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a wild weather weekend in the south where tropical depression barry drenches the south. along with possible tornadoes ahead. >> president trump unleashes a twitter war urging specific progressive members of congress to go back to where they came from the comments being denounced as racist and worse >> a murder mystery in baton rouge is unfolding as police investigate the death of a beloved local civil rights leader whose body was found in the truvg of a car >> the weekend i.c.e. raids get off to a slower than expected start as many undocumented immigrants were prepared with a list of their rights >> check out this high-flying new invention captured on camera in paris over the weekend. "early today" starts right now
>> good monday morning great to be with you and great to be back with my partner phillip. >> yeah, i am so happy to be back been gone for like a week. can't wait to get right back into it. we begin this morning with a life-threatening flood putting millions at risk as tropical depression barry churns its way inland officials concerned the flash flooding could dump more than 20 inches of rain in louisiana and wash out six other states. the coast guard rescuing 12 people this weekend who are left stranded in flooded homes. nbc's dan scheneman reports. >> reporter: barry has been downgraded, but is still dangerous. >> much of the southern portion of the state is still experiencing heavy rainfall. and it could lead to flash flooding >> reporter: up to 6 inches of rain possible in some areas, in baton rouge, roads are flooded and creeks are overflowing >> the forecast has rain again all the way up the lower mississippi valley
that rain will get into the valley and come back down to louisiana, so we want to make sure we watch the water levels louisiana felt barry's full force. the storm surging engulfed some neighborhoods while in alabama some major roads were consumed by water as they work to restore power to tens of thousands left in the dark, in the big easy, there is a sigh of relief. >> we absolutely made it through the storm. beyond lucky, we were spared >> reporter: the floodgates to new orleans are open again and the port is open for business. dan scheneman, nbc news. >> now to president trump igniting new controversy this morning with a tweet targeting progressive congress women his message denounced as racist by democrats he suggested they go back and help fix the totally broken and crum infested places from which they came. while he didn't mention anyone by name, he appeared to be
referencing four freshman democrats, none of whom are white and all but one are from the u.s. nbc's hans nichols has more. >> reporter: president trump trying to stoke conflict between house speaker nancy pelosi and four minority liberal congress women. tweeting, go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came mr. trump added, so interesting to see progressive democrat congress women who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe. the president has singled out one of the women, miss omar before she's from somalia, the only one of the four congress women born outside the united states. >> i'm looking at miss omar from minnesota. she shouldn't even be in office. >> reporter: speaker pelosi denounced mr. trump's tweets as xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation while omar accused the president of stoking white nationalism because you are angry that people like us are serving in congress. other house democrats, including the assistant house speaker
rallying to their colleagues' defense. >> that's a racist tweet >> reporter: in the field of 2020 democratic hopefuls piled on >> what he's trying to do is make america hate again. >> he's really doing something that is so anti-american >> this country is facing another bigot who is trying to divide us again. >> reporter: while trump may have temporarily united democrats, clear division still exists between thousand speaker nancy pelosi and the progressives in her caucus frances? >> all right, hans, thank you. >> president trump's promised i.c.e. raids on undocumented immigrants is off to a slow start. the round ups are underway, but senior administration officials say so far those numbers are t the goal of the 2000 deportations could still be reached in the coming days raids are expected in as many as ten cities the administration says i.c.e. agents are just doing their job while democrats believe it goes too far. compassionate loyal i.c.e. agents who are just doing their job, and it shows you how far we've fallen in that it's
become news that they would actually go deport people who have removal orders. >> the simple fact of crossing the border and perhaps having a technical legal violation at that point is being used as a basis for deportation of people who otherwise have nothing in their background >> however, in 2012 under the obama administration, there were more than a thousand i.c.e. arrests per day on average, but back then families were not being targeted as they are now the threat of mass deportation spurred nationwide protests over the weekend. >> an investigation is underway in major parts of the big apple into darkness over the weekend massive power outage happened on saturday and impacted over 70,000 customers billboards and busy times square went dark and some of the city's train stations also went pitch r phone lights to oncert at madison square garden.
officials say the outage lasted some five hours. coincidentally, on the anniversary of the 1977 blackout which lasted two days. new york's mayor bill de blasio has ruled out terrorism or a cyberattack as the cause >> a 75-year-old louisiana activist and founder of an african history museum was discovered dead in the trunk of a car on friday. sadie roberts josef founded the baton rouge african-american history museum in 2001 morgan chesky investigates her mysterious death >> the city of baton rouge reeling from the loss of one of their own. sadie roberts josef, a civil rights activist, killed in a suspected homicide police say they don't have a suspect, much less motive. >> it's taken a lot of us back because she was, she was a jewel for thisyb cy knew her >> reporter: roberts josef, a community leader for decades, she founded the city's african-american museum. the city even spotlighted her work featuring her in a campaign
to visit baton rouge, which is what makes what happened last week even more disturbing. police say the call came friday, a suspicious vehicle parked on this dead end, only when officers arrived, they found ar inside the trunk of that car in response, police dedicated a team of detectives to track down leads. the news of her loss hitting the city hard. >> she never showed up without smiling and saying, here's a positive way to deal with something. >> reporter: the local naacp branch calling her an icon writing, we lost a cultural legend rest in peace, sadie roberts josef, now police are turning to the public and hope someone knows something. >> it is a tremendous loss, and i believe the community is going to step up and do their part to help us identify this person and put them behind bars >> reporter: justice for a woman who spent her life fighting for it morgan chesky, nbc news, baton
rouge. >> all right monday morning the start of a new week, let's check in with meteorologist bonnie snyder to see what's ahead this week good morning, bon nie. >> good morning, frances and phillip. barry continues to pa threat2 io that's where we're seeing flooding happening now notice this burst of convex right here in parts of arkansas. that's because the storm even though the center of circulation is well to the northwest, because of dry air it's on the move and working its way to the north at 12 miles per hour, with maximum winds at 30 miles per hour the threat for flooding remains across the mid south, especially the mi with highs in the mid-'80s and some in the 9o he as well with temperatures
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destruction blocking roads and knocking down communication towers a million more people in south asia are set to be affected. >> a deadly plane crash in sweden has claimed the lives of nine people. the accident happened sunday part of the crash was captured on cell phone video which shows the plane appearing to fall from the sky. officials say the small australian-made single engine plane was carrying faparachutiss the cause of the crash is still under investigation. >> tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets of hopping congress in a rally that ended with violent clashes chaos broke out inside a shopping mall as police tried to clear out the demonstrators. they were hit by umbrellas and bottles and officers pepper sprayed in retaliation this comes after a series of protests sparked by a controversial extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland china to stand trial in courts controlled by the communist party. >> a whale watcher caught this incredible moment on camera. the moment a hump back whale
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nbc's cynthia mcfadden reports on a growing problem >> reporter: desiree meyer never expected her biggest challenge as a military spouse would be feeding her four kids. >> we kind vf to get creative. some days we have bread drives >> reporter: the san diego truck arrives every two weeks full of fruit and vegetables >> we are 80% military and 70% free and reduced lunch >> when you tell people little kids whose parents are on the "frontline" for the rest of us, you know, serving go to bed hungry sometimes, it's shocking. >> yeah, go to bed hungry and lonely because their parents are gone sometimes. >> reporter: dan meyer is well aware of that. he's a communications in the navy he makes $34,279 a year before taxes. that's just under the national poverty level for a family of six. the military does pay for their
housing, a significant benefit but they can still only make ends meet with help. vince hall, c.e.o. of feeding san diego, knows this all too well last year this food rescue group provided 26 million meals, many of them to military families >> i take great pride in the work that we do here, but i take no pride in the fact that our country stations families in san diego and doesn't pay them enough money to live in san diego. >> reporter: and it's not just san diego. our investigation revealed one in three children attending d.o.d.-run schools on military bases are also eligible for free and reduced lunch. at fort stewart in georgia, a wh 65% are eligible. the department of defense declined our multiple requests for an interview instead, sending an email saying, the problem is minimal, that military members are very well paid, that there is a subsidized grocery store on each base, and that families can avail themselves of the
financial literacy training the military provides. >> i think it is a national outrage. >> reporter: senator tammy duck worth of illinois, a former helicopter pilot, is sponsoring legislation that would lift some military families higher above the poverty line >> it's not a minimum -- frankly, instead of ignoring it, we should be fixtion it so they can go their jobs without worrying whether their kids have empty bellies. >> reporter: so the estimate to fund what you think is needed is somewhere between 20 and $30 million? >> yes that's a drop in the bucket. >> reporter: meanwhile at dewey elementary, the meyer kids are about to get a big surprise. daddy's home two beautiful words which, for today, push away all the worry cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, san diego. >> the families make so many sacrifices already going hungry shouldn't be one of them >> it is an important report hili, it's a growing problem >> it's their reality. all right, up nextinn the action
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