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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  August 16, 2011 2:30am-3:00am PDT

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club attacko bell. i'm glad you're watching on msnbc or listening on sirius xm way too early, tweet m me @williegeist1 or do what hammering hank aaron and text the word awake followed by 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this tuesday, august 16th. a lot to tell you about, including google's $12.5 billion acquisition of the motorola cell phone company. what does it mean for you, the consumer? we'll tell you. plus -- >> he wouldn't even fight me like a man after. if someone texts me his address, i'll go see him wednesday at his house and show him what he needs, he needs a friging whupping. >> a scene straight out of talladega nights after a fight breaks out. one brawler goes on tv to ask for the other guy's home address so he can finish what he started. it is amazing and it's ahead in sports. but first, let's get to the
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news, live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. as republican presidential candidates ramp up their campaigns across the country, president obama also breaking out his tour bus, cruising the midwest, talking yesterday to voters in minnesota, and in the early caucus state of iowa. the obama administration insists this is not a campaign trip -- really. the president is spending three days on a bus tour that includes town halls and speeches in font of barns. during a speech in iowa late yesterday, president focused on the economy saying the fiscal problems we face are because our political system is broken. he said he will address this when congress returns from its recess. >> moving forward, my basic attitude is, we know what to do. i'll be putting forward when they come back in september, a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs. >> president obama also took the opportunity to attack his 2012 challengers on not wanting what
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he calls a balanced approach to deficit reduction. mentioning a moment in last thursday's republican presidential debate. >> they were asked, would you take a deal in which for every $1 of tax increases, we cut $10 in government spending. 10-1 ratio, and nobody was willing to take that deal. what that tells me is okay, you've gotten to the point where you're just thinking about politics, you're not thinking about common sense. you've got to be willing to compromise in order to move the country forward. >> and texas governor, rick perry, spent the day campaigning in iowa as well yesterday. his competition, the former massachusetts governor, mitt romney. was asked about perry's candidacy. and whether or not the governor can take credit for all of those jobs created in texas. >> my job spans not just four
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years as governor, but the 25 years i've lived in the private sector. i think understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy is finally essential in the white house. i respect the other people in this race. but i think the only other person that has that kind of extensive private-sector experience besides me in the republican race is herman kane and i respect herman kane, but i also think it's helpful to have had the government experience that i've had. >> later in des moines. governor perry responded to the comment from romney. >> romney took a swipe at you today, saying that he has private-sector experience and that makes him better qualified to create jobs. >> give him my love. >> what do you think about that, sir, that he has private-sector -- >> i think oranges and apples. running a state is different from running a business. what i would say is go take a look at his record when he was governor and look at my record when i'm governor and then you got some apples to apples. >> you saw the kiss there where he said give him my love.
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romney will campaign today in new hampshire. meeting with supporters and holding a town hall in the early evening. perry will continue his tour through iowa, visiting a warehouse and hosting a round table with business leaders. president obama will stay in the hawkeye state, his economic bus tour continues there. after a victory in iowa. michele bachmann spends the day today in the state of south carolina. governor perry also taking aim at the federal reserve. at a meet-and-greet in iowa, governor perry suggested that the policies of the central bank are more political than practical. and could cause fed chairman, ben bernanke, some problems in perry's home state. >> if this guy prints more money between now and the election, i don't know what y'all would do to him in iowa, but we'd -- we would treat him pretty ugly down in texas. printing more money to play
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politics at this particular time in american history is almost treasonous in my opinion. all it's going to be doing is devaluing the dollar in your pocket. >> governor perry's tsont e eco perry's remarks on bernanke are criminal. this texan thug is making murder threats on the fed chairman. and a former spokesman and adviser to president george w. bush, perry's predecessor weighed in, saying governor perry's comments about chairman bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential. he said his comments were directed specifically at the fed. perry's comments come as vice president joe biden leaves for china today, hoping to smooth over the nation's fiscal problems and sell washington's debt ceiling deal to america's largest creditor. turning to the financial markets, where the return of
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merger monday lifted u.s. stocks to their biggest three-day rally in more than two years, and we're talking here about google and motorola. for more, let's bring in cnbc's anna edwards, live in london. it's good to see you this morning, what does the big deal mean? >> thanks very much. we've certainly, we what saw yesterday, some strong leaps to the upside. partly driven by this talk of merger monday. just a word of caution, the futures for the start of u.s. trade today look a little more negative. the overall environment internationally has been weak overnight, the result of german growth data that's come in below expectation. talking about the merger, google buying motorola for $12.5 million, the biggest deal that google has ever done. motorola stock was up 59%. google says they need to buy motorola mobility to try to buy some of these patents that the company owns. willie? >> and a another piece of news,
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anna, moody's analytics says the u.s. economy has suffered an extraordinary reversal of fortune, leading the firm to cut its outlook on u.s. growth. what impact will that have? >> yeah, well certainly not adding to any enthusiasm about the global or the u.s. growth environment as you say. moody's cutting their expectations. they were saying that the economy in the u.s. was going to grow by 3.5% for the second half of this year and then by, by the same amount in 2012. now they're saying that in the second half of this year, the economy will only grow at 2% and then 3% next year, so bringing down the expectations. whether there's going to be another recession in the united states, an interesting questions to ask over the next 12 months, moody's says this time they see the chances at 1-3. >> cnbc's anna edwards live in london this morning, thanks so much. we appreciate it as always. the grounds at the indiana state fair reopening after a deadly stage collapse over the weekend. as the victims of the tragedy
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are remembered, officials are asking, how and why it happened. nbc's ron mott reports on the memorial service and the investigation. >> it was a breathtaking sight, the stage crumbling in a heap during a windstorm. questions about whether the scene could have been prevented and why stronger warnings weren't issued to concertgoers to take cover. the state fair reopened, a somber undertone. >> let us pray. >> reporter: prayers for the five who died. governor mitch daniels fought back tears praising those who rushed to stage to free the people trapped underneath. >> i cannot tell you how proud i am to be the employee of six and a half million people like that. and i bet you share that pride, too. >> reporter: the dead include 49-year-old glen goodrich, a father of two who worked
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security. 23-year-old aileena who just landed her first teaching job. 29-year-old christina santiago was a chicago community activist for women's and gay rights. and 51-year-old spotlight technician, nathan bird, father of two teens working high up in the rigging when it collapsed. >> when they knew the storm was coming, why they didn't start evacuating people sooner. that's my question, you know. i'm just -- me and my family is just crushed over this. we all love nate very much. he's sorely going to be missed. >> while the band sugarland waited to take the stage that eventually collapsed, another outdoor venue 15 miles away evacuated a crowd waiting to here the indianapolis symphony orchestra. >> when in doubt send them out. >> the head of the state fair said officials here had reached the same conclusion, but never got a chance to make the announcement because the storm hit sooner than expected. >> as dark as the cloud was, we
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were on our way backstage to get up on stage and announce to our people to seek that shelter. >> nbc's ron mott reporting from indianapolis. indiana governor, mitch daniels who you saw in ron's piece yesterday, calling the concertgoer who is stayed behind to save others, heroes. still ahead here on "way too early," jim thome's huge night as the velvet rope is pull aid side for his entrance into one of baseball's most exclusive clubs. also ahead in sports -- rex ryan in mid season form. new york jets preseason game last night. a tantrum and we'll show you a couple of highlights, too, that's ahead in sports. and bill clinton gives his opinion of rick perry. sure, he disagrees with perry on some major policy points. but he seems to approve of the governor's look. that clip and a check on weather, when "way too early" comes back. ♪
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♪ good evening, elvis presley died today. he was 42, apparently it was a heart attack. he was found at his home in memphis, not breathing. his road manager tried to revive him, he failed. a hospital tried to revive him, it failed. his doctor pronounced him dead at 3:00 this afternoon.
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it's 5:44 in the morning in washington, d.c., and here in new york city, let's get a check on your weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins, hello, bill. >> kind of sad, we're starting to lose the daylight in the morning here. the sun is coming up a little later. i noticed last night, the sun is setting a little earlier. summer's a-waning. that's not bad news, it's good
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news, the way the clock goes. still dreary weather, showers around new york city, showers in new york state, much of northern new england is getting wet. it's not going ton an all day rain. the worst of it is early this morning. showers and storms, temperatures are really cool, too, highs in the 70s in most locations. once we get rid of the storm system we're going to be in for a beautiful day tomorrow. so today i can be kind of down and dreary. tomorrow we're going to be sunny and happy. temperatures are going to be mid 80s, beautiful conditions for your wednesday, probably the best day we're going to see for a while. also some showers and storms around minneapolis today. hot in texas, 103 today in dallas. and we're on, i think day 15 in a row, willie. we've got a a new streak, houston, 15 days in a row of 100-degree heat. >> but it's no dallas. what did dallas get to, 40? 41? >> dallas hit 40. >> houston has a long way to go. let's turn to sports and history. major history in baseball last night. jim thome of the minnesota twins
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entered the night two home runs shy of 600 for his career. in the top of the six. taking on the tigers in detroit. he goes deep to left center. that's 599. in the seventh, another home run, there it is, number 600. for his career. the 40-year-old becomes the eighth player in major league baseball history to hit 600 home runs, a list that includes barry bonds, hank aaron, babe ruth, willie mays, ken griffey junior and a-rod and sammy sousa. the twins win it 9-6. thome did it in the second-fewest at bats. only babe ruth hit 600 home runs in fewer at-bats. a shoe-in for the hall of fame and a great guy, too. congratulations, jim thome, the 600 home run club. other games last night. giants and braves, a scenario every kid dreams of, the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, two outs, down a run, let's see how
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freddy freeman handles it, connects up the middle off brian wilson. one run comes in. there comes the second run. a walk-off win. and a rare blown save for closer brian wilson. last year's world series champs, the giants two and a half back on the d'backs in the nl west. the braves sit atop the wild card standings with a five-game lead on the giants. the yankees won last night in kansas city, the red sox had the night off. they are now tied for first place in the a.l. east. the nfl's first monday night preseason game of the year, jets and texans in houston, just mark sanchez was sharp, completing six of seven. he was sacked twice. jets first-string offense produced four first downs and 73 yards, but only three points.
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jets lose 20-16. now, nothing like a little road rage to spice up a good nascar race. a monday finish, in nascar, and it came after a scary-looking crash at yesterday's sprint cup ways at watkins glen up in western new york. after the race, tempered flare, boris said tries to confront greg biffle. there's a little pushing and shoving. his crew does hold him back. things were left unsettled. boris -- at least left us with a good sound byte. >> i'm just, i'm more upset with greg biffle. he's the most unprofessional little scaredy cat i've ever seen in my life. he won't even fight me like a man after, so if someone texts me his address, i'll go see him at his house and show him what he needs. he needs a friging whipping and i'm going to give it to him. he was flipping me off, giving the finger, totally unprofessional, two laps down. i mean he's a chump. >> wow. text me his address. we want to point this out, lost
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in the fighting, look at the message on the back of the shirt -- thank a teacher today. coming up at the top of the hour, rick perry and president obama in iowa, both in full campaign mode. how does the president who presides over a struggling economy fight the texas governor's message and record on job creation? we'll discuss that with our crew. and when we come back, we'll huddle around the water cooler to get the previous democratic president's assessment of perry. yes, the word rascal will be used. that clip, when way too early comes back. emily's just starting out... and on a budget. like a ramen noodle- every-night budget. she thought allstate car insurance was out of her reach. until she heard about the value plan. dollar for dollar, nobody protects you like allstate.
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he's only been in race for about 72 hours, but rick perry already has changed the 2012 presidential campaign. one thing he hopes will not change, his 27-year run as a winning politician. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends that since he was first elected to public office, as texas state legislator in 1984, governor rick perry has never lost an election. perry now in his fourth term is the longest-serving governor in texas history. he took over when george w. bush left for washington. let's huddle up around the water cooler to get bill clinton's first public take on
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newest contender in the race to take over the oval office that clinton once, you know, occupied. rick perry as we've told you all morning in iowa yesterday, meanwhile, back in new york, speaking to a group of firefighters, bill clinton offered a bit of a critique of perry policy. but also came out strongly in support of his hand some good looks. >> i got tickled by watching governor perry announcing for president, he's a good-looking rascal. he said, you know i'm going to washington to make sure that the federal government stays as far away from you as possible. while i ride on air force one and that marine one helicopter and go to camp david and travel around the world and have a good time. i mean, this is crazy. >> there you go. so you get a little of the government talk, but really the take-away there, rick perry is a good-looking rascal. the word of bill clinton. we talk a lot at the iowa state fair about people and their favorite food among the
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candidates, let's look back quickly as what john huntsman and michele bachmann have said are their favorite foods. >> well, it isn't just taco stands, i love street food. because street food is so fresh. and so good. and so cheap. >> my favorite food of all time is celery. honest to good, my favorite food is celery. i love -- no, no peanut -- straight up celery. >> straight up celery. street meat for huntsman, celery for michele bachmann. rick perry at the a iowa state fair, eating a little pork on a stick. >> six pigs for every person. >> how is it, governor? >> that's plenty good. that's plenty good right there. >> have pork like that in texas? >> they probably do, you got to chase them down on the river. >> skinny this year? >> they're skinny this year, that's for sure.
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we got too many barrel hogs, trying to get rid of the feral hogs. now tim paw lenti pulled out of the race to become the president of the united states. but why look back fondly on those campaign ads. remember those epic movie trailer-level ads that he put out several months ago? stephen colbert thought perhaps he should have gone out the way he came in. >> this is how you withdraw from a campaign. >> when announcing this morning that i'll be ending my campaign for president. we didn't do well in ames, we weren't going to have the fuel to keep the car going down the road. we needed to get some lift to continue on and to have a pathway forward. that didn't happen. i wish it would have been different. but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn't really exist.
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