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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefelleplaza. hello, everybody! it's funday monday, march 21st. may not feel like it outside but spring actually arrived yesterday. >> we are dressing early. when it's spring, warm out we're going to be dressing --
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the sound, 1975. >> yeah. >> okay. we're about -- a whole bunch of fun. "my big fat greek wedding" star nia vardalos is here. >> yeah. e were love nia. >> then, it's holy week for christians around the world. we'll show you special moments and fun from my trip to israel. a place i've been visiting for 45 years. >> i can't wait to see that. >> kojak! >> omg. >> last season's winner of "the voice" here to entertain us. out with a brand new debut album. >> does he not sing like an angel? >> he's going to sing with us. and you are in luck. today's hard to believe, reese is 40. >> i wore one of her dresses last week. they're adorable. >> the cutest dresses. >> yeah. happy birthday to -- >> a cute boy. >> today's the day. >> blake? >> joel shiftman turns 5-8. >> i knew that. >> we had a little birthday
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>> how old he is? >> 5-8. >> what -- with jenna and mike. looking crazy. some of the best birthday cakes are from either giant or pub plix l publix. >> kind of fun to see adults, and i mean adult kid, she a he is a sweet guy. >> went down to florida. >> of course you did. >> tell me about your -- >> sick as a dog for three day, but die. beautiful. out in my backyard and took one picture of something beautiful. >> sweet! are those tulips growing -- >> they're daffodils. i just put out a flat of them. >> my favorite sculptors, andy dick. jane d. decker.
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it is spring, but snowing this morning. >> oh, yeah. >> overnight. >> it will be gone -- >> look what it looks like. in the morning. >> snow. dreaming of ten weeks from now. ten weeks, hod? >> i think it's ten weeks. >> memorial day weekend, ten weeks to get into your thong. if you need inspiration. >> oh, yeah. >> and we all do. >> britney spears has it for you. >> a picture on instagram of her in a bikini, and my gosh. wow. >> you know what? that's a good angle. >> people always -- >> i'm sorry. i don't get that any angle. >> i'll try that out on memorial day weekend. even if i can look good that that, we'll see. honestly. i admit she looks great. >> look at klg. you looked great without -- >> but that was 20 years ago, 30 years ago. >> go back, joann. we said anyone looks good at that angle. >> all right.
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all right. [ laughter ] >> some are instagram followers thinking the curve in the lower back was photo shopped. just me. she looks great. >> can we give a big, happy, wonderful congratulations to a person who's like a member of our family? megan, her husband -- gave birth -- she gave birth to, she was there, a baby boy named william clark stackhouse! >> perfect. >> arrived saturday morning weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces. she was -- >> she -- i spoke to her on the phone a little bit. she says she was exhausted and over the moon. >> and madly, madly in love. that's just the begin, but she is truly one of the nicest human beings i've never known in my life. cares about all of us so much. this is our time too care about her and we love her. >> we love you, megan. >> can't wait until she brings him to the studio. >> we can't wait. >> little miles now. >> they'll be little best friends.
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watching "atlanta housewives" something happened captured a lot of people's attention. during the reunion, kenya, known to stir up trouble happened to be -- she got in trouble with andy cohen. let's let andy figure it out. >> candy, now that you've actually seen what they actually said, did don juan jump to conclusions? >> clearly. it was -- shaneah confirmed it, also, so -- >> okay. are you texting during the reunion? >> matt is asking about the i'm sorry. >> sweetie, matt can figure it out. i mean -- you put the food in the bowl. like, with all -- >> he doesn't know where it is. >> it's in the kitchen. >> sorry. [ laughter ] >> you got to be kidding? >> ooh. by the way, you know what it was? [ laughter ] >> all over. if you're really trying to hide
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i've done it. you have it down here. this was her trying to make news. right? or -- >> we have to ask andy cohen next time. does he set stuff up, too? >> no. he does not. he does not play like that. i think she wanted more attention and i think it bugged him. he looked really annoyed. have you ever been with someone and you're trying to have a conversation with them and they're texting. >> it cost me a friendship once. >> really? >> yeah. i still care about the person but i don't get together anymore. you wait and wait for months, finally get the time and then they're on technology. and i said, you know what? life's too short? a relationship bender. it's sad. a new poll in the uk found that young people -- this is upsetting -- value a good internet connection over daylight, water, a healthy diet and a good night's sleep. >> wait. water? >> it's just unbelievable.
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that rated more, you know, higher, was freedom of speech. unless they're trying to keep you from having freedom of speech. >> but i can't believe that young kids -- first of all, i'm surprised freedom of speech was there, number one. know you how kids are and what they think. you think they'd think of things that were, i don't know. internet, i guess, but water, air? >> kanye's sneakers. important things like that. all right. you know what was important? a new attempt at telling the "passion of christ" story. fox did something i thought was pretty brave. hosted by tyler perry, whom we all adore. >> an epic production set in new orleans and they called it a live event and a lot was live but some was on tape. i thought it was one of those extraordinary things that tyler perry does called "the passion live" and he told it, you know, true -- through modern day songs. >> modern day songs. >> all of that sort of thing. yeah. >> chris daughtry was unbelievable. >> i had forgotten how powerful he is?
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jesus, they sang "demons" by imagine dragons when judas betrayed jesus with a kiss. the solo was crazy. >> and trisha yearwood played mary, she was on the show and said she was so nervous. you wouldn't know it listening to her. she sang "you'll never walk alone." she has a great voice. you saw gospel singers behind, it was new orleans, made me want to go back. listen to this note. you'll never walk >> amazing. >> you forget what a great singer she is. >> and seal played pontius pilate. he sang "mad world" and gave into the crowd's wishes and gave into jesus crucifixion death. >> a great actor. >> such a believable sensitivity. doesn't he? >> so good for them. >> good for them. >> and a nice little bit of news over the weekend.
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we got good news. we found out we won an award. >> actually, we won two. >> we won two awards. >> calmed the gracie awards. >> called gracies. >> what are they for, dawn? it's so embarrassing to us. go ahead. >> the gracie awards recognize exemplary programming made by women for women and about women. >> and the cast won for best tv hosts. >> it must be a mistake. >> hoda won for siris xm radio show. >> you won my award last year. you're cleaning up. >> kathie also won this. with me on the show. >> nia didn't win anything, but next year, i hear she's up for another academy award -- >> are you eating radishes? >> yeah. it's good. i didn't bring a toothbrush on this trip, so -- >> it works? >> uh-huh. >> see you in a little bit.
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>> shelly is here. >> how generous is amy schumer? >> amazing. i wish i were her bartender over the weekend. you guys i'm sure love "hamilton." >> haven't seen it. >> you haven't seen it? i was going to ask you to get me tickets because i know you guys have connections. >> yeah. i'm very big on broadway. go ahead. >> so amy schumer went to see "hamilton" with family members and friends. had already seen it but went to see it again she loved it so much. at intermission she tipped the bartender for a $77 check, $1,000. >> cooking it. >> yes. >> by the way, used to be a bartender. probably know what's it feels like. >> she really understands the struggle and wanted to let them know and give them love. >> now everybody's going to expect that. >> i know. right? amy -- >> she got herself into a dig pit. >> so reese witherspoon celebrated the big one. >> 40th birthday is actually tomorrow.
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>> happy birthday. >> happy early b.-day. a-listers shows up, nicole kidman, taylor swift performed for her. >> what a -- how sweet. >> she did? >> yes. taylor sang "sweet home alabama" guess who was her accompaniment. >> keith urban! >> i love that song. "sweet home alabama." >> josh lucas. >> by the way, taylor swift was spotted in vegas sporting her man at club. >> singing? >> hold on. sweet home alabama >> she won an oscar, remember? singing, as june carter cash. >> oh, my god. you're so right. she knows how to sing. terrific. >> and looked fabulous. i love her dress. >> she always says she didn't have these people show up because they are stars she's really actually friends with people. they are really actually people
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>> remember seeing her on the elevator singing and performing? >> no. too? >> she seems like she knows how to have a good time. >> she was spotted dancing, having like -- she's hilarious. >> you know, when she finally gets a day off, you can imagine how much -- how good it feels. >> she loves to rock out. she showed up to show support for calvin. >> good news about ben affleck's back tattoo. >> i didn't even know about his back tattoo. >> a huge back tattoo. i was horrified, and i tried -- i try to be in the no judgment zone. that thing was terrible and people reported it was true, i was hoar fire rrify ied horrified. however, he told "extra" a fake tattoo for a movie role.
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>> why didn't they put that up earlier? >> his exes, jennifer garner and awful. too much color and went on and said all of his tattoos have too much color! >> she's know every one. >> yes, she would. >> and jen garner said, oh, bless his heart. i'm so happy that it's fake, though. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> it is holy week. taking you on a tour of israel like you've never seen. >> want to see that. plus the real family that inspired the anything... baby cousin's gonna love that isn't she. ... and gather all the right we're gonna make the same meal this year. i wish sarah was here. but the happiest moments don't always come from a cookbook. look who's joining us. happy easter. they come from the heart. find low prices every day on fresh food for your easter meal.
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it's a story that sounds like a hollywood script. a little girl sufficienters from an incurable illness only to make a mirror rack lis recovery after taking a fall and believing she saw jesus. >> the story is true and has been turned into a new movie everybody is buzzing everybody. everybody leaves it sobbing their eyes out called "miracles from heaven." jennifer garner gives a fierce performance as a mom who stops at nothing to fight for her daughter's life. the best acting i've ever seen her do. >> this is not acid reflux. she's not acid intolerant. >> you need to calm down. >> you calm down! you find me another doctor, you run more tests i'm not leaving this hospital until i know what's wrong with my daughter!
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the film, christy and kevin beam abbie. >> this must make you feel >> so grateful. >> i watched the movie last night and when finished i was sobbing my eyes out but when you -- you were so determined to help out your little girl that you actually, you drove to boston when -- when doctors wouldn't see you because there was such a long waiting list. no other choice for you. was there? >> well, that's a little bit of a dramatic license. we did have to wait six to nine months to get in to him, but we had some serious miracle take place to just get in to him. >> dramatic license. still happened, just not that way. >> right. right. yeah, so -- >> for people who don't know the story, tell us what your little girl was going through. >> annabelle was diagnosed with something call the motility
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stomach and intestines didn't work, she couldn't process food and things didn't work their way out. >> agonizing. >> about gonizing. she lived on the sofa in a fetal position with a heating pad on her stomach. that was her life. >> doctors misdiagnose, as often happens. you lived in a smaller town and they didn't have that kind of expertise. what were you going through as a dad? >> so challenging. you would see your daughter, you know, hurting and there was many times we actually would literally put her to bed and kind of say, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. >> yeah. >> and, you know, christy was such an advocate to her to continue to say we've got to find something. we've got to have an option. something. the desperation parents know when their child is chronically ill is devastating. >> a point, annabelle, you were in the hospital. a touching scene. you had gone through so much pain you were just saying to your mom, mom, i want to go home and i want to see jesus. i mean, do you remember that,
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painful time for you? >> yes. i do remember that time, and i had grown up and i knew about heaven. i knew that in heaven everything is pretty much perfect. so it was like, well, if i'm here suffering why don't i just go to heaven with the logical assumption i made. >> in the movie you basically do go to heaven but jesus tells you, there's still work for to you do here. tell us a little about that without giving away the movie. the whole movie. >> so whenever i went to heaven, i asked jesus if i could stay and he said, no, annabelle, i have plans for you on earth you cannot complete in heaven but whenever the firefighters get you out there will be nothing wrong with you and then he sent a guardian angel to light the tree. by that time it was dark. >> uh-huh. >> so he left you with an angel. >> wow. >> you guys have to go see the movie to see the end of it. pretty special. >> we don't want to give it away. >> you are spectacular sisters. i have to say. such a great family. you want to be a part of your
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>> god bless you and happy holy week. heavy easter to you. thanks so much. we appreciate it. "miracles from heaven" is in theaters now. >> right now. plus, kathie lee's israel adventure, it's they'll always be our babies. so there will be
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it is funday,onday and every year more than 3 million people visit israel. >> for many a trip that happens once in a lifetime but not for my kathy pleep going to the holy land since she was 17 years old. >> 17 years old. >> wow. >> first time i made that trip was 45 years ago in 1971, and i've been going ever since and frank and i visited four years ago. so it was only fitting to hold an intimate memorial service for him in a place so special to us. we're going to show you that tomorrow. on this trip for the first time in all of my visits all of these
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parts of israel i had never seen before. my guide was the lovely, talented knowledgeable israeli actress. how gorgeous is she? a model and producer noah tishby. [ singing in foreigning language ] >> oh, hello! >> noah, a very big star over here. >> apparently. >> thank you. >> welcome to israel! [ cheers ] >> a pretty good room with a view. isn't it? >> one of the most glorious views in the world. it is so special to the jewish people. >> it really is. this is the holiest place to the jews. the actual walls that surrounded the temple. >> things to do when in israel. number one, western wall. >> western wall. we're right here. >> start with a note. do you have a wish you want to wish for? >> well, it's a prayer. it's a prayer. yes.
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>> a small prayer. >> hoda wanted me to bring a prayer for her to put in the wall as well. so i have it right here, which i will very graciously in her honor do. >> that's beautiful. >> and then the sun comes out. of course it does. >> this is always one of my very, very favorite places in all of jerusalem, right here on mount of ole ives, which has the most speck tacular jew and the garden of gethsemane where jesus spent his last night on earth, and of course, oh, my lord.
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hello, kojak. kojak -- nobody said anything about ride. >> it's friday afternoon. >> yes. >> we're in the market. >> the market. which is called the shuk. like, i'm all shook up, ah-ha, ha >> look at that. is that ruthy russo? >> hello. >> you would be considered to what is equivalent to the top chef in america. you are legendary here. >> oh, the smell. i wish everybody could smell this. >> fresh from the mealstone tahimi. >> hmm. delicious. >> i think it has your name on it. >> oh. it's wine. i should get some of that for hoda. i love that. and now i've eaten my way
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[ speaking in foreign language ] >> friday afternoon. everybody's out and about having drinks, drinking coffee. chatting. >> so different from jerusalem where they pray. >> yes. >> this is where they play. c'est la vie! >> israel is the start-up capital of the world. it's got more start-ups in venture capital companies than any other company in the world. >> and become the gay capital of the middle east. >> as well. friday night. everybody started to calm down. >> go and light a candle on the beach. >> let's go and light a candle. >> this doesn't happen all the tile. this is just for us. >> oh. >> fresh. >> oh, i've never had it this fresh. this is fantastic. >> my city of tel aviv. so sababa.
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it's called [ speaking in >> ah! that was -- >> score for gifford. >> i get a great mud pack in the dead sea tomorrow but i have to say good-bye to my new friend. god bless you. >> this is the lowest point in mineral-rich. everybody has come here from all around the world in search of -- the fountain of youth. oh, yes. >> ah. >> hello. >> hello. maybe that's why they call it the promised land? >> and that is a -- i love it. [ laughter ] >> so over you nap guy is named
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>> tell you, only you. [ laughter ] >> and you know i can go from, from the secular to the silly yes. just, boom, like that. anyway, we have more for you tomorrow and wednesday. >> looking forward to it. a great spot. >> and awesome. the voice of jordan smith takes us "over the rainbow" with a
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>> a secret rekhomeini gets together all the family. >> if she goes to northwestern she'll stay in chicago. >> please, oh, please, let's go over there. >> no. >> right. >> there she is. >> did you invite the family? >> i told my mom. >> i -- hi, you guys. >> so glad to see you and so glad to see the family back together. 14 long years. >> yes. it's a real family movie. about your family, come visit us at the moech movies and have a good time. >> i love how you made sure all the cousins were back together. you didn't cherry pick. and a little concerned a couple were getting a little on in years. >> i was concerned. john corbett said to me, how about the older cast members? >> we got to the set, they were all drinking and laughing. >> they're fine. isn't this meant to be, us three together? >> yes.
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>> no way to talk about this you. >> thank you. >> we wanted to do -- remember that one ad, in dough neck? >> yes. >> pull each other's neck. >> a hollywood face-lift you don't need it. pull your neck -- >> right back there, baby! >> yep, yep, yep. so how was it? just emotionally for you getting back together and doing it? you're the writer, producer, you're the star, but you're the heart of this whole thing. >> that's very sweet. it's the same producers. same cast. we have a very, very good time together, and -- it was very emotional, to be honest and very loud. oh, my god loud! oh, yes. our director was british. you know how reserved they are, and we were just like, shh, be quiet. and then i ate and then -- >> the old chemistry did it kick right back in after all those years? >> yes, it did and i remember being a little shy with john the first time we met. john corbett plays the husband ian miller, and i -- i've never
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when i was about to do my first kissing scene i waited for him outside the makeup trail perp what's up, sunshine, i'm like, ha, it's john corbett. you know that scene we're going to do now? yeah. i've never kissed anybody in a movie. when i wrote this movie i never thought it would be made and then i'm going to kiss you and i'm really, really nervous. can you just kiss me now and we'll get it over with by ourselves? he said, sure. kisses me right there. melts. i got over it. i was kbarts embarrassed. the man who does our hair opened the door of the hair and makeup trailer told us and said, hmm! they're having an affair. >> i bet you've wanted to confess that for 14 years. >> 14 years. >> still kissing all these years later? >> he's still, there's a lot of romance and so joyous to do and the cast is so funny. andrea martin plays -- >> love her. >> genius. >> on fire.
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very strong roles for the women, because we are an underserved gender in hollywood. the men are taken care of. there's lots of funny men in the story. >> got a little woman of your own. >> yes, you do. a little girl. >> do we have time for a quick game? we have catch phrases. say them in greek and you're going to get them. >> are we ready? >> yes. >> [ speaking in foreign language ]. >> ah -- >> how do we do it day after day? >> yes. >> she did it the way we do t. okay. >> [ speaking in foreign language ]. >> ah -- something about, who cares? >> it's have a great show. >> oh. >> oh! >> again, have a great show! >> like this -- [ speaking in foreign language ] >> more wine. >> okay. this one is -- [ speaking in foreign language ] >> do it like -- i need a dentist. [ laughter ]
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[ speaking in foreign language ] >> oh. it's -- >> nice talkin' to you. >> a hint. a day of the week. >> funday monday. >> yes. [ speaking in foreign language ] now you go, [ speaking in foreign language ] >> hoda your necka -- >> don't say it. >> your necka. >> you need to hold your neck up. >> it was hoda woman. we're going to be lucky. >> we love you, darling. >> this movie -- opens this friday. got to -- don't forget, the "today" wedding takes place right here friday including surprises you don't want to miss. get ready for something beautiful from last year's there has to be a way. carry the centimeter, divide by 3.14 something something something... [ beeping, whirring ] great caesar salad! and now the name your price tool shows people policy options to help fit their budget. is that a true story? yeah! people really do save an average of over $500
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>> jordan smith and the first artist of the season to hit number one on the pop charts with his rendition of "great is thy faithfulness." blowing adele's "today." you're living the dream, baby. >> absolutely. >> so happy for you. what are you sithing for ing singing for us today? >> i'm grog to sing "over the rainbow" one of my all-time favorites. >> here you are. somewhere over the rainbow
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there's a land that i've heard of once in a lullaby somewhere over the rainbow and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true some day i'll wish upon a star
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oh, oh, where troubles melt like lemon drops way above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly birds fly over the rainbow
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if happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why, oh, why can't i >> whew! [ applause ] >> wow! >> that was perfect! >> wow! >> thank you. thank you. >> all the best to you. >> we'll be back in a moment. >> first, this is "today" on nbc. jordan, everybody! good monday morning from havana, cuba on this first full
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historic trip to the country. the president is arriving right now at havana's palace of the revolution. he will be welcomed with an official ceremony. he will meet with his cuban counterpart raul castro. president obama is the first sitting american president to visit cuba in 88 years. just a short time ago he took part in a wreath laying ceremony at a memorial to cuban hero jose marti. he has chosen to make a short few minute walk. where the official greeting will take place. let's bring in andrea mitchell. >> that is what the white house wanted. they did not want a big event, because most big airport arrivals are military and they
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which is a reflection of the military past of cuba. >> it was always to be the official -- >> it was always to be the official ceremonial arrival. they didn't want a military arrival at the airport. it would have sent the wrong signal. and there's the handshake. this meeting is such a consequential meeting, while the american do in polling support, there is a lot of resistant on all sides politically. >> it's not the first time we have seen them shake hands. first time i believe is 2013 in south africa at the funeral of nelson mandela in which they were seated in the vip area. they have had subsequent meetings in the past. this will be their first substantive conversation. >> they had a meeting in panama.
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meeting. there have been a lot of communication to set it up, it's their chance to talk one-on-one. it will be through an interpreter. raul castro doesn't speak english. the essence of the meeting will be president obama is time is running out. we want to get more americans here, more tourists, more business contracts. we want to make it so permanent no future president can reverse it it. castro says why cent an't you lift the trade embargo. >> the two men shaking hands there will draw a lot of
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republicans that don't think it should be taken place. the cubans have not moved quickly enough this may be seen as a reward that's undeserved. >> there are dissidents who will be meeting with him tomorrow. many of them were arrested and detained for as many as eight hours yesterday and last night. that was seen by a signal that it's not backing off from its resistance to do things its own way. dissidents say cuban has gotten tougher on them in the years since normalization. that said, the white house has signaled to raul castro and the government in his speech, an unprecedented speech to the cuban people tomorrow he will make a central part of it his cuba. >> the president has travelled here with a large delegations. members of congress,
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deal of interest in business opportunities. secretary of state kerry and some of the delegation, susan rice, the current head of state. jeffrey de laurentiis. head of mission here for the united states. >> we also the commerce secretary and ben rhodes. he was negotiating this in secret with the help of the pope. >> there we see the president and raul castro entering the room. >> we'll hear the national
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>> again, that ceremony playing out here at the palace of the revolution, the beginning now theficial activities of the president as he continues the historic journey here in cuba. we'll have a lot more on this coming up tonight for nbc nightly news. i'm lester holt, nbc news, haooey cheese in


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