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the tale of the tapes. this morning the actual audio of donald trump discussing a cash payment of sorts to a former playboy play mate. captured and recorded by then attorney michael cohen. the georgia law maker who unwittingly dropped his pants and used racial slurs on "who's america" will resign. there's just a single winner of the mega millions jackpot. we'll tell you where the golden ticket was sold. your wicked weather forecast that includes record heat and flooding for millions coast to coast. frrsh. that is a seven kilometerer climb.
>> oh, goodness, gracious. >> that head-over-heels moment that tour de france. "early today" starts right now. >> good morning. >> good to be with you. we begin with breaking news. a bomb shell tape widening the rift between then candidate, donald trump and his then lawyer michael cohen. just months before the election, cohen secretly recorded conversation with trump talking about buying the rights to a former playboy model's story nbc news can't confirm whether the recording has been edited or altered. they discuss payments to keep the year-long affair with trump quiet. while trump has denied the affair, the tape made it clear he knew about the plans to buy her silence. >> he's heard saying quote pay with cash. >> i need to open up a company
for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend david, you know, so that i'm knowing to do that right away. and i've spoken to allen about how to set the whole thing up. with -- >> so what are -- >> yes. and it's all the stuff -- all the stuff. because you never know where that company -- >> maybe he gets hit by -- >> correct. so i'm all over that. when it comes time for the financing -- >> what financing? >> we'll have to -- >> pay cash. >> no, no, no. >> cohen is under federal investigation for his alleged role in paying hush money to women. in this case there's no evidence a payment was made. he had made a payment of $1,000 to stormy daniels for an alleged one-night affair with trump. tracie potts from washington with the very latest.
>> reporter: and we're also hearing from daniel's attorney. first reaction from president trump. he ignored shouted questions about this last night but told a crowd in kansas city not to trust the media when it comes to situations like this. meanwhile we're hearing from the current attorney rudy giuliani in a phone call. he says taping a conversation a lawyer taping a conversation with a client disastrous. he goes on to say he doesn't believe, based on what he's heard that there's anything criminal in this tape. he also questions the motive for it being released. >> this is at most an attempt to do something. i don't know of any attempt in this category of crime that they're looking at. in any event, i don't think anyone can suggest this
represents anything where the president did anything wrong and that's the reason why we waved it. >> reporter: there are at least two wem whoon are alleged to have had affairs with the president. this one is about karen mcdougal. but the attorney for the other woman, stormy daniels has a very different take on what this tape may mean. >> there's no question that michael cohen has the goods on the president. and instead of come canning clean and disclosing that information in full and being open and honest with the american people, he continues to hedge his bets. and they sprinkle out this morsel, this one-minute tape. there's multiple tapes. >> reporter: as he mentioned there are more tapes out there. we don't know when or if we will hear them. the big question is this a political problem for the presidents? a criminal problem or no problem at all? >> we will soon find out. thank you. extreme weather is reeking
havoc on both sides of the country. in the west nearly 40 million are facing triple digit tempertureses fuelling ferocious wild fires like these in california. the blistering heat is already sponsible for six deaths. they're urging people to protect themselves and pets by keeping cool and staying hydrated. they got to this dog in time inside a parked vehicle at a staggering 114 degrees. phoenix shattered a record high with temperatures topping 115 degrees. it melted in just 30 minutes. well, another threat in the west flash floods from powerful storms triggerering numerous rescued. it's indachging over 35 million on the other side of the country. frrls. >> reporter: dangerous flooding on the east coast is effecting 10s of millions. in pennsylvania an urgent search
is underway for a missing 19-year-old woman swept into a creek near harrisburg. >> she got swept under the current and we're searching for her under the waterer. >> that waterer is very dangerous. do not attempt to cross or drive through waterer because you don't know the dangerous conditions that can occur. >> reporter: the flood waters moved in so quickly riekert got trapped on the roof of his jeep. >> it just happened out of nowhere and my car was shut off and i was like what do i do now? >> reporter: hirschy park closed after parts of the park were submerged. emergency crews responding in charlotte, north carolina after five people got trapped in a flooded business and in baltimore, maryland, a child and two adults rescued when they got trapped on a school bus. bridges buckled. the storm has claimed at least one life a woman kill canned by a tree in virginia.
>> the tree had fell into approximately a quarter of the home. >> reporter: dangerous weather showing no sign of letting up. elizabeth town, pennsylvania as president trump's trade war with other nations heats up, they're now offering aid to those effected the most. the department of agriculture for farmers facing billions in losses due to the president's tariffs. the nouncement the same day ivanka trump had news of her own regarding her fashion brand. >> reporter: with his trade war heating up, president trump sending help to american farmers caught in the cross fire. >> this is the time to take off the rip off -- we have to do it. >> reporter: the administration announcing $12 billion in temporary aid for farmers hit hardest by retaliatory tariffs. >> if it's indefinite, a year,
two years, we're going to have a lot of problems in farm country. >> reporter: tweeting tariffs are the greatest but promising this eventual happy ending. >> farmers will be the biggest beneficiary, watch. we're opening up markets. you watch what's going to happen. just by a little patient. >> reporter: even some republicans are calling the tariffs and plan to offset them a bad idea. saying farmers tell them. >> give me trade not aid. we've spent decades developing these markets. let's have access to them. >> reporter: on the same day the president's daughter, ivanka trump, announces she shutting down her retail business. saying after 17 months in washington i do not know when or if i will ever return to the business. but recently stores like
nordstrom stopped calling her namesake brand amid declining sales and calls for boycott from those critical of her farther. an immigrant detained by ice after delivering pizza is back home with his family this morning. he was released from a detention center just hours ago after a federal judge ordered his immediate release, calling him a model citizen. he could not contain his emotions. >> i'm so happy. oh, my god. i love you. >> reporter: a judge has ruled he can remain in the united states while he tries to gain legal status. demi lovato is recovering from an apparent drug over dose. she is awake and with her family. they can ask for privacy. she was treated with an
antiopioid medication. it's not yet known what drug caused the over dose. she's been open about her battle with substance abuse. she was skejed to perform in atlantic city tomorrow but that's been canceled. it's so hard to make plans. >> tropical down pours. florida afternoon weather but it's the last four or five days in a row. overnight the heaviest rains are in central pennsylvania. the red is flash flood warnings. sw a band of rain in philadelphia. in new york city about an hour from now. this is the flash flood threat for today. the area of red is the greatest risk. heavy rain later this afternoon and evening this region. and as far as the timing this is 8:00 a.m. for your 5:00 p.m. map is from
upstate new york through the poconos, the catskills including wauks d.c. be in eastern and coastal north carolina. you also may have seen dallas back up to the hundreds today and the heat continues out west. >> they're becoming very familiar -- >> just like phoenix these days. and authorities in bay area are looking for three women they say shop lifted from a dozen lululemon stores. melania trump visited the children's hospital in nashville. and met with young patients.
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now to an nbc news exclusive. espionage and intrigue at top universities. chinese students coming to universitieses to steal secrets? here with the story. >> reporter: what country is fbi directorer christopher ray worried moets about? last week he told lester. >> i thing china, from a counterintelligence perspective represents the broadest, most challenging, most significant threat we face as a country. >> reporter: academic espionage is of concern. that some students, at the direction of the chinese government is funding research, much of which is funded by the u.s. government. >> in a microwaven. >> reporter: famous for inventing an invisibility cloak, made up a material invisible to
microwaves. >> working invisibility cloak sglerks and a young scientist in china. lieu came to study in dr. smith's lab, some believe on a mission from the chinese government. >> we know the chinese have a shopping list of intelligence technology every year. we know the research he took from duke university was on that collection list and we know certain government officials and operatives met with him while he was in the united states. >> reporter: lieu, who was being paid by the chinese government while a student mere, brought his colleagues to dr. smith's lab. >> they took pictures and measurererments and took that back to china. >> is that ethical? it sounds like theft to me. i don't know. >> if we were a company, you might think so. >> reporter: they opened a case
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