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president obama has a little unfinished business before he starts his weekend. we'll see him in the rose garden this hour with a man who has many democrats very excited. speaking of getting out of town, don sterling has finally gotten the hint. explosive new details right now in the cycle. good afternoon. as we doom on the air today, we know many of you respect checking out for the holiday weekend. just hanging there one more hour. especially if you own -- i digress. here's a live look at interstate 4 near orlando. not far from the magic kingdom, but also not exactly the greatest place on earth at this hour. now, let's take you about 1,000 miles north to columbus, ohio. they got a big parade, complete with a 21 gun salute there this weekend. of course, you're going to have to make it through the traffic
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on i-71 to get there. from here in north carolina to as far north as new england, this weekend means the beach is open for business despite some chilly temperatures early on. let the unofficial start of summer begin, and you know summer has begun because -- who better to kick it off than rafael miranda, our chief meter ols. sounds like everybody is going to be happy at some point this weekend. >> not the whole time, but some point during the weekend you will get good weather no matter where you are. except for portions of the plains. we'll take a look at that in just a minute. we are tracking that severe weather threat again. not as widespread as yesterday, but across the carolinas. especially. it's also raining across the northeast. a little bit of a tough get-away for you there. tlood flood advisories around new york city and flash flood watches are in effect in the hudson valley. let's take a look at that severe threat this afternoon. it's really confined to the carolinas here and the main threat will be hail and damaging
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winds. including southern north carolina and that's that slight risk. we're just now starting to see those storms pop. a severe thunderstorm watch is now in effect, and here's our first little storm moving to the greeneville area. this one has the potential to maybe drop some hail there. doesn't look like a super cell. probable not looking at tornadoes today. this will be difficult travel weather as everyone is trying to get out of town for the big holiday weekend. of course, everyone wants to know what's the weather going to be like. let's start with the bad news. across the plains, rain and storms are likely. this is tomorrow's weather. saturday is a bit of a wash-out here in portions of oklahoma, portions of the panhandle there. northeast, a few scattered showers and storms tomorrow afternoon. not a great beach start to the weekend there. beautiful sunshine, though, across the southeast. that's more like it there in the carolinas. hot and dry weather in florida. now, it gets a little better day by day, so by sunday back to near 80 across much of the northeast. it starts to feel like summer for the unofficial start. sunshine builds in around new york city.
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a couple of showers in new england, and it stays a little bit ub settled across the plains here. beautiful weather up and down the west coast except when you get to the extreme northwest there, and lots of sunshine along the gulf coast, and then memorial day, monday, finally looking at beach weather in and around new york city. that should be the driest day around the northeast. the water temperatures still cold. it's frigid if you want to step in the water there, but at least it will feel like summer with temperatures in the 80s and still a little unsettled across the plains. sorry, guys. i know you need the rain there, but, of course, you wouldn't want it on the holiday weekend, but it gets better day by day in the northeast. also california looking at a fantastic three days ahead. >> that is the report from the fifth cyclist, rafael miranda. thanks very much. by plane, train, or automobile the great holiday weekend get-away is on. let's focus, first, on the plains. right now there are more than 12,000 flights in the air. many of them passing through the world's busiest hub.
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we find our intrepid reporter kerry sanders this afternoon. >> that starting gun has fired, and airports are packed. today not only business travellers scurrying home, but people beginning their vacation. some people getting a jump on the long welcome heading to the airport. here in atlanta, this is the busiest airport in the world. about 250,000 people come and go here. over the four-day week, fwits to ramp up to 1.6 million people if it matches last year, and it most likely will because there is an indication that there are now more people flying than have flown in previous years. that's been an increase in ticket prices, and it's also meant a decrease in the number of empty seats on planes. if you haven't traveled in a while and you are heading to the airport, you think that roller board that you are bringing can be slightly overstuffed and you can somehow get it past and put it in the overhead, but you're going to have to squish it in,
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you may cover that you're going to have to check that luggage. make sure you check it at the airport, and before you go through the long line at security, and, remember, if you haven't flown in a way, you'll have to pay on most airlines to check that luggage. at security look at your ticket closely. it was for a time here that tsa precheck was really for frequent flyers, but increasingly airlines are giving that to other people as well. if you see that tsa precheck on your ticket, it means that you can go to the special line where you don't have to take off your shoes, you don't have to pull out your computer, but -- here's an important thing -- make sure you understand how it works before you get up to actually going through the security line because most of the people in that line are experienced travellers and you don't want to be the person who holds things up and gets those glares. if are you heading out today, just remember, it's not just getting to the airport and taking off, it's the people who may be picking you up. in boston, in new york, and
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denver, late this afternoon, it's possible that there could be some rain that may not delay flights, but certainly will affect traffic getting to and from the airport. in atlanta, kerry sanders, nbc news. now back to you. >> thanks, kerry, i love when i get to travel with the easy pass lane and not take off my shoes. now let's go to our travel insider who always gets the easy pass lane, courtney scott, senior editor for what are the places that most people are going to this weekend? sfwoo well, we're going to start with our number four most popular place. it's l.a. it's no surprise why. we are all sick of the cold and winter, and we want somewhere with fantastic weather. it's going to be incredible across the three-day weekend. hit the beaches when you are there, right, from manhattan beach to malibu. so many things to do. we have the wake up with waves concert series. it's free. santa monica pier. fiesta hermosa has lots of music
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and fun other things to do, and, you know, abbott kinny and venice. you have to check out jillian, the restaurant. go early to get a reservation. the boutiques are really great too. going up the list to number three, the most patriotic destination on our list, washington d.c. saturday dignitaries, celebrities, and tourists will all descend on the west lawn of the capitol for the national concert, 8:00 p.m. it's free for everybody. you can also tune in on television to check it out. arlington national cemetery will also be, of course, having the changing of the guards and a special ceremony on memorial day at the amphitheater, and they are decorating all the graves with thousands of american flags, which is such a sight to be seen, and there are so many monuments around town to check out and pay your respects as well. the vietnam vets memorial, korean war veterans memorial, lincoln memorial, and the list goes on. moving up to number two, south florida. now, miami beach tends to be a
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little bit of a party scene during memorial day, but that shouldn't deter you from going down to south florida, and there are lots of places outside of south beach that are really great. coconut grove, by the main district. so many undiscovered beaches. hovey beach, bell harbor beach. you won't are an into the typical south beach partiers and revellers. two museums if we do get a patch of rain. the miami children's museum is hosting lots of great events because may is arts month in miami, and the perez museum also a great arts museum. fantastic things to do there in miami. now, number one, any guesses? >> new york city. >> got to be. >> of course, all the new yorkers flee, right, but the tourists come into town. >> the mass exodus happens. that leaves the city all for you. governor's island kicks off and opens up this weekend. they're hosting tours all throughout the weekend of the historical sights and you can
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also rent your bike or take your bike there. it's a great biking island. i also recommend brooklyn bridge park, pier five. it's the perfect place for your memorial day barbecue. they have hibachi style grills and rustic wooden tables. >> i'll be in town, so i may check some of that out. looking forward from memorial day weekend, are these some of the spots that will be good for all summer long? what are some of the sort of top summer destinations in general? >> in general memorial day is an indication of where the popular spots will be for the rest of the summer. particularly, it's important to note that seattle and san francisco both saw a dip in prices this year. those two destinations should bubble up to the top of your list. alaska saw a 10% dip in airfare price this summer, and summer is the best time to visit alaska. june 21st is the longest day of the year, and in alaska that means 19 hours of daylight. there are so many incredible things to do. the nature and the wildlife in the summer is absolutely
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breathtaking. >> i would love to go there. >> the temperatures are in the 80s. >> i'm a little bit last minute when it comes to travel. obviously this weekend is a too quick to plan something. fourth of july is coming up. talk about the deals, where we can find some of the best deals to travel last minute this summer and where some of the places are. >> as i said, seattle and san francisco, not only for the rest of the summer, but fourth of july. i recommend booking now. the average advanced purchase window for domestic travel is about 30 days. you know, that's when you are going to see the better deals. i also recommend booking on mondays and tuesdays. doing your shopping on mondays and tuesday wrshz that's when many of the airfare sales launch. in that case the early bird really catches the worm. those are two great hot spots. >> josh is excited to barbecue this weekend, isn't that right, josh? >> it's funny, actually. it's a little weird for me as the cyclist's chief barbecue correspondent. >> yeah, you are. >> i can't barbecue at home. >> i know. i wrote today for the "new york
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times" about a cocktail that brings smoke inside your apartment so you can get that barbecue flavor without burning your building down or -- >> thank you. >> yeah. >> it's all -- it's really smoky, and then balances it out with a couple of sweet liquors. it's really good barbecue drink, especially if are you bemoaning your sorrows about not being able to barbecue. for people that are barbecuing, i know you have been following some apps people are using for the holiday weekend, including one called barbecue tank meter that allows you to figure out how much propane is left in your grill by just holding it up to the tank. how does that work? >> i hope this app puts a smile on your face, like it did on mine. it's the best $2.49 you will spend this summer. it's the barbecue tank meter app, and you essentially take a spatula or something, bang on the tank, and the acoustic reader of the app will tell you whether it's green meaning -- >> that is so cool. >> -- the tank is full and down to red and yellow and red and
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you better go fill up your propane tank. that's just a buzz kill when you set out to grill and your tank is empty. it's got great reviews on the app store. >> that is really -- >> it's a really fun one. >> nothing better than grilling, and nobody knows that better than josh. courtney, thank you very much. up next, the pope is taking a trip this weekend, but his commute will be peaceful. we'll tell you why his visit to the holy land will also be historic. the cycle is rolling on for this friday before the long weekend. . show 'em the curve. ♪ do you know what this means? the greater the curvature, the bigger the difference. [sci-fi tractor beam sound] ...sucked me right in... it's beautiful. gotta admit one thing... ...can't beat the view. ♪ introducing the world's first curved ultra high definition television from samsung.
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so the pope, a rabbi and a sheikh walk into the holy land. for the first time in history the pope's official entourage includes interfaith leaders. he leaves tomorrow for his first papal visit to the holy land. three cities and 13 speeches and homilies in just 36 hours. >> he supports a two-state solution. father james martin has been on a pilgrimage to the holy land and fittingly is author of "jesus, a pilgrimage" a new york teams best seller, and he joins us now. it's always great to have you with us at the table. it seems like once again the pope is pushing the envelope and making the trip an interfaith affair. many people would say it makes sense. jerusalem is a place with many different religious beliefs. people had different religious beliefs. others are very upset about
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this. >> is he going with an interfaith aunt rage. he is meeting with rabbis and muslims and the patriarch bath ol new and other catholic leaders. i think he is trying to be as inclusive as possible. that's one of the hallmarks of his papacy. >> will he see a lot of the political discourse. we have to remember that is he going also as a pilgrim. he wants to pay prey at the holy sites. he will be visiting the church of the nativity and the church where jesus died and rose from the dead. it's a mix of -- >> first a shout-out to your lovely mother eleanor. glad to have her with us. big fan of all of us, of course, abby. as we mentioned, critical part of this trip is the pope meeting
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with bartholamew, the patriarch of constant noble. part of this is trying to further complete the sort of trying to have resolution after a 900 year skism between the eastern orthodox church and the western catholic church. what is the significance of this meeting and this breakdown and this resolution? >> well, that's a good question. the east and the west have been separate since 1054, and in 1964 pope paul met with bartholamew's predecessor, and it's sort of a commemoration of that too. anything that we can do to kind of bring the christian churches together is good, and they're going to try to start that process again. >> he has to go to bethlehem, which is palestinian-run. i think that's the right term to
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use. he will go to jerusalem, of course. you know, which is run by the state of israel. you know, in a sense anywhere you go in the holy land, you're going to be kind of stepping through a political situation. he is reminding everyone that he is primarily going as a pill grum. >> talk to us about what the scene will likely be at. the crowds will be enormous like they usually are. probably very intense. you know, if you think about tshg the people who are already on pilgrimage to the holy land are already very religious, and they're going to be very interested in seeing pope francis. you know, this is a pope whose popularity is something we haven't seen since the early days of john paul. >> i think this message of christian unity, when he meets pot patriarch is -- jesus'
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ministry is always one of inclusion. that's what the pope is trying to do. >> absolutely. father james martin, thank you so much. as always. up next, new developments today in the donald sterling drama. who is really calling the shots and the future of the clippers? the latest live from california. that's next. (mother vo) when i was pregnant... i got more advice than i knew what to do with. what i needed was information i could trust on how to take care of me and my baby. luckily, unitedhealthcare has a simple program that helps moms stay on track with their doctors and get the right care and guidance-before and after the baby is born. simple is good right now. (anncr vo) innovations that work for you. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare.
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at work there's a certain level of stress, but you know what you neat to do to get through the day. at home it's more chaotic. all the various issues around your family and what's going on. that's why it comes together. i want to point out being stressed and being happy are two different things. people may feel happier at home even though they're feeling more stress. i think that's something to think about here too. the other piece that was interesting in this study, they point to our research showing that women in particular who work are more physically healthy tend to be more physically healthy than women who don't work. yes it's hard to balance those things and, yes, there are challenges there, but there also can be benefits to women and to
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their families of having a career, if that's what they want to choose. >> is it hard to be away from your kids in the day, and you always say, no, i love what i do. i have to be here. it's sort of my outlet. this survey actually spoke to me as well, and i think a lot of this has to do with having a routine in the sense. that goes i think in large part to why we might be healthier or have better lifestyles because we know for the most part tv is a unique business to be part of, but we know usually what time we're going to come in in the day, and we know we have a show from 3:00 to 4:00. we know we're going to get out at some point in the day. >> and he is always going to drive us nuts. >> those are the sort of things that i think keep us stable and keep us happy if you enjoy what you do, but i was home with my family last weekend, and i have a huge family, and i love them more than anything, but it was one of the most stressful weekends i have ever had. you have no control over what's going on. there are so many personalities. a lot of pressures. you want to be there for everybody. i definitely see where this study is coming from, but i think a lot that goes into this is liking what you do every day. feeling like you are, you have a
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purpose. feeling fulfilled every day. i think it's important to point out that there's a big chunk of the population that don't actually love what they do, so i actually came to work today and looked up what the stats actually rshgs and there was a gallop poll that came out back in october, and it shows that about one-fourth of the world hate what they do every day. 18% of folks in the united states. i imagine they probably in many cases bring that stress, bring that frustration home with them. not to mention, i'm sure they have a lot of stuff going on at home. this study, this survey might be the case for some of us, but it doesn't speak to every. >> i'm sure it's stressful when you get around your family because you have 16 brothers and sisters. >> 25. >> that's a lot of people. i bet that 18% number is actually low, right? there's a lot of people i know in this country who are in jobs that they don't like, and i'm not even talking about middle class folks that are in a job. they're like this is not as high as i want to go. when i think about working class women in particular who are waitress oorz doing retail and target or wal-mart, do you
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really think they are happy? you know, or not feeling stressed at work because they have no control over the work space, they have no sense of am i going to be here for the long-term and be able it take care of my family over the long-term? i don't know what the methodology of this particular study is, but i would wonder what is their class size that they're surveying. >> it will be interesting to see if there are differences in class. this is purely speculation. the methodology that they used in terms of obtaining the results. this wasn't sort of self-reporting how do you feel. they actually measured stress hormones to find where they were higher, and a lot of their participants were surprised to find that their stress hormones were higher at home. >> who were they measuring? i know the second shift is real. i iced to go home before i had kids, before you had kids, and we would slump down on the couch and maybe have a glass of wine and relax. now we might have that glass of wine and ob the couch, but we also have the kids all over us
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asking for things, crying, needing things. >> there's also that sense of purpose, which i feel like i don't have kids, so i can't speak to that. i know it's stressful, but i can't wait to come home and interest someone that i get home to and love. >> one other piece of this survey, they found, that -- this does not surprise me -- women are more stressed at home than men are. >> both groups they found the stress was lower at work, but women in particular were more stressed at home. >> they do talk about 50% of working dads say they don't have enough time with their kids. that's heart breaking. i know i saw my dad plenty, and, you know, needed that time from him to learn how to become a man. the folks who were saying that they're not suspending enough time with their kids, that's heart breaking. >> yeah. it is hearted breaking. i think also this study has some interesting implications for what we should be doing in terms of work flexibility policies for men and women. interesting debate.
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before you begin an aspirin regimen. >> the tech industry is hot again giving some people flashbacks to the late 1990s. in the first quarter this year 64 tech companies went public on track to beat last year's $55 billion in public offerings. that's the highest since 2000. still, the sector is nowhere near the highs of the 190s. in 1999 six of the biggest ten companies in the s&p 500 were tech firms. today it's only three. there is a key difference between now and then. companies in the 1990s went with an eager stock market with no idea how -- remember today there are still start-up with no clear path to making money, but the biggest names like google and facebook have not just hype but profits. facebook's case, 642 million
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dollars in profit in the first quarter of this year. the new e diagnosis book by reuters braking views, tech 2.014 looks at the latest internet boom and the hubris around it. breaking views and friend of the show rob cox is at the table in new york. rob, you write that facebook stock is now a lot like bit coin. quote "neither is backed by a government. both dpebtd depend on vast networks of individuals is their worth reflects demand, which is based on mercury fund memtss. the trick is to monotize them while they still have value. isn't facebook basically like any other company now? it makes profits and its stock price is a bet that it will keep making those profits, which seems different from bit coin. >> it also shelled out $19 billion to acquire a company that i think the best way to call it is revenue-free. what's app. regular companies don't do that. facebook is able to do that. one, is clearly is a signal that they think their stock is, shall we say, a very well valued
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currency. it's also you get a sense of desperation. why would you put out 10% of your entire company to buy something that has absolutely no profits, right? it's a revenue-free company. would you do it because you're worried about the sustainability of your core business, and that is -- that was the deal that -- that was the reason they bought instagram before. you're seeing this across the entire sort of intnlt conglomerates, if you will. >> the tech industry is very hot. not as hot as it was before the 2000 bubble burst. so how is the industry different now? >> okay. so let's establish that there is definitely a bubble. if can you sell your company for $19 billion without having any numbers -- i mean, there's no kind of metrics that makes sense at least on this little place we call the earth to justify that kind of valuation, right? you have this sort of nerd
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culture that's gone kind of throughout the modern culture. you guys ever seen like "silicon valley?" it's a hilarious show. >> i love that show. >> you have double the number of people leaving harvard business school going to tech. you've had things like as you referenced before the break, super unicorns. it's part of the verne abbing lar now. then you have governance. the companies that are going out there like facebook. he can give you an example from yesterday. a company called a chinese company. they're worth $30 billion. the owner has 84% of the vote based on every vote -- every stock he has is worth 20 of yours in terms of votes. that's a governance problem. assume that you got this. these are the things that it tells about a valuation bubble. however, the nasdaq, if you were to take it and adjust it for inflation since the last boom, it's only a 60% of where it was
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back then. .3 of the ten biggest companies in the s&p 500 are tech. whatever, five. cisco is a $1 trillion company. now it's come back down to earth in a significant way. the point is there is this bubble. the whole market support in the middle of some scary bubble. if that maths makes sense? >> that helps bring it down a little bit. >> i took this job, and i never thought i would ask about unicorns. help us understand what the exception is. >> use that as an example. these are such unique creatures that, you know, you don't find many of them, but when you find them, you are so excited because you have been traveling through the forest of menlo park and palo alto, and there is this kid who came up with something probably, you know, in his dorm room at stanford, and it is so unique that it is one of a kind.
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that's really all it is. it's just that it's become part of this verne abbing lar in -- >> how do you know when you can use -- >> it has like a horn on its head. >> how do you know when your idea or your concept is big enough that you can call it the unicorn. >> when someone is willing to give you $19 billion, and it's like you, 20 people, and a dog. you definitely have a unicorn. i would take that unicorn, and would i transfer it from facebook or whatever stock it is into cold hard cash. fine you don't necessarily believe that the u.s. dollar is sacrasanct. it's probably better than owning some of the stock that you are offered. >> you also indict the sort of morally self-righteous culture of a lot of folks in silicon valley, and you have this great devastating quote where you say, though, silicon valley's newest billionaires may anoint themselves the saints of american capitalism. they are beginning to resemble something else entirely. behind the hoodies and
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flip-flops lurk business people as r epa cio saz the black suited and top-hatted industrialists of the late 19th century. please explain. >> that was slightly hyperbolic. >> slightly. >> it wouldn't matter so much if they didn't dress themselves up in a -- >> it's not as hyperbolic without the dramatic reading. >> i actually wish you had -- if you had delivered what i had written, we would have had -- >> a good team. >> no, i think what you have is you have companies saying -- if you remember, go back to sill skon valley, we're here to save the word. we're doing it. look, that's fine. it's also business, and it's business as usual. when you have manufacturing practices in, say, china where workers are killing themselves and exposed to solvents or whatever it might be. when you have copyright issues where there has been a -- there is a whole series of examples where copyright has not been, shall we say, respected by internet companies. privacy is a huge one. i mean, i think they're learning. they're getting better.
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most of it, frankly, is probably self-regulated. you still have this issue of, oh, we're doing god's work. remember when lloyd blankfine said that? if you look at the letters from the founders that are in all of the ipo prospectuses, mark zuckerberg's, for example. they wrap themselves in the sense that they are doing great things, and i'm not saying their products aren't great. don't get me wrong. i do think they're making the world a kind of more connected place. >> but they shouldn't have quite the halo zoosh at the end of the day it's about making money. it's about getting that stock price up. when you have 30,000 people or 40,000, or 50,000 people like google does right now, you can't control -- not every single one of them is going to work like, as you were saying, you're excited to go to work, ask they don't necessarily go to work every day saying, oh, i can't wait to see the world. they're thinking i can't wait to buy -- >> exactly. exactly. >> very interesting. thank you. up next, man behind the legend, michael jordan, as told by friends, teammates, coaches, and
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secretary donovan at the housing department with san antonio mayor julian castro. a critical time for imyags reform. let's listen in. >> hundreds of thousands of construction workers were out of a job, and a record number of people were behind on their mortgages. five years later things look a lot different. home sales are up nearly 35%. construction is up by more than 120%. new foreclosures are down by nearly half. while we're not anywhere near where we need to be yet, millions of families have been able to come up for air because they're no longer under water on their mortgages. a $50 billion sellingsment means justice for hundreds of thousands of homeowners who were unfairly targeted by deceptive
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mortgage schemes, and all of this is, in part, because of the outstanding work of sean donovan. here's the problem. when are you good at your job, people want you to always do even more. that's why today i am nominating sean to be the next director of the office of management and budget. to take his place at hud, i am nominating another all-star who has done a fantastic job in san antonio over the past five years, mayor julian castro. before i talk about julian, i want to embarrass sean a little more. over the years sean has taken an agency with a $40 billion budget, he has made it smarter and more efficient. he has changed the way hud uses data to solve problems and save taxpayer dollars. he has helped build strong sustainable neighborhoods and
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connect those neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs. he has helped reduce homelessness among our veterans by 24% since 2010. he has helped 4.3 million families buy their piece of the american dream a new home. sean has helped us navigate some unexpected challenges as well. when hurricane sandy slammed ashore, it was personal for sean. he was born in new york city, got married in new jersey, raised his kids in brooklyn. once he took his driving -- he once took his driving test on a road that was wiped out by the storm, so he understood what this def sfags meant to a community that he loved. when we were looking for somebody to lead the recovery in rebuilding efforts, i knew sean was the right person for the job, and he has come through. helping the communities he knows so well, not only rebuild, but rebuild smarter and better. sean has earned a rep taking as
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a great manager, a fiscally responsible leader, and somebody who knows how the decisions we make here in washington affect people's lives all across the country. that's why i'm absolutely confident he will do a great job leading the office of management and budget and help even more hard-working americans get ahead. my guess is that sean is grateful to my outgoing head of omb, sylvia burwell and her team for leaving behind a deficit that they've cut by more than half since i took office. i'm just saying that's helpful. now, obviously, we've also got to make sure that as we move sean into a new position that we've got somebody who is going to do an outstanding job at hud, and that public servant is julian castro. the first time most americans heard this man speak is when he gave a speech at the democratic
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national convention almost two years ago. they saw this young guy -- >> the president there at the white house talking about some cabinet shifts in housing and in budget. folks joining and moving for that late second term. it will be interesting to continue to watch the meteoric rise of both the castro brothers. shifting gears now to the president's favorite sport, basketball. let me start with an old joke that i love. a new arrival into heaven is getting a tour from an angel. they walked by a basketball court in heaven. five on five going on. just then a man in a michael jordan bulls jersey takes off from around the free-throw line and soars up through the air with his tongue waig wagging and his legs wide looking like jordan, and then he dunks the ball hard. the new arrival says is that michael jordan? the angel rolls his eyes and says, no, that's jesus. he loves to pretend he is michael jordan. that joke speaks to how almost everyone loves m. skwlchlt. for a look at what exactly made
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him the god of basketball, read michael jordan, a life. a great new biography from roland lazenbe, who one would call the michael jordan of writing about michael jordan. >> i can't live up to that intro. that's tough. >> you talk about the zone which all athletes and all sports want to get into and you get into occasionally, but jordan was able to sort of get into that almost at will all the time. you have the sports psychologists for the bulls talking about the concentration and focus of this man and the ability to get into that zone was super human. is that really the bedrock thing that allowed him to become the god of basketball? >> yes, it is, along with all these other gifts, but the thing that you have to remember about the psychologist, he had played basketball at u mass and roomed with dr. jay. he wasn't just some guy wandering into the gym and seeing jordan and thinking, wow.
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he was somebody who understood the game and saw this 32-year-old man dominating at this incredible level. he said this guy has to be bipolar bipolar or something. you can't sustain this and he kept looking for the down cycle in jordan ant went on for weeks and then he realized that was jordan's normal state. >> wow! >> it's really incredible. we know so much about michael jordan on the court and in his public life but there was a lot going on behind the scenes with the family situation. his parents didn't get along. the relationship his dad with his sister. a lot of weird stuff going on and heaven chul liddy vorsed his own wife but he had a deep connection and love for his family. talk to us about the human side of jordan we don't know about. >> i wanted to build this story from the family up and want toegd back to jim crow. i watched michael in chicago and i said, this is a different cat. and i grew up in the south. the schools integrated when was
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13 and i made life-long friends and then i observed their fathers and i watched what jim crow did to these wonderful people. and i said, who are jordan's people before this? because you don't just have a michael jordan. this is the product of generations. i wanted to go back and look at his family and build a story from that context. >> jordan surprised a lot of people to quit basketball in the top of his career and pursued a dream of baseball and then he came back and dominated in basketball. what drove that set of decisions. >> the murder of his father. i really understood that. i played college football and my father was a big basketball guy. my father got sick and i started -- i had always played pick-up but i started playing it religiously and then i started writing basketball books. michael jordan's father had
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talked to him about, please play a baseball. be a two-support star. he dreamed of this. like i did all these basketball things to feel closer to my father, once his father was murdered he set off in pursuit of things that made him feel closer to his father. he spent an awful lot of nights on the deck of his house down in birmingham talking to his absent father. >> wow! and another thing that's interesting about michael jordan is he was intentionally a-political. >> he was culturally a-political. i i build this story from the violent riots of 1898. michael's great grandfather was born in 1891. 5'5" and crippled but he was fierce and he didn't die until michael was 14. he lorded over the jordan family, a share cropper and moon shiner and he had this edge and
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a lot of that edge came through in jordan. but no one in his family had political rights. michael was born into a world where those rights were bestowed. but the people who raised him came out after a culture where none of that was available. >> thank you so much, fascinating. up next. is batman a superhero? vo: once upon a time there was a boy who traveled to a faraway place where villages floated on water and castles were houses
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the release of a new "x men"
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movie has mutants trying to navigate their way through a world that sometimes doesn't appreciate them because they're different. the x men are often discussed or attacked in ways that recall racial segregation. >> we're americans, henry. let the rest of the damn world deal with mutants in their own way. you know the situation? these mutants, people like this jeanne grey -- >> if it were up to me i'd lock them all away. >> even the incredible superhero satire, it deals with superheroes and how they're sometimes shunned by society. >> it's time for their secret dent did to become their only identity. time for them to joip us. >> that shunning happens because being a superhero means not being a normal person so is batman a superhero? he's my favorite character and undeniably awesome guy. a superhero? don't let this fool you.
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christian bail makes the caped crusaders seem superheroish. but i remember adam west on tv in a campy generation of batman. >> holy moly. >> is that's a superhero? superman is a superhero it's because he has dramatic hollywood lighting. he could fly. batman has into super powers but for a superbank account, he's a 1%. same thing with ironman. he's a billionaire. they can buy whatever they need to fight supervillains and score superbabies. they are buying their way into the superherodom. any one of the four or 500 americans with billions in the
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bank could wlip out their platinum card and buy whatever they want to become batman or ironman? isn't there anything to stop these people with more money than god, i say it's not. thaish super vigilante. like mike bloomberg, and the guardian angel and self-appointed vigilantes who roamed the cities in the 80s trying to keep it safe. superheroes should have super powers that can't be purchased so if you're in the super rich and super moral catalog. but for batman to not be a superhero it's liberating. even though we are can't be as awesome as him we don't have to have superpowers and be a mutant. we can change the world for the better even if we're as little as the bat kid.
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>> he said everything we did we did together. >> that does it for "the cycle." not now with alex wagner" starts right now. democrats set a deadline and ready for a duel on immigration reform. it's friday, may 23rd and this is "now" live from washington, d.c. >> the only person that's not for immigration reform is speaker boehner.