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it's wednesday, january 13th. and right now on "first look," president obama cautions the nation, hits republicans hard, and is optimistic as he heads into his final year. his final year. >> that's what makes me so hopeful about our future. i believe in change because i believe in you, the american people and that's why i stand here as confident as i've ever been that the state of our union is strong. we are awaiting the imminent release of ten u.s. sailors currently being head by iranian authorities. but why the delay? the nfl votes to move the st. louis rams back to los angeles, but that's not all. el chapo is in a maximum
security prison so he can't be tracked. and today's the big day. the world's largest jackpot ever, powerball is just hours away. "first look" starts right now. and good morning everybody. thanks for being with us. i'm shannon mulaire. developing overnight, two u.s. navy boats and the ten american crew members on board have been detained by iranian military forces. the two small vessels, similar to these, were headed to bahrain when one of them reportedly developed mechanical issues, and the other attempted to render aid. they both then drifted off course into iranian territorial waters off farsi island in the persian gulf. u.s. officials say the crew, nine men and one woman, are expected to be released back to the u.s. >> u.s. authorities have been in touch with iranian officials, who have confirmed for us a couple of things. first they've confirmed that our sailors are safe. and they've assured us that our sailors will be allowed to resume their journey.
>> and for more now we turn to nbc in tehran. good morning ali. >> good morning, shannon. that's right. the iranian revolutionary guard have confirmed that they have ten american sailors. they say that they seized the two vessels which strayed into iranian waters initially the revolutionary guard said that they were snooping around iranian territorial waters and acting suspiciously. but now revolutionary guard admiral has said that after an extensive investigation they've concluded that the boat had navigation failure and accidentally strayed into iranian waters. it wasn't here for espionage purposes or any other harmful purposes. now, we were expecting them to be released this morning. they haven't been released yet. but iran's power system is multilayered, which means lots of layers of bureaucracy to get through and that's possibly one of the reasons they haven't been released yet. but their release also comes with a warning. iran's army chief said this
should be a warning to troublemakers in congress who want to impose more sanctions on iran. back to you, shannon. >> all right. we are waiting. and hopefully that delay isn't much longer. ali, thank you. we, the people, have a lot to consider this morning following president obama's final state of the union address. slightly older, noticeably grayer than his address in 2009, the focus was on major issues facing our future, and in a less obvious way, the 2016 election. >> let me start with the economy and a basic fact. the united states of america, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. last year vice president biden said that with the new moon shot, america can cure cancer. tonight i'm announcing a new national effort to get it done and because he's gone to the mat for all of us on so many issues
over the past 40 years i'm putting joe in charge of mission control. for the loved ones we've all lost, for the families that we can still save, let's make america the country that cures cancer once and for all. i told you earlier all the talk of america's economic decline is political hot air, so is the rhetoric about the enemies getting stronger and america getting weaker. the world will look to us to help solve these problems. and our answer needs to be more than tough talk. more calls to carpet bomb civilians. that may work as a tv sound bite but it doesn't pass muster on the world stage. i will keep working to shut down the prison at guantanamo. it is expensive, it is unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies. when politicians insult muslims, whether abroad or our fellow
citizens, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid is called names, that doesn't make us safer. that's not telling it what -- telling it like it is. it's just wrong. it's one of the few regrets of my presidency. that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. i believe we have to reduce the influence of money in our politics. so that a handful of families and hidden interests can't bankroll our elections. i believe in change because i believe in you. the american people. and that's why i stand here as confident as i have ever been that the state of our union is strong. thank you. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. >> all right. we've got some breaking news at
this moment right now. we're hearing that those u.s. sailors have been released by iran. let's go back to nbc's tehran bureau chief for that breaking news. what can you tell us? >> that's right, shannon. iranian revolutionary guard has just issued a statement through their public relations office saying that they've conducted a thorough investigation, that they found that the sailors' activities was not suspicious, and that they've released them into international waters just now. so, we're hearing from the revolutionary guard themselves that they have released the sailors into international waters and it appears that the incident is over and no harm has been done, thankfully. shannon. >> is there any way to confirm that through united states officials at this point? or will there be a process of them coming back and meeting with u.s. officials at any point later in the day? >> i'm sure the sailors will be meeting with u.s. officials, but i don't think it will be long. if it is, indeed, true which i think it is that they have been released because they've issued
the statement across state media in iran. i think it will be just a matter of a short time before the state department also confirms their release. now, the sailors will probably have to go through a briefing, and all of those sort of procedures, once they touch base again. but none of them seem to be in harm. they're all in good health, and on their way back to the main ship. so it looks like the incident has ended without any harm, without turning into a major international incident, and i think that's what the rue hannity's government in iran were very keen to happen, because they wanted to -- the nuclear deal, which is being finalized right now, to stay on track. >> any idea, ali, at this point, we had expected this to happen hours ago. potentially even yesterday. do we know at this point what the delay was? >> well, as i said to you, it's a multilayered system here, the power system in iran, and they probably had to go through various different layers to make sure that the very highest
authorities in the country had signed off on their release. that's obviously happened. the top echelon's of iran's power system have obviously signed off on it and let these guys go. saying several times that they weren't here trying to spy or do anything suspicious. so trying to calm the situation down as much as they can here. but as i also mentioned to you earlier, it came with a warning. iran's army chief also said that this should be a warning to troublemakers in congress, not to think about imposing new sanctions on iran. so, a happy ending, but a warning to the u.s. with it. shannon? >> all right ali arousei reporting for us on that breaking news from iran. thank you very much. those ten american crew members, nine men and one woman have been released by iran. we'll continue to follow that developing story. the jackpot for tonight's powerball drawing has reached a staggering $1.5 billion. lotto officials expect sales to
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it means you've got a better chance of being struck by lightning or even crushed by an asteroid. i've never heard of that happening. you could become a movie star, you could become the president, you've got a better chance of being canonized by the pope. but, we've still got a chance, shannon. >> some of those things, of course, more preferable than others. but we wish everybody good luck in the powerball. jay gray, thank you very much. all right joaquin el chapo guzman is being held in isolation in mexico's maximum security prison. he's also not being held on the ground floor, and is being moved randomly and without warning. this is the same prison he escaped from last july through a mile-long underground tunnel. more than a dozen mexican police officers are on guard at the exit of that tunnel. and mexican officials say there are plans to cover it up, although right now it remains open. meanwhile, mexico has started the process to extradite el chapo back to the united states to stand trial. although that could take up to a year. he faces federal charges in brooklyn, manhattan, chicago,
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year in office, his fourth year in office, on some of those things he said tonight it would have been a lot more useful. >> he has a tendency to describe things as he wishes they were, as opposed to how they actually are. >> and we'll hear from senator rand paul, governor chris christie, and jeb bush coming up on "morning joe." so you can decide for yourself the winner of the contest, who hated it the most. then there's the other side who would wouldn't you know completely opposite reaction from hillary clinton seven years of progress, we need to build on it, not go backwards. thank you, president obama. and senator bernie sanders had compliments for some of the points made in the address. speaking to nbc's lester holt he even made an admission. >> as you were watching the speech tonight, the president coming in, did you stop and think, could i imagine myself being that person, walking in, making that speech, being the president of the united states? >> well, actually, to be honest with you, that thought did go through my head. yes, it did. >> and on social media, well the
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potentially taking the country. i thought it moved pretty quickly. he basically talked about how he wished that he could have had a little bit more bipartisanship, had been a little less polarized and then he went ahead and created more polarization in setting up 2016. >> you mention it, part of his address is sort of a plea to fix politics and the divisiveness, there were some thinly veiled comments directed towards donald trump. what do you make of a sitting president essentially warning the public of a presidential candidate? >> this was a little bit i think drawn back in some ways from the white house correspondents' association dinner a few years ago where he actually called out donald trump by name while donald trump was sitting in the room, and ripped him for some of the things he had said. but, look, i think he obviously believes that donald trump would take the country in the wrong direction. i think he believes that donald trump represents the wrong values for the country. and i think his hope is that it's not just democrats that
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and of course her scolding donald trump about his positions on immigration i think was also an interesting moment. it joined her with the president in a way in talking about american values, and surely some conservatives will be upset about it. but, i think nikki haley went a long way yesterday toward making herself a much more appealing vice presidential candidate. >> ah, so there's a little something in it for her, as well. perhaps. >> there always is. >> all right, jonathan allen joining us from d.c. this morning. jonathan, get some rest. we know you've been busy following this, and on all of our shows so we appreciate it. >> take care. >> all right. that is it for "first look." keep it right here for "way too early." that's coming up next. we hope you all have a wonderful wednesday, and of course, if you bought a powerball ticket we wish you good luck. ♪ if you're looking to save money on your medicare part d prescriptions, walgreens says, carpe med diem.
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breaking news. ten u.s. navy sailors set free from iran. we'll go live to tehran with the latest. plus -- >> surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when i was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue. people of the world do not look to beijing or moscow to lead, they call us. i told you earlier all the talk of america's economic decline is political hot air. well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger, and america getting weaker. let me tell you something, the united states of america is the most powerful nation on earth. period.
>> in his final state of the union president obama gives a forceful defense of the nation's standing in the world. and the republican response, unlike any we've ever seen. nikki haley strikes a nerve, and why some are saying it was more of a rebuttal to donald trump than to president obama. it is 5:30 on the east coast, 2:30 out west, "way too early." good morning. it's wednesday, january 13th, i'm mick can brzezinski. we begin with breaking news this morning. iranian state television is reporting that ten american sailors have been released from custody. the sailors were held overnight on iran's farsi island in the persian gulf. a pentagon official told the associat