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hi everyone. i'm fireman rivera for thomas roberts. good to be with you on msnbc live. another day of rescuers sifting through the rubble looking for signs of life. the number of life lost is estimated nearly 4,000. critical aid is in short supply. in the united states a city torn apart as thousands say a good-bye to freddie gray. questions of how the 25-year-old suffered a spinal injury in police custody remain a question. method kal mass murderer? that's the question in the courtroom in the trial of
holmes. kim kardashian sits down with nbc days after her father tells the world he plans to document his transition to a woman. that leads to today's poll question. do you think the public transition helps the transcommunity? log on to pulse.msnbc.com and let us know what you think. we start with developing news in nepal. two days after the 7.2 earthquake in kathmandu. the death toll close to 4,000 people. rescuers recover more bodies. more than 7,000 are injured. the quake leaving a path of destruction. 2500 buildings have been destroyed. look at before and after pictures of landmarks showing the absolute devastation of the quake. one of the survivors, a u.s. citizen, described her
experience as traumatic. >> it's being traumatizing. i'm grateful for our lives but heartbroken for those people that have lost their hopes and families. the people of nepal are beautiful people. >> we are also getting new video showing the cake and the shaking caused by the quake. it was shot on the cafe roof on top of kathmandu. that quake triggered an avalanche on mount everest. this showing it as it happened bearing parts of the base camp. three americans died due to that. marissa, dan and tom. a survivor explained what happened. >> everything was gone. all our tents were gone. people were pushed. the guy that stood in front of me was 30 feet over there. we were missing one person that we don't know if she's alive or dead. >> more than a dozen countries including the u.s. are sending aid. two teams of u.s. special forces
in nepal have been remissioned to assist. u.s. is giving did additional $9 million relief efforts on top of $1 million already committed. we have the latest at kathmandu. >> reporter: just a short while ago, a tremor had people running on the streets behind me. it's dark here now. many are spending the night in parks or open spaces afraid to go home while aftershocks continue. fearful but also perhaps wondering whether their houses will collapse. whether they've been weakened by the original quake on saturday. today i traveled out of kathmandu to an outlying area where the devastation was quite severe especially in the older part of that town where perhaps a quarter of the buildings collapsed. many many more were damaged. they set up a decreecremation area.
a hospital there was overwhelmed. many hundreds of people had been through. that's just an indication of the sort of scenes we can expect to see a as rescue worker aid groups progress further into the kathmandu valley start to get closer to the epicenter where many of those areas still haven't had access to. they were inevitably the death toll numbers will rise. >> we thank you for that report. now to bring you breaking news at home. baltimore police say they're taking appropriate precautions due to a threat against law enforcement. that's coming from various gangs. meanwhile, hundreds are paying respects to 25-year-old freddie gray that died april 19 th due to a fatal spinal cord injury a week after he was released. today's funeral follows several
demonstrations that took place over the weekend. billy murphy the attorney for the family called for reforms to prevent this from happening again. >> we need police cameras and control of the off on switch to it doesn't become a vital tool for justice. >> we are joined by brian outside the funeral home. a what more can you tell us about this? >> reporter: francis, baltimore police say they have learned through some means that rival gangs, the crypts bloods and others have entered a pact to quote unquote take out police in the streets. baltimore police won't say exactly what they're doing but saying they're taking appropriate precautions. they've notified other police departments around the region and around the country just to be safe.
>> brian, with that threat and obviously increasing tensions following days of protest, tell us what happened in the funeral? >> reporter: it's really -- you might call it oasis of peace inside are there. one official who was speaking called it thanksgiving tribute to freddie gray. a lot of hope coming from that room. hundreds of people packed in there shoulder to shoulder standing room only. they're hoping the baltimore police and officials here in this community will do exactly what they say they'll do deliver a fair and full investigation. inside the this room. people think that means police officers being arrested and charged. >> this as the funeral is happening here on your screen. jesse jackson on the podium. live look from inside where the funeral is happening for 25-year-old freddie gray.
brian moore outside the funeral. we appreciate that report. we're following news from tulsa, oklahoma. the sheriff has resigned. i made the announcement this morning. he says he'll continue to examine the organization and are there will be more changes. now to colorado where opening statements begin an hour from now in the trial of james holmes. he's accused of killing 12 and wounding 70 others after opening fire many a packed movie theater after the midnight premiere of "dark knight rises" in 2012. witnesses spoke of horror they witnessed. >> i'm hear ago him yell at people. you can hear the rounds going off boom, boom boom. >> there was really nowhere to hide.
>> nbc's john yang from colorado. we are now an hour away from this to begin. legal experts say this will down to an insanity plea? >> reporter: that's right. the defense offered to plead guilty for exchange in life in prison without parole. that was turned down by the prosecution. they're now arguing this was done in a psychotic break. now the challenge proving is this to jurors is the fact james holmes apparently planned this. he bought a lot of ammunition had a plan doing this in the theater. he booby trapped his armt. that the prosecution says shows this was a calculated act of anger and revenge, not a psychotic break. in order to convince the jurors of this insanity they're going to have to prove he was insane during that entire period. francis? >> chilling knowing he came in with a gas mask before shooting.
many in the audience of that movie theater thinking that was part of it before they realized the terror. we appreciate that report. the penalty phase of the boston bombing trial. dzhokhar tsarnaev was convicted of all charges weeks ago. his attorney is trying to save his life. they're trying to paint his brother as the master mind. several witnesses spoke about tamerlan's anger. two to spoke about how the older brother would become angry about comparisons between martin luther king and the prophet mohamed. adam joining us from outside the courthouse. the defense focussing on how angry they say tamerlan was. >> reporter: francis, good afternoon. they're making a case of why he
he should get life instead of death. they're saying this is a teen under the influence of a powerful and angry brother. they say without tamerlan none of this would have happened. they showed pictures of this super max jail in florence florida called alcatraz of rockies. they say send him here. he'll never be able to hurt anybody. otherwise you'll have the death penalty, appeals process and constantly be reminded of sow hard tsarnaev. his family members arrived in boston late last week. we think it may be possible for some to testify and humanize him to get the jury to show mercy. >> a pivotal moment as the defense takes the case. thank you so much adam. still to come what mistakes were made is and what if any impact does it have on hillary clinton's presidential campaign? anticipation is building for
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the author of the controversial book on hillary clinton and the clinton foundation says there may be no smoking gun, but he says that should not be the litmus test here. >> the question is should the pattern of conduct of behavior and was there a pay to play arrangement? that's a question i can't answer. i think investigators should look into it. >> over the weekend, the foundation's ceo admitted mistakes were made. there was an investigation how the foundation mishandled. today hillary clinton wrote of her desire to fix our dysfunctional political system
and get unaccountable money out of it. nick joins me from the "new york times." how are you? today it was asked if they feel that this will torpedo her candidacy. he said it's not about her candidacy. as far as damage done to her campaign has that been done as far as long term damage? >> that's a good question. what the book shows us is kind of raw material. it's some facts, some patterns some correlations. as we he put it you have to look further tore see a that. in general, there's an air of sloppiness on tax returns and how they deal with ethical
issues. one question is how closely associated with that is she going to be? b, can they fix it? there's going to be a lot of chatter about this being the best run foundation on the planet and still have a tax on it. how they handle it forward and important. >> there's no proven quid pro quo. i want to ask about the gop warning the governor not to over state charges against clinton. how big of a concern is it for gop leaders if he's saying don't take much into it. what's the take for all of them? >> they've been to this show before in the 1990s when bill clinton turned the lowest moment of presidency as impeachment as a rebound point for presidency and post presidency. republicans had overplayed their hand. i think there's a worry that things will go too far too heated on hillary clinton.
that the accusations and the its on her from their side are going to rapidly outstrip the facts and the substance. that's their worry. there's always a bit of crazy on both parties that wants to go hard hard after the kind of main person in that party, the nominee, front runner. that's the worry. >> in that sense, it's the latest target. you have benghazi and e-mails that they could go back to as well. >> that's right. you see this effort now to delay hillary clinton's possible testimony to the benghazi committee to push it back. that a feels like a bit of publicity handling on the part of the committee republicans. they want to stretch this out and have it happen later. there's a lot of stage craft on how both sides are handling this. if all of this gets litigated and dealt with early on in the campaign, i think there's some republicans who fear that it will be kind of over and done with too early for them to get
the most out of it. >> all right, we appreciate your perspective as always. >> any time. want to give you an jutupdate on breaking news from the deaths in the nepal earthquake. four deaths of americans are known of in the far everest region. they're sending 130 people two 57 people teams, one from los angeles, and the other from fairfax, west virginia. as well as a search group with dogs. also contributing billions of dollars. they know of four americans that have died from the earthquake. before we go to the break, we want to show you pictures of softball size hail a that shattered the windshield of one storm chaser in texas. amazing video. we'll have more storms threatening the coast today. southern mississippi,
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correspondent dinner are important. >> i mean really. what is this? and why am i required the to come to it? >> i look so old john boehner has invited netanyahu to speak at my funeral. fact is i feel more loose and relaxed than ever. those joe biden shoulder massages are like magic. >> all right. so many to piece together here. reporter with the washington post joins us now to assess how it is like post game. post performance analysis. overall, there's no one going to dispute the president is a funny guy. how did he do as comedian in chief with the tough crowd there. >> i thought he did a really great job. i mean this is his seventh dinner. props go to his joke writing team the luther translator bit. i don't know how they'll top that next year. the president's sense of timing
is great. this year he wasn't preeveryonemptively laughing too much at his own jokes. >> and the bucket list. we have some zeiglers for the press. let's bring that to you. >> next part is repeat after me. all the media a put their hands up and swear something this selection season okay. i solemnly swear not to talk about hillary's appearance because that is not journalism. >> so she's getting mixed reviews. what about her overall performance? did she carry the crowd as one should when hosting? >> i think she did the best you could possibly do. a few of her jokes were along the same lines of those that the president told.
that's one of the dangers of following. he's going to get those one first. there was a similar joe biden massage joke she told. she had to push through. i thought she did a nice job. she looks really confident. that's the most you can do. that's a tough room to work as a comedian. >> at least if you're nervous, you hide the thervenerves. the big talk of michelle obama was her in hair style. that got a lot of talk. seems like president obama was calm. like i've done this i know how to play this. he's gotten better as the years have gone by. >> he's able to talk more about controversial issues or political issues now that he's not running again. the end there with the luther anger translator. he was going to town on climate change. he really didn't hold back. >> quickly in the time we have, a lot of people say this is for
journalists and correspondents. a lot has been the hollywood big name celebrities there. teegan and campbell were there. >> there's less celebrity this is year than previous years. it's a bizarre mix of celebrities, big corporate sponsors and journalists every year. it's an interesting mix of people in washington. it's like an only washington type of event most of america doesn't care too much about. it does lend itself to bizarre spectacles. >> that's why they call it nerd prom and pre and after parties that go with it. thank you. we look at this region and why it's so earthquake prone. the historical arguments begin at the supreme court. we'll get you up to speed on events that a got us up to this
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4,000 including four americans were killed in the everest region. the state department is sending additional $9 million to help. >> and the team consists of a a 57 person urban search and rescue team from fairfax, virginia that will arrive in a few hours. a second search and rescue team from the los angeles county fire department that should arrive
tuesday washington time. and 14 disaster experts with usaid and six rescue dogs incorporated into both of these teams. >> rescue workers are struggling to reach remoltte villages. they do not know how many americans are still missing. there are reports there are dozens. we're kb getting this video of a man pulled from the rubble 48 hours later. he was found by a turkish rescue team. it's one of the scenes of humanity we have scene. we want to look how this happened and why nepal is prone to earthquakes. let's look at the fault lines around the world. most of the earth's seismic activity takes place around the fault lines. a fault is fracture between two plates. there are three kinds. there's a normal when one mass -- these are the two
plates. one mass moves down. the force fault is when one of the plates moves up. either side moves horizontally. from california chile and southeast asia. the epicenter of this this quake is north of the line that runs through nepal. that fault line is very close to the capital of kathmandu. also mount everest. proximity landed dozens of aftershocks throughout the country. represented here by the black dots. the question here why is nepal so prone to earthquakes? this graphic tells you why. nepal sits at a junction of the plates. himalayans were created millions of years ago when plates
collided. they're still colliding. mountains get higher by a small amount each year. nepal no stranger to earthquakes. the seismic record dates back to 1255. according to the geo hazards international, an earthquake occurs every 75 yoreears. the last in 1934 left 16,000 dead. there have been less devastating earthquakes in between. that a death toll is expected to rise. now to the search for four people missing after their boats capsized off the coast of louisiana. boaters were in the mobile bay. they were caught off guard. look at this video in the bay. two coast guards were killed rough weather conditions today could hinder the search. loretta lynch was sworn in today as the 83rd attorney of
state with her husband and father by her side. this is a time of increased tensions between public and law enforcement system. >> we can view our system with strength and fairness for protection of both needs of victims and rights of all. we can restore trust and faith in our laws and in those of us that enforce them. >> lynch is first african-american woman to hold the position. people have been lined up outside the supreme court since friday all to make sure they're there to hear when decision is made on the same sex marriage. the question here. thomas roberts will host the show from the supreme court
tomorrow. now he has a look back at how it got this point. >> two years ago the supreme court handed down two highly anticipated decisions back to back the same day. >> the court has said that it is unconstitutional as a matter of equal protection. >> first striking down the defense of marriage act. the woman responsible now 86-year-old edi wenzer. her suit over a bill. her long time love left her. >> the woman i loved and cared for and shared my life with was not my legal spouse. >> doma defined marriage as only between a man and woman. the court's ruling invalidated the 1996 federal law. then california's proposition 8, the court dismissed the suit allowing lower court rulings
that overturned prop 8 to stand. >> united states supreme court many two important decisions brings us that much closer to true equality. >> plaintiffs congratulated by none other than the president himself. >> i think i see chad griffin from the hrc on the telephone with i believe president obama. chad is right there. >> the suspect on the line. president obama. go ahead. >> hello mr. president this is chris perry. >> and sandy stewart. we thank you for your support. >> we're proud of you guys and so glad. >> the decision set off a chain reaction. before prop 8 and doma a dozen states plus d.c. had marriage equality the. that number now tripled.
and with jim's case from ohio the court could make it law of the land. >> he was the love of my life. he was the person i committed to and would do anything for. we were watching the news waiting for the supreme court decision to come out on winsor. i leaned over hugged john kissed him and said let's get married. >> john was dying, stricken with als. >> i pronounce you husband and how bad. >> jim and john married on board a medical jet. they flew landed said their vows quickly traveled home. john died three months later. jim's fight now to be listed as spouse on john's death certificate. the top plaintiff representing 34 couples from four states.
ohio tennessee, kentucky and michigan states fighting for their marriage bans. tomorrow, jim and his attorneys face those states and the nation's highest court looking to finish the work eddie, chris, paul, and jim started. >> we could be celebrating marriage equality coast to coast. what a joyful day that will be one many of us never expected to see. >> chad griffin, president of the human rights campaign making a live appearance. also with me msnbc erin. we thank you both for being here. a lot of perspective. chad, the lawyers on meet the press sunday said the federal government must recognize same sex marriage. here are their predictions for this new case. >> i'm still optimistic it will be more than five votes.
>> i think it's very hard to see how any one of the five majority justices in winsor would decide this differently. it's hard to figure out for sure you could get any of the four. >> talk about the states for same sex couples across the country. >> yes, i want to clarify ted and david brilliant lawyers, led the prop 8 case. robby caplin was the incredible attorney that won that historic argument. today we have the new cases before this court, two short years later. america has evolved. we have talked about after is this -- talked about the word evolving. unlike any other issue, people have stood up for this cause in america today. when you see this story of jim
and his former husband, how can you look them in the eye and say they shouldn't have equality under the law? most people can't. >> interestingly especially when you boil down to the bottom line to deny the right to marriage for those that support marriage rights. this is described as a fundamental per suit of happiness. erin, i want to ask you. you wrote the wildest argument for those against marriage equality equality. you walked through friends of filed briefs. you think about it, it is fascinating to hear these are the arguments. marriage equality can kill people. marriage equality will cause 900,000 abortions and marriage equality is like racial segregation. walk us through these briefs and how they're backing saying no we firmly believe this is going to happen and this is why. >> the states are not making arguments in defending bans. the supreme court won't listenen
to an argument that says we don't like gay people or want the bible to be the law of the land. these briefs represent the movement and all perspectives. most boil down to one thing. these are given to justices and they can help make up their mind. this boils down to the idea if we have marriage equality in the united states it will ruin marriage for everybody else. they make the claim heterosexual marriages will go down. >> people will not want to be in the same institution as same sex couples. they get to marry, i'm not going to get married. >> it devalues the definition of marriage in one you can have children. unmarried women have abortions at a higher rate. they believe this will lead to
900,000. these are arguments they're bringing to light against marriage equal i theityequality. >> earlier, a gay business owner who hosted a dish for ted cruz now saying i'm so sorry. ted cruz is opposed to same sex marriage. >> on tuesday, the united states supreme court will hear oral arguments in a case that threatened the court, may well attempt to strike down marriage laws in all 50 states. i have to tell you one thing i think all of us are called to do between now and then and especially tuesday is fall to our knees in prayer. >> and the short time we have chad your take on that. what does it say about the lbgt
community in the 2016 race? >> ted cruz has become the crazy uncle of the republican party that i think few want to set the agenda of that party by ted cruz. what ted cruz should do is go on a tour of america and meet with real lbgt folks and hear their struggles. meet with thousands of parents in this country, same sex couples raising children in iowa new hampshire, nevada. hear the harm that he's causing and that he wants to inflict upon them. america has moved on. you have republicans and democrats coming together supporting marriage equality in this country. ted cruz and others will evolve soon. >> chad and erin, we thank you. >> thank you. once again, thomas roberts will have live coverage tomorrow as the justices take up the issue of same sex marriage.
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i think as long as he is happy and he wants to live his life however he wants to live it, that just makes me happy. i support him 100%. >> that was kim kardashian west speaking to matt lauer for the first siem since hertime since he revealed he's transgender. in an interview with diane sawyer, he opened up about the struggle. >> people look at you as a macho male. my heart, soul everything i do in life. it is part of me. that female side is part of me who i am.
why now? i just can't pull the curtain any longer. okay? that's our bing pulse question on jenner. do you think his public transition helps the transcommunity? we invite you to vote. gina thanks for being with us for this discussion. very important for the transgender community. jenner says he indicates as a woman. we're using male pronouns until he makes the final step. he's one of the most high profile people to come out as transgender. talk about the impact. who he is as a gold medallist as the epitome of masculinity and now coming out saying he's a
woman. >> this is so important for transcommunities, for identities all over the world. i loved this interview. it it was transgender people are like that. we are multidimensional identities and you know i had friends in the philippines who have already asked me where can i see this interview? people want to know and want to identify on something. and because of the huge impact that this will create it will save lives. >> let me ask you this she does want to bring awareness to those struggling but the criticism here, some members of the lgbt community and some people out there saying he's part of a reality show and part of the kardashian clan where they are all about the publicity and all of that. what's your reaction to say that maybe in the back of this yes, he's doing good but maybe needs -- >> at the beginning i was a little bit skeptical myself. but after watching the interview, you see this very
nuance and really know that they really studied and wanted to make sure that they get this right. i think it's so important to point that out. what's most important this is a person of wealth a person of privilege. this is just -- one story. there's other stories. now that you see a lot of transgender people are being interviewed, we need to have this deeper conversations and not just talking about the coming out story but talking about the wellness and make sure tra transpeople are thriving and being successful. >> and then there are questions too, bruce jenner addressed his sexuality on that interview. >> i never was attracted to the guys or any of that kind of stuff, okay? the sexuality was totally different than what my issues were. i always felt heterosexual. >> he said there's a difference between sexual and gender identity when he says at this point he's kind of asexual and
will figure that out down the road. but it was important for him to distinguish that. >> it's important for him, which is beautifully done but most importantly, how big this is it is so important from here on we're going to have this conversation that gender and sexual preference are completely different things. right? for the longest time our communities and our society have been led to believe that gender is a winebinary, male or female. it is not. gender is a spectrum it is a fluid. i mean i am a product from the culture in the philippines that had history of gender fluidity. transgender identity is not a new identity. >> we so appreciate your continuing the discussion. i'm sure many in the lgbt community will continue this discussion as well. thank you so much for that. >> thank you for having me. >> the news making interview is the subject of our poll do you
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this hour the desperate search for survivors in nepal, the death toll there nearly 4,000 and climbing. >> pull pull. >>ny video of the avalanche nearly buried base camp on mt. everest. >> city mourns and crowds turn out in baltimore for the funeral of freddie gray. accused of opening fire inside a crowded movie theater, the trial of james holmes begins this hour. will jury believe claims of insanity. also coming up. >> he has found inner peace and just pure happiness. >> kim kr dash yan west speaks to "today" about her stepfather bruce jenner. does his public transition help the trans gender community? we invite you to weigh in. we continue to follow developing news from nepal, moments ago the
state department confirms four americans were killed in the massive 7.8 earthquake. >> among those killed we are aware of four u.s. citizens who died in the everest region and express deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones. >> the death toll close to 4,000 and that number is expected to grow. the quake left a path of destruction hundreds of building destroyed and triggered an avalanche leading to the deaths of three americans. meanwhile, help is coming from around the globe with the united states committing $10 million in relief efforts. joining me now on the phone israel defense forces spokesperson lieutenant colonel peter learner. we thank you for being with u. tell us about the assistance you're providing right now. >> we currently have a 260 strong mission en route to nepal, the mission is including
two major components the first of all would be the search and rescue capabilities that the forces have and second would be a huge field hospital which has all of the surgery operation rooms and x-ray capabilities and orthopedics and anything for 200 people per day. our goal is three fold first of all, to take our knowledge and capabilities to the people that most need it at this time and to utilize our experience and that we've gathered over the years in the various missions we've carried out throughout the world. humanitarian missions like this and that is precisely what we're doing. we expect them to land the first plane should be landing in about two hours now in kathmandu. and they will begin with a search and rescue mostly to try to help get more people out of
rubble we've seen it's tragic and what we're doing now is trying to facilitate the local authorities and to help more people. we have k-9 units which will also help out and this is what we're doing. in about two hours after that, about four or five hours, medical teams will be hitting the ground and to establish that field hospital. >> we wish you the best of luck with those efforts. especially with the challenges there remote areas still not reached and the rescuers using bare hands. we hope that you're help and assistance will certainly help with the progress. thank you. now, to breaking news from baltimore. police are taking precautions due to a threat against law enforcement. police say that threat is coming from various gangs and the funeral for freddie gray wrapped up within the past half hour. hundreds paid respects to the 25-year-old, he died on april
19th due to a fatal spinal cord injury one week after being arrested from police. jay miller an investigative reporter from our nbc affiliate, wbal jane can you tell us more about that and what exactly they are threatening? >> the threat is from the gangs bloods and crypts and the gang best known is bgf. there's been a lot of news about them in this city because they were prominently featured in a corruption case involving the baltimore city jail. this kind of threat that these gangs coalesce to take on law enforcement and go after law enforcement is not new, similar threats remain at the end of last year and have been made throughout the country. the fbi warned law enforcement about this kind of threat. this comes from information gathering that police departments do. obviously this follows a pretty rocky night here on saturday
night with what was a peaceful demonstrations and then with a lot of trouble in our downtown area around camden yards with destruction of property and small groups of people that really caused trouble. >> there were reports the gangs threatened to take out police. i want to ask you about the funeral that comes on the heels of these demonstrations over the weekend. talk more about the message to the community at the funeral today, he is sfeshlly family members saying that freddie gray our loved one would have wanted peace in this time. >> well there's been a lot of over the past 48 hours, a lot of folks that have stepped up in this town from city hall to communities to the gray family to the attorney for the gray family today, really trying to get a message out, look you can demonstrate but don't get violent and don't let this get out of hand after what happened on saturday. this has been -- the problem for them is they are trying to get a message across as are people who want to have policing reform and
all of that gets washed away when you have the kind of did he instruction that went on on saturday. >> the mayor there urging everyone to stay peaceful at this time. we thank you for that report. we'll talk with the reverend who took part in the funeral today, that is ahead in just a few moments. the defense team in the boston marathon bombing trial began its case in the penalty phase. dzhokhar tsarnaev was convicted weeks ago. they are painting the older brother, tamerlan who was killed in the aftermath as the mastermind. many spoke about tamerlan's anger and how he would become visibly angry made at comparisons between martin luther king jr. and prophet mohammed. adam, the defense focusing on how a person he was. what else came out in court today?
>> reporter: absolutely they are trying to lay most of the blame on tamerlan and make sure he gets life instead of death, painting a picture of a teenager in the tlal of his angry brother. he was a good kid really and were it not for tamerlan none of this would have happened. they showed picture of super max ads, the high security prison where he would go if he gets life in prison. send him here, forget about him. he won't be able to hurt anybody. if you give him the death penalty, you'll hear about the penalties and keep being reminded of the bombing and dzhokhar tsarnaev. six members of his family came to boston on friday. we expect we may hear from some of them on the witness stand painting a picture, a character witness trying to humanize him and get some kind of mercy from the jury. frances? >> we thank you for that report. now for a live look inside a colorado krooy opening
statements are set to begin, thee years after james holmes stormed a midnight screaming of "the dark knight rises" the attack is among the deadliest in american history. holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. his lawyers say he was in the throws of a psychotic episode. prosecutors say he carefully planned the shooting for months stockpiling an arsenal of weapons and tactical gear and setting an explosive trap for anyone who entered his apartment. john yang joins me live from centennial, colorado. let's talk about his mental state, front and center with that insanity plea. what can we expect from lawyers on both sides as the dwepsefense tries to save his life? >> we're going to hear what's in those two psychiatric evaluations. the first one was done prosecution had problems with him and said there was bias and objected to it. they asked for a second and we're going to hear for first time the details of those
evaluations in the trial now and probably even in the opening statements coming up now. the challenge to the defense is to prove that he was insane that he was -- that he was not libel or not responsibility for his behaviors, not only in the shooting but in all of the preparations you talked about. assembling the ammunition the tear gas canisters and tactical gear the booby trapping his apartment. legal analysts say that's going to be a tough hill to climb for the defense. the prosecution is going to use that all of that preparation to say this was a calculated act of anger and revenge. so that's what we expect to hear over the next several months this trial expected to last until labor day. >> certainly a long way, four to five months. thachk you so much for keeping us up to date. the author of the controversial new book on hillary clinton and clinton foundation says there may be no smoking guns but he says that should not be the
litmus test here. >> the question is is there a pattern of conduct of behavior and do people believe that these events are connected and there was some sort of pay to play arrangement. that's a question i can't answer but investigators should look into it. >> the foundation's acting ceo admitted mistakes were made in tax returns and how a foundation misreported donations and for her part hillary clinton is sticking to her campaign script. she released an editorial in the des moines register and wrote of her desire to quote, fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it. alex seitz-wald joins us. after that interview and savannah guthrie asked if he was meaning to torpedo her campaign? no i just want to bring up corruption here and
self-dealing. what's the damage long term? >> the campaign has done a pretty good job of containing damage. they've under cut the book and some of these claims and pointed out facts that were mistake and foundation coming out and acknowledging mistakes but only in a very narrow way he is essentially clerical mistakes saying they miscounted the way they reported them to the irs but denying the larger and substantial claims about pay to play allegations. so i think where that leaves us right now, it depends on what more reporting comes out. if this is it from the book and all damaging -- this book hasn't been released yet. clinton will probably be okay. but if more stuff comes out, then it's just really hard to say. there might be a point where all of these questions from the e-mail to the foundation to all of the stuff combines into one large weight that hangs over clinton's campaign. >> no one is thinking more will come out of it than members of
the republican party, and don't overstate the charges against clinton here. how they take it as far as that will be a worry for them or concern for them. >> right, this is a show we've all seen many many times with the clintons and republicans going all the way back to the '90s. and bill clinton reached his highest approval ratings at the height of the monica lewinsky impeachment scandal. there's a risk here in overreach. also in the 90s, a member of congress accused bill clinton of murder and that did not work out to their friend vince foster. hutchinson is the governor of arkansas, knows the clintons and their history well from connections there, what he's saying, be careful, don't get ahead of the facts and evidence. hasn't stopped republicans in the past. we'll see if it stops them this time. >> especially if there are more revelations to come. thank you for your perspective. we appreciate it. >> one boater believed missing
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let's get back to baltimore, an emotional day for the not just the family but the entire city. hundreds filled the church to say good-bye to freddie gray who died while in police custody due to a spinal cord injury one week after his arrest. community leaders spoke at the funeral including the reverend jesse jackson. >> when you march, call his
name. when you pray call his name. when you get there, freddie, you tell him you're still fighting. >> jamal bryant gave the eulogy. what was your message there? >> really that this is a season of heal healing and focus and we still have a whole lot to do while we buried freddie gray is symbolic of a whole lot of freddie grays on the other end of police brutality in the city of baltimore. >> we know the tension and the protests since freddie gray's death. what do you tell people the ones who want answers especially when they want calm during the investigation but those kind of answers, how do you keep those people calm? >> well the reality is we marched for seven days without an incident and only one incident and less than 10% of
4,000 marchers were a part of it. we're continuous i didn't marching in the tradition of martin luther king jr. violence never leads to justice. we keep bolstering up the claim that this would do nothing to further the cause of freddie gray or anything that we're trying to do. we're asking everybody to refrain from any level of violence. >> how do you resonate that violence message. there are threats to law enforcement by gangs, saying they will take out members of the police force in baltimore. how do you get that message across? >> well we just learned of that report and actually while the funeral was taking place. we're checking the validity of that and sending -- we've got young people marching engaged in this movement from all different walks of life to go and infiltrate and let them know this is not the atmosphere we want to create. we believe there are positive police officers doing their job sacrificing their life every day.
but we also believe that the police department has got to be completely flux to stop this profiling and inequity of sentencing taking place. >> we appreciate your time. thank you, we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> a college suddenly closes and we'll have that and other stories trending today. meet the gay couple featured in hillary clinton's first campaign video. we'll bring that to you after the break. ♪ ♪ ♪
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the aftermath of the nepal earthquake the major hash tag about the disaster has 720,000 tweets and people are offering condolences for the almost 4,000 people who have died so far. they are offering support and donations and pictures like this, many are tweeting reactions like this. quote, images from the nepal earthquake are absolutely heart wrenching. take time to pay and reflect and think about those suffering around the world. >> another important story, the closing of corinne thee an college, it's shutting all cam passes, it received federal student loan money but overinflated job placement rates. amid dern concerns people were being exploited. 16,000 students nationwide are left in the lurch, many are sending angry tweets like this krin thee yan colleges finally
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if a little girl from north carolina who used to tell her grandfather in the fields to lift her up on the back of the mule to see way up high grand daddy, can grow up to become the chief law enforcement officer of the united states of america, we can do anything. >> that was loretta lynch sworn in as the 83rd attorney general. as the top law enforcement official she enherts the challenges dealing with deadly confrontations mostly between police and black men. >> we can give those in our care both protection from terrorism and the security of their civil liberties. my friends we will do this as we have accomplished all things both great and small working together, moving forward and using justice as our compass. >> msnbc national correspondent
joy reid is with me. nice to see you. >> nice to see you, frances. >> loretta lynch will take over some of the battles like police rights and based on her experience as new york ag do you see in her legacy human trafficking, cyber security she took on, what else do you see? >> loretta lynch has experience in this area. she was the u.s. attorney that ultimately ran the federal prosecution in the case back in 1997, man essentially tortured by police officers inside of a police precinct and there was a successful prosecution of the police officers who did that in 1999 she led that prosecution. i think that loretta lynch has a multifacetted legacy. she's done a lot of public corruption and anti-terrorism. immediately in front of her are demands from the community in baltimore to do something with the freddie gray case. that's going to come to her door
step immediately as well as the walter scott case. >> i want to ask about her confirmation delays any indication that repeat itselveses, could it be a congressional fight ahead similar to what eric holder experienced? >> i think you can expect people like ted cruz to continue to fight her because she refused to walk away on things like immigration from the white house. any time she seems to be in line on policy like immigration, you'll ee grandstanding particularly by those who want to run for president. i would look for more of the same. joy reid we appreciate your perspective, thank you. >> the issue of same-sex marriage takes center stage at the supreme court, they will decide whether state bans are unconstitutional. the supreme court is expected to hear four cases from michigan ohio, kentucky and tennessee. all of which had their marriage bans upheld by a federal appeals court in november. so what's at stake here? number one, do they have a
constitutional right to marry and must states recognize val itd same-sex marriages from elsewhere? now it is legal in 37 states and district of columbia. as arguments approach we want to look at this issue now by the numbers. let's start with that. the latest poll support for same-sex marriage at the record high six in ten americans as you can see here they support allowing gays to marry while almost four in ten oppose this current public opinion, stark contrast to where we once stood. let's look at gallop polls over time, first asked american if same-sex marriages should be valid, only 27% in 1996 said yes. 68% opposed. let's move on to 2011 support for gay marriage crossed that 50% threshold you can see it going -- chris crossing right there at that point, the threshold, that stayed above that ever since. in fact it's not just the public opinion growing in favor,
you can see it's growing in all different age groups as well. this is how it's grown over time and percentage by age group has grown and growing overall by political parties, although republicans in this -- if i can have it go right here republicans dropped slightly in the past year as far as their support. almost 22,000 same sex couples are living in the country about an average five and a half households out of every thousand. look how this is represented in blue and red. blue states is where same-sex marriage is legal. and darker blues in these areas right here darker concentration, that means a higher concentration of same sex couples. the red states are where same-sex marriages are not legal and darker the red, the higher the concentration of same sex couples. public opinion doesn't always reflect the legal opinion. we'll stay tuned to see how all of this unfolds in the pivotal
day in washington tomorrow. two people who will watch that nathan johnson and jared will watch closely. they were the chicago couple in the video announcing hillary clinton's candidacy. thank you so much for being with us. and congratulations. i want to play a short piece of sound for the video for those who don't remember. >> getting married this summer to someone i really care about. >> jared, to you first when you see that you know what's at stake tomorrow. how comfortable are you that the supreme court will -- once and for all as we know it? >> i'm frankly cautiously optimistic optimistic. i feel the time has come for the recognition of basic civil rights on this issue. we're frankly just like any other couple that wants our love to be recognized by our state. we're fortunate to be living in a state in that recognizes our marriage. i'm confident that the justice will see the sea change of this
happen raising children same sex couples are just like raising children in other family that wants to be loved and recognized equally. >> i have to bring out the group called friends of the court, these briefs filed by those against same-sex marriage. interesting to hear your take here. among those questionable, wild in sh some views, marriage equality can kill people and marriage equality will cause 900 900,000 abortions and it is like racial segregation. there's a couple that wants to get married for pursuit of happiness, what would you tell people about your life? nathan, what's your take? >> well, just like the video, we're every day american like so many other families that portrayed in the video. we're trying to get by and work hard. start a family become successful achieving the american dream. you know, there's so many
benefits that come to being married and it's a very sort of conservative arcgument that we want to maintain our family and prosper. i don't understand why they would -- >> does that trigger something in you with your want of wanting to get married, does that trigger when you hear marriage equality can kill people and if you get married that will cause 900,000 abortions? is there a part of you in your heart and mind that triggers or infuriates you a little bit? >> as a health care researcher i'm per plexed to where they are getting these numbers but second of all, it's very sad that they are really grasping at straws to try to stop two people from becoming maryriedmarried. i'm from michigan, i have friends that want to get narried and want to prosper and start a business. the couple from michigan are a lesbian couple that want to have adoption rights for their children. it's kind of sad and we're
cautiously optimistic that the court will rule in our favor because this see this as an important civil rights issue. >> i want you to listen to something else republicans gathered on faith this weekend and this is what candidate and senator ted cruz said then. listen. >> on tuesday the united states supreme court will hear oral arguments in a case that threatens the court, may well attempt to strike down marriage laws in all 50 states. i have to tell you one thing that i think all of us are called to do between now and then and especially on tuesday is fall to our knees in prayer. >> fall to our knees in prayer. i want to ask you jared, cruz represents that side of the debate for republicans but none of the other republican candidates support marriage equality here. so what kind of progress if any at all do you see over the years
as we come to this argument? >> well unfortunately, we haven't seen much progress but they are having some encouraging signs. as we're preparing our wedding invitations a few weeks ago, can we invite republican candidates to our wedding. we have friends krogs the aisle so it would be nice to invite them to come to any same sex wedding, particularly friends of their own. we've seen some progress where candidates have said they will leave it up to states for these decisions and that is perhaps a sign of the times. it would be nice to see them go the full way in support of equality and say it's time to support a nationwide right to equality. >> you said you extended that invitation to some republicans and also invited hillary clinton to your wedding and you were in her video. any response? >> well we -- we've heard that secretary clinton is very excited to meet us and we are as well her. but no formal word on whether she can make the wedding but i
understand she's pretty busy but also extended a plus one. >> maybe you'll get a nice little gift. make sure you tell her where you're registered. thanks so much for your time. we appreciate it. >> thanks so much. >> reminder that thomas will be broadcasting live from the united states supreme court as it takes up the issue of marriage equality tomorrow. make sure you stick around for that coverage 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. eastern time right here. now to other stories that caught our eye, a massive fire shut down a highway near los angeles, heavy flames and thick smoke engulfed this truck, hauling 8500 gallons of gas when it jack knife and burst into flames. the driver escaped with minor injuries and california highway patrol says freeway will remain cloegsed until tuesday while crews work to repair the damage. we know how bad traffic is around that area of california so that will be bad. then there's this. >> we've got softball sized hail going on -- and i just got --
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w. bush told a private group of republicans that he disagreed with lifting sanctions and former press secretary it wasn't a criticism of president o obama per se. not really for this what impact would that have? >> in general, president bush has been pretty good about staying away from criticizing president obama following the traditions of presidents. but in this case obviously he feels that he has a big stake. it was his decision to invade iraq and i think perhaps right now he's trying to justice that and i happen to think that's one of main problems we've had in the region. i'm not blaming him but was not helpful. i think his his what he said is consistent with what a lot of republicans are saying in the u.s. senate there there should
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that just makes me happy. and i support him 100%. >> do you think he has any idea of attention he's going to get for a certain amount of time paparazzi, with one of those long lenses, grab photos of him and splashed across the front pain of a tabloid newspaper. is he prepared for that? >> i think he is he has waited almost 65 years to make this decision, whether he's kept it to himself or not. he's lived with it. and i think that when you are finally ready to be your true self then you're prepared for anything. >> i grew up admiring him as a de decathlete, over the course of the show he wanted to remain a little bit in the background and now that spotlight will be turned back on him again in a very intense way. >> i think he is ready for the
challenge and ready to help other people's lives that might be going through the same things that he's going through. that's something that he's really proud of and something he's really ready to take on. i'm real proud of him for that. >> bruce jenner's interview was the subject of today's bing pulse, we're asking if you think his public transition helps the trans transgender community? so far final tally here let's break it down, so far 41% of you said no that has increased significantly since we first started here when we asked you, 59% of you now say yes that his public transition helps the trans community. that has significantly dropped from when we first started. let's break it down by gender over the past hour, men and women have been largely split whether the public transition helps.
in the past two hours it appears women overall thinks it helps the community more than men. and in the past few minutes, more women as you see in the red spiking up and saying yes, his public transition helped the community. we thank you for votes and changing that discussion throughout the past two hours. that wraps up things for thomas roberts live, i'm frances rivera, we'll be back tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. eastern time with thomas roberts live from the united states supreme court as the justices hear oral arguments on marriage equality. "the psychcycle" is up next.
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very grateful for our lives. very heart broken for those people who lost their homes and families. >> good afternoon, i'm abby huntsman lisa green and jonathan capehart are in today. a 6.7 magnitude aftershock in nepal, almost 4,000. officials warn that's merely an estimate. the count is expected to rise as rescue teams start reaching remote villages that are difficult to get to even on a good day. high in the himalayas, 18 people were killed including four americans after the quake triggered an avalanche. another six dozen killed across the board in india and 20 dead in tibet. some are being burned to prevent the sign of disease. in the sign of help rescue teams just pulled a woman from the debris alive 50 hours after the earthquake struck. water, electricity and sewers
key parts of the najfragile infrastructures have been decimated. the u.n. says a million children are without food or aid. tens of thousands are facing another night outside braving heavy rain too afraid to step foot indoors for fears of another aftershock. the need for doctors and medical supplies is growing along with the number of injured. nepal averages only two doctors for every 10,000 people. 14 international medical teams are on the way to the country, including specialists from doctors without borders. unicef calls this a tragedy waiting to happen. geologists long predicted a severe quake of this size and long-term relief could prove difficult. they rely heavily on tourism and had a unstable government due to political infighting for a