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welcome to "morning joe" more bad weather on the east coast. i don't want to talk to him. it's ridiculous. with us on set with willie and me the president of foreign relations richard hath. >> shout out towards peace which is northern ireland. >> we got some other parts to talk about today as well. crawls msnbc analyst harold ford jr. and "new york times" reporter and msnbc contributor jeremy peters. in walk former white house press secretary for president
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obama robert gibbs. we will get to hillary clinton and aaron schock. literally a shock. we have that story coming up. a little heart breaking. extremely abrupt. there must be more going on there. first, let's begin in israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu is eyeing a fourth term after a dramatic turn of events defying expectations and the most recent polls, his likud party surge to pick up ♪ parliament. six more than the zionist movement. netanyahu is declaring a race that days ago seemed to be slipping away. netanyahu is urging other parties on the right to help him form a strong and stable government to protect the security of israel. but the negative tone of the race is leading to plenty of questions about the future this morning. what will be the fallout to comments about the turnout to
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israeli arabs as he wrote in part quote the right-wing government is in danger. arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. left-wing organizations are bussing them out. also what will the relationship be going forward between israel and the united states? there have been rocky ties for years between netanyahu and president obama. he speaks to congress without white house approval only strains those ties further and is there any hope for peace talks after netanyahu vowed there would be no palestinian state if he is re-elected. the last minute announcement repeated promises to the united states. >> all right. let's go to tel aviv. that's where we find msnbc news correspondent host andrea mitchell reports. andrea i understand you have new information for us this morning. >> reporter: well, i just talked to willie some of the closest advisers to the prime minister. this victory was so decisive and so different from eastern what we saw hours ago during his
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victory decoration. even then the votes haven't been counted and the latest exit polls indicated it was a tie and there was going to have to be quite a struggle and a lot of horse trading to create a new government. but now as the actual raw vote has been counted, it's very clear, he has at least 30 seats. with his natural partners in the right wing and especially the religious parties, he will clearly not have to moderate his positions in creating a new government. so it is not going to be at all difficult for him to create this government for a fourth term. in talking to his advisers not in the political party but in the government they say that well, what he meant in the last couple of days about the palestinian state was conditioned. it was right now. there cannot be a palestinian state with hamas and fatau together as they had been in the last months as the peace talks collapsed. so maybe there is some wiggle room there. >> that said it seems very
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likely, it would be very hard for him to go against his hard right coalition and moderate those views going forward after being so declarative in the closing date of this campaign. the analysis here seem to be that it was that really hard push including on election day saying go to the polls, the arab israeli arabs are coming out in droves and that was widely viewed as especially among his opponents in the opposition here and certainly among the palestinian, that was viewed as a really anti-palestinian and many said racist appeal. >> yeah andrea mentions that just on monday prime minister netanyahu met on his poth a two-state solution. the man that was a u.s. envoy for middle east peace when prime minister netanyahu endorsed that two-state solution is speaking out now. former senator george mitchell says he is troubled by the last
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minute suggestion. >> the in fact he did it on the last day felt it was necessary. it's very painful tore me because when i was in the region i met with the leaders of nearly 20 arab countries and almost without exception they did not believe his sentiment when he made it in 2009 that he supported a two-state solution. they stowed me very bluntly, he's not telling the truth. he's not sincere. i argued that he is the prime minister. he had set the poelgs. they should take it as a positive and work to build on that policy to try to get a two-state solution. >> a great extracting solution there by senator mitchell. i do want to ask you about what the president's relationship looks like with going forward with such an important allie. obviously, under great strain the last couple weeks because of that speech in front of congress.
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it runs much deeper than that. how did israeli, president netanyahu move forward from here? >> it's even more poisonous. in the last 24 hours, much overlooked outside of israel. certainly not here was na in his final appearance just yesterday, he said that foreign money had been pouring into his opposition and his likud advisers were telling me they mean the state department. that i mean the u.s. government. so they believe the obama white house made a last minute push to try to defeat him with money from the state department. >> that is only going to make it worse. president obama had a bad relationship before now it is even going to be worse, but the republican leaders in congress certainly feel vindicated they stood by netanyahu, righted him, hosted him. they had democratic support for that. so i think it will be very hard going into 2016. it will be tough for hillary clinton. it will be tough for anybody who wants to see the broader middle
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east peace and is skeptical about netanyahu's policies because look who his big fundraisers were. the big republican moneyman was in the gallery for that joint speech. i mean i can't even tell you how difficult i think this is going to be politically back home. >> all right. nbc's andrea mitchell in tel aviv. so grit to have you on this morning. we will be watching you later this afternoon when andrea mitchell reports. michael crawley puts it in his political piece, bb wins big. he did the job. he won the election. what did he lose along the way? >> two things t. move to the right should not have been surprising as so many think it is. this is an israeli society that's moved to the right. because of immigration patterns and the mix or balance between secular and religious. the polls are almost always wrong and under count conservative tendencys in israel. secondly bb has three constituencies he has to work with, in many ways he alienated.
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secondsly, one out of five or so israeli citizens are arab. israel does not want to have the situation one out of every five feel alienated. he has a real problem there. obviously, the palestinians. i think the chance of progress on the so-called israeli-palestinian issue are close to nil, given what's going on in the region right now. >> robert gibbs, inside the white house, it's got to be frustrating because it a lot of this was sort of imposed upon them with the republicans and the speech and now watching this election. but moving forward, what itself the strategy, working with israel and trying to move forward in a positive direction? >> well, look i think the two countries again have a fairly indisspencible relationship. they have big, big mutual understandings. a lot on the line in terms of foreign policy. i think, personally i agree with andrea. i think this is a relationship between the president and the prime minister that you could actually see getting worse in
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the next few weeks if an iran deal comes through before it ever has a chance to get better. i think it will be very challenging, despite the fact that there are a lot of things that are mutually important to both countries as it relates to foreign policy. i'd be interested to know what richard thinks you know how does this affect. how does bb walking away from a two-state solution affect you know, what israel and what europe does around the palestinian state? >> well i think on that the prospects weren't very good to begin with. it wasn't as though the situation was ripe for a break through given divisions on the palestinian side given all the uncertainty in the middle east. given the israeli, the perceived lessons from having withdrawn from gaza and lebanon. quite honestly bb was trapping into tremendous israeli skepticism about reaching out to the palestinians, but you are right. europe is on a different page. lots of americans are on a different page. you will probably see continuing
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palestinian efforts to isolate israel. you will see things in the international court. will you see movements on campuses that will try to quote/unquote legit might iz ral. the issues will not go away. i don't think the prospects were good between the israelis and palestinians right now. >> after weeks, this was stunning, which happened over the past 24 hours here in washington, after weeks of questions, over his spending congressman aaron schock announced he will resign at the end of the month. here's nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. >> you lose credibility. >> reporter: a political career undone by his curious office decor and extravagant travels as seen on instagram. >> what do you say we first take a selfie? say hello, new york! >> reporter: 33-year-old illinois republican aaron schock whose famous abs landed him on the cover of "men's health magazine" schock will resign
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from congress. i do this with a heavy heart, he wrote. schock stunned constituents waiting to see him. >> i didn't really think he would resign. it was kind of discouraging when more would come out. >> reporter: what began as interest in the abby style office makeover quickly sfierld tough scrutiny of schock's use of taxpayer and campaign-related funds, including private planes. >> clearly, you know when you rent a plane, people can say, gee that, seems out of touch. i get it. okay. >> reporter: schock paid the government back for some expenses and promised a careful review, but new questions surfaced monday. the chicago sun times and politico reported that schock may have overbilled for mileage. schock claimed about 170,000 miles but the public records showed his vehicle had only been driven 80,000 miles. schock's office says he plans to pay back six years of mileage he
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reportedly did not notify speaker john boehner before announcing his intention to step down. a special election is forthcoming. but he is expected to stay in republican control. jeremy, what happened? i mean, we've all covered him. we've known him for a while. i have to say i'm surprised. >> i think one thing important to point out is just because he resigned from congress does not mean the investigations stopped. so people will be looking into this. we don't know what kind of potential criminal probe there could be. he is not out of the woods just because he leaves office. ly say the one thing striking about this is how self-destructive it all was. like there was no need for him to go on instagram and put his wonderful decadent lifestyle out there for all of to us consume. >> i actually poked him about that on the air. >> so for whatever reason he did this, instead of talking about a young congressman who is rising in the republican party. we are talking about somebody remembered for his abs,
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decorating taste and ability to date taylor swift. >> you have been through this? >> no not this. >> you have been through congress. sorry. didn't mean to say that. but you know my point is you know what a microscope is on you. >> yes. >> which is why, i have to say, i was sort of taken aback by his instagram account and i am no one to judge. put pictures on instagram or whatever. isn't it a little bit different? >> you know when you are in public office in public life you attract a lot of attention. >> unfair flattering. >> why you would then want to publicize or display more of your life i don't agree with jeremy's point if you are a swicht constituent of his in illinois. i would imagine these pictures. i don't go on these sites or partake of this stuff. it would seem to me you would not feel comfortable knowing with dealing with these things later you learned some is
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financed by you as a constituent. it's even more unsettleing. >> eia. let's go one more big story in here. the state department now says there is no record that hillary clinton signed a separation form when stepping down as secretary of state. the government employees typically do sign the form which states that relevant documents such as e-mails have been turned over. but the state department says her two immediate predecessors also didn't sign the form. now there are more questions about why not? >> when you say that you do not have any record of her signing, does that mean there is no such do you mean with her 60 on it in the file? >> that we have found access to yes. >> so, in other words, she's, you are not sure that she did or you are still not sure whether she did or didn't or you, does this mean -- >> i think we are fairly certain she did not. we don't have record of it. >> so when you say, it is my understanding that all employees. i think you even alluded to this
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when it first came up that all employees were required to sign this document on completion of their government service. is that not the case? >> required is not the accurate term. it's we're looking into how standard this is across the federal government and certainly at the state department. >> well, i think it's. okay. just moments before that news conference president obama's press secretary said that all white house employees are required to sign that type of do you mean. >> i can tell you that at the white house while i have not gone through the separation process here at the white house, some of my colleagues have. and there is a lot of paperwork that's involved including signing some documentation related to their tenure here at the white house, but i don't know what that process is at the state department or other agencies. >> that's not something that senior officials would be able to say, i'm not going to do that, it's something for lower level. it's generally something that applies to everybody is leaving? >> well, again, my understanding at the white house is that that
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applies to everybody in terms of the white house. >> richard, you worked in the state department although not yet secretary of state, you haven't had to sign that. are you surprised by this? because jen tsaki points out that col inpowell and condoleeza rice did not sign documents. >> what i understand you have a checklist form. you gave back your building pass. documents or whatever. but the idea of a secretary of state would be given courtesy of not signing it doesn't sound surprising. i expect white house staffs sign such a form i doubt the vice president and president will be asked to sign. it tell us you about the politic, everything that they didn't do is now going to be put under. >> is the politic, harold weigh in. is it politics or just procedure? >> i think that richard is right. i think the relationship that mrs. clinton and the campaign now have with the emerging campaign now have with the press is under a lot of stress and
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strain, according to some of the articles, they're hiring people that help improve upon that. there is no doubt, i don't think this is much ado about nothing also, but i do think the clinton campaign and clinton camp have to understand this is not going to stop. so the best the way to deal with this is obviously to get out in front of it to the extent they can and to minimize this with improving relations with people like jeremy and some of his colleagues. >> don't you think it would be easy just to hand the server over and be done with it? have full transparency, give the people what they deserve. >> i would probably advise her to ask the state department for an independent arbiter to figure we'll go through this and differentiate between the personal ones and ones work related and move on. i can't imagine there is anything in there incriminating or for that matter troubling for mrs. clinton or her presidential candidacy. >> still ahead, developing news overnight in japan, why police are now investigating death threats against ambassador caroline kennedy.
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plus it's a story we have been following the bengals bringing back di van steel so his daughter could receive cancer treatment. this morning the bigger news bigger than any game on the field. also ahead, ariana huffington has been here on set. first, bill kierans with a check of the forecast. >> we have snow coming. we have really cool pictures last night coming up from the aurora borealis. this picture was from the international space station. how cool is that? look at the below in the horizon. these pictures are coming if from areas as far south as tennessee, illinois. there are some beautiful -- this is one of the best as far as picture wise go scenes i have seen from the aurora borealis. let's talk about the actual forecast. there it is there with the pine trees in the foreground.
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the amazing lights in the backgrounds. it's freezing in nothinged once again. we still have snow on the ground. 96% of new england is still snow-covered. it feels like the middle of winter this morning. so bundle your kids in hats gloves scarfs will be in the 30s and 20s in new england. there is snow coming on friday. we can see snowflakes as far south as washington, d.c. not a lot of snow. a slushy inch or two is possible on friday for areas of new england. also, we got rain down there in texas today. >> that will be moving up towards houston and new orleans. overall, your forecast pretty quiet. the exception being new england cold and the rain down there in the northern gulf coast. enjoy florida today. 88 sounds nice in miami. give me room and board. you are watching "morning joe."
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let's take a look at some of the morning papers t. associated press, officials in tokyo are investigating phone calls to the u.s. embassy threatening the life of u.s. ambassador to japan
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caroline kennedy. authorities also said to the investigating similar threats to the u.s. consulate general on the japanese island okinawa. police in tokyo and u.s. officials have declined to comment on these threats. the "new york times" largest church will redefine marriage to include same-sex marriage after the regional bodies on wednesday. they will define marriage as two people traditionally a man and a woman. the change is set to take effect june 21st. washington post kraft foods issued a voluntary recall of 6 million boxes of the original boxes of macaroni and cheese over concerns it contains pieces of metal. it includes boxes with a best when used by date from september 18th to october the 11th and a c2 code. so far, eight customer
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complaints have been filed. no injuries reported. kraft sells more than dlur 500 million of mac and cheese products every year. the washington post half a million has gone to yemen in the midst of military turmoil. they fear it may have fallen into the hands of pro-iran rebels or al qaeda. defense officials admitted there is thrill they can do for aircraft hum-vees guns and drones from being intercepted. from the usaed toolet microsoft is officially phasing out internet explorer to make way for its flashier speedier browser co-name project spartan. it has been a staple of the internet for nearly two decades the plans are to compete against google chrome apple, fire fox and safari. the browser builds later this year with window's 10.
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from the "new york times," forensic scientists have the names, cervantes. pub learned in two parts released in 1605 and 1615. he died a year later in 1616 and requested to be buried in a madrid convent although experts believe they have found the authors remains, they may be impossible to confirm the bone's identity. a sky west flight bound to mexico was forced back to utah because of quote paperwork issues. the airline was able to put all 57 passengers in hotels for the night and they were rescheduled this morning. this in the daily news, devonn
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still, they cut, she was battling cancer assigned to the practice squad. so all of her medical treatment could be covered by the team. doctors gave her a 50% survivor. today the stills have a reason to celebrate. devonn announced doctors are very optimistic and recent scans show no active disease. >> oh i love that story. coming up we are learning more about san francisco linebacker chris borland's decision to retire from the nfl after one season. why he says he was not able to trade health for money. plus, mike bornarnacle joins the table when we come back.
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welcome back as to "morning joe." a story we told you about yesterday, first linebacker for san francisco chris borland the 24 hour-year-old spoke to espn outside the lines about the decision to retire after only his rookie season. >> i think the thing that i can convey to youth and to parents
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to make an informed decision. if you weigh the risc and you decide this is something you want to partake in. it's a free country and nfl will exist for a long time. they make a lot of money. i've had close friends, why don't you play one more year? it's a lot more money. you probably won't get hurt. i just don't want to get in a situation where i'm negotiating my health for money. >> mike barnacle as i said yesterday, he is not a scrub. he was a star in the making. he filmed in last year. got some votes for rookie of the year, could have made a ton of money and walks away from it. >> he refers to youth and parents. it makes you wonder when will be the time that will arrive the first major high school football program wraps it up and says no, it's too dangerous? when will the first college football program be terminated, they'll say, no it's too risky. >> as soon as they say stop making so much money. >> what a statement.
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>> first technology we hope improves where the padding. >> they have been saying that for years. this is the best helmet. >> if goodell and the nfl don't focus, this guy right now, him leaving, his seat will be filled, there are so many kids that want to make the leak. you talk five to ten years, you have ten programs in alabama. ten programs in texas or florida. pennsylvania closed down high school programs. >> pop warner series. >> the problems will balloon even more. >> robert gibbs, you are a huge fan, auburn to be more specific. what do you make of this news yesterday. this has been a drum beat over the last decade or so of injuries and kids parents driving their kids to play soccer instead of football because of the head trauma. yesterday kind of moves us to a new level. >> absolutely. i think you are exactly right, willie t. question isn't how does this impact somebody in college or the nfl. i think there is so much fame and money out there, people will
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continue that pursuit. i think the real question is for parents with younger children are they going to let their kids play football and are you going to see a real change in how many kids are coming up through those youth programs and into either junior high school or high school that feeds into the college in the nfl. i think that will be interesting to see whether in a few years do we look back at the retirement as the beginning of or some sort of tipping point in that. >> let's move to iran the white house is working to support a bipartisan bill that suggests congress will have to improve any deal with iran. politico reports president obama is having direct talks with members of the foreign relations committee. vice president biden and secretary of state kerry are reaching out. 11 democrats have suggested they could be on board in addition to
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virtually all 54 republican senators. 67 votes would mean a veto-proof majority. meanwhile, senator marco rubio says he would absolutely defy european allies and revoke a deal with iran if he was elected president. rubio one of 47 republicans who signed that controversial letter to iran said the next president, quote, should not be bound by any agreement. this comes as a new poll finds 44% of americans believe that letter will have no impact on negotiations with iran. nearly half say the letter was inappropriate, including one-third of all republicans and more than two-thirds say they support direct diplomatic talks with iran over its nuclear program. richard haase the white house, i know looking at these numbers and in terms of what they're trying to accomplish what are they thinking? >> they've got a real problem. it seems some how fair.
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there is a legitimacy that will submit the agreement. if congress would have introduced amendments or changes, this is not a bilateral agreement. congress has the ability to go ahead with sanctions, you don't have to do this. i think it's a real uphill battle for the administration. it seems legitimate and fair to require congress to get them up. >> how is it that all this is taking place without reference to the fact that five or six of the european nations are involved. >> people forget it's the p5 plus one you have china and russia. so we have to be careful. if we're not careful, we will turn this into a transatlantic battle. iran will not be the issue. it will be american unilateralism. >> why don't we try? >> again it raises questions
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about american reliability and consistency. we can't lead the world if we are seen as being unpredictable. there has to be a reliability to foreign policy or ost others won't work with us. >> the white house is obviously the president i had a concerted effort to reach out to senators over the last 24 hour months. how is that relationship billing going to help. as he tries to persuade or dissuade 12 or 15 democrats who are incleaned to support what corker and menendez are trying to put together here? >> well, i think the personal relationships are always important. i think the white house has a good relationship with bob corker. so i certainly think those will be important. i agree wholeheartedly with what richard just says. i think when someone says that about our european allies you have to understand the original sanctions put in place against iran were multilateral
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sanctions. they were sanctions that were approved in the security council by both european russians, a whole series that have to be on board in order to get an international sanctions regime moving forward. you can't just thumb your nose to what your purp european alliest want to do. what others around the world want to do. there has to be a world wide coalition against iran. it won't zpeed it's only one country against iran. >> we look kind of like we can't get ourselves together. richard. i mean. >> that's what from everything from all the domestic things from the near default on the death to government shutdowns to the letter of 47. there is a narrative here. people in the rest of the world connect the dots they go do we want to have all our security dependent upon american behavior? and my hunch is lots of countries will essentially recalibrate their foreign policy. >> anyone besides 46 of the 47 senators who think that letter
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was a really good idea. a dam good thing, amazing. glad we did it. do you know anyone? >> the polls. a little signer's remorse. >> yes. >> people have to be careful t. senate is known as the world's greatest deliberative body. this will not go down in history as the defining moment. >> no. >> what happens inside in beltway doesn't happen there. it has real consequences for the rest of the world. i think this is a sign of that. >> have you ever had signer's remorse, willie? up next an american is charged with attempting to join isis. we have the troubling images allegedly found on the suspect's computer. we'll be right back.
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as we reported earlier this week. the u.s. military does not have combat troops going after isis but there are american fighters on the ground in iraq volunteer fighters. nbc's bill neely joined them on the front lines outside of irbil. >> reporter: war with isis. kurdish troops in a front line battle with an enemy that took their land. they are taking it back. it began with coalition airstrikes hitting isis in three villages. more than 100 kurdish troops move in. with them a half dozen americans. veterans of the war in iraq back as volunteers. some didn't want to be identified. >> the next village. >> the next village. >> okay. >> reporter: they target a black isis flag at a fourth village. as they move in a hum-vee spots three suspected isis runners and gives chase. later they reported three dead. the kurds suffered casualties too, their lead hum-vee hit by a
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hidden bomb. isis' booby trapped roads t. kurds have taken that village but there is gunfire now and a battle going on and the kurds have decided to make a retreat. there is a frantic pullback. isis may have lost ground but they're not beaten. >> they're everywhere. >> it will take time? >> yes. if the enemy don't fight a day, you will leave your children. >> they're pure evil. >> reporter: the kurds spun dozens of ieds and isis tolls. it's an enemy on the run but ready to fight on. >> that's bill neely reporting from the ground. meanwhile, another american is suspected of trying to join isis in syria. this time a united states military veteran, a new jersey man was indicted by a grand jury in new york monday on two charges, including attempting to provide material support to a foreign terror organization. joining us now, nbc news chief
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correspondent jim miklazewski. good morning. who is this guy? >> reporter: well, willie he is u.s. born and raised a former air force airman who had just lost his job as an air force mechanic in kuwait when he hopped a flight to turkey with the apparent intent to join isis. instead, wound up in federal custody on terror-related charges. he is identified as a former u.s. air force airplane mechanic. court documents claim in january the 47-year-old pugh flew into syria to joan isis in the violent jihad. but turkish authorities denied him entry. he was deported to the u.s. and arrest bid the fib fibl. on his laptop agents found 180 jihadi propaganda videos. a cell phone contained a photo of a machine gun. born and raised in the u.s. he was in the air force from 1986
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to 1990 n. 2001 the fbi got a tip that he sympathized with osama bin laden. now, terrorism experts say at 47-years-old it's highly unlikely he would have ended up on the front lines as an isis fighter. but as a former u.s. military service member he would have been a tremendous a huge propaganda tool for isis. now, since he was in the air force for such a short period of time so long ago, nobody believes that there was any connection between his military service and his self radicalization. on his laptop interestingly, was a fare well letter to his wife in which he said there are only two outcomes to this. victory or martyr. obviously, he never had any idea he would end up in a federal prison here in the u.s. . >> wow, fascinating story, jim miklazewski, thanks. richard, you point to a shred of
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good news that comes out, beyond the fact that he didn't make it to the battlefield. >> the turks turned him around. they deported him. this will only work against isis if turkey cooperates. they're the principle routes training up from the middle east and around the world and they recently cooperated with three girls, now this so it might be a slight shred of positive news out of turkey. >> still ahead on "morning joe" college admissions mania, are you in it mike? are you done. oh, frank bruni offers parents and students a path away from the brutal and terrifying, yes, it is, process of get nook a big named school. former government turned university president mitch daniels joins us for that as well t. director of the secret service was in the dark for days about the agency's latest incident and now law makers want answers. we'll be right back.
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the sun is coming up. it is over walk. congress and the public weren't the only ones kept in the dark about the latest scandal surrounding the secret service. it turns out the agency's own director didn't know about an alleged drinking and drive incident involving two agents
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until days after it happened. testimony yesterday about a march 5th incident when two agents who had allegedly been drinking, clancy who didn't learn about it for five days was grilled by lawmakers. >> i'll say it's going to take time to change maybe some of this culture. there is no excuse for this information not to come up the chain. that's going to take time. because i'm going to have to build trust with our work force and the best way for me to work or earn that trust with our work force is by my actions. >> your actions in my judgment should be punishment termination, firing people who have snowboard subordinated their command. you can't run an agency like this or any other agency unless have you discipline in the
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ranks. >> clancy also addressed a pattern of alcohol use within the agency. >> there is an element within our agency that does cope with the stresses that many of you have mentioned today by using alcohol. we've got to find a way to help sol of these people that are going towards alcohol to solve their as a coping mechanism. >> well, i'm concerned about their health as well. i'm more concerned about the health of the president of the united states and who is protecting him from harm. >> clancy assured congress the first family is safe and requested $8 million to build a replica of the white house to help train officers and agents. he said right now they train in a parking lot. robert gibbs, i sympathize with clancy. he's taken on these problems. i do. but there is a difference between drinking problems and drinking and driving. we actually i believe there was never a breathalyzer. it just seems like it just seems like there is no rules and
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regulations in place and they're running wild. >> well yeah look i would say this. i have worked with director clancy. i've worked with a bunch of members of the secret service. i think what joe said yesterday was important. there is an investigation that's going on. he can't unilaterally fire people without some sort of investigation. i think most people should take joe at his word when he says after this investigation, his actions will have to speak louder than any words that he would testify on. i think that will certainly be the first and he acknowledges the first big test that he has as the new director in how he responds to what that investigation produces. >> hey, robert knowing the president and the first lady as well as you do and have over the years, how angry do you suspect they are, not just about this incident but about one after another, we have heard over the last few years about this organization that's charged with proikting
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protecting their lives. >> well, i think there are, there is no doubt there have been a string of embarrassing incidents and harrowing incidents as well. but i will say this you know having worked with those guy, like i said, from very early on in the campaign through all of my time there i think both the president and the first lady are enormously grateful for the service that these men and women do provide. i mean i do think one of the things that joe alludes to this is a remarkably stressful job. >> that picture you put up that shows the agent with the sunglasses. you can stand next to these agents and talk to them before an event and joke around and have a good conversation. the moment that the lights come up and the events and those things start, these guys become stoic. they become very serious. this is a life or death job for them. i definitely think what joe talks about is finding some outlet to decompress when you are fought protecting the president. these are guys that are
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instructed you know to stand in front of the president and take a bullet themselves. that's a lot to decompress from. >> how do you explain the director didn't know about this for three or four days? i don't necessarily disagree with what joe said yesterday, with what you are saying robert. how does the director not know in this happened? that seems to me to be inexcusable and unacceptable. >> no doubt. i think that if you don't have a chain of command that's willing even to take embarrassing incidents and move them up that chain of command, then you got a very weak chain and we know that without some a strong chain, the process of protecting the president will be affected. so i think there is no doubt that there is the incident that happened and then i think maybe even a separate need for an investigation as to how something like this happens and doesn't end up on the director's deck in a very very timely fashion. >> i would agree. >> coming up the secret
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. hillary clinton was actually inducted into the irish america hall of fame yesterday. yeah. hillary said she's very proud, very proud of her irish heritage or her italian heritage or her asian heritage whaev it will take to seal the deal with you guys and to get into the oval office. that's right, hillary clinton was inducted into the irish america hall of fame unfortunately, hillary missed the event because they sent the invite to her work e-mail. it's just upsetting. >> welcome back to "morning joe" it's the top of the hour jeremy peters and robert gibbs are still with us. joining in on the conversation is amy holmes. good to have you back. let's start this hour in israeli. because there was breaking news last night, prime minister benjamin netanyahu, defying expectations and the most recent
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polls. they picked up six more than the zionist union. netanyahu is declaring victory in a race days ago seemed to be slipping away. he is urging other parties on the right to help him form a strong and stable government to protect the security of israel. >> joining us from cnbc first, how did benjamin netanyahu do this? all the polling had this as a tight race even the exit polling yesterday suggested a tight race. in the end, he won by a fairly wide margin. how did he do it? >> this is literally snatching victories from the jaws of defeat. he did it quite frankly by playing to that base in the last 48 hours of this campaign. he was essentially saying he was no longer in favor of a two state solution.
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there was a little push back on that earlier today as well. he was basically saying i am for more settlements and the two state solution is not something i can see happening going forward. you have to remember this is a serious concern. this is an election based on security as well as economic concerns. many of the business leaders that we have been speaking to in israel says the government hasn't been doing enough about the economy. even if he manages to pull together a coalition, that won't have an impact on israeli businesses going forward. at least in the global community. priorities of this administration. >> hadley, you had the palestinian leadership coming out and saying effectively, prime minister netanyahu will see you at the haig. i think i know the answer what is the future of middle east peace talks? >> reporter: well, certainly, there will be interesting movements going forward. i think you will see more of the
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european leaders weighing in in the days that are coming. especially since we seen them talking about sanctions, talking about the problems they have with this government in terms of the president or the prime minister foreign policy being a serious liability for the countries and of course we got the iran nuclear negotiations ongoing as you know. >> cnbc's hadley gamble. thanks for being with us this morning. roger cohen writes an uneasy election of uncertain outcome has already clarified certain things t. world, and certainly the white house, may be tired of netanyahu. his fear-mongering and posturing, but his hawkish defiance and dismissal now explicit of a palestinian state reflect a wide section of israeli society that has given up on a two-state outcome and prefers its palestinians invisible behind barriers. bb king of israel after the
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vote he's not a monarch. he sure looms large. let's talk richard haase, of what that means for the united states, given its negotiations with iran and our own inner politics here that have been somewhat undermining to the president's relationship with netanyahu. some might ask how long is netanyahu going to impact our foreign policy even shape it? >> well again, i don't think the immediate repercussions are about the palestinian issue. there is nothing going on there anyhow t. real issue is iran. that's what netanyahu will focus on like a laser. have you the two deadlines the end of march and the end of june. i think what he has done is set up a dynamic. he will conduct an early policy. that was only in place. this will only reenforce that. the most interesting dynamic will be between israel on the hill and the hill and the administration. >> so robert gibbs chime in if that's true how, then does the
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white house approach this and what are you hearing from insiders in terms of how this has played out? >> well i haven't heard much. obviously, a lot of this broke last night. i think it's obviously no secret to understand that the relationship is enormously bad personally ween the two leaders. even though again each country has a huge success of the other that sort of bond is unbreakable and will move forward because of the mutual interests that each side have. it will be hugely challenging. most of the immediate test is likely in the next several weeks over what happens with the iran deal. obviously, the speech in congress took relations at least personally to a new low with this white house and that's all resulting in an issue around iran. it will be interesting to see how both sides navigate this and
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a very congress whose role is ascendant in this is also likely to play a big part in this. it will be fascinating to watch going forward. i don't disagree the palestinian issue isn't a short term deal because there are active negotiations going on. but i think it is going to have his statement will have serious ramifications. it will be interesting to see if he walks part of that back in the coming day. >> i feel like bling men netanyahu took decisions to remain short sided. >> it's too important. how does this dynamic between president obama and prime minister netanyahu affect that relationship going forward? on a personal level like robert said it's poisonous. how do we move forward? >> in my view i think president obama has personalized his conflict with benjamin netanyahu in a way that is disgraceful and
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shocking. we do not hear president obama having this public conflict with kim jong-un or the castro brothers. it seems netanyahu gets to be the focal point of this ire. remember that president obama on his first visit to the middle east skipped israel when he finally went to israel. he refused to speak to the israeli parliament. this is the same president who suggested israel's credibility or founding was on the holocaust. this relationship and accomplice between the white house and interests of israel go well beyond the dispute with the president and their prime minister who has been handily re-elected. let's face it. if benjamin netanyahu had been defeated last night, i think you'd hear gloating from 1,600 pennsylvania avenue. i think it makes him look weak. if he lets it be known he is trying to topple his leader. he better succeed. in fact, he didn't.
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>> robert. >> i'm really confused at the first part. you said that the administration hadn't been hard on the north korean leader. >> they called him chicken bleep to the atlantic monthly. they don't snub him repeatedly. they don't make it you said in this broadcast, public. only bengals then e men yet-- benjamin netanyahu seals to be the focus. >> you make it sound like we have some great relationship with the north koreans. >> yes, richard. >> what worries me is you got essentially a dysfunctional relationship between the president of the united states and the prime minister of israel at a time when we probably never wanted a fusional relationship. we are going to be making historic consequential decision about iran over the next four
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months. to make those decisions it would be tough where there was trust. to make these decisionsen in absence of trust, it's not good for israel or the united states. one of the things i'm hoping is whether, maybe it's impossible. i don't want to sound naive, if there is a chance this government assuming he forms a government. this president, i'm not expecting them to retire in fort lauderdale together t. stakes are enormous for both countries. >> how does that happen in the days leading up to netanyahu's victory and his very very fantastical lurch right and the change of position in terms of promises you've made to this country? >> again, politics is politics. that's behind us. the question is can they come to some sort of consensus, at least about some minimums. for example, when prime minister netanyahu spoke to congress, he said we can't allow iran to have a vast infrastructure.
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>> that says they can have a vast nuclear infrastructure. can they reach a consensus on duration of agreement. it's essential to make a run at that. again, if we have to deal with iran against a backdrop we are not on the same page neither the united states or israel will be against it. >> is there any deal the united states and the p 5 will be acceptable? >> no nuclear weapons is the right position t. real question is, what will be allowed below that threshold, what capabilities. what degree of inspections, for what duration. that's what all of this is about. is there a possibility of overlap? yes. difficult. yes t. real question then is iran going to sign up to it? if not, can they manage a situation without audio? either way, this is going to be a very difficult piece of diplomacy. if i were on both sides of this
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relationship at the white house in israel i would try to at least repair some of the damage. >> when you look at real quickly the polls that we have been talking about how people feel about negotiations with iran it seems like you know, people want a deal to happen or they want us to at least try to happen. am i wrong? >> it depends. you want a deal it puts them significantly below the weapons threshold in a way they have confidence in fact they are kept below. the inspections are good. if not, then you can have a situation without a deal when you can manage it otherwise and you have possibly more sanctions. you obviously have a military option as complicated as that. i don't think anyone's position is a deal no matter what. it literally the devil is in the details here. i think what he have to ask ourselves what is a deal good snuff?
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what constitutes a deal good enough? that's the real conversation for marc and for israel. >> all right. move to politics. now, after weeks of questions over his spending congressman aaron schock announced he will resign at the end of the month. it happened really abruptly. here's nbc news capitol hill correspondent. kelly o'donnell on that. >> a political career undone by his curious office decor and extravagant travels as seen on instagram. >> what do you say we take a selfie? hello, new york. >> reporter: republican aaron schock whose famous abs landed him on a top men's magazine. schock will resign from congress. i do this with a heavy heart, he wrochlt he stunned efficient i constituents waiting to see him. >> i didn't think he would resign. it was discouraging when more
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would come out. >> what began as interest in schock's downton abby office makeover, spyder and taxpayer and campaign-related funds, including private planes. >> clearly, you know when you rent a plane, people can say, gee, that seems out of touch. i get it. okay. >> reporter: schock paid the government back and promised a careful review. new questions surfaced monday. the chicago sun times and politico reported schock may have overbilled for miles. public records shows his vehicle had only been driven 80,000 miles. >> schock's office says he plans to pay back six years of mileage. that's a lot of money. he reportedly did not notify speaker boehner before announcing his intention to step down. he becomes the youngest person
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to step down. it's sad. i guess in ret are spec what do you make of this? he did have this instagram. i remember talking to him on air, dude you got to put a shirt on. come on. i don't mooem mean to make fun. i will call him later today. i'm sure this is a horrific time in his life. >> it will be curious to see if he will answer the phone. why does a congressman who represents an unpretentious district in southern illinois feel the need to share his world travels with the entire world? like i can't imagine that played well to see him tango dancing in argentina and jump up on a glacier? >> amy, help me out here. >> i remember when john kerry had photos of himself wind surfing. snow boarding. it does seem that vanity did play a royal on this including
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a flight on private jets. the car, the expensive car he put his own name on. i have to give him credit. it seems for doing the right thing. >> that is resigning and allowing his constituents to have a representative who isn't mired in controversy. >> it's more than vanity or embarrassment, a lot of this was taxpayer money. the people in peoria were paying for the things he was taking pictures of allegedly. >> exactly right. just because he resigned doesn't mean you are absolved of legal troubles. we don't know who is investigating him what is to come out. expect to hear more this isn't over because he no longer is in congress. >> developing news overnight in japan, why police are now investigating death threats against ambassador caroline kennedy. we go live to london with new information on that. also did accused killer and heir robert durst have something to smile about? what investigators and his lawyer are saying about that
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bathroom confession and whether it will be able to stand up in court. plus, forget the test preps, the private tutors all that stress, let it go. i'm not worried at all about it. >> i can tell you are not. the "new york times" frank bruni claims why students and parents -- i knew it was my fault -- are failing miserably with that college thing. we are dock it all wrong. you are watch, "morning joe." we'll be right back. .
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a letter addressed to the white house tested positive for cyanide on tuesday according to a statement from the secret service. the envelope which arrived at the white house mail screening center on monday tested negative but returned a presumptive positive for cyanide upon further testing. according to intercept which first reported on the letter. the envelope listed a return address for a man known by the
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secret service from 1995. willie. officials in tokyo are investigating phone calls to the united states embassy, threatening the life of ambassador to japan caroline kennedy. what more can you tell us about these threats? >> reporter: willie the calls reportedly came if from somebody speaking english. caroline kennedy, daughter of jfk assumed the post in 2013. with the violent attack on another u.s. ambassador just this month, police are investigating how serious this threat might be. all seemed normal with ambassador caroline kennedy today. she gave a lecture in tokyo. but the associated press reports japanese police are investigating death threats against her. japanese media say the calls were made to the u.s. embassy and came from somebody speaking english they are looking into the possibility the person might be trying to blackmail the 57-year-old mother and diplomat.
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the u.s. embassy did not have a comment but threats like this against u.s. politicians and diplomats are not uncommon. >> i'm bleeding here. >> reporter: still the reports come on the heels of the attack on u.s. ambassador mark lipert earlier this month. a korean national said he knifed him because it is symbolic representation of the united states. kennedy has been the ambassador to japan for just over a year. the associated press believe the threats made to her are similar to ones targeting the u.s. consul general in okinawa home to 50,000 u.s. troops adding to the heightened anxiety michelle obama, who landed in tokyo this morning. the first lady is kicking off her educational tour promoting schooling for girls. other than the suspected black mailing, no other motive is known right now. anyone who follows international or domestic politics as do you closely, know unfortunately,
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these sort of threats are not uncommon, given the attack on mark lipert who is okay these growing anti-americanism threats are being looked at quite closely. >> i can understand why. thanks katie. accused murderer robert durst has been brought up on new weapons charges. the heir was moved to a louisiana jail for undisclosed medical reasons. meanwhile, they searched his home for additional evidence. police in eureka california they are looking into why durst may have anything to do with the disappearance of teenager karen mitchell in the late '90s. stephanie gock reports from new orleans. >> reporter: robert durst pulled out of the courthouse with a smile. as the charges against him mount. his lawyers say he did not murder long time friend susan berman 15 years ago. they want to challenge the arrest warrant. >> my concern is that the warrant that was issued in california was issued because of
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a television show. not because of facts. >> reporter: the police chief in l.a. disagrees. >> our case is independent of the do you meanry. our case will stand on its own. >> reporter: hbo os documentary, "the jynx" the life and death of robert durst uncovered a letter from durst that looks like an anonymous note sent to police by the presumed killer. the series ended with now famous mumblings in the bathroom. >> what the hell did i do? killed them all, of course. >> durst's wife kathy disappeared in 1982. the family still waits for answers. >> i had asked bob to please forgive himself and deal with the penalties that are before him and to basically give us a burial site. we would want kathy's remains. >> how many of you have been following the documentary? >> the "new york times" ruined it for me though. the news alert, it spoiled it.
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>> the story is mesmerizeing for some reason. >> it's addictive. he's an odd combination of evil with a sense of charm about him but it's mels mesmerizeing. i seen the whole thing. i'm sorry to spoil the feed. there is clearly another chapter to play out here. >> you know the producers are now worried about their own safety. the whole thing has gotten. >> they ought to be concerned with, you know when did they have this tape? when did they hear thistime tape for the first time in. >> the legal issues are interesting. my colleague wrote about this in yesterday's "new york times." part of the reason that producers kept this information away from the police for so long is if they were to have colluded with the police and let them know they were interviewing robert durst, the information could not be used against him in court because then he would have had to have been advised the statements can be used against
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. >> it's 28 past the hour. joining us from tel aviv. leading columnist, ari, you wrote these elections were a choice of hope or fear. how would you define the results? >> look. this is a very dramatic day here in israel. it is so clear, there is if you wish red israel and four israel. for the israel i belong to this is a very devastateing morning in which it is perceived fear did win big time over hope obviously, there is another israel that feels it was saved today. i think these elections are a referendum on mr. netanyahu. in this sense, there is no doubt israelis have decided in a big way mr. netanyahu is the only
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presidential figure in the country at the moment and they've chosen him against all odds in a dramatic way. so we have the combination of a netanyahu who led israel and he defined israel that is mostly about fear threats, national im im. >> let me ask you about that concept of fear and how it won the election. what did you mean by that? >> in my mind the great mistake of the israeli center left is that it never properly addressed the legitimate fears of the most israelis. post-israelis opened their hearts several times over the last 20 years and the result was not peace but turmoil, bloodshed and violence the center left and international community never dealt with these trauma. every time the people on the left expect them to vote for
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peace or moderation without convincing them there is the friends, security for them in this chaotic environment. what happened is a quiet rebellion of the majority of israelis against the israeli ewheats, against the international community saying we are still afraid. we only trust mr. netanyahu to be our guardian. i do not share this perception. we have to understand that this is what the people of israel have said. if we have to listen to what the people have spoken they've said they are concerned about this middle east. they are concerned about the failure of peace and they only trust mr. netanyahu. in my mind, a big mistake. >> amyer hoo here. help us understand how mr. netanyahu's last campaigning
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seemingly against the united states president saying he was going to stand up against president obama in terms of iranian negotiations. did that play into the electoral politics there at all? >> it seems that it might v. in the short term at the time it did not seem the speech in congress had a huge effect. but i think it now say that it did have an effect and it perhaps helped mr. netanyahu. there is a deeper issue. mr. netanyahu managed to build an fdr coalition. he has a coalition of authorities. oriental traditional jews young nationalists israeli settleers who do not necessarily like each other. they oppose very much the israeli supporters of peace. they feel the tel aviv dominated
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liberal democratic israel does not represent them. does not care about them. does not defend them. mr. netanyahu proves to be a magician in order to bring about a surprising shocking victory that puts a half or a third of his israelis in a deep state of depression these days. >> all right. that's not minsk words. jeremy peters. >> last night during his victory speech, we heard netanyahu saying he thanked all israeli people. not just jews. he said he wanted to thank non-jews as well. i wonder should we take that as a sign that he wants to bring israelis and arabs back toke or are we really looking at much more division and turmoil going forward? forward? >> i'm somewhat troubled. in this election campaign we've
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seen extreme action on both sides. you did not deal with him fairly. i think he has good reason to feel the israeli media treated him badly. on the other hand when he did his counteroffensive mr. netanyahu went into a deep nationalistic, religious and almost racist rhetorics that he never used in the past. his people were asking people yesterday to go to vote because they scared them the arab minority in israel is voting. they tried to manipulate people against this minority. i hope that this was just nasty bad election campaigning. i hope mr. netanyahu did not change. he is a man of the right. he is a conservative. in the past he was very cautious not to cross a specific line. not to become an extreme right winger. it remains to be seen because the coalition, he might be built will have extremely rejinlious
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parties. ee owe religious parties. in many ways he is the most modern person in his own coalition. so it remains to be seen if he will surrender to these extremists feelings. >> he certainly hasn't lately. thank you very much for your opinions this morning. up next why where you go is not where you will be. frank bruni pushes back on top colleges. mitch daniels weighing in as well. i'm already stressing out. physically, financially, emotionally - its hard on your own. .
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. >> my name is elle woods, i will
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tell all of you at harvard why i will make an amazing lawyer. i will discuss very important issues. it has come to my attention the maintenance staff is switching our toilet paper from charmin to jenneric. i feel comfortable using legal jargon in every day life. i object. >> oh my gosh. that was elle woods application video for harvard law school and the comedy "legally blond." colleges are harder to get into and more expensive to go to. yet more americans say it's no longer worth it. joining us from walk. we have purdue president, former governor, mitch daniels. i'm assuming mitch doesn't think it's not worth it. we also have with us "new york times" columnist frank brownie. she out with where you go is not who you'll be. for too many children getting into a highly selective school isn't a challenge a yes or no
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from amherst or dartmouth or duke is seen as the conclusive measure of a young person's worth, a finding verdict on the life that he or she has until that point, an uncontestable har bengalser of the successes or disappointments to him co. this is the great brutal calling. what madness and what nonsense. is it nonsense? >> it is nonsense. we're giving kids the message what happens on a couple days in late march or early april within they get these notices will determine the rest of their lives. >> four years seems like a lot, doesn't it? >> and there are great four years, college is an amazing opportunity. we turned it into something else by infusing the process of getting into college with all this anxiety. i'm trying to change the conversation to have you use it to your best advantage. not how selective is the school? >> how different is the process from 20, 25 years ago, in serms of s.a.t. tutors all things
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people do in doing an application and closing your fingers? >> i thought it couldn't be more intense. there was no big test prep industry. the people that charge $50,000 just to hold your hand from the 8th grade to the 12th grade and help you make every decision so you will impress the committee alt harvard. there is a woman that runs a weekend essay refinement thing. $14,000 for three days. those seminars are over subscribed. >> aren't these rich people's problems? i hear about this it seems very northeastern. very elite about getting to even the upper echelon of elite. a lot of kids think they want to go to the university down the street and don't feel necessarily the pressure you are talking about. >> i talk about people who went to state universities who went to schools that don't make people weak in the knees, there are a lot of paths to the corner office or wherever you are
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headed. it's not just about going to a selective school as you say. >> what about a school like purdue, mitch daniels, which is hard to get into. very selective and a renowned institution. do you agree with a bit of what frank bruni is saying where you go is not what you will be? >> no i agree with all of what mr. rooney has said. it's very timely. you know i actually believe the corner has been turned. his book arrives at a very auspicious moment. finally, belatedly, the students and tear families are looking at more value, looking at more closely than at a label or a traditional brand, beginning to examine costs and what he says is true. there's data and more is being gathered that says that how you go to college, what you do while you are there, what you study, whether it's rick russ how you,
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what other experiences you have has a lot more to do with later life success. here at purdue we're having a record number of applications that we're drowning in applications after freezing tuition three years and emphasizing the rigor of our coursework and so i believe his work is not only important. it's going to prove far sided. >> i think mike barnacle he's had a bunch of kids that have come to this process. i would argue that as i stress my daughters through this right now the process of getting in or not is also very constructive. i didn't get into any, except for one school when i applied to college. then i wanted to go to wuchlts i reapplied, i got wait listed. then i finally got off the wait list september 4th. went there the next day t. process of really fighting hard and sometimes not getting what you want.
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>> when you go through the process as a parent and my wife and i have been through the process now seven times over the course -- >> oh my. congratulations. >> i would tell you, this is an important book that frank has written. by the i, what i want to congratulate mitch daniels on holding tuition. >> exactly. we will get to that. >> what you come down to anecdotally, what you witness across all the college applications the college visit, is one of the keys to understanding how successful a child is going to be in college is to convince the parents that they're not going. >> wait, we're not? >> don't put the pressure on the kid to get into harvard. the kid might be as successful going to umass dartmouth. are you not going there. >> this is not a mirror of your accomplishments. this is about finding the right tip for your kid. >> the other thing i see that bothers me is you have a
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childhood of resume building than living. this will look on an application. going to volunteer for all the wrong reasons, not being committed to causes. >> being genuines exits the equation. one thing at princeton last year i heard again and again from professors, they worried that kids were so convinced that getting in had been the accomplishment they didn't then focus on the experience. it was an acquisition of a dip loma than the experience. >> in defense of my alma matter. you have to write a senior thee sis. there is a goal of getting it. >> i want to end on mitch daniels and talk about the cost of going to college as well. those who are seeking financial aid. we had the president of u penn on for women who run things. one of her big focuses is making you much more accessible. how is purdue standing up to all these pressures and the
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pressures ultimately put on the students who lead with such debt? >> we they can the seriously. we're a land grant school. we were placed there to open the gates of higher education beyond the elite and the children of the privileged. that's why we have been so resolute about holding tuition down. the total cost of the tenants in purdue has gone down because we cut the cost of room and board and textbooks as well. you know back to mr. bruni's book, in the most recent year we have data for, a record percentage of young people passed over their first choice that accepted them. almost all week always because of cost. so cost consciousness, value consciousness belatedly is coming to higher ed. none too soon. >> one last number. this is a striking number from a gallup poll. how important is a college education?
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2010? 75% say it's the important. last year 43%. four year college at all is not for everybody. that's okay. >> the other thing gallop has shown, employers, if you ask them how important is the name of the school someone went to not important. they talk about skills acquired over the course of the career. >> the book is where you go not who you will be. keep that in mind everybody. frank bruni, thank you. i'll take this. i'm reading it tonight. >> we have to wish governor daniels good luck tomorrow against cincinnati. 1st round of the tournament. are you feeling good? >> luck has nothing to do with it. >> confident. mitch daniels. thank you very much. great to see you again on the show come back. still ahead, one penn state fraternity could be looking at criminal charges this morning and facebook is one of the reasons behind it. we go live to state college, pennsylvania for that story. plus the secrets of sleep. we'll get some welcome advice on making this most of our down time while juggling a hectic schedule.
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welcome back to "morning joe." alarming allegations from one of the country's biggest universities. a fraternity on the campus of penn state university is suspended and under police investigation for illicit photos.photo s joining me incomes's gabe gutierrez. what's going on here? >> reporter: good morning. police say the facebook pages were invitation only. investigators were tipped off by someone inside a fraternity pip today the house behind me is facing a lot of trouble. this morning, penn state is the latest campus dealing with a fire it storm as police investigate allegations of a fraternity's bad behavior. >> penn state does so many great things and we keep getting back in the news for bad things. >> capita delta rho for nude women uncovered on two private
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facebook pages police say were secretly set up by the fraternity. >> intolerable, not right, despicable acts and if you're engaging in that type behaveior you better rip that page out of your book because it's not acceptable. >> reporter: this search warrant reveals the first page was titled "covert business transactions." it was shut down when one of the women spotted a topless picture of herself on a page accidentally left open by a fraternity member. according to the whistle-blower a second place 2.0 was set up including more sexually explicit photos drugs and hazing. a spokesman for penn state called it offensive and appalling. >> we're working through determining which individuals were involved. >> reporter: the latest in a string's headlines for fraternity ps sigma alpha mu chapter disbanded by its headquarters after members trashed a ski lodge causing
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hundreds of thousands in damage. ♪ they'll never get a [ bleep ] in sae ♪ and this chant went viral last week announcing an extensive review of all of its chapters nationwide. >> now that we have a lot of examples of really bad behavior going on in secret and a few heroes willing to rat out their frat brothers i think all fraternities are going to be a lot more reticent to engage in the behavior. >> reporter: here at penn state, cap da delta rho's headquarters say it's cooperating fully with investigations by the university and local law enforcement. there is fraternity members still living in the house behind me and they will have the opportunity to appeal their suspension. >> absolutely disgusting. gabe gutierrez in penn state university. thanks gabe.
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>> i don't get did. it's 2015. fraternities. hello? >> at least we have -- >> facebook is exposing this. >> that's the point. for some reason -- >> no pun intended. >> young people think that some sort of private area? it's not a private room inappropriate behavior like that shouldn't be happening anywhere but the stupidity of putting the pictures on line. the fraternity should be shut down indefinitely. >> how about helping a young woman -- >> it's awful. >> put this in context of other big events involving "boys' clubs," the last year or so. the nfl pshgs fra, fraternities under investigation and quite frankly, the secret service. you wonder where these boys clubs are finally having their closed cultures challenged and if there is some good that can come out of it? >> it's sick behavior. >> we also saw the video of the
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girls beating up and getting in terrible fights. as i say, fortunately, we do have social media where the images are caught on cell phones or stupidly posting on facebook. we can see what happens with these group dynamics. >> it's got to stop. i would shut it down. up next will benjamin netanyahu be able to repair the bridges he burned in his own country and with the white house. andrea mitchell joins us from tel aviv with new information. and men's health called him the rich rep. now it appears congressman aaron schock is unfit to lead. the top republican woman in the house, cathy mcmorris rogers joins us with reaction to his abrupt resignation. plus actress debbie mazar is here with her prescription for people with insomnia. thank god. we'll be right back. it kinda is. it's as crazy as you not rolling over your old 401k. cue the horns... just harness the confidence
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welcome to "morning joe." more bad weather is coming according to bill karins. i suggest we don't look. i don't even want to talk to him any more. i'm sorry. it's ridiculous. with ut on-set, the president on council of foreign relations, richard haass. a good day at the white house. alities shout-out for you. >> shout-out. progress, in one part of the world, progress towards peace, northern ireland. >> yeah well other parts to talk about today as well. >> we do. >> congratulations. msnbc political analyst and former democratic congressman harold ford jr. >> good morning, and "new york times" reporter and msnbc contributor jeremy peters.
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in washington former white house press secretary for president obama roberts gibbs. we'll get to hillary clinton and aaron schock, literally a shock. i just -- ah. we have that story coming up. a little heartbreaking and extremely abrupt. >> unfortunate. >> so there must be more going on there. first, begin in israel breaking news overnight. prime minister benjamin netanyahu who is eyeing a fourth term after a dramatic turn of events defying expectations and the most recent polls, his likud party surged to pick up 30 seats in parliament six more than the zionist union. netanyahu is declaring victory in a race that days ago appeared to be slipping away. he says the win came against all odds and netanyahu is urging other parties on the right to help him form a strong and stable government to protect the security of israel. but the negative tone of the race is leading to plenty of questions about the future this morning. what will be the fallout to
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comments he made about the turnout from israeli arabs as voters headed to the polls he wrote in part "the right wing government is in danger. arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. left wing organizations are bussing them out." also what will the relationship be going forward between israel arnold the united states? there have been rocky ties for years between netanyahu and president obama. his speech to congress without white house approval only strained those ties further. and is there hope for peace hawk talks s talk and the last-minute announcement contradicted a stance he took in 2009 in repeated promises to the united states. >> go to tel aviv where we find nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent host of "andrea mitchell reports." andrea mitchell. you have new information this morning?
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>> reporter: i just talked to the closest advisers of the prime minister. this victory was so decisive even then votes hadn't been counted and the latest exit polls indicated it was a tie and there was going to have to be quite a struggle and a lot of work to make a new government. it's clear he has at least 30 seats and with his natural partners in the right wing and especially the religious parties, he will clearly not have to moderate this positions in creating a new government. it's not going to be at all difficult for him to create this government for a fourth term. in talking to his advisers not in the political party, but in the government they say that well what he meant in the last couple of days about the palestinian state was conditioned, it was right now. there cannot be a palestinian state, with hamas and fatah together as they have been in the last months as the peace talks collapsed. so maybe there's wiggle room
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there. that said, it seems very likely it would be very hard for him to go against his hard right coalition and moderate those views going forward. after being so declarative in the closing days of his campaign. the analysis here seems to it be was that that really hard push including on election day saying go to the polls, the israeli arabs are coming out in droves widely viewed as especially among opponents in the opposition here and certainly among the palestinians that was viewed as a really anti-arab, anti-palestinian and many said racist appeal. >> yeah andrea mentions that just on monday prime minister netanyahu had that reversal on his position about two-state solution. the man who actually was a special u.s. envoy for middle east peace, prime minister netanyahu endorsed that is speaks ot now. former senator george mitchell says he is troubled by
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netanyahu's last-minute reversal. >> the fact that he did it on the last day suggests that he probably would have preferred to win without it. >> hmm. >> but felt it was necessary. it's very painful for me because when i was in the region i met with the leaders of nearly 20 arab countries, and almost without exception they did not believe his statement when he made it in 2009 that he supported a two-state solution. they said to me very bluntly, he's not telling the truth. he's not sincere. i argued that he is the prime minister, he had set the policy they should take it as a positive and work to build on that policy to try to get a two-state solution. >> pretty striking statement there, andrea by senator mitchell. i do want to ask you, though about what the presidential relationship looks like going forward with such an important ally? obviously under great strain
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within the last couple weeks because of that speech in front of congress but it runs deeper. how did israel the united states, president obama and prime minister netanyahu, how do they move forward from here? >> reporter: it is even more poisonous. in the last 24 hours much overlooked outside of israel but certainly not here was that in his final appearance just yesterday he said that foreign money had been pouring into his opposition and his likud advisers told me they mean the state department the u.s. governments. so they believe that the obama white house made a last-minute push to try to defeat him with money from the state department nap is only going to make it worse and president obama had a bad relationship tv andbefore and now it's going to be worse. republican leaders feel vindicated that they stood by netanyahu, invited him and hosting him and had some democratic support for that. it's going to be hard going into 2016, this is going to be tough for hillary clinton, tough for
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anybody who wants to see the broader middle east peace and is skeptical about netanyahu's policies because look who his big fund-raisers were? sheldon adelson, big republican money man in the gallery for that joint speech. i can't even tell you how difficult i think this is going to be politically back home. >> all right. nbc's andrea mitchell in tel aviv. andrea, great to you have with us on this morning. we'll watch you later this afternoon on "andrea mitchell reports ". richard haass, michael crowley puts in his political piece, "bebe wins big." did the job, won the election. but what did he lose along the way? >> two things. the move to the right should not have been as surprising as many seem to think it subpoena this is an israeli society that's moved to the right. because of immigration patterns and because of the mix or balance between secular and religious. the polls are almost always wrong and almost always under count conservative tendencies in israel. secondly bebe has three
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constituencies to work with. one ealienated, andrea talking about the united states. one out of five israeli citizens are arab. israel does not want a situation one out of five citizens feel alienated. a real problem there and obviously the palestinians. i think the chances of progress on the so-called israeli/palestinian issue are close to nil given what's going on in the region now. >> robert gibbs, inside the white house it's got to be frustrating frustrating, because a lot of this was sort of imposed upon them with the republicans and the speech and now watching this election, but moving forward, what's the strategy? working with israel and trying to really move forward in a positive direction? >> look i think the two countries again have a fairly indispensable relationship. they're, they have big, big mutual understandings, a lot on the line in terms of foreign policy. i think personally i agree with andrea. i think this is a relationship between the president and the
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prime minister that you could actually see getting worse in the next few weeks, if an iran deal comes through. before it ever has a chance to get better. i think it will be very challenging despite the fact that there are a lot of things that are mutually important to both countries as it relates to foreign policy. i'm interested to know what richard thinks you know -- how does this affect -- how does bebe walking away from the two-state solution affect you know, what israel and what europe does around a palestinian state? >> i think on that the prospects weren't very good to begin with. it wasn't as though the situation was right for a breakthrough given the divisions on the palestinian side given all the uncertainty in the middle east. given the israeli, the perceived lessons of having withdrawn from both gaza and lebanon. honestly bebe was tapping into tremendous israeli skepticism about reaching out to palestinians. you're right. europe is on a different page.
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lots of americans are on a differ page and you'll probably see continuing palestinian efforts to isolate israel you'll see things like in the international court, you'll see movements on american campuses that will try to quote/unquote, delegitimize israel. the issue won't go away but the prospects weren't good for any of them now. >> after weeks, this was stunning happened over the past 24 hours here in washington in washington. after weeks of questions over his spending congressman aaron schock announced he will resign at the end of the month. here's nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. >> you lose credibility. >> reporter: a political career curious office day could, and extravagant travels as seen on instagram. >> what do you say we first take a selfie? >> let's do that. >> say hello, new york! >> reporter: 33-year-old israel israel republican aaron schock whose famous abs landed him on the cover of "men's health" magazine topped headlines with
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his announcement. schock will resign from congress. i do this with a heavy heart, re wrote. schock stunned constituents waiting to see him i. didn't really think he would resign. it was kind of discouraging when more would come out. >> reporter: what began as interest in schock's downton abbey style, quickly grew to scrutiny, campaign-related funds including private planes. >> clearly you know when you rent a plane you go around your district, people can say, gee, that seems out of touch. i get it. okay? >> reporter: schock paid the government back more than $40,000 for some expenses and promised a careful review but new questions surfaced monday. the "chicago sun-times" and politico reported schock may have overbilled for mileage. schock claimed about 170,000 miles. public records shoered his vehicle had only been driven 80,000 miles.
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>> schock's office says he plans to pay back six years of mileage he reportedly did not notify speaker john boehner before announcing his intention to step down. a special election is forthcoming but the seat expected to stay in republican control. jeremy what happened? >> well -- >> we've all covered him, known him for a while. i have to say, i'm surprised. >> i think one thing that's important to point out is just because he resigned from congress does not mean the investigations stop. so people will be looking into this. we don't know what kind of potential criminal probe there could be but he's not out of the woods just because he leaves office. i will say one thing i found striking about this is how self-destructive it all was. like he--there was no need for him to go on instagram and put his wonderful, you know decadent lifestyle out there for all of us to consume. >> i poked him about that on the air. >> for whatever reason he did this and instead of now talking about a young congressman who's a rising star in the republican party, talking about somebody
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who will be remembered for his abs, decorating tafrt and tablt to court taylor swift. >> harold you've been through this. >> no. i've not been through this. >> not this you've been through congress. sorry. didn't mean to say that but you know -- my point is you know what a microscope is on you. >> yeah. >> which is why i have to say i was sort of taken aback by his instagram account, and i am no one to judge. i put silly pictures on instagram or whatever but isn't it a little bit different? >> you know when you're in public office you're in public life, you attract a lot of attention. >> unfair attention. >> fair, unfair flattering unflattering. >> that's what i meant. >> why you would then want to publicize or display more of your life. i agree with jeremy's life a constituent, some of the things putting up these pictures, i don't go on the sites or partake of the stuff, you would not feel comfortable knowing your congressman was doing these kind
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of things. when you later learn perhaps some was financed prap bice you as a constituent, it's even more unsettling unsettling. >> right. one more big story here. the state department now says there is no record that hillary clinton signed a separation form when stepping down as secretary of state. the government employees typically do sign the form which states that relevant documents such as e-mails have been turned over. but the state department says her two immediate predecessors also didn't sign the form, and now there are more questions about, why not? >> when you say that you do not have any record of her signing it does that mean that there is no such document with her signature ton in the file? >> that we have found access to yes. >> so in other words, she's -- you're not sure that she did or you're still not sure whether she did or didn't or does this mean -- >> we're fairly certain she did
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not. we don't have record of it. >> it's my understanding all employees, and you alluded to this i think when you first came up, that all employee was required to sign this document on xpleegscompletion of service? >> required is not the accurate term. it's, we're looking into how standard this is across the federal government and certainly at the state department. >> well, i think it's -- okay. moments before that news conference, president obama's press secretary said that all white house employees are required to sign that type of document. >> i can tell you that at the white house, that while i've not gone through the separation process here at the white house some of my colleagues have and there is a lot of paperwork involved including signing some documentation related to their tenure here at the white house. but i don't know what that process is at the state department or other agencies but -- >> that's not something senior officials would be able to just say, i'm not going to do that? only for lower level? generally something that applies
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to everybody that's leaving? at the white house. >> my understanding at the white house is that applies to everybody that searches at the white house. >> richard, you worked in the state department although not yet secretary of state. you haven't had to -- are you surprised by that? pointing out colin powell and condoleezza rice according to the documents they have did not sign separation agreements either. >> there you go. right? >> what i recall just before you leave you literally have a checklist form and say you gave back your building pass you did this with that document or whatever. but the idea that a secretary of state would be given the courtesy of not signing it doesn't sound surprising. i expect white house staffers sign such a form but i doubt the president and vice president will be asked to sign. but it tells you something about the politics here where everything that secretary of state clinton did and didn't do is now going to be put under a microscope. >> is it politics harold? weigh in. is it politics or just procedure? >> i think richard's right. the relationship that mrs. clinton and the campaign now have, or the emerging campaign
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now have with the press is under a lot of stress and strain. and according to some of the articles they're hiring team positive help improve upon that but no doubt, i don't think -- this is much ado about nothing also, in my eyes but i do think the clinton campaign the clinton camp have to understand this is not going to stop. the best way to deal with it get out in front of it to the extent they can and minimize this by improving relations with people like jeremy and some of he's colleagues. >> don't you think it would be easiest just to hand over the server and be done with it? have full transparency? give the people what they deserve? >> i would advise that and probably to ask the state department to grant her independent arbiter, a lee hamilton figure to say we'll go through this and differentiate between the personal ones and ones work related and move on. >> move on. >> i can't imagine anything in there is incriminating or troubling for mrs. clinton or her presidential candidacy. still ahead on "morning joe" a dramatic turn of events in israel overnight. we'll speak with ronan farrow
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behind the grass roots movements against benjamin netanyahu. plus joined by the highest ranking female republican in the ho us. congresswoman kathy rogers first, bill karins with a check on the forecast. not fun in new england. just stopped snowing isn't areas of maine, caribou, another six inches. saw a picture of a snow drift half way up a window. amazing that much snow is still on the ground. behirnd the storm. brutal for new england. march sun coming up not making a lick of difference up there. going through the day today, sunny, at least in the sun it feels a little better. highs only in the 20s in this region. it's better in other areas of country. we are going to see a little snow heading from this region too. this is friday during the day into the evening, where our computers are actually hinting at even a little more now. even possible in the grass from d.c. baltimore, philly and new york, maybe not on the roads, but definitely on the grassy surfaces, and this is not what anybody wanted to see and even
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as he fought for his political survival and a fourth term. joining us now msnbc's ronan farrow, who has exclusive information on one of the reasons why the election turned out to be such a battle for netanyahu. ronan? >> all of these unexpected players in the mix and more prominently than ever mika, there were younger voters coming to the fore in a way they haven't's in previous elections. obviously there's the joint arab list that came to the floor and gained more seats in the knesset than before. the big story, the international grass roots movement against benjamin netanyahu. the forefront of that movement this group v-15. a very controversial flashpoint in the election that got under his skin and actually right down to the 11th hour mika, he was responding to their aggressive moves against him. he talked about, for instance, what he says was their move to bus in arab voters at the last minute. take a listen to the response to those charges.
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>> voters citizens in the country and in democracy everyone has a right to vote. if the prime minister decides to say something in like that this is absolutely racist that shouldn't be spoken out loud. i don't expect a prime minister to say such things. we grew up with a specific quality that all men are equal under god's eye. >> coming into power, but there is this divisiveness he's brought in that last-minute, in those comments. >> amazing. there really is divisiveness on the heels of what's happened and also controversy brewing? >> reports a congressional probe into v-15s activities because their parent organization in the united states, one of the sources of their funding, received some money from the john kerry state department and this is part and parcel with a conservative narrative they were actually sort of groomed by obama for america alumni jeremy bird one of the ground game people from those obama
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campaigns was out there in the months leading up to the election teaching them ow to get out the vote american style. we shall see, a number on the hill, ted cruz mentioned if they sink think teeth into those charges. >> the key thing is, was it taxpayer money? friends will consult. friends who work on foreign campaigns knop scandaltknop. no scandal in that. if american taxpayers' dollars were used to run against a foreign leader. >> i asked them exactly that. we have some sound to that. >> let's take a look. >> not a single cent from america, from the state, money or text money, taxpayers money, not got to do our campaign. this is -- these are false allegations and have nothing to do with reality. >> so they had that unekwivic the response. we'll see how it shakes out. >> rhone, despite their obvious
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protestations about what happened yesterday in israel what does an overwhelming vote for netanyahu tell us about the mood of israelis? >> it says in one sense that the international narrative that this young insurgency that's the rise of the centrist voter was much written about in the last days before this vote may have been overrated by international spectateor spectators. the fact is there are security concerns on the ground more of a religious hardline element also in the fore in this debate. it's easy to call thooedese elections too early and i think a lot of the world did that. and bringing in c nbc's brian sullivan for interest rates and brian what do you have. >> so the key is not actually mika what the fed puts into its statement. but what it may take out. one word everybody in the financial world is focused on. it is patient. the fed said in the last couple of meetings they can remain "patient" about raising rates. if that word comes out, it might imply the federal reserve is
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close to raising interest rates in america for the first time in nine years. so everybody's going to break out their magnifying glass, put fine option on on our browser and try to scroll through it immediately to figure if that one word is gone. may not seem like a big deal one word, but we've been in a zerp zero for nine years, a monumental shift by the fed. nobody expects them to raise rates today but many prominent on wall street calling for a potential june interest rate hike. almost who generations of people mika who have not seen an interest rate environment going up in their lifetime that will be big. brian sullivan. thanks. we'll watch that. now to a british invasion in washington. prince charles and his wife arrived marking the royal couple's second joint trip to the u.s. joining us now from washington nbc news national correspondent peter alexander. what's on tap, peter?
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>> reporter: good morning. break out the fanny pack. right? charles and camilla sweeping into town. an ambitious itinerary touring famous monuments checking out george washington's home. prince charl look like the future king of inlandengland and last week praised his wife's charm and charisma in an unusually affectionate tv interview. >> reporter: with a quick trip across the pond, once again stepping into the spotlight on u.s. soil. not the slashplash will and kate did. but charles and camilla, first vis knit ten years. back then, just newlyweds. camilla then public enemy number one far more comfortable with her role. charles recently praising her on cnn. >> it's a real challenge but i
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think she's been brilliant in the way she's tackled these things. >> reporter: the itinerary for the future king and his duchess filled with plenty of sightseeing still in contrast to will and kate's visit, even if little prince george was left behind at home. among the landmarks, the lincoln memorial and martin luther king jr. memorial swinging by mount vern brn checking at the mag in a carta. later charles addresses the tles by marine plastic waste and camilla enjoys shakespeare theater. tomorrow their royal highnesses visits the obamas in the oval office. hard to believe 30 years passed since charl and diana made the trip the princess dancing her way into the hearts of americans. >> charles is very much wanting to remind the world, a schedule with obama at the white house,
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sending out the message, look i need to be taken seriously. >> reporter: the royal highnesses get a dose of southern hospitality this week visiting louisville kentucky as well. and things looking up for charles and camilla. a new poll one in four brits say they like camilla more than ten years ago, and mika the number of brits who oppose her eventually called queen has now dropped in half. like we say, break out your fanny pack it's a good day to see them on the mall. >> i don't know why i find that so funny. >> fanny, talking about a british story. >> why not? peter alexander, thank you. ronan farrow thank you as well. >> always a pleasure. up next crying to corral colleagues in texas wasn't enough she has see there kids. that's the easy part compared to congress under the age of 10. that's tough, actually. three under the age of 10. congresswoman cathy mcmorris rodgers joins us next on "morning joe." um... i...i think we can make it,
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joining us now from capitol hill for or "women who run things" series the chair, cathy mcmorris rodgers of washington. how are you? >> good mika. thanks for having me. >> i'm reading about your kids and have nigh daughter here and asked what it was like growing up with me and she said it was exhausting. that's what you get after raising all of those little ones. >> oh, boy. so you've got three under the age of 10. i want to ask you about that first, but first let's talk about the headlines. we had historic elections overnight in israel. benjamin netanyahu is the victor. do you think republicans play add role in his victory? >> well, you know, i think that this was an important election, obviously. it was great to have benjamin netanyahu come visit, he made is very clear wasn't political. he just wanted to talk to america, talk to congress. i thought it was an important message that he gave us about the united states/israel
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relationship and the prospect of iran having a nuclear weapon and that has long been a position we have shared that we do not want iran to have a nuclear weapon. >> so you say it was an important message and it was good that he came over. but obviously we both know that was sort of not without controversy, and the white house wasn't notified and it might have even some would say, even damaged further the relationship between netanyahu and obama. do you think that was the intention of that? >> you know, not at all. this was -- this was an invitation that speaker boehner gave to the prime minister. it was actually going to be earlier in the year. we've heard from other leaders around the -- the world. we heard from porsashenko. >> not before the election. >> just the timing is the way it worked out in the schedule. >> amy?
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>> congresswoman, this is amy here. the 47 republicans that signed that letter to -- well open letter to the iranian mullahs regarding the iranian negotiations and a lot of americans, frankly, think it was inappropriate, certainly the white house does. what was your view? >> i think what we really need to focus on is iran and their efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. they've made it very clear what they're intentions are. there's important negotiations going on right now between our administration and the iranians, and -- >> so do you think the letter was helpful? >> well i think it's important that we also as members of congress, as senators that iran knows that we do have a role to play, that the sanctions that were impoegzsed in iran were imposed by house and senate members, and the administration has waived those sanctions. yet many believe, and i join and believing that those sanctions
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were playing an important role in getting iran to a place where they would start cooperating more we need more transparency from iran. this is serious. the idea of iran having a nuclear weapon changes dynamics in the middle east and for the entire world. this is an important time. congress and senators have a responsibility to make sure we are also a part of this decision that the united states of america is going to be making. >> all right. mike barnicle? >> congresswoman, i'm going to take a surprising turn here and let you off the hook talking about foreign relations in the middle east and ask you about your son cole about how you take care of him. tell us about him, first of all. >> right. well, you know, i am -- i was single when elected to congress. i was born and raised on a farm and the best thing that has happened was having three kids including cole. he's now in second grade 7 years omd and born with that extra
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21st chromosome. not what i had expected by any means, but he makes me a better person. he makes me a better legislator and i'm grateful for his impact, and you know, you think about the fact that he's -- he's taught me so much and i'm a part of the disabilities community and i think what i enjoy most about the disabilities community that they celebrate what every person has to offer, and i've seen the tremendous positive impact that cole's had on my life, and i'm grateful that we were able to get the "able" act signed into law by the president in december. important legislation that eastern going to empower those with disabilities more by allowing them to save like others do for college. they can save for education, transportation and other needs that they might have. >> so going forward, you and your husband have a level of affluence that is going to allow you to care for cole in a way that many americans wouldn't be able to care for a child with
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down's syndrome and with also it's a federal programs under threat with budget cuts being supposedly on the horizon. what would you tell them about potential programs that would either be eliminated or cut way back, that would help a child just like cole? >> well i think that it is very important that we have these safety net programs. for those that are, that have these -- that have needs. i think -- there's no dispute there. we want to make sure that those safety net programs are available. but i have also seen where these programs quite often mean that someone with disabilities is left to live in poverty, and i -- you know i want more for cole and i want more for everyone. i want them to feel they can reach their full potential, and that's where you know when cole was born brian and i were told for example, don't put assets in his name. it might disqualify him from one of these programs. that's where the able act is
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changing the focus. it's actually how can we empower you to potentially work some, to live independently, and to really you know reach your full potential, even more. so i think we need to be changing the focus on rather than just meaning that you're on one of these programs. >> right to how do we empower you to be you know reach your full potential, live dend dentallydent ly ive independently. >> thank you, cathy mcmorris rodgers. thank you for being on. >> thanks for having me. why the role of a tough sleep sir a tough part to play for actress debi mazar, important information on the science of sleep, and she has her own struggles with insomnia to talk about. there she is. we'll be right back.
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i think they're great pets. >> no. i can't eat my chickens. >> no. no, no. don't eat the chickens. >> they have names. >> i have rose beautiful and a real personality. >> mine he was learning how to cock-a-doodle-doo and keeps me awake. at the crack of dawn. >> interesting segue. joining us now actress debi mazhar, who's appearing in the upcoming entourage movie due out in june. we should mention debi mazhar is a spokesperson for a prescription sleep aid for people with insomnia which i guess i need. can i get some of that?
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yeah. i have insomnia or whatever it is they say happens to women my age. i just don't sleep. >> i can fall asleep but then wake up at 3:30 4:00. >> i can't fall asleep. >> i can't fall asleep. the mind is racing. >> you can do a lot of things to relax. take a bath. relax. turn off the lights. many things can you do. >> or just take medicine. >> well there's some medicines that are good and some that are tough because you want to wake up feeling fresh. the good thing about silenar is non-addictive. >> that's what they all say. something about ambien and i got up started screaming at people and i don't remember. we'll see how this works out. >> that's scary, yeah. >> let's go back to your chickens. >> my chickens. >> i love that. >> one is named atore. the started crowing way before the sun rose and i have wild boars outside my window. >> that's scary. >> do you hunt them? >> yes we do.
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i don't personally. hunters hunt them. >> that's in manhattan? >> no. tuscany. >> is that where you do your show? >> yes. extra virgin on the cooking channel, i do my show. i married a tuscan. not that i happen to go there and i have boars. so, yeah. >> how is your cooking show? i'm watching you cook. >> it's on wednesdays. >> is that your husband? >> that's my husband. >> he's cute. >> yeah. adorable. >> what are we looking at here and who do you do on "extra virgin" that makes it different? >> i basically create add hybrid. a docusoap. you see me see my family. i improvise, make it funny. but the food is the star of the show. it's all about the food. you're in my home. that happens to the in los angeles when i lived in l.a. >> your own kitchen? >> it was. yeah. only did it one season and said i never want to have a crew in my house but in tuscany i can because it's stone, it's different. >> it's a castle. >> it's not a castle.
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>> joking. >> it's a barn. it's a farm. it's really rustic though. >> and then entourage, quickly. >> "entourage" coming out in june. fantastic, excited. great, great, people in the movie. super -- wonderful -- incredible performances, and people have been waiting for it. so --spired me to get chickens again. i'm serious. i miss chickens. >> you nightmight need to get your sleep. >> i'm not around when their crowing. i'm here. i can't nap, then it feels like two days. you understand? because you're tired as me you go, sleep, fall hard an hour and wake up -- the rest of the day, it's like two days. i burn through it. i burn through the dpap with only like three hours'. >> people can go online fig ter ounchts hope it wasn't like my ambien experience. debi, thank you so much. what if anything did we learn today, up next.
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for them? >> yes. rose, my favorite chicken and i rode my pone toy 7-eleven with her in my coat bare back. >> that's more than i wanted to know. >> she loved it. debi? >> adorable a movie coming out, debi mazear. >> and debi has a series. she's going to come back and cook and tell us about that. she was fun. if it's way too early, it's time for "morning joe." but now it's time for "the rundown." have great day, everyone. good morning. i'm jose diaz-balart, and first on "the rundown" this morning, breaking flus inging news. out of northern africa seven tourists killed in a shooting in the capitol. tunis and several others taken hostage according to the
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tunisian ministry unfolding inside the parliament as well. including the museum where hostages are being held. we'll follow this for you throughout the program and bring you the very latest. right now at least apparently according to the associated press, at least eight people have been killed. other hostages in an attack on the tunisian parliament and a very popular museum that is adjacent to or part of the parliament building in this small north african nation of tunisia. now to israel. benjamin netanyahu's stunning comeback to win his fourth term at prime minister jubilant netanyahu rallied supporters in tel aviv telling them they achieve add great victory, despite all the odds. just yesterday exit polls indicated the vote would be down to the wire, but in the end, netanyahu's likud party

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