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Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Hit New Records; Lashana Lynch to Take Over as 007; President Trump Tells U.S. Democratic Lawmakers to Go Back Home to Fix their Countries' Problems. Aired 5-5:30a ET

Aired July 15, 2019 - 05:00   ET

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[05:00:00] DAVE BRIGGS, CO-ANCHOR, EARLY START: Time in three years, earnings have fallen in back-to-back quarters. There's going to be a new 007. The "Daily Mail" reports that 25th Bond film will reveal, yes, Lashana Lynch as the new 007 with Daniel Craig's character coming out of retirement for one last mission.

There had been a lot of talk about Idris Elba stepping into the role, but Lynch's casting comes as a big surprise to the fans of the franchise. The 25th Bond film is due in 2020. Thanks to all our international viewers for joining us, have a great rest of your day, for our U.S. viewers, EARLY START continues right now.

President Trump launching a racist attack on four Democratic lawmakers, telling them to go back to their countries, well, they're from America.

JESSICA DEAN, CO-ANCHOR, EARLY START: The Trump administration telling CNN raids to round up thousands of undocumented immigrants are underway, but the cities where those raids should have happened say otherwise.

BRIGGS: Millions under flash flood watches in the Mississippi River Valley as Tropical Depression Barry continues north.

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DEAN: How about at a Wimbledon for the ages? The historic win for tennis player Novak Djokovic breaking records. Good morning everyone, welcome to EARLY START, I'm Jessica Dean in for Christine Romans.

BRIGGS: And I'm wondering what the grass tastes like in Wimbledon?

DEAN: Wooden -- fresh.

BRIGGS: Novak apparently likes it, I'm Dave Briggs, Monday, July 15th, 5:00 a.m. in the East. Why was harsh-tag racist-in-chief trending all day Sunday, here's why? All Democrats fighting back after President Trump attacked four minority Democratic lawmakers, telling them to go back to their country.

The president's racist tweet underlining its use of the Oval Office to normalize bigotry. Trump's comment apparently aimed at Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. The president writing in part, "why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came."

DEAN: Now, factually, Trump is wrong. All of them are American citizens. Three of the four were born in the United States, Ilhan Omar moved to the U.S. about 25 years ago when she was 12. But clearly, that's not the point, not a single Republican member of Congress has objected to the president's racist comments.

Democrats, both those politically aligned with the progressives Trump targeted and the more eccentric ones are now slamming the tweet. The president though is doubling down, saying on Twitter, the freshman Democrats use quote, "disgusting language". More now from White House correspondent Boris Sanchez.

BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Dave and Jessica, the president exploiting a rift among these Democrats and the House Speaker over recent weeks and their use of social media, and the House Speaker's decision to push forth an immigration funding bill which they did not accept.

But it appears that now these Democrats are banding together against their common enemy. All four of these women sending out rebukes of the president as did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Now, take a look at what she tweeted, writing, quote, "I reject Donald Trump's xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation."

She goes on to say that the president should work with Democrats for a humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Clearly, President Trump here using the language of white nationalists to try to court supporters who feel uncomfortable with immigration based on the president's long list of racist remarks, he is apparently comfortable saying this sort of thing. Dave and Jessica?

BRIGGS: Boris Sanchez there, thank you. Immigration officials insists raids to arrest undocumented immigrants are under way, but the show force threatened by President Trump has not been seen, at least not yet. We were originally told these ten cities were being targeted, but CNN cannot confirm any arrests.

There were sporadic reports of ICE activity in a few places, notably Chicago and Florida. And in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio says there were three confirmed ICE operations, but there has been only one report in Chicago of any apprehensions by ICE agents.

DEAN: The "New York Times" reporting plans for the operation were also at the last minute because news reports tipped off immigrant communities about what to expect. If that information was supposed to be kept secret though, this comment last week from the president didn't help.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: It starts on Sunday, and they're going to take people out, and they're going to bring them back to their countries. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BRIGGS: According to the "New York Times", a secondary raid plan is now being rolled out by the White House, it calls for smaller scale apprehensions over a week or so. Ken Cuccinelli is the acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and immigration services. He was tight- lipped about the details when pressed by Jake Tapper on CNN "STATE OF THE UNION".

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[05:05:00] JAKE TAPPER, ANCHOR, THE LEAD: Can you guarantee that no parents will be separating from their children in these raids?

KEN CUCCINELLI, ACTING DIRECTOR OF U.S. CITIZEN & IMMIGRATION SERVICES: In the same way I wasn't willing to talk about operational details, that would be an operational detail that I'm not going to comment on.

There are million people including families with removal orders. The priority remains for ICE to get at criminals.

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DEAN: The operation is expected to target about 2,000 undocumented immigrants who have court orders for removal from the country. It will also focus on recent arrivals to the U.S. Turning now to the 2020 presidential race. Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke revealing he and his wife are both descendants of slave owners.

O'Rourke in an online post saying he was recently given documents showing the ancestry. And he writes, quote, "I benefit from a system that my ancestors built to favor themselves at the expense of others. That only increases the urgency I feel to help change this country so that it works for those who have been locked out of or locked up in -- this system."

O'Rourke says he will continue to support reparations for slavery. It's an issue multiple candidates have addressed on the campaign trail.

BRIGGS: His standing in the polls may not reflect it, but Pete Buttigieg is no longer the little campaign that could. The South Bend, Indiana mayor has now more than 250 people on his staff, his campaign flush with cash after raising nearly $25 million in the second quarter.

That's expected to be one of the most of any 2020 Democratic candidate. The hiring spree includes putting people on the ground in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, three key early voting states and signals team Buttigieg may believe the fund-raising hall will continue in the second half.

DEAN: Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, investigating the death of a beloved community activist and founder of the city's African-American museum. But they say they have no motive and no suspects. Seventy- five-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph was found dead in the trunk of a car Friday. The car was discovered about three miles from her home.

But police still don't know what caused her death. Investigators are now reaching out to the public, asking anyone with information to come forward.

BRIGGS: What caused the major Saturday night black-out right here in New York City? Well, it's still not known. The investigation could in fact take months. ConEdison says a high demand for power was not responsible for the outage, and utility company president has ruled out other potential causes.

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TIMOTHY CAWLEY, PRESIDENT, CONEDISON: We have no indication at all that this was involved in cyber in any way or a physical attack. In terms of loading or demand on the system, it was a warm evening last night. But in terms of the peak demands that Manhattan exhibits on those hottest week days, the demand last night was very low.

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DEAN: Parts of midtown Manhattan suddenly went dark Saturday night for about five hours, some 72,000 people were affected by that outage. A Jennifer Lopez concert in progress at Madison Square Garden had to be called off for safety reasons. The concert has been rescheduled for tonight.

We're also seeing new video of how Broadway stars adapted when the theaters went dark. The cast of the Tony-winning musical "Hadestown" giving a sidewalk performance.

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DEAN: Hey, just move it outside.

BRIGGS: Yes, good time was had by all --

DEAN: Keep the party going.

BRIGGS: The New York City papers were not so kind to their Mayor Bill de Blasio. The New York "Daily News" goes with "dim and dimmer". Well, the "New York Post" takes it a step further, an editorial calls for him to go. "Look, it's tough when you're running for president, you're out in Iowa when your city is in the dark."

OK, a check on CNN Business this morning, American Airlines cancelling more flights because of Boeing 737 Max grounding. The world's largest airline announced it's extending cancellations until November 2nd. That's two months longer than it previously announced. In a statement, American saying it remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year.

The planes had been grounded since March after two fatal crashes, a new potential problem with the jet was discovered during testing. It makes it possible for the 737 grounding to last into late 2019 or even early 2020. Your travel concerns continue across the country --

DEAN: Yes, well, New Orleans may have been spared a tropical storm blow, but the flooding threat from Barry continues today with millions under watch is there, we're going to have more on that, next.

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DEAN: Tropical Storm Barry now downgraded to a Tropical Depression. But the threat from flooding is still very serious there. At least, 50,000 people in Louisiana were without power statewide overnight. Forecasters say heavy rain and tornadoes are still possible in the area through today. CNN's Natasha Chen is in Franklin, Louisiana, with the latest.

NATASHA CHEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Dave and Jessica, we're hearing from the St. Mary Parish emergency officials that on Sunday, they got at least seven inches of rain, which is more rain than they got during the entire Barry event the day before.

So, really, the problem has come after the storm came through. We'll show you what the flooding looks like here in Franklin. This is a metal shark ship yard, they make aluminum boats. This is supposed to be their parking lot. But this is what flooded after Barry Saturday night into Sunday.

Of course, they were very much prepared for this. The barricade that we're looking at has been here for years. But we did see a lot of folks bringing in extra gravel, plugging holes. So, they were prepared for this flooding to get much worse.

[05:15:00] Now, this is all coming from a drainage canal that they're hoping will recede over time. There are some homes in Franklin, also being threatened because of the flash flooding. We visited nearby Glencoe, Louisiana as well.

That is an area that had to be evacuated on Saturday night, also because of flash flood issues. We saw one home that was completely ripped apart because of the strong winds from Barry. We talked to Joseph Colbert who was sitting in the car port at the time, he says his sister was inside the home when the winds struck and broke all the windows, she came running outside. Here's what he said.

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JOSEPH COLBERT, RESIDENT, GLENCOE, LOUISIANA: Sounded like a train to me. But some people say when you hear a train, they're thinking is a tornado, but it did sound like a train coming through.

CHEN: And you heard the glass breaking?

COLBERT: Yes, ma'am, all the windows started coming out, kitchen window, bathroom windows, all of it started coming out.

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CHEN: Colbert told us that he's been in that home for about 40 years. And now, he's staying with other family members. So, there are a lot of people here affected not only by the wind damage, but by flood waters. And authorities are very concerned in trying to keep those waters out of people's homes, and they are working hard with utility crews of course, to restore power to everyone. In Franklin, Louisiana, Natasha Chin, Dave and Jessica, back to you.

BRIGGS: OK, Natasha, thank you. Tens of thousands of protesters again, taking to the streets of Hong Kong. One peaceful demonstration in the suburbs ending in clashes inside a shopping mall, as police tried to disperse a small group of young protesters.

Live feeds from local media showed protesters throwing objects at police in riot gear, they hit back with batons and pushed them back with their shields. This is the first major test of the protest movement since Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam declared the controversial Extradition Bill dead but stopped short of withdrawing it, they cannot seem to quiet things there in Hong Kong.

Ahead, two of the all-time tennis greats in a Wimbledon final for the ages. Andy Scholes with that story in the "BLEACHER REPORT".

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BRIGGS: All right, it's one of the greatest tennis matches ever. Novak Djokovic outlasting Roger Federer to win the Wimbledon title. And he is catching up in the grand slam race. Andy Scholes has more in the BLEACHER REPORT. What a match it was, my friend.

ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS REPORTER: Incredible, Dave. And you know, this match -- it was so good, it was also so long. It was the longest --

BRIGGS: Yes --

SCHOLES: Match in Wimbledon's history, 4 hours, 55 minutes for the final. At 37 years old, you know, Roger Federer, he was the sentimental favorite. You know, we just don't know how many more times he was going to be in this situation. And Federer, in the fifth set, had double championship point.

But Djokovic, he was able to fight off both of those to come back, he won that game. The match would go all the way to 12-12 in the fifth. And this is the first year with the new rule. Once a match gets to that point, they would go to a tie-break and Djokovic would end up winning 7-3 to take the match for his 16th Grand Slam title.

Now, Federer's family cheering him on the whole match, and he was asked afterwards what he thought his kids would think of his performance.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ROGER FEDERER, TENNIS PLAYER: They won't be excited with the plate.

But it's -- they'd rather take that golden thing.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, WIMBLEDON CHAMPION FOR 2019: Roger said that he hopes that he gives some other people a chance to believe that they can do it at 37. I'm one of them.

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SCHOLES: All right, secret deodorant is joining in on the U.S. women's national team fight for equal pay. The company is giving $529,000 to the team to help close the pay gap, that's $23,000 for each of the squads' 23 players. Secret taking an ad out in the "New York Times" that said in part, "women just made history but they have always deserved equal pay." The company also urged the U.S. Soccer Federation to be on the right side of history.

Right, Tampa Bay Rays meanwhile with three hours away from making history yesterday. No team has ever combined to throw a perfect game. And Rays pitcher Ryan Yarborough, well, he picked six innings, a perfect baseball. He said he didn't know they were close to a perfect game until a kid yelled at him in the eighth, don't blow it. Well, unfortunately, he did.

And the Orioles got a lead-off single in the ninth, Rays still end up winning the game 4-1. All right, finally, ever wanted to pay a mascot to come to your birthday party? Well, the New Jersey Devil was attending this get-together, he's trying to be funny and run into the glass --

BRIGGS: Oh!

SCHOLES: But he shattered it. And look at all the kids, they were looking at him like, what? Oh, no, not the way the New Jersey Devil imagined that playing out, I imagine, Dave, hope he has insurance because someone's got to pay for that window.

DEAN: Yes --

BRIGGS: Hey, man, you invited devil to your party, that's what happens, you get the horns. Andy Scholes, thank you my friend --

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SCHOLES: All right --

BRIGGS: Good stuff. Jessica, what's coming up?

DEAN: Oh, man, well, President Trump standing by a racist tweet, telling four Democratic lawmakers to go back to their countries. The thing is, they are all American. Democrats now fighting back.

[05:25:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK) DEAN: President Trump launching a racist attack on four Democratic

lawmakers, telling them to go back to the countries they're from, even though they are all Americans.

BRIGGS: The Trump administration saying that ICE has launched raids to round up thousands of undocumented immigrants. Local officials say, they haven't seen them yet.

DEAN: Millions under flash flood watches in the Mississippi River Valley. Threats of high winds as Tropical Depression Barry makes its way north.

BRIGGS: An incredible video of construction workers rescuing a baby and a toddler from an apartment fire. Welcome back to EARLY START on a Monday, I'm Dave Briggs.

DEAN: Good morning everyone, I am Jessica Dean in for Christine Romans, it is 29 minutes past the hour. Democrats are fighting back after President Trump attacked four minority Democratic lawmakers, telling them to go back to their countries. The president's racist tweet underlining his use of the Oval Office to normalize bigotry.

Trump's comment apparently aimed at Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. The president writing in part, "why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came."

BRIGGS: Factually, Trump is wrong. All of them are American citizens. Three of the four were born.

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