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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  November 15, 2011 2:30am-3:00am PST

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does mr. cain have, "twirling around in his head." it's way too early for this. good morning. i'm willie geist. this is way too early. the show that postally has old new york yankee batting orders and big daddy king lyrics twirling around in its head. i'm glad you're up with us. watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius radio. shoot me an e-mail or tweet me at willie geist 1 and let me know what you're doing up at this hour or do what john zuccotti texts. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes is your cram session for this tuesday, november 15th. a lot going on including the supreme court taking part of the healthcare law up. it consumed the first 15 months of president obama's term. gabby giffords in her first
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interview since the shooting ten months ago that she survived miraculously. we'll hear her voice a bit later. first, though, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. we begin with the occupy wall street movement where early this morning, hundreds much new york city police officers began to force protesters out of zuccotti park in lower manhattan. city officials demanding the demonstrators leave the encampment so it could be cleaned. nearly 200 protesters, many of whom have lived in the park for two months locked arms and chanted no surrender as police began tearing down their tents. nypd commissioner paul brown says at least 70 people have been arrested at this hour. joining us now on the phone from zuccotti park. >> caller: basically, at this point, they're just -- it's been cleaning the park out and what we saw early this morning or maybe even couple of hours ago is no longer. all of the tents are gone and now they're just walking through
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the park and inspecting it. trying to clean whatever debris remains. i mean, across the park, it is completely, i think, completely emptied out. >> you said the protesters were caught by surprise. any idea how this was staged by police, how long it's been in the works or when the decision was made by the mayor? >> caller: well, our feeling is that it's been in the works for a couple of days now. basically the police came in after about 1:00 a.m. or so. they moved in with the heavy duty, what's called emergency service unit trucks. they have heavy duty light. they swarmed the park, the perimeter of the park and surrounded it and then they all stayed on the perimeter and they turned on these huge lights, lit up the entire area. more police just started moving in. they sort of gathered around the perimeter of the park and started to make announcements
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for people to leave the park and were passing out pamphlets to people in the park and outside saying, you know, you have to leave. if you don't leave, you will be arrested. >> the police are characterizing this confrontation, if you want to call it that as largely peaceful. is that your impression of it as you see it with your own eyes? >> that is my impression. the police are pretty patient with most of the protesters. there was a group of about 100 that didn't leave the park and police sort of cleared the park around them sort of. they were in the middle and the police kind of were cleaning the park around them. and then finally, maybe about a half hour or so ago, they arrested them. had to use some force. it's not like there wasn't a lot of fighting, let's say, or the protesters are not resisting. police gave them several hours basically to leave and then they didn't leave. >> all right. thanks so much for your reporting. we'll check back in with you. we understand the police said
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you got to go now. you can come back, but without your tents or your sleeping bags once the clean -- once the park is clean. according to reports, mayor bloomberg expected to have a briefing at 8:00 this morning, in two and a half hours. we'll certainly bring that to you as it happens. other news, new allegations in the penn state child sex abuse scandal. the new york times says up to ten additional people claim to have been sexually abused by former assistant coach jerry sandusky. that's in addition to the eight young boys he's already charged with abusing. police are working to confirm the new accusations. sandusky, meanwhile denying the allegations defending himself last night in an exclusive interview with bob costas on nbc's rock center. >> there are multiple accusers, multiple eyewitnesses to various aspects of the abuse. a reasonable person says where there's this much smoke there must be plenty of fire. what do you say? >> i say that i am innocent of those charges.
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>> innocent? completely innocent? and falsely accused in every aspect? >> well, i could say that, you know, i have done some of those things. i have horsed around with kids. i have showered after workouts. i have hugged them and i have touched their leg. without intent of sexual contact. but -- so if you look at it that way, there are things that -- that wouldn't -- would be accurate. >> what did happen in the shower the night that mike mcqueary happened upon you and the young boy? >> okay. we were showering and horsing around and he actually turned all the showers on and was actually sliding across the
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floor and we were, as i recall, possibly like snapping a towel, horseplay. >> how would you define the part you played? what are you willing to concede that you've done that was wrong and you wish you had not done it? >> well, in retrospect, i shouldn't have showered with those kids. >> that's it? >> yeah. well, that's what hits me the most. >> are you a pedophile? >> no. >> are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys? >> am i sexually attracted to underage boys? >> yes. >> sexually attracted? i enjoy young people. i love to be around them. but no, i'm not sexually attracted to young boys. >> once again, sandusky telling
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bob costas, "i am innocent of those charges." sandusky says former penn state head coach joe paterno never asked him about his behavior or expressed disapproval at all. >> when people hear he got showers with kids, oh, my goodness, he got showers with kids. that makes him guilty, right? obviously, anybody who gets a shower with a kid who is an adult has to be guilty of something. but the bottom line is, jocks do that. they kid around, horse around. >> amendola is worried for his client's well-being. he told his clients to leave state college, pennsylvania. he told his attorney, he will be recognized by the public no matter where he is. we'll have more on the scandal when bob costas joins us live on morning joe. you want to stick around for that. now to some 2012 politics. days after texas governor rick perry infamous oops moment at the michigan presidential debate, republican rival herman
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cain had a similar brain freeze during an interview with the editorial board of the milwaukee journal sentinel newspaper. former godfather's pizza ceo got hung up when talking about libya. >> so you agree with president obama on libya or not? >> libya? president obama supported the uprising, correct? president obama called for the removal of gadhafi. make sure we're talking about the same thing before i say yes i agree or no i didn't agree. i do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason. no, that's a different one.
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i got to go back. got all this stuff twirling around in my head. i would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is, and i'm sure that our intelligence people had some of that information. based upon who made up that opposition, okay, based upon who made up that opposition might have caused me to make some different decisions about how you anticipate. >> he got there. just took the long road. cain's campaign says the video is being taken out of context, noting that their candidate was operating on just a few hour's sleep. cain tried to down play the stumble while campaigning at the green bay packers game last night >> nothing happen. i mean, they asked me questions about libya and i paused to
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gather my thoughts. it's really complimentary to document my pauses. it's a pause. that's all it was. good grief. >> it was a pause. cain's latest challenge comes as new poll numbers show the recent harassment allegations surrounding his campaign. maybe having an impact. the latest cnn poll shows him down 11 points. newt gingrich benefiting. he's up 14 points in the last month. former house speaker behind romney leading a group of 24% support, this is among likely republican voters. that split is within the margin of error. essentially, according to that poll you have romney and gingrich tied atop the poll. signature legislative victory. the overhaul of the healthcare system will officially go before the united states supreme court. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams takes a look at the legal fight to come. >> reporter: opponents, including 26 states, say congress went too far by
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requiring nearly all americans to buy health insurance. the constitution, they say, allows congress to regulate the insurance market, but not to order citizens to get into it in the first place. >> we allow congress to have the authority here, where does it stop? had is the position where the congress oversteps its bounds if they can do this constitutionally? >> if congress can do this some judges have said, it could require everyone to buy broccoli to stay healthy. but supporters of the law say, what it really regulates isn't the insurance market, it's the market for healthcare. something they argue everyone eventually participates in. >> every american citizen is part of the healthcare system. it may not be today or next week or next month. we're all mortal and we all need to see a doctor at some point. >> what the law governs supporters says is how healthcare is paid for. something they say congress has the power to regulate. as for how this ideologically court might rule, legal experts say it might not be the usual
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5-4 split. some of the conservatives have been willing to uphold broad uses of federal power in the individual lives of citizens. >> it would shock me if any of the liberal members of the supreme court strike the statute down. i would not be surprised to see two, maybe even three conservative votes to uphold it. pete williams reporting. the supreme court focusing in on that individual mandate to buy health insurance. on that subject, a new cnn poll shows 52% of americans favor the proposal, up from 44% in june. 47% are opposed. the question, do you favor or oppose the health insurance mandate? oral arguments on the healthcare case will begin before the supreme court in march with a final ruling expected in late june. still ahead here on "way too early" you should all be well rested because you didn't have to stay up late to watch the packers dismantling of minnesota at lambeau. highlights of aaron rodgers playing catch with his buddies ahead in sports. plus the sound of gabby
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giffords voice. the arizona congresswoman gives her first interview since that awful day in tucson. we'll hear from her and get a check on weather when "way too early" comes pa right back. there's a sim p reason that florida law and the law in many other states calls for a careful check of the machine results in elections like this one. the reason? machines can sometimes misread or fail to detect the way ballots are cast. fprogresso.gfos a nece ienisat it fits!
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karins. good morning. >> good morning. did you notice how warm it was this morning? >> yeah it's going to rain later, though? >> the umbrella. it's not going to rain a lot. hit and miss showers. the majority of the rain is east of i-95. boston to d.c. later on tonight into tomorrow. so temperatures are very warm. we're in the 60s in many areas of the eastern half of the country. this will be the warmest morning in months. enjoy it. as willie mentioned, there is rain. through san antonio. we have an area of rain in northern arkansas all the way through areas of kentucky, much of tennessee. we'll see rain today there. including pennsylvania with some showers. just a slight chance of showers throughout the day. it's not going to rain all day, but it is very rain. a rainier day tomorrow, willie in many areas of the east. >> looks like the south, southwest going to have rain. >> correct. turning to sports now, the unbeaten green bay packers have been rolling through the season. last night, division rivals,
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minnesota didn't do much better than the rest of the teams. didn't take the packers long to score their first touchdown. only a 1:30 in the first quarter. first touch of the game for the packers. randall cob out of kentucky still smarting for the loss to vanderbilt on saturday. takes it 80 yards for the score. green bay jumps out to a 7-0 lead. aaron rodgers continues his incredible season. four touchdowns, include this one to jennings in the first. 250 yards, four td's no picks for rodgers. vikings got on the board in the third quarter with the short dive into the end zone. i don't know why we showed you that. but we did. >> 45-7. remaining the league's only undefeated team. their previous 9-0 starts ended in nfl championships. negotiations between owners and the nba players union to salvage the season have blown up. the players are moving to disband their union to press their case in court. they're pushing an anti-trust lawsuit against the league after
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voting unanimously to reject the nba's final offer for a 50/50 split of the league's $4 billion in revenue. the players hope to become eligible to win several billion in damages. commissioner david stern is blasting the move warning the legal fight could last for what he says will be years. changing gears now. we turn to the story of arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords. she sat down last night with abc news for her first interview since she was shot at point-blank range early this year. an event that left six people dead, including a member of her staff. giffords and her husband retired astronaut mark kelly talked about what her life is like now. >> how do you feel? >> pretty good. >> pretty good. >> i can see that your arm, your right hand, you move a lot more. >> yes. >> is it painful? is it hard? >> it's difficult. >> just difficult. difficult. >> you do a lot of therapy every day. >> yeah.
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how many hours? >> two hours of therapy. >> yeah. here at the house. >> congresswoman giffords has missed about 98% of the votes in congress in the ten months following the shooting. understandably. she also spoke about her future in washington. >> today, does she really think she can go back to washington? >> no. better. >> it's better? >> oh -- >> she wants to get better. >> better. >> you want to get better. >> better. >> and so you think to yourself, i'll go back to congress if i get better? >> yes, yes, yes. >> she looks great. giffords and kelly speak about their road to recovery in the new book, gabby, a story of courage and hope, which by the way is out today. coming up at the top of the hour on morning joe, yikes, the
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answer herman cain gave before a newspaper editorial board about president obama's handling of libya will make you pull the covers back over your head this morning. he says he's got a lot twirling around in his head. we'll show you that clip ahead on morning joe. when we come back, we'll have jon stewart walk us through mitt romney's many debate faces. you'll see what i mean when way too early comes right back. act my age? -why? -why? -why? [ female announcer ] we all age differently. roc® multi-correxion 4 zone moisturizer with roc®retinol and antioxidants. lines, wrinkles, and sun damage will fade. roc multi-correxion. correct what ages you. hut! go! here it comes! right on the numbers! boom! get it! spin!
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an overnight sweep of zuccotti park cleared members of the occupy wall street movement from the headquarters down there. the latest report has police arresting 70 police. nearly two -- it found itself with a healthy amount of cash on hand. if you want to sound smart, tell your friends since the protest began on september 17th, occupy wall street raised more than $500,000 in new york alone. that's according to the group's finance committee which points out it's raised about $20,000 more in other cities. the group says more than 400 donations are received daily by credit card. now for the real news. let's head you will up around the water cooler and get jon stewart's take on the debate which consists of an analysis of mitt romney's facial he can pregss. >> saturday night's 3,000th debate was an hour and a half. but cbs aired one hour of it to
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still bring you the viewer a fresh ncis rerun. [ laughter ] >> but the first hour provided an opportunity to follow compelling story lines. would newt gingrich's recent poll surge continue. does me saying poll surge make you think of herman cain? would rick perry finally think of that third thing? if you bet ron paul and the over, and the over was 90 seconds of speaking time, would you lose that bet? [ laughter ] the answer yes, yes and [ long pause ] epa. most importantly, has mitt romney's study of humans paid off? could he manipulate his facial structure in such a way to appear to be listening to his opponents intently yet skept particularly? >> go. no. that says more like i'm
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pretending i'm watching a puppy play with a ball. this is what i believe what i smell is human popcorn. that one says i'm currently watching a woman crush a small animal her heel. or rick perry. it's called mitt-face and it's sweeping the nation or at least it was until his campaign got an injunction from the horror film mitt face. about a baseball player that ended up mitt-face! still ahead on way too early, why are you awake? your well-meaning tweets tnd texts moments away. is this a chevy volt? [ stu ] yeah. it's electric. i don't think so. it's got a gas tank right here. electric tank, right over here. an electric tank? really, stu? is that what you pour the electricity in? it's actually both, guys.
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i can plug in and go 35 miles gas free, or i can fill up and go a whole lot farther. is that my burger? oh. i just got bun. i didn't even bite any burger. tateatme fatago anin oh tateatme ar
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if i charge regularly, i fill up like once a month. he only has to fill up about once a month. [ woman ] wow. that's amazing. on as we talked tense extensively. a surprise sweep of the wall street occupy movement in zuccotti park. saying they can return once the park is cleaned but without tents or sleeping


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