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i told you it's going to be must-see tv. we will find out tomorrow. 10:00 a.m. eastern. that does it for us tonight. we will see you again tomorrow. now it's time your "the last replacing obamacare. this morning we're getting a closer look at the republican plan to repeal and replace the affordable care act while some popular provisions get to stay, there are new controversial parts, too. and the white house struggles to explain president trump's claims of wiretaps. now top republicans are asking for answers. and severe weather including damaging rain and heavy winds have hit in the south. there have been9 reports of tornadoes in the last 12 hours. good morning, everyone. it is tuesday, march 7. i'm alex witt alongside ayman
mohyeldin and louse burgdorf. the republicans are out with the plan to replace obamacare. the proposed bill called the american affordable act was released last night. the gop plan would eliminate a requirement for individuals to purchase health care. and it sets a 2020 deadline to restrict the affordable care act, medicaid expansion and being able to use the so-called health savings account. it will provide tax credits to encourage people to provide insurance. that's a change from obamacare where sub sasidies would offset that coverage. and young people can stake on their parent's health insurance plan until the age of 26. president trump marked the release of the bill with a tweet reading, the house just
introduced the bill to repeal and replace obamacare. time to end this nightmare. well, joining us now from washington, the co-author of politico's playbook, daniel litman. good morning to you, daniel. what happens next with the replacement plan? >> reporter: they are hoping to get it through the house committee in the next couple of weeks. and then it goes on to the senate. the problem a lot of people in washington believe is that house committees are going to vote on this without even knowing from the congressional budget office how much it costs and how many people are going to get -- how many fewer people are going to get health insurance coverage because of this plan. and that's kind of a raising hackle because shouldn't we know what we are voting on before it goes to the senate? >> yeah, it's my understanding they have said that the cost is just going to be paid for itself by offsetting obamacare, by repealing and replacing that, but i don't understand how that works. is that not spelled out?
>> they have not gotten a score from the congressional budget office. another thing that could be featured in democratic attack ads is that this would be the first big tax cut of the trump presidency. it would cut hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes on the well-off because that was underlined obamacare in the first place. >> daniel, i want to ask you quickly about the political reaction from some top republican lawmakers. some are calling this obamacare 2.0. others are saying this is a promise of president trump's repeal and replace. how far are republicans divided on this particular bill? >> i think in the house they are much more united and a much more conservative cause. the problem is in the senate. there are four republican senators who come from states where thousands of people benefited from obamacare, especially the medicaid expansion, and they are worried about the political ramifications. they care about the self-interests politically.
and if things happen to those thousands of people whose millions get obamacare, that would jeopardize their political futures. and so they are going to be fighting tooth and nail to make sure to make this a more moderate repeal and replace. >> really quickly, does this bill stand a chance of moving forward, you think? >> i think it will have significant hurdles in the senate. so we may see it end up into a month-long process to try to hash it out to get a victory for president trump. >> daniel, good to have you with us this morning. thank you for joining us. after weeks of awaiting its arrival, president trump rolled out the revamped executive order. on the new guideline, citizens from iran, somalia, sudan, iran, syria and yemen are subjected to a 90-day travel ban to the united states. iraq that was on the original list has been removed and apparently that was requested from jim mattis to make that happen. the new order does not apply to
premier residents. and the reference for religious minorities has been removed. the plan still bars all refugees from entering the u.s. for 120 days, but no longer for singles who were banned indefinitely. the white house simply tweeting out this photo yesterday. instead, the formal announcement was delivered by the secretary of state, rex tillerson and attorney general jeff sessions and homeland security secretary john kelly. they say the reworked ban is vital for national security. >> it is the president's solemn duty to protect the american people. and with this order, president trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe. this threat to our security continues to evolve and change. common sense dictates we continually reev-evaluate and reassess the systems we rely upon to protect our country.
>> the guidelines are set to take effect on march 16 giving more than a week notice. now, president trump had previously argued for the immediate rollout of the prior version, arguing that if the ban were announced with a one-week notice, the bad would rush into our country during that week. the new version of the order is being met with praise from some republican lawmakers who had originally criticized the first executive order. but democrats have slammed the measure saying little has changed. >> the truth is, there is very little new or improved about this executive order. it's barely a fresh coat of paint on the same car that doesn't drive. it's still a travel ban. it's still a refugee ban. it's still making us less safe, not safer. the new executive order is still mean-spirited, misguided, and in my judgment, goes against what america is all about in being a
country that accepts and cherishes immigrants, not disdains them. >> america is at its best when we are building bridges of opportunity and not walls of distrust. america is at its best when we understand that no matter where you were born, no matter your first language, no matter who you worship, no matter who you love, we are a land of opportunity. >> the secretary of homeland security has seemingly confirmed reports of the trump administration weighing a plan to separate women and children crossing the mexican border together illegally into the united states. speaking yesterday, secretary john kelly said the move would be part of a broader plan aimed at discouraging families from making the dangerous and sometimes deadly trip across mexico. >> i would do almost anything to deter the people from central america to getting on this very,
very dangerous network that brings them up through mexico into the united states. >> let me just be precise, if you get young kids who sneak into the united states of america, you would separate the children from their moms and dads. >> yes, we are looking to deter movement along this dangerous network. i am considering that. they would be well cared for as we deal with their parents. >> this potential move would allow officials to dain immigrant parents while colying with a court order from last year requiring their children be released from detention as quickly as possible. more now on the fallout from president trump's unconfirmed claim that president trump had my wires tapped in trump tower. the white house's top press officer wouldn't reveal president trump's source of information yesterday when defending his saturday morning tweets. >> does the president believe that former barack obama
committed a felony? >> i think the president wants to ensure the house and senate intelligence committees look into this matter to ensure that the american people fully understand what may or may not have happened during the 2016 election. >> so i guess in the simplest of terms, when did the president believe his phones were tapped? >> i think the president speaks for himself. >> in order to investigate, the president should share what he knows. >> the american people have a right to know on what basis the president of the united states said that his predecessor had broken the law by wiretapping trump tower. >> if the white house does provide no more information, which they've said they'll do -- >> let's see what he does. the american people should know on what basis. then we'll see what the basis is. if there's no basis for it then there's no reason for an investigation. >> it is really hard to cross-examine tweets. i need witnesses, i need
documents. there are only two ways u.s. citizens, electronic communications can be intercepted. one is title 3, and the other is fisa, the intelligence inquiry. there's no other way for it to be lawfully done. the good news about both of those, bill, there's a paper trail, there's and application, there are warrants, all of which can be reviewed. and right now the executive branch is controlled by the trump administration. >> it's a very serious allegation. the president has at his fingertips tens of billions of dolls in intelligence apparatus. i got to believe, i think he might have something there, but if not, we're going to find out. >> turning overseas now, the military started sending an anti-missile system to south korea one day after north korea launched four missiles into the sea of japan. with that system, the aerial
defense is active in guam. this isn't without controversy, the ap says china will take measures against the system. and that the u.s. and south korea will bear consequences. the chinese media stated that the anti-missile system is a clear and substantive threat to china's security interest. south korea's acting president and prime minister requested the u.s. deploy thaad as soon as possible following yesterday's launch, with this footage released by the north state-run media reportedly shows. the launch actually included five missiles, one of which failed. all right, still ahead, ben carson makes his debut as housing secretary. and believe it or not, he's coming under fire for something he said. plus, when strong enough to topple several semi truck trailers, take a look at that. we'll look at the severe weather that hit several areas of this country. those stories and more, next.
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welcome back. last week it was the new education secretary who came under fire linking hsbcus to school choice. now ben carson is accused of mischaracterizing history referring to slaves as immigrants during his speech to hud employees. >> this is what america is about. a land of dreeams and opportunities. there were other slaves that came here in the bottom of slaveships for even harder and less. and they, too, had a dream. that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons, might endure prosperity and happiness on this land.
i urge you to look up the word immigrant, whether you are voluntary or involuntary. if you come from outside to inside, you're an immigrant. whether you're legal or you're illegal, you come from the outside to inside, you're an immigrant. slaves came here as involuntary immigrants. >> well, reaction was swift. the naacp simply tweeted, immigration? the frank center also condemned the remarks calling them tragic, unacceptable and shocking. last night the secretary appears to have given his final answer in writing posting on facebook quote, the slave narrative and immigrtarrative are two entirely different experiences. sles were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by traders. the immigrants made a choice to come to america. the two experiences shouldn't be intertwined or forgotten. and severe storms remain a threat across the south today,
from flash floods to tornadoes. parts of missouri and kansas experienced severe weather last night. the national weather service says at least two tornadoes touched down in missouri, damaging wind in kansas toppled at least four semi truck trailers yesterday. the kansas highway patrol tweeted out these photos of them overturned. wow. the wind was so strong it peeled the roof off this public library in the northeastern part of the state. and at the johnson county executive airport near kansas city, planes and hangers were damaged in the storm. and the national weather service will be surveying the area today. let's bring in nbc meteorologist bill karins now. bill, from kansas to missouri, that strip of storms was just severe last night. >> yeah, and it's still going, but a lot of the damage has already been done. and this was a little bigger outbreak than what was expected. we thought we would have a few tornadoes. we didn't think we would have 29 tornado reports out there. all the red dots show you where the tornado reports were, started in kansas as we went through about the 4:00 to 5:00 hour. the kansas city area had a big
scare. and then they rolled into areas of southern iowa and northern missouri. oak grove, the area that was hit the hat, this is oak grove, missouri. we havctures in. that's not much left. not sure if these were mobile homes or houses, we'll find out more information at daybreak. you can see the car flipped there and the roof removed from that home. 12 to 14 injuries reported in that storm that went through the oak grove area. so far, no fatalities, but with this many tornadoes that happened during the overnight hours, there's still emergency personnel out there trying to go to the little areas and the rural communities. we'll find out how many injuries and fatalities we had. hopefully none, but we'll find out into the morning hours. here's what we are dealing with now, a new severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of arkansas, northern louisiana, to memphis, greenwood, all the way to tupelo. this is a severe thunderstorm watch. the conditions that favor the tornadoes earlier are gone. that's good. here's the area, 3 million people are in the slight risk. that's pretty much where we are dealing with storms and where we have the severe thunderstorm
watch this morning. here's the timing of it, we are going to plow this all to the east, but the line will weaken. we'll still see a line of strong storms going through areas of alabama, georgia, and then into south carolina. then we'll have a little line of storms heading through pennsylvania and virginia going throughout late today into tomorrow morning. but again, the tornado threat is going to be ending and just about overwith throughout the day. the rest of the country will be looking at a pretty mild forecast. nothing too frigid and cold. a nice day in chicago after your storms late last night. and down in florida, you get a nice quiet day. not bad at all in the carolinas and georgia. these are late day shower that is will be wit us on and off from new york up to boston. but it's better than the cold. and when i come back, alex, the next half hour, we'll talk about the cold returning in a big way for the east this coming weekend. and about two or three snow threats, even more areas as far south as virginia. so so much for the groundhog saying an early spring. >> i think we're going to cancel that segment. we don't want to hear that.
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stadium project. the raiders' move was in opardy after investment group goldman sachs lined up the investments. all that remains now is approval from 32 of the nfl owners. turning to college hoops in a record-breaking game for katie lou samuelson in the aac tournament finals, samuelson set a record for consecutive three-pointers in a game sinking all ten of her shots from beyond the arc and set the tournament's single game scoring mark with 40 points. the lady huskies notched their 107th straight victory. a 100-44 whopper over south florida. and let's go to the nba where in cleveland less than a minute into his playing career, the cavaliers andrew bogan suffered a broken left leg after colliding with a miami forward carl white. he joined the cavs last week to
bolster their playoff hopes. the team has not announced a timetable for recovery. either way, it's bad news for the cavs who dropped the game to the heat, 106-98. here's lebron james on his teammate's injury. >> i heard it break. i heard the collision happen. and when i went over to him and he said it, i already knew. i heard it crack. very deflating. and this is a tough moment. we were all excited about the acquisition and bringing him here. we hoped to get some games under his belt befor playoffs. we hope for the best in his mri and whatever the case may be, but it's a tough one. >> a tough break for the cavs there. let's go to san antonio where you got to see this one. the mvp-worthy performances from the stars. they each put up 39 points in last night's match-up. leonard had the last laugh with
san antonio trailing in the final 30 seconds of regulation. >> guarded, he's double dreamed, and he threw the basketball, that means he has numbers. he turns around to find the open man. leonard raises up -- ridiculous! draining the three, the spurs by a deuce. blocked by aldridge! the spurs basketball. oh, what a play! oh, the defense! unbelievable! >> oh, my god, that is mvp status right there. leonard is on both sides of the court. first sinking the go of the ahead triple and then blocking the hortons layup on the defensive end. the rockets hang on to win it 112-110. and the warriors take advantage of a decision agreement between two hawks while they argue over a
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welcome back, everyone. i'm alex witt alongside ayman mohyeldin and louis burgdorf. crews are making progress against one of the wildfires burning across the united states this morning. this one from colorado where 30 acres have been burned so far. parts of kansas and florida are also battling wildfires as the sun comes up today. a new report shows a record number of exonerations in the united states last year. a i cording to the registration of exonerations, 16 people were cleared of their convictions. 94 included cases where it was later determined no crime actually occurred. of the 1900 people convicted of crimes and later exonerated since 1989, 40% were african-american. and the fbi director james comey hits the road today, even with the wiretapping
accusations. director comey will attend a ribbon cutting for a new boston office and will address a cyber security conference at boston college. meantime, sean spicer is dismissing report that is the fbi director asked the justice department to publicly reject the president's claims. and it's still unclear if anyone in the white house has reached out to the doj to see whether the obama administration had trump tower bugged. and president trump officially rolled out a ban of the controversial executive order. the white house is hoping the second time around is the charm after the uproar over the president's initial order. nbc news' peter alexander has more on what has changed this time around. >> good stuff. >> reporter: nearly six weeks after president trump first proudly unveiled his controversial travel ban touting extreme vetting, a far more reserved rollout out of public view. the white house tweeting this video of the president signing his revised executive order. the formal announcement delivered instead by top cabinet
secretaries. >> this order is part of our ongoing efforts to eliminate vulnerabilities that radical islamists can and will exploit from destructive ends. >> what has changed? the 90-day proposed ban on six predominantly muslim countries. removed from the original list? iraq. green card holders are now exempt. and a preference for religious minorities. the new order bars all refugees from entering the u.s. for 120 days but no longer singles out those from syria, formally banned indefinitely. with new protests, the ban is likely to face legal challenges with several states of the aclu reviewing their options. >> the language of the first executive order all revealed what is essentially going on is a ban against muslims. the fact that they have tweaked the order does not elimite the taint. reporter: this grad student finally arrived back in california last month after the president signed the first ban, she was detained for 23 hours at lax and then deported. she worries the new ban will be
temporary. >> if we look at history, whenever whole groups of people have been discriminated against, just because of their religion and where they come from, terrible things have happened. >> reporter: this morning white house officials tell me the new executive order was signed in part to overcome potential legal challenges. washington state's attorney general who successfully sued to block the original executive order claimed something of a legal victory late monday saying that he hasn't yet decided whether his state will fight this new executive order as well. ayman? >> thank you to nbc's peter alexander for that report. joining us now once again from washington, political reporter and co-author of politico's playbook, daniel, good to have you back with us. >> thank you. >> what are you hearing about this consensus, will it hold up in court, do you think? >> i think they have done as much scrubbing as they can, but it is the same thing with important modifications.
a lot of courts are going to be looking at statements from the last few weeks where they said they will keep the ban the same, basingly, steven miller and sean spicer, they said they are not going to, you know, totally overhaul it. and so while they may say it is completely different, it's still is basically essentially the same. >> okay. can we talk about how this was rolled out in terms of the communication? because cabinet secretaries, they were the ones out front and center announcing the travel ban 2.0. do you think the white house has learned its lesson after keeping the process within the west wing the first time around? >> i think they know that if trump signs it with lots of cameras and lots of fanfare, then it's just going to attract so much more attention from the media. what thought was interesting was they had a phone call with reporters from officials from different cabinet agencies before that public rollout, and those reporters, those officials didn't identify themselves by name. so you saw in the officials like
john kelly and jeff sessions, they didn't take reporter questions afterwards. so they were trying to basically have a very low-key rollout because they knew that would be better for them pr-wise. >> very, very controlled. daniel lippman, thank you for getting up early with us. >> thank you. the house republicans unveil a plan to repeal and replace obamacare, a plan they have been looking forward to for years. here's hallie jackson with more. >> reporter: back at 30 rock today, a very busy day in washington, as you might imagine, really headlined by the new bill from house republicans to repeal and replace the affordable care act. this is something a lot of folks in d.c. had been waiting to see. they wanted to know, what was going to be in this, after the president last night, by the way, sat down with budget director mick mulvaney and tom price, two of the men who are the architects, if you will,
with the white house's relationship with congress on this bill. let's get to the nitty-gritty. what is in it, and what is not? what is in it, coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, coverage for kids under the age of 26 so they can stay on tir parents' health care. what is not in it? well, that is where it gets really interesting. we know that the mandate for example is not in it to raise questions of how do republicans plan to pay for this? republicans right now are saying they will pay for it by repealing the current affordable care act. this is getting, as we said, a lot of reaction from around d.c., guys. back to you. >> thank you, haley, for that. plenty of reaction around d.c., no surprise democrats are tearing down the plan, but there's plenty within the republican ranks as well. congressman justin anash tweeted, obamacare 2.0. senator rand paul was vocal about his frustration on getting a look at the bill yesterday tweeting, still have not seen the official version of the obama care replacement bill, but for immediate reports, this sure
looks like obamacare light. and a little later a white house staffer tweeted the bill being delivered to his office. while also published an op-ed with congressman mark meadows calling for a full repeal before taking a debate on what should be replaced. and over and over again, the senator tarred that plan as obamacare light. >> we should repeal obamacare, but we shouldn't replace it with obamacare light. there are a lot of provisions that i think are still going to be in this version that are obamacare lite. they continue to be subsidies. they call them refundable tax credits, but it's giving you somebody else's money to buy health care. >> we don't really get rid of the cadillac tax altogether. it's still in there, it just comes back in in eight years. so we really need to look at some amendments to get rid of the taxes. we put something on president obama's desk just a few months ago, and to suggest that what we
put on president trump's desk, you know, sets a new entitlement, keeps in taxes, doesn't repeal all of obamacare, we've got to do better. >> there are also reservations among republicans in the senate about how the draft bill addresses medicaid. four members say it does not adequately protect individuals and families and medicaid expansion programs nor provide necessary flexibility for states. now a provision to strip all federal funds from parenthood was include in the republican bill. and now it is reported that the white house offered to save the payments if the group discontinued abortion services. "the new york times" reports the planned parenthood rejected the informal proroposal. the organization receives half a billion annually in federal funding, money that goes to women's health services and not for abortion services. in response, don mcgann said, offering money to planned parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept.
providing critical health care services for millions of american women is nonnegotiable. and switching to overseas, the united states launched an anti-missile system into place to south korea. the faad system really isn't without controversy. it's certainly going to upset one or two countries in asia. >> reporter: well, ayman, tension is escalating across asia today with the beginning of delivery of the controversial u.s.-made missile defense system coming just after north korea's latest missile test. four missiles fired toward japan in what the regime's news agency said today was practice for striking at u.s. military bases there. so increasingly, this is becoming a big security challenge for president trump and the u.s. has pledged support to allies in the region.
the problem is that china is strongly opposed to this missile defense system. they say it does nothing more than upset the strategic balance in the region. and chinese officials vow powerful measures against south korea and the united states as well. already there are unofficial economic measures that are playing out in south korea. almost consumer-like sanctions where chinese travel companies are urging people to not book tours in south korea. there are also protests against the retail giant that gave up its gulf course to use as the faad launch site. this is sure to cause some strain on the u.s./china relationship, but in reviewing its north korea policy, there's the sense that perhaps the trump administration is willing to accept a bit ofion with china in order to help its allies of course, mitigate the risk for
north korea. >> from tensions to war in the middle east, the iraqi forces have made a major step in the fight to reclaim mosul from isis control. in fact, soldiers there seized the main government building in the heart of the city, which has been under control of the terror group for the past three years. joining us now live from london with more, nbc news foreign correspondent matt bradley. matt, we have been talking about this war for some time. it's really measured almost in street gains. just how big of a gain is this for iraqi forces? >> reporter: well, good morning, ayman. this is a major symbolic step for iraqi soldiers and their allies. and the iraqi military spokesman told nbc news that elite soldiers have retaken the mosul government building. the central bank and the mosul police directorate and killed dozens of isis members in the battles. retaking the compounds counts as liberating nearly the entire city. and we have seen that metric used before in battles for
ramadi and a takrit and mosul. this is iraq's second largest city and is by far the largest city within isis' self-declared caliphate. the iraqi troops still haven't taken mosul's old city, a dense war of alleyways and traditional buildings and most importantly 750,000 civilian who is very well being used as isis shields. the fight for mosul will continue and the islamic state fighters won't give it up easily. for many of the fighters, defend ing mosul will be a suicide mission. still ahead, at least 27 tornadoes across the u.s. in the last 12 hours. >> and then kansas had to deal with the wildfires, the hail and tornadoes. bill karins is tracking the latest wit ts seve weather threat. and another cold blast, he says, is on the way. and it was just friday when the governor of illinois announced plans to cut school
welcome back. chance the rapper had a big 2016 with one of the most critical acclaimed albums, an album of the year and three grammys. now he's making a contribution to his own city of chicago. he said he would donate $1 million after bruce rauner vetoed $250,000 to the pension burden. >> our schools should not be held hostage because of political positioning. while i'm frustrating and disappointed in the governor's inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all i can
to support chicago's most valuable resource, its children. today i'm proud to announce that i am donating $1 million to c cps -- to cps to support arts and enrichment programming. >> chance used his donation as a call to action, challenging companies and corporations in chicago and across the u.s. to donate. for every $100,000 donated, social work chicago, a nonprofit organization he co-founded, will give an additional $10,000 to a particular chicago school. windy city native and first lady michelle obama tweeted, thanks for giving back to the chicago community that gave us so much. you're an example of power of arts/education. the governor also introduced two new funding plans yesterday. >> chance the rapper, what a rock star.
>> we hear so much about hip-hop artists in a negative light, but this is a positive story. that's great. let's get a check on the weather now with nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> we'll talk about snow and cold and winter hanging on. >> cut him off. >> exactly. well, first, we'll update everyone. if you're just joining us in the last half hour, the severe weather that happened last night. we had 29 tornado reports, mostly in areas of eastern kansas, northern missouri and iowa. we did have significant damage in a few spots in missouri. when the sun comes up, we'll find out how bad it was. but there are people with destroyed homes this morning. we have not heard reports of loss of life, so that's good. the problems this morning will be with wind damage with storms over the top of little rock waking everyone up. memphis, you have an hour. then drifting down to northern mississippi and louisiana. now we'll talk about how we're going to be on this. march is sometimes the cruelest month because sometimes you're really warm and sometimes you're really cold. so for today, a spring-like el, 50s and 60s.
philadelphia at 62 degrees. then as we go through wednesday, we're still pretty mild across the country. but here's the little hint, this little purple and blue up here in the north dakota/new hampshire minnesota area, that's the next shot of cold air. the coldest air in the northern hemisphere. chicago a high of 28. not even factoring in the windchill on saturday. cleveland, 27. new york city, a pair of 32s for highs this weekend. and if there's going to be some snow, it looks like the most likely locations are going to be down here in areas of the midatlantic, possibly virginia and the mountains of north carolina. that's pretty far to the south for a march snow event. we'll update getting closer. too early for the snow amounts, but it's going to look a lot more like february than march. >> that's it. i'm moving to miami. >> miami? phoenix is nice. >> that's another place to go, too. all right, thank you so much for the heads-up on all that. still ahead, when it is hard to tell the difference between a
white house press statement and an exxon mobile press release. and attorney general jeff sessions is talking about his comments that led him to recuse himself from the federal investigation of trump and his ties to russia. >> plus we'll look at the headlines in business today, next. that could sense vehicles in your blind spot. take on the unexpected, with six 2017 iihs top safety picks. it's clear why we're amica's faest-growinauto brand. get to nissan now for 0% financing on 11 models & no payments for 90 days. it's the simple things in life that mean the most. boost® simply complete™. no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, plus 10 grams of protein and 25 vitamins & minerals.
contact with the russian govement when testifying under oath before the senate judiciary committee. in a letter to the committee leadership, sessions said, my answer was correct when he told senator al franken he did not have communications with the russians, despite having two meetings with the ambassador last year. sessions wrote, i did not mention communications i had had with the russian ambassador over the years because the question did not ask about them. franken asked, quote, if there was any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump administration affiliated with the russian campaign. what would you do? chuck grassley said he looks forward to confirming his team. president trump's nominee for deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, goes before the committee this morning. he will handle the allegations into the russian involvement and the trump campaign. it was a busy day for the white house and appears the office of the press secretary
needed extra help crafting a statement on exxon mobil's expansion into the gulf coast. so check this out. look at the similarities in the highlighted sections, which focus on new projects and investment by the company with the exception of a -- i would say very minor change, including the white house adding literally a space between exxon and mobile. they are exactly the same. in a response to nbc news, the white house official says the expansion program has many different components to it. and we went straight to the source for some of our information. the president also later tweeted his thanks to the company for creating, quote, jobs, jobs, jobs. and just in case you may have forgotten, rex tillerson was ceo of exxon mobil until recently taking over at the state department. we'll turn to business where u.s. futures are pointing to a lower open on wall street this morning. cnbc's louisa bojesen isning us live from london. louisa, why are we seeing
investors pull back? >> a little money coming off the table given we have seen a pretty hefty rally since trump got elected back in november. in fact, the s&p 500 is up 11% since then. a little bit of a pull-back. the revised travel ban is causing more people to question what more we could hear from the administration, dismantling the affordable care act, and the lack of detail on the economic prospects that could be laid out. we saw protectionism and isolationism stances filtering in, and that is causing people to get worried from the business angle. i want to talk about a huge move we saw in trade yesterday. remember on thursday we saw the listing of snap. and it flew on the open. yesterday not so. finishing more than 12% lower for the third trading session. it's third trading session, given that it just listed, but keeping in mind it sold at $17 per share during the ipo. the opening price was $24 and is still 44% higher than where we
were at the opening prices. but five analysts have cells already on this particular stock, which you usually don't see within the first month of trade for completely new companies, guys. >> we'll see if snapchat can hold. louisa bojesen, thank you so much. >> that's interesting about snap chat. still ahead, a look at the stories happening in the day ahead. >> and coming up on "morning joe," keith ellison joins joe and mika live to talk about the latest version of president trump's travel ban. will it stand up to legal challenges? and rick stengel will join us as the u.s. puts a missile system in south korea and weighs the future of the nuclear deal with iran. "morning joe" is just moments away. it's beautiful. was it a hard place to get to? (laughs) it wasn't too bad. with the chase mobile p, jimmy chin can master depositing his hard earned checks in a snap.
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officer who blew the whistle on the matter. and that does it for us on this tuesday. i'm alex witt alongside ayman mohyeldin and louis burgdorf. "morning joe" starts right now. >> a war front in washington. number one, republicans trying to steer clear of the president's wild, erratic and disturbing accusations about president obama ordering the wiretapping of trump tower. number two, president trump finally announces the revamped version of his controversial executive order on immigration looking a lot like the hotly first one. and three, house republicans finally unveil their long promised bill to repeal and replace obama ca. democrats, of course, on board. but some republicans also not happy with it. we'll get to that. and some cutting and pasting of press releases. an exxon press release. cut and paste by the white house. it's tuesday march 7th, another day. welcome to "morning joe." joe has the morning off. with us