tv Way Too Early With Willie Geist MSNBC November 21, 2011 2:30am-3:00am PST
good morning, i'm willie geist and this is "way too early," the show that questions authority, but politely after being waited to be called upon. we're glad you're watching us, watching or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an email or tweet me @williegeist1, or 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, november 21st. there's a lot to tell you about, including most of the republican presidential field in tears in iowa over the weekend. we'll show you what brought out the kleenex. plus, jon huntsman not in tears, during his cameo on "snl," what does this guy have to do to get above 3% in the polls? we'll watch the clip later. first the nurse live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock. officials in new york city say they've stopped a terrorist bomb plot, targeting police stations,
post offices and u.s. troops returning from overseas. this morning, jose pimentel, a naturalized u.s. citizen and an alleged al qaeda sympathizer is being held without bail. the nypd says he was on the verge of completing at least three bombs. the 27-year-old was arrested on saturday, police say he was putting the finishing touches on one of those devices. he had been under surveillance for years after unknowingly communicating with a police informant. although he allegedly talked about going to yemen for terror training, mayor michael bloomberg said the suspect was acting alone. >> the suspect was a so-called lone wolf. motivated by his own resentment of the presence of american troops in iraq and afghanistan, as well as inspired by al qaeda propaganda. he was not part of a larger conspiracy emanating from abroad. >> if found guilty, pillen tel faces 15 years to life in prison. new york's mayor said this is
the 14th terror plot against the city since the attacks of september 11th 2001. to politics, after some ten weeks of deliberation, the congressional supercommittee tasked with working across party lines to trim the national deficit appears ready today to accept failure. with a self-imposed deadline hours away, lawmakers on both sides admit any hope for agreement has all but slipped away. since the beginning, the deadlock has come down to calm of big sticking points, democrats blame republicans for being inflexible on new taxes. republicans blast democrats for not accepting major changes to medicare and social security. on "meet the press" yesterday, republican senator john kyle and democratic senator, john kerry continued the blame game. >> when our democratic friends are unable to cut even $1 in spending without saying it has to be accompanied by tax increases, i think that tells you all you need to know about our run-away spending. >> what john just said is
patently not true. we just cut $917 billion without one dime of new revenue. he knows it. we just did it. we cut $550 billion in the health care act, from medicare. we didn't raise -- i mean, this is just nonsense. >> if the supercommittee cannot come to a consensus, automatic spending cuts will kick in $1.2 trillion over ten years to domestic and to military programs. half of that would be to military. defense secretary leon panetta warns the cuts slated to start in 2013 could cripple the military. committee members don't expect a breakthrough, but the obama administration is still urging them on today. in a statement, the white house said in part, avoiding accountability and kicking the can down the road is how washington got into the deficit problem in the first place. congress needs to do its job here, and make the kind of tough choices to live within its means that american families make every day.
for much more on the impending failure of the supercommittee, we turn to msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst, mark halperin who joins us by phone. what happened here? >> this was set-up that they hoped would lead to success. we've seen the last few years, congress won't act, can't act, apparently. when unless they have to. unless there's an absolute guillotine blade hanging over their head. somewhat unclear this morning, willie, the supercommittee was going to avert tragedy, but has ended in comedy. did they embarrassment to washington in the process and now leaders are going to have to figure out what to do after deferring to this committee. >> mitt romney is blaming president obama for the supercommittee's expected failures. i know you're up in new hampshire over the weekend. here's what he said. >> some of the democrats were asked well, what's the president's role been to try and help this supercommittee come to
consensus. and the answer is, he hasn't had any role. he's done nothing. it is another example of failed leadership. he has not taken personal responsibility to get this supercommittee to find ways to balance our budget and cut spending. >> so we've seen yesterday already on the sunday shows and "meet the press," both sides in congress using this as a political issue. dos this become an issue in the presidential campaign as well, mark? >> hideously, it does. because we, it becomes an issue in the campaign, it means there will be no solution of any magnitude until january of 2013 at the earliest. that will not sit well with the markets or the american people. but it's clear, a lot of republicans are going to say, not just on the campaign trail, but in washington, that the president failed. i understand tactically why he didn't get involved. there was never going to be the possibility to deal with that strong public white house leadership on this. and the white house decided that their better bet was to let congress work its will and congress has worked its will into failure.
>> mark halperin, the man who quotes his own tweets on television. >> successfully. >> we'll talk to you more on "morning joe." we'll also talk to senator john kerry. newt gingrich's support is growing. he's leading the republican presidential field with 24% of the vote. all within the margin of error. so he and m.i.t. romney are tied for the lead. mitt romney has 22%. herman cain and rick perry round out the top four. romney picked up a key endorsement in new hampshire this weekend, senator kelly ayotte. threw her support behind the massachusetts governor and charlie bass will also back romney. romney has picked up the backing of two out of three congressional republicans in new hampshire. the state he lost to john mccain by five points in 2008. when asked about romney and his rivals, former white house chief
of staff, current chicago mayor, rahm emanual, went on the offensive. >> somebody is going to be the republican nominee. then it's up to the choice that presented for the american people. but what's interesting, regardless of the personalities, all of them are espousing the same policies that have been tried before and led to the present economic situation that the president inherited in 2009. not one of them have had a new idea that's different than was tried. >> over the weekend, the rest of the republican field, minus romney and former utah governor, jon huntsman, participated in the thanksgiving family forum in iowa. it was interesting. they sat around a table and just talked. the debate centering on social issues, triggered some emotional moments for many of the contenders. >> stage four -- >> take your time. >> i said i want going to do this. is as bad as it gets. before my wife and i were about
to get in the car, i said, i can do this. she said we can do this. >> karen had delivered our baby isabella maria early. four or five days later, this he told us that she had a fatal condition. i decided that the best thing i could do was to treat her differently. to not love her like i did, because it wouldn't hurt as much. if i lost her. >> that was just the beginning of the tears. santorum's youngest daughter, now three years old, was diagnosed with a genetic disorder. conversation also turned to the economy, where newt gingrich blasted members of the occupy wall street movement. >> all the occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything. they take over a public park, they didn't pay for. to go nearby to use bathrooms
they didn't pay for. to beg for food for food from places they don't want to fay for. to obstruct the people going to work, so they can self-righteously explain that they are the paragons of virtue. that's a good symptom of how the left has collapsed as a moral system in this knt and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, go get a job right after you take a bath. >> the occupy wall street movement is at the center of a tense situation on the campus. the university of california at davis. two police officers now placed on administrative leave. look at these pictures after dousing students with peaceful protesters on friday. the incident prompting the school's chancellor, facing calls from faculty and students to resign, to create a task force to investigate this incident. the president of the uc system has ordered a review of security procedures a the all ten
campuses saying he is quote, appalled by the images he sees that you're watching right here. school's police chief says the officers only used the spray after being surrounded by protesters who prevented them from leaving the scene. in all, 11 students received medical treatment, including two who were sent to the hospital. the officers involved will be on paid leave indefinitely. there's new violence this morning in egypt, as thousands of protesters clashed with security forces for a third straight day in tahrir square. demonstrators are demanding that military rulers transfer power to a civilian government. a according to egypt's health ministry, 20 people have been killed since sunday. over 1700 have been injured. despite the violence, egypt is still expected to hold its first post-revolution parliamentary elections next week. military officials say a complete transfer of power, including a new constitution and presidential election will not come until after 2012. still ahead here on "way too
early," we turn the pages to football. aaron rodgers and the packers headed to thanksgiving at 10-0. is anybody going to beat these guys. the day in the nfl ahead in sports. and "snl" gives us mitt romney. raw and unleashed. romney with his hair down. or maybe just one of those perfect hairs came down. that clip and a check on weather, when "way too early" comes right back. >> you went to the office that night with j.r.'s gun. it was you, kristen, who shot jr. ♪ i think i'm falling
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5:44 in the mornings as you look at a live picture. in nine days, they're going to light that thing up here at rockefeller center. let's check the weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins, hello, bill. >> good morning, willie. it will be a week weatherwise, not a lot of snow or ice, bau lot of rain on the map as we go throughout the big travel week. people getting to their destination for thanksgiving. a little bit of light rain exiting new york city and new jersey. that's going to be gone for the heart of the morning rush hour. temperatures going to be a lot cooler than over the weekend, 40s in new england, compared to 60s this weekend. it's been an incredibly warm november in this area. showers later today, will come back to areas like philly and d.c. so carry the umbrella down there. all the heavy rain this morning is on interstate 40, nashville to memphis, back to little rock. is the worst of it and late today, we'll see strong thunderstorms in texas. maybe even some severe storms with hail and gusty winds, we're talking dallas to oklahoma and eventually into arkansas.
all of that nasty weather in the middle of the country, tuesday looks like a very difficult day in the southeast. heading to the east coast. and then unfortunately, willie on wednesday, busiest travel day of the year, the big storm is going to be on the east coast. >> that is going to be one ugly day. all right. bill, thanks. let's turn to sports now, a big sunday night match-up on nbc. new york giants, philadelphia eagles were playing without the injured michael vick. the fourth quarter, eagles up seven, eli manning finds victor cruz of patterson, new jersey. game tied 10-10. under three minutes left. philly strikes back, vince young, yes, vince young caps an 80-yard drive to riley cooper, eight-yard touchdown. the giants had a chance down the end, they drove all the way down, eli manning fumbled as they were driving into tie the game. eagles hang on to beat the giants 17-10. redskins on a five-game losing streak, trying to stop the slide. against the cowboys. pick it up in the fourth quarter. redskins down seven, third and goal, 22 seconds to play, rex
grossman lobs one into the corner to daunte stallworth. he gets both down right there. the game goes to overtime in o.t., cowboys on a 37-yard march down the field, hoo comes rookie kicker, dan bailey to win it from 39 yards out. just sneaks it in there, redskins lose their six nth a row after starting the season 3-1. the dallas cowboys have risen up, tied with new york giants top of the nfc east. 6-4. the giants have lost two in a row. washington, 3-7. the reigning super bowl champion, green bay packers stay undefeated. taking on the bucs yesterday in lambeau. the bucs giving green bay a run. watch this run by legarrette blunt. he plows through the packers' defense. running people over, slipping by some others, a 54-yard touchdown run, what an effort by blunt. tampa keeps it close in the third quarter. with three minutes to go, aaron
rodgers, a 40-yard touchdown to jordy nelson. the packers get a ball game, but any pull it out, 35-26, green bay is 10-0. the lions trying to keep up with the packers in the nfc north. taking on cam newton and carolina in the second. newton uses those legs for an 11-yard touchdown. gets to the outside and dances in. one of his two rushing touchdowns in the game. carolina up by as many as 17. but the lions come back, behind matt stafford and he hits brandon pettigrew, that's your go-ahead touchdown. stafford 335 and five touchdowns, the lions win 48-35. bears and chargers, jay cutler of the vanderbilt university hits johnny jox, great throw and catch in the back of the end zone. bears win their fifth in a row, beating the chargers, 31-20. the bears are hot. tough news for chicago, jay cutler broke his thumb in that game. he will require surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. that is tough for a team that's
hot. the bears, hope to have him back in time for the playoffs. a look at the nfc north, lions and bears, 7-3, lions take on the packers. we actually have a game this thanksgiving, when the packers play the lions, the bear goes to oakland to play the raiders on sunday without jay cutler. the san francisco 49ers haven't had a winning record since 2002, won their eighth straight game yesterday, beating the cardinals 23-7. san francisco improves to 9-1. to clinch the nfc west with a win thursday at baltimore and a loss by seattle. ravens and bengals competing for a share of the division, joe flacco fakes the handoff, airs it out to torrey smith, he's real fast, hauls it in for the touchdown. baltimore beat cincinnati, 31-24. ravens keep pace with the steelers on top of that division. both teams, 7-3. bengals still in the hunt, they're 6-4. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," the supercommittee ready to announce it's failed. ten weeks to overcome partisan
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as we told you at the top of the show, the bipartisan supercommittee is poised today to admit a superfailure. after being unable to reach a deal to cut $1.2 trillion from the country's books. but we're learning that getting the 12 congress members together to talk may have been harder than we thought. tell your friends the last public meeting of the deficit supercommittee was on november 1st. november 1st. that was three weeks ago. haven't even met since november 1st. more on that at the top of the hour. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch jon huntsman drop in to visit saturday night "life." seth myers on "weekend update" questioning huntsman's strategy to focus almost exclusively on state of new hampshire. >> you seem to be putting audiotape of your eggs in one basket in new hampshire. are you worried you might alien eight the rest of the country? >> seth, i love all of america, from dallas, texas to manchester
new hampshire. from the majestic rocky mountains to new hampshire's scenic lake winnipesaukee. to the affordable outlet malls in north conway, new hampshire. >> i'm from new hampshire. >> well, that makes sense. because you're kind and good looking, classic new hampshire. >> governor luntzman, there's a crowd in new hampshire, i can tell you that we do not fall for easy compliments. >> that's because you're wise like a dartmouth professor. >> are your parents registered vote sners. >> my mom's a democrat and a my father's an independent. >> say hi to your dad for me. >> pretty good, jon huntsman on weekend update. "snl" led the show with jason sedakis, mitt romney trying to show he can be edgy. >> tonight, mitt romney is going to let loose, get ready for mitt romney, raw and unleashed.
>> if elected press, my first act would be to repeal obama hair. ooths, i mean obama care. what an endearing flub. was there a sex scandal in my past? could be. could be. why don't we ask one of my former employees, debra singer. >> you said i was a sharp dresser. >> uh-oh, over the line. keep me away from the ladies, because i'm a real dog, embarcadero. >> do these guys watch these things? campaigning yesterday in nashua new hampshire. romney subtly referenced that "snl" sketch. >> this is me raw and unleashed. >> there you go. this is me raw and unleashed. still ahead on "way too early," your half-sober tweets, emails and texts are just moments away. progresso. it fits!
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