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as president trump wraps up a massive overseas tour, he is coming home to revelations of a questionable wikileaks connection to his son. his attorney general under fire, and massive push for tax reform. powerful republicans on capitol hill are pressuring alabama gop senatorial candidate roy moore to drop out of the race after accusations of sexual improprieties rise. newly restored video originally deleted from the penn state frat house where a pledge died forces authorities to file new charges. and meet the 4-year-old who just can't wait to join the police force. "early today" starts right now. >> good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. president trump is heading home from a nearly tw
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asia. waiting for him, an election scanl in alabama thatould dominate the republican majority congress for the next month. he also has to deal with getting tax reform passed through congress. plus new information regarding a connection between donald trump jr. and wikileaks during the 2016 gop presidential campaign that could affect the congressional investigation into russia's impact on the election. nbc white house correspondent hallie jackson joins us now from manila. halle, good morning to you. how is the white house describing the results of the president's trip? >> reporter: if you listen to the president, frances, in the maybe last hour, hour and a half here, it was a tremendous success, a huge success. it was an incredible trip. those were the words he used repeatedly again and again in describing to reporters what he got out of this 12 days abroad. a long trip, a marathon, frankly, the longest trip to this region in a generation for a president of the united states. and let's dive into this a little bit. because one of the comments that the president made in these sort
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of impromptu remarks to reporters just overnight east coast time was about the incredible relationships, the incredible sort of development of these interactions that he's had with leaders in the region from japan to south korea to china to vietnam to the philippines. and i think that's significant. because when you pull back and look at the context of this trip, frances, the president built relationships with traditional allies of the united states -- japan, south korea. but he also worked on relationship building with president xi jinping of china and rodrigo duterte here in the philippines, a controversial leader to say the least. both leaders of countries with human rights abuses. the president making no mention of those publicly in either country. so it is an interesting dynamic. but the president is clearly hoping that good chemistry will end up with good policy, right? and the bet he is making that eventually all of this relationship building will pay off with good trade deals for the united states. because he is very focused on that as this trip wraps up. he is hinting at possibly
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another announcement later on this week when he gets back to washington. he sort of jokes with reporters hey, i'll give you little rest, a little bit of a break and then i'll make the announcement. reporters don't get back until wednesday morning. so no rest for weary, frances. but the president clearly hoping to get some movement out of trade after the trip. traditionally, you might see that announcement coming while he is on foreign soil, given that that was one of the two big elements of the trip heading into this. the president has made the calculation he would prefer to wait until after. but some analysts wonder this trip was heavy on the symbolism, the passagery, the red carpet roll-outs. a little light other tonight substance when it comes to something concrete he can point to once he lands. >> these are obviously not going to slow down for president when le arrives back stateside. can you break down for what's sort of domestic challenges the president is going to tackle first here? >> yeah. sure. phil, good to talk to you this
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morning. the president, first and foremost is tax reform. the president on thursday, according to a source familiar with the planning, is heading to capitol hill to talk with house republicans about this tax cut plan. he is already, before he lifted off the ground was tweeting about his tax cut plan, trying to whip up support for it, trying the rally republicans around it. so you've got that on the policy side. but let's talk what else is on his plate. you mention this at the top of the show here. roy moore. this is a huge story back in the united states. it was one the president was asked about on foreign soil. people shouted questions at the president. the white house sort of forced to respond to the roy moore scandal while overseas. assume once the president gets back, that will be taking up some of his time. and then you the -- it's not policy be, the russia investigation continuing as well and the new revelations about don jr. and wikileaks. >> hallie jackson, thank you. as hallie mentioned, a fifth accuser of roy moore is coming forward to claim that the alabama republican senate
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candidate forced himself on her when she was a teenager and he was 34 years old. moore denies these allegations. catie beck has more. >> reporter: i thought he was going to rape me. >> reporter: beverly young nelson is the fifth woman to accuse alabama senate candidate roy moore of improper sexual advances when she was a teenager. >> i was twisting and i was struggling, and i was begging him to stop. >> reporter: nelson, then 16 says moore was a regular customer at a restaurant where she worked. she claims moore then district attorney offered her a ride home. but instead parked the car behind the business and assaulted her. >> he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head on to his crotch. >> reporter: nelson claims she was left with bruises. but moore and warn herd no one would believe her. moore has denied all of the accusations, just a he denied the allegations of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl reported by "the washington post" last week. >> they're completely false and untrue. >> reporter: he is refusing to
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drop out, calling the attention a witch-hunt, placing blame on the media and establishment republicans, and threatening to sue over the allegations. his democrat opponent doug jones issuing this statement. roy moore will be held accountable by the people of alabama for his actions. but are these allegations hurting moore, who was leading in the polls with voters? any chance he loses? >> no, ma'am. >> you think he is going to win no matter what? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: some local analysts say moore's popularity and distrust of the media keeps him in the race. >> obviously, these charges will hurt roy moore. but they may not hurt him enough to change the election. >> reporter: as for nelson, she has been inspired by other victims who have come forward and has a message for moore. >> he no longer has any power over me. and i no longer live in fear of him. >> reporter: catie beck, nbc news, birmingham, alabama. in the wake of the dozens of high profile sexual allegations that have emerged in recent
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weeks, this morning members of the house will hold a hearing on how how to prevent harassment in congress. >> they're going to be talking about harassment training in light of what's happened in hollywood, in light of what's now happening in politics with roy moore and these latest allegations from beverly nelson. as you noted, the 50 woman to come forward with allegations in that case. today lawmakers will be talking about what happens here on capitol hill. right now harassment training is voluntary. some like california's jackie speier want to change that she has posted a video about her own harassment she says by a staffer who forcibly kissed her while she was working here on capitol hill. she says number one the training needs to be mandatory, not only for lawmakers, but also for staff. she's also pushing for working on a bill that would make it easier to report. right now people who want to
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report harassment have to go through months of counseling beforehand. she says that discourages them. also testifying today, another lawmaker, alabama, republican bradley burn who by the way spent three decades practicing employment law, offering some suggestions at that hearing today. >> all right, tracie potts for us on capitol hill. tracie, thank you. let's get a check of our tuesday weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning, bill. >> good morning. still quiet. the middle of the country we'll see a storm system beginning to brew. but a lot of it will be rain showers today and rain coming in tomorrow. so this is the cold front trying to sweep through the middle of the country. out ahead the warmer air. this time of year you tend to get a lot of cloud cover that will be the case today. but at least it will be on the mild side. you notice some of the green dots pop up. they increase as we go into the night and tomorrow. we'll get a little moisture ahead of this cold front. and then we'll pop some showers as we go throughout your wednesday through the ohio valley. maybe a brief period of rain. no a cold enough or much in the
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way of snow. and even into thursday, the system kind of weakens by the time it tries to push through the northeast. today's forecast is simple. it's chilly. and then it will be a decent afternoon. a lot of areas on the eastern seaboard from d.c. up through the northeast. the middle of the country is looking mild. texas especially. not bad in minneapolis. slight chance of a shower, right around 45 de gr of sun and cloud mixture. indianapolis today at 49 degrees. louisville around 51. well, major league baseball's rookies of the year were announced yesterday. 25-year-old aaron judge won the american league rookie of the year award by unanimous vote, becoming the first yankee since derrick jeter in 1996 to receive the honor. in the national league side, 22-year-old cody bellinger of
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the dodgers selected. his 39 home runs in the debut season set a national league rookie record. there was very little drama in these votes. we knew these two were pretty much going to win. >> the only drama is will judge when the mvp. he and jose altuve going at it. jeff sessions has a rough day ahead. we'll explain here on "early today." ♪...from far away. but they only see his wrinkles.♪ ♪he's gotta play it cool to seal the deal.♪ ♪better find a way to smooth things over.♪ ♪if only harry used some... ♪...bounce, to dry. ♪yeah! ♪he would be a less wrinkly, and winning at life.♪
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leave home the use medical marijuana. >> meanwhile, attorney general sessions also faces tough grilling over the trump campaign's ties to russia when he appears before the house judiciary committee today amid new revelations that he is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate hillary clinton. according to a document obtained by nbc news, sessions wants prosecutors to explore republican concerns about clinton and report back to him and a deputy. the matters he wants probed include alleged unlawful dealings by the clinton administration and the sell of a uranium company when clinton was secretary of state. now to stunning pictures out of the capital of india, new delhi. the smog there is so thick it's causing traffic pileups. drivers are not able to see where they're going. united airlines even temporarily canceled flights to the city until the air improves. local officials have closed schools because of the extreme air pollution caused by low winds and also farmers burning their fields before planting their winter crops. but wow, that is a whole lot of
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smog. >> surreal. >> an entire city. >> it's surreal. i can't believe that. >> right. >> just ahead, a newly restored video from a penn state frat house has 4 forced new charges to be filed in the death of a student. details straight ahead on "early today." can we do this tomorrow? (grunts of effort) can we do this tomorrow? if you have heart failure symptoms, your risk of hospitalization could increase, making tomorrow uncertain. but entresto is a medicine that was proven, in the largest heart failure study ever, to help more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren. if you've had angioedema while taking an ace or arb medicine, don't take entresto. the most serious side effects are angioedema, low blood pressure, kidney problems, or high potassium in your blood. ♪ tomorrow, tomorrow... ♪
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in today's quick hit, jurors are dead logisticed on criminal corruption charges against senator bob menendez, and the judge hopes they will return
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with a fresh outlook. the trial now stretches into its 11th week, and a hung jury would require the government to intervene. the name will smith is pretty common, and actor will smith wants to use that as advantage. on his twitter account he asked all the will smiths of the world to help him out with his latest tour for his upcoming netflix movie. great. a tampa bay man is forced to choose between his, support, support squirrel or his condo according to an eviction notice. ryan boylan rescued the squirrel last year after hurricane matthew. management says exotic animals are not allowed. this morning charges stemming from a fraternity hazing death at penn state. fraternity brothers accused of leaving a pledge to die after a night of heavy drinking. authorities say they have recovered video that shows some of what happened that night. it's video they allege the fraternity brothers deleted. here is nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: as tim piazza's
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parents brace themselves for their first holiday season without their son, a dozen more of his would-be fraternity brothers face charges. >> they left him to die alone, and they tried to cover it up. >> reporter: the new evidence comes from a basement camera inside the beta theta pi fraternity, surveillance video the district attorney says was intentionally delete bud now restored by the fbi. >> what you see is you see the brothers coming up to him and bringing him the alcohol and putting it up to his mouth. >> reporter: the new charges range from involuntary manslaughter to hazing. one brother charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly deleting the video as police searched the house. plus additional charges for some of the 14 previously charged in piazza's death. according to the district attorney, the new video shows piazza given at least 18 drinks in an hour and 22 minutes. >> that's -- that's murderous almost. how could you not know that that's bad? >> reporter: prosecutors say no one called 911 until almost 12
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hours after piazza first fell down the stairs. in september, a judge dismissed the original felony charges, and attorney for defendant joseph emms told nbc news we successfully defended him once and we'll do it again. but the d.a. and the piazzas have refused to give up, now bolster they say by the video fraternity brothers never wanted anyone to see. >> guess what, guys? now we know. >> reporter: kristen dahlgren, nbc news new york. meet the little girl who is on a mission to spread love to the nation's finest. plus, jimmy fallon returns to "the tonight show." and he is opening up about the early death of his mother. you're watching "early today." ok can we... sfx: (balloon squeals) i'm being so serious right now... i really want to know how your coffee is. it's... sfx: (balloon squeals) hahahaha, i had a 2nd balloon goodbye! oof, that milk in your coffee was messing with you, wasn't it? yeah. happens to more people than you think. try lactaid, it's real milk, without that annoying lactose.
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is right for you. ♪ ♪ guys, as some of you know, my mother gloria passed away recently, and i canceled our shows last week to be with our family and make arrangements. she was the best audience. she was the one i was always trying to make laugh, and she was such a fan of the show and everything i did. when we were little, my mom would walk us to the store, me and my sister. and she would hold hands, you know. and she would squeeze my hand three times and say i love you. and i would squeeze back, i love you too. and -- last week i was in the hospital. and i grabbed her hand, i squeezed that i love you. and i just knew we were in trouble, you know. but i feel so grateful to be able to do this every single night. and i'm very appreciative of all of the support from all of you
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that my family received over the past week. we're going to continue to work really hard to bring some light and some laughter into the world. thank you for watching. thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss. mom, i'll never stop trying to make you laugh. mom, i love you. >> just so touching when you hear that. >> it is. but there has never been a mom more proud of her son i'm sure than jimmy fallon. she passed away with her whole family, including jimmy at her side. >> and he has the two young kids, i'm sure he is doing the same thing, when he is walking with him, he is squeezing i love you. they're going to do it right back to you. >> gloria was 68 years old. a moving tribute there. >> definitely hearts go out to jimmy fallon and his family. >> that's right. let's get an update now from nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> not a lot of bad weather today or tomorrow. there has been a lot of talk about a possible storm in the middle of the country. this is how it's going to play out. temperatures are going to be
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pretty warm. this is as we go to friday. well may even get some thunderstorms with this too. as of now it look likes this area soaking rain heading into areas of the midwest and the great lakes as we go throughout the day friday. and then on saturday along this front, we could get some showers and thunderstorms through the ohio valley. it will be windy out ahead of it and pretty warm too. and then it will be rainy up through areas of new england. that's kind of a look ahead. that's the storm actually by the way that is now moving into the pacific northwest and that will eventually move across the country by the end of the week. that storm that today is here in the northwest, we may get a few showers in the midwest today with some of the clouds. but not a lot of problems. east coast, it's a chilly morning north of d.c. into areas of new england. but it will be a nice afternoon with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. >> even with a chill, bill, how about a story coming up that will warm your heart. up next we go on patrol with a police officer and his partner, a little lawman in training. you definitely want to meet him. >> look at that little guy. happy thanks for giving! thanks for giving lien the strength to outrun her brother.
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now to a story about an unlikely pair of cop buddies. the experienced law man and his pint-sized deputy who hopes to some day pin on a real badge. but nor now he is happy to learn the beat from a seasoned veteran. here is nbc's lester holt. >> i grow up i want to be a police officer. >> reporter: run afoul of the law, and you just might come face-to-face with sawyer sheming. in another 17 years or so. >> i'll grab their hand and put it right in and snap this back in. >> reporter: he is only 4, but he is ready. with uniform. >> we wear it when there is a emergency. >> reporter: whistle. >> you can hear it so loud when i'm doing traffic.
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>> reporter: and a partner. and together they hit the streets of newport, tennessee after school. >> it first started out as just an acquaintance. but now it's turned into sawyer views him as his buddy and they're partners. >> reporter: sergeant justin vincent is a 14-year veteran of the newport p.d. >> morning, abbey. >> reporter: and the resource officer at the school across the street from sawyer's house. >> my main job is to make sure all the kids are safe. and if nothing else, be that smile, be that hug or be that one positive reinforcement of a police officer that they may encounter. >> he a partner. i help him. >> reporter: every afternoon, sawyer counts down the minutes. >> it is time for traffic? >> almost. >> reporter: and runs out the front door when officer vincent arrives. they place their cones. and direct traffic side by side. officer vincent takes is the lead, but sawyer follows every
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move. >> it makes your heart swell, you know, that you can make a difference in one child's life. >> reporter: a little boy and a policeman. >> sergeant vincent to officer sawyer. >> yep, there is an emergency. >> reporter: who together serve, protect, and delight. >> cutest thing ever, right? >> i think so. a lot of little kids that want to be firemen and policemen, police women. and fire women as well. but i think sawyer may have a future ahead of him. >> the little outfit too, so cute. >> thanks to lester holt for that report. while sawyer does his part to help, this little girl is traveling all over the country to inspire cops. rosalind baldwin from louisiana is on a mission to spread love by hugging a cop in every state. she said the idea came to her last year after five dallas police officers were killed. she is now in texas, her 25th state before continuing her travels. and once she covers all the state, i'm sure she'll do a
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round two. >> and she is using her holidays and school breaks instead of playing. >> great the see. thank you for being with us. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. the news continues right here on nbc. who are these people? the energy conscious people among us say small actions can add up to something... humongous. a little thing here. a little thing there. starts to feel like a badge maybe millions can wear. who are all these caretakers, advocates too? turns out, it's californians it's me and it's you. don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing.
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francisco it is tuesday morning. taking a live look outside. a drizzley start. wet pavement you will notice as you head out the door. a nice, live look at san francisco this morning. thanks so much for joining us. good morning, i'm laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. as you step out the door, it is wet outside. the rain came. >> it is going to be dry today. this is our break before we get in with really wet weather toefr next several days. enjoy. as we look at the bigger picture, you can see the rain we had yesterday moving to the east. look at all those clouds to the west of us. that will be the next storm


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