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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 democrats. >> democrats happy to oblige, as the president shifts the focus
from russia to health care. >> this is a whitewash of justice. >> do i think justice was served? no. >> police want prosecutors investigatored after they drop all charges against jussie smollett. the faa coming to capitol hill the day after an emergency landing for a boeing plane being moved into storage. and the nfl makes the move it had to make after the saints got robbed, calls including pass interference can now be reviewed. now, they got the call right, yes. good morning, welcome to "early start" everybody. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. it's wednesday, march 27th. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. good morning, get up, there's a lot of news this morning. democrats moving fast to shift from russia to health care, after the president gave them an opening, a big one. leadership was looking to focus on issues that helped democrats take back the house in midterms. they got their chance when the
justice setting back calling obamacare calling it constitutional. >> 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 do 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 suddenly going to be without health care. is anybody thinking about 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 not surprised because this seems to be the position they hold deep down. just take this health care coverage away from millions of americans. as a matter of political strategy, i'm a little bit surprised because most americans want this. so, 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 cnn there has been a heated debate inside the administration on whether the doj should support a ruling fully invalidating 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. >> now, politico reports attorney general bill barr and health and human services
secretary alex zaser, they argued against it. the case may well wind up before the supreme court. questions mounting this morning over why chicago prosecutors dropped the charges against jussie smollett. a grand jury indicted the "empire" actor accusing him of staging a hoax hate crime against himself and then filing a false police report about it. >> city's police union calling for an investigation of the state attorney kim fox in this 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 february 1. fox then recused herself. >> the police union saying if smollett wanted to clear himself he should have had his day in court. the deputy prosecutor who took over the case straddling the
line. >> only reason that it's getting the scrutiny that it is because of who got the decision. there are plenty of other cases, like i said, over 5700, that have gotten some type of 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 work that they did in investigating this case. >> do you consider him innocent? >> no. >> so a couple days of community service and they dispose of the case. new overnight, the lawyer for the osundairo brothers say they were fully prepared to testify. they were captured on surveillance video buying the materials used. city officials, frankly, this morning are fuming about this. cnn's ryan young has the latest. >> in a smocking reversal, chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against actor jussie
smollett who was accused of staging a hate crime against him and filing a false police report about it. his attorney insist head was indeed intact and the misinformation led to a rush judgment against him. rahm emanual blasted the decision. just watch and listen to how angry he was. >> this is a white wsh owash of justice. this is without 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 get treated another way. there's no accountability in 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 everyone could see the evidence. >> cook county state attorney's office didn't immediately explain why the 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct were dropped, except to say the decision came after reviewing the case facts. and smollett's willingness to forfeit his $10,000 bond after a brief appearance in a courtroom, smollett told reporters he was grateful. >> i'm truthful on every level since day one. i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of what i was accused of. >> and christine and dave, we don't know what as in that court filing because it was sealed by the judge. a lot of questions remain. a boeing 737 max 8 forced to make an emergency landing in florida. >> tower 8701, we just lost our right engine. need to declare emergency. >> of course, there were month
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it will only be a trial period for next season. and roger goodell explained why they decided to make the change. >> i think our clubs including our coaches, owners and everyone else realize that our job is to get this right. and we should use every available means to get them right. and replay is a great means to be able to do that. will this solve every problem? will this get us perfect? don't let perfect get in the way of better. >> our thoughts are prayers with michael irvin this morning. the hall of famer receiver posting this picture to instagram. he was getting tested for throat cancer. he said his father died from throat cancer at the age of 51. irvin is asking for everyone to pray for him as he awaits the results. remember john phillips, he was known as crying northwestern kid. was shown many times when the
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and a boeing 737 max emergency landing. and the nfl making the calls it has to make. pass interference may now be reviewed. >> i'm dave briggs, good morning, everyone. 5:31 eastern time. would you believe it, president trump gave a birthday gift to nancy pelosi. what was that? shifting the focus to health care, after president trump gave them an opening. leadership was looking to focus on issues that helped democrats take back the house in the midterms. they got their chance when the justice department was sending back the judge's ruling calling obamacare unconstitutional. hours later, democrats including 2020 hopefuls pounced. >> gop will never stop trying to destroy the affordable health care of america's families. >> the idea that people are playing politics yet gentle with the affordable care act is the height of irresponsibility.
>> this administration the republican party wants 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 pre-existing conditions. it upsets whole family structures. look at the 20 million people that are suddenly going to be without health care. is anybody thinking about 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 not surprised because this seems to be the position they hold deep down. just take this health care coverage away from millions of americans. as a matter of political strategy, i'm a little bit surprised because most americans want this. and so, 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 cnn there's been a heated debate inside the trump administration about whether the doj should support a ruling fully invalid dating 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. >> you watch, politico reports attorney general william barr and health and shum services secretary alex azar argued against scrapping obamacare because republicans simply don't have an alternative plan. >> let's turn to cnn's political director zach wolf live in washington. you heard us say this is -- it was nancy pelosi birthday gift. >> it was. she got a gift from the president. >> the white house says, yep, we want to strike down all of aca. we want to strike down all of it.
a reminder to people what's in it and why so many millions like it. it provides health insurance for people who otherwise couldn't get it. and prevents insurers from turning away people. allows children to stay on parents' health plans until 26. and can you help get money back to pay for your health care. is there a republican plan that replaces this? >> there's not a republican plan that president trump is talking about that replaces this. there's some republican ideas out there. there's not something that they have coalesced behind. this is not like a policy proposal that they have thought out, that they've had hearings on and they're ready to move on tomorrow. the court could theoretically throw this out as soon as it works its way through the appeals process. but that doesn't seem to be any actual movement right now figuring out what would replace the affordable care act. to say nothing of the fact that so much of the health care system has essentially grown
around the affordable care act. >> nine years now. >> states have passed laws. yeah, it's been a law for nine years. states have changed their laws to address medicaid. to get more of their people covered that way. it's not like you can just rip it out and just go back. nine years. it just doesn't work that way. >> the democrats aren't saying it's perfect. but instead of fixing the wiring in this old house, the president repeatedly seems focused on burning it down. you have to wonder what congressional republicans were thinking when they read this or saw it on their phone or heard it from a staffer. here's susan collins' reaction. >> it's something that i vehemently disagree with. and i hope that the courts do not go along with what the justice department has requested. >> senator lindsey graham after a lunch, if there's a message to be learned from 2018 on policy, it's health care. but did he misread the entire lesson of the 2018 midterms
regarding health care? >> well, he certainly seems to be, you know, internalizing in a different way than pretty much everybody in his party. and everybody, you know, objective bystanders are seeing it. essentially turn against that law, sort of, you know, goes against everything that you would have thought you could have taken away from that election. but, you know, he says that they're going to become the party of health care. he just doesn't seem to have a plan for how they're going to do it. that's a frightening thing, i think, to anybody who actually has health insurance because this affects everybody who has health insurance in a lot of ways. not just people on the obamacare care exchanges. not just people with medicaid. if you have insurance, it was affected by the affordable care act. >> it also brings things right back in the middle that people can understand. the green new deal, depending on what side you're on. this is a message that brings it back to the far left of the
party back to something that the democrats can really push against this white house on. >> absolutely. and their focus, they have been having this sort of internal debate or argument and they'll continue to do that on weathhet go go part left. and refocus it back on protection as opposed to change. >> christine mentioned the green new deal. and mike lee, a senator from utah brought with him some insane visual aids. some props that included ronald reagan riding a velociraptor shooting a machine gun, aquaman, and tauntaun and luke skywalker in "empire strikes back" and some beautiful babies. and did this end up as a rebuke
of the aoc plan? >> i think he was trying to make a look at it, that the green new deal and maybe with the babies kind of a ridiculous thing to say because babies are going to create more consumption -- whatever. it was a ridiculous thing for him to say, presumably he made his point. but, you know, just like democrats will be using health care against republicans, republicans will try to use the green new deal against democrats. the same way -- although everybody, you know, this is an existential threat. if you're going to make fun of it the way mike lee did you're basically rejecting the idea that we could call die because of climate change at some point which is the point that democrats are trying to make. >> zach wolf has a piece out on the health care surprise by the president at 7:00 a.m. more questions this morning over why chicago prosecutors dropped the charges against
jussie smollett. a grand jury indicted the "empire" actor accusing him of staging a hoax hate crime against him and then filing a false police report about it. >> the city's police union calling for an investigation of cook county's state attorney, kim fox in this case. this may be why. text messages obtained by cnn through an opens records request shows that a smollett family friend tina chen reached out to fox on february 1st. fox later recused herself. >> the police says if smollett wanted to clear himself he should have cleared himself in court. >> the reasonable reason that it's getting the scrutiny that it is because of who got the decision. there are plenty of other cases, like i said, over 5700, that have gotten some type of 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 work that they did in investigating this case. >> do you consider him innocent? >> no. >> no. >> new overnight, the lawyer for the osundairo brothers say they were fully prepared to testify. smollett was accused of paying the osundairos to stage the attack. and they were captured on surveillance video buying the materials used. city officials are fuming this morning. ryan young has the latest. >> his attorney insisted he was indeed intact. and that the misinformation led to a rush against him. chicago mayor rahm emanuel blasted the prosecutor's decision. just watch and listen to how angry he was.
>> this is a whitewash of justice. a grand jury could not have been clearer. this is without a doubt a whitewash of justice. and sends a clear message that if you're in the position of influence and power, you'll get treated one way. other people will be treated another way. there is no accountability than in 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 could see the evidence. >> the cook county state attorney's office didn't immediately explain why the 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct were dropped, except to say the decision came after reviewing the case facts. and smollett's willingness to forfeit his $10,000 bond after a
brief appearance in a courtroom, smollett told reporters he was grateful to those who stood by him. >> i've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of what i was accused of. >> christine and dave, we may never know what was in that court file because it was sealed by the judge. there's a lot of questions that remain in the case. >> that is stunning. >> really is. ryan, thank you for that. on spring break and on defense. find out how a group turns the tables after coming under attack. whoo-hoo! great-tasting ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. ensure, for strength and energy. look for savings in your weekly paper.
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other opioid drugmakers. a decades old abortion law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy was made unconstitutional. that prompted abortion rights groups to file suit. a federal judge siding with those groups saying courts across the country have struck down weak or event-specific bans and north carolina is no different. the ruling will take in effect in 60 days. unvaccinated kids are banned from certain public spaces in new york's rockland county. a severe measles outbreak triggering the emergency. officials say the ban will remain in place for 30 days or until unvaccinated kids get the measles, mumps or rubella vaccine. outdoor spaces are not part of the ban. rockland county 40 miles northwest of manhattan with 50
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late for the new orleans saints but the nfl did approve a change. coaches will now be able to challenge pass interference calls, as well as noncalls outside of two minutes. inside two minutes, the booth automatically reviews those calls. the saints, you will recall, lost a title game and a chance to play in the super bowl in large part because of that critical missed pass interference call. >> a heartbreaker there. former first lady michelle obama's best-selling memoir is breaking records. "becoming" has sold nearly 10 million copies and is one of the most popular books of the decade. the publisher recently told "the wall street journal" we believe this could be the most successful memoir in history. according to amazon, it's had the longest record since fifty shades of gray.
i'm christine romans. >> . the republican party will soon be known as the party of healthcare. >> the trump position ties a two-year anchor around the neck of every republican for the next two years. >> this is something i vehemently disagree with. >> this is without a doubt a whitewash of justice. it is wrongful stop. >> i've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. >> there was no political influence in this case. >> no one has found him guilty. >> doh i think justice was served? no in the city is owed an apology. >> we want to welcome our viewers around the united states and around the world. it is 6:00 here in washington where i am on assignment and john is in new york. nice to see you, john. >> imagine not being in the same place. >> it's very hard for me. >> it is tough. >> it's very difficult for me
but we're going to make it work and we have a lot of news. up next, cnn has learned that the trump administration attempt to strike down the affordable care act has sparked debate. bill barr and alex azar or opposed to invalidating healthcare without a viable plan. president seems to be moving full steam ahead. he's trying to declare that the gop will become the party of healthcare and we'll need to see if his supporters will need to see a plan to match that rhetoric. >> millions with healthcare because of medicaid expansion, this is a matter of life and livelihood. but, yes, there are politics at play. if you hear an unexpected loud noise, it might very well be democrats sleeking with delight. the congressional leadership was looking to turn the focus from the summary of the mueller