tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN May 18, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PDT
. a big win for isis after months of fighting. militants claim the city of ramadi expanding their grip on iraqi territory. how can the coalition forces respond? a live report moments away. a key isis figure is did dead. a risky raid in syria. the pair is expected to have top level operations. what has u.s. intelligence learned? and the amtrak northeast corridor running. training running for the first time. what are authorities learning
about what may have led up to the tragedy as the investigation continues. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is monday may 18th. a major victory for isis in iraq. ramadi falls to isis fighters. for months of flashclashes, forces burst into the city with armored bulldozers and ten suicide bombings. government forces have pulled out of a military base there. iraqi and u.s. officials say the fight for ramadi is not over. for the latest, let's bring in ian lee. >> reporter: good morning, john. isis is in control of ramadi. we are hearing of pockets of resistance. we know isis does not treat
their captives well. for the most part, iraqi forces have pulled out following some very heavy fighting. 500 people have been killed in the final moments of the fall of ramadi. isis storming in and taking control of the area and seizing heavy weapons. they seized weapons and missiles and tanks. a big victory with the material and politically propaganda for them. also opens up a el salvadordoppler radar corridor. they are in control of fallujah. it is a fortified city but it puts them at the gates there. secretary of state john kerry traveling and commented on the latest developments. take a listen. >> every single country in the region bar none is opposed to da'ish and engaged in fighting
them. i'm confident about the longer road but yes, there will be moments like yesterday in ramadi and difficult challenges ahead. >> reporter: and john what this really does prove is pound for pound, isis is a superior fighter force than the iraqi military although they have been trained. the times we have seen them push back is coalition air strikes hitting them and shi'ite coalitions. and we have seen in previous onslaughts and they have taken sunni areas. john. >> as you say, the iraqi military has not proven to be an effective fighting force, but the shi'as have. the iraqi prime minister has called for assistance in ramadi but that may cause more problems
than it solves ian. >> reporter: that's right. we look at what happened in tikrit we see that with the controversy around that. the militias had to pull out and the iraqi military secured it to prevent those from taking place. they do have have a good track record in the sunni areas. that's why we did not see them initially. with the fall of ramadi they want the militias to be on the forefront of taking the city. >> some in ramadi will see them as a force and ties to iran. we just learned ian, the prime minister has arrived for talks. ian lee, thank you. u.s. officials are assessing
the trove of the raid that killed a key isis commander. officials say a dozen army force commandos raided a building in eastern syria. the isis commander died in a heavy firefight when he resisted capture. he helped run the isis oil and gas operation along with a senior military role. pentagon officials say there were no u.s. casualties or civilians in the raid. officials hope some documents prove to be a gold mine of data. we have sunlen serfaty at the white house with more. >> reporter: john and christine the u.s. is kharchartering this as a significant move.
they are looking at how much of a role he had in isis. the big question is what is his real name. some lawmakers are urging caution especially when it comes to balancing a risk of a mission like this against the reward. >> this was an extraordinary risk. if one of our people was captured or we lost a special force. tough questions to answer. i think notwithstanding the success of the operation, we have to ask those questions. was the intelligence value that we hope to gain worth this kind of risk. >> reporter: other lawmakers are coming out of the administration praising this. >> many of us have been advocating this strategy for a long time or tactic to gather intelligence versus air strikes. it takes ss guts for the administration to put this together. it was successful.
we are happy they got back and got back safely. now we will know what they were actually able to gather. >> reporter: and u.s. officials say a lot of intelligence that was picked up from the mission site including a computer which had valuable information in how they communicate. that is in addition to the wife of the isis leader who has been detained and will now be interrogated by the united states. lawmakers on capitol hill do expect to receive a briefing from the white house on this this week. >> sunlen serfaty at the white house. in less than two hours, amtrak rail service resumes between new york and philadelphia since the rail disaster that killed eight people and injured 200. it rolls out at 5:30 a.m. over the weekend, technicians installed automated speed controls on the northbound side
of the tracks ahead of the curve where the train 188 crashed. we have cnn's erin mclaughlin in philadelphia. >> reporter: john and christine, the mystery of amtrak 188. they have been unable to corroborate the conductor's account. it is overheard that brandon bostian was known to have told the train was hit by a projectile projectile. there was nothing from bostian to suggest the train was hit by an object but they are still looking into the possibility. >> we want to chase this lead down. we heard from the conductor that is what she believed she heard. we now see a mark on the windshield we want to look at and we will look at everything. >> reporter: today, fbi's
forensic investigators are expected to examine the fist-sized circular marking on the windshield. they think it is a marking and it may have been there before the crash. the ntsb says there is new evidence from the data recorder to suggest prior to the crash, bostian manually engaged the throttle which would have accelerated the train. the question is why. john and christine. >> erin thank you for that. gun fire erupts in waco, texas restaurant between five rival biker gangs. police heard there would be trouble at the twin peaks restaurant and were prepared. >> we heard something might happen here and we had s.w.a.t. on the scene. their action has saved lives in keeping this from spilling into
a very busy sunday morning crowded central texas marketplace. thank goodness the officers were here and took the action they needed to take to save numerous lives. >> restaurant workers took cover in the freezer when the gun fire start. only the bikers were among the dead. u.s. marine killed in a crash in hawaii. 22 from pendleton and california were on an osprey in oahu. the 21 surviving marines were taken to hospitals. no word on their condition or the identity of the marine who died. north korea has not come close with the nuclear program to get started with the talk was the united states. john kerry made comments from south korea and north korea will be referred to the criminal court violations as the u.s.
talks sanctions. and cyber security consultant informed the fbi he hacked into the computer systems of 20 airliners and managed to make one jet climb. chris roberts was detained last month and investigated for cyber crimes. he says his only motive is to improve aircraft security. roberts says he infiltrated the plane's computers with an ethernet cable under the plane. >> he was on the flight? >> on the flight when he did this. >> modified the entertainment system to take over. >> there is concern to do that. you could hack in using the plane's wifi. and it did not take long to ramp up. houthi targets bombarded.
on sunday, many tribal leaders gathered for talks, but houthi boycotted that meeting. they are rejecting the exiled president be reinstated. the defense department identified the six marines killed last week when the helicopter crashed in the humanitarian mission in nepal. four based in pendleton, california. two nepalese servicemen were killed when the helicopter went down last tuesday. the cause of the crash remains under investigation. nepal's home ministry says the two earthquakes they had first on april 25th were the deadliest ever to hit that nation. the death toll now stands at nearly 8,600. time for an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures are not budging. the stocks have been pouring ahead. that could change this week.
we will get a look at the housing market and earning from walmart and target. gas prices are ticking higher. $2.71 a gallon. 26 cents more than a month ago. yes, if you noticed it costs more to fill up but lower than the same time last year. what are drivers doing with that extra money? drivers saved hundreds of dollar dollars because of the lower prices. 40% spent savings on necessities like groceries are rent. a quarter of americans saved or invested the money. it hasn't necessarily flowed into the economy the way some people thought. >> i'm going to vegas. i'm taking my gas money and letting it ride. the iraq war. proven to be a challenge for presidential candidates. this time marco rubio is getting mixed up.
hillary clinton back on the campaign trail today. she returns to iowa after ten days of fund raising. clinton gets up close and personal with the supporter its at a house party in mason city. the clinton team is putting focus on iowa after a poor showing in the caucuses in 2008 when she finished third. and as it was for jeb bush the iraq war question is troublesome for some candidates. this time it is marco rubio. he had a feisty exchange with chris wallace of fox news. he had trouble positioning his decision on the iraq war a mistake. >> it was not a mistake. this is the way the real world works. the president based on the information provided. look -- >> he was saying based on what we know now. >> based on what we know now, i
would not thought manny pacquiao would not win a couple weeks ago. >> you why asked the same question. >> it was not the same question. the question was whether it was a mistake. i still say it was not a mistake. the president was presented with intelligence that said iraq had weapons of mass destruction and committed by a man with atrocities in the past. >> the question was it a mistake to go to war in iraq. >> that's not the same question. the question i was asked is what i know now. based on what we know now. >> was it a mistake to go to war with iraq. i'm asking you. >> i understand. it is not the same question. >> that's the question i'm asking you. >> it was not a mistake for the president to decide to go into a iraq. the world is a better place because saddam hussein is not
not there. a president cannot make a decision on something in the future. >> last week rubio said he would not have authorized the war knowing what is known now about iraq. you can see candidates struggling. it may have been the issue from hillary clinton getting the nomination. it has an effect on both sides of the aisle. >> it issis relevant in so many ways today. this is such a relevant question right now. why we went to war. why we did it. should we have done it. what mistakes are made. >> and republicans will say yes, marco rubio had a heated exchange and complicated answer. they will say he is answering questions right now. hillary clinton is not. she is doing the events and not
facing reporters and not having exchanges. that is the criticism. some wild swings in the weather. what's in store for the workweek. your first look at the forecast next. hat's going to go right in your glove. ohhh. oh. see that? great job. ok, now let's get ready for the ball... here it comes... here you go. good catch. perfect! alright now for the best part. let's see your pour. ohhh...let's get those in the bowl. these are way too good to waste, right? oh, yea. let's go for it... around the bowl and... [ male announcer ] share what you love... with who you love. mmmmm. kellogg's frosted flakes... they're g-r-r-reat! good catch dad. [ laughs ]
look at the weather. >> john and christine good morning. for the most part say good-bye to the warmed weather. cooler air filtering in. enough to support snowshowers. other parts of the country, it is warmer ahead of the cold front. minneapolis, 74 on sunday. 45 degrees monday afternoon. in and around green bay, temperatures dropping 10 degrees. winter weather here. model will show snowshowers from international falls and duluth and marquette. fun to say snowing in may. some showers possible in the northeast. high temperatures are 56 in new york. and the nation's capital, 90 degrees. stays hot for a couple days and seasonal temperatures filter in. christine and john by the
weekend. >> all right. pedram javaheri thank you for that. cooler week this week. 25 minutes past the hour. tragedy in yosemite national park. an extreme athlete is dead after attempting a 3,500 foot b.a.s.e. jump. park officials say potter and his friend tried to attempt a jump but dean potter smashed into the rock. >> he was a legend out there. very sad. no joy this morning for fans of the los angeles clippers. the rockets took game seven of the nba playoff series. 113-100. they reach the western conference finals. the rockets were all but out of this whole thing. they fought back from the 3-1 deficit. they fought back in the fourth quarter with james harden on the
bench. the conference finals starts tuesday, i believe. on the eastern side lebron james and the cavaliers set to meet the hawks in the eastern conference finals. they begin on wednesday. these four teams are exciting. this is a very different looking nba playoffs with some new talent and teams all with a chance to win. i would like to see the golden state warriors win. just so you know. >> who are the four teams? >> warriors rockets and cavs and hawks. the hawks have not been this far in the playoffs since the '50s. the bulls lost. by the way, if you don't like my pick for the nba playoffs or you don't like me you want to ask me i'm doing a facebook chat thing at 1:00 p.m. it promises to start a whole craze on social media. >> it could break the internet. >> 1:00 p.m. eastern time on
facebook. i'll answer almost anything. >> anything in particular? >> i don't know if you know this i won "jeopardy" last week. i'm happy to answer any questions of "jeopardy." >> this is another lap of your victory lap? my kids watched. it they said mom, he can't hear you. i kept screaming at the tv. boston. mom, he can't hear you. some answers i had wrong and i'm screaming at the tv. 27 minutes after the hour. after months of violent battles, isis claims a key city. ramadi. iraqi forces vow the fight is not over. the very latest on the situation next.
happening now, a key city falls to isis in iraq. this morning, isis is on the move. where will they strike next? can the u.s. do anything to stop them? u.s. officials analyzing the data after a raid that took out a key isis leader. what else did the commandos find in the weekend mission and how could it help fight the islamic state? and one half hour to go before the amtrak service before new york to philadelphia for the first time since the fatal crash. where does the investigation stand?
welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. a major victory in iraq. ramadi falls to isis. after months of clashes, officials say isis bursts through gates and walls with bulldozers and weapons. iraqi and american officials say the fight for ramadi is not over. i want to bring in cnn's ian lee. good morning, ian. you have civilians and military personnel fleeing ramadi. we know isis treats captives horribly. a lot of fear in that city right now. >> reporter: that's right, christine. when you look at this battle it just proves that pound for pound, isis is still a more effective fighting force than the iraqi military. there are pockets of resistance inside ramadi.
as you said they do not treat their captives well. these men are most likely fighting to the last person. there have been 500 people killed in the final assault. just to show you how brutal the fighting was, the iraqi military pulling back and giving the city to isis. now the iraqi government is trying to formulate a counter attack. how to retake the city and they called up the very controversial shi'ite militias we have seen used effectively against isis. although they have been followed by claims of rights abuses. so that's what makes them so controversial. the world taking notice of the latest fall. including secretary of state john kerry. >> every single country in the region bar none is opposed to da'ish and engaged in fighting
them. i'm confident about the longer road but, yes, there will be moments like yesterday in ramadi and some difficult challenges ahead. >> reporter: iraqi government has complained saying they did not get the air support that they wanted in the battle for ramadi. they are preparing to retake it. it is going to likely be a very bloody battle. as we saw with tikrit we saw that it took longer. christine. >> ian lee for us in cairo. thank you. u.s. officials are assessing a trove of intelligence seized in a special forces raid that killed an isis commander. officials say a dozen commandos
raided a compound. this man helped run the isis oil and gas operation along with a senior military role in isis. pentagon say there were no soldiers killed in the raid. the wife of the leader was captured along with a number of documents and items hoping to prove a gold mine of information. sunlen serfaty has more. >> reporter: this is a significant blow to isis but a significant amount of questions that still remain. who was the man the administration is referring to as sayif. how big of a role and how much of an influence did he have with isis? the basic question is what is his real name? some lawmakers are asking about
the risk to reward. >> if we lost some of our special forces there would be tough questions to answer if it was worth it. i think notwithstanding the success of the operation, we still will have to ask those questions. was the intelligence value we hoped to gain and are gaining worth this kind of risk. >> reporter: other lawmakers are praising the initiative from the administration. here is what the chairman of the house intelligence committee had to say. >> we have wanted this tactic because this is a better way to gather intelligence. it takes guts for the administration to put this action together like this and it was successful. we are happy they got back and got back safely. now over the coming weeks, we will know what they were actually able to gather. >> reporter: and u.s. officials say there was a lot of intelligence. reams of data picked up.
including a computer which could have valuable information on how isis operates and how they raise money and communicate. that is in addition to the wife of the isis leader who has been detained and will be interrogated by the united states. lawmakers on capitol hill expect to receive a briefing from the white house on this later this week. >> sunlen serfaty, thank you. one hour from now, rail service resumes between new york and philadelphia. a week after the disaster that killed eight people and injured 200. the first train rolls out at 5:30 a.m. the northbound train leaves philadelphia at 5:53. technicians installed speed controls ahead of the curve as a step to improved safety. cnn's erin mclaughlin is in philadelphia. >> reporter: john and christine, the mystery of what happened to amtrak 188 continues. robert sunwalt takessays they are
unable to confirm the account of the nearby septa train which had been hit by an unknown projectile. the ntsb listened to all traffic from the area that night. authorities say they are still looking into the possibility. >> at this point, we really want to chase this lead down. we heard from the assistant conductor that is what she believes she heard about the conversation about that. we now see a mark on the windshield that we want to look at. so we will look at everything. >> reporter: today, fbi forensic investigators are expected to examine the fist-sized circular marking on the left side of the windshield. they think the marking may have been there before the crash. the ntsb now says there is new evidence to suggest prior to the crash that bostian manually
engaged the throttle which would have accelerated the train. the question is why. john. >> thank you, erin. what an awful scene in texas. gun fire erupted at a restaurant between five rival biker gangs. the bullets finally stopped flying and nine people were dead. police say they heard there may be trouble at the twin peaks restaurant. police were there before it started and they were prepared. >> we were concerned ded of the incidents that may have heard here we have s.w.a.t. on the scene. i can tell you their action has saved lives in keeping this from spilling into a very busy sunday morning crowded central texas marketplace. thank goodness the officers were here. >> one of the questions, if the police knew this was going to be a problem and the owners knew it
was a problem, why did it take place in the first place? the restaurant workers and customers took cover in the freezer when the gun fire started. a u.s. marine killed in a crash during a training mission in hawaii. 22 marines from camp pendleton in san diego were on an osprey in oahu on the military training exercise. the 21 surviving marines were taken to the hospitals. no word on their condition or the identity of the marine who died. north korea has not come close to get talks started with the u.s. over nuclear talks. the secretary made comments and said north korea will be referred to the international criminal court for human rights violations as sanctions are
discussed. and a cyber security consultant says he hacked into the computer systems of 20 airliners and managed to make one jet climb. he was able to make the jet climb. chris roberts is his name. he is investigated for possible cyber crimes. his motive is to improve aircraft security. roberts infiltrated the plane's systems with an ethernet cable. he was flying on the plane and hacked into the controls while he is sitting in his seat with the entertainment system on the flight. >> there is concern of that. 41 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. stocks barely moving. stocks powering ahead despite weak spots in the economy. if you spent $127,000 on a car,
you expect it to work. according to "consumer reports" the tesla model s is sometimes undrivable. the testers at "consumer reports" were locked out of the car because of the retractable handles on the door would not work. once inside the tesla model was one of the best cars it has tested. >> a minor thing. being able to get in the car to drive it. >> it makes it worth it. it is like the red velvet rope. you have to figure out how to get around it. >> i have seen more teslas on the road than ever before. that is a lot of money for a car you cannot open the door. hillary clinton is back on the campaign trail today. she is heading to iowa. will she actually answer
questions from reporters there? we will tell you. it has been a long time. ur is g even more lean. the scent, the lather, even the tiny bubbles of a johnson's® bath are helping to enhance the experience. the touch of your hands is stimulating her senses. nurturing her mind. and helping her development. so why just clean your baby when you can give her... so much more™? johnson's®. so much more™.
i'm caridee. i've had moderate to severe plaque psoriasis most of my life. but that hasn't stopped me from modeling. my doctor told me about stelara® it helps keep my skin clearer. with only 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses... ...stelara® helps me be in season. stelara® may lower your ability to fight infections and increase your risk of infections. some serious infections require hospitalization. before starting stelara® your doctor should test for tuberculosis. stelara® may increase your risk of cancer. always tell your doctor if you have any sign of infection have had cancer, or if you develop any new skin growths.
do not take stelara® if you are allergic to stelara® or any of its ingredients. alert your doctor of new or worsening problems including headaches, seizures, confusion and vision problems. these may be signs of a rare potentially fatal brain condition. serious allergic reactions can occur. tell your doctor if you or anyone in your house needs or has recently received a vaccine. in a medical study most stelara® patients saw at least 75% clearer skin and the majority were rated as cleared or minimal at 12 weeks. stelara® helps keep my skin clearer. ask your doctor about stelara®. hillary clinton is back on the campaign trail today. the former secretary of state is back in iowa after ten days of fund raising. she will host a grassroots party in mason city. the focus is on iowa for 2016. she finished third in the caucuses in 2008. the iraq war question is
proving trouble for marco rubio. this is a testy exchange with chris wallace of fox news. chris pushing rubio to clarify his position on the invasion of iraq. >> it was not a mistake. this is the way the real world works. >> based on the information. he was saying based on what we know now. >> based on what we know now, i won't thought manny pacquiao would beat mayweather. >> you got asked the same question. >> it was not the same question. the question was whether it was a mistake. my answer is it is not a mistake. i still say it was not a mistake. the president was presented with information of weapons of mass destruction. >> the question was was it a mistake to go to war in iraq.
>> that's not the same question. the question i was asked is what we know now. i think everyone agrees. >> was it a mistake to go to iraq. i'm asking you. >> i understand. it is not the same question. >> that's the question i'm asking you. was it a mistake? >> it was not a mistake for the president to go to iraq. >> i'm not asking you that. >> the world is a better place because saddam hussein is not there. i would not characterize it. i don't understand the question you are asking. >> as we sit here in 2015. >> a president cannot answer a question based on what someone would know in the future. >> he said he would not authorize a war knowing what he knows now about iraq. we are days away from a big get away. gas prices are suddenly spiking. how nice is that? we have more coming up next.
you got your hands dirty this weekend? >> i was out in the yard. >> giving way to cooler temperatures in the northeast. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for an early look at your weather. >> john and christine, good morning. a frontal boundary here is responsible for the cool temperatures and igniting thunderstorms across the southern states. the northern states as far as
north dakota and wisconsin and on into minnesota and the great lakes getting snowshowers out of there. look at the radar this morning. scattered light in nature. still enough snow to make some noise out there. you work toward north dakota winter weather advisory in place in minot. they say why not in minot. mid-may snowfall? why not. minneapolis, dropping more than 30 degrees. notice temperatures remaining on the warm side in detroit for the next couple of days before the cooling trend gets there. the scattered thunderstorms down to the south. upwards of 4 inches over the region from austin and birmingham. the conditions dry out for the later portion of the week. a warming trend in new york in the 70s by tuesday. >> thanks pedram javaheri. tragedy in yosemite national park. an athlete is dead after
attempting a 3500 foot b.a.s.e. jump. dean potter's body was found sunday. he and his friend graham hunt tried to clear a gap in the granite cliffs but smashed into the rocks. graham was also killed. >> a legend. as we head into the busy driving season gas prices going up. aaa says the prices jumped to $2.70 a gallon. still lower than it was a year ago. the analysts expect gas prices to slow because of the increase in supply. want pointers from the world's most valuable company? do you need career advice? we will bring it to you next.
that's going to go right in your glove. ohhh. oh. see that? great job. ok, now let's get ready for the ball... here it comes... here you go. good catch. perfect! alright now for the best part. let's see your pour. ohhh...let's get those in the bowl. these are way too good to waste, right? oh, yea. let's go for it... around the bowl and... [ male announcer ] share what you
love... with who you love. mmmmm. kellogg's frosted flakes... they're g-r-r-reat! good catch dad. [ laughs ] you wouldn't do half of your daily routine. so why treat your mouth any differently. brushing alone does less than half the job leaving behind millions of germs. complete the job with listerine®. kill up to 99 percent of germs. and prevent plaque, early gum disease and bad breath. complete the job with listerine®. power to your mouth™. also try listerine® floss. its advanced technology removes more plaque.
all right. good morning. i'm christine romans. let's get an early start on your money. stocks are in record territory. the s&p ended last week at a record high. a lot to consider this week especially housing data. existing home sales expected to hit levels not seen since 2006. low interest rates and improving lending standards. all of that will watch the housing data. following the footsteps of steve jobs. that is the message from tim cook. he said he used to believe work was work. he would have to change the world in his own time.
>> steve didn't see it that way. he was an idealist. in that way, he reminded me of how i felt as a teenager. in that first meeting, he convinced me if we worked hard and made great products we too, could help change the world. >> interesting. millennials don't want work to be work. he is preaching to the choir. target shunning processed foods. according to the wall street journal, target met with campbell's soup and kellogg. it wants to switch to fresh food. target wants to match the changing tastes and get away from processed foods. >> this food battle is raging. the implications are reaching.
"early start" continues right now. the key iraqi city falls to isis. ramadi now in terrorists hands. now can the u.s. and coalition forces respond? we have a live report moments away. a key isis figure is dead. his wife is now in american custody following a risky raid in syria. the pair suspected of having top level intelligence. we will tell you what the u.s. is picking up. the northeast corridor reopens this morning. trains running for the first time since the deadly crash along that corridor. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. nice to see you. it is monday may 18th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. developing this morning, a major victory for isis in iraq.