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new controversy for donald trump. attacked for failing to condemn the kkk and one of his racist supporters on cnn. with just one day to go before super tuesday, bernie sanders ratchets up his approach to hillary clinton. the glitz and glamour. social issues taking over the oscars. the night's big winners. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman.
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it is monday, february 29th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. >> i watched the whole chris rock monologue. i read the transcript and leo. >> i slept through the whole thing. why? getting ready for this week. just 24 hours until super tuesday where candidates will fight for half of the delegates required to secure the nomination. donald trump picked up a huge new endorsement. alabama senator jeff sessions. he joins chris christie from the other end of the political spectrum who backed trump on friday. this morning, trump is facing controversy over questions surrounding another endorsement. this from david duke. trump said he did not know
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enough to disavow the endorsement. and explaining that duke's involvement with the reform party is the reason not to run, trump is, to run for that nomination. and we have chris frates with the trump campaign. >> reporter: good morning. trump got an establishment endorsement when jeff sessions threw support behind trump. session was the first sitting senator to get behind his campaign. >> at this time in america's history, we need to make america great again. i am pleased to endorse donald trump for the president of the united states. i believe our movement is afoot.
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it has the potential to have the american people's voices heard for change. >> reporter: trump refused to disavow the endorsement of david duke. >> i don't know anything about david duke. i don't know what you are talking about with white supremacy. i don't know. did he endorse me or what's going on? i know nothing about david duke or white supremacist. you are asking me questions about people i know nothing about. >> reporter: and after that interview, ted cruz took to twitter for not disavowing his support. trump later tweeted he did disavow it. cruz and rubio continue to hit this issue going into super
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tuesday. back to you. thank you. trump's rivals trying to seize on any new controversy they can find. marco rubio slammed trump for denying on cnn that he knows who david duke is. cruz suggested that trump had connections to the mafia. >> should the head of the conservative movement, the republican nominee someone like donald trump refused -- refused to criticize the ku klux klan. he was interviewed on cnn and was asked to disavow the kkk, he didn't do it. he knows exactly who david duke is. >> he is clearly hiding something. on the other hand, it could be donations to liberal groups like planned parenthood. every group, he praises planned parenthood. maybe he has written them a
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bunch of checks. there have been multiple reports about donald's business dealings with the mafia. abc has reported that. you reported he has done deals with s & a concrete. maybe that is what his tax returns show. we don't know. >> the republican and republican ridicu ridicule. trump blasting rubio in a series of tweets. little marco rubio is another washington politician that is all talk and no action. and the florida senator hit back making fun of trump's unusual tan and says what is trump's small hands. >> he doesn't sweat because his hands are clogged from the spray
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tan he uses. donald is not going to make america great. he's going to make america orange. he is always calling me little marco. he is 6'2", which is why i don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". you know what they say about men with small hands. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. >> and new signs of republican panic in washington overnight. what might be called a disendorsement from senator ben sass. in a lengthy facebook post, he writes if trump wins the nomination, he will not vote for him. >> he is hugely popular. he campaigned all over iowa
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against trump. now he says he is in the never trump camp. he will not vote for trump if he is the nominee. interesting to see that. interesting to see how the party responds. hillary clinton is campaigning fresh off her huge victory over sanders in south carolina. clinton is especially, though, not exclusively focusing on southern states with the large numbers of african-american voters who backed her 7 to 1 in south carolina. jeff zeleny is with the clinton campaign. he has the latest through her swing in tennessee. >> reporter: john and christine, with just one full day of campaigning before super tuesday, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are in a different race. hillary clinton stopped at churches in memphis and rally in nashville and on to arkansas. her attention shifted suddenly. she has been talking about bernie sanders for so many weeks
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calling him a single issue candidate. raising questions of his plans being realistic. she had donald trump in mind on sunday. let's take a listen. >> i believe america is great right now. what we need is to be whole. we need to be whole where all of us have a place. where everybody feels like we're all in this together. that is what i want to do in this campaign and it is what i want to do as your president. >> reporter: this democratic primary fight is far from over in terms of delegates. 56% of the delegates selected in march. tomorrow and then again on saturday. the moment has changed in the race. hillary clinton is pivotal to the fall election.
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bernie sanders is fighting hard for the delegates. he is campaigning in massachusetts and minnesota. she is campaigning in boston and again in virginia. one more full day of campaigning before super tuesday. this race has a new dynamic. john and christine. thank you. on the eve of super tuesday, bernie sanders focusing on the western states. states he thinks he can win like minnesota, colorado and massachusetts. look at the latest poll. sanders is trailing clinton in the southern states. sanders held a rally in colorado and stepping up attacks with clinton over wall street. >> secretary clinton has received hundreds of thousands of dollars for a speech and several speech, each for $200,000 that she gave to groups
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like goldman sachs. now, if you get paid $225,000 for one speech, it must have been a fantastic speech. >> sanders picking up endorsement from congresswoman gabbard from hawaii. she will explain her endorsement at 6:00 a.m. this morning. it was the oscars last night. if you did not see any of it, join me because coming up next, we will tell you the big winners and moments and big losers. i have to say, based on what i'm reading, the biggest part of all was chris rock as the host. he apparently was something to behold. stay with us. nobo get e! f do something! oh i'm not a security guard, i'm a security monitor. i only notify people if there is a robbery. there's a robbery.
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it was an evening of surprises and controversy and big hair at the 88th academy awards. "the revenant" was supposed to win, but "mad max" walked off with six oscars. "spotlight" beat out "revenant" for the best picture. we have stephanie elam with more. >> reporter: john and christine, everyone wanted to see how chris rock was going to handle oscars so white. he wasted no time.
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>> i'm here at the academy awards. otherwise known as the white people's choice awards. you realize if they nominated host, i would not get this job. >> reporter: the night's big winners were among leonardo dicaprio. he finally got the oscar for "the revenant." >> it was about man's relationship to the natural world. a world we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. our production needed to move to the southern tip of the planet just to find snow. climate change is real. it is happening right now. >> reporter: also winning for "the revenant" is alejandro inarritu. he won last year for "birdman." the first time a director won back-to-back oscars in 65 years. i spoke to him about his win. >> i'm still honored and in
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shock. i wish i had the words to describe. >> reporter: and brie larson was the favorite to win for "room." she got the gold statue. and then alicia vikander won for "danish girl." she was still shocked. >> this looks like an oscar. crazy. >> it is because of your beautiful performance. >> reporter: john and christine, rounding out a competitive night, winning best picture was "spotlight." back to you. >> a lot of people saying it juiced journalism. >> print journalism could use the support. the people of "the boston globe" deserve it. it wasn't about "spotlight" of the scandal, but journalism and chasing a story. >> you see how many budget cuts in the past 20 years. especially investigative
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journalism. i thought chris rock. that is so shared this morning. you will get it in your feeds for sure. everyone is sharing his opening monologue. >> everyone, including jada pinkett smith. he went after everyone. >> laughs and gaffes. time for an early start on your money. oil prices are lower. stock markets in asia also lower this morning. legendary investor warren buffett has a warning stop bashing the u.s. economy. in the annual letter, he admits slow economic growth and rising income inequality is holding back the u.s. the economic rhetoric is overblown. as a result of the negative drum beat, many americans believe their children will not live as well as they do. that view is dead wrong. the babies born in america today are the luckiest crop in
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history. buffett mention candidates by name. an army staff sergeant assigned to the pentagon faces arraignment for the murder of his wife and rookie police officer. ronald hamilton is being held without bond charged with capital murder and assault with a firearm and murder in the first degree. he could face the death penalty if convicted. police say he shot three officers responding to his home for a domestic violence dispute. killing ashley guindon and two others. it was guindon's first day on the job. a dayton, ohio pastor shot and killed sunday as the choir sang on sunday. william schooler pronounced dead at the scene. his brother taken into custody. he faces murder charges and expected to make the first court appearance this morning. leaders in salt lake city are holding a vigil for a
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17-year-old who was attacked by people using metal sticks. one man complied with the officer's request to drop the stick and one did not. that is when the officers fired. it drew protests in salt lake. we are hearing now from the american college student being held in north korea. what he had to say. we have that report live next.
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the world is getting its first look at otto frederick warmbier. the university of virginia student detained in north korea. in a videotaped press conference released by pyongyang, the 21-year-old apologizes for committing a quote hostile act. he can be seen sobbing. it is not known whether warmbier was coerced. cnn's will ripley is tracking the latest from beijing. will, the north koreans are good
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at stage craft and they have a reason for pulling the american out in front of cameras. what do we know? >> reporter: and what warmbier was saying fits perfectly in the propaganda narrative. that the united states, specifically the cia, coerced him to commit the hostile act. the hostile act amounts to what is a college prank in the u.s. he was staying at the hotel where a lot of foreign tourists stay. the last day of the tour of the country. he went to the second floor where the north korea employees are housed. a lot of political banners hanging on the wall. he said he tried to take one down off the wall with the intent of folding it and putting it in his case and bringing it home. he realized the banner was too big, he left the sign hanging in the hallway. we don't know if the confession was made under duress. as he was getting on the plane, the authorities grabbed him and
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detained him now for two months. it was an emotional confession in pyongyang. listen. >> the united states administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. i entirely beg you, the people of the government of the dprk, for your forgiveness. >> reporter: at one point, he put his hands together and looked at the ceiling and asked god for forgiveness. we were given a written statement. he was reading from the statement. if this was a prank, obviously, christine, you and i know, north korea is the worst place in the world to pull this off. the potential penalties for this
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student include prison time and hard labor. >> he was there on a school trip? a church tour? what was he doing in north korea? >> reporter: it was a tour group. a lot of the tour groups in beijing that bring foreigners into north korea. they do it often. it is a growing business for pyongyang and a method of propaganda. people post pictures saying what we have seen is not bad from what the media tells us. they are only allowed to see certain parts of the country. he was on the private trips. the u.s. state department warns against u.s. citizens traveling in the country for this reason. they can enforce their laws. you have a u.s. citizen that the regime will use as a political pawn at the time they are about to face sanctions as a result of the nuclear test and satellite launch earlier this year.
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christine. >> will, thank you for that. will has been in the country several times. it is always a remarkable journey. this 21-year-old college student, no clarity about what will happen to him. voters for super tuesday states, they have 24 hours to make up their minds. the biggest day in the election season yet. donald trump and hillary clinton lead in a lot of the polls, but there is new controversy. could that shake up the race? next.
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donald trump with new controversy this morning. attacked for failing to announce a kkk leader in an interview on cnn, but he picks up a big senate endorsement. hillary clinton and bernie sanders campaigning across the country one day before super tuesday. sanders increasing attacks on hillary clinton, but is it too late? the oscars. the big winners. the big losers. all the glitz. all the glamour. and controversy. >> chris rock. really bringing it in a big monologue. >> welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> the biggest week of the election season is upon us. 24 hours until super tuesday where republican candidates will fight for nearly half of the
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delegates required to secure the nomination. donald trump picked up a huge endorsement. alabama senator jeff sessions. he is now backing trump. he joins new jersey governor chris christie from the other end of the political spectrum. this morning, trump is facing controversy over how he handled a question surrounding another endorsement. this from former kkk wizard david duke. trump told jake tapper he didn't know enough about duke to disavow the endorsement. despite citing duke's name in 2012. cnn's chris frates has the latest from alabama. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. trump got establishment endorsement on sunday when
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senator jeff sessions threw support behind trump. sessions a hard liner of immigration. the first senator to get behind the billionaire's campaign. >> at this time in america's history we need to make america great again. i am pleased to endorse donald trump for the president of the united states. i believe our movement is afoot that must not fade away. it has the potential to have the american people's voices heard for change. >> reporter: also on sunday, trump refused to disavow the support of david duke. saying he did not have enough information to make a decision. >> i don't know anything about david duke. i don't know what you are talking about with the white
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supremacy. i don't know. i don't know? did he endorse me or what's going on? i know nothing about david duke. i know nothing about white supremacist. you are asking me a question that i'm supposed to be talking about people that i know nothing about. >> reporter: and after that interview, rival ted cruz took to twitter to criticize trump for not disavowing the support. trump later tweeted he does disavow it. this issue will not go away as marco rubio and ted cruz continue to hit this issue going into super tuesday primary which is hours away now. back to you. >> chris in alabama. trump's rivals suggesting the nomination is slipping away. they are seizing on any whip of controversy they can find and making anatomy jokes. first, ted cruz suggested that trump had connections to the mafia. >> should the head of the conservative movement, should
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the republican nominee should be someone like donald trump who refused today to criticize the ku klux klan. >> he is clearly hiding something. on the one hand it could be donations to groups like planned parenthood. maybe he has written them a bunch of checks. maybe there are other issues. for example, there have been multiple media reports about donald's business dealings with the mob and mafia. maybe his tax returns show his business dealings are more extensive. abc has reported that. you have reported that he has done deals with s&a concrete.
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he has had involvement in atlantic city. we don't know. >> questions about mob ties and kkk. this is the republican primary. trump blasted rubio in a series of tweets. little marco rubio is just another washington, d.c. politician that is all talk and no action. #robotrubio. rubio hit back making fun of trump's i don't know how to say it, complexion and what rubio describes as trump's small hands. >> he doesn't sweat because his pores are clogged from the spray tan that he's using. donald is not going to make america great. he's going to make america orange. he's always calling me little marco. i'll admit. he is 6'2".
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i don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". have you seen his hands? you know what they say about men with small hands. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. >> the first package joke of the campaign. will it be the last? a new sign of the republican panic. what may be called a disendorsement from senator ben sasse. he writes if trump wins the nomination, sasse will not support or even vote for him. this is significant. this is a republican senator who is the darling of a lot of elected officials in washington. saying he flat out will not vote for trump if he gets the nomination. all the republican candidates signed a pledge earlier in the election season to support whoever gets the nomination. now that pledge will be tested. >> sasse says he will not. >> cruz says he will.
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marco rubio doesn't answer the question so far. let's talk about the democrats. hillary clinton is campaigning across super tuesday states fresh off the 48-point victory in south carolina. she had large numbers of african-americans who backed her, 7 to 1. we have jeff zeleny with the latest on her swing through tennessee. >> reporter: john and christine, a new moment in the democratic race. with one day of campaigning before super tuesday, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are in a different race. that was clear on sunday as hillary clinton campaigned through the south. stopping in memphis and nashville and arkansas. she is talking about sanders for weeks now calling him a single issue candidate and raising questions about the plans are realistic. and in nashville, she had donald
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trump in mind. >> i believe america is great right now. what we need is to be whole. we need to be whole where all of us have a place. where everybody feels like we're all in this together. that is what i want to do in the campaign and it is what i want to do as your president. >> reporter: as the democratic fight is far from over with delegates, some 56% of the delegates will be selected in the month of march. the moment has changed in the race. hillary clinton pivoting to the fall election. she is on a dual track. sanders is fighting hard as well. he is campaigning in massachusetts and minnesota. she is campaigning in boston and
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then again in virginia. so one more full day of campaigning before super tuesday. jeff zeleny for us on the eve of super tuesday. bernie sanders with an uphill battle. the vermont senator focusing on states he thinks he can win. minnesota and colorado. look at the latest poll. sanders trailing hillary clinton in massachusetts by eight points. that would be tough for sanders. he held a rally in colorado last night. stepping up his questions about hillary clinton and her ties to wall street. >> secretary clinton has received hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches or a speech, several speeches, each for $200,000. that she gave to groups like goldman sachs. now, if you get paid $225,000
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for one speech, it must have been a fantastic speech. so i think that secretary clinton should share that fantastic speech with the whole country. >> bernie sanders picked up an interesting endorsement overnight from democratic member of congress tulsi gabbard. she resigned the post in order to back bernie sanders. she will explain the decision to quit the democratic national convention and join the sanders team. she will appear on "new day" in the 6:00 a.m. hour. night of glitz and glamour and controversy. the oscars honor hollywood's best and take on the issues. chris rock. after the break.
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a night of big surprises and controversy. the 88th academy awards. "spotlight" wins best picture. and sylvester stallone was snubbed. the real controversy was the lack of diversity. the controversy was over how chris rock handled it. >> the 88th academy awards. the 88th.
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which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. okay? you got to figure that it happened in the '50s and '60s. you know, in the '60s, one year sydney didn't put out a movie. i'm sure there were no black nominees. say '62 or '63. black people did not protest. why? because we had real things to protest at the time. you know? we had real things to protest. you know? too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer. when your grandmother is swinging from a tree, it is hard to care about the best foreign short. >> it was really pointed and really interesting.
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i think worth hearing for everybody. stephanie elam has more. >> reporter: john and christine, everyone was waiting to see how host chris rock would handle the controversy of oscars so white. he wasted no time getting right into it. >> i'm here at the academy awards. otherwise known as the white people's choice awards. you realize if they nominated hosts, i wouldn't even get this job. >> reporter: the night's big n winners is leonardo dicaprio for "the revenant." >> it is about man's relationship to the natural world. the world we felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. our production needed to move to the southern tip of the planet just to be able to find snow. climate change is real. it is happening right now. >> reporter: also winning for "the revenant," director
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alejandro inarritu. he won last year for "birdman." i spoke to him outside the governors ball. >> i'm honored and still in shock. i wish i had the words to describe how i feel. >> reporter: as for the ladies, brie larson did get her gold statue for "room." and alicia vikander took the gold statue for "the danish girl." >> this looks like an oscar. >> reporter: john and christine, rounding out the competitive night, winning best picture was "spotlight." back to you. >> a testament to journalism. a lot of journalists excited this morning. >> i say the real winner is chris rock. the more i hear of it. he held up the mirror to
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society. he raised questions. that is comedy and commentary at its best. 49 minutes past the hour. ted cruz and marco rubio making their tax data public. blasting donald trump for not doing the same. ted cruz put the first two pages out of the last four years. his family had adjusted gross income of $5 million. he paid $1.5 million and tax rate averaged 30%. marco rubio's varied. his family made nearly $2.3 million since 2010. paying $526,000 for a tax rate of 23%. both candidates slammed trump when posting tax numbers. trump says he will release his
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numbers when the irs audit is over. releasing tax data is up to the individual. >> the audit has nothing to do with it. an army staff sergeant facing murder charges and being held without bond. hamilton could face the death penalty if convicted. he shot three officers responding to his home for a domestic violence. he killed ashley guindon. it was guindon's first day on the job. a dayton, ohio pastor shot and killed sunday as the choir sang. 70-year-old william schooler pronounced dead at the scene. his brother, 68-year-old dan schooler is facing charges. community leaders in salt lake city holding a vigil for a teenager shot by police over the
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weekend. the 17-year-old and another man attacks someone using metal sticks. officers moved in wearing body camera and one man complied with the request to drop the stick. one did not. that is when officers fired three shots. the incident triggered protests in salt lake. investigators are reviewing the video. they will not release the video to the public. stock markets around the globe off to a bad start to the week. will stocks here in the u.s. reverse that trend? i'll get an early start on your money next.
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all right. new questions this morning and new concern over a young american man held in north korea. otto frederick warmbier. a university of virginia student now being detained by north korea. the videotape press conference
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released by pyongyang. the 21-year-old warmbier apologizes to all north koreans for committing a hostile act. you can see him sobbing suggesting he was lured into a criminal act by the united states. it is not known how he was coerced into making the video. cnn's will ripley is tracking the latest. will, you spent a significant amount of time in north korea. what do we know about this young man? >> reporter: we know that otto warmbier is a business major. 21-year-old. he was on a private tour in north korea. it was the last day in the country. we don't know if the confession was coerced. he went to the second floor of the hotel where the employees were being housed at 2:00 a.m. and looked for a political banner he would try to take down
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and fold up and put in his suitcase and bring home. in his confession, provided to us by the north korean government, he says he did this and he was coerced to do so by the cia. the cia reached out to his hometown church and secret student organization at the university of virginia. we reached out to both the university and the church and they say they have no knowledge of any of this. north korea is taking what a lot of people consider a college prank and turning it into a covert operation where this young man could face hard labor. listen to the confession he made in front of state tv and other cameras as well. >> i wish the united states administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. i entirely beg you.
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people of the government of the dprk korea for your forgiveness. >> reporter: north korea has a history of using detained americans as political pawns. i interviewed three in september of 2014. they were released after the u.s. intervened several months after those interviews. we don't know what will happen with warmbier. north korea will face sanctions after the nuclear launch earlier this year. this now gives the regime leverage when dealing with the united states. >> deeply troubling video. obviously we always know the propaganda intent or direction from the north korea government. will, thank you. moderates in iran made the biggest gains in the best election showing in more than a decade. reformist candidates appear to have won all 30 parliament seats. the victories in tehran is a
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rebuke of hard liners who oppose the nuclear deal with the united states. the outcome is also expected to bolster rouhani's ties with the u.s. and west. a global slump in stocks around the world. dow futures are down. oil dips below $33 a barrel. stocks in europe are trading lower. losses in asia overnight. the u.s. stock market here in the u.s. is slowing clawing back losses from earlier this year. the dow is now down 4.5% for the year. the best performance of the three. it was down more than 10% a couple weeks ago. there are big winners among the 30 stocks in the dow. if you have a 401(k) or exposure to blended funds. verizon is up 10%. walmart up 8%. 3m is posting gains for the year. exxon mobile is up 4.8%. seasonal pricing is coming
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to disney. the company's theme parks in florida and california will charge different rates. this effects one day ticketing only. here is value dates, one-day pass costs $105. that is the current price. regular season day is rising to $110. tickets jump to $124 for peak days like fourth of july and christmas and thanksgiving. disney is trying to come up with ways to spread out visits to parks and demand at peak teaime is steadily increasing. the school holiday got more expensive. >> they are trying to make money, i imagine. >> yeah. >> okay. "early start" continues right now. new controversy for donald trump. attacked for failing to condemn the kkk and one of his new
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racist supporters on cnn. but donald trump also picks up a huge new senate endorsement. with one day before the voters in super tuesday states head to the polls, bernie sanders ratchets up attacks against hillary clinton. the glitz. the glamour. the controversy and important social commentary as well. the big winners and losers and just a huge performance from chris rock. >> on the coverage of every newspaper. good morning. i'm john berman. >> it is monday, february 29th. happy leap day. it is 5:00 in the east. 24 hours until super tuesday. republican candidates will fight over nearly half of the 1,237 delegates required to secure the nomination. m

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