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8:00 eastern and we will look to tonight's speech with a live report from the white house in just minutes. to florida, where overnight three opportunities were shot and a gunman kaled at florida state university. that gunman opened fire on that tallahassee campus at midnight when the library was packed with studying students. they ran and hit anywhere they could. >> there has been a shooting in the library. we will be coming in and taking care of anybody. >> police confronted that shooter on the front steps of the library there. he opened fire on officers who returned fire, killing him. and today on capitol hill, made
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he had an emission on the blade identified as 41-year-old approaching the agent and told him i pulled in droo to drive from the white house. they had a hearing on white house security. they had a mote about feet wide. mother nature is another round of snow up to three feet more in some spots.
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a report of a nurse home roof collapsing. new snow is falling on top of the nearly six feet that has fallen there already. some homes have the equivalent of up to two or three pickup trucks resting on their roofs. bu becky from buffalo said my car is in the braj. sorry about that, becky. joining me live and we are talking about roofs buckling which is a very serious situation. how about the sanity of the people living there? >> that's a good question. their daily lives are paralyzed at this point. there is no schools here in buffalo. a lot of businesses closed today simply because people cannot physically get to them.
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this is the snow that has fallen up to the windows, as much as 5 1/2 feet. it's only going to get worse. the snow is falling again. authorities are describing this as a three-part form. this weekend the temperatures will warm up and the snow will start to melt. authorities are dealing with what is going on at this moment. all of this snow. you have the plows out and not to be out if it can be avoided to try not to travel and be sure to pack along emergency essentials if you must drive somewhere. there have been a number of deaths attributed to the storm. in case a man who had a recurring heart condition. they were not able to get him to the hospital to get him the care
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he needed. people look around and wonder what do we do next? >> what is the concern with people staying safe? >> they just don't want people on the roads and don't want the crews tied up with getting people unstuck. they want people to focus on people who are home and need medication and food. the governor of new york said this is a good time to go check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. a young people was going through snow up to here and they were loaded down with groceries and taking that food to their elderly aunt who had not been able to leave since the storm began. >> thank you so much for that report. >> to missouri where ferguson continues its long wait on the
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decision of the grand jury that could decide whether to indict darren wilson in the death of michael brown. intentions are building. 30 protesters gathered to call for an indictment. police were not far away. how are police responding? >> the protests are peaceful and happens every night. the crowd of protesters that gather in front of the police station. the crowd was the largest we had seen. there were five folk who is were arrested. we saw the police donning their helmets and shields. something that we have not seen. five folks arrested. no violent slashes like what we
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saw in the aftermath of the shooting itself. as you indicated, what's happening right now is waiting. everyone continues to wait on that grand jury. we might get an announcement today or tomorrow. we reach out and ask. as you know, schools have been told they will likely get three hours new. 24 hours on the weekend. we don't know much else. everyone here is waiting on word of a decision. of an announcement from the grand jury. >> that's the big piece of information that folks are waiting on to see whether or not an daumt will come down. what about the underlying racial issues with the lack of trust with the police. is there a sense that some of
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those issues are being addressed? >> unemployment with regard to young people who live in the area. that is something that is supposed to be addressed by the commission that governor nixon said and all of them with close ties to the community. most folks said it led to the aftermath. it led to the violent clashes. it's not going to have any dealings with a decision.
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we are not going to be responding to the issues that folks in ferguson have been complaining about for sometime. it's an important distinction. >> nbc's craig melvin, thank you so much. and back to the top story in washington, president obama is set to announce executive action on immigration in a prime time address tonight. we are already hearing details of what exactly this action will entail and it will have a wide reach. four million would be able to apply for a special program that would protect them from deportation and allow them to work here legally. another one million would be protected through other measures to overhaul immigration and that includes expansion of the dreamer's program. republicans are promising to respond when the new congress convenes in january. >> if he imposes his will on the
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country, we are considering a variety of options, but make no mistake. when the people take their seats, they will act. >> great having you. >> can we expect the president to make the case for why he has to act on his own? it really puts his challenge into perspective. it's a process problem more than a policy one. 48% of americans oppose him taking this action versus 38% who support it. when asked whether you support it, that goes up when you are told what that entails. in a lot of ways, president
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obama when he he will be hitting where they are. >> nbc's mark murray, thanks for the update. you ka watch live coverage of the address tonight on msnbc. for more on what to expect, for more on the congress he is bypassing and strong words from republicans. you are going to see hopefully not, but instances of anarchy. >> and joining me now from the hill, we are lucky to have a
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number of communities. if you can start by responding to senator coburn with concerns over acts of anarchy and violence. is that something that you expect to see in the wake of this announcement? >> with all due respect to the senator, no. i don't see that. are there strong feelings on this issue? yes. we can address this without going to that extreme. i don't see that myself. about 5 million immigrants could be affected. there 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, specifically two groups that this plan could potentially leave out based on what we are hearing. that would be farm workers and the parents are so-called dreamers, the young immigrants who came here as children. are you disappointed that those groups are not always going to be included? >> i wish we had a bipartisan
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legislative fix to immigration reform. >> he has flexibility on executive orders. they do have brought discretion, but there limits. he cannot cover everybody. that has to be congress. the president is going to do whatever he can within his authority like ronald reagan did. and just like president bush, the first they did when they issued an executive order to stop deportation of certain people that were about to get deported. writing about the president's executive order, this move would also make it much less likely that we will have immigration reform.
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and is it your belief that the president's actions are making e form less likely? >> i have been here for a while and meanwhile, the people that oppose immigration said we need to build a wall and there was a fence that was put. you need to deport more people. they said we need more border patrol. we doubled the number. we have been making changes on the border. again, the next precedent can change because what the president will do is temporary. or congress can have an immigration reform and change the things we don't like for what the president will be doing later tonight.
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they should use every tool here. do you expect that republicans could threaten a shut down over these actions? >> i hope two things happen. i hope there is not a shut down in government and they temperature down any rhetoric that might come out. on the appropriations, you see what happened. you play with fire and you get burned. i think now that they will have the majority, they want to show they can govern. by starting off before they get a majority to shut down the government, that would be a bad signal to send to the american public that they do have the majority and they cannot govern. there ways to have differences in policy. let's not shut down the government. >> i hope they are listening to you. thank you so much for your time. >> thank you, crystal. >> coming up, with president obama going it alone tonight, trying to fix the broken system,
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jeopardizes long-term the democrats ever to get back in power again in washington, d.c. >> msnbc's correspondent casey hunt joins us. great to see you. >> nice to see you. >> was this immigration action a big topic of conversation? are folks really mad about what's going to happen? >> absolutely. once the news started to break, it was the way in the hall ways shifted. there was a lot of anger. the way the president is going about this gives republicans the opportunity to make it about him. they are going after the president and his executive authority. they suggested their states might sue the president over this. where it gets trickier for the governors,specially those who want to run, there is about a half dozen of them running around this week. it's how to talk about this in a way that is not going to
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alienate the voters they need in a general election. they are talking about how we run a primary campaign. that could push some to the right. many say they would support a path to citizenship in any form. john casic was an exception, but they are not saying what they would do with the millions already here even if they don't want the order to go for the. >> a thorny issue for them. were there thoughts about how congressional response to the action? >> i think for the governors here, there is a pretty substantial consensus that shutting down the government is not the way to go. you saw chris christie was one who expressed a lot of anger over involvement of shutting down the government a year ago. they should go about it another way and that's why you are hearing about the lawsuits.
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putting this into the courts make it more about the argument republicans would avoid getting flamed if something were to be overturned. >> msnbc's casey hunt. thanks so much. >> good to see you. >> one piece of the immigration debate is getting bipartisan support and could really impact a lot of lives. that is this week's ka you will to action. we are writing to the governors of these states highlighted on this mat. at this point they refuse to expand their medicate programs to include dreamers. 20 other states have done that. we are asking you to sign that letter to encourage the states who haven't done so to expand to provide dreamers with health care coverage. head to our website. one of our favorite fans, laurie signed and retreated. allow dreamers the ability to
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let's talk through the history. two presidents have acted in a similar way on immigration in recent years. both republicans in 1987. we have ronald reagan to protect legalized immigrants. in 1990, george h.w. bush expanded the protections to family members of those legalized immigrants. why is it that you think president obama is facing such an incredible uproar when his actions are similar to what the presidents did? park are that's right. it's inconvenient truth to ted cruz that reagan and bush did something very similar. granted this is much larger in scope. it's more grandiose, but what you are dealing with here is politics. the tea party right is destroying anything barack obama does from day one. this immigration issue is near and dear to their hearts.
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there is an anti-latino sentiment in parts of the american west and here is the president coming in as the savior to five million undocumented workers, maybe more in the end. they don't like it. they thought they won the big election and the president is coming with an executive order. the problem is, it is legal. all presidents do executive orders. what president obama is about to do is legal. it becomes a question of who doesn't like it and how far will the right go in trying to damage obama's accomplishment tonight. will they go so far as to shut down the government or not. >> right. this is much larger than what they did. other push back is what they did essentially cleaned up action that congress had taken where as
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this president's actions are in lieu of going through a congress. what do you make of that push back? >> i understand the push back, but the truth is you have to look at the issue of particularly mexican immigration to the united states. during world war ii, we were begging people to come in and work jobs during the war in the united states. since then, we had ups and downs look at president obama alone. this is not a man who is weak on the border. they doubled security. a 700 mile fence. we were doubling people who are being deported. we have to know who is in the country and who is not. the only way is what the president is trying to do. put your hand up and who is here? it won't be funative, but we have to get control over the issue. it's grown and the president
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warned over the summer, he started saying i'm going do this soon. we have to get a bill in congress. this is going to happen and it will be debated. it might go to court in a couple of states. it will probably be finally resolved by congress in sfept 17 after that presidential election when immigration will be back on the docket. what can history teach us about the impact of president obama's actions. how were reagan and hw's actions received in the latino community and the right argues by giving status to these undocumented immigrants that that's going to encourage more undocumented immigrants to come across. did we see that in response? >> there was response with the amnesty idea that they were giving amnesty. i edited the diaries and in the reagan world a lot. some thought he was a champion
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and others thought what he did on the hard right was a failure of reagan. you will find the tea party not defending reagan or bush. they will say they were wrong. 'we doubling down even greater on it now? i would tell you to look at this as to who president obama is. he is a president who is unable it get anything done with congress and sees immigration as the national security issue and like really a theodore roosevelt will lay down the marker and in doing so, become a foek hero to latino americans. >> presidential historian at rice university; appreciate it, sir. >> thank you. >> a programming note for you. tomorrow ronan wraps up his border battle series with the third and final piece, lawless on the border. it's a rare look at what legal rights those making the treacherous journey have. that will be tomorrow here at 1:00 p.m. first, up next, more fallout for
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>> just a reminder, cosby has not been charged with any crime. there have been six public acquisitions against him and ten anonymous claims according to a 2006 civil lawsuit. regarding the most recent accusation, cosby's attorneys said they would not dignify decade-old claims with a response. yesterday nbc said it is scrapping a deal for a new cosby sitcom and the tv land sitcom dropped reruns from their lineup. they are following the story from los angeles. gabe? >> cosby's events scheduled for tonight in the bahamas. that is still scheduled to go on as planned. so is another one tomorrow in florida. we are only in a position to judge him as an entertain and
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today 100 women will join together to try to end the stigma around abortions. they will participate in a national speak out. it's the in three campaign of advocates for youth. this live stream on in three will run until about 9:00 tonight. over the next few hours, women will speak about abortion. some sharing their personal stories of having an abortion on the campaign's website. in three as in one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetimes. few ever speak about it publicly. joining me from washington is debra houser, president of advocates for youth. thanks for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> i understand you are one of those in three and you have an abortion story of your own thaw wanted to share. >> i do. i had an abortion. i am in three. i had an abortion in 1995. i think my story is similar to
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some people's and different from others. but for me, i was married. i was in my 30s. i had a 6-month-old son. day my husband who had some issues with mental health left for work and didn't come back. he literally didn't return. about six weeks into that disappearance, i realized i was pregnant. for me i had to make a decision. i was working full time and i didn't know where he was and what would happen to my marriage. i didn't know where all of the money was going to come from to support myself and my son. at the time it was crystal clear to me that the best and most responsible decision for me at that time was to end that pregnancy. i have never regretted it. it was the right thing to do. my son is 20. he is awesome. he is at school, at college. my husband and i divorced later
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and he eventually took his own life unfortunately. i am remarried and i have a great family. it would have been completely irresponsible to bring another child untenable and unstable situation for quite a while. >> and deborah, what reactions have you gotten since you've come forward and been willing to share your story? >> you know, i share this story across the country. and what i have found is that every time i tell my story, someone tells me theirs. and what it says to me that there are -- if 1 in 3 of us has had about abortion or will have an abortion in our lifetime, then we all know someone who has had an abortion or will. and when you breakthrough the silence, when you breakthrough the stigma and are willing to share that story, women come forward and tell you about their own experiences. sometimes there are people that i've known all my life. sometimes there are people who are complete strangers.
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but what's happens is that a culture of empathy, a community ensues, and we can breakthrough the sort of fear of judgment, and we can also stand up more effectively in support of safe abortion care. >> absolutely, deborah. thank you so much, and thank you for sharing that story. i know it takes a lot of courage to do to be able to do that. and stick around, we want to get your reaction to this next story even as women on a national level are seeking to stop the stigma surrounding abortion. on a state level, laws restricting abortion continue to be adopted, including alabama, which mandates that some go to court to make their case. our partners take us there. >> reporter: alabama's state motto is we dare defend our rights. as the battle over abortion rights heats up here, found some people with very different views of what those rights should be. >> we will show her these little
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babies. this is seven weeks, eight, nine, and ten. >> in alabama, a minor who wants an abortion must prove they've received counseling on alternatives at a clinic such as this. minors must also get permission from a parent. girls too afraid to face their parents can ask a judge for permission. juliana taylor has represented over 60 girls who have asked a judge permission for an abortion. >> i remember a girl who told me she was going to have a mixed race baby and her daddy told her if she came home pregnant by a black man, that he would beat her and he would kill the baby. >> but now a new law enacted in april encourages judges to appoint lawyers for fetuses. >> i am a civil rights attorney, the greatest civil right of all is life itself. >> you understand what that means?
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the fetus has been given the right to appeal a decision up to a higher court. >> for the first time ever, the new law also allows witnesses to testify against the girl. >> and that district attorney can ask questions. now we have someone who can cross-examine in an adversarial capacity if the little girl says i work very hard, make good grades call in a guidance counselor at the school. to see if the girl is telling the truth. tie up the decisions in the court. >> you now have other lawyers who can appeal that decision and say this little girl throws temper tantrums when she doesn't get her way. she doesn't spend her allowance wisely. the fetus is appealing. >> the crisis pregnancy centers are among the places that offer
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the kind of counseling that minors are required to speak by law. >> we tell everyone we're not abortion clinic, but we have all the information that you would need this is a 12-week model that we give her to take home, we suggest adoption as an alternative. and we really promote that. >> i think what is most cruel is not to tell a young woman what the risk and liabilities of an abortion are. to wake up later and say, oh, my god. a child that could have been mine. >> i got a christmas card one year. it didn't have anything written in it. didn't have a signature. just initials. i don't know the name of the girl who sent it, but i know how i helped her. >> powerful stuff there.
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when you hear laws like that are on the books that some young women have to go through the courts, why do you think the clock is being turned back on women's rights right now? >> i think there have been 30 years of antiabortion rhetoric that many women have experienced, and that silences our voices, makes us afraid, it's why we're coming and speaking out if we can't speak out about our own personal experiences and show our own lives and the families of are, then what's left is political rhetoric. in the absence, these are the types of laws passing across the country. >> i think that's so well said and your story is important. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> and thank you also to our partners for that report. and that wraps up things for this edition of "ronan farrow daily," thank you so much for joining me today. ronan will be back tomorrow.
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hello, everybody, it's a busy thursday on the "reid report president obama prepares to go it alone on immigration reform he'll announce his plan in a prime time address to the nation tonight. on capitol hill, a decision has set up a political war with republicans in florida, classes are canceled after a gunman opened fire inside a library
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overnight. wounding three students. another round of snow falling and the big worry now, will homes be able to withstand the weight of it all? we go to chris jansing. we've got a few more details about what the president is going to say. how is the white house reacting over this plan? >> reporter: look, this is going to be a pr war and it's going to be huge and the administration is getting groups behind it many of them are going to stage rallies. some of them are going to be holding viewing parties tonight. and the president himself who we've already reported is going to las vegas to officially sign this executive order. on the other side, they're saying this is