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breaking news overnight. did our new attorney general lie about meetings with a russian envoy during the campaign? democrats are demanding his resignation. today the company behind snapchat goes public as the trump rally pushes the dow soaring well past 21,000. a dangerous bout of severe weather whipping through our nation, major damage. and a billionaire oprah winfrey just announce a possible run for the white house to replace this guy? >> this is tnn. >> "early today" starts right now. good to be with you, i'm frances rivera. nbc news is following the breaking news on the inig
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several democratic lawmakers are calling for resignation of attorney general jeff sessions after a new bomb shell report says the a.g. had contact with russia's ambassador on more than one occasion. it is a fast moving story developing throughout the night. >> 9:22 eastern time and here we were with preexisting plans to take on this topic for two hours tonight. the washington post is out with a headline that reads, "sessions, the attorney general, spoke twice with russian ambassador during trump's presidential campaign, justice officials say." now quote forgive that piece, "sessions did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of president trump's campaign and representatives of moscow during sessions' confirmation hearing to become attorney general." here now is that moment from his confirmation hearing on january 10th. >> if there is any
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anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator franken, i'm an wear of any -- aware of any of those activities. i have been called a surrogate or two in that campaign and i did not have communications with the russians, and i'm unable to comment on it. >> and the d.o.j. released this statement saying, there was absolutely nothing misleading about sessions' answer. last year the senator had over 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors as the senior member of the armed services committee klug the canadian, australian russian and german ambassadors. he what asked about communications between russia and the trump campaign, not about meetings he took as a senator. but reaction was swift against sessions as details unfolded. >> i know you've got al frank ep now who was on the committee saying he should recuse himself. but nancy pelosi now saying he should resign.
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recuse himself and quite possibly if he's going to be the one who sets the standard for all of our u.s. attorneys throughout the country, i don't think that that's a good place for him to be. >> it very clearly indicates he must now recuse himself. >> it is clear to me that jeff sessions who is my dear friend cannot make this decision about trump. so, they may be not -- there may be nothing there but if there is something there that the fbi believes is criminal in nature, then for sure you need a special prosecutor. >> and now two key dems including fire brand elizabeth warren has come out against sessions demanding he resign. others saying he should at least recuse himself from the investigation. meanwhile, a second report is rattling washington with "the new york times" headline that reads, the obama administration rushed to preserve intelligence of russian election hacking. quoting within the story, in the obama administrations last da,
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undermine thement shal election and about possible contact between associates of trump and russians across the government. the paper cited a half dozen official. american allies had provided information in cities between russian officials and trump associates. the paper also reports american intel agencies have intercepted communications between russian official. some within the kremlin discussing contacts with trump allies. well, that all comes as we get word the house intel committee is now agreed to investigate whether there was any collusion between russia and the trump campaign. president trump has denied his campaign had any contact with russian official. well, today you can own your own piece of snapchat by buying it. the social media company will start publicly trading this morning on the new york times. listed as snap, it is offering 200 million shares at a starting price of $17 each. several years ago the snapchat
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billion offer from facebook to buy the company and it looks like they made the right choice with snapchat's expected value of $24 billion. now to another highly anticipated ipo this year is uber, but the company has come under fire recently for a number of controversies. in the latest one the company ceo apologizing after a heated exchange with an uber driver went viral. nbc' miguel has the tape. >> there it is, there it is. >> reporter: the controversial uber ceo was in an uber when the confrontation began. >> i lost $97,000 because of you. i'm bankrupt because of you. >> reporter: travis was in an uber black, his company's high-end car service when driver ka malcriticized the uber founder for slashing prices and the income of drivers. >> you dropped the prices. >> on black. >> yes, you did, $20. >> reporter: the heated
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ends when cal nick leave the car. >> you know what? >> what? >> some people don't like to take responsibility for -- [ bleep ] >> reporter: the dashcam video went public and the ceo apologized. to say that i am ashamed is an extreme understatement. it's clear this video is a reflection of me. i must fundamentally change as a he leader and grow up. for ubertion it's yet another high profile problem. the company is investigating a sexual harassment claim made in a blog post by a former engineer. in january, some 200,000 deleted their accounts in protest after the company failed to participate in a taxi strike during the president's refugee ban. now another bump in the road for a ride sharing service under fire. miguel, nbc news, los angeles. >> how does this sound? oprah 2020, the daytime tv queen just suggested she might run for president. oprah told bloomberg's david
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considered running before, but then rubenstein pointed out her popularity and alluded to president trump's lack of experience. >> it's clear that you don't need government experience to be elected president of the united states, right? >> that's what i thought. oh, gee, i don't have the experience. i don't know enough. now i'm thinking, oh. >> oh, so we're going to have to see if she'll campaign giving everybody a car. all right. right now a blizzard warning is in effect what is likely the last place you might have expected. two mountain summits on hawaii's big island are expected to get between 6 and 10 inches of snow along with wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour. snow isn't uncommon at those elevations which reach nearly 14,000 feet. back on the main land, a powerful line of storms are racing east. wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour with 104 million people in its path. hail pounded parts of alabama and relentless wind and rain in tennessee.
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kentucky. severe weather a across the country caused over 2000 flight delays just on wednesday. here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with a look at the day ahead and hopefully a little bit more calm, but i don't know what is in store, bill. >> we could use it after the last two days. that big huge storm is it exiting off the coast. the cold front is blowing through. the thing we're going to deal with today behind this is pretty strong gusty winds especially in the northeast, little little there in the appalachians. in all over 80 million people under wind advisories or high wind from atlantic city, hartford through providence and boston. the highest winds will occur now till mid afternoon to the early evening and then they'll die off. right now wind 44 miles per hour in philadelphia. looks like right around 9:00 a.m. or to about noon or so is when the highest winds will be in new york city, boston, southern new england. power outage is possible with any down trees. that's the big look at the weather story. now a closer look at your day ahead. today will it not
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but temperatures dropping through the day. grab the coat and the gloves for yourself and the kids. no such problems in the southeast. nice spring day from texas to florida. frances, the good news is no more severe storms are in the forecast any time soon and that's nice. >> good to hear, bill. thanks. i don't know if you've seen the trailer but the live action trailer of beauty and the beast, fans, disany's first lgbt character. the director told the british magazine the side kick doesn't know if he wants to be guest or kiss him. the player gets a, quote, nice exquisitely gay moment. the movie hits theaters march 17. remember he was the voice of owe laugh. still ahead did jimmy fallon just give the president an idea how to manage the news? she called the authorities for protection only to be arrested herself. you're watching "early today." .. powerful you'll think they are.
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network. this is tnn. i was big last night. i was so big. so, so big, big. did you see my speech? everyone's saying i was so presidential. because i started talking like this. [ laughter ] >> for more analysis we're going to check in with kellyanne conway who is currently in an important meeting. >> hi. um, great job. i'm in a meeting right now. >> kellyanne, wasn't my speech fantastic? >> it was so good. you didn't tell lies or whatever. >> i know. i didn't. >> jimmy fallon having some fun with kellyanne conway and office controversy, following his speech. speaking of kellyanne, the white house said conway acted inadvertently when she promoted ivanka trump's clothing line on tv. the office of government egtd iks believe she violated ethics ruled and recommended she be
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she's keeping her job as presidential counselor, though. in a newly released letter the white house says conway was defending the president's daughter in an offhand manner. conweigh way was reviewed and she's reviewed the rules never to do it again. immigration authorities arrested a 22-year-old dreamer shortly after she participate ed in a pro immigrant news conference in mississippi. danielle var guess who was brought as a child asked president trump to protect her from deportation because her deferral expired. vargas and her friend were driving away from the event when two i.c.e. officers pulled her over and arrested her. she didn't say why she was targeted instead stating the priority is on public safety threats. vargas's attorney says she does not have a criminal record. another high honor for former vice-president joe biden who received a 2017 congressional patriot award, the bipartisan award honors exceptional leaders who show political courage throughout their careers. and in the spirit of
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alec baldwin found a new way to mock donald trump. he is teaming up with curt anderson to write a satirical book on our new president. it's called you can't spell america without me. the tremendous inside story of my fantastic first year as president donald j. trump. penguin press says the book will be out in november. >> first of the year. 100 days in. >> the audio books, alec baldwin needs to voice it in the voice of donald trump. audio book, can you imagine how much money he'll rake in, right? >> now for the latest on the never ending oscar talk, the flub sunday night. both account anlts on each side of the stage with the envelopes, they won't be back. they've been fired and banned, actually, from working at the oscars. meanwhile our promoting little big shots, steve harvey who had his own flub when he announced the wrong miss universe back in 2015, he decided to weigh in on the d
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sglooe now at 4:26, breaking news surrounding attorney general jeff sessions. it could be a pivotal decision in the case of a transgender boy. why the case could be closed even before the two sides argue before justices. and an update on all the work on beach drive. why you may need to take that detour a little longer. >> news 4 today starts now. >> good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. al of you may be cleaning up right now after a string of storms rolled through the area last night. >> take a look at the damage in montgomery county. we heard reports of several es
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cars. firefighters had to rescue a truckdriver trapped by fallen wires. and we could get .snow tomorrow. >> this is too much. we're going to check in with melissa on the roads for a minute, but first sheena and lauren, what is going on? >> it is crazy weather. today is so windy and maybe snow showers. >> we could see snow showers. that's hard to believe because we had a record in d.c. yesterday, 80 degrees, sheena. >> yes. it was warm before those storms rolled in. frederick is at 46 degrees, to a bit of a shock when you walk outside this morning. tomorrow morning, though, even colder. 51 ride now in the district. 53 at quantico. we will be cooler today, but we also have a wind advisory. look at this through the area, post of the area, the district areas through most of maryland, seeing a wind advisory as we go through 10:00 a.m. today. so wind gusts could be near 50 miles per hour after that. it will still be windy. let's head over to lauren.
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yes. the good news is we don't have any more rain, but sheena was talking about the snow showers. so we're going to talk about that in a little bit. a few rain showers overnight last night, but now we are drying out and it's looking good as we continue through the rest of the day. we'll get some sunshine today. unfortunately, we're going to have to deal with the whipped. 53. we're going to stay in the low 50s. low 50s, gusty wind. they're in the 50 miles per hour range right thou. that wind advisory expires at about 10:00 a.m. and the winds will continue to die down. we're talking about those snow showers, all coming up in just a few minutes. lauren, thank you. we have breaking news this morning about a crash on i-270. >> erika gonzales has brand new information from the live desk. what's going on here? >> an update for you on that crash on northbound 270. it was, in fact, fatal. two people died. we first reported the crash last
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is new information for us this morning. we're hearing the crash involved two vehicles. so the driver that was rear-ended said before the crash happened, he saw the other car that struck him, a corvette, weaving in and out of traffic. police say the corvette not ohm struck the other car, but it went off the shoulder and hit several trees. police now saying the driver and the passenger of that vehicle both died. now, while those lane res now clear and that has reopened, seems like we've got another crash to report to you this morning. for more on that, here is melissa mollet. >> thank you, erica. another problem right here on 270, seems like it's not impacting the lanes any longer. we did have some lanes blocked a couple of memberships ago. now southbound 270 before shaded grove road, the report is that things are on the right and left shoulder here this morning. taking a look at the beltway, no big problems there. everything is rolling along quite nicely here. as you zoom in, northbound rock creek parkway after virginia
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after, the left lane is getting by that bridge work. eun. >> thank you so much. now back to the live desk. children exposed to carbon monoxide. erika. >> five adults, three children taken to the hospital being treated for carbon monoxide exposure. d.c. fire and ems saying they got a call saying people fainted on 16th street in anticostia. their carbon monoxide testers went off. all those people are supposed to be okay, so good news there. back over to you. it's 4:30. we are following breaking news concerning attorney general jeff sessions.. he is under fire from democrats after his spokes woman confirmed that he spoke with the russian am bass door twice last year. that is one of three major headlines this morning. washington post reports that sessions did not disclose the et

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