpol system by issuing so-called red notices, the closest thing to international arrest warrants, against dissidents, critics of the kremlin, and russia's perceived opponents. it's done that repeatedly around the world. and to figures including bill
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browder, u.s.-born businessman who gave a news conference yesterday. criticizing the possibility of a russian national being made the president of interpol. he issued this statement on twitter earlier saying that after the south korean was elected, reason prevails in this dark world. and so a lot of people satisfied at this election result. >> reason prevailing. a novel concept sometimes. matthew, thanks for the perspective. some strong words from a federal judge in mississippi who blocked a state law that outlaws most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnan pregnancy. the only facility in the state that provides abortion services sued after the governor signed the measure in march. judge carlton reeves calling it a sad irony that men are making decisions about a woman's reproductive rights. >> in his ruling, he writes, the state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades's long campaign fueled by national
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interest groups. to ask the supreme court to overturn roe v. wade." he also called the mississippi legislature's concerns about women's health pure gaslighting. form mitch state university on -- michigan state university president lou anna simon is accused of misleading investigators about how much she knew about sex abuse allegations against larry nassar, the doctor convicted of abusing young women at the university in usa gymnastics. simon has resigned but has been on the payroll. citement an faces up to -- simon faces up to 12 years in prison. her lawyer calls the charges political and untrue. the peas beat out the carrots in a white house tradition, the annual turkey pardon at the white house. the president did the honors before jetting off to mar-a-lago for thanksgiving break. he said the vote was decided by a, quote, fair and open election, and carrots refused to
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concede. he added this -- >> even though peas and carrots have received a presidential pardon, i have warned them that house democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas. >> both peas and carrots will live out the rest of their turkey lives at virginia tech's gobblers rest exhibit. >> that was funny. while you were sleeping, stephen colbert had a field day with the turkey pardon. >> the turkeys disguised themselves as vegetables so trump would not be tempted to eat them. in the twitter poll, the results came in at 11:00 a.m. today, a dead heat at 50/50. even our turkey voting is just hopelessly divided in america. [ laughter ] these turkeys' remove might be short lived because the turkeys trump spared last thanksgiving are already dead. man -- sad, they were put to rest according to their wishes.
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in individually labeled tupperware. >> brutal. a check on cnn business. global markets and u.s. futures down sharply. the dow lost more than 500 points tuesday wiping out all gains for the year. the s&p 500 also down for the year. tech stocks taking the biggest hit. tech companies helped send stocks to record highs but apple faces slowing demand for iphones, facebook under scrutiny for data and privacy issues. and as those stocks fall, so, too, does the market. in fact, these five big-tech names have lost more than $ 00 billion in com-- $800 billion in combined value since august. target's sales are hot but wall street is worried about the holidays. target's stock fell more than 10% after reporting so-so earning. same-store sales grew a robust 5.1% and online sales grew 49%. but costs are rising as target spends big to become a holiday heavy hitter. target will roll out free two-day shipping and same-day
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delivery to compete with amazon. it's also bolstering its toy offerings and expanding customer service. speaking of toys, this will be the first holiday season without giant toys 'r' us, thousands of former workers will receive severance from a new $20 million fund. toys 'r' us went out of business in march. 31,000 jobs were lost. two of its former owners, bane capital and kkr, said up the fund to help laid-off employees. the move is considered rare among private equity-backed companies that file for bankruptcy. even so, the amount falls well short of the $75 million workers rights groups says employees are owed. tough holiday for thousands of workers across the country. fortunately there's a tight labor market in this country. >> you know, i was just covering the wildfires. an abandoned and empty toys 'r' us became the site for a donation distribution center. good to see that space being used for something positive. "early start" continues right now.
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the clearest case yet of the president misusing the justice department. he tried to get doj officials to prosecute hillary clinton. you are not stepping down as charge? >> that's not the plan. >> a defiant mark zuckerberg vows to stay on the job. cnn has an exclusive sit-down with the embattled facebook chief. keep romaine lettuce off your thanksgiving table. an e. coli scare forcing a warning from health officials. and temperatures taking an epically cold turn. windchills in the single digits in new york city for thanksgiving, putting those balloons in the parade in jeopardy. should be a chilly one. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start," i'm dave briggs. >> i'm kaylee hartung in for dave briggtw ttwo -- in for christine romans. i'm not sure i packed appropriately given the forecast. it is wednesday, november 21st, a little after 5:

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