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a battle for the white house. attorneys for president trump pushing to see the mueller report before it goes to congress and the public. new zealand mourns the 50 victims of the devastating attack of two mosques on friday. the prime minister promises changes to the country's gun laws. and -- >> after treatment, we are being told he weighs about 3.7 kilograms. that's how much a newborn would way.
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>> the children orphaned by isis. inside a displacement camp in syria. where many of the youngest are in desperate conditions. stranded with nowhere to go. >> welcome to the viewers. this is cnn "newsroom." special counsel russia investigation report is expected to be delivered to the u.s. attorney general any time now. president trump tweeted monday that he expected the report to reveal the probe as a sham. never theless white house attorneys want to get a look at it before the attorney general sends anything to lawmakers. we explain why. >> we have learned white house lawyers expect to review whatever version of mueller's report attorney general submits to congress before it reaches
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lawmakers and the public. this is up a potential flash point. a political battle over the hotly anticipated document. the attorneys want the white house to have an opportunity to claim executive privilege over information from documents and interviews with white house officials. sources said. the white house review executive privilege claims are within the legal per view. this could set up a political battle over the perception of president trump trying to shield certain information from the public. about an investigation that swirled around him since the first day of his presidency. one source close to the white house put it, there's always been tension between what looks best politically and what represents the interest of the institution. preserving executive privilege trumps political optics and the white house view. rudy giuliani the outside attorney has said he wants to assert executive privilege. that's up to the white house. it's up to the president and the white house counsel.
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doing that. we should note it allows the president conversations with other officials be kept confidential. if he chooses to assert it. justice department lawyering could advise him against it if they don't feel it's legally defensible. if president trump does assert the privilege the decision could be litigated in court. if it's challenged which democrats would almost certainly do. >> thanks so much for that. now inside into how americans are feeling ability the economy and president trump. in a brand new cnn poll, seven in ten believe the economy is in good shape. 71% is the best rating during trumps presidency. and the highest since february 201. the president approval rating ticked up to 42%. 51% say they disapprove. that is the lowest number to say that in cnn polling since the start of the trump presidency.
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it was a busy weekend online for president trump. he took aim at many of the adversaries. living and dead. leaving white house officials to follow behind a tempting to clarify the president's intentions. we have the report. >> reporter: it started over the weekend when the president made a rare trip to church and lasted until his monday morning exec tiff time. unhole le tweet storm airing an avalanche of grievances. the president lashed out at the press after the mosque massacre in new zealand. tweeting the fake news media is working over time to blame me for the horrible attack. it was new zealand killer who called attention to the president rhetoric. describing trurp in a manifesto as a symbol of white identity. the president is on his heels after down playing white nationalism. >> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very serious problems. i guess if you look at what happened in new zealand perhaps that's the case.
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i don't know enough about it. we're learning about the person. it's a terrible thing. >> in response to the barrage of tweets the husband of whout counsellor kellyanne conway prominent d.c. attorney suggested the president suffers from a personality disorder. adding his condition is getting worse. a view not shared by his wife. >> i don't understand the concerns. i have four kid. i didn't talk to the president about substance. i may not be up to speed. >> the president attacked his old nemesis john mccain. who died in august. about peddling a dossier. tweeting it was indeed mccain who sent the fake dossier. hoping to have it printed before the election. working together failed as usual. >> mccain's daughter fired back at the president. >> i thought your life is spent on your weekends not with your family. not with your friends but
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obsessing over great men you could never live up to. that tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life. >> in a sign of -- offered a muted response to the president. tweeting. nothing about mccain service will be changed or diminished. president poll numbers ticked up in recent weeks in part because of the healthy economy. 71% saying the nation is in good fist cal shape. which may explain why the president feels em boldened to call on fox news to bring back judges show. after a rant about congresswoman o mar. >> she wears a hi jab. indicative of her to law. which in itself to the united states constitution? >> president defended her on the same weekend as people in nrz were reeling from a terror
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attack on muslims. white house acting chief of staff insisted mr. trump is not a racist. >> the president is not a white supremacist. i'm not sure how many times we have to say that. >> the president attended church on sunday he was exposed to a message of tolerance at the service. the reverend called on americans to reject hatred. >> when ever we over hear or over see hateful slurs against other people. perhaps we need the holy courage to call them out. and say it's not us. >> the president will soon find hichls in the company of a like minded foreign leader when brazilian president visits the white house on tuesday. he has been described as the trump of the tropics. saying immigrants coming to brazil are the scum of the earth. >> for more on this let's turn
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to scott lucas. in britain. a professor of international politics at the university of birmingham. good to have you with us. while world has been focussed on the terror attacks in new zealand and talking about them the president is tweeting about other issues and down playing threat posed by white supremacy. which has his aids insisting he's not racist. he hasn't condemned the hateful ideology. why is that? >> i could do speculating. one could talk about trumps psychological make up. one could talk about the past when charlottesville. he refused to condemn white extremism over the violence there. one can talk about the fact that he is quick to condemn an act of violence committed by someone who is a muslim. opposed to someone who doesn't happen to be muslim. there are elements of race,
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religion and trumps personality. for most let's be clear, hepts the attention on himself. christ church took the attention away from donald trump. he put out an initial tweet which he deleted which said to everybody go read bright bart. then what he wanted to do is look at me. look at how horrible the trump russia investigation s. how horrible john mccain is. his longs long time foe. target of insults. look how horrible saturday night live is because they make fun of me. in other words when it comes down to a decision between white sum supremacy and his ego. when 50 people were killed because of the act of violence in new zealand. >> i want to move onto the new poll numbers. we read them out to people. they share the president's approval rating up slightly to
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42%. we learned that 71% of the polled say the economy is in great shape. how unusual is it to see the approval rating so low. at the same time the economy is walking along. what does that tell us? >> people are deeply polarized about donald trump. the numbers have remained the same in terms of approval. and despite the confidence in the economy at this point, you aren't shaking that polar sooigs. and bringing people. we'll see three campaigns in 2020. the sensible campaign to raun is look at me i have over seen this economic growth. if that economic growth continues which is questionable. he can play leadership. the second campaign is one that trump wants to run. which is we don't like immigrants tli are invading
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america. we don't like democrats they're a socialist. enemy within. we don't like and have questions about people of color. now which of the campaigns will they choose? logically i would say you win with the first one. we know they don't necessarily follow logic. there's a third campaign. what do democrats do? the democrats say let's look at the economy. and healthcare. let's look at education. the environment. and let's look at competence. whose hands are you safer with where ever the economy is. which ever campaign has most of the person people rather than the opinion polls. that decides trump future. >> we shall see of course who ends up being the candidate. who goes toe to toe with mr. trump. i want to ask you the report from the mueller investigation it's expected to come out any day now. sources say white house attorneys want to see the findings before they are
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submitted to congress. so they can claim executive privilege. how do you expect that to play out? >> first of all caution. trumps camp has been saying since thanksgiving of 2017 they expected the report any day. i think the latest way you have here is although mueller obviously is closer to completing his report. the white house is kicking back against a house resolution. unanimously passed last week. which said the mueller report must be made public. they are scared to death if it goes public it will damaging to trump. they will want to insist redactions and things that is are hidden from us. ton honest. and they want to see the report first and they're saying this is urgent. it's coming out soon. in order they're playing politics. they are very concerned. >> it will be interesting to see how much we see of the report. always a pleasure to chat with you. we'll take a short break. new zealand is mourning the lost
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in the friday mosque attack. we'll hear the prime ministers plan to heal her nation. plus. the vast majority in the over crowded and under funded camp are children. >> 40,000 of them stranded here. >> the war against isis in syria is to blame for the crisis. and it may be too late to help many of the youngest victims. we'll head to syria for a look at what's needed. later this hour. ♪
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i did both for a while. and eventually i just switched over, it's very quick. i remember recently you asking me like did you want to smoke before we go in? and i was like no, i don't need to. hour long man hunt police in the netherlands police arrested a turkish man in connection with with a deadly shooting. killing three people and wounding fife others on tram in the city. authorities initially suspected terrorism. and the terror alert was raised to the highest level. the motive is unclear at this point. a prosecutor said the shooting could have been for family reasons. police say the 37 year-old suspect had previous run ins with the police. >> the prime minister of new zealand tells her country speak the names of those who were lost. rather than the name of the man
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who took them. her comments came monday in parliament. in the first session since friday's mass shootings of two mosques in christ church. country is in mourning after gunman took the lives of 50 people. her aim was to pay tribute to those lost and part of her tribute was in arabic. >> a week since the attack. members of muslim community will gather for worship on that day. let us acknowledge the grief as they do. let's support them as they gather again for worship. we are one. they are us. [ speaking foreign language ] >> prime minister once again
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continuing to show unity through support tr diversity and set the tone for the healing of the nation. >> that's right. and try to comfort this country. and the people here to assure them they can and will be safe. the threat levels are still high. for fear of possible copy cat actions. and to troy to comfort people going forward. now to get a better sense of just the sheer impact of what is clearly the deadliest act of terror in new zealand modern history. i'm joined by the women's organization of muslim association. apologies if i mangle the pronunciation. first of all my condolences in the wake of this terrible tragedy. and we just heard from the prime minister. do members of the community do they feel comforted? do they feel consoled and safe?
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in the days since this attack. >> i think that we feel comforted by our prime minister. i think her response has been quite powerful. and reassuring. and so in that aspect it's been good. regarding the safety, i think we're concerned. because we in the sense of knowing what is out there. this came as a surprise. something we didn't expect. so people the unexpected that's what people are concerned about. but in the way it happened in new zealand it's the most peaceful country. or it was. in the world. to us it's really hard to fathom. you just wonder what else. >> can you help explain, i don't know if you are in direct contact with the families
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affected. what support systems right now what do people need most? >> in the wake of the atrocity. >> depends on the age of the person. and depends on how they were impacted by the shooting. so people don't all have their loved ones back. that's a priority for many. and to get them buried in a dignified manner and islamic tradition. >> authorities have been overwhelmed by the scale of this. their schedule for returning the bodies of the victims keeps getting pushed back. >> it's the number. because we're so small. you can't bring in a lot of people to do this. and because we're so far away from other countries as well. that has played a factor in it. and but they are working through
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it. and people are doing the washing tonight of the bodies. in preparation for burial. but with 50 it takes a while to prepare them. >> and looking forward, do you know whether or not community leaders are anticipating reopening the mosque? for prayer. >> i actually was at the blessings of the when they went through to remove the negative experience. the concept of traditionally that's something done in new zealand. and everyone from the mosques are resolute these will be reopened and will come back. that is the plan. i'm confident they will be reopened. and be functioning as soon as we can get them. >> we were speaking earlier. you mention you're an expatriot. from the u.s.
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and part of what attracted you here was safety and security. and not only was this devastating for the tiny minority of muslims in the country. around 1% of the population flt for the people around it. >> it's everybody in new zealand. so there are over 4.5 million people impacted by this. it's not just the muslims that are feeling hurt. it's everybody. and everybody is grieving here. and from the prime minister down to young children in the school. who are aware of it. everybody is has been exacted. >> i'm a high schoolteacher. you have seen this with students. >> i haven't been back to the classroom. and probably not for the next week. i know they are because the message is they're e-mailing me. is relaying that. i have former students as well reassuring me that obviously
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that they couldn't believe it. but seeking support from me. to make sure that everything will be all right. and if adults are doing that former students. the students that i'm currently teaching are having that as well. >> there has been discussion about new gun control legislation. for new zealand. >> we are so supportive of that. there needs to be. we don't need to have gun usage the augmented in the country. there's no reason to have an automatic weapon in the country. there's no reason to other than hunting. which you don't need those type of weapons. we haven't needed it. there's no reason to be selling them. >> i was struck that increase police presence you have police officers carrying rifles now. and that is something new zealand isn't used to. in reaction to this terror
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attack. >> it was very similar to what happened after 9/11. people were out in the airport with machine guns that we hadn't seen in the united states before then. this is new zealand. you don't see police do not carry guns. >> in front of the hospital. on the street. >> in front of places that they're going to be a lot of people. right now. that's what they're doing. we don't expect that forever. i hope it's not forever. that's not reassuring to children to say you're okay when people have guns and haven't seen police with guns before. in the new zealand. >> thank you very much. for sharing your perspective here. and i think that we do get a sense of just truly how earth shattering this has been for people sense of security and stability. in a country where everybody you
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talk to says we heard about these types of massacres and terror attacks but never thought they would reach our distant shores. and as the events of march 15 have proven. they have and this is a country still in mourning. for the 50 victims of that terrible day. >> understandably so. thank you. appreciate it. earlier i spoke with about the prospect for tougher gun laws in new zealand. she's a professor in the department of public health. in wellington. we spoke about the opposition to new gun regulations. >> we heard a lot of push back. the same arguments the nra uses in the u.s. fortunately we don't have anything like a second amendment. and self-defense is not a legal reason to own a gun in new zealand. if you want a gun for
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self-defense you will be denied a gun license. that's a great thing. but it's really depending on what the 90% of us who aren't gun users or gun license owners. licensed gun owners. how much push back we put into the equation. because what's been happening over 30 years is that the gun lobby has made the treated the rest of us as if our opinions and our need to live in a safe society is completely irrelevant to gun policy. >> talking to me there earlier. and to see how you can help the terror victims in new zealand head to our web site. cnn.c another hollywood executive steps down after being accused of an inappropriate relationship. theresa may brexit plans dealt another blow. leading to concerns over
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and reaches everywhere. this is beyond wifi, this is xfi. simple. easy. awesome. xfinity, the future of awesome. welcome back to our viewers in the united states. and all around the world. you're watching cnn "newsroom." let's check the headlines. sources say white house attorneys want to see the findings from robert mueller's russia investigation before they're submitted to congress. to claim executive privilege over certain information. new zealand prime minister led tributes to friday's shooting victims in her
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country's parliament. a day earlier she and her cabinet promised tougher gun laws will be coming soon. the response comes in the wake of friday's mass shooting. 50 people were killed and dozens wounded when a gunman opened fire in two mosques. >> investigators in paris say the deadly ethiopia airlines crash has clear similarities to october lion air crash in indonesia. based on early analysis of the data recorder. the exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined. the aircraft in both was a boeing 737 max 8. tropical cyclone may have killed more than 1,000 people in according to to the country's president. calling lt situation a real humanitarian disaster. and warns 100,000 people are in danger there. elizabeth warren has a plan for america.
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the democratic presidential candidate one of many at this early stage in the campaign. trying to set herself apart by vealing her blueprint for america in a town hall meeting. >> democrats independents and republicans. they know a scam when they see it. they see a washington working for those guys. i think they're ready to get in the fight and get washington and a country that works for the rest of america. >> i will not support the building of a wall that doesn't make us safer. the administration itself people within it have said this is not about security. this is not how to make ourselves safer. the wall that is proposed now is a monument to hate and division. we are better than that. >> it's a crowded feel of democrats. more than dozen people have declared candidacy.
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and more are expected including former vice president joe biden. another career has been derailed by accusations of an improper relationship in the past. the head of warner media. stepped down from one of the industries top jobs monday. the parent company of this net work. we have more. >> reporter: this is a big change in hollywood. the head of one of the industries biggest stud yois is suddenly stepping down. the chair and ceo of warner media entertainment. including warner brothers studio. he was recently promoted into a bigger job over seeing more of the warner media portfolio. that was part of a broader reorganization of the media company which owns cnn. days after he was promoted the hollywood reporter they entertainment magazine in l.a. published a detailed story about allegations that he had an improper relationship with an
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actress a number of years ago. allegation was he offered to help find her roles in hollywood. and auditions for jobs in exchaeng for sexual relationship. now at the time through a lawyer said he never directly was involved in getting her auditions. he did in a memo to colleagues say he made mistakes in his personal life and he was sorry. an investigation and less that two weeks later he's leaving his job as head of the studio. here's part of the statement. he said it is in the best interest of warner media, employees and partners for kevin to step down as chairman and ceo. kevin is contributed greatly to the success-over the past 25 years. and for that we thank him. kevin acknowledges his mistakes are inconsistent with the leadership expectations and could impact the ability to exec cute going forward. that's the explanation from the head of a company.
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they both conclude it was in the best interest of studio for him to step aside. there's no immediate word on his successor. this is a time of great change dramatic change in the tv and movie industry. later this week the disney and fox studios are coming to. merging. that deal will be complete this week. it is a time of turbulence and dramatic change in hollywood. >> nobody saw it coming. a surprise announcement in the brexit saga. the speaker of the house of commons is throwing a new obstacle a theresa may. after the prime minister struck out twice trying to get the brexit deal approved by parliament. deciding to put a more than 400 year-old rule into play. blocking mrs. may from a third attempt. unless changes are made. cnn anna stewart joining us now live from outside the british
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parliament. explain this to us. what does this latest curve ball mean for brexit? >> just when you thought it couldn't get anymore dramatic. down to the wire. ten days away. we get the dramatic twist. this turn of event ts. essentially speaker of the house said using an ancient the prime minister cannot bring it for a vote unless it is substantially different. you expect the prime minister to get the vote done this week. it wasn't expected to pass. possibly by a smaller margin. and then she would have had the opportunity to maybe put it forth for a fourth vote next week. before friday the brexit deadline. now, this latest turn of efbts make it unlikely. this is ten days from brexit.
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>> that's the worry. they are fast running out of time. what options does it leave the prime minister? >> the prime minister is chairing cabinet meeting this morning. and expect they will talk about what to do next. i can several options. number one, get a substantial change on the her brexit deal. that seems unlikely. she's tried with the eu for months to get changes. they don't want to. it's highly unlikely she can do ta in ten days. perhaps she looks at what the word substantially means. perhaps the government can add something or change the wording of the motion. to make it substantially different. not sure if that will pass. third, technicality. fight fire with fire. change this is maybe since you can't bring the same vote forward again and again. unless it's different. in a session.
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usually from one spring to the next. the government could crash the session. if it would involve the queen. and open a new session of p parliament. that's another option. she needs to ask for an extension to brexit. she wanted a short technical extension. now you have to wonder whether any extngs will be longer to allow potentially a substantial changes to brexit. >> of course the eu will only give an extension if there's a deal. we don't see a deal right now. we will see what happens. thanks to you. >> let's take a short break. the war against isis in syria has produced a large number of orphans. most are facing serious health and mental issues. some ot of their heartbreaking stories when we return.
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intense battle continues to rage over the so called islamic state last enclave in southeastern syria. forces used air strikes to pound this area on monday. that's according to -- forces are expected to defeat isis soon in syria. meanwhile the war against isis has produced a number of orphans in syria. with no place to call home. and no family to lean on. we have some of the heartbreaking story. >> reporter: the aid worker coaxing a few words from the
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boy. his language classical arabic. the boy indonesia. growing up in isis crumbling to parents who traveled across the world to voluntarily join the terror group and the manmade hell. they didn't make it out. in the last few days he did. along with eight other indonesia orphans. with no parents to ask permission from we cannot show their faces. there are 250 children at a camp in northern syria. who emerged from the war without families. without relatives. >> they are in the worst case. the worst because they are traumatized. they are mentally i think they are also mentally disorders. >> in the tent next door the impact of the horror through their short lives play out in ways painful to watch.
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eight agencies say children here are witnessed acts of brutality. now showing signs of psychological distress. including nightmare and withdrawal. the vast majority in the over crowded and under funded camp are children. more than 40,000 of them stranded here. no one expected so many to pour out of the half square mile that remains of isis so called. >> this is an emergency. you have to help us fast. we have called on groups and foreign governments fo assist us. this is going to turn into a disaster. when it comes to things like healthcare and food and shelter. >> reporter: the worry is outside aid will be slow to come for the camp associated with isis. the most helpless caught up in the politics of the aid they
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desperately cling to. >> seven month old arrived on the 25th of february. and he was severely malnourished. care providers had to take him to the hospital where he stayed for the past couple of weeks. right now after treatment, we are told he weighs about 3.7 kilograms. how much a newborn would weigh. >> the majority here never had a choice. isis lethal legacy still defining their future. the american heart land has never seen flooting quite like this. we will explain how the after math of last weeks bomb cyclone and all the snow that was already there is making terrible history.
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lying port city. which aid officials say it almost completely destroyed. let's turn to cnn who joins us from johannesburg on this. what are you learning about the impact of this cyclone across parts of africa? >> the massive impact by this cyclone. what with e know about the areas is frankly precious little at this stage. government officials got into that city of around 500,000 people. as we said it's a low lying region. at least one dam had a broken its banks in the recent days. which really compounded the flooding. joining the forceful waves approximate mass i gusts that were pushing down houses falling over trees and destroys parts of the at least one of the main hospitals. so the access is the big issue
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according to humanitarian workers wech spoken to. the main highway is cut off. they have four helicopters. one un and government helicopters accessing the scene. giving life saving food and sanitation help. the cyclone didn't just his mozambique. it crashed through. and into key areas. also have been cut off. and military engineers have been working to set up road systems to allow aid to get in. the severity is hard to judge. look at those images the drone shots. you can see a massive part of the city was frankly wiped out. but the coming days will be -- there is rain forecast around the surrounding provinces that could the problem as the flood waters increase rather than reseed.
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>> all right. bringing us the latest there from his vantage point. many thanks. more than 8 million people are under flood warnings in the american heart land. extensive flooding follows a powerful bomb cyclone that slammed the central united states last week. with hurricane like winds. and blizzard conditions. flood records were shattered in 17 places. and more rivers will likely break cresting records this week. the state of nebraska plans on asking u.s. president trump for federal disaster aid. the flooding is already responsible for at least three deaths. so we turn to meteorologist to get more on this. what are you seeing, how long is this going to last? and how extensive is the impact? >> it's extensive. this is a multi-week event. the way i have seen this play out. in years past. when it comes to flooding. unlike what's happening in
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mozambique. we have significant rainfall and tropical cyclone leading to the flooding. this isn't from rainfall. that is not why the flood warnings are in place. from the midwest towards the south. it's all of this is as a result of significant warmth and the temperature department. we have warmth we're expecting this to continue over the first week of the spring season. the forecast, look at this. the current snow across the northern tooer of the u.s. still at 12 to 24 inches. that's how much snow is on the ground. a lot of this is melting very rapidly. and when you look at how this playing out with the snowfall on the ground melting and rainfall on top of this. as a result of warmer temperatures. the frozen landscape beneat the snow piled up across the regions become essentially a barrier from allowing the water to absorb into the soil. leading to run off and flooding. the snow and ice that is melting
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is into the river and streams. creating ice jams. blocked by rivers. so the water is also bursting its banks across the communities. in missouri and also the mississippi river valley have significant flooding in place at this hour. again, it will take several weeks for the water to melt. even the areas with 24 inches of snow on the ground. and work into the mississippi and gulf of mexico. with that said, upwards of 300 gauges still expected to report flooding. we know the season is quickly changing with the warm temperatures upon us. in fact wednesday about 6:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. the spring we have the 12 hour of daylight between the hemispheres and autumn begins in the southern hemisphere. if you don't think that's impressive, look at this out of seattle washington. monday high temperature 76 degrees. the warmest single winter day on record just after 12 days removed when they had snowfall
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in the city. and seattle is coming off of a 21 inch winter worth of snow. that's about three to four times higher than the average. impressive run here of what's essential will summer like temperatures in the u.s. over the next 24 hours. additional warmth there. >> we like to see that. thank you so much. appreciate it. thank you for your company. remember to connect with me on twitter. early start is next. for our viewers in the united states. stay tuned for more news with max foster in london. you're watching cnn. have a great day.
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first look at the mueller report goes to the white house. why the president's lawyers will review it before it goes to congress and the public. the death toll rising from the floods in the midwest, historic nebraska flooding blankets dozens of counties. the vice president heads there today. and boeing ceo has a message for air travelers in the wake of two plane crashes. what he says the company is doing to prevent more disasters. good morning, even. welcome to "early start." >> it is tuesday, march 19,


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