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what this means. and trump's story. the candidate refuses to back down from his widely discredited claims about new jersey muslims after 9/11. >> i saw it on television 14 years ago, i saw it on television. >> why can't anybody find the video, donald? >> joe, joe, they'll find something. they're going to find something. good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. did inflammatory political rhetoric contribute to the murderous rampage at a colorado planned parenthood clinic on friday night? the man accused of opening fire at the clinic in colorado springs appears in court later today by video. two civilians and a police officer were killed in that shooting, though authorities are not making a direct connection
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as far as motive, law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case have told nbc news that the suspect rambled about president obama, about politics and abortion, saying quote, no more baby parts, when he was taken into custody after the hours-long standoff with police. joining me now from the el paso county criminal justice center is nbc's blake mccoy. blake, thank you so much. let's talk first about the victims here, who have gone less noticed than the suspect himself because of the holiday weekend, perhaps. let's talk about the people who were lost, the police officer, garrett swasey, ke'arre stewart and jennifer markovsky. >> reporter: well, the flags here at the justice center are at half staff in their honor. those civilian victims, we just learned their identities late sunday afternoon. jennifer markovsky, a 35-year-old mother of two, was at that clinic supporting a friend. then there's 29-year-old ke'arre stewart. he was at the clinic with a
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girlfriend who was pregnant, himself a father of two. that third child on the way. his family tells us that he couldn't get cell phone reception inside the clinic so he stepped outside to make a phone call and that is when he came face-to-face with the gunman. his family telling us even after he was fatally shot, he made his way back into the clinic to warn others to take cover. he was an iraq war veteran and his family believes that that training as a soldier helped save many more lives and is the reason that he made his way back into that clinic. then of course, there was police officer garrett swasey who we learned his identity earlier in the weekend. again, a father of two. all of these victims, parents of two children, leaving them behind today. now, that suspect, that accused shooter, robert dear, 57 years old, will make his first court appearance here today via video. what we have learned about him is he lived about an hour away in the mountains, a small town of only about 600 people. they say he largely stuck to himself, had very little contact
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with the rest of the town, but he's regarded as reclusive and as you also mention, he did make those comments upon his arrest, two law enforcement sources telling us that he rambled about politics, rambled about anti-obama rhetoric and also that no more baby killing, no more baby parts. so that lets some insight into what his motive may be but police are not going there just yet. >> thank you so much, blake. for more on all of this, i'm joined by cecile richards, president of planned parenthood, and cecile, first of all, condolences to those of your clients, your staff out there, everyone who has been through this horror. are you making that connection, because police seem to feel this man may be mentally unstable, was rambling, and that they are not saying there was a direct connection between the political rhetoric about planned parenthood and what he did. >> well, andrea, thanks. first, thanks for recognizing that people lost their lives on
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friday and many more were injured and our hearts go out to their families and close ones. this is an incredible tragedy, one that we have to take some lessons from. we have been working at planned parenthood closely with law enforcement and i'm really grateful to all the law enforcement individuals in colorado as well as the planned parenthood staff who work together even during the siege of this shooter to apprehend him and to prevent further loss of life. so i think it's really important that we let law enforcement do their job there in colorado. >> i wanted to play some of the republican reaction to this. it was slow in coming. i think that they were taking their time for a variety of reasons, whether it's second amendment or abortion issues. certainly there's been a lot of campaign rhetoric and a lot of false claims as well, and the democrats for the most part came out right away trying to make
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that connection. whether or not there is a direct connection proved, given this man's mental state, this is some of what was said this weekend. >> this is so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing a messenger because they don't agree with the message. the vast majority of americans agree what planned parenthood is doing is wrong. >> i think there has been some vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life. we don't fully know the motivations of this deranged individual. the media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life movement when at this point, there's very little evidence to indicate that. >> there is a tremendous group of people that think it's terrible, all of the videos that they've seen with some of these people from planned parenthood talking about it like you're selling parts to a car. there are people that are extremely upset about it. >> i think any hateful rhetoric directed at anyone from any source is too much. it's something that we need to
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get away from. we have to stop allowing ourselves to be pushed into different corners and then throwing hateful barbs at each other. >> how does planned parenthood deal with all this now? >> andrea, it's just so discouraging that at a time in which folks at planned parenthood and colorado and around the country were dealing with an unfolding crisis, of a shooter, potential loss of life, we had politicians including a member of congress going on cnn railing about planned parenthood and talking about defunding when, in fact, what we should be focused on is how do women in this country and doctors ensure that they can provide health care and access health care without danger. that's really what we're focused on at planned parenthood. this weekend, despite the events of friday, our clinics were open all across the country and frankly, at planned parenthood what we are most focused on is the safety and health of women and our doctors.
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>> now, i understand at least according to the associated press that planned parenthood has canceled a planned event in detroit ahead of world aids day tomorrow, possibly because of what happened in colorado. i don't know if that's -- maybe you can clarify whether that is the case. >> i don't know about that particular event. what we have really been focused on is making sure that our health centers were open. in fact, thousands of women went to planned parenthood health centers all across the country this weekend for health care. our motto at planned parenthood is care no matter what. that our doors stay open. and they have. at the same time, though, i think it's important as i think you have referenced, people have to understand that hateful rhetoric and words and harassment of doctors and harassment of women going to health centers have real implications. i don't think it's what america likes to see and certainly, it's very disturbing when you see an individual such as the shooter on friday take the lives of individuals and family of folks who are simply trying to access
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health care in america. >> and this is not a new development, i should say, as you know very well that before planned parenthood was targeted in this particular way, there have been events, terrorist events over the years, over the decades, against doctors, individual doctors and clinics. free-standing clinics that provide abortion services. so there has been this movement over the years. but it does seem to be reaching a fever pitch in this campaign season. i was wondering, it was pretty remarkable to note that planned parenthood had video cameras in place in colorado springs, that the police were able to apprehend the shooter and free many of the hostages while the event was under way because they had realtime video. obviously you have spent a lot of effort and money on security. >> that's correct. again, we take the security and safety of our patients and our employees as the highest
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priority and we were really, it's just been extraordinary, both the law enforcement officials in colorado springs as well as the staff there in that health center that were able to work together not only to safeguard many of the patients and the employees that were there, but to work with law enforcement using our video equipment so that they could actually follow the shooter and eventually apprehend him without further loss of life. this is something that unfortunately, anyone who provides reproductive health care in this country, not only planned parenthood, has to take very seriously today. it's why again, i would implore people who are putting politics ahead of women's health care and ahead of women's safety to think carefully the rhetoric that you use, that potentially inflames this kind of activity. >> the political parties have been pretty well divided by wedge issues, social issues, including abortion rights, for many years now. we have seen this in so many cycles. but it does seem now as though
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the divide is even more pronounced than in the past. >> i have never seen the kind of rhetoric that we are seeing from presidential candidates that are demeaning not only planned parenthood but women who go to planned parenthood, doctors at planned parenthood, even the fact that there is safe and legal abortion in america. i do think that this political season, it's as toxic as i have ever seen. again, the extraordinary thing and what we have seen over the last few months is as these attacks have escalated on health centers and on planned parenthood, the support of planned parenthood has only grown. hundreds of thousands of new supporters have joined planned parenthood because they are now realizing that access to basic health care, not only safe and legal abortion but other preventive care that we provide is actually at risk in america. mpl >> where do we stand with the defunding issue in congress, because of the undercover videos, the fetal tissue issue which became so toxic? >> as i think you know, planned
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parenthood is fully cooperating with congress. we have provided tens of thousands of pages of documents. i spent five hours in front of a congressional committee. we are fully cooperative. they have found zero evidence of any wrongdoing at planned parenthood. we now have a record five committees by this u.s. house of representatives trying to investigate planned parenthood. i frankly think that what i wish congress would spend their time on is thinking about how to get more women in this country health care that's affordable and accessible, the kind that we provide to nearly three million people every single year. >> can you respond to the continuing rhetoric about selling baby parts? >> absolutely, andrea. we have been very clear, there are only a handful of centers in the country that allow women to donate fetal tissue. there is no profit involved. there is nothing like that. in fact, at this point, not a single clinic in this country is receiving even reimbursement for costs. this is an issue that i think has created a lot of hysteria by
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these incredibly highly edited videos and unfortunately, created the kind of climate that we are now seeing that leads to the harassment of doctors and the violence at clinics which really just has to stop. >> in the past, there was reimbursement for fetal tissue but that was also changed after those hearings and from now on or from then on. there is no reimbursement to the costs created by sending the fetal tissue to the research centers, is that correct? >> that's correct, andrea. it's only been in a handful of centers and only in two states. again, i think this is an issue that was created by the folks who are opponents of safe and legal abortion and opponents of planned parenthood. again, i think it's more important that we focus on how to get women health care in this country, that they can access safely and affordably and that's what we are doing today at planned parenthood all across this country, health centers are open for women. >> cecile richards, again, thank
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you so much. i meant to ask also, were any of your staff, any of the doctors, the nurses, the medical technicians, injured, among the injured? are they clients, are they workers? >> we are working with law enforcement and not revealing any more information until they are comfortable doing so. as you can imagine, this is a crime scene where there is a lot of evidence still to collect. so with respect both to the patients and to our employees, we are going to wait until law enforcement releases more information. >> understood. of course. of course, the three victims included the iraq war veteran who was there with his gerl friend, pregnant girlfriend, and ke'arre stewart, jennifer markovsky, who was there with a friend, and of course, the valiant police officer, garrett swasey. thank you very much, cecile richards. >> thank you, andrea. coming up next, the climate conference in paris. president obama and 150 world leaders in paris for that high
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i've come here personally as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second largest emitter to say that the united states of america not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it. >> president obama earlier today acknowledging america's damaging contribution to climate change. he is one of more than 150 world
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leaders taking part in united nations climate conference in paris, a city reeling after the terrorist attack that killed 130 people only two weeks ago. joining me from paris, nbc's senior white house correspondent, i should call you chris jansing, our senior paris bureau chief, perhaps. you have been there so long, with all of your work and anchoring from there and your extraordinary duty. here you are, reunited with the president and the white house team as he's there to both commemorate what happened two weeks ago and also talk to fellow leaders about climate change and world terror, both. >> reporter: yeah, without a doubt, this is seen as a show of defiance. there were people who questioned whether so soon after the devastating terror attacks here they could bring 150 world leaders and literally thousands of delegates to this conference but they were determined to do it in a sense of security and safety, and then the question that was always there is what could they accomplish. already coming into this, there were some concessions that the french were willing to make to
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american politics. whatever comes out of this will not be called a treaty. it will not necessarily have legally binding emissions reductions and that's because of the politics back home. if it's a treaty the president has to put it before congress and as you know, there are already a number of republicans who have said that they would never go for this. they are concerned about the financial impact of it. so with all of that politics as a backdrop, there is still a lot of optimism here. twice before in kyoto and copenhagen, they thought they would have a climate change agreement. i didn't quite work out that way. this time, they have about 180 nations who are already committed to some targeted reductions and there were some key meetings today. we saw the president with both president xi of china and prime minister modi of india, the other two countries among the largest emitters in the world and key to any success that comes out of this conference.
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i spoke to one environmental leader just a short time ago who has been doing this for 20 years and she says that the sense of optimism, the sense that something here can get done, that at least is a starting point, is very, very high. of course, they still have two weeks of talks and two weeks of negotiations after most of those world leaders leave tomorrow. >> the relationship between president obama and president xi really cemented over this preliminary deal that set the stage for this. on the side of all of this, do you think that there is going to be any chance that the president's going to meet with putin? has he already perhaps, to even talk about what's happened with turkey, with isis and their mutual concerns about isis? >> reporter: yeah, they just had what as you know is called in these situations a pull-aside. the two men had a chance according to white house officials to talk about two
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critical things. one is the downing of that russian jet liner by turkey. the president offering his sympathies but also trying to tamp down some of the tension and some of the rhetoric that has come out of that. in addition, he also made it clear, say white house officials, to vladimir putin that although they very much welcome his help in the fight against isis, that the united states is still holding firm to stop the syrian civil war, assad cannot stay in power. so they said he made that point very forcefully. we also saw a picture coming out of this, a still photo, someone you know very well, secretary of state john kerry and putin shaking hands. i haven't heard what that conversation or if there was really anything of a conversation of this brief encounter, but clearly, in addition to climate change and terror, there are a lot of sideline conversations going on. i think probably except for the united nations general assembly, there has never been a meeting of this many heads of state under one roof.
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>> and chris, before i let you go, just to bring you up to date on something that just happened in new hampshire. chris christie criticized the president for focusing so much on climate change. this is becoming a recurring theme among the republican candidates, as you know, that he should not be focusing on global warming and climate change, he should be focusing on terror and isis. i don't know if the white house has an answer to that. >> reporter: well, i think obviously, they say the president has to juggle a lot of different things at the same time and they believe that this is really critical to the future of the planet. as you know, this is key to the president's second term legacy. in addition to that, it's something he has been really focused on, particularly for the last couple of years. we saw him with his decision on the xl pipeline, we saw him make that trip to alaska which he referenced today at the opening session about seeing the dramatic effect of climate change, what it means for the economy, what it means in developing countries and poor countries, and the impact that
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that has. so no apologies certainly from the white house. for them, these kinds of criticisms are more of the same from the republican candidates. they expect it and they think it will continue. >> our senior white house correspondent chris jansing in front of the arc of triumph. thank you very much. >> reporter: thank you. pope francis due back in rome within an hour following an historic trip to africa earlier today. the pontiff visiting the main mosque in the capital of the war-torn central african republic, one of the most dangerous places in the world. he was protected by u.n. police. francis traveled under heavy security to a neighborhood that muslims have been unable to leave for months after being surrounded by armed christian militias. the pope's message throughout the trip, religion can never be used to justify violence. coming up next, trump's world. the republican front runner refusing to back down from unproven claims about 9/11. you owned your car for four years,
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available in single packs. where did you see this? >> chuck, i saw it on television. so did many other people. >> in jersey city? you saw jersey city -- >> i also heard patterson. excuse me. i heard jersey city. i heard patterson. it was 14 years ago. but i saw it on television -- >> if i said well, people have said mr. trump's not worth $10 billion and people were saying, you would say that was crazy. you wouldn't make a business deal based on retweets and based on hearsay. you're running for president of the united states. your words matter. truthfulness matters. fact-based stuff matters. no? >> take it easy, chuck. just play cool. this is people in this country
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that love our country that saw this. >> 24 hours later, just this morning, donald trump was still refusing to acknowledge overwhelming evidence contradicting his claim that thousands of muslim americans were celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks. this was during an interview on "morning joe." >> i saw it on television. 14 years ago, i saw it on television. >> why can't anybody find the video, donald? why can't they -- >> they'll find something. they're going to find something. but don't forget, 14, 15 years ago, it wasn't like it is today, where you press a button and you play a video. 14, 15 years ago, they don't even put it in files. they destroy half of the stuff. >> back in the old days, 14, 15 years ago. joining me for our daily fix, chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and founder of the "washington post" fix blog. and nbc's katy tur in manhattan outside trump plaza. thank you very much. first of all, chris cillizza, sort of the circular reasoning of all of this, you exposed this
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in a piece in one of your blogs. >> yeah. you know, the hard thing here is, and chuck was exactly right in what he said, donald trump's sort of justification that he saw it is because other people on twitter say they saw it. that's not the sort of well, it must be true, what i say is true because other people say it's true. those people aren't reporters. we had our fact checker, glenn kesler went back, talked to another reporter who covered that story that trump is citing, that he's called serge out on. they went to the place where allegedly these celebrations were happening and they couldn't find anything. so you cannot equate reporters who went to and interviewed and did the due diligence that donald trump and i think everyone else in this country would want with a guy on twitter who says yeah, yeah, i saw that, too. it's not the same thing. there's a difference between
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being a businessman who wants to sort of say things and being the leading republican presidential candidate. that was what chuck is getting at. there's a responsibility here. his words do matter. i don't think he fully or even halfly understands that. or cares, i should say. >> well, katy tur, his focus today was supposed to be this meeting with african-american pastors, then there was a dispute because the campaign indicated there would be a press conference and then some of the pastors said no, they weren't endorsing so that was canceled and it's now been made private. how much are we going to learn about that meeting today? >> reporter: well, this is another issue of donald trump not backing down from his words. last week the campaign said 100 black pastors were going to endorse him after a meeting today and they were going to be able to tout it in front of a press conference, basically saying to people who have called him a racist look, i have got this endorsement from 100 black pastors. i can't be a racist. that's what the subtext of it was supposed to mean. but they quickly walked that back on sunday, very abruptly, saying that it was just going to
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be a private meeting after a number of those pastors who were scheduled to come here said that they never agreed to endorse him. they were just going to dpocomer a meeting, then make the decision afterwards. they are still saying some of them will be endorsing him after this meeting. we will see how that goes. a number of them have walked insofar, none of them really want to talk before the meeting. it doesn't seem like it will be a very pleasant conversation for donald trump. i think he will get a lot of push-back for a lot of his rhetoric he's been talking about on the campaign trail, the black lives matter protester who was beat up, who donald trump defended the people who beat him up saying the guy probably deserved it because he wasn't acting very well at his rally. also, the tweet that showed bogus crime stats that say most white people were killed by black people. these are things that people are not happy about, especially within the african-american community. and there was even an open letter to "ebony" magazine from black leaders that said what are you doing, what are you going to show by meeting with this man, what is the subtext you are
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going to be bringing to the table by saying that it's okay for him to have this rhetoric. i think he's going to get a little bit of push-back from some of the leaders and we will see how it goes. i'm very interested to find out just how it will play out and what the pastors will say when they leave this meeting, whether or not any of their concerns or their fears will have been soothed by this one-on-one. >> and you guys, we have been following this sort of competition between marco rubio and ted cruz and a lot of house and senate members endorsing their fellow senator, marco rubio, over cruz who has not been terribly popular with his colleagues. here is ted cruz on the campaign trail talking about that. >> when others attack me, i respond to them. that's been true in the senate, where both republicans and even some democrats, i'm told, said some not nice things about me.
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i like donald trump. and you're right, i have consistently declined daily invitations from our friends in the press please attack donald trump, we'll give anything, we'll set a cage match. >> chris cillizza, there is some thought that ted cruz is gaining in iowa, is now past ben carson in some of the polling in iowa and may be setting himself as the establishment alternative to donald trump. >> well, i don't know if he could be the establishment anything, even though he is a sitting u.s. senator, because he is so roundly disliked by the establishment. there is one bipartisan thing in washington, democrats and republicans don't like ted cruz. that said, i think what you are seeing is, there are sort of two races going on. there's the poll race which if you look at is trump, then carson. then there's the sort of well, insiders expect the race to be and that's marco rubio and ted cruz. you've got sort of all four of
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them, then two here, two here. look, i think ted cruz would be overjoyed if every single republican member of the senate and every single republican member of the house endorsed marco rubio. i don't think he would care less. i think it would help him make the argument that marco rubio is the candidate of washington, ted cruz is the outsider candidate. i don't think he will worry too much about it. i do think he is the candidate at least in terms of profile is the right fit for iowa. carson is not a bad fit with his evangelical support, though he appears to be fading. trump, rubio, jeb, chris christie, much harder fits there. i think cruz is the front-runner in iowa. >> you heard it here first. chris cillizza, thank you very much. and of course, to katy tur in front of trump tower in new york. up next, call waiting. the government stops collecting your telephone numbers. ♪ hi, tom. hey, how's the college visit? you remembered.
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a big change kicked in this weekend you may not have noticed, limiting the government's ability to collect your telephone records, the records of all americans. the so-called meta data. the new procedure was sparked two years ago by edward snowden's revelations of the mass collection system. starting sunday, the federal government is now banned from collecting your phone data, including numbers, calls made and call duration. if agencies want to check on a specific number a request for an order from a federal court must be made except in emergencies. michael allen was staff director of the house intelligence committee, managing director at beacon global strategies. he joins me now. great to see you again. thank you very much. so what difference does it really make? this was something initially resisted by the intelligence community but then the president weighed in and everyone saluted and got in line. will it make a difference in an emergency that they not have those records readily available? >> i think so. i think the big point, the big take-away is that it makes us
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less flexible and less agile. we need speed, especially after something like paris, to be able to examine suspect phone numbers and run them through the data base essentially to see whether in the paris example, whether there were any confederates here in the united states. >> but they would have -- they could check their own data base, their own existing data base, they can still use those for some indeterminate period of time but going forward, they won't have this mass collection so they won't be able to tell whether salah's phone records indicated that he had also called confederates back in the u.s. >> so i think the way that the situation is going to work going forward is that the phone companies will retain this what we call meta data, the duration of the call and the phone number and which phone number the call was placed to, but will have to query the phone company which will in turn have to coordinate with other places where the information resides and correlate it all back together.
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that's the major point. this is very important for us to be able to get speed and time is of the essence. when we have extra hurdles added to the process, i think that disadvantages us, especially with the rise of isis. >> some would say there has always been a become door which is the 702 program that permits americans to have their records checked if they are in communication with somebody who is already being surveilled from overseas. >> well, what that is called incidental collection. occasionally if we are following a known bad guy overseas and that individual calls an american, the nsa is under very strict guidelines about what they must do with that information. it's called minimumization. in many cases you have to suppress the data, suppress the name and only really bring it forward if it's determined they are involved in an active plot against the united states which is of course what you would want us to do. >> last week or two weeks ago, rather, when the paris attacks
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took place, we heard that there were no known threats here in the u.s., and a lot of us said how do they know, because the paris authorities didn't know that these guys were out there and were about to attack. so what -- how do you know what you don't know. but there is a system by which they do check to see whether these guys that were then -- who then popped up in paris and were part of the belgium cell had been known to the u.s. authorities. >> that's exactly right. look, two fridays ago i think the first thing the police did in paris was to rifle through the dead terrorists' bodies looking for cell phones, looking for what they call pocket litter to get their identity and to get phone numbers for whomever they might have been in touch with. i know the nsa was probably there late friday night dying to get that information to run it against whatever we had, including this phone records data base that we have been talking about here today to see if they could answer what
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inevitably any president's first question would be, which is are there ties back to the united states. and so i think in this case, perhaps maybe we didn't have direct connections with these individuals, but that remains to be seen and we have a lot to learn. >> just to reiterate the importance of telephones and cell phones, it was the cell phone that was thrown in a trash can i think near the bataclan which led to saint-denis, which led to the terror safe house. >> you're right. in the digital age, having people's smart phones and the ability to try and keep up with them as they find new ways to communicate is really one of the biggest intelligence challenges we have. >> michael allen, the other michael allen, one of the many other michael allenes, good to see you. and the chicago police officer charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of laquan mcdonald is expected back in court next hour. a judge is going to decide whether to release jason van dyke on bond, factoring in the previously unreleased graphic
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occurred over the last few weeks from the debates to some really great turnouts we've had up here in new hampshire. obviously the union leaders endorsement over the weekend. all those things i think are a testimony to how serious the times are in the country. >> chris christie, back in new hampshire after picking up that coveted union leader endorsement. the newspaper now is going to try to propel him to the front of the pack of 2016 republicans. nbc's hallie jackson is live in portsmouth, new hampshire. good to see you. the union leader can have a big impact on candidates, although as the editor, the publisher pointed out this weekend, president newt gingrich didn't benefit that much from their endorsement four years ago. but that said, how does the chris christie campaign try to take advantage of this now? >> reporter: they have got to essentially capitalize on this moving forward. you're right, maybe it didn't do much more newt gingrich last
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go-round but chris christie is making a play for new hampshire. this is where he has his eggs in one basket, you could say. iowa is not a place where he will necessarily succeed when you look at the polling there but new hampshire could be, even though he is still right around seventh in the standings here. you talk about how he capitalizes on this. it's by doing events like he's doing today. chris christie just appeared here with her. the union leader took jabs at folks like senator rubio and senator cruz saying it wasn't time in washington for another fast-talking young senator, sort of pointing out president obama and what he's done. but christie today was more explicit about that, taking pointed jabs at ted cruz, for example, when it came to national security, at rand paul also. christie said today it was day 49 for him here in new hampshire as he hopes to try to pick up some movement here. when you have the union leader
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endorsement, he's hoping to make a play and turn this into more support in the polls. we talk about this all the time, success begets more success. if christie can begin being perceived as picking up momentum, maybe that will translate for him when it comes to the polling. >> especially after paris with his prosecutor's background. thank you very much, hallie jackson. that does it for us for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." follow the show online, on facebook and on twitter. "msnbc live" with thomas roberts is up next.
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developing now, a rally expected in chicago this hour as an officer there is going to be going to court charged with shooting and killing a teenager. more protests expected today in france while world leaders gather for a climate change summit in paris. >> we salute the people of paris
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for insisting this crucial conference go on. an act of defiance that proves nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children. >> we will have much more from paris coming up. we do want to start in colorado where later this afternoon, robert dear, the suspect in the shooting at a planned parenthood clinic will face a judge via closed circuit tv for the first time. police have not given a motive for the alleged crime. however, authorities say dear shot and killed three people on friday. police officer garrett swasey, jennifer markovsky and mother of two and iraq war vet, ke'arre stewart. stewart's brother spoke to nbc, saying he forgives dear for what he did. >> i forgive him, you know. it's a hard pill to swallow, because he took my

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