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♪ first jared, now ivanka, cnn learning the president overruled officials to get this daughter security. >> they started doing things they shouldn't be doing. they want to play games. the white house strategy that could be involved withholding documents. and north korea rebuilding a test missile facility. right and the summit of the president and kim jong-un. and a new drug for severe
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depression. it's major news for others who haven't been helped by other anti-depressants. good morning, i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it's wednesday, march 6th, 4:00 a.m. in the east. for the second time in weeks, the president's preference over protest call. three sources telling cnn president trump pressured aides to grant security clearance for the first daughter and senior aide. >> the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance and my husband's clearance. >> so, no special treatment? >> no. >> it's not clear what red flags were holding up ivanka's clearance. several sources tell cnn it's possible she was unaware there were any concerns raised during her background check. she might have been unaware of her father's involvement. but it followed the president's
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top secret clearance for ivanka's husband jared kushner. and it shows the president once again overruling on federal grounds. >> good morning, christine and dave. we have learned that president trump then pressured white house chief of staff don mcgahn to grant his adviser clearance against recommendations. while the president has the legal authority to grant clearances, most inferences are left up to the white house security office which would determine whether a staffer should be granted one after the fbi grants a background check but after concerns were raised by the personnel office. trump pushed kelly and mcgann so it doesn't hear he was doing that in his favor. "the new york times" reports that trump orlandoed them to
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grant jared kushner. white house press secretary cdc said the white house cannot comment on security clearance issues, nor can it respond to every source. kelly could not be reached to comment and mcgahn declined to comment for this story. back to you. >> and the security clearance were separate from those about her husband. we're also told that the white house is rejecting a demand from the house oversight committee to turn over documents and comply with interviews about the security clearances of some of president trump's closest advisers including son-in-law jared kushner. president trump signals the white house will push back against the investigations targeting his political and personal lives. the president accuses democrats of launching probes to hurt his
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2020 reelection chance and making a curious reference to his predecessor. >> essentially what they're saying is the campaign begins, instead of doing infrastructure, instead of doing health care, instead of doing so many things that they should be doing, they want to play games. president obama, from what they tell me, was under a similar kind of a thing. didn't give one letter. they didn't do anything. they didn't give one letter of the request. many requests were made. they didn't give a letter. >> and it's not clear what letter president trump was talking about there but for what it's worth, president obama did hand over documents, lots of them, to the investigation launched by congressional republicans. you see there. now white house officials are bracing for congressional efforts to go mr. trump's tax returns. there's only one democrat on capitol hill with the authority to demand mr. trump's tax
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returns, ways and means chairman neal. michael cohen is back on capitol hill. he'll be finishing the testimony behind closed doors. it comes one day after the new york state department slapped a subpoena on the insurance broker alcip this after this bombshell. >> to your knowledge, did the president ever provide inflated assets to insurance companies? >> yes. >> aon says it plans to cooperate. while it does not have the ability to bring criminal charges, it can issue its findings to state prosecutors for that. breaking news overnight new satellite images appearing to show north korea rebuilding part of the long-range missile testing facility. the work taking place around the same time kim jong-un was meeting with president trump in
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vietnam, at a summit that ended abruptly with no deal. paula hancocks live from seoul with the breaking details. paula, what are we learning? >> well, dave, these are commercial satellite images which according to north cis think tank show there has been part of this facility called tongchang-ri which has been dismantled since singapore of last year. this is one that president trump had been speaking to president moon jae-in about it. and he was talking about potentially letting inspects into the site to show how they had dissembled certain elements of it. now, it does appear that a roof has been attached to a certain structure. a test done on that structure. and that has been increased, there are construction cranes as well. certainly, the question is, what
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does this mean exactly. does this mean this is a message to the u.s. president. but of course, the first question is, when were the satellite images from anywhere from february 17th to march 2nd. so this could have been during the summit. there's a difference of opinion among many experts as to whether or not this is a message from north korea or not. dave. >> as usual, no press briefing from the white house, so we'll await comment. foreign adversaries still pose a serious threat to the elections. and the fbi director saying the u.s. did not see a material impact on the infrastructure of the midterms but he warned american democracy is still in peril. >> what has continued virtually unabated and just intensifies during the election cycles is this maligned foreign influence campaign, especially using
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social media, but lots of other techniques as well to sow divisiveness and discord. >> the director saying the cyberthreats in the u.s. are unlike anything we've had in our lifetime, his words. but the fbi is working to minimize the impact. house democrats plan to update their resolution condemning anti-semitism. the resolution now likely to come to the house floor for a vote tomorrow, instead of today. democrats facing pressure to commend anti-semitic comments by freshman democrat ilhan omar from minnesota, and also defend her from anti-muslim rhetoric. >> omar is once again under fire for repeatedly suggesting support for israel is tied to jewish money. her comments called to remove her from the house foreign affairs committee but chairman
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engle said he's not close to doing that. a surge of migrants along the u.s./mexico border has border at the breaking point. that's the highest number in any february over the past 12 years. officials say slightly fewer than 10% were unaccompanied children and almost half were people who came with family members. in previous years, single dults made up the majority of migrants. >> this happening as congressional republicans grapple with trump's national emergency declaration in order to build his signature border wall. senate leaders are planning to vote on a resolution blocking it next week. and beyond the simple needed for its past but gdpa says it falls short of the majority. experts say the biggest
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advancement in years to fight depression. the food and drug administration approving a new nasal treatment for treatment. the medication also designed for adults who have not benefited from other anti-depressant drugs. that's about a third of americans battling depression. the nasal spray works within hours, rather than weeks or months like current drugs. it will carry a black box warning, the most serious issue by the fda with suicidal thoughts. some people who take the nasal spray will have to be monitored for at least two hours to guard against that. and numbers from the u.s. deficit 77% from 2019. here are the numbers, the deficit hit 310 billion, up from $176 billion from a year ago. but it bloomed as taxes
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plummeting. it's cheap to borrow the money. but every one of those dollars you are borrowing to run the company. here's what white house economic adviser larry kudlow had to say on fox news. >> we are making an investment in america's future. it's already beginning to pay off and if that means we incur some additional debt in this short run, so be it. >> more than just a little bit of additional debt. as the white house gets ready to release a new budget sometime this month. the congressional budget office estimates the deficit will reach roughly $900 billion. you recall there had been a lot of criticism from the obama administration for deficits. >> a lot. >> during the final crisis, you know, trying to fight the economy from falling off a cliff. we are in good times, a strong job market and running these deficits. it really has experts concerned.
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>> the point is this isn't the short term. this is the long term. they don't go well. >> where's the hypocrisy. >> it gone from the platform entirely ? ahead, very scary moments on a norwegian cruise. can you imagine that. the ship tilts severely at sea after being hit by hurricanes-force winds. it. i didn't do it. so when i heard they added ultra oxi to the cleaning power of tide, it was just what we needed. dad? i didn't do it. #1 stain and odor fighter, #1 trusted. it's got to be tide. h
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grass breaking. passengers at the bar holding on for dear life. >> i was at the bar, i was sliding down, chairs were flying. >> my son got up and he looked out the window, and he could see water at that port window. >> i had to grab a table. i couldn't hold my balance. and whatever -- all of the items were not attached properly, keep them from falling down, breaking. >> people falling down, crying. yeah, it was a pretty traumatic experience. >> several passengers and crew members were injured. there was no serious damage to the norwegian "escape." yesterday, the efforts will transition into recovery efforts. the victims ranged in age from 6 years old to 89. authorities say the death toll could rise. seven to eight people are still unaccounted for. one woman who lost five family members volunteering at a
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command supply center to help get her mind off of it. >> i'm here volunteering, to help my community off. it keeps my mind off of stuff because this is the thing, real life. we see this somewhere else, not like here. >> two large corporations who wish to remain anonymous have announced they will pay for the funerals of all 23 tornado victims. r&b singer r kelly tearfully denying allegations. kelly pleaded not guilty to ten felony charges of abuse of young girls. in an interview with gayle king, kelly denied the allegations. >> use your common sense, forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. hate me if you want to. but just use your common sense, how stupid would it be for me with my crazy past, what i've been through, right now, think i have to be a monster, hold girls
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against their will, chain them up in my basement and don't let them eat and don't let them out. quick playing. i didn't do this stuff. this is not me. i'll fight for my life. >> interview will air in full on "thbs this morning." krers say prosecutors say the charges go from 2008. melania trump on a tour to promote her be best initiative. the first lady getting personal saying she frequently talks about her son barron about the dangers of drugs. and the impact of holding a baby suffering from withdrawal. she also did not miss a chance to criticize the media. >> i challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost and the potential lives that could be saved by
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quickbooks. backing you. first jared, now ivanka. cnn has learned the president overruled officials to get his daughter a security clearance. >> instead of doing so many things that they should be doing, they want to play games. the white house pushing back on investigations by house
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democrats. strategy that could be involved withholding it down. north korea has begun rebuilding part of a long-range missile test facility. did work begin right around the summit of the president and kim jong-un. and new drug for severe depression. major news for millions that haven't been helped by other anti-depressants. welcome back to "early start" on the hump day, i'm dave briggs. >> good morning, i'm christine romans. for the second time in two weeks, we are learning that the president overruled security officials on personal grounds. three sources telling cnn president trump pressured top aides to grant a security clearance to first daughter and senior aide ivanka trump. revelations contradicting ivanka's denial to abc news three weeks ago. >> president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance. >> so, no special treatment? >> no. >> it's not clear what red flags
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were holding up ivanka's clearance. several sources tell cnn, it is possible she was unaware there were any concerns raised during her background check or her father's involvement. but it followed the president ordering a top secret clearance for ivanka's husband jared kushner. senior white house correspondent pamela brown with more from washington. well, good morning, christine and dave we have learned that president trump then pressured his chief of staff john kelly and don mcdna to grant his daughter security clearances against their recommendations. speaking to me me and my colleague kaitlan collins, while the president has word on clearance, but after concerns were raised by the personnel office, trump pushed them to make the decision so it didn't
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appear he was tainting the process in his favor. after they refused, trump granted the security clearance. this development comes on the heels of "the new york times" revelation that president trump ordered the clearance of jared kushner. white house press secretary sarah sanders said the white house cannot comment on security clearance issues, nor can it respond to every anonymous source. kelly could not be reached for comment, and mcgahn declined to comment for this story. >> cnn has learned about granting the security clearance to ivanka trump were separate from those of her husband. cnn is also being told the white house is rejecting the house oversight demands about interviews for security clearances of trump's closest advisers. president trump signaling the white house will push back against the barrage of congressional investigations targeting his political and
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personal lives. officials say the strategy is it to limit the number of documents provided to house committees. the president accusie ining dems the probe launched to hurt. >> essentially what they're saying that the campaign begins, instead of doing infrastructure, instead of doing health care, instead of doing so many things that they should be doing, they want to play games. president obama, from what they tell me was under a similar kind of a thing. didn't give one letter. they didn't do anything. they didn't give one letter of the requests. many requests were made. they didn't give a letter. >> it's not clear what letter president trump is talking about, but president obama did hand over documents, many, many documents by the investigation launched by congressional republicans. you can see many of them there. white house officials are bracing for congressional efforts to go after mr. trump's tax returns next.
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there's only one democrat on capitol hill with the authority to officially demand the tax forms. ways and means richard neal. michael cohen back on capitol hill today. he'll be finishing his testimony to the house intelligence committee behind closed doors. his appearance comes one day after the new york state finance department slapped a subpoena on the trump organization's insurance broker aon plc. just a few days after cohen dropped this potential bombshell. >> to your knowledge, did the provide ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company? >> yes. >> and aon says it intends to cooperate. the new york state department can impose heavy fines. and while it does not have the power to bring criminal charges it can refer its findings to state prosecutors for that. breaking overnight,
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documents appearing to show north korea rebuilding a long-range testing facility. the work taking place around the same time of the summit that ended abruptly with no deal. paula hancocks live from seoul. this is, again, a big concern for so many american intelligence officials all along, during this time, when they've been talking to continue its nuclear ambitions? >> yes, christine, this is tong changly chang-ri. they've actually been pulling part of it down. even kim jong-un spoke to the south korean president moon jae-in about it that he what considering letting international investigators to check that it was into action.
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now what we've been seeing just in recent days and weeks is that they were starting to put it back together again. this is ciss 38 north and corroborated by intelligence reports we know from 38 north, it was somewhere between february 16th and march 2 end. so it could have been during, before or after the summit in hanoi between kim jong-un and president trump. experts are trying to figure out is it a way of north korea showing it's not happy with what happened in hanoi. but many saying they're going to wait to see what the intelligence says. at this point, we've had no official word from the trump administration. >> thank you, paula. house democrats plan to update their resolution condemning anti-semitism, the resolution is likely to come to the house for a vote tomorrow instead of today.
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democrats face pressure from comments of freshman congresswoman ilhan omar. >> omar, one of the first two muslim women to serve in congress is once again under fire for repeatedly suggesting support for israel with jewish money. her calls from some jewish groups to remove her from the foreign affairs committee. chairman engle says he's not close to doing that. you can reyhl move michael bloomberg's name from the list of potentials in 2020. he writes i've concluded for now, the best way for me to help our country is by rolling up my sleeves and continuing to get work done. >> bloomberg was leaning towards a white house bid a few weeks ago, but polls shows a narrow path to victory, especially if joe biden enters the race. bloomberg writing we cannot allow the primary process to
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drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chance in the general election and tras late into four more years. and the food and drug administration approving a new nasal spray sold in conjunction with anti-depressants. it would help a third of americans battling depression. it's based on a powerful tranquilizer known as ketamine, and also the party drug special k. it will carry a warning by the fda with abuse and suicidal thoughts aside effects. and with kleichina, on the hand, progress in a deal to end the trade war. on the other hand, the temperature starting to rise with huawei, with the cfo meng
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moving forward. meng is due back in court today. at the same time, two cases against huawei are unfolding in u.s. federal court. huawei pleaded guilty last week with charges it tried to steal secrets with t-mobile. meng has been charged in that case. she and huawei have, of course, denied the charges but the trade deal still on the minds of investors. here's what economic adviser larry kudlow said to fox news. a multilayer enforcement process that at least for now says if china doesn't live up to its agreement, we have the right not only to keep tariffs, but to raise tariffs, and they will not retaliate. now, that's breakthrough stuff. we'll see if president xi and
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the politburo relies on that. >> and many have said that the chinese just don't live up to their end of the bargain when they agree. optimism at white house. futures pointing lower as investors monitor those trade developments. all right. coming up, very scary moments on a norwegian cruise. the ship really tilting at sea, after being hit by hurricane-force winds. when we started our business
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it started tilting to one side after being slammed by a sudden hurricane-force wind with no warning. furniture was flying, glass breaking. passengers at the bar holding on for dear life. >> i was at the bar. i was sliding down. chairs were flying. >> my son got up and he looked out the window, and he could see water at that port window. >> i had to grab to a table, i couldn't hold my balance. and whatever was -- all the items that were not attached properly, keep from falling down, glass breaking. >> people were falling down, crying. yeah, it was a pretty traumatic experience. >> several passengers and crew members were injured. there was no serious damage to the norwegian "escape." that shipped arrived at cape canaveral yesterday morning. gottlieb is resigning to spend more time with his family
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in connecticut. he's used his post to raise alarms about opioid addiction and teen vaping. our country is better off for the work of scott and the entire team in the fda. the president saying gottlieb has helped lower drug prices and get a record number of drugs approved and on to the market. the administration prevents initiative creates a cabinet-level task force to address the disturbingly high number of military veterans who take their own lives. >> veteran suicide is a tragedy of staggering proportions. hard to believe an average of 20 veterans and service members take their lives every single day. who would believe that's possible? >> according to the latest figures, the veteran suicide rate in the u.s. increased nearly 26% between 2005 and
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lost and the potential lives that could be saved by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or travel stories. >> mrs. trump shared the stage with former fox news anchor eric bolling whose teenage son died of a drug overdeesose. r. kelly pleaded not guilty last month to sexual abuse of girls. here's an interview with gayle cringe on cbs. >> forget the blogs. hate me if you want to, love me if you want to. use your common sense, how stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past, what i've been through, just right now think i need to be a monster and hold girls against their will. chain them up in my basement and don't let them eat and don't let
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them out. quit playing. i didn't do this stuff. this is not me. i'll fight for my [ bleep ] life. >> prosecutors say the charges against kelly span 1998 to 2010. he faces three to seven years in prison for each count if convicted. today's search efforts will become recovery efforts in alabama after an outbreak of catastrophic tornados in lee county killed 23 people sunday. the victims range in age from 6 years old to 89. authorities say the death toll could rise. there are seven or eight people still unaccounted for. one woman who lost five of her family members is volunteering at a command supply center she says to help get her mind off of it. >> i'm just out here, volunteering and helping my community out. they keep me busy, like it keeps my mind and stuff off of it. because this is real life. we see this somewhere else, not like here. >> two large corporations who wish to remain anonymous have
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announced they will pay for the funerals for all 23 tornado victims. >> city council meeting in sacramento getting a little heated, days after the district attorney decided not to charge the police officers who shot and killed stephon clark. the unarmed black man was gunned down in his grandmother's backyard last year. police say they thought she saw a gun flash that turned out to be a cell phone. he's standing by his decision not to charge the officers. he shows a basis for belief they were in imminent danger. the u.s. attorney's office and fbi will be examining that case. racing has been suspended indefinitely at california's famed santa anita racetrack. 21 horses have died since
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december. a 4-year-old training had to be euthanized tuesday. officials say it will give time for a consultant time to inspect the surface. the area has endured a an unusually harsh winter. the heavy rains could be a factor in the horses' deaths. asbestos has been found in three cosmetic products from claire's, the fda advising not to use the store brand eye shadows and compact powder. claire's which sells makeup and accessories for teens and younger children. claire's has pulled the products. you may have seen yesterday the trailer for the final season of "game of thrones" was released. no spoilers here but while you were sleeping, stephen colbert used the trailer as inspiration.
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♪ >> they're coming. 81 document requests in the expanding trump probe. ♪ a daring attack launched by house dems. this spring, brace yourself. subpoenas are coming. shame of thrones, the final season. all right, let's check on the game of business this morning. cnn business. global markets mixed as investors watch for developments on any kind of a trade deal with china. on wall street, futures pointing slightly lower. stocks ended tuesday, even though little change are the dow down 13 points. s&p 500, nasdaq, was also slightly lower. there were strong retail earnings that were interesting. so, americans aren't tired of
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shopping just yet. target shares of 5% best year since 2005. kohl's, 5%. great holiday sales there. this afternoon, president trump will take place in an advisory board meeting with lockheed mart martin, lowe's and home depot. there's a new self-made billionaire. at 21, kylie jenner is the youngest self-made billionaire ever. and she dethrones mark zuckerberg who was given that title at 23. some argue that kylie jenner couldn't be self-made because she's riding the coattails of her sister kim kardashian west who charged the way there. according to "forbes," jenner's company is worth $900 million. and she owns 100% of it. wow. >> really.
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>> ge stocks sank after ge's ceo larry culp said industrial cash flow will be negative in 2018. that was enough to send stock plunging. ge investors expect smd bed som news. it's a transition year but cash flow wasn't expected to be negative for the entire year. >> to kind of put you on the spot, is kylie jenner self-made? >> look, $900 million is a lot of money. yeah, i'll say yes. >> i'll agree with you there. twitter will disagree with you. >> a rare agreement between dave and i. "early start," we continue right now. first jared, now ivanka, cnn has learned the president overruled officials to get his daughter a security clearance. >> they started doing so many things that they should be doing. they want to play games.
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>> the white house pushing back on investigations by house democrats. the strategy could involve withholding documents. north korea has begun rebuilding part of a long-range missile test facility. work began right around the summit between the president and kim jong-un. and a new drug has been approved to treat severe depression. major news for millions who haven't been helped by other anti-depressants. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> good morning, i'm christine romans. it's wednesday, march 6th. for the second time in two weeks we're learning that the president overruled security officials on personal grounds. three sources tell cnn president trump pressured top aides to grant a security clearance to first daughter and senior aide ivanka trump. now ivanka contradicting that to abc news three weeks ago. >> president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance and

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