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millions around the nation witness the first impeachment hearings in more than 20 years did democrats begin to make their case did republicans knock down accusations? each side digging in for a long battle >> an alarming new study on vaping finds toxins including formaldehyde and even pesticides in boot leg marijuana vapes. >> we'll go inside the training program for some highly valued members of the military headed for active duty. >> and we've got the biggest moments from the 53rd annual country music association awards from nashville "early today" starts right now >> good thursday morning i'm phillip mena >> and i'm frances rivera. history reverberating off the hill as the impeachment inquiry finally goes before the american
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people democrats began laying out their case against president trump with public testimony from two key witnesses. in the day's biggest bombshell, the u.s. ambassador to ukraine william taylor revealed another pivotal conversation tying the president closer to the ukraine scandal. and tomorrow, the ousted u.s. ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch, will testify. nbc's peter alexander starts us off. >> reporter: history on the hill as house democrats make their case against president trump in the first public impeachment hearing in 20 years. >> is this what americans should now expect from their president? if this is not impeachable conduct, what is >> reporter: democrats relying on two top career diplomats to spell out a quid pro quo >> i do. >> reporter: much of the focus on that july phone call where president trump asked ukraine's president zelensky for investigations into the bidens and the 2016 election. but taylor revealed another
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conversation involving president trump the next day that he says a staffer recently told him about with trump donor turned diplomat gordon sondland >> the member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking ambassador sondland about the investigations ambassador sondland told president trump the ukrainians were ready to move forward following the call with president trump, the memorandum berl of my staff asked ambassador sondland what president trump thought about ukraine. ambassador sondland responded that president trump cares more about the investigations of biden -- >> reporter: it's a call sondland never mentioned in his own testimony and a conversation getting to the heart of the democrats' argument that military aid to ukraine and a coveted white house meeting were being withheld until ukraine publicly announced the investigation into the president's political rival. >> neither of these investigations was in the u.s. national interest. both, however, were in donald trump's personal interest. >> have you ever seen another
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example of foreign aid conditioned on the persona units >> no,r. not >> reporter: the hearing testy at times >> you yourself, mr. chairman, have mischaracterized the call in fact, in the first open hearing -- >> the gentleman will suspend. the gentle woman will suspend. >> reporter: denouncing the entire episode as say partisan sham >> i'd like to congratulate you for passing the democrats star chamber auditions held in the basement capital it seems you agreed witting or unwittingly to participate in a drama. but the main performance, the russia hoax, has ended and you've bee >> reporter: taylor going back one week before that july phone call, recalling a video conference where he says he sat in astonishment when an unidentified budget staffer said the aid to ukraine had been frozen without explaining why. >> all the staff person said was
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that the directive had come from the president to the chief of staff to omb in an instant, i realize the that one of the pillars for our support for ukraine was threatened >> reporter: weeks after the call taylor recounting the call with sondland. >> ambassador sondland told me that president trump had told him that he wants president zelensky to state publicly that ukraine will investigate burisma and altadena ukrainian interference in the 2016 election ambassador sondland said everything was dependent on such an announcement, even security assistance he said that president trump wanted president zelensky inpub statement about ordering such investigations >> reporter: senior state department official george kent also questioning the role of the president's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani. >> giuliani's efforts to gin up politically motivated investigations were now infecting u.s. engagement with ukraine. leveraging president zelensky's desire for a white house
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meeting. >> reporter: but republicans defended the president >> where is the impeachable offense in that call >> reporter: saying he could not be threatening to withhold military aid because taylor testified ukraine did not know aid was being withheld until weeks after that july call and that ultimately the aid was given to ukraine without the investigations president trump requested. >> were you wrong when you said you had a clear understanding that president zelensky had to commit to an investigation of bidens before the aid got released and the aid got released and he didn't commit to an investigation >> i was not wrong about what i told you, which is what i heard. that's all what you heard did not trump's call and president zelensky's call. >> i did not >> you never talked to chief of staff mulvaney >> i didn't. >> you never met the president >> i didn't. >> and you're their star witness. >> reporter: president trump's
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push to investigate hunter biden given a job with the ukrainian company burisma while joe biden was vice-president something kent questioned back in 2015. >> i raised my concern hunter biden's status as a board member could create the perception of a conflict of interest let me be clear, however, i did not wish any effort to shield burisma from scrutiny. >> reporter: both career diplomats saying they were not speaking the spotlight and pushing back from the early morning attack from president trump that they are never trumpers >> mr. kent, are you a never trumper? >> i am a career nonprofessional who serves whatever president is duly elected and i've done that for 27 years for three republican presidents and two democrat presidents. >> ambassador taylor, are you a never trumper? >> no, sir >> reporter: frances, the question this morning will any of this sway ivbassador to ukraine and the state department official who overheard the newly revealed call with president trump. he'll testify behind closed doors friday frances? >> all interest da ita,
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where a state of emergency has been dee clierd. the flooding is being described as apocalyptic it is the worst they've seen in 50 years joining us from venice, claudio, the damage we are seeing there is just shocking >> reporter: good morning, phillip. yes, this was shocking for many venetians. they are used to the high tides. of course, they live with it all their lives. but they say they have never seen anything like this because they call what happened on tuesday the perfect storm. now, this was 6 feet high tides coming into -- from the lagoon into the city combined with 60 miles per hour winds and thatbrought death and devastation with the water pushing into shops, into hotels, and even inside the basilica right behind me. now, as you can see, i'm in saint mark's square, the landmark of the city, of course, and the water is coming in once again for the fourth day in a row. and the forecast is that it will
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come back again tomorrow now, they say that this is not as bad as tuesday, of course, but it is an invisible enemy when the water goes back and recedes, it leaves behind sea salt which is eroding this fragile and beautiful architecture of the city, phillip. >> city peaking before our very eyes claudio, thank you very much >> after a week, a synthetic form of vitamin e boot leg thc vape products could be linked to some of the over 2000 vape related injuries a private lab in los angeles is testing what other ingredients are in the vape vaper. canna safe labs has released the analysis of thc in lungs they tested from licensed dispense risk and six from the black market they found a tstew of chemicals
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in the illicit ones. >> they had a cocktail of things wrong with them. >> some of the chemicals found were carcinogens including formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide the company said tests done on vapers from licensed dispensaries had no indication of dangerous chemicals >> a minnesota school accused of lunch shaming issued an apology. it shows high school cafeteria workers throwing away hot meals of students that had lunch debt of $15 or more the school says the new policy was not implemented correctly and that their meeting with student government to talk about the situation. they have also posted a link under their facebook page to a website where people can donate to cover the unpaid lunch balances i don't know how many of these stories we need to do before they learn i mean, don't be wasteful. feed the kids, ask questions later. >> seems like it's happening more and more. country music stars took over nashville for the 53rd annual country music awards
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the show opened up with an epic star-studded performance ♪ ♪ look at that there has to be some major fan girling on stage legends like reba mcintyre, carrie underwood dolly partin winners, blake shelton took home single of the year tracy must grave with willie melson she won female artist of the year and album of the year carrie underwood turned up the heat ♪ ♪ >> she took a break from hosting duty to perform her latest single "drinking alone." a power house on the stage >> sure is that was nashville i was reading yesterday nashville was colder than alaska
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yesterday. we'll have an update in just a minute it is insane, the weather conditions >> unbelievable the temperatures we've all been feeling >> we have millions of americans hoping to finally have some relief from that arctic blast. the deep freeze has shattered more than 100 records and the dangerous conditions have been linked to at least eight degtsz no deaths now cities could see more record lows for more and to fact check what i just said, nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning >> bangor maine was down to 8 degrees. that broke their record, 11. they're warming things up. the winds are shifting the cold winds from the north that brought down the arctic air are leaving. they're seeing the shift in the south. that's why the 20s and 30s from d.c. to pennsylvania we're heading in the right direction and much of the cothe heads up is we have a rain event starting in texas. it's going to move through the southeast. on friday, airport delays are possible for the few storms and some rain moving through anyone driving, especially i-95, the coastal areas, you'll have
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to go through rain, too. it could linger. saturday maybe even into suny.d. 53, pretty beautiful forecast. no fall in mexico either highs in the 50s and 60s weekend forecast looks pretty decent, especially considering what we dealt with earlier this week. >> we deserve that after what we've been through thank you, bill. a hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend and instead of hanging ten, he popped the question chris got down on one knee on his board -- >> right there >> to propose. she said yes he dropped the ring in the ocean. >> what do you expect? >> he used a spare ring while they were out in the water the real one was back waiting on shore. so that's the way you do it, man. >> that's impressive probably scared her to death in
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victims and it is expected to be completed later this month or by early december >> president trump isn't the only member of his family tied to an impeachment. the student body president at the university of florida is facing impeachment for using $50,000 in student fees to pay donald trump, jr., to speak at the school last month. the student senate accuses their president of violating the statute forbidding the use of service fees for or against a political party. as for donald trump, jr., his book triggered opened number one on the best seller list. >> doc rivers clipped his son. what happens when father and son go head to head on the court shouting at the ref, son number 25 making the t-sign encouraging the ref to give his dad a technical foul that is exactly what happened, too. as doc was getting escorted off the court, you can see austin
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today. it's going to be a cooler today. we had warm weather recently. we are starting out with clouds here and much of the bay area this morning. as we go into the rest of the day we'll see our temperatures at least starting to stay on the cool side with mid-50s now and temperatures making it into the low 60s by early this afternoon

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