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welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. tuesday, january 19th. it's 5 a.m. here in new york. this morning america's on the verge of a transfer of power unlike any we have ever seen. a presidency built on breaking norms and customs ending the same way. president trump has not invited the bidens to the white house, has not urged his supporters not once to accept the incoming president and of course he will not participate in the inaugural. there will be no repeat of
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scenes like this. mr. trump will not greet the new president and the first lady at the white house door. the chief usher will have that duty. but snubs are about optics. none of it will stop joseph r biden from becoming the 46th president at noon tomorrow. the gravity of the job ahead not lost on biden or his incoming vice president kamala harris. >> wednesday we're ready to work and we've got a lot to do. it's not going to be easy. >> the best president since lincoln ends his single term in office after a riot incited by lies and disgrace. a perfect rally after four years of pandemonium. at the moment the nation's looking forward. today biden attends a sendoff event in delaware prior to an event at the lincoln memorial to honor coronavirus victims. thousands of flags are already on display at the national mall in their honor.
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cnn's jeff zeleny is with the soon to be president in wilmington. >> reporter: good morning, christine and laura. joe biden is waking up in wilmington one last day before making his way to washington to become the 46th president of the united states. one thing has been on his mind in the last several weeks or months, that is the inaugural address. we are learning new information about what his plans are for what really is the most important address of his life. he's given so many speeches over the last four decades inside the capitol but this of course outside the capitol wednesday at noon will be the most important address tackling so many crises that are happening in the united states and, indeed, around the world. he is, i'm told, going to trian effort towards unity. he's going to call on americans to unify and really believe in the promise of america as well as recognizing all of the challenges. there is no question his job has gotten considerably more difficult just in the last two weeks alone because of the
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insurgent, the uprising in the capitol. impeachment is certainly going to be one of the things that complicates his presidency. he's also going to, i'm told, look beyond all of the immediate challenges to the promise of what america can be. even as he really puts the finishing touches on the inaugural address, he'll be making his way to washington by this evening where he'll be participating in a few events and on wednesday he'll be attending catholic mass and returning to the u.s. capitol where he spent the bulk of his career in timely making his way up to the west front where he is expected to deliver his inaugural address and be sworn the oath of office. all presidents with the exception of jimmy carter and president trump will be flying off to florida wednesday morning. he will be joined. president biden will be joined by george w bush, laura bush, bill and hillary clinton, michelle and barack obama as well. this is the beginning of a much more somber inaugural activity.
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24 hours from now inauguration is set. joe biden will soon be the 46th president. >> jeff zeleny, thank you for that. president trump is leaving more on a whimper pan a bang. moving vans have been there. the only thing to deliver is trump and his baggage. here's cnn's kaitlyn collins at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, christine and laura. it's president trump's final full day in office. his schedule looks a lot like it has for the last several weeks, ever since of course he lost that presidential election to joe biden where he says he has many calls and many meetings. beyond that, not a lot of details on himps schedule. one thing we are expecting in the final full day donald trump is in office is a list of pardons to come our way. he's expected to pardon or commute the sentences of about
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100 people today. that's what we're hearing from sources so far. we know he has spent several days reviewing that finalist of what that's going to look like including meeting with jared and ivanka trump as he did on sunday. he had another meeting on pardons monday. we are expected to get that list today because wednesday is going to be the president's time trip out of washington as a current president. he is leaving before joe biden is going to be sworn in. there are new questions about just how many people are going to be at that sendoff ceremony at joint base andrews. the white house is inviting a lot of people. they can bring up to 5 guests per invitation. some people are not going because of the travel restrictions happening in dc after the president's response. it's an open question what that ceremony is going to look like for the president. that's what we're monitoring. whether the president is going to be here in public or make that video that we know he taped
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on monday, that final farewell address highlighting his accomplish mments accomplishments. beyond that it remains to be seen what the president is going to do publicly facing. >> kaitlyn, thank you for that. hard lockdown around the capitol building ahead of president-elect biden's inauguration on wednesday. the fbi privately warned law enforcement that far right extremists have discussed posing as national guard members at the inauguration. it did not specify any specific plots. they were downloading and sharing maps of vulnerable locations. acting secretary of defense, christopher miller said there is no insider threat. national guard members arriving are being vetted by law enforcement. one group not being vetted, guests of lawmakers for wednesday's inauguration. sources tell cnn that guests won't undergo background checks
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this year as is typically the case. this isn't any year. washington d.c.'s mayor said the security perimeter includes five square miles with an eight foot hyphens circling the capitol. there are some arrests including a woman an fbi tipster says may have stolen a laptop from nancy pelosi's office. they are investigating it and whether she planned to sell it to russia. also a 22 year veteran of the new york city fire department was charged with illegally entering the white house and two members of a militant group in the south. so fortress d.c. will deprive local businesses of their inauguration day windfall.
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every four years the peaceful transfer of power is a cash influx for the economy. not this year. people are urging people not to travel to the city. the area around the capitol has been closed down like never before. the pain is being felt outside d.c. as well. windows and doors have been boarded up in major cities including new york city, salt lake city and austin because of concerns about violence. one glasz company said it received dozens of requests to board up businesses while other businesses are waiting to see what happens over the next few days. small business owners struggling because of it. >> it's not all of the ceremonies, it's the effects on businesses. still ahead, some american cities are at a breaking point with this pandemic. hospitals forced to close. vaccines running dry. now one state wants to bypass the federal government to get
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the situation could not be more dire. the city of laredo texas has run out of icu beds. in houston cnn affiliate ktrk reports one hospital actually had to close down because according to a notice on the door, the owners are behind on their rent. >> i tried to contact the owners. they aren't responding. the title company is not responding so we're really not getting any answers and at the end of the day, like i said, my primary concern is my patients. >> front line workers are still in harm's way. an alabama nurse, betty gallagher, refused to retire so she could monitor the younger nurses. she died last week from coronavirus one day before her 79th birthday. >> she was the person that for me was definitely always be encouraging, always the one
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>> reporter: hi, laura. we're hearing from the kremlin for the first time. a lot of conference calls with the spokesman for vladimir putin. they justified all of this. they said alexey navalny was detained because he violated terms of a jail sentence when he arrived here in the city a couple of days ago. he was saying all of that is politically motivated. the way this court hearing happened yesterday was really remarkable. navalny was saying he was inside his jail cell, had not had any access to the lawyers and the guards came in and said, by the way, there's a hearing against you. it starts right now. he was sentenced to 30 days in prison. that feeds into a couple of other cases he has going against him as well. he's going to be in custody and then there are further cases including a fraud case where he could spend a considerable amount of time behind bars. one of the things we mention,
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good morning. . welcome back to "early start." i'm laura jarrett. >> good morning. i'm christine romans. this morning america is about 30 hours from a transfer of power unlike any we have ever seen. a presidency built on breaking norms and customs ending the same way. president trump has not invited the bidens to the white house, has not urged his supporters to accept the incoming president and will not participate in the inaugural. there will be no repeat of scenes like these. mr. trump will not greet the new president and the first lady at the white house door but none of that will stop joseph r. biden from becoming the 46th president at noon tomorrow. the gravity of the job ahead not lost on joe biden or incoming vice president, kamala harris. >> wednesday we're ready to work and we've got a lot of work to do. not going to be easy. >> a man who touted himself as
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the best president since lincoln end being his single term in office after a riot incited by lies and disgrace. a finale to four years of pandemonium that will take many more years to recover from. at the moment, biden is looking forward. he's putting the final touches on his inaugural address. the speech has changed multiple times, partly out of necessity. of course, after the deadly storming of the capitol. today biden attends a acceptedoff event in delaware before an event at the lincoln memorial to honor them. lost in all of the falsely disputed election fiasco, delayed transition and capitol insurrection, a new administration means policies that affect you and your family, both immediately and in the long term. cnn reporters have covered the president-elect extensively so
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here's what to expect from the incoming white house. >> reporter: i'm elizabeth cohen. as part of his health care reform proposals, president-elect joe biden wants to enhance obamacare and also move ahead with some initiatives from president trump. biden wants to restore funds to promote obamacare signup. those funds were slashed under the trump administration. also, biden wants to expand subsidies to buy health insurance so that no one on obamacare pays more than 8.5% of their income. also, he wants to add a public option to obamacare. that means a government paid insurance plan, but he might keep trump initiatives to lower prices. another thing is called value based care. that means instead of paying for a doctor's office visit, surgery as is done now, insurance might pay for the value of the care, in other words, what outcome it
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gives. now making any of these changes in health care is very tough. obamacare took several years so we'll have to wait and see how these reforms turn out. i'm bill weir and when it comes to whiplash reversals in policy, none will be more dramatic than climate and the environment. after four years of donald trump propping up oil, gas and coal and really ignoring or undercutting the words of his own scientists, joe biden has promised to decarbonize the united states in just 30 years. have the country running on clean energy. they have to fast track clean energy projects. this will mean radical changes to energy, transportation, housing, agriculture so it's going to take help from congress. it remains to be seen how much he can get done in the short
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order. we had filled this cabinet with diplomats and promises on day one to rejoin the paris accords. leading those promises easier said than done but at least it signals to the world the united states believes in climate science again and is willing to take its share of the obligation to stop it. >> reporter: i am priscilla alvarez in washington, d.c. biden has promised to undo trump's immigration policies and return the united states to a country that welcomes immigrants. he's going to do that in a number of ways, like reinstating daca and revoking the trump travel ban as well as people who are currently in the united states. biden said he is going to halt construction of the border wall
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and to increase the annual r refugee admissions cap. some of this will happen quickly but other changes are going to take time. they have to work their way through the inner agency process. they said ultimately they plan to develop policies that address the root causes of providing more pathways for migrants. >> reporter: i'm josh campbell. as joe biden plans to take office, one focus of his administration is going to be policing reform. we saw last year in the wake of the death of george floyd unprecedented protests of hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets demanding policing reform. biden said one thing he wants to see is a ban on choke holds as well as a national use of force standard for police officers. at this point it's up to individual cities and states to regulate officer conduct. biden wants to see the federal government take a larger role. we know policing reform largely
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failed in 2020 but with democrats now controlling both the house and senate, we'll be watching to see if it makes it through. he wants to see a regulation on the existing purchase of the weapons. one final item will be a priority will be instituting universal background checks for the sale of all guns in the united states. >> reporter: i'm arlitt saenz in wilmington, delaware. one focus is education policy, especially as schools are grappling with teaching amid the pandemic. president-elect has said that one of his top priorities is getting kids back in classrooms, and that includes providing $175 billion to schools to be able to do just that. the president-elect lekt is
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planning on pausing federal student loan items. there are objectives he wants to tackle during the pandemic. he advocated for two years of free community college and he later also adopted a proposal that would provide free public college to families who are making under $125,000. that is just a bit of what biden is hoping to do once he's in office. of course his wife, jill biden, is an educator. the president-elect always said the teachers will have a friend in the white house. and then there's this. at noon tomorrow joe biden inherits a crisis stricken economy. down almost 10 million jobs. a economy p riddled with problems. janet yellen will help the u.s. act big. now is not the time to worry
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about the deficit which has soared 50% from president trump from 14 trillion to more than $21 trillion. biden's almost $2 trillion rescue plan has stimulus checks, money for schools, small businesses, state and local aid, a nags seen -- national vaccine. this won't save all businesses from going out of business. the optimism comes later so life can start to return to normal. until then, uncertainty is the enemy of business. mark zandi said business owners aren't going to go out and hire more people because they're still unsure of what lies ahead in the future. one major roadblock to fixing the economy is president-elect biden is not likely to have a single cabinet nominee confirmed on day one of his presidency. several of them face confirmation hearings today.
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sources tell cnn getting anyone confirmed by tomorrow is a real long shot. it's notable because this is a departure from past practice. president trump got two nominees confirmed on inauguration, barack obama had 6 and george bush had 7. you'll want to join cnn for all day live coverage of the inauguration of president-elect joe biden. history making event in unprecedented times. special live coverage all day tomorrow on cnn. let's start with all the dads who aren't exactly “sports guys.” narrow it to all the non-sports dads who love watching sports... in the rain. with kids who can catch “almost” everything. especially a cold. that brings us to you. you're the one we made
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hard lockdown around the capitol building remains ahead of president-elect joe biden's inauguration. they obtained an intelligence document that the fbi warned law enforcement far right extremists were going to pose as national
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guard members at the inauguration. there were not any specific plots but people were downloading and showing maps of vulnerable locations in washington, d.c. acting secretary of defense christopher miller said monday there is no intelligence indicating an insider threat. they are being vetted by law enforcement. one group not being vetted, the guests of lawmakers for wednesday's inauguration. sources tell cnn the guests will not undergo background checks this year as is typically the case. 80 people are facing federal charges for their role in the capitol riot. new arrests show a woman who an fbi tipster says may have stolen a laptop from nancy pelosi's office. two members of an ohio militant group are facing charges as they appear to be shifting their sights onto the role that organized extremists played in that insurrection. ryan mccarthy claims the law
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enforcement response to the capitol riot was hampered by an archaic system. in an interview with cnn mccarthy calls for an overhaul of the bureaucracy, including how the national guard is called in. cnn has reported efforts to mobilize the national guard were ham strung by all of the confusion. >> the pre-planning and coordination and the intelligence were not really managed well and we were not in a position to be successful that day. >> no one really understood the situation. no specifics or clarity what the size of the crowd, where they were, did they actually breach the building, so there was great confusion. >> still, questions are being raised about why the national guard was not activated until hours after the mob descended on the capitol. the pentagon was too hesitant to deploy troops ahead of the protests. the trump administration has
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made several moves that will complicate an already fraught relationship at a critical time. recently leaders of the u.s. navy, marine corps and coast guard have called for better integration to prepare for a potential high-end war with china. nic robertson joins us from london. nic, this is a long list of challenges for the incoming administration. >> reporter: it's a huge list, and you're right to put china at the top of it. this concern about china's growing military threat, they're on to their third version of aircraft carrier. this will mean they can project their force and power through the south china seas, east china seas. the places that they contest at the moment. just this past week president trump announced through the state department that the united states would lift its previous self-limitations on allowing diplomats and senior and other officials to go to taiwan which is a red line for china. all of that points to escalating tensions with china.
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that's going to be on the front burner for joe biden. he said that he wants to tackle this through bringing allies on board. there's no shortage of support from allies to deal with china with the sort of coercive practices of essentially stealing intellectual property of western companies that are doing business there. the internment of uighurs. they announced that the u.k. has looked at satellite imagery of massive internment camps in china. labor camps, all of these. biden will have to bring allies together and into line to form a common agreement about how to deal with china and just last week the european union struck a big, very significant trade deal with china so, you know, it's not all going to go biden's way. the allies are lined up in some respects, but the depth of tensions that trump has brought to the table during his tenure
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with china are huge. the latest one with taiwan is just the tip of it. >> nic, trump's hard line on china, it may have been right, may have been long overdue. that's certainly what a lot of voters think. the way he handled himself alienated it. how does biden balance the hard line which there are people who favor the hard line and then the global realities trump never really accepted? >> i think some of the ways that biden's going to do this is to reset to the america that the allies know and that is one that joined in to international trade organizations, world trade organization possibly joining the trans-pacific partnership, that trade deal in asia that president trump decided not to join. this is a way to signal to allies that you're willing to work together when it comes to china, that's on intelligence
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cooperation, diplomatic, economic cooperation. all the way around china. that's a big lift. how does he convince the allies that he's going to do that? by being that leader that allies like the united states to be. he will be hampered at home. they recognize that. it's a divided america. there's a cohort of republicans that the rest of the world in particular, allies wonder will they be back in the white house next time? how long will any deal we make with joe biden on china last? they have to look to the long-term interest as well. it won't be an easy lift but he's going to do it by signaling that he's willing to work with allies rather than just run rough shot with what they want to achieve. >> thank you so much, nic. back here in the u.s. it's nearing 400,000 deaths from coronavirus. imagine eliminating the population of an american city like tampa or arlington, texas, or tulsa, oklahoma. that is the scale of what is happening now. overnight an independent panel
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of experts said china and the world health organization could have acted more quickly and more forcefully to contain the source of the outbreak. cases detected as early as december 12th were not reported until december 31st. the situation is dire across the u.s. the city of laredo, texas, has run out of icu beds and sent a message urging people to stay home. ktr urge people to stay home. one hospital closed down because according to the notices on the doors, the owners are behind on the rent. >> i tried to contact to the owners. they aren't responding. the title company is not responding so we're really not getting any answers. and at the end of the day, like i said, my primary concern is my patients. >> at the same time, front line workers are still 234 harm's way. an alabama nurse for 50 years, betty gallagher, refused to retire when the pandemic began so she could mentor younger
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nurses. she died last week of coronavirus a day before her 79th birthday. >> she was the person that for me was definitely always be encouraging. always the one reaching out to encourage us for the next step, encourage us for the next shift. always keeping a smile on her face. >> in a better place and her fight's over. she's fought the good fight and won the race. in new york governor andrew cuomo has asked to buy vaccine doses directly from pfizer. he said the quantity coming from the government is not adequate, not enough. it's still behind the promised pace. west virginia and the dakotas are leading but with only 5% of the population vaccined. states and businesses are stepping in where the federal government has not. washington state announced partnership with companies like starbucks and microsoft to coordinate to get more people vaccinated. for one of the final acts
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the trump administration used martin luther king day to release a divisive report on racism and slavery. identity politics makes it less likely that racial reconciliation and healing can be obtained by pursuing martin luther king's dream. this was issued by a commission president trump formed last fall. it seems to be in response to the "new york times" 1619 project, the one aimed at teaching american students the truth about slavery. president-elect biden can disband this commission once he takes office. looking at markets around the world this week. you can see asian shares closed mixed. mixed opening in europe on wall street. futures moving higher here. we will hear from the president-elect's choice for treasury secretary. janet yellen will underscore the urgency of biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. expected to tell congress to go
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big. investors will see earnings from bank of america and goldman sachs. despite weak expectations, when will the vaccinations boost the economy. ford is closing its factory in germany for a month because of the shortage and weak demand. it shut a plant in kentucky last week because they couldn't get the chips. chip manufacturers face high demand in smart phones and gaming positions. you know the my pillow ceo mike lindell, he said bed, bath, yonds, kohl's and way fair have dropped my pillow products from their stores. we have reached out to the retailers for comment to verify the claim here. lindell has repeatedly claimed the 2020 election was a fraud.
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last week he was seen leaving the white house with some notes and documents with all kinds of conspiracies along those lines. dominion boating systems has also sent a cease and desist letter to lindell over his spread of lies related to the election. we end today with an elementary school teacher from virginia among the national guards men currently protecting the u.s. capitol, yet he's still teaching classes from the back of his humvee. in between guard shifts he jumps online to teach his young students band lessons. he's a soldier for both the constitution and music education. >> i try to actually give an explanation ahead of time, explaining what's going on and to make sure they're not worried about us or me or anything like that. my wife is just awesome taking care of our 3-year-old son. his birthday is on sunday. i hope i get to see him. >> he says it's important to
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