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convey our deepest condolences to kayla's family her parents marsha and carl and her brother eric and his family and all of those who loved kayla dearly. at this time of unimaginable suffering, the country shares in their misery. but it is not known at the date and manner of her death. >> there was no evidence of civilians in the area prior to the coalition strike taking place and that would call into question the claims made by isil. what is not possible to call into question is that isil is responsible for her death. >> and her family is expected to speak at 4:00 p.m. eastern time and we'll bring her statement live when it comes in.
and keir simmons is live at amman, jordan. and how do we know it is a jordanian air strike and the u.s. saying they still cannot verify that fact? >> reporter: well, i think it is extremely difficult to verify because nbc news understands from a senior u.s. official that the family learned that she had died because they were sent a photograph of her and that indicates that she did -- those pictures aren't inconsistent with traumatic injuries. but of course it is very difficult from a photograph to be more specific than that. the family once they got that corroboration, issued a statement describing themselves as you can imagine, as heartbroken, talking about the incredible work that kayla was doing, going to help syrian refugees in turkey and then in
syria. and they actually released a letter that kayla had smuggled out to them from her captivity by isis. and just to read a few excerpts from that because it gives you a picture of what kind of young woman she was. she says in that letter i have a lot of fight left inside me. i'm not breaking down. and i will not give in no matter how long it takes. she also goes on to say i wrote a song some months ago and it says the part of me that pains the most also gets me out of bed. without your hope there would be nothing left. sher talking to her family. and she goes on aka, the thought of your main is the source of my own. simultaneously the hope of our renewed union is the source of my strength. it is so painful to read that knowing what happened to her. just to go back to your earlier question there, joy. i mean what isis claimed is
that she died in a bombing by the jordanian air force here. but as you say, the jordanians backing up what they say about u.s. officials, they don't believe they carried out a bombing in the area where kayla was. >> and if you could just zero in on public opinion there in jordanian, keir. we know that after the death on video of the jordanian pilot, there was just fury in jordan and then the ratcheting up of the strikes and has this ramped up and what is the state of the opinion there regarding the coalition? >> reporter: well, i think it will compound the sense of pain. and they are still mourning the death of their pilot and that was a very very important moment here because of the horrendous way he was killed by isis. it has enraged people and pulled the public back behind these
air-strikes, at least for now. it is something of a turning point, as far as we can tell that point, joy. >> nbc's keir simmons, thank you very much. reporting in amman. and the cyber caliphate claims allegiance with isis hacked into the twitter account of news week. they said the account was hijacked for 14 minutes an during that time they changed the account's header and tweeted offensive messages to michelle obama and the first familiar. and let's to laithal cowery. and whether they call themselves the cyber caliphate, and whether they believe they have any actual links to isis. >> so far we don't believe it has actual official allegiance or affiliation with isis. it appears that it is run by supporters who have some hacking skills. it doesn't appear the hacking skills are advanced, but at this
point we can only see that it supports isis and it is a view of part of the ever expanding caliphate and it has launched a few attacks in the past couple of months targeting western and proshia websites but again it doesn't seem to be highly sophisticated. >> and let's talk about now we do have this confirmation that kayla mueller has been killed still a lot of disbelief including the government of jordan, that it was the jordanians at fault for her death by isis. in terms of analyzing isis' behavior up until now, why wouldn't they just claim it because they have not been shy of murderous acts in the past why are they trying to put this off on the jordanians. >> this happened after the jordanian government vowed to strengthening the resolve against the strauk state. they said we had a lot of
air-strikes but not in racka where is where they say she was killed. but they don't differentiate between coalition and syrian regime aircraft. it is really trying to create a mistrust between the jordanian and the u.s. government to show this u.s.-led coalition is not coordinated enough and it lacks management and it does not have a clear sight of what is going on. >> thank you very much lathal cowery. confirmation of kayla mueller death comes as washington is on the verge of the first congressional war vote in 13 years. right now members of congress are awaiting a blue print from president obama outlining his request for authorization to use military force in the fight against isis. chris jansing is the nbc senior white house correspondent. what do we know about the timing
and the details coming from the white house? >> reporter: we think it will come soon as soon as tomorrow. it has been worked on since january. he worked with a bipartisan group in congress and since then there has been almost an unprecedented out reach to the hill not just by the congress and including those in his administration, including john kerry and susan rice. what are we looking for in the language? that is the sticky point. what does it say from boots on the ground, and nancy pelosi said that is a non-starter and the hawks on the right saying they need to have it open-ended to put boots on the ground. and the timing it has been 13 years and we are still using that authorization for war to fight against isis. and so it is looking like it will be something that is time-controlled. and the third issue is geography. will it cover just iraq and
syria? it will go to the senate foreign relations committee first and the chairman bob corker said he will start hearings very quickly once he gets that wording. >> and chris, very quickly, you said and mentioned this unprecedented out reach from the white house to the hill where does the white house expect the resistance to come from the democratic party or the typical scenario of mistrust by republicans of this white house and its attempts to use its powers? >> i don't think there is anything typical about this. what we know is everybody wants to -- there seems to be an overwhelming need an desire to get this done. there is no doubt they want to show support on the war against isis but i don't think you can draw any line as long party lines in terms of the three main areas of convention and we've seen contention and support from
both sides and we have not gotten a clear read from the president on where he comes down on this and they will send over a working document somewhere in the middle that they think can lead to compromise joy. >> a lot of blurred lines. chris jansing, appreciate it. >> sure. and coming up ayman mohyeldin says what kayla mueller's death says about how difficult it is in syria and the potential for clat cal damage. and people in boston are once again digging out from mounds of snow. the latest snowstorm has led the city to a new record. 77.3 inches. and with so much snow some communities are getting permission to dump it no the ocean and other bodies of water. just to give you an idea of how much has been cleared across the state so far, it is enough to fill gillette stadium, home of the super bowl-winning new england patriots 90 times over. the storm has also provided a boost to some boston businesses
like those who sell out snow blowing machines. one business has seen business of over 100,000 dollars. and here is charlie baker about the subway systems. >> i know people at the d. have been working for the past two weeks to keep the system up as much as possible and i would include the general manager and my commentator on that and we are going to have to figure out and they are going to have to figure out what the operating plan is going forward here. >> amanda sack yuma is live and what is the state of the transit system in that city and is it still at a complete halt? >> reporter: hi joy. large swaths have been at a stand still since public transit
has stopped yesterday. and after it abruptly ended yesterday at 7:00 p.m. and leave major league stranded and causing some to take hours to get to their destinations. the calls to the city have sky rocketed and a petition has been floating around for residents to sign calling on greater reliable service through the t-transit conditions regardless of conditions. the transit authority general manager had a press conference where he acknowledged the frustrations but still unable to say whether this is the end to these very severe disruptions to public transit. meanwhile authorities are trying to clear out the snow as fast as they can before the more bouts of snow come down later this week. there are two additional snow melting machines that should be coming soon just like the ones here at this snow cart. so we should be seeing authorities getting ready for the next round to come. msnbc amanda sakuma thank you
so much. and we are expecting an update from the boston mayor at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. the suspect in the death of missing virginia student hannah graham has been charged with first-degree murder. virginia authorities made the announcement at a press conference this morning. graham, you'll recall disappeared last september triggering a massive search that ended when her remains were found five weeks later. peter alexander is in charlottesville, virginia with more. >> reporter: joy, good day. the first-degree murder charge carries with it up to life in prison and the prosecutors, the district attorney, say they are not pursuing capital murder which could carry with it the death penalty. her family was not in attendance today and the investigators would not detail the evidence they have linking graham's death to jesse matthew. they also wouldn't say whether any deal had been made between the defendant and prosecutors in this case. matthew has also been charged in the 2005 attempted murder of a
26-year-old young woman. he has pled not guilty to all of those charges. that case has forensic evidence linking it to the 2009 murder of a young woman named morgan harrington, a student at virginia tech university who had, at the time been here in charlottesville in the area for a rock concert but disappeared and her body under similar circumstances to that of hannah graham was found many miles away basically deposited in a field. the next time that jesse matthew jr. will be in court is next wednesday. that is his first court appearance. prosecutors say they are confident they have the evidence they need to pursue this case. that is the latest from charlottesville, joy. back to you. >> peter alexander, thanks. and coming up it is hard to believe, but california officials are now warning parents not to hold -- so-called -- measles parties. and what are those, you ask? we'll explain. and same-sex marriage may be legal in alabama, but thanks to one muteinous judge there are
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but some diseases can. >> new numbers shows the measles outbreak continues to grow here in the u.s. the cdc said there are now 121 cases in 17 states. and then there is this. a report on think progress.com finds some california parents are considering throwing measles parties. they are quote, social gathering where unvaccinated kids can come and build up a resistance to the disease. and joining me now, alexander van tellen who works at fordham university. and doctor my mind is officially blown by the notion that people would expose their children to something as deadly as the measles in order to raise immunity. is there any logic in doing that? >> it is a very interesting thing. i would say first of all, do not take your kids to a measles party. there is a long tradition for
this. going back to chicken pox. prior to the vaccine being developed, it did make sense to expose your kids early rather than getting it later in life but with mono when you are an adult, it could wipe out years or months of a life. and now that we have a vaccine for measles, there is no need for doing that. before the 1960s, we had about 500 deaths every year and 50,000 people hospitalized 4,000 people getting serious brain diseases as a result and that is why we have the vaccine and that is what you don't want to expose your kids to. >> and if you have an infant in the measles party for elementary age kids this is introducing the possibility of death. >> it is a deadly disease. not only infants but kids with
immunosuppression. we don't know kids with immunosuppression and kids with cancer, and we heard about the story with the child that could not have the vaccine and she has now been exposed. >> and then getting it with the mumps and the rub ella -- rubella vaccine. idaho has been warning about the mumps outbreak at the university of idaho. 21 reports possible cases, including six no the boise area and as of february 6th two cases in the moscow area. do we have to worry about that too? >> it is. it is easier to catch, and the vaccines go together and there is a good reason to vaccine against all of those.
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today we are remembering kayla mueller. her family confirmed the rumor as well. and now you are remembering her. you are sending over 2,000 tweets per hour. this user said crying at work is not my favorite. god bless kayla mueller and her family. may her spirit fly high and free. this user had the privilege of knowing kayla and was humbled by her dedicate to relieve human suffering and to help syrians.
mueller's work helping victims of war-torn syria is something you are remembering her for. this video posted on you tube in 2011 and being showed today is showing the depth of her commitment. >> i am in solidarity with the syrian people and i reject the brutality and killing that the syrian authorities are committing against the syrian people. >> that video appears to show her participating in a campaign against syriano appreciation oo oo -- syrian oppression. and while she was in captivity, she seems to have not nothing of herself. in this letter written by mueller sometime in 2014 she found the strength of spirit to write, i have come to see there is good in every situation. sometimes we just have to look for it. and the depth of her humanity has her tweeting, it is heartbreaking how people dedicated to service like kayla mueller can be killed doing good for this world.
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photos of mueller who they are remembering as a tireless aid worker who traveled the world trying to make it a better place. in 2010 she visited india and israel as part of her aid work and wrote this about her chosen field. >> this is really my life's work to go where there is suffering. i suppose, like us all, i'm learning how to deal with the suffering of the world inside myself, to deal with my own pain and most importantly, to still have the ability to be proactive. and former arizonacongress gabby giffords wrote on her facebook page mark and i are hurt to hear about kayla mueller, a young arizonaan who used her talents to make the country better. and ayman mohyeldin joins me. and first of all, the u.s. has not confirmed that she died in the way isis said she did but does this complicate the use of force knowing there are still
hostages in isis captivity. >> reporter: it will make it a difficult situation for those advocating some type of placement of boots on the ground so to speak or a ground force that may involve other countries besides the united states. it also highlights and under scores the challenges that the u.s. and the coalition partners are facing this. and as you mentioned, the u.s. hasn't confirmed how she was killed. isis said she was killed in an air strike. and the jordanian government tried to put some water on that accusation on friday saying they don't believe she was killed as a result of a jordanian air strike but there is on the ground intelligence and in carrying out the air-strikes. in fact in a statement, bashar assad spoke and said whether or not the u.s. was communicating with him through third parties and how they were coordinating some of the air-strikes, if in
fact they were. the united states said they were not coordinating any type of air-strikes with the assad regime but the syrian president did say this. >> there is no direct operation. >> direct. is it via iraq is that what some people said. >> that is through a third party. other countries, sometimes they convey messages. general messages but there is nothing tactical. we knew about the campaign before it started but we didn't know about the details. >> you hear the syrian president saying there was no tactical information sharing but general messages. but again it shows you how this conflict has really aligned so many different parties here. >> thank you, ayman mohyeldin. appreciate it. meanwhile, a constitution showdown is underway in the heart of the deep south. a day after a federal judges ruling made alabama the 37th state to legalize same-sex marriage courts are refusing to comply. a surrogate court justice in 62
of alabama's 67 counties are following instruction from the alabama chief justice roy moore who directed them to follow state law and not the ruling of a forward judge who struck down the state's ban. alabama governor said he is trying to move the state forward, but moore appears to be digging in. setting the stage for a civil rights era battle reminisce ebt of the george wallace desegregation in the 1960. pete wilson joins me now. and let's talk about the supreme hearing wlrks there is confusion here or simply resistance? >> well in terms of alabama, i think this will be resolved in a couple of days. what happened here in the last half an hour or so is that the same federal judge who issued this order last month telling alabama that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional has agreed to hold a hearing on thursday about whether to order one of the state probate judges in alabama, those are the officials that issue licenses
whether to order him to issue licenses. she agreed to basically expand the lawsuit to bring in additional parties, people who tried to get a license in mobile county and couldn't and add a defendant and add a hearing about whether he should be ordered to grant the license. so i think once we see that play out, if the judge does decide to order the -- if the federal judge decides to order the state judge to issue the license, we may see more judges fall into line as they realize that they are under this -- directly under the federal judge's authority. >> federalism. pete williams thank you. and in florida, former governor jeb bush has the floor. he's taking questions at the florida education summit in tallahassee and this comes as bush takes new steps toward a presidential run. today he launched a website containing 250,000 e-mails from his time as governor.
and he's also releasing the first chapter of his new e-book but he is facing fresh scrutiny after revolutions of his new hires posted offensive tweets about women between 2009 and 2011. in hillary land resignation of david brock in a super-pac is whether she will have the same in-fighting as her previous campaign. joining me the editor in chief of national memo. thank you both. and i'll going to you first on this benji. jeb was going to have someone bring him into the new campaign world technology-wise. what happened? >> well he sounded like the kind of person perfect for the job. he founded hipster.com so what would be better than to get a young tech guy there but it became a distraction yesterday as people started to go through
some of his old tweets and found some that were just pretty gross. i've been told earlier that i probably can't repeat some of the stuff on air. but to be fair we're talking about a guy who did this in 2009 and 2010 around the time he graduated from college. so a nonpartisan person that was young. but it does step on the news of the day, the e-mails showing their commitment to transparency and technology and now they have to deal with this issue. and guess i should read his response. buzzfeed said a spokesperson for jeb bush told buzzfeed that the governor believes the comments were inappropriate and deleted at our request. and ethan is a great talent and we are excited to have him on board and i would miss pronounce
his name and he said i have deleted tweets i no longer find funny. and something of a challenge for jeb bush is he hasn't run for office in a really long time and technology has changed. social media makes campaign harder. and we are talking about hillary. >> his brother was president in the meantime and there is a brandishu. and the mechanics of running now. and for hillary clinton, does she especially face that same issue of not being in step with the media cycle and how fast it goes? >> well she did run in 2008. she came close to winning the nomination then. she was beaten by a more supple and fast media organization under barack obama. but a lot of the obama people have come over to her now and they will support here and some of those are very talented people who have been in this field for a while and know how to organize on the oint net and get a -- on the internet and get out a message fast.
i doubt she'll have twice as many challenges as jeb. and she was secretary of state and had an active social media presence then. >> and ben ji back on bush is that something republicans will be concerned about. they were outflanked by the obama media organization in 2008 and 2012 and as they found out with the 47% video that mitt romney faced, social media has changed the game in terms of campaigning. is there a concern that jeb might be retrograde for the times? >> i think the point of releasing the e-mails is to assuage some of the concerns. these were already out and from those from a freedom of information request and they put them on a website where you can look at them by date. so it is meant to show case this transparency, to social media, in a way that suggests he's moving into the 21st century with his campaign. >> we'll see how this works out.
let's talk about hillary. and you have the david brock information and used to be a hillary attacker and now a hillary supporter, leaving this pac and now considering rejoining it. what does this -- is this kerfuffle about say about a potential hillary campaign? >> i think all of these campaigns have in-fighting moments and certainly the hillary 2008 campaign had too many of them. i think the fact that this has happened early on now and they seem to be putting it back together and sent out a press release tomorrow with a joint statement between barrock and they were resolving issues and he would come back and if that is true then they are on the right course which is to settle stuff and get it over with before she has declared for candidacy. but it is hard to say. we'll see what develops over time. but right now, it looks like on
a course to void the problems they had last time. >> is it too much of a reflex to try to find the dramatic moments. >> this started with a story in "the new york times" that i thought was a one-sided story that david brock and the others have undertaken and the question that wasn't addressed in the story was how effective are they for the dollar and they are quite effective. i think everybody in politics knows that. so we'll see how it plays out now. >> and as we were saying during the break about we got on on the other side there is a potential for a billion dollars to be raised against hillary clinton. benji sarlin and arth, thank you. and is bobbi kristina being planned to be taken off of life support on the history of her mom's death. more coming up. the only razor with five contour blades and a flexiball.
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hours away from the legend of whitney houston's tragic death concern is growing across the country today for her daughter who is fighting for her life in an atlanta hospital. last night several hundred peerj gathered to pray for her at a vigil outside of atlanta. three family members were there including two of bobby brown's sisters and his brother. >> i'm here tonight because i want to fish the-- wish the family well and put our prayers in their heart. >> our heart is hurting for their family but to know people like us are here to come out and support them. >> the family has been through a lot and feel like i need to be here for her daughter. >> they say they are praying for a miracle. authorities will not say whether an investigation is underway due to injuries found on her post. jackie is co-host of new york live.
>> i'm glad to be here. >> what do we know about the condition? >> i got off the phone with chris brown, and his attorney he represents the brown family. he said if it is not coming from him or the brown family that it is not true. there were reports that she would be taken off of life support tomorrow february 11th which was the three-year anniversary of whitney houston's death. and her grandmother, cissy houston wanted that for them to be bound. and the attorney said that is not true. they will not take her off of life support for the symbolic or otherwise. and there are rumors out there. and the vigil, and people said the family organized this vigil. they did not. bobby brown was not there. there were members of the family
that were in attendance but they do appreciate the prayers. >> and they named names in statements that we got that said in particular the false reports of tmz and national inquirer and the daily mail and saying none of it is true. >> and they said they will take when all of this is over against the media outlets out there false reporting. >> and let's go into the investigation of what happened into bobbi kristina. do we know anything about what the conclusions are being drawn and who is being looked at. >> i lot a statement from the roswell police department where bobbi kristina is and found in her home. they are investigating this. this is all they would say. they said the roswell police department is conducting an investigation into the 911 call from her residence. no further information is available. so there are some reports that nick gordon the young man we thought was her husband, turns out they were never married and he's a suspect, unconfirmed.
there is nothing to confirm that. so the family attorney that i spoke with did say when we were talking about this he said listen there is a criminal investigation underway. he did use the word criminal. but the roswell police department did not use that language. >> jackie reid bringing the information. and you'll have to come back all of the time because this is such a tragic story and the anniversary of whitney houston's death coming up tomorrow. thank you. >> thank you for having me. and a quick update on the killing of kayla mueller, aid worker. her family is expected to speak to the media in a little more than an hour and we'll bring that to you live. and there is also a pentagon briefing expected to happen in less than ten minutes and we'll monitor that. you're watching msnbc. ever lexus nx turbo and hybrid. once you go beyond utility there's no going back.
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to request authorization to increase the use of force against isis what the western world and the countries of the middle east are up against is something far morein siddious than a -- more insidious, the islamic state, a religion practices by a quarter of the people on earth. rather than greed or avenging the bathist tribes and the president's prayer breakfast still causing controversy. >> americans have been battling with this throughout history. unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the crusades and the inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of christ christ.
in our home country, slavery and jim crow all too often was justified in the name of christ. >> while the president is catching unending grief for the crusades part, what about the second half of that part the part not about the 11th century, but a group today called the equal justice initiative in montgomery, alabama, catalogued 359 allegations of lynchings from 1877 to 1950. they include a lynching in texas, where three black men, two of them innocent, were accused of killing a white women and under the gaze of hundreds of soda drinking spectators, were castrated, stabbed, beaten and tied to a plow and set afire in the spring of 1922. and one-time massacres of large numbers of african-americans
such as occurred in arkansas in 1919 and in louisiana in 1887. and the time in paris, texas, when the two arthur brothers were tied to a flagpole and set on fire in the city fair grounds in 1920. and while those were race-based atrocities aimed at preserving the precivil war racial order they were committed by people who considered themselves good christians. members of the ku klux klan who could bomb church on sunday killing three little girls and then show up for church and sitting in the front row without so much as bat an eye. and when martin luther king wrote his letter before the bombing, and keeping in mind that then as now the klan called itself a christian organization he wasn't writing to americans in general he was writing to fellow members of the christian
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the fbi confirmed the authenticity of the images and told the family with high confidence that she is dead. a top u.s. official tells nbc news that the pictures showed her dead with trauma injuries. they are not inconsistent with injuries that an air strike caused but don't know when or how it was caused. isis said that an air strike killed her. which jordan denies. >> this was the organization held her against her will and that means they are responsible for her safety and well-being and thereafter responsible for her death. >> the president said the 26-year-old who dedicated her short life to helping others quote, represent what is best about america. his administration and key members from the hill are working on a proposal to use military force against isis. the president is expected to send that final draft to congress as early as tomorrow.