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U.S. Economy Creates 211,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate Lowest Since May 2007; Unemployment at 4.4 percent, Lowest In 10 Years; Recycling Hotel Soap to Save Lives; What Happened To Madeleine McCann; 10 Years Since the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann; Racial Incidents Rock Fenway Park; Red Sox Fan Reports Man For Using Racial Slur; Hero Cop Rescues Autistic Boy; Late-Night Comics Blast GOP Health Care Bill. Aired 8:30-9a ET
Aired May 5, 2017 - 08:30 ET
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[08:30:30] ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN ANCHOR: OK, the April jobs report is expected any moment now. Will it give President Trump another win? We will break down the numbers right ahead for you.
CAMEROTA: We do have some breaking news right now. The April job report has just been released by the Labor Department. Chief Business Correspondent and Early Start anchor has been scrambled here into our studio to tell us the numbers.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: To tell you that this was a strong report you guys, 211,000 net new jobs in the month. March was actually revised a bit lower. So there was something happening in March that caused employers to be a little bit more cautious but they bounced back in April there. And that's a decent number and really good. When you look at the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent. That's down slightly. That is now the lowest unemployment rate since May 2007. Think about that for a minute. May 2007 was basically the very end, the very end of the very good times of the early 2000s before the financial crisis, the banking crisis, and a global economic recession.
[08:35:00] So that has been steady declining and now hitting a new decade low there. Let me show you the sectors really quickly because I see pretty match broad-based hiring. Financial activities, these tend to be higher pay jobs, 19,000 in health care. This is critical.
We have been adding tens of thousands of health care jobs every month for years. A lot of folks are going back and crunching the numbers in health care reform. There has been optimism among hospitals especially university hospitals with these big new base of insured customers, if you will. They have been hiring a lot over the past few years as Obamacare has actually expanded the health care system. We'll have to watch carefully to see if they slow any of those hiring plans in light of the changes there because of Trumpcare. Manufacturing of 6000.
President Trump really kind of revising some of the interests in the manufacturing sector. Thirty-five thousand, so this is 41,000 new manufacturing jobs over the past three reports. Compare that with last year, there were only -- there were job losses actually.
Let me show you the futures market quickly. S&P Futures up a little bit here. Not a big reaction in the stock market overall. But this is a solid report. It gives a -- paint a pretty solid picture of what's happening in the economy at least in terms of hiring.
I would have like to see wages up more than 2.5 percent. I would have like to see those up a little bit more, but a lot of economists think that is coming down the pike, guys.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Certainly, the right direction. And boy, that health care number pops in light of what we're seeing with Trumpcare right now. That is one of the fastest growing sectors of job expansion in this country.
All right. So let's get the bottom line from CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash. And Dana, these numbers are now going to factor into the bottom line. It shows, one, the integral importance of the health care industry in this country in terms of jobs and how much money they make translates to how much money is in a lot of American's pockets.
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: No question. Look, the health care sector is a huge part of the economy, and it definitely it does kind of blend into this political debate that's happening here.
But let's just take a step back and look at that big number. That is a wow number. The fact that it is -- that the unemployment rate is the lowest that it has been since before the recession in 2008, since May of 2007, that is a really big deal. And there is no question that President Trump is going to try to take credit for it, whether he deserves it or not, whether or not it was President Obama that was saying, you know, as he was walking out the doors, hey, guys, it's getting better, it's getting better really trust me, it doesn't matter. If President Trump declares victor from it, he will not be the first person. He will be probably the, you know, umpteenth president who has tried to claim credit for jobs going up even though he didn't necessarily do it.
But the other thing I want to say is that, Christine talked about wages not necessarily going up. A lot of the Trump voters who I saw across the country at rallies, it wasn't necessarily that they didn't have a job, it's just that the jobs that they had didn't pay them enough to get ahead. And so that wage number is really key for Trump voters.
CAMEROTA: Well, Dana, obviously you're right. President Trump will trumpet this, and he should. He's the president right now. This is on his watch happening. But it is I think valuable to take a look back and think -- remind ourselves that right before the great recession -- well during the great recession when it started with President Obama that there was all of that human cry and debate over will stimulus -- is stimulus the answer? You know, President Obama pushed for stimulus. Republicans said that's not going to work. They fought it. So it took 10 years, but it seems as though that worked.
BASH: No question Democrats are going to say exactly that, that the stimulus package that some Democrats lost their jobs over, that they were -- they voted out of office for voting for worked and Republicans are going to say, "No, no, no it's cyclical. It's the interest rate." It's, you know, whatever it is that fits their low government, low spending philosophy.
You know, I think it is going to take some time to analyze what the real answer is. But where I am in Washington and looking at the political debate, there is no question that that that's where Democrats are going to taut, particularly going into and we are already talking about it, especially after the health care vote yesterday, the 2018 election where Democrats are desperate to try to retake control of the House.
CUOMO: Right. And the markets are going to give you a third answer which is you had --
CUOMO: -- quantitative easening (ph) and, you know, you kept rates at basically zero baseline for a long time.
CAMEROTA: This is what you hadn't talked about that there is no answer when it comes to the economy.
CUOMO: Right. But I'm saying you still have --
CAMEROTA: No definitive answer.
CUOMO: We still have --
BASH: The answer depends on where you sit and what your point of view is.
CUOMO: Right. But except the reality is no matter what your point of view is the economy is very artificial right now because it is artificially sustained by government involvement. And when that stops, then we'll see what the true robust nature of the economy is on its own. Hey, no public events scheduled for the President today. But do you think the big bill going through the house and these numbers may prompt a little Trump action?
[08:39:59] BASH: I mean let's just -- I've got my phone here. I'm looking at his Twitter feed right now. I'm guessing that that's going to be the start. And, you know, knowing his propensity for going out and declaring victory, we certainly saw it in a really remarkable way in the Rose Garden and like I've never seen at such an early stage of a big piece of legislation. So it's hard to imagine he doesn't do it.
But, look, I think at the end of the day, what we're looking at here is a very much needed, much needed victory and a few W's on the column for the President after a pretty rocky 100 days. So who can blame him?
CAMEROTA: There you go. Dana Bash, thank you very much for the bottom line. Great to see you.
BASH: You too.
CAMEROTA: OK. So while he was finishing up college, this week's CNN hero was already making a huge difference in the lives of Cambodian children by giving them access to a simple bar of soap. Meet Samir Lakhani.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SAMIR LAKHANI, CNN HERO: When children do not wash their hands, they are vulnerable to illnesses, which unfortunately can take their life. No child should suffer because there simply wasn't any soap available. My hope for Cambodia's youth is for them to understand they could take their own health into their very own hands just by a simple act such as hand washing.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CAMEROTA: All right. Go to cnnheroes.com to learn more how Samir saved lives while helping the local economy and the environment. And while you're there, you can nominate someone you think should be the 2017 CNN Hero.
CUOMO: All right, two disturbing incidents involving racial slurs at Fenway Park in just as many days. But one cool dad turned his experience into a teachable moment for his son on his sixth birthday. Calvin Hennick is now being cheered for fighting back against bigotry at Fenway, and he joins us live next.
[08:46:03] CAMEROTA: It has been 10 years since three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished while on a family vacation in Portugal. Tonight, CNN will air a special report on the search for Madeleine. Our Randi Kaye returned to the scene of the crime.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Around 9:30, 9:25, Matthew Oldfield was going upstairs. He said to Kate, "I'll take it. I'll go and check on the three." He went into the McCann's apartment. He went to the door of the children's bedroom, but he did not go in.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He looked in. He saw the twins who were in cots through the door but he didn't put his head around to the left where he would have seen if Madeleine was there or now. And I'm sure it's something he regrets massively.
RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Less than 30 minutes later, it was Kate McCann's turn.
KATE MCCANN, MADELEINE'S MOTHER: I went back to do a check at 10:00. And I went through the patio doors at the back and noticed that the door to the children's bedroom was quite far open. And just as I was about to close it, it kind of slammed. It was like a gust of wind had shut it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Her heart sank at that point because that was all wrong. Everything was wrong.
MCCANN: And then I went back just to open the door again a little bit. Just as I did that, I noticed that the shutter was open, the window was open.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And then she saw that Madeleine's bed was empty.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And what did you think in that moment?
MCCANN: I thought someone has taken her.
CAMEROTA: Randi Kaye joins us now with an update. Randi, this is the story that is so chilling for any parent who has ever taken kids --
CAMEROTA: -- on a family vacation and you think maybe they're just going to be safe in the hotel room while you go and do something. And the fact that Madeleine McCann has -- there has never been a trace of her. Or tell us. I mean what is the update that you found?
KAYE: Well, there have been 9000 reported sightings of her over the years. They've interviewed 600 individuals but there still isn't any evidence that she is dead or alive. I mean Scotland Yard says there is zero evidence that she's dead. They haven't found a body. Her mother, Kate McCann, full of regret of course for how they handled everything that week on vacation, but she still buys Madeleine McCann Christmas presents every year hoping that she'll come home. There's a chance that she could still be alive. Maybe she was taken and brought into some type of a black market adoption ring.
CAMEROTA: We always hear that. Does that exist? Does it happen?
KAYE: It does. It does in Portugal. Or some type of a sex trafficking ring, which also exists in Portugal. So the question is, where is she. And we'll take a look at how that all unfolded and how she was taken that night in Portugal
CAMEROTA: Randi, thank you so much for previewing it with us. Be sure to watch tonight the CNN Special Report, "Missing: Madeleine McCann" tonight at 10:00 p.m. Only on CNN.
CUOMO: All right. So let's talk about another story here. Yet a pair of ugly incidents at Fenway Park in Boston this week.
On Monday, a few Red Sox fans shouted racial slurs and threw a bag of peanuts at Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones. The next night, a Red Sox fan was banned for life in the ball pack after using a racial slur to describe a Kenyan woman's rendition of the national anthem. He also had the entire crowd stand up and cheer Adam Jones the day after trying to fight back against the ugliness.
Joining us now is Calvin Hennick. He ho sat next to the man who used the slur. And more importantly, Calvin reported him to security. Calvin Hennick, thank you for joining us.
CALVIN HENNICK, REPORTED RACIAL SLUR AT FENWAY PARK: Good morning, thanks.
CUOMO: So, take us through it. What did you observe? What did you do?
HENNICK: Well, we got to the ballpark. It was the day after the Jones' incident as you said, and the Kenyan woman sang the national anthem, young woman. I think she was Northeastern student. Did a great job. And then right as soon as she was done, the fan next to me, white middle-aged man, said that she sang too long and she n- worded it up. He kind of used the slur like a verb to describe her singing. And I said what? I was, you know, shocked that he said it. I wanted to be sure that I heard him correctly and he repeated it.
[08:50:02] And then I repeated it to him and I said, "I want to be clear this is what you said." And he said, "That's right, and I standby it."
CUOMO: Now, you had sensitivity as a human being but also particular sensitivity given that you had your six-year-old right next to you and he's a biracial kid and you had your father-in-law with him and he's from Africa, right?
HENNICK: He's from Haiti. But, yeah, my son is biracial.
CUOMO: And so your -- so you were sitting there with your father-in- law. Did he hear this, too?
HENNICK: No. The fan leaned over and said it directly to me. He was on my left and the rest of my family was on my right. At first I was confused by the timing of it. You know, it seemed like he would be on his best behavior you would think the day after the Jones' incident and obviously he saw me sitting with my family who is mixed race. And so it was surprising that he would say it to me of all people on that day of all fays.
But then looking back, I think it was deliberate. He knew about the timing. He knew about the context. He saw my family, and he decided he was going to say it anyway because he wanted to prove the point that he could say whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted to, whoever he wanted, which I think is sadly becoming more of a theme, you know, recently with the national political climate, you know, having a lot of hatred in it.
CUOMO: So what did you decide to do?
HENNICK: I immediately after I confirmed three times that he said what I thought he said, went and found an usher. And my main goal just was to get my family out of that situation. I didn't want to sit there for three hours next to this fan after he'd been using those slur just right immediately with my bi racial son and my black father- in-law. So I wanted to make sure that we got moved at least.
CUOMO: And what happened?
HENNICK: Red Sox security jumped on it. They took it extremely seriously. The ushers found, I think it was the assistant director of security immediately. They got my family to different seats and then they took the man and brought him out to the concourse. And I spent the first few innings sort of answering questions then kind of going in and out to identify the man. They at one point had me identify him positively to his face and say what he had said. And the man earlier he'd said, "I standby it." He was very proud of himself. But then once he was confronted by security and me, he denied it. Although I was told by Sox President Sam Kennedy that after the fan was ejected, he did admit to saying what he said.
CUOMO: They said that he's going to be banned from Fenway, a very unusual move. Do you think it's the right move?
HENNICK: I mean it's not for me to say. I wanted to get us out of that situation. I understood that it was my word against his initially. Although, I understand that he did admit saying it. Again, it's not my call. But I do think that the Sox wanted, especially in the wake of the Adam Jones incident, to prove they were taking it seriously and that they had zero tolerance for it. And I think, you know, it's better to err on the side of saying we're not going to tolerate this.
CUOMO: What did you tell your son?
HENNICK: I didn't tell him anything at the game. He didn't -- you know, he's six years old. It was his first Red Sox game. He turned six yesterday. And he didn't, you know, ask why we were moving seats.
But once we were in the news about it, I felt like I needed to talk to him before he went to school yesterday on his sixth birthday and prepare him in case someone said, "Hey, I saw you -- you know, I saw your dad on T.V." Or, "I saw you on the newspaper." And I tried to talk to him in really broad, G-rated terms about, you know, racism and what had happened. I said, "This man, you know, the man next to us, he said a word that was mean toward black people and he got kicked out of the stadium." And my son very sweetly said, "I thought it was over with black people and white people being separate," because we had talked to him previously about Jackie Robinson and desegregation. And I had to tell him, you know, that part of our past is history, but you know, these tensions continue and some people are still really angry and this man seemed to be one of them.
CUOMO: Well, as all those parents know, our job is to show our kids how to be and how to do the right thing, and you did that for your son and that's a beautiful memory in and of itself, along with photos you got from being at the game with your father-in-law and your son. Calvin Hennick, thank you for coming forward and telling us your story. Happy birthday to your son. HENNICK: Thanks a lot, Chris.
CUOMO: All right.
So it's a Friday. How about we start the weekend with a little good stuff? What do you say, huh? Next
[08:58:08] CUOMO: Time for the good stuff.
A Kansas police officer in the right place at the right time. Body cam video we have that shows Officer Aaron Bulmer racing toward that pond. He was actually in the area searching for people who'd been in a fight. But he spots a young boy drowning.
CAMEROTA: Oh my gosh.
CUOMO: A young -- a man runs over to them. Officer Bulmer hands the boy over. Turns out the four-year-old, he was only four, autistic and his parents had been out looking for him. So even though the officer didn't even start out looking to address this situation, he wound up saving the day for that family. The little guy is OK.
CAMEROTA: OK. That's divine intervention, and a good stuff. They say laughter is good medicine, but the late night comics thinks the House GOP health care bill is not. Here are some late night laughs.
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STEPHEN COLBERT, HOST, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT: So they did it. Obamacare is finally officially dead, s something they can say once the bill goes to the Senate then gets out of committee, is debated on the floor where amendments can be added, then the Senate votes on their bill, which is sent to conference committee where the difference between the two bills are ironed out, then voted on in the House and Senate again, then sent to the White House for the President to sign, which is why Republicans were chanting, "We're number one- third of the way through a very complex process."
TREVOR NOAH, HOST, THE DAILY SHOW: Almost every group is against this bill, the American Cancer Society, the AMA, the AARP, the AA double batteries, AAA, HHH, H&M, and preparation H. And they know a pain in the ass when they see one.
JIMMY FALLON, HOST, THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON: Reince Priebus said that Trump helped passed the bill by punching the ball into the end zone. When told that analogy didn't quite make sense, he said, "I meant that he hit a grand slam into the net and slapped the puck right into the hoop." Is that better?
SETH MEYERS, HOST, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS: House Republicans today voted on and passed an Obamacare replacement bill without knowing how much it would cost. Though, I'm not surprised that they also voted on an Obama replacement without knowing the cost. [09:00:06] CUOMO: Look, it's going to -- it's funny until people start losing their coverage. That's why it's going to get ironed out. The Senate, very important to watch.