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glad that he is clarifying his intentions, frankly, my point was never about his intention. >> joe biden's team in damage control mode after a nevada politician accuses him of inappropriate behavior. police say a murdered college student in south carolina mistook her killer's car for her uber. fans are mourning grammy nominated rapper nipsy while he was outside a store hours earlier. and down goes duke in the ncaa tournament.
one top seed left standing in the final four, a final four no one saw coming and this duke fan on this monday morning a bit devastated, roman. you know, i like my devils, that was a hard loss. good morning, everyone. welcome to early start, i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. it is monday, april fool's day. watch out for practical jokes. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. that is no joke. it sound like a cruel joke. it's not. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin with the former vice president joe biden responding for the first time to allegations he made, a nevada politician uncomfortable when he kissed the back of her head. biden saying it was not his intention to act inappropriately, but lucy flores said the kiss left her feeling uneasy, gross and confused. >> very unexpectedly and out of nowhere, i feel, joe biden put
his hands on my shoulders, get up close to me from behind, lean in, smell my hair and plant a slow kiss on the top of my head. and that in and of itself might not sound like it's a very serious thing. that in and of itself might sound like it was innocent and well intentioned but in the context of it as a person that had absolutely no relationship with him afterwards, as a candidate who was preparing to make my case for why i should be elected the second in command of that state, to have the vice president of the united states do that to me so unexpectedly, and just kind of out of nowhere, it was just shocking. >> other democrats eyeing the white house in 2020 weighing in on the accusation. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. multiple 2020 candidates are responding to these allegations against the former vice president saying lucy flores
should be believed but the same democrats are stopping short of saying this disqualifies joe biden from running for president, using that judgment to the voters. >> she's coming forth now because she thinks it's disqualifying for joe biden. do you think it's disqualifying. >> i'm not sure that one incident alone disqualifies nicnic anybody, but her point is absolutely right. this is an issue not just of democrats or republicans, the entire country has got to take seriously. >> i have no reason not to believe her, jonathan, and i think we know from campaigns and politics that people raise issues and they have to address them, and that's what he will have to do with the voters if he gets into the race. >> i think that's why we have an election. certainly it's very disconcerting and women have to be heard. we should start by believing them. >> i believe lucy flores and joe
biden needs to give an answer. >> should he not run as a result? >> that's for joe biden to decide. >> i believe lucy flores. we need to live in a nation where people can hear her truth. >> reporter: vice president bided responded with a statement saying in part in my years on the campaign trail and public life, i have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, and not once ever did i believe i acted inappropriately. if it's suggested i did so, i will listen disrespectfully but it was never any intention. biden is expected to announce his decision on the 2020 campaign in the coming weeks. it's not clear how this will impact that rollout or his candidacy. this can not be the focus biden wants as he prepares to run in the race. the trump administration doubling down on threats to
close the southern border and cut aide to three central american countries. the president glblaming congressional democrats, allowing major loopholes to remain as mainstay of our immigration system. mexico is like wise doing nothing, a very bad combination for our country, adding homeland security is being so very nice but not for long. >> unclear if that means new restrictions on asylum seekers or a reference to his threat on friday to close the border, a move trade experts say would hurt american companies, workers and consumers. the president announcing friday the u.s. will cut off aid to el salvador guatemala, and honduras. acting director of the white house, mick mull vavaney. >> if we're going to give these countries hundreds of millions of dollars, we would like them to do more. that, jake, i would respectfully
submit to you is not an unreasonable position. we could do a lot to prevent people from moving in the first place. >> mulvaney dismissing experts which say the aid money helps curb migration by making the countries more stable. >> if it's working so well, why are the people still coming? why are these historic numbers, a hundred thousand people across the border this month alone. that is a crisis. that is a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis. >> the number of undocumented immigrants released be i federal authorities -- by federal authorities is soaring. as of friday, 2,000 immigrants have been released from three facilities. more recently the number has climbed to around 300. a letter obtained by cnn says kus mo
customs and border patrol told city officials the number is higher. for now the city has been able to manage the influx. >> right now they're bringing them here. we're feeding them, sheltering them, clothing them, whatever they need at the time. any health issues that they shouldn't have when they get here, but if they do, and you know, we have asked some of our local doctors and friends in the medical profession to come give us assistance, and that's what we're doing. >> a customs spokesperson says about a thousand undocumented immigrants are being apprehended each day in the rio grande sector. cnn contacted the agency to get a comment on how many are being released in the coming days. the white house insists republicans are working on a plan to replace obamacare just days after the president stunned lawmakers on both sides of the aisle by declaring the gop will soon be noun as -- known as the party of health care.
mick mulvaney, and presidential adviser kellyanne conway meeting skepticism. >> there is a plan. >> you've never actually come up with a plan. >> he's been president for two years. give us a chance. we're working on a plan at the white house. >> can you guarantee that if you succeed in court that all of the tens of millions of people who have health coverage guaranteed. >> the debate is over. both parties support them. anyone telling you different is lying to you for political gain. >> republican senator john barrasso of wyoming says the republican plan will be about health care choices. he says people will be able to buy what works for them. eight minutes past the hour. a suspect is in custody in south carolina charged in the death of a missing college student, police say 21-year-old samantha josephson was last seen early
friday getting into the suspect's car thinking he was her uber driver. her body was found 14 hours later in a field. 24-year-old nathaniel roland is charged with murder and kidnapping. police say josephson's blood was found in her car. they are questioning a woman in rowland's car when he was arrested. rap fans are mourning the death of nipsy hustle. he was shot and killed outside of a south los angeles clothing store. ♪ make a quarter mill". >> police say the grammy nominated actor was hit multiple times in a burst of gunfire that left two other people wounded. it happened in front of the rapper's marathon clothing store, one of several businesses he owned on the block where he was shot. hundreds of mourners gathering near the crime scene. he was known to give jobs to
local residents struggling to get by or homeless. hussle was to meet later today to meet to stop gang violence. rihanna tweeting this doesn't make any sense. my spirit is shaken by this. nba star, lebron james, so sad, man. damn, this hurts and pharrell tweeting, you were about something positive for your community and you inspired millions, millions who will hold your legacy. rest amongst the stars. the suspect in the shooting is at large. nipsey hussle was 33 years old. wall street enjoyed a huge rally in the first quarter. s&p 500 up 13%. the best first quarter since 1998. the dow rose 11.2% for the
quarter. the best gain since 2013. nasdaq up 16 1/2%, best showing since 2012. the week ended with progress on ending the u.s. china trade war. steven mnuchin called talks in beijing constructive on friday. a ton of data can help confirm what the bond market has been telling us or if the bond rally is other and done. the big question is the jobs report on friday, was february, that was a weak jobs number in february. this week could be crucial. let's talk some hoops. dukes the top seed in the ncaa tournament not going to the final four. >> he's going to come out with it, and michigan state is headed to minneapolis. >> there's magic. michigan state pulling off the upset sunday beating the blue devils, 68-67 to punch their
ticket in the other regional finals. auburn beat kentucky, 77-71 in overtime. spartans and tigers will join texas tech and the lone top seed still standing, virginia in minneapolis next weekend. the final four matchups set. michigan state plays texas tech. auburn takes on virginia and the other winners play for the national championship one week from tonight, and college hoop fans wondering what's next for zion williams. no way this guy stays in power. political upheaval in the uk two possible scenarios no one wants. we're going live to downy street, next.
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after lawmakers rejected prime minister theresa may's brexit deal for the third time. that likely killed off her plans permly and increase -- pe permanently. let's go live to london, bring in ri nic robertson. anyone's guess again? >> reporter: what we do know is that theresa may is running out of time. we have said she's been running out of road on this for months and months. this does seem to be the week, i'll say that. let's see what happens by the end of the week. the reality is this, that today there will be some indicative votes in parliament. again, the mps taking control and essentially saying to theresa may, this is what we can agree on, you should use this idea, being part of the customs union or a second referendum or a norway type relationship with the european union. however, there may not be a
majority for any of those. half of theresa may's party is opposed to her picking up on any of those ideas. 117 mps, including ten government ministers have written to theresa may saying that they want her to back a no deal brexit. another part of her cabinet has said if you do go that route, then we will quit. she's faced with these divisions, which have weighty turns, and then there's the possibility of calling a general election, and one of the previous prime ministers, conservative prime minister john major over the weekend said this is the time for a government of national unity. that's where things have gone to, the road really ending on decision making for theresa may it seems this week. >> another day, another debacle. sni nic robertson live in london. virginia's lieutenant governor justin fairfax denying allegations of sexual assault.
he claims he's taken two polygraph tests to show he is telling the truth. one of those accusers, dr. vanessa tyson sat down with cbs's gayle king. she wants a public platform in virginia to air her accusations. here's an excerpt from her upcoming interview. >> what do you want to happen to justin fairfax, why are you coming forward? >> in my ideal world, i would want him to resign. i think there should be a public hearing. i think that -- >> not an investigation? >> there's a difference between hearings and investigations. investigations often allow people in power to sweep things under the rug. right, and that's just, you know, kind of a pattern that, as a political scientist, that i have witnessed and seen emerge. right. >> you would be prepared to testify in front of the virginia
general assembly? >> in front of the virginia general assembly under oath, and particularly for survivors, i think this is incredibly important. and they need to be heard. we need to be seen, right, and we need to be treated as the human beings that we are. >> fair fax claims two lie detectors tests claim he was being truthful when he denied unconsensual sexual activity. polygraphs are not admissible in virginia courts. jussie smollett slammed by chris rock and the cast of snl all in one night. next. it has three times the cleaning power of the leading spray to dissolve kitchen grease on contact. and it's great for bathrooms! just keep pumping the power nozzle to release a continuous burst of mist and make quick work of big jobs. it even works on stainless steel. it cuts through 100% of dirt, grease and grime.
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a streaking meteor lighting up the sky, captured on the dash board cam in gainesville late saturday night. look at that, the national weather service confirming it was indeed a meteor. sightings of the shooting star were reported across northern florida. it is not known if the space rock landed or broke up from impact. chris rock ripping "empire" star jussie smollett at the naacp image awards. smollett was a no show. look to rock pulling no punches when he took to the stage. >> they said no jussie smollett jokes. i know. i know. what a waist of ligste of light
know. you know what i can do with that light skin. what the he willl was he thinki. from now on, you're jesse from now on. you don't even get the you no more. >> smollett lost to grey's anatomy star jesse williams. >> what is that? >> i don't know, i think it's a bag of clues. >> jussie, please, don't. >> look guys, the killer, he left me a bunch of clues. >> what killer? >> you're still alive, jussie. >> only because i fought back because i'm the guy mike tyson. >> jussie, please, just stop. >> okay. another k? three k's? like what do you think that means? >> prosecutors dropped 16 felony
counts against smollett last week. police accused him of faking a racist anti-guy attack. he continues to maintain his innocence. >> some people think that was too soon. it was such a serious matter. >> it seemed warranted. joe biden's team trying to get ahead of a potential me too crisis before his 2020 race officially begins. we've got the full details next.
>> fans are mourning grammy nominated rapper nipsey hussle outside of a store where he was gunned down just hours earlier. and down goes duke in the ncaa tournament leaving just one top seed left standing in the final four. welcome back to "early start", i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. one and done for zion williams, it would appear. 4:32 eastern time on a monday. former vice president joe biden responding for the first time to allegations made that a nevada politician that he kissed on the back of her head. biden was saying it was not his intention to act inappropriately, but one time democratic nominee for lieutenant governor lucy flores said the kiss left her feeling uneasy, gross and confused. >> very unexpectedly and out of nowhere i feel joe biden put his hands on my shoulders, get up very close to me from behind,
lean in, smell my hair, and then plant a slow kiss on the top of my head. and that in and of itself might not sound like it's a very serious thing. that in and of itself might sound like it was innocent and well intentioned. but in the context of it, as a person that had absolutely no relationship with him afterwards, as a candidate who was preparing to make my case for why i should be elected the second in command of that state, to have the vice president of the united states do that to me so unexpectedly and just kind out of nowhere, it was just shocking. >> other democrats eyeing the white house of 2020 weighing in on the accusation. cnn's rebecca buck has more from washington. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. multiple 2020 candidates are responding to these allegations against the former vice president saying lucy flores should be believed but those
same democrats are also stopping short of saying this disqualifies joe biden from running for president leaving that judgment to the voters. >> she says she's coming forth now because she thinks it's disqualifying for joe biden. do you think it's disqualifying? >> i think that's a decision for the vice president to make. i'm not sure that one incident alone disqualifies anybody, but her point is absolutely right. this is an issue not just for democrats and republicans. the entire country has got to take seriously. >> i have no reason not to believe her, jonathan, and i think we know from campaigns and from politics that people raise issues and they have to address them, and that's what he will have to do with the voters if he gets into the race. >> i think that's why we have an election. that's that process, but certainly it's very disconcerting, and i think that, again, women have to be heard, and we should really, we should start by believing them. >> i believe lucy flores, and
joe biden needs to give an answer. >> should he not run as a result? >> that's for joe biden to decide. >> i believe lucy flores. >> we need to live in a nation where people can hear her truth. >> vice president biden responded to the allegations with a statement sunday saying in part, in my many years on the campaign trail and public life, i have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of aflexion, support, it was never my intention. according to our reporting, biden is expected to announce his decision on the 2020 m campaign in the coming weeks. it's not clear how that will impact the rollout or candidacy more broadly. certainly this can not be the focus biden wants as he prepares to jump into the race. >>. the trump administration
doubling down on threats to close the central border and ct aid to three central american countries. in a tweet sunday he said this, the democrats are allowing a ridiculous asylum system and major loopholes to remain as mainstay of our immigration system. mexico is like wise doing nothing. a very bad combination for our country adding homeland security is being so very nice but not for long. >> unclear whether that means new restrictions on asylum seekers or if it's a reference to his threat on friday to possibly close the border, a move trade experts say could be costly for u.s. companies, wo workers and consumers. the president announcing the u.s. will cut off aid to el salvador, guatemala and honduras. >> mick mulvaney explaining the move. >> they need to do more. nicaragua could do more. el salvador could do more. if we're going to give these countries hundreds of millions
of dollars, we would like them to do more. that is not an unreasonable position. we could prevent a loft what's happening on the southern border by prevents people from moving into mexico in the first place. >> mulvaney dismissing the government's own experts who say the aid money helps curb migration by making the countries more stable. if it's working so well, why are the people still coming? why are these historic numbers, again, a hundred thousand people across the border this month alone, that is a crisis. it's a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis. >> meantime, the number of migrants released by federal authorities due to overcrowded facilities in the brownsville, texas, area is soaring. border officials say as of friday, 2,000 migrants had been released from three facilities initially. brownsville city manager says about 50 people a day were dropped off. more recently, the number has climbed to around 300. in a letter obtained by cnn says customs and border patrol told
city officials in the rio grande valley the number is actually much higher. brownsville's mayor says for now the city has been able to manage the influx. >> right now, they're bringing them here. we're feeding them, sheltering them, clothing them, whatever they need at the time. any health issues that they shouldn't have when they get here, but if they do, and we have, you know, we have asked some of our local doctors and friends in the medical profession to come give us assistance, and that's what we're doing. >> a customs spokesperson says about 1,000 migrants are being apprehended each day in the rio grande sector. cnn contacted the agency to get comment on how many will be released in the coming days. officials declined to comment. the white house insists the republicans are working on a plan to replace obamacare days after president trump stunned lawmakers on both sides of the aisle declaring the gop will soon be known as the party of health care. white house chief of staff mick
mulvaney, and presidential adviser kellyanne conway meeting skepticism on the sunday morning talk shows. >> there is a plan. we have been working on a plan for a long time. >> you have never actually come up with a plan. >> he's been president for two years. give us a chance. we're working on a plan at the white house. >> can you guarantee if you succeed in court all of the tens of millions of people who have health coverage guaranteed because of obamacare will not lose their coverage? >> yes, and here's why. the debate about preexisting conditions is over. both parties support them, and anyone telling you anything differently is lying to you for political gain. >> republican senator john barrasso of wyoming, a physician, says the republican plan will be about health care choices. he says people will be able to buy what works for them. a suspect in custody this morning in south carolina, charged in the death of a missing college student. police say 21-year-old samantha josephson was last seen early
friday getting into the suspect's car, thinking he was her uber driver. her body was found 14 hours later in a field some 90 miles away. 24-year-old nathaniel rowland charged with murder and kidnapping. police say josephson's blood was found in his car. this morning, rap fans are mourning the death of performer nipsey hussle. he was shot and killed in broad daylight sunday afternoon outside his south los angeles clothing store. >> police say the grammy nominated rapper was hit multiple times in a burst of gunfire that left two other people wounded. it happened in front of the rapper's marathon clothing store, one of several businesses he owned on the block where he was shot. hundreds of mourners gathered near the crime scene to pay tribute to hussle. he was known to give jobs to
local residents who were struggling to get by or homeless. hussle was scheduled to meet later today with the l.a. police chief and commissioner. they were going to discuss ways to stop gang violence. tributes to hussle pouring in. rihanna tweeting, this doesn't make any sense. my spirit is shaken by this. from nba star, lebron james, so, so sad, man, damn this hurts. and pharrell tweeting, you were about something positive and your community, and every chance you had to speak, and because of that, you inspired millions, millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. the suspect in the shooting is still at large. nipsey hussle was 33 years old, and leaves behind two children. all right. facebook's billionaire founder wants help from the government. his company under fire for spreading misinformation, live streaming a mass murder in new zealand and being a platform for election meddling. mark zuckerberg now wants the government to step in. he has called for the government
to take a more active role in crafting new rules for the internet. he wants stricter regulation of harmful content, election integrity, and data portability. in an op-ed he wrote by updating rules for the internet we can preserve what's best about it, the freedom for people to express themselves and entrepreneurs to build new things while also protecting society from broader harms. facebook widely condemned last month when it failed to stop a live stream by the suspect in the new zealand terrorist attack that killed 50 people. the platform has faced a number of scandals ranging from hate speech to privacy, and the widespread of fake news especially during national elections. you also heard from coo sheryl sandberg, she wrote in the new zealand herald that facebook had to get better at policing its platform. the platform was considering restricting who can stream live video on its platform after the
new zealand attack. up ahead, no one near him, and he's going to come out with it, and michigan state is headed to minneapolis. >> magic celebrating there. the tournament's top seed, duke, not going to the final four. michigan state pulls off the upset, beating the blue devils, 68-67 to punch their ticket. auburn beat kentucky 77-71 in overtime in their first ever berth in the final four. spartans and tigers will join texas tech and virginia in minneapolis next weekend. cavs the only top seed standing. final four matchups set. imp began state plays texas tech. auburn, virginia, and others play for the national championship one week from tonight. most experts i know including this guy, had 0 final four teams. >> i feel a lot better about my bracket. 43 minutes past the hour,
a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! after lawmakers rejected prime minister prtheresa may's brexit deal. the odds of two alternatives, a lengthy brexit delay or britain crashing out of the eu without a deal on april 12th. let's go live to london and bring in cnn's nic robertson. they took to the streets this weekend, angry this is taking so long to leave the eu, and there are millions of others signing on that they want to stay in the eu. what's happening here?
>> reporter: 6 million people signed that petition, and yes, as we finished work on friday, there were protesters blocking the way out of downing street because they were demanding and angry that brexit hadn't happened because brexit was supposed to take place on friday. there is deep division among people here, but even deeper division, it seems within theresa may's cabinet, and that scenario you just laid out, a no deal or long extension let me add another piece of that picture of potential chaos for you, and that could be a general election. there's a possibility theresa may may call a snap general election concerning consummation within her cabinet. if she does that, a former prime minister, a former conservative prime minister john major says now is not the time for calling an election. other mps have acted that way. later today there will be indicative votes, the mp taking control of parliament, trying to have votes showing what there
could be support for. none got a majority last week. they might get a majority now. theresa may might be held to try to implement some of those 170 mps, including ten ministers have said if you try to implement things that would mean a softer brexit, we're going to stand against you, calling for it to leave without a deal. and there are other cabinet members who are saying leave without a deal or look like you're going to leave without a deal and we will also leave the cabinet. a chaotic political situation. >> running out of time, running out of options every day more interesting than the rest. thank you so much for that, nic robertson. potential 2020 candidate pete, defending a comment many consider a knock on hillary clinton, an interview in january, the democrat said quote at least donald trump didn't go around saying america was already great like hillary did.
spokesperson nick m, trump ran pessimism, racism, false promises and vitriol. buttgieg said he was trying to make the lessons of 2020. >> i think america would be a much better place if she was president. that's why i voted for her and campaigned for her, and i have enormous respect for hillary clinton. i think she was ill served for a strategy and media environment which made things about individuals and all the problems with donald trump and much less about the concerns of voters. >> the mayor of south bend, indiana, says he thinks many people voted for trump because the system failed them and they wanted to burn the house down. buttigieg has resonated in the poll far more than people thought he might. he has an interesting conversation to have in this
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like homosexual sex being punishable not just by death but death by stoning. those laws set to be imposed come april 3rd, just days away, and certainly they have caught the world's attention. you had george clooney grabbing global headlines by urging a boycott of the hotels connected to the sulton of brunei. we have been speaking to people inside brunei. members of the lgbtq community who are living there in fear and in hiding, not certain of what the coming base or weeks will bring. they're not certainly a hotel boycott would move the government in any direction but they believe the boycott is drawing a lot of international attention that could be helpful to them. as for its part, the government of brunei posted a statement on their web site on saturday. they plan to go forward with imposing these laws. they say they are a sovereign countr un high commissioner for
human rights calling on brunei to put a stop to this bem. in h kong. alexander field live for us. thank you. 58 minutes past the hour, april fool's day, and no joke, markets are higher this morning. global markets up after what was a very good week last week on wall street. we'll see if it continues this morning. stocks enjoyed a huge rally in the first quarter, folks, the s&p 500 finished up more than 13%. that is the best quarter since 2009, and the best first quarter since 1998. the dow rose 11.2% for the quarter. the best gain since 2013. nasdaq, 16 1/2%. that's the best showing since 2012. we get retail sales for february. that comes out in about four hours. the big question is the consumer faltering. so watch for that. for years, it has been a
race between uber and lyft. on friday, lyft beat its rival to become the first ride hailing company to go public. lyft ended the first trading day at $78.29. that's up 8.7%. its founders announced plans to invest $50 million or 1% of its profits, whichever is greater, each year to support transportation initiative in cities, starting with los angeles. a long list of billion dollar tech start-ups, the unicorn parade expected to go public, including pinterest, slack, poepost mates and uber. dumbo didn't fly quite as high over the weekend. disney's remake of the animated classic brought in 45 million. experts thought this film would make 50 million. in second place, jordan peele's "us," made 174 million globally.
the studio will replace two more remakes of the animated classic this summer, aladdin and the lion king. >> "early start" continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com glad that he is clarifying his intentions. frankly, my point was never about his intention. >> joe biden's team in damage control mode after a nevada poll sigs accus -- politician accuses him of inappropriate behavior. a murdered college student mistook her killer's car for her uber. >> and fans are mourning grammy nominated rapper, nipsey hussle outside his store where he was gunned down just hours earlier. down goes duke in the ncaa tournament, leaving just