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five more children. it is just what annie would have want them to do. >> that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm natalie morales. thanks for watching. . oil prices surge after that attack on saudi oil facilities hit the global supply. president trump says the u.s. is ready to respond. his exact words locked and loaded. prominent democrats call for impeachment of supreme court justice brett kavanaugh after the "new york times" publish a previously unreported claim of sexual misconduct. new overnight from detroit, autoworkers hit the picket line. the first such walkout in more than a decade. ♪
good morning, everyone. it's monday, september 16th. i'm ayman mohyeldin along side yasmin vossoughian. we begin in the mild east whedd where iran is dying it was behind a series of drone attacks. the early morning attacks targeted a saudi processing field and a major oilfield. it cut the kingdom's liquefied natural gas in about half. it also destroyed more than 5% of the oil supply around the globe. oil prices have spiked more than 15% in the aftermath and u.s. gasoline futures and heating oil futures have jumped significantly on that news. yem yemen's houthi rebels have claimed responsibility. they said the attacks are related to the devastating saudi led war in yemen which has led to a catastrophic famine and a humanitarian crisis and left almost 100,000 people dead
including scores of civilians. >> secretary of state mike pompeo tweeted that iran is directly to blame and quote, there is no evidence the attacks came from yemen. a senior u.s. official telling nbc news the attacks came from the direction of tehran. while tehran is denying responsibility, here is how iran's top national security official described tehran's strategy a month ago in an exclusive sit-down with nbc news's lester holt. >> how far is iran willing to go to defend its interests? >>. >> translator: iran has multiple instruments at hand including the proxy war. >> what is the next step for iran? >> translator: we will make that public. we will continue and follow this active resistance approach in all sectors. will . there is no doubt there will be more decisive steps to be taken. >> the recent tensions ignited when president trump withdrew
the united states from the landmark 2015 iran nuclear deal and reapplied and added new hard hitting sanctions against iran. the president took to twitter to respond to the weekend's attacks writing in part, quote, saudi arabia oil supply was attacked. there is reason to believe that we know the culprit are locked and loaded depending on verify ki -- verification. they are waiting to hear from the kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack. president trump has used the locked and loaded threat against north korea and used nearly identical language aimed at iran early this summer. the secretary of state is saying what the president is saying. saying we know iran is behind this attack. about 100 attacks against saudi arabia, and then you've got the president saying we'll waiting for verification. >> isn't it interesting to say
the least that also the president of the united states is saying we're going to defer to saudi arabia as to how to act. when in the history have you actually ever heard that before. it's been consistent with the actions. obviously iran denying any participation in this, but sort of this maximum pressure campaign from iran or from proxies of iran attacking oil tankers, attacking assets in iraq. attacking the to act because of these sanctions that have been leveled against them over the last year because of the jcpoa. it's interesting to see how all of this is going to play out to say the least. strategic in that there has been no civilian loss in any of these attacks, whoever it is who's actually responsible for them. a growing number of lawmakers are throwing their support p behind calls for for supreme court justice brett kavanaugh to be impeached as allegations of sexual misconduct resurface. the claims come ahead of the
release of a new book on kavanaugh. kelly o'donnell has more. >> reporter: a divisive political fire reignited around supreme court associate justice brett kavanaugh surrounding allegations that he denies of drunken sexual misconduct as a student in the 1980s against christine blasey ford and others. >> i've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever. sexual assault is horrific. >> reporter: a new book out tuesday examines past accusations against kavanaugh describing witnesses who say they were not interviewed by the fbi. nbc news reported on claims made by deborah ramirez that kavanaugh exposed himself. the authors say in an exclusive interview they got further corroborations. >> with debra ramirez we had
several corroborating sources. two classmates remembered hearing about the event. >> reporter: and a separate allegation made public. nbc news confirms the book's reporting there was another alleged instance of kavanaugh exposing himself in college. 2020 democrats call for kavanaugh's removal with multiple democratic candidates calling for kavanaugh's impeachment. >> impeachment is something you can look at, but you got to get the documents to be able to prove the case. >> reporter: president trump invokes justice kavanaugh at most rallies. >> boy did he get treated badly. >> reporter: and delivered a fierce defense on twitter. brett kavanaugh should start suing people for liable. wh -- libel, where does it stop? >> reporter: at least some members of the senate judiciary committee were aware of it last year before confirmation, but
it's just now publicly known. we also reached out to justice kavanaugh through the court, and he declined comment. senate majority leader republican mitch mcconnell also spoke out on twitter writing that he expects to see the service of justice kavanaugh on the bench for years to come and implicit in that he does not think any impeachment effort will be successful. >> thank you for that report. and more than a day after article was published, the paper updated the article. the quote, the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say she does not recall the episode. joining us political reporter from the hill, julia manchester. what has been the reaction so far to the latest claims against justice kavanaugh? >> well, from democrats it's something we would absolutely expect coming from the events that really unfolded last year. you're hearing calls from a number of candidates for impeachment while a number of
other democratic candidates like amy klobuchar, joe biden are saying there should be an investigation first. you're seeing that this episode or this allegation is really creating just another political firestorm nearly a year after brett kavanaugh faced that first firestorm when there were a number of allegations against him during his confirmation process. it will be interesting to see how this impacts the campaign trail. we know that conserve tiatives campaigned on their ability to pack the supreme court with conservative justices. you're seeing democrats pick up on the need for appointing liberal justices as well to compete with those conservative justices on the courts at all levels. this just adds another aspect into that fight. this is definitely going to continue to be very much a controversial element on the campaign trail. >> let's switch gears and talk about the increased tensions between iran and the united states, particularly with that
attack on the oilfield in saudi arabia over the weekend. the president resorting to his locked and loaded response. what do you make of that now also keeping in mind that you've got john bolton who is more of the hawk in the administration, he's no longer in the picture, but the president still using very much hawkish language? >> when i read that tweet it was very reminiscent of the tweet he sent earlier this year right before he called off a strike against iran oil or energy facilities this year. it was very reminiscent of the language he has used before, and it shows he has continued to be hawkish on this issue. it's interesting how this has very much played out in the past couple of days or the past week. president trump was considering possibly sitting down with iranian president rouhani.
we saw just leave of absence week secretary of state mike pompeo, mike pompeo, steve mnuchin said president trump would be willing to move towards that and sit down with him in the near future. president trump is appearing to back off that a little bit saying that he won't sit down under no conditions. so i think that this kind of puts a bit of a wrench in the peace process or the somehow some kind of talks between iran and the u.s., though iran has not claimed responsibility and they are denying these attacks. >> but it's interesting because the president in the past has also said he would sit down with hassan rouhani with no preconditions. now he's kind of changed his note. what do you think the likelihood is here that with the u.n. council, you know, convening here in new york city over the next couple of days or so, the next couple of weeks. what do you think the likelihood is that the president will sit down with him. you can't really count it out at this point. >> you can't count it out, and
this president is so unpredictable. it's hard to say. however, we know that this president has such a tight relationship with saudi arabia, and it appears that saudi arabia's relationship is p kind of influencing how he's moving forward in these talks, and we know that saudi arabia will obviously point the finger at iran or iran-backed military groups like the houthi rebels. you know, it's hard to say how president trump will be influenced. he's very unpredictable when it comes to foreign policy. i think you're going to see a rallying behind the scenes, a competition between saudi arabia and maybe your last hawkish officials in the white house try to, you know, gain the president's ear and push him in one direction. >> yeah, saudi arabia and israel both have an interest in seeing iran curtailed in the region. >> thank you, we're going to talk to you again in a little bit. still ahead, the latest in the race for the democratic presidential nomination, joe biden's allies go after
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the sackler family issued a statement last night calling both the settlement and bankruptcy a historic step to address a tragic public health situation. >> and former president of planned parenthood is calling out the women's health org organization for withholding severance pay in an effort to get her to sign a confidential agreement. the "new york times" obtained a 1,400 word letter when one accused the company of holding her health insurance and departure payout as ransom. the letter comes at a time when planned parenthood faces scrutiny by the trump administration. the times reports she was ousted from the organization in july after sharp disagreements over what officials described as her abra abrasive and flawed management style. lets get a check on where are weather. >> a couple hundred miles makes
a huge difference. we have our third hurricane of the atlantic season, this is humberto now heading away from the u.s. and away from the northern portions of the bahamas. it did plague that region with a lot of on and off rain over the last couple of days. this one's going to head out to sea. we have clear skies and really nice conditions in areas of the southeast actually producing a nice breeze and bringing down lower humidity. we still have rough conditions on the coast. we have 75 miles per hour winds, that makes it a minimum hurricane. it's slowly moving, and the reason now we're watching the lowes, we're going to have to wait and see how close it gets to bermuda. the hurricane center's latest forecast does have it coming are pretty close. bermuda is in the cone of uncertainty. it should become a pretty strong storm. as of now, we'll have to wait and see. it's not until about thursday morning it would get closest to bermuda. the hurricane wind probabilities
do take that red, which is that high risk towards bermuda. the rough go on f it on the eastern coast, high surf and waves. what's next. this is that time of the year in the tropics where there's always something brewing. we have this little area in here, a little spin in here, the hurricane center says 50% chance of development in the next two days, 80% chance in the next five days. this one is still at least five days away from any land areas or any islands, so if this was ever even to threaten anywhere it's at least a week away, so plenty of time to watch that. the forecast for today as i mentioned, there's really nice air in the mid-atlantic. 88 in d.c. it's not as humid, it's still bearable. warm and humid in areas of florida. we're still trying to get rid of the heat in dallas. gorgeous weather chicago to minneapolis. a sneak peek tomorrow a similar day, not going to have a lot of extreme weather this week. it looks like a typical, late
summer, early fall week. >> atlanta and the southeast can't get a break. >> it's a little less humid. >> they want that break. >> like a week away from fall, and it certainly doesn't look like it. thank you, bill. still ahead, after botching a question on race, joe biden comes back with a major speech on racism. we're going to hear some of that next. lives to get home to they use stamps.com print discounted postage for any letter any package any time right from your computer all the amazing services of the post office only cheaper get our special tv offer a 4-week trial plus postage and a digital scale go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again!
are suggesting she poses the weakest chance to win the white house in 2020. biden supporters are pointing to her performance among independent and blue collar voters adds evidence that she will fail to appeal to voters in the rust belt. after thursday's democratic debate, congressman vincente gonzalez changed his endorsement of julian castro to joe biden. in a statement released by biden's campaign, gonzalez said the former vp demonstrated the values and characters i know and respect that voters are looking for in their candidate for president. joe biden delivered his most significant and at times deeply personal speech on racism on sunday. the former vice president delivered the keynote address marking the 56th anniversary of the deadly bombing of the 16th street baptist church that killed four young girls.
biden spoke of a country still grappling with racism and called on the nation to live up to its founding idealing. >> we must acknowledge there can be no realization of the american dream without grappling with the original sin of slavery, brought to these shores over 400 years ago. in the century's long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought upon barack peoplack pe this country, the domestic terrorism, white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before the founding of this country, lynch mobs, arsonists, bomb makers, lone gunmen, and as we all now realize, this violence does not live in the past. hate only hides. it doesn't go away. if you give it oxygen, it comes
out from under the rocks. it can be defeated or drowned out, but it can never be totally va vanquished. but we also should realize that the revulsion of hate as its ugliest can kmsummon us as a nation to do better, to bring out the best in us. >> and donald trump had hoped his inauguration would be brought in by a super star by president obama had with beyonce and aretha franklin, but his top choice declined his invitation. the "new york times" reports that sir elton john declined the president's inauguration invitation via e-mail citing that due to his british nationality he felt it would not be appropriate to play at the inauguration of an american president. this rejection proved to be particularly difficult for trump because he has thought of him as his friend. in multiple books, trump had praised john's talent and drive. in 2005 trump had arpgranged fo
john to perform at his third wedding. trump has paid homage to elton john by playing his songs at rallies and affectionately nicknamed his friend kim jong-un little rocket man a reference to john's hit song "rocketman." the rejection appears to have hurt the president. trump has focused on topping the attend records and ticket sales of john's. saying quote, i've broken more elton john records. he seems to have a lot of records, and i by the way, i don't have a musical instrument. i don't have a guitar or an organ. no organ. elton has an organ, and lots of other people helping. we've broken a lot of records. we've broken virtually every record. >> that was quite a read my friend. >> i was trying to do it in dramatic interpretation. we'll have the top stories and headlines this morning from the saudi oil attacks, and the claim that has 2020 democrats calling for brett kavanaugh's
♪ welcome back, everything. i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside ayman mohyeldin. let's start with the morning's top stories. several 2020 democrats are calling for supreme court justice brett kavanaugh to be impeached after another sexual misconduct allegation was published saturday in the "new york times." the essay in the paper's opinion section which was adapted from an upcoming book by two "new york times" reporters is graphic. it details an alleged incident
at yale university and claims, quote, a classmate max steyer saw mr. kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. mr. steyer who runs a nonprofit organization in washington notified senators and the fbi about this account, but the fbi did not investigate. and mr. steyer has declined to discuss it publicly. we cob rated the story with two officials who have commune kated with steyer more than a day after the article was published, the times updated the article to contain a key element that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say shae does not recall the episode. the authors claim they found new corroboration for accusations that kavanaugh exposed himself to deborah ramirez in the early 1980s. kavanaugh declined to comment to nbc news, and kavanaugh delivered a broad denial of misconduct during his
confirmation hearing last year. >> you can imagine this triggered a lot of reaction. here's how 2020 democrats are responding to it. elizabeth warren, kamala harris, beto o'rourke, julian castro have called for kavanaugh to be impeached. joe biden, amy klobuchar have called for further investigation. pete buttigieg said if kavanaugh doesn't resign he should be impeached. trump twooeting out now the radical left democrats areft brett kavanaugh again talking loudly out of their favorite word impeachment. he is an innocent man who has been treated horribly, such lies about him. brett kavanaugh should start suing people for libel or the justice department should come to his rescue. the lies being told about him are unbelievable. false accusations without recrimination. where does it stop? they are trying to influence his opinions. can't let that happen. the president also suggested that the threat of impeachment
is meant to sway kavanaugh's opinions on the bench adding quote, this is the game they play. fake and corrupt news is working overtime, #protectkavanaugh. iran is rejecting u.s. accusations that it was behind this week's on saudi oil facilities. riyadh and washington are pushing to respond to the attacks. nbc news chief global correspondent bill neely has more. >> reporter: a blame game and rising tension after the biggest attack on the saudi oil industry in decades. iranian backed rebels from yemen releasing this propaganda video to bolster their claim that ten drones hit two saudi installations. they rejected secretary of state mike pompeo's claim that iran itself had attacked the world's energy supply. iran's foreign minister critical, too, tweeting having failed at maximum pressure, secretary pompeo is turning to
maximum deceit. the u.s. provided no evidence iran carried out the attack, smoke from which could be seen from space. >> even the saudis who of course are no friends of the iranian regime have yet to accuse iran of being responsible for this. >> reporter: the attack will likely drive up u.s. gas prices. one analyst told nbc news by as much as $0.25 a gallon. saudi officials telling "the wall street journal" only a third of their output will be back online, full production may take weeks. >> and our thanks to bill neely for that report. so for much of this year, president trump and the administration have called for talks with iran with both even saying the meeting could occur with no preconditions. however, trump tweeted yesterday that that assertion is actually fake news and incorrect. that is probably not true using both the president's words and those from his administrations. >> i would certainly meet iran
if they wanted to meet. >> do you have preconditions for that meeting? >> no preconditions, no. they want to meet i'll meet anytime they want, anytime they want. it's good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world. no preconditions. if they want to meet, i'll meet. >> is it one on one talks with you and the ayatollah? >> it doesn't matter to me. here's what i want, anything to get you to the result. you want to talk, good. otherwise you can have a bad economy for the next three years. >> no preconditions? >> not as far as i'm concerned, no preconditions. >> i think you know we've done more sanctions on iran than anybody, and it's absolutely working. now the president has made clear he is happy to take a meeting with no preconditions. >> secretary pompeo, for clarity can you foresee a meeting between president trump and the iranian leader later this month surrounding the united nations? >> sure. >> would the president sport up that? >> the president's very clear, no precondition. >> in what could possibly boost
benjam benjamin netanyahu's re-election bid. he has spoken about a potential new defense agreement between the two nations. trump tweeted i had a call today with prime minister netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a mutual defense treaty between the u.s. and israel. trump added he looked forward to continuing those discussions later this month when the two leaders meet at the united nations general passembly sessin here in new york. democratic leaders have laid down a hard line for president trump as he deliberates potential gun reform legislation. house speaker nancy pelosi and senate minority leader chuck schumer spoke to trump by phone yesterday for roughly ten minutes to discuss expanding background checks. after the report liqued cordial talks, writing we made it clear to the president that any proposal he endorses that does not include the house passed universal background legislation will not get the job done as dangerous loopholes will exist
and people who shouldn't have guns will have access to them. they offered to sweeten the deal if the president would endorse their bill and get mitch mcconnell on board they would join president trump for a photo op for a historic signing ceremony. a white house official tells the "new york times" that trump has instructed advisers to continue to work to find a range of policies that would go after illegal gun sales while protecting the second amendment and expand the role of mental health professionals. mayor pete buttigieg weighed in on fellow candidate beto o'rourke's candidates, on suggesting the government take away some guns. watch this. >> did beto o'rourke saying something that's playing into the hands of republicans? >> yes, look, right now we have an amazing moment on our hands. we have agreement among the american people for not just universal background checks but we have a majority in favor of red flag laws, high capacity magazines, banning the new sale
of assault weapons. this is a golden moment to finally do something. we've been arguing about this for as long as i've been alive. when even this president and even mitch mcconnell are at least pretending to be open to reforms, we know that we have a moment on our hands. >> o'rourke reacted to buttigieg's comments tweeting this, leaving millions of weapons of war on the streets because trump and mcconnell are at least pretending to be open to reforms, that calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place. let's have the courage to say what we believe. >> joining us once again political reporter for the hill julia manchester. let's talk about that exchange between beto o'rourke and pete buttigieg. how did beto o'rourke's debate performance impact top democrats' continued talks with president trump on gun reform. is it a divided front, especially between those that are running for office in 2020 only playing into republican hands as pete buttigieg
suggested? >> it's very much possible. i think beto o'rourke has very much took advantage of the fact that ever since the el paso shooting he has very much been at the forefront of this issue, and he's very much made it almost a niche issue for him calling for gun control as well as actions taken against white supremacy and bigotry. we know that beto o'rourke on that debate stage really much made that an issue almost of his own and capitalized on it, and he got a lot of praise for that performance. before he wasn't being as noticed for his debate performance. this was a way for him to very much stand out. however, pete buttigieg's calculus in all of this is more of a compromising one. let's sit down and work this out. i think pete buttigieg understands this isn't going to be as easy as taking away people's ar-15s. after o'rourke made that comment at the debates, we saw quite a bit of outcry from republicans
and conservatives on that issue. i think this is just two different philosophies in approaching this issue going forward. >> what do you make, julia of top democrats offer to the president for a photo op? if they can pass bipartisan background check legislation. >> you know, i got to say, i actually quite clever. we know that president trump loves a good photo op, and he loves being able to take credit for any talks of, you know, talks with democrats or any sort of bipartisan movement, even if it's democrats reaching out first. so i think nancy pelosi and chuck schumer very much know what president trump likes in that regard, and they know that a photo op in the rose garden is something he will very much capitalize on. >> who are you hearing, at least from your sources and others, who are you hearing to be in the driver's seat on the topic of gun reform? mitch mcconnell says it's the white house. the white house on the other hand saying they want to find out what mitch mcconnell can
actually get passed, and yet somewhere in all of this we're waiting to see what actually gets written into law. >> yeah, i think republicans are very much still in the hands of the gun control lobby -- or the gun lobbies such as the national rifle association, and mitch mcconnell probably isn't sure which direction to go in at this point because he knows that he's almost at the whim of president trump in all of this, so he's kind of waiting for him to take the lead on all of this. we know that gun control groups such as every town for gun safety, moms demand action are very much taking aim or you know, looking at senators up for re-election that work under mitch mcconnell such as cory gardner in colorado, susan collins in maine, thom tillis in north carolina. they are going to make their re-election bids much harder with a number of ad campaigns or very much organizing in that state. so i think mitch mcconnell is very cognizant of that. he's almost between a rock and
hard place. >> what's the feeling here in washington, julia? do they feel like something is going to get done. >> as pete buttigieg is saying it's kind of like a turning point. >> or do they say it's going to peter out with a new cycle, unless of course there is tragically yet another shooting in this country? >> i think everyone's holding their breath on this issue. it does seem that we are moving forward. we saw that almost happen with the parkland shootings and the issues of bump stocks and we remember when president trump invited the parents of victims of mass shootings to the white house, and you know, from a number mass shootings, and it seemed like there was movement on that issue. we saw that fall apart. so you know, it seems like we're inching forward, but history tells us a very different story unfortunately. >> already julia manchester, live in d.c. for us this morning. still ahead, 2020 presidential candidate andrew y ang, the argument he's making on
. >> true welcome back, everyone. democratic presidential candidate andrew yang is defending his contest to provide ten americans $1,000 monthly for one year, which would come from campaign donations. >> larry noble the former general counsel of the federal election commission told cnn that what you're proposing would not be legal. it's not legal to give those ten families money from your campaign to use however they want, but are you sure that you're on solid legal ground? >> yeah, we have an army of lawyers who have signed off on it, and we're sure that this is perfectly legal. i do want to reflect for a moment on the fact that if i gave a million dollars to media consultants or hired a small army of canvassers no one would
blink an eye. but if we give the money directly to the american people somehow that's problematic. it just speaks to how messed up our system is where giving money directly to americans actually raises eyebrows. >> during thursday's democratic primary debate, you may recall yang promised to provide ten winners of an online raffle with a thousand dollars a month for an entire year even if his presidential campaign has ended by that point. the cash contest echoing the central proposal of husband canal pai campaign, the freedom dividend that provides for the government -- the federal election committee prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal use. let's get a check on the weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> we were talking about a lot of people in the south who would like a break and kind of turn their air-conditioning off for the first time in months. not happening this morning, 80s in dallas, we're 83 in new orleans, mid-70s throughout much of the south. so that means the air conditioners are humming right along. you probably are waking up with
the windows open, detroit, lexington, much of the ohio valley, the northeast, even d.c. this morning at 69 will feel kind of refreshing considering how hot your summer has been. look at northern new england, 52 degrees. some areas are a little cool, but we're still going to be well above average, a good chunk of the country during the day today, especially in the northern plains. fargo's going to be 86 degrees. that's 16 warmer than normal. memphis today you're going to threatening 100. you'll be 14 degrees warmer than you should be. atlanta is going to be about 11 degrees warmer than you should be. much of the middle of the country and much of the eastern part of the country is well above average, continues into tuesday. where little rock's going to be 96, st. louis at 90. even into wednesday we don't see a ton of relief as memphis will be near 100. here's your week ahead forecast. we don't have a lot of rain out there. we don't have a lot of storms. we're not going to see anything tropical that's going to be threatening us. humberto is going to be exiting and heading out to sea. that's only going to be a scare
on thursday for bermuda. the rainy weather in the pacific northwest, especially in the mountainous areas. if you're down here from southern louisiana from lake charles through the beaumont, port arthur area into houston, that's where we could see increasing rain chances. that's about it. on wednesday possible record highs in the south. just a few storms racing through the plains, once again the northwest. as we head towards the weekend, we're going to go about seven days in a row with no rain in areas of the northeast, which hasn't happened in a while. if you like late summer a little warmth and cool, crisp nights this will be the week for you in the northeast. finally things change with a storm system coming through the middle of the country on friday. notice only 80s in areas of the deep south and we'll have some strong storms in the plains. if you like sunshine and beautiful sunny days, the northeast -- >> i wonder why you say if. is there someone who doesn't like that. >> sometimes you'll be like this is a horrible snowstorm.
s someone's like i love the snow. there's always someone out there. >> not at this table. baseball's greatest closer will receive the nation's highest civil honor, has president trump is set to reward mariano rivera with the presidential medal of freedom. it will not be the first trip to the trump white house for rivera who participated in the white house sports and fitness day in may of 2015 and was named a cochair of the president's council on sports fitness and nutrition. he had joined trump and governor chris christie in march of 2017 at a meeting on opioid abuse. earlier this year, rivera became the first player ever to be unanimously elected to the baseball hall of fame. the 13 time all star saved 652 games during his 19-year career with the yankees the most ever, and is a five-time world series champion. some sad news to report over the weekend, cofounder and lead singer of the band the cars rick
ocasek has died. he was pronounced dead at the scene. the cause of death is not immediately clear, police say no criminality is suspected. ocasek cofounded the cars with bassist and singer benjamin orr in boston in 1976 merging classic guitar with synthesizer driven pop sounds of the late 1970s and early '80s. the bond recorded more than a dozen top singles including "my best friend's girl" and "just what i needed". >> so many of their songs will stand the test of time, that is for sure. >> very sad to see him go. still ahead, the new report raising questions about one trump administration official's apparent connection to associates of jeffrey epstein. tens of thousands of auto workers hit the picket lines, details on what's keeping the two sides from a deal and what the president has to say on the
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welcome back, treasury secretary steve mnuchin allegedly served in an official capacity for a business run by one of jeffrey epstein's most infamous associates. according to the daily beast, mnuchin is listed in official records as the new york state point of contact for a company called next management corporation, which was formed in 1988 by modeling industry insiders shawn luke burnell.
he has been accused of drugging and raping three models and supplying girls to epstein to be sexually abused. the dos process is the person who files a company's registration papers and receives lawsuits and other official documents on their behalf. a treasury department official said mnuchin did not know he was listed as dos process for the corporation and it was, quote, not clear how he wound up serving in the role. he added mnuchin did not recall meeting brunell's brother and has never done business with them. he did confirm he was long time friends with the owner of next modeling agency. two former next models have been romantically linked to epstein. negotiations are set to resume after tens of thousands of autoworkers across the country officially went on strike over general motors. leaders from the united auto workers union told 50,000
workers at 31 gm plants to walk off the jobs or stay home after talks with the automaker on a new four year labor agreement stalled over the weekend. one of the biggest sticking points is the company's decision in november to close four u.s. factories. the union is also pressing for higher pay, more job security and better benefits. general motors, which is trying to cut costs ahead of an anticipated slowdown in the u.s. auto industry called the walkoff disappointing saying it put forward a fair offer. this marks the first national strike by the union since 2007. president trump weighed in on twitter yesterday encouraging the two sides to get together and make a deal. australian intelligence officials have concluded that china is responsible for a cyber attack on its general election this past may. five people with direct knowledge of the attack told reuters that the australian r roy -- responsible for the attack on three political parties and national parliament.
the five sources asked not to be identified as to avoid disru disrupting trade relations with china. china's foreign ministry denied being responsible for the attacks saying in part this, when investigating and determining the nature of online incidents, there must be full proof of the facts. otherwise it's just creating rumors and smearing others, pitting labels on people indiscriminately. the latest on the tensions between the u.s. and iran in the wake of those attacks at a saudi oil facility, what tehran is saying as the president warnings the u.s. is locked and loaded. more on the growing calls for impeachment against supreme court justice brett kavanaugh over renewed wall misconduct allegations as president trump and republicans come to his defense, we're going to have details on those and the morning's other top stories in less than three minutes. don't go anywhere. they have businesses to grow customers to care for
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locked and loaded. >> plus, prominent democrats call for the impeachment of supreme court justice brett kavanaugh after the "new york times" publishes a previously unreported claim of sexual misconduct. we're going to have reaction. new overnight from detroit autoworkers at the workers in d went to the picket lines. the very first such walkout in more than a decade. good morning, everyone, it's monday, september 16th. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside yasmin vossoughian. we begin in the middle east where iran denies accusations that it was behind drone attacks in saudi arabia. it targeted a saudi arabia oil processing tank facility and a major oil field and cut the kingdom's liquefied natural gas and ethane production by half and destroyed 5% of the global oil supply.