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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  October 24, 2011 2:30am-3:00am PDT

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this series been and we still have three more to go? it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm willie geist, this is "way too early", the show that got lost in a corn maze yesterday. i'm glad you're up watching on m msnbc or listening on sirius radio. text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this monday, october 24th. a lot to tell you about today, including rick perry dipping his toe in the birther waters by way of donald trump. >> less than three weeks after his death, the definitive steve jobs biography is out today. we will hear fascinating new
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details about jobs life later in the show. first let's get to the news at 5:30 a.m. president obama fulfilling a pledge he made during the 2008 campaign announced on friday the withdrawal of all u.s. forces from iraq by the end of this year. the move marks the end of the war that's lasted eight and a half years, taken the lives of 4,400 troops and tens of iraqi civilians on the ground. a small number of marine also remain in iraq to protect the united states embassy, but the president's decision to end operation there's s is drawing from republicans. >> i think it's a serious mistake. there was never really serious negotiations between the administration and the iraqis. they could have clearly made an arrangement for u.s. troops. yes, i'm here in the region. yes, it is viewed in the region as a victory for the iranians.
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i'm very, very concerned about increased iranian influence in iraq. >> senator john mccain there. in an interview with "meet the press" secretary of state hillary clinton defended the president and the policies in the mideast. >> president obama has said from the beginning that combat troops would leave by the end of this year. that should not surprise anyone. but it's equally important to remember that this deadline was set by the bush administration. so, it's been a bipartisan commitment, but it was on president obama's watch to show the leadership to be able to fulfill that commitment. iran should look at the region. we may not be leaving military bases in iraq, but we have bases elsewhere. we have support and training assets elsewhere. we have a nato ally in turkey. you know, the united states is very present in the region. >> secretary clinton went on to say america's interest in making sure democracy flourishes in
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iraq continues, but it will not be done with troops as of the end of this year. in afghanistan, president hamid karzai is responding to a question about a hypothetical conflict between pakistan and the united states and the answer has not pleased the united states. in an interview with a private pakistani television station, karzai said this f fighting starts between pakistan and the u.s., we are beside pakistan. if pakistan is attacked and the people of pakistan need afghanistan's help, afghanistan will be there for you. that's our man, hamid karzai, the president of afghanistan. he went on to say he would not allow any nation to dictate his nation's policies, including the united states. we turn now to turkey where 239 people are now confirmed dead and more than 1,000 injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the country's eastern region. search and rescue teams are now in a race against time to save
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the lives of dozens of people, perhaps hundreds trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings. the earthquake was turkey's most powerful in more than a decade. scientists have recorded more than 100 aftershock theres ther. president obama responded saying we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our turkish ally at this difficult time. in tunisia, millions turned out for the country's first free elections, with one official saying more than 90% of registered voters had cast ballots. they were choosing an interim government while setting dates for parliamentary and presidential elections. this marks the first election of the arab spring which began ten months ago. in libya, thousands celebrating the liberation of bengahzi. leaders of the transitional council declared and end of the revolution and paid tribute to
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more than 30,000 rebel fighters killed during the eight-month long conflict. ntc rulers are vowing to stay true to the islamic faith as they begin to build a new government for libya. back here at home, president obama travels today to nevada, the nation's hardest hit state in terms of home foreclosures. he is expected to announce new federal rules to make refinancing easier. the trip comes as a new report shows the administration's efforts to help homeowners has fallen short of its goals, that's according to the "washington post" which analyzed government data and found the president's housing programs has spent just $2.4 billion of $50 billion allocated. about 1.7 million homeowners have been assisted compared to the 9 million president obama pledged to help avoid foreclosure. a record 2.9 million filings for foreclosure were listed last year. the "new york times" is reporting the housing revamp is one of a series of economic
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initiatives that will be announced in the coming months by executive order. it will replace his old phrase of pass this bill, we will now hear we can't wait. president obama will target several issues, including student loans, while continuing to press congress to pass his jobs plan, but this stuff would go through by executive order if he could do it. yesterday mitch mcconnell defended his vote against that jobs bill suggesting the proposal is similar to a bail-out of states. >> i certainly do approve of firefighters and police. the question is whether the federal government ought to be raising taxes on 300,000 small businesses in order to send money down to bail out states for whom firefighters and police work. they are local and state employees. >> in addition to nevada, president obama's three-day trip will take him to california and
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colorado with fund-raising mixed in as well. now to 2012 politics. after weeks of uncertainty, the presidential nominating calendar is becoming more clear as nevada's gop voted on saturday to move its caucus from january 14th back to february 4th. nevada's move came amid intense pressure from the republican party as new hampshire threatened to move its primary to december if nevada did not move its date back. and now it has. the granite state of new hampshire will set its primary for january 10th, an official announcement could come as early as today. this comes as rick perry is making headlines for so-called birther comments he alluded to during an interview. originally perry said he had no reason to think that president obama was not born in the united states. when pushed further the texas governor said he could not be sure that the president's long-form birth certificate is
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real. "parade" noted that the governor had seen the birth certificate, to which perry said, i don't know, have i? perry's comments come after a critical weekend for the republican presidential field to win over social conservatives in iowa. all major candidates, except mitt romney and jon huntsman, campaigned for the evangelical vote at the faith and freedom dinner in des moines. herman cain came under fire for these comments he made on abortion last week. >> it's not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision. it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. not me as president. not some politician, not a bureaucrat. >> herman cain answering questions over the weekend in ira about that statement. >> rick perry used his address
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to target cain, slamming him for his changing position on abortion. >> being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. it's a core conviction. it is a liberal kenard to say i'm personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision. if that is your view, you are not pro-life. you are pro having your cake and eating it too. >> mr. cain defended himself telling the audience he believes life begins at conception, no exceptions. >> i believe abortion should be clearly stated as illegal across this country. i would work to defund planned parenthood, and i will make sure that i will appoint judges that will enforce the constitution, and i would also make sure we didn't allow bureaucrats to get in the way in order to protect
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the life of the unborn. >> in an interview after that speech, mr. cain said he would sign a pro-life constitutional amendment if it came across his desk. moving ahead to 2016, vice president joe biden told cnn he may not be ready to leave the white house after what he expects to be president obama's second term. >> and have you ever thought, hmmm, four more years, 2016. have you totally ruled that out of your head? >> look, my one focus now is getting the president re-elected. that's the focus. i'll make up my mind on that later. i'm probably in the best shape i've been in my life. i'm doing pretty well. i'm enjoying what i'm doing. as long as i do, i'll continue to do it. let's get the president re-elected. >> but possibility, you're not closing that door? >> i'm not closing anything. >> a series of summits in europe
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this week as government officials will work franticly to sort out the debt crisis. for more, we bring in cnbc's steve sedgwick. he's live in london. good morning. very good morning to you. it's a grand plan we're after and we're inching towards some form of deal in europe. it's not pretty, but firstly we got an agreement on the level of recapitalization of europe's banks, that's somewhere in the region of 108 banks. what is not agreed to yet is the bail-out plan, which needs to be 2.4 trillion euros, and we need to work out how big a hair cut or losses the banks will take over agreeing holdings. hopefully by wednesday this week these things will be resolved. >> and some interesting tension between nicolas sarkozy and
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david cameron. coming up on "way too early," tim tebow got his start in denver, with his team down 15 points late in the game, he pulled a little tebow magic. nfl and world series highlights ahead. and the incredible story revealed in the new biography of steve jobs meeting his biological father at a silicon valley restaurant with either man knowing who the other was. the "60 minutes" interview and a check on weather when we come back. good morning. are they the serial snipers? who arrests have been made in maryland. authorities say the two men, john allen mohammed and his mal
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5:46 in the morning. we have a beautiful live picture on a monday of the united states capitol. let's go to bill karins. >> you guys big out some nice pumpkins this weekend? >> got some pumpkins, got lost in the corn maze. my 4-year-old, far smarter than i am. >> good morning, everyone we have a tropical storm to tell you about. hurricane season not over with yet. anyone planning on being near cancun this week, you'll have to deal with rina. this is rina. rina could become a hurricane by thursday or friday, it could be right near cancun. we have to catch south florida this upcoming weekend. otherwise just light rain shower
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activity heading through new england today. it will be short-lived. these will only last about 30 minutes at most. rest of the country looks nice. by the way, in denver today, 79. 32 degrees and snowing on wednesday. >> no. >> yes. >> 32 -- this week wednesday? >> yes. >> wow. >> denver, enjoy it today. >> they're enjoying something else today. we'll get to that in a second. turning to sports, the texas rangers looking to bounce back after saturday's 16-run shellacking at the hands of the cardinals. albert pujols hit three home runs in game three on saturday night, becoming only the third player in baseball history to do that in a world series. mr. october, reggie october and babe ruth the other two. good company. the st. louis bats, though, were silent last night in game four. sixth inning, rangers up 1-0 already. two men out. mike napoli greets the first pitch with a three-run shot. texas up 4-0. then they left it to derrick hollands, unhittable, almost.
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in the eighth, a couple of strikeouts, holland strikes out seven, allowing only two hits over 8 1/3 innings. albert pujols went 0 for 4 last night. rangers win 4-0 to even the series two games apiece. they play a big game five tonight in texas. to the nfl, the tim tebow era has begun. against the dolphins, didn't look pretty at first. broncos down 15 points with 2:52 left in the game. there's a red zone touchdown, avoids the sack. thomas with the touch john. broncos get seven after the extra point. then a successful onside kick a throw-back pass to tebow. how about that. but they need the two-point conversion to tie. tebow walks it in from five yards out. in overtime, denver kicker matt prader kicks the field goal to
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win it. 18 unanswered points in the last 2:44 to beat the dolphins 18-15. tebow did not play well early on but redeemed himself in the last couple of minutes. jets and chargers. plaxico bu burris in the end zo. jets come from behind to beat the chargers, 27-21. the nbc sunday-nighter, saints and colts in new orleans. indianapolis needs peyton manning, but at this rate he will sit the rest of the season. this season is a loss to him. painter gets the signals mixed up. bounces off his chest, saints pick it up. drew brees didn't have trouble with that defense 3. 25 yards, five touchdowns, including this one to colston. saints beat the colts 62-7. that's an nfl score.
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62-7, the colts are 0-7. packers looking to remain the nfl's only unbeaten team taking on the
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told you at the top of the show about a milestone in tunisia, where citizens there completed their first free election. it's also the first election since the uprisings across the arab world if you want to sound
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smart, say three leaders have been removed from power since the arab spring began in tunisia ten months ago. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch some of that "60 minutes" interview about walter isaacson whose biography of steve jobs comes out today. one of the most compelling parts was the story of steve jobs trying to find his birth parents. he was given up for adoption as a young boy. the story was told and will be told inside the book, if you pick it up, of jobs meeting his birth sister mona after a lot of years, and mona going to meet their birth father, a man who ran a restaurant in silicon valley who it turns out jobs visited several times. listen to this. >> mona goes to the coffee shop, meets this guy who is running it, who says, among other things, when she asks how sorry he is, but then he says, he had
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had another child, and mona said what happened to him? he said i don't know we'll never hear from him again. and then he says i wish you could have seen me when i was running a bigger warestaurant. i used to run one of the biggest restaurants in silicon valley. everyone used to come there, even steve jobs ate there. mona bites her tongue and doesn't say steve jobs is your son, but she looks shocked. >> i was in that restaurant once or twice, and i remember meeting the owner who was from syria. and it was most likely him. i shook his hand. he shook my hand. that's all. >> and jobs never spoke to him. never talked to him. never got in touch with him. never wanted to see him. >> even after he met him a couple of times in that restaurant, neither man knowing he was the father and he was the son. they never met after that the voice in those tapes is steve
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jobs via recorder. here is one more bite from last night. >> when he was creating the original macintosh, steve jobs would come in and say we need this by next month. people would say you can't write that much code by next month. steve jobs would say, yes, you can do it. he would not take no for an answer. he would bend reality and they would accomplish it. >> i feel totally comfortable going in front of everybody else, you know, god, we really [ bleep ]ed up the engineering on this, didn't we? that's the ante for being in the room. so we're brutally honest with each other. all of them can tell me they think i'm full of [ bleep ] and i can tell anyone i think they're full of [ bleep ] and we had rip-roaring arguments. >> jobs loved the arguments but
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not everyone else did. >> steve was not one of the greatest managers. in fact he could have always been one of the worst managers. he was always up-ended things. this made great products but didn't make for a great management style. still ahead on "way too early," your tweets and texts are next. [ gong ] strawberry banana! [ male announcer ] for a smoothie with real fruit plus veggie nutrition new v8 v-fusion smoothie. could've had a v8. delivering mail, medicine and packages. yet they're closing thousands of offices, slashing service, and want to lay off over 100,000 workers. the postal service is recording financial losses, but not for reasons you might think. the problem ? a burden no other agency or company bears. a 2006 law that drains 5 billion a year from post-office revenue while the postal service is forced to overpay billions more into federal accounts.
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