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mother nature unleashing a full on winter storm, including hurricane force winds, as much as 18 inches of snow and coastal flooding and now, comes a wicked deep freeze, heading in to your weekend. >> on sale now, the tell-all book released after midnight. despite the president's efforts to withhold the publication. president trump is calling him sloppy steve and a gop operative sets the scene. >> be more vial if they were monkeys hurling their excrement at each other in a cage. >> to a consumer warning of e. coli, that is linked to romai romainelettuce. >> we have a economy that is
firing on all cylinders. >> the dow hitting 25,000. will more americans invest in the stock market. >> and a health update on alex trebek following brain surgery. >> great being with you on a friday moshing. >> the east coast is waking up to fridggid temperatures. >> massachusetts bore the brunt of the power of the storm. snow falling as quickly as three inches per hour. and storm surge left massive flooding along the coast. we have more. >> reporter: just fourer days in to the new year, and we already have the blizzard of 2018. >> i have never seen this before. >> reporter: a record setting storm that dumped up to a foot and a half of snow on boston and pushed the waters of boston harbor in to city streets.
a storm surge not seen in 40 years since the blizzard of 1978. a surprise to the city's mayor. >> it's the first time i can remember in four years that we have had flooding that has come up as far and gone in to basements. >> reporter: the rising storm surge caught people off guard. firefighters raced around, rescuing people from the cars and homes. >> the city is well prepared to handle snow and a blizza blizzardededed. >> we don't have any plane, you need to stay there during four nights and then, we need to wait to go. >> reporter: officials fear the heavy snow and blizzard strength winds can cause more damage in coming days. like this new jersey gas station roof. some say, it's not all bad. children in new york city enjoyed a rare snow day in central park.
>> playing in the snow. >> reporter: now that the snow is largely over in the boston area, the news does not get better. the cold air is moving in to the northeast overnight and the highs will be in the single digits with wind chills below zero, by saturday, in many areas. the city of boston has not had a high temperature over freezing since christmas day. in boston, massachusetts, nbc news. >> well the storm is over, but now the icy temperatures are settling in. let's go to our meteorologist. bill? >> the storm is so huge, it's pulling down all the frigid air mass from canada and now it's going all the way down in to the southeast. here are the areas that returned wind chill advisories or warning. that is a toltal of 98 million people in advisories and 13 million in warnings. that goes all the way down to atlanta of all places. here is how it looks currently. these are the wind chill temperatures. washington, d.c., minus three,
pittsburgh at minus 19 and buffalo, minus 12. and it's worse in areas like minute appear lis, i s -- minneapolis. be prepared when you head out of the door. >> thank you, bill. >> this morning we have developing news for you on the russia probe and the president's alleged attempt to interfere in the special council's investigation. after the new york times published this report. the headline reading, obstruction inquiry shows trump's struggle to keep grip on russia investigation. it claims that president trump directed his white house council to urge jeff sessions to not recuse himself from the justice department's investigation. the times writing, president trump gave firm instructions in march to the white house's top lawyer, stop the attorney general, jeff sessions from recusing himself in the justice department's investigation. >> the times citing two sources saying that white house council tried and failed with sessions who gave in to public pressure to step aside.
the report continues that the president erupted in anger in front of officials, say thaeg needed his attorney general to protect him. it sheds light on trump's attempt to get comey to support him. claiming that the special council received handwritten notes from reince priebus, showing that trump talked to prius priebus, about how he had called comey to urge him to say that he was not under investigation. but the sources have corroborated the report. it has not been independently verified by nbc. >> overnight, the president directed his anger not at the "new york times" for their latest report but his former steve strategist steve bannon. calling him "sloppy steve."
the president is saying that the book is full of lies and misrepresentations and sources that don't exist. >> still, that has not stopped the book from going on sale as it did hours ago in washington, d.c. with the publisher of the tell-all speeding up the release after the president attempted to stop the publication. threatening a lawsuit over what his lawyers claimed as misleading and misrepresentations and a incomplete version of the facts. >> reporter: president trump publically holding his fire. amid a mounting feud with his former top aid, steve bannon. >> i don't know, he called me a great man last night. so he obviously changed his tune quick. i don't talk to him. >> reporter: bannon, playing clean up on his radio show. >> the president of the united states is a great man. i support him, day in and day out. >> reporter: behind the scenes the president fuming after
bannon questioned the president's grasp of policy in the book and accused mr. trump's son and son-in-law of treason, for meeting with a russian lawyer during the campaign. on wednesday, the president excoriating bannon, saying that he lost his mind and now the trump's legal team is threatening to sue bannon, the author and the publisher. >> there's numerous mistakes and i'm not going to waste everyone's time going page by page talking about a book that is complete fantasy and full of tabloid gossip. >> reporter: new shock waves after the author raised questions about the president's mental fit innocence an article in the hollywood reporter writing that the president repeats himself. everyone was painfully aware of the increasing pace of his repetitions. the white house defiant. >> it's disgraceful and laughable. if he was unfit, he probably would not be sitting there and would not have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the republican party has seen.
>> reporter: and growing questions about whether steve bannon is losing influence as republicans are siding with president trump. and they are asking if he should be fired. >> something they should look at and consider. >> in just a few hours, michael wolff, the author of the tell-all will speak out with a live interview only on "today". >> and this morning, the white house is facing policy fights within it's own party with at least one republican senator vowing to holdup all of the president's nominees to the department of justice. that is after attorney general jeff sessions changed the policy on federal enforcement of marijuana. it reversus an obama era policy that legalized weed in a number of states. it's a fight that the white house cannot afford given the slow pace of filling appointments. tracy. good morning. >> good morning, good morning, everyone. yeah, there's one threat here on
capitol hill to block some of the nominees if jeff sessions, the attorney general goes through with reversing the cole memo that opened the door for states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. sessions said it's a return to the rule of law. there are eight states radio it now, and d.c. -- eight states right now, that allow recreational use of marijuana, and here on capitol hill, there's democrats and republicans that are against this move. take senator gardner, who is tweeting about it. he said that he will block these nominees from the justice department if in fact, jeff sessions doesn't, as he puts it, live up to the commitment he made prior to his confirmation. >> this is about a decision by the statute of colorado and we were told that state's rights would be protected. and not just by the attorney general. then, the nominee to be attorney
general. we were told that by then candidate donald trump. why is donald trump thinking differently today about what he promised the people of colorado in 2016? the reverse course today. what changed? i would like to know that. i think the people of colorado deserve to have that answer. >> speaking of colorado, in the three and a half years since legalizing recreational use, they have raised half a billion dollars. back to you of. >> tracy, thank you. >> nbc meteorologist is with us again to talk about what it feels like outside. it feels good. >> here is a wider view. look at atlanta at 7, because of the cold air in the south, yesterday was a cold morning and today is just as bad. freeze warnings, all the way down to naples, florida. and fort pierce under a freeze warning this moshing as temperatures are close to the freezing mark. and we will recover in florida. they will survive this afternoon with 56 in tampa, and 65 in
miami i as middle rockies, salt lake city, 44 today and denver 52. that was pretty mild. weekend forecast coming up. >> all right, bill, thank you so much. looking forward to it. and fast forwarding in to your weekend, the red carpet has been rolled out for the 75th annual golden globes. and it will be hosted by seth myers. it will be sunday night at 8:00 eastern. >> north and south korea have agreed to have talks. they will talk about the winter olympics and how to improve relations. >> and the nfl playoffs kickoff with wild card weekend. the titans face off against the chiefs and the falcons travel to
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gotten sick. in canada, 41 people. u.s. health officials are interviewing people to see what they ate in the weeks before they got sick. they have not yet identified the source, so they cannot recommend avoiding a food. >> we think the u.s. government should warn people about eating romaine lettuce until they know where it's coming from. >> usually cooking kills e. coli, but lettuce is not usually cooked. >> the best advice is to simply not use it. switch to something else. >> the industry is cooperating fully with the investigation and if romaine lettuce is the source, it's unlikely to still be in stores the last illness was reported in mid december. >> until there's more proof. i will continue to keep an eye out. >> it could be weeks before the cdc and the fda pinpoint the
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in december. and wall street, bullish on the new year under president trump's new tax law, with tech and energy stocks leading the way. >> we have got an economy that is firing on all cylinders. not just here in the u.s. but around the world. interest rates are low. and now, we have got this tax reform, which can further boost corporate profits. >> the stock market does not tell the whole story. only half of the american households own stock. >> it's the people that are driving the economy, it's not as much as the political game that they like to take credit for. >> wage growth remains slow, up 2.5% in the last year. sears announced that they are closing 100 stores this year as macy's shuts 11 more. eliminating thousands of jobs. the monthly jobs report comes out with a complete picture of how all americans are doing. nbc news los angeles. >> here we are with the after math of the storm. let's check in if there's a calm that comes with it. i don't know about calm, but
cold. >> i don't know if you call it calm when the wind chills are in the negative numbers. highs only in the teens and up to the northeast and new england, we are not going to see highs out of the single digits. boston and vermont and maine and new hampshire. we will see sunday morning the chance for record low temperatures in the big cities. forecast in new york, 1, philadelphia 1. the record is 4 is both of those. richmond could get down to 3 degrees. richmond is considered a southern city and by sunday, the records will be incredible. negative 14, in areas like maine. that is just the temperature. >> wow. >> i cannot imagine. that i have never felt anything like that. >> a pup is back home after a wild ride. she was playing outside when an eagle snatched her off the yard and flew away right before the family. but that same day, someone spotted her in the road four miles away and saw the family's
i it is 4:30 and it is friday morning and looking live at dublin this morning, where maybe some of the folks have their windshield wipers on, and if they don't now, they will a little bit later on. thank you so much for joining us on this friday. >> and marcus washington. and coming in with a shock of how warm it s. >> yes, and this is ahead of the cold front so we will start to feel some warmerer temperatures rt starting tout day and it is humid out there as the rain approacheses the bay a area. we are seeing the wet weather in the north bay and san francisco and moving into the peninsula as well. as we are getting a closer look,