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what did he know and when did he know it? new fallout in morning in the russia investigation with questions swirling around attorney jn jeff sessions and previously undisclosed conversation biz russia. >> cuts, cuts, cuts, the president and house republicans unveil their long awaited tax blprint, but who wins and who loses? >> new york terror attack, new details on what may have motivated the suspect and the terror group now claiming responsibility. >> plus major celebs and on-air personalities get fooled into sharing fake russian ads. >> your weekend box office preview including one thunderous opening. >> and apple fans rejoice, the iphone 10 is finally here. "early today" starts right now.
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>> good morning, i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. we begin with brand-new fallout from a stunning turn in the mueller investigation this morning with a new question swirling around attorney general jeff sessions. centering on what he did during the campaign and when he later said under oath before congress. the "the new york times" leads with this major headline. trump and sessions denied knowing about russian contacts. records suggest otherwise. >> and now democrats are demanding an explanation over why sessions did not disclose the 2016 meeting where a campaign aide proposed using russian contacts to set up a sit down between then candidate donald trump and vladimir putin. but in june sessions appeared under oath and said just the opposite. we get more now from nbc white house correspondent kristen welker. >> reporter: just days after the world learned george papadopoulos, a volunteer trump campaign aide pled guilty to like to the fbi about his contacts with russian officials who offered him dirt on hillary clinton, the ripple effect with attorney general jeff sessions under fresh scrutiny.
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a source familiar with sessions thinking tells nbc news during the campaign sessions rejected a proposal by papadopoulos to use russian contacts to set up a meeting between then candidate donald trump and russia's vladimir putin. according to court documents, papadopoulos floated the idea during this meeting chaired by sessions and attended by mr. trump. it's significant because sessions told congress in june he'd never had any conversations with russians or foreign officials about interference, and -- >> further, i have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the trump campaign. >> my sources are telling me that jeff sessions rejected the idea of a trump-sput inmeeting and then moved on. >> reporter: but some democrats on capitol hill are demanding more answers. >> he seems to have a problem remembering about meeting with russians and that's important because the russian interfered with our elections. >> reporter: sessions first came under fire after failing to
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disclose two contacts with the russian ambassador during his senate confirmation hearing in january. he then defended himself in a hearing last month. >> i have not seen anything that would indicate a collusion with russians. >> reporter: and there's more fallout involving papadopoulos and russia. another former campaign aide sam clovis withdrawing his name to be top scientist at the agriculture department after revelations he also had conversations about russians with papadopoulos. clovis saying his decision to withdraw was prompted by the political climate inside washington. and on thursday, paul manafort who was indicted for charges ranging from conspiracy to money laundering was back in court along with his former deputy rick gates. a federal judge saying both are a flight risk and have to remain in home confinement and continue to wear their monitoring devices. philip? >> kristen, thank you. and new insight this morning into just how americans view the russia investigation.
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with 58% of respondents in a new abc news washington post pole saying they approve of the way special counsel robert mueller is handling the investigation. and nearly a majority 49% saying it is likely that trump himself committed a crime. another a 51% believe the president is not cooperating with the investigation and just 37% believe he is. >> it was with great fanfare that congressional republicans announced their long awaited overhaul of the tax code. they revealed their business friendly blueprint that would revamp the nation's tax system for the first time in three decades. with a promise to lower taxes for the middle class. but the plan is being slammed this morning with "the new york times" editorial board calling it a plan for a new guilded age writing, quote, house republicans and president trump are making it absolutely clear whom they working for, the top 1% and whom they consider dispen dispensable pretty much everybody else. usa today leads, it's worse than
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petty. this is the tax cut plan america needs. so, what exactly does the bill do and how will it impact you? we are joined by nbc's "blends" in washington. good morning. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. this was a long awaited high anticipated release from gop leaders yesterday. you know it's been a number of months now since they've been touting this new plan for something that they're saying would be good for the middle class and bring back jobs. so, this is the first time we are really getting a chance to see what is in this plan, how they plan to do this. so, here is what it would do. it would double the standard dee suction, increase the child tax credit, and it would definitely preserve those 401(k) savings plans. now a couple of other things it would also do, the bill would slash corporate tax rate from 20 -- rather to 20% down from 35%. it would eliminate the estate tax, something that would help wealthy americans. and it would end the deductions that many families rely on for medical expenses, student loans,
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and state and local taxes. so, as of this morning there are already five house republicans who are saying that they are against the bill in its current form. keep in mind house speaker paul ryan can only afford to lose 22 votes if he wants to get this through. so, it's certainly going to be a very hard push for republicans here on capitol hill. so, let's listen to what president trump had to say about this just yesterday. >> it's for the middle class and it's for jobs. and i would say maybe even in that order. so, the middle class is a big beneficiary, jobs and companies are big beneficiaries, but the companies really create the jobs. and we really have, laura, we've had-free men did you say receptivity to it to a point that i don't think i've ever seen anything quite like it. >> reporter: so, there was president trump again saying this is something that's good for the middle class, but keep in mind democrats are saying that this plan will do the exact opposite. so, we are going to certainly see a lot of back and forth between the two as they try and push this plan through.
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now, keep in mind, frances, we are working with a very short time line. republican want to get this done before the holiday break. back to you. >> all right, blayne, thank you for the breakdown. >> we have new details this morning on the suspected wal-mart shooter. 47-year-old scott ostream is now in custody after police received a tip leading to his capture. authorities say ostream was spotted driving in the same car used for his escape from the shooting scene. while police are still trying to determine a motive, the denver post is reporting that ostream walked off his job as a metal fabricator without uttering a single word of explanation. just hours before the shooting that killed three people. nbc's miguel almaguer has more from thornton, colorado. >> reporter: the manhunt for a killer came to an end after a high-speed chase. police arresting 47-year-old scott ostream. >> we have a shooter inside the store. >> reporter: investigators believe ostream calmly walked into this denver area wal-mart and began shooting shoppers. >> are you okay? >> reporter: dozens fled for their lives, but three were
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killed. carlos moreno was shopping with his daughter and wife. victor vasquez was a young father of two with another child on the way. pamela marques loved spending time with her family. >> i was -- i was scared with everything that's going on in the world and everything. it's just kind of freaking me out. >> reporter: in the chaos, a cashier hid a little girl under her register. >> victims down inside the store. >> reporter: police launching a drag net, catching the suspect 14 hours later as he returned to his home. >> the thornton police officers were right on his tail as they saw him coming by. >> reporter: the suspect under arrest, but no motive for a random shooting that targeted innocent lives. when police arrived here at the crime scene and began to review surveillance tape, they quickly realized multiple customers inside the wal-mart drew their own concealed
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weapons. initially that added to the confusion, but this morning they say only the gunman appeared to open fire. philip? >> miguel, thank you. >> just days after the deadliest attack in new york since 9/11, mourners marched along the city's waterfront in a candle light vigil. they paid tribute to the eight people killed and 12 others wounded by a truck on tuesday. the suspect is in custody facing federal charges. law enforcement officials say he made several calls the day of the attack but as of yet they do not kate he received any help. while isis is claiming responsibility the terrorist group so far has not offered any evidence to support its claim. prosecutors say the suspect planned his attack on halloween because he believed there would be more civilians on the street and that he wanted to head to the brooklyn bridge to continue to strike pedestrians. meanwhile crews in new york city are placing concrete barriers along the hudson river bike path to block vehicles from gaining access, trying to prevent a similar attack from happening again. >> well, the fall warm up continues today and nbc
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meteorologist bill karins is joining us with the details. >> pretty incredible. dallas 94 degrees yesterday. first time in november they had ever been in the 90s that's the warm est temperature we've had late in the season. we are continuing with the warmth today in the eastern seaboard, not 90s, 70s in new york. 83 in san antonio. temperatures well above average. that will continue into saturday. this is a map that shows us who is on pace for the warm est 2017 or second warm est 2017 and look at all the cities in the east. in total, we have about 79 cities right now that are on pace either warmer or second warm est year on record. incredible we're not. i goes through temperatures will dip today cleveland and detroit much cooler in the low 50s.
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weekend forecast coming up. >> all right. looking forward to it, bill. thank you. fast forwarding into friday, the world series champions houston astros and their fans will be celebrating the franchise's first ever title with a ticker tape parade this afternoon. houston schools have the day off so the young fans can join in on the festivities. >> apple's much anticipated iphone 10 hits stores today: thousand dollars price trag not likely to deter fans from standing in lines already growing in stores. the high demand delayed deliveries of online preorders for weeks. >> to the is national sandwich day. subway and mcdonald's offering deals. according to jersey mike survey, 98% of people say they eat at least one sandwich every week. we eat almonds... ...strawberries... ...quinoa. and yeah...we eat chocolate. ♪ we eat in sweatpants...
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the russia on social media to influence voters. >> celebrities and news makers unknowingly shared false claims on platforms like twitter and some you may follow in your own feed. nbc's jo ling kent has the story. >> reporter: more influential americans sharing social media posts backed by the russians in the lead up to the election. famous twitter users with big followings from ivanka trump to journalist jake tapper and chris hayes to comedians trevor noah and sara silverman shared tweets that came from 37,000 accounts linked to russia. facebook also now admitting 150 million americans may have been exposed to russian posts like this one. both facebook and twitter say the posts linked to russia were a small fraction of what americans saw during the election, but both platforms allowed the russians to target americans by zip code, interests and background. in effect, weapon eyesing the post to influence very influential people. that precise targeting the reason why facebook's ad revenue
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jumped 50% since last year, bringing in more than $10 billion in the last three months. zuckerberg told investors he would not put profits over people. >> we built these tools to help people connect and to bring us closer together and they used them to undermine our values. what they did is wrong and we are not going to stand for it. >> reporter: of the new revelations come after congress grilled tech executives about russia's attempt to meddle in the election on social media. >> do you believe that any of your companies have identified the full scope of russian active measures on your platform? >> senator, our investigation continues, so i would have to say no. >> reporter: congress is now considering legislation that would require social media companies to disclose who is buying political ads. similar to tv, radio and newspapers. jo ling kent, nbc news, washington. >> when we come back, which movies are kicking off the holiday season at the box office, plus the latest installment of jimmy kimmel's i ate your halloween candy prank.
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>> no. spit it out. >> i was so hungry. >> you just have to eat more lunch. >> jimmy kimmel told me to do this to you. >> why? >> i don't know why. he wanted me to prank you. >> well -- i'll beat him up. >> you're going to beat jimmy kimmel up? >> yeah. >> these kids are going to beat jimmy kimmel up. >> don't mess with my candy. >> especially on a holiday season, open it up, it's a rotten banana. >> he's so good playing with these kids. it's so funny. kicking off the holiday movie season is going to kickoff with a bang. marvel is set to take number one spot at the box office according to studio estimates. marvel's thor franchise is expected to take in $900 million in the opening weekend. kristen bell stars in a bad
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mom's christmas. this one is expected to take second place and make about 17 1/2 million dollars. >> that will be an awesome one. they have their moms coming in for that one. >> all right. pope francis has an unexpected confession. he admitted on a catholic tv program tuesday sometimes, hey, he falls asleep while praying. and he said that other saints have done it, too, specifically pointing out saint therese a 19th century nunn. he said god won't take a sense since, quote, we should feel like children lying in our father's arms. he goes to bed by 9:00 p.m. but he is an early riser waking up at 4:00 a.m. so, you know, you're in peace, your mind is clear. you fall asleep. >> it happens. it happens to the best of us. just ahead, a lifesaving gift and why parents are now being urged to save something usually thrown away after babies are born. erver farm. the vault to man's greatest wonders... selfies, cat videos and winking emojis. speaking of tech wonders,
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we're back now with medical news about something that we are all born with and it's routinely thrown away. >> doctors are raising awareness about umbilical cord blood that has remarkable benefits for adults as well as children. and for the first time they are advising new parents to donate this lifesaving blood. nbc's rehema ellis reports on a controversy every expecting mom should have with her doctor -- conversation, i should say. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine that 7-year-old valentina de leon once struggled with a rare life-threatening immune deficiency. what saved her? umbilical cord blood rich in stem cells that regenerated her immune system. >> it was amazing. i can't explain it. >> it changed my life and our life and our baby's life
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forever. >> reporter: studies show cord blood can be powerfully effective in treating dozens of diseases including leukemia, sickle cell, and certain ginette i can disorders. and yet this blood is usually thrown away. >> you could really save a life of someone with a fatal disease who had no other options. >> reporter: now new guidelines urge doctors to talk to every pregnant woman about donating. also, patients are encouraged to use public cord blood banks that are free instead of private storage that can cost more than $2,000. will this change the way you counsel your patients? >> he this will definitely change how i counsel patients about cord blood collection. >> reporter: doctors hope it increases lifesaving donations. >> there is no pain whatsoever. the cord blood is collected after the baby is delivered. the cord is cut and clamped. >> it doesn't cost any money. it helps other families like us. >> reporter: making parents more aware that at the beginning of
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life there is a chance to save another life. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. >> bill karins is back with us to tell us how our weekend is going to shape up. bill? >> for some people it is going to be looking very warm and very nice. others are going to be dodging maybe shoveling. billings, minneapolis, on and off snow showers. not a lot of snow but there will be some. the heaviest snow will be in the mountains of the west, northern rockies and the cascade as we go through the weekend. stormy weather in the pacific northwest. look at dallas 88 degrees once again on saturday. we'll have a chance of showers and storms in atlanta. we may have a little light rain early in the day on sunday. new york city, boston, just cloudy for you. showery weather maybe thunderstorms as we go back towards the ohio valley on sunday. and also one of the bigger events, one of the bigger marathons in the whole planet will be taking place in new york city on sunday. temperatures are going to be pretty warm for runners. they usually don't like it there in the mid 60s. they like it may be in the 40s or 50s. so, it will be warm. >> and a few showers there. >> few showers, not too bad
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sign up for outage alerts at pge.com/outagealerts. together, we're building a better california. m welcome to friday morning. some places already seeing that rain that kari was talking about. a live look at the golden gate bridge. you can see out there. be careful as you head out the door. thanks for joining us, i'm laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. kari has been telling us about the rain all week. >> light off and on. have the umbrella in the backseat somewhere close by in case you get caught in one of those shower that is will be with us throughout the day, but not all day. we will see some showers moving through, taking a break right now for most of the north bay with spotty, light rain there. as we zoom into the east bay, more steady downpours moving through

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