tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN January 4, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PST
the race for the white house heating up with only four weeks before first votes are finally cast. donald trump firing away at hillary clinton as her campaign is getting ready to release it's not so secret campaign. and background checks on guns and already the president's plan is coming under attack. and two critical powers in the middle east. saudi arabia severing ties with
iran. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. this morning, it is all very real in iowa and new hampshire. the race for 2016. now taking place in 2016. the iowa caucuses are just four weeks from today. circle it on your calendar. the big news today, donald trump unleashing his first television ad of the campaign. we should get our first look at it any minute. he has new attacks on hillary clinton. >> the entire world has been upset. the entire world is a different place. during barack obama's and hillary clinton's term. she's done a horrible job. let me tell you something. she's caused death. she's caused tremendous death with incompetent decisions. >> the rest of the republican field launching a final push.
ted cruz and chris christie with multiple events today. marco rubio is set to make appearances in both early voting states today. jeb bush, he needs something. he needs a comeback. after pulling ads in south carolina and iowa, he will rely on handshaking politics and keeping up his sharper attacks on donald trump. >> donald trump, i don't believe, is going to be the nominee. if he is, he will be crushed by hillary clinton. he said things that are outrageous. his views have shifted with the winds. he is a strong supporter, until recently, of hillary clinton. someone has to call him out. >> ben carson has new campaign leadership after his manager and communications director up and quit. carson said the campaign needs people with the ability to execute and not just have good ideas.
john kasich is rolling out a new ad in new hampshire. he is polling in the top 5 there in recent weeks. all his hopes in this race depend on new hampshire. bill clinton is set to make an appearance on behalf of his wife in new hampshire. this as his past sexual inn discretion have come into play. >> just -- just -- i'll call on people. wait a minute -- i'm not going to take your question. yes, go right there. this man right there. here we go. right there. you are very rude and i'm not going to ever call on you. thank you. >> clinton rival bernie sanders was very clear that he just doesn't care about the issue. >> i think we have more important things to worry about
in this country than bill clinton's sex life. in hours, president obama meets with loretta lynch to discuss options for tougher gun restrictions. sources familiar with the issue say the president will announce executive action on the issue. some critics say it circumvents congress on the action. let's get to cnn's chris frates in washington. >> reporter: president obama plans to meet with the attorney general to discuss tougher gun restrictions. >> a few months ago, i directed my team at the white house to look at any new actions i can take to reduce gun violence. on monday, i will meet with the attorney general to discuss our options because i get too many letters from parents and teachers and kids to sit around
and do nothing. >> reporter: president obama is expecting to announce executive actions soon. closing the gun show loophole. gun control advocates pushed the white house on reporting of lost and stolen guns and they want the president to prevent more domestic violence and on the no fly list from blueing guying gu. >> he's going to sign another executive order having to do with the second amendment. i will veto that. i will un-sign that so fast. so fast. >> this president is a petulant child. if he wants to make changes to the laws, go to congress and tell them it is necessary. this is another illegal executive action which i'm sure will be rejected by the courts.
when i become president, will be stricken. >> reporter: and bernie sanders, his rivals have called him weak on gun control endorsed increased background checks. chris. >> a programming note. this thursday at 8:00 p.m. president obama joins anderson cooper for an exclusive live town hall event. the subject, "guns in america." among other things, the executive action on guns. he will announce this week. he will take questions from a live studio audience. moderated by anderson cooper this thursday night. 8:00 p.m. only on cnn. the inland regional center in san bernardino is set to reopen this morning. it is the facility where 14 people were killed last month. the conference center will remain closed. there is a new security fence around the facility. a full day of events is planned to make the employees feel safe. many have been working.
working from home for the past several weeks. the devastating earthquake hit northeast indian overnight. at least six people were killed in the 6.8 magnitude quake. rescue efforts are hampered by power outages. the quake centered near the border of myanmar. there are reports of damage to the government buildings. flooding millions for those along the mississippi river. authorities in st. francis, county, arkansas is searching for a man who was swept away riding his four wheeler. and in st. louis this morning, floods triggered by 10 inches of rain over three days leaving behind enough silt and debris to keep workers busy for months. in other news, camille cosby scheduled to be deposed wednesday in a lawsuit brought
by seven women who claim they were assaulted and defamed by their husband. a judge ruled her attorney's failed to prove the value of her testimony would be unweighed by the undue burden it would cause her. we are getting a look at the cargo ship "el faro" which was caught in a hurricane this summer. all 33 crew members on board died. federal investigators are considering a search of the wreckage in attempt to locate the ship as black box. an ugly start to the year in trading around the world. trading in china halted after a dramatic 7% drop after bad manufacturing data. here in the u.s., investors happy to be done with 2015. the s&p 500 finished the year
with a 0.7% loss. the nasdaq gained 5.7%. the blue chip losses since 2008. there were stocks that more than doubled in the s&p. they are household names. netflix gave 134%. the best performing stock in the s&p. the second is amazon. both stocks very close to all-time highs. as for the widely held stock. tweeted about or asked about. apple was down more than 4.5% in 2015. >> a lot going with china. >> european stocks opened lower. we are looking for a rocky start to the year for stocks. >> understatement. developments overseas with the balance of power in the midwest teetering. saudi arabia cutting ties with iran that saw protests and
dangerous diplomatic tension in the midwest. saudi arabia ordering all arabian diplomats to leave the country in 48 hours. this move is after the execution of the dissident shi'ite cleric. cnn's international editor nic robertson is tracking the latest from london. hi, nic. >> reporter: christine, the saudis accused the shi'a cleric of inspiring terrorism within saudi arabia. what he called for was a peaceful overthrow of the saudi arabia monarchy. he wanted people to come out on the streets against ruling family in saudi arabia. saudis have pulled the diplomats out of iran.
given diplomats 48 hours to get out of the country. they accuse iranian leaders through their speeches over the weekend of fostering a situation to allow or pave the way for the u.s. embassy to be attacked. and other missions to be attacked. they say iran is essentially trying to destabilize the region. iran, for its part, says saudi arabia is responding to the situation because of internal domestic pressures inside saudi arabia. the reality of what we are seeing here is a ratcheting up of already significant tensions between the two countries. in yemen, saudi arabia and iran are fighting a proxy war. fighting a proxy war in syria as well. they have extreme protests over interests in saudi arabia and to iraq to the north of saudi arabia. this is another dimension to an escalating situation that fuels tensions in the regions. certainly puts the hopes and
likelihood of getting a peaceful solution up and running this year in syria. makes that a more distant prospect. >> nic, a dramatic development. no question. wonders what type of internal pressures saudi arabia is under. you wonder the execution of the shi'a cleric, you wonder what the goal was and maybe they miscalculated the reaction in the broader midwest. >> reporter: i don't think they are miscalculating this. they have a new king. we wonder what the new king would be like. he is more robust. saudi arabia believes it is a stronger military and diplomatic force in the region. that is what we are seeing. saudi arabia has the cure to the low oil price. it could drop oil production because it is suffering and
going through significant belt tightening to get through the drop in the oil price. if it cut production, there is a possibility the price could rise. saudi arabia wants to maintain market share. it is a calculation, but calculation by new leadership in saudi arabia. that is what's changed. what we understood is different. >> revealing. thank you so much, nic robertson in london. israeli security forces widening the manhunt for the shoot eer accused of killing tw in a pub on new year's day in tel aviv. cnn's ian lee is following the latest live in jerusalem. ian. >> reporter: good morning, john. right now, as we are speaking. terrorism units and s.w.a.t. teams. >> we appear to have lost ian lee in jerusalem. as you can see, this manhunt is
under way. we will get an update as soon as we can. >> the family of the man there has said he is mentally unstable and not taking medication. that they are concerned about his safety and safety of others. there are reports this morning of a deal in the works to free a washington post reporter by iran. reuters saying unnamed americans contacted tehran for a deal to swap jason rezaian. he was convicted on espionage charges. the parliament hinted he could be freed in exchange for iranian prisoners in the u.s. let's go back to jerusalem and get the latest on the manhunt there for a man suspected involved in the new year's day attack. ian. >> reporter: john, right now, terrorism units and s.w.a.t. teams are searching construction sites and abandoned buildings as the manhunt goes into day three.
over 1,000 extra police officers are operating in the tel aviv area alone. searching tel aviv and northern parts of the city looking for the man. they think he could still very much be dangerous and carry out another attack. his family says that he is mentally disturbed and mentally takes medication for a psychological disorder. they hope he can be captured and doesn't hurt himself. police are trying to neutralize him. either capture him or kill him. schools in tel aviv have seen a decline in number of students as parents rightfully so are concerned about their child. they are keeping them home as this man hunt continues. the police are saying it is secure and they do have extra units at schools and extra patrols at school and it is safe for their children to go to school. it still is quite uneasy in tel
the ranchers were convicted of arson setting fires on public lands. father/son pair is expected to report to prison today. the protesters say they are staying put. let's get more from polo sandoval. >> reporter: civilians disagree. they are seizing an opportunity. they seized the unoccupied refuge taking stand against the public land. the public sheriff says, these men had alternative motives in an attempt to overthrow the county and government to spark a
movement across the united states. among the protesters clive bundy. he was at a similar standover over grazing fees. bundy is leading the effort after the feds ordered the father/son duo to prison. they were convicted to setting fire to federal land in 2012. their attorney says they don't condone this takeover. saying, neither one within the group speak for the hammond family. the fbi is monitoring the situation as this is a federal building. they are responsible for investigating what is an evolving situation in oregon. >> polo, thank you. more serious flooding expected in seven states. this surge of high water moving south along the mississippi river. for the latest, let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> christine and john, good
morning. still watching significant flooding. 6.5 million people now dealing with this in over 15 states where the flood warnings are taking place. we have cresting in little rock and st. louis. we have a way to go with vicksburg and baton rouge. new orleans could get in line for the water levels cresting. a long-term story for a lot of people. the other story is the cold weather for some places. it is typical for this time of year. other places, for the december we had, it is feeling cold. rochester, it feels like 1. in caribou, it feels like minus 5. new york and boston in the 20s and 30s. the frigid air is in place. high pressure builds. we get a southerly flow. a warming trend. washington up in the mid-40s which is the normal for this
time of year. new york city above the normal and you look at the forecast on a national scale. >> not an impressive winter in the northeast. it will come soon. the nfl regular season over for about two seconds and already coaches axed. mike pettine is fired and jim tomosulo is fired as well. tom coughlin as well. there were fireworks on the field. peyton manning came off the bench to lead the broncos to a win. the jets failed to make the playoffs. losing to the bills on sunday. the jets blew it big time. they had every chance to win and they succeeded in looking like losers every step of the way.
the steelers beat the browns. they got the last playoff spot. they will play cincinnati in a wild card game on saturday. the chiefs and texans. the vikings beat the packers. they host the seahawks. green bay plays at washington in the other nfc game. the carolina panthers are the top seed. >> a lot of football. >> yes. none of it went well. >> all right. 27 minutes past the hour. the white house hopefuls starting to ramp up situations. four weeks until we get to voting. donald trump and hillary clinton enter 2016 the frontrunners. will they escalate the attacks on each other?
unveiled this morning with just one month to go until actual voting in the presidential race. candidates fan out with a big push in iowa and new hampshire. we are there. president obama ready to act on gun control without help from congress. in executive action on background checks within days. dangerous tension in the middle east. saudi arabia severing ties with iran. new developments overnight and a conflict that could up-end u.s. involvement in the middle east. good morning. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. the race for 2016. the iowa caucuses are four weeks from today. the big news, donald trump unleashing his first television ad of the campaign. we should get our first look at this any moment. he has new attacks on bill
clinton and hillary clinton's. >> i think she's a flawed candidate. you see what's happened recently and it hasn't been a very pretty picture for her or bill. i'm the only one that's willing to talk about his problems. what he did and what he has gone through, i think is frankly terrible, especially if she wants to play the woman card. >> the rest of the republican field launching the final push. ted cruz and chris christie have multiple events today. marco rubio set to appear in both early voting states. jeb bush needs a comeback. after pulling ads from iowa and south carolina, he will rely on handshaking politics and keeping up the sharper attacks on donald trump. >> donald trump, i don't believe is going to be the party's nominee. if he is, he will be beaten by hillary clinton. he said things that are outrageous. his views on policy shifted with
the winds. he is a strong supporter, until recently, of hillary clinton. someone has to call him out. >> ben carson has new campaign leadership after his manager and communications director quit. carson told abc news the campaign needs people with the ability to execute and not just have good ideas. john kasich is polling in the top 5 in new hampshire. happening this morning, bill clinton is set to make his first solo appearance on behalf of his wife. this is in new hampshire. this comes as donald trump and others have raised his past sexual indiscretions an s an issue. on the stump, hillary clinton shutdown a heckler. >> i'll call on people -- wait a minute. i'm not going to take your question. yes, go right there. this man right there -- here we
go. right there. you are very rude and i'm not going to ever call on you. thank you. >> clinton rival bernie sanders was clear on state of the union that he doesn't care about that issue. >> i think we have more important things to worry about in this country than bill clinton's sex life. >> there you go. in hours, president obama meets in the oval office with loretta lynch. they are set to discuss options for tougher gun restrictions. within days, sources familiar with the issue telling cnn the president will announce executive actions on guns. the potential changes are drawing heated criticism from republican candidates. for the latest, let's bring in chris frates in washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. on his first full day back in washington, president obama plans to meet with the attorney general and other top law enforcement officials to discuss tougher gun restrictions. >> a few months ago i tridirect
my team to discuss gun violence. i will meet with attorney general loretta lynch to discuss our options. >> reporter: sources say president obama is expected to announce executive action soon expanding background checks and closing the gun show loophole. gun control advocates have pushed the white house on reporting lost and stolen guns. before the president has even announced the details of his action, republicans running to replace him were competing on who would undo them faster. >> he will sign another executive order having to do with the second amendment and having to do with guns.
i will veto that. i will un-sign that. >> this president is a petulant child. if he wants to make changes to the laws, go to congress and convince congress they are necessary. i'm sure it will be rejected by the courts and when i become president, will be restricted. >> reporter: john and christine. >> thank you, chris. a special programming note. president obama will join anderson cooper for a town hall event about guns in america. among other things, the president will discuss the executive action on guns. he is expected to announce that this week. a town hall on guns in america with president obama. moderated by anderson thursday night on cnn. the regional center in san bernardino is set to reopen this
morning. that is the facility where 14 people were killed in a terror attack last month. the conference center where the shooting took place will remain closed. there is a security fence around the facility. a full day of events is planned to make the employees feel safe. many working from home the past several weeks. devastating earthquake hits india overnight. at least six people killed and dozens more injured. the numbers are expected to rise. rescue efforts are hampered by communications and power outages. the quake centered near the border with myanmar. there are reports of severe damage to residential and government buildings in the state of manapur. flooding affecting millions along the mississippi river. it is still over banks. authorities in st. francis county, arkansas, searching for
a man swept away by the flood waters riding his four wheeler. there is a clean up effort under way in the st. louis area. the floods triggered by 10 inches of rain in the last three days. the closer look at the forecast is coming up in a few minutes. camille cosby scheduled to be deposed wednesday in a lawsuit brought by seven women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by her husband. the attorneys for camille cosby tried to get the issue thrown out. getting a first look at the wreckage of the cargo ship "el faro." it was caught in a hurricane travels to puerto rico this summer. federal investigators are considering a search of the wreckage in an attempt to locate
the ship's black box. dropping amid a global selloff. china's stock market plunged. officials there halted trading for the rest of the session. it sparked a huge selloff in chinese markets. we are keeping a close eye on oil prices this morning. crude initially moved higher after the news that saudi arabia cut diplomatic tie was iran. crude prices stabilizing. oil plunged 33% last year. that is destabilizing. it is good news for drivers. a new forecast says low prices at the pump will stay well into 2016. aaa predicts the national average for a gallon of regular will stay below $3 a gallon in 2016. 21 cents lower than a year ago. drivers saved $540 last year because of lower gas prices.
cnn's international diplomatic editor nic robertson is tracking this live from london. >> reporter: all saudi diplomats have been pulled from iran. they are calling for iranian diplomats to leave saudi arabia within the next 48 hours. this stems from the saudi arabia execution of sheikh nimr al nimr. the saudis say he was trying to call for terrorists acts within saudi arabia. his supporters say he had been calling for the peaceful overthrow of the saudi royal family. what has happened in tehran, saudi diplomats are saying is provocation by iranian leaders that led to the crowds coming out on the streets and then attacked the embassies there. they are blaming the iranian leadership. saying the iranians are trying to ramp up tensions. for their part, iranians say the saudis have internal problems that's why they executed the cleric and escalating tensions.
in a region where the two big powerful nations are already essentially fighting proxy wars in yemen and syria and have conflicting interests in lebanon and bahrain as well. this is a very dangerous escalation of tensions. >> it is the proxy wars, nic, that are of enormous concern to the united states. any sign that either side will use this new tension to escalate the situation in the four countries where the conflicts are raging? >> reporter: i think we are seeing it already in yemen. there was a peace process that began involved the houthis that are backed by iran and the saudis. this began in switzerland late last year until two or three weeks ago. there was a cease-fire. that cease-fire collapsed over the weekend. we are seeing the tensions prolonging the battles on the ground. iranians and saudis were
supposed to be in the same room in geneva to discuss the resolution. the two countries have significant influence in syria. that means the peaceful solution pushed down the road. that makes the solution tougher when they are at loggerheads. >> the united states is a long time ally of saudi arabia. a nuclear deal caught in the middle. nic robertson in london, thanks. in israel. security forces widening the man hunt for the shooter who killed two people in a pub on new year's day. this came on a wave of israeli attacks and an apparent isis threat against the jewish state. we have cnn's ian lee following the latest from jerusalem. >> reporter: good morning, christine. today, s.w.a.t. teams and terrorism units are going in searching construction sites and
abandoned buildings looking for the suspect as the manhunt goes into the third day. over 1,000 extra police officers have been deployed in the tel aviv and northern tel aviv area. we are hearing also that some parents are keeping kids away from school out of fear of this man being on the loose. police said it is safe to send their children to school. there is extra patrols. schools have extra security added. this suspect is still armed and dangerous. that is what they are considering. they fear he could carry out another attack. the family has said he suffers from psychological disorder and they are hoping he can be captured alive. right now, the main goal of the security forces to quote neutralize him. whether that is capturing him or killing him. >> construction sites and scouring, you know, all kinds of locations for him.
this happened on new year's day. it is unusual for the suspect to be on the run this long, isn't it? >> reporter: that's exactly right, christine. when i was talking with police spokesmen, they were saying they usually when it comes to a terrorism suspect, they have not said it is a terrorism case. they say usually they are killed or captured at the scene of the crime. when they do run, there is a lot of security in the country. they have cameras all over the place and they can follow the suspect and see in which direction he went. this is why they are searching house to house. he could be holed up somewhere and it makes it a very dangerous situation. they don't know if he had any help. he could try to take a hostage. the police just don't know. >> ian lee for us in jerusalem. thank you. keep us posted. there are reports of a deal in the works to free a washington post reporter held by iran. reuters quote that unnamed
americans have contacted tehran for a deal to swap jason rezaian. he was arrested in 2014 and convicted of espionage charges. the speaker of iran parliament hinted that rezaian could be freed in exchange for iranian prisoners in the united states. did you make a resolution? >> i don't make resolutions. >> you don't? >> because you're already perfect. >> it is silly. the fake challenges you set up for yourself. >> mark zuckerberg set a resolution. his goal for 2016. i'll tell you what it is after the break.
to support dwight and steve hammond convicted of arson. the father and son pair expected to report to prison today. we get more from cnn's polo sandoval. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. several of the men and women are hunkering down on the federal property. they claim to stand up for the rights of ranch owners. some say they disagree. they are simply seizing an opportunity to further what is a misguided cause. the group of individuals seized the unoccupied headquarters saturday. the group claims to be made up of quote patriots. the sheriff disagrees. a portion of his statement reading, these men had alternative motives to attemp to overthrow the county and federal government and hopes to spark a movement across the
united states. among the armed protesters, the son of the nevada rancher clive bundy. he was involved with the federal government over grazing fees last year. he is leading the effort after the father/son duo is ordered to prison. dwight and steve hammond set fire to federal land in 2012. their attorney says they don't condone this takeover. neither anyone in the group speak for the hammond family. the fbi is monitoring the situation as this is a federal building and they are responsible for investigating what is an evolving situation in oregon this morning. guys, back to you. >> thank you, polo. new serious ed inflooding expected this week as high water moves along the mississippi. let's bring in the latest with meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> christine and john, good
morning. the flooding concerns are far from over for a lot of people. when you look at the numbers, it has improved when it comes to about 200 river gauges. this is down from 500 this time last week. some 15 states, parts of 15 states dealing with flood warnings this morning. you take a look. water levels have dropped in little rock and st. louis. memphis and paducah. working downstream. the latter portion of january before this is done for a lot of people when it comes it a forecast in increase in quarter levels for these communities. we have 2 to 3 inches that could fall over the next seven days where water has yet to peak. the other story is the cold weather that filtered in for the northeast. new york city, philly and rochester as much as 15 to 20 degrees below normal after the warmth we had in the month of december.
notice cold there. it is quickly replacing as the mild pattern returns later in the week. john and christine, new york city, shoot it up to 50 by the weekend with rain showers back in the forecast. >> i have to tell you, the cherry blossoms are blooming. it is nuts. >> they are making snow like crazy in vermont. it finally got cold enough to do that. it was a struggle for the ski areas. a real struggle for coaches in the nfl. those who already lost their jobs the minute after the season ended. head coach mike pettine. 49ers fired tim tomasula. other coaches in trouble. tom coughlin of the giants and sean payton of the saints. they are good coaches. some actual game time fireworks. that is peyton manning. haven't seen him on the field for a long time. he came in late in the game for the broncos. after brock osweiler threw 5
interception. the number one seed in the afc because the patriots lost most of their games at the end of the season. the jets going home. they had every opportunity to go to the playoffs. all they had to do was win. and they didn't. they lost badly to the bills. there's ryan fitzpatrick. good education on that guy. bad interceptions in the fourth quarter. pittsburgh, they won, so they are going to the playoffs. they play in cincinnati in the wild card on saturday. chiefs and texans play in the other afc match up. the vikings beat the packers to win the nfc north. their prize? they play the hottest team in the nfl. seahawks on wild card week. green bay lost the game. they won the playoff match up contest. they play washington in the other nfc game. 15-1 carolina panthers are the top seed. >> that's your sports. here is your business.
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we should get our first look in just a few minutes. president obama set to unveil executive action on background checks for guns. already his plans coming under attack from critics. a diplomatic standoff in the middle east. will iran respond? this with proxy wars raging across the region. what will u.s. involvement be? welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. monday, january 4th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. this morning, it is all very real in iowa and new hampshire. the race for 2016 taking place in 2016. the iowa caucuses are four weeks from today. the big news is donald trump unleashing his first television ad of the campaign. we should get our first look at this any moment. he has new