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you're out. after twisting in the wind for days, national security adviser mike flynn abruptly resigned under immense pressure. will more heads roll three weeks into the trump presidency? a new storm is threatening the nation's tallest dam as a second emergency spillway failed causing a race against time before the next deluge hits. disgraced cyclist lance armstrong is being slapped with a $100 million lawsuit by the federal government. got back pain? new guidelines for anyone seeking relief from chronic discomfort. what's old is new again. "playboy" bringing back nude pictorials. "early today" starts right now. good to be with you. i'm frances rivera. breaking while you slept, a
white house shake up. headlines across the country say it all. less than four weeks in office and president donald trump's national security adviser michael flynn is forced from the west wing. mounting pressure after reports surfaced that flynn lied over calls to russia's ambassador. he reportedly discussed lifting u.s. sanctions and misled the white house chief of staff, vice president mike pence and even president trump. flynn's resignation comes hours after the white house said it was evaluating his position. despite counselor kellyanne conway saying this to msnbc. >> general flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president. >> by saying he enjoys the full confidence of the president are you saying you're satisfied that he did not have the conversations? that he did not mislead the vice president? >> no, those are two different questions. you asked me and i'll repeat the answer. does he have the full confidence of the president? yes, he does. >> overnight a statement from flynn, i am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the american people in such a distinguished way. nbc's chief foreign affairs
correspondent andrea mitchell has more for us on this breaking news from washington. andrea. >> reporter: good morning, frances. this is so remarkable. michael flynn resigning after only 24 days in office. and in his resignation letter it's notable by what he does not say because in his letter released by the white house he writes, unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, i inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information and he sincerely apologized to the president and vice president and they accepted that apology. senior officials involved in the small circle around the president who decided flynn had to go are telling me a very different story. top official saying it was unsustainable for flynn to stay because he had lied. that's a quote from the official, lied to the president and the vice president when he said he had not discussed sanctions with the russian ambassador. the official also said the white
house did not reach the decision based on the fact that he had been compromised by the russians, but that is precisely what the former acting attorney general sally yates and top officials did believe when they saw the transcripts of mike flynn's intercepted conversations with the russian ambassador. nbc has confirmed from officials that yates and the others wanted to tell the trump team on january 19th, the day before the inaugural when they got all their facts in order, but fbi director james comey objected saying that that would compromise his investigation. it was the following week after sean spicer said at his first briefing that flynn had repeated to him he had not discussed sanctions at all with the russians that sally yates did brief the white house counsel. what is not clear why it took so long for the white house to decide that flynn had to go. frances. >> still many questions, thank you. for now, lieutenant general keith kellogg will serve as the acting national security adviser. he's being considered for the post along with david petraeus.
the former cia chief who resigned amid controversy himself. bob harwood is said to be at the top of the list. the department of homeland security said its agents arrested some 680 undocumented immigrants in a week-long roundup over several states far below the totals of similar raids by the obama administration. however, that didn't stop protestors that came out in full force. thousands gathered in downtown milwaukee for what they deemed a day without immigrants march. still, the president intends to zero in on criminals and not the overall immigrant community. >> we're actually taking people that are criminals, very, very hardened criminals in some cases who have -- with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems and we're getting them out, and that's what i said i would do. >> the president's comments came on the very same day he hosted canadian prime minister justin trudeau for the first time. the two held the customary oval
office meeting before convening a joint press conference and held a women in the work force roundtable discussion. it's one celebrated by first daughter ivanka trump. in this viral tweet that has some celebrating and others protesting the use of the oval office as a prop. well, despite hosting one of the country's greatest allies, it was a social media firestorm over what happened at the president's private club after an international crisis involving north korea that stole much of the attention. nbc's kristen welker reports. >> reporter: president trump aiming to fortify his relationship with justin trudeau. the two leaders meeting for the first time. it comes as the president faces a major foreign policy test with a foe after north korea fired a ballistic missile over the weekend the president responded in his strongest terms yet. >> north korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly. >> reporter: but over the weekend questions surfaced after pictures appeared on social
media showing the president dining with the prime minister of japan at mar-a-lago. a dinner that started after 8:00 soon after news broke about the launch. the dinner appeared to turn into an open air strategy session onlookers told cnn. top aides holding their flashlights illuminating documents. democrats wasted no time pouncing. house leader nancy pelosi tweeting there's no excuse for letting an international crisis play out in front of a bunch of country club members like dinner theater. the white house telling nbc news, president trump was fully briefed before dinner in a secure facility and their discussions at the meal focused on the logistics of an impromptu news conference they held later that night. >> the united states of america stands behind japan. >> reporter: still, some national security experts say the episode raises concerns. >> this is what happens when the team is inexperienced, when they haven't had to field too many national security crises.
they take short cuts and they do things that in some ways could potentially compromise national security. >> our thanks to nbc's kristen welker for that report. native american activists say they're not giving up after a federal judge refused to stop construction of the dakota access pipeline. tribe leaders say they are disappointed their restraining order wasn't granted but promise to maintain a peaceful presence near the construction site. opponents have been camped out for months in cannonball, north dakota. they say it threatens the water supply on native american lands. a new hearing is set for the end of the month. good news coming from california. there were no signs of erosion on the oroville dam's main spillway after massive releases of water. according to authorities this reduces the chance of catastrophic collapse and flooding. yet, with more storms expected to hit by thursday officials are working frantically to get as much water out of the dam's reservoir as possible. in the meantime, california's
governor has requested aid for 195,000 people who evacuated areas near the dam. new england is recovering from some wicked winter weather. a few parts received up to two feet of snow. that's on top of the foot many places got last week. that snow was blown in by fierce winds. it tore off the roof of this gas station as you can see. the winds reached new york where a tree was sent crashing into a home. and in maine the wind is complicating plow efforts leaving the state virtually shut down. nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with details of a new threat. bill? yeah, as you mentioned, there's good news, but we have to watch the rain that flows in. it got up to 902, when we had all the evacuations. we are down ten feet in the main spillway. the equivalent of niagara falls is flowing down the spillway every hour. the next rain threat is going to come in late wednesday night
into thursday morning, when the heavier rain will be in the oroville area. total rainfall near the dam, around three to four inches. again, i think it's going to be able to handle that, it's a matter of how many storms sprin all. 67 in fresno and 65 in sacramento. francis, one storm thursday and another other the weekend. another one next week. the threat remains high. >> oh, boy. back-to-back. thank you very much. how is this for a wedding streak. the university of connecticut women's division notched their 100 victory in a row. 66-65.
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now the michael flynn resignation and a wider intelligence investigation into what he told the russians. in the resignation letter, flynn says he briefed the president and others with incomplete information regarding his phone call with the russian ambassador. he says he doesn't 100% remember exactly what he discussed in that phone call. democrats are saying he may have talked about the sanctions that were put into place. this phone call was before president trump was sworn into office. that could be unethical, possibly -- keith kellogg who is the former 82nd airborne commander. also david petraeus, the former cia director. finally, the front-runner is considered the navy vice admiral robert harwood. he is friends with the current secretary of defense and was the
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