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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  September 17, 2012 2:30am-3:00am PDT

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season. giants' head coach tom coughlin dressing down tampa bay's rookie head man during the post-game handshake. the question is high all the hostility? it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm willie geist, and this is "way too early," the show that's awake by the medical definition of the term but only by that technical definition. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sire yus xm radio. e-mail at waytooearly@msnbc or tweet me @williegeist or do what rg3 and text "awake" followed by 622639. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this monday, september 17th. a lot to tell you about including a new politico piece that's been buzzing around washington overnight about some dissension within the romney campaign. we'll have the details there.
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plus, we have a new president. at least on "snl" anyway. fred armisen gives way to the new president obama. see what you think with a clip later in the show. first let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. violent protests are breaking out in afghanistan as we speak where crowds have set fire to police vehicles in kabul. armed demonstrators also attacked western compounds including those of private security companies. it's the latest in a wave of protests that have swept the muslim world after portions of an anti-islam film which was produced in the united states were posted online. elsewhere in afghanistan, taliban insurgents killed two u.s. marines and damaged more than $200 million worth of equipment in an attack on a fortified compound. eight attack jets were severely damaged in what officials are calling a, quote, very sophisticated attack. investigators now trying to determine if militants who were wearing afghan army uniforms to penetrate the heavily guarded
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camp in helmand province had help from inside the base. it's the same base where prince harry has been stationed for a tour of duty as a helicopter pilot. in addition to that raid late friday, at least six coalition service members were killed by afghan security forces in so-called insider attacks. meanwhile, afghan president hamid karzai is denouncing a series of nato air strikes early yesterday that killed at least eight female civilians. nbc is live in kabul this morning. atia, what is the very latest on all that's going on there? >> reporter: good morning, willie. today we saw our first violent protest when it came to that anti-islamic movie. they've ended fairly peacefully throughout the country, but today outside the capital of kabul, several hundreds of protesters were trying to make their way into the city. they were in an area where nato bases are located as well as private western security companies. they were throwing stones.
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they had weapons. they set two police cars ablaze. they were even throwing stones at the police officers themselves. so obviously, this is a very angry crowd. there are riot police waiting outside of the u.s. embassy here just in case they can make it that far. but obviously, this has been a deadly weekend otherwise when it even goes beyond just the protests. the taliban also using this movie to their advantage. every attack they've had this weekend, they blame it had on the movie including that attack at camp bastion in which two u.s. marines were killed and many u.s. marine aircraft were destroyed as well. and as you also mentioned, four americans were killed yesterday in southern afghanistan by police officers. and it looks as though that those u.s. soldiers were duped by the afghan police. they apparently called them in for help saying that they were being attacked by the insurgency. and when the soldiers arrived at that checkpoint, the afghans then turned their guns on them. this has been the deadliest year when it comes to these so-called
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insider attacks. so far this year 51 nato coalition members have died by their so-called afghan counterparts. that's up from 35 in all of 2011 and only 4 when you combine 2007 and 2008 together. willie? >> atia, there have been so many anti-american protests and so much violence across the muslim world over the last week that it kind of gets lost together. people lump together everything that's happening across the muslim world as a reaction to this anti-islamic film that was produced here in the united states. as you mentioned, the taliban says that did play some role in their attacks at camp bastion, but there on the ground, what do you see really as the source of the rage we're seeing against america? is it just that film, or there's got to be something bigger? >> reporter: that's a very good point that you've just made, willie. people are just using the movie as an excuse, at least when it comes to afghanistan. the taliban will take claim of responsibility for any attack that happens against coalition forces here in afghanistan.
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the camp bastion attack, many people are saying there's no way that it only took the taliban a couple of days to be able to penetrate this base in helmand province. it's one of the most secure bases throughout afghanistan, so that took weeks of planning at least according to experts here. but obviously, they are using this film as an excuse and hoping to agitate more afghans and more muslims to turn against the western community, especially here in afghanistan. >> all right. nbc's atia abawi reporting. there are conflicting reports on whether or not the deadly attack on the consulate in libya was a planned assault or a spontaneous reaction to that antiislamic film. the gunman who killed ambassador stevens and three other americans on tuesday may have spent months preparing for their attack. he said the raid which came on the anniversary of september 11th was carried out by militants with links to al qaeda. but susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the united
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nations, offered a different explanation yesterday on "meet the press." >> our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya, and they escalated into a much more violent episode. and it's not dissimilar but perhaps on a slightly larger scale than what we have seen in the past with the satanic versus with the cartoon of the prophet muhammad. >> the fierce reaction to the video that swept through much of the arab and hislamic world
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including in pakistan where hundreds of people pushed through a barricade around the u.s. consulate in karachi. at least one demonstrator was killed as police beat back the crowd. the leader of hezbollah has called on followers to, quote, express their anger. back here at home, the california man suspected of making the anti-islam film was questioned by federal authorities. the 55-year-old is banned from using computers or the internet after he pleaded no contest to bank fraud back in 2010. investigators want to know if he was involved in posting a trailer of the film online. he has not been charged with anything. they just brought him in for questioning, as you can see over the weekend. israel's prime minister is repeating his calls for the obama administration to set a red line, as he puts it, for dealing with iran's nuclear program. in an interview on "meet the press," the prime minister said tehran is closing in on the ability to build an atomic bomb. >> the lines on a few matters, and they've avoided crossing them.
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so i think that as they get closer and closer and closer to the achievement of weapons-grade material, and they're very close. they're six months away from being about 90% of having the enriched uranium for an atom bomb, i think you have to place that red line before them now, before it's too late. they're in the red zone, you know. they're in the last 20 yards. you can't let them cross that goal line. you can't let them score a touchdown because that would have unbelievable consequences, grievous consequences for the peace and security of us all, of the world, really. >> david gregory pressed prime minister netanyahu about the timing of his critique and whether he was attempting to influence the presidential race here in the united states. he asked mr. netanyahu for his reaction to comments from mitt romney that president obama had thrown israel under the bus. >> there's no bus, and we're not going to get into that discussion except to say one thing. we have a strong alliance. and we're going to continue to have a strong alliance.
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i think the important question is where does the -- the only bus that is really important is the iranian nuclear bus. that's the one that we have to derail, and that's my interest. that's my only interest. >> prime minister netanyahu set to visit the u.n. here in new york next week. he will not meet with president obama while in the u.s. meanwhile on the campaign trail, mitt romney and his team are fanning out across the country with a targeted focus on those battleground states and the key voting groups that could make or break the election. while surrogates like senator marco rubio and senator john mccain make appearances in ohio and new hampshire, romney is in los angeles speaking to the u.s. hispanic chamber of commerce. he's touting his plan for business owners and the middle class while a new ad ratchets up the pressure on a global competitor. >> my plan is to help the middle class. trade has to work for america. that means crack down on cheaters like china. it means open up new markets. next, we've got to balance the budget. you've got to cut the deficit. you've got to stop spending more
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money than we take in. and finally, champion small business. have tax policies, regulations and health care policies that help small business. we put those in place, we'll add 12 million new jobs in four years. meanwhile, we're getting new information about what was supposed to be the critical speech of mitt romney's presidential campaign, the one he gave at the republican national convention in tampa. politico citing unnamed sources says the romney campaign went through two different sets of speechwriters and then used practically nothing from either draft. mike allen and jim vandahai. romney and top strategist stuart stevens, the focus of the piece. allen and vandahai said they were forced to complete the speech in just days, an oversight that of course drew widespread criticism. according to the report in politico, that incident sparked internal sniping about the campaign's leadership structure with some suggesting mr. stevens had taken on too much
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responsibility and made a mistake by advocating what some conservatives see as a campaign of caution. romney himself also being criticized by his associates who are, quote, baffled that such a successful corporate leader has created a team with so few lines of authority or accountability. ahead on "morning joe," we'll talk to mike allen and get deeper into that piece. mayor rahm emanuel of chicago is seeking a court order to get students back to school. chicago's teachers strike enters now its second week. city officials and union leaders had agreed to a framework for a new teacher contract. on friday a dole the union leaders called a, quote, good contract. but yesterday union delegates voted to extend the strike for at least another two days. the group of 800 delegates say they needed more time to consider the details of the agreement. as a result, more than 350,000 public school students in chicago will remain locked out of their classrooms. delegates will meet again on tuesday after the jewish holiday. that puts the kids' return to school at the very best scenario
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at wednesday. still ahead this morning on "way too early," washington quarterback robert griffin iii has brought hope and change to d.c. another big game but a bizarre finish cost the skins the game. a full day of nfl highlights ahead. and "snl" returns for a new season. you knew this was coming. clint eastwood talks to the empty chair. that clip and a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. the scene in the white house last night was almost unbelievable. menachem and anwar sadat after 13 days of negotiating at camp david. it will be the first time in history that an arab nation has agreed to a peace treaty with israel. [ male announcer ] the perfect photo... [ man ] nice!
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♪ welcome back to "way too early." it's 5:45 in the morning as we look at a live beautiful picture of the plaza outside. want to get you a check of the weather from meteorologist dylan dreyer, brand new to us. we're lucky to have her despite she's a boston red sox fan. i'm surprised we let you on the set. >> because you didn't know before. >> no. you're a sleeper. i don't like this at all. >> i just kind of slide under the radar. speaking of, we are going to see heavier rain move into areas back through louisiana especially along the south coast of louisiana. we could end up with two to three inches of rain in this area. across the northeast right now, though, things are quiet, but all that rain down across areas through louisiana into tennessee, it's all moving in here for tomorrow. so although we have been enjoying some really nice weather all across the northeast for quite some time now, we do have rain to talk about for your tuesday. right now temperatures are running in the 40s and 50s. a little cool, but it is going to warm up into the lower 70s in
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most areas, even lower 80s as we head into the philadelphia area. but again, from washington, d.c., down into florida and then heading north all the way up into northern new england, we are going to see the chance of about an inch or two of rain as we head throughout most of the day on tuesday. willie? >> dylan, great to have you along. thanks. time for sports now. after falling flat in week one against the cowboys, the giants looking to rebound yesterday against tampa bay. fourth quarter, giants down eight. eli drops back, hits victor cruz in stride. cruz outruns the defense, 80-yard touchdown. just a week after the death of his grandmother, cruz honors her with the salsa dance she taught him. looks up to the sky. giants would add the two-point conversion to tie the game at 27-27. still tied. less than five to go. eli puts up a jump ball for tight end martellus bennett. bennett comes down in the end zone. gives the giants a seven-point lead. manning three touchdowns, career high 510 yards. just three yards off the giants'
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franchise record. two minutes left now. josh freeman and the bucs don't panic. freeman looking long for mike williams. williams, this is a beautiful catch. 41 yards. great play. ties the game at 34-34 with the extra point. now 36 seconds to go. giants on the 2. andre brown takes the handoff, strolls into the end zone untouched. giants get the lead back there with 30 seconds to play. josh freeman interception gave the ball back to the giants. watch this. manning, victory formation, trying to take a knee. he gets decked and a scrum breaks out. nfl protocol, you take the knee, everybody kind of stands up and the game ends. after the game tom coughlin comes out to rookie head coach greg schiano, just came over from rutgers, tampa bay now, gets in his grille after eli got knocked down. giants win 41-34 in a wild game. afterward both coaches giving their take on that final kneel-down. >> you don't do that in this league. you don't jeopardize, not only
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that, you jeopardize the offensive line. you jeopardize the quarterback. thank goodness we didn't get anybody hurt. >> i don't know if that's not something that's done in the national football league, but what i do with our football team is we fight until they tell us game over. >> greg schiano, the rookie man in tampa. patriots and cardinals both trying to go 2-0. cardinals up a pair trying to run out the clock with a minute left. brian williams coughs it up. oh, no, the patriots pounce on it. the cardinals 32. they've got a chance to win their home opener, down two points with a minute left. six seconds remaining. steve gostkowski lines up for the 42-yarder. that thing ain't even close. boy, had a good shot at it. cardinals escape. they win a shocker on the road, beating the patriots, 20-18. meanwhile, rg3 and the redskins trying to stay unbeaten. they played one game. trying to go to 2-0. skins fake a little reverse action.
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griffin goes deep. 68 yards. rg3 can run and he's got a gun. puts the skins up by 15 after the extra point. rams come back. took the lead by three in the fourth. redskins within field goal range, trying to get close. josh morgan, short gain. he comes up, gets pushed and then inexplicably throws the ball at the defender. a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. yeah, he got pushed but you can't throw the ball there. that takes the skins out of a reasonable field goal range. they had a 62-yarder. they miss it had. they go on to lose, 31-28. 49ers taking on the lions in the late game on nbc last night. fourth quarter, alex smith play action. vernon davis. this guy -- look at the athleticism. that's a tight end. he cuts it back. niners win, 27-12. the post-game handshake between jim schwartz and jim harbaugh, whew! uneventful this time around, if you remember what happened last year. jets taking on the steelers.
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third quarter, ben roethlisberger buys a little time, back shoulder to mike wallace, 37 yards. steelers dominate the jets, 27-10. mark sanchez comes down from his good week one performance, went 10 of 27 for 138 yards in pittsburgh. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," protests in the streets of afghanistan. a vicious round of insider attacks there on u.s. and nato troops. we'll have the latest at the top of the hour. and when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler to get our first look at the new president. fred armisen, it turns out, a one-termer. you'll see the new president obama when "way too early" comes right back. ple belief that bringing you better technology helps make you a better investor. with our revolutionary e-trade 360 dashboard you see exactly where your money is and what it's doing live. our e-trade pro platform offers powerful functionality that's still so usable you'll actually use it. and our mobile apps are the ultimate in wherever whenever investing. no matter what kind of investor you are,
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i told you at the top of the show that over the weekend at least six coalition service members were killed by afghan security forces in the so-called insider attacks that have become increasingly common over the last five years. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends that since 2007 when the insider attack wave began, 109 soldiers from coalition forces have been killed by men posing as afghan security. 51 of those soldiers have been killed this year alone. enough of the real news. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch "snl's" inauguration of a new president. the season premiere upstairs here on saturday. fred armisen has played president obama in previous seasons, making his trademark. but on saturday night, he officially passed the torch to
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jay pharoah, master impressionist. after that clip, you'll see the inevitable clint eastwood sketch. but first, president obama. >> it's so great to be back here in ohio. and before we start, sasha, mal malia, go to bed. i do that to remind you that i have two adorable young daughters and not five creepy adult sons. our campaign has a secret weapon, and that secret weapon is speaking right now in tulsa, oklahoma. let's take a look. >> hello, i'm mitt romney. and i understand the hardships facing ordinary americans. for example, this summer, one of my horses failed to medal at the olympics. so i know hardship. >> so america, i know you're not in love with me anymore, but i want you to know that my heart still beats for you, and i can prove it.
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