tv First Look MSNBC July 15, 2013 2:00am-2:31am PDT
good monday morning to you. right now, on "first look." reaction around the country and at the department of justice to the verdict in the george zimmerman case. reports this morning that edward snowden has very specific blueprints on how the national security agency does what they do. a major loss for high-speed motorcycle racing. plus, an autopsy will be done today to determine the death of cory monteith. good morning. the verdict is in. and the trial is over. but the controversy is not. it is spilling from social media and into the streets. more on that in a moment.
but first, nbc news has learned that george zimmerman will be able to retrieve his gun from authorities if he requests it. what are the latest developments less than 48 hours after this verdict? >> reporter: good morning, veronica. demonstrations in response to this verdict is overwhelmingly peaceful. but that doesn't mean that emotions aren't running high. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> reporter: seconds after the sentence was head in the courtroom, reaction spilled into the streets. >> how can you murder an innocent child and sleep at child. >> it shows this is a continuation of racial oppression. >> reporter: news of demonstrations spread across social media. thousands marched in tallahassee, chicago, new york and other cities. firing up debate about gun control, race and self-defense
laws in the nation. >> this has been a tragedy. but coming from this tragedy is a movement, which we are. and we would love it to be more awareness. not just a few people in sanford that knew about it. >> reporter: president barack obama issued a statement, urging the country to move forward. it read, in part, i now ask every american to respect the call for calm reflection for two parents who lost their young son. sunday marked george zimmerman's first day as a free man. the ankle monitor tracking him for more than a year removed. his supporters say the jury made the right decision. >> this verdict is the right verdict. there was not enough evidence to convict him. >> reporter: a sentiment echoed by his attorneys. >> george zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense. >> reporter: the u.s. department of justice continues its assessment into trayvon martin's
death. and his parents are considering a civil lawsuit. for the time being, are focused on remembering their son. federal prosecutors man to take a close look at the trial, including a review of testimony and evidence, before deciding if they'll proceed with their case. veronica, back to you. >> thank you. well, in the wake of george zimmerman's acquittal, protests are popping up nationwide. they grew in size and intensity sunday night. from new york to washington, chicago, to l.a., where protesters marched on interstate 10, shutting down the freeway for nearly an hour. at least one person was arrested. demonstrators marched and carried signs, calling the verdict an injustice to trayvon martin. since the most vocal support, others have shown support for zimmerman's acquittal. pages in his support have thousands of likes. a new report says edward
snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the agency works that could harm the u.s. government. glenn greenwald tells the associated press, that the documents are an instruction manual for how the nsa is built. >> in order to take documents that prove what he was saying was true, he had to take ones that included sensitive, detailed blueprints of how the nsa does what they do. and so, he's in possession of literally thousands of documents that contain very specific blueprints that would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the nsa does what it does, which would, in turn, allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it. >> greenwald has insisted snowden insist the details not be made public. the fugitive has been stuck at moscow's airport since june 23rd, without a passport.
on friday, he said he would meet vladimir putin's condition that he was stop leaking documents in exchange for asylum. a 6-year-old boy remains in critical condition, after being pulled from an 11-foot sand hole. he was buried for about 4 1/2 hours friday night. according to newly-released 911 calls, nathan's father and a family friend tried hand-digging him out before rescuers and heavy equipment arrived. >> my friend's son, he got stuck in a sand dune and he's under the sand dune and he can't get him out. >> okay. can anybody see him? or is he completely covered by sand? >> is he completely covered by sand? yes. my husband and his dad are trying to dig him out. >> officials say an air pocket saved the boy's life. reports say nathan's injuries
are not life-threatening. and his outlook is looking good. authorities are planning to perform an autopsy this morning to determine cory monteith's cause of death. monteith has a history of drug addiction and checked himself into rehab last april. the actor said he struggled with addiction since he was a teen. monteith claimed he was, quote, lucky to be alive. and now, here is your "first look" at this morning's dish of "scrambled politic." round two of reid versus mcconnell on nbc's "meet the press" sunday. the senate leaders sparring all over president obama's nominees and filibusters that could prevent them from approval. >> the president should be able to have the people on their team that they want.
>> reid is prepared to go nuclear on the nominations. mcconnell on offense. >> the reason we call it the nuclear option, david, is because it's breaking the rules of the senate in order to change the rules of the senate. >> and stand by for round three. the senate is poised for votes tuesday on several of the president's nominees. he says he has a spine of steel. literally, and figurativety. and now, texas attorney general greg abbott is hoping to take it to the statehouse. >> you know, too often you hear politicians get up and talk about how a spine of steel. i actually have one. and i will use my steel spine to protect families every, single day. >> abbott is partially paralyzed. an oak tree fell on him and
crushed his back 29 years ago. no democratic candidate has emerged. some are urging state senator wendy davis to run. she gained nationwide fame after an 11-hour filibuster in june. texas senator ted cruz, the republican is headed to new hampshire as part of a summer swing through early voting states on the presidential calendar. cruz has visited new hampshire and has stops in iowa and florida. bill clinton, in puerto rico, with a push for clean energy. puerto rico depends on petroleum to generate 70% of its power. in case you missed this show of bipartisan on twitter no less. the white house tweeting, hey, the bush center. the bush center responding, thanks, white house. right back at ya.
that's going to do it for your morning dish of "scrambled politic." 200 people have been evacuated from the area of an active volcano near ecuador. it could be felt hundreds of miles away. it's only 84 miles away from quito, ecuador's capital. bill karins. >> you ready for the heat wave? >> i am. bring it on. >> it's already here. if you're in new england, this has -- this is a great week to go towards the water. the pool, the beaches, the lakes. this is easily -- almost guaranteed the hottest week of the summer. yesterday was 90s from philly up to boston. and that's going to be cool compared to what we're going to see this week. heat advisories from boston, to providence, new york city and heat warning in the philly area. heat index, from 100 to 105. and the problem with the city
areas, it doesn't cool off at night. it's 79 in new york city. when you're starting at 79, the sun's going to be out. 97 in new york city. 95 in philly. this is not with the humidity added. the heat index will be 100 to 105 for this region. you can see what's ahead for the northeast this week. and again, it looks pretty much mid-90s all week. and also some rain in texas. again, a little dangerous. the same advice that we always give. you want to check on the elderly and anyone who doesn't have air conditioning. you like twinkies, right? i have a twinkie for you. >> i usually have a twinkie every morning. >> for breakfast? >> it's an energy boost. 5-hour energy, i do twinkies. >> we have twinkies coming up for everyone. apple also hiring. and 3d printers in your home. plus, bookmakers missed kate's due date. now, the media is on high alert for the arrival of the royal heir. my mantra?
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welcome back. stories making news on this monday morning. pennsylvania's strict voter i.d. law is being taken to court on monday, to decide if it should be enforced or if the law is unconstitutional. it would require pennsylvania voters to show i.d. at the polls. opponents say it will discourage people from voting. and the royal baby hype is bigger than ever. any day now, william and kate are expecting the birth of their first child. even souvenir shops are getting in on the excitement. stocking up on royal baby merchandise. >> since we've launched our collection, our subtle royal collection, we've had huge response. in fact, a couple of the lines sold out the first weekend we put them in our stores. >> some bookmakers say people are betting on monday or tuesday as the big day. and now, for your "first look" at business. >> good morning.
happy monday to you. we're taking a look at the futures. they're flat this morning. we saw the dow and the s&p 500 at record highs. earnings are going to dominate this week, with one-third of the dow to set to release results. and gas prices have spiked to $3.60. but they're expected to jump 10 cents to 15 cents in the next week or so. and finally this morning, stubhub is getting competition. concert promoter live nation will launch its own ticket resale service. -- ticket master-plus. that's going to be in the u.s. this week. back to you. >> happy monday. a new week on wall street and main street begins with twinkies. and other hostess products returning to shelves nationwide.
3d printing has been around for 20 years. now, a device called the cube retails for about 1,300 bucks and puts the power in consumers' hands. "the financial time" reports that apple is in a hiring spree to work on the iwatch. the device would arrive late their year at the earliest. that's exciting stuff there. straight ahead now, a big weekend in sports. also, all your highlights coming up with betty nguyen. it starts with little things. tiny changes in the brain. little things anyone can do. it steals your memories. your independence. ensures support, a breakthrough. and sooner than you'd like. sooner than you'd think. you die from alzheimer's disease. we cure alzheimer's disease.
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and now, let's get the latest in sports from betty nguyen. >> happy monday. top sprinters actually failed drug tests including american tyson gay, who is pulling out of the championships next month. asafa powell and james simpson also tested positive. chris davis had his 37th home run before the all-star break. davis will be on the american league team for tonight's home run derby. we'll see if he can do it again. in cleveland, one fan had a very lucky day. catching foul balls for each of the three kids he was sitting with. then, another foul ball.
and he got that one, too. but he tossed that one to another fan. very generous of him. and on the fifth playoff hole on the pga john deere classic, speight made the putt for the win. speight is the first major winner since 1931. and a playoff at the scottish open. phil mickelson made a fantastic wedge shot that put him close to the hole. and then, yep, just tap it in for the victory. it's lefty's first win in europe since 1993. and a confidence-builder going into next week's british championship. one of the world's top high-speed motorcycle riders died in a crash in maine on sunday, while trying to race at more than 300 miles per hour. now, right before the attempt, bill warner talked about the dangers of riding at such high speeds. >> i just turn it up a little
bit at the time. we've gotten 296. we've got just a little more to go. >> warner lost control while traveling at 287 miles per hour and was killed. he was just 44 years old. and american david won the cliff diving event. look at that. it's just really amazing me. he completed this remarkable combination of twists and turns in the air above for a perfect landing. i have no idea how they do it. i would be afraid to even look down below that cliff. >> you and me both, betty. see you soon, thanks. in the wake of george zimmerman's acquittal, protests are popping up nationwide. joining me on the phone is "washington post" reporter, david nakamura. good morning to you. >> hi, there. >> with mounting pressure on the department of justice, including a petition circulating from the
naacp, what do you think attorney general eric holder will do and when? >> i think it's a difficult question. there's a high bar to have a race-based case on the federal level. and i think the holder department will look at this very closely. the ability for them to take it to a case with a real chance of winning would require determining if george zimmerman had, over years, some sort of prerequisite to go after afri n african-american men. the naacp chairman said that zimmerman did make a number of phone calls on his neighborhood watch that could show as a motive there. it's an interesting case. but the sooner they make a decision on this, probably the better. >> you know, david, the president spoke out last year in regards to this case. he said if i had a son, he would look like trayvon. and yesterday, we saw the president issue a written reaction to the verdict.
he wrote, a written statement. what do you think, david, his next step should be here? >> he's trying to do two things. to calm people upset about the verdict. one thing he said in the statement, is get through the legal channels. more he talked about gun control again. a real takeaway. are we doing enough that we can to keep americans safe? and that's the way to honor trayvon. >> david nakamura of "the washington post." have a great monday. coming up, bill karins and betsy nguyen will be here for first buzz. u have the potentialo more in business. by earning a degree from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to make an impact in your company and take your career to an even greater place. let's get started at capella.edu. and didn't know where to start. a contractor before at angie's list, you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare written by people just like you. no company can pay to be on angie's list, so you can trust what you're reading.
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at the box office this weekend, "despicable me 2" brought in $44 million. "grown ups 2", "pacific rim," and "the lone ranger" round out the top five. it's time for first buzz. bill, good morning. you were talking about what's in a name? >> harry potter j.k. rowling's little trickster. released a book in april under a different name. the name of the book is "the cuckoos's calling." once it came out over the weekend, she release it. it's number one on amazon. there's a signed copy on ebay for 500 bucks. >> that's smart. did they like you were your books? >> exactly what she said. >> what a difference a name
makes. >> most definitely. >> must be a good book. what a difference six inches makes. a dog on a ledge. you have to see this video. this cute pup got outside on the window ledge on a second-story building in brooklyn. there it is. you can't see behind him, but there's a window guard that new york requires for families with children in their home. he couldn't get back in. they used the cherry picker and the firefighter got him down with a few treats in his hands to earn his confidence there. and they brought him down to safety. but for a little while, there was uneasy footing for the dog. >> from that pup to this one. i have to introduce you to norman. this is norman. he is a french sheep dog. >> he's huge. >> and norman is a world record holder. norman was able to go 30 meters in 30 seconds, completely unassisted. he's a dog. he's a dog on a razor scooter.
>> how do you train a dog to do that? >> i can't get my dog to walk on a leash. unbelievable, right? we're going to find out it's like a 5-year-old in a dog suit. >> it could be. >> it's real. >> that would be a good story. this is "first look." stay tuned. "way too early" starts right now. obviously, we are ecstatic with the results. george zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense. i'm glad the jury saw it that way. >> trayvon martin was profiled. if race was one of the aspects in george zimmerman's mind, we believe we put out the proof to show that zimmerman did profile trayvon martin. >> the jury is in. but the verdict remains out how this country will deal with george zimmerman's acquittal. and edward snowden goes on
the offensive. what he might do if he's not allowed to leave russia for political asylum. and maybe you can't call her a pitcher. as carly rae jepsen struggles on the mound. we do what we do best, show you the best worst first pitches in history. it's what you do when it's "way too early." maybe the shorts were restricting oxygen to the brain that affected her delivery. if they were shorter, they call them underwear. maybe i'm too old-school. we'll touch on how unsexy apple may have become in the consumer world. we'll get latest on how brutally hot it's going to be in the northeast. we begin