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who we want to be over the next 15 years and for decades to come. will we accept an economy will only a few of us do spectacularly well? or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who marks the effort? the list of economic proposals alone was long. everything from tax reform to new tax cred ises to help for klemp. he also added calls for new trade deals and new medical initiatives to help cure diseases like cancer and diabetes and greater internet access for everyone. one place where he did not signal much change was in the fight with america's enemies. >> we will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks and we reserve the right to act unilaterally as we have done relentlessly since i took office to take off
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terrorists who pose a threat to us and our allies. another big part of the president's address was calling for new cooperation with the republican-controlled congress, but he also warned the gop that he would not back down from a fight. >> we can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the up in rules on wall street. or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got to fix a broken system. and if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, i will veto it. it will have earned my veto. >> chuck todd is nbc's political director and moderator of "meet the press." he joins me now. as a matter of fact i'm in your set of "meet the press." always a pleasure to see you. >> that's good. >> what were your takeaways from last night? >> look i go back to the most surprising part of the state of the union he gave. a kpan-style outlining an
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agenda rather than sort of the postelection feel that you get in a postelection year-type state of the union. this is normally the odd number state of the unions this is where you can get legislation passed, even ones set up the campaign fight. this one felt that way and the other part of it the president almost seemed to embrace the fact this is the last one that he has to own the stage. yes, he'll have another state of the union he deliver, but that in the midst of a presidential campaign. this one, all right, i'm going to use this moment to take -- to take credit and validate some parts of my presidency but also sort of leave a marker here for the democratic party to carry forward. so it had that feel as well. >> some of the folks i was talking to a lot of people in telemundo last night, for example, he didn't emphasize immigration. he said essentially i took action. if you want to take the ball do so but i'm not backing down. >> the white house would sap the reason they that he acted on
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immigration. this is something that is a little bit of a red flag to some republicans, though no use taunting them if you're trying to work with them on other issues. so -- i get what he chose to sort of leave it more out than he did in. it certainly was a very small part. >> yeah. i think he mentioned immigrants once. >> yes. no, and -- well again, they would argue. >> right. >> he acted. >> talk about the things you think can be done can be accomplished with a republican-controlled capital? >> well, i would say this. it's all the smauter thing ersmaller thing. trade, republicans clapped there and sometimes trade deals break up geographically more so than politically, where folks from the coasts end up being more free traders, whether democrats or republicans. i think of all the little proposals to help working families, i think the one for child care tax credit is one that seemed to already have bipartisan support and a new war
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authorization i think you'll get there. the most surprising response i have to say from republicans i've heard this morning that makes me think maybe tax reform is possible was from paul ryan on "morning joe." much more conciliatory than any other partisan leader. not a lot of republicans agree, but also like you can tell paul ryan who is probably the single most important republican, if you're the president, to deal with, because taxes go through paul ryan and trade deals go through paul ryan and if he's going to do any big things in 2015, paul ryan's going to have to be by his side as that signing ceremony. the fact that paul ryan acknowledges that and was reaching back that's not an insignificant development this morning. >> don't be surprised if paul rye ryan has something to do with immigration? >> listening to him you can almost see the burden of not being a presidential candidate totally off his shoulders. saying all right, i want to do things in tax reform.
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we won't raise taxes on the wealthy but doesn't mean we can't work something out. his line. sounded like a guy who wants to cut deals, and without the burden of worrying about party politics you can do that. >> and the president had pretty were punchy lines last night. here's what may have been the best one. >> i have no more campaigns to run. my only agenda -- i know, because i won both of them. >> how do you think, chuck that played? >> one of those that not scripted by the way. obviously unscripted. one he was responding to somebody in the audience. by the way, i mean and this is -- this is society as a whole. it is a amazing how we don't sit still anymore anywhere as a country collectively. even members of congress can't sit still and be quiet during a one-hour speech but he was obviously responding to something. you wonder if on tv to people that were opponents of the president, they probably thought, oh he's being cocky or
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something like that's one of those lines that may not play as well on television and it may have played in the room. >> supporters loved it. >> exactly. like, give it to them. they want to see that. do you want to see that at a state of the union? but talk about the larger message, right? that was a big chunk of the speech debt kade to the polarization and gridlock, which is, the president sort of taking some ownership is not the right word but acknowledging that many thought he'd be the guy to break this and acknowledging it isn't broken. he has yet to break the sort of gridlock in here. he didn't take the blame but wanted washington to change its ways. good rhetoric. the question is what actions does he back it up with in order to change this. >> chuck todd. thanks for let us borrow your set. i love it. >> it's only on a lease for me too, anyway. right? >> we're all on leases. right? >> that's right. turning to a foreign policy issue and a developing situation
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in yemen, home to some of the most dangerous terrorists in the worlds where things are going from bad to worse. shiite rebels have taken control of a military base and a stockpile of ballistic missiles following the news they've surrounded the home and office of the president of yemen tightening their grip on that nation. i'm joined by middle east policy adviser, ambassador good to see you. what the heck happens this week there? >> well, i'll tell you, if you want to get confused, just put yemen on the map. the situation there is more complicated largely because not only is the presidential palace been surrounded by shiite rebels, but you layer over it jose another sunni/shiite conflict with proxy saudi arabia the sunni power sashgs porting the sunni insurgency against the houth i rebels. it's based in yemen and from aqap that almost all of the
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successful inspired attacks against the homeland in the united states have occurred. and the minute that yemen descends out of control, it provides that fertile ground again for aqap to be resurgent throughout that country. >> and let's talk a little more about that's this is not a new situation. the united states has played a part in trying to keep the government in place, and it's been very fragile for many years now. >> indeed. after the overthrow of president saleh, a dictator sanctioned by the united nations for supporting the houthi rebels for gaining power. the president hadi under house arrest by the houthi rebels on the basis to attack aqap and mount a largely successful anti-terrorist campaign against al qaeda in yemen. >> ambassador, always a pleasure. thanks for being with me this
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morning. and developing now on "the rundown," terror on the streets of tel aviv. a palestinian man accused of stabbing at least 11 people on a bus including the driver. four seriously hurt the other minor. officials saw the suspect running from the bus and shot him in the leg before taking him into custody. the 23-year-old man entered israel illegally a few days ago. time to turn to weather. and a clipper system that's bringing a blast of winter to the midwest and northeast. here's a live look outside right here in washington, d.c. where we're expecting a rain-snow mix today. the system is already dropping light snow in minneapolis and cleveland and could be good practice for a larger front coming over the weekend. nbc news bill karins is here with all the details. bill, good morning. what can you tell us? >> good morning to you, jose. looks like winter is back. an active period over the next ten days starting with a clipper system today. a bad morning commute. pittsburgh and cleveland especially. the real big storm is going to come, looks like on saturday. get into the maps.
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show you the pittsburgh area at 31 with snow. moderately to heavy's in cleveland. a quick two inches there. later heads towards the delmarva and chesapeake. i don't expect a lot in of d.c. area especially the beltway. too warm. baltimore and philly snow accumulating even on roads. probably two inks in baltimore. three around dover it city. hardly anything in new york city a coating. talk about the next storm, right now in new motion coe. heavy snow. the mots of new mexico and icy stuff in north texas the next two days. that storm by saturday developing and rapidly strengthening right off the north carolina coastline and a classic nor'easter looks like. the question, how far will the rain/snow be pushed inland? the further inland obviously the higher the amounts will be. still question marks but a possibility for six to ten inches for someone especially in areas of new england and another storm after that jose on tuesday. a mostly snowstorm. ohio valley to the northeast and
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then after that brutally colds in the east. looks like we had a january thaw across the country. that's over. now we're get toing right back into the grips of winter the next two weeks. >> bill thank you. always a pleasure to see you. just getting started on this wednesday edition of "the rundown." after the break, the president's firm stance on cuba. he laid it out last night. talking to both sides on the issue and a historic trip to havana. president obama took the opportunity to welcome former cuban prisoner alan gross. and after years in prison we are overjoyed that alan gross is back where he belongs. welcome home alan. we're glad you're here. me, and i love it. but when i started having back pain my sister had to come help. i don't like asking for help. i took tylenol but i had to take six pills to get through the day. so my daughter brought over some aleve. it's just two pills, all day!
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on cuba we are ending a policy that was long past it's explanation date. xrags expiration date. when what you're doing more than 50 years doesn't work, it's time to try something new. and calling on congress to end the regime. after five years held captive by that regime alan gross. on the ground in havana cubans keeping a close eye on the president's address. gabe gutierrez smoke to onepoke to one couple after they watched. >> we are realistic. we know this will take time. it's a long history of mistrust. we need to overcome all that and not mistrust baufr because it's mistrust it's base and real facts. we need to overcome that.
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we need to try to be good neighbors. >> joining me now from havana's gabe gutierrez. good morning. >> reporter: jose, good morning. >> you spent time with this couple, by the way, it's unusual that the island watched an american president give a state of the union address on national government-controlled tv? >> reporter: right. well, the cuban people watched that on a ven -- venezuelan laced network. they saw it as a possible sign. of course that view is not universally shared. while they were happy to see alan gross getting a standing ovation from much of the xham chamber, people like senator rubio did flot stand up and speaker boehner, they brought their own guests to the state of the union and were prominent opponents of the castro regime.
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the dissident john boehner brought, the shift is inn policy will no nothing but prop up the castro government. however, the people we've spoke to near havana the word we're hearing, hopeful the solicit in u.s./cuban relations might help the countries and bring more prosperity after decades of just a very difficult relationship filled with mistrust jose. >> yeah. gabe gutierrez from havana. thank you. see you in the next half hour. in this program, actually speaking to that former political prisoner that was in capitol hill yesterday listening to the president's state of the union. he spent 17 years in a cuban prison. let me bring in executive director of cuban democracy advocacy with me this morning. good morning. >> good morning, jose. >> you're the eder of it the blog "capitol hill cubans. the reaction to the address in the form of the headline "the
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state of cuba the deal is not strong." what did you mean? >> the president missed a historic opportunity. right there he had two important guests. a 25-year-old, daughter of murdered pro-democracy leader and the political prisoner you mentioned, spent years in prison. think of these as cuba's nelson mandelas. instead of pitching congress to embrace a dictatorship what the president is doing, should have embraced this young, flu gen new generation of democracy leaders. the president's speech given was translated into cuba. could have had historic opportunity to call for the freedom and human rights of the cuban people yet he chose not to in his paragraph speech about cuba. that's a huge missed opportunity. moreover -- >> wait. hold on. let me interrupt you, if i
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could. one of the things the president did and quoted the pope saying in diplomacy, small steps eventually make something good happen, and he referred to the embargo, which he asked for congress to essentially rescind last night. he said after 54 years when something doesn't work it's time to try something new. two clear, distinct proposals the president talked about last night. >> yes. the fact is the result after 50 years of sanctions, the result after the demise of the soviet union and now venezuela's imminent economic collapse cuba is a bankrupt dictatorship. a good thing. if we want to see it become one of the ploeft lucrative dictatorships in human history like china's or vietnam's right here in our western hemisphere i think the spread on the wrong side of history. in regards to small steps takes two to tangle. we're seeing on the eve of this historic negotiation with cuba
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the first thing that's happened unannounced a russian intelligence ship has just been docked in the port of havana. in a sign of lack of good faith on the part of the castro dictatorship. throughout this entire negotiation the release of political prizsoners on the list of 53 negotiated some have already been rearrested. seen any political prisoners. we're seeing a cuban regime laughing at us. >> the administration says even if three are re-arrested that makes 48 free today that weren't before december or the 18 months that they spent in negotiating this deal in secret. in other words small steps, if something -- just to repeat the question, if something doesn't work after 54 years, isn't it time to try something new? >> yes. the huge step is throughout the negotiations 13,000 cubans were arrested. there was 13,000. >> forke is oncus on the question, if you would. >> i am focusing on the question. >> okay. go ahead, sorry.
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>> i am focusing on the question and the point is as i repeated later, what you have today in cuba a little socially bankrupt dictatorship. a good thing. we want to see a change to the markets in cuba. by the united states substituting what is the income of what was the former soviet union now venezuela and helping create a wealthy dictatorship we've soon and successful quote/unquote policies in china and vietnam not brought the market in human rights that's a great mystique in our western hemisphere. that is a huge historic blunder i think history will show for the president. >> thank you for being with me. appreciate your time. >> thank you, jose. and we're going to be joined in the next hour by speaker boehner's guest last night. two major voices on the issue of cuba. coming up zooming through some of today's other top stories including terror charges in paris. plus traffic is finally flowing after a major collapse
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and developing right now two big hearings underway in the u.s. senate. the foreign relations committee is looking at iran nuclear talks while armed services is holding a hearing on global challenges. all of this coming on the heels of president obama's state of the union in which he signaled little change in the way of national security. pennsylvania democratic senator bob kayce co-chair of the wmd care him caucus. always a pleasure to see you, sir. >> great to be with you. thank you. >> are you surprise the president wasn't more specific about our national security strategy other than saying we're on the right track? >> i think it was a broad speech on a whole range of issues, both domestic and security or foreign policy. so i think we'll see more specifics over the next couple of weeks but i think he was -- he was speaking appropriately to focus on his record already. that he's worked very hard not only to ensure that we're secure here in the united states but to make sure that we build
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coalitions around the world so we're not always on our own as we have sometimes in the past. i thought it was a strong speech overall but i also think the national security part was particularly strong. >> we calculated the number of mentions given to various foreign policy changes. terrorists seven afghanistan three, isil 2. what does it tell you about the threats we're facing? there were others. >> in a speech like that you can't treat each subject fully, or to the extent you would hope to, but there's no question that the focus that he brought to bear on our strategy as it relates to isis was both determined and focused in its goal to dismantle or defeat and destroy them but also to make sure that we're doing it as part of a broad coalition. a lot of that hasn't been talked much about because it's not as interesting, maybe, to folks to
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talk about it debate or to cover the question of a coalition. but it's very important that we do this so that we're not simply going after isis in a military context. we're also making sure that the other work that has to get done to defeat them in the long run is being done. governance, making sure that we're having engagement with those that we're working together with in the coalition. >> i think it's an important point you bring up. as a matter of fact, japan is facing possibility of two of its citizens in the hands of isil precisely of this world alliance on dealing with isil. i want to ask you about yemen, if i could. how concerned are you this apparent coup could lead to a sharp rise of a number of attacks from that country? >> we all should be concerned. i do think we need to see what ultimately will has there. i think it's a little early. sometimes in foreign policy and the maybe more so in washington it happens a lot in congress
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people take a snapshot on a particular day and announce some cataclysmic result that we should all be concerned about. i think we have to be determined whether it's in yemen or other places to make sure that we're focused not just on tracking down and destroying terrorists, and extremists who would seek not only to -- to engage in the kind of attacks it did in paris but also to go right at a central government like in yemen, but also to make sure that between the effort one effort or another, that's military in nature that we're working in a very determined fashion to make sure that we're attacking the root causes of some of this extremism, because you have to do both. you have to be able to go at the extremists and to defeat them on the battlefield but you also have to be concerned about and working on a whole range of issues that precede that. >> senator bob casey, always a pleasure to see you.
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thank you for being with me this morning. >> great to be with you, thank you. she was at her desk working as receptionist at a dallas hotel last week. last night, sitting with the first lady at the state of the union address in washington. 20-year-old ana zamora. it's a personal issue. >> for me a great honor. a privilege to be there today and i give thanks to michelle obama and to president obama for providing me the opportunity to be there today. it was a huge blessing. >> joining me assistant to the president, director of domestic policy council. a pleasure to see you. >> thank you very much. >> why was ana invited as a first guest of the first lady last night? >> ana is somebody who gives us a lot of hope and whose story reflects the issues the president is working on. she's a dreamer. came to this country as an
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infant, most importantly an american on everything but on paper. she's a good student harks a future in this country and is really reflecting some of the best of who we are. she was there to highlight what the president highlighted in his speech last night as well which is that we need an immigration reform and we're going to continue to fight for the executive actions that the president put forward. >> and cecilia, what the president said last night about immigration -- >> yes, passions still fly on immigration. but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hard-working mom is snatched from her child, and then it's possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. >> cecilia, did the president say enough about where to go from here? because it seems as though the house able to unite, has not
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been that clearly able to unite for any positive immigration reform, one way or another? did the president do enough? is he doing enough now to try and help that conversation forward? >> well so the president's views on immigration reform are very, very well known. he's been working ton throughout this presidency actually dating back to his time in the senate. we got bipartisan bill through the senate, you know a year and a half ago and the house refused to take it up despite the fact we know we have the votes to get it done in the house. so this president's going to continue to press for an immigration reform that fixes what's broken about our immigration system but also took action because of congress' inaction. to do what he can to fix what's broke and congress is. >> now having a debate on immigration but their debate is about undoing the progress we've made rather than about for once and for all fixing what's broken about our immigration system. >> do you think they can go through 20015 and into 20916 and not deal with it? there are rumblings some border issues could be taken up by the
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how maybe next week and issue of broader immigration reform? is it something they can do in 2015 or 2016? >> americans expect them to govern. they understand the spread going what he can but it's not sufficient to fix what's broken about our system. i think americans expect their policymakers to make policy and this is one that can be done in a bipartisan way. >> always a pleasure to see you. thanks for being with me this morning from the white house. >> thanks for having me. after the break, today the supreme court expected to take up a key civil rights issue all over the fair housing act of 1968. we're break down the case and its potential impact next. first, freshman senator joni ernst had the honor of delivering the republican response to the state of the union. here's a little of what she had to say. >> americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions too often, washington responded with the same stale mind-set that led to failed policies like
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back to domestic policy. president obama constantly took credit for the economic recovery in last night's state of the union address. >> we've seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds a stock market that has doubled and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years. >> this is good news people. >> joining me here in d.c., msnbc contributor jarrett bernstein, former chief of economics for vice president biden. good to see you. >> nice to see you. >> let's talk about the issue of the economic recovery. some republican it's taking issue with the president taking what they say is a victory lap.
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as a matter of fact here's paul ryan on "morning joe." >> what hi believe is he believes this on foreign policy on the economy, and we've got a lot of work to do to fix these things and i worry he this things are going fine and we ought to stay with what we're doing and i just don't agree with that. >> does he have a point here? >> certainly the all ted universe rhetoric seems way over the top. i think the president ticked often a number of statistics that are absolutelien controversial in terms of job crazy, low unemployment, the reduction in health care inflation, that's real and actually very dissident to hear senator ernst when she responded saying somehow that obamacare was a failure when demonstrably there are much lower rates that are uninsured and prices are moving like he said. now, the president did say and paul ryan has a point there that in terms of the economy reaching the middle class, reaching low-income people that is unfinished business and actually at the core of his talk. >> as a matter of fact let's talk about that. lower paying jobs are where most
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of the new jobs have come from. replaced higher paying jobs and there are now 2 million fewer people in full-time jobs than before the recession. how do you fix that? >> one of the ways the spread going about it is actually quite direct. interestingly, representative van holland had a plan in this. just opened up another plan in this spirit. what they're doing is increasing tax revenues from those at the very top of the scale who to whom almost all of the growth has accrued in recent years and using that to try to create more educational opportunity, some tax credits. help with child care. paid sick leave. you know the litany from last night, in order to help give the middle class a better chance to participate in some of the growth that we've seen occur. >> so because republicans are saying that's simply not fair to tax one group that is already taxed, to give to the middle class? >> well i think the issue of fairness would really get down to specifics here.
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so you're talking about fairness. >> right. >> the president is talking about closing a loophole in the capital gains tax wherein rich people once they pass on, can bequeath to their heirs literally tens of millions of dollars that go completely untaxed. jock okay? called the tax fund loophole. i don't think many republicans would defend that loophole. i don't think that's so much of a fairness issue, in fact it's very much in a reasonable context of this idea of trying to actually improve the fairness and in a way that might uplift the middle class. >> talk about gasoline. the president mentioned last night that the average family will save about $750 a year because of the lower gas prices. some of those lower gas prices are in no small part due fracking, for example, here in the united states. is that something we should be applauding? >> it's certainly something the president can take creddy for yit
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for. >> even though fracking is done on private lands? >> look to the extent his administration and prior administrations, this didn't get started yesterday, accommodated that research and development. that's a legitimate claim. if you want to be concerned about fracking and many are for good reason there are environmental concerns vis-a-vis releasing of greenhouse gases and water supply things like that. in terms of increasing the supply of energy the president can legitimately take a victory lap on that. >> and that increase in no smart is due to fracking? >> yes. >> just wanted to know that. >> i actually think -- t. is a, an interesting discussion to have. >> it's an important discussion to and have it's actually getting down to the bake of economics of oil, which the price is really determined by supply demand and geopolitics. most recently most economists would tell you it's increased supply of oil that's driving down the price. there is weak demand in places but fracking is part of that increased supply. >> a pleasure. thanks for coming in. >> my pleasure.
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and just two days after the nation paused to reflect on a life and legacy of dr. martin luther king jr., today the justices of the supreme court will consider weakening a federal housing discrimination law passed in the aftermath of his death pap new article on describes it this way. roberts court could cripple another key civil rights law. the author of that article, msnbc national reporter zachary roughsy with me this morning. zachary, good morning. >> good morning, jose. >> talk to me about the facts of the case. what exactly will the court be deciding? >> well what's at issue here in a nutshell is what's called disparate impact. what that means is does the fair housing act cover only intentional acts of discrimination which is what texas is arguing it does or does it also cover the acts that have a discriminatory result even though they may not be intentionally discriminatory. that's the way the law has been interpreted for 40 years, civil
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rights groups say, and there's a lot at stake in that because, of course, especially in this day and age, not many people advertise their intention to discriminate on the basis of race or gender or any other protected group. and so a law that doesn't also cover those effects is a much less useful tool for protecting civil rights. >> so what would be the real world impact as you say, times are different. people don't put up the signs. i remember when my parents dpram cuba in the '60s in south florida, no dogs no cubans signs on the walls for renting apartments. those days are over but it doesn't mean feeling has gone away? >> that's right. and civil rights advocates stress you know housing is really at the fulcrum of civil rights. where you live determines so much about your life. your ability to get a good education to get a good job. to have an opportunity really to have a shot at the american dream. and so if people don't have a fair chance to move into a
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successful neighborhood and change the circumstance of their lives, they're being denied that shot, and they point to ferguson and the events we saw over the summer and this fall in ferguson missouri as an example of that. where you have a history of segregation, segregationist housing policies and it's causing a lot of that racial tension. >> zachary rough, thank you for being with me. richard your time. >> thank you jose. we could be getting decisions today from the supreme court on a couple of other cases we've been watching. we'll keep an eye on any developments and bring them to you as soon as they occur. coming up the drastic measures one california school is taking to prevent the spread of measles, after an outbreak traced back to disneyland. and you know in our next hour, we'll talk with the cuban dissident who attended the state of the union as guest of house speaker john boehner. his reaction, just a little later on.
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learning new details about the outbreak of measles linked to disney theme parks in california. the cases included at least five park employees as more cases are diagnosed. a school in california is taking drastic measures to stop the disease from spreading. nbc's janet shamlian live at huntington beach high school in southern california. good morning. >> reporter: jose good morning to you. what's happening here really illustrates the level of concern over the outbreak. there was a student on campus who has measles, and because of that the school is taking the unusual measure of asking some two dozen students to stay away to not come to class until the end of january because they have not been vaccinated. rebecca renfroe is grounded not by her parents but by her school. they told her not to come back for three weeks. >> it is kind of scary and i am
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kind of stressed out now because i don't know what to do when i get back to school. >> reporter: the 15-year-old among two dozen at huntington beach high school told to stay home. they aren't sick but the school fears they could become ill because none have been vaccinated for measles. >> the child might be at school be contagious no one knows it and is spreading the disease to others. then the disease can take up to 21 days to manifest itself in others who have caught it. >> reporter: experts say people without the vaccine are 35 times more likely to contract measles than those who have been vaccinated. >> in 2000 we pretty much eliminated measles. now we are seeing an up swing and it has to do with people not getting immunized. >> 634 cases across 27 states. 455% increase since 2001. the latest outbreak likely started at disneyland is now in mexico colorado washington utah and oregon.
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rebecca's parents decided against vaccinating her after her older brother had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine and their pediatrician recommended against it. >> would you make the same decision again, knowing now the situation your daughter is in? >> i would, yes, i would not risk her life for anything. i would rather have her get the measles than not be breathing. >> reporter: so the case here is not believed to be related to the outbreak at disneyland but numbers are growing. we have 19 confirmed cases in orange county. 53 in all of california. and jose health officials say those numbers will likely rise. >> janet shamlian thank you for that live report. coming up as we take the turn on the rundown, we talked with a lot of folks on different sides of the discussion about the president's state of the union address with live reports from the white house, capitol hill pentagon and south florida. and a blanket of snow hit
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we're back with hour two of the rundown. in a couple minutes, president obama will hit the road to push for that ambitious agenda laid out in his state of the union address. also at this hour expecting to hear from democrat and republican leaders on capitol hill with their reaction to the president who struck an optimistic chord last night. >> at this moment with the growing economy, shrinking deficits bustling industry booming energy production we have risen from recession freer to right our own future than any other nation on earth. >> we are covering all of the angles. kristin well ter, luke russert,
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jim miklaszewski and reaction from the i am grant community. what's the president's game plan this morning, kristin? >> reporter: a day after declaring victory on the economy, president obama will take his message on the road today, message of increasing taxes on the wealthy to pay for middle class priorities. first stop is boise idaho, speaking at boise state university. also going to tour an engineering lab there. that lab has helped to create a lot of jobs helped spur the economy in boise. this has been a key pillar of president obama's message, the importance of training the american worker for some of the more high tech jobs. then he will head to kansas. lawrence, kansas will spend the night there. will speak tomorrow in kansas. i am told that the focus of that stop is education, but of course we are going to hear him reprice a lot of what we heard in the state of the union address last night. then later in the day thursday jose president obama is going to do some interviews with
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youtube celebrities, if you will. the white house's way of trying to reach a broader audience. and of course they have been hugely engaged in social media, unveiling a lot of president obama's policies on social media in the days leading up to his state of the union. republicans say his tax plan is a nonstarter. a lot of what president obama is talking about right now has to do with not only his legacy but also laying ground work for 2016. >> to the opposite end of pennsylvania avenue, luke russert. as the president tries to sell that plan across the country, it is a tougher sell on capitol hill. >> yeah, that's a good way of putting it jose. there's not a lot of last night's speech we could see bipartisan meaningful work although if you were looking at the tea leaves, one interesting reaction was paul ryan on morning joe saying he was surprised the president didn't go into demagogue mode on trade and tracks reform.
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he chairs the committee that writes the nation's tax laws. there was trepidation about moving forward on tax reform. maybe that's a possibility moving forward. overall, most of the language we heard from republicans was that look this was president obama, he was playing politics again, thinking ahead to the next election, trying to set up his party, not trying to engage in a bipartisan manner. so that's what's to be expected. but overall, if you heard from the republican side they're going to continue to stick with their agenda at least on the onset. today on the house floor, jose a bill having to do with abortion that even some female members felt was too conservative. the conciliatory language doesn't reflect the floor procedure, jose. >> from capitol hill to the pentagon nbc chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. good morning, jim. the president doubled down on policy against isis. said it is working. is it working? >> reporter: depends when and who you talk about.
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in iraq the u.s. military claims there have been small incremental but still solid gains against isis pushing isis out of 700 square kilometers retaking mosul dam. in syria it is a different story. in fact isis has been expanding control of its territory there, and the big difference is ground troops. in syria the isis forces have had their way with some of the more moderate rebel forces able to push their way through and gain more ground. but in iraq they face some iraqi forces and peshmerga forces some of the fiercest fighters in the region. there are nearly 2400 americans not involved in the fighting but in training and assist missions with the iraqi and peshmerga forces. so again, air strikes alone cannot solve this problem. it has to be done with ground troops. but as the president has said and pledged to the american people not u.s. ground troops. >> from the pentagon to miami,
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msnbc irene car moan in florida, that has a large immigrant community. were you with some of them as they watched the speech last night. what did they have to say? >> reporter: i spent most of the evening with multi generational multi lingual activists, and they heard a lot that they liked. often cheered when it came to jobs immigration, lgbt equality, women's equal pay, but there were times they wanted more. i want to introduce you to the martinez sisters, who would directly benefit from policies that president obama put forward. let's take a listen. >> it was a little disappointing, i must say. i was hoping for a little of him talking a little more about immigration reform. >> my parents could be deported any day. a lot of families can be separated. this needs to stop.
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>> reporter: three words missing there, jose that they wanted to hear were path to citizenship. they wanted to hear president obama push for comprehensive immigration reform even though they're aware there are significant barriers in congress. and this is a problem that goes to people's individuals families. the two sisters, one, that was her first state of the union watching as a citizen. the other shielded by deportation by daca. their parents that came from venezuela are applying under immigration relief announced last fall. so they're waiting to see what is the long term solution here and how do we push congress to come to the table so they're not looking over their shoulder if there's another administration or if down the line somebody changes their mind about this. jose? >> thank you all for being with me this morning. appreciate it. picking up where the president left off last night,
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vice president biden this morning also striking a defiant tone taking aim at republicans in an interview with the "today" show's matt lauer. >> you have an awful lot of republicans claiming credit for the recovery that everybody acknowledges the recovery now, the only question is how do you deal the middle class back in fully. and for the first time i am hearing, matt i don't think you've ever heard in the last eight years republicans use the phrase middle class as much as you've heard lately. >> let me bring in congressman michael burgess, republican from texas. pleasure to see you. >> i am well. thanks for having me on. >> get your reaction from what you heard from the vice president. >> not sure i heard entirely what the vice president said but look i guess it is important we talk about the state of the union speech today because by the weekend i don't think anyone will be remembering it. job growth has been an important feature of what has been happening on the ground in texas. i think texas if my figures are correct, about 30% of the job
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growth has come from texas, it is more than double the nearest competitor of the states. the president talked about the energy production of the united states obviously texas plays a big role there. i didn't hear the president thank rick perry for his role in the economic recovery of the country. so it is an interesting juxtaposition juxtaposition. >> i think you'll have to wait for that to happen. but let's talk about the bigger picture of the middle class and plight of the middle class. the president talking about it the vice president said regardless how you feel at least the president has been able to set the agenda discussion to the plight of the middle class. >> i am not quite so sure about that jose. what i think i was hearing last night from the president was look things do look better. some of the statistics are dramatically better than might have been predicted a few years ago, yet people aren't feeling it. that was reflected in the results of the last election.
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so in order to preserve legacy in order to preserve market share for the 2016 election i think the administration realized they need to acknowledge that people are not feeling the recovery in their daily lives. >> and congressman, we're showing as we are speaking a live shot of what we expect to be speaker boehner coming out of the meeting today and talk about that. i want to get back to an issue with you what are the issues you think that republicans and democrats, including the president, can do together in this legislative session? >> well there are a number of things that can be done together, if the administration and if the democrats in the house and senate are willing to work on it. the president mentioned data breach. i am on a committee that's going to be heavily involved with data security and subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing and trade and energy and commerce committee. that will be a big part of our early agenda in this first term or first year of this term of
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congress. the whole issue with precision medicine that the president talked about, we have been doing a series of hearings round tables, and briefings with scientists with investors, with policy makers with regulators. as far as 24th century. so the energy and commerce committee is way out on this. and i welcome the president to that. you know, in fact he mentioned last night about cell therapy and gene therapy and cures for diseases like cystic fibrosis but it is his regulatory agency at the fda that's standing in the way of the progression of a lot of these things that should be available for cures for relatively small populations who have very serious illnesses. and finally trade. it is sometimes a difficult issue for some of us, but the president did reference that. it was again, an interesting juxtaposition. the democrats were silent and it was the republicans clapping. >> texas congressman michael burgess, always a pleasure to
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see you. thanks for being with us. appreciate your time. new video just into us from tel aviv israeli police say a palestinian man went on a stabbing rampage on a bus. as many as 11 hurt four seriously. they shot the attacker in the leg as he tried to flee the scene. these are pictures we are just getting now. and also addressing the threat posed by iran. a response in the address where he encouraged congress to hold off on sanctions while the administration seeks a nuclear deal. it is the first time netanyahu has addressed congress in nearly four years. just getting started on the second hour of the rundown. up next a russian spy ship docks in havana hours before the u.s. renews diplomatic talks with cuba.
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live report from havana next. and speaker boehner's special guest at the state of the union, former mris jorge luis garcia perez and his wife yris tamara perez aguilera. live on the set. and both sides of the householding news conferences. the democrats have gotten under way and soon the republicans get started. we will have them both here on the rundown. sting over $98 million dollars and creating over 2100 jobs. from long island to all across upstate new york, more businesses are coming to new york. they are paying no property taxes no corporate taxes no sales taxes. and with over 300 locations, and 3.7 million square feet available, there's a place that's right for your business. see if startup-ny can work for you. go to [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality for over 19 million people. [ mom ] with life insurance, we're not just insuring our lives... we're helping protect his. [ female announcer ] everyone has a moment when tomorrow becomes real. transamerica.
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>> reporter: good morning. u.s. officials downplay the significance, saying it docked here before in 2012 and 2014 but as you mentioned, docking here in havana yesterday, just hours or a day before the high level official from the united states is supposed to arrive here is raising a lot of eyebrows, reminding people of the cold war tensions between the u.s. and cuba. today the talks are supposed to center on immigration. those have been scheduled awhile back. as you mention, jose tomorrow the talks begin for restoring diplomatic ties and assistant secretary of state roberta jacobson is expected to be here plans among other things to discuss reopening the u.s. embassy here. many call this a historic time for cuba and are hoping the will mean positive changes for the island. jose back to you. >> gabe gutierrez, thank you so much. we will be checking in with you
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as talks get under way. now to two voices from inside cuba both brought front and center into the debate here being among speaker boehner's guests of the state of the union last night. jorge luis garcia perez and yris tamara perez aguilera. 1990 when jorge luis garcia perez was 25. he was jailed for literally speaking out for democracy in his country. he was released more than 17 years later and continues to be a strong voice of opposition on the island. he and his wife also an activist are both with me. they do not speak english. i will be translating live. thank you for being with me. your reaction to the state of the union last night? >> my reaction first was an accomplishment, a very important and unforgettable one. for someone like me that lives in a totalitarian system where having a different point of view
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means a crime, to be in a place where there were some that were applauding the president and others like me disagree with it and didn't do that where there were people were standing up when he came up for his speech in signs of reverence, others like me decided not to and were not beaten or repressed for it to me that's very important something that makes me love democracy more. >> yris the president says one of the reasons he is reaching out to the cuban government is precisely hoping that things can get better for people like you. >> first, human rights will always be violated in the regime of the brothers castro. the people are cuba are not cattle. so that mr. obama can change our principles and our dignity.
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our morals. in exchange for exchanges of finances or business deals. or false agreements with the regime. they will continue we're seeing now the evidence how the beatings, the slappings, the jail cells and cells being filled continues. there are still patrol boats looking for those trying to leave the island. what it tells me is that change is not coming because they removed the embargo, change will not come. >> there's a group of you for democracy, a large swathe of the people in cuba what do you feel
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about the future. >> translator: these relations strengthen the regime. detriment of the resistance. in the way that the government gets stronger, the opposition gets weaker. last night in the speech we saw something which we think is ignorant and lack of respect to our agreement in the island. president obama mentioned cuba never mentioned opposition never mentioned human rights never mentioned political prisoners. only talked about the embargo, as if what cuba needs is only money. as i said cuba is hungry. we are hungry hungry for freedom, for justice, and respect of human rights. >> thank you both for being with me. thank you so much. up next a fresh round of winter hitting the country. we talk about that and a whole lot more in moments. take a look at those shots. in cleveland.
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just a week after house republicans voted to de-fund president obama's executive actions on immigration reform the president fired back during his state of the union address last night. i tell you what let's switch on this issue. we are live. sometimes these things happen. why don't we talk weather, shall we? look at the snow map of the northeast. mike seidel is with us to give us an exact breakdown of what the clouds and snow mean for all of us. mike, i can see you're already in the white lovely stuff. >> reporter: good morning, jose. as you say, [ speaking foreign language ] this is a clipper system moving fast, doesn't have a lot of
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moisture, this is as hard as it snowed all morning. we near the rock and roll hall of fame downtown. that's the great lakes sign center. the stadium. the geese found an opening in the ice, trying to find food that was a big problem last winter. 80% of lake erie is frozen because of cold weather from a couple weeks ago. we have one to three inches here, wraps up at noon. you can see the radar. we had snow around chicago, ground stop earlier in denver because of snow at dia. the timing on this it moves through pennsylvania. d.c., baltimore, temperatures flirting around freezing a little above. could be issues there. this afternoon for the afternoon rush hour. philadelphia, watch out. colder. pm rush hour in philadelphia is a bit nasty. schools are letting out early. timing for new york city sometime this evening, probably after 7:00 or 8:00. evening rush hour in new york city and boston no problems. this moves out. then our focus is on potential for a nor'easter this weekend
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that would impact areas from the mid-atlantic to new england. boston to hartford. this could be a big one, may be rain. stay tuned to stationthe weather channel. still a few days out. >> great plug for the weather channel. mike, thank you very much. we will see you there. appreciate your time. isis hostages, airasia crash and deflate gate japan learned the identities of the two held captive. they threatened to kill the two men unless a ransom of $200 million is paid. the threat came after the japanese prime minister pledged support and international efforts to fight isis.
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a suspect and secret service official that tells nbc news that security cameras outside joe biden's home didn't show a gunman that shot near the home. here is what the vice president said about the incident earlier on "today." >> i feel completely safe being there, matt. they established someone going by at a high rate of speed shot four spots, probably in the air, they could have easily shot and hit the guard shack or a little garage up front. there's no evidence of any bullet holes anywhere. and reports by the county police that an hour later similar shots were heard about a mile and a half down the same road so i'm not worried about it and i think the security of my home is fine. we are learning more about the final minutes of the airasia flight that crashed with 162 people on board last month. officials say radar data shows the plane was steeply climbing at 6,000 feet a minute three
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times the average speed of a commercial aircraft minutes before it likely stalled and plummeted into the java sea. rescue crews brought a dozen floating bags in attempt to lift the fuselage to the surface of the water. according to report from espn nfl found 11 of 12 footballs the new england patriots used in sunday's win over the colts were underinflated. a softer football can make it easier to grip the ball, especially in the rain. nbc news is not able to verify that espn report the nfl declined to comment. a patriots spokesman says the team has been in complete cooperation with the league and will continue to do so. up next the immigration angle hit hard in last night's state of the union. check out how active twitter was. 1.5 million tweets using #sotu. the biggest spike about 10:00 p.m. eastern time last night.
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by the time the next state of the union rolls around the 2016 campaign will be in full swing. but if you were online last night, it might have already seemed that way. the potential gop presidential candidates took to youtube, facebook as well to give their own responses, unlike the official response well they have their own talking points. >> my trips to ferguson detroit, atlanta, and chicago
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have revealed what i call an undercurrent of unease. there's a tension that is visible in protests in every american city as congressman john lewis put it there's growing discontent in this country. >> two months ago we had a national election in which the american people spoke loudly and said the path we're on isn't working. the american people said the obama economy isn't working, millions are hurting, and we want a different path. >> and here with me to frame the debate former adviser to senator john mccain, and former hispanic media director for the white house. good to see you both. luis, i will start with you. rand paul said essentially obama is done forget about him, but others, for example, paul ryan have been mentioning the issue of the middle class and the inequality. does it seem as though the president has been setting the agenda on economics and other issues? >> he is setting the agenda.
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that's a breath of fresh air to take back the mantle say despite obstruction in congress we're going to get things done. congress has to look at immigration and cuba policy and not doing it because they're ready to get to work they're doing it because he took action now they have to step in and show they're capable of governing. they haven't done it yet. they have the burden now that they have both majorities. >> for someone that got the election results from last november, since then to now, the agenda and what everybody is talking about is what the president is saying and not what the new congress is doing. >> it is a famous saying dead on arrival. that's what happened yesterday. unfortunately the president said this is my last campaign. i don't think it is. i think he is still in campaign mode. he certainly didn't read the results of the november elections. it is extremely disappointing what the president did. for this reason. we had election in november the american people said we want to
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go a different direction, elected a republican congress. 20 years ago, bill clinton after similar results got before the congress and said the air of big government is over i want to work with the republican congress. yesterday was a liberal speech by a liberal president with an agenda he knows is not going to be enacted. >> the president what he did was layout the vision for america that i grew up believing in. this was the shiny city on the hill. >> to quote ronald reagan. >> represents the type of america we should have with everybody having opportunity, middle class and working people having as much access to education and opportunities as the wealthy. >> ronald reagan's shining hill in the city was not calling for a tax increase was not calling for laundry list of big government. yesterday, the president missed an opportunity. he set forth a number of liberal initiatives that have been rejected. >> gentlemen, let's talk about an issue that wasn't on the table until the president talked
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about it last december, normalization of relations with the castro regime. you're part of a substantial group of people first applauding the president's decision and asking that further steps be taken, for example, lifting of the embargo by congress. why do you think that would be positive for the united states and people of cuba? >> the president laid it out well. the policies for the last 54 years haven't worked. haliburton didn't work it was supposed to be about bringing the united states together instead isolated itself. you talked about the russian spy ship docked in havana. we need to stop seeding an island off our shores to the russians. it is about engaging a country close to us that we need to have a better relationship with and help empower the cuban people. when we provide excuse for them to crackdown on dissidents to deny internet and say the americans are keeping us from doing this or that let's take that excuse away force them to
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own their own failure. >> on either side of the debate a lot of people are saying the embargo hasn't worked 54 years, why not to quote president obama last night try something new when the old doesn't work? >> that was the argument of the 1970s, since luis mentioned ronald reagan people say we had a kmen indication with soviet union, we had a nuclear freeze detanlt, our cold war strategy wasn't working and that was 70 years. the fact of the matter is the only thing the castro regime understands is power. and that is the power the united states to continue to put pressure on the castro regime. >> they're still there. >> and all that we are going to do now is breathe oxygen to a regime to prolong it. they're going to be there 10 or 20 years. you just had a dissident here a leading dissident here on this program a few minutes ago. the president did not recognize him in the gallery. didn't recognize the democracy
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movement. >> assistant secretary of state for western affairs is heading to cuba you have a senior level official calling on them to respect human rights. >> luis they put people in prison since the so-called negotiations started. >> since we are on the ronald reagan kick, point out the last time a senior official was there was 1980. >> let's talk about this. normalization of relations, they were broken january of 1960. >> '61. first week of 1961. >> that's a long time. this is not something that reagan did. this is a revolutionary shift in policy. what is it that you think is going to be beneficial not to the americans, whether they get three cigars or four will it have impact on the cuban people? >> there's a growing group of independent entrepreneurs on the island, about a half million or so, and if they can benefit from more contact, more flow right now if you travel to cuba under the restrictive rules, we empower castro government to
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control that schedule. you're using state sponsored businesses you're not able to support small businesses. >> but you have to understand this. millions of canadians, millions of europeans have been traveling to cuba for decades. but they're the same thing, canadians and americans spending money, going to cuba. there's no difference. there's no way you can empower an entrepreneur in cuba without giving money to the castro regime and the oxygen it needs to continue the dictatorship. >> i think this conversation will probably continue. >> we have the same goal. want freedom for the people. >> i have a lot of respect for my friend luis i understand he has the same goals. they're lofty goals, they're misguided. >> this is discussion we are going to continue to have on the program. thank you so much. and i want to take you live
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to capitol hill where we're expecting to hear from speaker boehner any minute now this week after house republicans voted to defund president obama's executive action on immigration reform. the president fired back during his state of the union address last night. here is some of what he said. >> we can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unraveling the new rules on wall street we are refighting past battles on immigration when we've got to fix a broken system. and if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things i will veto it. they will have earned my veto. >> let me bring in the president and ceo of national council, janet, thanks for coming in. good to see you. >> great to see you. >> talk about the state of the union last night. the president touched on immigration reform clearly said if you do something i disagree with on this issue, i'm going to veto it. what did you see in that speech? >> i saw a values driven vision
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oriented speech and again what we heard was that clear statement by the president to say if there's any effort to repeal that executive action he would veto it. that's something that resonates very much with latinos and latino voters. >> janet, isn't it a lot of people would say it is ironic that the congress of the united states cannot get anything on the house on immigration reform in the last two years, but can get together to defund daca. is this conducive to anything positive coming out of the house? >> i find it very disturbing and distressing and i am so disappointed in the fact that when you think about a year ago we had the republican leadership talking about principles that would support a comprehensive immigration bill and be a clear
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statement for the republican leadership on this issue. >> what happened? >> here we are a year later. we see this congress start with its first volley out of a controlled congress that's cold by republicans in the senate and house. to see them try to undo daca and undo the executive order, being their statement on the record really is sending a very negative message to latinos and latina voters. >> talk to me about that. a lot of folks tell you they know it is a symbolic measure, that they're striking out against the president taking executive orders on anything they say, and that this is a symbolic vote because it is not going anywhere but it does have and will have repercussions. >> i can't think of substantively a more offensive and politically more disastrous step the republicans could have taken because they in their minds see it as symbolic but
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the message sent to latina voters is a negative one, and not one that would be inclusive as they look to the 2016 elections. and i do think that it was offensive and politically disastrous potentially for republicans to do this. >> is there a political atmosphere in washington, d.c. today and on capitol hill specifically that can get republicans and democrats to at least start talking about issues of importance regardless of your position on immigration? >> i hope so. i know that the president tried to appeal to that very theme last night. i know there's a lot of cynicism in this town and it is easy for everybody to retreat to their quarters. but i do think that immigration reform offers that opportunity for bipartisan engagement and i appreciated the president very much talking about no longer demonizing as we debate issues. i think that's something that
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for latinos in the community, when you hear the immigration issue, it is often in the context of demonization and republicans need to send a different message or they're going to have to suffer political consequences when it comes to the elections in 2016. >> thank you for coming. always a pleasure to see you. >> pleasure to see you. thank you for having me. >> appreciate your time. want to take you on a live look at andrews air force base. the president is about to board. speaking later today at boise state university engineering center. and also interesting developments from the u.s. supreme court. five people in police custody after disrupting the court's session. plus we have a word on a big decision just handed down. justice correspondent pete williams is outside the court. what can you tell us? >> reporter: five years ago the supreme court issued the decision on money and campaigns. some people apparently
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protesting that decision spoke just as the court session started. they disrupted the proceedings. one person spoke, sounded like it was over he was hustled out, and it started over again. whole thing took two minutes, five people spoke, talking about one person one vote to the obvious annoyance of the court. then went on and handed down decisions. one of them was a big victory for former air marshall whistleblower, named robert mclane, who complained when the tsa in 2003 cancelled overnight missions out of las vegas, after issuing a confidential memo to air marshals about a potential hijacking plot. he thought it was a bad idea and was confidential source for a story on after that story appeared several members of congress criticized the tsa, and in 24 hours the government reversed court and rescinded that decision. didn't know who the source was. a year later, mclane again
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appeared on an "nbc nightly news" broadcast. his appearance was altered, but co-workers can recognize his voice. the government investigated him and fired him, said the information he disclosed back in 2003 about overnight missions jeopardized security and that therefore he wasn't covered by whistleblower protection. today in a 7-2 vote the court said that information was not protected at the time and therefore he was entitled to wlis he will blower protection. so victory for him. >> pete williams outside the supreme court. thank you for being with me this morning. up next developing news out of yemen where a coup d'etat is under way. they're moving closer to taking over the government. and check this out. president obama's state of the union word cloud. the words he used most in last night's address. you can see america is most prominent. also the word new.
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yemen. new pictures just into msnbc from the capital of sanaa. where rebels have taken over key government and military operations. they tell msnbc the u.s. embassy is not at risk. senior scholar from wilson center former adviser to prime minister of lebanon, pleasure to see you. >> nice to see you. >> paint the picture of what's going on. >> what's going on is classic case of a coup. this started in september, last september, when the houthi move in. >> who are they? >> they're a shiite group in yemen, come from the north, and they had problems with the government separatist group the last ten years, fighting the government. >> now they're in the presidential palace. >> now they are controlling the presidential palace. today there's a story, they took the military base. the president is under siege, the prime minister went away to
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safe place, the guards don't have a way to guard them. >> meanwhile, the administration is very clear that the u.s. embassy in that country, so far the majority of people are military and security personnel anyway, but doesn't seem to be right now in danger. >> fortunately they're not in danger but the situation there is not going to get more stable. the take over of the execution of the government is going to have important repercussions for the future of yemen and security in yemen, and to have impact on the war on terror and al qaeda and on unity of the country. >> tell us why it matters outside yemen. >> because of al qaeda, terror. yemen matters because if the houthi take over they're allies of iran this will -- they believe neighbors -- if they take yemen, they will take the
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waterway that connects the suez canal with the persian gulf and this would control international trade. that's why it is important for international trade, for international security. but more important also for saudi arabia because it is backyard of saudi arabia and they have a huge border 1800 kilometers of border that will give headache to the saudis and security threat. the most important part they are allies of iran. if they were not allies of iran i don't think everybody would be alarmed. >> thank you very much for being with me. pleasure to see you. thanks for clearing that up. it is a difficult situation. >> it is. next major discovery north of athens. an ancient greek tomb that to date to 300 bc and alexander the great. they say maybe you're seeing
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now to something incredible and kind of creepy. five bodies yes, five unveiled this week after a three month dig at the ancient a.m. fip list in greek. they found a tomb the time of alexander the great. you can say they've all aged well, as did these. let's knock them dead with five secrets of the tomb. number one, christopher columbus may have sailed the ocean blue was buried in spain. dominican republic had a bone to pick with spain, claiming they have the explorer's body. researchers officially confirm in 2006 that his bones are in the cathedral. if you mean two, westminster abbey, the place where saints are buried. one of the most revered sanls, edward the confess or was found
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there 1,000 years after his birth. number three, throw back to a throw back. king tut's tomb. howard carter opened that his coffin made of gold. number four talk about a long hangover. earp ee last year japanese archaeologists uncovered the chief maker of beer for gods of the dead. more than 3,000 years ago. no word if they found any. graceland, elvis, the king. had two graves first in memphis, then moved to graceland. receiving 600,000 visitors a year, i won't be cruel, he just did turn 80 though. i did see elvis recently. i did see him, he was alive and well. that wraps up the rundown on msnbc. thank you for the privilege of
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