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and the stanley cup finals, a brewers player is deed and laid out on the ice unconscious. the question is how does boston retaliate for this one. ♪ good morning, i'm willie geist. and this is "way too early." the show that's a big fan of your work. i'm glad you are up with us watching on msnbc. you're listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail, or do what andrew breitbart does, text the word "awake" to 622639. the next will be your responses this tuesday, june 7th. a lot going on today, including mitt romney thanks sarah palin for stealing his thunder last week. we'll let him explain that one. plus, stephen colbert in a vivid display shows why palin
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was correct in her telling of the story of paul revere's ride. you don't want to miss this one. let's get to the news at 5:30 here at 30 rock in new york city. president obama says he will soon make an announcement about the number of troops he plans to withdraw from afghanistan. after meeting with his national security team yesterday, the president said the u.s. has already accomplished large parts of its mission in afghanistan. >> by us killing osama bin laden, getting al qaeda back on its heels, stabilizing much of the country in afghanistan so the taliban can't take it over, it's now time for us to recognize that we've accomplished a big chunk of our mission. and that it's time for the afghans to take more responsibility. >> a lot of people reading into that statement.
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and about whether or not the u.s. is, quote, winning this war. >> we're making progress. they'll try to come back, though. that's why they say the gains while significant are fragile. >> and we have have not had a declared victory in a war with the possible exception of the first darfur since world war ii. it is the the phenomenon of modern conflict. are the american people safer at the end because of the sacrifice the soldiers have made? that's the real question. >> secretary gates ended his farewell tour yesterday in afghanistan by telling u.s. and international forces that they're on track to delivering a decisive blow against the taliban. we say farewell because he's leebing his post as defense secretary. he now heads to brussels for nato meetings. this all comes as the latest "washington post"/abc news poll
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shows 43% of americans now say that the afghan war is worth fighting, that's up 12% since march but 73% say the u.s. should remove forces that somewhere. >> narrator: neighborhood of 2,000 to 5,000 of 1 soo,000 of afghanistan coming home in the summer. we'll see if president obama raises that number. "the new york times" reporting that the u.s. commanders are focusing on what may be the most dangerous mission left in iraq, getting of the last 46,000 troops out safely by the end of the year. the withdrawal is part of the security agreement signed by both countries as the american military wraps up eight long years in iraq. commanders say insurgents are already steps up their efforts to kill the last u.s. troops. in order to take away any resolve for soldiers in iraq and to claim credit for pushing them out. as forces begin to with draw,
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the military is giving out cash payments of $10,000 a month to tribal leaders to pick up trash along the soldiers' pathway out of iraq. and ultimately make it harder for militants to hide bombs along the exit. all of that in can the times" this morning. violence is escalating against in syria. that country says 120 policemen were killed in an ambush by a group of armed men yesterday. that attack took place in an area where the syrian army has carried out protests and have called for the end of the rural. they say the attack is in retaliation for the ongoing violence again the demonstrators. the government is now call for a decisive response, setting the stage for an even stronger crackdown on the government. activists say more than 1,000 people have died in the three-month uprising.
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turning to politics back here in the state, new york congressman anthony weiner says he will cooperate fully with an ethics investigation into whether he broke house rules or used government resources when he sent appropriate photos of himself over the internet. house speaker nancy pelosi called for an investigation yesterday. during the tearful media gathering, the congressman says he does not plan to resign. >> last friday night i tweeted a photograph of myself that i intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in seattle. once i realized i posted it to twitter, i panicked, i took it down and said i was hacked. in addition over the past few years i engaged in conversations on twitter, facebook, occasionally on the phone with women i've met online. i've explained messages and photos of an explicit nature
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with six women over the last three years. i brought pain to the people who i care about most. i am sorry and i continue to be but i don't see anything that i did that violated any rules of the house. i don't see anything that i did that certainly violated my oath of office to violate the constitution. >> congressman weiner apologized to his constituents and to his wife. andrew breitbart said he felt, quote, vindicated after he had been accused of hacking into weiner's twitter account. weiner apologized to breitbart yesterday saying it came from a tip before the infamous feet last week. it comes after a week of denying that he sent that tweet in several interviews with the
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media. >> i can't say with certificate tud, my system was hacked. pictures can be manipulated. this has turned into this international who done it. what it really is, i think, is a prank. i'm treating it like a prank. >> let's remember this twitter picture in question is a hack or a prank that someone posted on my twitter page with someone else's name. the photograph doesn't look familiar to me, a lot of people looking at this stuff on my behalf are cautioning me that stuff gets manipulate. >> it's been a week of denying it, weiner said he was embarrassed and that's why he lied. chuck schumer was one of the few lawmakers to offer a little sympathy to the congressman. in a statement, the senator said, by fully explaining himself, apologizing to all he hurt and taking full responsibility for all his wrongful actions, anthony did the right thing. he remains a talented and committed servant and i pray he and his family can get through these difficult times. turning now to the race for
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the president any 2012, mitt romney taking his campaign to the airwaves, discussing his possible status as front-runner with the candidates. romney weighed in during an interview last night. >> well, they're all serious contenders. i think it's too hard to predict who is the nominee. i think you usually have two people who end up battling down the stretch. i don't know who it will be. i believe i'll be one of those two. >> romney announced that in new hampshire. on the same day, sarah palin brought her bus tour to the granite state. this week, palin admits her appearance may have stolen some of romney's thunder. >> i apologize if i stepped on any of that p.r. that mitt romney needed or wanted that day. i seriously apologize an didn't mean to step on anybody's toe. >> for his part, romney took it
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in stride saying palin's presence is actually a benefit to his campaign. >> sarah palin is generating enthusiasm and interest in a campaign, that's a good thing. she has a lot of energy and passion and bringing it to our race is positive for us. right now, your greatest enemy is overexposure. people get tired of seeing the same person day in and day out. >> some of romney's rivals are ramping up their 2012 bids. tim pawlenty plans to unveil his plan to fix the economy today. it's expected to reveal a three-tiered tax system to simplify tax rates. meanwhile, former pennsylvania senator rick santorum threw his hat in the race during a stop in his home state saying, he's, quote, ready to lead. and austan goolsbee says he's leaving the white house to return to his teaching position
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at the university of chicago. goolsbee's announcement comes just a day after he appeared on the sunday talk shows, answering questions about the state of the economy's recovery. his departure marks the fourth high-profile member of president obama's economic team to step aside. others including former national economic council chair larry summers, peter orszag and christina romer. goolsbee lost his tenure at the university had he not returned for the coming school year. still ahead on "way too early," a couple games ago, the vancouver canucks were biting, lit by biting the boston bruins. last night in game three of the stanley cup finals, they were knocking them out cold in the middle of the ice. this guy went to the hospital. highlights of this brawl ahead. plus, jon stewart grapples with the anthony weiner press conference trying to balance mockery with sympathy for his
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friend. we'll show you stewart's take and get you to weather when we come right back.
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♪ 2:44 in the morning in las vegas. what wow give to be right now? it's 5:44 in new york. let's get a check of the weather from bill karens. bill, you can almost feel the heat outside. >> if we were in vegas, do you think we'd be asleep by now? >> 2:44? i promise you wouldn't be asleep. >> it's going to feel like vegas, as we go through the week, willie. as willie mentioned, the heat's starting to build. at least we get a warmup slowly
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and then all of a sudden a blast furnace wednesday and thursday. the big stuff in the middle of the country. it's 105 in houston again. that's like desert temperatures. that is spreading east. much of the country is in the heat today. thankful thankfully, i've been talking about it, a lot of the southern half, you're out of school so you don't have to worry about it. it's in the northern half that we have still. the elderly, you watch carefully. minneapolis at 95. notice they're starting to get warmer. today, 89 in new york city. philly and d.c. right around 90 degrees. but as we head towards wednesday and thursday, that's when it gets to the dangerous levels. and, willie, here's what we're looking at thursday. new york and d.c., someone has a shot of hitting 100. probably the warmest day of the summer. >> look at hartford. 99. >> i know. >> 98 degrees in new york.
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bill karins report band. >> wasn't nick lachey in there? >> i know. time for sports. we begin with a street fight on ice. a rough and wild game of the stanley cup finals. scary scene early in the game. first period, look at this. nathan horton of the bruins takes a vicious hit from vancouver's aaron rome, he was knocked out cold. left the ice on a stretcher, taken to the hospital. the team said later horton is able to move all of his extremities. rome was ejected for that hit. play resumes with some taunting. boston not pleased. mark recchi intends to shove his glove in his mouth. two huge saves on mason raymond and then 11 seconds into the second period, boston wakes up, striking first.
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andrew ference which makes it 1-0. and then boston pours it. brad marchand does it himself. unassisted goal making it 3-0. and then more rough stuff, vancouver finds itself in a bad place between a pack of bruins. how about a left jab? boston bullies, sending a message. the final score 8-1. boston. vancouver leads the series two games to one. they get together tomorrow night right there in boston. college football news, the university of southern california's football team says it will return the crystalle trophy it took home after winning the 2004 bcs championship game against oklahoma. the bcs oversight committee voted to strip usc of its title after an ncaa investigation concluded that running back reggie bush and his family received improper benefits during that season. the bcs says there will be no champion for the 2004 season. that position will be vacated
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despite the fact there were two other undefeated team, auburn and utah during that season. to baseball, giants and nationals, top of the second. tim lincecum gets himself into the record books. he gets jerry harrison swinging for the 1,000th strikeout. he becomes only one of eight players to amass 1,000th strike out. and taking a foul ball off the right arm, he's in pain. he tried to return but the arm swells up and he had to leave the game. they did go to extra innings. freddy sanchez singles in chris stewart for the game-winning run. giants win 5-4. they remain first place in the n.l. west. lenny dykesra is in a jail charged with felony grand theft auto and drug possession. he's accused of using bogus
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information to lease high-end cars. the district attorney says dykstra used a laser printer at home to scheming credit from a company that did not exist. dykstra is being held on bond. a day after defense secretary robert gates urged staying the course, president obama says he'll have an announcement soon on the number of troops coming home from afghanistan this summer. telling the country in an interview that a big chunk of the mission has been accomplished. we'll discuss that with our crew. and we'll huddle up around the water cool to watch stephen colbert's spirited and prop-heavy defense of sarah palin in her version of paul revere's ride. "way too early" is coming right back. [ female announcer ] ever wish vegetables
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♪ as we discussed earlier, the united states military is preparing to pull up stakes and leave iraq after eight long years, as some 46,000 troops begin their final withdrawal this year. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends at the peak, during the 2007 buildup known as the surge there were
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roughly 170,000 u.s. troops on the ground in iraq. president bush recommended the surge to quell violence in the country. let's huddle up around the watercooler to see how jon stewart handled his old friend anthony weiner yesterday. jon stewart makes no secret of the fact that he's got a conflict of interest in this case. they were roommates. they are friends. this happens right before "the daily show" tapes. the crew had to scramble to put something together. here's jon stewart. >> the most upsetting thing of having a friend caught up in a scandal finding out, "a," he's packing jumbo heat and, "b," he's ripped. here's a picture of me from this morning. [ laughter ] i mean how -- so congressman
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weiner scheduled a press conference for 4:00. >> i have made terrible mistakes i hurt the people i care about most, i'm deeply sorry. >> there you have it at 4:25 eastern standard time, this story officially became sad. you know, we forget sometimes, i certainly do, that these people are human. and that's a lesson that's going to stay with me. until i turn back to the camera over there -- [ laughter ] and die little bit on the john edwards story. >> there you go, jon stewart dealing with a buddy of his in anthony weiner. stephen colbert another one of jon stewart's buddies talking about sarah palin, remember, her versus of paul revere's ride. >> he who warned the british that they weren't going to be taking away our arms by making
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sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells. >> as you know, the lame stream media jumped over the former governor palin for those comments. last night, stephen colbert bravely took up her cause. >> those who say it's implausible for paul revere to have ridden a horse while ringing a bell and firing multiple warning shots from a front-loading musket, all i can have to say is prepare to eat historical re-enactment. first, we reinsert a farthing. hey, the british are coming, here's a warning shot, okay! now, to warn the next town, the british, that they're on their way, i just have to reload.
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[ laughter ] okay. [ bell ringing ] i certainly hope paul revere was wearing a cup. >> stephen colbert, i don't know if that helps sarah palin's cause, but it's funny, anyway. still ahead on "way too early," while you're awake, your texting awaits on "morning joe" just moments away. throw 'em away and never see them again. [ male announcer ] know the feeling? get the contacts you've got to see to believe. acuvue® oasys brand contact lenses. feel how hydraclear® plus keeps your eyes exceptionally comfortable all day long. it feels like it disappeared on my eye. [ male announcer ] discover why it's the brand eye doctors trust most for comfort. and if you're not 100 percent satisfied, you get your money back. guaranteed. are they on? 'cause they don't feel like they are. [ male announcer ] acuvue® oasys brand. see what could be.
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on right now, anthony weiner saying the picture is of me i sent it. rob gifford has a few answers. >> eddie writes, the bear knocked over the garbage, the dog went nuts and i chased a mob. >> we do get a lot of those actually, raccoons ri s rifling through the trash. >> jennifer writes


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