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the race for president. take a good look at this man. he is steam rolling. donald trump with his big win in south carolina. on to nevada as marco rubio and ted cruz battle for second. hillary clinton reasserting herself in nevada, but today it is south carolina. the new moves for clinton and bernie sanders ahead. new questions about the horrifying weekend killing spree in kalamazoo. did this uber driver pick up
passengers between killing? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday, february 22nd. and donald trump riding high in the big win in the south carolina primary. turning to super tuesday on march 1st. trump has donors, pundits and candidates grasping for ways to stop him. based on a rally last night, trump is sticking to the strategy that brought him huge success. we have cnn's jeremy diamond with one of those super states. georgia. >> reporter: good morning. fresh off the victory in south carolina, donald trump rolled in atlanta on sunday with momentum on his back. the crowd responded in kind as he hit his key notes.
donald trump did not really bring in his current rivals, marco rubio and ted cruz, who came in second and third place in south carolina. he did, however, bring in one of his former rivals. >> i'll give you a story. one of the candidates, i won't say who yet, one of the candidates, the head of the major, major, owner of a major, major pharmaceutical company is in charge of his campaign. you know that. in charge of his campaign. raises hundreds of millions of dollars. they raised a fortune. a fantastic -- like a lot of money. a friend of mine comes to me. a doctor. dona donald, i don't understand it. united states is the biggest purchasing of drugs in the world. they are not allowed to negotiate prices. as i checked it, i realize he is
right. >> reporter: that is a line donald trump uses whethn he tal about jeb bush. it looks like donald trump used jeb bush as his foil on the campaign trail. john and christine. >> jeremy diamond, thank you. and ted cruz is trying to recover from the third place finish in south carolina. the unofficial count has cruz trailing marco rubio by hundreds of votes. cruz calls that a convenient tie for second. now ted cruz putting focus on marco rubio making the case in the long run, only he, ted cruz, can beat donald trump in the republican race. gets let the latest from sunlen serfaty with ted cruz in nevada. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. the cruz campaign is trying to
present the image they are still on track and charge ahead in nevada. the senator will have a series of events working a caucus event tomorrow night. so much out here on the campaign trail is around the postmortem of the south carolina primary. what does this mean for the campaign going forward? he was asked about that here yesterday and quickly pivoted to the new favorite target. marco rubio. >> he was asked what state can you win? you were not able to win in iowa or in new hampshire. when can you win a state? the answer he gave is i think we could win florida on march 15th. that is an amazing admission. apparently they don't believe they will win any states on
super tuesday. they are writing off march 1st and 8th. i would point out even in florida, his home state, he is polling in third place. >> reporter: ted cruz on the ground in nevada wasting no time laying into marco rubio. this is a key part of their message in going forward. they will argue and question where marco rubio can actually win and argue in opposition to that that ted cruz is the only one that has been able to beat donald trump. john and christine. >> thank you for that. an illinois voter gets his day in court over why ted cruz should be disqualified. he questions whether cruz who was born in canada to an american mother is a natural born citizen. joyce says he fears the chaos that would ensue if the democrats get cruz disqualified after he has already been chosen
as a republican nominee. john kasich has signed a bill effectively blocking more than $1 million for planned parenthood. the planned parenthood cecile richards says this is having consequences for women across ohio. the money will be redistributed to other health services groups. a political event this thursday with the race shifting in the new gear. five face-off in houston. this cannot be overstated. this is huge. wolf blitzer moderates the debate thursday night. >> i'm not used to seeing so few pictures. this morning, hillary clinton trying to consolidate her return to frontrunner status. she enjoyed a close, but comfortable five--point-win over bernie sanders.
rejecting the claim of the nevada latinos arguing the precinct data is more reliable. the battle for minority votes continues as the democratic campaigns move to south carolina. that primary is set for saturday. clinton and sanders both speaks to b.e.t. about what they will do for african-americans. >> i have not been as sensitive as we should be to what goes on in black communities in terms of policing i issues. i plead guilty to the fact i have not been as sensitive to that issue. it is an issue we have to be sensitive to. >> some decisions were made during the eight years of my husband's presidency that we have to learn lessons from. and i'm very clear about that. yes, i supported my husband's policies. my opponent voted for them.
i did not have an avenue to express myself independently. he did. >> clinton and sanders come face-to-face for the final time this tuesday night right here on cnn. a democratic town hall live from columbia, south carolina. 8:00 p.m. chris cuomo moderates that on cnn. a somber day ahead at the u.s. supreme court as justices return to the court for the first time without scalia. scalia was a conservative force. now leaving the court with four liberals and four conservatives. if the court deadlocks, they could take the case again once a replacement takes over. time for an early start on your money. stocks had the best week in three months. it is looking like a positive start to the new trading week. dow higher. oil is the reason. it is helping. crude prices are higher. oil and stocks are moving in
lock step. stock markets in europe and asia are higher as well. two big rallies and investors took a breather on thursday and friday. i want to give you context. the dow down 5.9% for the year. it had been down 10% before the recent rally. nasdaq is down 10%. s&p 500 is down 6.1%. you are down on the year, but a big bounce yesterday. is that bounce a signal there will not be an official correction or a pause. >> the answer? >> i don't know the answer. >> thanks for the question. >> i don't live on a caribbean island. what a story out of michigan. a stunning killing spree in kalamazoo. six people dead. police say the killer, uber driver, picked up and dropped off passengers between the attacks. new information coming in this morning ahead.
in just a few hours, the alleged shooter in the kalamazoo killing spree will be charged in a court arraignment. the 45-year-old is suspected of killing six people on saturday night. allegedly in between picking up fares as an uber driver. at this point, the shootings appear to be random. investigators also say they are at a loss for any motive. let's get more from nick valencia. >> reporter: john and christine, it is sickening when you
consider the details. this suspect, a 45-year-old man from kalamazoo was casually carrying out the shooting spree and in between each shooting, picking up passengers and working as an uber driver. he was eventually taken into custody at 12:30. investigators seized a semiautomatic handgun. they are working to figure out if any weapons were used in the commission of the crimes. investigators are scratching their heads. unsettling to them is that this suspect was for all intents and purposes, according to the chief, an average joe with no criminal history or no indication that he would have the ability to carry out something like this. >> he was aware of what was going on. he was able to carry on his normal routine. these were very deliberate killings. this wasn't hurried in any way. they are on the video. we watched the video with law
enforcement. they were intentional and delibera deliberate. i don't want to say casually done. but cold by. >> reporter: two people are wounded still in the hospital recovering from the wounds. a mother of three children first to be shot. she is recovering. as is a 14-year-old girl. she was in surgery sunday morning, but still very critical condition. as far as the suspect, he is expected to face murder charges and will make his first court appearance monday afternoon. john, christine. >> nick, thanks for that. a terrible story there. a hearing in connecticut, a judge is expected to decide if a lawsuit brought by the families of the sandy hook massacre can go forward. the weapon that adam lansa used.
the case is hinged on whether it is shielded by the federal law. apple has until friday to appeal the judge's order to help investigators gain access to encrypted data on an iphone used by syed rizwan farook in the san bernardino shooting. james comey is trying to downplay the dispute. in a statement, the fbi director said the fbi is not out to break anyone's encryption, but added decisions involving protection from terrorists is should not be left in the hands of corporations that sell stuff for a living. a last ditch legal attempt to stop a deposition by bill cosby's wife. camille is to be deposed in a defamation case after eight
women came forward. and residents hit by the water crisis in flint, michigan get this meet congress today. a small business round table will be held and they will visit a water distribution site. new details emerging about the zika virus. doctors say the surge in the deadly paralysis condition could be linked to zika. cases of the symptoms known as guillan-barre syndrome. isis increasing attacks in syria just before u.s. and russia backed cease-fire was supposed to go into effect. we are live after the break.
into effect friday. that didn't happen. meantime, the violence has raged on. isis has claimed responsibility for several attacks over the weekend that left more than 120 people dead. cnn's jomana karadsheh is for us in jordan for us. it is an interesting situation on the ground. jomana. >> reporter: absolutely, christine. devastating violence on sunday morning in the city of homs. two cars packed with explosives striking a busy area killing more than 30 people. this is an area that is from the sect of bashar al assad. as you mentioned. claimed by isis. this is the fourth attack by the group in the same area in three months. later on in the day, a triple bombing in southern damascus in a shi'a area there in the
capital. first a car bomb detonated and first responders and crowd s gathered to the scene and a suicide bomber struck wounding and killing people. this comes as secretary of state john kerry speaking in the jordanian capital on sunday. said u.s. and russian officials reached a provisional agreement on the cessation of hostilitie hostilitiesihostilities agreement. they are trying to iron out the details over the past few days. secretary kerry saying it is not a done deal yet, but they have agreement and in the coming days, we would see president obama speaking with russian president vladimir putin to agree on the details of their agreement. again, more cautious optimism from secretary kerry after we heard the agreement was supposed
to go into effect friday and it did not. the violence we saw unfold in syria on sunday is unlikely to cease anytime soon. this violence is carried out by isis, the terrorist organization, isis and affiliate nusra, are not part of any peace talks. >> jomana karadsheh with the urgent situation as they are trying to get that cessation of hostilities in place. thank you. the pentagon concerned about the growing isis threat in li a libya. the isis commanders sent from syria to libya to establish a new caliphate. they have estimated 6,500 fighters. last week, dozens have been killed believed to be training for attacks there. donald trump and hillary clinton. they emerge as frontrunners, but the race for president is only about to begin. we have probably the most exciting ten days in politics
bernie sanders as this race shifts to south carolina. and tragedy here. an uber driver arrested accused of killing six people in one night. picking up fares in between deadly attacks. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 29 minutes past the hour. donald trump is headed to nevada. one day ahead of the next battle ground in the republican presidential nominating circus. he is wearing a south carolina smile. trump's victory there has many grasping for a way to stop him. based on a rally last night, it seems donald trump is sticking to the strategy that brought him success so far. cnn's jeremy diamon with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. fresh off the primary victory in south carolina, donald trump
rolled into atlanta on sunday with the momentum at his back. the crowd responded in kind roaring in approval talking about trade and border security as he typically does. but donald trump did not really bring in his current rivals, marco rubio and ted cruz who came in second and third place in south carolina. he did, however, bring in one of his former rivals. >> i'll give you a story. one of the candidates, i won't say who yet, one candidate, the head of the major and owner of a major, major pharmaceutical is in charge of his campaign. raises hundreds of millions of dollars. they raised a fortune. they have a fantastic, a lot of money. a friend of mine comes up to me. a doctor. he said donald, i don't understand it. the united states is the biggest
purchaser of drugs in the world. they don't negotiate price. i said that can't be. i checked it. he is right. >> reporter: that is a line that donald trump has consistently used when he talks about jeb bush and influence of special interests. however, jeb bush out of the race. dropping out on saturday night after a poor showing in south carolina. it looks like donald trump who consistently used his foil on the campaign may be missing him a bit. ted cruz as a new target as he tries to recover from the third place finish in south carolina. the unofficial count has cruz trailing marco rubio about 1,000 votes out of more than 700,000 cast. cruz is calling that a tie for second. cruz is track his fire on rubio. making the case that in the long run only he can beat donald
trump to win the nomination. we have the latest from sunlen serfaty in nevada. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. the cruz campaign is trying to present the image they are on track and charge ahead in nevada. senator will have a series of eight events working a caucus event tomorrow night. so much on the campaign trail is centering around the postmortem in south carolina. why he did not do better in south carolina and what this means for the campaign going forward and what red flags he could take from that. he quickly pivoted to the new favorite target. marco rubio. >> he was asked which state can you win? you were not able to win in iowa or new hampshire or south carolina. when can you win a state? and the answer he gave is well, i think we could win florida on
march 15th. that is amazing admission they don't believe they will win in nevada. they believe they don't believe they will win any states on super tuesday. they are trying to wait until march 15th to finally win a state. i would point out in florida, his home state, he is polling in third place. >> reporter: ted cruz on the ground in nevada wasting no time laying into marco rubio. this is a key part of their message going forward. they will argue and question where marco rubio can actually win and argue in opposition to that that ted cruz has been the only one to beat donald trump. >> thank you, sunlen serfaty. as long as marco rubio and ted cruz go after each other. it is good for donald trump. on friday, a voter gets his day in court in illinois. lawrence joyce agree was donald
trump. he questions whether cruz was born in canada to an american mother, is a natural born citizen as required by the constitution. joyce says he fears chaos would ensue if democrats get cruz disqualified if he has already been chosen as republican nominee. ohio give and republican candidate john kasich signed a bill effectively blocking more than $1 million for state funding for planned parenthood. cecile richards says this will have devastating consequences for women across ohio. the money will be redistributed across other groups in the state. that leaves five republicans running for president. all will meet head-to-head in the next gop debate thursday night in houston, texas. our very own wolf blitzer will nominate the debate at 8:30 p.m. thursday night only on cnn. big week this week. >> huge week. that is a big moment. these debates have been
important. that is a few days before the march 1st primary. hillary clinton trying to consolidate her return to frontrunner status. she enjoyed a close, but comfortable five-point-win in nevada over bernie sanders. the clinton team rejects the claim that sanders won big among nevada latinos. claiming precinct data is more reliable. the battle for minority votes continues as the democratic campaign moves to south carolina. that primary is saturday. hillary clinton and bernie sanders spoke to b.e.t. about what they would do for african-americans. they admitted the democratic party has not done enough. >> the white community, including myself, have not been as sensitive as we should be to what goes on in black communities in terms of policing issues. i plead guilty to the fact that i think i have not been as
sensitive to that issue. it is an issue we have to be sensitive to. >> i am well aware that some of the decisions that were made during the eight years of my husband's presidency that we have to learn lessons from. i'm very clear about that. yes, i supported my husband's policies. my opponent, sanders, voted for them. i did not have a position where i could express myself independently. he did. >> now, another huge moment in the campaign. hillary clinton and bernie sanders will come face-to-face with the voters of south carolina for the last time. it is this tuesday night here on cnn. a democratic town hall live from columbia, south carolina. that is 8:00 p.m. tuesday night. moderated by chris cuomo. here on cnn. a somber day ahead at the u.s. supreme court. justices return to work for the first time since the death of antonin scalia. the supreme court is scheduled
to hear two cases. scalia was a conservative force and now leaving the court with ideological tie. 1 million walmart workers are getting a raise as bernie sanders is ratcheting up his system. minimum wage now $10 an hour in the u.s. the average wage now up to $13.38 at walmart. bashing walmart is standard fare for bernie sanders. >> and the reason that the workers in walmart are on medicaid, food stamps and subsidized housing is because the walton family refuses to pay their workers a living wage.
>> he makes comments like this about every single stump speech. i asked walmart and they declined to comment on the political process. in addition to raising wages, they are putting forward more paid time off. it is resonating. >> no one wants to be the target of an entire presidential campaign. it has to sting. 38 minutes past the hour. stunning killing spree in michigan. six people dead. uber driver accused of picking up and dropping off passengers in between the killing. we have the story next.
welcome back to "early start." in a few hour, the alleged shooter in the kalamazoo killing spree will be formally charged at court arraignment. the 45-year-old is suspected of killing six people at three locations saturday night in between picking up fares. the authorities say the shootings appear to be random and investigators are at a loss for a motive in the case. we get more from cnn's nick valencia. >> reporter: john and christine, it is sickening when you consider the details. the investigators saying the suspect, 45-year-old man from kalamazoo casually carrying out
the shooting spree. between the shootings, he was working as a uber driver and picking up passengers. investigators seized a semiautomatic handgun from him and found more weapons in his apartment. investigators are really scratching their heads. what is unsettling to them is this suspect was for all intents and purposes, an average joe with no criminal history or record or indication that he would have the capability of carrying out something like this. >> that he was aware of what was going on. he was able to carry on his normal routine. these were deliberate killings. this wasn't hurried in any way. they are on video. we watched the video with law enforcement. they were intentional and deliberate. i don't want to say casually done. coldly done. >> reporter: six people dead as
a result of the shooting rampage. two people wounded in the hospital. a mother of three children was the first to be shot. she is still recovering in the hospital. as is the 14-year-old girl. investigators are worried about her outcome. she was in surgery sunday morning, but critical condition. the suspect is expected to face murder charges and will make a court appearance monday afternoon. john. thank you, nick. a hearing in connecticut today. a judge is expected to decide if a lawsuit brought by the sandy hook families go forward. the ar-15 weapon lawsuit will be decided if it can go forward. the judge is deciding if the gun industry is protected from legal claims. and helping investigators to
gain access to encrypted data with the iphone used by syed rizwan farook in the san bernardino shooting. director james comey says no precedent would be set if the fbi gets its request. he says the fbi is not out to break any encryption. a federal judge has rejected a last ditch legal attempt to stop a deposition this morning by camille cosby. lawyers for cosby have been trying to shield camille by eight women who sued cosby for defamation. to flint, michigan. residents hit by the water crisis there get to meet members of congress today. delegation led by michigan dan kildy will be held by a round
table. flint's mayor is opposed to the no-bid contract to assess the lead pipes. the news last week that flint, michigan residents were paying the highest rates in the country for water which was undrinkable. severe storms heading to the south. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for the latest. >> john and christine, good morning. let's show you across the country. we are watching active weather in texas and louisiana. severe storms that are going to push farther east. by the afternoon hours, major metro cities from atlanta to charlotte get anything on wet weather in the afternoon and evening hours. the storm system is a quick moving disturbance. the secondary one we are watching tuesday. potentially into wednesday as well. it could put a severe line of weather across the south. as it tracks in to the middle of the week, it will rise into the
tennessee valley and ohio valley. the wintry mix could happen in the mid-atlantic. you check your calendar. spring is around the corner. this weather is more routine in the coming couple weeks. here is the trend. new york makes it to 50 today. drops off sharply to 39 and rebounds back again to 50 for mid week's high temperature. thank you, pedram. details about the zika virus. doctors say a surge in the sometimes deadly paralysis condition may be linked to zika. cases of the condition have been on the rise in colombia and brazil. 47 minutes past the hour. stocks had the best week of the year. what does that say for this year? a very big week. i'll tell you why when we get an early start on your money next.
new developments in syria. secretary of state john kerry says the cease-fire could begin in a few days. the truce put together by a dozen nations, including the united states. it was supposed to go into effect friday. it did not happen. isis is claiming responsibility for the several attacks over the weekend that left more than 120 people dead. cnn's jomana karadsheh is in amman, jordan with details. good morning, jomana. >> reporter: good morning, john. violence in two major cities on sunday. in homs, two cars packed with explosives detonated in a commercial and residential area. in the center of homs there, more than 30 people killed in the attack. the same neighborhood, this is a
neighborhood which is the same neighborhood sect where bashar al assad belongs. this is the fourth attack in the last few months. later on in the day, john, we saw attacks taking place in damascus in the southern outskirts in the shi'a area. a major shi'a holy shrine in the area. a car bomb detonated and as first responders and crowds gathered, two suicide bombers struck there. more than 80 people killed in that attack and more than 100 others injured. we have seen several attacks also in that area. the last one we saw three weeks ago. repeated attacks claimed by isis. this coming on the same day as we saw secretary of state john kerry here in the jordanian capital speaking saying that russian an american officials reached what he described as a
provisional agreement in principle for that cessation of hostilities. as you recall, they agreed earlier this month to implement the cessation of hostilities on friday. that did not happen. this time, we are hearing from secretary kerry saying that this cessation of hostilities could go into effect in the coming days. the next step we are going to see, he says, president obama speaking with russia president vladimir putin to agree on the details of the temporary truce before it goes into effect. secretary kerry saying it is not a done deal yet. john, this violence we saw unfold in syria on sunday is unlikely to cease anytime soon. violence claimed by isis and nusra. two organizations that are not party of any peace talks or agreements. john.
>> given that isis and nusra are not part of the cease-fire or cessation of hostilities. how will they get the aid to the people if isis and nusra are still fighting? >> reporter: absolutely. if you look at what happened over the past week, they reached areas that are besieged by the regime or besieged by rebels. these are areas in damascus and idlib in the north. one major area, that is under siege, john, the eastern part of the country. that is besieged by isis. 200,000 people in the city and they have not yet received aid. united nations is possibly looking at air drops to get them aid. we heard from secretary kerry addressing that point that isis saying it is not a military
solution to have affecn effecti way of dealing with isis. we heard from the u.s. over and over again that does not have bashar al assad at its head. something that is complicated and they are far from reaching any agreement. >> jomana karadsheh for us in jordan. thank you. the pentagon increasingly concerned about isis threat in libya. commanders from syria to libya to establish what they call a new caliphate. isis is estimated to have 6,500 fighters in libya. air strikes killed dozens of jihadists training for new attacks against western targets. this morning, conflicting reports on potentially historic necessi negotiations to formally end the korean war. preliminary talks were under way, but when the nuclear
weapons, they balked. let's bring in paula hancocks. she is live in seoul, south korea. what do we know about this? >> reporter: christine, what we know from the state department is interesting. the fact that north korea and the united states were in contact to talk peace. it didn't go very far, but responding to the report that you mentioned, the state department said that pyongyang discussed a peace treaty. the denuclearization had been part of that. pyongyang refused and that was the end of it. back in 1953 when the korean war ended, it ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
north and south korea are still technically at war. we heard from kim jong-un in the past. he has no indication he wants to give up on nuclear ambitions. quite the opposite we have seen over the recent months. it is unlikely we are going to see any potential talks between the two sides in the near future. kim jong-un over the weekend had military drill. we know in the next couple weeks, the u.s. and south korea will have their military drills. the drills every year without fail anger pyongyang. pyongyang believes they are dress rehearsal for invasion. washington and seoul say that is not true. they are defensive in nature. it is unlikely we are going see any closer coordination between the two sides in the near future. there was a satellite launch earlier this month, again, angering the international
community. we know that the new military chief in north korea. according to state run media. he is named as jong su. john and christine. back to you. >> so many things happen in the dark there. those recent executions getting a lot of attention. thank you for that, paula hancocks. let's get an early start on your money. the biggest rise for stocks in three months. dow futures set to pop again. oil boosting markets around the world. oil and stocks have been moving in lock step. stocks in asia closing higher overnight. let's talk politics and money. how much cash? ted cruz has $13.6 million to
spend. rubio has $5 million. donald trump is funding his campaign. gives loans to himself. his financial picture is different. he is not relying on the cash on hand. john kasich is last at $1.4 million cash on hand. hillary clinton started february with $32.9 million. that is more than all of the candidates combined. bernie sanders raising money among small donors. bernie sanders unloaded $34.9 million in campaign funds in january. hillary clinton with $20 million. ted cruz spent the most at $12.6 million in january. trump and rubio close behind with $10 million each. january was a huge month for campaign spending. they raced through iowa and new hampshire. with super tuesday more than a week away, presidential hopefuls are entering busy and expensive
period. >> you can't spend as much. you can't saturate the markets like south carolina and new hampshire. they have to pick and choose. all non donald trump candidates have to pick and choose. >> that is what it comes down to? yes. "early start" continues right now. >> the race for president shaking up. donald trump is solidly a frontrunner here as marco rubio and ted cruz battle out for number two in what is becoming a three-man race. >> hillary clinton reasserting herself as a democratic frontrunner after a big win, close, but comfortable in nevada. now she is looking ahead to south carolina with new plans for how to make her case against bernie sanders. and an uber driver arrested accused of killing six people in one night and picking up fares in between