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bring the death penalty. let's go live there now, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, jose. after 16 days of testimony, a jury of seven women and five men will decide his fate. was he as the prosecution argues, a jihadist bent oon disarming america when e he placed those pressure cooker bombs at the finish line nearly two years ago. or as the defense argues he was a naive adolescent following his footsteps. now his defense attorney says he was there, he is responsible, he should be held accountable. now they will look at 30 charges, 17 of them carry murder if he's found guilty on any one of those, we'll move to the penalty phase where they will consider life in prison or death. >> the jury could come back with a verdict time, including today? >> reporter: it's very likely and all they have to do is find him guilty on any one of those 17 and we move into the guilt
phase. >> in that penalty phase, will it be the same jury? >> reporter: yes. >> adam reese, thank you from boston. we'll be keeping a close eye on this story as it develops. also now to developing news on the presidential front, kentucky senator rand paul is about to become the second republican to officially announce a white house run. the first term senator whose father ran for president three times, was propel edled into office as part of the tea party movement. he spent much of his political career bucking his party and he's not stopping now. >> it's time for a new way, a new set of ideas, a new leader one you can trust one who works for you and above all it's time for a new president.
>> with me now senior political editor mark murray. talk about this announcement and what will be the heart of this campaign? >> we're now in april and the presidential race has got off to a slow start before today just one other republican ted cruz has announced a presidential bid. now is the time if you're going to want it to raise close to a billion dollars if you're going to be the nominee, you need to start raising it now and start launching your presidential bid. so we're seeing rand paul go today. next week marco rubio will have his announcement. we're waiting on hillary clinton. that's why it's coming now in april and the announcements will keep oncoming. >> and senator paul is already getting pushback from come conservatives. here's a new ad campaign take a
look. >> rand paul supports obama's negotiations with iran, and he doesn't understand the threat. >> you know, it's ridiculous to think that they are a threat to our national security. >> rand paul is wrong and dangerous. >> well, it seems as though some people in the conservative side don't particularly like senator paul as a candidate. >> absolute lu this is going to be one of the fascinating debates on the republican side. rand paul kind of represents a less interventionist type of foreign policy. and big parts of the republican party still are much more hawkish than he is. that's going to be one of the really big fights. jose, when rand paul came to the united states senate in 2011 and 2012 the issues were a lot more on the economy, on spending the debt issues that really aligned with his views and also his father's libertarian views from his previous 2008 and 2012
campaigns. when the conversation has changed to isis when it becomes about iran, that puts rand paul in a much different place than he was in his senate career. this is going to be one of the biggest challenges he's going to face on the republican side. >> one last thing, i notice that senator paul has dropped senator from his twitter hand. he's now dr. rand paul. what's that about? >> one of his messages is about crushing the washington machine. he's been a united states senator now for four years. he is going to try to distance himself from washington as much as possible. we saw then candidate barack obama pull off this feat back in 2007 and 2008 become inging the first person elected from the senate to the white house since john f. kennedy. rand paul is going to be trying to do the same but a different challenge for rand paul is is being able to do this just after president obama was able to pull off the same feat.
sometimes it's easier being a governor than a sitting senator. >> thank you, good to e see you. joining me now is former congressman j.c. watts. what a pleasure to see you. >> how are you? >> good, listen, senator paul calls himself a different kind of republican. how do you think he is different? >> well i think he is different, jose. i think he wants to do the right thing. he wants to have the right perspective, and i think he's obviously right on taxes. he's right on education. i think what he's tried to do in terms of health care but i think he's been a different kind of republican in terms of i think growing the party. i have had over the last two years encourage him to go to ferguson. we set up meetings for him in detroit, chicago and other places around the country to talk about issues that i think
impacts different communities. he's done that, he's done it consistently. he's been sincere about it. this is where he separated himself for most republicans. he hasn't been afraid of getting voted off the island for talking about these issues. so if he's going to do that do what i wanted republicans to do for over 20 years now, i think he deserves my support. >> and as you saw just a few minutes ago, we showed an ad where some conservatives are saying he's completely wrong on foreign policy. iran, for example, being a big one. >> well jose we will see in those ads whether they confirm what my dad used to say to me when he would say dogs don't bark at parked cars. i think that tells you right off the bat that i think rand paul is connected. in terms of iran, he was one of
the 47 senators that signed the letter to iran saying that we will scrutinize it we will not support anything. he has said negotiate, for him to say that we shouldn't be afraid to negotiate is about like a minister saying i'm not going to forgive. i think we should always be willing to sit down and listen. at the end of the day, the devil is always in the detail, but he's not saying that iran should have a nuclear weapon, that we should be supportive of them having a nuclear weapon. my position would be don't trust and verify, verify and then trust. and i don't think we have done that in this iran situation. >> if he does run, if senator rubio decides to run and we have the senator from texas running,
that's three senators very similar to what barack obama was able to do. no one was able to do that before john f. kennedy. what makes him different? why senator paul would be different than any other first-term senator? >> well jose we're probably going to have more candidates than republican voters. but be that as it may, i think the thing that separates senator paul is is the things that he's talked about, he's been very consistent. he's taken his message and been consistent and sincere about it. he's take tennessee to the urban league. he didn't change his message when he went to cpac. he's been very consistent in saying that look we've got to really think through these issues.
. he's tried to establish a deeper relationship with nontraditional constituencyies that what he's done over the last two years with these non-traditional constituents, which he's been criticized by republicans and democrats from going to howard, going to berkley, going to the urban league, but again, i think these things are important for republicans to do. and i think he's done it very well. he's been consistent in spite of the criticism he's taken for it. >> j.c. wats, thanks for being with me today. >> good to be with you. >> you can watch rand paul right here on msnbc later today. . you'll want to stay with us next hour when we'll take a closer look at the right way and the wrong way to launch a presidential campaign with someone who knows what it feels like when it goes the wrong way. turning to the nuclear deal between iran and the west, president obama is not letting up as he tries to sell the agreement to the american people
and conservativeskeptical lawmakers as well. but he's not the only one. the state department negotiator made her case in an interview on "morning joe." >> gives us the transparency we need, but fundamentally, make sure we have rolled back their ability to enrich enough uranium to get weapons, those will not be able to happen. >> and things will get tougher when congress returns next week. mitch mcconnell says the administration failed when it allowed iran to keep its nuclear program with a new oversight. in an interview, president obama pushed back saying some oversight is better than having no oversight at all. >> it's a hard argument to make that we're better off right now having almost no breakout period, no insight, in letting them rush towards a bomb than saying over the course of 15 years, we have clear assurances they are not going to do anything.
>> i want to bring in senior white house response chris jansing, good morning. it seems like the. president is trying to take advantage of the time before congress comes back into session. >> that interview was the second sit-down he did in three days. he's leading this fight on the political front, and it's a critical time right now. what we're talking about here is the corker bill. that's the one that would allow congress to have a yes or no veto over the president's plan whatever might come out of this if something comes out of it. there have been some reports about a week ago that they were get.ting close to a majority. now they think there might be a little wiggle room there. there's a full-court press going op in the white house for pressure on members of congress but they are focusing on a couple people. they are saying nice things about corker. what they'd like him to be open
to is some sort of negotiation that may well be led by senator carr den of maryland. i spoke to him yesterday to find a middle ground between the white house and congress that believes it has a legitimate oversight role but the white house house, who doesn't want congress putting its the middle of delicate negotiations until june 30th. so you're seeing this back and forth with this window closing before congress comes back on the 14th. he still plans to have a vote on his bill. so we're going o to see what happens here. there's also scientific side of this where they think they can win some votes. you saw they brought out the energy secretary, who is a nuclear physicist. he's been making phone calls and the president working it internationally. he's made calls to nine world leaders and got a little sign of something positive from saudi arabia that issued a statement
saying they have hope for attaining a binding agreement, so there is a tremendous push right now, as i said with the clock ticking toward congress's return next week. >> let's talk a little more about that. before in the past, corker and menendez seemed to feel there was possibly a veto-proof majority in the senate o on this deal but with menendez now stepping aside, it looks as though that's not necessarily guaranteed. >> no it's not guaranteed, although last night an official told me they are not taking anything for granted. they know it's really close. they don't know it's within one vote. you also have a critical vote in chuck schumer. he's the one expected to take over for harry reid as the democratic leader on the senate side when reid retires in a couple years. he's been very influential in this iran conversation. he indicated that he is for this and so the white house has its
work cut out for him. >> thank you for being with me. we're expecting to hear from president obama later this hour in an easter prayer breakfast at the white house. we're just getting started on this edition of "the rundown." we're watching two key elections. chicago mayor rahm emanuel is facing a runoff while ferguson, missouri is looking to fill three city council seats. will they be votes for change? and mitt romney not only had the final four right, he picked duke to win. we're going to hear from duke's coach, coming up.
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local time in ferguson, missouri, where voters will get to flex their muscle in what's expected to be a historic vote. three city council seats are up for grabs. it's the first election since an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a white police officer during an altercation last summer. that event sparked weeks of national unrest including protests and violence. officer wilson was not charged in the death and race was never shown to be a a factor in a shooting. in a city that's overwhelming black, african-americans have never held more than one spot on that city council. that may well change today. also developing right now, polls are open in chicago where mayor rahm emanuel is trying to hold on for another four more years despite being better financed he was forced into a run off election with commissioner garcia. signs are that he'll get another turn but either way, topping the next agenda the city's
skyrocketing crime rates. since the beginning of the year, there will be 77 murders in chicago. that's up 28% since the same period in 2014. the number of shootings and sexual assaults also up double-digit percentages. joining me is lynn sweet of the "chicago sun-times." always a pleasure to see you. crime is obviously a big problem in chicago. is it the city's biggest problem right now? >> it's one of many, and one of the reasons that rahm was in political trouble was not only his personality, which was a big part of his electoral problems but you have problems with crime, big problems with municipal finance, and there's been a big controversy over the public schools that rahm closed during the last few years. >> his personality is a big problem. it plays a big part in politics. how has it being affecting them? >> you could have the best
policy in the world and the best ideas, but if you don't get buy in, if you don't have the politics right because of your personality, you can't drive the policy you want. that's what happened with rahm. he also had a lot of big ideas, but there are big problems and not all of them were solved in four years, so that created an opening especially with the teachers strike and closing of public schools for garcia to emerge, who has the fuelled by the teachers unions, local and nationally. >> and garcia is certainly warm and has an interesting life story. why has he not been able to capitalize more in these weeks before the election? >> actually, he's done tremendously given he's been in a one-on-one since february 24th first round, he has gotten massive attention. he has been in debates. i saw one button where you change the c in chicago cubs to
chooey. so rahm has raised more than $30 million for a city election. a lot of it coming from people who don't live in chicago. a lot of it coming from wealthy republicans in the city. garcia has raised a few million. it's very lopsided. so i would say given the resources and given where he started, no matter what the outcome is today, he's done pretty well for himself. >> thank you for being with me. we'll keep an eye on that election. after the break we'll zoom through the top stories including celebrations at duke university following the championship. for once the bonfires were university sanctioned. we'll explain, next. most of the products we all buy are transported on container ships. before a truck delivers it to your store,
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the new york building explosion investigation, a lawsuit in the rolling stone case and an ncaa champion. let's zoom through the top stories. family and friends will say good-bye to one of two men who died in last month's building explosion in new york city. the funeral comes as police are expected to launch a merchandisehomicide investigation into his death. investigators say they are taking a hard look at the building owners and a plumbing contractor after they found evidence at the scene of tampering with a gas line. an update on a case we have been following out of north carolina since february. craig hicks can face the death penalty in the killing of three muslim students. the fbi is investigating whether this was a hate crime. the university of virginia
fra tern fraternity at the center of a a retracted = roling stone" report says it will sue the magazine. the president of the chapter said the columbia journalism review showed the reckless nature in which they failed to verify facts. the magazine issued an apology for damage dean to the fraternity. and finally, duke is king of the court. the blue devils won its fifth ncaa national championship by beating wisconsin last night. it was a close one. there were 16 lead changes and 5 ties including at halftime. duke's coach gave the credit to the team. >> when they are themselves, we have a e great. chance to win. if we didn't win, somebody beat us when we would be at our best. that really throughout the whole season, that was my main message
to my team because i love them, i trust them, they trust one another. it's been my best group as far as being together that i have coached in 40 years. >> and back on duke's campus students sellcelebrated with a school sanctioned bonfire a tradition that dates back to 1986. tonight it's the women's turnl. connecticut will take on notre dame. also want to show you this live picture from the white house where an easter prayer breakfast is about to get underway. president obama and vice president biden will be there. plus one man who wants to be presiding over one of these breakfasts at the white house in 2017 is rand paul officially announced his candidacy today. talk about why this first impression is so important, next. people ship all kinds of things. but what if that thing is a few hundred thousand doses of flu vaccine. that need to be kept at 41 degrees. while being shipped to a country where it's 90 degrees. in the shade.
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live complete with a calculation of donations to his brand new campaign. just over $28,000 and counting. the 52-year-old will become the second republican to officially launch in 2016 presidential bid. let me bring in howard fineman, good to see ewe. >> good morning, jose. >> let's talk about senator paul and what fellow republicans should be most afraid of. >> well, i think all of them to a certain extent. he's coming at the campaign from a different angle from the rest. for one he's running on the idea of how he's running. he's presenting the methods of his own campaign as his message which is just as social media and the internet have disrupted every other institution, it's time for social media in the hands of young people to disrupt the biggest institution of them all, which is government. that fits into his libertarian
message. that's appealing to a lot of young people all across the spectrum. if you saw the precampaign ad that he put out, it stressed him alone as though he came from nowhere to fight the machine as he says. and also that it was very nonrepublican and non-ideological that they had had clips from chris matthews and jon stewart praising him. he's sort of outside the box and that's going to either leave him nowhere or make u him a very serious threat to the whole field. >> and then the question is certainly a very interesting big picture way of presenting what he is and what he's going to be facing, but then he's facing voters in the primary. that don't necessarily
understand that message that well well. >> exactly, i think you're exactly right. he's running a general election campaign from the very beginning, which is a risky strategy. if he gets somewhere with it, it's potent. if he doesn't, he's going to run aground on the rocks in iowa. iowa is going to be difficult for him, because in iowa the roar core of the republican caucus voters in iowa are not only conservative but they are traditional culturally. they are evangelical christians and rand paul still has more of a flavor of anything goes libertarianism u. that doesn't necessarily sell with the caucus voters in iowa that's number one. and elsewhere the republican party is pretty hawkish on the use of military force to settle disputes around the world. and rand paul initially gained traction as an anti-war republican. that's going to be difficult
with evangelical christians and later down the road with other voters in the primaries. >> let's talk about hillary clinton. she's got to be launch inging her campaign really any day now. >> yes, i think this is the season. it's spring, baseball has started, it's time for candidates. money is a driving force, but it's less of a driving force in that they can get big donations from super pacs as you know but this is all about how you present yourself in the media right now. it's fascinating. the physical live launching speech of the kind is almost passe. it's an excuse for your social media campaign. you have to show your sophisticated about it. ted cruz tried it rand paul is going to do him one better. so it's important to get in that ball game now.
that, as much as money, is what's driving hillary. she's also got to get an organization going in the key states. that's what she'll start doing after she lifts the curtain later u this month. >> howard fineman, good to see you. >> good to see you too, thank you. we'll be heading back to louisville at the top of our next hour. we'll bring you rand paul's announcement live when it happens. but developing now in a boston area courtroom, closing arguments are underway in the murder trial of former nfl star aaron hernandez, the former new england paittriots player is charged with the killing of oden lloyd. the trial has lasted more than two months and has included testimony from 135 witnesses. hundreds of pieces of evidence. i want to bring in criminal defense attorney seema iyer. they presented defense yesterday and hernandez did not take the stand. how are things looking for him in these closing arguments? >> i think they did the best they could,jose, but actually
the pcp expert really got slammed down by the prosecution because, in fact there wasn't even a foundation for the expert to testify to say that the co-defendants may have been on pcp. now why is this relevant? because hernandez is trying to remove himself from having intent. they don't have to prove motive but they certainly have to prove intent. show showing they were high on pcp and they were doing something and didn't share the same mind set, they weren't all in this together could possibly help him. they have a completely circumstantial case. >> and these guys were essentially brought in -- the witnesses were brought out of thin air. at any time was the pcp issue brought up before? >> no and that is so important. i have experts testify about drug use and there has to be a foundation. let's say there's a toxicology report. there was a witness saying that the co-defendants seemed to
appear like they were on pcp, but she's not an expert. she didn't know whether that was true or not. i can't believe the judge let it in. >> we're also watching the boston marathon trial with the jury now deliberating the case against dzhokhar tsarnaev. any real question whether the jury will find him guilty? >> no, and i say unfortunately only because as a lawyer you want to see at least the wrangling and legal deliberation, but i don't think there will be for this one. one of the greatest defense attorneys known to this country conceded that he is guilty not only in the opening but in. the closing. he said that he fully participated in the events. but her defense is but for the actions of the brother, this would never have happened. so i think it makes the jury really pause to think, would this have ever occurred but for tamerlan tsarnaev?
>> but it did happen and it's it tough for the defense to argue otherwise in any way. >> they are setting it it up now for the next phase which is the punishment phase. >> good to see you. you're looking at a live picture of president obama speaking at the easter prayer breakfast. he's talking about the role of religion and joked about the quiet reflection he needed after yesterday's easter egg roll. we'll be listening for you and we'll be right back.
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>> reporter: firefighters called it the year of the fire storm. 2014 millions of acres were destroyed as hundreds of homes across the west went up in flames. >> go for it drop it. >> reporter: thoois year the outlook is more dire u. the forecast calling for bigger, more explosive fires fuelled by conditions not seen in decades. >> the drought is affecting rates of fire spread, fuel moistures, it's just incredible and it's just not getting any better. >> reporter: the assistant chief worked the san diego hillside when it became a blow torch last year. . we were there as fire devoured these drought-stricken hills. this is the front lines. this year the front lines will be everywhere. firefighters say what didn't burn last year is ready to go this year. scientists are also warning of a dangerous new cycle, a recent
study finds soot from wildfires is blowing on to the depleted snow pack. remnants from old fires helping to create more intense new ones. >> the soot leads to earlier snow melt which leads to earlier drying and a longer, drier season, which then leads to more vulnerability to forest fire intensity and timing. >> reporter: with the drought create creating fire fuel, crews showed us what worries them most. more homes surrounding pockets of thick brush. just out of winter firefighters are preparing for war this summer. the odds are stacked against them. now for a look at the numbers. right now in the western u.s., an estimated 52 million people are experiencing a moderate drought or worse. residents are currently under mandatory water restrictions issued by the governor.
"the washington post" has been following that development in the water crisis and joins me now. you have been doing terrific reporting on this. you point out that the executive orders don't apply to farms, which use 80% of the water, but make up 2% of california's economy. is this something that should be looked at as well? >> i think it will be. jerry brown hinted over the weekend that it looks like agriculture may be asked to do something to curb its water usage. the crisis is hurting a lot of the agricultural economy in california. >> what can they do? >> here's the thing, the federal government has jurisdiction over surface water throughout the u.s., so that includes the colorado river, which gives water to about seven states in the west. however, the bureau of land
management has been allocating 30% more water that is flowing through the colorado river. that means that farmers have had to dig up ground water. they sink wells into the ground and pump up water from underground. aquifers. that has the central valley in california sinking. it sunk about an inch and a half over the last decade or so, according to a report to a report from nasa. >> who controls that ground water? how much ground water is there? >> the states control the ground water, but a lot of the states haven't put forward any rules that govern that ground water. that means if you're a farmer in the valley, you can sink a well down as much as you want and pump out as much as you can and the state hasn't passed rules to deal with that. the political will is difficult to corral in sacramento because water politics are so touchy. >> really no one knows how much water is underground really.
>> and this study that came out last month showed that just in the last nine years, farmers, everybody who uses ground water has sucked out approximately the equivalent of two lake meads from under the colorado river basin, which lake meade is the largest reservoir in america. imagine taking two of them away you don't have very much left. the problem is it takes ground water tens of thousands of years to repop late to allow the water to seep into the aquifers. so we're using water that won't be there for another several my len ya. >> then you have the issue of the snow packs. there's very little snow. >> so last week governor brown went up with a bunch of water officials, they do an annual sight check and they went up to one of the snow fields and they put a ruler on the ground and there was nothing there. you couldn't even see any snow around lake tahoe. also across california the snow
pack this year has been just 5% of average. the snow pack is where a lot of the water runoff goes for cities like san francisco, which is not a poort ofpart of the colorado river basin. anything north of the bay gets its water from snow pack and there's not a lot of snow pack left. >> there's not a lot of expected rain in the future for lots of the west. >> apparently it's going to rain today or the rain is coming in the next few days. i think what says everything is that every time even a sprinkle is in the forecast it shows up on the front page of "the los angeles times." rain is such big news out there because the climate has changed so much people are nervous about the future of california. >> thank you for being with me. it's such an important conversation. >> thank you, jose. still to come, texas lawmakers are looking to kill a benefit for 25,000 dreamers that allow them to pay in-state
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i want to take you to texas where an act benefitting tens of thousands of people is now on the chopping blocks. state lawmakers monday held a hearing looking to repeal the state's dream act which extends in-state tuition benefits to nearly 25,000 non-citizen who is have lived in the lone star state for three years. nearly 360 people testified in the state capitol before the repeal gets to the governor's desk. msnbc kept close tabs on all the action in the capitol yesterday. good morning. what exactly is happening? >> good morning, jose. you know the turnout yesterday just shows how high the stakes are for many of the dreamers who currently live in texas. now, they showed up in hoards. there was 11 hours of testimony and only a handful of those came out in support of the repeal. and basically lawmakers there
are saying that they don't want to offer in-state tuition benefits to non-citizens with the possibility that this will be taking away from american citizens. now, this impacts just a small portion of dreamers. it's about 2% of the population of texas students. and so this really isn't really going to be taking away from that many u.s. citizens. and this kind of shows that the tenor of this debate is really tied to the political climate around here and not necessarily tied to the merits of the actual program. there are many experts that testified yesterday that shot down the idea that the in-state tuition benefits would act as a magnet for families coming in to move to texas. and they also shot down the idea that they would be taking away any slots in enrollment into these public schools. and basically there were so many dreamers that came forward and said i was able to go and get a college education thanks to this in-state tuition benefit. and thanks to doc i was able to
get a job after. and i'm contributing to the texas economy and really making this a worthwhile endeavor. >> what about the cost behind this law? >> there aren't that many costs involved. it's all based on the merits of those who enroll to school and get into the school. it's really actually a benefit for the texas economy in that it's driving in more people to be enrolled and contributing to the public school system the university, community college and schools there. and really this is also raising the benefits of workers, raises wages, really it's all around beneficial to the texas economy there. >> amanda thank you so much. >> thank you. >> now i want to bring in one of the students affected byment texas dream act. she testified at the state capitol hill yesterday. she joins me this morning. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> what's your message to the state lawmaker sns.
>> what is it? sorry. >> what is your message to state lawmakers? >> that we are giving back to the state of texas. economically and socially. texas is our home. and so for us to having to fight for education here when we were living here for so long. you know it's very powerful that we as a student body we got together and do this. >> ana tell me about the stories of people like you. kids that are here in the united states and that have dreams to continue their studies. why is it so important to be able to have the in-state tuition applied to you? and why is it that you need that? >> so one of the reasons that i am here i never expected to go to college. so when that opportunity arised in high school i was very happy.
and then i worked really hard in high school. i did so many things extracurricular and academic wise for me to be able to have a chance. and so when i got accepted to university of texas in austin i think it was one of the most happiest days of my life honestly. so when these things happen when i'm only a freshman here at ut and then my tuition can rise $30,000 in a summer that would stop me completely. from going to school. and i know it's going to stop those other 25,000 other students as well. >> ana flores. >> yes. >> thank you for being with me. your voice is important. i appreciate it. >> thank you so much. >> good to see you. thank you. >> thank you. coming up on "the rundown," i'm going to take you to louisville kentucky where we're a few hours away from rand paul's presidential announcement. and we'll talk about how just important this first impression is as a candidate.
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now consider his fate. 30 counts they're considering. was he as the prosecution says a jihadist, a soldier bent on punishing america when he placed those pressure cooker bombs at the finish line nearly two years ago? or as the defense says, a naive adolescent just following his brother. it was his brother tamerlan were it not for him none of this would have happened. now, his defense attorney judy clark says he should be held accountable. they'll consider 17 counts that could carry the death penalty. if they do find him guilty on one of those, we'll move to the penalty phase where they'll consider life in prison or death. jose. >> adam, this could come really any minute now as far as the jury's decision. >> reporter: it really could. i just want to tell you a little bit about what happened yesterday. there's several members, family members and victims in the courtroom. the prosecution played a video just moments before the bombing and moments after. you could see people just enjoying the beautiful day and then the explosion. just complete carnage.
very graphic video. family looking on intently. tsarnaev just looking forward very passive no emotion. jose. >> adam reiss, thank you so much. i want to bring in boston globe columnist dante ramos, what's the sense there as jury deliberations begin? >> there's a few things that could happen. i mean i think there's a sense here that if the jury takes a long time then that means that they are carefully processing each and every count and going through it sort of line by line. and that's a sign that at least suggests that, you know that they're open to some of what the defense might be saying. there's also a sense that if they come back pretty quickly, you know given the fact that the defense has conceded most of the facts of the case. then that's something that does not bode particularly well for tsarnaev's defense. >> it's interesting you say that because yesterday his lead defense attorney said that she did not dispute most of the
government's case. but she did say the key exception was why tsarnaev took part. is that the key question here for the jury? >> well i think that's right. and it's one thing that we don't really know at this point. you know as this is a guilt phase of a trial, so it's not really supposed to plum too deeply into some of what the defense has been saying you know blaming the older brother. they haven't really been able to make that argument directly although she certainly, judy clark, certainly did so in her closing argument yesterday. you know, she had said there's two different brothers here. each of them played a different role in the conspiracy. and, you know clearly suggesting tamerlan, tamerlan whose name she kept saying over and over again was the leading player. you know the jury in the penalty phase assuming there is one and everybody assumes that there will be one will have to decide how much they ultimately buy that argument. she'll get the chance to make
the argument more directly than she did during the first phase of the trial during which it was made more by implication all except until yesterday which is when it was made much more explicit. >> dante ramos, good to see you. thanks for being with me. >> thank you. a few hours from now kentucky's first-term senator rand paul will officially launch his presidential campaign. he's already made the announcement on his website saying, quote, i'm running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government. this morning the campaign release add video narrated by the senator's wife kelly to re-introduce him to the public. senator paul is trying to become the fourth lawmaker to go directly from the senate to the white house including harding, john f. kennedy and barack obama. msnbc political correspondent kacie hunt has more. >> will you lovers of liberty, will you rise to the occasion? >> reporter: kentucky senator rand paul is selling himself as a different kind of candidate.
>> stand with rand! stand with rand! >> reporter: paul, an opt mall gist rode the tea party wave in the senate in 2010. since then he's reached out to people who often back democrats, young voters and african-americans. >> in ferguson there's -- >> reporter: rand paul is following his father into presidential politics. former congressman ron paul came in second in new hampshire in 2012. his son has courted his father's loyal core of libertarian supporters focusing on private si and surveillance mounting a nearly 13-hour filibuster against drone strikes. >> looks like we got ourselves a good old fashioned talky filibuster. >> your notification is the buzz of the propellers on the drone as it flies overhead in the seconds before you're killed. >> i mean, he's out there talking using the filibuster the way it's meant to be used. >> reporter: but paul has also tried to distance himself from his father's legacy particularly on foreign policy.
he insists he's not an isolationist and changed views on given foreign aid to israel. >> the best deal i think comes with a new president. hillary clinton would do better. i think everybody on our side except maybe rand paul could do better. >> reporter: paul will also have to answer for controversial positions he's taken on issues from civil rights to vaccinations. >> i've heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. >> reporter: paul kicks off his presidential campaign today and starts answering the question of whether he's too different to win the white house. >> it's going to take strength of leadership. it's not going to take a ho-hum same-old, same-old a republican little bit different from the democrats. when our party looks like the rest of america, we're going to win. >> reporter: jose rand paul is already seeing some of that potential backlash in a million-dollar ad buy from a
group that's trying to highlight his positions on iran and say that he's dangerous for the country. but you know the reality is even if paul doesn't go all the way to winning the nomination and many republicans aren't certain that he can, he still has a huge opportunity to shape the presidential race to talk about the issues that he's very focused on and to play the role of provocateur which he's already shown he's more than willing to do both with fellow republicans and presumptive democratic nominee hillary clinton. jose. >> thanks so much. we've got much more on rand paul's big announcement coming up. and you can watch rand paul make it official right here on msnbc later today. but i want to turn now to yemen where saudi arabia and its allies are bombing military installations trying to stop their seize on aden. new numbers from the united nations show fighting across yemen has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes, in addition the governments of india have been struggling to get their citizens
out before it's too late. ayman mohyeldin joins me now. what exactly is going on in yemen? >> there's no doubt that the situation continues to descend into chaos. the central government has all but collapsed leading international human riepgts organizations and humanitarian groups to warn of dire humanitarian consequences. you talk about 100,000 people trying to get out of various cities, avoid some of these areas where these bombs are taking place and the fighting takes place. unicef today has come out and said so far in the fighting since the end of march about 74 children, children alone have been killed. now, there is a mass evacuation effort to try and get out of yemen. thousands of foreign nationals. as you mentioned india's been leading the charge on that. they actually coordinated with the saudi air force to try and allow an air india plane to land in sanaa so they can evacuate hundreds of their nationals. but it's not just the indians. there are american yemeni citizens believed to be inside
yemen trying to get out. but because of the fighting, because of the heavy shelling and the houthi rebels laying siege to the city of aden it's impossible to get in and out and people to the ports where they can get on boats and evacuate out of the country. overall it is a dire humanitarian situation with a lot of aid organizations saying that not only the major cities but across the country the infrastructure's collapsing and there's a short supply of medicines as the death toll continues to rise jose. >> talk to me about the houthi rebels that have been successful in taking key parts of that country as the former government has pretty much disintegrated. >> it began several months ago as they gained momentum. they wanted to have a larger say in government affairs. they complain of being marginalized by the predominantly sunni country and sunni government of previous regimes. they have now allied themselves with a previous or former yemeni president. they are believed to have the support of the iranian
government if not materialistically or militarily it certainly diplomatically. and as a result of that they've been trying to lay siege. they've already taken the capital. they're now trying to lay siege to the city of aden a port city where the deposed president, if you will, had first escaped and is still there claiming to be the president of yemen with his supporters. and that's where some of the heavy fighting is taking place on the ground. but in sanaa, it's where they're pounding the houthi rebel positions that have taken control of the entire capital. >> what can you tell us about kenya and the massacre there? >> the kenyan government believes they've identified the individual who's behind the attack. and for the first time we got a glimpse of the horror of that attack. today the kenyan military allowed for a television crew to enter the university of garissa. the images there extremely disturbing. you saw some blood soaked clothes, the shoes, you get a
sense of the fear and terror as these attackers methodically went across the university killing those people. but the ken yan government is not backing down. they have doubled down saying they're going to continue their military operations against al shabaab. that is the terrorist group they blame for this massive terrorist attack. >> yeah. and what's just horrible -- just so many horrible things about it. they actually went in looking for christians. and they were killing christians specifically. ayman mohyeldin, thank you for being with me. good to see you. >> my pleasure jose. coming up more on rand paul but first the other political announcement making waves today. senator john mccain looking for lucky number six. hear what he told nbc exclusively after, well he decided to run for a sixth term. plus, one small mistake becomes a big headache for jeb bush. does he really need to explain that he's not hispanic? wait, we'll discuss that next. new york state is reinventing how we do business by leading the way on tax cuts.
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take a look at the hearings we have. take a look at my legislative accomplishments. listen, i'm just getting started. >> a win in 2016 would give senator mccain his sixth term in the senate. now to another announcement in politics this one by jeb bush clarifying he is not hispanic despite the box he checked on his voter registration form here in miami-dade county. he fessed up in a tweet yesterday, my mistake, don't think i fooled anyone. in response to his son, jeb jr., wlo is a hispanic his earlier tweet, lol, come on dad, i think you checked the wrong box. joining me now, digital media director of the media group. gentlemen, thank you. mark, what exactly happened here? >> i think you've got to take him at his word that it was a simple mistake. that it was one 2009 voter registration form and him having a check mark that he identified himself as hispanic.
and in some ways though if you want to kind of take a step forward as it relates to the presidential contest, it actually underscores some strengths and weaknesses. in a strength in general election this all reminds people that yes, he does have a latina wife, his sons are latino and he would bring more diversity and maybe do better with latino voters than mitt romney did with his 27% in 2012. but when it comes to a primary election, it could be a little bit of a liability for him just because it would remind republican voters who are against comprehensive immigration reform that he is said undocumented -- legal immigration is an act of love and things like that. intensifies some of his negatives that some republicans might see on the immigration front. >> julio, our editor put it this way, is it jeb or heb? look we have to think in 2009 the conspiracy theorists would have to think in 2009 he was thinking of running for 2016 and
put latino in there so we would be talking about that today. >> you know what it is? i think it's a question of the "new york times" finding something. you know when you're vetting everything it's like oh we found a voter registration form. let's publish it. and in this sense you can just speak to the power of the internet here. that came out in around 7:00 in the morning and by 10:30, you know, jeb jr.'s saying hey, dad, you're embarrassing me. and then jeb sr. -- the dad, papi, he's saying well i'm not mistaking this. so it's sort of -- it was well -- i have to credit the bush people for being responsive on social media so quickly. and, you know it has led to a debate. and what mark is saying is absolutely true is that you know, jeb bush does appeal to u.s. latino voters. he speaks spanish impeccably. his wife is of mexican decent.
and his a formidable opponent to any democratic candidate that's going to run in 2016. >> and, mark politico writes this morning about a spat between marco rubio, his camp and the bush camp. tell us about that. >> well you know i mean look there's no doubt on the one hand that jeb bush was the political mentor to marco rubio in florida. i also think there's no doubt that the fact both are going to be in this presidential contest has created some type of strains. and in some ways you can end up saying the fight for florida and its delegates come 2016 in the primaries is going to be fascinating to watch. and these guys are going to have to duke it out. and by running for the presidency you basically end up saying that, you know i'm going to do everything it takes to be able to win and that includes going after someone who i might have considered my mentor and political friend. >> and julio, let me play you some sound from another potential candidate in the gop mix. carly fiorina speaking yesterday. listen to this julio. >> i have always said that the
children who were brought here through no fault of their own shouldn't be punished. on the other hand i also believe that if you are an adult and have come here illegally and stayed here illegally that you don't ever get to be a citizen. you may get legal status. >> so that's the legal status or legalize but no citizenship ever. how is that going to sit? >> you know, this is the problem with the republican party. you know you have -- it really is talking from both sides of the mouth. i mean the primary this is 2012 all over again. the primary is going to push everyone to the extreme. and then all of a sudden whoever becomes the candidate is going to now moderate their tone. and, you know latinos in the united states they're so aware of this. this is playing all over again. and now that four years later because of the internet because of social media it's almost become a quicker reaction. so, you know the reason why jeb bush is you know i'm not hispanic and it was a careless
moment is because voters are more attuned to what's going on. i know how saying the same thing about disrupting social media. that's part of all this. i don't know if that message when it comes to u.s. latino voters in a general election is going to even you know resonate again. it might get you a couple of votes in republican primaries, but the internet is forever. >> julio, if you didn't put latino on your voter card in 2009, should i call you julia? >> yeah call me jules. >> thank you. and mark murray no confusion there. thank you both. let's turn to wall street where the stock market is finishing the first hour of trading today. cnbc's dominic chu joins me. >> we are seeing a nice green day with the stocksover all, dow, s&p 500 and nasdaq moving fractionally higher. this comes a day after we saw a rally on wall street despite a bad jobs number. all eyes are going to be on what happens today. and then of course tomorrow because that's when the federal
reserve bank is going to release the minutes from its last interest rate policy meeting, the fomc minutes, a lot of traders and investors will be looking to see whether or not there's any kind of sign any kind of discussion within the fed about possible interest rate hikes later on down the line and what economic data that need to see in order for that to happen. we're also watching oil prices go higher today as well. something to keep an eye on there. now, a big deal that we are all watching right here on wall street has to do in the transportation sector. and that's because fed ex is buying tnt, which is a european based package delivery company. they're going to pay $4.8 billion for it. now, this comes again a huge deal after u.p.s. tried to buy them a couple years ago, jose they got nixed because of anti-trust concerns. we'll see what happens this time around with fed ex. >> dominic, talk to me in speaking about europe, the whole thing of greece and what they're doing and their issues. that's coming up soon right? >> that's coming up soon.
they've got loan payments to remake. they're going to make good on a $500 million payment to the imf. but they've got billions to pay back over the course of the coming months and years. whether or not there's any kind of a resolution there is still pretty much far off in the distance at least for right now. but you got to see what happens with the overall picture with greece because it will effect this environment here in the united states as well. there's going to be this sense if they can't get something done we may see the market stumble a bit. but for right now traders at least aren't taking that to heart at least not today, jose. >> cnbc's dominic chu, thanks so much. coming up big announcement from rand paul about an hour away, but it's the small donors he's counting on. to tell you about that also it's like the downton abbey of america today. staffers servers and insiders reveal secrets from the white house. these are secrets from what happens behind closed doors at the white house. and what's been happening there for generations. next. ideas come into this world ugly and messy.
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senator rand paul is set to announce his presidential run officially in just about over an hour from now. but even before making the announcement, well, he's passing the plate. a new page on his website is highlighting the dollars already donated. an overnight e-mail to supporters encourages small contributions. something familiar to the kentucky republican. according to the center for responsive politics his donors giving fewer than $200 make up nearly half of his fund raising base. joining me now nicholas from "new york times." nick, good to see you. how crucial is this small donor base going to be if the senator wants to be successful? >> it's hugely important for his campaign jose. the grass roots donors are a well that can be tapped over and over again over the course of a long campaign. it's not like a campaign that relies on big donors who max out early. and they're also a form of volunteer, the same people who are writing checks for $20 or $50 are coming out and volunteers for your campaign.
it's a virtuous circle. it's a hidden source of strength for him in his battle for the nomination. >> this formula it was tapped in and pretty much created very successfully by barack obama. >> it was. but also by his father. >> that's true. >> in 2012 the second best fundraiser in the gop field was ron paul. he raised $36 million, second only to mitt romney. and it was half from donors who gave under $200. that's a powerful thing in politics. you know, for a lot of different reasons. if you can replicate that it puts him in a position to have the money to go all the way in a primary. >> he's going to have to haul in some wealthy donors right? who can give millions. how is that going to be seen by the libertarian groups? >> it's true. if he can take the small donors that is that attracted and build on to the major donors it becomes more effective. so his goal is to look at wall street libertarians silicon valley as well as conservatives who just like his message of
smaller government and like the way that he has a chance to maybe appeal to parts of the country that haven't voted republican before. so i think those are all pieces of it for him. >> sorry, man, there's a lot of talk about jeb bush tapping into his father and brother's political money machine. how big of a machine is that? >> well look his brother was a huge fundraiser. they had 500 people around the country over the course of his brother's two campaigns who raised up to $200,000 a piece. that was back in the old days when you could only write checks for $1,000. now it's more like $5,000. so it's a big network. and frankly it's not totally clear how far beyond that network they're going. the argument they make is that they're well beyond it that it's not just the old team. but we're not going to really know until we see those first campaign filings which could be as late as july. >> it's mind blowing to think just how expensive presidential campaigns have been and nothing compared to how they will be. >> oh, it's astonishing. i mean ever since barack obama
declined public financing in 2008 and opened the door for general election fund raising has really gone through the roof. we're now in the age of billion-dollar campaigns probably on both sides. unless one side nominates someone who is really toxic to the big donor community, i think the billion-dollar campaign is here to stay. >> always a pleasure to see you. thanks for being with me. as we look ahead to rand paul's announcement later today, we want to ask the question what's in a campaign launch anyway? a friend abby huntsman tweeted yesterday, campaign launches can make or break a presidential campaign. trust me. how i wish we could redo that day for team huntsman in 2012. #heirs. joining me now is one-quarter of the cycle. abby, what a pleasure to see you. >> morning, jose. >> what happened? i don't want to re-live old wounds here but let's re-live old wounds here. >> now with all these candidates announcing it brings back some of these old memories. you know it's interesting now that i think about it the launch day is arguably the most
important day of the entire campaign because it really sets the tone of how things are going to go jose sort of like the red carpet for the big award shows. if things go well great. you don't hear about it. but if things go poorly, it's embarrassing for everyone involved. so it's the day you make it official. it's the day you introduce yourself and your family to the country and tell the american people why you want to be president. but also what's so important here that people don't often think about are the logistics involved. on a day like today rand paul is starting in kentucky then going to new hampshire and elsewhere. things are moving very quickly. in my dad's case same thing. he announced here in new york and we went straight to new hampshire. and there were just things that were not done right. and the media was all there and picked up on it. for one, jose his name was spelled wrong on the press badges. his name jon was spelled eded j-o-h-n. tfts just one thing after the
next. you don't think about those things, but it's the media that writes the narrative that night or the next morning that says what's going on inside the campaign. clearly they don't have a well-organized machine there. and that really sets the tone for how the campaign is going to go and that that matters. >> abby i just want to look at pictures of you just a couple years ago. can we show those pictures of that day. >> of how old i've gotten jose. >> it's great to see you, but where were you and what were you thinking? when you start noticing these things like the typos, et cetera, what are you thinking? >> looking at those photos it's overwhelming because all you're thinking about that moment -- >> were you the one on the end there? there you are. >> i'm in the purple right there. i'm in the purple dress. you're thinking, wow, this is an incredible day. i love my dad so much. i felt like he was the best man for the job. you're excited. you have the adrenaline going. it wasn't until we got on the plane and my dad looked at my mom and he said this is a disaster what happened. he's focused on his speech talking to the voters. you don't realize all those logistical things that matter so much. and afterwards that night we
came together as a family thought how did we get this wrong. >> abby, good to see you. >> thanks jose. >> you can catch her with the rest of "the cycle" today. and we'll bring you rand paul's announcement live when it happens right here on msnbc. also the plats e place all presidential candidates hope their campaign ends 1600 pennsylvania avenue. this morning we've got a revealing look inside the white house from people we don't ordinarily get to hear from the chefs, all with the extraordinary task of keeping the most exclusive residents in the country running. nbc's peter alexander has all the buzz. >> reporter: bill clinton couldn't avoid impeachment, or turns out when his wife threw the book at him. >> one staffer said they were called up to the second floor, found blood on the bed. it was rumored hillary clinton clocked the president with a book. >> reporter: among the rumors the then-first lady laughed off. >> a bible or mercedes benz i have a pretty good arm, if i'd
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is telemundo news anchor pleasure to see you. >> nice to see you, jose. >> let's talk about the biggest issues concerning the u.s. and venezuela. >> well, people are expecting to see what president nicholas is going to do especially since president barack obama announced sanctions a few weeks ago. after that happened president saying the u.s. represents a threat to the u.s. security. it seems that he's going to panama to the summit with a mission of his own. he's going to try to fool the u.s. to repeal those measures against venezuela. now, few people believe that the u.s. in washington's going to leave those measures against the country and venezuela's officials. however, undoubtedly nicholas maduro will rally his allies against the measures. now, some analysts also believe
this strategy will backfire maduro. once discussion about these measures comes on to the table, the conversationin evident bli will lead to the corruption in venezuela and that could also bring tension to the summit jose. >> and julio, also ahead of the summit the daughter of the late cuban dissident reported on twitter she was detained at panama's airport and threatened. what happened? >> that's right. she's 26 years old, jose. she's probably one of the most outstanding dissidents in cuba and she announced on twitter she was detained when she was leaving the airplane. she also claimed that a police officer told her she was going to be deported to cuba if she caused any trouble at the summit. now, the panamanian authorities also said they have already released her and that this was a mistake, a bureaucratic mistake. but it seems it's not an isolated case because there's
another arjgentinan dissident said she suffered the same way. >> julio, thank you. the new relationship with cuba's also impacting american sports. the nba will be the first professional sports organization from the u.s. to visit cuba since the obama administration's december announcement about restoring diplomatic relations with that regime. former nba all-star and two-time most valuable player steve nash will be part of the group in a four-day basketball clinic from the 23rd to the 26th of april. and in june in new york cosmos soccer team will play in havana against cuba's national team. here at home on the subject of basketball it's all about duke the blue devils taking their fifth ncaa national championship back to campus last night beating wisconsin 68-63. officially ending the men's division 1 college basketball season for the year. but as one season ends another begins. i'm talking of course baseball.
yesterday opening day. and here in miami let's just say we ran into some technical difficulties. let me explain in today's five things delay of game. number one, the miami marlins opening day against the atlanta braves yesterday at marlins park conveniently has a retractable roof. but your eyes are not deceiving you. rain coming down on to the field. the park getting its first rain delay. 16 minutes long. before they were able to close the roof. only in miami do we get a rain delay in a stadium with a roof. number two, a throwback to 1979 when a pittsburgh steelers fan got a little too excited before kickoff running on to the field in his steelers terrible towel and only his terrible towel. terrible it wasn't a little bit bigger delayed the game and breaking a leg in the process trying to escape police. number three luckily in miami we don't have to deal with this one, snow. but it happened in kansas city missouri two years ago. snow started coming down so hard during the fourth inning of the tampa bay rays and kansas city
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what you're seeing we will probably have more candidates than republican voters. be that as it may i think the thing that separates senator paul is the things that he's talked about he has been very consistent. he has taken his message and been consistent and sincere about it. >> that was former congressman jc watts on the run-down. even after paul's announcement in about an hour he wrote on his website that he is running for president, and we are waiting for him to tell everybody else. kelly o'donnell is in louisville, what's the atmosphere there like? >> i talked to a lot of people who have come to be part of the announcement jose. and they're excited.
there are republicans that see rand paul as being the kind of candidate they want to support. when i ask them why, they talk about his stand for the constitution. i asked some do they identify with the tea party. and i have not heard much of that here of people saying they like that rand paul is willing to be his own man and sort of be a different sort of senator for kentucky and washington and in five or so years in the senate has made his national name. that's sort of the feeling i've had in working the outer area here. and the ballroom behind me is of course filling up. we have seen some activity as they have been doing sound checks getting ready for the big event. his wife kelly will speak, jc watts has a speaking role and expect rand paul to speak about 20 minutes. he will try to set himself apart from the republican party in ways that he thinks can appeal to younger voters maybe minority communities, perhaps
disaffected democrats, if there are those that want more of a libertarian feel but he has to get through a republican primary and that may be a tougher road for him, especially when you consider so many republican voters have strong foreign policy views and rand paul sets himself apart in many ways but he's also gotten a lot of attention for his concerns and opposition to some of the ways the u.s. government has used drones, for example, so rand paul is different. he is trying to package himself as different, and we expect him to make what has been a website and not a secret here that he has been planning to run, but really gets under way today. jose? >> and rand paul's father ron paul is not speaking. paul is one of the candidates with the shadow of his father looming large. >> right. in recent months we have seen rand paul somewhat try to distance himself from his father. ron paul will be there today, but he is going to be playing a silent role which is different from what we have seen in the past with the two of them
campaigning on behalf of each other. senator paul has his father to thank for paving his senate campaign tapping into his father's grass root network to win over supporters that care about limited government and noninterventionist foreign policy. but in trying to win the gop nomination and eventually the general election you see rand paul take more of a moderate stance. two big examples of that is russia's invasion into crimea. he called on u.s. sanctions, where ron paul says we have no business there. nsa, rand paul says he wants to reform the nsa while ron paul wants to abolish it and get away with it entirely. as this campaign begins to roll out, we're going to expect to see rand paul try to distance himself from his father as he tries to win over a broader audience. >> aaliyah fru man and kelly o'donnell, thank you for being with me this morning.
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