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no deal. workers at some 31 general motors plants are now officially on strike. it is the biggest american work stoppage in over a dozen years we've got the latest. oil prices spike as world leaders watch and wait to see what president trump does after warning the u.s. is locked and loaded following attacks on saudi oil fields. then fat shaming on a grand scale as one late night host attacks another in a back-and-forth that's starting a national conversation. plus oxycontin maker purdue pharma files for bankruptcy overnight. we'll have the latest. i was an undercover cia
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operative. i was to prevent terrorists and rogues from getting nuclear weapons. you've probably heard my name. mr. president, identi've got a scores to settle >> the president will be campaigning today, but he has a lcomparty he may not find all that warm. "early today" starts right now good morning i'm gigi stone woods. >> and i'm frances rivera. breaking news. tens of thousands of autoworkers across america are on strike, concerns this morning about how much of an economic impact it will have as nearly 50,000 workers at the nation's largest automaker walk off the job the strike is fallout from contract negotiations that have collapsed between the united autoworkers union and general motors nbc's dan schenamen has this report >> reporter: united autoworkers union announced sunday its members at general motors plants will walk off the production line and onto the picket line.
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>> this is our last resort it represents great sacrifice and great courage on the part of our members and all of us. >> reporter: union leaders and the company have been locked in talks over a new contract since july the often contentious negotiations broke down, and plant-level leaders voted unanimously to strike. >> we are standing up for fair wages. we are standing up for affordable quality health care we are standing up for our share of the profits. >> reporter: gm says it's offered more than $7 billion in investments, promised to create 5,400 new jobs, and insists it offered best-in-class wages and benefits >> we believe that we presented a strong offer to the uaw. >> reporter: however, uaw leaders argue workers helped save the company when it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009 and now want that loyalty to be reciprocated. >> they stood up for that company. and now they want that company
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to stand up for them at the table. >> reporter: the nation's largest automaker now brought to a standstill dan schenamen, nbc news. supreme court justice brett kavanaugh facing new scrutiny this morning over allegations of sexual misconduct from his time at yale. nbc news has confirmed there was another alleged incident reported to the fbi last year but that it was not investigated now several democratic presidential candidates are calling for his removal from the bench. nbc's tracie potts joins us from d.c. with the latest tracie, good morning. >> gigi, good morning. kavanaugh isn't talking about this president trump is he's defending cavanaugh the book that brought it to light is coming out this week. the book summarized in an op-ed says kavanaugh exposed himself to the woman 30 years ago.
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the woman declined to be interviewed, and friends say she doesn't remember the classmate who reportedly made the claim isn't talking an innocent man treated horribly, president trump tweets he should start suing people. >> reporter: kavanaugh has denied any misconduct. >> i've never sexually assaulted anyone not in high school, not in college, not ever. >> reporter: democrats are talking. presidential candidates are calling for impeachment. others are more cautious. >> if the facts lead us there, i think impeachment is on the table. >> you have to get the documents to be able to prove the case >> reporter: the fbi did not investigate but knew about the second allegation during kavanaugh's con myrfirmation hearing. so did some lawmakers. >> it was an important investigation. it was done wrong because they wanted kavanaugh on the bench. >> there were a number of people that weren't interviewed and they should have been. >> i'm not jumping to a conclusion that he did do this
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jumping to the conclusion that the fbi didn't adequately investigate, and that it needs to do so right now >> reporter: no comment so far from the fbi tracie potts, nbc news, washington droves struck the heart of saudi arabia's oil industry. president trump responded to the attack saying the u.s. is locked and loaded, claiming they know who the culprit is secretary of state mike pompeo blamed iran, but they're denying any responsibility instead, yemen's houthi rebels are taking credit for the strike, saying they launched the attacks with ten drones. we go to london. this escalating tensions with iran even more >> reporter: it does it's hitting the world ee's lart processing plant, affecting 5% of world supplies. unsurprisingly, as you mentioned, oil prices soared to
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reach a six-month high at this latest episode in what has been a volatile summer in the middle east is just going to fuel regional crises even further. president trump said the u.s. was locked and loaded and ready to respond to the drone attack, saying he knew who was behind the attacks without mentioning names. secretary pompeo, however, laid the blame squarely on iran, though the houthis claimed responsibility he said there was no evidence the drones were launched from yemen and accused tehran of an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supplies. now, interestingly, frances, saudi arabia hasn't blamed iran yet, and iran was quick to issue denials and threats, saying the u.s. claims of maximum deceit and after the campaign of maximum pressure failed. a commander in the iranian revolutionary guard reiterated its forces could strike u.s. military bases across the middle
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east >> ali, thank you. ♪ she's my best, best girl rock sand roll hall of kaymer, ric ocsaek has died. he was unconscious and unresponsive in a manhattan townhouse sunday afternoon no word on a cause of death. ocasek co-founded the cars in boston in 1976 they had 13 top 40 singles before breaking up in the late '80s cars were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame last year. fans and musicians like bette midler, weisser, van halen, all paid tribute to the singer on social media he is dead at 75 house speaker nancy pelosi and chuck schumer spoke with the president by phone and told him
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any proposal he endorses that doesn't include the background check legislation won't get the job done the leaders promised to join mr. trump in the rose garden for a signing ser mceremony if he gt through the senate. now, nfl week two. it featured a quirk and a contentious return first, to atlanta for the battle of the birds. falcons take flight in the fourth quarter fourth down pass soars into a long-game-winning touchdown. falcons clip the eagles' wings atlanta wins, 24-20. new england patriots wide receiver antonio brown played in his first game since accused of sexual assault and rape in a lawsuit. as he awaits the decision on his future, he was the top receiver, pulling in a touchdown patriots shut out the dolphins the end of an era in oakland as raiders move to las vegas next season.
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it is likely the last nfl game to be played with baseball in-field dirt. they share the current stadium with the a's, but the raiders likely won't play again at home until baseball season is over and the dirt will be gone. the raiders couldn't rise up to the occasion chiefs win it, 28-10 let's look at fantasy football standouts it is rare, but the patriots d racked up tons of points mahomes was on fire. lamar jackson strung together his second monster fantasy performance in a row meteorologist janessa webb is tracking a new hurricane in the atlantic it won't be a bad one, right >> it'll be well offshore and will gain some steam the next 24 hours. the difference here for the pacific northwest, we're seeing storm systems that are revving up across seattle into oregon. we'll see this isolated moisture
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really continue, even for the southeast. alaska, the capital city lots more sunshine shining through by tomorrow for southern california turning off the week with rainy conditions for the pacific northwest. that's unfortunate here. people want to get to the beach but not happening. >> not at the end of the summer. thank you. just ahead, brad pitt trying to blend in on "ellen. no laughing matter james corden's emotional message afr otteanher late-night host endorses fat shaming stay with us got the time to chae around down dirt, dust and hair? so now, i use heavy duty swiffer sweeper and dusters.
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i just - >> for the first time in eight years hollywood megastar brad pitt appeared on the "ellen" show he tried to blend in there like a normal audience member, but he distracted everyone including ellen and his guest. later in the show ellen and the "once upon a time in hollywood" actor sat down for a one-on-one where ellen revealed that the two have more in common than their hollywood celebrity. >> i actually since have dated another one of your girlfriends. we'll talk about that later. >> after the show. >> okay. >> okay. and while ellen didn't specifically name-drop which ex- of pitts she dated, the news has everyone buzzing about who it could be i'm racking my brain, who this could be >> we need to use our reporting skills to get to the bottom of it an emotional moment going viral. late-night host james corden opening up about his struggles with his weight. he's speaking out after another late-night host said fat shaming was good
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nbc's blayne alexander has more. >> reporter: in a world of late-night laughs, a rare serious moment. >> let's be honest fat shaming is just bullying. >> reporter: on his program, "the late late show," host james corden opened up about his own struggles with obesity. >> now, there's a common a insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy, and we're not. >> reporter: a direct response to fellow late-night host bill maher. >> being fat isn't a birth defect nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the >> reporter: in a segment about health care, maher shifted the focus from congress to the food americans consume. >> fat shaming doesn't need to end. it needs to make a comeback. it's what goads people into saying maybe i can do better. >> reporter: corden, who tapes his show on the same lot as maher, shot back. >> we're not all as lucky as bill maher, you know we don't all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000
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calories a day >> reporter: speaking candidly in personal terms. >> we know that being overweight isn't good for us, and i've struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight, and i suck at it. >> reporter: nearly 40% of adults in the u.s. are overweight, according to the cdc, with contributing factors including environment, behavior, and genetics. >> there's no one-size-fits-all approach fat shaming is not the right approach from anyone. >> reporter: from corden, a final note to his late-night counterpart. >> while you're encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, just think a little harder about what comes out of yours. >> reporter: an important conversation about the weight of words. blayne alexander, nbc news. still ahead, how an attack on saudi oil fields could hit you at the pump. plus, the company that made billions off the opioid crisis now filing for bankruptcy. but the trouble isn't over yet for yctimar rdoxonn kepuue
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performed an endoscopy to get the ring out. after night two of the creative arts emmys, hbo leads with the most wins their biggest hit, "game of thrones," raked in ten trophies. history was made with norman lear becoming the oldest to win an emmy award. fire crews in northern california are busy battling a brush fire havwhich erupted saturday in riverside county the evacuation order which affected more than 250 residents were lifted sunday afternoon. now to wall street where the oil prices are spiking on the drone attacks on saudi oil fields the effect is being felt worldwide, and president trump saying he is locked and loaded and ready to respond steve is following it from london good morning >> good morning to you good morning, frances and gigi it is interesting. we had a huge, huge energy spike overnight. wti, the u.s. benchmark, got
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$63.34 i just checked trading $59 per barrel, up 8%. i'm looking at a tweet in the last 20 minutes from the department of energy rick perry is saying we stand ready in the united states to release oil from the spr this is the strategic reserve deemed efficient very interesting, he says iran's attack because, of course, others are saying they just don't know just yet who is responsible for this but the secretary of energy pointing the finger at iran 5.7 million barrels of oil a day taken out of the global emergency mix. oxycontin maker purdue pharma has now filed for what was expected to be bankruptcy protection they filed for that after a deal to settle some 2,000 opioid lawsuits filed by local governments and native american tribes and the states, as well. what this company's been accused of is really basically having a very dangerously addictive drug and really downplaying how addictive it is while
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exaggerating the benefits, as well it's filed for bankruptcy. i'll hand it back to you >> steve sedgwick for us thank you. up next, janessa's look at the week ahead. plus a reception for a hurricane dorian survivor that will melt your heart you're watching "early today." r. unlike ordinary diapers pampers is the first and only diaper that distributes wetness evenly into three extra absorb channels. they stay up to three times drier so babies can sleep soundly all night wishing you love, sleep and play pampers fight for blast offs fight for piggyback rides fight for 7 am makeouts.
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president trump is making a major play for new mexico in the race for 2020. hillary clinton beat him in the border state by 8 points in 2016 the president thinks he can turn it red this time around. and the fight starts tonight with a campaign rally just outside of albuquerque in rio rancho democrats are aiming to tighten their hold after scoring a house seat and the governor's mansion last year. one of those taking on the gop is former cia operative valerie plame, calling out the president directly in a new ad for her congressional campaign >> i was an undercover cia operative. my assignment was presenting
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rogue states and terrorists a way not to get weapons you make a hot spname a hot spo. then chief of staff took revenge against my husband and leaked my identity libby. guess who pardoned him last year mr. president, you have scores to settle. >> the ad racked up nearly 1.4 million views on youtube in a few days president trump is heading to houston next weekend to attend an event with narendra modi modi asked him to attend at the g7 summit in france. the event is expected to draw tens of thousands of people. it will highlight the partnership between india and the u.s. the fire that destroyed the note dre dame cathedral also created a health risk according to an investigation. when the roof and spire burned, flames engulfed 460 tons of
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lead levels of lead dust nearby were up to 1,300 times higher than french safety guidelines that put more than 6,000 young children at risk younger than 6 in age. according to the "times," french officials were aware of the lead within 48 hours but failed to enforce safety procedures for restoration workers and did not conduct tests until a month later. listen to this, police in england trying to solve a major case of laboratory larscelarcen. a functioning gold toilet stolen over the weekend burglars ripped the art installation out of the wall, causing flooding the 18 karat commod was at the museum in new york city. a man has been arrested in connection to the theft, but the toilet has yet to be found of all the things you had to have. >> the golden throne there i hope when they find it, they'll find it unused
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for all our sake's sanitize it. >> that will be the last word. thanks for watching. i'm gigi stone woods. >> i'm frances rivera. coming up on
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breaking overnight 50,000 general motors workers are on strike now after contract talks fail we've got the latest gas prices on the rise oil prices jump more than 10% as president trump tries to reassure americans that we have plenty of oil llowing the military strike on saudi arabia. also breaking, opioid giant purdue pharma, the maker of oxycontin, files for bankruptcy. we'll tell you what it means first state stock markets. it was a big week in the nfl with a few franchise quarterbacks sidelined plus, some pregame pyrotechnics go terribly wrong.

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