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there is the tennessee titans locker rooms. no players have come out on the field for either team. each team making a statement here for social equality, for unity. >> something we've seen all across -- >> across the nfl landscape, players, coaches and owners are linking arms, kneeling or sitting out the national anthem in the league-wide response to president trump's critical comments. >> a sunday service had just ended when shots rang out. a gunman wearing a ski mask firing, but it was a brave usher who saved the day. >> the president's son-in-law under fire for using his own private e-mail account at the white house. >> jennifer lopez donates a million dollar to puerto rico recovery, but that's not all. >> and just how good a driver are you? the drone race not
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>> good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. front pages across the country are filled with images and headlines of silent protests after a sunday of demonstrations from coast to coast. as nfl players of all stripes took a knee, sat arm in arm, and peacefully protested the president of the united states, some teams like the titans choosing to stay in their locker rooms altogether as the star-spangled banner played. the steelers also staying off the field except for this lone player and former army ranger alejandro villa nueva as the national anthem was sung. president trump said this about the protest. >> wouldn't you love to see the nfl owners when somebody disrespects our flag say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? [cheering and applauding] >> he's fired! >> players and coaches
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silently demonstrating, they're voicing dissatisfaction with the commander in chief. >> collectively we felt like we had to do something. >> it was only a few times in a man's life where you have a chance to stand up for something you believe in to make a statement. so today i thought that was that chance and i took it. >> there are no s. obs in this league. >> the kneeling demonstration gained prominence after 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick initiated it last year protesting police brutality across the country. the president doubled down with several tweets for players to be fired if they, quote, disrespect our great american flag or country. he remarked on the issue yet again just before boarding air force one back to the white house. >> this has nothing to do with race. i've never said anything about race. this has nothing to do with race or anything else. this has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag. >> a week ago before trump's comments, just six players protested. this time, over 200 did a
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demonstrations are expected to slow down any time soon. with protests crossing over into major league baseball and the wnba, and this morning another sports league is weighing in with several nascar team owners saying they would come down hard on any drivers who did not stand during the national anthem. >> well, the suspect in the deadly tennessee church shooting has been charged with first degree murder. police say 25-year-old emmanuel kedega samson killed a woman examine wounded six other worshippers on sunday. nbc's pete williams has more on the suspected gunman. >> reporter: frances, the man charged with the shooting is in jail this morning after he was treated for an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. the police say he shot himself after the church usher tackled him. the sunday morning service had just ended at burnett chapel church of christ in nashville when a man wearing a ski mask drove into the parking lot and jumped out with the engine still running. armed with a h
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killed a woman coming out of the church, then went inside and opened fire. >> this is a level 1 mass casualty incident. >> people were just running and hiding and trying to get out, get away. >> reporter: police say the church usher tackled the gunman who beat him with a pistol and then another shot. >> during the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally, in the left pectoral muscle, in the left chest. >> reporter: a woman who was in the church says the man firing the shots never said a word. >> he came from in front of the church from the parking lot and he was shooting. and then he stand in the pulpit and he started shooting more and looking to his left. and that's when he came in the front, in the middle, and then this guy came up fighting with him and tackled him down. >> she said she works at a v.a. hospital
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bleeding on one of the gunshot victims. police say that injured usher, 22-year-old robert ingles ran to his car and got a gun then made sure no further shots were fired while waiting for the police to arrive. >> he's the hero. he's the person that stopped this madness and so we're very, very grateful to him. >> reporter: six others were shot inside the church, all adults, four in their 60s and two in their 80s. they were taken to a nearby hospital. police say the gunman is 25-year-old emmanuel kadega samson from nearby murphys borrow. he will be faced with murder and attempted murder. nashville police aren't saying why they think this happened, but federal officials say the fbi will open a separate civil rights investigation looking at whether race was the motive. frances? >> all right, thank you very much. >> and this morning the trump administration's latest travel restrictions are causing concern across the country. after the white house issued a new executive order banning or restricting visas for travel
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united states indefinitely, the new order keeps the original travel ban restrictions which were due to expire on five of the original six countries. libya, somalia, syria, yemen and iran. and brings in three other countries, venezuela, north korea, and the central african nation of chad. announcing the order, president trump tweeted, making america safe is my number one priority. we will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet. but this morning it's the president's much promised tax plan that he's touting after telling reporters a deal had just been reached just days before rolling it out. for more on this we go to nbc's edward lawrence in washington. good morning, edward. >> good morning, philip. yes, some critics say the president should have been working on tax reform as his first agenda item, not health care. the washington post reporting this morning that republicans are floating the idea of dropping the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. they are also looking at dropping the individual tax rate for the top earners from
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to 20%. the president made tax reform one of his big campaign pledges. this is something that he wants to get passed. the president during his speech is saying that he would like to see the corporate tax rate much lower than 20%. >> we have a tax plan that's totally finalized. i think it will be terrific. i think it's going to go through. and it's a very -- it will be the largest tax cut in the history of our country. i hope the corporate is going to be 15%, but we'll -- >> -- >> in the plan? we'll see what happens, but i hope it's going to be 15%, but it's going to be substantially lower so we bring jobs back into our country. this is a plan for the middle class and for companies so they can bring back jobs. >> reporter: as you heard the president say his tax plan is ready to go, now turning to health care, there will be a hearing on capitol hill today talking about that cassidy/graham plan put forward at the end of last week going forward today. during that plan -- during that hearing, the big focus will be on preexisting
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that senators want to make sure is covered in that. the administration says the plan does cover preexisting conditions. critics say, though, it gives folks or the states a wave error the ability to get a weaver to bypass that restriction there, allowing insurance companies to charge more for that group of people, or drop that coverage altogether for those folks. now, this plan is expected to come up for a vote on wednesday here on capitol hill. there are some hold outs. senator john mccain, senator lisa murkowski, and also senator susan collins. we'll have to see what happens as this vote gets closer. frances, phil? >> another busy week in washington. thank you. >> we are learning the president's son-in-law and top advisor jared kushner used his private e-mail account to discuss matters with top administration official. that is according to cushner's lawyers after reports surfaced of personal e-mail use. the attorney issuing this statement saying, quote, fewer than 100 e-mails from january through august were either sent to or returned by
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two colleagues in the white house from his personal e-mail account. the private account was first set up during the transition last december, but has continued to be used during cushner's time during the administration. the "the new york times" reports both former trump chief strategist steve bannon and former white house chief of staff reince priebus also used personal e-mail accounts while working in the administration. >> jennifer lopez says she is donating $1 million to relief efforts in puerto rico. the singer and actress made the pledge at a press conference with new york governor andrew cuomo, announcing a statewide initiative to help the island. a new yorker of puerto rican descent, she hasn't heard from her family. they are urging the public to donate money or supplies. >> and we are still not done talking about maria. it comes out -- you're done. maria is still out there. >> all our friends on the outer banks will get a good battering.
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this one will be a close call. still a hurricane but it has weakened dramatically over the weekend. now a category 1. high pressure will not let it escape out into the water in the atlantic quite yet, not until thursday. it will drift off the coast and it is going to batter the outer banks. there will be winds gusty enough maybe for isolated power outages, but we definitely will deal with some large waves, beach erosion, wash on highway 12 there and storm surge. the other story out there today, just incredible late september warmth from chicago all the way to the northeast. that is a look at the big weather story of the day. here's a closer look at your day ahead. well, warmth, what are you talking about warmth? colorado high in the 50s today. that is it. northern plains only in the 50s, too. the battle going on in texas for south texas is hot and humid, north texas is much cooler. we have a lot of rain in between. we'll take a look at the rest of the week's forecast coming up. >> thanks, bill. some other news we're following this morning, german chancellor
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at only 9 years old. >> that is some cool stuff. >> uh-huh. >> cool vantage point, too. >> i love drones. >> leading the news, recovering efforts in puerto rico with flights now starting to leave the island, and in remote areas rescue teams are finally reaching survivors. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more. >> reporter: they bring all they can carry. wading through rushing water holding onto a dead power cable now an impromptu life line. this woman tells us everything on the other side is devastated. the need here is massive. rural parts of the island ravaged, including the mountain town. >> reporter: i'm tammy lightener. we've been driving community to community where people are desperate for water. they have jerry rigged a pvc pipe to get river water because there is no drinking water anywhere on the island.
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dam after finding a crack in it. if it bursts, authorities warn of life-threatening flooding. we rode along with a fema search and rescue team from south florida as it made its way to the central part of the island. greg bar host is a fire fighter from miami. he's worked hurricanes harvey, irma, and now maria. >> we spent the last hour trying to drive around trying to find out where to go and what needs to be done. it seems because of lack of communication, we are coming up with a dead end. >> reporter: as they meet local officials for the first time they are finding a similar story over and over again. no cell service and no communication is hampering rescue efforts. alfredo is a police officer. the hurricane destroyed his home, too. >> it's hard because i have to do two jobs at the same time. i have to work with the people that needs us and i also have to work with my own needs, you know? >> reporter: throughout the island, the hunt for fuel is growing more dire. >> these are people
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from miles away. cars without gas, very tough, very tough. >> reporter: as the search and rescue teams clear the way for the island's long recovery, one mission at a time. >> that was gabe gutierrez reporting along with tammy lightener. >> still a lot of work to be done. just ahead, some sage advice from former president jimmy carter on how to best deal with north korea's kim jong-un. details on that next. after brushing, listerine® total care strengthens teeth,
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the rhetoric is escalating between the u.s. and north korea. north korea's foreign minister addressed the united nations over the weekend calling president trump mentally deranged and said an attack on the u.s. main land may be inovechkin tabl. speaking at his sunday school class in georgia, former president jimmy carter said the two nations should speak to each other and not trade insults. >> we need to talk with our potential enemies whenever we can to see what their problems are and see if we can't workout some deal instead of aggravating them. and i'm frayed if we aggravate kim jong-un, he may use weapons. >> what has been the reaction to this latest escalation? >> reporter: there is concern and mounting escalation and confus
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war of words, for lack of a better phrase, between north korea and the u.s. when north korea's foreign minister hinted that the strike on the u.s. was inevitable. president trump fired back with a tweet saying, if he echoes the thoughts of little rocket man, they won't be around much longer. so, there is this concern that it could be a lot more than talk, that this could be the policy that president trump is adopting. and it is a dangerous one. most analysts agree there is a very high risk of miscalculation at this point which could, of course, be quite devastating. u.s. bombers and fighters were also out in the weekend showing force off the north korean coast. that is unsettling for officials here in china. publicly, officials have been, again, calling for restraint and urging both sides to go back to the table. but there is a degree of worry and real frustration here at what appears to be this continuing downward spal
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night football." we'll show them all and the protests some fans are launching of their own. >> redskins all day. >> a win for washington. the redskins roll over the raiders. what happened after you went to bed. >> good morning, monday so much better when the redskins win. it's monday, september 25th, ready to kick off this workweek. thank you so much for waking up with us. we want to check in with meteorologist chuck bell. chuck, it is the first full week of autumn. what is going on? we might get another 90 degree day. >> 92 yesterday. that's the first time the airport has been over 90 degrees in over a month. august 22nd was the last time we were above 90 until yesterday on the


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