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a group that nobody in the public was aware of until, i think, this week, was the khorasan group. but they've been plotting for a while in ways that have caused us great concern in tsa and those with class five briefings that we provided. >> the khorasan group a splinter dprup of al qaeda was one of washington's most guarded secrets. now that secret is out. and the tsa is giving new details about the group's threat to the u.s. >> the president gave me a mission -- destroy isil. and i will recommend to him what it takes to destroy isil. >> the battlefield in syria may be getting a little more crowded. the u.s. is getting more air support to battle isis, but the chairman of the joint chiefs says there needs to be more forces on the ground. i'll talk to the state
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department spokeswoman about how that could work. on behalf of the ntct board of regents, administration, faculty and staff, i would like to offer my sincere condolences to these families. this is indeed a sad day for these families and for north central texas college. >> four families and an entire community have been rocked by the deaths of four student athletes who died after a semislammed into their team's bus last night. we'll go live to the scene. the justice department is calling out the ferguson police department over its latest infractions. the department is already under investigation following michael brown's shooting death. so what is next for ferguson? and a party with a purpose. here's a live look at thousands of people in new york's central park gathering for the global citizen festival. everything kicks off in about an hour from now. we'll take you there for a preview. good afternoon, i'm milissa rehberger. we begin with new air strikes in
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the fight against isis. today targets in iraq and syria were hit by war planes and drones, an isis command and control center was among the targets destroyed there. for the first time british fighter jets entered the conflict today. two royal air force tornadoes flew parliament approved combat missions over iraq but did not carry out air strikes. it comes as more european nations join this coalition, the united kingdom, belgium and denmark have all agree to carry out air strikes against the militant group in iraq but not in syria. in his weekly address to the nation, president obama welcomed the help. >> i made it clear that america would act as part of a broad coalition, and we were joined in this action by friends and partners including arab nations. at the united nations in new york, i worked to build more support for this coalition, to cut off terrorist fninancing an to stop the flow of foreign fighters in and out of that
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region. >> let's bring in maria harp. she joins us now. how important it is that the british have added their forces to this mission? >> well, it's crucial that we have countries from around the world, the arab world that we saw the first night with those five arab countries and also country in europe now stand up and say this is a significant threat and they're going to help us fight that threat. not all of that will be military assistance, but that's certainly a key component of it. >> the plan to fight isis in syria calls for arming and training 5,000 rebels but general martin dempsey says that 5,000 rebel fighters will not be enough. let's listen to what he's had to say. >> 5,000 has never been the end stage. we've had estimates from 10,000 to 15,000 is what we believe they would need to capture lost territory in eastern syria. >> how do we identify and also vet out a group in syria which is obviously in disarray? how do we choose among the rebels that are very
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differentiated from one another effectively? how do we make that happen? >> absolutely. and chairman dempsey is right, this is just the beginning of an effort to train and equip the modern opposition in syria, this effort that passed the house and senate last week is just the start of that. so we're going to keep increasing our support to them. we take great care to vet who we give any arms and assistance to because we don't want them falling into the wrong hands. there's always a risk of that, of course, but we think the reward really outweighs that rinch here. >> i want to ask you about that risk. because as history shows arming the rebels is a very risky proposition. sometimes it really does turn against us. has it ever really worked? >> i think there are cases where certainly we've supported groups that have helped us in the fight, different places around the world. when it comes to syria, what we need are troops on the ground that are part of the syrian opposition coalition that we've been working with to take the fight to isis as we strike them from the air. so that's why we've continued to build them up. the reason i think it's actually
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taken a little while to get this equipment and these arms to them is because we were vetting them. the process just takes a while. we think the reward from having this force on the ground really does outweigh the risk. >> reuters is reporting this afternoon that an al qaeda splinter group fired a rocket at the university of sanah, yemen. the group said it was in retaliation for a u.s. drone strike yesterday. what can you tell us the, if anything, about that? >> we've seen those reports but we have nothing to indicate that the attack in sanaa, that the u.s. embassy was the target. all of our people are accounted for. nobody was injured in it. i've seen those reports online but nothing to validate those claims. >> state department's marie harf, thank you. have a good day. >> you too. >> we're learning more today about the little known syrian based khorasan group and the terror threat it may pose to american travelers in the u.s. and abroad. most americans only heard about this group after they were targeted by isis positions by u.s. air strikes earlier this
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week. yesterday head of the transportation safety administration said khorasan has been learning from al qaeda's past bombing attempts. let's listen. >> so we have another group now that has been looking at some of those issues and doing the research and development and testing of devices that they believe will be successful in getting through some airports' security en route some place to a location in europe or the u.s. >> kristen welker who was at the white house. he said the khorasan presents a clear and present danger. how seriously is the white house taking the threats posed by this group? >> oh, very seriously, and you heard the tsa director, john pistil map out just how seriously they believe the khorasan group is trying to come up with a plot to potentially develop an improvised explosive device that would circumvent
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security at some airports. in fact, back in july, the tsa directed some overseas airports to stiffen their security and their screening of passengers, particularly those that have direct flights to the united states. so they are taking this sear seriously. i'll read you more of what he had to say. quote, i see the khorasan group of being a very capable, determined enemy who was very much focused on getting somebody or something on a plane bound for europe or the united states. and you'll recall when the u.s. announced that it was launching air strikes against not only isis targets but against khorasan targets as well in syria, they said that the group was potentially planning an imminent threat against the united states. so clearly the u.s. very focused on this right now. and the tsa working to mitigate the threat level at some overseas airports as we speak. and i will say that this all comes against the backdrop of the u.s. continuing air strikes as you were just discussing in iraq, in syria, the uk, of
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course, voted to approve air strikes in iraq on friday but not approving air strikes in syria. there's a lot of political debate going on in washington as well with some laurps saying that they want to vote on air strikes that they don't think president obama has the authority to act unilaterally. the white house disagrees, it says the president does have the legal authority to do so. at this point in time, there are no indications, though, that this congress is going to come back from its recess. it looks like they'll be out on recess through the midterms. they won't come back until late november. that has a lot of members in congress and the public upset that congress should be here right now while the u.s. launches this military noif the middle east. you can anticipate a robust debate when they do return in november. back to you. >> obviously safety comes first, we all know that, but as far as air travelers, passengers go, as far as their convenience, are we going to see any kind of changes immediately and in the near future as far as airport security goes?
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>> it's certainly possible. at this point the tsa hasn't announced anything. what we have seen is stiffer screening at some of the overseas airports but in terms of what travelers here in the u.s. might see, it doesn't seem as there are immediate plans to change anything, but of course that could change. intelligence officials are monitoring this situation and they are responding to it as needed. so it's certainly a possibility. but at this point in time, no announcements of that. >> nbc's kristen welker. >> thanks. >> we're keeping an eye on that massive ground stop in chicago which is still causing a travel nightmare this afternoon. o'hare international, the world's busiest airport, canceling flights. midway scrapped at least 70 flights. all of this is a result of that fire yesterday at an faa facility in suburban chicago. police say the contract employee, brian howard, set this fire. he is in custody facing a felony charge. authorities say there are no
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indications the fire was terrorism related. and lovely news, the clinton family grew overnight. chelsea clinton has given birth to a baby girl who they have named charlotte. it's the first child for the former first daughter and her husband mark mezvinsky. we don't know where the baby was born and we still don't have a picture yet. clinton announced the birth on twitter. saying that marc and i are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth af our daughter, charlotte clinton mezvinsky. as for the new grandparents, bill and hillary say they're thrilled and marc is bursting with pride. we'll have the latest on a deadly bus crash in oklahoma involving several college students and a missing student hannah graham. we're less than an hour away from the third annual global citizen festival here in new york city. activists are gathering to take action on global poverty and education. some of the music industry's
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biggest stars are joining them. musicians like jay-z, carrie underwood and the roots will be performing. ronan farrow is host of ronan farrow daily and will be co-hosting our coverage this event. he joins me live from central park. hey, ronan, how's it going? >> great show so far. right out here we're about to see another dirt kind of great show. we're actually expecting 65,000 people today. and what's interesting about this concert is you can't get in by buying a ticket. so more than 80% of the people here have actually performed some kind of an act of act victim, lobbying for a new piece of legislation, lobbying for money from governments. the prime minister of india will be here, the prime minister of rwanda will be here. voices that you wouldn't expect at a celebrity concert. >> ronan farrow, thank you so much. we'll be checking in with ronan a little while from now as
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we have some developing news on the ebola crisis. the national institute of health says it will admit a patient who has been exposed to the virus, an american doctor who was volunteering in sierra leone. the doctor will be taken to the nih's clinical center in suburban washington, d.c. now to developments on that deadly bus crash on an oklahoma interstate. we're learning the ntsb is now sending a team to that scene. four members of a college softball team were killed when a semi truck slammed into their bus on i-35 south of oklahoma city. a dozen others were injured.
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the team was heading home after a scrimmage. school officials say they'll hold a prayer vigil tomorrow night for the victims and its other traveling athletic teams have been called back to the campus weapon know the names of the four killed, brooke decker, caitlin woodly, they range in age from 18 to 20. developing now the suspect in the disappearance of hannah graham is now in custody. jesse matthew is being held without bond and is expected to have his initial court appearance next thursday. matthew's been charged with abduction with intent to defile. meanwhile, police haven't found 18-year-old hannah graham. she disappeared on december 13th. police have expanded the search to rural areas outside of charlottesville, virginia. there are no indications this weekend that the justice department will urge the u.s. supreme court to uphold state laws granting same-sex couples
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fatally shooting michael brown last month in ferguson. several officers' name plates were also covered up with tape. that led to a justice department official sending two letters to police chief thomas jackson urging him to end both practices. they read in part, quote, these bracelets reinforce the very "us versus them" mentality that many residents of ferguson believe exists. end quote. joining me is letitia james the new york city public advocate and john burress, a criminal defense attorney. what do you make, john, of the justice department getting involved in this particular way? >> i think it's important. police officers all know that you should not at any time cover up your name. that's fundamental. number two, by having this whole issue around "i am darren wilson" i think sends a very negative sign. the justice department is saying this department is really in shamb shambles.
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more than this particular incident but we have more evidence that there's this us versus them mentality. we need to come in now and take over the whole department. even though there are some indications, they'll expedite that now. >> chief jackson issued this apology to the family of michael brown. let's listen to that. >> i'm truly sorry for the loss of your son. i'm also sorry that it took so long to remove michael from the street. >> he also tried to march with demonstrators later that night. a scuffle broke out can people were arrested. at the end of all this, is it time for him to resign and would it even make a difference? >> i don't think it's time for him to resign. it's time to work on improving community police relations not only in ferguson but across the nation. to improve police policies in new york and missouri. we have seen really disturbing pictures and powerful images of individuals violating the civil rights of regular citizens. i think now it's time for leadership and now it's time for
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a national discussion on improving police/community relation. >> john, that actually leads to my next question for you. we're seeing so many cases of police brutality and video evidence. i want to show you some. this week a video was released from south carolina where a state trooper shot a man during a traffic stop earlier this month, and we want to watch this and listen to this exchange because it is very important but i do want to warn you, it is very graphic. let's watch. >> can i see your license, please? get out of the car. get down on the ground. get down on the ground. >> i just got my license. you said get my license. i got my license right here. >> put your hands behind your back. put your hands behind your back. put your hands behind your back. put your hans behind your back. >> what did you do, sir? >> are you hit?
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>> i think so. >> the trooper here named sean grubert was quickly fired. so what are your thoughts on how swiftly authorities acted in this case, especially against one of their own? >> i think it's very, very important. it sends a correct message. it rarely happens. police officers are involved in these kind of shootings and rather does the law enforcement agency take a public statement against them quickly. we do have a case out in california where an officer beat up this woman in chp and some action has been taken but not quickly as this action was taken. so this is a good sign. but a lot of police shootings in the country with the exception of ferguson. nothing with the exception of the police agency taking action against the officer. >> a settlement was just announced this week in that california situation. what do you think about that? >> you have to transpose the swift action in south carolina versus the unfortunate incidents and facts in ferguson, missouri, which is why you have this
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flare-up in ferguson, missouri. the fact is that the body of mr. brown was on the street for four hours. there was not any response from government officials. and in cases like this, what we need is swift and immediate action from government officials. we need leadership particularly as it relates to improving police/community relations and provide them with some degree of support that in fact the police officers are there to serve them as opposed to just violating their human and civil rights. >> john, you were the attorney for the woman in the situation in california and the settlement was reached this week. how is she doing? >> she's doing quite well. it is difficult. i mean, she was a person who was in a lot of need. they hid her identity for a long time. so now she's on the right track. i'm very hopeful that as we work through the special needs trust that we're working on that was part of the settlement that she'll be placed in a position that this kind of -- will not put her in the same kind of predicament she was? >> eric holder announced this week he's resigning. what does his departure mean for
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all these situations? >> he's been a wonderful leader in regards to lgbt marriage equality in this country, in regards to focusing on terrorism, in regards to police/community relations, the fact that he went to ferguson i believe sent a message to the community that he understood and he was sensitive to the issue. the issue for me is really a continuity of leadership in justice. and so clearly the next individual who they will appoint hopefully will have those same value and will maintain a commitment to voting rights, to police/community relations, to marriage equality as well as to focusing on the serious nature of terrorism we face in this country. >> we're almost out of time, but one more comment from you? >> i think his departure is significant in part but what he's done is focused people around the criminal justice system and policing, per se, there is well over 20 cases that he looked at departments and made decisions. he's also made real decisions about the kind of crimes that
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are charged and mindful of the disparity and charging in criminal cases, particularly drug cases. he's been a real leader and beacon in these areas and beyond anyone else. >> letitia james and john burress, thanks to you both. right now a live look at new york's central park where thousands are gathering for the global citizen festival. one of the big goals is to help millions of children who don't have access to life-saving vaccines. up next i'll talk to one doctor leading that effort about the deadly diseases that we thought were gone but are now making a comeback. mom usually throws a gogurt in there. well mom's not here today so we're doing things dad's way. which means i get... two. (singing) snack time and lunch. (singing) snack time and lunch. gogurt because lunch needs some fun.
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tractor trailer. four people died, a dozen more were injured. kerry sanders just arrived at the scene. >> reporter: most of the scene has been cleared up of the wreckage from the accident. in fact it took the authorities a while to find the 18-wheeler that was northbound, crossed through the median with a grassy dip, i paced it, 110 feet wide. it made it in a straight line across the median as it was traveling north. and as it crossed into the southbound traffic, that was just at a lip where traffic was coming up over a hill. and apparently, according to witnesses, went right into the side of the bus right behind the driver's side of the bus right behind the driver, causing the bus to flip and spin on its side. as you noted, four of the girls on the team, four of the women on the team died, three died at the scene. another one was rushed to the hospital where she died.
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and others were in officer pain and moaning. according to one of the witnesses on the scene when they arrived, the first thing they did was try to keep them all together because a fear that they might start wandering off because they were in shock. many of them reaching for their cell phones, crying and calling home to try to get hold of their parents, to make a connection to somebody that they knew. according to the witnesses, those who were on the bus did recognize right at the moment that as they were trying to assess what had happened that some of their friends, some of their teammate hs actually died. the teams who are now at the scene waiting for the national transportation safety board are actually clearing up the remaining debris which is in the wooded area to the side of the road and among the items they've retrieved were numerous softballs that they picked up that clearly were in, it appears to be, in one of the buckets on the bus that was just propelled into the woods. >> this is deeply sad. nbc's kerry sanders, thank you.
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>> sure. right now several deadly diseases once thought to have been wiped out are making a comeback. polio, measles and whooping cough are among the diseases around the world that are putting millions of children back at risk. let's bring in seth berkeley t ceo of the vaccine alliance which is part of this year's festival going on in central park today. it's becoming a crisis here in the u.s., too. why are we seeing a new reluctance to vaccinate? let's start in the u.s. why is there a reluctance here? >> well, it's kind of shocking because in the countries i work people see these diseases every day. they know people who have died of them, so they worry about them. here we've had so much success for vaccines that people don't think they're necessary any more. surprisingly it's actually in the wealthy communities where we're seeing a drop in vaccines. parents don't see the diseases spreading. they think maybe there's side effect from the vaccines, we just won't vaccinate our kids. the coverage rate for vaccines in l.a., in affluent
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communities, was as bad as that in sudan. >> wow. let's talk about polio, another disease making a comeback and it's terrifying. pakistan seems to be the center of this resurgence. 145 cases reported in that country so far this year. how afraid should we be? >> first of all, the good news is there are only three countries left where polio is endemic and that's afghanistan, pakistan and nigeria. this year nigeria's only had six cases. so they're bringing it under control, although there are still insurgent areas that we don't have good data on. afghanistan has also brought it down. it's really pakistan that's left. they're now up to 178 cases. and that is a huge challenge. we're trying to work to strengthen their health system roll out a whole range of vaccines including polio and try to end it there. but as importantly save the lives of their children who are dying from measles and other infections as well. >> one of the goals of the gavi alliance is to immunize nearly a
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quarter of a billion children by 2015. how realistic is that? >> well, we're doing well. i think we'll exceed that number. we're here at the festival to talk about the next period, 16 to 20, and they're we're hoping to immunize an additional 300 million children and save 5 to 6 million lives. but it isn't only about saving lives, it's about getting the children to live up to their full potential, to have their families not be tipped into poverty from disease, to be able to learn and go to school. >> what is the greatest challenge? >> the greatest challenge is trying to reach children who aren't being reached. today we reach four out of five with the basic vaccines but we really want to reach every child because the ones that we're not reaching are the ones at highest risk that they don't have access to good health services. and so if they get sick, they even have a worse outcome than those who live in areas with access. >> dr. seth berkley, thank you very much. i'm going to let you go because you have to make your way to central park for the show. do enjoy. thank you for being here. be sure to keep it here for
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msnbc's live coverage of the global citizen festival featuring performances by the roots, carrie underwood and more, all coming up at the top of the hour. september 27th 1964 when the warren commission released its report on the assassination of john f. kennedy. its central finding the deadly shooting was the work of one man, lee harvey oswald. he was arrested an hour after kennedy was pronounced dead. odds wald was shot and killed two days after. here's a look at how nbc covered the warren commission's report. >> good evening. i'm frank mcgee. the warren commission makes these marriage findings. lee harvey oswald assassinated president kennedy. he did it alone. he was not a part of any conspiracy either domestic or foreign. in arriving at its findings, the
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ammunition supply points, very important to get those. and vehicles, convoy or two, vehicle park and so on. and then targets of opportunity, concentrations of isis soldiers, although a lot have head for the hills and literally in caves. so from time to time we're going to have more targets of opportunity. >> strategically what do the european allies bring to the table? >> not much. either tactically or strategically. their heart's in the right place and so on, but they bring just a demonstration that we in fact have a coalition. and that's really all this united states wants is a commitment that nobody's against us going in there. they're not going to bring much to the table, even though their air forces are very good indeed, i think the brits only have two planes so far. >> they're being very specific about being operative over iraq, not syria. >> yeah. they don't -- look, i think nobody including the united states wants to look as if it's on the case of guys who are
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against, against assad. they don't want to appear to be on the side of assad. and the united states, we managed to parse the language really we'll, while we're not on assad's side, we're knocking off bad guys that are not against assad necessarily, it's really just isis and khorasan. the europeans are less sanguine about making that fine distinction. we don't want to appear as if we're trying to knock off assad's enemies. we're less concerned with that. >> as far as boots on the ground go, we know that the talk is about arming the rebels, 5,000 in syria. the chairman of the joint chiefs yesterday saying we're going to need more like 15,000 people. my question to you is throughout history when has arming rebels truly worked? >> it hasn't worked for often. certainly not when we're arming what we call moderate rebels. it is an oxymoron.
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i think 5,000 is the number they've come up with because i don't think we're pretty sure or we're very sure that we're going to be able to get a whole lot more at least in the beginning. we're going to need a lot more time to find more moderate rebels to train, to get up to that 15,000 level which i think is too few and i think it will take some time to do that. that's why i think the administration, general dempsey and the secretary of defense is saying get ready, folks, it will take some time before we have people on the ground against the bad guys. it will take a long period of time. >> the challenge is, "a," finding these moderate rebels. i don't know how you would identify that, you would know better than i, obviously. how concerned are you about it, "a," not working, but, "b," about it backfiring, as it has? >> we have less chance of it backfiring than it dissipating into the sunset without any positive effect. we're going to continue to drop bombs on bad guys, but at the end of the day isis is not going to be destroyed until you have
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people on the ground who cannot only defeat isis on the ground with the support of air, but also to hold on to the terrain gains. that's not going to happen unless you have enough people. and that may never happen. >> one more quick question about the cora son group. bring us up to speed on that. many people are just hearing about it now. why does the u.s. consider this particular group such a threat. >> remnants of al qaeda, i think we consider it a very big threat because we have credible intention that they are targets here in the united states and also in europe. we don't know where and we don't know when, but we've got verified intelligence that they're after attacking targets in the united states and in europe and we take that seriously. >> all right, colonel jack jacobs thank you very much. >> you're very welcome. >> we want to go to a live look at new york's central park. the global citizen festival gets under way in just about an hour. the goal is to raise awareness about the world's poor including
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but it's always about the very thing we do best. ♪ we're counting down to coverage of today's global citizen festival. the dwogoal is a big one, to en extreme poverty by 2030. one thing they're looking to target is water. one in ten people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. there's a bill in congress hope to change that. and that is today's big idea. the water for the world sets a deadline for global strategies and provides aid to countries hardest hit by a water shortage. joining me now congressman earl
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blumenwater. how has the situation improved? >> in 2005 we established for the first time this being an objective in the united states foreign policy. we've been able to funnel more money into it. this is seeking to take that to a higher level. to be sure that we're concentrating in the areas of greatest need, which we haven't always done. and be able to focus on the things that will make the most difference. by the time i walk off this stage in four minutes five more children will have died needl s needlessly. >> something we heard from charlie rangel this week is that providing water is a cheap proposition with a great return. cheap is an interesting word to use. how dheep are cheap are we talk? >> if every american family gave up one restaurant meal a year, that would be enough money if it were put behind this, to provide drinking water and sanitation for everybody in the world.
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and part of the problem that's taken place in syria, the country was turned upside down because of this massive drought and not having access to drinking water that helped destabilize the city. think of what we're paying now in the aftermath of things like that. >> the issue of providing clean water is also a global national security issue. talk a little bit about how that aspect plays into things. >> we have 260 water basins that are multinational, that they're areas of potential conflict. thinking for a moment what's going on in gaza right now. within two years there will not be adequate drinking water for 1.7 million people in gaza. the humanitarian problems, the chaos, the security, these are areas that we are going to have to spend more time working on. it is a threat to american international security issues as well as the humanitarian. >> where do you see the biggest need in the world right now? >> the biggest need right now is
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to be able to broaden the definition to go beyond just drinking water. sanitation. there are more cell phones than toilets in the world. and this is a huge problem in terms of security of women, in terms of more pollution. i would like us to have us be able to extend this to a broader conversation and for people to look at the entire equation. >> i asked you during our break whether or not -- because you're going to the festival today and i asked if you were a jay-z fan. you had a great answer to that. >> i'm so in awe of these celebrities who have lot of things they could about doing focusing on the needs of poor people around the world, particularly drinking water and sanitation. these are the folks that have a lot more kick with the public than politicians and i'm so pleased that they're willing to donate their time and energy for this important cause. >> congressman earl blumenauer, go out there and have fun today.
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that's just a few minutes from now. let's check back in with ronan farrow who is co-hosting msnbc's coverage of that concert. hey there, ronan, what can we expect today? >> good to see you, milissa. you can see it's gotten really busy here. again expecting 65,000 people. they're filing in now. what's interesting about this group is a huge majority of them actually had to get in by doing acts of substantive activism targeted at these three pill ars they're addressing here tonight. in between these live acts and the musical performances they'll be focusing on vaccinations, sanitation and water and education. all very contentious debates and all subjects that are in need of funding boosts from governments around the world. those are exactly the bo lly th that will be asked for. >> have you talked with any of them about what their interest is in things like this? >> i mean, look, i think there's a lot of reason to regard this
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kind of a celebrity concert with skepticism but what's different about this again is they're mobilizing the audience. what i've heard from the stars of this show is that's what they're here for, they like that difference. they're feeding off the energy of a crowd that's here for love of music but also here to see if they can make a difference and see some commitments made on the stage. gwen stefani of no doubt told me that's why she's here. even her band, no doubt, has followed up on that by tweeting at the government of norway asking for bigger commitments on health spending. we'll hear from some norwegian officials on the follow through on that. >> as far as the people who are attending go, ronan, you were mentioning that they simply can't just buy a ticket. in most cases they had to perform some sort of act of generosity. can you give us some kind of campbell? >> it's things like lobbying for a piece of legislation on clean water, lobbying for more money from governments which is much more effective on a grander
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scale than passing around a tin cup to individuals. in the fight against polio, which is chronically underfunded this organization and group had a concert devoted to that cause specifically. and within days of that concert five world leaders came forward with hundreds of millions of dollars on new commitments on polio. a chance to take some of these forgotten issues, the issues we don't hear celebrities talking about a lot and bring them out into the open. right here, there are portable toilets set up. on the front of every one, milissa, it says more than a billion people were subject to open defecation. meaning they don't have any kind of sanitation system around them. that leads to a lot of health problems. it's certainly nothing we hear these kinds of celebrities talking about a lot. >> msnbc's ronan farrow, enjoy the concert. >> appreciate it. it will be fun. >> we'll be back tomorrow starting at a special time, 2:00 p.m. eastern. coming up now, msnbc's coverage of the third annual global
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citizen festival hosted by ronan farrow, chris hayes and alex wagner live from central park. that starts right now. live from central park in new york city, the day has finally come! >> over 60,000 global citizens celebrating the movement to end extreme poverty. >> live from new york city, it's the third annual global citizen festival. a concert to end extreme poverty. over 60,000 global citizens earned their tickets by taking action to help the world's neediest people. and now they're here on the great lawn for a day-long concert hosted by hugh jackman and featuring some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. tiesto, the

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