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amid heightened social media scrutiny. what do the 2020 candidates think? and the pentagon declassifies images from the raid that killed abu bakr al baghdadi. what was the isis leader doing at the very end of his life? good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. happy halloweens. are you going to dress up? >> my kids all changed what they want to be. >> dress up. i'll be dressing up. you'll get a clue in a minute. happy halloween. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we start with baseball over politics in the nation's capital this morning. >> andy sholes is here in the sam pa champagne aftermath. >> how are you doing, andy? >> that was a rough celebration being an astros fan. if any team was going to win the
world series and it was not the astros, i'm happy it was the nationals. this is such a special team. they had their backs against the wall so many times this year. they started off 19-31. they were down to the brewers in the wild card game. they were down to the dodgers in the division series. thain we and they were down to these astros in the world series series. they stayed in the fight. that was the postseason slogan this entire month. in the world series, they stayed in the fight again. down 2-1 in the seventh. howie kendrick coming through with the clutch two-run home run to right, to give washington the lead. the dugout goes crazy. and 21-year-old dominican juan soto would add to that lead in the eighth inning. soto was awesome this entire world series. washington would pour it on late to take game evseven 6-2. after all of the postseason failures the nationals have had, they're the world series champions for the first time. and stephen strasburg was named
world series mvp. in the clubhouse celebration, i saw an awesome moment. with sherzer saying to strasburg, we did it. >> there was heartbreak in the past. nothing but love here. we're enjoying the ride. >> what are you going to say to fans in d.c. for you? >> i hope to see them loud and excited just like we are. >> i'm happy for the organization. for the city. i hope they're ready for a party because we're coming home. >> the fans have been behind us all year. we showed we were going to continue to fight for them and giving it our all. i'm happy we got it done for them. >> it's amazing. amazing. amazing. >> amazing. >> look at this. yeah.
>> yeah. first champagne party for soto, 21 years old. check out nationals park, as the fans go bonkers after that final out. then, there was this guy who rips off his shirt and tries to slide across the dugout. >> oh, this guy. >> looks like he's been waiting to do that for a long time. >> legend. legend. >> yeah. the team, they're going to return to d.c. later today. and the party, guys, is going to continue through the weekend, as they will have that championship parade through downtown d.c. on saturday. >> we have to find that guy. that guy is my new hero. he is an absolute legend, with the head-first dive. was that champagne or tears? we noticed the camera has fogged up to hide how disappointed and devastated you are this morning. >> a little gel on the lens. >> we got right in the middle of that party. >> yeah. >> i mean, it was wild in there.
>> congratulations to that team. they are an easy group to root for. andy, thank you, buddy. some dramatic turns expected today in the impeachment inquiry. at 8:00 a.m., the national security council's top russia expert, tim morrison testifies. he will be the second witness that listened in on the call, july 25th, between president trump and the leader of ukraine. cnn has learned that morrison will corroborate key elements of bill taylor's account. taylor is the top diplomat in ukraine and testified mr. trump pressed ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into the bidens in exchange for security assistance. >> cnn has learned that morrison is leaving his job soon, raising expectations he will speak more freely in his deposition. also this morning, the first house floor vote of impeachment around 10:30 eastern time. it allows for public hearings and release of deposition transcripts. it also outlines the role of democrats and limited rights for
republicans and the white house. house speaker nancy pelosi, sounding optimistic. >> our whip has given me a good report about our vote tomorrow. he's the vote counter. thank you. one big remaining question, will john bolton testify? a source tells cnn, house investigators invited the former national security adviser to appear next week. but bolton's lawyer says he won't appear unless he is subpoenaed. other witnesses say bolton raised concerns about shadow diplomacy with ukraine by the president and by his personal attorney, rudy giuliani. also today, two hearings that will determine whether the white house can defy subpoenas. bolton's former aide, charles kupperman, has asked a judge to decide if he should testify over white house objections. a different judge will hear arguments whether don mcgahn is immune from testifying. there's a lot of this moving
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now, if you want to see dishonest political ads, you'll have to head over to any other website on the internet. no political advertising on the twitter platform. i'll tell you, if the founding fathers were alive, they would have no ability to remotely understand this. >> it's true. no more political ads on twitter. its ceo tweeting, we believe political message reach should be earned not bought. there's intense scrutiny of social media giants, particularly facebook, for allowing politicians to run false ads. so glad to have you on the program, bright and early. >> happy halloween. >> trick or treat. twitter is not going to accept the political ads anymore. how important is this? >> this puts jack dorsey, a titan of silicon valley, at odds with mark zuckerberg. zuckerberg and the facebook
leadership have spent the past few weeks vigorously defending, for the right of politicians to put ads,even if they're false, on their platform. jack came out and said, we're not going to take any political ads. it was a good day for jack dorsey. a lot of folks were complimenting the move. the next big thing will be to see if twitter gets to keep with this political move. >> i'm on twitter all the time. i never see political ads. how much do they take in there? is it prevalent? >> this is an easier decision for twitter to make than facebook. twitter made something like $3 million in political ads. the past 18 months, and we're not in 2020 right now, on facebook, they've taken over $1 billion in political ads over the past 18 months there. so, there is no comparison. this is a much, much easier --
>> easier to be principled when you're not making much coin from it. >> mark zuckerberg at facebook, has made the point, they are the platform, and they're not there to police political speech. if you look at 2016 as a guide, how do you run a platform if the credibility of what you're reading on it is so suspect and there's a hands-off approach from management? >> yeah. we saw this week that "the new york times" reported that hundreds of employees at facebook have raised this as an issue. they said, we don't think we should be accepting -- particularly false ads from politicians. this is really going to come, you know, after 2020, how will history judge facebook's decision here? we saw on 2016, there were completely off-guard when it came to russian disinformation and all this. they've taken all of the steps to counter that and get rid of that. at the same time, now, they're saying to politicians, if you want to pay us $1 million to run a targeted lie on our platform, that's okay. >> speaking of politicians, 2020 candidates weighing in. joe biden says it's encouraging revenue did not win out.
andrew yang, the rare triumph of the public good over the bottom line. and here's south bend mayor pete buttigieg. >> it's a bold step. it reflects that sense of responsibility. and i think other online platforms would do well to accept their responsibility for truth or question whether they should be in the business. >> what do you expect is politicians/congress' roll moving forward, to try to police facebook in the future? >> we hear noise from capitol hill but little action on this. there's a lot of bringing mark zuckerberg and other executives in front and give them a grilling. but this does not lead to regulation. there's a lot of talk and no action. coming back to enforcing this -- it's not just ads from politicians that twitter is banning. they're banning any political issue ad. think about, particularly in society today, everything is a political issue. if you run an ad for recycling, that will claim to be a climate
ad. same with health care ads. i think for, you know, it's fine for jack dorsey to say this now. how they will implement it and it might cut into their bottom lined when you, expand this beyond politicians. >> the trump campaign said this is a way for jack dorsey and twitter to silence conservative voices. is that true? >> i mean, donald trump is the biggest and most prominent user of twitter. twitter has rules for world leaders, where they are allowed to break their -- break policy on the platform and say things that regular users can't and still stay on the platform. also, the trump campaign, compared to what they're spending on facebook, has been spending little on twitter. >> all right. donie o'sullivan, thank you, my friend. >> there is no problem. >> quite the megaphone there. coming up, teachers in chicago have a tentative deal to go back to work. so, why is the strike now entering day 11?
the pentagon releasing newly declassified video and images of the raid that killed abu bakr al baghdadi. the cent-com commander said that the raid was prestaged in syria, after president trump ordered most troops to withdraw. barbara starr has the latest from the pentagon. >> reporter: dave, christine, the top u.s. commander briefing reporters at the pentagon about the mission to get baghdadi. right off the top, it should be noted that general mckenzie said he could not confirm president trump's details that baghdadi died whimpering and crying. in fact, general mckenzie suggested that at some point baghdadi had attempted to fire his weapon. he showed three sets of videos. the first video was u.s. forces on helicopters approaching the compound, when they came under fire from the ground. forces onboard the helicopters returned fire and eliminated that threat. they don't think it was isis
forces protecting baghdadi, that it was other militants in the area. the second video, if you look and see the dark figures approaching, those are u.s. special forces approaching the compound. they found him in a tunnel. he detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children. they had thought it was three. now, they know it was two children. the tunnel collapses, fills with water. and two u.s. troops and a military working dog are injured with electrocution injuries because there were wires in that water. very dangerous business. all three, including the dog, have returned to duty. the final video they showed, of course, was u.s. warplanes rolling in and coming the compound. general mckenzie said they wanted to obliterate it. they didn't want it to become a shrine. they wanted it just to become another piece of ground. dave? christine?
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right now. 3-2, there it is. >> a world series for the ages. the washington nationals with the furious comeback to win the fall classic. one of the most consequential days in the impeachment inquiry. big moments expected in congress, in court and behind closed doors. twitter bans political ads amid heightened social media scrutiny. what do the 2020 candidates think? and the pentagon declassifies images from the raid that killed abu bakr al baghdadi. incredible images as the isis founder was taken down. welcome back to "early start" everyone. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. happy halloween. 5:30 eastern time. we begin in the nation's capital with breaking news. and it has nothing to do with politics.
>> there it is, 3-2. the washington nationals win the world series. >> andy sholes in houston. >> the champagne and beer flowing for the nationals for the first time as world series champions. this was a team of destiny. every time they had their backs against the wall, they would figure out a way to get it down. in game seven, it was howie kendrick with a two-run home run. >> i'm happy for the organization, for the city. i hope they're ready for a party because we're coming home. >> yeah. there was heartbreak in the past. nothing but love here. we're just enjoying the ride. >> what do you say to the fans waiting in d.c. for you? >> i hope to see them loud, excited, just like we are. >> we couldn't be happier. i think the fans have been behind us all year.
we showed we would continue to fight for them and giving it our wal all. i'm happy we got it done for them. >> it's amazing. amazing. >> he's 21. look at this. yeah. >> the road team won all seven game les s of this series. it's the first time that's happened in professional sports. it's only fitting that this never-say-die nationals team was the one to accomplish it. in the party, in the clubhouse in houston, andy sholes, cnn. >> another legend has been made in world series history. that guy. that guy is amazing. that was nats park after the final out. he had been waiting for this all series long. the celebration in d.c. probably still going on at 5:32 eastern time. the nats' official twitter feed
summed it up this way. brb, be right back, we're partying. >> united in d.c. today, dramatic turns are expected in the impeachment inquiry. at 8:00 a.m., the top russia expert, tim morrison testifies. he will be the second witness that listened in on the call, july 25th, between president trump and the leader of ukraine. cnn has learned that morrison will corroborate key elements of bill taylor's account. taylor is the top u.s. diplomat in ukraine and testified mr. trump pressed ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into the bidens in exchange for security assistance. >> cnn has learned that morrison is leaving his job soon, raising expectations he will speak more freely in his deposition. also this morning, the first house floor vote of impeachment around 10:30 eastern time. it allows for public hearings and release of deposition transcripts. it also outlines the role of democrats and limited rights for republicans and the white house. house speaker nancy pelosi, sounding optimistic.
>> mr. clyburn, our whip, has given me a very good report about our vote tomorrow. he's the vote counter. thank you, mr. clyburn. one big remaining question, will john bolton testify? a source tells cnn, house investigators invited the former national security adviser to appear next week. but bolton's lawyer says he won't appear unless he is subpoenaed. other witnesses say bolton raised concerns about shadow diplomacy with ukraine by the president and by his personal attorney, rudy giuliani. also today, two hearings that will determine whether the white house can defy subpoenas. bolton's former aide, charles kupperman, has asked a judge to decide if he should testify over white house objections. a different judge will hear arguments whether don mcgahn is immune from testifying. >> a lot more ahead on this. plus, new incriminating documents as boeing's ceo faces
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all right. it's a big day ahead for the house democrats' impeachment inquiry. a top security council official to give his testimony in a few hours. tim morrison is to back up earlier testimony that president trump accepted quid pro quo favors with the leader of ukraine. meantime, democrats are set to formalize the procedure for a full impeachment probe. >> let's talk about this with "washington post" kara demersan. this house vote, symbolically, what does it mean? how many holdouts are there on the democratic side? and how does it change things
moving forward? >> it will be accomplishing the rules of the road going forward. this will indicate to people what procedures will be followed, as they proceed through the hearings and the structure those will take and what the rights the minority are going to be because there's been a lot of political tension surrounding all this. this will indicate the steps that the house democrats are going to follow. it will outline the motion they will take to get to what everybody expects is that inevitable point. there will be a few democrats, we know about one for sure. there may be a few democrats that don't vote for it. the overall majority will. this will pass later today. and the next round of political fights will ensue. but this is going to be them having established, written down what they are going to do so that everybody can refer to that going forward.
>> the lawmakers will hear from timothy morrison, the national security council director for europe and russia. he may be stepping down soon. he was recruited to join the nsc by john bolton. he was mentioned in taylor's testimony. >> if he corroborates with bill taylor, the current top diplomat to ukraine said in his extremely detailed testimony, that's potentially huge. taylor said morrison was the first person that let him know in early september, that the military aid to ukraine, the nearly $400 million in congressionally approved military aid, was being withheld until the ukrainian president made this public promise to conduct investigations into the energy company that employed hunter biden, the former vice president's son. and also, this debunked conspiracy theory involving the server, the dnc server, that was
hacked in 2016. so, that's fairly revealing. we've been waiting on firsthand accounts. taylor's account has been criticized by the gop as second-hand. others came in and said what they knew. people like morrison were in the room for many of the discussions and closer to the action than that. we saw this week, colonel vindman, come in and testify, that he saw what amounted to a quid pro quo, which involved the promise of a face-to-face meeting between trump and the ukrainian president, that that was being leveraged for them to conduct the investigations. if morrison a's says it was the money, too, that makes the case by somebody closer to the action and was in on the action. >> you write about the white house planning to invite gop
lawmakers to see where they are on this. any chance a republican votes with democrats? and what about john bolton, if he is subpoenaed. do you expect him to defy that? >> if any republicans vote with the democrats, it will be in the numbers of one or two. this is not a vote to impeach. this is a process vote. there's a little wiggle room to explain that. if it does not match with the final vote that members take. as far as bolton goes, it's c significant that this letter of invitation has gone out on thursday. but it's an invitation. and based on the way that charles cub kupperman has been responding to a subpoena, his lawyer is the same as bolton's lawyer. we can assume that they will follow the same practice. if that judge orders kupperman to respond to the house subpoena and show up, okay. maybe we may see a friendly subpoena situation with bolton because, remember, most of the
witnesses that have come forward to this point have actually been testifying under subpoena, even if it's just to facilitate their testimony. bolton is a big prize. i think a lot of the democrats feel like they have their case without him. their case will be made much, much better with him. they have a little bit of time to play with. it's still early. it's not even november yet. but they need to settle this at some point soon. this is the salvo of saying, we really will try to make this happen. >> now, to what is uniting your city there, to baseball. do you get to celebrate the world series two years in a row? two different teams? you're from boston. you're a little spoiled. how is the city taking it? >> i regret having not gone downtown to the big party. i live three miles up the road. there were fireworks above my house. that's from my twitter. that was my neighbor four doors down, lighting off fireworks. it was an impromptu block party.
i think everybody was happy. it's nice to have something that everybody can celebrate, that gets us out of the impeachment game even for a night. >> escapism. >> nice to see you. thank you. no more political ads on twitter. its ceo tweeting, we believe political messages should be earned not bought. there's scrutiny of social media giants, particularly facebook, for allowing politicians to run false ads. >> 2020 democratic presidential candidates are responding. former vice president joe biden's spokesperson saying, faced with a choice of ad dollars and the integrity of our democracy, it's encouraging for once that revenue did not win out. andrew yang called it the rare triumph of the public good over the bottom line. and south bend, indiana, mayor, pete buttigieg, said this in new hampshire. >> it's a bold step. it reflects that sense of responsibility. and i think other online
platforms would do well to either accept their responsibility for truth or question whether they should be in the business. president trump's campaign manager called the move another attempt to silence conservatives, since twitter knows president trump has the most sophisticated online program ever known. without directly addressing the announcement, mark zuckerberg opened his company's third quarter earnings call by saying, we have to be careful adopting more and more rules around political speech. >> and facebook critics will say, you need to be more careful on what is on your platform and your role in democracy. here's what to watch today --
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the pentagon releasing newly declassified video and images of the daring two-hour raid that killed abu bakr al baghdadi. barbara starr has the latest from the pentagon. >> reporter: dave, christine, the top u.s. commander briefing reporters at the pentagon about the mission to get baghdadi. right off the top, it should be noted that general mckenzie said he could not confirm president trump's details that baghdadi died
whimpering and crying. in fact, general mckenzie suggested that at some point baghdadi had attempted to fire his weapon. he showed three sets of videos. the first video was u.s. forces on helicopters approaching the compound, when they came under fire from the ground. forces onboard the helicopters returned fire and eliminated that threat. they don't think it was isis forces protecting baghdadi, that it was other militants in the area. the second video, if you look and see the dark figures approaching, those are u.s. special forces approaching the compound. they found him in a tunnel. he detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children. they had thought it was three. now, they know it was two children. the tunnel collapses, fills with water. and two u.s. troops and a military working dog are injured with electrocution injuries because there were wires in that water.
very dangerous business. all three, including the dog, have returned to duty. the final video they showed, of course, was u.s. warplanes rolling in and bombing the compound. general mckenzie said they wanted to obliterate it. they didn't want it to become a shrine. they wanted it just to become another piece of ground. dave? christine? >> barbara starr, thank you for that. breaking overnight, a new fire in southern california. the brush fire is blazing in riverside county east of los angeles. evacuations are now under way. so far, the fire is small but spreading rapidly. there's already 74 firefighters on-scene. hurricane-force winds driving giant flames across a six-lane freeway in simi valley, california, setting fire to grass on the other side.
a new inferno with a new name, the easy fire. some flames reaching 30 feet into the sky. at last report, the easy fire has burned 1,600 acres and threatened 700 structures. the flames are inching close to the reagan library in simi valley. a herd of hungry goats saved the library. the goats are brought in every year to chew a fire break on the hillside around the facility. as for the kincade fire, it's grown to 76,000 acres but is 45% contained. evacuation orders remain in place for nearly 6,000 people. meantime, pacific gas and electric, says its equipment may be linked to three more fires in the state. right now, 200,000 customers without power in northern california. that's an improvement. more than 1 million earlier this week. boeing ceo, back in the hot seat on capitol hill. this hearing was far more intense than dennis muilenburg's appearance on tuesday, asking
about the 737 max crashes. family members were groaning as mu muilenburg was mentioning growing up on an iowa farm. a mother whose son died on n one of the crashes confronted him. >> we're talking about your performance and you start talking about iowa. you talked about iowa one too many times. and the whole group said, go back to the farm. go back to iowa. do that. and it's because when you make mistakes like that, and you can acknowledge them, then, you know, maybe someone else should do that work. so, i don't feel like you understand. when you say, i want to dig in and confront and -- confront a situation and i want to solve the situation. it comes to the point where you're not the person anymore to solve the situation. >> i respect that. i really do.
but i want to tell you, the way i was brought up, i'm just being honest here about it, what i learned from my father in iowa was, when things happen on your watch, you have to own them and you have to take responsibility to fix them. >> also, new documents revealed, suggest boeing had ample warning before 2 737 max jets went down, killing 346. here's renee marsh. >> reporter: the boeing ceo admitted two things he regrets. number one, the plane's flight control system's faulty design that relies on one sensor to feed it critical information. he said, if they knew everything they knew now, quote, we would have, quote, made a different decision. and the second thing was how slowly boeing acted after that first crash. we also learned about another new document, another internal boeing e-mail. this one dating back to 2015. it shows an employee raising
concerns that the mcas system that pushes the nose of the plane down, was relying on data from a single sensor. that e-mail saying, quote, are we vulnerable to single aoa sensor failures? it's unclear where the conversation went from there. but the scenario raised is largely believed to be the one that doomed the lion air flight and the ethiopian airlines flight. boeing has fired one executive so far. but muilenburg side stepped questions whether or not he would resign. he said, that's not where he's focused. he also side stepped questions whether he would take a pay cut. christine and dave? >> renee marsh, thank you. let's get a check on cnn business this thursday morning. looking at markets around the world, mixed right now. european shares, leaning mostly lower. on wall street, futures right now, down a little bit here. you know, stocks rallied wednesday after the fed cut interest rates for a third time in a row.
the fed has erased all of last year's rate hikes. the s&p 500 eked out a fresh all-time high. the dow finished up 115. the nasdaq closed higher, as well. an iconic brewing company is changing its name and laying off workers. molson coors is consolidating to two businesses and will be known as molson coors beverage company as it plans to move beyond beer. coors sales have struggled as younger drinkers choose drinks like white claw and other spiked selzers. coors plans to launch more nonbeer products in the future. speaking of beer and halloween. >> the bud light hero, jeff adams, here. for those that don't know jeff, he carried two beers, double-fisting, home run ball heading at him. took a home run ball right off the chest. he's a real man.
just took it in the chest. didn't get hurt. ooh. happy halloween, everyone. >> happy halloween. i'm not the one throwing them. >> cheers, jeff adams. >> thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. and jeff adams. happy halloween. in just a few hours, the house committee will be hearing from another key witness. tim morrison, a top adviser on the president's national security council. morrison is also expected to step down. >> if this was in a court of law, there would be a mistrial right now, based upon what the democrats have done. >> we're going to show the american people in real-time, exactly what happened. there it is. the washington nationals are world champions. >> i'm so happy for the organization, for the city. i hope they're ready for a party. this is "new day." very exciting win for the
nationals. >> it was amazing. >> a come from behind world series victory to give washington, the first world series, in 95 years. >> i know you remember it well. >> yes. >> look at this. it was amazing. they were down 2-0 until the 7th inning. they came back. you know, back in may, they had a 1.5% chance of winning the world series. they were 19-31. they lost 31 of the first 50 games. >> oh, my gosh. >> everyone counted them out. but this team kept on fighting and fighting and fighting. and last night, winning the fourth game on the road, in the world series, that has never been done before. >> miracles do happen. including that wolf blizzer will be live on our air, very shortly. >> we have teams going to check on him to make sure he made it through the night. >> because that didn't happen until about midnight. >> around midnight, yes. >> much more on that, meanwhile, welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day," thursday,