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that con the tale of the tapes. this morning the actual audio of donald trump discussing a cash payment of sorts to a former playy play mate. captured and recorded by then attorney michael cohen. the georgia law maker who unwittingly droppedis 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 th includes record heat and o ooding for millions coast coast. frrsh. that is a seven climb.eterer >> oh, goodness, gracious.
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>> 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 recoed conversation with trump talking about buying the rights to a former playboy model's story news can't confirm whether the recording has been edited or altered. they discuss payments to keep the year-longmpffair with t quiet. while trump has denied the affair, the tape made it clear he knew about the plans to buy her silence. >> he's h srding quote pay with cash. >> i need to open up a anco for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend david,
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you know, so that i'm knowing to do that right away. and i've spoken to allen about hoto set the whole thing u with -- >> so what are -- >> yes. and it's all the stuff -- all the stuff. because you never know where that company -- he gets hit by - >> correct. so i'm all over that. when it comes time for the financing -- >> whatin fina >> 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 case there's no evidence a payment was made. he had made a payment of $1,000 to stormy daniels f an alleged one-night affair with tracie potts washington with the very latest. >> reporter: and we're also hearing from daniel's attorney.
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first reaction from president trump. he ignored shouted questions about this last night but told a crd in kansas city not to trust the media when itomes 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 i 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.
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>> reporter: there are at least two wem whoon are alleged to have had affairs with the president. this one is about karen mcdoug but the attorney for the other woman, stormy daniels has a very different takeha on this tape may mean. >> there's no question that chael cohen has the goods on the president. and instead of come canning cleannd disclosing that information in full and being open and honest with the american people, he continues to hedge his bets. and they sprinkl out this morsel, this one-minute tape. there's multiple tapes. r orter: as he mentioned there are more tapes out there. we don't know whe or if we will hear them. the big question is this a po ttical problem f 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
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are facing triple digitte mpertureses fuelling ferocious wild fires like these in california. the blistering heat is already sponsible for six deaths. ey're urging people to protect themselves and pets by keeping cool and staying hydrated. they got to this dog in time inside a v parkedicle at a staggering 114 phoenix shattered a record high with temperatures topping 5 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 otheride of the country. frrls. >> reporter: dangerous flooding on the east coast is effecting 10s ofio mi. in pennsylvania an urgent search is underway for a missing 19-year-old woman swept into a
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creekear harrisburg. >> she got swept under the current and we're searching for her under the waterer. >> thats waterer 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 hisjeep. >> it just happened out of nowhere and my car was shut off and i was likeo what i do now? >> reporter: hirschy park closed after parts of the park were submerged. orergency crews responding in charlotte, carolina after five people got trapped in a flooded business and in baltimore, maryland, a childtw d adults rescued when they got trapped on a school bus. buckled. the storm has claimed at least one life a woman kill canned by a tree in virginia. >> the tree had fell into pproximately a quarter of the
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home. >> reporter: dangerous weather showing no sign of letting up. elizabeth town, pennsylvania as president trump' trade war with other nations heats up, they're now offering aid to those effected the most. the department of agriculture for farmersacing billions in losses due to the president's taris. the nouncement thee s day ivanka trump had news of her own regarding her fashion bran>> eporter: 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 -- have to do it. >> reporter: the administration announci billion in temporary aid for farmers hit hardest by retaliatorytariffs. >> if it's indefinite, a year, two years, we're going to have a
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lot ofs probl in farm country. >> reporter: tweeting tariffs are the greatest but promising this eventual happy ending. >> farme 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 riffs and plan to offset them a bad idea. saying farmers tell gthem. >>e 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 do 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 decliningnd
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sales 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 modelcitizen. he could not contain his emotions. >> i'm so happy. oh, my god. i love you. >> reporter: a judge has ruled he can remai in the united states while he tries to gain legalus st 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
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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 bee canceled. it's so hard to make plans. >> tropicaown pours. florida afternoon weather but it's the las four or five days in a row. overnight the heaviest a rains in central pennsylvania. the red is flash flood warnings. sw a band of rain in philadelphia. in new york ci about an hour from now. this is the flash flood threat for day. the area of red is the greatest risk. heavy rain later this afternoon and evening thi 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 throu t the pocono catskills including
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wauks d.c. for the heaviest rain. nows a closer look at your day ahead. so the down pours obviously still in the forecast. it will slowly improve in areas of virginia and north carolina. the heaviest aa 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 thr women they say shop lifted from dozen lululemon stores. melania trump visited the children's hospital in nashville. and met with young patients. their spice gls are finally
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television aboard air force one tu into cnn caused a big stir. the new york times reported president trump raged a the staff for violating a rule that they should begin each trip tuned to fox. the report coming on the samesi day pnt trump again attacked the media at a veteran's ogn for wars event. >> don't belie the crap you see from these people, the fake emnews. just rr what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's >>happening. he times reports that at the end of the email exange they agreed standard procedure would be all tvs areo tuned fox news. theew jersey polic officer isbying hailed a hero.
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he saved the life of a man nearly run overy a train. the officer found the man during a welfare chec h soe made a mad dash for him, screaming to get his attention. conductorer heard the yells and slowed the train down just in time for the jump from the tracks. he thanked the for rescuing him. after initially rejecting multiple calls to resign, jason spencer has now said he will call it quits on sasha barren cohen's tv show. he pranked spencer intobe lieving cohen is an israeli military expert and gets spencerer to participate in a fake antiterrorism training ande convin him to do this to ward off terrorist attack. >> now i am going to be the terrorist. you have three seconds to attract attention.
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exclusive. espionage and intrigue at top univerties. chines students coming to universitieses to steal secrets? here with the story. >> reporter: what country is fbi directorer christopher rayoe worried about? last week he told lester. >> i thing china, from a counterintelligence perspective represents the broadest, most challenging, most significant e threat we fac as a country. >> reporter: academic espionage is of concern. that some students, at t rection of theve chinese ornment is funding research, muchf which isunded 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
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>> was he handled, approached, compromised, ssidized when he took it back to china? my theory says yes. >> that is ridiculous. >> reporter: ridiculous? >> yeah, it'saway from the truth.ha >> reporter: wt is true is his chinese tech company is now valued at $6 billion. we visited an advanced version of dr. smith's invisibity cloak. university tells us they never concan sidered withdrawing his ph.d. that the fact they opened the campus in china had nothing to do with that decision and that in the wake of this event, aey along with many universitiesund the country are looking for sharper and clearer guidelines for how to protect intellectua property up next for selena gomez
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