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>> i learned haley barbour, charlie rangel, what's old is new again. from 1975. you'll love the language. >> i did learn if you need an archival reference to "saturday night live," thomas roberts is your man. >> he's got it all right here. >> if it's way too early, what time is it? it's time for "morning joe." "the daily rundown" is up next. have a great day. the winds change. the world's top two polluters, the united states and china, what it means for american businesses. will china stick to it? more details coming up on a big headline that came out of months of secret talks. also, on the world stage. michael brown's parents taking their message against violence to a united nations meeting in europe. as missouri's governor and other state leaders talk about their plans to keep the peace in ferguson. once the grand jury's decision is announced about the officer
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who shot and killed their son. also, new developments in mexico where protests continue to unfold against the government and outrage grows over what happened to dozens of mising students. we'll have the latest from nbc's own jose diaz bal lettlert. it is wednesday, november 12th, 2014. this is the "daily rundown." historic climate change agreement that was announced by president obama overnight in china. a deal between the world's top two polluters that came about after months of secret talks between officials from both countries. >> as the world's two largest economies, energy consumers and emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change. >> the deal is between the two.
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calling it too vague. saying its peak year for carbon emissions around 2030 and does not agree to an emissions cap. nbc's kristen welker has more now from beijing. >> reporter: president obama and president xi ching ping announced add major deal on climate change. vowing to cut its emissions by 26% by the year 2025. the two nations make up nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. now, this comes as president obama is wrapping up a three-day summit here in beijing. he and china have also announced other agreements on trade and visas. president obama aiming to show a deeper level of cooperation with china. of course the two have worked together and need to cooperate together on issues like eye ra ,
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iran, syria and they have sharp differences on human rights and freedom of the press. that was on display overnight during a rare press conference when a "new york times" reporter asked president xi about the lack of access the press has here. president xi initially ignored the question. then he answered a question that was posed by a chinese reporter and only after answering that question did he circle back to the question by "the new york times" reporter, seeming to put the blame on the media for any lack of access that they may have here in china. >> china protects our citizen's freedom of expression and the normal rights and interests of media organizations in accordance with law. on the other hand, media outlets need to obey china's laws and regulations. when a car breaks down on the road, perhaps we need to get off the car to see where the problem lies. and when a certain issue is
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raised as a problem, there must be a reason. in chinese, we have a saying. the party which has created a problem should be the one to help resolve it. >> president xi also made his harshest comments yet on the pro-democracy protests that continue in hong kong, calling them illegal and warning the united states not to get involved, even after president obama denied a u.s. role in those protests. >> i was unequivocal in saying to president xi that the united states had no involvement in fostering the protests that took place there. i did describe to him the united states as a matter of foreign policy but also a matter of our values are going to consistently speak out on the right of people to express themselves. >> pivot to asia is an effort to
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contain china, by the way, we should note, the public did not see any of this. the press conference was not broadcast on chinese state-run television. president obama touched down on the next stop of his three-nation too myanmar, formerly known as berm ma. two years ago, president obama became the first american president to travel to myanmar and celebrated that country's plan to introduce democracy after five decades of authoritarian rule. >> when i took office, i sent a message to those governments who ruled by fear. i said in my inauguration address, we will extend a hand if you're willing to unclench your fist. under president obathaing, it h stalled. >> the country's leading opposition figure, suu kyi, the
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nobel prize winner. this month, suu kyi accused the united states of being, quote, overly optimistic about myanmar's government and said she would challenge those who talked so much about the reform process to show her what steps towards democratization the government has taken over the last two years. at issue, the military's dominance of the government. the treatment of muslim minorities. which human rights watchers called ethnic cleansing. at the end of october, a journalist was killed in military custody. he was also a former bodyguard for suu kyi. in an interview with a myanmar newspaper, president obama calls suu kyi an icon of democracy who has inspired people around the world, including me, through her example. and says i was deeply mooed by the opportunity to meet with her two years ago at home where she displayed such resolve through so many difficult years.
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the president also went on to say one of the main messages i'll deliver on this visit is that the government of myanmar has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of all people in the country and that the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all people should be respected. president obama is scheduled to meet their president before meeting with suu kyi and hold a town hall with local young people. i want to bring in gordon chang now, columnist for forbes, also author of "coming collapse of china." this deal, how significant is this? appear to be a cashasm between w significant we think it is and how important the chinese government thinks it is. >> in that sense, it was good, but the important thing here is the u.s. made a quantifiable commitment by 2025. the chinese really made no
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commitment at all. and when you look at the news agency, it was even more vague than the white house statement which itself wasn't very clear about what the chinese intended to do by 2030, whether it be a cap on emissions or not. what we need here is we need both countries to be on the same page. if we're going to have a successful climate change conference. and china clearly is not. >> the trade deal you contend is a big deal. >> it is very significant. the most important thing to company out come out of meetings with president xi. that means a lot of money for u.s. companies. u.s. jobs. this has to be incorporated into a larger world trade organization agreement next year, but assuming that it does, and because the u.s. and china are on the same page, it probably will happen. this will be very good for the united states. >> the story overnight, the jockeying with record to press
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freedom in china. chinese president xi,ish ish n appearing to avoid that question from "the new york times" reporter, then circling back after answering another question. talk a little bit about the relationship between the government and the media in china and the -- the evolution, if you will. or has there been much of a resolution? >> the government of course controls state media very tightly. even more tightly now than it has five years ago. one of the important things if you go back ten years is the commercialization of state media. which means you have a lot of newspapers and tv stations in the provinces and cities which have an incentive to give people what they want. which means they have an incentive to defy state sensors. we've seen a very interesting i bifurcation where you have state media becoming much worse. >> how would you characterize president obama's trip in china? a success? >> we really won't know that for
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quite some time. he's made more progress than almost anyone thought. that's good. but on the other hand, there are a number of issues which he didn't cover which have to be. for instance, cyber theft of u.s. intellectual property which is costing the u.s. probably about $100 billion a year. and there's been no progress on that. >> always good to see you. i appreciate your insight. let's turn to washington now. after nearly two months on the campaign trail, lawmakers will be back on capitol hill this morning for a month-long lame duck session. the first test of whether members of congress have gotten the message. meshes are fed up with gridlock. tomorrow, holding leadership elections. house democrats pick their leaders next week. then they will turn to their top legislative priority. funding the government past december 11th. democrats want a long-term spending bill. some conservatives argue, though, they should only agree to a short-term extension to use the budget as a bargaining chip
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on immigration. congress is also expected to boost pentagon funding for the fight against isis and consider president obama $6.2 billion emergency request to combat the spread of ebola in west africa. republicans want to hammer out an extension of expired tax provisions. democrats want the senate to advance stalled nominations. that is not likely at this point. to include new attorney general nominee loretta lynch. democrats are now signaling they will be holding her confirmation fight to the next congress. insisting she should go on record on whether she supports president obama's expected executive action before the end of the year. one house democrat says immigration will not be the only point of contention in the next congress. >> i have been saying for several weeks now, long before the election, that if they maintain their majority in the house and got a significant majority in the senate, there will be some reason found to
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introduce an impeachment resolution. it is to put an astrerices next to this first african-american president in the hiss interest of the country, put an asterisks next to his name when the history books are written. >> tom cole is the deputy majority whip in the house. i want to talk about that in a moment. first, your take to the climate deal with china. what will the house gop make of that? >> i think they will be a little worried the deal is not going to go before the congress of the united states for approval. but, again, without seeing the specifics, it's hard to say beyond that. they are always a little worried when the executive branch bypasses the legislature, gets agreements with foreign countries and doesn't put them before the senate the way it should. >> let's talk about what congressman clyburn just brought up there. were you at this point rule out any effort in the house to bring up impeachment proceedings? >> the only people i ever hear
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talk about impeachments are democrats. i think it's always for political purposes. >> congressman, you know that's not true. you have heard from your republican colleagues over the past six months talk about -- >> very seldom. usually in response to something democrats have said. no impeachment legislation is pending. i know of no one who favors that as a course that's in a leadership position. again, this is a democratic fantasy. i certainly don't see it coming to pass. >> you told your colleagues that there will, quote, probably, probably be movement on immigration by house republicans. what's going to determine whether that happens? what kind of reform do you think could pass that the president would actually sign? >> there's a couple of things. number one, i think the president doesn't make it much more difficult if he moves ahead unilaterally the way he's threatened to do. that really does poison the well. it makes people wonder whether
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he'll keep any agreement you negotiate. i think the appropriate formula, step by step. we've got four bills that have passed the judiciary committee. that deal with certain aspects of immigration reform. one is seasonal labor. another one is visa reform or high-tech visa reform. people that come and are educated in the united states and have positions, have the ability to stay here, continue to contribute to our economy. i think all sides agree that the border needs to be more secure. mike mccall, the chairman of the homeland security committee, has got a really good and bipartisan border security bill. so i think you advance one step at a time down the road. and as people see certain things can get done, the possibility for more things opens up. >> let's look ahead to december here. are you going to insist on a long-term spending bill? or you and your house colleagues going to be okay with another short-term extension? >> i think short term extension
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in my view is a mistake. i actually agree very much we should have a long-term bill. we should pass an omnibus spending bill similar to what the president's requested. that will give us stability through the 30th of next year. i hope we get the pass extenders passed as well. tax certainty for americans individually and american companies. finally, i hope we start work and even conclude a new authorization for action against isil. that's something the president's asked for. we need to get rid of old authorizations that allowed the executive branch to go to war almost any place any time that most members haven't voted on. constructive things to do in the next couple of months. i think they're doable. >> i appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> coming up, a check on the cold blast hitting so much of this country this morning. and in ferguson, missouri, some businesses are already boarding up. police are getting ready for that grand jury decision on
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let's turn now to the winter weather moving in fast. walloping parts of the midwest and plains right now. the heavy snow and strong winds have been hitting hard in parts of the upper midwest. creating blizzard-like conditions. causing havoc in places like
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michigan where they got more than 22 inches of snow. in minnesota, icy roads meant traffic delays and accidents. at least four people have been killed driving on slippery roads so far in minnesota. today, much of the east preparing for that same cold. where temperatures are expected to drop by double digits. nbc's leanne greg is in denver, colorado, where the temperature is in the single digits right now. bill karins is live at our weather wall with the latest forecast. leann, let me start with you in colorado. right now, where are the conditions? >> temperatures right now between 0 and 2 degrees, with windchill of minus 15 and lower. maximum lowest temperature, or maximum record high temperature for the day, that record was also set yesterday. the first time it hasn't been matched in close to 100 years. a record again expected tomorrow. all other the state, records are breaking. over much of the country, the temperatures are between 25 and
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40 degrees lower than normal from the east of the rockies, into the plain state. this is a huge system. coming on the heels of what's been an unseasonably warm fall for colorado. over the weekend, temperatures were in the 70s. now this prolonged cold snap, even though winter is still more than a month away, certainly feels like winter here today in colorado. along with this cold is snow. 1 to 3 inches off and on throughout the day in colorado before it moves out here in the denver area. half a foot in the fit hills or more. so that snow is going to move out by this afternoon and then more snow later in the week. this cold won't end until next week. >> leann greg for us in denver. >> brutal. >> what parts of the country should be getting prepared this morninging? where's that arctic cold? where's it heading now? >> the arctic cold is not going to slide all the way to the east. we call it modified arctic air by the time it gets to the east.
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we just have to show you right now, we're at minus 25 in casper. i mean, it was down to minus 21 earlier this morning. now it's minus 25. ridiculously cold temperatures. you saw the water. it's not frozen yet. it's almost like there's steam coming off it. as far as the windchill goes, casper is the leader now at minus 36. where leanne was standing, we were at minus 13. the real intense stuff is here in the northern portions of montana and wyoming. some of it is bleeding into areas in the pacific northwest. that's where we have a winter event coming. the storm system is going to move cold air into the pacific northwest. we have winter storm warnings. even in portland itself, we could get tomorrow morning at this time some snow and sleet mix changing to rain. which is very early in the season to you. back towards pendleton, oregon,
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you could get considerable snow. so the worst of it is by far here from casper to denver. the pacific northwest is the next spot to get that winter weather. so very unusual for this early in the season for them too. thankfully in the east, it's modified arctic air. chilly. won't be freezing. >> nothing like that. all right, bill karins, thank you, sir. quick weather programming note. the "today" show's al roker will be trying to set a new record for continuous weather casting. he is going to kick it off tonight, 10:00, right here on msnbc. he will broadcast for 34 hours straight. we do not yet know how he will be using the restroom. we know he's going to do it for 34 hours straight. catch the start of the rocke roker-thon. we are about an hour away from what could be historic news from space. the european space agency's
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spacecraft released the first probe to land on the surface of a comet. you're looking at images of mission control. i think we've got some images right there. live image. this is it. if all goes as planned, the spacecraft should touch down on the comet's surface shortly after 11:00 eastern. it started that journey towards the comet ten years ago. it's traveled a total of 4 billion miles so far. will gather gases and chemicals it finds on the two mile wide comet. when we come back, the parents of michael brown shot dead are speaking out. we will bring that to you. first today's trivia question. how many states saw more than 50% turnout last tuesday? how many states saw more than 50% turnout? the first person to tweet that correct answer to @dailyrundown
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michael brown's parents insist they do not want a repeat of august's violent clashes that followed the shooting death of their 18-year-old son. police, local officials, residents, don't want it either. they fear it may happen anyway. as ferguson waits for grand jury decision on the fate of darren wilson, the officer that fatally shot brown, tensions are high. county prosecutor says he expects a decision on whether to indict wilson on mid to late november. brown's parents are in geneva. they testified before the united nations committee against torture tuesday. the two appeared before the media just a short time ago. but talked only briefly about why they made that trip. >> me and his mother, we came here to the u.n. to get justice for our son. i think that it couldn't be a
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better place that we could start it. want to just thank them for having us. >> brown's parents have also publicly called for peaceful protests as they wait for the grand jury decision. officials back home are taking precautions in case new violence breaks out. among those preparations, aoun fewed command bringing together state and local police training for 1,000 additional officers and contingency plans that could include the national guard. >> this coordinated effort will be guided by our core principles. keeping the public safe, while allowing people to speak. >> the city itself remains on edge. businesses are boarding windows. a few have shut down completely. >> i feel like it's chaos personally. because everything is up in an uproar. >> it's still that uneasiness. and you feel it. >> nbc's ron allen has been
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following all the developments on the ground. he joins us now from st. louis. it seeps most people are expecting something to happen once the grand jury comes out with a decision. just not clear what it will be, huh? >> exactly. a lot of anticipation. a lot of worry. a lot of fear about the unknown. and the expectation there will be a lot of people protesting in the streets. i think most people here probably feel that the officer is notdicted and that will produce some anger. as compared to august when the brown killing happened, there's a lot of planning, a lot of discussions going on amongst community groups with the police about how to conduct these protests. there have been protests just about every day for the last few months. some of them very small. only a small number of people. some very large as well. there was a weekend of protests here back in early october that went well. some confrontations.
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some violence. but nothing terrible. too terrible, i should say. a lot of anticipation about what's going to happen. we don't know when this grand jury's going to reach this decision. there's a lot of rumor. speculation. it's going to happen today. it's going to happen tomorrow. it's going to happen saturday. a lot of uncertainty. a lot of people on edge. lives on hold. >> we're also getting word this morning as you know about a key witness that is apparently set to testify tomorrow at the grand jury. can you tell us anymore about that? >> yes, this is michael baden who's a well-known pathologist who was called by the brown family to look at the body and to do their own autopsy. we understand that he is going to testify before the grand jury. he's scheduled to tomorrow at some point. now, what he's going to say is unclear it what he's going to add to this is also unclear. there seems to be one significant point of contention that he may try to clarify. is what wounds were inflicted to
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michael brown and the distance they were -- the bullet wounds happened. there was dispute about a bullet wound to his hand. michael brown's hand. and according to the family's autopsy, there was not a bullet wound that was from close range. which means the shooting happened at a distance. some information suggesting the autopsy, the official autopsy, said there was a bullet wound to his hand at close range. which would further the theory that some have argued that michael brown was going for the officer's gun and there was a fight that ensued from that point, which of course suggests a different outcome to this whole case of whether the officer's involved or not or responsible for murder or not. so that's going to happen. and then -- again, the bottom line is we don't really know whether he's the last witness, whether there are other witnesses. the prosecutors only said mid to late november. the process could go on for a while yet. >> ron allen in missouri, thank you. up next, we will go to mexico where protests have turned violent over the
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disappearance and apparent massacre of 43 students there. government buildings were set on fire in one city tuesday. coming up, msnbc's jose diaz bal letter. well, i drove grandpa to speed dating this week, so i should probably get the last roll. dad, but i practiced my bassoon. and i listened. i can do this. everyone deserves ooey gooey pillsbury cinnamon rolls. make the weekend pop! this is the equivalent of the and this is one soda a day
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following the disappearance and apparent murder of 43 students. tuesday, hundreds of protesters when head to head with riot police in the capital of the mexican state where the students were last seen. in another state further north, at one point, a local security official was seized by angry crowds and help fd for several hours. to this point, mexican officials say they are still looking for those students although gang members said they were murdered after being handed over by corrupt police. after meeting with the country's attorney general and interior minister, a spokesman for the family of the 43 called for more protests, saying, quote, we are tired of the same speeches. we want the 43 back alive. he has the very latest for us there. jose, first of all, is there any reason to believe that these 43
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students might still be alive? >> craig, it's very difficult to believe they are still alive. especially when the modus operandi of these drug cartel people are to not hold hostages. they kill you after they torture you. this is not a situation where these kids were taken hostage to gain some kind of money. this was a situation -- you mentioned it, you brought it up brilliantly, the fact is, these students came from a university and were heading to another city to try to raise funds for a future trip to mexico city. this occurred on the 26th of september. and these kids entered this town called iguala, which is 100 miles from here, and were asking for money from the streets. the mayor of the town, his wife called hi and said these kids are all over the city, they don't make us look good.
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the mayor called out his own police force and said to the police, pick them up or get rid of them. the police then picked them up and got rid of them. that included apparently handing them over to a cartel that is align with the mayor and the police and so far not one little indication of where these kids could have ended up. they found a lot of mass graves. people have been identified in those mass graves. but none of those are the students. >> they vanished? >> they vanished. the reaction you saw, yesterday, this is the capital city of the state of gerero. all hell broke loose here. thousands of people, including teachers, university teachers and students just went towards the officials that were in the street. simply do not accept this logic. that kids could be picked up by
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police and disappear. they torched the government -- the governing party offices. just behind me, craig, this is a state government building. this is the capital. that's the parliament of the state. you know, the state capitol. they went in here on saturday. this place was torched. this place was trashed. there's still some people working in some of the buildings that weren't burned. there's not a window that hasn't been crashed. there's not a computer that hasn't been broken. it's all about let's get some transparency. people in this country feel upset and they're sick and tired of living in a place where impunity rules. if you're in power, nothing happens to you. if something happens to you and you're just a common person here, there is no recourse. >> jose, what happens once it's revealed, if it's revealed, these 43 students were, in fact,
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slaughtered? what then happens in those streets? >> well, the government said that some of the people they arrested, police and these narco thugs, confessed that these kids were killed. the 43 were killed. the 26th of september. they were then put into a garbage dump. they were lit on fire for 18 hours. and then the ashes were put in trash bags and thrown in the river. they have found two trash bags. that the remains of the people that were found or whatever was found in these trash bags have been sent to austria for dna analysis because they were simply too burnt to any recognizable form. that's what the government said originally. the parents don't believe it. they don't want to believe it. and the people here say whatever happened to those students is unacceptable. and they're planning further protests not just here in the
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state but throughout the country. >> jose diaz balart, thank you, sir. up next, our own richard engel, the first u.s. correspondent in kobani, syria, witnessing the biggest battle against isis firsthand. richard will join us line as well. a little bit later, coffee talk. senator mcconnell fresh off his election day victory hosting republican senators at his office for a coffee meeting in just a few minutes. it is their first day back at work in a while. we will go to capitol hill as well. first, though, the white house soup of the day. there it is, there it is. wait for it, wait for it. she crab on this wednesday. we will be right back on this wednesday. it's time for the your business entrepreneur of the week. mountain brook alabama business owner julie howl celebrates live local saturdays at her store lamss ears. she shows work from area artists as part of the shop's small
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nearly 900 people have been killed by coalition air strikes in syria. the vast majority of them, members of isis. that's according to a local activist group.
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by its count, more than 800 militants have died in air attacks. several dozen civilians have also been killed according to the group. to this point, the u.s. air assault has helped seize isis from seizing the city of kobani. our own richard engel got into kobani and talked to one of the rebels, a female sniper, about why she's still fighting. >> kobani is under attack by the bloody isis terrorists. i had to take a stand and say i am here, i am a human being and i will fight you. >> more help from the united states could be forthcoming. this week the white house submitted new requests to congress asking for another $12.8 billion to fight isis militants. nbc's richard engel is in turkey. what more can you tell us about
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the situation inside kobani right now? >> we've been speaking today. we're obviously back inside turkey across the border but we're still in contact with people in kobani. half of the city held by isis. the main front in the east and in the south. the other half is held by the kurdish defenders who are fighting street to street, holed up in sniper positions. in the clip you just played, that was from one of the sniper positions. to get to these sniper positions, you have to go through buildings. what they do is they punch holes through walls and then go from one building through the rooms in the building, out the back wall, through the next building and we had to go through five or six buildings, up stairs, up
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ladders. if you don't know where they are, you won't find them. that is part of the urban warfare. you don't know where the fighting positions are. and both sides have positions like these throughout the city which is one of the reasons that it's so dangerous and difficult to make progress. >> how many people have left kobani to your knowledge? a rough estimate. and has the government of turkey's commitment, has their commitment changed at all? >> probably 175,000 people or 200,000 people in that range have left kobani in the surrounding villages. they saw isis coming. first the surrounding villages evacuated. they crossinged the border and came into turkey. there are a lot of turkish refugees, excuse me, a lot of syrian refugees in the city where i am now and throughout this border region. they did anticipate this coming.
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some civilians stayed behind but mostly fighters remain in the city. the turkish position is one that is very fraught. turkey has not been cooperative for the defenders of kobani. mostly that turkish border is sealed. the upz p.s. has been putting pressure on turkey to allow more weapons, more medical supplies to flow through to reach cobako. turkey has a long conflict with the kurdish people in this country and in syria. and turkey has not been overwhelmingly cooperative to help arm the kurds in this region. >> unprecedented access, amazing work, sir, thank you, richard engel, always appreciate you. richard's special report, on the battle against isis. you can watch it this friday, 9:00 eastern, on msnbc. he's been reporting from all over the region. this friday, 9:00 eastern, right here on msnbc. before a quick break, your
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he's one of eight new republican senators elected last week. that include dan sullivan. now the apparent winner in alaska after beating mark begich. the man likely to lead the 114th. mitch mcconnell is holding the photo-op for new senators. it's going to happen moments from now. kasie hunt live on capitol hill this morning. what do we expect to come out of the hunt besides coffee and a photo-op? >> i think the new republicans are just coming up to sort of get a sense of what life up here is going to be like. start to talk about their priorities. maybe what committee assignments they want. the new members are up here. the republicans are meeting with mcconnell. they'll have a lunch. their day is organized by the secretary of the senate who has a whole day long program for all of them. i bumped into a couple of them on my way in here today. cory gardener from colorado, david perdue from georgia. the atmosphere is pretty sell baa story.
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mcconnell's staff is excited. everyone is excited to be here. they brought their families. i think at this point it's really we're in the orientation phase and not necessarily into the weeds of policy phase. as for the senate they come back into the session today. they're expected to vote on a few nominations and be out of town by late tomorrow afternoon. >> it's like the first day of school there in the upper chamber. >> pretty much. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. that's going to do it for this wednesday edition of the daily rundown. up next jose diaz-balart he's live in mexico with protesters clashi ining police over the suspected massacre of the 43 missing students. jose, the protests have gotten more and more violent. >> the massacre -- of 43 students is boiling over here in mexico. and it's directly squared at the government. the headquarters of the ruling
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we're hoping to hear more about this as the president continues his overseas trip. we're also keeping a close eye on the weather continuing. the snow in some areas. dangerously cold temperatures affecting millions in the midwest. we're blanketing that story and we'll have the information on the areas in danger today. in a few moments. back to why i'm here in mexico. anger and frustration over the 43 students missing. they've been really a boiling point yesterday is what we saw. violent clashes with police as the people of mexico and parents of the missing students continue to search for answers. >> hoping to get some good news. the parents of 43 university students that disappeared last month met with federal officials in gur rerer row. thousands prof testers clashed wi