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we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. they are not normal. >> republican arizona senator jeff flake dismayed by president trump won't seek reelection. amid a scathing rebuke. >> a young father is dead after five teens allegedly threw a rock over an overpass striking the car. murder charges pending. >> utzing a patients genetics to fight tumors. >> getting into the halloween spirit at a nicu. great being with you. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena.
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expanding investigation over the russia investigation reaching a boiling point on capitol hill. as a protester hurled russian flags at the president, accusing him of conspiring with russian agents as members of his team met with white house intel lawmakers. >> this morning it isn't the trump campaign at the center of the russian news. it's the clinton camp. after a major washington post report found the clinton team and the democratic national committee, quote, helped fund research that resulted in a now famous dossier containing allegations about donald trump's connections to russia. and possible coordination between his campaign and the kremlin. after a lawyer representing the clinton campaign and dnc retain fusion gps to conduct the research. nbc has confirmed the post report. and it was news immediately seized upon by white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders. the real russia sand l, clinton campaign paid for the russian dossier and covered it up. the president who
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dossier and colluding with russia, he said saturday the doj should, quote, release who paid for the infamous document. for more we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. good morning. >> reporter: frances, good morning. complicated story. but let's breakdown who is involved here. you mentioned a few of the names perkins coy, that's the law firm that was working for both the clinton camp and the dnc. they hired fusion gps which was this investigative firm that hired christopher steel, the former british intelligence officer that pulled up that dossier, that information that president trump said was absolutely false. and now this morning confirmation that it was all tied to the clinton campaign and the dnc. we have reaction this morning not from the clinton campaign, but from a former spokesperson for clinton saying that he was not aware that this firm was hired before the campaign. the first i learned of chriop
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dossier was after the election. this from brian fallon, the former clinton spokesperson. he says, but if i had gotten it handed last fall, i would have had no problem passing that along, urging reporters to look at it, opposition research happens on every campaign. we are also getting a statement from the dnc, the democratic national committee about this. their statement reads, that tom perez, the now head of the dnc and the new leadership were not involved in any decision-making regarding fusion gps, again, that investigative firm, nor were they aware that perkins coie the law firm was working with the organization. but let's be clear, they say. there was a serious federal investigation into the trump campaign's ties to russia and the american public deserves to know what happened. now, all of this news broke while the russia investigation was continuing here on capitol hill. michael cohen, an attorney for presiden
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questioned. lots of questions about whether there were ties between president trump, cohen you see here, the russia investigation. but now this new information that some of the most salacious details, again, that the president has denied, were tied to a law firm that was being paid by the clinton campaign and the dnc. >> it is complex. thank you for the breakdown, tracie potts for us. thanks. >> now to another major headline coming out of washington this morning after two top republican senators took the extraordinary step of publicly rebuking the president of the united states calling trump a danger to democracy. accusing him of debasing the nation. with arizona senator jeff flake joining bob corker of tennessee in a uns noing that he will not seek reelection next year while taking the opportunity to speak truth to power. however, not everyone agrees. >> pathetic, weak, gutless, spineless, never trumper, establishment forces all lashing out against the president today. here's my answer to all of
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tonight. good riddance. happy trails. don't let the door hit you on the way out of town. >> well, the question now is will any other sitting republicans join those two senators in the white house take down? nbc's blayne alexander has more. >> reporter: senator jeff flake announcing he is not running for another term. >> must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. they are not normal. >> reporter: and delivering a scorching critique of president trump. >> the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institution, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency. >> reporter: this as president trump travels to capitol hill to talk tax reform. a gop unity lunch amid growing division. his weeks' long feud with republican senator bob corker now reaching a boiling point. >> i think the worst of it is going to be just the whole debasing, if you will, of o
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i think that will be the contribution that hurts our nation most. >> reporter: corker stoked today's back and forth saying president trump should stay out of tax reform. the president hitting back on twitter, calling corker a lightweight who couldn't get elected dog catcher. the white house down playing the back and forth saying americans are more concerned about jobs and the economy. >> i think those are the things that people actually care about, not some petty comments from senator corker and senator flake. >> reporter: republican leaders trying to look beyond all of it. >> so all of this stuff you see on a daily basis on twitter this and twitter that, forget about it. >> reporter: as republicans focus on getting their party and their president on the same page. blayne alexander, nbc news, washington. >> five michigan teens are facing life in prison, accused of murder after allegedly throwing rocks from an overpass killing a man riding in a car below. the teens are between 15 and 17 years old, but will be tried as adults. the victims' family now asking
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why it happened. nbc's blake mccoy has more. >> reporter: a young father is dead from a senseless act. his fiance is struggling to comprehend. >> he took away a child's father. and the love of my life. his stupid act took away a life. >> reporter: it was from this overpass near flint, michigan police say a group of teenagers threw a six-pound rock that crashed through the windshield of a car kenneth white was riding in, striking him in the chest and head. >> those kids, they may have thought it was a prank, but it's not a prank when you're throwing six-pound rocks at a vehicles. >> reporter: the five teens appeared in chains and remained mostly silent during a tense arraignment each entering not guilty pleas for charges that include second degree murder as the families listened through tears. the judge denied bond. they will be tried as adults and could face life in prison. >> w
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act that resulted in somebody's death. these people should have known better. >> reporter: investigators say the teens hurled at least 20 rocks from that overpass, hitting at least eight cars on the highway below. police say the oldest suspect, 17-year-old kyle anger, turned himself in. the four other teens, 15 and 16 years old, were arrested shortly after. a call for justice for a family torn apart. >> took a good man and a good father. >> look what you have done to a terrific family, a terrific dad. you have taken his life for nothing. >> thanks to blake mccoy for that report. >> we are now getting new insight into the investigation of the sandy hook elementary school massacre. the fbi is releasing more than 1500 pages of documents about the december 2012 shooting which killed 20 first graders and six educators. there is evidence adam lan sa considered the attack a year in advance as early as march
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behavioral analysis unit, rather, the shooter did not snap, but instead engaged in careful methodical planning and preparation. one person interviewed during the investigation says his mother was concerned about her son a month before the murders. she supposedly said he had become a shut-in and hadn't gone anywhere in three months. he fatally shot his mother in their home before attacking the elementary school. >> we want to turn now to nbc meteorologist bill karins with a look ahead at your wednesday weather. hi, bill. good morning. >> good morning. eastern new england is the worst by far. heavy rain overnight, flash flooding around the hartford area and now we are watching some of the heavy est rains on the top of boston. lightning strikes popped up. very tropical air mass. that is why we're getting the heavy rainfall rights. the areas of red is where we have flash flood warnings. green is a flash flood watch. the watch goes through the middle of today's and the warnings are because of the last couple hours we saw a lot of rain in a short period of time. here's the timingf
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by 5:00 p.m. this evening the front hangs up here by cape cod and then we actually see the low pressure system coming up the coast and sending more rain back into thursday. so, it's geneva convention to be a good 36, maybe even 48 hours before eastern new england finally clears it out. rest of the country is actually looking pretty nice. that's a look at the big weather story of the day. now here's a closer look at your day ahead. well, areas from about new york city to albany, you are dry. all the rain will be in eastern new england. especially the heavy stuff. and as we go towards the middle of the country notice the cool air around chicago and green bay, but how about that warmth and beautiful weather in colorado. well, it may not be winter yet, but this year's thanksgiving parade is going to be frozen. i'm not talking weather. summer loving snowman olaf from the hit movie frozen may begin to feel a little bit like fall more when the character makes his debut as the balloon in macy's 91st annual thanksgiving day parade. my daughter is going to be siekd. the parade will air
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9:00 a.m. eastern. i'd say that's a good addition. >> there is. there are some kids who are two or three who think of it as a babyish thing. i keep telling them there's frozen 2. you'll love it. >> i'm down with olaf. i like him. just ahead the ellen degeneres scare you have to see. you're watching ermt. -- "early today." r that's actually pretty. surprised? it's called always discreet boutique. it looks and fits like my underwear. i know what you're thinking. how can something this pretty protect? hidden inside is a super absorbent core that quickly turns liquid to gel... ...for incredible protection. so i feel protected... ...and pretty. new always discreet boutique. delsym helpswhich means, impulse to cough for 12 hours. you're controlling your cough on your morning commute. and later when you're joking with beth... even when most cough medicines stop,
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you know they say you can't buy happiness. but for $1.3 million, you could have purchased albert einstein's theory on how to achieve. that is that's how much the scientist's handwritten note on the subject was auctioned off for in jerusalem. >> nbc's lucy kavanagh
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london. it is fascinating what he wrote, short and sweet but to the point. >> reporter: that's right, guys. albert einstein was in japan on a lecture tour. he had at the time just learned that he had won the nobel peace prize for physics. when a courier came into his room in tokyo to make a delivery, he didn't have any carbon him to reward the courier so he literally wrote out a tip handing the messenger signed with one sentence written in german, a calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it. he told the messenger if he was lucky the note would become valuable. he was of course right. the first sold for $1.56 million. there is another note he wrote out that said if there is a will there is a way. that one for $240,000. both bids were far higher than the preauction estimate price. the buyer was a european who wished to remain anonymous. the seller reportedly the nephew of the messenger. and, guys, we just
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they say the $1.5 million note is the most expensive item auctioned in israel. guys? >> should be. it's einstein's theory on how to live a happy life. lucy, thank you. >> so fascinating. you think about it, like a modern day mantra would be stay calm and humble, stay calm. we all should take a piece of advice from that. >> we should. the guy at the time was probably like, thanks, dude. albert einstein guy, cheap, cheap skate. >> still ahead, two new sponsors for the u.s. olympic team that seem like a really good fit. plus target brings gift 2k3wi678ing to the 21st century. we'll explain when we come back. ♪ i've tried lots of things for my joint pain. now? watch me. ♪ think i'd give up showing these guys how it's done? please. real people with active psoriatic arthritis are changing the way they fight it...
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tional harbor. now through november 7. this is monumental. it is 3:58. i'm chris lawrence working for you with some breaking news. a shelter in place has just been lifted on a local college campus. we have the latest news from police about what's going on. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. it's, indeed, a cooler tart this morning than it was yesterday. temperatures about 10 degrees lower than we were the same time yesterday. that cooler weather w
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news 4 today begins with breaking news. that breaking news, officials just issued an all clear for students at catholic university. campus police ordered everyone to shelter in place while d.c. police searched the
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armed robbery suspects just about an hour ago. one suspect has been arrested and police have recovered a weapon. the second suspect is on the run. the shelter in place has been lifted. campus has been given the all clear. it is now 4:00. good morning, everybody. i'm chris lawrence. thank you for waking up early. we have to get to the forecast because as you get out the door today, whew, it's going to feel a bit different, huh, chuck in. >> it sure is. northwesterly winds joined us yesterday and now we get to have the cooling weather pattern continue through today, tonight, tomorrow and even friday morning could be quite a bit on the chilly side. the main area of low pressure still way back up here on to our north. 24 hours ago it has slowly and steadily made its way up the east coast. there's another little ripple here in the atmosphere. that will be a partly to

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