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breaking overnight. job mccain cast the deciding vote. plus, a war inside of the white house. anthony scaramucci. jeff sessions weighing in on the president's attacks against him as opposition mounts to replacing the ag.
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good morning. it is friday, july 28th. we have breaking news overnight. senate republicans, they failed to pass their scaled down plan to repeal parts of obama care. it was senator john mccain who cast that decisive vote against the so-called repeal bill. he gave a thumbs down gesture and voted no to the bill, and you could hear an audible gasp in the chamber shortly after. president trump tweeted three republicans and 48 democrats let the american people down. assist i said from the beginning, let obama care implode, then deal. watch. the failed vote came just hours after the latest version of the bill was released with no clear steps for what comes next. the loss marked a huge setback for majority leader mitch mcconnell. take a listen.
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>> we worked hard to try to develop a consensus for a better way forward. yes, it's a disappointment. disappointment, indeed. now, imagine many of our colleagues on the other side are celebrati celebrating. probably pretty happy about all of this. the american people are hurting, and they need relief. our only regret tonight, our only regret is that we didn't achieve what we had hoped to accomplish.
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>> i would say we are not celebrating. we are relieved. as i have said over and over again, obama care was hardly perfect. we did a lot of good things, but it needs improvement. let's turn the page and work together to improve our health care system. >> cause i thought it was the right vote. >> sat there with senator mccain. both of us recognized that it's very hard to disappoint your colleagues, and i know that there's probably disappointment because it was the three votes that senator mccain and senator collins and i cast that did not allow this bill to move forward, and that is difficult, but i
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believe each of us stood up for the reasons that we felt were right. >> mccain and mccowski. joining us from washington capitol hill reporter for "the hill" molly hooper. i'm so happy that i have you here this morning to break all this down. >> i don't think i have seen senator mitch mcconnell as close to tears in that clip that you showed, and i kind of watched sort of the mouth breathing open face watching lisa merkowski discuss what happened, and how difficult it is to take that vote. these are people who said from the very beginning that they need to go through regular
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order. meaning, the senate republicans need to hold hearings. they need to hear from people. the ramifications of the bill that they are putting forward. that's half the problem. we get these cbo scores, like 16 million people will be uninsured, but that's not necessarily the entire case. senator lamar alexander said prior to this vote that, you know, if the bill didn't go through, you would hold hearings. look on to that as a starting point. it's not clear they would have to go back to the drawing board. senate republicans, they want some reassurance. they want to know ramifications and putting a major bill like this forward just to say that they have some -- they've passed something, isn't necessarily the best option. nor is it -- nor is it different than what the democrats did when they were in power. >> we're going to talk about that cbo score in just a second.
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we heard chuck schumer sort of referring to mitch mcconnell as his friend. he said, look, this is not a sbrat other time for us either. we're both at a loss here. do you think the two parties over health care could actually come together? we also heard some democrats on msnbc last night sort of coming to the table with ideas now, but do you think it could work? >> well, they do have ideas, and actually if you saw that clip when mccain voted no, and he did his thumbs down, you could see chuck schumer in the background going like this, you know, to his colleagues up in the gallery as if this is a victory. i don't know if it's necessarily a celebration. if republicans want to work with democrats, democrats are saying you have to drop this repeal push. this isn't a repeal. this is an improvement. this is fixing what is currently the system. they aren't going to vote for anything with a repeal in the title. we could see democrats and republicans coming together, and, you know, look for
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republicans to target those moderate democrats in battleground states that trump won. as possible partners in the effort to "improve" obama care. >> yeah. many saying, look, the repeal language is really sort of part of the campaign trail, and they're carrying that on. >> exactly. >> that's what they've been carrying on the last six months. ahead of this bill's defeat, the cbo score, which you brought up, they released its figures, the cbo, on just how many people would have been impacted had it passed. the cbo estimated that 16 million people, molly, would have lost their health insurance by 2026, which would have been lower than some of the other legislation. in addition to that, premiums would have risen 20% each year over the next decade. pretty astounding stuff. the bill would have also lowered the deficit by more than $135 billion over the next ten years, which is quite a cut there. at 12:15 this morning, democratic senator mark warner tweeted "we just now got the cbo score and final text of the gop
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health care repeal bill. we're supposed to vote on it in just a few minutes. molly, this along with the fractures that have been exposed during the health care debate in the house, what does it really say about the gop's ability here to govern? >> well, it says you need to go through regular order. >> yeah. >> and this is something that happened over on the house side as well because that cbo score belies the reality. it's not that 16 million people would be kicked off their insurance. it's not that 16 million people would necessarily lose it for other reasons. it's that 16 million people could choose not to get insurance because they wouldn't be -- it wouldn't be mandatory. again, this is why republicans want hearings. they need to figure out what the ramifications, the true ramifications, the most realistic costs of taking people off of reducing the medicaid programs, what that really will cost, you know, individuals, in addition to which republicans had a big problem with the fact that this bill did nothing
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really to reduce costs. we'll see going forward, but as of this point, i think people are still a little shell shocked. >> yeah. i would agree with that. considering the fact that it's only two hours after everything went down. molly hooper -- >> that too. >> thanks for joining us. i'll see you again in a bit, molly. >> absolutely. >> one week ago today it was announced that anthony scaramucci would take over as white house communications director. his hiring came as a break from tradition bypassing the chief of staff to directly report to the president. now the new yorker magazine has published an interview with scaramucci in which he goes on a profanity-laced tyrade against reince priebus. it reportedly began with reporter ryan lizza tweet thad he was having dinner with scaramucci and others. he called the reporter asking for the source, but without asking for it to be on background. as an assistant to the president, he said he told scaramucci he couldn't say.
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>> scaramucci then used lairpg we cannot say on the air, to say priebus had prevented him from joining the administration earlier. he also insisted that priebus had leaked scaramucci's financial disclosure form and that the act was a felony. he said i've called the fbi and the department of justice, but in reality the document is actually public. scaramucci used more profane language to describe steve bannon, who like priebus, did not respond for comment. after the story came out, scaramucci tweeted i sometimes use colorful language. i will refrain from this arena, but not give up on the passionate fight for donald trump's agenda. make america great again. in a few hours, he tweeted "i made a mistake in trusting a reporter. it won't happen again." >> wow. okay. between the time that scaramucci spoke with the new yorker and the conversation was published, he tweeted about the felony leak
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of his financial information tagging reince priebus in a tweet, but later deleted it. he claimed it was misinterpreted as an attack when he intended it to mean that he is working with priebus to find the leaks. scaramucci gave an interview to cnn where he talked about senior leakers in the white house and compared himself and reince priebus to cain and able. elsewhere other white house staffers would not come to the chief of staff's aid. >> is reince priebus the big leaker, or at least one of the big leakers, because that's what it looks like in that particular tweet that scaramucci sent out yesterday, and according to the national journal, apparently mr. scaramucci did report reince to the fbi as a leaker. >> i'm not aware of the latter. i will just tell i think leakers are easier to figure out than they might think. this west wing is a very small place. >> does the president have confidence in his chief of staff? >> look, i think i've addressed
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this question when it comes to staffing and personnel many times that if the president doesn't, then he will make that decision. we all serve at the pleasure of the president, and if it gets to place where that isn't the case, he will let you know, where. >> so you can't say right now if the president has full confidence in the chief of staff reince priebus? >> i think i just answered that. >> is reince priebus in trouble may i ask? >> you would have to ask the president that. we all serve at the pleasure of the president, but the fact is that only two people were elected to anything, and they were elected on a very specific set of ideas and promises. >> not answering there, huh? as the week comes to a close, some of the ak money has quieted from the president, directed at his attorney general. in spite of all his harsh tweets and public questioning, jeff sessions told the a.p. that he and the president have a harmony of values and believes, and he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda "sloks he sees that as appropriate." if he wants to make a change, he has every right. i serve at the pleasure of the
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president. i've understood that from the day i took the job. and he was defer he shall in an interview on fox news last night. >> the president of the united states is a strong leader. he will try to make us great again. i serve at the pleasure of the president. he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so, and i would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it, but i do believe that we are making tremendous progress. i can feel the movement that we are doing. >> and through it all, sessions is working to advance the president's agenda. the justice department filing controversial court papers that the 1964 civil rights act does not cover discrimination in the workplace when it comes to sexual owner taegs and spent the don't go away on thursday in el salvador for a meeting on the ms 13 gang, which has been an
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administration priority, and while he has been gone, opposition has mounted to replacing the attorney general, particularly among lawmakers and the president's own party. >> i have come to the floor to keep my promise and to offer a word of humble advice to the president. if you are thinking of making a recess appointment to push out the attorney general, forget about it. the presidency isn't a bull, and this country isn't a china shop. mr. president, you're a public servant in a system of limited government with the duty to uphold and to defend and to teach to our kids the constitution system of checks and balances. >> as a human being, i think he should show some respect for jeff sessions as a person. this effort to basically marginalize and humiliate the attorney general is not going over well in the senate. if jeff sessions is fired, there
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will be holy hell to pay. any effort to go after mueller could be the beginning of the end of the trump presidency unless mueller did something wrong. >> sessions told the a.p. that he has been thrilled about support out there. still ahead, everybody, one senator's effort to president trump's hand when it comes to his ability to fire special counsel bob mueller. plus, heavy rain and thunderstorms, they threaten the mid-atlantic region with flash flooding. we'll get a check on the forecast coming up next.
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yeah, and i can watch thee bgame with directv now.? oh, sorry, most broadcast and sports channels aren't included. and you can only stream on two devices at once. this is fun, we're having fun. yeah, we are. no, you're not jimmy. don't let directv now limit your entertainment. xfinity gives you more to stream to more screens. welcome back. senator lindsey graham says he plans to introduce a bipartisan bill next week that would limit the president's ability to fire special counsel robert mueller. the bill co-sponsored by democrat cory booker would prevent any president from firing a special counsel that has been appointed to investigate them or their administration without the
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approval of the federal judge. graham said it's a critical check on this and any future president, but it's also acknowledging that the bill is really about mueller. >> the idea that the president would fire mueller or have somebody fire mueller because he doesn't like mueller or mueller is doing something he doesn't like can't be -- then we become russia. the red line should never be drawn. the president is not going in the business of drawing red lines whether it comes to the law. the law is above any presidential red line. >> and a super majority in the senate has -- over its aggression in ukraine and syria. corruption, human rights abuses, and weapons sales. the legislation passed on a 98-2 vote after clearing the house with a veto proof majority of 419-3. it now goes to president trump's desk, whose staff has not said if he would sign it. though foreign relations chairman bob corker said last night that the issue is settled.
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>> i've gotten no indications that they're considering vetoing it, and again, i mean, they can count. they understand math, and i just can't imagine they're considering doing so. >> all right. let's get a check on your weather now with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, an ugly start for the mid-atlantic. >> the summer weekends are just ticking by. not many left. it's not going to be a pretty one in the mid-atlantic region. in the southeast on sunday it's not going to be that nice. we're starting off with flash flood watches. northern alabama, west virginia, southern pennsylvania right through the nation's capital, maryland and delaware, not too bad yet. we're just starting to see some of the increased rainfall rates now in areas of kentucky. some storms are popping up in west virginia. this will continue through the day to fill in. we'll get more rainfall. let me give you the timing on it. this is at 8:00 a.m. this morning. there's that rain and starting to head from roanoke all the way back to kentucky. hit and miss shower in areas of delaware. by about 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, to 5:00, numerous showers and thunderstorms pop up through virginia near areas of maryland.
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also around virginia beach back through kentucky and tennessee. this is where we're going to start to see the rain heavy enough to get flash flooding. then as we go through tomorrow morning, a lot of it is off the coast. still a lot of clouds and showers left. temperatures will be chilly and cool too. jersey shore and lopg island all the way back down through virginia beach and even the outer banks will see temperatures much cooler than normal. then by saturday at 5:00 p.m. much of the area in the northeast and mid-atlantic will clear out, and then storms down through the southeast coast. as we go to the weekend forecast, just keep in mind if you are on the east coast, sunday is the better day and then saturday. you know, temperatures in d.c. may only be in the 70s on saturday. >> looks like there's an additional chill in d.c. still ahead, the nationals die in a major league record. one football star makes quite an entrance. sports is next. hey, i've got the trend analysis. hey. hi. hi. you guys going to the company picnic this weekend? picnics are delightful.
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surging nats dominate this one 15-2. all right. heading north to new york and the yankees and raies all tied up in the bottom of the 11th bringing brett gardener to the plate. >> slow it down for the pitcher. >> driven deep to right field. did he get it? see ya. ballgame over. gardener with a walk-off blast, and the yankees win 6-5. >> that one is gone. meanwhile, during the celebration scrum welcoming gardener at home plate, yankees rookie sensation aaron judge broke one of his teeth. the team had a good laugh about it later in the post game victory locker room. the tooth reportedly has yet to be found. maybe we'll find it on ebay somewhere. let's go to toronto for even more drama. three blue jays were tossed in a one minute span in that game, but it was way the game ended that brought the real fireworks. take a look at this. >> swing and drive. left field. guess what, it's gone. a walk-off grand slam.
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welcome back. it is the bottom of the hour. let's start with the morning's top story. >> we're following that breaking news overnight. senate republicans have failed to pass their scaled down plan to repeal parts of obama care. three republican senators voted against the so-called skinny repeal leaving the final vote at 51-49. nbc correspondent garrett haik has been following the latest overnight. >> reporter: well, this morning
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the obama care repeal drama is over at least for now. the senate's last ditch skinny repeal bill going down in defeat in the early morning hours. what happens next is sort of anybody's guess. mitch mcconnell was ready to move on, but republicans and even some of those who voted for obama care to stay alive say there are a lot of problems here that still need to be fixed. democrats say they stand ready to work with their republican colleagues across the aisle if that's what it takes to get these fixes done, but no sign yet of a sudden outbreak of bipartisanship here on capitol hill. lewis. >> a long night on capitol hill. msnbc reporting.
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president trump also weighed in after the health care vote failed tweeting three republicans and 48 democrats let the american people down. as i said from the beginning, let obama care implode. then deal. watch. >> earlier in the day senators found themselves in the unusual position of advocating to pass a bill they had no intention of the president ever signing. >> is the senate going to pass something tonight? >> well, i think they're pointed that way trying to do something, but so far i haven't seen anything that's worthy of passing. >> the so-called skinny bill won't solve the problem, but it will get us to a place where we can solve the problem, which is the conference with the house of representatives. >> it's a vehicle. >> i expect a vote for that. >> the skinny bill as policy is a disaster. the skinny bill as a replacement for obama care is a fraud. not only do we not replace obama care, but we politically own the collapse of health care.
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i would rather get out of the way and let it collapse than have a half-assed approach where it is now our problem. i'm not going to tell people back in south carolina that this product actually replaces obama care because it does not. it is a fraud. >> and the two senators from alaska have both reportedly been threatened by the trump administration because of senator lisa murkowski's vote this week against a motion to begin the debate on repeeling obama care. according to the alaska dispatch news ryan zince called both murkowski and dan sullivan warning them that her vote would put the future with the administration in jeopardy. then on tuesday president trump specifically called out murkowski on twitter. on capitol hill just yesterday neither senator would confirm that they were threatened. >> she's a tough alaskan, right? you should talk to her about the conversations. i'm not getting into the details
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of it. what i think is important is to -- we need to, as i mentioned earlier, keep working on helping -- let me -- let me -- it's to keep working on helping our economy health care, which is what we're working on. >> did he threaten you? >> all right. >> you know, i don't think it's appropriate to use -- thank you. -- to use words like that. i think the reality is it was a difficult conversation, and what i told the president, what i have told the president since he was elected, was i'm here to help the people of alaska, and i'm here to help the people of the country. >> it is a complicated fight to pick. murkowski chairs the committee that oversees the interior department and confirms its nominees. yesterday she postponed a vote on six trump administration
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nominees. now to that other big story that we've been talking about. the incredible language from the incoming white house communications director lashing out at chief of staff reince priebus. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest on a palace intrigue that is getting uglier by the day. targeting two of the president's top advisors. scaramucci telling the new yorker chief of staff reince priebus is an exploitive paranoid schizophrenic and attacking chief strategist steve bannon in such terms they cannot be repeated on television. also calling him a media hungry self-promoter. sources snsd and outside the white house say both priebus and bannon tried to block scaramucci from joining the administration. it comes as scaramucci is publicly feuding with priebus too. scaramucci referring to priebus in stark terms. >> some brothers are like cain and able. >> the biblical reference of
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brotherly murder bolstering peck las vegas of a deep divide which started overnight when scaramucci claimed his financial disclosure form was leaked out, even though its public record and steamed to point the finger at priebus in a tweet, which was later deleted. scaramucci backed off blaming priebus directly for leaking, but then this. >> reince wants to plain he is not a leaker. let him do that. >> the white house press secretary dodged questions about whether the president has confidence in priebus. >> he will make that decision. we all serve at the pleasure of the president. >> so you heard scaramucci -- to that of cain and able. cain murdered able. just want to put that one out there. this photo that we just saw in that package up from the wall street jurm sort of tells us what we need to know. there is an extreme distance
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between the two gentlemen there just staring each other down. i'm going to go out on a limb here and say scaramucci sees himself more as a cain character than an able in this scenario. >> well, i had to brush up a little bit on cain and able, and from what i understand, cain was the first born, and he skilled able silently, and scaramucci is anything but silent. >> and able was favored, though. >> able was favored. it seems like trump really likes scaramucci. otherwise, why hire a guy who is going to go out and say these things? you never know. you never know about this scaramucci may see himself as cain but really perhaps he might be able. unclear. it didn't look good. they were not favoring what scaramucci was saying, and
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reince priebus, he has been in this city for a long time. he has close allies up on capitol hill. it's unclear how this will play out, but, you know, after the article, the new yorker article, came out, i had several republican lawmakers pretty much shaking their heads saying, you know, we've got stuff going on up here. health care and tax reform. you know, this is just a distraction. >> yeah. why cain and able, though? that's sort of my question in all this. why not just tom and jerry like chase each other down. why do we have to murder someone? >> who needs murders these days? >> come on. there's enough drama in the white house right now. >> scaramucci tweeting in response to the firestorm, "i sometimes use colorful language. i will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for donald trump's agenda." molly, in any other administration, this language -- it seems to have -- it would have really gotten someone fired, i feel. >> well, that's probably right.
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i don't know. well, the thing is i don't know if any other administration someone like a scaramucci would have been hired, and that's actually kind of interesting because the one thing i did hear from republican lawmakers earlier in the week before all this was happening was, hey, scaramucci, he actually kind of sounds like trump. he sort of speaks like trump. that was -- that was sort of reassuring, but cautiously optimistic because kind of like trump, you never know what's going to happen next. the one thing that -- the one thing that they say up on capitol hill is that this president is anything but predictable, and so having a communications director that's anything but predictable may not serve him as well as he thinks. >> yeah. i was thinking that if trump could be his own communications director, it would be scaramucci. >> there you go. >> let's leave it there. molly hooper, thank you. >> thank you. the house judiciary committee is now calling on the justice department to appoint a second special counsel. this one to investigate hillary
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clinton, james comey, and loretta lynch. the letter states in part, it seemingly was a limited focus of the special counsel's investigation has led many of our constituents to see a dual standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and politically well connected. for this reason we call on you to appoint a second special counsel to investigate a plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath. according to the letter, that includes the former attorney general and former fbi director's handling of the clinton e-mail investigation as well as hillary clinton's handling of classified information. all right. president trump's speech on monday to a group of 40,000 boy scouts garnered a wave of criticism for its tone and political underpinnings, which included railing against the media, rehashing his election win, calling the nation's capital a "sess pool or sewer."
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then encouraging the crowd to boo. now the head of the boy scouts is apologizing to organization members. in a post on-line he writes, in part, "i want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our scouting family who are offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. that was never our intent. he adds that the scouts have invited every sitting president to the jamboree since it was started." it is no no way an endorsement of any person, party, or policy. for years people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, skps we have steadfastly remained nonpartisan and refused a comment on political matters. i refuse to accept that policy was inserted into the scouting program. more than $1 .5 billion request was -- it was part of a $788 billion spending bill or mini-bust to fund the pentagon and then departments of veterans affairs and energy, the maneuver
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shielded some republican lawmakers from having to take a tough up or down vote on the border wall, but will also make it harder to pass the senate 60-vote threshold. five house republicans. they voted no, while five democrats voted in favor of the bill. all right. still ahead, military speakers speak ut on president trump's ban on transgender military members putting the pentagon at odds with the white house. plus, national security advisor h.r. mcmaster shakes up his team. the top advisor who is now out at the nsc. those stories, plus bill karin with a check on your weekend forecast when we come back. meta appetite control...
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he said the policy will not be altered until the secretary of defense jim mattis receives direction from the president. mattis issues guidance. according to reports, the joint chiefs and other senior military officials, they were left blind sighted by trump's announcement. the chief of naval personnel, robert burke issued a memo saying secretary mathis's office is working to quickly discern the president's intent. a point the white house continued to push later that day. >> the decision is based on a military decision. it's not meant to be anything more than that. as i have said before and i'll try to make this clear, this was a military decision. this was about military readiness. this was about unit cohesion. this is about resources within the military.
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nothing more. the service will continue to provide health care for them. now to a major shake-up in the national security counsel. h.r. mcmaster has removed retired -- derek harvey. the top administration advisor. harvey, a long-time intelligence analyst was close to and appointed by mcmaster's predecessor michael flynn. harvey was set to play a role in reviewing iran's compliance in the nuclear deal. mcmaster and harvey served together in iraq, but reportedly had disagreements during their short tenure in the trump administration. no reason has been given so far for harvey's removal, adding to the trien treeing of the story. harvey says in a statement, "i will be leaving the national skuns council today to take vac of a new opportunity to continue serving our president and the united states of america in an important capacity."
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>> in the olatha area of kansas, this is south of kansas city, this was the area hit hardest. they had record levels on a few of the smaller rivers there, and the water did recede pretty quickly during the day, but the damage was left, and the damage was done, and there were a lot of vehicles with a lot of water. even a couple of businesses too. no fatalities, thankfully. so as far as today goes 27 million people in flash flood watches. alabama, west virginia, southern pennsylvania right through the nation's capital out there towards baltimore. even in maryland and delaware too. right now it's not too bad, but you can see all of a sudden the last six hours nothing, nothing, and all of a sudden it starts to flare up here in kentucky, west virgin virginia. this is just a sign of things to come as the rain moves in. the rainfall forecast, when you get up here to the purple, that's three inches of rain. the red is four inches. this area right in here from salsburiy just north of ocean city, southern portions of delaware and dover and
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washington d.c. and annapolis, that's the area that has a best chance of getting three to five ingz inches of rain, and the best chance of flash flooding. that would be late today, overnight tonight, and into tomorrow morning. the forecast, we will have increasing rain chances from atlanta. especially up there in the mid-atlantic. by the time we get to saturday, a lot of the heavy rain exits, but we're still left with showers. a lot of the heavy yir rain will be down here along the gulf coast. then finally on sunday, we clear that storm out for a nice recovery day in the mid-atlantic. northeast looks great. a nice sunday overall. just a few storms in florida. >> all right. looking straight twards sunday. another accolade to amazon ceo's mantle. his brief reign atop one of the most powerful lists. that story and the others driving your business today when we come back.
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welcome back, everybody, to the ongoing chaos in venezuela. the u.s. government as ordered families to leave caracas and advised americans not to travel to venezuela . the move comes ahead of vote to form a special assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution. it is a deeply unpopular move, which has opposition says is a ploy to consolidate more power, which is seen as a protest
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against madura's rule. and more than 100 people were arrested in front of this mosque. it all came hours after israel removed metal detectors from the entrance of the holy site. >> let's turn to business where amazon's ceo jeff bezos became the world's richest man for a moment. the news was mixed. this morning's shares are down. willem, this has been the story for a long time. >> that's right. we saw jeff bezos take over as
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earnings per share came in at less than a third what wall street investors were expecting. another company falling foul is twitter. we saw 9 million new users added in the first three months of 2017. we haven't seen any more in the last three months. though their revenues increased slightly, it was not enough to stop these shares to drop precipitously. facebook announced their new spart will give 100% to art
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schoo schools. this is a way to make nice. >> the death of an icon, huh? >> yes. we're paying tribute this morning to the ipod shuffle and nano apple. the company said that it is simplifying its ipod lineup with two models of the ipod touch, making that model the last ipod standing. i have to say i'm not surprised by this. i don't think i've used an ipod or a nano for about ten years or so. >> coming up next on "morning joe," the breaking news as the senate fails to repeal
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welcome back, everybody. before we toss it over to morning joe, let's get a check on the stories you'll be hearing about. president trump said to head to long island, new york where he's set to make a major announcement on law enforcement and immigration. he will lay out his administration's gang to defeat the ms-13 gang and money to build his border wall. >> meanwhile protesters are expected at that appearance by the president today. members by the lgbtq community are expected to be there. >> and closing arguments in the fraud trial against martin
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shkreli continue. have a fantastic weekend. i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside louis burgdorf, "morning joe" starts right now. >> the american people are entirely justified in saying that any politician who told me that and voted the other way -- the gop faces a failing presidency. you want to know what failure looks like, take a look at the last 36 hours of the trump presidency. president trump tried to lay blame for the health care failure at the feet of three republicans and the democrats but in the end he wasn't able to keep his

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