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spending by 20%. that's a big trim folks. cheap energy is great for consumers, but it's devastating for those energy companies, which have expanded and expanded and expanded and now they're trimming a bit. >> big problems in texas ahead. all right, "early start" continues right now. president obama defiantly pushing his agenda in his state of the union address. he proposes free community college, higher taxes for the wealthy and a promise to veto bills that dismantle his executive action. we will break down the big moments, the surprising moments and the response. it is all generating this morning. good morning, everyone. great to see you. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is wednesday, january 21st 5:00 a.m. in the east. president obama struck a confident tone last night, seemingly undaunted as he gave his first state of the union speech to an entirely republican-controlled congress. the president putting forward the agenda of an economic populist aimed at insuring the
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middle class, the middle class starts to enjoy the fruits of this economic recovery. senior white house correspondent jim acosta has the details. >> reporter: john and christine, this was not a speech from a president who sees himself as a lame duck. in his state of the union address, president obama came out and declared the nation's economy as on the rise but
he also offered up his prescription for lifting up the middle class -- raising taxes and fees on the wealthy and big banks in exchange for new tax breaks for middle-income earners. now, as part of the president's middle class economics theme, the president also talked about his plan for free community college, but he also covered other subjects. he asked lawmakers to give him a vote to authorize force on isis. he called on congress to lift the embargo on cuba slammed the keystone pipeline vowed to iran legislation and vowed to turn politics away from 9/11 and the financial crisis and toward the future. here's what the president had to say. >> 15 years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up dusted ourselves
off and begun again the work of remaking america.
we have laid a new foundation. a brighter future is ours to write. let's begin this new chapter together and let's start the work right now. >> >> reporter: the president will take his message to idaho later today and then kansas on thursday both red states but a democratic source tells me the president will be visiting more red states in the coming months. he wants to engage americans who don't agree with him to sell his agenda. and also coming soon, the president's budget which includes that tax plan one republicans have already deemed dead on arrival. john and christine? >> all right. our thanks to jim for that. republicans, of course took a much dimmer view of the economy in their rebuttal following the president's speech. freshman iowa senator joni ernst spoke of stagnant wages and lost jobs and what she called the hurt caused by canceled health care plans. she sees the mandate for change that republicans believe they won in the november elections.
>> americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often, washington responded with the same stale mind-set that led to failed policies like obamacare. it's a mind-set that gave us political talking points, not serious solutions. that's why the new republican majority you elected started by reforming congress to make it function again. and now, we're working hard to pass the kind of serious job-creation ideas you deserve. >> so what did the public think of the president's speech? a cnn instant poll found a generally favorable response. 51% of americans who watched the speech had a very positive reaction. that is up from last year and significantly better than the reception george w. bush received at the same point in his presidency. how about political figures mulling white house bids in 2016?
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hillary clinton, she may run for president, i'm told. she praised the speech in a tweet, saying "it pointed the way to an economy that works for all." she added, "now we need to step up and deliver for the middle class." look at those hashtags fairshot and fairshare. you will hear those again, i'm sure. on facebook republican jeb bush praised the republican rebuttal and advised the president to be mindful of the strong message american voters sent in november and work with the new republican congressional majority. >> the state of the union was all about the state of the middle class. the president wants to make child care more affordable proposing a $500 tax credit for couples who both work. he also wants to increase the
child care credit to $3,000 per year per kid. the president also pushed changes to education. >> by the end of this decade two in three job openings will require some higher education, two in three. and yet, we still live in a country where too many bright striving americans are priced out of the education they need.
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them and it's sure not smart for our future. >> he's proposing free free community college for millions and wants to eliminate some of the tax benefits of 529 college savings plans as part of an attempt to streamline education tax breaks and target students who need the most help. how is he going to pay for all this? by raising the capital gains tax to 28% from 20%, eliminating the so-called trust fund loophole that let's wealthy americans pass on assets tax-free and by new taxes on very big banks. that's the plan. can it pass? republicans say no way. they say the proposed tax changes are not serious. social media was buzzing as americans and lawmakers took to twitter and facebook to sound off on the president's speech. this was a part of the speech in particular that went viral on facebook. listen. >> i have no more campaigns to run. my only agenda -- [ applause ] [ laughter ] i know because i won both of them.
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is going to be remembered as the line of the speech. it was ad-libbed. it was not part of the text but sometimes these ad-libs are, in fact planned. and look i think democrats, you can see, loved it. they loved his defiance they loved his confidence. and republicans will just say he doesn't get the message that voters sent. so it will be interesting to see how that plays over the course of the day. republicans did stand up to cheer the president, at least a few points notably when he invoked the u.s. fight against global terror. >> we stand united with people around the world who have been targeted by terrorists from a school in pakistan to the streets of paris. [ applause ] we will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks and we reserve the right to act unilaterally as we have done relentlessly since i took office to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies. >> president obama gave much the same message of support to french president francois hollande in a phone conversation earlier in the day.
later today, the french management is set to outline new antiterrorism measures at a news conference in paris, all this as investigators in paris pore over new surveillance video. look at this obtained exclusively by cnn. this appears to show the paris gunman amedy coulibaly and his partner, hay etet boumeddiene, casing the scene in paris. we turn now to nic robertson in paris with the latest on the investigation. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, john. just look at how the pair are casing the potential for a terrorist attack. boumeddiene is dressed almost in hot pants there. there is a clear effort by them to deceive anyone looking at them that they have any connections whatsoever to do with radical islam. that obviously, one of the issues that faces french security authorities all the time. the prime minister here today saying in the press conference saying that radicalization never
continues or never stops to increase in the country. radicalization an ongoing problem. and he is announceing measures to tackle this. he has just announced $300 million to be spent over the next three years at the interior ministry just to combat counterterrorism. right now, he said there are 120,000 french police deployed across the country. we've learned from prosecutors this morning a little more about coulibaly and the associates within the four people who are currently in detention. the prosecutor named them as willie christoph, tony michael, not muslim names. these people the prosecutor implied, had been involved in buying the vehicle used in the operation, they're involved in buying the weapons. three of them had prior criminal convictions against them. they weren't involved necessarily, directly in the plot he said but clearly a nexus becoming apparent here between the criminal underworld
gun supplying, and terrorists here in this country, a major concern now, john. >> nic robertson on the investigation with new developments coming in by the hour. appreciate it nic. happening now in belgium, the country's public prosecutor getting set to address a police operation tuesday in combine, very close to the border with france. so far, officials have only said that 82 people were evacuated from 33 apartments and this operation went smoothly went calmly. no comment yet on whether this was a terror-related operation, but that is the suspicion here. officials are searching for, meantime abdel hamid abahoud, the suspected ringleader of an isis-linked belgium terror cell. cnn has obtained a tape of abaaoud defending their tactics. listen. [ speaking foreign language ]
dom. let's skip now to yemen, where rebels have successfully staged a coup and overtaken a palace in sana'a. the information minister in yemen told our nick paton walsh that the president there is no longer in control. there are concerns major concerns that a government collapse could send that country into full-scale civil war. the situation there is already one of pure chaos, chaos that is being exploited by radical groups such as al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. they are winning recruits there and there are grave concerns about u.s. interests there. a u.s. embassy vehicle was shot near an embassy checkpoint monday night. two navy warships have now moved into the red sea.
they're ready to evacuate americans from the embassy, if need be. a palestinian man has been arrested after nine people were stabbed on a bus in tel aviv. israeli police are calling this a terror attack. the attacker was eventually chased down shot by police and arrested. this is just the latest in a string of attacks against israelis in recent months. several of them deadly. the islamic militant group hamas which controls neighboring gaza praising these stabbings as brave and heroic. happening now, japan working to free hostages two hostages held by isis. will japan pay terrorists $200 million ransom? we're live with the latest developments on this. you get sick you can't breathe through your nose suddenly, you're a mouth breather. a mouth breather! well, put on a breathe right strip and shut your mouth. cold medicines open your nose over time, but add a breathe right strip and pow, it opens your nose up to 38% more. so you can breathe and do the one thing you want to do sleep. add breathe right to your cold medicine shut your mouth and sleep right. breathe right. and look for the calming scent of
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crowd last night. of course he was freed as part of the negotiations with cuba. >> as his holiness pope francis, has said diplomacy is the work of small steps. these small steps have added up to new hope for the future in cuba. and after years in prison we are overjoyed that alan gross is back where he belongs. welcome home alan. we're glad you're here.
>> historic talks on restoring full diplomatic relations between the united states and cuba are
set to begin in havana today. on cuba's list of demands before restoring full relations, it wants to be removed from the u.s. list of state sponsors of terrorism. right now, the japanese government is using every diplomatic channel available to make contact with isis this morning and convince the extremist group not to execute two japanese hostages. isis is demanding a $200 million ransom to spare these men's lives. it is not clear this morning whether japan will pay it. will ripley live on the ground in tokyo tracking the latest developments. and of course the moral dilemma here for anyone paying a ransom is that it gives isis more money to go on more killing sprees and more kidnapping sprees. >> reporter: absolutely christine, and that is certainly weighing heavily on many people here in japan who know that any additional resources in the hands of isis could put more lives in danger. on the other hand there are two japanese citizens right now in desperate need of some kind of
help and so, we don't know exactly what steps the japanese government is taking aside from assurances from the prime minister when he got off the plane here in tokyo a short time ago that all steps will be taken to rescue these two men. we have been talking today with friends of kenji goto who describe him as a seasoned journalist a freelancer who was in and out of war zones for much of the past decade and we're getting more information about the relationship between goto and haruna yukawa who was a relative newcomer to the scene in the middle east. we're told that these two men met in syria a year ago, about a year ago. and goto gave advice to a new friend of his, another fellow from japan, about ways to survive in the middle east ways to make sure that you stay out of the kind of trouble that these two men are now in. and so when goto found out that yukawa had been captured by isis friends say it weighed very heavily on him. he felt somehow that he was personally responsible, and
perhaps went back into syria to try to find this man, to try to talk to isis and see if he could do something to help. i spoke with a close friend of goto who's known him for more than a decade and he gave this emotional message to his friend. >> i'm with you, and everybody with you, so don't give up. i know you are not giving up. i could tell from your face from that video. >> reporter: christine, we're told that goto was very passionate about the children who were affected by the crisis in the middle east. he reported extensively about them but also wanted to tell all sides of the story, including the perspective of the isis fighters who he felt may have been pushed into this conflict you know through forces that may not have been their own choice. and it just makes the whole situation that much more tragic to know that now he is in a video with a man that perhaps he went to the middle east to try to help. >> just really sad. and the government has a lot of
work to do trying to figure out how to get those men back. thank you so much will ripley. 17 minutes after the hour right now. fox news could face legal action over its coverage suggesting that parts of paris are off limits to non muslims. the mayor of paris, anne hildalgo says the network insulted the city and insists that muslim no-go zones do not exist. the mayor tells cnn she plans to sue for prejudice to the honor and image of paris. fox has repeatedly apologized. meantime louisiana governor bobby jindal is doubling down on his contention that some western countries have allowed muslims to establish these autonomous neighborhoods in cities where islamic tradition trumps regular law. some see it as a part of a political strategy in an effort to make jindal stand out from a crowded field of potential candidates for the 2016 republican nomination. a team of senior fbi agents will lead the federal civil rights investigation into the police choke hold death of eric garner in new york. garner was unarmed when he died at the hands of police officers last summer.
in december a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer, daniel pantaleo in garner's death. the incident you'll remember sparked a wave of antipolice demonstrations across the country. authorities say the goal of this new investigation is to take a fresh look at the entire case. police are still trying to determine the motive for a fatal shooting at a boston hospital. the victim 44-year-old heart surgeon michael davidson died late tuesday night. police believe he was targeted by the suspect, 55-year-old steven paseri who entered brigham and young's women's hospital early tuesday, asked for davidson and then shot him twice. the gunman then took his own life. authorities say the suspect may have been related to one of the doctor's patients. >> a lot of people in that hospital. what a tragedy. they are trucking in bottled water in the town of glendive montana, after an oil spill in the yellowstone river contaminated the water supply. officials say high levels of kansion cancer-causing benzene were found in the water. the result of 1,200 oils of
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good morning, guys. well according to espn the nfl's found that 11 of the 12 balls used by the patriots were underinflated in the game against the colts by 2 pounds per square inch. now, that's a significant amount about 15% less than what a ball should be. underinflating the balls in cold wet conditions helps the quarterback grip the ball when he throws it helps the receivers catch the ball. and the nfl says they're not ready to comment on their investigation and that it should be completed in the next two to three days. no matter what the findings are, the patriots are still going to the super bowl but they could face a hefty fine and a loss of draft picks. now, as you can imagine, even though they lost 45-7 the colts are feeling a bit cheated right about now. punter pat mcafee tweeted, "if new england was to be dq'd, we'd be their replacements right? i should probably lay off the strawberry margaritas." meanwhile, jerry rice tweeted "11 of 12 balls underinflated? can anyone spell cheating?
#justsaying." now, the nfl may also want to speak with the baltimore ravens about deflategate. according to cbs sports some of the ravens believe the kicking balls used in their playoff game at new england were also slightly underinflated. >> what? >> now, that game was close. the patriots won 35-31. and guys if it wasn't for that second-quarter interception by d'qwell jackson in the colts/patriots game we might not even have deflategate, because he's the one who went to the sideline and said -- you know he's a linebacker. he caught the ball and even he knew this doesn't feel right. my question is where are the officials? they're handling the balls every down different balls for the colts and patriots and couldn't tell there was a difference in the ones the patriots were using. >> i appreciate you trying to shift some of the blame there, andy to make it easier for me to suggest that the refs were somehow incomplicit. if the patriots took air out of the balls, it is shameful. it just is. it's shameful it's wrong, it's against the rules. >> why even risk it? i mean you're talking about the road to the super bowl. why even risk it? >> they could have beaten the
colts using balls made of marshmallow fluff, okay? that only makes it worse. that only makes the cheating worse. >> and this on top of spygate. i mean this is just bad. >> seems this is a trend here andy scholes. it does seem as if there is a trend. thank you for breaking my heart. appreciate it. >> i know. poor john berman's been sobbing in every commercial break, and i know it's not about the state of the union, for sure. speaking of president obama pushing a new, aggressive aagenda at the state of the union address, but with republicans controlling congress is there any hope that the president's plan will pass? think about that for two minutes and then we'll break it all down. o farmer and our big idaho potato truck is still missing. so my buddy here is going to help me find it. here we go. woo who, woah, woah, woah. it's out there somewhere spreading the word about americas favorite potatoes: heart healthy idaho potatoes and the american heart association's go red for women campaign. if you see it i hope you'll let us know. always look for the grown in idaho seal.
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happening now, response pouring in to president obama's state of the union address, presenting a bold new agenda but will the president's promises get stopped by gridlock? we're breaking down the big moments from his speech and how republicans are responding this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> great to see you today. i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. president obama sure seemed to strike a confident tone last night. he seemed to be undaunted by his vast midterm losses as he gave his first state of the union
address to an entirely republican-controlled congress. the president put forward the agenda really of an economic populist aimed at insuring the middle class enjoys what he calls the fruits of economic recovery. jim acosta with details. >> reporter: john and christine, this was not a speech from a president who sees himself as a lame duck. in his state of the union address, president obama came out and declared the nation's economy as on the rise but he also offered up his prescription for lifting up
the middle class, raising taxes and fees on the wealthy and big banks in exchange for new tax breaks for middle-income earners. now, as part of the president's middle class economics theme, the president also talked about his plan for free community college, but he also covered other subjects. he asked lawmakers to give him a vote to authorize force on isis. he called on congress to lift the embargo on cuba slammed the keystone pipeline vowed to veto iran legislation and called on the country for a better type of politics in this turning point in his policy away from 9/11
and toward the future. >> 15 years into this new century, we have picked
ourselves up dusted ourselves off and begun again the work of remaking america. we have laid a new foundation. a brighter future is ours to write. let's begin this new chapter together. and let's start the work right now. >> reporter: the president will take his message to idaho later today and then kansas on thursday. those are both red states. but a democratic source tells me the president will be visiting more red states in the coming months. he wants to engage americans who don't agree with him to sell his agenda. and also coming soon the president's budget, which includes that tax plan one republicans have already deemed dead on arrival. john and christine? >> thanks, jim acosta for that. of course republicans took a dimmer view of the economy and their rebuttal following the president's speech. freshman iowa senator joni ernst spoke of stagnant wages and lost jobs and the hurt caused by canceled health care plans.
and she seized on the mandate for change that republicans believe they won in the november elections. >> americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often, washington responded with the same stale mind-set that led to failed policies like obamacare. it's a mind-set that gave us political talking points not serious solutions. that's why the new republican majority you elected started by reforming congress to make it function again. and now, we're working hard to pass the kind of serious, job-creation ideas you deserve. >> so what was the public reaction to the president's speech? a cnn instant poll found generally favorable numbers. 51% of americans who watched the speech had a very positive reaction. that is up from last year and significantly better than the response george w. bush received at the same point in his presidency.
political figures mulling white house bids for 2016 they also weighed in. hillary clinton praised the speech in a tweet, saying it "pointed the way to an economy that works for all." she added, "now we need to step up and deliver for the middle class." i wonder if that will be part of her campaign. on facebook republican jeb bush praised the republican rebuttal and advised the president to be mindful of the strong message that american voters sent in november and work with the new republican congressional majority. >> let's fact-check the president's statements about the economy. he boasted about the strength of the recovery. >> at this moment with the growing economy, shrinking deficits bustling industry booming energy production we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on earth. >> the first part of that statement is mostly true. job growth was the strongest last year since 1999. unemployment keeps ticking down a six-year low.
but hiring has not pushed wages up and many americans feel like they're just getting by. how about his claims on oil? >> america is number one in oil and gas. >> it's true. the u.s. passed saudi arabia a
few years ago in terms of oil production and is also the top producer of natural gas now. and finally on paid sick leave. >> today we are the only advanced country on earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. >> and that is true. of all industrialized nations, the u.s. doesn't do it. remember a few states have passed bills to offer paid family leave, but on a federal level, it's just not there. >> all right, social media obviously buzzing about this speech itself. a lot of people went on facebook and twitter to talk specifically about one moment during the address. watch this. >> i have no more campaigns to run. my only agenda -- [ applause ] [ laughter ]
i know because i won both of them. [ cheers and applause ] >> yeah you can hear the democrats
cheering. you could hear the republicans moan. and i think that's exactly what it was designed to do. >> yeah. republicans did stand up to cheer the president at a few points notably when he invoked america's global fight against terror. >> we stand united with people around the world who have been targeted by terrorists from a school in pakistan to the streets of paris. we will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks and we reserve the right to act unilaterally as we have done relentlessly since i took office to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies. >> president obama gave much the same message of support to the french president, francois hollande in a phone conversation earlier in the day. later today, the french prime minister manuel valles is set to outline new antiterrorism measures in paris, all as investigators in paris pore over new surveillance video obtained
exclusively by cnn. this video appears to show the paris gunman amedy coulibaly and his partner, hayat boumeddiene, as they case a jewish institution in paris. nic robertson is live in paris with the latest on this part of the investigation. good morning, nic. really chilling to see them dressed as if they're trying to blend into the street scene but seemingly casing the place. >> reporter: indeed. i mean look at boumeddiene. she's almost wearing hot pants there. that's not the kind of thing anyone would expect a radical islamist which is where her thoughts were dressed. so clearly trying to evade security outside that jewish institution. this was filmed last august. so, this material's been out there and available to french intelligence for quite some time. now, we're also hearing from the prime minister about what he plans to do about terrorism and
radicalization of the country. he said radicalization continues to grow and he gave another very startling statistic. 3,000 islamist radicals he said in the country right now need monitoring need watching by the intelligence services. a huge number for any intelligence organization. he says that he plans to spend $300 million over the next three years. that money will go to the interior ministry to spend on counterterrorism measures. he says right now, 120,000 police deployed across france at this time of heightened concern about more terror threats. we've been learning about coulibaly's associates who are being held by authorities right now. the four men involved in purchasing a car that was used in an attack purchasing weapons as well not directly involved in planning the attack. this is what we're understanding. but interestingly, the four men all have christian names.
willy, frederick, tony and michael, none of them muslim-sounding names. and what we're getting from the prosecutor here is that these men were criminals. so an intersection a nexus now being discovered by the french between the criminal underworld and the terrorist networks here a major and growing concern for all here christine. >> a major and growing concern. 120,000 police on the streets. unbelievable. okay nic robertson. thanks for that. happening now in belgium, the country's public prosecutor getting set to address a police operation tuesday that happened very close to the border with france. so far, officials have only said that 82 people were evacuated from 33 apartments and the operation went calmly. no comment yet on whether this was a terror-related operation, as suspected. officials are searching right now for abdelhamid abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of an isis-linked belgian terrorist
cell. cnn has obtained a tape of abaaoud defending their tactics. listen to this. [ speaking foreign language ] ocese martyrdom. now to yemen, where houthi rebels have successfully staged a coup overtaken the presidential palace in sana'a. yemen's minister of information telling our nick paton walsh the president is no longer in control in yemen. there are concerns that a government collapse could send the country into full-scale civil war. a turn of events that could be exploited by radical groups like al qaeda.
there are also growing concerns about u.s. interests there. a u.s. embassy, a vehicle for the u.s. embassy was shot near an embassy checkpoint. two navy war shoepz have moved into the red sea, ready to evacuate americans from the embassy. a palestinian man has been arrested after nine people were stabbed on a bus in tel aviv. israeli police are calling this a terror attack. the attackers eventually chased down shot by police and arrested. this is the latest in a string of attacks against israelis in recent months. several of them have been deadly. the islamic militant group hamas, which controls gaza praised the stabbings as "brave and heroic." japan vows to save hostages taken by isis but will that country pay the $200 million ransom demanded by the terrorists? we're live in tokyo with the very latest.
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has just landed within the past couple of hours and gave a very brief statement where he reiterated that the government of japan won't be backing down to these terrorists. but again, stopping short of saying what steps might be taken, not confirming or denying speculation that japan may be willing to negotiate some sort of a deal perhaps some sort of a payment to isis but it obviously is a very complicated and difficult question because weighing heavily on many here is the reality that putting any money in the hands of a terror group like isis will only give them the ability to put more lives in danger. we're also speaking with friends who knew both of these men. kenji goto a seasoned freelance journalist no stranger to war zones. he had covered not only syria but the crisis in iraq. he had been to somalia and many other areas of conflict. one man who has known him for more than ten years had this to say to his friend. >> i'm with you and everybody with you, so don't give up. i know you are not giving up.
i could tell from your face from that video. >> reporter: that video so difficult to watch for so many people here in japan, john because they say that kenji goto was one of those people who was always walking around with a smile on his face but he was also very passionate about his work passionate especially about telling the stories of children in these areas of conflict. to see his face on the video, no smile and the reality that he's in very grave danger is quite difficult for a lot of people here john. >> difficult, barrbaric act to see. our hearts go out to those families. new information this morning on what may have caused airasia flight 8501 to crash, next. the traffic jam. scourge of 20th century city life. raiser of blood pressure. disrupter of supply chains. stealer of bedtime stories. polluter. frustrater. time thief. [cars honking]
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infrastructure project for years, even though many members of his party, unions and a strong majority of americans support it. >> let's set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. let's pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year and make this country stronger for decades to come! let's do it! [ cheers and applause ] >> senate now led by republicans will resume consideration of the pipeline when it meets this morning. all right, fox news could face legal action over its coverage suggesting parts of paris are off limits to non muslims. the paris mayor, anne hidalgo, says the network insulted her city and insists so-called muslim no-go zones do not exist. the mayor tells cnn she plans to sue for prejudiced to the honor and image of paris. fox has repeatedly apologized. louisiana governor bobby jindal is doubling down on his contention that some western countries have allowed muslims to establish autonomous no-go zone neighborhoods in cities
where islamic traditions trump regular laws. why is jindal doing this? some people think it is because he is running for president and wants to establish some conservative credentials in a crowded field. all right, the deflategate controversy exploding overnight. espn reporting that 11 of the 12 balls used by the new england patriots in sunday's afc championship game were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch. that is a lot. why does this matter? if you use a ball with less air in bad conditions it is easier to hold on to, it's easier to grip perhaps easier to throw for tom brady. it would have given the patriots an advantage, an advantage that is against the rules in that game. another word for that if the patriots did it intentionally, is cheating. it would have meant they cheated in this game. they went on to win 45-7. no comment yet from the nfl. according to espn the league has yet to determine what if any, penalties the patriots could face.
>> so here's my question for tom brady. when he felt that first snap and held the ball in his hands, did he know that it felt 15% different than the typical ball? >> that's the question. the colts player intercepted the ball. he felt it have too little air, which is why the refs investigated it to begin with. how did tom brady not feel it? how did the refs who handled the ball not feel it? these are questions, and they all bode poorly for the patriots reflect poorly -- >> and your fandom you're having an existential crisis. john berman having a crisis about his years as a patriots fan. let's turn to our forecast. >> here's what's happening nationally. temperatures on the mild side for a substantial area of the country, across the southern tier at least. little rock to dallas 60s, new orleans to atlanta 60s, nashville mid-50s, not too bad. of course we're still stuck into the 30s, much than the cold weather of seven to ten days ago, but that temperature is cold enough to support snow
showers and about 1 to 3 inches of it in the forecast from philly out towards baltimore and eventually down to d.c. mainly into the afternoon hours. the storm system comes in just like that by 11:00 p.m. midnight, it really turns off. so that's what we expect with minimal accumulations. it will be cold enough for that to stick around perhaps on into thursday morning. but notice areas around detroit, cleveland also getting in on the action while pittsburgh could tap into a couple inches. here's your forecast temperatures across d.c. all morning hovering right around freezing. again, snow beginning into the afternoon hours. could really begin a mix through by 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon before they get partly cloudy skies into the evening hours around d.c. guys. that's the latest here in weather. new information to tell you about in the airasia crash investigation. indonesia's transportation minister confirms that flight 8501 climbed at speeds more suitable for a fighter jet before plunging into the java sea. remember it's the commercial jet climbing faster than a fighter jet, 6,000 feet per minute. that is four times the average climbing speed for this type of commercial airliner. aviation experts say that this
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they're in 50 right now. the stock is up 15% before the bell. oil prices are still falling. crude oil $47 a barrel right now. it's been cut in half as you can see, since last summer. that means more job cuts. texas-based oil company baker hughes is the latest announcing plans to slash 7,000 positions and cut capital spending by 20%. cheap energy is great for consumers, but it is devastating for these energy companies, and we've seen one after another, job cuts and cuts to their exploration and development. so watch this space. the down side of falling crude. >> a lot to talk about today. the aftermath of the president's state of the union, big economic
news and breaking news from the war on the president of the united states. >> the shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong. >> it's time to move on. beyond president barack obama. >> i wish i had better news for
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americans have been hurting. >> i have no more campaign to run. i know 'cuz i won both of them. >> this morning, yemen under siege. >> it may be the most volatile situation on the face of the planet. >> we apologize for the error. >> we apologize for the error. >> the mayor of paris plans to sue fox news. >> fox news has been embarrassed, humele yat ed lhumiliated. is a joke. this is "new day." >> this is your "new day," wednesday, january 21st 6:00 in the east almost -- strong that's the state of the union, president obama says declaring an end to the economic crisis and focusing on the middle class. the president also vowing to hunt down terrorists a nod to all that's going on around the world. >> we'll have the highs and lows of the president's speech in a moment. first, breaking news in the war
on terror. in yemen, the worst fears of the west seem closer at this hour rebels have stormed the presidential palace attempting a coup against this critical american ally. this as the u.s. navy positions two ships in the red sea, ready to evacuate all u.s. embassy personnel. our team coverage begins with cnn senior international correspondent, nick paton walsh, the only western tv journalist in yemen. what do we know at this hour nick? >> with power vacuums that made washington's policy makers most nervous and this morning we have awoke ton an absolute void at the heart of the government. the president is stilled by the president by the leader of the houthi rebels but his presidential body guard, we understand according to a senior houthi gunman. is he still the president? do the houthis want to claim that title for one o