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the daca solution has got to be a balanced solution. it makes no sense for democrats to try and bring this to a shutdown. >> is there any daca bill you're willing to sign? >> we're working on it. we're working on it. >> the clock is ticking and protests are raging. is a government shutdown inevitable over funding and daca? 88 degrees below zero. we'll take you there. but closer to home almost a dozen lives lost over the latest winter storms. busted. after a dangerous confrontation and fleeing new york city's times square, police have made two arrests. honoring one of america's greatest patriots, war hero, public servant, and form yes presidential candidate.
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sxfrnl . and wa actually did happen? porn star stormy daniels and new details surrounding donald trump. "early today" starts right now. >> good morning. i'm philip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. overnight the house of representatives took what could be the first step in averting a government shutdown, passing a continuing resolution out of its rules committee on a party line vote setting up a critical vote today. and while republicans in the house say they are confident they have the votes to pass a budget and avoid a shutdown, it is an entirely different matter on the senate side. democrats and republicans are at a critical standoff. >> they're playing a political game of chicken over the daca program that protects over 700,000 undocumented people brought into the country when they were younger. the white house even dispatching chief of staff john kelly to meet with lawmakers throughout the day in a final push for a resolution. while dozens of so-called dreamers stormed the capitol demanding action and pressuring democrats to use their leverage to hold republicans' feet to the budget fire. and now the question is will it work or will the government be shut down by this time on
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saturday? nbc's tracey potts has all of that and more for us this morning. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as they go back and forth, the bottom line is what will the president sign because this is a tenuous negotiation. they probably don't have the 2/3 to override. what will the president sign? that is the bottom line. the white house says that the president is willing to do a short-term fix, what they call a continuing resolution, and they are still blaming democrats for insisting on an immigration fix with this budget. >> we do support the short-term cr. however, it's not our first choice. we'd still like to see a clean funding bill. the president certainly doesn't want to shut down. and if one happens i think you only have one place to look, and that's to the democrats. >> on the house side the conservative freedom caucus says they will not go for a short-term fix. on the senate side it is an
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all-out search for votes. lindsey graham, a republican, says he won't sign something unless it has a fix for daca, the immigration issue, and the top republican says he's still trying to figure out where the president is on this. >> i'm looking for something that president trump supports. and he's not yet indicated what measure he's willing to sign. as soon as we figure out what he is for, then i would be convinced that we were not just spinning our wheels going to this issue on the floor but actually dealing with a bill that has a chance to become law and therefore solve the problem. >> reporter: well, the president tells reuters he does not like this bipartisan compromise because he says it is horrible on border security, very, very weak on reforms and the opposite of what he campaigned for. so with less than 48 hours to go now still no answers here on capitol hill. philip? >> sounds like quite a standstill. tracie, thank you.
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now to new developments in the russia investigation. nbc news reports former white house chief strategist steve bannon will answer any questions from special counsel robert mueller in his independent russia probe. it's a far dprcry from bannon's tack with the house intelligence committee in which he declined to answer questions for hours. and it's a taikt also used by trump's former campaign manager corey lewandowski who appeared before the same committee just yesterday. nbc's chief white house correspondent hallie jackson has more. >> reporter: just one week before this moment on capitol hill, steve bannon leaving a marathon meeting. >> great day. >> reporter: a more dramatic one in washington with the fbi showing up at bannon's d.c. home last tuesday, intent on serving a subpoena for the special counsel according to someone familiar with the proceedings. that order means he could come face to face with robert mueller's team by the end of the month, a source close to bannon tells nbc news, adding, "bannon plans to tell all. he'll answer any questions mueller has." it would make bannon among the
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highest-profile officials to meet with mueller, just weeks after a new book published his explosive comments, later slammed by the presidential, with their relationship on the rocks. >> if there's nothing to hide, then the president should hope that mr. mueller speaks to everybody who was around him. >> is the white house afraid of what steve bannon might say in these interviews? >> not that i'm aware of. >> reporter: bannon, like others who spent time in the president's inner circle, is being questioned in multiple russia investigations, not just mueller's. there's inquiries on capitol hill too. that's where bannon spent nearly ten hours with the house intelligence committee. but the former chief strategist refused to answer questions about his time inside the white house because he says the white house told him not to citing the potential for executive privilege. that privilege allows confidential conversations with the president to stay that way. >> executive privilege is something that goes back decades because it's something that needs to be protected. >> reporter: bottom line, the russia investigations are not over yet as the shadow of the special counsel creeps closer to
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the oval office. and another familiar face to donald trump is also talking with house investigators. former campaign chair corey lewandowski. but the top democrat on that committee is now slamming lewandowski's appearance yesterday, saying he was uncooperative and unwilling to answer even basic questions about the president. frances, back to you. >> all right, hallie, thank you. overnight the white house chief of staff john kelly disputed claims the trump administration told steve bannon to decline answering the house intelligence committee's questions. he said the white house did not instruct bannon to exert any sort of privilege to shield him from questions. bannon could appear back before the committee as soon as today. the winter storm blasting a vast swath of the south and it's killed at least eight people. several states remain under a state of emergency as snow and black ice continues paralyzing travel, triggering hundreds of highway crashes, canceling and delaying thousands of flights. it's also prompting widespread school closures. tens of thousands of homes are also without power.
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nbc's blake mccoy has more. >> reporter: parts of the south cripples as rare southern snow combines with record-breaking cold. black ice startling drivers in mississippi. georgia too. a crash on i-85 backing up traffic for miles. snow in shreveport. >> very, very slippery. >> reporter: shocking even veteran weather watchers. >> this is the farthest south i've ever covered snow in 26 years. it's still on the ground. >> reporter: many southern cities also gripped by record cold. just 7 in memphis, 15 in austin, 20 in new orleans. those ill prepared forced to improvise. even places used to wintry weather seeing a messy commute. >> you're off school? >> reporter: school canceled in worcester, massachusetts for the third day this month. >> how hard was it to get out of the house today? >> it wasn't as hard as it normally is. >> reporter: planes spent the day de-icing. thousands of flights delayed or canceled nationwide. the combination of snow and cold
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air has north carolina under a state of emergency. >> tomorrow morning's commute will be dangerous. >> reporter: a word of warning. with at least three deaths across the south blamed on this storm already. blake mccoy, nbc news. two suspects who narly ran down an nypd officer in times square last weekend are now in custody. 20-year-old arfi santos and 21-year-old william lopez were arrested in manhattan wednesday. police say santos was behind the wheel of this black mercedes owned by lopez. see him just peeling off there in times square. well, they are captured in that dramatic video driving recklessly. 26-year-old officer ian wallace tries to pull them over. right there look what happens. santos steps on the gas, knocking the officer to the ground. and then the officer gets back up and chases the car with claeg colleagues, guns drawn. police say the suspect hit several vehicles during the escape. the officer was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and is expected to be okay.
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charges against the sfkts are pending. former senate majority leader and 1996 presidential nominee bob dole was award congress's highest civilian honor, the congressional gold medal. the 94-year-old was recognized for his service as a soldier, legislator and statesman in a ceremony held at the u.s. capitol attended by president trump and top congressional leaders. president trump said dole's legacy will show he was a patriot and a hero. >> they will hear the story of bob dole. and in hearing that story they will truly learn what it means to be a great american. >> for nearly 11 out of the 35 years dole spent in congress he served as republican leader. he then resigned after becoming the republican presidential nominee in 1996, but he fell short to incumbent president bill clinton. close call after a piece of firewood crashes through an oklahoma couple's windshield. ian and miranda huff were driving on the interstate when the car in front of them ran
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over a piece of wood left sitting in the left lane. that piece of wood flipped backwards, hitting the hood of their car, before getting lodged in the windshield. >> just kind of flipped up and then hit the hood and then bounced through the windshield. i'm thankful it hit the hood because it obviously slowed the velocity of the log down before it came through the window. >> well, that flying wood crushed the driver's hand as he gripped the steering wheel, but fortunately that was the only injury. the couple hopes their story will remind drivers hauling heavy loads to properly secure their items. that is so scary. anytime you see anything coming at you. imagine this massive piece of wood. >> it's frightening. yeah. it's very dangerous. we're joined now by nbc meteorologist bill karins with the latest on this very powerful winter storm. bill? >> good morning. we're almost done but not quite yet. still winter storm warnings for eastern north carolina up here toward elizabeth city, virginia beach still 2k3we9ing snow and a wind chill of 10 degrees. pretty heavy snow too for areas out there in eastern north carolina on the outer banks. once we're done with this in the next couple hours we're just left with the cold.
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freeze warnings all the way from south texas all the way down to fort myers and everywhere in between. so a lot of the snow and sleet that did fall is still sitting out there. and look at these temperatures this morning. we're now down to 32 in orlando and that's when it gets their attention. 15 in atlanta. so this is as cold as it gets. we warm up england and the real warm-up begins in the middle of the country today. temperatures in the 40s and 50s. we're also watching that cold. but this is it, guys. warm-up toward the weekend. >> you promise? thanks, bill. fast-forwarding into thursday. president trump travels to the pittsburgh area where he'll address workers at an industrial equipment company. the white house says mr. trump will focus on the economy and tax reforms that are going into effect. the parents of 13
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malnourished children some who police say were chained to their beds will be in court today. 56-year-old david turpin and 39-year-old louise turpin will answer charges of suspicion of torture and child endangerment. nasa will release data on global temperatures is it & climate trends for 2017. "early today" will be right back. ♪ psoriatic arthritis tries to get in my way? watch me. ♪ 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... they're moving forward with cosentyx®. it's a different kind of targeted biologic. it's proven to help people find less joint pain and clearer skin. don't use if you are allergic to cosentyx. before starting cosentyx you should be checked for tuberculosis. an increased risk of infections and lowered ability to fight them may occur. tell your doctor if you have an infection
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have been divided for some 70 years are now joining forces at the winter olympics next month. that's right. north and south korea agreed on wednesday to form a joint olympic team in pyeongchang, south korea. they will also march as one in the opening ceremony. that's going to happen for the first time in over a decade. it's the first major show of reconciliation between the two koreas after years of high tensions. but it is also drawing some criticism. nbc's bill neely has more. >> reporter: an olympic first for north and south korea. they'll not just march together under a joint flag, as they last did 12 years ago. they'll play together. a united women's hockey team. the south's coach will pick the players. with 230 north koreans cheering them on. southern skiers will even train on the north's slopes. south korea's president said a joint team will help reconcile old enemies. while many here in south korea
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attention. "intouch" magazine publishing the actress' interview she claims she has a sexual relationship with donald trump starting in 2006. daniels whose real name is stephanie clifford tells the magazine in 2011, quote, i don't remember why i did it, but i do remember while we were having sex i was like please don't try to pay me. and then i remember thinking but i bet if he did it would be a lot. in the article the actress claims she's had several more sexual encount essers with mr. trump over the lasts few years after their meeting in lake tahoe. "intouch" says daniels' account was core rob baited by her ex-husband but has not been verified by nbc news. michael cohn the personal attorney for mr. trump released a letter signed by miss daniels the actress says she had no sexual interaction with the president. nbc reached out to daniels and without for comment on the "intouch" interview but has not received a response. if you've had too many to drink you know to stay away from the car keys, right, but if you're from new jersey you have
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to stay away from the drone controls too. on his last day in office on monday governor chris christie signed a law banning people from flying an unmanned drone aircraft with a blood alcohol content of 0.8% or higher or while drugged. violators can face up to six months in jail and a $100,000 fine. the law also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife. >> new frontier when it comes to drinking and technology like that. still ahead, police officers and kids taking time to enjoy the snow in the south. find o find out what's ahead for the rest of the week. that's next. hello, aloe.
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it was a standoff in the snow. cops versus kids. this is the tennessee neighborhood. a lot of fun to be had there on the playground. the london county police and firefighters joined forces for their annual snowball showdown. they engaged with kids from all ages in the community with a friendly snowball fight. no harm done, right? snow angels too. so it is cold. it is just as cold this morning in houston still as it is in new york city. so everyone in the eastern half of the country is frigid all the way down through orlando this morning. but we are going to warm it up today. denver looks good, minneapolis looks good, even nashville gets up to 38. and then the real warm-up begins as we go into friday. even the south gets into the 50s and the 60s and by the time we get into next week even areas like raleigh could hit 60 degrees. more "early today" when we come back.
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in today's quick hits, actor zac efron has come a long way since "high school musical." he shared this photo of himself as serial killer ted bundy in the upcoming thriller "extremely wicked, shockingly evil and violent." h & m says it has hired a diversity leader after the swedish retailer was accused of racism over an ad showing a black child in a hoodie that said "coolest monkey in the jungle." h & m claims the ad was unintentional. nbc has announced former "today" show coast katie couric will join sportscaster mike tirico to host the opening ceremonies of the 2018 winter olympic games in pyeongchang, south korea. it airs friday february 9th right here on nbc. time's up, ebay and conde
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nast are taemg up to auction off the glamorous black bres dresses and tuxedos worn by the stars at golden globes. donated by designers like blens yaga, vera wang and gucci the clothing will be available for bidding for one week. all the proceeds will go to the time's up legal defense fund which helps individuals who face workplace sexual harassment get legal representation and pr help. it's been long advertised by the president. it's been creating cable news fodder as well as late-night humor. it's the much promised fake news awards. mr. trump said that he would award to those he deemed the most corrupt and biased of the mainstream media. but it wasn't exactly trump himself who doled out the made-up awards but the republican national committee. the rnc put out a five-page document focused on 11 reports including coverage of crowd sizes, if the president had overfed fish in japan, whether the trump administration was hiding climate reports, and of course alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia. >> report that took the number
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one spot on the list, an opinion piece by "new york times" opinion writer paul krugman. the president tweeted out a link to the report published by the rnc and followed that up with this. "despite some very corrupt and dishonest media coverage, there are many great reporters i respect and lots of good news for the american people to be proud of." the rnc and white house singled out 11 reports they consider erroneous, but all of the statements mr. trump himself has made have just 4% scored as truth by politifact. an overwhelming number of his statements, 69%, scored as mostly false, false or pants on fire by the same organization spp. >> until next year. actress meghan markle is being honored by the london zoo in a very special way. in honor of her upcoming wedding to britain's prince harry the zoo has named a rare newborn okawapi after meghan and hopes it will befriend its male
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counterpart named harry. they're listed as endangered species and they're members of the giraffe family although they do not have long necks as you can see. >> i'm frances river a live look at our radar and our
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roadways this morning.. the storm is sitting to our first the fog and then the rain. a live look at our radar and roadways this morning. >> that's not our radar. >> that's the tahoe report. >> speaking of the weekend right now. >> we definitely see the fog there. >> marcus, radar is like speeding. you know marcus -- he never speeds, but -- >> no, no. >> we're trying to make our way through the fog this morning. a little coffee helps. also your forecast. how long is it going to be? >> it's going to be starting out with the fog this morning, and then as we go through the day we'll see some of the showers moving from north to south. and it's still well north of us right now. we can see the approaching storm system that will be here as we go through the rest of

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