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what did he know and when did he know it? new fallout in morning in the russia investigation with questions swirling around attorney jn jeff sessions and previously undisclosed conversation biz russia. >> cuts, cuts, cuts, the president and house republicans unveil their long awaited tax blueprint, but who wins and who loses? >> new york terror attack, new details on what may have motivated the suspect and the terror group now claiming responsibility. >> plus major celebs and on-air personalities get fooled into sharing fake russian ads. >> your weekend box office preview including one thunderous opening. >> and apple fans rejoice, the iphone 10 is finally here. "early today" starts right now. >> good morning, i'm phillip
mena. >> i'm frances rivera. we begin with brand-new fallout from a stunning turn in the mueller investigation this morning with a new question swirling around attorney general jeff sessions. centering on what he did during the campaign and when he later said under oath before congress. the "the new york times" leads with this major headline. trump and sessions denied knowing about russian contacts. records suggest otherwise. >> and now democrats are demanding an explanation over why sessions did not disclose the 2016 meeting where a campaign aide proposed using russian contacts to set up a sit down between then candidate donald trump and vladimir putin. but in june sessions appeared under oath and said just the opposite. we get more now from nbc white house correspondent kristen welker. >> reporter: just days after the world learned george papadopoulos, a volunteer trump campaign aide pled guilty to like to the fbi about his contacts with russian officials who offered him dirt on hillary clinton, the ripple effect with attorney general jeff sessions under fresh scrutiny. a source familiar with sessions
thinking tells nbc news during the campaign sessions rejected a proposal by papadopoulos to use russian contacts to set up a meeting between then candidate donald trump and russia's vladimir putin. according to court documents, papadopoulos floated the idea during this meeting chaired by sessions and attended by mr. trump. it's significant because sessions told congress in june he'd never had any conversations with russians or foreign officials about interference, and -- >> further, i have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the trump campaign. >> my sources are telling me that jeff sessions rejected the idea of a trump-sput inmeeting and then moved on. >> reporter: but some democrats on capitol hill are demanding more answers. >> he seems to have a problem remembering about meeting with russians and that's important because the russian interfered with our elections. >> reporter: sessions first came under fire after failing to disclose two contacts with the
russian ambassador during his senate confirmation hearing in january. he then defended himself in a hearing last month. >> i have not seen anything that would indicate a collusion with russians. >> reporter: and there's more fallout involving papadopoulos and russia. another former campaign aide sam clovis withdrawing his name to be top scientist at the agriculture department after revelations he also had conversations about russians with papadopoulos. clovis saying his decision to withdraw was prompted by the political climate inside washington. and on thursday, paul manafort who was indicted for charges ranging from conspiracy to money laundering was back in court along with his former deputy rick gates. a federal judge saying both are a flight risk and have to remain in home confinement and continue to wear their monitoring devices. philip? >> kristen, thank you. and new insight this morning into just how americans view the russia investigation. with 58% of respondents in a new
abc news washington post pole saying they approve of the way special counsel robert mueller is handling the investigation. and nearly a majority 49% saying it is likely that trump himself committed a crime. another a 51% believe the president is not cooperating with the investigation and just 37% believe he is. >> it was with great fanfare that congressional republicans announced their long awaited overhaul of the tax code. they revealed their business friendly blueprint that would revamp the nation's tax system for the first time in three decades. with a promise to lower taxes for the middle class. but the plan is being slammed this morning with "the new york times" editorial board calling it a plan for a new guilded age writing, quote, house republicans and president trump are making it absolutely clear whom they working for, the top 1% and whom they consider dispen dispensable pretty much everybody else. usa today leads, it's worse than petty.
this is the tax cut plan america needs. so, what exactly does the bill do and how will it impact you? we are joined by nbc's "blends" in washington. good morning. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. this was a long awaited high anticipated release from gop leaders yesterday. you know it's been a number of months now since they've been touting this new plan for something that they're saying would be good for the middle class and bring back jobs. so, this is the first time we are really getting a chance to see what is in this plan, how they plan to do this. so, here is what it would do. it would double the standard dee suction, increase the child tax credit, and it would definitely preserve those 401(k) savings plans. now a couple of other things it would also do, the bill would slash corporate tax rate from 20 -- rather to 20% down from 35%. it would eliminate the estate tax, something that would help wealthy americans. and it would end the deductions that many families rely on for medical expenses, student loans, and state and local taxes.
so, as of this morning there are already five house republicans who are saying that they are against the bill in its current form. keep in mind house speaker paul ryan can only afford to lose 22 votes if he wants to get this through. so, it's certainly going to be a very hard push for republicans here on capitol hill. so, let's listen to what president trump had to say about this just yesterday. >> it's for the middle class and it's for jobs. and i would say maybe even in that order. so, the middle class is a big beneficiary, jobs and companies are big beneficiaries, but the companies really create the jobs. and we really have, laura, we've had-free men did you say receptivity to it to a point that i don't think i've ever seen anything quite like it. >> reporter: so, there was president trump again saying this is something that's good for the middle class, but keep in mind democrats are saying that this plan will do the exact opposite. so, we are going to certainly see a lot of back and forth between the two as they try and push this plan through. now, keep in mind, frances, we
are working with a very short time line. republican want to get this done before the holiday break. back to you. >> all right, blayne, thank you for the breakdown. >> we have new details this morning on the suspected wal-mart shooter. 47-year-old scott ostream is now in custody after police received a tip leading to his capture. authorities say ostream was spotted driving in the same car used for his escape from the shooting scene. while police are still trying to determine a motive, the denver post is reporting that ostream walked off his job as a metal fabricator without uttering a single word of explanation. just hours before the shooting that killed three people. nbc's miguel almaguer has more from thornton, colorado. >> reporter: the manhunt for a killer came to an end after a high-speed chase. police arresting 47-year-old scott ostream. >> we have a shooter inside the store. >> reporter: investigators believe ostream calmly walked into this denver area wal-mart and began shooting shoppers. >> are you okay? >> reporter: dozens fled for their lives, but three were
killed. carlos moreno was shopping with his daughter and wife. victor vasquez was a young father of two with another child on the way. pamela marques loved spending time with her family. >> i was -- i was scared with everything that's going on in the world and everything. it's just kind of freaking me out. >> reporter: in the chaos, a cashier hid a little girl under her register. >> victims down inside the store. >> reporter: police launching a drag net, catching the suspect 14 hours later as he returned to his home. >> the thornton police officers were right on his tail as they saw him coming by. >> reporter: the suspect under arrest, but no motive for a random shooting that targeted innocent lives. when police arrived here at the crime scene and began to review surveillance tape, they quickly realized multiple customers inside the wal-mart drew their own concealed
weapons. initially that added to the confusion, but this morning they say only the gunman appeared to open fire. philip? >> miguel, thank you. >> just days after the deadliest attack in new york since 9/11, mourners marched along the city's waterfront in a candle light vigil. they paid tribute to the eight people killed and 12 others wounded by a truck on tuesday. the suspect is in custody facing federal charges. law enforcement officials say he made several calls the day of the attack but as of yet they do not kate he received any help. while isis is claiming responsibility the terrorist group so far has not offered any evidence to support its claim. prosecutors say the suspect planned his attack on halloween because he believed there would be more civilians on the street and that he wanted to head to the brooklyn bridge to continue to strike pedestrians. meanwhile crews in new york city are placing concrete barriers along the hudson river bike path to block vehicles from gaining access, trying to prevent a similar attack from happening again. >> well, the fall warm up continues today and nbc
meteorologist bill karins is joining us with the details. >> pretty incredible. dallas 94 degrees yesterday. first time in november they had ever been in the 90s that's the warm est temperature we've had late in the season. we are continuing with the warmth today in the eastern seaboard, not 90s, 70s in new york. 83 in san antonio. temperatures well above average. that will continue into saturday. this is a map that shows us who is on pace for the warm est 2017 or second warm est 2017 and look at all the cities in the east. in total, we have about 79 cities right now that are on pace either warmer or second warm est year on record. incredible. we're not in they eat at
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neighborhood forecast, most accurate neighborhood weather forecast. >> a warm start. you may not be able to see the calendar in some neighborhoods because of fog. not so much at frawley stadium. philadelphia is seeing fog in the suburbs. light fog in bluebell. and it is back to zero visibility at the airport and wilmington. that's not the only spot. look at the airport for northeast philadelphia and trenton. wrightstown seeing some very-visibility fog. and just getting started. the temperatures cooling down. we'll likely see fog thickening in the suburbs and other neighborhoods in south jersey. millville, zero visibility. it was excellent yesterday. the fog has spread to atlantic city, too, at the airport, zero visibility. if you're flying out first thing, there may be a delay t airports. temperatures, if you're heading out, you don't need the heavy coat. 50s and 60s. the lehigh valley at 61. 54 in delaware. 70s again. another unusually warm day with partly to mostly sunny skies
this afternoon. 76 degrees for new jersey up to 75 for delaware. i'll have the neighborhood forecast, break it down hour by hour, when i'm back in ten minutes. first, jessica boyington and traffic. >> right. we've started on the schuylkill expressway, a construction project eastbound. looking at cameras around 30th street. you see part of the closure here. it is closed in between the vine street expressway and about south street on that eastbound side. this is westbound. westbound is completely open now. so the eastbound side is what we're worried about. about another hour or so until that clears. ought watching 20 -- also watching 202, for the most part, ten-minute drive times from 30 to the schuylkill. speeds in the 60s. and mass transit, everything on time or close to schedule, no delays. the first trains out the door, amtrak, septa, new jersey transit, and patco all on time. back to you. >> jessica boyington, thank you. in philadelphia, a man and woman are dead after they were found shot in a car. bo