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a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! ♪ at this moment, we're going to take a victory lap. suddenly, they're reminding us why so many of us are democrats. >> democrats happy to oblige, as the president shifts the focus from russia to health care. this is a white wash of justice. >> do i think justice was served? no. >> police and investigators afternoon they dropped all charges against jussie smollett. boeing coming to capitol hill the day after an emergency landing for a 737 max be moved
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into storage. and the nfl makes up for the review. >> a lilt too late for new orleans. >> just. just to top of the hour, good morning, i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. good morning. the power ball, i'm playing, you're not. >> won't change my life. >> we're still on capitol hill, though, democrats moving fast in the hist from russia to health care after the president gave the best gift nancy pelosi could ever imagine. leadership was hoping to focus on issues that helps democrats take back the house in midterms and they got their chance, when the justice department said it backed it and calling obamacare unconstitutional. hours later 2020 hopefuls pounced. >> the gop will never stop trying to destroy the affordable
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health care of american families. >> the idea that people are playing politics yet again with the affordable care act is the height of irresponsibility. >> and back to the old days when people couldn't get health insurance. >> when you start taking health care away from people who have pre-existing conditions, it upsets whole family structures. and look at the 20 million people that are suddenly going to be without health care. >> is anybody thinking what that does to lives? >> nothing that trump and his friends do surprises me. the idea, however, that they would ask the courts to say that the affordable care act is unconstitutional it's an outrage and we've seen this movie before. >> it's a matter of policy i'm not surprised because this seems to be the position they hold deep down is just take this health care away from millions
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of americans. as a matter of strategy, i'm a little surprised because most americans want this. at this moment when they're going to take a victory lap around what is happening in washington, suddenly they're reminding us why so many of us are democrats. >> 21 million will lose their coverage. a white house official tells cnn there's been a heated debate inside the trump administration on whether the doj should support a ruling validating the affordable care act. president trump making the final call. >> republican party will soon be known as the party of health care. >> politico reports attorney general bill barr and health and human services argued against it. because republicans don't have a plan. the fifth circuit in new orleans is regarded as very
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conservative. the case may end up before the supreme court. and the case is mounting as to why prosecutors dropped the charges against jussie smollett. a grand jury accused him of staging a hoax hate crime against himself and then filing a false police report about it. >> city's police union calling for the investigation of the involvement of the cook county state attorney kim fox in the case. this may be why. text messages obtained by cnn through an open records request shows that smollett family friend tina fox reached out to fox. >> the deputy prosecutor who took over that case. >> the only reason that it's getting the scrutiny that it is because of who got the disposition. there are plenty of other cases, like i said, over 5700, that have gotten some type of
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alternative or deferred type of prosecution. >> do you think mr. smollett did what he was charged with doing? >> yes, we stand behind the cpd's investigation in this case. the great work. the tremendous to work they did in investigating the case. >> do you consider him innocent? >> no. >> wow. overnight, the lawyer for the brothers said they were fully prepared to testify. smollett was accused of paying them to stage the attack. they were captured on surveillance buying the materials used. ryan young with the latest. >> in a shocking reversal. federal prosecutors on tuesday dropped all charges against actor jussie smollett who was accused last month of staging a hate crime against him and filing a false police report about it. his attorney insisted he was indeed attacked. chicago mayor rahm emanuel
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blasted the prosecutor's decision. just listen to how angry he was. >> this is a whitewash of justice. a grand jury couldn't have been more clear. this is without a doubt a whitewash of justice. and sends a clear message that if you're in a position of power and influence you'll be treated one way and other people get treated the other way. there is no accountability in the system. it is wrong full stop. >> do i think justice is served? no. do i think this is justice? i think this city deserves an apology. it was mr. smollett who created this hoax, period. is it he wanted to clear his name, the way to do that was in a court of law to everyone could see the evidence. >> the cook county office didn't explain why the 15 counts of
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felony misconduct were dropped. and smollett's willingness to forfeit his bond after a brief appearance in a courtroom, smollett today those greateful for those who stood behind him. >> i would not be my mother's son if i did what i was accused of. >> christiner there are a lot of questions that remain in the case. >> thank you, ryan young. a boeing 737 max 8 forced to make an emergency landing in florida. >> 8701 we just lost our right engine. >> the plane was being ferried from orlando to california for short-term storage. the global fleet of these planes, the max jet was grounded a few weeks ago following
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crashes in october and earlier this morning killing 346 people. >> transportation officials will be on capitol hill today. the acting faa administrator expected to tell senators the agency's oversight approach needs to evolve. he also plans to defend the faa's initial decision not to ground the 737 max fleet even after regulators worldwide did so. this week, they will make a promed software update to the max jets. officials from the aviation industry convened and at boeing's facility as the company tries to restore confidence. and former vice president joe biden is addressing one of the most politically challenging parts of his legacy anita hill. he said hill paid a terrible price when she testified in 1991 that she has been sexually harassed by now supreme court
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justice clarence thomas. he's been long criticized for the handling of that hearing but now said anita hill deserved the committee's respect but never got it. >> when anita hill came to testify she faced a committee that didn't fully what that was all about. to this day, i regret i couldn't come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved. >> biden has twice publicly apologized to anita hill. the biden team has not said if they've spoken in person. >> the drugmaker purdue pharma has agreed to settle a suit brought by the state of oklahoma. the suit helped to create the opioid crisis. it claimed the marketing of oxycontin and it downplayed addiction. nearly $270 millionological go towards steak an addiction
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research center in oklahoma university. oklahoma is one of the states to file cases against purdue in the growing crisis. unvaccinated children are banned from certain public spaces in new york's rockland county. a severe measles outbreak triggering a state of emergency there. officials say the ban will stay in place for 30 days until children get the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. rockland county is about 40 miles from manhattan. it has seen more than 150 confirmed measles cases. 52% of the case had not received the vaccine. most are children. a federal judge with a decades old north carolina law after 20 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional. the 1970 statute made some
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allowances for concerns but a 2015 amendment narrowed those exemptions prompting groups to file suit. court across the country have shut down specific abortion bans and north carolina is no different. the ruling will take in effect in 60 days pending an appeal from the state or revised legislation. coming up, what do babies, aquaman, space lizard and ronald reagan on a vel laoss raptor hae in common? and with the green new deal with senator lee.
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all right. a riddle for investors. there's a disconnect between the stock and bond market sending conflicting signals for investors about warning signs for slowly growth. all stocks rose after investors
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decided it was too son to worry about perspective. the s&p is up 19th. but bond yields are still low. and the bond market is placing in a rate cut this year. that's right, the fed fund future market, some say the stock market is simply wrongly ignoring these recession signals. the ten-year treasuries for the first time since 2007 that so-called inverted yield curve. according to the federal bank of cleveland that inverted yield curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions. but others say the recession signals means that the fed needs to cut rates. if the fed moves and cut rates, that would be good news for stocks. in either case, means things are getting better for investors. perhaps president trump is looking for scapegoats if there is a slowing economy into spring and summer. "the washington post"
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editorial board is coming down hard on the crisis in puerto rico. the headline, the trump administration has turned bigotry into policy. president trump once again criticized the physical management and size in the devastating storm. >> people in the room said he even broke out a chart and compared what the states have received. puerto rico reacting forcefully, calling president trump's remarking below the dignity of a sitting president of the united states. he says his comments lack empathy, are irresponsible and regrettable and above all unjustified. trump's emergency declaration will stand. even though 14 republicans voted with democrats to support the veto override effort, a two-thirds majority was needed. both chambers passed a resolution to overturn the national emergency.
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the president plans to use the declaration to divert billions of dollars from the treasury and defense departments for wall construction. new england patriots owner robert kraft pleading not guilty to soliciting prostitution charges in florida. he's also asked for a jury trial. kraft is scheduled to be in a west palm beach courtroom april 9th. sources say nfl owners are letting the case play out before issuing punishment. republican senator mike lee of utah wants no part of the green new deal to fight climate change. but he isn't the only one offering up this idea in its place. >> this is the real solution to climate change. babies. >> that's right. babies. senator lee claims climate change is an engineering challenge best solved by increasing population. he broke out other visual aids to make his point. including poster board pictures of aquaman.
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and former president ronald reagan riding a velociraptor firing a machine gun. senator lee telling colleagues he was using the prompt to, quote, consider the seriousness it deserves. and also the emspire strikes back. mr. lee called and accused of carbon neutral. and democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez who sponsored of the green deal, not a fan, tweeting if this guy can be senator, you can do anything. >> interesting what could be the damage of a light saber is my question. >> now, you're on to something here. 19 minutes past the hour. spring break. and find out how the group turned the tables up coming under attack.
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>> wow. >> the men drove off. the victims took down the plate number. the driver is now in custody. the alleged gunman police say is still at large. it's a too little too late for the change, but coaches will be allowed to challenge pass interference calls as well as noncalls outside of two minutes. inside the two minutes, the booth automatically reviews calling. the saints you may remember lost a chance to play in the super bowl because of a critical missed pass interference call. and democrats were looking to shift the focus from russia and other issues. and they got just the opening they needed, from the president himself.
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♪ at this moment, we're going to take a victory lap. >> suddenly they're reminding us why so many of us are democrats.
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the democrats happy to oblige, after the president shifts the focus of russia to health care. >> this is a white wash of justice. >> do i think justice was served? no. police want prosecutors investigated after they drop all charges in on jussie smollett. the faa coming to capitol hill today, the day after an emergency landing for a boeing 737 max being moved into storage. too little too late for the saints. but the nfl is making the right call now. pass interference can be reviewed in the future. welcome back to "early start" on the hump day. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. 30 minutes past the hour. good morning, dave. let's go to the president shifting health care after the president gave them an opening. democrats are looking for issues to help democrats take back the house in midterms and they got their chance when a judge backed the ruling calling obamacare
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unconstitutional. democrats including 2020 hopefuls pounced. >> the gop will never stop trying to destroy the affordable health care of america's families. >> the idea that people are playing politics yet again with the affordable care act is the height of irresponsibility. >> this administration and the republican party want to go back to the bad old days. where people couldn't get health insurance if they had a pre-existing condition. >> when you start taking health care away from people who have preexisting conditions it upsets i mean, whole family structures. and then look at the 20 million people that are, you know, suddenly going to be without health care. is anybody thinking what that does to their lives? >> nothing trump and his friends do surprises me. the idea, however, that they would ask the courts to say that the affordable care act is unconstitutional, i mean, it's an outrage, but we've seen this movie before. >> as a matter of policy, i'm
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not surprised because this seems to be the position they hold deep down. just take his health care coverage away from millions of americans. as a matter of political strategy, i'm a little bit surprised because, you know, most americans want this. at this moment, when they were going to take a victory lap around what was happening in washington. suddenly, they're reminding us why so many of us are democrats. >> a white house official tells that there's a heat debated in the white house whether fully supporting the affordable care act. president trump making the final call. >> let me just tell you exactly what my message is. the republican party will soon be known as the party of health care. >> attorney general bill barr and health and human services sector to alex azar argued
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against it. the battle will play out in the fifth circuit court of new orleans. the fifth circuit is considered very conservative. the case may end up in front of the supreme court. questions mounting as to why federal prosecutors dropped the charges against jussie smollett. the grand jury indicted the actor accusing him of staging false assault against himself. >> the state attorney kim fox in the case. this may be why. text messages obtained by cnn through an open records request show smollett family friend tina chen reached out to fox on february 1. fox later recused herself. >> head of the police union said if smollett wanted to clear himself, he should have had his day in court. the deputy prosecutor who took
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over the case strard straddling line. >> only reason it's got the publicity it is because of who got the disposition. there are over 5700 who have gotten prosecution. >> do you think mr. smollett did what he was charged with doing? >> yes, we stand behind the cpd's investigation in this case. the great work, the tremendous work they did in this case. >> do you consider him innocent? >> no. >> new overnight, the lawyer for the osundairo brothers said they were fully prepared to testify. smollett paid them to stage the attack. they're captured on surveillance buying the materials. >> chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against jussie smollett who was accused of staging a hate crime against
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hills and filing a false police report about it. his attorney insisted he was indeed attacked. and that the misinformation led to a rush of judgment against him. chicago mayor ram emanual blasted their decision. watch and listen how angry he was. >> this was a white wash of justice. a grand sure could not have been clearer. this is white house a doubt a whitewash of justice. and sends a clear message that if you're in a position of influence and power you'll get treated one way. other people will be treated another way. there is no accountability within the system. it is wrong full stop. >> do i think justice was served? no. what do i think justice is? i think this city is still owed an apology. it's mr. smollett who committed this hoax, period. if he wanted to clear his name, the way to do that was in a court of law so that everyone
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could see the evidence. >> cook county state's attorney's office didn't immediately explain why the 16 counts of fell neill disorderly conduct were dropped. accept to say the decision came after viewing the case facts and the view of smollett's willingness to forfeit his $10,000 bond after a brief experience in a courtroom, smollett told supporters he was bravely to those who stood behind him. >> i was truthful in every instance. i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of everything that i was accused of. >> we do not know what was in there that was sealed by a judge. there are a lot of questions. a boeing 737 max 8 forced to make an emergency landing in florida. 8701 we just lost our right engine. need to declare an emergency. >> there were no passengers on the southwest flight. the plane was being ferried from orlando to california for short-term storage.
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the global fleet of 737 max jets was grounded indefinitely two weeks ago, following crashes in october and earlier this month, killing 346 people. >> transportation officials will be on capitol hill today. the acting faa administrator is expected to tell senators the agency's oversight approach needs to evolve. he also plans to defend the faa's initial decision not to ground this fleet, even after regulators worldwide did so. this week, boeing will make its final submission to the faa for proposed software update to the 737 max jets. officials convene in boeing's facility outside of seattle today as the company tries to restore confidence in its safety protest calls. weeks but not months, a justice department official confirming attorney general william barr should make some version of the mueller report available in the coming weeks. on monday, democratic lawmakers demanded the special counsel's report by april 2nd.
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>> nbc reports former fbi director james comey told an audience in charlotte tuesday he's confused by mueller's decision on obstruction. he said, i have great faith from bob mueller, i just can't tell from the letter why didn't he decide these questions when the entire rationale for a special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren't making the key charging decisions. >> to be clear, comey who oversaw the russia probe before he was fired by trump in 2017, but he has not seen the mueller report. also raising questions, george conway, noted lawyer and husband of president trump's top aide kellyanne conway wrote an op-ed, trump is guilty of being unfit for office. noting mueller isn't prone to cheap shots. he plays by the rules every step of the way. his report doesn't exonerate the president there must be something very damning.
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and judge rules north carolina law of abortion 20 weeks is unconstitutional. and prompting the abortion rights groups to file suit. the judge siding with the advocacy said courtses have the country have struck down abortion bans and north carolina is no different. the ruling will take place in 60 days pending an appeal from revised legislation. the drugmaker purdue pharma has agreed to pay $270 million for a suit in oklahoma. it claims aggressive marketing of oxycontin led to thousands of deaths in the state. and that purdue's deceptive claims downplayed the dangers of addiction. nearly $200 million of the settlement will go towards establishing an addiction center and research center in oklahoma university. oklahoma one of 36 states to file lawsuits against purdue and
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other opioid drugmakers. unvaccinated kids are banned from certain public spaces in new york's rockland county. a severe measles outbreak triggering a state of emergency. officials say the ban will remain in place for 30 days or until unvaccinated kids get the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. rockland county about 40 miles from manhattan has seen 150 confirmed measles cases. all right. rumors in congress to help struggling midwest farmers.last year, 498 u.s. farms filed for chapter 12 allows distressed farmers and fishermen to restructure their debt and remain open. data from the research center shows bankruptcy in midwest look at this up 19% in the past couple of years, and they appear higher among dairy farms. the increase affects low prices for corn, soybeans, and even
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beef. it's gotten worse since june because of retalatory tariffs by china. a bad situation for farmers made worse due to recent floods, they have devastated the midwest. now two beer giants are stepping up to help. more than 200,000 cans of drinking water from miller and busch have been donated to nebraska and iowa. they need, frankly, clean water. this is such an important story. there are farms that are in families for generations surrounded by water. you have air drops of hay for livestock that hasn't been fed. or feed that has been ruined by the flooding. it's an ongoing mess there. >> and the planting season coming soon, i assume.
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>> planting season coming up. cattle problems, ranchers are concerned. this is a big part of the problem. >> especially with no deal with china on the horizon. the president raining on his own victory parade. he's once again targeting hurricane-stricken puerto rico behind closed doors. what the governor said overnight.
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♪ a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! "the washington post" editorial board is coming down hard on the president's handling of the crisis in puerto rico. its headline, the trump administration has turned bigotry into policy. in a closed-door meeting tuesday with senate republicans, the president once again criticized puerto rico's fiscal management. >> senators in the room say he even broke out a chart to compare what will puerto rico has received in disaster aid versus states like florida and
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texas. today, the federal government has allocated $45 billion for puerto rico. texas got $25 billion and florida got $7 billion for hurricane irma. governor rossello calling president trump's remarks below the dignity of the president of the united states. they continue to allow empathy, irresponsible and above all unjustified. republican senator mike lee of utah wants no part of a new deal for climate change. but he's the only one offering up this idea in its place. >> this is the solution to climate change, babies. >> that's right. cute babies. senator lee claims climate change is an engineer challenge best solved by increasing the population. he broke out other unusual aids to make his point including poster board pictures of the superhero aquaman. >> yeah. >> he also used former president
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ronald reagan riding a velociraptor. >> senator lee telling colleagues he was using said props so he could, quote, consider the green deal with the seriousness it deserves. he also unveiled a post of luke skywalker riding a space missile in "the empire strikes back." he praised the mythical creech tan tan for being green neutral. senator alexandria ocasio-cortez not a fan of senator lee's presentation tweeting if this guy can be senator, you can do anything. >> is the tam tam carbon neutral? do we know that? >> look, if he spent that amount of time addressing climate change or health care we might be somewhere. 48 minutes past the hour. the former first lady michelle obama's best-selling memoir just
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violence between israeli forces and gaza militants is escalating sharply. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu now says he's prepared to do a lot more after israeli strikes hit hamas targets in gaza. cnn's phil black is live for us in jerusalem with the latest. what can you tell us, phil? >> christine, yeah, there were exchanges in and out of gaza
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overnight. more limited than what we saw the other night but it's still significant. it shows the escalation has not yet run its course. we saw a small number of rockets either shot down or failed harmlessly. israel struck south of the gaza strip as well. the key question where does this go now. as touched on israel saying there's no cease-fire in place. and will do more if necessary. and that's after describing the bombing operation monday night as the biggest use of force against hamas, the militant group that goals gaza. since hamas and israel went to war back in 2015. we'll have to see where this goes and there's a political context to you of this. parliamentary elections just two weeks away. security is the number one issue and benjamin netanyahu is fighting to stay in government. so, he must maintain a very difficult balance at the moment, being seen to be in control of security, defending israeli
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lives, punishing hamas as appropriate. but at the same time, not at allowing the situation to escalate into a larger conflict. he has been criticized widely across much of the political spectrum here for allowing the security situation to develop because his opponents say he is being too soft on hamas in the recent times, christine. >> phil black in jerusalem. keep us posted there. 55 minutes past the hour. in florida, two would-be robbers got an unpress anti-shock early sunday. their intended victims, four young men in south florida for spring break. oh, they fought back. the men, all relatives from indiana. they were pumping gas when a man walked up pointing a silver handgun. the victims tackled the robber. er eric wiceby managed to wrestle it away. >> once i wrestled the gun, we were screaming. he was asking him to give the
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gun back and just to chill out like we weren't just held at gunpoint or anything. >> men -- the attacker drove off. the alleged gunman police say is still at large. i think they don't recommend that you actually confront a person with a gun but this turned out well. >> especially with gasoline tends to be flammable. it's too little too late for the new orleans saints but nfl owners with a rule change from it kch coaches will be able to challenge pass interference and noncalls. inside two minutes. both booths automatically review calls. the saints you will recall lost the title game and a chance to play in the super bowl in part, largely because of that critical missed pass interference call. ♪
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♪ >> oh, you're welcome, america. this season texas rangers shortson elvis andrus will likely corner the market on fans. andrus will use that song "baby shark" each time he walks up to the mound in arlington. parents more likely to describe it as so cool and catchy it will get stuck in your head and slowly drive you insane. he said he chose baby shark because it's his son's favorite. all right. a lot of trump actors taking a victory parade after no collusion. a tweet from sarah sanders. >> last night, huck abuck tweeted out this "new york post" graphic, mueller madness which of the angry and hysterical donald trump got it wrong #you
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decide. that's the hash tag that robert mueller used. and near the quote, no collusion is trump's owe aloha. >> trump tv, they'll agree this was a terrible, terrible thing and they want revenge. >> people who did this will be held accountable. they hurt our country. we will hold over liar every propagandist accountable. this will likely make months or longer. >> whoa, sean hannity take the brakes. if you got all of the liars and p propagandist, fox news -- slow down, slow down. let's get a check of cnn business.
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global markets mostly higher. these global growth concerns linger here. you can see it here, jut turning lower here. on wall street, what do we expect, features up hardly at all. i would call this honestly running in place. stocks closed higher on tuesday. closing up about 140 points. that's a half a percent. it had been up 270 earlier. the nasdaq closed up 1%. a date for elon musk's contempt case has been set. a judge in new york will hear oral arguments april 4th with the s.e.c. holding elon musk in contempt for a settlement deal. the battle goes back to 2017 when musk tweeted that he would take it private. if he's found guilty of contempt, he could face a fine,
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further limits on his social media outside and removal of tesla's ceo. former first lady michelle obama's memoir has now broken records. it's sold more than 10 million copies. a publisher recently told "wall street journal," we believe it could be the best memoir in history. >> that's incredible, where every book seems to be about president trump. >> and she's going around the country, really the world, being interviewed by her friends and social associates and selling out audiences. "early start" continues right now. >> at this moment, we're going to take a victory lap. >> suddenly, they're reminding us why so many of us are

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