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one more way you've got what it takes to protect. these cuts are blood money. people will die. >> this is not like fine wine. it doesn't get better over time. >> the intention is not to take down the bill, the intention is to make the bill better. >> the republican health care plan was met with more protests than cheers, but did the president's request for more heart get thump ed from the bil? from major tornado damage in alabama to massive flooding in and a death in western pennsylvania and even a utah wildfire that has doubled in size. the truth about the tale of the so-called trump-comey tapes finally revealed. and it is getting pretty wild in the animal world for a friday. "early today" starts right now.
americans are waking up to a seismic shift out of washington. the republicans' long-awaited health care bill was met with jeers and protests and the headlines say it all. "blood money" screams one and "cuts taxes, guts medicaid" says another. and while republicans control congress, many americans are clamoring for change. our latest poll finds 43% say democrats can do a better job on health care than republicans who just got 26% of the poll. that is a 17 point difference. in fact just 16% of americans think the gop health bill is a good idea. 48% say it's bad. that as major health groups come out against the plan. president trump tweeted his support of the health care bill saying that he looks forward to making it, quote, really special. but he's not the only one speaking out on it. president obama calls the plan a
massive transfer of wealth. he says if there is a chance you might get sick, get old or start a family, this bill will do you harm. there is dissent among a handful of republicans who could doom the bill. kasie hunt reports. >> reporter: wheelchair bound protesters, 43 arrested and dragged from a senate office building. >> i worked all my life with my disability but i'm not rich enough to keep my daughter alive without medicaid. >> reporter: all happening just as a draft of the bill was finally made public. the draft senate bill would repeal the mandate to buy insurance, but keeps protection for people with pre-existing conditions and creates a new fund to support the individual insurance market, it keeps the expansion of medicaid through 2020 but then phases it out. it also ties medicaid funding to inflation which means a dramatic reduction over time. fewer people will qualify for
tax credits to help them buy insurance. but the senate provisions are more generous than the house version and it defunds planned parenthood. >> these cuts are blood money. people will die. let's be very clear. senate republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with american lives. >> reporter: the bill written in secret to try to get 50 of 52 republicans to vote yes. three nos and the bill will fail. within an hour of its release, cause for concern. >> at this point, it looks like we're keeping obamacare, not repealing it. >> reporter: republicans want to have a vote next week. >> this is not like fine wine. it doesn't get better over time. >> reporter: four conservative republicans publicly oppose the draft. >> the intention is not to take down the bill, the intention is to make it better. >> reporter: their version at odds with moderates. >> i'll do my best to push back as hard as they will push on their side.
>> reporter: for a president who said he wanted more heart and promised he wouldn't cut medicaid? >> this bill covers fewer, charges them more, and gives them a poorer product for that coverage. that was kasie hunt reporting. >> and the president wasted no time reacting to the four gop senators who could block him from a win. >> they are four friends of mine and i think that they will probably get there. we'll have to see. health care is a very difficult situation. >> a vote on the bill is expected by the end of next week. now to that severe weather that left a path of destruction as what was tropical storm cindy now depression terrified stranded vacationers. >> very scary to be laying in bed and the house just shaking all around you. >> the storm spun off a tornado which hit fairfield, alabama with 120-mile-per-hour winds destroying buildings and sending debris flying, look this
shard of wood that nearly impaled a woman. fortunately there were no serious injuries from the storm. a liquor store there was demolished but oddly enough, two shelves were amazingly left standing right there relatively undamaged. in pennsylvania, the storm unleashed massive flooding and led to one man's death after he was sucked into a drain pipe. the floodwaters even knocked train cars off their tracks. the aclu is calling for an investigation after releasing a dash cam video of a 22-year-old plan being arrested by minnesota police. they call it a textbook case of excessive force and a warning here, the video is disturbing. and the text was overlaid by the aclu. >> [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. get the [ bleep ] out of the car. >> the aclu claims the arrest happened after an off duty
officer called another officer to say the suspect was driving aggressively, that the driver accelerated at the officer's car. the driver was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. he's pleaded not guilty. law enforcement say the video viewed in a vacuum shows only a short segment of the incident that is the basis of the criminal charges. they added that it would be inappropriate to comment further on a pending case. in ohio, an emotional good-bye for otto warmbier, mourners turning out to pay respect to the american student who died just days after being released by north korea. now a community is rallying around his family. katie beck has more. >> reporter: finally home, and laid to rest. a last good-bye to otto warmbier, his hometown of wyoming, ohio feeling the loss like small towns do. >> didn't have to have otto in your home to feel like you've lost a piece of your family.
>> reporter: ribbons wrapping every post and tree with the high school colors, the school where he gave this graduation speech four years ago. >> i wish that there was a way to know that you were in the good old days before you actually left them. >> reporter: today the site of his funeral. his familiar lip releasing these images from inside. his brother and sister speaking, his tan jacket on display. >> i beg for forgiveness. >> reporter: the warmbier on trial in north korea, imprisoned for 17 months for allegedly stealing a poster and sent home in a coma. his cause of death still a mystery. >> north koreans need to be held for account for that. >> reporter: remembering his spirit and that smile just before his arrest in north korea. >> he was going to set the world on fire, which is why the loss is so profound. >> reporter: a loss shared deep within a community. >> each ribbon is like arms
wrapping around the warmbiers. >> >> reporter: a loss hitting close home. katie beck, nbc news, wyoming, ohio. bill cosby it seems is ready to hit the road. less than one week after the sexual assault trial resulted in a hung jury, his team announced that he's announcing a town hall style speaking tour, to educate young people will miss behavior and sexual assault. a spokesperson for the entertainer said the issue is, quote, big than bill cosby. and all sexual allegations levied against him. it was a sticky situation in georgia. she veered into fresh wet con creates to avoid an oncoming truck.
and it ended up getting stuck in the quickly drying cement, so now she's blaming the county for negligence. >> there are no cones indicating that you have wet concrete. there is protocol that they have to follow to see to it that snz as firefighters battle the blaze from the ground add the air over the past 24 hours. and now a busy bill karins. >> and it's all about tracking cindy and the big heat wave. heavy rain between shreveport and louisiana, about 24 million people at risk of flash flooding. and this little section here near atlanta was just added, so we're probably about 26 million to 27 million people at risk and that is portions of 13 different states. we'll see temperatures topping out a couple of degree cooler.
i mentioned the heat in the northwest. it really builds as we go through the record high in sac yesterday. it will be a about 3 degrees cooler today at 102. a clever way of protesting the dress code. the boys wore skirts. they wanted to wear shorts, but the head teacher would not allow it. with temperatures in the 80s, the boys complained it was too hot for pants. one girl said it's good the buys wore skirts. and they are starting to make suits for men with shorts. >> the thing about it is, with them they are in england, so they have their neighbors doing the whole kilt thing. >> so more socially accepted you're saying.
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might have. quote, james comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press. >> why the game? >> i don't know that it was a game. >> reporter: no games and no regrets his spokesperson says about the original tweet which sen set off a 41 day stretch unlike any other in a modern presidency. the tweet may 12th led james comey to give his memos he says to a friend that following monday to share publicly hoping that would trigger a special counsel. it did. may 17th. and now according to a former intelligence official, an investigation into whether the president tried to obstruct justice in his conversations with comey. tapes could have helped prove it. or not. >> lordy i hope there are tapes. >> reporter: the president and his team letting the question dangle for days. >> are there tapes, sir? >> you will be very disappointed when you hear the answer. >> the president has nothing further to add on that. >> when he's ready to make that announcement, we'll let you know. >> in the he said/he said
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when was the last time an actor assassinated a president? i want to clarify, i'm not an actor. i lie for a living. >> that was johnny depp seemingly joking about presidential assassination while visiting the uk. he quickly clarified that he, quote, wasn't an actor after the crowd reacted with a mixture of cheers and boos to his joke. he was referring to the 1865 assassination of abraham lincoln at the hands of actor john wilkes booth. and this is shortly after kathy griffin was met with public outcry over photos of her beheading president trump. promising news against alzheimer's and dementia. the report finds there are three
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protection on the yellowstone national park population have been lifted for the first time in 40 years. states will now be able to hunt approve hunts as long as the population stays over 600. they are no longer in danger after a major conservation sprrn -- effort. the interior secretary call the change one of the greatest conservative success stories. one new yorker broke his very own strange guinness world record. he walked the longest distance doing this, balancing a power lawnmower right on his chin. he went over 234 feet crushing his previous best of 66 best. he feared that the lawn mother -- mower was going to fall because of the wind. he admits the record is a crazy he admits the record is a crazy one because it's dangerous and
it )s friday morning.. a live look outside at dublin.. where we will finally see some it is friday morning. it sure is. rain or shine, heat, whatever. here we go. a live look outside of dublin. we will finally see a little bit of relief from the big heat wave that has hit the bay area. that will be nice. good morning to you. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> and i'm sam brock. you had me at friday. you didn't need to keep going after that. >> it it's going to be great to have some cooler temperatures. we can say cooler even though it's still going to be in the 90s in parts of the bay area, but that's better than the triple digits. here is where we begin this morning in the low to mid-60s. it doesn't feel very warm in parts of the bay area. look at th