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is trump now looking for a way out? it's 5:30 on the east coast, 2:30 out west. this is "way too early." good morning. it's thursday, may 12th. i'm jonathan capehart. the next few hours will be pivotal for the future of the republican party as leaders in congress come together with the presumptive nominee donald trump to see if they can hammer out their differences and forge a path ahead. we will be giving you live looks at the action in washington, d.c., all morning. but the official agenda gets under way at 9:00 a.m. that's when trump, rnc chairman reince priebus and house speaker paul ryan will meet at republican national committee headquarters near the capitol. at 9:30, trump and speaker ryan
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will hold another meeting at the rnc. ryan declined to specify yesterday the exact policy differences he wishes to address. while welcoming the opportunity to spend some time with trump. >> if i don't really know him, i met him once in person in 2012. we had a very good conversation in march on the phone. we just need to get to know each other. and we as a leadership team are enjoying the fact that we have a chance to meet with him. i'd rather have a conversation in person than through the media, no offense. >> after that, trump will meet with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and his team over at the offices of their campaign committee. sources tell nbc that trump requested the meeting and the agenda is his. mcconnell's team is ready to work with trump. they don't want to show disdain to the voters who voted for him. last night, trump was
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deferenti deferential. >> we have the speaker of the house paul ryan, who's the leader? >> i would say paul ryan. i would think that. i'm doing very well. i think i set the all-time record for votes gotten by a republican candidate. but i would say paul for the time being and maybe for a long time. >> but this morning's meeting is about more than trump making paul ryan feel powerful. some are saying that the 46-year-old house speaker's future is riding on whether he will keep his agenda separate or embrace the presumptive nominee. the decision extends to whether he will one day be a viable candidate for the presidency, as the front page of this "new york times" speculates. newt gingrich formally endorsed trump yesterday and some of the most influential members of the ryan's caucus put out a statement about the importance of uniting behind trump. there are indications of a policy shift in ryan's direction. with the trump adviser saying that the candidate is open to
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reductions in entitlement spending, something the candidate has said he won't touch. yesterday, ryan said not to expect an immediate resolution while emphasizing the stakes. >> at the meeting tomorrow, can there be -- do you see the possibility of two separate messages? the gop and the nominee's message? >> look, we have a process we're getting started. the last thing i'll say is what the end process will be when we're just beginning. and meanwhile, trump appears to be softening his rhetoric on the proposed muslim ban. it came as he responded to the comments from new muslim mayor from london, sadiq khan. >> my message to donald trump and your team, your views of islam are ignorant. it is possible to be a muslim and to live in the west. and it's possible to be a muslim and to love america.
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>> if you look at his radical islamic terrorism all over the world it's a disaster going on. i assume he's denying that. i assume he's like our president that's denying it's taking place. we have a serious problem. it's a temporary ban. it hasn't been called for yet, nobody has done it. this is just a suggestion until we find out what's going on. >> have you decided whether you'll back off on the ban -- i understand it was a temporary ban. but with an unlimited temporary period which could go on forever. >> i would like to back off as soon as possible. we have exceptions and given it -- and again it's temporary. >> trump said he's considering putting former new york city mayor rudy giuliani in charge of the immigration commission to study the issue. trump faced pressure to release his income tax returns. if he doesn't, he would be first major party nominee since '76 not to. trump told the associated press he doesn't expect to release them before november, but would release them after the irs
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finishes an ongoing audit. he later clarified, tweeting quote, i told the a.p. that my taxes are under routine audit. i would release the tax returns when audit is complete, not after election. >> you said that you don't intend to release your tax returns and back -- >> no, i didn't say that. i said i'm being audited. i'm being audited. >> what about the returns not being audited -- >> no, there's a link. >> how far back? >> far enough back that it would matter. there's a link and as soon as the audit is finished -- it's a relatively simple audit. i'll tell you what's unfair. every year for many years i have been audited and i have friends that are very rich that don't get audited. they never get audited. i get audited every single year. i think it's actually very unfair. hopefully before the election. i'll release. i would like to release. by the way, you learn very littal from -- little from a tax return. my financials show very little
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debt. you learn very little from the tax returns. >> what about his taxes? because when you run for president, especially the nominee, that's expected. my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. we've got eight years on our website right now. so you've got to ask yourself, why doesn't he want to release them? yeah, well, we're going to find out. >> the last republican presidential nominee mitt romney also tweeted, mr. trump, tear down that tax wall and writing in a lengthy facebook post said in part, it is disqualifying for a modern day presidential nominee to refuse to release returns to the voters. he went on, in -- there's only one logical explanation -- there is a bombshell in them. given mr. trump's equanimity with other flaws in his history we can only assume it's a bombshell of unusual size.
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donald trump drew 2,000 to a fund-raiser last night and he did not tone things down for the sake of appearing more presidential. the associated press said he taunted his former rivals and hillary clinton. according to the wire service, he mocked clinton's loss to bernie sanders in west virginia saying, quote, she got her ass kicked last night. here's hillary clinton in neighboring new jersey yesterday. >> i believe with all my heart that we are better than the campaign that the presumptive nominee for the republican party is running. you know, the choice in this campaign literally could not be clearer. >> also writing in the
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washington informer yesterday, she called for making washington, d.c. the 51st state. she called out trump, saying she hasn't given it much thought, adding she would be a vocal champion. now bernie sanders, bernie sanders has pinned his path to a nomination on winning california. but there are new signs of trouble. nbc news has confirmed has campaign has parted ways with its california state director. the campaign has given no reason for the split but they already filled the position. robert becker will now head to california. meanwhile, he held two campaign rallies in montana yesterday. 4,800 people attended in mizzou what. according to the campaign, another 4,300 weren't able to get in. sanders also spoke with nbc's andrea mitchell yesterday and one tense moment, sanders responded to the criticism that he's responsible for hillary clinton having to face attacks on two fronts.
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>> hillary clinton's -- the opposition to her, the negatives against her have been built up by donald trump, just hammering away at her. and up until now, at least he has not been going after you as much. she's -- >> andrea -- >> you're fighting -- >> oh, really? oh, really? andrea, in every state that we have won, in 19 states, we have had to take on the entire democratic establishment. we have had to take on senators and governors and mayors and members of congress. that's what we have taken on, so please do not moan to me about hillary clinton's problems. >> sanders campaign later went on to attack clinton in a fund-raising e-mail writing in part, this is pretty scary, sisters and brothers. a trio of polls released yesterday showed hillary clinton in a very difficult spot against donald trump. we are the best chance to defeat trump because people united can never be defeated. let's turn to some other news. more than three years after an
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explosion killed 15 people at a fertilizer plant in west texas, federal officials say they have finally found a cause. >> you okay? >> dad, i can't hear. >> a federal official say arson caused the fire that led to the deadly explosion. the sheer force measured a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. a dozen emergency workers were killed, 260 people were injured. and more than 100 houses were levelled. officials are offering a $50,000 reward for finding the person responsible. the man who acknowledges killing three people and leaving nine others injured in a rampage at a planned parenthood in missouri might never face jury. robert deer was found mentally incompetent to stand trial. there was a psychiatric evaultiation that showed he was delusional. deer will instead will be sent
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to the mental institution for treatment and the case will be put on hold. he's had outburst after outburst in the courtroom, declaring himself guilty. his mental status will be reviewed again in august. let's turn to business where macy's reported its worst first quarter earnings since 2008. news that sent the stock plummeting 15% yesterday. cnbc's louisa bojesen join us live from london. what does this mean for the retailer and what effect is it having on the markets? >> well, we saw a lot of impact in the u.s. yesterday. macy's definitely a standout, it's the fifth straight quarter that we have seen declines coming from macy's. and people are just changing their shopping habits so 7.4% drop in first quarter sales. they cut their outlook. they're trying to attract people by rolling out new exclusive partnerships like with sir elton john and lady gaga. we have to follow it and see whether or not it continues. today we have kohl's, ralph
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lauren, party city, they report before the bell. nordstrom reports after the bell as well. it wasn't just about the retailers though in terms of a clothing retailers. disney was out there with a bit of weakness. up 4.5%. posting a rare miss in its earnings. so people dealing with that yesterday as well. in asia overnight, a lot of weakness. this on the back of weakness from wall street yesterday. here in europe this morning we're flat to a little higher at the moment. back to you. >> louisa bojesen, thanks. still ahead on "way too early," another night, another record broken by steph curry. plus, a record breaking performance on the mound for the nats. and bryce harper said he had no problem paying for those choice words against the umpire monday night. but there was one thing he definitely was not going to do. we'll explain. those stories and a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back.
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that never happens in anything. i mean, our country is so divided right now, i think that's the kind of unity that america needs right now. i think -- instead of curry should be our next president. think about it. he plays for the warriors so that's military experience. he's a job creator because it takes three people to cover him. and he's ready to debate donald trump because he already has plenty of experience slamming around orange objects. >> steph curry for president? how about it. welcome back to "way too early." time for sports. last night -- we're going to start, bill, last night's nba playoff action in oakland. another game for golden state, another record night on the court for curry. the league mvp sank five three-pointers in the win over the trail blazers matching the
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record set for most consecutive -- playoff games with a three-pointer with 44. the warriors now one step closer to the repeat title as they advance to the western conference final after eliminating portland in game five. in toronto the raptors take the 3-2 advantage in the semifinal series against the heat after 99-91 win last night. demar derozan matched a playoff high, and the raptors will get a chance to close out the series in game six in miami on friday. to the ice for last night's quest for the stanley cup in dallas. doing sports here with bill is mind boggling. the blues win in the second straight series, knocking out the top seeded stars in the 6-1 rout last night to punch their ticket to their first western conference final since 2001. bet you didn't know that, bill. turning now to major league baseball, reigning national league mvp bryce harper has been suspended one game by major league baseball for confronting
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an umpire after being ejected from monday's 5-4 win over the tigers. harper is appealing the suspension making him eligible to play in last night's game which happened to be bryce harper mvp bobblehead night at nationals park. but the real story was nats ace max scherzer -- >> the good stuff. >> who matched the major league strikeout record. he's just the fourth player in history to do that in a nine inning game. bill -- fifth? so let's go to los angeles. mets starting pitcher syndergaard was responsible for driving in all the runs yesterday. he hit two homers with a 3-1 dinger in the fifth. >> jonathan, we have a sports correction. >> on the mound, syndergaard allowed eight innings as the mets took a 4-3 win over the dodgers. are we going to do this houston
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thing? the astros and the indians tied at three in the bottom of the 16th inning. >> high drive right field. there it is. and that'll do it! game over! >> gonzalez lines the two-run walk-off home tore give houston the 5-3 win. in seattle the rays and the mariners tied at five in the bottom of the 11th. >> solid smash. deep right center field. giddy-up, gone! mariners win it. >> chris iannetta with the big bat connecting on the walk-off home tore give seat it will 6-5 win. there's a sports correction, you have a problem with my sports? >> yes, jonathan. while i'm standing next to the low pressure area -- i will give you a correction. it's been done five times. striking out 20 major leaguers.
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roger clemons did it twice. in the 20 strikeout games there's never been a single base on ball -- not a single walk. 100 strikeouts in five games. no walks. >> that's amazing. >> thank you very much. well, let's get a check on the weather. for that we turn to nbc meteorologist low pressure system. >> thanks, jonathan. let me show you some pictures yesterday. omaha, nebraska, took the cake for most accumulated hailstorm yesterday. and you need the front end loader to scoop that away. that was impressive stuff. we had a lot of reports of large hail. we had a report around st. charles county, missouri, with 4 1/2 inch hail. didn't look like that though. that was crazy stuff. look at the driveway. this morning the worst of the weather is in oklahoma in to arkansas. big storms right over the top of abilene, texas. not a fun place to be right now. large hail and gusty winds. further to the north, we have some storms that are in areas of ohio. they have been starting to form right south of the lake shore.
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in between toledo and cleveland, that won't be fun. paducah, kentucky, some showers and storms. for today, we won't see too many bad storms, but large hail will be possible. isolated storms. kentucky, tennessee, and east coast. we get the rain tomorrow. your friends in d.c. had more rain yesterday. 15 days in a row of gloom. >> great for washington. thanks a lot, bill. still ahead, the outburst on capitol hill that had a congressman telling the top senate democratic to quote say my name. plus, drake makes a second appearance on "saturday night live" this weekend. here's a bit of what to expect. >> you're such a happy-go-lucky person. they say the same about me. >> really? i heard you had the same reputation -- >> they say the same thing about me, drake. >> that's what i have been hearing all week. i have a blog called
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"daddy doing work", it's funny that i've been in the news for being a dad. windows 10 is great because i need to keep organized. school, grocery shopping. my face can unlock this computer. that's crazy. macbooks are not able to do that. "hey cortana, remind me we have a play date tomorrow at noon" i need that in my world. anything that makes my life easier, i'm using. and windows is doing that.
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now let's get a check on the morning's other headlines. for that we head to the control room and louis burgdorf. >> nice to have you, you have a lot of energy this morning. senate minority leader reid called on alan grayson to drop out of his senate race in florida. and yesterday while reid was at a congressional progressive caucus meeting, grayson repeatedly asked reid if the
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senator knew his name. say my name, grayson insisted. more than once. he took out a printed news article with a quote from reid. grayson asked why he gave the quote, and harry reid said it's true, i want you to lose. a reid staffer in the room reported brought in the security detail but the meeting eventually moved on. a spokesperson for reid released a statement accusing grayson of quote, running a cayman island hedge fund from his office and senator reid expressed his low opinion of congressman grayson to his face. now grayson released his own statement saying in part, calling out the establishment is never easy and it's not always polite. senator reid ought to learn that, i want you to lose is no excuse for a gross smear but the air is cleared. some fire works there. some music news. on monday, we told you drake's latest album debuted at number one on the billboard 200 and set a streaming record.
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now he's claiming unprecedented 20 spots on the hot 100 chart, beating justin bieber who had 17 songs on the list. 19 of the tracks will from -- are from his latest album, the 20th is the single "work" a collaboration with rihanna. he plans to host "saturday night live" for a second time this weekend. take a look as he and leslie jones get up and too personal in some the promos. >> hi, i'm drake. i'll be the host and musical guest this week on "snl." leslie, sorry, could you not put your hand on my butt. >> oh, i see where you're coming from. i like to tell you that i won't. but i can't make no promises. >> hi, i'm drake. this week i'll be -- >> hey, come to the promo sitting on my lap, baby. >> i would look kind of dumb sitting on your lap. >> you think you have a choice? [ laughter ] >> stop.
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stop. >> hi, i'm drake -- >> smile. >> leslie, not kidding around there. drake will be not only host but also musical guest. very talented. >> all right. gosh, where do i -- thanks a lot, louis. that does it for me and "way too early." coming up on "morning joe" -- oh, hey, man. the final countdown to that meeting between donald trump and house speaker paul ryan. what do they want to hear from the party's presumptive nominee? we have all the bases covered, coming up on "morning joe," just moments away.
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