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breaking news overnight. protests turn violent for a second straight night in charlotte. one demonstrator shot, businesses damage, and now a state of emergency has been declare. plus, donald trump has an idea of how to stem inner city violence. it's a controversial tactic that's already been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. and new surveillance video of the suspected new york and new jersey bomber as investigators look for two unidentified men who were near the site of the chelsea
explosion. ♪ good morning, everyone. it's thursday, september 22nd. i'm alex witt alongside louis burgdorf. north carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency after another night of violent clashes between protesters and police in charlotte. this over the shooting death of a black man. governor mccrory made the announcement amid tensions. meanwhile, one person is on life support in critical condition after being shot during the demonstrations last night. initially the city had reported that person had been killed, but later clarified their condition. officials say that shooting did not involve a police officer. let's bring in nbc ease sarah rosario. she's been following the
violence through the night there. what's it like there now? >> reporter: alex, good morning to you. it is much more calm here in charlotte, especially compared to what it was just a couple of hours ago. the streets are now being cleaned. we had broken glass bottles in the street, broken windows. and now things are starting to go back to normal. this after hundreds of protesters took to the streets protesting the shooting death of 43-year-old keith scott. anger, racial tensions boiling over after yet another officer-involved shooting. the unrest in charlotte continues, a second night of violent protests brings out police in riot gear, using flash grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas to disperse the crowd. hundreds taking to the streets with signs, protesting the death of 43-year-old keith scott, killed tuesday by police. overnight, loud booms sent demonstrators running for cover. police telling us at least one person was shot. they say the gunman was not a police officer. >> i don't know.
they just shot somebody, and she was laying there in front of the omni. if i don't know if he's alive. >> reporter: but the violence continued. it follows similar clashes tuesday night. demonstrators shutting down an interstate, looting trucks, setting fires, and throwing rocks, injuring 16 officers near the scene where keith scott was killed earlier that day. police justified the shooting, saying scott ignored officers' commands to drop his weapon. that's despite witnesses saying scott didn't have a gun, but instead was holding a book and was shot while waiting for his son to get off the bus. meanwhile, an evening beginning with a peaceful candle light vigil was soon overshadowed with a days play of violence. now what many of these protesters were chanting about last night, saying what they want the most is for police to release video of the shooting of keith scott. the police chief in a press
conference yesterday said he's not going to be doing that while it's still an active investigation. for now, the officer accused of killing keith scott is on paid administrative leave. alex? >> all right. nbc's sarah rosario, thank you so much. now, donald trump has not offered many details about how he would resolve the issue of crime in african-american communities until yesterday when he embraced nationalizing the use of the frequent stop and frisk police checks during a town hall with fox news. this is a polarizing issue that was ruled unconstitutional back in 2013. >> there's been a lot of violence in the black community. i want to know what would you do to help stop that violence. you know, black on black crime. >> well, one of the things i'd do is i would do stop and frisk. i think you have to. we did it in new york. it worked incredibly well. and you have to be proactive. out know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically. you understand. you have to have -- in my
opinion, i see what's going on here, i see what's going on in chicago, i think stop and frisk -- in new york city it was so incredible the way it worked. now, we had a very good mayor. new york city was incredible, the way that worked. i think that would be one step you could do. >> reactions to trump's approach were swift with new york city mayor bill de blasio saying the city hasn't suffered for ending the policy and trump has no experience in the communities he's talking about. quote, he literally does not understand what he's talking about. what he's suggesting will simply alienate the very people we need to be partners in the fight against crime. what he's suggesting would actually drive a fundamental wedge between police and community all over this country. we're trying to repair that rift. after years of promoting conspiracy theories are, donald trump made a brief statement last week, stating that president obama was born in the united states. trump had avoided questions on the topic until last night when a local reporter in ohio asked trump to explane his sudden shift in position. >> after all the years where you've expressed some doubt, what changed?
>> well, i just want to get on with, you know, we want to get on with the campaign. a lot of people were asking me questions. we want to talk about jobs. we want to talk about the military. we want to talk about isis and how to get rid of isis. we want to really talk about bringing jobs back to this area because you've been decimated. so we really want to get back on to the subject of jobs, military, taking care of our vets, et cetera. >> the clinton campaign reacted to trump's explanation for his change. quote, after spending five years championing a conspiracy theory to undermine our first african-american president, donald trump hasn't actually changed his mind. he only gave his 36-second press statement last week to try to change the subject, and it didn't work. meanwhile, a top trump supporter, maricopa county sheriff joe arpaio, says his investigation into president obama's birth certificate will continue, telling politico, if trump says the president was born here, maybe he has information i don't have, adding, he didn't say the document was legitimate. let's go now to the recent
bombings in new york and new jersey. new surveillance video obtained by the new york nbc affiliate appears to show suspect ahmad rahami wheeling the suitcase containing the second unexploded bomb. we're getting our first look at what is said to be the journal found on rahami at the time of his capture. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: new surveillance video obtained by nbc news is said to show terror suspect ahmad rahami saturday evening. moments after officials say the first explosive he planted in new york city went off. in the video, rahami drags a suitcase, stopping to fiddle with it before continuing on. also seen, two unidentified men who allegedly took the bag but left behind an explosive device that had been inside. investigators now want to know who they are. >> they are witnesses. there are no criminal charges. they're not in any jeopardy of
being arrested. >> reporter: fueled by hate, ahmad rahami planned his jihad for months, that according to this criminal complaint discussed on capitol hill, where a congressman held up a picture of what he said is rahami's bloody notebook. >> it's clear from this journal that mr. rahami was receiving inspiration from the isis spokesman. >> reporter: written inside, says the fbi, god willing the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets. gunshots to your police. death to your oppression. the chilling look at the suspect who is said to have watched jihadi videos, paints the picture of a calculating, violent extremist. after years of trips to afghanistan and pakistan, in june the fbi says rahami ordered materials on ebay using his own name to build bombs. his family is under scrutiny. investigators believe a relative took video of rahami lighting incendiary material in a
backyard. a burn mark clearly visible. one of rahami's brothers in pakistan was detained and is now in the custody of u.s. authorities. the suspect's wife said to be cooperating, was interrogated in the united arab emirates. his mother is believed to be in turkey. more family in new jersey questioned at length. >> they will have known others with whom he's spoken or interacted or met. they may have actually been involved in some way. it's not yet clear. >> nbc's miguel almaguer reporting there. let's turn to business. mylan's ceo heather bresch testified yesterday about the rapidly rising price of epipens. elijah cummings did not hold back in his opening remarks, shaming the executive and the cost of the drugs. >> according to documents obtained by the committee, epipen generated $184 million in
net sales revenue in 2008. $184 million. in 2016, listen to this. in 2016, mylan expects this number to go up to more than $1.1 billion as in "b." after mylan takes our punches, they'll fly back to their mansions in their private jets and laugh all the way to the bank. while our constituents suffer, file for bankruptcy, and watch their children get sicker or die. >> and chairman jason chaffetz pushed bresch on her numbers. >> our revenue is the 274 per pen on average. >> okay. so that's the average number. you just told me that the majority pay less than 50 bucks.
so i'm trying to figure out what the remainder -- what are they paying? >> but the cost to the patient is different than what we're receiving. >> it just feeli ins like you'rt being candid and honest with congress, who's asking you for very basic information. and your attorneys over there scrambling, all uncomfortable. but we just want basic information. you dug this hole for yourself. you guys dug this hole for yourself. and in other business news, global markets are trading higher after the federal reserve and the bank of japan decided ho hold off on raising interest rates yesterday. karolyn roth joins us live from london. can we expect an interest rate hike any time soon? >> yes. in fact, december. that's when economists do expect the fed to actually move higher in terms of interest rates. we saw that last hike last december. a lot of people were expecting another hike at some point this year, even two hikes.
so far that hasn't materialized because the u.s. economy has been weaker than many people had anticipated. now, there is another meeting in the month of november, but guys, that's just one week away from the u.s. election. if they were to move then, then they would be considered politically motivated or biased, and they don't want to do that, of course. so december is the next day to watch out for. also, you mentioned the bank of japan. yesterday tweaking its very famous quantitative easing program. they didn't cut rates, but they now want to anchor long-term rates at zero, and that helps the financial sector. that's why we saw a bank rally across the board yesterday. back over to you. >> i guess wall street can revel in the good news for a couple months. caroline roth live from london, thank you so much. up next, did isis launch a chemical attack on u.s. troops in iraq? plus, secretary of state john kerry calls for no-fly zones in parts of syria, hoping to get much-needed humanitarian
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the south. that's where the heaviest rains will fall during the day. from waterloo to ames. most of the heavy rain has already fallen, and a lot of those rivers are still going up and will be cresting in the next day or two. also, of course, fall equinox today. 10:21 a.m. on the east coast. that's when we kick in fall officially and end our summer season. it still doesn't feel like it. it's very warm out there today. temperatures easily 10 to 15 degrees above normal today from chicago to columbus, all the way to new york city. still very hot throughout the southern half of the country too. doesn't look like we're going to feel the fall air in the south maybe until october. it's going to be a very warm weekend down there. >> it's going to take a while. thank you so much. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg and his wife are making good on their promise to give 99% of their facebook shares to charity. the initiative said yesterday that it would invest $3 billion over the next decade toward preventing, curing, or managing
all diseases by the end of the century. both chan and zuckerberg spoke yesterday, and dr. chan could not help but get emotional while presenting their next endeavor. >> as a pediatrician, i have worked with families at their most difficult moments of their lives. from making a devastating diagnosis of leukemia, to sharing with the family that we're unable to resuscitate their child, in those moments and in many others, we're at the limit of what we understand about the human body and disease. the science behind medicine, the limit of our ability to alleviate suffering. we want to push back that boundary. by investing in science today, we hope to build a future in which all of our children can live long and rewarding lives. >> huge heart right there. dr. chan walked offstage to
briefly grab a tissue and came back to finish her presentation. >> really incredible. before we go to break, here's a look at the stories we're not covering today. with the first day of fall comes news that mcdonald's is getting in on the pumpkin action as well. it's not a pumpkin spice latte, like i know many of you enjoy, but rather french fries drizzled with pumpkin and chocolate sauce. it's only being sold in japan. we're not going to cover that one. and true to its breed, a lost dalmation managed to sneak its way into a florida fire station on tuesday. we're told chico followed a truck into the garage bay was eventually claimed and picked up by its owner. and they say everything is bigger in texas. check out the rendering for this $70 million high school football stadium in dallas. the school is reportedly trying to outdo its rival, which just bought a $60 million stadium. that's a beef we don't want any part of. instead, when we come back, more on secretary of state john kerry's last-ditch effort to save a cease-fire in syria.
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welcome back. some scary moments for american troops at an air base in iraq near the town of mosul. a rocket landed near an air base there. there were initial reports it contained mustard gas. initial tests were mixed over whether the weapon contained a mustard agent. no one was injured. an official tells nbc news this is not the first time something like this has happened and that the weapons are crude and ineffective. meanwhile, the military wants to send up to 500 more troops to iraq as preparations begin for a campaign to take back the city
of mosul, one of the islamic state's last major strongholds in iraq. secretary of state john kerry gave an impassioned speech on syria yesterday at the united nations. he expressed hope that the cease-fire brokered between the u.s. and russia could be salvage, while also hitting his russian counterpart. matt, good morning. the cease-fire, is it salvageable? >> good morning, alex. yes, it seems almost impossible, but the cease-fire in syria may actually survive. russian and american diplomats have separately signaled they want the cease-fire to continue. now the united nations has said it hopes to resume supplying humanitarian aid. so right now this cease-fire exists in name only. attacks by all sides have continued, but the deal remains the best hope for some kind of humanitarian reprieve for a five-year-long civil war that's
already killed nearly half a million people. the cease-fire was signed by the u.s. and russia nearly two weeks ago. it came into effect last monday night. but you could really be forgiven for not even knowing there was a cease-fire at all. the past two weeks have seen some of the most outrageous attacks sin the war began. the u.n. suspended aid deliveries after 20 workers were killed. just yesterday at the u.n., john kerry publicly blamed the russirussi russians for that attack. >> and i sort of felt a little bit like in a parallel universe here. how can people go sit at a table with a regime that bombs hospitals and drops chlorine gas again and again and again and again and again and again. >> so diplomats will be meeting at the u.n. to try to resolve this today. the entire world will be waiting to see whether they can actually bring this cease-fire back to life. alex? >> yeah, right you are. the entire world is waiting on
this one. matt bradley, thank you for that. up next, a check on the stories in the day ahead. but first, how one congressman responded to that tweet earlier this week from donald trump jr. comparing syrian refugees to poisoned skittles. take a look. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i'm going to finish up this skittle. i really love skittles. as you see, they come orange and yellow, red and purple. all the different colors. and they come all together in a bag, together, right? all different colors. kind of like a rainbow. a lot of people on this side of the aisle, we like that. and every now and then -- sorry. i'll get a bad skittles, but i don't ban them all because i get one. most of the skittles are pretty delicious. might not be nutritious, but they're delicious. just like we shouldn't ban all the little girls fleeing murder and rape, human bondage and
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is before we toss it over to "morning joe," a check on the stories you'll be hearing in the day ahead. this nation's military leaders are set to face tough questions from leaders on capitol hill. this over the u.s.'s plan to end the civil war in syria. defense secretary ash carter and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff will both appear before the senate armed services committee. >> and chicago mayor rahm emanuel will deliver a speech on stopping the devastating and escalating violence in his city. some are saying he'll be taking a risky move in talking about better parenting. and donald trump holds two events in pennsylvania today and rallies in battleground ohio. hillary clinton will hold a campaign event in orlando before attending an event with students at the university of michigan. her running mate tim kaine holds one in reno, nevada. mike pence is in colorado springs, colorado, for a town hall meeting. that's a wrap for us today.
"morning joe" starts right now. >> good morning. it is thursday, september 22nd. welcome to why t"morning joe." happy to be here. columnist and contributor mike barnicle. >> nothing? >> they seem kind of like mechanical. >> it's like being asleep when big papi is at the plate. >> economic analyst steve rattner is here. >> what happened -- >> rattner! >> it wasn't that. >> epic. all right. in tampa, florida, managing editor of bloomberg politics and co-host of "with all due respect" at 6:00 p.m. on msnbc, mike halperin. and in princeton, new jersey, chair of the department of african-american studies and