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secretly recorded tapes of the house intelligence chairman reveals why the gop may not be publicly pushing for the impeachment of the deputy attorney general. we'll have details ahead. >> training children to commit school shootings. the latest disturbing charge coming out of that new mexico compound and the five adults responsible. >> a new york congressman is facing charges of insider trading and lying to the feds all in an effort to save those involved over three quarters of a million dollars. >> space force, get ready for new details on america's newest military branch that will soon take on the universe. >> and are you game for the grid iron burger challenge? look at that thing. 7 pounds and it's not for the faint of heart. "early today" starts right now.
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>> good thursday i'm frances ri. >> abrea'mng news overni of senseless violence in philadelphia. a gunman killed two people and injured four others in a drive-by shooting. the suspect here is still at large. police say the suspect inside a light colored mini van fired at six people standing on a street corner, firing at least 11 shots using what appeared to be a high caliber weapon, possibly a rifle. >> the victims were rushed to the hospital. one is in critical condition. police are continuing their search for the gunman as an investigation is underway. a motive remains unknown at this time. >> also breaking just a few hours ago, another powerful earthquake in indonesia is threatening more homes and lives in an area that is already devastated by a massive quake earlier this week. early this morning a 6.2 magnitude earthquake rumbled the island of lombok causing several buildings to collapse. the area is still recovering from last sunday's 6.9 magnitude
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quake that killed at least 227 people according to the associated press. >> shocking new revelations are emerging from that squalid make ship compound in new mexico. the authorities say the children found there were being trained to carry out school shootings. authorities found the 11 starving children there friday and later the remains of another child. five adults have been charged with felony child abuse as investigators scramble to further unravel this dark mystery. nbc's gadi schwartz has the latest details. >> reporter: in the desert of new mexico, allegations so disturbing they'reheseids they here that never even came out. >> reporter: in court the five adults believed to be the parents of the 11 children rescued from filth and starvation in this new mexico compound. court documents allege the children were being trained with assault weapons to commit school shootings. >> there was a shooting range built on the west side of the property. >> reporter: the sheriff describing the suspects as muslim extremists. reports suggesting they may
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somehow be related to a controversial faith leader in brooklyn who has been linked to the 1993 world trade center bombings. authorities say a secret message sent from inside the compound led them to the kids. a note saying, we are starving. investigators had been searching for a 3-year-old boy named abdul gani wahaj believed to be kidnapped by his father. court documents saying the father wanted to perform an kper sizz many on the child. they found an arsenal of loaded firearms and 11 emaciated children age 3 to 15. no sign of abdul the 3-year-old. during interviews they were told about a small body in a tunnel or toilet room in the compound. >> we discovered his remains yesterday on his birthday. >> a horrific discovery with new chilling details alarming by the day. gadi schwartz, nbc news. >> a newly uncovered secret recording revealing a page from
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one republican's play book. in an exclusive clip obtained by msnbc's the rachel maddow show, california congressman devin nunes talking about why hard line conservatives dropped their bid to impeach deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. nunes, who chairs the house intelligence committee and is an ardent supporter of president trump made the statement during a republican fund-raiser in spokane, washington in the the end of july. it was recorded by a progressive member who attended the event. nunes says they put the impeachment push on hold because of the supreme court nomination of brett kavanagh. >> the senate would have to start -- the senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to -- start with impeachment of rosenstein and then take the risk of not getting -- not getting kavanagh confirmed. so it's not a matter of -- it's a matter of timing.
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>> that isn't the only part of the exclusive tape making headlines this morning. the congressman also spoke about why republicans need to maintain the majority in the midterm elections, saying it's essential to protecting president trump from any legal scrutiny that may arise from the investigation in a russian election meddling. >> so therein lies what looks like your classic catch 22 situation where -- it puts us in such a tough spot. if sessions won't unrecuse, mueller won't -- we're the only ones, which is really the danger. that's why -- i mean, we have o keep all these things. we have to keep the majority. if we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away. >> congressman nunes did not respond to msnbc's calls for comment. >> a new york congressman is promising a legal fight after he was indicted on insider trading charges. representative chris collins
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pleaded not guilty and was released on $500,000 bail. he says he's looking forward to being fully vindicated. >> the charges that have been levied against me are meritless and i will mount a vigorous defense in court to clear my name. >> house democrats slammed collins who is up for reelection. minority leader nancy pelosi said the american people deserve better than the gop's corruption, cronyism, and incompetence. nate mcmurry said the swamp is alive and well in washington, d.c. nbc's stephanie gosk has more. >> on the evening of june 22nd -- >> reporter: the u.s. attorney laid out time lines and phone records, proof he says that republican congressman christopher collins of new york is guilty of insider trading and lying to the fbi. >> congressman collins acted as if the law didn't apply to him. >> reporter: collins, his son cameron, and his son's future
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father-in-law steven zarski face 13 criminal counts altogether including securities fraud and false statements to investigators. the crimes revolve around the australian pharmaceutical company innate. according to the indictment on june 22nd last year, innate's ceo informed his board of directors, including collins, that the company's critical drug trial had failed. news that was not yet public. congressman collins was at a picnic at the white house and minutes after prosecutors, collins called his son to tell him, breaking federal law. cameron collins moved quickly to save his money. >> he sold stock based on that inside information and he also took that illegal inside tipd o. >>ter: days later, the stock would plummet. according to the indictment, the insider trading allegedly saved the defendants and others over three quarters of a million
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dollars. all three pleaded not guilty, while the congressman's attorneys pointed out in a statement that their client did not benefit financially. collins says he's going to stay in office and run for reelection in november. >> that was stephanie gosk reporting. thank you. >> south carolina police say a white woman who sped through a stop sign and was slurring her words allegedly cited her race and intelligence as a reason why she shouldn't be arrested. after racing past a stop sign at 60 miles per hour in bluff ton, south carolina, police say 32-year-old lauren cut shaw told the arresting officer she shouldn't be jailed because she's, quote, a very clean, thoroughbred white girl. according to the police report, cut shaw allegedly pushed further saying, quote, you're a cop. you should know what that means. authorities say a breathalizer test showed her alcohol level at .18%. that's over double the legal limit. police jailed the real estate agent on multiple charges including drunk driving, speeding and marijuana possession.
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>> a 51-year-old man is behind bars in connection with starting a 6200 acre wildfire in california. police have taken a forest gordon clark into custody on suspicion of arson accused of igniting the massive holy flyer through the national forest advancing into riverside county. according to jail records clark is being held on $1 million bond and is expected to appear in court later today. police didn't comment on the specifics that led to clark's arrest, but say witness statements and physical findings at the scene led them to believe it was clark who ignited the flames. officials say the raging inferno is only 5% contained. >> incredible images after mud and rocks went flying through the air during eruption in switzerland, swiss media reported strong rainstorms hit the area. the river of mud from the swiss alps gushed down a mountain stream before striking local villages. the mud can be seennd overtakin. vehicles were reportedly hit by the debris, but there were no injuries. video on social media also
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showed the flow of mud spewing onto a bridge as more mud swept beneath it. on lookers watching from that bridge could be heard frantically shouting and telling each other to watch out. >> nbc meteorologist bill karins. we haven't had any hurricanes -- >> ah, ah -- >> what i'm saying is, still mother nature is letting her presence be known with all the things we're seeing. >> obviously everyone has a camera, too, we get to see so much of it. before we would have never heard of it, didn't know it was happening. we have thunderstorms rolling through new york city overnight. we're watching those on the north shore of long island. everything is quieted down a little bit. areas of the south still numerous showers and thunderstorms especially west texas and areas just south of little front, is slowly be sliding into the southeast. numerous showers and storms from jackson to atlanta, new england should be clearing it outay slightly lower humidity levels, too. and unfortunately on friday, we're going to remain with that chance ofll throughhe t
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talk about hot today, san antonio getting close to 100 degrees. and so the weekend forecast unfortunately going to see more wet weather on the east coast. >> broke it to us at least. we've been warned, bill. thanks. there was an umpire last night at the yankees white sox game, he got quite an earful. it's not what you might think. take a look. the second base official was caught pulling a live moth from his ear. yeah. he got a little help with tweezers. he finally got the buzzing in his ear to ne that? you're wondering, what is that? what is that? >> he did it himself with oth. tweezers, amazing. tackling a 7 pound burger coming to a stadium near you and the final frontier.
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leading the news, vice-president mike pence is headed to the pentagon today to reveal plands for the president's propofol posed space force. white house officials tell nbc news pence will discuss the next steps forward in the formation of the new military branch which will be the first in more than 70 years. here to talk about it with us is nbc's nick ee carbahol. good morning, nick ee. >> good morning, phillip. we want to hear what a space force could look like. that's what we'll hear when the vice-president pence speaks at the pentagon. we should get a re if you'll recall, this has not been without controversy. some critics say it could harm peaceful space exploration and within the military some say it just adds another level of bureaucracy and a lot of what a space force could cover is already covered by the air force. today -- in the past several days defense secretary james
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mattis has been down playing some of that controversy. here's what he had to say. >> we are in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, for our economy. we are going to have to address it as other countries show a capability to attack. >> reporter: so not quite a glowing endorsement, but ultimately congress will have the final say in whether or not a space force happens. >> and we will see if the president gets the martians to pay for it. thank you. >> they are slapping strict new sanctions on russia. once implemented it would cut off hundreds of mflz illions of dollars in russian exports. it comes after the lethal nerve agent used to kill spies. president trump and his team getting tough with mueller about a possible interview. nbc's peter alexander has the details.
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>> reporter: from president trump a stiff punishment. new vankss for russia's poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in prit an last march. following fierce criticism and embrace and relentless what he branded -- >> the witch hunt. >> reporter: he argued his administration has cracked down on moscow. >> i have been far tougher on russia than any president in many, many years. maybe ever. >> reporter: the new sanctions likely to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in exports of sensitive national security equipment to russia. according to a senior state departmenta send more painful wd ground russia's national airline rom entering the u.s. chemical weapons again and refuses on-site inspections by the u.n. russia has denied any involvement in the u.k. poisonings. the president facing political pressure, some from top
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of their supreme court justices. the lawmakers accused the four judges of everything from corruption and incompetency to neglect of duty. the state typically has five supreme court justices, but one abruptly retired just before the impeachment proceedings began. the full house will vote on impeachment next week. if approved, it will go to the state senate. os getting anbecong the first m app-based ride hailing it the n a cap on on the road for o i could result in longer weight times and higher prices. they say it will protect drivers and reduce congestion. >> it has changed the way people get around in the city. in the wake of the fbi college basketball scandal the ncaa has announced a ear series new rules that will give more power to athletes. the board of directors will allow lead high school recruits to be certified by agents while giving college athletes the option to return to school if they enter the draft and don't
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get picked. the commission hopes this will help resolve a major fundamental issues that have been plaguing college basketball for years now. >> the california court panel has denied a trial to brock turner, the stanford student asg an unconscious woman. his attorney filed an appeal saying the evidence did not support the conviction specifically noting turner engaged in clothed outercourse, and not intercourse with the victim. they argued that showed he did not intend to rape her. the three-judge panel was not convinced and upheld the conviction pending any further appeal, he'll have to register as a sex offender the rest of his life. >> virginia and the city of charlottesville have declared states of emergency ahead of this weekend's planned event marking one year since the deadly rationalist rally. $2 million will go toward boosting police presence after they were criticized for its response to the unite the right rally. one person was killed and several others injured when a driver plowed through a crowd of
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counter protesters. >> one man's trash is another man's work of tom has create ai for himself. he's creating art from flip-flops that have been collecting trash from bolder creek for years, but he's kept the shoes, all g up with us.chill version wak o i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera.
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good thursday morning to you. as we get started. this morning on this thursday, friday eve for a lot of people. oh, wow. that sounds good, right? thank you so much for starting your morning with us. i'm marcus washington. >> i'm kris sanchez in for laura garcia.
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i think i heard you say we have another air quality issue. >> another spare the a day. let's get a look outside as you get ready to head out right now in san jose.ecently looking at of smoke and the air quality will still be unhealthy for the inland east bay and santara valley as our


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