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join us in condemning the president's racist tweets. >> this is about socialism versus freedom >> the president's not a racist. >> for the first time in 100 years a house rebuke of a president as the battle lines divide widens.d the racial >> we'll look back at th incredible life of retired supreme court justice john paul stevens both on and away from the bench. it's supposed to be hot in july, but record-setting temperatures in the coming days will make you long for fall. >> facing violent protests puerto rico's governor vows to keep his job as pressure mounts toes rn. and wichicago' gator
named chance the snapper has finally been captured. >> it's crazy np now he's saved. he's okay. he's going tbe in the zoo. do you have any words for chance if he's watching >> oh, yeah, man keep your head up. they got you locked down they can have your body but they can't ha your mind >> wise words as "early today" begins and good morning i'm phlip mena >> good to be with you i'm frances mena a rare rebuk pe tosident trump spirals into a bitter partisan brawl on capitol hill. in a showcase of the stark divide between democrats and republicans the house voted to condemn president trump for telling four members of congress to go back to their home countries. democrats decried the attack as racist andasd the resolution along party lines with only four republicans breaking to join them nbc's tracie potts has more from d.c. hiod, tracie go morning >> reporter: hi there, frances good morning so now it's officialn the congressional record that a
lawmakers,least this half of congress, led by democrats are id racist.whathe president and that was a big deal. in fact, house speaker nancy pelosi was rebuked for what was considered by republicans personal attack on the president. but as you said, every democrat and four republicans voted ir n favo condemning the president for calling out these four women of color, their colleagues, lawmakers, american citizens, telling them to go back to their countries and then doubling down on his tweet in recent days with his comments in personre he what nancy pelosi said trying to convince her colleagues to vote for this >> every single er of this institution, democratic and republican, should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets. to do anything else would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our
oath of office to protect the american people. >> reporter: those comments sparked a fight on the floor they ended up passing that resolution and take a look at the president's reaction on twitter. he called his party, republican colleagues, unified with the vote of 187-among republicans against that resolution. again, it did pass and now thpresident takes that racist label from the house of representatives down to north carolina where he's campaigning tonight. frances? >> all right tracie potts for us. thank you. breaking news overnight. retired supreme court justice john paul stevens has died the courunt annong that the ea 99-yold experienced complications following a stroke chief justice roberts saying evens' unrelenting commitment to justice has left us a better nation the white house released a statement remembering the justice for his hulity, legal
acumen, and affection for his beloved chicago cubs for more on john paul stevens's life and legacy here's nbc's blaine alexander >> reporter: appnted by a republican president and labeled tea mo conservative, justice john paul stevens became one of the supreme court's leading liberals in his 34e years on th bench. >> i really don't think i have changed and eri still cons myself quite conservative. >> reporter: justice stevens was center stage as the high court shifted from left to right bowties as his clearly writtene opinions early on he voted to reinstate the death penalty but later came to questn capital punishment he supported limits on police f powers andored free speech but ruled against prayer in when justice s was on the losing side he was a prolific dissenter, notably opposing a landmark ruling that allowed corporations to pump money into political campaigns. justice stevens left the bench at age 90. the third longest serving
justice in supreme court history. a father of four and grandfather of seven, in retirement justice stevens was outspoken, calling for a repeal of the second amendment following the 2018 school shooting in parkland, florida. >> he felt very strongly about his convictions and principles, d if you saw a case differently than everyone else he would not think twice about writing an opinion, writing a >> reporter: justice john paul stevens leaving a legacy of public service and a lasting mark on the nation's highest court. blaine alexander, nbc ws, washington >> justice john paul stevens, dead at the age of 99. a political crisis rocks the commonwealth of puerto rico. the unrest and turmoil hitting the tourism industry several cruise ships including royal caribbean, carnival and celebrity cruises are canceling stops at the island until the unrest settles meanwhile, singer ricky martin
released ts video demanding ricardo rossello's resignation and he has vowed to march in demonstrations later todayt rossello ae center of multiple scandals involving corruption and leaked private messages revealing sexist and homophobic remarks the governor hasshd an apology but refuses to step down so far several of his cabinet members have the justice department will not file federal charges against poa new york city lice officer in tch 2014 oke hold death of eric garner. garner, an unarmed black man, was killed while being arrested by officer daniel pantaleo for selling loose and untaxed cigarettes his death sparked outrage across the country. and while officer pantaleo will not face criminal prosecution, he could still be dismissed from the force. here's nbc's ron allen >> he was killed on the street and thisop is still hired! >> reporter: the pain still raw for eric garner's family the video of his arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes five years ago and his plea, heard 11
times, helping ignite a national debate about policing and sparking a movement. >> i can't breathe >> reporter: federal prosecutor said tll not charge officer daniel pantaleo on desk duty since the incident, saying they cannot prove he willfully choked garner to death >> an officer's mistake, fear, misperception, or even poor judgment does not constitute willful conduct under federal cr >> reporter: officer pantaleo says he relied on hipolice that garner's resistance andd poor health caused his death in a statement pantaleo's storneyd the decision confirms the fact that officer pantaleoc did not violate eri darner e garner's civil rights. garner's family, who settled a wrongful death claim with the city for nearly $6 million, wants the officer not only prosecuted but fired >> this is an outrage, insult to injury you killed my son, and you won't
get away with it >> reporter: the case is not entirely over. but garner's family and officea pant await the o outcomef an internal police disciplinary hearing. a decision is expected next month. >> ron, thank you. a shake-up at planned parenthood the organization forcing out its on the jt after less than a year the move comes amid a battleover new and more restr abortion laws across the country. nbc'lks kristen we has the latest >> reporter: with abortion ghts under firthe president of planned parenthood lena nguyen says she was forced out of her job nguyen tweeting "i just learned that the board ended my employment at a secret meeting" and in a letter to employees adding the move comes amid philosophical differences over the direction of the organizati the board has decided to "double down on abortion rights advocacy." planned parenthood thanked wen for her rvice. a source familiar with her departure tells nbc news "it was
due to management style and lack of political savvy." wen was the first physician to lead the organization in decades. >> we will win because we arrie standing on tht side of history. >> reporter: the trump administration began enforcing a rule barring federally funded family planning clinics fromid proving referrals for abortion that means planned parenthood stands to lose about $60 milon a year abortion rights advocates say that could limit reproductive services available to low-income women. it also comes as several states have passed legislation liting abortion for president trump limiting aborgs rights has long been a priority and campaign promise. >> and we're proudlyen defng the sanctity of life >> reporter: planned parenthood changing its leadership at the top as it enters an uncertain new chapter. kristen welker, nbc news, washington don't expect to see a new instagram post fm roger stone anytime soon a federal judge is banning president trump's long-time friend from posting on sociaa l
meditil after his trial. he's facing charges of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to congress, all stemming from special counsel robert mueller's investigation this latest ruling expands a previous gag rule from february and comes after several controversial posts from stone i know what a lot of people are going to be posting about in the next few days, the dangerously hot temperatures either complaining or showing what they're doing to keep cool. >> exactly the beach, the pool, whatever ia s. crank the air-conditioner too. these numbers keep growing they keep adding areas of advisory some just popped up from little rock to memphis. the heat ands humidity with u the midwest. that's where we have the excessive heat warning philadelphia has been added to that some of the hottest heat indices will be found in areas of the midwest from wichita to oklahoma city just about everyone is going to be somewhere alove 100 to almost up t110. it does continue not just today, right into thursday. only start to spread thefr heat ay into areas of the east. d.c. on friday should be feeling
like 104 that's just a preview because it's even worse over the weekend. that's a look at the big weather story of the day now here's a closer look at your day ahead. well, the actual temperature in the shade today will be near 100 today in many areas of west texas, western oklahoma, and also in kansas even parts of new mexico all the way back up to colorado today. the chance of hitting 100 degrees. this is typically thf e hottest time othe summer, and it's not disappointing. >> that heat and humidity, aad t of b hair days out there for a whole lot of people. but there's another bad hair day for a guy, a colombian in spain but for a very different reason. >> what is that? >> police covered -- look at his hair more than a pound of cocaine under this toupee. the street value's over $33,000. authorities say the wig drew officeto' attention du what they call disproportionate size and that the man had been acting really nervously kind of a random-shaped head
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leading nee , a grieving husband and father is delivering a strong message to congress today. his family was killed in the crash of an ethiopian airliner and now he is calling on boeing to scrap t 737 max planes for good here's nbc's tom costello. ce reporter: four months s a 737 max crashed in ethiopia, killing everyone on board. paul jeroge says his pain remains feunbearable carol, his three children, ryan, kelly, and ruby, and his mother-in-law ann all died paul, a canadian, is now all alone. >> they ok my life away. because without my family i don't have a life. >> reporter: the ethiopian cmesh ca just months after another 737 max crashed in indonesia he blames boeing and the faa
max should never fly again and boeing execs should face criminal charges, though that's unlikely >> for the sake of human life th safety, e 737 max should be scrapped >> reporter: meanwhile, the 737 max remains grounded worldwide boeing expects to submit a package of software fixes in septembebut under intense scrutiny faa approval could take time u.s. airlines that fly the max are taking it out of service until early november at the earliest but aviation experts believe it could take longer than that. >> it's going to go out to the end of the year at least in my viewecause the es of the world are looking at the ungrounding of this airplane and there's still a long way to go >> reporter: again, boeing says it regrets the loss of life and is dthply sorry for e impact to the families and loved ones that hearing gets under waday early to meanwhile, there is newly
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