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♪ paul manafort could get ten more years in prison today, or is another life sentence in store for the former trump campaign manager? the u.s. now the only major company where airlines and the government are sticking with the boeing max 8. turns out pilots raised concerns after the first crash in october. celebrities among dozens caught up an unprecedented college admission scandal. an elaborate scheme of cheating, bribing and lying. and overnight, california putting a moratorium on the
death penalty. good morning, everyone, having to "early start." i'm jessica dean. >> good morning, i'm dave briggs. major sports news, odell beckham jr. on the move. we'll get there in a moment. we start in the nation's capital, round two, for former trump campaign manager paul manafort this morning. 17 months after his indictment was the first in the mueller probe, manafort will learn how long he'll spend in prison. after a sentence last week for financial crimes, a sentence many thought was lien yentz, the 69-year-old manafort now faces a judge who revoked his bail and threw him in jail last summer. more now. >> good morning, dave and jessica, in just hours, paul manafort is back. judge aim jackson will sentence paul manafort for the final time. and she'll sentence him to two criminal charges to which he pleaded guilty. conspiracy to the u.s. and
conspiracy for witness tampering. the judge will also potentially consider that he lied during his investigation, and that he lied to a grand jury, about his contact with a russian operative while chairman of the trump campaign during the 2016 leegz. t election. the lies ultimately led the mueller team to throw out the cooperation they had with manafort. in all, paul manafort can be sentenced up to ten years total for the two crimes. it was just last week that paul manafort got nearly four years in prison. how much more will this charge in washington, d.c. add to that sentence. dave, jess cake. >> thank you. one from former manafort rick gates on friday and now national security adviser michael flynn
today. robert mueller revealed flynn's cooperation with his office is done. but he's still cooperating with the justice department on a pending criminal case against his former lobbying partner. and roger stone back in court tomorrow. judge amy berman-jackson also overseeing the manafort case is expected to set a trial date for the president's longtime ally. he ruled last week that stone is already in violation of a gag order. the latest on that deadly plane crash over the weekend. first on the business front, boeing's stock fell sharply again as more airlines and entire nations grounded the 737 max 8 planes. shares of the company have fallen more than 11% over the past two days. the stock's sharp move down cost the dow 96 points tuesday. still, the faa doesn't see a need to pull the max 8, despite two crashes that killed hundreds. it says, quote, our review shows
no systematic performance issues and provide no, sir basis to order grounding of the aircraft. look at this map, countries or airlines themselves have decided to ground the plane. overnight, airlines in russia and canada stopped their flights. the u.s. the only industrialized nation to keep the plane in the skies. cnn's richard quest asked if the max 8 should be grounded. >> do you think there should be a worldwide grounding of the max planes? >> i think although we don't yet know the exact cause of the accident, and speculation is not helpful in any way, but i think there are questions without answers on the airplane. >> also new this morning, documents from a federal database were pilots can report aviation issues anonymously.
at least five since the crash. some say the nose was pointed down during departure. president trump spoke on tuesday to "the washington post." dennis nunnberg ordered to keep the plain in the sky. mr. trump tweeted airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. i don't want albert einstein to be my pilot, i want great professionals that are quickly able to take care of the plane. it's unclear why the president doesn't want the planes grounded. on tuesday, 19 of the 24 analysts following the company had it rated as a buy. cheat on tests, bribe admissions officers and pretend those payments were for charity. an unprecedented college scheme alleged by prosecutors. 50 people across six states
charged in operation varsity blue. >> among them, actress felicity huffman seen here in federal court and actress lori loughlin. the cooperating witness who helped bring them down and the man who helped pull it off, rich singer. >> reporter: dave and jessica, the mastermind behind this scheme also cooperated with authorities in the year-long investigation. he actually left the courthouse after pleading guilty to four federal charges and didn't say a word. he could serve up to 65 years in prison. now, quickly let me describe how this scheme would operate, according to authorities. they say that parents would pay singer to help their kids get into elite universities and colleges across the country by one of two avenues, either academically, or through athletics. if it was academic, he would
hire someone to basically change test scores, or have someone take a test for students with those s.a.t.s or a.c.t.s in order to get them enrolled, admitted, rather, into colleges and universities. if they went the athletic route, singer would bribe coaches of athletic teams and get these students admitted through that route as a potential athlete, even if that student never played the sport that they were allegedly recruited by. so it was an elaborate scheme, it was a case by case basis depending on who singer was helping out. we have two names that everybody has been talking about, that's felicity huffman and lori loughlin. both of them took different routes. in felicity huffman's case, attorneys for the doj say she paid $15,000 to get her daughter's test scores altered. in the case of loughlin,
authorities say say that her and her husband paid $500,000 to get her two daughters admitted to ucla on the crew team when they never even rowed crew. just elaborate schemes, we're talking ceos of major companies fashion designers, and a lot of people charged in this case dubbed operation varsity blues. more people are pleading guilty. we're expecting and it's possible that more arrests could come down the line. and as far as universities and how they're responding, essentially, they're distancing themselves from this. and, again, no universities have been charged in this case. dave and jessica. >> say it ain't so, cnn learning beto o'rourke is ready to jump into the 2020 democratic race for president. the former texas congressman
intends to announce this week. traveling saturday in debuc. >> run, go, run. team biden expects the former vice president to make a final decision on his 2020 plans imminently, with the formal announcement as soon as april. biden teased after taking the stage of a firefighter's conference. >> i appreciate the energy you showed when i got up here. save it a little longer. i might need it in a few weeks. >> oh, he's in. biden and o'rourke entering the field. we bring a centrist point of view into a race largely veering to the left. overnight, california gavin newsom just hours after posing a moratorium on the state's death penalty. that means an instant temporary reprieve for 737 inmates, the largest death row population in the nation.
the executive order will not change any current convictions or sentences. and it will not lead to the release of any prisoners currently on death row. >> california's executions were halted in 2006 when a condemned inmate challenged the state's protocol for lethal injections. in a speech later today, governor newsom is expected to highlight the racial disparity in sentencing. 6 in 10 prisoners on california's death row of people of color. el salvadorian mar who i.c.e. placed under custody ten times, titled carlos eduardo for the killing of 59-year-old bambi larson. i.c.e. asked southern california to hold him so steps could be
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reality? >> reporter: well, after last night, dave, the possibility of a second referendum definitely went up. still not as large as some people would hope. what happened, last night, theresa may lost her brexit deal, despite getting last minute assurances. 75 of her own party members voted against her deal. what happens next is tonight, there will be a vote whether or not to take the no-deal scenario off the table. what does that mean? what it means, in two weeks, as you said, britain is scheduled to leave the european union. but they would have to probably get an extension from the european union for that deadline. but they're beyond the bureaucratic political mess that this has created and questions about theresa may and whether or not she can stay as prime minister. there are real businesses affected by this. everyone is looking at the two-week deadline of march 29 thinking that's when they leave. there are questions about taxes and imports and people leaving
and the automakers with last-minute imports on their part. people have been stockpiling for some time. people are very worried about what is happened. businesses have moved millions and millions of dollars into the european union, and those that have voted to leave and all of them, just want the politicians to give them some clarity, some sort of plan. but so far, we have no idea what's going to happen. and neither do the people behind me in 10 downing street, dave. >> anybody's guess. what a mess it is. hadas gold, thank you. u.s.-backed forces attempt to drive isis out of its last remaining enclave. cnn's ben wedeman is live on the front lines for us with an exclusive look. ben. >> reporter: yes, jessica, well, we've been in this position for
three nights. but last night, the bottom boardment, the artillery and mortar bombardment and air strike went on all night long. and what is left is -- there, you just heard mortar strike there. it's wreckage. it's a junk yard back there. and it has been pummeled for hours by the u.s.-led coalition, as well as the u.s.-backed syrian democratic forces. it was a hard battle overnight. we understand that isis actually counterattacked at one point, taking two positions. they were held by the fds overnight. they used five suicide car bombs as well to try and stop the troops from advancing. but they have advanced. we were able to see that open ground behind me, some of the troops walking around in open
ground where they haven't been before. there has been some fire back in our direction, but by and large, it appears that the resistance is starting to break. overnight, we heard that within the last 24 hours, that 3,000 people, including isis, jihadis and their families have surrendered. those who are left inside this tiny last enclave that is all that is left of the so-called islamic state appear to be the ones who are ready to fight to the death. jessica. >> ben wedeman in syria for us. incredible reporting, thank you. >> boy, it sure is. some brave reporting there. cardinal george pell sentenced for six years in prison for what an australia judge called the callous assault of two choir boys in the 1990s. the most senior vatican official to date to be convicted of
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paul manafort could get ten more years in prison today, or a sentence in store as we await robert mueller's report. the u.s. now the only major country where airlines and the government are sticking with the boeing max 8. turns out that pilots raised concerns after the first crash in october. celebrities among dozens caught up in an unprecedented college admissions scandal. an elaborate scheme of cheating, bribing and lying. and breaking overnight, california putting a moratorium on the death penalty. why governor gavin newsom is making that move now. welcome back to "early start," everybody. i'm dave briggs. >> hi, everyone, i'm jessica dean. it's 31 minutes past the hour. round two for former trump
campaign manager paul manafort this morning. 17 months after his indictment was the first in the mueller probe. manafort will learn how long he'll spend in prison after sentenced last week for financial crimes, a sentence many thought it was lenient. the 69-year-old manafort now faces a sentence to throw him in jail. >> reporter: good morning, dave and christine in just hours, paul manafort is back for his final appearance. judge amy berman jackson will sentence paul manafort for the final time. she will sentence him for conspiracy against the u.s. and conspiracy for witness tampering. the judge will also consider that he intentionally lied during his cooperation to investigators. and also when he testified before a grand jury about his contact with a russian operative while chairman. trump campaign, during the 2016 election. and the lies ultimately led the
mueller team -- mueller's team to throw out the cooperation agreement that they had with manafort. in all, paul manafort can be sentenced up to ten years total for the two crimes. it was just last week that paul manafort got nearly four years in prison. how much more will this judge in washington, d.c. add to that prison sentence. dave, jessica. >> simon, thank you. countries and airlines around the world grounding the boeing max 8. the u.s., though, stands virtually alone this morning. look at this map. in red, you'll see where countries or airlines themselves have decided to ground the plane overnight. airlines in russia and canada stopped their flights. but the faa says it doesn't see a need pull the max 8, despite two crashes that killed hundreds. the agency says our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. cnn's richard quest ask the
ethiopian airlines ceo if the max 8s should be grounded. >> do you think there should be a worldwide grounding of the max planes? >> i think, although we don't know -- we don't yet know the exact cause of the accident and speculation is not helpful in any way, but i think that our questions without answers on the airplane. >> also new this morning, documents from a federal database where pilots can report aviation incidents anonymously. at least five complaints since the lion air crash in october. some saying the nose pointed down, while the plane was on autopilot during departure. president trump spoke with the boeing ceo tuesday, for "the washington post," dennis nunnberg argued to keep the plane in the sky. mr. trump also tweeting airlines are becoming far too complex to fly. i don't want albert einstein to
be my pilot, i want great professionals that are able to easily take control of the plane. unclear why the president isn't calling on the plane to be grounded even if he thinks they're too complicated to fly. meanwhile, boeing's stock fell sharply. shares of the stock fell more than 11% over the past two days. the stock fall cost the dow 92 points on tuesday. despite all of this, wall street is still backing boeing. as of tuesday afternoon, 19 of the analysts following it had it rated a buy. family members who lost loved ones on that jet are now headed to ethiopia, and they will be demanding answers to some very difficult questions. let's go live to bole airport in addis ababa. good morning, david. >> reporter: yes, with the planes to fly over it except for u.s. and canada, as you say,
now, the ceo telling cnn that the black boxes are out of the country for early analysis. the pilot did have issues with the control system of that plane before it went down, and tragic scenes playing out here today in ethiopia, with families heading to the scene to try and get some kind of closure. we spoke to the son of one of those victims on board. you try to keep it together, but it's such a difficult time for him. >> they will not see, and it feel like a family. now, our kin, our blood. i really, really fear that. i'm not i'm not, i'm not -- i
don't do well with this. i have really bad moments. >> reporter: i can't imagine how difficult is will be for those families to head to that site after we've been reporting there for several days. they're going to have questions. but those questions might not be answered anytime soon. jessica. >> all right. david, thank you so much. all right. cheat on tests, bribe admissions officers and pretend those payments were for charities, in an unprecedented college admission scheme alleged by prosecutors. 50 people across six states charged in what they're calling operation varsity blues. >> among them actress felicity huffman seen here in federal court and actress lori loughlin, famous for their roles in "desperate housewives" and "full house." allegations have witnesses
upset. the very man who helped the rich and famous pull it off, rich singer. cnn's brynn gingras is in boston. >> reporter: dave and jessica, the mastermind behind the scheme actually cooperated in the year-long investigation. he could serve up to 65 years in prison. quickly, let me describe how this scheme would operate, according to authorities. they say that parents would pay singer to help their kids get into elite universities across the country by one of two avenues, either academically or through athletics. if it was academic, he would hire someone to basically change test scores, or have someone take a test for students with those s.a.t.s or a.c.t.s in order to get them enrolled, admitted into colleges and universities. if they went the athletic route, singer would bribe coaches of
athletic teams and get these students admitted through that route as a potential athlete, even if that student never played the sport that they were allegedly being recruited by. so, it was an elaborate scheme which was a case-by-case basis, depending on who singer was helping out. now, we have two names, of course, that everybody has been talking about. that is felicity huffman and lori loughlin. both of them, according to authorities took different routes. in felicity huffman's case, attorneys for the doj say that she paid $15,000 to get her daughter's test scores altered. in the case of loughlin, authorities say her and her husband paid $500,000 to get her two daughters admitted to usc, on the crew team. when they never even rowed crew. just elaborate teams that never included those two actresses, but we're talking ceos of major
companies, fashion designers, and a lot of people charged in this case dubbed operation varsity blues. more people are pleading guilty. we're expecting and it's possible more arrests will come down the line. as far as universities and how they're responding, essentially, they're distancing themselves from this. again, no universities have been charged in this case. dave and jessica. >> thanks. breaking overnight, california governor gavin newsom just hours after posing a moratorium on the state's death penalty. that means an instant reprieve. the executive order will not change any current convictions or sentences. and it will not lead to the release of any prisoners currently on death row. >> california's executions were halted in 2006 when a condemned inmate challenged the state's protocol for lethal injections. in a speech today, governor newsom is expected to highlight the racial disparity in
sentencing. six in ten prisoners on california's prison row are people of color. newsom will also enforce the death penalty and the number of people wrongly sentenced to death. ahead, british lawmakers facing a brexit with no answers. is a no deal exit the only way to leave the eu? we're live on 10 downing street straight ahead.
how the uk exits the european union is anybody's question at this point. the brits have just two weeks now to figure it out. >> prime minister. >> prime minister theresa may suffering another humiliating defeat of parliament. lawmakers voting down her brexit deal 391 to 342. the question is what happens now, hadas gold joining us live from 10 downing street in
london. hadas. >> hadas? it appears we've lost hadas. we're going to try to come back to her just a moment. we'll try to get to is that story in a few minutes. now, economic news related to brexit, nissan ending production of two luxury vehicles in the uk. no blow by an industry concerned by weak sales and fears over brexit. nissan announced it will stop building the affinity q30 vehicle at its plant in sunderland by the end of the year. it will focus on north america, a spokesman said the departure was not connected to britain's departure from the eu. it's the second time in just over a month the automaker has taken production away from that sunderland plant. meanwhile, trade talks are at a
standstill. robert lighthizer told the committee that the u.s. has reached a complete stalemate with the eu over agricultural demands. there's also the issue of trump threatening to slap tariffs on foreign cars. and to determine whether foreign cars are a national security threat to the u.s. ever since he received a commerce report last month. let's go back now to 10 downing street where hadas gold joins us live in london. hi, hadas. >> reporter: good morning, jessica. we are waiting tonight -- we are waiting tonight to hear what will happen with this vote that is coming tonight, about whether a no deal scenario will be taken off the table. this comes just 24 hours after theresa may had another stunning defeat for her brexit deal. in a normal situation, the prime minister would have to resign after such a stunning defeat, 75 members of her own party even
voted against her. tonight, we'll see whether no deal will be taken off the table. now there does seem to be a majority in parliament for that scenario, because most people don't want to see the uk crashing out of the european union without any deal in place. if that deal happen, tomorrow, we'll have another vote on whether the deadline will be extended. that will have to happen with whether or not they want to leave the european union with no deal. we have only until march 29th. but along the political and bureaucratic message it's creating there are real people's lives affected by this. the government has warned that things like medication that drug companies need to stockpile, six weeks' worth of drugs in the event of a no deal scenario. some people are worried that drugs they need, everything from cancer to pain kills that he won't be able to get this time. just this week, the government released information on tariffs on a no deal. includes is a 10.6% tariff on
cars. that would increase the price of a car to be sold in the united kingdom by nearly $2,000. real things affecting real people. they're looking at it and they say they have no idea what's going to happen in the next few days. >> a lot of questions. hadas gold, thanks so much. the chinese company huawei on charges this morning. saying its technology is widely deployed by small wireless carrier, many of them are the only providers of cell coverage in rural areas close to u.s. military bases. huawei's ceo spoke to matt rivers, he joins us live in china. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, this is a very rare interview. this company has been very secretive over the years because they're talking now because their very existence is under38 by the united states. and they've taken a concrete step just recently. it was just last week that they
filed a lawsuit against the united states because the u.s. has banned huawei products from being used in federal agencies. huawei says that's unconstitutional, and they're asking the u.s. courts to take a look at it. and this interview was the first time that the ceo, that the founder of the company has spoken to the media since then. he's basically told me, look, this is a counterattack against the united states. this is us going to the u.s. saying this is unconstitutional. you're not telling the truth when you're telling countries around the world that we're a national security threat and we're going to fight you in court. the other message they're sending is to other countries. huawei isn't really in the u.s. market but they do sell to places like germany, for example. you had the u.s. tell germany, if they installed any products in the agency, the u.s. would limit intelligence sharing between the two countries. what huawei is saying, countries like uk, new zealand, our products are safe.
don't believe the u.s. whether this changes anything, dave, i don't believe it will. >> how it comes into the negotiations on that, major implications, matt rivers live there, thank you. disney's takeover of 21st century fox will take place this month. changing the entertainment industry as we know it. details in cnn business, next. when we started our business
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when cnn attempted to reach the birthday boy, his voice mail was full. >> and bought him a new phone for his birthday with a new phone number. let's get a check this morning. global markets lower and fresh concerns over brexit. asian markets closed lower. european markets opened lower. brexit concerns carrying over to the u.s. wall street futures pointing lower. stocks closed mixed yesterday. the dow closed down 96 points as more countries said they would ground boeing's 737 max planes. shares of boeing have fallen. boeing has lost $24 billion in market cap in two days. the s&p 500 both closed up just slightly. wells fargo ceo tim sloan says things are fixed.
tim sloan faced a committee monday. chairman maximum sene waters sas not been able to keep the bank out of trouble. sloan said this. >> i think the way in which we serve our customers is reflective of the changes i've made since i've become ceo. >> federal reserve still has an asset cap on wells fargo for widespread consumer abuse. the cap keeps the bank from expanding. disney's takeover of 21st century fox will take effect later this month, changing the entire entertainment industry as we know it. the $71 billion deal to buy most of 21st century fox will take effect on march 20th. disney is picking up the studio, a controlling stake in hulu, a suite of entertainment channels like fx and nat geo and other assets. the remaining portion, fox will
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